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Elliott Warnock, Editor
"This kind of search is going to happen
What that statement by Director
of University Housing James
Condie basically means is searches
of "this kind"' are going to occur as
long as there are students at the
University and as long as UNC tries
to govern the morals of individuals.
"This kind of search" is a search
into the private lives of students, the
personal affairs of people like you
"This kind of search" happened in
the early hours of Sunday morning,
June 16, 1974, in M elver dorm at the
University of North Carolina at
"This kind of search" was
conducted by residence Director
Debbie Gaskin, Assistant Residence
Director Jo Ann Travis and two
What "this kind of search"
discovered was that people have
personal and private lives which
should not concern the University.
In an editorial run during the first
part of this summer, we stated "it
can and does happen here."
To be more specific, it has
In an editorial run Feb. 1, 1944 in
the Tar Heel concerning the entry'
and search of two coeds' room, Kat
Hill wrote: "An act which violates
Well, the results of the poll are in.
The student response was
expectedly low, but a couple of
things were fairly obvious; first,
everybody who answered the
questionairre seemed to think the
paper was good in overall content,
(that makes us happy); second, that
a campus newspaper should cover
campus news, (believe us, we're
trying); and third, The Tar Heel
should be allowed to stay in the
Carolina Union, as longas the paper
is free to students. (Thanks, folks.)
Jim Grim s ley
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Everybody's always talking about
bureaucracy. But nobody ever does anything
I guess it's the same old story, we're all too
apathetic even to try to change things. No
one cares, or at least none of us cares enough
to work to improve the system. We sit
around and jaw about how bad N ixon is and
how big the federal government is and how
much red tape we all have to go through just
to pay income tax or get a driver's license.
Inevitably somebody mentions 1984 and
how that's where we're moving. Everybody
says the government will be so big pretty
soon that we'll all drown in a sea of petty
But we just sit there. We complain, but
that's as far as things go. "What can we doT
1 guess you think that's a good question. I
mean, we're just students, we have no power.
Sure, we allow the system to exist. But if we
had any power, we'd change things. We're
not responsible for bureaucracy.
Wrong. Because you see, we've got a
bureaucracy all our very own. Student
You don't believe me?
Case in point I work for The Tar Heel.
For five weeks we have been in this office 12
hours a day to put out this paper. For weeks
our pay was held up because the composition
of the Publication Board was was technically
wrong, according to the Constitution.
1 needed money to pay my grocery bill.
But 1 have to wait because the Constitution
says technically we don't exist, because
technically the Publications Board doesn't
exist either, until it is properly constituted.
Sounds awfully bureaucratic doesn't it.
If that's not enough for you, then read the
past few issues of The Tar Heel, the articles
Friday, June 21, 1973
again and again and again until visitation
James Condie. June 20, 1974
the very code it professes to uphold,
corrupts itself. Webster's Dictionary
contains the following definitions:
honor; noun, sense of what is
right. ..a cause of esteem. ..a scorn of
meanness. ..adj, worthy of honor.
"That which is a violation of an
individual's personal code of honor
can not be honorable under the
In February, 1944, those two girls
whose room had been searched were
brought before the Honor Court of
the University; sometime in the near
future, the girls who had their rooms
searched in M elver will be brought
before the Honor Court. It is most
likely evidence introduced in the
court will be evidence that was
obtained by a search of the girls'
rooms without their permission or a
As far as we can tell, "this kind" of
thing is going to happen again and
again and again.
Individual's rooms will be
searched without warrants again
and again; students can expect
knocks on the doors of their rooms
again and again; people's private
lives will be investigated again and
But "this kind" of thing will never
We are positive that the poll was
not a true representation of the total
campus attitude towards The Tar
Heely but it at least gave a slight
indication of feeling. A lot was
learned on how to ask questions and
how to conduct a written poll, so
even with the mistakes and the low
response, the poll did achieve
something worthwhile. .
If another poll is taken this,
summer by The Tar Heel, it will be
done by phone to insure both total
response and the random element
necessary to establish the validity of
such an inquiry.
about the campus media surpluses. .
Somewhere along the legislative line a pair of
wires got crossed and cancelled each other
out. The Constitution says surplus funds
return to the general fund. The budget
passed by the student government says
campus publications get to keep their
surpluses. Both of them are legitimate, but
you can't follow both (you can't have your
surplus and spend it too.)
And if that's not enough for you, then
think back over the past school year.
Remember all the hassle over the Granville
Tower elections. Remember the mini
scandal over the appointment of the present
treasurer. Remember Mike O'Neal, who
doesn't have a place to stay next year because
Housing says he can't live in an
undergraduate dorm and the Constitution
says he has to.
When you put it down on a page it sounds
a little petty and high-schoolish. I mean,
what are UNCs scandals when compared to
Watergate, Teapot-Dome, and all the rest in
200 years of history. Who cares if Mike
O'Neal lives in Avery orTeague or wherever?
I don't. He can live in J oyner if he wants to, I
wouldn't mind. Why raise all the fuss?
If 20,000 liberal students on a supposedly
progressive campus can't run a student
government free of bureaucratic hang-ups,
then how can they expect anybody to? We're
the guys who get to run this country after we
get out of school, remember?
In the end, bureaucracy isn't the fault of
the people who are in office, but the people
who elect them to office and then sit back
and let themselves get walked on.
If you want to cut red tape and stamp out
petty hold-ups and intrigues, start right here
on the UNC campus. Get out your own
scissors and snip away.
There are a lot of things that happen at
UNC during the summer which the average
student never hears about. When the
students do hear about it, they wish they
never had. Eager students file back to the fall
registration lines, their minds filled to the
intellectual brim with dreams of better
grades and such, only to find new changes in
their life-style waiting for them.
Most common among the surprises is the
typical "close-out." This happens at least
once to everybody during their academic
career at UNC. You come back, enrolled in
Chinese 50, Botany 10, you know ... the
classic courses designed to give a broad look
at a specialized subject, only to find you're
really enrplled in your third alternative.
"But 1 don't want to take Advanced
Metaphysical Jargon Construction 1001 or
Australian Anthropology 31, you say.
The spuntlteirmg off
Goodbye Camelot, Hello Peoria
What has three bodies, no legs, one arm,
three heads and speaks with two tongues?
It's a big blue thing.
Have you ever watched a machine choke
on its own momentum, sputter and die while
a few mechanics work fruitlessly over its
If you've been around here long enough,
you're in the process of watching it now.
If you think I'm talking about the
University, you're right.
R. Michael Leonard
Materialism Is. to Mann
The other day, Dr. James R. Caldwell
who taught me history in the fall of 1971
informed me that his wallet had been
taken from the coat which he had left
hanging on the back of his office door.
I suppose one might say that he was
foolish to leave his office door unlocked.
Maybe so, but when it comes to the
point that a man cannot leave his office
door unlocked without some human
garbage taking his wallet, it is a bad day
Of course there are those who would
not like for me to call this thief a human
True, maybe this fellow became a
garbage can because of social
background or psychological reasons,
and, by God, I suppose that with enough
rationalizing I could make the garbage
can into a hero and Dr. Caldwell into a
thief. For did not Proudhon ask "What
is property" and answer "it is theft?"
But don't take me wrong; I am not
removing all blame from society.
Indeed, the materialism and love of
money that pervades our lives can easily
come to transcend all ideals.
The summer Tar Heel not only
welcomes, but urges the expression of
. all points of view on the editorial page
through the letters to the editor.
Although the newspaper reserves the
right to edit all letters for libelous
statements and good taste, we urge
you to write us, whatever your
problem, point of view or comment.
Letters should be limited to 309
words and must include the name,
address and phone number of the
writer. We will not print a letter
without knowing the writer's name.
Type letters oh a 60 space line. Submit
them to the Tar Heel office .in the
Ahhh . . . now you're beginning to
understand what I'm talking about; all this
shifting of schedules and so forth is often
done during the summer. Albeit, it might be
rare in terms of the amount of students that it
happens to each semester, but take my word
for it, if you can get out of this University
without getting the close-out once, you're
Let's look at another of the summer school
shifts: The Dorm Rearrangement. For
example, the recent removal of the
International Student Center from Carr
Dorm is reflective of this policy.
Nixon worries about foreign relations;
Kissinger worries about foreign relations;
Coca-Cola worries about foreign relations;
North Carolina soybean farmers worry
about foreign relations.
Does the University of North Carolina
If you think it isn't dying, you're wrong.
If you haven't figured out the first line, it's
the "thing" . running this place, and it's
running this place right into the ground.
If you can't figure what the "thing" is, it's
an old attitude with a body each in Raleigh,
Old South and a lot of little bodies scattered
around campus, a head for each body, with
the last representing what knowledge is
supposed to be stuffed into; one big,
suffocating paternalistic arm stretching
down from the state legislature and it can't
IT'S JUST IAY IMAGINATION, BUT . .
Men cheat in business and it is due to
materialism. Certain politicans get
kickbacks of pay hush money and it is
all due to materialism. A thief steals a
wallet and again it is due to materialism.
Also, if these men are caught, the law
can hide them one and all. The rich man
will be better hidden, for he can buy
better lawyers to hide his moral wrongs
behind obscure legalities.
But all in all it is the same, and one of
the greatest crimes ever perpetuated has
been the increasing use of the law and
even the Bill of Rights to hide crimes
Is it not true that many men carry on
illegal activities behind the protection
given them by the fourth amendment
and its clause against "unreasonable
searches." How many times have
notorious criminals escaped conviction
by pleading the fifth amendment? Does
it not seem that criminals are often the
only men who use the constitution's
laws for protection? Indeed, why should
it matter to the common law-abiding
citizen whether these rights exist or not?
But, 1 will not carry those questions
too far. To propose the removal of these
rights is dangerous, and the horror of
the Illinois "no -knock" searches should
more than prove the danger. But they
are questions that should be asked, for
in reality these rights are not God-given.
These rights exist because the general
attitude of this nation and its leaders let
them exist. But if crime spawned by
materialism grows as it has been
growing, the attitudes may change and
the ultimate answer to my questions
may be fearful.
It seems that men have forgotten
virtue in their mad dash for money. The
embezzler, the tax -evader, the crooked
politician and the common thief alike
have probably never heard and certainly
worry about foreign relations? Well, sure,
the University worries about it; the
University worries about it as the ISC packs
its bags to leave to lord knows where.
Now don't get me wrong. The University
administration is not the only group that
likes to play games in the summer league.
Students can bekinda fond of it themselves.
Student Graphics, the shop that prints much
of the literature around campus like the
SCAU booklets and such, was formed a few
summers back by the Student Government
under the leadership of then-President
Tommy Bello. When the rest of the
legislators came back from the vacations to
find a print shop in operation, they were
slightly distressed at Tommy's lack of
foresight in not telling them about this little
Tommy is now a Rhodes Scholar at
Oxford, Student Graphics is doing quite well
move worth a damn.
And if you don't think it speaks with two
tongues, you're more optimistic than I am.
If you are optimistic, maybeyou could file
a paternity suit to see who dropped this
abortion on Chapel Hill in the first place.
If you're not, then maybe it's time to get
together to save this manchild before it
becomes a terminal case.
If this University is dedicated to
education, whether that's defined as
intellectual or emotional maturity or both.
never heeded the Roman who said.
Virtus, Albine, est pretium persolvere
verum quis in versemamur quis vivimus
rebus pot esse.
The Roman was Lucilius and it
translates this way: "Virtue, Albienus, is
to be able to place a true price on those
things in which we act and strive." He
said these words around 150 B.C. Since
then other men have complained of
thieves, boors, fools, faddists, crooks
and love of gold. Horace wrote on
avarice in Satire I.I and Alexander
Pope imitated him in the "Epistle to
Thus to struggle against corruption
seems almost foolish for it seems that it
has always been here and always will be
here. But honesty has been here just as
long and there have always been two
roads to choose.
I doubt if society will ever go
completely down one road or the other,
and most likely the only meaning that
the choice of routes can have is
For virtue like religion means nothing
if the individual doesn't accept it, and it
is the same for society. But hopefully,
society will never completely reject its
belief in some kind of virtue, for if no
men believed in virtue it would be a
dangerous society indeed.
thank-you and everybody seems pleased that
the whole th ing happened in the first place. 1 1
just goes to show you that some things do go
right in the summer, but usually when
someone makes some sort of change in
policy or enforcement, the result is not so
pleasing as the Student Graphics incident.
So, a little piece of advice: try to keep an
eye on the affairs of the University while you
are here for the summer. Don't think that the
sun is warm, the living is easy and everything
is peachy just because it's summer.
Yes. . . the sun is warm, the living is easy,
but unfortunately, everything is not peachy.
Sometimes it gets as bad smelling as an
onion around here.
The thing to do is just try to hold your
own; don't let them place you into
Australian Anthro 31; and remember what
happened to the ISC. June 14. 1974.
then the dedication must be buried in a time
capsule somewhere under Silent Sam.
And you know time's running out and no
one's in a hurry to dig it up:
When the legislature plays football with
the University better than the University
plays football in the fall.
When a millionaire industralist from up
North goes to Duke to build a medical
research facility and could probably care less
that Carolina beat "Dook" during the
When some people in this state could care
less if Carolina dies academically because
they like someone else's football team better.
When some members of the state's
medical hierarchy don't like the U NC dental
school, rated the best in the nation, because
it's privately endowed.
When a lot of people get excited when
Carolina doesn't get enough money for first
rate athletic teams but could care less about
its second-rate cultural programs.
When professors win awards for teaching
excellence' before or in some cases after
When a million-dollar football stadium
sits idle 358 days out of the year, and trie
University says it can't get enough housing
for all its students.
When the Dean of Students effectively
kills the International Student Center in
favor of more ojjice space for the housing
department with the comment that it's one
step backward in favor of three steps
forward later. (By the way, the comment
comes straight from Lenin. If you don't
know who he was, you're proving my point.)
When the students in charge of running
the International Student Center don't see
the humor. After all. what do they know?
When the Dean of Students (again) closes
down Second Floor Winston, a good idea in
experimental living, with the comment that
he did so completely on his own because of
adverse criticism that didn't transpire until
after the closing. (At least he knows
something about Lenin, but then that proves
my point too.)
When the students living on Second Floor
Winston don't see the humor. After all, what
do they know?
When the Director of Housing effectively
kills Craige as a graduate dormitory, one of
the few like it in the nation, then implies
you're bigoted against undergraduates
because you're fighting for an idea and then
the Dean of Students (again) tells you he's
always been interested in graduate
And the students living in Craige don't see
the humor. After all, what do they know?
When a first-rate PhD candidate, who
may actually bring some prestige to this
place someday is treated with less respect
than an office clerk.
When Carolina's graduate school is rated
as one of the best in the nation (in past
evaluations) and few graduate students can
figure out why.
When its undergraduate school isn't and a
lot of undergraduates can tell you why.
When the state legislature does all it can to
discourage out-of-state students from
coming here, which is a cause for both of the
When the University starts killing off its
international programs because it can't see
their value, which is an effect of the cause
When a student's biggest headache is not
with his academic program but with the
offices supposedly here for his welfare.
When a student feels that the University is
nothing more than a place to hang his hat
and his mind before going out for a beer.
And when the attitude around here drives
millionaire industrialists to Duke, even
though we did beat 'em in basketball.
For those students and faculty who
operated outside the realm of junior politics
to make something of this place.
Better luck next time.
. Nsws Editor
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