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eunion by its very definition is an instance of
two or more people coming together again
after a period of separation. Mount Allison's
annual Reunion Weekend has recently seen
record numbers of people come together --
welcoming more than 400 people back to
campus each of the past two years.
Reunions have been taking place at Mount Allison since its incep-
tion. University archivist David Mawhinney suspects the process
became more formalized with the establishment of the alumni
magazine in 1916. He says World War I really changed people's
perspectives.
"People started to realize that it was a reality that they may never
see one another again," says Mawhinney.
The Class of 1914 valedictory address, written by Wilfred T.
Dawson (Mount Allison's ninth Rhodes Scholar) a few short
months before the start of the war, hinted at what was to come.
"Formulas of mathematics and theories of science alike will
gradually slip from our minds. Other things there are, however,
which we will always retain with benefit and recall with pleasure
... Time may dim and fade every other precious remembrance of
the past, but may our intimate association and close companion-
ship here remain ever warm and bright in our memories, to be to
us a gleam in the years that will bring to us, as to all, mingled joys
and sorrows."
Now, a century later, Reunion at Mount Allison has seen many
changes, most notably in the past five years. Alumni director
Carolle de Ste-Croix ('90) says that Reunion is now fundamen-
tally different than it was in the past.
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