Arts & Culture / Mosaic / January 14, 2010

Knox events of the past decade

January of 2000: Phi Delta Theta was charged with 16 counts of hazing and suspended for eight months. Originally, the group was scheduled to recolonize, but were allowed to retain old members in the fall. As part of revitalizing their image, the fraternity did major revisions to their house.

2001: The college trustees promised Alumni Hall wouldn’t be torn down after 582 signatures on a petition. The initial estimate for the cost of renovations was between $6-7 million.

September: Roger Taylor begins his time as interim president of Knox College after alumni John Podesta turned down the position. In February of 2002, he became the permanent president.

2002: In January the Old Main bell rings again after 13 years and renovations cost $40,000

2003: In September the “C-store,” later named “Outpost” was built in Post Lobby

2004: Knox jazz combos change Jazz Night from Cherry Street to McGuillacuddy’s

2005: In June Knox begins a slew of famous commencement speakers with then junior senator Barack Obama. He was followed by Stephen Colbert, Bill Clinton, Madelaine Albright and Patrick Fitzgerald

2006: More admitted students chose to come to Knox than expected causing the first housing problem in recent years. Every year since then, Knox has had to place freshmen in upperclassmen housing

2007: In the early spring Wallace Lounge was flooded and has since been used for punk concerts and the free store. It still has not been renovated

April: Men’s baseball wins conference championship and goes to national regional

2008: In the spring, an earthquake hits Illinois and rocks several students in the early morning

November: Students storm the campus and Galesburg streets after Barack Obama was announced the next president of the United States

2009: ATP nationalizes and becomes ASA, the newest sorority on campus after two years of debate about Greek life on campus

Laura Miller

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