The Guilfordian. online resource (None) 1914-current, November 09, 1951, Page Page Two, Image 2
Page Two t! lt)e#tttlforbtan Entered at Guilford College, N. C., as second-class matter under the Act of Congress, August 24, 1912. Published semi-monthly during the school year by the students of Guilford College. Editor-in-Chief Harry L. Johnson, Jr. Acting Managing Editor Darrel Peeler Business Manager James Pratt Advertising Manager Janet Sumner Sports Editor Robert W. Payseur Feature Editor Darrel Peeler Society Editor Betty Venable Editorial Staff Josh Crane, Marty Burton Reporting Staff —Howard Coble, Wilda Mae Briles, Lesley War rick, Dot Cheek. Circulation Managers Mary Alice Briggs, Jane Hockett Photographers Paul Metzger, Bill Utley Faculty Advisor Dorothy Lloyd Gilbert Subscription Price SI.OO per year ' OPEN LETTER TO SUMMEY ALEXANDER ' Lincolnton, N. G. (Reprinted by permission from the October 14 issue of The High Point Enterprise) EDITOR'S NOTE: The author is not necessarily intending to cloak himself in anonymity, but feels that the majority of opinions expressed about the personality and characteristics of Skip Alexan der are not only his own, but indicative of all who knew him at Guilford. The author was a member of Skip's class and had vis ited his home and met his parents and friends. He feels that this same story could have been written by any of Skip's college acquaintances, and thus wants to share the thoughts with all who knew him. Dear Buddy: We've lost track of each other since we walked down the aisle at Guilford College, a little more than a year ago, to pick up that sheepskin we had sweated so hard for. I've been wondering just what you had been doing since you left school and had hoped that things were going pretty well. After all, the four years you spent knocking yourself out to get a little bit of this stuff they call education certainly should have stood you in good stead. Then, just the other night, while I had a cold glass of beer in one hand and a Swiss cheese on rye in the other, I heard. Just like that. As for me? Well, I'm over here in High Point working for The Enterprise. As a matter of fact I'm playing hookey, but good, today, because this letter is taking the place of what is supposed to be a literary (disgusting word) column. But look, Buddy, there's a few things I want to say to you and a few questions I want to ask. After that I'll just sort of sit back and wait for the answers. You haven't been around lately, have you? Oh, it's the same old routine. Yankees took another one. Guilford doesn't have a darn thing on the football field this year other than a prayer —at that a rather weak one. Carolina's lost a few also. Over in Greensboro they're beginning a wing-ding revival tomorrow with Billy Graham in charge; built a $65,000 "tabernacle" for him. Which reminds me, Buddy, if one more person in Greens boro stops me on the street and asks, "Are you a Christian?" I'm going to spit right on his feet and tell him, "No, my father was a Buddhist, my mother a Moslem, and I'm an orthodox pedestrian by choice." They've put ABC stores in over at Greensboro and the movie people are back yelling their same old tune' that "Movies are better than ever," and that it's movie-time, USA. South Pacific is still running in New York, little league football begins in High Point this week, Arthur Godfrey still sells cigarettes, and Dagmar still has you know what. Scott is still governor, The Caine Mutiny is the number one best seller, and politics on a national level is a dirty, stink ing example of Americans selling themselves down the river to a bunch of rotten parasites who are sucking the green out of the dollar, the silver from the quarters, and the red blood from the gullible, naive (myself included) American public. So you see it's still the same old routine. Fred's reopened his Plantation, Tuck and Laura look as good as ever and were asking about you the other day. Dr. Furnas (remember that Shakespeare class where we both nearly drove him crazy?) is still over at Guilford and—guess what?— Woman's College has over 2,600 gals registered this year. You'd like that, wouldn't you, Buddy? We both had some good times over there, didn't we? And now? Oh, I don't know; heck, between wondering about what a nice cozy atmosphere Franchot Tone and Virginia Hill would enjoy together and trying to decide whether Rita Hay worth is really worth the headlines she's getting, I'm still far off the beaten path struggling along in my private little world of wilderness. Still single too, I might add. Not that I want it that way, but—well, you know. Haven't seen your folks lately, Buddy. Would like to soon. Might write your Mom this week—if I can think of the right things to say. But look, fellow, I ran into a friend of yours over at WC the other night, like I was saying, and she told me what had happened to you. Not exactly what happened, but what she had read in the paper. She gave me a clipping, Buddy. It was nice to see that the Lincolnton paper gave you a two column, three line, 36 point head with a double column lead. You, a former English major, would have gotten a kick out of the second paragraph because somebody stepped out of bounds on tense and said, "No other details on the young Lincolnton soldier's death was contained in the official message received by his grief-stricken parents." What was that stuff Mrs. Weiss tried to cram down our throats (Continued on Page Sir) THE GUILFORDIAN Sen. Taft Speaks Senator Robert A. Taft will speak here at Guilford Novem ber 29. We are proud to have such a widely known man come to our campus, and welcome the opportunity of hearing him. Senator Taft, at present, is the only man to have his hat in for a Presidential nomina tion. We don't doubt for a min ute that the Republicans have a program superior to that of the Democrats now, but we wonder if Mr. Taft wouldn't have been a better candidate fifty years ago than today. His foreign policy just doesn't have what it takes in our present day situation. Of course, we will all know more about his merits in a few weeks. The Spectator By Darrell Peeler On Friday, November 19, a Guil ford College freshman named Ken neth Elmore Wallace was arrested on this campus by a U. S. Marsha) and booked on a charge of violating the Selective Service Act. The eve ning paper reported the incident as the arrest of an Elon ministerial student for draft dodging. This is the story of Kenneth Wal lace: He was born in Stockton, Ala bama in 1927, and has lived in or around Fairhope, Alabama, all his life. He attended high school in Fairhope, and worked in the elec trical business on his own during the summers and in his spare time. On Sundays he attended the local Methodist church for the most part, and attended the Friends meeting and Sunday evening discussion groups, though he sang in the Epis copal choir during his high school period. On September 10, 1948, he regis tered for the draft at Robertsdale. Alabama, and was assigned to Local Board No. 2 at Bay Minette. He asked that he be recognized as a conscientious objector and given the CO classification of IV-E. He was classified I-A. Wallace then asked for a per sonal appearance before the local board. The board, after a long de lay, granted him a hearing. The board was unable to decide what to do with him, and gave him a temporary IV-E. The next summer he went with a friend to lowa to work on a farm and earn money for college. While there he received instructions to appear for his pre-induction physi cal examination. On investigation, 1 he discovered that he had been re classified nearly a year before, but the local board had failed to notify 1 him. Upon his return to Alabama he made a personal appearance before the local board. They informed him that he could make an appeal 1 after submitting to a physical ex- 1 amination. He submitted to the 1 physical and was accepted. 1 He thereupon again requested : the right of appeal from the classi- ' fication of I-A. The appeal was denied until he could have another i personal hearing before the local : board. Before the board had an- 1 other meeting and he could appear, I however, they sent him an order for induction into the armed ser- ] vices. Again he requested the right of i appeal but the local board refused. , Wallace consequently refused to , submit to induction and so notified i the local board. The FBI made an investigation and recommended that he be granted an appeal to the State Appeal Board. The appeal was granted. After a thorough investigation by the FBI, the hearing officer, the ' Honorable Samuel M. Johnson of ' Mobile, held a hearing for him. He J was reasonable but noncommittal. ' His questions indicated that he J could not see why Wallace could not and should not submit to the ' law of the land. He could not per- ; sonally accepted Wallace's point of s view. He asked if Wallace would 5 accept non-combattant service and ' a I-A-O classification. Wallace could not. He asked if he would > refuse to submit to induction. Walt lace told him that he would refuse, s and would go to jail for his con- c victions rather than go into the ' armed services. f The hearing officers then rec ommended that the State Board s Josh-N-Along ••• by JOSH CRANE APOLOGIES From what I undertand my last column caused quite a bit of com ment from my regular readers, and even some from the 474 students in school. I would first like to deny all rumors that the subject of all my future articles will be the weather, or that I am writing a book on "How to Lose Friends and Influence People—the Wrong Way" (even though, with my experience along these lines, the latter is far from impossible)! All joshing aside, I do feel im pelled to say a few hundred words on the subject as a whole. Serious ly, I'm afraid that I must stick by what I think is right—regardless of the consequences. And as long as I shall write for the Guilfordian (and I wonder how long that is going to be???)) I shall write what I think should be written. And as long as there are rules to govern us, e.g. that drinking should not be allowed on campus, I think those rules should be obeyed—regardless of what I think about them per sonally. Most people who spoke to me about my last column said that I should not have written it. In gen eral, there were two main groups of critics—those who thought I shouldn't have written it because they didn't like it (to reduce it down to fundamentals) and those who thought it shouldn't have been written because it gave a false im pression of Guilford. I wish to apologize to both groups. First of all, to you who thought my column should never have been written because you "didn't like it" —to you who think that this viola tion of rules should be kept hushed —to you who feel the way to get rid of "disagreeable regulations is to not obey them—to all of you, I apologize. I apologize for not really "lighting into you," as they say. If I had known there was going to be so much howling, so much personal criticism, and so many biting com ment, I would have devoted my entire column to a discussion on this subject. If I had known there was going to be so much misunder standing, I would have been only all too clear! I apologize to you for my greatest mistake, not giving everyone the whole truth about what goes' on behind the scenes (and sometimes in front of them* in Cox and Archdale! And then, I would like to sin cerely apologize to those persons who read the column who are not familiar with the situation to which I referred. If I gave the impression of Appeal reverse the decision of the local board and sustain the claim of the registrant for exemp tion. The Board of Appeal refused to accept the recommendation of the hearing officer, and ordered the local board to classify Wallace as I-A. On August second of this year, Wallace was notified of the decision of the Appeal Board, to the effect that by a vote of 5 to 0 he was to be classified I-A. In the event of a unanimous decision of the State Board, no further appeal by the registrant is possible. Two weeks later Wallace received notice for induction. He refused to submit on the same grounds of re ligious and conscientious objection to all war. Instead he prepared for college, having already missed one full year because of the case. He entered Guilford in September as a fresh man, having enrolled the previous year. He notified his local board of his change of address. On October 19 he was arrested, put under bond to appear in Mo bile on November 26 for trial, and released. He remains in college. This case brings up a lot of ques tions. Has a man the right to be exempted from military service? If so, what determines his right to exemption? Is conviction that war is wrong sufficient grounds? Must a person who claims exemp tion on conscientious grounds be a member of a church group that specifically teaches against military service? This has been a require ment in the past. Must a man really believe in non violence, or must he only be able to convince his local board that he so believes? Does a man's right to exemption depend entirely on the relative sternness of the draft of fificials in his state? It's something to think about, anyway. November 9, 1951 that Guilford is a school of drunk ards, I am truly sorry. Let me 51 assure you, it isn't! In fact, it is *7 so far from it that the one, two, or t _ three cases of drunkenness on the ts part of a few this year stand out like a sore thumb, to use a well worn phrase. My attempt to not ,e worn phrase. My attempt to not em ? phasize this example of the chang r„ ing attitude of the students, as I ' understand it, was evidently in ' e vain. For this lam regretful. For ir all of this, please accept my sincere apology. is" "SALVATION" and the" SCA 3 " A New Group y |s During the last few weeks, Guil ford has received a new organiza n tion. It has been termed "The Min is isterial Association," or "The Chris lt tian Worker Fellowship" just to |S name a few given it so far. "The n Ministerial Association" has been e definitely recognized as a mis e nomer. Althought it is thoroughly ls impregnated with ministerial stu 1. dents, there are many others who have had an active part in it. It takes its stand, rather, with the *: names of Salvation and Funda mentalism! s Conflict? I It is 'genarally understood that e the organization rose out of a need t on campus that S.C.A. perhaps e could not fulfill. However, there n are many areas of mutual aims and - there has been speculation on the 0 part of some as to whether this group will conflict with the S.C.A. t or not. It shall be interesting, at n any rate, to see what will turn up " along these lines. ~ S.C.A. Stands Strong t Contrary to the belief of some, s the S.C.A. was altogether un -1 daunted by the organization of this y new group. And even after a rather f surprising success in the program a of the "Salvation" group, the S.C.A. j remains that way. The only thing _ that this group has done to the f S.C.A. is to make a few of its own 1 members stop for a little self-criti s cism. The only thing they seem to I turn up with, however, is that per y haps the S.C.A. administration is a r bit to strong. This had difficulty , in standing up because so far this J year the S.C.A. has had a most suc -5 cessful program. It has conducted ) some of the year's best chapel pro grams (which, by the way, is an aim of the new group also) and has had " extremely successful Sunday night ' activities (for just one example, the inter - collegiate, inter - racial [ Social and Vespers the other week)! . So, in spite of what some people term "competition" in the form of E this new group, and in spite of an : overly strong administration (or at - least the possibility of one), the 1 S.C.A. seems to be doing better E than ever. ; A Threat Nevertheless, this new organiza tion poses a threat in that it is in ' the very same area of aims as the ' S.C.A. The only difference is in the approach: one is liberal and tries ' to be all-inclusive —the other is , definitely, almost defiantly, funda ; mental. There is a possibility, at any rate, although from all present indications, not a probability of ' conflicting activities. . Here to Stay i And the new group, in my opinion, is here to stay—at least it is hoped so by many! The main ! reasons for the firm foothold that I it has is the fact that it has been . lifted from the hands of its founder . into the palms of a very able leader I and a popular personality on cam pus, its president, and the fact that this group has more enthusiasm ' than any other organization I know | on campus. Campus Revival!! With the S.C.A. going all guns 1 aweigh, and a new group to say and do even more, it seems that Guilford campus is in for more re , ligion than ever. Whether any great changes will be wrought is hard to • say. The Fundamental group would ! like nothing better than a mass re vival; the S.C.A. would gladly wel ■ come more people participating in the Christian fellowship and way of life. Let us hope, in any event, . that both—together or otherwise — will continue to unite in making our camous a better one. Once upon a time there was a college student that wasn't behind. —At least that's what the old folks say. My, my, how times have changed!