November 3, 1969
The N. C. Essay
TAX BILL TO KILL ORCHES
(Cant, jrm page I)
House could read it, much less un
derstand it. (Edwin S. Cohen,
Assistant Secretary of the Treas
urer for Tax Policy, has publicly
said much the same thing. Instead
of simplifying the tax code, Cohen
snorted, it has made it more incom
prehensible than ever. It should
be named "The Lawyers and Accountants
Relief Act of 1969.") The bill was
rushed through the House, sponsored
mostly by representatives from the
South and Midwest- "in those sec
tions of the country", said the
trustee, "there is little in the way
of private gifts. They go ip for
things like state-sponsored uni
versities. The whole concept of
private enterprise to support pri
vate charity is an East Coast phe
nomenon. So these legislators
played up the charity reform pro
visions of the bill as being
directly against the Eastern
millionaires and fat cats. They
made a big thing about those mill
ionaires who pay no taxes because
they give to charities. So what will
happen if this bill goes through?
The billions of dollars in chari
table contributions will be choked
off and channeled through the Gov
ernment as tax revenuse subject to
the established procedures of patron
age and the pork barrel".
He believes that if the bill
goes through, the symphony orches
tras of America will receive "immed
iate and serious damage." The rea
son why everybody is so up in arms
about the bill at so late a date is
that "nobody thought the provisions
about charity would go through.
It's so fantastically cockeyed.
Hitting at private charities is not
reform". Thus spoke the trustee,
a lawyer and member of an old, con
servative law firm.
The American Symphony Orchestra
League has been carrying the fight
to the Senate floor. Its president,
(Cant, from page I)
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^Cont. from page Z)
the only ones who really under
stand what living 24 hours a day on
this campus is like. We can't get
into an automobile and leave. It
would be hard, and probably impossi
ble for a faculty to totally assim
ilate the problems involved living
on this isolated campus. Many
schools have staffs that have dedi
cated their lives to the functioning
of the institution and working out
of the problems. Most of our teachers
are involved with their own artistic
pursuits in addition to teaching at
the school. Indeed, we are lucky to
have such invaluable members of the
The school is only in its fifth
year, and one of the important as
pects is a flexible structure which
has not become so steeped in tradition.
Students should be aware of the fact
that they can have much to say about
this structure. Lack of involvement
or acceptance without question should
not be the norm.
Just as NCSA cannot depend upon
the state or the city of Winston-Salem
to solve our problems or dictate our
policy structure, the students should
not depend on the faculty or adminis
tration to take care of our problems.
It is not that they are unsympathetic,
they simply may not be in the know.
The student at NCSA is a person.
He is also striving to be
an artist. But as a person, he may
not be so concerned with some of the
problems which a growing institution
must have. It is hard to expect a
student to accept certain hardships
for a time just because the institu
tion is "growing". The student him
self is in the process of growth and
change. This is a time where we are
establishing an identity for our
selves. We may be reexamining pre
vious attitudes and beliefs and ex
perimenting with new ones.
This process of identity with an
institution and how one fits into it
is difficult, especially if the stu
dent feels that the institution is
not dealing with some of his needs.
How much should the institution ask
of its students outside of their
academic or artistic curriculum?
How can the students be an integrated
group conscious of their needs and
desires and effectively communicate
them to the "authority structure"?
How can we overcome the sense of
separation between this structure
and reality, between the classroom
and actual life? These are a few
questions we should be concerned
There are no easy set answers.
But the NCSA student must first be
come the responsible asker of the
questions. WE cannot expect anyone
but ourselves to ask them, or answer
Richard Wangerin, has testified
that should private support of United
States orchestras be reduced, the
orchestras will have only two
options open: to seek massive aid
directly from the Government (which
nobody wants) or to suspend opera
tions. For if H.R. 13270 goes through,
it will really be "a tax on the bene
ficiaries of foundations' largesse
rather than on the foundation itself."
It will mean a cut of $100-million
In the charitable area that if not
(Cont. on page 6)
After several weeks of trying
for an interview with no success, I
finally enticed the famous NCSA
celebrity into my new room for an
oatmeal cookie. It was here that
he granted me an exclusive inter
Q; How does it feel to be a
A: Ah, well let me just say
that I love theatre people!
Q: Have you met many students
A: Quite a few, yes. I must
say I seem to come on strong
with the girls. They're all
the time screaming about me.
Q: Were you aware that a petition
has gone into the President's
office to have you kicked
A: Well what do you expect,
really? I mean it's part
of being an artist, right,
darling? You do your thing
and you make a few enemies.
Q: Then you do intend to stay
A: I should say not! The new
living quarters are unbear
able! They haven't turned
on the heat yet! I nearly
froze to death last night.
And the hot water! I mean,
really! It comes and goes
at will. The students may
enjoy roughing it - after
Camp Hanes, a snow storm
would be a picnic - but I
can't take it.
0: Will you be back soon?
A: Well there are new build
ings going up all the time,
aren't there? They practi
cally invite me in as it
is. It's just that, right
now, living conditions aren't
quite up to my standards.
So Michael Rodent has moved to
warmer quarters during the cold
months. Perhaps the main building, if
we're lucky. So if you are in an
office or classroom and suddenly spy
a handsomely striking rat, call out"
"Hello Michael", and he might stop
to chat with you, too.
(REVIEW OF EVENING OF DANCE 01^ PAGE 4)