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Academically and professionally, the law school celebrated its one hundredth
anniversary and its proud tradition. In the undergraduate arena, the adoption of the
Plan for the Class of 2000 was the most significant event in the academic life of the
College. The plan operated on many levels, but the most publicly and internally inter-
esting feature was the distribution of IBM laptop computers to all students and fac-
ulty beginning with the class entering in 1996. It would be accompanied by a $3,000
tuition increase for new students. First-year seminars that every freshman must take
and pass would also be introduced in the fall of 1996. Each required seminar enrolled
fifteen to nineteen students and aimed to promote “intense intellectual interchange,
both written and oral” on wide-ranging topics and “opposing viewpoints.”
Finally, the President’s heart condition absorbed attention during the spring
of the year. President Hearn had to undergo bypass surgery in February for a
leaking mitral valve and did not return to campus until April. In his absence, the
University ran smoothly as senior members of the administration stepped up to
the challenge.
Overall, 1994–1995 was a busy and productive year for the University. Its status
and recognition increased and its plans for the future firmed up. New spaces were
occupied and older spaces were renovated. Students achieved remarkable success on
many levels, academically, athletically, and altruistically. The faculty and administra-
tion were also quite productive. While not all was idyllic and ideal, the University
as an entity seldom had a better year, and the prospectives for upcoming endeavors
looked bright.
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