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VOLUME IX.
ELON COLLEGE, N. C., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1927.
NUMBER 2
Thirty Years Hence” An Ad
dress By President Harper
Last year I made 1117 maiden speech |
to a' ‘freshman Class in Elon College. J
I chose as my subject, ''What is Man?'’ I
Another year lias passed and I have'
the pleasure to address the class of
3931 and to choose my own theme for
presentation. Last year I took a look
at the Freshman who was then, but
this year I have decided to take a
forward look and to visualize foT my
self and if possible for you the Fresh
man “Thirty Years Hence.”
I have come to have some definite
conclusions about the future of the in
dividual which when I was younger I
did not entertain. I have been out of
college myself now almost thirty years
and I have been privileged during
these years since my graduation to ob
serve the successes and failures of those
who were my college mates and I have
come to some very definite conclusions.
When I was a college student, we
tised to discuss with all the eloquence
of a Cicero or a Demosthenes which
had the greater determining influence
in a man’s life,—environment or here
dity. This same question is being de
bated today in iterary societies, in col
lege class rooms, in Christian pulpits,
in open forums, in the public press, in
books and periodicals, and the people
fire unable to arrive at a decision in
regard to the matter just as we were
unable to decide it when as college stu
dents some thirty years ago it was an
issue of animated discussion.
Now, strange to say, this question has
come' to have very little interest for
tne because it do'es not consider all the
factors in the case. When you go into
your chemical laboratory to perform an
experiment, you have to know all the
ingredients that are in the test tubes.
It is not sufficient that you should
Itnow some of the elements, but you
Diust know them all and, when you
know them all, you can make scientific
prediction as to what will take place
You can then proceed with absolute
certainty as to the result of your ex
periment. Environment and heredity
are two important factors in living, but
they are not the whole of the situa
tion. Before we can tell what will
take place in any individual’s life, we
must know not only his environment
and not only his heredity, but also his
individual personality which always
conditions his personal efforts in any
situation or enterprise. Paul said once
in concluding a beautiful descriptive
passage in his letter to the Corinthian
church, “Now abideth faith, hope and
love, these three; but the greatest of
these is love.” And I would say,
“Now abideth environment, heredity,
and personal effort; but the greatest
of these is personal effort.”
I have come to this conclusion by
observing the young men and young
women who were niy college mates.
Some of them came from homes of
wealth and social prestige. Others came j
from humble homes and without social [
prestige. Now according to the environ- j
ment and heredity theories, those who j
came from homes of wealth and social
prestige should have been able to main
tain their ascendency throughout their
life, but this has not been the ease.
Neither has it been true that those who
came from humble homes and without
social prestige have remained in posi
tions of relative inferiority throughout
their lives these past thirty years.
Some of those that came from both
cla,sses of home have made miserable
failures and some of those from both
have made pre-eminent successes. And
80 I have been forced to conclude, as
T have already intimated, that environ-
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OUR PRE8IOESI HOiOEO
By LflySME COHFEfiESCE
Dr. W. A. Harper, president of Elon
college, today was notified that he had
been elected a member of the continua
tion committee of the world conference
of faith and order, which met in August
at Lausanne, Switzerland.
Other members of the committee in
clude Bisliop James Cannon, Jr., Rich
mond. Va., and Edmund G. Soper, dean
of Duke university. Durham. The
committee is charged witli arranging
future conferences and keeping before
the churches and public tlie conclusions
that were reached during the last ses
sions.
MARGAEET LAWRENCE
COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS
FOOTBSLL PRDSPECIS
LOOK GOOD FOR ELON
KftPPII P81 i RiE fi
GREST SOifflER CIP
Trains and Busses Bringing
In Students From 411 Sections
Looking over the old-timers and the
new raw recruits, Elon College bids
fair to share the honors in football with
the other colleges this fall.
There are Captain Eed Jones, ex-
Oiipt. McCauley, McNeil, ’Wilson, Eflrd,
roster, M. Alexander, Branner, Jackson,
and Harrington for Coach Walker to
build a line around. Newman. F. Alex
ander, Coggins and Thompson are left
in the back field.
New arrivals are Whitley and James
from Bocky Mount; Daniels, Wilson, N.
C.; Walker, Waggoner, Smith, Jones,
and Harmon, Birmingham, Ala.; Ham
mond, Dover, Del.; Loesoi and Yorkie-
vitz. Dover, Ohio; D. Loy, Burlington,
N. C.; H. and V. Briggs, Greensboro,
N. C.; Hudson, Dunn, N. C.; Gormon,
Concord, N. C.; Williams and Cum
mings, Hemp. N. C.; Williams and
Squaires, from Washington, N. C.
The squad as a whole seems very
light. Since the start of practice Sep
tember 5th, each man has been put
through a stiff setting up exercise, mak
ing trips around the track punting and
passing.
It is rumored that “Dusty” Baub
of Pittsburg, Pa., will return to Elon
this fall. He was Elon’s outstanding
athlete during his freshman year, mak
ing three letters in the major sports.
’Mid sprains, bruises, sore backs,
and tired muscles during this hot weath
er there have been no serious casu
alties. Another week in scrimage
should prepare the team in a fair way
to meet High Point here September 17.
The Kappa Psi Nu boys who attend-
ed the camping trip at Monnesott Beach
have returned and nre feeling good
over the trip. Their only regret is that
they were not able to spend two weeks
rather than one.
One can not hope to tell of all the
interesting incidents of the week spent
in camp. Probably reference should
be made to “Gene” Watts, who be
cause of his daring deeds, was given
the title of Life Guard. Some visitors
to the beach I’eferred to him as such.
It pleased “Gene” so that we went
straight to a barber shop and had his
hair cut short in ordiT that he might
resemble one more.
There is but one thing of outstanding
interest concerning Gene’s week posing
as a Life Guard and that is by close
observation it was noticed that the
Life Guard saw no one in danger save
the girls. To him it seemed that all
the girls needed his assistance. It might
be added that his assistance was freely
given to members of the feminine sex.
Fishing was fine. Mark says he can
hardly wait for next year in order that
he may fish in that section again.
All who went on this trip had a fine
time and regret that more of the boys
could not have been with them.
Kappa Psi Nu Eeporter.
OUR PRESIDENT
Extract from Who’s Who in America
1926-27.
L T. K. CLUB REPORTS H
GREm HE HI PSRiy
Swimming. Boating, Fishing, Sun Burns.
The L T. K. summer house party at
White Lake was thoroughly enjoyed by
all. A good part of Elon College was
represented there during the summer,
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Plarper, William Allen, college pres.,
born Berkley, Va., April 27. 1880; s.
Joseph and Mary Melissa (McCloud)
H; graduated Berkley Military Acad
emy, 1895; A. B., Elon College, N. C.,
1899; Yale University, 1903-05, M, A..
1904; Litt. D., Defiance (O.) College,
1912; LL, D.. Union Christian College,
Indiana, 1912; married Estelle Walker
(Ph. B.), of Union Eidge. N. C., Oct. 19,
1899. Latin teacher, Franklin Military
Academy, 1899-1900; principal, Kenly
Academy, N. C., 1900-03; Prof. lliatin,
1905-11; president since 1911, Eloii
College* president. North Carolina and
Virginia Conference; chairman North
Carolina Sunday School Association.
Democrat. Member of the Christian
Church. Member of the Southern Edu
cational Association, Classical Associa
tion. Middle States and South, N. C.
Teachers Assembly (v. p.), N. C. Folk
Lore Society, N. E. A.; Pi Gamma Mu;
Rotarian. AUTHOR: Preparing the
i Teacher, Volume I, 1909, Volume II,
1910; The Making of Men. 1915; The
New Layman for the New Time, 1917;
The New Church for the New Time,
1S18; Reconstructing the Church, 1920;
The Churcli in the Present Crisis, 1921;
An Integrated Program of Religious
Education, 1926; Youth and Truth.
1927; also many articles and addresses
in religious and eilucational publica
tions. General secretary of the Board
of Christian Education of tiie Christian
Church, 1922- ; editor-in-chief of the
Journal of Christian Education; asso
ciate editor of the Christian Quarterly.
Alamance County Leads in Number of
Students,
All incoming trains are now" bring
ing early arrivals for the opening of
Elon College. For the opening this
week students will gather here from 16
states and two foreign countries. 55
counties of North Carolina will be
represented in the student body.
Of the 484 students applying for ad
mission at Elon College this fall 389
are from No'rth Carolina and 95 from
other states. The representation by
states is as follows: Virginia 52, Ala
bama 10, Delaware 9, Georgia 6, South
Carolina 3, New Jersey 2, New York 2.
Ohio 2. and Texas, Pennsylvania, Ne
braska, Tennessee, Maryland, Rhode
Island. Porto Rica, Cuba and Massa
chusetts, one each.
For North Carolina, Alamance coun
ty leads the list with 177 students. The
applicatio’ns from students from other
counties are as follows: Guilford 43,
Chatham 16, Randolph 15, Lee 12, Rock
ingham 12, Harnett 7, Franklin 8, War
ren 6, Vance 4, Wake 6, Iredell 4, Dur
ham 4, Gates 4, Granvillei 3. Northamp
ton 3, Edgecombe 3, Cabarrus 3, David
son 3j Cumberland 3, Person 2, Stokes
Carteret 2. Robeson 2, Nash 2, Bun
combe 2, Wilson 2, Caldwell 2, Beau
fort 2, Wautauga 2.
Other counties represented are:
Stanley, Lenoir, Sampson, Caswell,
Wilkes. Yates, Yadkin, Cleveland, Rich
mond, Macon, Johnson, Robeson, Wil
son, Yancey, Union,^ Jones, Orange and
Columbus.
mosic OEPilENlflS
III IINE FOR BESIYEIR
Prof. C. James Velie studied under
Prof. Vibbard. noted organist and com
poser of Syracuse university, Syracuse,
N. Y. Mrs. Zenith Hurst Velie studied!
under Prof. Wells of Syracuse university.
Miss Florence Fisher attended Columbia
university. New York city and studied
voice under Browning. Mr. E. F.
Bhodes, from Dayton, Va.. will be our
violinist, also orchestra and band leader.
Holland farmers and farmerettes row
out to the cow pastures in canal boats
at milking time.
B. 0. B. HOUSE PHRiy
IS GREAT SUCCESS
DELTA UPSILON KAPPA RAS
WELL ATTENOEO PARiy
Delta Upsilon Kappa Sorority had its
most successful house party yet at
White Lake last month. August 14tli-
28th was the time, and these two weeks
were pleasantly spent in swimming,
resting, visiting the other organizations
at the lake, and in other sports com-
mon to such outings. The house party
was more successful than any hereto
fore, both from a financial and numeri
cal standpoint. The following were in
strumental in making it such, and spent
from one day to the whole two weeks
there:
Lillian Harrell. Josh Harrell, Ruby
Life at Elon for B. O. B. girls is
rather seclusive and very quiet in com
parison with the big time every one had
at White Lake, where they held camp
in August. When they met, all the girls
and their guests got all pepped up and
were Big Ole Buddies during their en
tire stay, and some of the friendships
grew so rapidly that by the time for
departure they seemed to have advanc
ed to the second stage in lovers young
dream.
White Lake was the joy-spot for
some others of our college friends and
much fun was the outcome of our asso
ciation. Delta U, you were sweet to
us—we liked the swimming party you
gave us!
There were no “tag-a-longs” nor
“stand-backs” to spoil the fun, and
there were more ways of having fun
than for a farmer to come to town*
Had one been looking in, he’d have
sworn that “Prep” Richardson was
living up to his name, and would soon
win a close contest for breaking the
most Victrola records.
If you care to know how White Lake
looks in the moonlight, ask individual
couples.
Fun was acquired in various ways—
Sunday dancesschoolchu rchfightswater-
melon and bridge-swimming. Many
“fortunate blows” were passed among
the crowd, and those new in the game
have “insured so much throat protec
tion” that we feel sure they’ll greet
you at the Metropolitan Opera House
soon.
Aunt Sarah’s cooking would make
any French chef feel ashamed and
make Mary Addie White fat. You
EMILY JOHNSTON, A. B., B. O.
EXPRESSION AND PHYSICAL CULTURE
Atkinson, Lem Harrell, David Miller, ^
Clarene Lincoln, Hugh Scott, Mr. andls^O’^^’^ therel
Mrs. Joe Bynum Gay, Jr., Mary Nelle The oirly blue spot in the whole time
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