1953
Quiz

In the Headlines

  • At the University of Michigan, the student legislature considers a motion to censure the Michigan Daily for its recent series of articles dealing with communists and communist-front activity on campus.
  • The Whiteville News Reporter, edited by Willard Cole, wins a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage and editorial stand in opposition to the Ku Klux Klan, which is going through a revival in North Carolina.
  • Sir Winston Churchill is the Nobel laureate in literature.
  • George C. Marshall wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his plan to reconstruct Europe after World War II.
  • Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are found guilty of treason; they are put to death on June 19.
  • Images from places with names like Heartbreak Ridge and Pork Chop Hill can't keep public support for the Korean War going. With the signing of the cease-fire agreement, signed at Panmunjom on July 27, 1953, the three-year war comes to an end.
  • At age 40, Ben Hogan becomes the only man to win three of the four major professional golf tournaments in one year-the British and U.S. Opens and the Masters.
  • Dylan Thomas, Hank Williams, Eugene O'Neill, and Joseph Stalin die.

On screen and stage

  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller wins the Tony Award for best play.
  • Disney's animated feature film Peter Pan is released in February. It took three years and a staggering $4 million to make.
  • Oscar winners: From Here to Eternity wins two awards-for best picture and best director, Fred Zinnemann. William Holden wins best actor for Stalag 17; Audrey Hepburn wins best actress for Roman Holiday. "Secret Love," sung by Doris Day, wins the best song Oscar.
  • The Scholar, Laburnum Grove, and Hamlet are presented on campus.
  • Isaac Stern comes to campus in January to play a violin recital.

On the air

  • Top tunes: "Anywhere I Wander" by Julius LaRosa; "Oh, Happy Day" by Don Howard; "Hey, Mr. Jones" by Buddy Morrow; "Doggie in the Window" by Patti Page; "Strange" by Nat King Cole; "Hot Toddy" by Flanagan; "That's Amore" by Dean Martin.
  • The College radio, WITJ, broadcasts daily from 7:00 p.m. to midnight with the latest news and sports scores, some dramatic shows, and "a host of musical talent."

On the tube

  • The January 19 TV birth of the son of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on I Love Lucy is watched by an incredible 44 million viewers-15 million more than will tune in President Eisenhower's inauguration the next day on all three networks (CBS, NBC, and ABC). Lucille Ball and her baby son, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV, make the cover of the inaugural issue of TV Guide on April 3.

On campus

Numbers: There are 213 male and 80 female freshmen, nearly 100 faculty. The downtown campus consists of some 16 buildings.

Academics: A core curriculum consisting of English composition, Western civilization, social science, literature, science, and speech is introduced throughout the academic departments of business, drama, liberal arts, music, physical education, and physiotherapy.

Sports: There are no intercollegiate athletic opportunities for women, although women are welcome to play several intramural sports.

  • The football team is having a bad year, losing to every team it plays, including Cortland, 6-39.
  • Varsity baseball, under Coach Bucky Freeman, is doing a bit better, with a 16-3 record.

Clubs: You can join I.D.E.O. (the Inter-Departmental Educational Organization) and help promote better relations among the various departments at IC; the Newman Club for Catholic students; the Majors Club for phys. ed. majors; or the Varsity Club, which strives to promote fellowship among lettermen and to create incentive to participate in sports.

South Hill is still just grass, but President Leonard Bliss Job is trying to get funding from the state to build a new campus.

Nice Try, Marv: Radio major Marv Shapiro '54 doesn't want just the average date for his junior prom; he wants "something special." When a fellow classmate asks sarcastically, "Well ,who do you want to go with, Marilyn Monroe?" Marv realizes that's exactly right. He sends Monroe a telegram asking her to be his date for the prom. A few days later, he receives a telegram from Monroe's secretary politely declining the invitation. Marilyn, unfortunately, will be in production at the time, unable to leave Beverly Hills.

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