ok JONES SPEAKER
I AT FORMAL OPENIMG
: The forty-fifth session of Meredith
iColIege was formally opened on
• Thui'sday evening, September 16. Dr.
Brotdus E. Jones, pastor of First
; Baptist CHurch in Baleigh, was the
. principal speaker,
j Tlie students of Moi'cdith were
'foi*maUy AWlcoroed • by ft-esidont
Campboll, Mayor Graham H. An-
■drcwa, and Mr. W. H. Weathorspoon,
■president of the Board of Trustees.
■Rev. M. y. Sommers, pastor of the
'jFirst. Presbyterian Church, read the
'IScripture lesson and. prayed. Mrs.
•iDorothy Alden, violinist, played the
.Grand Adagio from “Raymonda,” ae-
icompanied by Mr. Stuart Pratt at
:. 'i Dr. Jones spoke on “The Develoi>-
Iment of Our Capacities.” He stressed
I the fact that our inherited capacities
jshould be increased hy our own per-
i sistent efforts, with a divine aspira
tion, or goal, provided by Christ.
, The obstacles that may hinder us
from achieving that goal, Dr. Jones
said, are slothfulness, dospondency
j (the_ opposite of courage), and fears.
I Ohrist is the means of overcoming
I the?e obstacles and developing our-
.; selves to the highest capacities.
i l.R.C/s Plan for Year
The first meeting of the I.R.O. was
• held Thursday evening, September
: 30, at 6:45, at which time Ruth Rau-
■ tenatrauch introduced the series of
programs for the year.
The I.R.C.’s have planned a group
of programs this year which consist
' of studying international relations
V with a different part of the world at
. each meeting. .
, .i—-The officors-for the year are : preai-
dent, Grace Alexander; vice presi-
ri'dent, Lois Edinger; secretary, Janie
i;' Cash; librarian, Olene Sinclair;
program chairman, Alexandria
Kambis, and adviser, Mrs. Lillian P.
I Meetings will be held evexy sec
ond Thursday at 6:45 with discus-
: sions every fourth Thursday.
I The annual formal reception,
Saturday night, September 18, in
tlie college parlors, was given
by the Student Government Asso
ciation, the Baptist Student
Union, and the Athletic Asso
ciation. In the receiving line wore
June Baker Rawlins, chief marshal;
Gloria Anderson, S. G. president;
President and Mrs. Carlyle Camp-
S- .,be]l; Charlotte Green, B.S.TJ. presi
dent: Dean and Mrs. Benson W.
[^jP'iviV'* Genevieve Chiffelle, president
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MEREDITH COLLEGE, RALEIGH, N. 0., 8ATTIRDAT, OOTOBER 2, 1943
New Additions to
Meredith obtained fourteen new
faculty members this year, including
a bursar and a nurse. Almost all of
the departments ere represented by
these new members.
In the art department. Miss Mary
Elizabeth Crenshaw is the new act
ing assistant professor of art. She
has studied at Louisiana College,
Columbia University Teachers Col
lege, and at the Art Institute of
Chicago. Last year she taught at
Florida State College for women.
Two new faculty members joined
the biology department. Dr. John A.
Yarborough, as a professor, had
taught for eight years at Baylor Uni
versity before joining the Meredith
faculty. Ho received his Ph.D. at the
University of Iowa, Mrs. Joe W.
Clark is a new instructor, having
been a gi-aduate assistant at Baylor
and Oklahoma universities.
The business department also
boasts of two new teachers—Dr.
Estelle Popham, an associate pro
fessor, ^yho received her Ph.D. at
New York University and taught last
year at Bucknell University; and
Miss Amanda Lee Thrasher, instruc
tor, wlio taught at Mississippi South
Mrs. Le Eoy Allen takes the place
of Miss Mary Spruill in the English
department. She is now completing
her doctorate at Duke University
and taught at North Carolina State
College last year.
In the modern language depart
ment, we now have Miss Mary B.
MacDonald who last year had the
Roosevelt Fellowship to the Uni
versity of Chile. She formerly taught
at Macaloater Collar ■
Miss Marjorie Keiger, instructor
in the music department, is a native
of Winston-Salem, N. C., ha^'ing
studied at U.N.C. and Eastman's in
Rochester, N. Y.
Two new faculty members come
to the physical education depart
ment. Miss Doris Peterson is asso
ciate professor, having been at Texas
State College for "Women for the
past five years. Miss Nell Forbes,
assistant professor, received her B.S.
degree at Woman’s College of the
University of North Carolina and
has been at Berea College for the
The physics department has been
combined with the chemistry depart
ment. Dr. Mary Yarbrough ig head
and Miss Kramer will teach physics.
Miss Cleo Mitchell, assistant pro
fessor, comes to 'teaoh religion, hav
ing been student secretary for the
Baptists at W.C.U.N.C. .
Miss Marion Brockway is the new
instructor of sociology and econom-
(Continued on page three)
Today Is Decision Day and End of Week
of Rushing By Astro and Phi Societies
•lullu Mni^tte Bryan
YELLOW OR LAVENDER?
] \ Astro or Phi? That, is probably
I the most frequently asked question
,! ' oh the campus today. And today is
the Day that this question will be
i finally answered by all' the new stu-
dents at Meredith. They have had all
1 the thrills^ of rusli week, from cor
sages to picnics, from fashion show
to wedding. Today they decide. In
high excitement they don yellow or
lavender sweaters to proclaim their
choice. Today they are cheered on
their way into the dining hall and
into chapel as they have never been
cheered before. ‘Whichever way they
decide, they are proud of their deei«
sion and they firmly resolve to make
tJieir society the best.
But decision day is not over at
eleven o’clock when they have signed
those little Blips of paper, and proud
ly pin on the emblem of their sooiety.
The whole day has an air of excite
ment, colored yellow and lavender
and white. Those are the colors you
see on Meredith students, even down
town. The Astros find yollow and
white tissue paper, or cut-outs of
Billy Astro to stick on their doors;
and they feed Billy their history'
notes. The Phis carry around teddy
bears, and collect lavender streamers.
And then tonight there is the spooky
hilarity of the Astro initiation, and
the solemn ceremonies of installa
But—Astros and Phis, new and
old—don’t forgot your sooiety after
tho excitement of this week is o\’er,
after that inspii-ed and solemn feel
ing of devotion to Mother Astro and
Mother Phi has cooled. Support your
society all through the year. Go to
all the meetings, and take part in the
programs that are planned for you,
Talk about your sooiety, especially
to the girls who are coming next
year. Remember, as long as you are a
Meredith girl, you are an Astro, or
you are a Phi.
The following girls were nominat
ed as new officers: president of the
Aatrotekton Socicty—Avis Branch
and Peggy Brewer j treasurer of the
^istrotekton Society — Janie Allen
and Jean Chesson; and junior mar
shall of the Philaretian Society—
Don Gilkerson and Evalyn Allen.
As we go to press there is a tie be
tween Avia Branch and Peggy
Brewer. Janie Allen is treasurer of
the Astros, and Don Gilkerson is Phi
The week of September 13-18 was
devoted to the orientation of new stu
dents,, under tlie direction of, Betty
Rose Prevatte, vice president of Stu
dent Government. Mrs. Lillian Park
er Wallace was faculty chairman of
orientation. Freshman counsellors
and faculty advisers are: IsabeUo
Dillon, Miss Godwin; Sue Mc-
Neely, Miss Donley; Nancy Harris,
Dr. Moore; Doris Hamrick, Dr. Lan-
ham; Becky Lassiter, Miss Cameron;
Eleanor Loftin, Dr. Harris; Margery
Pitman, Miss Burrus; Evelyn Ray,
Dr. Mary Yarbrough; Hannah Sav
age, Dr. Price; Dorcas Stanley,
Miss Kramer; Dorothy Turner, Miss
Brewer; Eleanor Vereen, Miss
Baity. Day student counsellors and
faculty advisers are: Flora Ann
Lee, Mrs. Egertonj Priscilla Nance,
Ih’. Winston. Transfer counsellors
j and faculty advisers are: Annie
I Catherine Barden, Miss Hanyen;
Lois Edinger, Dr. Johnson; Mary
Lou Nance, Miss Baise; Mary Eliz
abeth Wreiin, Miss Grimmer.
Dr. Alice Keith is faculty adviser
to Betty Rose Prevatte.
New students were divided into
groups for training in the use of tl;e
library, and in student government.
Physical examinations in the collego
infirinary, psychological and English
tests were scheduled during this
week. ;' .
Eutertainmehts pro^’ided for the
new students during orientation
week included an informal party in
the Hut with re_^resentatives of cam
pus organizations on Monday night,
a Baptist Studerit Union, party Tues
day night, organized sports under the
direction of the Atliletio Association
"Wednesday afternoon, an Athletic
Association party Wednesday night,
and a formal reception by the three
major campus organizations Satur
Last Saturday night the freshmen
class selected-Ivanoy Gates as their
president for this year. Other candi
dates were Mary Martin and Jean
Griffin. All the candidates for presi
dent were selected by the junior class.
Mary Martin is vice president: Tes-
sie Finch is secretary; and Jean
"Witherspoon is treasurer.
233 New Girls Here
Registration of special and part-
time students along with that of resi
dent and town students brings the
enrollment this year close to the five
Thci-e are 233 new girls, of which
forty-two are transfers. There rtre
girls enrolled from the following col
leges: Mars Hill, Louisburg, Faasi-
fern, Gardner-Webb, St. Mary’s,
Wingate, Campbell, Coker, Pfeiffer,
Radford State Teachers’, Lees-
McRae, Peace, Mary Washington,
W.C.U.N.C., E.C.T.C., and Calvin.
Yarious states in the southeast
and noi^th are represented. There are
also enrolled two students from
Parlies, Pageants, and
Favors Given New GirU
BOND DRIVE ANNOUNCED
Mrs. Vera Tart Marsh, cliairman
of the women’s colleges for the Third
War Loan, announces that the drive
of the Meredith campus has been
liiglily successful with Mrs. LeRoy
Allen as faculty solicitor.
During the drive, Mrs. Marsh
spoke to the students in assembly
suggesting that they complete their
war saving stamp books and cash
them in as soon as possible. A great
deal of interest and enthusiasm has
already been manifested.
College Orchestra Plans
The first meeting of the college
orchestra was held Tuesday ovoning,
September 28, at V o’clock. Anyone
who can play an instrument'and is
interested may become a member of
the orchestra. This year the orches
tra will be composed of girls from St.
Mary’s, Peace, and Meredith.
*‘Pauae tor Poiuer”
As a result of a discussion in tho
B.S.U. Fall Retreat, which was held
September 10-12, the period, “Pause
for Power,” has come into being. It
is held in the social room of first
floor Faireloth every week day from
1:40 until 1:55 and on Saturday
from 1:00 until 1:1S. These times
wore decided upon with the hope that
more students will bo able to come
for a moment of devotion and inspir
Soon now, there will bo mony
changes in the social room. It is to
be turned into a worship room after
the fashion of a small chapel. New
curtains, drapes, and chair covers
will add much to the atmosphere of
Today is the culmination of the
rushing activities of Meredith’s two
societie.s, Astrotekton imd Philare-
tian. Each freshman will enter
throngli one of the aociety doorways
in chapel this morning and thus de
clare her allegiance to one society for
her college career. Tonight will mark
the rough initiation of the.Aatrot*-
ton neophytes by Mary Jo Clayton
and the sophomore members and
then tlic formal reception of wel
come. The new Phis will be formally
installed by their oiBcials and ■will
be honored by a reception afterwards
The process has been carried on
from the first day of freshman orien
tation when respective society mem
bers wore their tags declaring "As
tro” and “Need some lielp» Call on a
Phi.” The rushing, Ijowever, W’as es
pecially intensive during the past two
Mojiday, September 20, the Pbis,
in their traditional manner, held
their bonfire. Julia Margrette
Bryan, president, and Richie Har
ris, vice president, %vere in ehar^ of
the hobo gathering. Russian tea and
cookies were served.
The annual Astro picnic took
place Thursday, September 23, at
Allen’s Pond. This event was planned
by Carolyn Kenyon, Astro vice presi
dent; and she was assisted by Mar
garet Jordan, Annie Cathenne Bar
den, Caroline Jones, and EHzabetli
Shelton. The menu consisted of ham
burgers, potato salad, slaw, soft
drinks, and popsicles.
Last Saturday evening the Phi
pageant and Astro wedding were
staged. They were followed by a
formal joint i-eception of both socie
ties. Participants in the pageant were
Julia Margrette Bryun, Richie Har
ris, Betty Rose Prevatte, Mildred
Thornton, Jane Watkins, and Mary
The annual wedding of Ima New-
girl to Mr. Astrotekton was directed
by Sue McNeely. Tho bride was
Gloria Anderson, and her maid of
honor was Peggy Brewer. Brides
maids were Hortense Liles, Laura
Ellon McDaniel, and Helen Crain.
Susan Crump wos ring bearer while
Jean Allen Brooks was flower girl.
Carolyn Kenyon and Virginia May
nard portrayed the mothers, Dr.
Yarbrough, the new biology profes
sor, officiated. Groom and grooms
men ivere Army Air Corps cadets
from State College.
Tho annual Phi style show was
Monday night. Mary Jo Hughes was
in charge. Following it the joint Aa-
tro-Phi candlelight service was held.
During the last week the societies
iiltornatod days and presented little
gifts. The Phis gave corsages to
boarding students Sunday and de
fense stamps to town students. They
ga\’e shoe strings and powder puffs
on other days. The Astros gave
doughnuts, nabs, and glasses.
Miss Lena A. Barber, professor of
biology at Meredith from 1932 to
19*^0, died at her homo on Clai'k
Avenue, Monday, September 27.
Miss Barber was born in Adrian^'
Mich., and graduated from Adrian
CoHe^e and the University of
Funeral services were held
Wednesday aftei-noon, September 30,
with the Rev. Leo 0. Sheppard offi
ciating. Pallbearers wore Mr. 0. G,
Mumford, Mr. S. G. Riley, Dr, £. P,
Canady, Dr. L. E. M. Freeman, Mr.
B. Y. Tyner, and Mr. Miles I. Hart.