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With Ellison Clary
Nude Beauty Contestants?
Plan Might Hit Snag
Give me a look, give me a face,
That makes simplicity a grace:
Robes loosely flowing, hair as free.
Such sweet neglect more taketh me
Than all the adulteries of art.
A couple of modem day Englishmen seem to be advocating
much the same thing as their literary countryman, Ben Jonson,
wrote of near the b^inning of the seventeenth century. They beg,
in essence, that the value of simple beauty in a woman be con
Specifically, they’re fed up with beauty contestants who have
acquired most of their allure from drugstore shelves rather
than from Mother Nature.
Beauty contests could be much improved, they state, if the
girls paraded stark naked.
The two Britishers with an eye for the naturalistic are Major
Oliver Stewart of the Isle of Wight and Cecil Gibson of Autsey.
The Charlotte Observer carried an Associated Press story about
the two Sunday under a headline which asked, “Strip Beauty Con
testants To Bare Essentials?”
Stewart and Gibson have recently penned letters to a London
based newspaper. The Daily Telegraph, in which they advanced
Stewart, who seems to be the spokesman for the two, was un
happy with the Miss World beauty contest which was held in Brit
ain several weeks ago. He protested the fact that the lovely com
petitors wore false hair pieces, false eyelashes, augmented eye
brows, and “engineered costumes.”
Parade In True Colors
A serious beauty contest, he argued, should be a study of the
female form and not an exercise in painting, decorat^, and
He feels the esthetics of beauty competitions cannot be above
suspicion unless a part of the judging process includes “. . . a
parade by the contestants in the Greek Gymnastic tradition, in
their true colors—naked of course—and without shoes or jewels
or false hair, eyelashes or teeth.
“The judges could then assess intrinsic qualities,” he asserted.
According to the AP, Gibson endorsed Stewart’s plan as “worthy
of approval by all right-thinking men.”
But alas, Gibson warned of snags this type of judging would
encounter. Where could one pin the necessary numbers? he asked.
Now really, Gibson old man, I hardly think this would be a
snag. Surely the judges, if they were worth their salt, could find
some means other than numbers of identifjdng the yoi^ ladies
who paraded before them in the raw. An interesting little mole
here, a nicely shaped birth mark there, a beauty mark in an out-of-
the-way spot, or perhaps even an aaiendicitis scar would serve
In fact, competition in the nude might open doors to a some
what different agenda for the contests. For instance, giris could
prance in the all-together early in the proceedii^s for the beauty
segment, then get themselves gussied up to their hearts’ content
with all the false paraphenalia at her disposal for another pass
at the judges.
Could Be Talent Portion
This latter appearance could be called the talent portion since
a high degree of originality is often involved in this doctoring of
However, there would most definitely be some “snags” in
the nudie contest plan which Gibson evidently failed to anticipate.
Consider, if you will, the Miss America pageant operating on
the Stewart-Gibson plan.
It is quite conceivable that in some future presentation of this
event which selects the pride of American womanhood the last
five finalists would be lined up in their birthday suits to answer
those “thought questions” traditionally served up by Bert Parks.
If you think Parks fumbles with those question envelopes now,
what would this added strain cause? He might just be overcome by
it all and faint right there on stage. Or even if he su^ived the
question period, might his voice not crack just for an instant as
the new Miss America, wearing nothing save a smile and her
crown, sashayed down the ramp and he gave his all in his famous
rendition of “There She is. Miss America. . .”
What’s more, think of all the money the big time contests would
lose from television coverage. The TV networks certainly couldn’t
flash nude images on the old home tube. After all, some little
kid or some big kid might very well be watching.
Getting right down to the real nitty gritty, would would be the
consequences of a nude segment in the Miss UNC-C contest. If
the contest happened to be a part of a blanket concert, wouldn’t
that bring a tremendous uproar.
You can give odds that’s another blanket concert that wouldn’t
be held outdoors.
Letter To The Editor
Publications Enhanced By
Help Of Faculty, Admin.
At Dr. McCall’s open statement
concerning the Publications Board
decision, a student made the re
mark that he was tired of buffers.
He viewed the members of the
faculty an^ the administration on
the pub board as a buffer designed
to shield the editors and staff of
campus publications from the
“real world.” He stated that, as
we are no longer children, we
should no longer be watched over
Although I appreciate the con
fidence in the present editors and
staff members implied in this
statement, I am afraid that I can
not share in this conficence—at
least, not to the extent of asking
the faculty and administration to
adopt a laissez-faire policy
towards student publications. It is
my belief that the caliber of the
publications on this campus is
enhanced by the mere fact that
there are older, more mature, and
more experienced persons avail
able for advice. We of the Journal
staff can write with increased
confidence when we realize that
an individual like Dr. McCall is
behind us and always ready to speak
for us. I feel that, without the
advire of Dr. McCall, student pub
lications on this campus would
still be at an embryonic stage,
and not on the university level,
as I feel they now are.
1 would like to make this letter
an open expression of gratitude
to Dr. McCall, Dr. Cone, Dr.
Mason, Miss Harris, Mr. Sanford
and all other faculty members and
administrators who have helped us
to achieve journalistic university
status. Thank you, one and all.
Students Cheating Selves
Set Dec. 9
When Neglect Concerts
BY ROmEY SMITH
Under the leadership of chair
man Carol Morris and the gui
dance of Mr. Steele, the Union
Social Committee has planned a
semi-formal Holiday Dance Sat
urday night, December 9.
A Holiday Queen will be chosen
by a student vote during the week
preceding the dance. Nominations
for this year’s Queen are presently
being accepted and will continue to
be accepted until Thursday, De
The Knights of Music will begin
at 8:00 p.m. and will play until
the magic hour at midnight. Since
both admission and refreshments
are free, what excuse have you for
staying away? Don’t let anything
keep you away as all signs hint
that this year’s dance will be as
successful as last year’s was.
Also, don’t forget to jot down
your choice for the yuletime re
gent. It’s only once a year we
get a chance to hold a “Referen
dum for a Queen.”
The moment has arrived when
the students of this university
should arise and take part in a
“silent revolution,” that is, a
revolt of the spirit. I am refer
ring to the recital by Mr. Raul
Spivak, Sunday last. We, as mem
bers of this university are the
heirs of all that was best in
past cultures, and this is what
we heard in Mr. Spivak’s per
formance of romantic music.
Now don’t hand me that old
and tired line about living too
far from the university, and work
ing, etc. This student also be
longs to the proletarian class,
besides living about thirty miles
away. You can not beat that an
cient truism: “Where there’s a
will there’s a way.” Since we
are students, and we are here,
why not make the most of our
There were pieces by Mendels
sohn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin
and Litzt. All were outstanding,
but one really lives in the mind
of this student, and that was the
piece played by Mr. Spivak as
an encore: Des Liebestraum. Talk
about stirring the spirit, man that
was it! Fellow-students, we’re
cheating ourselves when only ten
of us show up to hear such an
Group Discusses Papers
BY ROD SMITH
A group of about two dozen
students and professors from
Johnson C. Smith University,
Queens College, and this campus
assembled at Professor Robert
Byerly’s house on November 20
for the second meeting of a Philo
sophical Discussion Group.
The meeting, chaired by Danny
Shaver, consisted of the presen
tation and discussion of papers on
Situationalism, the hiHJie values.
Existentialism, Objectivism, and
Contextualism. The papers were
all related to the ethical dilemma
of today and some of the current
attempts to cope with modem
situations which call tor an ethi
This campus was well repres
ented by ten students and three
professors. The gmup will meet
again to continue discussion of the
papers and any other material
brought in by the members on
Seven German Artists’ Work Displayed
In Union Lounge 9 Variety Is Theme
BY SONIA MIZELL
For the second time this year
this campus has an art exhibit
on display in the Union lounge.
This show of works created by
seven young German artists en
ables the students to view several
different techniques and ap
proaches to art. The show will
continue for about three more
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The paintings exhibited are
workd by Karin Busch, Axel
Dick, Dankward Grool, Siegfried
Kuehl, Rainer Gottlieb Mord-
Mueller, Reinhard Wagner, and
Gerhard Winnter. Several of these
artists are presently teaching art
classes in Germany.
The various techniques range
from what looks like ordinary
tempera paint to a massive plas
ter wall hanging. Any type of art
work always reflects the artist’s
own personality even if this re
flection is only minute. Thusly,
the styles and colors are always
unique tor each artist.
The above tact is evident in the
paintings on display in the Union.
The paintings of Dankard Groll
are quite appealing. He uses warm,
rich colors in what seem to be
polymer and collage paintings.
On the other hand, Siegfried
Kuehl relies mainly on black tor
his effect and this seems to create
a morbid air about the paintings
he has on exhibit.
Rainer G. Mordmueller’s paint
ings are painted with abstract
illusions. Another interesting
technique is that used by Gerhard
Winner. While he also uses black,
he combines it with red, yellow,
and other bright colors to give his
work a more vivid look.
Any person who is interested in
art or who may never have had
direct contact with art should enjoy
viewing this exhibit as much as
the person well-versed in art.
A comparison between any of the
artists’ works will indicate some
thing of the variety of techniques
that may be employed.