Notes on newspaper articles
by Jim Jones
This file contains notes on articles that appeared in various newspapers (mostly the Daily Local News) in 1961. 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.
A new language lab has recently been added to Recitation Hall at WCSC. The lab will be used to support foreign language instruction, as well as other phases of teaching related to their respective discipline.
Six men and six women of the Soviet gymnastics team worked out at the 63rd Street YMCA in Manhattan to prepare for a two- week tour of the East Coast. On the 11-12, the Soviet women will compete against American women in West Chester; on the 14th the entire team will challenge the US Olympic team at Penn State University, and on Jan. 24 they will present a special exhibition at Madison Square Garden. The last Soviet group to tour the US was the Moiseyev Dance Company in 1958.
Dr. Stern, invited as a guest speaker, gave a speech dealing with state financing at the weekly session of the West Chester Lions Club.
West Chester and Cheyney state colleges would be among Pennsylvania's 14 state colleges for teacher training to receive almost $3 million in state funds. This would provide $530 per full-time student and include $916,070 for equipment in new buildings.
Eighty graduates received their degrees this morning at 10:30am in Phillips Memorial Auditorium
The Soviet gymnastic team performed an exhibition at Madison Square Farden before a Knicks-Celtics basketball game. The previous evening they performed in New Haven, CT.
The Russian coach's name was Mischakov. The Russian performmance at Madison Square Garden was part of an exchange program that would allow American athletes to go to the Soviet Union later in 1961.
The First Annual University of Scouting program will be held on Saturday, January 28, in Anderson Hall, WCSC, PA.
The entire program on individual courses will give participants credits toward requirements for scouting awards. All leaders, committeemen, and den mothers are invited to attend.
WCSC Band will participate in a series of exchange concerts with bands from nearby colleges and universities including Temple. The first concert will be on February 1 at 3pm, in S.H.A.
The House has received legislation to boost salaries and liberalize leaves for faculty members at state colleges. One measure would call for the minimum salaries of professors to be raised to $8,100. The other bill would permit leave of absences of up to 18 weeks at full pay, and 36 weeks at half pay.
WCSC will present Christopher Fry's comedy "The Lady is Not for Burning" on February 17, 18 at 8:15pm in Phillips Memorial Auditorium
Two faculty members of the Music Department at WCSC, Miss Lois Williams and Mr. Arnold Fletcher, will present a joint recital on Sunday February 19 at 7:30pm in S.H.A.
Dr. Alexander Antonowich, a WCSC faculty member has recently been named Public Relations Director at the college. The creation of the post was just officially approved by the state.
WCSC will host a group of Latin American visitors today at 9am. The group will tour the campus and its buildings, observe college classes and discuss observations at a luncheon in the college dining room.
The history of West Chester was traced at a meeting of a Kesher Israel Synagogue's Sisterhood, Monday evening, by WCSC Assistant Professor of History, Irene Shur of West Chester.
The Junior Class of WCSC will present "Guys and Dolls" on Saturday evening in Philips Memorial Auditorium at 8:15pm. The proceeds will go to the Swope Memorial Scolarship Fund.
The WCSC Brass Ensemble will present a program at Chester County Art Center, Sunday at 3pm. The concert is open to the public, coffee will be served after the show.
Dr. Arnold J. Toynbee, a famous British historian and classical scholar lectured to a large crowd last night gathered in Philips Memorial Auditorium. His lecture focused on western civilization and world supremacy.
Robert Carl, a member of WCSC Music Department Faculty will showcase a repertoire of songs on the piano in Swope Hall Auditorium on Sunday, at 7:30pm.
A state-wide Youth Traffic Safety Conference has been called for by Governor Lawrence. Regional conferences will be held at 14 state colleges for a full day. WCSC will hold its conference on April 10.
The All-Star series as WCSC will conclude with the performance of the nation-touring Robert Shaw Chorale. The show will begin at 8:15pm on Wednesday night at the Philips Memorial Auditorium.
The WCSC Symphony Orchestra will present its annual concert on Sunday, March 19 and Monday, March 20 in Swope Hall Auditorium.
General State Authority has appointed a Philadelphia architect to prepare designs for a new dining hall to house 1800 students at WCSC.
A bold purse-snatcher attempted to the steal the purse of Mrs. William Benner, wife of a former college faculty member, in front of Anderson Hall on S.Church Street. Occurring in the noon-hour, Mrs. Benner described her attacker as a "large negro" who fled the scene after Mrs. Benner screamed and college students came to her rescue.
90 voices combined to make up the WCSC Choir will sing the oratorio "The Passion According to St. Matthew" on Palm Sunday evening in West Chester Methodist Church.
Despite the many negotiations and debates over the Demonstration School, it has been decided that the school will stay open-at least through the 1961-62 school year.
The student dramatic organization, known as the Little Theater, will present Graham Greene's play, 'The Potting Shed' on March 26 and 27 in Philips Memorial Auditorium.
A three week conservation workshop will be held at WCSC from August 7 through August 25. This workshop which is presented by the Geography Department will be worth 3 graduate credits to teachers working on their Master of Education.
New ability tests to aid in prediction of success and guidance of college upperclassmen were given randomly to selected seniors at WCSC on Monday.
Dr, Teresa Casuso, Cuba's former ambassador to the U.N. will be the guest lecturer on Tuesday evening at 8:15 at Philips Memorial Auditorium. The topic will be "Cuba and the US".
A statewide network of education television stations linking 14 state colleges is envisioned as a possibility in the near future of Pennsylvania. West Chester and Cheyney would play vital roles in the early stages of setting up the network.
Men's and Women's Choruses of WCSC will present their annual concert on Sunday, April 9 at 3pm in the Swope Hall Auditorium.
High St. will be undergoing a resurfacing from Gay St. to Rosedale Ave. at the southern limits of the borough. The construction will get under way in July and will complete in September.
Dr. Loren Eiseley, internationally known anthropologist and provost of the University of Pennsylvania will be a guest speaker presented by WCSC. he will speak at 8:15 this evening in Swope Hall.
A general alarm fire broke out shortly before 9 o'clock this morning, and gutted the rear of a second floor apartment at 17 S.Walnut St. Four people fled unharmed.
A WCSC employee fell while at work today in the field house on Monday Monday afternoon. He is listed in poor condition in Memorial Hospital in West Chester.
The Education and Music Departments will present "O Restless Race", a musical based on the life of Daniel Boone, on Friday and Saturday nights.
The General State Authority announced approval of $175,000 to purchase a 36.8 acre lot in East Bradford and West Goshen Township. The land will benefit the physical education department.
The West Chester Choir comprised of 93 juniors and seniors will present its annual concert ON May 7 and 8 in Swope Hall Auditorium.
On May 9, from 2-4pm WCSC will behaving an Open House in the new Special Education Building located on Church St. across from Anderson and attached to Ehinger Gymnasium. As of January 1961, the college began a program of ceritification of teachers in special education.
The Region of the Pennsylvania Association for Student Teaching will meet at WCSC on Friday to prepare for the annual region meeting to take place in October on West Chester campus. Nine colleges and universities are expected to attend.
Commencement will take place in Hollinger Field House on Sunday at 2:30pm. Dr. Charles H. Boehm, superintendent of the Public Institute of the Commonwealth of Pennsylavania will be the guest speaker.
Scheduled for Saturday, Alumni Day at WCSC will greet more than 1000 former students. Usual specific class reunions will take place as well as annual business meetings of the Alumni Association.
The annual Spring Dinner Meeting of the Area 9 Curriculum Committee will take place tonight at 7 followed by General Session at 8pm. More than 300 educators from Chester, Delaware, and Montogomery counties are expected to attend to discuss curriculum projects.
Pennsylvania Department of Health is one of eight agencies serving on the Inter-Agency PLanning Committee which is sponsoring a workshop five Community-School Health Education workshops from Junr 26-July 14. The workshop will count for three graduate or undergraduate credits.
Dr. Earl F. Sykes, college dean of academic affairs at WCSC lectured to fellow Rotarians on the differences between European and American educational systems.
President Stern outlined details of the campus plan for WCSC to West Chester alumni yesterday. The decade will see a science building, an amphitheater and planetarium, a large dining hall, 2 new girl's dormitories, a co-educational dorm, a men's dorm, a newlibrary, a labratory school, and a community center. Additional land will be acquired to provide room for the 5000 expected students in the future.
the WCSC Board of Trustees held its annual election on Tuesday during its regularly scheduled meeting. Symons was elected as President of the Board succeeding Dr. Charles W. David. Symons has been a board member since 1958.
Dr. Kenneth R. Widdall has been appointed to the new position of Dean of Administrative Affairs at WCSC by the Board of Trustees with apporval of President Stern.
WCSC Physical Education Director, Dr. Russell Sturzebecker will accompany the U.S.AAU gymnastic team on their tour of Europe and Africa as their manager. The tour begins next month.
More than 1,000 elementary, junior high, and young adult books are on display in WCSC's Francis Harvey Green Library, Room 2. Teachers, librarians, as well as anyone else interested is invited to inspect the vast collection on display from 8-5:30 M- F, and 9:30-12pm Saturday until July 24.
A group of paintings will be exhibited in WCSC Anderson Hall open to the public until July 29. The paintings are the work of the Chairman of the Art Department, faculty member H. Theodore Hallman.
18 residents of Chester County will be among 62 graduates who will receive degrees from WCSC at its summer commencement in Philips Memorial Auditorium, 10am Thursday. This commencement program will be marked historically because three graduate degrees will be conferred-the first granted at WCSC.
The Annual Workshop of Pennsylvania Association of Student Councilwill be held at three colleges, locally at WCSC, also at Shippenburg and Slippery Rock colleghes. The workshop will start on Sunday and run through Thursday. Neraly 70 highschools in the Eastern part of the state will send representatives.
Brandywine Valley Association is sponsoring a Three week conservation workshop being conducted at WCSC. The course, for graduate students, is composed of 24 elementary and junior high school teachers.
WCSC has appointed four new members to its Health and Physical Education Department.
On August 14, the Senate of Pennsylvania adopted Senate Resolution Serial No. 98 commending and congratulating two members of the Health and Physical Education Department at WCSC. The two faculty members were honored for being selected as manager and trainer of the AAU teams on tour to Europe. The men, Dr. Russell Sturzebecker and Edward Norris will each recent official copies of the resolution.
Starting this fall, college courses will be offered instructing students in German and Russian. The courses in Russian will be offered during evening sessions for college area residents to attend also. Along with this comes the installation of newly-apointed Assistant Professor of Foreign Language, Alois H. Kulhanek as faculty of WCSC.
Board of Trustees of WCSC announced the appointment of 16 new members to posts in 5 departments:English, Foreign Language, Science, Education, Music, Geography.
WCSC will offer television course "the New Biology" for credit. The course, broadcast by WCAU in Philadelphia will begin late this month airing 6-6:30 M-F. Dr. Robert B. Gordon, of Science Department will be in charge of arrangements at college.
Dean Kenneth R. Widdall, recently appointed Dean of Administration, has developed campus comprehensive plans for WCSC through the year 2011. These plans entail population trends, economic high and low points, bureaucratic red tape, as well as changing philosophies of politics in his 50 year plan. Widdall refused to go into detail, but says he has his work cut out for him.
WCSC Board of Trustees will ask Dr. Stern to resign as President of the College. If he refuses, it is reported that the Trustees will take action and fire Stern. If he does resign, he will be permitted to finish out the calendar year. Dr. Stern has already prepared a "lengthy statement" against his removal of position. The board has not yet announced its complaints against the President. An offical meeting is scheduled for this afternoon.
Results of the meeting last night remain inconclusive as to whether or not Dr. Stern will resign. The Daily Local News learned today that the Board asked Dr. Stern to resign several days ago. Reasons for his dismissal include a personal feud with the athletic department as well as "meddling" in various departments including the maintenance department. In this department employees are largely hired on political patronage basis. Dr. Stern is determined to improve the scholastic level and reputation of the college. The athletic director, on the other hand, is determined to have WCSC remain a "football school". Such issues are at the center of the problems with Dr. Stern.
The board issued its statement to the press last night after firing Dr. Noel T. Stern from his job as president. At the same time the trustees announced that Dr. Earl F. Sykes, academic dean, will be placed in charge of college operations until further notice.
Canadian contralto, Shakespearean comedy, American symphony orchestra, and a ballet company will be the featured attractions of this year's 27th All-Star Series at WCSC.
Dr. Lloyd C. Mitchell, chairman of Music Department at WCSC has accepted invitation from Dr. Charles H. Boehm, Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Commonwealth of PA to serve as a member of the State Curriculum Committee.
Twelve Pennsylvania college and universities including WCSC which offer Physical Education courses will conduct a study designed to aid in developing a more effect Physical Education program in Pennsylvania. The study will run in coordination with President Kennedy's Council on Youth Fitness, which was created as an answer to the President's attack aimed at conquering physical sluggishness.
Dr. Constantine Johns, professor of Music at WCSC will appear as a guest at the South District String Clinic sponsored by the Pennsylvania String Teachers Association tomorrow.
WCSC will play host to nearly 150 modern foreign language teachers in a foreign langugae conference held on Tuesday on the campus.
Allocations for two projects at WCSC have recently been increased. The funds for construction of a dining hall and kitchen were raised by $694,000 while two dorms received an additional $65,000.
WCSC will hold its 13th annual carrer parley on Friday, October 6, on campus. The college expects more than 800 junior and seniors in surrounding high schools to attend to aid students on whether or not teaching is the right career for them.
Parents weekend at WCSC will be held starting tomorrow through Sunday. The parents of 1, 200 students have been invited to visit the camppus and partake in the numerous activities occurring this wekend such as a football game, a field hockey game, and All-College Recreation Day.
Miss Maureen Forrester, Canadian contralto, opened the 27th annual All-Star Concert Series last night with her professional performance. The audience displayed appreciation by calling the artists back for two encores.
Hearings for two West Chester State students will be held this afternoon on charges stemming from a fight in which a service man was injured following the college's football game on Friday.
The annual meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania region of the Pennsylvania Association for Student Teachers will be held Friday, October 20 at WCSC. Nearly 100 representatives from 37 colleges and universities in Eastern PA are expected to attend.
WCSC will host Felix Greene, intenational correspondent who will speak on the topic "China Revisited". It will be held Tues, October 17 in Philips Memorial Auditorium at 10am.
129 students will be honored at WCSC tomorrow night at the college's first academic dinner at 7:30pm in college dining hall.
Dr. Noel T. Stern, former president of WCSC spoke last night in Philadelphia, saying a politically dominated Board of Trustees is not duplicated at all state colleges, charging the West Chester board with playing politics. He commented that the college board has narrowed their choice of new presidents to three people and are waiting until after elections to name an acting president [while] declaring that the college has no administrative direction.
WCSC has been chosen as a testing center for the 1961 administration of the National Teachers Exam February 10.
The Health and Physical Education Department at WCSC has accepted an invitation to participate in a series of weekly television programs on WFIL-TV stressing physical fitness and demonstrating conditioning activities.
A field representative of the U.S. Peace Corps, Mrs. Marise Ross is visiting WCSC today to explain the purpose of the agencyand the many opportunities it offers for overseas service in newly developing nations. She will formally address all students in Phillips Memorial Library from 3-4pm.
The Dublin Gate Theater product of Shakespeare's comedy, "Tha Taming of the Shrew" will be presented at WCSC as part of their All-Star Series on Wednesday at 8:15pm.
WCSC has received several applications for the college's new presidential vacancy. There is no set time limit on submitting a list of candidates and no blanket announcements have been sent out to prospective candidates. The Board of Trustees hope to install a new prsident by the start of the second semester in February.
At midnight November 22, Gay and Market streets will become a one way thorofare allowing for an easing of traffic jams on the heavily used streets.
WCSC faculty representatives will be among the 5,000 Enlgish teachers attending the 51st annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, November 23-25 in Philadelphia.
Nine students have been chosen to perform in WCSC's performance of Handel's famous "Messiah" on at 3pm Sunday in Philips Memorial Auditorium. The performance also includes more than 300 other students majoring in music and is open to the public.
WCSC has issued its first annual report, containing a review of the college year 1960-61. The report contains data on operating budget, anticipated building program, and estimated future enrollments.
More than 525 representatives of some 280 colleges and universities from 6 states are expected to attend the annual convention of the Middle States Association of Collegiate Registrars and Offices of Admission, November 23-25 in Atlantic City, NJ. The Director of Admissions of WCSC, Dr. Milton C. Woodlen will be in attendance.
Distinguished poet and dramatist will be first guest lecturer on this year's Phillips Foundation Lecture Series presented by WCSC 8:15pm, November 29 in Philips Memorial Auditorium.
West Chester State won the NCAA soccer championship. More than 300 Ram fans were ready to greet them late Saturday night at Philadelphia International Airport.
The General State Authority announced its authorization of a purchase of 70.9 acres in West Goshen Township for WCSC to be used for relocation and expansion of college facilities.
36 students at WCSC enrolled in the course "Pysch of the Mentally Retarded" will visit the Midvale School in Coatesville on November 30 to observe teaching procedures employed in the school.
Frederick Pflieger, tenor, an Assistant Professor of Music at WCSC will present a vocal recital at 8:15 in Swope Hall Auditorium, fourth in college faculty recital series.
Plans for WCSC are slowly reaching the point where they can be publicly announced. The work will cost more than $900,000 and will include power plant improvemnets, land purchase, as well as renovation of on-campus utilities.'
Dr. Alexander Antonowich, Professor of Music and Director of Public Relations at West Chester State is one of the 28th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Music Education Association.
The 40th annual Christman Carol Service will be presented by West Chester State college choirs and will take place on December 14 at 8:15 in Philips Memorial Auditorium.
Under direction of William J. Bruehl, assistant professor of english West Chester students have been presenting one-act plays two times a week in Philips Memorial Auditorium. Bruehl hopes to have undergrads directing these plays saying, "... the more responsibility you give a student, the more he responds."The plays are open to the public and should be of value to the general community.
Six members of West Chester College staff will attend the 109th annual convention of the PSEA, Wednesday through Friday in Harrisburg. Acting president Dr. Earl F. Sykes will be a guest at the luncheon of the Association of State College Faculties featuring guest speaker, Governor David L. Lawrence.
Dr. Stern announced yesterday that Albert W. Johson, State House Minority Leader would investigate the "... political pressures exerted on Administrations and Faculties of Pennsylvania's 14 state colleges ... with particular emphasis upon conditions at WCSC".
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