7 The Pen of Saint College I VOL. 5 Support Your School MARCH, 1968 Get Involved ~s'o. nril Jn WlemoriJ TVic SpI Ck-vu-icTy »fm8 Resting In Apathetic Peace ‘If The Student Council Is Dead, Can It Not... Be Traced To A DEAD STUDENT BODY? I Dear Student Body: There was a statement in the last issue of the Pen which read, “Is Ithe Student Council Dead?” I, as president, shall defend this statement jby presenting a few facts, and allowing the final decision to rest with I you. Since coming here as a freshman, I have seen three Student Adminis- Itrations, each as different as the person who was heading the Student Icouncil itself. The one problem which remains comrjioi to each year’s Istudent Council is a lack of communication. Each year, 1 have found Ithe Student Body to consequently lose interest. This year, we are attempt- ling to alleviate some of this poor communication by printing the minutes lof each Student Council meeting. This way you will know exactly what Itakes place in these meetings. The process is a little slow but please Jbesr w-lth us,. Since that statement about the Student Council was printed, let us exa- Imine the course of the “dead Student Council.” I would like to borrow Ian old saying at this time which reads, “A chain is only as strong as its Iweakest link.” Students, there are too many WEAK LINKS existing in Ithe St. Augustine’s Family. A perfect example of these weak links in jaction is the incident that took place in the cafeteria on the evening of lOctober 31. Those links who tookitupon themselves to fling chairs across jthe cafeteria and overturn tables during the power failure displayed in- Icomparable abundance of bodily strength, but alas, their minds con- Iversely depicted the epitamy of WEAKNESS AND IGNORANCE. Ironi- Ically, just a few hours before. Dean Davis and Dr. Robinson commented Ion the high caliber of students who matriculated here, and graciously [consented to give the Student Body a dawn dance upon request of the Stu- jdent Council. When Dr. Robinson asked me why this happened, I could jsay nothing. Maybe some of you could have provided the answer. St. lAugustine’s is an institution, but there are institutions of other types Ito accommodate these weak-minded links. (See “It The Stud’t Council," P. 4) Career Conference Is Successful St, Augnstine's College held New Career Opportunities IConference under the joint ■sponsorship of the College and |the Urban League on Feb. 27, The keynote speaker for the loccasion was John D. Epps, Ijr., Forms Manager for the De- Ipartment of the Air Force, and la 1939 graduate of St. Augus tine’s College. Mr. Epps de- llivered his address at the Gen- leral Session of the All College ■Assembly Feb. 27, at 9:45 a, |m. in the Emery Health and iFine Arts Center. There were leleven Workshops for students, ■which were divided by their ma- Ijors. I Consultants for the work- Ishops were as follows: Mathe- Imatics, Henry P. Stevenson, ■analyst, Thermophysics, Gon- leral Electric Company, King ■Prussia, Pa.; Sociology, Ron- ^8ee “Career Conference", P. 4) Ijames Lee On Vote And Black Power 1 BY COLQUITT LAWRENCh: I AND DOUGLAS DAVIS James Lee, chairman of Dl- I rect Action for Racial Equall- I ty (DARE) spoke at St. Augus- I tine’s Jan. 20, on action to be I taken regarding the vote and I on the seeking and use of power. In order to have a successful I voter registration drive, con- I cerned students must first be I organized. They must know the I obstacles to getting Negroes to I register and vote, especially I those Negroes who have never I registered and voted. Some will fear the unknown; I they do not understand how they (See James Lee, P. 4) PEGGfE SCOTT "Girl Of The Campus” Peggie Scott is the “Girl of the Campus” for the year 1968- 69. by the Peggie was selected recently the Phi Beta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Miss Scott, who comes from Newport News, Va., is seeking a degree in Physical Educa tion at St. Augustine’s. Some of her lnt_ rests are tennis, basketball, d-'nclng, and read ing. She is a member of the Intramural Council and Is vice-president of the Pem Club and secretary of the Women’s Athletic Association. Her “sis ters” hall her thus; “We. of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority, are honored to have this fine young lady to repre sent us as the Girl of the Campus. We find her an In spiration to us and to other students. So hats off to you, Peggie. May your days at St. Augustlne’sbe most reward ing.” STUDENT PRESIDENT SIGHTS RACIAL OVERTONES College Board Approves Budget Of $2,393,475 Debate Is Key Word In Mock G)nvention BY EUGENE C. THOMAS The State Student Legislature; of North Carolina was held here March 7-9 at the Raleigh Me morial Auditorium and the Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel. There was indeed a "mock” con vention, whereby students re presenting twenty-eight col leges and universities met to gether In lioth the House of Representatives and the Senate and carefully scrutinized, criticized, and amended the twenty-four different bills con cerning anything from the sale birth control pills to improv ing Highway 70 from the coast all the wav to Greensboro. As the various bills were pre sented, equal time was given for debate, both for and against sented, equal time was given for debate, both for and against the bill. As one heard these debates, one could see what type of personality these students had, conservative or liberal. This attitude, in turn, gave In sight to the attitude of the col lege or university they repre sented. The black schools pre sent, (Johnsop C. Smith, A & 1 University, Livingstone, and St. wprp nf roiirse verv li beral being careful to vote for those bills which would help Dr benefit "us.” The most liberal of the white schools were Duke University, (Men’s and Women’s Division), and East Carolina University. The conservative schools were Campbell College, (who voted against practically everything), and Pembroke. A & T BILL GETS HOT DEBATE The highlight of Thursday’s actlvltes was the controversial bill presented by A&T State University. Their bill was en titled; ‘‘To make the sale and rental of housing on a discrim inatory basis unlawful.” In the Senate, after the Senator from A&T presented his bill, a Sen ator from Campbell College got up and gave a speech vig orously opposing the bill. At this stage, stability of the mind had to prevail, or an extremely ‘•heated ” personal arguit:eiit' could have developed. Everyone In the Senate tried to avoid the ever-present racial Issue, but we gradually came to grips with ourselves that race was THE Issuell After approximate ly two-and-a-half hours of In volved debate, both for and against, the bill was finally passed, with numerous amend ments. Many of the white school refused to take a solid posit ion, positive or negative, so they split their vote. Lenoir- Rhyne, Meredith, U. of N. C., and Elon College were among those who split their vote. North Carolina State University Peace College and Campbell College were among those who opposed the bill. After an even longer debate in the House of Representatives, the bill was unanimously passed. MEREDITH COLLEGE RE CEIVES MUCH CRITICISM Another controversial bill was that of Meredith College. Their original resolution was entitled; ‘'A Resolution Urging the General Assembly of North Carolina to submit to the Wel fare Department of North Car olina a Proposal that any re- cepient of the North Carolina Welfare Department lie able to obtain the oral contraceptive free of charge whether or not she now has Illegitimate chil dren.” This resolution creat ed so much misunderstanding, confusion and controversy, that It was suggested they be given time to reconsider their re solution, and go over It once again, making several changes and modifications. After their revamped bill was introduced, it was passed. DUKE WOMEN’S BILL MOST POPULAR The resolution which met with practically no oppostion In the House nor the Senate was the Duke University Women’s Bill concering student’s Rights. Part of the resolution has been placed in this paper for your own personal com ments. Friday, March 8, was the longest session , not reach ing adjournment until ll;45p.m. The following day was high lighted by presentation of a- wards and election of new of ficers. For the past session, Donnell Morris, President of the Junior Class served as Recording Clerk in the Senate. Two of the Negro Colleges urg ed him to run for Vice-Pres ident of the Student State Le gislature. A&T State Univer- sity.however, had “lieat us to to pr ch” when they told us of tl -ir intention to place one of t' ^■ir 'i‘}legates in nomina- tluiiT A'hen the n.imlnatlon con vention took place on Saturday morning, A&T for some rea son, withdrew their candidate. By way of evaluation, the Student State Legislature In the Itself proved to be quite an exprelence to be a part In the State Issues. As was expect ed, the white schools command ed an overwhelming majority. There were many schools re presented, but more needed to be present, especially the black schools to have a vote in the operations of the State of North Carolina. Riot Commission Program Local Religious Leaders At St, Augustine’s The week of Religious Em phasis, beginning March 4, was concluded at St. Augustine’s College, Thursday night, March 7, when Rabbi Leo StUljjass, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Or, Raleigh, delivered the final message. Speaking on the sub ject "What Every Christian Should Know About the Jew,” Rabbi Stlllpass explained to the students the traditional beliefs concerning Judaism. He described the Jew as the pio neer of liberty, the pioneer of civilization, and the emblem of Civil and Religious toleration. “Jews,” he said, “have out lined all of the tyrants and op pressors who tried to destroy them throughout history.’* The Jew’s mission is to bring all of the peoples of the world under the Fatherhood of Godand into the one brotherhood of man. However, they do not try to accomplish it be proselytizing to obtain converts to their re ligion. Monday, March 4, the Rev erend Paul H, Johnson, min ister, Martin Street Baptist Church, geared his message to “How the College student main tains and carries out the teach ings of Christ in our present day world.” He urged the stu dents to maintain a Christian attitude toward those they might (See Local Religious Leaders, P. 4) UNCF Report BY CLEJETTER HOLT The 22nd Annual Conference of the National Council of the United Negro College Fund was held at the Palmer House in Chicago, m. on Feb. 8-10. Rep resenting St. Augustine’s Col- rsee UNCF report,Page 4) BY DOROTHY YATES The National Advisory Com mission on Civil Disorders, es tablished by President Johnson on July 28, 1967, seeks the an swer to three basic questions about rioting: (1) What hap pened? (2) Why did It hap pen? and (3) What can be done to present It from hap pening again? WHAT HAPPENED Last year’s riots Involved Negroes acting against local symbols of authority and prop erty. Usually, these rlotsv/ere triggered by a series of tension- heightening incidents caused by police actions. Disorder gen erally began with throwing of rocks and bottles and window- breaking, Once store windows were broken, looting usually followed. WHY DID IT HAPPEN The causes are In pervasive segregation, discrimination in education, unemployment, bad housing, and the concentration of Impoverished and desperate Negroes in the decaying Inner cities. Noteworthy is the squa lor, degradation, and bitter a- lienatlon of these "ghettos.'^ The Commission said: **White racism Is chiefly the cause for the riots in Ameri ca during the last few sum mers.*’ WHAT CAN BE DONE? The recommendations of the commission embrace three ba sic principles: (1) To mount programs on a scale equal to the dimension of the problem; (2) To aim these programs for high Impact In the imm.edlate future, In order to close the gap between promise and per formance; (3) To undertake new initiatives and experiments that can change the cycle of failure and frustration in the * 'ghetto.’* Two million jobs would be created under this program, a million each by tl;e public and private sectors, to absorb the unemployed. There should be maximum ef forts to break de facto school segregation and a plan for en riching underprivileged schools on a year-round basis. ST. AUGUSTINE’S COLLEGE; 1973 - Above is a model of the future I campus. The building marked num'jer one is a model of the student union j building scheduled to be completed in No/embor, 1968. Student Union Is ‘’Up And Away’ The U. S. should establish national minimum welfare stan dards that would Insure that every urban family of four would have at least $3,335 In annual Income, according to the rec ommendation of the commis sion. Federal housing programs should provide six million new or existing units of decent hous ing within five years and at tempt to break down segregated housing patterns. The program will require un precedented levels of funding and performance, but the pro gram neither probes deeper nor demands more than the prob lems which calls it forth. Call For Action BY LILLUN BURRUS In the report issued last week by the National Advisory Com mission on Civil Disorders, a group set up by President John son to investigate the causes of last summers rioting in the cities, they expressed the be lief that white racism is es sentially responsible tor the ex plosive conditions which have existed in our cities since World War n. The commission stressed the fact that the conditions between the black and white people of the United States is critical. They maintained that it there is not Immediate action taken to re verse the course of race rela tions in the nation that the na tion will split into two socie ties, two armed camps, black and white. The committee recommended the following actions: 1. Better governmental serv ices on the local level. 2. Improvement of relation ships between police and Ne groes. 3, Tax incentives aimed at creating 2,000,000 jobs in the next three years. 4, Six million low-aiidmedi um-priced housing units,dls- (See Attion. P. *) A budget of $2,393,475, was approved by the St. Augustine’s College Board of Trustees in their February meeting. The 1968-69 budget is theLARGKST in the school’s history. The board also authorized contractural agreements for the construction of the Student Un ion Building. President Robin son announced that work has begun on the actual construc tion of this building, which will cost over $900,000. The Stu dent Union will seat 450 stu- •lentsj Bt one time in the dining hall and will accomm«iateupto 60 persons In a private dining area. It will have student of fices, lounge areas, play areas, book store, post office, grill and audio visual rooms. It Is anticipated that this complete ly air conditioned building will be ready for occupancy by Nov. 1968. The board also accepted the master plan and model as rec ommended by the President and the Building Committee. Inad- dltlon to the construction of the Student Building in 1968, these plans envision a new classroom building in 1968, a natatorlum In 1969, Infirmary, 1969, new ad ministration building, 1970, fa culty apartments, 1970, a new president’s home, 1971, fine arts building, 1971, commerce build ing, 1972, and a new library In 1973. President Robinson stated that the College Is to begin a comprehensive in-depth study of its total educational program, which is expected to last from one year to eighteen months. He said that outstanding consul tants will be brought from dls- guished universities throughout the country, to assist the fa culty and staff in making a cri tical evaluation of St. Augus tine’s College program. While this study Is underway, the col\Mgc la dUi- velopment educational program to provide effective remedial training for a larger number of students. It will be concen trating on strengthening its co- ope rat Ive relat 1 on sh ip with North Carolina leading univer sities this year. The Ford Foundation also provided money for the business manager to take a leave of absence to study at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with all ex penses underwritten by the Foundation. Saint Augustine’s College has installed a computer terminal, through a grant provided by the Research Triangle Institute. This facility enables students and faculty. In the natural and social sciences, to .solve com plex mathematical problems | with a high degree of sopliistl- cation. Also during this year, the I college has In operation a tele lecture program which was made available through a grant from a private foundation. This program enables both the stu dents and faculty to listen to and talk with many of America’s foremost scholars by way of telephone micro-wave relay. Built Into this system is a i weekly course In the phllo- 1 Sophy of science, which is 1 boAmod to the campiis (*t Saint, i Augustine’s College from Stc- I phens College, Stephens, Mis souri, which pioneered In the | telelocture concept. During the past two years j more volumes have been added j to the library than in any given period In the history of the | college. Several buildings have been I renovated and the general phy- | slcal plant Improved. President Prezell R. Robin son has said that he has an a- biding confidence in the stu-1 dents of Saint Augustine’s Col- I lege, and that he Is commit-1 ted to providing Increasing op portunities for them to share I In the decision making policies and practices of the Instltu- | tlon. .. w . Huahie Lee Smith d n-hts Dean s List o. r».>.» ■* nsigtiis Dr. Joseph Jones, Jr., aca demic dean of the college has announced that for the first semester, 86 students have qualified for a place on the dean’s list as follows: NORTH CAROLINA, Raleigh: Patricia Y. Marshall, Janet C. Powell, June E. Powell, Patri cia A. Thomas, and Natalie D. Wilsqp. Janice Booker, Tyron; Constance B. Clark, Scotland Neck; “Vernell Alston andGv;en- dolyn O. Cutchlns, Franklinton; Jacqueline Edwards, Selmaj Brenda Gaines, Shelby; Patri cia J. Harris, Loulsburg; Nina Hemingway, Dunn; Geraldine Kenan, Rose Hill; Theodora K. Lawson, Roxboro; Annie M. Me- (See Dean’s Ltst, P. 4) „.. Feb. 26, a few students on campus werehonore'dtohave as a guest lecturer, Mr. Hughle Lee-Smith, who is one of our prominent Afro -American ar tists. He visited the regular art classes and discussed “The Ba sics of Abstract Designs,’' sketching out detailed diagrams as he explained. In a special assembly, he gave a lecture on “7 Negro Artists in .\merlca from early 1800 to 1950,” and included slides of representative works of each artist, including several of his own One work of Mr. Lee - Smith’s “Boy on a Rooftop’ appeared on the cover of Febru ary, 1968 issue of EBONY Ma gazine. O. PAMELA JONES Dr. Marguerite Adams at tended the Civil and Humanl Rights Committee of the Na-I tlonal Education AssociatlonI held at the Statler-Hllton Hotel! in Washington, D. C. on Feb. [ 14-16 tor the overall purpose! of discussing racial desegre-1 gation In schools. In a discussion group re-1 sponsible for viewing the prob-1 lems of testing and Interview- I Ing teachers. Dr. Adams said! that many of the conference [ attenders agreed that the \ i- tional Teachers Examination is | a poor criterion for selecting j teachers. The high scorers on the examination do not always make the best teachers. In- | See Insigbtk, P. 4) SPRING FEVER- Donald Williams, a junior Biology major is one of the first Falcons to catch an accute case of Spring Fever. Hot weath er and books are poor mixers. (PHOTO BY WILLIAM CARSON)

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