for partaking in the riches of "the old
world." All of these things combine to
make JYA a special time of growth.
In such a situation, one cannot help but
undergo some personal development. Dur
ing the year abroad one is constantly con
fronted wtih new and often unusual circum
stances which call for self-reliance
"There's nobody to do anything for you ex
cept yourself," says Jane Thompson ('84,
JYA France). "If you don't understand
something, you have to ask about it; if you
want to do something you have to figure
Sometimes it takes quite a bit of courage
to make JYA be what you want it to be;
sometimes it takes even more courage to
decide to actually go. Wherever a Davidson
student spends a year abroad, he is the for-
eigner, the stranger, and the one who stam-
mers over his words. The "natives" might
be cold or might laugh, but the student has
to be brave enough to overcome such an
obstacle. Only by speaking does one learn
to speak and only by effort can one suc-
ceed. With each success, one gains confi-
dence; self-confidence is one of the stron-
gest assets to be gained from the year
The curriculum in foreign universities is
another positive aspect of JYA. The
courses deal with subjects one normally
cannot study at Davidson, such as the con-
servation of nature, linguistics, or Ameri-
can history from (he/r point of view. Regard-
less of the subject, one studies it in another
language, an exciting way to study and tru-
ly learn a foreign tongue.
Perspective is another quality gained dur-
ing the JYA experience. "By being away
from Davidson for a while, I could see more
objectively what it has to offer and how I
can personally gain more from this while
I'm still here," realized Scott Otto. One
gains perspective not only on Davidson but
also on the United States. After all, the (J.S.
is just one country among many. Most stu-
dents returned home with a deeper appre-
ciation of their country and the advantages
Students' personal perspectives are also
widened. "I gained a new perspective on
myself," reflects Shannon Anderson. "I had
to learn how to make myself happy and
then stay that way. There are no court par-
ties over there, and entertainment is only
organized if you plan it yourself. It's impor-
tant to put your life â€” hopes, priorities,
education, goals â€” all into perspective,
otherwise you really can't go about benefit-
ting from anything."
JYA, then, is more than a trip. It's grow-
ing, being confident, learning, and gaining
self-perspective. Most of all, it's what you
choose to make of it.
â€” Shannon Anderson
Martha Yeide and John Marks demonstrate what life
is all about in Marburg.
Bo Tayloe and Julie Kern beam at the prospect of
ordering another bottle of wine.
THE BEAUFORT CROWD (top to bottom): Bob
Mosca. Richard Peek, David Teer, Ed Daughtery,
Charlie Bradley. Clay Johnson, Robin Scheid. Rocky
Kmiecik, Nancy Bondurant. Marlys Batten, Kathleen
Huff. Kevin Bahr, Tom Walker. Mark Stanback. Judy
Redd, Paul Fry, Paul Coggins. Bob Hopkins, Dr. David
The flora of a coastal ecosystem does not seem to
thrill Mark Stanback when he is knee-deep in it.
What do you see down there? Mark Stanback inquires
of his partner, a budding Jacques Cousteau.
It ain't the Love Boat, but the sturdy raft will get David
Grant and his protegees to the site of their next experi-
Fall term at the beach
While most students spent fall term In
the cold and rain of Davidson, 18 students
soaked in the sun and fun of Duke Universi-
ty Marine Lab in Beaufort, N.C. Spending a
term on the beach and receiving full credit
for it may seem incredible, but academia
was not escaped entirely.
With biology professor Dr. David Grant
as teacher, advisor, and friend and Walter
Garstang as spiritual mentor, each student
took the Lower Invertebrates Zoology
class, participated in a Marine Biology
seminar, and completed an independent re-
search project, with reports ranging from
"Variations in the Regional Sensitivity of
the Mantle in the Initiation of Escape Re-
sponse of Argopectin irradians concentri-
cus" to "Cryptic Coloration and Adaptive
Behavior in Simnia uniplicata on varied col-
or phases of Leptogorgia. "
The Lower Invertebrates lab was not only
highly educational but also very enjoyable.
The opportunity to find specimens in their
natural habitat, to collect good-sized exam-
ples of these specimens, and to observe
them was an integral part of the learning
process. Lab experiences included boat
trips to surrounding waters and nearby is-
lands and occasional excursions to mud
flats and salt marshes.
Along with the academic opportunities,
one of the most valuable aspects of the
Beaufort program is the geographic loca-
tion. The students took advantage of their
term away by spending time in historic
Beaufort at such places as Clawson's "Mu-
seum of Art" and the Dockhouse, "a mari-
na for ancient sailing vessels;" both loca-
tions serve the additional purpose of provid-
ing liquid nourishment. Cape Lookout
National Seashore Park, Bird Shoals, and
Town Marsh were also included in free-time
activities. Trips were made to the Outer
Banks for fishing and body surfing and to
Wilmington for sailing and shrimp-eating.
The research environment of the marine
lab provided a number of opportunities to
get involved in and learn about recent
events in the scientific community. These
included participating in the Symposium
on Advances in Analytical Electron Micros-
copy and talking with such people as Dr.
John Young, one of the leading researchers
in octopus behavior, and Nobel laureate
A few other memorable events also high-
lighted the term. Several landlubbers of the
group tried their hands at boating and pro-
ceeded to dilapidate a good portion of the
Marine Lab vessels, in addition to decom-
missioning the entire Davidson research
The nightlife at Beaufort offered a wide
range of opportunities which were thor-
oughly exhausted by the group. Get to-
gethers took place on the dock, in the bio-
chemistry lab, and even in the library.
Dorm life was also a unique experience
due to the close quarters of the house.
Sleep was hard to come by; often one per-
son tiptoeing through the dorm was enough
to bring a nap to a quick end.
The best aspect of the entire term was
the group itself. The unique circumstances
resulted in a tight-knit group, and the stu-
dents will carry these memories and friend-
ships with them for a long time.
An exhausted crew, Kathleen Huff, Ed Daughtry, Clay
Johnson, Tom Walker and Robin Schied take a break
after "a hard day at the office."
Tea for 24!
For over seven hundred years scholars
throughout Europe have flocked to Cam-
bridge, England, to study at one of the
; or Id's greatest universities. Every sum-
mer a small group of Davidson students are
offered the chance to live and study in this
historic setting through the Davidson Sum-
mer Programme at Cambridge.
According to Dr. Malcolm Lester, Direc-
tor of the programme, one of the objectives
is to "simulate as closely as possible the
British style of university education" at
Wolfson College, Cambridge. The focus of
the programme is the Age of Revolution
and Romanticism in English History and
Literature, 1760-1832. Throughout the six
weeks at Wolfson College, students attend
24 lectures given by Cambridge fellows as
well as guests from the Universities of Lon-
don and Oxford. In addition to the required
lectures, students participate in small tuto-
rial sessions in English and History. Profes-
sor J. CD. Clark, known as the "Peterhouse
Demigod," emerged as the group's favorite
The work load is intentionally kept light
so that participants have ample time to
mingle with the British students. Senior
Sloan Warner describes them as "always
interesting and friendly". Furthermore, no
classes are scheduled on Fridays so stu-
dents have long weekends which allow
them time enough to see much of England.
Most of the group took weekend trips to
such scenic and historic places as Canter-
bury, Bath, York, and the Lake District. A
few went as far as Scotland or Wales on
And of course, London, which is an
hour's train ride from Cambridge, offers an
infinitude of museums, restaurants, and
theatres. Oftentimes the group took the
train to London for supper and a play.
Two of the most successful productions
of the summer were Children of a Lesser
God and The Real Thing.
"Rock concerts were big," added Bill
Hall, who saw Dire Straits at the Royal Al-
bert Hall. Perhaps the biggest show of the
year was that of Echo and the Bunnymen,
one of Britain's newest and most spectacu-
Apart from the educational and cross cul-
tural benefits of the course, Warner be-
lieves that one of the greatest advantages
of the programme is simply spending time
with other Davidson students "in a more
â€” Dick Richards
With the House of Parliament in the background,
seniors June Greer and Sindy Aycock pause on the
Daily lectures by Cambridge dons take place in this
Wolfson College hall.
The Tower of London is a favorite attraction of visitors
Seniors Joe Calvin and Katie Dagenhart show the
English what Yankee friendliness is all about
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Classicists explore ancient ruins
Dr. George Labban, who retired in 1984, has been
leading students on the Classics Seminar Abroad for
14 years. While reading appropriate books and writing
reaction-type reports, students experience the beauty
of the Greek and Italian settings.
The Classics seminar abroad offers the
student a chance to study the civilizations
of Greece and Italy while exploring the two
countries. Dr. Labban leads his class
through ancient ruins in Athens, the Pelo-
ponnesus, and Crete.
For one week the group disbands and the
members individually explore areas of
Greece and the Middle East which hold spe-
cial interest for them. Favorite choices in-
clude the Egyptian pyramids, the monas-
teries of Mt. Athos, Israel, and the Greek
After a five week stay in Greece, Dr. Lab-
ban sails with his charges to Italy. The
group adopts a high-paced, urban lifestyle
in its study of the ancient, medieval, and
modern inhabitants of the Italian peninsula.
Throughout the exciting ten-week semi-
nar Dr. Labban rarely allows his students to
forget their scholastic goals, yet he inter-
sperses periods of great concentration with
surprises of Italian ice cream and impromp-
tu trips to the beach.
For the Davidson student, the spring in
classics abroad is a time of serious learning,
cultural expansion, and tremendous fun.
â€” Heather Jameson
Classics Abroad Seminar/ 193
Students learn about Indian culture
On August 17, 1983, a group of Davidson
students left for the Fall-term program in
India. They stayed eight weeks in Madras at
the Hotel Kanchi, a non-western vegetarian
establishment, while they studied at the
University of Madras. The DC students at-
tended lectures, conducted independent
studies, and studied Tamil, the language of
the state of Tamil Nadu. The long stay in
Madras proved a valuable experience for
the group, giving them the chance to be-
come accustomed to the culture and the
new environment and to avoid the tourist
traps. In October they went on a week-long
tour of Tamil-Nadu. The final two and one-
half weeks of their stay were spent travel-
ling around India; stops included Bombay,
Aurangabad, Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Ban-
aras. Highlights of the term were seeing a
Hindu wedding, festivals, and native
dances; visiting the Buddhist Hindu Caves,
the Taj Mahal, several villages, a tool and a
bicycle factory, and the Ganges River; and
meeting Indira Gandhi and many Indian stu-
Beth Geiger walks barefoot on Indian sands and takes
in the interesting scenery.
Spain provides entertaining sights for Davidson stu #â€¢ -v^ll^JIJtj,
dents studying there. S^ ;'
Davidson students provide an interesting sight for
Indian people living there.
Spring in Spain
In the spring of 1983, nine students from
Davidson participated in the school's
spring term in Spain: Miles Ardaman, Lisa
Cash, Tamara Foreman, Lou Hamilton,
Lauren Hightower, Joe Jaworski, Pete Jan-
etta, Caroline Leavitt, and Todd Pierce. The
group travelled together for two weeks,
stopping at Avila, Salamanca, Granada,
Cordoba, and Sevilla.
They then moved on to Madrid, where
they lived with Spanish families and stud-
ied for eight weeks. Each student took three
courses at San Louis University: civiliza
tion, grammar, and art. One course was
taught by an accompanying professor from
Davidson, and the other two, by professors
at the university.
Each student had two "tutors"; the tu-
tors included the Americans in much of
their social activities. This program helped
them to meet Spanish college students and
to learn their customs and habits. They
travelled every weekend and so made the
most of their short stay abroad.
Davidson s ROTC takes top honors
Davidson's Army Reserve Officers Train-
ing Corps (ROTC) enjoyed anotlier year of
excellence. They carried home trophies for
being the top Scabbard and Blade (National
Military Honor Society) chapter for 1983
and bested the 1 1 1 other schools represent-
ed at ROTC Advanced Camp. This group of
schools comprised all the Army ROTC col-
leges and military academies of the East
Coast, including the Ivy Leagues. This per-
formance by Davidson's 1 1 senior cadets
makes Davidson's program one of the top
four in the United States.
The Davidson ROCS (Range Oriented Ca-
dets) continued the tradition of building "es-
prit de corps" and leadership potential. The
organization's membership swelled to 38
cadets in the fall under the leadership of
Cadet Major Brad Perkins and the advice of
the "head charging" Captain Don Kropp.
The ROCS staged a highly successful Field
Training Exercise by flying to Ft. Bragg, NC
via C-130 aircraft and training in tactics,
foreign weapons, field first aid, land naviga
tion, and communications with the 7th Spe-
cial Forces Group, the Green Berets.
The success of Davidson's ROTC has not
been based on quantity but quality. The
unit may be small, but they try hard and
have superior instructors. They can do any-
thing they put their minds to, and they do it
â€” Kathleen Micham
A pile of logs provides natural cover.
uses to his benefit.
vhich Will Rast
George Thompson scans the horizon during Field
Doug Robele and Forrest Bowen advance towards the
"enemy" during a ROTC training exercise.
/ \ Brothers all ^^BSm
In honor, as in one community,
Scholars and gentlemen. , â– "â– - ::i:^
William Wordsworth '
The Prelude, book IX. 1.227. ^
Interim President Johnston: a familiar Davidson face
interim President Dr. Frontis Johnston is
no stranger to Davidson; he has been asso-
ciated with the College in one mode or an-
other for over 30 years.
Dr. Frontis Johnston first came to David-
son as a freshman in 1926, nearly 60 years
ago, while "new Chambers" was still under
construction. He graduated in the class of
1930. Dr. Johnston began his teaching ca-
reer at Davidson in 1935. He earned his
Ph.D. from Yale in 1938 and became a full
professor of history in 1941.
Johnston has been involved in teaching
at Davidson on a parttime basis since 1977.
As recently as Spring term 1983, he taught
Dr. Johnston pauses as he delivers a speech during
a seminar on the New Deal. It is said that he
has taught more students at Davidson than
any other member of the faculty in the Col-
lege's history. His American history courses
have always been popular among the stu-
dents, especially for those interested in the
Civil War and the New South.
Dr. Johnston was dean of the faculty,
serving from 1958 to 1970 and again from
1975 to 1977. He served as the first dean of
the Honors College, now the Center for Spe-
cial Studies. Johnston also filled the office
of Academic Vice President from 1975 until
his "retirement" in 1977. He has received
many honors over the years, including two
fellowships from Yale, the presidency of the
Southern Conference in 1957-60, and the
Davidson College Distinguished Alumnus'
Award in 1980.
A familiar face at Davidson for over 50
years. Dr. Frontis Johnston is as much a
part of the nostalgia of the College as Eu
and Phi Halls, the Old Quadrangle, and the
College church. He is a part of Davidson
that makes this campus a special place to
be. Alongside the other wonderful faculty
and students, he has helped make David-
son what it is today.
â€” Linda Walker
Dr. Kuykendall addresses the press following his ap While celebrating his 25th class reunion. Dr Kuyken During Alumni Weekend, Dr. Kuykendall speaks at
pointment as president. dall talks with an old friend. the luncheon and business meeting.
Kuykendall steps in as president, ''willing to learn''
Contrary to the popular belief that a pa-
pal election had been completed, the newly
installed DCPC bells pealed wildly in an-
nouncement that the trustees had selected
John Kuykendall '59 as the 15th president
of Davidson College. Apparently aware of
the circulating jokes about the bells and the
reported white smoke, Kuykendall com-
mented in his first address to the college
community that his presidency "would
never assume pontifical dimensions."
The brief February 24 introduction cere-
mony in Love, followed by a luncheon ca-
tered by the Commons, represented the cul-
mination of the trustees' year-long presiden-
tial search. Presidential Search Committee
chairman Ben Craig '54 presented Kuyken-
dall as "the one best person in the world to
lead Davidson College." In the eyes of the
trustees, this may be true: Kuykendall was
selected from among over 300 applicants.
Kuykendall, who comes to the presiden-
cy after heading the religion department at
Auburn University, is intimately acquainted
with Davidson. A 1959 cum laude Davidson
graduate, Kuykendall served as assistant
dean of students at Davidson from 1960
until 1962. While a student here, he served
as SGA president and Lieutenant Colonel in
ROTC. He was a member of Who's Who,
Omicron Delta Kappa, Scabbard and Blade,
Philanthropic Literary Society, varsity soc-
cer, and Phi Beta Kappa.
In addition to his ties with the College,
Kuykendall has maintained close ties with
the Presbyterian Church. He received his
bachelor of divinity degree from Union The-
ological Seminary in 1 964 and his master of
sacred theology from Yale Divinity School
in 1965. Before joining the religion depart-
ment at Auburn University in 1970, Kuy-
kendall acted as its Presbyterian campus
pastor. In 1975 Kuykendall received his
Ph.D. in American Religion from Princeton
University. He was also elected to the board
of trustees of Louisville Presbyterian The-
ological Seminary. In addition, he is a mem-
ber of the American Academy of Religion
and the American Society of Church Histo-
Although Kuykendall's credentials are
quite impressive. Search Committee chair-
man Ben Craig explained that the commit-
tee had no specific criteria for candidates in
order to keep the total pool of applicants
unrestricted. According to Craig, the com-
mittee looked mainly at the candidates'
Christian commitment and their views on
the College's Statement of Purpose. When
John Kuykendall and his family, f mi, "usiy. ano ja
mie. pose for a photograph after the official announce-
ment of his appointment as Davidson's next president.
asked in an interview with The Davidsonian
what immediate changes Kuykendall
would make, committee members declined
comment. Religion professor David Kaylor
explained, "It would not be good style to
announce the agenda of change . . . Kuy-
kendall will bring a period of consolidation
In his first address to the College Kuyken-
dall seemed amiable and open to sugges-
tion, "I come as one willing to learn ... 1
hope you will find me educable â€” if not a
â€” Kathy Gratto
Interim President Frontis Johnston and Ben Craig
head of the Presidential Search Committee, meet with
John Kuykendall at a reception honoring the new Col-
Trustees take part in presidential search
It was a red-letter year for the Davidson
trustees for they had the formidable task of
selecting a new president. After a year of
interviews, they found John W. Kuykendall,
who will become the 15th president of the
college. Kuykendall will assume his duties
According to trustee chairman Fred
Stair, the trustees worked intensely with
interim president Frontis Johnston through-
out this transition period. They met month-
ly to communicate and to coordinate re-
At the May 4 Board of Trustees meeting,
Stair reported, trustees reviewed security
problems of students living off campus and
set in motion a proposal for the construc-
tion of new dorms.
They also planned the next board meet-
ing, at which students, faculty and adminis-
tration can join in the preparation of plans
for Davidson's sesqui-centennial celebra-
tion in 1987.
This meeting was preceded by the May 3
dinner meeting with selected students and
administration, held at the Commons. Stair
said that the trustees always look forward
to such contact with the students and bene-
fit from student input generated by the
SGA's Trustee Contact Committee.
â€” Christi Baggett
Fred Stair serves as Chairman of the Board of Trust-
Unfortunately, students' tuition covers
only a fraction of the costs associated with
a college education. Like all private col-
leges, Davidson must rely heavily upon pri-
vate gifts and grants for financial support.
It is the task of the Development Office,
headed by Jack Powers, to recruit such
support. The Development Office is the
backbone of the 1987 Program â€” a long-
term fund-raising project culminating with
Daivdson's 150th anniversary.
Under the direction of Vice President for Development
Jacl< Powers the Office of Development solicits dona-
tions for tfie college.
Senior Associate Warner Hall escorts the Homecom-
ing representative from the all-female eating house
bearing his name.
Student volunteers obtain contributions from alumni
during the SGA Phonathon for the Living Endowment.
The Wildcat Club, under the direction of
Sandy Carnegie, provides moral and finan-
cial support for all of the college's team
sports. The Club's purpose is not merely to
recruit funding for Davidson athletics, it
also strives to develop a healthy rapport
between the College and community.
Julius Melton, Executive Director for Resource Devel- Director of the Living Endowment Lee Willingham
opment. takes time out from his busy day to read the also serves as coordinator of church relations,
latest edition of The Davidsonian.
The Wildcat Club, directed by PS. Carnegie, helps
â€¢J fund Davidson athletics.
Study abroad is an excellent opportunity
for students to broaden their perspectives
on politics, education, and life in general.
Adding to the spectrum of a liberal arts
education, the International Education Of-
fice, directed by Hansford Epes, sponsors
programs at the University of Montpellier,
at Philipps University, Marburg, in England,
India, Spain, Mexico, and Greece. Although
these are the most popular programs, any
fully accredited international academic pro-
gram is acceptable for Davidson students.
Richard C. Burts, Registrar, oversees the self sched-
uled examination program.
Dr. Homer Sutton helps students find opportunities to
study in foreign countries.
Richard Burts, Registrar, is responsible
for all student records. He is in charge of
course registration and grades, the adminis-
tration of self-scheduled exams, and the
transferral of credits. He also serves as the
coordinator of commencement activities.