854 College grads and their guests returned to the Quads to celebrate
their quinquennial reunions in June, each class marked the occasion
in singular style.
party's over. The classes, too. The giant white tents have diappeared
from the main quadrangle. And the reunion evaluations are coming
in. Although asked to grade logistics and programming, transportation
and services, alumni really rate a reunion's success by friendships
renewed or begun, by new ideas gained in returning to their old
world. And, just a bit, on the weather.
all these measures, Reunion 2000 generally scored high, starting
with the weather. Friday was sunny and cool - good news for the
50 alumni from the Classes of 1985, '90, and '95, who watched
the Cubs play the Detroit Tigers at Wrigley. Saturday offered
blue skies, sunshine, and breezes. Gray skies on Sunday cr4eated
perfect conditions for 70 participants in a special "Chicago
Looks at the Millennium" symposium, in which alumni and faculty
looked at the future (of the media, the city, world politics,
and human genetics) in light of the past.
Saturday, alumni had a chance ot breakfast with faculty and to
attend one of six Uncommon Core offerings on topics from "The
Politics of Gender after Socialism" to "Biological Fluid
Mechanics (with Cheap Party Tricks)."
activities included "The Hutchins College is Alive and Well
and Living in Waukegan." Designed for the Classes of '45,
'50, '55, and '60, it focused on Shimer College, where the core
remains much as Hutchins knew it. Discussion was also hot and
heavy at the Kuviasungnerk vs. the Lascivious Costume Ball Debate,
as the Class of '85, defending the LCB, bested the Class of '90,
arguing for good, cold fun.