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James E. Wadsivorth
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Tuwdav. Auj31. 1971
(Editor's Note: James I:. Wadsworth,
director of housing on the Chapel Hill
campus, wrote the following column for
the UXC News Bureau. Because of the
current overcrowding in University
residence halls, this column has been
reprinted from the summer Tar J feel.)
With the tripling of most double
rooms in college and university
dormitories across the U.S. this fall,
students will ask the question not "Who
is my roommate?" but "Who are my
The fall semester 1971 may be the
most crowded time ever at UN'C at
Chapel Hill. Already some of the
techniques of post World War II days are
I'ting reactivated. Tripling double rooms
as indicated above poses many new
problems how to divide two dressers
into three parts; hang clothes in two
closets; find study space and quiet; select
friends for extra-curricular activities, keep
track of long-distance telephone charges
now that each room has a phone.
On the eve of the fall semester, 1971,
this question remains: "Where are we
going to house the young men 2nd
women who will be our Carolina students
this year?" Naturally, we will first utilize
all space in university residence halls.
Here we must pay tribute to the People
of North Carolina for all the residence
halls they have helped us build. We will
then turn to temporary accommodations,
possibly even "borrowing" space from
the Institute of Government, the athletic
department, and some local churches. We
will also urge area residents to make
available their guest rooms.
The great student housing dJemma
after World War II really tested our
ingenuity. Temporary quarters were
found in barracks and in Quor.set Huts.
Practically all Social Rooms in residence
halls had to be utilized for housing.
Possibly the last great effort by the
University to provide housing was to
make the Tin Can available for nearly 200
Students were offered University land
on which to buOd small homes or place
trailers. This era preceded the great
expansion of the trailer and mobile home
point of no
are now, for
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
You have reached the
return in your life. You
probably the first time, entirely on your
own. You may become anything in the
world that you wish to be from the steps
you take in the next two weeks. Some of
you will become popular through words
and deeds of foolishness, while other will
become famous through words and deeds
of action. To those of action I say,
"Kight on with the struggle," and to
those of foolishness I say, "Success comes
to no man without first effort."
You and I are the future of our race.
We will be the ones who change the
history of the world that we live in today.
You will be the officers who do the
charge of battle for the ultimate victory
of our race.
It is very hard for whites to understand
liow we relate to one another so well. It is
hard for them to see that what they have
instilled in us has made us a people with a
common bond: LIBERATION.
One question, although, I would like to
stop to pose to you, will you be good
Carolina students or good black students?
If you want to be good Carolina students,
I suggest that you don't read this column
them for you!
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anymore after this first issue because it
won't have anything in it that you can
relate to. If you're to be good black
students, I suggest that you read this
column for it will be geared toward you.
The difference between the black student
and the Carolina student, is that Carolina
students are concerned with the campus
and University life so much that they
forget their identity and become a tool of
the white man. In other words, they
don't care for their brothers and sisters;
they are just interested in becoming the
"best black student" the man has got,
just learning how to be white.
On the other hand, if one is a black
student, one doesn't really give a damn
about how many cheerleaders are black,
cause one black girl is not going to change
the racist athletic department, and one
more black professor is still not going to
make up for all the racist professors that
are still here. Let the NAACP worry
about integration, you are here for
Funny that I said that you were at a
predominately white school for
liberation, but that is exactly what you
are here for. You see, you are beating the
man at his own game and later you can
teach other brothers and sisters how to
beat the man.
Don't take my word too lightly, people.
people. I have been through what you're
going through twice. They may tell you
that this is your school, but sooner or
later you're going to find the same old
blackwhite confrontation behind every
white smiling white face you see. You
may get to the top, but just keep your
identity. Being the president of the
student body and not standing for black
students is useless.
POWER TO LIBERATION
RIGHT ON WITH THE STRUGGLE
industry. Consequently, mmy small
houses, shacks, and shelter of various
kinds in addition to trailers-dotted the
landscape. A favorite technique wis to
bring in a small trailer and add a lean-to
for extra rooms as the family expanded.
There were at least two tents on the
campus. One student who later became a
distinguished UNC professor of English
lived in a tent for two years.
A geology student said, "Due to the
rocks underlying the Chapel Hill area, the
digging of foxholes is discouraged."
The 36 Quor.set Huts erected on the
campus housed 20 persons per hut. These
huts were originally developed to provide
housing for military personnel. With 10
roommates, there was little privacy or
security for personal belongings.
Let's turn back the pages of history
one more war, to World War 1 days, and
look at some housing notes from The Tar
Heel, UNC student newspaper, of
November 1, 1919:
"Trustees vote the immediate
construction of two new dormitories."
"Modern conveniences such as baths
and heat included capacity 175."
'To carry out the plan to erect a
quadrangle south of South Building, these
two dorms will form the east side of the
quadrangle and will cost about $100,000
each. One of the plans calls for sleeping
porches to be attached to the rooms."
Actually these plans were
subsequently altered, and limited funds
permitted the construction of only one
dormitory, Steele, named for Walter Leak
Steele, class of 1844. Incidentally, there
were not sleeping porches.
As always when there is a large
increase in student enrollment, there
must be a corresponding increase m
number of faculty members. You guessed
it nght, there was a severe need for
faculty living quarters.
The Tar Heel of September 25. 1920
earned trus story: "Ten new cottages for
number of faculty members. You guessed
it right, there was a severe need for
faculty living quarters.
The Tar Heel of September 25. 120
earned this story : 'Ten new cottages for
the use of faculty have been completed.
These were built by the University to
relieve the acute housing situation for
Incidentally, these houses still stand at
Park Place, just off East Franklin and
Boundary Streets. These half-century old
houses are rented to faculty members on
a temporary basis.
A further effortto house the large
number of students at UNC was reported
by The Tar Heel (September 25, 1920):
"A large rea estate deal was the sale of
the property at Cameron Avenue and
Columbia Street to Mr. John Sprunt Hill
and Mr. W. S. Roberson. A large Inn was
to be erected on the site of the property.
The space behind the Inn was to be
developed to relieve the acute student
housing situation. The plan was to build
twelve brick cottages, each large enough
to house eight men. They will be rented
to Juniors, Seniors, Graduates, and
This is the
Professional students only,
first time that private
undertaken a scheme to
The plan to build twelve bnck cottages
was altered, and instead the te!ve
Carolina Inn apartments were
constructed. These apartments have been
converted unto office space.
It is comforting to know that private
enterprise has continued to help provide
student housing over the past 50 years.
More than 2500 apartments have been
built here in the past 20 years.
In addition to the large numbers of
apartments built by private developers.
many citizens of this area have added
rental rooms and apartments to their
residences. The realtors and others who
have mortgaged their future to fulfill a
need at UNC are to be congratulated.
Meanwhile, our SOs calls for housing
will go out to Chapel Hill, Carrboro.
Hillsborough, Pittsboro. Durham, and "all
ships at sea."
The high calibre of the UNC students
along with the cooperative landlords of
this area will combine to solve most of
the problems. Thus UNC will continue to
be one of the finest Universities in this
country, and Chapel Hill will remain
'The Southern part of Heaven," a
pleasant place to live, if you can find an
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