The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 17, Ed. 1, Friday, February 9, 1940 Page: 1 of 4
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PATRONIZE OPTIMIST ADVERTISERS
"A Glad Heart Makcth a Cliecrful Countenance." Proverbs 15:13.
ABILENE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE ABILENE TEXAS Friday February 2 1940
TIPA LOCAL CONTEST OPENS
FOR CAMPUS WRITING MONDAY
len Divisions Open I ait oftft UnU eninni enmrwrc
ATTEND SATURDAY SPEECH CLINIC
Monday February G marks the
opening of ACC's local Texas In-
tercollegiate Press Association con-
test. This annual writers' compe-
tition contains ten divisions for
Winners in each division of tho
local contest will bo eligible for tho
statewide competition to be held
in San Marcos in April. Local
winners will nlso receive a bound
dlt!on of The Optimist for 1939-
40 at the close of the school year
and will automatically becomo
members of the ACO Press club.
Entries may bo in the following
divisions: serious short story hu-
morous short story familiar essay
news article sports story editor-
ial feature story poem one-act
play or formal essay.
Any regularly enrolled student
In ACC is eligible to enter any of
these divisions. Prizes for first
place in the state contest will be
?5 except for formal essay with
a prize of $10 for tho winner.
There are no restrictions as to
the length of any entry.
Form of Entry
Students wishing to enter the
local contest should prepare a
typewritten copy of the material
to be submitted. This should bo
double-spaced and should have the
namo of tho contestant clipped
onto it on a separate slip of pa-
per. Material may be submitted even
though it has been printed before
if it has not previously won TIPA
or appeared as a paid contribution
in some publication. Entrants
must deliver their work to tho
editor of The Optimist or to their
FnirHsh nrofessors before mid
night Saturday February 17 clos
lng date of tho local contest
There is no limit to the number of
contests one may enter or the
number of entries one may submit
in each contest.
Colleges In Organization
Colleges in TIPA who are expect
cd to attend tho San Marcos con
ventlon are: Texas Wcsleyan Abi
lene Christian West Texas State
Teachers A rnd I Sam Houilon
State Teaclie's. East Texas State
Teachers Hat din Junior Paris
Junior Weatbcrford Junior How-
ard Payne Texas School of Mines
North Texas Teachers Amarlllo
Junior John Tarleton Stephen F
Austin. Daniel Baker Sul Ross
Additional contests in the state
meet will be a literary magazine
division with a ten dollar prise
and year book and newspaper div-
isions with litphics to winners of
both junior ami senior divlsioss.
New Hish With
Thirty-three West Texas high
schools sent more tha" 00 speech
students to nttcn.l !ie second an-
nual speech institute held in ACC
on Saturday January 20. This
clinic was sponsored jointly by
Abilene Christian college and the
Interscholastic League of tho
University of Texas.
Schools registering students in
cluded: Eldorado Abilene Moran
Woodson Barstow Comanche Bal-
linEcr Sonora San Angelo Clyde
Lucdcrs Pampa Spur Anson As-
pcrmont Colorado City Grand
falls Hobbs Slaton Rotan Santa
Anna Truscott Winters Lohn
Lawn Trent Jayton Stamford
Knox City Denton Loraine and
Because of the Interest shown in
this event officials of tho college
and of the Interscholastic League
have agreed to sponsor this affair
again next year.
Highlights of this year's pro-
gram were discussion of the cur-
rent high school debate question
and of competition in the field of
of one-act plays.
Roy Bedlchck one of three guest
speakers from Texas University
was prevented from appearing on
the program because of Illness.
Consequently F. L. Winship dra
matic director of TU's Interschol
astic League was the initial speak-
er on the program.
Winship discussed the rule
changes in the constitution gov-
40 NEW STUDENTS
ADDED TO ROLLS
crning the state-wide high school
competition in one-act plays. In
the afternoon session Winship cri-
ticized Abilene high school's pre
sentation of Checkov's one-act
play "The Boor."
Fred Barton ACC debate coach
spoke nt 11 o'clock Saturday morn
ing on possible improvement in
declamation contests from the
standpoint of selecting contestants
selecting the material to be used
and preparing the students for
Comer Clay AHS debate coach
followed Barton's address with a
short speech on Sources of Mater-
ial for High School Debaters.
Thomas A. Rousse debate coach
of Texas university criticized a
demonstration debate between
Maigie Glvens and Kathryn Barn
oh and William Snow and Kclley
Lewis of Abilene high. "There
should be clash in debate" said
Rousse m his discussion.
Preparation for extempore
speaking was the subject for the
address of Don Morris head of
ACC's speech department follow-
ing Winship's play criticism Sat
Concluding number on the pro
gram was Roussc's presentation of
"a bird's eye view" of the affirm-
ative and negative cases in the
1940 high school debate question.
The Wildcat band and the girls'
sextet entertained guests at
special chapel program Saturday
Intercollegiate Speech Meet Is
Here Next Friday and Saturday
Enrollment figure for Abilene
Christian college for 1939-40 had
risen to C03 by 3:00 p. m. Wed-
nesday according to figures re-
leased by the Registrar's office.
This shattered oil previous enroll
ment records in ACC's history the
former all-time high mark being
set nt C55 for 1936-37.
Students now enrolled who were
not here last semester include:
Dorothy Howard Quinlan; Welbcrn
Curry Abilene; II. G. Stephenson
Fort Worth: Johnnie Higginboth
am Abllcncj Helen Culium Littlo
Rock Arkansas; Ruby Matheny
Recluse Wyoming; Artema Blan
ton Cordell Oklahoma; Lodcma
Gcrnett Levclland; Marvin ftut-
lund Ovalo; Majean Chambers
Tipton Oklahoma; Henry Robor-
son Abilene; Charles Botvidson
Colorado City; Maurice Cox An-
son; Darrel Westmoreland Win-
gate; Mary Leo Atkins Christo-
val; Jean Shepherd Killeen; Paul-
ine Budcr Cordell Oklahoma;
Jimmie Nell Sullivan Ranger;
Mack Page Abilene; Ben II. Mag
nus Mndisonvlllc; Morris Magnus
Madisonville; Cecil Thomason
Ruth Brown Hutchinson Abilene;
DeLores Stout Shawnee Okla-
homa; Pauline Tillcy Tlustce Ok
lahoma; Bordello Adcock Merkel;
(Continued on pago 2.)
ACE JONES GETS
Also Get Awards
Kendall (Ace) Jones was given
the first annual Reporter-News a-
ward for the best all-around ama-
teur athlete In Abilene for 1939 in
a special chapel program Monday.
Wendell Bedichek managing edi-
tor of the Reporter-News and
graduate of ACC made the pre-
sentation of the seventeen jewel
gold-cased pocket watch which was
engraved with Jones' name and
tho nature of tho honor.
Jones who graduated last year
was an All Texas Conference
guard in basketball Texas confer
ence chmpion in tennis singles and
doubles and badminton champion
of Texas. He Is now employed at
the Utizens National Bank.
Other awards presented Monday
by Don Morris were three gold
footballs which were 'presented to
ACC's three all-conference select-
Ions in football last season. Those
went to Thurman Jones (back)
Tyson Cox (tackle) and Helmuth
(Red) Stromquist (end).
Gibson Tells Of
Program Jan. 24
College Was First In State To
Require Test Tor Entrance
J. P. Gibson ACC physician dis-
cussed the college's tuberculosis
skin-testing program at tho Jan-
uary 24 meeting of tho Tom Green
County Tuberculosis association in
Abilene Christian college has
had a tuberculosis skin test as part
of tho routine physical examination
since 1933. It was the first college
in Texas to include this test in its
Dr. Gibson is a member of tho
Taylor County TB board and a
staff-member of its Charity Chest
Abel's Mural Nears
Finish In Academy
Mural Focr Alo Catches
Other Art Students
There lemains only about two
weeks spare time work by Jack
Abel before the mural in the sec
ond floor of the education building
will be completed according to
Juanita Tittle art Instructor.
This mural which has as its
theme Knights in Armor portrays
a page being knighted warriors
Olive Jane Wilson
Newjead of GTC
Colored Minister's Wife Talks
On Christian Living
Olive Jano Wilson Was elected
leader of the Girl's Training class
for this semester at the group's
last meeting. Miss Wilson succeeds
Martha Lou Green who' left school
at the end of tho semester.
"The types of programs will bo
similar to thoso given last semes
ter" states Miss Wilson.
At tho last meeting Mrs. Alei
andcr wife of the colored minister
of the church of Christ in Abi
lene discussed duties of a min
Mrs Alexander advised the class
to teach clean living to tho color
ed students in the devotional pro
grams which are held each Thurs
day from 11:30 to 12:00 at the
Abilene colored school
on the field of battle and the
crowning of the victor. It is being
done in cold water paint.
The accoutrements of the horses
and other characters in the mural
have been carefully authenticated
with the period of knighthood ac-
cording to Miss Tittle.
Clnirc Tate commercial nrtist
en the Abilene Reporter-News
staff and Mary Eula Sears who
does etching's have both com-
mented favorably on Abel's work
in this mural.
On the north wall of the art
loom is a seven-foot mural por-
traying the four seasons of the
year embodied in the persons of
Grecian women. Patsy Cooke and
Eleanor Brockman are planning a
smaller mural to be painted over
the blackboards in tho room.
Natl Spanish Assn.
Coiner of "Americanity" Gets Post
In California Meet
Eugene Smith Takes
Forum Helm For '40
G. K. Wallace Will Speak At
Dr. Francis M. Kercheville ur
ACC graduate vas elected prcsi
dent of the American Association
of Teachers of Spanish nt the con-
clusion of the group's two-day
convention in San Francisco Dec-
Kercheville who heads the
Spanish department at New Mex-
ico A & M is the coiner of the
word "Americanity" which he ad-
vocates to replace "Americanism".
"Americanity gets away from all
the isms anything suggesting
Fascism Communism or Nazism"
says Dr. Kercheville. Teaching of
Spanish in the grades especially
in California and the southwest
Eugene Smith senior speech
major was elected Evangelistic
Forum leader for the spring sem
ester at the group's last meeting.
Speaker for tho meeting was Ho-
mer Hniley minister of the High-
land Street church of Christ who
spoke on the life of the Apostle
G. K. Wallace noted evangelist
is scheduled to speak to the group
of preachers tonight.
Those reporting appointments
for the week were: Luther Savage
Baird; Colin Smith Hope; B. B
Harding Hamby; Eugene Smith
Conhomn; James A. Johnson
Strnwn and Garvin Toms. Pioner.
LARGEST BAND IN TOUR BROADCASTS
Olivo Jano Wilson is a namo
familiar we wager to even tho
newest student on tho campus
Olive Jano just naturally makes
you awaro that she exists not in
on overly aggressive or obnoxious
manner but in a quiet friendly
Wo can't with truth say that
eho Is one of tho most agreeable
little kittens in our lair because
if she so desires ho will arguo you
Into believing day is night on tho
If she had her way Olive Jano
would elect tho fellow who invent-
ed candy to tho Hall of Fame. HU
was In her opinion just above tho
greatest service over rendered to
humanity. While in Mexico on the
Spanish trek she had to restrain
her enormous appetite for Uhla
delicacy on the grounds of impropi
cr cleanliness in that direction.
(Continued on pago 2.)
San Antonio U.
Will Debate Here
ACC's first string debate squads
will meet one men's team and ono
woman's team from the Univer-
sity of San Antoio here on Feb
The San Antonio squads are
making a tour of the southwest.
They have debates scheduled with
Southwestern University at George
town Texas Wcsloyan at Fort
Worth and North Texas State
Teachers at Denton.
Smith In Speech
Eugene Smith senior speech
major will appear in recital "at
7:30 next Thursday evening in tho
parlors of the girls' dormitory.
Mr. Smith will present Vincent
Shean's "Not Peace But A Sword."
Toms Iteads From Van Dyke
Garvin Toma read eighteen
poems by Henry Van Dyke illus-
trating the author's philosophy of
life in Zellncr hall last Monday.
M'VXmti mMrMAy'm aMHiSI
is his dream for bringing the A-
mcricas closer together.
Kercheville. who studied here
under H. L. Shug spoke here re-
cently on our regular chapel pro
gram. Tho 1940 convention of tho
Spanish teachers' association will
be held In Albuquerque New
Daniels Shines As
Garage Burns And
Crain Yells "Help"
Colleges From Four
States May Attend
ACC will play host to colleges
form California Oklahoma Texas
and possibly Kansas next Friday
and Saturday in its eighth annual
intercollegiate speech tournament.
Beginning at 9:00 Friday morn-
ing contests will be held in ten
divisions: men's debate women's.
debate men's poetry reading wom
en's poetry reading Bible reading
radio speaking (for men or wom-
en) men's oratory women's ora-
tory men's extempore speaking
and women's extempore speaking.
Finals in radio speaking will bo
broadcast over KRBC and will ha
judged by a committee of radio
listeners. Manuscripts for radio
speech must be written by tho
speaker and be four minutes long.
Preliminaries will be held in Scw-
Poetry Reading may bo cither
from memory or from text. Each
entrant will read one or more sel-
ections of standard poetry of his
own choice. Reading time must
not exceed five minutes.
Debate question will be: esolvcd:
That the United States should
adopt a policy of Btrict economic
and military isolation toward all-
nations outside the Western Hemis-
phere engaged in armed interna-
tional or civil conflict.
Each team will have four pre-
liminary debates. All teams win-
ning three out of four debates will
compete in finals. A team will not
be eliminated until it has lost two
debates previous to the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals and finals ono
loss will eliminate a team.
Orations in either the men's or
women s division may De on any-
subject the orntor may choose.
They must not exceed ten min-
utes in length and must be orig
inal. Not more than 150 words
may bo quotations.
The general subject for each div-
ision of extempore speaking will
bo "National and International
Problems of Current Interest"
Specific topics will be taken from
"Time" and "Newsweek" for tho
four weeks proceeding the contest
Speeches must not exceed seven
minuts. Specific topics will bo
drawn one hour before the contest.
Each contestant will draw thrco
topics from which he will select
The Wildcat band this year is
tho largest in its history. It num-
bered 83 pieces last semester. In-
novations this year are tho two
twirlcrs In purple jackets and white
panta Clyde linden at the left
Billy Boh Sanders on the right.
Just to the right of tho baas drums
stands mascot Tommy Morris.
Superimposed on the picture
are Ococo McCasland 1930-40
band queen and director W. D.
Crain only member of tho band
to appear twice in this view. Tom
Dabney drum major stands be-
hind tho rail at Miss McCasland's
The band has begun concentrated
work on the numbers it will play
on its spring tour. This list in
cludes several concert numhers
from tho A B and C class high
high school national contest lists.
ACC's weekly TSN broadcast
time is filled every other week by
this group of musicians. This Mon-
day night they "played tho over-
ture to "Barber of Seville" and
two marches "Tho Buccaneer"
A little onc-mnn fire department
nnd moving van that's CcVone
Daniels. When she emerged fiom
tho band rom at three o'clock on
the eighteenth of Jnnunry to see
tho Crain garage apartment send
ing up smoko signals she wasted
no time in feminine screams but
A-ct Into action.
Into tho Crnin house "Mrs.
Crain your garage is on fire!"
to the telephone to call out the
fire department back to tho gar-
age again hero she groped
through the smoko to find tho car
and then somehow pushed it outside.
CoVcne not only made tho cross
country to the band room to tell
Mr. Crain tho news but beat him
back to tho house where they were
in time to see three fire trucks
putting out tho fire.
After tho tumult and tho shout
ing were over and the firemen had
departed tho directorial biceps
were unequal to tno strain oi
pushing the car back into the gar-
age so CeVcno had to help the
C. W. Dennis and Billy Woods
occupants of the apartment miss-
ed the fun also part of their fur-
niture. They wui away.
Cups will be given to schools
winning first place in each divis-
ion of nil contests. Individual med-
als will be awarded first and sec-
ond place winners in each division.
Elizabeth Nelson librarian
Tuesday announced a change
in library hews to be Elect-
ive this semester. Opening as
usual at 7 45 a. m.. the li-
brary will close at 7:30 each
evening except Saturday
when it will close at 3:30.
Two-hour reserve books may
be checked out at four and
on Saturdays at 12:80.
Increasing spring activities
caused the change which is
Miss Nelson will welcome
any suggstions or complaints
regarding the new hours.
She says recognize the
change to be a disadvantage
to Bomo but believe it will ber
beneficial to many because
the library will bo open five
additional hours each week."
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