My, my, my. How time flies at this institution! Ben Rushlo ("What exactly is a 'Fiddlee Fig'?" Oct. 23) has no idea why the "Fiddlee Fig" is called the "Fiddlee Fig"? I suspect that the restaurant may be nearly as old as he is, judging from his identification as a computer science freshman.
I seem to recall that the Student Union remodeled a number of its food service facilities in the mid-1970s, and one of the results was the Fiddlee Fig, named for a certain variety of ficus that was prominent among the plants in the decor. The leaves of the fiddle-leaf fig have indentations on their edges not unlike the shape of a violin, hence the name. Since I rarely get to the main campus now, I don't know if these plants still exist inside the restaurant. I hope that Mr. Rushlo can rest easily, without his skin curling, now that the strange name of this restaurant has been explained.
On a related topic, there was an article on Oct. 11 ("Union Club: back in business") about the Union Club; this article said that the Union Club opened 18 years ago. That would make it 1977. I believe that the Union Club actually opened earlier than that; I recall it being open for business as early as 1971 or 1972, shortly after the last major remodeling and expansion of the Student Union.
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