STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE NEWS LETTER
STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE
NEWS PRESS CLUB
Elizabeth City, N. C.
Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Editor-in-Chief Billy Hodge
Associate Editors—Curtis Twine, Elsie Sharpe
Feature Editors —Marva Thomas,
Vivian Williams, Marie Riddick,
Literary Editors Irene Exum,
Sports Editors Billy Hodge,
Osie Robinson, Sterling Lennon
Reporters .. .. Annie Bailey,
Willie Jenkins, Janice Rogers,
Exchange Editors James Leathers,
Art Editors Lonnie Davis,
Typists — Mary Spruill,
Managing Editor James Spence
Adviser Edna Mitchell
LET’S LOOK TO SPRING
The second quarter has finally come
to an end, and with it the winter sea
son also. Now, let us look forward to
one of the most beautiful seasons of
the year. Spring.
We should not only look forward
to the beautiful weather but should
strive to make better grades. The
beautiful sunshine and the lazy spring
fever do not necessarily have to hin
der our progress scholastically.
Spring should be an incentive to spur
us on to greater undertakings and bet
ter grades. So when spring comes this
year and trees start budding, and
flowers begin to blossom, let us grow
in knowledge, too.
OPINIONS ABOUT SUBJECTS
As the Spring quarter begins, you
can find that the Winter quarter is
already forgotten. One might over
hear a student saying, “Well, it really
doesn’t matter what I got in Math as
long as I passed” or “I am not worry
ing as long as Mr. Teacher will “C”
me out of American Literature.” It
seems as if the student has forgotten
tlie main reason for coming to college
and is now only concerned with gett
ing by and having a good time.
“The Collegian” has obstained an
swers from different people on the
question. Why are so many collegians
content with just getting by without
even trying to do average work?
Some of the answers are
1. “Some students are forced to come
to school and realize that they are be
ing supported without having to work,
so they stay and accept the careers.”
2. “Some courses are required of
students, but they do not wisli to take
them; consequently, the student re
bels against the course and the teach
er and does just enough to keep from
having to take the course over.”
3. “Many students reahze that if
they fail in a course they will have to
leave school and probably work, so
they use school as a “Winter Resort”
and do just enough to stay there.”
4. “At all times the students are not
responsible; they do not know how
to study; therefore, they can not do
any better because they need help and
assume a “don’t care” attitude.”
5. “Since just getting by will get a
degree without studying, why bother
when there are so many other thino-s
PETER WEDDICK MOORE
Our College honored Peter Weddick
Moore, on February 26 for his out
standing contribution to the founda
tion of such a great institution. Dr.
Moore’s spirit is still with the Col
lege with hundreds of graduates and
e.K-students as living witnesses.
Dr. Moore, the eldest of five child
ren, was born near Faison’s Depot in
Duplin County, June 24, 1858. In
spite of the fact that his parents,
Weddick Moore and Alecy Thomp
son Moore, were slaves. Dr. Moore
rose from slavery to a position as ed
ucator and statesman, and dedicated
his life to the service of both races
of his state.
The first school Dr. Moore attended
was one probably established by the
Freedmen’s Bureau, though there are
few records regarding his youth. The
second strongest factor in shaping his
life was a school taught by a very
brilhant Negro named Burke Marable,
a fomier student of Shaw. Although
Dr. Moore took advantage of all op
portunities for more study, he receiv
ed but little formal elementary educa
Dr. Moore obtained a certificate to
teach in a one-teacher school in a
district known as Holly Grove, about
ten miles from Clinton, at the age of
twenty. The school term was short,
and he worked a little piece of ground
from which he earned enough
money to enter Shaw University in
the fall of 1880. He received his A.B.
degree from Shaw in 1887, and later
the university conferred upon him the
M.A. and L.L.D. degrees in recogni
tion of his contribution to education.
After leaving Shaw University, Dr.
Moore taught for a time in the schools
of Bertie County. After leaving there,
he went to assist the principal of the
State Normal School in Plymouth,
North Carolina. In 1891 the Elizabeth
City State Normal School was estab
lished by the General Assembly and
Dr. Moore was selected as principal
to take charge of the plans for the
opening of the school. The General
Assembly appropriated the sum of
nine hundred dollars. The citizens of
Elizabeth City, with the help of Dr.
Moore and his assistant, J. H. Butler,
opened the school January 4, 1892,
with sixty pupils. Each year the en
rollment increased, and professional
courses were added to the curriculum.
As educator and statesman. Dr.
xMoore still lives in the hearts of peo
ple for the services he has rendered
to his race, community and state.
HAVE THEY FORGOTTEN GOD?
Many people of the South do not
think an interracial school system will
work. Why? They have forgotten God
is the maker of man. They have for
gotten that no man stands alone in
the sight of God.
Why is it that there are those who
will not accept the Negro? Is it that
they consider him inferior or superior
when they will not accept him in the
same setting with other racial groups?
Is it that they fear that the Negro
seeks revenge for sufferings during
the reign of slavery?
It seems hard to realize that human
beings of different beliefs worship the
same God. Do they not realize that
God has the power over man, that he
can humble him at the feet of one who
enslaves him? The Negro is human
and is entitled to life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness.
Integration has worked in one of the
largest and most important organiza
tions in our country, the United States
Army; and it has raised the morale,
unity, and effectiveness of this strate
gic department. It can do the same
in life and in public schools, if politic
ians and many prejudiced parents let
the issue alone and realize that God
will act in due time and solve the
problem in his own way.
MR. LEAP YEAR
TO THE RESCUE
NINE COMPLETE COURSE
Nine seniors completed their course
requirements for the Bachelor of Sci
ence degree at the end of the second
quarter. They are: John Eli Bias, Caro
lyn Aramenta Boone, Constance Bail
ey Chandler, Billy Ralph Hodge, Lan-
don Robert Miales, Willard Carter
Moses, Doris Lidener Smith, Rebecca
Naomi Spruill, and Mary Louise Wise.
On our campus the young women
greatly outnumber the men. This, of
course, has left many co-eds without
dates. However, they have not had
too long to worry, for Mr. Leap Year
has been ushered in by 1956. Now,
the girls are free to go after “their
Mr. Leap Year is welcome since he
ehminates wall-flowers and no-escort
situations. He gives the girl permission
to step forward and ask for a dance,
or to ask that special some one to be
her escort to that next dance or con
Girls, if you have had your eye on
a certain fellow for quite some time,
now ;s your chance to “break the ice”
and still not be considered a bit bold
or unladyhke. This is also a good time
to get your husbands, for 1960 is a
long time to wait.
Get busy, girls. We have only three '
hundred more days. After all, it’s Leap
CAMPUS HIT PARADE
CHATS WITH THE DEAN
TO STUDENT TEACHERS;
Everyone is excited about the very
fine job practice teachers are doing in
the local schools this quarter. Verv
favorable comments have reached my
office from various sources. I have
been posting as much information
about job opportunities for graduates
as I possibly can. The initiative, how
ever, is up to the senior. If you are
beginning to make application now
for September vacanies, you may have
waited too long already. If you have
not made the proper contacts, please
begin to do so at once.
After graduation, please write
to inform the office of your employ
ment status. The morale of everyone
who has ever attended STC is affected
by our knowledge of the success we
are having in placing graduates. It is
also encouraging to high school sen
iors who plan to teach.
If you plan to teach in September,
the office will do everything possible
to find the vacancy you have always
been looking for. To incoming student
teachers — congratulations and good
luck. To outgoing student teachers —
ATHLETICS AND EDUCATION
It s Almost Tomorrow ’ — and we’re
still playing “Bid Whist”.
A Tear Fell — when we received
Meniories of You — the teacher who moral stamina, mental alertness. They
“C’ed me through. ' '
Is athletics a part of our education?
I sometimes wonder if we think it is.
Let us see now — What goes into edu
cation? Ability to think on one’s feet,
discipline, culture, and many other
factors. Does the athletic program
have anything to do with these? 1 say
that it does.
Let us take discipline. A coach, first
of all, in order to get the best an ath
lete has to offer has to treat him like
a person, laying down his rules and
regulations and abiding by them
strictly, or else his task is defeated be
fore he begins. Such are the coaches’
first acts of discipline. If an athlete
is told that he is to be put off the
squad or team for breaking these rules,
it must be done so. Enforcement of
rules is necessary. Thus discipline is
one of the first steps in the process of
molding the life of an athlete.
Next is the ability to think on ones
feet. This means that a person is
trained to think quickly and accurate
ly in a spur-of-the-monient situation
It is important for the athlete. As a
person is taught how to think quickly
and respond in classroom situations,
so is he on the the athletic field, bas
ketball court or what have we.
Throughout these activities, situations
arise in which a player has to think
quickly and diagnose in seconds, in
order to be effective and come out on
top. Does this not helia, too, in mold
ing the life and character of an in
Last is culture. Through athletics
: individuals are taught to develop
Play it Fair — when you enter your
classroom on exam day.
“Roses Never Fade” — I never forgot
that teacher who gave me “F”.
“I’m Not Worthy of You” — the “A”
I received in a certain subject.
“Feel So Good” — now that the quart
er is over.
Ain t It Fun — to play cards and
forget your homework.
I Wish I Knew” — how to find each
exam for the final.
are taught to take not only triumpb-
but defeat. These are important m
developing culture. These are neces
sary to make better men. As athletes
live together in groups, they develop
relationships which are the means o
enriching social living, not only o’'
the campus participation, but for a
justment in later years. Think tns
over. Find out for yourself. Is ati
letics a part of education just as mat
ematics, science, social studies, or any
other college course?