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THE DAILY T AH HEEL, TUESDAY. MAY 13, 1932
r- by B a r ry . Fa rbe r -
The official student publication of the Publications Board of the Univer
sity of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, where it is published daily, except Mon
day, examination and vacation periods, and during the official summer terms
Entered as second class matter at the post office in Chapel Hill. N-C. under
the act of March 3. 1379 Subscription rates; mailed $4 per year, liO per
quarter; delivered, $6 and $2.25 per quarter.
Managing Editor ...
Sooietv Editor.. Deenie SchoeDDe
Assoc. Ed Bev Baylor Sub. Mgr- . ...Carolyn Reichard
Associate Editor Sue Burress Circ. Mgr Donald Hogg
Adv Mgr ..WaUace Pridgen Assoc. Sports Ed :Tom Peacock
News Staff Grady Elmore, Bob Slough, John Jamison,' Angeles Russos. Wood
Smethurst, Janie Bugg. Ruth Hincks. Betty Ann Kirby, Sandy Smith. Al Perry,
Peggy Jean Gooche, Jerry Reece. '
Sports Staff Ed Starnes, Martin Jordan, Vardy Buckalew. Paul Cheney, Buddy
The Case ... ...
For A Student Union II
This is the second in a series of articles designed to state the case for
expanding the student union facilities at Carolina to the student body, ad
ministration, faculty, alumni, and other friends of the University. The
articles are written by members of a committee for a new student union.
As a great University, after two decades of consolidation
and growth, makes more secure its high place among the
universities of the nation, we come increasingly mindful of
some of the needs which until now have been deferred.
The dislocations caused by rapid growth and the emerg
ence of a broadened concept of the University's relation to
the lives of its students, serve to clearly demonstrate the
need. for applying a strong and continuing force for unity in
the rapidly fragmenting student community.
We sincerely feel that the construction of a new Student
Union Building is of vital signifigance 'in any program cal
culated to focus the energies and activities of campus life
and re-capture the traditional values associated with the
basic concept of a university.
To that end, and with our eyes lifted to the future of a
University destined for "greatness, we, present the following
case for a Student Union .'Building:. ,
In 1895, the first college Student Union building was con
structed on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.
By 1936, there were fifty such buildings on as many campuses
throughout the country. In 1946, there were 73. Today, the
number. continues to increase, and the National Association
of College Unions has 113 regular members and 77 associate
members (as of May, 1950).
Such phrases as "the living room of the campus", the
"community center", a "home away from home", are con
stantly repeated in the literature from these student unions,
whether from the more decentralized and frequently less '
ambitious structures common to the region East of the; Mis
sissippi, or from the more grandoise efforts which character
ise the student union buildings in the West. '
This remarkable development of student unions in Amer
ica during the past half-century', a development which might
well be called the "student union movement", has roughly
paralleled the growing complexity of American higher edu
cation and the rapidly-increasing collegiate student body.
And, whatever the conceptional scheme behind the student r
union, whether it be the "home away from Home" idea, or
the "campus living room"; whether the facilities be central
ized or decentralized, the notion of a student union, and its
tangible symbol, the student union building, is a dynamic
and ever-growing factor in the picture of American univer
sity life. . .. ; ' ' ' ' ; :
In the early thirties, after many years of unremitting; ef
fort on the part of Alumni, Administration, students ' and
.other friends of the University, our own Graham Memorial
was opened and became the center of student life on our
campus. For over twenty years, it has played its part well,
serving as a focus for the social,, recreational, and extra-curricular
activities of thousands. . . . ... r:.-':; ;:..;:;;.':
But, while Graham Memorial has ben eminently successful
in serving the campus needs insofar as its facilities would
allow, the last decade of University growth has made its
limitations manifest. The most obvious limitation is the phy-
sical plant. While the ; needs of 2000 students might be ac
commodated, the needs of 6000 or more students . cannot be
adequately met. (For ; example, the entire upper floor of Gr a-,
ham Memorial is composed, of meeting roomsrwhich are in :
use most of the day.: Rooms must 'be reserved in advance,
and quite ofteqj 'digitizations i arev forced to :, seek meeting
j;race elsewhere!. The Iviain Houngei . while adequate as, a read
ing roomy f cannot 'j alsb j simultaneously accommodate those
who wish to listen' td the irfcdio watch television, play cards,
listen to records from ths records 'collection, or play the
piano.) ' V-v--7" '
Greatly increased enrollment and academic specialization
during recent years have contributed to a fragmentation of
student interests and a feeling of campus disunity. These
conditions, if substantial unity and. common purpose are to be
regained and preserved, require 'tKat a great unifying force;:
be applied. It is "our belief that, the best possible answer to
this need; is a student union building, physically adequate,
centrally, located, and sufficient v broad in scope of operation.
NatL Adv. Mgr -F. W White
Person a 11
The recent Western Union
strike which silenced the Jtick
. ers throughout most of the" con
tinent gave veteran newspaper
correspondents a chance to swap
"My Favorite Communication
Stories" testifying to the ingen
uity of the press in times of
crisis when the lines are down
and the "scoop" must go through.
In the days before Sammy
Morse decided to study electric
ity, dashing horsemen on sleek
stallions were dodging arrows
in a race to get the story on An
drew Jackson to the desk of the
news editor in time for the morn
ing edition. , The Associated
Press had whaleboats stationed
off Canada to intercept schoon
ers with news from Europe when
Marconi was just a worried look
in his mother's eye.
The last war saw intrepid
knights of the press resort to
smoke-signaling between Pa
cific atolls, posing as Italian of
ficers, and taking over Bulgar
ian cable stations at gun point
in order to get the story in bold
face type on front pages from
Raleigh to Rangoon. But one of
the most fascinating yarns of
all, concerns the New York
Times, Admiral Richard Byrd,
and a radio chief named Fred
Just before Christmas back in
1928, the two ships of Admiral
.Byrd's Antarctic Expedition
were bouncing off icebergs a
few hundred miles from the
South Pole." By short wave radio
they were in direct two-way
communication with the New
York Times, which had exclu
sive rights to the Expedition's
news releases. In those days,
short waVe radio was barely out
of the embryo stage and Fred
Meinholtz, 'head of the Times
radio room, spent much of his ;
spore time at , home eavesdrop
ping on the latest gossip from
the bottom of the world. -
On this particular evening, a
young Times reporter was writ
ing a feature story about the .
radio equipment carried by Byrd
and he Wanted Meinholtz to
check on Tthe details. He tried -in
vain to reach him by tele
phone Meinholtz's son, it
seems, had unhooked the receiv
er. The reporter described his :
plight to a Times radio operator
and the two managed to cook
up a little scheme whereby, the
whole problem could be readily
They went to the transmitter
and banged out a message which .
was immediately : picked up by
one of the Byrd ships; Meinholtz,
meanwhile, was listening in on .
Byrd communiques. ? Presently, ,
he heard the Morse; rcode from ;
the Antarctic spell put' his own 1
name along with the words
"Please replace your telephone
receiver. The Times is trying to :
reach you by telephone."
' Meinholtz immediately called
the office, which was less than
twenty miles away, but the mes
sage had travelled eighteen !
thousand miles to reach him:5 ;?
' Who said the shortest distance
between two points is a straight
line? : v . '
:. : Students at : Yale University
made an unsuccessful attempt
recently to intitute set-ups at
college dances. They pointed out
that "the duty of Yale is to give
a social as well as an academic
education to its students." ,
; Snapped the dean, -."if we
need liquor to sustain the col
lege system, then we had better
abandon the college system' --' ;
Last Thursday night the cam
pus was oozing at the seams
with visiting dignitaries of one
sort or another. .
Maurice Tobin, Secretary of
Labor, talked to "himself and a
few others irr Memorial Hall.
Sir John Sheppard, a British
scholar sponsored by the Class
ics department, chatted with a
handful of interested by-stand-ers
in Gerrard Hall. At the same
time on the same night, Miss
Mary Gray Clark, 'cellist, and
Mrs. Lydia Bernstein, pianist,
struck a few chords of Bee
thoven which echoed through
Tobin hampered Sheppard
hampered Bernstein and Clark
hampered Sheppard hampered
Tobin etc. etc. ad infinitum.
The need here is for a coor-
The Whole Truth'
You want to know something?
There's a country far, far away
from here where folks were hap
py all the time. Not just a few
months or a few years maybe,
but ALL the time. Everyone got
along okay with his neighbor
and war just wasn't in their vo
cabulary. Why, these people didn't even
have a tiny, teenzy weenzy lit
tle squabble. No ulcefs either.'
Or frazzled nerves. Or even
. high blood pressure. Why, after
they had done all their work
and all their playing and they
had plenty of time left on their
hands, they just sat around and
smiled at each other eontented
ly.: And you want to know
something else? Something
mighty peculiar. They didn't
have any history books. Nope!
No one in the whole country
had ever written up any his
tory about what they had done
or about what anybody else in
any other part of the -'country
Then, golly, Pete! all of a
sudden something happened to
these nice, peaceful folks. Some
learned scholar, someone who
had a lot of opinions about this,
that and the other thing began
to write one of those books
f about the past. He wrote about
what happened the week before
in the western part of the coun-
try. As he saw it, naturally. A
bird's-eye .view, so to speak.
Only this opinionated pipsqueak
lived in the eastern part of the
The people who lived in the
western part of the country had ':
eyes that made them see every
thing red and the people in the
other part saw everything blue.
Naturally this - history enthus
iast wrote the whole business up
in a blue light. When the west
erners got hold of his little
epistle they were so mad be
cause of this blue cast that was
spoiling everything they just
about blew a gasket.
Know what they did? They
bounced right over there to the
eastern section anJ chopped off
that scholar fool head with a
big hatchet before they had time
: to think about Sti Now they have
dina ting body, committee, com
mission, service or what have
you, for the purpose of calen
daring events of significance.
This proposed group could, as a
service to the University, ar
range programs with sponsoring
organizations, so that all the
apples, would fall into the same
basket. Were this task accom
plished, the echoes would not
be quite so booming in an
empty hall and the embarrass
ment and humiliation of the
speaker or entertainer might be
This . so-called coordination
committee of course could not
do the job left up to the 5000
students who were in the booze
basements, the dorms and fra
ternity house Thursday night. It
could, however, serve to direct
them to one spot ... not three.
wars all the time. Can ya be
lieve it? All the gosh durn time!
It is no different with the
world today. History books are
partly responsible for all the
wars we are going through.
Take the United States, for
instance. If you pick up a
Southern .history book its pages
tend to glorify the valor of the
Confederate soldier and to mini
mize that of the uncouth Yan
kee. Russian books are filled with
the horrors of those dead-end
Al Capone, gunblazing maniacs
better known as Americans.
American books yell about the
inhuman qualities of this and
In most of our history books
the Americans were always
right, and the English, or who
ever we were fighting at the
time, were the black-mustached
Don't misunderstand. Ameri
ca, naturally, is the greatest of
all. Still, if history books told
the straight facts about every
thing in every country of the
world, there would be much
less antagonism, and I'll bet my
bottom dollar, less war.
When you start to color his
tory with the paint that your
folks have always used, even
splashing some over on the
sides of another color, the re
sult is nothing but mud instead
of an accurate picture. It causes
people to hate one another for
what they have read, and not
for the truth.
An excellent example of this
can be found right here in our
own back yard. Look at all the
disgust (friendly disgust but
still disgust) that exists between ;
the North and the South. No
one can see the other's point!
of view because, of the mud!
slinging. f ; ; j
If the slate of the earth could !
: be wiped clean, and we could I
have a chance to start every
thing over, I would be, the first
to raise my hand . and ask that
it be made a rule, just like eat
ing, that history books had to
tell the truth, the whole truth
and nothing but the truth, so
help them God!