Senior Send Off: Then and Now

By Zachary Lederman

When I first arrived at UConn with my mother (a 1981 UConn graduate herself) for a tour back in 2010, she kept commenting on how much the campus has changed and how it is barely recognizable anymore. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but now that I’m graduating myself, I’m able to look back four years ago and realize that the campus really has changed significantly in just the four years since my arrival. So let’s take a little look back and see what things were like for we seniors when we arrived here in 2011, shall we?

  1. Oak Hall was still in the early stages of being built

Everyone’s favorite Arts hall, Oak, was just a baby when we first showed up, rumored to be a new Law School that the University Administration was building on campus. Four years later, we’ve got an effective replacement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Go figure.

  1. McMahon was old and a little bit decrepit

McMahon, known only to the seniors, was nothing like it is now. While today the dining hall may seem like one of the more modern dining halls, alongside Towers and South, back in 2011 it was one of the oldest, serving only standard dining-hall fare and seating only a portion of the numbers it services now.

  1. The school was abuzz with excitement over then-new President Herbst

I remember this one well. One of the first things I heard about was that the University of Connecticut was getting a new president (its first female one at that), and the entire school was excited to see how she would turn out. Well, now we’re here—at least we’ve got some very pretty flowers and fresh grass to show for it.

  1. Jonathan did not look like he had an anger problem

In 2011, Jonathan was a happy, tongue-wagging mascot who looked like he would cuddle any UConn student in exchange for a tasty dog treat. Today, Jonathan looks like he’d tear your throat out if you looked at him the wrong way.

  1. Storrs Center did not exist

This is probably the one that gets me the most when I think about it. Back in 2011, there was no ‘Storrs Center.’ The area we now know as Storrs Center was just a construction site, with only a general concept in mind of what it was going to be – I’m not even sure what it was before that. There was no Geno’s Grille, Mooyah, Sweet Emotions or Insomnia Cookies over there, and there were certainly no apartments.

  1. There was no Dunkin’ Donuts in the Union

Back in 2011, you had to get your caffeine fix in one of the dining halls. It was a dark time for UConn students, to say the least.

  1. Wendy’s was still around

This is too painful to write about.



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