Students experience 1960s-80s trivia and fashion at Humanities Mixer

By Staff

Dr. Jacky Dumas, Associate Dean of The Humanities and Sciences at UMHB laughs at the podium as he gives trivia info to the audience during the Humanities Mixer at Lord Conference Hall on Thursday, Aug. 19. The mixer featured trivia questions about music and movies from the 1960s – 1980s. Courtesy Photos

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.

Junior general studies major Hannah Dalrymple, left, and junior psychology Shelby Buyer, right, laugh at their inability to remember some trivia at the Humanities Mixer at Lord Conference Hall on Thursday, Aug. 19.

“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.

Dean Stephen Baldridge ponders a 1960s trivia question at the Humanities Mixer at Lord Conference Hall on Thursday, Aug. 19.

“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.

Senior political science major Luke Bentz raises his hand to answer a trivia question at the Humanities Mixer on Thursday, Aug.19. Junior English major Katelynn Pizzio plays at center background.

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.

Spanish professor Dr. Rubi Ugofsky- Méndez wore a poodle skirt for the early 1960s at the Humanities Mixer.

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.

Dr. Jacky Dumas’ peace sign.

Author: The Bells Staff

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