BELLES OF ST. MARY’S
LETTER TO EDITOR:
Against Too Muck
Tradition at SMJC
As a senior I can truly say that I
have had the opportunity to observe
St. Mary’s in all her moods, and as
with any companion of two years I
have grown to care for this school
and to be concerned for her welfare.
Therefore I feel that I have the privi
lege of expressing my opinions and
presenting my suggestions as should
every other student here.
For this is oiir .school; without the
student body there would be nothing.
And the student body is made up of
young people—living today.
It is horrible to watch a school of
this potential caliber don blinders and
settle back in its tradition and reputa
tion as the rest of the world—includ
ing the student body—progresses, un
It is grimly humorous to see the
shocked reaction of the administra
tion and even some of the student;
when a few who care finally present
a concrete representation of the gen
eral dissatisfaction. It should be no
This school is small enough for the
administration to be aware of the
trend of feeling among the students.
If student representatives who have
constant contact with the faculty and
administration have not been inform
ative enough, the administration
should find other means of knowing
what is going on. And when they are
knowledgeably informed our opinions
should not be passed over like those
The situation reminds me of the
creeping damage done to a concrete
sidewalk by the growth of roots un
derneath. When a crack appears it is
smoothed over and patched up. But
the cracks continue to appear and en
large because the roots are un
March Is Month For Serious Thoughts
St. Mary s is a school steeped in
tradition. That tradition is the in
tangible force which holds the school
together and should press her forward
toward the common goal of progress
and improvement. However, tradi
tion is becoming a smothering force
instead of an enlightening spirit.
The phrase “St. Mary’s lady’’ at
one time was an expression used to
compliment the girl to whom it was
applied. Now, it bas degenerated into
a term of derision. The impression we
have been given is that you’re a St.
Mary’s lady if you appear so out
One example, though a small one,
of the false facade presented is the
rule about dating in the afternoons
A boy may call for a girl only be
tween 5-6 on Monday through
'Fhursday and between 4-6 on Fri
day. Before that time a visiting couple
is rudely dismissed from the parlor.
Therefore, many girls resort to meet
ing their dates off-campus or even in
front of the school. Anyone knows
that the proper thing is for the Iroy
to call for the girl, not for her to meet
him. Yet, we are forced to this small
deed of impropriety in order to skirt
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March is the most important
month on the St. Mary’s calendar.
This month has finally arrived, as
seen by the cotton dresses and sun-
burnecl faces. However, there are
more important aspects of March.
The admissions office’s acceptances
and rejections have been distributed
to the girls who planned to come to
St. Mary’s for next year.
For the first time the New Girls
can feel as Old Girls when they ex-
ix*rience those I’ve - been - accepted
emotions. The student body is now
being formed for 1967-68 by those
who decide to make St. Mary’s their
home for two years, or more.
But most imjxirtant about MarcJi
is that the leaders of the student bod'"
are being elected for next year. By
the Spring I lolidays, five of the high-
est offices will he filled by memhers
of the rising junior class.
These girls will he the backbone
ot our school; they demand serious
consideration and attention by each
girl before casting her vote.
Iherc seems to be an apathetic
tendency on our cami>us towards the
elections. If those who feel indiff
erent could only realize the large
roles those Student CKivernment offi
cers play, possibly they would be
work and in her daily affairs. She
must maintain high standards so that
she will be a constant example to her
As a member of the Student Gov
ernment Association, each girl should
vote with the intention of electing
the girl whom she feels will repre
sent St. Mary’s to her fullest cap
For our student body, which is
being developed in this important
month of March, strong leaders are
In addition, these elections require
support and interest. If you do not
know a girl who is nominated, do
not vote for the other girl only be
cause you have heard her name. Find
out about each nominee, weighing all
Bemember that in a school as small
i\*T 1^^' every vote counts.
Make yours a correct one.
OF ST. MARY
Published in thirteen issues durittln
school year, September to June. lYt t
for December, January and April;
monthly for October, November, f.'
ar>', March and May, by tbe Student’^
of St. Mary’s Junior College.
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BELLES STAFF mt
Editor in Chief Molly RicH^P]
News Editor Nancy Satii
Feature Editor Sally CnuiUto
Exchange Editor Anne W* St
Photographer Meredith l\h^d
Head Typist iMerrie Et>*^av
Circulation Manager BobbiJ 2ss
NEWS STAFF Ai
Hannah Craven, Claudia DaviSi.bns
Fitzpatrick, Susan Hutaff, Paula F-,(J
and Betty Ragland. ^ q
FEATURE STAFF ' ‘f
Alarki Berry', Lou Carter,
Highsmith and Mimsie Roberts.
Lee Avery. G
Jennie Andrews, Martha Given’^j ’
chen Godwin, Anne Northington. •
Richardson and Nancy Smith.
Jennie Andrews, Mindy Bell
Brothers, Lu Dixon, Mary Holdc"
rell, Arabelia Nash, Martha Y^^.l
and Nancy Wideman. ,
Mr. John U. Tate.
In thinking of the qualities of a
Student Government leader, one
should note that she must be respon
sible about her own duties, as well as
responsive to each girl’s needs. She
should be powerful, but she should
not^ take advantage of that power.
She should be amicable enough to
have the support of the administra
tion and the students. She should be
:)rganized person in her school-
LETTER TO EDITOR: tbe
For Smedes Gri'^
Dear Editor, ^
Much discontent has arisen
ly among the boarders in
cause they have no place to,'
television unless thev are claf’'
a girl wants to watch tclevisi‘”l
has to travel to Holt pen'*^'
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Cruikshank dormitories, and
- - - - -lit
turn to Smedes by 10:30.
the television rooms in thes^
dorms are packed with girb
extent that some girls have
turned away for lack of room-
The television in the little (
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LETTER TO EDITOR:
Criticism of Tl*^
Dear Editor: ^
This letter is written to
shame and embarrassment ti'^'|
of the students share for tl^j,
who cannot sing the school
without the hx)k in front
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\\'hy have a school hvmn ‘‘
he read everv time that it is ,
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