Located on the ground floor of Harmon Hall, the College Store (formerly the “PX”) first opened its doors in 1956. Managed by Hillard Seaver, it featured a bookstore, barbershop, mailroom, snack bar, and a couple of small meeting rooms, or lounges, where students would huddle around a small black-and-white TV after third mess to watch The Andy Griffith Show and The Flintstones. In this photo, three soda jerks wait on customers at the snack bar, where one of the favorite menu items was vanilla Coke. Leaning toward the counter with his hands in the sink is Earl, the head “jerk,” who was purported to have only one tooth in his upper jaw. For those of you still hankering for that authentic vanilla Coke taste, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and a little salt in a saucepan, and boil gently for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1–2 tablespoons of vanilla extract (depending on your taste). Place in a small jar and chill. To make a vanilla Coke, pour 1 shot (1.5 fluid oz.) of this vanilla-flavored syrup to a glass of Coca-Cola over ice. For folks looking for a simpler solution, a 25-oz. bottle of Torani vanilla-flavored syrup will run you about $8.00. Either way, enjoy!  –Editor

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