The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 47, No. 24, Ed. 1, Friday, March 25, 1960 Page: 4 of 8
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What ACC Will Look Like
Hinges on Three Answers
' t Deciding what the campus is going to look like 10 or 25
years in the future meets three main problems.
One is how many students will be here.
Another is the type of architecture to be used.
A third would be to figure how much funds will be avail-
These three are being considered by various planning
committees but others including students will have a voice
in ihe matters.
The number of students will depend on how many the
Board of Trustees feels can be handled without sacrificing the
purpose of the college. It is generally felt that the larger the
student body becomes the less personal attention can be given.
By enlarging the faculty administration and staff ACC hopes
to maintain its present standards. Therefore if the college en-
counters any problems in compiling the largest leadership
itnwants for instance the enrollment will have to be re-
strricted. The architecture has been changed twice since 1950. The
ultra-modern design which was accepted by the Board of
Trustees 10 years ago appeared in the construction of Edwards
and Mabee halls and Catchings cafeteria. Since then that plan
has been discarded. The architecture of Nelson hall the Bible
building and now the Citizenship center indicates an attempt
to harmonize with the stark Gothic style of the original cam-
pus buildings of 1929.
Financial sources may be the most exciting part of the
campus planning picture. Back in the mid-1940s the college
began to take steps to promote and further loyalty among
friends and exes.
They also decided to make Abilene Christian College a
significant name in its academic extracurricular and athletic
phases. A department of Public Relations was created with
departments of alumni relations development filing mailing
public information and special events. In its decade of exist-
ence the department of Public Relations has assisted in build-
ing a strong alumni loyalty with an increasing percentage of
alumni contributors. The other departments have created an
awareness of ACC that hit a peak in 1956 with the news peg
of Bobby Morrow and it is still improving. All these things
have been listed to get at one thing: provisions are being made
to handle many more gifts wills grants and loans than ever
Such meetings as the one Monday (see p. 1. Master Plan-
ning) are helping get a solution to these and other problems
of the college's future.
Epidemic Started Last Week
Spring holidays are coming in the nick of time it appears
to save the student body from a mild form of sleeping sick-
ness. It all started last Saturday the first warm day after three
weeks of cold wind and dust. Many went to the track meet
that day and got the first sunburn of the season.
Sunday had another cloudless sky and blusterless dust-
less breeze. The campus emptied into the picnic grounds
parks lakes and tennis courts or sat 'neath the shade of an
old mesquite bush locally.
When classes began Monday there was a noticeable letup
in scholarship. Even the persistent students were seen moving
outdoors to fulfill their desires for good marks.
So all week spring fever spread with a lethargic fervor.
It didn't miss many of us either.
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Editorial Staff: 'Bob Armistead and Jerry Hayes
news; Carolyn Cunningham and Judy Swofford features;
Jimmy Parsons sports; Ann Parrish clubs.
Unlike Others This Scholarship
Given by Churth-Frauding Bum
By BOB ARMISTEAD
Of the many scholarships given
to deserving Christian students
none has a more colorful history
than the one started by a bum
nicknamed "Weary Willie."
It was started back when Le-
Moine Lewis wag preacher for
the Brookline church of Christ
in Brookline Moss. Dr. Lewis
now associate professor of Bible
tells the story this way:
"ONE MORNING I came up to
my study and found a bum on the
church steps waiting for me. He
gave me a story about how he
had to get to his sister's in New
Hampshire and asked if he could
have some money.
"He said that he would either
come back later and work to pay
off the money or he would pay
it back through a large inherit-
ance he was soon to receive."
THE BUM showed Dr. Lewis
some papers yellow with age
which &ald that he had been
baptized in San Antonio by L. R.
Wilson. Dr. Lewis knew that the
date on the paper didn't match
the date L. R. Wilson was in San
Antonio so he became suspicious
of the man. He told the bum he
would have to wait and see other
members of the church.
"When the men arrived I told
them the bum's story. They told
me just that day they had re-
ceived letters from churches in
three different states warning
them that he was coming their
way. Ho was a crook called
"Weary Willie" who makes a liv-
ing by frauding the church. He
had made his way from Oregon
to Massachusetts by borrowing
money from the church and
promising to pay it back later by
doing manual labor for them.
"WILLIE admitted that he had
The American College Man is
Blowly lalling into the lowest
dregs of intellectuality.
Granting of course that there
is so much more to assimilate
than ever before in the history of
man the fact still remains that
one almost needs a Ph.D. to brush
his teeth correctly.
Times used to be so that all
one needed to be totally superior
was a B. S. Growing up in the
environmental bias of an engineer-father
I have come to some
conclusions with regard to today's
.philosophy of culture and intelli-
gence. People are as smart as they
were in the time of Adam but
you would sure wonder when you
walk by rooms in the men's
dormitories. Fish bowls surrealist
paintings rugs cheap books lo-
fi's cigarette smoke and domin-
oes dominate the scene. Is this an
atmosphere of study learning
and culture? All this enchances
the mind like an A-bomb encour-
ages peace talks. '
Undisciplined freshmen parade
up and down the halls in coarse
throngs throwing firecrackers
lighting trashcans and insulting
in vile language those upper-
classmen who admonish them to
restain themselves. This could go
on into infinity with little effort.
Let's get practical. Ask your
best friend to carry on an intelli-
gent conversation on some cur-
rent development in education
psychology religion science or
politics. It's hard to find a really
interesting informed conversa-
tionist today. "Castro. Oh he's the
fellow down at that resort selling
sugar to the Russians. . ."
The average American reads
with the ability of a ninth or
tenth grader and the average col-
lege student even after gradua-
tion reads little better. It's no
DR. LaMOINE G. LEWIS
Tells the tale of Weary Willie.
The Whole World
Is Going to P.ot
wonder when one investigates
the college student's reading
It' is the exceptional student
who reads the current periodicals
in his field the daily newspaper
and the pitifully small number of
10 books a year. Most college stu-
dents hardly read their assign-
ments. It's heartbreaking to see
the number of books sold back
to the bookstore at the end of the
semester; what manner of fallaci-
ous reasoning can convince these
people that they've gotten all
they can from them or will never
need them for future reference?
The average person nowadays
is oblivious of the stupendous
expansion our culture is going
through. I say the man (and
woman) of college caliber and in-
tellect must take time to keep
up on everything in this world;
there is more under this sun than
when our fathers bathed in its
glory when they were our age.
We are collapsing into a porno-
graphic . lethegry of Rock and
Roll cheap abstractionist litera-
ture cowboy television procras-
tination and "I just do not give a
flip type of thinking! Call mo
an alarmist or a subversive inde-
terminate but the clues of this
are all around us.
The time has come when we
the future leaders of tomorrow
the citizens of a fantastic world
of scientific wonder and confus-
ion must recognize the problems
of our universe and not just
shrug off responsibility with a
"Dad's paying the bills attitude.
Our parents are not always go-
ing to be around to goad us to
our jobs of studying and learning;
we owe a debt a large dne to
them and to our one common
Father "to show ourselves ap-
proved . . ." John C. Mansur
been living off the church for
twenty years Dr. Lewis recall-
ed "We named all the congre-
gation we knew of in the New
England area and pretty soon
we found he had swindled the
congregations in that area out of
"He begged us not to turn him
over to the police telling us that
he would pay all the money back
from the inheritance he was sup-
posed to receive."
While the men were question-
ing Willie Dr. Lewis slipped over
to the police station to tell the
story to the police captain. The
captain told him there was no-
thing Willie could be held for
under Massachusetts law
"I went back and told Willie
that if he would agree to pay
back $120 from the churches we
were certain he had frauded we
would let him go. He agreed that
he would write an authorization
to his lawyer for $120. We let
him go because it was after mid-
night but we warned him to be
back by eleven the next morning
with the letter."
DR. LEWIS MAILED the let-
ter and pretty soon the lawyer
mailed back a check for $120.
The Brookline church advertised
that any church which Willie had
swindled could get its money
back by writing to the Gospel
"Advocate Firm Foundation or
Christian Chronicle. A few
churches wrote in and claimed
their money but quite a bit was
left The members of the church
were afraid that if they gave the
money back to Willie he would
waste it and they didn't want to
send it back to the lawyer. So
they decided to establish a scho-
larship fund with the remainder.
The fund called by Willie's real
name was given for several years
to a New England college stu-
dent to use at any Christian col-
lege. ACCORDING to Dr. Lewis.
"The soldiers and sailors station-
ed around Brooklin thought the
scholarship was hilarious. They
began collecting money in their
Sunday school classes to donate
to the fund."
The fund was in use for several
years; however it went defunct
later. The remaining money was
donated to some missionary
WEARY WILLIE ' was never
seen again by Dr. Lewis and the
members of the Brookline con-
gregation. There is one way he
can be identified in case he is
still around said Dr. Lewis.
"Willie kept complaining he had
a terrible stomach so terrible
that his doctor had forbidden him
to eat anything but peanuts pop-
corn and doughnuts."
Student to Play
An ACC music student will per-
form one of his own compositions
in a senior recital next Tuesday.
Jimmy Collins Abilene senior
will play five selections for bas-
soon accompanied on the piano
by Carol Jean Foster. Collins'
"Sonata for Bassoon and Piano"
is based on the 12-tone roll of
In addition to his own composi-
tion Collins will perform Sonata
No. 5 by Bodin de Bolsmortier;
Forst Movement of Bassoon Con-
certo No. 1 Jn B-flat Major by
Mozart; and two sonatas for bas-
soon and piano one by Hlndemith
and one by Saint-Saens.
The recital will take place in
music building N.o. 1.
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