1952 — A new “chit” system promises to put an end to free-loading at the Ratty, until the invention of the backpack later that year.
1964 — The Ratty re-instates a coat-and-tie dress code. No riots ensue.
1985 — More than three-quarters of Refectory respondents said they prefer Classic Coke, but the Ratty “reports minimal carping” when it switches to New Coke, The Herald reports. No riots ensue.
1986 — Executive Editor and no-guff-taker David Lavallee ’87 writes a guide to navigating the Ratty efficiently. His “Lavallee line” — calling for two napkins, three glasses, and “pointed assaults from the rear” on the toaster bar — today serves as the model for conscientious ’Factory fans.
2010 — The Ratty replaces its cereal canisters. Cups do not fit underneath. Riots ensue.
Bonus Ratty Trivia: It’s true, it’s connected to the fraternities by tunnels.