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For Students and Alumni
STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE NEWS PRESS CLUB
ELIZABETH CITY, N. C.
Columbia Scholastic Press Association
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Sara Heckstall
ASSOCIATE EDITORS Alfred Wright, Dennis Askew
FEATURE EDITOR Naomi C. Johnson
LITERARY EDITORS Georgianna Barnes, Katrina Johnson, Emma Daniel
SPORTS EDITORS Henry Pickett, George Kitchen
EXCHANGE EDITOR Ralph Glover
typist Louise Hoffler
REPORTERS Christine Artis, Clorine Powell,
Trumillia Johnson, Mary Puryear, Christine Artis.
ADVISER E. H. Mitchell
W/iy Attend Press Conference?
be^g one wa^rff^^rganized
mass communication and an agency in
the improvement of human relation
ships, makes a news conference a
necessary and significant element in
a changing society. The newspaper
must progress with all other media,
and it must be efficient in its opera
tion. Therefore, it becomes necessary
for staff members to venture out to
gain knowledge and understanding
from others in meeting this demand.
The newspaper must meet the needs
of the people by being informative.
attractive, factual, bal
anced, proportioned and precise.
In order to reach this point of per
fection, it becomes necessary for our
members to attend press conferences.
With the information received at
the conference, our delegates are more
informed and more capable of pro
ducing a better newspaper. These
direct experiences encountered at the
conference will largely be the key to
So we attended the conference to
meet the challenge of our times.
W/iere Is,Your Voice?
College students everywhere are ' 1
expected to speak up in discussions,
meetings and group sessions where
there is an exchange of ideas. It is
believed that such discussions are
healthy for the intellectual growth
of college students.
There is fear that the problems of
silence in open sessions on our cam
pus is growing. If this continues,
students’ opinions and ideas will be
What ic the. caiise for such com
plete quietness when we are called
upon in public? Why should we re
press such precious ideas that dwell
within us? Should we fear what our
peers or co-eds might say or do?
Are we concerned about being fail
ures in speech or grammar? These
are some of the questions that enter
the mind when analyzing the situa
Do we not know that our thoughts,
ideas, and questions may be the very
thing that can help solve a problem
or bring joy to someone? It is not
the great things that we do that count,
but the little ones. Perhaps the ques
tion that’s puzzling you, is also on
someone’s else mind. If you speak,
you have helped yourself and others.
Others may fear the presence of
peers or co-eds. It should be re
membered that this is an institution
of higher learning, Fach of 11s should
have the best interest of his fellow-
man at heart. If one fails, all have
failed. When we know that every
body is awaiting our success, why
should we fail?
Every student, of every class should
strive individually to perfect his
speech to the point that it will not
Is your speech lost?
Pat Boone, the young singing sen
sation, has written a book entitled
“Twixt Twelve and Twenty”. Being
very informal, he shares with the
reader his faith, hope, dreams, ex
periences, and faults.
. As Pat recapitulated some of his
childhood experiences he related
that he was very inquisitive—normal.
As he grew older his simple ques
tions became more mature and life
He asks the question relative to
teenagers, “What are we today?” His
answer is that we are a group of in
dividuals who are making the greatest
single change that we shall ever have
to make. Such things as insecurity,
restlessness, inconsistency, and inde
cision are symptoms of youth.
The record king says that in grow
ing up one must learn to do things
for himself. One need not feel that
growing up is all work and no play,
but both can be mixed.
Suggestions in reference to being
attractive, going steady, getting mar
ried, being friendly, getting along
with parents, finding your talents,
and believing in God are given pro
found elaboration. Pat further ad
vises us to believe in dreams, be
cause they do come true.
If you wish to learn all about the
many pressures and problems which
confront youth, this is the literary
composition to read. Answers to
many pressing, personal questions
may be obtained. Read “Twixt
Twelve and Twenty!”
Ok is Ee.
Rocki n roll is not jazz.
roll IS not jazz. So many
of you uninformed people make the
mistake of labeling rock ’n roll jazz
that I have been inspired to clear
First, I'll admit that there are va
rious forms of jazz: swing, dixieland,
bop, blues, modern and progressive.
But rock ’n roll is a distinct break
from jazz with no degree of transition.
Jazz evolved from the early Ne
gro slaves manifesting their oppressive
feeling to what we call the blues.
The latter was nurtured and expanded
to become dixieland, then swing,
and then bop.
Modern and progressive jazz got
their inceptions in the latter 40’s.
When romantic music was intro
duced to the world, it had a charac
teristic which was not found in the
classical music. This was the cadenza,
an improvised solo.
That is what jazz is all about,
improvisation by well trained musi
cians, musicians equally as trained
as those who play symphonic music.
In most cases though, parts to be
played in unison are written out.
Reverting to my topic of discussion,
rock ’n roll is not on parity with jazz
because it lacks the refinement. Rock
’n roll is built on only one idea which
is used in all rock ’n roll songs. There
is little variation, and simple tricks
are used for attraction.
I would rather call rock ’n roll a
novelty type of music which em
ploys a stimulating beat and catchy
lyrics. But please don’t call it jazz!
cjCetter to tLe
Denmark, South Carolina
March 16, 1959
Miss Sara Heckstall
Elizabeth City State Teachers Col.
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Dear Miss Heckstall:
A friend recently forwarded me
a copy of the December 1959 issue
of The Newsletter in which appeared
a poetic tribute to my late husband,
James D. Fisher.
I am deeply grateful to Mildred
Stephenson for adding such a lovely
epitaph to his life. May I ask you
to forward me her address so that
I may formally express' my gratitude.
If additional copies are available,
I would like to purchase several. I
would appreciate your forwarding
them to me and indicating the ex
I am deeply appreciative of The
Newsletter’s poetic tribute to Coach
Fisher. My sincere thanks.
Very truly yours,
(Mrs.) Joyce W. Fisher
Where in all the world is there
anything more aesthetically satisfy
ing than the beauty found in shrub
bery recently planted in the fore
ground of the dormitories and at
various other spots on the campus.
Trees ihal formerly sioou aimobt
lifeless on the campus have beeen up
rooted. Butler Hall which has long
stood as a very large building in open
space has taken to itself added beau
ty, for the shrubbery has become its
companion. Williams Building has
taken on a new look. Lester Science
Hall, because of its location, has al
ways been attractive; but it has be
come a scene of more beauty, espe
cially when illuminated by the newly-
installed spot lights.
As students, we will always en
joy and cherish this beauty.
umni A lewd
^^now tLe ‘Answers?
1. Who was the artist who painted
“Unfinished Portrait of Frank
lin D, Roosevelt?
2. How long did the World War II
seige of Leningrad last?
3. Who popularized the Christmas
tradition of Santa’s sleigh and
4. What is the state bird of Alaska?
5. What was the first of the great
man-made waterways of the Unit
6. Which are the states whose
names are never abbreviated by
the Post Office Department?
7. Where is Cocos Island?
8. Easter was earlier this year. How
was the date determined?
9. An ethnic group in the northern
part of Upper Adige is seeking
autonomy for the region. What
two countries would be involved.
Prayer For the Month
Keep us strong, dear Lord, so
that when temptations come we shall
be able to recognize them and remain
true to thy will as Jesus always did.
To quote Milton ... “A good book
is the precious life blood of a master
spirit.” Wake up and read!
^5 tLe ^L
Spring forth with love to all man
To make this world much better.
Spring out with an open mind to find
The need of every brother.
Spring up in this world of changing
To meet life’s greatest command.
Spring round these challenges with
To answer each noble demand.
Wm. J. Barber With Board
Of Fundamental Education
William J. Barber, who is now
studying at the University of Indiana
and is employed with the Board of
Fundamental Education, stopped on
the campus recently. He was enroute
to his home in Jamesville, North Ca
For the past three years Mr. Bar
ber has been interested in the Board
of Fundamental Education and has
enjoyed working with the organiza
tion whose goals are: to alleviate
ignorance, to improve physical health,
and to lessen the blight of poverty.
The Board was chartered by the
Congress of the United States in
1954. Its belief is that people can
live far more useful and happy lives
if they are only taught the funda
As an employee, Mr. Barber is as
sisting a group of business and pro
fessional men who are “committed
to a program which helps people help
themselves ... It is an established
on-going, successful program continu
ously counselled by some of the coun
try’s leading educators.”
Mr. Barber is a candidate for the
degree of Doctor of Philosophy from
the University of Indiana.
Mrs. Irene L. Dickens, former
staff member, now Dean of Women,
St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh,
spent her Easter vacation in Elizabeth
City. During this time she visited
her Alma Mater.
Mr. and Mrs. K. D, Crandal of
Detroit, Michigan, have anounced the
birth of a son.
During the Easter holidays, Linton
Burnham, instructor in the depart
ment of Education at Winston Salem
Teachers College, visited the campus.
March 12-14 Mrs, Edna H. Mitch
ell spent some time in New York
with students who attended the Co
lumbia Scholastic Press Association.
While there she enjoyed meeting
A very pleasant occasion was the
meeting of several graduates of the
New York City Alumni Chapter at
their regular meeting with Mrs.
Mrs. Eulah M. Parker and brother
Mr. Ernest Gordon of Baltimore,
Maryland visited the campus last
Among those who attended the
Roland Bowser funeral were: former
Newsletter editors Carroll Rodgers
and Herman Horne; also John Byrum
and James Godfrey.
Kathryn Ward of Kinston, N. C.
spent some time on the campus re
My Return to SJ.C.
S. T, C. is like home to me, for
it was here that I completed mv four
years high school. I then, became
more aware of my deep interest in
children, which gave me a strong
desire for higher learning. With the
encouragement of my parents, teach
ers, and Dr. Bias, I decided to take
the two-year Normal Course which
was an addition that year.
On completing this course, I was
assigned to teach in my native home-
Josephine Valentine Barnhill
town, Harrellsville, N. C. I suc
cessfully taught there 16 years. Dur
ing this time. I attended summer
school at Hampton Institute, Hamp
ton, Virginia, and A. & T. College,
Greensboro, N. C.
My marriage took me to live in
Baltimore, Maryland, and I devoted
most of my time to house-keeping,
but always longing to be back in the
class-room which had so much be
come a part of me. Because of this
longing for the class-room, I applied
for work as a teacher and succeeded
in getting a position as nursery-kin-
dergarten teacher. It was here that
I saw the need for more and better
preparation in order to compete with
the present-day affairs. I applied
for admission at Coppin State Teach
ers College, Baltimore, and was ad
mitted. On learning that this school
emphasizes teaching in Baltimore
City only, I was not too pleased.
I do not regret for one moment
that I decided to come back to my
Alma Mater with its great expansion
in both buildings and learning. I
have found that it competes with
most of the leading colleges of high
er learning. The school’s future looks
even brighter than ever before in its
Yes, I am proud to have returned
to my Alma Mater because I realize
that there never was a time when
high success in the teaching field de
mands more earnest, thorough, and
sincere labor than now.
Scholarship Plan Announced
President Walter N. Ridley, encouraged by the interest of various
groups interested in improving learning at the college, has recently
called upon the alumni to make a substantial increase to the Scholar
ship and Loan Fund.
The plan is to ask alumni to raise at least $50,000 for scholarships
and loans within the next five years. The suggestions for carrying
out the plan are listed below. It is hoped that every alumnus will get
into one of the pledge groups, the highest if possible, and help his
Alma Mater to aid worthy college students.
The College expects to get:
Other , ^ ^
Every alumnus or alumni group of Elizabeth City State Teachers
College should get into the highest pledge group possible and help us
to aid worthy students.
ALL PAYMENTS WILL BE DEDUCTIBLE FROM INCOME
TAXES. RECEIPTS WILL BE SENT FOR INCOME TAX PUR
1st Payment and
Amount Each Yr.