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complied with state laws and
refrained from any “public
display” of the beverages.
On one burning topic,
however, the University re-
mained firm. In June 1971
the Trustees reaffirmed the
existing policy that dating
within residence halls would
be confined to “lounges and
other public rooms.” Visiting
in student bedrooms by
members of the opposite sex
would continue to be prohib-
ited, and students unwilling
to accept such a policy should
be encouraged to “seek other
educational arrangements.” Students, after their freshman year,
however, if they were twenty-one or had permission from their
parents, would be allowed to live off campus. The Trustee action
on visitation was unanimous except, again, for a dissent by Jim
Cross, the student trustee.
When students returned to the campus the following fall, stu-
dent body president Bill DeWeese called the Trustee decision “a
manifestation of myopia, an abysmal lack of insight and foresight”
which failed to take student opinion into account. But he realized
that intervisitation was now a dead issue and resolved that his ad-
ministration would “concentrate on areas other than social.” For
example, an Urban Services Referral Bureau was established to ad-
vise students who wanted to do volunteer work in Winston-Salem,
and a proposal was introduced, later to be defeated by the students
themselves, that would impose a five-dollar “environmental tax” on
each student for the purpose of supporting environmental research
on the campus or in the community. The student government also
spoke out about damage being done on the plaza, where the grass
was being “thoughtlessly trampled by those who would sacrifice
the beauty and utility of God’s green turf for evanescent moments
of touch-football glory.” Elsewhere on the plaza, it was reported,
five trees had died of Dutch elm disease: an ominous indication
David Broyles
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