Have you ever seen a group of people – guys or gals – and thought to yourself, “Wow, what a stacked group. How did so many solid people end up together?”
Perhaps it’s not a thought you’d readily voice, but it’s the same thing you think when you see an All-Star sports team, or all your favorite actors in one movie. It was also the thought I had when a few recent alumni unexpectedly came walking into the Cap Bar last Friday to say hello before beginning their three-way, multi-day bachelor party.
Eddy Moss, Chris Wester, Jake Schaner, Joe Carter, Steve Harrill, Juan Solares, William Hannegan, Paul Stauduhar, Blaise DuFrain – it was a stacked
group of guys, even if they weren’t celebrities in the sports or movie worlds. It would have been even more so had the three fiancées been present: Inez Garza, Sarah Balch and Maria Fagan.
I wasn’t the only one who was thrilled to see the group. Other seniors came to greet those old friends, to ask what they had been up to, to wonder why they were here.
Why do we remember these guys so well, especially since many of them graduated when the current seniors were freshmen?
I’m not exactly sure, but I think at least in part, it was their classy classlessness. They knew how to throw a solid party or a creative open-house breakfast where everyone was welcome regardless of class – so long as they could meet the expected standard of class.
Will the senior class live up to that legacy – and the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 as they rise up the ranks? I don’t know. I guess that’s a something of a challenge for you.
Louis Hannegan, Managing Editor