Students Steal a Skeleton

From the Reno Evening Gazette, August 23, 1910

 “Freshmen Beware. Beware!” shout the Sophomores of the University of Nevada, “you have desecrated the bones of the dead and you have surely brought upon yourselves which will never be wiped out as long as you are in college.” The poor shivering Freshmen believe them and as a UNRA-P257-01result are now saying their prayers and performing all kinds of mystic stunts to get rid of the curse. They thought that they were humiliating the Sophs but in some way the Sophs have turned the tables on them by making them believe that they have brought the curse of the dead man down upon their heads.
       When the sleepy Sophomores left Lincoln hall yesterday morning and wandered down toward Morrill hall they saw dangling from a rope at the top of the flag pole in front of that building the skeleton of a man. “Bones” was hanging by his neck and as he swayed in the breeze his bones rattled and he looked down with grewsome hollow eyes into the Sophomores huddled at the foot of the pole. On the breast of “Bones” was a placard and read “Sophs! Dead but not Buried.” This angered the Sophs and they were preparing to cut the flag pole down when Prof. Dick Brown, custodian of everything on the University campus, appeared on the scene.

Prof. Peter Frandsen

Prof. Peter Frandsen

       Without waiting a moment he sent a man up to get “Bones” and bring him safely to earth. The man climbed about half way up the pole and then cut the rope supporting “‘Bones.” This allowed his bony majesty to fall to earth where every one was broken into fragments. A valuable skeleton was destroyed and as the rope slipped from the pulley of the flag pole it will be weeks and perhaps months before the Stars and Stripes again float from the flag pole on the university campus.
      The skeleton belonged to Prof. Frandsen, head of the biological department of the University of Nevada and was quite valuable. As a result Prof. Frandsen as well as the Sophs and Prof. Brown is angry and if it is ever proved that the Freshmen hung the skeleton to the flag pole there is liable to be dire happenings in the ranks of that class and many may not remain to graduate.

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  1. Note from 2010: There was no mention of this incident in the “history of the class of 1914” in Artemisia yearbooks nor in the Sagebrush. It seems as though this prank crossed the line of acceptability even during a time when hazing and competition between Freshmen and Sophomores was fierce.

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