Tho Doily Tor Heel
Hie ofietsl shident newspaper of the
Publications of the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill where it is
published daily at the Colonial Press.
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Glarm Harden .
,. News Editor
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At about this time of year political candidates crop up at
a ratio of about one out of three students (increases to nine
GUtr&f en asyouapproach the Y court.) V
All of them will not run, most of them will not win, but
they are all thinking about it hard enough to come up with
"platform" ideas as to what is wrong with Student Govern
ment, Perrenial among those ideas is that the editorship of this
newspaper should be "taken out of politics." Last year's editor
closed out his reign with an editorial called "Don't Elect Edi
tor," and he explained why.
The reasons given are that the job is a technical one re
quiring politics, specialized skills, and that the best journalist
is seldom the best politician, and therefore not the most like
ly to succeed in a campus election.
The fallacy of the argument is obvious to all democrats
(small "d"). The paper is a big-time busines. Even in this
worst year since the war, the paper will handle around $40,
000 worth of business. But it is a cooperative business, not
owned by private interest.- Furthermore, the paper represents .
more than a journalistic endeavor. It serves as the voice of
the students of the University to the university administra
tion, and the people of the state.
For these reasons", it is essential that those who publish the
newspaper, the owners, (the entire student body, not the Pub
lications Board) be allowed to choose their management, just
as in any business enterprise.
And it is essential that the cooperative block fee system
contain a representative form of government, that those who
are taxed may choose the taxers, and that those who are spok
en for may choose their speaker. -
Such is the theory of democracy.
y Their Deeds
The moral irresponsibility of
the UP leaders is illustrated
once again in the Friday column
by their Chairman, ' Mr. Biff
The original re-districting bill
introduced in the current Leg-
islature was a bill proposed by
the Town Men's Association and
supported by the Student Party.
It provided representation for
the Town Men in proportion to
their population 1 . . something
lhey have never had under UP
gerrymanders heretofore pre
vailing. Block voting by the UP
machine prevented passage.
Encouraged by the UP floor
leader's assurance of coopera-
; tion, SP legislator Henry Lo
wett introduced a resolution
creating a Bipartisan Committee
o make recommendations. An
amendment was adopted autho
rising the Committe to consider
also the dormitory districts, and
the bill was passed.
The Bipartisan Committee met
an decided (1) it would be im
possible to work out an overall
bill satisfactory to all sides in
time for the spring elections,
hense the Committee should pro
pose a stop-gap measure and
continue its study of the over
all problem, (2) there was no
immediate heed for redisrict
ing the dormitories and that
problem should be deferred for
study as a part of the perma
nent plan, and (3) a compromise
bill on the town districts should
be proposed immediately be
cause both side agreed lhes ex
isting UP created gerrymander
vraa indefensible. On a nine
member committee, only one
voice was raised against any of
- these decisions.
Two compromise plans for re
Clrtricting the town were pro
Ztz'zS, one by President Bowers
CZ'J est by tha UP Hoorlcader.
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The latter was approved 7-1 as
a later session of the committee,
but only after a revealing inci
dent. When the final vote was
called for, UP Legislator Ham
ilton C. Horton, Junior, asked
for 'a five minute recess to per
mit him "to confer with three
other students." The recess was
granted and Mr. Gromyko
stalked out to hold his party
caucas. Upon returning he for
mally proposed " to reconsider
the decision on dormitory dis
tricting, - but the - proposal re
ceived only three votes.
At the next session of the
Legislature the compromise
passed almost unanimously, but
only after the UP had again .
tried to confuse the issue by in
troducing an irrelevant amend
ment. Their petty piddling was,
as usual, nauseous.
A UP Legislator ,then intro
duced a bill -to redistrict the
dormitories. In general, this bill
would have ''reestablished the
same districts which were
thrown out a year ago because
they had proved unworkable.
At a Bipartisan Committee
meeting pari of this UP bill was
deleted after a UP Legislator
characterized it as "the stupidest
thing I ever read." Further im
provements were made, but the
final draft was still reported
In the Legislature the UP ma
chine succeeded in . getting
several silly amendments adop
ted, one of which abolished the
Co-ed Dormitory District en
tirely, (on reconsideration they
decided to let the gals vote
after all). By the time they got
the bill adopted, even the UP
machine didn't know what it
said. : -: '" "
Now did somebody want to
know why 'a; presidential Ye to.
Tas 'necessary? ; ;
Riff;., by Raff
I often try to flatter myself
by believing I am neither van
alarmist nor a pacifist. In order
to be neither of these I have to
survey a whole issue and draw
my conclusions from all the
facts presented. "
I have no inside dope on the
affairs of academic freedom's
state and -am about as well in
formed as any of the rest of
you the reading public. A well
worn phase is apropos here
"Do you believe everything you
read in the papers?" Well, what
else are we to believe? We have
no other source of information
unless we become our own de
tectives. From a general view of the
picture recorded in The Daily
Tar Heel throughout the last
week or so, I do not find my
self getting alarmed or par
ticularly outspoken. I am quite
hot under the collar over the
actions of some of our respected
trustees and am glad to note
that some of their trust lias
taken on a new form of respect.
This, however, is indicative of
something greater than reveal
ing corruption in our public
These dirty spots in society
are hot uncommon; we see them
everyday. The ones who clean
up these soiled areas are the
ones who are too few.
We here at Carolina have
been accused of being rather
passive when it comes to gov
ernment. Have you ever noticed
who those accusers are? The
ones who holler the loudest are
the Carolina students them
selves. . After all, there- are riot
too many people in the world
who are willing to stick their
necks out for the good of other
people. Dick Murphy. Henry
Bowers and folks like Rose
mary Boney of the Woman's
College "Carolinian" are rare
and always have been hard to
Muck-makers have to be
powerful people and many of us
don't meet the requirements.
. We can't all be leaders in clean
up campaigns, but we can be
participants. The recent ex
poses are valuable in the sense
that they created an interest in
just what has been going on
behind the scenes. There are
still those who feel' it is neces
sary. that the public be well in
formed and be presented with
checked and correct facts. When
people like these disappear and
volunteer public servants are
no longer in the forefront, then
it is time that we should start
Of course, I do not mean to
infer that because we do have
such informants as Dick Mur
phy and the rest that we should
become lackadaisical about our
student governiftent. I mean only
to draw attention to those about
.whom we should be proud. Duty
well done, fellows!
At the University a few years
ago, a psychology student fin
ished his exam in five minutes.
' The exam called for definition
or summary; of the particular
course in Psychology. The stu
dent wrote, "Psychology is the
science of pulling habits out of
' rabits. . . . j j '
.' Then the student went out and
had a few beers. Ilia 'grade ' cn
. the exam? "A.'. ;
V" - -
After reading Mr. Dudley W.
Crawford's letter in the Febru
ary 24th issue of this publica
tion, I find it necessary to pen
an answer. -
Mr. Crawford, you have paint
ed a very vivid word picture of
what, seems to be a large part
of the student body, of the Uni
versity of North Carolina.
However I must take issue
with your intimation that our
universities are entirely respon
sible for the thousands of hood
lums turned loose into the jworld
Who are the parents of these
hoodlums, who have prepared
these hoodlums for attendance
at our universities?
Pick at random a hundred
students. How many do you
think can name the books of the
Bible? How many do you think
can name the books of the Bible?
How many do you think can
name even ten books of the Bi
ble? How much do you think
they know of the United States
Constitution? How many know
the preamble, can name or de
scribe half of .the amendments?
How many do you think know
their U. S. senators, U. S. rep
resentatives, the congressional
district in which they live?
How many of the urban dwel
lers do you think, Mr. Craw
ford, can name their city, coun
cilmen? How many of the rural
residents do you think can name
their township trustees and
How many of the one hun
dred do you think can name
even our chief delegate to the
United Nations? How many have
taken the time to read just once
the UN charter?
How many do you think find
it easy to write a simple essay,
to solve everyday mathematical
problems, to spell simple words,
to speak before more than three
or four strangers (or even
friends)? . -
Who is responsible for these
present-day hoodlums? You Mr.
Crawford and your generation
are partially responsible The
parents of today, the' school sys-
From the Minnesota Daily
comes proof that Shakespeare
writings can apply to just about
anything. Concerning Exams:
Studying in a library: "More
light, you knaves; and turn the
tables up, and quench the fire,
the room is grown too hot." ...
Romeo and Juliet. '
Cramming a 3 a.m.:" "How
weary, stale, flat and unprofit
able seem to me all the uses
of this world." . . . Hamlet.
Cramming at 7 a. m.: "It is
not for your health thus to com
mit your weak condition to the
raw cold morning." Julius Cea-;
Teacher hands out tests: '0
most pernicious woman! O
villain, villain, smiling, damned :
Composition exam: "Why, I
will fight with him upon this
theme until my eyelids will no
longer wag." Hamlet.
Fountain pen leaks: "Out,
damned spot! Out, I say! Usa
bcth. .. ..'
terns of our great country, our
churches, and our universities
also share in the responsibility.
Our young people do not become
- hoodlums upon matriculation.
Perhaps, Mr. Crawford, you
should visit some of our pri
mary and secondary schools,
some of our Sunday schools.
Then look at the parents of these
- children. And don't forget to
examine the grandparents, Mr.
How can this unfortunate sit
uation be remedied? Where do
we start? What shall be done?
May I suggest that we start
by practicing the, golden rule.
I would further suggest that we
all take a more active part in
our local governments, in our
primary, secondary, and Sunday
schools. We should be interest
ed in who are our school board
members, who are our govern
mental representatives. We
should all become more interest
ed in our community as a whole
attend city council meetings,
write to our representatives
when we don't agree with them,
talk with our city councilmen,
attend P. T. A. meetings and
other civic group meetings, be
come familiar with our govern
mental and unofficial agencies.
Perhaps you, Mr. Crawford,
do all or many of the above.
But I am sure you know of many
people people of your own gen
eration and their progeny, who
are very similar to these hood
lums you have written about.
The one big difference is that
the majority of them do not boo,
hiss, whistle, yell ,and generally
make a fool of themselves in
public. Perhaps I should have
omitted "and generally made a
fool of themselves."
It is not my intention to com
pletely excuse the hoodlums be
cause of their upbringing. The
young people of today must
realize that they will be the
parents of tomorrow's children
and will soon be responsible. for
. the world about them.
Perhaps in another two' or
three generations we can look
down (or up) and be justly
proud of our progeny.
Name Withheld by Request
- For those with short memories,
alumnus Crawford's letter dealt
with the "hoodlums" who haunt
the Ideal theaters. The editors.
Will the Iron Curtain Crack
A Smile? ...
Editors of the Wampus, humor
magazine at the University of
Southern California, have added
a little warmth to the cold war.
They cabled the following mes
sage to the Moscow office of
Krokodil, only Soviet humor
magazine. ( ... , "
"Our stock anti-Truman jokes
are running low. Here you have
inexhaustible supply. Our sup
ply anti-Stalin jokes limitless.
Suggest exchange and publica
tion. Will run all your anti
Truman jokes verbatim for all
our anti-Stalin stories you use
So far Moscow has made no
reply. Perhaps they are afraid
they will be put behind Iron
bars, or maybe they know it
vould be Curtains for them if
they agreed, to the bargain.