Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1919-1920 Page: 19 of 84
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THE RECORD AND STANDING OF A. C. C.
It was the first of our schools to obtain official recognition for its
work and the first to be classed as an A plus junior college. It is the
first of our institutions to develop into a college of the first class (a
four-year or senior college). It has raised and invested more money
in equipment than any of our other institutions and has gotten together
a larger and more scholarly faculty. It has received more recognition
in the educational organization of the State than any other junior college
in the State. It proposes to maintain the same high standards as
a college of the first class that it has maintained as a junior college
and to build a plant worthy of the great work being done. It is not
an experiment. It is an established institution. Under the same management,
under very adverse conditions, and with much opposition, it
has steadily grown and developed along all lines until it is now completely
organized and ready for work as a college of the first class
on Sept. 23, 1919.
Our pride is not in our plant, the size and strength of our faculty,
or the standing of our institution in the educational world, but in our
product-our students. The business and professional men of Abilene,
the people where they go for athletic and other contests, our
visitors, and others tell us they are "different," more refined and
cultured, that they are clean and honest. Our purpose is to develop
CHRISTIAN men and women, real genuine CHRISTIAN men and
women, CHRISTIAN not in doctrine and faith only, but CHRISTIAN
in character, in life. From what we can see and hear we have cause
to believe we are succeeding to a reasonable degree. Read this extract
from a letter written to us by the dean of a college where our boys
three days and played two games of baseball this spring:
"The Abilene Christian College baseball team was here for two
games. The boys played clean baseball and conducted themselves
in such a manner as to make us proud of them for you. We have
had several college teams to visit us this season, but your boys are
much the manliest set of men we have had. If we had not been told
they were all Christians we would have known from their conduct
that it must be so."
We do not apologize for being PROUD of such; and our girls are
just as fine.
And we do not apologize for being proud of the spirit and training
that makes such boys and girls.
Under proper restraint, the association of boys and girls, young
men and young women, is most helpful and valuable. It develops
the finer graces in social life and gives ease, dignity, confidence and
naturalness. Each exercises a restraining, refining, and ennobling influence
over the other. They are not permitted to board in the same
houses, and social intercourse is permitted only on occasions provided
for that purpose. The boys and girls meet only in the class
rooms, in the chapel, and in the literary societies, and always under
the supervision of a member of the faculty.
ARE YOU WANTED?
It would be ideal if a school could be found in which there were
no sports, dudes, idlers, shallow-brains, busy-bodies in everything ex
SESSION OF` 1919-'20
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Abilene Christian College. Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1919-1920, book, July 1919; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45903/m1/19/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.