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12The Daily Tar Heel Tuesday, October 11, 1988
Stye latly SJar 191
96th year of editorial freedom
; Karen Bell, Neus Editor
MATT BlVENS, Associate Editor
KlMBERLY EDENS, University Editor
JON K. RUST, Managing Editor
' Will Lingo, cuj Editor
. Kelly Rhodes, Arts Editor
, CATHY McHUGH, Omnibus Editor
Jean Lutes, Editor
KAARIN TlSUE, Neus Editor
LAURA PEARLMAN, Associate Editor
KRISTEN GARDNER, University Editor
SHARON KEBSCHULL, State and National Editor
MIKE BERARDINO, Sports Editor
LEIGH ANN McDONALD, Features Editor
KlM DONEHOWER, Design Editor
DAVID MINTON, Photography Editor
Get out of bed Wednesday
Fall break is over, but students who
need a little more time to adjust to
the grind will be relieved to know
classes are canceled tomorrow from 10
The nice midday break is not an
excuse to sleep late. It's not a con
tinuation of fall break. Instead, it's an
annual event a holiday!
But it is not a person's birthday that
will close down virtually every depart
ment on campus; it is a thing's: the
: The cornerstone of Old East, the
University's first building, was laid on
Oct. 12, 1793, just four years after the .
University was chartered. University
Day was first celebrated in 1877.
; But the day marks much more than
the birthday of an old residence hall.
The all-day holiday has been the
traditional date for installing- new
chancellors. Former Chancellor Chris
topher Fordham was installed on
University Day in 1980, and his
successor, Paul Hardin, will be
; The Distinguished Alumnus
Awards have been presented to out
standing alumni on University Day
since 1971. This year, five very talented
and diverse individuals Edward
Bilpuch, Gail Godwin, Richard
Knight, Thomas Lambeth and Roger
Mudd will be honored.
But beyond all the awards and
presentations, there are some deeper
reasons which should motivate stu
dents to attend the day's events, such
as pride and a sense of identity.
Richard Pfaff, secretary of the faculty
and the organizer of University Day,
said he thought the day would inspire
a closeness among students that many
feel only at athletic events. He said
many students are taking part in this
year's celebration in various capacities,
and that he hopes their participation
will make the student body feel more
a part of a historic and memorable
"I hope people don't come because
they feel a sense of responsibility,"
Pfaff said. "I hope they come because
they feel a sense of identity with the
For many freshmen, junior transfers
and students whoVe simply skipped
the last couple of University Days, this
will be their first University Day
experience. For most seniors, it will
be their last. And for almost all
students, it will be their only chance
to see the installation of a University
chancellor. After all, Hardin is only
the seventh chancellor in the Univer
For all in the University community,
University Day should be the must
see of the season. Sandy Dimsdale
One for all and all for one
If you don't belong to a student
organization, especially a fraternity or
sorority, then perhaps you haven't
noticed. Thousands of campus groups,
however, are getting the word from
college administrators: "Animal
House" is out.
Across the nation for the past
several years, the watchword on
college campuses has been "organiza
tional responsibility." The term simply
means that a group is accountable for
actions committed in its house or by .
Its members during functions. The
results can be seen in dry rushes,
hazing restrictions and guest lists.
This trend became a shock wave,
though, when the University of Ala
bama suspended Sigma Alpha
Epsilon, the oldest fraternal chapter
of the University and the mother
chapter of a strong national affiliation.
Last May, four brothers were arrested
for selling cocaine, three of them in
the house, and the chapter was thrown
off campus for two years. After that,
the chapter .will face two additional
years of probation.
The idea behind the suspensions
must be that an organization is more
han responsible for the behavior of
its students, that the group somehow
causes that behavior. Otherwise,
officials would have little reason to
punish the entire group along with the
Luckily, UNC has not been forced
to take that sort of action, but should
it have to, the mood is ripe. Consider
the case of two Sigma Phi Epsilon
brothers who were accused of rape last
fall. One brother was not even
indicted, and the other eventually
pleaded guilty to a reduced charge: The
chapter, however, bore the stigma of
the accusation through tasteless cheers
at football games and about campus.
Unfortunately, students labeled other
students because of a fraternal
"Organizational responsibility" is
dangerous because it makes a conve
nient Sword of Damocles to hold over
student groups. Worse, the concept
could easily be abused, because no
clear limits exist; it works strictly by
precedent and inclination.
No one denies that standards of
behavior are desirable, but they
already exist in our society for
individuals. Unless an entire group is
responsible for misconduct and is
threatening an institution's reputation,
colleges should refrain from punishing
the hand for its fingers. -David
The Daily Tar Heel
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The last voyage, the longest, the best
he Thomas Wolfe Memorial House
didn't open until 1 p.m. on Sunday,
JjL so I asked the lady at the Asheville
VisitorsMnformation Center how to kill
an hour or so in town.
"Just go on over to the graveyard where
the Wolfes are buried," she said. "Go see
"For an hour?" I asked.
"Sure. There's lots of folks buried there.
Go on over and browse.".
My traveling companion (111 call her
Celia) and I made the short drive to the
graveyard. We turned into a driveway
marked "Riverside Cemetery," and just
beyond that, another sign "NO
"How reassuring," Celia said.
The paved road wound through the
sloping wooded hills covered with graves
tones. Some graves were straightforward
blocks sunk into the ground; others stood
upright and were more elaborate, with
fancy carved inscriptions or headless
statuettes with jagged necks.
Small signs pointed to the graves of
Wolfe, O. Henry and Zebulon Vance. Not
knowing who Vance was (and feeling like
ignorant Yankees) we passed quickly by
his grave and looked for O. Henry's, which
we had trouble finding until another sign
reminded us that his real name was W.
S. Porter. His was a large heavy block with
his name carved clearly into the stone, and
a single yellow carnation resting beside it
in the grass.
"Let's find Wolfe," Celia said.
We walked by a grave marked "David
Fisher," and for a strange timeless moment
I stood remembering a high school friend
of mine with the same name. He was not
a close friend, but I played tennis with him
at the park near his house, the few times
I visited his home. Standing there before
the grave, I missed him.
Then the moment passed, the grave once
again a stranger's, and I walked on. But
a vague ache persisted in my heart, and
In the Funhouse
1 made a mental note to call him up over
- Christmas break. ' "- ' .
The Wolfe family was a cluster of stones
resting on a short slope just off the road.
Thomas' large stone had the words "A
Beloved American Author" carved under
his name. His brother Ben was marked
by a small stone sunk behind the' others.
The other brother, Fred, had "Luke of
'Look Homeward, Angel'" inscribed
under his name. I wondered what he would
think about being remembered for the life
his fictional counterpart led, instead of his
The most prominent stone was that of
Thomas' mother and father, a huge smooth
block with W.O. Wolfe's name and dates
cut into the stone above Julia Wolfe's. We
read the various inscriptions on the stones,
several from Wolfe's work.
"Let's go see his house," I said.
Inside the front door of Julia's huge
white house we joined a tour group led
by a distant family relation, whose name
was also Thomas Wolfe. He led us from
room to room, explaining the history of
the house in the practiced robotic drone
of a story told again and again, each
inflection and dramatic pause hammered
into place by repetition.
I had only known about Wolfe through
his fiction, and it was a touch surreal to
see his fiction becoming fact as we toured
the house, to watch "Dixieland" become
the Old Kentucky Home. Here was the
sleeping porch young "Eugene" Tom
hated to sleep in. Here was the piano on
which "Helen" Mabel played to the
boarders. Here was the bed all of "Eliza's"
Julia's children were born in. Here was the
volume of Shakespeare old "Gant" Wolfe
loved to hurl quotes from. Here was the
room "Ben" Ben died in.
This crystallization of fiction into fact
was enhanced by framed quotations from
"Look Homeward, Angel" hung promi
nently on the walls in the very places they
Also hung on one wall was Thomas
Wolfe's diploma from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "YouH be
getting one of those pretty soon," said
"Don't remind me." I tried to imagine
the same diploma with my name on it
dusty and hanging in the hallway of some
future home, and couldn't.
As the tour neared the end, I noticed
that a small hunched man in the group
was carrying "Bonfire of the Vanities" by
the other Tom Wolfe in his hand, and
wearing a smug smile on his face, as if
he thought he was being impossibly clever.
The tour guide also noticed, and kept
glancing at the book with an irritated
The tour was over. Tom Wolfe the toiir
guide politely fielded questions (Celia: "I
noticed a book of Christian Science in the
library, did . . ." T. W. the t.g.: "Mabel had
diabetes and was into all that stuff.") and
ushered us toward the door. .
But before I left, I saw a photo of Julia
standing before her husband's grave, the
grave that was now hers as well, and in
a dizzying moment I watched her disappear
from the photo and be replaced by the
carved letters of her name, below her
I felt a rush of sorrow for her, a stern
woman resented by her family, whose life
was carved into her son's fiction just as
her name was now carved on the
Then she was back in the photo again;
and I left the house.
Brian McCuskey is a senior English
major from Los Angeles.
Readers9 For Mm
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on fan's parade
To the editor:
With the price of tickets
being what they are, isn't it
about time UNC found the
courage to stop the flow of
umbrellas into football games?
Why should a few hundred, or
even a few thousand, people be
able to make 50,000 other fans
uncomfortable? It's been
rumored that such a rule is
already on the books. Umbrel
las are not allowed at N.C.
State games. The important
folks who sit in our seven
million dollar press box don't
have to contend with them.
My wife and I have been
going to Carolina games since
1945 together and neither of us
has ever brought an umbrella
to a game. We carry proper rain
.gear in our car at all times. We
"wear that, arid if we're still not
comfortable, we leave.
' It would seem that a school
which compels the students not
to wave their arms in back of
the boards at basketball games
can find the courage to make
a few adults respect the right
of other fans to actually see a
game in rainy weather.
Can there really be a substi
tute response to this disgusting
bit of permissiveness?
- HARRY SHALETT
Class of '43
Southern Pines '
To the editor:
What does Mike Berardino
mean he'd rather sit at home
dry and drink beverages with
his friends while watching
football on TV? Apparently he
wasn't sitting anywhere near
the student section or the south
side of Kenan Stadium during
I DOU'T LIKE
THS new guy.
SO FAR, HIS RECOkO
15 LOUSY AND HE
JUST ISN'T MAKING
A VERY GOOD
SAYS TO 6
MUCH. CAN HE
DO IN JUST
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TO KNOW X DON T
l I r- iii A AkJr-rtt m it t
(buy out his) TtW' ,
0 V FIND
the UNC-Louisville game
because if he had been, he
would have had a great time.
""7Clthough the outcome of the
game wasn't quite what anyone
expected, neither was the
atmosphere. There was more
blue, more pompons, more face
paint and more cheering for
this game (which wasn't even
televised) than I have seen in
a long time. From the end zone
to CarolinaFever to the rowdy
dudes in the upper deck, those
who stayed had a blast.
Who cares if the actual
attendance was only 25,000?
We all proved that we weren't
sissies only the Wicked
Witch of the West melts from
rain. Oh! But I'm forgetting all
of you let's-get-dressed-up-and-passfvely-watch-our-team-play-while-we-get-sloshed
who hate to get messy. All of
ple didn't mind an afternoon
sprinkling. After awhile, the
mikeman even had us cheering
for more rain!
Given the lack of. school
spirit at UNC, I must admit
that I was impressed and a little
surprised by the number of
people who stayed until the
final buzzer. And they didnt
just sit there: they yelled,
screamed and shook their pom
pons. Now, don't all of you who
left feel like wimps?
. I suppose it will take some
time to link UNC with school
spirit. I mean, we've only been
working on it for the past 100
years. With this year celebrat
ing the centennial of Tar Heel
football, I believe the team has
earned the privilege of having
spirited fans. WeVe got to keep
it up Oct. 15 when UNC takes
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Rand's record on sunshine laws distortei
n response to Al Hooks' commentary,
"Vote for open doors" (Oct. 4), I feel
Jithat some clarifications about the
records of both lieutenant gubernatorial
candidates need to be made. Hooks claims
that the "facts are clear" that the Demo
cratic leadership has made no effort to
really open up the legislative process and
that, as Senate majority leader, Tony Rand
has not used his influence to help make
meetings and information more accessible. '
He also charges that Tony Rand is part
of the . . . Democratic machinery that
favors closed door policies and hidden
agendas . . . ."
This is once again a distortion of my
father's record and is patently untrue. As
majority leader in the Senate, and as
chairman of the Base Budget Appropri
ations Committee, Tony Rand has worked
hard within the legislative process to see
that both the media and the public are
well-informed about events in the legisla
ture. In the past session, he gave reporters
his phone number in case they had any
trouble getting into meetings, and even let
a reporter from The News and Observer
into an unannounced meeting. He has
issued" a position paper on how to make
the process more open, and more effective
as well. His proposal includes the prohi
bition of secret meetings and "pork barrel"
appropriations and a schedule for adopting
the state budget more quickly, with less
waste. During his four-year chairmanship
of the Base Budget Committee, he led the
fight to remove $200 million in waste while
increasing the budget for crucial programs
like public education and keeping our
environment clean. . '
Gardner's recent interest in opening the
process, on the other hand, hardly reflects
his record on the issue. In his races for
governor, for example, Gardner repeatedly
denied the press access to information and
proposed putting restrictions on the press
(The News and Observer, Nov. 3, 1968 and
May 30, 1972). He also expressed an
interest in seeing the First Amendment
repealed (May 30, 1972). He has released
no position paper stating his goals for
opening the legislature. Gardner claims
that he, Gov. Jim Martin and the Repub
lican party are committed to opening the
governmental process in North Carolina.
Nevertheless, one day after arguing in favor
of a bill to admit the public and press to
meetings .of three or more legislators,
Martin and more than 40 Republican
legislators ejected a reporter from a
meeting to discuss budgetary strategy. "If
we make any decisions, well let you know,"
was Martin's response (Greensboro News
and Record, June 16. 1988).
Hooks' attempt to cloud my father's
record is not the first. My father has
repeatedly had to defend himself from: a
barrage of distortions and lies. His record
on all issues, from education to the
environment to open government, is one
of which we are very proud. It lias been,
and will continue to be, the focus of our
campaign. We do invite a comparison of
my father's record to Gardner's, however,
and this is why we agreed to two live
televised debates, one of which Gardner's
campaign backed out of. In the debate
televised by the UNC Center for Public
Television, Gardner did not choose to
discuss the issues that are pertinent to
North Carolina, but chose only to smear
and distort mv father's record once aeain.'
Mv father will continue to talk about his
accomplishments in the legislature and his;
vision for North Carolina as we move
toward the 21st century. This is what tne"
campaign ought to be about. It is what'
our campaign will be about. We can only
hope that Gardner will do the same. ;
Ripley Rand is a senior political sciencf
and economics major from Fayetteville.