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First Official Day of Class at Western
Sept. 24 marked the official beginning of the school year for the students at Western Illinois State Normal School. Students met in the auditorium and were addressed by President Henninger before they began their studies for the year.
Completing a week of many firsts at WISNS, on Sept. 27 students completed their first week of classes at the new school. Because Western had no place to house students, many rented rooms in local boarding houses or stayed with relatives or friends during the week and returned home on weekends.
Religious Week at Western
Religious Emphasis Week was celebrated on campus from September 24-27. Several religious speeches and programs were given throughout the first week on topics ranging from "marriage" to Christianity and Greek Life." The Senate of the United Student Christian Foundation sponsored the activities.
Cheerleaders Elected for the 1950-51 Season
At a pep rally in Morgan Gym, six new cheerleaders were elected to the squad of 11. Each candidate was allowed three yells at the try-outs, and students voted by ballot for their six favorite candidates.
Western Illinois State Normal School Opens
September 23 was the first day that WIU (then known as Western Illinois State Normal School) opened to its students. The school's 160 students did not attend class that day, but enrolled in classes, got their book lists, and met the faculty.
Macomb School's Opening a Huge Victory for Macomb
With the opening of Western Illinois State Normal School, Macomb finally got the learning institution it had been waiting for since it was approved in 1899. Thanks to the efforts of Macomb's citizens, namely L.Y. Sherman, Macomb beat out numerous other regional cities competing to be the home of the new school.
Hanson Field Dedicated: Large Crowd Attends Game
The new $258,587 stadium was dedicated and named in Coach Ray "Rock" Hanson's honor. Coach Hanson was the head of the Leatherneck's athletic programs from 1927 through 1964. Western won the football game against Central Michigan 28-7.
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity Installed
The international fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi, formally installed its Gamma Kappa chapter here at Western. The fraternity's residence was originally located at 717 W. Adams Street, and there were 26 charter members along with 11 pledges. Sam Kramm, a Macomb native, was elected the chapter's first president.
Ag Department Announces High Enrollment
Western's Ag Department announced that its enrollment was up by more than 10 percent compared to the previous year.