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NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE FOR NEGROES, DURHAM, N. C., OCTOBER 27, 1939
N. C. C. PLANS GALA HOMECOMING
Bisons Will Tangle
With N. C. C. Eagles
iV. C. C. Enrollment Increases
V. V. Oaks Heads
At Wilberfore U.
C. V. Harris Seeks Degree
Dr. V. V. Oak, former head of the
Commercial Department, N. C. Col
lege, now holds the position as head
of the Commercial Department at
During his two years at N. C. Col
lege, Dr. Oak made many changes in
the academic requirements of the de
partment. The whole commercial de
partment feels his absence, along with
the absence of Miss Cee Vee Harris,
last year’s Commercial Club life-
spark, who is absent on leave for fur
ther study. The Junior Class Club
members. Dr. Oak’s brain children,
miss him very much.
At Wilberforce, where he was in
structor previously, his chief func
tion is the reorganization of the com
Dr. Oak has sent his best wishes
to all his former students and ex
presses his high hopes for our Com
mercial Club’s success in its present
To My Former Students.
Dear students: It is with great
regret that I left N. C. College for
Negroes, but the call of Wilber
force University sounded so needy
that I had to heed it. I regret es
pecially to leave behind me the
1941 Commercial students who
came to N. C. C. N. at the same
time that I did (1937) and who
helped me to uphold my standards
of scholarship in every possible
way. I was hoping that I would
stay long enough to see this group
graduate, but fate decreed it other
wise. Needless to say that I am
looking forward to the pleasure of
seeing a large percentage of this
group on the honor roll through
the remaining two years. To my
mind that is the best tribute one
could give to any teacher.
N. C. C. is growing so fast that
one finds it difficult to keep up
with its growth. Its ultimate use
fulness, however, will be measured
entirely by the contribution its
students will make to society. See
that your contribution is worth
your good name. Fight with all
your might for your rights as stu
dents, but always remain loyal to
your Alma Mater.
Let me hear from you, as I am
interested in your progress, in the
progress of the institution, and
most of all in the progress of the
With best wishes, I am.
Yours very sincerely,
V. V. Oak.
October 2, 1939.
With registration at the highest
peak in the history of the school, and
with more applications coming in
from students who desire to be train
ed to have a cultural approach to life
and where they may, at the same
time, become scholastically secure,
the North Carolina College for Ne
groes opened its 29th year with an
enrollment of 619—an increase of
118 over the enrollment of the pre
Perhaps the dominant reason for
the increased enrollment is due to
added facilities and the opening of
the graduate school which has an en
rollment of 19. In order to make
North Carolina College outstanding,
the president has secured the services
of Dr. Pearce, Dr. Markham, Dr.
Thompson, Dr. Brownell, Dr. Easley
and Dr. Allen from Duke University.
From the University of North Caro
lina come Dr. McKee, Dr. Lefler, Dr.
Knight, Dr. Odum and Dr. Pierson,
who is the dean of the graduate
school at Chapel Hill. Members of
the N. C. College faculty who are
teaching in the graduate school are
Dr. Lee, Mr. Knox, Dr. Farrison and
Courses are offered in the graduate
school in Biology, English, History,
Chemistry, Education and Social Sci
The attempt is being made here to
develop a curriculum which will be
related to a fuller life. The facilities
of the new gymnasium, to be com
pleted soon, will aid in this connec
tion. Other new buildings which are
to be dedicated soon are: The Sci-
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Girls’ New Dormitory
The freshman and sophomore girls
entered our recently completed dor
mitory and are now enjoying its ad
vantages. This was the first of our
new buildings to be turned over by
the contractors. The others, the Sci
ence, Home Economics, Laundry and
Gymnasium buildings, are to be com
pleted in the near future.
The building has a capacity of 96
students, not including the guest and
matron’s rooms, both of which in
clude private baths. At present this
dormitory is filled to its capacity.
The building includes a large liv
ing room, a recreation room, a laun
dry, and a trunk and baggage room.
The Campus Echo
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Echo may be turned in at any time
during the month in the classroom of
Professor Willis, or to any member
of the editorial staff of the Echo.
Deadline for student contributions
for publication in any month’s edi
tion must be in no later than the
twelfth of that month.
The Editor, Campus Echo.
In Institute Here
MISS N. C. C.
Representing N. C. C. at the
homecoming game ^with Howajrd
University, Miss I.. Daren,
prominent campus belle of the A.
K. A. Sorority, has everything a
queen could have. With her and
her attendants behind the team,
it is no wonder that the football
season for North Carolina College
is the tops.
“Bob” came to us from Cam
den, s. C., in September, 1936.
Her popularity then, as now, was
unmistakable; her beauty unmar
“ . . . and we’ll claw those Bi
sons, won’t we Eagles?,” says the
McLendon Leads N. C. C.
Sunday School Assembly
On Sunday, Octoler 1, at 9:00,
the North Carolina College Sunday
School assembled foi the first time
this school year. Held in the Music
Assembly, the mee:iig was mostly
musical in nature.
The following offi:ers for the year
were elected: Superintendent, Coach
J. B. McLendon; assistant superin
tendent, Sylvester Carter; secretary,
Naomi McLean; li>rarian, Richard
Highlighting the first meeting of
the Sunday School the rendition
of the spiritual, "Cfod News,” by
the Varsity Hall Cljir. Naomi Mc
Lean made her repo:(.
It is hoped that jll students will
voluntarily support tjis essential part
of the college activitljps.
Miss Watson i.t Columbia
Miss Parepa W'at;|»n, our assistant
librarian, is studying at Columbia
University this yei,!". Miss Watson
hopes to complete ‘TOrk for her de
gree of Master in Libary Science.
We miss Miss Wason this year
and look forward to fer return next
year. We wish her mich success in
Extending over a period of four
weeks, a National Recreation Insti
tute began here on October 16, with
a total enrollment of thirteen persons.
The institute, conducted by the
National Recreation Association, is
sponsored locally by the Durham
Recreation Commission, the Chamber
of Commerce, the Junior League, and
the Rotary Club.
Courses in music, social recreation,
arts and crafts constitute the subject
matter and practice work. The work
is in two divisions, some courses be
ing short and intensive and others
long and more extensive.
Three staff members of the Na
tional Recreation Institute constitute
the faculty. They are Frank A. Sta
ples, director of arts and crafts; Miss
Ethel M^ Bowers, director of social
recreation and recreation for girls
and women; and Augustus D. Dan
zig, director of iliusic.
Agnes Reynolds, C. T. Russels,
Georgia D. Whitted, Mabel A. Wat
son, Leona Roberson, Jewell Watson,
O. G. Thompson, Thelma Fitzgerald,
William Bragalon, Walter Green,
Loraine Graves, Leola B. May, and
Cathryn D. Shaw are now attending
College credits will be given to the
graduates of the institute.
Robert L. Duren to Be Crowned
School Spirit Now
Is in the Making
Starting the year with a direct ef
fort, with the slogan, “Make N. C. C.
make school spirit,” the alumni of
the institution through its newly cre
ated committee bn athletics, started
arousing a spirit among the students
which permeated the N. C. C.-Blue-
field game. Never before was such
spirited action combined with such
spirited spectators. Each committee
man was present at the chapel assem
bly on Friday, the 13 th—whether
you are superstitious or not, it surely
brought results—and was presented
for a statement. In the following or
der they were presented by Dean
Dr. J. M. Hubbard, dentist, “Spirit
is the thing we need, without which
Mr. R. L. McDougald, cashier.
Mechanics and Farmers Bank, “If
you don’t have a cheering section, or
don’t yell when your team seems to
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Uppermost in the minds of all the
students of North Carolina College
is the thought of a most glorious
Homecoming Day. Already very elab
orate plans have been made to make
this homecoming the grandest, most
magnificent Homecoming Day ever.
The entire student body and the ad
ministration are behind the project
As the school has grown, the loy
alty of the students has grown ac
cordingly, and now the North Caro
lina College has an enthusiastic stu
dent body eager to make the alumni
happy in their homecoming and proud
of their connection with N. C. C.
As to the feminine side of the ques
tion, North Carolina College posses
ses some of those charming lassies
whose personalities “send you.” It
was a very hard decision to make
when choosing the most beautiful and
popular lass even in the senior class.
Finally, however, Miss Robert “Bob”
Lee Duren was chosen, despite the
narrow margin, paced by the heart-
taking Kathjyn Goins. Miss North
Carolina College, alias Miss Robert
Lee Duren, will assume the responsi
bility of reigning after she is crowned
on October 28. Her attendants are
the following: Miss Ethel Howell,
senior class; Miss Alice Oakley, jun
ior class; Miss Wyonella Hicks, soph
omore class; Miss Ruth Hall, fresh
Our staunch rivals on Homecoming
Day will be the Howard University
team. Our Eagles are strengthening
themselves for a tough battle, but we
expect to fly over Howard’s Bisons.
Homecoming always affords an op
portunity for the graduates to return
home. It revives the feeling of unity
among all as they sing “Dear Old N.
C. C.” Not as the prodigal son re-
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To Alumni and Students
Copies of last year’s Annual,
The Eagle, will be on sale Friday
ind Saturday of this week in Room
113. Copies may be also purchas
ed on the football field during the
game between North Carolina Col
lege and Howard University. Price
The Staff, The Eagle.
Dr. Brown Presented
To Students, Faculty
On Sunday, October 1, 1939, Dr.
Charlotte Hawkins Brown, nationally
known educator, lecturer,and founder
and president of Palmer Memorial
Institute, spoke to the faculty, stu
dent body and many friends in the
B. N. Duke auditorium of the North
Carolina College for Negroes.
Her subject was in the nature of
three questions: What is your name?
Where are you from? Where are you
Dr. Brown put most of her empha
sis on the last part of her subject—
Where are you going? In brief, she
said, “We show what we are by our
past environment and our future ac
tions. We impress others as to the
gentleness of our past environment
and the height of our future ambi
As is her habit, Mrs. Brown kept
the audience spellbound.
WELCOME, ALUMNI AND BISONS!