The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 46, No. 31, Ed. 1, Friday, May 8, 1959 Page: 1 of 4
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Nature's in There Pitching - ACG Goes Ivy League
Ived halls are on the way for Abilene Christian College
if nature has her way! A healthy vine is creeping up the
wall of the Public Relations wing of the Students Exchange
just outside the door of the Alumni office.
Nature got Her hint last year when the Students Asso-
ciation asked for suggestions for special projects in the
Senate. Ideas were taken up in chapel and one student
suggested ivy for campus buildings.
An Optimist editorial discussed the idea and within
weeks Jesse P. Sewell mailed a check to The Optimist with
the notation "Use this to start an ivy-growing campaign."
Sewell is an ex-ACC president and his endorsement
of the idea must have prompted the vine to have a try at
making the Hill greener.
Unless the Maintenance Department finds the vine
evil students may return in September to a real Ivy-league
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GREEN . . . grows the ivy.
Men's Glee Chora la ires Stage
Thursday Concert "Under Stars"
Abilene Christian College
Choralaircs and the Men's Glee
Club will present the annual
"Concert Under the Stars" Thurs-
day evening on the steps of the
New officers for next fall's re-
turning Abilene Christian College
classes were elected Tuesday and
The seniors will be lead by
Doug Smith. Wally Adams will
be vice president and Louraine
Plttard secretary. Smith and
Adams were unopposed.
Next year's juniors will have
Russel Kinningham as president
and George Miller vice president.
Both won their post 6 in run-off
Dot Holland was elected secre
Dean Bingham won the presi
SPORTS PHOTOS RATE TOPS
Optimist Gets '1st Class
Sports coverage and photo-
graphy were given top ratings by
the Associated Collegiate Press
judging service as The Optimist
was awarded a First Class Honor
Results of judging came Satur-
day from ACP headquarters In
The Optimist competed with
other colleges and universities
with enrolments 'of from 4000-
2001. DUANE ANDREWS from the
public relations staff of Minne-
apolis Honeywell and formerly a
staff member of the Minneapolis
Star and Tribune judged the divi
IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEST
Range Judgers Win 2nd
Land judging teams from Abi-
lene Christian College won sec
ond and a third place in the 8th
Annual International School and
Land Judging contest near Okla
Director Harry Fierbaugh as-
sistant professor of music educa-
tion said that "International
Festival of Song" is the theme
for the concert which will feature
folksongs of various nations.
dency of next year's sophomore
class in a run-off that placed
Gary Taliaferro as vice president.
Davie Herring will be secre-
tary. Tuesday will be the voting day
for senators and court justices
said John Robbins Director of
Internal Affairs for the Students'
Petitions for nomination are to
be handed to current class vice
presidents by tomorrow noon.
The elections will be handled
by newly elected class officers to
help them ready for next year's
sion which Included The Opti-
mist. He gave the paper 3410 points
00 points shy of the coveted
AU-American Honor rating.
3000 points were needed for a
first class rating.
Andrews attached this com-
ment to his rating: "You cover
the news extensively write it
well and are imaginative with
Eleven other papers won first
class ratings while six were judg-
ed AU-American and 13 second
Seven were given third class
homa City Okla. last weekend.
In the Range and Pasture judg-
ing contest .the ACC squad from
the Agriculture Department came
in second behind Southwest
At 7:30 p.m. the Choralaires
will open the first part of the pro-
gram with two English Madrigals
"Now Sing We All This Day" by
Hans Led Hassler and "The Silver
Swan" by Orlando Gibbons.
THREE BRAHMS selections
will represent the folksongs of
"Just As The Tide Was Flow-
ing" will be offered by the Eng-
lish composer R. Vaughan Wil-
liams. "O Vermeland" Swedish folk
melody: "Scotch Bagpipes" a
Scotch air: "Lonesome Road"
American; "Hey 'Twas In The
May" Dutch folk sdng; and John
Jacob Nlles' "The Black Oak
Tpee" will complete the first sec
The Men's Glee Club begin the
second group of numbers with
Bach's "Sicut locutus es" from the
"Magnificat" and "Fierce Was
The Wild Billow" by Noble.
TWO SPIRITUALS arranged
by Bartholomew "Old Ark's A-
Moverln'" and "Steal Away'
will complete the sacred part of
the evenings program.
The "Men" will perform a very
I (Sec CONCERT page 3)
EACH SEMESTER the Associ-
ated Collegiate Press analyzes its
member newspapers according to
over 20 separate phases.
From zero to 200 points are
given each phase and ratings
from "poor" to "superior" are as-
signed. Work of David Dallas staff
photographer was awarded the
superior rating with maximum
point value as was the sports
pages edited by Dudley Lynch.
first semester sports editor.
Twelve nhases o'f The ODtlmist
received "excellent ratings" while
nine were evaluated "very good."
MAY 8. 1959
Jimmy Arledge Stamford sen-
ior Kenneth Rcid Hillsboro jun-
ior David Robnett junior from
Duncan Okla. and Joe Ritchie
senior from Troup made up the
THE OTHER contest land
judging left ACC in third place
behind Oklahoma State and
Southwest Missouri state.
This team was made up of Ker-
mit Hubbard Moody freshman
Gladwin Glllispie Quanah soph
omore Dean Moberly sopho
more from Palestini 111. and
Twenty-four states and 11
foreign countries were entered In
the contest sponsored by WKY
Radio and TV station in Okla-
homa City working with the
Oklahoma Extension Service.
THE ACC teams drove the
Agriculture Department's station
wagon to the contest. They were
gone two days.
Land judging contests pit teams
in evaluating soil characteristics.
Straughn Takes Honors
At Press Award Banquet
Harold Straughn editor-elect
of The Optimist pulled down the
two top awards at the Press
Club's annual awards banquet
He was the winner of the Wen-
dell H. Bedichek Award and the
$100 Press Club Scholarship.
Individual awards for outstand-
ing work on The Optimist this
year went to Ann Parrish Mike
Qummings and Straughn.
John Little Prickly Pear edi-
tor presented awards to Don
Beck Myrna Johnson Frosty Ha-
gan Anita Fargier Mary Wright
and Lou Alice Chappell and
Straughn for stand-out work on
Besides getting the Bedichek
Award scholarship and awards
for work on both publications
Straughn was announced editor
of next year's paper.
He is a sophomore journalism
major from Kansas City Kans.
where he spent his freshman year
as Kansas City Junior College.
The Bedichek Award goes each
year to a publications worker who
has shown the most drive and
talent in the eyes of the Depart-
ment of Journalism.
It was established by a former
Optimist editor and ACC gradu-
ate of 1024.
Only current editors and busi
ness managers are Ineligible for
Soil scientists from Oklahoma.!
State University judged this'
In the range and pasture judg-
ing contest teams had to Identify
range plants giving scientific-
names. They were rated on abil-
ity to evaluate range conditions t
and make recommendations far
"The Barretts of Wimpole
Street" opened a three nighf-
stand in Sewell Auditorium last
night at 8.
Tonight and tomorrow night
Jim Bob McQueen Kileen senior
will be finishing his career on the:
Abilene Christian College stage.
The cast includes other exper-
ienced performers Peter Dart
Jo Ann Rigney and Connie Bei-
. . . has good year.
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The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 46, No. 31, Ed. 1, Friday, May 8, 1959, newspaper, May 8, 1959; Abilene, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth95945/m1/1/: accessed March 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.