State Teachers College News Letter Volume 17 Elizabeth City, N. C., April, 1957 Number 4 PIRATES ENTER C I A A Rev. E. Franklin Jackson Speaker During Relig ious Emphasis Week Religious Emphasis Week was ob served at the College through a series of Assembly programs and conferences conducted by the Reverend E. Frank lin Jackson, pastor of the John Wes ley A.M.E. Zion Church in Washing ton, D. C. This observance began with the Vesper Services held on Sunday afternoon, March 10, at 6:00 P.M. and continued throughout the week. During Assembly, Reverend Jackson discussed many topics which proved to be very enlightening as well as insipring. On Monday, he spoke on “The Choice Is Always Ours”, in which he explained that there are three main choices to be made: a choice of real religion, a choice of dynamic and fruitful living and the choice of vi brant hope. The way begins just as low as we happen to be. The moment we set our face in the same direction as ffis, we are walking with God. Easy or Triumphant” was the sub ject of Reverend Jackson’s speech on Tuesday, wherein he emphasized that if we are to live triumphant Hves, we (See EMPHASIS, page 3) Editors Represent Newsletter At CSPA James E. Leathers, editor-in-chief of the Newsletter, and Alelia Koonce, associate editor, represented the Col lege at the thirty-third annual meet ing of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association held in New York City, March 14-16. More than 4,500 ele mentary, high school and college students were in attendance. The opening meeting of the Teach ers College Division was held in Macy Hall, Teachers College, Columbia Un iversity, with Richard Weber, pres ident, and Ben Jensen, executive chair man, as main speakers. Following this first meeting on Thursday afternoon, Francis W. Pal mer, Publication Adviser for Illinois State Teachers College, gave a very scholarly lecture on “Educational Journalism”, in which he stressed the the role of the administration, the ad viser and the publication staff. The need of establishing a mutual under standing of responsibilities and limit ations at the beginning of the school year was brought out by Mr. Palmer. Lyceum Series Presents Vivian Scott Vivian Scott, the tliird of tlie Ly ceum series for 1956-57, was presented in tlie College Auditorimn, Friday night, March 22 to a highly apprecia tive audience. Miss Scott gave a brilliant perform ance, including numbers from Schu mann, Chopin, Ravel, Prokofieff, Czemy and Mompou. She did a wonderful job of “Davids- bundlertanze”, a composition written by Schmiiann. This composition con sisted of eighteen pieces, some of which were poetic and melancholy, while the others were more fiery. By listening to the skilled performer, one could easily distinguish the two. Throughout the program Miss Scott proved to be an artist with great power and ability. Her style was with poise and ease. She showed that she has the qualit ies that make a good pianist. She plays with expression and brings qual ity to each composition.—Ivola Banks SHIRLEY WIGGINS CHOSEN MISS S.T.C. FOR 1957 Shirley Wiggins, a junior at EHza- beth City State Teachers College, was named “Miss S.T.C. as a resuh of a campaign recently conducted by the student body. She was in competition with two other popular representatives of her class. As a member of the College Choir and Young Women’s Christian As sociation and also as a Junior Coun- seler, Shirley has made a definite con tribution to campus life. She is a mem ber of Pyrmid Club of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Shirley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wiggins of Nashville, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Nash County Trairung School. DR. G. DAVIS VISITS CAMPUS Dr. Grady Davis, Dean of the Shaw University School of Rehgion, spoke during an assembly on March 20, on “Tlie Rebirth or Revival of Righteous- ness”. Although Dr. Davis stated at the outset that his main purpose was to recuit students for the Shaw School of Religion, his address was an intel- LARKINS TELLS OF CURRENT POSITION OF NEGRO A discussion of the current position of the Negro formed the basis of an address by Mr. John R. Larkins, a member of the Pubhc Welfare De partment, Raleigh, North Carolina, in the Assembly on March 6. Mr. Larkins said “On the farm there has been little, if any improvement in the status of the mass of Negroes. In the South, off the farm, the colored man has not done much better than (See LARKINS, page 4) MARIE RIDDICK SPEAKS On Sunday afternoon, March 24, Marie Riddick thrilled her audience as Vesper Service speaker for the Alpha Kappa Mu Honorary Society at the Elizabeth City State Teachers College. Miss Riddick is a senior at the college and a member of this Honorary Soc iety. In her message, she emphasized the need for better preparation. “If broad ened opportunities are to be realized, Negroes must add to their skills and competencies. This involves much more than a formal integration of schools. Basic preparation for school and other work occurs within the family, the neighborhood and the community. Pre paration begins in earhest childhood. When a young Negro has an opport unity to apply for a good job, his will ingness to compete for it and his pro spect of securing it depend on his earlier development and preparation for work. In conclusion. Miss Riddick said, “The greater challenge tliat faces us as leaders of the free world has at last forced us to recall and to act upon Lincoln’s warning: Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and under a just God, can not long retain it.” Annual College Day Held Following the tradition of die Eliz abeth City State Teachers College, Annual College Day was observed on March 28. Seniors took over the en tire activities for the day and con cluded their program with a Coro nation Ball in the evening. At the morning Assembly, Dean G. L. Davis presented the seniors to President Williams who led the Ad ministration of the Senior Oatli. The College keys were turned over to Irvin Gordy, president of the Senior Class, who directed the Presentation of Of ficers and Rearrangement of Chapel Seating. Using “Education the Universal Zenith” as his subject, Gordy spoke to the student body. He emphasized a stanza of the Alma Mater, So now we’ll join together For S. T. C. to work; Let none of us be faint at heart Nor any duty shirk. The Administration of the Freshman , Oath was directed by Carolyn M. Cooper, vice-president of the Senior Class. Members of the Senior Class were assigned their positions on the faculty for the day, and the student body joined in singing the Alma Mater. MRS. EATON ATTENDS A S C D MEET Mrs. Estelle Eaton, a member of our Social Studies Department, has recently attended a meeting of the Association of Supervision and Cur riculum Development in St. Louis, Missouri. This is the largest affiliated organization of the N. E. A. The theme of this meeting was “Ed ucation and the Future—Appraisal and Planning.” There were forty groups discussing this theme. Dr. R. E. Lawrence, secretary of the A. A. C. T. E., led a discussion on “Develop ing a Functional Educational Program For Modern Schools.” Other highlights of the meeting were addresses on the ‘Foreseeable World of Tomorrow” by the science editor of UNESCO, Dr. Gerald Wendt, and “How Can Schools Meet the Challenge of These Times” by the professor at Wayne University, De troit, Michigan, Dr. Marie L. Rosey. ANNOUNCEMENT The Pirates will play 10 games this fall starting September 21 with Claflin College. At 4:00 P.M. of the same day, stu dents were touring the New York Times Building. It was most interest ing to find out that some 5,000 persons assumed the mental and physical re sponsibilities of putting the paper to gether, and that vast natural resources See EDITORS, page 3) lectual challenge to all. He told how the thinkers of the past centuries con sidered religion a supestition, believing that science and reasoning would eventually overshadow it. The lectur er also called attention to the fact that statistics have proved different or contrary to what the thinkers of (See DAVIS, page 4)

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