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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 12 (April 15, 1955)

Godfrey, Kneeland
Campus chronicle,   p. 13

Page 13

By Kneeland Godfrey, '55
  This Chronicle is written by Knee-
land Godfrey, civil engineering senior
from  Elm  Grove. One of his chief
extra-curricular activities is editing the
Wisconsin Engineer, one of the cam-
pus' more   successful publications.-
Editor's Note.
  Wisconsin's student engineers had their day on March 12.
That night the annual St. Pat's Dance was held in Great Hall
of the Union. The whole night was almost ruined, however,
by the absence-until 11:30--of Oscar, the Iron Man.
  Oscar, you know, is a 400-pound, six-foot man skilfully
fqrrmed of four inch iron pipe. The size of this symbol to
the engineers alone should be enough to prevent his being
stolen, but often does not. The lawyers on campus are much
too mischievous to pass up such a temptation.
  As you may have suspected, those supposed experts with
the law once again disrupted Engineer's Week by stealing
Oscar. Apparently the theft and subsequent recovery of the
valuable monster took place about like this: Several roughly
dressed, nondescript men approached Triangle house (this
social fraternity for engineers is Oscar's headquarters) at
11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 10. The bungling barristers
first tried to enter the house to carry out their plan through
the back door but were turned away by the cook.
  They then knocked on the front door and were let in by
Housefellow Jack Binning, who knew one of the men (but
sadly enough, not as a law student). The surly crew, appar-
ently attempting to pose as engineers, claimed that they had
been sent to get Oscar and take him to Great Hall where he
was to preside with the then-unnamed St. Pat of 1955. Bin-
ning allowed them to load the monster into the truck parked
in front of the house, but insisted that he be allowed to go
along to insure Oscar's safe delivery. Once at the Union,
however, Jack was thrown from the truck. Oscar then sped
  Binning, undaunted by the rowdy tactics, later called his
lawyer "friend" and got a promise that Oscar would be
returned by Saturday morning. Well, he wasn't recovered
until 11:00 PM  that night, but all ended well for the for-
giving engineers just the same.
  The dance itself was attended by about 50 bearded males
and a like number of faint-hearted souls, all with dates. Harry
Rothman's orchestra provided music for the evcnt.
  Dick Jann, a senior civil engineer, was chosen St. Pat. This
marked the fourth straight time the CE's have seen their
candidate crowned. Dick won on the strength of about 700
St. Pat Buttons sold and 40 beards entered in the contest
by the civils. Eight other men were presented prizes by sev-
The beard grown for the engineers' St. Patrick's celebration belongs
to Keith Johnson and the coed is Romelle Becker, one of six recently-
chosen 1955 Badger Beauties.
APRIL, 1955
eral of the Badger Beauties in the following categories: most
distinguished beard, Jim Hamman, ME 4; most devil-like,
Bert Langenegger, CE 4; most colorful, Paul Lauer, CE 1;
bushiest, Dave Toft, ME 4; most Lincoln-like, Bob Scheppe,
ME 3; curliest, Bob Richardson, EE 3; longest, Charles Lund-
berg, EE 4; puniest, Loren Pless, ME 4. Chaperones were
Professor and Mrs. James Woodburn and Prof. and Mrs.
Daniel Reitan.
   Wisconsin's Humorology skits, presented March 11 and 12
 in the Union theater, were very well received. As in the
 past, the profit (about $2,900) from the event, sponsored by
 the Interfraternity Council and the Madison Capital Times,
 will be used to give free vacations at the newspaper's Kiddie
 Camp to local victims of rheumatic fever.
   The seven student-written, student-acted, and student-
 directed skits which appeared in the finals survived two eli-
 mination rounds which cut the number down from more than
 20. Each of the song-dance variety shows is put on by a
 fraternity and a sorority or some other combined campus
   Trophy-winning groups in the most recent competition
were: first place, Pi Kappa Alpha-Victoria House; second,
Pi Lambda Phi-Alpha Chi Omega; third, Noyes--Chad-
   The Wisconsin Haresfoot Club this month gave its annual
spring production in Janesville, Beloit, Wisconsin Rapids,
Appleton, Wausau, Green Bay, and Milwaukee before clos-
ing in Madison April 19th through 23rd.
  This year's production, an original musical comedy called
"Meet LaFitte," was written by graduate student Jerry
McNeely, with music composed by Professor Don Voegeli of
WHA. Colorful dance routines for the show were conceived
by Harriet Narowitz. McNeeley also was director, and Voegeli
supervised the music.
  Complete with swashbuckling pirates and can-can girls,
MEET LAFITTE is based on the dashing adventures of the
pirate Jean LaFitte. Headliners on the cast of 35 were Tom
Leuders, Henry Dopkiewitz, Tom     Sankey, John Dittrich,
Bob Carpenter, Roy Lindau, John Woods and Ted Stowe.

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