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by Evans Witt
Chancellor J. Carlyle Sitterson issued a
sweeping mandate Monday to a
15-member faculty-student committee to
consider and recommend changes in
Chapel Hill's undergraduate degree
Sitterson announced appointments to
the committee Monday when he called
the committee together for its first
meeting. Professor John H. Schutz of the
religion department was named to head
the committee, composed of nine faculty
members and six students.
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Vol.80, No. 48
by Evans Witi
The battle over restructuring
state-supported higher education enters
its final phase today as the N.C. General
Assembly opens its special session on the
At noon in the modern Legislative
Building in Raleigh, both the Senate and
House will convene to begin
consideration of at least three proposed
plans for higher education.
At stake in one of the plans is the
continued existence of the Consolidated
University (CU), while another calls for
the expansion of the Consolidated
The special session will also have to
re-enact a revenue bond enacted through
a parliamentary error during the regular
Other than the bond issue, several
other proposals on other topics threaten
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Raleigh -Chapel Hill's black mayor
Monday urged black students to join in
opposing a higher education
reorganization plan that would end the
autonomy of black schools.
Howard Lee told a cheering rally on
the Capitol lawn that neither the present
system of public higher education nor the
proposed 32-man governing board will
preserve the colleges.
"We have one main goal -to save black
institutions in North Carolina," Lee said.
Lee, the first black mayor in a
predominantly southern city, was the
featured speaker at the rally sponsored by
the North Carolina Youth Organization
for Black Unity.
Part revival and part fashion show, the
rally began with a six-block march from
the campus of predominantly black Shaw
The estimated 3,500 students paraded
behind the red, black and green flag of
black unity, shouting "Save our schools"
and "Black power, power to the people."
Arriving at the capitol, they gathered
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fraternities, sororities and townspeople have been giving the
DKE's aid since fire destroyed their fraternity house early
Sunday morning. More than $200,000 damage was done to the
the inquiry the committee is to
undertake in the meeting. His point was
also stressed in his letter to the
"More is needed, I believe, than a
review of the number of courses and
hours required for a bachelor's degree. We
need, at this juncture, a more
comprehensive study of degree
requirements and programs."
The possibility of reducing the present
40-course degree requirement for a degree
to 32 courses was mentioned as one
possibility course to be explored by the
Sitterson also suggested to the
committee the possibility of reducing the
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to come before the special session.
If any other issues are permitted on the
floor for consideration by the legislature,
the session could last far longer than the
expected four days to a week.
Changing the primary vote date for
next year back to Saturday from Tuesday
and permitting absentee ballots in
primary elections seem to be two of the
main issues that might be considered by
Following the opening formalities of
both chambers, there will likely be a
number a motions to open the assembly
to consideration of other issues. These
will be sent to a committee for initial
debate and action.
Both Houses will then adjourn for less
than half an hour to allow time for the
Senate and the House Higher Education
committees to officially approve the joint
committee bill on restructuring, which
was unofficially approved 10 days ago by
a 19-13 vote.
on the east lawn, climbing on the limbs of
stately oaks and over a statue of the
nation's three presidents born in North
Carolina Jackson, Polk and Johnson.
"I don't think there is strong sentiment
in the legislature against black schools,"
Lee said. "We do have to have
restructuring in North Carolina if black
schools do move ahead."
The General Assembly is to consider a
proposal that would create a 32-man
governing board to run all public
institutions of higher education.
Individual boards of trustees would have
only the powers the governing board gave
The chairman of the sponsoring black
unity group, Nelson Johnson of North
Carolina A & T University in Greensboro,
said the power of local boards was the
"We have proposed that all local
boards of trustees be given extra power,"
Johnson said. "This means the right to
hire and fire and the right to govern
The president of at least one
house, but, like the sign says, the
(Staff photo by Leslie Todd)
four-year residence requirement to tnrte
Sitterson aked the committee to
consider su.h questions as '"What is a
liberal education? 2nd what proportion of
dtzree programs should be devoted to
liberal studies and what proportion to the
The chancellor warned the committee
of several pitfalls that might their
'"I don't want you to get togged drwn
in consideration 01
education," he said.
He urged the committee to take the
realities of what is possible on the CT.-prI
Hill campus into account before m akin 2
But approval by the individual
committees is by no means assured. The
House members of the joint committee
voted 8 7 against the committee bill
when it was approved by the joint
committee October 15.
The committee bill calLs for the
dismantling of the present Consolidated
University structure by July 1, 1972.
A strong central governing board for all
16 state-supported institutions would be
established with complete program
powers. The board of governors, as it
would be named, would have
considerable budget powers over all state
An interim planning board would be
set up by the committee bill ro run the
universities between July 1, 1972, and
July 1, 1973, when the board of
governors would take over.
This interim committee would be
composed of 15 CU trustees, 15 trustees
from the regional universities and two
predominantly black institution, Dr.
Albert N. Whiting of North Carolina
Central University, appeared at the rally.
Whiting told reporters he wished the
legislators themselves were on hand to
witness the demonstration.
"I'm sure they'll hear about the fact
that they (the students) came," he said.
Whiting said he agreed that power
should be insured for local boards of
trustees under the reorganization,
including the right to recommend the
"I feel we should have adequate
minority representation on the central
board and on the staff," he said.
The students came in buses from black
colleges and universities throughout the
state, remaining orderly under the
watchful eyes of their own marshals and
The rally's mimeographed agenda had
instructed: "No alcoholic beverages or
"Black people cannot afford the
luxury of acting like fools as white folks
when they go to rally," the agenda said.
'DKE's are coming back.
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"Think :n term o: Av-.er.t 20 J
improvement cf the unde:zrad-a:e
programs rather t." an w ;th tr.e i-ea ar -dreams
cf :r.d::d-i! memKer o: of the
whole committee." he :d.
"Fiscal realities' are .nrther factor
be taken into a. count in the . :mm:::ee'
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Governor Bob Scott would be
chairman of the tommitlee.
The committee bill would establish
local boards of trustees for e.ih campus,
although the small boards' powers would
be only those delegated b the central
board of governors.
Supporters of the regional universities
are expected to attempt to specify in the
bill what powers the local boards would
have. Such a move was defeated in the
Following approval of the bill by the
committees which is generally expected,
the bill will then return to the House and
Senate floors for debate. Unless some of
the parliamentary rules are suspended,
debate on the bill will not begin until
Wednesday and Thursday should be
taken up with debate on the bill with the
forces of the Consolidated University and
those of the regional universities both
pushing their particular ideas for
The CU forces are expected to try to
modify the committee bill to bring it in
line with the proposals made by
Consolidated University President William
Friday proposed the Consolidated
University be expanded to include all 16
state institutions. He called for the
retention of the 100-man board of
trustees as the optimum size for the
All the current trustees of all state
universities would join the CU board over
the next two years as the regional
universities join the present structure.
The board would be reduced to the
100-man level by the expiration of terms
on the board.
A vote on the issue should come by
Friday. If the restructuring issue does not
come to a decision point by then, it is
considered likely it will be postponed
until the 1973 assembly.
TODAY: Mostly clear and
sunny: high in the upper 70s: low in
the upper 50s.
by Sue English
Fraternities, sororities and residents of
Chapel Hill have aided Delta Kappa
Epsilon (DKL) fraternity since its house
was virtually destroyed by fire early
Sororities on campus have contributed
food to the fraternity while other
fraternities have offered sleeping
accomodations. Fraternities have also
asked DKE members to join them in
Townspeople have aided the fraterr.it
with housing, according to Pete Hal!,
assistant dean of men.
Fire gutted the main
DKE house shortly aftei
seriously injuring two ol
members and causir.2
portion of the
0 a.m. Sunday,
Jim Parker, a junior trom Goldsboro.
N.C. and Richard Kennedy, a junior
from Columbia. S.C., remained m fair
condition at the N.C. Memorial Hospital
The two fraternity men reported!)
suffered second degree burns over oO per
cent of their bodies as the attempted to
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r-o.er-:;.. :-. cer.eral. he s:d.
Prrs;u7e from crdoate schools- or th;
d.:-vced the committee. S:tteror.
Ir.e oao;e:: r va:J :t wou:J re a
"scr.;u ;r.;--::ce" to offer a decree
prrgram -ho-e craduates w ould rot be
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S:tte:scr pec::';ed r.o date for the
c o . p'-.:: : - 0 :' t h ? c o . . : : t e e " s w or k ar.d
He s-.d r.e hoped a rert ou!d be
pr:r.g semester. This rep-ort ou'.d be
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l"r.:-.ers:t schools rd colleees affected
b the char.cev
Schutz sa:d the first meet:r.g of the
committee might be at the end of this
eek or at the beginrirg of next week.
Cum West, assistant to Student Body
President Joe Stalhr.gs, expressed
lt's midterm time and all students are trying to get ahead in their studies. This
student seems to be trying just to get a head. (Staff photo by Leslie Todd)
Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield
(I)-Mont.). who has thwarted attempts of
academicians and journalists to charactize
or label him. will speak at 8:15 p.m.
today in Memorial Hall.
Only 150 to 200 of the total 1,600
tickets were left late Monday. Tickets are
free at the Student Union information
desk. Doors will be open to persons
without tickets after 8 p.m.
Mansfield will arrive in Chapel Hill at 6
p.m. today and leave at 7 a.m. Wednesday
Mansfield was first elected to Congress
in 1942 and succeeded Lyndon Johnson
as majority leader of the Senate in 1961.
Political writers have said he lacked
oratorial skill and eloquence, yet many
still remember his tribute to slain
flee the blazing house through the mam
DKF members wtr.
Monday about the
future of the
"We are trying to keep the social
aspect cf the fraternity going." su;d
Bubba Lassiter, DKE treasurer.
Another fraternity man said, '"Our
main concern is to keep everyone in the
Chapel Hill Fire Chief E. L. Lloyd said
he doubts if the exact cause of the fire
will ever be determined.
The fire apparently (!
television room on the firs
Columbia Street structure
arted m trie
t floor of the
spread to the
second and third floors of
About 50 firemen were called to fight
the blaze, including a number of firemen
from Carrboro. which was extinguished in
about two hours.
Lassiter said the escape from the
burning building was a "fairly
cool-headed situation," r.'t the "chaotic
state of affairs reported b some
Several DKt members speculated that
a lighted cigarette in a plastic trash can in
appr.-a. .-: tr.e comm;:tfe s ma-djte.
" I -as ric;a'.'. pleaded to '.eirn :hat
Chi.-.c'.".or S.ttersor feels the corr.rr.;::ee
sho-'d rr.e past a co-.s:dera:;on of
decree req:::re .ert." Ut said. ""The
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falfsllroert of oe of Studert
err rr.ert's tor rr; ro es f -
Far-:t roeVr app.-ted to the
committee a! r.? -:th Schutr are .'."..a-r.
Little. Chem:tr. V.;c:;j O-.er.
N -r:rg. R. Stero-c Her.r- v'l d cat: J
F :.-.:. lee. F o::; dm:ro"t:jt;.-r .
Jerry L M 1 c!oh. fra-.k Rio.
H:tor. Harvev I S-..:h. Health
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oet B'.j.-kmor. s.--hom .-re
chemi!: mavr from Ciirton. IV-er.e
Doerre. mor :r. the School of ducat :o-.
from Baltimore. Md.. Garland Kirc.
Rale-.ch -ophomore co-.cer.traf.rc :r
chemitr and Frdish. Deborah Totter.
RTVMP er.io: from Farts. Irame.
Richard R a : o o k . a b -u 1 r. e -
administration ma; or. a"d Tom Sare. .1
tur.ior I relish maior from U a shire tor..
President John F. Kennedy delivered n
the Capitol rotunda Nov. 24, l('f.3.
Last May, Mansfield proved he could
force an issue against the President when
he proposed the U.S. cut in half its
S 1 4-hillion annual budget tor troops m
western Europe. The result was .1:1
extensive Presidential lobbying effort.
The President had to mobilize almost
the entire foreign policy establishment
since World War II to offset the senator.
The Senator has made efforts to
reorder national priorities and to limit
American intervention in Asia and
Furope. He served as a I'.N delegate,
signed the SLA'IO treaty, helped pave the
way for President Nixon's trip to China
and established the lecture series m
international relations m the Northwe-.t.
the television rom ignited the fire
of f r j
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rmtv hou-.es in
Hall had sent fire
inspectors to the fraternity house three
weeks ago. but the in-pedors found no
He said most of the fraternity brothers
Living in the house lost a majority of their
personal possessions m the lire, including
books, class notes, clothes and other
personal propertv .
Twelve students were living m the old
section of the house which was
demolished by the file, he saoJ. but about
eight students, living m the new section
of the house which received only water
damage, were able to salvage their
The fraternity's kitchen, located in the
new section of the house, received only
minor damage, and fraternity members
said they hope to use the kitchen again in
the next few weeks.
Tom Nash, president of the
Inter-Fraternity Council, ottered Monday
to call professors of DKE members who
have lost their class notes and to help
members get copies of the notes.