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Polk County News, June 19, 1924

Thank You Note from Alumna Mary Dickson to Mrs. Weaver, Chowan College, May 1924

Wake Forest, N.C., May 21, 1924

Dear Mrs. Weaver:

Waverly and I both had such a good time! You were all so good to us, how could we help it? Waverly lost his heart to the place in general. I lost mine years ago and found it again.

It just did me good to see my Alma Mater forging to the front and it’s all due to Dr. Weaver and dear Miss Eunice. I have talked “Chowan” ever since I came home and shall continue to do so.

Please give my love to everybody, especially Miss Eunice who hovered over us “girls” as if we had been her very own babies.

Again thanking you for your bountiful hospitality.

Mary W. Dickson

Harrellsville Township Schools to Consolidate, June 19, 1924

School Consolidation Wins at Harrellsville

By an overwhelming vote, the proposition to consolidate the schools of Harrelsville Township was carried last Saturday at an election held in conjunction with he regular primary. This township was already partly consolidated; and with the plan made inclusive te school at Harrellsville will probably be enlarged and the faculty increased, to take care of the annexed territory.

Como increased its tax rate on the same date. Maneys Neck Township is now working under the consolidation plan. The increase in the tax rate was necessary to take care of a new building. The vote was carried by a very slight margin.

From The Chowanian, Chowan University student newspaper, Murfreesboro, N.C., June 19, 1924, page 3

Chowan College Campus News, June 19, 1924

Campus News

At the annual meeting of the board of trustees it was voted to place six alumnae on the board. Two representatives, Mrs. W.A. Blount, Roper, and Miss Sue Brett, Winton, were elected for next year.

Mrs. Clark and the three Clark boys are spending the summer with Mrs. Clark’s parents, near Pittsboro, N.C. Dr. Weaver attended the commencements at Mercer University and Wake Forest College.

Work on the new dormitory is progressing rapidly. It is expected that the new rooms will be ready in ample time for the opening in September.

Fourteen students are in attendance on the Chowan College summer school making up entrance conditions under a faculty composed of Miss McDowell, Miss Gladiola Parker and Miss Ruth Wilkins.

Dr. G.W. Pascal of Wake Forest, Dr. B.W. Spilman of Kinston and Mr. Hugh L. Story of Edenton are the new members of the board of trustees.

Miss Lyndal Denny, who is assisting in the office this summer, spent last week with Miss Jessie Marie Parker at Potecasi.

the history of the Portsmouth Baptist Association by Rev. Reuben Jones (Raleigh 1881) is a recent addition to the college library. The book gives some especially interesting information about the early history of the college.

The following announcement will be read with interest by all Chowan College students: Mrs. Mary Ada Whitley announces the marriage of her daughter, Christie Belle, to Mr. Lewis Elbert Brett on Saturday the 7th of June, 1924, Como, N.C. Mrs. Brett was a member of the class of 1924 and received the A.B. degree on May 20.

From The Chowanian, Chowan University student newspaper, Murfreesboro, N.C., June 19, 1924, page 3

Advertisement for Chowan College, June 19, 1924

Chowan College offers courses leading to standard A.B. and B.S. degrees. Special courses in piano, voice, violin, expression, home economics, physical training.

Beautiful campus of 41 acres. Healthful location, artesian water, strong faculty of Christian men and women. New building just completed, containing central heating plant. Studies, dormitories, gymnasium, auditorium with seating capacity of 800, and large swimming pool.

Write for catalogue.

Chas. P. Weaver, Ph.D., President

From The Chowanian, Chowan University student newspaper, Murfreesboro, N.C., June 19, 1924, page 6

Eight Graduate at Chowan College Commencement, June 19, 1924

Commencement Program Ended Tuesday, May 20. . . Eight Young Ladies Receive Diplomas; Dr. Poteat Makes Literary Address

The 76th annual commencement of Chowan College had a most auspicious beginning Saturday night, May 17, with the rendition of the Shakespearian play, “As You Like It,” presented by the Dramatic Department.

The baccalaureate sermon by Rev. John Arch McMillan of Wake Forest College was well attended. The seating capacity of the church was overtaxed exceedingly. The church, beautifully decorated with ferns and cut flowers, blended warmly with the music, made an effective setting for a most impressive service. Mr. McMillan also preached the missionary sermon in the college auditorium on Sunday night.

On Monday afternoon the Board of Trustees held their annual meeting and the Alumnae Association had a conference of which plans were made for some extensive and constructive work. The class of ’24 was admitted to the Association at this meeting. At 4 o’clock the Senior class gave a play, “What They Think.” The music department gave an operetta, “A Day in Roseland” on Monday night.

On Tuesday morning, May 20, the following were awarded diplomas: Mary Henry Lewis, Gladiola Parker, Camilla Manson, Christie Whitley, Mabel Jenkins Boyette, Jannie Ward, Willie Mae Horton, and Catherine Fleetwood.

Dr. Poteat spoke in the magnificent new auditorium on “Horizons.” Speaking to the graduating class, he advised them to be certain that they kept their contact with God all through the widening horizon; and not to allow the intellectual horizon to dim their sight of God.

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The following medals were awarded:

--The Annie S. Bailey Medal for the best essay, the subject being selected by the head of the English Department, given by Hon. J.W. Bailey to Margaret Aman.

--The Horne Medal for the best work in voice. Given by Mrs. Bessie Worthington Horn of New York to Evelyn White. --The Janie Hughes White Medal for the best work in pianoforte playing, including scales and exercises selected from Two and Three Part Invention by Bach. Given by Miss Mary E. White of Alabama to Thelma Peterson.

--The Rebecca Vann Lewis Medal for the most improvement in Art. Given by Mary Henry Lewis to Gertrude Snipes.

--The Mary DeLoatche Vinson, Class of 1867, Medal for the best piece of china painting. Given by Mrs. Virgie Vinson Wynn to Adalia Futrell.

--Jeanette Snead Daniel Medal to the student who has the most practice hours to her credit and who is most conscientious in her piano work. Given by Mrs. Walter E. Daniel to Thelma Peterson.

--Louise Turnley Parker Medal for the best work in expression. Given by Mrs. Anna Alley Turnley to Helen Jones. --Joyner Medal for highest average to Ella Mae Parker.

--Award for best all round student, $25 scholarship to Estelle Carleton.

--Lucalian Ring given for the best work done for the society, to Estelle Carleton.

--Alathenian Ring given for the best work done in that society, to Ella Mae Parker.

--Award--$5 gold piece, Voice Department for excellence in work to Ila Leary.

From The Chowanian, Chowan University student newspaper, Murfreesboro, N.C., June 19, 1924

Where Do We Go From Here? Asks Margaret Aman, June 19, 1924

Where Do We Go From Here?

By Margaret Aman, Winner of the Bailey Essay Medal

In this age of questioning and challenging, the general outcry is: “Whither are we going?” “Are we going or coming?” The broader and more liberal thinkers are abandoning the scramblings and scratching about the theory of evolution of man from arboreal creatures. They are concerned with where we are going. In this period of reaction, revolution, and general upheaval, they can see the justification of the question: “Where do we go from here? instead of “Where did we come from?”

Is not the present disintegration of civilization a throb of a new life, elemental vigor, the breaking of the encumbering crust of traditional restraint and custom, and an awakening to new possibilities, all of which point to ultimate reconstruction on a happier and more prosperous basis? Life has reached the point where the old wine has become too dynamic for the bottles. “Modernism,” which is vehemently condemned by Conservatives as a menace to civilization, as seen by the Liberals is merely a crude beginning of people to utilize the dominant hidden powers. Every art and industry has had to pass through that period of trial and opposition while in its rudimentary stage. It is the small minority of steadfast believers who are willing to break way from old rules and laws of opinion, to whom we must look for the progress of civilization. Is was said of Roger Bacon, who started the movement to put aside the old established teachings of Aristotle, that he lived two centuries ahead of time. it was so with such men as Martin Luther and John Calvin who had the courage of their convictions strongly enough implanted to start an innovation of the old forms of religion which led to the reformation and the founding of Protestantism.

The past century has been one of mechanical and physical progress wrought by science. The effect has been upon the country, city, and distribution of population. Landscapes have been gashed by railways and highways, factories, smoking engines, large structures, and the noise and uproar of a crowded city have usurped the quiet and serenity of our forest land.

Now the intellectual surface is crumbling. The foundations are being laid for the development of mental science. H.G. Wells says that now men must become introspective and turn from the machinery to selfhood, and bring mental science up to the level of contemporary physical science. How infinitely much more familiarly is a man with the detailed mechanism of his automobile than with tat great and most vital force of the human mind. The evolution of the progress of civilization has been made possible by means of physical scientific research and application.

We are now at the point where the much broader field both in attempt and accomplishment, is open, which is that of psychology. During the past 30 or 40 years, a great deal has been done in this phase of social science, upon which fruitful adaptation to life and fuller appreciation of the outcome of all scientific work depends. Freud and Jung, probably most noted of modern psychologists, have done much, but they have only formed a working basis for further development. It is just the blossoming of springtime, the harvest to be reaped in later years, after going through the trials of cultivation and adaption, during which there will be the blight and disease from frost and excessive heat caused by disbelief, non-support, and mockery.

To the person of far-sighted vision, the powers of a properly controlled intellect through the growth and study of the science of human latent motives is stupendous. In 1880 the fool laughed at the idea of a flying machine because he had known of no such thing before. The prophecy is just as incredulous to come without vision that in a century or a few decades there will be as much advancement in the state of human affairs because of the proper control and adaption of the latent mental powers as there has been in the past century in transportation and metallurgy because of the inventions which brought about the harnessing of the vast powers of steel, electricity, steam, and such things for the good of mankind.

The adjustment on a creative plane of this age of unrest, lawlessness, and revolution depends upon the workings of the mind in the right and proper relationship. All of the restraint of machinery of government and legislation tends to stir up more discontent instead of to reconcile.

The system of education is the primary factor to work in this innovation. In the schools it has its start, and through them it ultimately reaches the masses. After the science of human motives has been studied and carefully assimilated, we shall know why we hate this and like the other, why one thing is highly repulsive while another is equally inviting, and shall understand all the innate complexities and inclinations of hat most potent and vital force, the human mind. Then we shall be able to reach a sane and sober solution of the problems of unrest and seemingly social degeneracy that face us.

Some of the most outstanding among these baffling problems are irreconcilable hatred between nations, between capital and labor, and between other organizations, and even individual crime and social corruption. The hatred between nations can not be quelled by that much resorted to instrument of war. A reconciliation can be made only by some mutual plan of agreement. Such an agreement will be possible when psychology has reached the stage of development where the latent motives in the mentality are thoroughly understood and subsequently brought under sober control. The same principles that work with nations will work with other organizations. Crime is rarely the outcome of natural blackness of nature. The financial and economic insecurities that cause poverty and hunger engender crime against property. The violence of crime in murderous acts is due almost entirely to mental disorder, momentary and agitated through lack of proper understanding and deliberation. What the Conservates class as “social corruption” is a result of misunderstanding leading to misappropriation.

When the science of human motives has attained the goal of which its exponents now have a vision, the throb of battle drums will cease and war will fade into the memories of tradition; prisons, jails, and lunatic asylums will disappear gradually from the face of the earth. Lawyers, doctors, nurses, and such people who devote their energy and skill to the cause of remedying things so wrought by the disintegrating, destructive and misdirected forces of nature in man, will be out of business. They may then convert their lives to the work of construction and creation, and thus help to make the world a happier and more idyllic above for humankind. Their strength can be used to create and build rather than to prevent further destruction and to render relief to the suffering caused by the disintegrating and corroding forces.

A life such as can be brought into existence when the science of mentality has reached the highest point of development, adaptation, and appreciation will be quite idyllic and synonymous to the meanings given by the world “millennium” by the prophets. Present conditions when worked out on such a psychological basis of reconstruction and proper working relationship indicate a coming period of more harmony than discord instead of decadence of civilization. It may take centuries to reach it, but we are headed straight for the millennium!

From The Chowanian, Chowan University student newspaper, Murfreesboro, N.C., June 19, 1924, page 7