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‘Oasis’ Roommates Return to Indiana for Visit

Oasis Roommates 2016

Former roommates, from left, Gwen Lacoe Arnold ’78, Donata Magnani Malone ’79, Karen Vincent Kos ’79, Brenda Royer Hughes ’78, Marta Tridico Urban ’79, Sheree McQuaide Wagner ’78, and Jayne Cramer Bahrenburg ’85

Seven women who in 1978 shared a School Street house they called the ‘Oasis’ returned in spring 2016 to visit their college home. “But, just like Joni Mitchell’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi,’ they paved paradise and put up a parking lot!” Karen Vincent Kos ’79 wrote.

During the visit, the former roommates also traveled to the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, and Ohiopyle—“all during a snowstorm in April!”

They closed the visit with happy hour at the Coney.

They've previously gathered at sites including Colorado in 2007, Arizona in 2009, Maryland in 2011, and Florida in 2013.