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William Cyrus Garrett

William Cyrus Garrett

Executive director | NYC Young Men’s Initiative | Class of 2005

An ode to the majestic Quad, by 2000s regular William Cyrus Garrett ...

“It was my favorite place — just the heartbeat of daily life on campus. If something happened the night before, then you were going to hear it on the Quad," says the executive director of New York City's Young Men’s Initiative.

“My friends and I would hang out in front of the Union every day between class. It served as the ultimate marketplace of ideas. There would not be a day that went by without a protest or demonstration. 

“The Quad was like a transition for all of us into adulthood. I had some of the greatest walks in the world with beautiful coeds on the Quad. I dealt with the heartbreak of friends’ relationships ending on the Quad. I ate, slept and expanded myself on the Quad.

"It will always be a special place to me.”