Then: For decades Hastings College had a dearth of accommodations for handicapped students.
What the college lacked in facilities, its student body made up in kindness.
Full-time handicapped students living on campus as well as the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act changed that environment, leading to a "wonderful experience."
Now: Hastings City Councilman John Harrington, 61, graduated from Hastings College in 1974 at a time when there weren't many handicapped accessible facilities on campus or anywhere else.
"They had an elevator in the library and that was it," he said. "Otherwise I had to rely on the kindness of strangers and fortunately there were quite a few of those."