Do you remember the battle for Hill 74?
As reported in Ka Punahou:
The freshmen rushed reinforcements to Rocky Hill today as the freshmen reported a buildup of juniors and seniors in the area. The junior and senior activity has come after a long lull in the battle during which three things occurred:
- preparation for a new upperclassmen offensive;
- defensive action against freshmen troops;
- rest for the upper-classmen who just returned from the fighting.
The freshmen council announced that several battalions of fresh students were headed to the Rocky Hill area. President Roy Rathburn said that there are now more than 349 freshmen troops at Rocky Hill.
Asked if the freshmen might launch a limited attack on the juniors and seniors moving in, Rathburn replied: “I can’t say. It’s hard to predict what they will do next, but I think we’ll have to wait a few days.”
Some sources felt it would be impossible for the freshmen to mount a big offensive at Rocky Hill after the heavy losses their forces suffered when they attached the senior bench.
Earlier today, junior and senior commando-type raids on Rocky Hill (or known now as Hill 74) shook up the freshmen ranks. The juniors charged the left flank hurling water balloons as the seniors rushed the right column with cans of shaving cream, catching the freshmen in a crossfire. Things were looking bad for the underclassmen until the juniors ran out of water balloons causing a major retreat.
Meanwhile, the delegation of freshmen, juniors, and seniors deliberated for an hour to try to find some way of stopping the war. A token group of sophomores filled the other seats to keep them from starting another rebellion.
A spokesman for the juniors and seniors said that the freshmen would have to give up Rocky Hill and immediately withdraw from the senior dining room before there can be any chance of peace.
In reply, the spokesman for the freshmen said that there will be no withdrawal from either unless the underclassmen were allowed the right to go to all special upperclassmen areas without fear of prosecution. He also said: “As for the senior dining room, giving it up would be a moral blow to the freshmen because we had suffered 25 per cent casualties trying to take it. But determined freshmen pushed through their meatball counter-attack and overran the seniors. So, giving it up would stir some dissent.”
Without saying that the freshmen were planning new operations, the freshmen spokesman did say that its forces were capable of undertaking them. President Rathburn also increased the speculation by declaring that the campaign against the Rocky Hill trail “still continues.”
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Editor’s Note: Don’t remember defending Hill 74 and attacking the senior dining room? Would it help if I told you that this was printed in Ka Punahou 45 years ago this week? (Happy April Fools Day!)