The Register, 1964-02-07, page 1
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. ■ d. I She <d.Vfr^cMetje H2 VOLUME XXXV, No. 45" GREENSBORO, N. C. FEBRUARY 7, 1964 "The Cream of College News" Dr. Robert Martin Heads List Of Speakers For History Week The annual observance of Negro History Week will get under way on this campus Sunday with an address by Dr. Robert Martin at 6:30 in Harrison Auditorium. Dr. Martin is expected to speak from the theme for the week, "Negro History: A Basis for the New Freedom." A product of the Washington, D. C. public schools, Dr. Martin holds the A.B. and A.M. degrees from Howard University and the Ph. D. degree from the University of Chicago. He is presently associate professor of government at Howard University. He is also director of the Howard University Citizenship Project and Peace Corps Project- Gabon 3. Also a lecturer at Washington International Center, Dr. Martin taught here at A&T from 1938-40 and again from 1943-1947. He has served as visiting professor at Columbia University and Atlanta University. Dr. Martin is a Rosenwald Fellow, Social Science Research Council Fellow, Ford Foundation Fellow, and has served as president of the Association of Social Science Teachers. He was appointed to the D. C. Board of Election in 1962. Having written extensively in the area of politics, government, and general education, Dr. Martin is the author of NEGRO DISFRANCHISEMENT IN VIRGINIA, "The Relative Political Status of the Negro in the United States," "Government and Civil Rights," "General Education: It Promises and Problems in Negro Education," "The Negro Voter and Office Holder," and "The Negro in American Politics." He has been elected first vice- DR. ROBERT MARTIN president of the D. C. Congress of Parents and Teachers, to the board of trustees of the Nation's Capital Area of the American Civil Liber- ities Union, and is a member of the President's Committee on Juvenile Delinquency, WAY. Other programs planned for the week include a coffee hour with Dr. Martin on Monday; a panel discussion Tuesday and Wednesday; book reviews, and films on the Negro. The observance will also cover the semi-finals of the public speaking contest. The observance will end Sunday, February 16 with an international brotherhood tea sponsored by the International Student Association. The observance is being sponsored by the School of Education and General Studies. Miss Geneva Holmes is chairman of the committee which planned the pro- grains. Omegas Announce New Program; Pan Questions Move's Legality A fraternity at A&T College has announced that it is initiating a new pledge program. The Pan Hellenic Council has replied that such a move is illegal. In a recent article, Earl McClenney, Jr., president of the local chapter of Omega Psi Phi, announced that his organization had initiated a six weeks' pledge program. The announcement had come at a smoker given for freshman males. In announcing the move, McClenney is quoted as saying, "We have finally got the courage to put an end forever to these silly requirements on initiates and pledgees over an extended period." "He added that the "foolishness" had been a waste of time for the pledgees as well as the members of the organization. When the program came up for discussion at the last Pan Hellenic Council meeting, opponents of the Jnove pointed out that under present constitutional stipulations the move is illegal. The Council presently requires that individuals pledge for at least two full quarters and complete three quarters of college work before they may be initiated into Greek letter social organizations. A statement subsequently released by the Pan Hellenic Council states. "The recently published article by The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, stating that its period of pledging is for a 6-8 week interval is presently ineffective on the campus of the Agricultural and Technical College. The present two-quarter pledging period holds for all prospective Greeks on this campus." When questioned concerning the program, McClenney replied that because of the secret nature of his organization, he was not at liberty to disclose details of its pledging program. He added, however, that during the period the pledgees will be assigned projects which will contri bute to their continued cultural and academic development as opposed to their previous approach. AU other regulations required by the college, the fraternity, and the local Pan Hellenic Council will be strictly adhered to, the Omega head indicated. McClenney further indicated that the administration had already approved his program and would in the near future issue a directive which will alter the present Pan Hellenic requirements for pledgees. Other members of the Pan Hellenic Council expressed an ignorance of the administrative move; and, as of yet, it has not been confirmed. The Omega program was authored by a committee composed of Thomas Brown, chairman; James Kearney, Tarboro; James Mitchell, Durham; and William Wardlaw, Jr., New York City. Plans For Forum Are Formulated By Two Groups Plans for a psycho-socio forum are being formulated by A&T College and Bennett instructors. The program will include group 'and advisory participants from both colleges. Membership will be extended to juniors and seniors majoring in sociology and psychology with at least a 2.5 average. The organization is interested only in students who are willing to read and to do qualitative flunking. The aims of the psycho-socio forum are (1) to incite intellectual correspondence between A&T students and Bennett students, (2) to encourage the student who is emphatically interested in learning, and (3) to discuss contemporary psycho-sociological problems of the individual and society. College Record Reveals Slight Enrollment Drop A report released this week by the Office of Admission reveals that the college's enrollment has dropped to a total of 2890. The drop represents a decrease of 115 from the fall quarter total of 3005. The biggest losses apparently came from the freshman class and the Graduate School. The fall quarter report listed 895 freshmen, 576 males and 319 women, and 39 advanced freshmen. Forty-five are listed as new freshmen. The decrease in the Graduate School represented a loss of three full-time students and 59 part-time students. The fall quarter report carried 29 full-time graduate students and 190 part-time for a total of 219, while the latest report lists 26 full-time and 131 part-time students or a total of 157. Enrollments in the other classes are on the increase. There are 687 sophomores as compared with 670 in the fall. The senior class also experienced a sizable jump from 457 to 474, while the junior class jumped from 590 to 597. The percentage of state students took a slight decline from an even 80 per cent to 79.3 percent. Out-of- state students now compose 20.7 percent of the total enrollment compared with an even 20 percent last quarter. There are 2290 state students and 600 out-of-state students compared with last quarter's totals of 2403 and 602. By schools the School of Engineering suffered the greatest loss. Enrollment in that school is down from 1055 to 981. Enrollment in the Schodol of Agriculture dropped from 645 to 626; Education and General Studies, 1060 to 1042; Nursing, 95 to 94; and Technical Institute 150 to 147. Special or part- time students also dropped from 135 to 95. The decline in enrollment also had a slight effect on the male- female ratio. Forty-one fewer undergraduate males enrolled for the winter quarter while only 12 fewer (CONTINUED ON PAGE 3) Lane Addresses Male Students At Men's Week Male students at the college were told last week they must pass a "placement test in responsible citizenship." Speaking was Austin D. Lane, a 1957 graduate of the college, who was delivering the address at the banquet climaxing the annual Men's Week observance. Lane, who is presently educational director of the senior residence hall at Howard University, told the more than 500 male students and their guests that they must be aware of and confront the realities of life. He went on to say that they must recognize opportunities to perform services. He added, "The human being is in a dilemma and you must create obligations when none exist." "To be different," he continued, man must be responsible. He must be courageous enough to divorce himself from the will of the group. Many have been brainwashed because of the way we relate to the group. In too many cases the will of the group prevails rather than the will of the individual." Lane concluded by advising those present to reassess their values in the light of the circumstances and to be aware of responsibilities and perogatives and exercise them. The banquet, which was one of the highlights of the weeklong observance, also served as the occasion for the presentation of awards (CONTINUED ON PAGE 4) Discussions To Headline Schedule Of Activities For Language Arts Week Discussions, finals of a speaking contest, a lecture, and a play are highlights of the annual Language Arts Week, February 17-21 at A&T College. The week's program gets underway with a discussion of Moliere by Miss Glenda Mills. A member of the French Department, Miss Mills is a recent graduate of this institution and is a member of Lambda Iota Tau, a literary honor society which is sponsoring the discussion. The discussion is scheduled for A. A. A. Program Seeks Persons For Positions By IDELLA BOONE The Afro - Anglo - American Program, a joint university effort to prepare teachers for educational services in Africa, is seeking can didates of unusual ability aptitude, and motivation who would prove to be excellent teachers in African secondary schools or teacher-training colleges. Applications from well-qualified graduating seniors, or from those with advanced degrees, will receive careful consideration for selection in the program. The need m Africa for highly competent supervisors, administrators, and teachers in secondary schools and training colleges is growing rapidly. A number of Government - supported programs designed to help meet that need have mounted in recent years; however, the A.-A.-A. Joint Program possesses certain unique characteristics, notably the provision of first-hand access to English education — a direct model for education in most English-speaking countries of Africa. Special seminars and individual tutorial guidance are an integral part of the training program. This training is offered by Teachers Colleges, Columbia University, and the University of London Institute of Education for the 1964-65 academic year. For further information, one may see Mr. W. I. Morris, director of placement, who is located in Dudley Building. 7:30 P.M. in the Taylor Art Gallery. Mrs. E. McKinney Johnson is adviser of the sponsoring organization. Mrs. Pearl Bradley will present the finalists in the annual public speaking contest at the next program. Scheduled for February 18, the program will start at 9:00 A.M. in Harrison Auditorium. The theme for this year's contest is "The Negro's Drive for Civil Rights: Past, Present, and Future." ' A panel dicussion of William Faulkner's INTRUDER IN THE DUST is scheduled for the same day at 7:30 P.M. in Bluford Library Lounge. The discussion is sponsored by the Fortnightly Club. Miss Jean Bright and Mr. Jimmie Williams are advisers. "The Negro Author and Racial Themes" will be the topic discussed by Stylus at another program scheduled for February 19 at 6:30 in Taylor Art Gallery. Miss Dorothy Eller and Miss Maur- guerite Porter are advisers. A lecture will be presented by Mr. Roger Landrum following the discussion. Mr. Landrum is former instructor of English and African Literature at the University of Nigeria. The week will be concluded with a production of BETWEEN TWO THIEVES by the Harrison Players. Curtain time is set for 8:00 P.M. February 20-21. Mrs. Sandra Motz is director. The Language Arts Week is sponsored by the Department of English. Mrs. Portia Crawford, a member of the department, is co-ordinator of the week. Book Authored By Dr. Stroud Receives Favorable Comments A new book, authored by an A&T College professor, has been released by the publishers. IN QUEST OF FREEDOM by Dr. Virgil Stroud, professor of government, has been released by the Royal Publishing Company of Dallas, Texas. The book is a study of the sit-ins and freedom rides of recent years, an account of the movement with an assessment of their accomplishments, written in Greensboro, where, on the A&T College campus, the recent movements had their inception. In reviewing the book, Dr. Darwin Turner, chairman of the A&T Department of English writes, "We twentieth century Americans live in an unusual time. Rarely has any generation so frequently experienced events which immediately signal their historical importance. Yet, stunned by the cyclonic changes, most of us merely struggle to survive. We leave to later generations the task of gathering the facts of our existence and evaluating our activities." Dr. Turner further stated that Professor Stroud has examined some of the judicial and legislative decisions related to civil rights. He has set forth the reactions of newspaper editors in the South, of participants in the sit-ins and "free dom rides," and of southern legislators. Finally he has suggested the steps which must be taken to accelerate "profound and lasting change in race relations in the South." Dr. Turner concludes that perhaps Dr. Stroud's most significance contribution is his compilation of Contemporary editorial reactions during the tulmultus moments of 1960. Future historians will depend upon such records preserved for the attention and evaluation of subsequent generations. Another critic described the production by saying, "Great restraint and objectivity are attained in evaluating the protest movements against the backdrop of the Negro's fight for fkst-class citizenship. Throughout the book is the theme that Negro Americans are also American citizens, as other American citizens, who seek not special privileges, but adherence to the same constitutional guarantees in their behalf." The author is a graduate of A&T College with highest honors, and holds the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University. He has held his present position at the college since 1954. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 4)
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