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  • I want one more look at O’Leary Hall. The way I saw it way back when.

    For I read on the Internet that on June 2nd, 2012, there was a ground-breaking ceremony in front of it. For a $13.5 million five-storey, 22,000 square foot facility to contain state of the art classrooms and eight laboratories, research, clinical and classroom space for the programs of biology, chemistry and nursing. The Center for Natural and Health Sciences.

    A change vindicatory of Heraclitus.

    “Heraclitus, you know, says that everything moves on and that nothing is at rest; and, comparing existing things to the flow of a river, he says that you could not step into the same river twice.”

    Plato (Cratylus 402A)

    (Cratylus was a follower of Heraclitus. I know only that Heraclitus said you cannot step into the same river twice; the rest of his philosophy – if it survived the river of time, and the transmogrifying forces therein, so that it is more or less his original thought - is indigestible to yours truly.)

    One of the notables of the ceremony was the Academic Dean in our time. The Office of the Academic Dean is in Berchmans Hall. The new science center will be linked to Berchmans Hall by a walkway.

    There is a big tree near the statue of St. Joseph close to Berchmans,’ To get from dorm to class, one way is along the prepared path, from O’Leary to Berchmans,’ passing under the tree, very shady in summer. I never actually looked at it. It just was – always there.

    Going upstairs after a fractious evening, I stopped at an upper window and looked out from O’Leary Hall. I saw him, walking under the canopy of the tree, my date. He cut such a lonely twilit figure that my breath caught. His loneliness so palpable, a pang went into me and my heart went out to him.

    Photo courtesy of Elms College
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