The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 47, No. 20, Ed. 1, Friday, February 26, 1960 Page: 4 of 8
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ij&Must Continue to' Grow
ftfger' of Standards Is Ahead
TheiBoard of Trustee's announcement Monday concerning
the.buildinj of a new women's
to' the already apparent ACC administration's philosophy-
ACC must continue to grow.
Other long-ranged plans discussed at the meeting fully
illustrate that the Board intends for the college to increase in
sizejmtil before long (possibly in the next tpn years) ACC will
rival the larger universities of the Southwest: '
'H The greatest concern over 'this expected growth is this.
cWthe spiritual and moral standards of Abilene "Christian"
CollegVbe upheld with several thousands of students' and sev-
eral hundreds of faculty members under one authoritative
Other religious institutions have tried it and failed. Their
now worldly-inclined religiously-declined attempts stand as
models to remind those with similiar ambitions of the dangers
' Pondering over this problem brought to mind the over-
worked but still impressive statement in the Old Testament
4!Now there arose a king over Egypt who knew not Joseph."
As long as the present administration controls the decis-
ions the unique status of the college should be retained.
The danger lies with the administration of tomorrow' with
the generation which might arise ignoring the ideals of Abi-
lene Christian College.
This new generation caused the downfall of Egypt the
crumbling of the Roman empire the failure of many a re-
ligious university originally founded with a lofty purppse.
This new generation stands ready to repudiate the in-
fluence and the standards of ACC should the controlling ele-
ments of the college fail to exercise the proper care and
restraint in the future.
Lectures Show Fellowship
Zeal Strength Success
Pending the exodus of a few last-minute stragglers the
ACC campus will again become the property of the students
for another .year.
The five hectic days of elongated cafeteria lines abbrevi-
ated classes frustrated parents and agitated handshaking will
have entered history as the 42nd annual showing of the might
of the Church of Christ.
Though the week's activities' undoubtedly tax to the limit
the facitities of the Hill it's our conviction that the 'lectureship
provides the impetus needed for realizing just how grand
fellowship in Christ Jesus can actually be.
The sight of long-time friendships being renewed for the
umteenth time of zealous Christians pleading for assistance
in the mission fields of "patriarchs" of the church enjoining
the "thousands to strive more enthusiastically for the cause of
Christ all these facets of the ACC Lectureships should add
immeasurable strength to our Christian armor.
Returning exes provide living examples of successful
Christian lives that have been built upon many of the prin-
ciples which were learned during various tenures on the Hill.
If approached with a positive attitude the ACC Lecture-
ships could be a paramount event of the year for every student.
"In this confidence let us hold on to the hop thai wo profess with-
out the slightest hesitation for He is utterly dependable and let
us think ol one another and how we can encourage each other to lore)
anr do good deeds. And let us not hold aloof from our church meet-
isfl. as some do. Let us do all we can to help one another's faith and
this the more earnestly as we see the Final Day drawing ever nearer."
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Editorial Staff; Bob Armlstead and Jerry Hayes
' news; Carolyn Cunningham and Judy Swofford features;
Jimmy Parsons sports; Ann Parrish clubs.
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Bold Westerns Bring Bus
1300 Miles to Lectureship
By BOB ARMISTEAD
The old adage "I'd rather see
a sermon nnyday than hear one"
was in full demonstration this
week during Lectureship as 35
Californians boarded a bus at
Los Angeles and traveled more
than 1300 miles in .order to
strengthen their faith through
the 42rd Annual Lectureship.
The bus purchased by the
Central Church of Christ in
Bakersfield left for Abilene at
10:00 Friday night and arrived in
front of Catchlngs cafeteria at
7:30 Sunday morning just in
time for breakfast.
THE 33-HOUR trip was "a long
old trip" according to one passen-
ger "alot of fun" according to
others. Devotlonals and talks
were participated in by the group
during the trip. For merriment
"a lot of corny jokes were told"
said one passenger.
"Do you know any new jokes
we can tell on the way back?"
was the questions he happily ask-
ed a' freshman who was eating in
THE BUS drivers were Leo
Ethrldge an elder in the Central
church of Christ in Bakersfield
and. Lucky Mulllns a deacon in
the same church. The two alter-
nated in driving shifts of four to
five hours. Neither man seemed
overly-tired perhaps due to the
fact that both men are in the
In fact Ethridgc enthusiasti-
cally commented "We'll probably
be here every year. I just image
you can expect us."
The drivers received no pay
for the job; instead they chose
to donate their time.
COMMENTING on the bus
Ethridge said the bus was pur-
chased second-hand primarily for
the use of the young people. This
trip is the longest the bus has
made in the use of the church.
The occupants of the bus were
truly a cross section of life. Oc-
cupations ranged from building
contractor to minister from stu-
dent to housewife. Ages also var-
ied. Mrs. Betty Arnett brought her
three children ages 7 5 and 2
to see their grandmother Mrs.
Edna C. Arnett of Abilene. These
children were the youngest
travelers aboard. The W. O.
Smiths "around seventy" were
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trip originated wlththe church in
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Bakersfield letters were sent to
surrounding communities invit-
ing them to come. Many central
California churches responded;
the bus passengers include those
from the following cities: Los
Angeles Long Beach Orange
Montobella Torrencc Whltiier
Culver City Temple City Engle-
wood Compton and Bakersfield.
Each paid $14.40 for bus expenses
and insurance. They are being
housed in the dormitories.
TWO ACC exes were among
the passengers Malcom Daniels
who attend in 1953-55 and Clyde
Parkins a psychology graduate
in 1058. Daniels commented that
"The town has changed; there
arc a lot of new houses. There's
not too much change in ACC ex-
cept for its new development
Other than that it's about the
Perkins a sixth grade teacher
told his students that he was go-
ing to Texas and might be snow
bound. He promised to bring them
Rock 'n Roll Is Childish Fad
Says Recent Student Poll
NOTE The following story
is the result of a poll taken by
Jack Shupe a feature writer
for The Optimist.
Rock and roll was looked upon
as a "childish high school fad"
in a recent student music opinion
poll taken on campus.
The poll involved 50 students
ranging in age from 17 to 22
coming from 11 states and re-
presenting 15 major fields.
They were asked several ques-
tions about their musical back-
grounds and tastes. Of the SO 31
indicated they didn't like it.
AMONG THE 19 who suggest-
ed that they enjoyed rock and
roll several qualified their opin-
ions with additional remarks. "It
is all right if you want a lot of
noise" was one comment
pnly six persons affirmed that
they actually liked rock and roll
;From the students who said
they did not like v rock and roll
a few comments of strong distaste
were included. "Rock and roll
turns my stomach with its ugly
lyrics" said one. "I feel it only
cheapens the already unintelli-
gent who sing it"" said another.
Technically the form called
rock and roll has little" music"
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some Texas snow. "Now" he
added "they are all eagerly a-
waiting some real Texas snow."
PERHAPS the happiest passen-
ger on the bus was O. C. Burgess.
For the first time in more than
four years he is getting to.sce his
00-year-old father and his 77-year-old
mother who "" live in
Mr. Burgess told the other
members on the trip that he was
"fortunate" to have a heart ail-
ment which forced him to lay off
work for five months because
"my heart trouble gave me the
time to come down here on this
And how do the students of
ACC feel about this group? Well
as one sophomore said "It makes
you feel a little funny when you
say you don't have the time to
walk two blocks and hear a lcc-v
hire then turn around and see a
group that has traveled all the
way from California for that very
and V chord combinations with
little variation. The beat is usual-
ly emphasized three-four or four-
four pattern evenly spaced to
give an Impression of heaviness.
THE POLL seems to conclude
that the one popular rock and roll
is on this campus considered to
be childish and on its way out
by most students.
Some other comments:
"It moves me.
"It gives expression to our so-
ciety and its young people.
"I LIKE a good strong beat
"A lot of old songs have re-
cently been ruined.
"I can sing rock and roll so
Sleepy students awoke Wed-
nesday morning to find that
Tuesday night's cold North wind
had brought a huge blanket of
snow to the campus.
Maintenance crews were busy
all day Wednesday clearing side-
walks but the snow continued to
fall The forecast was for more
of the same y
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