Reprinted from Today’s Education, written by John Ryor, President,
There is a tendency, in times of economic and social uncertainty,
to withdraw from unfulfilled commitments, to back away from our
promises to include in our structure the forgotten and neglected who
have been shut out of job opportunities, who’ve been denied a propor
tionate voice in decision making.
Time is running out. We cannot afford the luxury of sitting back
and waiting for someone else to bring reason out of the morass of
hysterical nonsense that this simple constitutional amendment has
inspired. Some people seem to want to cloud the issue by raising one
preposterous notion after another, all in an effort to make the ERA
sound like some incredibly complicated document. The rest of us
are so snakebitten by governmental documents that we fail to look
up the original for ourselves, to see how uncomplicated it really is.
Here is the text of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment:
Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or
abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by
appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the
day of ratification. »
That’s the entire document. And I sincerely doubt that it could
have been written more clearly, more succinctly, or in any way that
could possibly be more obviously compelling. Equal rights under the
law shall not be abridged by the United States or by any state on ac
count of sex. The laws of our nation shall be applied equally to all of
us. That’s what this country is all about.
We are the educators of this nation. We cannot stand idly by and
allow an amendment so basic to everything we believe and teach
about our nation to be destroyed by the scaremongers who run a-
round shouting that the sky is falling, crying that the ERA is all about
forcing men and women to use the same latrines, warning about
women being drafted in a draft that doesn’t even exist anymore.
It doesn’t matter whether you approach the ERA from a dollar-
in-your-pocket or from a so-called idealistic point of view. It’s right,
it’s necessary, and we’ve got to work harder than ever to achieve its
ratification as the 27th Amendment to the Constitution of the United
Letters to the Editors
“If its true say it, if it is right do it”.
The time has come when the student
body of MHC wishes to be heard.
When you took at what MHC reatty
needs, no one is better qualified to say
You have many good, constructive and
innovate ideas that need to be employed
by the SGA and the Administration of
MHC. When your suggestions are given
a chance, we will move forward in great
If you wish to feel that your voice is
heard and recognized in your student
government association, support Richard
Heaton for the Vice-Pres. of the Student
By Wright Culpepper
my lungs. I quickly stood up -
have my knees buckle from the P
Uurin^January 1977, I was walking
to my minimester class a few minutes
late due to a cold I caught the day be
fore. Everyone was in their own classes,
and I had the whole campus to myself.
The school was beautifully covered
with a blanket of freshly fallen snow
which provided me with a sense of peace
and serenity. I was truly enjoying this
walk to class.
As 1 approached the steps in front of
Melrose Dormitory I remembered from
past experiences that they were covered
with ice. I paused for a moment con
templating whether or not I should walk
down the steps or go around them.
Shortly, I decided that it would be best
to go around.
As soon as my feet left the path, they
also left the ground. The next few
minutes seemed as if they were an
eternity. I landed on my back which
caused all my wind to be expelled from
While gasping for breath, I
vain to call out for help, but no
around to come to my rescue,
panic, I feared the possibility ot A
ing to death on that frozen
After a while, I started regainin
composure. I was able to
breath, and soon I was on my Li(
class. However, I suffered muc
in my lungs for several months
In our daily walk through
situations arise that tempt us to
the path which is before us.
around looks easy, but in the
only brings pain and suffering. ^ ^
keep our eyes on God and the
has given us through Christ
Our Father will not desert us
is constantly sending His Spied
new us from within. The closer
low Him, the better our life
Have a glorious day!
The time has come for me to officially
announce my intent to run for the office
of President of the Student Government
During my three years at Mars Hill I
have been very active in its campus life.
I feel that I have-the necessary experience
to do an effective job as President.
1 believe that in order to lead, one
must serve. I intend to serve to the best
of my ability the students of Mars Hill
College. 1 love our school, and I desire
the opportunity to help make it even
greater. Thank you.
Co-Editor, Debbie Clary
Co-Editor, Janice Taylor
Sports Editor, Scotty Miller
Photographers, Kirk Hall, Archie Jones, John
Advisor, John H. Campbell, Jr.
Contributors, Joy Bridges, Wright Culpepper-
Davenport, David Gaskin, Sara LeFever, Phid'P
Robin Turley, Ken Wilson njo''*
Staff, Cheryl Aldridge, Dale Blevins, Melinda p gf
Turdie Goodrich, Brenda Ennis, Donna Enocl^-^^/
Peterson, Phyllis Sledge, Lori Smart, Brian S
Jennifer Taylor, Linda Vanderbrock, Nancy ^ jl'
Member of the
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