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"I am verging on 92 years of age, attended
UNC 1932-35, and feel that my time there
had a tremendous impact on my thinking and
attitudes. I was fortunate to have a professor of
anthropology, Dr. Johnson, who was very active
in an organization to prevent lynching, which
believe it or not was going full force in 1933.
Also the student body and teaching staff on the
campus had many progressive thinkers so I was
exposed for the first time to ideas ofequality
and justice for aD citizens. The stamp of that
time has never left me."
Sybille Benvanger Weiss
' 32, ' 35
"UNC is known as a bastion of liberalism
around the country and not very tolerant to
other views. 1 was also very liberal as a student.
Today, I range from moderate to conservative on
most issues. I have been somewhat turned offby
the closed thinking displayed at the University."
Spencer Wilmoth ' 49
"While at Carolina I didn't think much
about politics, however, I was a Republican and
still am. The more I learned about the values of
each party, and found that one was a conserva-
tive group, and the other was a liberal group,
and that my upbringing was conservative, so I
had to remain a Republican. Today, I can't
stand liberal thinking, and can't stand any of
the liberal agenda. I know that Carolina is a
liberal school, but their liberalism did not take
on me. I have many Carolina fraternity broth-
ers, who live in Carolina who feel the same
way that I do."
" The experience of a campus which has as
its motto 'lux, libertas' did change me and, with
time and events, made a difference in the per-
son I have become. ... The 'lux' appeared with
listening and solidifying from divergent dia-
logue and opinion, and noting a campus led by
law. Brown vs. the Board of Education, though
two years old, was a reality on campus.
Learning to question, to research, to make
points without anger or rancor and to apply
creative thinking to gathering ideas and infor-
mation into a workable format and solution
have been skills I have utilized for a lifetime."
Fran Bell Simms ' 58
"The Hill was great for causing four years of
confusion, self-doubt, backtracking and uncer-
tainty. She also broadened my horizons in every
direction, made me think, spurred me to debate
and abject argument, too, made me define my
thoughts, beliefS and values. Good Lord, from
my frat house to class to Franklin Street and all
over the place, we talked politics, sports and
girls all the time. Vietnam was in full bloom as
were all the attendant issues of the age, civil
rights, women's rights, taxes, the draft, the lot-
tery, you name it. A Sunday
was treasured and quickly tat-
tered from sharing, sharing, sharing. Jesse Helms
fired away on one side and Uncle Walter
Cronkite was mandatory before dinner. Nixon
and Humphrey and Gene McCarthy and
Chicago'S DNC brought a little something to
the party, too. We were young and impression-
able and fascinated and scared. The Hill was
our crucible. It was wonderful. It counted."
Jil!rnon Glenn ' 72
"I became more conservative while at UNC.
Early in my freslunan year I was exposed to the
anti-war rallies and the cafeteria workers'
strike. I soon learned that free speech meant I
had to listen to the rhetoric of others, but they
didn't care about my yjews. I faced ridicule in
class discussions and feel I may have been
penalized by graduate instructors for my
beliefs. After three semesters, I learned to par-
rot what the instructors wanted to hear."
rant Hart ' 73
"UNC did its best to change my views on
politics. Luckily I survived and became a more
dedicated conservative. I would like to see
stronger conservative voices in leadership roles
at UNC. It's far too liberal for my taste."
"I came to Carolina (from Fayetteville) fairly
political and liberal, but r was also very cynical.
Carolina definitely changed that. I left Chapel
Hill still very liberal but much more idealistic
and optimistic. When I graduated I strongly
believed - and still do - that I could make a
difference and make our society more just.
Since graduating I've been trying to do JUSt that,
working for activist groups for 20 years ..."
Athan Manuel ' 84
D. C. •
"I am a moderate conservative.... Many
liberals take for granted the freedoms they have
in this country and how historically they were
provided. They want all of the luxuries and
freedoms of this country, but they are not will-
ing to fight for it. They tend to be very
impractical about solutions and making the
hard choices. I saw that mindset was very evi-
dent at Carolina, and for aD of the intelligence
at such a highly acclaimed institution such as
UNC it was extremely disconcerting how
foolish many of the faculty and students could
be about the reality ofsolving problems. At the
end of the day, my experience at Carolina had
little or no effect on my political views."
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