iptlon With A Smile THE GRYPHON ONLY 48,600 SECONDS 'TIL KICK^FF VOLUME in, No. 1 PiibUsfed by the Journalism Class of Rocky Mount Senior High School ROCKY MOUNT, N. C, FRTOAY. SEPT. 17, 1971 RMSH Begins New Year With Minimum Changes PICTURED ABOVE are RMSH’s three new principals. From left to right: Principal Elton L New- bern, Jr., Assistant Principal Robert A. Miller, ancj Associate Principal Hoscoe A. Batts. Jr. Principals Selected For RMSH With Anticipation Of New Year RMSH opened the new school year August 31 with three new principals, Mr. Elton L. New- bern, Jr., Mr. Roscoe A. Batts Jr., and Mr. Robert A. Mil ler. .The three highest positions of of the resignations of former principal V. J. Colombo and former assistant principalJohn Langley, along with the re tirement of former associate principal R. D. Armstrong. Mr. Colombo accepted the post as superintendent ofCleveland Co- Gryphon Members Sell Subscriptions The 1971 Gryphon subscrip tion campaign, which officially began last Monday at RMSH, will continue until Monday. Sep tember 27. The Gryphon offers report ing on relevant school news. It features editorials concern ing school information, along with timely sports commen taries and several pages of fea tures. However, students, look out! Expect one of the following sure-fire methods of selling subscriptions by the Gry^ion staff; 1. Corner every relative from fat ole’ Aunt Wllma to rich but stupid Cousin Fred. 2. Threaten all your little sister’s friends, 3. Go door to door without a coat and shiver (teeth chattering is optional.) 4. Blackmail the neighbors. 5. Palm them off on everybody at work. 6. Sell them at a dance and tell everybody they’re raffle tickets, 7. Have your cousin, sister, friend, or aunt, (the “flirt”) sell them to all her boyfriends. 8. Kidnap somebody and sell subscriptions as ransom. 9. Mortgage your house and use the money for subscrip tions. 10. Sell them to all the doc tors and nurses in the hospital after your dad finds out your mortgaged the house. - Pirate Puns Perryvllle, Mo. . unty Schools, while Mr. Lang ley became business manager for the Rocky Mount School Sys tem. Elton L. Newbern, Jr. Principal Newbern, pre viously the prlncTpW of Bertie inated for the position here by Dr. Ben F. Currln, super intendent of city schools. Dr. Currln commented that, at the age of 30, Mr. Newbern is experienced in his field and has rapport with the students, having been a principal for five years. Mr. Newbern obtained his Bachelor of Science degree In Math and Physics at ECU, and continued there, getting his Master’s Degree in Public School Administration, A native of Bertie County, Mr. Newbern first taught at the high school there, and eventual ly became assistant principal and later principal, Mr. Newbern and his wife, Anne Phelps Newbern, are Bap tists. They have two children, Lee, three years old, and "Nancy, 17 months. Roscoe A. Batts Principal Batts, the new as sociate principal of RMSH, was principal of J. W. Parker Ju nior High School for ten years. Mr. Batts has been with the Rocky Mount School System since he was graduated from college. He has been a teach er - coach at o. r. Pope School the principal of Lincoln School from 1949 to 1956, and until recently the principal of Parker Junior High. Mr. Batts attended Sayettes- ville State College, where he obtained his B. S. degree In 1948. In 1951 he received his Master’s Degree from Colum bia University. Prior to attending college, Mr, Batts served in the army during World War n. Mr, Batts, who is on the State Board of Athletic Offi cials, is also a Sunday School teacher at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. Robert A. Miller Principal Miller, originally from Ahoskle, has been teach ing at Enfield High School for the past two years. When asked why he accepted the post here at RMSH as as sistant principal, Mr. Miller commented, thftf he liked work ing with that in his. new capacity he has a better op- , portunity to do so than^ viously did in a classroomi^ Mr. Miller attended UNC at Chapel Hill, where he was gra duated in 1969. Presently he is in graduate school at ECU, where he is majoring In school administration, Mr. Miller, who is unmar ried, is a member of the First Baptist Church in Ahoskie, In his spare time he enjoys play ing golf. r.MSH, with new principal El ton L. Newbern, Jr., and asso ciate principal Roscoe A, Batts, Jr., opened Tuesday August 31, to approximately 1521 students for the school year 1971-72, All students reported to the gymnasium, where Richard Bulluck, President of the Stu dent Representative Assembly, called the assembly to order. After welcoming the students to RMSH, Richard introduced the new principals, Mr, Newbern, along with Mr, Batts, welcomed the students to RMSH, Both men expressed their hopes that the upcoming year would be amiccessful one - a year of learning - for both the students and the faculty. After the principals mention ed a few of the new regulations to be put into effect, the eleventh and twelfth graders reported to their homerooms. The sopho mores remained to receive fur ther instructions. Although there have not been a great number of new rules and reg^ulations a few old rules have been adjusted for the new school year. Admit slips are no longer Is- all tardies and ’ absentees ■ are to report to Mr, Harris in the Student Commons until 8:40, after which they are to report to the Principals’ of fice, Unexcused absences will cost a student a 3 point deduc tion off of his six-weeks grade in each subject. Detention slips are to be is sued at a minimum this year. Gum chewing will no longer cost a detention slip; instead, this is to be left to the teacher. Lunch permits must be obtained through the office with the con sent of the parents. Activity period has been mov ed from the middle of the day to the last part of the school day. The new Assistant Principal, Robert A. Miller, who took the place of John Langley, began his new position on Wednesday, September 1, Mars Hill Course Explains Methods To SRA Officers Richard Bulluck, Bruce Flye, Lynn Carter, Marty Riddick and Steve Braswell, all from Rocky Mount, attended the Mars Hill Convention at Mars Hill Col lege from July 18 to July 23, The convention, located at Mars Hill, about 25 miles from Asheville, was mainly designed to teach the students involved the responsibilities and me thods of student government. Of the 267 students who at tended the conference, some were representatives of their schools, while others were ot- flcers from their schools. Under the direction of Miss Francis Bounds, a junior staff of twelve college student mem bers executed the activities in volved. Although many of the students thought that the course would be strictly form, it involved a more creative method of teaching. The students were arranged in group councils, which simulated high school conditions in or der to teach the student govern ment conditions of working. During Summer Vacation Seniors Attend Governors School Bob Dozier and Mary Jo Odom, both seniors at RMSH, attended Governor’s School this summer for seven weeks, from June 20 to August 2. Governor’s School, under the direction of Professor James H. Bray In Winston-Salem, selects approximately 400 students from North Carolina schools to attend Salem College each sum mer. Its purpose Is to educate these students in the twentieth century logical ways of think- ‘he RMSH Governor’s mhnnotf summer, examine a North Carolina publication In the school library. ing. The course attempts to help these students deal with twentieth century problems, and to understand new philosophies. Bob, who studied English while at Governor’s School, at tended three courses a day; Black literature, Contempor ary poetry, and Contemporary literature, Mary Jo, who studied music while there, re hearsed three hours a day, and played in the orchestra, Mary Jo stated that the course stress ed contemporary music, with lectures from college music professors. Both students participated in extra-curricular activities as well as academic ones. The school offered activities each week, including sports, news paper and yearbook publica tions, music therapy, and week ly dances. Bob and Mary Jo felt that the overall program was excellent, tut that it did have some draw backs, Mary Jo felt that in stressing twentieth century ideas, the program tended to question pre-twentieth century philosophies which she thought were relevant today.