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were others in 1912 and 1913. The action of the Societies at this time,
approved by the faculty, provided that the debate should be in the
afternoon of the last Friday in October to be followed in the evening
by orations by four members of the senior class, two from each
Society. It was further provided that the day should be known as
Society Day, and that the regular exercises of the College should be
suspended on that day. The following from the catalogue of 1914-15
indicates the auspices under which the Society day was begun:
Society Day, 1914. Society Day is to October what Anniversary is to February,
and is, as the name implies, a celebration of the Literary Societies. In view of the
time when it takes place-midway of the fall term, when the student feels the need of
some extra stimulus to spur him along on the home stretch to Christmas-and of the
weather, usually Indian Summer at its loveliest, this occasion promises to be
After the orations at night, the Berean Class, comprising a large number of
students, gave a delightful banquet to the visitors, the faculty, and many of the
citizens of Wake Forest. It is probable that this banquet will each year give the
crowning touch to Society Day.
The programs of Society Day continued to appear in the catalogues
for several years, except for the S.A.T.C. year, 1918, but were
discontinued with the program of 1922, along with the program of the
Anniversary. It was noted in the calendar of the catalogues until that
for 1933-34.
The story of the Society Day is much like that of Anniversary. At
first the debaters and orators were elected the previous May and had
time for preparation, and at the appointed time usually acquitted
themselves well, in the evening before interested audiences. In the
evening, after the orations, a general reception was held in the
Gymnasium, attended for many years by the
was handled well by the speakers on both sides. The decision of the judges was two
to one in favor of the affirmative. The participants were: A. J. Hutchins, President;
O. P. Campbell, Secretary; Caswell Ellis, Victor McGuire, Junior debaters; J. W.
Freeman, E. P. Yates, Sophomore debaters; Charles Farrell, A. R. Phillips, J. E.
Parker, E. P. Stillwell, Marshals."
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