The first Olde Penn featured a photo and article on the attractions
of Houston Hall. Other features included the announcement of a $100,000
gift by E.W. and C.H. Clark to endow a professorship in Assyriology,
to be held by Dr. Herman V. Hilprecht, whose excavations at Nippur
would make him a star at Penn and a favorite of Old Penn; a
respectful piece on the late Walter Cope, of the architectural firm
Cope & Stewardson, illustrated with a pen-and-ink sketch of
the new dormitories that became known as the Quadrangle; a book
review of Pennsylvania Verse, edited by William Otto Miller
C04, which contains specimens of the genius of William Smith,
first provost of the University; Francis Hopkinson C1757; Dr. S.
Weir Mitchell 1848; Felix E. Schelling 1881, and others; and a
story on the football teams 11-0 loss to Harvard, which judging
by the headline, was a moral victory at least: Unanimous Verdict/All
United on Brilliant Work of Penns Team/What they Say Now About
Our Football Team.
Advance announcements, which appeared on the back page, listed an
oral surgical clinic, a meeting of the Chess and Checker Club, the
upcoming football game with Carlysle, and a notice of the class
meeting of the Botanical Society of Pennsylvania, whose topic would
be: Plants Producing Delirium.
The magazine reported on the division of the College into three
separate schools: the College, composed of the department of arts
and science, summer school, and courses for teachers; Towne Scientific
School, composed of architecture, chemistry, chemical engineering,
electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering; and the Wharton
School. A roundup of campus construction projects stated that ground
was broken on the new Evans Institute and University Dental School
as well as an addition to the University Museum. And the zoological
building was finished along Hamilton Walk.
Provost Edgar F. Smith wrote his impressions of Dublin, where he
traveled for the Bi-Centenary Exercises of Dublin Universitys medical
school. His activities included attending a memorial-stone unveiling,
a garden party at the home of the chancellor of Trinity College,
and a Trinity College and University Dramatic Society presentation
of Oliver Smiths She Stoops to Conquer: I had a splendid
balcony seat, which enabled me to look down upon the audience below,
an audience consisting largely of students, men and women, and I
must confess, the co-eds were exceedingly attractive in appearance
and manner. Also printed in the magazine was An Important Note
to Physicians, warning that, A man representing himself to be
Edgar S. Everhart of the Class of 1907 Medicine is wanted in a number
of cities to answer charges of getting money under false pretences.
According to reports the man has the names of many prominent Pennsylvanians
located from Chicago to Seattle.
An article about the opening of the school year marveled at the
cordial reception extended by upper classmen to new students, reporting
that the upper classmen [took] them about the University on sightseeing
tours and in general [made] them feel at home. Of course the sophomores
could not be expected to overlook their prerogative of teaching
the freshman his place. So on Thursday night they did their duty
as they saw it by clipping patches of hair from the heads of as
many first-year students as they could find. They corralled a great
many others and made them run the gauntlet, but they used their
belts in place of paddles.
A complete text of acting provost Josiah Pennimans opening-day
address at Weightman Hall was printed. He advised students to maintain
a proper self-respect, but try to keep yourselves free at all times
from ideas of your own importance, and added the warning that the
University is a place of opportunity, but it is no place for the
intellectual loafer, no matter how charming his personality may
A magazine spread was devoted to a birds eye view illustration
of the new, expanded football stadium. In faculty news, it was reported
that Dr. Arthur Holmes, just named professor of psychology, would
have charge of a new department for the welfare of male students.
He was the author of books including Decay of Rationalism,
Conservation of the Child, Principles of Character Making,
When to Send for the Doctor, and Backward Children.
In alumni news, Dr. Emory R. Johnson, dean of the Wharton School,
sailed for South America to represent the U.S. government and the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce on trade issues and to address alumni groups
in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and Peru.
The Gazette reported that the Rittenhouse orrery marked the
exact day, hour, minute, and second of a recent eclipse: When men
know the exact second at which the moon will start its journey across
the suns face, as we say, the exact speed of its passage, the
exact period of the shadow and can mark the completion of the eclipse
with accuracy, terror and all sense of alarm gives way to holy awe
in the presence and demonstration of Infinite Power that so orders
the Universe that it goes on in endless operation, from the beginning
through eternity, in faithful and unchanging performance of a plan.
Progress was cited in the cancer war with the discovery by Dr.
Ellice McDonald and Dr. A.J. Allen of a way to create ultraviolet
flares within the human body by introducing certain chemicals into
a given area before exposure to X-rays. Another article told how
the University has weathered the storm of the collapse of the
worlds markets. Horse breeder, racer and art collector Joseph E.
Widener C1893 was the subject of a feature.
To aid the war effort, the University offered a special 12-week
summer term to accelerate the progress of candidates toward their
degrees. Other news items included the announcement that the School
of Fine Arts was offering a course in civilian camouflage and that
the Wistar Institute had found a change in the blood of rats subjected
to the stress of air blowing out of a hose near their cages, which
made a noise somewhat like an air-raid siren.
The Armys takeover of Franklin Field for a war show was the topic
of another brief article: With 30-ton tanks, jeeps and peeps, flame
throwers, trucks and all sorts of heavy motor vehicles dashing back
and forth over the famed grid-iron, more than 300,000 spectators
were thrilled by the breath-taking exhibition even though officials
in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics were gnashing their
teeth and tearing their hair each time a blade of grass was destroyed
beneath one of Uncle Sams war machines
The Army has agreed to
restore the precious green grass in ample time for the first football
game on September 26.
In a Letter to the Editor, a member of the Naval Aviation Cadet
Selection Board wrote about 2nd Lt. Jerome A. Gordon W41, on leave
before reporting for active duty at one of the air bases: He finally
broke down under careful questioning and admitted that in addition
to all the other things pleasant he found at Corpus [Christi], he
had also come upon the only girl. As far as names are concerned
he wouldnt talk. That couldnt be pried out of him, but he admitted
that there was what his mother and dad used to call an understanding
but insisted that Victory bells must ring before Wedding bells could
It was also reported that 60 members of the Hartford Alumni Club
dined on succulent roast sheep before electing their new officers.
A feature titled Its Bound to Rain on Alumni Day Occasionally;
accompanied by The Photographers Report and Class Reunion Stories
provided extensive coverage of Alumni Day. The Class of 1927 won
the prize for the best costume on Alumni Day: Barrels, in protest
of Harry Trumans tax hike. Panty raided by the Tax Collector
and Leave us a Fig Leaf Harry were among the signs they carried.
The issue also reported that Penn reduced its gym class requirement
from four years to one, with the provision that they must show
proficiency in swimming and proficiency of progress in one group
or individual activity; Veterans of the Korean War were allowed
to register late for classes; and Dr. Katherine E. McBride, president
of Bryn Mawr College, was elected the first woman trustee of the
The issue featured a cover story on a University medical team in
Algeria, a new nation critically short of medical personnel, and
a humorous historical piece about the connection between glockenspiels
and the great 1936 Quaker football team, which reported on the hypothesis
developed at a psychology-faculty party following a loss to Navythat
Penn lost the game whenever the visiting band included a glockenspiel
and that we won when that particular handicap was absent. The conclusion
was obvious and inevitable: the psychology department must immediately
provide a glockenspiel for the Pennsylvania band!
After procuring said instrument, Victories were scored over Lafayette,
Princeton, Brown, Navy, Michigan, Penn State and Cornell. The only
loss of the season was to Yale at New Haven. The Yale band sported
two glockenspiels! An article on the current football team was
headlined The Red and Blue in 62: Should Be Improved. Among the
players highlighted was sophomore guard Jim Riepe (W65 WG67, now
chair of Penns trustees), described as a very pleasant surprise.
Dozens of rabbits filled the cover for an article about a Penn research
team on the verge of starting human life in a test tube. Other
articles dealt with a term-paper mill on campus and Penns admissions
woes: Tuition reached an unprecedented high of $3,000
many promising students to seek their diplomas elsewhere. Vietnam
war protests were a frequent topic in letters to the editor: Another
issue (May 1972) and another article trying to excuse the illegal
and disruptive behavior of a group of radical student demonstrators,
wrote William S. Eichelberger Jr, W51, LaVale, Maryland. I cannot
find the words to express my disgust with the Administration of
the school and their pampering of these radicals.
In other University news, Provost Curtis R. Reitz resigned,
garnering praise in a DP editorial for making the ability
to teach an important criterion in tenure decisions. In addition,
a woman police officer was hired (headline: Sharpshooter, skirts
added to campus security force).
Rev. Margaret Howland CW55, a Presbyterian minister profiled in
the Gazette, said: I couldnt picture myself in the ministry.
I even asked myself, would I want a woman minister? I worried that
maybe to be a minister I would have to act like a man. People think
that the ministry is masculinebut the ministry is neither masculine
nor feminine, its personal.
Arguments for the University to divest itself of stocks in companies
doing business in South Africa were advanced in letters to the editor.
Features included a profile of talk-show host Maury Povich C62;
a history of the court challenges to Penns ENIAC claims; and a
profile of writer David Bradley C72, who was quoted as saying:
One of the great things about being black is that you dont have
to deal with that illusion of escape, because there aint any. When
you realize that thats true, and is going to be true, you dont
find yourself in a silly position, running around saying, Hey,
Im not just a nigger, Im a nigger who wrote a book. Nobody gets
that far. It makes life a lot simpler. And a lot more honest.
Faculty Guide to Students lampooned the course guide compiled annually
by the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education:
Andy: Andy was not well received by the teachers who bothered
to return his survey. He is recommended to those professors who
enjoy lecturing to the back page of The Daily Pennsylvanian.
Conversing with him was described as boring, useless, a waste of
Letters to the editor lambasted and defended Anita Hill, who had
been featured in a Gazetteer after speaking at Penn; objected
to and supported changes at radio station WXPN; and criticized the
awarding of an honorary doctoral degree to actress Candice Bergen
CW67 Hon92, who flunked out of Penn.
Annenberg School for Communication Dean Kathleen Hall Jamiesons
latest book about political advertising, Dirty Politics,
was excerpted. Jeremy Rifkin W67, Penn cheerleader-turned-radical
lawyer, author, and activist, was the subject of a profile (with
a cover illustration that depicts him in a battle with cartoon not-so-sacred
In University news, the Penn Reading Project featured Narrative
of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave; the College
of General Studies marked its 100th anniversary. A student columnist
wrote of the Presidential election that, Some students find themselves
more opposed to one candidate than for another.
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