State Teachers College News Letter
Elizabeth City, N. C., January, 1951
1951 CAGE TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD HERE
Conducts Concert Here
On January 12, the audience of
Frederic Balazs, noted violinist, was
inspired to great heights as they lis
tened to the talented virtuoso. Mr.
Balazs made his audience feel “at
home” when he began to speak and
tell them of the background for his
renditions He seemed to have a fam
iliarity of hand to bow and the swell
of the music seemed to be an eternal
The manipulation of his fingers over
the strings proved that he possessed
the qualities of a fine musician. He
displayed a dexterity of rythm and
movement in his rendition of Bach’s
Chaconne which took fourteen min
utes to play. When he. played in the
violin and piano duet of “Mother and
Child” there eminated a feeling of a
beautiful lullaby. In giving yourself
to the mood there was actually a
musical picture painted in the melodic
notes of a talented violinist.
No other piece played on the pro
gram however touched and thrilled
the audience quite as effectively as his
own interpretation of the beautiful
At the first contact of the bow and
strings the spell of music was woven
over all who were present; it did not
break until the last note died away.
Such a show of mastery has not been
witnessed in a long time.
Added to Mr. Balazs wonderful in- , . . u u
terpretations was the inspiring piano College Alumni Association
accompaniment by our own head of semi-annual meeting in the
EIA.C. HOLDS ANNUAL MEET
ING AT FAYETTEVILLE STATE;
Randall and Clarke Make All Con-
ferencs Football Team
On December 15, 19'0, the East
ern Intercollegiate Athletic Confer
ence met at Fayettevill State Teachers
College, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Representing Elizabeth City State
were Coach James H. Williams,
Coach Jack Housen, and Commission
er Taylor E. Jones.
Norfolk State was declared the 1950
E.I.A.C. Football Champion, and
Fayetteville as Basketball Champion.
Maryland State Teachers College of
Bowie, Maryland was accepted as a
member of the Basketball Conference.
Dut to a Maryland Law, no teachers
college can engage in a football
game; therefore, Maryland State
Teachers cannot become a member of
the football conference.
The E.I.A.C. 1951 basketball tour
nament will be held at Elizabeth City
State Teachers College on March 16
and 17, 1951. The conference also
aooroved a measure to send Mr. Rob
ert Vaughn, erstwhile of ECSTC, now
in the armed forces, news of the prog
ress of the conference.
Thus you can see that 19.50 was a
good year for the E.I.A.C. Support
your school and when you do, you
are helping the E.I.A.C. also.
PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH
the Music Department,
Miss E. A.
honorary SOCIETY HAS
The Sigma Rho Sigma Club stands
for the promotion of continued im
provement in human relations. Its
purpose is to eradicate hatred, racial
prejudice and fear. Keeping abreast
with the times and the changes in cur
rent events is another one of its en
deavors. Since this club has purposes
which imply a great deal of foresight,
is important that the members
chosen for this organization have cer-
fa^n qualifications which are condu
cive to the betterment of humanity.
On December 19, 1950, this club
chose nine students from the various
classes to become pledgees and, later,
members. They were as follows; Myr
tle Borden, Rosalyn Brothers, Ernes
tine Cordon, Gilbert Cradle, Rosa
Ebron. Doris Flood, Evelyn Hodges,
Sawyer Holley, and Bennie Williams.
Increeased enrollment in this in
spiring organization should cause it
to operate more effectively than it
heretofore, and the accomplish-
Wents in better human relations
sliould be greatly increased.
EXECUTIVE BOARD Of COLLEGE
On Saturday, January 27, the Ex
ecutive Board of the State Teachers
Lounge with F. P. Shields, president,
Reports from Homecoming activi
ties were made, and plans for parli-
cipation in the Founders Day and
Commencement programs were con
At the close of the business hour,
the members of the committee were
served dinner in the new Homemak-
ing deijartment in the Fine Arts and
Physical Education building. The din
ner, the first to be served in the new
quarters, was planned by Misses F. L.
Johnson and Miss A. V. Smith who
were very ably assisted by the young
ladies of the Freshman Class in
Those attending the meeting were;
Mr. F. P. Shields, Scotland Neck;
Mrs. Mayola Murrell, Brooklyn N. Y.;
Mrs. J. "W. Jones, Norfolk, Va.: Mrs.
M E Turner, Warsaw; who was ac
companied by Miss B. Beatty and
Mrs. O. S. Hill; Mr. and Mrs. I. B.
Brinkley, Windsor; Mrs. J. S. Thomp
son, Hertford; Mrs. M. A. Howell,
Portsmouth, Va.; Reverend J. R. Mc-
Ray, Dr. J. E. Jones, Mrs. E. H. Mit
chell Elizabeth City; Mrs. G. F. Gal
lop, Norfolk; and President and Mrs.
S. D. Williams.
Our personality of the month is a
senior, Bertha Mae Sampson, a native
of Clinton, North Carolina, and a
graduate of the Sampson County
Training School in 1947.
In the fall of 1947 she came to
State Teachers College. Ever since her
entrance, she has been an active stu
dent. Some of the extra curricular ac
tivities in which she engages are the
Dramatic Club, Senior Art Society,
Sigma Rho Sigma Social Studies Club,
and the Future Teachers of America.
“Bert”, as she is familiarly konwn,
has been an honor roll student since
her freshman year. She has made the
only “A” average for the first quar
ter of the school year, ranking high
in Practice Teaching and Classroom
On the campus “Bert” has made
steadfast friends because of her hon
esty and straightforwardness. A work
ing student dluring her four years of
college, she believes in that never-
give-up policy, which guides her ac
“Bert has her own private philo
sophy of life and education. She plans
to continue her education after grad
uation in May.
SCIENCE CLUB NEWS
Thue Future Scientists of America
have made remarkable progress since
their organization in November.
The clubbers spent an enjoyable af
ternoon cleaning up the new science
club room located upstairs over the
laundry. This is a very large room
with running water and cabinets.
Many improvements are being made.
The club has engaged in several
activities recently. Bennie Williams
has carried out an experiment in
taxidermy. He successfully mounted a
beautiful raccoon. During a call meet
ing of the Science Club an interesting
demonstration of the development,
' printing and enlarging of pictures
was given by President Williams.
We promise you more interesting
and thrilling events soon.
On Monday, January 29, 1951, the
college family had the rare treat of
hearing first hand reports of the Ko
rean War. The reporter was Mr. Jim
my Hicks of the New York Division
of the Afro American.
Mr. Hicks gave detailed information
on the situation in Korea. He told
much of the plight of the American
GI in Korea, and made us understand
his hardships, inexperience, and his
dire need for our upport, both mor
al and physical. Mr. Hicks painted
for us a vivid picture of the Korean
enemy and his tactics. He spoke of the
policies of the different branches of
our own armed forces, especially in
regards to the Negro GI.
In the question and answer period
which followed his licture, which was
very informative, informal and color
ful, Mr. Hicks proved to be riiaster of
the situation, answering all questions.
It is felt by all that Mr. Hick’s
speech has stimulated an interest in
current e\ents. This need be, in that
almost any event in almost any far-
off spot, could change the course of
our daily lives.
First Speaker of the Year
The Reverend W. W. Finlator lived
up to all expectations when he ap
peared before the student body un
der the auspices of the Imperial Nau
tilus Club as the first speaker of the
Dr. Finlator spoke about “Cost
Plus”. Using this as his theme, he em
phasized the fact that we pay the
cost in serving God, but usually fail
to go beyond that point. To help make
a better world to serve a greater
cause, we must pay the plus. He so
beautifully pictured the necessity of
giving this “plus” to God. To do one’s
duty as a Christian is not enough.
Our fate and belief and thanks to
God for his Guidance and deliverance
should be and are worth the “Cost”
and the “Plus.”
AMERICAN YOUTH HOSPITAL TO
TO GIVE SCHOLARSHIP TRIP
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to take a
trip to Europe, all expenses paid? If
you are talented with pen and paper
you may have a chance to do so this
The American Youth Hospital, Inc.,
will award a scholarship trip to Eu
rope to the iDerson who writes the
best essay entitled “Why I Would
Like to Go Hosteling in Europa.” En
tries for the contest must be in by
April 15, 1951. Full information and
application forms for the scholarship
may be obtained from National Head
quarters, American Youth Hostels, 6
East •39th Street, New York 16, New