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Harry Bryan. Editor
Thursday, October 21, 1971
The controversy centering on
the UiNC football program has not
subsided, and if anything it is
growing across the state. The state
press has taken an interest in the
issue, and The Greensboro Daily
News editorialized on the necessity
of a study of the program in an
editorial reprinted in The Daily Tar
Heel. UNC alumni, too, are
So, as we said last week, it is
apparent that the investigation
must be done.
Some students, faculty and
alumni seem to think a study is not
necessary, that it will only draw
bad publicity for the school and its
However, questions have been
brought out that are badly in need
of answers. If the University
appears too frightened to carry on
an investigatiation, then people will
only think it has something to hide.
And they will have a right to think
The Daily Tar Heel is not out to
kill the football program on this
campus, and neither is the vast
North Carolina Gov. Bob Scott,
in a high-level administration
decision, Tuesday declared
Saturday, Oct. 30, to be Halloween
night across the state.
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American military shields oil interests
Rich offshore oil fields in Southeast
Asia have attracted the attention and
investment of the international petroleum
companies. Troubled by the unstable
political and economic conditions in the
Middle East and South America, the oil
giants are hoping for better days in
Southeast Asia. The United States'
presence in Indochina guarantees that.
As early as 1952, the National
Security Council, the government's
highest-ranking policy-making body, was
spelling out the "domino theory" of
"communist aggression" in Southeast
Asia: "The loss of any single country
would probably lead to relatively swift
submission to or an alignment with
communism by the remaining countries
of this group. An alignment with
communism of the rest of Southeast Asia
and India, and in the longer term, of the
Middle East . . . would in all probability
The National Security Council went
on to warn of the economic
consequences: "Southeast Asia, especially
majority of those who wish to see a
study done. Granted, there are
some students and faculty who
would probably like to see the
program eliminated completely, but
their numbers are much smaller
than those who want to ignore any
problems that might exist.
UNC Chancellor J. Carlyle
Sitterson should immediately set
the groundwork for an
investigation, giving the Faculty
Council the authority to appoint
several faculty members to the
study committee and allowing
Student Government to appoint the
same number of students.
The Chancellor cannot deny that
a study is needed after both the
Faculty Athletic Committe report
and the Committee for Concerned
Athletes have pointed to the
necessity of further investigation of
If a credible study is done and
finds nothing wrong, fine. And if
problems are uncovered, then they
can be corrected. Either way, the
University will be the better
because of it.
According to unimpeachable
inside sources close to the Governor
(and a story on the front page of
the Raleigh News and Observer),
the reasoning behind Scott's
decision was that Oct. 31 falls on a
Sunday this year, and "it is not
proper for ghoulies, ghosties and
goblins to be flitting about on the
Sabbath, and besides that, the next
day is a school day."
Now certainly, the Governor was
faced with a problem of monstrous
proportions, but it seems he went a
bit too far in taking a national
problem into his own hands and
arbitrarily declaring Satruday to be
If his precedent sticks, governors
in the future could do the same
with other holidays and then
where would we be?
Somebody, sooner or later,
would declare state's rights (as
Scott did in this momentous
decision) and declare Jan. 31 to be
New Year's Day because he enjoyed
partying on Saturday nights, for
example. Calendars would be in
confusion and civil war would
Think about it.
it, Gov. Scott.
Malaya and Indonesia, is the principle
world source of natural rubber and tin,
and a producer of petroleum and other
commodities. ..Furthermore, this area has
an important potential as a market for
the industrialized countries of the free
world. The loss of Southeast Asia,
especially of Malaya and Indonesia, could
result in such economic and political
pressures in Japan as to make it
extremely difficult to prevent Japan's
eventual accomodation to communism."
In order to maintain access to the
strategic resources of Southeast Asia and
keep Japan tied to the "free world," the
United States first supported the French
and then took over from them the fight
against indigenous revolutionary but
nationalist movements in Vietnam, Laos
and Cambodia. A communist or even a
coalition government in those nations
would not tolerate United States
companies extracting resources at terms
so favorable to the foreigners. The United
States had lo. and still docs under Nixon.
Academitis germ strikes again
Prcrepstrauon begins soon. Somehow
this period always comes during that part
of the semester when we have just about
had it up to here with our present
I am convinced University academic
officials have it alJ figured out on how to
time things so that the whole student
body doesn't drop out.
Academitis gets all ready to strike in
full epidemic force; and then begins the
enticement of "Wow, this looks like a
good course." Some students actually
have trouble narrowing down their lists to
five since so many courses sound like
good possibilities in the catalogue
The germs of academitis return to
their seclusion to await the proper time
to infect everyone next semseter.
The pitiful academics of this semester
now appear trivial and bearable as the
student starts anticipating the new,
i i r r -
The release of Huey P. Newton,
minister of defense for the Black
Panthers, a year ago brought waves of
optimism to the black world about the
progress of the "Revolution."
The great leader and co-founder of the
Black Panthers was now free to "do his
thing" in helping the oppressed people of
the U.S. free themselves from the chains
of racism and injustice.
There were even rumors that another
important figure in the Black Panther
hierarchy, Eldridge Cleaver, might even
come back from Algeria, where he is in
self-exile, to help revitalize the
This development in the revolutionary
end of the "Black Awakening" somewhat
overshadowed the capture of Angela
Davis in a famous motel chain, shacking
up with some millionaire black playboy.
And then the roof fell in.
George Jackson was killed in an
"attempted escape" from prison.
According to reports, he hid a gun in his
hold out for pliant non-communist
Sihanouk's neutralist government in
Cambodia was very wary of United States
aid and investment, but shortly after Lon
Nol's coup of M arch, 1970, Union Oil of
California had a concession for all
on-shore oil and much of the offshore oil
as well. Thailand, a bastion of United
States air might in Southeast Asia, passed
its oil concession law in September, 1970,
and has leased its entire continental shelf
area. Vietnam's law dates from Decemer,
1970, and bids were opened in August,
In addition to the United
States-created military and political
buffer in Indochina, American oil
companies are also getting government
promises of financial aid and insurance
(through the government-owned Overseas
Private Insurance Corporation) against
risks of revolution and expropriation.
If the United States military
commitment in Indochina was basically
to control the resources and markets of
exciting, mind-expanding things to cone
m his spring schedule.
Catalogues will soon be ur. buried and
conversations w-JJ soon turn from "ugh.
I've got three midterms this week talk
to you later" to "What are some good
courses to take?"
Naturally each person has a different
ide-a on what constitutes a "good course."
Normal people, of course, view a good
course as one which requires little
attendance, little reading, few papers to
wnte, a genial professor, a minimum cost
in textbooks and - on top of all that -the
course certainly should be interesting.
And, oh yes, the exams should not be
A good catch-all term for this sort of
good course is "slide." For a course to be
honestly termed a slide it must have at
least half of the above characteristics.
Everyone - "rather, those of us who
have any sense - tries to balance his
natural. (It seems that the famous prison
haircuts were not the order of the day
when Jackson was sentenced to prison.)
The New York massacre of 37 persons
at Attica State prison followed, and the
revolution seemed to be steadily going
But then came the clincher
Rap Brown, everybody's "main man,"
was captured in New York robbing a
liquor store. Just think: a man who had
eluded the trench-coat-clad bunch of J.
Edgar Hoover for 19 months was caught
stealing petty change from the customers
of a sleazy Manhatten bar!
Makes you think that the
"Revolution" had just about come to an
The question now arises: What is to
become of the "Revolution?"
The answer is obvious. The movement
must continue, with or without its early
leaders. Did the oppression of black
people stop when Abraham Lincoln died?
Did the duping of black folk by
Southeast Asia, then ongoing oil
operations w ould create an even stronger
imperative to keep troops there.
It has been argued that the United
States went into Vietnam before anyone
knew of the existence of rich oil fields.
While this may be true (although evidence
points to the contrary - that oil men
knew of these reserves by the beginning
of the 1960's at the latest), it still does
not invalidate the arguement for
economic motives in the formulation of
As Lenin noted in his famous essay on
imperialism in 1916, "Finance capital is
not only interested in the already known
sources of raw materials, because
present-day technical development is
extremely rapid, and because land which
is useless today may be made fertile
tomorrow if new methods are are
applied. ..and large amounts of capital are
invested... Finance capital strives to seize
the largest possible amount of land of all
kinds and in any place it can. and by any
means, counting on the possibilities of
schedule with one or more ':.e courses.
In p:ck:r.g courses, stu ' .-r.ts must rely
upon the primitive oral co -.mumcation -word-of-mouth
- inste.t of the more
advanced academically ested written
word. Why? Because I "C catalogues,
unfortunately, do nc ' : courses
according to difficulty.
Word-ef-mouth is o: the most
trustw orthy method of picn.-.g courses It
works only when you take to heart only
those verdicts coming from those who
rate courses the same way you do.
Chances of success in balancing your
spring schedule are directly proportional
to the number of slides you want
compared to the number of people you
know who rate courses as ou do.
Failure could be detrimental to your
Why must students have slide courses
in their schedules m the first place'' Is this
so-called liberal politicians die when John
Kennedy was assasinated? Did the move
by liberal elements in urban communities
to infiltrate the less militant black
organizations like the NAACP stop when
Martin Luther King was removed from
the scene? Was there any lessening in the
tensions between the while folk and the
black folk when the riots of the '60's
The answers to these questions is no.
Everybody knows that we're still being
duped, oppressed, infiltrated and forced
to riot, to make our cry for freedom
more audible to the ears of the hard core
racist and the so-called liberal.
Our cry for freedom must be
transformed into a cry for victory in the
continuing struggle to halt the genocide
of our people and its leaders.
Perhaps if the less militant of us had
supported the movement financially, we
could have prevented the capture of the
last of the early leaders of the
finding raw materials there, and fearing to
be left behind in the insensate struggle for
the last available scraps of individual
territory..." Lenin correctly analyzed the
thrust of America's "Open Door" policy,
which is as applicable to Asia today as
when it was first formulated at the turn
of the century.
United States oil companies are not
the only ones driven on by the imperialist
imperative to scramble for oil concessions
in Southeast Asia. The Japanese, who
must import 99 percent of their oil needs,
want to decrease their dependency on the
giant United States and European oil
companies. Japan's Ministry of
International Trade and Industry has set a
goal of importing 30 percent of her oil
supply from Japanese developed
enterprises by ll)75. Japanese companies
already are producing oil in Kuwait, Iran
and Indonesia, and are interested in
expanding into Vietnam. Thiland. Burma
and the Philippines.
The two major consumers of oil, Japan
and the United States, presently share a
wasting educational opportunity?
Every student from the most ettreme
bookw orm to the goof-off who just war.!
the degree has a need for easy course
That rs - if the student wants to he
sane after four years o! University
The guy denr.g the degree wants to
the minimum amount
necessary, for a decently salaried job u;
came to college to learn He picks courses
with tough, expectant professors and
challenging reading materia! What would
this guy want with a slide in his schedule
of mind exercises"
If a student chooses five t.-ugh
courses, he will bury his sar.ity m hooks,
tests and papers trying to do all the work
to perfection. A slide as a fifth course
allows this student to do his best m the
courses he cares about. This is taking full
advantage of educational opportunity .
Slides enable students to become the
"well rounded" persons they'd like to be.
Well rounded means having time to pay
and talk and make money m a -h and
Time is precious. I'm sure vou don':
have to be reminded there .ire -' 24
hours of it per day.
Be sure to use well the cxtr.i h . .;r
coming from the conversion from
daylight to standard tune. Go rli m the
leaves. And then take that shower you've
put off for a week.
To the editor:
Well it seems that Assistant Dean of
Student Affairs, James (). Cansler his
finally taken a positive, forward moving
position on something. His campaign tor
campus beautification (DTH October 1 1 )
is certainly a noble gesture but. really,
isn't grass preservation a rather safe issue?
After all, who is against campus ecology?
Given Dean Cansler's past activities,
however, one wonders what his rea!
motivations are. Could it be that tins is a
subtle method of controlling students (by
deciding for us where we should walk)'
Maybe, but even Dean Cansler is not that
Could it be that he is simply speaking
out on safe issues so that everyone will
tend to forget his past blunders? Rumors
have it that the present Dean of Student
Affairs, C. O. Cathey will soon retire, and
it is no secret that Cansler is very
interested in that position.
But, Dean Cansler, some of us can still
remember the past.
Who can forget his involvement in
issues such as visitation (he was agjinst
it!, the drug policy (he was for a strict
policy), double jeopardy (he wanted
students tried in criminal and University
courts for the same offense), required
residence policy (he was for it) and
student fees (he has them now)?
Who can forget the innuendos that he
has made concerning certain "liberal"
Who can forget his strong-arm-control
of the Office of Student Affairs? (Did
you ever try to get anything done
- v Who can forget meeting with him
about a personal problem and being told
that "You really don't have to go to
school here if you don't like our policies
Believe me, I'll not forget!!!
Let's all hope that he never becomes
Dean of Student Affairs, but watch him,
"he hath a lean and hungry look."
7 Old E ast
common interest in keeping Southeast
Asia and its rich resources open to their
exploitation. But strains in the
relationship are growing, and fierce
competition for control of the hug
offshore oil reserves in the South China
seas may aggravate the situation. But it
seems likely that for some time yet these
two industrial giants of the "free world"
will operate together in Asia behind the
United States military shield, which
stretches from Thailand to South Korea.
It is too simple and sensational to say
that United States business and political
leaders have exchanged blood (both
American and Indochinese) for oil in
Southeast Asia, but any analysis of the
war and United States activity in Asia
which ignores this point is inadequate. To
claim that we are in Vietnam to help th-.
Vietnamese defend their independence
and freedom simply confuses the rhetoric
for the substance of American
imperialism. Oil men in the United States,
Europe and Japan are not likely to make