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Fair Baldwin (Song)

Citation: "Fair Baldwin," in Baldwin University Alumni Songs, n.d.

O Baldwin! Dear Baldwin!
How fair are thy portals!
Your colors are the Brown and Gold;
Your flawless name will ne'er grow old;
O Baldwin! Dear Baldwin!
May thy name live forever.

John Baldwin! John Baldwin!
One could not aim higher!
Out in the wilds you came alone,
And there content you made your home.
John Baldwin! John Baldwin!
May thy name live forever.

B. Baldwin! U. Baldwin!
Her daughters and her sons,
O keep the fire of fame glowing,
And the fount of knowledge glowing.
B. Baldwin! U. Baldwin!
The fairest of the fair.

U-rah-rah! for Baldwin,
The first in every thing.
U-rah-rah! for dear old Baldwin,
U-rah-rah! for dear old Baldwin,
U-rah-rah! for Baldwin,·
The fairest of the fair.

Folk Festival

Citation: Baldwin-Wallace Folk Festival-1970,” The Exponent, April 3, 1970, pp. 6-7.

B-W's first folk festival - five days of American folk music in nil its forms - begins this Thursday, April 9. The festival program includes four major concerts and five informal workshops. Folk forms to be played and discussed include urban blues, delta blues, southern, rural, bluegrass, and contemporary folk and protest songs. Song-writing and styles of playing will be explored in depth at the workshops.

Program Board, through ACES and the National Endowment for the arts and Humanities, is sponsoring the festival. Bill Krauss is festival chairman.

The artists who will play and teach are Mississippi Fred McDowell and the Muddy Waters Blues Hand, Danny Cox and Jerry Jeff Walker, John Greenway and Mike Seeger plus Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. A festival schedule and information on the performers appear on the center pages of this Exponent.

Founder's Day

Citation: A. Wesley Roehm, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1928), p. 120.

The 13th of October is the day designated to commemorate the founding of our College. On this particular day we are especially reminded of the unselfish life which John Baldwin lived and the noble efforts which he put forth to give succeeding generations an institution of learning.

An all-college assembly, to which all townspeople and friends of the College are invited, is held at 11 :00 in the morning. For this occasion a speaker of outstanding merit is procured to give the address of the day. The speaker for this year, 1927-28, was Judge Florence Allen, who very ably and impressively addressed a full house, eulogizing John and Mary Baldwin and presenting a theme of current interest.

Founder's Day this year was of special interest and importance, for in the afternoon ground was broken for the new Women's Dormitory. President Wishart of Wooster College gave the address for the occasion.

In the afternoon occurs the annual Freshman-Sophomore football game and in the evening Theta Alpha Phi presents a dramatic production, the play for this year being Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband", while last year "Mr. Pim Passes By" was given.

Citation: Donna Patsch, "Founder's Day," Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1977), p. 31.

Our eldest tradition, Founders' Day, is a day in which we remember all the men and women who strived to build and develop the college in its early years. Originally, the celebration was held on the thirteenth of October, because this was the birthdate of John Baldwin, the Founder. One year it fell on a Sunday and it being against Methodist religious practices to have such activities on a holy day, it was decided to hold Founders' Day on the first Thursday after the thirteenth.

 The men who are remembered in deepest appreciation for their labors are John Baldwin, Holden Dwight (first principal Baldwin Institute), James Wallace, benefactor, and Arthur Breslich (first president of Baldwin-Wallace College) among many others. Yet, not only men of the past are honored, but also men and women of the present who have outstanding achievements. In 1976, honorary degrees were conferred to John D. Beeghly, Doctor of Laws; Arthur W. Collins, Class of 1951, Doctor of Letters; Bishop Dwight E. Loder, Doctor of Laws; and Proctor Patterson Jones, Doctor of Fine Arts. The Carl S. Bechberger Award for Human Development was given to Doctor Charles Burke, a professor of political science, for his aid in helping students develop their interests outside of the classroom.

 Founders' Day also exists to commemorate the year 1845 when John Baldwin gave the Northern Ohio Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church a five acre campus, thirty village lots, and fifty acres of land which became known as Baldwin Institute with the stipulation that it must be coeducational, open to all regardless of race, creed and color and must have a Normal (Education) Department. At first, it was a preparatory school for men and women but gradually courses in science, commerce, and the arts were added creating a school of higher education. In 1855, it was rechartered as Baldwin University. In the next few years a great number of German immigrant males came to receive an education, which initiated a German Department - not to teach German, but to hold classes for the Germans. The department grew so rapidly that in.1863 it withdrew from Baldwin University and became known as German Wallace College, named after James Wallace, a Baldwin University trustee who donated the land. This property has been known as South Campus and Baldwin University was located in the area now considered North Campus.

The two Berea Methodist schools shared curricula, allowing student exchange between the two campuses. The gradual merger of the English and German conferences of the Methodist Church lead to the uniting of the two colleges. This marked the birth of Baldwin-Wallace College. Since then, it has expanded the curriculum, invested in new buildings and land. Each year that comes and passes adds its own heritage to the history of Baldwin-Wallace, and this history is what we remember on Founder's Day: a day of honor, a day of memories, and a day of appreciation.

Freshman-Sophomore Flag Rush

Citation: Harold A. Speckmann, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1914), p. 134.

The Freshman-Sophomore flag rush was recognized this year by the Faculty. A committee of the Students' Assembly formulated the rules governing the contest. The fight was comparatively orderly, speaking in "fighting terms," for no lives were lost; the only reported damages being slightly bruised bodies and shredded shirts.

The rush took place October 16th on the athletic field. The Sophs held the flag at home-plate, while the Freshmen were lined up near third base. The upper-classmen had interlocked arms about the fellows holding the flag, and at the referee's whistle the Freshmen came rushing toward them. The Sophs, who were stationed on the outside of the circle, succeeded in weakening the force of the Freshman wedge; but it didn't take the youngsters long to break through the Soph defense and get their hands on the flag. The Sophs had no intention of giving up without a good fight, and so the flag zig-zagged about. As soon as a man thought that he had a firm hold on the flag, some one on the opposing side would grab him by the legs, and he'd come off in a hurry.

A committee of five Juniors and Seniors refereed the contest, and were kept quite busy pulling out the fellows who had forgotten the rules in their excitement. The rush was clean all the way through, devoid of boorishness or unfair dealing, and at the end of the scheduled twenty minutes' scrap, after the Sophs had been declared the winners, the fellows shook hands, and together left the "battlefield."