The Cliorlotte Collegicm
Voice of the Students
Monday, December 12, 1960
CC Construction Begins
By Jerry Leonard
Tile community college system
won round two November 8 in its
struggle for expansion. Mecklen
burg voters approved the $975,000
bond issue by a resounding. 3 to 1.
This latest bond issue makes
available funds, to be matched
by the state, for the comp!etion
of phase two of the building
program for Charlotte College
and Carver College.
The building plans for CC con
sist of three phases. Each phase
calls for the addition of buildings
on CC’s new campus on NC 49.
Phase one is slated for completion
in early September 1961.
Hard work on the part of the
Chamber of Commerce, friends of
the college, trustees, faculty mem
bers and students pushed the bond
issue through. All are to be con
gratulated on their success.
The school’s teachers worked
particularly hard in giving talks
throughout the community. These
talks were an attempt to reach
various influential groups in Meck
lenburg. Evidently they swayed
many votes to our cause.
Such crusaders as Miss Bonnie
Cone, Mr. Murrey Atkins, Mr.
Oliver Rowe, Mr. C. A. McKnight
and Mr. Sheldon Smith convinced
Mecklenburg voters of the value
of an ever-growing Charlotte
Many people undoubtedly are
wondering about the possibility
of CC’s becoming a four-year
college. Although these bond
issues do not include this, a drive
is under way to effect a four-
The Chamber of Commerce and
the College Board of Trustees are
now planting the seeds for a four-
year school. They think the best
way to succeed is to make CC an
indispensable part of the North
Carolina higher educational system.
Miss Cone thinks Mecklenburg
must continue to make adequate
provisions for the existing two-
year sollege and it must keep
the board of higher education
aware at all times of the need for
a four-year institution on our ex
pandable campus. With this need
before them it is hoped that the;
state will assume total financial
support of CC and provide a four-
Contractor Gets Head Start
On First Phase Construction
Groundbreaking Ceremonies Mark Official Start Of
Building Construction At The New C C Campus Site.
By Jane Bennett
A Charlotte College campus has become a reality at last.
Before the ink was dry on building contracts, bulldozers were work
ing to clear the land for the first two buildings on the Highway 49
They respected tradition, however, and stopped their engines long
enough for an official groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Novem
Over 200 persons attended the 11 o’clock ceremonies. They included
city, pounty and state officials, educational leaders, student and friends.
Miss Cone, Maj. McLendon Break Ground for Science Building By Jane Bennett
Owl’s Roost Business Grows
NEA Will Meet
The Student National Education
Association will meet at the home
of Pat Norman, 2940 Rozzells
Ferry Road, on December 20 at
8:00 p. m.
There will be a Christmas pro
gram and short business session.
Members may invite guests to this
Business at the Owls’ Roost is
showingi steady improvement.
Gross sales which averaged $12
each day during the 1959 - 1960
school year have increased to
about $20 daily.
The combined book store and
lunch concession is now open for
business from 10 AM to 8:15 PM.
Working personnel have been in
creased to three for your con
venience. In addition to Mrs.
Bailey, the Roost now boast the
part-time help of Mr. John G.
Wheelock (economics instructor
extraordinary) and John Simon
(the busiest counter-man in town).
All text books required at CC
are stocked at the Owls’ Roost. A
complete line of equipment for
engineering students is also carried,
plus various and sundry school
supplies for all curricula.
Lunch items include sandwiches,
snacks, candy, coffee, soft drinks,
ice cream and milk.
Oh yes, kleenex and other notions.
Mrs. Bailey said that the busiest
period of the day is from 5:45 to
6:00 PM. The noon rush is not
yet what is should be; but the
Roost is growing in popularity as
a meeting place, and increased
business will be a natural result.
Some students use the Owls’
Roost as a studyhall. Down there,
a coke on the table and a sand
wich as a bookmark are manners
of good taste, (Pun, thank you).
One student remarked that he
liked to study there because it is
Business hours of the Owls’
Roost have been extended to 8:15
on an experimental basis. It is
hoped that business during this
period will warrant maTcing this
Profits of the Owls* Roost are
already being: returned to the
students in the form of loan
funds. It is anticipated that
that all net profit will be chan
neled t I student activities and
that some money may be used
to convert the ’’campus barn”
into a student recreation center.
By the way, we students do not
receive profit from the coke-vend
This Owls’ Roost was started in
1954 as a 30-to 40-square-foot cub
icle next to the auditorium.
It is the nucleus of the com
mercial concessions of the college
union we will have in 1962.
Suggestions for improvement of
the Owls’ Roost’s operations, its
schedule and stock will be welcom
ed by the management.
The Owls’ Roost is for your con
venience, and its net profit is for
your comfort and welfare. Make
it your meeting place—give it your
business—share in its profits.
The Writers Club has selected
Jeannie Strathdee as business
manager and Bill Ferguson as art
editor of the 1961 C C student
magazine, The Parnassian.
Jeannie is enrolled in her second
semester of journalism. She was
a member of the Writer’s Club last)
year. Her short story “Who Is
There?” appeared in the 1960
spring issue. She is employed by
The Charlotte News.
Bill is a first-quarter freshman
and the first member of the
writer club selected on the basis
of his artwork. He is secretary-
treasurer of the Writers Club.
The Parnassian will be published
The administration of gifts to the
Charlotte Community College and
the awarding of scholarships to
students will henceforth be in the
hands of twelve prominent Char
These men were named recently
to the board of directors of the'
Charlotte Community College
At a meeting October 27, the
directors signed the charter oi
incorporation of the new non
The following were named to
the foundation board:
B. W. Barnard of North Caro
lina National Bank, James G.
Cannon of Southeastern Factors,
Inc., and Robert Lassiter, attorney,
each for five-year terms.
Carl G. McCraw of First Union
National Bank, Joe Robinson of
Wachovia Bank and Trust Co., and
John Belk of Belk’s Buying Ser
vice, for four-year terms.
James J. Harris of James J.
Harris and Co., Dwight Phillips,
Charlotte businessman, and John
Scott Cramer of Wachovia Bank
and Trust Co., three-year terms.
C. W. Gilchrist of Charlotte
Chemical Co., Douglas Aitken of
Bank of Commerce, and W. H.
Barnhardt, textile manufacturer,
for two-year terms.
Three ex-officio members are
members of the Charlotte Comm
unity College Board of Trustees.
They are J. Murrey Atkins, trustee
chairman, John Paul Lucas, Jr.,
trustee vice-chairman, and Oliver
Rowe, chairman of the finance
Mr. Barnard, chairman of the
trustee committee leading to the
foundation, explained its purpose
in this way:
“We have three uses in mind:
(1) endowing faculty chairs to
attract teachers of high calib«r,
(2) scholarship aid to needy
students, including specific do
nations made to the colleges and
(3) special projects such as add
ing to the library or buying
special technical equipment”.
The foundation will accept any
gifts. Several donations have al
ready been received.
J. Murrey Atkins, chairman of
the board of trustees, was master
of ceremonies. He mentioned the
names of a few who had worked
untiringly to see the dream of a
Charlotte College materialize—the
late W. A. Kennedy who had
selected the site, and the late Cecil
Prince who had played such a large
part in assuring the future of
John Paul Lucas, vice-chairman
of the board of trustees, recognizeil
Among the distinguished guest
was Lieutenant-Governor Luther
Barnhardt. He called it “a great
day - not only for the people of
Charlotte and Mecklenburg coun
ty, but for the state of North
Carolina as well.”
Miss Bonnie E. Cone, director
of Charlotte College, gave its
history during a 14 year struggle
for survival and growth.
She was given a standing
ovation by the audience.
The principal speaker for the
occasion was Major L. P. Mc
Lendon, chairman of the Board of
Higher Education for North Caro
lina. He said he was in a “spin”
from the rapid succession of hap
penings around there. “I don’t
have a speech,” he said. “Miss
Cone gave me only twenty-four
“This must be a happy day for
you”, he said. “It is a momentous
occasion, in the life of the com
munity and in the state.”
’‘The North Carolina Board of
Higher Education has tremen
dous faith in community colleges,
and particularly in this one,”
Major McLendon assured the
He referred repeatedly to tht
‘‘beautiful campus site”. “As you
erect your buildings on this beauti
ful site”, he said, “let me urge you,
regardless of whether you have
building of beauty and adaquacy,
to develop a college with character.
The character of a college, either
good or bad, is easily discernible.
It is evident in the faces of the
faculty, and in the hearts of the
Major McLendon turned the
first shovel of earth. He was
followed by Mr. Atkins, then by
Addison H. Reese, chairman of the
building committee, and finally by
A luncheon was given out-of-
town visitors after the ceremonies.