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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Thursday, November 6, 1975
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A News Analysis
by Richard Whittle
The concensus among political observers
here including several who were
candidates in Tuesday's municipal elections
is that the political pressure group
Citizens for Chapel Hill (CCH) has a long
way to go before approaching its goal of
becoming a positive influence in Chapel Hill
The; group endorsed six ; of 'the 14
candidates in -s the race for five Board of
Aldermen seats, and also declared its
approval of Jimmy Wallace, who won a
convincing victory in the mayor's race,
taking 64 per cent of the vote.
But Wallace's runaway win, which came
after he declared his independence from
Governors may reverse
decision to intervene
by Dan Fesperman
The UNC Board of Governors may
reverse its decision to intervene as a
defendant in a law suit filed by the NAACP
Legal Defense Fund against HEW, Richard
Robinson, assistant to the president of the
consolidated university, said Wednesday.
Robinson and N.C. Deputy Atty. Gen.
Andrew Vanore met in Washington
Wednesday morning with private attorney
J.D. Williams of the Williams and Jensen
law firm to discuss the pros and cons of a
The suit charges HEW with not enforcing
strict enough desegregation measures in
North Carolina and seven other states, but
most of the charges involve the University of
North Carolina system.
If the Legal Defense Fund wins the suit,
the University system would be forced to
match the racial mix of high school
graduating classes in North Carolina.
The Board of Governors voted last week
to intervene after being recommended to do
so by a subcommittee appointed three to
four weeks earlier. The subcommittee also
recommended that the University system
consider consulting private legal assistance.
Robinson said Wednesday that Williams
cited several disadvantages of intervening,
and because of these disadvantages "there is
a possibility that the board may be inclined
Comptroller bill delayed again
by Chris Fuller
For the third time, the Campus G overning
Council postponed Tuesday night a bill to
establish a student body comptroller.
Rep. Jay Tannen, who introduced the
motion to postpone the bill, said CGC
should consider all alternatives before
voting. His motion followed two alternatives
to the comptroller which were ruled out of
order by CGC Speaker Dan Besse.
The first motion, made by Student Body
President Bill Bates, was to establish the
office of assistant student body treasurer.
Bates' bill was ruled out of order because it
had been tabled by the Administration
Committee the week before.
An alternative motion by Tannen was also
ruled out of order by Besse because there was
already a motion on the floor.
Details of Tannen's alternative are not
known because the bill did not come to the
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CCH, makes it clear that he needed no
endorsement from CCH to win.
Likewise, the group's endorsement of
R.D. Smith and J onathan H owes, two of the
five alderman winners, probably had little to
do with the fact that they won, observers say.
In fact, Howes publicly asked CCH not to
advertise for him about a week before the
election and then emerged as the highest
vote-getter in the race Tuesday.
So the question is, what does the future
hold for Citizens of Chapel Hill as a force in
Chapei Hill politics and government? Or, in
short, is CCH all washed up?
Charles G. "Chuck" Beemer, one of the
unsuccessful alderman candidates backed by
CCH, thinks not. Beemer was one of the
early CCH members when the group formed
during the summer. Later, he was asked to
head CCH by its founders George Coxhead
to change its mind."
One of the main reasons the board favors
intervention is that such an action would
ensure representation in a case which could
drastically affect the consolidated university.
But Richardson said Williams told him
that the consolidated university would
eventually be represented in court whether it
intervened or not.
Without intervention, a ruling in favor of
the defense fund would not directly bind the
University system. "HEW would act, in a
sense, as a conduit for the court order,"
If the U niversity system failed to carry out
HEW's orders, HEW could then either move
to have the system's federal funds cut off or
refer the casetotheU.S. justice department.
No matter what course of action HEW
would take, he said, there would be a court
case involving the University system.
Robinson said that Williams will send him
a summary and opinion letter next week
concerning the possible consequences of
If the consolidated university does decide
to intervene, he said, it will have more time
for preparation than had been expected. "It
will probably be six weeks to two months
before the court will address the plaintiffs
(Legal Defense Fund's) motion," he said.
Robinson said the extra time will also be
beneficial by giving the Board of Governors
more time to decide whether to intervene.
council floor, and, Tannen could not be
contacted for comment Wednesday.
According to the comptroller bill, the
comptroller would act as an administrative
aide to CGC and its Finance Committee and
would perform many of the duties now
performed by the student body treasurer.
CGC would appoint the comptroller, and
only CGC could dismiss him.
Bates' assistant treasurer bill would
provide for an assistant to help the treasurer
and to act as treasurer if he is unable to fulfill,
The assistant treasurer would be
appointed by the student body president
with CGC approval and could be dismissed
by the president or impeached by CGC.
The assistant treasurer bill is similar to the
comptroller bill since both are designed to -establish
apolitical offices. Neither the
comptroller nor the assistant treasurer
would be able to hold any other office in
either Student Government or any Student
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and Roland Giduz.
Beemer stepped down as chairperson after
announcing as a candidate for alderman but
said Wednesday that CCH's executive
committee had reelected him to the top spot
on Monday, the day before the election.
"1 think we had a pretty good effect,"
Beemer said. "1 think we will continue to
remain a force in Chapel Hill politics."
The loser in Tuesday's mayoral contest,
Gerry Cohen, saw things differently,
however. On election night, Cohen said,
XhHr (GCH's) candidates were
overwhelmingly defeated, and the kinds of
negative programs they put forward were
overwhelmingly rejected by the voters."
Beemer said the town's reliance on federal
funds is the only issue on which the voters
can be said to have totally rejected the
group's stand. "As for that issue, I would
suspect that the voters of Chapel Hill
rejected our concept of a more selective
approach to federal funding."
But Beemer said he thinks the voters
"certainly did not repudiate" the group's
ardent disagreement with Cohen's belief that
Chapel Hill has in fact, though not by law, a
full-time mayor and needs one.
"Cohen's loss was a fairly dramatic
representation of the fact that Chapel Hill
doesn't want a full time mayor," Beemer
Others involved in local politics pointed to
what Alderman-elect Howes called "the
inept part of Citizens for Chapel Hill's
Howes and others said Wednesday that
CCH's main problem, and the reason for
their evident lack of support at the polls,
came from "some of the press coverage they
got and some of the things their leaders were
quoted as saying."
Early in the campaign, Citizens for Chapel
Hill was termed conservative by most
segments of the news media. Beemer and
other of the group's leaders protested the
conservative label, saying the group was
composed of a broad base of Chapel Hill
citizens from both the Democratic and
But the tenor of CCH's objectives and
stated positions on the issues have left little
doubt that the group is at least conservative
by Chapel Hill's liberal standards.
Still, most observers agree that the most
damaging statements about CCH came from
the lips of its own leaders particularly
George Coxhead, who was CCH
chairperson during Beemer's campaign.
Statements from Coxhead, such as,
"Cohen is an admitted socialist, and he's not
the kind of person I want running Chapel
Hill," came early and often in the campaign.
In other CGC action, a committee was
established to recommend to the CGC a
professional person, group or firm to
investigate the General Surplus and make
suggestions as to what minimum balance
Student Government should maintain.
The bill to set up the committee also
provided that the investigating individual or
group will also recommend how the surplus
funds will be invested when not needed.
The bill was introduced because the
money in the General Surplus must be used
until student fees are collected and because
Student Government does not draw any
interest on the General Surplus, the bill's
The bill, introduced by Rep. Dick Pope,
recommended CGC members Pope, Doug
Smith and John Sawyer serve as the
committee. The council approved the
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and praying in the Pit.
So often, in fact, that it was said in
September that the group's initials should be
changed to ABC Anybody But Cohen.
Another statement made by Coxhead
when it became evident that some candidates
would have preferred the group not endorse
them was, "If these men toss their hats into
the ring, and we like them, we're going to
endorse them whether they like it or not."
But few political observers contacted after
the election would say that all is lost for
Citizens for Chapel Hill.
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group is that it's new and it's young,"
Alderman-elect Howes said.
And Beemer said that, with the election
over, the group will now gear up "to become
the gadfly in Chapel Hill's conscience we
started out to be."
Thorpe to seek recount
in election of aldermen
U nsuccessful alderman candidate William
H. "Bill" Thorpe said Wednesday afternoon
he will ask for a vote recount in Tuesday's
Thorpe finished sixth in the 14-candidate
race to fill five seats on the board. Although
Thorpe trailed fifth-place candidate Marvin
Silver by only one vote after 14 of 15
precincts had reported, Silver outpolled
Thorpe in that last precinct, Coker Hills, by
a 240-200 vote.
He said he will go to the Orange County
Board of Elections at 11 a.m. today to
petition for a recount.
"I was trailing by one vote, and (then
Coker Hills) was announced on the radio,"
Thorpe said. "It concerns me that the people
in Coker Hills took over an hour to count
ew students voted
by Art Eisenstadt
Associate News Editor
Only a small percentage of students who
are registered to vote here cast ballots in
Tuesday's municipal elections, and the two
Chapel Hill mayoral candidates had
differing ideas Tuesday of how the small
student turnout affected the race.
Although . it is difficult to determine
precisely how many students are registered
in each precinct or whom they voted for,
Mayor-elect Jimmy Wallace said he thinks
he received approximately half the student
vote and that the low level of the turnout did
not influence election results significantly.
But Alderman Gerry Cohen, who lost to
Wallace, 3,939 to 2,274 Tuesday night, said
h- probably received approximately 75 per
cent of the student ballots. Had the student
turnout been higher, the election might have
been closer, he said.
Estimates of the student turnout ranged
from approximately one-third to almost half
of those registered, candidates, campus
campaign managers and election officials
Sai"The estimated number of registered
students varied from 2,000 to 3,500. In the
town overall, 45 per cent of the 15,000
registered voters cast ballots.
Speaking from his Kings Mill home
CGC decides to bypass
to pay Ali for speaking
by Nancy Mattox
The Campus Governing Council voted
Tuesday night to bypass standard operating
procedures and immediately appropriate
$2,500 to pay heavyweight champion
Muhammed Ali for his speaking
engagement held here last Friday.
Ali's speaker's honorarium was left
unpaid after Friday's appearance because of
the Student Government-imposed freeze of
Black Student Movement funds.
The funds were frozen for alleged treasury
law violations involving the BSM -sponsored
The appropriation was surged by CGC
Rep. Humphrey Cummings and BSM
Chairperson Lester Diggs, who said further
delay in paying Ali's bill would only result in
"further embarrassment for us (the BSM),
Student Government and the whole
Cummings said he urges immediate CGC
authorization of the appropriation. He
added that the business image of - the
University "should not be affected by the
petty games we play around here (in CGC)."
The appropriation neither unfreezes BSM
funds nor excludes the BSM from any
possible penalty that may be levied by CGC
following investigation of the alleged
CGC Finance Committee Chairperson
Bill Strickland and Student Body Treasurer
Graham Bullard froze the organization's
funds Monday after it was learned that the
BSM paid for Ali's security guards in cash
from advance tickets sales for the speech.
The ticket sale receipts had not yet been
processed through the Student Activities
Fund Office (SAFO) as designated by
Student Government Treasury Law.
According to the treasury law, all funds
used by Student Government-funded
organizations must first be deposited with
SAFO. Expenditures may then be made
' through a requisition signed-by the student
body treasurer and the director of SAFO,
Late requisitions must be signed by the
CGC Finance Committee chairperson.
Strickland said Tuesday he first
discovered the requisition for the $2,500
The Coker Hills precinct finished
counting at 11:15 p.m.
Thorpe said he was not alleging any
wrongdoing but explained, "We just need to
check it out for our own self-confidence." He
said he does not expect to be announced
winner, even after a recount
Earlier Wednesday, Thorpe analyzed his
defeat. He said the fact that no campaign
pamphlets were distributed in Coker Hills
may have contributed to his defeat.
"The support that I have received has been
broad," he said. " 1 think we have a fine board
they're going to move to the
reorganization of the board that I
"But I really wanted to be a part of that
because if they don't do it right they're going
to run into problems."
Wednesday, Wallace said, "I would say, and
of course this is off the very top of my head,
that (1) the student turnout was way below
what was expected, and (2) of all the turnout,
I got about 50 per cent of it."
Wallace said he believes his campus
support increased toward the end of the
campaign, and he partly attributes the
increased support to a "Students for
"It is unlikely that a larger student turnout
would have changed (the results)
significantly," he said.
Robert Pharr, co-chairperson of
"Students for Wallace," said, "I think the
. vote was split just about down the middle,
although Gerry Cohen probably got a few
Cohen, who said he had a rough idea of
the student registrations in each precinct,
said, "What I expected is that about 75 per
cent of the students who voted went for me,
but two-thirds of the registered students
didn't bother to vote.
"If the student turnout, instead of being 40 .
jper cent, was 60 per cent, and the black
'turnout was 60 per cent, the election would
have been very, very close."
Of the Mason Farm precinct, which is one '
of the two precincts that Cohen won, he said
a high turnout of graduate students helped '
him. While he estimated the undergraduate
honorarium lying on a desk in Student
Government offices Oct. 31, the day of the
Ali appearance. He added that he considered
the requisition late and refused to sign.
Another alleged violation involved
securing Ali's speaker's fee before financial
agreements had been worked out with
Under treasury laws, requisitions must be
cleared through Student Government before
the services of any group or individual are
contracted by an organization.
Speaking arrangements for Ali were
completed Oct. 8, according to a letter
Student Government received from Ali's
Strickland said the fact that Student
Government did not receive a requisition
from BSM until Oct. 31 was inexcusable.
Diggs replied at the CGC meeting that the
BSM received confirmation from Ali's
business manager Oct. 10. "It was not until
we received the letter that we were aware
how much he (Ali) would charge," he said,
adding, "There was no way we could have
put in a requisition; it was a matter that was
not avoidable in any way."
The requisition was submitted late
because the BSM had originally intended to
pay for the speech expenses in cash, Diggs
said. But Bullard sent the BSM a letter the
week before the appearance, stating that no
cash payments were to be made and that a
requisition would have to be submitted to
Diggs and BSM Special Projects
Chairperson Buddy Ray were then asked if
the BS M knows of the treasury law requiring
that all organization funds be processed
through SAFO before expenditures are
Ray answered that he asked Bates
approximately three weeks ago about
financial operating procedures for the
upcoming Ali appearance.
Bates, who was acting as student body
treasurer after the firing of former student
v treasurer, Mike O'Neal, Suggested the BSM
file a requisition and deposit all money from
each day's ticket sales into the Union safe.
Ray said, "I think it's kind of ironic the
situation we're in now. I was trying to get (in
the meeting with Bates) all I needed to know
to prevent any further violations."
turnout to be only approximately one
student in three, the graduate student
turnout was roughly one in two.
The Mason Farm precinct incudes James
and Craige dormitories and married student
housing. Precinct registrar Sheldon White
said he does not know how many students
voted, but he noted that the non-student
turnout near his Chase Avenue
neighborhood was heavy.
Paul Melbostad. chairperson of the UNC
College Democrats and Cohen's campus
campaign manager, said, "I was
disappointed that students didn't come out
in better numbers, particularly in the
Greenwood and Mason Farm precincts. But
even if students had turned out in full force,
it wouldn't have been enough. Too many
townspeople are scared of Gerry."
Doug Markham, treasurer of the UNC
College Republicans, said Wallace could not
have been hurt if the student turnout was
higher. "A lot of people looked really
carefully at this race after we distributed
Wallace pamphlets to all the Republicans on
campus yesterday," he said.
Markham and Cohen said they were told
by some students that the two candidates
were too similar to warrant their voting.
Cohen also said some of the polling places
were inconvenient to students, citing the
Greenwood precinct as an example.