Friday Afternoon Follies: Toga!

This photograph is undated but between Willy’s toga and the Faber College motto it seems safe to say it was probably taken in or around 1978, the year Animal House was released:

Willy Knowledge Is Good

This is the groundbreaking ceremony for the statue. I wonder if these gentlemen would have been surprised by the escapade above. I’d bet not.

Willy groundbreaking

Great view of the Chemistry Annex in the background.

 Note to Mike Ross: This is a Schlueter photograph.

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9 Responses to Friday Afternoon Follies: Toga!

  1. James Medford says:

    The theme for NOD in 1978 was Animal House, so maybe the statue was being used as a promo for the party.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_Decadence

  2. Barney L. McCoy says:

    During my stint at Rice, 63-67, I must hve gone to 2 or 3 Toga parties.A memory emblazoned in my mind is of Jaffe in a toga, smoking a large stogie (in that era it means cigar, not joint).
    Barney L. McCoy, Hanszen 67

  3. Lou Ann Montana says:

    My memory may be failing me, but it seems to me the young women are dressed much more ‘formally’ than was typical of a random day in 1978….

    BTW Melissa, have you ever come across a reference to TRGLS???

    • Deborah Gronke Bennett (BSEE Hanszen 1982) says:

      I agree with Lou Ann about the women’s clothing. I am guessing, but how about 1970, when the midi skirt was fashionable?

      • James Medford says:

        The “Knowledge is Good” motto is a reference to Animal House, which was released in 1978, so this would be no earlier than 1978.

  4. I’m guessing it had to do with the 1960’s period setting of the movie _Animal House_. Someone said to the girls “Wear a skirt and blouse.” If the movie was on everyone’s minds, it would have made sense.

  5. Ed Summers says:

    I thought that was the Engineering Annex in the background.

    • Melissa Kean says:

      Well, you know, you’re correct. That building was built as the Chemistry Annex but since this photo was taken after the Chemistry Building was completed it was serving as Engineering Annex at the time. It was later expanded significantly–essentially it was surrounded by new building–and was used by engineering until it was torn down for Ryon Lab.

  6. Ed Summers says:

    It deserved to be torn down, if that was what happened to it. The ONLY interesting things in it in the 1950s-1960s were Pappy Hartsook’s Unit Operations lab and an IBM 1620 computer, which had to be programmed with puinch cards.

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