February 23, 1967
When we consider such institutions as Meredith in historical perspec
tive, we are likely to have two distinct, immediately conflicting, reactions;
ftrst, of the immense changes in circumstance and procedure, so obvious
and pervasive as to create a feeling of sharp contrast between the past
and present; then, on deeper reflection, a recognition of an underlying
consistency and integrity of purpose which make these transformations
secondary to the conviction that both past and present are but succcssive
chapters in an ever-unfolding text.
Both reactions, 1 think, are natural and significant. Without its con
tinuous adaptations and development, one must assume that now Meredith
would be only a fond memory. But, with no evaluation of these changes
within the context of a consistent and worthy objective, its present would
be without meaning and its future a vain hope.
Particularly in this cclcbration, we should be intelligently conscious of
our debt of gratitude to the innumerable host of successive founders of
Meredith whose lives have been interwoven into the life of Meredith.
As we walk about the campus, as we hear the recorded story of their
struggles, sacrifices, and achievements, we should continually say to our
selves and others: “See! This they did for us.” To say “Thank you” re
quires only elementary decency and good manners. To feel and properly
express gratitude demands a largeness of spirit and a commitment chal
lenging to each of us.
For the presence of kind friends on this occasion, for the many
expressions of interest received from absent friends, we would give thanks.
For all of us may it mark the “fair beginning of a time.”
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The preceding is a stalemenl written by former President Dr.
Carlyle Campbell, which appeared in the seventy-fifth cmiiverstiry issue of The
Twig hist February. The timeliness and timelessness of this siaiement are the
reasons for its publication in this issue of The Twto.)
The Reason for Education
This essay was written over a century ago by William Cory, an Eaton
College master. The pcrtinence of his wisdom in today’s headlong scramble
for knowledge is clear. It is reprinted here for the student of whatever
age, who finds frustrating his inability to reconcile the sacred haste of
that scramble with the deliberate, seemingly interminable, pace imposed
on acquiring an education.
“At school you are not engaged so much in acquiring knowledge as
in making mental effort under criticism. A certain amount of knowledge
you can indeed acquire with average facilities, acquire so as to retain.
Nor need for regret the hours you spend on much that is forgotten, for
the shadow of lost knowledge at least protects you from many illusions.
“But you go to a great school not so much for knowledge as for
arts and habits—for the art of expression, for the habit of attention; for
the art of assuming at a moment’s notice a new intellectual position, for
the habit of submitting to censure and refutation; for the an of entering
quickly into another person’s thoughts, for the art of indicating assent
or dissent in graduated terms, for the habit of regarding small points
of accuracy: for the art of working out what is possible in a given time;
for taste, for discrimination, for mental courage and mental soberness.”
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Thoughts on This Subject
He meant to spare no rigid rules of fact
Or discipline: his mission was to voice
The “three partitions Caesar made of Gaul”—
The plead the Ablative ... he had no choice.
But once . .. when sumacs blazed with saffron fires—
When sweetgums, maples, oaks—seduced by frost—
Become the scarlet queens foredoomed to fade,
Yet live in memory as Beauty never lost . . .
The Pedagogue forgot his blackboard schemes;
And, seeing students through eyes of blueberry-haze,
He chalked for them his hieroglyphic dreams!
Among magnolia-shade and ginkgo trees,
The University is spread like lace
Brown-spun beneath a cotton-sky. The frieze,
The symmetry, the touch of columned grace
Are everywhere; an ivied wall withholds
More secrets that the present mind can guess.
Some building, arch, or rusting bell infolds
The yesterdays of mellow loveliness.
But new appearances compete today
With all the charm antiquity may boast;
New rain-bright buildings, washed with sand, inveigh
Against tradition, passing down its ghost.
The old and new are strangely mingled here
Where freshmen ponder Toombs, the mutineer.
-Selections from William Blackstock’s volume of poems, Leaves Before the Wind.
Dr. Blackstock is chairman of the area of language and literature at Methodist
College, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
By CAROLYN McGRADY
Library Exteads Hours
The library will be open for the
remainder of the semester on Sun
day afternoons from 2:00 until 5:00.
Since only students workers will be
on duty, all students are asked to
respect the privilege of having ex
tended library hours by returning
books to the shelves after using
Drinking Committee Studies Policy
The committee on the Meredith
drinking policy is continuing to
meet. This committee, headed by
Claire Young, is composed of Dr.
Mary Yarborough and Dr. Roger
Crook from the faculty, President E.
Bruce Heilman and E)ean Louise
Fleming from the administration,
and several student representatives.
Committee Debates Jurisdiction
A sub'Committee of the Legisla
tive Board is currently working on
the policy concerning the jurisdic
tion of the college. Members of the
committee are Judy Coram, chair
man, Beth King, Agnes Stancil,
Patsy Wilson, Jeannie Sams, and
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will be held on March 7 and March
21 for the respective slates.
Following the completion of all
elections, the Nominating Com
mittee will meet on April 19 for
an evaluation of this year’s elec
In previous years an assembly
program was sponsored by the
Nominating Committee, in which an
outside speaker addressed the stu
dent body on intelligent citizenship,
the voter’s responsibility, or some
similar topic. This year, however,
a sub-commiltee of the Nominating
Committee decided to devote that
assembly period to an explanation
of the structure, purpose, and ac
tivities of the committee. Today
Mimi Holt, a representative to the
Nominating Committee and editor
oE The Twic, spoke to the stu
dent body on the nominations and
elections procedures, the work of
the committee, and possible changes
in the elections system.
An innovation in the nominations
process was introduced this year.
Prior to the first meeting of the
Nominating Committee, students in
terested in running for a particular
office were requested to indicate
their interest by turning in a state
ment of interest to the committee
chairman. While such a statement is
to be considered binding on neither
the individual student nor the Nomi-
nating Committee, such an indica
tion should be helpful to members
of the committee as they evaluate
straw ballots and other recommen
dations as well as a student’s per
sonal statement of interest In a par
Wake Forest Announces
Challenge ’67 Program
The leader of the Nazi Party in
the United Stales and a former
Socialist Party candidate for Presi
dent of the United States are two
of the speakers who will take part
in Challenge ‘67, the Wake Forest
College convention-symposium on
contemporary world affairs.
Scheduled for the week-end of
March 2-4, the student-sponsored
conference will feature speakers
from various professions to lead dis
cussion on the topic, “The Implica
tions of Prosperity.”
The controversial Commander of
the American Nazi Party, George
Lincoln Rockwell, will give the fea
ture lecture on Friday afternoon,
Norman Thomas, five-time candi
date for the presidency on the So
cialist Party ticket, will be the maiti
speaker at the seminar on Saturday
■morning, March 4.
Challenge '67 will be officially
launched Thursday night, 'March 2,
with the first major lecture. Harry
Reasoner, news commentator for
the Columbia Broadcasting System,
will be the main speaker.
A prominent American political
figure, Senator William Proxmire,
Democrat from Wisconsin, will par
ticipate in the symposium. Prox
mire, a member of the Senate Ap
propriations Committee and also the
Joint Economic Committee, will lead
the concluding seminar Saturday
Other speakers for the three-day
event will include Dr. James Bu
chanan, the Paul G. Mclntire pro
fessor of economics and director of
the Thomas Jefferson Center for Po
litical Economy at the tJniversily of
Virginia; Dr. Edward K. Smith,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Eco
nomic Affairs of the Department of
Commerce; and Craig G. Spence,
a Viet Nam correspondent for the
Mutual Broadcasting System.
The choice of topic for this year’s
Challenge '67 program, “The Impli
cations of Prosperity,” was chosen
by the staff because they feel that
it IS in keeping with their goal of
dealing in a constructive manner
with very widespread problems of
local and national interest.
The Challenge ‘67 staff has sought
financial assistance from founda
tions, firms, and businesses. To date
$8,000 has been contributed.
The convention-symposium is pri
marily for the students at Wake
Forest, but schools from all over
the Atlantic seaboard are being in