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URI’s Memorial Union to celebrate 60th anniversary, Nov. 5

If you were transported to the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus in the year 1954, you might have seen a headline in the campus publication, The Coffee Times, reading “Presidents Bressler and Woodward call for social center and student union building.”

Returning to the present, that proposed building is now the heart of community life on campus, with a vibrant atmosphere that is inviting to all that enter its doors. This year URI’s student newspaper, The Good 5 Cent Cigar, will proclaim, “Memorial Union celebrates 60th anniversary.”

Back in 1943, the student-gathering place was located in what is now the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house on campus, but when soldiers returned from World War II and enrolled at URI, the student union was moved to…


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