North Carolina School of the Arts
A Need For Qiange?
Recently a petition was circulated among the high
school students asking for exclusion of curfews. Within a
week after the petition was submitted, curfew rules
were changed. Sophomores now have the weekend
privileges of seniors. Junior high students now have
much later curfews also. Some students feel this is not
enough. Student rights once again has become an issue.
Another change in high school life is the supervised
visitor check in policy, instituted during certain hours of
the day. Still more opposition - could a complete
abolishment of dorm rules be the next step?
To look elsewhere, a certain Southern religious school
has a ten o’clock curfew for senior women in college.
Rules are strict and enforced; music listening is
regulated by the administration. The dress code was
written when the school was formed. Alcohol is for
bidden; no intervisitation, no parties, strict moral
trainmg. Yet the students obey or are kicked out. And
this school is not unique. N.C.S.A. had the same crufew
regulations for Freshmen college women as the tenth
graders now have only two years ago.
Taking in account complete abolishment of all rules,
what then? There would be no houseparents, no need for
them. Sanford Dorm would become like a railroad
station. Cries for privacy would replace student rights!
Furthermore, if any real changes are desired, a
petition should be sent to the state legislature. They
govern N.C.S.A. and make the laws we all have to obey.
The student here has it better than many. Ask for
change, but don’t demand it. You could be elsewhere.
’ David Wilson
— N.C. Essay
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Letters To The Editors:
H.S. Dorm Rules
As of every good thing, there is a purpose. So is it with
the school newspaper. We have a purpose for existing
and our existence depends mainly upon the concern and
interest of you the student body of N.C.S.A.
My basic concept of journalism centers around a fine amalgarnation
of both reflecting the reader (by way of news and choice of articles)
and influencing Uie reader, ho^fully, for the better (through attitude
and content). If a newspaper is just filled with news and human in
terest or, in other words, if the editor refuses to come to grips with an
issue and take a stand, I can only see a tabloid not fulfilling a crying
potential. Let me add that this is over and above fair and lucid
news reporting which is a necessity for any paper.
Now, as to what an Arts school paper should concern itself with, that
is another matter. In writing for any kind of microcosm, the special
interests involved tend to subserviate news of a more general nature.
So, we can ask ourselves ‘what kind of human being are we writing
for’? Well, for one thing, you’re writing for young people high school
and coUege age (okay, junior high) who are artistically inclined and,
therefore, a certain amount of culture as well as education is
presumed to be present. This means that, at times, you can use big
words and that articles dealing with certain types of abstract thought
can be used, such as philosophy or morality. Poetry can be used, with
a certain degree of success, and just plain old creative writing can be
N. C. ESSAY
Editor: David Wilson
Feature Editor: Henry Pankey
Poetry Editor: Sheila Creef
Photographer: David Woolsy
Cartoonist: Duke Emsberger
Advisor: BiU King
A few weeks ago I was told that
if I wanted some rules changed, I
should do something about it. 1^,
I did. I wrote up a petition to have
the high school weekend curfews
exten^d one hour to 1:30. I got
every high school girl and all but
two high school boys to sign the
petition. I also got three high
sdiool R.A.’s to sign also. I
presented the petition to student
council, and it passed with flying
colors. But at Ae student affairs
meeting, the petition was not
quite as successful because “my
reasons were not legitiniiate.” I
think the fact that 30 girls and 37
boys signed the petition is quite
reason enough (majority rules?).
Well, the high school students had
a meeting with the house parents
to discuss the proposed curfews.
At the meeting, intervisitation
was granted to us for certam
hours which is very strange since
few people knew anything about
it. It’s also strange that what we
really want and fight for, we
can’t have. The R.A.’s, who
signed the petition, told us that
they thought that 1:30 curfew was
too late for them to stay up and
check. And yet, they sign^ the
petition. The hi^ school students
agreed to compromise (which we
must always do) at 1:00 curfew
with guaranteed curfew ex
tension for “legitimate reasons.”
Saturday night our curfews were
extended to 1:00, but I know of
one instance where curfew ex
tension for watching a television
show was not granted. Does
anybody follow any rules around
Poetry Contest Opens
To the Editor;
The National Poetry Press
announces its spring competition
for the COLLEGE STUDENT’S
POETRY ANTHOLOGY. The
closing date for submission of
manuscripts by college students
is April 10.
Any student attending either a
junior or senior college is eligible
to submit his verse. There is no
limitation as to form or theme,
but shorter works are preferred
by the Board of Judges because
of space limitations.
Each poem must be typed or
printed on a separate sheet, and
must bear the name and home
address of the student, and the
college address as well.
Manuscripts should be sent to
the OFFICE OF THE PRESS:
NATIONAL POETRY PRESS,
3210 Selby Avenue, Los Angeles,
Again this year the prospect of
a summer institute is on the
horizon. The institute under
discussion would be a mini
summer session in Wilmington
operating under the auspices of
the Lower Cape Fear Arts
Council and our School.
Two three-week sessions will
be offered primarily for younger
high school students. The dates
will be June 13 - July 27. The
salary will be $80 per week plus
$15 per diem, travel and other
At the moment, I am looking
for at least the following in
structors from among our ad
vanced students and recent
graduates: two dancers, four
musicians (voice-chorus, strings,
winds, t»*ass, percussion and
guitar), two actors - technicians.
Talk with me immediately if
you are interested.
-Samuel M. Stone
Artist Thanks School
To the NCSA Community:
I wish that I could thank you individually for your help toward my
recovery from the fire that destroyed my home and studio. Since that
is not possible I hope that each of you will take this letter as a personal
‘thank you’. I’ve found that what appeared at one time to be such a
great disaster is not necessarily so when there is help from so many
kind and generous pwple. to addition to expressing my great
appreciation for your gifts, I wish to thank you for your moral support
and good wishes. These, too, have made starting again much easier.
JUST A REMINDER.
that SC A meetings are Wednesdays at 12:00 noion. It’s
the responsibility of the representatives to come to these
meetings to report of wrongs that need to be righted (among
other things) but many times we are simply not aware of
everything that is happening and the only way we can be
aware is for you to come and tell us. make your voice
heard; come to the SCA meetings; their open to everyone.