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Volume 1 Number 3
The North Carolina School of Science & Math
February 12, 1982
In the course of this year, many problems have sur
faced within the school and they have been of varying
degree and area. Thus, it is beyond the scope of one
article to focus on all ot them. The Stentorian has
chosen to devote space to one particular problem of
Three hundred students live on this campus and the
majority are in class seven hours each day. They spend
at least three hours on homework and approximately one hour
in the cafeteria. They may spend one hour on work or
community service. They sleep eight hours and an additional
one on the neccessities of life. These are very liberal
estimates, yet they still only add up to twenty-one. This
leaves three hours each day for a student to do as he
Three hours of free time is not a bad thing, obviously.
What this typical student does with his or her three hours
however, is a cause of concern. He or she might decide to
stay in the dorm room and read or listen to music. The
more adventurous student, however, might prefer to watch
TV or simply socialize with other students. The former
is no problem, but the latter is where the difficulty
There are four co-ed lounges on this campus. One is
on the third floor of Bryan Center and another is on the
second. Both are very small and could conceivably
accommodate fifteen people each as a maximum. The other
lounges are larger. The one in the basement of Wyche
House is rarely used by most students. It is not in a
central location and offers little in the way of furniture.
The only lounge which is widely used is the Hill House
lounge. It is large, carpeted, comfortable, and contains
a TV. Yet, it is not large enough to serve as a student
union for three hundred students.
The academic portion of the school demands a great
deal. Therefore, in return, the school should provide the
student a place to recreate and relieve tension. The game
room, which now has little equipment, is open only during
meal hours. This is utterly ridiculous. Students need
these opportunities for recreation when they have the time
to use them, not when they are pressed for time.
Another important avenue of release for many people
is sorely missing here. Every other high school student
in this state has access to a gymnasium. The students
here who would like to use a gym to relieve the pressures
placed upon them by their classes are denied this option.
Of course, a gymnasium and a student union are in
the plans for the school's future. Actually, the earliest
a student would see a gymnasium is in the spring of 1984.
The student union as a separate entity will never exist.
It will consist of an area in the gymnasium. Before that
time the school will have a new dormitory, new laboratories,
and a library which encompasses an entire floor.
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The NCSSM Sadie Hawkins dance is scheduled for
Saturday night, February 13, but many of us know nothing
about the Sadie Hawkins hillbilly tradition widely
observed in the United States today. Usually held on the
first Saturday in November, Sadie Hawkins Day originated
in the 1930's and was portrayed in the "Li'l Abner" comic
strip by cartoonist A1 Capp.
According to tradition, the high point of the holiday
was a race of sorts in which all the single males in town
were given a head start before the young ladies began
their chase. If a man was caught before sundown, he had
to marry his captor. Marriage is not usually a part of
the bargain nowadays, but Sadie Hawkins Day is still
observed as an occasion for the woman to ask her favorite
fellow for a dance or a date.
Unicorns Win Tourney
Going into the North Carolina School of the Arts
tournament last weekend the boys' basketball team had
a record of 6-5. Although they started the season with
back-to-back losses to Vance Academy, the Unicorns
made up for their late start in practice with hard
work on offense and defense. On their third game this
effort paid off.
Thoman Gilchrist got the last basket of his season-
high 31 points at the buzzer to beat the Durham Academy
Cavaliers by two. Behind the leadership of Gilchrist
and Henry Kuo the Unicorns have also defeated Jordan
(J.V.), Hale, Wake Christian, the Raleigh Baptist
Association, and the North Carolina School of the Arts.
The Unicorns defeated Carolina Friends School in the
opening game of the N.C.S.A. tournament. With Thomas
Gilchrist's strong play in the first half and Curtis
Adair's leadership in the second, the team was able to
capture the championship over a strong team on Saturday
to win the tournament.
Coaches John Polllns and Larry Hartzel directed
this team through its first season. They counted on
strong play and hard work from their players. The team
members are C. Adair, J. Adams, J. Austin, L. Blair,
J. Broughton, N. Dobson, T. Gilchrist, B. Giles, H. Kuo,
T. Sledge, and C. Tillman.
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