Ripping Up the Dorm Lounge
A RESPONSIBLE STUDENT NEWSPAPER
There is much immaturity on the NCSA campus on the part of college students. We are
n^ot peakmg of the raucous good fun and flonsense accompanying Homecoming Week,
urif t ^ much-needed bit of sparkle, a release valve for all our nervous energies.
What IS immature is the defacement and breakage that occurs in the dormitories every
This editorial is directed primarily at college students because we accept the fact that
high school age students are younger and, supposedly, less mature and responsible than
college students. However, a casual tour of some of the college dorms belie the
“maturity” of the students who make their homes for nine months a year in these battle-
between door-defacing, ceiling-ripping, window-breaking students and
the buildmgs that just don’t fix themselves. It cost at least $6,000 of the school’s (and that
means our own) money to repair student damage last year.
Every time a door is painted or decorated in ink that won’t wash off with soap and
water the damage remains until the end of the year. Then, each defaced door must be
completely scraped of paint and repainted by a professional.
Each hole in the v/all must be filled, again by a professional who charges a fee.
There are holes in the ceiUng of E-F lounge that were made by punching a cylindrical
object, such as a broom handle, through the ceiling, creating holes the size of a half
dollar This ceiling has to be repaired eventually, and whoever makes the repair will get
paid. We, the students, all the students, pay for the immaturity of a few.
At the end of each year, many people are upset that they have to pay a damage charge
for what they do to their own rooms. The people who damage the lounges, phones or
school buildings remain anonymous, and we all foot the bill;
For the minority of people whose damage is paid for by us all a simple message: if it is
such great fun to write messages on doors, poke holes in ceilings and rip-off campus
furniture (a practice that gains more converts each trimester), we suggest that you
make an estimate of what your “fun” costs the school each year. Then send your money
anonymously to Vice-Chancellor Martin Sokoloff with an explanation that the money is
to be used for campus repairs. Or, you could just stop ripping up the dorms.
Unfortunately, Childress’ reaction was negative. The following is the memorandum
sen to all concerned by Sokoloff after the meeting with Childress
h„rilrr “se Of the cafeteria with both Mr. Childress and Mr Hawley
f ^ }u ? considering the past record of student abuse of the school
facilities that it is unwise to open the cafeteria for the above reason. Mr. Childress
rh/iHitcc and probable theft could amount to $20,000 per year Mr
you ” will appear at the next administrative meeting to hear further comments from
The staff of the Essay urges the use of all student facilities including the cafeteria in
We appeal to Mr. Childress to reconsider his objections and to witness some of the
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work at the snack bar, the
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responsibility of doing a good job at
an early age. Some came to get a
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Co-editors: Monica Mills
Managing Editor: John Haas
Pullout editor: Ken Ballard
Photo Editor: Bryant Arrington
Copy Editor: Kay Crutcher
Advisors: Bill and M’Lou Bancroft.
The Cafeteria Blues
By BRYANT ARRINGTON
Today, at approximately 1:45 p.m., I
will begin to get hungry. That’s about 20
minutes after I have stuffed myself with
whatever the cafeteria put before me.
The meal will have included one piece of
Remember when we had dessert with
lunch? Dessert and coffee used to finish a
meal for me. Of course, everyone is
aware that a single fruit has replaced
dessert at lunch. Woodrow Childress,
director of food services, was told by
Margaret Porter, director of health
services, that we students had been
asked and that we preferred fruit. We
were? We do?
Have you ever noticed that this is an
either-or campus? Why not offer students
a choice of dessert or fruit? Why not a
choice of a diet or regular menu?
Instead, we suffer the either-or
syndrome. (Examples: either one fruit
or dessert, either a hot dog or chile
beans, either you get your fruit and meat
the first time through the line or forget it,
There is an exception. Studnets cannot
purchase only coffee at lunch or dinner.
There is no choice of either coffee or a
meal. You must buy a meal to enter the
social hot spot on campus, unless you are
faculty, of course. Would you like to know
why students cannot buy just a cup of
coffee? You might sneak a bite of
someone’s meal! Thieves! Scoundrels!
This campus apparently houses students
to serve the cafeteria’s financial needs.
“Damn kids, always in the w^y.”
I wonder what would happen if
everyone who had paid for a meal ticket
was allowed to enter the cafeteria and all
those people (including dancers) ate an
entire meal. Marriott probably could not
afford it. With most of the dancers
dieting, the cafeteria should even have
enough food left over to serve several
meals. Guess what? They do.
Have you ever wondered why there is
no menu posted? I used to think it was so
we off-campus students would not know
when to go elsewhere. I asked Childress
why he didn’t post a menu outside the
cafeteria. He said he used to, but it seems
that some of the dishes weren’t described
to the students’ satisfaction and people
would add footnotes. I guess no one
thought to post a menu on the inside
surface of the glass doors. Then students
couldn’t add harmless footnotes, the
cafeteria wouldn’t be offended and I
would know when to eat elsewhere.
The food really isn’t too bad, but then.
I’m not hard to please (I don’t like
protein). But if I am only going to have a
choice between a hot dog and a fish
sandwich, I would rather know about it
ahead of time. And I really think students
are just as entitled to the privilege of
buying only coffee as are faculty, if not
more so. Childress is the man at the cash
register each weekday iiiorning. He’s
open to suggestions and could probably
make a change if he were so inclined. He
might even bring back desserts to lunch
if you tell him that’s what you want.
As I stand in line looking at the single
banana on display (some sort of symbolic
significance there), the thought crosses
my mind that this might be good place
for a cafeteria.
Bryant Arrington is a first year Design
and Production major.