Perhaps pain is a catalyst for growth. If that is so, going to UMASS made me a giant.
Washington, Adams, Coolidge, Kennedy. Anyone who attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, commonly known as UMASS, recognizes these names as Presidents, yes, but also as the high-rise dorms in the Southwest residential section of campus. Low rise dorms were also named after notable Americans: Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville and others, but the names of each dorm had dual meanings. The UMASS residence hall system, like those in other universities, groups students according to class, race, career interests, and other demographic considerations. Accordingly, each dorm had its own flavor and unique atmosphere. Pierpont, with it’s beautifully rendered psychedelic murals was the Pioneer Valley’s drug haven. Coolidge and Adams, the high rise women’s dorms, were relatively proper, clean and quiet. Kennedy was 21 stories of chaotic, rabble rousing madness.
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