2018 Spring LC Magazine

GREEK WEEK IN THE ’60S AND ’70S Chariot races, rope pulling contests, a ladder race, a greased pig contest — these were all events at Lycoming’s legendary Greek Week. Each spring, the fraternities on campus would meet on the Quad, surrounded by many student campus on-lookers, to compete in the Greek Week games to see which fraternity would win the most contests and be declared top frat. This was before sororities, but the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity started a little sisters program which became the first Lycoming sorority. The most exciting contest was the chariot race. Each fraternity had their own chariot with their Greek symbols proudly displayed on it. Four strong, fast members would pull the smallest, lightest member — hanging on for dear life — down the Quad and back. The chariots would fly in the air when they crossed over the sidewalks on the Quad, making the chariot rider wonder why he signed up for this hazardous duty. There was a similar race where members carried a ladder toward a wall near Old Main, and again the little guy would launch up the ladder, grab a flag, leap down and all would race back to the finish line. ◆ Jerry Boone ’72 THE SWITCHBOARD Anytime anyone says the word “switchboard,” I automatically think of Ernestine the Telephone Operator, played by Lily Tomlin. The words “one ringy-dingy” just chime in my head. Back in 1983-85, I worked the switchboard located in Long Hall. At that time, it was a cord board — truly an Ernestine experience. The cord board itself had multiple connectors; for every call, one needed to link two connectors to transfer the call to its final location. If you missed the proper connection, you dropped the call. With the implementation of the new electronic switchboard and telephone system in 1985-86, I lost my job to technology. The electronic switchboard prompts allowed people to automatically transfer the extensions, thus eliminating the student operators. With the switchboard being the bridge between the campus and the outside world, one may think that the switchboard operator was tucked in a dark room, but the operator was the center hub of Lycoming. The famous switchboard operator of my time was Rose Pfaff. Rose spent more than 20 years as Lycoming’s telephone operator. My switchboard experience is just one of the many memories I have from Lycoming College, as well as a great topic of conversation! ◆ Tina Muheim ’87 L Y C O M I N G S Y M B O L S 17 www.lycoming.edu