Fitchburg State University - Saxifrage Yearbook (Fitchburg, MA)
- Class of 1949
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The graduating class does not fully realize that this is their last year
until the Saxifrage appears. It bears their signature-the class of
1949. This yearbook serves as a faithful recorder of life at Fitchburg
Teachers College. Fun, friendships, frolics, classes, and careers are
all pictured here. As the forty-niners go "to untaught youth" may
they forever remember their full and happy years spent at this col-
lege. We hope that in future years the Saxifmge of 1949 will help
to bring them back in spirit to their beloved Alma Mater.
THE SAXIFRAGE BoARD
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We, the class of 1949, respectfully dedicate our Saxifmge
to Mr. james J. Hammond. His interest in the students,
and outstanding work in the field of Industrial Arts, have
been a guiding inspiration to us all.
DR. WILLIAM J. SANDERS
The non-accelerated members of the class of 1949 may re-
member that when they entered Fitchburg in the fall of
1945, I, also a newcomer, claimed membership in the class.
I still wish to claim membership in the class of 1949 and
do so with a good deal of pride.
During your four years in college the teaching profes-
sion has taken immense strides forward and you are as-
sured of positions that carry high prestige and adequate
financial compensation. You have a splendid opportunity
to further the prosperity and welfare of the communities
in which you will teach and you have been well prepared
to seize that opportunity. Be assured that you have my
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Our little pres . . . a leader and worker of
renowned fame . . . serious sometimes, witty
always . . . versatile in athletics . . . has a
billion friends . . . dwelt amongst the roses
and petunias in the greenhouse.
Gaveleer l, 2, 3, 4, Secretary 2, Glee Club 1, 2, 4,
Treasurer 21 Epsilon Pi Tau 3, -1, Secretary 33
Class President 3, -in Soccer 4g Newman Club 2,
"Bonnie,' . . . "I'm only a bird-" . . . un-
limited vim and vigor . . . tends to be ath-
letic . . . has a finger or two in everything
. . . pleasantly unsophisticated . . . favorite
pastime - slaving on committees . . . Delta
Stick 2, 3, 43 Student Forum 1, 2, 3, 4, Secretary
2, 3: Dramatic Club 25 Commuting Council 13
Miller Hall Board 2, 3, 4, Secretary 3, 45 W.A.A.
Board 3, 4g W.A.A. Conference 3, Newman Club
l, 2, 3, 43 Class Secretary 2, 3, 45 Saxifrage Boardg
Hockey l, 2, 3, 43 Basketball 2, 3, 4g Volleyball
l, 2, 3, -ig Softball l, Z, 3, 43 Badminton 3, -ig
Modern Dance 25 Hiking lg Tennis 3, 43 Bowling
lg To Kalon 2, 33 Philodemic 4, Vice-President 4.
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"joe,' . . . "just because your hair is curly"
. . classroom "Morrison and Commingeru
. . . his club's professional worrier . . . won
wife and B.S. at T.C .... sharp, snappy re-
torts always good for a laugh . . . why have
an alarm clock?
Glee Club 1, 23 Newman Club 2. 51 Class Treas-
urer 5, -ig Prom Committee 2, SQ Gaveleer, 2, 5, 4.
"Jennsy" . . . a regular girl . . . quick wit
. . . "those mouldy books" . . . Ingrid Berg-
man hair . . . "W'!1o's a typical school
teacher?" . . . potentially athletic, definitely
artistic . . . "W'hen I was at the univer-
sity-" . . . Delta Phi Delta.
W'.A.A. Board 3, -i, Treasurer 3, -ig Bridgewater
XY'.A.A. Conference 43 Hockey 2, 51 Volleyball 5,
4: Softball 23 Badminton 2, 3, 4: Class Vice-Presb
dent 45 Art Club Z, 5, -ig Dramatic Club 2: Glee
Club 2, 3, -ig XY'omen's Ensemble 5, -ig Philodemics
-ig Student Christian Assn 2, 3, 4, Vice-President 3:
Saxifrage Board 4.
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RUDOLPH E. ALISCH
"Rudy" . . . belongs to the progressive school
of thought . . . noted for unveiled sarcasm . . .
proud ovs ner of a new Buick conxertible . . .
covers Worcester and outlying areas . . . "good
Gaveleers 2, 5, 4g Installation Banquet Chairman 5g
Baseball 1, 25 Intramural Basketball and Softball 1, 2,
"Red" . . . "feed these men" . . . the trusting
sort, always good for a lift . . . Kipling is his
Bible . . . born comedian . . . thespian of the
highest order . . . heart belongs to . . . a 5-to-7
Dramatic Club lg Glee Club lg Newman Club lg Stick
lg Esoteric Society 1, 2, 5, President 1, 5.
"Augie, . . . "got a cigarette?" . . . possessor of
that rarity, bedroom eyes . . . only man who can
sleep eight times around the clock . . . state of
Maine Chamber of Commerce . . . campus
Newman Club 1, 24 Soccer 2, 53 Esoteric Society 1, 2, 3.
Carries secret ofiicial business in a knitting bag
. . . conscientious . . . truly a hard worker . . .
quiet dignity personified . . . "I love training."
Stick lg Field Hockey 11 Basketball 2: Halloween
Dance Committee 21 Art Club 5, Ai: Student Christian
Assn 1, 2, 5, 43 Freshman Reception -ig Lincoln
N.C.M. Conference 1.
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"Joe" . . . "Give you a game of tennis, one
hand tied behind my back" . . . worldly . . .
"You speak well, child" . . . he's growing
younger by the day . . . an exceptional mind
which works in an exceptional way.
Newman Club 1, 2, 5, 4, Mohawk Club 2, 3, -4.
"Stretch" . . . small in stature, but good things
come in small packages . . . very adaptable . . .
full of fun . . . vivacious . . . always agreeable
. . . musical and athletic . . . scurries enthusias-
tically from place to place, and always willing
to help . . . loyal and true . . . a favorite among
Glee Club 1, 25 Ensemble 1, 2, Newman Club 1, 2,
XX'.A.A. 1, 2, Basketball' lg Class Secretary lg Swim-
Quiet . . . to the point . . . conservative tastes
. . . refined . . . placid and composed . . . easy-
going . . . always Joe-vial . . . Gnothi Seauton.
To Kalon 2, 5, 4, Corresponding Sec'y 4, Commuters'
Board 4, Vice-President 4: Art Club 2, SL Stick lg
Newman Club 1, 2, 5, 43 Saxifrage Board -tg Bowling
1, 2, 5g Softball lg Freshman Reception Committee 4.
"Joe" . . . "What ya say, man?" . . . no com-
petitors in tennis any more . . . regular com-
muter to the Cape . . . did a fine job in W'ood
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and will do well . . .
co-operation is SO important.
Mohawks 2 3 4 Secretary 5 Basketball 7 Baseball
7 Intramurals 4 Saxlfrage Board Advertising Nfan
ager Senior Prom Committee
"Brad" . . . "I'm moving again" . . . believes in
hard work . . . has inexhaustible supply of
energy . . . gridiron powerhouse . . . life am-
bition to glue table-top . . . only man to hold a
zillion jobs at one time.
"Bill" . . . Why, Sam?" . . . only man to trans-
port voluminous notebooks with ease . . .
knows the beaten path . . . easily stimulated
. . . possessor of faculty appeal plus . . . prac-
tical joker . . . a real porker.
Class President lg Newman Club 1, 2, 3, 4, Esoteric
Society 1, 2, 3, 4, Vice-President 35 Epsilon Pi Tau
3, 4g Stick 2, 3, 43 Make-up Editor 4, Saxifrage Board.
THOMAS CAIRN EY
"Tom" . . . has a beautiful Irish bass . . . goes
hog-wild at a basketball game . . . keeper of
his cousin . . . pleasantly sarcastic . . . ever
faithful to the Black and Gold.
Class President 1, Basketball 1, 2, 4, Baseball 2, 3, 43
Newman Club, Vice-President 1, 23 Soccer 45 Student
Council 4, Gaveleer 1, 2, 5, 4, Glee Club 1, 2.
"Bert,' . . . conscientious . . . loves a philo-
sophical discussion . . . critical of new innova-
tions . . . a trusting friend . . . sterling character
. . . an asset to society.
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hits his car always . . . he can sing . . . shops
only where discounts are in force . . . operates
the "Worcester-to-T.C. Streamlinerf'
Mohawks 2, 4, Art Club 2, Glee Club 25 Newman
Club 1, 2, 4g Soccer 2.
"Hankus" . . . "Who wants fat hair?" . . .
orator . . . fiery editor of Stick . . . instigator
for reform . . . impartial realist . . . accom-
plished writer . . . packer supreme of notebooks
. . . perennial pipe-smoker.
Epsilon Pi Tau 2, 43 Stick Editor 1, 2, 4g Saxifrage
Board, Freshman Reception 2, 4g Winter Carnival lg
Art Club 2, New England Teacher's Conference 4,
"Doc" . . . "Cup of joe" . . . smooth operator
. . . can't be fooled . . . hunter and trapper . . .
would wither away without gallons of coffee
per day . . . first sergeants make good teachers.
Mohawks 4, Epsilon Pi Tau 3, 4, President, 4: New-
man Club 1, 2, 3, 4.
"Rosey" . . . temper, temper . . . beats 05
superintendents . . . stunning red mop . . .
specs to match each of her trillion outfits . . .
artistic . . . and temperamental . . . Delta Phi
Art Club 1, 2, Newman Club 1, 2, 3, 4, Stick 1, 5:
Saxifrage Board 4g To Kalon 2, 33 Philodemics 45
Field Hockey 3, 4, Winter Carnival Committee, Mod-
ern Dance lg Women's Banquet Committee 4: Hallow-
e'en Dance Committee 23 Senior Tea 3g Freshman
Reception Committee 3, 4.
"Trigger" . . . his nature never varies . . . never
stopped smiling, or bringing cheer to moments
of despair . . . connoisseur of bridge and its
intricacies . . . a sure success in the teaching
"Glen" . . . "Got a butt?" . . . at T.C., a mother
to Millane . . . a staunch one-girl man . . .
the tallest fellow at the college . . . sack happy.
Esoteric Society: Newman Clubg Intramural Basket-
ball 2, 3g Softball l, 2, 4g Junior Varsity Basketballg
PAULINE D'ARCANGE LO
Affectionately called "Darky," petite in stature,
but strong in convictions . . . willing to fight
for her beliefs . . . self-sulicient . . . enthusiastic
. . . has an unquenchable curiosity . . . humble,
gracious, calm in every situation . . . sense of
humor that conquers all . . . a reliable, confi-
Newman Club 1, 2g Glee Club 1, 25 W.A.A. 1, 25
"Ed" . . . "Brrrrrrr" . . . staunch advocate of
Buick automobiles . . . in fact, should be listed
as standard Buick accessory . . . holds record
on Fitchburg-to-Springfield run.
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one man on the Hill . . . student representative
at faculty meetings . . . born mathematician . . .
has a mind for figures . . . the pompadour
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"Dese" . . . "My car is no good" . . . profound
believer that used hacks make good cars . . .
one of the Everett boys . . . reason why auto-
mobile taxes are high . . . rarely drives own
car during week, someone else burns the gas.
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Card shark . . . does justice to the King's Eng-
lish with a Boston accent . . . sophisticate . . .
"So- we can't all be artistic!" . . . varied cul-
tural interests include modern "dawnce" . . .
Queen of the Ball . . . Gnothi Seauton.
Class Vice-President 33 Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 43 Ensemble
2, 3, 43 To Kalon 2, 3, 43 Newman Club 1, 2, 3, 43
Dramatic Club 43 Ski Club l, 23 Field Hockey 2, 33
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- JOHN DONOVAN
"Jack" . . . "Bubble gum?" . . . potential movie
producer and actor . . . likes big cars . . . knows
j the beaten path . . . a definite asset to a com-
fortable dorm . . . heart of gold . . . welds
anything at all better than new.
l Mohawks 2, 5, 43 Palmer Hall Board3 Senior Repre-
X sentative 43 Cap and Gown Committee 43 Newman
X X Club 1, 2, 3, 43 Freshman Dance.
Straight from the old sod . . . longest line in
these parts . . . outstanding member of the
profession . . . did she ever bring you a donkey
from Tralee? . . . Irish eyes effective ammuni-
tion with male species . . . Gnothi Seauton.
Glee Club lg Arr Club 2, 5, To Kalon 2, 5, 43 Com-
muting W'omen's Board 2, 3, 4, President 4, Newman
Club 1, 2, 3, 4.
"Dick" . . . "What, another notebook?" . . .
worry wart . . . detests notebooks . . . life-
guard . . . operates best under the influence of
J. Millane . . . reminds one of "Willie" in the
popular Mauldin cartoons.
Gaveleers 2, 4, Art Club 23 Stick Staff 1, 2, 43 Sopho-
more Dance Committee, Intramural Sports 2, 4.
ALICE ELIZABETH ERICKSON
"Bette" . . . talented individualist . . . anything
for the profession . . . dual personality . . . the
joker in the card game ad infinitum . . . dis-
tinctive gait . . . sailed uncharted seas . . .
carefree . . . Gnothi Seauton.
Dramatic Club 1, 2, 3, 4, Secretary 4, Glee Club 1, 2,
35 Ensemble 1, 2, 3, 43 Modern Dance 1, 23 Basketball
1, 2, 4: Volleyball 1, 2, 4: Hockey 1, 2, 33 Senior
Prom Committee 43 To Kalon 2, 5, 4, Secretary 5,
Beau Brummel . . . looks more like a college
boy than anyone we know . . . member in good
standing of L.S.A. ilong-suffering archesb Club
. . . believes that a complete education includes
a term of duty at one of the local grocery stores.
Student Forum lg Esoteric Society 4.
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"joe College" . . . plinks the piano like Hoagy
. . . a little guy with a big heart . . . well versed
in matters serious . . . well versed in matters
unserious . . . a noble character of T. C.
Class President 23 Mohawks 1, 2, 5, 4g Alumni Secre-
tary 25 Stick 1, 31 Saxifrage, Art Board 4.
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"Red" . . . "How can you tell?" . . . Palmer
Hall ofhcial chaplain . . . earliest morning
riser in Palmer Hall . . . constantly repairing
anything on wheels . . . as predictable as a
Baseball 25 Basketball 23 Ski Club 1, 2, 5, 43 Student
Christian Association 2, 3, 45 Palmer Hall Board 5.
"jim" . . . "If it isn't that irascible old gent"
. . . Central Park and campus brake mechanic
. . . sandpaper expert . . . knows well the beaten
path . . . accomplished mimic and master of
wit . . . operator of Clinton-T.C. Express for
Newman Club 1, 2, 4g Gaveleers 2, 43 Epsilon Pi Tau
2, 4g Vice-President 45 Art Club, Vice-President 2g
Glee Club 25 Stick 1, 2, 45 Freshman Dance Commit-
"Gibby" . . . buoyant spirits . . . captivating
. . . big wheel . . . keeper of the queens . . .
conversational ease . . . flexible accomplish-
ments in the athletic world . . . Delta Phi Delta.
Newman Club 1, 2, 3, 41 W.A.A. Board 3, 45 Student
Council 2, 3, 45 N. Y. Conference 5: N. E. Con-
ference 33 Glee Club 1, 21 Stick 5, 4g Basketball 1, 2,
3, 4g Volleyball 1, 2, 43 Softball 1, 2, 4g Field Hockey
1, 2, 3, 43 Saxifrage Board 4g Philodemics 4g Tennis 3.
ALFRED N GIFFORD
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the old days . . . took effective philosophy notes
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RALPH GIONET y
"Huh" . . . how's the baseball bat? . . . a
' good voice, his best role in the campus pro-
duction, "The Mikado" . . . tireless and steady
worker . . . will co-operate with anybody to-
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Baseball 1, 2, 3, 4, Soccer 43 Newman Club 2, 3, 4, 1
Commuting Men's Association, President, 2, junior
Prom Chairman, Epsilon Pi Tau 3, 49 Student Council,
Secretary, 4g Saxifrage, Directory Editor.
COPELAND HAGUE 6
"Copey" . . . very much of a family man . . . ' 1
always late for most classes sometimes . . . if ff M xflrlifkx
your new Studebaker is ailing, see Copey. My
"Gra-Gra" . . . fastidiously neat . . . cheerful
outlook . . . found a home in the profession
. . . "The Miller Hall Sentinel" . . . fascinating
story-teller . . . generous of heart . . . Delta
Glee Club 1, Z1 Newman Club l, 2, 5, 43 Art Club
I, 2, 3, Miller Hall Board, President, 4g Philodemics
-ig Snxifrage Board 43 Class Marshal 23 Field Hockey
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"Teddy" . . . our artist at the piano . . .
Digby's girl . . . staunch friend . . . heart
of gold . . . calm exterior conceals inner gaiety
. . . guiding spirit to the dead end kids of D.M.
Student Co-op Ig To Kalon 4g Glee Club 1, 2, 3:
Hockey 3g Basketball 33 Newman Club 1, 2.
"Barney" . . . "There I was" . . . likes the little
things in life . . . ingenious . . . creative mind
. . . best friends are Chipper and tea . . . prac-
tical joker . . . professional doodler . . . 14-
Newman Club 1, 2, 5, 49 Art Club 24 Stick 2, 3, 4g
Associate Editor 4g Saxifrage Boardg Esoteric Society
2, 3, 4g Epsilon Pi Tau 3, 4.
"Frank" . "I'm beat" . . . Stick editor . .
bundle of nerves . . . sports authority . . .
jack-of-all-trades, master of none . . . will talk
freely on any subject . . . "Shiner" . . . poten-
Newman Club 2, 3, 45 Stick 2, 3, 45 Editor 43 Esoteric
Society 2, 3, 4g President 53 Baseball Manager 29 Ski
Club 2, 33 Columbis Scholastic Press Association Con-
vention 3, 4g Saxifrage Board.
"Bill" . . . "I'm looking for bottles" . . .
heart belongs to Bates, head belongs to jets
. . . the guy what puts bottles around ships
. . . winter trips to Maine are rough . . . a
better way to do things . . . wanting always
for a new gimmick.
Epsilon Pi Tau 2, 4j Gaveleers 43 Art Club lg Student
Christian Association 2, 4.
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"Jinx" . . . coquettish . . . a petite fashion
plate . . . sultry voice . . . delightful giggle
. . . fluctuating date list . . . one of the queens
. . . Delta Phi Delta.
Dramatic Club 1, 2, 3, 43 Glee Club 1, 23 Philodemics
43 Art Club lg Stick Stal? 4g Ski Club 2, 5, 4g Modern
Dance lg Newman Club l, 2, 5, 4, Field Hockey 1, 2,
5, 4, Basketball 1, 2, Women's Banquet Committee,
Saxifrage Committeeg Bowling 1, 29 Halloween Dance
Committee 2g Senior Tea 33 Freshman Reception 4.
N WILLIAM KENNEDY
"Bill" . . . used to be I-A . . . used to room
,Tl ' ll with Sully . . . one of the married vets , . .
A recently acquired a new and shiny car . .
dabbles about in plastics.
Esoteric Society 2, Secretary 33 Glee Club lg Newman
Club 1, 2, 3g M.A.A. 2.
"Tiny" . . . hard to distinguish from her second
,.. graders . . . steady, calm disposition . . .
-1 always ready to enjoy a good laugh veteran
bus girl from Ashburnham
Art Club 3, 4, Freshman Reception Committee 4.
"Jack" . . . "How coy can one be?" . . .
, competes with horses . . . makes snap decisions
. . . a real live beachcomber from Ogunquit
. . . enjoys Finishing shop most . . . authority
on sandpaper methods.
Ski Club 1, 2, 3, 41 Treasurer 2g Intramural Basket-
ball l, 2, 3, 43 Intramural Softball l, 2, 3, 45 Varsity
Baseball lg Varsity Soccer 5, 4, Mohawks 2, 3, 4.
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"Walt" . . . "Abie, what's that?" . . . political
operator . . . smokes long cigars . . . curious as
all get-out . . . always cooking up a good deal
. . . knows all, sees all, hears all . . . born to
Gaveleers 2, 3, 43 Dance Committee Gav-Hawk 35
Stick, Business Manager, 3g Commuting Men's Board
3, Newman Club 2, 3.
"What time is it?" . . . calm, unrufiled dis-
position . . . ever cheerful . . . extremely gra-
clous . . . gentle manner and voice . . . when
you need a helping hand, call on Kraemer . . .
Art Club 2, 3, Commuting Women's Board 1, 2, 33
To Kalon 3, 43 Winter Carnival Committee 15 Stick 23
Saxifrage Board, Secretary.
GEORGE O. KRIKORIAN
Often seen on the Sunday evening covered
wagon from Worcester . . . friendly to every-
one . . . a photography bug caught him . . .
one of the coach's most faithful athletes.
Mohawks 2, 3, 43 Soccer 1, 2, 3, 43 Baseball 1, 2, 3,
Basketball 2, Intramural Basketball 3, 45 Student
Christian Ass'n 2, 3, 4, Treasurer 3, President 4, Stick,
,f f Q -- , - Chic has a passion for long trips with
of women shining light in the field of I.A.
2 ll fm DONALD LAMBERT
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rm, WN chuckle . . . the outdoor type . . camp direc- '
. tor from down Maine . . . a serious rival of 5
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ALFRED R. LeBLANC
Distinctively known as A. Robert . . . speed
is a modern invention and he's not old-fash-
ioned . . . befriends everyone . . . short of
temper behind the wheel of his silver chariot,
he says . . . another conscientious bridge
Newman Club 1, 2g Student Forum 2g Gaveleers 43
Senior Representativeg Commuting Men's Board 4.
"Bill" . . . "What do you mean?" . . . one of
the Everett boys . . . a smooth politician . . .
stickler for facts . . . constantly seeking a
better way to do things . . . the pin that
punctures the balloon of the idealists.
Mohawks 33 Newman Club 2, 3g Palmer Hall Board
l, 25 Intramural Sports 1, 2, 3.
Came to T.C. as a transfer student . . . one of
Baileys imported goods.
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"Pidge" . . . charming dignity . . . whiz at
math . . . a natural at the Ladies' Aid meet-
ings . . . Sweetheart of Sigma Chi . . . con-
genial personality . . . sincere . . . Delta Phi
XY'.A.A. Board 3, 43 Senior Representative -ig Bad-
minton 5, 45 Hockey 2, 3: Softball 2: Stick 3. -1:
Philodernics -ig Student Christian Ass'n 2, 3, 4, Secre-
tary 3, President 4: Saxifrage Board 4.
"Ace" to '1'.C .... a champion on skis . . .
ever with a pipe clenched in his teeth . . .
football coach of "my boys" . . . delights in a
friendly, little argument.
"Maureen" has twinkling Irish eyes. but speaks
French fluently . . . believes in leprechauns
lpossesses four herself- her guiding lights
throughout trainingl . . . amiable, generous
. . . an accomplished dancer . . . has many aes-
thetic interests . . . fervent respect for humanity
. . . conscientious . . . wishes to know all
things . . . has a great heart and a great faith.
Newman Club: NY'.A.A. l, 2: Swimming 2.
"Libby" . . . "The train must be late" . . .
always neat as a pin . . . nothing fazes her
. . . charming smile with personality to match
. . . keeps Doyle in line . . . quiet and shy, but
oh so lovely! . . . practically owns B. and M.
. . . Delta Phi Delta.
Newman Club 4g Philodemics.
THOMAS MCDONOUGH ff -f-Q
"Mac" . . . most certainly the quietest lad on
the campus . . . when he speaks they all listen
. . . noted for dry humor . . . horses are his l
favorite hobby . . . swears by the new Nash.
EARL H. McDOWELL
"Mac" . . . also lives in style-in the flats
. . . even turns to athletics for "my Gavs"
. . . has been known to make his wife play
tennis with him.
Gaveleer Society 2, 3, 4. Secretary 4g Sports Editor,
Saxifrageg Intramural Basketball 2, 3, 43 Senior Prom
BARON V. MCDUFFEE
Second only to Culbertson on matters pertain-
ing to bridge . . . noted for neat dress, versatile
abilities, and gentlemanly habits . . . definite
opinions on marriage, philosophy, and politics
. . . "A wise head hath a close mouth."
Dramatic Club 2, 4, Treasurer 4, Student Forum 4.
Studious now and then, never now and seldom
then . . . authority on bridge . . . raconteur
of sea stories that are hard to beat . . . possesses
all assets insuring success in any Held.
Gaveleer Society 3, 4.
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Artist . . . true friend . . . efficient nurse . . .
master of all handicrafts . . . an all-around
wonderful person . . . believes that silence is
golden in its place . . . witty . . . short in
stature but great in her abilities to give . . .
that's our Jean.
Art Club 1, 2g Swimming 23 Basketball 25 Hockey 1,
23 Bowling 1, 23 Ping-Pong 25 Badminton 1, 2g Soft-
ball 1, 25 Volleyball 2g W.A.A. 1, 2.
Always blushes when he misses a basket . . .
an original Esso . . . guides the whole bunch
of us . . . says Jerry, "I owe it all to Ned."
Basketball 1, 2, 3g Baseball 1, 2, 3: Esoteric Society,
Treasurerg Student Council 3, 4, President 4.
ERNEST F. MILLER
Te has the honor of living in the
flats covers wood area has positive
views on teaching which are expounded at
great length was Mr Rogers assistant in
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CHRISTUS N IKITAS
"Chris" . . . resonant of voice . . . big influence
at T.C. on matters political, philosophical, and
humorous . . . many interests, many accomplish-
ments . . . the senatorial type.
Student Forum 1, 2, 3, Vice-President 2, President 3:
Dramatic Club 2, 35 Gaveleer Society 3.
Tony Im broke only worthwhile
campus carpenter wishes he could dey ote
all spare time to building boats eager to
swap anything for anything swears by
EDWARD NOWAK V
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. . . will never forget visual-aids demonstration f x
. . . weaned on cokes . . . a research artist . . . XF!
authority on yet-propulsion . . . only man to
new bottom of NX'ebster Lake if
Newman Club 1 2 44 Mohawk Club 4
MALCOLM OLIVER llfffiff
"Mal" . . . "What do you think of this?" . . . If ,.
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collar man . . . a stickler for exactness . . . , X
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"A wand'ring minstrel, I" . . . left the boys for 6,4
K :A ' A a more sheltered life . . . tenor in "the quar- 7
A , ret" . . . a staunch defender of his own prin- I y
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' once Club 1, 2, 5, -4, President 41 Mens Ensemble 4g I , ay, x - 1?
"'-' Esoteric Society' 5, -tg Saxifrage Advertising Staff 43 If Nj 7' NX
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"-Iackn . . . "Quit your crying" . . . thinks he
can sing . . . custodian of the coke machines
. . . houseboy for Palmer and Miller Halls . . .
swings a mean broom . . . Denny's partner in
Mohawks 2, 5, 4, Chief 43 Newman Club 1, 2, 5, 4,
Chairman, Entertainment Committee 39 Palmer Hall
Board, President, 41 Senior Dance, Chairman, 4g Intra-
mural l, 2, 5, 4g Houseboy 3, 4.
"Digby" . . . "When in doubt, see Uncle Roy"
. . . a veteran boilermaker . . . spends all spare
time keeping jack D. out of trouble . .
should be a private eye . . . satirist par excel-
lence . . . he made the beaten path . . . "I'm
Mohawks 2, 5, 43 Scribe 4g Palmer Hall Board, Sec-
retary, 45 Senior Dance.
Should pose for collar ads . . . member of "the
quartet" . . . has pipe appeal . . . having
trouble with physics? See John . . . put all his
faith on "the Hill."
Class Secretary 2g Glee Club 2, 5, 4g Men's Ensemble
43 Esoteric Society 1, 2, 3, 4g Quartet 5, 4.
"Fran" . . . "Heaven is in Everettl' . . . ac-
celerated from the class of the Blue and Gold
-with regrets . . . has a calming influence
over Locke . . . quietly efficient.
Mohawks 2, 3, Vice-President 3: Soccer 55 Baseball 1,
33 Basketball lg M.A.A., Vice-President, 3, Intramural
Sports 1, 2, 3g Senior Promg Newman Club 2, 5,
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carries a briefcase . . . found success and hap- Y
piness "on the hill.' 55
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dent Forum 2 3 4.
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Better known as "Buck" . . . "Now 1et's look 'T
at this thing from an I. A. man's point of
view" . . . the "Esquire" type of dresser . . .
adored by the football squad of D. M. Dillon
. . . please don't tell him his jokes are junky
. . . blessed with a heart of gold.
Freshman Class Marshalg Glee Club 1, 2, 3g Newman
Club 1, Treasurer 2, 3, President 43 Saxifrageg Eso-
teric Society 4.
RICHARD RUTKA ,T
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"Dick" . . . buddy of the "Everett gang" . . . lc,
neat and fashionable . . . sports the "profes- X A
sonal attitude" at the proper times . . . one gy 1
of the Indian boys . . . not often heard, but can I '
he sing! R ix ,7 i
Mohawks 2, 3, 4g Baseball 2, 5, 4.
Furniture fancier . . . owns more tables than a
cafeteria . . . a bug for masquerades . . . expert
on doling out fatherly advice . . . as soft-spoken
as a librarian . . . quiet as the proverbial church
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ding pictures?" . . . expert in metal areas .
an ex-Marine and don't forget it . . . in be-
tween quiet and noisy . . . had many headaches
caused by proceeds of the barracks coke ma-
Mohawks 43 Stick 1, 2, 43 Glee Club l, 23 Art Club
1, 23 Ski Club 13 Student Forum l, Z1 Newman Club
"Bobbie, . . . convention goer . . . unruffled
by any situation . . . a friend to bank on . . ,
exceptional use of words . . . always calm and
cool . . . noted for dry humor and puns . . .
mainstay of the Sax . . . "XVhen will I ei er
find time to be married?'l . . . Delta Phi Delta.
Art Club 1, 2, 3, 4, President 53 Bowling 1. Stick 1,
2, 53 Dramatic Club 1, 23 Student Forum l, 23 Fresh-
man Reception 43 N. E. T.P.A. Conference 43 Saxi-
frage Editor 43 Philodemics 43 Eastern States Con-
E. PETER SAVOY
"Yummy" i . . self-styled music critic . .
original wit that brings many spontaneous out-
bursts of mirth . . . varied interests include
women, golf, and train travel . . . believer of
"A fool and his money are soon parted."
Glee Club 1, 2, 5, 4.
LOUIS SCAN LON
"Lou" . . . "I have a question" . . . worries
too much over "Meaning of Meaning" . . ,
pushed around by the lasses at the Tuesday
night dances . . . no bad habits . . . theory ex-
pounder . . . excellent chaperone . . . con-
Newman Club 1, 2, 5, 43 Regional Representative 1.
2, 5, 43 Associate Editor 53 Representative of Co-
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Secretary of Teachers' College Press Association 3.
Soccer 2, 33 Letterman 23 Glee Club l. 23 Ensemble l
' Staunch supporter of the class of '49 . . .
where there's a debate there's Izie . . . good-
natured . . . took off for Dighton . . . enthu-
, Glee Club 2, 5, 43 Ensemble 5, 45 Student Forum 2,
5, -ig Stick 43 Saxifrage 45 Art Club 2, 4.
Endowed with personal magnetism . . . possess-
ing Winsome ways with original qualities . . .
practical and conscientious worker . . . careful
and exact . . . continually searches for the
truth . . . cultured, witty humor, fun-loving,
sincere to all . . . a true and loyal friend.
Glee Club 1, 23 Art Club 1, 23 Swimming 25 W.A.A.
Tall, blond, erect in stature, gay in tempera-
ment, witty, dramatic . . . connoisseur of fashion
. . . insatiable thirst for culture . . . profes-
sional . . . eager to help . . . unlimited power
' of concentration . . . realistic in her beliefs
'F ' . . . enterprising . . . discriminating in taste
3' . . . fearless . . . magnanimous of heart.
Glee Club 1, 25 Ensemble 1, 25 Debating Club I, 25
, Dramatic Club l, 2g W.A.A. 1, 2.
Willie A day just dont have enough
hours campus night watchman
JUS campus day student he newer sleeps
general all round repairman
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k' X "Bert" . . . owns cars, pipes, and many things
. . . has aspirations to the ministry . . . he and
Mr. Conlon taught us all we know about his-
H f ii tory . . . at times, extremely pessimistic.
:slr ' Student Christian Ass'n 2, Commuting Men's Ass'n
-I I Board, Vice-President, 33 Gaveleers 2, 3, 4, Vice-Presi-
' 2" Q dent 4.
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, 1 2 an operator . . . controls entire town of Groton
' 'A ' . . . a sherif . . . best glass-driller at T.C. . . .
' , in charge of model shop . . .Epsilon banquet a
t' M happy milestone.
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Has a penthouse out in the flats . . . took his
training at Devens . . . could be a softball
player . . . a staunch "Gav."
Sophomore Dance Chairman, Gav-Hawk Chairman 3,
Gaveleer 2, 3, 4, Secretary 2, Vice-President 3: Stick
5, Soccer 2, 3.
Dependable . . . considers others before her-
self . . . "Twelve dollars, please. This book is
two days late!" . . . always the optimist . . .
active in all school activities . . . Delta Phi
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Newman Club 1, 2, 3, 4, Corresponding Secretary 3.
Vice-President 4, Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 4, Ensemble 2, 3,
4, Student Forum 1, 2, 3, Secretary 2, President 3,
Philodemics 3, 4.
DAVID H. VENNBERG
Aspiring to the ministry . . . the quiet type
. . . a rugged soccer star . . . a great I. A. guy.
Mohawks 2, 3, 43 Soccer 2, 3, 43 Epsilon Pi Tau 2,
ivy- 3. 4, President 2, 3.
THEODORE WE IN ER
"Ted" . . . a master of veiled sarcasm . .
and as they say, "still waters run deep" . . .
delights in notebooks . . . makes magic up in
the lab . . . totes a tray in a sophisticated man-
Saxifrage Circulation Managerg Intramural Basketball
"Cal" . . . "I got a problem" . . . made a for-
tune while in training . . . the best barracks
orderly on campus . . . speaks to anyone, any-
time, anywhere . . . spends hours tracing down
Gaveleer Society 2, 3. 43 Treasurer 3, 43 Epsilon Pi
Tau 3, 43 Secretary 43 Art Club 23 Stick 23 Newman
Club 2, 3, 4.
"Whit" . . . our class chauHeur for trips to
Willard Brook . . . displays considerable ability
in sports, music, and studies . . . strong per-
sonality . . . always composed . . . displomatic
. . . realistic and practical . . . takes nothing
for granted . . . humorist and friend . . .
sports a diamond, too!
NY'.A.A. I, 23 Basketball I, Z3 Bowling l, 23 Softball
l, 23 Class Marshal 23 Student Council 13 Swim-
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Good old "Whit" . . . where there's a bridge
game, there's Marge . . . tries not to let her
scholastic activities interfere with her social
life . . . a fiend with a badminton racket . . .
one of our best . . . Gnothi Seauton.
Dramatic Club l, 2, 5, 43 Glee Club I, 2. 3: W.AA.
Board 23 Basketball lg Modern Dance 2, Volleyball
1, 25 Hockey 1, 23 Softball 1, 2, Badminton 2, 3:
To Kalon 49 Class Song Committee 13 Hallowe'en
Dance Committee 2.
"Tom" . . . "Where's the job sheet?" . . . to
argue is to live . . . one of the Everett boys
. . . operator par excellence . . . home every
Mohawks 2, 51 Newman Club 2, 55 Vice-President,
Freshman Class: Chairman Winter Carnival Ball: In-
tramural Sports 1, 2, 5: Advertising Manager, Stick, 2.
ALBERT J. WRIGHT
"Al" . . . owns a steamship line from Worces-
ter . . . takes linotype lessons . . . has printer's
ink in his veins . . . has been seen and heard
playing the drums . . . builds houses for first
Newman Club 1, 2, 33 Stick 1, 2, 3, Orchestra 13 Saxi-
frage Directory 2.
"Don" . . . "I mean" . . . perpetual and con-
tagious grin . . . no hard beverages . . . full of
questions . . . knows the beaten path . . . only
man who can slide under a door . . . smokes
matches . . . Einstein of jet-propulsion.
Esoterics 1, 2, 4, Vice-President 4, Class Treasurer 23
Newman Club 1, 2, 43 Glee Club lg Hallowe'en Dance
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We, the members of the Class of 1949 of Fitchburg Teachers' College, being of
sound mind, superb memory and extraordinary intelligence and considering the
uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do herefore make, ordain, publish and
declare this to be our last Will and Testament. Any claims of the monetary type
can be filed against the "Sinking Fund."
Chick Lambert leaves his automotive gadgets to Jim Peters.
Bill Burke leaves his air of quiet dignity, and flashy neckties to Skin Mulligan.
Bill Howatt leaves his car to T.C., may it rust in peaces.
Joe Gorman leaves his historic background to Mr. Conlon's sleeping history majors.
Kay Donovan leaves her excellent soprano voice to Helen Dery and her third grade kiddies.
joe Porter leaves his blustering attacks on any and all theories to jim Cummings.
Bert Steeves leaves his endless supply of cigars to George Boettinger.
Mary Truland leaves her place on the Dean's List to Tom Mullins.
Dick Rutka leaves his air of formality to Bachelor Bob Bonitz.
Teddy Hanley leaves her third grade laellions with great sorrow and despair 1? J.
Marge Whitney leaves her professional attitude to Jean Alletson.
Maddie Bovenzi leaves her noisy mannerisms to Marilyn Scott.
Lou Scanlon leaves his relentless search for opposition and a trail of broken hearts for Bob
Stevens to mend. -.
Charlotte Kraemer leaves her athletic ability on the tennis courts to Ken Allan Stone.
Red Allen leaves his choice of fluttering feminine hearts to Tom Convery.
Frank Harrigan leaves his bedroom slippers and supply of dog biscuits to "Ugh."
Baron McDuffee leaves his oratorical powers to Lou D'Nunzio.
Chris Nikitas leaves his strong political convictions to Vic Valeri.
Bette Erickson leaves her eccentricity to Ruth Mann.
Bula King leaves her tiny stature to Connie Dow.
Libby McBreen leaves her habit of blushing a quiet fire-red to Joan Kenney.
Leo Gouin leaves but we can't believe it!!!
Rosemary CoHee leaves her artistic talent to Dick Porteus.
Eileen Sheehan leaves her "Friendliness" to all the underclassmen.
Peggy Gibbons leaves her stilts to joan Wilson.
jackson King leaves his love of horses, recently developed, to the ring of "bookies" on campus.
Jane Savard leaves her love of music to Ethel Cotter.
Rudy Alisch leaves his generosity with his car without an imitator.
George Krikorian leaves his sparky aggressiveness to Paul Harrington.
Horace Mangue leaves his role of "helpful advisor" to Don Clark.
Walt Sullivan leaves his vet's apartment to one of the 20 G.I.'s who are fighting for it.
Tom Cairney leaves his martial carriage to Leo Patrochi.
Pauline Boldini leaves her great stature to Nan Barney.
Roberta Saul leaves the Saxifrage as evidence of her capabilities.
George Ahearn leaves a Fine record as Class President.
Jeannette Smith leaves her fastidious tastes to Barbara Shovelton.
Abbie Whitney leaves her composure to Neysa Nelson.
Red Frye leaves Harry Bassett his job as chaplain.
Al Gifford leaves his pass to Roy's to jack Stahl.
Ralph Gionet leaves his bass voice to Loring Caney.
Copey Hague leaves his I.A. letterhead.
Tony Noon leaves his art metal ability to jerry Millane.
Bill Sorton leaves in his new car.
Dave Vennburg leaves Mr. Landall without an assistant.
Barney Harcourt leaves with "Peggy."
Walt Kotomski leaves to pioneer I.A. in Worcester.
Tom McDonough leaves his formal manner to Al Williams.
Bill Locke leaves his dope sheet to "Moz."
Ted Miller leaves his I.A. ability to his brother.
Mal Oliver leaves his tree stump as a visual aid.
Fran Pelosi leaves his spot on the bench to any aspiring soccer player.
Ed Sarrasin leaves I.A. in Holyoke.
Art Stickler leaves anything that is nailed down.
Don York leaves his "technique" to Skippy.
Cal White leaves with his Ford still running.
Al Wright leaves the cylinder press in one piece.
Orin Bradstreet leaves the movers without a customer.
Dick Drury leaves with his nose in a book.
Tony Catanzarro leaves as a master of spring joints.
Hank Cembalisty leaves his old sandpaper to Louis Hart.
Vic Ciesla leaves his bottle of "Groze" to Dick Rowland.
Jack Donovan leaves the Mohawks without a cook.
Joan Lyell leaves the billing and cooing of the pigeons on the roof to the dorm girls.
Pauline D'Arcangelo, Mary Maynard, Jean Metzler and Ruth Simmons leave their four
leprechauns to Mary Mulkeen and Polly Reagan.
Jinx Jarvis leaves that sanctified spot "underneath the maples" to any ambitious romancer
who loves privacy!
Grace Hanley leaves her beautiful clothes to Marian Kennedy.
Mary Jennison leaves her "undercover" methods of obtaining votes in school elections to
John O'Malley leaves both Dean Bradt and the Miller Hall Board in need of a new right-
Dick O'Meara leaves his booth in "Uncle's" to Bob Perry.
John O'Neil doesn't leave Ann for a minute.
Peter Savoy leaves what's left of his commuter's ticket to his little brother.
Teddy Weiner leaves Miss Courtney in a quandary.
Ellen Bonitz leaves just about every organization on campus.
Joe Bloom leaves - with a sigh of relief.
Ed Davis leaves his Buick to the W.A.A.
Albert Ruops leaves his Philosophy book to whoever wants it.
Bill Fitzgibbons leaves his scholastic headaches to his kid brother.
Ed Connelly leaves his chair in the Commuters' Room to Connie Sharron.
Ray Forest leaves the school sadly lacking an accomplished man of the world.
Bill Kennedy leaves "Sully" looking for another place to eat.
Al LeBlanc leaves to start "The League of Temperate Templeton Teachers."
Earl McDowell leaves his cozy nook in Passion Flats to go out into the cold, cruel world.
John MacNaney leaves Mr. Donoghue with a quiet classroom for a change.
Jim Gibbon leaves a book of instructions on "How to Play Buzz."
Hank LaShota leaves with a winning smile that should carry him far.
joseph Lovett leaves with regret.
Ed Nowack leaves his car keys to the Philos and the Gavs.
Bill Rogers leaves the Newman Club quite a job to find another equally active member.
Frank Giddings leaves Dr. Percival wondering where all those questions came from.
Gus Amaral leaves Coach Elliot hunting for an outside left.
Ed Cunningham leaves for New Hampshire, where, we hear, the ceilings are higher.
Joe Degulis leaves Dean Weston looking for a new assistant.
George Olson leaves the quartet in dire straits.
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james Theodores President
Jeremiah Millane Vice-President y
Ralph Gionet Secretary
Maxwell Moczulewski Treasurer
IA?-5212ia?VOr1an Freshman Representatives 1
Edward Sandomierski I , 9
Sally Healy K Sophomore Representatives l
Kenneth Stone 1 . . l
Jean Alletson junior Representatives 1
Margaret Gibbons I . . l
Thomas Caimey S' Senior Representatives 1
All undergraduate students of F.T.C. are members of the Student Co-operative 5
Association which was instituted to co-ordinate and consolidate students' extra- i
curricular activities. lt supervises all matters pertaining to student life which do i
not come within the jurisdiction of the facultyg to further in every way the spirit i
of unity, co-operation, and loyalty among the students of our collegeg to increase
their sense of responsibility toward one another, and to be a medium through l
which the social and cultural standards of our college may be maintained on a T
The legislative body of the association is the Student Co-operative Council l
composed of four officers and eight representatives - a man and woman from each T
of the four classes. This council is the organ through which the school affairs '
within the jurisdiction of the students are discussed and regulations proposed.
BOARD OF EDITORS
Frank Harrigan Co-Editor
Barney Harcourt Co-Editor
Hank Cembalisty News Editor
Ellen Bonitz Feature Editor
Bob Curran Sports Editor
Bill Burke Make-up Editor
Ken Stone Business Manager
Mr. Conlon, Mr. Hague Faculty Sponsors
The 1948-49 Stick, in its second year of operation since its post-war reorgani-
zation, once again endeavored to bring to the student body as complete a coverage
of student activities as it is possible to record. It attempted, by its unbiased publi-
cation of school news, to record for posterity those important events which are to
become part of the history and tradition of the school.
Through the medium of the editorial page it has attempted to bring to light,
in a constructive manner, the petty group differences within the student body and
to aid in the cultivation of a healthy school spirit.
Into the sports and feature sections have been incorporated those items of
extra-curricular interest that are so important to the college student.
The policy of the Stick is as follows:
1. The Stick shall at all times act in the interest of the school and shall in no
instance publish material which will in any way prove detrimental to the
2. The Stick shall serve as an inter-school public relations organization, and in
this way act to further school prestige.
3. The Stick shall publish an unbiased account of school news happenings.
4. The Stick shall encourage student opinion and aid in the development of an
integrated school spirit.
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The Student Forum, under the guidance of versatile Miss Gertrude Cunning-
ham, is always the organization that intrigues and somehow fascinates many per-
sons. By this we mean that the various radio talks at the local radio station, WEIM,
the round table discussions, and the debating teams seem to arouse the "soap box"
instincts in the student.
This past year the question for debate was the national college question of the
year, namely, "Resolved, that the Federal Government Should Adopt a Policy of
Equalizing Educational Opportunity in Tax-Supported Schools by Means of An-
The Student Forum's list of many opposing debating societies include Holy
Cross, Worcester Poly-Tech, University of Vermont, and the other State Teachers'
Colleges in Massachusetts.
The officers for the 1948-49 season are Chris Nikitas, President, Dolores Gi-
rard, Vice-President, Allan Williams, Secretary, Mary Truland, Treasurer.
To Kczlmz Society
Bette Erickson President
Carol Smith Vice-President
Katherine Donovan Recording Secretary
Madelyn Bovenzi Corresponding Secretary
Patricia Garneau Treasurer
Ruth Donovan 2 S
Margaret A. Shea 5 Ponsors
To Kalon Society, the first women's club on campus, was founded in 1946
for the purpose of fostering the high standards of the college and stimulating all
school activities. The club's motto, "Gnothi Seauton," is cherished by the members
and the aims and ideals of the group are embodied in this motto.
"Toke Weekend" was the frolicking-rollicking weekend, set aside to initiate
new members. The ghosts and goblins of I-Ia1lowe'en had nothing on the charter
members when it comes to frightening wary pledges.
"Fun-Nite," as the name implies, is a night of fun. The Mohawks and Tokes
put away their books and took up their boots and saddles. Vi' it, humor and laughs
permeated the atmosphere.
We now travel from the ridiculous to the sublime, the sublime being the
Toke assembly, at which time the Tokes gave Dr. Sanders a two-volume work en-
titled "City of God."
Ruth Vokey President
Ellen Bonitz Vice-President
Florence Donnelly Secretary
Joan Carroll Treasurer
Miss Lillian Tater Co-Sponsor
Miss Elizabeth O'Connor Co-Sponsor
In the year 1948-49, the Philodemics have successfully entered the social scene
here at T.C. Their club assembly, an expertly staged reproduction of the old-time
vaudeville type show, was appreciated as an excellent student presentation.
An original Valentine Dance was run by the Philos, a dance at which the men
were kings and the girls did a turnabout. This was planned to increase fun and
spirit here at school, and Cupid and the committee certainly hit the bulls-eye.
The Philodemics also took an active part in the girls' sports program by enter-
ing the round-robin basketball tournament and finishing second, only bowing to
the Gremlins. We hope that the word Philodemic will, to the student body, stand
for fun, good sportsmanship and loyalty, not apart from, but with,a1l activities.
This year the Dramatic Club had the largest enrollment since pre-war days.
With its many members and talent, old and new, the club is again up to its pre-
war level of excellence.
Under the expert guidance of Mr. Daniel Healy and the directorship of
Thomas Convery, president, activities in all fields have been increased.
The two major aims of the Dramatic Club are the developing of the talents of
students who wish to act, and the organization of a good active working group
whose interests are in back-stage work, scenery, costumes, make-up and the other
things which go to make up a good thespian group. XVith its new equipment the
club has been able to function even more smoothly than before.
During the class of 19-i9's stay at T.C., both Miss Belle Nixon, who directed us
our first year, and Mr. Healy, our present sponsor and director, have been of un-
The hit play, "The Male Animal," presented in our junior year, will be long
remembered for its success which we judge by the praise from all who attended.
This year we presented "A Child is Born" at the Christmas assembly and as
usual it was up to if not exceeding the usual standards of the club.
We hope that after we have been long departed the club will continue on and
reach unlimited bounds. We go wishing the members that we leave behind the
best of luck for future years and our support for continued success.
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During the past year many students have taken advantage of the varied pro-
gram provided for them by the Newman Club. The monthly meetings included the
formal Ritual initiating new membersg prominent speakers such as Leonard
Feeney, S.j.g carol singing at faculty homesg a Day of Recollection with a Paulist
Fatherg and a Question Box conducted by Father XY'elz.
The officers of the Newman Club for the years 1948 and 1949 were as follows:
President, XY'illiam Rogersg Vice-President. Mary Trulandg Secretary, Judith
O'Sheag Corresponding Secretary. Susan Vfagnerg Treasurer, Loring Caney.
The Newman Club sponsor was Miss Gertrude Cummingham and their Chap-
lain Rev. Wlilliam Vfelz.
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Joan Lyell President
Stanley Wheeler Vice-President
Nancy Prouty Secretary
Kenneth Skinner Treasurer
Everett E. Koehler Faculty Sponsor
Rev. C. Cassius Sturdy Chaplain
The Student Christian Association is an organization affiliated with the New
England Student Christian Association which is a fellowship of Protestant students
and faculty groups devoted to the fostering of religious and social activities on the
The monthly meetings of the S.C.A. include programs devoted to speakers,
movies, and discussions. An effort is made to incorporate a balance of religious
and social activity at each one of our meetings. Meetings are held on the campus
and in the various churches and at such places as Coggshall Park and The Cathedral
of The Pines.
Members of the organization may attend conferences, sponsored by the New
England Student Christian Movement throughout the year, as well as the S.C.M,
annual summer conference held at O-AT-KA, in Maine.
The Gaveleer Society of the State Teachers' College, Fitchburg, is an organiza-
tion native to the college and dates back to December, 1921, when it was formally
The Fraternity's program centers around sports, intellectual and social pur-
suits. These said areas of endeavor are set up with the idea of interest in general
to the college and of value to the frat members personally.
Dr. George E. Condike of the Science Department is the new Gaveleer Spon-
sor. He is replacing Mr. Daniel Healy of the English Department, who, because
of increased teaching and extra-curricular demands, had to resign. Mr. Hea1y's
absence will be keenly felt and we should like to take this opportunity to thank
him again for all the advice, assistance, and encouragement he has so freely and
sincerely rendered us in the past. .
The annual membership quota is set at thirty-live men.
Present officers include: Edward Ahern, President, Walter Stanton, Vice-
President and Acting President, Earl McDowell, Secretary, Calvin White, Treas-
urerg and Thomas McDonough, Alumni Secretary.
The Gavs interchangeably use the three Greek letters, Lambda, Phi, Sigma,
which denote Leadership, Light, Strength. The Fraternity has incorporated
these letters into its pin.
The annual Gaveleer Assembly was one of an educational theme and was well
received by the student body and faculty alike.
The Gavs would like to take this last opportunity to wish its departing mem-
bers and the graduates in general a sincere and heartfelt wish that the happy
moments of our college days and the opportunities for knowledge and truth return
to them manifold in their chosen profession.
John J. O'Malley Chief
Francis N. Pelosi Medicine Man
Francis O'Meara, jr. Scribe
Maxwell Moczulewski Keeper of the Wampum
Kenneth Skinner Alumni Secretary
Michael Conlon, jr. Guide
In the valleys of the Adirondacks in the upper part of New York State dwelt
the great and noble Mohawk tribe of yesteryear. just as the Mohicans are extinct,
so, too, have the Mohawks vanished into a bygone era. Clan and tribe, totem and
medicine, peace pipe and tomahawk, the dances, the ceremonies, have gradually
given way to the methods and manners of the white man.
Twenty-five years ago, in a small section of a thriving metropolis in the upper
reaches of Massachusetts, to be more specific, on or about the campus of the State
Teachers' College at Fitchburg, there has sprung into existence the white man's
modern counterpart of the long-gone Mohawk. This Mohawk of today, however,
is far removed from the Mohawk of the past.
Clad in the garb of ordinary citizens and students, these chosen few carry on
proudly those attributes which had made their red brothers the magnificent race
This organization is essentially of social character, for in place of the peace
pipe there is the traditional Initiation Week-end, when old members return to the
campfire to greet the new "Hawks", in lieu of a ceremonial dance is the annual
Gav-Hawk formal, a substitute for the warpath could be nothing less than Fun-
Nite, the annual presentation of the Mohawk Club and the To Kalon Society.
All is not frivolity with this club, for it has its serious side also, culminating
in the promotion of all things beneficial to the college student, specifically, in-
creased social welfare for the students, professional advancement, proficiency in
athletics and co-operation with the alumni.
The qualities that mark a true Mohawk of today are represented by the letters
in the club by-word, SOANGETAHA.
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The Esoteric Society of Fitchburg State Teachers' College is established for
the primary purpose of constantly improving the human relationships in the stu-
dent body of this college. Improvement of human relationships includes the
fostering of proper college spirit, the extension of social opportunity through
participation in extra-curricular activities and recognition of human merit as the
proper basis for esteem. This society, by the pursuit of these aims in its member-
ship. strives to set an example for the college at large.
In regard to its activities, there are few among the upper-classmen who will
forget the revival of the old minstrel days as demonstrated by "That Black Gang."
The society's consistently high standing in athletics is another example of their
ability to set the pace in the Intramural League. This year the club is sponsoring
the Tennis Trophy to enliven individual competition and to foster friendly rela-
The annual formal dinner dance brings to a close the participation of the
society in campus activities.
The officers of the Esoteric Society for this year are:
Horace Allen President
Don York Vice-President
Bill Kennedy Secretary
Dick York Treasurer
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Professor Arthur E. Purinton Trustee
Victor J. Ciesla President
Thomas McDonough Treasurer
Calvin j. White Secretary
Epsilon Pi Tau is an international honorary professional fraternity whose
activities function in the fields of Industrial Arts and Vocational Industrial Educa-
tion. The ideals to which this fraternity is pledged are: to recognize the place of
skill in our democratic societyg to promote social proficiencyg to foster, counsel,
and publish the results of research in the fields of Industrial Arts and Vocational
George Olson President
Catherine Donovan Vice-President
Robert Calkin Treasurer
Roberta O'Rourke Secretary
Activities presented by the Glee Club were an Autumn Assembly and an
April Concert and Operetta Program.
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The Art Club this year holds meetings every Tuesday afternoon, presided over
by Florence Donnelly, President, and assisted by Jeannette Roberge, Vice-Presi-
dent, and Florence Rowe, Secretary-Treasurer.
During the year there are always several exhibits in the lobby downstairs.
either of childrens work or the work of a well-known contemporary, or a current
The success of the Art Club is due to Miss Conlon, who so ably and helpfully
assists us in all our undertakings, and we herewith wish to express our thanks to
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The F.T.C. Ski Club offers opportunity for outdoor activities by holding an
annual ski meet in which interclass competition is encouraged. It presents a trophy
to the winning class. Also, this club sponsors ski trips for the benefit of all stu
dents. The aim of the Ski Club is to foster good sportsmanship in competition
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Madelyn Bovenzi Vice-President S emor epresen a lv
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Patricia Lilly Sophomore Representatives
Nancy Gent sc h
Emily Bunker I
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Commuting Women's Board meets with Miss Bradt and works with her for
the welfare of its members. They help to make the hours of recreation more
pleasant. The locker rooms, smoking room, and lunch room are taken care of by
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Rene Rheault President
Richard Porter Vice-President
Edward W. Connolly Secretary-Treasurer
A. Robert Le Blanc Senior Representative
Cornelius Sharron Junior Representative
Robert Hutchinson Sophomore Representative
Reino Sandberg Freshman Representative
Dean Weston Faculty Advisor
The Commuting Men's Association is made up of men who live off the campus.
This Association was founded by Dr. Harry S. Percival in 1931. At that time a
group of students furnished a room on the lower floor of the school. There elec-
tions were held, activities planned and discussed. It now also serves as a lounge
where students find relaxation through conversation, good music, and extra-
curricular games of chess and bridge.
Last year found the members of the Commuting Men's Association participat-
ing in the intramural baseball competition, while in the 19-i7-48 basketball season
the C.M.A. hve was successful in winning the intramural championship.
Grace Hanley President
Ellen Bonitz Senior Representative
Helen Dery junior Representative
Marion Chesnick Sophomore Representative
Arlene Bonitz Freshman Representative
This year Miller Hall, the happy home of seventy potential school teachers,
has had a number of good times which will be cherished memories in the years to
The first week of college the Freshman initiation party informally introduced
the newcomers to Miss Bradt and the upper classmen.
The deepest gratitude of the resident girls is extended to Miss Gertrude E.
Bradt for her untiring interest and co-operation in the activities of Miller Hall
throughout the entire school year.
dimer Hal! Board
john j. O'Malley President
Francis O'Meara, jr. Secretary
Lawrence Walsh Treasurer
john Donovan Senior Representative
Zolton Csicsek junior Representative
Edward Sandomierski Sophomore Representative
Paul Healy Freshman Representative
Palmer Hall has long been recognized as a sanctuary for men. Under the
leadership of our proctor, Mr. Holmes, who is preserving the democratic rule of
our former sponsor, Mr. Randall, the Palmer Hall Board acts as the duly elected
The right of the individual to have peace and quiet is stressed by the Board.
Monthly meetings are held to give any resident an opportunity to make construc-
tive suggestions that will help us all.
Restrictions are few, opportunities to mature are many, co-operation and
harmony are stressed.
The Palmer Hall Club sponsors athletic games, card games and the annual
House Party at Christmas time. Small, inexpensive presents are exchanged at the
Christmas Party and entertainment by members of the House is presented for the
enjoyment of all.
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Marguerite johnson President
Catherine Lorden Vice-President
joan Carroll Secretary
Mary jennison Treasurer
The Women's Athletic Association started its activities for the year by intro-
ducing the board members at the annual assembly. Under the leadership of Miss
Bolger the Board presents a varied program of sports for the women of the college.
In co-operation with the Department of Physical Education, it strives to promote
the highest standards of health and sportsmanship.
Awards for the 1948 Badminton Tournament were presented to the winners
at the first meeting of the W.A.A. Board in September. Winners of the coveted
trophies for the mixed doubles were Betty Hassett and Phil Breault, and for the
women's doubles, Ellen Bonitz and Beverly King.
The popularity of tennis playing on the campus has been shown by the num-
ber of students who enthusiastically participated in this sport during the fall and
Crisp fall afternoons found a group of eager girls out on the junior High
School athletic field for hockey practice. In competition with a skilled team from
Lowell Teachers' College, the F.T.C. girls met defeat after a fast-moving, well-
The traditional Green and White game ended with a tie score, which showed
how well matched the players were. The underclassmen are looking forward to
playing on the new athletic field when it is ready for use next fall.
The round robin basketball tournament played this season held the interest of
the entire college. The finalists in the tournament were the Gremlins and the
Philodemics, with the Gremlins as victors.
Other highlights of the W.A.A. sports season were the Freshman Rally, held
at the Brook, the Sports Day, held at Bridgewater Teachers' College, and the bas-
ketball games with Clark University.
Captain of White Team. Ellen Bonitz Head of Hockey, Eunice Delay
Captain of Green Team, Marion Chesnick Head of Tennis, Ruth Vokey
Heads of Basketball, Suzanne Forster, jo-anne Head of Badminton, Shirlie Rice
Berndtson Head of Hiking, Florence Donnelly
Head of Volle 'ball Maril 'n Zins Senior Representatives. joan Lyell, Margaret
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Head of Softball, joan Kenney Gibbons
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A very successful intramural basketball league was carried on with keen
rivalry prevailing among the eight teams participating. The teams entered were:
the Epicureans, Eager Beavers, Mohawks. Commuters, Gaveleers, Raymond, Slow
Seven, and Freshmen.
The varsity basketball team carried a J. V. team with them this year. W'hen a
visiting team did not carry J. V.'s, the preliminary game was played between the
J. V.'s of T. C., and one of the intramural teams. This added color to the intra-
mural teams and often proved a good contest for the J. V.'s.
After a successful basketball season for the Intramural League, the board is
looking forward to a successful Intramural Softball League. Last year's teams pro-
vided much excitement and good fun for both participants and spectators. The
way things are now taking shape, the game ought to be more exciting than last
Bob Elliot Coach
Maxwell Moczulewski Captain
Playing an eight-game schedule against strong opposition, Bob Elliot's Green
and White soccer team enjoyed a highly successful season with five wins and three
losses. Wins included: Bridgewater, 5-2, Clark, l-0, Keene, 2-l, Suffolk U., l-Og
Rhode Island C. E., 5-2. Losses: M.l.T., 5-2, University of Mass. iDevensl, 3-2,
It would be impossible to pick out any one man and claim that he was the star,
but it is possible to mention a few that were outstanding members of a smooth-
running club. Max Moczulewski, again an outstanding goalie, atomic-toed Bill
Sullivan, the iron man, playing eight full games, Snow, Kirkorian, Degulis,
Marshall, Vennberg, the Ahearn brothers, Nowaki, and King, equally versatile
with head and feet. Dick York and jack Rajala, high scorer and runner-up.
Coach Elliot, though losing jack King, Ed and George Ahearn, Vennberg,
Gus Amaral, George Kirkorian, joe Degulis, Fran Pelosi, Ralph Gionet, and Tom
Cairney, is well supplied with replacements for next year and is looking forward
to an even better season. The coach will have Moczulewski, York, Snow, Sullivan,
Rajala, Shaw, Stone, Cluff, Nowaki, Erickson, Rowland, Mailman, the Convery
brothers, and Curran.
jerry Snow and Bill Sullivan are the co-captains-elect for the 1949 season.
W'illiarn Provenzani Coach
Robert Elliot Athletic Director
jerry Millne Captain
The Green and XX'hite Falcons played an eighteen-game schedule. The games
were all close and. from the spectator's point of view, very thrilling, but close
doesn't count and only the final score enters the record book. The team just
couldn't click at the right times and consequently was not as effective a group as
Standouts included Millane. Farrar. Sandomierski. Erickson, Keosis. Rege.
Degulis, and Harrington. These boys should be admired for their "never say die"
Millane and Degulis will be the only ones lost through graduation and Coach
Provenzani is already grooming their replacements in order to haye an all-yeteran
Squad next year.
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