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First Month's Operating Expenses
After being a fully-functioning school for nearly one month, the bills arrived. The cost for the first month of operation: $23,458.74. WISNS was provided $30,000 by the State of Illinois, so Western easily paid its bills.
Mandatory Choir For Students
Beginning Oct. 14, it was decided that every day from 2:55-3:15 p.m. when school was in session, that all students would gather in the Sherman Hall Auditorium for choir practice. This was done to build a sense of community among the students, as well as expose them to the arts.
Homecoming King and Queen Election
Bill Griffin and Ruthe Thomson were elected king and queen for the 1950 homecoming activities. Griffin was the Kappa Sigma Kappa fraternity's candidate, and Thomson was Pi Kappa Sigma sorority's candidate. Both were a part of the Class of 1951.
Home Economics Department Sets Up New Centers
Western's Home Economics Department (now called Family and Consumer Sciences) established three off-campus teaching centers in Kewanee, Galesburg, and Jacksonville. These centers allowed home economics majors to practice their teaching skills in a real-world setting.
"Western On the Air" Resumes
The radio program "Western On the Air" began its third season. The program discussed campus events and provided information about what was going on around the community. It aired Monday through Friday on WKAI 1510AM.
Western's Board of Trustees Meet
The Board of Trustees met Oct. 3 to discuss the operations of the newly-opened school. Some of the highlights were:
- Tri-City Construction in the Quad Cities was selected to continue working on the Normal School Building's interior (Sherman Hall).
- Janitors' salaries were raised from $40 to $45.
- Trustee Ross moved to hire a night watchman for the school.
Western's Faculty Board Meets
The Western Illinois State Normal School Faculty Board met Oct. 7. They discussed several things, including the continuation of the experimental class schedule, which was implemented at the beginning of the year. The schedule featured seven 45-minute periods. Classes were taught Tuesday through Saturday, with students getting Sunday and Monday off.
Homecoming Rules Set By Student Council
Campaigning for homecoming king and queen began this week in history. After the previous year's campaign, some new rules were presented by the student council, including no posters were to be placed on walls, and loudspeakers on cars were prohibited.
Western Beats Illinois State
The Western Illinois football team outlasted the Illinois State Redbirds 14-7. Both teams scored early in the first quarter, but it wasn't until Mickey Reynolds scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter that the Leathernecks took the lead and eventually won.
Singers Blue Barron and Betty Clark Hired for Homecoming
Blue Barron and Betty Clark provided the entertainment for the Homecoming dance. Barron was a Big Band orchestra leader and was popular with college students around the country.