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The first social event of the school year was the Y. W. C. A. and Y. M. C. A. reception, which was intended to welcome the new students and give all a chance to become better acquainted with each other. The gymnasium was completely changed into a reception hall and the different committees surely fulfilled their respective duties in seeing that all the guests were cordially received, entertained and served to dainty and delicious refreshments.
The Y. W. C. A. also gave an afternoon reception to the girls of the school. This is always well attended and greatly enjoyed.
This year the two literary societies, the Philomathean and the Everett, joined together for a reception to new students. After short programs in their respective halls, the two societies united in a grand march around the campus, music being furnished by the Normal Band. The grand march terminated at the gymnasium, where an informal reception was held. After a few hours of a social “good time,” refreshments were served. The dreaded “winking” of the lights made the guests feel that they must disperse, altho’ the time seemed to have passed all too quickly.
Three athletic receptions were given during the year, one for the foot ball team, one for the basket ball teams and another for the base ball team. These receptions arc given by the Athletic Association to its members and are always exceedingly pleasant affairs.
The foot ball reception may be taken as an illustration of all three, altho each reception, of course, differs in entertainment and refreshments. The guests assembled in the chapel, where a short but interesting program was held, consisting of speeches by Prof. Shcrer and the foot ball boys. We then were invited into the gymnasium, which was suitably decorated. After all had conversed for a while, the foot ball boys were asked to show the guests how they could play in dress-suits. This request was readily granted, showing that men with such training as theirs could not do otherwise than obey signals well, whether on the gridiron or on a polished floor. A very unique way of causing all to become acquainted were the cards, in the shape of foot balls, which each one received. As it happened, there was just one exact duplicate of each card and. of course, much fun was had in finding partners. When each had found his mate, a grand march was nicely led by Miss Muff and Mr. Akers. At the close of this grand march, dainty refreshments were served, after which the guests were compelled to depart on account of the lateness of the hour. But one and all surely felt as tho they had had a “mighty good” time.
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This is probably the most important social event of the year and is looked forward to by both Juniors and Seniors.
Neat invitations were received by the Seniors and, while the following week was one of happy anticipation for the Seniors, the Juniors were especially busy and mysterious.
At 8 o’clock on Friday evening, March 27, 1908, the Juniors and Seniors assembled in the “chapel parlors.” When all had arrived each Senior was led b a Junior partner to the gymnasium below. But if the room were a gymnasium, no one could recognize it, for it was tastefully and elaborately decorated with the colors of the two classes, co-minglcd with the Normal colors, whose honor both classes strive to uphold. Upon entering, one was struck with the brilliancy of the scene, for candles and flowers seemed to gleam and blend into one harmonious whole. The favors were carnations and bouquets of beautiful flowers were very numerous as centerpieces.
The tables were arranged in an immense swastika, seating three hundred people or more. By the swastika arrangement of the tables, the Juniors seemed to wish all kinds of good luck to the Seniors, and let us hope as great popularity as the swastika has recently received. The serving was in charge of Miss Loomis and certainly no banquet ever was given where the service was so prompt and efficient. The following palatable menu was served:
Consomme Salted Nuts Pressed Chicken French Peas in Cream Waldorf Salad Neapolitan Ice Cream
Crisp Crackers Olives Saratoga Chips Parker House Rolls Cheese Straws Angel Cake
After this material repast, a veritable intellectual feast was served in the form of the following toasts:
Joys We’ve Tasted..........
Our Alma Mater.............
We Owe the World a Living
Shall I Miss Them?.........
The Teacher’s Calling......
----Bert E. Swenson
..Julia H. Van Driel
.....John A. Hanna
----Prof. C. F. Beck
.......G. D. Jenkins
..Prof. J. M. Howie ...A. Mary Dittmer
........C. O. Oline
Pres. J. W. Crabtree
Everyone seemed to be in his best mood and responded happily to the introductions made by the capable toastmaster, R. D. Sims.
In the wee small hours of the morning the guests departed, feeling that never could a Senior class have been more royally entertained.
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The Normal Cadets, according to their custom, invited the school to a reception to be held in the gymnasium on February 22. It seemed very appropriate that the cadets should thus patriotically celebrate the birthday of the "Father of Our Country.” The room was fittingly and elaborately decorated for the occasion. The entertainment, as well as the refreshments, were appropriate and unique. To summarize, let us say that this reception showed us that, altho the cadets emphasize military training, their social training had fully equipped them for their responsibility as hosts.
Mention should be made of the indoor field meet held by the Y. W. C. A. girls. This was certainly odd and enjoyable. Much laughter and merriment were provoked by watching the performers do their "stunts.”
Following the lecture bv Prof. Grove F. Barber of the State University, the Satin Club gave a reception in his honor. Philo and Everett Halls were beautifully decorated, delicious refreshments were served and all had a most enjoyable time.
The biological division of the science department held “open house” to the school and it was very well attended. Many interesting experiments were shown and the refreshment room proved a very popular factor.
After an interesting Alumni program, the Philomathcans and Everetts enjoyed a reception, held for Dr. G. E. Howard of the State University. In the receiving line were President and Mrs. Crabtree. Dr. Howard, Prof, and Mrs. Dclzell, Mr. I.anphere, president of Philo, and Mr. Jenkins, president of Everett.
At the close of the year, during Commencement week, the president's reception to the Alumni is a most enjoyable feature and every student is glad when he can attend this, for then he must be a full-fiedgcd graduate.
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