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Article TitleLetters to the editors
Author(s)Krestie Lee, Katrinka
SourceThe Manitou Messenger (1916-2014),  No. 10,  Vol.072, April  24, 1959, page(s): 2
Place of PublicationNorthfield, United States
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Letters to the editors

Author: Krestie Lee, Katrinka

To the editors:

At 9:30 Tuesday evening, another annual Academic Honors Day was concluded over the coffee cups. And let it be added that if it hadn't been for an expressive convocation speaker, the day as a whole would have been of little more significance than the usual munch and sip get-togethers.

Someplace within the span of four years this significance, this purpose behind an Academic Honors Day, has been snagged and left behind. Perhaps it got caught on the barb of student indifference, and so was left hanging because students didn't seem to care how their day was run or whether they participated in it. Perhaps it got hooked along the wires of organization, because activity involving so many people is so much bother. Wherever the significance of this day got snagged, we can be sure after April 21 that it's still hanging there.

Several things might be suggested. First, a reading or re-reading (especially for the benefit of those freshmen members who haven't had the experience of more successful Honor Days) of the section on page 39 of the college bulletin, labeled "The Academic Honors Society."

We all enjoyed watching the faculty breeze by in ones, two, and threes, numerous carefree black robes flying behind in "Zoro" fashion. But where were the people whose recent academic achievements were being "recognized?" It's very fitting that a luncheon be held for the Honors Day speaker. And a pity that some of the real guests weren't gathered from the highways and byways. (The faculty guests that were gathered, were exalted to the head table... primarily bacause about one table full showed up.)

These are not just pouting reflections from academic prigs deprived of their honors day suckers. They are reactions expressed by both members and non-members of Academic Honors.

No doubt a well organized and inclusive Honors Day would be a lot of work. Then why not let the students whose organization this is, do the planning? After all, it is the only job that this organization as such has all year (other than assembling with smiles for the Viking picture).

If this day is to recognize achievement, what's wrong with some kind of seating arrangement, and perhaps a well-ordered march of the seniors (who need almost as much practice as the faculty), and certainly the announcements of scholarships and awards. If it is to stimulate intellectual endeavor, then it could start by having a program significant enough to stimulate student interest and participation (interest doesn't always result in good programming, but good programming can often stimulate interest). And if Academic Honors Day is to help maintain a tangible example of the highest college ideal, then maybe this ideal, on its day of special recognition, should be communicated in a more appropriate manner.

Dear Mother,

Oh, Mother, I'm so excited! This week we had Honors Day ceremonies at St. Olaf, and it was just wonderful. We had special convocation, and all the students with B average had their names printed on the program. But the best part of it was the faculty show. Just before the convocation began, they all dressed up in caps and gowns and came charging down the aisle. You know, when you first start college, you think that the faculty are such staid, ceremonious stuffed shirts, but my mind has really been changed. You should have seen them Tuesday; they did a parody of an academic procession, all pretending that they didn't know the first thing about marching. It was really a riot; one teacher let his partner get ahead of him and then came galloping along like My Friend Flicka in order to catch up. And some had their robes unbuttoned and their mortar boards at a crazy tilt. Oh, I laughed until I thought I would die! Well, I have to go now, but I just thought you'd be happy to hear how much fun I'm having here, I have to study hard so that next year when I am a sophomore I can be an honor student.

Your loving daughter,

Krestie Lee, Gary Aamodt

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