Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Peddler Yearbook (Worcester, MA)

 - Class of 1940

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Goldsmith were elected to Tau Beta Pi. The officers of the class for our final year at the Institute were Forkey, Shlora, Dunklee, Fraser, and Brand. Once more the athletic program was a distinct suc¬ cess. The names of Shlora, Forkey, Fritch, Gustafson, Lambert, Riddick, and Fraser were even more indelibly written into the lists of Tech s athletic heroes. The student engineering societies were unusu¬ ally active with the ASME and the ASCE holding conventions on the campus. The men of ’40 were by now the leaders in all the activities on the campus and un¬ der their guidance each organization en¬ joyed a successful year. One of the highlights of the year was the inauguration of Wat Tyler Cluverius as seventh president of the Institute. In this short time we have come to know President Cluverius as a man of boundless energy, intelligence, understanding, and good fellowship. Already, he has endeared himself to the undergraduates and won the respect of the alumni. The last few weeks of the term have naturally been occupied with interest in commencement activities. President For¬ key and General Commencement Chairman Dunklee, in conjunction with their various committees have worked hard to make these activities memorable. The Senior Banquet, the Baccalaureate Service, the Senior Prom, Class Day, and Commence¬ ment—these are never - to - be - forgotten events in our college life. And so the story of the undergraduate days of the Class of 1940 comes to a close. But this has not been the complete history of the class. Rather it is only a prologue pointing out hazily the possibilities of the real story that is yet to be written. “Take a Reading! ' ' [ 38 ] j 5 w . p . i I

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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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PSALM OF AN ENGINEER’S SWEETHEART Verily, I say unto you, marry not an Engineer. For an Engineer is a strange being, and is possessed of many evils. Yea, he speakcth eternally in parables which he calleth formulae. And he wieldeth a big stick which he calleth a slide rule, And he hath only one bible, a hand book. He thinketh only of stresses and strains, without end of thermodynamics. He showeth always a serious aspect and seemeth not to know how to smile, And he picketh his seat in a car by the springs therein and not by the damsels. Neither does he know a zvaterfall except by its horsepower, Nor a sunset except that he must turn on the lights, Nor a damsel except by her live weight. Always he carries his books with him, and he entertaineth his sweetheart with steam tables. Verily, though the damsel expects chocolates when he calleth, She openeth the package to disclose samples of iron ore. Yea he holdeth her hand but to measure the friction thereof, And he kisseth her only to test the viscosity of her lips. For in his eyes, there shineth a far away look that is neither Love nor longing—rather a vain attempt to recall a formula. There is but one key to his heart and that is Cum Laude, and When his damsel writeth of love and signs with crosses, he, Taketh these symbols, not for kisses, but for unknown quantities. Even as a boy he pulleth a girl’s hair to test its elasticity, But as a man he discovcreth different devices; For he counteth the vibrations of her heart strings; and He seeketh ever to pursue his scientific investigation. Even his own heart flutterings, he counteth as A vision of beauty, and enscribeth his passion as a formula. And his marriage is a simultaneous equation involving tivo unknowns And yielding diverse results. Verily, 1 say unto you, marry not an Engineer. PEDDLER [ 39 ]

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