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Coordinates: 37°52′23″N 122°15′10″W 37.87306, -122.25278


Bowles Hall


  • The oldest dorm and the only all-male dorm at Berkeley, Bowles has the feel of a fraternity, with the notable difference of size - this building houses hundreds while most frats feature only mere dozens. This frat culture has been at odds with UC for many years, with the administration constantly seeking new ways to put a damper on good ol boy rituals in the building. These activities included the annual Halloween Party, once ranked among the Top Ten college parties in the country. While other halls had Hall Presidents and other formal sounding names, Bowles had the Assistant Social Secretary and Head of Light Entertainment, aka Asshole.[1]
  • In the 2000s, when crackdowns on the Halloween Party and other events failed to dampen the Bowlesmen, Housing and Dining Services cleaned house in Fall 2005, purging all old members and starting with an all new group of residents. It shall be seen what kind of an effect this has, if any, given the house had high turnover in years past anyway due to UC's limited housing and the policy of guaranteeing only one year in the dorms.[1]
  • Places to Check Out:[1]
      1. Bowles Elevator. Old style elevator with sliding cage door.
      2. Tower. Storage space in tower, accessible only by locked door or unlocked ceiling hatch.




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