In search of a Faculty Club

I write in strong support of Don Wiles’ suggestion (Carleton Now 2.10 October 2004) that “The Faculty Club should be revived as soon as possible.” Given the physical isolation of the University from downtown and the ever-increasing impersonalisation of life on campus with the advent of computer technology, a Faculty Club should not be regarded as an expendable luxury but as a vital necessity. Clearly the late President Dunton believed so, since he made provisions for the old Faculty Club, which the current administration has closed down. It is now rare that one has an occasion to meet with a large gathering of colleagues or former colleagues. Such occasions are often sad, such as the memorial service in honour of Bruce McFarlane, a widely liked and esteemed member of the entire Carleton community. Yet, in his last years, Bruce was not served well by the administration, although his own loyal service to the University continued unflaggingly and unabatedly until his death at 83. Before the old Faculty Club was closed down, I organised a luncheon there to celebrate Bruce’s 80th birthday. In recent years Bruce and I and other friends could only meet off campus, and he often complained that there was no half-decent meeting place on campus. The greatest thing the University could do to honour such a glorious colleague and human being would be to create a new Faculty Club in his name.

Josh Beer
Associate Professor of Classics, College of the Humanities

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