A university is as well-known as its faculty and students wish to make it. One of the best ways to build a firm foundation upon which to expand is for its members to support every activity that is offered… educationally, socially and athletically.

The University of Waterloo is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in Canada and is lately becoming recognized as such. Its standards have been set; plans for expansion are being worked on and its name coming into the limelight. As more and more attention is focussed [sic] on our campus, it is up to the student body to begin the task of what I consider to be one of the most important phases of university life – the establishment of a school spirit and a real school identity. This has been sadly lacking in past years and is partially due to the apathy of many Waterloo students. It is now time for a change; for we the members of the University of Waterloo have a very great deal to be proud of!

School spirit is not just something that can be born over-night. It will take years to build; but it is nevertheless the full-time job of students while in attendance at university, to try in every way to promote it. In this way students in later years will be better able to expand upon it.

More specifically it is the individual, a real chance to identify yourself with your fellow classmates and as a member of the university.

This year cheer and song sheets are to be made available to all students on registration day. They are for you and it is up to each individual to decide whether or not he wishes to know them. Of course penalties will be inflicted to those who can not rhyme them off within twenty-four hours of registration. Friday, the 20th of September is the date set for a mass pep rally. It can only be a success if we have a large number of students in attendance.

Practices for this year’s cheer-leading squad will begin on Tuesday, September 24th. Students (both men and women) who wish to practice hard and have a real desire to promote their school spirit and the unity of their classmates will be welcome.

Let us be proud of Waterloo within ourselves and once this has been instilled it’s an easy matter to radiate this feeling to others.

Coryphaeus - September 9, 1963

Early account of BOAT racing

“Take It or Leave It”
by G. Whiz

Last weekend at the Circus Room I was introduced to the competitive sport of “boat racing.” The term was new to me and it is probably new to many of you so I will outline the basic rules. What it amounts to is a drinking contest which combines speed and endurance. The starter says, “Sailors on your marks, BANG!” and the race is on. After that, if there is any sailors who still have their sea legs, there is a sudden death drink off. “Sudden death” is simply a term, its full import need not apply – I hope.

The Engineering Stag would be a perfect place for such a race. The 3 faculties plus the 2 affiliated Colleges could hold their preliminaries before the stag in order to select their representatives If such contest is held, I am quite sure that it will be a battle between Arts and St. Jerome’s – the others would quickly drop from contention. “We are we are we are we are the engineers,” Ha! what a farce.

Coryphaeus, November 30, 1962 (Page 3)

Update: Who was Cookie?

Many months ago we posted an article from the 1965 Coryphaeus that mentioned a police car that was vandalised with the phrase “Cooky Car 54”. At the time, no one at The Spirit of WTF knew what this meant and we asked for submissions from anyone who might have some idea.

We now know who “Cookie/Cooky” was.

Fred “Cookie” Cook was UW’s original head of security. He joined the university in 1958 and worked until he took an early retirement in 1967.

Below is an interview that discusses the lives of the Campus Guards and the state of security on campus during those early years.


We are talking about our three Campus Guards, of whom Fred Cook is the best known to daytime students (often under the name of Cookie). Fred has been with us for over three years. “I was on night duty the first two years, and got to know the older students. Now I’m getting to know the younger.”

Fred originally came from Toronto, got married in Kitchener in 1935, and went back to Toronto where he was supervisor of a crew of appliance salesmen. From 1940 to ‘45, he served the army in England, Sicily and Italy, as Corporal in charge of the Transport Section at the No. 1 Canadian Repat. Camp. He got his discharge in December and was back in Kitchener by March. He was in real estate here for about six years.

The odd impertinent remark that is thrown at him, Fred is able to take with an enviable calm. “If you tell them something, it’s because you’ve got to, and not because you want to. As long as they co-operate and don’t damage property or play around with University equipment, everything is okay.” When asked about trouble on the parking lots, Fred revealed one reason why most students are willing to co-operate with him. “We don’t like to tow cars away, because it costs the students $6 or $7, and we know they don’t have a great deal of money.” He went on to tell of one boy who had parked three times without permission. Willing to give him one more chance, Fred put sticky paper on the windshields of the car, as a friendly warning. The boy took the hint and has never been any trouble since!

“We have never had a student fight on our hands, or anything in that way. The only thing is, we have had signs here which have disappeared. If whoever is responsible would bring them back, we would appreciate it.”

Fred is the supervisor for the other two guards: Ron Evans and John Shevkenek. Mr. Evans has been a guard at a reformatory and has a St. John First Aid Certificate. Mr. Shevkenek was a medical orderly in a hospital Operating Theatre. Their backgrounds have trained all three men to handle any trouble with cool efficiency.

Mr. Michael Brookes, our Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, said, “Good guards are extremely hard to find. Students don’t like to feel they are being watched over by policemen. The other extreme is to have just straight watchmen. Somewhere between the two there is a happy medium: men who are liked and respected by the students, who can exert a measure of control without necessarily causing any unpleasantness, and who don’t get upset by a little bit of ribbing. Fred Cook is an excellent example of just this type.”

Although they will soon be sworn in as special constables, our Guards have no formal connection with the Waterloo Police Force. Mr. Brookes said they have the full co-operation of the latter, “but there is always a reluctance on their part to get a student into real trouble. They usually tell me, ‘We have had a bit of trouble, but it’s alright now.” However if anything happens that really warrants action by the Administration, the name of the offending student is given to Mr. Brookes, who then hands it onto the responsible authority. “They should not be regarded as police, here to control the students. Their function is to control traffic and protect property.”

All three guards have recently been outfitted with uniforms. Fred said these make a big difference. “Before, when I’d ask someone if I could help them, they wouldn’t know who I was. I’d have to show my card.”

Patrol duty can be a lonely job, but Fred’s warmth has attached many students and staff members to him. We are grateful to be so well protected.

-The Coryphaeus, December 14, 1961


Waterloo is a young university with young traditions and new ideals. We attending the school and realizing its fine qualities must take it on ourselves to spread the name and reputation of the school both far and wide. If the reputation thus established it to be one of a university in which spirit and brotherhood runs high, it will be necessary for each of us to do his part. Many will want to show his affiliation with this institution by more than word of mouth. In this light, we suggest the following:

This year, similarly to last, the book store will harbour many souvenirs of the University of Waterloo. Sweaters, sweat-shirts, pins, pennants, rings and even beer steins can be purchased from the store in the Engineering Building.

In addition, in compliance with the results of a plebiscite of male students taken last year, a University of Waterloo jacket has been decided upon and will be sold under the direction of the student administration in Annex 1. Actually, two jackets are being presented for sale: the one, a light summer-weight coat, is white with a school crest printed in black on the front; the other, a heavier, winter jacket, is gray in colour with UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO in gold letters on the back, the year of graduation on the arm, and a faculty crest on the front. Each jacket is reasonably priced and will be available to the student body shortly after the order is placed.

Each of us knows the excitement of a collage football game. The Warriors have a promising team this year and it is our hope that the stands will be able to match the team in colour and spirit. In Annex 1, at a moderate cost to all, school ribbons with a “GO WARRIORS GO” button attached may be obtained. This colourful souvenir is a MUST for all inter-collegiate events this year. GET ONE SOON!

Anyone who has attended a football game in which Queen’s Golden Gaels were participating was no doubt struck by the unbelievably large number of school scarves, toques and mitts, which filled the stands. There is no reason why we at the U. of W. can not match, yes, and even surpass, Queens in this display of colour. Here we must, however, rely on the knitting needles of the of the women of the various faculties (and those at home) at Waterloo. HOW ABOUT IT GIRLS!

We have in the UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO a fine school Let’s let EVERYONE know about it!

Coryphaeus - September 9, 1963


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University of Waterloo students deface the University of Guelph’s “Old Jeremiah” cannon. (now painted nightly, more)

This article appeared in the Coryphaeus in 1962, likely as a follow-up to the above photo.


            Recently students of our University have been tampering with, defacing and stealing property on other campuses. By what right do students commit these acts? Any other individuals or collections of individuals in our society who trespass on and damage the property of others are considered vandals and receive just treatment. Why should students be treated otherwise?

            In the past year it cost our University $700 merely to replace damaged goods and stolen signs. This money could have gone into the purchase of more books or other facilities to benefit students. We, the students, are paying for the “fun” of a few immature students.

            Presently the University of Waterloo and Waterloo University College are considering pooling the costs of repairing and restoring damaged and stolen property. It is highly probable that each of our Students’ Councils will be billed half the costs. Unless we know who caused the damage, we, the students can expect to pay either indirectly out of our Students’ Council funds or directly from a special assessment to all students, to be paid before the students can graduate. This matter is serious — consider it carefully!

            What about the “culprits?” All of U. of W. students who have a mind to play pranks on their own or other campuses take warning! A committee concerning student discipline is being formed in the University. A Judicial Committee is provided for in the constitution of the Students’ Council. After being billed for the damages students caught defacing property may find themselves:

a)      fined an additional sum of money;

b)      put on probation — any future misdemeanour resulting in suspension or expulsion;

c)      suspended from the University for a period of time;

d)     expelled from the University.

Universities cannot be expected to tolerate student pranks, especially at the expense of the University and of the student body in general. In fact, as is the case at Guelph, Universities don’t tolerate such behaviour.

John Braun, S. C. President

-Coryphaeus, Friday October 12, 1962

As always, pranks should never cause irreversible damage to property and if you absolutely must, make sure to pay for the costs as part of your plan. Otherwise it’s just plain old vandalism.

Thursday December 8, 1960

While delving through university history, I found this gem of an article:

“One of the interesting differences between a new university and an established one is that in a new university there are no traditions. During those important first few years, traditions are established that may last as long as the university itself. It is for this reason that the reputation that a university acquires during its formative years is of the utmost importance.

The University of Waterloo finds itself now in this position. What we as the first graduating class do here will, in all probability, produce a lasting influence on future campus life.

This brings up an interesting question: What will be our policy toward student pranks? Will we condemn or condone them?

There is no doubt that the execution of student pranks often leaves a bad taste in someone’s mouth (or a bad smell in someone’s ventilation system, as the case may be). Most pranks are at someone’s expense. On the other hand, there is a difference between a prank, which is “a mischevious act” and an out-and-out malicious act. There is not and never will be an excuse for wilful destruction or damage. Nearly any fool can show an utter disregard for people and property, but a genuine student prank shows ingenious planning, foresight, and regard for others. It is the cumulative results of applied technical knowledge and natural exuberance.

Despite the controversies that rage over student pranks, no established university has been able to stamp them out. Do they have any relative merit in campus life? Just listen to a group of old grads discussing their years of learning in the ivy-covered halls. Their fondest memories are of the limburger cheese they smeared on the dorm radiators, or the crew race they sabotaged by drilling holes in the boats, or the immortal panty raids on the women’s dorms. A glow of well-being fills the room … a glow which knits together performers and victims alike in a way that could never be equalled.

Good, clean fun never hurt the reputation of any university. Its overall effect has been to bring back a great many old memories and to reassure a lot of university grads that this generation is not letting the world go by any more than the last one did.

Besides, an understanding businessman could make his fortune from student pranks. He could go from campus to campus as a sales representative of the Fly-by-Night Chicken Hatchery.“


Coryphaeus - Thursday December 8, 1960

Don't ruin others' fun

Orientation week on university campuses is notoriously a time for pranks. And so it should be. But there are limits, and these limits must be strictly obeyed.

Kitchener – Waterloo police and courts have already tightened up their attitude toward student pranks and have announced that students will not be considered special cases, but charged according to the law.

Since many activities usually engaged in by students during orientation actually violate the criminal code, care must be taken this year – or we shall suffer the consequences.

Remember that no student is an entity unto himself. As a member of the student body his actions reflect on the entire group. Your Student Council is often required to go to the public for aid in many forms. These dealings as well as the student’s individual transactions with the public at large could be severely impaired by unthinking pranks in the coming weeks.

We hope that the coming orientation week proves to be the best ever held at Waterloo. The orientation committee has worked hard to see that it will be. After last year’s particularly bland week we look forward to an orientation in the real style of university orientations.

Have fun but don’t ruin everyone else’s.

The Coryphaeus - September 14, 1966 (Page 7)

Ralph Stanton jokes

Take It Or Leave It

Here’s a bit of a scoop for the old guard. I finally discovered why Don Stanton wears those ghastly ties. They match his underwear. You should see that man’s clothesline on a Saturday. It looks like the entire U.S. Navy hung their distress and “Plague aboard” flags out to dry. But I don’t mean to cast any disparaging remarks on Doctor Stanton’s taste in clothes , nor his ability as a housekeeper. In the laundry room he’s a real whiz. His shirts come out really white — even the blue ones. And in the past, his attempts at making cookies have come under harsh criticism. This is unfair. I used them all last summer and as far as golf balls are concerned, those little round cocoanut delights turned out to be real money savers.

Last one on the carpet’s a rotten integer.

Coryphaeus - September 9, 1963