Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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I 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.. Pullen sts is? r 1 Bkkikikhagg Faulkner does some munching at Papa Bear. Ringing in your ear Rebellious or fashionable? The question of whether men on campus should be able to wear earrings became an issue during the fall semester. 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 pursuits." "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 event. 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 van f iss

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