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16The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, April 22, 1987
95 th year of editorial freedom ,
And so goes another year
For those of us too academia-dazed
or beer-soaked to remember the 1986
.87 school year;, here's a little trip down
; memory lane:
; o Contrary to popular , opinion,
.raising the drinking age in September
did not cause Chapel Hill to lose its
reputation as the drinking mecca of
'the Southeast. Students continued to
.swill away, libating heavily without
:any problem at all.
b More than 20,000 Tar Heels
; waited breathlessly for the second
jparty-of-the-decade on March 30, but
;were denied a victory frenzy by the
"Syracuse villains. Unfortunately, in the
gloom following the realization that
no blue bacchanalic bash was going
to be had, many Tar Heels forgot that
the Final Eight is reason enough to
i d The Chapel Hill Town Council
did not share the same spring spirit
;as the students who battled to keep
traditional UNC parties from burning
' a The winter was long and cold. Too
long. Too cold.
; n Anti-apartheid protesters became
part of South Building decor and were
;arrested for their unusual methods of
; a Once again, some people just
couldn't keep their noses out of other
ragmatisnr hurts mora
Two graduate, business students
were talking in a campus computer lab.
The conversation turned to courses in
business ethics. One -said he had
nothing against the courses. "I would
- be ethical, if 1 had any ethics," he said.
"I just don't have any."
Morality is a dirty word in America.
Amorality is all the rage. In the name
of morality, the church launched its
crusades, men have suppressed
women, whites in America oppressed
blacks and whites in South Africa
continue to deny blacks their rights.
The mere phrase "Moral Majority"
sends shivers up the spine of any self
respecting civil libertarian.
, The Western world has achieved
much by rejecting traditional morality.
Democracy, civil rights, women's
rights, freedom of religion and sexual
freedom all owe their acceptance to
the rejection of some august , moral
values. The result for some has been
-a cynicism about morality itself.
Amorality is the exclusive province
:of neither liberals nor conservatives.
In the name of pragmatism, it has
infected the deepest foundations of our
society. In America, the ends justify
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JEAN LUTES. University Editor
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JEANNIE FARIS, City Editor
James Surowiecki, sports Editor
FELISA NEURINGER. Business Editor
JULIE BRASWELL. Featmret Editor
Elizabeth Ellen. Arts Editor
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KATHY PETERS, Omnibus Editor
people's sex lives. One response to the
Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association
funding controversy was a student's
plea for people simply to try "getting
along with your fellow human beings."
That's good advice, probably the best.
a President Reagan left another
gate open in his political fence, but
15 years later, this one let out more
than just water.
CD. Spangler took the UNC
system's helm. It's too early to see what
star he's steering by.
n And speaking of helms, Jesse had
half of his own wrested away by
freshman Sen. Terry Sanford in
November. In a new Congress of
mostly Democratic stars, Jesse will
have a hard time steering clear of
Students in the SAC's nosebleed
seats couldn't be heard over the
deafening silence of the alumni, too
tired from spending all that money for
good seats to cheer from them.
b And, summing up, some people
studied, some drankv some danced,
some worried about exams, some
played . Frisbee, some will graduate,
some will return, some got tan, some
are still pale, some went to the library,
some passed, some failed.
So it goes. B.McC.
Lt. Col. Oliver North had a worthy
goal in attempting to free the hostages.
But his disregard for the law did
immeasurable harm to the reputation
of the nation he was trying to serve.
Evangelist Oral Roberts had a
worthy goal in raising money for his
hospital. Yet his questionable appeal
to a death threat from God has cast
doubt on the ethics of all television
For some, Wall Street wizard Ivan
Boesky was the embodiment of the
American dream of quick riches. With
his fortune of $400 million, he was
easily able to pay the $100 million fine
imposed by the Securities Exchange
Commission for insider trading. Yet
the discovery of his crime rocked the
gang of traders who dominate Wall
In May, UNC will release a few
thousand unblemished pragmatists
into this jungle. They will be politi
cians, preachers and investment
bankers: the pillars of the American
establishment. The caps they throw
into the air on graduation day will land
on shaky moral ground. J.F.
Life at UNC
TT ooking back at my freshman year 1
II am reminded of our basketball team
II Jthat season. We were ranked number
one in the nation for most of the year. Going
into the NCAA tournament we had lost only
two games. For that one eventful spring it
seemed as though things would never
change. ,We would always be the best; young
and talented, we were destined for numerous
Yet suddenly Kenny Smith got hurt, Steve
Alford got hot, and the whole glorious
season unraveled. We didn't win a cham
pionship that year, or in any of the
succeeding years. Somehow things just never
seemed to work out.
Many of the elements that make college
such a unique experience can be captured
in that season talent and dedication, the
illimitable joy of victory, the agonizing
sorrow of defeat and the games themselves
with their excitement, emotion and effort.
All of these things combine to provide a
microcosm of the college world. Yet there
is one fundamental flaw in this analogy:
basketball is still a game, while college is
As a senior watching this particular game
draw to a close, 1 am often intrigued by
the term "real world" to describe life after
graduation. It is as if our four years here
are "unreal." devoid of meaning. On the
Editor's note: The authors
are members of the Honor
To the editor:
WeVe all heard the story of
the graduating senior who, with
just two exams between college
life and a diploma, a job
secured for the fall and summer
travel plans, cheats on a final
exam, gets caught and conse
quently jeopardizes his future
by being denied his diploma.
It s a tragedy that could never
happen to any one of us, we
think. But every year incidents
like this occur.
We'd like to remind you of
UNC's honor system. As the
"Instrument of Student Judi
cial Governance" states, we
have our honor system to
insure "the responsible exercise
of freedom." The University
assumes that we are honorable
and thus lets us decide how to
approach our academic work.
However, in giving us this
freedom, it demands that we
behave responsibly. If we vio
late the Code of Student Con
duct, we must understand the
possible consequences: In cases
of academic cheating the nor
mal sanction is definite suspen
sion for one semester. This
punishment may sound harsh,
but as responsible and educated
adults, we should be able to
The honor system is a con
tract between the University
and its students, lt says to us.
44 We trust that you will not .
cheat, lie or steal." We must
respond to it by upholding this
trust. In a University as large
and diverse as UNC, it's remar
kable that our system works as
well as it does. Obviously, it's
not perfect. But it does have
invaluable benefits: It creates
an open atmosphere for learn
ing on this campus; and,
moreover, it ensures that our
U NC diplomas mean what they
say that we have earned our
degree through hard and hon
Women's studies class ignores men's lib
To the editor:
As one of the very, very few males taking
Women's Studies 50 this spring, I have noted
many disturbing things taking place in the
study of this course that I have not noted
in any other classes I have taken during my
lime at UNC. Perhaps the most salient
conclusion which I have reached concerning
this course is the fact that Women's Studies
50 is not a study in the traditional sense.
During the class this semester, we have
not studied in order to resolve questions or
to find the how s and why's of who women
are and what their status is. Rather, these
conclusions have already been reached and
decided for us. Women's Studies 50 might
better be called The Feminist Manifesto 50.
lor what it basically does is present the beliefs
and causes of the feminist movement,
leaving very little opportunity to study
opposing viewpoints or underlying causes.
For example, one of the highlights of the
semester was a presentation by Dorothy
Teer, a member of the national Civil Rights
Committee on Anti-Pornography. After
showing numerous pornographic slides, she
began to rail on about how pornography
should be outlawed and how the First
more than-just a
contrary, I would argue that our time here
is very real. If it were not, we would never
get parking tickets or experience failure, and
girls fellow students would never be
raped and killed. Granted, our experiences
here are unique unlike any others in our
lives yet they are not unreal. We are
simply fortunate enough to live in an
environment where our possibilities seem
In that sense, college is more ideal than
unreal. It provides an environment where
every opinion and every idea can be
enunciated. It allows us to meet different
people, to experience the vast array of
human emotions and to explore our dreams.
College really is the capital of the free
world. It is the American Dream taken to
the extreme. For four years we are imbued
with the sense that nothing is beyond our
grasp. The fact that college makes us believe
in the power of our own abilities does not
make it unreal. On the contrary, this is the
most compelling reality of all we really
do believe. We believe that with enough
work, dedication and luck we can succeed
IIS. SOVIET EMBASSY MARINES.
y big- Borjt
THE FEW. THE PMP.
Here comes the
To the editor:
- We've all been waiting for it
and now it's here! Yes, this
September the Campus Patrol
will no longer be a dream but
The Campus Patrol was
initiated by students them
selves, who motivated Student
Congress members to work on
a security project. The project,
Campus Patrol, will consist of
trained students patrolling
different areas of the campus
and reporting to the Campus
Police over walkie-talkie
Campus Patrol was allo
cated student fees for equip
ment by last year's Student
Congress, and the administra
tion has graciously agreed to
provide salaries for the students
who will be employed. Thus the
Campus Patrol will not only
help to make the campus more
secure, but it will also finan
cially aid the students who will
The director of security has
agreed to let the University
Police take charge of the Cam
pus Patrol, and has appointed
two officers to be the
Applications will be availa
ble at the beginning of the 1987
fall semester. If you have any
questions or suggestions before
then, just contact Kelly Thor
burn in Suite C at the Student
Have a safe summer and
look for the Campus Patrol this
To the editor:
1 guess our government fig
ures "Hey, why not? Strict
control and the depravation of
rights for the individual works
so well in communist countries,
and nobody really gives a damn
about personal dignity and
constitutional rights anymore,
why don't we try it here?"
Maybe you readers haven't
heard. The citizens of the
United States have allowed
themselves to be scared and
then manipulated by our pol
itical system and "free" press.
Our basic right to follow laws
and not be persecuted by the
leaders of this country has been
tossed. It seems that our "over
enthusiastic" government feels
that finding out whether Joe
the postman smoked a joint
over Easter weekend is much
more important to the better
ment of our country than
finding food and homes for the
poor, or possibly giving grants
to find a cure for AIDS.
Drug testing, no matter how
much we love it, goes against
our personal rights and does,
in fact, assume, guilt until
Amendment was never intended to protect
ponography. Fine, you may say, that's her
opinion. And it is. But no opportunity was
ever given for rebuttal nor were there any
opposing viewpoints in the reading list, in
spite of the fact that there is a plethora of
literature provided by groups such as the
ACLU. An isolated occurrence? Unfortu
nately not. It certainly is not surprising that
. men should be the targets of much of the
derision in such a course.
For one thing, they number only about
ten out of well over 100 students. Through
out the semster, I have had the pleasure of
hearing such "fair" statements as "the only
difference; between the slavery of blacks and
that of women, is that women had to live
in the same house with their oppressors."
I cannot say that discussion or disagreement
are discouraged, although it takes a lot of
either guts or stupidity to voice dissent in
Hamilton 100 when confronted with almost
Dissent is, however, discouraged on both
examinations and papers. When I expressed
reservations about the types of questions on
exams, I was told that my answers could
disagree with the questions' basic prcmsise.
in whichever area we choose. We believe
that an education matters and that it will
lead somewhere. And we believe that the
world, despite all its problems, is still a
worthwhile place that can and must be
These are the things that college provides
just as readily as it does good parties and
a beautiful campus. They are the ideas that
force us to grow. And if after graduation
we do not all succeed as much as we would
like, it is not the fault of college. We must
each take responsibility for our own failures,
for this is another sort of reality.
Like the members of the 3 basketball
team, we cannot all win championships.
Many of us will taste defeat. And with each
defeat our victories will seem that much
sweeter until we can finally grasp one of
the main lessons that college has to teach.
We will all leave here believing in the power
of the possible, and feeling that each of us
has a championship within our reach. That
is the real world to which we should all
John Gibbs is a senior history major from
innocence is proven. Indulge
me for a, second by imagining
the following scenario. ..
Karen just graduated from
college. She has never used
drugs and doen't plan to. After
applying to her first job, she is
hired on the condition that she
gives a specimen. Karen will of
course be chaperoned to keep
her from cheating on the test.
Yet another assumption of
She refuses, saying she's
never used drugs and doesn't
want a relationship with the
upper management based on
mistrust. Her effort to rely on
her constitutional rights is
commendable but she is now
out of work.
After Karen loses a few more
jobs because of her refusal to
take the drug test, she sacrifices
her beliefs and does the deed.
Well, these tests aren't all that
accurate. Sure, only one in so
many are wrong, but only one"
in a great many stand a chance
at winning the. drug sweep
stakes, yet people still enter and
someone always wins. So let's
assume poor Karen comes up
positive. She has lost a job due
to drugs, will be recommended
to a drug treatment program
and will be labeled a liar by
those who heard her claim that
she had never used drugs.
Sure, Karen, we believe ya.
but that I must use the readings. This is
akin to disagreeing with the Bible, but only
being able to use the Bible as a source of
your dissent. It is exceedingly hard.
What should be done? First of all, an
effort must be made to attract more male
students and professors. The current
proportion is statistically insignificant. If
Women's Studies 50 is a valid course, and
I dont deny that it is, it will be of much
benefit to men as well as women. Second,
an attempt should be made to incorporate
a much broader range of issues concerning
women, not simply those that concern
feminists. Third, the department should take
large strides toward eliminating all the
rhetoric and toward covering all the various
angles' of the topics included in the course.
Barring these steps 1 would dissuade anyone
from taking the course as it is presently
taught, for it is not being presented in the
tradition of the liberal arts.