The N.C. Essay
In his forthcoming book "The
Trial," Chicago Seven hero and self-
proclaimed revolutionary Tom Hayden
issues a serious warning for the
radically oriented (a term used so
as not to necessarily imply violent)
youth of this country. Unless we h&-
gin to make our revolution work,(^^
he asserts, we will lose all relevance
to the 1970's. What Hayden fails to
say, however, is how to make this
so-called revolution work. His paat
suggests violence (he was ftender of
SDS). Yet he n«ites with a^^arit^
and sensibility that is sadly
absent in the trippy ramblings of
other radicals such as Abbie
Hoffman and Mungo Jerry Rubin.
Nonetheless, Hayden has given
us a clear picture of the realities
of these times. Indeed, we must find
some workable method which will
save this country from stumbling
further into decadence. And our
problem is now two-fold: not only
must we curtail the growing repres
sion, the threats of racism, the
outlandish technological monsters
we've created, the continued pollu
tion of our land, air and water, and
a war which drags on beyond adequate
description, but we must also con
vince desperate young people that
bombings, court-room invasions and
slayings and all the other half-
baked revolutionary activity
popular since Chicago are not the
answers. This is the major crisis
of a most perilous decade.
Times of trouble, they say,
reduce the creative appetite. It's
true that very litt«le great art was
produced during the last decade. But
perhaps that occurred because not
only as artists, but as human beings,
we have failed to keep truely aware
of the massive social, political,
ecological and emotional upheavels
this nation has tindergone. For all
our proclaimed topicality, we have
let the time slip away from us.
These obviously dangerous issues
were festering five years ago.
They have so totally engulfed us be-
because we have not understood
the implications of these develop
Surprisingly, Hayden's book is
more reflective than revolutionary.
He feels that the time has to stop
playing revolution and make It
happen. Therein lies the most frus
trating question of life in the
1970's: how do we make it happen?
We should have learned much
about ourselves and this country in
the last five years. Perhaps it is
time to drop the word "revolution"
from our vocabulary, because it's
become nothing more borish rhetoric;
perhaps we should be prepared to
settle for less than we once expected
The key word is now "evolution," for
it is in the evolutionary process
that the most lasting and formidable
To deal with the people who have
the power-, we should learn the del
icate art of compromise; not "giving
in," but acquiring a much needed de
gree of flexibility. It is now
time to do what we have not done -
understand the governmental system,
how it works, where it breaks down,
why it breaks, how to correct it.
It we are change the system, we must
know its mechanisms. Only in that
fashion can we truely subvert it.
To do this, we must become hyper-
aware of this country, watch it like
a growing child. This requires per
severance. And patience.
Above all, we must return to our
original non-violent philosophies and
actions. Peace will come no other way.
We must teach our brothers and sisters
that bombings and street-fighting only
increase the cost of freedom.
Survival is now the key issue.
Survival of man and his planet. Unless
we develop a realistic attitude toward
the problems of the 1970's and learn
to control our own, often selfish
temperments, we are headed for a truely
bizarre climax, freakier than anything
Goddard ever imagined.
If we fail to recognize this most
crucial moment in history, our revo
lution was just for the hell of it.
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Like so many other things at
NCSA, the newspaper has undergone
a few major alterations. A new
staff, a new advisor and a new
office in a new building are among
the more obvious changes.
Mike Ferguson, a college se
nior in the writing department, is
the new editor, replacing the
graduated Tony Senter. He was a
staff member last year aind pre
viously edited the student news
paper and Campbell College.
Kathy Fitzgerald has been
named managing editor. This is
her second year on the staff. She
is a college senior in dance.
Tom Cavano returns to the
Essay after a year's absence. A
college senior in drama, he will
fill the role of copy editor, as
well as contri)»tt£iAg articles.
Becky SlifkiPi, a high school
senior In dance, joins the Essay
for the first time. She will be
the feature editor.
Sam Barcelona,a college se
nior in drama, continues as chief
Mrs. Donna Jean Dreyer, new
Journalism instructor, is also the
advisor to the newspaper. She
takes over for Tony Fragola» Mrs.
Dreyer also works in the PR dept.
Alton Buzbee, another refugee
from Campbell College and new ed
ucational counselor and high school
instructor comes to the Essay in
the form of hovering guru.
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