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STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE NEWS LETTER
A FRESHMAN SPEAKS
College life at S.T.C., is to me both
interesting, and easily adaptable. Of
the many people I have come in con
tact with, I find the majority have
helpful attitudes and friendly dispo
sitions. The student body appears to
be excercising the “Good Neighbor
Policy,” of the community living.
Upon just seeing this campus, I got
tlie impression that this is an institu
tion striving solely to produce students
who will improve our educational so
ciety. From the well con structed
buildings, and the neatness of the
campus, comes the impression that the
personnel is well constituted to per
form their duties sufficiently.
The system of classes was a surprise
to me. I thought there would be a
class every period, five days a week.
The stagger system of classes omits
the boredom that results from attend
ing the same class five straight days,
a week. It also lessens the students’
tendencies of cutting classes, or at
least it should. I can’t refer to any of
my classes as being hard, but I have
found that the instructors require a
more involved means of study. By this,
I mean being prepared beyond the
general questioning of an assignment.
Li extra-curricular activities, I have
many choices. I have joined the Dra
matic Club in hope of executing one
of my firm beliefs which is, that I
have a talent for one of the arts,
either manual, musical, or dramatic.
My favorite activity is football.
There I have the chance to display
skill, knowledge, and at times rid my
self of the grouchy feeling.
I feel I have made a wise choice in
remaining at this institution. For, did
I not believe Elizabeth City State
Teachers College will properly pre
pare me for one of the instructing
positions in our educational society,
this would not have been the institu
tion of my choice. I am very sincere
in the above statement; it would hold
true in all cases, regardless of any
amount of financial aid. I have come
to college with a goal to achieve; it
was set up by my family, and me
I will be striving to accomplish the
most from all I endeavor in reaching
my goal, which is “Success”.
—William H. Long
VOCATIONAL CLUB ELECTS
A Vocational Club has been organ
ized on the campus for the purpose
of bringing together the brick mason
ry, secretarial science, cosmetology
and electronic majors.
Officers elected for the current year
are: president, Ciutis Wright; vice-
president, Greatha M. Knight; sec
retary, Louise S. Woodruff; assistant
secretary, Mildred Brinkley; treasurer,
The current activities include vo
eational fellowship, and building a
float for the Homecoming Parade.
The plans for the year will be
—Gondola V. Banks
DO YOU KNOW THE ANSWERS?
1. Tuesday, October 12, was the
birthday of President Eisenhower.
How old is he?
2. A Pope is also a Bishop. Of what
3. President Iskander Mirza declared
martial law and dismissed the
government of Prime Minister
Firoz Khan Noon last week. In
4. Who is secretary of the Treasury?
5. About which one of the following
places has the United States ac
cused Red China of giving dis
(a) Formosa Strait (b) Quemoy
Island (c) Formosa Crisis (d) Que-
moy’s Lioola Beach
6. How many miles into space did
the United States Moon Rocket
7. The United States and Japan have
begun a review of the peace treaty
they signed in 1951. Who was the
principal American negotiator of
8. Who is the director of the world’s
most powerful radio telescope sta
(Answers on page 6)
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Evelyn Byrd, junior counselor, then
spoke to the freshmen, urging them to
be bearers of light. From her large
candle, t h e flames of knowledge,
awareness, truth, appreciation of
beauty and faith were lighted by
Joyce Respass, Thomas Hodges,
Gladys Johnson, Joe Willie Shambley,
and Joyce Welch, respectively. Jethro
Williams gave the concluding words
which empasized going forth and
sharing with others.
President Ridley then spoke the
many use of the candle and told
how it serves as a guiding light. He
stressed the truth of the beautiful
quotation; It is better to Hght a candle
than to curse the darkness.
And now it comes, the autumn’s rag
The clouds pile up; the yellow leaves
The cornstalks shake their dry and
As threatening the world with ambus
The pumpkins quickly yellow in the
Which with a slow reluctance has be
To edge its way into the southern sky,
And following it in haste, the geese
O God, who made the seasons of the
The wintertime for rest, the spring
The summer for fulfillment, and the
For lovely change; O God, who made
Of everything, accept my thanks to
For autumn and its glorious display.
For winds that dress in leaves of red
And gaily whistle, racing through the
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training citizens for more efficient
services in community life.
Other panelists, Mr. George Attix
and Dr. N .H. Shope emphasized eco
nomic and cultural advantages to be
realized through cooperative inter
change of information and activities
in the life of the college and commun
ity which could strengthen the general
progress of both.
In his closing remarks, President
Water N. Ridley stressed the import
ance of individual responsibility in
maintaining high standards of genaral
progress in the “two-way” challenge
of cooperative experiences.
The program of the morning was
introduced by Miss Barbara Ransom
of Garysburg, North Carolina, junior
representative of the Student Council.
E-STC- Downs Fayettewlle
As members of a college family, we
are interdependent,” said President
Walter N. Ridley as he addressed the
college family during the assembly
on September 19.
As he continued, “Our institution is
an agency for perpetuating our learn
ing to live together”, he held the
attention of all persons present.
“If we are to have the kind of col
lege we want, students must respect
themselves. It is just as important that
teachers show respect for students and
show respect for themselves and their
pojition”, the president emphasized.
He also reminded his audience that
in order to respect others, it is neces
sary first to respect one’s self.
President Ridley stated further, “Col
lege students are above the average
of people in the community; they
should show this in their deeds and
Mr. T. E. Jones, in a recent Assemb
ly speech, urged students to prepare
themselves to meet the challenge of
this new period by ‘creating an image
of the Negro as a full American citi-
He based his discussion on a recent
article by Harry Golden, Jewish edi
tor of Charlotte, North Carolina. “The
period after the apparent victory in
Civil Rights will be a bitter period
for the Negro due to new attitudes
toward him,” said the speaker. “The
limits of operation to which we have
become accustomed will no longer
“It will be a bitter period of read
justment to total responsibility and un
limited horizon”, he continued.” The
college students of today must recog
nize this as a period of challenge in
which they must become the leaders.
He said further that the challenge will
be to create an image of the Negro
as a full American citizen by expand
ing vision; mastering details of posi
tive life activities; participating in the
whole community; and knowing ca
The graduates of the 1958 class of
S.T.C. have procured teaching po
sitions in various parts of N. C., as
well as in some of the other states.
Following are the names of some
students and cities in which they are
teaching in N. C.: James Leathers,
Wilhamston; Mrs. Josephine Gray,
Selma; Henry Porter, Menola; Joseph
Purvis, Burlington; Cleo Robertson,
High Point; and Raymond Williams,
Four of our graduates, Geraldine
Cooper, Yvonne Ferebee, Sterling
Lennon, and Peggy White, have se
cured positions in Beauford, S. C.
John Harris is teaching in Petersburg,
Va,; Robert Moody is in Newburgh,
N. Y., and Lillian Turnage is in
Middletown, N. J.
This is, of course, only a fraction
of the class, as the whereabouts of all
the graduates are unknown. But
judging from this data, you can see
that the class is well dispersed.