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The Griffith Files: ALMA MATER PRIDE

The Griffith Files: ALMA MATER PRIDE

2 months ago Mary Griffith

A new cache of college graduates has been released on the world.  They can't fathom it now, but it won't be long before the social ties to their alma mater start to fade.  Those sorority and fraternity letter hoodies will be relegated to the bottom drawer.  The t-shirts touting drink-a-thons, dance-a-thons and dorm floor mixers will come out only on the days they have yard chores.  An endless array of coffee mugs and insulated bottles proving they belonged to lots of clubs will be exchanged for more business friendly containers.  In short, all the "stuff" college kids say they will never part with, all those mementos, will soon be forgotten.  Or at least buried in a storage tote.  I held on to my precious memories from the University of Illinois far longer than I should have.  I actually moved my Delta Zeta Crest hooded sweatshirt to five different homes before I finally gave it a chuck.  The wine glasses imprinted with dates and themes from all the formal dances I attended also got the heave-ho.  Then I realized that while those fraternity paddles looked cool hanging on the wall of my bedroom in the late 70's, decor celebrating the hazing tradition of getting spanked hard with a piece of wood doesn't translate to modern times.  I'm very proud to be a graduate of the University of Illinois.  I even wear my Fighting Illini t-shirt to football and basketball games when I return each year to Champaign-Urbana.  College life was great.  I said I'd never give up my memorabilia.  I was wrong.

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