VOLUME LXIII number/^
NEWSPAPER OF THE STUDENTS OF MEREDITH COLLET
SEPTEMBER 17. 1964
More than a history teacher
by Elizabeth Smelctwr
Or. FtBnk Grubbs, chairman of
Meredith’s History and Politics depart-
ents, Is Indeed a fascinating man. On my
first day in his American l-listory class 1
was immediately drawn to his unique style
of teaching; one not just consisting of
long boring lectures directly from the text,
but a fact-filled lesson containing In
teresting Information which he has ob
tained in his personal experiences and
studies throughout the world, l-lls quick
wit makes an occasional appearance in
class and always draws laughs from even
the most serious students. I’ll never forget
the day that he refenred to the guy cutting
the grass with a tractor outside our
window as a “hot rod.”
Dr. Gnjbbs attended college in Lynch
burg, Virginia, a small beautiful mountain
town. He received graduate degrees in
History from the University of Virginia. He
seems particularly enthralled with
Virginia, not just asa loyal Wahoo fan, but
also asa historian wtw is very interested In
the large variety of beautiful historic areas.
He urges all of his students to visit such
places as Montlcelio (near Charlottesville)
and Mt. Vemon.
In 1963, Dr. Grubbs moved from
Virginia to Raleigh and accepted a
teaching position at Meredith. Since then
he has been keeping busy by writing a
number of articles for various national
Journals. In 1978, he had a paper presented
to t)ie American Historical Association in
The early 20th century American
Federation of Labor and its presdklent,
Samuel Gompers were primary areas of
concentration in Dr. Gaibbs' study of 20th
century labor history. He published two
books (1968, 1962) dealing with the AFL
during Wtorld We? I.
Community work, administrative and
special committee duties at Meredith have
all been areas of involvement by Dr.
Gaibbs. However, since 1977, he has been
primarily involved In trying to supervise
the History and Politics faculty. He also
spends time planning for his classes and
"attempting to be innovative enough to
keep the students interested in politics
and history, both as rm^ors and In
classes." Dr. Grubbs is constantly striving
to get the message across to his students
that there Is more to life than eight hours
on the job.
Privileged freshmen have been treated
each year with Dr. Grubbs’ "Ballad of
Lulu.”ln this speech he tries to emphasize
to Incoming students that a college
education requires the “whole person,”
not just one with academic skills. It is
Important for a student to take advantage,
of all that Meredith has to offer, not just
Aside from his work at Meredith, Dr.
Gnjbbs enjoys woridng with the Boy
Scouts in Caiy. He helps in the scouts’
merit badge training. Speaking in chur
ches onchurch history takes up a lot of his
time, in 1983, he was appointed to the
D^^artment of Records arid History of the
North Carolina Episcopal Diocese. He Is
dedicated to the preservation of the
Episcopal church in North Carolina.
Dr. Grubbs Is certainly a hard working
and dedicated man. He is a loyal member
of Meredith's faculty and a friend to the
students, as well as a greet professor.
50 years ago at Meredith.
by Cindy Austin
Do you ever think we have it a little
rough here at Meredith? Are the rules a
little stricter than you had anticipated? If
you can Identify with this, here is a little
food for thougiit.
During the school year of 1934, the
students were not allowed to leave school
grounds without registering. They were
required to register their ne^ne, name of
chaperone, hour of departure, exact ad
dress of destination, and expected hour of
retum. Tbey were rtot permitted to visit
restaurar^ts, hotels, or hospitals without
permission. Dances and card parties were
not given at Meredith nor could students
attend them at other colleges. Meredith
students could attend approved sod^
functions In the evenings, however, they
must bs back In their rooms by .10:20.
Saturday evenings they v«re allowed until
Callers were allowed one afternoon
each week from 3:00 until S: 30, and the
first ^d third Saturdays In the rrwmth from
9-IOpm. Upperclassmen were allowed two
extra week nights a month and first and
third Sunday afternoons from 4-5:30.
Ball games could be attended one
afternoon a week with an official
chaperone, and on Saturday with a faculty
chaperone. The major sports at Meredith
were hockey, basketball, tennis and track.
Minor sports were baseball, archery, golf,
soccer, volleytjall, pushball and hiking.
Students were not allowed to visit
each other during studying hours.
Students were required to attend chapel
ser/ices each day, and everyone except the
seniors must attend Sunday School and
church services each Sunday.
Much like today, the students were
given cali-downs for violtflorts of the
rules. They were given for things like
misconduct in chapel, keeping an untidy
room, and even for failure to say good
night to a caller within five minutes aftsr
the belt had rung. Accumulation of four
calldowns meant the student was cam-
After comparing our times to theirs,
you may conclude that we have it better
than they did; however, there is one
aspect In which they have us beat. The
tuition, room, board, sralcoilegbe fees per
semester in 1934 was $195.00 a semester,
and for a day student it was only ^.00.
Dr. Fraik Qrubba, Chalnrten of the History Depertment
Jones Auditorium 7:30
$1.00 Students-Staff $2 Public
Dana Smith and her dog enjoy studying by Joyner Hall.