Arcadia Magazine Spring/Summer 2017
In the Spring/Summer 2017 Issue
News + Notes
Renamed in honor of Jean Lenox West '57, '95H, who excelled as a student-athlete. More.
Together, the retiring professors have more than 60 years combined teaching at Arcadia. More.
Zahra Ahmadi and Clifford Long, Class of 2017, are first Arcadia undergraduate students to earn Fulbright U.S. Student Awards. More.
Alumni Remember, Relive, and Reunite
Alumni from Beaver College and Arcadia University celebrated with friends, food, and festivities during Alumni Weekend 2017 on May 5 and 6. Highlights included a tour of The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, a beer and chocolate tasting, and the Golden Reunion Dinner for the Class of 1967 and prior.
A Look Back
Beaver College Inspires a Literary Legend
In the late 1880s, Rudyard Kipling became a frequent guest of former Beaver College President Dr. Riley T. Taylor and his daughter, Edmonia, whom he met at a dinner party in India. Biographers speculate that Edmonia, a graduate and faculty member of Beaver College, was Kipling’s unrequited love interest, as he often sent her romantic letters and drafts of his writings.
Beaver, Pennsylvania, served as inspiration for Kipling as well. He documented “the infinite peace of the tiny township” in From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches: Letters of Travel, published in 1900. As a guest of the Taylors, Kipling wrote “The Man Who Would Be King,” using John Dravo—a major benefactor of Beaver College and president of the College’s Board of Trustees—as his muse for the character Daniel Dravot.
While staying in a Beaver College dormitory during the summer of 1889, Kipling is also reputed to have introduced badminton to students on campus.