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On Friday night, December third, at 8:30, the Peru commercial club entertained the Normal football squad at a banquet in the K. P. parlors in celebration of the most successful season ever enjoyed by a Peru team. After a big supper, our jovial banker, R W. Kelley took the chair, and speeches were in order.
Karl Fisher gave a short, inspiring talk on Peru’s football history and heroes of a former day, surcharged with hearty good fellowship and sound advice for football players in general. He depicted the game of football as an invaluable agent of development, and recalled many pleasant personal associations.
Coach Johnson responded with a eulogy of his team, saying that a marked absence of jealousy and “crabbing”, the bugbears of a football coach, has typified the team all the way thru, and that this season, while a signal one in the athletic history of Peru, has been brimful of genuine pleasure for himself as well as his players. Toasts were also given by E. K. (iood. Captain Haney, President Hayes, and our old friend Col. T. J. Majors, all of whom were heartily applauded.
After complimentary cheers the guests departed, each congratulating himself upon having been a member of such a team, his sentiments being 'Rah for the team. Rah ;or the coach. Rah for the captain, and Rah for the Commercial Club.
TRAINING TEACHERS’ RECEPTION
Once during the school year our critic teachers lay aside all the dignity of office, all thoughts of plans or aims or conferences, and invite the Seniors to be their guests for an evening of fun and frolic.
Such an event took place this year on the tenth of March. The guests were received in the gymnasium of the new Trainers’ Building, which had been transformed into a bower of roses, with—yes really! an old fashioned well in one corner, where the most torturing thirst might be quenched.
As our boys are known to be shy, an auction sale had been arranged, that they might have partners without the embarrassment of asking. .Mr. Eetler conducted the sale in his inimitable manner, selling one, three, or five boys at prices ranging from a candy kiss to a happy home.
When all had secured partners there was a grand march, led by Miss Downing and Arthur Bell, followed by the grand hesitation, which bore much resemblance to the part of “Miller Boy” where “the ladies step forward and the gents fall back."
When we had marched and hesitated to our heart’s content, we divided into live groups, and retired to separate rooms to plan stunts which should surpass all ever thot of before. Soon we reassembled in the main room, and were entertained by the most varied performances imaginable. 'The prize was awarded to an excellent exhibition of hypnotism.
Delicious refreshments of ice cream and wafers followed the stunts. Then, as we had had enough of frolic, we were given an instructive and solemn lecture by Prof. Smith, in which the members of the faculty and some were seen as others have never seen them.
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PHILOMATHEAN HALLOWE’EN The pouring rain on Hallowe’en did not dampen the ardor of the jolly loyal Philos, who were on their way to the Philo masquerade. They were well repaid by having the jolliest possible time.
The guests entered the gymnasium through the back entrance. The unique idea of having Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell visited by the guests was appreciated and enjoyed( ?) by all the merry makers. When the people entered the balcony they found St. Peter, alias Jcdermann, presiding over Heaven and sentencing all miscreants to Purgatory. A slide from the balcony to the floor was the means of accomplishing this journey. The boys’ north locker room was the site of the aforementioned Purgatory. The terrors of this place been duly experienced the sentence, "Go to Hell”, in flaming letters was given to the victims who at once began their final journey by way of the ladder into Coach Johnson’s office. When Hell, the girls’ locker room was reached troubles began in earnest. All the victims marched over the rolling planks, grasped gloves filled with wet sawdust, took electric shocks, fell over piled up mats, bumped into conveniently placed sawhorses and were scratched by a live cat. Some were inwardly quaking but outwardly calm and others’ shrieks rent the air and mingled with the groans of the ghosts.
After this nerve racking experience the pallid victims emerged, received their fate pictures and read the fortunes acquired in purgatory.
Games of “Ten Little Indians,” “Skip-to-my-Lou,” and ‘‘Miller Boy" were enjoyed for the rest of the evening. About nine o’clock the football team, just arrived from York, joined us. Refreshments of ice cream and opera sticks were served—a welcome relief from the doughnuts and cider which had been a feature of nearly all the other fall affairs.
THE Y. W. C. A. PICNIC
The Y. W. girls, one hundred all told, met in the gymnasium for a “get-acquainted” picnic on Friday afternoon September 20th.
Formal introductions were dispensed with and the old game of politeness substituted but instead of a mere bow when the runners met, they stopped, shook hands, and told each other their names.
As soon as all the girls had assembled and been “introduced," the merry rollicking games of “Three-deep” and “Flying Dutchman" were played. If there has been a girl who has thought that in order to be a member of the Young Women’s Christian Association she must become sober, grave, and dignified, we wish she could have seen the jolly one hundred when they became excited over the rabbit and hound game. Even the most sober of the girls became so enthusiastic and tired that a rest was needed before the great event of the picnic.
The girls formed a line and marched to one end of the gymnasium where the following supper—sandwiches, pickles, pumpkin pie, apples, and coffee—was served in cafeteria style.
At seven o’clock the supper over, the girls voted the picnic a grand success and left the gym.
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This delightful evening was ended by the singing of the Normal song and giving the Normal yell. Then we bade our entertainers goodnight, and carried home with us memories of a most pleasant entertainment.
Y. W. C. A. INSTALLATION PARTY
In response to very attractive March Wind Invitations, a goodly number of Y. W. girls were blown into the Administration building on the evening of March 17. 1917. Kvery girl was ushered through the Cave of the Winds to the faculty room where an Irish name was bestowed upon her. The room was fittingly decorated in honor of good old St. Patrick, and especially attractive to every one were the placards on the wall which represented wind compounds, such as “whirl-wind,” “wind-flower,” and “tornado”. This contest was indeed individual as was shown by the large number of girls having the entire list of words correct. After dividing themselves into families by means of the names previously given them, a representative was chosen from each family to “shine” in a game of tennis. This caused considerable excitement—a rope being the net, a palm-leaf fan the racket, and a feather the ball. Other representatives from the families were chosen to be blindfolded and draw symbols of Ireland on the blackboard. Unsurpassable artistic ability was displayed by the various contestants. After this jollity the very impressive ceremony of installation of the new officers took place. A circle of chairs was made in the center of the room. These were occupied by the old officers and the new officers stood behind the chair of the officer whose place she was to fill. Each in turn gave up her place to the incoming officer. In the absence of the president, Miss Esther Clark presided. Light refreshments were served and every girl went home with a “ II ip-hip-horroy” for the Y. V. C. A. in her heart.
THE JUNIORS “OUT FOR A GOOD TIME.”
Perhaps a more nearly unanimous good time was never had by any class than the Juniors enjoyed at their Get-Acquainted Picnic, September 29th. Almost every member of the class was present. After the grand march to Neal’s pasture, led by a band procured especially for the occasion, everybody was sent in search of wood and brush. Six bon-fires were soon crackling and jolly groups gathered about them roasting wienies. Professor Owens presided over the coffee, which was served from a large cauldron. After the “eats” we played games and saw some star rope-untwisters, as w ell as banana eaters perform. We also found out the names of all our fellow-juniors as introduced by our adviser, Professor Wilson.
THE SENIOR GIRLS ENTERTAIN
About the last of January, members of the faculty, graduate students, senior boys, and sophomores received such invitations: “It will give the senior girls great pleasure to have you present at their party, January twenty-seventh, at seven forty-five, in the
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