380 History of Wake Forest College
Senior Class of Meredith College. In a few years, however, it was
found that many of the students were taking advantage of the
increased facilities of travel to leave Wake Forest for visits to their
home or other places and enjoy a holiday from Thursday afternoon till
Monday morning. With the hope of correcting this evil the day was
changed from Friday to Monday in 1920, but this did not avail. The
students would leave on Friday afternoon and return on Tuesday
morning in time for the duties of the day. Beginning with 1926 only a
half-holiday was given for the occasion. Since that time the
celebration has been pushed off into any convenient corner, especially
since the establishment of "Homecoming Day," about 1935, of which
the chief attraction is, when possible, a game of football in the
afternoon, while the debate and orations are in the Society Halls in the
morning, sometimes both at the same hour, with few attendants other
than parents and sweethearts. The character of these debates and
orations is that of the debates and orations of the Anniversary
occasions already described.
THE HALLS
It was the long cherished hope of the members and former members
of the Societies to have a Society Building, possibly two, one for each
Society. For this purpose Major J. M. Crenshaw, the first matriculate
of the Institute and one of the first members of the Philomathesian
Society, bequeathed to that Society one thousand dollars. Some
friends of the Euzelian Society started a like fund. Other gifts
continued to be made through the years, which with accrued interest
amounted in 1935 to about
$25,000.13
After the destruction by fire of
the Old College Building and of Wingate Memorial Hall, the plan of a
separate building for the Societies was abandoned, and the Societies
contributed the funds accumulated to build it to the construction of the
new Wait Hall, and in return were provided with halls on the third
floor of that building, the Euzelians on
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13 The Treasurer's report for 1926, p. 36, showed that the principal of the "Society
Hall Fund" was $17,560.75, which with accruals of interest for the year 1925-26
made a total of $18,614.92. I find no detailed report after 1926.
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