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JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY, C HARLOTTE, N. C., JANUARY, 1928
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WHO’S WHO ON THE
By Henry L. Foster, ’28.
This writing is to introduce to you the
individual members who constitute the
present staff of “The University Student.”
The editorial staff for another school year
will be elected the first of February. The
records of the present staff at Johnson C.
Smith University are as follows:
A. U. Daw.son
Mr. A. R. Dawson, Editor-in-Chief of
“The University Student,” hails from
Wilson, N. C. He entered the university
in 1920, and has held many responsible
places among his fellow students in college:
President of his class in 1920 and 1925;
sports writer for the University Student for
years, member of the Varsity Debating
Team; manager of the basket ball team,
Mr. Dawson is a scholar and gentleman.
Basileus of Rho Chapter of the Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, and represented the chapter
at the conclave held in New York City,
December 27-31, 1927. The student body
has known him for seven j'ears and can say
of him whether as secretary, treasurer or
editor, he has ever measured up to the ut
most demands made upon the incumbency
of his position. He finishes this coming
.Tunc from the College Department.
T. L. Plair
Mr. T. L. Plair, who is the Associate
Editor and Publisher of “The University
Student,” hails from 'the “Land of Sun
shine,” Jacksonville, Fla. He enter-e i the
university in the fall of 1920. ' Since that
• time adapted himself to the leading activi
ties of the' university and city, on the cam
pus and has commanded’ the respect and
regard of his fellow students and the fac
ulty. In the social world lie lias won lau
rels that would grace the brows of the
Mr. Plair has held many responsible
places among the students, namely; . Secre
tary of his class; corresponding secretary
of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity of which he
is a member; manager of the 1927 foot ball
squad, and W'as elected associate editor and
publisher of “The University Student.”
Also the winner of . the. High School oratori.
cal contest 1924, and the agriculture prize
given by Prof. Chisholm. He is a- member
of the class of 1928, and exalted mogul of
the G. A. Association.
Thos. E. Gilliard, Jr.
Mr. Gillard hails from Sumter, S. C., and
is the secretary of “The University Stu
dent,” He is a graduate of Morris College
’24, holding the highest honors of his class.
Since entering the university has won the
respect of the student-body and faculty.
Also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, holding the office of financial
secretary, and is one of the pioneer debators
of the university. Mr. Gilliard is a member
of the class of ’2.8—a. scientific student of
the College Department and loyal member
of the G. A. Association.
M. A. Hawkins
Mr. Hawkins, business manager of “The.
University Student,” hails from Newport,
Arkansas. Graduate of the High School
Department, Johnson C. Smith University.
Ho has held the presidency of his class
three different times; sporting editor of the
Higher School Messenger; reporter for the
Lampados Club under the auspices of the
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; President of the
Les Chevaliers Elegants and member of the
'I hos. A. Jenkins, ’2S.
Retiring Editorial Staff of “The University Student,” Johnson C. Smith University.
Back row: (left to right): T. L. Plair, M. A. Haw'kins, C. FI. White.
..idole row^; (left to right): T. E. Gilliard, .Ir., A. R. Dawson.
Front row: T. S. Jackson.
C. H. White
Mr. Wh'te comes from Louisburg, N. C.,
and is the circulation manager of “The
He is a graduate of the class of ’22 of
Mary Potter Memorial School, Oxford,
North Carolina; also of the clas of '26, of
the College Department, Johnson C. Smith
University. He is a member of the rauldle
class of the Theological Department of
Johnson C. Smith University.
Mr. White is a promoter of the Y. M. G.
A., the .l.’attoon Literary Society and the
Philosophy Club. He is also a founder of
tho Alexander Dumas Reading Circle, and
t'no reporter of the Theological Department
for “The University Student.”
He has played an important part in many
of the activities on the campus,, and has the
respect of the faculty and • student-body.
He is also a personal w'cker and a good
mixer. Mr. White is- a member of the
Alpha Omicron. Chapter of . Alpha Phi.
Alpha Fraternity; was delegate to the 19th
annual convention of the Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, December 27-31, 1926, Rich
mond, Virginia. He is treasurer of the fol
lowing group: -Alpha Omicron Chapter, the
local branch of the Y. M. C. A. and the
Theological Department. The “Social
Whirl,” and “The Derby Club” say he is
an ex-member of their folds.
T. S. Jackson
Mr. Jackson is a graduate of Indiana
Univers’ty, holding A. B. degree. Instruc-
toi of education in the College Department
ot Johnson C. Smith University, director of
extenison work; President of Board of Ath
letic control; faculty advisor to Y. M. C.
A., treasurer of “The University Student.”
He has done three summers of graduate
study at Chicago University, is President
of the Charlotte Branch N. A. A. C. P.,
and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Frater
The out-going staff shall be remembered
by the student-body. We wish them suc
cess in every line of human endeavor. We
have been associated with men engaged in
different vocations of life, but have never
been associated with a body of men that
had more of the milk of human kindness in
their make-up than the staff that retires
with this i.ssue of The Universtiy Student.
Of the many dangers, toils and snares
that arise during a college career, one does
not u.sually find satisfaction until the final
outcome is known. The last Fall Semester
is s’’'..! to '.,'e realized around Smith by
many, and its passing will in no wise cause
any worry or any discontentment, whether
it has been pleasure or work.
If we were to pause long enough to
.re vie tv the successes and failures of
the year just ended or of the trials,
hardship and heartbreaks of the holiday
season just passed, we would no doubt find
many who have turned over a new leaf.
W. .4. Perry was the first to do so socially.
Probably disappointments that came to him
unfortunately in the city, in spite of his
deep interest, soiled the old leaf.
Often we hear flowery ministerial phrases
u.sed, assuring us that Rev. “He” Williams,
Re.'. “Doc” Johnson and Rev. “Fess”
Beavers are bound for Theology next term.
During the holidays, we were able to
learn just why Thos. Gilliard speaks so
■well of Fisk University, and where his in
terest is centered specifically.
No rest has as yet come for the weary.
Dean’s Psychology and Dr. Anderson’s Logic
are “keeping all feet to the fire” without
mentioning the other courses such as Prof.
Jacks education and Prof. Peyton's biology.
Messrs. Caviness, McKeithen, Battle,
Davis, Foster and Jenkins have not as yet
denied the statement made by the “Lone
Wolf” in the last edition, concerning the
apron strings, they must know just what'he
In recent editions the “Lone Wolf” has
been showing great interest in the social
activities of the class. It will be wise to
read his column for further information.
Wo would like to know who he is.
Those who spent a few days off the cam
pus during the holidays were: Messrs.
Belton, Scales, Foster, H. E. Williams, C.
E. Williams, Johnson, Gilliard and Dawson.
The Rho Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity was represented at its Annual
Conclave, held in New York City, by Mr.
A. R. Dawson, Editor of “The Student.”
NOTES FROM THE EX
Since the last edition of The University
Student three subjects of major education
al importance have employed the attention
of our community pedagogues. High
School Secr-et Societies, Student Participa
tion in Control of Study Halls, and School
Spirit have been the centers of attraction
during the past few weeks and the reac
tions to these stimuli have been both inter
esting and shocking.
High school and college authorities
might weigh and consider the objections
and values of secret societies in schools.
Some of the demerits of these societies are
as follows: (1) Fraternities are not dem
ocratic; (2) They develop snobbishness and
clannishness; (3) They lower standards of
scholarship; (4) They are too expensive;
(5) They decrease school morale; (6) The
school becomes secondary and the frat.
primary in the lives of the Greekss; (7)
Personal appearance and personal property
are over-emphasized in the selection of'
members, and (8) Fraternities are mainly
social in their motives andare contributing
nothing to the constructive program of the
The merits of the organization though
few in number are well taken and suffi
ciently stable to counteract the objections
stated above. (1) Fraternities develop real
friendship; (2) They encourage scholarship
by I'equiring of all candidates scholastic
work beyond the average; (3) They stimu
late students to attend high school and
college by offering scholarships and hold
ing mass meetings with pai’ents and stu
dents; (4) They teach loyalty, cooperation,
leadership and fidelity.
The real objectives of fraternities are to
sponsor programs for the advancement of
the race as well as their own individual
memberships. The purpose of these secret
bodies in our schools is to work with the
authorities in raising the standards of
scholarship and in teaching many students
the very valuable lessons of obedience,
how to dress, and how to behave on various
sociai, civic, and religious occasions.
Of course w-e understand why the num
ber of objections is greater than the num
ber of values. In nearly all cases the oppo
nents do not belong to fraternities or
they joined after graduating from college.
These knockers have not tasted the “bitter
medicine” nor felt “little mother,” which
processes make the public see these socie
ties in a different light.
Because the high school student has
wished to be like his college cousin or
brother, because he wants to wear a pin
bearing Greek letters a very dangerous sit
uation has developed in the high school.
Principals and teachers of high schools
with fraternities are striving to abolish
them by substituting other organizations.
And the chief reason for this is that the
high school student is too immature in
body and mind to understand and carry out
the principles of fraternities.
Prof. W. J. Knox, head of the Chemistry
Department, represented Alpha Omicron
Chapter at the twentieth annual convention
of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, held at