Page Two, THE HILLTOP, March 4, 1977
WHW'U- WE EO?
cmtK w^N[rs TO
Jimmy Carter: Restoring
The Moral Dimension
In this most turbulent of times where change seems to beget change
and alienation is a common malady, the existence of any lasting values
is logically questioned. This is true particularly for those of us who have
lived through assassinations, a war without purpose, and the resignation,
in disgrace, of a U. S. president. The corruption at all levels of society
leads us to the rather cynical conclusion that everybody is out to exploit
his brother. But there is someone in this country — namely President Jim
my Carter — who seems to have as one of his main aims the dispelling of
that pall of skepticism which blankets this country. Activities like the
new version of Franklin Roosevelt’s “Fireside Chats”, the wearing of
cardigan sweaters and blue jeans to White House functions, of course,
seem to many as just another set of gimmicks to trick the American people
into thinking Jimmy Carter is really “down to earth.” After all, are not such
deviations from “normal” behavior simply staged for media events?
This may be the case in some situations, but President Carter has exem
plified in other more pertinent actions that he is different from the norm,
that he will not be constricted by the delicacies of protocol. He showed
such an attitude by writing a personal letter to Soviet dissident Sakharov,
notifying him of support for his goals relating to human rights. This move
was seen in many diplomatic circles as the reckless move of a dangerously
inexperienced leader. Frankly, there is such a thing as too much experi
ence where a grasp of “reality” precludes any notion of possibilities
for achieving the ideal. This maverick image of the Presidency is, to us,
quite refreshing. It has been far too long since a president of the United
States was daring enough to exhibit such unabashedly idealistic notions.
In fact, Carter’s statements, especially on foreign policy matters, ring of
Woodrow Wilson. The theme now, however, is not making the world
safe for democracy but making the world conducive to human rights.
In his article in the February 26 issue of the New Republic, “Bring Back Hell
Fire”, Alan Tonelson speaks about the dilemma of American liberalism:
“Our prosperity has produced an inertia which is probably fatal to prag
matic reform. Liberalism will have difficulty surviving, much less flourish
ing, if it fails to encourage a moral revival of sorts and foster at the grass
roots a greater sense of social obligation.” It is our hope that Jimmy Car
ter can do just that, convincing the rest of us that values are still impor
tant in this turbulent world.
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Advisor: John H. Campbell, Jr.
Musicians Take Honors
Steve Chicurel, a senior performance
major, and Dan Greene, a sophomore
music major, won first-place honors
in their respective divisions, piano
and flute, at the state competition of
the National Federation of Music Clubs
held in Salisbury, February 5. Although
the auditions bulletin stated that
pianists perform a Bach prelude and
fugue, Chicurel was given special
permission to play Bach’s Toccata in
D Minor, with which he took first place.
Greene won the competition playing
Handel’s Sonata in A Minor.
On February 12 both Greene and
Chicurel attended the regional com
petition of NFMC in Jacksonville, Flor
ida. During the interim period, Chicur
el had learned Bach’s Prelude and Fu
gue in D Minor to meet the require
ments, however he was not allowed to
compete. The officials explained that
he could not play the toccata (even
though he had won the state competi
tion with it) because it was not the piece
required, nor could he play the prelude
and fugue since he had not played it
in the state contest. Unfortunately,
there was confusion with the wood
wind competition also, as Greene and
the other competitors were informed
upon completing their auditions that
Dan Greene and Steve Chicurel
tinguished themselves as first-pl>‘'^
winners in the National Federation 0‘
Music Cluhs competition. (Photo by
no awards would be given in this are^'
Mr. Chicurel is from Ashevih®
and studies piano with Mrs. May )
Gray, associate professor of musi^'’
while Mr. Greene, from Atlanta, Geo^'
gia, studies flute with Dr. Joyce BrV'
ant, professor of music.
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Mary Jo Byrd, Director of Housing,
has issued a memorandum concerning
what administrators think is a very
serious problem among students on
the Mars Hill campus. That problem
involves accepting collect calls on
residence hall telephones. Ms. Byrd
quotes the policy regarding the use of
telephones that is stated on page 38
of GATEWAY, the student handbook:
“For the convenience of the residents,
telephones are located in each hall.
These phones are restricted to local
calls only; collect calls may not be ac
cepted on these phones.” According
to the housing director, “accepting
calls is a violation that we cannot
afford.” Such actions are apparently
costing the college hundreds of dollars
each month in terms of actual cost and
time spent in tracing violators. Because
of the magnitude of this problem,
“the college must take a strong stand
on the issue.” From this date on,
students who accept collect telephone
calls will be fined $25.00 for violating
the college regulations, charged with
the actual cost of the call, and subject
to disciplinary action by Student
Court. Ms. Byrd concludes by saying
that since copies of this memorandum
are being posted beside every hall
telephone, as well as its appearing in
the Hilltop, all resident students are
responsible for knowing and abiding
by the information regarding the new,
more specific policy.
Mars Hill has recently added two
new staff members to two of its acade
mic departments. The new faculty
members will be joining the history
and physical education departments.
Ronald D. Eller, a native of Mary
land, has been named as assistant
professor of history. In addition to
his professional duties, Eller will also
direct the college’s oral history program
and coordinate the preservation task
force group of the Southern Appalachia”
Eller earned his undergraduate o”'
gree in history from the College ”
Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, and his maS'
ter’s degree from the University ”
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
currently finishing work on his Ph-B'
Dissertation in American history ”
UNC-Chapel Hill. He was awarded ”
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
to complete his doctrate. ,
Kathy Smith Wikle has been naine
instructor in the Department of Phy®*
cal Education. Mrs. Wikle, a
of Elkin, is an alumna of Mars H'*'
receiving her B.S. in 1971. She earns
her Master of Fine Arts degree
UNC-Greensboro. At Mars Hill.
was a member of Who’s Who in
merican Colleges and Universities,
varsity cheerleader, and was Miss La”
rel of 1970.
The behavior at the February ^
Basketball game was uncalled tor
embarrassing. The blowing of a whi®'
by a member of the football team
just another disruption in one of
games. In previous games, name ca ^
ing and paper throwing have been
part of the contest also.
The question I would like to
where was the Athletic Director vvh®^
all of this activity was taking
It was his responsibility to
the crowd”; while Coach Lytton had
go up into the stands to ask one of * ^
members of the football team to la”^^
(a member who, by the way, the Al”
letic Director coaches), Mr. Gib®”
was up in the stands “politicing.” u
Our basketball team, as well as
Lytton and Coach Moore deserve n”
ter fans than what we have given the ^
this year; of course, they all deser''
better quality followers than the f””
ball team and its coaches receive.