Tennessee State University - Tennessean Yearbook (Nashville, TN)
- Class of 1931
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BOOK I-Administration and buildings
BOOK II-The classes.
BOOK III-The Organizations and activities.
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The Ayeni staff of 1931, wishing to add picturesque romance to its year-book, has chosen a no
less romantic and legendary race from which to build its theme than that of the American Indian. In
order that our readers will the better appreciate our elTorts, we implore each to seek some remote corner,
banish the cares of the day, and imagine himself in a far-away Indian pueblo as he scans the pages of
See in the story of this year's labors that of a remote Indian tribe guided by a great and powerful
chieftain toward greater service for itself and others. See our faculty, as the pensive and grave council,
kneeling about the feet of the chieftain smoking the proverbial pipe, while matters of life and death
are being decided upon. See in the graduating class a picture of handsome and stalwart young warriors
anxious to set forth upon the battle-field, where they may prove the valor of their tribe. See the under-
classmen as the group of the tribe which must stay at home to till the soil and protect the pueblo from
all assaults. See in our practice school the attentive mother squaws caring for the little pappooses.
See in our organization the development of tribal pride and keen, competitive sportsmanship. See in
our departments of music, art, and gymnastics the crude expressions of the tribe in color, dances for
varied festivities, and appreciation for the beauties of nature. But through it all see the embodiment
of life-life full of color, tone, and harmony. just as the Indian weaves his rug each thread in predeter-
mined harmony with the other, so see the departments of our institution woven together in one
harmony of purpose-preparing men for service.
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L-2- s A Resume of the Scholastic Year 1930131
The nineteenth regular session of Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College began
Monday, September 29, with the enrollment ofnearly a thousand students. The largest faculty in
the school's history was assembled to carry forward the expanded program. The institution offered
for the first time a four-year curriculum for elementary teachers leading to the B.S. degree. Plans were
on foot for the erection of four major buildings across the Boulevard from the present campus, at an
estimated cost of flB600,000. Features such as a new athletic field for football, baseball, and track, and
an eighteen hole miniature golf course and new tennis courts greeted the student body.
The fall quarter was marked with unusual enthusiasm and spirit because of the high hopes of the
"Tigers", brought on by the selection of T. D. Upshaw, 1928 all-Southern guard, as coach. Though
the "Tigers" wdre not always victorious, they showed superior playing and sportsmanship over pre-
vious years. In the annual Thanksgiving classic before a record-breaking crowd of loyal alunmi and
football enthusiasts, the "Tigers" held the mighty Fisk "Bulldogs" to a 13-O score on the State College
gridiron and completely upset the dope as to the caliber of the "Tigers",
The "Tigers" selected Mr. Thomas Withrow, a four-year varsity star, as the man who contributed
most for the success of the Thanksgiving game and therefore eligible to receive the gold football pre-
sented by the Sigma Phi Psi club.
On Thanksgiving night the music department, under the direction of Miss Marie J. Brooks, pre-
sented "A Southern Fantasy." This musicale most vividly pictured the humble yet colorful life of
the southern negro down on the levy. The stars of the cast were Mr. Lilbert Ferguson as "Mose",
Miss I. B. Strange as "Mammy", Mr. Simon W. Walker as "jim", and Miss Avis Hatcher as "Lindy",
Education Week, November 10-14, was sponsored by the Rural Education club under the direction
of Mrs. F. A. Sanders. .
The outstanding chapel speaker for the fall quarter was Dr. Howard Thurman, chaplain of More-
house and Spellman Colleges in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Thurman's eloquent and thought provoking
message was "VVhat is Man?" His closing lines alone called for more thought than one would imagine
in so few words: "What Am I? I know not, but when I am most myself I know that I am the son of
Our most honorable president, W. 1. Hale, was absent from the campus November 17-21, when
he presided over the conference of Land-Grant Presidents, which met in Washington, D. C., in the
department of the interior and Howard University. While absent he also attended the VVhite l-louse
conference on Child Welfare, to which he was invited by President Hoover and commissioned as one of
Tennessee's representatives by Governor Henry Horton.
The third Sunday speakers for October and November respectively were Dr. VV. S. Ellington,
pastor of the First Baptist Church, East Nashville, and the Reverend john Knox, chaplain of Fisk
The events of the fall quarter were brought to a most impressive close by the presentation of a
sacred Christmas cantata by the music departments.
The student body and faculty returned from the Christmas holidays with a greater zest for harder
work and indeed, as has the whole year been marked, the quarter showed a greater and higher per cent.
of scholarship as well as the most cooperative student body of all previous years.
A very successful and enthusiastic basketball season was made more effective by the purchasing
of a school bus, which carried our players to various points in and out of the state. Not only was the
basketball team played up by means of thebus but the various other departments were as well.
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The popularity contest held the campus in speechless awe for several weeks, for really it was very
hard to tell just in what direction the finger of decision would point. However, the charming Miss
Alberta Franklin of the Sigma Phi Psi club and Mr. Cain Lee of the Supreme Circle club won first places.
Miss Lizzie D. Young, soprano, accompanied by Miss Marie J. Brooks, appeared in a most artistic
recital january 23. Miss Young was assisted by Miss Laura Mae Edmunds, who gave a group of piano
The dramatic club presented several one-act plays in this as well as other quarters. Some of the
plays given were "Dregs", with Mrs. Lucille Scott as "Moll", Mr. Russell Osby as.-"jim", Mr. William
Crawley and Mr. Taylor Thomas as detectives, "Hunger", with Mr. Charles Neal as the "Beggar",
Miss Mildred Robinson as "Poetess", Mr. Gale Chambers as the "Man", and Miss Sara B. Sublett as
the "Girl"g "The Reference", with Miss La Leta Lee as "Miss Edgecomben, Mr. Ned Rawls as f'Philip
Somers", and Miss Margaret Taylor as "Olivia Chillingworth"g and "All the VVorld Loves a Lover",
with Mr. Levi Watkins, Miss Avis Hatcher, Miss Doris Hill, Miss Nelda McLinn, and Miss Eloise
Bacon taking star places.
National Drama Week, February 9-13, was observed on the campus under the auspices of the
Dramatic Club. Two of the main features were the minstrel presented Wednesday night and "An
Eye for an Eye", a one-act play written by Russell K. Osby. 1
The third Sunday speakers for january and February were Rev. G. W. Lewis of Clark Memorial
M. E. Church, and Rev. E. W. D. Isaac, secretary of the B. Y. P. U. Publishing Board.
The events of the winter quarter came to a dramatic close when the Delta Tau Iota club presented
a colorful musical revue, "Good Morning Glory" on March 6.
The spring quarter was marked with an array of color and song as the season of the school year
for the many proms and club festivals in the form of night clubs, rose-tea gardens, beach parties, and
block dances. However, this quarter was not entirely given over to frivolity.
One cf the outstanding events of the school year was the appearance of our most honored Congress-
man Oscar De Priest of Chicago, Illinois, in chapel March 16. Mr. De Priest made a most impressive
plea for the negro youth of America not to assist in any communistic movements.
The jeanes Workers of Tennessee and neighboring states held a conference on the college campus
March 24. The second annual conference of the New Farmers of Tennessee also convened on the campus.
The music department presented "Opera versus jazz" March 27, so very effectively that the
audience could not decide which class of music it preferred. This was the last appearance of the music
department as a whole, and it proved a very fitting climax.
The college orchestra, better known as "Don Q and his Collegians", received a regular engagement
as guest artists of NVLAC every Thursday afternoon from 5:45 to 6:00 P.M.
The concert group of the music department made several good-will tours over the country.
Programs were given at Murfreesboro, Tennesseeg Talladega, Tuskegee Institute, Alabamag State
Normal, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and in West Virginia.
National Music VVeek was observed in the form of a music festival May 4-7. The various groups
of the department were played up in artistic recitals throughout the week.
The Agricultural club sponsored Rural Betterment VVeek, March 23-27.
Health XfVeek, April 5-12, was sponsored by the college health department and the Supreme
Phi Beta Tau, honorary scholastic organization, was reorganized along the lines ot' Phi Beta
Kappa, admitting to membership only those students in the junior and senior years whose scholastic
averages qualify them for graduation "cum laude".
The physical education department carried out some very unusual features for its annual May-
Frivolity and Class Distinction days were observed by the senior class in May.
Baccalaureate exercises were solemnized May 31, with the Right Reverend Thomas F. Gailor,
bishop of the diocese of Tennessee, as speaker.
The Commencement address was delivered june 2, by Dr. Ullin Leavell, professor of education
at George Peabody Teachers' College. The senior class consisted of one hundred candidates for the
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Tennessee State College Hymn
In the land of golden sunshine,
By the Cun1lJerland's fertile shore,
Stands the school for greater service,
One that we adore,
Alma Mater, how we love theel
Love thy white and blue.
May we strive to meet thy mandates
With faith 1hat's true.
Many come to thee for knowledge,
Come from East, North, South and XVest,
For they know that thou dost oller
Such a rich bequest.
Alma Mater, all thy children
XVorship at thy shrine:
May the God of nations bless thee
Wfith gifts divine!
Send forth sons lnoth strong and valiant,
Send forth daughters wise and true,
Filled with hope and dauntless courage,
Motives sane and true,
May she lift her head toward heaven,
Honor country, God and thee!
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To President W. J. Hale
We dedicate this poem to you
Because you've been sincere and true
In every earthly thing.
Because through ealm, unrest and strife
You've always thrashed out wrong with right
Proving yourself a man.
You've been our guardian all the while,
Advising us with words so mild,
When oft we act so rude.
And even when our errs brought pain,
Not once did you dress us in the mantle of shame,
Always you lent us a hand.
You've spent sleepless hours and restless nights
Trying to make our future bright,
By putting in our hands a plan-
Teaching us always to Think, NVorlc and Serve
Vifhether it takes grit, courage or nerve-
Anything we will to do, we can.
Although this shows not our appreciation for you,
It does let you know we are thinking of you
And what you have done for us.
That we feel that you, as a leader, are best
And in due time will lead us up the steps to success-
On our feet then, we'll stand.
-PHINETTA A. BAKER, '31
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DePauw University, A.B. Howard University, A.B.
Harvard University, Ed.M. University of Chicago, M.S.
University of Chicago
R. B. J. CAMPBELLE
Tennessee State College
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American C'onse1'vz1tory of Music
l-lampton Lillrary School
M. Es'r1ai-1,1s RICHARDS
Smiflz Iluglles Home Ecmmmics
Indiana State Teachers College, B.S.
Columbia University, M.A.
Cl. R. BIUDGEFORTH
Mzxssacliusetts A. ii llfl. College, BS.
Masters Degree Work, Ohio State
FRANCES A. SANDERS
Spelman College, BS.
Columbia University, M.A.
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Bristol Normal Institute
INEZ M. BOYD
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University of Chicago
Dean of Women
Tennessee State College, B.S.
PEARL W. GORE
Tennessee State College, B.S.
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Tennessee State College 'Iennessee State College
IDA M. YOUNG, B.S. CLARISSA LAPSLEV
Secrelary lo lhe Dean Physical Education-
Tennessee State College, B.S. Tennessee State College, B.S.
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lviley College, A.B. Sam Houston College, A.B.
Northwestern l, niversity, M .A.
BLRMCE C. LEE Bxzssus XVHITMAN
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WILIFRED W. LAWSON
Chicago Art Institute
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L1-'FE T s--- The Ayeni
CNVith apologies to Spraguej
Turn to the Ayeni-its teeming pages survey,
Big with the wonders of each passing day,
Resumes, wills and histories, faculty and board of education
Departments, classes and organizations, snapshots and pictures
of all descriptions,
A, and I. hardly deems the busy year is done,
Till its keen eye along the Ayeni has rung
The dignified senior throws her dignity by
And reads the past year's activities with a sigh
While the grave faculty puts its glasses on
And gives a censure or a tribute for every Word thereon.
The juniors, sophomores, and the freshmen, too,
Turn the pages o'er and o'er to get each angle and view,
And when the leaves of this Ayeni are yellow from age,
There'll be a smile and a tear for every treasured page.
The Ayeni Staff
Due to the willing application to this pleasant task, supplemented by the journalistic, creative,
and artistic ability of the Ayeni staiif, a work of ART has been performed. What is ART but TRUTH?
And since this book be true, how can it be anything but arta
The Ayeni yearbook of 1931 needs no explanationg its purpose is to give photographs and printed
memories to cherish in the years to come. It is a picture of how the scholastic year of 1931 has been
The sponsor and adviser of the Ayeni staff, Dean G. XV. Core, is one who has sure, sound, practical
experience, and a superior knowledge.
Of the sixteen members of the official Ayeni staff only four are from out of the state. The editor-
in-chief hails from Bristol and a man of no mean ability. His assistant, Miss Eddean Morris of
Owensboro, Ky., has led her class for four consecutive years. The advertising manager, Mr. Ned Rawls
of Brownsville, and his assistant, Mr. Frank Orndorff of Russellville, Ky., with the business manager,
Mr. Clinton Derricks of Chattanooga, and his assistant, Mr. Lee Roy Ferguson of Clarksville, have
proved that they shall be successful business men by their outstanding work. Mr. james Ripley
Taylor, of Ripley, speaks and writes a language of the gridiron, the tennis and basketball court, the
track and the baseball diamond. In short, he is the athletic editor. The etiicient artists are Mr.
James Mayberry, art editor, of Nashvilleg Mr. Everett Ricks, Raleigh, N. C.: Mr. James Adams and Miss
Phinetta Baker, of Nashville, assistants, affirm that an Ayeni without real art is incomplete. Wliat
is a yearbook without its pictures and photographs? VVith them it is a treasure untold. The photograph
editor is Miss F. Bernice Conyers, of Cartersville, Ga., and her assistant, Miss Georgia jenkins, Nashville.
The copy editor, Miss Gennie Morgan, Knoxville, and her assistant, Miss Myrtle Roberts, of Clarks-
ville, complete the Ayeni staff of 1931.
On April 3, 1931, Miss Phinetta Baker entertained with a formal dinner and dance, the olificial
staff of the Ayeni. The menu was delicious, consisting of grape fruit macedone, chicken pate, petit
pois a la prinlaniere, sweet potato puree, jardiniere salad, cranberry aspic a la orange, ice cream and
cake. For a brief while the stalT put away their cares and heavy responsibilities and every one had a
The stat? does not say that it has worked and toiled although that is quite possible, but because
of the joy and delight it has received from this task, work ceased to be work and became a pleasure.
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PHINETTA AGNES BAKER
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Treasurer Soarcience Club
Treasurer Ciceronian Club
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Art Editor Ayeni
CAROLYN CLARK BEARD
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LEO FLETCHER CHILTON
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Los Angeles, California
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EDITH HULGIA RANSOM
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LILLIAN BEATMCE RICKS
Raleigh, North Carolina
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.la kin, Georgia
THOMAS HANNIBAI. ROBERSON
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JAMES FRANKLIN 'ITAYLOR
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St. Louis, Missouri
Sigma Phi Psi Club
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TILLIE LUCILLE W11.,soN
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Phi Beta Tau
THOMAS EDXVARD VVITHRONV
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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History of the Class of 1931
fliy O. A. JOHNSON, Historianj
As time is fast approaching for the class of '31 to leave its Alma Mater of preparation, we look
back across the short span of her care and keeping with untold regret. The four years spent in rigid
training to row our own little canoes out of the harbor, where the current is gentle, peaceful and calm,
though hard it might have been, we now appreciate its worth and think of the many happy events in
which we shall not be again permitted to participate and the many friends we must leave behind to take
our places in an institution which is yet in its infancy. -
We cannot soon forget the beginning of the school year 1927, when about 125 of us in a "Comedy
of Errors", arrived in Nashville, some for the first time, to gaze upon the beauty of the Athens of the
South. Nevertheless, it belongs to a future day to assemble a more ambitious bunch. The dignity
and grace with which we moved about for those first few days is seldom imitated-that is, when we were
left alone long enough by those upper class savages who made campus life so miserable.
Though unusually brilliant, we were being constantly reminded during that first year by the pro-
fessor who was to teach us what college was all about, who was also our faculty adviser, that we were
in college-for us to keep cool, calm and collected and do away with that small-town idea.
Mr. S. E, jones was elected president of the class, Fred Xvhalem, vice-presiclentg Miss S. E. Totty,
secretaryg and an honest looking country boy whom we later learned to call Cheairs, was selected to
hold the treasure.
, The most important social event as a direct project of the class was the prom, where many of us
learned to move somehow to the rhythm of music.
As the second year of college life unfolds itself, the one in which there was much "Much Ado
About Nothing", we had learned something of what college was all about, and made a specialty in
showing freshmen where they belonged. The class officers were the same officials as of our freshman
H It was during this year that we began to feel our importance, so here and there from among us
several members distinguished themselves. In football jones, Porter, and Brown were counted with the
stars: the musical ability of Miss Eddean Morris, Miss Edith Crawford, Miss Helyne Carter and Wfilliam
Frierson is certainly to be commended by all and desired by no few. The oratorical ability of Mr.
Scott Clayborne, jr., the campus minister, who made himself famous for the'cool way in which he
conducted campus funerals, would possibly make the bones of Plato tremble.
The two outstanding projects looked forward to were the Freshman-Sophomore football clash
and the prom. The game was fought hard but demonstrated that superior brains win in a 13-U victory
while the prom was the talk of the campus.
The "Midsummer Night's Dream" of our college career was the third year, in which our departure
from the 'fComedy of Errors" had taken us. We had pride in our achievement and faith in ourselves
to the extent that we believe no junior in the history of our institution had been our equal.
Ned Rawls was elected president of the class, T. Clinton Derricks, vice-presidentg Miss Bernice
Conyers, secretary, and William Lacy, treasurer.
lNe took pride in boasting that the girls of that class were the most beautiful of the hill, and usually
thought of them as they gracefully moved about the campus in comparison with that being who treads
the walks of fancy's Eden-queens of beauty unadorned save by their own transcending loveliness.
Cain Lee was called the campus butterfly because he could not keep a girl long, while Clarence
Crook and George Newbcrn became so bound in their heaven of love that they chose to live in a little
cottage to that of college.
Having left the low valter paths of crabdom we begin our last year by doing only those things
which become those who have successfully found enough favor in Dean Gore's sight to be called seniors.
These years have been both pleasant and hard, in that we have been permitted to partake of those
things which go with college life, and hard, we think, because of the routine and system. It yet re-
mains to be known who shall leave this fountain of knowledge where we all have been permitted to drink
deeply. "All's NVell that Ends NVell" shall be our philosophy in the few short paces which separate us
from the goal for which we are striving. -
XVith W. J. Hale, jr., as class presidentg T. Clinton Derricks, vice-president, efficient Miss Samuella
Totty as secretary, and Ned Rawls, as treasurer, we feel that our class program shall be unexcelled and
that the Dean and President will demonstrate that they have a heart when credit hours become minutes.
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To the parting of the way,
Though the journey's been a hard one,
Pleasant we've found it day after day.
Today we stand upon the shore
Of life's ever restless sea,
We do not fear because we know
We're backed up by Tennessee.
We'll make our voyage, go our heights,
No obstacle our pace will cheek:
Until we come within the sight
Of a new and shiny deck.
Then we'll remember old A. and I.g
Its motto, "Think, lNork and Serve",
And send our thanks to Him on high,
This motto, He helped us preserve.
Dear Alma Mater, the time has come,
Thy sacred walls to leave,
Protect the class of '31, ' '
In thee we'll always believe.
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History of the Class of 1932
In June, l928, the flood-gates of the various high schools opened, sending forth streams of graduates
to be swallowed up by various colleges and by the world in general. By October 1, 300 of these students
had entered as freshmen at Tennessee State Collegel Can we ever forget the first glimpse of the campus?
It was a strange place, and yet even at first sight we were sure that we would be happy here.
Of course, some of us were very beautiful and some were not so fortunate. Very ignorant as we
were, we went about to adjust ourselves to the collegiate life, which was so different from that of high
school. The first incident we had to face was the standing for hours in the line to register. After we
finished registering and holding conferences with Dean Gore for the first day, most of us had a bad
conception of college. Wife were given the little meal book, and as we went to get our first meal were
halted by the long line in the cafeteria. At the end of the tirst week quite a few heart-broken letters
were sent home describing the activities of college. Rules and regulations we had never dreamed
existed became a part of our lives. Classes that we had feared because of their apparent difficulties
soon became a joy rather than a burden. But all the people with whom we had thought we never
would be able to strike up even a mere speaking acquaintance became our closest friends. Then, too,
the first month of collegiate life was spent in pain and excitement, as the upper classmen were introducing
us to college life.
Later in the year we became Organized, and started on our big prom for the sophomores, which
was very successful.
In our sophomore year only two hundred fifty of us survived, as the other fifty decided to take
matrimonial degrees. Wie had a delightful year, and every one looked up to us as we were the wisest.
Vile sponsored "several" plays and social functions.
Now as we go on our way to the land of promise under the leadership of Mr. George XVashington
Brooks, we are encleavoring to bedeck our history with honors not only in the classroom but On the
gridiron, in dramatics, literary societies, HY" work and social functions. Wie know that we are great.
There are only One hundred thirty-four of us now, and we hope to keep this number. Vife are on the verge
of deciding the kind of prom we will give the seniors, Look Out, folks, dOn't get jealous! Vi'e are only
anticipating a bright and honorable future.
A STATISTICAL REPORT OF THE JUNIOR COLLEGE CLASS
Most popular . Miss LETI-IIA PORTERFIELD
Most brilliant . Miss CEERALDINE BENNETT
Most respected .
Most scholarly .
Miss TCATI-IERINE HUNT
Miss JOsIE M. RUFFIN
Best student . . MR. HARRY I.. COLEMAN
Busiest student . MR. T. R. HARTSEIELD
Laziest student .
MR. C. R. FARRIS
Greatest grind . . MR. R. B. THOMPSON
Noisiest student . MR. lVlACK YOUNG
Thinkhe is . . .
Best speaker . . . MR. GEORGE W. BROOKS
Most stern-hearted MR. Rox' VAUGHN
XVittiest student .
Nicest student .
Most original . .
Most unreliable .
Most likely bachelo
Most likely first bride .
Most likely to succeed . .
Most typical statetic ,
Most talented . .
Most serious . . .
Best artist . .
The blonde . .
Blue eyes ....
Best dressed lady .
Best dressed man ,
Orris DEAN COLEMAN:
Miss BESSIE JACKSON
Miss ESTIIER B. JACKSON
MR. NORRIS C. Jlxcksox
Miss TIiEl-wi,x Isian
liflk, Isaac Caro
Miss NIARGARET IEIAMILTON
MR. XVILLIAM ANDERsON
MR. VVILLIAM T. BRIGHT
Miss LIZZIE D. YOUNG
Miss LULA P. JORDAN
lillk. CLIFFORD NlAYl3ERRY
Miss lVlABEL CURRY
Miss MAE CARR
Miss NIARY XVOLFE
MR. CLYDE TQINCAIDE
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A Soplfs Postscript
By study deep and frequent hazing,
From all rules of syntax are we free,
From few and simple careless phrasing
Crisp and slangy as could be.
We've reached our year of sophistication:
Through the "Crab" year of complaint,
Through upper-classrnen admiration,
XfVe feel as though we're what we ain't.
And are we wise? 1'll say, and how!
Why, Socrates would hide in shame
To know how much we are endowed,
To see his name bereft of fame
By us, we lesser mortals, now his superior.
Though only Sophs, how much we know,
And smile as "Crabs", our own inferior,
In spite of all, their ignorance show.
Every lesson learned, we've pairlg
None, I'm sure. we've intentionally missed.
All the higher grades we've made,
Leaving "Crabs" the lower grade list.
And, Juniors, surely there's some mistake,
Your "hazing" has been mended.
Our spirits were too tough to break
If that's what you intended.
We'll strive to conquer through threateningdoubtsand fears:
VVe'll strive to live a life each new-born day,
And make a name for A. and I. through the years,
And such valiant. deeds that will not fade away.
So now we near the culmination
Of our sophisticated college yearg
To old State College, our inspiration,
VVe will our deeds, with loads of cheers.
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History of the Class of 1934
Like a kindly mother, Tennessee State College has for eighteen years welcomed to her gentle
breast myriads of children, who come from their various lands of exalted dreams and ambitions.
On September 29, 1930, as did many such Wanderers of yore, we the present Freshman class,
heard her clarion call, and came south to partake of her bounteous legacies. VVe, at first, like the newly
adopted members of a large family, were possessed of the spirit of uncertainity and unrest. But as
time passed on we became orientated and felt quite at home within our fraternal circle. NVe were
welcomed into the various organizations of the school, and many of our class became outstanding members
of the seasonal activities.
First came football in all her pomp and glory, that drew our classmates into the field of battle on
the gridiron. Those who participated were Drake, McKnight, Perkins, Robinson, Beasley, Carter,
Newbern, Baxter, Harris and Thomas.
I Second came basket-ball with its whirl of action and thrilling delight, that called into the lime-
light Young, better known as "Paps"g Cumbraugh and honorable "jack" McKnight, Drake, Perkins,
Thomas, Covington and the long-shot expert Mathis.
The third fascinating feature of our athletic series was baseball, that claimed our boys as champions
upon the diamond, and these warriors are: Roberson, Drake, Thomas, Pullens, Stribling, McKnight,
Perkins, Harris and Carter.
The college has been awe-stricken by the discovery of such outstanding talent.
In both the athletic world and realm of fine arts, we the members of our class have shown
possibilities in the last-named endeavors. In music we find accomplished pianists, Christina Barlow
and Minnie Harrisg our lyric baritone, Lilbert Ferguson and the crooning bass, Alex Carney.
As our musical world expanded, we also participated in Drama, where we also displayed unusual
talent to our student body. Wlithin this class, we find an amateur playwriter, Russell Osbyg a light-
footed tap dancer, Taylor Thomasg and a second Marie Dressler, Romayne Spriggs, and other members
of our class such as Emma Barbee, Sara Sublett, Mildred Robinson, Allyn Gibson, Thomas Howard,
Richard North and others who have not had the advantage of appearing in public.
The school orchestra is composed of nearly all freshmen, and of whom we are very proud to mention
Don Q. Pullen, who is a master in tickling the ivory: Batey, a soothing saxophonistg Burton, the alluring
cornetist, and Hightower, the commanding trap player.
The freshman class stands as an example of renewed strength and improvement. VX-'e have settled
the wave of unrest and have plunged deeper into the realms of achievement and success. NVe hope to
abridge the gulf that lays between the various classes and that as we nestle in the outstretched arms
of A. and I. we will become more worthy of her bounteous legacies and she will be proud that we settled
within her fold. .
By TAYLOR THOMAS
Star Baslecl-lm!! Player . ........... ..... -I AMES LACY
Cfxssra WTAE COLLIER
Future Honor Society Members . ANDREXV DRAKE
Alzeola Slzark . . . HOWITT lVlATHIS
Football Shir . ' . . .PAsci'A1. VVALKER
Class Umfor . . . , ALEX CARNEY
Class Sheik . . . . JOE D. NEBLETT
People with a Line . . THELMA MANN
Gum Clzewer . . SARA SUBLETT
Class Talent. . . PERCY joNEs
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ZENOBIA BAKER . . , . ,.... .... . . Vice-President
ERMA PRICE . . . . . Secretary
LILLIAN DUNN ...... ,..., . . . . . . Treasurer
JEWEL STRONG ELVIRA YVAYTES
JULIA KENNEDX' TI-IELMA J. SMITH
GERTRUDE TURNER SUE N. BLAKEMORE
BEATRICE WILLIAMS NIARGARET TOXVNSEXD
ALICE RUTH PROCTEII IDA M. YOUNG
Adviser: CLARISSA LAPSLEY Molto: "Row, Not drift."
Colors: Pea-green and Pink. Stout Colors: Black and XVhite.
The Alba Rosa Club was organized in 1920 by a group of young women for the purpose of
beautifying the campus and raising the scholastical standard. The white rose symbolizes beautiful
young womanhood and idealism.
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The Anderson Billy Hale, Jr., Club was organized October, 1915.
The object of this club is to promote the general intellectual and moral development of its membersg
to assist in every way possible in maintaining a high standard and developing high ideals among the
During 1930-31 the club has participated in the following activities: The A. B. H., Jr. D. T. I.
Thanksgiving breakfast and dance, November 273 Culture XVeek, February 23-275 Spring Social, March
215 Annual dinner, May 16, and the award of two scholarship medals on commencement day.
W. J. HALE, JR . . . ........,.... . . . President
Ross B. CHEAIRS . . ........... . . Secretary
T. H. ROBERSON . . . , Treasurer
J. H. BROWN ....... ......... . Chaplain-
DEAN GEORGE W. GORE, Ju . . ............ . . Adviser
R. ALLEN - Noiuus C. JACKSON
ALEX F. CARNEY JAMES C. B'1AYBERRY
ROY L. FERGUSON JOHN W. NIORRISON
WILLIAM G. FRIERSON JOSEPH K. PETWAY
ALONZO GLASS LEON SHEFFIELD
WILLIAM A. HAMBRICIQ SAMUEL VVATKINS
ERNEST L. HARDY MACK L. YOUNG
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Founded October 12, 1930, by Miss Phinctta Baker.
Purpose: To promote interest among the city students in the school activities.
PHINETTA BAKER ...... ..,..... .... P r esidenl
GER,xLD1NE BENNETT . . ...... Secretary
ANDREW-S'r15lzLE . . ..... Treasurer
BESSIE JACKSON . , . Sergeant-al-Arms
Mus. NIARTI-IA BROWN . . . . . Honorary Adviser
MR. P. F. MOWBRAY ....... . . . . , .,....,.... Adviser
Colors: Black and White Jllolto: Together we stand-Divided we fall
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Cultivation of one's innate dramatic nature gives him possibilities of enjoying a more colorful
existence. Life itself is a stage, XVe and our fellow comrades answer many curtain calls and adjust
ourselves to various roles. The study of drama helps us to perceive the motives actuating the human
behavior of the members of our casts. lt helps us judge character and strengthens our ability to pre-
sent our thoughts agreeably and effectively to our audiences.
During "National Drama VVeek", February 8-16, the following playsg "The Dreamy Kid", "The
Reference", "Dregs", "Hunger", "lVIamma's AH'air", and a very lively minstrel and an Original pro-
duction, "An Eye for An Eye", were presented in Chapel.
The One-Act Play Contest staged during the week of April 27th-May lst, consists of the following
plays: "The Undercurrent", "Coral Beads", "The Blind", and "The Blue Vase." '
The plays for the Commencement season are as follows: "East Lynn", "The Strongest Man"
and "Spot Cash".
VVe have been called to out-of-town appointments for the entertainment of other schools, and
have enjoyed the hospitality and good-will shown us on these trips.
VVe have discovered outstanding students in dramatic technique and stage-craft and look forward
to a very hopeful and productive future.
The officers of the Dramatic Club are:
GEORGE BROOKS ........ . . . President
LUCILLE SCOTT . . . . . ..... Vice-President
SIRELDA DUNGEY . . . . ........ Secretary
EDITH CRAVVFORD . . . . Corresponding Secretary
KURTIS CLAY . . . , . . Circulating Manager
r RUSSELL OSBY . . .... .... S tage Man
PHINETTA BAKER . . . .... Stage Decorator
V ILERA Ross .... . Assistant Stage Decorator
BLANCHE NIAXEYE . .... Make- Up Mistress
RIPLEY TAYLOR . . . .... Business Manager
NED RAXVLS .,... ,.... T reasztrer
' Miss L. M. AVERITTE . . . Director
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LETHIA j. PORTERFIELD . . . . .....,... .... P resident
INEZ NORTHCUTT . . . ........ . Vice President
TIIEoDoRA HowELL . Secretary
ICATHRYN HUNT . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer
MIss EMILY MAY HARPEIQ ..,. .,.. ....... .... A d 1 riser
MABEL CURRY SAMUELLA TOTTY JOSIE RU!-'FIN
M ILDRED GREEN LILLIAN RICKS MARGARET PIAMILTON
THELMA IsAIAH TI-IELMA SMITH CSEORGIA JENKINS
MYRA VVILLIAMS LIZZIE D. YOUNG QSARAH SUBLET1'
ELLEN MCWORTER ' ADDIE JANE FRIERSON
This is the oldest college wonIen's organization on the campus, having been founded in 1920.
On our tenth anniversary last year we presented to President Hale 21 check for the memorial fountain
in front of the main building. Our annual revue, which traveled this year under the title of "Good
Morning, Glory" surpassed even our expectations. Vl'e hope to continue to develop this side of extra-
Colors: Old Rose and Cray Flower: Marechal Neil Rose
Jllotlo: Not Evening, but Dawn
Purpose: To promote healthy, happy womanhood.
To establish high ideals of love and service
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The International Study Club, with its scholastic ideas, was organized by its president, Mr.
Philip T. Davis, a native of Liberia. This democratic organization, realizing that many of the
prejudices and complexes of the races and nations of the world are but mere misunderstandings may
open a path to mental international democracy, is open to all students of the institution, faculty members
and friends who are interested in this phase of emancipation.
The program of the International Study Club consists of studies ot' countries with lectures from
natives of each country, when available, searching their habits, cultures and traditions for those qualities
by which the people of each nation may be characterized as citizens of the world.
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MABEL WALKER JENNIE MONDUL
BONNIE LEABOUGH BEATRICE GORDON
1'IERBERT ALLISON LAURENCE joHNsoN ALINE W.kTKINS
Isa club was Organized in the summer of 1926 by a group of young men and women interested in
journalistic and social activity. Each summer quarter it sponsors a special chapel program, some
type of trip or excursion to a near-by point Ol' interest and aided the Ayeni staff in collecting material of
the summer quarter for 1930. It has oiieretl a 3155.00 golcl piece to the ranking student in the department
of English for 1930-31. '
The members of Isa club are as follows: Jennie Mondul, Aline VVatkins, Kurtys Clay, Picola
Smith, Beatrice Gordon, Erma jackson, L. W. johnson, E. L. VVatsOn, J. H. Falls, Bonnie Leabough,
Mabel lflalker, Reid Robinson, Herbert Allison, Phinetta Baker, Christine Alexander, Leola Barton,
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History of Kappa Alpha Psi
The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity was founded at Indiana University, January 5, 1911. Of the ten
men who met for the purpose of organizing this fraternity, the names of Elder VV. Diggs, Bryon K.
Armstrong, and john M. Lee are best remembered. They are directly responsible for the organization
of the second Greek Letter fraternity among Negroes.
Elder W. Diggs and Bryon K. Armstrong had formerly attended Howard University, where they
saw the benefits to be derived from a wholesome fraternal relationship with one's friends. At Indiana
University, they were made to realize more than ever the benefits to be derived from a unifying organiza-
tion. VVith this in mind, they set about formulating plans for such an organization, the result of which
was the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Thus, Indiana became the home of the Alpha Chapter-in other
words, the "Mother Chapter" of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Kappa Alpha Psi has adopted for its national program a guide-right movement, which has as
its purpose the helping of the High School boy and to find his place in the occupational world and to
enter some sphere of usefulness as a member of his community and nation.
Kappa Alpha Psi members throughout the nation keep in touch with one another through the
medium of the Kappa Alpha Psi journal, the only Negro College Fraternity monthly in the world.
Through its pages Kappa men receive constant inspiration for the achievement of scholarship, character
and the ideals of true manhood for which the fraternity stands.
Who's Who in Kappa
Rov VAUGHN CPnnyD, junior.
Y. M. C: A.: Eight Links Club.
Byword: "Hey! Hey!"
Hobby: Being petted.
Ambition: To teach Physical Science.
RAYMOND OVERTON, Ph.C. CDocD, Special.
Byword: "Certainly !"
Hobby: Studying. G
Ambition: To become a successful pharmacist.
SWAZIE HALL CFa!hcrJ, Senior.
Byword: "All right!"
Hobby: Advising folks,
Ambition: To become a business manager.
OLIVER BRYANT tPoker Facej, Sophomore.
Byword: "Now, now!"
Hobby: Looking for a pledgee. .
Ambition: To master situations as they arise.
JOHN BRIDGEFORTH 4SleepyD, Senior.
Eight Links Club: Orchestra.
Byword: "What say?"
Hobby: Beating a piano up.
Ambition: To become a "big time" musician.
CLYDE IKINCAIDE CPersonal-ily Kfidj, junior.
Varsity football: basketball: baseball: tennis:
dramatic club: Boule Guild Club: "T"
Byword: "Yeah, you would?"
Hobby: Driving and jiving.
Ambition: To become a great man.
T. CLINTON Deiuucks txllomj, Senior.
Y. M. C. A.: Eight Links Club: Social Com-
mittee: Pi Kappa Nu: journalists.
Byword: "I-Iello, there!"
Hobby: Writing articles for the bulletin.
Ambition: To be an executive.
LEE Rox' Bovn CB. 0.5, Senior.
Kentucky Club: Boule Guild Club: Tennis:
Varsity: Basketball: Football: "T" Club.
Byword: "You wonldn't, would you?"
Hobby: Big timing.
Ambition: To become wealthy.
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A.B., M.S., University of Kansas, University
Professor of Biology.
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Professor of Mechanical Arts.
PROP. IVIAURICE W. LEE. -
B.S., University Illinois.
Professor of industrial Education Ayeni.
LEON SuErr1isI.o CLeeD, Freshman.
Anderson Billy Hale, jr. Club
Byword: "ls that so?"
Hobby: Big Brother Vaughn's valet.
Ambition: To become Z1 HIQAPPAH mun.
R. BURDINE WEA'rH1sR'roN CBobJ, Senior.
Boule Guild Club: Student Instructor in
Byword: "Now, wait Z1 minute!"
Hobby: Big brother hIohn's valet.
Ambition: To become a HKAPl'Ail mun.
XVILCOX BRANDON CKing Bearj, Senior.
Byuord: "You saw mel"
Hobby: Saluting IQAPPA men with ll cornet.
Ambition: To become a "IxAPPA' man.
WALTER PARDEN fWaItJ, Sophomore.
St. Louis, Missouri.
Byworcl: "Ah, Shucks!"
Hobby: Running errands lor HlCAPPAH men.
Ambition: To become 21 HICAPPAH man.
xvAL'I'lER X OUNG QPop5j, Sophomore.
Bywortl: "How come?"
LEWIS CROMBOUGH CLiH1e Jackj, Freshman
Byword: "I clon't need no telling."
Hobby: Big brother Derrick's valet.
Ambition: To become o. HISAPPAH man.
JOHN R1ivNoLns Utah Rah Boyb, Freshman.
Boule Guild Club.
Byv ord: "Sure 'nuff, boy?"
Hobby: Big brother lilIlC21ldlS valet.
Ambition: To become a "KAPPA" man.
ALFRED A. SCOTT tzllfj, Sophomore.
Eight Links Club: Dramatic Club.
Byv ord: "l vrnsn't trying to fool you."
Hobby: Cleaning big brother Boyd's room.
Ambition: To become a UlfAPPAll man.
PIENRY FOREMAN flyrexyb, Senior.
Boule Guild Club, Y. M. C. A.
Byword: "Oh, boy!"
Hobby: Pressing IQAPPA men's suits.
Ambition: To become a HIQAPPAH man.
DOUGLAS LACY CDougD, Senior.
B ristol, Tennessee.
Eight Links Club: Baseball.
Byworcl: "lVlmt say, pops?"
Hobby: Cleaning big brother Bryant's room.
Ambition: To become at "liAPPAH man.
Hobby: Shining KAPPA men's shoes.
Ambition: To become a "KAPPA" man.
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The Kentucky Club was organized in the fall of 1926 by a group of young people from the Blue-
grass State who had come to the Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial College in a search for knowledge.
Th ere so im ressed with their Alma Mater that they were determined to encourage others to take
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greater interest among Kentucky students and an enthusiasm for service, sc o ars p g
To the founder, Mrs. G. W. Gore, goes tribute for this brain-child, which has grown into a thriving,
This year has been one of the best w ici e c u ' .
embarked on this journey under the leadership of Mr. Charles A. Dowdy, a member of the senior class.
I-Ie has succeeded in adding fresh impetus to the interest of the old members of the organization and
inspiring the new comers with zeal and enthusiasm, which shows that they have indeed caught the spirit
h' l th l b has witnessed during its entire history We
of our motto, "To cooperate and to excel .
'In our semi-monthly meetings we strive to give the members something of benefit to them.
Topics of current issue are discussed, and the give and take of the group serves as a splendid mental
tonic. It keeps them alert and well versed on what the world is doing. This is necessary, as we are
' - ' ' ' ' ' nd clouding our horizons with
prone to shut ourselves up in a miniature world, limiting our visions a
petty matters when really worth while issues pass unnoticed. ' .
S much for our serious side. Dan Cupid rushed into our midst when we entertained the student
body with our annual Valentine Costume Dance in the College Cafeteria, February 14. Hearts were
ff df l itation of the heart.
truly worn on sleeves and Doctor Valentine had many patients who su ere rom pa p . .
Dan Cupid waved his magic wand over the gaily attired throng and poured "I-Ieart's Ease" into the
f ll resent This love potion coursed through their bodies and made them gay, happy and care
ears o a p .
free. This affair was acclaimed a huge success, for the school was in love for a night.
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With the approach of spring, we turn our attention to preparation for our un ay ex emng p
' XV are to s onsor a Mothers' Day program May 10 and do honor to those noble souls who
services. I e p ,
have made it possible for us to be here. We hope to make these services impressive and reverent and
in keeping with the true spirit of motherhood.
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The curtain will soon fall on our activities for this school year, and as vue reac t e n 1 c o
year's drama we breathe a prayer of thanksgiving for the success that has been ours.
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It has long been the dream of some of the men On Tennessee State College campus to have on its
campus a chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. For many years State men were taken into Delta
chapter at Meharry Medical College. Among the first State College men to become Omegas were Dr.
Reginald Neblett, Broughton Jones, Prof. J. H. White and James Nance. In 1927, an Omega chapter
was established at Fisk University. State men then began to file applications for that chapter and
among the men to make Omega were Coach T. D. Upshaw, Mr. Alton Jackson and Prof. Julian Belle.
Between the years of 1928 and 1930, it was very difficult for any State men to get in any chapter.
Realizing the wealth of immaterial On our campus, Prof. J. F. McClellan, President VV. J. Hale, Delta,
Gamma Psi and Eta Psi chapters began to take steps toward getting a charter for the Omega men at
State College. At that time there were only five Omega men on the campus, not enough to form a
chapter. Ned Rawls, James Taylor, Clarence Crook, Charles Sleigh, Leo Chilton and Kurtys Clay
were pledged in Eta Psi chapter, Fisk University. In January, Rawls, Taylor and Clay were made into
the fraternity. There was immediately formed on this campus an Omega clubg on April 24, 1931, a charter
was granted to this club and the chapter was given the name Rho Psi. Its first officers were Ned Rawls,
Basilusg George Hale, K. R. S.g Halton XVilliams, R. F., and Kurtys Clay, chapter editor. A pledge
club was formed consisting of live members with VV. J. Hale, Jr., as president. These live men were the
first to be initiated into Rho Psi. The chapter has progressed wonderfully since its beginning, boasting
of the highest scholastic average of any organization on the campus, promoting Negro achievement
week and being represented in all of the extra curricula activities on the campus.
At present there are nineteen men in the chapter and eleven men in the pledge club.
THE CHAPTER PERSONNEL
THOMAS WITHROW ..... ................ ....,.. u . . Basilus
KURTrs L. C LAY .... ...... V we-Basilus
CHARLES R. SLEIGH . . . . Keeper of R. and S.
NV. J. HALE, JR . . . Keeper of Ffimmce
NED M. RAWLS . . . . . . . Chapter Editor
FOREST STRANGE . . . ..... Keeper oj'Peace I
JAMES F. TAYLOR . . . . . . . ...... Chaplain
SAMUEL JONES TAYLOR THOMAS
WILLIAM l'lARRIS LEO CHILTON
XVALTER BUTLER SAMUEL LAVENDAR
VVAVERLY CRENSHAXV JOHN FRIERSON
NIANSFIELD NEALY W. S. DAVIS, JR.
CHARLES DOWDY JOHN WALLACE
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D. V. LEAVELLE, P. W. GORE, G. W. GORE, JR., W. J. HALE, H. E. HALE, B. GORDON
WILLIAM J. HALE, JR., EDITH CRAWFORD, CLINTON DERRICKS, SAMUELLA TOTTY
EDDEAN MOICRIS, NED RANVLS, ERANK ORNDOREIP, NIYRTLE ROBERTS
BERNICE CONYERS, CLYDIE MAE BRADSHAWV, ETIIA CAMPBELL, TILLIE XIVILSON
I ' JOSIE RIIFFIN, l.VlARY Woons, EDNA NEAL, GERALDINE BENNETT
Phi Beta Tau Scholarship Society
Phi Beta Tau Scholarship Society, though one of the youngest of the campus organizations, is
one of the most outstanding, and is destined to remain So, because of its high ideals and basic principles.
The Organization was perfected on March 26, 1931, to sponsor the ideas of high Scholarship among
the students and to instil in each the desire to maintain a high scholastic standing throughout his college
careers Not only does it stress scholarship, but also moral character above reproach, which is so
necessary to the making of men and women.
Requisites for eligibility to membership are that one shall have done sufficient work in the in-
stitution Ol' such quality that he will be graduated with "cum laude" honors.
The historical forerunners ol' this Organization are to be found in the Sais Society and Pi Kappa Nu.
NED RAXVLS ........ ....... ..... P r esirlent
CLINTON DERIQICK .... ...... . Vice-President
CLYDIE M. BRADSIIAW . . . Sccreiary
SAAIUELLA TOTTX' .... Assistant Secrelary
XV. J. PIALE, ,IR . . . . . . ........... ..... T reaswer
MIIS. W. J. HALIE, SR. DEAN G. W. GORE, JR.
PRES. W. J. HALE
Miss TILLIE WILSON MISS EDITH CRAWFORD
Miss NlARY XVOQDS MISS F. BERNICE CONYERS
MISS ETHA CAMPBELLE lX'iISS lVlYRTLE ROBERTS
MISS GERALDINE BENNETT MISS JOSIE RUFFIN
MISS EDDEAN lVlORRIS MISS BEATRICE GORDON
MISS EDNA NEAL MISS DOROTHY LEAVELLE
MRS. P. W. GORE MRS. CORRINE SPRINGER
MISS JUANITA IVIORRELL MRS. MARY' RILEY
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. . . President
JAMES COLLINS ..,. .....
PAULINE XIVOOIJARD . . . . . Sccrelury
LEVI WA'1'K1Ns . . . . . Treasurer
CECIL HARDX' . . . , . . . 13IlS1iHCSS Jblanagm'
. ...... Reporlcr
S. L. HALL ..... ...........,..
M us. F. A. SANDERS, Adviser
Miss EMMA GOODALL Miss NE'fTIE l'lARRIS
Miss JUANITA COLLIER Mlss JESSICA XKVEEDE
MISS JOHNIE VVILLIE MISS AILENE RANDOLPH
Miss HELEN CRAWLEY MR. ERNEST SHELTON
O b 1930 by the students then in the Rural
The Rural Education Club was organized in cto er, . ,
' t on of Mrs F A Sanders for the purpose of getting more and better
Education classes under'the mstruc 1 . . . ,
ac uainted with the social and educational conditions as they exist mlthe rurals.
' ' - ' d "tl the A ricultural Club in sponsoring the
This club has conducted Vesper services, co operate ui. 1 g I
' ind conducted the Natlonal Eclucatlon Week's program here on
Agriculture Booster'S VK eel: program 1 L
the campus, at which time several outstanding educators were chapel guests for the occasion.
The club is looking forward for bigger and more service-rendering activities each year during the
future history of this institution.
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The Rural Teachers Club was Organized April li, 1931, under the direction of Mrs. F. A. Sanders,
for the purpose of getting better acquainted and promoting co-operation among the Rural Teachers.
L. L. RowE ..... ......., ..... P 1 esident
NETTIE HARRIS . . ...... . Vice-President
LILLIAN B. JONES .......
MRS. F. A. SANDERS ........
Molto: "Know Thy Work"
. ..... Secretary
Colors: Blue and Gold
HUTCH BRINKLEY IDA B. POWELL
GEORGE F. DRAKE MARY VIRGINIA PRYOR , ,
BILLIE JAMES FLOYD ROLLINS f", ' '
NETTIE HARRIS LESLIE LEE-B-QKE A '-'VV I
J. A. HAYWORTH MYRTLE SIMMONS
SAMUEL HEROD MARY ELVENA SMITH
. -fl SUSIE MAE JUMPPER OCENIA MAE STATTEN
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" ,N LEATHY ICOHLHEIM RULTAN C. SWANAGAN
. , ' ' LIDA BELL LEE ODAIL SYLER
? ALLIE COLE MARSHALL MARY THOMPSON
LAURETTA lVlClVlURRY MARGUEIIITE TOXVNSEND
BESSIE PEDEN BERTHA MAI VERTREES
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BERNICE CONYERS . . ....... .... P resfdcmf
IVIATTIE LYLES . . . . Vice-President
ANNA TURNER . . . . . . Treasurer
N ATALIE FREDERICK . .... .Secrelary
LAURA NIAE EDMUNDS . . . . . Assistant Secretary
MISS EDNA MAE BIGGS . . . .......... . . Faculty Adviser
GENEVIEVE FAGALA Mx'R'I'I.1s ROBERTS
ALBERTA FRANKLIN IDALENE STRANGE
LULA MAE GRINTER , V DOROTHY LEAVELLEK
FLORENE NICHOLS JUANITA IVIORRELLK
ANNIE NICHOLS WILLA B. Bovot'
'F Graduate members.
The Sigma Phi Psi Club was organized january 23, 1926, by nine young ladies, namely: Misses
Wlilla Boyd, Gladys Buckner, Carrie Berry, Ethel Craft, Edna Fond Stuart, Verna Nance, Zana M.
Rogers, and Sallie Gladdish, with Mrs. Mary Riley as faculty adviser.
Colors: Pink and Orchid Q Flmcver: Sweet Peas.
Purpose-To aid in the betterment of educational, moral and social activities of the institution
by producing students who are earnest in the pursuit of higher learning, clean in their thoughts, and
desirous of contributing to moral betterment of the institution, congenial and fair in all their social
dealings, with an idea towards making the home life of women's dormitory pleasant for all.
, Vesper-"An Evening Spent lVith Sigma Phi Psi"-Tth OI December. D
Presentation of Gold Football to the most outstanding player in the home-coming game.
Winning of the Popularity Contest by the Sigma Phi Psi representative.
Annual Dance-March 28.
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W. HOLEA SIMPSON . . .... . . President
NANNI12 CALDXVELL . . Sccrelary
LACULIA MORSE . . ..... . Treasurer
M. L. PARHAM ..... ...... . . . Adviser
GIZRTRUDE LACY DORIS l'lILl.
EARLINE NIORRIS V. CORINE JOHNSON
LOIVIIE ISELEY E. DAVIS
PAULINE WOOIJARD B. ALLEN
CLYDIE BRADSI-mn' R. ALLEN
HEAGER FOR SERVICE, Rfiixm' FOR PLEASUREU
The members of the Swastilca Club, which was organized February 10, 1923, by Misses Vera
Beck, Margaret Thruston and Alma Mason, with Miss Agnes Kelley as adviser, resumed the club
activities for the ensuing year 1930-31 OII October 10, 1931, with seven Old members. One night in NO-
vember, seven new members were initiated into the organization, thus making E1 totalol' sixteen members.
M. L. PARK-IAM, .fldviser L. lVlORRIS
W. H. SIMPSON E, DAVIS
G. LACY QSRJ P. VVOODARD
V. CORINE JOHNSON R. ALLEN
E. NIORRIS B. ALLEN
L. IQELLEY E. JOHNSON
DORIS l-IILL C. BRADSHANV CSRJ
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The Supreme Circle Club
Man shall ever in his triumphs
Seek to reach the mountain-tops
Even though the way be treacherous
He doesn't pause, he never stops.
Why then shouldn't we on the mountain-side,
When nothing in the world can stop us
Not reach a place up among the stars
VVith faith in the motto Summa Omnibus?
Though the band be small and the end far ahead
And some exhausted may fall by the way,
Life at its best is composed of such-
It's the strong that reap at the end of the day.
The man who succeeds in the battle of life
Places in himself a confident trust
And smiles at the world as he continues to climb,
Placing faith in a motto like Summa Omnibus.
The Supreme Circle club, one of the oldest and most lively organizations of the campus, was
founded in 1919 by Mel-larris. It has for a motto "Summa Omnibus" and its slogan is, "Better Men."
The club conducts, annually during National Health Week, a health week program on the campus,
for the purpose of intensifying interest in cleanliness and showing the important part bacteria play in
imparing health. ,
The club sponsors an annual social event during the year, generally a formal banquet and dance.
The quartet, which has done much in the advertisement of the institution and to entertain the
student body, is composed of the following: O. A. johnson, lst tenorg Cecil Hardy, 2nd tenor, George
Brooks, baritoneg and David Clark, bass. It is hoped that much work will be done by this quartet
and that none shall excel it. '
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N.li.- Prof. Forbes in his science classes every three weeks posts an honor roll of all students who
have made more than 80 in the chemistry and physics courses he teaches. The following is the honor
roll for the Winter Quarter of this school year:
AVERAGES FOR THE WINTER QUARTER C1930-19311
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William Hale ..... .. .97 Mary Wood. . ..
William Hale. . .
Lurue Cleaves ....
Harry Coleman. . . ..... 94 T. Stewart Greer. . . ..... 94 Carrie Hall. . .
Tremaine Shearer .... . . .93 Mansfield Neely .... ..... 9 4 Ned Rawls. . , . .
Roy Vaughn ,...... . . .93 joseph Petway .... ..... 9 4 Hazel Welton. . . . .
Robert Weatherton. . . . . ,93 Ned Rawls ..... ..... 9 4 Etha Camphelle. . .
William Anderson. . . .92 Harry Coleman . . . . . .93 Fred Crowell. . .. . .
Viola McCrae .... . . .92 Theresa jones ..... ..... 9 2 Ruby Triplett. . . . .
Mark McGowan. . ..... 92 Reuben Allen . . ..... 91 Roy Vaughn. . . .
Charles Sleigh ............ 92 Lillian Cotten. . . ..... 91 Sammie Watkins. .
Richard Thompson ........ 91 John Edwards ..,.. ..... 9 1 Richard Davis. .
Hazel Welton ....... . . .91 james C. Holmes .......... 91 Ruby Briggs. . . .
Mack Young ..... ..... 9 1 Catherine Hunt .... ..... 9 1 Eugene Brown ....
Reuben Allen .... .,... 9 0 Anna jackson ..... ..,.. 9 1 Clara Greenlaw. . .
Stanley Davis .... ..... 9 0 Corrie jones ....... ..... 9 1 Elizabeth Hale ....
Norris jackson .... ..... 9 10 Matthew Maxwell ......... 91 Willie james ......
james Lacy ...... ..... S 30 Vtlilliam Perkins .... ..... 9 I Ernestine johnson.
Frank Nicholas. . . . . .90 Robert Branch .... . . .91 Modena Keith. . . .
Sammie Overton. . . . .90 Pat Alves ...... ..... 9 0 Valeria Ross. . . .
james Boulden .... ..... 9 0 Weber Smith. . .
Delmas Bright ..,, ..... 9 0 Leo Chilton ....
Rhoena Dennis .... ..... 9 0 Charles Neal ......
Ellen Dunford .... ..... 9 0 Thelma Nicholson.
Chester Owens .... ..... 9 0 Inez Northcutt ....
Nannie Parker .... ..... 9 0 Edith Ransom ....
Ima Raiford ....... ..... 9 O
Vlfilliam Redmond ......... 90
Anna Whittaker .... ..... 9 0
Lottie Lewis ,..... ..... 9 0
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Oliver Bryant ...... ..... 8 Sl Mildred Wlhnrton ..... .... 8 El Stanley Davis .,........... 89
Roosevelt Herring ......,.. 89 Fred Hall .,..... .... 8 9 St. Foster Dobbins. ....,. 89
Clyde Kincaide ..... ..... 8 8 George Brooks, . . .... 88 Amanda Todd ...... ..... 8 9
VVilliam Lacy.. . ..... 86 William Crawley. . . .... 88 Ola Williamson ...... . . . . . .89
Cain Lee ....... ..... 8 6 Earline Morris. . . .... 88 Myrtle Lee Roberts ...... . .88
Walter Parden . . . ..... 86 Beulah Golden. . . ,... 87 Alzata Wallace ..... . . . . . .88
Wilbur Woods .... .... 8 ti NValker Ligon .... ..., 8 T Mary Randolph ..... ..... 8 T
james Mayberry .... ..... 8 5 Richard North. . . .... 86 Ada Van Pelt ..... ...,. 8 T
George Watkins. .. ..... 85 Walter Butler ...... .... 8 5 Roy Ferguson .... ..... 8 lm
Jeronimo Cannon .... .... 8 5 William Harris .... ..... 8 6
Lemmie Donaldson ........ 85 Uliver Johnson .... .,... 8 fi
john Frierson ....... .... 8 5 Lula Joyce ..... ..... 8 6
Mark McGowan. . . .... 85 Mae E. Carr.. . . . . . . .85
Calvin johnson. . . .... .85
Roosevelt Mills. . . .... .85
Albert Banks ..... ..... 8 4 Isaac Cato ..............., 84 Thomas Bills ..... ..... 8 4
William Gupton .... ..... 8 3 Aline McCrory ..... .... 8 4 Eddie Campbelle .... ..... 8 4
Percy jones ...... ..... 8 3 Charles Batey ,... .... 8 3 Ida Gravitt ....... ..... 8 4
Roosevelt Mills ..... ..... 8 2 ' Ladclie Pasley ...,,. .... 8 3 Ross Cheairs .... ..... 8 3
Alton 'Wimberly .... .... 8 2 Alice Branham ..... .... 8 3 Gertrude Lacy .... .,,,, 8 3
james Neblett ,... ...,. 8 1 Alex Booker ..... .... 8 C3 Nelda McLin. . . .... .83
' Alfred Scott ...... ..... 8 2
Dimple johnson ..... ..... 8 0
College General Organic
Physics Chemistry Chemistry
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1. No. of Students in Class .... Ol -L9
2. No. making 811231, or more . . 34 47 51
3. No. passed .............. . . . .57 48 55
4. Per cent. making 8O'jQ. or more .... 92 913 93
5. No. failed ......,....... . . . 1 0
6. Total number in 3 Classes 141
7. Total number passed ...., 140
8. Total number failed ...... 1
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, Tennessee, 0 . .
Tennessee, 18 .
Tennessee, b .
1 Tennessee, 45 . .
my Tennessee, 0 . .....
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. . . W. Kentucky, 6
. . . . . . Alabama, 6
. . . Kentucky State, 18
'. Mississippi Industrial, 0
Coach T. D. Upshaw, with the help of assistant Coach Fletcher "Nick" Turner, started the year
with eleven lettermen, Captain Samuel jones, Brown, Withrow, Kincaide, Jordon, Davis, Lee, Hester,
Sleigh, Cansler and Cato. All lettermen were declared eligible. So for the most part, the nucleus of
the team was centered in the 1929 lettermen.
New athletes, namely: jamerson, Thomas, Drake and Baxter, worked well with the "Big Blue and
Wl1ite" machine, and gained upper berths with the "Great Tiger" team all eleven.
Brilliant offensive and defensive featuring startled our opponents in every snap of the ball. VVith
VVithrow, Drake, Baxter and Thomas starring every minute of the games, thrilling fans the entire season,
the "Big Blue and White" team outstripped their opponents 81-33 for a Hnal seasonal score.
l Basketball Record
w Tennessee 35-49-4-1 . ..... . Kappa 9-10-11
I Tennessee 52-61-31 . , . Alpha 7-18-12
U Tennessee -12-58
' Tennessee 28--18
. . Omega 14-16-12
. . . . Phi Beta 5-16
. XV. Kentucky 45-61
l ' Tennessee 54-56 . ......... . Hopkinsville 24-28
il I Tennessee -11 . . .......... .... N . F. T. 3
l TOTAL POINTS
I Tennessee 8-15 .......... ' . . . . . . , . . Opponents 354
' Tenncssee's Tigers of 1931 were the best cagers to have performed in our gym in 21 years. Every
game saw the Tigers return to old-time form that has always been coveted by our opposing teams. With
every man performing exceptionally the Tigers romped over all of its opponents with the exception of
NV. Kentucky. The Kentuckians by a queer trick of fate, were able to otfset the brilliant attack of the
Tigers, causing us to lose both games. Our team performed in all contests like those thrilling basketball
games described in story books.
Very little green material reported for the '31 basketball squad. Competition for any position
was great. Quite a few newcomers, Crumbaugh, Young, Mathis, Drake, -lamerson, and Thomas, made
it quite hot for the all-famous varsity Tigers, Frierson and Boyd. The two Kentuckians, however,
soon regained their old stride and began setting a new pace for the newcomers. Team play as a whole
was greatly improved during '31.
Coach 'tNick" Turner's tactics in coaching and substituting brought to us many victories when
ofttimes we had been doomed to the cellar by our opposers.
Captain elect was the method used the past season. This method will be used the following season,
'32. With the Tigers every man has an equal chance for any position and letters as well.
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