Photo of the Month: Homecoming Wagon Relay Race, October 1971

Homecoming Wagon Relay Race, October 1971
Homecoming Wagon Relay Race, October 1971

In the fall of 1971, students at Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University) were decorating the campus with great enthusiasm in preparation for the upcoming “Roaring Twenties” homecoming week.

Students transformed the library into the Biograph Theatre, the administration building into a  1920’s hotel, and the campus coffee shop into a speakeasy. In addition to preparing for the year’s theme, students enjoyed a week full of fun and competitive activities..

The freshmen class hosted a leg painting contest and a pillow fight with combatants mounted on a greased pole. The sophomores held a greased pig chase around campus followed up by a car smash. The junior class sponsored an ugly man contest and the seniors were in charge of the main event, a wagon relay race around Benedictine Hall (pictured above). Later that night, the seniors held a twenties themed party with a live band and a performance by the Second City theatre group.

Faculty members voted the senior class as having the most creative and entertaining class day for the week. The senior class walked away a fifty dollar prize.

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A vintage op-ed from Bernie Sanders, a Nobel prize-winning novel forgotten by just about everyone, the history of Jell-O: these are a few the latest topics featured on JSTOR Daily.

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Google Cultural Institute features art and historical exhibits and collections from archives and museums around the world. In addition to digitized materials, Google Cultural Institute offers World Wonders, which uses Street View technology to allow you to virtually navigate modern and ancient world heritage sites, such as Borobudur and Mont Blanc.

If you’re looking for primary sources, a research topic, or a virtual field trip, Google Cultural Institute is worth a look.

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Save time with 20 lesser-known PC keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to increase precision and productivity. Chances are you already use a few, such as CTRL + v to paste, CTRL + z to undo, and CTRL + s to save. But there are plenty of lesser-known Windows PC shortcuts that you may find just as useful. Below are some of my favorites:

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General shortcuts

  • Alt + Tab – Switch between open applications
  • Windows key + L – Lock your PC
  • Windows key + Right arrow – Snap a window to the right side of the screen (Windows key + Left arrow – Snap a window to the left side of the screen)
  • Windows key + Up arrow – Maximize a window (Windows key + Down arrow – Minimize a window)
  • Windows key + m – Minimize all windows (Windows key + Shift + m – Restore all minimized windows)

Web browser shortcuts

  • CTRL + f – Find
  • CTRL + t – Open a new browser tab
  • CTRL + Shift + t – Restore the last browser tab you closed
  • Alt + Left arrow – Back (Alt + Right arrow – Forward)
  • CTRL + Plus key – Zoom in (CTRL + Minus key – Zoom out)
  • CTRL + 0 – Return to 100% zoom
  • Home key – Jump to top of page (End key – Jump to bottom of page)
  • CTRL + d – Bookmark a page

Microsoft Word shortcuts

  • Shift + Arrow – Highlight text (To select entire words rather than individual characters each time you press the arrow key, also hold down CTRL)
  • CTRL + f – Find
  • CTRL + k – Insert hyperlink
  • CTRL + scroll up with mouse wheel – Zoom in (CTRL + scroll down with mouse wheel – Zoom out)
  • CTRL + Backspace – Delete entire word to left of cursor
  • Shift + F7 – Open thesaurus
  • CTRL + Shift + g – Check word count

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