4 The Daily Tar Heel Thursday October 6 1977
80-year-old Methodist junior
running for homecoming
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FAYETTEVILLE- (L'PI) - At 80 years
of age. Alice Pearce doesn't look like a
college junior, much less a candidate for
But according to tradition, the
homecoming queen at Methodist College is
supposed to represent school spirit and
popularity. And Pearce says she has plenty
She holds down the jobs of great
grandmother, grandmother, mother and a
part-time worker for the Fayetteville
Symphony besides her work toward a degree
in English. Her activities have given rise to a
rumor that she has already burned out two
"I'm on my second pacemaker, but it's not
because I burned the first one out." she said
during a short break in her biology lab.
Her 18 opponents in the competition are
all young enough to be her grandaughters.
but the contest has no talent or beauty
competition, and Pearce figures that also
gives her an edge.
She said if she does win the voting, which
took place Wednesday, it may have
something to do with her son. Richard
Pearce. president of the college.
"He's a big man on campus, you know,"
she tells folks with a grin.
She said her son was behind her all the
way. "He said they already call me the
dowager queen, so I might as well go all the
Pearce said she decided to enter on the
urging of the students.
If she wins. Pearce says she plans to take
part in all the things expected of a
homecoming queen, such as dances, bon
fires, and pep rallies.
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He pointed to a picture of a young man in
brogan boots and .an oersied suit. "That's
Andy Griffith. I gave him his first job as an
entertainer." He told Griffith a football story
and asked him to tell it at a hardware dealers'
convention. Griffith later made the story
into the hit record. "What It Was. Was
The headline. "Tarheels March on
Durham" brought another story from
Huggins. "When word came over the wires
that we had beaten Alabama in the I924
Southern Basketball Championship, a
bunch of us gathered in front of the
university president's house and raised hell.
Somebody shouted, 'Let's march to
Durham." so I climbed on somebody's
shoulders and asked for a show of hands. It
Over 4(H) rowday students formed a
column which stretched for a half mile. They
set out for Durham, with Huggins running
up and down the ranks, urging the on. At 4
a.m. the group arrived at the homes ol
"Sprat" Cobb and "Cart" Carmichael. two
of the winning players.
'"Mrs. Carmichael came out and
congratulated us." Huggins said. "She
apologized for not having enough food to
feed us. So after we serenaded them, we
marched into town to eat breakfast. We ate
those cafes plumb out of eggs and cereal."
The students piled into taxes after they
finished eating and rode back to Chapel Hill.
Most of thenT made it to their eight o'clock
Huggins admitted that some of his antics
did not work so well. There was the time thai
he took the band to its first away game. He
rented a bus and off they went to Richmond
for a game against Virginia. I he bus broke
down on the way home and Huggins spent
the rest of the night hitching rides for the
(iraduation in 1925 was a big letdown. "I
was right lonely that first year, but the next
fall, they invited me back as a guest
cheerleader. What a welcome that crowd
gave nie when I jumped the picket fence and
ran out on the field. That crowd veiled like
Huggins taught civics and coached the
drama team at Winston Salem Reynolds
High lor a year after graduation. He led the
team to a state championship in drama and
to a third place finish at the International
Drama Festival in New York. Huggins was a
UNC IMaymaker and an inter-collegiate
debator himself as an undergraduate.
I he year at Reynolds was the only time
Huggins has spent away from Chapel Hill.
He lives with his wife, Rebecca, in a modest,
two-story brick home on Ransom St. Rose
bushes and other flowers grow in the yard.
Inside, bookcases and framed pictures line
the walls. He has a woodworking ship in the
basement, where he makes some of his
colonial style furniture.
A trophy room upstairs holds many of his
golf trophies, bridge-playing awards and
other mementos from his cheerleadingdays.
Huggins' name is familiar to Chapel Hill
residents. Merchants remember him as an
enthusiastic businessman. He managed
Huggins Hardware on Franklin St. for 25
"Vic went about everything he .did with
enthusiasm," said Ronald Matheson. who
worked for Huggins in he hardware store.
"If I set up a display that he liked, he would
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Vic Huggins, shown here in his trophy room, is known by many as one of the most
popular promoters of school spirit UNC has ever had. His accomplishments range
from creating the fight song, and introducing the mascot Rameses to football games.
Staff photo by Fred Barbour.
by Garry Trudeau
praise m ; and give me a silver dollar. That's
the kind of man he is."
Daisv Mae Hartley, a Roses employee,
has known him lor 35 years. "Mr. Huggins
used to come in and talk for hours. He still
comes in to chat and buy picture frames."
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member of the Alumni Association and a
charter member of the Rams Club.
H is secret to being a successful cheerleader
was an unending enthusiasm and hard work,
he said. Perhpas his greatest
accomplishment was including co-eds in the
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Affairs Committee, cites the following
reasons for an extended drop period:
Students should have a reasonable
length of time in which to evaluate their
courses and professors.
The length of the drop period
should reflect sensitivity to the views of
both faculty and students.
An extended drop period would
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