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Daniel Drew caricatured on the cover of The Daily Graphic when his financial troubles took hold.

Daniel Drew caricatured on the cover of The Daily Graphic when his financial troubles took hold.

On the surface, our cover story, “One And All,” is all about numbers.

Born from the fortunes of a single benefactor, Drew Theological Seminary opened its doors in 1867. Soon after, financier Daniel Drew saw his money vanish like morning fog dissipating in full sun. Bankruptcy loomed. A fledgling faculty was put at risk. Drew, the institution, had to scramble and scramble fast to find an adequate number of donors to replace this initial largesse.

Numbers count. Everyone knows how mass supporters generate palpable energy around a political candidate or a New York sports franchise or an academic institution (hint: Princeton). At Drew, we felt that energy this year when an effort to encourage alumni giving in the College of Liberal Arts went viral, pushing past its goal. For more, see the feature article.

Ultimately, this article is about what we believe is possible. Does Drew stay in stasis, or do we opt for a dramatic communal push like the one the seminary pulled off late in the 19th century?

Which brings us back to the idea of one.

We pose a question on our front cover: Who drives Drew’s future?

If you reach for your print edition and hold the cover about six inches from your face, the answer becomes clear.

You.

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