Student Life Category
One of the more scandalous would-be visitors in NC State’s history was Playboy model June Wilkinson. The pin-up girl was set to appear on campus in 1962, but the appearance was axed on this day 52 years ago.
The reason why was never totally revealed. According to The Technician, Wilkinson’s appearance was canceled due to one of two reasons. Either school administrators feared she would create too much “havoc” with the anticipated number of young men that would come to see her, or there simply was not room given that Gov. Terry Sanford was scheduled to appear on the same day.
Some even implied it might have been a matter of one not measuring up to the other. “June Wilkinson, allegedly 42-21-39 (?), lost the chance to appear on the State College campus Saturday to Governor Sanford (measurements unknown),” read the lead in The Technician‘s article about Wilkinson’s failed appearance.
However, Wilkinson kept her promise to appear and showed up at the Western Lanes bowling alley for autographs the following Saturday.
Phillip Scott seemingly had a winning platform back in March of 1972 when he was running for student body president and appealed more to those who were the life of the party than to any political one.
He proposed a system wherein food stamps could be converted to beer stamps that could be redeemed at the student union, and he promised that the parking gates on campus would be replaced with cattle guards to keep the coeds in and enable the men on campus to “run free.” And the Technician reported that he vowed to “clean up the thermal air pollution from the English department.”
Scott had seen a similar strategy two years earlier when Eric Plow used humor in a bid that nearly got him elected president. But at least Plow was a real person.
On this day 42 years ago, the Technician ran a story that Philip Scott and his entire campaign was a fake, which trumped even a story about sweeping changes to dorm policies on campus (that story is the one the accompanying picture refers to).
The article reported that an investigation into Scott’s campaign had yielded the discovery that the address he had provided when he filed to run did not exist. He provided no phone number. And he didn’t appear to be listed in any student records in the registrar’s office.
Scott was disqualified for not being real, a requirement under student law. But the mystery continued as there was at least some temporary realness to myth.
“It is known however, that someone going by the name of Philip A. Scott has been seen around campus for at least the last two weeks,” the article read. “He did file as a candidate, was present at an all-candidates meeting … and submitted a campaign statement to the Technician this weekend.”
The student body and university administration had been engaged in a two year pickle of a situation in the early 1970s concerning student food choice on campus.
Sandwiched in that debate was a “general dissatisfaction” among students with only having one option of packaged hoagies, according to the Technician.
NC State’s big cheese, Chancellor John T. Caldwell, told students that he was open to suggestions from student leaders about sandwich suppliers other than ARA (Slater) Services, the lone sandwich supplier on campus.
Two committees made recommendations to him, and on this day in 1972, NC State’s administration announced student stores could change sandwich providers.
“The guidelines said, in part, that the Supply Store can implement changes based on negotiations with area sandwich suppliers,” the Technician reported. “The choice of supplier would be based on the company or companies which can supply the campus with the highest quality sandwiches at the lowest possible price. The guidelines would allow all sandwich suppliers to negotiate for a contract on an equal basis.”
Photo courtesy of the Technician.
There’s no telling how much ridicule an NC State student would receive if he or she showed up on campus wearing Tar Heel blue. Especially this week, when the heated rivals take to the hardwood for the second time this ACC season.
But apparently wearing other schools’ designs was enough of a problem in 1955 that the student body president felt compelled to release a statement on the matter.
On this day in NC State history, Lloyd McForrest “Doc” Cheek, a senior in textiles from Gibsonville, N.C., asked students to make more deliberate choices in the attire they wore to campus, especially garments featuring monograms. According The Technician, Cheek argued that monograms celebrating any letter other than “the Red and White ‘S”" robbed the Wolfpack men’s monograms of their significance.
Cheek said “the men wearing our monograms have earned the privilege and these men should be accorded alone the honor of wearing monograms on Campus.”
There had been some momentum during the winter months of 1951 for the adoption of a student honor code at NC State. The chairman of the honor system committee at State had even implored the chief justice of the civilian honor court at Virginia Tech to write an open letter in The Technician entitled “The good that can come from an honor system.”
But on this day 63 years ago, two days after Valentine’s Day, The Technician reported there was no love among the student body for the proposed code.
According the the article, an honor system was a little more than mildly popular, with 78 percent of engineering students, 62 percent of textiles students and 67 percent of design students supporting it.
“We shouldn’t start unless we can get 90 percent of the students behind it,” said Ken Hansen, chairman of the honor system committee.
The NC State Code of Student Conduct that is in place today was first issued Feb. 17, 1990, according to the Office of Student Conduct.
If you’re a member of one of NC State’s many campus student groups, you want that group to stay out of Student Government‘s crosshairs.
And it would seem that the pep club might have the easiest time doing just that since it welcomes the charge “to boost the spirit of the campus.”
But on this day in 1951, The Technician‘s headline placed the club directly in Campus Government’s “frying pan” due to a perceived power grab for A-1 athletics tickets.
According to the article, Student Government’s treasurer submitted a motion to cease financial support to the pep club, adding that “the campus as a whole has not profited from the activities of the Pep Club. No dividends have been seen except for the members themselves.”
The treasurer cited the allotment of 50 50-yard line seats for home football games the previous fall. And, he added, that the pep club was trying to make a similar play for men’s basketball tickets without the approval of Student Government.
He went on to make the point that if the club had that many members to fill that many seats, then the pep club had enough to sustain itself without the aid of Student Government.
The NC State Pep Club in 1951. Photo from 1951 Agromeck.
The motion was tabled until the pep club’s president could appear before student government.
College students can be a fickle lot, and picking out a Christmas present for them can be a complicated exercise nowadays. Parents may not necessarily know about all the latest gadgets and technology or be up to date on the latest fashions.
But in 1961, students’ wants were more black-and-white, as a simple extended holiday break was at the top of their Christmas lists.
According to an article in The Technician, a petition signed by 3,503 students was submitted to the administration asking that winter break begin on Dec. 16 instead of on Dec. 19, the original start date.
Student government supported the petition, and student body president Norris Tolson said he would present the petition to the dean of student affairs, who would then take it up with the chancellor.
But on this day 52 years ago, the administration acted as the Grinch and said no to the students’ request. The decision was based on the fact that NC State already had more holidays than UNC and that the university’s academic calendar should be more closely aligned with the other universities in the consolidated system.
Tolson vowed to appoint a committee to study the idea further and saluted student solidarity in the matter.
“I commend you for your united effort to express your opinions about the issue,” he said in The Technician. “It is commendable that you were diplomatic and discreet in your disapproval. Your voice has been heard and, though, of no value to you this Christmas, I can assure you that all possible steps will be taken to alleviate the situation next year.”
Reynolds Coliseum has seen its share of great performances, from the rock ‘n’ roll stylings of the Rolling Stones to David Thompson’s leaps over opponents.
But on this day in 1961, the arena was treated to something just as enticing as Thompson’s acrobatics when the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company performed there.
The performance, which was a part of the Friends of the College series, was presented in five parts to illustrate the cultural heritage of the Philippines.
One of those parts included the Maginlatik (above). The Technician described the all-male dance as one “characterized by horse-play and the beating of a staccato tattoo on sets of coconut shells positioned on the thighs, hips, chests, and backs of dancers. The dance has its origins in a mock fight for latik, which is the coconut meat residue after the oil has been pressed from it.”
The Bayanihan visit would be a precursor to another dance troupe’s performance at NC State several weeks later. In another performance in the Friends of the College Series, the Polish Mazowsze (below), not to be outdone, wowed another Reynolds’ audience.
E.T. hit movie theaters in 1982, chronicling a boy’s friendship with an kind alien from outer space.
But on this day almost two decades earlier, NC State was home to its own alien invasion. According to a 1961 article in The Technician, a crowd gathered to see — and welcome – the extraterrestrial, which had landed his spacecraft on top of Harrelson Hall.
“Hundreds of students, mistaking him for the Great Pumpkin, surrounded the flying saucer where they knelt in silent reverence and presented offerings of candy, popcorn, and one unfortunate professor,” the article read.
But, according to The Technician‘s report, once students realized it was an alien, he was vaporized: “It was not until the invader said, ‘Take me to the College Union’ that the students realized he was from outer space. He was immediately disintegrated by an [electrical engineering] major with a modified slide rule.”
We weren’t there, but we’re guessing this was an ”unreal” experience for the students who saw it.
Student organizations flooded the Brickyard with hundreds of homemade cupcakes of all shapes, sizes and flavors Wednesday for the Cupcake War, a two-hour event that raised money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and included a competition judged by professors.
“Talk about one of the best things you could do,” says Anita Flick, a biology professor serving as one of the judges. “It’s great to see all these organizations out here. And there’s cupcakes! What’s not to like?”
With two criteria for judging — taste and incorporation of the “Red, White and Wolfpack” Homecoming theme — Sigma Alpha Omega sorority and Beta Upsilon Chi fraternity hoped their Cheerwine cupcakes would help them secure their second consecutive first-place finish.
“It’s my mom’s recipe,” says Brittany Hall, Sigma Alpha Omega president and senior in biology from Raleigh. Hall and her fellow sorority members spent more than six hours baking and decorating 300 cupcakes for the event. The group also made empty Cheerwine cans into decorative displays for the cupcakes.
A short walk from last year’s winners, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity served up three varieties of cupcakes: Red, White and Wolftracks. The red: a red velvet cupcake topped with an almond cream cheese frosting. The white: a white chocolate latte cupcake with buttercream icing and a caramel drizzle, garnished with a small straw. The Wolftracks: a chocolate cupcake with ganache inside, peanut butter frosting on top and a chocolate drizzle.
Set up in front of DH Hill Library, the Impact Leadership Village sold chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with red and white icing decorated with footballs and wolves.
Anna Sossaman, an Alumni Association student ambassador and sophomore in accounting from Raleigh, organized the event and says she was glad to be a part of a new NC State tradition. “It’s helping the Kay Yow fund and gets students involved on campus, which is great,” she says.
Contest winners will be announced at the Homecoming Pep Rally in Reynolds Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
After the event, Christopher Lawing, a student ambassador and junior in industrial engineering from Charlotte, presented the $3,197.26 raised to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
In addition to volunteering at the Cupcake War, Lawing organized another event in the Brickyard: the Homecoming Canned Food Drive. When the event ended Wednesday afternoon, the drive had gathered 1,000 cans for Feed the Pack, NC State’s food pantry, and 21,782 for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Last year, the drive collected more than 14,000 cans.
“The drive is so different than the other homecoming events,” Lawing says. “It’s not just about school spirit, but the spirit of giving to someone else.”