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ceived the Doctor oi Humanities degree irom Dr. Cline. " I see you ' ve started a new art course at Centenary, " I said to Doctor Cline the next day. " Give out a little now — what do you really think of this little episode? " Dr. Cline, center, enjoyed informal discussions with members oi his faculty. Jackson Hall houses the Science departments yfv ■A M. A. I li I I I PIW l kw ■ ■ 11
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Looking To the Future I don ' t think that Pierce Cline ever had any great hope that this first period of negotiation concerning Cen- tenary and Dodd College would be successful. As I look back now, it seems very clear that he himself had viewed the negotiations then going on as foundation for future action rather than as holding any possibility of immediate culmination. There wasn ' t a bit of disap- pointment in his voice or in his manner when he told me one day: " The man we ' ve both been thinking about tells me that the $50,000 isn ' t burning holes in his pants and that he is setting a time limit on his offer — January 1. I can ' t blame him for that. " January 1 was only a few weeks away. It came and passed — and the negotiations automatically ended. I Dr. Cline and guest speaker, Galloway Calhoun, lead the commencement procession ot 1940. Dr. Cline, Dean Hardin, and Dean Campbell award degrees to Members ot 1942 graduating class. It was a happy occasion for all when Mrs. John Shuttleworth re- asked Doctor Cline some time later if he thought the possibility of merger had been ended entirely. " Certainly not, " he said. " It is too logical, too necessary to the colleges and to the community, to fail. Some way, some day — ' ■ I don ' t know when or how — the two colleges will be brought together as one. " He was right. I never saw such a light in a man ' s eyes as the gleam that came from the eyes of Pierce Cline when he told me, some two years after the ending of the first period of negotiations, that everything was " all right. " There was another little incident-— which I hope won ' t be misunderstood. But it gives further insight into the man himself. A night or two before a football game between Cen- tenary and one of its arch rivals in athletics, someone — presumably Centenary students — visited the town of the opposing college and did quite a bit of painting on sidewalks and other places — painting of the college letter " C " as youthful and exuberant, though perhaps misguided, defiance to a college " enemy. "
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■•- y, P§ ;ii m " •• j M - ' ST " ■ ' " ' ■ c JgL® Annie Haynes Hall, main building on the Haynes Campus. The Man — and the Boy " It was brazen effrontery, " he said. " It was shameful, impudent, insolent. Why they even went right up to the home of the presi- dent of our neighboring college with their paint brushes! " (I ' d swear I could see a twinkle in his eye!) " I don ' t know what is coming over the youth of today. Such rep- rehensible conduct! That ' s it — youth today simply is reprehensible! I have never been so ashamed in my life! " He looked out the window — and then in a quiet voice and with no effort to conceal the twinkle in his eyes, he went on: " Youth is — is — " " Reprehensible, you said, " I interjected. " Youth, " he said firmly, " is IRREPRESSIBLE! That ' s the word! " y ± %,. 1 m My point is that Pierce Cline never forgot that he was a college president — or that he once was a college boy. My last two talks with Pierce Cline were by telephone. I called him one day to tell him about a Saturday Evening Post article. " It told of the problems of professors in acade- mic and cultural branches of a great eastern college cramming themselves with science to take over wartime Navy technical classes. One professor of Greek found that every time he tried a navigation problem he started for the Alaska highway and wound up on the Road to Mandalay. Doctor Cline chuckled. Then he said: " Those cultural fellows need some good sound science, " just as earlier he had urged good sound culture as part of a scientific education. Army Air Forces officers arrived in March, 1943, to make their head quarters in the newly acquired Annie Haynes Hall on the former Dodd College campus, and were welcomed by Dr.. Cline.
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