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A STUDENT PUBLICATION OF FLORA MACDONALD COLLEGE
RED SPRINGS, N. C., FEBRUARY 16, 1954
Around The World
With ELLEN WILLIAMS
Foreign Minister Molotov con
tinues Soviet Russia’s sly scheme
of wrecking the Big Four confer
ence in Berlin. On February 9th
the Soviet representative stated
that he would present a new plan
for “European security” to the
conference. He contends that the
European Defense Community
was a preparation for war, and
that this plan is nothing more than
a means of blocking agreement
or discussion of any problem.
Queen Elizabeth II and the
Duke of Edinburgh completed the
first day of their New South Wales
Country tout in Lismore, Aus
tralia on February ninth. A crowd
of 50,000 was on hand to welcome
the royal couple.
European countries are produc
ing 25 million dollars worth of
tanks and ammunition monthly
for NATO forces.
Dr. Vardell Honored on 94th Birthday
Secretary Charles E. Wilson
has predicted that the French and
loyal native forces in Indochina
probably"would be victorious over
the Vietminhese if there is no in
tervention by Red China. The U.
S. has sent highly technical e-
quipment to Indochina.
Technicians have also been sent
as temporary tramers and will
return June 12. Wilson says he
sees no need for sending Ameri
can into Indochina against the
enemy there as was done in Ko
rea against the Communists.
The Bricker Amendment con
troversy will definitely play a
leading role in the Congressional
elections coming up in November.
Lack of reaching a decision now
on this issue will mean trouble
for the Republicans. This is prob
ably why Republican leader, Sen
ator Knowland, has fought so hard
for a compromise. The Democrats,
on the other han, want it sent
back for committee study and
buried for a while, thereby pil
ing up troubles for the Republi
cans this year.
Former Governor Kerr Scott
has appointed Terry Sanford, 36,
of Fayetteville to manage his
Baptist Girls Have
On Friday, February 5, at five
o’clock the Baptist girls from the
college were invited to the home
of Mrs. Paul D. Early for the in
formal party. The girls popped
corn, made fudge and ice cream.
These tasty refreshments were
topped off with cokes.
The group also enjoyed group
singing. A wonderful time was
had by all who attended.
Teach me the faith of the moun
Serene and sublime.
The deep-rooted joy of just living
One day at a time,
Leaving the pretty possessions
The valley folk buy
For the glory of glad wind-swept
Where earth meets the sky.
— Author Unknown.
Week Of Spiritual
The Reverend J. Walter Dick
son, Jr., Pastor of the First Pres
byterian Church of Belmont, N. C.,
was the speaker during Spiritual
Enrichment Week which was held
on campus February 9-11. The
theme for the week was “Let
Go and Let God.”
The first message which Mr.
Dickson brought was in chapel on
Tuesday morning. The topic of
this message was “Bringing Life
into Focus.” “What is Life?” This
was the question which Mr.
Dickson put before the group.
George B. Shaw has said, “Life
is just one damn thing after an
other.” Everyone feels like this
at times, probably after a weary
day, or when everything seems to
Many people think Of life as
nothing if a bank book, stock re
ports, new clothes or maybe a
new car are not in evidence every
year. These are the people who j
squeeze out worldly pleasures
and who have not stopped to look
for the true combinations in life.
Still other people think of life as
a long daj' at the circus. They
think you should get the most out
of life while the getting is good.
Their only thought is satisfying
their self-de^res. Eat, drink, and
be merry is their motto, but they
forget that tomorrow they might
Bringing a life into focus with
God is the desire, or should be
the desire, of every human. All
should want to get the most out
of life, but yet make it a fruitful
^ These views of life were com
pared to the lens of a camera out
of focus. A camera which is out
of focus will give a picture of
life but not a true picture. The
only thing needed to obtain a true
and beautiful picture is delicate
adjustment. The same thing can
be done to a life. Make the ne
cessary adjustments to life and it
will be a beautiful one. The choice
of focus is up to the individual,
but above all, the Christian focus
is best. In the Christian focus
there is. a value above all eterni
If one is in a Christian focus,
he will have Christian faith.
Christian faith informs one that
life behaves as it does. It tells one
of the restless nature of the
world”s foundation. Faith also
teaches one to live wisely in this
Faith, which is a Christian phil
osophy, • brings life into focus be
cause it gives a better view of the
continuity of life.
Being a Christian is not with
drawing from the world. It is
living for God and with God. This
life is rough instead of smooth,
but the best is to be if one makes
the best of life now. “So Let Go
and Let God.” Live for his life.
At Vespers on Tuesday night
Mr. Dickson used “Self-Pity; Its
Cause and Cure” for his subject.
He reminded the assembled group
that everyone has suffered from
self-pity. This disease can come
from a rainy day, a glance from
the ieacher or just any simple
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DR. CHARLES GRAVES VARDELL
Seniors Making Plans
Dr. Charles Graves Vardell, Sr.,
was honored on his 94th birthday
last Friday afternoon from four
until five by a reception in the
college parlors. Assisting in re
ceiving guests were the officers
of the Alumnae Association, Mrs.
Robert Chapman, Mrs. G. T. Bul
lock, Mrs. Walter Bullock and
Miss Brown Morrison.
Punch was poured by Miss
Zula Rankin of Fayetteville and
Mrs. Elbert McPhaul of Red
Springs. Assisting in serving were
the ten “granddaughters” of the
college—daughters of the alum
nae— and the one great-grand
daughter in the student body.
They are Linda McNett, Elizabeth
McIntosh, Mary Hagood Little,
Harriet McAuley, Pat Ritter,
Joyce Thigpen, Mary Archie
Brown, Sally Ann Munroe, Char
lotte Calhoun, Sara Margaret Mc
Leod, and the first great-grand
daughter to attend the college,
A gift was presented from the
college faculty and staff by Miss
Hazel Morrison from the Alumnae
Association by the president, Mrs.
L. F. Jones of Wilmington, and
from the Student Boby by the
president, Phyllis Leggett.
To Be Held Here
Ricardo Lambert, freshman,
was recently presented a book of
chemistry and physics in recog
nition of her making the highest
grades in Cremistry on the cam
pus during the first semester.
Dr. Amy LeVesconte, Professor
of Chemistry, made the presenta
tion during a recent chapel serv
ice. The book, donated by the
Chemical Rubber Company, is en
titled “The Handbook of Chem
istry and Physics”. On the cover
is engraved “First Term 1953-54,
Freshman Chemistry, Flora Mac
Ricardo, a native of Albemarle,
is very much interested in science.
She plans to study for the degree
of Bachelor of Science in Medi
cal Technology. “It’s a long, hard
road,” she s^ys, but those who
know her are sure that she will
achieve her goal.
The Senior Class is busy mak
ing plans for the final few months
here on campus. They have se
lected four men from which the
Baccalaureate and commence-
speakers are to be chosen. As yet
replies have not been received.
The invitations have been or
Each of the seniors is looking
forward to the Silver Tea at
which Mrs. McCain will be hos
tess at her home in Southern
Pines. The event will be in April.
Board Of Trustees
Meet February 9th
The trustees of Flora Macdon
ald held their mid-winter meet
ing here on the campus last Tues
day. The board includes repre
sentatives from the three con
trolling Presbyteries of Fayette
ville, Orange and Wilmington.
President Marshall Scott Wood
son and Dr. Price H. Gwynn,
Dean of the College,^ gave reports
on the excellent progress of the
college; and Halbert M. Jones,
chairman of the board and the
development campaign, also gave
a favorable report.
Phyllis Leggett, president of
the Student Body, and Carolyn
Robinson, president of the Soph
omore Class, represented Flora
Macdonald at the Student Gov
ernment Association Convention
held in Greensboro last Friday
and Saturday. Valuable work
shops and discussions were held
during the two-day event, which
was attended by delegates from
North Carolina, South Carolina,
A fifteen-hour art workshop
will be held here on the campus
February 23-26. This workshop
will be open to all student tea
chers in the Senior Class, includ
ing Elementary Education majors
and Secondary majors in various
fields. Home Economics, Bible,
and Public School Music majors—
and Junior majors in Elementary
Education. More than fifty stu
dents are expected to participate.
The college sponsors for the
event are Miss Mary Conoly and
Miss Annie Cherry of the Edu
cation Deaprtment and Miss
Charlotte Womble, Head of the
Home Economics Deaprtment and
Instructor in Art.
The workshop functions in co
operation with Miss Patsy Mon
tague, Assistant Educational Su
pervisor of the State Department
of Public Instruction in Raleigh
and the art consultant, Mr. Henry
C. Richmond, representative of
American Artists Color Works,
Inc., Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Miss Montague, will spend
Tuesday, February 24 at the col
lege to assist with the workshop.
Miss Sue Underhill, Elementary
Supervisor in the Red Springs,
Fairmont and Lumberton Public
Schools will also co-operate by
coming to the workshop sessions.
During the four-day period,
those attending the workship will
go over the principles of drawing,
painting and coloring and then
the techniques used with various
mediums, and finally wind up by
choosing their own projects. They
Will make a frieze or two, models
regarding some social study,
tempera painting, and silk screen
painting. All materials are furn
ished by those conducting the
The art workshop presents a
rare opportunity, and students
here are looking forward to it.