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Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, May 31.

Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, May 31.

He was my 3rd year English professor.

He was my 3rd year English professor. Photo taken on June 1. Statue is located on the campus of Victoria College, U of T.

This weekend of activities designed to celebrate the passage of 55 years since our graduation from U of T has brought back a lot of memories. It also was an occasion to meet old friends. We were the first people to see the new renovations and addition to Wymilwood, the student centre at Vic. The new Wymilwood is the beneficiary of big donations from the Goldring family who have been huge supporters of Vic.

The original Wymilwood was designed by famed architect Eric Arthur, and some of his greatest achievements have been preserved. The handsome staircase in Wymilwood that we all love and remember has been kept. Yay for that!

Our class, Vic 5T8, was the very first group to see the renewed and enlarged Wymilwood. We were honored – and we also were the very first to be served a meal (excellent) in the new cafeteria.
Getting my photo taken with (the statue of) Northrop Frye, my (famous) English professor, was a highlight of the weekend. But I did enjoy getting up in Convocation Hall to have my new medal (“55 years!”) draped around my neck.

Vic’s song:
The Old Ontario Strand is the traditional song of Victoria College
1. O my father sent me to Victoria
And resolved I do the best I can
And so I settled down in a quiet college town
On the Old Ontario Strand.

2. At first they used me rather roughly
As I the fearful gauntlet ran,
They tossed me all about, and they turned me inside out
On the Old Ontario Strand.

Chorus: On the Old Ontario Strand, my friends
Where Victoria ever more shall stand,
For has she not stood since the time of the flood
On the Old Ontario Strand

3. Now don’t forget the theologians,
For they’re the finest in the land,
And with a little leaven
They will send us all to heaven
On the Old Ontario Strand.


4. Then sing aloud to Alma Mater
And keep the scarlet in the van
For with our colors high, Vic’s name shall never die
On the Old Ontario Strand.


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