Maria Mazziotti Gillan, professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Binghamton, began writing poetry at the age of 7, before she was fluent in English.
By Lauren Smith
On Saturday, Oct.18, Newing alumni got together for a luncheon at their dining hall; it was an informal way for former residents to mingle and catch up.
Classmates and friends for more than 35 years, Jon Weston '74, Barry Myones '73, Alex Greenwald '73, Craig Harcup '73, along with Terry '73 and Doryce '74 Seltzer enjoyed the chance to meet up. (In photo from left to right: Greenwald, Myones, Harcup, Weston and the Seltzers)
Currently, the East Campus housing project is transforming both the Newing and Dickinson communities. So, the reunion was bittersweet for some alumni because it represented the last time they would see Newing as they remembered it.
"It was the best years of our lives," Doryce Seltzer said. "Good friends, good education, really the best time of our lives."
Newing began just two short years after the school became part of the State University of New York system. The living-learning community (home to Lake Lieberman and its monster, pictured) had a very different atmosphere back then; both exciting and turbulent. Students were more socially involved and socially conscious, to the point at which it wasn't unusual for a Binghamton student to be arrested for being involved in some form of political demonstration.
Even though, just as 40 years ago, the United States is at war, the political climate on campus is different. So is the economic reality for the students of today.
"When I was a student here, I think it was $400 a semester," said Doryce, who met her husband at Binghamton.
"Student loans aren't the only thing I left Binghamton with," Terry said.
The six friends were together at the Newing Dining Hall and from the looks of them, it seemed as if no time had passed at all. There they were again, sharing a meal, a laugh, and many memories, much like they did 35 years ago in the very same place.
A bonfire on Saturday evening closed out the Newing reunion festivities.
Last Updated: 11/12/13