The Free lance. (State College, Pa.) 1887-1904, December 01, 1889, Image 15

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    Ex-senator B. K. Bruce lectured in the col
lege chapel on the evening of November 20.
It was clue to the Free Lance management
that the students and public in general were
given the opportunity of listening to a strong
and convincing argument on the Race Prob
lem. Mr. Bruce thoroughly understood what
he was talking about, and with his distinct
enunciation and happy selection of words,
with just enough plantation humor, his lect
ure was a decided treat.
An epidemic of Amateur Photography has
struck the college. "Dad,” “Sal” and "Dink,”
expect to terrorize the neighborhood this
coming year. This will be a sad blow to the
frequenters of Deer Park and Lover’s Lane,
as they will always be in mortal fear of the
photographic fiend pouncing upon them at any
time, and thus possibly perpetuating a very
interesting scene. ’Tis darkly whispered that
amateur photography receives encouragement
from interested authority.
By the appearance of things about the col
lege on the morning of November Ist, one
would think that a cyclone or something very
similar, had been let loose during the night.
The campus was literally covered with corn
fodder, some pigs were trotting demurely
around with a very artistic covering of red
and blue paint; the sign in front of Schaffer’s
store had disappeared, and the fence belong
ing to the head janitor, who had remained
about the college to preserve order, appeared
to be in a very demoralized condition.
The Combination Company of P. S. C.,
after very successfully filling their engage
ments in Bellefonte and elsewhere, gave an en
tertainment in the college chapel on Friday
evening, November 29th, for the benefit of
the Athletic Association. It was well at
tended and very favorably commented upon
by all who were present. An unexpected
pleasure was given the audience in the form of
a violin solo by Mr. Frank Atherton, who
had just returned home on a visit. The whole
affair reflects great credit upon the few who
have thus so generously contributed both
time and toil as well as the proceeds to the
aid of the Athletic Association.
The following article is expected to appear
in the Free Lance sometime during the
year 1901 A. D. "Hurrah! Hurrah!” The
‘‘ Gym ”at last! The expert has been here
and after assuring himself that the roof trus
ses would bear the weight of the apparatus,
a thing so long doubted, purchased and
arranged it as one can now see it if he visits
the armory. When the students learned that
they had in reality a gymnasium, their joy
was unbounded, some were speechless, some
actually wept, some took off their hats and
offered up a silent prayer, while the more
thoughtful asked themselves the question:
Why was this not long ago ?
When the shades of night had settled over
the land, a daring Sophomore band composed
of “Halogens,” "Molly Maguires,” “Bump
ers,” etc., procured a »tent flap, stationed
themselves at the angle in the road leading
from the village to the college, and waited for
unsuspecting Freshmen, After several of
the Freshmen had been caught and tossed,
they collected themselves and a struggle en
sued. The Freshmen tried to prevent their
men from being tossed, while the Sophomores
struggled to retain their tent flap. The fight
lasted about ten minutes, Finally, the Sophs
wrapped the flap about the trunk of a tree,
and thus ended the battle. After which each
class gave their yell, both claiming to have
gained the victory.
Malcolm W. Ford, in a recent article on
college athletics, says that the growth of ath
letics at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia,
Amherst, University of Pennsylvania, Swarth
more and Williams has discouraged intemp
erance and general immorality.