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by Art Eisenstadt
Although Student Body President Bill Bates suggested Thursday
morning his appointed treasurer, Mike O'Neal, resign, Bates
rescinded his suggestion Thursday afternoon after O'Neal refused to
David Smith, a Bates aide, said the president wanted to further
discuss the matter with his staff members before deciding to formally
ask for O'Neal's resignation. Bates was in Charlotte most of
Thursday afternoon and could not be reached for comment.
Student Government officials said Bates was expected to return to
Chapel Hill at about 10:30 p.m., Thursday, and would, go
immediately to his office to resume staff discussions about O'Neal.
In a related development; Billy Richardson, who resigned
Wednesday as executive assistant to Bates, said he may return to his
former position if O'Neal leaves office. But he said he would work
towards O'Neal's impeachment if the treasurer remains.
Richardson, once considered the No. 2 man behind Bates in
Student Government affairs, resigned in protest over O'Neal.
Bates delivered a letter to O'Neal around 1 1 a.m. suggesting that
the treasurer resign, Richardson said.
Asked about the possibility of his resigning, O'Neal said Thursday,
"Bill has made no decision on anything like that at this point." He
refused to comment on Bates's letter.
The Daily Tar Heel was unable to learn if the letter gave any
specific reason for Bates's suggestion. O'Neal did meet with Bates for
over an hour early this afternoon before Bates left for Charlotte.
"Bates wanted a little more time to think about the situation," aide
Smith said. "There are a couple of more members of the staff he
wants to talk to before making a decision."
Smith would not predict the chances of Bates reissuing the letter.
Meanwhile, Richardson denied that he issued Bates an ultimatum
to keep either himself or O'Neal but said he would not return to
Student Government until O'Neal is out of office.
"I resigned because I felt 1 had a duty and an obligation to get M ike
O'Neal out oflhe treasurer's office, and I couldn't do that while
working in Student Government," Richardson said.
"The actions M ike O'Neal has taken are not in the best interests of
the students or the president. As long as he is treasurer, he is
overshadowing the good things Bill Bates is doing as president."
O'Neal said, "I don't want to comment on anything Billy
Richardson says." But he added, "1 won't help any man break the
law, w hether he's my president or whatever. If they want me to resign
because I'm upholding the law, that speaks for that."
Richardson said he may not return to Student Government even if
O'Neal resigns, because his effectiveness may now be damaged in the
eyes of Bates's staff and the student body.
If O'Neal does not resign, Richardson said he would organize a
petition campaign to every CGC representative urging O'Neal's
O'Neal, a graduate journalism student from Hendersonville, was
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appointed treasurer by Bates last April. He previously served as a
member of the Student Legislature (predecessor to the Campus
Governing Council), as treasurer and president of the Residence Hall
Association ( R H A) and as director of the Campus Program Council.
He served a controversial term as RHA president, being charged
with overstepping his authority when he overturned the results of an
RHA organization's election.
O'Neal was later forced to resign as RHA president because,
contrary to RHA regulations, O'Neal was not living in an RHA
dormitory during part of his tenure as RHA president.
After failing an attempt to regain the RHA presidency through a
special election, O'Neal helped found the Campus Program Council,
which schedules films and other entertainment for dorm social
O'Neal was installed as treasurer last spring when the Student
Supreme Court invalidated a CGC ruling which denied his
As treasurer, O'Neal temporarily froze the funds of a number of
campus organizations for alleged treasury violations.
His two most noted actions involve withholding part of the Daily
Tar Heel's funds because he felt its business practices were not secure,
and freezing the Black Student Movement's (BSM) funds because
the BSM Gospel Choir allegedly maintained an illegal checking
Wednesday, Bates overruled O'Neal's freezing of the BSM funds
and ordered the funds released, but O'Neal refused to do so, saying
only CGC could order him to unfreeze the monies.
Vol. 83, No. 15
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Friday, Spetember 19, 1975
BSM money hardly had time to thaw
by Chris Fuller
Black Student Movement (BSM) funds
remained frozen Thursday despite Student
Body President Bill Bates's announcement
Wednesday releasing the funds.
The funds were refrozen Wednesday by
Student Body Treasurer Mike O'Neal and
Campus Governing Council (CGC) Finance
Committee Chairperson Bill Strickland.
BSM funds were originally frozen during
the summer for alleged treasury law
violations. O'Neal charged the BSM Gospel
Choir allegedly maintained an illegal
During a BSM demonstration Wednesday
protesting the fund freeze, Bates announced
he was releasing the entire BSM allocation
except for the Gospel Choir's funds. The
choir's funds were to remain frozen pending
a financial investigation by CGC Rep. Sheri
Parks and Associate Dean of Student
Affairs Harold G. Wallace.- 7 "
O'Neal refused to go along with Bates,
maintaining' that the president could not
legally release the funds. O'Neal said the
fund freeze was a CGC decision and that
under the Student Government
Constitution, only CGC can repeal its own
The Finance Committee supported Bates
Wednesday, saying the bill freezing the funds
was void because the CGC did not take final
action Tuesday night.
The original bill freezing the funds, passed
in J uly, said CGC should take final action on
the issue by Its second fall meeting. No action
was taken at the second meeting (Tuesday)
and, according to the Finance Committee,
the bill is void.
Strickland said, "That is a loose
interpretation. They (the funds) are now
Council to vote on grades today
by Linda Lowe
The Faculty Council will vote at 4 p.m. today in Hamilton Hall
auditorium on the proposed changes in the definitions of letter
grades, intended to combat grade inflation.
The Faculty Committee on Instructional Personnel recommended
to the council in August that the"B" grade be given for "superior"
instead of "good" work, with a "C" being equivalent to "good"
instead of "fair" work. A "D" would be defined as "fair" instead of
If adopted, these definitions will be voluntary for instructors in
assigning grades. The quality points giv en for each letter grade would
remain the same.
History professor James R. Leutze will make an alternate proposal
to the council, recommending the addition of pluses and minuses to
Five of the 12 members of the Committee on Instructional
Personnel interviewed Thursday disagreed on what the potential
effects the committee's proposal have.
Dean John B. Adams of the School of Journalism described the
changes as a matter of semantics. "The use of the word 'fair' for 'C is
abominable," he said. If the recommendation passes, he said, "I'd do
the same thing as I did before: interpret a 'C as perfectly
Dean Robert G. Byrd of the law school agreed with Adams that the
redefinition probably would not decrease the number of "A's" given.
Byrd said, however, if a substantial decrease in "A's" or "B's" does
occur, the redefinition would affect law school admissions policies
for UNC students.
Dean of the School of Social Work Morton I. Teicher said the
grading changes would definitely result in fewer "A's" being given.
He said he was a little concerned although other committee
members did not seem to be that UNC students might be adversely
affected in graduate school competition.
"If it (the proposed system) is recorded on the grade sheet and if it
is read correctly, there should not be a problem," he added.
Arthur Housman, chairperson of the Department of Dramatic
Arts, emphasized that several factors besides grades faculty
recommendations, Graduate Record Exam scores and the
undergraduate school attended affect graduate school
admission."If there were no other factors involved, it (the
redefinition) might very well (affect admission)," he said.
The Leutze proposal of adding pluses and minuses to final grades
was opposed by most of the five committee members interviewed.
Housman said the proposal might tend to further escalate grades
and complicate the grading process. "Suppose a 'B' is three points
and we're giving pluses and minuses, is a 'B-' a 2.8, a 2.7 or 2.9?"
Edward G. Holley, dean of the School of Library Science, was the
only committee member contacted who favored the plus-minus
system. "Leutze's proposal would enable finer distinctions," Holley
said. "Often we need to make those discriminations."
frozen regardless of whether they were
frozen or unfrozen by CGC."
He added, "It could possibly be that the
funds stayed unfrozen between Tuesday
night and 2:30 Wednesday afternoon." He
said the Student Supreme Court would have
. to decide if the funds were legally frozen
during that time.
" The funds were frozen Wednesday by
Strickland and O'Neal under a provision of
the student treasury laws.
The provision allows the student body
treasurer and or the CGC Finance
Committee chairperson to temporarily
freeze funds of any organization violating
The provision also stipulates the Finance
Committee must hold a formal hearing on
the temporary freeze announcement within a
week. A meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
In a letter to BSM Treasurer Pearl Burris,
O'Neal said, "At 3:15 p.m. this afternoon,
following the meeting of the Finance
Committee, Bill Strickland, Chairman of the
CGC Finance Committee, and myself acted
jointly to freeze the funds of the Black
Student Movement for violations of Student
In response to O'Neal's refreezing of
funds, BSM Chairperson Lester Diggs said,
"I think his action severely undermined the
extent of balance of power that we have in
Concerning Bates's release of the funds,
Diggs said, "Obviously Bill is acting out of
his own conscience. 1 think Bill is doing what
he feels is in the best interest of Student
Government and more particularly, his
Diggs said BS M may consider filing suit in
the Student Supreme Court to get the funds
released. He said the suit is "undetermined at
this point. We're just inquiring about some
legal points concerning the whole case."
Patty Hearst, pictured in both the above shots, was captured Thursday by the
FBI. Story on page 3.
to get fund increase
by Sam Fulwood
Plans are currently being drawn for a new
physical education and intramural building
to be located near the Tin Can, Allen Waters,
director of operations and engineering for
the University, said Thursday.
In an attempt to equalize the physical
education facilities for women, the 1974
General Assembly authorized the University
to begin planning discussions for the
"The Tin Can site has been approved by
, the trustees, the University Building and
Grounds Committee, the Physical
Education Special Studies Committee
(formed especially to plan the new
structure), the Chancellor's Cabinet and the
University planners," Waters said.
Although no money has been released for
the construction of a building, $165,000 has
been given to the special studies committee
for the drawing of plans and related
expenses, such as core samples to check soil
conditions for the foundation.
"We don't know what it will look like on
the outside," Waters said. "We are in a
schematic design stage to determine how the
internal components of the facility will relate
to each other."
The new structure will include
gymnasiums, handball courts, special events
rooms, classrooms, offices, lounges, lockers
and showers for women and a sports
medicine department, Waters said.
Once the plans are completed by the
committee, the State Construction Office
must review the layout and plans. The plans
must then be approved by operations and
engineering, planning, physical plant,
utilities, physical education departments,
and finally by the Building and Grounds
Committee and the trustees.
"We would hope the plans could be fully
completed by the summer of 1976, and if
construction funds are available, have
construction begin by the fall of 1976 with
about two and a half years of construction
time," Waters said.
The proposed budget for the 150,000-square-foot
building is $5.5 million, Waters
said. The building is to be separate from any
existing physical education structure with an
overhead walkway to Woollen Gym.
Several of the trees in the wooded area
surrounding Woollen Gym will be removed
when construction begins. However, Waters
said, "In the layout every effort will be made
to preserve as many trees as possible and
retain the natural environment of the area.
When building is completed the site will be
"The structure is not just for women," Carl
Blyth, chairperson of the physical education
department, said. He added that the new
building would be of specific service to club
sports and intramurals.
The existing facility is inadequate for
women students, he said. "There is a dire
need of dressing space for women.
"HEW's Title IX stated that there has to
be equality for women. We just have to do
something for the women," Blyth said.
Suit on BSM funding dismissed
A Federal judge in Greensboro has
dismissed a lawsuit filed by two former UNC
students seeking to end manditory student
funding of the Black Student Movement
However, Chief Judge Eugene A. Gordon
of the U.S. Middle District Court in
Greensboro criticized University officials for
allowing student fees to be allocated to a
group that is exclusively for one portion of
the student body.
Gordon filed his judgment Wednesday
dismissing the lawsuit by Lawrence A. Uzzell
and Robert Lane Arrington. The suit was file
in mid-1974 to cut off funding for the BSM,
which at that time was exclusively black.
Because the BSM now admits white
students, the judge said the major issue in the
case had been eliminated. Uzzell and
Arrington had contended that student aid
should be cut off until the BSM admitted
The court ruled that if future funding was
provided for any racially discriminating
groups, or if the BSM was not truly open to
members of all races, the court would
consider another lawsuit.
BSM Chairperson Lester Diggs said he
was pleased with the ruling. Diggs said he
thought the dismissal was inevitable and
came as no real surprise.
Dean of Student Affairs Donald A.
Boulton said Thursday he would reserve
comment until he has time to review details
of the ruling.
Attorney James Rowan, who represented
the BSM in the case, also said he did not
want to make a statement until he received a
full report on the ruling.
Neither of the plaintiffs was available for
comment Thursday afternoon. Arrington
has moved to Tennessee since the suit was
by Dan Fesperman
RALEIGH The North Carolina Drug
Commission (NCDC) approved a $9,262
increase in funds yesterday for Chapel Hill's
Switchboard drug counseling center, but
several members of the commission
indicated that funding of such organizations
may be curtailed next year.
Switchboard is primarily a telephone drug
counseling service, but also handles a wide
variety of other personal problems.
Switchboard had requested an increase in
funds of approximately $12,000 on Aug. 15
after having its drug commission allocation
cut by two-thirds, from approximately
$30,000 to $10,000 on June 26.
Although the commission that reviews
NCDC grants had recommended before
June 26 only a slight cut, the Drug Authority
Pay Staff recommended the two-thirds cut.
In yesterday's NCDC meeting, the Pay
Staff again opposed an allocation increase,
recommending that its request for additional
funds be denied. But this time the NCDC
followed the advice of the subcommittee for
requests of individual funding, which
recommended the $9,262 increase.
NCDC Chairperson Chris S. Barker said
during the meeting that he questioned the
future funding of local telephone counseling
He said NCDC should not pay for the
telephone programs because they are
unnecessary, since a 24-hour statewide
telephone counseling service is operating
now. Barker was then informed by an
NCDC member that the service he had
referred to only operates from 8 a.m. to 5
Barker then criticized the funding of the
local telephone programs because many of
their services are unrelated to drug abuse.
"It seems that the people who are involved
in drug abuse have suddenly decided that
. they are experts in drug education," he said.
"I think that this business of funding
education through mental health (progrms)
should come to an end this year."
Switchboard receives its state funds
through the Orange-Person-Chatham'
Mental Health Center.
Barker also said there is less need for
emergency phone services now than there
was in the past. "I think that the excitement
on drug problems has somewhat gone out
the window," he said.
"We have to come up with a uniform
policy regarding telephone services," Barter
said after yesterday's meeting. "Suppose
every committee of over 10,000 people
decided that they wanted a phone service.
How would we decide who gets what? We
obviously couldn't pay for all of them, and it
would be unfair to only pay for a few."
Pay Staff Director F.E. Epps said a
program of evaluation of organizations
funded by the drug commission will begin
Ashley Moore, who shares the position of
Switchboard director with Susan Furches,
said he would not be surprised if
Switchboard is the first organization to be
Furches agreed, saying. "A lot of people
have told us that they (the Pay Staff) just do
not like Chapel Hill."
Both Moore and Furches said they do not
understand why the Pay Staff had
recommended that Switchboard's funds be
Furches said that after the original budget
cut, Roger Howard. NCDC planning
director, had recommended that
Switchboard be improved in three areas
before making a request for additional
He suggested Switchboard improve its
financial system, client records and public
image. Furches explained that the image of
Switchboard has been one of a "hippie
She said the improv ements were made and
reported to the drug commission a week
before the Aug. 1 5 request. But the Pay Staff
still opposed the funds request by
Furches said members of the Pay Staff,
told her they recommended the two-thirds
cut because Switchboard duplicates services
offered elsewhere in the community.
Constance Grove, director of the Chapel
H ill Department of Human Serv ices, wrote a
letter for Furches to present to the drug
commission, saying that Switchboard does
not perform duplicate services and that it
provides a valuable service to the
Because it received additional funds.
Switchboard will be able to reopen its walk
in counseling center on 408 W. Rosemary St.
and to increase its staff from two to four.
Last year Switchboard operated with a staff