Vol. 23 No. 4
Elizabeth City, N.C.
Record Attendance at
High School Senior Day
More than 1500 hi^ school seniors,
from 50 high schools in eastern North
Carolina and Virginia, attended High
School Senior Day at Elizabeth City
State College on Thursday, January
High School Senior Day, an annual
event, gives high school seniors an
opportunity to visit a college campus.
It also provides a source of informa
tion to help them plan for the future.
It acquaints the high school seniors
with the academic, cultural, social,
and recreational aspects of the college.
Following registration at 9:30 a.m.,
the students assembled in Williams
Hall where they were greeted and
welcomed by Dr. George H. Walker,
Jr., Acting Dean of the college, on
behalf of President Ridley and the col
lege family. Student leaders, represent
ing various areas of college life were
also introduced during that time.
Mary Leavens, a senior. President
of the Women’s Government Associa
tion, presided during the period in
which the following topics were pre
sented: “Dormitory Living” by Geral
dine Kidd, a junior counselor; “Stu
dying at STC,” Alice Myrick, senior-
elected Miss STC in 1962. Earl Fran
cis, a junior, explained “Student Aid,
Fellowships and Scholarships;” and
Albert Robinson and Tony Ricks,
both juniors, discussed “The Student
Council,” and “Developing Through
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Debate Project A
High school students of the North
eastern North Carolina area attended
a Debate Clinic at Elizabeth City
State Teachers College on Saturday,
February 16. The Clinic was held in
Lester Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This opportunity was given to high
school students to create an interest
in debating as a co-curricular activity.
Plans provided for a two-hour lecture
period in the morning and a demon
stration of the Oregon style debate.
Dr. Walker C. Daniel of the De
partment of English, North Carolina
College of Durham, was the guest
lecturer and consultant. Mrs. Helen
Caldwell, Elizabeth City State Teach
ers College Department of English,
gave a demonstration and lecture on
speech and presentation.
President Walter N. Ridley made
the resources of the College available
for the Clinic in a cooperative effort
to assist Mr. R. S. Cooper, Principal
of Beaufort County High School, in
carrying out the project. Mrs. Cald
well collaborated with Mrs. Cooper in
planning the Clinic.
Speaks at Conference
A conference sponsored by the U.
S. Department of Labor was held at
Howard University January 10 and
11 under the direction of Secretary
of Labor, W. Willard Wirtz. The
theme was “The Responsibility of
Colleges and Universities in the Pre
paration and Motivation of Youth for
the Emerging Opportunities in Gov
ernment and Industry.”
Dr. Walter N. Ridley, President of
Elizabeth City State Teachers College,
was one of the college presidents in
vited to participate in the conference.
Dr. Ridley addressed the conference
the topic, “Motivation of College
Visitors of the conference received
messages delivered by Vice-president
Lyndon B. Johnson; Secretary of La
bor, W. Willard Wirtz; President
James M. Nabrit, Jr., Howard Uni
versity; Assistant Secretary of Labor
George L. P. Weaver; Chairman, U.
S. Civil Service Commission, John W.
May; Hobart Taylor, Jr., Executive
vice-chairman. President’s Commis
sion on Equal Employment Opportu
nity; many other outstanding persons
in the field of education and industry
Other colleges represented, in ad
dition to Elizabeth City State Teach
ers College and Howard University,
were Fisk University, Morgan State
College, Bennett College and Virginia
When hair that was as black as night
Turns into sprigs of gray,
You will look upon the field of white
With laughter not so gay.
When gums have lost their pearls and
Like the nude bank or shore.
You will look at you mouth with
But teething comes no more.
When cheeks fade like roses on the
You’re gliding from life’s prime.
You will hate to see life’s flame grow
But mortals change with time.
Alumnus Recognized By
October 22, 1962
Walter N. Ridley
Elizabeth City State Teachers College
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Dear President Ridley:
It is with pleasure we send you word
that Miss M. Mildred Martin who
received the bachelor of science de
gree from Elizabeth City State teach
ers College in 1941 is among the con
tributors in The Instructor Magazine.
Miss Martin, sixth grade teacher in
the Eaton-Johnson School, Henderson.
N. C., is the author of a unit titled.
“The Importance of Food.” She re
sides at 726 Pinkston Street, Hender
son, N. C.
Enclosed is a tear sheet of the unit
concerned together with a second copy
of this letter which you might like to
refer to your alumni office.
John R. Bradley
Public Relation Department
Below Is A Review of
Miss Martin’s Unit
THE IMPORTANCE OF FOOD
M. Mildred Martin’s sixth grade
class at Eaton-J'ohnson discovered
from their reading that white rats
like the same foods that people do.
Most children enjoy having animals
as pets, so it was very natural for
the group to ask what chance there
might be of getting some rats to feed.
The Durham, North Carolina,
branch of the National Dairy Coun
cil furnished two white rats without
The purpose of using the rats was
to find out whether the choice of
foods people eat made a difference in
their rate of growth, appearance, and
One of the rats, Jolita, was given
a balanced diet; the other rat, Chita,
was given a poor diet with few fruits
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CBS Reporter In Lyceum Series
Students of the Issue
Mrs. Theresa H. Hall, a junior
majoring in English, has had her
poem “Old Age” selected by the
National Poetry Association for in
clusion in the current anthology. This
is the third year that a poet written
by Mrs. Hall has been selected for
a volume of modern poetry.
The December, 1960, issue of the
Compass featured Mrs. Hall whose
poem “Now” had won for her rec
ognition by the National Poetry Asso
Dr. Ridley Speaks
Dr. Walter N. Ridley was guest
speaker at the final session of the
Annual Human Relations Institute
held at the Lenoir County Court
house, Kinston, N. C. on Sunday,
February 17. The Institute, which
is sponsored by the Lenoir County
Inter-Racial Committee, had as its
theme for this year “A New Horizon
Ulysses Bell, a sophomore business
education major, has been elected to
succeed Sunny S. Vick as Compass
Editor-in-Chief for 1963-64.
Bell was graduated from Nashville
Central High School in Nashville,
North Carolina, ranking fifth in a
class of ninety. He lives in Rocky
At present Bell has an outstanding
reputation as a scholar and gentleman.
He is an honor student, a junior coun
selor, secretary-treasurer of the Men’s
Government Association, and a mem
ber of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Though Bell has been a Compass
member for a comparatively short
time, he has made quality contri
butions which make him eligibile for
the position to which he was elected.
Bell believes in improving journa
listic communication. With his in
tive, it can be assured that Ulysses
Bell will have a most prosperous year
as Editor-in-Chief of the Compass.
Left to right—Tom Costigan as he chats in the Lighthouse, College Center, with
Ulysses Bell, newly-elected editor-in-chief of The Compass, and Joseph Freeman,
member of the Forensic Society.
Tom Costigan Featured
Lyceum Series Program
The third program of the Lyceum
Series for 1962-63 featured Tom
Costigan, manager of W C B S—TV
News Bureau, on February 7 in
Mr. Costigan, a star reporter who
has covered major events around
the world for the past twenty years,
lectured on “Our Freedom of Infor
mation.” In the outset he quoted from
the Bill of Rights. This Bill, he said,
is 187 years old and yet the privi
leges which it offers have never
been fully exercised by the American
The lecturer continued by em
phasizing the hardships of the re
porter when much of the news is
highly restricted. “And yet,” he stat
ed “to take away the newspapers,
radios and televisions would create
a world of hate.”
According to the speaker, reporters
spend much of their time in New
York because this is the place where
most of the problems of the world
are unfolded. However, he has cover
ed stories from the New York area
Typewriting Contest Held
At State Teachers College
The Business Education Department
of Elizabeth City State Teachers Col
lege was host to students in the Type
writing Contest held on Friday, Feb
ruary 15, for the Northestern North
Carolina area. The contest was held
Moore Hall from 9:30 a.m to 3:00
Participants were placed into either
of three divisions based on the num
ber of semesters in which they had
Winners of the First Division-First
Semester group were as follows: Chris-
t i n e Chelson, Washington County
Union High School, Roper, North
Carolina, first place; second place,
George Hall, C. S. Brown High
School, Winton, North Carolina; and
third place, Felena J. Baker, Central
High School, Gatesville, North Caro
Winners of the Second Division-
Second Semester group were: first
place, Katrinia Knox, W. H. Robinson
High School, Winterville, North Caro
lina; James Rhodes, second place,
Washington County Union High
School, Roper, North Carolina; and
third place, Ella Grimes.
Winners of the Third Division-
Third Semester group were: Maryalla
Ward, first place, P. S. Jones High
School, Washington, North Carolina;
Johnnie Mae Williams, second place,
Ayden High School, Ayden, North
Carolina; and third place, Brenda
Boothe, Central High School, Gates
ville, North Carolina.
The winners of the three divisions
are eligible to participate in the State
Contest in April.
The program was sponsored jointly
by the College and the North Caro
lina Teachers Association.
involving gangsters and robbers to
those of the Invasion of Cuba. These
jobs, he explained, were done in
spite of keen competition and against
time. “Be careful of what you want,”
he said, “because you are going to
During the question - and - answer
period which followed the lecture, he
told the audience that the most dra
matic story ever covered by him was
the story of Billy Hooper who fell in
an open shaft of a well. A description
of this experience was intensely in
teresting to the audience.
The distinguished news reporter has
studied at Fordham, Columbia, and
the University of Southern California;
has worked at radio stations in New
York, Ohio, and Maryland; has served
in the Armed Services; worked at
NBC and then CBS where he is now
Many of the students and staff
heard him later at a reception in the
Lighthouse College Center. He en
tertained a number of questions to
which he gave answers that were
highly pleasing to his audience. In
reference to his work, Mr. Costigan
said that he was happy in it and that
he believed a person should do that
which he is happy in doing.
The last of the Lyceum Series will
be the NORTH CAROLINA LITTLE
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA which
will open the Fine Arts Festival on
March 22, 8 p.m. in Williams Hall.
Miss Hollowell Guest
At Founders Forum
Miss Isabelle Hollowell, one of the
first pupils to enroll at the State
Normal School under the direction
of the late Dr. Peter Weddick Moore,
was guest of the Forum Committee
at the Pre-Founders Day Forum in
the Lighthouse on Sunday, February
17, at 4 p.m.
After teaching for eight years in
this area. Miss Hollowell moved to
Boston, Massachusetts, where she liv
ed for sixty-one years. Through the
years she continued her interest in
education. As late as 1932 she com
pleted a four-year ^course at the Cen
tral Evening High School in Boston.
A more recent accomplishment was
the taking of a course in stenotyping
at the Stenotype Institute, also in Bos
ton. Within the last two years, she
has returned to Elizabeth City. She
is now living on Cale Street.
Miss Hollowell has visited the cam
pus several times since her return.
Her interest in the progress of the in
stitution is shown in an initial con
tribution of $500 which led to the
establishment of the Isabella Hollo
well Loan Fund, which provides small
loans for students who need help
with their education.
Others who participated in the
Forum were Mrs. Edna H. Mitchell,
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