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The Tar Heel
Thursday. June 17, 1971
We observed last week that
summers in Chapel Hill are always
long and hot, for one reason or
another, particularly when the N.C.
General Assembly is in session.
The consideration this session of
bills such as the ones that would
end visitation at the University and
cut off student fees to campus
newspapers at state-supported
institutions is frightening.
The idea of in loco parentis -the
University serving as the student's
parent away from home-has
generally fallen in disfavor with the
University Administration. It was
finally realized after a long struggle
that the student of the 20th
Century doesn't need "the
University to make his moral
decisions for him.
The General Assembly, however,
still feels that it must regulate the
morals of students at
The students of this University
are mature enough to know what
the consequences of abused
visitation may be-and mature
enough to decide whether or not to
engage in sexual activity behind
closed dormitory doors.
The students of this University
are also mature enough to learn
that homosexuality exists on this
campus and in this town. That their
campus newspaper should present
an objective picture of
homosexuality is no reason for the
Assembly to take arms and protect
the minds of the University young.
Sen. Joseph J. Harrington of
Lewiston shed a little light on the
feelings of what we hope is a
minority in the Assembly when he
Back in 1965 we came to Chapel Hill
for some sort of convention or
It was either the High School Press
Institute or the Junior Classical Club or
one of those clubs that everyone who was
anyone back in high school had to belong
to before he was "accepted."
But one thing about that trip to
Chapel Hill is sure because we remember
watching a baseball game. It was the first
college baseball game we had ever seen
and having played sandlot ball with one
of the Carolina pitchers made it even
About half of Emerson Field where we
watched the ball game got demolished
Tuesday, and everybody that walked past
the old stands had to stop and watch the
ball and crane tear down the seats.
First the crane operator would just lift
the ball and drop it down on the seats
time after time. Concrete would break
and dust would fly up, and the giant steel
ball would come back down again.
After three good licks the ball would
disappear through the seats. On the next
crash of the weight you could hear the
ball crashing through the roofs of the
dormitory and clubhouse facilities
beneath the stands.
The only time the crane operator
slowed down was when he came out of
the giant pillars supporting the stands.
Then he would draw the steel ball back
and spin it back into the pillar.
He only missed once.
"Yes, I will support the
(visitation) bill. 1 think the present
policy is a little too liberal. I have
confidence in young people, but
you can have too much freedom. 1
try to be a broad-minded person.
"Take the Allsbrook bill. That
boy at ECU East Carolina
University newspaper editor who
was suspended from school for
using an obscenity in the paper
went a little too far. Now it might
happen only once every six months,
or once every two years, but one
bad apple can spoil the barrel.
"Bills such as this,' even if not
passed, serve to let the people know
that they can only go so far."
We concur with Sen. Harrington
in saying that people can only go so
far. But we believe that students of
the University are capable of
deciding what "too far" is to
them-to their moral beliefs, which
are just as righteous to them as Sen.
Harrington's are to him.
We also concur with the Senator
in his belief that one bad apple can
spoil an entire barrel. But what
Sen. Harrington considers a bad
apple or a spoiled barrel may not
necessarily be what the college
student of today considers a bad
apple or a spoiled barrel.
- Sen. Harrington is sincere, we
believe, in supporting bills such as
visitation and the campus
newspaper bill. We are sure he has
our moral welfare in mind.
But Sen. Harrington, and those
in the Assembly' who' believe as he
does, have no light to regulate our
"barrel" with the moral beliefs of a
generation far removed from the
campus. ' '
Thank you for your concern,
members of the General Assembly.
But let us decide what is right
Draw straws, maybe
There is presently a University policy which stipulates that all freshmen,
sophomores and junior transfer students must live in on-campus housing.
It was rumored during the spring semester that UNC had admitted too
many students for next fall and there is not enough dormitory space for
all the students required to live on campus.
Dean of Student Affairs CO. Cathey said at that time the
Administration "did not contemplate any crowding."
"If there is any crowding, there would be a liberalization of the policy
to prevent above-normal occupancy of any room or dormitory," he said.
We understand from informed sources that now the Administration is
anticipating more than 500 students who would be required to live in
dorms, but for whom there would be no space.
We trust the University will be as fair as possible in deciding who, out
of the more than 5,000 students required to live on campus, gets the
option of living off-campus.
Draw the names out of a hat, perhaps.
once sat 16,000
Actually he missed twice, but the
second time the bull-dozer got in the way
and he had to do what he could to keep
from knocking the dozer over, or
whatever it is that one of those balls
would do to a bulldozer.
(One of the hard hats working on the
demolition said, "Headache ball. That's
what we call it, 'sept it probably do more
than give you a headache.")
But getting back to Emerson Field:
Hit with inspiration we decided we
had to write a column about the place
even though it meant coming out of
retirement from the college newspaper
field to do it. The first question we had
was "When was the place built?"
No one in the Tar Heel office knew, of
course. So we called the Sports Publicity
Office, feeling that they would be the
ones to know anything anyone could
possibly want to know about Emerson
The minute we walked into the office
Rick Brewer, who is assistant to the
Information Office director, asked, "Do
you know who hit the longest homerun
ever hit in Emerson Field? You don't? I
didn't think you did. Well, it was in 1942
during the War when all the major leagues
were playing, army ball. Ted Williams was
playing for a Marine team and he hit one
that landed on top of Lenoir Hall."
Jack Williams, director of the Sports
Publicity Office, had the next slory :
The old football stadium would seat
2,400 people, and 16,000 people showed
up for the Virginia game that ended the
1925 season. People sat in temporary
bleachers and stood anywhere they could
to see that game.
The UNC alumni in the Durham and
Chapel Hill area realized that football at
Carolina had outgrown Emerson Field
and met in May, 1926, to discuss the
possibility of drawing plans for a new
stadium. About six months
later-November, 13, 1926-William Rand
Kenan, then a New York engineer,
walked into the University president's
office and presented him a check for
$275,000 to pay for a new football
stadium. Kenan stadium was ready for
play in the 1927 season.
Among the other facts we picked up
about the field:
-Completed in 1916 at a cost of
-Funded by a gift from Issac Edward
Emerson, class of 1879.
-The UNC team, led by Capt. George
Tandy, had an outstanding season their
first time out in Emerson, and the team
upset Virginia to end that season with the
first victory over the Cavaliers since 1905.
-Beneath the stands there have been
both clubhouse facilities and dormitory
space for scholarship students during the
post-WWII boom in student population
and depression in student housing space
And Tuesday when the crane began
tearing the Emerson Field stands, UNC's
brand new Boshainer Stadium opened for