A Clarkson Mosaic - page 302

Concluding its season with a 4-4-1 record, the soccer team had its second best season,
and the best since 1958. Highlights included two victories over arch rival St. Lawrence, and a
tie with Colgate. Particularly good performances were turned in by sophomore goalie Elmon
Henry and senior captain Tom Hooker.
Launching a drive among the students for a new hockey arena, a group of students
led by Tom Fitzgerald '64 spoke to a delegation from the Board of Trustees. The students' main
concern was whether money raised for an arena could be so earmarked, and not spent by the
College for other matters. They were assured by the Trustees that any money raised would
remain until the total amount needed had been raised. Along with Bill Fiesinger, alumni
director, Fitzgerald met with the Clarkson Alumni Association Council and received
enthusiastic support for the proposed new arena. Target date for completion was 1969.
To raise the money, each student was asked in January to sign a pledge card which
automatically transferred at his graduation the balance of his College breakage deposit to a
special student fund toward the new Student-Alumni Arena. Those funds were to be restricted
and never transferred for any other use. In return each student was to receive 50 shares of
charter stock in the "Student Arena Corporation," and his signature inscribed on a charter to be
preserved beside the College's original charter in the Snell Hall Board Room.
Fitzgerald calculated ideally that after each of Clarkson's 1,625 students affixed his
signature to such a card, the initial assets would total over $68,000. If each of the 6,000 alumni
matched the students with a two-for-one contribution, the total by June 1964 would top
The dream died in 1965, however, after the new expansion program called Operation 71
called for the construction of a new hockey arena which had been the goal and sole purpose of
the Tamaracs; thus it became redundant, and all the pledged breakage fees were returned to the
accounts of those who had supported Tamaracs.
Clarkson Coed.
For the first time since 1907, Clarkson enrolled a woman, Norma Wagner, a
junior transfer student in mathematics from Mohawk Valley Technological Institute. A native
of Brasher Falls, Norma chose to apply to Clarkson because it was near her home, was a good
school, and was considering admitting women.
FM Station.
In February, the FCC granted Clarkson a permit for a Class D FM broadcast
station, the only noncommercial broadcast outlet in Northern New York. This new campus
station, WTSC-the initials standing for Thomas S. Clarkson-began operation at 6:00 p.m. on
November 3 from its studios in Hamlin House when President Whitson officially switched on
the power.
Broadcasting daily from 6 p.m. until midnight, with a power output of 2,500 milliwatts,
it had an effective operating range of 10 miles around the Clarkson campus. Its transmitting
facilities were located in Holcroft House with its antenna mounted on the roof, the highest spot
in Potsdam.
This station became the third radio station on the Inter-College Radio Network which
included all college radio facilities in Potsdam, the other stations in the network being WNTC
and WCCT, both of which operate on carrier current and are received in buildings on the
Clarkson and SUCP campuses through power-line transmission.
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