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STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE NEWS LETTER
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JOURNEY ON YOUR WAY
Published Monthly by
STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE
NEWS PRESS CLUB
Elizabeth City, N. C.
Columbia Scholostic Press Association
Editor-in-Chief — Roland V. Bowser
Associate Edditors - Myrtle Borden Hill
Doris Flood, Carroll Rodgers
Literary Editors Queenie Hinton
Amaza Manley, Mary Tillery
Sports Editors Joshua Crumm
Society Editor Nina Clay Perry
Art Editor - Elsie Miller
Columnists Callie Mouran
Exchange Editors - Isaac Battle
Business Manager —. Herman Horne
Reporters - Ophelia Broadnax
Rosa Ebron, Esmeralda Forbes
Typist - - Herman Horne
Adviser E. C. Mitcheh
IMPRESSIONS OF STUDENT
If you wish to find out whether
you are teacher material, do student
On my first day, I got up with les
son plans and questions. There were
thirty-six pupils looking in my face.
I began with the health lesson by
asking the question: “How does the
blood carry germs around the body?”
One of my students answered, “The
blood absorbs the germs and the
blood is then pumped to all part of
the body by the heart.” Another pu
pil asked, Miss Simpson, how many
quarts of blood are there in the body.
I had not prepared an answer to that
question and was, therefore, greatly
embarrassed. Then I knew I could
not fool my pupils—that I must have
material; that it must be clear, valid,
Upon questioning myself at the
close of that first day, I ascertained
that I did not meet the qualifications.
I thought: Am I going to give up my
life’s goal, this profession that I have
chosen, or am I going to accept de
feat without endeavor? Is there an
other field in which I can render bet
ter service to my race and my coun
try? I faced the issue that confronted
me and finally concluded that in
teaching I had everything to gain and
nothing to lose.
In fitting myself for the work to
be done I endeavored to guide my
pupils in conduct and understanding;
to hold their attention throughout
every period; to produce new
thoughts and to lead them into new
avenues of thinking. The response
from the class proved very interesting
and my pupils achieved more than I
had ever believed was possible.
An understanding and experienced
critic teacher was of great help to
me as I worked for the improvement
of myself and the pupils.
I do not believe one should use
teaching as a “stepping stone” to
other professions, for innocent child
ren will be crippled due to the lack
of interest on the part of the teacher.
If I intend to be a teacher, I should
“strive not to equal but to excel, and
in this way raise the status of Ne
groes in America so that they may be
able to compete in an ever-changing
—Mildred Simpson ’52
A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Dear News Letter-Reader:
The organizations that make up the
extra-curricula part of our program
are the major sources of news for
our paper and rightly so. But during
the past academic year the NEWS
LETTER has received little, if any,
volunteered information from these
In the absence of a public relations
department, it would be appreciated
if clubs would appoint a person or
committee to handle their news bul
letins. Information from classes and
cadet teachers will also be appre
Mr. McCullough of English
Department Receives Award
The International Mark Twain So
ciety of Saint Louis, Missouri, an or
ganization inspired by the writings of
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, has re
cently sent to Mr, N. Verle McCul
lough of the English Department the
April 18, 19,52
Dear Mr. McCullough:
We are pleased to inform you that
you have been nominated to the Hon
orary Membership, Upon 5'our accep
tance, the award will be made and
the Certificate of Honorary Member
ship issued by the Board of Directors,
in your name. There are no dues or
With kind personal regards and all
good wishes, I am
CHOIR CONCERT HONORS
The annual concert by the choir
honoring the Board of Trustees was
held on May 8 in the college audi
Divided into five groups of varying
styles, the repertoire for this year
seemed to include some favorite num
bers for each music lover present.
Some pieces, however, were very re
cently written. One of these was
“Mary an’ Martha Jus’ Gone Long”
by John W. Work of Fisk University.
This number was dedicated to the
director of the choir. Miss Evelyn A.
Three of the songs on the program
were by Dr, Harry Wilson of Colum
bia, under whom Miss Johnson stud-
Thy Creator” was in the religious
group and “How Do I Love Thee”
and “She Walks in Beauty” were in
the contemporary style group.
The choruses from the oratorios
and the religious and contemporary
style groups evoked a great deal of
applause, but the climax of the pro
gram was Jerome Kern’s “Showboat
Medley” from the light opera “Show
Soloists for the group were Hattie
Gray and Margie Burden, sopranos;
Lola Joyner, alto; Isaac Battle and
Robert Hailes, tenors. Miss E. Eliza
beth Lambert was the very capable
Members of the Board of Trustees
are Mr. G. R. Little, chairman; Mr.
O. R. Symons, secretary; Mrs. T. C.
Sawyer, Sr,; Mr. WiUiam Chappell;
Mr. J. W’. Davis; Mr. H. C. Ferebee;
Dr. E. L. Hoffler; Mr. G. H. Fergu
son and Rev, Howard Mitchell.
For years I have been struggling,
Trying to reach the top.
Now that I have reached this peak
I’ll never, never stop.
The road was long and dreary.
But I never looked behind.
I wanted a higher learning.
And that was further up the line.
To you who are behind me,
I would like to say.
Travel in my footsteps and
Journey on your way.
Love an intangible thing - - -
Soothes like the breath of spring.
If only the heart, filled with beauti
Could express what it holds.
Then only would one know
The glory of our love
A long - hoped - for dream has
finially come true. The Library Staff
will no longer be obliged to tell stud
ents that many of the nec3ssary per
iodicals are not available to them be-
cavise of the crowed condition of the
New shelves have been added to
the library and the workers will be
able to render much better service.
Magazines and books can be more
easily located. There is a special place
for everything, and each reader is ask
ed to return material to the proper
place in order that it may he easily
accesible to all who wish to use it.
The Library staff is anxious to serve
everyone. Many students wait until
the last minute to ask for reference
material. Then it is often too late,
because some questions call for much
more time than others. Not only do
they call for time, but in some cases
the answers must come from mate
rials borrowed from other libraries.
The best policy is to ask for materials
as soon as you know that you want
In the past, curriculum materials
have been housed with the general
collection. Now a Curriculum Libra
ry is in the process of organization,
Many materials are being added. This
department will enable student teach
ers and other interested persons to
work more closely with materials for
The “World News of the Week is
an attractive map of the news used
daily by many students for class as
signments and for personal reference.
It provides a definite outline and
makes it easy to find a balance and
relationship between national and
international newsworthy topics. It
may supplement magazine and news
paper articles read. Past and current
events may also be compared and
contrasted, for all back copies are
Student Library Ass t.
In order to increase the number of
qualified college graduates entering
public school teaching, \’assar College
has joined the Harvard Graduate
School of Education to inaugurate a
cooperative program for training ele
mentary and secondary school teach
ers, according to an announcement by
President Sarah Gibson Blanding,