The Hoboken Clam Broth House as an Unofficial Extension of Campus
The Hoboken Clam Broth House Graduate School for Stevens Engineers
As a Graduate School night student, before women students, many of us assembled in the men-only Hoboken Clam Broth House Bar before or after class. I can still hear the underfoot crunch of clam shells tossed on the floor, as was the custom, while ordering another beer.
In the beginning, all we had in common was the Stevens classroom. We didn’t live on campus, we worked full time, some for companies we never heard of, our worldly experiences were broad, some were married with families, and here at Stevens our majors were different. Thus we had robust conversations on every imaginable subject including our classes and professors. We could be very loud and definitive in our opinions but I don't recall any of us being thrown out for being too robust.
Outside the small campus of that time, the Clam Broth House was "our Stevens." We formed bonds over beer and clams, allowing us to create collaboration buddies. In those pre-internet days, frequent open-book exams encouraged student teams for research and preparing responses. I still recall spending nearly 40 hours one "long weekend" between a Thursday night class and a Tuesday night "due date" completing an "Elementary Statistics for Engineers" exam at home with another Clam Broth House Engineer. And yes, we passed!
Some of us still connect via the Stevens Alumni Association. Someday there may be a campus place to meet, I doubt it will ever replace the Clam Broth House.
John Tracy M.M.S. '65