Hamilton’s Honor Code turns 100 in an age when technology has revolutionized the cheating game and the very notion of “honor” has come to seem old-fashioned, even naïve. Yet by all accounts, Hamilton’s code remains a powerful force for — if not always a guarantee of — academic integrity. Its secret? Students created it and continue to direct and enforce it.
Some transform it into “a temple of awesomeness”; others see it as a reflection of themselves, a space in which to create, or a comfort zone for self and friends. But from the time students arrive on campus until that moment, weeks later, when they finally, truly, settle in, residence hall rooms are always more than just a place to put stuff.
The dedication of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art signals a new era in the life of the imagination on the Hill, combining elegant exhibition space with innovative open storage, flexible classrooms and a strong interdisciplinary spirit. And during Fallcoming, it turned out to be a great place for a party as well.
Professor of Art Bruce Muirhead advises Sarah Cocuzzo ’13 as Zucker works on an etching in the printmaking room in the List Art Center. Over a four-decade career, Muirhead has amassed a library of more than 1,000 original intaglio prints from Hamilton and Kirkland College students. “There was no plan — no original thought about it,” he recalls. “I just wanted to take one print that was really good from each student.” The collection is now stored in folders, boxes and portfolios on the second floor of List, but Muirhead is investigating ways the collection might be preserved and exhibited. “It’s really a history of Hamilton,” he says.