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Post Script (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 19??-????, May 24, 1967, Image 1

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usn >Vrithes Again by Ellen Meisinger P late, Philbert Beemish drew his closer about him as the rain droplets! in wait along the top of the bus ent pounced. They scored a direct h it® the inside of his shirt, and he shuddered the cold autumn w a te r gleefully cour down his weary spine, stim u lating i t in unwelcome but fam iliar way. A fter jostled toward the last empty seat, on I placed above the huge, bouncing rear wheel, he settled flkimself and felt the w a te r quick- | ly evaporating because o f t h e c l a m m y “PRODIGAL SON” RETURNS In The Plantation by John McConnell There is one dormitory on the Paul ’s College campus, Dorm One, which xfferent from any other of the living quarters on campus. Dormitory One, more commonly referred m.— — — ------ „ to as the Plantation, was built ju s t before warmth generated by the bus’s spasmodic tfre turn of the last century to house the Vion+inor w<»ll as bv the human WOmen help fo r the Paul Smith’s Hotel heatin g system as well as by th e human welter packed around him. Mr. Beemish sat and thought about pneumonia. Eventually, as he wearied of studying the bus's art gallery — posters reminding him of the infallibility of Wisp Deodorant or requesting him 011 behalf of a large father­ ly-looking bear brandishing a shovel, to please break his matches — he shifted his gaze beyond the sopping window t<> the world outside, the world th a t was Harleyton. a city blessed with a population of nearly 50,000, as well as with the largest locomotive parts factory east of Ohio. JBeemiah watched tW g jr e y building ofM downtown,/Harleyton lumber by his win- life. Each resident of the dorm has his dow, their grayness merging with that of own room — unlike any of the other rooms the drizzling clouded sky above. The gray- but reflecting the tasts and habits of the Company. Since the thriving days of the hotel, it has served well. W hen Paul Smith’s College was first opened in 1946, the building had been completely renovated inside and was used as a cafeteria and classroom building. Currently it serves as headquarters fo r the Superintendent of Buildings and Director of Dormitories, as ice f o r the College Nurse, as the campus linen and mail center, and as the home of fourteen students. tation is unique in th a t it is a place to live — i t is a way Due to popular demand, “The Prodigal Son” is re­ turning for a repeat per­ formance, to be held Com­ mencement Day, Sunday, June 4, at 11 A.M. at St. John’s-in-the-Wilderness, in Paul Smiths. This musical drama, writ­ ten by Bill Christian, from New Haven, Conn., was so well received that a number of interested faculty and students have decided to have it presented again. ness maintained and strengthened itself on into the slum area as the bus discreetly picked up speed. Philbert absent-mindedly scratched his head where the hair had lately been losing its onetime darkness and tak­ ing on what he liked to refer to as a “silvery tone,” and tried to read the bill­ boards to see if he could any longer post­ pone getting new glasses. Perhaps those were traces of a wry grimace flickering across his face as the bus rumbled past a Chamber of Commerce sign proclaiming. “Welcome to Progressive Harleyton, a Town with a Future,” and thence past the factory, which had its gates chained and its windows boarded. (It had made parts for steam locomotives and was unable to make the switch when the diesel took over the railways. Right now a chain of| discount stores owned the factory and its the slam pin. lot but reportedly was trying to sell it to small nu an even bigger chain of scrap automobile ternal ati dealers.) m occupant. Some of the rooms are a maze of furniture, stuffed with extra desks, chairs, and end tables, while others are nearly Sfnpty. A few are always clean and orderly but m o st have the quality of lived- in disorder. Each resident has his own kingdom where he can study and rest in solitude, but he still lives in the commun­ ity of the Plantation and can always find company when he wants it. The unique way of life, however, comes from the fellowship among the members of th e dorm and not the advantages of a private room. There is always som ething going on in the Plantation, whether it is a “bulj” Jiession ai^iind ft* p o ^ o f ^ W V e , ___ a relaxed listening session arS ifld^T F 1 seems record nfever, a songfest with guitars, o* - the 1 ^ — • - I a wash jn a bathtub. The- ~n~i— residents creates a fra- iJiaF* hei€rJ5veryone is always will- stat^\^ hearsal of a speech, or eating the contents] of a “care” package from home. A n o ther factor whioh makes life in Dorm One different from life in other dorms is the set of unw ritten laws of the Plan­ tation. The. traditional respect f o r the prop­ erty of odiers makes the use of locks un­ necessary. Common respect for the other fellow quiets a loud radio when requested. Wiuin a ride is needed, there is almost al­ ways someone headed in the right direction. Seen fy<?m th e outside, the Plantation Idecrepit old building and ce anyone would desire to live, one finds fellowship with friends than makes up for the physical the building. As long as the old l\ether lugging a heavy (.building stands, there will be a way of Jife listening to the re- /know n aa the Plantation.

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