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    THE LANCE
THURSDAY, APRIL 25,1974
THE LANCE
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The Wav We See It
BY TIM TOURTELLOTLE
An open letter to two K. M.
residents, who felt compelled
to abuse the freedomof com
munity.
Recently, two residents of
K. M. dorm complained to
Student Personnel Services
about “too much noise” and
“strange things going on in
suites one, two and three.” No
doubt these people felt they
made this complaint with good
cause - - and with the genuine
motive of rectifying a
situation they felt was in
tolerable, or , at least, un
comfortable. This is un
derstandable: when one’s
freedom of privacy is in
fringed upon, protests should
come quickly and loudly. The
problem here, though is there
sadly inaccurate miscon
ception of what their freedom
is within a community of
young men housed together in
a dorm. Within this com
munity - and most especially
K. M. dorm - there are certain
basic assumptions which
define and illuminate our
relationships with one
another, which is to say how
we interact along certain
premises that allow us, as in
dividuals. the maximum of
freedom, yet at the same time
provides for the freedom of
community . They are both
inexorably bound together,
both sharing equal im
portance, and are mutually in-
closive-one cannot exist
without the other. This is ob
vious - - but what is not so tran
sparent is the fragile balance
between the two: if one
freedom is given precedence
over the other, then both
become distortions of their
previous realiities. The
assumptions which we, as a
micro-community, under
stand with such unknowing
genius-most of the time-and
thus assuring the literal value
of these freedoms is our re
spect and love ofr
of these freedoms is our re-
spect and love for each other
as unique individuals. Im
mediately this basic assump
tion allows for the maximum
of freedom for each in
dividual: it provides him a
creative and open-ended
freedom; he is, in fact, gran
ted complete freedom of per
sonality, which allows him to
decide the type of life-style
prefers within the community.
Of course, the same is true for
freedom conmiunity; the love
and respect for each other as
truly exceptional individuals
whidi defines quantatatively
our personnel freedom also
bouys communal freedom,
creates an atmosphere of
togetherness, of shared
responsibility and collective
aspirations.
The two residents who made
the complaints seem to have
not taken this into account. If
they had, then when their
freedom was circumvented by
‘too much noise’ they would
have, as integral members of
the community, gone to the
source of the noise, confronted
the person or persons respon
sible- and simply asked that
the noise be toned down. Or, if
these people felt it too much of
a task to behave in a mature
and thoughful manner - - the
kind of manners that the
maintenace of personal
freedom demands - then they
should have gone to the
resident director. Their-
freedom to privacy would
have been reinstated im
mediately. Implicit in their
complaints was a fun
damental misunderstanding
and abuse of the freedom of
conmiunity also. It was their
decision that “strange things
were going on in suites one,
two and three.” There is a lot
of ambiguity in this sort of
dyabolic language - precisely
what “strange things” I am a
resident of suite three, and I
know or am acquainted with
everyone in one and two. If
“strange things” were going
on, I should like to know about
them: I have personally wit
nessed such enigmatic
behavior. But that is beside
the point, which is that these
two residents would demand
their personnel freedom, i. e.,
privacy, the right to quiet - - et
at the same time would con
demn the feedom of com
munity of suites one, two and
three. This sort of con
tradictor type of judgment is a
pejoratively qualitative
moral error - - and it threatens
the tenuious balance of the two
freedoms in the process. As I
said earlier: they are mutu
ally inclusive.
Where these two people - -
and they know who they are - -
have errored is not that they
protested what they felt was a
genuine wrong, the problem
lies in the placing of the
protest outside our com
munity, thereby showing no
or, at the least, very minimal
respect for the assumptions
which define their freedom
ind the freedom of com
munity. What these two people
should do is look witoin them
selves, locate and repair the
inadequacies that negate their
ability to see and be a part of
vital and sharing community.
The rest of the dorm feels it.
Letters
I
In. the fall of this year
joined what is known a the
“Kennel Club”. At the time I
had a dog, and as it was again
st school rules to keep it in the
dorm, I was very grateful to
be able to obtain a pen.
As things progressed new
rules were added, and things
generally were tightened
down. But it didn’t stop there
our advisor (Mr. Salzer )
(Sic) felt the need to appease
the administration, while at
the same time accusing them
of double talk and misin
formation.
The first step was to tell
security to pick up all stray
dogs (including Dr. Ludlow’s
dog, Flappy). Tis was done
with no success. It seems that
security had trouble getting a
hold on the situation. All of
this was done without
previously informing any
professors that might have
dogs on campus.
At the failure of this Mr.
Solzer (sic) took the task upon
himself to round up the dogs.
So on Friday, the nineteenth,
the assistent housing director
picked up and carried two
animals eight miles into the
country. There he droped
them! Yes, he let a dog that is
about thirteen years old off
some where with little chance
of survival, let alone of being
found.
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Any person who would
deliberately do such an act to
these dogs either has no brains
or has no feeling of humanity.
And further, I would suggest
that the Kennel Club take a
good look at itself, and a
thorough evaluation of it’s
present advisoer. For if the
members are intrested in the
care and well-being animals in
general, (of which I believe is
true) then the present ad
viser, Mr. Salzer (Sic) has no
business being in that position.
Paul J. Miller
The vast majority of the
faculty, staff, and students on
this campus are type-cast for
Clark’s Ox Bow Incident; i. e.,
a misinformed lynch-mob.
Only the misinformation in
this case is very deliberately
spoon-fed to eager listeners
with the intention of
strengthening the informant’s
peer group status. Under Nor
th Carolina State Law, it is
illegal for an establishment to
allow any animal access to
those areas where food is
being prepared or served.
Likewise, it is illegal for
animals to be allowed access
to areas of public boarding. At
this college, nearly all the
buildings are open to any per
sons or animal that wishes to
walk through an open or elec
tric door. Thus, to deny access
to dorms and food serving
areas, college regulations
(Saltire, p. 45) very plainly
state that “dogs, cats, and all
pets.. .must be excluded from
all academic buildings, ser
vice buildings, dormitories,
and all other campus facilities
open to students, faculty, staff
and the public.” I will add the
obvious: there is no student or
faculty member at this school
unable to read and obey that
rule.
Several years ago this rule
was apparently largely
ignored, and the problem was
compounded by the large
number of stray dogs at
tracted to a haven of few roads
and ample petters. A letter
from Dr. Hart, addressed to
all students faculty, and staff
and dated October 31, 1969
rotates state and college
Page TWO
regulations regarding pets
campus and ends- ‘E "
or no„.reside„,
own pets and have
rampus wlU have mill
*y, November
them permanently from th
campus. Beginning on Novem
ber 10, authorized persons wi
pick up any animals tW
remain or that appear thereaf
ter on the campus.” xjii.
again was indisputably wor
ded in such a way as to leave
no double concerning itc
meaning. This same letter ha
been duplicated with nothina
changed but the dates several
times a year, every year since
1969. (Several official ex
ceptions have been granted
over the years only because
they guaranteed compliance
with the state laws, i. e., the
Riding Club was given per
mission to stable horses on
campus property provided the
horses remained outside cer
tain areas of the campus, and
the Kennel Qub was officially
allowed to construct kennels
and keep dogs in them on cam
pus provided the dogs
remained under very close
control when not in the ken
nels). As is all too often the
case, the policy-making body
had no resource to personnaly
implement the above ruling,
to enforce it, resulting in an
accumulation of stray dogs.
That these stray dogs are of
ten a violation of both school
and state laws is blatently ob
vious to anyone having tripped
over one or more of them
trying to enter the cafeteria
and needs no further
argument, leaving only the
issue of pets on campus.
Despite all rules and war
nings, students continually
bring pets on campus and or
keep them in the dorms. The
Housing Office is responsible
for properly running the
residence hall'' and seeing
that all rules pt. >!ining to the
dorms are implemented and
obeyed.
Whenever word of a pet
being kept in a dorm is repor
ted the offender is notified that
he must permanently
remove the pet from campus
within a fair time period, the
alternative being that the
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