Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1919-1920 Page: 20 of 84
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18 ABILENE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
cept that for which they were sent to school. We are anxious to help;
but if you are "going off to school" to see how much of the "old man's
money" you can spend; or if you think you must slip out at night and
see how many foul things you can learn; or if you think a little learning
a dangerous thing, and are going to fight against getting any at
all; or if your shoes are too highly polished to put under a study table,
your hair too well combed to run your fingers through, your trousers
too well pressed to sit any place except in the parlor; or if you have
too many suits to stay in your room, please allow us to save you time,
money and embarrassment. A. C. C. has no place for you, and will not
suffer the student body to associate with you. Experience has taught
us that we can do such students no good. We are not opposed to
students looking neat, clean, and tidy. Taste and common sense are
encouraged in dress.
Read the foregoing paragraph over again and if you decide it fits
you and you intend to continue with your present outlook upon life,
please do not come; but if you are a common, ordinary boy or girlone
who is too busy to do anything except your duty, come on. The
world is looking for you.
THE OTHER SIDE
While the primary object of our school is work, and to teach others
to work, we are very anxious not to make "Jack a dull boy." In
keeping with this desire, we have arranged certain times for relaxation
and recreation; times for pleasure and pastime; and even times
for frolic and fun. The opening days are always times of happiness.
From these days on, the various programs, games, picnics, mingled
with the yearly chicken roast and the occasional reception remain
as some of the most pleasant memories of school life. It is our
purpose to make the entire year a pleasure, and to the happy,
purposeful student, when the proper time comes, there will be no fun
Training of the proper sort reaches the hand, the head, and the
heart. A mind that is properly cultivated will safeguard the individual,
the home, the state, and the church. Any training that does not
help one to live more completely is poor training. As a school, we
are constantly concerned more in the interests we awaken than in
the information that is given. We will not be satisfied until we realize
the most valuable result of education-"The ability to make yourself
do the thing you ought to do, when it ought to be done, whether
you like to do it or not."
Many young people, and many parents, make the very serious mistake
of thinking that they will find the best training in the schools
with extra large attendance. This is not necessarily true. Especially
it is not true in reference to younger students. The best work can be
done in small classes, where each student may come in close touch
with the teacher. The conscientious teacher will study the weak
and strong points of the pupil and know just how to lead and assist
each to the greatest development. A very serious mistake for a
young boy or girl is to enter an institution that has a large enrollment
only to be lost as an individual. Our classes are not allowed to exceed
In view of the purposes and ideals of Abilene Christian College,
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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/m1/20/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.