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May 08, 1926 - Image 9

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May Party

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May Party

B Gene Gtekinst was such a party as only artists know how to were excused from all classes for the last week
ROM the time the pirate doorman directed stage successfully in attempting to capture the to work on them. In addition the ship was also
spirit of the famous Beaux Arts ball in Paris. It designed by Wyatt and built by the students, and
one to the dressing room until other pirates was originality incarnate. Formality wasdone deserves commendation for the cleverness of de--
helped milady on with her wraps, one was over- away with as much as possible; there was no sign and execution.
come by the riot of color, the dazzling unusual- grand march, no chairs lined stiffly around the Theatrical gauze was placedl in front of the
ness of details and the scintillating color com vthall, and no formal attire. Everyone wore cos- scenes and concealed lights reflected the illustra-
tunes. There was everything from the quiet tions on to the gauze which softened the harsh
binations in the undersea dream world that wasI artist in a black windsor tie and orange smock to lines and colors and also produced the appear-
the 1926 annual Architects' May party. the pretty mermaid daringly attired in close once of wavering uncertainty of water. Over
After entering the main doors, one passed im- fitting cloth of gold. Old fashioned maids, pirates, a mile of crepe paper was used in the ceiling
tmedately through the yawning red maw of a Arabs, galley slaves, sailors, lurks, or what have decorations. A deal of trouble arose when
mammoth whale whose eyes gleamed with a sin- you, mingled freely and played together. Worldly the plan was submitted to the buildings and
ister light and whose gigantic teeth seemed to restrictions were forgotten in the merriment of grounds department for approval. They objected
drip blood. With some trepidation the guests the evening. to the use of so much inflamable material on ac-
entered the ballroom. They found themselves in count of the fire hazard. The committee then
fairyland-a fairyland beneath the sea, a place too HE side of the ship had been rotted away and had to find paper for the scenes and %repe paper
beautiful to be profaned by the thoughtless hands 1 cosily nestled in the hole was Zez Confrey that was fire-proof and submit them to the de-
ofmerrymakersn s .sapartment for tests. These conditions were sat-
ofmrrfkes and his band. The crash and bang of jazz, the ife n h okwsoc oersmd
01 Strange plants and animals in striking colors isied and the work was once more resumed.
Ctred a tsa anasnsinhe never ceasing wail of the saxophone, the melo-
floated about through the green water, while on
one side lay the broken, half buried hull of some dions blatting of the trombone and then silence- O GIVE the whole a proper finishing touch,
forgotten ship. An effective looking substitute a silence filled with the shuffle of dancing feet, sand, banked around the sides, was sug-
0 t for sand was banked around the edge, which suddenly, softly broken by the long expected gested, but as this would be likely to be scat-
served the double purpose of providing dcora- staccato tinkle of Confrey's magic piano combined tered and injure the floor, sawdust was suggest-
0tion and places to sit. Here a huge swordfish with the romantic setting made one's blood race ed as the hest substitute. The buildings and
chased a funny little fish which could never be
classified; there an evil appearing octopus had and one's body sway gently, rythmically in ac- grounds department again demurred but after a
snared a splotched red and blue turtle in his cord with the music. great deal of arguing, it ageed to furnish enough
tenacles. On one panel was a chunky little devil Then the specialties. In the course of the satdesh
with sharp appearing teeth, it may have been fish evening bright colored balloons were tossed about,
or animal. Chinese fish, fsh from oriental tapes- noise makers of all kinds were handed odt to add More than 300 lights have been used in carrying
tries and seaweeds copied from the Japanese to the din, confetti mussed the floor but added to cut the desired lighting effects. The majority of
struggled together s the huge panels behind the the fun. In the height of the evening the educated these were concealed behind the base boards for
green theatrical gauze which gave them the de- horse, at least, that's what it looked like, trotted lighting the scenes while the rest were used in
sired appearance of being in water. on to the floor and performed crazy antics amid the decorative lamps.
screams of laughter. The educated animal act The 1925 May party was considered par excel-
is an old idea but it was cleverly done last night lence with its Latin Quarter scheme for decora-
E E r s i e a l and was given a prolonged applause to show that tions, but this year's party surpassed it both in
about with crepe paper tendrils hanging it had gotten across. beauty and size of the undertaking. Today and
down into the wate' and waving about in a life- Monday rented and borrowed costumes must be
like manner. Green crepe paper made a solid HE realistic portrayal of such a difficult de- returned and the decorations on which busy stu-
drape from this octagon dome to the tops of the sign has been due to the loyalty and hard dents spent so much time and care will be torn
larg an copliate deoraivelams wre urewhohav ben l~;!~Sl~~Tfo th pat mnth down and burned. The fun is over.
side panels, while from the sides of the octagon work of the students in the College of Architec-
o ~~~large and complicated decorative lamps were ture who have been working for the past month ^ .
hung, which threw most of their light upward to and night and day for the past two weeks on the
illuminate the ceiling decorations. decorations.
The room was filled with the soothing nile The idea is W. E. Preston s, who won the prize
S(green light supposed to exist in deep water, yet in the competition. The design was selected as
not a light itself was visible in the whole place. the best from a score or more by the architectural
But there were a multitude concealed in the sand
l faculty. Then the idea was turned over to Ben
and in the decorations which left the panels 'aut.Te h dawstre vrt e
adiny whichleftthWyatt, chairman of the decorations committee,
It was indeed the party different. A stupend- xx ho worked out the details of the decorations in
uous undertaking for one night, surpassing even a series of small panels. Then the committee was
the established J-Hop in beauty and pure fun. It ready to begin work.. The designs on the small
panels were transferred to larger panels, 10 feet
high and 30 feet long, by the whole student body
working under Wyatt's direction. The panels
were made by gluing strips of building paper to-
gether and later tacking them to frames.
There were 3,000 square feet of paper used on the
scenes, every bit of which had to be painted.
Through the support of the college the students
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