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»MTERVIgW WITH H(CS ANDERSON
Inten/iewing Hicks Anderson was
easy. The conversation flowed from his
early years and home life, through
school. World V/ar II, early married life
and the raising of his family to the
present. We covered a great deal of
territory in a short time and all of it
I was particularly interested in
his conversion experience when he was
thirty years old. Hicks had always
excelled in school, academically and
athletically. He was an all-around great
guy. He even sold Bibles door-to-door
for two summers during college. In
fact, that was how he met his lovely
wife, Bettye. I know she's lovely. I've
seen two pictures of her. The first was
sitting on top of the bookcase in his'
office. There was a happy, beautiful
young girl smiling down at us from
forty years ago. With obvious delight,
Hicks showed me another picture. One
taken forty years later. "She's still
beautiful isn't she?", he asked beaming.
Hicks and Bettye settled down to
raise a family. In 1956, Bettye began
attending a Bible study which led her to
make a decision for Christ. Hicks saw
the change and gradually became
convicted and made his own peace with
me Lord. That conversion turned his
life completely around.
in 1967, Hicks went on his first
missions trip to Peru. He saw the
tremendous need and went back and
eventually sold his firm in Eden, N.C.,
to join Latin American Missions. He has
traveled extensively and installed
accounting systems, trained
missionaries and held seminars. He is
now on the Board of Trustees of Latin
American Missions along with numerous
other reponsibilities that keep him very
busy traveling and attending meetings.
But he's not too busy to help with a
problem or just lend an ear. If you
haven't met Hicks Anderson yet, go by
his office in the library and say hello. I
spent only an hour with him but feel
like I've found a friend.
If you ore fomlllor with Bible
stories, It will be easier for you to
locate where Ethiopian students come
from. Or, if you have an Interest In
literature, and have read The Odussey
by Homer, you may be able to figure out
where Ethiopia Is. Ethiopia is an
ancient country. We may know the
country from the Bible or other books,
yet, we may not know the people of
Ethiopia very well. Students studying
at M-AC now hove a chance to meet
Ethiopian people right here on our
This semester we hove seven
Ethiopian students studying at M-AC.
They ore Nebiyu Messele, Gabriel Zeroy,
Zerubab Di metros, Samuel Boraki,
Kossomun Wondim, Tesfolem Zeray and
the one girl among them all, Inkutotosh
Nebiyu has attended M-AC for
three semesters. After he graduated
from an American high school in
Ethiopia, he come to M-AC. The post
three semesters, he has mode very good
grades. He is on the Dean's List with a
Freshmen student Gabriel is a
popular person around Montreat. He is
the third member of his family to come
to M-AC. His first brother, Tesfolem,
got his A.s. degree from M-AC in 1984.
Tesfolem is married and worked in
Asheville for a little while. He has
come bock to M-AC this semester and
has been taking some business classes.
“Hopefully, I could get my major degree
In business and minor in computer
science,' he told me. Gabriel's second
brother also graduated from M-AC, then
transferred to another college
somewhere close to Charlotte. In this
school year, Gabriel seems very busy.
He quit his job in the cafeteria and
spends many hours studying in the
library. (I hope he is doing fine with all
Samuel Baraki and Kossohun
Wondim are auditing two English
classes in the school. They lived in
West Germany for two years and can
speak Russian very well. One of them
has a secondary teacher's diploma. Vet,
it may take a little longer for them to
be able to speak proper English, because
they have been in the U.S. less than two
Inkutatash Teferi is the only girl
among all these guys. She attended a
high school in Mississippi two years
ago, so speaking proper English seems
no problem at all for her. “I like
swimming, watching TV and eating .. .
well, I enjoy what I eat," she told me.
Inkutatash is very glad to know we have
an International Students club on
campus. “We need to hove something
for ourselves and show we hove our
own ways of living,” she said to me.
This semester, Inku is taking Bible,
English, Biology and math classes. She
thinks the Biology class is the hardest
subject for her. "l wont to be a nurse,
so I hove to study it,* she said.
I hope all the Ethiopian students
will do well at Montreot-Anderson
College, no matter what semester they
find themselves in.
THE POWER OF R SMILE
You awake with a start to realize
your alarm didn't go off and you've
missed your eight o'clock class and a
major history test. Why did your
roommate leave without waking you?
You rush to the shower in a desperate
attempt to make your nine o'clock class
and, as luck would have it, there is no
hot water. Shivering from your wet
hair, you reach for your last clean
blouse, only to find that your roommate
has chosen to wear it (probably the
rason she didn't wake you). From the
floor you grab the rumpled jeans and
shirt you discarded the night before,
throw them on and rush out the door.
The echo of the slammed door brings a
mild Y/ave of satisfction and it is
obvious from your expression you are
waiting for someone to say just the
right word to make your day.
As you leave the dorm, you runj
head-on into Linda who smiles and
apologizes for being in your way. You
mumble something and keep gping. It
suddenly occurs to you that Linda has |
no right to be smiling. Just last week
she learned that she would have to
return home at the end of the semester
because of financial problems. Since
her father died of cancer a few months
earlier, the family has undergone a real
financial crisis. When you reach your
class the professor is already ten
minutes into his lecture. Sensing your
frustration, he pauses and gives you the
page number of the discussion. The
pleasant expression on his face
reassures you. Knowing something of
the recent experiences he has faced you
wonder how he con maintain an even
disposition and cheery attitude.
You try to keep your mind on the
lecture but your thoughts keep '
returning to the aggravations of the
morning and the misery you are
enjoying. You catch the eye of John
across the room who gives you a warm
smile. Poor John, he tries so hard to
keep up in the class— studies all the
time— but academics come hard for
him. He recognizes that he has to work
harder than most of the class, but he
plugs right along as if nothing is wrong.
He ought to be angry that life is so
There are others in the class that
look as grumpy as you and you assume
they've had a morning like yours and
have a right to their sour expressions.
But is that really true? is it right to
inflict your frustrations on others—
probably adding to the burdens they are
already carrying— when just a smile
might ease their burdens?
Psychologists tell us that our
facial expressions actually can change
the way we feel. Even if you are
out-of-sorts with the world but are
placed in a situation where you must
smile and be pleasant, you will find
your mood changing to match your
A Reader's Digest article entitled
"Take Time to Laugh", states: "A good
laugh is more than mere fun—it's
healthy." Dr. Annette Goodheart says
that even faking laughter triggers the
diaphragm. "It's like putting a key in a
car Ignition," she explains. "The engine
catches and turns over. Much the same
happens with a fake laugh. Your
diaphragm interprets this as a real one
and, before you know it, a genuine laugh
Through humor, you can soften
some of the worst blows that life
delivers, says comedian Bill Cosby.
And once you find laughter, no matter
how painful your situation might be.
LIGHTS! CRriERm RCTIOH!
"Love's Labour's Lost" is a
Shakespearian comedy which will be
presented by a cast of M-AC students
on the third floor of the Belk Center on
November 6, 1968, at 2:00 pm. The play
is directed by Ms. Martha MacDonald.
This comedy was written when
Shakespeare was in his early thirties,
around the year 1595. Unlike all other
plays written by Shakespeare, the
exact origin of the central theme of
Love s Labour's Lost" has not been
The play is full of culture.
Sonnets, prose, masquing and songs
help create the comedic atmosphere.
Very little stage scenery is used; the
scenery is created in the characters'
The plot is simple. A king and his
court make an oath to form a morally
simple academy in which the men are
forbidden to speak to women. A
'visiting princess and her
ladies-in-waiting cause this oath to be
broken; the king and his men fall in love
Y/ith them. Sometime later the
princess's father dies and she is forced
to return to her homeland. A year later
she returns, and the lovers are reunited.
The play, although a comedy, deals
with serious issues as well, such as
male/female relationships, happiness,
sadness and coping with life in general.
"The owl and the cuckoo assure us that
the labour of love will not be very long