THE SKIRL A STUDENT PUBLICATION-OF FLORA MACDONALD COLLEGE VOLUME 1 RED SPRINGS, N. C., DECEMBER, 1952 NUMBER 1 Highland Players Present “Ladies In Retirement” By Linda McNett The second production of the Highland Players of Flora Mac donald College under the co-di- reciion of Professors Neil Watson and William Reagan was the three-act comedy and tragedy drama, “Ladies in Retirement.” The play was written by Ed ward Percy and Reginald Denham and was centered around the late Victorian era. Although quite different from the imaginative production of “Everyman” given by the Play ers last year, all who saw the play presented Friday night, De cember 5 compared it favorably with that success of last spring and considered it a credit to the cast and directors. Among the cast were: Jean Sandifer, President of the Student Body, who carried the role of “Knowledge” in last year’s pro duction; Dot Anderson, who por trayed “Good Deeds” in last year’s play; Linda McNett, Betty McGuire, and Harriet Duff, members of the Freshman Class; Pat McNeill, a member of the Senior Class and Professor Wil-1 Ham F. Reagan. I feel that spec ial mention should be bestowed upon Pat McNeill and Jean San difer for their excellent charac terizations and congratulations to the entire cast and Highland Players for a job well done. FMC BECOMES WINTER WONDERLAND White Gift Service Begins FMC Christmas Season Six FMC Girls Selected For Who’s Who In Colleges One of the biggest honors to be bestowed upon a college stu dent is for that student to be se lected for . WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES. Students all over America are eligible to compete for this honor which is based on scholarship, character, leadership, service, and many other things. The six girls from Flora Mac donald this year are Jean San difer, Ginnie Buhler, Peggy El liott, Evelyn Boyd, Margaret Jean Underwood, and Elsie May. All six girls have been outstanding throughout their four years in college. Jean Sandifer, who hails from Charlotte, is now President of the Student Body; Ginnie Buhler, from Graham, is President of the Athletic Association for the sec ond consecutive year. Peggy El liott is serving her second con secutive year as Editor of ehe Pine and Thisele, and Evelyn Boyd is doing a fine job as Pres ident of the Christian Associa tion. Margaret Jean Underwood is a member of the Student Coun cil as President of her class, and Elsie May has an almost endless job as Editor of the White Heath er. Congrats to you six. We’re mighty proud of you! 0 WANTED: STUDENTS’ VOICE IN PRESS It seems fitting that our col lege Christian Association should have a large part in planning events during the season that celebrates our Lord’s birthday. Having a joyous Christmas party for the servants, packing stockings for the servants’ children, making over old toys and dressing dolls for children who would not see Santa Claus otherwise, and sing ing Christmas carols all over Red Springs are highlights among our activities. In addition there afe several special programs that en rich our spiritual appreciation of the holiday. For many years it has been tra ditional to give from the hearts of the students and faculty of Flora Macdonald a love gift to the Interdenominational leper colony in South Korea. The name “White Gift” has come to be the designa tion of this present, that title be ing inspired by a beautiful legend that is repeated at our annual White Gift Service the Sunday evening before Christmas holi days. At this service the offering is dedicated to the ministry of body and spirit carried on in a little Korean village that bears the name of our college. The other most important traditional serv ice sponsored by the Christian Association at this season is the Dome Service which comes this year on Wednesday night. This takes the form of a lovely page ant in drama and song in the ro tunda, accompanied by a choir in the dome singing the famaliar Christmas . hymns. Catherine Campbell is the student chosen this year to direct the dome choir. Dance Committee Behind The Scenes Epsilon Chi And Zetesian Present Christmas Dance FMC Represented At SV Conference Christmas Trees Glow On Campus The William Bartrum Scientific Society has again completed its traditional Christmas project as evidenced in the blazing lights on the Christmas tree on front cam pus. The Society has worked hard this year to replace any de corations which might have been misplaced or broken, and as a result of this work, all of us can enjoy the lights out front. Somehow, Christmas isn’t com plete without a bit ■ of cheer on the outside as well as in, so hats off to “Billy Bartrum” girls. This is your newspaper and we want it to stay that way, so all of you contribute to the paper in any way possible. News is always appreciated and your opinions and suggestions on how the pa per m.ay be improved. We’re still in infancy! Choral Club Makes First Appearance The Floral Macdonald College Choral Club presented its first two public appearances of the season Sunday, December 7. The Winter Park Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, was host to the group for the morning ser vice at 11:00. The members of the congregation had arranged dinner for the group in individual homes. The same program was presented in Wilmington and in Chadbourn at 5:00 at the beautiful Chad bourn Presbyterian Church. Af terward, the Choral Club enjoyed a delicious supper in the Fellow ship Hall. The girls returned to Flora Macdonald around 8:00, feeling that the day had been well spent for Flora Macdonald and for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. I The Student Volunteers are I continuing to move forward this I year under the leadership of I Mary Lisle Tucker. Arousing the j interest of the entire Student Body in the Stndent Movement was a three-day visit to our campus by Mr. Paul E. Converse of New York, Educa tional Secretary of the National Student Volunteer Movement. He led chapel services and held special meetings with the Stud ent Volunteers during his visit, and it seemed that he belonged on our campus. Last year during the Christmas holidays, three FMC girls plodded through rain, snow, and sleet to the Quadrennial Student Volun teer Conference which was held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The girls are still talk ing about their experiences with students representing the entire United States plus several for eign countries. This year, three regional con^ ferences will be held for this country—one in the east, one in the midwest and one on the Paci fic Coast. Charlotte Calhoun and Mary Sue Coleman will repre sent the Flora Macdonald Stud ent Volunteers at the eastern re gional conference which will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, De cember 27-January 3, and there they will engage in actual study of the work of this grea^ move ment. Incidentally, Flora Macdonald has one of the four Student Vol unteer organizations in the State of North Carolina. Let’s keep up the good work! 0 PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR “O Thou, who are ever the same, grant us so to pass through the coming year with faithful hearts, that we may be able in aU things to please Thy loving eyes. Amen.” —Mozarabic, A, D. 700 O “Willie found some dynamite, Couldn’t understand it quite. Curiosity never pays— It rained Willie seven days.” Santa Establishes FMC Workshop The toys with which girls re turned to FMC after the Thanks giving holidays were contribu tions to jolly ol’ Santa for bis workshop. Watkins Hall was the loratin-ri nf the '^^orksVlOp. since Santa had other things to do and other places to go, he left Mary Hale, Hilda Phillips and Alice Brantley in charge. He couldn’t have found three better ones, because in no time, they had girls sewing dolls’ dresses, painting wagons, re-stuffing ani mals, and even analyzing broken mechanisms of electric trains. Now, don’t get the idea that this was all work and no play! Girls caught up on the latest hap penings on Vardell while they crunched hard candy. Occasion ally, someone wished a change for the hands, so the piano was the next best thing. They sang carols, and really got the Christ mas spirit. There was peculiar joy in knowing that a little child would be made happy by our ef forts, for there are those to whom Christmas is simply the 25th of December—another day in whiph to strive for livelihood. One girl picked up a large blue and white rabbit which was dirty and worn and as she showed it to the others, before cleaning it, commented, “Now, someone really loved this rabbit. Look how dirty and worn it is.” Well, if at the next Christmas season that bun ny is dirty and worn again, someone will love him and our Christmas will not have been in vain. Spiritual Enrichment Week Highlights Fall C.A. Program Highlighting the Christian As sociation program on our campus this fall were the messages of Dr. Harry Moffett of Gastonia during the Spiritual Enrichment Week, October 14-16. Bringing to us the benefit of his broad experience with young people, Dr. Moffett emphasized the fundamentals of Christian faith as he spoke on our theme for the year, “Called to Serve.” The freshman discussion group, (Continued oo Page S) On Saturday evening, Decem ber 13, FMC began her transfor mation into a “Winter Wonder land”; and by 8:15 P. M. Saturday the Wonderland became a reality. Dates began to flock through the open doors of the college and the telephone girls sounded like broken records over the P.A. with “You have company downstairs.” The dorms buzzed with excite ment as the books were stashed away for one‘entire night. The rotunda presented a very homey and cozy atmosphere with an open-fireplace through which Santa Claus had come and the gayly decorated table from which guests were served. Yes, there was food, too, and plenty of it. In fact, every phase of that “Good old Southern Hospitality” was em phasized. Before anyone had a chance to get dreamy and sleepy in the rotunda, they were shov ed, not literally, into the cold out- of-doors (not the out-of-doors from whence they came). This out-of-doors was an original cre ation by the dance committee, and the power of suggestion low ered the mercury some 20 de grees. Out in the “yard” were evergreens topped with snow, and in the center was the “Senior” Christmas tree. The Christmas dance, w1r\icVi i? sponsored each year by Epsilon Chi and Zetesian Societies, is us ually considered one of the year’s best dances. One thing to which this might be attributed is the fact that everyone is anticipating the holidays which are only a few days away. This year was no ex ception. Spirits were light, girls were beautiful; boys were hand some; and the dance was a huge success. The dining room didn’t just suddenly become an out-door wonderland; someone had to be behind the scenes, and in this case there were many “some- ones.” Tink McKenzie and Ann Stephenson headed the dance as co-chairmen. Responsible for de corations were Lynn Lewis and Betty Lou Lamb and the invita tion and programs were arranged and sent out by Frances Dudley and Jean Johnson. All of the food about which we spoke didn’t just appear, either, and you probably saw Peggy Callahan and Lucile Wilds checking on the refresh ments to be sure that there was enough for everyone—and there was. (Well, girls, another Christmas dance can now be entered into the annals of Flora Macdonald; our fairy godmother’s magic wand has taken away our Winter Won derland, but no magic wand will ever take away that spirit which remains from Christmas to Christ mas. 0 FRANCES DUDLEY SURVIVES OPERATION Frances Dudley returned to F.M.C. last Thursday after a week and a half at home recuperating from appendectomy. She doesn’t look like she’s been sick a day, but she’s got adequate proof that she underwent the operation. Glad to have you back, Dudley! o He who gets his palms greased is likely to lose his grip.

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