Archive for January, 2013

Mardi Gras at Loyola, 1983

Mardi Gras in New Orleans has been in full swing since the Phunny Phorty Phellows took to the street(cars) on Twelfth Night, January 6. King cakes are for sale everywhere you look, and calendars are full of parades for the next month.

In 1983, Loyola got even more into the spirit of carnival than usual thanks to the West Bank Krewe “The Knights of King Arthur.” Loyola alumnus Philip Fricano saluted his alma mater with the parade theme “Halls of Memories…a Salute to Loyola University.” Click here for a full story from the 1983 Wolf Yearbook.

Fr. Carter receiving a commemorative plaque from Philip Fricano

The cape worn by Fricano, as well as a commemorative doubloon throw, are stored in Special Collections & Archives.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Rope Climbing in Phys Ed!

How many of you still had a rope to climb in gym class during grade school? For many of us, that particular piece of gym equipment went the way of the Dodo years ago, replaced with slightly more entertaining exercises like dodgeball. Back in the first half of the 20th century, rope climbing was not only a college level activity, but it was also apparently enjoyed by multiple students at once!

Students Rope Climbing in the Old Gym

Students Rope Climbing in the Old Gym

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Joe Lobo, the “Infallible One”

The Loyola mascot has had a number of iterations over the years (at one point we even had a real wolf!).

Loyola wolf mascot (1932 Maroon)

But in addition to Havoc (formerly known as “Fang,”) Loyola has had a longstanding representative of the “spirit of Loyola.” Fifty years ago, the university met for the very first time Joe Lobo.

Joe Lobo with cheerleaders (1963 Wolf Yearbook)

Lobo was the self-professed “infallible one.” Charged with selecting Loyola’s “ideal  co-ed,” Miss Wolf, Lobo was the “paragon of collegiate virtue.” While he was only seen once a year, his voice continued to be heard through the Maroon. As recently as 2008, Joe Lobo V wrote the newspaper’s horoscope.

Joe Lobo with Loyola logo (1963 Wolf Yearbook)

While Lobo seems to have disappeared for the time being, it’s probably only a matter of time before he resurfaces.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Dental Seal

A recent donation arrived in Special Collections: the hand painted seal of the E.A. Gammard Pre-Dental Society.

The society was founded in 1946 to promote relations among pre-dental students. Pictured below, the quite dapper 1968 E.A. Gammard Society, as seen in The Wolf.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Dance Fads – Then & Now

As 2012 closes and the world ramps up for 2013, rumors are swirling about the end of the most recent dance craze to sweep the nation, Gangnam Style. If you’ve been so unfortunate as to have missed out on this fad, check out this Wikipedia Article for more information than you could possibly ever require on the subject. As we mourn (or rejoice) at the possible loss of this silly dance, it behooves us to remember other dance fads which have survived the test of time.

For example, 49 years ago this month the Loyola Maroon was reporting on the new dance craze known as The Twist. They claimed it was responsible for everything from weight loss to helping people quit smoking!

Loyola Maroon January 12, 1962

Loyola Maroon January 12, 1962

Loyola Maroon January 12, 1962

Loyola Maroon January 12, 1962

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.