“Don’t be shy, now!” Graziella Pruiti ’84, Denise Lee Hurley ’82, Angela Smith Domzal ’84, and Aparna Mukherjee ’95 hold a May Day hoop signed by the three living presidents of Bryn Mawr: Nancy J. Vickers, Mary Patterson McPherson and Harris Wofford. Bidding for the hoop was vociferous at a Bryn Mawr Club of New York City cocktail party and gala auction on October 20 to support a Bryn Mawr Bookspace in the city. The anonymous high bidder donated the hoop to the Alumnae Association. One hundred and eighty-five people bid on 110 items at the event, held at the Cosmopolitan Club and led by auctioneer Caroline Willis ’66. Photograph by Christopher Smith.
Running through Bryn Mawr’s main campus is a double row of trees known as Senior Row, site of the traditional May Day hoop race. Seniors are supposed to roll their hoops to the end; most, however, carry them and run. Superstition holds that the winner will be the first to receive a graduate degree and the second-place finish will be the first to marry. Some hoops have been passes down for generations as May Day gifts from seniors.