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THE DAILY TAR HEEL
77 yn o Editorial Freedom
Pete Ivey's 'News' ' BurMiil
Pete Ivey5 University News
..Bureau boss, comes out with more
-questionable news releases each
iay. A release Thursday reported
;the findings'of the Blue Committee,
.the Student Legislature group
'which has . been investigating the
financial operation of the DAILY
" The primary recommendation of
he Blues Report was that the .TAR
'HEEL remain as the . campus
newspaper, free from administrative
control, and that the required
student fee continue as a financial
jsupport'for the paper. , "
But Ivey in what has become a
elassic;style' based on ambiguities,
liis f;r)eys;release by, reporting one of
hedesse.tecommendations of the
plue'l&mlttitt?e; ttiat of procedures
for reeaUing'Zthd editor of the TAR
HEEL: His ...second paragraph
h0tr ' Tm HEEL
denounced that -section of the Blue
But Ivey's release does not cease
to be curious after. we recognize its
obvious slant and bias and
distorting of the news.
He also reports that the Blue
Committee "found that fee
collection 'is a legitimate method of
financing and urges its
crmtimiation." -,, .. .,
"Found"?: Ivey seems to mean
that the Blue Committee discovered,
some obvious " fact. The Blue
committee did not really; say why
required student fees for the TAR
HEEL are "legitimate"; it 'did not
cite the specific laws dealing withw
that alleged legitimacy. And the
doubt about such legitimacy has
been the center of the controversy
doncemibgtM TAR HEEL this
year. ' .
I The Class v of 1973, which
presently does not stand to benefit
from the General College Teforms
proposed,. ..by the Merzbacher
Committee, 'has taken as; a class
project " the . attempt to make the
changes retroactive for the' current
$rop of, freshmen.
The clask- plans to present
petitions, .hopefully containing
several thousand names from
among -thtren tire student body, for
consideration by the Faculty
Council next month.
Effecting major changes in the
GC curriculum-drastically reducing
certain traditional requirements and
making others optiorial-the;"
Merzbacher reforms are designed to
become effective in the Fall 1970
Semester. " '
Why the Class of '73 should have
been excluded from coverage by
the reforms is unclear. However,
Freshman Class President Joe
Wheeler has . indicated that Dr.
Eugen Merzbacher, chairman of the
GC committee, supports the project
to extend the revised GC plan to
If the doors of perception were
cleansed everything wuld appear
to man as it is, infinite
For man has closed himself, til
he sees ,-all things thro' narrow
chinks of his cavern.
... "v.'-'.' -Blake
- Lur White
. Mry Burch
Newi Editor f- .'.
Arts Editor ; - .
Bob Wilson , Bufcness t&tv&f Z".
Frank Stewtrt - -Advertising ttensgsr ;
. Night Editor this issue ;
Yet ' Ivey.-.repprtx vtliat ; the
committee h3d "found"; tHe fee to
be legitimate.. v,!;;:':
Ivey's reporting: .technique is to
assume what rcannofemVfact be
assumed. He' ;assurhed;"'.that' the
. thrust of;.the;.3iu;ep6ft;.-;that
there are now hewsugtroris- for
procedures for firing the 'editor of
the TAR HEEL. ...
But Bill - Blue, who. wrote the
report, denies " Ivey's contention.
Blue said, on reading Ivey's release,
that Ivey' Had taken, the section on
recall of , the, eciitorV,."out . of
context." ..." .
'That's not what I meant at all,"
Blue said. ;1 was just trying: to;
guarantee .that" the "editor would be
responsible,wridt that we could grill
him whenever we wanted."?
Ivey also assumed thaC the
finding of the committee that fees
are legitimate was based on actual
legal statutes. - But neither the Blue
Report nor the Ivey release cited
those legal statutes. ; .
Ivey's releases are the official
sources of information for the
public about " this University. Bu t
they carry with them the unique
character of being the distortions of
the facts as created -by Ivey.
If Ivey is going to disseminate
the truth as seen through the eyes
of Pete Ivey, why doesn't he at
46asWake-efedjt f or his stunning
work? Being i the boss of a
university news bureau is notthe
kind of job for a true artist.
But then again, there is always
the attraction of a powerful
position, such; as boss of . the
University News Bureau., - u
r:... : "f; " r : ' - ' -v.
In ; any event, " whoever is
responsible for Ivey being where he
is might pay more attention to this
disturbing distorting mouthpiece.
It will be tragic if this .year's
freshmen are required to be the last
students to labor under the
long-ago antiquated General College
- programi Apparently all that stands
in the way of their inclusion under
- the Merzbacher changes are the old
administration singsong excuse of
"too much red ' tape" ' in the
transition. ; ; "
, However, if such sweeping
renovations may be "afforded to
over 3,000 entering; frosh in the
fall, we feel the University whould
negate the "red tape" factor and
make the changes retroactive to the
survivors o f the class pf 73 .
After - all, the antiquity of the
old General College, system is in no
little part responsible for the
c a sualty " rate among first-year .
students: here reaching as high as
40 per- cent dropouts in recent
years. - -
Those freshmen who make it
through this year should be the last
to have to operate under the GC
dinosaur. The University owes them
With spring just around the corner,
many a young man's fancy turns to
finding a successful wav of avoiding the
Over the years, quite a stockpile -of
ingenious methods has been tried. Jv
favorite has always been the neat little
9t 4r mr f-rr
trick of tattoing an
on the flat of the
right hand. In this
fashion, a military
than a gesture , of
courtesy. There was
a time when it could
result in -a
permanent deferment. ,
As most artful dodgers are aware, the
" Letters to the editor must be
typed and double-spaced, not
exceeding 300 wordi The letter
writer must indicate his willingness
for his opinion to be expressed in
print. All printed letters must carry
the name and address of the
Letters should be addressed to
the Associate Editor, care of The
Daily Tar HeeL Student Union.
'Free Press' Member
To the Editor:
Since the Committee for a Free Press
began its activities several months ago,
there has been a continual distortion of
the aims of the Committee by Student
Government leaders and the columnists
of the Daily Tar HeeL First the
Committee was deemed too small to
notice, since only a few of its members
signed the original letter to the
Chancellor. The issue of individual rights
was then systematically ignored and the
false issue of censorship raised. The
self-serving staff of the Daily Tar Heel has
portrayed itself, in opposition, as a
t corageous : I sic band pf well-meaning,
sincere (trustworthy, loyal, helpful,
friendly, etc) journalists crusading for
freedom " of thought at the risk of
And now (February 7) we have the
latest excuse for the Daily Tar Heel, the
right to know; the Daily Tar Heel is a
community bulletin board, no less! It
must really have hurt to have to use that
argument to justify the privileges of the
Daily Tar HeeL It is a tacit admission that
the editorials and columns are not
relevant to the concerns of most students.
(Editor's Note: The opinion of DTH
editorialists, expressed in personal columns
in no way indicate those of the editor of
the editorial staff as a whole.) There is no
mention of the miniscule sic coverage
afforded to most campus events of a
non-radical sort. This may be perhaps
accounted for by the contempt .the
Editor has publically expressed for such
irrelevancies as fraternity news and the
Also, now we have the scare campaign,
charges that the paper will fold if it does
not ha2 compulsory student subscription
enforced by the University. The same
people who quite properly decry a
conscript army, compulsory sophomore
dorm life, and in loco parentis, now
justify forcing other students to subsidize
political, religious, and social views which
are" abhorrent to them. The penalty for
defying this coercive act is to bethe sic
suspension of the student from the
Where is the pius sic talk of
individual rights and personal freedom?
Where is the much-vaunted liberalism
of UNC and the Tar Heel?
Perhaps this scare tactic will work. It
may be possible to convince the student
body that to recognize individual rights is
a dangerous precedent. If so, such tactics
of oversimplification and scare campaigns
will have done their job.
- A free press requires that it be
supported voluntarily, not by force.
Other newspapers do not find it necessary
to coerce others to subscribe to their
views. What is the Tar Heel afraid of? s
Paul F. King
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military will not induct anyone convicted
of a felony. The trick has been to find a
harmless, serious crime It so happens
that shooting an American eagle is a
felony, but carries no sentence and a fine
of only $500. -With a properly licensed
gun, all one needs to do is go to the
Washington zoo and fire when ready.
A young Jew I heard about tried to get
a conscientious objector deferment, but
was informed by his recruiter that Jews
have a history of violence and hostility,
and have virtually no chance of obtaining
a CO. Taking these sentiments to heart
literally, this particular young man
punched the recruiter squarely in the
nose. A few days later, he got a mental
Another fellow paid a cripple $100 to
take his physical for him, and got a '
natural 4-F deferment. Unfortunately for
him, a group of protesters destroyed the
records of his local draft board, and he
was forced to shell out another hundred
for a second physical.
If all this .sounds ridiculous, that is
precisely my intention. The point - is,
there are.-a" number of honorable
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m Expression Of Loimeiines
It was Monday midnight in the village.
Echo mimicked the long hollow sound
her boot heels made on the brick
sidewalk. Rain pattered warm patterns on
; the walk, on her face and her hair. And
she remembered, the poet who thanked
; God for dappled things.
She walked the shadow outlines that
' lay long across her path. Balancing on toe
tops. Spreading arms like bird wings.
Humming mild melodies.
"If that golden wing gets lost,
, Mamma's gonna buy you an albatross. '
She looked behind her.
It was alright. The game was over and
each of the motored cars had'followed its
own headlight path into the night.
She remembered the drivers of those
" automobiles and their soft companions.
She had seen the pairs of them earlier
that evening leaving the game as
spectators, returning as lovers.
s Embracing in hallways. Laughing under
All laughing lovers are beautiful, she
had thought while passing them. And
. they had made her sad. She remembered
someone had said our side had defeated
the other side.
She shrugged and jumped onto the
stone wall that accompanied the sidewalk
through the village. It was ail hers for a
She walked on it and ran on it and
became bored with it so sat down on it.
She lay her arms across her knees to make
a pillow for her chin and folded her self
down into the still and moonless night.
She become fascinated with solitary
things. . .
' Like the bird sitting on the street lamp
that bunched his feathers up as if from
the chill and then soundless flew away
from the light.
. Like the oak skeleton beside the wall
that pointed boney fingers to the sky and
shook a little as drops rolled cold down
his bark. -
She befriended a three-legged dog that
stopped by her perch to put his cold nose
in her hand. He licked her wrist and she .
talked to him about little things.
Then together they found the new
She had been playing with the stiff
winter stubble, entwining it between her
fingers, breaking the brittle away-until
she found the underneath soil.
Below it was the single blade of grass.
It was brave growing there all naked and
green in the night. ; .
She dug tunnels around it trying to
find end to it, and then she decided some
things are better left undiscovered.
So she . tucked her pet plant back up
for the night, padding and packing his
bed cell with the loose earth. She knew
spring was just behind the -wall, behind
the clouds, behind her own temples. And
alternatives to the dratt. Perhaps the most
courageous of these is going to prison.
The conditions of our prisons are
horrendous and "draft dodgers" are often
baited bv guards and tortured by their
fellow inmates. Homosexuality is a fact
of life. Obvious!y, going to jail is not an
easy"cburse-it is taken out of desperation
and a deep commitment to ideals.
It is an act of almost equal courage to
leave, the country. It takes guts for a
young man.to abandon his family and
friends,, to reject life as he has always
known it, to suffer the loneliness of
Does "any country have the right to ask
this much of its youth? My answer is no.
We young owe a great deal to the U.S.,
but not our lives or our ideals.
" To' be sure, there are times when a
man feels he must die for his country.
This may be an unpleasant thought, but
history has proven it to be so.
But if a man must die for his country,
it should be his decision. He must not be
- i a
, . - . - A-.-v - - --f-'
she told the dog about it. "
But he didn't,: hear. He was trotting
away down the walk home for a bowl of
something warm or to a thicket bed. She
didn't know which. ;
: It was time to go now. She walked to
her automobile and climbed inside. The
vinyl was cold on her back, and the slick
steering wheel- made her palms ache cold.
She had only one glove.
A key madethe motor moan deep
inside, the metal body: Then it started up.
-She switched on her radio, but static cut
the silence, so she turned it off and
listened to her own. thoughts.
Taili Ok. Treasure?
Ask The Collector
As we begin this new semester even
new decade it is with a ray of hope I
write this article. There is no real purpose
in writing it I'm not an SDS, BSM, CCC,
or anything else by nature. I write only to'
express the feelings of one average, yet
individual student who amply loves
This fall "semester. I periodically
noticed a short, gray-haired old man
stabbing the various paper debris around
our beloved campus. No particular reason
to notice him feel confident he holds no
degree, sits on no committees, makes few
decisions affecting the lives of others,
probably spends his Saturday nights at
home, may not even own a car. A real
nobody just an honest, very simple
human being. . -
Yet the bothersome air about this old
fellow is that he is always smiling. Not
just on beautiful sunny days when things
naturally go better with Coke, but on
those damn dreary days when a slight
mist is falling or after a Chapel Hill
snowfall with all that slimy mush making
the pathways to education very slick.
One day I couldn't resist speaking to
the old fellow no, I didn't get his name,
where he was from, how much he made
or why in God's name he could be happy
picking up our trash. I just said hello,
made some stupid "intellectual
comment," and then asked him about his
He told me, without referring to the
Handbook of Physics and Chemistry, that
he arose with the dawn at 4 a.m.'each
day, worked around his home until about
7 a.m., spent his day on campus, and
returned home to rest. How the hell
to become a soldier
We must loosen the cntera fcr
conscientious objection, and uhir.i;-)
ask only volunteers to fight our wari "
If a tt.zz if tn serve as a sold er. he
must do so out of free choice, becau
wants to serve, or because he feelj he
Obviously, many men are goinj to f
that they should not serve. Some v. i:i fe?
this way from cowardice, others frcni
conviction. In either case, it must be tf-.ej
In the meanwhile, as I have aid
before, there are enough problems here a:
work to keep an array of men burr
seeking to solve them. Service to Arnerici
should be required, but not if it is to b
odious to those who participate.
. This is not a plea to leave us alone, bet
to let us serve our country in a way that
squares with our convictions.
There was poetry at home that had to
be read before tomorrow. There was a
bed there with two pillows.
. She drove a little faster. The puddles
made sloppy sound splashes as she drov4
Home. ; -I
She lighted the place. Opened he?
book. And for a long time read in silence!
There were no distractions to keep her
from herself. Only the sound of a clock
ticking and the wind wandering around
outside. Someone whispered a familiar
name into the empty room. !" '
She went alone to her bath.
could one be happy doing this every day?
And be really happy at ease with one's
self and one's brother a natural peace of
I was (am) amazed! Here was the first
man I've met in five years of higher
education who was enjoying life simply
for the sake of living. I thought to
myself grades, drop-add lines, pressures,
exams, grad - school, etc.-sure, I'm
educated, sure I'll make a living, get
married and put a few more helpless sculs
on the merry-go-round. But you know, I
really wonder who has tasted the fruits of
a worthwhile life?
To me, they couldn't print enough
degreesfrom now until hell freezes that I
wouldn't trade for a happy, meaningful,
kind of life to get
excited about not a pill or drug to fool
But that's not where I want to end.
Just a word of tribute to the little old
man with his bag. His bag of trash-and in
that bag, my friend, he holds more
treasure than'y ou or I will ever know. So,
this spring, when you see him, don't take
his picture so one day it will be spread
oyer 16,000 copies of the DTH. Don't ask
his name or request an interview.
Just speak to hirn and be thankful our
educated, computerized, drugged,
polluted society hasn't "solved" this
man's -problems. Thank whatever or
whoever your god may be that there
really are people left in the world-that
life, after all, may even be worth the ball
game. And mos;t importantly-return his
smile-ami If it doesn't seem too unnatural
and uncomfora!:b!e, wear it all day.
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