I Love Malott

“It is apropos that the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Commons opened on Valentine’s Day because since then it has become the heart of the campus,” said director of the Commons Suzanne Zetterberg.

The dynamic campus space celebrated its fifth birthday this February, in grand style. A celebration for the community was held in the Nancy Hart Glanville Dining Room, with pastries and other specialty foods, Valentine cookie decorating, and door prizes donated by local merchants.

In the five years since the opening, the Malott Commons has become more than a central dining facility—it is a hub of activity for Scripps students, faculty, and staff. According to Zetterberg, it is “the social and intellectual heartbeat of the campus—a place where community and ideas intersect.”

Professor Jennifer Wood noted,”The dinner with activist Erin Brockovich [in October 2004] and lecture are examples of the events we’ve had that not only bring together students, faculty, and staff, but also interesting women from the surrounding area.”

The Malott Commons involves the community in ways the former residence dining halls couldn’t. According to senior Julia Quail,”The only time that my friends and I can really spend some time with each other is during meals. Having dinner together at one of the big round tables in Malott has become our hanging-out time.”

Professor of Art History Bruce Coats, a member of the Commons Planning Committee, agrees that the Malott Commons has become the community center on campus, “It is the most urbane place in Claremont—filled with people and good noise and smells—and is constantly changing.”

While the Malott Commons hosts three meals a day—with multiple food choices—students, faculty, and staff also come to the Commons for teas, lectures, coffee at the Motley, shopping at the student store, meetings at the Student Activities and Residential Life Office(SARLO), and events sponsored by Alumnae Relations and Career Planning & Resources.

Coats concluded,”When the new Mary Wig Johnson Court east of Malott opens in 2005, along with the Gender and Women’s Studies Center and Library, the European Union Center offices, the Core and Humanities Institute offices, and other facilities, the area will be even more dynamic and will further enrich the campus.”