Who’s On First? At MSU, It’s Bud And Lou: Village At Little Falls Opening

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello met the Invisible Man, they met the Keystone Kops, they even met Frankenstein.

Now they are not only meeting Montclair State University: They have come to stay at the new "Village at Little Falls," scheduled to officially open Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. The grand opening ceremony is free and open to the public. Former Gov. and EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman is among those scheduled to participate.

When MSU opens the multipurpose center in its new residential village on Clove Road, students will relax, exercise and enjoy life in the Abbott and Costello Center.

The University's Board of Trustees agreed to name the facility after the famous comedic duo, whose roots are as firmly embedded in New Jersey as is Montclair State.

The Abbott and Costello Center was one of five names approved by the Trustees, four for new residence halls and the multipurpose center, collectively known as The Village at Little Falls. All have been named after deceased New Jersey luminaries whose legacies endure and deserve recognition.

The four residence halls are named for jazz genius William (Count) Basie; for noted poet and pediatrician William Carlos Williams; for women's rights champion Alice Paul; and for pioneering New Jersey Congresswoman Millicent Hammond Fenwick.

The University, in an innovative naming plan, suggested the names of 32 famous New Jerseyans and asked members of the campus community for their input.

"Our students came up with 16 names they favored from that list," said Dr. Susan A. Cole, president of MSU. "We took these names to the entire campus community and asked for their input and suggestions for additional names. Following this broad University participation, we had a good sense of what the feelings on campus were.

"Based on that, we came up with this list. We wanted names that were diverse, interesting and not commonly seen on buildings in New Jersey. We wanted not only to honor our state's heritage, but also to be a little bit creative."

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(NOTE: Media representatives are invited to the ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. Fact sheets are also available by email or fax. To receive a fact sheet, or for additional information, contact Bob Quarteroni, Director of Public Information, at (973)655-4333 or email him at quarteronib@mail.montclair.edu.)