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LONGWOOD COLLEGE VOLUME

2,

NUMBER

2,

1967


—

We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men leaning together

headpiece

filled

with straw

Alas!

T. S. Eliot


EDITOR freda richards

EDITORIAL STAFF

— —donna barnes essay— myers —nan ryan — features

linda ol!ff

poetry

phyllis

short story

kelly

jeannie

art

BOARD

LITERARY

joan (aulkner jerry daniel

Vivian gale elaine

owen maxey

linda

speed

pixie

BUSINESS susan besley

CIRCULATION marilyn green

HEAD

TYPIST

noarshall

overby

ADVISORS mr. herbert blackwel! mrs. ruth taliaferro


a

FROM THE EDITOR This

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TABLE OF CONTENTS POETRY 12 but then

..

20 sunglasses

* donna barnes

.

^

22 gone forever

4

a Christmas

FICTION miracle * roberta

13 the theft

* gwen muse

23 the tube

* liz uhler * alice collier

35 the

doll

*

27

untitled

31

the annual

freda richards

*

cindy carwile

tagalie

lombard

poem * donna

barnes

* freda richards untitled * linda barron ye of little faith * carol coleman

33 sequel white

38 38

39 untitled

*

l.d.

NON-FICTION

ART 2

rene fishburne

7

linda shell

12 betsy paige taylor 19 boykin

26 barbara lewis

32 judy youngblood

34 rene fishburne

WORK

9

the role of student

21

book review

*

government

suzan woltz

28 graduate education

*

phyllis

myers


"A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE" Miko Timoeque

sat

by

Margo watched

Miss

one of the happiest

usually

and

himself,

him

his

five

was

year olds she had

day he had been withdrawn Something must be troubling him,

ever taught. Yet,

and moody.

all

and with Christmas so near, no

Miko hurried

teacher hie

intently,

child should

be

the block to his

greeted him with

rell

She hung

— almost

pretty

had large blue eyes

happy

smile, Miss

Margo walked

Mike

tod ay.'

other than softly,

his

"Yes,

"No," he

I

3ked up at

new OK."

Mom "Is

feel well

friend

favorite

his

and Dad, and replied

anything troubling you?"

"Well then, have you thought

said.

about what you want Santa to bring you?"

A

appeared in Miko's dark eyes he asked, "Miss Margo, do really, really a

and the their

six

orphanage

kids

say yes.

Some

they

"Of

there's

course,

Mom

really

Santa

a

and Dad

told

Claus."

you about

"Yes, that's what up mixes me."

Miss

his

his

He had been

on June 20, though

go through

months. They had been told that

In

He

parents.

Japan,

since

was only a year and a

who was teaching to

had

Margo had

to smile at his quaint use of

hier voice

parents

had

his

little

Santa Claus; Miko,

just

him. wait

"There until

really

Is

a

Christmas day,"

she concluded.

him on with

his

Michael

Margo helped

winter coat and sent him outdoors

with the other children.

had taken

a year

Since

this

Mr. and Mrs. a

their

In

The

kids

to call him Mike,

and

the center of their hearts.

Farrell Instead of

name

Miko Timoeque.

would

be

Farrell

were determined

Miko's

first

Christmas, to

make

It

very exciting and happy one. That Saturday,

the family

Miko's smile was bright as Miss

It

Farrells

of theirs

she was sure that he would soon want the

was gentle as she verified what told

in

an

in

he was three, and

half since the

Japan.

were beginning

at school

and the serious expression on

In

for this

Miko,

for

been

arrange everything, but now he was

home and

him?"

face,

it

for

about

her

told

had heard about him through a friend

"Haven't your

English

at the airport

new

as

Some

As he

year would not be an easy one

first

or

say no."

were always twinkling

the final adoption papers wouldn't

another

She

Margo.

Miss

as

that

boy, since she and her husband had

little

flicker of interest

Santa Claus?"

pretty

voice.

down

She was young and

watched him fondly.

met him

first

as

softest

school, she

sent him

and a cookie.

coat and cap up, and then sat

his

beside him at the table.

to ask Santa to bring.

Putting on a

arrived

Mrs. Far-

warm hug and

a

to the kitchen for a glass of milk

worrying about any problem greater than what

over and knelt beside Miko. "Don't you

home and

red cheeks and a cheery smile.

with

was shopping downtown, when Miko

caught sight children. line,

of

a

Leaving

Santa

Claus surrounded

his father,

he went to stand

waiting to talk to Santa Claus.

by In


As Santa put Miko on a

felt

the

his

boy

asked

question, Miko leaned close and whispered with a slight catch

ear,

his

voice,

my pack little

"I

one

I'll

Miko was excited and happy partly because there

the day,

interesting

but even

find it?

get

packages

more

so,

in

room

not have

be sure

to put

the rest of

for

were

sorts of

all

the back seat of the car,

be sure to Even more important how would Santa

inside

After

day

Miko was sure

for

had come, and

of kindergarten

walked

he

school,

that

toward

quickly

his

down at the table for a cookie, he walked from room to room checking to make sure. When he returned to the kitchen, Mrs. Farrell asked, "What was all that sit

about?"

Miko was thoughtful he said,

last

house,

the

home, and before he would

because he and Santa shared

a secret.

The

he

stocking so that Santa would

his

in

good boy!"

you." "Be a

for

in

put

there wasn't a chimney?

may

for a big one, but

Where would

they didn't have a fireplace.

to

want a puppy dog."

"I

Santa grinned and said,

a

little

After Santa

inevitable

his

in

knee, the

shiver of excitement.

few moments before

for a

come down

"Does Santa always

chim-

ney?"

Miko had delivered the present he had especially

Mrs. Farrell replied,

"Why

yes, of course," but

picked for Miss Margo. They had had a Christ-

then with a hint of intuition she added, "That

mas party

when houses have chimneys."

presents.

moment

hier smile

from

Johnny,

and

cream,

Margo unwrapped

for

"You mean he comes, even

the

the fan he

there?

and thank you meant more

Miko than the "This

ceived

ice

Miko had waited breathlessly that Miss

had chosen, to

and

cookies

with

is

really neat,"

when

they'd

he'd re-

exchanged

come

Mrs. Farrell smiled,

no chimney

if

in?"

"He comes

in

through the unlocked for

it

him." for another cookie, Miko sighed as heavy load were off his mind.

Reaching

After Miss

and

Margo had had

finished

thanked

again for them, they

moved

her

opening her

children

their chairs

once into

a

and their young teacher told them the story of "The Night Before Christmas." circle,

Miko

he

door, and we'll be sure to leave

gifts.

presents

How

is

listened

intently

to

his

pretty

teacher's

if

a

The Sunday before Christmas, Miko's Sunday School

had a special

class

honor of Jesus. event as any close to the

Miko was

little little

boy could

ing about each Sunday.

mas Eve. When the story ended, he was even more excited about the prospect of Christmas, but one thing began to bother him. The Farrells had a nice brick house with pretty bright rooms and furniture which was fun to climb over, but

told

Mom

and Dad

birthday cake with they'd sung.

tened to

his

party

about

be, for he

felt

in this

very

boy, Jesus, he had been learn-

voice and found himself learning about Christ-

his

birthday

as excited

real

When all

he

came home, he

about

it

—about

the

candles and the songs

But that night as

prayers, she heard

Mrs. Farrell

lis-

him say, "I'm

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there no was cake to

sorry Jesus that for you,

own

Not knowing what to gently closed the door and walked away. eat at

say, she

party."

and together

Christmas, snow began to a fairyland

day,

Miko was stood

let

making the yard

him.

and ready

tired

the

in

fall

which Miko would have played

in

mother had

his

if

doorway

words "and please don't about the puppy dog." Mrs.

waited

Farrell

and

prayer

until

As

he were

if

Mrs.

Dad about

Santa

let

bed

to

she heard forget

"Why

Miko smiled

me

give

a

he

the

you

tell

room,

finish

by yourself?"

it

she looked fell

and

"I

wanted Santa

to

puppy "Sometimes

late to find a

Christmas present, she said,

down

husband.

through

slumped

his

the

stairsteps

An ornament

dark

dejectedly.

hair,

Miko wanted was

all

walked up the

a

puppy.

Slowly, she

and

finished decorating the tree,

he'll

bring you a

puppy

just as

soon as

the

phone rang.

Miko smiled,

"I

not worried,

puppy

will

be

Catching

it

left

the

room.

Once

Tom, "Did you even Santa to bring him?"

downstairs ask

she

accosted

Miko what he wanted

cousin has one

little

weak, but

for the kid, Joe'll give

on the

If

pup you

first

ring,

little

boy

left.

He's a

really

want a

him to you.

After receiving the directions, he rushed upstairs

Mrs. Farrell kissed her young son and quietly

My

and a

runt

pup

here, you'll see."

just as

he had arranged the manger scene on the floor,

of yours.

he can."

his

that

stairs.

not for Christmas day, but sure that

up,

he would have done anything for her and Miko,

he heard, "I've been thinking about that

he promised, I'm

it

and

knew

She

Santa can't always do what he promises, at least if

si-

"Can you

said,

on

Pausing

at her

his fingers

shoulders

Tom was much too

together almost

from the tree, and as he knelt to pick

he ran

Mom

wean.

to

name and address

his

two hours before she

for

he

any

had

and promised to drop by to see about the dog.

and

said,

Tom gave

pup."

lently

him."

Knowing for

as

In

collie

Only one

paper.

and they were too young

Tom and Nancy worked

inside

didn't

want ads," Nancy said as she

the

his

puppy?"

the

the

try

about two weeks you can have a fine

his

thought frantically trying to de-

cide what to say.

"Let's

"But

by until

and he promised to bring."

Farrell

shops. There was no answer at any of them.

left,

her a great secret,

telling

and seating him-

to the directory,

beside the phone, he searched for the pet

self

puppies

"Miko, did you ask Santa to bring you a puppy?"

said, "Yes,

waiting for him."

Mrs. Farrell

he had finished

stepped

then

him

there

If

him

as he knelt

the

puppy

Tom went

heart tomorrow.

his

handed

bed.

for

all

break

"It will

a

Isn't

wants a puppy dog and

he's so sure that Santa will bring

By eight o'clock

She listened unconsciously

pray.

fresh

and he picked the

they could find. The day before

tree

prettiest

his father

"He

didn't!"

I

Tom,

.

.

one."

Miko helped decorate the house with pine,

"No, .

to

tell

his

wife,

Without awakening went outside. It

was

still

but she was fast asleep.

her,

he closed the door and

dark when Miko bounced Into

his

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room

parents'

them

to wish

Merry Christmas.

a

Miko

After that hectic and wonderful morning, the

house

and

dressed

for

Sunday School

was

leading

the

although

he

he

Farrells

cleaned

danced Impatiently before them. They put on

church.

The

robes and slippers and Mrs. Farrell said,

service,

Mrs.

their

Farrell

"We'll

eat

looked

after

uneasily

at

we've opened the

as

presents."

wouldn't

"Let's go."

His

stairs

and

huge green bow and then

the floor hugging

bunch

of

brown

little

and being

fur.

which

the

first

trimmed with

MIko

kissed

sitting

.

and as

Mike

opposite

Near

he'd

carried

from

the

word

—

Prayer,

the end of the service,

to give his

little

Mike stood

prayer.

"Thank you, God,

that's

for

Mothers and Fathers and

"hie this

point the whispered voice of a small

Imchild stated with evident disappointment, is

Nancy squeezed

his

hand

tears In her eyes as she

new addition

to the family.

tightly,

went

they

thank you for Santa Claus."

portant."

were

name

.

bedroom, all

eyes caught the

the

As his parents listened, they knew they would remember this day forup

laughed as he handed her the dog's leash

Santa brought him." "That's

Farrell

Tom and Nancy scanned

their

shared a joyous smile.

At thinks

part,

ever.

?" .

the program,

on

by a wiggly

She clutched her husband's

arm, and said, "Tom, do you think

Tom

Into the living

Mother followed; she saw

pretty tree, then the shiny red bike a

and Miko had a them what it was.

tell

During the prelude,

MIko dashed down the room.

the

and there

to greet the

"There

no Santa Claus."

Without a pause, Miko concluded, "And bless

little

girls

God

and boys who don't believe

Santa Claus.

Roberta White

in


THE ROLE OF STUDENTGOVERNMENT

debate

This

discussions

to

the

is

persons taking part

One

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remain anonymous, ex-

will

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magazine.

of a possible series of

first

be presented

is

the editor of

of the participants

member

a

is

Student Government, and the other

of

body

the student

SG

as

as

.

a student

this

government necessary?

Coed: Yes, a student government some kind of government for .

but

it's

If

evening

why

so,

In

is

ment

if

the world.

it's

ineffective,

So

often,

don't represent the student

voice

of

the

well,

is

is,

the worst

more

body and they

Many

students.

governments become only a tration.

But on the other

because

it

completely

often

aren't

student

tool of the adminis-

hand

who

guides those

times

it

is

necessary

be

aren't ready to

and it gives the students, especially the young ones, some sort of basis to go on.

SG: there

In is

independent,

every society, no matter where

some form

government whether dent,

is

necessary,

is

where

carries out

It

seems

that this

is

its

is

it

because there can be

how

not necessary, but

job and

effectiveness

Its

is

it

really

the question.

Do you feel that the presence of government makes a difference in the

Moderator: a student

student's later role as an active citizen?

Coed: May ask, are you asking the student, one who does not participate in student government or the one who is an active participant, such as the Board members?

the

Moderator: You, as a student, from the student

body

of it

it

government. This form be administrative or

a

whole,

voice

should

your opinion

logically

your opinion,

will

be

different

from that of a person on Student government. So,

to

answer your question,

Coed:

I

don't believe that

the student's adult

students

are

life

so

just

asking

I'm

both.

necessarily affects

it

because too many

of the

and they don't

apathetic

connect student government with the government In

the outside world, their state

their

government.

national

roundings, where

all

the

government or

And

with

our sur-

are

approxi-

students

mately the same age, there are too that enter Info these campaigns, too

and

many many

things things

you couldn't even

is,

that are petty

of

vaguely connect with a state or national govern-

stu-

not necessarily the question, but rather

as

because

student governments are ineffective because they

a

itself

situations

necessary

students

not necessarily pertinent because a stu-

dent government, thing

usefulness.

I

question for

first

why not?

or

.

govern-

and the average student

Moderator: Our is: is

from

is

its

the question rather than whether student govern-

For the purposes of

at large.

identification, let us refer to the student

ment girl Coed.

this

effectiveness and

its

ment. Therefore at

all

on your

I

later

small, that

don't think

It

has any affect

life.

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(continued from page 9)

Members

SG:

government

student

of

definitely affected as far as their later

Coed:

are

by serving in such a However, student govern-

add

to

like

I'd

general apathy

in tfie

life

Longwood, but

training that they acquire

girls

leadership capacity.

portant reason behind

ment

itself

not reaching the peak of

is

tiveness unless the student, not a

some

Board, feels

sort of effect

government

ship with

overlooked, and

that this

but

others,

it

think

I

be student, or

wood campus

we

that

itself

with

its

on

is

maybe

relation-

his

This

is

We

or national.

real

relation to the

the local student until

it

of having a great effect this

really

known.

Its

rises

its

issue,

as

outside

and

need so

not

it's

lent in

all

to

that

they

go

just

It

is

you

Into the

elections

are

know

I

there

is

national elections.

But

me make

this

politics

on the outside.

that a Student gov-

feel

reflects student

thought? You've

think

in

light

of

this

apathy that the

stu-

dents voice their opinions loudly enough for the student

government

words, do you is

when

aware

feel

to

know

exactly

how

them.

they

In

other

government

thought?

times students

nues available to them to

In

hear

that the student

of trends of student

SG: Often

let

feel,

do not use

the ave-

their representatives

but

this

matter of

whether student government accurately reflects

a situation that exists,

prevalent at Longwood, but preva-

with

not

spoken, both of you, on student apathy, so do

student

we

thought

Is

often times student

more effectively here, more people can be influenced when deal

Do you

Moderator:

ernment usually

com-

forms of government, and perhaps

though

and

the small petty issues that to

it's

and

and

even local

in

these

often

is

can't connect these with the

I

completely divorced from

a pity that the individual cannot ac-

communities too.

world

mudsllnging

presence

they are sometimes on our campus,

Too

too personal, and

the issues aren't as tense, and not as explosive

local

so hard

It's

person to get elected because she

disappointment.

to a point

responsibility at other times too,

his

major part of the

a

incumbent, and they have disappointment after

see

normal person,

up and makes

or

we

the apathy that

comes

body,

for this

So often we

on a specific

and get elected, even

bit different,

little

in,

who

ideas

see the

the time the student body, the local

is

munity,

cept

really

tremendous

with

apathetic people are behind them.

Often student government or any govern-

ment has no

person

student

the

if

see when we get out into own forms of government. is

a

thinks a

often

often a very

than

clearly

Perhaps the biggest tendency exists.

of person gets elected every time

and very seldom can a new person come

see the same tendencies prevalent on the Long-

the world

because

the

each government, whether

local,

an im-

Is is

it

effec-

each student must take her

responsibility in

think

I

of the

government on so many campuses.

own

there

think

I

this.

the

think

I

part of the

its

disillusioning factor as far as the role of student

Longwood campus more

same type

that.

among

member

general.

in

feel

I

at

to

prevalent

Is

a

wide-open

government

very best decision they can

this

in

issue

tries to

because

make

the

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The Editor


— BUT THEN

I

If

could know how he does think nny happiness with him.

he took

And I

.

would never sleep nor eat nor drink

Of If

.

kept

me not for sake of spite or whim me until that magic light grew dim

would not cry when he walked

out.

We could talk Each other,

We would Now

it

is

tHer Self

And

I

be forever

liking.

and sitting, seeing be smothered by a cloth, smouldering as a lover,

losing the dim,

But then,

And

and find out things about and if there were no doubt

I

still

once promising

never know how he does think

wish

I

light.

could sleep and eat and drink

never met him.

Donna Barnes


THE THEFT

The morning had not been a good one

for

she knew

menu

for

took the receiver, by the sound of her breathing,

about

to-

and the

Janet Harless. The cook had dinner, there

the

lost

had been endless

calls

morrow's bridge luncheon, and now not even the

would

chrysanthemums

and

co-operate

themselves to be placed

a

in

proper arrange-

As she moved through the big

ment.

Janet found herself weary even though still

allow

house, it

was

telephone she

sound;

rang.

glared

already brought her so "hiello. ler's

Yes, this

is

error;

1

that

had

Harless.

Mil-

Instrument Irritation.

Mrs.

James

don't

annoying

an

much

Department Store?

made an

was

It

the

at

I'm

sorry,

but you've

have an account with

daughter Patricia? Really,

some mistake

.

.

"Please repeat that. tain that

it's

sir,

there

Is

ob-

Shoplifting!

Are you

cer-

The tiredness vanished; the serious masculine made her alert, and yet somehow she felt weak. Mrs. hiarless sat down, voice on the phone

the

unruly

chrysanthemums.

She

found her voice. "Yes, of course,

pect

me

In thirty

I'll

come.

Immediately!

Ex-

I

speak to Patricia?

the

Can you

let

her

talk to

what the man

Now

.

me

told

dear, don't cry.

soon as

just as

from

hurried

.

I'll

.

.

be

possibly can."

I

closet, took out a coat,

At the door

house.

the

of

and the

garage, she remembered her car keys, and so

As

her purse.

raced down the

car

the

she say to her daughter when

What would

how would

she got to the

manager?

she even find

his

These questions ran through her mind,

allowing

themselves

swered.

But

she

be asked,

to

could

think

membered took,

she

very

little

worry

not

Her main concern was

Once

as fast as possible.

would

What would

she say to the floor

Or, for that matter,

now.

driveway,

long

Janet tried to collect her thoughts.

her.

not

about

anthat

getting to the store

pay

Money!

thought. with

I'll

but

at her destination, she

about these things.

her purse.

silence apparently

this

She again

re-

for the things Patty

She had brought

Perhaps she would not be

thought away,

meant consent, and

as

she

was

just

had done with the

others.

The parking

phone?"

The long

Is

.

able to pay for them. Janet quickly tried to push

minutes."

Mrs. Harless took a deep breath, then asked,

"May me on

.

She returned the receiver to the phone as though she were In a trance. She moved slowly

office?

.

Patricia Harless?"

grasping

—

"Mother?"

true?

it

really

there soon

store?

viously

still

were you

is

remembered

you.

"My

single word,

"Patty,

away, then ran to a

quite early in the day.

The

was her daughter by the way she

it

as Janet

lot

parked the

car,

in

front of her,

and

she told herself to be (continued on page 14)


(continued from page 13|

Calm, and pleasant

calm.

manager,

to the floor

but get to your daughter as

fast as

All

you can!

during the afternoon she had wanted to be

by her daughter's

She walked through the double doors, stopped and asked a clerk for directions.

now

side, to protect her,

saw her here,

that she

knew Patty was

she

that

but

riding quietly along safe,

now .

.

.

could

she

"Straight back, then to your right."

feel

"Thank you."

tude toward

Patty

was changing; she wanted

some answers

to the

thousand questions that had

Janet,

trying

to

compose

to

started

herself,

knock on the door, but hesitated. As much as she

wanted

go do it.

to

thought,

in,

she couldn't.

Don't be

silly,

yet she was also fearful of what she might

call,

The knock.

"Come

hear.

Maybe

Patty

had done

she didn't really want to hear

Patty

in.

at

house and went inside.

the

had not spoken since leaving the

She was ready to confront the situation. She would be with her daughter, help her through this, and later, help her tell her father. Right

now she ventured, "Think Daddy comes home."

now, she must take things as they came.

Her daughter must have noticed

tense, but

even

Janet

her

so,

had gone better than Janet expected. The floor manager had emphasized the fact that Patty must be

made

and

take,

in

to see the

so

been unable

to reach

conference,

hiere

Mr.

worry about. The secretary would

to

that a this

man had

was

Janet

Why

change

in

added,

fell

into a chair.

and she was

liv-

The day had been

feeling every minute of

sitting

on the

in

the chair beside the phone,

floor, in a

and

mass of petals and stems where

Jim

she

and

the arrangement that had once been her main

quiet; Janet

leave that for Jim to ask. Yes, leave He'll

problem of the day.

had wanted

Patty,

it

be hard enough on

had dropped them, were the flowers

afternoon,

this

life.

"Why?" but knew that plenty would come later. She thought she might

well

the

quickly

She looked around her and noticed that she

It.

would annoy him, because one thing Jim

Jim, she thought.

she

tell

The drive home was this

were being deserted.

called about his daughter,

never did was mix business and family

to ask

and

exhausting,

but had

for

before

only be a minute."

ing room,

him because of a business

was something new

store, but

change

I'll

Janet took off her coat, walked into the

of her mis-

Harless,

because

expression,

"I'll

had casually mentioned

doing,

he had also called

that

magnitude

as though she

felt

why

it.

They arrived

in."

The conversation had been

atti-

been racing through her mind since the phone

she

Mrs. Harless opened the door and walked

Her

her motherly instincts subsiding.

How much

she thought,

they are

for

like

one jumble of

just

petals lying beside that awful phone.

Her musings were broken by

of

ming

as

of a

door.

the

sudden slam-

Janet rose quickly, and went

into the hall.

for

"Jim!" she said with a startled look.

her.

cause her to go through that twice?

"Why

14

so

shocked?

Don't

I

always

come


home in the afternoon?" He down and kissed his wife on walked

from the

in

bent

hall.

haven't seen you

with

home,

in

days

months."

where this

I

you've been working on

Jim

to

that,

go

down and leaned toward

sat

advisor entourage the

and how much you

right."

"Well, after Granger and left

room, and then

There was for weeks.

office,

start

So,

seeing

I

decided

new income

my

smile that she

had not known

for

Jim continued, "The three of anywhere together in years." looked at

tax

his wife,

"Mother

years.

"Paris!"

been

mean we're going

Jim,

really?

You

this

like

Janet

to Paris?"

do your shopping

—

were

just

discussing a

"

none

high,

and she was

of this.

Her voice was

his

year,

come

toward in.

It's

the

we have

to

doorway

time to have a

tell

you."

and

said,

talk

with

your father."

Jim was now confused, and a

isn't it?"

at the

you're scared to death."

turned

"Patty,

They both laughed delightedly,

I

"Jim, there's something

thought we'd

ning to

her.

he said, "I've got great news for

"What's wrong with you two? You're both act-

spend a few days in London, too. That's where you girls have been plan"I

me

again,

Jim stopped abruptly, and looked from and back to his wife.

and she saw the funny

"Oh

tell

wife to his daughter,

lovely in the autumn."

Janet cried.

Don't

He laughed

frightened.

ing is

and

big,

vacation."

half-smile again.

"I've heard Paris

in,"

Patty heard

us haven't

More gloom?

you. Your mother and

and happy

many

this?

and walked toward

"Come

wife and daughter again."

Janet smiled, the kind of warm

He

rose,

and

to take a vacation,

home by

still.

you're afraid of me, too."

scheduled

important

West-

By the way,

thick.

Her eyes were

she said.

"

"What's

calendar.

thought, Jim, old man, you should

take a break and celebrate your bracket.

my

four in

Doesn't she usually get

she was standing perfectly

looked around

I

looked at

nothing

really I

my !

on

it

spend ten

we'll

and the other

Lay

Patty?

him

Tell

trip.

time?"

"Daddy!

her.

twenty lawyer-

his

and

Patty! Jim's good humor and talk of a vacation had made Janet forget. But there was no time to prepare Jim now, for Patty had just appeared in the doorway.

i

wanted everything

Abby.

is

Patty's principal

call

her off a couple of weeks for a

let

the Louvre

in

minster

had a rather good day. We finally tied up that deal with Granger." "Jim, that's wonderful! know how hard "Yes,

said,

again.

"You can

said,

very educational

said.

There was a funny half-smile on Jim's face as he

company

him to

tell

pleased with yourself, or

this

and because each was enjoying the

trip,

other's

Jim

"You must have had a good day," she "I

a

of

He

cheek.

room.

into the living

Janet came

chuckled, the

prospect

time,

bit irritated.

home this early in years, and he had come bringing good news for

hadn't been

He this

his

(continued on page 16)

15


"

"

ontinued from page 15)

Now

family.

problem

He

to solve.

some mother-daughter

there was

was apparently going

that he

down, prepared

sat

probably had been a curfew, an increase

"Caught? Caught

have

shoplifting?" Jim had not expected

to settle

what

he spoke,

quarrel about Patty's

silly

It

her allowance, or some-

in

something

room and stood

way

the

in

formally

so

stiffly,

greater importance

in

that

she

made Jim

her

in

walked

sense

a

I

...

I

was

"Miller's

I

was

a conference.

in

and you're afraid

my

.

too

I'm

much

it's

me

is

I

just can't!

You

I

just

it's

a lot

tell

I

...

tainly

have

"Jim, things

telling

Jim

them both.

home

her

in

discussing stranger.

total

someone who was

But with

fair.

felt

concerned

that

only

quite alone, as she had

rigidly at the

edge

She walked forward a few

steps,

had been standing and

hastily

I'm

oh. Mother,

I

now

from the jewelry counfer

spoke.

He

got a terrible

room.

want

to talk to

had already disappeared

Please ex-

you about

For the

pared

16

first

time,

into

the

hall,

by the time Jim

stairs

he seemed affected.

turned and looked at Janet. this

I

to

didn't expect.

I

come home

with

my family, but It's nothing comwhat my family had for me."

great news for

some

Miller's

I

and was running up the

she would cer-

at

"I've

my

this."

can't.

Patty

was caught taking

said,

going to

cuse me."

"Well, Patty

little

tell

him. Please!"

herself,

Again there was

something

of

room.

stopped,

to.

today

here

Suddenly she

headache.

bear to see her so upset. Though she had not intended

Patty

Janet had the feeling that

voice.

his

"Patty, stay here.

...

make

before going into the floor manager's office.

of the

worse

was almost crying, and Janet couldn't

Patty

but

Patty,

what's going on?"

"Well, today

in

Patty

at

to

Mr. Barnes?"

is

of course."

yes,

himself.

mad

Will one of you please

it?

no

thinking of something different. Thinking, not of

than that."

"Well, what

the floor

Jim smiled and

not that

Jim stopped, and looked

was important

Who

No, that was not

started to walk towards Patty.

"No, Daddy, no.

it

something very personal with a

your account,

going to be terribly

daughter?"

spendthrift

talk to

items, so there's

what she had done, and

just

she was standing

.

What's wrong?

to

that

felt

concern

from a man who works there

call

Have you charged at

her mother,

in Miller's

"There was a today, but

at

yet as

concern.

"He's the floor manager."

a

in

go down and

to

"Mr. Barnes?

was

weak voice, "Daddy, today ." Department Store, and Department Store?" Jim broke in.

and continued

had

I

understand

"Oh

She paused, looked

"

both

I

—so

the conversation that

this,

little

question of paying for them, but Mr. Barnes and

to follow than a 12:30 curlew.

"Daddy

voice seemed to have

manager. Patty returned the

beside her mother. There was something face,

his

was merely incredulous. "Yes.

thing equally trivial.

Patty timidly walked into the

You mean

taking things?

to


"

Jim saf down, and then spoke. thought

daughter as

our

of

and above

Innocent,

know? What did she Janet

silent,

Do you

It?

It?"

She didn't want

trapped.

felt

you about

and

sweet

He was

did she do

tell

always

I've

being

honest."

all,

"Why

then continued,

to

admit

even asked, but that was the only

that she hadn't

answer she had. It.

I

thought she

had already been through enough embarrassment, and I

— thought

knew

I

want

that you'd

to Jim.

it

care of everything. He'll be the

and

come through

and

fuss

He'll take

villain,

as always.

raise the roof, while

glared at her, and

his

had

she

daughter, to

make

"No. That's not you would

wanted

just

to

If

she

ceive,

I

it

at

all.

just

I

assumed

that

and since you probably be it should

thought

It

better

If

For what?

knows by now not

You saw her all

the

I

re-

didn't Interfere."

Patty knows the dif-

to try that trick again.

she's scared to death.

humiliation

and

fright

She won't to

try

that

again. There's no need to talk about punishing her."

has got to realize

nothing?

how

serious this

Is."

Jim stood up and walked across the room. He took out a cigarette, lit it, and turned squarely

around,

was

facing

Janet could

her.

tell

though she did not know

irritated,

why.

why

"Well, then, Janet,

don't you

her?"

tell

His voice had a ring of sarcasm that she had not

should

"I

close

we

her?

tell

"But her father the

But

I

You know how

can't.

are."

work.

dirty

isn't

close to her.

That's

what you

He

can do

really

mean,

Isn't it?"

"No.

Of course

just let this

her

ference between right and wrong, and she cer-

risk

do

Forget about

do that we can't do that. know how we feel about this; she

can't

Patty needs to

spare

and what punishment she should

"Punishment?

tainly

But you

it?

duties that belong

would have your own Idea of how handled

to It?

he under-

as easy as possible for her?

It

to her,

talk

Didn't

"

His eyes

voice was angry as

had done something wrong. that

you

as the shining angel of mercy.'

Jim's whole attitude had changed.

stand

going

you're

heard before.

"So you thought, 'Leave He'll holler

to ask her, so

startled.

You're simply going to drop

that he

haven't spoken to her about

"I

mean

"You

can't Imagine Patty doing that.

"I

Janet stood up,

said nothing for a few minutes,

Jim.

father,

are

some

You

can't

pass without saying anything."

"Oh, Janet,

let's

be

You've begun to act mother.

a

there

But

not.

to

reasonable

like

Our daughter

the

Isn't

about

typical

a

this.

hysterical

criminal;

young, and young people are Impulsive.

she's

was

It

same way when we were eighteen." "We were Impulsive, yes, but not thieves."

the

"Oh, nonsense! So Patty took some jewelry that

doesn't

right to

make her

Janet was shocked.

band

In

a

thief.

You have no

judge her so harshly."

She stared

disbelief, but her look

at

her

hus-

was met with one

of equal disgust.

"No

right to

judge?

Good God,

Jim,

we

can't

(continued on page 18)


(continued from page 17)

ignore our own daughter, not now, not when she

"I

have no time

be better

for us

to discuss

all

further.

it

would

It

you would not keep build-

if

up to such monstrous propor-

ing this incident

You always do that. About everything." A slamming door abruptly ended the conversation. Jim had walked out. Patty, too, had left her, had retreated to her room, and once tions.

again, Janet

quite alone as she sat

felt

room where the whole Jim walked

He was annoyed

with

for so long

either a

in,

the

social

How

manner?

totally

of

his

could Janet,

ineffective as

adornment, was sud-

tell

The amiable Paris-bound

tongue too sharp

way

and water and a

brief

to the

club for a scotch

pause from family prob-

lems. There he could relax

and

try to forget the

troublesome incident that had wrecked

noon and

his after-

As he drove along, it was Janet, not Patricia, who occupied his thoughts. So now, he thought, a clean and virtuous life has become fashionable at the Harless residence, especially as

and

performed

She would remain the innocent

wife.

unsuspecting

mother

who

would

remain

deeply and tragically shocked by her daughter's reckless

act,

but

who would

guide her through the

crisis.

stand by her,

and

his

even-tempered

for the usually

down, picked up a newspaper, and

to scan

daughter.

but could only think about

it,

The

began

time, he a

stupid

events

earlier

were going through

mind, and for the

his

them

to consider

thing

he

do,

to

his

afternoon

the

of

first

Such

seriously.

Why,

thought.

she

could have paid for that foolish costume jewelry loose

the

change

her

in

any responsibility

feel

—

Oh

anyone?

beginning

I'm

Doesn't

purse.

to

to

think

like

Janet.

And,

why did she

as for Janet,

ing this so important?

up an item or two

lives

as

some time

at

in

their

they walk through a store. They don't

get caught,

bad break

but

my

daughter did.

thousand who gives

the

to

in

take of not getting by with

James Harless and walked

rose,

chair,

buy drinks

to

for the club

was

It

was the one

for her; she

in

the mis-

it.

laid

the

the

paper

In

members he had

putting out of his

mind any

daughter.

all,

the

bar where he would slighted.

content with himself, feeling justified

After

just

several

impulse to take

who makes

something, the luckless one

He was

on mak-

insist

thousands of people

Hell,

pick

a

his disposition.

by the good

sat

began

had become James C. Harless, business

executive, on his

canopy over

a formidable

God, he thought, father of ten minutes

for friendly

Jim who always had a pleasant greeting ready.

Patty

earlier

mood

blue eyes. The stride was too quick, the

keen,

with

headache excuse!

no

in

The heavy black eyebrows were

drawn and made

even more absurd. that flimsy

James Harless was

that

conversation.

denly a paragon of virtue, and Patty was acting

Imagine leaving the room on

of the renovated coun-

in front

doorman, bartender, and club members could

He

discussion

a

had been

mother or a

the

and drove away.

leaving.

such

in

in

sped down the long drive-

big, black car

house that was the Grayson Hunt Club. The

try

had begun.

now he was

Janet be behaving

who

thing

to his car, got

daughter, and

The

way and stopped

needs us most."

further

concern

in

for his

there was no reason to be


disturbed.

seriously

headed;

this thing

Patricia

was

usually

level-

wouldn't happen again.

As he ordered a round of drinks for the club members present, he was the congenial Jim they were accustomed to seeing standing at the bar, laughing, talking, being what many of them considered the perfect family- and business-man. At the house, Janet was still quite alone.

It

was getting dark. She got up, turned on a lamp, and walked toward the dining room. Dinner! She had completely forgotten about it, but surely the cook had prepared something. What does it

matter, she thought.

Suddenly

it

She stared

people. Tonight she realized distance was between them

at the table.

—

seemed so large

too large for three

just

how great

the

all.

Gwen Muse tJa/>rr

19


SUNGLASSES

I

had loved you

for so long

A familiar hat An old It

dress with stains in the armpits. clear, keening

was never a

cymbal-crashing love, But soft catapillar grey love And like my warm secure womb. I

One of these

days

we'll

get married

You'd say.

And

I

accepted.

Not knowing Inside

that

my closed eyelids

Burnt gold and bronze

A new love, a new lust. Freda Richards 20


REVIEW The Children of the South. By Margaret Ander-

New

son Farrar, Straus and Giroux,

York,

heart-rending and pull the reader right into the

Copy-

This technique

discussion.

1966.

right.

The Children

one

is

of the book's

and figurative

the vocabulary

better qualities;

language used was not outstanding due to the

of the South represents a collec-

and a review of the experiences of a teacherguidance counselor during the desegregation of

tion

seemingly elementary level

her school

was quite clear and simple to comprehend. The major point brought out by Mrs. Anderson

in

Although much

Clinton, Tennessee.

has been written on

this topic,

manages

son, the author,

Margaret Ander-

tried to reach, but

this, summarized in the following quote from The Children of the South:

is

to bring out her point

of view without the "sermonism" so often found

"All of

books concerning the South and the Negro.

in

it

one

can be boiled down to

then,

this,

thing: there

is

an immediate need for

Granted, a certain amount of emotionalism does

reaching educational programs for these

creep

dren, and they must be provided

into the passages, but

more humanistic

1

find

it

to give a

quality to her subject.

schools.

Undoubtedly, she combines a certain amount of idealism with her realism tion, past,

—she shows the

justment as

close

lying

three points of view

in

mind,

go

integrationist,

in

and the apathetic "careless" mid-

are presented, with the reasons and

explanations of their viewpoints taken count. tudes,

certain

degree

learns early in

the

of its

unblasedness,

although

ac-

method

with

of presentation.

problem and authority

and say

is

in

solutions.

that this

system

is

my

I

and especially

into

our schools today

would even

Until

desegregation first

grade

coming

for those children in

the

of

one of the moral

completed from the

up,

the upper grades,

enrichment for them

we

extra

things

to

whatever they have been denied

for

or

need

we

are to educate today's

to

The Children I

of excel-

compete with other children Negro children they should be educated."

one

pages where Mrs. Anderson's

is,

today's

in

programs

educational

entire

the South

make up

believe,

interesting slant

Individual examples

able to the facts.

The author speaks

ideals for the

the several cases of children

individual

presented, and often these personal stories are

to

It

It

is

critical,

yet

crisis still

the

agree-

a totality

and and as an

ponder.

As Mrs.

offers possible solutions

American

in

consider and

Anderson so aptly

if

as

South does present an

of the

on the desegregation

teacher's viewpoint.

form the framework for bringing out points of the

the

further

tional

atti-

fall.

of the book's stronger points

of

must provide programs of cultural and educa-

she gives The Children of the South a

sentiments

One

into

By showing the differing southern

need

imperatives of our time.

Ail

the desegregation process,

the radical segregationist, the "too" determined

dle man,

in

South needs to be overhauled.

peace and ad-

over the horizon.

are

lence and high standards so bold that, to

situa-

present and future, as no bed of roses,

but includes hope for gradual

We

farchil-

states:

"At some point the (continued on paga 22)

21


(continued (rom page 21)

and the Negro must begin

turmoil must cease direct

to

energies

his

gains, as in

cementing

toward

war we begin

to

prepare

peace. The Negro must now begin to

age which just

past

utilize

will

—an

his

relatively

be

age

talents.

which he

The

untapped.

will

develop and race

are

to think that the

new

talents like

I

an

looi( to

from the time

vastly different in

the

for lasting

of

his

age will be one of diplomacy and statesmanship, an age of achievement.

new age he must begin to speak for and accept the responsibility for his own destiny. The new way of life must come from him. It cannot be imposed upon him. Laws can only make it possible. When he is able to speak for himself as an individual and In

this

himself as an individual

show attainment as an as a people into the

individual,

new age

he

will

"GONE FOREVER"

move

of achievement.

Time sometime snatch away? when first touch The color of a sunny autumn day. The intangible spirit of Christmas, Shall

"The new South

is

in

the hearts and minds of

The

today's children."

Suzan Woltz

softness of fur

I

it.

The feeling of success when my goal is attained. The sudden surge of tenderness when am kissed? Shall these be gone, gone forever, I

Never to be felt again Time stands o'er me

in

quite the

like

same way?

a despot,

burdening,

suppressing.

And

will

not

let

me

be.

Cindy Carwile

22


Cams and

For two years, Sarah and Bob

and Troy Beard had shared the

Ruth

they

secluded home, where

On

ant. sit

Saturday

on

leisurely

talking

about

was

life

happy

the

they were

them would

One

Saturday

chilly,

one,

they

sat

from the

city

as

flashing

don't have to ask

"I

said

'

"Oh, please. Bob. If

we'll

you want one, Sarah,"

if

"Oh, be quiet and go disappeared

Troy

Sarah,

them. The movie's

fix

start."

into

we're going to your

bent over the

have to get an early

on. Bob.

expecting

not It

us

four.

until

Oh,

"I think Bob's right, Sarah," said Ruth. "You know we never get home early when we go to

thought us

ashamed

women were supposed

you.

of

"Your drinks

to

stick

all

get

He

it."

sip

right?"

answered

they

on

glass

his

"They're

unison.

in

to-

"I

don't understand

coffee

the

crossed the room to help

I

other time, yes.

all

right.

me

in

not to-

But definitely

table,

Troy

his wife.

it,

Troy.

It

was working

"It's

You win again.

I

guess

"Maybe

we can

What do you say?" me," said Ruth. "Come

"But

everybody.

fine to Let's

go

can watch

tranquilizer

at

the

I'm

and have a few shots

same

time,"

just

interference from the city,"

Troy said,

sure

Come

of

on.

as

it's

an airplane, Ruth," said Sarah.

never done

don't you

Troy said.

on,

inside." it

it's

"Why

horror show on tonight.

"Sounds

probably

Troy reasoned.

the morning."

watch the tube. There's supposed to be a good

"We

of his own.

"I'll

and Bob and took a

perfectly this afternoon."

night. You'll thank

"Oh,

drink to Sarah

"Yes,"

gether."

"Any

handed a

Setting I'm

"1

T. V., fiddling with the knobs.

fine."

town."

"Why, Ruth Beard!

re-

Ruth was

can't get a picture. Dear," she sighed.

do you good."

will

and

kitchen

the

turned shortly with the three drinks.

Let's go."

"Just a minute," Troy said.

"But she's

to his wife.

teased Troy.

start."

come

Bob?"

about to

don't know, Sarah.

when

Want

said

"How about you. Honey?" he said "No thanks, Troy. Maybe later."

"Oh, what a marvelous idea! "I

Troy,

mix the drinks.

Ruth,"

"I'll

their

bury and do the town."

mother's tomorrow,

inside.

all

women about

below, Troy suggested that they "go to Canter-

enthusiastically.

week."

"Please."

evening,

lights

last

men

lawn,

shopping excursions. watching the neon

over from

the

mountain

their jobs,

left

"Turn the T. V. on,

their

quiet, but pleas-

nights, the four of

their

in

gin

"Wonderful," said Sarah.

house which overlooked the metropolis of Canterbury. The two couples had been

headed toward the house. "We've got

all

some

isolated, duplex

"It'll

there's Sit

this

just

before," Ruth argued.

leave

probably

it

nothing wrong with

down and

Honey,"

alone.

come back on

its

the

own. T.

V.

relax." (continued on page 24)

the tube 23


(continued from page 23)

made one

Ruth

attempt to cor-

irritated

last

"Come

her

keep fooling with

"Oh,

hitting

She casually

left.

sofa,

said.

I

you

If

where Troy,

once with her

it

her eyes to

shifted

sitting. At once, her eyes bulged They were gone.

"What?" she managed

me!

Don't

She

screamed.

creased

stood in

her

me

this,"

like

silently

terror

for

and

don't

joke

she

Troy,"

please,

with

a

moment, But

disbelief.

me.

Bob.

sobbed.

come

Please

"Please,

out

.

.

."

Troy

—from

and hushing

"Oh, God, make him come out!" she

were trying

cried.

She

collapsed to the floor, hysterical.

Troy came

tip-

turned

her

slowly

terror in her eyes.

was Sarah's voice she

It

raised

her

head,

"Of

finding

herself

With a look of horror, stared at the machine as she

facing the television set. the whimpering

recognized

the

girl

three

faces

which

his

arms, stroking her hair

her.

to fix the television.

." .

.

course.

We

thought at

maybe you got But you came

first

it

crashing to the floor.

The sounds

less

aren't

you?"

"But

madly toward the big

clumsy monster and thrust her weight against

than a minute. You're

to In

it

was so

real,

Troy.

It

all

right

was so

now,

terrible.

You were dying and covered with blood." "Now, now, Ruth. It's all over now. See. I'm alive. Now, don't you worry about a thing. Are you feeling well enough to get up?"

peered out

from behind the screen at her: Troy, Sarah, and Bob. Shrieking, she ran

a

into tears.

her Into

an electric shock or something.

Ruth slowly

it

"Last night?"

heard.

sending

as

Ruth

"Calm down. Darling," he comforted. "It's all You fainted is all. Last night when you

right.

up."

brow

room.

She burst

lifted

ning to tremble and her jaw quivered slightly.

look

the

"What are you talking about. Dear?" "You don't know? Oh, Troy! It was terrible! You were inside the television. You were dying. You were dying and Sarah was dying and

she

wherever you are." Her moist hands were begin-

"Ruth,

puzzled

her into

dream? Oh, thank God!"

eyes

only a deadly silence echoed back.

"Oh,

which streamed into the open

sun,

head toward her husband,

She was alone. "Troy,

scare

her ears

straining

My God,

me.

killed

window, woke Ruth. She blinked her eyes, then

"Troy?"

let

of

The TV went blank.

"Troy!" she blurted out. "Oh, Troy, was

She

where are you?"

dash around the room.

answer

expressions

limply to the floor as she

fell

"You've

shriek,

The cheery

the

toeing

to gasp.

body

and groaning,

televised

their

Ruth. You've killed me."

There was no answer. 'Troy,

Ruth's

heard Bob

as

disbelief.

in

were moaning

friends

saturating

agony.

Bob had been

and

Sarah,

fist

two

blood

Ruth turned reluctantly away

right."

all

off,

never get a picture."

we'll

it,

from the television, she

Hands

Ruth.

on,

Her husband and

on her ears to muffle them.

rect the faultiness.

it,

"Yes,

that

I

think so."

"Then come on now. We've got

followed sickened her, and she insanely pressed

24

to

hurry or


we'll miss

herself

rid

OK?"

your mother's good cooking.

"OK, Honey.

uneasy

an

of

"Just take

But Ruth could not

hurry."

I'll

feeling.

It

was

no

"Well,

longer because of the terrible vision on the T.V. screen,

because she could

but

not

Two

hours

remember

"Cut

mother

Ruth's

They had been driving

lived.

over an hour now, and

"Anyone want asked. sleep

getting

I'm

still

had two hours

to take over the tired.

the

much

to drive,

watch

she

this,"

out,

left,

I

of the car

throwing the

You want mean

said.

I

right

all

of

us

all

." .

I

.

suddenly swerved to but

Ruth

Sarah

and

passengers

its

side

get

to it!

the

car.

the

Ruth!" yelled Troy as Ruth

brakes.

"Get your damn

slammed

foot

off

that

brake!" It

was too

late.

The car swerved

road

off the

and tumbled down a roadside bank, smashing

me," Troy teased. "You wanted

at

it

"My God, on

last night."

"Don't look

slightly

Bob shrieked.

for

to go.

get

Ruth.

out,

it

against

wheel?" Bob

didn't

I

think that's fast,

The back end

Ruth

that divided

house from the city of Willingham, where

their

you

if

Cut

killed?

Bob, Troy, and

Sarah,

later,

seemed

His voice

easy."

laughed, stepping on the gas.

anything that happened afterward.

were winding up the huge mountain

it

now.

irritated

you simpleton. So don't back out now."

into

clump

a

of trees.

Ruth was thrown out of

"You're a true friend, Troy."

the car, leaving the others at the

mercy

of the

"Don't mind Troy, Bob," said Ruth. "He's the

crumbling chrome and shattering

glass.

It

laziest

person on earth.

volunteer,

I'll

though.

over

to take

which lay about

OK?" "It's

in

Unhurt, Ruth looked at the remains of the car,

Are you ready

me.

right with

all

fifty

yards from her.

over now?"

ment,

"Ready as I'll ever be." Bob turned onto an old dirt road, helped Ruth into the driver's seat, and slipped in the back

voices of the car's prisoners.

with

was

an Instant.

his

He

wife.

window and closed

leaned his

his

eyes.

"Take

it

"You've

head against the motor

Starting the

Honey," said Troy. one piece."

easy.

"Oh, stop

criticising

twice as fast as

I

my

driving.

"We

killed

I

want

expect

me

to

me.

Finding that she tore,

My God,

sweating and

You've

Ruth.

Her face was

mad woman. Through

the face

the shattered window,

she could see her husband and her two friends

moaning and groaning, blood saturating

You drive

agonized expressions. "Bob!" all

she

cried.

their

"Bob,

right!"

There was no answer.

don't."

"I'm going five miles under the speed

What do you

killed

For a mo-

Then she heard the moaning

me," she heard a man's voice groan.

are you

like this,

silent.

Ruth jolted to a stop. of a

do."

"Not on curves

was

had received no injuries, Ruth panting, toward the cries.

and looking both ways, Ruth pulled back onto the main highway. to get there in

all

limit.

do?"

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25

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—

Who comes to

bury

all

fhe birds that die?

morning sky, from the trees without reply Somewhere the frozen wings must And to lie.

Those

fluttering flowers of the

Whose mates

call

Does nature leave the appetite of ants To eat away the beauty of her springs; Or to the clangorous wind and rain dead The echoes of a ghostly throat that sings?

Some

child,

I

like

chants,

to think, alone at play.

Might find the corpse and love it in its death. And dig a shallow grave, and then to pray, Perhaps to cry because it had no breath. like to think when my last song is heard, Some child will pray for me as for a bird. I

Tagalie

27

Lombard


Almost from the beginning fiistory

Americans

higher education.

need

the

for

1636 Harvard was founded,

In

1693 William and Mary, and

in

our country's

of

realized

fiave

Yale;

1701

in

these institutions were the forerunners of the great universities

and smaller colleges which today are throughout

scattered

the

United

They

States.

were established with one particular purpose

in

mind: the education of young men. The school

supposedly contributed to

young man's

a

growth, spiritually and socially demically. The function

graduate

of such

actually relatively vague, but

it

well

as

total

aca-

as

was

institutions

was a beginning.

During the next century American professors began traveling to European universities for advanced study, and concern for graduate work, both study and research, began to grow on

this

side of the Atlantic. These enlightened scholars

returned home to add to the undergraduate program here a new area of study which gradually expanded to become the graduate school of

e

arts

and sciences. Throughout the years of

development the

schools

professional

this

busi-

of

and medicine were growing,

ness, theology, law,

and small colleges were becoming more nearly like

the

universities.

The function

of the

under-

graduate program was gradually emerging with

somewhat more in

a in

clarity

non-professional

vague search 1847

Yale

although graduate work

institutions

for the Truth.

established

a

definite

course of study, awarding the country followed

Most

28

in

1861,

and

often Finally,

other

first

remained however,

graduate

Ph.D.

universities

in

this

soon

suit.'

of

the

leaders

in

this

development

of


German

graduate programs had attended and,

versities,

accord

in

with

graduate

emphasized intense research, particularly original research; thus

has been

it

necessary from

beginning of graduate study

tion.

of

is

It

the field of educa-

level, particularly in

graduate

the

concern

to

are

schools

American educators producing

not

that

college

teachers to match the increasing enrollment.''

country to

this

in

growing importance of study on the

realize the

uni-

influence,

this

It

should also be of concern to the college student

advanced degree. By the end of the century there was uniformity among the various graduate programs to the write a dissertation for an

of the Ph.D. require-

He should be aware of the present crowded classroom conditions and of the increasing number of qualified students who cannot

ments the student had studied about hree years

enter the college of their choice because of these

beyond the under-graduate

already crowded conditions.

upon completion

extent that

examination

had passed an

level,

The college student should

particular field of knowledge,

a

in

of today.

and had written a

based on

dissertation

his

own

of

research.-

ard

Growth and expansion

in

veloping both

The

cation:

society

in

status of the

was changing.

The

woman

United

first

this

in

Ph.D. was

States

edu-

to

country

awarded

1902

in

in

at

with

a

fessions.

women in Women have become

portant

in

demand

faculty

the

for

field

of

particularly

number

of

college students;

it

this

is

two

im-

Frequently

just

the

information and program leading

usually

programs

most

In

student

A

other

must establish

growing number residence

in

usually

a

will

mitted

to

campus,

for

In

longer,

naturally a great

particularly

a

Ph.D. pro-

and again a

required. To be ad-

usually

is

candidacy

than year's

programs require

Work

much

takes

of

on

psychology.

year's residence

that

college

either

requires

degree the student

a

must have established residence, completed the college

course work, and passed a reading examination.

has only a vague notion of

Often the student must also pass a comprehen-

typical

Longwood

usually

cannot see

plans.

It

is

the

years'

gram

student

in

a

what graduate study involves; such a student

student,

degree

thesis.

programs

such as Longwood.

such as

a

extent.

Qualified

should concern students at a teachers'

A

have to make use of library materials to

necessary to keep step with the grow-

is

his

this.

residence, the reason being that he

specialized pro-

education.

sharing

In

Dr. Rich-

Longwood College, was

course hours of work or twenty-four hours

education

Rad-

of

concerning

Master's

a

thirty

greater and greater opportunity and,

is

indeed,

ing

and

large

Dean

helpful

thoughts

This trend continues to the present day.

cliffe.3

There

the

in

at

woman

become aware

first

graduate program involves.

a

Brooks,

B.

most

the colleges paral-

another trend that was, at that time, de-

leled

what

its

essential

sive examination in his field.

relevance to her future that

the

the dissertation can

average college

that

whether young man or young woman,

because

of

it

a

The importance

be seen when one

of

realizes

person becomes known as

having done extensive research on the graduate (continued on page 30)

29


(continued from page 29)

level

one particular

in

field.

may be noted

It

be

sertation which will

when deciding upon

him

of benefit to

be taken

should

This

field.

dent

in

his

in

graduate school.

a particular

study.

for entering into a

The

member

first

step

of one's

is

graduate program of

schools B

average

average of

in

studies,

of

Sometimes language study permitted

in

lieu

of

in

this

blanks

application

for

ships:

After

If

the prospective student has

financial

for

a

is

tion

is

usually

are awarded

may be obtained in

from the head of

which one expects to study.

the

National

Science

Foundation,

the

of the

Woodrow

Federal government. The

Wilson Foundation and the Danforth Foundation

aid.

award

been working since

fellowships to those planning to teach

the South.

recommendations are often helpful personal interview. The applicant should

Nominations

a college faculty

member

for these

are

in

made by

to the regional director.

Other fellowships are granted by smaller govern-

usually by February the applibe completed including submission examination grades. In March announcements

mental programs, by business and Industry, and

the

early

in

campus the

in

any case.

It

is

fall;

by other foundations.^

cation must

of admission are usually

made.

that in the field of education

to

fellowships

best to apply

visit

of

Many

kind

such as

and the National Defense Education Act program, all under the jurisdic-

graduation as

some

Public hiealth Service,

graduate pro-

the

graduate

his

Various national programs award larger fellow-

the graduate school

gram, and application blanks

on

full-time

assistantship requires

the part of the student,

the department

the selection of two or three schools the next step catais to write to the directors of admission for logs,

service on

enables

fellowship

by the university or college; information about

a language.

requirement.

work

to

and the

such grants

also require that the appliin

the

categories:

most desirable.

cumulative

a

before

study

teaching or research. The fellowship

record of at least

cant pass a reading examination

is

into

student

major and

one's

C+. Most

falls

the

scholastic

a

Financial aid to the graduate student

head

that

require

re-

basic

would best answer his needs in Most graduate particular field of interest.

his

It

best to

usually

the

two

of the department of his major, to find out the university

field

sponsibilities of a family.

consultation with a faculty college, perhaps the

own

is

it

his

helpful.

assuming

graduate

start

Students often are unaware even of the pro-

cedure

discover

will

which further study would be most

must be remembered that

consideration

into

acquire maturity; and he

will

through actual encounter the areas of

assign a dis-

that often the faculty sponsor will

work some time

school for several

before

is

recognized

graduate

as

mentioned above; the prospective

may the

any dependents a

for

have. of

graduate study must be

college

student

of

today,

particularly the student entering the field of edu-

reasons: recommendations of

cation.

one's employer based on his work are often beneficial,

by

Often fellowships make

provision

The Importance

often helpful

entering

financial

married student

may be noted

It it

some

As

graduate

stu-

30

Dr.

Brooks and so

study

experience

many

have

others with

noted,

It

is


——

often

much

as

a

matter

of

endurance

.

of

as

intellect.

Phyllis

Myers

THE ANNUAL POEM

FOOTNOTES Faculty-Trustee Committee,

^Radcliffe

Women

tion tor

(Cambridge, 1956), pp.

Graduate Educa5-6.

A

2|bid., p. 7.

year gone by

3|bid., p.8.

a friend. •Bernard States

Berelson,

Graduate Education

in

the

United

Kindred

(New

York. 1960), p. 45. 5|bid., pp. 146-147.

is

spirit,

lost;

a pride,

BIBLIOGRAPHY Berelson, States.

Bernard. Graduate Education York: McGraw-Hill Book

New

well protected, in

the

United

Company,

Inc.,

1960. Radcliffe for

is

A

pfiase has passed

new happiness,

Committee. Graduate Education Cambridge: Harvard University Press

Faculty-Trustee

Women.

dead.

a wild joy,

1956. is

descending;

new

beliefs,

a freedom, will

A

continue.

year gone by-

and a phase,

my is

friends,

halting;

the starch,

my is

soul,

wilting.

Life only

What

has will

more

to offer.

Be after

.

.

another year gone by?

Jonna Carnes


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sequel

All that

was asked,

And

nothing implied That's what did for you. I

you had only Could you have pretended If

You loved

Maybe

nne?

would have worked. But don't expect any miracles, baby. You got what you asked for. it

Freda Richards

33



was pretty cold

It

that

unusual though;

mas day

Most

It

the time

snowed

there.

My

hadn't even

sister

now

.

been born

My

almost fourteen.

.

.

and

eight

name

remember going was

I

sister's six.

It

In

any

spooky

really

.

.

.

the

way

that doll

I

scared

of

that's

Sally,

it.

my

loved

sister,

Well, that was the last.

Bobby

He was

it

Sally.

house,

"My

said:

you." Sally

I

just

came

pulled the string,

looked her straight

just

in

Mary Ann, and

is

love you."

come

and look over the whole house. Everyone was

Then

silly.

"My name

the eyes and said,

like

Mary Ann,

and waited. Mary Ann

anybody had ever seen before.

doll

was

me and

don't

I

the

Mary Ann. Well,

alone with

Mary Ann, and

Is

couldn't

teasing

around

looked at

doll

back. She picked up

She got

a doll for Christmas this year that wasn't nothing like

left

were

I

her

kinda stood there looking

grown

I'm

yet.

My

five.

was,

I

swear that

I

chasing

started

and there

brother re-

Bobby and

day

Bobby

Grandma's and

to

don't even

He was

Grandma's.

to

I

we went

have

of us kids

never seen a white Christmas.

members

On

hadn't snowed here on Christ-

It

for fifteen years.

We

more now that she had Mary Ann. make her cry or nothing.

morning. The sky was

there were no signs of snow. That's not

clear;

time

first

.

.

.

but not the

said the doll talked funny to him too.

some reason one

picking on Sally for

THE DOLL She didn't find the

though.

doll

at

was probably her best friend

It

world.

You

all

in

that afternoon Mary Ann said, Mary Ann, and you're mean." It scared poor Bobby so badly. He went running

morning,

strange.

know Mary Ann could talk. do now days, but

see,

I

that's not unusual for a doll to this

doll

was

different.

It

to

Mom. He

tell

Her voice had same squeeky tone and everything, only she'd

nothing

that

says

And sometimes

she'd

though

this

if

ture.

liked to

got that

my

brother and

sister a pretty

'ole

doll,

the

Anything Bobby and affect

Mom

pull like

or

that

Pop except what she string.

Mom

kinda

he might have a tempera-

She shook her head, and then went on

have

.

.

.

I

admit that

given our

you

with fixing dinner.

you alone. I

He

Bobby felt kinda silly, so he comes to me asked me to tell Mom how the doll had talked to me, but told him it wasn't no use. So he went on about his business, but noticed he avoided the room that Mary Ann was

more than one

She kinda

person could hear her.

should have known better.

front of

In

when

looked at Bobby

talk

without pulling the string on the back of her neck.

She wouldn't do

is

should have known that doll wouldn't never say

would say things that

weren't on the tape Inside her.

say strange things.

and

'My name

whole

the

her.

I

I

hard time.

have always

odds were on her wanted

I

But after she side.

in.

We'd

She didn't seem scared of us no

The

we

both gotten so

of the doll's

Sally to do, didn't

tried

to

keep out

way.

dislike

Bobby and

I

had

for that doll

was

(continued on page 36)

35


(continued from page 35)

we knew

only because

You just you know is Golly, now it

Mary Ann

fhaf

how much they

thinking

how Bobby and

began

I

thinking of her though.

was

just

temporary

just

because she talked funny

.

.

.

as

doll

person. That's

live

always believe that doll was like

that

dislike you.

even talking about that

I'm

she were a person ... a real

I'll

didn't like

be friends with someone

can't

us.

but

it

Maybe

alive.

alive.

either.

wasn't

It

You could

by the way her eyes looked at you. might have gotten to be Mary Ann and mean, could have good friends eventually. tell

I

I

got used to her being I

began

I

of

rubber and paint.

admire the way she stood up

to kinda

for Sally,

I

made

even though

it

was always against me.

don't think Sally could ever have had a truer

It makes me happened and all.

One day

last

kinda sad

feel

friend.

week

When

funny noise.

Mary Ann

what

.

.

was messing around

I

near the back steps, and

the hall

.

I

heard

in

this

looked around, there was

I

at the foot of the steps.

I

could have

sworn she hadn't been nowhere near five minutes ago. I

don't

I

didn't.

when

mean

But

came down

I

was around, scaring me.

I

I

that

1

saw her move

sure she wasn't

pretty

I'm

.

.

Since no one else

the steps.

decided

.

there

to put a stop to that doll

was going

to pull the string out of

her neck ... to keep her from talking ever again.

When on the

was

I

got up from where floor,

sitting at

I

went over

to

I

had been

sitting

where Mary Ann

the foot of the steps.

I

stood there

bent over, because for some reason she seemed stuck to the floor. That doll

me

a hard time.

I

was always giving

couldn't get a

36

good

grip on


think she l^new was. from where still can't figure all this was going to do. what happened next and all. out Suddenly there was a scream and the next string

the

what

I

I

I

I

.

.

.

knew was lying on the floor, and Sally was beside me. She had a stunned look on her thing

I

I

began

face, then she

to cry.

I

found out

later

had started down the stairs and had seen fooling with her doll. She started to run and

that she

me

she stumbled.

She

ground. Those

stairs

me

hit

before she

were so steep; getting

her from

might have saved

I

hit

the

guess

hurt

I

bad,

looked around me, maybe even killed. When saw Mary Ann on the floor, broken into several I

I

and

Sally

pieces.

I

had both landed on her

in

picked her up and pulled the string that was still in her neck. The string came out full

force.

real

easy

I

like.

say

was

I

remember

I

wouldn't

Ann probably

sorry.

my

I

gave the

ear.

said:

Then

"My name

That was the

last

can't

I

But just to

shake and held

a high, distant voice is

I

was pleased, but

Mary Ann.

doll a

in

Mary

any more.

fact,

In

didn't say this to

sure

thinking that ole

talk

it

I

make

close to

Mary Ann

Mary Ann, and love you." Mary Ann ever said. I

thing that

Al ice Uoiiier

37


—— ———

Pangs of hunger Fear of deatfi Eyes wide-open

Always searching

Never

safe,

Blistered feet

Aching bodies

Wreaking odors Troubled minds

Never

rest,

children

Little

Homeless children Dirty faces

Ragged clothing Never happy. Far away

Away

from

home

Nothing here

Only hate

Never

love.

Never

safe

YE OF LITTLE FAITH

Never rest Never happy

Never love

How odd and wrong tfiat tfiey should pity me As by their faces long, clearly see. As they about draw near and touch my bier, Their moans and chants darkly hear. And why that they should kneel, that oath profess, And still should moan for me, cannot guess. For know they not, dear Lord, as You and

ALWAYS WAR!

I

Linda Barron

I

I

I

Far softer

is

the

bed on which

I

lie.

N. Carol Coleman

33


They

lay togefher beneath the trees

Sheltered

By the glowing darkness Within them by mutual agreement Rests the

power

But forever

—

the

power

to destroy

dormant

Forever suppressed

One

kiss

Chaos The power unleased

And

they would bleed

Not death but

life

Not pain but agony Not sorrow but

bliss

With each crimson breath With each treacherous blade Plunged deeply into

their

backs

Tearing at their hearts

Knawing

at their mentality

Yet

They would be one

LD.

39


PATRONS Farmville Manufacturing

Company,

Farmville

Shopping Center Chappell's, 212 N. Main Street

Longwood

Jeweler, 216 N. Main Street

Grants. Farmville Shopping Center Princess Beauty Salon, 105 N.

Main Street

Main Street Weyanoke Book Store, 202 High Street 19 N. Main Street Leese's Pastry Shop, Burger's Market, 144 N.

1

First

National Bank, 200 N. Main Street

Gray's Drug Store, 219 N. Main Street Carter's Flower Shop, Lanscott's,

One

block from hospital

408 High Street

Cedarbrook Restaurant, Rice Road James Madison Inn, Prospect Road Tastee-Freez, Prospect Road WFLO Radio Studios, Cumberland Road Farmville Herald,

1

The College Shop,

Newman's,

1

1

14 North Street 1

14 N. Main Street

N. Main Street

1

Owen-Sanford, Farmville Shopping Center Leggett's Department Store, Main Street Crute's Drug Store, Main Street Collins Florist,

1

19 N.

Main

Street

Martin the Jeweler, 123 N. Main Street

Hollywood Beauty Salon, 102 N. Main Street Mr. Walter Eyster, Faculty Longwood College Miss Bland, Faculty

Longwood College

40


This

is

the

way the world ends

This

is

the

way

This

is

the

way the world ends

Not

with a

the world ends

bang but a whimper T. S. Eliot