The Students Get The Paper.
The School Gets The Fame,
The Printer Gets The Money.
The Editor Gets The Blame.
ELON COLLEGE, N. C., THURSDAY, APRIL i6, 1931.
President Harper Resigns As Head Of Elon
HAS SERVED 20 YEARS AS CHIEF
SIX YEARS AS PROFESSOR
Last Monday morning at the Chapel
Hour Dr. William Allen Harper, for
twenty years President and for six
years a Professor of Latin, officially
presented his resignation to the stu
dents of this institution. His duties
with the College comes to an end at the
conclusion of this academic year.
The announcement came as a distinct
surprise to his most intimate friends.
The trustees will assemble on May
26, at which time it is expected that
his successor will be named. “Who
ever my successor may be/’ commented
President Harper, “he will have my
heartiest support. In my judgment, a
bright future awaits the new admin
istration, now that Elon’s constituency
has been so greatly enlarged by the
merger of the Congregational and Chris
tian churches in the United States.’’
Great Advance Made
In 1911, when William Allen Harper
camc fresh from his professorship to
the presidency of Elon College, the
college plant consisted of an admin
istration building, burned in 1923, two
dormitories and a power plant, the
whole valued at $300,000. The endow-
rnent was about $40,000. Today the
plant consists of 13 buildings and is
valued at nearly $1,200,000 and the
endowment is $542,000, including the
interest-bearing obligations given the
college by the Southern Christian Con
vention for endowment purposes. The
student body has grown from 175 to
400. The preparatory or sub-freshman
department has been eliminated, and the
teaching and administrative staffs has
increased from a dozen to 31.
Thp.firfi nf .T.nnnnry IS 19^^,
have struck consternation to almost any
heart. President Harper in this crucial
hour took on new energy and determina
tion ns his response to a situation that
seemed desperate. Not only was the
building in which centered the educa
tional activities of the college gone,
but there was a debt of more than
$100,000 on the plant. So heroically did
the president rally Elon’s friends, that
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DR. H. M. POTEAT
Out of his twenty-four years of vari
ed musical experience Doctor II. M.
Poteat, musician, orator, and professor
of Latin at Wake Forest College, pre
sented before the Elon student body
recently a message which justified his
title as North Carolina’s greatest
authority on the subject of hymnology.
Delving into the utmost depths of his
subject, “Hymnology, Both Good and
Bad,” Doctor Poteat discussed those
elements which are corrupting modern
cJiurch music. Making his invective
more severe by musical illustration on
the piano, he attacked with vigor the
jazzy, ragtime music which is found
in many modern churches. In answer
to the question, “How can one dis
tinguish good hymns?”, Dr. Poteat
“There are three tests which may
be applied to hymns: The test of time,
the test of mature judgment, and the
test of instinctive appreciation. Doctor
Poteat closed his lecture with an ef
fective elaboration of his third dis
The lecture was thoroughly enjoyed
and greatly appreciated. Everyone
realized that he had heard a great
musician, a great thinker, and a great
DICKENS TO LEAD
THE “SKY PILOTS”
New Officers Elected.
Entertained At Tea
On Saturday afternoon, March twen
c*-*^ +he mit*i«‘t^ria'' stu
dents of Guilford, Catawba, High Point
and our own college, were invited to
a tea in the reception room of West
Dormitory. Although the weather out
side was stormy, a cheerful welcome
awaited those inside. The room was
attractively decorated with yellow
candles and flowers. Mrs. Harper and
Mrs. Johnson poured tea while several
of the girls passed cups and helped to
entertain the visitors.
SMITH AND CAMERON REPRESENT ELON AT THE
N. C. C. P. A. CONVENTION AT N. C, STATE COLLEGE
Meredith and State Entertain Convention.
On April 23, 24, and 25 the North
Carolina Collegiate Press Association
convened at State and Meredith Col
leges. The Maroon and Gold was repre
sented by the Editor, J. Howard Smith,
and the Business Manager, Norman H.
At five 0 ’clock the delegates from
every college in the State of North
Carolina registered at Meredith College.
After registration was completed the
delegates were entertained at a tea
given by the staffs of the Meredith
A banquet was given in the Y. M.
C. A. Dining Hall that night, during
which each person stood and gave his
or her publication, name, and college.
The last year’s officers presided at the
Friday morning at ten o’clock Hon.
Josephus Daniels addressed the conven
tion. His speech was thoroughly en
joyed by all in attendance. Mr. Daniels
was Secretary of the Navy under Pres
ident Wilson. He gave the early his
tory of the News and Observer, an(3
pointed out the development which that
paper had made in the last fifty years.
Following the main address the con
ference was divided into discussion
groups, and problems of the modern
collegiate newspapers were discussed.
The matter of faculty censorship was
harshly criticized, and it was the
opinion of one group that if the pub
lication was to be a student publica
tion the faculty should not have censor
ship over it.
The Conference members were invit-
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ROLLINS IS ELECTED
TO HEAD STUDENT
BODY FOR NEXT YEAR
‘Pete’' Williams Is To Head Stu
Mabel Coghill is the New President of
The Student Council.
At the regular spring elections of the
various student officers Mr. Roy Rollins
of Kannapolis, N. C., was selected to
lead the Student Body. Mr. Redd Turn-
er gave Mr. Rollins a close run, but
was defeated by a few votes. This is
a new office instituted by the student
body this year. The duties of this of
ficer is to welcome out-of-town guests
to our campus, and to preside at meet
ings of both the Senate and Council.
Henry “Pete” Williams, of West
Point, Georgia, was elected to serve in
the capacity of President of the Stu
dent Senate. “Pete” has gained fame
for Elon on the gridiron, and will fill
this office efficiently. He won over
“Buck” Mann by a fairly large mar
Mabel Coghill, of Henderson, N. C.,
was elected to head the Student Coun
cil. Miss Coghill will, no doubt, serve
very efficiently in this office, and many
predict a very successful year. Here’s
luck to the new officers for next year.
On Friday night, March 27, the Min
isterial Association of Elon College
met in Prof. Bennett’s classroom. The
meeting was opened by a song, follow
ed with prayer by th« president. After
the minutes were rfad and approved
by tlie society, the t^asurer presented
his report. After the business was dis
posed of the society proceeded to elect
officers for the following year. The
following were elected:
President—J. Ray Dickens.
Vice-President—Roy D. Coulter.
Secretary—H. H. tsasnett.
Corresponding S elc r e t a r y—N. E.
The election beingifinished Rev. Roy
D. Coulter favored us with a very in
spiring talk. After tliis talk some time
was devoted to discussions from dif
ferent members of the Society. Mr. H.
C. Hillard then dismissed the meeting
KAPPA PSI NU
Is Elon’s Oldert Social Club.
With the close of the Twelfth Annual
Banquet of the Kappa Psi Nu Fratern
ity, Elon’s oklest sccial club, last Sat
urday evening, the nineteen hundred
and thirty-one banquet season came to
a highly-successful nding.
Ev'eii thougii tlio jaLliur Was a bit
bad on the outside, the hearts of the
Kappa Psi Nu and of their guests were
full of joy as they left West Dormitory
at six-thirty for the Banquet Hall. The
procession w’as led by the able toast
master, Mr. Lester Register and his
guest. Miss Ruth Henderson. As the
banqueteers entered the Banquet Hall
the colored orchestra engaged for the
occasion struck up a lively tune which
added color to the atmosphere of friend
ship and enjoyment. The Hall was
beautifully decorated. The fraternity
colors of gold and blue being used as
a background. Beautiful Jack 0
lanterns were suspended from the ceil-
ing, giving an indirect lighting effect.
In the center of each table was a gold
and blue candle. The remainder of the
hall was decorated with ivy and flowers.
While the delicious five course ban
quet was being served the following
program was presented: Kappa Psi Nu
yell, by the members of the Fraternityj
Welsome, Lester Register; Response,
Miss Ruth Henderson; Welcome to the
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CAPTURE ALL GAMES
ON VIRGINIA TRIP
V. P. I. Is Downed Twice.
The past Monday our Elon baseball
team journeyed to Lexington, Va., for
a game with the strong Southern Con
ference team, Washington & Lee. The
day was cold and windy, not at all good
With Latham pitching for Elon,
Washington & Lee started hitting and,
aided by three errors, scored three runs
in their first turn at bat. Again in the
fifth Mattox, Washington & Lee catch
er, hit for the circuit with the pitcher
on, w’ho had been walked. Elon re
taliated and made three runs in their
half, making the score 5-3 in favor of
Washington & Lee. In the first half
of the ninth Elon scored three more
runs on successive hits, but Washington
& Lee came back in their half and
scored a run to tie the game at 6 all.
It remained tied until the 12th inning
when hits by Gordon, Abernathy, Har
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THE NORTH CAROLINA MINISTERIAL
ASSOCIATION CONVENES AT ELON
ADDRESS GIVEN BY
Speaks on “The Ministerial Stu
dent In College.”
IS FEATURE OF CONFERENCE DAY
Great Day Ended With Banquet.
IS “RED LETTER” DAY FOR
At tlio second Annual Conference of
the State Ministerial Association con
vening at Elon last Saturday President
W. A. Harper featured the banquet pro
gram in speaking on “The Ministerial
Student in College.” The context of
his speech is as follows:
‘I can never forget the disillusion
ment that came to me as a College stu
dent when I came into a personal asso
ciation with Ministerial students. In
our home, in our church, and in our
community, the minister had been plac
ed on a pedestal in our thinking. He
was in a class, different from other men,
not deified, but made sacred, and not
thought of as capable of the appetites,
passions, and sins of other men.
“When I came to college and was
thrown into personal association with
ministerial students, and learned that
they Avere but ordinary, human beings
like the rest of us, my disillusionment
was keen. From that day to this I
have had a great sympathy for the
ministerial student. His position is
most difficult one. The ministerial stu
dent grows in grace as well as in the
knowledge and admonition of the Lord
like the rest of us, but the difficulty
that the average stud'^nt uf the Col
lege has such an exalted opinion of the
minister that he expects too much of
the ministerial student.
“I am glad at this time to say a
word to a group of young men who
have chosen the ministry for their life
work, coming from the several colleges
of our State, and as one who appre
ciates the ministry most earnestly to
express a few convictions that have
come to me through the years.
“The first of these convictions is that
a man should not enter the ministry
if he can possibly stay out of it. He
should have an experience similar to
Paul’s, “Woe is me if I preach not
the Gospel.” When a man comes to
an experience like this he may well
pause and pray earnestly for the Divine
call. Men may select engineering be
cause they think it will bring them
social preferment and an increased
bank account. And similarly they may
select medicine, or law, or teaching, or
business. It will be a sad day for the
Church when ministers decide to devote
themselves to the Christian ministry
on the basis of any such considerations.
“And yet, I remember several in
stances of young men telling me that
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Saturday morning at ten o’clock
found representatives from four col
leges registering for the North Carolina
State Ministerial Association Confer
ence convening at Elon College. The
Colleges represented were Guilford,
High Point, Catawba, and Elon. Lenoir-
Rhyne College was not represented.
At ten fifteen tlie morning session
opened with Professor A. R. Yan Cleave
conducting the morning devotions, after
which Dr. J. 0. Atkinson gave an in
spiring address on “Carrying the Mes
sage of the Torch to the World.” Dr.
Atkinson is the Mission Secretary of
the Congregational-Christian Churches
and is one of the outstanding speakers
of that denomination.
At eleven fifteen the visitors were
taken through the Elon College plant
on a tour of inspection. Many of the
visitors expressed their surprise at the
fine equipment found in the buildings
of this fine small college plant.
Lunch was served in the College Din
ing Hall. The afternoon session opened
with Rev. A. W. Hurst, Pastor of the
Elon Community, leading the devotions.
Dr. George R. Swann followed with an
address on “Making the Message of
the Torch Live.” The Conference was
then divided up into group meetings.
The first group discussed “The Torch
in Athletics.” The second group took
up “The Torch In the Church,” and
the “Torch In Unity.”
The Conference Business Session was
declared in ordor at i5:15, aini the fd-
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CLIO BASEBALL TEAM
Rakestraw Pitching For The Clios Lasts
Less Than One Inning.
GIVEN BY PHILOLOGIAN
Turner Gives Interesting Criticism,
The Philologian literary society met
in regular session, Wednesday evening,
at seven-thirty o’clock. The meeting
was called to order by the new presi
dent, and one of the best programs of
the year was rendered. Several very
effective talks were given, after which
the question, “Resolved, that scholar
ship can be made as attractive as
athletics,” was debated. The debate
was an interesting one. The speakers
were very well prepared and were able
to make the debate an attractive one.
One of the outstanding features of the
program was the very interesting
criticism given by the Reverend Mr. W.
R. Turner, first critic for the society.
(Paul Taylor, Maroon and
The onslaughter of the Clio baseball
sluggers was too much for the Philo
logian baseball club last Wednesday
when they fell before the mighty Clio
team at a score of 21-11.
Rakestraw started on the mound for
the Clio’s, but only six men faced him.
He walked five and the other slugged
out a Texas leaguer for a three-base
hit. Captain Jones thought it was
about time to replace Rakestraw. From
the outfield came Franks who hurled
until the seventh inning when he was
relieved by Richardson, who yielded a
score of hits.
At the beginning of the first inning
the Clio’s took the field, and the Philo-
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Best Elon, 75-49
The flag was raised, the meet was on,
Davidson men started off with a
“bang” piling up their score with nine
firsts to be checked only by the hard
fighting of the Elon Christians.
The track was wet and soft, but the
old Elon s^nrit was plainly displayed,
and when the final score was totalled
it was found that they had secured
forty-nine points with two first places.
Points gained as follows:
Brawley, 21—First on high and low
hurdles, broad jump two seconds.
Key, 8—First on javelin and second
in shot put.
Winecoff, 6—First on 2:20 and third
on 100 yard dash.
Miller, 3—Second on two mile race.
Smith, 6—Second on high hurdles and
Womble, 1—Third on 2:20.
Cameron 1—Third on 4:40.
Lewis, 1—Third on discus throw.
R. Johnson, 2—Tie for second on pole
vault and tie for third on high jump.