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From the MV Hawkeye-Record and Lisbon Herald Hilltop draws 100s for homecoming
September 28, 2017


Editor's note: Reports from a couple of Cornell College homecoming celebrations from the 1950s caught our attention this week.

Cornell celebrated its centennial year during homecoming in 1953. It also opened its new field house while announcing plans to renovate the old gym and turn it over to the department of health and physical education for women.

We found the float-building contest from 1952 of particular interest. On paper, at least, it seems ATA got robbed.

Hilltop Draws

Hundreds To

Homecoming

Oct. 22, 1953

Summer temperatures and autumn splendor bade welcome to some 3,000 Cornell alumni and friends that returned to the Hilltop last weekend for the college's Centennial Homecoming observance. Only two hard-hitting, determined Kohawk football teams clouded the glory of the occasion as they humbled the Rams in both frosh and varsity grid battles. Two unusual events highlighted the weekend of festivities - Thursday evening's dramatic recital by the great John Carradine and Saturday's dedication of the new half million dollar field house. The entire parade of activities went off according to schedule as planned by alumni director Orville Rennie, his staff and committees of alumni, students and townsfolk. This group is to be congratulated upon the success of everything except the weather, which they ordered, 'tis true, but could not assure!

The college frosh threw away their beanies with gusto as Harold Barnett of Council Bluffs navigated the well-greased pole to drag down the flag in the annual pole rush; Nancy Babcock, senior from Waverly and daughter of Jim '29 and Mary Hayward '27 Babcock, reigned as queen of homecoming.

To Recondition Old Gym For Use Of Women

Announcement was made at the dedication luncheon for the new Cornell field house that plans had been approved by the Cornell board of trustees for remodeling and redecoration of the old gym, which has been officially turned over to the department of health and physical education for women.

Work is expected to start sometime in November after the end of the football season and the men are moved to the new field house. The plans include removal of the running track and building of a balcony at each end of the main floor, a complete new lighting system, sanding and refinishing of all floors, spray painting of the interior in bright and attractive colors. The cage or little gym will be made into a dance studio with mirrors installed on the walls. Showers in the offices will be dropped to the ground floor. A runway will extend the full length of the first floor for better supervision. Spacious offices will be equipped for the staff. The Women's Athletic Assn. will have a room at the west end of the first floor. The intramural program will be planned and directed from this room.

"When the remodeling is completed, Cornell will have a women's physical education building which will be second to none in the Midwest Conference," said Miss Kyan this week.

Charles E. Hedges, chairman of the trustee committee on buildings and grounds, will supervise the reconditioning.

The bell rings

Oct. 20, 1952

The victory bell, believed by many to have rusted away from lack of use, rang loudly Saturday afternoon. Cornell won its first football game since homecoming of 1950 by

defeating Grinnell 15-6 in the 1952 homecoming game. The Pioneers figure conspicuously in the Rams' record, because they were the last team Cornell had downed before getting stuck in their 14-game losing streak. The Pioneers have lost six this season.

Cornell made 19 first downs to Grinnell's 5, gained 225 yards to 42, and completed 6 passes to 3 for the Pioneers.

AXE Prize Float

The AXE gilt statues signifying bestowal of the laurel wreath received first place in the floats entered in the parade and the $15 prize money awarded by the alumni association. Second prize of $10 went to the Arrows cannibalistic ritual of Stewing Grinnell, and the third award of $5 to the ATA group, whose float was constructed of a scenic exterior with real running water labeled Grinnell Falls.

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