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The Crown, Volume 1, No. 1



The Crown, Volume 1, No. 1


The inaugural issue of The Crown, the original newspaper of Queens College. The issue's articles give insight into the activities of students and staff in the college's very first semester.


Queens College (New York, N.Y.)
Klapper, Paul, 1885-1952
Student newspapers and periodicals
Hotel Astor (New York, N.Y.)
Student organizations
Greek letter societies--United States


Queens College (New York, N.Y.)




Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)




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Queens College (New York, N.Y.)


The Crown
Queens College
Vol. 1, No. 1
Flushing, L. I.
Open Bids For Equipment of 4 Buildings
$783,411 Awarded School By Estimate Board

Bids for the renovation and equipping of four new recitation buildings are now being received by the board of higher education, it was announced yesterday by Thomas V. Garvey, bursar of Queens College. The contract for the buildings, which will be denoted by the letters B, C, F and G, will be let at the next meeting of the board of higher education, the date of which will be announced in the near future.

Board Awards Funds

Funds for this work will come from a grant of $186,411 which was made to the school authorities by the Board of Estimate and Apporttionment on August 12. To date, a total of $783,411 has been made to the school by the board for the purpose of renovating, equipping and converting the buildings from their former usage to recitation buildings. Of this sum $745,589 has already been put into use. The remainder is being set aside for future use of the school when and if the Board of Estimate deems it necessary.
The money for the rehabilitation of the buildings is being raised by the floating of long term corporate bonds and are being put into a special holding account labeled C. H. E. 4. The money that has been consigned to immediate use has been sub-authorized from the main account into subsidiaries labeled 4A, 4B, 4C.

Revenue Bonds Floated

Short term revenue bonds have also been floated by the city in order to raise money for current operating expenses until the end of
(Continued on page 4)

Notables at Dedication

Mayor LaGuardia headed a group of notables present at the dedication exercises of Queens College on Tuesday, October 26.
Four hundred students, followed by the faculty, led the academic procession to the quadrangle, where flag-raising ceremonies were held. The remainder of the program took place in the college auditorium.

Describes Development
The Mayor described the development of Queens College and con-
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Dr. Paul Klapper

'Learn How to Study'- Klapper
President Raps Smoking, Scratching

Dr. Paul Klapper made a plea for students to seek help in those subjects in which they are having difficulty at the general student assembly, Tuesday. This was his second talk on study habits.

Focus Attention
"The primary factor of effective study," said Dr. Klapper, "is focused attention, not distracted by daydreaming. Mechanical or chemical stimulants should not be relied upon for effective study. In the first place, they detract from the efficiency of study, and secondly, they form bad habits. Scratching, smoking, or listening to the radio are activities which should not be coordinated with study," he said.
Budgeting the time of study with respect to the following week or fortnight, was another point made by Dr. Klapper. Foresight of this kind will make for an even distri-
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1000 Attend Hotel Astor Honoring Dr. Klapper

A testimonial dinner at which one thousand were present, was tendered Dr. Paul Klapper on October thirtieth at the Hotel Astor. The dinner was held to mark Dr. Klapper's appointment as president of Queens College.
At the dinner, Professor Steven P. Duggan, director of the Institute of International Education, acted as toastmaster and introduced the various speakers. Dr. Klapper took as his topic, the character of the faculty which he hopes to assemble at Queens College. Governor Herbert H. Lehman spoke about Dr. Klapper's work on the state commission appointed to inquire into financial support of public education. In addition the governor touched upon the educational program which Dr. Klapper helped to develop at the Police Academy of the Police Department.

Big Apple Is Featured In First Student Dance
Most Of Faculty And Student Body Attend Affair

Featured by the announcement of the school colors and a rendition of the reigning dance favorite, the "Big Apple," Queens College's first dance was termed a success by the nearly three hundred students and faculty members who attended. The dance, held a day before Thanksgiving, was sponsored by the Council of Delegates.
The auditorium, the scene of the dance, was decorated for the occasion by the Council and by various fraternities and sororities. The prevailing colors were red and black. They were put up under the direction of Betty Nyssen, a Council delegate.

The Big Apple

The outstanding feature of the afternoon was the "Big Apple" as directed by William Madden, instructor in the boys' hygiene department. Four couples took part in the dance.
The orchestra of six pieces was under the direction of Gene Henney. It was a union orchestra, as provided for by an order of the Council of Delegates.
Soon after the "Big Apple" was over, Marvin Haar, chairman of the Color Committee, announced from the stage that the selected school colors were blue and silver.
The student committee in charge of the dance was composed of Thomas Ahearn, chairman, Florence Revzin, E. Paur, I. Manuchetts, and Ann Guenzel.
The dance lasted from three to six o'clock in the evening. Most of the faculty attended as did many of the administrative board. Dean Kiely and President Paul Klapper were present much of the length of the dance.

Thursday, December 2, 1937

The Crown
Queens College

Board of Editors
Sylvestre Adessa
Julian Feldman
Walter Hirsch
Albert Kraus
Olga Schiller
Ilva Thon

Business Board
John Howland
Irwin Stein

Newman Club Begins Activity
Dr. Cope Consents To Be Advisor

A program of social activities and guest speakers was outlined at a meeting of the Newman Club, an organization of Catholic students. Every other week will be devoted to social life, while on alternate weeks prominent lecturers will address the group.
The Newman Club, which was formed through the activities of Theresa Reid, who drew up and circulated a petition for the club, meets every other Tuesday in Room A205.
Over eighty people have attended each meeting of the club held so far. They have voted to have dues of 10 cents, payable at each meeting.
The officers of the club are as follows: President, Joseph Cavanaugh; Vice-president, Theresa Reid; Secretary, Mary Slavin; Treasurer, Margaret Farrell. The faculty advisor is Dr. M. Cope, teacher of Mathematics.

Debating Club Plans Program

A tentative program including debates and the appearances of guest speakers, was drawn up at a meeting of the Debating Society. The possibility of holding a theatre party at the end of the semester was also discussed.
James Bender, speech teacher, was secured as faculty advisor of the club. Mr. Bender was formerly at City College.
The club aims to further the art of argumentation and exposition. Officers of the club elected are: President, Clifford Kral; Vice-President, Milton Matthews, and Secretary, Frank Zolvik. The group meets Thursday afternoons in building A.

Rain Hampers College Visits
Parents Welcomed By Dr. Klapper

More than three hundred parents of Queens College students, many led by their children, defied the raging elements on Saturday afternoon, November 13, to make the acquaintance of Queens College and its faculty.
Dr. Klapper made the guests feel at home by his welcome and then proceeded to outline the importance of a close relation between home and college. Commenting upon the appearance of the campus, the President urged the parents to visit the unfinished buildings first, so that they might realize what tremendous work had been done and what is yet to come.

Tree Not Planted
In commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the birth of Madame Marie Curie, the discoverer of radium, a tree was to be planted near the administration building. Because of the unfavorable weather this part of the ceremony could not be carried out. However, Miss Patricia McKenna, representing the student body, presented a brief summary of the life of the great scientist and an appreciation of her contribution to society.
Dr. Klapper made a few complimentary remarks about the administrative staff and the faculty as a whole, and then introduced them individually to the audience.

Parents Meet Teachers
At the end of the official part of the program the parents were given an opportunoity to meet the teachers personally, and to inspect the grounds and buildings. One of the chief centers of attraction was an exhibition in the library of writings by members of the faculty.

30 Students Form Public Affairs Club

Eugene Sanders was elected temporary chairman of a newly formed Public Affairs Club. Dora Dennenholz was elected secretary.
The club was organized by a group of some thirty students interested in current problems and topics. A program of study and discussion of present-day subjects was planned. Members will participate in symposiums and debates featuring well-known speakers.

Chemistry of Body Subject Of Talk

On November 16, the Curie Chemical Society heard Mr. George Scheer speak on the subject of chemistry and its relation of the human body. He explained the action of enzymes on food in the digestive process. "The significance of vitamins to health," and "the absorption of food into the bloodstream by chemical processes" were other topics touched by the lecturer.
Mr. Scheer is the temporary vice-chairman and secretary of the Curie Chemical Society; Mr. Irving Rudnick is its temporary chairman. The society meets every week on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in room D2. The club was formed to further the interests of chemistry, to give and receive chemical lectures and demonstrations, to issue publications, and to do original research work.

A. S. U. Drives For Members
Club Outlines Vigorous Program

An intensive drive for members will be shortly begun by the A. S. U. it was announced by Patricia Van Gelder, president of the club. The drive, which hopes to enroll 50 new members by Christmas, will be carried on by means of posters and rallies.
Vigorous support of the anti-Japanese boycott was voted by the members of the American Student Union at a meeting on November 22nd.

Aid for Spain
At the same time the A. S. U. passed a resolution calling for medical aid for Spanish Loyalists.
This program of the A. S. U. is said to jibe with national program of the A. S. U., which is a coalition of liberal minded students.
A program of discussions and debates was planned for the coming term. They will be under the direction of Dr. W. Withers. The club meets every Tuesday at three o'clock in the auditorium.
Patricia Van Gelder is the president of the club, Sonia Handelman is secretary and Eugene Sanders is council representative. It was decided to have a rotating chairmanship, that is, a different presiding chairman every week.

Glee Club To Give Concert
Christmas Carols Featured

A concert is to be given by the Glee Club on December 23, at Queens College. Three songs have thus far been chosen for this event. The first is "Ancien Noel," a French song which originated in Brittany in the seventeenth century. "The Star of Bethlehem," a Negro melody, and "Maria auf dem Berge," a German folksong, also of the seventeenth century, are the other two pieces.
At its second meeting, held Tuesday, November 22, the Glee Club elected Francis Breiter to act as temporary chairman. Miss Betty Nyssen was unanimously elected Secretary. Olga Christie announced that she had written the words and music for a school song and asked the Glee Club to help her put it over.
Thursday afternoon, the 24th, the club met again to greet Dr. Felix Guenther, organizer of the popular and well-known Community Singers in Germany, whose membership grew in a short time from twenty-five to many thousands. For political reasons, Dr. Guenther left Germany.
Dr. Guenther introduced Mr. Leo Taube who is head of the Intercollegiate Glee Club. There is a possibility that the Glee Club will sing with the Intercollegiate Glee Club in February. This program will be broadcast over station WHN.
"The Jolly Miller" was sung at the Thursday meeting. Dr. Guenther declared that the rehearsal was excellent-better than many first rehearsals of his groups in Germany.

Council Wants School Song

The Student Council is willing to receive from students potential school songs. In an interview Dean Kiely and President Klapper stated that the faculty would impose no restrictions on the type and length of the song.
So far Olga Christie has been the only student to submit a song. Dr. Guenther, in charge of the glee club, has offered to aid in the composition and selection of a song.

Thursday, December 2, 1937

Male Brutes Battle For Chance To Study Gals
Council Dance Reveals The Scientific Spirit - Almost

The social season of Queens College swept in last Wednesday, November 24, on a gust of merriment and jollity.
Have you ever seen a football scrimmage with a crowd of girls standing around, casting loving glances at both the actual participants and the male onlookers? If you have, then you know what it was like. The stag lines (of both sexes) took up more room on the floor than did the dancers. The whole thing would have worked out beautifully if the handsome brutes had used some initiative and gone to the extreme of asking for a dance now and then. Instead they gathered in groups and discussed. We suppose it's the influence of Queens College's lofty scholastic standards that caused the highly philosophical and exalted discussions heard in divers corners. The following bit particularly impressed us with its depth and significance:
"Hey, Butch-you see that babe over there?"
"Dancin' with the guy in the sharpie pants."
"Oh-yeah. What about 'er?"
"Tasty little dish, eh?"

Don't Go Far
And thus the seekers after knowledge in the field of specie femina carried on their research. Unlike the scientist, however, they went no further than the preliminary comments. Never once did they waver from their scholarly pursuits long enough to experiment with the "Babe's" dancing. The scientific method (regardless of Doc Whittaker's partisanship, was a decided flop in this case).
However, the party warmed up after a performance of the "Big Apple" by four couples. Things really hummed then-but definitely! Everybody joined hands (remember "Ring Around the Rosie?"), and gleefully stomped in a circle. The whole scene had the appearance of a flock of dainty crows let loose to pasture, kicking up their heels. Some of the jolly aspects were marred, however, by the grimly determined visages of the participants in the "London Bridges" game. As you possibly know, this dignified quadrille consists of a line of couples, gracefully stepping to the airy, soothing strains of "Caravan," or "Satan Takes a Holiday." After a short time the first couple joins hands, their predecessors pass beneath the arch and follow suit by also forming a handy bridge.

Go On and On
The process is repeated indefinitely until some poor sport revolts and dejectedly drags his partner from the shouting, hilarious mob. (Heh, heh-). Naturally, this causes some confusion in the couple following him, and the whole thing is off.
The proceedings drew to a stately close when in the midst of the singing of the National Anthem, a bedraggled cat scittered through the legs of the earnestly chanting revelers, and caused a great deal of feminine squealing. A mere three or four of the huskies present finally succeeded in subduing the ferocious creatures in the eyes of their lady loves by chasing him out the back door. It is a matter of conjecture whether the pursuer was chasing the pursued or vice versa.

President Urges Study Methods
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bution of studies and no one day will be overburdened.
After Dr. Klapper's speech, Betty Nyssen addressed the assembly in a request for more members for the Glee Club.
School colors were voted upon by the assembly. Brown and gold, green and gold, maroon and grey, and blue and silver were the four colors combination on the ballots.
Announcements of various blubs, time and place of the meetings were then made by Dr. Klapper.
Irwin Stein, circulation manager of the Queens Crown, urged the students to subscribe to the newspaper.
"I should not have to be here pleading for subscriptions today. When all you students voted for an editorial board you tacitly indicated a desire for a student newspaper and your willingness to support such an enterprise. You should be running to your representatives with your subscription money."

Girls Perform Folk Dances

Wednesday evening, November 10, saw Queens College students make their first public appearance with other New York colleges with a presentation of folk dancing at the C. C. N. Y. gymnasium. About 200 parents were present.
The program which included wrestling, fencing, tap-dancing, and gymnastic exhibitions, was sponsired by the four New York City colleges, C. C. N. Y., Hunter College, Brooklyn College and Queens College.
Miss Claire Reddington, chairman of the Queens College physical education department, directed the home program. Girls who participated had had but one rehearsal prior to taking part in the program. In contrast to this, Hunter girls had practised a year for the event.
Mr. William Madden, boys' physical director at Queens College, witnessed the event and in commenting, declared: "Considering the limited practice that they have had, it is my opinion that our girls did an extraordinary job."

Form Seven Teams From CC Sections

Athletics at Queens College were initiated last week when Mr. William J. Madden, men's athletic instructor, announced a complete intramural sports program. The various activities consist of two group tournaments in association football and volley ball, and three individual contests in paddle tennis, ping pong, and handball.
The entire program will be under the supervision of a Student Intramural Athletic Council composed of athletic managers elected in the twenty-one Contemporary Civilization sections. The athletic managers, who were elected the week before last, will be in charge of the athletic program in each individual section while the Council will formulate the policies and rules of the intramural activities.
In all there will be seven teams, each composed of three C. C. sections. They will compete against each other in both football and volley ball for the honor of representing Queens College against other colleges.

College Colors Picked By Student Body
Blue And Silver Gets Most Votes

Blue and silver were announced as the official colors of Queens College at the Thanksgiving dance last Wednesday afternoon by Marvin Haar, chairman of the color committee.
These colors were chosen by the entire student body at an election in the assembly on November 23. The four combination of colors on the ballot were: Brown and Gold, Maroon and Grey, Green and Gold, and Blue and Silver, with the winning combination having a plurality of but twelve votes.
Blue and Silver received 105 votes while Green and Gold was runner-up with 93. Maroon and Grey followed with 85, and Brown and Gold was last with 45 tallies.
The four combinations of colors were selected from a primary vote held in each Contemporary Civilization section during the preceding week. The results were tallied by the Color Committee consisting of Mr. Haar, Miss Lieberman, Miss Starett, Mr. Smith and Mr. Sanders.

Elect Dance Club Officials
McGill, Smith, Hogan And Luderman Inducted

At its first meeting held Friday, November 19, the Social Dancing club elected its officers. Robert McGill was elected president while Raymond Smith was elected vice-president. Phoebe Ludermann and Marcella Hogan were chosen secretary and treasurer respectively.
As Edward Cohn was one of the first organizers of the club, McGill's election was closely threatened by Cohn.
Dean Kiely announced that the club could use the auditorium Steinway piano. Student instruction in dancing is proposed.
There were nearly 60 members at the first meeting. It is said that membership is still open to those caring to join. Beginners are invited.
The club has in mind the sponsoring of a dance late this term or in the spring.

Thursday, December 2, 1937

Students Band To Form Frats, Sororities
No National Affiliations Yet

A rash of Greek letter societies broke out over the campus within the first month of school, with the formation of over a half dozen fraternities and sororities.
That they would early seek campus domination was prophesied by faculty members aware of conditions, at other schools.
On Wednesday, November 10, Dean Kiely told the assembly that rooms in building A would be available for club purposes. Students departed for building A and as a result of the afternoon's work, three fraternities were organized.

Start Phi Kappa Rho
One of the fraternities formed was Phi Kappa Rho which has thirteen charter members. The officers elected at this meeting are: V. Corso, President; J. Murtha, Vice-President; T. Crowley, Corresponding Secretary, and C. Hallheim, Treasurer. Phi Kappa Rho will admit new members in the near future. At present, steps are being taken to become affiliated with a national fraternity.
The first sorority to be formed was Alpha Omega, which held its organization meeting on October 28. At present its name is the Alpha Omega club, as it cannot be called a sorority until it has a charter from the national organization. However, the members intend to apply for admission to the latter when their group is well established. The officers are: President, Rita Finan; Vice-President, Mary Hickey; Recording Secretary, Joan Sanders; Corresponding Secretary, Joan Roke, and Treasurer, Bessie Wald.
The Pipe and Bowl, another social organization, has four members, G. Hinckley, R. McGill, R. Smith, and M. Matthews. The members have not elected any officers, however.

Large Group Nameless
Another fraternity was organized, but as yet is nameless. W. Robinson was elected President of this group; T. Picozzi, Vice-President; A. Liblitt, Secretary, and V. Farley, Treasurer. This is the largest group organized, having a total of twenty-six members. A committee was appointed to write to already established fraternities for information regarding charters.
These were not the only fraternities formed, however, for last Wednesday another group was organized. This fraternity has no name but officers were elected at the first meeting. They are: S. Fox, President; H. Rosenbaum, Vice-President, and I. Stein, Secretary and Treasurer. The thirteen members of this organization intend to secure information in order to take the necessary steps to become a chapter of another fraternity.

Thirteen Form Sorority
Thirteen girls belong to Theta Sorority, which is headed by Lorraine Molkentin. It first met on Monday, November 15, at three o'clock, and probably will hold meetings twice a week for a short time until it is well organized.
The present name is tentative. This sorority does not expect to join any national group because of the expense involved.
Phi Omega Tau has at present a membership of about 15. At the initial meeting, held on November 17, at three o'clock, Ruth Schwagerl was elected acting chairman and Josephine Quisesnberry, acting secretary. The name of this group is temporary as it intends to work for a charter in a national organization. Several other groups of girls also started to organize but their plans did not materialize. in one case the number of girls was too large for a sorority and it was decided to postpone organization until the spring semester.

Equipment Bids Opened
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the year. A total of $99,902 will be spent until December 31 for this purpose. Of this amount, $51,000 will be spent for personal service, $10,853 for fuel supplies, $4,125 for office supplies, $1,000 for laundry, cleaning and disinfecting supplies, $4,165 for general plant supplies, $300 for medical and surgical supplies, $5,650 for education and recitation supplies, $2,000 for general plant service, $565 for telephone service, $3,000 for repairs and replacements, $16,200 for janitorial services, $150 for transportation and $250 for contingencies.
At present there are three buildings ready for use in addition to the administration building. Two of these recitation buildings A and D are now beng used for classes while building E will await the arrival of the new classes, in February.

Mayor LaGuardia, Colden At Opening
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trasted its purpose and function with that of the parental school which occupied the site until two years ago. Because of the efforts of Judge Colden and his associates and the co-operation of the Board of Higher Education, the borough of Queens finally received an institution of higher learning.
The only credit the Mayor claimed was that "I did not interfere with the choice of a president and faculty-a thing which has never happened before in the history of New York City."
Looking out upon the New York skyline, the Mayor suggested that the students of Queens College keep their buildings low and their ideals high. Later great applause was accorded the Mayor's reference to the possibility of his re-election.
Speeches were also delivered by Mark Eisner, chairman of the Board of Higher Education; Dr. Herman Cooper, Assistant Commissioner of Education of the State of New York; Judge Charles S. Colden, Chairman of the Queens College Association; Dr. John H. Finley, Editor of the New York Times, and John T. Flynn, Chairman of the Queens College Administrative Committee.
Books were donated to the library by Dr. Finley. Judge Colden also contributed a book on constitutional law.
The musical part of the program was supplied by the Brooklyn College choir and orchestra, directed by Professor Maurice Lieberman. Selections from Wagner's "Die Meisterssinger" and Handel's "Messiah" were performed. The musical portion had been overlooked by John Flynn, who was conducting the program, but LaGuardia noticed the omission and insisted upon the music. He applauded enthusiastically.

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