As I was taking my daily walk on the Campus of Southern Illinois University, I could not help but notice the relaxed, playful, lightheartedness of the students that I encountered.
The spring weather is simply perfect for outdoor study and other pursuits.
Such as a shaving cream pie in that face!
The scenes of students studying outside on Old Campus…reminded me of the many SIU Yearbook pictures that I had seen of students doing the exact same thing 40 and 50 and more, years ago.
For the past two years, especially, we have been consumed with worry regarding our unique and beautiful University. SIU is a beacon of hope and opportunity and promise around the world…and in the homes and hearts of the rural residents of Southern Illinois.
The hope and promise that enriched my life as a twenty year old Southern Illinoisan, who was born in Chicago, when I was hired as a Building Service Worker I…in 1978, is still available. Many of the student workers that I supervised, on my custodial crew in 1980,…were older than me. Yet SIU first reached me with employment opportunity and later with educational opportunity; and an enlightening of my understanding of the vastness and diversity of humanity…in all of its’ beauty and splendor.
The hope of our wonderful students…our youth…gives me hope! Everything is possible…if you only believe!
Senator Dale Fowler is coming for meetings at the University. The Senator and I are proud graduates of Eldorado High School…class of 1975! He is a great chap with a good heart!
I cannot believe…and will not accept that our legislative leaders and our Governor will turn their back on Higher Education. This is our hope for the future. This is our lighthouse…shining brightly in the inky darkness of prejudice and fear and the despair of no hope for advancement from the station in life that we are born into.
The young instinctively know that ‘the world is their oyster,’ as the old saying clearly portrays. They understand that opportunity is there for them if they will apply themselves and study and set out on the great adventure that is…life!