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Volume 57, Number 27
Duke University, Durham, N. C.
Tuesday, December 19, 1961
The Chronicle received a
surprise Christmas present
Friday night with the announcement that last spring's
issues have received the highest possible rating for a college newspaper—"All-American."
Classified by the rating service of the Associated Collegiate
Press, the Chronicle ranks
among the best newspapers published two-three times weekly,
no matter what the enrollment.
Only one other college paper received a similiar rating in the
ACP gave the Chronicle 3500
points Out of a possible 3700.
It awarded extra points above
the "excellent" rating for "a
newsy front page and for "a
well-planned page one format."
It also judged as "excellent"
the following categories: balance, creativeness, objectivity
of news stories, style, features,
editorial page features, sports
coverage, sports display, inside
news pages, headlines, headline
schedule, printing, and photography.
The judges were critical of
front page news-features, which
needed "brightening," the unnecessary details in news stories,
and the need for a faster-flowing
style on the editorial page, although they lauded the "depth"
of the editorials.
Typography, too received its
share of criticism, when the
judges commented on the lack
of type variations and devices to
ensure easy-to-read type.
'TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLT and the above students
(some of them) seem to be just that as they sing Chiristmas
carols in front of the Chapel. Those obviously not flowing over
with gaity are probably wishing that Wednesday would hurry
up. Photo by Wald
Support for "Project Christmas," the NSA program designed to place foreign students in
American homes for the Christmas holidays, picked up over
the past week end, according to
Chuck Silkett, West NSA coordinator.
As of last Friday only one
graduate and four undergraduate students had expressed a
desire to take a foreign student
home with them. At the same
time, 21 foreign students had
requested homes, and the NSA
was i put in the position of refusing them because of a lack
of concern on the part of American students.
Ten foreign students were
placed in American homes over
the week end, making a total
of thirteen placements by Sunday night. Seven places for
Travel Conditions 'Generally Good'
University students face falling temperatures and increased
rain and snow as they return to their homes tomorrow for
Christmas vacation, but transportation authorities foresee generally good conditions for traveling.
The U. S. Weather Bureau reports generally lower temperatures in an extended forecast released late yesterday. The forecast projects average temperatures of 35 to 55 throughout the
Carolinas, with heavy rain, but no snow or sleet, falling toward
the end of the week.
The East is expected to suffer colder temperatures this week,
along with frequent precipitation. Average temperatures include 28 to 41 degrees in New York City, 26 to 42 in Philadelphia
and 19 to 38 in Hartford, Conn.
The Midwest is also expecting colder and wetter weather,
an average temperature of 22 to 38 being predicted, along with
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male foreign students were still
needed at the time. Silkett
noted that the project has received most of its support from
East, where more than enough
women had offered to take
foreign students into their
Four or five more East students than women foreign students applied, so that there were
homes still available for interested foreign students.
Originally, 21 out of the 235
foreign students on campus
asked to be placed in American
homes for Christmas, and NSA
planned to fill their requests
and then seek out some of the
other students to interest them
in applying. Lack of response
on the part of the student body
made the second phase impossible.
East Campus dormitories will
close at 6 p.m. tomorrow for
Christmas vacation and will reopen Tuesday, January 2, at 8
All cafeterias will close following the noon meal tomorrow.
The East Union will renew
service at noon January 2. Gilbert-Addoms Will reopen for
West cafeterias will start
service again with breakfast on
January 2 in A and B cafeterias
and all will be open for lunch.
310 of Polled
MSGA Committee Reveals Poll Results;
Womble Questions Objectiveness, Value
By DAVE NEWSOME
Seventy-three per cent (270) of independents polled by the
MSGA student life committee preferred the proposal of voluntary
participation in groups which would "agree to form a government, and abide by majority decision regarding social and athletic
activities, and the establishment of a judicial system."
Other choices on the poll, which was formulated by the
committee's planning board, included "arbitrary division" of
present facilities into units resembling freshman houses (without
housemasters), and "keeping the status quo." Each of these proposals received 13.5 per cent (40) of the votes.
Committee members designed the poll to sound out independents' "interest in changing IDC structure, and to put forth an
idea on the form of house governments which we have developed," explained Mike Mc-*-^
Manus, committee co-chairman.
Committee heads desired to
test mass student opinion on
whether the committee proposals would meet with favor, according to McManus. "With
86% favoring some change, we
feel that we have this approval,"
Changes suggested by the
committee concern only a part
of a large administration proposal for the improvement of
dormitory life, specifically the
manner of constructing house
Commenting on the poll, Hil-
burn Womble, assistant dean of
men, stated: "We feel that the
poll was weighted in one direction, and, therefore, that results
are less valuable than they
might have been had the poll
been conducted in an objective
"No decision in this area (of
dormitory improvements) has
been made," Womble added.
The administration continues to
welcome suggestions students
care to present, he asserted.
Worked With IDC
Joint planning with the IDC
on canvassing opinion in the
area of independent facilities
is the next step in effecting the
committee's ideas, McManus
The committee desires to
"provide a structure whereby
independents can decide how
actively they want to participate
in social activities, intramurals,
and in developing a judicial
system," continued McManus.
Dividing the independents into smaller units will provide
them with the opportunity to
form a group identification,
commented Chuck* Edwards,
Rex Adams Receives
Rex Adams, a senior political
science major, has been chosen
as one of the 32 men across the
nation to receive a Rhodes scholarship award, it was announced
earlier this week by the selection committee.
Adams was the only recipient
for the honor from the Middle
Atlantic District, although seven
students were nominated from
the University alone.
The Rhodes scholars are chosen the basis of character, intellect, capacity for leadership,
physical vigor and "some clear
quality of distinction."
Presently a member of the
Judicial Board, Adams is also
a Red Friar, vice-president of
ODK, Who's Who, Phi Beta
Kappa, varsity football, BOS,
Phi Eta Sigma, and has served
as president of the Sophomore
Class and vice-president of
& MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE STAFF