Lake Forest College - Forester Yearbook (Lake Forest, IL)

 - Class of 1908

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Lake Forest College - Forester Yearbook (Lake Forest, IL) online yearbook collection, 1908 Edition, Page 83 of 294
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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 happened." 77

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College Traditions 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 and ices. 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. C 1 76 -new -

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Wa formerisl lengthy stature to ll May Day I 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 3. f slide down his own leg and so gain terra firma in safety. ta . 'lv' . lfgf F52 s -. We .w t ,iv Y K 'FIC- t

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