76 Years of Editorial Freedom
Wayne Murder, Editor
Bill Staton, Business Manager
Should Be Accepted
Student Legislature, usually a
not-so courageous rubber stamping
agent asserted itself Thursday by
passing a drug bill designed to
protect the rights of students.
The bill, unpopular with the
Administration, was passed to let
them know that since the drug bill
passed last year has expired, they
were not free to try the students
The bill is of crucial importance
to five UNC students who were
recently arrested on drug possession
charges. The bill, introduced by
Charles Jeffress, maintains that the
five cannot be tried by the
Administration or any University
judicial board until a new drug
policy is worked out with the
The Administration can now do
one of two things: it can let the
cases of the five students wait until
a new drug policy is worked out or
it can try the students themselves,
something the Administration used
to do before last year's drug policy.
We think the Administration
should not tamper with the
students' right to maintain their
own judicial . system, a right the
members of the Administration are
always quick to praise every year at
Students Rights At Michigan
Contrast With UNC Rules
The recent decision by the
University of Michigan Board of
Governors, of iesjctence Halls
calling for extension of off-campus
living rights to sophomore women
should serve .to inspire UNC
students seeking similar reforms.
Hopefully, and perhaps more
importantly, these reports may
awaken UNC students who are not
fully-aware of, or sufficiently
concerned with, the problem of
University officials acting in loco
parentis to control the lives of
persons who should be mature
enough to run their own lives.
The recent move on the part of
the Michigan Board of Governors is
just ,one in a series of such actions
in -recent years that have
considerably broadened the right of
the Michigan student to live his
The right to reside in apartments
was granted to senior women in
1962 and to junior women in 1965.
In addition, open visitation for
members of the opposite sex was
approved by the Michigan Board of
Regents last January. Under a
Board resolution passed on January
19, men's and women's dormitories
were given the right of
self-determination in the area of
The same resolution abolished
closing hours for freshman women
with parental permission, on an
experimental basis. Closing hours
for sophomore, junior, and senior
women with parental permission
had already been abolished on a
The UNC record, in comparison,
is backward, regressive,
It was not until this year that
senior women were granted
off-campus residence rights. The
same amendment of women's rules
provided for women students over
21 years of age who were freshmen,
sophomores, or juniors.
In addition, UNC coeds are still
hampered by closing hours, which
are ridiculous, to say the least.
And finally, visitation rights on
the UNC campus are completely
Dale Gibson, Managing Editor
Rebel Good, News Editor
Joe Sanders, Features Editor
Owen Davis, Sports Editor
Kermit Buckner, Jr, Advertising Manager
Freshmen Orientation. They should
leave the students alone until some
agreement can be reached with
Student Legislature, the student
body's representative agency in
handling problems like this.
Should the Administration,
however, flaunt the right of the
students to form their own judicial
system, we hope the Legislature
will react again as swiftly and as
independently as they did
The Legislature should tell the
Administration, should they insist
on trying drug users or possessors,
that if they want ot do that, they
can also try all other cases whether
it be cheating, stealing, fighting,
Maybe the Administration,
which would, be showing its
eagerness to usurp the students'
right to a judiciary by such an
action, would enjoy trying every
We hope that matters will never
reach this extreme.
However, should they not act
wisely in this case, the Legislature
should not hesitate to dump the
whole problem of student discipline
in the hands of the Administration.
At stake in this issue is the
question of the University's right to
control a, student's life so
completely. More importantly,
however, is the question of the
desirability of such control.
It seems presumptious, indeed,
for the University to set restrictions
on its students which the average
parent would not presume to set,
were the student living at home
Even more appalling is the fact
that, until recently, the University
felt it had the right to set similar
restrictions on students who, having
reached the age of 21, were beyond
the legal control of their parents, or
anyone else, in such matters as
place of residence, visitation, and
More importantly, perhaps, the
undesirability of such control can
hardly be assailed.
The purpose of the University is
to educate its students, and a
principle aspect of education is, or
should be, maturation.
Instead, the University seems to
fulfill little more than a
"baby-sitting" role, postponing for
four years the day when students
are able to assume
self-determination and strive for
While students living at home, or
other college age persons living on
their own, are learning to make
their own decisions and run their
own lives, UNC students are
succumbing to University efforts to
reduce them to a high-school level
The time is long-overdue when
UNC students must stand up for
the right to live their own lives
without interference from
Students who disdain the cause
as a product of "student activism"
would be wise to reconsider their
own personal interests and to
re-evaluate their stake in the
And coeds who are unconcerned
about the situation should realize
that they are the victims of a
discrimination which is based solely
on the issue of their sex.
SiiemS Sam Shoots Shots
Strange things happen in Chapel Hill
and some of the strangest happen to me.
Like the other night, for instance, I had
just left Graham Memorial and was
walking past Silent Sam when a deep
voice called out, "Hey, kid, come over
here." Well, naturally, I ,!was a little
startled since I didn't see anyone around,
so I just stood still and stared.
"Over here, kid," the voice boomed
again.' I looked, but I still didn't see
anyone except Sam. Sam?! "Well, it
certainly took you long enough, have a
I tried hard to talk, but the words just
would not come until finally I blurted
out, "Monuments can't talk."
"Of course I can talk. That's the
trouble with you young people these
days, you're always taking a fellow for
"Oh yeah, then why haven't you
talked to someone before now?"
"It's the image, boy, the image. You
know, the strong, silent type. Got to keep
up the image," Sam replied.
"Sounds like a pretty dull life to me,
just standing around here all day doing
nothing," I said.
"I stay pretty busy. Actually, I
shouldn't tell you this, but I'm a secret
service agent for the campus police.
Generally, I just keep an eye on this end
of campus, but right now I'm working on
the old Phantom Prowler Case."
"Oh, really? What progress have you
"I can't reveal any specifics just yet.
I'm still making a systematic study of the
"Well, all right. Maybe you could
answer some other questions for me,
since you've been here longer than I have.
Did they really stable horses in South
Building during the Civil War?"
"Now I haven't been here that long.
How about something more recent?"
"Well, what about the rumor that the
Old Well fountain is connected to the city
According to a modern definition, a
demagogue is a leader who makes use of
popular prejudices and false claims and
promises to gain power. Eldridge Cleaver L
can be named a demagogue since he fits
the description quite 5 well; Mr. Cleaver '
implies that there can be no middle road
as your editorial quotes him, "Either1
you're part of the problem or you're part
of the solution."
By Peter Blackburn
Mr. Cleaver, in adopting a
systematically one-sided attitude towards
every problem that has to be dealt with,
resembles a dictator who wants to control
the minds of his subjects. Of course, Mr.
Cleaver thinks he has the solution to
problems and anyone who doesn't agree
with him is a racist or an Uncle Tom. He
is just as much a racist in the sense that
George Wallace is, because he hates white
people who do not endorse his confusing
Mr. Cleaver, a man who has been in
prison several years on charges of rape
and possession of marijuana, seems to
ill-fitted to prescribe a moral path for
others to follow, when he has veen such a
poor example of decent behavior himself.
In a speech to a press meeting, the
candidate of the Peace and Freedom
Party told the audience to get guns and
kill some white people.
In his book,. Soul On Ice, the
candidate of the Peace and Freedom
Party listed among his heroes such
apostles of peace and freedom as Chou
En-lai, Fidel Castro, and Mao Tse-tung.
Mr. Cleaver's use of shock tatics is poor
judgment because by his revolting
language he isolates many people from his
cause and thereby makes the odds against
himself greater in his quest to "liberate"
Negroes in America. When he talks about
burning a town down, he is indeed
holding it as an option. But if one doesn't
agree with him or if his demands are(
unreasonable, it seems to me that he is'
certainly advocating burning in order to
get his way.
Mr. Cleaver's irrational, chaotic
solutions are manifest in your quote of
him when he says, "barbecue the pigs."
He overexaggerates the problems of our
society in Soul On Ice. In one of his
paragraphs he says, "The War on Poverty,
that monstrous insult to the rippling
muscles in black man's arms, is an index
of how men actually sit down and plot
each others' deaths, actually sit down
with slide rules and calculate how to hide
bread from the hungry. And the black
bourgeosie greedily sopping up what
crumbs are tossed into their corner."
When Mr. Cleaver speaks, emotion, not
intellect is appealed to. If one can accept
this premise, then how can you say that
"Students are missing out on a great
opportunity to learn ..." when learning
should be based on intellect and not
emotion? Mr. . Cleaver's book, Soul On
Ice, presents some very good points on
racism in America, but many of ideas and
speeches make no sense whatsoever, as
one can see by reading your quotes of Mr.
Cleaver. It is unfortunate that some
people are persuaded by Mr. Cleaver's
manipulation of instincts and emotions.
"I don't know anything about that,
but if it is, it happened while my back
"How about a few years aso when
Herbert Apathaker was here? Did you
hear him speak?"
"Not really. They met here, but he
moved down to the wall and all I heard
were some students who kept begging the
newsmen, 'Take my picture. Take my
"When I was a freshman, I was told of
a legend that you fire a shot every time
that a ... "
"Get serious. I doubt this gun could
shoot even if I had any bullets."
Do you realize that only a month ago,
I could have written a mock column on
"The Sandwich Crisis," thinking that
such an incredible thing could never
really happen here? And the whole lurid
story could have been beefed up with
gory details like, "The reason for the
crisis is the oozing globs of mayonnaise
plastered into the sandwiches".
Hold on, gentle reader, but UNC is
now in the middle of a vicious Sandwich
Cirsis stirred up by the malevolent food
administrators who have commanded
control of the sandwich facilities and
begun heaping mayonnaise into our
The whole thing doesn't revolve
around whether the anti-sandwich forces
are right or wrong (they appear, to be
right), but rather it is a commentary on
the nature of campus "crises".
There are several fairly decent
controversies brewing about campus now
which, while appearing to be of greater
import than a sandwich crisis, are as yet
hiding but will be interesting to watch.
Probably the next one to surface will
be high prices in the new book exchange.
It is clearly evident to any browser that
many items in the new building are
attempting to put a run on the dollar.
This controversy, like the Sandwich
Crisis, will likely begin when some
enterprising student legislator brings up
Jii lovely dorm
Letters To The Editor
I have just received a flyer from a
student committee requesting that I take
TIME OUT from my "routine activity"
of teaching and allow my students and
myself the opportunity "to examine basic
questions facing society and the
University." The date proposed is next
Tuesday, October 29th, a day which I am
scheduled to meet three classes. I want to
make my reply public since whatever the
university administration decides to do
about this request or whatever the
student body decides to do in turn there
is another perspective on this issue which
either of these two groups might not
consider. Speaking for myself and for at
least some of my colleagues on the
faculty, I find this request absurd.
I intend to give my students the
option which they have every
class-meeting (not only on undeclared
national holidays) of deciding for
themselves whether attending class is the
most meaningful way they can spend
their time; if I suspend classes, they will
not have that option. It happens that the
course I teach is a General College
requirement and that a student must
satisfy the requirements of that course in
order finally to graduate from the
"Oh, I see. This is kind of personal,
but I heard somewhere that you weren't
really a Confederate soldier, but you used
to dnve a raxi for a living."
"Shh, don't ever let me hear you say
that. If that gets started again, I may
never get another peaceful night's sleep."
"What about the Spring Be-In held
here for the last two years? Did you get
to see them? The painted faces and
costumes, and ..."
"Son, I have a Be-In almost every
week. I've been painted so many colors,
plastered with so many posters, and shot
with so much shaving cream that I'd
rather not discuss it."
"Yes, you have had a pretty rough
the matter, or better yet, when the DTH
is moved to investigate it.
Still another softly simmering debacle
is what will become of the old
Undergraduate Library in Wilson Hall.
One letter-writer has brought the matter
up, but otherwise, the honored old room
is headed for another famous
Meanwhile, a fine kettle of fish (horrid
cliche) is bubbling over at the brim
(cliche) as town merchants cast envious
glances at the wide variety of stock in the
new book exchange. North Carolina has a
law (the Umstead Act) which says
everything must be educational if you're
going to sell it on a state-owned campus
(unless it's worth less than a quarter). So
the merchants think they're being gyped.
Not a bad point.
So ; there are headier crises running
about than what will surely be
immortalized in film as "The Sandwich
Affair." But unfortunately, no one knows
about them yet.
Carolina, with its reputation for
activism, has frequently gone into periods
where" the only "activism" is
local-national, controversies remain
academic discussion. As the election sails
toward us, the Vietnam War lopes across
mine fields, and Abe Fortas decides
Strom Thurmond is not a friend, Carolina
students find diversion in picketing
university. But I do not pass students for
attendance. If that one hour per class on
Tuesday interferes with an individual
student's "examination of basic
questions" (more serious questions than
the relative merits of Made-Rite and
University-Made sandwiches), then by all
means he should cut. I myself can afford
three hours on Tuesday for teaching with'
plenty of time to spare for eating the
sandwich of my choice for lunch. That is
not a very long day's obligations but of
course that is my job, and I would not
want to argue that attending class is a
A student's job has to do with courses,
not classes. But this is where the issue of
suspending classes next Tuesday becomes
important in its implications. My syllabus
is an important thing to me: it represents
the shape of the course I teach, and if
nothing else it is that shape I want to
communicate, that sense of the course as
a whole. So I am rather touchy about
allowing that syllabus to be violated,
especially on little notice. They warned'
me about University Day, but it distrflbed
me anyway to lose that class and a half. I
rescheduled the chance to make them up,
and my students were kind enough to
give me that chance. I do not mean to
Saturday, October 261968
time, Sara Why do people do such things
"Oh I don't mind the little things,
after all, everyone needs a sense ot
humor. But when people resort to
smearing paint or shaving cream on me,
that's no. longer a joke. Last weekend
some fellows, thought it was cute to
spread red paint all over me or maybe
they just do it for kicks. Boy, I'd sure like
to kick one."
"You're right, Sam. Say what is that
lens on your ammo pouch for?" '
'That's my .new closed circuit T
system. You can tell those fellows not to
miss "Channel 4 tonight"
UNC's sandwich f acil ities. . '
And what most people in this state do
not realize, is that by doing this sort of
demonstrating, Carolina students will get
one heck of a lot more accomplished than
will students on other campuses who pick
on national issues. This is where
Carolina's activism is strong and this is
where it should be strong.
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presume that any single class of mine, any
one day's work, is terribly important in
itself; but if I did not think that each
day s work finally added up, then I could
not want to teach. It seems to me that in
this same way no one day's TIME OUT
can accomplish very much 'in itself.
Instead we should all hope that the
genuine concern which prompted the
request for a TIME OUT become a daily
thing. That is what we should work for.
The only means I have for engaging such
attention to basic questions is the class I
teach. So I request in turn that the
committee consider the possibility that
Saturday afternoon or Sunday-the
routmes which those days are-might be
more worthwhile targets for a concern for
"He doesn't want the shape of his
course violated." I suppose I have given
myself away as an English teacher
threatened by the advertisements which
have appeared with alarming frequency
on the last page of this paper. I wM admit
that I regard the request for TIME OUT
as in part a threat.