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- May ??, 1944 - WWI Portico on Basilica completed
The eastern door to the Basilica was added in 1924 and went without statues in the niches for twenty years. From the University archives site, two statues were added into the niches in May 1944.
- February ??, 1977 - Tennessee Williams speaks at Literary Festival
In 1977, the Sophomore Literary Festival was held Feb. 13-19. Some details and pictures can be seen in the 1977 yearbook: (Page 197 Page 199). Supposedly Tennessee Williams went to Senior Bar before the SLF, walked on stage, poured a glass of wine and then went out to the bars afterwards as well.
Other invitees to the SLF included Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut. Do not know if they were in the same year or different years.
- ??? ??, 1985 - Nicholas Sparks helps set the 4x800 record
This record was set in Sparks' freshman year, 1985. We assume the record was set during the spring semester during the Track & Field season. Also on the 4x800 medley team was Nicholas Sparks' roommate Jeff Van Wie. The record still stands today. The 2011 Media Guide only lists the 4x400 record (which was also set in 1985).