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The Belles of St. Mary’s
Students and Faculty Recognize
Lack of Small Meeting Places
When students and faculty have need for small meeting places on
campus, where do they go ? The parlor is too large for most meeting's.
Its spacious atmosphere detracts from the unity and formality meet
ings frequently require. The stiidy hall is similarly too spacious and
often difficult to engage if a club has reason to schedule afternoon or
night meetings. For a large class like the Junior Class, the parlor
and study hall may prove acceptable, but as Ann Wallace, next term’s
vice-president of student government observes, “These ])laces are simply
not meeting places. They provide no privacy for meetings; neither
are they conducive to formal procedure in small groiips.”
Teachers seldom have reason to call meetings large enough to engage
either the study hall or parlor. Faculty house was originally intended
solely for the faculty and its activities, but students now occupy the
second floor and in various ways interfere with teachers’ freedom
there. Miss Morrison admits that the faculty’s privilege to hold meet
ings in faculty house parlor is inconvenient from the faculty’s stand
point as well as from the students’. She has noticed the noise guests
quite naturally make as well as the noise students are bound to make.
Of course class rooms are available, but why should St. Mary’s students
be limited to these bare facilities ?
WTiat about the hut? It’s small; it’s conveniently located; it’s pri
vate; and it’s cozy. The hut is an ideal place for student and faculty
Actually, the hut represents quite an investment on the part of the
faculty, students, and school; yet for years, it has been practically
unusable in winter and hardly better during spring and summer because
its furnishings, which were never adequate, are now practically non
existent. With a few hundred additional dollars, the now almost un
used hut could become the focal point for student and facidty group
Hardly a week goes by that some group does not bewail a lack of
such facilities on St. Mary’s campus. Obviously, there is some reason
the hut has been a white elephant for so long. BELLES suggests that
the reason is a lack of money. For this reason it suggests the possi
bility of canvassing student groups with the idea of contributing “their
part” to complete the hut as they did in the original Imihling. To
BELLES’ unskilled eyes the hut seems to need steam heat, tile floor
ing, and some furniture. These needs should not be so difficult to
achieve if “everybody” applies the shoulder to the wheel.
Again BELLES Reminds Students
To Beware the Follies of Spring
Spring, luitli that nameless pathos in the air
Which divells tvUh all things fair.
Spring, ivith her golden suns and silver rain,
Ts with us once again.
St. Mary’s Possesses
Future Dress Designer
For the past two months spring has been descending by fits and starts
upon St. Mary’s campus until, with startling rapidity, it has now bwoine
an ever present reality. Warm weather is here to stay. And with it
comes that “nameless pathos in the air” which not only “dwells in all
things fair,” but also brings a feeling of irresponsibility to all.
With the advent of spring, apathy permeates the campus atmosphere,
and grades and activity of any sort drop to the lowest ebb. This apathy,
more commonly termed “spring fever,” is dangerous to every student.
No student, no matter how diligent she may be, is unsusceptible to its
hy Anne Wallace
W HILE walking through the
campus I noticed a red pony
tail bobbing up and down in
front of me. I knew at once that
this attractive redhead belonged only
to Doris Ann Sherrill. Doris Ann
is such a busy sophomore that I
grabbed the chance to chat with her.
The fact is wide-spread that Doris
Ann is one of the most original and
talented students in St. Mary’s. She
is an avid art student who intends
to make a career of her artistic tal
ents. Her chosen field is fashion
designing. Doris Ann volunteered
the information that she has been
interested in this work ever since
she can remember. She started
painting at an early age, and it is
still her favorite pastime.
In talking over her plans for the
future, Doris Ann told me that she
plans to enter Pratt Institute in
Brooklyn, New York, next fall.
There she will begin a four-year ma
jor in fashion designing. From
Statesville, Doris Ann has the re
quired ambition to be a' success, for
she told me she hopes someday to be
listed among the top ten fashion
designers in the country.
Those of you who admire Doris
Ann’s style and taste in clothes will
be interested to know that she de
signs most of her wardrobe. Her
favorite creation is a tailored brown
wool dress with gold cashmere
stripes. Sounds like a knock-out!
Doris Ann believes that she has
obtained invaluable instruction in
art during her two years at St.
Mary’s. Her artistic knowledge
found expression in the beautiful
effects she created as decoration
chairman of the Preshman-Soplio-
This year she submitted a dress
design to the Scholastic Awards
Contest for the first time. As I said
goodbye to Doris Ann, I could not
help but feel I might be wearing one
of her creaticns in the future.
April 30, 1954
OF ST. MARY’S
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The sun calls them; the whole out-of-doors calls; and they answer.
But most of all do students answer the call of weekends. There are two
open weekends during the months of April and May. One, just passed,
has already proved what BELLES predicts will he the case on J\[ay 8
a general exodus of the major part of the student body from campus.
Thrown aside are books and all thoughts of higher learning in the scurry
to get away from school. Students rush away, not realizing tlie serious
consequences of leaving unopened hooks behind them.
'■ Exams are only a matter of weeks away, and now is the time to start
preparing for them. BELLES would like to warn students against
taking spring’s call too much to heart and to ask them, for their own
sakes, to go back to their books at a time when they really need to study.
After all, spring is a season to be enjoyed, not exploited.
Have you ever noticed a slightly
unpleasant odor in Oheshire Hall?
Well, if it smells slightly spoiled,
that’s the biology lab; but if it’s an
absolutely rotten odor, that’s the
chemistry lab. The ruler of this
foul-smelling domain is slender,
bustling Dr. Owen Browne, who
probably knows better how to get
rid of a class than any other teacher.
The acid mixers meet once a week
for three hair-raising hours. The
demonstration witnesses hold tight
to their chairs while Dr. Browne
produces all sorts of asphyxiating
smoke clouds and mixes clear liquids
until they turn every color of the
spectroscope. (For all you under
privileged, that last word means
class strolls in. Five minutes lal^"'
the back row is asleep. Ten ^
utes later the inevitable test quf
tion is on the board, and at
same moment the last student da>
ens the doorway. Of course, no
The class begins. At two minutes
liast the time to be there, half the
May 1 Elizabeth Martii^
May 2 Dillon Datosot*
May 2 Sumner Parhati^
May 4 Frances Spdi^
May 8 Jane
May 8 Bitty
May 11 Charlotte
May 11 Gretchen MiiH^^
May 11 Ann BynM>^
Acid-Mixers Witness Weekly
Hah'Raising Chemistry Lab
has ever heard of the test questio^j
and angry grumblings can be
asking Dr. Browne how in the v’Oi
they’re supposed to know that. AT
the test, the lecture begins.
student gets out her knitting, h
rest of the class tries to look
telligent while asking dumb
We read in our lab inaiiU®.’
“Warning: Such-and-such a ga® ^
poisonous and if inhaled iff i
large amounts produces death.
hale such-and-such another gas i
an antidote.” Oh, oh, Alma’s
is up. We might get . out iff