Freshmen Stage Riot and Hurl Eggs at Begging Seniors But 1926 Retaliates in Kind and No Picture Is Taken
Oranges and tomatoes flew and eggs smashed yesterday afternoon on the steps of Widener in the most riotous exhibition a Freshman class has furnished at a Senior begging in years. Little of the humor and good feeling characteristic of the taking of former Senior and Freshman pictures was evident in the battle which raged between the two classes yesterday.
Order prevailed while the graduating class was photographed, but scarcely had the Seniors moved down from the steps than the first year bombardment broke loose. Amid an intermittent rain of small coins there flew in profusion, oranges, tomatoes and lemons from the 1929 ranks and then, after a few moments of Senior forbearance, back again. For 20 minutes the exchange of fruit and other missiles continued ,broken only by a brief Senior charge which sent the Freshmen tumbling back upon each other. The victorious battlers, however, withdrew to their former position to continue the begging and then the first egg was fired.
Attempts were made by the officers of the two classes to restore order, but their voices were lost in uproar.
The afternoon netted the Senior beggars $93.30, $34.11 of which was in pennies, a wide variety of foreign coins, several oysters still in their shells, and a miscellaneous collection of spoons and washers. Other results of the fracas are more difficult to tabulate. Several faces were cut and bleeding, while raw egg streamed down the necks of many an unlucky Senior. Several hundred caps and gowns appeared to be in a state to keep the Cambridge cleaners from bankruptcy from now until Commencement.
The Senior collectors expressed their fear that the money collected would scarcely be enough to cover the damage done to their garments and to the appearance of the Library.