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Corn 101 for Non-Meredith Readers


(1956 Cornhuskin’)
This is the most intense tradition to ever cross an academic institution.

And from here on will be things I copy and pasted from the archive website. Ready, go.

Cornhuskin’ Terminology:
Cornhuskin’ Opening Parade: Parade through the center of campus or in a highly visible public area like the courtyard or Jones Auditorium that includes representatives of each class and highlights the year’s theme. The parade has grown in size throughout the years and now includes candy tossed into the onlooking crowds, which delights children and sweet-toothed faculty alike.

Chicken* and Hog-callin’: Early Cornhuskin’ events where participants tested their ability to coax and cajole farm animals. Today hog-callin’ consists of a judged short skit and dance performed by each class.

Cow-milkin’*: Students had to create their own cow. Hillbilly Couples*: Students in the past dressed in overalls, calico and pigtails to be judged for best “hillbilly attire.”

Sing-Song Contest: Winning song judged on “pure corn” or comic value rather than musical merit. This has evolved into the class song competition.

Folk Dances*: Originally one of the first evening activities; square dancing was a favorite for “hillbilly couples.”

Corn-shuckin’: Two contestants, one coach and one shucker, from each class and faculty compete to see who can shuck a bushel of corn the fastest.

Doughnut Contest*: Doughnuts were suspended from a string and eaten using only the participant’s mouth.

Apple bobbing: A traditional class competition that requires the capture of apples from tubs of water without the use of hands.

Tall Tales: Embellished stories that relate to the class theme and are judged on both originality and humor.

Word Parade: A costume or sign representation of approximately 20 words spoken in the class skits. Students don the costumes or carry the signs and move across the stage during the skit when that word is spoken.

Skits: Performances based on the class theme with props, costumes, songs and narratives.

Scavenger Hunt: Each class hides an object that represents their theme and other classes must find the objects to discover the opposing classes’ theme. This takes place after the bonfire.

Big and Lil’ Sis Songs: Serenades that happen throughout the week and the night of Cornhuskin’. These serenades promote class spirit and bonding between big and lil’ sis classes. Class Song: Lyrics reflecting the Meredith experience are applied to the tune of a popular song.

Class Package: Packages distributed throughout the classes full of class spirit to display throughout the event. These can include t-shirts, koozies, light-up toys, and the class sweatshirt.

Can Art: Huge murals created by each class in the courtyard using aluminum drinking cans that are recycled after the event. All proceeds from recycling are donated to charity.

“Midnight” or Hall Raids: Darkly-clad students making boisterous noises in residence halls. Hall raids no longer involve the water throwing and mayhem of earlier decades, but modern classes still enjoy the tradition with the same spunk and vitality of their predecessors.

Victory Pumpkin*: In 1975 the first “Great Pumpkin” was awarded to the winning class.

Pancake Breakfast and Picnic Supper: Meals that precede and follow Cornhuskin’ activities.

Tunnel Painting: Tunnel painting has become a Cornhuskin’ tradition of the senior class. It encourages class unity and senior spirit. The seniors paint the tunnel with class themes and mottos that are representative of their four years at Meredith College.

(*discontinued events)

That is all for now, more later.

Monday is the Big Sis Lil Sis Bonfire. There’s a massive bonfire out by the art building where we roast marshmellows or other firepit treats and then there’s a scavenger hunt to reveal each classes themes…some of us participate in the hunt and others roast the abandoned marshmellows of those who are hunting.

Happy Huskin’ Y’all!

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