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Day in the Life


DAY IN THE LIFE

Campus Map, 1960 (VUA 35 Villanova Photograph Collection)
Campus Map, 1960 (VUA 35 Villanova Photograph Collection)
Junior Week 1961 (Villanovan, vol. 36, no. 20, Junior Week, 1961)
Junior Week 1961 (Villanovan, vol. 36, no. 20, Junior Week, 1961)
Rev. Louis Rongione, OSA and two students at the Scholar Publication Conference, 1966. (VUA 35/30 Villanova Photograph collection)
Rev. Louis Rongione, OSA and two students at the Scholar Publication Conference, 1966. (VUA 35/30 Villanova Photograph collection)
Campus, 1960s. (VUA 35 Villanova Photograph Collection)
Campus, 1960s. (VUA 35 Villanova Photograph Collection)

1969 yearbook.jpgVillanova Yearbook, 1969

Villanova Political Union. The Union was divided into three parties: Conservative, Moderate, and Liberal. The motto: "Tribuni e Discipulis." (Belle Air Yearbook, 1962)
Villanova Political Union. The Union was divided into three parties: Conservative, Moderate, and Liberal. The motto: "Tribuni e Discipulis." (Belle Air Yearbook, 1962)
Commencement, 1969 (VUA 35/22/8 Villanova Photograph Collection)
Commencement, 1969 (VUA 35/22/8 Villanova Photograph Collection)
Program from the Turf and Tinsel Society production (VUA 25 Student Clubs and Organizations Records, Villanova University Archives)
Program from the Turf and Tinsel Society production (VUA 25 Student Clubs and Organizations Records, Villanova University Archives)
Yearbook staff, 1962 (Villanova Yearbook, 1962)
Yearbook staff, 1962 (Villanova Yearbook, 1962)
Senior Prom, 1961 (VUA-35/22/5 Villanova Photograph Collection)
Senior Prom, 1961 (VUA-35/22/5 Villanova Photograph Collection)

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Long Standing Traditions

 

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(Belle Air Yearbook, 1960)

Homecoming included a pep rally, bonfires, parade, and dance. A long tradition of decorating halls continued into the 1960s; the prize for best decoration was known as the Nick Basca Award.

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(Main Line Times, September 4, 1968. Villanova Scrapbooks, Villanova University Archives)

A popular tradition of the upperclass students was initiation activities against the freshman. Since the 1920s, the tradition was deem controversial by many students, who denounced it as humiliating, but initiation practices continued into the 1960s.

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(Belle Air Yearbook, 1963)

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(The Villanovan, vol. 37. no. 19, Junior Week, 1962)

Junior Week, began in 1924, would take place the second week of May and this was whenJuniors would originally receive their college blazers. Over the years it would expand to a week long celebration.

Mother’s Day

Mother's Day on campus started in 1934 in conjugation with Junior Week; Mothers were invited to campus the Monday after Mother's Day. There would be contests, like the Diaper Dan Contest, a luncheon, and special Mother's Day service.Letter to Mom.JPG

(The Villanovan, vol. 37. no. 19, Junior Week, 1962)

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(Belle Air Yearbook, 1962)

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(The Villanovan, vol. 40, no.19, April 7, 1965)

Shamokinaki Dance

One popular annual dance was the Shamokinaki Dance (1953-1967), held at the Field House. The dance was a fundraising event for Augustinian missionaries in Japan.Tickets would be sold at the Pie Shoppe for $2.00 per couple.

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(The Villanovan, vol. 38, no. 15, March 6, 1963)

The name of the dance derived from the hometown of Rev Thomas P. Purcell, O.S.A., a former faculty member and missionary, who was from Shamokin, Pennsylvania.

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(VUA 35/22/5 Villanova Photograph Collection)

Belle Masque Society

Since the 1920s, Belle Masque Society was a theater club on campus that performed productions throughout the school year. The club would include students from Villanova and Rosemont.

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Country Girl, 1960 (VUA 35/22/12 Villanova Photograph Collection)

 

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Twelfth Night, 1960 (VUA 35/22/12 Villanova Photograph Collection)

 

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The Apple Tree program, 1969 (VUA 25/12 Student Clubs and Organizations Records)

 

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Summer School, Sisters in Chemistry Lab, circa 1960s (VUA 35/7 Villanova Photograph Collection)
Summer School, Sisters in Chemistry Lab, circa 1960s (VUA 35/7 Villanova Photograph Collection)
Students in Sheehan Hall, 1960 (VUA 35/7 Villanova Photograph Collection)
Students in Sheehan Hall, 1960 (VUA 35/7 Villanova Photograph Collection)
Law School, 1962. Villanova Law School obtained prominence as the first Catholic Law School to be awarded membership into the Order of the Coif (Belle Air Yearbook, 1962)
Law School, 1962. Villanova Law School obtained prominence as the first Catholic Law School to be awarded membership into the Order of the Coif (Belle Air Yearbook, 1962)