SPRINGS, N. C.
PERMIT NO. 2
Volume XI, Number III
DECEMBER 19, 1956
By GEORGE A. PASSES
In a small village of Magalo Horlo
(Big Village) in Greece, I was born
on June 28, 1934 to Helen and An-
astasios (Prank) Passes.
It was in this little village that
my parents had njade their home.
Here, to make their living, they
farmed a few acres of land.
At the age of seven I entered the
first grade of grammar school. Prom
this time mitil I completed the Eixth
year of study, I was attending school
and helping my parents at our
When World War II broke out my
Father went to the army. During the
time of war I lived a life of terror
and frustration. Before the Italians
came to our village, we left to go to
the mountains to find a place of
safety. Por several days we lived
in caves without having enough food
to eat and water to drink. As the
Italians were approaching our vill
age, fourteen men, the best leaders
of our community, went to welcome
them. The Italians killed twelve of
them and put our preacher and our
chief of police in a house and set
the house on fire. It was the day
before Christmas when we got back
from the mountains. The screaming
of a mother, wife, or sister was ap-
paUing to the hopeless hearts of the
people. One destruction followed
another. The war brought depres-
Por a period of nine months we
lived by eating wild vegetables with
out salt or oil. The catastrophe of
hunger caused the death of my
grandfather and the sickness of my
mother and me. With the end of the
MISS GARDNER-WEBB ELECTED
HOLIDAYS BEGIN FRIDAY,
DECEMBER 21-IANUARY 7
With the approach of the Christmas holidays, which begin
on Friday, excitement and joyous anticipation have prevailed
in the Gardner-Webb atmosphere for the past two weeks.
Ushering in the holiday season will be the Christmas
banquet tomorrow night in the college cafeteria. Our hostess
^ promises another
By RONALD BEANE
Miss BilUe Blankenship was chosen Miss Gardner-Webb in a beauty
contest that was held in the college auditorium in late November.
The judges committee included Mrs. Renn Drum, woman’s editor
of The Shelby Daily Star, John Martin of the Star news staff, and James
Harrill, artist and art teacher of Lincolnton and Shelby.
Mrs. Sam Crawley, Jr., of Boiling Springs acted as mistress of cere
monies at the contest and Miss Kay McGee of the college music depart
ment appeared on the program for a group of vocal numbers.
Miss Blankenship comes from Rutherfordton and is a graduate of
Central High School where' she participated in many extra-curricular
She was chosen over a field of 27 cont^tants of which Mrs. Jimmy
Gamble of Boiling Springs, placed second and Miss Tempa Hamrick of
Lancaster, S. C., was in third place.
IS working, the
ne a letter from
was in America,
that he wanted
war came a few years of peace—un-
tU the Civil War broke out in 1947.
Por one year we lived under the
tyranny of communism. They took
away all the girls and boys who
were above seventeen years old and
made them soldiers. One day they
came to my home to take me with
them, but since my mother was
paralyzed and no longer able to
walk, I was freed.
The following spring the army of
and stayed three months so that we
could make arrangements to leave
our village and go to another city
to seek a place of safety. During
this time I left my mother in the
vUlage and went to' the nearest
small city which was the capital of
our state and the base of our army.
Here, near the city limits, I made a
small cottage where my mother and
I could live during the winter
months. A few weeks later, after
my mother and I arrived at our new
home, my uncle, who had lost evecry
member of his family, came to see
us and agreed to take care of my
mother so that I could go into Athens
One day as I \
mall man brought
my godfather who
This letter told mi
me to come to America; it also in
cluded papers that would Identify me
with the American Embassy in
Athens. I realized that the only
hope I had for a better future was
to leave my country and find a new
place to live. I decided to come to
America, to become an American
citizen, and to make my new home
in this land. I was then seventeen
years old. I was very happy to know
that I had the opportunity to come
to America and have the chance of
seeking an education, but I was
very sad at the thought of leaving
my home and my mother who was
very ill at the time.
The day that I was to sail from
Greece finally came. I was on my
way to America! I kept thinking as
the boat made its way out to the
sea, that my past life was getting
far behind me and I was entering
a new life in a new land.
Finally! I saw the Statue of Lib
erty. I was very excited, for I had
learned in school that it stood for
the land of the free ,that it repre
sented the friendship that America
shared with other countries, and
that it stood for the spirit of the
American people. Even though I
was coming to a new land alone, at
'"this moment I was not afraid: even
thought I could not speak the Eng
lish Language I felt secure because
I was facing the Statue of Liberty—
symbol of freedom.
After seeking the Immigration Of
fice and the Travel Agency, I made
of her notable
meals which on every similar occa
sion fulfills the primary desires of
the boys, and causes the girls to for
get their diets. And the program
committee promises to come across
with an interesting as well as an
Lenoir, is new chairman of the program,
board of trustees at Gardner-Webb
The board elected Rev. Owens at
its quarterly meeting recently at the
college. He will take office as chalr-
In keeping with the holiday spirit,
professors will be holding carry-over
asignments to a minimum. Research
cases, have already been completed,'
allowing the students to be relative-
has been a trustee of the Baptist ly relaxed during their '
my way to Weldon, North Carolina.
Arriving in Weldon, I was very
happy to find Chris Qavrilis at the
train station to meet me. I went to
the T. & N. Cafe and met my god
father, Tom GavrUis, who made me
feel much at home.
After being in Weldon one week,
my godfather sent me to Mrs. Jen
nings to learn to speak the English
language. This she did by teaching
me the sound of letters.
Working for my godfather as a
waiter in his restaurant and attend
ing school a few hours a day, I lived
in Weldon until my mother died, one
year later. Then I decided to go to
Greenville, North Carolina, to find
a new job.
Here, I worked as a waiter for a
period of one year. Having paid all
of my debts, I decided to go back to
Weldon to find a job and to attend
the Weldon High School.
I entered Weldon High School on
the opening school year of 1943-1954.
I was attending three classes in the
morning and working as a cook at
MUton’s Coffee Shop from twelve
noon until ten at night.
My first year in school was diffi
cult, for my English was very limit
ed. Many times I felt desperate, for
I had no time to study and had no
home in which to live. My first
high school year ended; I had taken
three courses and I pased two of
The following September I decid
ed to continue school as I did the
previous year. Five months later,
since I had been able to save an
(amount of money that would help
me to attend school that year, I de
cided to leave my present job and
find a part time one. This gave me
the chance to learn that the hearts
of the American people are filled
with human kindness.
Continued on Page 4
Elected vice chairman was the
Rev. Tom S. Lawrence of Cliffside,
and Arnold W. Kincaid of Kings
Mountain was named secretary.
Retiring officers are the Rev.
John E. Lawrence of Shelby as chair
man, Dr. Wyan Washburn of Boil
ing Springs as vice-chairman, and
the Rev. Tom S .Lawrence from sec
retary to vice-chairman.
Named to the board’s executive
committee to work with the officers
were S. Bruce Hildebrand of Marion,
G. B. Harrill of Forest City, Mrs.
O. Max Gardner, J. L. Suttle, and
Dr. Hubert S. Plaster, of Shelby, and
Dr. Wyan Washburn. The Rev. W.
T. Hendrix of Gastonia will be an
alternate member. Mrs. Rush Stroup
of Shelby was continued in office ■
as treasurer and Julian Hamrick,
HELD AT COLLEGE
Dr. Sankey L. Blanton, president
of Crozer Theological Seminary in
Chester, Pa., was at Gardner-Webb
College for a week of special worship
services beginning Dec. 2.
The services were conducted twice
daily in the E. B. Hamrick auditor
ium with Dr. Blanton as guest
speaker. The Baptist Student Unipn
away from tl
On Friday, classes will be cut short
in keeping with the holiday spirit
to allow the students an early start
on their various ways home for a
welcome sixteen days of leisure. Stu
dents will be hurriedly vacating the
dormitories, and the campus should
be cleared by early afternoon.
Although most students will arrive
home in a matter of a few hours,
some of the students have as far as
Miami, Fla., and Hyattsville, Md.
to travel. There will probably be no
students who will not have the op
portunity to be with their families
or friends at Christmas.
The trustees and their wives joined
the college faculty and staff mem
bers and their wives or husbands for
dinner In the college cafeteria pre
ceding the meeting. Dr. P. L. Elliott,
president, and Mrs. Elliott make the
dirmer an annual event for all col
This was the final meeting of
present tenure for seven trustees.
They are the Rev. H. M. Baker of
Warsaw, Paul Broyhlll of Lenoir,
C. D. Spangler of Charlotte, Howard
Rollins, Carlos Young, and Guy Rob
erts of Shelby, and Claude Hinson
Trustees-elect Include Hon. Wood
row Jones of Rutherfordton, Arnold
W. Kincaid, John Z. McBrayer of
Mooresteoro, Clifford Hamrick of
Boiling Springs, Rev. W. T. Hendrix,
Joe T. Moore of Belmont, and Dr.
S. A. Wilson of Lincolnton.
Those continuing as trustees in
clude Mrs. O. Max Gardner, John
Moore of Tryon, Dr. H. S. Plaster,
D. W. Royster, Sr. of Shelby, Mrs.
Hattie P. Self of Cherryville, J. L.
Suttle, Rev. Harold White of Spln-
dale, David Allen of Hickory, James
F. Cornwell of Lattimore, G. B.
HarriU, Ollie Harris of Kings Moun
tain, Rev. John E. Lawrence, Dr.
W. Wyan Washburn, and Rev. Tom
IN THE PILOT —
There’s an exam schedule on
page three, clip it out and use it
Our Associate Editor, Ray Col
lins, has his own column,
“Around Campus”, on pa^e
Read what Gardner-Webb has
done for Nosmo King, page four.
Read our editorials on page
two, we have some good ones
Prof. F. B. Dedmond has a
book which will be published
soon. Get the facts on page
“From the Sports Desk”, by
Sports Editor, Dillard Morrow,
on page six.
was in charge, and Margaret Gold,
BSU president, presided.
Dr. Blanton, a native of Ellenboro,
is a graduate of Wake Forest Col
lege and Southern Baptist Seminary,
and Andover Newton Theological
School. He has served as pastor of
Baptist churches in Connectlcutt,
and Kentucky, and from 1935 tq_
1945 was pastor of the First Baptist
Church in Wilmington.
In 1946 he became dean of the
School of Religion at Wake Forest
College, and four years later was
named president of Crozer.
Many friends of Dr. Blanton from
Cleveland and Rutherford counties
attended the week of services along
with the college students and Boil
ing Springs residents.
Customer in restaurant: “Give me
a cup of chocolate with cream.”
Waiter calling loudly toward
kitchen: “Cake and cow for one!”
Customer: “Waiter, make that
Waiter again calling: “Chastise