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Vol. 83, No. 52 , , Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Wednesday, November 5. 1975
The victor celebrates
quietly in his home
by Dan Fesperman
' Staff Writer
and Art Eisenstadt
Associate News Editor
At 8 p.m. the Jimmy Wallace household
was quiet. Approximately a dozen people
quietly sipped drinks and nibbled at ham
biscuits while a fire blazed in the fireplace.
By 9:30 the fire had died out, but the house
quaked with the sounds of victory as nearly
40 well-wishers celebrated Wallace's
resounding victory over Gerry Cohen in the
Chapel Hill mayoral election.
Only two-thirds of the votes had been
counted, but an insurmountable Wallace
lead had just been announced, and an elated
campaign workers shouted, "That's it, that'll
A few minutes later the room was
suddenly silenced as Cohen's voice came
over the radio. The Wallace supporters
gathered quietly to hear their victory
confirmed by the conceding opponent.
Wallace stood apart froiruthe throng,
appearing calm but relieved. "I expected him
to do better," he said of Cohen, "but we
wanted it, and we got it."
A friend, holding a drink, congratulated
Wallace from across the room, and Wallace
answered with a grin, "I'm gonna have some
of that in a minute."
A woman entered w ith "roses for the new
mayor." while Wallace's 14-year-old son
Isaac said he had known all along his dad
Wallace, who will be inaugurated Dec. 8,
said, "I'll be spending my time now in a 'get
acquainted' session with the Board of
by Merlon Vance
and Laura Seism
Ruth West, a 65-year-old housewife,
became the new mayor of Carrboro Tuesday
night, defeating Fred Chamblee by a vote of
777 to 549.
In the Carrboro Aldermen race, Robert
Drakeford, Lacy C. Farrell and Ernie
Patterson defeated challengers Mike
Caldwell, Lynda deFriess, W. Marvin
Nipper, John E. Thomas and Nancy 1.
White. Drakeford received 723 votes,
Patterson 578 and Farrell 564.
James Riddle and Phyllis Sockwell won
Inn officials propose
merit pay increase for
by Ben Dobson
A Carolina Inn employee who filed a
grievance charging the Inn with unfair
discrimination by not voluntarily
granting him a merit pay increase in five
years will be recommended for a merit
pay increase, Assistant Vice Chancellor
for Business John Temple said Tuesday.
Dishwasher Clifton Baldwin was
recommended for the merit pay increase
primarily because Chancellor N.
Ferebee Taylor said, in a reply to a
grievance report on the Baldwin case,
that all University working units must
award merit pay increments to the most
deserving two-thirds of its employees,
He also said Baldwin is . more
deserving than he was one and a half
months ago since his work has improved
substantially. Temple denied that the
publicity of the Baldwin grievance
influenced Inn officials' decision to
grant Baldwin a raise.
The recommendation for the raise
depends on approval from the
Department of Personnel. Although the
department has not received the
recommendation, Temple said it should
be submitted within the week.
Baldwin said Tuesday he was told by
Inn Food Service Director Harry Finley
that morning that Baldwin would
receive a merit increment award for the
Aldermen. We'll use this time wisely I hope,
so that we can get to work right away when 1
"It's been an amicable campaign. I like
Gerry and I think he sort of likes me "
Meanwhile, more than 100 Cohen
workers, supporters and friends crowded
into the Cat's Cradle tavern. Most appeared
to be students and young adults, although a
few older citizens dropped by.
Most were disappointed but not
"This was a campaign where people could
say things and use issues without fear of the
types of things that happened in the past,"
Cohen said. "I'm disappointed that the
people of the community were afraid of the
Cohen praised the victories of alderman
candidates Jonathan Howes, Ed Vickery
and Robert Epting, saying, "I think we're
going to have more progressive government
in Chapel Hill than we have had in the past."
With two years remaining in his
aldermanic term, Cohen said, "Jimmy
Wallace and the next administration have
my best support in progressive programs in
the next four years. I'm very hopeful for the
As it became apparent that Cohen would
win in no more than two or three precincts,
many people in the tavern, including Cohen,
became analytical, but except for a stream of
handshakes and hugs, there was no great
outpouring of emotion.'
Several people, including Cohen, said
lower-than-expected turnouts of blacks and
students was the major reason why the race
was not closer.
election to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board
of Education, defeating incumbents Samuel
Holton and Peachee Wicker.
The final vote tally in the school board
race showed Sockwell with 255 votes;
Riddle, 175; Wicker, 163 and Holton, 147.
. "I'm very happy," West said after her
victory, adding that she is pleased with the
strong showing of the Carrboro Coalition, a
political group which supported West,
Drakeford and Patterson.
West said she thinks the coalition victory
will help promote better cooperation
between the Board of Aldermen and the
1975-76 fiscal year, retroactive to July 1.
Baldwin filed a three-part grievance
during the summer contending that the
Inn management had failed to give him
a merit raise during his five-year
employment, that the Inn owes him
back pay and that his workload is too
heavy for his salary.
The University Staff Employee
Grievance Committee ruled the latter
two complaints invalid but declared that
Baldwin deserves the merit increase. In
its report on the case, the committee
stated that Inn employees are not given
treatment equal to that of other state
Baldwin, dissatisfied with the first
two rulings, has appealed his complaint
to the State Personnel Grievance
Merit pay increases cannot be made
until the Employee Records division of.,'
the U niversity Department of Personnel
receives official forms and a letter of
recommendation from the employee's
supervisors, department director Jack
In Baldwin's case, Inn manager Carl
Moser and Finley must recommend
Baldwin for the pay increase.
If the Department of Personnel
approves the recommendations,
Baldwin and five other employees will
receive merit increases equal to five per.
cent. Baldwin's merit increment would
add $270 to his present salary of $5,400.
4 ' i
Victorious Chapel Hill mayor-elect Jimmy Wallace celebrates in his home, while the
man he defeated, Gerry Cohen, consoles himself in Cat's Cradle
Fred Chamblee, a 36-year-old druggist
defeated in his bid to be mayor, said, "I'm
very disappointed with the poor showing I
made. I extend my congratulations to Mrs.
West and pledge my support to her."
Drakeford said his first priority as
alderman is to develop a bus system for
Carrboro. The bus system was a key issue in
the coalition platform.
He added that he plans to begin work
immediately on developing bike paths and
recreation programs and also wants to do
away with Carrboro's "blue laws," which
prevent businesses from opening on
School board victor Sockwell said she is
Staff photo by Alice Boyle
A voter stands behind curtains
Woollen Gym poll Tuesday.
by Tim Pittman
Charging that the Athletic
Department reneged on its contract
stipulations concerning Saturday's
Homecoming ceremony procedure,
Homecoming King Delmar Williams
said Tuesday he has contacted a lawyer
and is considering filing suit.
Williams said five of the contract
clauses were either ignored or partially
violated, but he said he could not release
specific details of the complaint or plans
to file suit until legal action was taken.
At the Homecoming ceremony, the
most noticeable deviations from the
f hi If oe 1
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pleased with the support she received and
thinks the incumbents were defeated because
"the people were ready for a change."
Wicker said she was disappointed at her
defeat, but that "the people hav e spoken, and
they did not want the incumbents on the
She added that she was disappointed with
the small turnout, estimated at 36 to 39 per
cent of the registered voters.
Samuel Holton said although he is
disappointed with his defeat, "We got two
very fine people elected." He said he does not
know how to interpret the fact that the two
school board incumbents lost the election.
Media Board postpones report
on Tar Heel financial practices
by Nancy Mattox
The Media Board special committee to
investigate the financial practices of the
Daily Tar Heel postponed the scheduled
presentation of its 59-page report Tuesday
because the committee believes the report is
superficial, committee chairperson Rob
Price said Tuesday.
Price said he thinks the postponement
shows a "lack of backbone" on the part of the
committee. "If that (an investigation) was
the reason the committee had been set up,
why didn't they do that?" Price said.
The committee, established by the Media
Board Sept. 7, was scheduled to report its
findings sometime this week. When the
committee will present a revised report is
now uncertain because the committee wants
the Homecoming Court was not
standing between the 20 and 40 yard
lines; the high vote getter among the
female candidates was designated as
Homecoming Queen, not Honorary
Homecoming Queen as the contract
Williams was not escorted to the 50
yard-line at the time specified by the
The contract was drawn up as a
compromise between Williams and
Sports Information Director Rick
Brewer after the Athletic Department
threatened to eliminate the
Homecoming ceremony if Williams
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by Richard Whittle, reports from Sue
Cobb, Vernon Loeb, Tim Pittman,
Vernon Mays, Bruce Henderson and
James C. "Jimmy" Wallace, a 52-year-old
North Carolina State University professor,
scored an overwhelming victory over
opponent Gerry Cohen taking 64 per cent of
the vote in Tuesday's nonpartisan municipal
elections to become the new mayor of
Meanwhile, in the 14-candidate contest
for five Board of Aldermen seats. Chapel
Hill Planning Board Chairperson Jonathan
Howes led the field, followed by W. Edward
Vickery, an economist at the Research
Triangle Institute; Robert Epting, a local
attorney; R.D. Smith, assistant principal of
Chapel Hill High School and the only
incumbent running; and Marvin Silver, a
UNC physics professor.
Silver edged out political newcomer
William H. "Bill" Thorpe by 41 votes.
Thorpe is an N.C. Department of Labor
employee and one of tw o blacks in the race.
W ith all 1 5 Chapel H ill precincts reporting
Wallace took 3,922 of 6,171 votes cast,
defeating-the-25-year-old Cohen, a current
member of the Board of Aldermen. Cohen
w ill retain his seat, despite losing the mayor's
Wallace will replace Howard N. Lee, who
has been mayor since 1969.
Voters also approved two bond issues
Contacted Tuesday night, Howes said he
owes his win in the alderman race mainly to
friends and supporters and said his election
victory will allow him to use his expertise in
city planning for the good of the town.
"I'm looking forward to joining the Board
of Aldermen, and I'm hoping 1 can work
hard to bring careful planning to the
community and help establish, a
representative government for Chapel Hill,"
to make a more comprehensive
investigation. Price said.
The six-member Media Board committee
was established to examine DTtT s exact
financial condition and possibly recommend
exemptions from the treasury laws.
The investigation was prompted after the
newspaper was forced to cancel two issues in
September which followed former Student
Body Treasurer Mike O'Neal's refusal to
release a portion of the paper's Student
O'Neal claimed that the paper was in
potential financial danger, but DTH
Business Manager Reynolds Baily denied
this, saying that due to Student Government
treasury laws, the paper had been forced to
work under abnormal business conditions.
Bailey said Tuesday he is disappointed
insisted on remaining on the
The compromise stated that the
ceremony would take place under
specific stipulations agreed upon by
both Brewer and Williams.
"I'm concerned about my rights,"
Williams said. "In this case my rights
were ignored. I signed the contract with
the idea that the obligations would be
upheld by all parties involved."
Brewer agreed that discrepancies
existed between the contract and the
actual ceremony, but he said such
violations could not be controlled by
officials on the sidelines.
"It's been pretty obvious that what
The second-highest vote-getter. Vickery.
said. "1 was pretty surprised by the number
of votes I received." He also attributed his
win to his campaign supporters.
But Vickery said he thinks his win reflects
the voters' confidence in his skills as an
economist. "There were a number of
complex issues in the campaign." Vickery
said, "and the people were worried. They
wanted to have a board they could have
Robert Epting, who finished third with
2.827 votes, celebrated his win with kegs of
beer and food in his law office. He said he
was delighted to be one of five new board
members, adding, "I hope I can bear out the
faith we've received from the students and
the townspeople." .
Incumbent R.D. Smith, who has been on
the board 10 years longer than any other
current member said, "I appreciate the
confidence the people of Chapel Hill had in
The contest for the fifth board seat was
characterized by a see-saw battle between
Silver and William Thorpe. Silver said each
of the new board members has "something
special to contribute the folks of Chapel
Hill just elected themselves a whale of a
board." " - "
could not be reached for
Mayoi -elect Wallace brings a long record
of accomplishments to his new post. A
Chapel Hill resident since he entered UNC in
1940 with the exception of one three-year
period - he holds degrees in physics,
mathematics, history, law and public health.
The owner of two travel agencies and two
farms, Wallace served 10. months of a two
year Board of Aldermen term in 1971,
resigning to accept a nomination to the
North Carolina Environmental
Management Commission. He has also
served on the town Planning Board and has
long been characterized as an outspoken
w ith the committee's decision to postpone its
report. Bailey said he and other DTH
personnel were asked to answer
approximately 20 questions posed by the
committee. The replies amounted to
approximately 21 pages of data used in the
report, he said.
Bailey said he fears that "anything that
comes out of the committee now will be
Although the committee was expected to
begin meeting in mid-September, it did not
meet until Oct. 21. Price said former Media
Board Chairperson Dick Pope told him he
had had problems finding members to serve
on the committee.
The committee is expected to begin a
reexamination of its recommendations at the
Media Board meeting Thursday.
Williams had done has been to get
publicity," Brewer said. "I don't know
whether this is just a continuation of
that (publicity seeking) or not."
Williams denied that he was trying to
get publicity. "My agreement was
obviously not carried out," he said.
"I w ouldn't think twice about it if all
the things were done. If publicity is
involved, it is negative publicity for
refusing to carry out my contract."
Brewer said he does not know
whether the Athletic Department would
respond to the suit.
Athletic Director Homer Rice refused