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Friday, -January 5, 1951 !
THE DAILY' TAR HEEL.
The official newspaper of the Publications Board of the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where it is published daily during the regular
sessions of the University at Colonial Press, Inc., except Sun.. Mori.,
examinations and vacation periods and during the official summer terms when
published semi-weeklv. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office of
Chapel Hill. -H. C. under the act of March 3. 1879. Subscription price: S8 per
year, $3 ner ouarter. Alember of the Associated Press, which is exclusively
Entitled to the" use for republication of all news and features herein. Opinions
expressed by columnists are not necessarily those of this newspaper.
Executive News Editor
Managing Editor .....
ROY PARKER. JR.
. CHUCK HAUSER
...... ED WILLIAMS
.. ZANE ROBBINS
Jim Mills. Cornell Wright
Don Maynard, Associate Ed.
Andy Taylor, Neivs Ed.
Frank Allston. Jr.. Associate Spts, Ed.
Faye Massengill, Society Ed.
Neal Cadieur Adv. Mgr.
Oliver Watkins, Office Mgr.
Shasta Bryant, Circ. Mqr.
Bill Saddler, Subs. Mgr.
Business Staffs Boots Tavlor. Marie Withers, Charles Ashworth, John
Poindexter, Hubert Breeze. Bruce Marger. Bill Faulkner. Pat Morse, Chuck
Abernethv. Martha Byrd. Marile McGerity, Lamar Stroupe, and Joyce Evans.
Marie Costello , Adv.- Lay-out
ASSOCIATE EDITOR .
REPORTERS.... Evelyn Wright, Margie Story, Marvel Stokes, Sar
ah Gobbel. Lula Overton, Nancy Bates. Helen Boone and Jimmy Foust.
For This Issue: Night Editor, Don Maynarti
Snorts, Bill Peacock
Right To Decent Rates
-With the North Carolina General Assembly opening its
1951 season in Raleigh thfs week, University students should
- be on their toes to keep a close eye on its doings, especially
those pertaining to the University.
The main theme of the new Tar Heel legislative gather
ing is, as usual, to find and give out the monies that keep the
State and its governmental services going. Indications are
that the Legislature this year will frown on higher taxes,
try as best it can to keep services up to present levels, with
minor improvements, and get its job done as quickly as
The desire to keep from raising taxes,- however, may be
a blow to the University in several ways. The rising cost of
living and learning is going to put a pinch on University fi
nances that will not be relieved unless there is more money.
And without a larger appropriation, that may well mean
increased fees and tuition rates, or a curtailment of services.
There will undoubtedly be a raise in the student, rates
in the under-construction Medical School. While we hate to
. see raises in any student rates or tuition charges, the raising
-of the bill for medical students is almost a necessity,, and is
the lesser of evils when compared with a raise in tuition rates
for the entire student body. The tremendous investment made
in the new medical facilities to a large degree justifies an
increase in tuition rates for those who use the facilities. The
raises will, as far as possible, put the Medical School rates
ori a par with the services offered.
There has been no call for a raise in tuition rates for the
entire student body, and administrative officials have indi
cated that such a move is highly improbable. We sincerely
hope that there will be no such action. The higher cost of
living makes it imperative that student tuition stay as low as
possible, and the present rate is, if anything, to high, even in
these days of emergency. Students should be cognizant of
the actions of the General Assembly and stand ready to de
fend their right to a justifiable tuition rate.
Social Room Problem
The opening of social rooms in several dormitories is
good news indeed, and a tribute to those students and admin-
istration officials who have worked long and hard ori a prob-x
lem that is probably one of the oldest and most perplexing
that has beset the campus.
The new rooms will do all that they are designed to do,
we are sure. There is no need to go into a .detailed account
of the advantages of dorm social rooms. The advantages are
well-known and well-recognized. There are several problems
that will arise oat of the opening of the social rooms, how
ever, and they are going to have to be met immediately
The main problem is how to make the rooms most effec
tive in their-purpose. The size of the rooms, in relation to
the number of students who must use them, is going to create,
a problem' that will require the utmost in cooperation on the
part' of dorm-dwellers. Unless such cooperation is shown,
dorm social rooms may become a great burden and source of
discontent, rather than the blessing they are intended to be.
The Interdcrmitory Council should get to work immedi
ately with the problem, and seek to work out such rules, reg
ulations, customs, and mores that will be needed to get the
most out of the new dormitory luxuries. We wouldn't attempt
to" define any such rules. That must come from those who are
much closer to the problem than The Daily Tar Heel, but
the IDC and dormitory residents should realize the problem
for what it is and try, as best can be done, to solve or alleviate
The long, hard, and perplexing battle to make dorm so
cial rooms a reality should not be turned into defeat by
improper and ineffective use of the rooms.
Good Work And Good Luck
The efforts of students and administration to add a new
sorority to the UNC campus have brought forth fruit in yes
terday's announcement of the coming of Kappa -Delta. The
Daily Tar Heel congratulates Kappa Delta, and says "well ,
done" to those who" have made its coming possible.
, The tremendous job of making the new social group a
success is still ahead, however, and it is really going to be
a job of some note, and of some difficulty. Colonizing, find
ing living quarters and making a success of the new addition
to the social group scene will be a task that will require the
utmost of all those concerned. We sincerely hope and believe
that Kappa Delta will become a successful reality and fill the '
bill for which it was intended.
by Chuck Hauser
Sometime during -the fall
quarter you undoubtedly not
iced a " little brindle . Scottish
terrier prancing . across the
campus. Maybe he attended a
class with you or maybe he
was around during a Y Court
But he hasn't been seen"
around this quarter.
The pup's name is Mr. Cork,
and he belongs to Charlie Long,
a well-known campus politician
and student leader who gradu
ated last year. '
Charlie's been living in Chapel
Hill since graduation, and is
now on active duty with the
Army in Raleigh, commuting
between the office and home.
On one of Charlie's days at
work, Mr. Cork disappeared, and
he hasn't been seen since.
So if you happen to see a
Scotty that looks like it's lost
its way, or if you happen to
hear of anybody who has re
cently acquired a Scottish ter
rier under suspicious, circum
stances, how about giving
Charlie a ring phone F-5278 or
408 East Rosemary Street. He'd
The move to open up social
rooms in four men's dormitories
is something "that has been
kicking around student govern
ment bull sessions for a long
time. And it even made the
floor of the Legislature once or
But the fait acco?nptt has
been released for all 'the cam
pus to hear A, B, C and
Whitehead dorms have their
social rooms open and (not
quite) ready to go.
It seems a shame that they
would open up just at the time
when; the male population of
the campus is about to leave
for the wars where it won't be
able to enjoy the new luxury.
I understand that Kappa Del
ta, Carolina's long-awaited sixth
sorority, is in the market for a
house and hasn't found any
thing satisfactory yet.
Just relax, girls, there will
very likely be several fraternity
houses ready to be rented for
the duration before long.
now s i nur Mgamr
The story is told on one of
N. C.'s Bis Four football teams.
A very promising frosh pros
pect had taken a lot of .lip all
season from the first string star.
During an exceptionally rdugh
scrimmage one day, the under
study knocked out one of the
ace's' teeth. The next time the
two lined down. 7 several days
and a couple of dentist trips
later, the, scrub snarled:
"You now have 31, would you
like to try for 30? '
This prank costs 2 little mon
ey but Sheboygan, Wis., kids
seem to think the laugh is
The boys watch for a traffic
officer to place a red ticket on
a car after time has expired
on a parking meter. When the
officer leaves, the boys drop a
penny in the meter then wait
for the car owner to show up.
The show starts when the
car owner looks at the ticket
and then discovered he -still has
a minute left on the meter. But
there's a bigger show at police
headquarters when the irate
motorist protests that he "wuz
You can't say that college ed
ucations don't pay off some
one. In New York, -the American
Museum of Natural History says
that in its last fiscal year it
outdrew Yankee Stadium. Near
ly 2,500,000 persons visited the
museum and its Hayden Plane
tarium. "The museum attendance fig
ure for the past year," its an
nual report says, "far exceeds
that of Yankee Stadium, and
almost ' equals the combined
attendance for the full year of
1949 at the Belmont Park,
Jamaica and Aqueduct race
tracks." . ,
What culture can do!
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Tar Heel At Large m Robert RUark, 35
The new mechanical heart, while undoubt
edly a lengthy stride in science, is going to set
the cause .of love, as illustrated by song,, story
and poetry, a far piece backward, ii slays me
even to contemplate a heartache that can be
eased by a shot of machine oil."'"
You know about this new heart thing, of
course. It's about the size of a medium radio. It
can conceivably be so harnessed as to retrieve
a corpse from the hereafter. It has been known
to keep a dog aliye for as much as 71 minutes,
without help from the pooch's own ticker. In
fine, it can stand by for both human heart and
human lung for indefinite periods. :
I am not real sure how the heart got mixed
i up with turbulent eotion, but it has come to
represent the bodily organ that is most affected
'by same. All the songs say so: My Heart at Thy
Sweet Voice. My, Heart Stood Still. My Foolish
Heart. Sweetheart. Hearts and Flowers. Heart
ache. I guess the gimmick is that if the heart
quit, love went out the window, although the
definite site of emotion is more apt to be cen
tered in the tummy. Love, as I have clocked it,
always seemed more like an attack of green
apple misery than a swift pain in the aorta.
In past, there has been no real remedy for
a broken heart. Now, if modern scientific news
be accurate, you just call "a mechanic. He re
moves a non-functional washer, tightens a
spring, loosens a nut and .click-clack! Heart is
The whole busines bothers me. How are you
going to warm the cockles of this heart, with a
blowtorch? How is a maid to think with her
heart, while a man thinks with his head? Heart
burn, henceforward, means a non-functional
' bearing. If a man is defined as hearty, we assume
he spends most of his time in a machine shop.
What we have done is just wreck two pages
of the dictionary with a meddlesome invention.
I admire progress, but eventually we learn an
entirely new language and tear down all the
old signposts of the day when man knew less
about man and handled him with considerably
The word "atom," which a short time ago
meant teensy-weensy, now connotes hugeness
and horror. Likewise, a heart used to beat, pulse,
tick or hammer. Now it goes "pocketa-pocketa
wheep," like the tremendous machine once
foreseen by Mr. Walter Mitty. Only I doubt you
will be able to fix the new mechanical heart
with a fountain pen,- as did Mr. Mitty in his
They say we also have mechanical brains,
nowso that the necessity of thinking is no long
er parcel of the human struggle. Harness the
mechanical heart to the mechainacl brain and
we have just about explained away the necess
ity of mankind. This is regrettable: Man is an
undisciplined bum, but in him is a capacity for
fun that no machine, no matter how well lubri
cated, will ever achieve.
Maybe I am prone to superstition, but I re
member too starkly an ancient play called
R.U.R.. which had to do with a flock of robots, or
mechanical men, who took 'over and harrassed
the bejabers out of the human beings. Also the
oldie about Frankenstein.
To that end, I wonder what we build today,
and if our own wisdom does not eventually put
us out of business as people. In past dealings
with mechanical devices I have noted that they
are possessed of definite personalities, and are
prone to sulk, brood, non-perform and exult in
their skill. What happens some day if a machine
wishes to be dictator?
Ah, me. My heart is sick. I suspect it's be
cause somebody just fed it a dose of emery dust,
or forgot to strain the high octane that runs it.
Take it Easy
by Rolfe Neill
He sat there fondling a weUrthurnbed Yack.
It had been his son's. ... .-.
"I've come to do the hardest thing I've ever,
done," he said softly, "I've come to gat his
things." i '
This was the father of a Carolina student
who died in an automobile accident last quarter.
He asked for a couple of copies of The Daily
Tar Heel which carried a story of the tragedy,
and lingered briefly to talk.
The gentleman spoke of his son as a garden
er would a rare plant which he had nourished
and protected, then just before bursting into
bloom was, blighted.
He had several letters from people he'd never
seen. Each told of how the writer had known
the boy. How the student had done a kindness
or a favor.
The father himself had been in attendance at
the University exactly the number of years ago
as the age of his son at death 21.
- "He would have gone into med school soon.
My wife and I were happy in his success. The
boy made the dean's list and was anxious to con
tinue toward his med work.
. You can't quite understand ' until you've ex
perienced it.-JJntil you've had such a thing strike
home." .. ;
Then he toldof his other son who is only
four and a half years old. But- you could see in
the father's eyes a comparison which cascaded
16 and a half years ahead. ; - .
Our conversation ended in a few minutes.
He got ready to go. He was. going to the dorm
where the boy had his clothes, a half dozen odds
and ends accumulated during University years,
and a battered tennis racquet. "
"Thanks," he said, "thanks a lot. You've
helped more than you realize." And he left
Take it easy on the highways, won't you?
Mosey in' Around
with "Doc" Blodgett
, A Rough Sort Of Trend
Here at CarOlinarthe l95r opener finds the outlook grim. II, lf
today and gone tomorrow-You know why. We may as well i;u:t:
some right unpleasant facts that don't increase our love for J , f
Stalin and his crew.
Over coffee cups on Franklin Street the New Year's gnctir,"
is far afield, from the .usual pleasant query about scholastic pkin:.
More likely it comes as,, "When do you leave for camp?"
It's a quiet, hopeless wringing of the hands.
In Old South, too, faces are equally grave.
The question asked by all -is, "Whither now?"
Your reporter makes.no stab to answer this. He is just as nn,. h
fouled up as a thousand other guys whom' he could -name. Ik-wishes-to-hell
he knew enough to steer his own size twelves. liis
one conviction, gained thus far, is scant brain-fodder for the G -od
and Great, but it shapes , like this:
Isn't it sort of-borrowed grief when a bunch of able students
toss the sponge before they even start? When they take that wild
eyed look and say, "Why should I bother to register or crack the
books at all?" Seems like crossing bridges in advance.
Carolina does not stand alone in this odd attitude. Your re
porter has picked -up similar threads from Cornell University
southward down the map. A rough sort of trend to encounter.
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Theory By The Big Boy
A ray of common sense broke through this kind of fog here
yesterday, when the Big Boy accosted your scribe. Let's skip the
fellow's real identity; it's enough to note that he was "plenty
Navy" during World War II.
Said he, "I'm, old enough to take things in their stride. When I
was sophomore age, I wanted security ahead (and three square
for myself) over time in 20-year chunks. Felt sort of lost without
it. Came the Pacific show, and I pared things down to day-by-day.
Wrote each one off as glad to be alive. Today I slice time even
finer. Just tell myself that the next five minutes is going to h
great, and sail through it accordingly. Then a fresh five minutes
rolls around ..."
We thanked him for an all-consolin' word; took solace in the
thoughts of time. .
For the student body here, no two hour-glasses will likely
spill the same amount of sand,, but there's still "a little time" to
spread around here at the Hill while Top Brass, somewhere else,
is making up its mind about a lot of destiny. Let's have at this
time and use it wot?
Somebody, of course, stands to get clipped with those "greet
ings", in each day's mail, but it doesn't decimate the student body
overnight. There are plenty of folks who still stand around to
await their insecure turn.
Perhaps then, in such an undecided mess, the common sense
approach would be to "git to class While the gittin' is good." Fill
that undecided space with something right to do.
It's in the cards that some will have to draw the long and
dreary watches later on and where courage comes from then de
pends on what a man can draw from deep within himself.
The Key Is At Hand
A chance remark from ' somebody's class might even yet
provide the key to some unwritten victory; personal slant or
troops. It's happened that way before.
Of passing note, one of the finest men we ever knew was lac
ing personal grief. A friend asked, "Denny, how do you take this
things as well as you do?" He grinned and said, "Keep busy."
There's a lot to calling one's" shots. There's plenty to keeping
busy. It's as honest a way as any to approach the unencountei ed
phase of 1951.
Specific chores, for instance? There's the blood bank campaign
coming up. You can give yours too. Then again, the Red Cross
deal on sweaters. Could you sweet lovelies switch the plays from
Let's pull out of the funk. The cumulative spark from one-man
teams could change this current pessimistic wave to something
pretty special overnight. It's just a case of taking hold.
Hard tasks challenge strength. Hard chores lie ahead. If you
can't think 'em up, then topsides will. But the question is, "Can
you do 'em?" Your reporter .subscribes that the answer is yes. Old.
Bili Dayie's camp has seen this kind of going before, can .stand
and take it again,"
Shill we not take a fresh hitch on the belt and turn our faces
to trouble? .
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