DePauw Admissions Noted in Boston Globe Story on Post 9/11 America

DePauw Admissions Noted in Boston Globe Story on Post 9/11 America

October 10, 2001

October 10, 2001, Greencastle, Ind. - Life in America has changed in the four weeks since terrorists attacked New York City and Washington, D.C. "It's a new normal,'' says a Massachusetts police chief in an article in today's Boston Globe, which contains a two paragraph reference to DePauw University. Entitled, "American life short on old normalcy," the story is co-authored by Mary Leonard, a 1970 graduate of DePauw.

The article examines how the attitudes and behaviors of Americans have changed since September 11, 2001. Leonard and David Arnold note that people "are modifying where they travel and how they get there. They are stockpiling canned goods, hoarding antibiotics, depleting supplies of gas masks, buying guns, and learning Arabic. They are going to church but avoiding crowds, filling their gas tanks but steering clear of tunnels, and sometimes indulging in behaviors captured by the motto in the window of a Saks Fifth Avenue store in surburban Maryland: 'Live a Little.'"

At its conclusion, the article suggests that colleges and universities in less populated areas may be getting new attention. Leonard and Arnold write, "Recent events are also giving new meaning to the term 'safety schools.' Madeleine Eagon, vice president for admissions and financial aid at DePauw University in rural Greencastle, Ind., said she has twice as many applications as a year ago, and an open house on campus Monday attracted 120 students, twice the level of 2000."

"'I met a father yesterday who said, `We think small colleges in small communities are a safer choice,' Eagon said, suggesting that 'the national tragedy means often-maligned, small-town schools are getting another look.'"

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