1996

Hahn groundbreaking ceremony
1996 Commencement

CAMPUS

Hahn Lawsuit, Part 3

After more than four years of court fights, Pomona College and the City of Claremont won the third and final round of a lawsuit brought by a citizen’s group called “The Committee to Save Our Village” in an effort to block the construction of Hahn Hall on a piece of vacant land owned by the College. The California Court of Appeal decided that the plaintiffs had failed to prove that the building site was ever dedicated as a public park. This, followed a few months later by the California Supreme Court’s denial of a petition for review of that decision, cleared the way for the construction of the new facility, which would be completed in 1997.

Construction began with a ground-breaking ceremony during Alumni Weekend. 

Rembrandt Undergoes Remodeling

Changes to the art building included a new lighting studio, a darkroom for photography and better facilities for ceramics and sculpture.

STUDENT LIFE

Call to Action

A publication titled "A Call to Action" was written in 1996 by students of color in order to call attention to instances of hate speech and intolerance they had witnessed and experienced at The Claremont Colleges and to call on the Colleges to work to resolve these issues and improve the campus climate. 

The Walker Wall Task Force

Convened by President Peter Stanley to review the use of Walker Wall as an “anything-goes” free-speech wall, a group that became known as the Walker Wall Task Force reaffirmed that the Wall had become an important part of Pomona life and “one of the defining features of the Pomona College campus.” They also found, however, that there was “a pervasive sense of disappointment and frustration with the Wall,” and challenged the community to restore the Wall to its original role as a place of significant commentary on events, recommending that the College be more pro-active in engaging students with the purpose of the Wall.

Dining Halls: Snack Begins and Composting Introduced 

The ever-popular Snack was introduced in 1996 at Frary, Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. At the time, Snack was provided at the expense of hot breakfasts. And environmental organizers made composting a way of life on campus by asking students to throw all their food except meat into bins by the conveyor belt in the dining halls. Compost was then used for plantings in Marston Quad.

EVENTS

Myrlie Evers-Williams ’68

Featured speaker for the 103rd commencement exercises in Pomona’s history was Myrlie Evers-Williams ’68, chairperson of the NAACP National Board of Directors.

ELSEWHERE

  • The IBM chess computer named Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov, becoming the first machine to win a chess game against a reigning world champion.
  • Theodore Kaczynski, who would later be convicted as the “Unabomber,” was arrested at his remote Montana cabin following a tip from his brother.
  • Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, was born in Scotland.