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1 Diegan Jonathan Diegan Miss R. D. Doddato October 3, 2007 English 111- Section 5 The Spirits of Roth Hall While many times memorials are hot vacation spots with well known history, sometimes the best memorials are the ones right under our noses. We have all been to Roth Memorial Hall here on the Thiel campus. You may have heard about the ghost that some say dwells there. In order to verify these stories, we must first know the history behind that building. There is much to be learned in the past, however today the building is very much still in use. The modern productivity of this memorial also plays a huge role in its importance. We have all visited the building and made use of its services at one time or another. Although Roth Hall has an elaborate history, it still proves itself to be the heartbeat of a campus. In order to understand the significance of this memorial, we first need to understand for whom it was erected. Roth Hall was built for the first and fourth president of Thiel College, Henry Warren Roth and Theophilus B. Roth. They were the sons of John Roth, a Moravian missionary who explored the area in 1771. Although I do not know much about Henry Roth I did find some interesting information on Theophilus. Theophilus was a pastor, Thiel College President, and professor. While on campus he taught Greek, Latin, and Ethics. His role as a religious role model and vast store of knowledge led to his position as the fourth president of Thiel College. Roth Hall was built for both him, an actually Thiel graduate, and his brother Henry in the early years of the college. Both brothers showed a deep loved for Thiel and its students. The hall was built in their memory and showed how a Thiel grad can bring honor to Diegan 2 the campus. However, the hall did not end there. It has been well used and to this day still serves as a focal major point of the college. Once one has discovered the history of Roth Memorial Hall they see that it is more then what stands today. However, in my opinion, the fact that Roth Hall is so use full to us as students today stands as a testament to the Roth brothers. Think about it, where was the first place you visited on campus? Most of us would have to say admissions. Well admissions is located in the bottom half of Roth Hall. The office of academic records is there as well. This is important because one of the last places you go is the records office to send transcripts to future employers. So not only, for most of us, was it the first place we visited, but it will be the last place we visit as well. For the time in between there is the office of financial aid. This is often visited every year by students to assure that payments are made on time. As you can see this memorial is not a dormant tomb or only a nice looking peace of architecture, but the heartbeat of the college. Roth Memorial Hall is the heartbeat of Thiel college with it famous history and modern day productivity. The brothers' Henry and Theophilus Roth made a lasting impression on Thiel. This impression was formed into a building named Roth Memorial Hall. It stood for the ideas and morals of the two brothers. This building still stands for the same ideas today. It helps out students in every aspect of their college life. From the very start to the very end, we find ourselves visiting Roth Hall. This makes the memorial all more real. Because, every time we enter Roth Hall it is as if we are not alone on the campus. For those that say there is a ghost that haunts that hollowed building, I am not completely sure haunts is the correct terminology. Rather, we are being guided and aided by the Roth brothers. In hopes we may bring honor, as they have, to Thiel. ... View Full Document

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