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THE WELL HOUSE KISS

AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY IN BLOOMINGTON THERE IS A CERTAIN
WELL HOUSE SITUATED NEAR THE CAMPUS BELL TOWER. IN ORDER
TO BECOME AN OFFICIAL COED, A FRESHMAN MUST BE KISSED BY
AN UPPERCLASSMAN AT PRECISELY THE STROKE OF TWELVE
MIDNIGHT. THIS KISS MUST BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE TWELVE
STROKES OF THE CLOCK OR SHE WILL BE DOOMED TO OLD
MAIDSHIP.

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Where learned: INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): Co-ed ; COLLEGE ; KISS ; Legend ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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A COMMON, THOUGH ENTIRELY ORAL, SUPERSTITION IS THE TYPICAL
VANDERBILT COED, OR T.V.C. SHE IS RICH, CONCEITED, AND
ALWAYS DATED UP A WEEK IN ADVANCE. IF NOT DATED UP, SHE
STILL REFUSES ANY OFFER FOR THE WEEKEND MADE AFTER WEDNESDAY
NIGHT, AND ALWAYS REFUSES NON-FRATERNITY MEN. THOUGH THIS
INFORMATION APPEARS IN NO CAMPUS PUBLICATIONS, IT HAS BEEN
PREVALENT FOR YEARS AMONG VANDERBILT MEN.

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Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): Co-ed ; DATE ; DATING ; Female ; Fraternity ; Frigid ; Girl ; SEXISM ; Sorority ; Stereotype ; Vanderbilt University

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMALE WOMAN GIRL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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