Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 30, 1972 · Page 77
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 77

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 30, 1972
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18F--July 30, 1972 Sunday Gazette-Mail Cmneslon, west Virginia--. WVU Began With Only %/ 6 Students MORGANTOWN-In the beginning, September 1867, there were six professors and six college students. West Virginia had joined the land-grant educational movement that was to transform America. The Morrill Act offered 30,000 acres of federal land for each of its congressmen to every state that agreed to establish a college which provided programs in agriculture and the mechanic arts. TODAY West Virginia University is one of only 69 land-grant institutions in the country. Before the state legislature selected Morgantown as the site of the university, Morgantown had been the home of Monongalia Academy, established in 1814, and Woodburn Female S e m i n a r y , located in what is now Woodburn Circle. The schools were combined in 1861 and donated to the state to help begin the university. The Rev. Alexander Martin (Martin Hall was named for him) served as president from 1867 to 1875. He also served as professor of mental and moral science at a salary of $1,600 a year. * * * IN ITS INFANCY, West Virginia University was plagued by continuing strife b e t w e e n Y a n k e e a n d Confederate sympathizers both on its faculty and in the state. With the appointment of Dr. Jerome H. Raymond as president in 1897, West Virginia University began to lift ilself out of what one historian described as "the mire of highschooldom." During his presidency, WVU became one of the first universities to develop the elective system permitting students to select their own courses. Compulsory chapel attendance w'asabolished; the s o c i a l s c i e n c e s w e r e strengthened, partly by the use of special lecturers who included social worker Jane Addams; state appropriations were greatly increased; the s u m m e r session was est a b l i s h e d ; g r a d u a t e fellowships were provided", a real library was developed; h o n o r a r y degrees were a b o l i s h e d ; a n d - f a c u l t y members were given leaves for advanced study. Dr. Raymond also banned the singing of 'Dixie" on campus--an act which, according to historian C h a r l e s H . A m b l e r , " p o p u l a r i z e d t h a t t u n e throughout the length and breadth of West Virginia." a college yell and the WVU colors, oldgold and blue, in 1890. The first softball team in 1891 was partly financed with proceeds from a student production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," which was directed by Meville Davisson Post who was to become one of the world's best-known detective story writers. Enrollment first passed the 200 mark in 1889-90 when 208 students were admitted. By 1927 the student body had in- f r f MEANWHILE, intercollegiate athletics went big-time although the regents initially insisted that farmers' sons didn't need "artificial exercise." Upperclassmen adopted creased to 2,553 with every West Virginia county except Lincoln represented. Enrollment reached 7,333 students in 1946-47. LITTLE RESE \1BLANCE BETWEEN WVU OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY Woodburn Circle Is Site of Oldest Buildings; Med Center sees 12,000. OUTLOOKS Preseason Views Always Optimistic; It's No Different in Kanawha County By Jerry Tipton Coaches' preseason outlooks are inevitably filled with optimism and a hope for assistance from lady luck, and Kanawha Valley coaches are true to form. Don Arthur admits having a tough act to follow after his Pioneers of East Bank copped the 'AAA' crown last year, but with 6-4, 263 pound all-state Gary Walker, plenty of backs, and "a lot of people we think can do the job", Arthur looks for a successful encore. After last year's disappointing 5-4 season, Charleston High's Frank Vincent is refusing to look ahead. Although he feels the Mountain Lions have enough experience to climb back to their once lofty position, Vincent isn't quite ready to com- mit himself. Stonewall Jackson's Bill Jarrett has already begun committing himself to a rebuilding job. With only three returnees from last y e a r ' s 7-3 club (among them a 145- pound fullback and 120-pound flanker) Jarrett plans to pray a lot and mold a future power' from "the best group of young players I've ever had." * * * THE BLACK EAGLES of South Charleston were only 45-1 a year ago, but the''B' team was undefeated and coach Homer Criddle is hoping the combination of 'B' team quarterback Phil Ruddle and returning halfback-Billy Miller can make his second year on the job one to remember. Everyone in Dunbar is trying to forget that seven of the Bulldogs' d e f e n s i v e starters from last year have graduated and no one seems to want the quarterback job. of the three signal-callers on hand last year, one has . graduated, another prefers working for nioney instead of glory and a third "just might not come back" according to bewildered coach Delmar Good. Despite losing 1971 . Kanawha Valley Conference scoring champion Leon Smith, DuPont's Tom Bossie is aiming for more than last y e a r ' s 7-2-1 c a m p a i g n . Bossie's hopes are resting on Dan Williams, the "best prospect at quarterback we've ever had." * * * ST. ALBANS had a deceiving 5-5 record last year Road Hasn't Been Easy The row hasn't been easy for Caroline Richard but, at long last, it has been hoed. When August 18 rolls around, the 26-year-old young woman will take her place in the capped-and-gowned line and march jubilantly across the stage to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Art from Morris Harvey College. A 1965 graduate of South Charleston High School, there have been moments of intense frustration for Caroline Richard in her pursuit of a college education. Hers were special problems, brought on by an acute hearing loss which has meant mastering the skill of lip- reading in order to communicate with others. A vibrant, alert person, one isn't immediately aware of Caroline's limitation when first encountering her. BUT THE POISE and self- confidence one sees now were not always there. Her first years in college, outside of the Charleston area, were filled with frustration, she explains, because of either indifference or a lack of awareness on the part of her teachers. The frustratation brought her back home and, still State, Tech Coaches Hopeful C\r\^\frt\nrv\ · ...111 L 11 Optimism will be the keynote this fall in the football camps of West Virginia State and West Virginia Tech. Both coaches--Charlie Cobb of Tech's Golden Bears and Colin Cameron of the Yellow Jackets of West Virginia State--are in quest of a return to the high road. Both teams finished last year in the lower half of the West Virginia Conference while West Liberty and Fair- mont slugged it out for the championship. * * * TECH SET OUT last year to repair its tarnished football i m a g e w i t h i n c r e a s e d emphasis on recruiting seeking to turn its back ori nonwinning seasons extending to 1966. Cobb feels he is putting the finishing touches on a second consecutive treasure hunt of football skills. West Virginia State's decline from its 1968 conference championship season has bottomed, Cameron feels. "We've accepted the challenge to rebuild," the West Virginia State coach added. State will lose only two players-halfback Eddie Lee a n d t i g h t e n d R o n Saunders--who were starters last year. CAROLINE RICHARD desiring a college education, to the campus of Morris Harvey College. Here, she recalls, she found more than just considerate professors who made sure she could see their mouths when they conducted classes. Since enrolling at Morris Harvey her course grades have risen steadily to a well above-average level. Caroline explains, adding shyly that she has also found herself on new plateaus as an artist. THE BIG THRILL came last spring when she was asked to become a member of the Allied Artists of West Virginia, an accomplishment which, at the time, she felt was out of reach. "Mr. Keeling (Henry Keeling, assistant professor of art) told me I should apply for admission," she recalls, "he thought I could do it, but I didn't think so. I knew a lot of people who had applied and were rejected. Keeling was insistent, however, and Caroline did apply and submitted several of her .works to the organization for their verdict. Now . a card-carrying member of the Allied Artists, she was honored again this past spring with a second- place award in drawing at the Rhodendron Outdoor Arts and Crafts Show held on the lawn of the State Capitol. Creativity is everything, Caroline insists, it is what "makes you different from everyone else." To be a good artist, she continues, "you have to work at it and not let yourself go-you can't hand in a piece of art work just because it's a grade or an assignment." She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Richard of Claridge Circle in South Charleston. when four of the losses came by a total of six points. Coach Sam LeRose feels he had some promising sophomores to fill holes created by graduation and coupled with the return of star halfback Reggie Robinson the Red Dragons hope to reverse a few close decisions. George Washington coach Steve Edwards is quietly confident. Quarterback Billy . Williams is returning, to guide a team that Edwards says "can be as good as any team around." Sissonville and. Hoover both finished with 4-6 marks last year and are both looking for improvement. Sissonville's Forest Mann rebuilt his charges at mid-season and consequently has a lot of players back who normally " w o u l d n ' t h a v e m u c h experience." Hoover's optimism springs from the return of quarterback Steve ChaMer and most of the defense. Nitro's Jon Loftis will have to contend with graduation losses from last year's 9-1 s q u a d a n d C h a r l e s t o n Catholic's 5-5 team returns with added experience. Enrollment At State Unchanging Enrollment for the fall semester at West Virginia State College will show little or no increase from the 1971 total of 3,590, said John L. Fuller, registrar. Ferguson Meadows, director of admissions, added, "Although we are running ahead of last year's figures at present, I don't think we will show any growth." Freshmen and seniors will register for the fail semester classes will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. August 24. Evening students will register from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On August 25, seniors and juniors will register from 9 a.m. to noon. Sophomores will register from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. All remaining students will register from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration will be held in the college student union. Classes will begin August 28.

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