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October 9, 1370
Opinions of The Daily Tar Heel
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Tom Goodng, Ed tor
t Time
he Administration
Approximately 1,600 students
singed a petition Thursday
protesting the conviction and
punishment of a student for a
violation of the administration's
visitation policy.
The petition points out the
irrelevancy of a social policy
regulating visiting hours in dorm
rooms or an academic institution.
This petition will be presented
to the Trustee Consultative
Committee in an effort to show the
Trustees the general mood on
campus concerning the visitation
We are confident that numerous
additional signatures will be
obtained for the petition before the
Committee meets next week.
However, the organizers of the
petition should remember that
three years ago a petition calling for
a self-determined visitation policy
was presented to Dean of Student
Affairs CO. Cathey.
That petition contained 4,000
signatures but produced no results.
With proper respect to the
principle of participatory
3 Cheers For Bernie
"I'm glad it's over."
That's what Bernie Oakley said
Thursday afternoon after Athletic
Director Homer Rice re-enstated
him to the cheerleading squad.
We're glad it's over, too.
The whole hassle over the length
of Oakley's hair got completely out
of hand. Rice wisely stepped in to
end it by overruling the decision of
the two cheerleading coaches to
remove Oakley from the squad.
A lot of problems and ill-feelings
could have been avoided if Rice had
spoken out sooner, but as the
situation turned out one important
fact was brought into the open:
The head cheerleader does little
more than act as a puppet for the
people who pull his pursestrings.
When the issue first began
Gunnar Fromen made a point of
not getting his name mentioned in
the dispute. In neither the originial
story on the dispute nor the story
on the vote of the cheerleader's
Standards Board to accept the
length of Oakley's hair are any
comments from Fromen to be
STh Sattg (Jar tl
78 Years of Editorial Freedom
Tom Gooding,Editor
Rod Waldorf Managing Ed.
Mike Parnell News Editor
Rkk Gray Associate Ed.
Harry Bryan Associate Ed.
Chris Cobbs Sports Editor
Glenn Brank Feature Editor
Ken Ripley N3t. News Editor
Ken Smith Night Editor
Doug Jewell , . Business Mgr.
Frank Stewart Adv. Mgr.
arc expressed on its editorial page. Ail
of the editor and the staff. Letters and
of the individual contributors.
To Coer
democracy, we feel the petition is a
nice but politically empty gesture.
We find no reason to velieve that
the Trustees will be moved to act
because a piece of paper containing
student signatures.
The Trustees have never been
known to change a policy because
of the prevailing sentiments of the
student body.
Consequently, the executive
officers of this student body should
begin serious preparation for
carrying this issue beyond the
University community.
The Speaker Ban Law of 1963,
which stood throughout massive
student protests, was finally
removed from the law books by a
federal court.
The administration's visitation
policy places the University in a
position to intimidate students by
threatening their permanent
academic record.
This is as unconstitutional a
limitation on the personal rights of
students as the Speaker Ban Law
Thus, we are waiting to see the
administration in court once again.
The only time he was quoted
was Thursday morning when he
said, "It's their (the coaches')
decision, and we have to do it.
There's an image we have to try to
uphold although the students and I
might not agree with it.
''That's the image of the
cheerleader," he said, "we're
probably seen more than anyone
else. We're representing the athletic
department and the school."
Fromen refused to admit that
the purpose of the cheerleaders is
to lead the student body in cheers
for the football and basketball
If the cheerleaders are supposed
to lead the students then it stands
to reason that they should present
an image that reflects the
composition of the student body,
not the athletic department.
If there is one thing that can be
learned from the entire two weeks
of bickering over the length of
Oakley's hair it is that the students
fell the cheerleaders should
represent the student body. Look
at the letters on this page on the
subject of Oaklev's hair.
Consider the fact that a march
on Kenan Stadium was being
planned before the organizers
learned of Rice's actions.
Or maybe the 30-minute
chant-in proposed by three students
and a faculty member which would
drown out all cheers Saturday
except for one massive voice
shouting, "We Want Bernie."
Those plans were cancelled
Thursday, but they show that
Bernie Oakley represents a spirit
that the students on this campus
feel is necessary to the cheerleading
Fromen, by his comments,
represents a position that students
Maybe Fromen should lead the
cheers in the end zone section of
Kenan Stad ium, and Bernie Oakley,
who has the ability to excite the
student boy, should take over
Fromen's position as head
To the Editor:
A f t r having
been a Carol;
erhaier for the third year no I
heine completely drained of
enthusiasm due to the controversy ever
Bernie Oakley's hair.
To begin with I would like to let it be
known that I hold Bernie in the highest
esteem after working with him tor the
third year now. He was Head cheerleader
of the freshman squad and did a most
commendable job. He is truly dedicated
to cheerleading and would work to his
wits end ( which he has) for the benefit of
our squad. He thrives on being a part of
generating goodwill and enthusiasm
among our fellow students, as all of us
The controversy stems from a lack of
verbal communication. Mr. Rice will not
be directly responsible for Bernies
excommunication, he lets our "advisors"
andor Head Cheerleader do the dirty
work. There seems to be a general feeling
in the Athletic Department that states a
person in the athletic association will be
"clean-cut"' or he will not represent UN'C.
The fact of money has popped into
the scene. Certain alumni have rumored
to stop contributions unless Oakley is
dealt with. Personally, we could do
without their support. If they are going
to support us through the CAA they
should do it whole-heartedly..
Why don't they pay for the laundering
of our uniforms and buy our footwear?
Why don't they send all members of the
squad to away games instead of a limited
number? We do not eat at the training
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Dane Hartgrove
People't Theoiselve
Last Friday night I came back to my
dormitory about 12:30, went to my
room to relieve myself of my sweater,
took one of my carefully hoarded
cigarettes (I'm trying to quit) out of its
pack, and went out on the balcony to
think and replay a pleasant evening
passed with some of my friends at the
home of one of my professors.
I had just lit up and wedged myself
comfortably against one of the balcony
supports when I was distracted by a
commotion of the sixth floor balcony.
The sixth floor is assigned to women
students, and there was some poor drunk
up there try ing to get to see a girl that
lives in one of the sixth floor suites.
It struck me as kind of pathetic that a
grown man should be standin up there on
the sixth floor balcony crying and saying
all sorts of emotional things to get the
attention of a girl that, it turned out, had
already gone to sleep. And I found myself
wondering why things have to be that
way in relations between people.
While I was thinking about these
things, the drunk on the sixth floor either
passed out or was led away to his room.
Anyway, I stopped eavesdropping on his
private life and went back to my room to
write this article.
I wonder, really, if there is such a
thing as an honest relationship between a
table and. therefore, should not be
expected to abide by their rules. We have
a Standards Board which m-kes our rules
and enforces them. Each member of our
squad is willing to abide by our set of
rules including our martyr. Berne
The CAA does pay for cur food
lodging and transportation during away
games, but this is minor in comparison to
the service we render. Aside from
cheerleading, our girls help with the
recruiting program every home game. We
are used in commercials, without any
notification, for the good of the CAA. In
my mind their financial support is an
even trade for our services. I feel that we
are doing a fine job and are living up to
our responsibilities as cheerleaders, but
for our sake don't dictate how we should
act or dress or wear our hair.
I want to dispell any thoughts of
narrow-minded Alumni andor parents
that think that Bernie is trying to "prove
something" by growing his hair long. His
attitude toward hair could be Likened to a
S50,000-a-year alumnus's decision to
drink Cutty Sark Scotch or Jim Beam
Bourbon-it's all a matter of taste. If the
Alumni's tastes differ I would label it
"unfortunate." I was elected by
representatives of Student Government,
faculty, Athletic Association, and senior
members of the squad. We were supposed
to be representatives of the student body.
I feel that we are doing this.
One might ask why aren't there any
Negroes on the squad, well last year a
Negro was elected and chose not to
participate and this year none tried out.
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man and a woman, or between any two
people in our society. WTiy, for instance,
wasn't it possible for the guy on the sixth
floor balcony just to say to this girl that
he wanted to talk to her or go to bed
with her or whatever, instead of getting
drunk and banging on her door in the
early hours of a Saturday morning?
Is there such a thing as simplicity in
human realtionships anymore? Is it
possible to just be a human being,
without being rich or poor and letting it
show, or maybe without worrying about
clothes or what model car you drive or
what kind of toothpaste you use?
To some of you reading this, the
whole problem may seem absurd. What
have cars, clothes, and money got to do
with being what you are? But I am
convinced that most people don't think
of themselves as just human beings, but as
frat men, radicals, construction workers,
lawyers or what have you.
I think people identify too much with
the things they own or know or are a
member or, to the detriment of any
understanding of themselves or other
people. Ours is a materialistic society: we
place too much emphasis on the things
we can buy with our money. And with
money you can usually buy yourself a
little position somewhere in the social
After we have used our money to buy
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in my m:nd v.? are represent Jtsve ot
the student body WITH Berroe. Without
him I do -ft fee! that we are living up to
cur own epeeiat;-ons. -nd it s hmdermg
my own ability to eenerate m.
We are doing our part. hy car,": ihc
leave us alone. W;;hou: Bernie Ofsley
cheering wuh our qua,3 I fee! that we
have been dealt a severe Mow.
Robert CGue
I NC Virxitv Cheerleader
To the Editor:
Two items in the Thursday Tar Heel
have given me an idea. One is the
shameful removal of Bernie Oakley from
the cheerleadmg squad; the other, the
announcement of the opening date for
Homecoming Queen entries. Can you see
it already?
The practice of entering males in
Homecoming Queen contests has
precedence in the last couple of ears,
and I believe that at least two male
students have won such contests. I think
it would be a fitting expression of protest
for the Carolina student body to elect a
willing Bernie Oakley as Homecoming
Stuart R. Lynn
42 Tarheel Trailer" Ct.
To the Student Body:
Students unite! Bernie Oakley is being
prosecuted for his beliefs. About ZOO
years ago people fought revolutions for
this right. Before that people migrated to
a country, left everything they had and
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ourselves a position, we set about
thinking in terms of what things that
position demands of us. For instance, the
swift young lawyer position demands
good looks, fashionable clothes (and
almost invariably a necktie), a flashy car,
sociability, and a giib tongue, lhe average
bright young lawyer, following this
model, would feel underprivileged if he
had to drive an old second-hand Ford to
the office every day, and would work
until he dropped to be able to afford a
nice new Porsche, or whatever bright
young lawyers are driving this year.
Which is getting a long way from that
drunk up on the sixth floor. I wonder,
though: don't most people spend an
awful lot of time making themselves what
they think they want to be, and not
enough worrying about what they really
Maybe this problem doesn't strike you
as very important. Maybe people are
really meant to be just the way they are
after midnight on Fridays in UN'C
dormitories. "But I can't help thinking
that there is something wrong when
people can be reduced to tears and
alcohol over what should be a simple
relationship between two human begins.
And I wish we could set things right
between people once and for all, even if a
few Porsche dealers have to go out of
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they beheved in.
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cheer. e iiWl to do -i.5n::t';r:c to :r.e
Bern.e Oakley h: ns:ht back
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To she I ditor:
Si !- unfortunate indedd ::;..: ::
"Alumni" sho.;!J have to e-:,;;,,h
controls for the prevent nu!e:U h .
follow m order for us to prov;J . ;hv
proper atmosphere of enshuM.o: ; . ;-,d
spirit at football garner. It seems i5...:
alumni have control of a large port: . ;
the money in the aihSettc dep.;:;:
thereby feeling if unnecessary to d.vf.ue
the actions of the "A. A." AN i US
Affiliates, by some right given lo '.. ? b
the monitarv good.
The poor chee.rmg squad. In ;r! .e :
Us affihatioii Willi the "A. A." J'alK i.ol;;
the jurisdiction oi' the ahu!im. who. !
like Bernie Oakley at all. becaio-e the
don't hink he represents them propero ,.;
football games, lbs Jong hair and f e.-rd
represent something completelv ..!..": r -them,
thercftire lie must be clin-uniU .!
fro;n the squad. But what ffie a! o n
don't see, is that Bernie is reahmg t he
goals of the by representing the
present student body!
Must one student be penalird t.-r
doing his best to represent us? f sh-e..Sd
hope that we have not become so
apathetic as to allow this to iuppe:: t
one of our best. We must stand up t, :
what is right, and not be moved hy th.i!
which we know is wrong!
.Snic.-f .
Jim Luxton. John Bohanrn.n
1 0-1 Ruflin
To (he Fditors:
This university is an educational
institute, not a political un-nti. Is iui
why the administration capitulated to the
politics of alumni and fired the long
haired cheerleader?
This university is concerned about
student rights. Is it more concerned about
abiding by hypocritical standard'.?
This university has a strong, tough
disruption policy. Why is this university
trying hard to start unrest?
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317 lv
To the hditor:
I would just like to express how
terribly disappointed I am concerning the
decision made about Bernie Oakley's hair.
I don't see how anyone has the- r;ht to
tell him how to cut his hair. Is he telling
others how to keep their hair?
Because of just thirteen complaints
from alumni, it has been decided that his
hair should be cut. If we pet together
thirteen people in favor of it the way it is,
would our opinions even be considered?
Certainly not! The majority rules every
other democratic situation, why not
Even the augh Bernie has been officially
cut from the cheerleading squad, I hope it
is not too late for this decision to he
reconsidered and Bernie to be restored to
his rightful position. I think that this
terrible injustice .should be corrected, and
the time is now!
Kathy Wolfe
345 W. Cobb
.To the Editor:
What kind of
is it that
"id hardest
allows one of
the best ,
working cheerleaders to be removed from
the squad for the trite reason that his hair
is long. Since when can 13 people of
unknown origin, govern and stereotype
17,567? Since when can 13 people who
to decide to play God, tell 17,567 a
man's entire being and worth depends on
the length (or the lack of length; of his
It is an insult to every individual who
is a part of this University to accept this
type of idiotic decision. The cheerleaders
duty is to lead the student body in
cheers. They are supposed to represent
the student body the entire student
body, including guys with hair down to
their ankles, if they wish. Oakley is a
good cheerleader, and he does just
that leads cheers!
If we allow the railroading of Oakley
off the cheerleading squad we might as
well submit to stereotyping and
uniformity ourselves. Who knows at the
next ball game "the gods" may be peering
through their binoculars and decide they
don't like your looks either!
Judd Davidson
417 Granville East

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