The Howard Payne College Yellow Jacket (Brownwood, Tex.), Vol. 50, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, January 11, 1963 Page: 2 of 4
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THE YELLOW JACKET, JANUARY 11, 1963
POINT AND COUNTERPOINT
J. R. BEYERS, JR.
The various areas of the academic community around the
world make a major issue of the presence or absence of the freedom
which is afforded through the student press.
This problem has recently come to a significant boil at one of
our mid-western universities. There, several months ago, an out-
raged student wrote in the campus newspaper that Senator Barry
Goldwater from Arizona was a "murderer."
Friends of the Senator presented the case to the school's presi-
dent who failed to take any evident steps toward adjusting the
situation. Shortly thereafter the proxy found himself dismissed. In
today's era of action, the topic of freedom at any level is no longer
a sluggish subject designed for debate by stagnant discussion artists.
There is an actual and acute need for serious consideration of
our liberties as they relate to all areas of life, and especially as
they are identified with academic adjustment.
For the past month, "Point and Counterpoint" has been con-
cerned with a series of articles discussing a variety of issues of the
In the last edition of the "Yellow Jacket" Joe Gwathmey pre-
sented a suggestion to the administrative offices of our school which
proposed the establishment of an amplified course of study at
Howard Payne which would enable a student to do detailed re-
search work for scholastic credit. In the reaction which followed this
article we can measure the extent of "academic freedom" found in
Not only was the editorial allowed publication, but its mes-
sage was read and considered by members of the administration.
Conserning the last article, Dr. McDonald W. Held, academic
dean, forwarded a letter to the paper. The letter is printed on this
When students at an institution are allowed the freedom of
expression which we at Howard Payne are, they are able to realize
and are given the opportunity to appreciate and accept the benefits
and ensuing responsibilities.
Having been directly associated with both communications
media operated by the school, we can look back through the ex-
periences of four years and say with gratitude that we do indeed
have "academic freedom" at Howard Payne College.
MWF ,12:00 AM
3:00 or 4:00 PM
6:00 or 6:30 PM
LITTLE MAN ON CAMPUS
A mid-winter Reading Confer-
ence will be held February 22-23
at Howard Payne, announced
Dr. Prances L. Merritt, head of
the Department of Education.
It will open with a dinner
Friday evening, Feb. 22, and
will reconvene the next morn-
ing, continuing through noon.
Central Texas public school
teachers, supervisors and ad-
ministrators interested in im-
provement of reading at any
grade level are invited to at-
tend, she said. Information on
reservations to attend are be-
ing mailed to the schools in
Dr. Jane Carroll, head of the
Department of Elementary Edu-
cation at Howard Payne, is the
campus representative for the
conference, which will have as
its theme, "Challenge and Ex-
perimentation in the Teaching
Chief consultant will be Mrs.
Dorothy Kendall Bracken, di-
rector of the Reading Clinic of
Southern Methodist University.
Also present for the program
will be Mrs. Marie Clark of
Austin, president of the Texas
Association for the Improve-
ment of Reading.
There is no past or future, only the present. That's a rather
absurd thought, or is it? When considered in longevity, it proves
to be valid, especially if pondered with a realistic point of view.
To specify rather than generalize, and thereby clarify, the
preceding should be further explained.
Since one lives in the present, and only thinks of the past and
future, then the latter conditions do not actually exist. They are
only coincidental to the present. For it is the present which deter-
mines an awareness of a past or future. Therefore, with this in
mind, it might be said that the future never comes, just as the past
can never be re-lived. So what?
This is what. There is no more time to waste because exam
week is almost here. Prepare now because tomorrow, as such, never
really comes. —Larry Crisman
S>kort, Sad Saga
Of Of £ate heme
You stumble into the hall, where you find your instructor's
door locked. You get to a phone. You call her. She's out. You go
back into the hall, you slip your theme, your lovely, blood-soaked
theme—oh, mighty thunder—under the door!! For a moment you
ponder upon what you have done. Then you shrug and walk away.
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The Yellow Jacket
"Point and Counterpoint"
Attention: Mr. Joe Gwathmey
May I take this opportunity
to acknowledge the suggestion
which you presented' in your
column of December 14, re-
garding "depth of preparation
by the students into their fields
of study." The administration
in general and I in particular
should like to commend you for
your ideas and for giving at-
tention to them. Certainly, if
college has as its primary aims
the teaching of how to think
and the stimulation of thinking,
then we at Howard Payne Col-
lege certainly want to do every-
thing we can to make our con-
tribution to our students in
this direction. It is our hope and
our aim that we shall do more
and more to fulfill our purpose
in this direction.
You will be interested to
know that there has been some
study being done on the mat-
ter of an Honors Program,
which would allow superior stu-
dents to dio some directed in-
dividual study.We are pursuing
this further, and, we hope, will
have some specific action by
this spring. In addition, the
faculty recently voted that an
examination in basic English
will be required of all students
as they reach their junior year.
This will apply to those stu-
dnets who enter Howard Payne
College next fall, but will not,
of course, apply to students who
are presently enrolledl in the
college. English proficiency will
then be required of all students
before they may receive a
diploma from Howard Payne
College. This, we believe, is a
definite step forward. Other
action has already been taken
by the faculty with the idea
in mind fo stimulating students
to do better work and to give
more recognition to those who
excel in their academic pur-
More definitely, however, 1
the development of the Doug-
las McArthur Academy of Free-
dom. This program, planned
largely for the Social Sciences,
will essentially become an Hon-
ors Program. It will require a
B average over the freshman
and sophomore years to be ad-
mitted to it, and it will re-
quire at least a 2.5 average to
remain in the program. There
will be courses designed for
individual study and those peo-
ple who are majoring in the
Academy of Freedom will have
opportunity to enroll in these
Thus, you see, you have got
very quick action from your
suggestion, and I believe I can
assure you there will be fur-
ther action in the future, since
the administration believes your
suggestion to be sound and
since work has been going
along in this direction for some
Finally, I should like to say
that Dr. E. N. Jones, Executive
Secretary of the Texas Baptist
Christian Education Commis-
sion, read your article and
wrote me about it. He was ex-
tremely pleased to see you had
made this proposal and he
urged that attention be given
to it. Dr. Jones has urged that
our Baptist schools give serious
consideration to this type of
program ever since he became
Executive Secretary of the
Commission and he felt that
your suggestion was well pre-
May I commend "Point and
Counterpoint" for its thought-
fulness and stimulating discus-
sions. This is the sort of thing
which makes for a better paper,
a more alert student body, and
a more progressive school.
McDonald W. Held (signed)
"You say, Madam," said the
barrister to the woman in the
witness box, "that the defendant
is a sort of relation of yourB.
Will you explain what you
mean by that — just how are
you related to the defendant?"
"Well, it's like this. His first
wife's cousin, my second hus-
band's first wife's aunt married
brothers named Jones, they were
own cousins to my mother's own
aunt. Then, again, his grand-
fathers on my mother's side
were second cousins, his step-
mother married my husband's
step-father, his brother, Joe, my
husband's" brother, Harry, mar-
ried twin sisters. I've always
looked on him as a sort of
cousin of mine."
THE YELLOW JACKET
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Editor Larry Causey
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Sports Editor Bill Harper
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