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Bumplty - bump
Never let it be said that West Texas didnt
have mountains. Granted they weren't
suitable for snowskiing and elk didn't graze
among tall pines, but those mountains had
seen many a student come and go and had
been carved and etched with time.
These great monuments of rock were the
speed bumps that periodically spread their
heights on Avenue F, the internal road on
campus. Many students have passed the
Campus Center waving to a friend only to
find themselves spread-eagle on their car
ceiling from that unmistakable speed-bump
jolt. Those bumps have been responsible for
numerous automotive casualties. including
bent oil pans, crushed tailpipes and the death
of countless shock absorbers.
Those bumps were the eternal enemies of
Corvette owners and others who liked riding
low. Despair was written on every driver's
face as a quick prayer was said just before
hitting the bumps. No doubt the thought of
taking a sledge hammer to them had crossed
the mind of everyone who had left a part
Right: Gilbert Fiamos, junior, looks to see if
"I've left something behind." Below: The .
height and angle of the bumps brought out the
squeaks of the best auto.
bump - bang!
of his car with the ACT' campus.
Since the bumps were here to stay. maybe
a list of speeds and their consequences
should have been posted: MPH 1-10, sur-
vival, 11-15, pray before proceeding, 16-20,
prepare for takeoff, 21-25 bye-bye oil pang 25
and up, get ready to meet the Maker.
Maybe the sledge hammer idea should be
given more consideration . . . - Charlet I..
Faulkner does some munching
at Papa Bear.
Rebellious or fashionable? The question of
whether men on campus should be able to wear
earrings became an issue during the fall
The controversy started when some students
objected to men on campus who were wearing
earrings. A practice that had labeled men as ab-
normal was becoming a part of fashion.
Complaints about the earrings made it to the
administration, which asked the men not to
wear earrings. The administrative decision
focused on maintaining ACU's "standard of
dress and personal grooming, which would or-
dinarily be maintained by those in other serious
"I don't know that there's anything sinful
about it, it just seems to be a rebellion against
the norm," explained sophomore Dean Boyd.
Freshman Sutan Ballard said, "If a guy wants to
wear earrings, it is his choice and we should not
make it for him."
The issue finally died out of the public view,
and nobody worried too much about who was
wearing earrings. But if trends continue maybe
the question of rebellion or fashion never will
be answered. - Dena Edwardt
Bring your books, grab a booth
When ACU students talked about greasy
burgers, scowling waitresses and all-night study
sessions with an old jukebox full of tear-your-
heart-out country music, they were talking
about the truck stop Papa Bear.
It usually took about one semester for the
new ACU student to discover Papa Bear, but
then it was hard to keep him away. It was a rare
night when at least a few students didn't stay till
dawn studying at a booth or table in Papa Bear.
Nothing tasted better than an omelette or a
famous Papa Bear burger combined with some
"axle-grease coffee" - especially when the long
hours were stretching into an all-nighter.
Papa Bear was a place where, in one night, a
student might meet several oil-rig workers, a
few truck drivers and a couple traveling to
California, and still learn enough to pass an 8
a.m. English exam.
Many students came to view Papa Bear as a
home-away-from-home, In fact, several of the
waitresses and cashiers became a mother-awayu
from-mother: filling the coffee cup when it was
empty, telling the boys how to handle their girl
problems, telling the girls how to handle their
boy problems. and offering encouragement to a
weary student during finals week.
Papa Bear was not a unique institution. It was
like just about any other Z4-hour truck stop-
restaurant in the South. But for the Yankee, a
meal at Papa Bear could have been a first-time
If you missed Papa Bear this year, donit
despair, because three things are certain at
ACU: Lectureship, Sing Song and at least one
all-nighter at Papa Bear. -jay Friddell
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