tion, I draw your attention to the word "organization." The High Noon Society is not organized in any sense of the word. However, because the News and Observer presented its information in this fashion several North Carolina taxpayers panick;d and sent irate letters to the UNC admin- istration. This letter requests more positive and accurate coverage by the press of UNC campus activities. One story suggestion concerns the work of at least 400 students (Note: this is double the number of alleged members in the High Noon Society) who are engaged in activities above and beyond their studies which not only help their fellow students, but also the community of Chapel Hill. This would be a more typical and accurate representation of student life at the University. The news media in North Carolina have chosen to report upon UNC activities which might be construed as illegal and/or immoral. For instance, room by room coed living does not exist at all at Carolina bec~use it mig.ht have made sexual activity easIer. There IS and was at the time no proof that such activity was occurring. Although any law student would be laughed out of class for basing an argu- ment against coed living on evidence of what might happen, we were condemned by the people of North Carolina for the way a story about coed living at UNC-CH was presented. . All I request is that the news force "catch" the students at Carolina doing something that is not bizarre. The Univers- ity at Chapel Hill is respected across the nation for the leadership and high quality of its graduates. It is a shame that UNC's reputation in North Carolina is not as good. It would seem the state press has a responsibility to report all of the Uni- versity's student activities, not just some.
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Greeks Not Trendful
An upsurge in sorority and fraternity
membership, revealed by a recent New
York Times survey, is not shown on the
Chapel Hill campus. Unlike the dramatic
increases occurring on most major na-
tional campuses, Chapel Hill's sororities
show some gains while fraternities report
a slight decline in pledges.
In 1964, 30.8 pct. of the Carolina women
students were in sororities. By 1970, the
proportion had dropped to 19 pct., where
it remains today. In 1971 and 1973, soror-
ity participation dipped to 13 pct. and
17 pct. respectively, so this fall the increase
This fall's 16 pct. for the number of
UNC men students in fraternities is about
one pct. below the ratios in both 1964
While the national survey emphasized
the negative impact of the '60s protest
years on fraternity and sorority life, Dean
of Supportive Services Katherine Car-
michael saw renewed strength in sororities
in different terms. The vigorous leader-
ship of sorority alumnae and their willing-
ness to dedicate themselves to their chap-
ters has been one of the primary reasons
for revived sorority enthusiasm, she said.
Asst. Dean of Student Life Nancy Lang
felt the increase in sorority members did
~elate to the changing campus atmosphere
In recent years: "Five years ago it wasn't
cool to be part of a group. That 'do your
own thing' attitude is dying out. The 'I am
an individual' spirit is no longer typical.
Students now want to belong, want to
work," she said.
The decline in fraternity membership
at Carolina is more pragmatic than the
national survey findings, according to
Asst. Dean of Student Life Roslyn Hart-
mann. She attributes the decrease prin-
cipally to adjustment to the open rush
system instituted two years ago. Under the
old system of rush, each fraternity sent
formal invitations,to selected, prospective
pledges. Those asked to visit a fraternity
were then greeted by the brothers on
special nights designated by the house.
When formal rush was replaced by the
"open" system, fraternity brothers forgot
how to "hustle" for new pledges, according
~o ~~. Hartmann. "It became up to the
indIVIdual to contact fraternities he
wanted to join. Some incoming fresh-
men were so bombarded by campus activ-
ities they waited for fraternities to contact
them," she said. "The fraternities did
the same thing. They didn't send out no-
tices of their open houses so prospective
pledges would know to come by. The
brothers expected the freshmen to come to
them as had always been the case in the
Ms. Hartmann expects things to im-
prove for fraternities in second semester
rush. "Fraternities have just begun to
click. They understand what it means
nowadays to pledge. They are going
through a process of self-evaluation," she
said. "Next semester I think we'll see a
truer reflection of the national trend, an
increase across the board."
As to why people are joining fraternities,
Ms. Hartmann said: "They are selling
themselves on what they can offer- friend -
ship in a large university, national chap-
ter help with loans or research grants.
And they are now doing more charity and
social service projects, which can still
be expanded in the future."
Garden Honors Tottens
Construction will begin next summer
on the Totten Memorial Garden Center at
th~ N.C. Botanical Garden in Chapel
HlIl. The S,OOO-square foot building will
honor the late Dr. Henry Roland Totten
' 13 (AB, MA ' 14), Professor of Botany for
SO years, and his wife Addie Williams
T~tten '33 (AB Ed), founder of the Chapel
Hill Garden Club and a past President
of the N.C. Garden Club.
The projected Garden Center will house
meeting rooms, class rooms and an area
for maintenance. When completed to
state specifications, it will be deeded to the
state as a gift from the Botanical Garden
Foundation for use by the Botanical
Garden, under the directorship of Dr. C.
An $80,000 bequest from the Tottens
was th.e first grant for it. Matching gifts
are being sought.
A trend away from partisan political
interest and toward "middle-of-the-road"
is shown in a post-election day poll taken
on the Carolina campus.
UNC students-:-traditionally expected
to be of a more liberal political philoso-
ophy-appear to be homing in more on the
individ~al candidates than their party,
according to a generalization seen in this
sample. It covered a random cross-section
of 284 students, queried the day after
last fall's general elections in a project
undertaken by the public affairs reporting
class of the Journalism School.
The respondents classified themselves