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

 - Class of 1956

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THE YEAR OF 1955-56 . . . was filled with a good share of notable happenings that will find their way into the history books. At the White House. President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack and was treated by Dr. Patil XN'hite. The Democratic Presidential nomination seekers. Adlai Steven- son and Estes Kefauver. who were barnstorm- ing across the United States. met in Florida and exchanged campaign buttons. In Europe. Moscow leaders. Nikita Kruschev and Nicolai Bulganin were turning on the "big grin" from behind the slowly-rising Iron Curtain, Econ- omy experts reported an all-time high in pros- perity and predicted an even better year in 1950. College enrollment in the United States had doubled since iVorld 1N'ar Il. and industry screamed for graduate engineers of all kinds. The Ford Foundation announced a 3500.000.000 grant to colleges and hospitals . . . 615 non-tax- supported. four year. regionally accredited colleges. and 3.5110 privately operated hospitals were to share in the "achievement grant." Lake Forest College was one of the schools that received a portion of the Ford Grant. The details of the widely acclaimed grant of li3255.'Jt1l'l were reported by President Ernest -Iohnson during Christmas Vacation. The principal portion of the award is to be added to the college endowments and the income to be applied to faculty salaries. A 348151.01510 women's dormitory project to be started in the spring. kicked off the expansion plans of the college. Also announced was an S80.1'lU0 faculty cottage program. Amidst the maze of registration and physical examinations. Dr. johnson welcomed a large group of freshmen to the campus. The sorori- ties hustled and bustled to prepare for the early rushing parties. looking forward to the pledging ceremonies. October 3. The girls started off the last round with the Chi O's annual Bowery Party. then to the Alpha Xi's Rose Garden Party. Next on the agenda. was the Gamma Phi's "South Sea Cruise." the AD Pi's Pirate Ship Party and the last affair. another nautical scene. the Good Ship Alpha Phi. On September 22. Lake Forest Colleges football squad lost to a strong Beloit team 34-6. Harold Freberg tallied the 1 lone score. Tuesday. the 25th of September. found the fx doors of the Deerpath Theatre open to welcome the new L.F.C. students. followed by Wednes- day's Talent Show where Marian Hunt scored a hit with her vocal selections. Nleanwhile. organizations and clubs began calling meetings. The Forester. the Econom- ics Club. Psychology Club and the Student- Faculty Club all announced early get-togethers. Another group. already hard at work. was the Homecoming Committee. headed by Bill Eck- ert. Voting for Homecoming Queen was an- nounced for October 10 and 11 in the basement of College Hall. Joan Kraus. Elections Chair- man. supervised the voting. All the men interested in singing. "Eddie Fishersu or not. were invited to join the newly organized men's chorus. Plans of the group included barbershop. spirituals. folk songs and pop numbers. One of the many new faces on the campus this year was that of John E. Erickson. John. a native of Rockford was named head basket- ball and tennis coach at the college. iYhile in school at Beloit College. the young coach ex- celled in basketball and tennis. Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Pi Epsilon carried off the last semester's scholarship trophies. The girls won with a grade point average of 1.67 while the men had a 1.41. Top class honors went to the seniors who led with an average of 1.88. However. the senior women's 2.12 out-distanced the senior IHCITS 1.76 by a sizable margin. The all-student average was 1.36. Chapel programs included such fine speakers as: Dr. Chandrasekhar. who spoke on "Empty Lands and Hungry Stomachsu. Nobel Prize Winner. Dr. Harold C. Urey spoke on "The Origin of Life". party members. Stephen lN1itchell and Everett Dirksen. spoke on politics and the Film Society announced a series of "Mox'ie Classics". The films shown were: "The Passion ofxloan of Arc". "Italian Straw Hatn. "Million Dollar Legs".ancl"Duck Soup". Dr. Gordon lvlilne. returned from England and related his travels to Stratford-on-Avon. Edinburgh. and other literary sites to the radio audience over XVKRS. October 19. marked the first meeting of the newly organized Independent 1Vomen's Club under the leadership of Kit Graham. The 26 members invited all those interested to join them at their Monday meetings.

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