Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Peddler Yearbook (Worcester, MA)

 - Class of 1940

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toiling over the hills for the cross country team. By a slow and laborious process our class officers were finally elected. Carl Fritch was named president, and Hotch¬ kiss, Coleman, Forkey, and Goodchild filled the other offices. At the close of the regular fall sports season the interclass football and soccer games were held with the Sophs victorious in each event. About this time the interest of the The Water Cure Freshman Class as a whole was taken up by the feverish activities of fraternity rushing. Studies and other duties were shamefully neglected as “bull sessions” in the dorm lasted far into the night, par¬ ticipants discussing heatedly the merits of the various houses. When the smoke had cleared away, it was found that 118 men had been pledged to the several fraterni¬ ties, thus marking the beginning of count¬ less new friendships that will outlive all other college associations. The remainder of the term passed quickly, extra-curricular interest centering on the success of the basketball team, and the various social activities, such as the Tech Carnival and the Inter-fraternity Ball. Then came mid-years and our first en¬ counter with the faculty men in their least enjoyable mood. Nearly all the members of the class passed the ordeal successfully in spite of our misgivings and from then on exams were regarded with respect but without fear and trembling. Officers of the class for the second term were Forkey, Crosby, Shaw, Fritch, and Goodchild. Further interclass competition resulted in winning the swimming meet, but bow¬ ing to the array of Sophomore stars in the basketball game and the bowling match. By capturing the tennis, golf, and rifle matches, however, we were able to win out Proving Seniors do study 135 ] - 19 PEDDLER

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R. Forkey R. Shlora R. Dunklee K. Fraser R. Brand President V. President Secretary Treasurer Historian History of the Class of 1940 The Class of 1940 had its official be¬ ginning at 2:00 P.M., on Monday, Sept. 28, 1936. At that time the members of the class gathered in the lecture room of the E. E. Building, to hear the welcome of the man who was soon to become for each one of us leader, counsellor, and friend-—President Ralph Earle. After his brief but cordial talk, we proceeded to meet our advisers, those faculty men whose task it was to acquaint us with life at Tech. How well they accomplished this aim is shown by the fact that by the time the up¬ per classes returned to school on Wednes¬ day of that week the Class of ’40 was already organized with Dick Davidson as temporary chairman and plans already underway for the Paddle Rush and the Rope Pull, the first of the interclass com¬ petitions. Before the scheduled time for these or¬ ganized contests, however, numerous rath¬ er informal encounters with our self- appointed persecutors, the Class of ’39, took place. The ignominy of being forced to wear Freshman caps, black bow ties, and worst of all, garters, did serve one useful purpose. In one short week of this torment we Freshmen were so up in arms that we soundly trounced the Sophs in the Paddle Rush and the track meet. Our joys were short-lived, however, for on the following week our stalwarts were dragged in short order through the muddy waters of Institute Pond by the Sophomore Rope Pull team. It was later found that the Sophs in their zeal to win had used more men than the allotted number and accord¬ ingly the Tech Council voted to award the points for the Rope Pull to us. In the meantime members of our class were active in varsity sports as well as in the interclass competitions. Peters, Gus¬ tafson, and Forkey were performing well on the gridiron; Fraser and Wingardner had won regular places on the soccer eleven; and Cameron and Dunklee were [ 34 ] W . P . I



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Senior Electric s Splash Party in the Goat’s Head competition by the narrow margin of one point. After the welcome rest of the summer we returned in September only to find the campus cluttered up with a rowdy gang of infants known as the Class of 1941. We proceeded, of course, to teach the up¬ starts proper respect for their betters. In spite of our admitted superiority on the campus the spirited Frosh managed to down us in the Paddle Rush, track meet, and Rope Pull. Class of ’40 men conti¬ nued to be outstanding in varsity athletics, however, with Lambert, Fritch, and Bodreau adding their names to the list of football stalwarts. Our numerous regu¬ lars on the football and soccer squads brought wins in these two sports over the determined Freshmen. The coming of the basketball season found Forkey and Shlora contributing to the success of that team, while Love, Crandall, Platukis, Johanson, and Maggiola were consistent point-win¬ ners for the swimming team. Our class basketball team walked off with top hon¬ ors, defeating not only the Freshmen but also the Seniors, who had previously downed the Juniors. The annual contest for the Canival Cup was won by the Class of ’40, with Alex Patterson writing and directing the prize¬ winning skit presented at the Tech Carni¬ val in competition with the Freshmen. Class officers for the first term of the Sophomore year were Crosby, Shlora, Shaw, and Dunklee. Outstanding social event from the point of view of the second year men was the highly successful Soph Hop, held at the Worcester Country Club on May 27. At the Hop members of the Sophomore Class [ 36 ] W . P . I

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