The War Whoop (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 61, No. 3, Ed. 1, Friday, September 23, 1983 Page: 2 of 8
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WAR WHOOP; Sept. 23 1983
Times change over years MCM goals same
When McMurry welcomed its first students sixty years ago this week
the purpose and goals of the College were essentially the same as
today. The times however were different; thus courses of study
degree requirements and campus facilities were different.
Since prices for everything were so much lower in those halcyon days
tuition and fees at McMurry were likewise quite meager. For example
for the opening term (Fall 1923) tuition was $32.50 and room and board
was $97.50. The first bulletin observed "Considering the advantages
offered expenses at McMurry College are very reasonable. The habit
of economy by the student of course has much to do with the cost for
in incidentals. Students arc urged to practice thrift consequently
parents arc requested to have their sons and daughters make out a
budget and adopt a system of proper reporting."
McMurry was a product of its time and its constituents; thus rules
which seem restrictive now did not seem so to students of that era and
certainly did not seem unusual for parents or faculty. That first bulletin
stated "The College plans to throw every necessary safeguard around
the girls and boys entrusted to its care." They obviously believed that
girls needed more safeguards than boys.
According to an early Council Fire girls were subject to a system
which specified demerits for infractions of various rules. For example
cooking ironing and "running the radio" during study hours
(7:30-10:00 p.m.) earned the miscreant one demerit. More serious was
being on the fire escape (5 demerits) not signing out (3) dating
90uboiTni . J introduce-
When last wc left Joe Slime he was suffering the consequences of a
bit of overindulgence the night before.
Joe somehow made it to class although there were several times
when he stepped onto what in his eyes was the sidcwalk-but was
actually the grass. And he even was able to elude uppcrclassmcn who
may have ssked him to button up or button down.
As he sat there in class Joe began thinking about alternatives to life.
"Anything would be better than this" he thought.
He squints his eyes trying to make out what is on the chalkboard.
Every couple of minutes he docs manage to briefly make out a word or
two before his eyes cloud over again.
Joe gazes upon two identical professors trying to decide which was
actually mouthing those words. Those awful noises set his head to
His stomach felt like it had been
dash of acid and shaken well and
There were those horrible noises again and yet they were clearer
now.. "Joe arc you all right?" Dr. Crock stood next to him. He
continued "Maybe you should go
Joe nodded his head ever so gently. He obediently stood picked up
his books and headed homeward.
NEXT TIME: Will Joe recover in time for the big dance that night?
Historic Paramount provides
culture and entertainment
Although culture in Abilene is
as hard to find as water a slow
drizzle is coming our way. One
weekend a month the friends of
the Paramount present a feature
film proceeded by a vintage
cartoon or old fashioned news-
reel. Where else would they
choose to show the most spectacu-
lar movies ever made but at the
downtown historic Paramount
' The theater itself is a treat
regardless of the presentation on
the celebrated silver screen. In-
side the theater the gothlc struc-
ture is intensified by a castle
surrounding the screen itself. The
ceiling scattered with tiny blink-
ing stars on a field of black is
enhanced by soft white clouds
effortlessly gliding over the dup-
licated vault of heaven.
This historic landmark no longer
shows the movies of today but
chooses to present the movie
classics of yesterday. The first
movie for the fall season will be
Mutiney On The Bounty (1933)
of Joe Slime
filled with spicy food along with a
was still shaking.
home. You look awful I"
starring Clark Gable as Christian
Franchot and Charles Laughton
as the brutish Captain Bligh. It is
a historical account of how Bligh
was cast adrift in an open boat in
1789. This feature will be shown
on October 14 & 15.
The second feature Twelve
Angry Men (1957) starring Henry
Fonda E.G. Marshall Jack
Warden and Ed Begely will run
November 18 & 19. The film is a
story of a jury in a murder trial in
which the verdict is obvious to
By DR. FANE DOWNS
The McMurry College WAR
WHOOP is pubished every two
weeks during the fall and spring
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holidays and final exams. The
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of the Texas Intercollegiate Press
NEWS EDITORtShellie Warren;
MANAGING EDITOR: Julie
Gates; SPORTS EDITOR Todd
MANAGERt Callic Corthron;
COLUMNISTS AND REPORT-
ERS: Laurn Leigh McLcod Karen
Marvel Jerry Jonas Sandra White
PHOTOGRAPHER: Damon Sy-
pert; Tony White; ADVISOR:
everyone except juror no. 8
(Henry Fonda). Fonda gradually
throws out questions which cast a
doubt on the guilt of the defend-
ant. Although most of the film
takes place in a jury room the
cramped quarters create violent
personality clashes which work
their way to an unexpected ver-
dict. The third and final movie of the
1983 Paramount series is the 1959
version of Ben Hur. This thrilling
movie stars Charlton Heston and
Stephen Boyd. It is a Biblical
adventure of a jews captivity by
the Romans his release and his
final triumph. This film spectacu-
lar took 10 years to create and has
496 speaking roles and 100000
extras. The chariot scene is a
memorable event of motion pic-
Rarely does one get a chance to
see the old classics the way they
were intended. The magic of this
passed movie era can again be
appreciated at the historic Para-
without permission (5) smoking (10) and so forth. The woman who
accumulated 50 demerits was suspended and sent home.
Rules for darling restricted Freshmen women to dates on Saturday and
Sunday nights only. As students progressed in school their dating
privileges expanded; seniors were allowed "unrestricted date
privileges" as long as their conduct and grades were satisfactory.
Freshmen had to go in groups of more than two to town and could go
only twice per week. No young woman was allowed to go to "the city"
alone at night. (Abilene was a metropolis of about 11000 souls in those
Men students were required to clean their rooms beforc.8:00 each
morning and were admonished to change the sheets on their beds at
least once a week. They' were to observe study hours beginning at 8:00
p.m. each evening. Prohibited activities included gambling drinking
hazing and swearing; the first two brought immediate suspension.
The CoancU Fire also contained four pagcs(l) of description of
appropriate tabic manners for the dining hall.
In general "Every student is expected at all times to conform to the
ordinary rules of propriety and gentlemanly conduct; to be truthful; to
respect the rights of others; to be punctual and regular in attendance
upon all required exercises; and to have due regard for the
preservation of College property." Perhaps those general expectations
were not so different from today aftcrall.
Calling home can
A part of college life is the call
home. Usually wc do not have
time to write seeing how much
we study. Whether it is once a
week month or semester the
call can be' an experience.
"Who is this?"
"It's your kid."
"Where are you?"
"In my dorm room."
"How are you doing?"
"Fine mom. Could "
"It Is not too chilly at night is
"No mom. Could...."
"Is your roommate nice?"
"Yes mom. Will...."
"Have you cleaned your room?"
"Sorta. Mom I...."
"What about the bathroom-it
sure can get disgusting."
"Yea mom. Hey I..."
Three venrs down nnrf less fhnn
have come a long way (yes freshmen there is a life after sliming-if
Scnioritis already? Wc have "found ourselves" at McMurry
College. The "difference in education'" has marked us.
Scnioritis manifests itself in many ways. The desire to cut class
reappears. Black caps and gowns begin to look like high fashion. Wc
luuuy uuiwivu iu cuicr 111c rem worm .
Here are some clues to detecting Scnioritis. Be careful these are only
a few scattered svmntoms. Anvnne clinwlnn cinnc nt thi riicono
should be prepared to graduate and
iuu nuuw you re a senior wnen...
The initials LSAT GRE. MCAT. and GMAT mean more than an A. B.
Every girl on your hall has moved out and changed her name buy you.
YOU know CVerVOne in the Student Center even if vnn hnvon't hni
classes with them.
You explain the dorm procedures to your R.A.
Your mother calls and begs you to visit.
Chicken-fried "what's inside" at the cafe actually looks appetizing.
You file more paperwork to get out than you did to get in.
You realize the priorities of comfort versus style.
You recognize the new teachers faster than the faculty does.
Scoping out the freshman class makes you feel your age.
Your textbook bills no longer makes you dizzy.
You start counting grey hairs and wrinkles.
There are no more goodie packages from Grandma.
You get more bills than mail from home.
You schedule classes around your favorite soap operas.
People StOP asking What VOIl wnnt tn hf urhon vnn ornu nn nnri
instead ask what you have accomplished so far.
Mrs. uiibert s placement office becomes your favorite hangout.
YOU read the "professional" section in the nnner hefnre vnn renrf the
Hang in there. Seniors. Mav 6 Is
few months we are going to miss
A LAUGHING MATTER f
"Well it sounds like you are
ok." How arc your classes?"
"Making good grades?"
"I don't know. 1 guess. Mom..."
"Do you have anthing to tell
"Yea. Mom could you send me
some more money?"
"I love you too honey. Bye."
LIFE IN THE
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get out of here as soon as possible!
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