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Harry Bryan. Editor
Monday, March 6, 1972
.Dorm restrictions
larsh but needed
Regulations released Thursday
by the Office of Student Affairs
concerning non-students visiting
James Dormitory may seem harsh,
but action had to be taken quickly
to prevent the second violent death
on the campus in two years.
The new regulations, which went
into effect this weekend, will
restrict admittance to the dorm to
all persons with the exceptions of
students with identification cards
and registered guests of James
residents.
The restrictions will apply every
Friday and Saturday between 7
p.m. and 3 a.m. The dormitory will
be patrolled during those hours by
Pinkerton guards and campus police
who will be spot-checking for
student IDs.
Admittedly, the new restrictions
will make James seem more like a
penitentiary than a University
residence hall. And black students
will bear the brunt of the new
regulations more than anyone else,
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Murray Pool Business Mgr.
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Letters to the
itic
To the editor:
DTH writer Betty Brody is fortunate to
have such a champion as Mr. Mitchell
Lennon to leap to the defense of her "film
journalism" (DTH, February 24).
However, Mr. Lennon would have done
well to check January's TV Guides. He
would have seen:
"'Jules and Jim'J is subtitled, but so
strong is the visual impact that these
subtitles should offer no distraction.
One 'reads' a Truffaut film in a purely
cinematic sense. For ... it is a purely
filmic creation . . . revolutionary in
concept and style, but so universal in its
truths and aesthetic that it endures for
all times."
Judith Crist, TV Guide, January
8-14,p.l6.J
"'Grand Illusion'! is concerned with
the illusions of elitism and of
nationalism, the artifical boundaries
man creates for his legal and illegal
killings, the stupidities of the bigotries
and class barriers that lead men to
destroy each other. You owe yourself
the experience of this film."
TV Guide, January 22-28, p.A-2. J
Compare the above with excerpts from
Miss Brody's article (DTH, February 2):
"But so great is the visual impact that
subtitles offer no distraction. One
'reads' such a classic in a purely
cinematic sense. Truffaut 's movie is a
filmic creation revolutionary in style
and concept, but universal in its truths
and aesthetic content."
"... illusions of nationalism and
diti'.rn, the artificial boundaries man
!!' : hi': and illegal killings, and
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since they will probably be asked
for their identification card every
time they leave their rooms, while
whites will be freely roaming about.
But something had to be done to
attempt to quell the violence that
has been occurring in the dormitory
on many weekends this year.
A number of reports have been
made this year of students being
threatened with guns and other
weapons, of actual cases of physical
assault and other such disturbances.
According to some students who
either live in James or visit there
frequently, many more incidents
have actually occurred but have not
been reported.
In announcing the new
regulations, James O. Cansler,
associate dean of the Office of
Student Affairs, said the
restrictions are merely a temporary
measure that will stay in effect
until a better solution is found.
Since the majority of the cases
have reportedly involved black
non-students from the Chapel
Hill-Carrboro community, we
encourage Cansler, as well as the
students and residence hall officials
who participated in drafting the
new restrictions, to get to the root
of the problems that are causing ill
feelings between UNC students and
youths from the town.
But until something further is
done, the new restrictions, harsh as
they may be, are needed in James
Dormitory.
Now that's
sorta weir
The town of Hillsborough is
presently planning to purchase
property in the town, with the help
of the Department of Housing and
Urban Development, for S80,600.
However, according to Orange
County tax books, that piece of
property is worth only SI 7,800.
Now either something fishy is
going on, or inflation is really here
for sure.
editor
accu
ed.
owe themselves the experience of this
film."
I hate to suggest to Mr. Lennon that not all
great thoughts aired in seminar discussions
spring perfectly formed and pristinely
original from the meeting of mind and
matter, but such similarities as the above
cannot be coincidental. I reproduce for Mr.
Lennon the correct spelling of the word
"plagiarism."
Colin E. Jeffcoat
304-D Mason Farm Road
Mary Travers
review 'hard'
To the editor:
I think Adrian Scott's concession to
"perhaps being a little hard on Mary
Travers" is quite an understatement. He
says she "has been at it a little too long
for this kind of thing to go over with
complete success."
By "this kind of thing" I take Mr.
Scott to mean the motherless child image
he claims she creates and the "meaningful
little raps that Mary uttered between
songs."
How a "low-cut dress" and an
"artfully presented profile" go towards
creating a motherless child image escapes
me. To the contrary, Mary Travers gave at
least a few of us an impression of
youthful worldliness, of appearing
young and appealing while seeming to
have a good idea of what is happening
around her today.
The "meaningful little raps" did not
l'iv-f my opinion ol Mary Travers'
Gerrv Cohen
Young
In the crowded 1972 North Carolina
election field, nine young people have
offered themselves for election to various
positions. Unfortunately, at least five of
them may be denied a seat in their
respective office even if they win their
election.
During the 1971 General Assembly,
two amendments to the N. C.
Constitution were ordered submitted to a
vote of the people on November 7, 1972.
The first lowers the voting age to 18, and
was superseded by the U.S.
Constitutional amendment, but will still
be voted on anyway.
The second amendment amends
Article VI Section 6 of the N.C.
Constitution and requires all
officeholders be "at least 21 years of
age," as well as "a qualified voter".
performance. That her voice is very good
is obvious, and that she is a singer by
profession is even more obvious. But does
being a singer with a good voice mean one
cannot comment on social questions, or
that one has to blast forth from song to
song with no opportunity for a little talk
with the audience without that talk being
edited? Mary Travers seemed to establish
good rapport with her audience, and it
seemed quite a few felt the sting of her
voter registration comment.
The music was good, the sound was
better than usual for Carmichael, and
everyone seemed pleased by the concert
as a whole. Almost everyone.
One final note on those speakers that
produced the sounds at Woodstock. If I
remember correctly, Mary's attack on the
speakers was because of their position in
space, not their quality as
sound-producers. And I felt she was
justified in asking Mr. Hanley to "stop
creating" for her. Her voice came through
very nicely during the concert, which is,
perhaps, what she wanted to come
through her own voice.
William R. Cowper
303 Teague
Finder-keeper
not always rule
To the editor: To whom it may concern:
It is nice to know that some people are
still willing to go out of their way to do
something for someone else. To whoever
returned my checkbook lolnlly inlacl on
of
We leave our column thnk today in
memory of an IS-y ear-old coed who died
from an illegal abortion. Would proper
birth control and sex counseling have
avoided this tragedy? What good did our
50caI3ed liberal abortion law do for her''
We mourn in silence.
hopefuls may lose seats
Presently, the only requirement is that
one be "a qualified voter." When the
voting age was 21, the age for holding
office was automatically set at 21.
Now that Congress has lowered the
voting age to 18, the age for officeholding
has also been lowered to IS in North
Carolina and will remain that way if the
constitutional amendment is defeated at
the polls this November.
Of much importance to young people,
especially high school students, is the
local school board. In the
Winston-Salem-Forsyth County school
district, two 18-year olds and a 19-year
old have filed their candidacies for
election to the school board. Four of the
eight seats on the school board in that
county are open for election this
November.
tannin
the same day it was missing, my sincere
thanks.
John D. Davis, Jr.
753 James
Non-existence
hard to prove
To the editor:
I am writing in response to a letter
written by Richard Farmer. I think Mr.
Farmer is entitled to his opinions about
religions. However, I feel he has gone a
bit too far to set himself up as an
authority on the non-existence of God.
Even using the scientific method one
cannot prove that God does not exist. I
am sure that there are many sicentific
principles which like others, Mr. Farmer
has not seen nor has the capacity to
understand, but nevertheless accepts. Is it
not so with the acceptance of the
existence of a God?
It seems that Mr. Farmer is using
religion as a scapegoat for the problems
of society. Personally, I would hate to
imagine the world without the
"outdated" lessons that Jesus taught. I
cannot agree with Mr. Farmer that they
are the problems dead people. They are in
fact the problems and answers that have
.transcended time. Even a non-Christian
would have to admit to this if he truly
studied what Jesus taught. Obviously, Mr.
Farmer has not.
I am sure that many people of many
"diverse religions would agree with me in
saying Hud this world is bcllcr off for I ho
Mark Dodson, an 18 year-old liberal
high school senior, has filed in the
Democratic primary, and will face eight
other opponents for the four nominations
in the May 6 primary. An IS year-old
Republican high school senior has filed in
the Republican primary, 3nd will face five
opponents for the four Republican
nominations.
In addition, a 19 year old Western
Carolina University freshman from
Winston Salem has filed as an American
Party candidate. He has no primary
opposition, and will appear on the
November 7 ballot. His campaign
platform is far right.
If the constitutional amendment is
passed, these people, who might h3e
won election, will be denied a school
board seat.
c
rit review;
existence of religion. Just because God's
existence cannot be proved with material
evidence does not mean he does not exist.
Remember, his existence cannot be
disproven either, just like many scientific
phenomena. I can speak only for myself
now, but I know that if I had only myself
and other men tp believe in, I doubt I
could make it through this life at all.
I wish Mr. Farmer luck going through
life as "his own experience." It sounds
like he is setting up himself as well as
every individual as a god. I hope he has
few disciples, for such "outdated" ideas
as mutual love and respect for one's
fellow man will obviously have no part in
his society.
Patsy Ferebee
137 Cobb
Reader agrees
with Weatherly
To the editor:
I cannot sit silent any longer. For the
past few weeks, a barrage of criticism h3s
been leveled on Keith Weatherly. a writer
for the DTH. Although I hate labeling
people, I must admit that Mr. Weatherly
is not as 'liberal as some people I know.
But having been labelled as a
'conservative' myself by some of my
friends, I must sympathize with Mr.
Weatherly
Mr. Weatherly presents his views very
intelligently and he has one of the most
interesting columns in the DTH. His
arguments make a lot of senso and
besides. I happen to apree with him on
Passage of the amendment will former
deny any high school student the rijcht to
stand for election to a school board, or
for any young college student to star.d
for any elective office.
Defeat of the amendment will not
"put young people in office," it wf.l
sim ply enable them to run.
Two IS year olds are running for the
General Assembly. In the Bladen.
Sampson, Columbus County districts.
Greg Sir.gletary is running in the
Democratic Primary May b. In Vance
County, a young Republican has won his
party's nomination and will appear on the
November 7 ballot.
Other young people running for cities
include Gus Gusler, a 22-year old
candidate for General Assembly in the
Democratic primary in Alamance County.
He has eight opponents in the race for
four seats. Gusler is student body
president at N.C. State University. Tom
Adams, 22, is a candidate for General
Assembly in the May 6 Democratic
primary in Wake County, and Steve
Metcalf, 21. student body vice-president
at Appalachian State University is in a
five man race for the three Democratic
nominations for county commissioner in
Watauga County.
In Orange County, 21 year old Peter
Tripodi is in a 7 person Democratic
primary race for the General Assembly.
The young candidates over the age of
21 all say the amendment should be
defeated, although it will not affeHhem.
We can assume the under 21 candidates
are also against the amendment.
To talk about the right to vote
without the secondary right to hold
office is absurd. The young candidates
plan to ask candidates for statewide
offices to take a position on the
constitutional amendment to seewwhether
they favor the right of young people to
hold office in North Carolina. Their
response will be watched by many.
On November 7, the amendment to
raise the office holding age to 21 should
be defeated. Will the "big politicans"
speak publicly against the amendment?
Passage or defeat of the amendment
will not affect the age limit of 30 for
Governor or Lieutenant Governor, or the
25 year old age limit for state senator.
REGISTER to vote now. The deadline
is April 6.
most matters. I would just like to say:
"Keep up the good work, Keith, and
bravo!"
George Frye
340 Hinton James
Library not yet
'place of study'
To the editor:
Concerning Mr. Davis' letter of
February 24 concerning 5 the noisy
conditions in the library, we would like
to sympathize with him. Our QPA
dropped from 3.2 to 2.8 and 3.0 to 2.4
from last spring to this fall because of the
lack of ability to concentrate on our
studies in the so-called undergraduate
"monkeyhouse." The library is also our
only place to study as over 5,000
students living in University housing will
attest to the abundance of noise in the
dormitories during studying hours.
We recommend that the students
realize the Union is specifically designed
for gatherings of "hell-raisers" and
"bull-sessions" and that the library is a
place of study.
Mike Shelton
Jim Hall
708 Morrison
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