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Students should live up to DePauw legacy

By Stewart Burns
On May 1, 2012

  • Sophomore Meg Crowley hits during the NCAC championship match against Oberlin Saturday. Crowley won both her singles and doubles competitions, helping the team advance to a 17-6 win and a NCAC championship. Photo courtesy of Richard Walsh

My apologies in advance to the members of the senior class who read this and are reminded that your time at DePauw University is wrapping up.
However, do not look at these next few hundred words in that respect. Look at them as a reminder and a testament to the greatness that you and all DePauw students, faculty and staff bring to this small Indiana town every day.
For many of us our recent days have been consumed sitting in on senior recitals, listening to note after note flowing from a voice or instrument and into our minds. Surrounded by full seats and captivated audiences, we are living and experiencing the brilliance that has been cultivated over the last four years at this institution.
Maybe for others it was sitting in a classroom and listening to academic presentations and watching the presenter radiate excitement for his or her topic and hard work.
Arguably the most unfortunate side effect of being surrounded by such an intelligent and driven assemblage of people is that a 24-hour day leaves us with too little time to absorb all of the opportunities.
The last few weeks of this semester overflow with recitals, academic presentations, awards ceremonies and transitions of power. The high-achievements of the soon-to-be-graduates are proudly displayed in ever corner of this institution. What students at DePauw do is profound and it leaves a legacy.
Throughout this year, during the 175th Anniversary Celebration of this great university, the opportunity to hear monumental DePauw alums will be made easily accessible.
These celebrations are not only a reminder of a history that is older than half of this country's states, but it is a reminder of the history that has yet to be written, a history that we will write.
Challenge yourselves to not only experience as many of the alumni who will be returning, but also to experience the ones around you who will soon become alumni. What is often forgotten during these grand celebrations is that in a short time the current students will be the ones who will be returning in grandeur.
For the seniors who will soon be graduating, congratulations and thank you for your contributions. Everything that you have done and will do for the great name of DePauw is very appreciated. You have truly created big shoes to fill.
For all of us following in the footsteps of the seniors, we have to strive everyday to live up to the great expectations of not only DePauw alumni, but to all of those that will follow in the future.

- Burns is a junior from West Lafayette,Ind., majoring in political science.

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