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ID J M IT f f 'C rT Servmg je students and the University community since 1893 Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Wednesday, November 12, 1975 Vol. 83, No. 58 Weather: cloudy and cool 3 Grading committe meets; elects Gaskin chairperson as fs by Dan Fesperman Staff Writer The Faculty Council's special committee on grading met for the first time Monday night and outlined its initial prorities after electing James R. Gaskin its chairperson. ; Gaskin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was elected by the committee, composed of seven faculty . members, three non-voting students and five ex-officio members from the faculty and administration. Only one of the students was present. The committee was established at the Oct. 17 Faculty Council meeting to study the problem of grade inflation at the University and to make a recommendation for its solution by March 1976. ' The recommendation will be based on input from students, faculty and studies of other universities' grading systems. Faculty chairperson, George Taylor, who convened the meeting, said, "We talked very generally about the whole field of endeavor." Gaskin said the meeting was called to "establish preliminary definitions of our job." He added, "I hope that we will find some way of giving students and faculty members a way to talk to us." Ted Lassiter, the only student member at the meeting, said, "I have a lot of faith that student opinion will be fairly represented by the committee's recommendation." "We have good people on the committee," .Gakin said, "but I . think . Wanted The DTH has an opening for a copy editor. Applicants should be familiar with the Associated Press stylebook and preferably have some headline writing experience. Working hours are evenings, from one to five days a week. Applicants should see George Bacso in the DTH office from 3-6 M WF or 4-6 TTH . by Art Eisenstadt Associate News Editor First of a three-part series The 1960s were turbulent times on college campuses. The frustrations of the Vietnam War, civil rights and conflicting cultures frequently drove college students to riot. Some people believed universities would never be run the same. But a project of the Establishment a plank of the Great Society is leaving a moretangible legacy at UNC today than the sixties' unrest. That project, designed to encourage the employment of minorities and women, is Affirmative Action. And rather than being primarily administered from South Building, the University's policy is to encourage its departments to meet their own goals. Sept. 24, 1965 with President Lyndon B. Johnson's blessing, the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare deemed that firms doing more than $10,000 worth of business with the government yearly "will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion or national origin. The contractor will take affirmative action to ensure compliance..." Oct. 13, 1967 sex is added to the above list. Dec. 4, 1971 The U.S. Department of Labor issues Revised Order No. 4, requiring firms with more than 50 employees and, doing more than $50,000 of annual business with the government to provide an Affirmative Action statement, not simply prove that hiring procedures are nondiscriminatory. Sept. 27, 1972 William H. Thomas, regional HEW .director in Atlanta sends a letter to President William C. Friday, of the consolidated University of North Carolina, saying that "although it is evident that jnuch effort was expended in the development of the University's Affirmative Action Plan, the submitted plan does not fulfill all the specific requirements of Revised Order No. 4." Three years later, and three Affirmative Action plans later, UNC still has not pleased HEW. Douelass Hunt, UNC vice-chancellor fori administration, said HEW has told the e we may be inclined to take on a little too much. A committee on recommendations for grading could cover everything from how a student sharpens his pencil to how a teacher opens his notebook." , Gaskin said he is preparing pertinent information, such as grade distribution data, to send to each of the committee members. Among proposals to eliminate grade inflation, the committee will study the two introduced earlier this year by the Faculty Committee on Instructional Personnel and history professor James R. Leutze, a member of the grading committee. Under the Faculty Committee plan, an "A" would rarely be given and would represent "outstanding" work rather than "excellent," as it does now. Other grades would be similarly redefined, with "B" changing in meaning from "good" to "superior," "C" from "fair" to "good" and "D" from "fair" to "passed." Leutze's plan would give a grade point value to each grade as follows: "A," 4.00; "B-plus," 3.33; "B," 3.00; "B minus," 2.67; "C-plus," 2.33; "C," 2.00; "C-minus," 1.67; "D-plus," 1.33; "D," 1.00; "D-minus," 0.67, and "F," 0. The plan does not include "A-minus" in order to preserve the uniqueness of an "A." The faculty members of the committee other than Leutze are chemistry professor Richard G. Hiskey, classics professor George W. Houston, biostatistics professor Roy R. Kuebler Jr., comparative literature professor Diane R. Leonard, religion professor Charles H. Lone and education "professor Richard C. Phillips. The student members I are Lisa G. Bradley, Lassiter and one yet to be selected to replace James D. Snedeker. Snedeker decided not to take a position on the committee because of other commitments. The ex-officio members are Gaskin, Taylor, Provost Charles Morrow, Dean of the General College Donald C. Jicha and Registrar Lillian Y. Lehman. Implementation f K. y .y.v.w Douglass Hunt, vice-chancellor for administration, is the officer for the University's Affirmative Action plan. University to implement its existing plan nevertheless. Hunt is the University's Affirmative Action officer. Despite what HEW says Hunt thinks UNC is doing all right with Affirmative Action. He said the University's broad goals of the Affirmative Action plan are "to not have any discrimination against anyone on the basis of race or sex." To have "affirmative action" rather than just no discrimination in hiring, he added that "what you must do is try your best, give it the old college try. "The obvious problem is, you can't hire . people who don't exist." The University's Affirmative Action Plan is designed to prohibit discrimination due to sex, race, religion, color or national origin by ' the implementation of certain policies with regard to recruiting, hiring, promoting, transferring, compensation and firing, y iviir'ir " " 1 " iTnmriinirmi inn . ...-: .. it .$ " '-P S v M -I lr 'l-Ji I y , : i ,; 111 P Vt il 2 -. v'-n'V- La Uhfit i (ft I i, - - " t I Staff photo A group of students is circulating a petition calling for the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations by Bob King Staff Writer All locks and keys on the theft-plagued fourth floor of Morrison have been replaced in the last two days, Housing Operations Director Russ Perry said Tuesday. Seven thefts have been reported there in the last two months. "Residents here feel a lot more secure left up to individual departments employees. What makes the University's plan unusual and criticized to some extent is that the balk of the implementation is left up to the individual departments, deans and supervisors. "What the chancellor, wanted is not to create a whole new superstructure," Hunt said. "We need to have the people who do the hiring do it in accordance with the plan. If you want an organization to work in a certain way, tell them and let them do it. This puts the burden of complying with the plan on everybody." Former Student Body President Marcus Williams, among others, has suggested that the Affirmative Action officer be a full-time position, rather than just one of the vice chancellor's duties. Hunt disagrees with this. " 1 by Nancy Gooch Staff Writer A petition calling for the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations is being circulated on campus in response to the United Nations' approval of a resolution Monday night labeling Zionism as a form of racism and racial discrimination.'" The purpose of the petition is to help Congress "understand the gut reaction of the American people," David Lehrer, one of the petition's organizers, said. It also calls for the cessation of all financial support to the United Nations. Lehrer said he plans to present the petition to President Gerald Ford Friday when Ford speaks at North Carolina Central University. If that is not possible, the petition will be sent to Congress, he said. "We feel the U.S. has done all they can within the U.N. structure to try and change the resolution," he said. More than 200 students had signed the petition Tuesday afternoon, Lehrer said. Many other students who disapproved of the resolution but did not favor U.S. withdrawal had been urged to write their congressmen, he said. "We don't really expect Congress to pull out of the U.N.," ( Lehrer said. "But if we take an extreme stand, we won't have to compromise as much of the issue." The Arab-sponsored resolution was approved by the U.N. General Assembly 72-35 with 32 abstentions, despite strong protests by the United States, Israel and Western European nations. As a result, the Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to reassess further U.S. participation in the assembly. A similar measure was brought to the House floor by unanimous consent but was stopped when Rep. Robert Kastenmeier, D Wis., questioned the threat to withdraw from the General Assembly. Wire reports have said that several congressmen began by Alice Boyle I now," fourth floor Resident Assistant (RA) Aki Groon said. The new keys and locks represent a "trade-off of sorts. Now we have security, but (the thief) may never come back" to possibly be captured. Most theft victims in Morrison have said their doors were locked when the incidents took place, raising suspicion among residents that a master key could be in the hands of a thief. "The bulk of my work day-by-day is to respond to faculty and staff appointments in accordance with the Affirmative Action statement," Hunt said. "1 monitor the deans and the department heads. They must say to me, This is what we did to comply with the plan.' "1 then measure what they've done under this category. I say, either you've done what you're supposed to, or you haven't done what you're supposed to do." And what are the departments supposed to do? The plan states, "The first requisite to enlarging the number of blacks and women on the faculty of the University is for larger numbers of black and women candiates to be . brought to the attention of those making hiring decisions within schools and departments. "This requires that recruiting methods be diversified and efforts broadened to include institutions and other sources of prospective candidates that have not heretofore customarily been explored." Departments have done this by increasing personal and official contacts with qualified minority and women instructors, more extensive use of advertising and more frequent use of search committees. For nonfaculty positions, the University has recommended increased recruiting at predominantly black universities and high schools, periodic contacts with black community leaders, advertising in black media and use of local employment agencies. But Hunt emphasizes that it is the departments that are to take these steps, not the University administration. "They can make the kinds of academic judgements I'm not qualified to make," he said. "No appointment is actually made until there is a response from the Affirmative Action office. But by intervening at that point, rather than when it gets to the provost or the vice-chancellor, we interfere as little as possible with the (appointive) process." Tomorrow: What are the actual goals of Affirmative Action, and how can the University tell if it's making progress? Also, , whv won't HEW accept the University's current proposals?. a r. 3s But, Assistant Housing Director Sandi Ward said Sunday the Department of University Housing has no evidence that a master key had been used in the thefts. The housing department had planned to replace locks in all South Campus dorms, but the plans had been delayed because of a scarcity of blank keys which could be ground to fit the unique Morrison lock core. The keys used to replace those on the fourth floor of Morrison are all the available keys which could fit the core, Perry said. "Each building has a unique key way, or groove track on the key, which fits into a unique lock core," he said. "The Russwin Co., where we get all our locks, won't issue a similar key way to anybody within a 300 mile radius of Chapel Hill. "Of course, this means we're locked into the Russwin system," he said.' A labor strike among Russwin Co. employees led to the scarcity of key blanks,' Perry said, and has forced the University to look elsewhere for replacement blanks. "We needed 2,200 key blanks for Morrison," Perry said, "but between area CGCmeeting tonight; comptrollerdiscussed by Chris Fuller Staff Writer The Campus Governing Council will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss the comptroller, assistant treasurer and treasury department bills as well as Student Body President Bill Bates' veto of another bill. The bill to establish a student body comptroller was introduced several weeks ago by CGC Reps. Dick Pope and Ben Steelman has been postponed three times. An alternate bill, introduced by Bates, providing for an assistant treasurer rather than a comptroller, was tabled by the Administration Committee. Rep. Jay Tannen may bring to the CGC floor a second alternative bill, a compromise between the Pope-Steelman and Bates bills, which would establish a student government treasury department. The Pope-Steelman bill, introduced Oct. 19, provides for an office of comptroller which would serve as a chief administrative aid to CGC and its Finance Committee. The comptroller would also make monthly reports on the General Surplus, the Unappropriated Balance and the financial status of all Student Government-' funded organizations. The comptroller would be elected by CGC and could be dismissed only by CGC. Bates' bill to establish an assistant ' treasurer is similar to the comptroller bill except the assistant treasurer would be , an administrative aide to the student body treasurer and would represent the treasurer j at meetings when the treasurer could not be present. an effort Tuesday to withdraw from the United Nations w hi!e others advocated a reduction of foreign aid to countries which voted for the resolution. Local Jewish leader Robert A. Seigel, director of the Hillel Foundation, said he believes that if the United States withheld funds from the United Nations, the assembly would change the resolution. "If we take it (funding) away, it would force some of the nations who did not vote to rethink," he said. U.N. supporters of the resolution defended the action by saying it was not anti-Semitic, but anti-Zionist. But Seigel said contention is a game the Arabs are playing to look respectable. "It's like saying you are against the Pope and not the Catholic Church. Zionism, the movement for a Jewish homeland, is a basic part of the Jewish religion." he said. Lehrer said the resolution also defines racism incorrectly by calling the Jewish homeland movement racism. "When the United Nations equates Zionism with racism, it must be inferred that racism is any form of nationalism," he said. Lehrer said the definition will affect worldwide antiracist movements. "Nations which would normally support antiracial activities will find it difficult to do so if it means fighting Zionism at the same time," he said. He cited a world antiracism conference to be held in Ghana next year as an activity that could be affected by the resolution. "Democratic countries such as the United States and Western European nations will find it difficult if not impossible to participate in such conferences because of the new definition of racism" used in the resolution, Lehrer said. The vote approving the resolution took place on the anniversary of "Crystal Night," when, in 1938, Nazi stormtroopers smashed windows in Jewish homes and synagogues. "One cannot help but draw certain parallels," Seigel said. "A generation later Jews are still trying to justify our existence to the world." hardware stores and what we had in our stockrooms, we could barely scrape up enough for the fourth floor." The Housing department contacted suppliers in North Carolina, as well as in points outside the 300-mile radius (New York, Memphis and Atlanta) for the blank keys. But none have been able to provide any, Perry said. Under the lock system used in Morrison rooms other than those on fourth floor, Groon said, a master key tor one floor could possibly be used on other floors. But under the new fourth floor system, which is proposed for the rest of the dorm, fewer master keys will be issued, Groon said. A small number of thefts on the sixth and eighth floors have been reported to the housing department, but it is not clear to housing officials whether the thefts occurred when the doors were locked. Investigation into all Morrison thefts continues under the direction of the housing department and the UNC Department of Security Services. The assistant treasurer would be appointed by the president with two-thirds approval of CGC and could be dismissed by the president or impeached by CGC. The department of the treasury bill would establish a three-member department composed of the student body treasurer, an assistant treasurer and a comptroller. Although this bill would combine elements of both assistant treasurer bill and comptroller bill, the comptroller and assistant treasurer would be subordinate to the treasurer. A line of succession to the treasurer's office is outlined in Tannen's bill as being the assistant treasurer, the comptroller and the Finance Committee vice-chairperson. All three bills have provisions prohibiting any of the three officers from holding any other office in Student Government or any Student Government funded organization. Student Body Treasurer Graham Bullard said Tuesday he favors the comptroller bill since it would divide the work load of the treasurer, which he said is too great for one person. The two alternatives are not viable substitutes since the treasurer would still have the same responsibilities. In the compromise bill the comptroller would function only as clerks, Bullard said. "The comptroller bill will get the treasury out from the political arena," hi added. Bates, who has opposed the comptroller bill since it was introduced, has said the bill is an effort to strip the office of treasurer of its powers and has threatened to veto if it passes.