Main Courtyard, Trumbull College
|Location||241 Elm Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
|Motto||Fortuna Favet Audaci|
|Motto in English||Fortune favors the brave.
We must consult Brother Jonathan.
|Named for||Jonathan Trumbull|
|Colors||Maroon, gold, black, and white|
|Sister college||Cabot House|
|Master||Dr. Margaret S. Clark|
|Dean||Dr. Jasmina Beširević-Regan|
The college is named for Jonathan Trumbull, the last governor of the Colony of Connecticut and first governor of the State of Connecticut, serving from 1769 until 1784, and a friend and advisor to General George Washington throughout the revolutionary period who dedicated the resources of Connecticut to the fight for independence. He was the only colonial governor to support the American Revolution.
One of the University's older colleges, Trumbull was originally two free-standing dormitory buildings flanking the old gymnasium. When university President James Rowland Angell instituted the residential college system in 1933, the gym was torn down and the dormitories connected with a new building in the Gothic style, forming the Sterling Quadrangle; the fourth side of the quadrangle is Sterling Memorial Library. The new building contains the Trumbull dining hall, common room, and library, and a new dorm wing was constructed parallel to the originals. A Master's House was also constructed in the southeast corner of the quadrangle.
James Gamble Rogers, the architect of many of Yale's colleges, considered the dormitories that would later be incorporated into Trumbull his magnum opus, inscribing the initials of the men who worked on the project on shield carvings along the outside of the buildings. The buildings of Trumbull are modeled after King's College, Cambridge. Three separate courtyards — Alvarez (Main) Court, Potty Court, and Stone Court — grace Trumbull's interior.
The university chose its first college masters to reflect a diverse range of disciplines. President Angell, a psychologist, was especially keen to have a scientist among them. He recruited Stanhope Bayne-Jones, a Yale College graduate then dean of the medical school at the University of Rochester, to come to Yale as Trumbull's first master.
Because Trumbull was pieced together using existing buildings, and on a small area of land, its student rooms were older and its amenities were less generous than those of some of its sister colleges. Still, the first group of students and faculty to occupy the college put the space to some creative uses. For example, Clements Fry, pioneering psychiatrist in the Department of University Health, opened an office providing therapy and counseling to Yale students in a fourth-floor room off Stone Court.
During World War II, Yale turned much of its campus over to the military for training. By 1943 Trumbull was one of only three colleges that continued to house undergraduates (Timothy Dwight and Jonathan Edwards were the others).
In the first two decades of Yale's residential college system, students would apply for entry to their choice of college at the end of their freshman year. Although the university sought to give each college a diverse population, the colleges acquired reputations. Freshmen from wealthy families with social connections tended to shun Trumbull. As one chronicler of the university's history noted, "Calhoun and Davenport were strongly athletic and ‘white shoe,’ only engineers (it was whispered) congregated in Silliman and Timothy Dwight, and no one knew who lived in Trumbull." Put more charitably, Trumbull maintained a reputation for housing serious students, many of whom were on scholarships. Some called Trumbull "the bursar's college." To overcome these social differences, the university began assigning most students to colleges randomly — beginning in 1954 at the end of the student's freshman year, and beginning in 1962 upon admission to Yale.
In 1968, Yale President Kingman Brewster announced a plan for admitting women to Yale and proposed that Trumbull be turned into housing for freshmen women. Brewster held a "stormy" meeting with Trumbull students, who would have been forced to vacate their college. In response to the protest, Brewster changed his plan and reserved one of the Old Campus dormitories for women. The Trumbull College Council passed a motion "vigorously endorsing with rampant enthusiasm" the revised proposal.
Helen Brown Nicholas, wife of former master John Spangler Nicholas, died in 1972 and left the college a bequest to fund building of a chapel. Yale architecture professor Herbert Newman and his students designed the chapel, modifying an existing squash court in the Trumbull basement. It was dedicated in 1974. Frequently used as a theater, "Nick" Chapel remains in high demand by Yale students of all colleges.
The college was extensively remodeled during the 2005–2006 academic year, thanks in part to donations from the Alvarez family. All dorm rooms and bathrooms were renovated, and the dining hall kitchen and the activity areas in the basement received comprehensive upgrades and modernization.
Trumbull's freshmen are housed in Bingham Hall along with students from Calhoun College. Bingham, located at the corner of College and Chapel streets on the former site of the Osborne Lab, is the only building on Old Campus with rooftop access. Other features of Bingham are its tower and accompanying elevator and the laundry facilities in its basement which serve about half of Old Campus.
Trumbull College itself includes three courtyards, a buttery, dance studio, student kitchen, TV room, theatre, seminar room, art gallery, art studio, pottery studio, gym, music room, common room, computer rooms, library, dining hall, billiards and ping pong areas as well as a Master's House where many social activities are held.
Trumbull is the smallest of Yale's residential colleges, both in terms of students affiliated with the college and students housed in the college.
- Trumbull freshmen won the 2008 Freshman Olympics for the first time in Trumbull history.
- Trumbull finished 1st place in Yale College Intramurals in the 2012-2013 season winning the Tyng Cup despite being the smallest of Yale's 12 residential colleges. In the prior 2010-2011 year and in the subsequent 2013-2014 year Trumbull finished in second place. (Trumbullians intend to finish in first place again in the 2014-2015 year.)
- Trumbull's team of chefs took 3rd place in the 2013-2014 Final Cut cooking contest.
- Trumbull has two Trumpets: Harold, a golden retriever who can be found soaking up attention in Trumbull's courtyard and Annabelle a very old cat who appears only for those students who prefer cats to dogs.
- Master Margaret S. Clark was appointed Master for a five year term beginning on July 1, 2013. In the coming 2014-2015 year she will host a sailing trip out of Mystic, Ct., dessert receptions, a sushi reception, a trip to the NYC ballet, a boat trip on the Connecticut River, and many study breaks.
- Dean B of Trumbull College is known for taking lots of photographs of Trumbull's students, cheering loudly for Trumbullians at athletic events, attending lots of social events with Trumbullians and having two terrific daughters and a terrific husband. They all live in the college. Dean B also hosts study breaks and tracks everyone's academic progress.
- The phrase "We must consult Brother Jonathan" appears on the graduation certificates of the college.
- Cornhole has become increasingly popular among Trumbull seniors. The game involves throwing a series of four bean-bags across to the other team's board, scoring 1 point for each that remains on the board, 3 points if it falls through a hole in the middle. After both teams have gone, the difference between their points is taken, and that difference is awarded to the winning team. Trumbull's cornhole games appear during it's Fall Rumble in Trumble festival as well as in the spring during it's Pamplona event.
- The Trumbulletin is Trumbull's tabloid magazine and the oldest residential college publication at Yale, although it has been waning as of late, with nary an issue in more than two and a half years.
- Rumble in Trumbull: Trumbullians combat with massive foam gloves. Favorite past Rumbles include Jews vs. Gentiles and various competitions among suites. Good things to eat and many games appear during Rumble in Trumbull.
- Pamplona: Trumbullians celebrate the end of Spring classes with food, music, competitions, and the Running of the Bulls.
- Potty Court Frisbee was a game popular in the 1970s and 1980s played in the Potty Court by two teams of two players each. The general idea was to stand on the low stone wall next to the wrought iron arch at one end of the courtyard and throw a frisbee through the twin arch at the other end, while the other team's two players tried to stop it. Defenders could stand on and lean out from the low stone wall, and could hang from the arch, but could not touch the walkway under the arch. The throws alternated between the teams.
A throw that went through the arch above the level of the stone wall scored one point. A throw that went through one of the two narrow gaps at the top of the arch's ironwork was a "grundl" and scored two points. To discourage defenders from committing to defense of the arch before the opponent threw, the thrower could also score a point for a shot that hit the wrought iron fencing next to the arch, but a "fence shot" had to hit the fence on the fly or off a wall, while a shot through the arch was allowed to bounce off the ground. The first team to get seven points won. Other than the frisbee, no equipment was required, although some players wore leather gloves to protect their hands from the wrought iron.
- The Beer and Bicycle Race was a team biathlon event from the 1950s and '60s, briefly revived in the '70s. The first race, in 1952, staged by the Trumbull Beer and Bike Society, was an over 70-mile relay from Trumbull to Vassar College. Riders had to consume a quart of beer before passing the baton to the next member of their team (although some sources suggest the beer had to be consumed before riding). Prizes were awarded for fastest times and best rider costumes. The annual April event became the center of press attention, partying, and celebration, and grew to the point that authorities at Vassar banned it in 1957. It continued for a while with a new destination, Connecticut College. In 1964, Trumbull ran it on a 45-mile course through nearby towns, ending back at the Yale Bowl. It seems to have faded away after that, although Trumbull re-staged it for a few years in the 1970s as a double round-trip race between Trumbull and Sleeping Giant State Park.
- Running of the Bulls: A raucous run through Cross Campus and Trumbull's traditional rival college, neighboring Berkeley. It usually occurs on the day of Pamplona.
- Trumbull seniors annually paint the Potty Court Statue prior to graduation. The class of 2008 painted the statue to look like then-Yale-College-Dean (now Yale President) Peter Salovey. The class of 2014 painted it to look like Harold, the Trumdog.
Masters and Deans
|1||Stanhope Bayne-Jones||1932–1938||Russell Inslee Clark, Jr.||1963–1965|
|2||Charles Hyde Warren||1938–1945||Edwin Storer Redkey||1965–1968|
|3||John Spangler Nicholas||1945–1963||Paul Terry Magee||1968–1971|
|4||George deForest Lord||1963–1966||W. Scott Long||1971–1974|
|5||Ronald Myles Dworkin||1966–1969||C. M. Long (acting)||1974–1975|
|6||Kai Theodor Erikson||1969–1973||W. Scott Long||1975–1978|
|7||Robert John Fogelin||1973–1976||Robert A. Jaeger||1978–1982|
|8||Robert A. Jaeger (acting)||1976–1977||Mary Ramsbottom||1982–1986|
|9||Michael George Cooke||1977–1982||Peter B. MacKeith||1986–1990|
|10||Frank William Kenneth Firk||1982–1987||William Di Canzio||1990–1998|
|11||Harry B. Adams||1987–1997||Peter Novak||1998–2001|
|12||Janet B. Henrich||1997–2002||Laura King||2001–2004|
|13||Frederick J. Streets (acting)||2002–2003||Jasmina Beširević-Regan||2004–present|
|14||Janet B. Henrich||2003–2013|
|15||Margaret S. Clark||2013–|
Note: Records of the residential colleges of which graduates of Yale College were members are incomplete and not readily available.
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