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STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE NEWS LETTER
Tuesday, December 19, 19^0
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Now conies the gayest most heart
warming season of the year: The fes
tive holiday season, when everybody
is looking forward to going home and
when everyone strives to look her best.
What shall we wear while travel
ing? The suit with a silk shantung
blouse is smart and makes you look,
sometimes, what you aren’t. The plain
dress with your favorite shortie or
form-fitting long coat is a sure eye-
catcher. Suede is constantly in the
limeliglit for accessories, but velvet
from head to foot is the newest thing.
The night cap style hat and the small
but roomy purse would perfect your
tra\eling attire. Now is the time to
carry that beautiful shoulder bag you
thought you would never get the
chance to use.
Satin is becoming more and more
popular and may be purchased in all
the holiday colors: blue, dusty rose,
mint green, caramel, red, yellow, vio
let, and aqua.
Ovir festive holiday season brings
about many activities—dinners, par
ties, formal dances, etc. For day wear,
the skirt and blouse or the corduroy
suit is appropriate; for evening or din
ner wear: the plain yet “notice me”
dress or dress suit is tops.
Let’s go dancing! Now is the time
to look femine. An evening gown in
one of the popular colors with match
ing shoes and bag of jewel-colored
\elvet and rhinestones or pearls in
the hair, and we are set to go.
Science Club Organized
The newest and most popular club
on the campus is the Future Scientists
of America, which has for its pur
poses the stimulation of interest in
science, the provision of hobbies as
means of recreation, and keeping one
abreast with current events.
Many thrilling and exciting events
of this club will include beautifica
tion of the campus, hydrophonics,
photography, specific e.xperiments,
making of cosmetics, the making of
aquaria and terraria, and taxidermy.
The club is under the auspices of
Miss E. D. Elliot, Mrs. W. J. Mul-
drow. Miss A. E. Minga, and Mr. A.
Officers are: President, Velma Wall;
Vice President, John Bynum; Secre
tary, Mildred Simpson; Assistant Sec
retary, Thelma Balmer; Treasurer,
William Bowser; Program Committee,
Nancy Gary, Chairman, Martha Book
er, Roxie Lowe, Gilbert Cradle and
Are you a good conversationalist?
Can you find something interesting to
say to everyone with whom you have
occasion to talk? Do you use correct
English in your everyday conversa
Reading good books, hearing good
lectures, and associating with people
who speak correctly are valuable aids
in learning to be a good conversation
alist You may get into very careless
habits of speech which prove to be
a great handicap when you appear
among strangers away from home.
You can help each other here by cor
recting errors in speech. At a social
gathering, you may meet two kinds
of people who illustrate the extremes
in the scale of social conversational
ists. One is the person who may sit
and smile, but never enter into the
conversation. You never miss him if
he stays at home. He fails to “pay
his way” in sociability. The other ex
treme is the person who monopolizss
tlie conversation to the exclusion of
Avoid forming careless habits of
talking that may annoy others. Baby
talk, giggling, bragging, gossiping are
taboo. Keep the confidence of your
family and friends. Avoid general
discussions of your troubles, ailments,
money matters, and family affairs.
Avoid “facial gymnastics”, smack
ing the lips, shrugging the shoulders,
or pointing with your hands while
you talk. You may say you do not
agree with another person, but it is
rude to try to force your opinion.
Be especially careful to cul
tivate a pleasant speaking voice.
Avoid loud talking, and careless
plirases, such as, “yep”, “swell”, “en
tice”, “all rightie”. You make your
self consiDicuous by calling everyone
“dearie”, “honey”, “sweetie”, or other
pet names. Speak distinctly. Be care
ful not to acquire a habit of hesitat
ing in your speech. Do not repeatedly
use a meaningless phrase, as “Don’t
yon know?” Be considerate; you will
become a bore if you laugh at your
own jokes, or continually correct or
interrupt another’s story. Well-bred
people not only speak English that is
grammatically correct and free from
vulgarisms or slang, but they use sim
ple, direct words, free from attempts
at elegance. Improve your conversa
PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH
SCIENCE CLUB HAS MOVIE
An interesting technicolor film “The
Realm of the Wild’” was shown to
tlie members of the Science Club on
Thursday, December 7. This film ex
hibited various forms of protective
coloration, reproduction habits, acti
vities of the predators and feedirjg
habits of many wild animals. Techni-
(jues used by game wardens and for
esters to maintain a natural balance
between wild life and food supply of
fered fascinating experiences. The
film also showed that an assured year-
round supply of the grass, weeds,
shrubs, and trees to provide animals
food and cover w’as even more essen
tial than protective laws. Each year,
thousands of deer that should have
been harvested by hunters are lost by
The last meeting before Christmas
will include a demonstration on the
taking and developing of photographs
by President S. D. Williams and a
Pre-Christmas Social at which time
simple gifts will be exchanged and
Future Scientists of America ex
tend sijicerest wishes for the merriest
Christmas and the happiest New Year
“Anchors Aweigh” seems to have
become the motto of one of our ex
fellow students, Riley Mackey, for he
prepares to regain his title of “Cap
tain Bones” on December 15, 1950.
Riley Mackey joined the United
States Navy in 1941. In the line of
oar duty, he was engaged in both the
European and Pacific theaters. Some
of liis na\al explorations took him to
Africa, Japan, China, India and va
rious islands in the Pacific.
Upon his return to the States, he
entered Elizabeth City State Teachers
College, September 13, 1947.
As a member of the college family,
Riley Mackey has been a valued as
set. He was a member of the choir for
four years, a m?mber of the football
team, and at one time, officer of his
class. Not only was he outstanding in
extra curriculum activities, but he al
so maintained an average and above-
average standing in his academic
The requirements for the Bachelor
of Science Degree in Education were
completed by him on December 2.
This was the reward for good and
Riley Mackey will have to report
for active duty to the United States
Naval Reserve on December 1.5. He
has been in the Reserves since 1947.
The College Family wishes him
luck, success and prosperity.
Hi, Fellow Students! Christmas is
almost here, and there are plenty .signs
on the Campus.
A German prince in a dream saw
three rats, one fat, another lean, and
a third blind. He sent for a learned
Bohemian g^psy to interpret the
The fat rat,” she answered, “is
your prime minister, the lean rat is
your people, and the blind rat is
Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
speaks of a “stump’ as something that
is stationary; not easily moved; or the
base. Let us hope that Santa Claus
will bring to a certain person these
qualifications, so that he can settle
down after Christmas.
Everybody would like to have snow
for Christmas, but there has been a
Hailes’ storm on the Campus. It has
had an effect on Miss .
The first three letters of his name
are taken from “beaver”, but he has
the characteristics of a “tapeworm”.
Maybe Santa will do something about
his enormous appetite.
Not only did he sing “I Want What
I Want When I Want It”, but he
has taken it as his motto. Is that right,
What is wrong with each of these
1. I feel like I had slept for days.
2. Here are a pair of boys. Who
shall we choose?
3. The light-complected invalid is
some better today.
4. Please look and see if she is lay
5. His pen will do equally as well
6. We intend to visit with our rela
tions inside of a few weeks.
What are the correct
tion of these words?
Which six words in the following
group are misspelled?
13. Demagogue, demeaner, demen
tia, demurrage, adeiu, adequacy, ad
dendum, irresistible, incontrovertible,
incontestible, pertinent, permanent,
perpendicular, perserverance, panto-
mine, panoramic, pandemonium, para
pet, parsimonious, participant, and
1. I feel as though I had slept for
2. Here is a pair of boys. Whom
shall we choose?
3. The light-complexioned invalid
is somewhat better today.
4. Omit look, and say, lying down.
.5. Will do equally well, or will do
as well as mine.
6. We intend to visit (omit with)
our relatives within a few weeks.
7. Pronounce the a as in ray; ac
cent third syllable.
8. Preferred accent is on second
syllable, not the first.
9. Preferred pronunciation is ped-
a-go-ji. (e as in pet,) a as in ask un-
stre.ssed, o as in no; i as in it, princi
pal; accent on first syllable).
10. Pronounce a-kum-pa-nist, four
syllables, and not five.
11. Pronounce non-sha-lant, a as in
on, first a as in ask, unstressed; sec
ond a as in at, accent first syllable.
12. Pronounce ur, as in fur, and not
ar as in care.
13. Demeanor, adieu, incontestable,
permanent, pantomine, and persley.
SIGMA RHO SIGMA ENTERTAINS
On November 27, members of Sig
ma Rlio Sigma Club, an honorary so
cial science organization, entertained
at a reception honoring Blonnie C.
Boykins and Vivian H. Williams, two
of their members who were being
graduated at the end of the quarter.
Extemporaneous remarks by various
members of the club, remarks by the
honored guests, and a delicious repast
served buffet style marked the occa
Those present included Miss G. B.
Prater, club advisor, Vivian H. Wil
liams, Edith George, Bertha Sampson,
Carrie D. Williams, Vivianna Parker,
Eva B. Riddick, Mary Albritton, Mary
V. Rawls, Olivia Gardner, Ruby Ly
ons, and BloAiie Boykins.
left out. He got Holly.
did not mean to be
There is keen competition for the
role of Santa at the Annual Christ
mas Party. Mr. and Mrs.
^ have the qualifications.