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Post Script (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 1946-2003, May 24, 1967, Image 1

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ilbert Beemish drew his c m as the rain droplets ’ along the top of the bus ent pounced. They scored a direct hit the inside of his shirt, and he shud< I tho cold autumn water gleefully c down hi* weary spine, stimulating in .1 _ __ - 1 i n *1*- .................. A ri ----- . e s A f f a i m “PRODIGAL SON” RETURNS l Melsinger W but familiar way. After boini .ward the last empty seat, on ■ p v e the huge, bouncing rear wheel, ;fled himself and fef$the water quick- iting because? of the clammy I n T h e P l a n t a t i o n by John McConnell There is one dormitory on the Paul f’s College campus, Dorm One, which ifferent from any other of the living quarters on campus. Dormitory One, more commonly referred „ _ v to as the Plantation, was built just before rated by tl« bui’s spasmodic tlTa turn of the last century to house the ^wom en help for the Paul Smith’s Hotel “ Company. Since the thriving days of the hotel, it has served well. When 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 for the Superintendent of Buildings and Director of Dormitories, as around him. Mr. Beemish _ it about pneumcfllC*^ \ y, as he wearied of studying the ______ ^ullery — posters reminding him of the 'infallibility of Wisp Deodorant or requesting him on behalf of~a large father- ly-loojdng bear brandishing a shovel, to pleajp^nH k ^pjgtt^hes^::>- he shifted ___ __ ^ ___ _______ _ _ ___ ___^ ____ _ _ hisL^rtzeW eyowkj^ S4^m g window to _pffice for the College Nurse, as the campus the world outside, the world that was^'Hnen an<j mail center, and as the home of H a rley**,a cjpfftpwed fourteen students. locomotive parts factory east of Ohio. ntation is unique in that it is Beemish watched th r grey building more tfraj) .a place to live — it is a way downtown Harleyton lumber by his win- of Mfe. ES’ch resident of the dorm has his dow, their grpfness merging with that of fc>wn room — unlike any of the other rooms the drtezling clouded sky above. The gray- but reflecting the tasts and habits of the ness ma i 11 1 a iny ^ fCIoeca T f t o f the rooms are a maze on into the slum area as the hus discreetly of fumitOTe, stuffed with extra desks, D u e t o p o p u l a r d e m a n d , “ T h e P r o d i g a l S o n ” i s r e ­ t u r n i n g f o r a r e p e a t p e r ­ f o r m a n c e , t o b e h e l d C o m ­ m e n c e m e n t D a y , S u n d a y , J u n e 4 , a t 1 1 A . M . a t S t . J o h n ’s - i n - t h e - W i l d e r n e s s , i n P a u l S m i t h s . T h i s m u s i c a l d r a m a , w r i t ­ t e n b y B i l l C h r i s t i a n , f r o m N e w H a v e n , C o n n . , w a s s o w e l l r e c e i v e d t h a t a n u m b e r o f i n t e r e s t e d f a c u l t y a n d s t u d e n t s h a v e d e c i d e d t o h a v e i t p r e s e n t e d a g a i n . picked up speed. Philbert absent-mindedly scratched his head where the hair had lately been losing its onetime darkness and tak­ ing on whsf w |pfer to 4s 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 ■rlmfru.^an^&riQ' 'tables, while others are nearly\emptyTA few are always clean and orderly but most 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 I Town \with a Future,\ and thence past the the dorm and not the advantages o f a l factory, which had its gates chained and private room. There is always something its windows boarded. (It had made parts going on in the Plantation, whether it is for steam locomotives and was unable to a “bufl” session arOiind a pot of coffee, make the switch when the diesel to ^ “^ S § ^ T ^ d listening session ar& r f td ~ ^ ^ ^ H over the railways. Right now a chain of record.\ jpfc^er, a songfest with guitars, or - tho discount fefores owned the factory and M l , the stum pi a lot but reportedly was trying to sell it to small numL an even bigger chain of scrap automobile tevnal atr dealers.) ing to hfl (Continued on page 3) object up hearsal of a spa*cb, or of a “care” i)acka^e/^oi* najta, Another factor which makes life in Dorm One differenfcirfrom life in other dorms is the set of unwritten laws of tho Plan­ tation. The/'i^aidltiOffval respect for the prpp- erty of others makes the use of locks un- necessar^XCprmnon respect for the other fellow (Quiets a loud radio jjWhen requested. When a ride is needed, there is almost, al ways someone |teaded in the right direction. pm the outsidW, the Plantation detftafr old building and t place aoyone would desire to live, a wash in a bathtub. The-~ 3 w t i hflide one finds fellowship with friends r^f residents creates a. fra-\ that more than makes up for the physical iheilB>JSveryone is always will- state of the bttflOTT$* As long qgk thfjold % ther lugging a heavy fbuilding standqfc there will be a way of life listening to the re- /known tts the Plantetiflrt.

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