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Aletheia. volume (None) 1977-1997, December 15, 1977, Image 2

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Page 2, December 15, 1977 RtcKorc^icr) Telephone Blues It’s a typical Sunday night. After an hour of desperate searching and pleading, you discover some generous soul who will lend you 20 cents. You then take your place in line for the next hour to wait (along with 15 other people) for an available phone. When your big moment finally arrives, (which , literally, is all you get sometimes) the 15 people waiting overhear every private comment you make to the person on the receiving end. This is a familiar story for any MAC student who resides in a dorm. The dorms have only one phone per hall, with the exception of Howerton, which has only two phones for the students it houses. It’s an unnecessary inconvenience to have to hunt for 20 cents everytime you need to make a phone call. And when you’re paying for a long distance call from the pay phone,it’s not always possible to find four or five dollars in change, especially at night. Most of the students are courteious about keeping calls brief. But when you haven’t conversed with someone for awhile and you need to do some serious talking, you want to spend time on the telephone. Many times, sharing a phone with 30 (or more) other people makes this impossible. A hall phone is also impracticable for private conversations. People unavoidably overhear personal things that are meant only for your caller’s ears. It’s distracting when people are constantly walking by, and this makes it difficult to carry on a consistant calloquy. Quite a few colleges have found an easy answer to the phone problem in dorms. In many schools, telephones have been installed in each room, and students are directly resposible to the phone company for the bill they run up. Phones in each room would be convenient for the students, they wouldn’t have to hustle up 20 cents everytime they needed to use the phone, and they could talk in the privacy of their own room without being overheard and without any distractions. Curtis Editor’s Note - What ever happened to the old-fashioned phone ‘booth: I think telephone companies have forgotten'how to make them. Letters to the Editor This ‘n That Dear Fellow Students, The MAC catalogue describes convocations as being “for cultural and educational purposes’! It goes on to state that they are intended “to broaden the horizons and enrich the experience of the student body’ 1 I am concerned about the quality of some of this past semester’s con vocations and their ability to fulfill the goals defined in the catalogue. I stronglyagree with the school policy of having musicians or speakers in to enhance our college experience; however, I question the necessity of our meeting for a full period when there is no organized program. While I don’t understand why we’re required to be there for skits and fillers when there is no program, when the skits are designed to make convocation “more interesting’ 1 I am more interested in taking care of my personal affairs than in being entertained. While I am not ad vocating doing away whth con vocation, I would like to. see the amount of time shortened when there is no prograUi When I brought this up at a recent SGA meeting I was informed that the majority of the students would rather have the skits rather than straight an nouncements and leaving earlier. Those representatives present voted by an overw'helming majority to not even poll the students to see if that was indeed their wish. As members of the student body, we have control over what happens at convocation. I disagree with the SGA’s policy and their belief that the majority of the students agree with them. Regardless of your point of view, I urge you to tell your representative how you fell concerning this issue so that the SGA’s decisions may truly reflect the students’views. Student government at MAC should represent all the students. David Siegrist by Allen Meadows Several weeks ago some female students attending this college were reprimanded for possessing alcholic beverages in thier room. This offense is considered wrong by the college due in part to the fact that it is against the^ ordinances of the town of Montreat. Just for the record this is how the storj^| goes: After the girls were suspected of having alcoholic beverages a fire drill was called during which a hall counselor must check to see that everyone is out side as a rule. The hall counselor checking the girl’s room was shocked as she opened their door for it wreaked with booze, to put it bluntly. Dean of Housing Martha Sue Carroll was notified immediately for the search of a student’s room can only take place with both the students and the authorization of Martha Sue or Dean Wilson., After all had assembled evidence was found yielding disciplinary action on the students. Now here is the interesting part - Martha Sue Carroll, after leaving the girl’s dormitory went to her car parked outside the offencers’room and overheard them talking. She then stole over to the girls’window to get a closer listen. Suddenly another girl from inside the room, not one of the offenders, raised the curtain exposing Dean Carroll’s presence. One of students, disgusted, looked down out of the window and remarked, “pathetic! What a low thing to do. ’ According to Dean Carroll, the reason for this act “was not for more in criminating evidence and it was not for the school. I was just curious to their reactions. I knew I was wrong (for listening in).” She apologized later that night to the girls for “intentional eaves-dropping.” Vandalism defined by Webster is “a willful or malicious destruction or defacement of public or private property.” Willful refers to the intent of the person in question’s heart. I do not know the heart of the person)’ s) responsible for bending my car antenna; therefore I cannot call the act vandalism. I am not even angry about the monetary loss that I have suffered, however I am sad that I’m not the only victim of this act. For in the words of the MAC Student Handbook “the failure of one person to live honorably is in part the failure of all.” I regret that I too am included in this failure. Name withheld Our student library has got to be one of the most beautiful around BU’T - students and teachers alike have complained repeatedly of excessive noise coming from study and class rooms located inside the facility. Why? Quite simply the problem is bad insulation within the walls. According to the Head Librarian, Mrs. Gilkerson, it was never a problem of finding enough money, but merely the fact that the architect hired to do the building refused to put in insulation. Architects are hired primarily on their reputation based on past work and this one was no exception. It was felt then that nothing could be done and the feeling is the same today, so everyone must bear with this in convenience trying to remember all the good points of the library. However, the library will remain more pretty than practical. During the CBU conference held by the Mountain Retreat Association in October many students were up in arms over the inconvenience of an over crowded cafeteria. 5,600 People were served lunch that Friday and the at mosphere was total chaos. The cafeteria must serve the public by law as stated in the agreement between the cafeteria and the school. This provision was made in order that parents and other student visitors could eat on campus. Part of the problem that day was limited seating due to the administration borrowing chairs and tables for registration Saturday morning - A poor lack ot insight and planning to say the least. When I asked the Director of Food Services, Jim King if the affair was profitable he responded, “I didn’t like it either. It was an inconvenience. The {continued on opposite page column s 4 and 5|

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