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Stunts of tt)e Stuntiost ear
Numerous and clever have been the stunts performed this year. Convocation exercises, parties, and in fact most every instance in which a group has been assembled together, have left a lasting impression upon us because of some unusually striking stunt. What name could more fittingly characterize this year than the “Stunt Year"?
Before the football game several Peru Flappers and Cake-eaters entertained at convocation by acting as though they were seeing the Peru ---- game on the screen. How enthusi-
astically Miss Palmer and Miss Blankenship chewed gum! “Bob” Parkinson, greatly excited, had no discretion in using her fists on Grandy who sat in front of her. Every time Peru made a touchdown, the “audience” rose and cheered wildly. Needless to say, Peru won the game.
Who could forget the stunt with which the Sophomores entertained at convocation? It was at this meeting that David Costello demonstrated the “I'akim Oppositckatin”, a machine of remarkable power which would change the features, size, or stature of any one present, according to his desires. Volunteers were called for. Several who wished to be changed ventured to the demonstrator, made known their wishes, and were at once placed in the machine. The process of change was begun. Oh, the groans of the victims and the rumble of the machinery! But they who withstood the torture were gratified to find that, after they emerged from the machine, their desires had been granted. When the audience saw Tiny Showalter come out a slender youth, the demonstrator could scarcely supply the demands of buyers.
The original stunt that the Everetts gave when it was their turn to entertain at convocation, will long be remembered by the spectators. It showed in truly realistic fashion the troubles of a Ford owner. Four young men represented the wheels and another was the “spare tire”. Mr. Teich, the owner of the Ford, had great trouble in keeping the tires inflated, but the great climax came when, like the wonderful onc-hoss shay, the entire machine played out, spilling its occupants over the stage.
“During Illiteracy Week” the History Department entertained. Their representation of America as a Melting Pot was very striking. “Bud” Clark, dressed as "Uncle Sam" had something to say about each person that he stirred into the Melting Pot. There were foreigners, illiterate mountaineers, a negro, an Indian, and a factory girl who were turned into desirable citizens by “Bud’s” efficient stirring.
Another original stunt was that representing the sale of Peruvians. The stage was furnished to represent the Peruvian Office. Dick Madden thought that the surplus money from the sale of Peruvians would enable the editor to take a trip to California, besides leaving the rest of the staff enough money to buy a cigar apiece. How eagerly the prospective buyers devoured the pages of the Annual (Sears Roebuck Catalogue). As Ruby Thompson looked through the Faculty Section, making remarks about each one, several students dressed to represent the different members of the Faculty passed across the stage. Mrs. Waugh was well represented by “Pat” Hcafcy. The office force was swamped with orders for the Peruvian. “Beer” Place, dressed as a girl, was too late to get an annual. Heartbroken, he squeezed a sponge, causing large tears to fall and then fainted. Just then, Gwendolyn Mallory, as Grossoehme, came along with the “orders to close up". Seeing the girl, he gave a sympathetic gesture and with the words, "Oh, I understand, I understand”, he tripped lightly out. The curtains were pulled from before the blackboard disclosing the Moral: "Buy Your
At the rally before the Chadron game, a short pantomime was given. Harriet Glasgow as Miss Championship was constantly attended by her devoted suitors, Mr. Peru, Mr. Wayne, Mr. Cotner, Mr. Kearney, and Mr. Chadron. How they hovered about her to get her favor! But Peru, of course, held her attentions the best, and as the other suitors came near her, they were quickly disposed of by the brave "Peru”. Mr. Kearney was more gallant than the rest of her suitors for he brought her a box of candy. Mr. Midland and Mr. Wesleyan paced in the background watching for an opportunity to have "Miss Championship”. But with Peru at her side, Miss Championship” was safe.
Flic above by no means completes the list of stunts performed during the year, but merely serves as an example of others as clever and original.
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The Divineness of the theme, the harmonious colors, and the simplicity of the scene did much to leave within our hearts the spirit of that First Christmas and to rejoice anew at the joyful tidings.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord".
The College made a great success of the gymnasium warming, January sixth, by putting on a “circus”. The student body and the faculty were divided into groups by the committees and each group put on a stunt.
The orchestra opened the entertainment and kept things lively all evening with its music. “Bud" Clark, dressed as ringmaster, announced each attraction and the group that was giving it.
The stunts put on by each floor of the dormitory were “winners”. The Third Floor girls’ parade put to shame those of Barnum and Bailey. The scenario entitled “Wild Nell of the Plains”, which was presented by the Second Floor girls, was so realistic that no doubt half the onlookers dreamed that night of being captured by Indians. “The Hidden Crystal Gazers" acted out by the First Floor girls, showed a number of the students as they will be ten years from now.
The Faculty’s Radio Concert was very realistic. News, music, and other interesting things were heard from a local station, St. Louis, and even London. Everything was distinct, and several times highly amusing.
The different rooming houses turned out their quota of talent. The Casey House showed the "Follies of Fashion” since 1615 to the present. The "Topsy Turvy” stunt put on by the Baldwin House group was wildly cheered bv the audience. The Holch "Tumblers" were the best of their kind on earth. The gymnast was both clever and skillful in his work and the tumbler, a clown, was beautifully awkward in his attempt to do the stunts that were set for him to imitate. The “Buffalo Bill’s Famous Wild West Show”, enacted by the Dasher House, fully lived up to the name and was well received. The Crago-Eason-Neal "Chariot Race” was wild and exciting, and made the blood pound in our veins in ecstasy to see the prancing steeds careering about the arena. The Farley House group put on a "Polo Game” between Harvard and Yale. The ponies of the victorious team gave fifteen "whinnies” as a token of pride in winning.
'I'his did not end all of the clever .stunts. Our hearts were deeply touched at the troubles of a modern depot agent as shown by the Home Folks. The Northwest Section put on the "Patent Medicine Vender” in which Doctor "Kill or Cure" with the assistantancc of "Nose", the office boy, cured everybody who called, with medicine from the same bottle. The “Review of Historical Events” given by the Avenue people won loud applause from the onlookers.
The audience was presented with candy and apples at the close of the circus.
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The Peru Peppers conceived the idea that a “P” Blanket installed in the new Gymnasium would not only be a splendid means of showing our team the pride we felt in their successes, but would also be a testimony to classes of the future of the spirit of this year’s student body.
The above plan was carried out by the P club. Contributions were made by admirers of our team, and soon enough money was raised to buy the longed-for blanket. The last night of the Tournament, the beautiful blue blanket with the letter P and ’23 in white was unrolled for the first time, over the heads of the student body. It made an impressive sight for the great crowd of friends and visiting teams that were assembled. The blanket was again unfurled at the last basketball game on the home floor, in which Cotner met defeat.
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FRLSHMAN-SOPHOMORE BANQUET, 1923
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