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Page 2—Smoke Signals, Wednesday, January 31, 1973 The ValuG of Colleae Education Hot wax i ■ ■ ■ ^ 9 ^ enjoying By DR. EARLH. PARKER When I returned from my doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, a friend extended his congratulations and declared: “What you have is worth more than a million dollars.” My friend was a millionaire. He added; “A man may lose his wealth on the stock market or at gun point. But no man can take away your knowledge and wisdom.” This appraisal raises a most vital question: what is the value of a college education? This is a live question. It is vitally relevant for everyone in the Chowan Community: for students who invest money and time and energy in pursuit of a college education; for patrons who invest monies in the educational enterprise at Chowan; for faculty and ad ministration who invest their life in the education of youth at Chowan. The question may not seem as lively as it was a few years ago. At that time the sales pitch for for college education was both hard and reckless. It was assumed that everyone should have a college education. It was said that a college education assured financial returns (an additional $180,000.00 during one’s career, as I recall). These assumptions were ex tremely faulty. Some hard realities have become abun dantly clear. (1) Some persons are not college material. Though they have intelligence,they do not possess the aptitude and interest requisite for successful college work. (2) A college education does not guarantee a job, mucn less a position with a lofty in come. There are a considerable number of Ph. D.’s who are unemployed and who in the present job market are unem ployable as Ph.D.’s. (3) The over-sale of college education helped to create an extremely short supply of vocational technicians (plumbers, elec tricians, and the like). A trained technician has no problem at the present in finding a job and commanding a high salary. (4) As a result, the strongest sales pitch today is for vocational training and technical training and technical institutes. Colleges and college education appear to be somewhat depreciated by the general public; dwindling college enrolments and closed colleges attest a lowered evaluation of college education. What is the value of a college education? Although a college education is neither possible nor desirable for everyone and although a college education does not assure one tht he will have fixed financial returns, a college education has unquestionable and considerable worth. This has always beeen the case. It will always be true. The value of a college education cannot be cancelled out; it can only be obscured and beclouded. The value of a college education needs to be clearly seen and clearly understood. All of us at Chowan need to be clear eyed and clear-minded about the worth of a college education. We owe it to ourselves and to each other as administrators, faculty, and students. We have too much invested in the educational venture to ignore or overlook the abiding values of college education. What then is the value of a college education? The compass of this paper is necessarily too brief to attempt more than a pointing toward some abiding values of a college education. I call your attention to three lasting values in college education. 1. There is a real financial value in a college education. As previously noted, it is a fact that a college education does not guarantee one a job, much less a stated income. But it is also a fact that a college education is a requisite for all the professions and for some other jobs as well. Moreover, some high echelon positions in the business world are closed to those who do not have a college education. A college educatim opens doors that may lead to financial security. 2. A college education has immeasurable social value. A college is an unique institution and a very singular community. It is comprised of people (faculty, students, and administration) from different sections of the nation and from other nations. from different cultures and traditions. At college one en counters those who are different and learns not only to accept but also to appreciate others. College brings a widening social dimension to life. It also brings deep and lasting friendships. A man meets his wife-to-be, a woman her husband-to-be, another man his future business or professional partner. And every one finds that he has an added new status. He is a coUege-man. He has standing. He belongs to a distinctive “club” - his college. 3. Then there is knowledge and wisdom which I believe to be the deepest value of a college education. In college one is in troduced to the wisdom of the ages, to the lissons of history, to the great ideas of great thinkers, to the great works of the great artists. In college one has the opportunity to acquire a sen sitive, informed, and trained mind. This brings us to what I think is the very nature of education. Dr. C. B Earp earned his Ph. D. at Columbia. He taught classical Greek and Latin at Wake Forest University. He once remarked to a class that “if” the dirt farmer who has never even seen the proverbial one-room schoolhouse can cope with the problems of life better than I, then he is a better educated man than I am. At its deepest level life confronts us with problems and decisions; the choice of a mate, the choice of a vocation, relating to other people, adjusting to illness, accepting impending death, and the like. College offers the opportunity to gain wisdom and knowledge for making the choices essential to successful living. The ultimate value of college education depends then upon what we put into the venture and what we make of it. The World of Julius Smith English teachers are members of a privileged group. Some people may be surprised at that statement; many will disagree. However, there is at least one English teacher on the Chowan campus who considers herself quite privileged when she has the opportunity to read the literary Alone at Last By SHELBY TODD One hot, sultry summer day Spunky White decided to visit his grandfather, who lived alone a half iiiile from Spunky, since he didn’t have anything else to do. Spunky was quite an individual in every way, except that he had a morbid fear of death. He couldn’t stand to go to funerals, or even see a dead person or animal. One thing that Spunky really enjoyed was visiting his grandfather. His grandfather sat on the front porch of his home, when weather permitted, rocking in his rocking diair practically all day long. This was the main enjoyment that he got out of life—sitting, rocking, and watching the happenings occurring on the road in front of his house. Spunky was (S'oceeding along the path that led to his grand father’s house, enjoying the beauty of this summer day. In fact, he said to himself, “Boy, this is ^ great day to be alive. I hope noting happens to spoil this day.” By now Spunky had arrived at the short lane that led to his grandfather’s house. As he looked down the lane, which was some one hundred feet long, he noticed his grandfather sitting in his rocking chair. As he got closer, he became aware of the fact that the chair was not moving. Arriving on the porch, he noticed the serenity of his grandfather. He then realized that he was, at last, alone—with Death. Official Visit BUCHAREST (AP) — French Foreign Minister Maurice Schu mann will pay an official visit to Romania Jan. 29-30 at the in vitation of his Romanian count erpart, George Macovescu, the Romanian news agency Agerpres reported today. attempts of her students. They can be quite revealing at times. For example, most people think of Julius Smith as an outstanding athlete. That he is, we all agree, but Mrs. Batchelor discovered that there is another side to Julius—the poetic side. To illustrate this versatility of our favorite halfback we print the following selections; they speak for tiiemselves as “the other side of Julius Smith.” MINE One day. There will be a child bom, A child full of love, happiness, and sorrow; A child with skin of gold And a smile with something more than the happiness Of a smile, but one that will make me feel I am a creator. My work will grow; My work will prosper; I am a helper of God! My child! My child! Mne! PLEASE My mind is going through sveral changes, Due to the unstable day to day dianges I go through. If and when I ever become completely well again, It will be necessary to keep a tab on myself So that in the future things may be a little simpler. Please pray that I may one day be able to put it all together Sothat I can help the world while helping myself! Please! While the English 101 class was studying irony in short stories, back during the summer of 1972, Mrs. Batchelor found another student who has expressed an interest in creative writing. Shelby Todd, a part-time student from Ahoskie, wrote the following short, short story to illustrate his understanding of the ironic. Most people are now enjoying watching an occasional weekends the ABC network concerts on television. Just recently Freddie King had the opportunity to be seen on TV along with Grand Funk Railroad. Freddie King sings and plays modern blues guitar with the best of them. His voice is raspy and ingratiating, his guitar sound with am plification is very distinctive. His album “Texas Cannonball” is probably his finest blues album. It was produced by Leon Russell and Denny Cordell. King plays a variety number of blues on the album, the high points being the jam choruses of “Me and My Guitar,” King was escorted by Don Preston and Leon Russell on “You was Wrong.” Issac Hayes also accompanied King on the tune, “Can’t Trust Your Neigh bor. King is definitely playing with fine talent on “Texas Cannonball” who however, is not related to B.B. Many of us know Ry Cooder, who is noted for his bottleneck guitar playing and country blues style. His latest album is “Boomers Story,” which is characterized with his typical traditional country blues. Cooder was a studio musician from the ages 18-23. He now is 25 and has made three albums of his own on Reprise records, “Ry Cooder,” “In the Purple Valley,” and “Boomer’s Story.” His latest LP has a couple of folk songs which is typical of his country style. On the album there are also several war songs such as “Rally ’Round the Flag” from the Civil War and “Comin in on a Wing and a Prayer,” from War World II. These songs are not militant songs but more on the patriotic positive side of a modest war song. Remember about five years ago Cooder jammed with the Rolling Stones and Nicky Hopkins. The album came out called “Jamming with Edward” much to their discredit, and Cooder also played with the Stones on “Let it Bleed.” So with his germinating talent Cooder is becoming more respected in the music world —Harvey R. Wadman —David L. Brooks f pwni! BUSINESS IS SLOW—Faculty members of Chowan’s Religion Department wait for the rush at registration for Spring Semester, held January 16th. Left to right are. Dr. Earl Parker, Mrs. Daisy Lou Mixon, Mrs. Esther Whitaker and Mr. Rowland Pruette.