"Small Train", n.d.
Test Your ISU I.Q.
(Answers at the end of the page)
1. From 1891-1907, a small train ran
between downtown Ames and the Iowa State College campus. This train
delivered mail to the post office located inside the Hub and carried
building materials used in constructing Marston Engineering Hall, the
Campanile, and other campus buildings. The fare was five cents each way
and ran about every two hours beginning around 6 a.m. and ending about 9
This train had a special nickname, what
A. The Little Engine That Could
B. The Dinkey
C. Thomas the Tank Engine
D. The Rail Express
2. If you were an ISU student and went "campaniling,"
what would you be doing?
A. Sledding down the hill by the Knoll
B. Assisting University Carilloneuer
Tin-Shi Tam as she plays the Campanile bells
C. Kissing your significant other under
the Campanile at midnight
D. Avoiding the Zodiac in the Memorial
3. Who are Lancelot and Elaine?
A. President and Mrs. Geoffroy
B. Athletic coaches
C. The top professors for 2005
D. Swans currently residing on Lake
LaVerne and originally donated by the Class of 1931.
4. During the 1940s, a Daily staff
writer, Don Jackson, introduced the world to Harry and Ed. According to
Jackson, Harry and Ed were employed by the University to fly around the
radio tower located in Pammel Court in order to make it appear that the
red light on top of the tower was blinking. What type of animals were
Harry and Ed?
C. Flying pigs
D. Flying monkeys
5. From 1915-1960, the Iowa State College
student chapters of Sigma Delta Chi and Theta Sigma Phi published a
campus humor magazine. What was the name of this publication?
A. Blue Book
B. Green Gander
C. Purple People-eater
D. King James Bible
6. Which U.S.
President was a Grand Marshal for the VEISHEA parade?
George H. Bush
Harry S. Truman
7. Who did not
select a VEISHEA Queen of Queens?
8. Who was the last
to be crowned VEISHEA Queen of Queens?
B. Darlene Mote
C. Mary Janet
9. What was the
name of Iowa State University's yearbook (1894-1995)?
10. Who was the
first person to receive an M..S. degree from Iowa State?
11. What is the
oldest structure on Campus?
12. Who purchased
the first ten bells for the Campanile?
Adonijah S. Welch
13. Up until the 1960s, "Five Pound
Parties" were a frequent celebration in Iowa State's sororities and
women's dormitories. The hostess brought a five pound box of chocolates
to be shared with her housemates. What did "Five Pound Parties"
A. Successful completion of a an early
version of "Lighten Up Iowa"
B. The end of finals
C. Becoming an "official" Iowa Stater
after being kissed under the Campanile at midnight
D. The hostess becoming engaged to be
14. One of our most famous graduates is
George Washington Carver. At the time he attended school at Iowa State
(1891-1896) he was acquainted with three future Secretaries of
Agriculture. Which of the following Secretaries did not live in Ames in
Henry A. Wallace.
Ezra Taft Benson
James "Tama Jim" Wilson.
Henry C. Wallace.
15. In recent years, riots connected with
VEISHEA have brought Iowa State national attention. Few remember a
three night student rampage on October 18, 19 and 20, 1953. Students
set fires, tipped over sheds, blocked Lincoln Way (then U.S. Highway 30)
and at one point demanded more tear gas. Police were called in from
Iowa Falls, Eldora, Boone, Marshalltown, and Des Moines. Media coverage
included a three page photographic spread in the popular weekly
magazine, Life. Why were the students rioting?
They wanted to dance the Tango, which was banned on campus.
They wanted a day off from school to celebrate the football
team's upset win over Missouri in the Homecoming game.
They wanted extended visitation hours in women's residences.
They wanted to attend "unsanctioned" events, that is, those that
were not sponsored by a University group.
16. Social rules and regulations for
undergraduate students were much more stringent in the past than they
are today. Women, were required to sign out whenever they left their
dormitory or sorority after 6:00 p.m. and were to be back at specified
times or face penalties. Women students needed letters from their
parents if they wished to go home for the weekend, or even if they
wished to ride in automobiles. Eventually, times changed, and women
students were allowed to determine their own hours. This privilege was
extended first to upperclass women, and finally to freshman women. What
was the first school year there were no set hours at all for women
17. What about no set hours for men
Men had no set hours.
18. From 1868 to the
1930s, student literary societies were a popular activity. The first
four literary societies were Philomathean (1868), Crescent (1870),
Bachelor Debating Society (1870), and Cliolian (1871). In addition to
weekly meetings where members presented speeches and participated in
debates, what did these student societies do?
A. Organize visits to Des Moines for
culture starved students
B. Start The Aurora, the first
student publication in 1873
C. Raise funds to build the Campanile
D. Dig Lake LaVerne
19. In the 1960s,
the Ward System (later the Independent Student Association) sponsored
what were called IBM Dances. Where did the name come from?
A. IBM was an acronym for Intramural Ball
B. The dances were held In the Basement
of Marston (Hall)
C. Students were treated to ice cream,
bananas, and maraschino cherries (in other words, banana splits)
D. Students were matched up using
questionnaires which were run through the Computer Center's IBM computer
20. Carrie Lane
Court and Catt Hall are both named for Carrie (Lane) Chapman Catt, the
women suffrage leader and peace activist who graduated from Iowa State
College (University) in 1880. What is she known for having done at Iowa
State as a student?
A. She helped organize the Ladies
B. She was the first woman to give an
oration before a campus debating society
C. She was the only woman in the class of
D. All of the above
21. Which one of the following was NEVER
a football coach at ISU?
A. Jimmy Johnson (Coach of Oklahoma and
the Dallas Cowboys)
B. John Cooper (Coach of Ohio State)
C. Earle Bruce (Coach of Ohio State)
D. Lou Holtz (Coach of Arkansas, Notre
Dame, and South Carolina)
22. Which of the following names
individuals has not worked for Iowa State?
Orange H. Cessna
Precious Mabel Nelson
Jules Cool Cunningham
2. C, kissing your significant other
under the Campanile at midnight
3. D, the swans residing on Lake LaVerne
4. A, ducks. Were they employed? Only
Payroll knows for sure.
5. B, the Green Gander
6. D, Ronald Reagan
7. D, David Hasselhoff
8. A, Joyce Stout
9. B, The Bomb. The class of 1894
wanted a "big explosion."
10. A, J.C.
Arthur, who specialized in plant pathology, received the first M.S.
degree conferred at Iowa State in 1877. He was also the last surviving
member of the first graduating class (1872) when he passed away in 1942.
11. C, Farm House
Edgar Stanton, Iowa State's first graduate, in honor of his first wife,
the hostess becoming engaged.
14. B, Ezra Taft
a day off from school to celebrate the football victory, of course.
16. D, 1971/1972
17. D, men had no set hours
18. B, they started Iowa State' first
student publication, The Aurora.
19. D, an early form of computer
matchmaking, using the IBM computer
20. D, all of the above
21. D, Lou Holtz
22. C, Peerless Price