Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1953-10-231
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VOLUME XVII How Can Ethal Zaugg Is shown here asking Ghost To Ghost Account By PAT CAKK While most people are alto-g e t h e r too familiar with the pranks of Hallowe'en, very few are acquainted with the ancient and extremely interesting folklore of the celebrated holiday. The word Hallowe'en is a contraction for all Hallow's Eve, or vigil of the feast of All Saints, long ago appointed by the church to be celebrated on November 1. It was meant to be a day of fasting and praver, held in honor of the Sun God". The Druids, or priests, also honored the Lord of Death, for it was believed that on October 31, the end of the year, the Lord of Death would gather together all of the souls of the dead who had been condemned to enter the bodies of animals, and decide what form they should take for the following year. But fasting and prayer were not destined to be the manner of celebration, for sinners revolted and changed the plans of the church. The carnival nature of thepresent-day Hallowe'en observance is said to be a survival of the pagan Saturnalia, a harvest-home festival observed in ancient Rome. (After the hard labor in the fields, slaves were rewarded with a week of license in which they could go out and get as drunk as they pleased, and raise, hob generally. This week was supposed to represent the return of the reign of Saturn, father of the gods in a legendary golden age of prosperity and plenty, of all play and no work, but wheYi the pagan gods followed Saturn into banishment after the triumph of Christianity, they were all regarded as devils. Saturn shared with Satan the kingdom of darkness, and his rois-t e r i n g followers naturally acquired pets from among the nocturnal fauna such as bats, owls, and black tomcats. The prominent belief in Hallowe'en witches had its origin in rather a tragic manner. The belief V, j v- ... v-f. ft He Resist? f '' J: Sid Wyatt to the A. VV. S. Dance The annual fall dance, sponsored by the Associated Women Students, will follow the theme of Halloween Hollow. The dance will be held in the college ballroom an October 30, beginning at 9 p. m. The dance will be girl's choice, and best dress is in order. The ballroom will be decorated with a spaaky effect to carry out the Halloween theme. A. W. S. has worked very hard to make this dance a great success, and a large crowd is expected. The price of admission is only one dollar per couple. Get your date now while the "cream of the crop" is still available.in witches and witchcraft was widely spread in all lands of the past, but perhaps no land took more severe steps to correct the situation than did England. In 1603, under King James, parliament passed a law against associating with witches, which provided that: "If any person shall use any invocation or conjuration of any evil or wicked spirit; or shall consult, covenant with, entertain, feed, employ or reward any evil or cursed spirit to or for any intent or purpose; or take up any dead man, woman or child out of the grave, or skin or bone any part of the dead person to be employed or used in any manner of witchcraft, sorcery, charm, or exercise any sort of witchcraft, sorcery, charm, or enchantment whereby persons shall be killed, destroyed, maimed, wasted, consumed, pined or lamed in any part of the body; that every person being convicted, shall suffer death." One judge in Nancy was known to have sentenced to death, 800 women in six years. At Toulous, 400 were killed at one time, and in Treves, 7,000 women were punished by death. One woman was accused of being a witch because she made apple dumplings. The accusation stated that no one could get the apples into the dumplings without some form of witchcraft. The woman made a batch of dumplings in court, and was acquitted. OCTOBER 23, 1953 OGDEN, UTAH Weber Wildcats meet the strong and favored Boise Broncs on the Idahoans' grid tonight in the Indian trophy encounter. The northern team placed a good margin against Weber last year, 33-63; but in games in 1950 and 1951 scores 13-12 and 8-0 could have gone either way. Coach Mell hopes to have his passers and receivers tuned. He feels that passes are the wedges needed to pierce the Broncs' tightly knit defense. "Boise always has been a power house," Milt said. This game is marked "the big game" of the year because of the student tension in the past, and the hard fought rivalry between tha two clubs. Associated Weber The Ogden Community Theatre starts another exciting year of entertainment November 5th. In past years they have presented some very worthwhile and wholesome plays, and this year should be no exception. Two up and coming plays that will be offered early in the season are Affairs of State and Perfect Alibi. These and others will be offered as an invitation to the fine art of dramatics, to the people of Ogden. Students of Weber College are especially invited to come and use their student body cards for admission. , A less tragic source from whence sprung the witch on a broom came from Ireland, where it was believed that on the fatal night, women who had sold their souls to the devil, put a stick in their beds and covered it with the fat of murdered babies. At midnight, this stick would change into their likeness and they would fly up the chimney on a broom with a black cat in close attendance. Fortune telling was d o n e on Hallowe'en for the purpose of predicting who should be one's future husband or wife. The systems are not recommended for general use, but if a young man cared to find out just who his bride would be, he could so very simply by taking a handful of hempseed to a field and sowing it while repeating these words: "Hempseed I saw thee Hempseed I saw thee And her that is to be my true love Come after me and draw thee.. Then if he had the courage to look over his shoulder, he would see the apparition of his true love, following him and reaping hemp. A girl might discover the identity of her true love if she would retire to her room, unnoticed at midnight. Thf e she would sit before her mirror, and, eating nine pieces of apple with a knife, wait until her lover came and asked her for a slice. These customs may appear strange to the level-headed American, but before any laughing is done, let us examine one custom which comes from our own state of Maryland. It follows the saying:"Turn your boots toward the street, Leave your garters on your feet. Put your stockings on your head. You'll dream of the one you're going to wed!" Everyone keep the week of November 13th in mind. Homecoming is the event, and no stone will be left unturned to provide excitement and fun. This year the homecoming theme is "Rally Around Weber" ... So let's do just that. : ' UZ3 Play To Be Given By PAT CAKR The Affairs of State is a sparkling drawing-room comedy in three acts, which achieved much success for several seasons on Broadway. The play deals with the preposterous situation of a school teacher who marries a young statesman just for the experience. Philip Russell is a retired elder statesman who finds himself fortunate, or unfortunate, enough to have a lovely young wife. This pleasant situation becomes a bit embarrassing when it is discovered that the young Mrs. Russell and a young statesman, Mr. Henderson, are in love. Being very fond of his wife, Mr. Russell does not wish to lose her; therefore, he arranges for the marriage of his wife's niece, Irene Elliot, and Mr. Henderson, telling the young man that he will, of course, achieve much greater success in his political career as a married man. Not wanting to jeopardize his political ambitions, the young statesman accepts the arrangement, and a marriage is performed with both parties acknowledging the fact that it is a business arrangement only. A delightful dialogue, coupled with an amusing and confusing situation brought forth from one Los Angeles critic, the comment that, "The" Affairs of State" was the most fun seen hereabouts for years." The cast consists of the following: Carolyn Glassman Linsley as Irene Elliot. Ruby McQuatie as Constance Russell, Robert Van Dyke as Philip Russell, Don Lin-ford as George Henderson, Walter Cable as Byron Winkley, and Walter Prothero as Lawrence, the butler. The cast is under the direction of Mr. Thatcher Allred. Community tickets, which are $3 for a series of five plays, are on sale now at Glen Brother's Music Store. Students of Weber College will be admitted on student tickets to the play, which will be held in the Weber College auditorium at 8i30. Notice: To All Absent Minded Professors Weber faculty members were reminded this week of the fall meeting of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, scheduled November 13 and 14 at Brig-ham Young University. Howard Knight, of the life science division, said registration will start at 2:30 p.m. Friday, November 13, and meetings will close at noon Saturday. Transportation will be arranged for all teachers who notify Mr. Knight before November 1. 7 ) Xumber 2 Wooden Indian The "Wooden Indian" is a symbol of a coming figure, both in Boise and Ogden territory, and will be presented to the successful team of the night. The champ will keep the symbol until the other team is able to capture it back through a defeat in a following year's play. The sophomore class of Weber College is sponsoring the trip to Boise. Both band and the Whip Club are leaving in full color and spirit, with great backing by a large participation of the student body. The busses will leave Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. The trip will be nearly 400 miles and will require some plans for meals and your own wants. Getting Acquainted The Broncs will present a get-acquainted dance at the Boise ballroom in conjunction with the game. The dance is to promote friendship between the two schools. Staff Association Throws Party The teachers and other members of the Weber college staff association have decided to "let their hair down" and hold a party. This affair will be held on the night of Friday, October 23rd. Those who attend will have the opportunity of joining in on the program which will consist of participation events. Refreshments will be given to the lively group later on in the evening. The party is not exclusive to teachers only, it is for the entire working staff of Weber college. Mr. Farrell Collett, chairman of the party, extends a cordial invitation to all members of the staff and urges them to put their studies away for the night and enjoy an evening of fun and relaxation. The Wooden Indian trophy that is still being designed, will be given a temporary home tonight, as the Wildcats and Broncos start a rivalry that will very soon become a tradition. In case you want to help bring that trophy back to Weber, busses will be on hand Saturday morning to provide transportation to Boise.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1953-10-23, Vol. 17, No. 2|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|