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SPR-SUM 2016

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32 PIERCE / SPRING 2016 They Built a Village During those early years, the school rented space at the town hall and library, held intramural sports at the local el- ementary school, and used Winchendon (Mass.) High School for physical educa- tion classes. Buses regularly transported students back and forth to campus. Three other buildings comprised the original campus: the White House, the first women's dormitory on campus, and then became the first infirmary; Ravencroft Theatre, which was torn down in 2015; and Rindge Hall, which was renamed in 2013 in honor of the first dean of students, Dr. Clifford Coles. With no past history to guide them, students developed the beginnings of a community. They created such things as the student council, glee club, and drama club, starting to build the foundation for the col- lege's future. That frst year also saw the premiere edi- tion of the Pierce Arrow newspaper, edited by Clyde Giordano '66 and 1967 graduate Mike Berman '67. The January 20, 1964, is- sue included stories on a campus visit by the British consul written by Peter Savrides '67, a profle of history and philosophy teacher Salvatore DeSimone, news about the new basketball team's wins over Stevens Busi- ness College, and a feature called "What Is Going On?" by Larry Cheeseman '67 and Nick Byrne '66 that vigorously refuted a belief among some students that there was nothing to do on campus (It ends, "We are all too willing to ask what F.P.C. can do for us and not what we can do for F.P.C."). Then there was something called "Helpful Harry," a column which the anonymous male writer used to lampoon the campus's alleged lack of a social scene. The school had grown to more than 500 students by the time the frst 23 graduates listened to Boston University President Harold Case give the Commencement ad- dress, "A Firm Faith in the Future," during the frst graduation ceremony on April 24, 1966. By then, the Crestview and Monad- nock men's dorms had been built, the frst student magazine, "Monad," was published, and the ski team, which practiced on a new 900-foot slope that was cut into a hill on the east side of campus, won their league's 1965 championship in just its second year. Where are they now? After graduation, the class dispersed: O'Neil had a 40-year career as a teacher. Savarese was drafted into the Army, served in Viet- nam, and after returning became a success- ful car dealer in Vermont. Albonizio mar- ried her college sweetheart, 1967 graduate Nick Albonizio. Berry moved back to Rindge in the 1980s, where he still owns his family's cabin, and has caught the occasional FPU basketball game over the years. Savarese says he and a "few of the guys," including 1967 graduate Harry McMahon, have visited class president Bill Wittenburg a few times after they learned a couple of years ago he became ill. "It's nice that some of these bonds have lasted after all these years," Savarese says, adding that he plans to return to campus in June—about 40 years since the last time he was last there. "It was such an important time for all of us—and the college." Charlie Berry CLASS OF SCOTT DORRANCE

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