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THE OUTSIDE PROFESSION
AL AGITATOR OF THE WEEK
To the UNC faculty member who,
upon hearing of the dismissal of
cheerleader Bernie Oakley,
immediately began helping plan a
massive "chant-in" only to have the
plans cancelled by Oakley's
THE WHEELS OF JUSTICE
AWARD OF THE WEEK-fThis
award also includes a millstone to be
worn around th- neck) To the
Washington, D.C., court system
which kept a mother of three in jail
two weeks for failing to show up to
be tried for getting a S15 parking
ticket and then not ')eing able to
come up with th; S300 bond
necessary to keep her out jail until
the case came up again.
THE YOU'VE GOT TO BE
KIDDING AWARD OF THE
WEEK-To Vice-President Spiro
Agnew who said last week that
Senators Edward M. Kennedy and
George McGovern along with the
national Democratic Party embrace
radicalism merely because they have
endorsed a black candidate for
Congress in California.
THE FEUDAL JUSTICE
AWARD OF THE WEEK-To the
board which last week gave a fourth
floor James resident definite
probation for a violation of the
administration's visitation policy,
the harshest penalty ever given any
student for such a conviction.
THE SORRY I COULDN'T DO ,
WHAT YOU ASKED AWARD OF
THE WEEK-To Daily Tar Heel
Staff Writer Karen Jurgensen who,
while writing a story : on the sex
symposium posters being torn down
in Morrison, quoted physical plant
employee William Jernigan as saying,
"I don't want to be quoted in the Tar
Heel, you understand? I do not want
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78 Years of Editorial Freedom
Rod Waldorf Managing Ed.
Mike Parnell News Editor
Rick Gray Associate Ed.
Harry Bryan Associate Ed.
Chris Cobbs Sports Editor
Glenn Brank Feature Editor
Ken Ripley , . Nat. News Editor
Ken Smith Night Editor
Doug Jewell Business Mgr.
Frank Stewart Adv. Mgr.
Janis Joplin's death this week at the age
of 27 was less than a total stunner only
because the New Culture, was still reeling
from the shocking demise of Jimi Hendrix
less than three weeks previously.
Janis died in LA . of an apparent
overdose of smack (heroin). Hendrix'
death in London Sept. 17 has been
attributed to "stangulation caused by
vomit" following an OD of sleeping pills.
It boggles the mind to consider that
both these artists who with, very little
dispute could have been labeled the top
male and female musicians of their
culture have left us within a month of
each other, after having burst upon the
scene such a short time ago.
It will be remembered that both Janis
and Jimi initially received national
recognition at the infamous "first pop
festival" at Monterrey in the summer of
Since that memorable California
weekend, the New Culture has departed, at
an ever-increasing velocity, on a course
my name in the Tar Heel under any
THE "YOU CANT ALWAYS
GET WHAT YOU WANT" AWARD
OF THE WEEK-To the same
William Jernigan who, contrary to
what he wished, has now had his
name in The Daily Tar Heel ten times
THE SO-CALLED PEACE
INITIATIVE OF THE WEEK
A WARD-To President. Richard
Milhous Nixon for his speech to the
nation Wednesday night which was
only a deceptive maneuver ai.ned at
fooling public opinion and justifying
continuing American aggression.
THE PETTY BOURGEOIS
CAPITALISTS OF THE WEEK
AWARD-Jointly to the New York
shoemaker and the Florida clothing
firm which are both seeking patents
on the Peace Symbol.
THE OPEN HOUSING ORDI
NANCE VIOLATOR OF THE
WEEK AWARD-To the Chapel Hill
landlord who, upon seeing one of his
tenants, John Westall, at 109A .
Laurel Ave., with a beard, promptly
gave him a five-day clear-out-or-shave
warning with the comment
that "no hippies, longhairs or
niggers" shall set foot on his
property. As Luther said, here I take
my stand, and all that.
THE POISON PEN NOTE OF
the week award-To dth
Features Editor Glenn Brank for the
note he left the Associate Editors
after he received last week's
Benedict Arnold MemoriaL Award.
The note read: "May God So Love
You that He calls you. home very
soon.". . -
THE RETURN OF THE WEEK
AWARD-To "Peanuts," "Andy
Capp" and the crossword puzzle
which finally made it through the
mails to the Daily Tar Heel office last
Revolution Is Not
(Editor's Note: The following column
was written by Rick Allen, a former
columnist for The Daily Tar Heel who
graduated from UNC last June.)
One of the most popular yet
implausible of the New Left ideas is that
the "revolution" is coming. There will
never be anything even vaguely resembling
a revolution in this country.
For one thing, a successful popular
revolution requires a proletariat uprising.
As the New York hardhats so graphically
demonstrated, the blue collar workers of
the U.S. are a very conservative political
The pure and simple fact is that wealthy
people do not rise up to overthrow their
government. The United States is one of
the richest countries in the world. The vast
majority of the people are fed, housed and
That amorphous body of similar
individuals known as the "Silent Majority"
has spent its collective life in a desperate
effort to make it within the existing
toward new summits of musical and
philosophical expression. And until last
month, Janis and Jimi had been in the
vanguard of that youthful surge. '
Ironically, both were felled by one of
the darker phenomenons of the
Culture-the use of "hard," addictive drugs
in defiance of the almost universal medical
contempt with which smack and some
forms of speed are held.
We will not attempt to inveigh here
against the use of smack, speed, or any
other drug. The horrors of heroin are
entirely self-evident which leaves
unexplained the epidemic of smack
addiction currently saddling the New
. Culture, most alarmingly among the very
young (12 to 15 years of age).
It is disgusting to note, the
self-righteous "I-told-you-so" attitude
many publications have shown in
editorializing on the deaths of Joplin and
Most of the national news media -from
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And now it's time for a Maybe-False
test. The question: Things couldn't get any
worse. (A) False (B) Maybe. PLEDGE.
If you answered either (A) or (B) you
have not read the 1951 edition of John
Gunther's "Inside USA." (If you didn't
pledge, you have twenty -four hours to turn
yourself into an Honor Court.)
Things are pretty poor right now,
nobody's denying that, ' but for almost
every contemporary outrage that you're
bleeped off about, there's an even more
outrageous thing to get outraged about.
How about police brutality? Was some
cop arrogant to you while he was writing
out a parking ticket? ,
Well, in 1946, a Negro veteran was
discharged in Atlanta, and he boarded a
bus to go home to South Carolina. At one
stop, the veteran asked the white bus driver
if he could use the rest room. The driver
refused, and the two almost came to blows.
At the next stop, the driver reported the
system. They are not about to attack the
society in which they have struggled.
So far, the only noticeable effect of the
talk about revolution in this country has
been a marked shift toward repression.
Most people have moved even farther away
from the ideals of the New Left.
Every time a building is burned, taxes
for new schools are cut. Every time the
Black Panthers begin to stockpile arms
they are routed by a police offensive.
' In fact, the basic force which is dividing
the country has little to do with politics.
When the Chicago cops rioted against the
kids during' the Democratic National
Convention in 1968, politics were not the
The cops became violent because they
were scared by the life-styles of the young
Americans they saw in the Chicago parks.
What sets most people off is the fact
that young pepple are rejecting middle
class values. They are scared by marijuana,
freer sexual morals, a relative disdain for
money and material possessions.
We Americans have a history of political
Walter Cronkite and the New York Times
on down normally ignore the New
Culture or feast upon the inevitable "bad"
news it spawns (e.g., the "drug problems,"
the "moral degeneration," the concert
Now the media have suddenly
"recognized" the stature of, artists like
Hendrix and Joplin-but only to imply to
an already uptight America that everyone
in the New Culture is susceptible to heroin
and that your kid might end up dead in
some seedy motel, too, lady.
, In a sense, the point is valid. The
number of "rock and roll stars" who
regularly use smack and the more
dangerous barbituates is alarming. And it is
true that most rock fans realize their
heroes use the stuff, a knowledge which is
. bound to increase the temptation to try
"hard stuff'-and subsequently, to get
Why, then, do rock and roll stars use
drugs they know to be dangerous?
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incident to a policeman, who dragged the
black veteran off the bus and started
beating him. Once inside the jail, the cop
ground out his eyes with a billy club. It
took a U.S. district court thirty minutes to
acquit the cop. J
Wasn't it disgraceful that Newark
mayor Hugh Addonizio was indicted for
graft while still in office? But that's not as
bad as what happened to the mayor of
Boston, James M. Curley, who was also
serving as a U.S. Congressman when he was "
convicted of a sixty thousand dollar mail
fraud in 1 946. He spent five months in a
federal penitentiary, at full pay, running
the city from his cell, and when sentence
was commuted, ten 1 thousand of his
followers welcomed him back home to
Boston with a brass band playing "Hail the
The New York Daily News' Voice of the
People is still interesting, but somehow
compromise. To be sure, there have been
heated violent issues the past, but never
before has there been such a division of
In the past, a man's style of living was
more or less his own business. There are
more people and the all-pervasive mass
media. We now. know what other people
are doing, and we are frightened because
what they are doing seems so foreign and
mixed-up. - ' .
The country will survive politically. We
will leave Vietnam someday, we will one
day begin to save the environment, we will
begin to treat blacks as human beings.
In the meantime, the real danger lies in
the antagonism between the young and
old, parents and children.
As long as the "straight" Americans
find it impossible to accept long hair, grass,
rock music, new values and honesty, there
will be a dangerous division in the country.
We ask you, Middle Americans, to leave
our lives alone. Let us live the way we
want. Then, maybe, we can settle down to
more important issues.
th? weakening of body chemistry and
common sense due to the incredible
demands made on rock and roll stars by the
Culture they have helped engender.
To become No. I in the rock world
requires not only substantial talent,
monetary backing, and promotion, but
also a necessity for taking one's
performance to the people.
The result of this is the "tour"-wherein
a conglomeration of musicians, equipment
and sound personnel, management, and
-friends" are whisked from city to city at a
breakneck pace for a succession of 10 to 30
different "one night stands."
Even those artists who truly love this
topsy-turvy" life tire of it after a short
while. Unfortunately, . however, the
merry-go-round seldom decelerates once
popularity, is attained. The more rock
audiences adore a band, the more they
want to see of it. . .
Few people realize the financial.
bliT3tions artists incur on the way to the
top It may take several tours or half a
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SAYS WE'RE COMMIES
Brooklyn: I think your paper is a dirty,
filthy, crummy rag, and it stinks like hell.
You are a bunch of Communist rats. I hate
everything connected with you, from the
editor all the way down to the newsboy
who sells this stinking paper.I can make my
language stronger, but some children might
Did you think the 1 968 election was
violent? You should have been in Georgia
during the 1 946 campaign.
The Peach' State had a gubernatorial
elation that year, which was won by Gene
Tmadge (he 16st the popular vbte, but
Georgia had an "electoral college.") 01'
Gene said that night, "this means no
niggerU vote in Georgia for the next four
years," and some of his supporters in
Monroe really whooped it up. They came
upon two Negro couples, immediately
killed the men, and when they realized that
one of the women recognized them, the
rednecks murdered them. No one was ever
brought to trial.
Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago is
pretty powerful, but his tactics pale when
compared to Leander Perez, boss of
Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes in
If anybody got out of line in his
territories, Mr. Perez would doctor their
genealogy so that suddenly they would
have a Negro ancesfor. There was an
anti-miscegenation . law : then, making
co-habitation of the races a felony. Perez
would immediately arrest the man and his
wife, convict them, and send the children
to orphanages. Needless to say, nobody
crossed Leander. (He described the 1968
Democratic presidential ticket as "that
traitor Hubert Humphrey and that smelly
This is what Gunther had to say about
the Queen City of North Carolina:
"Charlotte, North Carolina, was once
known as the "murder capital" of
America; a savory touch is that it also calls
itself the greatest churchgoing town in
the world, except Edinburgh."
. And then there's lynching, but that can
be saved for another time. Here's you last
quiz of the day: Things couldn't be any
worse. (A) True (B) False. Make up your
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dozen hit LPs (or both) to reimburse a
record company for its investment in
creating a "rock and roll star."
Thus very few groups ever escape the
financial yoke which permits them to
manage themselves and to step off the
merry-go-round. In recent years only Elvis,
the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Dylan and
a few others have become affluent enough
that they may refuse to tour but remain
popular on the strength of records cut in
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In the case of an artist like Janis Joplin,
performances in public satisfied a personal
need and helped ill an aesthetic vacuum
created by the lack of an LP truly
indicative of her talents. .
Janis in death has left behind a paltry
three albums. Two of them were recorded
with Big Brother and the Holding
Company, a quartet on the bad side of
mediocre. The third was cut with a pickup
band whose herky-jerky. horn
arrangements generally overwhelmed some
of Janis best vocal efforts.
It's easy to stick a label on anythinc.
especially if that UK-1 is "Christian."
"Christian" must be one of the eae:
and most convenient labels to apply to a
person, mainly because the definition of
the word has become so vague ar.J
confused it may mean anything the user
People are often quick to sa of
someone they like and admire. "He's a rc.l
Christian." Favorable actions are often
tagged as "the Christian thing to do." .ir. J
nearly everyone has heard the term.
"Christian ethics." Western nations are
The danger of labels is that, by their
own convenience, they discourage any re .;!
depth of understanding of the position
they label. And usual!; if the label is
recognizable, the label itself is never
seriously questioned in its meaning.
I think it's about time one label, at least,
is questioned. What is Christianity anyway,
and what is a Christian?
Over the past two year, I've asked these
questions many time. And generally the
answers range from "a person who goes to
church and reads his Bible" to "a set of
principles which a person can follow in his
life." Few people are able to be more
specific, and this creates serious
problems especially if the person claims
to be a Christian.
To define Christianity as a set of
specific rehgious practices and Christians
as those who follow them is, at best,
superficial, and more likely to result in no
clear understanding of Christianity at all. It
is easy to participate in Christian activities
without being a Christian, because
Christianity is concerned primarily with
beliefs, out of which comes action. What
are the beliefs that prompt these actions?
But to explain Christianity and
Christian actions as merely an ethical
system, religious or not, only throws such a
believer into an awkard situation, because
he finds he has shattered the uniqueness of
Christianity, The problem is, "Christian."
ethics and even some basic assumptions are
not limited to Christianity.
As people are fond of saying,
"Christians have no monopoly on truth."
The ethics, the sensitivities, the concerns
found within Christianity are also found in
other religions as well. The person who
believes that Christianity is only an ethical
system to follow has not really defined
Christianity, he has only shed some light
on the ethics he holds.
But the biblical definition of
Christianity and Christian are actually
quite specific and unique, revolving around
the central thrust of the Gospel message.
I'm always amazed at how many people
leave any notion of Jesus Christ out of
their definitions of Christianity. Without
Christ, regardless of how you accept him,
we can't define Christianity.
Christianity centers around Jesus. The
"good news" of the Bible, the foundation
of Christianity, is that Jesus Christ was and
in God's means of reconciling man to
Himself. Christianity asserts as the reason
for its being that through Christ's life,
death, and ressurection, God has give man
a new quality of life in a relationship with
"I am the way, and the truth, and the
life," Christ asserts."No one comes to the
father but by me." A hard definition of
Christianity for many, but nonetheless
Being a Christian is equally specific. As
the Bible describes him, a Christian is a
person who believes the "good news" and
has accepted Christ as the bridge and
means to enter into a relationship with
God. Christ is his "Lord and Savior."
. It is easy to question the truth of
Christianity's claims, and intelligent
people should confront them.
But we first must know what it is we're
Be aft Ik
At 27, Janis was at the height of her
career. She had t6 be seen to be fully
appreciated, And to be seen, she had to
To tour, she had to live out of a suitcase,
developing irregular eating and sleeping
habits. Coupled with her already intensely
hectic, life style, these things probably
threatened to derail Janis' No. 1 express.
That could not happen, of course. The
public and the record company demanded
that she stay on the road. To keep going,
Janis likely had to turn to sleeping pills to
get rest and-regrettably-to smack to
relieve the pressures of her daily existence.
She once-described her ambitions as to
"play good gigs, stay high, and get laid "
She lived with the all-out intensity with
which she sang.
None of us, including Janis, recognized
that in our thrills to her feats, one day she
was going to give out that last "Piece of My
Hear"-and then there wouldn't be any