Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Opinion

August 25, 2012

Goshen College is a vital part of the community

Consider it a late-summer tradition. Call it unpacking on a grand scale.

Either way, it will be happening soon at an institution in which Goshen-area residents justifiably take great pride.

Goshen College will be a busy place next weekend. The young people there fall into one of two camps: first-year students arriving at GC to begin their studies, and pupils who are returning. To the first group, this newspaper extends a warm welcome. To the latter, we say “welcome back.”

Recalling our own undergraduate years, we can anticipate a few of the sights at the campus next weekend. Vehicles will be unloaded, boxes of essentials toted. Parents of first-year students will shed a tear or two as their children — the same ones who turned tassels at high school commencements just a couple of months ago — embark on a new phase of their lives.

Starting college is an exciting time for any young person. In our estimation, the students who’ve opted to have that experience in Goshen, Ind., have made the right choice.

GC students attend a landmark institution staffed by caring, knowledgeable faculty. They share a campus with young scholars from a variety of cultures who decided, wisely, that a Goshen College education would serve them well.

They’ll soon be well-acquainted with the GC regimen of academic rigor. Still, there’s time for entertainment, and the college boasts enviable cultural offerings.

The college radio station, Americana-themed 91.1 The Globe, is award-winning and national recognized. And we’re never less than enthused when the GC Performing Arts Series line-up is announced (we’re especially primed for the upcoming Emmylou Harris show).

GC students are enriched by, and contribute to, a facility that benefits the greater community. Frankly, we don’t want to think about a Goshen without Goshen College.

Communities that are home to academic institutions — especially one of GC’s stature — have a better cultural flavor and broader intellectual landscape. That’s the case here. Goshen is the richer, we think, for the range of experiences and perspectives on the part of GC faculty and students. Goshen is home to former GC students who live and work here after graduation. We’re fortunate to have them woven into the social fabric.

Next weekend, students will return to Goshen College. We’ll be glad to have them back.

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