The Pulse from Washington High School,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Volume XXV, April, 1925, Number 4

Contributed by, Richard Stamats

School News

The annual Alpha Rho-Kappa Phi Tau debate was held the evening of :larch 4.

The question for debate was, "Resolved: That the United States should enter the World Court." The affirmative team composed of Clarence Schulte, Darrell Horsfall, and Franklin Kemp, was coached by Mr. Maurice Cahill; the Kappa Phi team, or the negative, composed of Garretson Seely, Richard Searles, and Lloyd Harper, was coached by Mr. B. D. Silliman. just before the debate both societies filed into the auditorium singing their respective society songs. The Alpha Rhos wore their flowers, red carnations; the Kappa Phis, jonquils. The debate was stirring from start to finish with both teams giving excellent arguments. The negative won the debate by a two to one decision. After the debate both societies held banquets in honor of their teams. The Kappa Phis held their banquet at Van's; the Alpha Rho banquet was held at the Mandarin Inn.

The resounding "whack" of paddles was the only music in the air at the home of Clayton Kuning on Wednesday evening, February 25. The occasion ,vas the initiation into the Zetagathian society of Philip McKim, Bruce Ross, John Montgomery, Richard Reynolds, Atanosis Voloria, Dwight Alderman, and Stanley Moore. Preceding the initiation Mrs. Kuning served one of her well known lunches. We are glad to say that all the fellows reported at school in prime condition the next day.

The regular meeting of the Girls' Council was held at the home of Blanche Snouffer, 1531 Washington avenue, March 9th. The picnic supper was followed by a business meeting.

The sympathy of the school is extended to Miss Wilson for the loss of her brother. and to Miss Byerly for the loss of her father.

The Alpha Sigma Alpha society held a mid-year dance at the Arcadia on February 20. The hall was decorated in the society colors, blue and black. The he forty couples which attended consisted of the active members and the alumnae. The chaperons were Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Turpin, and the society critics, Miss Combs and Miss Blackford.

The Hi-Y-Ettes held a meeting February 4 at the Y. W. C. A. Ten girls were votes{ on to represent Martha and George Washington and their attendants at a Colonial Costume Party, which was given Wednesday, February 18.

The Fioya society held a bake sale at Killian's on February 14. The money was used to pay the society's pledge to Coe College's Endowment fund. The Cecilians and the Boys' Glee Club gave a matinee concert at McKinley Junior H High School Thursday, the nominal admission charged going to the fund to send the glee clubs to the interstate concert at Kansas City in April.

A special meeting of the Alpha Rho society was held February tenth to discuss society affairs and to appoint committees for this semester.

The Erodelphian society held a most enjoyable sistership Friday, January 30, at the home of Alice Bailey. A picnic dinner was followed by the election of officers and selection of committees.

At a meeting of the Hi-Y Club on March 12, the following officers were elected: President, bred Tangeman; Vice-President, Russell Knapp; Secretary, Edward Murray; Treasurer, Herbert Ainsworth; and PULSE Reporter, Ed Kinney.

The Zetagathian society held a stag theatre party at the Majestic Theatre 1 Friday evening, February 27. Nearly thirty members were present.

On Monday, February 16, the Fioya society held their regular business meeting. Two new members are: Helen Blessing and Ethelyn Lindsay. The program consisted of initiation and a report on a chapter of Emily Post by prances King.

A real peppy Alpha Rho fellowship was held at the home of Russell Knapp. "_'004 Bever avenue, March 16. Amusement was furnished by two of the Alpha Rhos who, by their singing, seem destined to become future Carusos. Refreshments were served later in the evening and the old Alpha Rho pep was evident throughout the melee. All declared the fellowship to be anything but lacking in n pep.

Sixteen new pledges were given informal initiation at an A. S. A. sistership at the home of Florence Ferman on March 15. The girls who received the initiation are: Betty Davis, Jane Ludy, Martha Pohorsky, Mary Stubbs, Imogene Easterly, Hazel Cooke, Margaret Hageman, Marjorie Lortz, Catherine Clements, Virginia Taylor, Helen Lee, Orva Mitchll, Faith Newell, LOUiSe James, and Rosebud Hickok.

A short business meeting of the Zets was held at the school on Monday, February 16, and another one on February 23.

The Fioya society held a business meeting Monday, March 2, at the home of Maxine McCammon. Alice Wetzel was voted in as a new member. This is was followed by initiation and a picnic supper. The Washington High School Band, under the leadership of Major Doetzal, appeared Friday evening, March 20, at Benjamin Franklin auditorium in the contest with the Dubuque Musicians.

A special Alpha Rho business meeting was held March 19th to discuss plans for the Alpha Rho dance to be given March 28th.

In the coming Accie-A. S. A. debate, to be given April 30th, the latter has chosen to defend the negative of the question, "Resolved: That the Child Labor Amendment should be adopted." The members of the team will be Florence Ferman, Jane Ludy, and Garnet Hedine.

The Zets held their usual business meeting Monday, March 9th. A very interesting debate was given, the question being, "Resolved: That the Child Labor Amendment should be adopted." Wallace Smith, Wayne Stookey, and Leo Stodola argued for the acirmative, while the negative was upheld by Leon Vesely, John Montgomery, and Philip McKim.

The Mixed Glee Clubs are good examples that hard work does pay. For their efforts they now hold the state championship, just a step toward winning the national honors. They contributed to the program at Coe Vespers at Sinclair Chapel Sunday, March 22d. The offering taken will aid in defraying the expenses of the two glee clubs to Kansas City.

Officers of Sophrosyne, Washington High School chapter of the national honor society, are: Alma Janko, President; Lydia Hrubesh, Vice-President; William Grunewald, Secretary. The pupils elected to Sophrosvne represent the ten per cent. of the senior class having the highest scholastic average. There are now twenty members, while twenty more will be admitted the middle of the semester.

At the band concert at Benjamin Franklin auditorium, Ralph Leo gave several selections, accompanied by his father, Professor E. A. Leo.

The band and orchestra contest between Cedar Rapids and Dubuque was held at Benjamin Franklin auditorium Friday evening, March 20th. The two orchestras contested first, followed by the two bands. According to the decision rendered the following day, the winning band is Council, Bluffs, while Cedar Rapids won the orchestra championship for the state.

The new members of the Academian society are Robert Nelson and John Trumbull.

A fellowship was held at the home of John French, February 21st. The following were initiated: Robert Evans, Ed Drew, Robert Nelson, Jack Smythe, John Koffron, Jack Day, and George Warriner.

The Cecilians and Boys' Glee Club gave a concert in costume Tuesday evening. February 24th, at Franklin junior high. The same concert was given to the student body at Franklin in the afternoon, while the concert was repeated at Roosevelt on March 12th. Selections from the "Mikado" were riven by the Cecilians, the boys giving numbers from "Robin Hood."

The Kappa Phi Tau Boiler Makers' Ball was given at the Oriental Hall February 7th. The ball, which was attended by many alumni, was a huge. success and one of the first of its kind. The chaperons were Mr. and Mrs. Novak and Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Chandler.

As a result of a movement among the senior girls to simplify commencement, Miss Rogers called an assembly for them. Geraldine Roberts presided, while representatives from the various societies, the presidents, gave their opinions concerning graduation. The girls voted unanimously to simplify commencement, but it was decided to appoint committees which in turn will decide upon the flowers, clothes, and shoes to be worn.

On March 10th four alternates were taken into the Cecilians: Winifred Fowler, Margaret Ilageman, Margaret Pratt, and Irma Townsend.

A dinner dance was given by the Cecilians and Boys' Glee Club at Roosevelt Junior High Friday, March 13th.

A business meeting of the Phi Sigma Psi was held at the school Wednesday, March 4th. Two new members of this society are Roy Holtz and Paul Cummins.

For the first time in its history, the Kappa Phi Taus held a dad's fellowship, a father and son affair. It was an unusual success and the boys hope to make it an annual affair.

The Phi Sigma Psi held a fellowship and formal initiation at the home of Herbert Clark, Monday, March 15th.

The Alpha Rho Spring Hop was held at the Oriental Hall Saturday, March 28th. McDonald's orchestra furnished the music, while a special feature was a group of songs sung by Fred Tangeman and Paul Cummins, the latter playing the ukelele. The hall was decorated in the Alpha Rho colors, red and black. The dance was a big success, with more than fifty couples, including alumni home for spring vacation, attending. The chaperons for the hop were Mr. and Mrs. Munger and Mr. and Mrs. Adams.

On Wednesday, February 25th, the B. G. A.s held initiation of the new members. The following girls were taken into the society: Julia Armon. Fsther Averill, Bessie Buresh, Isabelle Defoe, Martha Dobrovsky, Lenore Dostal, Agnes Hadac, Lucille Harness, Jennie Hrbek, Thelma Miller, Martha Sawyer, Nettie Sisam, Helen Suchomel, Maxine Thomas, Libbie Uridil, Laura Victoring, and Fern Washburn.

Wednesday, March 11th the B. G. A. society held their regular meeting. The book, "The Parliamentarian," was introduced in the form of a drill given by several girls. The following program committee was chosen for the next meeting: Lorraine Smith, Bessie Buresh, Martha Sawyer, Anne Kriz, and Libbie Uridil.

On Wednesday, March 25th, the G. B. A.s held their regular bi-weekly meeting in room 316. 1 likes and picnics for the spring were discussed. A program was given carrying out the idea of "All Fool's Day." The Senior Prophecy was read by Anne Kriz.

The Alpha Beta Chi and Phi Sigma Psi dance was given Friday evening, March 27th. at the Grant gymnasium. About sixty couples attended. Music was furnished by Neill's orchestra. Novel programs and a special dance were features of the evening. The chaperons were: Mr. and Mrs. Burchard, Mr. and Mrs. Shramek, Mr. and Mrs. Prentice, and Nlr. and Mrs. Knapp.


Every year, at about this time,

The seniors become uneasy.

They begin to yearn for a change of clime;

They wonder if college is hard or easy.

They begin to wonder where they'll go;

They peruse the college catalogs.

Shall it be close, right here at Coe,

Or U. of C., in West-Coast fogs?

They start to plan for the future:

They build air castles high.

For them, each college has its lure,

As commencement time draws nigh.

-Milton W. BUFFINGTON '26.

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Cedar Rapids.................. 33 University High ............... 20

Cedar Rapids.................. 29 Springville ................... 14

Cedar Rapids.................. 22 Ottumwa ....................... 13

Cedar Rapids.................. 24 Nevada ........................ 17

Cedar Rapids.................. 46 Council Bluffs ................ 16

Cedar Rapids.................. 27 Fort Dodge .................... 17


Washington High won the right to play Marion in the Class A finals of the sectional tournament by their victories in the first and second rounds.

Coach Novak's Tigers won from Mt. Vernon and Marengo without extending themselves, taking the former five into camp 34 to 10, and trouncing Marengo 38 to 15.

The Tigers were given quite a scare by Marion before they earned the right to compete in the district meet. The Red and White topped the Orange and Black at the quarter mark by a three point lead and were in a twelve to Vxelve deadlock at the half.

Cummins took a hand in matters in the last two chapters and in the third quarter the Tigers were ahead 24 to 15. Marion came within two points of a tie during the final period, but the Tigers again spurted and were leading 32 to 15 at the finish.

Cummins was the big noise in the game, gathering eighteen points for his share.

The lineup:


Boegel............................F............................ Hunter

Skelly............................F............................ J. Dee

Zvacek............................C............................ R. Dee

Tangeman......................... G............................ Robinson

McClung.......................... G............................ Garner

Substitutions: Cedar Rapids-Harper, Groth, Carter, Mumford, Cummins. Mt. Vernon-Fordyce.

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Boegal ........................... F...........................

Langlas Skelly............................ E........................... C. McGivern

Zvacek............................ C........................... F. McGivern

Tangeman.......................... G.......................... Thomas

McClung..........................G............................. Peizer

Substitutions: Cedar Rapids-Groth, Cummins, Mumford, Harper, Carter.


In the district tournament Cedar Rapids met Reinbeck in the second round and came from behind to win, 14 to 13. This placed them in the semi-finals, their opponents to be Osage.

In the Reinbeck tussle, two baskets by Cummins in the final quarter gave the Tigers a one point lead. The game was airtight throughout, with the count being tied five times. Cedar Rapids took a 6 to 3 lead in the first quarter, but Reinbeck rallied and held a 10 to 9 advantage at half time. The third quarter ended 12 to 9 for Reinbeck. Fn the final quarter' Cummins tossed a, free throw and counted twice from the floor to give the Tigers a victory.

In the semi-finals played in the afternoon, Cedar Rapids was eliminated from the tournament by being defeated by Osage.


Cedar Rapids won the high school one mile relay as usual. Evanston, Ill., was second; Peoria Central, Peoria, Ill., was third. The time was 3:39.

Cedar Rapids took the lead at the start and held it until the final lap, when Clayton of Evanston stepped into the lead. Shove of Cedar Rapids over-took him on the back stretch, however, and won by a yard.

The relay men ran in the following order: Redel, Harper, Stamats, Shove.


History repeats itself and so do Cedar Rapids high school track victories.

As was the case in previous years, the Annual Iowa Indoor Interscholastic Meet would have been a pleasant affair for other institutions if the Cedar Rapids outfit had stayed at home.

From the start of the trials in the fifty yard dash the issue never was in doubt. The Orange and Black flashed to the front so frequently that it was not a case of which school would win, but simply a case of how big the winning

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score would be. It so happened that Coach Novak's crew piled up a total of 50 points.

Burlington was second with 23 points and Winfield third with eight. Grant high finished down the list with one-half a point.

The outstanding performance of the meet was the copping of individual Honors by "Dick" Ivacek, the lanky Tiger star. With firsts in the pole vault, broad jump, and shot put and a second in the high jump, he gathered a total of eighteen points. Robinson of Burlington won the high jump with a leap of live feet 10 inches. Ivacek was a close second with five feet 9 inches.

Cedar Rapids won first in both heats of the quarter mile dash. In the first heat Maynor Shove took a fall out of the existing record by stepping the distance in fifty-three flat. Coach George \W. Bresnahan of the University of Iowa said that they were the prettiest quarters that he had ever seen run. In the second heat Stamats won an easy first in 54/ seconds.

In the fifty yard dash "Sticky" Stamats, the old sensational, was first, and Redel was third. Boyer, a newcomer to Tiger ranks, was second in the pole vault. Redel also stepped out in the half, but too many preliminaries in the dashes had tired him and the best he could do was a fourth.

Cissler won a third in the mile run. He is only sixteen years old and was r unning his first mile in competition. Coming around the last curve, he was in sixth place, but he turned loose with a powerful finished and pulled in an easy third.

Harper stepped out in the hurdles to take the place of "Bab" Cuhel. A first in the high and a second in the lows was the sum total of his efforts. Other Tiger point winners were McClung, with a second in the broad jump, and Cristv, with a third in the high jump.

For the first time in four years the Tigers finished second in the medley relay. Shove and Stamats, running first and second, brought in nice leads and Warriner arriner, running third, was off to a good start, but weakened on the last lap. When Redel, Tiger anchorman, started he was about twenty yards to the bad. H HC pulled up about fifteen yards on the flying leader, but was unable to over-take the Burlington man.

As had been predicted. the new track saw the fall of many records. The half mile record was broken by a matter of six seconds. A new records was also established in the high jump and quarter mile.


Some day in the future, near or distant, a Washington H ligh track or football team is going to fall in the dust and be trampled on, and when that day arrives the people are going to ask what in the world happened.

The day of reckoning does not appear in the immediate future. This conclusion is based on the performance in Evanston, when four of Leo Novak's athletics annexed another national championship when they captured high honors in the Northwestern indoor meet.

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In scoring twenty points to lick the cream of Chicago's prep stars, as well as those of Peoria, Champaign, and other Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana schools, the squad composed of Zvacek, Stamats, Redel, and Harper accomplished some-thing that even last year's team, headed by "Bah" Cuhel, could not achieve.

Last year's Tiger Outfit of Cuhel, Healy, Loftus, Cook, Murrell, and Butterfield. was conceded a good chance of copping the indoor title, but it was forced to second place by H Hyde Park.

This year it was believed that the inexperienced Orange and Black tribe would not rank among the leaders but, by placing in seven events. the quartet Of youngsters maintained the pace established by Tiger title winners of the past.

In winning at Northwestern, the Tigers wound up the indoor season with a 1,000 per cent record. They captured the Iowa interscholastic meet with case; won the one mile relay at the Illinois carnival, and finished with glory at Evanston.

At the Evanston meet, Harper finished second in the 60 yard low hurdles and fourth in the 60 yard high sticks. Both Stamats and Redel placed second in their respective heats of the quarter mile dash. Zvacek copped first in the Pole vault, second in the shot put, and fourth in the high jump. The Tigers also placed fourth in the sole relay.

MR. MEYER: "What is vaseline?"

MR. Gerwig: "Vaseline is petroleum that has gone to college."

Some seniors are going to be great roamers in the world, judging by their early start.

MISS RUDD: "What are you reading about?"

E. EPLER: "Electricity."

MISS RUDD: "Oh. current events, eh?"

E. EPLER: "No, light reading."

SAINT PETER: "You say you edited THE PULSE?"

BOB CRON: "Yes sir."

SAINT PETER: "Step into the elevator."

BOB CRON: "How soon does it go up?"

SAINT PETER: "It doesn't go up. It goes down."

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