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Parting Thoughts
Parting Thoughts
Perhaps larger events such as those mentioned are more easily remembered than the picnics, music recitals, or time spent with classmates in casual conversation. Yet these too were equally celebrated social gatherings. Though the financial constraints created by the depression were not always foremost on every person’s mind, they, nevertheless, left their mark. The April 1933 issue of the Whitworthian demonstrates this principle. A group of young ladies decided that they wanted to hold a wiener roast. However, they ran across a small monetary problem, for, according to the article’s author, a wiener roast at Whitworth meant gas and, gas, of course, meant money, and money meant memories of days before the depression. The author continues, "The committee on arrangements was in desperate straits, when, lo and behold some brain began to function. A wiener roast didn’t have to require gas, money, or memories after all - the party could walk!!” So these ladies commenced to holding their wiener roast just a short distance from the campus. There they ate, played ball, and chatted until the sun went down. So when the going got tough, the students of Whitworth College got creative and improvised their own social events during this time of financial hardship.

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