ELON COLLEGE, N. C, JUNE 15, 1923
DR. HARPER TELLS WHO
SHOULD 00 TO COLLEGE
Declares That Character, Not Mental
ity, Should Be the Test of
ODTLINED BY SECRETARY
Dr. Thomas F. Opie to Speak on First
Not 80 long recently President Henry
S. Pritchette of the Carnegie Founda
tion for the Advancement of Teaching
said that far too many people are going
to college these days. Dr. Arthur W.
Bailey, Educational pastor of the Sec
ond Congregational church, Holyoke,.
Mass., declared at the recent session of
the Eeligious Education Association
that some people are not worth educat
ing: their intelligence is too low.
So it seems that another inspirational
ideal of our American life is to be rude
ly snatched away from our youth. The
preamble to our Declaration of Inde
pendence has long since been discarded.
Soon after, the fundamental clarion call
to greatness was challenged—that every
boy had it in his power to become Presi
dent and every girl the wife of the
President. Now we are calmly told
that too many of our youth aspire to
go to college and that a lot of us are
not worth educating.
President Pritchett and Dr. Bailey
would have all the boys and girls of
the nation corralled and given the in
telligence tests about which we hear so
much today and certain persons desig
nated as being of sufficient mental abil-
‘ity to be set aside for various callings
and professions, the others to be con
signed to mines and factories and the
occupations requiring brawn rather
Un-American? Yes, and un-Christian.
God is no respecter of persons. It is a
pagan notion that condemns certains
persons to servitude and others to lord*
ship. Mind is not all that enters into
achievement. Character^ too, counts,
and diligence of application and^ the
spirit of co-operaUon and good-fellow
ship. Success is essentially spiritual.
Even boys adjudged to be dullards have
startled the world by their life achieve
ments. Edison couldn’t learn books and
Darwin* was a hopeless blockhead, so
his teachers said. So said they likewise
of Wordsworth and of John Wesley and
of many others.
A college is more than a mind fac
tory, with certain machines in the form
of professors and curricula, by which
ignorance becomes knowledge, and from
which a glorious success will eventuate.
A college is a section of life. What a
man is in college he will be in the work-
years of his career. If he will apply
himself honestly to his duties, associ
ate cleanly with his fellows, cultivate
the spiritual virtues of the Christian
way, keep himself well-rounded and
sympathetic in his attitudes, whether
he be genius or dullard, college is the
place for him. If his idea be to get by
with a bluff, to do things slyly he would
blush for his mother to know, to live
for self ami not for the service of Ms
fellows, to ignore God as the constant
companion of his every experience and
his supremely important helper, to neg
lect the incorporation in his daily life
of those simple, yet essential virtues of
the Christian pathway, then college is
no place for him.
No man is too dull to be entitled to
come to college with character of the
Christian type as an asset of his life
and with the ideaU of the Christian
way as his inspiration. Nor is any one
brilliant enough to deserve to eome
without these spiritual endowments.
It goes without saying, in view of
these considerations, that the aspiring
7*uth should select his college with
olear discernment as to its Christian
atmosphere and spiritual ideals. What
its estimate of the value of charac'
Without Christian character higher
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The 1923 Chautaqua and School of
Methods of the Christian church will
open Monday liight, July 30th, with
‘‘Burlington Night.’' Rev. G. O. Lank
ford, D. D., pastor of the Burlington
Christian church, will preside and have
general charge of the evening. The
music will be in charge of the Burling
ton choir, under the direction of Miss
Hennie Malone, the organist. The open
ing address on this night will be made
KAPPA PSINU HOLDS ITS
FIRST SOIHR MEETING
Eight Men Attend Meeting—Sion M.
Lynam Entertains—Other Meet
ings Being Planned.
REV. THOS. F. OPIE
by Rev. Thos. F. Opie, rector of the
Church of the Holy Comforter (Episco
pal) of Burlington. His theme will be
“God and Education.’’ Rev. Opie is
well known as a leading pastor of Bur
lington and a friend of Elon College.
He is the son of the late Capt. John N.
Opie, Staunton, Virginia, author and
statesman. Mr. Opie is known to read
ers of all Episcopal periodicals, for
which he contributes special articles
from time to time, and to readers of
the Homiletic Review, the Christian
Century aod other interdenominational
periodicals. He was for eight years in
the newspaper business before going
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The Kappa Psi Nu held the first of
what is planned to be a series of sum
mer meetings on the evening of June
6th, Sion M. Lynam entertained the
club men present.
The meeting was one of the most in
teresting which the Kappa Psi Nu has
held in some time. In spite of the fact
that no special program had been ar
ranged, the evening was delightfully
spent in discussion and the telling of
No definite plans for the summer were
made, but it is thought that other meet
ings will follow. A number of men re
mained on the Hill for the summer, and
they feel that meetings will greatly aid
them through the summer months.
Among those attending the first sum
nier meeting were R. S. Rainey, C. M.
Cannon, C. W. Hook, W, T. Scott, J. B.
.Vewman, J. Mark McAdams, B, W.
Everett and Sion M. Lynam,
SILVER WEDDING SOCIAL
EVENT OF PROMINENCE
Rev. and Mrs. J. W. Patton Celebrate
Twenty-fifth Anniversary of
REV. EDWIN B. FLORY
Mr. M. W. Hook was a visitor on the
hill June 5 and G. Mr. Hook was on
his way to Atlanta, and will assume his
duties as president of Bethlehem Col
lege at an early date.
Coach and Mrs. Corboy and Mrs. Alice
Corhoy left for an automobile trip to
the north early on Tuesday, June 5.
'rhey will go to Pittsburgh and other
points in the north.
X. G. New’man, Jr., arrived here June
3. from his work at the Harvard Den
tal College. • He has been studying there
for the past year, but will spend the
Miss Florence Fisher and Mrs. W. A.
Harper went to Asheville on June 9th
to attend the, meeting of the National
Federation of Music clubs.
■ THE SENIOR OAK
About which center so many precious memories of Elon stu
dents and alumni, and around which to build
a fortress of the be&t things of life.
REV. EDWIN 0. FLORY TO
TEACH AT CRAOTAOQOA
Norfolk Pastor Will Teach Sunday
School Organization and. Ad
Rev. Edwin B. Flory, pastor of the
First Christian church of Norfolk, Vir
ginia, w^ill be one of the teachers at the
Chautauqua and School of Methods of
the Christian church to be held at Elon
July 30th to August 5th.
Rev. Mr. Flory is a graduate of De
fiance College, and of Yale University,
where he specialized in religious edu
cation under Dr. Luther Weigle, an emi
nent leader in this field. Mr. Flory has
also had much experience in pastoral
work in Ohio and New York, where he
lias been successful in winning and hold
ing young people through efficient Sun
day school methods.
“Sunday School Organization and
Administration^’ will be the general
theme of the class which Rev. Flory will
teach at the School of Methods each
morning of the week from nine to ten
o’clock. This class will especially in
terest pastors and Sunday school super
intendents or others responsible for Sun
day school leadership. The course is
planned to show how to make the Sun
day school a living, vital force in the
church, to meet the needs of boys and
girls and men and w^omen; and a pow
erful influence for good in the commun
ity. Rev. Mr. Flory is well qualified
for this work and the Board of Relig
ious Education feel very fortunate in
securing his services for this year’s ses
Dr. Amick To Teach
At State College
Will Teach Methods of Teaching Math
ematics—Is Well Prepared for
Dr. T. C. Amick, professor of mathe
matics here, will teach again at the
summer term of the North Carolina
State College. Dr. Amick has been
teaching at the summer session of that
institution for several years, and his
work has at all times been highly satis
Hia work during the coming summer
will be somewhat different from that
of previous summers. He will teach no
straight mathematics, but will give his
time to the teaching of methods of
teaching mathematics. He will, of
course, teach some methematics in ar-
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An elaborate and enjoyable social af
fair was given by Rev. and Mrs. J. W.
Patton Saturday evening, June 2, from
8 to 10 o’clock, at their lovely home
here, honoring the 25th anniversary of
their marriage. Over 100 friends called
during the two hours to extend con
gratulations and best wishes to Rev.
and Mrs. Patton.
The home was a scene of beauty,
the entire lower floor being beautifully
and tastefully decorated with quanti^
ties of pink and white roses and fra
grant sweet peas, carrying out a color
scheme throughout of pink and white.
Especially lovely was the dining room
which was lighted with candles, the ,
table being especially attractive with
its lovely centerpiece of hand-made bat-
tenburg, on which rested a basket filled
with pretty pink rose buds.
Rev. Mr. Patton is a minister of the
Christian church. He is also a Masonic
lecturer for the state of North Carolina
an is widely known throughout the
state. Mrs. Patton has for the past
year been assistant principal of the
Elon College graded school, has also for
the past two years been taking educa
tional work at the college here, and is
a member of the class of ’22 and ’23,
having received her M. A. degree at the
past college commencement. She is act
ive in the graternity of the chapter
of the Order Eastern Star, being a state
officer in the grand chapter.
Their three children, Kent Patton, &
sophomore at Elon College; Miss Gwen
dolyn Patton, a senior in the Greens
boro high scliool, and Mrs. A. L. Rich,
of Elon College, were all present. Out-
of-town guests included friends from
Burlington, Gibsonville, Greensboro and
Those assisting Rev. and Mrs. Patton
in receiving and entertaining the guest*
were as follows: On the front veran
da Prof. and Mrs. A. L. Hook greeted
the guests and directed them to the
punch bowl where Mesdames James A.
Dickey and R. M. Rothgeb served iced
punch. The guests were then greeted
at the front entrance by Mesdames W.
P. Lawrence and W. A. Harper, where
they were invited to enter the parlor
and were introduced to the receiving
line, which was composed of Rev. and
Mrs. J. W. Patton, Dr. W. C. Wicker,
Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Patton, Mr. and
Mrs. A. L. Rich, Joseph Newman, Kent
Patton, Misses Gwendolyn Patton,
Mary Cothran, Dr. J. W. Wellons, Dr.
and Mrs. N. G. Newman.
Mesdames W. E. Love and H. D. Lam
beth had charge of the gift room, and
after the guests had seen the. many
beautiful gifts of silver they were in
vited to register in the memory book,
which was in charge of Mrs. R. S.
Rainey. Mrs. F. B. Corboy presented
each guest a quaint miniature silver
wedding bell, tied with white ribbon,
a gift from Rev. and Mrs. Patton. After
being invited into the dining room by
Mesdames T. C. Amick and J. A. Horn-
aday, they were served delicious i««
cream and cake by the following young
ladies: Misses Irene Pritchette, Ruth
Wicker, Mary Graham Lawrence, Eliza
beth Lowe, Mildred Pritchette and
Mary Brannock. During the entire eve
ning soft music from the victrola wa«
heard throughout the home. Misses Mar
garet McElroy and Fannie Pearl Daw
son being in charge of the music.
The lovely gifts were many and ex
ceedingly beautiful that were received
by Rev. and Mrs. Patton. Many ex
quisite gifts were received from maaj
Masonic lodges and chapters of the Or-
I der Eastern Star.