Inez Co..... ''Â·^Â·^Tfiri B y ' K l C K PENDEKGRASS OF THE TIMES STAFF . "Hey, Nez, what's to eat?" . Â· Inez Â· McPherson looks Â· up from her grocery order list just in time to intercept the girl's hand before it. reaches into a sack of potato chips. She gives the hand a light slap. "Now looka here. All you do Is sit around here and eat, eat, eat all the time. Don't you ever get enough?" Inez laughs and turns toward the: gleaming, stainless steel ilove, where a hamburger is about to burn. The girl grabs' a potato chip and bounces toward the stove. "What's for dinner?" she. asks, poking pots and pans. Â· "Noihin, if I can't get no work done around here." "Aw, you grumble all the time. You're just mean," said the girl, still poking. "Anyway, I'm hungry..." "Well, what you want, lion? There's some fresh lemonade and you can make yourself a cheese sandwich over there. Take care to clean up your mess, now." It was the beginning of a Peggy Record is one of a steady stream of DGs who pop In and out of Inez's kitchen in an average day, talking about boyfriends and school problems. steady stream of girls into the d o m i n i o n - o f Inez McPhcrson's kitchen at the Delta Gamma sorily house on the University .of Arkansas'campus. Inez, chief cook and dietician for 75 coeds, has long been recognized as a permanent fixture around the house. She was there when many of the girls' mothers were sneaking into the kitchen for midnight raids on the larder. Inez, 5(i. started as a maid at the DG house in 1945 and has seen six housemothers at the sorority in her time. Before, that, she worked at the . Chi; Omega house, next door. Â· "You know, I think I like maid work belter than cookin' " she- said, looking up from her weekly food schedules. "Then these girls couldn't pester me so much." But to a chorus of boos and laughter, she added, "Oh, they're a sweet bunch of girls here. They've fine when they don't mess up my kllchen." But an afternoon's visit proves she doesn't really mind the girls in her littie kingdom. In fact, It makes her day. The DG girls look upon* Inez as an institution; someone to bring their .troubles to. A fight with the boyfriend. Or maybe a happy letter from a boyfriend. Sometimes class problems find their way into the kitchen, and an occasional in-house dispute is settled amid the shiny pots and Â· pans and homey fragrance of baked ham and apples. "We cry on her shoulders s o m e t i m e s , ' 1 said Peggy Record, a senior. "We all love ' her." Miss Record said ones a year the house has liter, and her Â·' family to dinner in style. : Â· "Even if she does chase . people around with brooms," she added. "Now you know belter than that," said Inez. "I don't chase nobody with brooms. Just cats. I don't like cats. She's the cat woman, and she's always bringing some kind of cat around and it gels into the kit-, chen. I don't have any part of cats in the kitchen." This started a new debate over Ihe responsibility for a cat that.:got into Ihe house--and conseciuenlly the kitchen--the night before. Inez is proud of her kitchen. Not only does it have some of the newcsl equipment available, installed just last year, but she announces that it is the cleanest kilchen in town. ' ' T h e (health) inspeclqr comes by here and says this is the cleanest kitchen of all. That's 'cause I keep it that way. I mop the floor every time I spill, and Ihe houseboys that come in to cleanup after meals do a real fine job," she said. Inez said that even with the soaring prices of food today, the girls at the DG house eat as well as they ever have, and maybe better. "I'm nol going to let these girls get by without eating right, They're growing girls, you know. They had to raise the house bill, but girls got to eat right." And from all indications, the girls of the DG house'will eat right as long as Nea is around to see to it. -i ! Every other day, Inez must prepare menus in advance and order the food necessary to kee'p 75 college coeds fed. The paperwork can be a chore 1 because she v/ants to feed them well, but she still must stay within a budget. She's a cook and confidant To the DGs, Inez MePherson is more than a house cook, she's a pal and an institution. Inez has worked at the' house since 1945, when many of the girls' mothers were in school, Keeping up with a house full of college 1 coeds can be hectic at times, but experience and a well-appointed kitchen makes it easier. Inez recently got new appliances and had them put where she wanted them. Story and Photos By Rick Pendergrass Sometimes a friendly chat In the dining room is worth suspending;operations in the kitchen'for the moment.
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