THE DAILY TAR HEEL
Tuesday, April 9, 1S63
'When, Oh, When Shall We Overcome?'
76 Years of Editorial Freedom
Bill Amlong,. Editor
Don Walton, Business Manager
Politics has been defined
as "the art of the possible."
With this maxim in mind,
we have considered the can
didates for student body presi
dent, guaging them by how
much they could possibly do
for the students of this
We have read the plat
forms. We have studied the
issues. We have spoken with
All of them have advanced
solutions for solving curing
what ails Chapel Hill.
Each has his own remedy
for curing whatever is ailing
this University, in his opinion.
Each has not only opinions,
but also reasons .and
strategies to back them up
and to affect them.
But only one of these can
be elected president.
That one person should be
the candidate who can do
more for the student body
than can any of the others.
He should not be one who
has a completely negative
platform, and whose can
didacy is based solely on op
position to the Student
He should not be one whose
platform promises student
g ov e rnment-Administration-confrontations
which are so
unrealistic that Administration
victory is assured almost by
He should not be one,
either, who is pledged to
sweeping but unattainable
reforms in every area of
Instead, he should be one
whose platform although it,
too, contains some of the chaff
and rhetoric of his op
ponents'is grounded solidly
in his past record.
Pamela Hawkins, Associate Editor
Terry Gingras, Managing Editor
Rebel Good, News Editor
Kermit Buckner, Advertising Manager
It should be Jed Dietz. -His
platform speaks of bet
tering relations with the
state: already he has been .
the first student government
official to attempt com
municating .with the people of
North Carolina over the
television " air waves. This is
indicative of the agression
and imagination Dietz has.
Further, he has also work
ed ; agressively and with im
agination in the area of educa
tional reform, and his name
has been associated with most
of the major developments in
It has been Dietz who has,
more than anyone else, bridg
ed the gap between the
Residence College System and
Chancellor J. Carlyle Sit
terson: he, in fact, brought
the chancellor into the
residence halls this year.
He has been articulate con
cerning the need for judicial
reform, and was one of the
leading! spokesmen against
Student Government's in
volvement with the present
He has lived in the residen
ce halls, and has experienced
the problems and frustrations
of doing so.
The other candidates have
also worked in these fields,
and in some have made quite
notable contributions. Each of
them possess many of the
qualities necessary to be a
Jed Dietz, however, seems
to possess all those
qualities plus the experience
within Student Government to
transform those qualities
leadership, insight, empathy
with the students in general
into a positive force which
will benefit the students of this
University thq greatest.
nc- - - r t. . -"Tr-- "oli; v vl-- a'i-'trf-'-rt
I ' IV M&tpjsfr. ; ;,V?W so '-VtvSvf
1 f:. Til V ,
1 tSIMlf Kill I i
I "itSl UAH
... 1 ''sl-lS .-liOTWw? I u
i - i inuw
Letters To The Editor
To The Editor:
My heart is filled with remorse for
the brutal slaying of Martin Luther King,
and I'm white. My feelings do. not come .
from fear, though I felt terror when
I heard of his death. Rather, they stem
from my admiration and respect for
King the man himself.
He was a man.
He stood for all of those things which
are inherent in a man. He was brave.
He was loyal. He was dedicated. He
was humble. He loved decency and he
was decent. And he spoke openly and
" freely, and did not conspire i n
He was followed because men saw
in him those characteristics of manhood
which they wished for themselves.
So now I find it tragically ironic
that those who loved, praised and
honored Dr. King in life, would turn
'Elvira Madigan 9 IS
To The Editor:
I am writing in regard to a Daily
Tar Heel Movie Review, released on .
March 31, by Mr. Harvey Elliot, in
which he chooses to cauterize the film
Elvira Madigan, without justifying . his
He states "Elvira Madigan is com
posed of several perfect ingredients
which add up to a less than perfect
whole." On the contrary, the film did
add up to a perfect whole. Among the
most significant of its virtues: the
photography, color, music, use of sound
and silences, and the integration of sym
bols into an ingeniously constructed com
emntary of love. The film warrants
a more careful examination than Mr.
Elliot gave it.
He condemns the filni, stating that
we cannot believe that Elvira and Sixten
are starving to death. He found it all
too unrealistic, and could not understand,
why they were driven to suicide. He
missed the point. In short, he missed
Elvira Madigan is a classical tragedy
and Director Widerberg chooses to in
crease the impact of the tragedy by
placing his characters on a pedestal
removed from reality. Macbeth and
Phaedre are hardly condemned because
they are not believable, yet they are
Their hunger can be looked upon
as the grasp of the outsideworld which
they have forgotten. Their'flaw is that
they have succumbed to a powerful and
overwhelming love, run away together,
deserting their old lives, and con
sequently followed a forbidden path
which alienates them from society.
Where can they go? What can they
do? All they have is love, and as Elvira
says "Sixten, the stomach cannot exist
on love." The inevitable end and final
obstruction to their passion is death
an age old theme. '
The pastoral setting is real in the
sense that Widerberg is showing us the
world as seen through the eyes of the
lovers, and somehow this oneness with
nature that they achieve appears far
more beautiful than , the review leads
us to believe.
Keeping in mind the mores of nine
teenth century bourgeois . Europe, and
the Swedish disposition towards suicide
there was hardly anything unnatural
about their deaths.
from him and his way of action Ihe
way which represents all that is con
structive and good to follow the way
of the dirty, low-down trash who shot
Mm a way that represents all that
is base, evil and futile in man.
For if now in this moment of crisis
we turn away from the ideals of Dr.
King for longer than an understandable
period of pure rage, if we surrender
to the forces of evil, we all of us
white and black will play into the filthy
hands of the scum who would like nothing
better than to exterminate the decent,
concerned people of all races of this
And who, for example, are these
people r so bent upon our destruction?
Well, for openers, turn on your TV
any weekday at high noon and listen
to the news.
What of the use of symbols, which
foreshadow their imminent deaths.
Elvira leaves her knitting at the. inn
when they are forced to flee; a symbol
of womanly virtues which she is unable '
to master. One might compare their
entire flight from society to walking
Elvira's tightrope; a dream which might
collapse at any minute. When they are
seated at a picnic Sixten knocks over
the wine spilling the dark red onto
the white linen1 cloth; a portent of the
The photography portrays their love
through the careful use of closeups on
Elvira and Sixten, with clouded im
pressions of the world in the backround.
They are the world. All they see .is
each other. Superbly done. As Sixten
tells his Army companion, he has chosen
to see the world as a blade of grass.
In the end when Sixten is forced
to shoot Elvira, after a last supper,
Widerberg uses a delicate and un
derstated analogy of the soul to a but
Bus System's Objectives Unclear
To The Editor:
Lamentably, and perhaps predictably,
the student legislature appears to be
as myopic as the university ad
ministration and its consultants in mat
ters relating to student- ransportation.
While a substantial effort has been
made in determining the financial
feasibility of a bus system to connect
that dormitory outpost, "south campus",
with the main campus, inadequate
thought has been given to the objectives
of the project. Currently it appears that
the objective is solely political, to allow
one of the bastions of student democracy
to claim that its plan has been accepted
and enacted, irrespective of whether the
plan is a good one or in the long
run will enhance the welfare of those
forced to endure the rigors of south
Comments are restricted to the pro
posal to charge a dime for each bus
trip and presumably to judge the success
of the plan by whether revenues cover
costs, because the alternative proposal
has not been sufficiently outlined to
THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER
I praise Martin Luther King, and
I remember him and his ideals daily,
because I know I must never allow
myself to be destroyed by his, and
William S. Doxey
To The Editor:
Upon hearing the news of Martin
Luther King's death I was taken by
surprise, but by no means was I shock
ed. In regard to the Negro movement
in the United States Dr. King was.
terfly. This final catharsis is done with
far more finesse than Bonnie and Clyde,
to which Mr. Eliot refers. In short,
there is great depth to the movie.
Perhaps there is no sweeping social
commentary, but they treat a common
theme of love with grace and insight;
a comment upon the futility of forbidden
The Daily Tar Heel, as with many
movie reviews in the past, has not
explored or examined the films they
chose to review. There is a need then
for a more competent appraisal of the
arts. The reviews should be more com
plete in their criticism, should attempt
to justify their criticism when possible,
concern themselves less with plot sum
maries and related trivialities, and
generally display a greater degree of
imagination and insight. Reviews should,
and could be, an exciting part of the
paper, and they have not met up wth
great expectations thus far this year.
Frederick William Scoggins
First, a ten cents charge for each
bus trip amounts to an outrageous cost
per mile for transforation.
Second, the inhabitants of south cam
pus live there (a) because it has been
deemed necessary to provide adequate
parking spaces for those both living
and working in the main campus and
(b) because of a rather incomprehensible
and perhaps irreleveant set of concepts
as to what physical arrangement of
buildings and plantings is required to
generate an aesthetically attractive main
campus (note that in certain instances,
e.g. the new psychology building, thfa
concept is mutable).
It appears that the particular concept
of what the campus should be is
spasmodically followed and when the
shiboleth of parking space for all en
trenched in one way or another on
the main campus is maintained. It is
therefore not entirely clear why they
should have the sole burden of supporting
the bus system.
Finally, to the extent that the dime
charge per ridq on the bus system, a
To The Editor:
We are not impressed with the sup
posedly humorous touch of adding the
name of "Vinh Screu You, Carrboro
University" to the statement of Viet
namese students published in your March
This is worse than a bad joke; it
is just one more manifestation of the
kind of callousness that prompted the
now well-known statement by an
American officer: "To save Bentre k
become necessary to destroy it." It is
grotesque to mock the deep personal
concern of Vietnamese who are seeing
their land destroyed and their coun
trymen annihilated in the name of
democracy and an anti-communist
We think that an explanation and
an apology from the Tar Heel to the
signers of the statement and to the
. student body would be appropriate.
Lawrence D. Kessler.
Frederick A. Bode,
Thomas R. Cbxistoff erson,
D. T. Calhoun,
Dept. of History
The 'Daily Tar Heel b pub
lished by the University of
North Carolina Stadent Publi
cations Board, dally except
Mondays, examinations periods
Offices are on the second
.floor of Graham MeslprUL
Telephone numbers: editorial,
sports, .news S33-1011; bus
iness, circulation, advertising
833-1163. Address: Box 1C80,
Chapel Hill, N.- C, 27514.
Second class postage paid at
VS. Post Office la Chapel Hill,
Subscription rates: & per
year; $5 per semester.
His Own Law
indeed, a leader, but to those who were
unfortunate enough to have been in his
path Dr. King's existence had become
in reality a living nightmare. It was
so everywhere he went.
They called his movement "non
violent;" this in itself was paradoxical.
In whatever: area Dr. King chose to
march he retained a wake of violence
leaving a trial of bloodshed and
tragedy. To him his, seemingly, obsession
was by far more important than the
lives of the innocent victims who (by
chance) happened to stand in his way.
Statistically, Dr. King's marches were
responsible for more deaths and injuries
than all of the marches of the "violent"
Black Power leaders combined.
I have never, nor will I ever become
an advocate of mob violence in order
to reach an end. And further, I wfll
never endorse anyone who takes the
law into their own hands I find
Dr. King no exception.
Today while thousands of our troops
are giving up their lives daily in Vietnam
for the protection of law and order
at home and the democratic process,
many Americans find much more com
passion for the death of one man, Dr.
Martin Luther King a man who hardly
knew what the terms "law and order"
and "democratic process" meant He
made his own law and by it "he was
And so it may be said, "they who
live by violence, die by it." Martin
Luther King has proved this.
judgment of that system cannot be made
on the basis of revenues exceeding costs.
At certain periods of the day, the peak
hours, a dime charge may underesti
mate the benefits to a rider; at o&er
hours cf the day, the slack hours,
south campus residents may prefer to
walk or not to mage a trip at alL
Also there is the question of whether
the student body as a whole does not
benefit by making it easier for south
campus residents to get to main campus
facilities and to participate in main cam
pus student activities.
The real difficulty in analyzing the
bus system proposal is that the objectives
are unclear. If the objective is to provide
south campus residents with access to
the main campus which in some sense
approximates that which main campus
residents enjoy, then no charge should
be made. If the objective is just to
provide an alternative form of
transportation to the main campus, the
only decision rule proposed is in
adequate. Stephen S. Skjel
1-2 North St.