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st. lawrence university magazine | spring 2015


“As I recollect, the window was

just over the bed, and a clothes

closet was to the right of the

chair in the photo. The new Kirk

Douglas Hall rooms look very

comfortable. I hope the students

appreciate what they have.”

—John T. Kahler Jr. ’51

“One item that came with the

room, which probably isn’t in the

hotel-like rooms of today, was a

black rotary-dial telephone.”

—Jamie Ross ’73

“One spring day in 1946 I

returned to my room to discover

several tadpoles swimming

around in my sink, courtesy of

one of my friends. The urinals

in the bathroom were covered

with white wooden boxes. Too

much for teenage girls to look

at, I guess.”

—Jean Kring Tews ’49

(The writer alludes to the fact that

immediately after World War II,

with few men enrolled, women

were housed in “Men’s Res” for a

period of time. —NSB)

running economics experiments that I

can use down the road,” she says. “Not

many universities provide their students

with these tools and facilities, and I’m

excited to be one of the first students to

take part in establishing our lab.”

ooking forward, Motika hopes

use of the lab can expand to other

departments. “There’s a surprising

amount of experimental research that’s

happening in the corporate world

today,” she declares. “If our students

have an idea of how to set up a well-

designed experiment, they can use that

in any sort of job.”


interact virtually through the comput-

ers in the lab, providing insight into

individual and group behavior under

different types of economic situations.

Professors and students can create their

own computer programs to test con-

cepts such as trade, prices and produc-

tivity. “Usually, we’re creating a market

or we’re looking at interactions between

people, because that’s mostly what trade

is,” Motika says.

Emma Flemming ’16 is creating her

own experiment involving potential pay-

offs. “This is such an amazing oppor-

tunity to gain experience designing and

here’s a new

laboratory on

campus that will

give students the

opportunity to

participate in and

conduct their own

experiments through interactive, hands-

on research. Sounds familiar, but what

might come as a surprise is that the lab

is for economics.

“The Experimental Economics Lab

tests economic theory against real-world

behavior,” explains Meryl Motika, assis-

tant professor of economics. Lab users

“I had many close friends that

year, but having a single room

afforded me a sanctuary to which

I could escape the madness.”

—Dick Colantuono ’71

“The rooms in 1954 were

really quite well worn and

yes, they were that Spartan.

There were also a desk with

a two- or three-shelf hanging

bookcase and one very narrow

bed with an ancient mattress.

With that sink and an illegal

toaster-oven, I


the Residence’s dining room

offerings, (and) your foot-

locker acted as a sofa.”

—Alexander Wallace

(Wallace Douglas) ’58

“Looks like my room in my

freshman year, 1962-63.

Although clean and comfortable,

it was somewhat cloistered and

claustrophobic. Being upstairs

from the dining area made it

very efficient to get to eight

o'clocks on time.”

—Bob Riemer ’66


No Test Tubes

in This Lab

The Experimental Economics Lab allows students to test

economic concepts they may face for real someday.

The “From the Archives”

picture in our winter issue

generated an abundance

of recollections.

By Kara McDuffee ’15

‘Hey, I bet that was my room!’

our alumni were

on campus in

February as


in Residence.

From left, they were


Kornfeld ’77

, retired from

careers in law and education;

David Schryver ’05

, pharmacy

services executive;


“Kat” Bagley ’07

, science

writer and teacher of science

journalism; and


Fazekas ’93

, a TV showrunner,

writer and producer.


Laurentians in Residence, Spring 2015 Edition