Xavier Magazine

Manresa, 1989

Students in blue and white T-shirts inscribed with the words “It’s Your Move” descended on the cars of unsuspecting freshmen on Aug. 25, 1989, to welcome them to their new home. Volunteers hauled mini refrigerators, Pink Floyd posters and cassette players into the dorms with the same excitement and enthusiasm of today. Orientation assistants organized small group sessions, administrative talks and a luau on the mall. Students spent the rest of the weekend at St. Francis Retreat Center where friendships began to form despite some rain during the outdoor Mass. “Fond memories will be held by many, as Manresa 1989 fades into Xavier’s past,” wrote one student. “Hopefully, the spirit generated will last long into the future.” No doubt it has.

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