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Page 2 NOW AND THEN
David Beadie . .
Peter Frenzel ....
Bill Budd ....
George Burr ..
Norb Winter . .
. Associate Editor
. . .Sports Editor
. . . .Business
. . .Advertising
. . . . . . . .Circulation
Roger Countryman ..Photographer
Charles Tilden Jim Neher
Burt Bigelow Rod Bacon
This edition of the Now and
Then opens the 1953-'54 publica-
tion season at the Academy. The
Now and Then this year will be
a more expansive project. The
schedule allows for six issues be-
fore Christmas, and about fifteen
for the whole year. In further
compensation for no SPAR, all is-
sues for the school year will be
bound, and handed out at the
graduation ceremonies. This vol-
ume will contain the graduation
issue also, and thus will be a com-
plete review of the year featuring
the events as they did occur. Write-
ups of masters and classes will ex-
tend throughout the whole year.
The seniors will be accommodated
in the final issue. More issues and
better coverage will, we hope, im-
prove the quality of the Now and
Then. It will be a senior class ef-
fort this year, affording oppor-
tunity to the whole class to par-
ticipate and not just the chosen
By James Slade
Several years ago, when our
present system of grading was pre-
sented to the school, there were
various opinions on what the ef-
fect would be. Now that we can
look back upon and analyze the
system we can see several results.
Students are not made to feel
the benefits of good marks to the
extent that they formerly were.
The emphasis has been put almost
completely on bad marks rather
than good ones. There is no doubt,
of course that the oflice staff and
the teachers have an easier time,
but I sometime wonder if changes
are made to help the student or the
Has the new system improved
grades, has it hurt them, or have
they stayed the same? I can only
speculate at the answer for no
data concerning the change has
been released. Until that time I
can only look with pessimism at
the new system.
By Mr. Rogers
As a new faculty member, I have
been asked to write an article for
the faculty corner of the Now and
Then. I suppose that it would be
natural for me to write of my im-
pressions and observations made
of the life at SPA. I feel, how-
ever, that I have not yet become
familiar enough with the school
and its students to report accurate-
ly on these things: therefore, what
follows must be confined to the
Department of Classics and my
hopes for this department in the
months and years to come.
My great hope is to see the
Greek language introduced into
the curriculum next year and elect-
ed by many students. Greek has
become defunct in almost every
secondary school in this country
undoubtedly because of this tech-
nological age in which we have
carried ourselvesg however, I feel
that both Latin and Greek are of
utmost importance to scientists and
I quote what a distinguished scien-
tist stated concerning Greek: "In
an experience of more than forty
years as a teacher of medical stu-
dents I easily distinguished among
my auditors those who know Greek
and those who do not, especially
when I use scientific terms, such as
'toxicogenic bacillus' or a 'pathog-
nomonic symptom'. I see the eyes
of the former fill with the light of
comprehension, while those of the
latter are closed in ignorance and
mystificationf' Greek here has a
practical applicationg however, for
those who are not scientifically in-
clined but rather are interested in
literature, the Greek language
opens a golden world of poetry,
drama, and philosophy. Latin, too,
possesses both of the preceding
qualities. Thus, both languages are
I therefore hope to see many of
you in an Introductory Greek
course next year. If you have
studied Latin, you may find Greek
easier, but nevertheless, you will
soon come to enjoy it if you give
it the proper application.
An expanded library program is
being scheduled for many of the
forms. As usual, the prep form
library class, which teaches the
student how to use the catalogue
and other basic fundamentals, is
being continued. Last week, the
seniors and juniors heard a talk
given by Mrs. Bray in the more
extensive use of the library. As-
signments will be given in connec-
tion with English and History
classes which will necessitate this
use of the library. The primary
purpose of this program is to pre-
pare the juniors and seniors for
the use of college libraries.
COUNCIL fCont'd from page ll
In the category of driving, a new
gate has been installed in the park-
ing lot to be used, when finished,
as an exit gate only. A right turn
is to be made when leaving the
IV. This year the Saturday ses-
sion will begin at 8:30, assuming
that the White Bear group can
make it. Everybody would be out
of the building by 10:30 if this
V. The election of class officers
has been set for September 28, on
ORDWAY tCont'd from page lj
complete friendship of all those
While we sorrow at his loss we
are happy to have known him and
to have been a part of his life. His
memory will remain with us al-
ways, a source of constant inspira-
tion and strength. Certainly, the
Academy is a better school for his
having been here.
D O N ' S
726 S. Cleveland DE. 9887
FACULTY fCont'd from page ll
to next year. He would very much
like to see a First Year Greek
course added to the Academy curri-
culum next Fall. I think that
everyone will agree that such a
course would be extremely useful
if it could be arranged.
It is quite a coincidence that Mr.
Rogers happened to become a
Master at the Academy. He and
Mr. Bray both attended Brown
University and also graduated
from the same Prep school as did
Al. Smith, Holderness School in
Plymouth, N. H. These two should
have some interesting tales to
In closing, I would like to say
that we all welcome Mr. Rogers to
the Academy, and hope that his
stay with us will be a very pleas-
ant and interesting one.
Odds S1 Ends
By D. Beadie
Yes, now we are seniors, the
very ultimate. The Senior Room
is a reality. Already, plans are be-
ing made to bring in the World
Series via TV. The ten-day free
trial plan is usually adopted . . .
Baumeister says he doubts that his
mental age will decline from ref-
ereeing a table of Second Formers
at lunch-time. On the contrary, he
sits next to the intelligent Wolffes,
Robert and Richard, and learns
something every day.
Ik lk Sk
A few of the boys haven't com-
pletely adapted themselves to the
rigors of school life - notably,
Pete Ward, who was caught sound
asleep in study hall, and Tim Slade,
who became ill during one of Mr.
Ra.ssmusen's more gory biology lec-
SF ll Q
In spite of the fact that our
school colors are blue and gold,
green appears to be the prevailing
color around the Academy this
year. Most of the grass, the tennis
courts, the dining room, and even
the Prep Formers, possess this
pleasing color . . . All of which
prompts Doc Mayo to say, "The
true clue is a new hue. School goes
Ik HF all
Seen watching early football
practice: alumni Jocko Schlick and
Charlie Wood. "Put on your hel-
met," .said Jock to Charlie, "and
protect the players." . . . Alumni
note: Holman and Stringer have
gone out for freshman football at
Williams and Amherst respec-
tively .... SPA should be the best
dressed team in the conference
sporting new pants fnylonl and
helmets .... At the start of the
second half of the Cretin game
fand what a gamell, Coach said,
"Captains Rick and Driscoll, out on
the field!" . . . and then added,
"Who's excited?" . . . The new
trophy case, a gift from last year's
seniors, is a welcome addition to
the school. Now all we have to do
is fill it.
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PUBLISHED BY THE STUDENTS OF THE ST. PAUL ACADEMY, ST. PAUL, MINN.
vol. XLVII MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1953 No. 1
Cliff01'd Rogers SCHOOL CPE S WITH CHANGE
Joins Faculty IMPROVEMENTS REGULATIONS ENROLLMENT
By Jim Neher
Mr. Clifford Rogers joined the
Academy faculty this year. He
graduated from Tufts College in
1951, where he earned his A.B. de-
gree, besides playing both varsity
baseball and varsity hockey. Then
he went on to Brown University
where he earned his M.A. degree
and taught Latin, Greek, and Latin
Literature for one year. One can
plainly see that Mr. Rogers had a
very busy time in the two years
before he came to the Academy. He
also has a very busy schedule here.
This year he will be teaching Sec-
ond and Third Form Latin, coach-
ing the "Big Oaks" in intramural
football, and coaching the "C"
team in hockey. He is also plan-
ning to study for his Ph.D. at the
University. If anyone is wonder-
ing whether Mr. Rogers has time
for recreation such as tennis or
golf, his schedule will show you
how very busy he is. Besides hav-
ing the problem of adjusting to his
new teaching schedule, he must
face the tremendous job of getting
settled in his new home, buying
furniture, having his license plates
changed from Massachusetts to
Minnesota, and so forth. In spite
of his present busy schedule, Mr.
Rogers is already looking ahead
fCont'd on page 2J
By Burt Bigelow
Students, returning to St. Paul
Academy at the end of summer va-
cation, found many changes in the
The hollow at the end of the
parking lot has been filled in and
a new gate added for cars leaving
the parking area. This provides
one-way trafiic and should elimi-
nate those near head-on collisions
when one gate was used for both
an entrance and an exit.
Beside the varsity hockey rink,
a big, new warming house has been
built. It is large enough to house
two hockey teams between periods
and has a 'thick wall between the
rooms so that coaching strategy
cannot be overheard.
Two new tennis courts, similar
to the ones installed last year, have
been added. All four courts are
green and are in excellent condi-
At lunch-time, students found a
dining room redecorated in light
green and white as contrasted to
the dull walls and brown ceiling of
Last, but not least, new varsity
uniforms and helmets have been
provided for the football team.
By Tom Milton
I. The bakery sales have been
continued this year by the new
council. There was a change in
bakery prices which forced the
council to change their prices, rais-
ing them a few cents. The price
list has been rearranged according-
ly. The same line-up system as
that of last year was agreed upon
II. One of the council's biggest
jobs, the United Appeal, was dis-
cussed with the proposition of do-
nating equal amounts of money to
the Community Chest and the Red
Cross. Approximate sums of money
were assigned to the First Former,
the Second Former, etc. A final
goal has not been set yet.
III. Again the student drivers
are to register with the council,
only this year the engine serial
number is to be registered also.
fCont'd on page 25
Three changes in school regula-
tions have been announced and will
be effective this year.
Saturday morning sessions will
begin at 8:30 A.M. instead of at
8:45 and will close at 10:30.
Khaki trousers may now be worn
as part of the school uniform dur-
ing the warm weather.
Upon completion of the new exit
gate, cars leaving the parking lot
must turn right on Davern.
The news that Bob Ordway had
died of polio was a sad blow to
everyone at the Academy. He be-
came ill while sailing in the regatta
at Lake Minnetonka and died a few
days later, on August 21st.
Bob,,who was about to begin his
senior year at Yale, was graduated
from the Academy in the Class of
1950. Unable to play on varsity
teams, he yet made a big contribu-
tion to their success as one of the
ablest and most cheerful managers
we have had. In the military he
was a member of both the Crack
Squad and the Manual of Arms
Team, attaining finally the rank of
First Lieutenant. Bob also sang in
the Glee Club, took part in dra-
matics, and helped to manage the
Now and Then and the Spar. He
was twice a winner of the Smith
Cup for Junior Oratory, and few
who heard his entertaining and
authoritative talks to the school on
hunting safety will never forget
them. Skilled in hunting and sail-
ing, he was also a fine tennis play-
er and an exceptional golfer.
More important than any of these
accomplishments, however, were
the essential qualities of person-
ality and character that won for
Bob a tremendous fund of affec-
tion and high regard. His rare
combination of courage and humor,
of gentleness and strength, made
him a boy of whom we could all be
proud. One of his classmates, writ-
ing about him in the Spar, empha-
sized his friendliness and quiet
charm, and then said what has
become increasingly evident since
graduation, that Bob had won "the
fCont'd on page 29
By Charles Tilden
St. Paul Academy's fifty-third
year got off to a flying start Mon-
day, September 14, with a full
schedule for the one-hundred
eighty-one enrolled students. Reg-
ular classes were held on the first
day, as contrasted to half day ses-
sions in previous years. A regular
athletic period followed.
With the exception of the fourth
and sixth forms, there are new
students in every class, although
the total enrollment is four less
than it was last year.
In addition to the twenty-two
new Prep Formers, the following
new students have been enrolled:
First Form: Caton, Groth and
Second Form: Burgwald, Dau-
gherty, Erskine, Freeman, H. and
Third Form: Andrews, Hum-
phrey, Langland, Nelson, G. and
Fourth Form: Klein.
Fifth Form: Irvine, H.
The largest number of students
is to be found in the Second Form.
There are thirty-eight pupils who
are divided into three sections.
By Rod Bacon
Following voice tests, Mr. Paul
Wilkinson, director, has announced
this year's members of the Acade-
my Glee Club and A Cappella
Mr. Wilkinson expressed enthu-
siasm over the results of the tests.
"Many boys who didn't make the
Glee Club last year, have made it
this year," he added.
The Glee Club's first appearance
will be in a League concert in No-
vember. Then, on the last day be-
fore Christmas vacation, there will
be a concert in the gymnasium
open to parents and friends.
The A Cappella group for this
year is composed entirely of sen-
iors. Last year, both juniors and
seniors were represented. In addi-
tion to veteran members Rick Dris-
coll and Len Johnson, the group in-
cludes Don and Rod Bacon, Dave
Beadie, George Burr, Doc Mayo,
Jim Neher, Charles Tilden, Pete
Ward, Norb Winter, Pete Frenzel
and Bill Budd.
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NOW AND THEN Page 3
Holman Writes ACADS STOP CRETIN, 26-13
John Holman, captain of the '52
SPA football team, was one of
only sixty players throughout the
state invited to play in the high
school all-star game. Beneath is
his own letter on his experience
as a member of the North squad.
You have asked me to give my
impressions of the American
Legion North-South All Star foot-
ball game. Both teams started
practice on August 22nd at Shat-
tuck School. Upon arriving there,
one was immediately astounded by
the size of some of the players. In
high school football, one runs upon
an occasional behemoth, but here
one saw a whole team of them.
It was amazing how this group
of thirty boys who were total
strangers at noon became friends
by five o'clock. After just one prac-
tice session one felt that he had
knovm his team-mates for years
rather than for hours.
The practices were rough but
not killing, for we had to become
a polished outfit in only two Weeks.
Anyone who has ever been closely
connected to football knows how
short two weeks is to develop a
team which can make a respectable
The coaches did a remarkable
job in handling the players and
giving everyone an equal chance
to show what he had as a football
player. Even when the first string
was fairly well decided on, the
other boys still had plenty of
chances to work up into a starting
The American Legion did a fine
job in caring for the players both
on and off the field. There was
plenty of entertainment and a
great deal of freedom fwhich we
There has been a great deal of
objection to this All-Star game.
It seems silly that there should be
any, for all the proceeds go toward
a scholarship fund. What's more,
no player down there was ap-
proached or allowed to talk to any
scouts from any college. As a mat-
ter of fact, we had to get permis-
sion to talk to anyone who was
not connected with the two squads.
One of the great aspects of the
game is that it is the one chance
for members of public, private, and
parochial schools to play together
on one team, and it is certainly a
great opportunity for the players
to meet boys from all over the
It was a great thrill for me to
be on the North squad and meet
boys who I will remember for the
rest of my life. I urge anyone who
gets this once in a lifetime oppor-
tunity to accept for I know he'll
never regret it.
John C. Holman.
Welsch, Turk, and Bacon at 30 Yard Line.
Team Ventures North to Scout
By Rod Bacon
A group of lads from the foot-
ball team, a week or so ago, took
an overnight scouting trip up to
Dave Beadie's summer cabin near
This trip proved successful in
every respect. Scouting the Detroit
Lakes-Cretin game, in itself, was
a gold mine of information which
was used to win the SPA-Cretin
game. All the lads had a lot of fun
besides this too.
There were several humorous in-
cidents from inter-car commerce
to a midnight break-up dash, which
occurred during the trip.
we arrived in Detroit Lakes
about five-thirty, just in time for
dinner, our stomaches having re-
laxed after a rather humorous in-
cident on the highway. After din-
ner we got ourselves situated at
the Beadie's cabin and went from
there to the game.
After the game had been well
scouted and everyone had dispersed
from the stadium, our modest crew
was informed of goings-on at the
high school. There we found a
dance at our disposal. Peter Fren-
zel almost gave us a piano solo at
intermission, but his finger had
been giving him some trouble so
he couldn't play.
After the dance our humble
group was informed of other
goings-on at one of the local pri-
vate homes. We couldn't stay long,
however, because the coach had set
a twelve-thirty curfew and it was
already twelve o'clock. So, at
twelve-fifteen a voice shouted,
"Twelve-fifteen, break it up and
let's go!" And, after a mad dash
out the door and a perilous jour-
ney homeward, we finally reached
the Beadie's cabin at twelve-thirty,
safe and unsound. This was truly
and exciting trip and I doubt if
anyone who went on it, will ever
Friday, September 25 .......... . ..................... Concordia'
Saturday, October 3 ..
Friday, October 9
Friday, October 16 ....
Friday, October 23 ..
Friday, October 30
. . . .Shattuck
. . . .Breck
. . . . . .Glencoe
. . . .Minnehaha
. . . . .Blake"'
KENNEDY BROS. ARMS CO.
ATHLETIC SUPPLIES - sponrme Gooos
Cor. 5th and Minnesota-
The 1953 edition of the SPA foot-
ball team got its first chance to
display its prowess in defeating
Cretin, 26-13. This was the first
encounter of this year's seven
game schedule. The Acads, show-
ing superior offensive strength
throughout the game, took posses-
sion of the lead midway in the first
period, and it was never again
The Raiders, taking advantage
of a rather inconsistent Acad de-
fense, powered to their first touch-
down early in the first quarter.
However the Bluesox came back
quickly and moved into scoring po-
sition. The tally came on a pass
from Seabury to Hoff. Hoff's kick
was good, equalizing the score.
SPA scored twice more in the first
half on line plunges by Fullback
Pete Frenzel. Both extra point at-
tempts failed, making the score
at halftime 19-7. The Acads added
one more tally in the second half,
this time on a pass from Tom Hoff
to Rod Bacon. Hoff's conversion
was good, making the score 26-7.
Cretin scored their final touchdown
on a line plunge by Meysembourg.
The final score was 26-13.
Although this game was gener-
ally regarded as the "tough one",
the Acads still face a difficult
league schedule, plus one non-con-
ference tilt with Glencoe. The
Bluesox finish up the season
against Blake on October 30.
ST. PAUL ACADEMY
Ends-R. Bacon, D. Beadie, D. Bacon.
Tackles-J. Morgan, Zell.
Guards-Ward, Armstrong, Koch, Dris-
coll, Neher, Townsend.
CentersiStafford, W. Mayo.
Backs-Crosby, Pederson, Opstad, Sea-
bury, Seymour, Hoff, Frenzel.
EndsiColeman, Ernst, McDonough.
Tackles-Kirchen, Lacy, Ross, Scheehan,
Guards4Amato, Haugh, Schneider.
BacksYFritz, Holisak, McCabe, Mey-
sembourg, Moran, Rossini, Turk, VValsch,
Cretin . .. .... 7 0 0 6-13
SPA .............. l3 6 T 0-26
Touchdowns: Cretin-Holisak, Meysem-
bourg, SPA-Hoff, Bacon, Frenzel 2.
By George Anderegg
Hail to thee, O locker room!
Strewn with the gaudy splendor
of hero's equippage, you 'are the
pavilion of brave gladiators! Allow
me to enter thy walls, O sanctified
shrine, and be met with that warm,
human aura which pervades thine
I see thee in the morning, O lock-
er room, patiently awaiting the
return of thy venerable inhabi-
tants, I see thee while thy walls
reverberate the sound and fury of
intrepid athletes preparing for the
fray, I see thee then, whilst the
battle is in contest--empty and si-
fCont'd on page 41
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