November 8,1995 4 Cornhuskin’ 1995 Fifty years of magic By Carol Swink The historic events of 1945 in cluded more than the birth of the United Nations and the close of World War II, the year also marked the begin ning of a cherished Meredith College tradition. Cornhuskin’, originally called Corn Husking Bee, was developed by the A.A. (Athletic Association) with the assistance of Doris Peterman, a physi cal education professor. The event was designed in honor of new students to the college, espe cially freshmen. The first Cornhuskin’ was held in the Dining Hall, with events begin ning at 6:15 p.m. and ending at 8:15 p.m. Following the class competi tions, the Folk Dance Club performed for both students and faculty in the courtyard. In addition to a rustic barnyard scene, a unique aspea of Cornhuskin’ was that students went with “part ners.” One student would dress up as a girl, with a frilly dress, gloves, and a fancy bonnet, while the other student would dress as a boy, with a plaid flannel shirt, blue jeans and a frayed rope belt. Throughout the years, many Corn huskin’ events developed. Some of the events such as hog calling, corn shucking, apple bobbing and tall tale still exist today. Chicken calling and hog calling were presumed to be similar events, yet one can only guess the many ways in which to call a chicken. The win ner of the chicken calling event re ceived a basket of eggs and the hog calling victor appropriately won a piggy bank.The winner of the corn husking competition received a corn cob pipe. In an earlier event, known as the sing-song contest, one student from each class would sing a musical selec tion in front of everyone gathered for the Cornhuskin’ competition. This competition was not judged on musical talent, but according to the Oaober 1945 edition of the Meredith newspaper. The Twig, students were judged on showing “pure corn and hill- billy-ishness.” Tall tale was developed in 1949. A class representative for the event at tempted to relate the most original and unbelievable story imaginable. In today’s version of the taU tale, class representatives dress up as an inani mate object to explain their incredible tales. In 1957, two diverse events devel oped: a pie eating contest and a cow milking contest, where, according to The History of Meredith College by Mary Lynch Johnson, classes were in structed to “make its own cow.” Class themes began in 1957 with the sophomore class devising the first theme. The only class to be viaorious all four years was the class of I960. Throughout 50 years of Corn huskin’, some students may think that “It’s a Jungle in Here,” ormay believe it is “A Three Ring Circus.” But, “Abra cadabra,” with the continued magic of Cornhuskin’, its golden anniversary is celebrated with Meredith pride. And, afterthese 50years, “IfThey Could See Us Now!” Spring Break-Nassau/Paradise Island, Cancun and Jamaica from $299.00. Air, Hotel,Transfers, Parties, and More! Organize a small group, and earn a FREE trip plus commissions! CaU 1-800-S22-0321. “Invest In You: Pushing Yourself To The Limit Without Falling Off The Edge” Take some time out for yourself and join us for the annual fall confer ence which puts your needs first. Outstanding speakers include Dr. Jean Jackson, Dr. Cindy Bross, and Dr. Deborah Crandall. Come and learn about how to project profes sionalism within the time and stress limitations of a real person with a real life. If you have questions call Mary at #7932. Hope to see you there! What: Fall Conference sponsored by the NC Association of Family and Consumer Sciences When: November 18th, 9:30AM- 2:15PM Where: Dogwood A&B below Belk Dining Hall Requirements: Pre-register with Mary Russell #7932 this week Cost: $10 members; $15 non members ($5 will be refunded if you join NCAFCS during the conference) This money will cover luncheon, handouts, and speaker costs. Kyou want to sit in on one particular speaker, there is no charge. The Acorn (Meredith’s own literary and art magazine) is taking submissions for this year’s edition. If you like to write poetry or short fiction, or if you have art or photography that you feel should be published, the Acorn needs you! Submissions can be placed in the box by the English and history office in foyner or in Cate Center. If you have any questions, call Deanna at 859-3819. Attention Meredith Students: Have you heard about the network services (E-mail and internet) available on campus? If you are registered for 3 or more credits please call 829-2363 and register for your network training class. Classes offered by the office of Technology Services.

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