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Campus Life and Program Management
Corbin J. Smyth
Director, Kirby Student Center
University of Minnesota Duluth
My experience only comes from a distance on this. I never experienced a "Smoker" personally, but, my high school still hosts a "Smoker" every year.
Traditionally, high schools, churches, VFWs, colleges and other "clubs" had these event and they were when the men (club) got together, smoked cigars, ate, drank liquor, and donated money from games at the event. Generally the events were to recruit others (men) to come and get involved and participate in the fund-raising, member generating event. Way back when it was fashionable and acceptable, it was strictly men in attendance... if you hadn't picked that up. The ladies had a "tea" as their event. (Asside: My high school went co-ed in the mid-80's. The Smoker still goes on, but it is smoke free, alcohol free, nicely decorated, and women now attend. Just sayin'.)
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