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For Students and Alumni
STATE COLLEGE NEWS PRESS CLUB
Elizabeth City, N. C.
Columbia Scholastic Press Association
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jethro WilLams
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Barbara Fearing
SECRETARY. Ingrid East
TREASURER Vivian Thornton
FEATURE EDITOR Charlotte Riddick
SPORTS EDITOR Eugene Thompson
REPORTERS Eugene Thompson, Arlease Salley,
Ziner Johnson, Shirley Smith, Brenda Pearson,
James Jackson, Richard Reid, Lyretta Eggles
ton, Charles Mitchell, Avon Chapman.
PRODUCTION Avon Chapman, Rosai Riddick,
Teresa Hathaway, Rudolph Brown, Jeroline
White, Terry Quinlan, Francina Johnson, Ear-
CIRCULATION Ingrid East, Vivian Thornton,
Arlease Salley, Barbara Fearing, Patricia Jones.
ART. '. Kudolph Brown, Bernard Dickeiu^
PHOTOGRAPHER James Salisbury (unless otherwise
indicated, all photographs appearing are by him.)
ADVISORS Mr. Ballou, Mr. Fennell
Opinions expressed in articles are not necessarily those of the Com
pass or the College.
"Did You Vote"
During the second week of January, the Compass staff conducted
a poll on the most popular female and male instructor on campus,
and the student-of-the issue. Although the results have been tabu
lated and someone chosen, the Compass staff feels that the project
was not a success because 80% of the student body was not respon
sible enough to take advantage of their constitutional right. The
right to vote.
Because of so few students showing up the first day, an addit
ional day was added, but that too, seems to have been a "flop.”
Only 20% showed up. Just what does this mean?
We are always talking about the students at ECSC lacking some
thing. Could this ingredient be a sense of responsibility. All indi
cations point in that direction. It is time that we re-evaluate our
selves and become stronger individuals.
In the election that recently took place, each voter listed his
criteria for electing certain persons.
It may be interesting to know some of these basic criterias writ
ten down by students. They are as follows:
1. Good teaching ability
2. Out-of-class attitudes cited:
serves as a model, dedicated, considerate,
gives guidance, helpful, patient.
3. Wonderful personality, likeability, frontness,
dynamic, high character.
Other E lections
In May, there will be other elections. This time it will be for
student leaders for the coming school year. These choices will be
outs and no one else's. Will we be responsible enough then to go
to the poll and vote or will we leave it to just 20% of the student
body. Then will be the time to do something about it. I challenge
you to go to the poll.
What will be the qualities of the future campus leaders? Present
ly, that question can not be answered. What can be said is this. A
prospective candidate does not wait until the week of elections to
start showing his personality. One’s personality is not made in a
day. It takes years of building. Examine yourselves and do not say,
"Well, somebody has to run and my chances are just as good as his
or hers.” If this is your feeling, then you are the wrong person.
To AII Students
Don’t just vote for a person because he or she is your best friend.
Your best friend may not make the best leader. Evaluate and re-eval
uate; the choice is yours. Above all, be responsible and vote.
by Jethro Williams
Twice a year, a deadly epi
demic breaks out on ECSC’s
campus. It is not an epidemic that
hits all of a sudden and the stu
dents recover quickly, but it is a
disease that sometimes takes a
semester, or part of the next
school year for some to recover.
On January 24, a flock of in
structors strolled into their var
ious classes and before the stu
dent* could do anything about it,
the disease "test” was every
where. Right away it started to
eat away at thoSe who were not
Usually the area that is most
affected is the brain. The disease
causes so much mental stress
that a few, the very weak stu
dents, end up going home for rest
and recuperation. Others leave
permanently. They find no cure.
Not like the disease cancer,
the source is well known and
curable if caught in time. The
organisms spreading the disease
are not microscopic. They cannot
be killed with a fly swatter. Some
of the more brilliant students
have thought about poison, but
then death would come too easily.
Some have thought of cutting or
shooting the disease carriers, but
then there would be a "bloody
mess.” Other ways have also
been suggested, but none seems
to be the perfect method.
Out of all the research that
has been done so far, there re
mains only one possible cure.
It is brought out in the Quotation,
”An ounce of prevention is worth
a pound of cure.” It doesn’t make
sense, does it?
Those who are immune are that
way because they have prepared
themselves all along for this
dreadful disease. They combat
it with the many defenses that
have been built up and are pre
pared to use them--defenses such
as good study habits, good note-
taking, a desire to learn, and goal
This semester was the first
time around. But there will be an
other attack during the second
semester. Will you then be im
You and the
I am sure that ev6ryone has
made several resolutions for the
new year. But, how many are go
ing to really live by these reso
lutions? Are You?
In my opinion, the students at
Elizabeth City State College are
really putting forth an effort to im'
prove themselves academically as
well as morally.
As students, we are striving
for a better position in this fast
changing world. But we can only
do this through hard work and de
termination. Of course the en
couragement we receive from
those who have confidence in us
really helps to make our challenge
As a tribute to the new year,
we intend to do our best in every
thing that confronts us. This in
cludes studying more and playing
less. It also includes accepting
responsibility instead of shirking
from it. This year proposes more
sharing and better brotherhood to
ward our feliowman. During I966
we are more interested in the
things that are happening in the
world around us. Although we are
only a minor part of the world
now, we shall have to find a so
lution to world peace in the fu
ture. And that is why we have
started this year with new plans,
new dreams, and new hopes. We
have started now, so that we
shall be prepared to meet any ob
ligation or necessity whenever it
Cheryl W. Riddick “69”
I’m sure that I have the agree
ment of everyone when I say that
the Mailing System here at Eliza
beth City State College could
stand a-tremendous improvement.
To many of us, receiving mail
is our only contact with the out
side world and it seems to me
that lately there has been a de
fect in this meager means of com
Having Listened to several stu
dents discussing this problem
among themselves. I’ve found
that they are very disturbed be
cause many of them have been
victims of lost money sent to
them through the Mailing System.
There is also the problem of
receiving mail behind schedule.
That is to say that from any point
in North Carolina or any of our
neighboring states, the length of
time does not ordinarily go be
yond two days for delivery. It has
been noticed that in several cases,
people have received mail as
much as three weeks after the
date postmarked. This alone
should prove to someone that we
do have a great problem.
1 don’t know how much or how
little can be done by us as stu
dents, but I would like to request
of you, (Student Personnel Depart
ment) on the behalf of the stu
dents on campus, to eradicate
this problem, as a means of ex
pressing your interest toward the
students and this institution.
Success is a relative matter,
but regardless of the degree of
success of this event, the major
factor to consider here is that an
effort was put forth to make high
school seniors more fully aware
of the importance of going to col
lege—ECSC or any other college.
tor the success ot our High
School Senior day, let me hasten
to add that the effort put forth by
all who contributed to this suc
cess represented the highest
spirit of cooperation, dedication,
to duty, pride of service, and
competent’performance. To all the
several individual alnd group mem-
Who...? Where...? What...?
Kach Issue of the Compass will pub-'
ilsh Information ahoul Krartualfs In Ihls
rolumn. Members of the alumni are in
vited to submit lnformatl»n ahoul Hh;»l
(he» are dolntf and where. lt» ihe Office
of Informaflon Bt»\ ^2. Hi/abe(h C il>
Slate CollcKe 2790V.
EDWARD A. BRACEY, JR.
'65, an Industrial Art major is
teaching at the Carver-Price High
School, Appomattox, Virginia.
MARY TYRONE MITCHELL
'65, an Elementary Education ma
jor, is teaching at the West Colet
rain. North Carolina. While at the
College, she was a member of the
Ushers Guild and the Women’s
Government, Miss Mitchell plans
to attend graduate school during
the summer of 1966 in the field of
MARTHA M. REID '65, an
Elementary Education major is a
fifth grade teacher at the Sud-
lersville Elementary School. Sud-
lersville, Maryland. Miss Reid
was a member of the Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, Thalia Sorosis
Club, Lighthouse Student Com
mittee, and Women’s Government
while at the College.
JOHN L. ROULHAC '65, a
Health & Physical Education
major is employed at the Youth
Center in Atlantic City, New
Jersey as Social Director. Mr.
Roulhac was a nK-mber of the foot
ball team and.Health & Physical
Education Club while at the Col
lege. He plans to enter the pub
lic school system in 1966 or do
I.OSSIE MAE TURN AGE '65,
an Elementary Education major,
is teaching at the Mosley Ele
mentary & Junior High School,
Richmond, Virginia. While at the
College, she was a member of the
Lighthouse Social Committee,
Lighthouse Civic Committee, and
the Student N. E. A. After teach
ing for three years, she plans to
enter graduate school.
BETTY LOU WILKINS of N. C.
'65, an Elementary Education ma
jor, is teaching at the Stephen
Long Elenx;ntary School, Po-
comoke City, Maryland. While at
the College, she was a member of
the Pyramid Club, Women’s Gov
ernment, and Usher Guild.
by Linda Richardson
Saigon—Neither silent nor holy
was Christmas in this land of war.
Here was no calm, no peace.
But ravaged plains
And burning towns and ruined
And broken limbs and dying
And widow’s tears and or
But is it so different than it has
always been? Even that par,
when a prince of peace was born
into a kingdom of combat, there
was torment and suffering over
One man would enslave another
There was greed and sadism.—
Few nations understood the other,
IT HAS ALWAYS been thus. At
Jerusalem, at Gettysburg, at Bat-
tan. At the la Drang Valley in
Viet Nam. And almost apologet
ically men celebrate each time the
birth of one who drove all others
loathed man’s destruction of him
So not men die fast enough, he
must have *ondered.
Without destroying each other?
Is any man insensible to the
beauty of life?
And can he, who know, think
it too long?—Anonymous
His answer, of course, will be re
flected by a star in the East here
this Christmas but it will be fog
ged by the smoke of battle and
that is the irony; that each man
here will have no other light to
guide him but dim lessons mis-
learned in history.
He will pray, the soldier, for
But he will approach the altar
with his weapon.—Anonymous
He, that figure of any man in
khaki, wrapped in heavy gear, no
brightness anywhere about it ex
cept the light of its eyes. Its
face lined. Its shoulders weighted.
Its step slow and disciplined.
Its heart heavy
Its body weary—Anonymous
Yes, always thus. At Valley
Forge at Normandy, at Pork Chop
Hill. And at Viet Nam.
Devout man shrinks from ac
cepting the responsibility of use.
But he accepts the responsibility
of improving it.
bers of the staff, faculty, and stu
dent body of ECSC, I offer my
humble thanks for all that was
done in making "Senior Day '66”
Dale E. Henderson, Chairman
By Carol Marcelle Miller
What is man? Man is a com
plex entity full of amazing
ideas, fantastic philosophies,
idiosyncrasies beyond compari
The beauty that makes man
different from any other animal
in our great complexity is that
man has soul. The beauty of soul
is a rare distinct gift. It is the
gift of emotion, warmth, and
What do men remember? M^n
remember the physical. With the
stability of time the physical
often fades into nothingness, the
treasures of knowledge become
history and should be replaced
by wisdom. Gold to no great sur
prise loses its glitter.
The soul is all’ that remains
of a man’s existence. Men must
learn to develope the soul, to
cherish its beauty and retain its
The world of today must bow
in humble humiliation to men
The Art of
Jam«s Salisbury, Jr.
Since the beginning of time,
man has been dominated by draw
ings and later paintings, express
ing his deepest emotions a-
bout the world around him. We
find paintings and drawings by
great men, telling us something
about ojir history through the
ages. Not until the late I9th
century di d man find a way of
drawing with light, and that is
Today, we live in an age dom
inated by photography. In the in
visible universe of men’s minds
and emotions, photography today
exerts a force comptirable with
the release of nuclear energy in
the physical universe. What we
think, what we feel, are impress
ions of contemporary events and
A camera can show us what
was unseen before: strange,
beautiful, surprising, sometimes
terrifying images beyond percep
tion with ordinary human visi on.
It is up to the photographer to
capture the seen and unseen
images, and extend man’s limited
vision, and allow him to see
things that are too dangerous to
view at first hand.
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