The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 40, No. 7, Ed. 1, Friday, October 24, 1952 Page: 2 of 8
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OCTOBER 24 1952
Political Fight Set Southern Democrat Has High Praise
By McMurry Band For Gen. Eisenhower and Gov. Shivers
McMurry college -was represent-
ed not only on the gridiron last
Saturday night but also in the po-
litical arena. The McMurry bond
built its half-time performance
around the coming election. Adlai
Donkai engaged Dwight D. Ele-
phantc in a battle royal.
Even though -Mr. Elcphanti
weighed in at over 3000 lbs. he
was unable to conquer Mr. Donkai
who weighed only slightly over
"This indecisive battle is to be
resumed November 4 when the
fight will be carried to trie finish."
To the Editor:
Many of the "I Like Ike" but-
tons in Southern lapels also mean
something on the order of "I Hate
By tradition I should vote the
straight Democrat ticket like the
man who "always voted at his
party's call and never thought of
thinking for himself at all." This
year the man at the top of that
ballot bids to follow in little Har-
He has already endorsed one of
the worst cases of thievery in the
history of this country the steal-
flench Hancuaae Dijjfjieult
1a Ztu2)ents Ok e Gits ACC Library Should Not Be Used
The French language is the ultimate in the phonetic
It incorporates practically every sound the tonque
is capable of producing including the "eee-e-e-ooo-o-oh"
of the donkey ;the "moo-o-o" of the cow; the growl of the
dog; and the "meow" of the cat; with a few human pro-
ductions mixed in.
The masterpiece of French elocution is the "r." Unlike
the English sound which is made by lazily raising the
tonque or the Spanish creation which is a "roll" or series
of-vibrations of the tongue .the French version is not
produced by the tongue at all but by a little organ
which you probably didn't know you had suspended in
the back of the mouth.
This "second tongue" or uvula as it is known vib-
rates against the throat that is if the Adam's apple does
not get in the way and produces a beautiful resonant
sound much like thecroaking of a frog.
A cross between1 the warble of a bird and the growl
of a dog the French "r" is made like a gargle except that
you don't use water and sounds sort of like a snore ex-
cept that you blow out instead of in.
It is quite a sensation to produce too; it sort of tickles
your throat the first few times you do it but once you
get the hang of it it comes as easily as the gurgle of a
This is just a word of explanation in case you meet
someone on the campus and he lets out a low guttural
growl as you approach. Don't be alarmed; he won't bite
you. He's just a French student practicing his French "r."
tubevtts jaiimG Bible
Uouw Ke'Ztudit Ootectioes
If a man were building a stone house and left out
the mortar to hold his house together you would'think
Yet students come to Abilene Christian College for
a Christian education and try to leave out the Bible the
faultless mortar that holds the educational stones together.
Did you know that out of the 269 students failing
subjects during the first four weeks of school 28 per cent
of them were failing courses in Bible? Is this not defeat-
ing the purpose in coming to this school rather than a
It is a fact that ACC is not as 'large or elaborately
equipped as many state-supported schools. F6r many of
us it is far far from our homes. But more important is
the truth that ACC has a spirit and hope in its students
that will long out-live the most extensive engineering
course or largest library in the world.
A different set of values prevail in this school. Here
We have the longest ranged curriculum possible eternity
in heaven is our final graduation goal..The major require-
ment for an ACC sheepskin is a knowledge of God'skword.
Little or no background in the Bible the confusion
of beginning college the homesickness and' lonliness of
the freshmen are some of the reasons for the low Bible
Although some of the reasons are perhaps justifiable
there is no excuse for Christians enrolled in ACC to fail
a course in Bible through neglect carelessness or indif-
Paul admonished Timothy to "Study to show thyself
approved unto God . ." It is an aomonition we 'must all
heed ' ..'.
As Parlor or Student Activity Center
The following "A Word to
Southcastcrncrs" could apply so
aptly to Abilene Christian college
library that I submit it to you for
At ACC we can easily substitute
the Students Exchange the Stu-
dent Center and the Dormitory
parlors for "The Snack Bar the.
Student Union and Rat's Alley."
Of course we do not have smok-
ing on our campus but the talk-
ing on the front -steps and around
the victory bell penetrate the
Yours very sincerely
A Word To Souihoaiiorncr
Ladies and gentlemen of South-
eastern because of limited facili-
ties the Sims Memorial library is
unable to accommodate you with
either a date parlor or a matri-
monial bureau. v
Until our policies change you
should not do your "courting" be-
hind the READERS' GUIDE nor
by Deity McDonnell
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There's so many donkeys and
elephants not to mention Pogos
flying around these days it's a
little difficult to talk about any-
But I'm going to stick my neck
out and talk about n pheasant this
week. Poor thing he's scheduled
to lose his neck around Thanks-
giving and believe me it's about
the poorest neck I ever saw! The
bird already looks like someone
pulled a foul trick on him and
picked him to pieces before the
Taking a bird's-eye view would
only make you think that it was a
bald eagle. This is due not to
nature but to Mr. Pheasant's com-
plex. Why he's so shy and high-
strung that if more than one per-
son at a time comes around his
cage he starts jumping up and
down up and down. Finally he.
gets to springing so high his head
hits the top of the pen. And after
weeks of this his head-gear has
Economically this one is cheap
to raise he won't cat any thing
is a moderate drinker and never
stays up late. However he's not
a very tidy dresser. He always
looks like he had just dunked
himself in the pond only to have
some goose honk for him.
He has absolutely nothing to do
and docs it to the best of his abili-
ty. But then I don't guess a bird
has to have any great talent to
lay his neck on a chopping block.
You know I'm not looking for-
ward to Thanksgiving this year.
We're supopscd to eat this character!
should you make your social vi-
sits in the Browsing Room. The
Snack Bar the Student Union
and Rat's Alley are but a few feet
away. There you may whisper
sweet nothings giggle sigh or
coo to your heart's content.
It just isn't in good taste to use
the library for making your "pick-
ups" so to speak. Besides it is
most distracting to those "Eager
beavers" studying around you to
say nothing of the staff member
on duty. ' -
"Table hopping" is a serious of-
fense. Don't pretend that you don't
know what it means. When you
"table hop" in the library you be-
come a real menace to the stu-
dents who are -earnestly working.
Because of the fire hazard and
the annoyance to some readers
smoking should be confined to
areas other than the library build-
ing. If you dash out on the front
steps for a much-needed cigarette
please talk in moderate tones to
the other smokers loitering there.
Queer sounds ascend 1 the read-
ing rooms and disturb concentra-
tion on term paper writing or out-
side reading from Commagcr's
"Documents of American Histo-
ry." Too you arc a little old to be
clipping newspapers' and maga-
zines for your scrapbook. Did it
ever occur to you that some per-
iodicals are costly to replace and
that a volume cannot be bound
when an Issue is marred? Try to
remember that the next time you
take a pocket knife to a cartoon
in the Saturday Evening Post. Be-
sides the ugly word stealing can
be applied to such action.
(From Southeastern Louisiana
College Bulletin vol. 9 no. 4 July
inc of the funds of the children of
this state an act which violates;
the treaty of the United States.
Government with the State of
Texas. Twice bills have gone
through Congress representatives
of every state in the union that
would restore to the states their
rightful property and twice they
have been stopped at the desk of
a man from a state noted for its
Stevenson has said that ho.
would clean up corruption in gov-
ernment. Pardon us for not being
able to see his firing of men whose
money has backed him whoso
mouths have praised him and
whose shoulders would bear him
in triumph to the White House.
They have stated that 1hc only
campaign issue of the other party
is that we need a change in gov-
ernment. Isn't that enough? Tho
diplomatic blundering of our pre-
sent administration has cost ua
Eastern Europe Tibet and China
and through this last the Korean
War and all the blood of the free-
dom loving people who have died
In this respect it has nourished
the monster and built up Com-
munism into the fearful danger
we face today. An ounce of com-
mon sense in our government
heads could have prevented what
it will take many pounds of grief
and woe to cure.
Little Harry's voice rang out
"...you never had it so good"
after horrible headlines shriek out
rises in the necessities of life; tax-
es which stagger the imagination
and lay burdens on the backs of
future generations terrible losses
in Korea and diplomatic setbacks
which dangerously threaten our
I like to consider myself first a.
Christian second a Texan third
an American and fourth a Demo-
crat. As a Christian I am obliged to
vote and for the man who would
be best for governing a country as
a fit place for Christians to livo
As a Texan I want to vote for
a native son a man who would
make Texas proud of him and ona
who would remedy injustice to
the children of that state.
As an American I want to vote
for the man who will clean up
corruption out of high places and
who will fulfill the ideas of tho
early American leaders.
As a Democrat I'm a Texas De-
mocrat Hurrah for Shivers and
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