The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 49, No. 27, Ed. 1, Friday, May 11, 1962 Page: 2 of 8
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Lack of What? ; -
In last week's Optimist' an editorial said that the small
number of students running for class offices showed a lack
of interest on the part of most students in their classes. ty
Well as usual the freshmen came through in the Senate
election as 23 of them ran for sophomore class Senator a
position that only five would be able to fill.
Never a person to impugn the motives of anyone we will
chalk up this large filing to the freshmen's interest in the
And just to say thanks to the frosh here are the 23 who
ran for Senator: Dan Allen Salley Bless Jerry Burgess Sidney
Clemmer Nancy Coffman Carl Couch Stanton Calvert Billy
Fisher John Ferguson and Donna Gentry.
Also Brooks Garner Jerry Hazelwood Pam Jlandy
Wayne Harrison Anne Howard Don McDonald Frank Miller
Owen Morrison Susan Meyers Lynn Nelson Ronnie Rogers
Sharon Reynolds and Rick Wickman.
The A Club project for this year establishing the Leonard
Burford Memorial Graduate Fund should be a great benefit
to the school.
The purpose of the fund is for the endowment of the ACC
Graduate School which at present is operating completely
without its own endowment.
Advancement of the graduate school in this way will aid
the school as a whole.
The one outcome of last Saturday's election which pleased
us most (along with gambling being turned down) was a ma-
jority of the voters casting ballots for the abolishing of the
If Austin lawmakers will now follow the lead of Texas
voters the poll tax can be done away with.
And along this line if the literacy tests in some of 'the
Southern slates' are abolished -or administered fairly it will
go a long way toward giving all people in the country more
The Loud Sell
Americans have so far as they know repulsed sub-
liminal advertising. They have made users of canned laughter
and canned applause at least morally ashamed of what was
once done with technologicl pride. And following those twin
consciences of the broadcasting industry Newton Minow
and LeRoy Collins they have kept commercial time from
overwhelming the air waves.
But no one has successfully fought that minor annoyance
Condsider the commuter driving meditatively to work.
His radio is playing soft music. Then suddenly it blasts forth
a ditty about some cigarette or advice staccato and fortissimo
about a free home trial of somebody's rugs cleaning service.
He turned down the volume a bit only to find that the
weather report he has been waiting for now is inaudible.
Volume back up to a reasonable level just in time for an-
other clamorous commercial.
If decibel meters confirm what the ear hears Mr. Minow
ought to do something about it. There's noise in his wasteland.
From the Christian Science Monitor
Published weakly except during vacations
and examinations by students of Atxlene Chris
tlen College. Subtcrlptlonti $1 per year. Enter
d second cUis matter Juno 29 1929 it
the post office of Abilene Texas under the
Act of August 24 1912. Address all communl.
cations to thi Optimist Box 397 Station ACC
Abilene Taxis. Telephone OR 2-8441 Ext.
Opinions expressed In th Optimist in
those of thi wrlttr ind not naossiarlly those
of the administration.
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Sports Editor ... .-......-..-. Divld Spridlln
Photographers ........-.-..w..... Jim Rldegway
John Clark Jr.
Circulation Manager ...... Janelle Campbell
COPY EDITORS. Brooks Garner Msrllyn
Ross Nancy Gann.
REPORTERSi Glen Thornton Nevi Morgan
Jamas Wood Msrllyn Ross Gall Stephens
John Clark Jr. Judy Johnson Jeannette El-
more Janelle Campbell Miry Jackson lynde
Bell Jimmy parsons.
COLUMNISTS. Jtmes Baits Bob Coleman
Ronnie Roberts Phlt Elklns.
Dr. Reginald C. Westmoreland
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Elections in Texas are more
than just a time to select the pol-
iticians who will represent the
electorate. They are a unique
combination of carnival country
revival P-TA mooting and auc-
tion replete with drama comedy
the sober the ludlcruos fulfilled
hopes and bitter failures. This is
true on the national level the
stalte level and especially on the
local and country level.
I .was In a dirty little town In
South Texas called Alice on the
day of the gubernatorial pri-
maries this yeax4nd some of the
things done and said there wax
rant reproduction here.
For instance there was the
campaign literature which I re-
ceived. Most inlteresting was the
piece which warned the voters:
"Canalcs no puedel" (Canales
cant qualify!) This was followed
by a treatise (in Spanish of
course) showing that one Aman-
do Canales a candidate for the
Gets Good 'Review'
From the Pepperdine College
"Communist Imperialism" the
second in the current scries of
films being produced by Pepper-
dine College may be distributed
by Encyclopedia Britannlca Films
a national educational film
Doyle Swain director of busi-
ness relations received a letter
expressing interest in the.. film
from John T. Bobbitt dlreftor'of
research for the company and
arrangements are currently being
Bobbitt described the film as
"a piece of work that is quite
good." He went on to say "You
have done a remarkable job of
assembling unusual footage and
this has been put together in a
very effective presentation.'1
The third film' of the series is
now in production according to
Shows Full Slate
A calendar of events for the
final week of this session at Abi-
lene Chriiilan has been announ-
ced. Major examinations for gradu-
ating seniors will be given May
14-15 and final examinations for
onion not having a "B" course
average May 21-22.
Final examinations for other
students will be given May 25-30.
Senior grades will be In the
Registrar's Office Thursday May
24 and graduates may secure
caps gowns and hoods May 25 In
Baccalaureate service for sen- '
lors and graduates will be held
in the College Church of Christ
auditorium Sunday May 27 at
The following day a luncheon
honoring the seniors will be given
by the Alumni Association in
Commencement exercises will
lake place In the Track Stadium
Monday May 28 at 8 p.m.
Bails Misses Chance
For Casting Ballot in
By JAMES BATTS
Stato'legblatUxc from District 70
Was tcohstltkjtiona&ly ineligible
since his leal residence was in
San Antonio; or District 20. He
Along with the campaign ap-
peals there were the appeals of
the voters themselves ia keep
the candidates off television. This
led one Alice merchant to quip
"We don't need to worry about
atomic fall-out; look at all the hot
air we've endured for the past
month. If we can survive that
we can survive anything."
Having cast my votes immedi-
ately after the polls opened I
wandered into my father's place
of business. "Hey" his boss hol-
lered "You voted too early! The
going price is $20 now."
It teems that one Cut Canales
ceordlae! 10 rumor was perpetu-
ating a long-time precinct custom
called 'Vote Buying." Making
his play particularly to the Latin
Swain. A total of 13 are planned.
The pilot film was "Communist
Accent on Youth" released over
a year ago.
In praise of "Communist Im-
perialism." Bobbitt said "We are
impressed with the fact that the
presentation Is generally accurate
and shows good balance. This is
quite difficult to achieve on a
subjeot as controversial and com-
plex as this So much of what is
being done on "communism ranges
from unintentional distortion to
sheer baloney that it is quite a
feat to strike this level of ob-
jectivity." Caraway in Workshop
Troy Caraway assistant pro-
fessor of art at Abilene Christian
conducted an art workshop for
public school teachers Thursday
at El Dorado.
Approximately 85 teachers
from El Dorado and surrounding
The Leonard Burford Mem-
orial Graduate Fund is named
in honor of the man wjio for
many years was conductor of
the A Cappella Chorus. See
editorial on this page.
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American segment Canales was
trying to capture the county'
judge race. (For those who don't
know a Latin American says
Saturday Evening Post is a
"Metkin" who paid his poll tax.)
To win this race Canales was
supposedly paying $20 per poll
tax and providing transportation
to the polls.
I later discovered that this was
not all true the going price
was really $15 a head. Canales
made the run-off.
A note of Interest: George Parr
carried Duval County.
Election day stories remind see
of the woman who voted telnet
Lyndon Johnson three Usees la
the 1960 National and Stale elec-
tions. She scratched hk name fee-
Vice President end Senaler.
wrote It in again oa the' ballet
and scratched him egeiat "He
sold us down the river ..." r
And for the umpteenth Sime
Texans defeated a proposal Nto
legalize horse racing and betting
in Texas. And on theday of the
881h running of the fabled Ken-
tucky Derby. Which brings me to
this last story: A man who was
watching the Derby in a local
hardware store turned to an as-
sociate and quipped "Hey I hear
they're going to run this in Cor-
pus Chrlstl next year!"
Elections .... they're worth
their time and effort in comic
relief if not governmental.
Read This! ' .
If you are one of the thousands
of college students who are plan-
ning an automobile trip home
soon it might be well to pause
and look at a few figures just a
fe'v figures just released by one
of the largest automobile insur-
ance companies in the country.
"The figures would Indicate
that it's best to get an early start
and by the same token stop early
in the day" a spokesman for the
company said in commenting on
the report that analyzed last
year's 37600 traffic deaths and"
The 8-9 a.m. period accounted
for 1.0 per cent of the fatalities
lowest of tohse times listed while
6-7 p.m. had the worst total 6.8
per cent In the nine hour period
from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. a total of
25.9 per cent of the fatal acci-
dents occurred while during the
next nine hours 519 per cent of-
the highway fatalities took place.
As to the relative merits of the
respective days of the week
there Is no question that week-
end travel Is th most dangerous.
Two Abilene Christian stu-
dents attended the Texas Inter-
collegiate Students Assocation
Student Body President's and
Editor's Conference last Satur-.
day at Baylor University.
The two were Charles Groves
Jasper junior and president-elect
of next year's Students Associa-
tion and Charlie Smith Ablleno
Junior and editor of the Optimist
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The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 49, No. 27, Ed. 1, Friday, May 11, 1962, newspaper, May 11, 1962; Abilene, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth99293/m1/2/: accessed March 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.