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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1958
THE DAILY TAR HEEL
Legislature Should Look
At Editor Libel Proposal
Several d.ivs Att w cited the
mnl within student t;m U nine-lit
to li.tiullc alleged lilnl cases in
volviir.; the editor of The Daily
Tat Heel and individuals in the
campus totumuniiy subjected to
reckless accusation not based on
We hope, in all sinceiity. that
our suggestions i!idut lalj on deaf
tats despite certain fallacies
which existed in the pioposals. Tor
Iumi.iIIv the idea is a ;oocl one.
and should be implemented bu
lla piotedion ol individuals on
the c ampus.
I heie in lent K is some cpies
liou as to whether student courts.
.i snooted in the initial propo
sal, possess the power to lc a
moiut.irv line against any student
at the l'uiersit who in some wav
iol.ites laws of the student couits.
It is doiibtlul that this pow-cr
wouKl be sanctioned b the State
ol Noith Ciiolin.i.
Ilweei. student comt do hae
othei means to punish those amotio
ns who teluse to abide bv rules
and i emulations opi-i.uivc within
out judicial sxsietn. These include
t pi inland, piobatiou and siispc n
sioii depending on seiioiistiess ol
In iew ol the student court ss-
tun. the question .niM's: would
pot libel, il piovcd in student
coiiit iii.ilv be a violation ol some
l.iw cuiieiitK wiittcn into or im
plied b j n d i c ial provisions?
W'oiild not .in editot who has li
belcd an individual be in violation
ol a .i vs. over which student couits
c in l cut Iv have jut isdic t ion?
II not. he ccil.iinlv should be.
1 oi to make false- accusations about
a pel son. to luinu about dc.-l.im.i-tii!s
o ehat.ntci or leputatioti is.
in oai mind, i In each ol icspoiisi
b'e indent brhavioi just as .lie
numeioiis othci violations lallino
undti the couits' jiu imUi tioii.
Uoweei. il no Mich threat ol a
liial in student coiiiin looms oxer
llu- editorship, ilir U-islaucu-shotifif
f,ir .iff pirwafs for siifJi
powe r into c 'oiisidei.iiioti and come
up with a new court or icvisiou
nj an old oia so as to unhide
jut isdi tioti in c ases ot libel.
Kciciitlv seveial pioposals have
come to mind. An individual who
lit!-, In has biin libeled could
take Ins i ase to couit. when' a vc i
dut ol uuiltv against the- editor
could ii-Niilt in his piobatiou in
the post w hii h he holds.
J')oii a second violation, invol
ving the same editor, w hen lac ts
pte suite d in court show he has
aiin libeled an individual with
in the campus community, a vei
ditt ol ouiltv could brinn vith it
the automatic sitspe-itsion (i the-
The Daily Tar Heel
The official siuJcnt publication :1 tht
Publication Board of the University of
North Carolina, where if is published
daily except Sunday, Monday and exam
ination and vacation period? and um
mer terms. Entered as second class nut
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Editor DOUG EISELE
Associate Kditor . FRANK CROWTHER
Managing Ed. tor ALYS VOORIIEES
News Editor TAUL RULE
Asst. News Editor ANNFRYE
C'-iCd Editor . JOAN BROCK
Feature Editor MARY M. MASON
Sports Editor BILL KING
PHOTOGRAPHERS Norman Kantor,
UUSLNKSS STAFF Walker Blanton,
John Mintcr, Lewis Rush.
Asst. Sports Editor DAVE WIBLE
Business Manager JOHN WIIITAKER
Advertising Manager FRED KATZIN
Subscription Mgr AVERY THOMAS
Librarian G LEND A FOWLER
KDIT STAFF Whit Whitfield, Curtis
Cans, Jonathan Yardley,' Barry Win
ston, Gail Godwin.
SPORTS STAFF: Rusty Hammond, Elli
ott Cooper, Mac Mahaffy, Jim Purks,
, Jim Harper. .
editor from the newspaper post.
Such action would leave the ed
itor's chair vacant. A recall election
then could be held in which the
(ieM)sed editor could be a candi
date lor reinstatement in the post,
dependent upon the sentiments
ol the student body. Or perhaps .
he should not be allowed to be a
This is only fair if we are to con
duct our judicial system fairly in
all ateas of student life. An edi
tor who libels an individual is
doubtless as "uilty of a violation
of responsible behavior as the stu
dent who c heats on an examina
tion. Yet the courts have overlook
ed the former while they have en
forced the 'alter.
Furthermore, the student who
now is found guilty by a student
eomt is ineligible to serve in any
extra-curricular phase of student
o eminent, or even other areas
ol campus lile. due to his viola
tion of the laws. Admitting that
libel is a violation of law, an edi
tor is under these in uinstanc es"
exempt from the punishment
handed his fellows.
It would indeed be a liberal
judgment, in view of implications
of guilty verdicts now rendered by
the couits. if an editor were put
only on probation atfer libeling a
member of the university com
munity. 1 r under other circum
stances he would be expelled from
his oilier entirely.
We oint these factors out in
view ol oith Carolina law which
piotectsa pet son under l i ears ol
a'e Irom clitect suit in cases of li
bel. It is true that when a minor
editor libels an individual, state
courts exist thioiil) which suit
could be brought. Hut those suits
would be ditectecl at the editor's
next liiend. ol the Publications
Hoard, oi the- adininistt ation. and
not the edited.
Ibis, we believe, is a major lal
laeA in inn student couit system.
For no other person, or no alie
nate ol jkmsoiis. should be- held rc-f
.sponsible in a eivil court Tor the
malicious whims of a 20-year-old
who sometimes is inclined to ctiti
' c ie more cvcrch and in sue h a
111. inner than state law permits.-
Put vouisell -in the position ol
the individual who is subjected to
malicious attack bv The Dailv
Tar Heel. Would ou desire the
t (-course to piotect voutselt Irom
c1e-l.tiu.it ion ol character, or should
the- editor be pel mined to con
tinually injuie those- who biiny,
his w hims to lore?
The rec ent rash ol eostlv I ires
in Chapel Hill has led one I'nivei
sity ol Noith Caiolina student to
make this surest ion:
Whv doesn't someone initiate a
program ol training to instruct a
small roup of college students in
the methods of lirc-l'ihtint;. This
wav a icat potential could be ntil
iecl. Cuiicntlv. hundieds ol students
stand icily bv eveiv time a fire
breaks out on 01 near the campus.
The icpiesetit a potential til t
lihtini; team that could serve im
measurably in protection ol F'ni
versitv and private propel ty in
With no reflec tion on the Chapel
Hill file department, very leal
tin eats do exist lor which a larger
and better-trained fence- should be
picpaied to serve in time ol em
ergency. I hat emergenc y may
never come, but we should at all
limes be picpaied for it.
Could a Civil Defense organisa
tion train .students who aie intere
sted in helping in time of trage
dies? Certainly, such instruction
would not be wasted since these
same students would be available
lor emergencies in their own towns
once they leave school.
It at least is woith some consider
ation. Our Nominations
Top news stories of the week:
WILMINGTON - A whole lot
of shakm soin"on.
x CHARLOTTF Klamuien here
have learned not to get under the
r sheets .with an undercover aent.
J. Y.'s JAZZ
Doris Day Hit
With 2 Records
Columbia Records lias recently
released two, two-record sets that
bear consideration by every buyer.
One of these, a collection of old
masters, is called "The Frank'
Sinatra Story," and the other is a
Doris Day collection entitled "Hoo
ray For Hollywood" and features
the best musical efforts of the
films in the past twenty years.
The Sinatra record is an im
portant document both historically
and musically. It traces the Sina
tra career from his first days
with Harry James through his last
Columbia recording session. Of
course a good deal has been
omitted, due to inter-label hostili
ties, such as the great work he
did for Tommy Dorsey on the
Victor label, and his work for the
Capitol label in the nineteen fifties.
Nevertheless, the? set has many
merits and should be heard.
The first dumber on the set. a
recording of the Harry James
theme Ciribiribin." with the
James orchestra, is fascinating.
It takes at least three close listen
ings to recognize the singer as
Sinatra, because the vocal is done
in the style Ray Ebcrle made
famous with the Glenn Miller .
band. Two songs later the Voie-e
is more recognizable, and by the
end of the record any plumber
could tell you to whom he is lis
tening. High points on the disk
are the long, beautiful. "Soliloquy"
from Carousel and the nostalgic
'"Castle Rock." with an exciting
if a little exhibitionistic solo by
Doris Day. whom I have always
regarded as a llollywoodish sing
er with a superficial manner of
delivery, finally shows her poten
tial on the excellent "Hooray For
Hollyvveod." The purpose of the
album was to combat the plethora
f recordings of great songs from
Broadway shows with an album
of great soncs from motion pic
tures. The songs are great, the
arranging is unpretentious and
swinging .and Miss Day is delight
It's really amazing how many
good songs the movies have pro
duced. Among the selections on
the disk are such standards as
"In the Still of the Night." "I've
Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."
"A Foggy Day." and "The Way
You Lexk Tonight." Perhaps the
most delightful song on the album
is the wonderful "It Might As
Well Be Spring." from 1935 s State
Fair. Miss Day's rendition is at
once sad. swinging, and very mus
ical an achievement some of our
so-called " jazz singers" are not
always able to attain.
It is a real compliment to the
Columbia artist and repertoire de
partment that two so excellent
recordings should be released. It
is a terribly bad break for this
great company that the amazing
ly talented George Avakian has
chosen to depart, but as long as
disks of the quality of these two
are released we can continue to
count on Columbia records for
fine jazz and pop music.
"This Will Keep Out Foreign Salesmen'
VIEW FROM THE HILL
The Case For Delayed Rushing
When the emergency committee
on fraternities looks into fraternity
problems, at least two problems
should e-ome to light.
The first change in tne current
fraternity system should come in
the fillet of rushing.
Delayed rush would be the best
thing that has happened to the
campus in a long time.
Every year now about a month
after school starts, and a good
deal less time than it takes for a
freshman to get settled, fraternity
Not only do boys go home dis
heartened because they were bull
ed for some reason or another, but
the fraternities lose in getting a
person about whom they know too
Fraternities lose in other re
spects btnausc they sometimes re
ject a man they later would have
wanted, and with rejection a cer
tain amount of ill feeling is creat
ed. Moreover, in losing this per
son, the fraternity will try to fill
its roster, and the avenue for
bringing the student into the
fraternity will be closed.
For the student on entering the
fraternity, the present system is
bad, since at the beginning of a
student's first semester the stu
dent has no idea of the responsibil
ities that arc his as a college stu
dent. Furthermore .he probably at
that time has only a vague idea
of what fraternity life is like or
whether he actually likes any of
the fraternity's members. No
amount of booklets, information
sheets, or short meetings within
the space of a week can tell him.
What is necessary is a post
ponement of rushing until the mid
dle of the spring semester and per
haps an elimination of any "silent"
period, except after rushing has
been completed and prior to
This probably would tend to
make rushing informal throughout
the year with a set period for
pledging, and this would be good.
The opportunity for students to
know what the " academic and
activity load is upon them is af
forded. The opportunity to get to
know what fraternity life is like
will be given. The opportunity for
students to get to know their fu
ture brothers, and to find out whe
ther they want to call them bro
thers is another good facet of the
delayed informal rush system.
From tiro fraternity point of
view, not only do they get the
opportunity to see what their pro
spective pledges are like, but they
have the opportunity of looking in-
to the whole range of the fresh
man class rather than the small
group that runs around in frantic
circles during the present rush
Moreover, in the elimination of
a "silent" period, both fraternity
members and prospective pledges
have a real chance to get to know
each other and like each other,
and in doing this, avoid some of
the friction that is involved in
For those that are rejected, it
gives a chance for the blow to
come easily rather than in one
great loud crash. Furthermore, it
giv es the rejected student a
chance to make friends with frater
nity members despite being reject
ed. Lastly, it will rule out those
who in Fall might have wanted to
be in a fraternity, but later find
out that fraternity life isn't for
What is most important, it will
relieve both fraternity and student
of the need for a quick high pres
sure sale of the individual's ta
lents or the fraternity's merits.
Doth fraternity and student can be
shown as they are normally, with
The change to delayed rush
woidd be a change for the better.
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FROM THE SCHOLASTIC
Alfred Stephan on
'Man & his Values
The tragedy of mast of our lives is that we are
afraid to recognize what we are. We only look at
ourselves in oblique glances. Shallow as these fleet
ing inquiries are, we recognize a deep and persi
stent state of unrest. We are aware of a sense of
unfulfillment that seems basic to our lives. We are
afraid of its implications. Most men yield to the
stream of circumstance and necessity that carries
them onward and lets them bypass any contempla
tion of their nature and how it can best be ful
filled. Yet some men refuse to be swept in the current
of life without knowing "where am I going?" and
"who am I?" The world doesn't like the man who
starts to struggle with the questions of existence.
This apparent centering on self seems antisocial.
The world calls him a brooder. It tells him to ad
just. This novice seeker of self plunges into his na
ture with the hope of satisfying his vague sense of
unfulfillment. The majority of these seekers of self
lose their dedication when the ultimate answer to
existence begins to take vague form in their minds
the answer doesn't fit their conception of eari li
ly happiness. It seems too austere, too incompatible
with their easy existence . . . "and the young man
went away sad for he had great possessions."
Yes, the young men leave the way and go back
to their possessions, to the world. They almost saw
themselves but they were afraid so they ran to the
world; the world which tells them it can give them
happiness, the world which tells them that everyone
was meant to be happy and that the only reason
they feel unfulfilled is that they lacked certain ob
tainables wealth, position, prestige, the pride ul
doing "nice" things. The world tells them that when
they once obtained these then they will be content;
that the restless drives and desire within them will
Most people, once they commit themselves to
seeking these obtainables, ask no more questions
as to the "why" of existence. They plunge them
selves into the work world. "I must work. I must
work very hard for. these goals." Work becomes
an avenue to the highest good. Work then is the
virtue of existence. The World, "the totality of reali
ty," in this insecure and muddled thinking is limit
ed to the work world and its ends. The worker at
tempts to fulfill his full human existence in the
goals of the work world. He sacrifices at the altar
of work. He attempts to satisfy his strange and
spiritual vessel of self by satiating it with material
and social goods. Man does this not so much throuc.l
greed or materialism but rather through his desire
to quiet that sense of unfulfillment that brin:
him back to the questions of who he is and wh.v.
is he living for.
Work and attainment seem to him a philosophy
of life, an answer to the question, "What is it a.l
for?" Men can't face life without some reason fir
existing. By their very nature they must strive f-r
some sort of fulfillment, some development. This
of cjourse requires a system of values as a center
for the development. The tragedy of most men siiy.o
the passing of the theocentric age is that their
limited world view constricts their development 0
the means and ends of the work world. The master
value is not spiritual but material. In their muddled
logic, most men equate happiness with pleasure, and
since pleasure seems to be enjoyment of materia!
and social goods: "I must have these goods, so I
must work to attain them, and if I work hard it 1;
good because it is in the direction of why I live."
While their ultimate pleasure in life, they be
lieve, lies in attainment of material and social gnoc!.
they seek momentary pleasure in various ways of
non-recognition of self. They often seek a frantic
fleeting pleasure. They have to do things see
new places, start hobbies, meet new people. And
when they are tired of fleeing themselves, they
try to forget self by idling the motor of their minds
while they sit in a stupor before a television set.
they throw down a shot, they read pulp romances,
they play solitaire.
Once a man commits himself to the idea of the
work world with its material and social goods as
the panacea for all his human needs, he shapes
and vitiates all of thp basic institutions to conform
with his philosophy. Education, instead of bcir.5 an
avenue of approach to the ultimates, a developer oi
wisdom, is viewed merely as a utilitarian tool or a
finishing school. Marriage is not so much a dynamic
union of love and souls as, in effect, a necessary
social connection. A wife is reduced to the statu,
of a social asset and a satisfier. And religion instead
of being a vital communion with God become -badge
of respectability, a weekly tranquilizer
Most of these men die still clinging to the i'iea
that if they could only have gotten a few more vi
the world's goods they would have been happy. They
never recognize their true nature. They d:e r.o:
knowing that the fulfillment of self must "pierce
the dome of the work world." They never love 2s
man, never communicate with the spiritual world.
They are men but do not participate in the unique
dignity of man. They never indwell in the spiritu::i
world of the soul and wrestle with questions :t
"Who ami," and "Why am I living." If they haJ.
they might realize that they have a capacity tor
a higher order of being, they might transcend then
environment and establish relations with the abso
lutes wherein their natures could be fulfilled. But
they refuse, they are afraid to recognize the digm'j
of their natures.