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    THE LANCE
December 3. 1937
Opinion
Letters To The Editor
Dear Editor,
I would like to address the
pcrson(s) who thought that sabotaging the
phone system by removing the speaking
module was an intelligent endeavor.
This campus is small, but it is not
small enough for me to yell across the lake
to various people I need to get in touch
with, thus I use the phone. However, what
happens when someone gets the bright
idea that they want to render the phones
useless? One gets an exuemely upset
campus.
I hope that such stupidity will not
happen again. The phone system is the
only link to the outside world that this
college has and I for one depend on that
vital link. If you want to hold something
for ransom, go kidnap a professor or some
thing like that, do not pursue ignorant
ends such as making the phones useless.
What would happen if there was an emer
gency, or if someone simply had to get
in touch with another party somewhere?
Think, people! You are in college, you
know.
The next time you decide to do
something like this again, at least make
your ransom demand something more
substanitive than the purchase of volley
ball tickets. At least ask for about five to
ten million dollars; otherwise, leave the
phone system alone, it’s in bad enough
shape as it is, it does not need any assis
tance.
Bobby C. Simpson
Attorney General Afraid?
The Attorney General’s dialogue
to the students of St. Andrews was one that
attempted to explain the function and pur
pose of the Judiciary branch of the student
government. In her dialogue. Attorney
General Barbara Caras stated that the stu
dent court does not promote the adverse-
rial system of litigation.
I can fully understand why the
Attorney General wishes not to promote
the adverserial system here at St. Andrews.
The first reason is that the adversarial
system in and of itself advocates rivalry,
cut-throat tactics, some amount of theat-
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Bobby C.
Simpson
rics, and even sometimes a total dismissal
of truth and the acceptance of how the
“judges” feel about an issue, not a regard
for what the law actually states. The
adversarial system is also seen as more or
less of a side show in which the litigators
perform a routine in order to sway the
opinions of the judges of the court. The
adversarial system truly is a non-perfect
system of obtaining the truth, but it is the
best one ever developed by man and one
that should be adhered to at all times,
whether in a college judiciary system or
in a national judiciary system.
This college is supposed to be an
instituteofhigherlearning. It is supposed
to educate its students on the methods that
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are utilized in the real world. If this is true,
and it is, then should not the St. Andrews
court system establish their model exactly
on the actual system used in our country?
Why should there be any deference in the
two systems? Ifa person gets charged with
a crime in Laurinburg, that person will
have access to the adversarial system and
will more than likely use it if the circum
stances surrounding the crime warrant an
attorney. Why does the St. Andrews court
system not advocate the adversarial sys
tem? What is the attorney general afraid
of? If the officers of the court system here
at St Andrews think that there should be
no winners and losers of court cases in
a college judiciary system, then I must
surely tell them now that they are in for an
extremely rude awakening if they plan to
pursue legal careers. The adversarial sys
tem does exist in the real world and it is
utilized by people who will totally destroy
an attorney who does not know what is
going on.
There is no better way of deriving
the truth than by the adversarial method.
Though sometimes the system “chokes”
and allows some people to be unjustly
enriched, there has yet to be invented a
better way of FAIRLY deriving the truth.
When two people enter an adversarial sys
tem, they both realize that there is a truth.
They also realize that when the trial is over
the truth will be known. Therefore, those
two individuals argue and move dialec-
tically to the point of truth, thereby
alleviating all other falsehoods in the trial.
There can be no better way to get to the
truth.
See Simpson page 12
South Africa: Black Christmas
Again? Santa Claus has been banned
in the South African townships. The
gregarious-looking, bearded old man in red
and white robes is known no more by our
little ones. What a shame!
Every year Christmas comes and
goes. Big celebrations as they are known
to many civilized countries are no more. A
very special characteristic clearly visible in
that day is the readiness of the people to
come together for rededication. They do
this by organizing campaigns of
mournings. Yes, mourning on Christmas
Day.
Where has all the beauty associ
ated with Christmas gone to? The graffito
on the walls by the streets supply the
answer; “We have no reason to celebrate!”
As you wonder what on earth the message
refers to, floating pamphlets expatiate
through a long list of grievances, demands,
and a solemn call for a quiet observation
of “Black Christmas.” This type of “quiet
observation of Black Christmas” is usually
accompanied by a very effective Con
sumer Boycott. A specific period will be
set aside as the days of absolute abstinence
frombuyinganything from the city. With
a consumer boycott, white businesses are
crippled to a point of collapse. Many of
those businesses run out of stock. It the
time for demonstrating the black people’s
rapidly growing strength in aggregate
economic power.
Thus, the black people use Christ
mas to send a very clear message to the
government and the white community that
it is not all gold that glitters. Their*
message is, “As you celebrate, we;
mourn!” Itisthelossoftheiruncelebrater' '
martyrs that they mourn. It is the detention ^
without trial of their eight-year-olds that i
they mourn. The continued subjugalion
through unwarranted network of more
harsh, recently legislated dragonian laws
makes Christmas lose its taste.
Throughout the years Apartheid
has been eroding this potentially success
ful country. But issues got to a boiling
point when in 1976 little black children
who were protesting the use of Afnkaans |
language in schools were met with ’
shattering bullets. 1976! From that year
on, the struggle against Apartheid was
taken full force by the students. This is not
to undercut the efforts of the previous gen
erations of students. It is to point out the
highlights of the present young generation
which also culminated in the banning of
Santa Claus, the recurrence of consumer
boycotts, stay-aways and many more mill-
tantly active but non-violent forms of pro
tests. But of course to say non-violent is
merely to lend some credibility to our form
of protest. If judged by the end results, it
is only necessary to point out the historical
pattern of confrontation which those so-
called non-violent methods have produced.
The empirical evidence that
shows that the arrogant South African
regime always responds to peaceful
protest by violence. Why then do we see
the black peole always hiding behind the
See Mzala pag^9
The Lance
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St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Laurinburg, N.C. 28352
276-3652, Ext. 448
Buck Tredway! Editor-in-chief
The Editorial Board
Bonnie Blackburn Copy & Photo Editor
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Joanne Ketch: Business Director
Dave Snyder—Managing Editor
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Jill Striklin and John Null—Arts and Entertainment
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