1940’s: Alumni Homecoming Day

Next Saturday, November 30, marks the date of Lynchburg College’s first Alumni Homecoming Day. This day is to be set aside on the calendar, it is hoped, as an annual event of the college year.

To Mr. Shields Brubeck and to his committee go to the laurels for the promotion and for the hard work required to “put this affair over.” If it is a success, as all are confident this committee is to be highly congratulated for their work. 

Alumni Day is to be primarily a day when the alumni may return to the campus for a program arranged especially for them; when they may meet old friends and roommates, hold informal class reunion, and engage in fond reminisces  of “the days when.”

On the other hand, Alumni Day can provide a stimulating experience for the students. Students, no matter how mature they may be (in their own minds, that is), may benefit from contacts with older people (parson us, Alumni), or at least with people who have experienced, in the events which the students are experiencing now, the events which follow those. 

Many alumni will doubtless find many changes that have taken place on the campu since their own student days. They will find, among other things, a greatly increased student body; there will be the shining tops of the new Quonsets across the roads – and they may notice the excavations where (we hope) still more Quonsets will be erected. They may notice, also, the increased average age of the student body, and a large number of “ducks” on lapels. 

This brings us to wonder what Lynchburg College campus will be like when we, the present students, return – say, some ten years hence – for an Alumni Homecoming. Are there any predictions? One guess is as good as another. Our belief, however, that the college is just now entering upon its most progressive era, 

To get away from back-slapping and morale building and get back to Alumni Day, where we started, we contend that although the committee has a big job and is doing it well, it must have the co-operation of the student body to help make the event a success. It is up to the student to help in any way they can and to extend their warmest welcome to the visiting alumni. 

1940’s:Students, Alumni Take Part In Day’s Activities

Written by Frances Epes 

Faces stranger to the L.C. student body, but with expressions of fond rememberings dominated the campus Saturday, November 29, as more than 50 alumni returned for the first big homecoming day.

The program, erected by Shields Brubeck, basketball coach, was planned for every hour of the afternoon and on into the night climaxed by the formal dance sponsored by the Varsity Club. 

About 10:00 the first alumni began to arrive, and by lunch time, 12:35, about 20 hasd signed the register. Mrs. Young had set up tables in the downstairs dining room for those who had come for lunch. The convocation service at 1:30 was the official opening. Mr. Allen B. Stanger, an alumnus, Lynchburg College director of Religious Education, had charge of devotions. The Touring choir, under the direction of Mr. Arthur Wake, presented a program of six selections: “Send Forth Thy Spirit,”, “Jesus Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Old Ark’s A-Moverin,” “God is a Spirit,” “Lost in the Night,” and “Salvation is Created.”

After the convocation there was a hockey game between the girls of the L.C. Varsity hockey team. As a side feature, the girls presented Miss Berkeley, coach, with a hockey stick – all done up in white paper with a red ribbon. 

Next attraction was an exhibition by Paul Beam, L.C. ‘s trampoline expert,assisted by Clayton Inge and Martha Ann Seay. Martha Ann said that she was participating only to prove that people who weren’t experts could have on the trampoline. Paul made the by-now-large crowd gasp as he did swan dives, half and full twists, and spins that reminded this reporter of the trapeze artists in a circus. Nor did Cayton Inge leave the spectators seated comfortably in the bleachers. Tho’ not quite so spectacular as Beam, Clayton proved himself a master of the stretched canvas 

Then spectators were invited to remain in their place to watch an exhibition game of badminton between William Matthews and Paul Beam, who proceeded to prove quite definitely that the game is not one for weaklings, or those inclined to be lazy.

After these matches there was a reception at President Montgomery’s for all alumni, and at which several members of the classes of ‘60 and ‘65 or thereabouts were in attendance.

Dinner was served in the dining hall at five o’clock to give students and alumni alike time to attend the Alumni-Varsity basketball game at six. 

FInal event of the evening was the Varsity Club dance which began at 9 o’clock. THe Vagabonds furnished the music and the floor was as close to being packed as we’ve seen at an L.C. dance in a long time. It was obvious that many of the couples on the floor were the alumni group, and L.C. was right proud to have so many come back. 

By the time the Vagabonds began the familiar strands of the last number even the most skeptical were ready to admit that L.C.’s first homecoming day had been a big success and were willing to vote to make it a permanent affair. Many students perhaps thought of Homecoming Days of the future when they could be numbered among the alumni who returned to renew old acquaintances. 

Now for a few statistics to wind up. The oldest alumni to return, other than faculty members of the college, was J.T. Meadows, class of ‘24. Approximately fifty returned “L.C.-ities” registered in Miss Marshall’s office. 

1940’s:FTA Plans to Adopt Promotion Projects

In line with its purpose of promoting the profession of teaching and professional improvement, the Lynchburg College Chapter of Future Teachers of America had adopted several projects for the year. Conard Seymour, president has announced.

The local chapter will have an outstanding speaker on such subjects as guidance, retirement, audiovisual education and school administration at each of its regular meetings, according to present plans. In addition, it will sponsor F.T.A. clubs in high schools in the Lynchburg area, and will act as co-host with the college Debate Club at the forensic meet of high schools of Lynchburg and surrounding counties in March. 

The membership recruitment program is still in progress, the president stated. All students who plan to teach after graduation or who are interested in the educational field are urged to apply for membership.

1940’s:Veterans Advised To Register Dependents 

Veterans acquiring dependents after entering training under the G.I. Bill as single men should notify Veterans Administration immediately so that an adjustment can be made in their subsistence allowance payment. The VA increases payments as of the date is notified and not retroactively to the date the veteran actually acquired a dependent.  

1940’s:Virginian Literary Society Elects Officers at Meeting 

Fred Tanner, junior, from Island, was elected president of the Virginia Literary Society at its regular weekly meeting on Friday evening, November 14. Others elected were: Dick Berry, junior, Richmond, vice-president; Charles Matthias, sophomore, Arlington, secretary; Warren Stewart, freshman from Jacksonville, Fla., chaplain; John Crank, sophomore, Richmond, cheerleader; and Joe Gould, junior, from Tallahassee, Fla., custodian. 

1940’s: Tines Addresses Student Ministers On Importance of Christian Beliefs 

The Rev. Morrison Harrison Tines, dean of theology, Virginia Seminary and College, was guest speaker at the meeting of Lynchburg College Ministerial Association November 24. Mr. Tines’ topic was, “What I believe to Be the Task of the Christian Leader of Today.”

Reminding his hearers that the present in the beginning of the new age, Mr. Tines said present generations are able to accept changing conditions more easily than ancient peoples because of the advancement in physical and social sciences, and that God gave the ancient peoples time to adjust themselves to the new conditions.

In the ‘electric-industrial age,” the task of the Christian leader is the realm of belief; “the average person knows a lot but believes little.” Colleges are apt to give a student the facts and let him form his own judgements when his experience is insufficient to judge correctly. Belief will lift one above the mistakes of life, he added.

“Our trouble is that we live from the waist down; sex and sotomach dominate life. We must learn to live from the waist up – an intellectual and spiritual life. The Chrisitan is concerned about belief because belief leads to action.” 

Devotions were led by Raymond Oliver. After the meeting, members met Mr. Tines informally and heard him sing a song of his own composition. 

1940’s: Brubeck Trims Hornet Basketball Squad As Cagers Prepare for Season’s Opener 

As their opening engagement with Roanoke College less than a month away, Coach Shields Brubeck announced the fourteen man Hornet squad last week.

Holdovers from last year’s team include John Broaddus, Bob Person, Ed Holland, Jack West and Grant Hudson. 

Fundamentals of the game of basketball have been given a thorough going over by Coach Brubeck and scrimmage is slated to begin next week. 

The Hornets face no breather in Roanoke College, long noted for it’s championship basketball teams, but the boys from L.C. should fare a bit better this year than last. Following their tussle here with the Maroons on December 1, Lynchburg tangles with the Medical College of Virginia on the home court December 4. 

Speed will be the keynote of this year’s crop of cagers, and with a fast breaking offense, scores should be fairly plentiful. 

Except for Bill Huggins who is nursing a lame back, the squad is rapidly approaching the peak of condition and barring unforeseen injuries will be ready for their opening tilt.

1940’s: Straight From The Squirrel’s Mouth

Written by Nutsy

Most of you don’t know me personally, but I’m Nutsy, one of those pesky little squirrels many of you would enjoy taking a shot at and don’t dare (L.C. tradition you know). I’ve been railroaded by the Boss to do a pile of noisey notes on goings on around campus and to add my clever little thoughts whenever they cross my nutty little mind. 

Since I’m always scampering around and pushing my nose in things where it doesn’t belong, this is just up my tree. 

Brother, if it’s one thing we squirrels, it’s cliques. You’ll notice we run around free and loose, and are much better adjusted nut crackers for the effort. But humans! We just hake the limbs laughing at the way these stupid students break their necks to stay in one little group.

Now I’m not saying that the people who form these tight little bunches aren’t on the ball. Maybe they just don’t see the other 99 percent on campus who have talents and ideas. In the squirrel world everybody knows how to crack nuts and it’s pretty much the same with humans. So it just shows somebody’s ignorance when some never get a chance. 

But, so it is, the years roll on, I hide more acorns, and the cliques grow tighter.

  • Nutsy.

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