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Irony: "Where's the Fire?"
From: Eldon Snyder
Time: 7:57:06 PM
On the Saturday morning assembly before the fire the faculty put on a skit that included a reference to a fire. My father, Murrel Snyder (now at Cumbernauld), was one of the faculty. As I remember the skit, the faculty were dressed as firemen and the line I remember was, "Where's the fire, where's the fire?" Does anyone else remember this skit? In addition to my father, I think Dean Monypenny was in it. Any remembrance of this? Eldon Snyder
Last Assembly in Richardson Hall
From: Jerry Wallace
Time: 1:45:58 PM
Eldon Snyder makes reference above in Irony: "Where's the fire?" to the last assembly held in Richardson Hall in which his father, Murrel Snyder, participated. Here is a report on that assembly from THE COLLEGIAN, vol. 55, no. 7, dated Saturday, April 15, 1950:
FACULTY 'BUMS' LEAD WAY IN ASSEMBLY
The enire student body was transported mentally to a highway near Barstow, Ariz., this morning at the faculty assembly at ten o'clock in Richardson ahll auditorium.
Two faculty "bums" read authentic inscriptions from the railing alongside the highway. From there the transients traveled to an Indian village where the Social Science and Natural Science divisions collaborated to entertain the tourist student body.
A Greek drama by Miss Helen Graham supposedly presented at an open air theater in Los Angeles was next inflicted on the student body. This dramatic production replete with a moaning chorus showed the combined efforts of the Language and Literature and Fine Arts divisions.
The next scene proved that Kansas after all is not so far from "sunny" California as some people think. The assembly's fianl scene was the crowning of the Queen of Who Cares What. Things like that happen in California as well as at Southwestern.
Interspersed among the between the lines of the enire skit were sharp comments on local and non-local events with bits of philosophy.
For the welfare of the rest of the faculty it should be said that the geniuses behind the whole thing were Prof. Gladwin Chaffin and Prof Melvin G. Scarlett who were responsibl.e for the writing of the script. Mrs. Sue Jean Covacevich and Miss Laura Ford designed the screnery, and Professors Creston Klingman and Bill Cloud cooperated on the sound effects. Mr. Klingman, Mre. Chaffin, and Miss Graham were in charge of propertiesd. Prof. Arnold Lynch played background musci on the organ. The entire faculty, expect Prof. Orcenith S. Smith who is away on the choir tour, participated in the production.
Winfield Became Our Campus
From: Donald D. King,'51
Time: 11:29:28 AM
I was living on College Street at the time of the fire and the fire trucks woke us up as they raced by our housethat Saturday night,but not knowing where they were going, we went back to sleep. From that Time until I graduated in May of 1951 the entire city became our campus. I attended classes in UMC, Winfield High, the WNMH Nurses School,and the"new" maintenance garage on the college campus. After fifty years I am still amazed, and greatful, for the administration's ability to organize a new campus in a heart beat.
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