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THE TAB HEEL
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1945
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SERVING CIVILIAN AND MTUTABY STUDENTS AT THE
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FRATERNITIES DISCUSSED .
Wednesday night the Dialectic Senate will discuss a pill to
abolisli fraernitieVanol sororities, a subject which has been de
bated with renewed interest in the nation in recent months. Be
cause a iarge abidance' is expected, President Roy Thompson
announced that the session will be held in Gerrard Hall instead
of at the I)i Chamber in New West.
Although most straight thinking people see in fraternities
a great potentiality for unlimited service to the college and its
students, some have condemned all fraternities as undemocratic,
egocentric cliques with a desire to better themselves at the ex
pense of everyone else. Fortunately such feeling has not yet re
ceived much strength.
The idea of students with similar interests living together for
mutual betterment is a high ideal which would presumedly re
sult in manifest good. Unfortunately, we admit, the fraternity
system has of ten bred an attitude on the campus which is any
thing from wholesome.
We often wonder if the antipathy toward fraternities on col
lege campuses does not originate among those who wanted to
pledge a fraternity but were rejected because of the selective
system employed. Perhaps the best advice to those who are re
jected and to those in fraternities alike is "Don't let it go to your
head if you are pledged, and don't let it go to your heart if you
Actually, the fraternity is not confined to the college campus.
Hosts of organizations all over the world are modeled exactly as
are fraternities; their purpose is simply to supply a source of
fellowship and mutual betterment. On this basis, no just critic
can condemn them. No groups of persons can be denied the right
to organize themselves for any purpose which 13 not detrimental
Therefore, the only just criticism of fraternities is that their
real purpose is sometimes aborted. There are instances of fra
ternities organized to pursue ends which are definitely detri
mental, but there i3 no organization, not even the church, which
is not capable of causing evil. This being true, all fraternities
must be on guard against any action which will deviate from
their basic function."
Attention ha3 been directed toward the infamous Kappa Beta
Phi, which is mentioned in many pledge manuals as the symbol
ism of what fraternity spirit must not foster. For many years
this fraternity (its letters being Phi Beta Kappa reversed) ex
isted on an important campus in the nation as an agency with
the expressed purpose of doing evil. The requisite for mem
bership was a court sentence which the students usually achieved
by breaking windows, stealing petty articles, and committing
Surely we can not condemn the fraternity system just because
it can produce evil. Rather all reform should be directed toward
strengthening fraternities along lines of their basic purpose.
On the Carolina campus fraternities have been criticised for
not encouraging participation in general campus activities such
as dramatics, journalism, student government, and special-interest
clubs. Actually, Carolina fraternities have an excellent
record in extroverted participation; but, of course, a few fra
ternities have always had cases of deficiency in promoting the
good of the general campus
Let us direct all efforts toward helping fraternities achieve
the high aims of which they are capable. To ask for the abolition
of fraternities is purely radical ignorance and is supported by
almost rio one. Time has proved that an alumnus associates his
chief accomplishments and happiness with his fraternity.
Sweep away all suggestion of abolishing fraternities. Con
centrate upon making them stronger, larger, and more construc
With the exodus of the Carolina Pre-Flight School, laundry ,
service on the campus should improve. This week the delivery
time has been shortened to some degree, and general" service
ought to improve. s
In the past, the student body has seen some very unsatisfac
tory service by the University Laundry.
One student is in the infirmary now with a bad case of ath
lete's foot, which is blamed on a lack of clean socks at Woollen
Gymnasium. There is a marked inconsistency between teaching
cleanliness in hygiene classes and the gym's not having a stock
of clean socks.
When only one laundry exists in a community and the student
; Spcrt3 Editor
The Tar Heel herewith presents what we hope is the culmina
tion of a regrettable and probably unnecessary furor and con
troversy. The whole thing: wa3 set off by a column written by
Morty Seif whkh was a satire cn the exit of the Pre-Flight
School.' This, it seemed to the editor, was the column's sole
intent, but it resulted in a flood of angry denunciations begin-
Playing It To The Chapel Hilt
By Morty Seif
An Open Letter to Messrs. Lee,
Statz, Aekley, OTtamelL (Boyle,
VoUmer and CNeaE: ;
Among the ancient Greeks, a
tree called tie lotus fionrisbd, the
fruit of eprhich was used to make
iea.-Tfcis lotss tea was fatied to
possess the property of making
jpeojle forget' their country and
friends and to remain idle in the
lotas-land." Apparently, "some of
the trees on this campus must be
lotos trees, and some Botacees must
hare been drinking the beverage
derived from these trees too long,
and transported themselves into
their own private lotus-land, known
on the maps as Old West, Middle
Bay. ' -. ' '
Now before we proceed fall
steam ahead, We'd Eke " to clarify
oar position. This column is " in
tended as a retort to some fellows
named Lee, Stgtz, Ackley, ODon
heU, CBoyle, VoUmer, and CNeall,
whose eombmed firepower exploded
as oS the Tar Heel's editorial page
last Saturday. At the "outset, we
should like to say that the EOTC
at Carolina is believed by ns to be
a" fine, " "outstanding " group, com
posed of men of sterling (character.
This reply is penned solely to that
bnnch of frustrated egos who
si epped in where" gentlemen and
men worthy of being-future officers
of the U. S. Navy fear to tread
the "Letters to the Editor" section.
"What I wrote last Tuesday about
the Pre-Flight School was written
as pare satire, and no one in his
right mind, not even the most over
worked Pre-Flight cadet, ' would
ever take cSer.se at what was evi
Sidelights Of First Grid Game
(Tar Heel reporter Betty Green
gives the readers a human interest
story on the season's first football
game an amusing glance at the
very human fans.)
Ey Betty Green
The passing parade of football
fans lends itself to a bit of analy
sis in the amusing vein. There was
September 25, 1945.
It is my opinion that the letter
by Mr. Lawrence E. Berry which
wa3 published in the September 25
issue of the Tar Heel expressed the
views of a large percentage of the
student body. Presumably the col
umnist under discussion is Allen
Pannill, writer of "Cogs of the
As far as I am concerned, Mr.
Pannill has the right to express
any opinion in his column which he
.may desire to make public. Our de
mocracy is founded on principles
which give anyone the right to be
However, I was under the im
pression that the columns which
the Tar ,Heel publishes are sup
posed to be of interest to the sub
scribers. If you are' interested in
making the Tar Heel a better and
more readable paper, as you say
you are in your editorials, then I
should think that it would be wise
to obtain such columns.
Frankly, -1 am not interested in
reading a column which is nothing
but an instrument by which the
writer may express his personal
dislikes and jealousies by making
derogatory remarks about campus
leaders whom L along with a great
many other students,- respect and
admire. " " '
Very truly yours,
WESLEY L. HILTON.
body is compelled to patronize that laundry, it is essential that
such an important agency be efficiently conducted. The short
ages produced by the war were undoubtedly the major cause of
the poor service, and we can somewhat forgive the poor war
time record of the University Laundry if a great improvement
can now be shown.
Students are not solely interested in early delivery, although
this is important, but also in good repair service, a minimum
of injury to clothes, and careful cleaning. We hope that our
laundry can soon change from the bitterly denounced monopoly
to an efficient public servant.
dently a mild pun. That you men
took it upon yourselves to defend
the standards cf the Navy, when
' no defense was needed, demon
strates your potential dissident ca
pacity, and your unfitness to "belong
to the Naval EOTC
The sentiments expressed in my
column represent the beliefs of an
overwhelming majority on the
campus. As a columnist, I feel it
- is my obligation to crystallize
campus opinion in print and mir
ror certain trends of thought, and
I hereby challenge you to prove
that the civilians and a high per
centage of servicemen : hi Chapel
HH1 do riot wholeheartedly concur
with me. "" ' 1 - '
I charge that this controversy
has been fomented by a mTl ele
ment of the" EOTC detrimental to
the welfare of Carolina, an element
composed of at least one man who
has never even been to Navy boot
camp. As one Gi acquaintance of
ours put it: "Some of these boys
got the best of everything out of
this war free, while others got
shot!"' " i:, - - z
.That is the only trace of anti
Navy sentiment that has ever been
voiced "on this campus and in this
nation. Carolina is full of spirit and
, civilians, gentlemen, and will not
tolerate your insidious machina
tions.' We've had our share of the
General Marvins of "A Bell for
Adano" and the 90-day wonders
with anti-civilian complexes.
Another cup of lotus tea, gentle
men, or will it be something a bit
the dashing Iochinvar and his date
who arrived late too late for seats
' anyway and taking the situation
into hand told the fair chick not
to worry but to sit on his coat in
stead. At that point, he threw his
new sport coat on the cement step
and the bottle of Three Feathers he
had been saving just for the game
broke into a million pieces, drench
ing the coat and the feet of pas
sersby. Glamour girls from all parts
made a late entrance to impress
visiting alumni with the fact that
Carolina" coeds get better looking
each year. Incidentally, the alumni
thought everything was being car
ried on in fine style if the response
at the fraternity houses after the
game was any sign.
Hilarious hats continue to be the
frantic style with too many women.
A 300-pounder of spread every
where complained to the lady in
front of him that he "couldn't see
a damn thing!"
Kickapoo joy juice is taking on a
new hue this year. Several E. O. T.
C.'s fumbled all afternoon with a
bottle labeled PUBE MUSTARD.
A closer look revealed a peculiar
consistency of weird cerise pep
pered with what appeared to be un
digested lemon rind.
And there was the gentleman
who got so excited over the game
he took off his belt to enjoy "the
darn thing" in peace. " A facetious
coed leaving the game early took
the belt to wear with her dungarees
on a hiydeaturday'highL" Quite
awhile later he got up to leaveT'&rid
that's about all. His fall tweeds
fell mercilessly to the ground, but,
fortunately enough, his "others"
were in style.
A pro-Tech coed fan made the
mistake. of jumping to her feet on
one of Tech's touchdowns. An over
ly spirited student of Carolina
yanked her down with "Shut the
hell up, fool. Women know the least
mug last issue. This issue the flood cf denunciations and defence
was such that your editor decided to run them in this way with
an explanation in hopes of terminating the unfortunate contro
versy. One other note is that along with the letters printed a
letter was written to the editor defending 3Ir. Seif, but, not be
ing signed, it cannot be printed.
jLze Ccn ife Beautiful
We have an apology to make. We
are not sure whether it should "be
directed to our reader or to our fel
low columnists. You see, we are in
the Navy, r a reasonable facsimile
thereof. We're sorry, really we are.
We didn't mean to do anything
wrong. It all happened very sud
denly back there in wartime when
we were standing in what we
thought was a cigarette line:
And the next thing we knew
We were all dressed in blue,
With bells on our trousers;
Oh, what could we do?
They yelled at us, beat us,
They tried to defeat us,
Bn we fought if 'through
Despite all they could do!
And, having weathered the war
time brutality, we find we're a
peacetime annoyance on the Caro
lina campus. We never noticed any
really marked aversion ' to the
Navy, although some little children
used to run behind us chanting":
Navy boys, Navy boys
Eat dead rats
And don't leave none
For the poor torn cats!
This bothered us at the time, but
thres days later we learned that
those same children had poured
lighter fluid on their aged grand
mother and playfully set fire to her,
so we confidentally attributed their
little verse to their youthful ex
uberance and thought no more of it.
We had supposed that UNC didn't
mind the Navy; ire are very happy
to spend our vacation here (all 25
hours a day of it), just Joafing be
neath the Carolina sun.
Now, suddenly, Master Seif and
other equally as intelligent column
ists have broken through our pink
clouds of inactivity and made it clear
that they don't like the Navy;
therefore, neither does UNC. Per
haps they would like to replace the
"Do your part and walk on the
Paths" signs with ones reading
"Please don't spit on the Navy
Trainees they don't know any bet
ter." There is an old Afghanistanian
legend still told in the Furani tribe
of South Africa concerning one
LETTERS ON SEIF
September 26, 1945.
Editor, Tar Heel.
Since the Tuesday, September
25, edition of the Tar HeeL we have
made it a point to acquaint our
selves wjth little Mr. Morty Seif.
On reading his column, it was
our conclusion that only a person of
exceedingly limited knowledge
would express such unfounded opin
ions. On meeting Mr. Seif, it be
came obvious that our first conclu
sion was a correct one. Morty ad
mits to only "about two week's"
residence on our campus, yet speaks
with authority in his brilliant dis
sertation on the dwindling "pre
dominance of Navy drab ... in
Morty bewailed the plight of the
male civilians on campus" provoked
by the presence of the Navy, but
readily admitted to a group of in
quisitive Navy men that he spent
his week-end3 on the Duke campus
dating Duke coeds.
Might we suggest to little Morty
that he withhold his denunciations
of factions of the University until
he has better acquainted himself,
with the activities ' of those fac
" Also, may we suggest to you,
Mr. Editor, that you use a bit more
discretion in your choice of colum
nists and in material which you al
low to be printed. Or do you read
the copy before it is printed? 1
5 JOHN M. WESTBROOK,
I have written a few lines which
I have entitled "A Thankful Amer
ican" in hopes that you would pub
lish them in a coming, issue of the
I am sure there are many stu
dents here at the University who
have brothers who were or are
members of the Naval Air Corps.
They must, as I have, taken spe
Mulagi and his elite cohort cf 500
men (this 'cohort' word sounds like
a "Mulagian curse, do-n't it? It
ain't it's a Tibetan curse) who ce
cisrvelT defeated S,4C0,4 0 J2 invad
ing barbarians with their bare
hands. (That 2 was for a fierce
young warrior, Mortius Seif us, who
was weak of mind and equally weak
in battle). And so it was that the
gods of the Afghanirtar.s had be
stowed their blessings upon the peo
ple and peace reigned once again.
And what of Mulagi and his hercfc
men? After an hilarious celebra
tion, during which the heroes were
feted in every way possible, a great
famine descended upon the coun
try 'Meanwhile, Mortius Seifus,
who had infiltrated through the ene
my lines, armed only with a type-
writer, usurped the throne cf Af
ghanistan, and the new monarch's
first act was to order the sacrif ce
of Mulagi and his 500 faithful fol
lowers to the god of plenty, Iso
belialhub, in hope that the famine
might be lifted. But Mulagi and
his cohorts rose up against the usur
per and dragged Mortius Seif
down in to the dust, from whence
he never rose. As Mcrtius gasped
his last, the trees cr.ee again burst
into bloom, the birds began to trill
their woodland tunes, the Sowers
nodded in the sunshine, all types of
vegetation became bountiful, and
Mulagi and his people lived happily
But turning from these ancient
tribal legends, we must turn back
to the present where we see that:
Another war's over
And minds wrapped in clover
Want no more of us here,
Want us far, and not near.
And so we are sorry,
Our friends cf the press,
Bat such is the story.
It sure is a mess.
And, in closing, we ask you
As humble men should,
"Please forgive us for all
That the Navy has stood."
PTiaps our stay with you here
Will end ere too long,
And you may make right
All the Navy's made wrong!
cial interest in the article written
(in pseudo-journalistic form) ty
"Morty Seif." Those who have lost
friends and relatives in that branch
of the service no doubt derived even
greater pleasure than I from Mas
ter Seif's ready wit.
A seventeen-year-old high school
child, whose only loss during the
war was the privilege which he had
recently acquired to 'borrow dad's
car, "has some nerve to talk of a
"vacation" supposedly had by an
outfit of American boys whose
physical and mental requirements
it is doubtful he could approach.
An excellent idea of his mental
category and immaturity may
easily be perceived since it is ob
viously his opinion that the interest
of the coeds in the male students
was more important to his nation
in its time of strife than the train
ing of combat pilots.
There is oriemore suggestion I
would like to offer to this" M. A.
(that's Yankee for Mentally Ado
lescent) and that is that he read
the following few lines from a poem
by Kipling :
Yes, makin mock o' uniforms that
guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an'
they're starvation cheap;
. . . Then it's Tommy this, an'
Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's
But it's "Thin red line of eroes
when the drums begin to roll
. . For it's Tommy that 'an, Tom
my that, an' "Chuck him out, the
But it's "Saviour of 'is country"
when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's 'tommy this, an' Tommy
that, an' anything you please,
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool
you bet that Tommy sees!
W. C. BARRETT,