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Page 2 — Smoke Signals, Wednesday, December 13, 1978
The Staff of Smoke Signals extends wishes for a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year to all members of the Chowan College family — students,
faculty and staff.
We wish also at this time to express our sincere appreciation to those
students and faculty members in the Graphic Arts Department who have
set the type, pasted up page layouts, photographed and developed the page
plates and run the web press to produce in final form the newspapers for
which we have gathered and written the news.
As a final pre-holiday wish to all students:
“May all of your exam questions be ones to which you know the
Watch Your Language!
Posters decorate doors, walls, windows, and sometimes even ceilings all over
the campus. They attempt to inform and enlighten the student body of activities
and events going on around campus.
But their attempt is only a weak one, for half of these signs are misleading and
unclear. To get the message across more successfully the posters should be neat
and accurate. But above all, the words and names should be spelled correctly.
Evidences of the atrocious spelling are hanging everywhere. On the door of
Thomas Cafeteria hangs a poster about intramural volleyball. It explains that the
team “roasters” are due in November.
Concerning the recent talent show, a poster hanging on the door of the snack bar
informed all interested students to see “Chaplin” Taylor.
A sign on the front of Belk Hall says in big letters — “You’ve come ‘along’ way
baby.” It has been a long time since I have seen spelling like that.
These misspelled words are disgusting. Obviously, the anonymous poster-
makers are putting very little effort or thought into their creations.
Posters serve as important notices to students. In most cases these are the only
way that students hear about certain events. This fact makes in imperative that
the information be correct and the spelling done properly.
A couple of would-be Chowan alumni (third year students, including me) were
rememtering old times as a couple of freshmen were looking through a 1976-77
yearbook. One of the freshmen noted that “everyone looks so happy.” This type of
impression is good for the school.
Thinking back we began to recall many happy times and good friends with whom
we spent those times during our stay at Chowan. These impressive times will stay
with us for quite a long time. Such impressions will also encourage others to con
tinue their education at Chowan.
At the time the 76-'77 yearbook was being printed, most of the freshmen felt the
same as most of the freshmen now, wondering why we were here. After a couple of
years, that question can be answered with little trouble. And more than likely, the
freshmen now will feel the same in a few years as we do now; glad that we chose
Chowan as a place where we could make happy memories.
Names tor Chowan Snack Bar
Due Before Holiday Closing
Entries in the Name the Snack Bar Contest must be submitted before Thomas
Cafeteria closes for the holiday after lunch on Thursday, December 21.
Entries will be judged for their originality, imagination and appropriateness.
A box will be placed near the check-in desk at the cafeteria for receipt of entries.
The student who submits the winning entry, as judged by the officers of the Stu
dent Goverment Association, will receive a large cooler filled with containers of
Pepsi-Cola donated by the McPherson Beverage Company of Roanoke Rapids,
area distributor of Pepsi-Cola.
The winner will be announced in the first spring semester issue of Smoke
Entries should be submitted on the form below.
Name The Snock Bar
I propose that the Snack Bor at Chowan College be
Edited, printed and published
by students at Chowan College
for students, faculty and staff
of Chowan College
Susan Pate — Editor
Harry Pickett and Angela Elder — Associate Editors
Puts It Plainly
I am a sophomore here at Chowan
and think it’s time someone pointed out
a few of the problems of the College in
plain language for the returning
freshmen. The administration will call
this a gripe sheet, and they’re right — if
I pay $3,000 a year to attend a college, I
can complain. I want to warn the retur
ning students of a few things they will
1) Loss of Constitutioiial Rights — the
college doesn’t quite tell you what you
give up in order to come here. You lose
virtually all rights concerning search
and seizures, convictions of misde-
meaners, and right to a trial by jury of
your peers. Dean Winslow can enter
and search your room without a war
rant at any time, and you can’t do a
thing about it. I can understand and
support roomchecks to prevent posses
sion of narcotics or handguns, but only
at a specified time; he should have to
have a warrant stating just cause, sign
ed by an independent body other than
the faculty alone, to search or enter a
room at any other time.
Your convictions of offenses to the
college are a joke; your appeals go
again to the faculty. Granted, by and
large the judicial system has been
somewhat fair, but there is very little to
ensure that this will continue — if they
(or any faculty member) want you,
they’ve got you. There should be more
student participation in things such as
the judicial council and absence com
mittee (less somewhat for the absense
committee because excuses are rather
cut-and-dried-and you’re either excus
ed of not, according to the handt)ook).
Any charges should tie dropped if pro
per procedure isn’t followed (such as a
possession charge if issued without a
proper warrant). And forget contesting
a parking ticket, the security guard is
2) Faculty Omnipotence — the facul
ty can bypass any procedure they wish
to get what they wish, regardless of stu
dent requests. Most of the movies
reserved by students for weeks ac
cording to proper procedures, were
bumped at the last minute by the
drama department to MHA to make
room for a rehearsal.
3) Safety of Personal Property — in
case you were not aware, you’re not in
sured by the college for almost
everything, I understand the college
does carry accident/dental insurance.
However, your car or other property
are not. Part, if not all, of the car
registration fee pays security to protect
you. Yet should you become a burglary
victim, the college assumes no liability.
By law, the police have jurisdiction on
the campus of a private college only for
a felony (many colleges now have ar
rangements to allow some police pro
tection). Therefore, if the campus
security isn’t effective enough, it should
be strengthened enough to pass in
surance standards for safety (Chowan
does not) or eliminated as a waste of
money. Case in point: last year my
automobile was broken into three
separate times in two weeks in Parker
Hall’s lighted, supposedly patrolled,
parking lot. I lost $400 in stereo and
camera equipment (the car wasn’t
even worth that!). Then a week later
ten cars had windows smashed in, and
my car was one of them. As before, the
college said it wasn’t liable for loss or
property damage. This year, after
grudgingly paying that registration fee,
the vandalism started again (several
automobile roofs were smashed in). I
went to Dean Winslow and said that I
was parking my new car in front of the
dorm so I could watch it — he said he’d
have it towed away regardless. A
month later my car was set on fire —
again the college said they weren’t
responsible and would pay no damages.
My insurance company won’t insure
me at Chowan because it’s a “high-
risk” area. I understand that no one can
be all places at all times, but this is
ridiculous. They could fence in the
parking lots by selling that useless
parking lot behind the cafeteria (on
Union Street) and finance the whole
deal (who put that lot there, anyway?).
These gripes of mine deal with
specific problems of the college — they
in no way indict any other faculty
members or departments of the college
at all. I just wish that someone had told
me all this before I entered.—
Wilson W. Hitchings
(Editor’s Note: The writer of this let
ter is editor of the 1979 Chowanoka, an
honor student and was recently includ
ed in the 1978-79 listing of Who’s Who
Among Students in American Junior
Holds Learning Labs
By DANIEL BENDER
A learning lab or help session is held
in the Math department on Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
from 2 to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 3 to
5 p.m., Carl Simmons, head of the Math
The purpose of this lab is to provide
students with help in math skills. The
lab is open to all students who need help
is math and students may come and go
as they please, said Simmons. A stu
dent and a professor are on duty during
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Foreign Students Enjoy
Studies and New Friends Telephonic
(Continued from Page 1)
Unlike the majority of Chowan’s
students, the two girls like the food
here. “It is very different from the food
in my country but I like it,” Teko
Since Micronesian people dress total
ly diferent from Americans it was
necessary for Teko and Aity to convert
their entire wardrobe into the
American style of dress. “Americans
dress very comfortably,” Teko said.
Teko and Aity came to the United
States to go to college because there are
no colleges in Micronesia. They both
plan to go to summer school here then
transfer after another year.
Attending Cliowan are a number of
Iranians. The shah of Iran has increas
ed the number of students allowed to
study in the United States, where
they’re sent to pick up much-needed
western technology and management
The influx of students has helped
many schools maintain enrollment
levels. And the influx has been
dramatic: The 2500 Iranian students in
the United States schools in 1969 have
been joined by anywhere from 30,000 to
Mojdeh Mostowfi and Moshen Maher
are two Iranian students here at
Chowan. They both like CSiowan very
much but find the English classes very
difficult. Their studying in a foreign
country has enabled them to meet
many friends of both American and Ira
Mojdeh comments that “they serve
hamburgers a lot,” when asked how she
was adjusting to the American food.
Moshen thinks that the food is similar to
the food in his country. “But I still don’t
like it,” he admits.
The Iranian fashions are very similar
to the American style of dress so there
was no great switch-over to make.
Levi’s are famous from continent to
Now one has a glimpse of what the
Western Civilization 101 will be
taught from Wednesday, December 27,
1978 through Thursday, January 11,
Classes will be held daily from 9 a.m.
until 12 noon and from 2 p.m. until 4
p.m. except on Saturdays and New
Year’s Day, when afternoon classes
will not be conducted. (There are no
Students will meet at night to view
the CrVIUSATION filmstrips which
are based on films produced by the
British Broadcasting Corporation. (The
college policy on class absences applies
to those enrolled in this interim
The course carries three semester
hours of academic credit.
The cafeteria will not open while the
course is taught. Students enrolled in
the course must arrange for their
Cost for the course is tuition - $120 and
Room - $50 for a total of $170 which
should be paid prior to December 27.
The textbook used in this course will
be the same as the one used during the
fall semester of the 1978-79 term.
PLEASE COMPLETE AND
RETURN TO DEAN LEWIS
To; Dean Lewis
I will take Western Civilization 101 from
Wednesday, December 27, 1978 until
foreign students at Chowan are ex
periencing and their opinions of study
ing abroad. Living in a foreign country
for a year provides a great deal of
education that one could never find in
By MARIE S. ELLIOTT
Assistant Director of Health Services
You, the average college student, will
probably glance at this article and real
ly pay no attention to the contents.
However, after reading some recent
warnings by a State Health official, I
felt duty bound to pass this information
on to you.
You have been back after the
Thanksgiving holiday just about the
right amount of time for the warning to
have real meaning for you.
This warning relates to a rJiing
number of students in the Elementary
and grammar grades in schools, both
public and private.
Female lice lay their eggs, fastened
with a cement-like substance on the
hair shaft near the scalp. Incubation
time varies, according to temperature,
but the average is about eight or nine
days. It can be as much as 35 days in
The adult lice are usually found in the
hair above and back of the ears and just
above the hairline on the back of the
Having these little pests is not a
social disgrace. They are found on all
segments of society including the very
rich and the very poor..(Due to close
personal contact on playground etc.)
The only disgrace is in keeping them
because there is treatment readily
available that is very effective in get
ting rid of them.
Instead of using space for giving
more specific instructions for lice
eradication here let me just state that
the college nurses will be glad to
discuss any problem with you and give
necessary instructions on an individual
basis, in strict confidence.
By ANGELA ELDER
With a trembling finger I slowly dial
my home phone number. Not an
ticipating any sweet, encouraging
words from my parents, I meekly greet
them, “Hello mom, this is your dumb
but sincere offspring.”
But before I can finish my explana
tion of why I earned the terrible grades
that I did, my mother, on the kitchen
phone, and my father in the hall, roll off
with the longest string of angry words
that I have ever been dished.
My heart pounds spastically as 1
repeat “yes ma’am” and “no sir” at
least a thousand times each. Threats
and ultimatums fill my ear.
In my attempt to explain away 3 D’s
and 2 F’s, not to mention a number of
unexcused absences, I start to blame
everything from poor professors and
adjusting to college life, to the North
Guilt overcomes me. My mother
starts to sob into the phone until my
father warns her of the danger of elec
tric shock. Dad continues to bark and
sputter into the phone.
After a long period of silence, I gather
my courage and dehver a sincere
apology. Thinking to myself that the
coy approach usually works better, I
ensure my parents that I appreciate the
hard-earned money that is spent on my
education and that I promise to do bet
ter and try harder.
Apparently this does the trick. My
father affirms my new-found motiva
tion and my mother applauds my en
“We have faith in you dear,” they
recite in union. “Keep up the good
work! ’ ’ And with that, they hang up the
Wiping the perspiration from my
forehead, I fling my unopened books in
to the corner and head out for another
fun-filled study-free evening.
To all you helpful folks out there, let
us emphasize that Angie’s columns are
definitely NOT autobiographical. She’s
not flunking at this time any more than
she was suffering for lack of dates
Campus Pciperbcick bestsellers
1. The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough. (Avon,
$2.50.) Australian family saga: fiction.
2. My Mother, Myself, by Nancy Friday. (Dell, $2.50.) The
daughter’s search for identity.
3. The Women’s Room, by Marilyn French. (Jove/HBJ,
$2.50.) Perspective on women’s role in society: fiction.
4. All Things Wise and Wonderful, by James Herriot.
(Bantam, $2.75.) Continuing story of Yorkshire vet.
5. The Amityville Horror, by Jay Anson. (Bantam, $2.50.)
True story of terror in a house possessed.
6. Centennial, by James A. Michener. (Fawcett/Crest,
$2.95.) Epic story of America’s legendary West: fiction.
7. The Immigrants, by Howard Fast. (Dell, $2.75.) Italian
immigrants rise and fall from Nob Hill: fiction.
8. Daniel Martin, by John Fowles. (Signet, $2.95.) English
playwright influenced by Hollywood: fiction.
9- l^cifer s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle.
(Fawcett/Crest, $2.50.) Struggle for survival after gigan
tic comet hits earth: fiction.
Jo of Eden, by Carl Sagan. (Ballantine,
$2.25.) The evolution of intelligence.
This list was compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education from infor-
supplied by college stores throughout the country. November 24,