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The University Student
LUX ET VERITAS
V«l. 5. Xo. 5.
NOTED EDUCATOR IN
JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY, CHARLOTTE, N. C., FEBRUARY, 1929.
NEW STAFF OF THE
Price 10 Cents.
At the morning aevotions on February
8th the faculty and students were privi
leged to hear Dr. H.irry W. Crane in an
address in the University Auditorium.
The speaker was secured through the
efforts of the Lyceum Course and featured
as the first attraction for the year. Dr.
Crane is a member of the Bureau of
Mental Health and an instructor at the
University of North Carolina.
“Why We Are Wnat We Are” was the
subject of the lecturer. His entire dis
course was rich in human Psychology and
Philosophy. Dr. C’-ane treated the basic
principles of the physical laws, which in
volve Behavior, Heredity and Environ
ment of individuals. He also set forth a
definite basis of ail behavior and re
sponse which is ap]>licable to any group
‘‘Society determines the future genera
tion" was an essential statement that
counterbalanced, “each Jay a product of
our yesterdays.’ The fact emphasized
. was that one can pay the debt he owes to
society by living the best, the cleanest,
and purest life.”
In the last analysis, he summarizes ef
fective training as being indicative of ev.
ery proverbial influence and mannerism.
He urges for more strength of character,
the cultivation of an atmosphere of beau
ty and pleasure, a brt.ad, cultural appreci-
‘ t atirm for the arti.stic, and for every one
he urges an appetite for a good literary
The audience was most appreciative
and enthusiastically applaudej the speak-
af the close of his lecture.
NEGRO HISTORY WEEK
The week of Feb. 11-17 marked the
observance of National Negro History
Week at Johnson C. Smith University.
An inspiring program was conducted
throughout the week which included many
interesting talks in the University Chap
el. Messrs. Brinkley, Ancrum, and Clem
ent, and Prof. Douglass, Head of History
Department, reviewed the progress of the
Negro from the end of the Civil War to
the present J|i|ne. Instances of Negro
achievements' cited by these speakers
showed that the Negro is an asset to
Amfrican civilization and that h's ‘ con
tributions to the world are noteworthy.
That the Negro has used his educational
opportunities advantageously is testified
to in the many well informed orators,
like .1. C. Price and William Pickens, and
the educating conversationalists, like
Kelly Miller and W. E. B. Du Bois.
The week was successfully closed by an
address from one who represents another
miletone on the road which has led the.
Negro to a place among Ihe advanced
races of the world. Mr. McMillan, A. B..
Howard: B. D., Yale, and formerly pro
fessor of Old Testament History at,Shaw
University, now circulation manager of
the Afro-American, spoke. to the student
body on “Correct, Cliristian Living.” He
based his address .on the first chapter of.
II Timothy, and impressed us that, .just
as Paul prea.ched, and taught and eNhorled
Timothy to hold fast to the. faith, so
should we radiate .the, divine light of love
and good will among our fellownnen.
With the beginning of February and
following the long established custom,
new officers were elected for The Univer
sity Student. The past year has seen many
changes in the make-up contents of this
paper. Under the past corps of officers
it grew from four pages to eight with an
extra two pages Christmas and Easter.
Its circulation was increased from twelve
hundred to fifteen and eighteen hundred.
The extent of its circulation was increased
to take in many European and South
So it is that the new staff takes over
the Student. With these advantages a
prosperous year is ahead. The duties of
the various new offices are being met
wonderfully well. This, their first issue,
speaks for itself.
It was found necessury to add an addi.
tional member to the original staff. Due
to the increase of circulation and the
work of the circulation manager an assist
ant was added to aid him.
Those who were selected were;
A. E. Manley, Editor.
T. A. LaSaine, Jr., Associate Editor and
R. E. Jones, Secretary.
'C. C. DeVane, Circulation Manager.
E. W. Jones, Business Manager.
T. Jeffers, Assistant Circulation Man
Prof. T. S. Jackson was re-elected for
the third consecutive time as Treasurer.
The following is the report of the Fac
ulty’s decision of Smith’s Superlatives;
Charlotte, N. C.
Your committee appointed to chose the
five best on the campus submits to you
first and second choices for each of these
Best all round student: A. E. Manley,
Edw. W. Jones.
Most handsome: I rice, L. Neal, Thebaud
Best dressed: A. J. Clement, J. 0,
Best all round athlete, J. O. Ellis, H. E.
Most popular: M. .1, Whitehead, Roy H.
J. HENRY ALSTON, Chairnvm
G. W. BROWN.
J. C. BRYANT,
T. S. JACKSON.
TEACHERS TO HOLD CON- DEBATING SQUAD PRE
VENTION HERE PARING FOR CHAM-
, On Tuesday evening-, March .5, .1929,
the dean of Negro, players, Richard B.- Har
rison, will appear in recital at Johnson C.
Smith University. Mr. Harrison is em-
inently qualified by training..,-and experi
ence to please tjie most discriminating
audience. He is ■ at the height of his Ca-
reer . as an artist.. His interpretations
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The No’“h Carolina Teachers Associa
tion is to convene in this city on March
28, 29 and 30. Arrangement is being
made to entertain about one thousand
teachers who will come from all points
of the State.
Most of the program of the session will
be conducted at thg City High School. The
final meeting will" be held at Johnson C.
Officers of the As.sociation are:
Prtof. S. G. Atkin.°, President; Profs.
J. W. Scabrooks and F. J Rogers, Secre
taries, and Dr H. L. McCrorey, President
of Johnson C. Smith University, Treas
Principal W. H. Stinson, of the city
High School, is chairman of the enter
tainment committe-3, and states that he
la receiving the fullest co-operation from
school officials and citizens in preparing
for the occasion.
SMITH GETS NEW IN
The advent of this school term ha:i
brought to Smith increased teaching
force in its Departments of French, Ger
man, English and Chemistry. For some
time there has been much ado here be-
^cause of the increased enrollment and in
terest shown by the students majoring in
Foreign Languages, English and Chem-
istr.v, which developed into a crying need
for these additions.
Professor Willis Menard, A. B., 1909,
from Williams College, Massachuset s,
has a record which includes seventeen
years as a teacher of French and German
at M. Street School, and later at Dunbar
High School, Washington, D. C. As a
scholar of the modern school he cannot be
excelled, and his broad and vari colored
experiences make him an efficient head
for our Language Iiepartment.
The Department of English, by good
fortune, introduces Professor Timothy C.
Me.yers, A. B., Lincoln University, Pa.,
and A. M. from Columbia. At Lincoln
he is remembered for his exceptional
work on the gridiron. For five years
Professor Meyers served in the Depart
ment of English at Tuskegee. At the
s"ame time he evoked considerable com
mendation -from the foot ball world of
America as assistant backfield coach. He
was instrumental in the development of
-the “Four Horsemen,” of Tuskegee’s
Championship Eleven. During the past
season Professor Meyers was assistant
foot ball coach at Lincoln University, Pa.
Professor Frank Willis'on Williams.
M. S., from Howard, 1925, .Summer S hoo]
at University of Chicago, heads our De-
paitmeut of Chemistry. A feAv months
of service here have revealed that he is
a man who is “capable of scientific work
of a creditable kind.” Professor Wil
liams shows intere.st, zeal, and that indis
pensable critical faculty which makes a
good teacher. He served in the canac’'tv
of teacher and co-worker ' in the labor.a-
tories at Howard v/ith Dr. St. Fl-m Bim.
dy, and has done suecial work in the field
of Biology and Mathematics at Shaw and
Winston-Salem Teachers’ College. Prof.
Williams also -served ag Principal and
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The Debating Squad is swinging into
its third successive year of preparation
for varsity forensic encounters. Begin
ning a little over three years ago with
what was then an inexperienced group
of men. Prof. G. W'. Brown has worked
up what is considered one of the best
teams in the South.
Several varsity debates are to feature
this year s team. And if negotiations
which are now being carried on between,
several schools are successful there will
be a Northern tour for the debators.
The Pentagional Debate is the real big-
thing of the year and as a result of the
unusual amount of interest and co
operation on the part of those who are
trying for positions on the team we shall
surely bring home both sides of the-
Talladega, the present ciiampions, seem,
from the reports in the “Mule’s Ear,” te
be trying for a repetition of her last
The squad is composed of members
from all four college classes and yet no
one has been selected for positions on the
What has long been a dream in the
minds of some came into reality- when
several weeks ago there was formed by
the three Fraternities on the hill what is
known as the Pan-Hellenic Council.
The obvious need fuv such a Council where
the acute questions involving all of these
organizations could be discussed and
means provided for their solution he for
mulated, finally imp:'essed themselves so
forcibly upon the constituency of the va-
lious groups that Ihe above organization
was the result.
The immediate work of the newly
formed Council will take up the question
of pledging new and old students to these
Fraternities. Very haphazard and uncer
tain methods' have heretofore been' em
ployed and the resulting confusion' of
' sdeh an Unsystematic procedure caused
much of the friendliness that should ex
ist between these groups to turn into oth
er and more detrimental channels.
Another very pertinent question to be"'
righted by this organization is the seem
ing competitive naiui-e of their annual
The Council is formed by two men re
presenting each Fraunnity. One of these
men liom each Fi’atci'nity will serve two
years on the original while the others
being Juniors mo-w will serve one full yaer.
This will prevent the appearance of a who!'- ' ■
ly new and experimental Council at any
time. . .
The members of the Council and' the
Fraternities they represent are as fol
lows; Messrs. A. J. Clement, Jr., and'J. 0.
Ellis, Alpha Phi Alpha; Messrs. O' L.'
WiL^-n and Dean Henry Alston (faculty
advisor also). Kappa Alpha ' Psi; and
?'e=ssrs. M. J. Whitehead and T. Jeffers,
Omega Psi Phi Fraternities. *
The presidency and other offices'rotate '
among the three groups represented from'
year to year. '• .' .