Recent from Alumni Lives
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Recent from Passages
I can distinctly remember the embrace of the crisp, cool, autumn air and the view of the trees outfitted in Mother Nature’s most vibrant pallet of reds, oranges and yellows. It was October in the fall of 1992 on the E-town College campus, and things were getting … interesting.
Yes, Halloween was in the near future. But even more unusual were the stories that were beginning to seep into the conversational channels of Blue Jays like the sticky, gooey coating of a caramel apple. Odd things were happening on campus. Weird, vocally-distorted phone messages had been mysteriously popping into the voicemail accounts of campus community members for days, and everyone had taken notice. The
prevailing sentiment was that someone was hacking into the JayNet phone system and using it to play pranks on unsuspecting E-townians. But who could it be?
As one would expect, conspiracy theories were effervescently abounding—popping up like bubbles in a chilled glass of club soda. While campus officials worked tirelessly to solve the mystery, I can recall many students coming up with their own ideas of what was really going on. One of the most memorable suspects was the ever-elusive “Quarry Man.”
Not much was known about Quarry Man at the time, other than he was a mythological being who lived in and around the former quarry behind the College’s tennis courts. Quarry Man was thought to be a prankster with a sense of humor, but, also, one who would never harm anyone. Even so, Quarry Man added much intrigue to campus lore.
While more fluff than fact, the Quarry Man theory proved to be a lighthearted way for students to help explain what was, at the time, unexplainable. This story, along with countless others—real and fabricated—throughout the history of our beloved College home, are ties that bind the College community
together. Campus stories live anew every time they are remembered and retold—and, perhaps, embellished a little bit in the process. When shared with alumni of different generations, friends and family members, they become even richer and more special.
Homecoming and Family Weekend is on the horizon. I personally invite you to attend, equipped with your own stories and memories. And come prepared to have fun and make tall tales live anew. Because, after all … Quarry Man, along with the characters from your days at E-town, will be waiting to welcome you home.
Blue Jays. Always.