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Monday, October 11, 2021

get the eck out
I mentioned yesterday that my college reunion was scheduled for this coming weekend. Along with my blase attitude toward it — more a function of my hectic work schedule right now than anything else — I casually dropped a line about an informal alum gathering at Woody’s Waterfront that I would probably hit.

Little did I know that the Woody’s gathering represented something more than just a casual get-together.

I got an email today from Rich Anderson, a local and fellow alum. It was a rambling missive that basically expressed a high level of dissatisfaction with the school-sponsored reunion festivities, and suggesting that we all chuck that and just go out and do our own thing, independent of Eckerd. While the overall tone of the email was gentle enough, words like “disarray” and “rebellious” were thrown in, making it clear that the official reunion was coming up lame.

The idea of a wildcat reunion gives me a good chuckle. It takes me back (a little) to my student days, when we would do things like this that, while largely inconsequential, had the desired dual effects of pleasing us and cheesing off the administration. Besides, my original inclination for reunion participation was very much along the lines of what Richie is suggesting: A few drinks, reminiscences, and general chatter/gossip. I can do without a golf tournament, thanks.

I’m not sure what’s going on at Eckerd’s alumni office, but it’s certainly shaping up to be a lackluster weekend. I’m betting they’ve got only a handful of registrations so far, even after waiving the fees on most events. For a small private school that critically relies upon the goodwill of alumni (and their donations), it’s not a particularly smart move.

Of course, none of this changes my time crunch. I’ll make some time to see old friends, but I can’t say just how much time that’ll be.

With the approach of reunion time, I’ve been taking a few strolls down memory lane lately. The funny thing is, most have been about my freshman year, and are populated by characters that I not only lost touch of while still in school, but who also are highly unlikely to ever make a reunion (the odds are excellent that half of them are in jail or in exile). Such remembrances may be worth a separate, dedicated post later tonight, or this week.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 10/11/2021 07:08:23 PM
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  1. Rich pointed me to your commentary on the reunion. I guess there has been some turnover in the Alumni Office. Anyway, great take on the weekend and your site (blog) is pretty cool.

    Comment by Jesse Turtle — 10/12/2021 @ 12:22:48 PM

  2. Thanks Jesse. See you at Woody’s day after tomorrow.

    Comment by CT — 10/12/2021 @ 10:03:56 PM

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