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MELVIN AT MILLSAPS Once upon a time there was a high school senior who (for purposes of publication) we shall designate as Melvin Wood. And Melvin had always determined that when the time came he would certainly go to Millsaps because his father had gone to Millsaps and his brother had gone to Millsaps and the times that they had had only be weakly described as good; They were more than good; they were swell; And Melvin had determined that the same were in store for little Mel. So he put away his thoughts of high school and pondered about the fun he was going to have and come out to Mil- lsaps and looked at all the beauties of the campus— of one sort and another— that surround us And then he saw Foundus. Now Founders Hall had been seen by Melvin before when he and his father and his brother came to Jackson for the inaugration of one of Millsaps ' presidents. But not as potential residents. No, he had merely viewed it as a building on the campus that maybe had been in style once. Now, however, he viewed it as a building where his sleeping and laughing and talking and telephoning would take place for the next numbe r of monce. Momentarily Melvin was cast into gloom, And then he reflected that after all what was a room And after all what fun was a dormitory that was as well furnished as a house; Was he man or mouse. And Melvin said, " Father, I have thought it all over, and I have concluded that if Founders is part of Millsaps, I love Founders because I subscribe to the school of My Country right or wrong, but if wrong, still my country. " And his tolerant father thought it all over too and decided this was not effrontery So he said, " Very well, Melvin, we ' ll go talk it over with U.Z. " Which they did, with the result of loss of money to Mr. Wood, and loss of prestige to Freshman Wood, because he stopped being a senior automatically. Since there are a number of pictures for you to look at and see some of the things Melvin saw, we will take leave of our Freshman feeling few of the sensations experienced by Ferdinand when he contemplated flowers. For by this time Melvin is established in Founders, feeling anything but peaceful when he tries to solve the eternal and sphinx-like problem of the Founder ' s showers.
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CLASSY, WHAT? Well, where did we leave Melvin? Oh, yes, he went to Millsaps and then he went to classes and then he went crazy Because he was right off that if you worked real hard on Freshman Lit. and wrote your weekly impressions you couldn ' t get up all of your trig too and then Van hook thought you were lazy. So then if you tried to get up English Monday and then on Wednesday get up trig, (which is planned economy, the Russians inform us) The English assignment on Monday would be trivial and on Wednesday it would be enormous. Anyway, he was not alone in these troubles involving education As he realized after a little meditation. So Melvin said, " I will bestir myself and meet my class-mates— " My A-making mates and my fail-mates and my pass-mates— " Eds, and coeds, for misery loves company, " and I might as well know a bunch of people to whom I can be grumpy if I care to grumpany. " So Melvin bestirred himself. He went to the grill and he never took a girl, he just stood there, and smiled aloofly and ate candy, Which led coeds to reflect that at dances he would be handy. In the future they were nice to Melvin, and that made him happy, which all Millsaps students should be, according to our president, M.L.S.* Which is a noble sentiment, we must confess. Melvin learned that there is a vicious circle which is said to be the last word in educational (vicious) circles, Which works this way: you make all B ' s because you go to class regularly and so you are on the Dean ' s list and not required to go to class and this is a great honor. So lest no one realize that you have this great honor you cut a few classes and then you cut a few more and then you take an exam and you don ' t have the B average and then you go to class next semester and get back your B average and so it goes until you feel that life is just a series of ups and downs and wails and gurgles. He was handy in bull sessions too because he read READERS DIGEST and TIME and LIFE And had an excellent memory which could always produce a gorier murder concerning knives whenever someone in the state was murdered with a knife He developed the nonchalance of a dean ' s-list-student-cutting-for-the-thirteenth-time which he employed in walking out of class fifteen minutes early or coming in fifteen minutes tardy. And he was not particular pious, but on the other hand, he wasn ' t nardy. So he was popular among the students whose pictures are represented on the following pages, with borders hemmin ' in. Probably because there is no one of them who did not have at least one of the Attributes attributed to Melvin. except that according to the Millsaps college bulletin, March 1939, 165 of the attributes may be considered as applying to the feminine. *Dr. ML. Smith
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