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30The Tar HeelThursday, July 20, 1989
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Often described as one of the most beautiful build
ings on campus, the Playmakers theatre was originally
built in 1852 as a combination library and ballroom.
Among the Corinthian building's features is the
substitution of the traditional acanthus leaves for wheat
and Indian com to better reflect the intense American
ism of the day.
A legend has surrounded the building ever since an
incident that was supposed to have happened when it
was still a library.
According to legend, horses of the Michigan Ninth
Company were stabled there following the Civil War.
Since then, Michigan horses have been known for
their intelligence and UNC students for their, good
The theater was named a National Historic Land
Tar Heel file photo
The Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower, soon known
by all University students as it rings several times a
day, calls students to classes, provides twilight music
and 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. Presently, 16 Moreheads
and 11 Pattersons 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 Library from the
flagpole in front of South Building, a dunce cap sits on
top of the Wilson dome.
The Bell Tower first rang in November 193 1 , and it
is located south of Wilson Library. Not only is it
visible for several miles, but it is also occasionally
audible as far as Durham.
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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 throughout the day.
During the warmer months, the en
trenched area becomes a stage where
students can hear speeches from cam
pus groups on the latest controversy or
listen to their favorite evangelist as he
or she preaches words of wisdom.
Students who pass the Pit during the
day should also check out the Cube, an
all-purpose campus billboard. The Cube
is regularly painted and re-painted with
announcements of upcoming campus
events, including union films, concerts
"Pit sitting" has become a noted phe
nomenon on campus, with some stu
dents skipping class just to enjoy a can
of soda and the newspaper while sitting
in the sun. Experience has it that if you
sit in the Pit all day, you will see every
one you know at least once.
Tar Heel file photo