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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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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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gymnasium of the T. J. Majors Training Building." No explanation was needed for we all understood the summons.
Upon entering the gymnasium each had pinned upon him some card or design. When all had assembled, groups according to our slips were assigned leaders and we were sent to various rooms in turn. At one room we were waved in by a group of dusky maidens singing and dancing. There old and young had to dance the Virginia Heel until they dropped hot and breathless into nearby chairs.
Then after being led down the hall we were met at the door by two dear little Dutch girls who gave to each a tiny cube of cheese. Partners were secured by the tying of two hands of two individuals who were to act as one in playing the game “Pussy wants a corner." In the mad rush that followed feminine shrieks arose above all the scramble.
The now thoroughly enthusiastic crowd was ushered into the “American" room which was appropriately decorated with “Old (Jlory." Here we indulged in games that were very “American,” as far as the rapid pace was concerned.
The last room represented Greece and of course, the Olympian games were held. Captains were elected and the races began. Two statelx maidens clad in the long white llowing robes of Greece upheld justice. The captain of the victorious side was crowned by the laurel wreath and with nearly every winning captain the dark green of the leaves was illuminated by the reflection of light from the polished surface enclosed by the circlet.
The grand parade was formed and refreshments were served in the American room. The climax of the evening was reached when some of the most energetic began to perform “stunts.” Members of the faculty were ruthlessly dragged out on the floor and forced to entertain the fun-loving onlookers.
Soon new-made friends were seen quietly stealing away together and shortly, silence settled down where had been merry laughter and loud chatter of voices.
THK DORM RKCKPTION
It has been the custom for years to have a reception at Mt. ernon Hall, hebruary 22, the birthday of our historic and beloved (leorge. I his year was not an exception to that custom.
Those who had before attended one of these receptions were very eager to go, and those who had not attended were just as eager. As one Junior boy remarked, "I am anxious to see what it is like inside. 'The other time I went there it was a thru express.' No time for sight seeing."
The guests were met at the door by colonial ladies, and escorted to the parlor, where they were very graciously welcomed by Miss Clcland and other distinguished personages. The next stop was at the punch howl. Phis was the most popular stop of all, judging from the way Wilber Kmmert and “Marty Craig lingered there.
From this delightful spot, charming ladies conducted the guests thru the rooms, which our vivid imaginations had pictured as prisons. I hey were not prison-like at
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