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The Pencil Tracks was a student publication created by "The Scribblers" in 1949, with the purpose of showcasing and bringing forward students' talent, creativity, and interest in literary expression. The Pencil Tracks give great insight into the students' views of the world going on around them. The annual series lasted over ten years with editions from 1949 to 1964; the Pencil Tracks saw many historical events including the transition of Francis T. Nicholls Junior College under Louisiana State University into an independent college currently named Nicholls State University. 

Image of the first Scribblers in the 1949 yearbook

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1949 On Love Ted Torres Poem 1
1949 How the Auto Came to Thibodaux Heloise Gremillion Short Narrative 2
1949 A Moment of Fear Lloyd Picou Short Narrative 4
1949 My First School Days Lloyd Elliott Short Narrative 5
1949 The Greek  John Hoffman Short Narrative 7
1949 An Interlude with a Pistol Ted Torres Short Narrative 9
1949 Blue Margaret Hodson Short Narrative 10
1949 An Embarrassing Experience Joanne Dupuis Short Narrative 11
1949 My First Suit J.C. Rouen Short Narrative 13
1949 A Sore Spot Pat Benoit  Short Narrative 14
1949 The Blessing of the Fleet Vernon Wallace Short Narrative 15
1949 No Joking Matter Whitney Boudreaux Short Narrative 16
1949 A Strange Experience  Thomas Gravois Short Narrative 17
1949 Past and Present  Betty Lee Beary Short Narrative 18
1949 The Swamp Devil Lloyd Picou Short Narrative 19
1949 The Kitten  Mercedes Bouterie Short Narrative 20
1949 One of Many  Eugenie Plaisance Short Narrative 21
1949 The House I Lived In Pat Foret Short Narrative 23
1949 Educational Dividends Jack Norman   3
1949 Rustic Beauty Joy Verret   6
1949 A Career in Chemistry  Van Vives   8
1949 My Most Embarrassing Moment Arthur Landry   12
1950 Here's to Grand Old Man Richard Sammons Character Sketch 14
1950 Rain Heloise Gremillion Description 16
1950 Cover Design John E. Guilly, Jr. Drawing Cover
1950 Via Dolorsso Mercedes Bouterie Narrative 22
1950 He Came to Rest Lloyd Picou Narrative 23
1950 Run Away Patricia Clements Toups Narrative 27
1950 Out of the Night Olive A. Hodges Narrative 29
1950 Monday's Student Joy Verret Poem 5
1950 So Off I Weep When I Do Think on Thee Mary Belle Dawes Poem 20
1950 College Days Mercedes Bouterie Short Narrative 1
1950 Snow Woes Boyd Moore Short Narrative 4
1950 Sunday Night Dilemma Richard Talbot Short Narrative 10
1950 La Maison Du Docteur Jacqueline Dansereau Short Narrative 17
1950 Madame Jacqueline Dansereau Short Narrative 18
1950 To My Alarm Clock Mary Bennington Stopher Short Narrative 21
1950 From Me to My Daughter Olive A. Hodges   3
1950 Neglected Friend Norbert Delatte   6
1950 Switchboard Gremlins Boyd Moore   7
1950 Time Betty Lee Beary   11
1950 Glancing Through the Pages Thomas Gravois   12
1950 Life: A Passage Melba Cooper   19
1950 The Best Things in Life are Free Hieda N. Martin   24
1950 L'isle Jean Charles Gerald Lofaso   26
1951 Seventeen Years of Dreams Geraldine Gayral Biography 1
1951 A Strong- Willed Woman Jimmie Louise Benoit Biography 2
1951 Aunt Etty Robert Boyle Biography 5
1951 Cover Design Beverly Olivier Drawing Cover
1951 We Are Not Responsible Karen Spencer Essay 6
1951 Woodlawn Plantation Laura Beary Essay 9
1951 New Orleans Jazz Laura Beary Essay 10
1951 The Strong Mind Warren Plauche Essay 12
1951 Ah'm from Texas  Warren Plauche Essay 13
1951 The Negro Problem Marilyn Moreau Essay 14
1951 Legend of Coon Road Marilyn Moreau Essay 15
1951 Fear Edgar Robichaux Narrative 26
1951 A Depressing Impression Juanita Folse Narrative 27
1951 A Frightening Minute George Blanchard Narrative 28
1951 Drugstore Blanche Lasseigne Narrative 29
1951 My Most Embrassing Experience Henry Politz  Narrative 32
1951 I Guess I Was Lost Vincient Matherne Narrative 33
1951 One Night Too Soon Jimmie Louise Benoit Narrative 34
1951 My First Date Jared Bradley Narrative 35
1951 Lock'er Up Marion Babin   Narrative 37
1951 I Was Speechless  Carl Blanchard Narrative 38
1951 On English Teachers Raymond Waguespack Personal Essay 16
1951 Subject: The Flirtation  Patsy Ruth Nicholson Personal Essay 17
1951 The Letters I Would Like to Write Florence Bourgeois Personal Essay 18
1951 On Daydreaming  Robert Lee Personal Essay 19
1951 For Love of Her  Marion Babin   Short Story 20
1951 Letters to the Police Department Robert  Boyle Short Story 22
1951 The Marksman James Lucas Short Story 24
1952 Good-Morning, Child Carl Blanchard Character Sketch 1
1952 The Artist John Swider Character Sketch 2
1952 Cover Design Beverly Olivier Drawing Cover
1952 The Cliché in All its Glory Patricia Hodson Essay 14
1952 This Might Happen in the Twenty-First Century Patricia Hodson Essay 15
1952 An Era of Anxieties Janis Meyer Essay 16
1952 Waters  Vincent Matherne Essay 17
1952 A Perfect Tomorrow? Mildred Templet Essay 18
1952 The Appeal of Bargains Robert Bertelsman Essay 19
1952 A Triangle of Boys Ewid Ledet Narrative 26
1952 Right Note, Wrong Song  Edgar Landry Narrative 27
1952 We Still Miss the Old Car Carl Blanchard Personal Essay 3
1952 A Blind Date, or the Most Embarrassing Moment of My Life  Laura Beary Personal Essay 5
1952 A Show of Horsemanship Laura Beary Personal Essay 6
1952 Rainy Day Reverie  Alberta Adams Personal Essay 7
1952 An Incident in My Life Karen Spencer Personal Essay 8
1952 Your Imagination Jimmie Benoit Picou Personal Essay 11
1952 First Visit to a Dentist Jimmie Benoit Picou Personal Essay 12
1952 Pleasant Agony Alice Jones Personal Essay 13
1952 Man and the Atomic Bomb  Geraldine Gayral Research Paper 29
1952 First Prom Bonnie Galjour Short Story 20
1952 Another Adventure in the Secret Life of Walter Mitty Philp Bergeron, Jr. Short Story 23
1952 The Evil Eye Robert Johnson Short Story 24
1953 Grandfather Joe Allen Character Sketch 1
1953 Grand Old Lady Dale Bertelsman Character Sketch 3
1953 My Adopted Godfather Jack Feller Character Sketch 5
1953 Five Feet, Eleven Inches, Black Hair, Blue Eyes Janice Higdon Character Sketch 7
1953 A Reluctant Soldier  Norman Landry Character Sketch 8
1953 Student and Athlete Freddie Rodrigue Character Sketch 11
1953 Cover Design Clinton La Grange Drawing Cover
1953 Art of the Stage  Roy Bailey Essay 18
1953 What is the American Way? Robert Bertelsman Essay 19
1953 Fear Carl King Essay 20
1953 The Case Against English Edgar Landry  Essay 21
1953 Planning the Instrument Flight Gerald Long Essay 22
1953 Religion and its Good Frank Simoneaux Essay 23
1953 The Priness Returns Mary Ann Arceneaux Essay 24
1953 How Lockport Got its Name Thomas Becnel Local Color 35
1953 The Negro Baptism on Bayou Lafourche Malcolm Foret Local Color 36
1953 When I was Young and Gay U.J. Pellegrin Narrative 40
1953 The Spirit and the Soul Rogers Sobert Narrative 42
1953 Dear Dad Marie Elise Beary Personal Essay 13
1953 What's in a Theme  Larry Devillier Personal Essay 14
1953 The Helpless Male Nathalie Foret Personal Essay 15
1953 Movie Pests John Gravois Personal Essay 16
1953 Helpless Male Alice Jones Personal Essay 17
1953 Failure  Mary Ann Arceneaux Poem 53
1953 The Quilted Border Mary Ann Arceneaux Poem 54
1953 Sonnet Alice Jones Poem 55
1953 Rain John Swider Poem 55
1953 Henry David Thoreau Yvonne Clement Research Paper 45
1953 Shaw's St. Joan John Swider Review 38
1953 The Last Time Patricia Hoffman Short Story 26
1953 My Flowers Gerald Hoffpauir Short Story 27
1953 A Trip to Venus C.J. Knobloch Short Story 28
1953 For You to Decide R.S Meroney Short Story 29
1953 A Fifteen- Year- Old's Ambition Joanna Melancon Short Story 31
1953 The Storm Felix Thibodeaux Short Story 33
1954 Cover Design Mark Giroir Drawing Cover
1954 Does Hollywood Reflect the U.S.A.? Rowena Robichaux Essay 11
1954 An American Dream Diane Dusenberry Essay 20
1954 My "Kitty" Claude F. Gautreaux Essay 22
1954 Shufeldt of Thibodaux High Catherine Walker Essay 23
1954 Fantasies of a Small Boy Peter Dragna Narrative 1
1954 In Defense of Older Brothers Nolan LeCompte Narrative 7
1954 Intrigue in the Swamp Julius R. Adams Narrative 13
1954 It Ain't a Ghost --- It's Mammy Marcella Riviere Narrative 30
1954 Today I am a Freshman Dotty Bourgeois Personal Narrative 2
1954 Friday the Thirteenth Nolan Falgout, Jr. Personal Narrative 3
1954 House for Rent Calvin F. Rhodes Personal Narrative 5
1954 The Attack Clement J. Weimer, Jr. Personal Narrative 9
1954 Hidden Guilt Rufus Herbert Short Story 33
1954 The Blackmailer Sue Latour Short Story 37
1954 The Case of the Sad Laugh Joyce McDonald Short Story 40
1954 The Confidence Man Noble Peyregne Short Story 41
1954 Stranger at the Masquerade Beverly Robichaux Short Story 43
1954 No Other One  Priscillia Toups Short Story 46
1954 Socks? I Have No Feet Wilson L. Scott Short Story 49
1954 Letter from a Teenager Bobby Bush   26
1954 Letter to John Cherry Deviller   27
1954 Letter to a Close Friend Lois Ann Richard   28
1954 Home to Stay Jo Ann Fanguy Cross   31
1955 An Invisible Guide David Reue Autobiographical Sketch 52
1955 Roby Martha Gail Cooke Biographical Sketch 1
1955 Uncle Ned Joyce McDonald Biographical Sketch 33
1955 My Man Lois Ann Richard Biographical Sketch 41
1955 "Doc" of Thibodaux High Murphy Hebert Character Sketch 37
1955 Oak Alley Plantation Joyce McDonald Description 16
1955 Air Show Gillis LeBlanc Description 43
1955 The Final Resting Place Don Faucheux Description 59
1955 The Blessing of the Fleet Charles Roy Description 67
1955 Cover Design Rudy P.Bourgeois Drawing Cover
1955 Patterns in Life  Patricia Gervais Essay 63
1955 Gerard Plantation Lois Ann Richard Fantasy 3
1955 Dear Columbo Orleans A. Jambon Letter 18
1955 Ghost Town Norman Le Boeuf Local Color 6
1955 The Legend of Tiger Town  Rowena Robichaux Picturesque Description 65
1955 Never Again Barbara Beary Short Story 8
1955 Appearances are Deceptive  Frank W. Richard  Short Story 27
1955 PANIC! Beverly Robichaux Short Story 29
1955 A Frightening Experience  Charles Mallett Short Story 35
1955 The Story of Roblo Willie Ray Orgeron Short Story 48
1955 The Night of the Alligator Gerald J. Crochet Short Story 61
1955 Miracle and Morality Plays Betty Lovell Term Paper 69
1955 A Green Freshman Rowena Robichaux   12
1955 Fishing is Fun? Wilmer Chase   21
1955 The Atomic Theory in Simple Words Robert Ells, II   25
1955 The Invisible Footsteps Bobby Bush   45
1955 U.S. Foreign Policy Don Faucheux   50
1955 Friends Edwina Albright   55
1955 My Family Corine Hebert   57
1956 Someone Worth Remembering  Robert Thibodaux Biographical Sketch 23
1956 Miss Helen S. Smith Maudray Rousseau Biographical Sketch 33
1956 Bayouland Neila Bourg & Edna Marie Campbell Cover Design Cover
1956 On Sleep Donald Casso Letter 26
1956 A Letter to a Former Army Pal Emmett Jones Letter 28
1956 A Letter to a Friend Sandra Passantino Letter 34
1956 My Hectic but Happy Tomboy Career Gerry Acosta Narrative 10
1956 "Pop" Polston, A Necessary Man Dal Wakefield   7
1956 The American Citizen--- Candidate and Voter Darlene Robichaux   9
1956 From the Deserts to the Tropics Marilyn Elliott   12
1956 South Louisiana: Wonderland, U.S.A Jerraline Thibodeaux   13
1956 Patterns in Life  Shirley Durocher   14
1956 Who Knows? Susan Blanchard   15
1956 How to Fry a Chicken Andra Mitchell   17
1956 My First Days at Nicholls  Sally Duplantis   18
1956 The Inevitable Meeting Edna Marie Campbell   20
1956 An Important Person in My Life  John Schifani   21
1956 Identity Known Neila Bourg    24
1956 The Good "Doc" June Touchard   27
1956 My Last Thought Ruth Bourgeois   30
1957 Cover Design Clarence Smith Cover Design Cover
1957 Letter to a Brother Karl Brodtman Letter 34
1957 Spells and Superstitions Ann Gonzales Short Story 23
1957 Police Action  Raymond Aucoin   11
1957 Death Was Not in Vain Harold J. Breaux   13
1957 I am a College Noel Toups   17
1957 Profession: Teacher Marie Louise Naquin   18
1957 Should College Enrollment Be Limited  Evelyn Bazet   20
1957 Past, Present, and Pleasure Elizabeth Hebert   22
1957 I have Worked on a Shrimp Boat Archie Lovell   28
1957 A Summer Interlude  Kathryn Stritzinger   29
1957 The Ghosts of Yankee Stadium Archie Lovell   31
1957 Portrait of a Son Royce Moore   32
1957 No Zman is an Island Dave Gros   36
1957 Memories Andra Mitchell   37
1957 Grandfather's Day were Happier Geraldine LeDet   38
1957 Lowering the Voting Age  Barbara Rousseau   39
1957 The Recipe for Writing Andra Mitchell   41
1957 Poverty in Five Steps Stanley Tooley   42
1957 The Cyclist Kathryn Stritzinger   44
1958 What's in a Name Edna Marie Campbell Essay 14
1958 Save Saint Valerie! Lorraine L. Danos Essay 21
1958 Remembering the Dead Hunter Reynaud Essay 28
1958 A Full Meal of Eavesdropping Vadelia Boudreaux  Essay 36
1958 Thibodaux, Cradle of History  Geraldine Molaison Essay 47
1958 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Percy J. Falcon, Jr. Essay 50
1958 A Deckhand Melvin Theriot Personal Narrative 27
1958 Mama Knew Best James Olive Personal Narrative 54
1958 Me and Mose Keith Whipple Poem 20
1958 You Know What I Mean  Donald Bascle Poem 21
1958 Neither Spanish Nor Moss  Marie Louise Naquin Short Story 8
1958 The Little Lady with the Big Job Geraldine Acosta Short Story 11
1958 Another Judas Jeanne Landry Short Story 33
1958 Avenge, O Lord, Thy Slaughtered Saints Noel Toups Short Story 44
1959 The Place--- Bayou Boeuf; The Name--- Thibodaux Patricia Thibodaux Essay 22
1959 Piney Woods Country Dorohy Waldrop Personal Narrative 31
1959 Vita Donald Bascle Poem 17
1959 Rebel Once, Rebel No More Curtis Cook Poem 29
1959 Conscience Curtis Cook Poem 30
1959 Seldom Means Always  Joyce Rodrigue Poem 32
1959 Music of My Soul Curtis Cook Poem 34
1959 Advent Joyce Rodrigue Poem 36
1959 Often Joyce Rodrigue Poem 47
1959 The Seven- Thirty Bus Stan Sulm Short Story 33
1959 Home is Near the Heart Joyce Rodrigue   8
1959 The Island Teacher Tracey Peterson   11
1959 Little World of Labels Marguerite Hoffmann   15
1959 Thumbing to a Degree Vincent Tortorich   18
1959 The Little Old Man Patricia B. King   35
1959 Stories of David Carolyn Gaudet   37
1959 Sauve Qui Peut Donald Wilcox   41
1959 My Cherished Possession Mary Elizabeth LeBlanc   46
1959 Nyelve Iskola Nolan LeCompte   48
1959 Mother the Hatter Amy Simon   51
1959 The Tramp Duane J. Watts   53
1959 Hope Chest Myrna Cooksley   55
1959 Meditations of a College Grandma Hilda Dill Landry   56
1959 River Shrimping Gerald Wood   60
1959 A Peculiar Educational Method Lloyd Ledet   61
1959 Life is Frustrating Marcia Richards   62
1960 Sour Lake--- Boom Town Emma Gene Neel Feature Article 19
1960 Getting There is Half the Fun  Tracey Peterson Feature Article 22
1960 Miniature Mania Gerald Leonard Feature Article 27
1960 The Last Time  Garnet Reeves Fiction 7
1960 Thrice Upon a Star Tracey Peterson Fiction 12
1960 Night of Decision Duane Watts Fiction 15
1960 Yippy Patricia Plaisance Personal Essay 31
1960 There's a Ghost in My House Richard Ezell Personal Essay 34
1960 My Two Left Feet Tracey Peterson Personal Essay 37
1960 The Shed is Gone Curtis Cook Personal Essay 40
1960 Don't Do - It - Yourself Patricia Donalson Personal Essay 42
1960 As American As I  Theodore Wagner Personal Essay 46
1960 Attic Love Marguerite Hoffmann Personal Essay 48
1960 Diamond in the Rough Duane Watts Personal Essay 51
1960 A Fine Frosty Morning Patricia Plaisance Personal Essay 54
1960 The Importance of Mud Discovered While Sweeping Away Boy Tracks Irene Butler  Personal Essay 57
1960 Three Days Ago I Lost  Curtis Cook Poem 21
1960 Talisman Tracey Peterson Poem 30
1960 To--- Curtis Cook Poem 33
1960 Two Curtis Cook Poem 36
1960 From My Youth and Disorder Curtis Cook Poem 53
1960 He Always Wishes Tracey Peterson Poem 56
1960 Two Poems Tracey Peterson Poem 58
1960 Children Before Me Tracey Peterson Poem 59
1961 View from the Choir- Loft Patricia Plaisance Description 20
1961 The Louisiana Cajun  Melvin Gaston Essay 24
1961 A Literary Time- Capsule Patricia Donalson Essay 70
1961 Mother, Shopping and I Earline Clause Narrative 26
1961 Each His Own Private Mountain Curtis Cook Play 62
1961 The River Tracey Peterson Poem 9
1961 Louisiana Idyll Tracey Peterson Poem 19
1961 Ah, Life! Kathy Hebert Poem 21
1961 The Sea of Green Frank Henry, Jr. Poem 23
1961 Life Herman B.W. Bruch Poem 27
1961 On the Composition of Life Paul Lapeyrouse Poem 29
1961 Cinquain Terry Douglas Poem 35
1961 Limerick Carole Griffin Poem 45
1961 A Cinquain  Ellis LeRose Poem 54
1961 Poem Garnet Reeves Poem 85
1961 The Sign Len Walker Short Story 10
1961 Cigarettes--- Butts and All Garnet Reeves Short Story 30
1961 Big Daddy Gerald Drott Short Story 34
1961 Christmas is  Family Thing Robert McClammy Short Story 43
1961 Overture Garnet Reeves Short Story 46
1961 Two- Bit God Melivin Gaston Short Story 78
1961 Two Dates Virginia Hodnett Short Story 84
1961 And Batman Spake Unto Robin Gerald Drott   7
1961 1961 Tom Smith   16
1961 The Power of Wealth Earline Clause   17
1961 Gustatory Delight Billy Theriot   22
1961 Mythological Names in the Twentieth Century Mary Buckley   28
1961 Romance of the Road Race Paul Lapeyrouse   36
1961 Victory Duane Watts   37
1961 I Remember  Paulette Peeples   39
1961 Learned: The Art of Housebreaking Marguerite Hoffmann   41
1961 The Pink Snake Mary Buckley   53
1961 Hot Sun, Cool Breeze, Big Waves, All That Donald J. Shaw   55
1961 Alone in a Crowd Dennis Sentilles, Jr.   57
1961 All the Lonely Young Men James C. Ray   59
1962 Cover Design Charlotte Davis Cover Design Cover
1962 The Inside of Mathematic  Dennis Sentilles, Jr. Essay 22
1962 Only a Suggestion Claire E. Zeringue Essay 55
1962 Pirates, Whisky  and Water Chuc Ryan Feature 13
1962 Rain  Claire E. Zeringue Personal Essay 5
1962 My Family, My Nation Billy J. Tauzin Personal Essay 10
1962 After Catullus: "Vivamus, Mea Lesbia" Billy J. Tauzin Poem 9
1962 Pre-Writers' Conference Fireworks or, Who Wants to Ride to Charles in an Austin- Healy? L.N.D. Poem 21
1962 Night Child S.A. Sherrill Poem 45
1962 Nothing About Less Paul A. Lapeyrouse Short Story 7
1962 The Night Before Duane Watts Short Story 16
1962 Part of Me Elizabeth David   26
1962 The Unfair Sex June Savoie   29
1962 A Two- Scent Myth Carolyn Bergeron   32
1962 How the Nutria's Teeth Turned Orange Jane Hotard   34
1962 People Frank Profuma   36
1962 The Magic Spell of Advertisement Dorothy Heffker   38
1962 The Living Garden Barbara Gros   40
1962 Rick and Julie Ronald H. Kilgen   43
1962 The Sedative Gerald Drott   46
1962 Solitude Patricia Beaube   47
1962 The Traveler Duane Watts   50
1964 Cover Design Mary Ann Chauvin Cover Design Cover
1964 My Roots Yet Planted Ed Finane Personal Essay 15
1964 New Orleans Childhood Mrs. Erma G. Kreller Personal Essay 21
1964 Emmanuel Labor Paulette Peeples Play 11
1964 "LA Terre Bonne" Subdivided Connie Ann Vincent Poem 9
1964 The Cane Fire Barbara Gros Poem 17
1964 A Glass of Time Barbara Gros Poem 33
1964 Empty Inn Robert Adams Poem 35
1964 Cinquain Earline Clause Poem 41
1964 Back Road Thomas Hesselgrave Poem 44
1964 Though Tall We Stand Royal Fanguy Poem 45
1964 Confused  Robert Adams Poem 46
1964 The Unholy Land Larry Boudreaux Poem 47
1964 A Shade of Truth Larry Boudreaux Poem 50
1964 The Living Earline Clause Short Story 18
1964 Image Behind an Old Door Shirley Sherrill   5
1964 The Far Side of Never Mary Buckley   26
1964 "televisics" Anonymous Connie Vincent   28
1964 The Nothing of All and Vice Versa George Ayme   31
1964 Is That Me? Susan Daigle   34
1964 Shopping With Mother Grace David   36
1964 Koch's Postulates (Revised) Ed Finane   38
1964 Why Some Blackbirds Have Red Wings Marilyn Barrios   40
1964 The Circling Mist Edna Cataldo   42
1964 Me for the Simple Past Mike McLaughlin   48
1964 The Tower of Bebel Billy Tauzin   52

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