*rovember 17, 1969
The N. C. Essay
'THE N.C. ESSAY"
’rom Henry IV, Part II, by William Shakespeare:
"Open your ears: for which of you will stop
The vSn’t of'hearing when loud Rumour speaks?
I, from the orient to the drooping west,
Making the wind my post-horse, still unfold
The acts commenced on this ball of earth:
Upon my tongues continual slanders ride.
The which in every language I pronounce.
Stuffing the ears of men with false reports.
I speak of peace, while covert enmity
Under the smile of safety wounds the world:
And who but Rumour, who but,only I,
Make fearful musters and prepared defence.
^"Ihiles the big year, swoln with some other grie
Is thought with child by the stem tyrant war.
And no such matter? Rumour is a pipe
Blown by surmises, jealousied, conjectures,
And of so easy and so plain a stop
That the blundt monster with uncounted heads.
The still-discordant wavering multitude.
Can play upon it."
FOR THE RECORD
I was aware of a number of journalistic errors in the November 7 issue of
the ESSAY. There may have been others.
For the record, yes, Barry Boys will be here on
Monday - Monday, December
No, I did not offer Mr. Boys the directorship of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.
We briefly discussed the possibility, but were neither of us ready to make
a commitment at that time.
No, President Ward did not forbit me to hire Barry Boys to direct A
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Yes, we did discuss the matter as we discuss
any major moves that the School of Drama or the School of Design may be
contemplating. Yes, he did draw my attention to certain realities and
I reached a concludsion walking from his office to mine. No, it is not
true that Mr. Ward ignored the students in discussing the matter with me.
Yes, it is true that Mr. Ward realized that many students are very fond,
of Barry Boys, as I am, and found him inspiring. Yes, it is true that
Mr. Ward and I have had to answer to a lot of people who were badly
bruised by Mr. Boys. Yes, it is true, as I see it, that Mr. Boys was
not as selective as he ought to have been in what he said to the press.
Yes, I feel that it was foolish of me not to have recognized the danger
of encouraging Mr. Boys to be absolutely frank in his statements. Frank
ness means different things to different people. For the record, I have
not known President Ward to deliberately make a decision that he .felt
was not in the best interests of the students and the shcooi. It may
often be that one may disagree with his decisions, but then he may be
drawing on facts, experience, and a point of view which are not available
The efforts of your staff to
put before our student body those
problems which exist In our School
recieve my wholehearted-support. I
must object,-however, to two aspects
of your reportage which seem to me
to -be detrimental to your purposes.
First, I do not find in your news
paper that degree of accuracy of
information which I have always
felt is the core of journalistic
ethics. Any article which is inac-.
curate in part becomes suspect as a
whole and it looses its power to en
lighten or persuade the critical rea
der. Secondly, I find an attempt to
offer simple solutions to complex
problems is unrealistic. Experience
shows us that in the adult world de
cisions are seldom black and white.
The degree to which we are then able
to see decisions as black and white
is likely to be a reflection of our
own immaturity and our ignorance of
the factors involved.
'AH the World is a newspaper
and the men and women
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.
Please let us be fair.
Ronald Pol lock