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Vol. 80, No. 51
by Evans Witt
RALEIGH - Final approval by the
N.C. General Assembly of a bill to
restructure state higher education appears
The State House voted 75-30
Thursday to approve an amended bill
placing all 16 state-supported institutions
of higher education under a single
The Senate also passed an amended
bill for a governing board Thursday, but
there were major differences between the
two versions of the bill.
The Senate was to meet in a late
Thursday night session to attempt to
reconcile the differences. This unusual
move was called for by the Senate
leadership to enable the special session to
finish all business, including restructuring
NoCo primary date
slated for debate
by Evans Witt
RALEIGH - A bill resetting the 1972
primary from Tuesday to Saturday will
be debated today on the floor of both the
House and the Senate.
The House Rules Committee and the
Senate Rules Committee voted Thursday
to report the bill favorably following
The Senate committee met Thursday
morning to consider the many resolutions
in addition to restructuring which had
been placed before the legislature.
The primary bill was debated rather
heatedly in the committee room as a
number of students from various state
universities stood by watching.
Senator Herman A. Moore
(D-Mecklenberg) led the fight in the
committee to bring the matter to the
"It is not sufficient to give the young
people the right to vote," Moore said. "If
you do not give them the opportunity to
Senate Candidate speaks here
Grace: absentee ballot
by Jessica Hanchar
The N.C. General Assembly "simply
and honestly" can give the absentee
ballot to all persons who will be away
from home on May 2, Dr. Gene Grace,
Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate,
said Wednesday night.
"But the same people who don't want
you to have the vote don't want you to
use it," he told students at the Student
Grace, who will face U.S. Democratic
Senator Everett Jordan and possibly
Democratic Congressman Nick
Galifianakis in the May Democratic
primary, stressed honesty in government
by Jessica Hanchar
Student Body President Joe Stallings
said Wednesday Student Legislature (SL)
took the "appropriate action" last
Thursday when it voted not to approve
the Graduate and Professional Student
Federation (GPSF) constitution.
GPSF President Daisy Junge and
Senate President Jim Becker said the
action by SL was not surprising, and they
intend to continue their fight for separate
The move by SL deprives GPSF of
receiving funds for "operating expenses."
It does not, however, affect funds for
individual graduate departments.
"A constitution which recognizes a
higher education, by late today.
One major amendment and several
minor ones in the committee bill backed
by Governor Bob Scott were adopted by
the legislature. The House actually
adopted 14 amendments in its long
session Thursday while the Senate agreed
to eight others.
The major amendment in both
chambers eliminates the interim planning
board and the governor's appointment of
any members of the proposed board of
governors. However, there were
substantive differences in the House and
The House amendment, introduced by
Rep. McNeil Smith (D-Guilford).
establishes the powerful super-board on
January 1, 1972, with 16 members of the
Consolidated University (CU) Board of
Trustees and 16 from the regional
universities' boards of trustees.
vote in the primaries, you are not giving
them a chance to participate."
Senator Julian Allsbrook (D-Halifax),
although not a member of the committee,
presented evidence Tuesday was a better
day for elections than Saturday on the
basis of percentage voter participation.
He cited figures from previous
primaries held on Saturdays and previous
general elections held on Thursdays to
support his contentions.
Senator John J. Bumey (D-New
Hanover) raised the question of the cost
of the state election board of resetting
The committee finally voted to permit
the issue to be debated on the Senate
floor following this comment by Senator
N. Hector McGeachy (D-Cumberland):
"Unless we do open this up, I think a
lot of young people would feel we are
giving them something with one hand and
taking it away with the other."
The House Rules Committee finally
voted to favorably report the bill setting
in his speech sponsored by the UNC
Young Democrats Club.
"Honesty in government is a condition
we must demand," he said. "But, you can
do nothing if you don't have suffrage."
He said thousands of youths and
industrial workers were going to be
effectively disenfranchised during the
May state primary if the absentee ballot is
not made available.
''Legislators must hear students,
parents and industrial workers and hear
you loud and clear," he said.
"I call on (Speaker of the State House)
Phil Godwin and Lt. Governor Pat Taylor
to use the leadership of their offices to
return the votes to all," he added. "The
primary is a Democratic hoax if they do
separate graduate student government
cannot be finally recognized by
legislature," Stallings said. "Such a
decision can only be made by approval of
the student body."
"To approve the constitution for
budgetary reasons is, in fact, an
unconstitutional recognition of a separate
student government by legislature," he
"We had been warned about the defeat
by several undergraduates." Miss Junge
said. "I can understand SL's dilemma
since the wording in the GPSF
constitution directly contradicts that in
Becker said, "Since SL is dominated
by white male on-campus undergraduates,
this defeat is not surprising."
GPSF has been try ing since last spring
to gain approval as a separate
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Friday, October 29, 1971
All of these would be elected by and
from their respective boards. The
governor would sit as chairman of the
board until July 1. 1973.
Under the Smith plan, adopted by a
63-50 vote, the State Board of Higher
Education would have no members on
the interim board.
The Senate version of the amendment,
introduced by Senator Gordon P. Allen
(D-Person), president pro tempore of the
Senate, calls for the governing board to
take power at the same time as the House
version but with different composition.
The Alien version would be the same
as the committee bill's planning board -15
UNC trustees, 15 from the regional
universities and two from the State Board
of Higher Education.
The versions also differed slightly in
the method of determining the terms for
each member of the new board.
the primary on May 6 rather than May 2
after a successful attempt to amend the
bill was rescinded.
Rep. Richard Brown (D-Stanly) had
had the bill amended in committee to
move the primary to July, 1972. After
reconsidering the amendment, however,
he asked that the bill be introduced with
a favorable committee report without
A move to allow absentee ballots in
primary elections will probably also be
debated on the floor of the N.C.
Both rules committees had not made a
final decision on the matter late
Thursday, but eventual approval seems
Both houses also approved a bond
issue for the State Thursday. The bonds
had been approved in the regular session,
but a technical error in their enactment
made the re-approval of the bonds
necessary, according to the state's bond
Grace also attacked the handling of
the antipoverty programs under the
Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO).
"The chief aim of the antipoverty
effort is to pacify the American people
lest they be so concerned that they want
real effort," he said. "It pacifies middle
class liberals into thinking something is
really being done and they shouldn't feel
"More elaborate means are used to
convince the poor themselves that a 'war'
is being run on their behalf."
"The internal needs of the
bureaucracy take precedence over the
needs of the poor people the bureaucracy
was supposed to serve," he said. "This is
like buying an expensive shotgun and
organization from Student Government.
Their latest attempt is to obtain a
campuswide referendum on the issue.
A bill calling for the referendum is in
committee in SL. If the bill is not
approved, GPSF may still get a
referendum by a petition of 10 percent of
the student body.
Stallings said he "lully" concurred
with Robert Grady, chairman of SL
Finance Committee, "that no funds for
operation of the executive branch of the
graduate student organization can be
constitutionally granted to them until
two things are done."
Approval of a constitution which gives
GPSF the status of a semi-independent
agency of Student Government is the first
thing that must be done, he said.
GPSF must also submit their bylaws tc
SL for approval. Stallings said.
The Senate Higher Education
Committee voted late Thursday
afternoon to push for the Allen version of
the amendment. The Senate session late
Thursday night was scheduled to resolve
Supporters of the Consolidated
University, headed by trustee Jake
Froelich, were pushing for adoption of
the Smith version of the governing board.
"If the board is made up of three
groups - UNC trustees, regional
university trustees and members of the
State Board of Higher Education - the
board will split along those lines in three
camps," Froelich said.
CU supporters were attempting to
drum up support for the Smith plan prior
to the late Senate session.
The differences between the Smith
and Allen amendments md a
disagreement over the meuod of
selecting the board of governois were the
only two major items separating the
House and Senate versions of the bill.
The Senate Higher Education
Committee voted to reconcile most of the
remaining differences in its Thursday
The Senate committee voted to accept
12 of the 14 House amendments to the
committee bill while retaining seven of its
own eight amendments.
If the Senate and House have not
agreed on the bill by this morning, a
conference committee will meet to iron
out any remaining differences.
The regional universities failed in
another attempt on the floor of both the
House and Senate to define the power of
the local boards for each campus in the
Rep. Ernest Messer (D-Haywood) and
Senator Vernon White (D-Pitt) led the
fight to list eight powers for the local
boards in the bill. The move was defeated
in both chambers.
An amendment was approved in the
Senate but defeated in the House to
require line-item budget reports every
two years from the new board of
governors. The Senate Higher Education
Committee agreed in its afternoon session
to delete that amendment from the bill.
There are also numerous clarifications
added to the bill as amendments were
adopted. Much of the technical language
of the bill had to be reworked as the
legislators changed one provision or
another of the measure.
forgetting to buy ammunition for it."
Grace said this neglect of the poor
"results from a deep-seated distrust of the
poor from the high levels in Washington,
contrary to what they say."
Reasons for failure of the antipoverty
programs did not ultimately lie "in the
indifference on the part of the
employes," according to Grace.
"Actually, they have become cynical and
indifferent because their efforts have
Another reason for failure, he said,
was that "poor people took them
seriously" when Washington officials said
the "battle plan was to give them some
government control to pull themselves
out of poverty."
"The budget passed by last year's SL
stipulates these two requirements," he
"Exceptions can and have been made
for funding the graduate student
departments, the Carolina Quarterly and
Odum-Victory Village," Stallings said.
These exceptions were provided for by
last year's Legislature.
"I am more than willing to work with
GPSF in modifying their present
constitution so they would be recognized
as a semi-independent agency under
Student Government," Stallings said.
"The requirements for approval are
not attempts of anyone in Student
Government at being obstructionist," he
added. "It is rather simply a situation of
having rules that must be followed.
"Once the changes are made, GPSF
can be recognized."
Clarence Howard enjoys a rest under the NCNB walkway on a sunny Chapel Hill
day. Nothing to do but wtch the traffic go by . . . (Staff photo by Leslie Todd)
RCF backs paint,
room rent policies
The Residence College Federation
(RCF) passed resolutions Wednesday
supporting a policy to allow students to
paint their dorm rooms and the proposed
room rent increase.
RCF worked with the Office of
Residence Life for several months before
recommending the paint policy. The
policy will now be reviewed by the
Committee on University Residence Life
RCF suggested a three-step procedure
for students who wish to paint their
rooms. A painting proposal of colors and
designs to be used, which must be
"reasonably acceptable" to future
occupants of the room, must be
presented to the residence director or
If the proposal is accepted, the
students will make a damage deposit of
SI 2.50 and do the painting. All paint
would be purchased through the Office of
Residence Life from a catalog of color
TODAY: variable cloudiness and
mild; highs in the upper 70s, lows
in the mid 50s; probability of
precipitation near zero; early
morning fog likely.
Miss Junge said she was disappointed
SL has used chiefly proceedural
arguments to block GPSF since the issue
first came up one and one-half years ago.
"It would be nice to meet them in a
clear debate of the substantive issue -whether
or not GPSF should be
independent and not have to worry
about wording of constitutions and
parliamentary proceedure," she said.
GPSF has made provisions to start
collecting signatures for a petition calling
for a referendum before the end of the
Collecting signatures would begin on
Miss Junge also plans to resubmit the
GPSF budget to SL under the old
Graduate Student Association (GSA)
constitution, which has received SL
approval in the past.
GSA functioned as a campus-wide
Founded February 23, 1893
The quality of the painting job would
be inspected by the residence director or
college master. The deposit would be
refunded if no repairs are needed.
A "painting implementation board"
would handle any appeals by students
about decisions made by the residence
director or college master. This board
would be made up of representatives of
Residence Life, the Physical Plant, RCF
"Greater freedom for students to
personalize their rooms is an absolute
necessity," said RCF chairman Steve
Saunders. "If students are able to paint,
the residence halls will not be so
RCF also backed the 14 percent room
rent increase recently proposed by John
Temple, assistant vice chancellor for
business, and Robert Keprer, director of
"We accept the increase as necessary
because inflation has increased the cost of
the service provided, while rent has not
been raised for several years," be said.
The residence halls must, by state law, be
entirely funded from the rents paid by
The increase includes a separate rate
for coed halls, an end to housekeeping in
individual rooms, and a new $25,000
fund to permit special improvements of
the residence halls.
graduate organization up until two years
ago. Miss Junge said there are provisions
in the GSA constitution which enable it
to be revalidated.
Miss Junge said, "We're trying to get
things off the ground. We just can't keep
conforming with the legal obstacles SL
keeps demanding of us.
"If, when we submit the GSA
constitution next week, SL will go along
with us, I will take it as a sign of good
will," she added.
Becker believes, however, a
referendum will probably be the only
means of settling the GPSF issue.
He said, "A fail referendum in which
graduate students are given a chance to
vote will be favorable. This means polling
places should be set up which are easily
available to graduate students - in the
law school, medical school and in Craige,