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: V " -- ; argcT w 1912 ; The Class of 1913— Sophomores By way of preamble, we acknowledge frankly that, in spite of our seeming handicap, we, the class of ' 13, are not fatalists, but, on the contrary, of essentially hopeful disposition, and consequently, liable to the charge of undue optimism in the following discourse. 1 low- ever, gentle reader, we beg of you to take into consideration our truly admirable and praiseworthy character, and judge accordingly. W e have ever been most modest and unassuming — to have seen us on that first night amid the cavernous silence of our dark and desolate rooms would have been to realize that. All the triumphs of a few hours before were forgotten. The wondering and admiring- glances which our even-then-apparent, now-universally-recognized, talent won for us went for naught. But the truly great rise above dis- couragement. We rose, and from that night ' s experience evolved a principle in the light of which our whole subsequent career must be viewed — the fact that, in college life, one must have diversion. The very next morning we found it when, the Sophomores having manifested toward the banner, raised by us with commendable class spirit ( ' in the athletic Held the preceding night an attitude of most un- seemly hostility and unbrotherliness, we put them off the field. This was the beginning of our athletic career. In track we shone as our spectacular relax victory of that year is still a matter of com- ment. In basket ball, not wishing to monopolize all the honors, we refrained from taking the championship, but made a good, hard fight. About this time the Sophomores at last began to realize that we really possessed some superior qualities, that we were, indeed, ad- mirably fitted to lie a bright and shining example to the student body at large. With philanthropic intent truly surprising, they proceeded, one dark night, to put up posters to that effect. At least we surmise they were to that effect — deeming such testimonials superfluous in a community where our presence is so largely felt, and, moreover, likely to reflect the Sophomores in the light of unseemly and untoward ex- travagance as well, with thoughfulness rivaling their own, we effaced the posters before the light of day. The social functions of our class have been novel and varied— notably, our sled ride to Mercer. You must know that our esteemed 74
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: : arco V1912 ; Colors — Blue and ( n ld. Yell — One-a-zippa, two-a-zippa, three-a-zippa, am! Four-a-zippa, five-a-zippa, don ' t give a - • Hobble-gobble, razzle-dazzle, sis boom hah! 1913. Hah! Rah! Rah! President Lawrence Fife Vice President Malcolm Parrish Secretary Mary Phillips Treasurer Edward Damn 73
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: ; arco W1912 ; ; friends, the class of ' 12, also went to Mercer that night, and you must note once more our class spirit, when, the Sophomore ' s sleds having been most unfortunately and inadvertantly mislaid, and that worthy class having arisen with loud lamentation and refusing to he com- forted, we reached the heights of sublime sacrifice in leaving to them for aid and counsel our most wise and capable " chap. " Upon arriv- ing home, our noble action was highly commended by the student bod) in general. The Faculty even went so far as to express the " limits " of their appreciation in written form, on the strength of which, various members of our class decided to forego, for a year, the pleasures ol their first banquet. Last, but not least, even in our Freshman year we were brilliant stars in our classes. Early in our history we paid out a portion of our patrimony for a collection of thumb-worn text-books — an investment which we found highly profitable, and which we heartily recommend to the present incumbents of our former estate. The story of our Sophomore year is briefly told. We pause, now and then, to win a relay race, or to issue a poster so profound that not only Freshmen, but upper classmen as well, now keep a copy of it in their rooms as a subject of daily meditation, but in the main our fate is as follows : " To him, who. in this life of study, holds Communion with her visible forms (books and faculty), she speaks An imperious language; for his gayer hours She payeth him in zeros, and in days ( )f delving dee]) in libraries, and she glides Into Ins darker musings With visions of exams that drive him on To suicide, ere he is aware. " We would add, however, that fearing ' for the Freshies and preps, and the welfare of the College in general, should our brilliant example be thus tragically ended, we, the best class ever, hope to survive to still better things as Juniors. C. B., ' 13. 75
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