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St. Regian (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 19??-????, January 01, 1954, Image 6

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OUR MEMORY TRAIL When we, the class of '54 look through this book in future years it may recall memories of classes, dormitory life and social functions— memories that time can only dim but not completely obliterate. Even now how many of us have forgotten . . . our first sight of the leaning pine; our fourteen hazing rules and hazing court? Because we were unsure of ourselves we, like all freshmen, thought hazing unbearable. But, hazing served one purpose. It gave us class unity. At first, we individually fluctuated from one extreme to another. Either terribly homesick— we wrote home every day, or glorying in our new-found independence we kept late hours and discovered the local hangouts. It was probably during this period that the strongest ties of friendship were formed, for we all had so much in com­ mon. The first almost insurmountable obstacle was eight o'clock classes. To be on time, or not to be on time, that was the question . . . Remember our alibi when we were late— \They were slow in making breakfast this morning?” Most of us were surprised by our teachers' attitude toward homework. It was assigned and not always collected. So we carelessly thought— \Who does homework in college?\ We should have because we learned a hard lesson when we took our first test. Then, in November the foresters ceased using razors and Paul Smith's assumed a \jungle air.\ It was the annual Paul Bunyan Dance consisting of a square-dance jamboree, cross­ cut contests and beard judging. The whole College enjoyed this foresters’ holiday and chose their favorite beard. Old Man Winter, had by December introduced us to A d i­ rondack wind, snow and falling temperatures (40 below zero, Brr!). So'much snow fell that we were without heat, hot water or electricity for several days preceeding our Christmas Cotillion. Remember those candle-lit meals in the cafdteria; how heart­ broken we all were that we couldn’t study and the sure-fire remedy for keeping warm ? Famous last words of the month— \They'll never hold classes today!\

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