The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Ed. 1, Wednesday, April 1, 1964 Page: 10 of 16
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A Fitful First
Abilene Christian College is this
year enduring another first in its
graduate school in the person of
Gary Ahdy graduate assistant in
speech from redolent Waxahachie.
"Yes this is the first time such a
project has been put over on
h " i
In charge of dirty work.
ACC" sullenly squeaked Fred J.
Pardoner Dean of the Graduate
School currently under fire from
the Southern Association of Cl-
leges and Universities. "What's it
"Rather than doing the standard
everywhere acceptable written
thesis (and working with pencil
paper and words you know)"
chortled balding Dramatics Direc-
tor Lewis Fulks "Gary attempted
a production thesis working with
people an infinitely less complex
project. (And confidentially
though it might not transfer well
I was too tired after "Music Man"
to tackle another production so
soon no matter what happens to
the reputation of the school.)"
Grade A Ahdy. Ahdy a some-
time "A" student came to ACC in
the Roman spring of 1962 and
was granted a speech assistantship
in the decline and fall of that year.
Typically for him he was put in
charge of the dirty work crew
where he shows an amazing apti-
tude for handling dirt.
In addition to these duties he
currently lechers to a class in back-
stage crafty-by individual confer-
ence only. "Sometimes ACC girls
have a little trouble at first meet-
ing my standards" leers Ahdy but
after they gain a little experience
they usually come around."
Beginning his directing at ACC
Ahdy chose to render a cut version
of "Green Pastures" a rather sac-
rilegious account of Bible stories.
"I left in most of the juicy parts"
Broad Breadth." "The breadtH of " "
my interests is so broadj? boasts
Ahdy "that I have- to work to
worm them all into drama. But so
far I humbly believe I have raan-
aged to foist off on playgoers an''
astounding amalgam of literature
art speech music choreography f
(you know what that means) the-
ology psychology and especially-
Dr. Rex Kicker head of the
speech department describes Ahdy
as "a stealthy sneak who works on
his own as though Big Brother
were watching over his shoulder."
Fulks a nice man whose diabol-
ically witty and mundane remarks
cleverly sum up this discussion
quipped "Gary is nice to work .
with because he's a nice person."
George and Psallo
The profound Abilene theologian
and scholar George Bailey D.D.
has just published a tract on one
of modern religion's touchiest top-
ics: the red-hot "Psallo" contro-
versy which is currently rocking
high-ranking theological circles.
Bailey maintains that"tne word
is derived from a Chaldeo-Ugaritic
verb meaning "to dance." He fur-
ther states that the word connotes
the most intimate sort of ballroom
dancing preferably to instrumen-
Because of the erroneous trans-
lations of this verse (Ephesians
5:19) which have thus far appeared
in all translations of Holy Writ
Bailey has announced plans to
issue his own version of the Scrip-
tures. Not only will this transla-
tion be radically different from
previous translations but the first
letter of every verse will form an
acrostic on Bailey's name. "I'll
write the whole thing from mem-
ory" Bailey asserts.
Tony and the Ancients
"Indian picture writing from
long ago is found on rocks in num-
erous parts of the country" as-
tutely observed Anthony Ash in-
structor at Abilene Christian.
An expert in thirty-seven lang-
uages Ash was speaking to a group
of amateur archaeologists at Buf-
falo Gap. Making a significant con-
tribution to scholarship while en-1
joying the better things in life '
Ash has acted as sponsor of the '
group since early in. the ;fall when
the group was organized for the'
purpose of taking trips to Buffalo
Gap .. .0O j.
The group soon grew due to such '
Ashean statements as '"the Indians '
had a big advantage in writing. on t
boulders. Nobody could move -a
cliff face away from the telephpne-
or turn it over to doodle-or the-jo
other side." M fi '-ri- "
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