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he Silent Ones
Time Magazine has decided we are the "Silent Generation;."
by Dill Drown
At the beginning of each quar
ter, there is a certain sum dock
ed from the student under the
heading "block fee." From this
block fee come many of the ac
tivities we enjoy on campus."
j.ime iviagazine nas decided we are the "Silent Generation." T f l A 11
It is difficult to tell whether our snhinx-like Qualities are I L Jll lllV fl
looked on favoribly by Time or not, but the weekly news
magazine has us definitely labeled. ' "
ine .November 5 issue tells the world that we are "grave
and fatalistic," "conventional and gregarious," "the girls want
a career and marriage," our "morals are confused," we "ex
pect disappointment," "want a faith," and "will serve." But
mostly, we are silent. v
Time sees us in comparison with the "flaming youth" of
a generation ago, with the idealistic and liberal-ideae youth
of our grandparents, and with the depressed youth of the
Time also listed the following points for comparison. We
have probably fought in a war, and are counting on having to
fight another. We don't seem to think much of the current
one and accept it with a "What's the use?
We can party just as hard as our parents did in the twen
ties, but we do it more, discreetly, lose our heads less, drink
less. . ' ' ' -
We want good secure jobs, with big corporations, and we
aspire to suburban life. We do not want to mine diamonds in
South America, sail around the world, or find a " cure for
In every phase of life, we feel the "government will take
care of it." - ,
We are probably just as promiscuous as were our parents,
possibly a little more so than the youth of two generations
ago. But we are not so showy about sex. Time says, "Whatever
its immoralities, it commits them . .". because it enjoys them,
and not because it wants to demonstrate against Victorian con
ventions y.l ; ? ..: ; " ' ' - r
We expect disappointment. Time sees this in such con
temporary novelists as Truman- CapoteV William Styron. and
Fredrick Buechner. ' . : '
We are afraid. Time is just slightly behind The New York
Times andother leading publications in discovering this. We
are afraid to speak up on any issues (with the possible ex
ceptions of race relations and world government). We are
afraid of the legal and social persecution that goes with being
tagged "subversive," "poor security risks," and the like. This
is one good reason for our silence. ...
"We are turning back to God. This is a part of the general
seeking for security. Yet we are not sure where to look in our
need for faith and safety.
We have no heroes: We prefer debunking the eurrent po
tential heroes to idolizing them. Not even in sports, for we
have seen them successfully ae- -
There is our subscription to
The Daily Tar Heel. From this
fee we get the Yackety Yack.
Among the many activities this
block fee goes to support is one
called the Student Entertainment
The SEC uses its share of the
block fee to bring top-flight per
sonalities to the campus. The
idea is grand. Likewise are the
artists the SEC brings to campus.-'
There is a hitch, Tiowever. All
is not as rosy as it appears on
the surface. This quarter over
5,000 students paid a block fee.
The SEC got its share of these
more than 5,000 payments.
But it is not supplying enter
tainment" for 5,00G students. It
is hardly even supplying enter
tainment for half this number.
The blame does not rest with
the SEC, nevertheless. The fault
is with Memorial Hall.
No matter how one looks at
it, Memorial Hall is not suffi
cient for. 3,000 students let alone
Granted that if we had a mod
ern .6,000 - seat auditorium, it
We don't blame anyone. iWe
seem to bear up under troubles
with, less self-pity than did our
parents. And we accept almost any
deal we get as in the order of
things. : V
And we are silent about the
order of things.
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would not be filled 'for every,
one of the SEC activities. For
some it would not even be half
full. Regardless of this, it is hard
ly fair to .make 5,000 students
pay for what only 2,000 students
can benefit from. This is espe
cially true if all the students
wantedto take advantage of the
SEC. : : :
The SEC has been used only
as an example to prove that the
Memorial uditorium is insuffi
cient from a practical standpoint.
Probably no proof is necessary
for most students on this point.
Assuredly no proof is neces
sary to prove that Memorial Hall
is not sufficient from a comfort
standpoint. The seats installed in
our largest assembly hall are
probably the most wretched ever
conceived by man.
Not only is this clear to the
student body, but Chancellor
House and President Gray have,
both made mention of the fact
upon occasion. We . do not get
a new auditorium, however. We
don't even get any new. seats.
Instead last year the North
" Carolina Legislature appropriat
ed money for a new coliseum to
be constructed in Raleigh at the
State Fair Grounds.
When one considers that Ra
leigh already has Memorial Au
ditorium and Reynolds Coliseum,
there seems to be little reason
why there should be a new coli
seum constructed at the State
Fair Grounds. This is especially
true when it is considered that
Carolina needs an auditorium so
Might I suggest that the North
Carolina Legislature hold ' its
next session in Memorial Hall.
If they'll do this, we'll have a
The Doily Tdr Heel
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North Carolina at Chapel Hill where
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