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THU5 REGISTER "COMPLETE AWARENESS FOR COMPLETE COMMITMENT" VOLUME XLIX NUMBER 36 NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL AND TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY GREENSBORO, N. C. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3,197* Students Help Avert Near Tragedy In Scott Photo by Love The A&T Fellowship Gospel Choir will celebrate its sixth anniversary on February the eleventh and twelfth. The program is free to the public. Choir To Celebrate 6th Year By Eric Howell The A&T Fellowship Gospel Choir will be celebrating its sixth anniversary on February eleventh and twelfth in Richard B. Harrison Auditorium. The theme for this year's anniversary is "Lord I Thank You for the Holy Ghost." The Gospel Choir was organized by Vernon Hatley under the direction of Dr. Albert Smith as part of the University Chapel in 1969. The Reverend Cleo M. McCoy, director of Religious Activities, has served as chief advisor since its organization. Mrs. Yvonne Haygood Smith has been the choir's music trainer throughout the choir's history. In 1971 Mrs. Smith's husband, Donald Smith, became the pianist for the choir. Choir members represent all undergraduate classes and the Graduate School, covers twenty-four majors and represents all schools in the university. The mistress of ceremony for Saturday night will be Miss Barbara Turner, a charter member of the choir and teacher in the Greensboro school system. The mistress of ceremony for Sunday will be Miss Margaret Farr, class of 1977 and former secretary of the choir. The program will begin Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. The public is invited. Admission is free. By Richard B. Steele The quick thinking of several students prevented what could have been a tragedy. Tuesday night two trash bins in Scott Hall were deliberately set on fire. Though the fire was in an enclosed area, it could !have easily spread and caused enormous damage. At approximately 12:42 a.m., the campus security was on the scene; but, by this time, students living in the area had begun extinguishing the flames. Everything was under control when the city fire department arrived. The fire department thanked the males for their action during the fire. Chief Officer Roosevelt Raines of A&T's Campus Security said, "I believe that it's the off-campus persons committing these acts of vandalism and malicious damage to the dormitories. Residential students would not pull such pranks jeopardizing their own living quarters." This was only a minor inci dent but what do we do if an emergency situation such as a blackout, tornado, or major fire occurs? "The welfare, security, and comfort of all students have top priority among all programs in student affairs," said Dr. Jesse Marshall, vice chancellor for student affairs. There are evacuation plans posted in all residence halls. Dr. Marshall is now undertaking plans with his staff for an emergency plan which will be given to the students. At one time there were fallout shelters located throughout the campus. "These have been disassembled. The food and "liquid in the fallout shelters were not consumable," said Marshall. Many freshmen before actually coming to A&T, received a listing of necessary items for living comfortably on campus. In the future, emergency equip- (See Marshall, Page 2) HEW Rejects UNC Plan School Offers NTE Three Times Yearly By Pamalin Cherry The National Teachers' Examination (NTE) is offered three times a year for prospective teachers. Education majors from A&T have actively participated in taking the examination even though it has been proven that the test was not designed for minorities. When Dr. F.W. Jones was asked if he felt that Blacks could do better on the testjhe replied, "Students should study the vocabulary of education, read more and learn the thinking skills required to take such tests." During 1977, 87 A&T students took the NTE and ,36 students made 950 or better on the examination. The odds against these students passing were great, (See Minorities, Page 3) CHAPEL HILL - University of North Carolina officials, with a pledge of support from Gov. Jim Hunt, dug in Thursday for a new round of battles over college desegregation in the wake of the latest HEW rejection. Dr. William Friday, president of the 16 campus system, said university officials will continue to implement the present plan, despite the announcement in Washington Thursday that HEW Secretary Joseph Califano has rejected plans from North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. Califano's decision jeopardizes more than $100 million in federal financial aid to North Carolina, which he said he will seek to block if the state does not submit an acceptable desegregation plan within 45 days. Califano did approve of the plan submitted for North Carolina's 57 community colleges. Late last year, HEW agreed not to pursue further litigation over North Carolina's plan if state officials could show that good faith efforts were being made to reach a five year goal of increasing Black enrollment by 150 percent. Then, earlier this week, it was revealed that the latest HEW directives would require the university system to eliminate some degree programs and transfer others to the traditionally Black campuses as a way redistributing students racially. "What the HEW officials are saying now is, they are the people who judge whether a good faith effort is being put forth or not, and only them," said Friday. "They certainly made a lot more specific what they would require in terms of us ing the tranfer of academic programs to affectuate a different enrollment distribution,' he said. "Our argument is that this is not a proper way to go about it. There is no such thing as a pupil assignment plan on the university level. It's a voluntary choice. Hunt aide Gary Pearce said, "We're prepared to go to court and fight it. . . Fundamentally, it comes down to HEW saying we have to transfer programs. It means literally closing down a program at one campus and moving it to another." U.S. Senator Robert Morgan issued a statement deploring the latest directive as action that "could literally tear the university system apart, without really leading to any increase opportunity for students, Black or white."
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