Published b\ Elizabeth City State College for Students and Alumni VOLUME 28 ELIZABETH CITY, N. C. MAY, 1967 NUMBER 7 "Artistic Life Best and Most Humane/' Says Allen Gilbert Keynote speaker at the open ing of the 1967 Fine Arts Festi val Dr. Allan H. Gilbert, feels that "the artistic life is the best and most humane life.” The 79-year old professor emeritus of Duke University sug gested to his audience that one can best carry on his work if his surroundings are such to stimu late it. He showed his audience slides of his room at Drew Uni versity where he has many pieces of art which as he put it, "must be things which one really likes” in order to "stimulate” one’s work. Dr. Gilbert has in his room, chairs, rugs, pictures, and other items from various historical periods. Many items belonged to great personalities of the literary wor Id. The professor emeritus was recently decorated as a Knight in the Order of Merit by the Italian Republic. The Consul General of Italy, presenting the medal to Dr. Gilbert, praised him "for spending your life to create Dr. Sutton Elected to IDC Board of Directors Dr. Louise N. Sutton, profes sor of mathematics and chairman of the departments of Physical Sciences and Mathematics was elected recently to a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the Perquimans County Indus trial Development Corporation. Dr. Sutton, who joined the ECSC faculty in 1962 is a native of Perquimans County and is also a member of the Perquimans County Good Neighbor Council. Last May, she was one of five delegates elected to the State Democratic Convention by the Perquimans County Democratic Convention. Dr. Sutton is listed in ^11 editions of Who's Who of Ameri can Women, Dictionary of Inter national Biography and North Carolina Lives. She submitted biographical data for inclusion in the next edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and also Men of Sc ience. a love between Italy and the United States.” He, who has taught English Literature through out his career (which goes back to the early part of this century), has been described as a man who is "strong as a blacksmith.” Dr. Gilbert, who is an au thority in the field of literary criticism, has been honored for his numerous writings on signifi cant Italian authors, including 10 books about Italian greats as Dante Alighieri and Niccolo Machiavelli. Interestingly, he keeps in good physical condition by run ning around the block of hiS' Greenwich Village home, daily. One jaunt, especially, attracted police attention. He jovially told newsmen, "I run against the traf fic so that I can see my death coming at me. But this one morn ing, I noticed the headlights coming from behind. It was the police. They thought I had taken something, but they know me now.” DONATES HIS WORKS Clarence Thomas Clarence Thomas, graduating Art major, has donated 7 of his pieces of art to the Lighthouse Fraternity Pledges First Negro (ACP)--A Negro was pledged into the previously all-white fra ternity system of Davidson Col lege, Davidson,,N. C., recently, the Davidsonian reports. The Negro, a. freshman, was one of 189 students pledging into the college’s 12 fraternities. His poedging climaxed a series of changes in both outlook and policy in the Davidsonian system, whose first chapter was estab lished just prior to the Civil War. In April, 1965, the college’s board of trustees called for the abolition of any existing dis crimination clauses in the chart ers of local chapters. The action, followed by about three months similar action at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the first school in the state to drop discriminatory barriers. The edict went into effect last September. Since then 10| chapters have fulfilled the re quirements, and the other two have been granted waivers to bid Negroes by their national offices, which still maintain "white clauses.” Announcement of Director of Summer Session Mr. Thomas E. Carter, Assis tant Dean of the College, has been appointed DIRECTOR OF THE SUMMER SESSION. All in quiries, applications and busi ness related to the summer ses sion should be forwarded to Dean Carter in his office in the New (Cont'cl on page 4) Among “Programs of Excellence” Booster Program Boosted The ECSC Pre-College Boost- College Center.The gift includes er Study Program conducted du- 4 paintings and 3 busts. The busts are; “Bust of a Slave”, "Bust of Today’s Negro”, and "Bust of Lincoln”. The paintings on wood include "Sea Scape”, "Still Life With Fruit”, "Flower Vase II”. All of the compositions are recent ones except "Bust of Lincoln”, which has been dis played several times. The others were displayed during the Senior Art Exhibit. Thomas is a native of Ahoskie, N. C. Singleton Elected Prexey € rknrloc >inaleton Health and Physical Education Major from Summerville, S. C., has been elected Student Body President foj. 1967-68 School year. The abovo photo shov/s Singleton with ECSC coeds in a pose of "confidence" as he faces the coming year. ring the summets of 1965 and 1966 has been recognized by the American Association of Col leges for Teacher Education (AACTE) among its citations of "Programs of Excellence.” Mrs. Mary Ann W. Franklin, Associate Professor of Physical Science, was director of the programs. "I am very happy that the in stitution, through this program, has gained 'positive’ recog nition,” Professor Franklin said. She praised President Walter N. Ridley for his "foresight and ef forts in initiating and implement ing the opportunity for the pro gram.” "There are any number of stu dents among this group (Boost ers) who might not have entered college in either 1965 or 1966 had they not reaped the benefits of the special offerings in the Program,” she said. C itation Details Our Booster Program was one of 68 instructional programs rec ognized by AACTE. Elizabeth City State thus joined with, for example, Arizona State, Cali fornia State (Los Angeles), The Church College of Hawaii, Cor nell, Florida State, George Wash ington U, Indiana, North Carolina College (Durham), Rider College (N. J.), Savannah State, Univer sity of Connecticut, UCLA, Wis consin State U, etc., in pro- Legislator Twice Denied Seat, Addresses ECSC by Charlotte Riddick what can be spent on the home- front. Bond was elected to the Georgia House in 1965, but was not allowed to take his seat be cause of a Vietnam policy state ment drafted by his Student Non violent Coordinating Committee which he helped found. He won a special election called later, but was not seated until January of this year, following a ruling by the United States Supreme Court which affirmed his right to express an opinion. Bond, now the father of three children, is ineligible for the draft, but said he would not serve in Vietnam regardless. He back ed Cassius Clay’s refusal to serve in the Army and supported Martin Luther King’s proposal to demonstrate against the United States’ involvement in Vietnam. He also believes that the draft should be abolished be cause it is unconstitutional and violates the 13th amendment, which says, "there should be no involuntary servitude.” He feels that the draft also discriminates against men because women are not effected. "There is no rea son why women should not Be drafted,” he said. Bond told the students they should study their past and be proud of being Negroes and stand up and take their place in so ciety. And, in politics they should look at every political issue as to how it will affect Negroes. He urged the students to take an active part in the civil rights movement because "nothing can be accomplished until young people become in volved.” Julian Bond Julian Bond, the Negro who was denied his seat by the Georgia House of Representatives for his stand against the Vietnam War, was the guest speaker for Women’s Week-end at Elizabeth City State College. "We should get out of Viet nam,” Bond said. "We should not have been there at all. Congress should declare a victory and withdraw all troops except, those engaged in technical aid.” The legislator said in a dis cussion in the Lighthouse Col lege Center that the war in Viet nam is not specifically a Negro problem, although the money being spent there diminishes moting and maintaining learning situations of superior calibre. The Association’s booklet an nouncing recognition for ECSC and the other institutions, en titled Excellence in Teacher Education (for 1967), thus des cribed the ECSC Booster Pro gram: "To develop improved 'attitudes regarding academic work and to improve many personality traits and characteristics on the part of students in economically de pressed areas and from disadvan taged social economic circum stances, Elizabeth City State College conducted the Pre-Col lege Booster Study Program. In this program, recent high school graduates were selected to par ticipate in a work-study program of nine weeks duration. They studied to improve their know ledge in tw'o basic subjects: mathematics and English. Their desire to pursue higher education was essential to their acceptance in the program. Nearly all of the participants enrolled in college in the fall.” Stat istics During the first Booster Pro gram (June 11 -August 13, 1965), 33 men and 72 women were en rolled, including eight persons from out of state (Virginia and District of Columbia). The 1966 Program (June 10- August 12) had a total of 70 en- rollees, including those partici pating July 1-August 12. There (Cont’d on page 6) Female Succeeds Female As Compass Editor r 1 Charlotte Riddick Charlotte Riddick, sophomore Business Education major, suc ceeds Barbara Fearing as editor- in-chief of THE COMPASS for the 1967-68 school year. Charlotte is a native of Hamp ton, Va. and a graduate of Phenix High School. During this year she served as treasurer of the stu dent newspaper staff and has been a member of the organiza tion since she entered the insti tution. Ingrid East, “Miss ECSC”- elect will serve again in the coming year as associate editor of THE COMPASS. Jeroline White has been elected secretary and Flora Rooks as treasurer. For the second time all offi-: cers of the staff are ladies.