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Games Area (Strosacker)

Citation: Maria J. Hoffmann, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1977), p. 193.

A student shoots some pool in the Games Area in the lower level of Strosacker. Pinball machines can be seen in the background as well as the bookstore. Source: Page 193, 1977 Grindstone.

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You deserve a break today - instead of going to McDonald's why don't you break away to the games room. In the words of Dick Kamman, "The games room is for recreation and relaxation." Dick should know, he's in charge of the games room. He feels that "it breaks up" one's busy schedule, if only for a half an hour. Let's face it, we can all take some time to unwind.

The prices in the games room are more than reasonable. Forty cents a game or three games for a dollar for bowling, a dollar an hour for billiards, and fifty cents a game per person for table tennis. Dick believes, and I fully agree with him, that it's better that each student pay for their own games instead of adding $10.00 to everyone's tuition. "Why should all student pay for what only tialf m4y take advantage of?" That brings us to another point. Although many people do take advantage of the games room, there could be greater participation.

On the whole Mr. Kamman feels that the students take good care of the equipment. This same equipment has been used for twelve years. He only had one complaint to speak of. Metal ashtrays costing $6.00 a piece were stolen, six of them in three or four weeks. This is a disgrace. I'm sure no one who's attending Baldwin-Wallace is so poor that they need to steal an ashtray!

Did you know Baldwin-Wallace participated in the Association of College Union Contests in 1977? In this association, many colleges were competing against each other in various games. We're proud that our own Robert Basalla won First Place in the chess competition. Ray Glinka is the bowling star of Baldwin-Wallace. He won Fourth Place in men's all events and Fifth Place in men's singles. Larry Yungk placed seventh out of twenty-nine contestants in the table tennis. I'd like to congratulate these students for their excellent achievements. They deserve our recognition.

There's a lot of fun and competition going on the games room. Why don't you come down and see for yourself?

Citation: Jim Peters, “Games Area Offers Recreation,” The Exponent (Berea, OH), September 14, 1979, p. 12.

Attention all incoming freshmen and returning upperclassmen! There is a place in town where a person can bowl, shoot pool, play table tennis, pinball. chess checkers, electronic TV games, foosball, etc., etc., for the most reasonable price in town. Can anyone guess where that place is? One more clue--- this facility is within five minutes walking distance to any place on the Baldwin-Wallace Campus. Still don't know?

The Games Area downstairs in the Student Union. This outstanding recreation center has been in existence since September of 1965, under the Direction of Dick Kamman. The facility houses eight-bowling lanes, eight pool tables, two foosball tables, two table tennis tables, five pinball machines, air hockey, checkers, chess, and a variety of electronic games. The fees for those games are reasonable, for example, the-price of bowling is $.50 per game with shoe rental only S.25. Billiards are $1.20 per hour and table tennis is $.60 per hour. All equipment necessary to participate in those games is available at the Games Area, i.e. bowling balls, table tennis paddles and balls, pool cues. etc.

Foosball in the Games Area of Strosacker. Source: Photo Boxes, Buildings, Box 5, File BW.01.49.2 Strosacker-Interior.

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The Games Room is open to all members of Baldwin-Wallace during these hours: Monday- Thursday-9:00 a.m.-11 :00 p.m. Friday-9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Saturday-11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Sunday-1 :00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. It should be noted that the Games Area remains open until stated hours only if the is sufficient business.

The primary function of the Games Area is to provide recreation for the Baldwin-Wallace Community and in order to maximize student participation in the Games Area activities Mr. Kamman actively organizes leagues in bowling, billiards, table tennis, and chess.

As an avid bowler, Mr. Kamman takes charge of the bowling activities. Every year he assists students in the formation of a coed bowling league, which commences competition around the second week of classes. The teams meet every Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m. in the Games Area. The cost of participation is nominal, $.50 per game plus $.25 for shoe rental. Ultimately, the top five male and female bowlers will enter the Association of College Unions-lnternational (ACU-I) Region VII tournament. Anyone interested in signing up for the league can do so at the desk in the Games Area.

Mr. Kamman recalled that back back in 1968 a young man named Dave Howell progressed so well during his years in the league that, he nearly went pro, but instead opted to attend Theology school. Again in 1975 another student, Mike Grady, took third place in the Region VIII ACU-I tournament with an average of 195 then went to place eleventh in the A C U - I nationals averaging 193. Although Mr. Kamman doesn't speak of it, he spent his years prior to Baldwin-Wallace in AMF's bowling division. Dick Kamman and his staff wish to welcome all incoming freshman and sincerely hopes it will be the best of years for all. Come down and see Dick and the Games Area real soon!!

George Finnie Stadium

Citation: Baldwin-Wallace College, “Baldwin-Wallace College Dedication of the George Finnie Stadium September 18, 1971,” (Berea, Ohio: Baldwin-Wallace College, 44017).

With a seating capacity of 8,000+, George Finnie Stadium was dedicated. Throngs of cheering fans can be seen packing the bleachers for a B-W home game. Source: pg. 199, ...And We Must Excel by Bill Nichols.

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The opening of The George Finnie Stadium will provide B-W students with a complete athletic facility for football, track, soccer, field hockey, intramurals and men's and women's physical education classes. Construction, begun in February, was completed in seven months, in time for the opening of the 1971 football season.

The Stadium features a Poly-Turf playing field (200' x 380') encircled by a quarter-mile, Uni-Turf, NCAA approved track with eight 42" lanes. Both playing surfaces were installed over a 4" base of crushed limestone topped by four inches of asphaltic concrete. The turf consists of three layers: a bottom 1/2" layer of foam "primary absorbing pad"; a middle layer of 3/16 " polyvinyl "secondary load dispersing pad"; and an outer layer of 3/4" synthetic grass. The synthetic track consists of one layer of 3/4" polyvinyl material.

The track has international, college and high school markings. The high jump is located on the south end in a fan-shaped area covered with a synthetic track surface, and there are two pole vault areas in the north end, and an area for steeplechase events.

Under the Bagley Road entrance to the new facility is a team house (64' x 164') at bowl level, seven feet below the road. The team house includes separate locker rooms for home and visiting teams, shower rooms, a large equipment room, a training room and rooms for coaches and officials, and concession stands.

The stands on both sides will seat more than 4,000 fans, giving the new stadium a seating capacity of 8,100. The center section on the west side has 290 reserved backed seats and the east side has 87. Also on the separate areas for the scoreboard operation, scouting, public address and statistics. On the top level are areas for radio crews, separate coaches' rooms, and a camera area. From a construction angle there are 5,000 cu. yds. of concrete in the new bowl and 150 tons of reinforcing bars. The total amount of earth moved for the project was 80,000 cu. yds.

The lighting for the field consists of six 100' poles with mercury-vapor and quartz lights providing 100 foot-candle illumination. The poles are located behind the stands at the goal lines and the 50-yard line.

Heine, Crider and Williamson of Berea are the architects and the contractor is The R. S. Ursprung Co.

B-W plans to make the new Stadium available on a rental basis for Ohio athletic events, high school events and graduation ceremonies.

Citation: Updated B-W History, n.d.

The George Finnie Stadium of Baldwin-Wallace is one of the finest athletic facilities in the country. Begun in March of 1971, the stadium was completed six months later in August. The stadium was dedicated at 5 :45 p.m. on September 18, 1971. The dedication, presided by Theodore Moll, vice-chairman of the trustees, was attended by 600 quests and included a reception, a dinner, and B-W - Hillsdale College football game. In addition, the Massillon Washington High School tiger Marching Band played a pre-game concert and performed at half time. B-W won the game over Hillsdale by a score of 31-10 before 7,140 fans. The first touchdown was scored by Mike Scullin on a two yard run. It was named in honor of George Finnie who donated over half of the $1.3 million bowl. Finnie was a 70 year-old sportsman from Rocky River. During this time B-W was coached by two legendary coaches, Dr. Lee Tressel, the football coach and athletic director and Paul "Sparky" Adams who was the track coach.

George Finnie Stadium, photographed February 5, 2003. Source: BW CD Collection, Buildings 2, #85, 2-5-2003. Click on image to enlarge.

The $1.3 million stadium was designed by Heine, Crider, and Williamson and was built by the R. S. Ursprung Co. American Biltrite Company of Boston supplied the artificial turf and track. It has a Poly-Turf playing surface and seats 8,100. This was the first time artificial turf was used on any field of any level in the Cleveland area. It was 12 built with the latest outdoor lighting equipment and an NCAA approved 42' eight-lane all-weather track. It also included coaching offices, athletic training facilities, locker rooms, showers, a large equipment room, and a two-story press box. The stadium on Bagley Road is sunk below street level giving it a bowl-like appearance. The team room, which is 64' by 164', is seven feet below the road and Bagley Rd. entrance. The Poly-Turf is stripped for both football and soccer. The stadium serves the Yellow Jacket football, track and field, and soccer teams. It also has been the host to four NCAA National Track Championships, as well as numerous Ohio Athletic Conference and All-Ohio track meets, high school meets, and Berea and Midpark H.S games. The facility also provided a training site for the Cleveland Browns. In addition, the stadium has also been used extensively for Health and Physical Education classes and intramural activities, as well as many other special events.

The artificial turf has been redone after 11 years of use and again in 1997. The stadium also received some renovation in 1997, making it more accessible for the disabled. The 1997 senior class gift was the idea for the renovation and an $18,000 donation to be spent on the project. More wheelchair seating will be added near the ramp entrance on the top of the west side.

Grand Manor Apartments

Citation: Updated B-W History, n.d.

The Grand Manor apartments in Berea became a college dormitory in 1969. The City of Berea approved a one year variance with a renewal option for two additional years for the apartments to be used for a dormitory for girls. The colleges growing population as the main reason the apa1iments needed to be purchased. The temporary apartments were to be used while B-W was conducting an enrollment study.

The girls living in Grand Manor, upperclassmen and freshman, shared the building with non-college tenants, but the situation worked well for all involved. The girls did complain, however, about still having to pay $180 for their meal tickets even though they had kitchen facilities in the apartments. The girls said they felt a feeling of freedom and isolation at the same time.

The apartments were later used to house only married undergraduate students and college staff. The couples were charged only $125 a month plus electric bills to live in the apartments. After this change the building served as an independent apartment under the vice-president of Finance, instead of a residence hall. The area was later rezoned and was no longer made available for college use.