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Susan Miller, Editor
The What You Don't Know
Won't Hurt You Award to the
Carolina Union Board for not
announcing the end of the student
locator service until alter the
referendum on the election of the
The Nothing On Top, Nothing
Inside Award to the Carolina
football team who shaved their
heads to get psyched for the State
game. Really, guys, a little more
than length of hair goes into playing
The You Can't Win Them All
.Ward But Maybe You Can Win
Some Award to Carolina Coach Bill
Drooley for getting ready to go into
th ; State game a 14-point underdog.
H ippy job hunting. Bill.
The Bring Back Those Moldy
Oldies Award to the N.C.
Republican Party for sponsoring a
fund-raiser featuring Spiro "Zero"
Agnew. Maybe Spiro's getting the
deiense fund started.
The If You Can't Stand The Heat
1 eae The Kitchen Award to
Richard Nixon who is sending
Secretary of State Kissinger to
China to take everybody's minds off
all the scandals at home.
The Make A Jovful Noise Award
Jan Pegr am
Ever tried to get a late-date apartment in Chapel Hill?
Of course, you're desperate, and you know you're going to
hae to settle for less than you'd like.
So . . . you go hunting. You hunt and you hunt. The
apartment you'd like prefers no single males, no roommate
situations, no undergraduates, no married couples, no single
ferrules, no pets, no trespassing and no parking.
So it's to the want-ads you go. You comb all the papers.
Aha! Here's one. The following is an account of my
experience doing just that. The conversation went like
"Hi. I'm calling to inquire about the apartment which you
had advertised in the paper."
"Oh. yes . . . it's very nice.
I sa immediately suspicious.
"Well, can you tell me a little about it?
"Yes." well . . . Honey, get off of Granny's lap.".
Oh. Jesu. I thought. A grandmother.
I h-oh. And where there are grannies, there are
grandchildren. 1 could just see it now a house full of little
apes running around sdeaming all the time. ,
She came back to the phone. "Now ..."
"Granny, Granny ..." Interrupted again.
"What is it?"
"Will you make me a dress?" The mouthpiece was covered.
Hut I could still hear a muffled "If we can rent this apartment.
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October 5, 1973
to the Chapel Hill Board of
Aldermen for creating the new noise
ordinance which states no amplified
music in any place not surrounded
by four walls and a roof. The
ordinance in all its foolishness
caused the cancelling of music for
the Henderson Residence College
Annual Fall Festival.
The Take The Law Into Your
Own Hands Award to the Charlotte
District Court Judge William H.
Abernathy. He found a car parked
in his reserv ed space, so he let the air
out of the offender's front tire and
left his car blocking the offender's
car in the space. Both the judge and
the offender were ticketed.
The Old Dogs Always Know The
Way Home Award to former
Student Body President Richard
Epps who made enough friends
while he was president to set up a job
for himself as assistant dean of
The Ford Runge Is The Worst
Bargain In Town Award to, and
ladies and gentlemen you guessed it.
Student Body President Ford
Runge for having an outstanding
bad check at the Carolina Coffee
Granny will buy you a whole bunch of dresses."
What was I going to do? Oh, hell. It won't hurt to look at
it, I thought. Maybe I could stay at the library until the little
darlings went home in the afternoons. Surely they went
Of course, cost was of interest. "How much does it rent
"Well, what docs your budget allow you?"
I stated my present rent.
"That's what I was planning to ask."
I felt like an all-day sucker.
"Are you in school here?" she asked, to which I replied
affirmatively. "What are you studying?"
"Oh. Journalists don't make much money, do they?"
"Ah, er, uh well, no, I guess not." I'd never thought
about it that way.
Why didn't I go to Med School?
Then it started.
"Are you big? How big?" she asked.
I didn't think 5'2" was extremely large, so I said no.
"Are you fat? How fat?"
What the ... ?
"Well, some people make so much noise bouncing around
upstairs," she explained. Then she relieved me by saying that
she was fat, too.
"Do you have a car? What kind? Hoy, you got stuck w ith a
gas-drinker. You should'nt have bought that kind.
A female looks
When the other Di ll associate editor.
Seth Effron. and I decided several weeks to
participate in sorority and fraternity rush,
respectively. I was unsure of what I would
After spending Monday. Tuesday and
Wednesday nights randomly visiting frat
houses, talking to hrothers and rushees
ahout everything from the scrcwed-up I) I H
delivery to the reason for the existence of
fraternities. I'm still unsure what I found.
But first, a little hackground.
f raternity rush is diflerent from sorority
rush, if you read F.ffron's columns. I he
structure is looser - fraternities can pledge
new memhers any time during the semester.
Since an informal sort of rush has hecn going
on all fall, the three days of formal rush were
in effect just three days of open house.
Moreover, I'm a memher of a sorority,
w hile Seth is not a frat man. My opinions arc
probably shaded by this, but I did try to
BUT, MRS. MEIR, IF THE AUSTRIANS HADN'T GONE ALONG WITH THE TERRORISTS
WHERE WOULD THAT LEAVE US?'
Letters to the editor
To the editor:
Aaron Fox, I'm not writing in defense of
the '73 Yack or what it means to you. but Mr.
Jcrnigan is basically correct about the
examples you chose. Reading a racial slur
into a picture of flowers is an example of
oversensitiveness to a dangerous degree.
What Silent Sam represents is an issue
that could be argued at length. Being from
the North originally, perhaps I should be
offended that a figure who represents the
soldiers who fought my ancestors is depicted
as a symbol of UNC in the Yack. Many
Southerners have not yet lost their anti
But Silent Sam docs represent UNC. not
necessarily on the basis of what it means to
anybody or is supposed to mean, but
basically as a landmark. White people
cannot deny that their ancestors arc
responsible for the mass kidnapping,
enslavement and unjustifiable inhuman
treatment of African people. Reminders of
the shameful past of our country can be
found everywhere, even in Silent Sam. But
what is important about Sam now, at least to
me, that he, like the Old Well, Bell Tower,
etc., means "UNC-Chapel Hill." He is a
landmark that is here to stay.
I am told that our present day "peace
symbol" is an anti-Christ, inverted cross and
maintain strict objectivity and I do think the
(ireek system is open to improvement.
I didn't lie. of course, but I did not bring
up the fact that I was in a sorority unless I
was asked it made a difference in what the
brothers said to me. They were more
defensive of theCircck system if they believed
me to be an outsider.
I only v isitcd nine out of the 2K fraternities
on campus. While I tried to visit both small
and large houses and houses with dilferent
images (that is. different stereotypes), the
nine I ended up visiting probably weren't all
So how was rush'.' People keep asking mo.
But alt I can come up with is that I met some
nice guys and some not-so-nicc guys.
The rush situation, in itself, is not
conducive to deep conversation. Most
people arc not open enough to go into
lengthy justifications of Ciod's ways to man
(or whatever) with a total stranger. They
Are youn -a
"Do you like parties? With lotsa people, beer, noise?
Sometimes people have parties upstairs in the apartment and
1 just have to go outside, out of the house."
1 asked her why she didn't just join the fun. But she told me
that, no. her renters lives weren't any of her business! How
ironic. "You're not one of them long-haired hippie-type people,
are you? I don't like for them to rent my apartment.
"You say you're single? Well, arcyouaCHEF;GAPgirl?"
1 was floored. Absolutely thunderstruck. I couldn't say a
"I'm sorry 1 have to ask such questions; it's just that 1 want
to have nice people living here." Well, I can understand that,
I thought. Her intentions arc good. It was smoothed
over . . . until she asked me again.
Indignantly, 1 said, "No 1 don't think of mvself as being
"Well, good. When can you come over and see the
"I'll come over in a little while." Then I wondered why in
the world 1 was going through with this. But I was fascinated.
1 had to meet this lady and see this wonderful apartment.
Ducking my head (which isn't very far from the ground). I
went in the apartment after creaking up the shaky steps. Oh.
wow. Wasn't exactly what I had in mind. Claustrophobia
immediately set in. Surely was warm in there. Hm. No
AC . . .' not even a fan. No this. No that. Not even those?
Sam a landmark, not racism
was once used in evil cults. What is
important now, however, is that it means
"peace" (which by the way is an ideal more
worth campaigning for than "perfection of
yearbook photo representation")
In any case, if you must occupy yourself
searching for things to get offended at. I
assure you there arc more valid criticisms of
the 73 Yack than the ones you chose.
To the editor:
I am writing to express my appreciation to
whoever is responsible for bringing the
Mahavishnu Orchestra to this campus.
Certainly it is no secret that what becomes
too familiar may lose its interesting qualuies.
Some of us who have been playing rock
music for awhile are growing tired of the
repetitious nature and the lack of innovation
that characterize most of rock today.
Groups like Weather Report and Return
at fraternity rush
tend to dwell on hometowns, majors and
friends in common.
Most fraternities seemed willing to make
this initial attempt togct to know some ol the
strangers drilling through their Iront doors.
But some houses worked so hard on
informal rush all tall that they already had a
pretty good idea of whom they wanted to
pledge. Would a total stranger have a chance
in a place like that'.' Would a total stranger
want a chance?
I could spend all day telling how the men f
met seemed neither more nor less individual
thjn the run-of-the-mill student population..
But at the same time, there arc dillcrcnces
between fraternities and their approach to
At one fraternity, lor example, a member
who shall remain nameless (keep try ing) was
kind enough to give me his Rush Speech.
It was. in effect. What You Should F xpect
From This fraternity, and was built around
to Forever (Chick Corea) provided plenty of
innovation, and some very fine music, but
like other jazz groups their laid back nature
'eft us wanting the range of power that we
. urned to love in the rock format. Yes and
Zappa provided some relief but it wasn't
until a friend forced us to listen to
Mahavishnu's Inner Mounting Flame album
that we found something truly new and very
In the last two years, the Mahavishnu
Orchestra has become to us a wonderful
source of listening experience and musical
The power of the rock format is there,
together with the innovation of jazz, but to
call the Mahaxishnu Orchestra a jazz-rock
group is something of an understatement. It
truly is something new. something different;
listening to a Mahavishnu Orchestra album
can only be surpassed by watching them
So I would urge all UNC students to goto
the concert on Wednesday, because no
matter what y our tastes are. you most likely
won't be disappointed. From the (according
to Bob and Murray, more refined) listeners
of Grateful Dead to the Saddy-Nite-Boogie-Gran-Funk
fans, the sheer virtuousity of the
orchestra members for example. Billy
the idea that members of that particular
fraternity were from different backgrounds,
had different interests. There was no way on
this green earth they were all going to like
each other. But they would be enriched from
learning to live with all types, and hopefully
would find themselves liking people they
never thought they would.
But at another Iratcrnitv the brothers said
they emphasized closeness. They were all
individuals, they said (as a matter of fact,
almost everyone said that), but they were
closer than mere acquaintances because ol
their loyalties to the group.
Besides dillcrcnces in philosophy,
fraternities approached rush in different
ways. At one house, all the members wore
coats and ties. At most houses, they wore
more casual clothing the usual motley ol
jeans, shirts and slacks.
Some fraternities had elaborate rotation
systems, floor plans and campaign tactics to
keep the rushees moving Irom group to -group
of brothers at an even pace, so they
would meet more people with less cllort.
Other houses just let the rushees wander
in and talk to the men they happened to
AH the while. I kept trying to find out if
rush were worth it. I wanted to hear whether
formal rush was really a way to open their
doors or whether the somewhat stilted
atmosphere hurt fraternities more than it
helped. But no one seemed to know.
The response Irom the campus to formal"
Iratcrnitv rush was not overwhelming. Some
houses were worried, others detected an
increase in interest from last year. Everyone
seemed to think the informal rush idea was
helpful, but did' not know if the form rush
took had anything to do with the turnout.
I don't sec how the Inter-Fraternity
Council passed the resolution allowing first
semester freshmen to pledge.
Ev cry one I mentioned it to was opposed to
the idea. Some even went so far as to claim
they told first-semester freshmen it would be
a mistake to pledge so soon.
Can rush be improved any? I don't know.
There aren't many ways h could be more
. informal. It certainly is better, and more
human, than sorority rush, with its herds ol
rushees and formalized. 45-minutcs-per-party
So 1 ended where 1 began, with
I just wish I knew how many of the
fraternities, when my name came up for
discussion, said. "Ixl's ball her."
I couldn't possibly have verbalized what I was thinking.
Finally, 1 said. "Ah, well . . . it's really a little smaller than
I wanted. I'd never cet all of mv stuff in here." I was havtnc
trouble just getting my body in. much less any furniture.
"Do you have any furniture? If not. I've got some for rent
already up here." the lady informed me. I'd seen a ratty"
lumpy chair and a raunchy old cot; surely she didn't mean
those. But she did.
"No. I really don't think so." But they did go with the
"Are you sure you couldn't get your furniture in here?"
"No . . . my couch is 74 inches long, and I really don't
think it would fit." I told her. The whole apartment wasn't 74
"What do you need such a long couch for?" she inquired
I knew what she was thinking.
"Oh. 1 like to stretch out and study." Then I wondered how
to get out of that place forever. I ambled toward the door.
"Well, if you have any friends who are looking for a place
to live, you tell them about this." Surely will. I thought.-.
If I told a friend to come here. I w ouldn't have a friend for
long. It'd make a nice April Fool's joke, though, and the
place would probably still be vacant in April.
I was leaving and saw a car drive up. A young man got out
and started toward the door. 1 looked at him. shook my head
and snickered to mvself.
Cobham's drumming is bound to please.
lS. In my kitchen last night I saw a mouse
chomping on what appeared to be a
screaming, dandelion-shaped little man.
There were some pots and pans on the floor.
It was too late, there was nothing I could do
to save him.
Susan Miller, Editor
Winston Cavin, Managing Editor
David Eskridge, News Editor
Mary Newscm, Associate Editor
Seth Effron, Associate Editor
Adrian Scott, Features Editor
Elliott Warnock, Sports Editor
Tad Stewart, Photo Editor