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2The Tar Heel Thursday, August 19. 1985
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To all incoming students, welcome to the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Over the next few days you will be barraged
with advice from many different people about
how to get the best out of your ajl-too-few
years here and even what to do with your life.
For what it's worth, we add our own.
Necessarily it's confined to this particular
writer's pet peeves. That's why it's so good that
you have so many people to look to ... v
A unique opportunity
Look at what we have here. Outstanding
facilities in every area of student life. From
academics to sports to extracurriculas you have
here opportunities that you may never have
again. A friend of mine described to me how
he sat through graduation this last spring and
saw it as the Final Judgement. It was at
graduation, he said, that he was forced to look
back over his four years in the knowledge that
there was no way he could repeat them. Had
he taken advantage of the opportunities open
to him? Had he performed academically in a
way the he could be proud of?
. Listen, but decide for yourself ;
Note the emphasis on 'he' in that last
anecdote. How you choose to spend your time
here is, within reasonable constraints, entirely
up to you. When it comes to the crunch it
is only yourself that you have to appease. That's
an exciting thing to appreciate, but it also
carries a responsibility.
All too few people today are prepared to.
face up to their responsibities the respon
sibilities that go with freedoms of any kind.
When you leave here you had better be certain
that you're not going to look back in ten years
time and say: "If only ..." As Chekhov
realized, in combination those are the two most
futile words in the language.
The biggest responsibility?
It's not good to spend time laying guilt trips
on yourself, but the fact is that your place
at UNC means that someone else isnt here.
Before you go throwing away what youVe been
given think about your resonsibility to those
93 rd year of editorial freedom
Jim Greenhill, Editor
Catherine Cowan, Managing Editor
Vicente Vargas, Copy Editor
Kevin Meredith, News Editor
Peggie Porter, Kaleidoscope Editor
Phyllis Fair, Sports Editor r
Jonathan Serenius, Photography
News: Tom Conlon, Kathee Cowboy, ,
Hisayo Nishimaru, Heather Osborne,
R.H. Steele, and Joy Thompson
Kaleidoscope: Stewart Gray and
Business and Advertising: Anne
Fulcher, general manager; Angela
Booze, business manager; Paula
Brewer, advertising director, Alicia
Brady, Keith Childers, and Scott
Whitaker, advertising representatives;
Milli Neal, classified advertising man
ager, and Cathy Davis, secretary.
Production: Brenda Moore and Stacy
Printing: Hinton Press Inc. of
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To this student, that's what this university
is all about. They even call some of the required
courses that to emphasize it. While you're here
you're mentally free to an extent that, again,
you may never be again. Dabble in courses
you wouldn't normally dream of doing. There's
no harm (even if there is some stigma) in being
undecided in major. You never know, an
ambition to become a writer may be given up
in favor of nuclear physics! ,
But, once again, you have responsibilities.
Don't judge things by what the majority say.
Find out for yourself. Is the administration
really to be strongly criticized for the man
datory meal plan or is there in fact a whole
series of historical circumstances and operating
conditions stretching back over twenty years
that lead them to where they are now? Is Dean
So-And So really a parasite on the human
race? Really? Have you ever met him? Or are
you judging on accepted wisdom and distorted
and inaccurate gossip?
At UNC-CH you will probably meet a more
diverse group than you are likely to encounter
again. There are those who get 4.0s every
semester, who excel at sports, who steal the
limelight at parties, who drive Mercedes and
spend XXX)s a semester. Then there are some .
who attend church every Sunday and wont
drink alcohol, smoke, or have sex before
marriage. There are regular cocaine users and
people who don't know what cocaine is. Then
there are students who only just scrape
through, take eight years to graduate,"and work
40 hours a week to pay the bills. There are
people of all nationalities, languages, politics,
religions, sexual preferences, and talents.
While it's great to have this diversity don't
spend your time comparing yourself to
everyone else. Look to your own roots.
Although it's not good to look over your
shoulder too much, it's essential to your sanity
throughout life that you remember where you
came from, because it's probably very different
to everyone else around you. If you're not going
to make a 4.0 and earn a full scholarship to
Harvard then don't kill yourself because you
didnt do it.
At the same time don't be excessively
judgemental. The guy you condemn for 'doing'
drugs or for not 'doing' them has his reasons
and you should respect them.
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23 Food fish
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36 Emits vapor
38 Land measure
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43 Great Lake
46 Sicilian volcano
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