When the Maroon baseball team traveled to Japan, reports came
back via the American Embassy and clippings from Japanese newspapers.
The articles noted the U of C team's good sportsmanship, as well
as its "good moral standing and excellent scholarship." And, yes,
the Maroons played well too: of 14 games in Japan, they won 13.
Meanwhile, the Magazine reported that the Daily Maroon's editors
had joined forces with other students to try to institute an honor
system to prevent "'cribbing' in examinations." The Magazine wrote,
"It is understood that unless the students vote almost unanimously
in favor of the project there will be some doubt as to its institution."
S. Eliot came to campus-not to read his poetry, but to give a
series of four lectures on his ideas of education. In order to
get tickets for one of the Mandel Hall lectures, "students were
lined three deep from the entrance to the Administration Building
to Jones, and from Jones past Kent, at a quarter of eight." Tickets
were not passed out until 8:30 a.m. While on campus, Eliot attended
the Homecoming Reception, was interviewed by the Maroon, met for
a luncheon with Episcopal faculty, and taught a class in the Committee
on Social Thought.
Hyde Park played host to royalty when King Olav V of Norway visited
the University in the fall, marking the establishment of the Andrew
E. and G. Norman Wigeland professorship in Norwegian studies.
King Olav's visit also commemorated 150 years of Norwegian immigration
to the U.S. From the East, Empress Nagako of Japan visited the
Wyler Children's Hospital, where she saw presurgical patients
participating in play therapy designed to make them more at ease
with their own impending surgery.
The University's athletic and recreational facilities got a face
lift. As part of a five-year plan to upgrade facilities, the outdoor
track and the tennis courts along Stagg Field and the Quads were
resurfaced. In addition, new sod was put down for the soccer and
football practice fields as well as on Stagg Field. And a new
scoreboard, honoring the late sportswriter Louis
Diamond, SB'41, was erected at Stagg Field. --