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one hundred y


this is the 1998 cauldron:

northeastem's yearbook

in its 416 pases, it tries

to do what every other

yearbook aspires to do -

: record facts,: faces, &


, in addition, it attempts

to be objectively opinionated,

humanly personal, inquiring,

controversial, at times, &

above all - honest

it deals with all five elements

of university life:

the^ university itself [1]

its distinguished faculty [2]

its many organizations [3]

its striving athletics [4]

and its students [5]

it celebrates northeastem's

first centennial by re-telling

the university's long history,

and by making predictions

about its future

it contains! ideas encapsulated

in black 11 point ITC Kabel,

sometimes in boldface,

sometimes rather bold

this is the 1998 cauldron:
leaf through it, read, enjoy


for the class of 1998

The Cauldron cordially (how else?)
congratulates the centennial graduat-
ing class on getting out of Northeast-
ern, and on with life.

The staff hopes you've enjoyed your
stay at our illustrious university and
wishes you best of luck in the real

To make the transition into the world
of paychecks and IRS sharpshooters
(bad pun) more comfortable, we
present you with this volume in
memory (to quote the 1 926 Cauldron)
"of the good old days, the many twin-
kling smiles, and lasting friendships of
Northeastern years."

Well, whatever, but here it is. 416
pages thick, 10" long, 9" wide. Not
the perfect dimensions, we agree, but
people are known to have done more
with less (another bad one).

All humor aside (right!), we present
to you the 1998 Centennial Cauldron,
Northeastern's official yearbook.

Please do enjoy. For dirt&praise, e-
mail the editors anytime during this
lifetime at [email protected]


Max V. Vtiourin

Managing Editor

Maria S. Boyadjieva

Photography Editor

Erlyn B. Ordinario

1998 Cauldron, Northeastern University

Boston, Massachussetts 021 16

Volume 79 | Bob Sprague, Adviser

(617) 373-2646 I [email protected]



a walk down the isle



one hundred years of multitude

1 998 - 365 days in 1 2 pases




President's Message






Clubs & Activities





reality or illusion



Faces, faces, faces


Freedom Trail



Patrons, Messages




Shakespeare never wrote that

Senior Index 392

registrar's list of '98 graduates

Colophon 399

everything you never wanted to know



who to blame



to be continued?

Editor's Message




isle // the opening section

ugfe&i mages





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GrabthcJH Y-: Yeah! Don't s;

GRADUATE! Yeah baby! Got a degree bab
Yeah! Hey, hey - don't push, man I'm movin
You've got to wait your turri^Bn't jpt rush t .
Jesus! People nowadays, huh rLikel said, by the
I had to buy books. All kinds of bo»s. HadjMI
I mean there were readings. Assigned. I guess I r
That's right, baby! A B.A.! Or, hold orrasecdlM
SEE THE BURSAR????! What the fuck does thfl
OK. It's just a formality, right? The diploma, thatj
I mean what's important is that I'm finally hef€M


ke hands!
*'■". Move on. "
.a ... like a ...

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^ a Line, broi
u gotta go by
)k. Books! I sfiam
^pks. Well, I gjL,
~an, hey? I got c
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~>ans man. Neve

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That we've made




photo : by
W. Ycf

d know.,
not really.

, right?
e see here,
n time.

like the paper.

to the end, right? Right?


ofe n n

I mean, I worked hard for this,
you know? I wasn't a seek or
anything, but I did my share. Sure,
I partied, but that's what college
is all about. Not entirely, I mean,
you also gotta get that piece of
paper at the end.

All right, not the piece of paper.
The education, the knowledge,
blah blah blah. I know, I'm with
you.. Like I said, the piece of pa-
per is inconsequential. It's the
degree. In today's fast-paced:
world you really need a degreed
Otherwise you'll miss the train. ;J

sit aroundand think,
ing is bad, that's nfi
Thinking is grea

s think, howareyou going to pay
rent? So what I'm saying is that
you have to take action, you don't
want five years of education to
go to waste. You have to make it
earn money.

:mcM important.

kit's 9|| ion, right?

JouM^pfriess. Abput
liking yourself. So you earnWil-
lions, become famous, so wpt?
If you're not happy, what |/ill
any of it matter?

know whafyoti need to
.._ jD^hap^Jday^tofind
your own way. Now
^.»..# iat' 4 ' h aN @! ' a^ clegree,^
riow that f'm a I i dressed:;;
up for commencement,
I can, so to say, com-
mence my life. Finally
follow my ov|n path.
Theworld's spread out
in front of me. Veo.



'I already sot a job. So*,
that's great. Wi I Lpro0S

00pft\ove up the lad-
der pretty sOon. That's
qr^at, like I. said. And

"happiness, I guess, will
justcomealong. I mean,
I suppose there's some

should all be seeking. I
don't know. Maybe I
should've taken the less
traveled by road (that's
Maybe I shouldjust fuck
it all and do what Rob-
ert Downey Jr. does.
Aaah, what am I saying,
I just got my diploma,
my parents are here,
what's the matter with
me? I better th i n k a bout
how I'm going to deal

young professional.
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How does one say good-bye to
college? And Boston? Come Sep-
tember, a new batch of former me's
will flock to this city, ready to ingest
all it has to offer. And I? Well, like I
said, I'll be on my chosen path.
Well... whatever that means. Sad,
huh? That's the problem with find-
ing things that are dear to your heart

- you always gotta lose them, and
then it hurts.

You know how it happens. Some-
time towards the end of your fresh-
man year, after some party in the
suburbs, with your final one-too-
many drink inyourhand you proudly
announce: "I'm going back to Bos-
ton, home." Then, as you're sitting in
the T, vainly attempting to put on a
look of sobriety, you say to yourself:
"Hey, I guess I dm going home."
That's how it all begins. By the time
yourbrainwakesupyelling- HOME'S

- BE RATIONAL! -you'realready pick-
ing up all the community newspa-
pers on a weekly basis, getting your
First Night button a month in ad-
vance, and referringto the Prudential
building as the Pru. By the timeyou're
in the Fleet Center in your cap and
gown, you don't even wantto leave.
What can you do, right? The earth sti II-
rotates: People move on. But you
can never really let go of home, even
when it's temporary.


Then again, everything is temporary. Things are in perpetual motion. Lights]

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ange, and we move on without giving it a thought, memories ■

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Great thing is, most Boston memories
are deeply rooted in Boston itself. So,
all you have to do is visit and... voila,
instant recall. I bet I'm gonna go back
every once in a while. See a game,
walkalong Newbury Street, watch the
new Eurotrash drink $6 water at the
Armani cafe while chatting away on
microscopic phones, grab lunch at
the North End, maybe drop by the
MFA and try to get in for free with my
outdated Northeastern ID.

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Home is where the
heart is, right?. And
the heart, or so it
seems, is always
with people. You
may hate them, you
may wish them
dead, especially
during finals weeks
in the dorms, but
when it comes right
down to it, you can't
help but love them.
That's the stuff that
memories are made
of. I, for one, will
never forget my first
the guy (don't name
any names!) who in-
troduced me to it.
Or my first room-
mate, for that mat-
ter. I spent two
months adjusting to
his sleep schedule,
and now I'm realiz-
ing that I'll probably
miss him. But how
can I not? The guy
lived through a good
dozen instances of
what he called my
"blatantly exhibition-
ist copulation," not
to mention that week
I changed my major
three times. Of
course, ten years
from now I'll prob-
ably think this is all
bullshit. Or e.lse I'll
end up like one of
those pathetic crea-
tures that count the
days before the next
class reunion.


The real question is why.
Why should any of this
matter? Isn'tthisjustastep-
§)g stone, a spring to suc-
cess, a testing ground?
What lies ahead, now that
s supposed to be the un-
discovered country. Today
is the commencement of
Real life, right? I'm with you
on that. I'm just a bit... nos-
talgic. Afraid. Not as much
s of life, as of its lack; We've
all seen people graduate,
,get their nine-to-five's, their
pretty salaries, their blah
blah benefits, an|j then
what? I know this gliy who
graduated the year before,
now works as sorpe low
[level consultant. Hasto live
:in the suburbs. Triesio fuck
jaround like a mad dog in
heat in utter desperation to
regain what he once was. I
Jove him, but he's pathetic.
I don't want that. I don't
want to have to lose myself
in the banality of my daily
life and then have to com-
pensate for it. I want to be
me. I want to grow, I want
to live happily, but I don't
want to become a sheep. I
want to be me.




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sremonies lata*

_ to celebratlf

JEY! Don't push,

:"sa Line, you know.


I'm off. Wish me luck, J




at the Boston YMCA

The Vocational Building is

completed, houses the

Automobile and Electrical


r^ The first World Series
*» Bt! H Xytfl 3 ame takes Place on
future NU ground ;.

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years of multitude

,^n & now in images & words
g>lus 4 a time line, and a history
llj jh the attractive package -

best deal of the century J-

After all the hype (which, through an inexplicable feat of PR birthday has faded into the memories of defiant administrators, one

mismanagement has not changed the fact that most of our parents still thing will remain unchanged - Northeastern 's proud hundredyears of

think we go to Northwestern), the hard fund-raising numbers, the history. We present to you the university's history, and a basic time

new parks, renamed commons, colorful new flags and other expen- line set against a collage of contrasting images captured then and

sive paraphernalia -afterall that surrounds Northeastern 's hundredths now.



The Evenms Education

Division, a.k.a. NU, moves

into the new YMCA

The Education Division
is incorporated as
Northeastern Collese


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Color photography

by Erlyn Ordinario

All other photography: Cauldron
One Hundred Years Of Multitude:
exerpted from the 1 973 Cauldron
and completed by Max Vtiourin


A short history of Northeastern, 1898- 1 998

In 1898, what was to become Northeast-
ern University was embodied in a series of
nisht courses in lawsponsored bythe Boston
Young Men's Christian Association and Lowell
Institute; and in the person of Frank Palmer
Speare. Head of the YMCA's education divi-
sion since 1 896, it was Speare whose imagi-
nation, perseverance, and work enlarged the
scope of course offerings and directed the
organization development which culminated
in the incorporation of Northeastern College
in 1916.

The philosophy of Northeastern has al-
ways been to offer unique educational op-
portunities without overly duplicating the
efforts of other local institutions. In 1898, the
Evening Law School was one ofthe mainstays
of the developing university for 55 years. The
first formal program of the university, it of-
fered working men the chance to study law at
night. In 1953, the Law School was phased
out for 1 7 years because it seemed to dupli-
cate unnecessarily the efforts of the many
local law schools which had been estab-
lished during the first half of the twentieth

The philosophy of offering unique oppor-
tunities sprang from the fact that the Evening
Institute courses were entirely dependent on
community interest for their success or fail-
ure. To become just one more in a large
number of institutions offering duplicate pro-
grams would have spread the public too
thin. The Evening Institute thus offered unique
opportunities, procuring the entire segment
ofthe community interested in its particular

With Speare's perseverance and initiative,
the Evening Institutegrew from "aneraserand
two sticks of chalk" into a viable organization.
Early successes were achieved through the

teamwork of its organizers and the enthusi-
asm of its students.

In the early years of the Evening Institute,
Speare inaugurated many courses, some of
which populated, others of which died for
lack of interest. The unsuccessful course is
exemplified by one called Knots and Splices
which Speare conceived simply because he
knew a retired sea captain available to teach
it and because he thought it would be useful
and intriguing. No one shared his interest
enough to enroll, and the course was never

In 1903, the YMCA's Education Division
opened the world's first Automobile School,
offering three courses: a general course in
motor transport; a course for those interested
in the industry of automobiles; and a course
in auto-maintenance. In many ways, the Au-
tomobile School was a harbinger of future
Northeastern philosophies. The establishment
of the school reflected a community need:
that of absorbing new phenomenon of the
automobile into existing social patterns.

In 1907, responding to the relatively new
idea of academic training for businessmen,
the Evening Institute formed a School of
Commerce and Finance. Some of the earliest
courses offered by the YMCA si nee the 1860s
had been typing and bookkeeping for the
training of clerks. By the turn of the century,
business had become more complex and it
became desirable to educate businessmen
to more modern techniques of administra-
tion and to more contemporary business

In 1910, the School of Commerce and
Finance was incorporated and in 191 1 , it was
granted the power to confer bachelors and
masters degrees in commercial science. The
name of the school became the School of

■■^' '■^p-z-jiif-i.-.s

903 The first World Series (above) took
place on the future site of Northeastern
University. On future Northeastern ground
the Boston Americans defeated the
Pittsburg Pirates Nationals. The aerial pho-
tograph below shows plans for the still
young university [1], Cullinane Hall [2],
the Huntington Building [3], the YMCA [4],
the future site of Spear Hall [5], and Sym-
phony Hall [6].

-_ -

The original YMCA at Copley
Square. Frank Palmer Spear was head of
the education division there since 1896.

■ - •; '

In 1912, The Evening Institute's Cooperative Engineering School had 18 faculty members and 70 students.

The new YMCA building (above)
and its state-of-the-art heated salt water
oool (below).

Business in the undergraduate evening divi-
sion in 1928, with Carl D. Smith serving as
dean. It became the largest school in the
evening division, with graduate work added
to the program in 1950.

The school most closely related to its
present-day counterpart, the Cooperative
Engineering School, was also started in 1 909,
the second institute in the United States to
operate on the cooperative plan. Herman
Scheider, the originator of the plan, had be-
gun the country's first co-op engineering
courses in 1906, at the University of Cincin-

The Evening Institute's Cooperative Engi-
neering School opened in 1909 with an en-
rollment of eight. The following year, courses
in civil engineering were offered to the bur-
geoning enrollment of 30 students.

The 1912 Catalog of the Evening Institute
delineates the rapid growth of the coopera-
tive Engineering School: Faculty: 18, Enroll-
ment: 70, School expense: (including YMCA
membership) $100 per year, Rooms at the
YMCA: $1 .50 per week and up, Boardatthe
YMCA: $3.50 per week.

From 70 students in 1912, enrollment
reached 235 by 1 91 8, and more than doubled
to 592 by 1 920, when tuition had climbed to
$175 per year (with $10 student activities
fee). Obviously the Engineering School, with
the added attraction of co-op employment
was something the public needed and

Until 1 909, the Chauncey Hall School gave
day classes in the same YMCA facilities used
by the Evening Institute at night, located at
the corner of Boylston and Berkeley streets.
When the Chauncey School relocated, leav-
ing the YMCA vacant during the day, Speare
suggested that the sp^e be used by the
Evening Institute to conduct day classes.
Speare envisioned a new type of college
preparation school, providing individual su-
pervision of students,- programs of sports
and activities,- and college preparatory edu-

cation at a cost between that of private board-
ing schools and evening schools.

Until 1 91 0, the Evening Education Division
operated in the Boylston street YMCA. In that
year, the building burned down and for
months classes were held in rooms provided
by the City of Boston, the Boston YMCA,
Boston University, MIT, and after that, "in
various buildings on Huntington and Massa-
chusetts avenues."

The YMCA decided to rebuild, not on Ar-
lington street, as originally planned, but on
Huntington avenue. The section of Huntington
avenue which appealed to the YMCA directors
in 1910, was an open field which lay beyond
Symphony Hal I and had been the site of the first
world Series games in 1903.

The Main Building was completed in 1913.
The Catalog of the Evening Division for that year
boasted of the facilities provided in the new
building, including "a fine gymnasium, bowling
alleys, swimming pool, cafe, dormitories, shops
and laboratories, library and reading room,
camera club rooms, social and recreative rooms,
and auditorium."

While educating a good lawyer or engineer,
the Education Division retained its desire to
concurrently build men of good character. The
1913 Catalog thus exhorts students to avoid
excessive social and athletic activities. Further-
more, "it is assumed that students come to the
school for a serious purpose, and that they will
cheerfully conform to such regulations as may
from time to time be made... Students are
expected to behave with decorum... and to
pay due respect to (the School's) officers." For
students commuting to school, the Catalog
points out that the facil ities are easily accessible
by various railroads and electric trolley cars.

The Education Division sponsored various
monthly socials and entertainments for the
"exclusive enjoyment" of its students, includ-
ing an outdoor fields meet, held annually in
May. Some of the more unique activities
included a Congress, similar in composition
to the national body, with each student rep-

chool expenses for the Cooperative Engineering School, including membership at the YMCA, were around $100 in 1915






ie Freshman-Sophomore

Rush is started by the

class of 1922



The School of Libera
Arts is. opened in


Cauldron is published for
the first time with pictures
of 20 students and 19


The Huntington Building is
constructed with a second
floor built for Northeastern


The Husky is chosen as

a mascot for the new university


resenting a state. The overall atmosphere of
the prewar schools more resembled a junior
high of today. The school day went from 9
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a 30-minute break for
a "light luncheon." Students were not permit-
ted to leave the building without permission
except at lunch time. The 1914 Catalog ex-
plained, "The pupil's time belongs to the
school and is at the disposal of the teacher in
of an employer."

The popularity, variety, and ever-increas-
ing formalization of Education Division pro-
grams led in March, 1916, to the incorpora-
tion of Northeastern College. The 1916 Cata-
log declares, "The College is not a new insti-
tution, but the realization of an ideal carefully
worked out and persistently followed for a
period of twenty years." Since its beginnings
in 1 898, the student enrol I ment had i ncreased
by 768 per cent, from 41 9 to 3,269 students.
The number of teachers had risen from 1 2 to
214,- the number of courses had increased
from 20 to 336; and the budget had gone
from $2,800 to $185,418.

The School of Liberal Arts opened in Sep-
tember of 1916. The purpose of the school
was to offer the advantages of a bachelor's
degree in a reduced number of years. Requir-
ing only two years of study to obtain a certifi-
cate of advanced standing qualifying the
student for day study at a regular liberal arts
school, the plan allowed the students to
work during the day while studying at night at
Northeastern. The wages detailed in the 1 91 6
Catalog of the Co-operative Engineering
School ranged from $5 per week for first year
students, to $10 per week for seniors.

In 1 921 , the Department of Student Activi-
ties was officially established, including the
following divisions: publications, athletics,
and miscellaneous. Under Speare's adminis-
tration, the activities were funded through a
$10 Student Activities Fee which was later
increased with student approval to $1 5. Un-
der the Activities Department, athletics were

i * ? I.

1923 Student Council a la 1920s. Nol
exactly a melting pot, huh?

ft fl&&-.

1923 The Cauldron Board responsible
for ^putting out the 1 923 yearbook. An
impressive bunch of fellows... Ironically,
as the university grew in size, the Caul-
dron staff became smaller and smaller. By
the time the 1960s rolled around, Caul-
dron was being produced by a mere
dozen. By the 1990s, participation
dropped to an all-time low.

1921 Campus humor featured in the
1921 Cauldron. Nice to know that some
things have not changed a bit since '21 .

established on a university level in 1 924, with
letter awards and eligibility requirements.

The Miscellaneous Activities included mass
meetings, Field Day, the Rush, Student Coun-
cil, and other minor activities. Initiated in
1910, Field Day was developed to major
proportions by Speare in 1920, and contin-
ued on into the late 30s It was essentially a
family picnic, so when the university grew
too large the event became unfeasible. The
loss of events such as Field Day is perhaps
among the more expensive costs of becom-
ing a large university. It is this warm and
personal touch which is most clearly absent
from the university today.

In 1922 the College of Business Adminis-
tration was established by the Board of Gov-
ernors in recognition of the nascent science
of business administration. Heretofore, col-
leges had offered descriptive courses in busi-
ness, but analytical courses with a scientific
approach were a relatively new phenom-
enon. The faculty of the new college was
largely drawn fro the School of Commerce
and Finance. The tuition fee was $250 per
year, including YMCA membership.

The need to establish a campus with ad-
equate new facilities was felt simultaneously

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