E. C. NEWS
ELON COLLEGE Wednesday, December 11, 1968
The War Of The Roses SSL Meeting
In the Nov. 13 issue of this paper an editorial entitled “Coming
Up Roses” appeared written by Miss Carol McKinney of the VERI
TAS staff. The following Friday her picture came out in the MAROON
and gold with those who had made Who’s Who in American Col-
leges and Universities. Miss McKinney has recently received a letter
from a certain administrator whose intentions we are sure, were
Christian, but whose action was wholly unnecessary and unmerited.
And the present remarks might not have been warranted had the let-
ter l)een private; but copies were sent to the S.G.A. President and to
Mr, and Mrs. McKinney as well.
Now this paper should not become a gossip media. But in the first
few years after the birth of any publication precedents are estab
lished and we use the editorship now in attempts to stunt this partic
ular action before it becomes habitual. The idea that even at college
age, parents are responsible for the actions of their sons and daugh.
ters or that these actions are reflections on the parents, went out with
The latter first congratulated Carol on her acceptance to Who’s
Who and then proceeded to admonish her for the editorial which
showed “simple investigation and lack of maturity.” Students who
can investigate only simply and who lack maturity should hopefully
not be admitted to Who’s Who. The author also described the edi
torial appearing in the "SGA paper” as a “personal attack.”
This is clearly a two-fold misinterpretation. That VERITAS is
the SGA paper or even a spokesman for SGA is unadulterated gar-
bage. We are largely self-supporting and the understanding from the
day the bill authorizing VERITAS was passed, has been that it is the
students’ p^er, and the students’ spokesman.
“Coming Up Roses” was not a personal attack. If it is considered
so, it is because the truth hurts the person responsible for the roses
and the college in the analogy. An “apt comparison” was made be-
tween the two and the message was not that President Danieley spent
more time on his roses but that the students don’t receive the same
cultivation and dedication. If this weren’t true we’dbe happy to get up
in the morning, there would be a spark in the atmosphere, and we
might feel pride now and again. We might then be in the “full bloom”
of our academic life. This is the “apt comparison” and “though
analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we have.”
Had Carol intended to make it a real “attack” on the “person” she
mi^t have sent it to his parents.
“Coming Up” thus exposed one of the roots of Elon’s malaise and
the insight came from a senior; a senior with no less tlian a 3.6
cumulative average. So neither can the accusing finger be pointed
at her for inaptitude, nor for inexperience in this malaise.
We hope that this weak attempt to stifle a dissenting student and
to call it to the attention of the parents as naughty will terminate
here. Our parents really don’t know that there is anytlung to dissent
about unless they read this paper or hear it from their sons or
dau^ters. But as Carol said, Elon students aren’t even moved to
talk about Elon away from campus. What most parents know is what
they read in the flowery letters to parents from the College, or per
haps, in the MAROON AND GOLD where everything truly is roses.
Criticisms of our writers should be sent to this p^>er to be pnnted
with the Letters to the Editors, certainly not to their parents.
Performance Of The Odd Couple
On Dec. 5, 6, 7, the Elon play
ers performed Neil Simmon’s
‘‘The Odd Couple,” at Mooney
Little Theatre. The play was di
rected by Ed Pilkington. Speed
was played by Jim Gillespie,
Murray by Jeff Taylor, Roy by
On Sunday, December 8,1968
the North Carolina State Student
Legislature had an interim coun
cil meeting on the Elon College
campus. The local SSL served
as hosts for the representatives
from colleges throughout the
state. At the council meetings
topics discussed were Aether
to raise dues; re-apportionment;
the budget; and committee as
signments and re-assignments.
The Elon College SSL has been
very active. Two years ago, Elon
College received the award as
the best small college bill pre
sented at the mock legislature.
This year the members of the
SSL are Don Tarkenton, Chair,
man, Noel Allen, Paul Bleiberg,
Kay Savage, Phil Larrabee, Doug
Landau, SaUy O’Neil, Sherri Mc-
Girt, York Poole, and Beth Brink-
enhoff. At the mock legislature
to be held in Raleigh in Febru
ary, the Elon College SSL mem
bers plan to propose a bill that
would provide for absentee bal
lots to be available for these
Americans living outside the Uni
ted States and are employed by
U.S. corporations with foreign-
Dale Kaufman, Vinnie by Tims
Edwards, Oscar Madison by John
Swain, and Felix Ungar by Neil
Hening, Gwendolyn and Cecily
Pigeon were played by Marty Lee
and Janet Sylvester, respective.
The Elon College SGA Coffee
House will officially open Wed.
night at 8 o’clock in the card
room on the second floor of the
student center. Probable enter,
tainment will be the Day’s End.
Vic Rola, director of the coffee
house announced that the coffee
house was nearly ready to start
and should be ready "by Wed. The
coffee house will probably be
called “Cat Home.” Coffee will
be served and of course free
entertainment will be provided.
While the coffee house will only
open a couple of nights before
exams, it will be operating reg.
ularly during the winter and
spring terms. It will close around
10:30 on week ni^ts and at un
disclosed time on weekends. The
SGA Coffee House will fill a long
existing gap in entertainment and
just simply having something
SCENE FROM THE ODD COUPLE
OF AN ELON STUDENT
ON GOING TO CHAPEL
clutching computer card
1 rush to seek the promis'
"Lord, lead the cards of
Save me from academic
Dr. Rhine Speaks
At Student Union
On Wednesday evening at 6:30
Dr. J. B. Rhine, of Duke Univer
sity, spoke in the Student Union.
Dr. Rhine is probably the world’s
leading expert in para-psychology
and one of the most prolific in
vestigator in the field of Extra
sensory Perception. He lias writ
ten a number of books on this
subject, which have shown a great
popularity among experts and
Dr. Rhine discussed the early
development of his discipline, and
some of the basic concepts of'
A reception followed his
speech. Dr. Rhine was a guest of
the Lil)eral Arts Forum.
In view of a recent threat to members of our staff, the editors of
the VERITAS, have chosen to set forth some information for consid
eration by those persons who make such endeavors. Using a public
facility such as the telephone for the purpose of threatening an in-
dividual in this state as well as in most other states, is a misde
meanor, subject to investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation
or if necessary the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The SGA has promised legal support in any such instances. In
addition, the National Student Association will send investigators
and advisors to our campus if requested, to extinguish injustices.
A personal threat to any VERITAS staff member is certainly an
infantile reaction to criticism, and not a very intelligent one in view
of the consequences. Our paper, as we have emphasized, is open to
all types of criticism, even attacks. Test us! They will be printed!
If we do not receive literary criticism or attack, we can only assume
that the concensus is that VERITAS does not need criticism, or that
no one is taking the time to use VERITAS as a mouthpiece. Hasty
and heated phone conversations do not make it with us.
Barton C. Shaw & Randall Spencer
IN LOCO PARENTIS