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Opinions, of The Daily Tar Heel are expressed on its editorial page. AH
unsigned editorials are the opinions of the editor and the staff. Letters and
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Tuesday. March 9, 1971
Tom Goading. Editor
The Daily Tar Heel has compiled
an impressive list of awards and
achievements during its 79-year
history. The past decades have seen
the paper establish itself as one of
the foremost college publications in
The current issue of The Daily
Tar Heel was informed Monday
that it had been awarded an
All-American rating by the
Associate Collegiate Press.
The Associate Collegiate Press,
which has provided the standards
for judging college newspapers for
nearly half a century, designates the 1
award for "superior papers."
In order to qualify for an
All-American award a paper first
has; to compile a total fo 3,200
points for a First Class ranking. The
DTH amassed 3,570 points out of a
Papers receiving a First Class
ranking are then judged in the
following five categories:
1) Coverage and Content,
2) Writing and Editing,
3) Editorial Leadership,
4) Physical appearance and 5)
To receive the top ranking, a
paper "must receive from the judge
'Mark of ' Distinction' credit for
unusually high quality and
especially creative or distinctly
lively, appealing work in at least
four of the five areas."
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(Editor's note: The following is the
first of a four-part series giving a brief
history of campus politics from the
mid-60s through last spring. Today the
topic is the campaign of Spring,
1966-Bob Powell versus Teddy OToole
versus Sonny Pepper-a campaign which
marked the early beginnings of a move
away from party politics.
by Rick Gray
The campaigns have been quiet this
year, but it hasn't always been that way.
Go back to November, 1965. Fall
elections. In 1970 they came and went
with little hoopla, with only a few faint
please for votes.
But five years ago there was plenty of
noise. The two student political
parties-the Student Party and the
University Party were running full slates
of candidates for class offices and
legislative seats. '
The Daily Tar Heel received a
Mark of Distinction in all five areas.
This year marks the first time
since the 1966-1967 school year
that The Daily Tar Heel has been
recognized in all five judging areas.
The ACP judge said that through
the DTH news coverage and
content "readers get a real picture
of what appears on the scene." The
DTH's writing and editing were
labeled a "professional job." The
judge said the paper's "writers show
talent and training."
Concerning editorial leadership,
he said "your editors are real
leaders they don't skirt the
issues." The paper's physical
appearance was catagorized as
"bright, airy, inviting." On
photography, the comment was
The Daily Tar Heel was judged
on papers from the orientation
issue through the end of December
The category in which the paper
was judged included all daily
The paper is indeed proud to
have received such praise from the
We have worked since the
beginning of the school year to
provide the students on this campus
with the best possible newspaper.
The final product has not been the
result of work by a handful of
individuals. The combined efforts
of the editors, the staff writers, the
copy editors, the photographers,
the advertising and business staffs
and the personnel in the print shop
have been required to produce the
We hope we have reached the
point where students expect and
depend on The Daily Tar Heel as a
normal day-to-day part of campus
The Associate Collegiate Press,
while providing a constant,
objective viewing of this newspaper
can present only that an unbiased
The Daily Tar Heel staff is far
more concerned with fulfilling the
needs of the students on this
campus than in winning national
Throughout its 79-year history
The Daily Tar Heel has existed
solely for the benefit of the
Carolina student body.
The final judges of The Daily
Tar Heel's quality must be the
18,130 Carolina students.
be close conventions and bitter
Early in the month the UP scheduled a
"meet the candidates" gathering in the
main social room of Morrison. The UP
candidates and the party hacks assigned
to run their campaigns sat patiently in the
social lounge, talking to the few students
who happened to wander in.
The action was upstairs on the tenth
floor. There the SP had their strength, or
at least part of it. And while the UP
politicos were sitting downstairs waiting
for the masses to come to them the SP
politicos were upstairs showing a stag
movie at 25 cents per person to keep
people away from the UP meeting.
It worked. And although several
students came close to leaving school, the
Student Party found itself in a good
position to make a run for the presidency
after the fall elections.
All year long the talk had been that
Bob Wilson, a presidential assistant for
Paul Dickson, would head the SP ticket,
but then the day before the SP met in
convention to nominate their candidates,
Bob Powell, a well-known student who
lacked major , involvement in Student
In the past few years we have seen
Student Government rendered largely
ineffective by petty politics, archaic
parties, a passive and stolid
administration, and a lact of concern for
the students. This trend must be reversed.
Students axe right in expecting their
Student Government to fight for then
rights as individuals.
As Vice-president, I will stay in touch
with student opinion and insure the
student budget is reasonably allocated for
the good of all students in Chapel H2L
Furthermore, I will work to guarantee
each student control over his own life, as
well as Student Government's financial
independence from the University. There
are several issues I feel are of primary
importance which I would like to discuss.
The University must recognize that,
while many students are forced to live in
University housing, they should still
retain their rights as individuals. I will
push for a selfetermination policy that
includes n jt only visitation, but also the
right of a student to decorate and furnish
a room as he wishes. With the aid of a
full-time lawyer next year, I hope to look
into legal precedents which have been set
across the country in this area and apply
them to this university. No student
should have to give up his rights as a
citizen to attend UNC.
Unfortunately, in the past, there have -been
very few waysvby which a student
may effectively voice his complaints
concerning the University. In an effort to
eliminate this lack of communication, I
want to establish a University
Information and Complaint Bureau which
will be totally controlled by students and
operated for students. As well as its
function as problem-solver, this Bureau
will also be able to provide information
to students concerning every
organization, every department, every
University office, every University
committee, every University rule and
regulation, and every possible apartment
or housing unit.
Another area of concern is the
monopoly held by the Student Stores and
Chapel Hill merchants. I will work to
expand and support the Consumer
Protection Service to protect the interests
of students and Chapel Hill townspeople.
In an effort to overcome some of the
parking problems in Chapel Hill, I will
work to establish large parking facilities
off-campus with frequent bus
transportation to and from them.
Hopefully, money from parking tickets
can be directed to this end.
Educational innovation is another
major area of concern. It is extremely
important that evaluations of courses and
professors be available to students prior
to pre-registration. ZBT fraternity is
working on this now and hopefully will
be able to work with SG in order to get
their work published.
The University has also largely ignored
opportunities for Independent Study
which should be available to all students.
Academic credit could be awarded for
many off-campus educational
experiences. Such opportunities are
prevalent in many institutions across the
country, but have not been fully
expanded at this University.
Other general educational innovations
I would like to see implemented would be
an all-campus tutoring organization for
basic UNC courses and an all-campus
exam file, indexed and available to all
Finally, I plan to publish and
distribute records concerning all
legislative appropriations and actions, as
it is vitally important every student know
how his money is being spent and exactly
what actions are being taken by the
student government members.
Joe Stall ings and I have agreed on the
importance of these issues and our joint
platform discusses them in more depth. I f
nope tnat you will teel tree to contact us
concerning any questions you might have.
Government, announced for the SP
Wilson made the nominating speech,
and all was well. Or so it seemed.
What had happened to Wilson was
what often happens to the party hacks in
the real world-they displease someone in
the upper echelons, like Dickson, and
they find themselves out of a job.
Bob Wilson was out, but Don Wilson,
no relation and only slight connection
found himself running for vice-president
on a ballot headed by Bob Powell who
had just suddenly appeared dressed in the
shining armor of Paul Dickson.
Meanwhile, in the University Party
camp, the fight was more rugged. Sonny
Pepper, chairman of the Men's Residence
Council, announced for the UP
nomination with strong support from
South Campus. Teddy OToole, one of
those students who is always doing
everything that he can possibly do and
pleasing a lot of people at the same time,
announced as his opponent.
OToole won a bitter convention fight,
and Pepper and his backers walked out in
The role of Student Government
should be to increase the opportunities
for the individual to maximize his own
talents, to further his own development,
and to further the realization of his own
desires and goals-whether educational or
social. Student Government should be
geared toward the individual and
responsive to his needs and problems. We
need a Student Government which will
defend student rights, expand services
and work for improvements in residence
college living, and which will take an
active role in reforming an educational
system which is becoming stagnant and is
not responsive to the individual's needs or
Student rights is not something that
should have to be fought for. Students
have the same rights as all other citizens
and they do not surrender any of these
rights just by becoming a member of the
academic community. Some of the most
important rights are some of the most
basic, such as privacy, which is
consistently violated at this University.
Student Government should take the
. initiative to protect such rights.
I believe students are individuals and
have the right and obligation to make the
decisions . concerning the things which
affect only themselves, such as drug usage
and visitation. The University has no right
to make arbitrary, moral decisions for
Student Government has the right to
operate with student fees, without
interference or control from the
administration, but if it becomes
necessary, I would favor a
Government. I would favor this concept
only if it becomes necessary, because I
question whether a student-run co-op
would provide sufficient funds for a
viable Student Government. First, I
would favor fighting for the students'
right to have a Student Government
-wut interference, censorship, or
LOOK. STUP&NT GOVERNMENT is
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disgust. Bill Purdy, a "golden boy" from
Chi Psi fraternity, was picked to run for
Pepper, feeling strong because of his
South Campus support, announced as an
independent, but only after he had
decided not to run and then changed his
mind at least twice. He got into the race
late and never caught up.
Purdy won the vice presidency easily,
but Pepper's 960 votes, an unprecedented
amount for an independent candidate,
were enough to throw the Powell-O Toole
race into a run-off.
Pepper, still stinging from his loss to
OToole in the UP convention, broke the
party fold just before the runoff and
endorsed Powell. Although Purdy
followed his party and supported
OToole, Pepper's support was enough to
give Powell and the SP the presidency.
For the party it was two victories in a
row, but Pepper's showing cast doubt on
the party system. There would be other
independent candidates in later years, but
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administrative controL A Student
Government attorney should be retained
in any case, and the whole area of legal
services for students should be expanded.
Students should be able to live in an
environment that enhances their
educational opportunities rather than
detracts from it. Residence college living
should be greatly improved through
co-education, increased use of electrical
appliances, and individual freedom to
make rooms more livable and less static
If this University was interested in
improving the quality of the students'
lives, and started treating causes instead
of symptoms, they would not have to
initiate restrictive policies requiring
Freshmen, Sophomores, and Junior
transfers to live in University housing. I
favor the idea of a Mini-Union in Chase
and a South Campus Mail to provide
services for those students a long distance
Student Government should take
an active role in educational reform:
There should be increased opportunities
for independent study, independent
majors, and more student input into the
creation and reform of the curriculum.
Education should be molded around the
individual for individual needs and
desires. Student Government should not
narrow its scope to just the University
community, but should take an active
part in increasing opportunities for the
disadvantaged to get into college, and
increase their support of organizations
such as Carolina Opportunity Fund and
For Student Government to become
and remain viable, it must take into
account the independence and
individualism of students and increase the
opportunity for a student to maximize
his individualism whether it's in making
his own decisions about things which
affect him or in making his education and
curriculum more relevant and viable to
himself as an individual.
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Pepper was the one who broke the
tradition of strict party loyalty.
And once broken the tradition was
hard to repair.
The Daily Tar Heel accepts
letters to the editor, provided they
are typed on a 60-space line and
limited to a maximum of 3C3
words. AD letters must be signed
and the address and phone number
of the writer must be included.
The paper reserves the right to
edit all letters for libelous
statements and good taste.
Address letters to Associate
Editor, The Daily Tar Heel, in care
of the Student Union.
For the past few years, students on the
Chapel Kill campus have been treated like
second-class citizens. I would Eke to see
that situation rectified. In conjunction
with this conviction, I will work for:
not only concerning visitation, but also in
otheT areas of student lif e.
COOPERATION BETWEEN THE
LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE
B RANCHES The vice president is the
speaker of Student Legislature. As such,
he is a key figure in executive-lesislative
relations. As speaker, I would like to
instill a spirit of cooperation between
these two branches of Student
GOVERNMENT that is responsive to
students and their needs, and one whose
funds are not controlled by the
ESTABLISHMENT OF A STUDENT
SERVICES COMMISSION to investigate
the possibility of enlargement of student
government services. Student
Government should do more than rent
refrigerators. These services could include
having live entertainment between
Thanksgiving and Easter.
FULL-TIME LEGAL COUNSEL for
IMPROVEMENT IN DORM
LIFE -Excepting first semester freshmen,
I support the right of every student to
live where he or she wishes. I would like
to see quotas for refrigerators raised so
that more refrigerators could be provided
by Student Government. Specific rules
governing the inspection of dorms should
be made clear to all residents of
University housing. I am tired of
excessive fines being levied on students
for room damages.
I criticize University . services for
exploiting students. Students are
receiving low quality goods and services
for high prices. Student Government
needs to organize an effective voice to
rectify this situation.
I wish to make it clear that I am
running as a real independent. I am not
affiliated with any presidential candidate
nor the so-called "Suite C elite." I run
independently because, if elected, I feel I
will be able to work effectively with the
Student Government here has become
a "closed shop." It is virtually impossible
to work in Student Government unless
you worked on a winner's campaign or
share that office-holder's same political
philosophy. If elected, I shall refuse to
discriminate against any student because
of his political philosophy.
if you drink
Jby the quart:
To the Editor:
Though I yield to no one in my
fondness for civilization, convenience,
and the benefits of unBaptist
Enlightenment; and though I fondly love
California where both the bars and the
friendly local liquor stores open at 6 AM
and close at 2 AM, even on Sunday; and
love still more my home city of San
Francisco where, by a miracle of
dvilization, the bars far outnumber the
churches (gasp!); still let me mention to
advocates of liquor by the drink one
small point. In North Carolina two small
rounds of drinks for a party of four do
NOT set you back ten bucks. In this
state, that sum (plus a buck and a half)
commands a regal half-gallon of Beam,
more than a quart of Chivas. And if you
are as tight as I am, that counts for a lot.
Roger G. Swearingen
Department of English
Dog hater replies
to lover s letter
To the Editor:
I have read with great interest ?.ir.
Richard Fahrer's letter concerning my
"law and order comments on dogs."
Mr. Fahrer seems to think my position
(the next dog that steps in my yard is
going to get its head shot off) is
unjustified because I am unfairly
grouping all canines in the minority that
turn over trash cans, litter yards, and
chase my car in packs.
Please, Mr. Fahrer, be assured this is
not the case. The only dogs that I am
going to km are the ones who step into
my yard to engage in aforementioned
activities; I will leave all other stupid
Yes, Mr. Fahrer, the best -way to
eliminate such problem is to push for
better leash law enforcement. And the
best way to urge dog owners to come
around to supporting these laws is to
knock off a few of their curs.
So don't set up a howl, Mr. Fahrer.