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The campus assembly hours at which Dr. VVhitc speaks during the year are note-
ably 1na.rked for their increased attendance. Indvidual students who have the
opportunity of conferring with the President in the course of various activities are
both thrilled and grateful for the meaning which his comments give to ordinary
The thoughts and words of this man, then, both deserve and receive great
respect within the college corninunity - respect for a scholar and for the person-
ableness of an individual possessing great faith and high ideals.
Beyond the community, Dr. VVhite is famed and respected for his position as
an author, historian, and an authority on womeifs education.
As students of Mills, we are aware of the stature of this truly great man and of
the untiring energy with which he supports the college goals and ideals. Because
of this, we are grateful for the challenging ideas that, because of Dr. White, we
hold in such close conununion.
In the thirteenth century they told a story of a student at the University of
Paris who went home to spend a vacation with his family. On the first morning
after his arrival under the paternal rooftree there were six eggs for breakfast.
Eager to demonstrate to his father Cwho, after all, was footing the billsj what
wonderful new things he had been learning, the young man proved by the
most irrefragable logic that these were not six eggs but twelve eggs. Whereat
his father ate the six which the hens had laid, leaving to the son the six which
logic had laid.
But this, of course, was seven hundred years ago, and far, far away. I have
much confidence that you of the Mills class of 1955 may not only have learned
intellectual gamesmanship but may also have learned how to relate your
mental processes to the facts as best you can ascertain the facts. This last, of
course, is not easy, for logic and language are to some extent self-defeating.
A scientist has recently remarked: "Without language We could never have
become human beings. But with language can We ever know the truth?v This
is a paradox which you will live with all your lives. I can only trust that at
Mills you may have found both the intellectual vigor and the humility to live
with it joyfully.
LYNN VVHrrE, fa.
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