Northeastern University - Cauldron Yearbook (Boston, MA)

 - Class of 1959

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(^tate, f¥i fo%ty By Bob Davis The term " beat generation " had not been coined when we registered in September 1954 so the upper- classmen and professors just called us frosh. The only coffee-house we knew at that time was the Commons and poetry readings were confined to the lyrics of All Hail. And we did not have time to rebel against society. We walked and walked during Freshman Week and stood in many lines — tuitions, photographs, ROTC fittings. If we felt a cold wind at our back it was probably a hurricane brewing; there were quite a few that season. One storm christened Edna came the night the upperclassmen gave a Freshman Show in Alumni Auditorium — but most of us went anyway and enjoyed ourselves. " Those without dates can say they were out with Edna, " was one of the jokes that night. Beneath the fun of Freshman Week there were hints of the serious purpose of college life. At one of the many orientation meetings Dean of Students, Harold W. Melvin told everyone to look to their right and to their left. " One of you will not be here next year, " he said. Soon some of us were to find it more than an academic joke. After buying our textbooks we wrapped them in the bright red covers that proudly told everyone we were Northeastern students. In the same spirit we bought stickers for our cars and banners for our wall. Soon we had a chance to shout our pride — when the Huskies played Rhode Island. There was so much new, interesting and exciting that organizing our time became a problem. We needed room for classes, studies, activities — and watching the fascinating- construction on Hayden Hall. The Engineers at least had an occupational excuse for studying the riveting and shoveling in- stead of their textbooks. Division A or Division B? That was the question as the time approached for us to become part of the Co-operative Plan of Education. The first interview with our co-ordinator in which we discussed job and division preferences kicked off our co-op life. After being - assigned a division we said goodby to friends on the other side of the co-op world, knowing if we saw them again it would be by accident. Now our job was to make the best of two worlds. Now we were sophisticated veterans of the Uni- versity and as such helped welcome 1760 new fresh- men of the Class of ' 60. The first Mayor of Huntington Avenue campaign added excitement early in the year with its mock balloting, and zany campaigning. Pete Maloney was our first Mayor and the money was donated to the Hayden Hall building fund. The cornerstone of Hayden Hall was laid in No- vember and as classroom superintendents we felt pretty proud. In March we joined the middler class for the Mid- night Mood dance. We proved we were red-blooded young men by donating some of it to the Red Cross in a drive spon- sored by the Student Union this year. A snowstorm in March cancelled classes and forced many students and faculty members to sleep in the gymnasium after " South Pacific " rehearsals. King Husky IV died and Her Regal Highness Princess Shawmda took over. We were reminded our campus was once the site of the first World Series when Fork Frick, Na- tional Baseball Commissioner, participated in un- veiling a plaque commemorating that event at the Physical Education Center. Hayden Hall was finally ready for classes and not any too soon with 1,700 freshmen arriving. In the beginning.

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Sophomore and Charlie Brown for vice-president. " Jack Griffin ' 60BA was our second mayor of Huntington Avenue. The News entered the political field by nominating Pogo for President. In a straw ballot History-Government students correctly pre- dicted Eisenhower would win the real election. The Political Society was formed and garnered some national figures for its speakers. Harold W. Melvin retired as Dean of Students but stayed on as a teacher in the English Depart- ment. He was succeeded by Dean Gilbert G. Mac- Donald, taking over as Dean of Freshmen was Professor Kennedy of the Math Department. The first solo in the ROTC Flight Training Pro- gram was performed by an engineering student. Two professors in the Chemistry Department an- nounced their text had been pirated by Russian publishers. Jean Mattson was named Woman of the Year and the News selected John Erickson as Ath- lete of the Year. Comedy highlighted the Silver Masque produc- tions " You Can ' t Take It With You, " " John Loves Mary, " and " Kiss Me Kate. " On the more serious side was " Our Town. " Early in the year we learned that the University had purchased the condemned Boston Opera House site and that wrecking on the building would begin Middler The Huntington Avenue Mayorality race was colorful as usual. Connie Pappas, dressed in a Ro- man toga was elected. For the first time we had a Homecoming Queen — Marsha Gatonska ' 61LA who lent her royal pres- ence to the UConn game and the Fall Sports Dance. We severed athletic relations with Brandeis Uni- versity after a controversial football injury. The construction of a Graduate Center behind Hayden Hall was announced. With the new year came some changes. Dr. White was appointed the University ' s first Provost. Fol- lowing this came the announcement that Dr. Ell, after 48 years of serving the University would re- tire in 1959. The wrecking crew advanced on the Opera House and soon walls came tumbling down. The combina- tion of lifting cranes and falling bricks was irresis- tible and we all became sidewalk superintendents once again. Our new mascot, King Husky IV made his debut on a local television program. The Student Council began considering a new class ring. The University ran into editorial and legislative problems when it tried to acquire some property for a President ' s home. Dick Dukeshire was named head basketball coach. Dr. Asa Knowles, President of the University of Toledo, was named President Ell ' s successor. The Silver Masque ' s fare was more varied than usual with " The Man Who Came to Dinner, " a comedy; " Dark of the Moon, " a fantasy; " Okla- homa, " a musical and " The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, " a tragedy. [14]

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