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Newspaper of the Students of Meredith College
MEREDITH COLLEGE, RALEIGH, N. C., MAY 20, I960
Receives Four Volumes
The Meredith College Library
has received four new books which
can prove great assets to Meredith
students. 'ITie first, The Journal of a
. Mission la the Interior of Africa in
the Year J805, was contributed by
Mrs. Foy Johnson Farmer and Dr.
Mary Lynch Johnson from their pri
vate collection. The book which is
a well-worn, rare old volume pub
lished in 1815 contains an account
of the life of Dr. Mungo Park, the
author, as well as his private' journal
of his last missionary trip to Africa.
Author Was Missionary
Dr. Park was a Scottish surgical
missionary, born in 1771, who made
four journeys to the interior of the
Dark Continent. On his last voyage
in 1805, Dr. Park was drowned in
the Niger River under the fire of
hostile natives. In the front of the
volume is a map to illustrate the
route of this final journey.
Darwin’s Work Re>edi(ed
The other three books are new
editions of The Origin of the Species
by Charles Darwin and the Life and
Letters of Charles Darwin, edited by
Francis Darwin, in two volumes.
The first edition of Origin of the
Species was published in 1859;
therefore, a ccntdnnial celebration
was held at the University of Chi
cago last fall to honor this book and
the memory of its author. The meet
ing, which included panels to trace
man’s development in the last hun
dred years, led to new discussions on
the evolution of life, man, and the
mind. A group of high school teach
ers were invited, and plans were
made to stress science and biology
courses in the public schools.
Books Given By Dottercrs
Due to this renewed interest in
Charles Darwin, the new editions,
including the variorum edition of
Origin of the Species, were pub
lished. These copies were given to
the Meredith library by Drs. John
and Elizabeth Dottcrer.
SENIORS TO GRADUATE ON MAY 30
Annual Society Day Honors
And Awards Program Held
On May 13 the annual Society
Day program was held in Jones Au
ditorium. Following the processional
of the senior members of the two
campus societies, Helen Booe, Presi
dent of the Astrotekton Society, read
the scripture. Martha Ann McKeel,
president of the Philaretian Society,
welcomed the audience and outlined
the purpose of the assembly.
Elizabeth Milliken was awarded
the Astrotekton Literary Award by
Helen Booe. The Philaretian Lit
erary Award was presented to Betty
Jo Kinlaw by Martha Ann McKeel.
NEW MAJOR ADDED TO
Beginning in the fall semester of
1960, a new major in church mu
sic will be offered to interested
Meredith students. The music staff
is planning to combine their efforts
to give a well-rounded curriculum.
A total of twenty-four hours in
applied music, to be distributed
among piano, voice, and organ, with
twelve hours in one, will be required.
General music courses and two
hours of chorus will also be needed.
Special courses related to the church
music field will be included in the
program of study. Two additional
courses in religion will be required,
and a Joint recital .will be given be
Special areas receiving study will
be an introduction to the place of
music in worship, a survey of music
in the history of the Western church,
a study of liturgies, and a study of
hymns and tunes. Forty-five clock
hours of work done in a church in
the Raleigh area, supervised by the
church director and a faculty mem
ber in whose field the work is done,
will give valuable experience.
A total of one-hundred twenty
hours will be required for gradua
tion, sixty of these in other depart
Art, Education Awards Presented
Mrs. Ruth A. Clarke presented
the Ida Poteat Art Award to Made
line Kleiman for excellence in art.
Dr. D. R. Reveley announced the
Education Department Awards.
Celia Daniel was recognized as
the outstanding elementary student
teacher, and Jeanette MacDonald
was recognized as the outstanding
secondary student teacher.
The Independent Reading Award
was presented by Norma Lockaby
to Yolande Jenny. The Hubbell
Writing Award was received by
Anne Britt and Rachel' Dailey from
Mrs. Dorothy P. Greenwood.
Music Students Recogni/cd
The Sigma Alpha Iota Profes
sional Music Fraternity Awards
were announced by Dr. Harry E.
Cooper. For scholastic excellence in
music, Gail Newton was awarded
the scholarship for a rising senior.
Barbara Smith received the honor
award presented lo a senior for gen
eral scholastic cxcellencc.
Joan Cope presented three SAX
chapter awards to Rebecca Scott for
musicianship and service, b Bar
bara Smith for leadership, and to
Glenda Pressley and Barbara Smith
Athletic Cups Awarded
Susan Hawkins was awarded the
Horsemanship Trophy by Cynthia
Denny. Kathleen Simmons pre
sented the Best All Around Athlete
Cup for leadership, sportsmanship,
and athletic ability to Carolyn Bar
rington. The Society Cup was given
to Helen Booe on behalf of the
Astrotekton Society by Anne Brit
ton. The Alpha Psi Omega Dramatic
Fraternity Award was presented to
(Continued on page four)
Dr. Matta Akrawi, Commenccmeot Day
To Be Presented
On May 28, the annual gradua
tion concert will be given in Jones
Auditorium at eight o’clock in the
The Meredith chorus will present
a portion of the program. A selected
group from the chorus will sing sev
eral madrigals. The entire chorus
will sing “Seven Choruses from the
Media of Euripides” by Virgil
Thomson, “I Wonder When 1 Shall
Be Married,” a Kentucky mountain
song arranged by Marsall Bartholo-
mewi and “Waters Ripple and
Flow,” a Czecho-Slovak folksong ar
ranged by Deems Taylor.
Piano selections will be rendered
by Joan Cope, Janice Morgan, and
Vocal selections will be rendered
by Phyllis Green, accompanied by
Janice Morgan; Barbara Armstrong,
accompained by Margaret Hurst;
and Kay Robinson and Sonia Mat
tocks, in a duet, accompained by
1960 OAK LEAVES DEDICATED
Four Days of
Activities Are Planned
Four years at Meredith will be
culminated for the members of the
class of 1960 when degrees are con
ferred on May 30. Matta Akrawi,
Director of the New York Office of
UNESCO of the United Nations,
will be guest speaker for the occa
Seniors will be engaged in gradua
tion activities from May 27 until
commencement, beginning with a
senior class dinner at the Charcoal
Steak House on Friday night.
Class Day Begins
Class Day will begin at 9:30 a.m.
on May 28 with the annual meeting
of the Kappa Nu Sigma followed by
the meeting of the Alumnae Asso
ciation with President Lois Morgan
Overby presiding. Gayle Wells
Powell of Whiteville will address the
group. A luncheon for the alumnae
will be provided followed by open
house in the alumnae house.
Sophomores Honor Seniore
The afternoon of class day, the
sophomores will honor their big sis
ters with the daisy chain ceremony
and a program will be presented.
Since the Last Will and Testament
and the Class Prophecy have al
ready been presented in chapel, an
especially long and entertainmg class
history will be given.
Seniors Present Gift
At this time the senior class gift
to the school will be presented. To
close this part of Class Day, Bette
Liles, rising senior class president,
will receive the cap and gown on
behalf of the rising senior class from
Betsy Moore, president of the class
Evening festivities will include a
choral concert by the Meredith Col
lege Chorus under the direction of
Miss Beatrice Donley. Also, the an-
TO MR. V. HOWARD '
.Mr. V. Howard Belcher, Meredith business munager, receives from Dolly Sue
Vernon, “Oak Leaves” editor, bis copy of tfac 1960 auniw).
The yearly dedication of the Oak
Leaves was held on April 28 in
Jones Auditorium. Dolly Sue Ver
non, editor of the annual, presented
the Oak Leaves to the students, fac
ulty, and administraion and pointed
out some of its main features.
There are a number of changes
in the 1960 Oak Leaves. For the
first time in several years the year
book is two colori — white and gold.
The cover is white with gold letter
ing, the end sheets are gold, the col
lege seal is in gold on a white page,
and the art design throughout Uie
book is a combination of black and
gold on white pages.
Pictures Express School Life
The six double-page spreads
which introduce the annual and the
double-page spreads which divide
the annual into sections are familiar
shots and experiences shared to
gether by Meredith students.
The pictures in the annual this
year incorporate several new fea
tures. The editors decided to revert
to individual faculty and administra
tion pictures which make it possible
to give the names, degrees, and pro
fessorships. The superlative pictures
are two per page. Dr. Harry Cooper,
chairman of the music department
and official photographer of the an
nual, took these pictures. There are
also five snapshot pages including
the unique “Faculty Fancies.” May
' Day and Stunt of *59 are presented
on double-page spreads.
Senior Scction Is Different
The senior editors of the annual
must be given specijil recognition for
their contributions which make the
senior section completely different
in this yearbook. There are only four
Dr. Beach To Speak
The Baccalaureate sermon will be
delivered on Sunday morning by Dr.
Waldo Beach, professor of cihics in
the Divinity School of Duke Univer
The seniors will present the pro
gram for evening vespers that night,
pictures to a page instead of the six 1 and a reception will be held in
which have been used in former
years. To accompany each picture,
Pat Hight, Judy Thompson, and
Willilou Mason composed per
sonality sketches for the seniors.
Editor Reads Dedication
After Dolly Sue mentioned these
features, she read the dedication to
the audience which is as follows;
“He sits at his desk with authority
and command; he is our friend. He
often vacates his office to render
further service in our expansion pro
gram; he is a worker with spirit. He
plans and wisely manages all finan
cial operations of our institution; he
is Meredith’s Business Manager and
Treasurer. Always interesting; al
ways interested — Mr. V. Howard
Belcher Receives Annual
Mr. Belcher was given a standing
ovation and asked to join Dolly Sue
on the stage to receive his copy of
the Oak Leaves.
Although there was no actual
theme used in the annual, the aim
of the staff was to capture the real
spirit of Meredith.
honor of the seniors, their parents,
AWARDED TO MEREDITH
On May 12, a Certificate of Com
mendation was presented to Mere
dith College honoring students who
have recently completed first aid
courses sponsored by the Civil and
Defense Mobilization Board. The
certificate was signed by Colonel
David R. Hardee, director, and
Helen T. Branch, first aid chairman.
At a Civil and Defense luncheon
the award was accepted by Mrs.
Vera Tart Marsh, Meredith College
representative on the Civil and
Defense Mobilization Board for
Raleigh and Wake County. Mrs.
Marsh, Meredith registrar, is chap
lain for the organization and is cur
rently serving on the Speakers
The certificate will be posted later
with plans for campus activity In this
area which will be formulated dur
ing the summer.