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Page 13 of Mountain Life & Work vol. 17 no. 1 Spring, 1941

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MOUNTAIN LIFE AND WORK Spring, 1941 printing. There are, in addition, choices within these general fields. For example, the students in agriculture may study general farm management or he may specialize in poultry or dairy manage­ment. And over and above these subdivisions there are special fields of interest such as landscaping, laundry management, baking and so forth. Enrollment in the post high school division, moreover, has implications beyond those usually associated with a "trade school" course of study, for the student is encouraged to take projects in Bible and religious education, social culture, dra­matics, music, physical culture, health, and asso­ciated fields. When a student has completed the requirements of his vocational major-this may take more or less than two years, for each student progresses at whatever rate his individual abilities and industry permit-he applies to the staff for a certificate of graduation. Naturally, this certificate has no of­ficial standing in the academic world. It is not a junior college diploma, and its only worth de­pends upon the faith which prospective employers may have in the abilities and usefulness of a Farm School graduate. Fortunately for the graduates, this certificate is one which already is not entirely without honor among those who are looking for able young men. And so long as the school keeps its standards high and refuses to recommend or certify poor workmanship, it should have reason to be confident that its certification will create its own professional standing. The Campus Cooperative Frank C. Foster Preceding the actual organization of the Cam­pus Cooperative at Asheville College, several at­tempts were made to interest students and faculty in cooperatives. It was Ellsworth Smith's visit in February, 1939, however, that touched off the necessary spark. And it was the active interest of Frances Triggs, then Dean of Women, that led some of the girls to follow up his visit with in­formal discussions and study of cooperatives in theory and practice. On one hand was the desire of this nucleus group to master the fundamental principles of cooperatives; on the other a hope that the campus store might be remodeled to ren­der more effective service. Before long a general education campaign was launched, with the leaders going from room to room in the dormitories, selling their proposal for a new store and enlisting the support of the stu­dents. Realizing that the movement was actually their own-in efforts expended and in benefits reaped, alike-the Student Council recommended to the administration the enlargement of the ex­isting store to include the postoffice, bank, book store, dry cleaning and shoe repair service, as well as a soda fountain and light lunch service. The college had completed the remodeling of the office basement, by June, 1939, and with the summer school the Campus Cooperative opened for business. A comment made by the president of the Coop­erative in a report last year is a fitting summary of the attitude of those who have been most active in promoting the organization: If there is anything unique in the Campus Cooperative it is perhaps in the nature of its starting out. The usual procedure is for a cooperative movement to spring from the pooling of purchasing power on one or two articles. In this case the seed was sown in the desires of the student body but the plant was al­ready full grown. The Cooperative took over the student store and have re­made it into a cooperative enterprise. This transition offered many interesting and trying problems which have added to the happiness of being able to do something worth while. For two years the store has been operating with a student as manager, and several other students working as clerks under the campus work pro­gram. A full-time manager was employed for a few weeks last year. Members elected from the sophomore, junior, and senior classes constitute the Board of Directors, with Mr. L. R. Hamilton, Business Manager of the college, and the other faculty members of the Student Business Com­mittee as advisers. At the end of March a balance was reported of $117.01. According to the statement issued at the last meeting of the Co-op, there are 108 stu­dent and faculty members holding one or more $1 shares. Perhaps the most gratifying returns

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