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Promptly at live minutes before six o'cloclc students began to gather-lor it had been hinted that the there would
be something extra in the line of a "feed," At the proper time lthat is when the door openedi they proceeded
rather promiscuously lor their seats in the dining hall of the Commorfs building, whcrc a sumptuous dinner
had been prepared by Mother Harper and her elilicient culinary corps. The tables were tastefully and beauti'
fully decorated with turlcey, cranberry sauce and triangles of pumplcin pie. With capable carvers presiding
at the tables and the assistance of the sprightly white robed attendants, all in sight was quickly consummated.
After the clatter of lcnives and forks had subsided Professor Burnap rose and after proclaiming that in
being able to comb his top hair with a towel he could do what none of us could do, he proceeded to humor-
ously relate his exploits with football players who had been in his classes. The genial professor then presented
the monograms to the several members of the team -each with a fitting eulogy.
With the general sing that followed it can hardly be expressed too strongly that these occasions serve a
most helpful function in the "building up" of the spirit that counts.
MARRIED MEN-WIDOWERS' INDOOR BASEBALL GAME
Ben Franklin, or some one like that, once said that to be successlul a man must be married and the annual
indoor game again demonstrated the truth of that statement. The Bachelors tried to get away from their
"Jonah" by simply changing their name to 'AWidoxs'ers," but they seem to be dying a natural death. for with
this yearis desertions all hope ol- the future is lost.
The Widoxy'ers were not wholly satislied with defeat and their captain gave out this interview alter the
game: "l am sorry that the game was not postponed as several of my best men were unable to play tonight
and we were forced to play without a full team. Had the team been l-ull it is hard to tell what might have
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THE JUNIOR BENCH CEREIVIQNY
The word "hand me down" probably recalls many unpleasant recollections to mind oi the days when we
were forced to wear "sawed olill and hammered down" garments that had been on duty for several generations
past. But on the evening of June the fourteenth, nineteen hundred and six, the class of '07 bestowed upon
the class oi '08 a "hand-me-downu that they were only too proud to receive. This was the Junior Bench that
was given to the college by the class of '05, and of which each successive Junior class had been the custodian.
The speakers ot the evening were Professor Needham, Ernest Palmer for the class of '07, and William Phillips
Ior the class of '08
To prevent the Sophomores Irom becoming "too much attachedn to their new possession, a liberal supply
ol newspapers was scattered around, but even then, a few of the more venturesome were heard to remark that
they were ustuck on it."
In spite oi a damp evening, the whole college including a few professors. turned out to see the lun and to
join in, at the end ol the ceremony with our dear old "Alma IVIater."
THE SOPHOIVIORE BANQUET
Every tradition must have a beginning. To the class oi 1907 much credit is due Ior inaugurating the
Sophomore banquet but to the class of 1908 was left the decision as to whether this custom should become a
tradition. 1907 Ielt the question in their hands and on Tuesday evening .Iune 5, 1906. the class ol 1908
proved. in a lnanner that le-tt no doubt in their own minds nor in the minds oi thc class ol 1907--assembled,
hushed and anxious on the porch and l'ire escape at Lois Hallfthat the Sophomore banquet was a college
tradition to be looked forward to, enjoyed and remembered by each succeeding class.
About Iorty-live members oi the class and invited guests enjoyed to the utmost the six course dinner, toasts,
and college sing that followed. The dining room was beautifully decorated in the class colors, purple and
white. In the center of the table which was arranged to Iorm a large cross extending diagonally across the
room. was a huge pyramid ol purple and white lilies and this color scheme was even carried out in the candies
In alter years when the members ol the class ol 1908 hear ol the "Sophomore Annual Banquet" it will be
with a feeling ot pride that it was their own class that made the Iirst step towards establishing this tradition.
Need we remind the next class that now that this tradition has had its beginning it is "up to themn to see
that it never has an ending?
THE SENIOR PLAY
A custom which is Iirmiy established in Lake Forest is the Senior Play given during commencement
week. The play is usually a burlesque on one of Shakespe-are's works and the poor Bard of Avon would revolve
in his grave like a windmill il he could hear his lines twisted and turned to make a Lake Forest holiday. A
natural elevation in the court, flanked by thc white walls of the chapel and library, and the massive pillars of
the cloistcr in the rear make a stage setting which Belasco would envy. The '06 class chose "The Merchant
of Venice" as the vehicle lor their dramatic aspirations. The quality ot mercy was strained to the breaking
point and dropped, as a thunderbolt from heaven, jests and roasts on the Iaculty and students alike. None
deserving were spared. IVIany were caught on the hip and the ancient grudge betwixt '06 and '07 was fed
Iat upon them. Who shall Iorget Jackman as Shylock, 'lI'IootmonH IVIcCrea as Bassanio, or the Iair Frances
as Portia? In fact the whole class made their last collegiate appearance a memorable one and it is up to '07
to go them one better.
THE BURNING OF THE DUIVIIVIY
Cn the evening oi Friday, November 16, the night before the final game with IVIOnmouth college, the student
body assembled on Farwell Field to carry out the traditional college ceremony oi burning the football dummy.
While the oil soaked dummy, lighted by Captain Gibbs, was burning, the students and the team sang college
songs and cheered between speeches, made by Coach Vaughn, Captain Gibbs and members of the team. As
the last embers were dying out, one Iinal cheer was given to encourage the men for the game the next day.
This custom, begun last year, has now become permanent and will always be one oi the most impressive oi
our college traditions.
umm. Lu: THE TURKEY FEED AND SING
I It is questionable whether the keeping of any college tradition meets with the approval of so
' , ,, many stomachs and hnds such animated participation by gastronomic artists of the Jones, "Sturdy"
K, and Chappell type as does the annual turkey "feed" and "sing,"
S X bl""' The "Iced," it was announced, would this year be combined with the meeting held Ior the
'I 9 fi' awarding of Iootball monogratns.
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Wa formerisl lengthy stature to
ll May Day
ff 4 0n the morning of May lirst, nine-
teen six, J. Wilhelm Dorn driving across
the campus behind his handsome cast
iron gazelle, as is his custom, was
startled to behold a runaway barber
pole standing in front of North Hall,
gaily decorated with colored streamers.
Overhead hung the iron clapper of the
college bell that rings each hour for the
students to change professors. Near
by was a large sign, "No class todayfi
A constantly increasing throng was
growing about a throne of wood that
was raised facing the barber pole.
Soon, amid loud acclaims, a Queen ofthe
May was chosen, a stately and blushing
beauty arrayed in a blue mother hubbard. lmmense cheering and the singing of a stir-
ring ballad followed, to the effect that, inasmuch as the present occasion was the first day
of May, the faculty could talie a well earned rest, which gentlemen lay low, saying noth-
ing but sawing a couple of days off the Senior vacation.
About this time, however, one of Erslcineis more ambitious metaphors soaring slay-
ward exploded at a great altitude and brought on a heavy shower of rain. His majesty, the
Queen, thereupon withdrew her court and train, attendant equipages, loyal serfs, etc., to
the gym, capturing it without difliculty. lmmersing Kelly in the tank below, the merry
bunch let Hy and tore up the stilly calm that precedes the storm, and passed a pleasant
morning until lVlr. Babcoclcis sumptuous repast of popcorn and game of like nature were
served, after which the survivors broke loose again. lbelieve a basketball game was
attempted, and a mock wedding, but the report that a riot call had been sent in to Fort
Sheridan caused a lull in the proceedings, and the conspirators retired to their quarters
in good order.
Perhaps it would be well to remember here the gallant attempt of our dauntless engi-
neer to restore the barber pole, which subsequent to the foregoing proceedings had
found its way by paths no man or freshman knoweth to the top of college hall, ascending
to which altitude the engineer found himself the victim of a plan to store heat for that
building by the enforced presence of the aforesaid on its roof. His ladder being removed,
the plaintill found himself stranded as
high as his own smoliestaclx and about ,
as dry. Attempt after attempt was made
on the part of his adherents for rescue
but in vain, and the aforesaid gentleman
would have been in the identical situa- V cf-W5-'lx
tion to this day had not J. W. Dorn hit
on a device, which being communicated
to the former enabled him to
tal-:e advantage of his fthe
f slide down his own leg and
so gain terra firma in safety.
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