North Carolina Newspapers

    Volume 1, Number 6
“ABE” MASSEY and his wife serve themseives some beef
stew at the coionial dinner Thursday, Jan. 15. (Photo by Allan
PTK plans
Arts F estival
The purpose of Phi Theta
Kappa, the junior college
scholarship fraternity, is to
encourage and develop
cultural and scholastic
achievement. To attain this
goal, the members of Mon
treal’s Mu Lambda chapter
are sponsoring a Fine Arts
Festival to be held during
March 30-32.
The festival planners hope to
provide an opportunity for all
persons of the college
community to design and
construct works according to
their creative talents and to
assemble them for an en
tertaining show of cultural
value. Frizes will be offered
in the categories of music,
drama, literature, art and
photography in order to en
courage the participation of
Montreat-Anderson College Student Newspaper
“Patronize Our Advertisers”
Januury 30, 1976
Interim ’76 celebrates Bicentennial
Drawing, as one might
expect, on the approach of our
nation’s 200th birthday, the
Interim Week Committee
picked “Our American
Heritage and Tradition' as the
theme of Interim 1976, and for
four days at the beginning of
the spring semester the
Montreat-Anderson College
campus immersed itself in the
American Revolution and its
implications for today
Interim week at Montreat
forthe past few years has been
a time when the college
suspended classes and con
centrated on a set theme
through lectures, seminars,
movies and special activities,
in order to broaden the scope
of the education process. Last
year the week was a part of
the general studies credit, with
attendance required in order
to pass general studies.
This year the committee set
interim week for the first
week of the siting semester.
The activities were made
separate from general
studies. Attendance at 13
events, including the morning
lectures, was required, at the
penalty of $5 for each day
missed. That way a student
could extend his Christmas
vacation for a week at the cost
of $20. Yet over 90 percent of
the students chose to be part of
the activities.
To many, the week was a
welcome change, not only
from studies but also from the
sentimentalism and
materialism of the ‘buy-
centennial’ as it is being ob
served by much of the
country. 'The philosophic and
historic foundations of the
United States were examined
and tested according to
Christian principles in a series
Spring enrollment
increase seen
all students.
Each student may submit
up 10 live entries per category
for competition. W(»Rs by
faculty members and out
siders are encouraged for
display, but will not be entered
into competition. Art and
literary works will be viewed
on the middle floor of the
Student Union during the
A show for performing arts,
such as music, dance, and
dramatic reading, will be
scheduled for one night during
the week. Other details, such
as specific guidelines for
entries and the amounts of
prizes, will be announced
Coming up soon on the
P.T.K. calendar is the
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by Nellie Baker
Few people are aware of
Montreal’s progress in spring
enrollment figures. This
semester shows a 5.6 per cent
increase over last year’s
spring census, bringing the
total to a 418 head count.
Thirty-eight new students
entered this semester.
Although 19 of these are males
and only 11 are females, the
overall ratio guarantees a
date for every guy, and sad to
say, must leave some girls to
play Cinderella.
Despite the new students,
the spring enrollment shows
about a 2 per cent drop from
the fall. This is typical, and
.reflects the loss of 12
graduates and others who
dropped out, transferred to
other colleges or were asked
to leave for academic and
other reasons.
However, the loss is
usually much higher, and in
fact has been steadily
decreasing over the last few
years. This naturally en
courages the administration,
which is faced with having to
raise costs to meet inflation
and still compete with public
institutions. “They must be
happy here’; commented
President Silas Vaughn.
Except for a Jan. 24th win at
Davidson, Montreat-
Anderson’s Cavaliers have
met chilly receptions on
courts both at home and away
since Christmas break,
capped by a Tuesday night
Campus to attempt record
by R.B. WILKINS and
Montreat-Anderson College
in the Guiness Book Of World
Records ? That’s if
everything goes as expected.
Marty Monroe, the originator
and main backer of the idea,
wants Montreat-Anderson to
have a conversation on the
telephone from one dorm to
another until the present
world record of 750 hours is
The goal of 8oo hours is
planned, in the hope that we
may stay ahead of any
possible competitors. As
Marty said, “If. anyone else
does 8o3, that’s too bad." But
the idea is not only to break
the record but to help raise
money to sponsor a church
missionary and possibly to put
ice machines in the dorms.
The telethon has gotten off
to a rocky start. As originally
planned, the telephones that
were going to be used were on
the second floor of M A Hall
,and on Howerton’s first floor.
However, Dean Wilson heard
complaints from some girls
who would have to go to other
floors to make or recieve
calls, so he notified the
planners that they would have
to have special phones in
Marty had to go to the
phone company and put down
a $30 deposit out of her own
pocket to have phones in
stalled in the breezeway
between MA Hall and
McGregor and in Davis Dorm.
Some Howerton residents
have complained about having
to walk up to Davis to par
ticipate in the telethon. The
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of lectures. The lecturers
emphasised the influence of
the Great Awakening of the
1730’s and 40's on the
A variety of lighter ac
tivities were offered, in
cluding a taffy pull, a quilting
bee, sponsored by Phi Theta
Kappa, a field trip to the birth
place of the Civil War
governor of North Carolina,
Zebulon Vance, cr2ift exhibits
in the library, a colonial
dinner and ball, a one act play
by the Greybeard Player-
s,‘Which is the Way to
Boston?’, and many others.
Cavaliers suffering
disappointing season
HOWARD KESTER, former Montreal Dean and Civil Rights
activist, talks with Kathy Pope at a reception honoring him
following opening convocation Sunday night, Jan. 18.
Kester honored 'n
opening convocat’on
loss to first-ranked Lees-
McRae. This season we have
won only three games
(against Isothermal, A-B
Tech., and Davidson) to 11
Although the Cavaliers are
stuck firmly in last place in
the Western Carolina Junior
College Conference (we have
yet to win a conference
game,)',some of our players
have turned out enviable
performances. As of Jan, 19,
Tom Harris was third in the
conference in individual
scoring, averaging 18.3 points
per game, and fifth in the field
goal percentages. David
McEntyre was fourth in free
throw percentages.
Coming up are home games
against Caldwell on Saturday
and A-B Tech, oa Monday.
Both of these non-conference
contests are at 7:30. We
travel to Anderson (second in
WCJC) on Feb 5, to fourth
ranked Spartanburg on Feb. 7,
and meet sixth-ranked
Brevard at home on Feb 9.
“A pioneer in the 1930’s of
defending the rights of blacks
in the southland” and “a man
who dared to step across
racial barriers and barriers of
social position” are a couple of
the phrases used to describe
Howard Kester, a former
professor and Dean of
Students at M-A C, in a special
tribute which highlighted the
semester’s opening con
vocation orl Sunday night, Jan.
The tribute corresponded to
the announcement by Dean
John Akers of the
Bell Library’s purchase of the
microfilmed edition of the
collected papers of Howard
Kester, covering the years
1923-1975. The purchase was
made possible by a gift from
Christmount Assembly, the
conference grounds of the
Disciples of Christ
denimination, honoring
Kester’s service there as
Executive Director.
Gaines M. Cook, President
of Christmount, saluted
Kester as “a man sensitive to
people who accepted his
citizenship.” He specifically
recognized Kester for his role
in the organization t f the
Fellowship of Southern
Churchmen, of Buckeye Cove
Camp, a world out reach to
youth, and his work at
Elizabeth Wilson, Professor
Emeritus at Montreat-
Anderson College, remem
bered Kester’s work as an
educator of both the M-A-C
student body and the nation.
She regarded Kester’s book,
‘Revolt Among the
Sharecroppers’(1936 ) as
playing an influential role in
awakening the nation to the
social needs of its people.
Wilson further honored Kester
for helping to establish the
honor court at M-A-C.
Remembering Howard
Kester as a teacher and friend
was Pete Post, a Montreat-
Anderson alumnus and
Montreal chief of police. Post
related two anecdotes which
illustrated Kester’s rare
ability as a teacher.
“Ever^hing that was possible
that he could do for oUiers, he
did it,” said Post of Kester.
In his main address. College
President Silas Vaughn spoke
on “The Sword of the Spirit”.
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