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Staff prtoto by bcott Sharpe
4 zml flrebroks cut on the construction site at 177son Library Monday when
workers accidentally hit an acetylene torch on when they went to lunch, Cept.
K'aynard of tha Chapel Hill Fire Department said. A spark from ths torch caught
a burlap bsg on flro which burned ths tube supplying the torch with gas In two
pieces and burned a hole In the cement floor on the site. No ether damages wore
incurred, Klaynard said.
By LUCY HOOD
For the first time in the history of The Uni
versity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a
woman has been named director of Student
Dr. Judith Cowan, former director of stu
dent health services at the University of
Arkansas at Fayetteville, was chosen to re
place Dr. James Taylor who resigned as
director in the spring of 1930. Since that time
doctors James McCutchen and Joseph .
DeWalt have acted as co-directors.
Cowan was chosen from a field of four
candidates which also included Dr. Samuel
S? Wright, SHS director at Vanderbilt Univer
sity; Dr. Paul Trickett SHS director at the
University of Texas; and DeWalt.
In response to a question concerning her
role as the first woman director, Cowan said
she felt no additional, pressure. "People are
interested in competence, not in gender,"
Jn comparison to the University of Arkansas,'
Cowan said the SHS was larger at Carolina.
After a half day on the job Tuesday, Cowan
noted that the main difference between her
job as' SHS director at Carolina and at the
University of Arkansas was that she now had
a larger operation to direct.
"My basic job is to come here and see
where things are now," she said.
She added that she would like to increase
the contact and communication between
SHS and the students.
Cowan moved to Chapel Hill Monday with
her four children and started work on Tues-
day. She left Arkansas after serving the stu
dent health services for-15 years, first as
director of the Student Menial Health Clinic
for 12 years and second as the director of
the Student Health Services for 3 years.
As an undergraduate, Cowan attended the
University of Oklahoma where she received
a degree in Psychology before going to the
University of Oklahoma School of Medicine.
Cowan's husband currently is teaching
English at the University of Arkansas and will
move to Chapel Hill where he will dp extend
ed research for books, and papers he has been
working on, Cowan said.
Cowan said the move was one her family
was looking for and Chapel Hill was a "good
Much of the new director's previous edu
cation and experience with teaching, writing
and working has been related to psychiatry.
In addition to serving her residency in
psychiatry. Cowan was certified by the
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology,
and she taught psychiatry and psychology
courses at the University of Oklahoma
School of Medicine, Tulane University
School of Medicine and the University of
Arkansas at Fayetteville.
However, she said that her main objective
was to focus on the administrative aspect of
her career. "Basically, I'm interested in ad
ministration and pursuing that," she said.
Catherine Cowan, Dr. Cowan's oldest
child, will enroll in the University as a fresh
man this fall. She also has three younger
children: Cynthia, a senior in high school,
Christina, an 8th-prader, and Michael.
re c e i ves m txe d area react io n
By JOHN HINTON
The Supreme Court's recent decision to allow Congress to
limit draft registration to men only provoked mixed reaction
from students and area residents who participated in an in
Respondents were generally opposed to the court's ruling
and its position that women were physically weaker than
men for combat duty.
Junior Carol Krom, 18, from Wilkesboro, said she disagreed
with the high court decision. "Men should not be the only
ones to go off and fight and women should not have to wait
home for them," she said.
"That idea is outdated. If women can do the same jobs,
they should be able to fight the same wars." She added that
some women were weaker and should perform the non
Ennis Squires, 27, a copier mechanic from Durham, said
he thought women should not be submitted to the violence
of war. "Women give men something to look forward to
when they come home."
Squires said women would lose out f ihtins against a male
enemy because combat is more than machine guns and rifles.
"It can also be hand-to-hand fighting and women are phy
sically weaker than'men in combat." ,
Ophelia Andrew, 58, a Chapel Hill resident and a World
War II veteran of the Women Auxiliary Volunteer Emergency
Services, said she was unhappy with the court's decision be
cause she was for equality across the board.
"Generally speaking, women are weaker than men, but
there are some women who are stronger than some men,"
She added that women could fight in combat because
combat requires more endurance than physical strength.
"Generally speaking, women have at least as much endur
ance as men. It doesn't take much strength to lift a rifle,
push a button or drive a tank," Andrew said.
Michael Holland, a 20-year-old math major from Raleigh,
said the ruling was valid. "Women should not be included in
the draft It should be on personal basis (that) they can sign
Holland said women were not physically weaker than men
for combat, but they just did not have the necessary skills to
serve in combat
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