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February 5, 2009

Mory's hiatus hinders groups' traditions

Yale Daily News (CT):

Every Monday evening, one could walk into Mory’s and hear the Whiffenpoofs singing. Another all-male a cappella group, the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, would croon on Tuesdays. Every other Wednesday, the female seniors in Whim ‘n Rhythm would reach a higher pitch. And on Fridays, the Yale Political Union parties would sip on the Baker’s Soup.

But since December, the halls of Mory’s have been silent and empty ­as the club regroups from financial difficulties. And many Yale organizations — both young and old — can no longer walk down York Street to eat, sing or drink out of the club’s famed toasting cups. Without a central location to hold meetings, many groups have resorted to other locations off-campus, including local restaurants, to simulate the experience of Mory’s.

“You could expose a guest of the Union to the very iconic Yale experience,” YPU President David Manners-Weber ’10 said of Mory’s. “It’s difficult to imitate that at another New Haven restaurant.”

Christopher Getman ’64, the president of the Mory’s board of governors, said the club hopes to reopen at the beginning of the fall semester. But in the meantime, the closure of the 160-year-old institution has broken up the routines of many extra-curricular organizations — and perhaps the spirit of their bright college years. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at February 5, 2009 12:00 AM


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