Binghamton University at 75: A Photo Flashback

Posted by Madeline Loiaconi on December 3, 2021


Binghamton University at 75: A Photo Flashback

2021 has been a celebration of community, growth and a return back to ‘normalcy.’ Coincidentally, Binghamton University celebrated its 75th anniversary this year. Our University has grown so much in such a short period of time, achieving things on level with some of the most elite universities. After digging through the archives, I’ve compiled several photos that encompass then and now to truly visualize how much has changed over time. Let’s take a look back at the history of the University to truly appreciate the community that Bearcats have built from scratch.

Binghamton University

Binghamton University, originally named Triple Cities Community College, opened its doors in 1946 as a two-year college for GIs returning from war. The main building of the campus was located in old Colonial Hall in Endicott. In 1950, it changed its name to Harpur College and was incorporated into the State University of New York. In 1954, 387 acres of land was bought on what is now modern-day Binghamton University. The campus now encompasses 930 acres of land.

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Dickinson Community

With the newly acquired land, it didn’t take long for the student population to grow. In 1958, Dickinson Community became the first residential community on campus. Today, it has four of the newest buildings on campus. Residential Life has grown into six communities: Dickinson, Hinman, College-in-the-Woods, Mountainview, Newing, and the Apartments. From Dorm Wars to Co-Rec, each community has its own unique traditions and style that students love to take pride in.

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University Union

Can you imagine campus without the Union? From weekly events hosted by Late Nite, the newly renovated Undergrounds, the MarketPlace and more, it’s safe to say that the Union was an invaluable addition to our campus.

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The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse is the coolest (and warmest) building on campus, yet before 1965, it did not even exist! The oldest Greenhouse still standing on Binghamton’s campus was built in 1981. Now with four biomes, including The Desert Section, the Binghamton University Greenhouse is a must-see campus feature.

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Library Tower

Binghamton University without the library tower is a foreign concept to me. It’s the first thing that tells me I’m home when I'm driving back after break. In 1966, this became a concept for all Bearcats. 

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The Object

As the first liberal arts SUNY school, Binghamton is known for several on-campus works of art. The Object has been one of its most famous since 1967. Did you know it was made of wood until 2009?

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Lake Lieberman

Lounging around Lake Lieberman by Newing was  a Binghamton luxury back in 1972. Since the lake has grown smaller, students can now enjoy a campfire where the lake used to be.

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The MarketPlace

Can you spot the differences between these two photos? Without the MarketPlace, the Clock Tower and the additional fountain in the 1970 photo, Binghamton looks like two different campuses.

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The Peace Quad

The Peace Quad has always been a great hangout spot, especially during Springhamton! Despite the change in clothing trends from 1973 to today, students still enjoy a nice day outside!

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The Spine

Binghamton students know fall has peaked when the trees outside the Binghamton University Bookstore turn a beautiful red. However, in 1974, barely any trees were planted along the spine.

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Hinman Dorm Wars

A few Binghamton traditions have become a thing of the past, but some traditions are too iconic to fade away. Hinman Hysteria has taken place every year since 1978, and it is still going strong.

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College In The Woods

Despite changes in fashion, College In the Woods  remains a beautiful community to go for a stroll, no matter the weather.

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Jazzman’s Booths

I wouldn’t survive finals week without my favorite study spot on campus: the Jazzman’s booths. Even in 1980, before booths were installed, students loved this spot!

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University Fest

University Fest is yet another tradition that Binghamton students don’t want to miss! It is the perfect opportunity to get to know your new roomies and join one of the 300+ clubs that have been founded throughout the years!

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Pipe Dream

Binghamton’s school newspaper was not always named Pipe Dream. Until 1970, it was known as The Colonial News. Along with the name, Pipe Dream has changed its aesthetic numerous times, which can be seen in a 1970 edition front page compared to an issue from the Spring 2020 semester. Conveniently, all issues are now posted online, whereas in the 70’s it was common to see students reading a physical copy on campus.

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Fountains

Did you know Binghamton used to have a step-in fountain? In its place now stands Pegasus, a gift from the Class of 1985. According to Greek mythology, the statue inspires the spirit of dance, music, literature and memory. Now, the fountain that remains on campus is the beautiful Infinity Fountain, which perfectly reflects the sky.

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Lecture Hall

Students in 1987 attended lectures in the same Lecture Hall that students do today. From freshman Gen-eds to Binghamton’s largest majors, so many class memories were made in these rooms.

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Dorm Decor

No matter which decade you attended Binghamton University, decorating your dorm is something to look forward to every year.

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School of Management

Despite the School of Management's establishment in 1970, it wasn't until 1996 that its current home, Academic Building A, was constructed. 

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Clock Tower

What is campus without the Pantone 342 Clock Tower? Built in 2000, it's now one of Binghamton's most iconic structures.

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Binghamton University Entrance

First impressions are important. The Binghamton University entrance sign can be spotted far down the Vestal Parkway, its beautiful brick walls illuminated with green lettering, welcoming all Bearcats home. Did you know it was just built in 2014?

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Whether you’ve been here since 1946 or if it’s your first semester, you are what allows Binghamton to be a home for all. Despite all of its changes, Binghamton’s success remains possible because of you and the wonderful Bearcat community. 

Madeline Loiaconi is a junior at Binghamton University, majoring in English literature and creative writing and cinema. On campus, she is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Fraternity and a content creator on Binghamton's TikTok account. 

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