North Carolina Newspapers

August 1972
Gaston To Offer $93,000 In Grants And Scholarships
Drama Workshop Schedules Summer Productions
Beckett’s ‘‘Waiting For Godot” And
Alhee’s ‘‘The Sandbox’’ Planned
by Vicki Routh
Stuart Dunsmore’s Drama
Workshop will present two
dramas by two of the most
celebrated dramatists of the
modern theatre when the
college acting group performs
“The Sandbox” and “Waiting
for Godot,” A mid-August date
has been scheduled for the
performances, which will be
given at the 11:00 hour in the
Gaston Learning Resources
Center and again at 7:30 that
evening, also in the library. A
subsequent performance will be
given at Stanley. Time and
place will be announced later.
“The Sandbox” is a one-act
drama by Edward Albee, whose
greatest fame thus far has
resulted from such works as
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia
Woolf?” and “The American
Dream” and “Zoo Story.”
Samuel Beckett has been called
by “The Saturday Review”
“the most remarkable writer to
emerge since World War II.”
His major works, in addition to
“Waiting for Godot,” include
“Endgame” and the" novels
“Molloy,” “Malone Dies,” and
“Waiting for Godot” is a
two-act tragi-comedy. The plot
centers around two tramps who
are waiting for the mysterious
Godot, who never appears and
who is never identified for the
audience. Many critics have
seen in Godot the emergence
of communism as the one
world power; others see Godot
as God, and still others as
Playing the roles of the
tramps are Mark Hyde and
Andy Morse. Hyde, who
portrays Vladimir, was most
recently seen as the father in
the Wilder play “The Happy
Journey,” which was presented
at Gaston last spring, Morse
will be making his first
appearance in a Gaston College
production. He will play
“The Sandbox” is basically a
comedy with death as the
central theme, particularly as
death relates to the aged
members of society. Albee
wrote the play, which is a
bitter attack upon the
heartlessness of the young and
their attitudes toward the aged,
in memory of his own
grandmother, who died the
same year that the play was
Other characters in the two
plays include Paul Holman,
who was outstanding in the
Tennessee Williams drama, “27
Wagons Full of Cotton,” and
Elaine Bowen, who also
appeared in the Williams drama.
Holman will play the role of
Pozza in “Waiting for Godot,”
while Miss Bowen will appear
as the grandmother.
One unusual aspect of the
performances is that they will
be carried out in conjunction
with the English classes in
Introduction to Literature.
Students in English 102, for
example, will be able, while
studying the unit in drama, to
take part in rehearsals, staging,
props, or other areas of
activity and thus learti the
techniques of drama while
fulfilling a required in course
in English. y^j,yojie interested
in helping with lighting,
costume design, make-up,
staging, ushering, typing of
programs, or any other phase
of production should contact
Dunsmore or any other
member of the Deaprtment of
Languages and Literature.
Medford Announces Increased
Work-Study Funds And New Grants
by Vicki Routli
Hyde (left)
FOR GODOT — Two tramps, played by Mark
and Andy Morris, are seen as they wait for the
Godot, who never shows. The scene is from the
August 16 production here at Gaston.
Frank E. Parker
Parker Typified
Concern And Insight
Mike Latta
Frank E. Parker, Sr. had
been a member of the Gaston
College family for only three
years when death took him in
early July, 1972. And, yet it
seems as if he was always a
part of the very purpose and
plan of this institution. In him
was compassionate concern and
rare insight, coupled with a
marvelous sense of humor.
Professionly, Frank was a
quiet and unassuming man who
did his job and did it
well-always, it seemed, with
ease. For more than three
decades, Frank Parker served
the field of education as a
teacher, principal, and Director
of Adult Basic Education.
Locally, Frank Parker was
admired by hterally hundreds
of people, people of all races
and all ethnic backgrounds. He
was an active community
leader, a loyal churchman, and
a man of many talents -
among his many talents was
the ability to “make an organ
or piano talk.” One of his last
public acts was to play the
organ at the commencement
exercises even though he was
very ill at the time.
It is written, “I have fought
the good fight, I have kept the
faith...” Such was the spirit
and the life of Frank Parker.
His influence will long be felt
and much remembered.
Act Is Planned
For August 28
The ACT testing date for
this summer is August 28,
according to Horace Chne, dean
of student personnel. The test
will be administered at nine
o’clock on the morning of the
28th. Testing will take place in
the college Learning Resources
The test will be administered
again on August 30, if there is
an adequate demand. Dean
Cline’s office has released
information stating that while
is too early to determine,
indications are that the test
will be given both times.
All incoming freshmen, as a
general rule, should take the
test, with the exception of
vocational students.
Ray Medford, Gaston College
Director of Recruiting and
Financial Aid has announced
that Gaston wiU have
approximately $93,000 worth
of grants, loans, and fellowships
for the 1972-73 year. These
funds are from a wide variety
of course, and many of them
have stipulations; however,
there are opportunities for
virtually any qualified person
who is in need of financial aid,
Medford reports.
Among the grants and
scholarships available is a total
of $46,349 in work-study
funds. This total reflects an
increase of $7,000 over last
year. Medford noted that the
work-study funds will provide
for 25,750 work hours at the
college. These grants are made
on a fiscal year basis, although
a student need not qualify for
all four quarters.
Summer school students may
apply for work study funds
now, Medford says, and they
may apply at any time during
the school year, In fact, there
are still a few opportunities for
the remainder of the summer.
The work pays $1.80 per hour,
and a typical work week
Orientation Plans
Are Announced
Gastori College Orientation
Day plans include a three-hour
session geared to introduce
students to the college and also
a dance, free barbecue, and
concert, according to Mrs.
Helen Bryant, evening
counselor. The regular
informative session is set for
nine a.m. until noon on August
As part of the effort to
help students find their way
around the college, Mrs, Bryant
hopes to have a group of
designated leaders or guides
who will be available to
provide information to
newcomers. She asks that
current students who are
available and interested in
helping with this service
contact her office soon.
The Orientation Dance is
scheduled for September 15
from 8:00 p.m. until midnight.
Music will be provided by
Sugar Creek, who will also
provide a free musical concert
from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00
p.m. on September 15. During
the Sugar Creek performance,
students will have an
oppourtunity to enjoy a free
barbecue luncheon here on the
Shortly after the dance and
barbecue, the first concert of
the academic year will be
presented. Headlining the
concert will be Silverman, a
group described as a
“terrifyingly honest-to-god good
group.” The concert is set for
September 28. Details on this
and other concert appearances
will be found in a related
story on tliis same page.
consists of 15 hours per week.
Applications for work study'
should be made directly to the
Office of Recruiting and
Financial Aid,
Grants totalling $6,000 will
be available through the
Educational Opportunities
offices for the coming year as
well. These grants are designed
for students from low income
families. To be eligible, a
student must come from a
family with an annual income
of less than $6,000 annually.
The grants vary in amount, but
the minimum grant is usually
$400 for an academic year.
During the Summer Quarter a
student who is eligible may
receive one-third of this
The primary factor in grants
and loans, according to
Medford, is need; in
scholarships, the primary factor
is academic excellence. Most of
the federal programs fall into
the “need” category.
National Defense Student
Loans are another course of
funds for students who have
financial needs. The college has
$9600 available for such loans.
In order to qualify, one must
be a full-time student. The
maximum amount of NDS
loans is $600 for Gaston
College students, and the
money is advanced to students
at the rate of $200 per
quarter. The loans are due
and payable one year after the
student ceases attending school.
Medford pointed out that this
does not mean one year after
a student completes his work
at Gaston, but one year after
he completes his total
National Defense loans are
interest free until one year
from payable date. Loans are
repaid at the rate of $15
minimum monthly payments.
However, 50 per cent of loans
can be cancelled if the
recipient goes into education
and teaches in any public
school or community college,
for example. Private institutions
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Music Progrom Set
For August 10
At eleven o’clock on the
morning of August 10, Summer
Quarter students at Gaston will
have an opportunity to hear a
group of selections from “The
Gondoliers,” by Gilbert and
Sullivan. The performance will
take place in the Gaston
Learning Resources Center. Sam
Durrance, chairman of the
Music Department, says that
members of the cast will
present perhaps half a dozen
songs from the show, which
will be presented in fuU during
the Fall Quarter.
All students faculty members
and visitors are invited to the

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