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If you’re a member of one of NC State’s many campus student groups, you want that group to stay out of Student Government‘s crosshairs.
And it would seem that the pep club might have the easiest time doing just that since it welcomes the charge “to boost the spirit of the campus.”
But on this day in 1951, The Technician‘s headline placed the club directly in Campus Government’s “frying pan” due to a perceived power grab for A-1 athletics tickets.
According to the article, Student Government’s treasurer submitted a motion to cease financial support to the pep club, adding that “the campus as a whole has not profited from the activities of the Pep Club. No dividends have been seen except for the members themselves.”
The treasurer cited the allotment of 50 50-yard line seats for home football games the previous fall. And, he added, that the pep club was trying to make a similar play for men’s basketball tickets without the approval of Student Government.
He went on to make the point that if the club had that many members to fill that many seats, then the pep club had enough to sustain itself without the aid of Student Government.
The NC State Pep Club in 1951. Photo from 1951 Agromeck.
The motion was tabled until the pep club’s president could appear before student government.
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NC State has had 14 chancellors lead the university throughout it’s history, but none resisted the job more than Carey Bostian, who served as chancellor from 1953-59.
In the summer of 1953, he was unanimously elected to succeed John Harrelson, and Bostian agreed to take the job under one condition — that he be allowed to step down in just a couple of years. And it was on this day 60 years ago that he took office as the chancellor of NC State College.
He eventually stayed in the position for six years and dealt with a larger faculty role in running the college, students wanting more campus freedoms and the beginnings of the integration debate on campus.
Despite his administration’s challenges, Bostian served as a needed leader during a time of changing dynamics at NC State. “The college was undergoing various stresses in the 1950s with the burgeoning enrollments and limited autonomy under the UNC Consolidated University,” Hardy D. Berry wrote in Place Names on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Bostian stepped down in 1959 to return to what he loved best — teaching. He won the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award in 1968 and retired from teaching at NC State in 1973, after more than 40 years of service to the university. Today, Bostian Hall, which houses the botany, entomology, microbiology and zoology departments, bears his name.
In the 1947 Agromeck‘s dedication, the staff wrote that Bostian was “a wise counselor, a true friend, and an inspiration to all.”
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“College life without its journal is blank.” So went part of the announcement in the first issue of the Technician, NC State’s first student newspaper, on this day in 1920. “Smoothly and with never a jerk or a splash, but with an unnerving quiet movement, a strange ship casts off and her voyage has begun.”
The first issue was but four pages, no pictures, and a total of three ads. The news? “The State College is Meeting Its Demands,” read the front-page headline. The story beneath recited increasing enrollment figures and listed a variety of new projects to serve those students, including a new dissecting laboratory for the Veterinary Department and two new farm cottages under construction.
An item on the inside pages reported a fire at Watauga Hall that caused $1,000 worth of damage and resulted in firemen chopping on the floor, “gradually lessening the small chance of any return of our breakage fee.” Another article previewed a meeting of the Electrical Engineering Society that was scheduled to include “stunts” such as “frying eggs over a platter of ice.”
The paper started out as semi-monthly and replaced a short-lived monthly magazine called The Red & White that folded in 1917. By 1922, the student newspaper went weekly. Today, the Technician is published five days a week.
The 1920 Agromeck applauded the new student publication. “Hail! A real college news. And well done, brave and faithful class of ’20….Just what we’ve been looking for through the last four long dreary years.”
—Sylvia Adcock ’81
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It was a big deal when NC State’s basketball team played at Madison Square Garden in New York last month as part of the Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic. It was the team’s first appearance at “The Garden” in several years.
But NC State once had a team that made it a habit of performing at Madison Square Garden — the State College Poultry Judging Team.
On this day in 1926, the Poultry Judging Team competed for the 10th consecutive year in the National Inter-Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest at Madison Square Garden, according to an account in Historical State, an online archive maintained by NCSU Libraries.
The team did well, with senior John Jacob Barnhardt, a vocational education major from Acme, N.C., earning a silver medal for second best individual in utility judging. Other members of the team featured in the 1927 Agromeck were seniors John L. Fort and William M. Ginn and sophomore R.W. Shoffner.
Harry M. Lamon of the Madison Square Garden Poultry Show (far left) congratulates NC State senior John J. Barnhardt for his silver medal. (Photo courtesy of the Agromeck.)
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Everett Case engineered unprecedented success for NC State men’s basketball for 18 years while he was head coach. He brought an up-tempo style to a game that had largely been relegated to the half court. And he helped promote the sport in new ways, vaulting the Wolfpack and the ACC to the top of the basketball world.
And it was on this day in 1964 that what many consider the golden age of NC State basketball came to an end, when the coach they called “the Old Gray Fox” stepped down as the program’s head coach due to health reasons. Case would die two years later after an extensive battle with cancer.
During Case’s tenure, the Wolfpack went 377-134 and won 10 conference championships. He won six championships at the annual Dixie Classic, a tournament that was his brainchild. And he coached seven All-Americans — John Richter, Vic Molodet, Lou Pucillo, Bobby Speight, Ronnie Shavlik, Sam Ranzino and Dick Dickey.
Here’s how the 1965 Agromeck summed up Case’s achievements: “There is little doubt Everett Case’s contribution in filling the basketball program with glamour, exhilarating competition, and high-principled sportsmanship is indirectly responsible for the great success in the sport shared by many teams in North Carolina and the South.”
Case was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., in 1982, and into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012 as an inaugural member.
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As they say, it never hurts to try.
But on this day in 1934, the faculty at NC State denied a proposal by students to exempt seniors from all examinations, according to an account in Historical State, an online archive maintained by NCSU Libraries.
The denial must have been done quickly with little debate, for we could find no mention of it in our history books on NC State or in the Agromeck for that year.
Maybe the seniors were too busy studying for exams.
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The NC State basketball team had a great season in 1950 under head coach Everett Case. Led by All-Americans Dick Dickey and Sam Ranzino, the team finished with a 27-6 record and won the university’s fourth straight Southern Conference championship.
It also inaugurated the new William Neal Reynolds Coliseum on this day in 1949 with a 67-47 win over Washington & Lee.
Reynolds Coliseum, named after the president of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., was considered a tremendous upgrade for the basketball program and the university’s ROTC programs, which were also housed in the building.The 1951 Agromeck described the new building, with a seating capacity of 12,014, as “huge.”
When it opened, Reynolds was the largest on-campus facility in the nation, according to NC State Basketball: 100 Years of Innovation, by Tim Peeler and Roger Winstead. The total cost for the building, according to the book, was just under $2.5 million in state funds and donations.
“This mammoth arena, which measures 371 feet by 180 feet, recorded an attendance of 230,000 spectators for the home season,” read the account in the Agromeck. “That mark set a new national attendance record for games played on a college campus.”
That included some fans who, for the first game, had to sit on cement tiers because all of the seats had not yet been installed, according to an account in Historical State, an online archive maintained by NCSU Libraries.
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The Norm Sloan era was over. The Jim Valvano era was about to begin.
NC State hired Valvano, the coach at Iona, as its head basketball coach in 1980 after Sloan resigned to take the head coaching position at the University of Florida.
Valvano brought a different style to NC State, both on and off the court. It all began on this day in 1980, when Valvano coached his first game for the Wolfpack.
The game was against UNC-Wilmington. NC State was led in scoring by sophomore Dereck Whittenburg (24 points) and in assists by sophomore Sidney Lowe (8). NC State easily won the game, 83-59.
The team went on to finish the year 14-13, but Wolfpack fans were encouraged by what they had seen. This is what the 1981 Agromeck had to say about Valvano:
“He is the man who upon his arrival in March of 1980, danced the usual illusions of grandeur in front of State followers’ eyes.
“He is the man, who with his rich Italian brogue and witty one-liners spoke his mind with the media during post-game interviews.
“He is the man who transfused life back into a basketball program that under Stormin’ Norman was turning as stale as a six-week old loaf of bread.
“He is the man who said he didn’t mind his players drinking beer and having a good time as long as they didn’t disgrace the name N.C. State and who professed that basketball was just a game.
“He is the man that took the bridles off the horses and let them run.
“He is the man that at the end of his first ACC season said: ‘I think the quote where the philosopher said ‘Expectations are greater than realization’ never coached in the ACC.’
“He is James T. Valvano — alias coach Valvano or quite simply Coach V — and he was Wolfpack basketball in 1980-81.”
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NC State halfback Dick Christy scored 13 touchdowns, two extra points and one field goal during the 1957 campaign, according to the 1958 Agromeck. That’s a total of 83 points in a season for the native of Chester, Pa..
But 29 of those points came on this day in the last game of the 1957 season, when Christy’s scoring carried the Wolfpack to a 29-26 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks and secured the school its first ACC championship.
Dick Christy. Photo courtesy of NCSU Libraries.
Christy was part of an attack that led State to a 7-1-2 record that year, only falling to William & Mary and tying Miami and Duke. But the final and seventh victory gave head coach Earle Edwards a conference championship after four years of coaching the Wolfpack.
“This game was best summed-up by Bill Workman (Charleston News & Courier),” read an account of the game in the 1958 Agromeck. “‘Dick Christy played the University of South Carolina today. Christy won 29-26.’ Our hats off to you, Dick — All Conference, All American, and the South’s number one back.”
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Any talk of college campuses in the late 1960s typically conjures up images of student protests against the war in Vietnam and other counter-culture incidents. NC State is no exception to that, although the protests here were more subdued than those at many other universities.
But student life was about more than protest. There was also time for music and dance and all sorts of cultural experiences.
At NC State, the likes of Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed on campus during the 1967-68 school year. There was even a performance by a band called The Driving Stupid.
And, on this day in 1967, NC State students were treated to an unusual performance by two units of Queen Elizabeth II’s Brigade of Guards – the Band of the Welsh Guards and the pipes, drums and dancers of the Scots Guards, according to the Historical State archive maintained by NCSU Libraries.
The program was one of several “unique” performances — “uncluttered by gimmicks or echo chambers or battery operated sitars” — provided for students by Friends of the College, according to an account in the Agromeck.
“A series of seven concerts, ranging from the Vienna Philharmonic to Les Grands Ballets Canadiens to the Welsh and Scots Guards, attempts to satisfy all tastes and interests — and usually succeeds,” read the account in the Agromeck, which included the photo shown here.
There was no indication, though, as to whether students considered the Queen’s Brigade of Guards to be one of the successful performances.
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