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THE DAILY TAR HEEL,
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1951
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This week the administration made clear its current policy
toward Negro students enrolled here. , ;..,
They, are to be segregated from white students in every
way trie law allows. The law, unf of tunately, 'compelled the
State and University to admit these North Carolinians to their
law school. . " ' .
The trustees - were more foresighted with the medical
school and at least one department of the graduate school,
ogreeing;.to admit students who could not obtain approximate
training elsewhere.jp ' : - -
The University ,; of Arkansas, among other far-Southern
Universities has also been more farsighted than our own, in
their policy of opening, the doors to Negroes before compelled
to do so by law. " ". - --... . .:
One way, of another, there are Negro students. Here. Now.
They are for the most part unusual people in their ability
to adjust to the situation. They have attended Northern Uni
versities, , unsegregated by tradition. Or they held officer's
ranks in ihe armed forces during the recent war through
which they learned the difficulties -of social adjustment in
unsegregated groups "' '
They are,-on the whole, better prepared for such an adjust
ment: than are most white students now here, and possibly
than is the administration. Furthermore, they are anxious to
help in that adjustment in every way possible.
Yet the school has placed them on s segregated floor, mov
ing out protesting students to leave a floor empty, save -for
the three Negro students in residence, (this, with men cram
med :into basements elsewhere on campus) and has refused
them student passbooks..
In, the case at hand, concerning the football tickets of James
Walker, the, 'latter point was made clear. Chancellor Robert
House said, "There is a distinction between educational serv
ices ..crod social recognition." He pointed out that the law com
pelled the educational service, but did not compel the -social
Walker; on the other hand, said, "They have put up legal
barriers between usr (white and Negro students), so that the
Negro student, deprived of a student's privileges, would have
to remain separate:" Walker then made clear that he himself
would have been willing to sit in the Negro section, if the
administration feared trouble from white rowdies, or even
more willing to remain away from the bigger games, if the
administration had permitted him the normal privilege ol
an athletic passbook for admittance.
The difference, .''with -which " the University is familiar in
thcor court battles, is between "you must," and "please do."
. The difference is between free cooperation and compulsory
diets;. ', .-':- :. .,'':'. ' : " .
Wey like our good Chancellor, feeling somewhat "conserva
tive", deplore the: compulsory act. We therefore note, with
hearty dislike, that, the law may once again step in to compel
the University to admit its Negro students to all the privileges
of f fee citizens in the University community.
Must the higher authority always compel us to do what is
reasonable and right? We think not. We hoperthe courts will
not aain interfere in the internal workings of the University.
We hope the University will attempt a reasonable program
of adjustment without undue demands on the lives of all
students here. And we hope that students, Negro and white,
vvilL approach the matter with intelligence and horse sense
in what must necessarily be a slow acceptance of facts.
The difference is between liberty and dictatorship.
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by 'Barry Farbcr
by Dick Murphy
N S A -
hys Dayld Alexander
"Alice In Wonderland" and
"Nature's Half-Acre" Disney
Productions released thipugh
n.K.O. The feature film will be
shown along with the third in a
series of Disney Real-Life short
subjects, both in technicolor.
For ell of you who thrilled to
Lew ''Carroll's classic, this is
in'Tet d a treat, for W alt Disney
hj captured the book with all
thV ' .chc.rm possible. " Alice", ar-ti-I"cr,'y
speaking, marks a new
F 'a ri cartoon length films, and
V icv: ;h it has many good seq'uen
c or; il just doesn't live up to the
Pisnny tradition set by "Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs"
i.nd "Cinderella". '
Compared to Cinderella and
Snow White, Alice is an awk
ward child, remeniscent of the
' eariy' ' Margaret I O'Brien. The
color -is somewhat different from
the rthomes used in earlier Dis
rcy films, "Bambr, '"Make Mine
Til:sic' and "Melody Time". -
Di.r.ney may stop making car
toon length films in the future,
ard coiK-cntrale on live-action
Expressions on matters of
public interest are welcomed
jrom our readers. They must
be legible, sigiied, and free
from libel. The right is re
served to edit all such com
munications and to condense
them when they run beyond
300 words. Editor.
In the Sept. 17th DTH there
was quoted James R. Walker,
Jr's statement of faith that "be
lievers in Christianity" will not
support the administration in its
issuing to him an undesirable
football ticket. The situation no
doubt made Bible-readers think
of the parable in St. Luke 14-7-31.
This letter does not at all re
flect my attitude toward segre
gation, but it expresses a pro
found resentment, which I think
is shared by many others be
sides me, against an inappropri-'
ate appeal to "believers in Chris-,
South", "So Dear To My Heart"
and "Treasure Island". He is al
ready shooting major scenes in
England' for the forthcoming
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Late , last spring our student
body president, Henry Bowers,
asked me if I would go to Minn
eapolis in August to be a dele
gate at the annual NSA Congress.
For the benefit of those who
came in late, NSA stands for
"National Students Association"
and not "No Sex Appeal."
Now, I always thought NSA
meetings were typical student
get-togethers, packed with cut
rate crusaders and popcorn poli
ticians, where a guy stands up,
makes a speech, says nothing,
nobody listens, and when he's
through everybody, disagrees.
And I've always nursed a bitter
grudge against student poli
ticians ever since I was soundly
defeated in the race for 'Home
Room Glee Club representative
back in junior high school so
when .Bowers' invited me to tag
along I licked my journalistic,
chops and foamed at the mouth.
In my estimation student poli
ticians were egotistical lump
rumps low enough Ao read by
the light of a hotfoot and noth-
ing suited me finer than the
chance to pitch, a few rusty har
poons into their callous car
casses. Besides, Minneapolis sounded
like a great place to go to enjoy
myself, get a lot of sleep, meet
a few girls, and maybe dig up
some lusty anecdotes ridiculing
"Sure, Hank. I'll be glad" to go,".
I smiled, drooling like a bond
holder about to clip an interest
coupon.. After all I had nothing
to lose but my self respect.
The twilight of August, 19
found Henry Bowers, Joyce
Evans, Mel Stribling, Dick Mur
phy. Lacy Thornberg, and I
perched on the banks of the
Mississippi holding our first re-'
gional caucas. There was Murphy
studying documents like Ridge
way studies maps of North
Korea. The girls were debating
the virtues of academic freedom.
There was Bowers scribbling re
solutions to present to sub-corn-"
. mission, there- was Thornberg
preparing his international re
port, and there was Farber
looking so busy doing nothing
he seemed almost indispensable.
I must , confess I always
thought conventions were orgies
where delegates sit in their
rooms and drink for ten days. I
was quietly working my way "
through a jug of Minnesota
wham wine when, first thing I
knew, somebody wanted to start
holding meetings. So with an
.alcohclic moan and dark circles
unci " my disposition I grabbed
pencil, paper, and portfolio and
slumped into one of the seats
reserved for "the gentlemen
from North Carolina".
That's where the trouble start
ed. To me Robert's . Rules of
Order were the biggest mystery
since radar. I wouldn't know a
point ol parliamentary procedure
if it crept up behind me and bit
me and it seems that everything
I said was either irrevelant, in
decent, or out of order. I felt
like Mortimer Snerd arguing re
lativity with Einstein. No matter
what the issue was I always
managed to make myself mis
understood. Congress doesn't
know how. lucky it is that I'm
not a member because if the
outcome of the war depended
on my so much as rising to
second a motion, Joe Stalin
would be watching television
. from the east .wing of the
; (Se "NOT GWhTY." Pnae 8)
Today begins a series of di
verse opinions on the subject
of National Students Associa
tion by delegates to the Aug
ust Congress of that body. The
funny one will be 1 recognized
as our leading humorist, Barry
Farber. The intent, or serious,
one is Dick Murphy, long
known on this campus as a .
character with brains and
ability,- now recognized by the
world organization, UNESCO,
for the same things. Editor.
August, 1951 was an important
month for. the American student
community, for to realize what
occurred then, is to realize the
difference between the signifi
cance of student life 1941 and
student life today. In East Berlin
there occurred tne Communist
World Youth Festival; in Ithica,
New York, the W orld Assembly
of Youth; in Minneapolis, Min
nesota, the Fourth Annual Stu
dent Congress of the National
Student Congress of the Na
tional Students Association.
These meetings never . could
have been held in 1941, for the
problems, thoughts, actions, and
motivations which lay behind
each of them were far removed
from the mind of the world stu
dent community in the anti-bel-lum
days. The Berlin Festival
was a necessity for Soviet For
eign Policy; the Cornell Assemr
bly a necessity for the problems
of relief, rehabilitation, and in
ternational misunderstanding of
the ante-bellum period; and : the
NSA Congress a necessity for
the cohesiveness demanded of
the American student commun
ity in the light of our newly
sensed community of common
These problems of which I
cpeak the post war internation
al situation, the domestic situa
tion here at home, the new com
munity of common student interest-
are npt merely academic
to the academic . community.
They have not only made im
perative the meetings enumer
ated above, but far more im
portantly they have demanded
something much greater and far
more difficult to achieve. They
demand a fundamental change
in oujp sense of values, our pat
terns of thought, our modes of
action and even our "Carolina
way of life."
. For we have had thrust upon
us, probably unwittingly and un
willingly, as was thrust upon
the U. S. in 1893, new responsi
bilities which transcend in im--portance
the geographical con
fines of the Carolina campus,
the Greater University campus
es or all the college campuses
in America. Our student lives,
although never an entity within
themselves, have become more
of one student life, merely being
experienced as part of a greater
life in differing locales such as
Carolina, Duke, Chicago, Prince
ton, Oxford, or Calcutta. And
unless we are willing to face
this fact, ponder its implications,
and govern our actions accord
ingly, the meaningfulness of our
lives here at Chapel Hill, will be
The -next several articles ap
pearing 'under this byline will
have as their purpose a partial
explanation and clarification of
what thisi new role for the Caro
lina student is, hoy it came
about, and how it is being play
ed at this moment.
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