The Balcony

Harkness Tower with the word "Sample" printed over itSenior year was a year of discoveries, the first being that I could squeeze my desk chair through the window of 1161 Trumbull College onto the narrow balcony that overlooked the corner of York and Elm. I spent a lot of time out there, often alone. The balcony provided a clear view as Liggett’s boarded up its windows and the National Guard marched by in the days leading up to Kent State. There were many more days, a speaker balanced in an open window, when I just soaked up the sun, put finishing touches on my senior paper, or read Charlie Reich’s book of wishful thinking, adrift on that balcony, not much of a rudder yet in hand, comforted being “outside,” but still anchored within the safety of that Gothic harbor.

– David Poppel

Trumbull College library

Harkness Tower with the word "Sample" printed over itThe Trumbull College library was an oasis of peace and quiet amid the hustle and bustle of Yale, where I could have uninterrupted time to think, read, study and write (I can still vividly remember reading Joyce’s Ulysses there, over a three day period, during sophomore year). It was located above the Trumbull common room leading into the dining hall, with a full wall of windows looking down onto the dining hall. It was a small library, but there are those of us Bullmen in the class of ’70 who loved it.

Bill W. Boyd, M.D.