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10The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, October 12, Uaily 96th year of editorial freedom Jean Lutes, Editor Karen Bell, News Editor MATT BlVENS, Associate Editor KlMBERLY EDENS, University Editor JON K. RUST, Managing Editor Will Lingo, Gty Editor Kelly Rhodes, Am Editor CATHY McHUGH, Omnibus Editor DAVID MINTON, Putting UNC students on hold Today, the 195th anniversary """ of the laying of the D 0 ard STST-Sr option appreciate the University's past, enjoy its present and contemplate its future. As the thousands of folding chairs that stretch from South Building to Wilson Library attest, a key figure in that future, Paul Hardin, will be formally installed as chancellor today. In the midst of the throng of faculty, administrators, students and visiting dignitaries, a reporter from this newspaper will scurry about. That reporter is lucky. He or she will be assured of getting quotes from Hardin because the chancellor is making a public appearance. Chances are, if that reporter had to ask the chancellor a question about a policy or an issue, there would be no quote, no answer, no response. In his three months here, the chancellor has not returned a phone call from any University news reporter. The editor was granted an interview at the beginning of the year, and Hardin answered questions twice when reporters called him at home. That's the extent of communication between the student newspaper and the leader of the University. One of the silliest lines the DTH has ever printed appeared in a story about possible tuition increases, a subject Hardin made an issue by discussing it with faculty members and mentioning it in an interview published in the Carolina Alumni Review. After informing readers that the chancellor was considering the increase, the reporter wrote: "But his (Hardin's) Dr. Ruth doesn't work here We had a disturbing report last night. Apparently a man is calling UNC students and telling them that he is doing a sex survey for the DTH. This is not true. While the information gathered would no doubt be interest ing, we don't have much use for random samplings of campus sex lives at this time. For the curious folks making the calls, however, we have some sugges tions on how to satisfy their voyeuristic urges: a Take an anatomy class. a Live vicariously through your Have a responsible rally On any given Tuesday, most stu dents at UNC would do anything to forget their homework and head up to a party on Franklin Street and bask in the crisp autumn air. Unfortunately, due to automobile traffic and school work, "Tuesday night hedonists" often go home alone and watch "Moonlight ing" and Morton Downey. Be not sad. Thanks to the Carolina Athletic Association, a Homecoming Pep Rally a throwback to those woebegone days of high school is planned for next Tuesday. Plans were finalized after the town council approved two special ordinances on Monday night. The council voted to close the length of Franklin Street between Henderson and Columbia streets and also agreed to waive the noise ordinance, allowing bands to perform. The party's planners realize that this decision sets an important precedent for future parties on the street. They are taking no chances this time, for they hope that the rally will be a family affair. This format could be a novel solution to a problem that has plagued past Franklin Street student gather ings. The mood of the masses was vicious on August 31, 1986, the eve of the drinking-age change. An adolescent mob stormed the town to protest an unfair law the only way they knew how: by consuming superhuman quantities of drink. 1988 (Jar Heel KAARINTlSUE, News 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 Photography Editor secretary said Monday that Hardin told her he had no comment because he does not see it as an issue now." We quoted his secretary. Roger Mudd, one of those receiving Distin guished Alumnus Awards at today's ceremony, certainly would laugh at that. DTH editors of days past probably looked down from above or up from below and shook their heads in commiseration at the blatant slap in the DTH's journalistic face. The chancellor is a busy man. Most Would agree he has more pressing things to do than return a phone call from a frantic student journalist. And Kevin Martin, student body president, has praised Hardin for his accessibility to students. However, by ignoring the student press the chancellor is ignoring a large part of the student body the part that reads the newspaper on the way to class but doesn't fit into the select group of student leaders with whom he comes into contact. Perhaps the DTH staff was spoiled by Hardin's predecessor, Christopher Fordham, who frequently returned phone calls from reporters. The Daily Tar Heel's staff members take their work seriously and endeavor to maintain professional standards of accuracy and presentation. We expect members of the University community to treat the student newspaper fairly, and most do. Administrators usually cooperate when approached by reporters. Of course, there's a measure of self interest involved as well speaking to the student newspaper is the best way to reach the most students. At least one administrator on this campus hasn't learned that lesson yet. roommate instead of some stranger on the other end of the phone line. d Call 976-DATE for some heavy breathing. And if you happen to be on the receiving end of such a call, you can: d Ask the caller for the name of his or her editor at the DTH, and call the office to check the survey's authenticity. a Tell the caller to get a life. o Tell the caller you'd like to meet himher. Set up a rendezvous and then notify Chapel Hill Vice about where it will go down. "This was nothing but an excuse to get drunk," Roger Whittemore, then the manager of the Subway sandwich franchise, said at the time. "As midnight approached, people were mad." Whittemore's shop was among the most severely damaged when stores were shelled with , an assortment of rocks and beer bottles. The demon stration started when some students tried to attract the attention of some TV cameras that were shooting above the store. Thousands of dollars in damage resulted. The attitude of this year's crowd should be far removed from that of 1986. CAA president Carol Geer worked hard to get the party approved and her organization is intent on making this rally a success. Unlike past affairs where drinking was allowed, the Franklin Street rally zone will be alcohol-free this time. This should deter the riff-raff from other schools, who according to arrest warrants were responsible for most of the damage in 1986. There will also be 400 student monitors present. The students probably will arouse less hostility than the presence of the Chapel Hill police corps. The CAA won a major victory when it was given permission to hold the party, for the town has not been most cooperative with students in the past. Please don't spoil it this time. Oth erwise, Franklin Street will be closed to mixers forever. Dave Hall A few skewed Meedless to say, I hope everyone had a splendid fall break, and I shall JL N make a solemn pact with God that I shant ask a soul how theirs went "How was yer break," like "How are ya" and "Whassup," is one of those hypothetical Styrofoam question statements that you can yell at friendly pedestrians while going 60 miles an hour in your car, so that you're halfway to Pittsboro before they open their mouths to reply. But I forget, we're in the South, and such pleasantries are the gentle chocolates of a North Carolina conversation. - To keep things interesting around here, I'm writing this particular little ditty thousands of miles away from the clanging blue DTH boxes, the stark morning linoleum of Hamilton Hall, the sterile claustrophobic carrels of Davis Library . . . yet unlike my other columnist friends who get to travel to other hemispheres and have wise conversations with natives who know better, I am drifting 37,000 feet over Barstow, California with Lenny, an organ salesman from San Bernardino. Cub Scout Jamboree capital San Bernardino is famous for all its little boys, and so is Lenny, if you know what I mean as sexually open-minded as I am, I could see a few people not standing in line to swap . plasma with this guy. I know his name's Lenny mainly because he told me, and also because it's embroidered on his shirt. "But my friends call me Big Al," he said, which confused me, since he seemed to be neither, He works at the keyboard store in the mall, and his job is to play cheesy tunes on the organ to attract people to the store sort of a Pied Piper of Crud. He says that all the ladies at the yogurt shop turn off the Oreo crusher just to hear him play "Born Free" with the Rhumba button on. In a sense, Lenny represents what California is all about no one there cares enough to want to mold you into a social norm. Which, basically, is a good thing. Racism (despite the occasional Chicano skirmish) isn't a horrendous problem, and the populace is generally nice and relaxed but no "bad taste restrictions" also means you can get away with anything. Red Tide on the rise To the editor: A strange dichotomy exists at UNC; it seems that some students are willing to believe anything negative about the United States, but will believe nothing negative about communism. I have spent over 25 years studying the programs used by the Communists in "educa tion." Beginning in the 1920s and '30s, Marxist-Leninists, realized an easy way to destroy America was through misedu eating its youth. I had hoped that today's, college students were better informed and more knowledge able about politics, foreign, affairs and history than my generation was. Yet as I sit here on campus as a graduate stu dent once again, I am looking at no fewer than six " posters advertising seminars by Com munists. Oh, they dont say they are Communists they claim to be land reformers, humanitarians, lay religious workers, clergy and Third World medical personnel but do not be mistaken, they are Communists bent on the destruction of freedom and Crowded days Chapel Hill's animal control officers don't need a calendar to know when the students at the University leave for breaks. That's when once-loved dogs and cats hit the streets, to be picked up and taken to the shelter. Students often assume their animals will be fine alone for a few days, according to Elma Rae Johnson, director of the Orange County Animal Control program, which works hand-in-hand with the Orange County Animal Shelter. Some times they trust their pets to friends or roommates who aren't careful or caring. Before long, the animals end up loose roaming the streets looking for food, attention or adventure. Tragically, if they are picked up by animal control officers, the pets are often put to sleep before their owners return to school to reclaim them. Students are not the worst offenders. Many people desert their animals for a week or two, or allow them to roam the neighborhoods freely. Law requires that all strays be kept at the shelter for at least three working days before being put to sleep, and the shelter workers have set their own standard of waiting five to seven days: But the shelter has become terribly overcrowded, with dogs and cats doubled up in cages, making this standard harder to keep. According to Pat Sanford, who runs the shelter, staff members have had to start putting to sleep strays that might be adopted, given a few more days. Not all is lost, however. An Orange County referendum on a $30 million bond issue will go before voters on Nov. 8. In addition to improving school buildings and water resources, the bond sets aside $300,000 for doubling the size of the shelter a project that seems long overdue. In 1979,-when the shelter was built, 2,851 animals were impounded. The shelter was views from the ionosphere Ian Williams Wednesday's Child A developer who sells sandwich deli meats will build his store in the shape of a giant bratwurst, girls will violate the environ mental mousse impact ratio in vain attempts of self-expression, and guys get facial massages when they feel their karma slipping. All these millions of people primping for no one. . . as Raymond Chandler said, "California is the depart ment store state; the most of everything and the best of nothing." In the seat in front of me, a little girl named Clarissa chants the Twinkle Twin kle song and discovers something most adults never realize: "Twinkle twinkle little star H,I,J,K,L-M-N-0-P. Up above the clouds so high, W,X: . .YandZ. . ." Lenny returns to his seat from the bathroom, and tells me that he always wee wees mid-air because bladder eruptions are the number one cause of airline deaths. Mulling that heinous thought over, I decide that I have no choice. Stepping into the tiny bathroom, I realize that airline lavatories join roller skating rinks as the worst places for a guy to' urinate. Girls . can zero in and fire, but one patch of good ' turbulence and a guy is writing his name on the ceiling. Out the latrine window, I can see the rolling plains of Iowa, and I reflect that no matter when I look out the window on a plane flight, I'm bound to have lived somewhere within seeing distance. Under stand that I spent the years 1970-77 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, so my whole pre pubescent period is lost in a haze of Nehru jackets and Donny and Marie. But I was still cognizant enough to remember being miserable. From October to April, you might as well be living in Pt. Barrow, Alaska, and the rest of the time, you slog through crippling humidity. To counter this, Iowan non-farmers stay inside, watch TV and become belligerently unadventu- Readers9 Forum AGl 101 NEWS JH MV MIND i J9 ot-0 CAOUMAv ,T Lift AT A NElOHBoeiMCi 0MiyeSlT7" democracy. Recent speakers from the Philippines and Central Amer ica appeared at the School of Public Health. They were ded icated pro-Communist propa ganda' agents who twisted facts and even blatantly lied. Yet no one questioned their "facts" or criticisms of America. I have visited or lived in several countries that faced internal "liberation revolu tions" or exterrlal Communist threats. Many people who supported these revolutions thought that they would find Utopia in therr homelands when the Communists took over. But if you ask the refugees from Vietnam, Nicaragua and Cuba or the people trapped in East ern Europe, you will hear a different story one of crushed dreams and miserable lives. UNC students who gleefully swallow the propaganda of these so-called humanitarians and reformers will someday find they were just as wrong as the people who welcomed those Communist revolutions in other countries. for the doggies Matt Bivens Associate Editor built to handle roughly that many in a year. But in 1987, the total number of animals reached 7,007, and Sanford predicts that figure will reach 8,000 for 1988. The bond issue, if approved, will obviously help. But new construction is a long way off, and unhappy cats and dogs are still packed into small cages, courting disease. What can the average citizen or student do to prevent overcrowding here and now? Adopt a pet. If more people would adopt pets at the shelter, fewer animals would have to be euthanized. The shelter workers encourage adop tions; but they also have serious reserva tions about giving dogs to homes where they wont be happy. They don't want to see the same dog six weeks later or worse, 10 of her puppies. So dont run out and adopt a pet if you cant properly care for it. Students must decide whether they're prepared for the large financial and time commitment a pet calls for, and . they should make certain their apartments and their roommates allow pets. Of course, dogs arent allowed in the dorms, and the animal shelter wont let students who live on campus adopt pets. Ironically, the adoption rate at the shelter is way up. More than one in three animals brought into the shelter finds a new home, Sanford said, a figure which is about double the national average. Follow the town's leash law. Dont let your pet roam the neighborhood; that's how they end up in the shelter. An animal control officer eventually picks up loose pets, assuming they have been abandoned. rous. There's no mousse here, just spiteful couples that gossip back and forth across a strict fence of status quo. Back in my seat, I see Clarissa pointing out the window. "What's that, mommy?" "Hush, Clarissa, it's Indiana." "Bandana!" With her brusque gestures and tell-tale accent, Clarissa's mother seems to be from New Jersey, and an hour later, a brownish haze can be seen just there, a few hundred miles up north around the New York area. Having spent a few horrific summers near there, I can say with confidence that if the world was to get an enema; it would be administered in Newark, N.J. My fruitful New Jersey years were spent with old foaming Xerox ladies, rash-like 7-11 personnel and suicidally vindictive old men on the freeway. It's the only place I know where they call you "Mac" and they're not kidding. ' . I guess you could sum up a trip across the country in terms of a hungry provincial type in front of your pizza. The Calif ornian would wait until you put it on a plate in front of him, the Iowan would order another one for him and his family, the New Jerseyite would grab it and start gobbling and the North Carolinian would ask you about your fall break and then inquire politely about the pizza. If IVe learned anything in my short life span, it's that people all over the country don't really care about your well-being, they just differ in how well they hide it. Finally the lush rolling hills of Carolina come into view, and the plane touches lightly down amid the sharp, crackling colors of the airport forest in autumn. The plane lulls to a halt and the doors let in the sweet aroma of the North Carolina evening. Clarissa stands in her chair and faces me. "We in Conneticut!" "Yes, sweetie, we are," I smile, and give her a Kit-Kat. Ian Williams is a music and psychology major from Hackensack, New Jersey, we believe. f In our democracy, these Communist agents are allowed to speak out. It is the respon sibility of the audience to realize what they hear is not true. EVERETT LANGFORD School of Public Health Letters policy o Place letters in the box marked "Letters to the Editor" outside the DTH office in the Student Union. in the window And make certain your pet has a tag with your name and phone number on it so the animal control officers can contact you. As Johnson says of untagged pets, "You know someone owns that pet. You know it. But it has no tag, so you have to put it down (to sleep). It's very hard." Spay or neuter your pet. The shelter will not give pets up for adoption without first having them spayed or neutered. But no matter where you get your pet, have it sterilized. The shelter offers a cheap spay neuter program, in which local veterinar ians volunteer to perform low-cost surgery. It also has financial assistance and information on other programs available. Spaying and neutering may sound cruel, but it is actually for the best. The old myth that sterilized dogs become fat and lazy, or refuse to guard property, is just that a myth. Sterilized dogs are easier to take care of because they dont go into heat, or run around the neighborhood in search of assignations. Dont ditch your pet. Dont even leave it alone for a weekend, and dont leave it with a friend unless you know that friend is responsible and will take good care of the animal. It's tough , for workers at the animaj shelter to reconcile the overcrowding and the increased need for euthanasia with their love of animals. They cant take every little sad-eyed puppy or playful kitten home with them, much as they'd like to. That means it's up to the community to sterilize pets and keep them out of the shelter, to adopt those already in the shelter, and, in the long run, to vote "yes" to more shelter space. These are the only humane things to do. Matt Bivens is a junior journalism major from Olney, Md.

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