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The two highlights of the 1941 Campus Day combined the old and the new, the old
being the coronation of the Queen of Scots, the new, and never to be repeated, being
the cornerstone laying ceremony of the new chapel. The day was planned weeks in
advance, with practically every student and faculty member contributing to some part
of the day's program.
At 9:00 A.M., the Phis, defending softball champions, and the Independents battled
it out for the championship, with the Phis being victorious. After this warm-up, teams
composed of faculty members and students competed in a softball game. Spectators
were enabled to divide their time between the game and the finals of the tennis
and archery tournaments. Preceding the usual informal picnic luncheon in the college
grove, the freshman avenged former defeats by coming out on top in the Frosh-Soph
tug-of-war on the Pine River.
Dr. Samuel E. Forrer, chairman of the Board of Trustees, was selected to speak at the
symbolic rites connected with the laying of the cornerstone of the chapel, which was
to be the future center of Alma religious life. After this ceremony, there was the
coronation of the 1941 Queen of Scots, Betty Dugal, and her court, Marion Hass,
Lois Goldie, Sally Reed, Betty Thomas, Jeanne Speerstra, Vera Pitcher, Mary Goodwyn,
and Mavis Harrison. Queen Betty was crowned by her predecessor, Gene Lewis, after
which there was a short program of songs and dances.
After a baseball game between Alma and Michigan State's "B" team, dinner was
served at Wright Hall early enough to allow the dance festival to be held in Bahlke
Field iust at sunet. Entitled "Petticoat Rule," is depicted in dance form the election
campaigns of some of the creatures in the animal kingdom. The band, under the
direction of Professor Ewer, furnished the music for the dances. The day was ended
by a dance in honor of the queen and her court in Memorial Gymnasium at 9:00
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Under the very capable leadership of Dr. J. W. Dunning, Professor Margaret E. Foley,
Professor Roy W. Hamilton, Professor Jess W. Ewer, Albert W. Wilson, Ann Carter,
and Jack Heimforth, Commencement week, 1942, went off smoothly for all concerned.
Senior activities began Sunday, May 24, with a farewell communion at the First
Presbyterian Church. The same evening, Dr. Dunning delivered the Baccalaureate
address in the Alma College Chapel, this was the first time the chapel had ever been
used for a graduating class.
Thursday and Friday followed the usual schedules for Senior Class Day and Alumni
Day. Thursday morning was the Senior Class breakfast, and Friday the meeting and
luncheon of the Board of Trustees, the tea for the Mothers of Seniors, the Alumni
dinner and business meseting, the A Capella Choir concert, and the President's
Saturday morning, the traditional academic procession left VVright Hall, proceeding
to the College Chapel, where diplomas were awarded and the commencement ad-
dress was delivered by Judge Florence E. Allen, of Cleveland. To wind up the official
gatherings of graduates was the luncheon in the college grove, to which everyone
As the school year of 1941-42 progressed, it became increasingly evident, especially
after the Pearl Harbor episode, that Alma College, as well as other institutions of
higher learning, would be affected.
Many changes in the schedule were either put immediately into effect or been
planned for Alma College. The plan of offering summer extension courses and of
accelerating the program in general seemed best with summer work on the campus
offered in the science department. Coach Macdonald announced new plans for
athletic programs in trend with the national emphasis on physical fitness for men
and women alike. There were new math classes for those aiming at the armed services
and proposals for some sort of band training at military music. Studies in the history
of events leading up to present crisis were also offered. First aid classes drew large
numbers of students second semester, under the leadership of Dr. Dubois and Coach
Thus in every way, Alma attempted to accomodate itself to changing conditions so
that it may remain as an educational institution for democracy during the war, and
to make available for service as many as possible as quickly as can be in harmony
with good pedagogy.
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