You may think the last person
you would ever want to see on
campus is the college chaplaiin.
After all, the chaplain is sup
posed to deal with those who have
His very title probably con
jures up the image of the Bible
toting, overly pious guy, whose
treasury of ‘^answers always
includes special prayers and se
lected verses of Scripture.
In Chapel Assembly on Sept.
5, Chowan students were asked
to write on the back of their cha
pel cards whom they believed
would win the 1968 presidential
election, not whom they wanted
Many of the students put the
person they thought would win,
but also wrote beside it who they
wanted to win.
On such selections as Hum
phrey, many stated they would
rather see Nixon win, but were
very doubtful of his chances.
Quite a number of students
believed Wallace would win, but
were not in favor of seeing him
carry away the election.
It was evident that a great
number of the student body are
displeased with the selection of
candidates in the upcoming
The official count of the Cho
wan student body is as follows.
There was a total of 1,252
votes cast, and a few of these
voters do not know who the con
tenders are for the election.
The chaplain, you think, is not
If this is what you now think,
consider the possibility of doing
some re thinking.
Chowan s chaplain. Dr. Hargus
Taylor, has the strange notion
that personal problems cannot
he readily divided into‘‘religious
and “non religious ones. He
does have a Bible—several of
them, in fact—but is seldom seen
carrying one around under his
And he isn t particularly pious,
as far as observable piety goes.
He never uses prayer or scrip
tiire verses as if they were mag
ical answers for complex prob
lems. His regard for the real
purpose and expression of piety,
prayer, and Scripture will not
allow him to “use these in such
So, if anything begins to bug
you while at Chowan, consider
telling it to the chaplain.
Ward will head
The Men's Council, headed by
Andy Ward, is the judiciary
group under the direction of the
Dean of Students. It strives to
maintain and develop a spirit
of co-operation among the male
students, faculty and adminis
tration while developing loyal
ty, unity of spirit and a feeling
A representative is e 1 e c t e d
from each floor of the dorms,
sophomore and freshmen.
Andy Ward and Wilfred John
son welcome you to the Chowan
campus, and hope that you as
freshmen help to make the
Men s Council a club that will
serve you as students.
R».- ' .
President welcomes freshmen
Oil behalf of all of us here at Chowan, I am hap
py to welcome you to our campus. We hope you enjoy
the friendly atmosphere here. Everything in our power
will be done to make your college days at Chowan both
pleasant and profitable. We are proud to have you as
members of “the Chowan College Family” and pledge
to work at all times lor you, helping you pursue your
best and highest interests.
Those of us in the administration, faculty and staff
at Chowan College are here to serve you. We are
proud of accomplishments of our college and all who
make up “the Chowan College Family.” Members of
the college’s board of trustees, its board of advisors,
the administration, faculty, students and our many
friends have all joined together with many others to
make possible the (juality Christian higher education
you are privileged to enjoy at Chowan.
I hop- we get to know each other much belter, l)e-
coming lifetime friends, during the months ahead.
"''The Voice of Chowan'
\’ol. 1—No. 1
-Murfreesboro, N. C., Friday, September 20, 1968
Four Pages This Issue
They're just resting between classes
A shutter-happy "picture taker" was roaming the campus early this week and stumbled
upon this pair taking a breather between classes. Please note the stylish ensemble,
complete with “no socks.”
'Tell if to the chaplain’
Chowan called ‘miracle
Gaddy relates growth
at dedication service
But why consider the chaplain
as a confidant and friend?
In the first place, the chaplain
has no disciplinary authority
over you and desires none.
In the second place, he tries to
be a good listener and will keep
any confidence you place in him.
And third, the chaplain hasn t
forgotten what it is like to be
18 or 19 although he passed this
age a “few years ago.
Thus, with the chaplain you
have at least three things going
for you whenever you get “bug
ged” by anyone or anything. A
person who has no disciplinary
authority, a good ear, which isn t
easily shocked or surprised
one who can sympathize—in the
best sense of that word—with
the problems and concerns of
So . . . whether it is an impos
sible roommate or an important
decision to be made; a run in
with authority or a rift with your
steady; a moral dilemma or a
matter of personal fath. TELL
IT TO THE CHAPLAIN! He
is sure to listen . . . and he just
might be of some help.
ONE WORD OF CAUTION:
The chaplain does get a little
upset if you misbehave in chapel
By PAULINE ROBINSON
Dedication services, Sept. 12,
for Chowan's latest buildings,
the Whitaker Library and the
Daniel Hall for the Fine Arts,
were presideded over by Sen.
Irwin Belk of Charlotte, former
state senator from Mecklen
burg County and president of
Belk stores. He also serves as
Chairman of the Chowan Col
lege Board of Advisors.
Students assembled at the
football field for the service of
dedication. Claude F. Gaddy of
Raleigh, senior vice-president of
Gaddy Real Estate Co., and
former acting general secretary
treasurer of the Baptist State
Convention of North Carolina,
and a member of the Chowan
College Board of Advisors, made
the main address.
In his speech he told of Cho
wans history, as background,
particularly pertaining to the late
Mrs. Jeannette Snead Daniel,
wife of the late Sen. Donald
Daniel. It is to Mrs. Daniel that
the new fine arts building is de
Mrs. Daniel, formerly of Vir
ginia, was a young girl enrolled
at Chowan, and it was there that
she met her husband, a resident
of Weldon. Majoring in the field
of music, she became head of the
music department and establish
ed her reputation as a dedicated
The Daniel family was recog
nized at the ceremony. Dr. Donald
S. Daniel, son of Senator and
Mrs. Daniel, made the building
of this fine arts department pos
Gaddy related the story of the /
school’s closing in 1941 because of
the lack of students. He said in|
order to keep the land, the Bap I
tist State Convention elected a]
board of trustees. In 1947 these
trustees decided that the need
for Chowan to re-open was im
perative, however, many felt it
With the help of the Council
on Christian Higher Education,
the school again began to oper
ate under the presidential guid
ance of B. D. Bunn.
Gaddy next discussed the su
perior work of the late Dr. F. O.
Mixon did in building up the col
lege again. Following Mixon, the
present administration’s presi
dent, Dr. Bruce E. Whitaker,
former director of the state de
partment student work in the
Baptist State Convention of
North Carolina, was asked to
take over in 1957.
Gaddy gave the credit of Cho
wan’s successful programs to
Whitaker, who has willingly
given his life to the school. Under
his administration ten new and
modern structures have been
added to the campus scene.
The address was ended with a
challenge that the door of oppor
tunity be opened to all those who
wanted the experience of college
despite their past academic re
cords. He added that the ad
ministration was in the best
possible hands, those of Whitak
er, to whom the excellent library
Other personalities on the pro
gram included the Rev. Oscar
Creech of Ahoskie, former act
ing president and director of
development for Chowan College,
and a long-time Chowan College
trustee—the college’s only “Hon
orary Life Trustee, ' gave the
H. D. White of Rocky Mount’s
Belk-Tyler store, who is serving
his second term as chairman of
the college’s board of trustees,
welcomed everyone and introduc
ed the principal speaker.
Whitaker, White stated, has
served longer than any other
president during the 20th century
and has stood the test of time
in proving himself capable of
continuning to work for the better
ment of Chowan.
The chairman of Chowan Col
leges Department of Social
Science and chairman of the
Library Planning Committee, Dr.
W. Calvin Dickinson of Murfrees
boro, gave the scripture reading.
Following him, the college choir
sang a song of thanksgiving.
The student body and guests
^responsively read the dedicat-
kpn litany led by Chaplain R. Har-
Taylor. Ben Fisher of Ral-
ei(?ht. North Carolina Baptist
author and educator and execu
tive secretary for the Council on
Christian Education of Baptist
State Convention of North Caro
lina, gave the dedicatory prayer.
Four representatives, Richard
T. Vann, mayor of Murfreesboro,
member of the board of directors
for the chamber of commerce and
on the North Carolina Battleship
Commission; James G. Garrison,
chairman of Chowan College's
Department of Health and Phy
sical Education; Dr. B. Frank
lin Lowe, Jr., a professor of re
ligion and acting dean of the
college and director of the sum
mer school; and Emmitt Totty,
president of the student body,
gave responses to the services
and expressed their gratitude
for the dedicated buildings and
their support to Chowan for its
After guests and students sang
the Alma Mater, Billy T. Mob
ley of Ahoskie, pastor of the
First Baptist Church of Ahoskie
and formerly a trustee of the col
lege, gave the benediction.
Dr. Whitaker paid tribute at dedication
Chowan President Dr. Bruce E. Whitaker was honored for his dedicated leadership
during ceremonies last week. Above Dr. Whitaker talks with Mrs. Donald S. Daniel of
Richmond and Irwin Belk of Charlotte. Belk is chairman of the college's board of ad
visors, and Mrs. Daniel is the daughter-in-law of the honored Prof. Jeannette Snead
Daniel in whose memory Daniel Hall for the Fine Arts was named.
Chowan trustees approve purchase
which will double size of campus
By HARVEY HARRIS
The Chowan College Board of
Trustees set machinery in mo
tion to double the size of the
school's campus during semi
annual sessions last Thursday,
authorizing the administration
to purchase 120 acreas of land
near its campus.
The 120 acreas, known as the
Bryant Farm, adjoins the campus
to the south and will bring its
total size to 240 acreas.
The tx>ard also approved a re
cord $2 million budget the the
1968 69 year at its semi annual
joint meeting with the iroard of
advisors, and took part in the
dedication of two campus facili
ties—Whitaker Library and Dan
iel Hall for the Fine Arts.
The addition will provide ex
pansion room for the college
which has continuously increas
ed enrollment since 1956.
The expansion will be the tar
gest single land acquisition in the
121 year history of the school,
which began with a single buil
ding and a small plot of land.
Negotiations between the ow
ners and the school administra
tion for the property hage been
underway off and on for some
The trustees did not release a
figure on how much was auth
orized for the purchase of the
land. Chowan President Dr.
Bruce E. Whitaker said the action
was believed by the board trus
tees “to be in the best long
range interest of the college '
both for future expansion and
protection of the school's present
He said the action had been un
der consideration for years and
that the trustees, “feeling it was
now in the college's best inter
ests, launched out in this step to
guarantee further carefully
planned, systematic development
of Chowan. '
The board approved the re
cord $2,060,000 budget recom
mended last July by its execu
Salary increases for the fa
culty, the $850,000 for the two
new facilities d^dicBted Tbur?
day, and general escalation of
academic costs on every side are
represented in the new budget
which was increased from $1.9
milliom in 1967-68.
Anticipated expenditures in
elude $702,150 for instructional
expenses. $234,350 for adminis
trative and general expenses;
$151,000 for plant maintenance;
$450,000 for auxiliary expenses;
$56,000 for special activities; and
$125,700 for scholarships and
New organization announced
The Fellowship of Christian
Athletes is a new organization
on the Chowan campus. It seeks
to challenge athletes and
coaches, and through them the
youth of the nation, with the
challenge and adventure of fol
lowing Christ and serving Him
in the fellowship of the church
and in their daily lives.
Any athlete of any sport of
Chowan College can, if he wishes.
become a member. To be an of
ficial member, dues will be $4.00
The following officers would
like to welcome the freshmen and
hope they will join them and
make this a worthwhile club:
Andy Ward, president; Tony
Surace, vice president; Danny
Johnny Tebault, bulletin chair
It’s all over now, but...
The mercury threatened an escape
Dig that brush
A i)artial lace cover seems
to l)e in lashion this season.
By MALCOLM JONES
Smoke Signals Advisor
All of a sudden the town ap
peared to be full of people, and
it seemed they were all con
verging on the Chowan campus.
The day was Sunday and the
date, Aug. 25. The time, shortly
Why all this sudden activity?
Where were all these people com
ing from? And, with cars packed
to the limit!
The answer is simple. Fresh
men, together with their parents
and perhaps boy friends or girl
friends, were arriving for the
new academic school year which
was to get into full swing along
And what a day to arrive in
Murfreesboro. The thermometer
was threatening to explode its
little glass case of captivity.
There will be varying tales as to
how high the mercury climbed
on that fateful day, but perhaps
few will deny that it was pushing
the 100 degree mark.
Yes, it was quite an exciting
day, and there is small wonder
that many fellows and gals were
not really sure they had made
the right decision in seeking a
While mom and dad tried to find
a cool spot, their sons and daugh
ters lined up in front of Marks
Hall in double and sometimes
“What are we in line for,
was one comment heard. “Is it to
get a key to our dorm room?
“Gosh, it was cooler than this at
home! “1 haven t seen Jim, do
you think he made it?
Blit there must have been a
purpose in making that swing
through Marks Hall, because
down in front of the dorms, all
those automobiles began to yield
up their contents as the unload
One would find it difficult to
imagine the multitude of items
which accompanied Chowan s
students to college. Amazing!
Positively unbelievable, unless,
of course, you have been through
the harrying process of deliver
ing one of your own youngsters
to their new home away from
There were mops, brooms, ten
nis rackets, golf clubs, record
players with slacks of records,
radios, hairdryers, and of course
Ip.inks, bags of all description
and armloads of clothes.
II has been said that one as
piring student arrived complete
with a window air conditioning
unit. One wonders if he may have
gone into the business of selling
cool comfort during that swelter
ing heat wave.
As the afternoon passed, ac
tivity gradually eased off. Mom
and pop decided their youngsters
were in good hands, and the auto
population slowly began to dis
solve as parents headed back to
homes which would seem unfa mi
larly quiet (and maybe peaceful)
for several days.
Late in the afternoon, old moth
er nature relented, to a degree, by
whistling up some cool breezes
for'the new inhabitants of Cho
This reporter didn t stick
around long on that memorable
afternoon, but hustled back to
air conditioned comfort and the
luxury of some television, Yes,
there was one of those relished
Sunday afternoon naps, too.
But the relaxation did not last
too long, because 7.30 rolled
around, and with it a gathering
of freshmen, faculty and admin
istration at the football stadium
for a welcome trom I’resident
Whitaker and others.
Then came the assignment of
students to their various depart
ments and a brief meeting with
department chairmen and mem
bers of the faculty. Thus ended
a day in the life of Chowan s
freshmen which they will nodoubt
remember for many years to
But this was only the beginning.
Tomorrow was another day, and
as one professor said, “You
ain t seen nothin yet!
There were meetings with in
dividual advisors, schedules to
map out and placement tests
to be taken. All this before that
fateful day of registration on
Again, Marks Hall was the
scene of activity, and the col
lege s business office did a land
slide business as students paid
their tuition and fees.
Altogether, these first few days
could be called anything but
uneventful for students, faculty
Most students were perhaps
pleased, if not satisfied with
their schedules, but there was,
of course, some unhappiness
when courses could not be ar
ranged to fit desired times. The
following is a timely example.
“But sir, 1 didn t schedule any
courses for Friday afternoon,
because I have a ride home with
someone. The thoughtful pro
fessor could not help but grin
before remarking, “Son, some
times it is just not possible to
arrange every course just to
make it possible for you to go
home Friday afternoon.
Now, three weeks have pass
ed. The orientation is over and
another school year is moving
along smoothly, Chowan s stu
dents are adapting to a new and
different environment. Chowan s
administration, faculty and staff
is adapting to its new students,
and all areT meeting the challenge
which lies ahead.
It would not be quite right to
close out this little piece without
commenting on the atmosphere
of friendliness and helpfulness
which is so evident on Chowan s
campus. There is a spirit of
companionship which is difficult
to find in large colleges and uni
Most students appear to enjoy
their beginning at Chowan. They
are relaxed, cooperative, and
one hopes, they wilt be indust ri
ous in their pursuit of a higher