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cd with each other. Held as it is, out in the open air, surrounded by exquisite landscape, beautifully decorated by nature’s artistic brush, one feels free to act and talk in his own natural way. A meeting such as this, is not marked by the stiff formality which is often present at various other receptions. Consequently, one feels more at case; more at liberty to do as he chooses and the “get-acquainted” part of the program is put into actual use.
Moreover, it arouses school spirit and an interest in the class as a whole. When the new student hears the yells and the songs, he realizes more than ever that he is a member of a distinct organization and that lie has an importance equal to that of any member of the class. In fact, everyone feels a thrill of school spirit such as he never felt before. Enthusiasm such as this can only come through a meeting of this kind.
On Thursday, October ist, we Juniors gathered together for our first party —“the get-acquainted party” if you please. About 4:30 P. M. we assembled in front of the chapel, each with his own cup and spoon, eagerly awaiting the word to proceed to the picnic ground. Soon our leader appeared and at his word of command, we started northward. And such joyful procession, nearly three blocks in. length! The merry group.made us feel that this was the largest Junior class in the history of the school.
We were safely conducted to a beautiful ravine in a picturesque grove adjoining the Juanita Fruit Farm. Here, numerous games were played. Chief commissaries, Messrs. Blankenship and Dallam, proved good their title when they accounted that supper was ready.
After each person had gotten his fill of wienies, bananas, oranges and cookies, we all gathered around the dying embers of the campfire which were shedding their glow in the growing dusk. Short speeches were given by different members of the class and our adviser, Mr. Beck. A vigorous rooting society was organized; new songs were introduced and the old yells were rehearsed.
Then in the twilight of that glorious October day, we journeyed back over the hills, singing our praises to Old Peru, and believing more firmly than ever that we were members of the best class in school.
“BJr” (Srt Arqttafitteit
Registration is over; text books are secured; football spirit is rampant, and school work has begun in earnest. Questions that one hears on the Normal campus are these: How many Seniors are there? Is he a Senior? Is she?
IIow do you like your work? Getting homesick?
Such was the spirit and the condition of affairs when the Senior entertainment committee made arrangements for a class outing or “get-acquainted powwow.”
The rendezvous was in a wooded pasture southeast of our Old College Town. When old Sol was about to retire for the night, we found ourselves following the “wagon of rations.” On arriving at the place to pitch camp, the first order of the day was: Divide into four companies, according to the months in which you were born.
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Possibly, the most amusing game for these dignified (?) ichabods was baseball, which was played with indoor baseball paraphernalia. “Jerusalem and Jericho.” “Alphabet,” and other “kid” games played leading roles, too.
Soon came the time to attack the mess wagon. Each one had-provided himself with a stick on which he roasted a “wienie” or two. Coffee flowed freely. Potato chips, pickles, olives, buns, made up the “rational” diet. As a side dish, we had water-melons (which by the way, tried to make their get-away, assisted, as we believe, by under classmen), and as dessert we had Cucumis Citrullus as Prof. Jean is wont to call it.
'Time to break camp came too quickly. A bon-firc was built, in which was thrown all debris. Thrilled by the glow of the flames, and led by our class adviser. we gave “Senior! Senior! Ray! Ray!!” etc., and sang “The Pale Blue and the White.” Ranks were broken, and in parties of twos (by far the most numerous), threes and larger groups, we meandered homeward at the curfew hour.
During one’s college life, there arc always places, people, and happenings that stand out vividly against the background of the general every-day routine. First impressions of the town itself, people who help one to forget his homesickness, acquaintances formed that arc later to ripen into friendships—all these pass into and arc retained in that precious chamber of consciousness called memory.
An event always long remembered in the social life of Peru is the amnial union reception given by the religious organizations of the school to all students and members of the Faculty. This is a time of informal good cheer, when old friends greet old. and when students of the previous years welcome the new students and endeavor to show them a good time.
Such a reception was that held in the gymnasium in the fall of 1914. Fortunate were they who attended, for it was worth while in every respect. The receiving line safely passed, one found himself adrift in a throng of good-natured pleasure seekers, whose paths were to cross and recross many times during the year. Each was tagged with a slip of paper bearing his name and home town. The “wild and woolly west” was especially well represented, for Bob Boyd was there. No one could long remain unknown. Presently order was called for, and an excellent program, announced by Professor Hendricks, followed. Miss Myscr, who appeared for the first time before the students, delighted her listeners with several readings; Miss Blankenship sang beautifully; and a horn duct by Messrs. Hosic and Chatclain concluded the program. Professor Hendricks then tended to all a cordial invitation to attend the Sunday services on the following day.
Some of the dear boys, wishing to show their ability along musical lines, got together during the evening and made the air vibrate to the strains of “Die Wacht am Rhine,” “Die Lorelei.” and other German classics, and they could only be hushed by the appearance of refreshments. Then, amid chatter and laughter, the first big event of the social calendar came to a close.
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