®N. C. «E§SA«Y'
So here we are again: volume 10, number 3 isLindeed a reality- but not without a few altercations.
You all have h^rd of that school vote going against the Essay (by almost 2 to 1!); but we also have
lost a very hard-working and competent editor. These, along with a lame duck period of two weeks,
and a general apathy (sound familiar?) still have not terminated a few individuals’ efforts to have a
On January 14, the student council said to me, in effect, that they would give me one issue and if
they liked that issue, the newspaper would live indefinitely with it’s same format; but if they didn’t
like the issue, they would cut the funds.
Ah, but wait don’t forget, cut funds do not mean dead paper; they mean different paper (how much
different only they know).
What would the student council do with the $4,000 now allotted to the newspaper? Well, they re
thinking of using it for the renovation of the snakebar...oops, I mean snack bar-and other commons
well facilities. Oh well.
Though the newspaper advisory board meant well in dismissing Kay Crutcher as editor, I do not
agree with their decision. Tlie condition of the newspaper was not her fault; it was the conditions
around Kay. Oh, well, the show must go on (?).
In this issue I have attempted to use material that would interest everyone. This is a slight
problem; trying not to aim only for one group.
But the real problem is actually putting together a paper so that it has current and quahty
material. A few good people submit articles and a few more good people do a little reporting, but the
apathy is still there-people’s main interest is in their art, not their newspaper. I can do so much with
what I have. . ^ ,
I believe that the only way a student publication can succeed at N.C.S.A. is when lot of eager people
become involved, so that there is less work for each individual person and more quality and
continuity for the paper. As for this specific'issue, at least I can say I tried!
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To The Editor
At a recent SCA meeting, it was brought to the attention of the
Council that the majority of the student body did not know what was
going on at SCA meetings, or, for that matter, did not know there were
According to the student handbook (which every student should
have received at registration,) the SCA’s purpose is “to uphold all
rights and powers granted to students, and always seek the best
solutions concerning problems involving students and the
institution....by the majority opinion of those representatives elected
by and for the student body.” If this “Council” is to be successful in its
efforts, it is necessary to have the full support and awareness of all
those on this campus.
The time on Wednesdays between 12:30 and 1:30 is “unscheduled,”
but every week close to half the representatives must leave before 1:30
for classes or other scheduled school committments. Notices pointing
out the “unscheduled” times have been sent out to appropriate people
but in most cases have had no effect.
Even with this problem to contend with, the council needs the
respect and confidence of the student body if it is to accomplish
anything instrumental. We seem to have the same problem here as in
high schools throughout the country-a sort of apathetic reasoning that
the council is powerless because it hasn’t done anyttog BIG—no
changes have been affected and “it’s just students.” As it stands now,
this is 100 per cent true. We can do nothing with the support from those
we are now “functioning” for remains as non-existent as it has been.
Why should you give your time to make this campus and system
more tolerable? After all, at worst, you’ll only be here for another four
years or so. Your student newspaper, the only legitimate written
voice, creative, informative or protesting that you have access to, is
now very close to becoming defunt because “who reads it anyway?”
You may not read it because you don’t like its format or contents—
fine. But why is it that practically all universities across the country
publish a student newspaper whose weekly or monthly distribution is
eagerly awaited? The content in all is very diverse; it is geared closely
to the school and the interests of its students. Are we such a unique
school with such unique students that we have no interests, creativity
or desire to produce a campus publication?
The feeble point I’m trying to make is that here, as in all high
schools, but very few colleges, we have such an astounding apathetical
attitude about individually getting up and getting involved in
something outside of our arts work that we can only complain in
circles about everything and do nothing about anything. It seems a bit
incredible that such an attitude can be so widespread in a campus
containing the talent and creativity that everyone here is attempting
AlQiough this letter is most probably useless, it may make some 10
or 20 people sit back and scratch their heads for 13 seconds or so, and
then decide once again that they do not have time to “get involved”
with anything to do with constructive change. But they support it
wholeheartedly—“it’s a great idea, I wish I had time to work on it...”
It does seem a bit sad that those people who have giveti up so much (or
little) of their time and energy to serve on the Council, the N.C. Essay,
and other special school events are just wasting their efforts trying to
please the overwhelming majority of you who just don’t even seem to
care about anything—including apathy. It seems amazing that so
many signed the food services petition—but not so surprising that less
than a half dozen followed it up.
Editor in chlef-Garry Wasserman
Reporters- Lyndon Fuller, Rebecca
Yancy, James Rochelle.
Writers- David Hurlbert, Kurt Eslick, Alvin Muckley.
Artist- Kurt Hotelling
Typing- Rebecca Yancy, David Hurlbert
Special Thanks to- Jo Dawson, Mark Wagonveld, Craig
Weindling, David Winslow
Past And Future
By DAVID WINSLOW
Serving as president of the SCA
this year has been very
rewarding. On the negative side.
Student Government has been
responsible for the three
incompletes I’ve received this
year; however, it has had its good
side too. .
Under my leadership the
student government has
maintained a low profile this
year. Having been a student
representative for four years
before becoming SCA president.
I’ve had the chance to observe
Is Change In Store
For Food Service?
Because many students have expressed dissatisfaction with our
present food service, the student government and the administration
are looking into alternatives.
Approximately six weeks ago, NCSA was approached by Epicure
food service with the proposal of taking over our cafeteria service next
On the invitation of Epicure, myself, Betsy Friday (who represented
the dance school and vegetarians,) Johnny Reinhard (who simply
loves food,) ate at Salem College.
It was truly a four star meal by cafeteria standar.ds. However,
Epicure knew well in advance of our visit and financial arrangements
at Salem College are different, to say the least. One must take into
account, as we did, that on the average, 60 per cent of the boarding
students at Salem College attend a meal at a given time (we at NCSA
average more than 80 percent). As a rule, food services tend to make
money on “no shows.” That is to say, if 100 per cent are paying board
and 60 per cent show up, one would tend to use less food (and make
more money) than if 80 per cent showed up.
A week later, myself, Johnny Reinhard and Julie Luker, a
vegetarian, visited Guilford College and flew to Spartanburg, S.C. to
eat at Wofford College. The visit to the Guilford College dining
facilities was truly impressive. But the meal at Wofford was a % star:
We all generally agreed that it was bad.
Since then, we have been making surprise visits to Salem and
Guilford Colleges and are favorably impressed with Epicure.
The students should be aware that if the school decided that it
wanted to change food services, that a bidding process would be
required. By state law, we are generally required to take the low bid—
which could be niether Marriott or Epicure.
The outcome thus far has been the formation of a permanent food
committee whose function is to meet with Mr. Childress and relay
grievances. Mr. Childress has been more than happy to meet with this
committee and the results of these meetings are evident already.
Whichever outcome, it is the SCA’s desire that the food at NCSA be of
the highest quality possible.
A Message From Security
f valii^hlp.q and . ^ ,
Safeguarding valuables and
personal property is the
responsibility of each individual.
There have been too many
needless incidents involving
theft, the results being time
wasted and loss of morale. In
most cases we are our own worst
enemy; because the attitude
throughout the campus is very
laxed when it comes to protecting
personal items. The hallways,
bathrooms, and game rooms are
loaded with things that shouldn’t
be lying around. Under the
present standards this is a
thieves’ paradise. By locking
your rooms, not leaving anything
of value exposed in your cars,
and not being too trusting, the
thief has to work exceptionally
Some of the ripoff is caused by
ourselves, but the biggest portion
is caused by outsiders. The day of
the honor system is fading fast.
You can’t lay money, watches.
rings and other valuables around
and expect to find them
unmolested when you return.
Catching the rip-off artist is
almost impossible; therefore
prevention is the best cure. Don’t
allow yourself to be the next
victim. The search and seizure
regulation doesn’t protect the
victim, it protects the
lawbreaker: in most cases the
security guard is helple^. There
busted or door
has to be a
1 present: lock
A word to the wise, protect
yourself. Safeguard your
I The noble art of losing fa^
|may one day save the humanj
■race and turn into eternal merit!
|what weaker minds would call|
firsthand how previous SCA’s and
their presidents conducted
themselves. While some
administrations have certainly
been more exciting than my own,
I question whether that
excitement really was worth the
end result. How many people
knew that the snack bar lost close
to five thousand dollars in its first
year of operation? The snack bar
under that president was an
“exciting’ project but has left us
with a four-year total debt close
to ten thousand dollars - which
isn’t very exciting. Nevertheless,
the student government feels that
the snackbar is an important part
of student life at NCSA. We are
now in the process of improving
the lounge area and the physical
appearance of the snack-bar area
- all in a continuing effort to
upgrade the quality of life at
Also, we’ve gotten a firm
commitment from the
administration that when the
“Workplace” is completed, the
commons dance stu^o will be
returned to the students for use
as a snack-bar, art gallery,
bookstore, or a combination of
One of the first things that I did
upon becoming SCA president
was to confront our Board of
Trustees with the terrible living
conditions in the college dorms.
They are now painfully aware of
what we must deal with on a daily
basis- faulty heating, plumbing,
ventilation, and insulation. On
direction of the trustees, the
NCSA Foundation gave ten
thousand dollars toward
repairing the heating. When
additional monies become
available, repairing the
dormitories will be a priority
Besides serving as student
representative on the Board of
Trustees, I have been serving as
student representative on the
Dean’s and Administrative
Committees, and on the Housing
The Housing Review Board is,
without question, the most
difficult committee on which I
serve. It’s function is to review
requests from students who wish
to move off campus or wish to be
exempted from the boarding
plan. Needless to say, it is very
difficult to have to tell a feUow
student that he-she must continue
living in the dormitories-
knowing as I do both the horrible
' ondition of the dormitories and
vhe financial condition of the
In conclusion. I’d recommend
the position of SCA president to
any college student with lots of
time and energy. I’m glad I did