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The University Student
LUX ET VERITAS
Vol. 5. No. 3.
JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY, CHARLOTTE, N. C., DECEMBER, 1928.
Price 10 Cents.
SOPHOMORES WIN ANNU
AL FORENSIC CLASH
By T. Jeffers
After suffering a humiliating defeat
at the hands of the Freshmen in foot ball,
the Sophomores came back to win the cov
eted Annual Freshman-Sophomore Debate
held December 11, in Biddle Memorial
Hall. Beneath the flaring red and canary
yellow colors of their class the Freshmen
overflowed with enthusiasms. Each mem
ber of their team was greeted with a
profusion of applause and yells; the
Sophomores were more dignified and had
better control of their emotions.
The Sophomores completely outclassed
the Freshmen, presenting with each argu
ment concrete proof. Several of their
weaker points could very easily have been
challenged by the members of the Fresh
men team, but bewildered as they were the
“poor dogs” took another course.
Among the excellent speakers were Mr.
E. C. Grigg of the Freshmen class and
Mr. E. W. Jones of the Sophomore class.
The Sophomores, besides winning the
debate, had one of their number chosen
a sthe most outstanding debater. Mr. E.
W. Jones won this distinction.
The winnei's of the Senior-Junior debate
will meet the Sophomore team for the
KEMPER HARRELD AP
PEARS AT SMITH
Kemper Harreld, violinist, appeared at
Johnson C. Smith University on December
14 in a program of balance and good
taste. Mr. Harreld, who has been heard
favorably here before, did justice to his
reputation of being a violinist of unusual
attainment. He plays with nerve, precis
ion, alertness and emphasized the broad
er style in his opening Concerto by Vieux-
temps. Throughout his recital he dis
played technical ability. His tone has a
peculiar charm, subtlety and finesse which
a violinist finds difficulty in attaining. The
real sensation of the evening was the
playing of Josephine Harreld, the 14 year
old daughter of Mr. Harreld, who acted
as her father’s accompanist. For one so
young in years, she has a remarkably de
veloped technique and a rare interpre
tative sense. Should her pianistic ability
develop steadily as she grows older, one
can but predict for her a rosy future in
the musical field. All in all the concert
by the Harrelds was a very enjoyable one
and fittingly ushered in the Christmas
BOGLE SELECTED FOR
HOUSE AND FISK
For the first time in the history of our
school a member of the foot ball team has
been selected for All-American honors.
The man to whom such a signal honor
has come is Frank Bogle, big lusty left
guard. He has played some excellent foot
ball in the minds of some of our most out
standing sports’ writers. And to Bill Gib
son of the Afro-American Staff goes the
credit for the selection of Bogle to his
All-American team. Bogle is a member
of the Freshman class and has prospects
of playing even better foot ball in the re
maining three years here.
COLLEGE GLEANINGS YES, SING OUR COLLEGE
It is now three years since Johnson C.
Smith University begun regular varsity
debating and two years as member of the
Pentagonal Debating League. The enthu
siasm for and school support of debating
can hardly grow in the next three years
as they have in the past three. The Uni
versity really has no capacity for such a
growth and yet this year shows an inter
est of surprising extent and intensity.
This is doubtless due, and certainly evi
dence in the Freshman-Sophomore debate.
The subject was America in Haiti: A
phase of our “International Relations with
Central America and the Isles of the Wes
tern Hemisphere, Un-Owned by other Nor
dics.” With Mr. Hoover in Latin America,
the Marines in Nicaragua, certain Latin-
American ports boycotting American
goods, and the Pan-American Congress in
session this subject was psychologically
catching. The class colors, visual aids,
and hearty cheers of a hundred and three
Freshmen mingled .with their oratory—
Freshman debating is 99 per cent oratory,
—and with Sophomore reasoning—which
is 85 per cent fallacy—gave excitement n
fever pitch. It was fcrensically thrilling.
So much so that Thursday night at
eight, the 20th of December, the first
Junior-Senior debate in the history of the
University was presented in Biddle Memo
rial Hall. The debate was to be held
Tuesday, but the flu made such gaps in
the ranks of the debaturs, they were forced
to withhold and reorganize on the basis
of two instead of three speakers. There
was some discussion of a new subject—
one uncontaminated by Freshman eloquence
or Sophomoric fallacies. With this debate
will come the announcement of contest for
high place between the winning classes.
The Sophs who won their debate see no
great difference in either the Juniors or
Our Varsity debates will include More
house and Fisk, at least; maybe two other
schools, who knows? We will debate More
house here and Fisk in Nashville. Few of
the students interested in debating are try
ing to avoid these teams, especially the
one which goes to Nashville in April.
Really, I expect the boys will show both
Fisk and Nashville a rough highway.
The story of- the atom was very clearly
given by Mr. Shaw at the Friday morning
chapel assembly. The main thought of the
lecture was that matter is discontinuous.
This was indicated by giving experimental
evidence for the existence of the electron
(negative charge) and the proton (positive
charge) which has the elemental charges
of electricity. Then the speaker indicated
the reasons why the various 92 atomic sys
tems are made up of these electrons
and patrons. Mr. Shaw gave a beautiful
analogy in explaining how many various
substances can be constructed by the num
erous permutations and combinations of the
92 elements. This was done by showing
how many different words, sentences,
books and volumes are made up from 26
letters in the alphabet. He further indi
cated some of the experimental methods
used in these connections. Due respect
was given the Curie family, discoverers
By “Klem,” Jr.
“Where are you spending the holidays ? ”
seems to be the salutation now in vogue;
for no matter whom you meet on this cam
pus of three hundred “hale and hardy”
boys that expression is their form of
greeting. The majority of us will travel
back to the old home town, others will visit
their friends, male and female—more to
see the latter, and yet others will stay
here. The last group are “brutes” for pun
ishment,” but friend Avaunt or the expo
nent of dialectics here on the campus, J. 0.
Cannady will argue that it is selfishness
in remaining here; yet be what it may,
there is no place like home.
We learned that Henry and Lowe went
with Ellis up to Asheville to see Ellis’ lady
friend just after Thanksgi-ving Day. We
wonder why these Lowe and Henry fellows
went along ? You know they are rather
slow in er-er, well—.
Otis Taylor rushed into Teddy Wilson’s
room and excitingly ejaculated, “It has
come, Wilson.” Then he turns and leaves.
(He must have referred to the “Hair
Grower” from the Merke’s Institute.)
Prof, and Mrs. Adams motored to Salis
bury to hear Marion Anderson when that
noted contralto appeared there at Living
stone recently. Prof. Geo. Brown has also
made two trips—one to Orangeburg and
another to Greensboro.
After Texas had taken another habitant
into its fold, it seems that Lee and Klem
soon became fast friends again. It was a
lass and two lads—then separation—now
each has a memory. All so brief, eh, Bry
“Hob” Biggs lias a mania for standing
in front of mirrors and exclaiming, “that
certainly is a smooth fellow in there.” But
a Sallie told “Al” he was a BIG BABY.
It seems that Tony Bro-wn and Grif
fin need the late hours of the night as the
Time and a cozy room as the Place to get
over their “line” to their one-person audi
ence. We believe that Whiteman and Cra
ter could give them some advice.
Whitehead imported a fair “blondie re
cently for a social affair, but something
must have miscarried after the damsel’s
arrival, because the versatile “Jack” had
to summon the clever Mr. Leon Steele to
take charge of the importation while the
now worried “Fats” hurriedly betook him
self away to a more lovable “Brownskin
Model” in Durham.
Csesar Walker thought he could vie in
conquest with his mighty namesake, but
the strategist, (J. O.) Scipio, met him on
the field of “The Eternal Triangle” and
ere the shadows of one Sunday afternoon
had settled Scipio and his forces had im
pressed upon Csesar that they could well
handle affairs in that Dominion of Love on
Slowness is a handicap. Before the
South Carolinian, Benson, could report to
the lordly Monsieur Ed. Jones that the
maid of the latter was seeking him imme
diately after the Freshmen-Sophomore
Debate, the suave Big Brother Brewer had
intervened and carried the lady away. You
cannot win a debate and a lady in the
same evening, Ed.
Mr. R. A. Thornton, Professor of Phys
ics, in presenting the speaker, said that Mr.
Shaw was a native of India, and received
the degrees of A. B. and B. S. from the
University of Illinois and is now a candi
date for the Ph. D. degree in physics from
It is the purpose of the Department of
Science to present from time to time
speakers on various phases of science.
By R. Hayden Lee, ’31
The Alumni Journal which is published
quarterly by the Johnson C. Smith Univer
sity Alumni and serves a great purpose in
keeping them in touch with each other and
informed as to the workings of their “Al
ma Mater.” The October Number was
“The Mrs. Johnson C. Smith Souvenir Edi
tion” which proved to be one of the most
interesting issues published.
In this number appeared an anon
ymous article headed thus: “Why Not Sing
Our College Sentiments?” The present
student body he'artily agrees that we
should sing our College sentiments, but
how? Mention was made of a proposed
College Song which had been submitted by
an Alumnus of the class of ’ll, at the
same time adversely criticising our present
College Song so much as to say: “It is a
good cheer song for foot ball games and
the like, but it has no depth and is not fit
ted, in its present state for a College,'
Notwithstanding the high regard for
the anonymous professional critic men
tioned, we are forced to believe that he
does not know the real College spirit of
Johnson C. Smith University, because our
present song expresses effectively and to
our satisfaction the sentiments of our dear
J. C. .S U.
No doubt, there are some musical tech
nicalities that can be improved, but the
words of the song undoubtedly were given
through divine inspiration especially suit
ed for J. „C. S. U.,.Us they express so
truthfully and beautifully the sentiments
of J. C. S. U.
To you who have read our song, re-read
it, and to you who have never read it, read
it, placing yourself as near as possible in
the position of a student at J. C. S. U. Af
ter so doing you will readily conclude that
it is the spirit of Smith in words. Relative
to the melody we know of no College Song
in Ameiaia which has a melody surpassing
the College Song of our own dear Alma
Mater, and we are not contemplating any
change other than the adjustment of some
of the finer points of the musical compo
sition which will not seriously injure tJie
Parenthetically we wish to say that over
half a century had passed and no song
had Been submitted until 1924 when our
present song was offered, the words being
composed by George Leonard Allen and
the music by Royster J. Tate.
Further our colleague in The Journal
emphatically expresses how every Harvai-d
man is thrilled at the singing of “Harvard,
Fair Harvard,” how the pulses of every
Howardite is quickened 'at the singing of
“Etear Old Howard,” how the hearts of
Svet’y Zionite is cheered at the singing of
“Livingstone, My Livingstone,” then the
aggressive question, “What has Smith to
offer that is worthy of the name?” With
pride the students of Johnson C. Smith
obntinue to offer and sing oiir Alma Mater
which is worthy of the name; and
likewise as the above named school songs
react on every thorough bred member of
the p'articular school, our song saturates
every thoroughbred Smith man with pride
and more love for his Alma Mater.
Before one can love God and find beauty
in hymns he must be baptized with the
Holy Spirit. The same is strue with col
leges and their songs. With the spirit
every^ljRig is but a dummy.
'iSfilt our song is a good foot ball song
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