The Rimrock Echo (Billings, Mont.) 1930-1943, December 12, 1935, Image 1

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The new home of the Eastern Montana Normal School. Built as a P. W. A. project. It is one of the finest in the state. 6tho VOL. VII. BILLINGS, MONTANA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1935 NO. 2 E. M. N. S. COMPLETES MOVE TO NEW BUILDING First Commencement Exercises in New Auditorium to be Held Dec. 19 A. T. PETERSON TO ADDRESS GRADUATES TEN IN NUMBER The December graduation exer- cises will be held in the new audi- torium at 4 p. m. on Thursday, December 19, with Supt. A. T. Pe- terson as the speaker. Ten candidates are expecting to qualify for graduation, but names are withheld until all work is fin- ished next Saturday. The exercises will mark the close of the quarter. All students are expected to attend, and their activity tickets will be collected at the door. Faculty Banquet Class The dinner for the December graduates will be held in the North- ern Tea Room on Friday, December 13, at 6:45 p. m. Those attending will be the graduates, faculty and directors of E. M. N. S. and guests. The program, over which Mr. Bjorgum will preside, is as follows: Vocal solo, Miss Stevenson; violin solo, Mr. Ridgely; presentation of graduates, Mr. Stuber; reception of graduates, Dr. McMullen. The response for the class will be made by Graham Young of Bridger. Music during the dinner hour will be presented by Phil Nelson and his orchestra. Guests Attend Reception Honoring Ted Shawn About 150 guests remained after the Ted Shawn performance to at- tend the reception in their honor given by the faculty members and the patrons and patronesses. The guests were greeted by Dr. and Mrs. McMullen and introduced to Mr. Shawn and his troupe of young men. Mrs. Lou Chapple and Mrs. Harry Carpenter presided at the tea table, which was decorated with bronze and yellow chrysan- themums. They were assisted by Misses Loretta Waddell, Hazel La- veil, Helen Harmond, Edna Cooke, Marilyn Duell, and Anne Helder, all members of Katoya Players. Mrs. McMullen was assisted by Mrs. L. R. Foote. Mr. Shawn was very much pleased with the stage and with the cordial reception which the audience ac- corded his entertainment. The troupe is traveling by car, carrying the scenery and costumes in trucks. Library Closed At Night For Rest of Quarter The permanent library schedule hasn't been decided upon yet, but the present arrangement is that the library will be open until 6 o'clock but will not be open in the evening because of the distance to the building and the heavy lighting expense. Reserve books may be checked out at 4:30 in the after- noon and must be in by 9 o'clock the next morning. New Stage Initiated by Shawn Dancers The initiation of the stage at the new gymnasium - auditorium oc- curred on Thursday night, Decem- ber 5, when Ted Shawn and his famous ensemble of men dancers presented a four part program of interpretive dances which revealed the marvelous power of rhythmic movement in solo and ensemble performance. The musical visualizations, giv- ing bodily expression to the music of Brahms, Bach and McDowell caught the instant approval of the audience. Mr. Shawn's solo dance, \John Brown Sees the Glory,\ was an un- forgettable performance, blending with the music composed by Jesse Meeker, the pianist of the group, to show the rhapsodic inspiration of John Brown. Folk Themes Vivid The third part, primitive and folk themes, showed Mr. Shawn's vivid imagination in a colorful variety of subjects. Favorites were the clever Rickshaw Coolies; Fetish, a solo dance expressing primitive African fear, hatred, and worship, done by Barton Mumaw; the gay, flirtatious Spanish dances by Shawn; a swing- ing rhythmic picturization of \Cut- ting the Sugar Cane,\ and a rather too well dressed American cowboy doing \Turkey in the Straw.\ The final division was composed of religious dances, some sad, some thoughtful, some exultant. The mu- sical accompaniments, many of which were his own compositions, were played by Mr. Jesse Meeker. Christmas Play Sunday On Sunday, December 15 at 4 p. m., or as soon thereafter as the auditorium can be darkened,othe students of E. M. N. S. will present their annual Christmas play on the stage in the new gymnasium. The play is non-commercial, having been written by normal school students and produced, with slight changes, for several years. It will be pre- sented in four scenes, the first being the prophecy concerning the birth of the King of Kings, taken literally from the scripture. The second shows the three wise men discussing the birth of the Messiah and their discovery of the star of Bethlehem. The third scene is the well known shepherd scene with the appearance of the angel. The final scene, a pantomime, presents the nativity. Music will be fur- nished by a hidden choir. Admis- sion is free to the public, and it is hoped the auditorium will be filled. STAFF ELECTED ON WEDNESDAY The election of the staff of the Rimrock, the school annual, will be held at the luncheon next Wednes- day. Some time ago the student council voted to put out a book similar to the 1935 Rimrock. A committee from the council will submit a ballot for the student body, and the council will conduct the election of editor-in-chief, assistant editor, art editor and an assistant, business manager and an assistant, circulation manager, and student life editor. Good Luck Dance Friday, thirteenth The first all-school dance will be held tomorrow night. Don't let any- thing interfere with your being there. Put aside your term, papers and all other inconsequential mat- ters and indulge in a little gaiety. It is not unusual that the Decem- ber graduates should be honored with a dance. That has been done before. But this year's round-and- round is characterized by two un- usual circumstances. First, it will be the first dance held on the ex- cellent and spacious floor of our new auditorium; and second, the date is Friday, the 13th. These facts in themselves have the social committee doing a Senator Fish- face, but when you stir in the fact that the dance will celebrate Christ- mas as well, the committee should kiss a pig or bite a dog and never know it. Program Is Informal According to a notice posted by the committee, dress for the occa- sion will be formal, but the program will be quite informal. There will be a grand march, starting prompt- ly at 9 o'clock, music to be fur- nished by Phil Nelson's 10 - piece orchestra. Admission will be by activities ticket, and each student will be permitted to bring one guest. Students not dated are encouraged to attend and watch the festivities from the balcony. Turn out en masse and help celebrate the oc casion. Merry Christmas, Everybody! CLASSES BEGAN IN NEW BUILDING DECEMBER 2 On Monday, December 2, the fac- ulty members and students assem- bled at the \'Y\ gymnasium at 8 o'clock and marched in a body out to the new building just north of St. Vincent's Hospital. A short as- sembly was held in the balcony of the gym with Dr. McMullen giving a brief talk, consisting mainly of various necessary instructions. He informed the student body that the city bus line would extend its route to provide transportation to the new building. No Classes Abandoned The moving was accomplished without losing a single class day, which was a remarkable feat, the result of careful planning on the part of the school authorities. Many signs of unfinished work were visible in corridors and gym- nasium, but before the end of the first week the building began to take on a settled look. Though much of the fui:\Ii.ure has no yet arrived, everyone seems satisfied for the present with the available resources. The new plant is one of the finest and most modern school buildings in Montana, employing the latest improvements in lighting and heat- ing. Library Is Favorite Spot The high spot of interest to all is the beautiful library, which ex- tends across the south half of the second floor, affording an unrivalled view of the valley below. It is an excellent room for study, the floor being covered with a rubber carpet which eliminates all noise resulting from the students' movements. The completion of the new build- ing is the beginning of a new cycle in the development of E. M. N. S., which had previously been.serious- ly handicapped by the lack of prop- er facilities. The school is now in a position to go forward in its work of providing a splendid teacher training school for the people of eastern Montana. Luncheon On Wednesday The Christmas luncheon will be held next Wednesday at noon un- der the sponsorship of the Glee Club and the orchestra. The exec- utive committee is composed of Om- vall Arestad, chairman, Marion and Margaret Williams, Dorothy Frank- land, Virginia Butler, Annabelle Burke, Alice Enevoldsen, and Bob Zepp. Plans are not yet complete, but Mr. Ridgely promises a musical program in keeping with Christmas and a menu as bountiful as for the Thanksgiving luncheon. The base- ment room will be used, but the platform will be placed near the center of the room for better acous- tic qualities. 44 'CHRISTMAS 44 GREET111G5 44 CHRISTMAS 44

The Rimrock Echo (Billings, Mont.), 12 Dec. 1935, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.