/// DANCES AND MIXERS ///
“Something Old, Something New At This Year’s Sophomore Hop: Colonial Setting Will Be Theme of Dance Decorations” (Connecticut College News, November 12, 1927):
‘Something old, something new’ – no, we’re not talking about a wedding, but about Soph Hop. This dance, now a part of college tradition, will have its own new look this year: colonial style decorations.
The orchestra of Sonny Berman will play from 8:30 until 12:00 on November 15 in Knowlton salon. The receiving line is scheduled to start at 9:00. Two hundred couples will be able to attend.
Coast Guard Square Dance
/// MASCOT HUNT ///
“The juniors hid their banner, I think, and the sophomores hid a mascot. And each class had to find the hiding place of the other. There were also teams, a team of maybe four or five students, who over a three-day period had to meet secretly without the other class discovering them. They also had to give clues during this time. So i think it was in the post office where we’d see the clues being put up on the board, and we’d decipher them and figure out where the mascot was or who might be in the secret team. And we would wear our gym bloomers on our heads, with sunglasses, to disguise ourselves so we could have meetings in plain sight and no one would know who was behind this disguise. It was just a way to kindof get through the winter doldrums, I guess. It was one of a lot of silly things we did.” - Betsy Carter Bannerman ’62, phone interview.
1919 – Submarine
1920 – Pep Junior (a dog)
1921 – Bronze Good Fairy
1922 – Totem Pole
1923 – Bronze Sphinx
1924 – Long Serpent Ship
1925 – Lanterns for New London Hall
1926 – Bronze Lion Door Knockers
1927 – Bronze Sword
1928 – Bronze Plaque for the Vestibule in Knowlton (still on Knowlton’s front entrance)
1930 – Bronze Shield
1931 – “Star”–A Bronze Woman
1932 – Seldon’s “Blue Pool” for Knowlton Salon
1933 – Andirons
1936 – Lights for Bolleswood entrance
1937 – Bronze Plaque
1938 – Miniature Fireplace
1939 – Plaques for Fanning Hall
1941 – Speakers Stand for Auditorium
1943 – Chandeliers for the Library
1944 – Venetian Blinds for Palmer Library
1945 – Furnishings for Student Government Room
1946 – Furnishings for Smoking Room in Library
1947 – Lamps for Infirmary
1948 – Portable Radios for Infirmary
1949 – Two Silver Vases for Harkness Chapel
1950 – Light for the Library Steps
1951 – X-ray machine fund for the Infirmary
1952 – Electrocardiograph Machine for the Infirmary
1953 – Light for Entrance to Student / Alumnae Building
1954 – Money for a Column in front of the SAC Building
/// FRESHMAN PAGEANT ///
Each year, the freshman girls threw a pageant – a play – in the arboretum amphitheater.
/// COMPETITIVE SING ///
White Dresses only are in order as each class marches up the library steps to sing, and the silver cup goes to the class excelling in quality of songs, performance and attendance. Connecticut College News, October 6, 1983.
The all-college Competitive Sing, which takes place on the steps of Palmer library, will open a program of college traditions on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. Each class will present two original compositions: the class song, which remains the same for four years, and another song written especially for the competition. Connecticut College News, May 7, 1947.
/// MOONLIGHT SING ///
The Seniors had their last moonlight sing and went through the ceremony of giving the stone wall to the Juniors. As they marched away we marched up to it. It was terribly solemn. We are just beginning to realize what next year means to us and what it will mean not to have the seniors. Diary of Mildred Howard ’21, May 14, 1919.
Once every full moon the entire student body meets at the gray stone wall for a ‘moonlight sing.’ The soft light reflected on the slate roofs of the college buildings and on the river below, brings a warm glow of comradeship as the voices are blended in song. New London Day.
The Wall Sing was initiated with the first class of 1919 on what was a stone wall in the middle of the green. When the land was leveled and the wall was replaced with steps, the tradition continued there.
The final event of the evening will be a Moonlight Sing, the last one of the year. The seniors, in caps and gowns, will take their places on the top of the steps and in a candlelight ceremony give the Wall to the junior class. After the seniors sing all the songs in the “C” book and the other classes sing their responses, the class of ’47 will march down the steps, giving a candle to each junior, as the class of ’48 marches to the top of the wall. The senior song leader will officially resign her position by presenting the baton to her successor. The baton symbolizes the authority to lead the Alma Mater, with which song the ceremony will close. Connecticut College News, May 7, 1947.