THE RUTHERF^3RD RECTANGLE
The Rutherford Rectangle
RUTHERFORD COLLEGE, N. C.
Entered as second class matter at the post office of Connelly Springs,
North Carolina, by act of Congress of March 3, 1879.
James C. Wren -
Earl D. C. Brewer
Marta Nahikian - Associate Co-ed Editor
Franklin Campbell "A"
Bill Willette - Sports Editor
Fred Whitley - - Associate Sports Editor
John Triplett. —yi
Prof. William B. Garrett Faculty Adviser
J C McPhail Business Manager
Ernest Glass Assistant Business Manager
John F. GibbsZ." - Exchange Manager
Prof. C. O. Cathey - Faculty Adviser
Published Monthly by Students of Rutherford College.
The month of November has two of the most important holidays
on our present day calendar. These are November 11th which is
Armistice Day, and the last Thursday in the month which is
Thanksgiving Day. Both of these dates are very important in
American history and are National holidays.
Armistice Day is especially significant in the present generation
as it commemorates the closing of the greatest war of all times.
The World War. Our own United States spent millions of dollars
and gave up the lives of thousands of her noble sons iri order
that there might be peace in the world. On November 11, 191°
at eleven o’clock firing ceased and an agreement was reached be
tween the allied forces and the central powers. For these reasons,
we should not allow this day to pass without giving some thought
to its meaning.
Thanksgiving Day is a day set apart in the United States and
Canada for giving thanks to God for our many blessings. The
first Thanksgiving in the new world was celebrated in the Ply
mouth Colony. Governor Bradford set aside a day after harvest
to give thanks to God for the bountiful crops. The day was spent
offering prayers and songs of praise. This probably was an out
growth of the English harvest celebrations.
The idea rapidly spread through the other colonies. Each had
its own Thanksgiving day or days, but there was no National Holi
day. Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale sent out pleas through the columns
of her journal for a nation-wide Thanksgiving for about twenty
years. Finally in 1863 her efforts were awarded, for President
Lincoln set aside the last Thursday in November as a National
Thanksgiving. Mrs. Hale won the title of the “Mother of Thanks
Today we celebrate Thanksgiving in many ways, such as hunt
ing, having banquets, and going to football games, but with all
this let us not fail to remember the true significance of the day.
Hallowe’en is a time in the year when all of us, both young and
old, think of ghosts, bonfires, and the like. At this time we find
our young people out playing mischievous pranks on their neigh
bors. However, Hallowe’en has a significance that many of us
do not recognize, I venture to say, do not even know about.
Hallowe’en is the name given to the eve or vigil of All Hallows
or All Saints Day. It is the evening of October 31, and is the
oldest of all Christian holidays dating back two thousand years
before the birth of Christ. It was first celebrated as the New
Year’s Day of the ancient Celts.
The Hallowe’en customs of ghost stories and bonfires are relics
of Paganism. Sometimes even more superstitious things were
done—such as, charms to discover who should be the husband or
wife of the person inquiring.
With the spread of Christianity the Church designated the date
November 1 as All Saints Day. Therefore the true meaning of
the word Hallowe’en is Holy Eve. It was a time set apart as
Lowell expresses it in his poem, “All Saints,” to honor the mem
All Saints the unknown good that rest
In God's still memory folded deep.
The bravery dumb who did their deed,
And scorned to blot it with a name;
Men of the plain heroic breed,
That loved Heaven’s silence more than fame.
On Hallowe’en of 1517 Martin Luther nailed his famous thesis
attacking medieval superstitions on the church door. From
this dates the Protestant Reformation, and for this reason Hal
lowe’en is known in Protestant circles as Reformation Day.
(E. D. C. B.)
As the result of constant and note-
virorthy bull sessions held by the stu
dents of Rutherford College this start
ling contribution was added to the
illustrious list uncovered by the mod
ern Shakespearean students: name
ly, Mr. Shakespeare’s indulgence in
the all too modern habit of “dear
stealing” which ended in his marriage,
as usual, to the movie actress, Miss
Jean Harlow, with the customary di
vorce immediately after, it is presum
ed. This discovery was brought to
light through some of the answers to
a questionnaire compiled by the head
of the English Department, Prof. Wil
liam B. Garrett.
There are three classes of people,
namely: (1) those who take things as
they are and make the most of them;
(2) those who take things as they are
and do little about them; and, (3)
those who change things to suit them
selves and make less of them.
A new course is clamoring for ad
mission into the regular curriculum at
Rutherford College. An art begins
with the desirable while a science
works from the undesirable to the de
sirable. Provided we accept these dif
ferences between arts and sciences
this new course would not, strictly
speaking, fall into either of the above
categories since it begins with the un
desirable and develops into the most
undesirable. The foresighted college
with a jealous eye for its future will
make a detailed study of advantages
and opportunities presented by this
rising crow disfigured, at present, by
the feathers of indecency, aimless
ness, procrastination, and general un
desirability. If this study is not in
vain it will result in harnessing this
newborn satisfaction of an age-old
human desire and directing it into
such lines of endeavor as to minish the
undesirable and magnify the desirable
to the extent that it could worthly be
termed a science leading to a B. S. S.
degree, denoting the Specialist in Bull
The “absent-minded” professor has
been preached to college students until
some of them are beginning to con
ceive of the probability of the exist-
ance of such a creature. After seeing
Prof. Garrett run through red lights
with the cop’s whistle ringing in his
ears, we suggest the possibility of
their being color blind and deaf. Their
dumbness will next be questioned.
To the Editors of The Rectangle:
Rutherford College is as nice a look
ing school as any Junior College in the
State. But why must our visitors
drive to our back yard when entering
the campus? Approaching the Col
lege from the road, one sees our
pretty campus and buildings surround
ed by shrubbery. Why can’t we have
a drive-way leading past the front of
Burke Memorial Hall and the Admin
istration Building? This would sure
ly leave a good impression upon our
When one comes up our present
drive-way, and enters the college from
the back, he does not know whether it
is the front or the back of our college.
Of course our back yards are not bad
looking, but let’s turn our vistors in at
the front gate, so that they may see
how beautiful our college and campus
Frank M. Bolick.
Well, Bolick, you have the right
idea. Not only about that proposed
drive-way across the front of our
beautiful campus, but also about the
purpose of the Open Forum as insti
tuted in our monthly paper. Students,
this article is a shining example of the
possibilities presented the student
body for suggestions and manifesta
tion of literary talent that would
otherwise continue to sleep—dead to
the possessor and to the world. We
thank you, Mr. Bolick, for this success
ful beginning of what should develop
into a helpful and spirited addition to
The Rutherford Rectangle.
Another type of letter that might be
successfully used here is the one that
incites contradictory views on the part
of the remainder of the student body.
In simpler words, this column could be
the medium through which a contro
versy might be carried on.
In this bit of space, also, there
might be a meeting of the views of the
faculty and student body. Our facul
ty, we are sure, wishes to meet the
student half way on all matters. The
student, on the other hand, wants and
needs the assistance of the faculty. If
the desires and expectations of these
two great factors could meet in this
column it would tend to develop our
school along those lines necessary to
the smooth running of a Junior Col
Come on, students! Let us have
your ideas and views about the multi-
A few women among a number of
men feel their importance while a few
men among a number of women feel
embarrassed. That is a true saying
and worthy of all acceptation. The
Co-eds on the campus are a shining
example of this proverb.
The pessimist sees the obstacle in
the opportunity; the optomist sees the
opportunity in the obstacle; and, the
remainder of the people could be
classed as neutral since their time is
so filled with politics and football
games that they miss both the oppor
tunity and the obstacle.
Spring represents the resurrection;
summer is the period of activity and
life; autumn is the harvest; while win
ter is the time for sleep. “The Brew
ery” notices signs of winter during
lectures and sermons from time to
Debate Council For
Year Is Formed
Two representatives from the two
men’s societies met to form the regu
lar Debate Council. This council, to
gether with its adviser, has the au
thority to negotiate with other col
leges concerning the arrangement of
the debate schedule for the year, and
set the date and rules of the try-outs
for those interested in debating this
The council is composed of the fol
lowing men: John Gibbs and Wayne
Sexton from the Platonics; E. D. C.
Brewer and Allen Surratt from the
Newtonians; and, Prof. W. B. Garrett,
Prospects are indeed favorable for
the Rutherford College Debate Teani
this year. Three intercollegiate de
baters are back while several new ana
old men from both societies are- show
ing up exceptionally well.
These prospective men are:
Platonics—Avery, Avett, Boles,
Brandon, Campbell, Gibbs, Lawrence,
Sexton, and Walters .
Newtonians—Beard, Brewer, Hun-
eycutt, McFalls, Sommers, Surratt,
Whitner, and Womble.
Ministerial Club Is Wide
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Miller went to Morganton and occu
pied the pulpit a second time that day
for Rev. Wellman with Brother Willis
The band is saturated with enthusi
asm and is endeavoring to prepare its
members so that they may be able to
lift high the Banner of Christianity
and be more efficient in advancing the
Kingdom of God.
Gilbert E. S. Miller.
“Let there be light and there was
The Co-ed: Let there be darkness—
and there was heat.
tude of subjects common to the daily
life of any college student. Please
limit your articles to 250 words, which
must be in the hands of the Editors one
week before the publicaton of The
Rutherford Rectangle. This means
all articles should be ready by the
seventh of December for the next
Students, let’s boost this movement!
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