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STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE
NEWS PRESS CLUB
Elizabeth City, N, C.
Columbia Scholostic Press Association
Editor-in-Chief Paul Pruden
Associate Editors - Herman Horne
Myrtle B. Hill
Managing Editor Bettye Tillery
Feature Editor Mary Gatling
Sports Editors James Godfrey
Alfred Marbley, Mazor Slade
Art Editors Louis O'Pharrow
Exchange Editors James Johnson
Columnists Curtis Twine
Typist Quennie Ferebee
Adviser Mrs. E. C. Mitchell
ARE WE PREPARED
The suit has been filed! The Su
preme Covirt of the United States is
prone to pass down a decision either
pro or con for the abohshment of
segregation in the publis schools. The
big question is, however, not pro nor
con, but rather; are we prepared as
teachers and future teacher to accept
the responsibilities that must accom
pany a bill of such paramount im
portance. We say accept, but there
are situations, beliefs and ideals that
we are not necessarily prepared for,
but in keeping with the progress of our
times, they soon become an accepted
part in the environments of all peo
There have been and there will be,
periods in our history when what
was thought as the very best decision
or “The thing to do,” has not always
been necessarily the proper move.
This is related to the segregation
issue thus: if educational facilities
were of equal opportunity, perhaps
the bill for the abolishment of seg
regation in the public schools would
never have become an issue of debate
or cause for discontent among peoples.
Our role as teachers, future teachers,
and citizens calls for the most stren
uous thoughts and dicisions in the
matter. Perhaps, in due time, the
undesirable elements in our school
systems will have eventually taken
. care of themselves, but to pass a law
to that effect leaves some doubt in
the minds of persons directly con
cerned with the bill or even greater
doubt in the minds of those that
such a legislative act w'ould effect.
Equality educationally is the first
pre-requisite of the bill, but to be
accepted as equals in every phase of
life should be the desire, drive and
goal of teachers, future teachers and
citizens of every community through
out the world.
To pass such a bill would be beni-
ficial but would such a bill be the
seed from which grows a richer, more
fruitful life for all people. Equality
in every phase of life! Are we pre
STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE NEWS LETTER
FEDERAL AID TO EDUCATION
Second Student Forum of Year Held
Dr.Sidney D. Williams is only the
fourth President the school has had
in its 62 year old history.
The higest number of students eve>-
enrolled in this College was .560, its
peak in 1950-1951.
On January 10 the second student
forum of the year was held in Moore
Auditorium. “Federal Aid to Educa
tion” was the topic for discussion. The
major points of discussion were the
views of the Catholics and the Pro
testants. Miss Ruth Privott conducted
the Catholic issue on the panel, and
Miss Elizabeth Taylor the Protestant
view point. Miss Mary Roberts served
as Mistress of Ceremony.
The major problem aired by the
participants in the Forum was the
question; Should Federal Aid be given
to Parochial Schools? The church
schools in the discussion aired differ
ent beliefs. The Catholics believe
that F’ederal Aid should be given as
they feel that there is a direct need
for it within the Catholic ranks. With
this aid a greater power would come
to the Catholic Church.
There is dissension within the
Protestant ranks as a portion of them
believe that Federal Aid to Education
should be granted while other seg
ments disagree. It is the earnest be
liefs of this group that increased aid
to the Catholics would give increased
power to a already powerful group.
This is their stand in the case.
An interesting discussion ensued at
the conclusion with active audience
oKS 7**“^ ^
of Holt* 1;
The Founder and first president of
Elizabeth City State Teachers College
was Peter Weddick Moore, a native
of Faison’s Depot in Duplin County
The Elizabeth City State Teachers
College actually began operation on
January 4, 1892 on a budget of $900
and an enrollment of 69 students.
A RELIGIOUS MESSAGE
‘The prayer of a righteous man has
great power in its effects”.
One evening a mother was sitting in
her room reading and her little son
was busy playing with a toy train.
Suddenly, the little boy said, “Mother,
I want a drink,” The little boy con
tinued playing with his train, and the
mother kept on reading. Soon, again,
the boy said “Mother, I want a drink.”
Still he continued to playing with his
train and his mother kept on reading.
Presently, the boy arose, put his
hand on his mother’s knees, and said
“Mother, I do want a drink.” He had
become in dead interest in his asking.
Of course, he got his drink.
If in asking of our heavenly Father
we have but a half-hearted attitude,
wliy should God listen? So often we
are too busy with our pleasures, our
business, our non-essential things to
realize that our asking is just luke
warm. But when we are so dead in
earnest as to put away other interests
and to put the prayer of our heart
into action, God knows we are ready
for His answer.
True love is intelligent. It is not
blind infatuation. It is inspired by
our emotions as well as by our in
tellects. It is guided by a high degree
of sympathetic understanding and
judgment. The Christians of Phillipi
practiced intelligent love by sending
the imprisoned Paul things which
were for his own good.
All true love has its beginning in
God. Love grows in the fertile soil
of the knowledge of God’s Word. The
more deeply its roots penetrate the
soil, the more fruitful it becomes.
Knowledge of God’s will sharpens
love’s judgment He showed us what
real love was like, by giving His Son
to die for us.
Let us remember to give thanks
to God, by sharing with, and loving
one another. This is intelligent love.
MARCH OF DIMES
THE UPWARD COURSE
People are sometimes told especially
young people that their future is „
their own hands. If they want to knov
what they will be doing in the next
few years, they may then prepare
themselves for the achievement thev
have in mind. Once they decide what
they want to be like, they can builj
their personalities and their lives in
accordance wih their ideals.
However, this is not altogether
true. You can probably build a house
like that because the architect first
has in mind a picture of what the
finished house will look like. He
makes his blueprints, devises a model
and supervises the construction. When
the house is built it will most likelv
be exactly like the picture which was
first in his mind.
The building of one’s future is
certainly a more complex job. Con
ditions over which you have no control
will change as you go along, and
these changes will call for alteration
of plans. Also as you grow in exper
ience new ideas will come to )on
and new and different goals will
come into view.
The growing of a vine rather than
the building of a house will mab
one think somewhat of the develop
ment of a human life. As the seed ol
the vine sprouts, you will notice, il
properly attended, that it will grow
upward and outward. It wiii reach
out here and there, avoiding mam
obstacles as possible, if necessa'7 II
might change its course, but always
following the urge for upward growth.
You connot predict exactly how it will
grow or what parts of the wall o'
porch it will cover, but yo i kno«
that if it is well cared for and wisely
pruned it will grow in strength and
The vine does not grow after thf
pattern of a fixed blueprint for it is
a living thing. Yet care and planning
will determine the general direction
of its growth. So it is with human
lives—with our lives. We can de
termine now the general direction in
which we wish to go. We can decide
to move upward to grow in education,
to be industrious, honest, and public-
Just as we would prune the vine
in our yard, we may change some ol
our personality traits. We may remove
obstacles which impede our progress
We may see to it that, as we go for
ward into an unpredictible future, our
course may be ever upward toward
goals of service and achievement.
Three workshops, one each in art
physical education and public schou.
music, will be held by Elizabeth Cit}
State Teachers College on successi^f
Fridays, beginning January 29 and
running through February 12, This b
the first effort on the part of the in
stitution to provide this type of iO'
service training for the teachers: Su
pervisors and principals have indicat
ed their intention to participate in
The art workshop will be under the
"direction of Mr. Albert Martin.
Robert W’hite will direct the physica
education workshop, and Miss
A. Johnson will be in charge of t f
music workshop. They will he assist
ed by members of their departments'