Page Two THE CAMPUS ECHO Friday, November 15, 1963 Gun Echo *e Vm»m Member assoctat)ed collegiate press CHARLES E. DAYE PRESS Student Court Needs Moral Support HAROLD FOSTER EVERETT ADAMS Editor Business Manager JEAN NORRIS Advisor OFFICE EXTENSION 325 The CAMPUS ECHO is the official student publication of North Carolina College At Durham. It is published bi-weekly dwring the regular school year, except during college holidays, at Service Printing Company, Durham, N. C. All editorials appearing in me CAMPUS ECHO are the opinions of the editor, unless otherwise credited; they do not necessarily rep resent the opinions of the other members of the staff. Subscription rates. $1.35 per semester, $2.50 per school year. Second class mail privilege at Durham, N. C. A Reflcetion On Ralph Ellison’s Visit Writer Ralph Ellison visited here recently, and most of what he had to say should have been beneficial to all of us. Mr. Ellison, whose first novel, “Invisible Man,” won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1953, was in Durham for a student sponsored symposium at Duke University. He was invited to speak here by NCC’s English Club. While here, Mr. Ellison declared that his role as a writer is not to “go around making speeches from platforms” for the cause of civil rights. He said that he belongs to several civil rights organizations, contributes money, and supports those who are doing something more directly for the cause. The present Rutgers University writer-in-residence, who was once a shoeshine boy, a freelance photographer, a jazz musician, and a waiter told a packed Education Building auditorium that the best he could do for the Negro race is “to be a good artist.” He said that he will be a good artist when he writes about the reality he knows best; this reality to a large extent, he said, “is the reality of Negro life.” He said he feels that this obligation as an artist “is to dis cover something about himself and the nature of Negro life to others . . . and to separate those things which are valuable from those which are not ...” Mr. Ellison’s first and only novel deals with the experi ence of a Negro male from boy to manhood, but its theme is a universal one—every man’s quest for knowledge of self. Concluding, he warned that we must not let our range be a short one when we think about “Negro life,” but rather one which is tied with the “complexity and circumstances of American life—ones identity as an American and as a spe cial part of that American society known as Negro.’’ These words should have been of benefit to all of us, not only those seeking an artistic means of expression, for they serve to remind of us of what we should do with what ive acquire here. It will be tragic for us to use what we acquire here to become a part of that society of Negroes Which has turned its back to and is still rejecting the millions of economic deprivied Negroes. We have a unique American origin— slavery, prolonged suffering, an^ social rejection. It would be wise, alas, for us us to explofe the creative possibilities inherent in this origin and otir folk culture—to evolve a new identity and endow our lives with meaning and purpose. Congratulations The present ^udent Govern- m e n t Association administra tion has proposed and is now proceeding to set up a student court. In order for every stu dent to give the court his moral support, it is necessary for him to be acquainted with ft. The proposed student court will be a judicial body composed primarily of undergraduate stu dents from the population of our student body. The court will hear cases involving student discipline, cases between two dr niore students and most signifl SOWiCt 4. r/ % cT> ’'Not only fs he a lousy wotchdog,he wouldW know an EAGLE from 0 chickenr Book Review 'Tree' Good For Juvenile List Though NCC’s football Eagles lost their first ^me of the season here recently, we would, at this time, still deem it apropo to extend a much deserved congratulations to them for tiieir successful team efforts and tiie prestige they have brought to this college. At the beginning of the football season, this newspaper s sports column expressed a pessimistic outlook for the Eagles if they did not modernize their offense. The Eagles', on* the other hand, were not so disillusioned about their wares and went on to prove that some times tradition is not a big handi cap; they have presently won seven games and lost only one. There are those who contend that it is the job of tne football players to have a winning team because they are being paid, via the scholarship route, to do just thkt. While to an extent they are right, they are not justified in saying that winning is the sole purpose for this college fielding a football team. The scholarships, needless to say, are to help those male students Who dre adept at the pigskin game use their abilities to carry them through some of the college financial barriers. They also serve to promote team and group efforts on the parts of growing young men, and also to prepare them physically. . NCC does not have, by a very long shot, the fmancially Well-off athletic programs that many of our sister institu tions have. The evil system of recruiting has not payed off for us the way it has for others mainly because other schools are able to offer more financially to football players than we can. But Coach Herman Riddick and Company have not, as We so see, let the financial problems be a stumb ling block for them, instead, they have taken the available material and made of it one of the best small college teams in the nation. And the success of the team does not go to one or two individual players. Our team has won because there have been team efforts. No one person can be cited as “Athlete of the Month or Week,” instead, laurals must be placed on the team as “team of the year.” Congratulations Eaglest Whether you lose or wm m the Turkey Day Classic, you have faired well for the year. In a swift and readable way, this novel traces three perilous yet conventional years of a young Negro boy living in the complex and unsettled environ ment of a border state in the twenties. Newt Winger, a talented youth, reaches puberty and finds himself in bewildering Chero kee Flats, Kansas, his “learning tree”: Here he experiences hap piness with his pals Beansy Ful ler, Skunk McDowell, Earl Thomp^n, and Jappy Duncan; here he experiences love through Arcella Jefferson and his family, especially his moth er, Sarah, who tells him, “Some of the people are good and some of them are bad—^just like the fruit of a tree. . . . No matter if you go or stay think of Chero kee Flats like that till the day you die—^let it be your learning tree.” H«re he experiences hiate from encountering the likes of Jason Kirky and Bert Sampson; here he experiences violence through his brother-in-law, Clint, and Booker and Marcus Savage^ here he experiences fear, mostly of death because he links it with the violent ways persons (Jim Pullen, Captain Tuck and Big Mabel) he knew intimately die; and here he experiences what it is like being lone witness to a mxu-der and then being in an agonizing dilemma of either re vealing the real murderer or letting an innocent person suffer for it. In short, here Newt lives. One is carried through the story at a television-like or movie-like pace. Either the au thor is thoroughly dipped in and has a sharp recollection of the western ways, or he watches a whole lot of those western horse operas. The art of the story" seems to be sold out for the possibilities of a movie-pro- duction contract. But author Gordon Parks, a talented waiter, bartender, ranch hand, lumberjack, piano player band leader, music com poser, semi-pro basketball play er newspaper circulation man ager, and a successful Life Mag azine photographer has written a fine moving story. His first novel deals with life; not of the Negro life per se, but of homaa passions. As for the significance of its contents, Tree is late. It should have been written at the time the author has it ending; then perhaps Americans, black and white, could have emerged from the bleakness of America’s economic depression of the ’30s with a better understanding of each other. But it was not writ ten then, it is recently written, •and it is welcomed. Though it will not survive as a literary classic, it will be re membered as a document of this socially complexed America. Tree, finally, should be placed on all juvenile reading lists so when teacher calls to Johnny to read Tom Sawyer and Hack Finn, she will quickly add, “. . . and don’t forget Newt Winger (The Learning Tree)!” We rec ommend you do the same. Letters The editor of the Campus Echo will gladly accept lettersi and any topic from students and other members of the college community. Letters must be fre« from libel, in good taste, and limited to 300-500 words. They should c&iit, cases between students and school policy, when there has been an infraction of the policy by the studeiit. In an interview, James Fer- guSon, SGA R’fesideiit, said: “I want very much to see a' stu dent court function oil this cam pus but I am not fully convinced that the studehts are Willing to acciept this grave responsibility. "fifoweVer,” he continued, “I am putting forth every effort to see that the court is set up so that our students will be given an opportunity to demonstrate the extent to which they are ready to make strides along the path way of student self-direction.” “If the court,” he added, does not function properly and is ill-used by the students, I will be the first oiie to advocate its dissolution.” “However I do not anticipate that such will be the case,” he admitted, “I have mentioned before the great confidence which this year’s administration places in the students, and I now call upon the students to vindi cate this confidence,” he con cluded. Ferguson’s words characterize the spirit with which his admin istration is going about the many tasks that confront it. It is also noteworthy to examine the confidence Ferguson and his administration place in the stu dents. By this, we not only mean that the administration has confidence in the students supporting such a phenomenon, but they will be given responsi bility to serve as a part of it; provisions have been made for utilizing a jury composed of 12 undergraduates when a case In volves a controversy between two or more students. While the student court Is not set Up to be most advantageous to students’ petty interests, it is set up to solve many of the ills affecting our college and its students. If aiid when the court is set up and i» functioning properly, it Will be a great stride toward the ultimate and desirable idea of complete student self-direc tion. In ord» for the court to sur vive, it is necessary for every student to give it- his moral support, thereby nurturing a greater interest in and support of it. To The Editor *No Fried Hair’ Dear Editor: It was a‘ pleasure' to enjoy Count Basie’s Concert without having to ^t and look at “Pro cessed” hair. Not one single member of Count Basies band had his hair “straightened” or ••fried.” Though I‘ don’t belong to any of the extremist “black nation alists” ©-oups, I still possess some race pride and it appalls me to see many Negro men at tempting to copy ’‘white hair” via the straightening comb method. As a matter of fact, many of Basie’s sidemen could have pass ed for NCC students. Janet Higginbotham be typed, doublie space, if pos sible. All letters become the prop erty of the Campus Echo and may be published unlesti flie writer requests otherwise. Un signed letters are not solicited and will not be printed.