Volume XXXI, No. 3
Methodist College, Fayetteville, NC 28311
Change the Name
No, our Small Talk nameplate
is not a mistake. It's in transi
tion. New name coming in
Finals Start Today
Here’s your last chance to pass.
It's an impasse; Dec. 8-15.
"Gas" Goes to D.C.
The two-act play "Out of Gas"
is going to the nationals at the
Kennedy Center in Washing
ton, D.C., on April 18-25. It is
entered in the finals for the
Michael Kanin Playwriting
Awards Program, National
Student Playwriting Award,
and the Colombia Pictures
Television Award for Comedy
Have your favorite professor
serve you bacon, eggs, and
grits during exams Dec. 9 at 10
a.m. in the Cafeteria. Tips not
On Dec. 19. the Fayetteville
Symphony Orchestra will per-
fonn at 8 p.m. in Reeves Audi
torium. It is free to students.
M.C. Stage Band
The Methodist College Stage
Band will perform at the an
nual Christmas Tree Lighting
on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. in Cross
Students are invited to attend
Vesper services every Sunday
night at 7 p.m. in Hensdale
Chapel. Dress is casual.
Take one of twenty courses
from personal finance to the
image of the female in myth
and theology during the two-
week term beginning Jan. 3.
Campus Landmark Gets
by Dan Devlin, Jr.
As you know (if you don't, then you haven't been on campus in the
last couple of day s), our trademark Carillon is receiving a facehft.
In addition to its cleaning, fresh paint job and new light fixtures for
the cross inside, the Carillon will receive a brand new electronic sound
system with speakers. The Carillon will chime every hour on the hour,
which it hasn't done since 1988, and will play two musical selections at
5.00 p.m. daily. The music has not been heard since 1974.
An anonymous alumnus made a donation of half the cost of the
carillon repairs. Do you suppose he saw the picture/editorial about the
Carillon in the last Small Talk issue?
Who cried wolf?
Bomb ScareHits Methodist
by Sharon Revels
On Nov. 19 at approximately 9:30 a.m., a Methodist College staff
member reported that someone called the administration building and
said, "There's a bomb out there." The person repeated the phrase three
times and hung up. Immediately after, students and faculty were told
they could leave the campus.
Mr. Wilford Saunders, director of campus security, said he and his
security officers immediately began searching for a bomb. "We started
searching the business building and then went to the auditorium. We
searched the entire campus and found nothing," said Saunders. "People
do not realize the inconvenience they cause others and should think
about what they are trying to do. In reality, they are holding an entire
campus hostage and committing a felony."
Most .students and faculty •said they felt the threat was a hoax and
decided to stay, but others were terrified and left the campus in haste.
One student said, "It may be a hoax, but Fayetteville has entirely too
many mentally disturbed people, and I am not going to take my
Freshman Arrested for Murder
by Mark Herring
A freshman biology major at Methodist College was charged with
first-degree murder and shooting into occupied territory on Nov. 17.
John Bryant was arrested along with Gary Boggs, 16, on the same
The night of the murder began with Bryant joining Boggs and
Mitchell Mathewson, 17, a student of Seventy-First High School in
Fayetteville. Bryant alledgedly is related to one of the other suspects.
At approximately 10:15 p.m. the three men were traveling south on
Murchison Road. Another car, carrying 15-year-old Jonathan Braxton
See Murder, p. 9
Bell Tower gets refurbished.
for Dec. 17
On Friday, Dec. 17 at 2:00,
114 students will graduate from
Methodist College. Dr. William
C. Harrison, superintendent of
Hoke County Schools and a 1974
alumnus of Methodist College will
be the guest speaker.
This year's class is composed
of 51 males and 63 females. Four
foreign students (from the Baha
mas, Mauritius, England, and Uni
fied Germany) will present flags
from their countries during the cer
emony of flags.
Graduation rehearsal is Dec.
16 at 2:00. Cap and gown pictures
will be taken on this same day
from 12:00-2:00 in Reeve's lobby.
Lynda Beard, graduation co
ordinator, notes that this year more
students than ever are graduating
as biology and history majors. She
advises all undergraduates to sub
mit their Intent to Graduate forms