A Clarkson Mosaic - page 270

television show, former Cornell All-American goalie and later professional hockey star Ken
Dryden responded to the question, "Was there anything you disliked about college hockey?"
with "Yes, that damn bell at Clarkson."
The responsibility for the upkeep of the bell was carried over to Delta Sigma Phi after
the fraternity renounced its national affiliation to resume its original name, Karma, and then in
1967 to unite with Delta Sigma Phi. Pledges are charged with keeping the bell freshly painted.
The bell continues to be sounded only by a member of that fraternity. The house pledge master
removes the clapper at the end of each game and takes it to the fraternity house for safekeeping.
Doctorate Programs.
Effective in fall 1961, the College began its first doctoral programs in
chemistry and chemical engineering.
New Student Government.
Recognizing that the interest in student government was declining,
and that a change was needed, the Board of Governors proposed alterations in the form of that
Because the Council on Student Organizations had the authority to allocate College
funds to student organizations, the Board of Governors felt powerless. Therefore, it proposed to
abolish COSO; to form a body to be called the Student Senate composed of three seniors, three
juniors, two sophomores, and one non-voting freshman; to remove fraternity representation as
such; and to have an Advisory Committee composed of the Director of Student Activities, one
member each from the Treasurer's office, Administrative Council, and two members of the
faculty at large.
New Faculty.
Joining the faculty this year were Arthur Straub, CE; Martin Martin, physics;
Edward Glavin, CE; and Robert Lewis, CE chairman.
Music on Campus.
Four groups provided music for the campus entertainment. The ROTC
Band, made up only of freshman and sophomore cadets from the ROTC Battalion, provided
music for the annual battalion inspection in the spring as its main function. The group also
played for Moving-Up Day exercises, some sports events, and for convocations. M.Sgt.
Thomas ("Sarge") Burton was its supervisor and Harold Jebo its director.
In reaction to the "underclass-only" membership of the ROTC Band, a new
organization-the Clarkson Concert Band-was formed in fall 1957 to provide an opportunity for
upperclassmen to continue participation in a musical organization. It, however, included
musicians from all four years. Its first engagement provided music for Clarkson's annual fall
convocation held on October 18: Mendelssohn's
March of the Priests
for the processional, the
Alma Mater
, and Viviani's
The Silver Trumpets
for the recessional.
The Clarkson Glee Club, a dedicated group which rehearsed weekly, added vivacity to
convocations, Moving-Up Day exercises, and other College functions. In existence for 10 years
under the able direction of Professor Robert John McGill III, it joined the Concert Band in the
fall Convocation. This fall, however, illness prevented him from assuming that role. In his
place, the Glee Club was ably directed by John Shafer '58, and sang again under his direction at
the Christmas Convocation.
A fourth group, the Clarksonaires, had been formed in 1956, also under the direction of
McGill. It consisted of 12 members of the Glee Club and a piano accompanist. Its name was
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