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THE CHARLOTTE COLLEGIAN
November 13, 1953
When a student enters a college
classroom for the first time, what
should be expect in regard to his
new instructor? What has he a
right to expect ? Many comments
have been offered on the subject,
“the ideal student,” but little has
been brought to light concerning
the qualifications which a student
should be able to seek and find in
Only a short time ago, I heard
a student remark how brilliant one
of his new instructors seemed to
be; but, he sighed, “Why does he
keep it all to himself?” Judging
from various experiences, I believe
this truth prevails in other highly
educated members of the teaching
profession. After investigating and
studying a subject in great detail,
an instructor sometimes forgets
ttha the class he faces know, in
many cases, not even the basic fun
damentals of the subject. Often too
much is taken for granted on his
part. Unless he is mentally en
dowed with genius, a student must
begin at the bottom, or, in other
words, “start from scratch ” In
general, first-year college students
are so accustomed to the step-by-
step pampering they received in
high school that they must be
taught to reason without aid of de
tailed explanations each time. The
professor must, so to speak, teach
the student to teach himself. This
of course, requires great patience,
an enviable trait in teachers,
I believe that the greatest aim
of a teacher should be to convey
his knowledge to his students in a
way that will strengthen their pow
er of reasoning and interpretation.
Whenever a subject is presented
in such a way that only bits of in-
Some of the boys who are look
ing pretty well in practice are such
newcomers as Jack Graham, Bill
Hoover, Slade Joyner, John Kilgo,
Jimmy Brady, Bobby Barrett, and
Larry Brown. Some of last years
crop who are still around are Ron
ald “Muscles” Patterson and Glenn
“St. George” Keever, and last but
by no means least, yours truly.
See you on the “gridiron”—I
mean the basketball court. I’m all
mixed up with the seasons. Early
for basketball, isn’t it!
My thoughts are silly, funny
They’re precious but to me.
They dwell on reckless, crazy
Of elephants and Kings.
Someday I’ll don my gypsy shoes,
And travel far and wide.
I’ll see and hear and smell and
The ocean and the sky.
formation can be grasped by an
average individual, there will, no
doubt, be great discouragement,
lack of interest, and often failure
among the students,” for truly he
can. I am inclined to think that a
professor can, and should, adapt
his teaching methods to the needs
and interests of his class. This
does not mean, however, that the
work should be low'ered to an un-
challenging level, even though
many in the class would be con
tent in such a situation. I em
phatically believe that any instruc
tor should meet his students half
way. He should not be content W'ith
making an assignment, or even
with explaining it. He should be
satisfied only when he is certain
the subject matter is clear to those
normally intelligent students who
are sincerely striving to meet or go
Along with the desirable trait
of patience heretofore mentioned,
there are several other qualities
that should exist in the instructor.
I believe a teacher’s personality
should be shared with his students.
This tends to increase unity and
confidence, which add to the “ease”
of a classroom. Only when a stu
dent comes to know his instructor
intimately, will there be that stu-
dent-teacher relationship that pro
duces relaxation and greater learn
And so, from the viewpoint of a
student, there are both good and
bad traits in a college professor.
The bad ones could, perhaps, be
w'orse; and even though the senti
ment may often go unexpressed,
m.ost students consider a sympa
thetic, yet challenging professor a
priceless gift to the field of edu
Loud la Rohinsori
Needles and pins, needles and pins.
When a man marries, his troubles
Concerning Mistakes—To retrieve
the ill consequences of a foolish
conduct, and, by struggling man
fully with distress to subdue it,
is one of the noblest effects of
wisdom and virtue.
Regarding Kisses—Lord! I wonder
w'hat fool it was that first invent
ed kissing. —Jonathan Swift.
Hubby went out with the boys
one evening, and before he realized
it, the morning of the next day
had dawned. He hesitated to call
home and tell his wife. Finally, he
hit upon an idea. He ’phoned, and
when his wife answered, he shout
ed. “Don’t pay the ransom Honey;
BY Loris HOOVER.
Have you ever seen a picture of
someone fishing and decided that
this was the ideal, relaxing sport?
So did I. Then when I saw glass
fishing rods advertised for a dol
lar ninety eight, my mind was
made up. I found that a rod was
only a small part of the fishing
equipment needed. By the time I
left the store I had bought a reel,
nylon line, plugs, sinkers, etc.,
which cost several times the price
of the rod.
I knew just the lake to fish in;
so, not wishing to be alone, I in
vited my brother-in-law along for
the fine sport. I affixed a color
ful plug to my line, one I was sure
the fish couldn't resist, and made
my first cast. Something happened
to the line on my reel. It was more
tangled than an Australian Bush
man’s hair. This, I learned, is call
ed a back lash. Later I also learned
that there is a control knob on my
reel to help control against back
lash, and that it was necessary to
stop the reel from turning by
pressing it with ray thumb when
the plug hit the water. However,
on this, my first fishing trip, I
knew nothing about controlling
back lash; so I was averaging about
one cast an hour. The rest of the
time I was untangling the line.
The fish weren’t impressed with
my skill, and weren't giving me a
nibble. Finally, however, my line
became taut, I shouted to my
brother-in-law and started to reel
in. I made a mighty effort and
reeled in my line, and that was
all; my dollar plug was gone. I
had tried to pull in a log.
Then, as the sun sank into wher
ever it sinks, I drove home, leaving
a lot of happy fish, swimming free
ly in their lake.
If I have faltered more or less
In my great task of happiness;
if I have moved among my race
And shown no glorious morning
If beams from happy human eyes
Have moved me not; if morning
Books and my food and summer
Knocked on my sullent heart in
Lord, Thy most pointed pleasure
And stab my spirit broad awake!
—Robert Louis Stevenson.
Gary A. Langhorst, Editor of
the Si Si, announced that his staff
for the 1954 Si Si will be as fol
Asst. Editor (Photo) Tom Owen
Layout Editor, John McClure
Asst. Layout Editor, Jan Shetler
Copy Editor, Bud Neimer
Business Manager, Margaret
Asst. Bus. Mgr. (Subs.)
Faculty Advisor, Mrs. Frances
We, as the staff, wish to wel
come any person who wishes to
work on this staff. These persons
can give their name to Miss Joyce
Dunn or Mrs. Hoyle. All the help
that we can get will be welcomed.
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ness field. After about a year of
this, his heart returned to coach
ing. He is at the present time as
sistant football coach at Central.
Coach Sparger resides at Lamar
Avenue where he is the “head
coach” of a wife and family. He is
now operating the “Rambler”
across the street.
His plans for the season include
games with J. V. teams of sur
rounding 4 year colleges, some of
local high schools, and of course,
the regular conference games. A
schedule had not been released at
the writing of this article.
Some of the home games will be
played in the Central gym, dates
of which will be released later.
Other home games w'ill be played
in the Piedmont Jr. High School
gym on Tenth Street.
Rho Gamma Alpha
On October 2, lO.'iS, Rho Gamma
Alpha Sorority entertained the
girls of Charlotte College at a re
ception in the teachers’ Dining
Room. Refreshments were served
and each girl was given a carna
tion, the symbol of the Sorority.
The new girls were told of the
functioning of Rho Gamma Alpha,
and those interested in becoming
members were asked to fill out
pledge cards. A pledge service was
held on October 9th, at which time
ten girls said their pledge vows.
The new pledges were presented
Initiations for the new mem
bers will be the last of November,
at the same time that the Fra
ternity initiations are held.
M. STOGNER, Pres.
Apologies are extended to Jan
Shetler who contributed a good
joke to this column. It got lost
somewhere, Jan. We’ll be more
careful next time.