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With the United States seemingly always at the brink
of war the Suez Canal crisis Lebanese situation and
now the Formosa Strait dilema we may find it easy to
become calloused to the sobering daily barrage from
daily newspapers.
To be sure on a college campus one may progress
from the "calloused" state to one in which world affairs
are completely ignored.
At first the ability to remain aloft and happily ignor-
ant of current world problems may seem a virtue.
But an ignorant people is valueless to a country and
an intellectually isolated student body is worthless to
Abilene Christian College.
We could include within Optimist pages a weekly
column summarizing the current events. Bue we see this
only as a feeble detour around the real problem.
If a student body has the alertness to keep informed
the library's large newspaper rack and the drugstore
news stands will be sufficient.
We do not encourage pointless worry. But we do
want healthful concern.
(ade of rviddina oLJot
It is all because the dot broke off the "I" this week
-with what readers have already noticed as a new name
plate.
Last year the Optimist was taken off-campus for
printing while the ACC print shop was slowed by printing
of the Prickly Pear.
During the trips across town the dot over the last
T' in the name plate was knocked off and never found.
All of last year's "tail-end" issues and the first two
editions of this year's Optimist were printed with the
faulty name plate.
And not a single ACC layman has commented upon
the flaw of the missing dot.
Optimist staff members have smugly expecting some
perceptive student to write a cute letter to the editor
pointing out the flaw.
But with this week's edition of the Optimist that
possibility has passed.
Should we thank the student body for seeing only
the good in the Optimist? Or is this a bad sign?
Anyway we hope our "new look" is appreciated.
Remember nothing else has changed.
THE WTIMIST
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THE STAFF
Editor
Assistant Editors
Feature Editor
Society Editor
Student Government Reporter
Photographer
Advertising Manager
Faculty Advisors
DENNIS RENNER
MARILYN MATNEY
DAVID TANT
BARRY JACKSON
BARBARA ANTHONY
DON THOMAS
DAVID DALLAS
BILL "MOSES" OSBORN
REGINALD WESTMORELAND
LANECUBSTEAD
Reporters: Wilma Felder Leon Tester. Wendy Haslam Carl
.McBride Sonny Bateman Carolyn Hale Rachel Lips David
Treat Mike Cummlngs Moses Osborn Bob Wood Judy Brandon
Charlsle Wooldrldge Harold Straughn Deann ClaypooL Clyde
Torbeas Phyllis Goodwin Jerry Bob Greer Barbara Ann
Parrlsh Billy Penn Barthell Roberson Shirley Wilson Dudley
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Say Don a sophomore buddy said I could call this number and
you would fix me up with a date . . .
This Week on the Hill
FRIDAY. 3
SATURDAY. 4
MONDAY. 6
TUESDAY. 7
WEDNESDAY.
THURSDAY. 9
SEA FTA picnic
Prickly Pear picnic
Orphesian Society picnic
Sample Case Sitters
Social Club Bid Night
Pickwickians 7:15
Monday night meetings 6 p.m.
Ko Jo Kai GATA Delta Theta
breakfasts
"W" Club 5:30 p.m.
Music Recital in Nelson 7 p.m.
Personal Worker's Clinic
Mission Study 6 p.m.
English proficiency tests
Orphesian auditions
Men's Forum Girl's Training
European Mission Study
THINK ON THESE THINGS . . .
Who Can Challenge World?
You Fish of 1961 and '62
By JIM SAMUEL
We hear a cry in our time about
an "Hour of Decision." The only
trouble with this plea is that too
great an emphasis is being put on
church going and too little consi-
deration is being given to "self-
less" Christianity.
Nowadays religion is the fad.
A higher percentage of our coun-
trymen are going to religious ser-
vices than ever before. Yet too
few "church people" have deep
convictions about the things they
teach.
THIS CANT be said about all
of the Protestant groups though.
The Seventh Day Advcntists
have 23000 full-time mission-
aries located in 282 countries and
island groups. The Jehovah's
Witnesses havo 10000 mission-
aries in 160 lands.
Lay along side these figures the
totals of the church of Christ
(less than 200 missionaries in ap-
proximately 55 nations) and the
great need for missionaries is
spot-lighted.
Jesus asked the Pharisees
"What do ye more than others?"
Let's ask ourselves that same
question with regard to mission
work. A truthful answer ought to
shame.
While Protestantism is pleading
for an "Hour of Decision" we
should emphasize the need of an
"Hour of Conviction." We aren't
in need of church-attenders; We
have more of those than the Ad
vcntists or the Witnesses. We
need more convicted members
who are willing to practice what
they preach.
LET ME ask you a question.
Who can best accept the "World-
wide" challenge of Jesus' com-
mission? We can.
We are among the best edu-
cated and most talented people in
the brotherhood. We wouldn't bo
seeking an education at a Christ-
ian college if we weren't.
We have the youth and energy
that it will take. At our age we
don't have the obligations and
commitments that are keeping
the adult members at home. We
represent a large part of God's
untapped energy us far as mission
work is concerned.
THE FUTURE is looking
brighter. Already mission groups
from our junior and senior classes
have formed and plans are being
made to go to fields in groups of
from ten to twenty. I'm hoping
we'll soon see the men in our
fresiiman and sophomore classes
begin to organize groups from
their classes.
If out of each class a group
would do mission work not only
would the number of our mission-
aries make a rapid rise but also
a precedent might be set that
every class would want to follow.
You men of "Fish '61" and
"Fish '62" think on these things.
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By DENNIS RENNER
Remorse in Bean
Lost weekend was a dead
weekend for me and the few who
couldn't race for a breath of
home air. t
I was caught in remorse Sun-
day morning when firet noticed
the reduced congesYionJjin.the
Cafeteria.
I never had realised how ac-
customed one grows lo the
general Sunday bunch of sack
dresses while wigs and sur-
prise dates thai parade down
the chow lines. And I had
never before understood how
so many peoples could wish to
go homo for a breather after
only three weeks of school
unless it be to pick up forgot-
ten vitals or winter wardrobes.
Preston?
I would like to commend one
Preston the Great for so health-
fully entertaining me last week-
end. When Preston swallowed the
needles and brought them forth
with each threaded a chill raced
through my spine.
When all of those hankcrcheifs
came from that small cylinder I
began sniffling from the power of
Preston's suggestion.
And when I think of bis
creating the skunk and the
rabbit. I consider how fortu-
nate Preston is that he doesn't
have to work for a living but
can create his dally bread from
an absolute void.
I would like to personally com-
mend Preston but I cannot
Mystic Abandoned
Naked emotion bared by psy-
chological mysticism and display-
ed for the comic entertainment of
man strikes me lightly as being
degrading.
Is not a more gratifying
pleasure to be found in observ-
ing sacred emotionality as con-
cealed within the drapes of
real life and man's artful realm
of literature?
Perhaps the hypnotic phaze of
Preston's entertainment is primi-
tive in appeal but that's not
necessarily a condemnation.
Who is consistant? I like rock
'n roll I

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