The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 84, No. 1, Ed. 1, Monday, August 19, 1996 Page: 3 of 12
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August 19 1996 The Brand Page 3
Heritage plays major part in Orientation 96
By Chris Hatcher
Editor in Chief
Another year of academics is upon
us with hundreds of beanies on the hori-
zon and the smell of fresh fish in the air.
Hardin-Simmons University's 1996
New Student Orientation week begins
today as hundreds of incoming freshman
and transfer students prepare to make a
new home on the campus of HSU.
This year's program entitled "Make
Your Mark" is designed by Linda
Carlclon dean of students and the HSU
Steering Committee to equip and encour-
age new students to make an impact while
Activities during the week including
an all-campus "tag" and the ever-infamous
beanie capping ceremony allow
new students the opportunity to socialize
with their fellow classmen. But through
tradition assemblies a sense of pride is
also created in every newcomer toward
the University's rich heritage.
Here are some of the historical
"icons" that will be focused on this week.
honor of 13 HSU students who lost their grave diggers and the purple and gold fire enabling it to ever sound again.
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HSU's cannon named Arizona Bill
was acquired from the war department by
the class of 1920-21. It was placed in a
cement memorial that was constructed in
lives in World War I.
Kenneth "Arizona Bill" Burns one
of the 13 casualties was killed in action
during a volunteer excursion and honored
with the naming of the cannon for his
heroism. The memorial was also named
for another of the World War I heroes
Clyde "Babe" Shaw.
hydrant was resurrected in Dam-It's
In honor of Dam-It
In 1916 Gib Sandefcr son of then
Simmons College President J.D.
Sandefcr brought a white bulldog named
Fritz to the Forty Acres.
Fritz the dog later became known as
"Dam-It" due to a "tripping" incident
with a cafeteria worker and served as the
school's unofficial mascot from 1916-
1920. History has it that Dam-it became a
popular figure at Simmons College and
was even allowed to attend certain profes-
In 1920 Dam-It died of pneumonia
and placed the students in a campus-wide
time of mourning. A funeral service was
held complete with pall-bearers and
The historical bell that hangs in
HSU's bell tower was purchased by Owen
Clint Pope president of then Simmons
College for a mere $400. Pope made the
purchase during a train trip from a fellow
passenger named G.C. Burnett.
The bell was placed in Old Main the
first and only building on HSU's campus
for quite some time. It was used by the
city of Abilene and was also rung on spe-
Over the years time took its toll on
the old historical bell.
At one point consistent over-ringing
of the bell by students grew to become
such a nuisance that the clapper was
removed. Also some years later the bell
was dropped from a roof and cracked
However instead of discarding the
bell Mrs. J.D. Sandefcr wife of later
president J.D. Sandefcr realized its his-
torical significance and had the tower
built where it stands today.
The pond and gazebo
HSU's pond was the result of a gift
from Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Wood in
1978. The Wood's gift was specifically
given for the purpose of campus beautifi-
cation. The Class of 1929's 50th anniversary
brought with it a gift from the class
which was used by Hardin-Simmons to
construct the gazebo near the pond.
Also looked at this week will be
HSU's centennial square memorial tree
and historical cemetery.
Shona Sugarek director of events
Chris Proctor director of registration and
Chad Tomcrlin director of training and
marketing head approximately 75 student
group leaders in this week's activities
which run through Sunday Aug. 25.
Classes begin at Hardin-Simmons on
1996 Fall Calendar of Activities
Aug 26-31 .;'. HSU Ping Pong Tournament
Sept. 2 V'. . . ... Xahor Day CookoutCohcert
Sept. 4 . ; v v. . .. ............ .Day of Caring
Sept. 7 . . . ?f? ;;';:. HSU Senior Retreat
Sept. 9 ....... .?. . HSU Leadership Seminar
Sept. 14 Abilene Alumni Backoff Party
Sept. 16' . : . V. v';. v All-Greek Rush Parties
Octi 3 . VsV'K'vv 'KSU Make a Difference Day
' Oct. 5 V. ;v':. :;. :. Family Weekend
Oct. 7 . . ; ".? L r. v .Greek Information Meeting
Oct. 10 . . . .;. - .Greek Bids Distributed
Oct. 11 . . .n h r; . Pledging Begins
Oct. 25-26 . J . .V. ;. HSU HomecomingSing
Nov. 1 .-. fV. V.v - Code of Ethics Concert
Nov 2 ; U v ...... . .All-Greek Chili Cook Oft
Nov 15-16 ..?: r? : HSU Fall Round Up
Nov. 19 .... w ..... .HSU Night At The Paramount
i Dec. 3 ". w .- w All-School Christmas Party
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