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Volume I—Number i(i
Wednesday. March 2(>, liXid
Murfreesboro. N. C.
Editing of letters,
editorials is necessary
By MALCOLM JONES
Smoke Signal Advisor
Although editing of editorials and letters to the edi
tor has not been practiced with Smoke Signals, many
pieces of copy turned in by students has gone against
the long-practiced professional ethics of the news
It has now come to the point where it is necessary
to enforce the policies by which Smoke Signals is
Opinions are a vital part of any newspaper, and this
includes all opinions, whether they be those of the
editor, or the reader, or. in our case the students,
faculty, administration and staff.
Fortunately, very few individuals have the same
opinions about any given subject. This makes for a
healthy atmosphere of discussion, and the end result
brings about a greater understanding of the many
problems which are always present in any commun
In our case Chowan is a community; it is a com
munity dedicated to learning, and the process of
learning encompasses many areas of development
for the individual.
But let's confine ourselves initially to the require
ments for expressing opinions, both constructive and
First, it is necessary that opinions be presented in
a constructive manner. Your thoughts must contain
the element of good taste and some semblance of
Next, all opinion copy submitted must be signed.
This does not mean with a pen name or a ficticious
name. Neither can such opinions be written by one
individual and signed by another. If there is a question
on the part of the staff, such material will not be
This simply means that if you cannot associate
yourself with your opinions, they may be better kept
There has never been a desire to control or limit the
freedom of expression on the part of students. This
should be evident from the content of Smoke Signals.
But there is a requirement that all copy for the news
paper be kept within the realm of good taste.
Constructive criticism, together with suggestions
and recommendations, has been responsible for im
provements in many fields of college life both at
Chowan and other institutions of higher education.
Such criticism has made possible greater under
standing of mutual problems as they pertain to ad
ministration and student body. But also remember
there are two sides to every story.
It seems pertinent, under the circumstances, to re
peat something said before. The comment came from
Prof. Lewis B. Mayhew. Stanford University School
of Education, who. incidentally, has been a frequent
critic of the educational establishment.
Professor Mayhew said. “Students want the in
stitution to take action in cases which are detrimental
to the institution and the student, and at the same
time provide a kind of parent image to whom students
can go when they are in trouble."
Then he said, "Students probably must realize
that they can't have it both ways "
Head resident's relative
in Apollo 9 recovery
As the Apollo 9 spacecraft
soared through space and back
to Earth in the final stages of
the splashdown on March 13.
1969. the first radar contact
with the capsule was made by
an EC121 radar picket plane,
from McCoy A.F.B. in Florida.
The airplane was piloted by
Lt. Col. Paul C. Lawrence, the
father of Mrs. Vicki Griffin.
to received free
Dr. Bruce E. Whitaker. Pres
ident of Chowan College, has
approved the request made by
Clayton Lewis. Dean of Students,
to provide the 1969-70 SGA
President with free room, tui
tion. and fees (except for
meals) for one six weeks sess
ion this summer.
Dr. Whitaker approved the
request because such a plan
will permit the SGA President
to take three fewer hours each
semester next year and free
him to provide more leadership
The SGA President will also
be on campus for a six-weeks
period during the summer to
plan the program of activities
for the 1969-70 term.
“This is an experimental
program." said Dean Lewis."
and the effectiveness next year
will determine its renewal in
future years. "
Vicki is the wife of Robert
Griffin. Head Resident of East
Lt. Col, and Mrs. Lawrence
and Vicki's four brothers and
sisters are stationed at McCoy
A.F.B. in Orlando. Florida about
75 miles from Cape Kennedy.
As a career officer in the U.S.
Air Force. Lt. Col. Lawrence's
duties as a “Connie " pilot us
ually involve twelve hour miss
ions. patrolling the waters be
tween the Atlantic Ocean and
the Gulf of Mexico. However,
his squadron, the 966th Airborne
Early Warning and Control
Squadron, participate in the
recovery of manned space shots.
On March 13. Lt. Col. Lawr
ence's mission involved the re
covery of the Apollo 9 in the
Atlantic Ocean. The primary
function of this mission was to
establish and maintain radar
contact with the capsule upon
Last issue of
This issue of March 26
will be the last issue un
til we return from Easter
vacation. The date of that
issue will be April 16. How
ever. copy will be taken at
any time for that issue.
The deadline will be Fri
day. April 11.
its reentry into the Earth's
There was a three minute
blackout period when the space
craft was reentering the atmos
phere in which no radio contact
could be made from the ground
to the capsule and vice versa.
It was during this time when
the spacecraft was 230 miles
from the point of splashdown
that the first radar contact was
made by Lt. Col. Lawrence’s
The mission was a small
part of the whole recovery
process, but it was vitally
important to the profect. Inci
dentally. Vicki and Bob were
Lt. Col. Lawrence is a vet
eran of Vietnam and the recip
ient of the Distinguished Flying
Cross, and six Air Medals.
Sun City comes
By FRANCINE SAWYER
The co-eds on this campus
have taken upon themselves to
bring the sun to their rooms.
You may have noticed the red
cheeks (on the face), the blis
ters. and the puffy eyes. It
comes from sunlamp bathing.
Many girls have had serious
trouble as a result of staying
under the bulb too long. Some
girls have gone to the doctor.
If you have had trouble it is
suggested that you put an oil
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Stage band to provide music
Members of the Chowan College stage band will provide dinner music for the listening
pleasure of students in Thomas Cafeteria on Wednesday evening, April 9. between 5
and () p m. The band is under the direction of Robert W. Brown of the Department ol