October 2, 1970
The N.C. Essay
:J. 6DGRR HOOUGR
4. They'll try to envelop you
in a mood of negativism, pessimism,
and alienation toward yourself, your
school, your nation. This is one of
the most insidious of the New Left
poisons. SDS and its allies judge
'America exclusively from its flaws.
They see nothing good, positive,
and constructive. This leads to a
philosophy of bitterness, defeatism,
and rancor. I would like you to know
your country more intimately. I would
want you to look for the deeper
unifying forces in America, the moods
of national character, determination,
and sacrifice which are working to
correct these flaws. The real strength
of our nation is the power of moral
ity, decency, and conscience which
rights the wrong, corrects the error,
and works for equal opportunity under
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5. They'll encourage you to
disrespect the law and hate the law
enforcement officer. Most college
students have good friends who are
police officers. You know that when
the extremists call the police "pigs"
they are wrong. The officer protects
your rights, lives, and property. He
is your friend and he needs your sup
5. They'll tell you that any act
ion is "honorable" and right it is
"sincere" or idealistic in motivation.
Here is one of the most seductive of
the New Left appeals - that if an
arsonist's or anarchist's heart is
in the right place, if he feels he
is doing something "for humanity"
or a "higher cause," then his act,
even if illegal, is justifiable.
Remember that acts have consequences.
The alleged sincerity of the per
petrator does not absolve him from
responsibility. His acts may affect
the rights, lives, and property of
others. Just being a student or
being on campus does not automatically
confer immunity or grant license to
violate the law. Just because you
don't like a law doesn't mean you
can violate it with impunity.
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7. They'll ask you to believe
that you, as a student and citizen,
are powerless by democratic means
to effect change in our society.
Remember the books on American his
tory you have read. They tell the
story of the creative self-renewal
of this nation through change.
Public opinion time after time has
brought new policies, goals, and
methods. The individual is not
helpless or caught in a "bureaucracy"
as these extremists claim.
8. They'll encourage you to
hurl bricks and stones instead of
logical argument at those who dis
agree with your views. I remember
an old saying; "He who strikes the
first blow has run out of ideas."
Violence is as ancient as the cave
man; as up-to-date as the Weather
man. Death and injury, •fear, dis
trust, animosity, polarization,
counter-violence - these arise from
violence. The very use of violence
shows the paucity of rational
thought in the SDS, its inability
to cope with any intelliegent
critique of our society.
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This year Wake Forrest University
is showing films by well known direct
ors and producers, featuring top-
NCSA students are allowed to
attend the film series. I.D. cards
will be checked only in case of
overcrowedness, therefore, Wake
Forrest students have priority.
Most of the films are free, others
are priced from $.50 to $1.00.
William Sugg, of NCSA's English
department, is organizing a complete
listing of Wake Forrest, NCSA, in-
town, out-of-town, and commercial
films showing in this area. The list
will be displayed on a marquee at a
as-yet-undetermined place on our
This week and every week to
follow, the N. C. Essay will publish
a list for your convenience. This
week's schedule is as follows:
Wake Forrest (films shown in
Tribble Hall): "Butch Cassidy and
the Sundance Kid" (1969-U.S.),
Friday, October 2, at 3, 7, and
9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2
and 7:30 p.m.
"International House," with
W.C. Fields (1933-U.S.), Sun.,
Oct. 4, at 8:30 p.m.
"The Scarlet Letter," with
Lillian Gish, (1925-U.S.)
"Shoot The Piano Player,"
directed by Francois Truffaut,
Thurs., Oct. 8, at 8 p.m.
NCSA: "The Prisoner,"
with Alec Guiness, Sunday,
Oct. 4, at 8:30 p.m. (shown in
Guilford College: "Born Free,"
Thurs., Oct. 6. 8 p.m.
treat them with unpleasant zest.
Some of the deri+ai action in his
latest novel. Local Anasthetic ,
is, for those repulsed by trips to
the dentist, almost excruciating.
His prose is almost pedestrian,
though some of this is perhaps the
result of translation and the re
placement of German colloquail to
Primarily a political writer.
Grass exudes the world of modern
German decadence. There are those
youth groups, pre-forms of Hitler's
ranks, and schools and gymnasiums.
In The Tin Drum, there is an excell
ent chapter concerning the child's
first day at school; highlighted by
the sludge in the waterfountain and
the gym and the kindergarten teacher.
Grass has a strange sensitivity for
these things which helps bring out
our own forgotten images. It is only
when he uses perversity for its own
sake that he runs off the path.
Local Anesthetic is for the most part
a confusing mess. The narrative line
is almost nil and its singular spark
of quality comes in a final scene
when the narrator murders his fiancee
with a swimming pool wave-generating
machine. This book concludes with the
statement: "There will always be
Having pursued a more than
generous part of his works (.which I
understand are not as popular in
Germany as they are here), I can
predict that his future novels will
support this sad conclusion. For
Gunter Grass, it seems, Life is
nothing more than a grotesque gallery
of misshapen beings and their per
Nicholas Smith, 16 year old
NCSA student and piano major, re
ceived eloquent praise from the
Chattanooga Times, in a review of
a concert he gave at the Jewish
Community Center in Chattanooga.
The reviewer, Robert Cooper, said
that Smith is "without a doubt,
a pianistic genius."
The concert program included
Beethoven's Sonata Opus 53 (the
Waldstein"); Liszt's Mephisto Waltz,
and Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit.
Cooper said of Smith that
"It would not be an exaggeration to
say that there is almost no concert
pianist, performing in America to
day, at whatever age, who has a tech
nical command of the instrument that
is better than his."
"The truely amazing factor in
all this, however," he continued, "is
the superior musical taste evident in
one so young."
A native of Chicago, Smith
studies here with Clifton Matthews.