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The building of Willard Straight Hall.

The student union idea was just beginning to catch on in the United States when Dorothy Straight decided to build one at Cornell in 1921. Her husband had recently died in World War I and had directed her in his will to do 'such a thing or things for Cornell University as she may think most fitting and useful to make the same a more human place." For three years, Dorothy Straight worked tirelessly to ensure the new union met the requirements of the university. On June 15, 1924, a cornerstone-laying ceremony was held and on December 14, 1925 the building was formally dedicated as Willard Straight Hall.