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Chapel Hill's Morning Newspaper
Chgpgl HUl, Mortti CcroHna. Thursday, February 13. 1975
Vol. 83, No. 101
Founded February 23, 1CC3
Stan pnoto by Chrtot Hardy
Tom Steinberg calls the Blue Sky party convention to order at Town Hail Tuesday night. Story page 2
Co-ed guMeliees considered.
Morrison awaits suite decision
by Greg Nye
A set of guidelines which could enable any
dormitory residence area to go co-ed by
suites is being developed by University
"We want a firm plan for going co-ed suite
by suite so that residence areas won't have to
come to the Chancellor for permission each
timer James Condie, director of University
Housing told ifoxirth-floor residents of
Morrison dormitory Tuesday night.
Instead, any floor desiring to go coed
would only have to pass a review by Condie.
Fourth-floor Morrison had asked Condie
for a decision on its plan to go co-ed by suites
next fall. ,
Last spring, a co-educational experiment
on the second floor of Winston dormitory
was cancelled because of unfavorable
publicity and mounting controversy.
But Allan Perry, fourth-floor Morrison
resident, believes the plan, which was
submitted to Condie a month ago, would
have a positive effect on his flopr.
"Fourth floor, is an academic residence
area wfth 25 per cent honor students," Perry
said. "We feel it's an active floor, and we're
trying to create a more natural environment
without violating anyone's privacy: Suite by
Media Board okays
candidates for editor
The campus Media Board endorsed five of
six candidates for the office of Daily Tar
Heel editor Wednesday, stating that all five
presented minimum qualifications for the"
The five candidates Don Baer and
Harriet Sugar (who are running as co
editors). Cole Campbell, Elliot Warnock
and Tom Wright received endorsements
after a two-hour series of private interviews
with board members.
The sixth candidate, Barnie Day, did not
attend the interview session and did not
receive an endorsement.
Media Board members based their
endorsements on three criteria personal
qualifications, prior experience and
Chairman Mark Dearmon said, "I was
disappointed that the board didn't take a
stronger stand, but I stand behind it
The vote followed lengthy discussion over
whether the board should make any
Board member Carl Fox said, "The
editorship is already sort of a popularity
contest. 1 have serious reservations as to
whether this board should endorse."
-.''During the meeting, four board members
announced their-support for several of the
DTH candidates. Dearmon and Joyce
Fitzpatrick support Warnock; Steve Givens
supports Baer and Sugar; and Robert Price
Dearmon said he sees no conflict of
interest between his decision to support
Warnock and his chairmanship of the board.
"I see no conflict of interest whatsoever. 1
feel my rights as a students supersede my
position on the board and I will not give up
those rights." Dearmon is a non-voting
member of the board.
During the interviews, most candidates
repeated portions of their campaign
platforms, with all of them criticizing
various aspects of the DTH's current
Wright said! "The Tar Heel is still having
problems with bias . . . misquotes ...
and mistakes." He said the editorial page is
being used by "leftist and liberal people on
the staff and would be opened to writers of
all political views under his "student forum"
Warnock said faults in the co-editor
system have left the DTH staff" in bad shape
from top to bottom." Regarding news
coverage, Warnock said, "Too many people
are on at-large beats."
Campbell also criticized the beat system,
saying "The great bulk (of reporters) are
general assignment reporters. If you get your
reporters out on the beat, they can develop
their own sources." ,
Baer and Sugar said there is "no feeling of
belonging to that staff, no open door." Sugar
"suggested that the DTH must make itself
more open and said they would actively
search for additional reporters.
suite co-ed living would unify the floor."
Condie, Chancellor N. Ferebee Taylor
and Dean of Student Affairs Donald
Boulton will make their final decision on
fourth floor Morrison's plan some time next
The most important consideration,
Condie told the meeting of fourth floor
residents, is for the floor to abide by
University regulations especially
visitation. "If we can't expect that, you lose
my support for the project. But, it looks like
!the chances for approval are. good now.
' "A residence college that wants to go co-ed
by suite," Condie said, "should have an
educational atmosphere and present an
opportunity for growth in an individual.
There also have to be considerable faculty
involvement, cultural programs and
The fourth, floor of Morrison has been
formulating its plan for more than a year. It
was rejected by Condie last spring, but he
encouraged the residents to submit the plan
again this year. "The timing was the main
factor last year not the plan itself," said
Sandi Ward, assistant director of residence
life. "Last year was too soon after the
Winston dorm mess."
"If there is any controversy here now,"
Leslie Logan, fourth floor resident, said, "it's
not about this kind of living. Rather, it's
concerned with certain inconveniences
which might result. But they can be
Today's event commemorating Black
History Week, sponsored by the Black
Student Movement (BSM), will be a
seminar on health problems at 8:00 p.m.
in the Upendo Lounge.
Participating in the seminar will be
School of Public Health graduate
students Bill Jenkins, Jim Murrell,
Cynthia Jenkins, Sondra Johnson and
by Jim Roberts
Despite the University's retraction of two
letters to the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) supporting Student
Government's proposed FM station, there is
still a possibility that there will eventually be
' a station.
WCAR station manager Gary Rendsburg
said Wednesday that John Pettit, the
station's attorney from Washington, D.C., is
currently looking into two courses of action.
Pettit has been meeting with the FCC to see
what course will bring the best results.
Pettit is studying the possibility of forming
a non-profit corporation to reapply for the
James Srebro, WCAR chief engineer, said
if the station were incorporated he felt there
would be a very good possibility the FCC
would grant the station a license. A clause in
the FCC code allows non-commercial
educational frequencies to be granted to
non-profit corporations, he said.
"I think Martin I. Levy (chief of the FCC
Broadcast Facilities Division) wants to give
us the license," Rendsburg said. "However,
he's not a decision maker. He's a
Student Government's other alternative is
to apply for the permit on its own merits and
not on the merits of a corporation. It would
then have to prove to the Commission it is a
Wade Hargrove, formerly Student
Government's attorney for the station, said
Wednesday the FCC's final decision on
granting the students a station will depend
on the discretion of the commission staff.
"That may depend on what they ate for
breakfast that morning," he said.
When Hargrove was in Washington on
behalf of Student Government, he said he
was told by the Commission that it would set
aside the station's construction permit issued
Jan. 24. The FCC has the prerogative of
tabling a construction permit within 30 days
of granting it.
However," Rendsburg said Wednesday hev
had hot received notification of FCC action
on the permit.
The FCC usually does not grant licenses to
student organizations without letters from
the parent university accepting ultimate
responsibility for the station.
Hargrove called this practice "weird and
When the FCC asked the University to
assume ultimate responsibility for the
station, Student Government, Hargrove and
Donald boulton, dean of student affairs,
were assured informally that if the statement
(assuming responsibility) were forthcoming
the license would be granted, Hargrove said.
Boulton subsequently wrote the FCC
accepting responsibility for the University.
He said Tuesday he later discovered he had
overstepped his authority.
Boulton and Chancellor N. Ferebee
Taylor decided to retract Boulton's letters
when they realized that by assuming ultimate
responsibility over the station they would
also have to assume ultimate control, they
"I don't think that's the way Student
Government should go." Boulton said.
If you control the students' radio station,
that may lead to control over such things as
the Daily Tar Heel, he said.
Taylor said. 1 didn't want to control the
radio station, and the students I spoke with
did not want the University to control it."
Taylor's letter of retraction to the FCC
stated. "The University has no disposition to
exercise control (even if it could legally do
so) over lawful freedom of student
expression through print, broadcast or other
apathy on campus
by Art Eisenstadt
. Student Body President Marcus Williams called student apathy and silence the greatest
problems for student life at UNC in his "State of the Campus" address Wednesday.
"My gravest concern lies with the covert concomitants of this non-involvement," Williams
"Lack of social and racial interaction, deteriorating social dialogue, maladjusted priorities,
insensitivity to the needs and desires of others and reckless indifference appear to be the most
"These elements can reduce the expected 'educational experience to a mere 'educational
Williams also listed the achievements of his administration and defined areas for future
Student Government (SG) work in his 14-minute speech.
He was asked after the speech if he felt students or SG should take the initiative in
"I'm looking forward to the day when those terms will be synonymous," he replied. "SG
can't make the students comply."
Williams also said that voter apathy here reflects a national trend, citing figures from
national elections. "Since Nixon hurt our pride, we are not eager to give someone else a
mandate to repeat the trick," he said.
He cited the financial squeeze and reactions to grade inflation, leading to "escalating work
and diminishing rewards," as other factors negatively affecting interest in SG.
In listing the achievements of Student Government, Williams said, "The often-used, but
seldom-researched characterization of this structure as being primarily a provider of student
services is ridiculous."
.Williams lauded the Student Transportation. Commission for its work with the Rides
Coordinating Office, the bus system, the parking system and bicycle registration, and the
Student Services Commission for its refrigerator, calculator and typewriter rentals, typing
service and typing course.
In defining another purpose of SG as a communication channel for students and the
administration, Williams listed the Info telephone service, the S'Information newsletter and
the WCAR-FM controversy.
Williams said after the speech that SG had been working with the administration to soften
the blow of the WCAR-FM situation.
WCAR manager Gary Rendsburg disclosed Tuesday that the administration had
rescinded letters filed with the Federal Communications Commission accepting "ultimate
responsibility" for WCAR's proposed FM operation.
Williams said his negotiations with the administration about the problem were not
publicized so the station's position with the Federal Communications Commission would
not be jeopardized.
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declares for president
Jamie Ellis announced her candidacy for
Student Body President Wednesday,
becoming the fifth candidate to enter the
A former chairman and treasurer of the
Association of Women Students, Ellis said
she believes she is the first woman ever to
seek the presidency at UNC. A junior classics
major from Okracoke, she is also a former
Campus Governing Council member.
"If I think there's a lot of work to be done.
I should run to do it," Ellis said. "I shouldn't
wait for others to do it."
Ellis said she would concentrate on three
broad areas academic reforms, student
individual rights and student consumer
"I just see academics as a very important
part of student life," Ellis said.
"Traditionally, it has been handled by the
administration. We should direct student
work into it."
I n this area, Ellis recommended extending
the length of the drop-add period, varying
course credit and enhancing the student
vncMm amid deffeinideinilt
by Linda Lowe
Second of two articles
Laura (not her real name) was dragged from her car
and raped last August. She reported her rape to the
county police department the same night.
, "They had the attitude of 'why didn't you realize
something was going on? " she said.
The next day. the detectives remembered to take the
rapist's fingerprints off her car. Overnight, it had
Should you report a rape to the police, as Laura did?
"Yes, immediately," said Lt. Arthur Summey of the
Chapel Hill Police Department. He emphasized that a
woman does not have to prosecute if she reports a
rape. She does not have to answer any questions she
But few women make reports. One rape and 10
attempted rapes were reported in Chapel Hill last year.;
At least 10 more rapes and six attempts went
unreported in Orange County, according to Sherry
Graham, Rape Crisis Center co-ordinator.
Seeking to increase the number of reports, Chapel
Hill police say they are trying to make their contact
with the victim less of an ordeal. They tape-record her
interview so she does not have to repeat her story for
the solicitor. They allow the department's woman
legal advisor or social worker to question the victim
(with an officer present) and permit a companion to be
present during the interview. '
', They also accept "blind reports" from rape victim's.
Without identifying herself, the victim can report the
time, place circumstances of the rape and a description
of the rapist. ' y
Both the hospital and the Rape Crisis Center
encourage women to make blind reports if they do not
wish to go to the police station. Police use blind
reports to pinpoint areas where rapes are likely to
recur, and to identify potential rapists. .
, But without the regular-type report, no rapists can
be convicted. In Orange County, the last first-degree
rape conviction, which carries the death penalty, was
Graham said convictions for second-degree rape
(not involving physical or armed force) are more
probable, with a maximum penalty of life
Why are alleged rapists so hard to convict? There
are usually no witnesses," Bob Morrell said. Morrell is
a UNC sophomore who was a juror in the trial of
Laura's alleged rapist.
In this trial, as in most cases the defendant did not
testify, pleading the Fifth Ammendment.
That left Laura's testimony and corroborative
evidence (anything that confirms her statement).
"I can see why a woman would not be willing to
testify," M orrell said. "The defense attorney asked her
it his (the defendant's) sex organs entered her sex
organs and if he reached a climax."
The defense attorney often tries to discredit the
victim's story by bringing up her past pre- and extra
marital relationships, if he can uncover any.
"You aren't able to use anything in the defendant's
past," Lt. Summey said, "but hers can be dragged out
from the day she was born until the minute she came
academic advisor program.
She also urged discontinuing the practices
of listing withdrawals on transcripts and
averaging an incomplete grade as an "F" in
"There is a need for a firm commitment
from the administration in this area," Ellis
On individual rights, Ellis urged quick
passage and implementation of the Student
Bill of Rights, student participation on all
University committees, increased emphasis
on women's athletics and hiring a full-time
affirmative action officer.
"There should be a recognition of the fact
that students are citizens and should have
certain rights," Ellis explained.
Amone her DroDosed consumer riehts.
Ellis urged broadening textbook sales and Y
student meal plans to include area
bookstores and restaurants, devising
alternative plans for athletic ticket
distribution, and completing the renovation
of the Pine Room
"Students should have a pleasant place to
go to between classes," Ellis said.
Morrell said, "We were trying the victim, not the
defendant. One old lady (on the jury) kept talking
about her (Laura) not putting up enough of a fight."
As for corroborative evidence. Orange County
Asst. Solicitor Lunsford Long said only a corpse
would assure successful prosecution.
"Two black eyes are better than one," he said in
response to a Rape Crisis Center questionaire.
He advised women facing rapists to minimize the
threat of serious injury by not resisting.
"By doing this, however, they would be making it
nearly impossible for the state to get a conviction
against the rapist," he said.
Morrell agreed, "The laws are entirely in the favor
the rapist. A girl would have to risk her life for the jury
to make sure she was raped."
How, then, can a victim improve her chances for a
Responding to the crisis center questionnaire, Barry
Winston, attorney for several alleged rapists, advised
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the victim not to volunteer information and not to
dress provocatively in court.
"A few tears never hurt the state's case any," he
Long said photographs of cuts and bruises "can be
extremely helpful." The Chapel Hill police have a
woman photographer to take such pictures.
Laura didn't have any photographs when she went
to court last week, though. She couldn't even
positively identify her rapist just describe his car.
That was not enough evidence for the jury.
"Almost everyone on the jury felt he was guilty, but
the case was presented so poorly that we couldn't
convict him," Morrell said.
The text of the confession was in the sheriffs
handwriting, he said, and some of the jurors felt it had
They split, 6-6. In March, seven months after she
thought the rape was over, Laura will have to testify
again at the re-trial.