Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Peddler Yearbook (Worcester, MA)

 - Class of 1940

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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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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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appeared in their new ' class jackets now so familiar on the campus. The selection of the Queen of the Hop following a grand march of all the couples was an innova¬ tion in Worcester Tech dances. Second term class officers were Shlora, Dunklee, Johanson, and Blaisdell. The fall sports season of the Junior year was the most successful ever experienced by Tech’s athletic teams. Members of the Class of ’40 had no small part in the undefeated seasons of the football and soc¬ cer teams. Forkey, Fritch, Lambert, Hotchkiss, Gustafson, Peters, and Hayes were gridiron standouts, and Fraser, von Bremen, Blaisdell, Brand, and Goldsmith booted the soccer ball with gusto. Class officers for the entire Junior year w r ere Dunklee, Fraser, Higgs, Newton, and Graham. Following close upon the marvelous feats of the football and soccer teams came the basketball season which was also high¬ ly successful. Shlora and Forkey formed the most consistent pair of guards that the school has seen in many a decade. The same winter saw Tech’s return to promi¬ nence in the swimming realm with Rid¬ dick, Love, Platukis, and Kuniholm doing prominent work. The big event of the college social year is always Junior Weekend and 1939 was no exception. In spite of misunderstand¬ ings about the band, the committee headed by Ed Hafey provided a dance that will long be remembered by all who attended. The Masque presented its annual produc¬ tion on the following evening followed by the always popular Round Robin dance at the fraternities. Our Junior Week thus compared favorably with those held by other classes. The spring athletic teams, baseball, track, tennis, and golf, also derived ample support from the men of ’40. While it cannot be said that these teams accom¬ plished the same results as did the other sports already mentioned, nevertheless, they upheld the honor of the school creditably. Toward the end of the Junior year those men who are to be the leaders on the campus during the Senior year are chosen. Accordingly, Dunklee was elected presi¬ dent of the Tech Council, Forkey w r as elected president of the Athletic Associa¬ tion, Shlora, Blaisdell, Forkey, Fritch, Lambert, Fraser, Hotchkiss, Gustafson, and Peters were tapped for Skull, and Fritch, Brand, Dunklee, Coleman, Shlora, and A hard day at the orifice PEDDLER

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