McMurry University War Whoop (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 69, No. 5, Ed. 1, Thursday, November 7, 1991 Page: 2 of 8
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McMurry University WAR WHOOP
November 7 1991
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These former McMurry women
arc currently gracing the Cooper High
School campus with their charms in-
tellect and outstanding teaching abili-
ties as educators of this country's youth.
Whether they travel from out-of-town
or from across town McMurry
exes who love their alma mater will be
converging on our beloved campus this
weekend with suitcases stuffed full of
memories. The "remember when' and
remember the time's" will fill the cool
autumn air. Some of the stories arc true
while others have had time to grow with
healthy does of fertilizer and generous
drinks from tears of laughter.
Questioning andlistcning carefully
to the tales spun by"old Indian women"
(just kidding girls!) I found myself
captivated by the spirit of what used to
Sally Finch Villers class of 196S
served as War Whoop editor for two
years. Her compensation for the posi-
Got "Reservations" About
By Bruce Uwic
There have been no national TV
reporters camped outside Dr. Kim's
office the past few weeks demanding a
justification. And certainly no groups
of Native American picketers have
threatened to disrupt this weekend's
Tipi Village if immediate changes aren't
But just because a small private
college in AbileneTexas doesn't attract
the attenlionof groups concerned about
ethnically-stereotyped school mascots
doesn't mean tliat our dear old institu-
tion can be exempt from the debate
surrounding this issue for long. Maybe
it is time McMurry takes a good hard
look at its use of the term "Indians" in
reference to its athletic teams.
Or maybe it's not...
Regardless of your political sen-
sitivity level it's certainly not hard to
see where Native Americans have a
beef about the way some schools and
professional sports teams use their name
in vain. Take a look at that ridiculous
exaggerated logo the Cleveland Indians
use and tel! me that's not "stereotypi-
cal" and "insulting." And isn't calling
a team the "Redskins" bordering a little
bit past the edge of good taste?
Think about it.
Imagine the outcry there would be
if some team tried to change its nickname
to the "Blackskins" or if someone
wanted to adopt one of those old Japa-
nese caricatures from the World War II-
era cartoons for its logo. You don't
think that would go unnoticed do you?
Extreme examples you say?
Maybe you're right. McMurry's
use of the Indian nickname goes back to
the school's origin. Some even say Dr.
J.W. Hunt the college's founder had a
tioiu two years of college tuition a
grand total of $190 per IS hours of
instruction. Hcyl What happened to this
"Being named TOTEM Beauty in
1963 is the best memory I have of
McMurry and the worst was not being
our rooms!" stated Villers.
Ethel Waters aJc.a. Melissa Lee
graduated in 1969 after battling cancer
twice during her college career at
McMurry. Lee remembers the sup-
portive teachers that helped her through
the rough times.
"I was widowed three years after
graduation. If it had not been for caring
teachers I would not have a degree. I
couldn't have made it without them."
Lee fondly recalls the kindness of
BethMyatt her advisor and the guidance
of Dr. C.W. Tartar then Head of the
Department ol Education.
great deal of respect for the Native
Americans. They say he was actually
"honoring" them by naming the school
mascot after them.
And yes you can argue that such
long-standing McMurry traditions as
Tipi Village and the Painting of the
Braves are actually "tributes" to the
Native American people because of the
emphasis on authenticity rather than
stereotypes. Besides if Native Ameri-
cans were so offended by what we did
for the Homecoming activities each fall.
Still there is a question of which
of ourMcMurry traditions and activities
arc actually "tributes" to the race and
which ones are just stereotypical ac-
tivities wc are copying from our
memories of childhood games and TV
Roger Head a Chippewa from
Minnesota recently pointed out in a
Sports Illustrated Article: "Ithurts (when
people imitate Native Americans). It's
not a true depictionof the Indian people.
When we see these folks dressed as
Indians ad wearing war paint the ste-
reotypes of Indians come out. They
wear headdresses which are very
spiritual in nature very ceremonial. It
would be like if we went to a game with
a lot of Catholics and started giving
communion in the stands or hearing
confession. It wouldn't show respect."
Just how "respectful" is it when
we (or any other team) have an exag-
gerated foam-headed mascot prancing
around in frontofthecrowdatafootball
of the Native Americans are we ste-
reotyping when we post banner that
read "Scalp 'Em Braves!" or "We're
On the Warpath?"
"We would have missed a great
teacher if it hadn't been for McMurry."
explained colleague Rose Williams of
Cooper High School
Martha Wctherl passed through
McMurry in the early 70s and added a
talc or to w of her own. (I can only print
one of them.)
It seems an old rancher drove to
town one day and pulled up to a light on
Sayles. Indian Day was well under way
atMcMurry when some of the"Indians"
decided to go on the warpath and attack
the old ranchers truck as he sat patiently
waiting for the inconveniences of city
life to direct his next move. Suddenly
the whooping and hollering of a band of
wild Indians interrupted the old man's
day dream. B efore anyone had a chance
to call the calvary out the old man had
singlc-handly (with a fully loaded
pistol) managed to scatter the wild band
back to their tipis. Ah the good old
And by all means I want to know
which great morsel of historical Indian
lore we ore paying homage to whenwe
continually refer to the McMurry cam-
pus as 'The Reservation?" Is that truly
a part of our Native Americans' past
they want to be continually linked with?
And why would we as a respectable
ins titutionofhighcr learning wantour
campus to be repeatedly referred to
with such a derogatory term? Because
we think it sounds "cute"?
I don't know if McMurry is really
ready to tackle this issue right now.
And maybe we don't have to. Maybe
what we are doing on our campus is
truly "respectful" and "in tribute" to
those who roamed these lands before
But when you're trying to be cute
and clever in finding ways to boost your
athletic teams that line between "re-
spect" and "racism" becomes a fine one
writer and editor from 1976-1979 and
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some time in the 70s. Nichols a Reli-
gionEnglish major worked for Dr.
and remembers helping type his fust
text book. Nichols also did some time in
the English department working for
"I took every philosophy class Dr.
Stamey offered because I loved the deep
philosophical discussions we got in-
volved in during class." said Nichols
quite philosophically I might add.
"I love running into the Monk's
late at night in the grocery store. . 1
remember telling Dr. Monk that I was
going to marry Roger Nichols and he
threw his head back and roared with
laughter." continued Nichols. I will
make an editorial assumption and as-
sume that Dr. Monk did not think Jen-
nifer and Roger were well-matched.
Nichol's best memories of
McMurry still seem to be present today;
a sense of community a real family
"I remember going to the old stu-
dent union to get ice cream cones and
The worst memory of all was thj
death of Marylada Houghenz. It was
Roger Nichols a noted Abilene
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attorney now graduated at or around
die same vague time Jennifer did. In
fact they graduated early in order to get
Nichols played coronet as first
chair in Professor Bynam's band and
was very active in Ko Sari.
"He was a B MOC." explained wife
Jennifer. Nichols could not be reached
for further comment however his
number is in the book.
Jackie Ward graduated from
McMurry in 1987.She remembers that
the two hardest teachers she had turned
out to be her two favorite.
"I learned so much from them;
Pug Parris and Dr Joyce Carrol. They
were hard but I learned a lot from
them." said Ward.
Ward's favorite memories of
McMurry include snowball fights on
campus playing hide and seek late at
night and listening to Necl Lemond
sing in the cafeteria. Can you relate?
Dealing with the financial office
was Ward's worst memory. I know you
can relate nowl (not really Mr. Whitis
I was just kidding; is my loan check in
by any chance?)
After surveying these women and
learning about life on the campus of
dearoldMcMurryovcra30 year period
I discovered they all had one memory in
common; the Wishing WelL Can you
Zackle Van Houten
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