From the Archives: Whitman Homecoming in 1961

Ginny Hayward, Staff Writer

This article originally appeared in the October 27, 1961 issue of the Whitman Pioneer. 

Editor’s note: Through the passing years, campus life at Whitman College has changed drastically. Not only is it fun and nostalgic to look at the campus environment 60 years ago, but it can also serve as an important reflection of just how much our institution has changed.

Activities scheduled for Homecoming Weekend 1961 at Whitman College have been planned for maximum participation and en­joyment by students, parents and alumni. Queen Bonnie MacLean will reign over events taking place from this afternoon through Sunday morning.

Patty Powers and Clint Willour, ASWC Chairmen of Homecoming, have announced Rita O’Brien as publicity chairman. Patty and Clint commented on the Home­coming plans: “The groundwork has been laid. Now it’s up to the kids to ensure the success of the weekend by enjoying themselves.”

The all-campus barbecue will start things off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon on Ankeny Field. Spurs, Knights, Arrows and members of the Order of Waiilatpu will be helping to serve the barbecued beef. Roger Von Gohren, chair­man, urges all Whitman students to come early, as visitors will be coming later.

Pep Rally

Immediately following the bar­becue, there will be a pep rally organized by Mike Smith. An enormous bonfire will be built by the freshman boys to show the rest of the campus the worth of the class of 1965. Bonnie MacLean will throw the first torch to light the fire. Everyone will then light individ­ual torches from the fire and form a torchlight parade around the campus to view the displays built by the Whitman social groups. 

The parade will end up at the Student Union Building (SUB), where at 8:00 p.m., Bonnie MacLean will be formally crowned by George McKenna, captain of the football team. The coronation, co-ordinated by Patty Rew, will be followed by a SUB dance, which will last until midnight. Mary Ann Veazey, chair­man, has announced that the dress will be school clothes and that visitors as well as Whitman stu­dents are welcome.

On Saturday morning, guests are invited to register at the Student Center from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There will also be a faculty coffee hour in the library at 9:30 a.m., to which all parents are invited.

Allen Will Speak

William M. Allen, president of the Boeing Company, will deliver an address at the ground-break­ing ceremony for Whitman Col­lege’s new science building, at 11:00 a.m.

At 12:15 p.m., there will be an alumni luncheon at the Student Union Building and a parents’ luncheon at Prentiss Hall. Whitman stu­dents will eat at Lyman House. Edward P. Morgan, prominent author and nationally-known news commentator and journalist, will speak on a current problem at 1:30 p.m. in the Whitman Theater. Mr. Morgan is a Whitman graduate. The title of his speech is “The Agony of Frustration … The Public and Private Dilemma of Americans.”

The Whitman Library Museum, dormitories and fraternity houses will be holding open house on Saturday afternoon, starting at 3:00 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., there will be a social hour for all alumni in the Bam­boo Room at the Marcus Whitman Hotel.

Homecoming Game

Whitman’s Homecoming game with Pacific University will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. The Wa-Hi Color Guard will present the colors as the Whitman Col­lege Pep Band plays the National Anthem. Halftime events are being coor­dinated by Chuck MacFarland. They will include a welcome speech by Bonnie MacLean, the presentation of the boys’ and girls’ display trophies by ASWC President Norm Moran and President of the Whitman Alumni Association Earl Dusenbery and the traditional burning of the Whitman W.

The Homecoming Dance, Aspir­ations, will be from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Saturday night. Co-chairmen Allie Hoagland and Barb Hoesly have stated that students may buy programs in the SUB until noon on Saturday. The cost of dance attendance for parents and alumni is included in the registra­tion fee.

“Words and Music,” an inter­denominational inspirational serv­ice, will be presented on Sunday morning in MacDowell Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. by Dr. George H. Ball and members of the Whit­man Conservatory of Music. This is the first such program to be presented at Whitman, and it will finish the scheduled Homecoming events.