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With Ellison Clary
Letters To Editor
Reasons For Apathy
Suggested By Gibson
Tube Football Reminds
Of My School & Team
Most everyone, I suppose, thinks of his own school while viewing
a big time collegiate football tilt on the tube on Saturday afternoon.
Take this past Saturday afternoon, for instance.
While enjoying the Tennessee-Georgia Tech battle my mind wandered
sweetly back to dear ole UNC-Charlotte.
Yep, Charlotte and the intramural football league. And, of course,
particularly the APO team. My school and my team.
Now I realize the intramural league isn’t exactly the Southeastern
Conference and that APO’s Lovers couldn’t hold atwirlie to the Tenn
essee Volunteers (but maybe we could give the UNC-Ch squad a
rough time if we get past the Business Club).
But we’ve got spirit, just about as much of it as do the two above
mentioned big time powers.
For instance, when Tennessee quarterback Charley Fulton received
an injury early in the contest, a guy nob^ knew named Bubba Wyche
moved in and romped for the remainder of the afternoon. It all
reminded me of injuries key APO players have received and of how
other brothers came off the bench and carried on. (It comes naturally
since we do alot of carrying on in APO.)
Since entering this university
over a year ago, I have seen that
the students here have been con
sistently blasted and profaned for
their despicable apathy. I would
like to say a few words on behalf
of the majority of this apathetic
conglomeration of selfish no
A goodly proportion of these stu
dents live a long distance from this
campus since living quarters can
not be found any closer. I, for one,
must drive si)^-three miles per
day to bask in the glories of a
UNC-C education. Besides this,
I work twenty hours a week so that
these daily episodes may continue.
To do this week after week, plus
studying “umpteen” hours every
night, trying to cope with unpredic
table instructors, and through it
all, be able to arrive each morn
ing on campus poised, well-
groomed, smiling, and always
friendly, nearly exceeds the li
mits of human endurance.
Ad d to my daily schedule of
events the problems encountered
by the numerous married students
on campus, or those with even
worse plights. We are bombard
ed constantly with the theory that
since we do not join clubs, par
ticipate more in student govern
ment, or show a little more en
thusiasm, that we are not fit to
set foot on this campus, or any
other. Nevertheless, we are here.
True, we may not “hang around”
the Union until all hours soaking
up the college atmosphere, but in
our own ways, we do participate.
I vote in every election in which
my ballot is eligible, attend as
many class meetings as possible,
and try to witness the many lec
tures of various forms of enter
tainment brought upon campus.
This also holds true tor nearly
all of the apathetic nobodies that
Maybe a few “ifs” would help
our lagging spirits: it we lived
closer to campus; if we were all
John D. Rockfellers; if we were all
geniuses. Maybe these would in
still a greater sense of parti
cipation within us.
For some students, one might
as well dream on. These could not
care less what happens to them or
the school as a whole. However,
most of us are a little bit tired of
being blasphemed for apathy
when we are trying to make some
thing of our lives through the bene
fits of education.
Is this being so very selfish?
If we were apathetic we would not
‘Shaken Up On Last Play’ : Attention
One thing happened in connection with the Fulton injury, though,
that couldn’t happen with APO playing. When Fulton went down, he
stayed down, man. He didn’t move for anything or anybody.
Finally, he had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. As this
was being done, the boob cm the public address system nonchalantly
announced, “Charley Fulton was shaken up on the last play.”
That couldn’t happen with APO because there’s no P.A. system
for the field where we play.
The Barnstormers wiU meet
today at 12:00 noon in their office
(B-5). There will be a short busi
ness session followed by a cri
tical discussion period. New mem
bers and visitors are welcome.
Deadline for submission of work to
be included in the next issue is
Friday, October 20. Work may be
left at the Union information desk.
And another thing, I noticed the Tennessee cheerleaders were
really sharp but APO has some who are just as gcxxl in their own
Like, our cheerleaders don’t wear skimpy little skirts but they
do don those sexy black and blue (our colors) culottes and I’ll bet
those Tennessee girls didn’t make their own uniforms. Ours did.
The SNEA will meet today at
11:30 in C-120. The program will
be a film “A Desk for Billy.”
All members are urged to attend.
Some End Up ^End Up’
An intramural Ping Pong Tourn
ament began last Monday on cam
pus. It will continue through Friday
and any interested student is
invited to sign at the Union desk.
But I guess I’ll have to concede that the APO cheering squad can’t
go into a series of acrobatics when we score a touchdown. Then
again, some them do end up standing on their heads on some guy’s
shoulders just like on television and sometimes Nita Brown acci
dently slides off the hood of somebody’s car.
At halftime, I still could be proud. APO has plenty to compare with
the precision marching bands of Tennessee and Georgia Tech. Their
bands strutted out of the end zone and proudly played while marching
into intricate field formations.
Often, , - an APO band will come staggering onto the field from
out of the woods in the general direction of Herlocker’s. On occa-
ision, they march precisely while tiiey play (instruments? not usually)
and make various formations.
The second half of the televised game didn’t even come close to
providing the excitement of an APO second half. In the TV game,
Georgia Tech didn’t score until after falling behind 24 to nothing.
Then Tennessee loosened up and allowed tiie Ramblin’ Wrecks to
score two TD’s.
If it had been APO on the tube, we would have carried a 6-0
load into the last nine seconds and then lost 7-6. That’s excitement
at its best. And fun, too.
Studying the racing sheets
may teach a man a great deal,
but the tuition comes high.
In reference to the October 11
response to Mr. Lafferty’s October
4 “letter” may I say thatthemark
of naivete falls on Jerry Han
cock rather than Mr. Lafferty.
The mark of naivete falls on
anyone who assumes that any mat
ter on this campus is “of little
import to him.” In this respect
I direct my criticism to Mr. Han
cock as well as to anyone else
who happens to hold this opinion.
To the concerned student, every
matter on this campus is one
of great importance, not to be
ignored or to pass the buck to
the few who do care. It is in
this view that I ask if Mr. Han
cock would do better to concern
himself with the fact that some
people are concerned and that
this is more than likely the rea
son for Mr. Lafferty’s letter.
Also it seems rather puzzling
that our Barnstormer editor would
charge for the magazine because
of his desire to keep the maga
zine out of the hands of those
“who care nothing for its con
tent and who pick it up merely
because it is free.” Obviously
the student would have some in
terest in the magazine or he would
not bother to pick it up even if
it were free. Perhaps the stu
dent wishes only to see if the ma
gazine is accurately reflecting the
spirit of fine arts on this campus
or to discover if the publication
is based in its selection of ma
terial. Even if this is true then
the magazine has served an im
The theory that if a student is
willing to pay for the magazine
then he is interested in its con
tents could stand for more veri
fication. Many interested students
acquire the contents by another
student’s copy orby word of mouth.
Thus the reading of the “Barn
stormer” cannot be accurately
measured by sales.
We would all be better equlped
to understand campus matters
more thoroughly if we acquired a
wider range of interests and did
not limit ourselves to one or two
Hopefully, students will profit
from Mr. Lafferty’s concern if
they also take his concern to
heart and the “Barnstormer” and
its editor would be better off to
stick to their objective of quality
rather than quantity.
— Grinnell, Ia.-(I.P.)-Grinnell
College has abolished women’s
fours effective immediately. Pre-
s ident Glenn Leggett said the Board
of Trustees approved the new po
licy in the belief “that any re-
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Union needed. Must qualify for
Work-Study. Apply in person to
Mr. Mark Tinkham or Mr. Dcmald
gulation of college women’s hours,
either by the college or by the
individual, is a matter of security
rather than morality and that rea
sonable security can be assured
within the women’s residences
without the necessity of the col
lege’s maintaining an arbitrary
Dean of Women Alice 0. Low
said the decision was made after
careful and lengthy discussion
among individual students, the re
presentatives of student govern
ment groups, the Faculty Com
mittee on Student Affairs, and the
“The college is aware that sig
nificant changes have occurred
over the yearsinattitudesandpra
ctices which affect the social re
gulations of women,” Dean Low
“Margaret, I know there’
think that is the answer!”
s not enough parking space, but I don’t