The one memory that immediately comes to mind, involved the antics that we carried out as freshman on the 4th Floor of Hayden Hall during our first semester (See attached picture). Most memorable was the time four of us stood up all night making hot air balloons with dry cleaner bags and launching them over the Hudson River toward New York City. Wind conditions were perfect, and some of the balloons actually made it all the way across. My roommate, Larry, and I decided to craft some fireworks and attach them to the balloons, and set them up with a lit cigarette to act as a time delay fuse, so that the fireworks would go off 6 or 7 minutes after we launched the balloon. It was epic, until we got careless, and one of the balloons got too hot, burned a hole in the top of the balloon, and it landed on or near a ship docked on the river. When the fireworks went off, all hell broke loose on the ship, and we scurried back to our rooms and pretended to be asleep. The Dean was on our floor the next day, and said he knew it was us, but could not prove it, so we did not get into any serious trouble. Not coincidently, almost everyone on the 4th Floor of Hayden Hall was assigned a different room on a different floor for the second semester to break up our gang.
- Frank Vastano '73