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VOLUME 7 ISSUE 2                                  50 YEAR CLUB NEWSLETTER                         PAGE 3

History Class of 1966                                            Wheeling College. Automobiles cluttered W. C.'s eight-
                                                                 year-old, sixty-acre campus, in the parking lots, drive-
Taken from the Manifest (Yearbook of 1966)                       ways, and on newly-finished "College Drive." Some were

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was     driven with efficiency and competence. Others were oper-
the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolish-ness, it was the    ated more warily, as though they sought something but
epoch of belief, it was the epoch of in-credulity, it was the    were quite uncertain concerning the discoverability es-
season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the       sence, or existence of their sought-after object. Many of the
spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had every-      incoming freshmen had never seen Wheeling College.
thing before us, we had nothing before us, we were all go-       Many had been familiar with the name for only a few
ing direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other         months. They had heard of it when hurriedly applying for
way - in short, the period was so far like the present period,   admission into "institutions of higher learning." Bewil-
that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being re-  dered, they felt dwarfed by the five towering edifices that
ceived, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of       graced the sprawling fields of their home-to-be.

comparison only." Charles Dickens Tale of Two Cities             Eventually, most of the drivers were correctly directed to

The preceding passage might well have been written of any        their proper destinations. They parked (not in the vernacu-
age, a characteristic which has rendered it im-mortal in the     lar sense of the term) and began wielding luggage to the

eyes of man. One indistinct period to which it may be ap- appointed rooms. Quite a few arriving frosh seemed ex-
plied precisely, however, is that span of time occupied by tremely pleased be atmosphere created by W. C.'s rural-
the Class of 1966, Wheeling College.                             urban location. As is universally the case, however, Abe

Time. What is time? To some, an intangible, to others, a         Lincoln's ancient adage applied directly to the new arrivals
magazine, and to still others, an old man. Time is variably      –You can please all of the people some of the time, and
something too short or too long, too fast or too slow, too       some of the people all of the time, but . . ." That's right, as
fleeting or too stagnant, some-thing spent wisely or wasted,     difficult as it is to believe, some students remained un-
kept or missed, cherished or forgotten. Time is something        impressed by their attractive surroundings.

different to each person at each moment.                         “My grammar school was bigger!"

And so it is with the Class of '66 - something different! To     “Man, where're the trees around this place? Where're ivy-
each person who has come into contact with Sixty-Six, the        covered walls? This is college?"
name has various connotations. Sixty-Six is a man, a wom-
an, a vagabond, an angel, a maverick, a scholar, a lush, a While these infrequent cynics busied themselves longing
lector, a comic, a profligate, a saint. It is haughty, virtuous, for an "Appalachian Princeton," 163 less fortunate non-
vociferous, quiet, pious, recalci-trant, loyal, disarming, collegians in Suchon, Korea, were killed in g autumn
proud, shameful, polite, vulgar, and, oh yes, different!         floods. Little did they care about ivy-1eague decor for their
                                                                 washed-away abodes? Orientation began both formally
Sixty-six is uniquely itself and always has been. Efforts        and informally on the day of arrival. A reception for par-
were made to instill conformity, but those efforts met with      ents and students staged in mammoth Swint Lounge to in-
ferocious opposition - individualism. In this age, and in this   troduce strangers to the elder members of Wheeling's
country, when and where individualism as a quality is ei-        "friendly family." (continued page 4)
ther loved or hated, seldom regarded in-differently, Sixty-
Six stood out as individual. For this reason it is subjected to
condemnation or to praise, but seldom regarded indifferent-

The following is the story of an individual:

The Scene: Wheeling College; Four Corners of the Earth.

The Time: August 29th, 1962 to May 22nd, 1966; Before
and After.

The Characters: 165 members of the Class of '66;
22,000,000 inhabitants of the globe.

The Plot: action and interaction events, Unity and Divisi-
bility, Uniformity and Diversity, Depletion and Expansion

The Story:
August 29th was a new, crowded, fast, mysterious day at
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