Newspaper of the Students of Meredith College
MEREDITH COLLEGE, RALEIGH, N. C., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1953
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An all time high in the size of
the Meredith student body was
reached in the fall registration of
Of this total 522 girls are living
in the four college dormitories. The
others are either married with
homes of their own in Raleigh or
are living with their families here.
The grand total includes 375
returning students; 36 transfer stu
dents from various schools includ
ing Mars Hill, Wake Forest, Peace,
Gardner-Webb, and Campbell; 185
freshman students; and 28 special
Registration for freshmen was
held on September 14. Upper
classmen registered September 15
and classes began on September 16.
Meredith College opened its
1953-54 session with eleven new
administrative staff members and
seven new faculty members.
New members on the staff and
their positions are: Miss Edith Zinn,
assistant dean of students; Miss Mat-
tie R. Greene, nurse; Miss Betty
Sue Vance, nurse; Miss Mary Bland
Josey, assistant in department of
public relations; Miss Dru Morgan,
manager of the supply store; Mrs.
Elma Collins, assistant in the din
ing hall; Mrs. Lois Renfrow, secre
tary to the president; Mrs. Naomi
Beamon, secretary to the dean; Mrs.
Laurel Perry, bookkeeper; Mrs. Ag
nes Devinney, secretary to the busi
ness manager; Mrs. Martha George,
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BREAKFAST, SPECIAL CHAPEL PROGRAM
MARK CLOSE OF SOCIETY RLSH WEEK
Pictured above are Astro president and mascot, Betty Lane and Billy; and Phi
president and mascot, Lyn Belton and Milton. All are anxiously awaiting the ar
rival of new Astros and Phis.
BARBARA JEAN DE ANS ELECTED PRESIDENT
OF FROSH CLASS; OTHER OFFICERS CHOSEN
Barbara Jean Deans was elected
president of the Freshman Class in
the class meeting on September 22.
Other officers elected were Susan
Walker, vice-president; Mary Edna
Grimes, treasurer; Mary Helen
Cooper, student government repre
sentative; and Nancy Young, secre
Barbara Jean, a home economics
major, is from Wilson, N. C. Her
high school interests included his
tory, dramatics, and journalism.
Among other offices held was edi
tor of her high school paper, sec
retary of her class, president of
Baptist Training Union and Sunday
School class. The freshman presi-
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Barbara Jean Deans, newly elected presi
dent of Freshman Clasjs.
The six girls shown above are the six seniors who were tapped into the Silver Shield
Honorary Society during graduation last June. Seated from left to right are Doris
Allen, Bonny Morgan and Ann' Clark. Standing are Mary Ann Chandler, Lorette
Oglesby and Patsy Bland.
The improved Meredith College
Stables has opened its fall class ses
sion for college and town students.
The enrollment of college stu
dents for horseback classes had
reached fifty-five when the last
count was taken and registration
was not complete at the time. Over
one hundred town students ranging
in age from seven or eight years
old through sixteen or seventeen
have registered for riding lessons.
A “Mothers” class is being held
each Thursday morning at eleven
o’clock for those mothers who get
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Tomorrow morning at the doors
to the auditorium new students who
have had so many decisions to make
in the last few weeks will be faced
with another important one—wheth
er to become a Phi or an Astro.
During this week they have been
feted, rushed, and treated like
queens by the girls of the two so
cieties who have been trying to win
their hearts. For many of them it
will be a difficult decision to make,
because they have friends in both
societies whom they would like to
The first event of exciting Deci
sion Day, will be a sumptuous break
fast served family style in the
dining hall. If by this time the new
student knows which society she
wants to join, she enters the dining
room door which is decorated with
Thirty-six Meredith girls began
observing in Raleigh schools this
week as a prelude to their student
Of this total seventeen are ele
mentary teachers who will be teach
ing in Mrytle Underwood, Fred
Olds, Sherwood Bates, Longview
Gardens, and Boylan Heights
Fourteen girls will be teaching
high school subjects at Hugh Mor-
son and Needham Broughton. The
high school subjects which they will
teach are math, English, history,
business, and home economics.
The remaining five girls included
in the total will be teaching music
in the Cary High and Elementary
Schools. Girls in music follow a
slightly different program from that
of other teachers. They teach, two
per week throughout both semesters
while the other students teach five
days per week for only one semes
ter. The girl# teaching music are
Rose Rummage, Mary Eva Chalk,
Jackie Ammons, Carolyn Hall, and
Mary Jane Warrick.
Teaching first grade will be Ruth
Dowell, and Ann Draughan. Re
becca McRackan, Patsy Bland, Mary
Olive Spivey, Doris McMillan, and
Mary Ann Chandler will teach sec
ond grade. Working with third
graders will be Catherine McRack
an, Lou Gardner, and Ann Lovell.
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the colors of her society. As she en
ters, the old girls will be cheering
her, and then later all the girls of
each society will march in sing
ing their society song.
This pattern will be repeated at
chapel time, when the new girl
makes her final choice. She can
change her mind between breakfast
and chapel, but here she loses that
privilege. The old students again
march in singing. Following the
songs, short talks are given by Phi
and Astro presidents. Then comes
the most tense moment of the week.
Which society has won? The mar
shalls of each society walk down the
aisles with that important piece of
paper. The presidents take it in
the tense quietness, read it, and the
final result is announced to the stu
dents; then shrieks and excitement
on one side of the auditorium, dis
appointment and quiet on the other.
But the members of the losing so
ciety swallow their disappointment
and congratulate the winners.
Very soon after Decision Day
comes the Phi installation service
and the Astro initiation. And then
the excitement of Rush Week De
cision Day is over for another year.
We are all aware that there are
many people in the world who are
suffering because they have nothing
to eat and because they have no
homes. All of us have felt the desire
to help them; but we have thought
that what we could do would be too
insignificant, and so we have done
During B.S.U. week at Ridge
crest last summer, the students were
concerned with this problem of the
suffering people in the world. De-
sirious of helping them to an extent
greater than any one person or col
lege could hope to help, they con
ceived of the L I S T E N plan—a
plan whereby North Carolina stu
dents would band together and give
systematically to relieve suffering.
They chose the name LISTEN be
cause an acrostic based on those let
ters contained the purpose of the
plan — Love Impells Sacrifice To
ward Every Need.
The LISTEN program is directed
at Christian growth for the giver.
May we all listen with our hearts
to the needs of others.
The girls shown are the new members of Kappa Nu Sigma who were tapped last
June. Kappa Nu Sigma is Meredith’s honorary scholastic society. From left to
right the girls are: Betty Hunter, Celia Wells, Melissa Matthews, Phyllis Trible,
Betty Lonise Smith, Nancy Brown and Ruth Barnes.