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22The Tar Heel Monday, August 18, 1986
From about 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each
day, the Pit is the place to be between
classes. Bordered by Lenoir Hall, the
Student Union, the Student Stores
and the Undergraduate Library, this
open-air assembly is a popular
meeting place for students through
out the day.
During the warmer months, the
entrenched area becomes a stage
where students can hear speeches
from campus groups on the latest
controversy, or maybe listen to their
favorite evangelist preach the words
"Pit sitting" has become a noted
phenomenon on the UNC campus,
with some students actually skipping
class to enjoy a can of soda and the
paper while sitting in the sun.
Experience has it that if you sit in
the Pit all day, you can see everyone
you know at least once.
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Designed by two award-winning architects, the
Walter Royal Davis Library is the largest
educational building in North Carolina.
This $22.9 million library, which is often
considered a more serious place to study than
the Undergraduate "Zoo," has 10 acres of floor
space over nine levels on a three-acre site.
Davis has a total seating capacity of 3,013 and
a capacity of 1.8 million volumes.
The library includes several ingenious design
features. One of the most striking features is a
large main gallery hung with colorful banners
showing historic printer's marks represented in
the Rare Book Collection.
The building was named for Walter Royal
Davis, a Texas businessman with family roots
in Elizabeth City, N.C. He was a member of
the Board of Trustees for eight years and he
fought in the state legislature to claim for Chapel
Hill the major portion of funds received from
the sale of University utilities.
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Patterson Bell Tower
The Morehead-Patterson Bell
Tower is soon known to all Univer
sity students as it rings several times
a day to call students to classes,
provides twilight music and also adds
a special touch to the departing
crowds after a football game.
The Bell Tower was a $ 100,000 gift
given by John Motley Morehead,
class of 1891, and Rufus Lenoir
Patterson, class of 1893, to honor
members of their families who had
been associated with the University
throughout its entire history. Pres
ently 16 Moreheads and 11 Patter
sons are commemorated on the
tablets beneath the arcade.
One rumor has it that Morehead
was jealous of the fact that the library
was to be named after Louis Round
Wilson, so the bell tower was placed
in such a way that when looking back
on Wilson from the flag pole in front
of South Building, a dunce cap sits
on top of the Wilson dome.
The Bell Tower first rang in
November 1931 and is located south
of Wilson Library. Not only is it
visible for several miles, but it is
occasionally audible as far as
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