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'Astroworld’ is theme f?r
gala Homecoming activities
The da nee--'where the action was'-Friday night
Students urged to begin
with a foreign language
By PROF. EUGENE WILLIAMS
The department of foreign languages,
while not one of the largest departments, is,
we feel, one of the strongest. There are
only two full-time teachers of foreign lang
uages, but two other teachers divide their
time between languages and English.
All four teachers have at least their
masters degree, and all four have had many
years experience teaching on the college
level. All of the teachers of the modern
languages have studied in the country where
the language they teach is the native ton
Of our total school enrollment, about
per cent take a foreigh language. These,
we language teachers call the “pure in
heart” or the “scholars.”
The language requirement is the major
difference between the A. A. degree in
The following is a list of disciplinary
cases waived and-or heard by the Men’s
Council and reviewed by the Faculty Judic
iary Committee since the beginning of the
Case No. 1: Being intoxicated on campus.
Preliminary Suspension and 30 days social
Case No. 2: Same as Case No. 1
Case No. 3: Being intoxicated on cam
pus and attempted vandalism of College pro
perty. Preliminary Suspension, 30 days
social campus, two weeks strict campus.
Case No. £: Being intoxicated on campus
and being disorderly in the dormitory. Pre
liminary Suspension, 30 days social campus
and two weeks strict campus.
Case No. 5: Being intoxicated on campus.
Found not guilty.
Case No. 6: Speeding on campus, reckless
driving and not yielding to the command of
a police officer to stop, fined $15.00.
Case No. 7: Moving to another dormitory
without permission, $5.00 fine, and to return
to original room.
Case No. 8: Reckless driving on campus,
$15.00 find and denial of privilege of oper
ating car on campus for 30 days.
Case No. 9: Going through Cafeteria line
twice. Pay $1.25 for Wednesday night meal
and denial of additional unexcused cuts in
Chapel, Assembly or classes.
Case No, 10: Conduct unbecoming a Cho
wan College student. Preliminary Suspen
sion and no additional unexcused cuts.
Case No. 11: Same charge as ten. Prelim
inary suspension, two weeks strict campus.
Case No. 13: Taking tea glass from Cafe
teria. Preliminary suspension.
Case No. 14, 15, 16: Origionally charged
with possession and use of marijuana, found
guilty in District Court for forceful trespass.
Suspension from Chowan College.
The following is a list of disciplinary
cases waived and-or heard by the Women’s
Council and reviewed by the Faculty Judic
iary Committee since the beginning of the
Case No. 1: Being off campus overnight
without permission, 3 call downs, a matter
of forgetting to get card signed by Head
Case No. 2: Same as No. 1.
Case No. 3: Signing in another student.
Strict campus for 1 week, Preliminary Sus
Case No. 4: Behaving in a manner unbe
coming a Chowan student in the Cafeteria,
2 weeks strict campus, Disciplinary Pro
Case No. 5: Infraction of Drug Regula
liberal arts and the pre-education degree
As the languages-French, Latin, Spanish-
are a four semester course, students are
urged to begin their study of a language
their first semester in school here or they
will have to attend summer school later on.
If the student plans to study medicine,
pharmacy, law, or the ministry, we suggest
that he take Latin. If he plans to teach,
study music, enter the diplomatic service,
or do graduate work, we recommend Fren
ch. If he plans to enter the world of com-
merce-oils, tobaccos-we recommend Span
Frequently a student comes to us offering
two high school units in French, Latin,
or Spanish. He is undecided about con
tinuing the same language or of starting
a different language. If he did reasonably
weIl--C or better-on the language in high
school, we recommend that he continue
the same language.
His high school work covered basic gra
mmar but rarely does it introduce the
student to phonetics, literature, or the cul
ture of the country. As only the large high
schools have a language lab, rarely is the
high school graduate able to communicate
or comprehend the oral language.
If the student did poorly-D or F-on his
language study in high school, we recom
mend that he begin a different language
unless he has a strong reason for contin
uing in the same language.
Our experience has taught us that stud
ents rarely do well on a repeat subject. If
he did poorly in high school, we recommend
that he audit our elementary course as a
review-before going into advanced work
Rarely are students certain about which
senior college they will attend or what
major they will pursue. They sometimes tell
us that the college of their choice does not
require a language in their field and con
sequently that fail to take a language.
Many times have we had them come back
later and tell us they have changed their
mind about their college and they cannot
gain admission because they have had no
language. If there is doubt, we strongly
suggest that the student begin a language
his first semester.
As progress in a language course requires
much time and memory work, students
should be willing to pay the price when they
register for a language class.
The time and effort will prove rewarding
as they find themselves acquiring a key to
the tongue, literature, and culture of a
different nation in a world in which nations
are becoming more closely associated.
Smoke Signals will
It appears that students at Cho
wan are not too anxious to have a
weekly issue of 'Smoke Signals,'
or perhaps It’s a matter of being
“too busy" to carry out reporting
Whatever the cause, It is not
possible to publish a weekly
newspaper without cooperation
and assistance. A newspaper edi
tor, however devoted and excel
lent, cannot dp the job alone. See
editorial on page 2.
To discuss plans for homecoming was
the purpose of the first SGA Senate meet
ing Oct 1 in Marks Hall
Lee Dunn, president, announced that $15
would be allotted for floats and only an add
itional $35 per float could be spent.
The reason for limiting the money to be
spent making a float to $50 is to ensure
fairness among organizational competition.
Each organization on campus can have
no more than two floats and they will be
judged by a committee, which as of now
has not been chosen.
The winning float will receive a certain
number of points (how many has not been
determined yet) to go toward the president's
cup, which is awarded in the spring to the
most outstanding organization on campus.
Oct. 15 is the deadline for a sketch and
description of the intended floats, sponsored
by a club, to be turned in to Dean Lewis
Construction of the floats by each club
can not begin before Oct. 27. They must be
built off campus under a shelter. Each
organization is responsible for finding a
suitable place for construction.
A list of where tractor trailers can be
borrowed to build the floats on will be suppl
ied by the SGA.
The homecoming theme is “Astroworld,”
and all floats sponsored by the college’s
various clubs must reflect this theoie, ac
cording to officials.
Organizations which do not want to make
floats are allowed to supply a convertible
for their sweethearts to ride in. Sweetheart’s
names for all clubs must be turned in by
Oct. 21 to Dean Lewis,
The sophomore class is responsible for
electing five sophomore girls to serve on the
homecoming colirt and from these five the
football team will choose the queen.
Four freshmen girls will be nominated
by the freshman class to be on the home
coming court. The court will be presented
in assembly on Oct, 30,
On Oct, 16 each boy's dormitory will
choose a sweetheart to represent them in
the homecoming parade and are to ride
in a convertible.
The girl’s dorms will also select male
sweethearts, but these boys will not be
supplied a convertible for the parade.
Girl's serving in the homecoming court
can not be sweethearts too.
The time for the parade Nov, 1 has been
set at 10 a m, and the lineup will be at i)
For homecoming entertainment Billy
Stewart will play for a free casual dance
Oct, 31, On Saturday night a semi-formal
dance will have music furnished by Arthur
Connelly and admission will be $3 a couple
Both dances will be from 8 to 11:45,
will be broadcast
Live coverage of the Chowan-Ferrum
game tomorrow will be presented by
coach Bill McCraw over Murfreesboro
Volume 2—Number 5
Friday, Ocober 10, 1969
STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF CHOWAN COLLEGE
Dr. Decker will present
music lecture next week
Students talk about Australia
with Rotarians visiting campus
By TOMMY GARNER
On Oct, 2 Chowan College held a informal
reception for members of the Australian
Rotary team which is visiting various
parts of North Carolina,
There were two receptions held for these
Rotarian's in the Askew Student Union
where selected students from each dormi
tory met and discussed various topics of
The Australian team consisted of Frank
Robinson, managing director of British
Leyland Motor Co,, Edward Parish, man
ager of a 24,000-acre sheep ranch, Ron
Robinson, editor of a tri-weekly newspaper,
R, S, Harper, a planning engineer. Rev,
James Boswell, a Baptist minister, Ray
mond Watson, an accountant and Bevan
Sommerland, a rural youth supervisor.
George Gibbs coordinated their visit in
the Murfreesboro area while Dr, Calvin
Dickinson and several other faculty mem-
get you social campus
This year students a"e referred to the Dean
of Women and the Dean of Men for disciplin
ary action after the first excessive unexcused
absence in any class.
It is the decision of the Dean of Students,
Dean of Women, and Dean of Men that the
penalty for such absence shall be automati
cally one week social campus for each class
in which excessive unexcused absences have
After this first excessive unexcused ab
sence, the college catalog is clear on the pol
icy that governs the following absences
bers helped in holding the reception for
The Rotary team is part of the Group
Study Exchange which is designed to pro
vide to outstanding young business and pro
fessional men opportunities for studying
as a group, another country, its people and
institutions through participation in an or
ganized program of study and discussion in
the country concerned.
Last year Dr, Dickinson was a member of
the North Carolina Rotary team which visit
ed Australia for two months on a similar
Seven tables from the cafeteria were
moved into Askew Student Union. Around
each table was an Australian, a student
host and hostess, and a faculty host or host
ess, These three persons from Chowan
were responsible for initiating and guiding
the discussions at the tables.
The chairman of the choral department
of the School of Music, University of Illin
ois, will be on campus Oct, 17 for two appea
rances in Daniel Hall,
At 9 a,m,, Prof. Harold A. Decker will
work with Chowan's choir. He will present
a lecture at 2 p.m. on the subject, “Choral
Music Today and Tomorrow.” Students are
invited to attend as well as the general
His visit is part of the visiting scholars’
program sponsored by members of the As
sociation of Eastern North Carolina Col
Dr. Decker has held his present position
since 1957. He conducts the University
Concert Choir, Oratorio Society and the Uni
versity Chorale. In addition, he supervises
a doctoral program in choral music.
Decker has made a number of European
summer tours with U. of I. choral groups-
in 1958, 1961 and 1965 with the Varsity Men’s
Glee Club and in 1963 and 1967 with the
On the latest tour the choir was one of two
American groups invited to participate
in Europa Cantat III in Belgium, sponsored
by the European Federation of Youth
Decker was elected president of the Amer
ican Choral Directors Association in 1966 for
a two-year term. He has been a director of
the association since 1963.
For 13 years before coming to Illinois,
Prof. Decker was head of the voice and
choral departments at the University of
Wichita, Kan. He was graduated from Mom-
ingside College, Sioux City, la., in 1934
and earned a master of music degree from
Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1938.
He has a professional certificate from
the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fountainebleau,
France, where in 1953 he studied choral
music under the famed teacher, Nadia Bou
Momingside College in 1958 conferred an
honorary doctor of music degree on Decker.
During summers he has taught at the
University of Michigan, George Peabody
College at Nashville, Tenn., and University
of Southern California.
New dress in
store for marines
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. AP — A snap
pier outlook is in store for lady Marines.
Col. Jeanette I. Sustad, director of Woman
Marines, said Wednesday three New York
designers are working on new outfits for
“We are looking for something more mod
ern to wear,” she said. “The uniforms we
are now wearing were designed in 1950.”
In training, Marine women are getting a
grooming course which shows them how to
apply makeup and style their hair, Col.
When you go to Australia, take care;
speed limit, accident rote is high
He just naturally attracts photographers
“Oh no! Not again ” Vernon Wilkins said as the shutter clicked. Vernon, it
seems, was caught in the same pose several weeks ago and appeared on the
front page of the Smoke Signals. When we found out the situation we stopped
and talked to the Salisbury, Md., freshman. “Its the best way I know to relax
and think, " he said. Well, to each his own! You’re in there, Vernon.
By JOAN COX
On Oct. 2, many of our students had the
privilege of attending a tea and round-table
discussion with our visiting friends from Aus
tralia. For many, Australia is no longer mere
ly a place on the maps.
It is considered a paridise and an exciting
place to visit or possibly live.
Australia is by no means a small country.
In area, it is the same size as our United
States. But, in comparison to our abundant
population Australia has a population of 12
Seven million of these people live in their
capitol city, Sydney, the remaining five mil
lion people are scattered around the country
Due to the fact that an Australian town
is approximately the same size as Murfrees
boro, our visiting friends felt quite at home
on our campus.
The educational system in Australia is a
little different than ours. Their schools are
divided into levels: one through six level is
primary grades, seven through 12 level is
secondary or high school.
There are no junior high schools in Australia
and each school’s curriculum is identical.
Each school has it’s own uniform and every
student is expected to wear that uniform.
A school year in Australia is 12 months
long with several three-week vacations. The
majority of students in this area, do not attend
Colleges are divided into three semesters
and cost approximately $700 per semester.
The college attire is also uniform, A student
wears a robe to lecture.
The first nursing program to exist in Aus
tralia began three years ago at New South
Wales University,'It is a five-year course
in which success is to get to be known,' The
first three years of their course is equivalent
to our registered nurse and the next two years
deal with specialities leading to an equival
ent of our B, S. degree.
There is a high accident rate in Australia,
The speed limit in town is 35 m.p.h, and on
open roads is usually 85-90 m,p,h. The average
Australian family drives a compact family
car with the steering wheel on the right hand
side of the car.
One of the major customs of Australians is
to go to a hotel pub every afternoon at 5 p. m.
Even though beer costs merely fourteen cents
no one is found drunk in these pubs. They are
very high class places with carpet on the
floor and are occasioned by many women.
Athletics play a big part in the life of an
Australian, The major sports of Australia are
Rugby (three types), tennis and golf and
horsebackriding. Girls and boys begin these
sports in the fifth grades and are proficient in
each sport by high school.
The length of women’s skirts in Australia
was determined by their athletic nature. Ac
cording to their visiting husbands, our skirts
are maxi length.
The Viet Nam War has had its affect on
Australia, as it has the Uuited States. The
Australian population meet this war with great
concern and fighting men.
The draft system in Australia is quite dif
ferent than the U. S. Each boy casts a ballot
or joins the reserves. If his ballot is drawn,
then he goes to Viet Nam. If his ballot is not
dranw by his 21th birthday, then he has no
military responsibilities. In other words, after
you are past the age of 20 you have no fear of
Each Australian town has three churches.
These churches are United Presperter-
ian. Catholic, and the Church of England.
The Aboriginis (primitive man) of Australia
live in their own villages. On most part, they
are self-productive and have no need to enter
a city. If they do come to town, they are not
permitted to enter the hotels. This is because
beer is sold in hotels and Aborigines become
drunk after drinking two ounces of beer.
For this reason, these people have to illegally
obtain their beer similar to that of the Amer
ican Indian. These people very seldom inter
marry, but if they do it is to the low class
The economical system of Australia is rela
tively lower than our system. The price of
beef in Australia is much lower than here.
Steak in the United States costs approximately
$1.25 per pound, in Australia it costs .60 per
pound. The kangaroo is used for the ne^ of
leather items. To much amazement this is
by far not extinct in Australia.
It is summer time in Australia today. Their
hottest day of the year is Christmas. The
beaches will be filled with surfers and surf-
guards. The surf in Australia is similar to that
of Hawaii and for this reason surfguards save
around 1,000 surfers per year. The beaches
in Australia are clean and scarcely populated.
An Australian man’s concept of a woman is
very similar to that of the Greeks. Women are
placed on pedestals and await their husbands
arrival at home. Their primary purpose in
life is to take care of their husbands and to be
athletic throughout their retirement in order
to maintain their figures.
If you would like to live in Australia and
have a college degree, you can go for $20
over and $20 back.
to hold program
BELMONT, N. C. AP — The Belmont
Abbey student government has voted to
hold a program on Oct. 15 in connection with
the nationwide student domonstration for
a Vietnam moratorium.
The day is to be given to “reflecting on
how peace can be accomplished,” the
student government said.
“There has been no indication that classes
will be boycotted by the students 6r suspend
ed by the college.
The programs are to be held in conjunc
tion with classes or after class, according
to present plans.