Campus Coffee Shop

  • As this Red and White article suggests, rumours of a Student Union coffee shop had been circulating on campus for some time before the idea finally began to come to fruition during the 1963-1964 academic year. Red and White [newspaper]. vol. 3, no. 7 (May 7, 1963). p. 6.
  • Many students, especially in the 1963-1964 academic year, worked hard to raise funds and secure administrative approval for the planned Coffee Shop, despite the knowledge they would graduate before it opened. A note of gratitude for this selfless dedication even made its way into the generally matter-of-fact prose of the SDU Calendar for 1964-1965: “Much of the credit for the realization of this long-time dream at SDU must go to students Paul D. Foster, Colin McMillan and Leonard Ellis of the class of 1964 who did a great deal of the work in making this idea a reality.” Red and White [newspaper]. vol. 4, no. 4 (February 28, 1964). p. 1.
  • A measure of the pride many in the Class of ’64 must have felt in the gift they were leaving for future SDU students can be seen in the prominent place given to architect Alfred J. Hennessey’s rendering of the planned Coffee Shop in their yearbook. The Coffee Shop would eventually open in January of 1965. Mnemosyne 1964. p. [106-107].
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