My Views Of Gardner-Webb
By DR. P. L. ELLIOTT
What kind of college would I select if I were going to
school again? That would not be difficult. I would select a
college which was accredited by the highest accrediting agency
within its reach; and therefore, its graduates were readily
accepted in the junior classes of the leading colleges and uni
versities. Its curriculum must be almost completely liberal
arts and meet the background preparation for any occupation
or profession one might choose. The faculty must be well
trained and dedicated to teaching. The students, therefore,
would not be taught by student assistants. A standard ratio
of one teacher to sixteen students would permit and encourage
personalized teaching and counseling. The fact that students
were not housed three and four to the room would contribute
to better study conditions.
The college must be small. I attended small colleges. They
have grown much larger, but I seriously doubt if they can
approximate the high standards which they maintained when
they had no more than 50 students. It is possible for the large
college so to organize and so to build the staff that comparable
individual teaching can be achieved as in the small school, but
I do not know a single one that is doing so. The small college,
especially the junior college is not plagued with the multitude
of problems and restrictions that infest the senior institutions.
In my judgment it was this and similar facts that led Dr.
Ernest C. Colwell, Vice-President of Emory University, recent
ly to say,
“The last bright hope of liberal education is the junior
I would want a college where the compactness of the or
ganization, freedom of contact between student and student,
student and teacher, the high standard of scholarship and the
spirit of learning which soon separate the sincere and hungry
from those who are not, the attractiveness of surroundings, the
freedom and mutual respect one for another combine to make
the college what it is.
In such a school one comes to expect the spirit of democ
racy, which is in fact the'spirit of religion. This spirit has for
its goal the elevation of human beings in dignity and respect
and makes human decency and integrity the pass to every privi
lege and the lack of which the only bar. This niakes it Chris
tian and a very fine place to be. It would be difficult to find
NEW PEP CLUB UNDER CONSIDERATION
By RON BEANE
How would you, the student body of Gardner-Webb Col
lege, like to have a Pep Club?
A new Bulldog Pep Club is being considered and it needs
the support of the entire student body. We are trying to
organize this club before our first game that is to be played
in Shelby, October 13.
_You can support your team in a more beneficial way and
participate in all Bulldog events for the betterment of the
school if you join.
If you are interested in joining such an organization, you
can contact either Mrs. Haynes or myself.
You are urged to support this proposed organization.
By RONALD WILLIAMS
In the next issue of the Pilot, there will be a contest
about Gardner-Webb and Boiling Springs. This contest will
consist of about five or six questions, and these questions will
have to do with the school you go to and the town this school
is in, so start asking some questions. Here is an example:
Who is the present Mayor of Boiling Springs ?
The prizes will be given by the local merchants, so get
Published monthly by
The Students of Gardner-Webb College,
Boiling Springs, N. C.
VOL. XI OCTOBER, 1956 No. 1
^ Priscilla Morgan
. Charles Ix)ftin
I Louise Allen
\ Rowland Everette
/ Ray Rollins
Asst. Business Manager Max Anne Hamrick
Circulation Manager Dlark Hoyle
Exchange Editor Shtrley Jolly
Asst. Exchange Editor Carolyn Crocker
Sports Editor Dillard Morrow
Sports Writers Clarke Hoyle
FROM THE EDITOR'S VIEWPOINT
The Purpose, Poll, Advertisers,
PURPOSE OF PILOT
Many of the students of Gardner-Webb do not understand the true
value of the Pilot. Prom past experience it seems that the majority of
the students regard It as something merely to be glanced at to see if one’s
own name is in the gossip colimm for that issue, and then hastily deposited
In the nearest waste can.
It may surprise many people to discover that the Pilot is one of the
best methods of advertisement available to the college. In each issue
approximately 75 copies are sent to as many different high schools and
colleges in the Carolinas. One copy Is sent to Colorado, so it can plainly
be seen that the humble Pilot is a far reaching thing, yielding either
good or bad opinion-forming power.
As is the case in any job, editing this newspaper has its rough times.
Wondering whether his pictures will be in; running down his staff mem
bers to get their articles; and spending many hours of time which could
just as easily be used for study; these constitute an editor’s day.
The writer does not propose that any thanks be given to those who
edit and publish the paper. This article is written merely to give a
further insight of the trials of a school paper editor to its readers.
The editor of the PILOT has received a letter from the DAVIDSONIAN,
publication of Davidson College, in which Jim Batten, editor, has requested
the co-operation of our students, together with the students of every
college m the two Carolinas and Virginia which has a student newspaper.
His letter states, “With political fever running high on all our campuses
this fall, I feel that an actual tabulated vote of a large number of college
students on the presidential preferences would prove to be quite interesting
He asked the PILOT staff to take a poll of the student body to vote
on their favorite political candidate for the coming presidential race.
The results of the vote on Gardner-Webb campus will be sent to him
to tabulate the overall viewpoint of college students in the Carolinas and
The PILOT lists results of the poll on Page One. The overall result will
be printed in the November issue The results should prove to be interest
ing, for even though many college students are not of the voting age, the
country can be shown that college students do have very definite opinions
of their own.
Patronize our advertisers. It is through their continued support that
the PILOT is printed and circulated to our students and to the exchange
editors of other schools, our trustees, and various other people.
In this, our first edition, we have ads for College Cleaners, G. T.
McSwain’s Grocery, Wallace’s Barber Shop, College Service Station, Col
lege Snack Shop, Crawley’s Super Market, C. J. Hamrick and Sons, and
Boiling Springs Drug Store, all of Boiling Springs. From Shelby we have
ads for Penney’s, and GiUiatt’s Florist, Miller Furniture Company and
Hawkins Hardware of Cllffside both have ads in this issue.
So readers, let’s look at these ads, and patronize these and our future
Much has been said about the recently passed Pearsall Plan, One
column in this publication is a poll of opinion on this theme. The RAM
BLER, from Central High School, Charlotte, is another school to recently
do the same.
From these two surveys it is clear that many students are not aware
of the actual meaning of the plan. Many students from both places, when
asked of their opinion, stated that they didn’t know enough about it to
state their thoughts. •
It seems that students, who will be the ones affected by the plan if
and when it is put into practice, ^ould be better Informed about the plan
itself. What causes this lack of knowledge is not quite clear: whether it
is lack of reading and listening to competent authorities, or the attitude
of “Oh, well, I can’t vote anyway, so why bofeer myself with this stuff.”
Any course of action of today determines the laws of tomorrow. We
are the ones who help to determine those courses of action. Remember,
the events of today are the history of tomorrow.
At Central seven people were against the plan. Two were for it, and
two did not make their positions clear.
On our own campus seven were for it; three were against It; and four
had formed no. opinion.
This probably proves nothing except that students are entitled to their
opinions, but in view of the segregation vote taken on this campus last
year, things seem to remain about as they were then.
A DISSERTATION ON BEING FRIENDLY
By KAY ROLLINS
Tradition has it that the Gardner-Webb Campus is a friendly campus.
One of the main advantages of a small junior college, it is pointed out, is
that everybody gets to know everybody else. When we walk across the
campus, we are supposed to extend a friendly greeting to each student we
meet. We do it too, but why do we do it. Is It because we are expected to?
Any observant person can note that when two students meet on the
campus and there is the usual “Hi” or “Hello,” or “Morning,” too often
the expression of the face or the tone of the voice clearly indicates they had
rather not speak at all. Is this an example of friendliness or mere formal
politeness? Why do we speak to each other as polite strangers? Is It
because we have become conditioned to it or that we are so aware of oui
duty to speak because it has been insistently drummed into us?
I’m not advocating a “don’t speak” attitude. In a situation like that,
life would certainly become very boring, but let’s not consider it more of a
duty than a pleasure. Let’s get rid of those dead-pan expressions, that
rehearsed nonchalance, that false look of concentration, that “looking for
a rainbow” appearance, that look of suspecting ulterior motives. If you’re
embarrassed about meeting your fellow-student on the campus, why start
re-buttoning your shirt or shifting your stack of books merely to avoid him?
Of course, you may have a right to be embarrassed if you SHOULD know
the other person’s name and must admit that you haven’t bothered to
Let’s do something about it! Let’s make it a point to know something
about the other student we meet on the campus. Who knows, we may
have more in common than merely sharing a Gardner-Webb tradition.
Faculty Advisor ._
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Poll Of Opinion —
What Do You Think
Of The Pearsall Plan
By RAY ROLLINS
What do you think of the Pearsall
“It has lots of holes in it, but it
is the best anyone has come up
“Whatever it is, I want it!”—Kel
“As a veteran, it makes me no
difference, but for the sake of the
kids. I’m in favor.”—Sam Jarrel.
“Basically sound, but it could be
“I don’t know enough about it to
“What’s the Pearsall Plan?”—John
“It stinks; it’s unconstitutional;
it’ll never work!”—Charles Loftin.
“I approve of the plan in that it
will prevent such situations as in
Tennessee and other Southern
“I agree with Gloria!”—Margaret
“The consequences of it CAN be
“Well, I’m against it!”—Miss Gall
About The Trend Of
This month, or this semester, the
PILOT staff has added a new col
umn. This column is a faculty mem
ber’s opinion about a specific sub-
Mr. Paul Stacy, professor of Bi
ology, is our first faculty member.
There are those- who believe that
America is decaying within. I dis
agree, because America can never
decay within, provided that the
youth of the land do their dead level
best every day.
To do your best you must have
patience and endurance. If you do.
not possess this you must develop
and cultivate it.
The one big difference in success
or failure in college is lack of con
centrated effort or Industry toward
We must forget our little biased
prejudices and differences. No man
is better than another except as he
We can succeed at any job if we
work enough at it.
It seems as if many students were
baffled to find that many of the so-
called “crip courses” have been turn
ed into “stiff courses”. This leads
everyone to the thought of having
to bum midnight oO. Why are the
theory students staying up late at
night studying? And what about
those dramatic students? I hear
they’re meeting twice a week NOW.
They don’t seem to feel that it is so
easy. Well, it could be that all the
crip courses have died and not just