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STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE NEWS LETTER
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Sad final day
STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE
NEWS PRESS CLUB
Elizabeth City, N. C.
Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Editor-in-Chief Curtis Twine
Associate Editor Elsie Sharpe
Feature Editors - - Marva Thomas,
Vivian Williams, Marie Riddick,
Literary Editors Irene Exum,
Sports Editors Richard Branch,
Osie Robinson, Sterling Lennon
Reporters Annie Bailey,
Willie Jenkins, Janice Rogers,
Exchange Editors James Leathers,
Art Editors Lonnie Davis,
Typists Mary Spruill,
Managing Editor James Spence
Adviser Edna Mitchell
COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOULD
KNOW MORE ABOUT
Many students are not interested in
current events. They do not find time
to read the newspapers, ci.u:rent mag
azines, or listen to the radio and tele
For the most part, except for the
few students enrolled in the course
Contemporary Affairs, little interest
is shown in national, international and
Many might accept the fact that
most students are not of voting age as
an excuse for the lack of interest in
political news, but there are signs that
the voting age may be lowered to 18.
Although there might be little interest
in politics as a career, there is a need
for citizens who are concerned about
political life and its functions.
As future teachers and citizens, you
will be called to take a stand on many
issues, whether it is a matter of getting
better schools, lowering taxes, or help
ing to bring peace to the world.
If you are of voting age, I urge
you to go out to the polls and vote.
By voting you are helping to shape the
destiny, not only of your community
but of the world.
A few days ago the Supreme Court
ruled that the May 17, 19.54, decision
not only applied to grade schools and
high schools, but to state supported
colleges and universities as well.
This action by the Supreme Court
has caused the University of North
Carolina to admit three Negro appli
cants as undergraduate students.
This piece of legislation was another
step toward desegregation. Let us
keep a watchful eye on integration to
see what will be the next barrier that
will be broken down in this country.
The roofs are shining from the rain.
The sparrows twitter as they fly.
And with a windy April grace
The little clouds go by.
Yet the back yards are bare and brown
With only one unchanging three—
Save that it sings in me.
I could not be so sure of Spring
MATH TEACHERS NEEDED
In a recent survey, the Educational
Testing Service of Princeton, New
Jersey found why Johnny hates his
math. The survey showed that al
though all states require educational
courses for secondary mathematics
teachers, a third of the states require
no mathematics for certification of
math teachers. In the majority of in-
stances, a prospective elementary
school teacher can enter a teachers
college without any credits in second-
ary-school math. In most states a tea
cher can be certified to teach element-
ary-school math without any work in
math at the college level.
According to the Time Magazine,
February 26, 1956 “under such cir
cumstances,” it is no surprise that one
professor states: Elementary teachers
for the most part, are ignorant of the
mathematical basis of arithmetic.
Ehzabeth City State Teachers Col
lege is helping to solve this serious
problem of inadequacy. This year the
College has added a required course
in college mathematics and also a
course in arithmetic for teachers.
CCCG SPRING MEETING
As a member of the Committee on
Arrangements, representing the state
of North Carolina, I attended the
Spring Meeting of the College Con
ference on Composition and Commui-
cation, which was held in New York
City on March 22, 23, and 24. The
CCCC is a permanent group within
the National Council of Teachers of
English, primarily concerned with im
proving instruction in the field of En
Like all such conferences, the pro-
grom included many rich and varied
experiences aimed at broadening the
perspectives, increasing the knowledge,
and stimulating the minds of those in
I left the Conference with a clearer
(See MEETING page four)
An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer
Godden is the story of a lonely little
girl living in a workaday London
street who found some flower seeds
and determined to make them grow.
After surmounting many difficulties,
she created a garden with a rose in
the center, but that was not all.
Lovejoy Mason, aged ten, had no
father, and her mother, an actress was
always “on tours with the Blue Moon”.
She had little personal affection, no
real home, nothing of her very own.
When she got the seeds she started
a garden, but when the earliest seed
ling appeared, it was destroyed. This
made her desperate, and she deter
mined to make other seedlings grow.
Tip Malone who wrecked Lovejoy’s
first plot began to understand. To
gether they made another garden a-
mong the shattered graves of a bomb
ed church yard. A new problem arose,
for there was not enough earth to
grow seedlings. As a solution the
sparrows invaded the garden of
This story has many cries which may
be understood only after much sym-
ipathic thought. One of the most poig
nant is when Lovejoy hears that her
garden is doomed, and cries out
Bloody pigs all, grownups”, and
throws a stone in the Roman Catholic
CJiurch, breaking the statue of the
Virgin Mary —^Beulah Carraway
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possible to integrate religion and learn
ing into a dynamic synthesis. The tiue
objective of the university, concluded
the speaker, is that religion and learn
ing may go hand in hand and that
chaiacter may grow with knowledge.
Dr. Davis went at the close of the
Assembly hour to the Library where
he gave full details concerning relig
ious education to students who were
interested in religion as a career.
musical program on March 12.
Among the songs rendered bv
Womens Glee Club, under the di
rection of Miss E. L, Davis, were;
Night and Days,” “Tea for Two”
and This Is My Country,”
Mr. Albert Horne, sang “On tlie
Road to Mandalay,” The Choir then
gave a selection from “Kiss Me Kate”
“Wunder Bar,” under the direction
of Miss E. A. Johnson, accompanied
by Mr. Bell.
Recently during an Assembly hour,
the students and faculty were highly
entertained with a variety of selec
tions rendered by the College Band
under the direction of Mr. Leon Pra
ther. The numbers featured were:
“Beautiful Savior,” arranged by Chris-
tioner; “Joyces’ 71th Regiment March,
by Bauer: “Wish You Were Here,”
from the stage production of the same
name; and “Yellow Rose of Texas,”
especially arranged and adapted by
Mitch Miller; “In An Monastery Gar
den,” by Kelelbey; and the Klaxton
March by Fillmore, Then followed by
popular request and encore entitled
“Rock Around the Clock.”
A Pre-Easter meditation service was
conducted by Rev, J, F, Banks, Chap
lain of the College, on March 27, Rev,
Banks used as his subject, “I Thirst,"
This was a most timely discussion of
the true significance of the Cruifixion,
During the Assembly on May 16,
Mr. C. W. Gregory, a member of the
Social Studies Department, informed
us on the subject, “Some Essential
Values of Life”. His classification of
values included, moral, spiritual in
trinsic, incidental, economic and ed
Mr. Gregory stated that the ques
tion arises as to where we place values.
He put emphasis on the importance
of placing one’s values on the pursuit
of knowledge. Stressing this is a high
ly essential value, he said, which
should take the leading role; while
the incidential values should take the
That each of us must decide the
values that we, ourselves, would like
to cling to in these times of constanl
changes in our world was another very
excellent thought given.
As the speaker concluded his talk,
he left the audience with this thought.
There is a high way and a low, and
we are to decide which way our sou s
(Continued from page one)
ipect as responsible citizens,
’ College Day reached its climw m
the beautiful coronation held in
of our gracious queen, Helen a'
^jraves, who was fabulously atten
by many charming senior gir* ‘
their escorts. Later in the ,
she placed her crown on the head
the Queen of 1956, Doretha Hall.
Lonnie Davis, master of ceremora ■
presented a night of „
tertainment honoring Queen
Features of the program were,
ditions by College Flayers, B a
Choir, Dance Group, and a so