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Humanities Residential College (Chapin)

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Size: 70 residents
Location: 726 University Pl.
Master: Susan Lee, Professor of Dance, School of Communication
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Chapin Hall- built when ornate tin ceilings were in vogue - is the oldest residence on campus and home to the Humanities Residential College. The college interprets its theme broadly, welcoming students from all six schools and promoting the intermingling of diverse viewpoints. Its relative smallness and family-like atmosphere ensure that all residents can get to know one another. Other amenities include a piano, TV lounge, small library, and Ping-Pong table. There is also a kitchenette, but many residents meet for meals at Chapin's table in nearby Willard Residential College.

Recent tutorials offered for Chapin residents have explored "The Mystery Genre" and "Global Postmodernism." In firesides, Chapin fellows and other distinguished faculty have discussed topics ranging from children's stories and photography's beginnings to the concept of pilgrimage and hip-hop's links to ancient Greek lyric poetry. "Frivolous Readings," a Chapin tradition, features students and fellows regaling each other with recitations from "distinguished" literary works. Other talents are featured in coffeehouse performances and art shows. Besides sponsoring the undergraduate student literary magazine Helicon, Chapin raises funds for Dance Marathon each year and creates gift baskets for local families each quarter.

Chapin members participate in two intramural team sports per quarter, have won medals in tug-of-war and pie-eating competitions at the annual Residential Colleges Field Day, and twice garnered the Residential College Spirit Award at recent Homecoming parades.


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