Girard College - Corinthian Yearbook (Philadelphia, PA)

 - Class of 1936

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CHRONICLES January, 1936 IU Doubtful Journalists Who of us can forget the days in the Middle School when we made our first attempts at newspaper writing? The Elementary School News embodied our timid efforts at self-expression. The poetry (at least we called it that) which we proudly sent to the High School as our contribution to the Girard Magazine was of no real importance. Its value lay in the fact that it created in us a desire to continue this kind of work and to improve our product, The road leading to development of style and per¬ sonality in writing was a lengthy and a rough one. We hope that what we have since published is proof that we reached our goal. The News Despite the limited number of issues and the lack of photographs or other embellishments, we feel that the Girard News represents a high standard of writ¬ ing. What the paper contains may not be much in news value, but its language and style are above reproof. However, we do not claim that the News is a highly journalistic publication. We do not claim literary perfection. There is always a chance for improvement. It is our hope that sometime in the future all the necessary and desirable extra features of the News may be provided for and that the paper will be looked upon with more interest and the respect which it deserves. The Magazine But the real test of writing ability came when some of us were made members of theLiterary Club Member¬ ship to that organization entails the making of some contribution to the Magazine. The history of this pamphlet is brilliant. Its steady improvement through the last eight years is nothing but creditable. We express our appre¬ ciation for all past and all future editions of the Girard Magazine , the stories and articles which we always delighted to read. The Record The Class Book Chronicles should speak for itself. At least we hope it does. The saying is, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating” and the proof of the Record is in the reading!

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January, 1936 CH RONICLES Small Beginnings Our sketchy military careers began with a brief period of absolute domina¬ tion. As the last rernant of a bygone generation, and as timid newcomers to the Houses, we were bunched together and recruited by our not too generous drill masters. Finally the rudiments of marching, facing, and the uses of the rifle were hammered into us, but all the while we led a perplexing existence because we were far from fully compre¬ hending what was being done with us. Our only effort between Mondays and Fridays was to do our best to forget what we had supposedly been taught on the drill floor. Just Cogs There came that day when we were placed in the hands, or shall we say the clutches, of the captains of the compa¬ nies. Blank files in the rear ranks were specially reserved for our feeble mili¬ tary efforts. We had become cogs in the machinery of a company. We executed maneuvers mechanically for fear of being harshly reprimanded. Upon only two commands did we look with any kindly feeling—“Rest” and “Dismissed,” but our superior officers made sure that these were omitted from their vocabularies. “Book Larnin ” But all this was interrupted by what we expected to be a welcome relief from the summer sun, the heavy rifles, and the irritating woolen uniforms, but which proved to be another hurdle along the way. How well we remember our fail¬ ings and our shortcomings in the Gen¬ eral’s tactics class! And our first cor¬ poral’s test! A mere handful of us passed, but with all we had gone beyond the mechanical stage —wc were informed! Gradually some of us assumed command. Taking Stock After four years of training, what benefits did we receive? Looking back, we jest, wholesomely. It taught us dis¬ cipline and released our latent initiative. Our experiences in this field form a dis¬ tinctive page in our book of memories.

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January, ivjo L n K U IN ILLLS I I Do You Remember? It was at four o’clock on some after¬ noon almost nine years ago that most of us first set foot on a “hum” play¬ ground. Whether soccer or baseball was being played, we were probably ig¬ nored that day. It was no wonder when we learned, by experience of course, that the best fighters picked the teams and were also the star players because no one dared to supersede them. Many times the games ended in a quarrel, but, looking back, it was great fun. The zest for sport became part of us and we are grateful for it. Intramural The years gradually perfected the class games so that in our first terms in the Houses we were well equipped for giving our support to our respective col¬ ors as Midgets. It was our first taste of “house spirit” and rivalry in the class. In succeeding terms we expressed our loyalty and had an opportunity to play on the House first and second teams. Never will we think of Girard without recalling those struggles for the various cups! Some one has said that the school team is only a spur for fine interhouse activity; and from what we, as players and as spectators, have witnessed, we might be inclined to believe it. The Hum Teams From the earliest of our days as sports¬ men each one of us cherished the secret ambition of one day playing on a college team. A look, however brief, into the honors of the various members of the class will prove beyond a doubt that our hopes were realized. Soccer was the chief success for out of the nine games we played all were victories. Track was a popular sport, and the team won a large number of its meets. Basketball, though only three of our members played last season, was in a measure successful be¬ cause of our representatives. We were, on the whole, well represented in the five major sports, and we wish to express our appreciation of those members of our class who so ably captained their re¬ spective teams.

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