The dual implication of the "thunder and lightning" that ended the ceremonies was appropriate. They constituted, primarily, a colorful pyrotechnic display lighting up the night sky in celebration: it was the festive opening of the Board of Governors Meeting; it was the 25th anniversary of the accreditation of the University; and it was the dedication of the University's newest and largest physical plant, the modern, three-building Yitzhak Rabin Complex for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Mathematics.
> The dedication itself, however, was bitter-sweet. Several hours earlier, the Complex had formally been named by Mrs. Dalia Rabin-Pelossof, daughter of the slain Prime Minister, whom the University was commemorating. The fireworks, with their bursts of frightening noise and sky-rending flashes of brightness, could also easily symbolize the battles that Yitzhak Rabin had participated in to defend his country. And perhaps too, the final shots that put a close to his life.
> A festive song was especially written for this festive occasion: the University of Haifa was celebrating its 25th anniversary as one of Israel's seven accredited universities. It was also the 25th Meeting of the Board of governors, which approved a budget of NIS 316.3 million, or $93.85, as the University stabilized its undergraduate growth and now sought to expand both its programs of advanced studies and the number of M.A. and Ph.D. students. Buildings, wings, classrooms, and other facilities were dedicated over the five days of the Meeting, reflecting the University's need for infrastructure.
As usual, women and men of achievement were singled out for special honors. And the tradition of an informative trip for the Governors was maintained, this time to the sensitive Golan Heights.

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