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1968 - The Year of Major Changes at UNC

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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Ric Carter      10:22 PM Sun 1/8/2012

My Pine Room favorite was their ham and cheese omelet. Convenient to my fourth floor dormered room in Ruffin.

David Kistler      7:23 PM Thu 1/5/2012

I preferred the Pine Room over Lenoir. They had these hamburgers, soaking in a grease pot, that tasted so great. I loved Brady's. Lum's had the best hot dogs ever. Went there one year before the Thanksgiving Day Dance with David Penick and his date and Lisa Sparrow, my date. And Honeys too. Lum's had these huge frosted mugs of beer. Charly, you have a phenominal memory. Thanks again for creating this site. And, where in the world do you find these menus, posters, signs, photos, etc.?

Rick Ellis      8:45 PM Wed 1/4/2012

I recall the food at Lenoir Hall being pretty good when I was in school in the late 60s. The downstairs PINE ROOM had the best shakes and fried chicken in Chapel Hill.

John Perry      10:01 PM Tue 1/3/2012

I graduated from Carolina in 96. It is hard for me to imagine a time when students of one sex could not "visit" the room of a student of the opposite sex. It was certainly not unusual for me to have girls spend the night in my room.

Bill A      4:35 PM Tue 1/3/2012

Well, since I left Chapel Hill in June of 1966 on my eventual way to the Republic of Vietnam and - thankfully - back, your comments on the University and town two years later are helpful updates. This fits well with the my knowledge void re many events that took place from mid-1969 to mid-1970 while I was in Southeast Asia. Some news reached us - but I was too busy with more immediate concerns to care much about staying current! <br \>The water conservation contest fascinates me. you mention Ruffin as the Dirtiest Dorm; what about the dirtiest fraternity and sorority? Pretty amazing how much water we use/waste as Americans, then AND now. <br \>You mention Brady&#39;s Restaurant, a favorite fried chicken place when my friends and I had the scratch to partake in the early 60s. As I recall, the owner leaned socially and politically to the right; the chicken leaned towards delicious!

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Chapel Hill is located on a hill whose only distinguishing feature in the 18th century was a small chapel on top called New Hope Chapel. This church was built in 1752 and is currently the location of The Carolina Inn. The town was founded in 1819, and chartered in 1851.



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.

-- Charles Kuralt



Dark Side of the Hill -- Pink Floyd, the creators of the most popular album in history, Dark Side of the Moon, took the second half of their name from Floyd Council, a Chapel Hill native, and great blues singer and guitarist. He once belonged to a group called "The Chapel Hillbillies".



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There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.



The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.





The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.





William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.



The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.



Chapel Hill's main street has always been called Franklin Street. It was named after Benjamin Franklin in the early 1790s.



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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.



The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.



Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.



Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.



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