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The University Student
LUX ET VERITAS
Vol. 3 No. 5
JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY, CHARLOTTE, N. C., APRIL, 1927.
CLASS OF 1927
By Carlton L. Murphy, ’27
The class of ’27 owes its existence back
t(. ’.le fall of the year, 1919. Fifty-four
vigorous young rrien set out to Biddle Uni
versity—as it was then called—to secure a
cducacional training. At the end of
theii , .g ..cnool career the class had been
reduced co twenty members. This was the
first high school graduating class to re
ceive a Johnson C. Smith University diplo
ma—as the name of the school was changed
the same year—1923.
In the fall of the year, 1923, the class
saw a decided change in that about two-
thirds of the old boys fell by the wayside
and a large number of new men stepped
into their places. The class was then en
larged to thirty-nine members. Through
another change the class was reduced to
twenty-four members which is the present
The following schools are represented by
the class; Thynne Institute, W. P. Jennings;
Boydton A. and B. Institute, A. A. Adams;
Mary Potter School, W. J. Hardy and H.
L. Forbes; Brainerd Institute, C. B. Stew
art, J. T. Jones and C. G. Gore; Harbison
College, N. L. Gregg, R. W. Parker, J. J.
Spearman and R. W. Thompson; Western
Union Academy, D. A. Costner; Danville
Industrial Institute, W. E. Bailey; St. Au
gustine School, E. L. Avery, and Lincoln
University, J. T. Douglass.
Those who finished high school at John
son C. Smith University and who are mem
bers of the present class are: A. R. Lord,
T. L. Gunn, W. B. Stinson, L. S. Brown,
vl.. 1^. Murp"r E. Bailey, R. L. Watt,
C. H. Shute, .P • G. T. Butler and. D.
Who Is Who of the Class of ’27.
,:-i.lbert A. Adams, known as “cuckoo,” is
a brilliant student, a scientific scholar and
a member of the Philosophy club.
Eugene L. Avery, known as “shorty,” is
a member of the Philosophy club, a bright
student and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha
William E. Bailey, known as “slim,” is
a pre-medical student and a member of
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Lucius S. Brown, known as “Pure,” is an
excellent student, a member of the Phil
George T. Butler, known as “Jerry,” is
the class comedian, a classical student and
a member of the Philosophy club.
Dwight A. Costner, known as “Rev.” is
secretary of the class, Y. M. C. A. worker
and a member of Omega Psi Phi Frater
Julius T. Douglass, known as “Pomme,”
is a classical student, winner of the Junior
Oratorical Contest Medal and a member of
the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
J. David Douglass, known as “Slick,” is
an athlete. He served several years on the
Varsity foot ball and base ball teams and is
a classical student.
Henry L. Forbes, known as “John Doe,”
is salutatorian of the class. Editor of “The
Social Whirl,” a member of the Philosophy
club and a member of the Omega Psi Phi
Newton L. Greeg, known as “Newt,” is
President of the class and a member of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Curley G. Goore, known as “Kapeeba,”
is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
and a member of the University Quintette.
Wayne J. Hardy, known as “Where,!’ is
a member of the Varsity base ball team,
a pre-medical student and a member of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Wendell P. Jennings, known as “Red,” is
Assistant instructor of chemistry in the
University and is a member of Alpha Phi
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Joseph T. Jones, known as “Friend,” is
a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, a
member of the University Quintette and a
member of the Philosophy club.
Alonza R. Lord, known as “Sonny,” is
Vice-President of the class, was foot ball
manager for the year, 1926, and is a mem
ber of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Carlton L. Murphy, known as “Buss,” is
historian of the class, designer of class pic
ture, artist and interior decorator and a
member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Raymond W. Parker, known'as* “Joe,” rt
author of “Back and Front,” an excellent
scholar and a member of the Philosophy
Charles H. Shute, Jr., known as “The
Duke of Conover,” is a classical student
and good in extra curricula activities.
Julius J. Spearman, known as “Felly,” is
a scientific student, a member of Omega
Psi Phi Fraternity and a member of the
Charles B. Stewart, known as “Kid
Charlie,” is a member of the Philosophy
club, a wide-awake student and a member
of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
William B. Stinson, known as “Child,”
is Valedictorian of the class and Assistant
Instructor of Chemistry in the University.
Roy W. Thompson, known as “Stokes,”
is a member of the Varsity foot ball and
base ball teams of the University, a sci
entific student and a member of Omega
Psi Phi Fraternity.
Robert L. Watt, known as “Kid Bobie,”
is Treasurer of the class, a pre-medical
student and is Postmaster of the University.
INSTITUTE ON HUMAN RELATIONS
Price 10 Cento
Chapel Hill, N. C., March.—Race rela
tions, along with international affairs and
industrial problems, occupied the earnest
attention of the faculty and student body
of the University of Noi'th Cai'olina locat
ed here, through the week of March 20-25.
The occasion was the first Quadrennial In
stitute on Human Relations, conducted un
der the auspices of the College Y. M. C. A.
and led by many outstanding authorities on
the several subjects discussed. .
The speakers on race relations were J.
Weldon Johnson, of New York, Secretary
of the N. A. A. C. P.; W. W. Alexander, of
Atlanta, Director of the Commission on
Interracial Cooperation; Prof. N. C. New-
bold, Supervisor of Negro Education in
North Carolina; Prof. W. C. Jackson,
Vice-President of North Carolina College
for Women and Chairman of the State In
terracial Committee; and J. J. Cornelius of
India. Each made a distinctive contribu-
titon to the program.
Mr. Johnson appeared before many of
the classes from day to day, setting forth
the contributions that Negroes had made
to American music, literature, and art. He
handled his subject with rare insight and
skill and completely won his auditors. On
Friday evening he addressed a great stu
dent mass meeting on the American inter
racial situation, setting forth the fact that
the Negro ’".^pssenti.ally an American, feoi-
that he is entitled to the rights of citizen
ship, and expects sooner or later to receive
them. “Whether America shall be able to
find a way to give him these rights,” said
the speaker, “will be the ultimate test of
this country’s democracy.” No one on the
program was more favorably received or
trated with greater courtesy than Mr.
W. W. Alexander, in addition to meeting
a number of classes, spoke Sunday morning
on education and race relations, maintain
ing that in these days of intimate world
relations, education to be effective, must
teach men of different races to understand
and respect each other and to deal fairly
with one another. Mr. Newbold told the
remarkable story of Negro education in
North Carolina, Dr. Jackson spoke on the
general subject of race relations, and J. J.
Cornelius talked on world aspects of the
Among the speakers on international re
lations were Kirby Page, Dr. W. L. Poteat,
Arthur Rugh, Mr. Cornelius, Dr. Alva W.
Taylor and E. M. Patterson, making pow
erful appeals for international understand
ing and permanent peace. James Myers,
Fred Ringe and Dr. Taylor talked on in
dustry, setting forth the necessity of re
shaping our industrial order along more
COLLEGE PLACEMENT BUREAUS
(From “The Oracle)
In the near future the college placement
bureau will be as necessary for the main
tenance of a Negro school as an efficient
faculty, and the school that does not main
tain an alert and effective placement bu
reau will be severely handicapped.
Financial support indeed is no small
part of the problem of the future success
ful educational administration. Northern
philanthropy is no longer as interested in
Negro education as it once was. In the
near future, Negro schools, like white
schools, will have to be maintained by their
alumni. Hence, it will be directly profitable
for Negro schools to place their graduates
in positions that will permit them to de
velop adequate endowments for their Alma
Maters. It will not be long before the
progress of a school will be determined by
the progress of its alumni.
Then, too, there is another angle to this
proposition. Today colleges are judged
largely by the products they turn out; and
the products are measured by what they
accomplish. Hence, the schools which help
their products to accomplish by placing the
products right and giving them a good start
will be adjudged the more effective institu
Today, all Negro schools that prepare
their students and turn them aloose on the
world without placement are not doing a
successful job. Some Negro schools have
made a good start in the right direction;
but, teacher-placement bureaus alone, are
not sufficient, for the simple reason that
all graduates have not been trained for the
teaching profession. Some are trained for
insurance, others are trained for engineer
ing, journalism, real estate, banking, ex-,
porting and importing, marketing, etc.
These as well as those trained for teaching
should be placed.
Y. M. C. A. NOTES
By D. A. Costner, *27
The Y. M. C. A. still serves as an in
centive to a life of usefulness and right
We are still anticipating a new Y. M. C.
A. room. How long shall we be kept in sus
pense ? _
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Un the third rfunua^ reoruai^ we
a song service.
On February 27th Mr. Charles White led
in discussing, “Does College Life Weaken
or Strengthen Christian Faith?”
March 6th a very good program v. ,^ :
rendered by the Ciceronian iLterary Sod-
The week of prayer was observed Mch.
6-13. The principal speakers were Rev.
Prof. Booker and Rev. 0. E. Sanders.
March 13 Dr. G. E. Davis brought a mes
sage which was no exception to all his
March 20 Rev. H. M. Smith, pastor of
the First Baptist church, gave us a burn
March 27 we had a musicale. The out
standing numbers were a clarinet solo by
Mr. Shelton Long; vocal solos by Mr. Ben
jamin Brock and C. H. Byrd; violin duet
by Messrs. Adams and Jones.
April 3rd we had installation of officers-
The officers are: Mr. Z. A. Dockery, Pres
ident; Mr. G. E. McKeithen, Vice-Pi'esi-
dent; Mr. Gilmer Franklin, Secretary; Mr.
J. L. Hollowell, Assistant Secretary; and
Mr. C. H. White, Treasurer.
The ex-administration under the guid
ance of Mr. E. L. James has done good
work. Among other things it operated a
movie for the benefit of the students dur
ing the winter.
We take this opportunity to thank Mr.
G. T. Butler for his services in making the
pictures successful. As a loyal member of
the Association he freely gave his services.
We thank Mr. Williams and others who
did anything to make our program a real
Man is king or He is eirher con
quering or being . riiuered, vanquishing
or being vanquishe; every minute of his
Everybody and • verything is either
pusher or pushed.