Volume XXVII, Number 21
By Daniell Hartness
After thirty years of respectable
teaching at M-AC, Professor of Bible
and Philosophy Dr. John Newton will
retire in May.
Newton's long line of achieve
ments began after college graduation at
Geoigia Tech, where he majored in Elec
trical Engineering. After receiving his
bachelor’s, he enlisted in the Navy and
served through the Korean War.
After the war, he enrolled in the
Pastorate Program at Columbia Semi
nary to receive his masters in Theology.
Newton beganhis teaching career
at Bell Haven College located in Jack-
son, Mississippi. In 1964 he began
teaching at M-AC, and continued to
earn his Ph.D.
When asked how he felt about
leaving, he expressed some sorrow, "I
have a lot of close ties here."
Subjects included in his teaching
career are: Humanities, Philosophy,
and upper level Bible courses. He even
taught Physics with Bible instmetor
Lookout for Sliding Trails
By Jeff Lang
The condition of the trail system on
Lookout Mountain is deteriorating.
Environmental Science major
Derek Sims verified the erosion of Look
out Trail that took place during a rain
Sims asserted, "There were a lot of
exposed root systems visible on the trail.
At times the trail, even in dry weather, is
muddy and rutted form the mountain
One reason for the erosion, given
by Sims, is the increase in hikers due to
the Montreat Conferences.
Anderson declared, "I think erosion is
bad. there should be a moratorium on
allowing to use the trail until damages
can be repaired."
On some sections of the trail ero
sion has caused a steep incline to de
velop, making for potentially treacher
ous footing during wet weather.
Sediment has drained off trails onto
plants dismpting the off-trail environ
Sims commented that he believes
that the Environmental Science majors
should commit to maintaining the trail
system on Lookout and develop some
kind of long-term study of the effects of
mountain biking on the trail.
"Lookout is a wonderful retreat from
the daily grind of academics. It’s a shame to
see it going downhill. Some type of regu
lation is needed to protect the trails fiom the
current degradation,'’ he added.
Senior Outdoor Recreation major
Randy Olson declared, "The Retreat As
sociation has done a good job trying to
maintain the trail. The log rises they’ve
placed on parts of the trail are okay but
pose a hazard trying to get down the
mountain at night in emergencies. Stu
dents could help out a lot more if they
really wanted to."
All Environmental Science majors
spoken with agreed that the key to re
building the Lookout Trail is through
student involvement in all the facets of
Sims pointed out that the Izaak
Walton League (IWL) has a number of
strategies concerning stream and trail
erosion prevention and that the IWL
plans ate the most cost-effective, envi
ronmentally friendly, and would allow
for the most student involvement pos
Newton taught several faculty and
staff that ate currently at M-AC now.
Vice President of Student Development
Charlie Lance, Lance’s wife, and their
children were all enrolled in Newton’s
Director of Admissions Dave
Walters and Walters' son also share
Professor of Bible Darwin Glass-
ford studied under Newton, and he will
replace Newton’s position as Head of the
Newton continued, "It will be a rest
forme, since the college is workingme to
After this semester, Newton and
his wife Jean wUl join with their children’s
radio ministry to aid in communications
for Trans Worid Radio.
There was a retirement party for
Newton on Saturday, April 9. One hun
dred and sixty people came to show their
appreciation andrespectforDr. Newton.
A Change for the Better...
College Work Study Becomes a Real Job
By Kerie Peterson
College work study assignments
have changed, work study recipients
are no longer assigned to their posi
tions by the financial aid office, but
most make a definite effort to seek
out their own employment.
In the past, students awarded
work study money filled out a request
form for the job that they felt quali
fied for, and the supervisors that were
departments heads would also fill out
a request form for the students. This
all went to the financial aid Office
and recipients were then placed into
positions. This caused a great deal of
unhappiness on the parts of students
and supervisors if the proper match
was not created.
The new system was developed
from a review of other college work
study programs. And will provide
students with the opportunity to find a
work study position, but the student
must go to three different interviews
with the supervisors that they would
like to work for and then it is up to the
supervisors whether or not they hire
If a student had shown that they
were being responsible for looking for
a position, but had not had any success
in finding a position, then that student
will be placed by the Financial Aid Of
fice, and will not risklosing their reward.
However, according to Wanda
Olson in the Financial Aid Office, if a
student does not make the proper ef
fort in finding a position, then they
will risk losing their reward.
There were several mixed re
views from students on whether the
new system for assignments will work.
Chris Cauley who has been awarded a
work study position verbalized, "It will
help students find a job in the real
world." While others just thought that
it was a hassle.
Honoring the Honorees
Weight Room Facilities Criticized
By Joyce Downs
As energetic individuals hurry to McAlister Gym to pump-up for summer,
criticisms circulate throughout the campus about the weight room’s appearance
and it's old equipment.
Athletic Director and Coach Steve McNamara defended by commimicating
that the weight room has been tremendously improved since he arrived at M-AC
five years ago.
"There were no free weights five years ago, except for the dumb beU racks,"
Since that time, the weight room has been recaipeted and the walls have been
painted. McNamara pointed out that even though the other equipment is old and
lacks good appearance, it is perfectly safe, and safety is his major concern.
The only items that are not in working condition are two exercise bikes that
have not held up over the years. McNamara explained that as the Athletic Director,
Physical Education teacher, and Basketball Coach, he desires to see more
equipment and better facilities.
However he stated that he realizes that weight equipment is expensive and
that there's only a certain amount of money to go around. He accepts the fact that
the school's priority is somewhere else, like in improv ing dorm facilities and such,
but believes that someday there will be enough money to covwthe school’s athletic
needs. Right now he’s very optimistic because of the school's long range plans
including the building of a new sports activity center which may include new
By Joyce Downs
The 1994 Spring Honors Convo
cation held last Wednesday night ac
knowledged various individuals who
have shown outstanding dedication to
theirrole as part of the college. Two new
awards established this year were added
to the ceremony: The SGA Excellence
Award and the Kim Denise Trapnell
Servant Leader Award.
The SGA Excellence Award is pre
sented to a member of SGA who has
shown devotion and outstanding leader
ship throughout the year. This award
was presented to senior class president
Randy Olson. The Kim Denise Trapnell
Servant Leader Award is presented to a
student who best shows through his ser
vice, attitude and relationships, the heart
of a servant This award went to senior
The other special awards included
the Elizabeth H. Maxwell Literature
Award, which was presented to Kim
Trapnell and Marie Bolick.
This year there were three recipi
ents of the Greybeard Players Theatrical
excellence Award: Janie King, Rod
Stewart, and Mark Wright. Senior
Lovanda Fast was this year’s Music
Award Winner. Head of the document
Center Kevin Hord was recognized as
this year's winner of the SGA Person of
the Year. SeniorPaulette Mixon who is
studying overseas in Egypt this semester
was named the recipient of the Faculty
Service Award. Finally the David L.
Parks Distinguished Professor Award
was presented to Dr. Darwin King Glass-
ford, Professor of Christian Ministries,
Bible, and Greek.
This year, the Agape yearbook was
dedicated to Administrative Assistant
forAcademic Affairs Betty Ferrell. Mark
Gibbs was recognized by Dr. Darwin
Glassford as an outstanding student in
Special music was performed by
soloist Michael S. Ballard, who was ac
companied on the piano by M-AC's own
professorThomas S. Stierwalt. The spe
cial guest speaker of the evening was
Pastor Emeritus of the First Presbyterian
Church of Houston, Texas Mr. John
William Lancaster. Lancaster’s brief
message focused on the importance of
giving great recognition to outstanding
achievers who have contributed to soci
ety. He discouraged giving aU the atten
tion to the tragedies and fallacies of
others. "Good things need to be held up,
so all can know," stressed Lancaster as
he closed his message before the presen
tation of awards began.