Highlights from the year 1958:

  • Prof. James MacGregor Burns lost his bid for a seat in Congress
  • Laszlo Versenyi joined the faculty
  • Tuition topped $1100
  • Some freshmen built a snow sculpture of a 30-foot-tall obese monarch ("Snow King") for Winter Carnival
  • The Purple Cow ceased publication
  • The Boston & Maine Railroad stopped running direct trains from Williamstown to Boston
  • Two students were arrested for firing a shotgun into the home of the College Chaplain
  • One student was put on probation for unspecified "conduct unbecoming a gentleman"
  • The Freshman Carnival sparked a wave of destruction that culminated in a car being overturned and set on fire in the middle of the Freshman Quad.