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Vol. 6, No. 5\
Charlotte College, Charlotte, N. C.
January 28, 1955
Engineers Give $1,000 To Technical Institute
A .$1,000 gift from the Charlotte
EnKineei\s Club for development of
the Charlotte Technical Institute
has l>een acknowledffed by Johh A.
Nattress, director of the unit.
“A few more friends of this
order,” said Nattress, “and we’d
be certain of a full, dynamic cur
riculum next fall.”
The institute became a unit of
Charlotte College last September.
Its purpose is development of en-
Rineeriiig technicians or operating
engineers in building construction,
civil engineering, electrical work,
electronics and communication, fur
niture manufacturing, mechanical
technology and production and
It was created by demand of in
dustries in the Western North
Carolina area, particularly Char
"ANNUAL NEWS AND VIEWS"
Since the beginning of school in
September, the annual staff has
been working diligently to compile
the necessary material for the pub
lication of what we hope to be the
most successful school annual in
the city of Charlotte.
Early in November class pictures
were made with fine co-operation
from students and faculty. Retakes
and pictures for new students will
be made sometime late in January.
Big plans in which all students
are able to participate are in the
making for next week. By this time
of the year, students have become
acquainted with each other enough
to begin our delightful task of nom
inating and electing superlatives.
The following will be on the list of
superlatives: Most Likely to Suc
ceed, Best Athlete, Best Dancers,
Best All Around Students, Best
Looking, Best Dressed, Friendliest
Students and Wittiest. The out
come of these elections should be
very interesting if all students take
an active part.
The Terrell Machine Company
recently gave the institute a turret
lathe for the machine shop at Cen
tral High, where Charlotte College
operates in evening hours. Duke
Power has also offered certain
other equipment. Laboratory space
remains the biggest hurdle for full
scale operation next fall.
The Charlotte Engineers Club
announced the $1,000 gift at the
same time it made $r>00 grants to
further engineeiing training at
Myers Park, Harding and Central
Glenn Coan is the retiring presi
dent of the Charlotte p^ngineers
and J. A. Chrisman the new presi
dent. Russell Ranson is chairman
of the Club’s education committee
which recommended the grant.
ray of decorations, and the semi-
formal attire added much to the
beauty of the evening.
Approximately 250 persons turn
ed out to swing and sway to the
music of Ziggy Hurwitz's Orches
tra, recognized as being one of the
best orchestras in Charlotte.
The social committee wishes to
express its appreciation to the stu
dent council and the students of
Charlotte College for making our
Christmas Dance such a tremen
Several of the alumni present
H. G. Conrad.
On the night of December 21st,
Charlotte College students and
guests made possible one of the
most successful dances ever spon
sored by Charlotte College.
The Central High School gym
nasium witnessed a glittering ar-
YOU ALL COME!
The Charlotte College Owls meet
Presbyterian Junior College at the
Piedmont gym Saturday, January
29. The game will get under way
at 8:00. Everyone be sure to be
there and let’s give the Owls the
support they deserve.
A YEAR IN SCANDINAVIA
THE SCANDINAVIAN SEMI
NAR FOR CULTURAL STUDIES
announces an expanded program
for the 1955-5() academic year.
Since 1949, both graduates and
undergraduates have been offered
the opportunity of living and study
ing for a year in the Danish folk
schools or residential colleges.
This year, as an alternative to Den
mark, students may select Nor
way, Sweden or Finland as their
country of study. They may also
carry out research in their partic
ular field of interest during their
stay at the folk schools. Each stu
dent will be assigned an advisor
in his field, and the Februaiy field
trip will l)e used primarily for in
dependent research or for visiting
institutions which pertain to his
study project in any or all of the
The Seminar members will, as
previously, achieve an intimate
contact with the people by learning
a Scandinavian language w'hile in
the country of their choice. They
will live with several families dur
ing the first few months and par
ticipate in a series of group semi
nars. These include intensive lan
guage study and courses on the
cultural background of Scandina
via. During the five months at a
folk school, students will follow the
same curriculum as that of their
The folk schools were started in
1884 by Grundtvig, Denmark’s in
ternationally recognized educator
and theologian and a contemporary
of Kierkegaard’s. They have proven
to be ideal for the purpose of the
Seminar, for they, perhaps more
than any other single institution
in Scandinavia, reflect the life and
culture of the people.
The cost of the entire nine
month program, including board,
room and tuition, is $800 plus
travel. Two $400 scholarships are
Explorer’s Wife (accepting her
husband’s helmet and gun that
had been found in the jungle):
“Poor Henry! Something he dis
agreed with ate him.”
The assembly committee pre
sented its fourth assembly of the
year last Wednesday when Dr.
Brabantti of Duke University lec
tured on the problems of post-war
Many fine programs are being
planned for the remainder of the
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OBSERVING THE CANDLE
Each year at Christmas time,
thousands of candles burn brightly
in windows throughout the land.
Most of these candles flicker away
their existence unappreciated and
for the most part, unnoticed by
those who light the wicks.
Suppose for a moment that the
lowly candle was the only decora
tion available to brighten the holi
day season. All the room is in utter
darkness. Suddenly, with a rasping
noise, a match flares into bright
ness. Illuminated in its dancing
flame is a solitary candle, erect in
its holder. As the match is touched
to the wick of the candle, a tiny
blue flame begins its tracery down
the linen cord. Upon reaching the
waxen ti]) of the candle, the flame
changes from blue to brilliant yel
low' and steadily grows in height.
For a moment, the flame dances
uncertainly. Soon it settles ([uietly
to continue its journey down the
path of linen cord.
The room is still and quiet. Only
the candle gives evidence of move
ment or life. Surrounding its deli
cate tongue of flame is a pale halo
of radiance that dimly lights the
nearby windows. At the peak of the
slender column of wax, a tiny drop
let tumbles from its perch and
plunges down the side of the can
Half way down its course, it
is suddenly stopped by the cooling
action of the descent. Another
droplet is quick to follow its earlier
mate as the candle spends itself
in an effort to please the watcher.
The minutes pass, and the candle
burns itself into a pool of cas
cading wax at the base of the hold
er. The flame has passed the cli
max of beauty wherein it shed its
light with a slender, pointed glow.
The candle has reached its end
and sputters excitedly, gasping
heavily to produce just one more
second of warm light.
The blackened wick and a con
torted array of drippings are all
that remain of the once tall beau
ty. A despairing wisp of blue
smoke curls upward, only to dis
appear into invisibility.
The candle has furnished its
best and has succeeded in leaving
an impressive vision in the mind
of the watcher.