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THE CHOWAMIAN
ApriL 1958
THE CHOWANIAN
Rublisbed monthly by the students of Chowan College, Murfrees
boro, N. C., a standard Junior College controlled by the North
Carolina Baptist State Convention and founded in 1848.
Printed by the students of the Roy Parker School of Printing at
Chowan College.
“The Heart of Christian Education is
Education of the Heart.”
Editor-in-Chief Sumler
Co-Editor BiU NorveU
News Editor Chloe Ward
Sports Editor Phil ColUns
Assistant Sports Editor
Photographer Frank Meador
Reporters: Bob Johnson, Linda Watson, Kay Powell, Betty Oliver,
Betty Everette, Frank Ballinger, Kenny Prince, Ed Norris, Betty
Jo Lassiter, Henry Temple, Bob Strickland, Dennis Looper,
Thomas WoodaU and Ben Brown.
Faculty Committee John McSweeney, Chairman
John D. McCready, WilUam B. SoweU, Harold F. Brown.
Please Say, Thanks!
By BILL NORVELL
Fellow classmates, this article is being written in an
effort to touch the heart and mind of every student en
rolled at Chowan College. With the close of school now
rapidly approaching, the things I am about to say are
directed towards each of you. My object is to arouse
thought in each mind. I trust each of you wiU give these
ideas careful consideration.
Often we young people take the good things of lue
for granted. It might profit us to stop for a moment and
give these things a little consideration.
Why are we in college? Not because we thought it the
proper thing to graduate from high school and then go to
a higher institution. We came in order that we might live
the life which a better education affords. The sacrifices
made at home in order that we might attend Chowan we
take for granted. Did we stop to think about the new dress
Mother went without in order that her daughter niight
have a pretty new Easter outfit; or the suit Daddy didn t
buy so his son could have a new suit. Let’s not forget that
our parents love new things as much as we. After they
sacrifice at home in order that we might attend college
and have new things, do we once stop and express our
thanks or do we go on taking those things for granted?
After the various holidays during the year which we
enjoyed at home it would be a shame to know how few of
us probably wrote notes to thank our parents for those
experiences. Not only did few parents receive notes from
their boy or girl, but few were even thanked when the
student left home to return to college. Little do most of
us realize how fortunate we are until we look at some of
our fellow students. Some come from broken homes, some
from homes in which either the father or mother is dead,
and still others have never known either their father or
mother. So you see we have so much to be thankful for,
but yet we don’t even bother to say, thanks! We can’t
imagine how much the little word ‘thanks’ could mean to
those who love and sacrifice for us. There will be a day in
which we won’t have parents to thank for the many things
which they do for us.
The college year is now drawing to a close. Many of us
are graduating sophomores. How many of these graduates
have been to their professors and thanked them for their
time and interest? To be sure they get paid to teach us,
but they don’t get paid for the extra hours they have spent
during these past two years explaining things we didn’t
understanding or giving make-up quizzes because of our
absense. Yes, they get paid, but that personal expression
of thanks would mean much to them.
Most important of all, how long has it been since we
got on our knees beside our bed and thanked God for the
blessings which He has given us.
I sincerely hope each student will give these ideas
careful thought. If we would use this little word ‘thanks’
more often we would feel better and those who are
interested in us would appreciate it.
Too Many Chiefs
By JOE SUMLER
Too many chiefs is an expression used many times,
but few of us realize the actual meaning of it. The main
reason is that we have never sat down and actually
thought about it. If we would realize the meaning to its
full extent, we would make better leaders as well as
followers.
Literally this refers to a tribe of Indians. The chief
is the leader and he is the one that does the thinking and
makes the decisions for the others. He is in this position
because he has proved that he is capable of leadership. I
don’t say that one person should do the thinking for the
whole tribe, but what a mess it would be if all the people
tried to be the chief.
The principle involved here can apply not only to
Indians but to students, members of a team, and life
itself. We cannot all be leaders in everything we under
take, and the sooner we realize this the better members
of society we shall become.
Suppose for instance a team has two boys who have
good averages. Naturally these boys will be the leaders.
Then a new boy comes to the team with an outstanding
reputation and it seems likely that he will soon be looked
upon by the rest of the team as leader. Do the first two
boys join with him to improve the team, or do they
“freeze” him? When the latter of these occurs you wiU
soon be able to see by the scores and records that there
are “Too Many Chiefs and Not Enough Indians.”
Recently, after a game with a Southern Conference
rival, the victorious coach of North Carolina State recog
nized his team efforts by saying that he would rather
have a team with the desire to win as a team, than to
have five great ballplayers out fqr personal gains only.
We at Chowan have had two teams this year who have
had no definite leader. I don’t believe it was because there
was no material for leaders, or that anyone had hard
feelings toward another player, but it was just that every
one was conscious of his appearance and wasn’t interested
in winning as a team. “United we stand, Divided we
fall.” We haven’t stood very well as teams this year.
We can use this not only in our teams but in all we
undertake. If we recognize the fact that we have to be
followers in the things that others do better than we, we
shall be more capable leaders in the things wherein we
excell.
Keep The Juke Box
We now have back on our campus the juke box that
so many have wanted for a good while. We got it back
on condition that we pay for the damages to the other one
by the income from the present one. We will need the
help of everyone in order to keep the new one. I know
that Mrs. Brooks and the others who worked so hard
to get it back for us will appreciate your co-operation
in this matter.
Mrs. Brooks and Richard Hastings spent much of
their time getting it back so we could have more recrea
tion on the campus. We should show our appreciation by
our co-operation.
In order to keep this new juke box on our campus we
will have to keep it in running order, rather than doing
what we can to damage it. — Bob Strickland
Unlimited Cut
System Works?
Under a ruling passed by the
administration of Fuman Uni
versity, juniors and seniors with
an average of 2.2 were allowed
the privilege of unlimited ab
sences from classes for the fall
semester. The s t u d en t news
paper, The Hornet, in January
conducted a study of the effici
ency of the new system. Results
of the study revealed that for the
31 men students eligible under
the ruling, an average of less
toan one “cut” or unexcused
absence was recorded.
Women, however, averag
ed two unexcused absences per
subject, surpassing the men in
the total number of cuts taken
during the semester. A total of
59 students were eligible for the
privilege. Of these, 28 were
women and 31 were men.
Little abuse of the privilege
was noted on either the men’s or
women’s campus. Eight was the
greates number of cuts recorded
by any one woman, with four of
these affected by the double cut
rule before and after holidays.
The top number of unexcused
absences recorded by a male
student was seven and the small
est number was two.
Those who have had the privi
lege of an unlimited number of
unexcused absences a semester
were shown to have recorded ap
proximately the same number as
those limited to three cuts.—
Educator.
How Come?
On the Texarkana (Texas) Gazette all applicants for
jobs are given a test. It’s a spelling test of 30 words and
recently the editor reported on the results of testing sev
eral applicants. A university graduate missed 28 of the
words, including secretary, miscellaneous, separate,
column, vacuum, etc., and every college graduate failed
to break even. The only person, the editor said, who has
made a perfect score was a 47-year-old woman with an
eighth grade education. He hired her.
Stories From Life
Faraday And His Faith
By JOHN D. McCREADY
All boys and girls are hero-
worshipers.
So is a well-known American
scientist, Dr. Raymond J. See-
ger. Speaking recently at Cho
wan College he mentioned to the
students one of his great heroes
Faraday the physicist.
Who was he?
Michael Faraday was bo’-n in
to a large family in England, on
September 22, 1791. He was so
poor that a college education
was out of the question. Yet
before he died, in 1867, he had
so enriched the world by his
discoveries that Queen Victoria
invited him to occuoy a house on
the grounds of Hampton Court
Palace.
Michael went to work at the
age of twelve, as an errand boy
for a stationer and bookbinder
in London. He studied scientific
books in his free time. When he
was ninteen, a customer visiting
the shop, was impressed by his
personality and intelligence that
he gave him tickets to the last
four lectures in a series by Sir
Humphry Davy at the Royal In
stitution. Michael took notes and
sent them afterwards to Sir
Humphry, asking him if he could
in any way help him to leave
his prosaic job and devote him
self to the science which he
loved. Shortly afterward the
coach of Davy drew uo before
young Faraday’s lodgings and a
servant delivered a note. The
next day Faraday was helping
Davy with his experiments —
helping himself also to danger;
for more than once the older
man and his assistant were both
injured by explosions of nitro
gen.
When Davy and his wife left
for a trip on the continent, Davy
took along his helper, as valet
and secretary. In Switzerland,
where they were the guests of a
prominent man named De La
Rive, Faraday listened to many
leading scientists whom Davy
met, and loaded his gun on
hunting expeditions. The secre-
tary-valet was, at first, given a
place at mealtime at the ser
vants’ table; but De La Rive,
when he became better ac-
7'iainted with Faraday, and
lea.'ned of his position in the
laboratory at home, wished to
raise his status. Lady Davy ob
jected, and De La Rive solved
the problem by serving Fara
day’s meals in the young man’s
own room. To be treated as a
menial by Lady Davy was a
sore trial to the fiery, sensitive
spirit of a gifted young man,
but he endured it.
Some years after this trip,
Faraday met Sarah Parnard and
fell desperately in love. She at
first hesitated. She doubted that
she could ever match his love
with an equal ardor. But finally
she consented. After the mar
riage, on June 12, 1821, she being
twenty-one, he thirty, he wrote
“Amongst these records of
events I here insert the date of
one which, as a source of honor
and happiness, far exceeds all
the rest.”
Faraday’s scientific career
now went forward until it be
came one “unparalleled in the
history of pure experimental
science.” In such fields as those
of electricity and magnetism, his
contributions were of the greatest
importance. His throughness in
preparing the lectures, which for
many years he was to give, led
him to study elecution. His pre
sentations were models of clear
ness and logical reasoning. Yet
their effectiveness stemmed
even more from a remarkable
grace and earnestness which
marked their delivery.
The eminent physicist was a
man of great refinement and
kindliness of spirit, sympathetic
toward all in distress, and gen
erous toward all good causes.
He was quite indifferent regard
ing possible schemes of money-
making from his discoveries and
inventions. He found his satisfac
tion in the thought of hr.ving
served humanity. Regarding his
material wants, he was confident
that the Lord would provide.
Faraday was a man of strong
religious faith. Never parading
his religion, he was always
ready to discuss it with any who
he felt, were actuated by higher
motives than those of mere cu
riosity. Shortly after he was
married, he united with the
church. At his table he would
lift his hands over the dish be
fore him and in the tones of a
son addressing a loving father
ask a blessing on the food, “ffis
faith,” said one who knew him
well, “never wavered, but re
mained till the end as fresh as
when, at the age of thirty, he
made his confession of sin and
profession of faith.” “Our hope,”
he once declared, “is founded on
the faith as it is in Christ.” He
did not believe that by
reasoning man can find out God;
but held that God cummunicates
directly with the soul.
One day Faraday was ex-
plaining a characteristic oi
water when it goes through the
process of crystallization. It may
at first, he said, have foreign
particles in it. but when the
process has been completed it
has excluded all these, and the
crystal stands out sweet and
pure.
So it was, his friends said,
with the soul of Michael Fara
day.
    

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