The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 29, No. 6, Ed. 1, Friday, October 31, 1941 Page: 2 of 4
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The Spirit of A. C. C.
"Within each organization or institution there is inevitably a body
of ideals or customs which comprise the spirit of that"organization.
This spirit may bo ono of democraoy of social distinction of coopera-
tion or of friendliness. With tho passing of tho years added im-
portance is attached to this indofineablo essence of tho group's lifo.
. .Customs becomo hallowed and ceremonies aro continued oven
though no ono can remember their origin or significance. But all
emblems of shared ideals are not obsolcto and those which become
outmoded ones arc supplanted as tho changing conditions of tho in-
Tho spirit of ACC is ono of unity? engendered by cooperative par-
ticipation on tho part of the studont body in all phases of the school's
endeavors whether in tho field of athletics or in tho class room.
This is tho forco which year after year brings exes back for ball
games for club banquets for Homecoming and causes them'' to sacri-
fice both money and time to insuro tho perpetuation of tho institution
whero these ideals dominate tho studont lifo.
No ono should conccivo of school spirit solely as cheering for tho
homo team at ball games but should realize tho entire goal of the
school is tho fostering of tho correct student attitude. This correct
conception would lead to good citizenship higher academic or scho-
lastic rating and a higher othical standard of conduct.
SetMOH of tte Week-
AS SURE AS HEAVEN AND
EARTH AND HELL
By Ted Waller
Hell firo. That is n startling
phrase isn't it? But most of the peo-
plo I know believe in it. Why do wc
believo in it? Perhaps for no other
reason than that the Biblo tells of it.
But why accept such n terrifying
doctrine on that authority? Of
course you will say "It is tho word
That is fine. Now that same auth-
ority says "Take heed that you do
not your righteousness before men to
be seen of them: else ye have no re-
ward of your Father who is in Heav-
en" thus signifying that worship
dono with tho eye seeking approval of
one's follow men loses its force with
God. When an individual prays or
attends worship he must do so to
please God and not to bo thought
honorable by Mr. Jones. Worship
must be communion of the individual
with God and as surely as there is a
hell God will reward.
Again "Blessed arc tho meek: for
they shall inherit tho earth." Meek-
ness is a quality of character. It
makes for a vibrant attractive per-
sonality. It is in tho direction of
blessedness. Tho meek shall inherit
as surely as thero is an earth.
The Lord says "Blessed arc tho
pure in heart: for they shall sco God."
To bco God is n reward of great at-
tractiveness. Purity of heart and
therefore of lifo cannot havo a sub-
. stitutc. If I curse what can come
into my heart to make up for that
loss of rcposo and gentleness except
I guit cursing and havo the blood of
Christ to cleanse my conscience from
dead works. Purity makes for bless-
edness. "Seek ye first His Kingdom and His
righteousness: and all theso things
shall be added unto you." This is as
surely so as that heaven is. God is
to bo trusted and relied upon. When
we are able to know his care then wc
can as Elijah of old defy King Ahab
and all his modern evil cohorts. Truo
our bed may not havo inner springs.
His didn't but our hearts may bo
pure and meek and holy.
The Bible is true. All of it. Wo
can depend on Christ to save. Wo
can flco fleshly lusts and bo righteous
having full confidence in the power
love and mercy of God as surely as
there is a heaven and cart hand hell
References Mt. 0:1; Mt. 5:5; Mt.
5C:8j Heb. 0:14; Mt 0:33; I Kings 17.
Men . . . another new shipment of
Jacket at MINTER'S including the
rcverslbles of corduroy and cravnn-
ettc new Zeeland Jackets . . new
all-wool suede cloth loafer jackets . . .
new suede and leather jackets. See
MINTER'S Men's Store for any type
jacket you wish.
P. II. HILL Business Manager
R. C. FINDLAY Editor
LEA SHORT Associate Editor
DON FINDLAY Pago 1 Editor
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Made Alpha Chi
Seventeen now members of Alpha
Chi National Scholarship Society.
wero initiated Tuesday evening in tho
parlors of tho girl's hall.
Those elected to membershin aro
Jim Bob Jarrcll Rosamond Colley
Lurlino McGregor Norman Huff
Louiso Woosloy Lottio B. Hobbs Wil-
mcr Hcbbnrd. James P. Cox. Cecil
Dean Schwartz Eleanor Grosser
Charles Smith Belvio Leo Hiier El-
drcd Echols J. W. Roberts Joyco But-
ler Thclmn Jolliffc and Addio Bello
From tho upper ranking tenth of
tho classes members of tho club are
selected. Other requirements are
character and reputation.
To ACC's public speakers Fred
Barton speech professor announced
yesterday that this year's forensic in-
tramural contest Will be held shortly
Classes will select a forensic man
ager to supervise run-offs determin
ing the two entries from each-school
level for tho four divisions: oratory
extemporary speaking interpretive
reading and debate
National and international affairs
will be tho general thesis of extem-
porary speeches with subjects to bo
taken from six to four issues of Time
and Newsweek magazines preceding
As of last year radio speakers will
read original scripts and prepared
Debaters will discuss the national
college question of government regu
lation of labor unions and orators
may select their own topics.
New Strings Arrive
A viola a cello and a string bass
wero purchased this week by tho in-
strumental music department for uso
in string classes and in tho new ACC
Thcso acquisitions glvo tho orches-
tra an instrumentation of small sym-
Provision of needed Instruments is
a part of ACC's plan for class in-
struction in beginning strings as of-
fered this year under D. W. Crain.
Tho orchestra with regular rehear-
sals on Tuesday and Thursday and oc-
casional night practices is preparing
to mako its first nppearanco early in
SPIRIT OF '45.
As Fish Hustle
Yesterday tho Abilene Sanitary De
partment declared holiday and went
home. Tho reason is simple: ACC
fish took over their duties. Each
year about this time furtive figures
are seen slipping through tho sha
dows of late night and weo dawn with
a variety of material clutched under
ono wing as if it wero an "A" in
accounting. They arc found during
tho light hours in tho grassy lea just
east of tho' president's home busy as
ono of thoso well-known bees. All
day long and far into tho night
they slave for "Class of 45" and woe
bo it to anything that will burn or
looks as if it will burn or even
smoke it is fair gamo for tho fish.
This year as a result of tho de-
fense program thero will bo fewer
old tires to bum bo if you miss that
now left rear or that good spare
consider it a sacrifice for tho cause.
Because of certain subversive ac
tivities by friends across the city tho
bonfiro is always surrounded by re-
lays of guards stationed nt strategic
points. Only once has McMurry suc-
ceeded in reaching tho pile. For about
30 minutes the class of '43 relaxed
its vigilance and it was then that tho
Indians staged an all-out blitz. With
tho aid of n motorized panzer unit
they almost mado tho grado but were
unable to destroy tho potential confla-
gration. Last night very probably somo
Almost Enough Exes
To Form Unit at
Texas Air Base
Ellington Field Texas Oct. 23 (Spe
cial). Abileno Christian College has
almost enough ex-students stationed
at and working around this Air Corps
Advanced Twine Engino flying school
to form a club.
Mrs. Blllio Yater Prior 1041 grad-
uate and former editor of tho Prickly
Pear along with Mr. Prior 1040 grad
uate; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Huff and
Miss Jacquelino Gilbert daughter of
Lt. Col. Gilbert aro all employed at
the Air Corps sub depot.
Enlisted men hero aro Pvt Paul
Pate former Wildcat gridman Pvt.
Ben W. Bailey now assigned to the
Public Relations office and Pvt. Bob-
bio L Hise 1040 graduate who has
passed all examinations to becomo an
aviation cadet and who will possibly
enter tho Aviation Cadet Replacement
Tho only representative at present
in tho Cadet Detachment is Cadet
George Aamon who is now receiving
This Air Corps base which boasts
tho largest singlo slab of concrete in
tho world and ono of thef longest run-
ways was used as a training center
for avititors during World War I days
and is named after Lt. Erick L. El-
lington military aviation pioneer who
died in action testing a pusher-typo
airplane in 1013 at San Diego Calif.
Around the Corner
ACC students will begin their nnn
nual trek homo nt noon Nov. 10 for
tho celebration of Thanksgiving with
tho traditional roast turkey pumpkin
pie and cranberry sauce. Although
official holidays aro November 20-22
classes will not bo resumed until
Monday Nov. 24 at 8 a.m.
While tho students aro enjoying
themselves several ACC teachers will
bo attending tho State Teachers Asso-
ciation convention to bo held in Hous-
ton Nov. 20-22. Dean Adams says
that usually eight or ten ACC teach
ers attend tho convention.
Brooks Terry Nelda Corthron Vivien Greer Ruth
Rushing Sarah Jo Wragg Bob Shcrill Lewis
Cox Wayne Hcfton Bob McClung Rado Archer
Margie Hancy James Attebcrry A. C Green
Norman Whltofiold Editor
soft-hearted fish girls from Zellncr or
Chambers hall served coffco to the la
Last year's firo was built and
burned in a sea of mud. Activities of
workers were hampered by huge
weights they were required to lift
every timo a foot was raised. One
fellow is said to have lost a pair of
shoes in tho mire mud being caked
so thick on his feet that he never
knew when the shoes departed.
Each year the class building the
bonfire swears that it is tho largest
ever built but tho sophs always laugh
derisively and speak of "last year's"
as tho best.
None-the-lcss tho bon-flro is al-
ways one of the bright spots of a
freshman's memory and tho exes
who como back will find tho flame
from tonight's blaze warming memo
ries as welt as spirit for tomorrow's
CPT Physical Exams
Make Them So
Too many boys try to do too much.
This is one explanation by officials
of tho Civil Aeronautics Administra
tion why 12 per cent of applicants for
CAA pilot training fall to pass the
entrance physical Examinations.
Mr. William I. Dykes supervisor of
the 2nd District which includes Abi-
lene Christian College has received
information on a survey made by
CAA pilot training officials in the
more than 600 colleges now partici-
pating in the program. Although the
rejections are relatively few the re
ports of medical examiners reveal
that they could bo still further re
duced if applicants appeared for their
examinations in a more rested physi-
cal condition nnd a different frame
Tho nverage boy cannot work hie
way through college go out for nth-
letlcs belong to tho Gleo club keep
up tho required scholastic standard
nnd still take the CAA pilot training
course according to Mr. Dykes. Whllo
the boy who will try to do all this
is usually a high type and his ambi-
tion deserves commendation his bodv
and mind will not stand tho strain.
Somo curtailment is imperative.
"Tho Interrelationshina of ho
Sciences" was tho topic discussed by
Bill Terry and Joseph Hampton at
tho meeting of the Science club Mon-
day night. Tho probability of enter-
ing the collegiate division nf fcn
Texas Academy of Scienco was also
discussed at length.
Jean McGco was elected nnrrofn
of tho club.
Young People's Meeting
C:45 P. M. November 3
Reading Ecc. 12:8-14. ' y
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3:10-17. ' J0mC8 1:27! Ro"- 0:12-13; I Cor!
(Scripture references suggestions-uso your own initiative).
J. D. Cono
James A. Hays
James E. Freeman
Young men who would like
October 31 1941
By Greene and Whitcficld
Blcffost surnriso of tho week may
have been Ernlo (dreamer of songs)
Estcs when ho finally succeeded in
takimr Adclaldo Harvey to Brown-
wood for the game. After long mom
ents nt tha phono pulling strings nr-
culnir. nlcnding and suggesting meth
ods of attack to Adelaide thoy finally
won much to tho relief of Ernie
Adelaide and a host of boys' dorm
telephone "hnngcr-nrounders" who
were lending moral support.
Rado Archer provided moro fun at
tho gamo than the teams. First he
sat down on n pile of barb-wire fence
ripping his trousers about 24 inches
or more and had to patch them up
with tape in tho lobby of n Brown-
Slips in the night heard during the
game broadcast. Professor Paul
Southern vainly trying to describe be-twecn-halvcs
jitter-bugging dono by
two DBC fish. Radio announcer
Howard Chumlcy pronouncing tho
marching of upper-classmen Leonard
Wood Kayo Mullins and others as
". . . freshmen parading tho field."
Snake Johnson thinks he has Dor-
othy Cloud sewed. Funny thing is
one or two others havo tho same
The classics creep in. . . Chopin's
Prelude In A Major is now "I Found
You in the Rain."
Wallace (Sheik of Araby) Jackson
is trying to develop a hot case with
Evelyn Crenshaw the Rose of San
Antone which is perfectly all right
excepting that Evelyn has other ideas.
Homecoming should result in two
or three little mix-ups. Last year
sad to say some of the students never
recovered the lost ground that they
were hit for when the old flame
returned to burn a while.
And then there is the story about
the twa' fish who exchanged rings
and hoped for the best . . name of
Cone and Cox. (Advico to chlllun: A
chango of tho name nnd not tho let-
ter is n change for tho worst nnd not
Preaching appointments that havo
been made for Sunday. Nov. 2. aro
as follows: Weldon Hnmlll Balrd;
Byron Taylor Bronte; Ralph Graham
Tuscola; Wnyno Mickey Brownwood;
Steve R. Patterson Gorce; Arnold
Hardin Hamby; Larry Virgin Haw-
ley; Lcroy Garrett North Park;
Doyle Bantu Girard: and Owen Aikin.
J. V. Claxton
J. R. Hill '
M. P. Herring
O. C. Moreliin!
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The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 29, No. 6, Ed. 1, Friday, October 31, 1941, newspaper, October 31, 1941; Abilene, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101362/m1/2/: accessed March 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.