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4The Daily Tar HeelSaturday, September 17, 1983
UNC campus rich in history and legend
By JOSEPH BERRYI1ILL
Chapel Hill is well known as a place
of learning because of its famous uni
versity. But what most visitors don't
realize is that there is nearly as much to
learn about Chapel Hill and the Univer
sity of North Carolina as there is to
learn in them. So, for your enlighten
ment and amusement, here is the offi
cial Daily Tar Heel landmark placement
test. See how many local historic land
marks you can identify.
Q. For many years, this structure was
the only source of water for residents of
Old East and Old West residence halls.
A. If you answered this one incorrect
ly, you can hang it up for the rest of the
test, because it is the famous Old Well.
The Old Well has changed from being a
source of nourishment to a source of
revenue, because it now appears as a
pattern on tacky neckties that most
male UNC alumni cannot live without.
The well was changed to a more cere
monial role by UNC President Edwin
A. Alderman in 1897 when he had the
now familiar columns and roof built
around it. Today, the Old Well serves as
a simple water fountain. But it is still the
most popular place for picture-taking
sessions at graduation and other special
occasions. And the nearby benches
make for a nice place to soak up some
moonlight with a date.
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UNC has a long and varied history starting when it opened its doors
Sam' (above lefty stands as a memorial to the Civil War dead from UNC.
.the picture (above, right) of the parking situation in 1917 shows there
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Q. Name the nation's oldest state
university building, now the site of wild
annual parties to celebrate its birthday.
A. The Place is Old East dormitory,
whose cornerstone was laid on Oct. 12,
1793, now officially celebrated as Uni
versity Day. On University Day, Uni
versity officials gather and give long
winded speeches and students miss a
few hours of class. But the festivities
really get underway later in the day at
Old East, where dormitory residents
throw a not-to-be-missed party each
As for its history, Old East has had its
share of famous residents, including
writer Thomas Wolfe. Sometimes it has
had too many residents. In its younger
days, the dormitory housed 56 students
in its 14 rooms. Some students chose to
build huts in the surrounding woods to
get away from the crowded conditions.
Students tripled and quadrupled in dor
mitory rooms today can appreciate the
early students' predicament.
Q. Name the grassy area between the
Old Well and Franklin Street, singled
out by a clergyman because he thought
it distant enough to be "inaccessible to
A. The site is know as McCorkle
Place, named for the Rev. Samuel Mc
Corkle, who helped plan the UNC Cam
pus. McCorkle Place, more commonly
called the North Quad, is located in the
oldest part of the original campus, and
it remains one of the most beautiful and
peaceful areas on campus. But it now
sits just a stone's throw from the night
life "vice'.' that nearby Franklin Street
Q. Identify the most famous tree on
campus, which is named for the "Father
of the University" and located in Mc
A. The tree is the Davie Poplar,
which marks the spot where legislators
decided to build the first state univer
sity. A famous story has it that legisla
tors who were searching for a site for
the university stopped for a picnic
lunch. William Davie, "Father of the
University," apparently had enough to
drink during the respite to cancel the
search, and he proclaimed the picnic
Sunday, Sept. 25
at Union Box Office
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Wednesday through Saturday, free jams on Sunday.
spot as the site for UNC. He marked it
off with a poplar branch.
After the original Davie Poplar was
struck by lightning, the Class of 1918
transplanted part of the Davie Poplar.
Davie Poplar II still stands nearby the
remains of the original tree, which has a
stone bench at its base.
. Q. Give the popular name for the
Civil War monument located at the cen
ter of McCorkle Place.
A. "Silent Sam" is the popular name
for the monument which is dedicated to
the alumni who served and died in the
Confederate Army during the Civil
War. There is an unsubstantiated claim
that Sam's rifle discharges whenever a
virtuous female passes by. Figure it out.
Q. Name the building on campus that
American astronauts have used for
A. The Morehead Building and Plan
etarium, one of the first planetariums in
the nation, has been the site of some
training exercises for astronauts. The
building is beautiful, as are the grounds
that surrond it. The highlight on the
grounds is a 35-foot-wide sundial sur
rounded by an impressive garden.
The building is named for John Mot
ley Morehead III, whose discovery' of
calcium carbide led to the development
of Union Carbide Corporation. If you
take astronomy this semester, you may
see more of the planetarium than you
would like to, because astronomy labs
are held there.
Last Christmas, the building was the
site of controversy after a six-point star
that advertised the "Star of Bethelem"
show at the planetarium was removed
from the building. The star was removed
after complaints that the star's presence
violated the separation of state and re
ligion. But many Chapel Hillians resent
ed the removal of the familiar Christ
Q. Name the building where President
James K. Polk resided while he was a
student at UNC. (Hint: it now contains
the offices of many important Univer
A. South Building, located on Cam
eron Avenue across the street from the
Old Well, was the temporary home of
the future president. The building, was
as the first state university. 'Silent
But some things never change, as
were problems then, too.
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originally a dormitory as well as a class
room. South Building is a good reminder
of how little things change. Because of a
shortage of funds, the building was
roofless for 16 years, but students still
lived in the shell of the building during
that time. It took a state lottery with $5
tickets to raise the money to raise the
roof. During Reconstruction, when the
University was closed, South Building
became the stables for horses and cows.
Q. Name the favorite hangout of
graduate students (no, it's not The Up
A. Wilson Library, named for the
distinguished librarian Louis Round
Wilson, is the graduate library at UNC,
which doesn't mean undergraduates are
prohibited there. Wilson is an excellent
research facility and is also the home of
special collections such as the North
Carolina Collection and the Rare Book
Room. If you like privacy and quiet
when you study, there is probably a
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The Old Well before it's 1897 face lift (top left) and as it looks now
throughout its history. But that's not all that's changed, as shown in
spot in Wilson for you. Enjoy the maze
of stacks in Wilson while you can,
because many of its functions w ill be
replaced by the modern Walter R. Davis
Library, next semester.
Q. Name the noisiest structure on
A. Sorry, those of you who answered
Morrison Dormitory, because it is edged
out by the Morehead-Patterson Bell
Tower. The chimes in the tower first
rang in 1931, and they still ring out "A
Mighty Fortress is Our God" and other
tunes which remind students they are
late for class.
An interesting fact about the Bell
Tower is its location relative to Wilson
Library. If you climb the steps of South
Building and look across the top of
Wilson, you can see the Bell Tower. It
looks like a dunce camp on top of the
library. An old story has it that John
Motley Morehead III, angered because
the new library was not named for him,
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planned the dunce cap effect as an act
of revenge. The official story is that
Morehead and Rufus Lenoir Patterson
gave the Bell Tower to the University to
honor all the members of families asso
ciated with UNC.
In recent years, the Bell Tower has
been the site of "High Noon," a weekly
marijuana smoking event, but even the
trendiest of fads die out sooner or later.
Now the only things high around the
Bell Tower are the birds in nearby trees.
So ends the first (and hopefully only)
DTH history placement test. If you
didn't do so hot, that's OK. Just do bet
ter on your other tests and don't forget
to take time out to enjoy the landmarks
that UNC has to offer.
References used in this article were
Marguerite E. Schumann's The First
State University A Walking Guide
and William S. Powell's The First State
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the picture above of Franklin Street
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