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The University Student
Vol 5, No. 2.
LUX ET VERITAS
DU BOIS SPEAKS
NOTED LECTURER DISCUSSES
JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY. CHARLOTTE, N. C.,'NOVEMBER, 1928.
Price 10 Cents.
Before one of the largest audiences ever
to assemble in the University auditorium,
Dr. W. E.^ B. Du Bois gave his scholarly
and very informative lecture on “Africa.”
Dr. Du Bois is one of the most widely
travelled men in America today, and his
information came as first-hand knowledge
from one who had actually been to Africa.
Although his lecture was lengthy the audi
ence sat in rapt attention throughout and
at its completion responded with hearty ap
It was a rare privilege for the student
body and faculty and friends of the Uni.
versity to hear Dr. Du Bois, for he is in
the front ranks of American thinkers and
writers.' We shall await with much pleas
ure his coming to us again.
VISITS THE INSTITUTION
By T. Jeffers
SINGS TO L ARGE AU
^ On Wednesday evening, October 31,
Florence Cole-Talbert, a much heralded so
prano, appeared at Johnson C. Smith Uni
versity in recital in which the dramatic
and the lyric were well blended. Beginning
her program with “With Verdue Clad,” by
Handel, she continued with well chosen
groups of songs and concluded her per
formance with “The Spring Song of the
Robin Woman,” by Cadman, which was
done in costume. In her singing Mrs. Tal.
bert revealed a voice of attractive quality
and ample range, which she used with much
intelligence. Her interpretations were ar-
h tistic, and there was great charm of style.
An attractive stage personality is an ^di-
tional asset in Mrs. Talbert’s favor.
“Slumber Song,” by Gretchaninoff brought
much applause and it was necessary to re
peat it before her listeners were satisfied.
Mrs. Cleo Holloway was a potent factor
in the evening’s enjoyment with her sym
REPORT ON REGISTRA
TION FOR THE FIRST
Ihe Registration for the first Semester,
1928-1929, is 300, distributed as follows:
School of Religion . ^ ^4
School of Arts . 252
High School , 23
NEED OF NEGRO GROUP
C. H. TOBIAS CRITISIZES FALSE
By Arthur J. Clement, Jr.
DR. MCEWAN DELIVERS
By C. C. DeVanc
Grand Total _ 3qq
Of the 300 students who are registered,
170 ••re North Carolina residents, 66 are
froih South Carolina, 15 from Georgia, 14
from Virginia, and the rest are scattered
through eleven other States, with the ex
ception of one student from British Gui
ana, and two from British West Africa.
The religious distribution shows that
there are 153 Presbyterians, 67 Methodists.
63 Baptists, 3 Episcopalians, 3 Christians,
2 Lutherans, 2 Congregationalists, 1 Cath
olic, and 6 who profess no denomination.
The number entering the Freshman class
for the first time is 84. Of these 56 came
from 19 schools in North Carolina, all of
which were accredited schools, and 28 from
schools out of the State.
In looking at the ages of the several stu
dents, we find that the youngest student
registered in school is only 15 years old
and is a member of the Freshman class.
The average age of the members of the
Senior class is 23, of the Junior class 23,
of the Sophomore class 20, and of the
Freshman class 20.
And Peter stood by the fire and warmed
himself” was the te.xt of the sermon that
Rev. W. L. McEwan, of Pittsburgh, Pa.,
brought to the students at the chapel
evening vespers on Sunday, November 4.
The message was dramatically delivered,
and was inspiring to every one present.
In the course of his interesting discussion
he gave vivid illustrations of Peter’s weak
ness during the crucial period of Jesus.
Dr. McEwan sympathized with human na
ture in its attempt to repel worldly influ
ences, which often has an overwhelming
power for good. He emphasized the integ
rity of manhood,—to encourage himself to
fight for the things loved most; the prin
ciples we cherish as life’s ideals, and our
Dr. McEwan is the eminent pastor of
Mrs. Johnson C. Smith, of Pittsburgh, Pa.,
and he comes to us as a personal friend of
Mrs. Smith and Dr. Gaston. For them,
honor and respect might be our most ac-
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JOHNSON C. SMITH GETS
The Southern Association of Philosophy
and Psychology in accord with its stand
ards has accredited the Department of
Psychology of Johnson C. Smith Universi
ty and registered Dean Alston and Pro
fessor T. S. Jackson with the accredited
teachers of Psychology.
Dean Alston is a graduate of Lincoln
University and did research work in Psy
chology at Clark University in Massachu
setts under the late G. Stanley Hall and
Dr. E. G. Boring, now director of the Lab-
oratory at Harvard.
Prof. Jackson, head of the Department
of Education, and Professor of Educational
Psychology, is a graduate of Indiana Uni
versity and did research work in the Uni
versity of Chicago under Dr. Judd and
“Not until our group gain that intestinal
stamina to go out and tackle the hard jobs
of life will we be able as a race to win
-he respect of the other dominating race
of the World. No one is respected that
is forever seeking the ‘tip and the hand-
ou y ” Tims exclaimed Dr. Channing Ji. To.
bia'C- Senior Secretary of the Colored Di-
visitn of the Y. M. C A., in a recent ad
dress before the students and faculty of
.lohnson C. Smith University.
Dr. Tobias- stopped over on his journey
to Atlanta, Ga., to attend there a meeting
of the Interracial Committee of which he
is an honored member.
Dr. Tobias called the attention of his
hearers to the present ideas of the average
college man. In his introductory remarks
he showed that the college man felt that
after he had spent so many years around
some .school’s campus that he should get
a job on the merits of his having sojourned
in such a congenial and intellectual atmos
phere, but such a fallacious belief will al
ways hinder one in his seekings for some
thing to do after he has passed from this
pasr habitat. We will never rise or “get
out of the woods” until we can grasp the
menial jobs oriife, and in them show our
ability to handle and function in other re
sponsibilities and capr-cities of a more ex
acting nature. In support of this asser
tion the learned Doctor presented a few of
th*r_men in our group who have in such a
manner made the outside world realize
that thy individually had something to give
to the world. Now after we do this that
material compensation will begin to flow
into our ranks, because of the Negro pat
ronizing the Negro business enterprises,
and the -white man pouring wealth into
his coffers, because the Negro has some
thing that the white man needs and with
this material compensation we can pains
takingly build a stable economical founda
tion; a foundation that is so essential to
our group in its desires to go higher in
the intellectual realm. Without this eco
nomical background we will by necessity
have to turn in supplication to other races
of the world for aid in all things; such ac
tivities will not breed any good, any re
spect for this race of ours.
In his closing remarks Mr. Tobias em
phasized the important position of the
srh-i'val in every n'’tivity of life. He spates
Among the many interesting speakers
who have favored us -vvith their presence
Miss G. A. Gollock was perhaps the most
interesting. Miss Gollock is an English
woman and formerly joint Editor with Mr.
J- H. Oldham, of “The International Re
view of Missions.” In addition to this Miss
Gollock is also author of several books, the
latest of which is “Sons of Africa,” a se
ries of biographical sketches of pi^minent
Africans of many different types, ranking
from the Medieval King Ashia of Timbuk
tu, to the modern educationist. Dr. J. E.
K. Aggrey the late Vice-Principal’ of
Prince of Wales College, Achimota. The
sketches reveal a sympathetic knowledge of
African mentality and a vivid sense of the
background against which they are cast.
Based upon considerable research this book
IS a unique addition to the literature of
Miss Gollock proved to be a very inter,
esting speaker and during the short time
she spoke, held the audience under the
charm of her simple, but far-reaching
words. Mr. Fiawoo, a member of the
Freshman class, is a friend of Miss Gol.
lock, and stopped in England enroute here
to visit her.
CLASS IN INDUSTRIAL
CHEMISTRY YiSTTS HY
Ihe class in industrial chemistry contin
ued Its work in field trips, Wednesday,
November 21, by visiting the hydro-electric
plant to see and note the mechanism of
this Carolina electricity producer.
The party consisted of five members of-
the class and Professor Williams, who is
head of the chemistry department at John-
son C. Smith University.
The Carolina Electric Plant, located near
Albemarle, N. C., on the Yadkin River, is
t e largest and most efficient plant in the
Carohnas. There are three operating units
Uurbines) and the foundation is laid for the
fourth unit. The present output per day is
about 62 kilowatts. With the installation
of the fourth unit, which will be the same
size as the other three, the total capacity
of the plant will be around 83 kilowatts per
The class was shown through the plant
by two guides, who explained every minute
detail of its mechanism from the 100 feet
base of the dam to the top of the generat
Our next trip will possibly be to the re
fuse disposal plant which is located about
15 miles Southeast of Charlotte.
that religion is not a water-tight compart
ment by itself, but religion is life. Out of
our tackling the common jobs of life we
will be able to produce that on which we
may survive. Thus ended an exposition on
some of the real problems that face the
student in our Negro colleges.
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