SJT’s son to tie the knot in the Marvin Center

University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg will be in the Marvin Center on Sunday, but he won’t be conducting business. He will be attending the marriage of his younger son Ben.

Ben, who will graduate from Columbia Law School later this year, will exchange vows with bride Joanna Winslade in the building’s Betts Theatre on the first floor. The couple met as Yale undergraduates.

“We’re doing it here in Washington and it happens to be our spring break, so campus is going to be quiet,” President Trachtenberg said.

The Marvin Center, located across the street from his Rice Hall office, offered a good price for the affair, said Trachtenberg, who emphasized that he was not getting a discount to use the facility. Several others University officials also said the families of the couple were paying to rent the Marvin Center rooms.

“We’re paying for it,” Trachtenberg said.

Kosher food for a wedding reception on the Marvin Center’s third floor will be provided by an outside caterer, said University Events director Jim Hess, whose office is not involved in the planning. A contract between the University and Aramark says that the company must cater all events in the Marvin Center unless it can’t serve the requested food.

Hess said Aramark grants exemptions to a number of events for food it can’t prepare, such as halal and kosher meals.

“They are a whole slew of reasons to grant exemptions,” he said. “This is not unusual.”

-Michael Barnett

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