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For Students and Alumni
STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE NEWS PRESS CLUB
ELIZABETH CITY, N. C.
Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Trumilla Johnson, Clarence Biggs
James Hand, Stewart Vick
inette Wotten, Charles King, Stewart Vick, Louise Hoffler
James Robertson, Frances Moore
Mrs. E. H. Mitchell
Farewell, S. T. C.
It is possible for individuals to be
happy and sad at the same time. As
we, the Class of Sixty, leave our Al
ma Mater we feel a mixture of happi
ness and sadness. We are happy be
cause we have reached the goal that
we have been seeking for four years.
We are happy to know that we are
now in a position to take our places
in society and be examples for those
who are to follow.
There is much to be happy about at
graduation time, but there is still a
degree of sadness in us. We feel
sad when we realize that we are leav
ing our faithful instructors who have
worked diligently to aid us in attain
ing our goals. There are also our
many friends that we must leave be
hind. We realize that we may never
see some, of them again; however we
must move on and let them take our
As we leave S. T. C., we say with
uplifted heads: “Farewell, S. T. C.
we thank you for the educational,
spiritual and social values that we
We have enjoyea bemg a part of
you for four years, but now we m
say, “Farewell, S. T. C.; Farewell.'
With the academic year drawing
to a close, the Student Council of
next year is looking forward to
successful administration. It is hoped
that the studens will give their
operation to make it a success.
In the next year it is my plan (1)
to strengthen the organizational
ture of the Student Council, to make
it a better usuable, workable, service
able and functional organization re
sponsible to the students, (2) to have
more open meetings to let the stu
dents know what is being done, (3) to
have the minutes of each student gov
ernment meeting posted in each dor
mitory, (4) to have the student gov
ernment office open at specified hours
tQ allow students to present any
problems, (5) to give each student
more responsibilities, thereby increas
ing the overall school spirit, (6) to
strengthen the relationship between
students and faculty, and (7) to make
students aware of the rules and regu
lations governing them.
These plans which I have proposed
can be executed only through the
cooperative effort of each student. It
is my intention to have a strong
student organization — one that is
built up of individuals who possses
a constitution and hinge that consti
tution to the post of reason.
I anxiously look forward to the
academic year. Have a wonderful
It was in mankind education not
only common to all but in some sense
compulsory on all, that the destiny
of the free republic of America was
Impressions of the
Fine Arts Festival
I could tell by the choir’s expres
sion that they enjoyed presenting this
inspiring concert to us. It was also
amazing to see our students perform
with such grace, ease, and confidence.
The Arts Exhibits gave me a feel
ing of inspiration and dignity.
I really think this festival was en
joyed by the majority of the students
because it was a new experience,
hope more of our students will attend
activities of this kind.
From my point of view I would
say the Fine Art Festival accom
plished its purpose in revealing the
beauty, joy, understanding and loveli-
:ss in our artistic pursuits.
The music students’ recital was oi
of promising art to the participants
of the future. Wilson Bryant showed
great art in music when he played
“The Wasp” arranged by Godard and
a ‘Russian Concerto” arranged by
Rachmanenoff. Mr. Bryant is a very
My friends and associates to whom
I have talked enjoyed the recital tre
mendously, and, I admit, so did I.
I hope STC will continue to present
programs of such culture and inspira-
The festival was very well organ
ized. I am glad I had the oppor
tunity to attend four of the activities.
Helen Joyce Johnson
Elite Social Club Presents "Spring
Frolic" and $200.00 Scholarship
The Elite Social Club of Maysville,
N. C. presented a “Spring Frolic” for
the benefit of the Scholarship Fund
here at Elizabeth City State Teachers
College, in the college auditorium Sat
urday night, April 30.
Included in this frolic were dances,
songs and instrumental solos which
were all quiet enjoyable.
Participants in the program were;
Elaine Wooten, Brenda Brown, Con
stance Roberts, Carolyn Jones, Gwen
dolyn Moore, Clementine Baker, Jes
sie M. Dudley, Norman Walter, Wil
liam Wooten, Otha Brooks, Steve
Stang, Eddie Howard, Rufas Smith,
Jr., Perry Moore, Renae Cogdell,
Melvin Bell, Ulysses Moyal, Dereta
Cogdell and Gleola Aldridge.
Contestants for the Queen of
Spring were: Norman Sutton, Rena
Strayhorne, Marie Ward, Joyce Gadj-
son, Dorothy Mattocks, Angela Col
lins, Cheryl Moore and Bonnie Hill.
Norma Sutton of Kinston, N. C. was
queen; Rena Strayhorne and Marie
Ward were runners up.
The sponsors of this frolic are
all teachers of the Maysville Ele
mentary School with the exception
me. Two of these are graduates
of State Teachers College. They are
Miss Kathryn A. Ward of Kinston
and Mrs. Mary S. Murrell of Pol-
locksville, N. C. Other sponsors
were Mrs. Annie Bell Ward, Mays
ville; Miss Marie A. Wooten, Mays
ville; Mrs. Lillie F. McDaniel, Pol-
locksville; and Mrs. M. S. Vaughn
At the close of the program. Miss
Kathryn Ward presented to Dr. W.
N. Ridley a check for $200. Dr.
Ridley acknowledged the gift with
gratifying remarks and thanked Miss
Ward on behalf of the college family.
Immediately after the presentation
the group gathered into the Light
house for a Social Hour.
The program was enjoyed by every
one. The staff and students of State
Teachers College were most grateful
to the sponsors for having brought
Are You A Man?
What does it take to be a man?
Ignorance and intolerance your
whole life span . . .
Or does it take dignity and courage
With peace for your comfort and
God for your guide?
What does it take to be a man?
Beliefs of inequality and a non-black
hand . . .
Or does it take effort, ambition and
So to your descendants, you’ll be a
What does it take to be a man?
FeeUngs the Negro can’t do what
the white man can . . .
Or does it take Stamina, along with
the three . . .
Liberty, Justice and Equality?
What does it take to be a man?
Scorn and prejudice, throughout the
Or to constitute the pursuit of hap
Does it take racial togetherness?
—Thomas C., Hodges
Farewell, Miss Cooke
On Saturday, May 14, the College
Band played in concert its farewell
number to a wonderful band director.
Miss Esther L. Cooke. Numbers by
Bach, Johnson, Haydn, Davis, Walter,
Bennett, Coons, and Gershwin were
played. The Concert was ended with
Gershwins’ “Little Rhapsody in Blue”
as a special request by Miss Cooke.
Miss Esther L. Cooke is a native
of Atlanta, Georgia. She did her
undergraduate study at Howard Uni
versity, Washington, D. C., where she
received her Bachelor of Music De
gree. Her graduate study was done
at the University of Rochester, East
man School of Music, Rochester,
New York, where she received her
Master of Music Degree. From the
Jullard School of Music she also
ceived a certificate.
Miss Cooke has done further study
during the summer at Berkshire
School of Music, Lenox, Mass., and
at the University of Rochester.
She has taught at Tennessee State
University, Nashville, Tennessee, and
A. & T. College, Greensboro, N.
To show Miss Cooke that the Band
really appreciated the hours of sleep
she lost for our advancement and the
way she entered wholeheartedly into
the task of making our Band a
cess, and one that Elizabeth City
State Teachers College can be proud
I of, we give this tribute.
The Hertford County Chapter of
the State Teachers College Alumni
Association held its last meeting of
the year May 9, 1960 at the Amanda
S. Cherry School with the President,
Mr. I. A. Battle, presiding.
During the first part of the business
session, the scholarship committee
gave their report. The following
names were presented; Miss Mamie
Scott—R. L. Vann School, Miss Pa
tricia Davis—C. S. Brown School and
Mister Carlton Melton—R. L. Vann
School. Since we had no application
from a student from C. S. Brown
that met the qualifications set up by
the chapter, it was agreed that Mr.
Freeland be informed that a scholar
ship of $100.00 is being held in re
serve for some graduating senior from
his school, who may desire entering
State Teachers College, Elizabeth
City, N. C. in September. The
dent, however, must have a
average. The student receiving the
scholarship will be assisted by the
chapter for four years provided he
she maintains a “B” average or above.
The student should be truthful, punc
tual, neat, have ability to get along
with others and possess good qualities
Miss Janice Pierce will be assisted
next year with a $100.00 scholarship,
and this schloarship will continue pro
viding she maintains a “B” average.
The interested graduating senior
should make application on forms
which can be secured from the secre
tary of Hertford County Chapter and
mailed to her on or before April 15
of each year.
The Officers for 1959-’60 were giv
en a vote of confidence and will be
retained for 1960-61.
Officers are as follows;
Mr. I. A. Battle, president; Mr. A.
R. Bowe, vice-president; Miss V. D.
Jones, secretary; Mrs. Audrey Goode,
assistant secretary; Mrs. Susie Boone,
treasurer; Mr. Rochelle Vann, chap
Participants In Spring Frolic
CHILDREN OF MAYFIELD SCHOOL
A Saiute ...
To My Former Coach
It is no secret to me that my former
football coach, “William Bucky Har
ris” is leaving. I have been under
his guidance and leadership for three
years. I have enjoyed all of them.
I wish him much success in his future
endeavor and thanks to him for his
patience and guidance which have
been so characteristic of him.
—John Jones, team captain
When one realizes that he is now
a senior and will soon be doing
practice teaching, there dawn upon
him mixed emotions. Hs is proud
to have reached this bvel of achieve
ment, yet he is disturbed. Such
questions as the following enter his
mind; Will my supervising teacher
like me? Will the pupils test my
intelligence by asking “deep rooted”
questions? Will I be able to get in
sixty hours of actual work? and
Will I make an average or above-
Actually practice teaching is an
enjoyable experience that will long
be remembered. Supervising teach
ers, whether of a few years or of
many years, realize that they were
student teachers once. In realizing
this they picture themselves in the
role of a student teacher. When
this is done the burden seems com
As the student teacher hears the
close of this memorable period, his
emotions are still mixed. He knows
that the teacher liked him, he has
got his sixty hours in, has won the
love and respect of the pupils, and
has earned the desired grade; but
he asks himself another question,
“What will actual teaching be like
when I will not have Mrs. Super
vising Teacher by my side?”
For many seniors of 1960 this
question will be answered in
fall. Until then, there will be three
months of waiting with mixed e
In science the credit goes to the
man who convinces the world,
to the man to whom the idea first
Belief and Courage
Can we at Elizabeth City State
Teachers College sustain the courage
we have to do the things in which
; actually believe?
Many of us have often thought of
worshipping in a church of white
people, but have we made any ef
forts to do so? In many cases it
may be thought there is something
wrong about such a thing; in others,
perhaps indifference. Such an act
may provide opportunities for fellow
ship or for understanding.
Last Sunday, May 15, John Wesley
Jordan, Joe Cephus Manley, Stewart
Vick and Leonard Slade visited the
City Road Methodist Church (white)
of Elizabeth City.
They walked in without hesitancy
id were noticed by the ushers as if
they, perhaps, had made some mis
take in entering the wrong church.
However, they led the group to the
front of the church where they took
seats and worshipped with a feeling
What did the minister do after the
service? Did he comment or talk to
the group? Unfortunately, there was
no time for the group to express to
him the enjoyment received from the
fellowship, for he had gone before
they realized it. Among the large
group of people in the church, there
was one lady who shook hands and
cheerfully said, “Good Morning.”
These young men feel they were
representing their institution, their
race and the cause of freedom in
which they believed—Freedom, for
ever known, and forever seeking with
Belief and Courage.