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(Suilfflrbtati Volume LXVII, No. 19 Serendipity Kept Alcohol-Free? By Jennifer Park Serendipity 1984 lacked the col lege sponsored kegs and pubs that have been an important feature in the past. The new North Carolina drink ing age resulted in a change in school policy which now prohibits any student organization from buying, selling and serving alcoholic beverages. The new rule made it impossible for the Senate to sponsor pubs as it has done in recent years. Attempts to have the alcohol portion of the Serendipity weekend catered by a firm that could serve alcohol did not work out because of the enormous liability such a venture would place on the firm. Many people with cans and bot tles attended the Mr. Guilford contest Friday night. Dick Dyer, Bob White and Larry Sexton, Housing personnel, stood at the entrance to Stern berger stopping people who were taking cans and bottles into the Saturday evening dance. White, Director of Housing and Security, said they had planned to be there before Friday night. "People haven't taken it as a dry Serendipity which has disap pointed me. People have taken it as bring your own," Susanna Ter rell, Serendipity Committee co chairperson, said. To the comment that alcohol seemed to have been allowed in cups, White said, "You didn't hear me say that!" Terrell said that she felt "students adjusted right away," and added that the ABC store was swamped on Friday. The Serendipity Committee learned there was no possibility of having the celebration catered on Friday, March 30. Terrell said the committee in tended students to have time to petition for parties when they learned it was to be a dry weekend. White said there had not been many more party peti tions for Serendipity weekend than there are for most weekends. Terrell said,. "If I had known when I took this job, I could have planned," for a dry Serendipity. An Alcohol Task Force was formed in February to explore the possibility of serving alcohol despite the new policies. The committee consisted of Andrew Schoffner, Brian Seabrook, Jayne Mardock, David Hood (the other Serendipity co chairperson), Susanna Terrell, Hugh Stohler, Claudette Franklin and Bob White. The committee explored many options and found that having the event catered was the only possibility for avoiding a "dry" Serendipity. According to Susanna Terrell, the three caterers that the com mittee contacted were, "very, very positive up until the last cou ple of weeks." At that point con sultation with company lawyers convinced them that their liabili ty would be too great. Bob White cited the cost of separate insurance policies for serving alcohol away from their location of business as well as the cost of a temporary ABC license for selling alcohol somewhere other than the business' location as the reasons the caterers back ed out. Terrell met with White on Mon day, April 2 to discuss their predicament. David Hood and White wrote the letter that was sent to students on Tuesday. The letter was put in mailboxes Thursday afternoon. Terrell said that the committee and Student Services were very disappointed about not being able to have the weekend catered. She said that they were concerned about the fact that the drinking wouldn't be in the open and that they would have a lot less control. Enforcement of rules about alcohol consumption during Serendipity has always presented a problem. In the past students have been allowed to drink in the pub areas, but this year no such areas existed. Terrell expressed concern about whose responsibility it is to do the enforcing of rules that don't allow open bottles, cans, or coolers with alcohol. She men tioned the limited number of security guards, the extra responsibilities faculty are already asked to take upon themselves, the reluctance of the administration to get involved and the difficulties students face in confronting friends and classmates. Football team members were called upon to act as Serendipity "Sheriffs" during the carnival Saturday afternoon. According to the North Carolina law which went into ef fect October 1, 1983 the minimum age to buy and possess beer and unfortified wine is 19. This has meant that the majority of freshmen are underage. In response the Senate revised codebook policies to be in accor dance with NC law and the best interests of students. The new rule prohibits the buying, selling and serving of alcholic beverages by student organizations and resident halls through the sales of beer tickets and the like. During the jello wrestling con test Saturday, Craig Taylor and Grant Reed both received deep cuts to the knee. Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. 27410 Taylor, treated at Humana Hospital, was told by the doctor that his cut looked like a glass cut because it was so clean. Photo by Brittany Plaut Students, faculty, staff and friends come together to share the carnival atmosphere of the 'B4 Serendipity celebration. Who Needs A By Kenneth Goldwasser The Guilford College Board of Visitors Symposium on "Who needs a Free Press?" was both educational and entertaining despite the absence of NBC News commentator John Chancellor. Chancellor, who was scheduled to talk about and answer ques tions concerning the symposium topic, and discuss the recent press blackout in Grenada, was detained by poor weather condi tions in New York. His colleague and co-author of their book The News Business, Walter Mears, was able to reach Greensboro via train Mears, executive editor for the Associated Press, replaced Chancellor as the symposium evening speaker. Mears interjected political satire into a speech on "Good News, Bad News —Who's To Say?" "People want to read about bad news," he said. "Good news usually isn't news," Mears added. He pointed out that "it is the man who shoots his wife that makes news, not the man who thinks about it." Mears also discussed the use of unidentified sources by reporters. "The public is entitled to know who is saying what," he said, "but reporters need to have unidentified sources." If the facts gained Hugh Stohler expressed the opi nion that Reed's cut was from the wooden frame of the wrestling area. through an unidentified source stands up then it is a legitimate way of obtaining information, Mears said. Mears also addressed the issue of the press' declining public im age. "The problem is," Mears said, "People believe journalists write to sell papers." Businessmen in particular he ad ded, " have zero understanding of how the press works." Reporters must not take it upon themselves to change the readers opinion, Mears said, it is however the reporters responsibility to "develop a professional style that Baseball Bats By Doug Drotman Over the past two weeks the Quakers have played nine ballgames. They won three and lost six. This gives the Quakers a 6-11 overall record. Poor hitting has certainly not been the reason for the poor record. The Quakers have been led by leadoff hitter, Jerry Kidd (.435, 3H, 11RBI), who has kept his average above .400 for the en tire season Ken Cornelison (.409, 4HR, 8 Doubles, 30 RBI), had a streak during his past nine games in which he went 13-16 (.813) with 4 HR. 17 RBI. The 4-3 victory April U, 1984 The actual cause of the cuts has not been determined. Taylor received 10 stitches and Reed received nine. puts them apart from the story." Mears emphasized the need for straightforward reporting. "You could read all the political reports I've written and not be able to tell which way I voted," Mears claimed. "At least I hope not," he added. Mears concluded by restating the need for straightforward, ob jective reporting and some words of advice for reporters, "Be straightforward and remember, you're not in a popularity con test." The symposium came to an end with Mears answering questions from the audience. over Elon marked the only con ference and district win for the Quakers. Trailing 3-2 in the top of the eighth Aldire Payne tied the score with his fifth homer of the season. Azzarita then led off the ninth with the game winning homerun. Gregg Campbell pitch ed a fine game for his third win of the season. In the final two games the Quakers lost to Wingate 13-3 and also lost a close game to High Point 5-4. Payne .314, SHR, 18RBI Dan Graham, .260, 10RBI and Todd Roberts .266. The team batting is an excellent .305.