Associate Dean Dr. Jacky Dumas showed up in a long haired wig with a head band, and a psychedelic shirt. He began the evening by raising his hand to show the audience a peace sign to opened the ceremonies. Then he recited the first set of lyrics from 1960s songs so that students and faculty could guess what the titles of the songs were.
“You Must Remember This,” was the theme of the Third Annual Humanities Mixer on Thursday, Aug. 19 in the Lord Conference Center. Trivia activities featured music and movies from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and participants dressed in poodle skirts, tie-dyed shirts and bell bottoms for a costume contest. A make-shift photo booth provided a fun way to document the fashions from the three decades that were eventually paraded around the room on students, faculty and staff.
“Ain’t gonna do you wrong while you’re gone,” Dr. Dumas recited for participants, so that they guess the first song on the trivia list from the 1960s. “Ain’t gonna do you wrong (oo) ’cause I don’t wanna (oo),” he continued.
He eventually revealed that the song was the R&B hit “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, written by Otis Redding in 1967.
Since it was the 1960s that kicked off the event, some professors had an extra edge over this decade (though professors declined prizes). Even though she was too young for this decade to be her expertise, English professor Dr. Laura Bedwell won twice in a row. Closely behind her was senior political science major Luke Bentz. Prizes for students included gift cards and assorted paraphernalia from the various decades.
To keep the party energized, professors brought a variety of food and drinks, with Spanish professor Dr. Rubi Ugofski-Méndez bringing a batch of her husband Robert’s home-cooked tacos and fixings.