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'THE STUDENT VOICE AT GASTOIM COLLEGE'
VOL. V NO. 1
GASTON COLLEGE, DALLAS, N. C.
Farmer Praises New Constitution
Barry Farmer, President of the
S.G.A., says the S.G.A. is all
geared up to spring into action
concerning the involvment of
student interest in the G.C.
Building Fund Drive. This is to be
their main objective. Farmer
stated, for the remainder of the
All plans concerning the
Building Fund Drive, thus far, are
tenative. However, a car raffle is
being planned for the purpose of
raising funds. Letters concerning
this will be sent to all parents in
hopes of getting their support,
In March, a Bridge Benefit will
be held for the Fund Raising
Campaign. No further details were
available at this time concerning
The S.G.A. is also planning
“May-Week-End”. Tenative plans
are for the first week-end in May.
A concert and a forma! dance are
included in the plans.
Farmer praised the new
constitution of the Student
Government Association. He said
it is a unique constitution by
virtue of the fact that it is based
upon the United States
Constitution. Farmer added to
this that Gaston is probably the
only school in this area with this
type of constitution.
The executive branch consists
of the President, Vice President,
Secretary, and Treasurer. These
offices are held by Barry Farmer,
Larry Stiles, Jerry Galloway, and
Wayne Hamilton, respectively.
The purpose of this branch of the
government is to promote
legislative bills, which are brouglrt
before the student senate.
There are thirty-three districts
and each district is represented by
one student senator, elected by
the student body. A bill is
introduced in the Senate, then
sent to the President for
ratification. The President
exercises the power of Veto. This
veto can be annulled if there is a
2/3 majority vote in the Senate
against the veto.
Farmer said that he had no
serious criticism of the S.G.A. or
the new Constitution. “We have a
good line of communication with
the students,” Farmer added.
“The office of President of the
Student Government Association
is a big responsibility to the
school and it is not a job to be
taken lightly. There is a lot of
work involved, and it is a very
challenging position”. This was
the response given by Farmer
when asked his reactions upon
Farmer attended Lees-McRae
College before entering Gaston.
At Lees-McRae he was a member
of Zeta Pi Alpha Fraternity,
Monogram Club, and the Varsity
Farmer is married to the former
Patricia Lezenby of Darlington, S.
C. He and his wife reside in
Belmont, N. C. with their month
The S.G.A. meets every
Thursday in room S-203 at 11:00.
“We encourage the students and
faculty members to attend these
meetings. They are open and
anyone can attend,” Farmer
“Santa Claus is coming to town!” And he came courtesy of the Gaston CoHege chapter of the Rotoract Club.
For the Orthepedic Hospital Boy Scout Troop, it looked to be a real “Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Klingdinger Writes Prufrock
In the last issue of the
Gas-Light, a reference was made
to mystery people. One of the
persons mentioned was Wrinkler
Kling Dinger. In January, the
following letter was received from
Klingdinger, cousin of “Winkie”
Klingdinger oi ouui^sville, N. C.
This letter is no fake! It was
mailed to a member of our staff,
J. Alfred Prufrock, C/0 The
Gaston College Newspaper. The
return address is for real and the
post mark date is January 3, 1969
from Statesville, N. C. This letter
is complete as it was received
from Mr. Klingdinger and we
thank him for taking the time to
Rt. No. 1, Box 53
Statesville, N. C.
Dear J. Alfred:
Your story of the dying
western sage heros brought
nostalgic tears to my eyes. Many
A Student Relations
Committee met Friday, January
25th, to discuss the possibilities of
changing the nickname of Gaston
The committee, composed of
two faculty members and five
members of the student body,
reviewed the suggestion that the
term “The Rebels” be replaced
with a more cosmopolitian, rather
than regional, nickname.
One committeeman noted that
the term “Rebels” had played a
significant part in the early days
of Gaston College. The very
concept of the college was, in
fact, a revolution in education for
However, the question was
raised as to whether or not the
original name was still befitting to
the college in light of its recent
growth and progress. Many of the
students are from out of state and
of some foreign countries as well.
It was said that the school needed
a new name which all the students
could identify with in matters of
sports and school spirit.
One committee member was
quick to note that no changes
have been made as yet. The
meeting Friday was held to look
at the various aspects of the
The entire committee itself
agreed that any changes made m
reference to a school nickname
should be up to the student body
A representative who sat on the
committee said that the Senators
would be conducting a meeting in
the immediate future to discuss
The representatives of the
committee are: Kelly Childers,
Alfred Cloud, Jackie Winkfield,
Miles Weathers, Ronnie Smith,
Mary Ann Nichols, Barry Farmer,
and Kenneth Adams.
Saturday afternoons I have sat
entranced in the long gone
Victory Theater in Salisbury
thrilled speachless by the old
western heros you mentioned in
the article. For years 1 feared that
I alone mourned their passing.
The new breed of cowboy
disgustingly reflects the 20th
century sacrilege of clean shaven
faces, perfumed bodies, and well
groomed clothes and horses.
These “cowboys” have certainly
lost their air of authenticity. As
Grizzly Adams would say, “No
self respectin’ bar would live with
any man what smelled better'n
One point in your article needs
some questioning. The Charles
Barnett mentioned should, 1
believe, be Charles Burnett alias
“Smiley” Burnett alias “Frog”.
Until his death he appeared on the
PETTICOAT JUNCTION TV
show. Please check on this point.
A few more names to add to
your list would have to include
Monty Hale, Bob Steele, Tom
Mix, Lasso Lane, Ken Curtis,
(Festus of GUNSMOKE), Ken
Maynard, The Cisco Kid,
Hopalong Cassidy, and two
famous sidekicks, “Gabby” Hayes
and “Cannonball”, who was ever
faithful to Wild Bill Elliot. Ken
Curtis was also with the SONS OF
THE PIONEERS when they were
with Roy Rogers. And last but
not least there is the ever popular
Fenwick Babbot and his horse
My thanks to you for bringing
these few moments of pleasure to
me and for remembering a few
unsung greats of the movies.
* * * *
Gaston College campus was
saddened Friday, January 24th,
by a memorial service for Roger
Dale Shuler, 22, first graduate of
Gaston College to be killed in
action in Viet Nam.
Roger, was the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Albert Shuler, who live at
4233 Grier Street in Gastonia. He
was an active member of the
young peoples’ department of
Ridge Baptist Church. He had
summer employment at Ridge
He attended Gaston College
from September of 1966 until
August 1967. He took auto
mechanics in the vocational
division. Shuler received his
diploma in June of 1968.
The service began with a flag
raising with Sam Haynie, Algie B.
Warren, and Glenn Wiley
participating. Dr. Woodrow B.
Sugg gave a few remarks followed
by prayer by Reverend Westle
Johnson of Ridge Baptist Church.
Tim Ellis and John Floyd
concluded the service with Taps.
The members of the Gaston
College Faculty Association wish
to express their appreciation to
the students who participated in
the open house held December 8.
Your cooperation and assistance
was necessary for the success of
the event and we want you to be
aware not only of our gratitude
but of the image you present to
the public on such an occasion.
The public was impressed with
So are we.
There has been a marked
improvement in the cleanliness of
the student center. On behalf of
Mr. Hagen, the S.G.A., and myself
we would like to commend you
on your efforts and ask that you
do everything possible to keep our
student center clean.
If these efforts continue to
improve 1 can assure you the card
room will be reopened in the near
P.S. In “Down the Halls” you
mentioned the name Winkler
Kling Dinger. Could you have
possibly been referring to my
uncle Thurgoode Klingdingers
boy, “Winkie”? They call him
Winkie because of his bad tic.
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