by Charly Mann
During the fall of 1968 Chapel Hill endured a severe drought which threatened the water supply of the entire community. As a result, The Chapel Hill Merchants Association sponsored a contest at UNC for the dorm which would use the fewest gallons of water per resident in the month of October. The winner of the contest was Ruffin Dormitory which was officially named the Dirtiest Dorm on the UNC campus. During October its residents averaged only 837 gallons of water usage. This was is in contrast to an average use of 2000 gallons per student at most other dorms and fraternities.
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What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.