The Guilfordian. online resource (None) 1914-current, April 17, 1918, Page 2, Image 2
2 (SuUtotan GUILFORD COLLEGE, N. C. PUBLISHED WEEKLY EDITORLVL BOARD Deborah M. Brown.. Editor-in-Chief Jos. G. Reddick. .Business Manager Bernice E. Pike Secretary Alma T. Edwards Alumni Editor Prof. H. H. Brinton. Faculty Advigor Prof. Mark Balderston Faculty Advisor Associate Editors Ira G. Hinshaw Chas. B. Slielton Kate Smith Gertrude D. Cronk Ruth Coltrane John White Algie I. Newlin Totten Moton P. V. Fitzgerald Adli •oss nil communications to THE GUILFORDIAN, Guilford College, N. C SUBSCRIPTION PRICE SI.OO PER YEAR CALENDAR. Wednesday, 7.30: Freshman Class meeting. Science Club. Thursday, 9.15: Lecture, Conditions in Russia, Mr. Tatlock. Baseball, Guilford vs. Trinity, at Guilford. Prayer meetings. Friday: Guilford vs. A. & E. in Greensboro. Literary Societies. Saturday: Baseball, Scrubs vs. Win ston High. 8.00: Freshman contest. Monday: First chorus practice. Tuesday: Senior Class meeting. Wednesday: Sophomore Class meet ing. Literary Club. 8.00: Lecture, The Modern Drama, Dr. Henderson. Perhaps a word concerning Science Club elections will not be out of place here. This society is the only organization on the hill whose membership is entirely selective and for this reason some more stringent regulations regarding eligibility should prevail. As the case now stands almost any one whose name is proposed easily become a member of this club and consequently no particular honor attaches to mem- 'bership. ilie fact that a person is a member of this society is at present no especial indication that he or she possesses even an ordinary amount of interest in science or scientific studies. It would seem therefore that if eligibility rested on the basis of the amount of work done in the science courses which the curriculum offers, or upon genuine interest in the sub jects discussed, then the general standard of the club would be raised. It would be an honor to belong to such a society and a desire for mem bership might serve as tin incentive to harder work in the sciences. THIS IS YOUR PROBLEM. Nearly 40,000 illiterates were tak en into the United States Army with the first draft. The above t is startling when we consider the fact that :l~e draft was made tp r>f physically fit men )~etween the agps of 21 an:l Si. This eliminates that great class of elderly illiterates who have never had a chance and fit' physically unfit. It also eliminate:, the greater number of foreign born illiterates. One of the army camps recently reported more than 15 per cent, of white men and nearly 50 per cent, of the colored men illiterate. If the percentages give above are anything like correct for that class of men, then we may expect a far greater percentage of illiteracy than has ever been reported among the people as a whole. One hundred and thirty-two thou sand and one hundred ancr eighty nine white adult illiterates were re ported in North Carolina by the cen sus of 1910. Many of these have since learned at least to read and write and many are now being taught, but indications are that we have hundreds of illiterates whose names have never been written on any census report and thousands barely in the twilight zone of liter acy. There is no time for an endless discussion of causes, nor will it avail us anything to close our eyes to facts and indignantly disclaim wri-> ters who are prone to saddle North Carolina, and especially the "poor mountain whites," with wholesale illiteracy and ignorance and then proceed to mount this imaginery hohby and put it through the usual moth-eaten paces for the delectation of the usual credulous readers. We must realize the foundation of truth in these fabrications else they would not have stood so Jong. Adult illiteracy is the /ery darkest page that we continue cu write into the history of our State. Cause 3 over which we had no control were greatly responsible for it, but we are responsible for its continuation ana we must guard against its dangers and menace to the welfare of our State. The Legislature of 1917 made an appropriation for teaching adult il literates. This fund is apportioned upon the basis of the. number of il literates taught. Any one who is willing and able to do this work may be paid from this fund v,hen the re quirements are met. Some splendid work is being done in t'.'.e State but whole counties and communities are not doing anything along this line. This is more the business of the teacher than of the preacher, nor of any one more than of every one who has himself been more fortunate than those who have never even learned to read or writs. We are most anxious to co-operate 'with any school, church, lociety, fra ternal order, women's clubs, or any other reputable organization or in dividual who may undertake this work. If there are illiterates—one or many—in your community it is your business to do something other than to be smugly satisfied with con ditions as they are. Write us that we may send to you the regulations for the expenditure THE GUtLFORDIAN of the State fund for teaching adult illiterates and that we may offer tuggestions that may be helpful con cerning the work. KELLY Director of Schools for Illiterates State Department of Education, Raleigh, N. C. Few educational institutions of importance in the United States are without a student weekly or daily newspaper. These papers are a def inite and fixed part of the make-up of every live and progressive student body of practically every enterpris ing and educational institution. The numbers of such papers are increae ng just as there is a growth in in stitutions and increase in attend- Today a student newspaper is al most as necessary to the life of a wide awake student body, and the importance of these newspapers is realized. What of the football vic tories, of the glee club's success, of the class and student 'body elections, of the social activities on the camp us, of the progress of an alumnus— what of all these without a newspa per to carry the intelligence to the üblic? What of the ingenious pranks? What of the student meet ings? What of the eternal "Fresh man questions?" Most of these go for naught unless there be yawning columns and eager readers. Newspapers of general cir culation may care for the matters of greatest importance to the students; but what about the little things of Lhe campus life? Alumni want the old college paper not alone to learn who made the touchdowns or hit in the ninth with the bases full, but they want to know when John Doe, who flunked out in his senior year, makes a visit to the campus and speaks at the mass meeting. The "Old Grads"' want to know if Miss Jennie Blank is still serving punch at the Fraternity receptions, and if Bill Brown, the college politician, was elected president of the Senior class. Much of what the students read in the college paper is not actual news to them, hut he thinks more of what is going on if he sees it in print. Then there are folks at home watching to see if Roderick draws a column and a half when he joins the Fraternity, or scanning the page only to wonder why Juanita didn't get more praise when she had a part —possibly three lines —in the Senior play. What would a student do if he couldn't kick on the "rottenness" of the write-up of the Y. M. C. A. stunt, or fi he didn't have an oppor tunity to declare he would hunt up more news or quit? The college newspaper is an insti tution of its own. It, is necessary to the lives of both knockers and boost ers, for it pleases those wbo con demn it fully as much as those who praise it. A college newspaper is sauce to the goose and to the gander, and its position in student life is firmly fixed. Students may be liken ed unto the lioness which cuffs her young at one moment, then fights for them the next; for they alternately condemn and praise, support and neglect, ridicule and laud—their col lege paper.—Harvard Crimson. BANKING BY MAIL WITH GREENSBORO LOAN & TRUST COMPANY Capital, $200,000.00 Resources over $2,000,000.00 IS SAFE AND CONVENIENT. ACCOUNTS INVITED VANSTORY CLOTHING COMPANY MODERN CLOTHING GREENSBORO, N. C. OAlili ERNEST LAMB FOR AUTO SERVICE Overland and Ford Cars. Phone line 25—4 shorts. Guilford College, N. 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