UL in History: The Senior Sneak

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Illustration by Nicole Freewalt 

 

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

Winter passed its half-way point on Monday, Feb. 4, and the milder temperatures this week have me thinking of spring. While enjoying a bit of warm sunshine, I suddenly remembered a campus tradition that passed into history decades ago—The Senior Sneak.  Many of the women who last participated in this activity are grandmothers now!

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UL in History: Office Clean Up

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

Cleaning out one’s office is like an archeological dig, even if the “debris” dates back to 1965 and not to 1665.  Recently I found something I “lost” twenty years ago. Now at least I know where it is, although I cannot remember why I needed it in 1999!  Last week my wife, who is helping me, found a copy of the address I gave at Freshman Convocation almost forty years ago. As I read it, I realized that some of my comments are still pertinent today. I did a bit of editing to fit the limits of my column, and  I trust my readers will find something of value.

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UL in History: Memorial Hall

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

January is the “longest” month of the year, but it is almost done! There was a time, not so long ago, when the first month of the year seemed even longer.  Exams were not given before the Christmas holiday, but in early January. Despite the best of intentions, very few students were ready for finals. As the first month of the year ended, a new semester finally began, and many the activities, both academic and social, centered around Memorial Gymnasium, now the Hall Campus Center.

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UL in History: Christmas Traditions

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

With Thanksgiving behind us, all thoughts are on the long vacation. However,

there is one great barrier to cross before we can enjoy the holiday season—final exams.

There was a time, not so very long ago when exams were given after Christmas vacation

and not before it. One would drag all the books and research materials home with every

intention of studying for finals during the holidays or writing that term paper which had

been hanging around your neck like the albatross. Only the highly disciplined were able

to study and write a paper during Christmas; I was not among them.

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UL in History: Christmas Dance

Dr. Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

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Illustrations by Nicole Freewalt. 

When this edition of The Critograph appears there will be two weeks left before

the beginning of the examination period. I know that both faculty and students are

looking forward to the long vacation and beginning a brand-new semester in mid-

January.

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UL in History: Fall Feelings

Dr. Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

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Illustration by Nicole Freewalt 

On November 1st my wife and I flew to Albuquerque for the annual meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. Dr. Scott Amos, the Chair of the History Department and I both read papers. Over the years, I have enjoyed the opportunity of sharing my research with other scholars in my discipline. I traveled all over the United States and Canada from coast to coast thanks to the generous support of our university, but this was the last time, and I shall miss the chances to share ideas and theories with colleagues from all over the globe. I am glad the meeting was held in New Mexico, which is my favorite state—after Virginia of course. The sky was turquoise and the cottonwood trees glowed like burnished gold.

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The Kennedy Challenge

Dr. Clifton W. Potter, UofL History Professor~

Next Tuesday is election day, perhaps one of the most important contests in our nation’s history. The ballots cast, the races won, and the races lost could determine the course of our nation’s history for at least the next generation, if not beyond that. Possibly not since 1932 has the United States faced such critical choices as it does next week. If you are a registered voter, do not fail to do your civic duty.

However, in this column I want to turn back the clock to another moment in time when the horizon was cloudless, and the future stretched before some of us like a road without curves, bumps, or barriers. It was the fall of 1960.

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