THE LANCE THURSDAY, APRIL 25,1974 THE LANCE staff Editors Sk^Taykn- Tiin TouitdMte Sports Editor BiUWflroot Art Editor Lee Van Zandt Staff Kathy Lonsford Kim Phillips Eric Lawson Stevie Daniels BetihRambo Helen Mosdey EUzab^Ldandj Photographer - Tony Riding ' Circulation Manager Kathy Lnsnfbrd Bosiness Manager CoUecB Ragan Advisor Mr. Fowler Dagger i The editorial staff’s intent is to maintain professional stan dards within the guidetines set forth by the Code of Respon sibility. Signed editorials reflect ttw opinion of (he auOm', while unsigned editorials reflect the majority opinion of the staff. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the college. Letters to the Editor and articies are welcomed, thou^ subject to space Innitatians. Box 757 Advertising rates |1.00 per column inch . .Sem«!l«r contntrl^ t.90 ner column inch 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. NEW GRAPHS AND FRAMES FOR DANISH CROSS STITCH The Yarn Barn 109 McKAY ST. 276-7270 COLLEGE GULF Across From South Entrance to Campus Free Car Wash With Fill-up. Mechanic on Duty Drive Safely! 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. 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