North Carolina Newspapers

Volume ttNo.6
March '
Elizabeth City, N C.
Circulation 1,500
8 Pages
photo by R.J. Walker
Spring Finally at ECSU
by Mike Moore
Feature Editor
“My most important mission
in Lebanon is to bring hope - to
tell the people of the hope in
Christ,” said Edgar Feghaly, a
Christian missionary to
Lebanon. According to Feghaly,
the trouble in Lebanon is purely
Feghaly, born in E. Lebanon,
is married to an American and
they expect their first child in
April. Feghaly left Lebanon in ’76
and plans to return, when enough
money is raised to fund his
missionary work.
Feghaly remembers a time in
Lebanon as a child: “My father’s
house was in the crossfire
between Israels and Syrians, but
God protected us, while we were
there. One day, my father came
home and said, ‘We’ve got to
leave and get away to the hills.’
We left so quickly that my
mother left dirty dishes in the
sink - a first for her. When we
returned, we found that
everything had been destroyed —
the house, the store and the car.
My father said that God had
tested him, to see if he woixld
forsake his worldly belongings
for his family’s safety. My father
thanked God, and rightthen I
became God’s servant.”
When asked if the peace
keeping forces evacuating Beirut
would damage Lebanon’s shot at
democracy, Feghaly said: “That
depends on the conditions
created after the evacuation. It
depends on whether Lebanon
remains a democracy, becomes
a Syrian satellite, or stays a
When asked about America’s
foreign policy generally in the
Mid-East, Feghaly said:
“Americans need to pray for
Pres. Reagan, for he is a very
courageous man. They (the
media) always attack Reagan
for putting 1300 marines in
Lebanon, but they are totally
silent about the 7000-8000 Russian
by Algie H. Mabry, Jr.
Executive Editor
Celebrating the 93rd
Anniversary of ECSU, Dr.
Jimmy R. Jenkins stood before a
capacity filled auditorium and
expressed gratitude to those
responsible for ECSU being
where it is today.
According to Jenkins,“Our
future course cannot be done
without recognition of our
founding fathers.” Jenkins
reminisced to last Founder’s Day
when Dr. Thorpe stood before us.
Jenkins praised Dr. Thorpe for
his biu'ning message that he left
with us.
Also on hand for this
momentus occasion was
Elizabeth Bias Cofield who spoke
on behalf of the Bias family.
Cofield is the daughter of the late
Dr. John Henry Bias.
“Black History Month is
history in calendar terms,” said
Cofield as she reminded those
assembled that as long as there
is a Black race our heritage must
be passed on and preserved.
“We look at Founder’s Day as
a time to glance backward. This
is also a time to look forward.
ECSU is gazed to the present and
will soar heights unknown,” said
Daniel T. Blue,Jr., guest speaker
for the occasion.
Blue, an alumnus of North
Carolina Central University, is a
member of the North Carolina
House of Representatives.
Besides being very active in
politics and legislature
throughout N.C., Blue is a
member of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc.
Blue sees ECSU as having a
thread of excellence running
from the past presidents to the
present chancellor. Paying
tribute to Dr. Jenkins, Blue
praised him for his endeavors
and the progress that ECSU has
“The Quality of Leadership for
a Current Generation” was the
topic Blue used to address
faculty, visitors, and students.
Blue brought forth four qualities
of leadership that are needed if
the current and future
generations are to be persistent:
courage, .competence,
commitment, and character.
According to Blue, those
qualities were present with the
founding fathers of ECSU.
“Had it not been for Hugh
Cale’s competence, ECSU would
not be what it is today,” said
Blue after reading the bill Hugh
Cale presented to the N.C.
Legislature in 1891 to have a
school established for the Negro
race in Northeastern N.C.
“We must have courage just
like Jimmy Carter,” explained
Blue. “Address the burning
issues before you and tackle
Elaborating on character. Blue
said that the character of any
institution is important.
“The history of any institution
is a history of commitment,”
said Blue. “During the last 15
years, ECSU has radically taken
the message of the university
throughout the city, state, nation,
and even the world,” said Blue
before making a reference to one
Aesop’s fables.
“Commitment is an essential
quality of leadership.”
“If we fail to make ECSU what
it should be,” exclaimed Blue,
“we fail the future generations.”
Blue added that “we must be
committed to putting the
educational resources in
experts, who operate the
sophistocated weaponry in Syria.
Nothing is ever mentioned
about Syria’s third largest city,
Hamat, which was flattened and
its people massacred by its own
nation’s army. The people were
massacred by Syria, because
they voiced opposition to Pres.
Assad’s regime. Assad’s
government represents only 7%
of the Syrian population.
If the US forsakes Lebanon in
its time of need, a chain reaction
will begin that will deliver the
entire Middle East to Russian
domination. Americans need to
pray that Pres. Reagan decides
on the right course for America
to follow in the Lebanon matter.
Much too often, America lacks
determination (to follow
throughon its committments
when the committment involves
Another message that Feghaly
wishes to tell is: “Philosophy is
coming true in Lebanon. Very
soon the Lord is coming again to
rapture his church and we (all
Christians) must be prepared for
his coming.”
Student Found Dead
in Mitchell Lewis
Sharon Beatrice Jones, 21, an
ECSU student from Camden
County, was slain in the Mitchell-
Lewis dormitory during spring
Dr. Joe Robertson,
Pasquotank County Medical
Examiner, said that Jones died
aroimd midnight on Sunday,
March 4, from strangulation.
Investigators remain puzzled
about the killing. Preliminary
findings indicate that neither
robbery nor rape was a motive
for the killing. “That leaves
malice or jealousy,” said
Elizabeth City Chief of Police W.
C. Owen's.
The only sign of a struggle in
Miss Jones’ room was a windoW
apparently broken from the
inside. Broken glass was found
on the ground outside of the first-
floor room.
Although the State Bureau of
Investigation is assisting the
Elizabeth City police, no arrests
have been made in the case. Miss
Jones was one of only two women
staying in the dormitory over the
weekend. The other student was
a security trainee, who was
probably on another floor when
the tragedy occured.
“The slaying would never have
occured, if all of the students had
been here,” said Dr. Harry Ghee,
vice-chancellor of student
affairs. Other students were
staying at the school during the
break, “But they were all staying
in the new complex,” Ghee said.
Security is better in the complex.
Miss Jones was staying in the
dormitory over the weekend with
permission. She was going to
move to the complex with other
students on Monday
Miss Jones was a Physical
Education major scheduled to
graduate in May.
The faculty did it again; and it
was a huge success! Faculty
members danced, modeled and
sung their hearts out in roles
ranging from a fat. Pink Panther
to a bushy headed Michael
Jackson in this year’s
Scholarcade Showcase.
The show began with the ‘Sha-
Kettes Pom Pom Squad.’ Shake
was an appropriate word for the
When the ‘Harmony Club
Singers’ sang ‘My Girl’ one could
tell that those men really wanted
to have their own special girls.
The ’Pink Panther’ skit,
directed by Barbara Simpson,
was unique, suave and well
paced. Lavern Jones as the Pink
Panther was the most
sophisticated character in the
Mr. Mac Elroy, better known
to band students as ‘Dap Daddy,’
brought the house down with his
mellow voice singing ‘Hello’ by
Lionel Richie. After the show, he
even signed autographs for fans.
Watching Cardwell Cowell in
his everyday maintenance work,
one would never imagine that
Cowell possessed such a stunning
The characters in the ‘The
Castle of Frankenstein’ were
definitely awesome. It was hard
to believe that these actor and
actresses were instructors of
higher learning.
Models in the fashion show
were very professional. As they
strutted down the aisle, they
appeared to enjoy every minute
of their part.
Dancing to the music of ‘Let
the Music Play,’ the ‘Chorus
Line’ gave the Rockettes a run
for their money.
The ‘Fiscal Office Western
Stars’ were straight from the set
of ‘Hee Haw.’ They kicked their
heels high and swung their
partners fast to square dance
All the ladies in evening gowns
in the second part of the fashion
show were glamourous.Their
escorts in tuxedos were dressed
to impress. ‘At The Ball’ was a
real treat for sore eyes.
The ‘Harmony Club Singers’
got together and harmonized
once again as Mrs. Gail Butts’
voice rang out in Williams Hall,
causing hearts to flutter.
‘Dance for the Chancellor’ was
short and sweet as dancers cha-
chaed their way off stage.
The jazz band was an
important factor to the
Scholarcade. What would the
performance have been like
without the talented players and
their maestro?
‘What the World Needs Now,’
sung by Dr. James Townes,
brought the crowd to their feet.
The world now knows what it
needs, thanks to Townes.
As the curtains came open for
Thriller II, thecrowd was at the
edge of thir seats in suspense.
This group of performers
wasready to make their own
video, at no cost. But, what
happened to Michael Jackson’s
Finally the show ended with
Miss Marian Mitchell’s
portrayalof Carol Burnett’s
classic character, the cleaning
At the end of the Scholarcade,
Dr. Jimmy Jenkins thanked
everyone for their support. In
reference to the University
family, Jenkins said: ‘There is
no mountain we cannot climb.’
Jenkins described the
University family as ‘taking the
bull by the horns’ in making the
Scholarade what it is today.
Jenkins also congratulated
Mrs. Helen Mercer for selling 485
dollars worth of tickets to the
event. She was presented with a
gift for highest ticket sales.
The Scholarcade was a
tremendous success in both
entertainment and fund raising.
Congratulations to the
University family for a fine
operation and make them
Dr. James H. Townes, Interim
Vice-Chancellor for Academic
Affairs, thanked Blue for his
inspiring message. Finding “just
the right speaker” for an
occasion as this is often hard to
do implied Townes who felt that
the Founder’s Day Committee
made an excellent decision when
it selected Blue.
“ECSU has been on the move
since its founding days 93 yeas
ago,” said Townes.
Before the traditional
pilgrimage to the graves of the
founding fathers,
administratiop, faculty, visitors,
and students journeyed to the
south end of campus for the
dedication and naming of the
Early Childhood Building. The
building was named in honor of
Lucille M. McLendon who was a
believer in education.
The present McLendon Hall
was erected in 1922 and houses
the University Laundry Room
and the Army ROTC program.
“Having a name placed on a
building for posterity is an
accomplishment,” said Jenkins
who found it only appropriate to
move the name of the present
McLendon Hall to the Early
Childhood Building.
“Because of her love for
education, this building stands as
a lasting monument,’’
proclaimed Jenkins.
by Angela Doles
staff Writer
International Business
Machines (IBM) is Invading
Elizabeth City State University.
There are now eighteen, new
IBM personal computers in room
135, Johnson Hall.
IBM’s personal computer has
the capability to use all of the
programming languages taught
at ECSU. The new computers
are also capable of acquiring
sound and doing detailed
With all of this capability, the
IBM computers have brought
ECSU to the “state of the art” in
computer technology. The
number of terminals, which are
connected to Triangle
University’s Competitional
Center (TUCC), have increased.
Originally, ECSU had only four
terminals and one teletype
printer. Now, ECSU has ten
terminals and two teletype
With the new computer
technology, students will be
more competitive in this
particular job market. Mr.
Locus, a computer science
instructor, said: “The personal
computer is a good piece of
equipment and is capable of
doing a lot more than students
have ever been able to do.”
Locus invites all ECSU faculty,
staff and students to come to
Johnson Hall for a demonstration
and to experience the new IBM
The Beef?

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