Notes on newspaper articles
by Jim Jones
This file contains notes on articles that appeared in various newspapers (mostly the Daily Local News) in 1960. They have been edited for punctuation, spelling and grammar by Jim Jones of the History Department.
Disclaimer: These notes were collected for specific research projects. They do not include all of the articles in any issue, nor do they contain all of the information in any particular article. While every reasonable effort was made to insure its accuracy, the information on this website is presented AS IS without warranty, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy, timeliness, or completeness. It is intended as a resource for historians, and nothing more. To report an error, make a comment, or submit notes on additional articles, please contact Dr. Jim Jones.
The churches of West Chester got together to participate in the world day of prayer. This event was scheduled to take place March fourth at 2pm at Holy Trinity Church.
The WCSC Little Theater Unit will present Thornton Wilder's well known farce "the Skin of Our Teeth" on Friday and Saturday nights in Philips Memorial Auditorium. at 8:15pm. The play will be directed by Associate professor of English, Robert McEntire.
Dr. Thomas E. Berry will deliver a lecture on the topic "The role of the newspaper, radio, and television as media of mass communication". The lecture will be given in Philips Memorial Auditorium. at 8:15pm on Monday March 7.
The state approved $24,600 for construction of a storm sewer line for the men's dormitory at WCSC. The college is undergoing extensive construction to build new men's and women's dorms, a music building, and power plant. A special education building is planned in the near future.
Over 100 West Chester firemen were called to a blaze at 411 S. Matlack St. The fire which broke out at approximately 5pm badly damaged both 411 and 413. Fortunately no one was injured.
Eight members of WCSC Concert Band have been chosen to perform in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival to be held at Drexel Institute of Technology on Saturday at 8pm.
A piano recital will be given by Charles Sprenkle, a member of the WCSC music department on Sunday night beginning at 7:30 in Philips Memorial Auditorium.
The WCSC trustees must decide who will succeed the late Dr. Charles S Swope. The choice has now been narrowed down to half a dozen. The type of man to fill this position should be an able administrator, a man who knows young people, someone with vision who can forsee whatis to come as well as keep the traditions of West Chester alive. He should also realize that WCSC is only a part of the greater West Chester community and that cooperation and consideration are essential.
The Geography departmment at WCSC will be holding a three week workshop on the conservation of natural resources. The workshope will carry three semester hours graduate credit and will run from June 27 to July 15.
General State Authority at Harrisburg received unofficial low bids for construction of facilities at five Pennsylvania State colleges. Bids were received locally from West Chester and Cheyney.
On Wednesday night Philips Memorial Auditorium. will host the Boston Opera Company who will give a performance of Jacques Offenbach's "Voyage to the Moon" adapted form a Jules Verne novel. Curtain time is 8:15pm.
This year's Campus Charity Campaign at WCSC was kicked off on Tuesday with a "Dog Patch" revue. On Monday night a Sadie Hawkins dance will be held. Each class is responsible for a particular job for the weeklong charity campaign.The seniors were responsible for the kickoff; the juniors, collecting and auditing; the sophomores, publicity; and the freshmen, the dances.
The new 12 inch water main, being constructed along Sharpless St. between High and Church Streets to serve WCSC expansion program will begin Monday. The construction will involve the rerouting of water to several nearby areas. The borough engineer warns people that the discoloration may affect washing machines, people must therefore take caution when washing their clothes. The system should be back to normal by Thursday.
At 10: 51pm, Police were called to investigate a disturbance at WCSC.When the police arrived on the scene a large number of males were gathered in front of the women's dormitory. Local police desribed this as a panty raid, a traditional custom for college students across the country to welcome spring.
The Music Department at WCSC will present 2 operas composed by America's leading contemporary composers. The shows on April 29 and 30 will be used to raise money for the Music Department Scholarship Fund. Over 250 are involved in the production oif the show which will give the community a taste of the claiber of work being done at the state funded institution.
Dr. Noel T. Stern has been named President of WCSC and will assume his new post on September 1 succeeding the late Dr. Charles S. Swope. Dr. Stern will earn an annual salary of $14,657.
The appointment of Dr. Stern will mark the beginning of a new era WCSC. He isthe choice of trustees who are almost all new to West Chester. This marks an end to the"old West Chester" which will undergo numerous chnages in the coming years. One such change has already occurred making a significant difference that is: changing the name of the school from West Chester State Teachers College- to the present WCSC. The school previously for those who wanted to teach, now takes in more students by offering varying degrees.
The churches of West Chester got together for a combined Good Friday service, at the Methodist Church of West Chester. Each church pastor participated in some part of this event.
The Daughters of the American Revolution passed a series of resolutions at their annual convention including one that demanded Congress investigate the role of cultural exchange programs in promoting "Soviet psychological warfare." They also demanded that the US should withdraw from the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), not join the World Court, retain the Panama Canal and forbid the display of the Panamaniamn flag there, and fight pornograhpy.
An announcenment was made yesterdayby the board of trustees at WCSC concerning the creation of three new positions to unburden the load of work at the executive level. The proposed positions would give president-elect Dr.Stern three deans: one of academic affairs, one of student affairs, and one of administration. The Dean of Administration will handle many of the concerns the past presidents handled.
Dr. Jack Owens, of the WCSC faculty is the new president of the Health and Physical Eductaion Association of the Pennsylvania SouthEast District.
Five students of WCSC have been chosen as finalists in the 1960 Miss West Chester County Pageant to be held May 21 in Scott High School Auditorium, Coatesville.
Dr. Sykes has beend apointed Dean of Academic Affairs by the Board of Trustees with Dr. Stern's approval. Dr. Sykes formerly served as theDean of Instucrtion as well as assistant to the president. Dr. Sykes has been a member of the WCSC faculty for 22 years.
Miss Betty Broomall, Chairman of Alumni Day Activities at WCSC has announced the names of committee chairmen who will assist with the day's program. Alumni Day will be observed on May 21. More than 1, 000 former students are expected to attend.
WCSC students will sponsor a 2-day drive for contributions to the Swope Memorial Scholarship Fund dedicated to the late president Dr. Swope.
the General State Authority has awarded contracts to WCSC totalling $111,500 for construction of a special education building. The new structure will form the east wing on an already existing Gymnasium building.
The newly created post of Dean of student affairs has been filled by Dr. Jack Owens. Dr. Owens has been a member of the WCSC faculty since 1956 and is resigning his profesorship in the Department of Health and Physical Education to accept this new post.
WCSC will host a dinner meeting for the Area Nine Curriculum Committee on Thursday evening at 7pm in the college dining room. Following the dinner, the group will meet in the Faculty lounge in Philips Memorial Auditorium. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss curriculum activities in Area Nine during the 1959-60 school year and discuss planned curriculum for the 1960-61 school year.
The establishment of a restaurant of the 700 block of S. High Street is now permitted. The Burgess Charles Lucas said he feels it is time for a rezoning of the West Chester area where residential areas could become business districts.
John W. Clokey Jr., 42, on leave from his duties as head coach of track at WCSC, remains in serious condition today after a collision yesterday upon returning home from the Middle Atlantic Conference Track and Field Championship at Gettysburg College. The four members of the West Chester track varsity travelling with Clokey sustained minor injuries.
Saturday at WCSC, special reunions of 5 year classes will be just one of many activities going on. Three of the 12 reunion classes are planning box lunches while others are holding luncheons in the West Chester community.
27 students have been chosen to be featured in the Who's Who of American Colleges and Universities. these students all received this honor by exhibiting scholastic achievement as well as campus citizenship.
The trustees have chosen to memorialize those who have rendered outstanding services to WCSC by naming new bulidingsanf fields after 6 prominent people: Swope Hall, McCarthy Hall, Hollinger Field house, Farrell Stadium, Waters Soccer Field, and Allen Baseball Field.
Dr. Robert Reese has been appointed Director of Athletics at WCSC. Dr. Reese previously coached freshamn football and basketball, cross country, and gymnastics from 1951-1959 at WCSC.
The annual commencement ceremonies will be held at 3:15pm tomorrow in Philips Memorial Auditorium. The class of 340 will be the first to grdaute on a Sunday, rather than the traditional Monday. This change was made to accommodate the friends and fmailies of the graduates. The Baccalaureate service will be excluded and will be held in churches of variuous denominations on Sunday morning. The graduate program will include an invocation, patriotic exercises, musical selections, principal address, presentation of degrees, and benediction.
Only four members of the class of '89, West Chester State Normal School are surviving, none, because of their age and health, will be able to attend the annual Alumni Day beginning today.
In the 86th annual commencement exercises 333 WCSC seniors received their diplomas in Philips Memorial Auditorium. 122 Elemntary Education, 68 Secondary Education, 90 Health and Physical Education, 50 Music Education, 2 Public School Nursing, and one Dental Hygiene Student received degrees.
The Alumni Association predicted a total of 5, 000 students by 1980 for WCSC. The furture will be marked with multipurpose trainging rather than a single teacher trainging one. Two new dorms housing 550 students will be occupied next semester. The Baord of Trustees is seeking funds to build a newer, more modern library, a science building, and a larger dining hall.
The West Chester-Cheyney area was listed as a possible site of one of four junior colleges being built to supply the amount of students enrolling on college.
West Chester borough school board members discussed the possibility that WCSC may close its Demonstration School as soon as this fall.
The Demonstration School currently has 179 pupils enrolled from K-6, 136 of whom live in West Chester. These students would be absorbed in West Chester Public Schools should the Demonstration School close. The main reason for closing the school is financial because WCSC does not receive separate funding for the school. The West Chester School District will receive $13,000 reimbursement for the financial needs of the additional students.
Betty Ann Weiser, 20, of York is a WCWSC sophomore. Miss Weiser was also voted Miss Congeniality. The only other award recipient from WCSC was a sophomore, Judilee Weinberg, Ridley Park, who won for personality, grace, and general apperance in an evening gown.
The School and Community Health Workshop will sponsor a health exhibit in Anderson Hall, main floor on Thursday July 7, from 9am-3pm.
Dr. H. Larue Frain, acting president of WCSC will retire today after serving as president for over a year. Dr. Frain became president after the death of Dr. Charles S. Swope. He will be succeeded by Dr. Stern.
WCSC will hold its annual summer commencement exercises in Philips Memorial Auditorium. at 10am. 71 students will receive degrees.
Some 32 students will be attending WCSC. The local college will house the largest aggregation of West Chester High graduates starting their college education this fall.
General State Authority will receive bids on construction of 5 all weather tennis courts at WCSC on September 21. The cost of the new courts is estimated to be about $35,000.
About 800 freshmen registered yesterday at WCSC then stopped by to buy their "freshman" beanies and identification buttons. It is the largest first class in the history of the college.
The Chester County Teaching Institute will conduct a program next Monday in Philips Memorial Auditorium. 9am-3:30pm. The program will include teaching demonstrations for local elementary teachers.
A big welcome is extended to the 800 new students at WCSC. We hope you will come to like West Chester and become acquainted with its businesses, stores, and people. WCSC is recognized for its caliber of students and graduates and is proud of its reputation in the field of education. Every student has something to contribute to this college. IN this spirit we welcome you to our town and to West Chester State!
Many speakers travelling across the area will present 1960 Chester County Day to organizations and groups through lectures and slides. These slides preview Chester County Day through exterior and interior scenes of many fine old homes opening to the public, October 1. The slides will be shown at a number of places, one being on Friday, September 30 at 8:15pm at WCSC.
Governor David L. Lawrence is coming to West Chester to speak at the dedication of three new buildings on college campus: McCarthy Hall, Swope Hall, and the new Men's Dormitory on Rosedale Ave. The dedication will follow a luncheon in his honor on Sunday afternoon.
West Chester State has three potential Olympic candidates for the 64 Olympics. The girls would be the college's first female Olympic competitors.
Dr. Stern announced today that the undergraduate enrollment is 2,414 students, a jump of 383 from the 1960 enrollment.
The administration of WCSC has approved a student organization of two campus campaign movements to support candidates in the presidential election. The students expect this to evolve into Republican and Demorcatic Clubs at West Chester State.
Dr. Stern is a man in the midst of learning a new job. Sitting in his office Wednesday, Dr. Stern remarked, "I guess I've always wanted to be a college president" with such wonderment as if he can't believe he's been president since September 1. Dr. Stern says he is ready to embark on a large period of growth and advancement for the college.
Two soloists, a dance company, a symphony orchestra, and a chorale group make up the 26 annual All-Star course at WCSC. All concerts will be at Philips Memorial Auditorium. Starting at 8:15. The shows begin on October 4 and the last show is on March 15.
WCSC is growing very rapidly with the addition of new buildings. The school now sees a need for increased water and sewage facilities. The point at issue: who should fund this need? Chester County Borough feels the Commonwealth, which subsidizes West Chester State, should pay. College officials agree with this, but it remains for the state to negotiate with the borough.
Dr. Lloyd Mitchell, head of WCSC Music Department, will open the college's 1960-61 series of faculty recitals on Sunday at 7:30 in the recently completed Swope Hall.
The ultimate fate of WCSC Demonstration School was almost certainly decided last night as the borough School Board said that the Demonstration School will be demolished by the state to make room for a new college library.
General State Authority approved two prjects at WCSC: a science building $753,500 and a dining hall and kitchen $1,310,000.
The Russian Olympic Men and Women's Gymnastics Team will appear at WCSC Field House on Monday and Tuesday evenings, October 31 and November 1. The Russian Women's Team will compete against the United States Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team.
WCSC annual homecoming parade will start tonight at 6pm at the college and will wind its way through thr West Chester Borough. The parade will last an hour and will precede the football game at Farrell Stadium.
Students at WCSC are putting on "A Little Great Debate" tonight from 8:30-9pm. The debate will feature spokesmen from both political factions. The public is invited to attend, it will be held in the Philips Memorial Library.
Russian Gymnastics team members did not receive visas in time for their scheduled appearance. West Chester is officially off- limits to Soviet visitors, but due to exceptional facilities and community support expections were made. The WCSC Board of Trustees issued the following statement: "The visit of the Russian Olympic Gymanstics Team to the United States is postponed...We have reconsidered our previous action, and we have reinstated our invitation to the Russian team to come to West Chester".
In conjunction with an open house at Swope Hall and Parents' Weekend the music department is presenting a free Festival of Music running the entire weekend. Alumni, friends of the college and general public are invited to all musical events.
WCSC will host its 12th annual Carrer Day for junior and senior students from 38 highschools.
30 Social Studies students from WCSC will be among the 300 area college and law school students watching the voting polls in Philadelphia on Tuesday. The social studies majors and volunteering their services to act as deterrents against irregularities.
The churches of West Chester planned a combined thanksgiving service. This event was to take place at the Manson House Hotel, and the speakers for the event were Fredrick Mathias (pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, and Robert Boel from the Second Presbyterian Church of West Chester.
Three members of the WCSC Faculty will present a joint recital at 7:30pm, Sunday in Swope Hall Auditorium. The recital is open to the public.
Nearly 1000 persons came together last night in tribute to Jack Clokey, the college track coach left in a wheelchair after a serious car crash in May. A new Dodge Dart, specially equipped to be operated with hands alone, was presented to Clokey last night. He responded with a sincere expression of gratitude.
A tremendous fire ripped through one of the deserted barracks owned by WCSC on College Ave. between Church and New Streets. The fire was reported at 9:43pm and attracted the attention of over 500 people.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be performing in Philips Memorial Auditorium. at 8:15pm.
Tomorrow at 10am, Dr. Stern will be formally inaugurated as WCSC's fourth president. It will be held in Philips Memorial Auditorium and is expected to be the most impressive inaugural ceremony in the college's history.
WCSC has just renamed a Philadelphia architectural firm to make plans for two new women's dorms. The buildings will include push-button elevators, a recreational room, snack bar, apartment for the Dean, and study and laundry rooms.
Eleven retiring senior employees of the WCSC will be honored at the annual employee Christmas party today at 2pm.
A senior at WCSC, Miss Joan Parr amazed a packed audience last night in Philips Memorial Chapel as she sang out "O Holy Night" in the 39th annual carol service.
The Soviet Union Olympic Gymnastic Team will open its American tour at WCSC Field House. The program, originally slated for November, will be held January 11 and 12.
G. Baker Thompson was elected president of Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) yesterday. Thompson is a 1925 WCSC graduate and former teacher at Unionville High School.
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