The clarion : the Brevard College weekly. online resource (None) 1935-current, March 04, 1977, Image 2
Page Two CLARION FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 1977 —itu atK UK ..toej Eliitartal J THE CLARION So often one finds editorials to be tirades against a never-ending ocean of injustice. Within this vein of negativism, the author gropes for some solutions among all of the choice sarcasm which the events bring to mind. For once, at least, this author would like to write something with a positive base — a sort of giving credit where credit is due, so to speak. At the risk of being somewhat biased, this editorial will deal with a subject of interest among many students this semester — Taylor Dormitory. The idea which seeks expression is this: Taylor Dorm, with all of its clanging radiators, lukewarm showers, and pre-Deluvian plumbing stands today as an example of progressive campus housing at a Christian institution of higher learning. The first factor so often misunderstood by those not in residence at Taylor is that college regulations are enforced at the dormitory. Let me clarify this: there is a tremendous difference between enforcement and incarceration. There is no communication gap between the R. A.’s and the students. Fur thermore, there is a spirit of fraternity which permeates the entire dorm. One can speak clearly and frankly with Mr. Craig Powell (our dormitory director). This in itself greatly facilitates an exchange of ideas — both negative and positive — between the students and the administration. But the exchange doesn’t end there — we get a response (not necessarily af firmative, but a reponse, nonetheless). When a regulation of the college is not adhered to, there is not an immediate and final judgement made. First and foremost comes communication (something which is so often lacking in any society). No system of justice can ever be effective without close and personal interaction between authority and its constituency. Doors are not broken down (they are knocked upon); students are not harassed ( they are shown the March 4, 1977 respect due adult human beings and mutual members of a campus community); paranoia is not rampant (respect for the rights of otoers is). All of these add up to a single policy of positive dormitory psychology. For the first time in our lives, many of us are beginning to realize that rules are made with people in mind. The second factor this discussion brings to mind is the question of mutual respect between the members of the dorm itself. So often society will evolve toward a feeling of alienation among its members. In a police state, each member, motivated by sdf-preservation, will strive to be as independent as possible — cooperating more out of fear than compassion. However, a positive system of organization greatly increases the students awareness of his dependence upon all of the members, and that his neighbors deserve the same degree of respect that he himself so richly desires. Confucius called it “reciprocity” (“Do not treat others as you would not have others treat you”). The last factor to be discussed is in somewhat of a moralistic vein. It is neither my desire nor my intent to undermine the organization of other dorms on campus. Each dorm must develop its own unique system of operations if it is to be effective. However, I think it is equally reasonable to admit that this positive psychology of dormitory living is found in varying degrees all over campus. With the ad dition of the card system for the women students, Brevard is granting its community mem bers a degree of personal rights never before achieved on this campus. The danger here is that there will always be a very small minority who will violate regulations regardless of psychology. It is our duty as adult members of this community to recognize our new privileges as just that — a gift that many The CLARION Brevard, N. C. 28712 j Member of Associated Collegiate Press and In- ercollegiate Press, Three-time winner of ACP’s First- Class Rating. Published during the college session by students of Brevard College. The opinions expressed in this periodical are those of the editorial board and not necessarily those of the college. (Editor-in-Chief Sports Editor Advertising Manager ^Feature Editor Staff Deborah Shelton Rick Olive Gordon Bostic Rhonda Pruitt Photographer Advisor Public Relations Director Matt Gilson, Luke Osteen x Cathy Varner , George Loveland Doyle Williams Rhuemma C. Miller John D. Eversman [j students before us tried to obtain but never did. Perhaps if we utilize the power of the silent majority, we can demonstrate to the rest of the community that we are responsible enough to accept and respect any privileges which the college sees fit to give us. t“One of the unfortunate dif ferences between a profit-mak ing corporation and a govem- Iment entity is that business operates on a carefully ac counted for accrual basis while tour various governments—lo cal, state, and federal—pursue a helter-skelter cash flow strat egy. Governments have deluded themselves for years into be lieving that the tax barrel is a limitless treasure trove of funds to spend. Thus, they have piled up liabilities upon liabilities far into the future, through pension funds and other commitments. But the fact is that taxes have become so astronomical that any additional taxation merely erodes the tax base and reduces revenues.” —Robert E. Thomas Pardon vs. Amnesty - A Moral Injustice On March 6, 1976, an aspiring - All draft offenders who have young presidential candidate taken citizenship in another from Georgia named Jimmy country and therefore could have Carter was interviewed by the been excluded from returning to Washington Post. When asked the United States, about the many Vietnam war - All draft offenders who draft evaders abroad. Carter participated in President Ford’s replied: “It’s very difficult for clemency are to receive a full me to equate what they (those pardon if their clemency was who fought) did with what the conditional, young people did who left the The Carter Administration country. So for a long time it was may now consider the issue hard for me to address the settled, but in actuality, the draft question in objective fashion, but evader issue is far from resolved. I think its time to get the Vietnam During the campaign, President war over with.” Carter, himself, made the Then, after a long campaign, a distinction between “amnesty” victory, and a “common man’s” and “blanket pardon”. In inaugurational ball, Jimmy President Carter’s view, an Carter, during his first week in amnesty would be an admission office, issued a blanket pardon that the moral deserters were for Vietnam draft evaders. The right, whereas a blanket pardon President’s program pardoned; would merely be an invitation to - All persons who may have forgive and forget. The President committed any offense between is stiU unwilling to adnnit the Aug. 4,1964, and Mardi 28, 1973, generally conceded fact that the in violation of the Military Vietnam war was morally wrong. Selective Service Act or any rule There are still many or regulation promulgated Americans abroad who carry thereunder. inside them a feeling that they - All persons convicted of ^y (jij the right thing. Are these Selective Service violation Americans to be barred from committed during the same jjjgjj. country simply because period. they stood up, and are still by George Loveland standing up, for a position which most Americans (excluding the President) now concede? It is not a compliment to our government to have to say that we have a president who refuses to admit that the Vietnam war was wrong. Furthermore, President Carter’s plan is far from just. It excludes the military deserters of the Vietnam war. These men left for the same moral reasons that the draft evaders did. But what is the difference in one who realized the insanity of the Vietnam war before he saw it and one who came to this realization after he got a whiff of the fiasco? True, President Carter’s plan is a step in the right direction. His goal to “get tht Vietnam war over with” is a nobel one. But the job of healing our country is far from over. We owe it to these men to grant them an “am nesty”. We must forget the ridiculous assumption that they were wrong and we should grant them a“pardon” for the sole purpose of healing the country’s wounds. The Luck Of The Irish Saint Patrick was born in the late 4th century in what was still Roman Britain. The son of a deacon, he obviously knew something about Christianity but was apparently somewhat less than devout. At the age of 16 he was kidnapped by a party of raiders and sold as a slave to the chief of a powerful Irish tribe. During his six long years as a shepherd in servitude, he remembered his father’s teachings and developed a strong faith in the Lord. Finally, lying half asleep one night, he heard a voice instructing him to escape and flee to the coast. He did just that and sure enough, there on the coast, he found a ship that gave him passage home. (Pretty neat, huh?) But the saga of Patrick doesn’t stop with a Late Show ending like that. Once again a voice spoke to him, this time telling him to return to Ireland to preach the Christian faith. Ireland at that time was a rough place with by Luke Osteen semi-barbaric tribes, a flourishing slave trade, and bands of Druids who felt that it was their duty to “retire” any Christian missionary that they found. Lacking a decent education and fearing a return to the country of his captivity, Patrick tried to ignore the call. But it grew as incessant as a “Ring Around the Collar” conunercial and he returned to Ireland. Jouneying through the north and west, where no Christian had gone before, he began the almost impossible task of converting an entire Pagan country. But Patrick was blest with a sense of humor, a humble spirit, a skillful tongue, and a tireless devotion to the teachings of Christ and by the aid of his life, Ireland was a bastion of Christian Faith. Today the works of Saint Patrick are commemorated on the day of his death, Mardi 17, in both Ireland and the U. S. The shamrock so often associated with St. Patrick, was actually a teaching aid used to illustrate the concept of the Holy Trinity with each leaf representing either the Father, Son, or the Holy Spirit. The popular belief that he 1^ all of the snakes out of Ireland springs from a 6th century reference to his “driving the serpents of the unclean (the Pagans) from the land”. Keep it green! About 600,000 barrels of oil come from Saudi Arabia to the U. S. daily. PLAnroo/vShy s^oiyLey \mBE ITS CALLED PLmUPUNCWRE!