Rho Lambda Phi, also known as Rhizomia, had a yearly “Watermelon Feed” event.
This box has a pencil date of Sept 1947, and I confirmed that few of these images made it into the 1948 Naranjado COP yearbook in the “Special Days” section of editor Nancy Rinehart.
Few more images of students and staff stuffing their face with watermelon.
There were two more negatives in the box that don’t belong to this event.
We’ve seen these young women in the previous blog post on the beach in Santa Cruz. We’ve also seen the scarecrows propped up in a car few blog posts back Clearly a negative that’s out of order, but it still ties together with COP and shows that Joel was sufficiently involved as a friend to take pictures when they are hanging out on the beach.
The last image in this box of 15 negatives is a bonfire, and I assume that this is Homecoming 1947.
We’ll just have to keep an eye open for more Homecoming images. Hard to imagine Joel not taking pictures on that day.