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MARCH, 1968
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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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