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Going Back

This past weekend I attended my 50th Reunion of the graduating class of Stonehill College, 1956, North Easton, Mass. We were the 5th graduating class in this new college, and the smallest graduating class ever. Most of us were very poor, and could not have afforded the tuition even in those days ($210 per semester! Hey! Postage stamps were only 3 cents, and a gallon of gas was 14 cents.) Only a handful had cars: parking was never a problem.

Today Stonehill has 2,300 students, accepting only 1 out of 10 applicants, and is rated one of the top small liberal arts colleges in New England, and by some in the whole country.

Most of all, it has built one of the most handsome — no, really beautiful — campuses you will ever visit. One thing the Holy Cross fathers do really well is favor beauty in what they build, as at Notre Dame, too (the Stonehill of the Middle West). Even its football team has won its league championship, and has a brand new 2,500 seat stadium.

A great time was had by all. The College also goes all out for Reunion days, and the students of the alumni association, who help out, could not put a more intelligent, helpful, courteous, and respectful face on the College. They were better than we were at that age, we all agreed.

Michael Novak was a Catholic philosopher, journalist, novelist, and diplomat.

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