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The Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina
Vol. I—No. 4
Charlotte, N. C.
April 23, 1948
One afternoon last month,
Charles B. Douglas of Charlotte,
N. C. was mowing his lawn. Every
time he cut a path across the front
yard, Mr. Douglas got a little
madder. He was pobably thinking
about roads. Roads effect Mr.
Douglas like the atom bomb did
Hiroshima. They set into motion a
chain reaction that begins twenty-
nine years ago.
In 1919, young Charles Douglas,
fresh out of the Army, settled in
Charlotte where he helped open
the first wholesale plumbing sup
ply house in North Carolina. North
Carolina was a boom state during
that post-war period. Realizing
that the automobile was a perma
nent fixture, she attracted national
attention by setting up a fund of
$50 million to be used in the con
struction of roads. Soon highway
engineers were coming from all
over the country to witness North
Carolina’s program of road build
It is when Mr. Douglas com
pares his states advancement in
the field of education with that
of her highways that he really got
hot under the collar. This is an
other link in the chain. The fact
that North Carolina is fifth from
the bottom among the states in
educational standing finally made
Mr. Douglas so angry that he left
his lawn mower to chat with a
next door neighbor.
“I’m going to run for the North
Carolina House of Representatives
and if I’m elected, I’ll produce a
bill for the establishment of a
university in the western part of
this state,” Mr. Douglas announced.
“Good,” said his neighbor, who
was trimming a shrub, “I’ll vote
for you.”
Feeling that voters were inter
ested in the project, the Charlotte
businessman entered his name as
a Republican candidate for the
state legislature.
Mr. Douglas envisions North
Carolina as once again a post-war
boom state, this time in education.
As he talked about the potentiali
ties of state education last Sunday
in his home, he leaned over the
arm of his easy chair, and his face
lit up with enthusiasm.
“I think this state owes it to its
tax poyers to establish a univer
sity in Western North Carolina,”
he asserted. “I don’t mean a
junior college, but a full fledged
university offering degrees in
liberal arts, medicinue, and
engineering. We could call it The
University of Western North
Carolina. In order to operate more
efficiently, it should be separate
from the Greater University of
North Carolina, and have its own
“I’ve traveled through Northern
states, which stand high in edu
cation,” Mr. Douglas continued,
“and I don’t see why North Caro
lina has to be fifth from the
bottom in education. This state
collects enough taxes to support
another university.”
Mr. Douglass pointed out that
North Carolina might grow even
faster industi ially if higher learn
ing weie made available to more
young men and women. He dis
played a compass saw of his own
design, which is now being
marketed throughout the nation.
He explained that it was necessary
to have the parts for such a saw
manufactuied in New England.
This condition exists because of the
lack of “young blood” in the
engineering field in North Caro
lina. Mr. Douglas stated. He is
firmly convinced that an up-to-
date engineering school made
accessible to more North Carolina
students would pave the way for
the rise of manufacturing plants.
Charlotte, as the population
center of the two Carolinas, would
be an excellent location for a
western university, Mr. Douglas
averred. He did not think other
cities in this part of the state
would object to the idea.
As Mr. Douglas sees it no time
is better than the present for the
establishment of The University
of Western North Carolina. He
revealed the expense involved in
constructing a single mile of
modern highway. A small part of
the funds which the state devotes
to other projects would be enough
to start a university, he affirmed.
“The youth of this state is our
most valuable product,” Mr.
Douglas declared. “It is the obli
gation of the state to see that
they have more opportunity for
Appearing before the County
Commissioners, Monday, April 12,
the CCUNC advisory board re
quested the appropriation of a
$25,000 fund to help set up a
permanent junior college in
Mr. D. E. Henderson, U. S.
District Attorney and a CCUNC
board member, told the group that
“the county must have such a
school if it is to build citizenship.”
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Chapel Hill announced Friday
16, that the following CCUNC
students had made the Dean’s List
for fall and winter quarters with
an average grade of “B” or better.
Fall Quarter: Thomas M. Alex
ander, Jr., Harold Becker, Justin
Burke, Philip E. Burkhalter, Rob-
Leonard W. Coppala, Charles P.
ert 0. Byrum, Harold H. Cadoret,
Copses, Paul H. Crooke, W^illiam
B. Davis, Morris L. Gamble, James
E. Hinkel, Hal I. Hutchinson,
David H. Littlejohn, Walter L.
Miller, William L. Mills, Richard
P. Murphy, Samuel R. Noble, John
son C. Olive, Lucille Olive, Jack
son S. Rymer, Betty Jean Smith,
George M. Stockbridge, Boykin
Williams, William J. Williams, Jr.,
James M. Williams, Charles J.
Wylie, Isabel M. Bradford.
Wintei' Quarter; Thomas M.
Alexander, Harold Becker, Joe L.
Bookout, Isabel M. Bradford,
Justin Burke, Philip E. Burk
halter, Robert 0. Byrum, Harold
H. Cadoret, Albert F. Clark, Jr.,
Charles P. Copses, Paul H. Crooke,
William B. Davis, Thomas G.
Douglas, John H. Faison III, Mor
ris L. Gamble, Robert M. Groome,
Hugh S. Gwyn, Kenneth E. Hanke,
James E. Hinkel, W’illiam D.
Hyland, Jr., David H. Littlejohn,
Joseph H. Long, W'illiam L. Mills,
Richard P. Murphey, Hoyt F.
Nance, Herman L. Noble, Samuel
R. Noble, Johnson C. Olive, Louis
W. Otterbourg, Richard S. Porter,
Jackson S. Rymer, Annie L.
Sawyer, Donald Singletary, Hey
ward Smith, Richard J. Stilwell,
G. W. St. Clair, Jr., George M.
Stockbi'idge, Harvey L. Watson,
Goykin Williams, James M. Wil
liams, William J. Williams, Jr.,
Charles Wylie, Jr.
For the fall quarter, 28 of 304
students made the dean’s list. The
winter list increased to 43 of 285.
The number of World War II
veterans studying abroad under
the GI Bill has increased almost
350 percent during the past year,
Veterans Administration said.
At the beginning of the current
year, 0,055 ex-servicemen and
women were studying in 422
schools and colleges in 44 coun
tries. At the same time last year,
the total enrollment abroad was
Almost half or 2,741, of present
veteran-students are enrolled in
educational institutions in the
Philippine Islands. VA said the
large enrollment there comprises
mostly Filipinos who served in the
U. S, armed forces during the war.
The next largest student group
is in Canada where 893 veterans
are enrolled. France ranks third
with 635, followed by Mexico with
461, Switzerland with 427, and
Gieat Britain with 356.
France recorded the largest in
crease during the year, with en
rollment jumping from 3 to 635.
Other countries recording major
increases are Italy, from 2 to 116;
Switzerland, from 32 to 427;
Sweden, from 3 to 69; Great
Britain, from 52 to 356; Mexico,
from 63 to 461; Canada, from 330
to 883, and the Philippines, from
705 to 2,741.
Another 186 veterans living in
foreign countries are taking cor
respondence courses under the GI
Bill from schools in the United
Veterans arc eligible for over
seas study under the GI Bill on the
same basis as in the United
A revival of the draft to meet
any emergency in the near future
and the institution of Universal
Military Training that the United
States might never be caught un
prepared in the event of an inter
national crisis. This was the
sentiment of CCUNC students as
reflected in the recent CCUNC
News Opinion Poll. Eighty-eight
of the hundred and thirty-eight
ballots casts favored the enact
ment of these two measures.
Only sixteen votes were against
both UMT and the draft while
others saw a necessity in estab
lishing just one of either of the
two programs.
Twenty-four slips indicated a
desire for UMT, but saw no need
for a revival of the draft. Six
thought UMT inadequate, calling
for a draft law. Others lemained
Truman Requests UMT, Draft
Appearing before Congress on
March 17, the President delivered
a special preparedness speech in
which he asked for a temporary
draft and Universal Military
Tiaining. Nine days ago the Ad
ministration presented a program
for draft and UMT in answer to
President Truman’s message. This
plan proposed to join the draft and
UMT into a single package bill.
Draft Program
The Congressional draft pro
gram called for the conscription of
men 19 through 25 to provide
300,000 more for the armed forces,
and registration of all men be
tween 18 and 45.
In putting forth a draft plan.
Congress has made it apparent
that veterans would not be called
up unless the country’s position in
sary. However, veterans with less
than ninety days service might be
subject to call.
When he asked Congress for a
draft law. President Truman prob
ably regarded that measure as the
quickest means of strengthening
the nation’s armed forces. In its
swell the ranks of the Army to
present state, UMT would not
any great extent. Armed conflict
abroad would require an immedi
ate increase in our under-sized
armed forces if United States in
terests aie to be protected.
Universal Military Training
The UMT set-up as it now is
would mean a years military train
ing for all youths of 18. This pro
gram is to be augmented by a
proposed financing of $3.37 billion
added to the $11 billion defense
item in the 1949 budget,
foreign affairs deemed it neces-
While not inflating the armed
forces greatly, UMT would
guarantee a steady flow of man
power for national defense. After
completing their years training,
men released from UMT would
constitute a large reserve of ex
perienced manpower which would
stand ready in the case of
Whether or not UMT and the
draft are put into force depends
upon Congressional action. How
ever, their seems to be a definite
desire for such defense programs
among the general public. Veterans
compose one of the largest blocks
in favor of UMT and the draft.
Governor Thomas E. Dewey of
New York held second place in
the poll with twenty-seven votes.
An unsuccessful GOP Presidential
nominee in 1944. Governor Dewey
is noted for his victorious second
Harold E. Stassen, ex-Governor
of Minnesota, was third with
twelve votes. After beating other
contenders in Wisconsin Republi
can primaries by a wide margin,
Stassen was elevated to the posi
tion of “hard man to beat” among
GOP circles.
Senator Arthur Vandenberg of
Michigan, acclaimed for his bi
partisan policies in the field of
foreign affairs culled ten votes to
capture fourth place in the poll.
Vandenberg has been a Republican
representative of his state in the
Senate since 1929.
President Harry Truman placed
fifth vrith nine votes. He was
followed by Senator Byrd, Demo
crat of Virginia, who received
W’allace Loses
Most surprising development in
the poll was the appearance of
Henry A. Wallace, third party
candidate, in the seventh position
with a total of three votes. Wal
lace’s backkslide was unexpected
because the former Vice-president
had regularly attained second
place behind Eisenhower in na
tional polls. This may be an indi
cation that the lowan’s popularity
among college students is declin
Robert A. Taft, astute GOP
Senator from Ohio, and General
Douglas Mac Arthur, Supreme Al
lied Commander in the Pacific, tied
for eighth with two votes each.
Governor Earl Warren of Cali
fornia and Secretary of State
George C. Marshall were last with
one ballot apiece.
Eisenhower Faction.s Undaunted
In spite of General Eisenhower’s
announcement that he was un
available as a candidate for Presi
dent, the retired Army officer is
still looked upon by many as the
best man to guide the United
States through the next four years.
“Draft Eisenhower” organizations
are prevalent throughout the na
Stating his position last January
23 in a letter to Leonard V. Finder,
publisher of The Manchester
(N.H.) Evening Leader, Eisen
hower definitely asserted that he
would offer himself as a candidate
in the GOP Presidential race. The
General inferred that his decision
also applied to Democratic circles
when he recently told reporters;
“1 made up my mind to say
nothing more. I wiote a letter and
meant every word of it.
“I told my aides they could do
the talking from now on. I’m not
talking any more. I find it doesn’t
do any good.”

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