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are some of the vignettes of student life at Oberlin College which I
found scattered through the pages of the 1965 yearbook, the Hi-O-Hi.
That best-seller went out of print long before the Internet came
along, so I'm taking this opportunity to pass these words along to a
wider world. I've added the headings to set each scene,
along with page numbers for reference.
scene mentions "Woodrow Wilsons." At the time,
Woodrow Wilson Fellowships were an American version of Rhodes
Scholarships, supporting up to a thousand graduate students each
year. Professors nominated promising seniors to receive them.)
dialogues were written by Phil Furia, an English major in the Class
of '65. In later life, Philip became a professor in the
Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Are you a freshman ... too?
Yes ... I
you might like to go to this ... uh ... show they have for us ...
with me ...
like to ... it's at Hall, isn't it?
at the other side of campus, I think.
guess ... I'll
get my coat ...
Two Hours Later, after a Revue Lampooning Campus Life
that certainly was ... interesting ...
They're all so ... talented.
think it was all in fun ...
I mean ... it couldn't be that bad.
sure that ... down deep inside ... they all love it here.
it almost makes you want to check when the next bus leaves ... or something.
Up in the Stacks at the Carnegie Library
don't know any of these people.
You never see them around.
They live up here for four years.
they come out of the woodwork to
get their Woodrow Wilsons.
want to get a coffee?
have to find that book.
Comparing Test Grades
was really shocked. B+.
were afraid you'd flunked it.
guess I just happened to know what he decided to ask.
probably won't count it a lot.
think you could give me back the notes I
lent you to study with?
yeah, sure. I'll
try to make it to the next class.
Starting a Class with an Unfamiliar Professor
taking this, too?
heard it was good.
my roommate had it last year.
The guy failed a third of the class. My roommate says he really
doesn't know that much about the subject.
lets you on your own pretty much.
working on a book.
are you taking it for then?
was your summer?
you get your paper done?
I'm still working on it.
What about you?
got it in last night.
Took it out to his house.
long was it?
came out to around
well, that explains it.
Mine looks like it might be around 30.
I've got an elite typewriter, so
you figure it'd be about 25 or 26 on a pica. Besides, I use
In the Allen Art Museum
I don't care for the chiaroscuro.
about this one?
really think so?
really leaves me cold.
one over there. That's my very favorite in the whole museum.
sure know a lot about art.
course. That's my major.
Everyone has his own taste, though.
What are your favorites?
you have any that
you really like?
you like at
course ... now ... let me see ... there was
At the Big Game
could you keep it down a little, pal.
I'm trying to study.
What a play! Let's
go, go, go!
I know you like to cheer, but
I've got a bluebook Monday.
Rah! Obie! Kill
'em! Get 'em!
friend, you're the only guy cheering in the stands. Now,
I'm trying to read ...
if you've got to study, why
don't you go somewhere else?
I'm on the team.
me, are you supposed to be in the dressing room?
in the show.
I didn't know you were one of us.
never seen you down at Bud's.
uh, don't sit at "the table" in the Snack Bar.
... look so normal.
are you doing in the show?
People are ...
most important thing in the world.
above and below you in the curve.
makes noise when you're trying to study.
you talk to in the Snack Bar.
you try to get ahead of at the Reserve Desk.
... something to talk to ...
was your vacation?
you do on the exam?
you in the College or the Con?
... something you talk about ...
(She) and I have a very strange relationship.
(She) has problems.
(She) is intense (insecure, immature, cynical, affected,
artsy-craftsy, a politico, apathetic, my roommate).
People are ...
Yeah ... and that's the whole problem.