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As a person who firmly believes in freedom of speech and press, I would like to take a
few inches and talk about what a newspaper should be on this campus.
First of all, the newspaper is one of the basic and most popular means of keeping
people informed of events happening around and beyond them. It should be entertaining,
and should be a guide to what is happening on campus.
This school needs a newspaper. Over the past months, this paper has tried to inform
the student body of events and issues in detail. Printing tiie news accurately and
objectively beats nunor control by a long shot. In this paper we present factual news,
editorials, features and information on the arts. For those who want to get off campus
and attend events in the city, but don’t have the money to do it, we offer a listing of
The staff of this newspaper, consisting of five reporters, one layout expert and typist,
one pullout artist and three advisers, does a damned good job of reporting and putting the
paper together. Compressed in these eight pages is as much information as the staff can
assemble and get in print, so that our readers and the public may know what is going on.
This paper informs the public of developments on the campus. For example, take the
no smoking signs recently put up in the classrooms. A lot of students knew that the
smoking signs were up, but did not know the reason why. The paper went out,
investigated it, and told the reasoning behind the signs.
The student body also found out why many entrees were not being served in the
cafeteria that had been served the year before, through the in-depth reporting of a staff
member. The reason became quite clear, and more people became aware of the
cafeteria’s problems, leading to the increase in prices.
For the musicians on campus, the Essay became their voice in the practice room issue
this year. The newspaper served as their spokesman, and their protest would not have
been as effective without the newspaper’s help.
The Essay also gives detailed studies on top artists who appear on campus, to visit or
teach. For the intellectuals, there is a quantity of information on programs and exhibits
that take place in the Winston-Salem area.
As editor of this issue, and possibly editor of the next two issues, as far as I am
concerned the Essay will still be the voice of the student Ijody. It will still turn out first-
rate articles with the same professional quality that it has developed in the past few
Letter to the Editor
I want to thank deeply and recognize each person of the Design and Production
department for their unselfish and giving spirit to me and the entire campus.
During the production of “Manon Lescaut” earlier this year, I came closer to and got
to know several of these people. They are incredible artists of varied crafts. The
demands of their work at this particular school, and their abilities to turn out consistent,
punctual and professional quality work for every show amazes me. The conditions and
considerations under which they work well make D&P the most difficult career to pursue
More important to me, are people warm, loving and sincere to each other and to those
outside of their department. I felt an objective presence more important than a career:
of human beings searching and growing, wliose gifts may lie in the theatre; not of human
beings repressed or repressing their own identities and growth for the theatre.
There is a humble, beautiful kind of thing present in this department which took me by
surprise willingly and much warmed me too as I shared with and worked with these
people and artists. It’s unique— it’s the other side of the stage; and you can’t drive your
tea without water. In my opinion, the backbone of this school stands in the Design and
Production Department, period.
I hope students, faculty, and administration realize this, and just how very underrated,
abused, grossly overworked and underpaid this department is before their well
eventually runs dry and there’s no more water for our choicely blended cups of tea or
Thieves On Wheels
By KURT ESLICK
There is a craze going on in the world.
Doctors, kids, ecologists, athletes-and
thieves- are all part of it. It is bicycling.
Bikes come in all colors, sizes, and
shapes, from the ultra-expensive, ten-
spe^ racing bike to the ultra-cheap
Roses special spider bike.
For bike enthusiasts on this campus,
there is one problem: bike thieves. A
week prior to this writing, someone stole
mine. The thief just cut the chain and
There are racks of high-priced bicycles
on this campus with only a $1.50 worth of
chain to protect them. They are simply
waiting for someone with a bolt cutter to
come and take them away. Believe me, it
happens, and it does not take long.
Winston-Salem has a bicycle
registration law to try to curb bike
thievery. The city requires any bike in
the city over ten days to be registered at
a fire station. A reflective sticker is put
on the bike, and a record is kept with
each bike’s serial number. If a bike is not
registered, the police may confiscate it.
The best way to protect your bike is to
keep it in your room. When you leave it
outdoors, lock its frame to something
solid with a cable, not a chain, and a
“Master” padlock. Get some form of
insurance to cover it in case it is stolen.
This can really be a life-saver. I was
lucky, since my parents’ homeowner’s
insurance covered my loss.
Doctors say biking is one of the best
forms of exercise one can get. With a
good bike, properly adjusted, the back,
legs, stomach and arms all get a good
workout. Eddie Merchx, one of
bicycling’s greatest, has a lung capacity
of one and one-half times that of the
Freedom is what biking is all about.
You will never have to worry about the
fuel shortage, heart attacks, pollution, or
missing all the scenery again once you
are biking. You’ll never be the same
Kurt Eslick is a high school French
i*h»to by William Beck
A scene from one of the traveling Module: Adrian Durlester, Joel
Riche, Paul Garret.
What A Paper Can Do
Photo Editor-Bryant Arrington Business Manager
Pullout editor: Ken Ballard
Advisors-Bill and M’Lou Bancraft
By BRYANT ARRINGTON
MIDDIjEToWN, J\.J. — Last spring
Miss Debbie Green, 19, and several other
journalism students at Brookdale
Conununity College uncovered some
“dirt.” While pursuing a lesson on how
investigative reporters check official
records, the students discovered that
their college administration had been
giving substantial contracts for
audiovisual equipment to a sales firm
run by the chairman of the college’s
board of trustees and his nephew - a firm
that seemed to charge higher prices than
This story, from The Wall Street
Journal, speaks to the question -of who
should control a student newspaper and
whether such papers should take stands
in opposition to the school’s
administration. However, few disputes
on campuses and in student newspapers
have revolved around the business
interests of college administrators.
As a result of Brookdale newspaper’s
(The Stall) investigation, what began as
a class exercise soon became a full-
fledged expose. With a banner headline,
the paper charged “conflict of interest”
and called for the resignation of Maj.
Gen. W. Preston Corderman (U.S. Army,
retired) as chairman of the Brookdale
board of trustees.
Soon afterward, the school’s
journalism professor, Patricia Endress,
was fired for violating “the philosophical
platform and goals of the college as the
same pertain to freedom of the press.”
The assistant professor of journalism
was also fired by the board of trustees for
a less specific reason. The student editor
of The Stall said he was persuaded by a
dean to sign a statement against the two
professors. Later he repudiated the
statement under oath as untrue.
scandal at Brookdale
was the biggest. . .
“The school is about to be hauled into
court by Miss Endress, the New Jersey
Education Association, the Brookdale
Faculty Association and the National
Organization for Women,” The Wall
Street Journal reported.
Although the newspaper staff was
unable to follow up on its expose in print,
it has submitted a report of other
apparent conflicts of interest at the
school to the New Jersey state attorney
“Gen. Corderman, meanwhile,
continues as head of the board of
trustees. But he no longer is secretary
and director of the firm, although Mr.
Corderman says he retains an interest in
its profits through a four-year payout
period,” The Wall Street Journal, said.
The conflict-of-interest scandal at
Brookdale was the biggest, but not the
first, investigative job that Miss
Endress’s students undertook. Miss
Green wrote an expose of discrimination
in pay against women faculty members,
which resulted in a raise of $2,000 for the
Miss Endress and the
ization filed suit. . ,
dean of women, putting her on a par with
the dean of men.
Miss Endress and the supporting
organizations filed their suit July 22, and
it was scheduled for pre-trial conference
Feb. 7. It accuses the college, Gen.
Corderman and nine other members of
the board of trustees of libel (for their
public charges against her), breach of
contract, and suppression of her rights of
free speech. It asks her reinstatement
plus unspecified damages. The college is
/ just feel that a lot of
unnoticed . . .
The Stall still exists, but it has not
followed up the Corderman story or other
leads. Miss Green, the current editor,
states, “The staff is all gone from last
year excepting myself. When I talk to the
students, a lot of them don’t want to get
involved with investigative reporting.
The apathy on campus is terrible, plus, if
you don’t have a teacher there all the
time to push you, back you up and help
you, then you really don’t do a lot.”
“My vision of a journalism department
is a good investigative one, and I pointed
my students in that direction,” Miss
Endress says. “I told my students that
simply by documenting the facts they
could make government accountable -
the idea of our founding fathers being
that government was a servant of the
people and people weren’t servants of
Miss Green expressed her views on
reporting with the statement, “I just feel
that a lot of things go unnoticed, and I
want to find out the truth.”