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Welcome to a new college year! The first couple of weeks back tend to be a little crazy, so Henry and I want to remind you to take time to enjoy the finer things in life, like the Ath. We feel that this year is going to be fantastic. Indeed, we think this year's wide range of speakers will provide a forum for intense debates and intellectual stimulation.

There are a number of things that will be different this year at the Athenaeum. We will be purchasing the books of all of our guest speakers. These books, and magazine articles on upcoming speakers, will be placed on a shelf in Parents Library. In the past we have found that speakers become more interesting if one is familiar with their work. So, with that in mind, we hope that everyone will take advantage of our new library collection.

Another change is that all head table arrangements will be made ahead of time. If you would like to sit with the speaker please drop Henry a note in the Fellows' Box in the Athenaeum office, or call Henry.

We would also like to remind you of our longstanding dress code for everyone attending dinner. What we ask is very simple. No jeans, T-shirts, or shorts will be allowed. However, dress is casual if you wish to just drop by at 6:45 p.m. for the program, attend lunch, or stop by for tea. Thank you for your cooperation in this.

We want to encourage as much student participation at Athenaeum events as possible. If you ever have any ideas or suggestions, please drop us a note or give us a call, even if it is just to ask what time tea starts. So, if there is a person you have always wanted to hear speak, or if your brother's best friend's sister is someone famous, let us know and we will try to help you bring that guest to the Ath!

Best of luck on the new school year.