The dormitory was named for Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick who served as the college’s first physical training department director and is credited with creating Springfield College’s official seal, the inverted triangle, as well as the college’s Humanics philosophy of educating the whole person in “spirit, mind and body”. Gulick Hall was the first dorm to break the tradition of males and females having completely separate dorm buildings. Though Massasoit was the first dormitory to change from a single-sex dorm to a co-ed dorm in 1969, Gulick was the first dormitory built with the intention to house both men and women. Gulick had sections designated for males and females, explaining the complicated interior structure in which there are different letter/floor names, and different areas which are often surprisingly hard to get to. Today, Gulick Hall houses just under 300 first-year students, almost half the freshmen class.
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