#ThrowbackThursday: Mack Hall

By DJ Byrnes on March 13, 2014 at 11:32a

From the UDHCMH Tumblr:

It’s a snowy Thursday night, January 29, 1925. Mary is writing her friend or sister Beatrice back home in tiny Beaver, Ohio in Pike County. She talks about the heavy snow, her cold, and student teaching at Northwood Elementary. A mutual friend has gotten a radio. She’s looking forward to a fudge party Saturday and a blind date with a friend’s frat brother next Friday. She asks Beatrice to send her silk dress for the date.

"Here is a picture of your home for next winter," she tells incoming student Beatrice.

Mary loves Ohio State and Mack Hall and all her friends there but graduation is near and Mary’s a little sad about it. “I wish I had 4 years before me, like you do.”

This is something to which I can relate. Every time I see bright-eyed teens leading their parents around Kroger, racking up the free groceries, I just want to corner them and scream "CHERISH IT, STAY AS LONG AS YOU CAN" like Billy Madison

I definitely wouldn't trade 2014 for 1925, though.


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MackRM408's picture

I approve of this message

+2 HS
buckIalum's picture

There was a huge difference in grocery bills when my parents were in town. Typically I could squeeze out the essentials for less than 40 bucks a week. When the parents were in town it was definitely going triple digits and we're going to Schmidt's.

+2 HS
Buckeyeneer's picture


I have literally done that. Never to a complete stranger, but to some of my little brother's friends as they were heading off to OSU.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

thunderhawks51's picture

I lived in Mack Hall for a bit. Loved the people, hated the building. 

+2 HS
TheBadOwl's picture

Same here, the building is pretty awful but it was nice being able to swipe into the back entrance for KComm. The people were pretty awesome, and the study areas, while a bit old, were pretty nice too, but in general it's one of the worst dorms.


When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

OSUStu's picture

Mack Hall cafeteria was great.  It was all students working there and they didn't give a shit.  I used to all of my out of town friends there to eat because they didn't need a meal plan or Buck ID.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Chief B1G Dump's picture

People smoked a ton of banana peels in Mack Hall back in the 20s and 30s.