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"The ramrod-straight image of the N. C.
Highway Patrol is being ripped apart By
interference from politicians, a lack oi
adequate equipment to protect the lives of
troopers and orders inconsistently applied
by patrol officials."
With that paragraph, the Charlotte
Observer Sunday begins the first, of a series
uncovering abuses of the state police force.
The series, which concludes in today's
Observer, is based on a seven week
investigation including interviews with 29
current and former state patrol troopers and
What the investigation reveals is a sad
indication that the kinds of political abuse
and irregulatities we have discovered in our
national security forces also afflict our local
Some abuses of the patrol, from use of
troopers as babysitters for the governor and
executive officials to an Asheville-to-Raleigh
patrol relay of the governor's golf
shoes, are almost humorous in their
absurdity. Even practices such as traffic
citation quotas are almost tolerable.
But even these lesser abuses waste the time
and misdirect the resources of the patrol,
which ought to concentrate on criminal
investigation and enforcement of serious
offenses such as driving under the influence.
Lesser abuses and wasted energies are not,
however, the most serious threats intimated
by the Observer stories. Some major abuses
cited by the troopers interviewed include:
The hiring of a man with a criminal
record as a trooper at the urging of high level
banning patrols from towns after
crackdowns against driving under the
influence by local elites, who then
complained to political officials in Raleigh;
orders against enforcing traffic laws
against drivers with "right" license plates
On Monday, December l, we shall drag
our turkey-stuffed bodies back into the
classroom to struggle with the immediate
obligations of the final week of classes and
the semester-long obligations of final exams.
On that day also Student Body President Bill
Bates must either veto the Campus
Governing Council bill establishing a
comptroller or let the bill become law.
Tentative indications are that Bates will
veto the bill. That action would certainly be
in the interest of good government,
something we seldom have seen this year in
The comptroller bill was born in the
controversy surrounding the dismissal of
Student Body Treasurer Mike O'Neal. Its
intent is to segregate the executive
enforcement responsibility of the treasurer
from the executive branch and give it to the
legislative branch in the form of a
comptroller. Arguments for the comptroller
are that it would be less political than the
treasurer, that the treasurer would have
more time for administering executive
branch financial affairs and that the
legislature ought to have a check over the
financial transactions of student
Cole C. Campbell
83rd Year of Editorial Freedom
Lousy sound system spoils Union's excellent free
To the editor:
I write this while attempting to watch
Visconti's Death in Venice on the
Wednesday night Free Flick series. The
Great Hall is nearly full for this film; people
are drifting out, however, in twos and threes,
having given up their attempt at listening to
this movie. The problem, quite simply, is the
horrible sound attending the showing of the
I feel quite confident in praising the
variety and quality of the films shown by the
Union over the past two years. Only this
semester, however, have I come to realize the
extent of the frustration which seems to be
inherent in the showing of films in the Great
Hall. I guess what 1 really fail to comprehend
is why, w hat with the great amount of money
spent on the rental of films, some money
could not be used to provide the Carolina
student body w ith a first-class sound system
for its film program.
When I have asked many of my friends
people quite knowledgeable about and
interested in movies - why I do not see them
at the Free Flicks, they simply answer "the
lousy sound." The interesting aspect of our
sound system is its variability, acceptable
one night, quite horrible another. People
who walk out on this film quite likely won't
come back for anything less than a
Tuesday, November 25, 1975'
those with low numbers indicating high
status in state government;
inconsistent enforcement of state and
patrol regulations against troopers soliciting
campaign contributions for state candidates;
rapid advancement of troopers assigned
to the Governor's Mansion detail; and
removal of traffic records of Governor
Holshouser's political aide Gene Anderson,
despite the practice of keeping all drivers'
records in the Police Information Network.
Anderson's license has been suspended for a
traffic offense conviction.
Those abuses indicate that the governor
and his circle of associates and intimates can
use the patrol for their own purposes, can
escape the equal application of the law, can
manipulate troopers by special
consideration and can use the patrol as a
political patronage outlet.
Somewhere in this mess the legitimate
function of the patrol to protect the
citizens of this state and to enforce the law
against all offenders has been overlooked,
ignored and even hindered by diversion of
patrol resources and the lowering of patrol
Stories in a newspaper do not equal legal
indictments. Interviews with 29 officers,
even though many are men with seven to ten
years of experience on the force, do not equal
convictions for criminal abuse. Nor does a
$40,000 study by Northwestern University's
Traffic Institute which suggested in 1973 that
"inferference from outside the department"
should be stopped.
But all of these things should give us pause
and remind us that the kinds of abuse we
abhor in the CIA, the FBI and other national
security agencies are not unique to the banks
of the Potomac. We must probe these
allegations, and set aright any practices that
The citizens of this state cannot tolerate
political toying with law enforcement.
Actually, the comptroller would be a
highly political beast, as the position
depends on CGC action for appointment
and dismissal of its occupant. No dismissal
action could be taken without the approval
of a CGC committee, thereby isolating
control of the comptroller in the hands of a
small subgroup of CGC. No matter how
many officials demanded the dismissal of the
comptroller, the bill requires that committee
to pass on his or her removal. Thus the
committee could control the comptroller
without the possibility of dismissal initiative
by either branch as now exists with regard to
The comptroller concept is an intrusion
upon the executive function. If the CGC
wants a financial check, it ought to create its
own audit agency, not an executive agency
empowered to cut off funds and execute
treasury law. It ought to establish an
assistant treasurer if the treasurer alone'
cannot handle the workload. Above all, it
ought to preserve and strengthen the
separation of power and function between
branches of student government.
To this end. Bates has a responsibility to
veto the bill by the time we return from our
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blockbuster movie simply not to be
Not being technically minded, 1 do not
know what it would take to bring our sound
system Up to a level of acceptability. ! would
hope consideration might be given not to
halfway measures of checking the present
equipment but rather to the actual
upgrading of. the equipment. One applauds
the recent announcement of the proposed
construction of a building to be used solely
for the showing of films; this will occur at
some unspecified date, however, and does
not speak to the immediate and pressing
needs of the film program. I hope something
can be done in the realization of better sound
for next semester's (again -good) free flicks.
B37 Carolina Apts.
Not meat and drink
To the editor:
It is usual for us here in America to
associate the month of November with
Thanksgiving, for that is the month in which
a particular day is set apart for the
expression of thanksgivingtoGod forall His
1 had to take a test a while back. That's not
so unusual; everyone here does it at some
time or another.
I looked at my notes and reviewed the
book for a couple of hours, but it was
nothing serious no coffee, no No-Doz, no
staying up until God-knows-when (much
less all night) just to merit an "A" instead of a
"B" in Geology 1 1. It's just for the Natural
Science requirement, so why get all worked
up about it?
A young man sits in front of me in this
particular class; he's an amiable sort of guy,
and rarely a class period goes by that we:
haven't exchanged pleasantries, cracked
jokes, or made comments on the material.
Recently we hav e been joined by a student
who sits directly beside me; he is a fine
addition to this trio that refuses to take this
course too seriously.
Or so I thought. When we had this last
test, I was talking with the guy next to me
when, all of a sudden, the one in front turned
around and hissed, "Shut up!"
I was taken aback, but the most amazing
part was yet to come. During the test, this
young Einstein answered the questions he
knew, and then went back to puzzle over the
rest. I watched him quadruple-check each
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Carlotta du Val
From the depths of Greenlaw
Today Carlotta du Val interrogates Dr.
O.E. Dee, an assistant professor of English
at UNC. Untenured, Dr. Dee's office is in the
basement of Greenlaw Hall.
Q: Dr. Dee, in an era of increasing social
awareness and academic emphasis on
"relevance" and the methods of social
science, why did you choose the field of
English as your educational speciality?
Dr. Dee: 1 flunked chemistry three times,
and my law boards weren't all that good. I
had little choice but to delve into the
humanities, where scientific methodology is
not nearly as important as good intentions.
Besides, the study of language and literature
is, in the words of that great early American
poet Tobakaleif Hammershed, "as
refreshing as the salt sea spray and as deep as
the blue-green ocean."
Q: Leif who?
Dr. Dee: Tobakaleif Thor Erickson Dag
Hammershed, the earliest known American
poet. Apparently he was accidentally left
ashore when the early Viking explorers
returned to their Scandinavian homeland.
With no coastal cities to plunder and no
women to abduct, Hammershed naturally
turned his creative energies to poetry.
Q: I hate to confess my ignorance, but I have
never heard of Hammershed. Where have
you studied his writings? At Duke?
Dr. Dee: Please! I'll have you know I have
blessings bestowed to us. It is fitting for
people to express their gratitude to God, but
the important thing that confronts us is the
question of an adequate thanksgiving.
Most people resort to the things of the
world to express their spirit of thanksgiving.
During the Thanksgiving season these
people express themselves in festivity,
especially with food and drink. But
something is ev idently wrong with this kind
of expression, because it does not fit with the
principles of a spiritual religion. We are
reminded of the words of Paul w hen he said,
"For the Kingdom of God is not meat and'
drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy
intheHolyGhost"(Romans 14: 17). It would
be more fitting for people to adopt some
other way to express their spirit of gratitude
to God for His mercy.
There are countless people who are
conscious of the fact that God has been good
to them, but their expression of gratitude
does not transfer the blessings they have
received to someone else who is in need. It is
not enough to offer up prayers of
thanksgiving to God for blessing us when
there are hungry people to be cared for and
ignorant people to be taught.
When helping others, we see how
fortunate we are and all the blessings God
has granted us. Counting blessings is
and every answer. That's right; he went over
that test four times. I, on the other hand,
answered the questions I knew, tried the
process of elimination on those I didn't
know, went back over the test, and then
watched this youngster sweat away five
pounds over whether oil occurs in synclines
or anitclines. The diligent student beside me,
baffled by the whole thing, just said to hell
with it all, and concentrated on drawing as
perfect a circle as possible around the letter
(it was a multiple-choice test) that looked
I handed in my test and left (no doubt my
friend in front worked until the buzzer) to
return to my room. Once there, I started
thinking about the serious nature of that
That young man is the cause of grade
inflation. He, too, is. taking the course only
because he is required to, and yet he treats it
as a Master's dissertation. He feels
compelled to receive an "A." Those of us
who can't quite get excited about something
that doesn't interest us are left to reap the
"C"s. "But is has occured to me that there are
perciotis few of us left. It seems that everyone
has that driving urge to ace a test that has
absolutely nothing to do with his major. I
wanted to find out why, so I started asking a
the only surviving copy of his work, this
Q: But Dr. Dee, how can you be sure that
rune is authentic? It looks like plaster paris.
Dr. Dee: Simply the scars of time, I'm sure. It
had better be authentic. I paid fifty bucks for
it to an antique dealer in Lake Hiawatha,
Q: It's pretty unusual for an English
professor to study ancient runes. What
interests you in them?
Dr. Dee: Not much, really. In fact, I can't
even read Norwegian. But to receive critical
acclaim and tenure, one must contribute
something original to the research literature.
1 thought this was pretty original.
Q: Do you have any future plans for your
study of Hammershed or others like him?
Dr. Dee: I'm not sure. If the English
department ever gets around to hiring a
"Celtist," somebody versed in Irish and
Scottish literature, 1 may begin to push for
some more departmental support. I'd love to
be the department's "runist."
Q: Do you have any other specialized
interests within the English department?
Dr. Dee: There's a pretty graduate research
assistant I'd like to get to know a little
Q: No, 1 mean academic interests.
Dr. Dee: Oh sure. My second major area of
something like trying to count the stars at
night. You hardly know where to begin;
there seems no limit, no end.
When we try to put into words the
gratitude we feel, the thankfulness that we
feel, we find that words seem inadequate.
Like the psalmist, we can only say "my cup
Chester D. Freeman, Jr.
NC prep wresters ignored
To the editor:
Although no one can deny that UNC
Wrestling Coach Bill Lam has made
remarkable progress with the wrestling
program in the two seasons that he has been
here, we have been compelled to write a letter
The DTH article of Tuesday, Nov. 18, on
the wrestling prospects for this year stated
that Lam "goes out hoping to convince the
best the nation's high schools have to offer in
his sport that attending his school has
decided advantages over signing with the
competition." We have come to believe that
Coach Lam, however, has misdirected his
few questions; the answer was almost
unanimous. "I want to go to grad (lumping
'together law and medicine, the two most
popular) school, and I can't afford to mess
up a course."
So that's it. That's why people stare at me
when I say I want to get my B.A. and get out.
That's why people v irtually cry for me w hen I
get a "CT on a test. And that's why some of
the faculty members want to cut grades;
everyone wants to go to grad school.
When a fool who has his heart set on grad
school decides to make straight "A"s, there's
no stopping him. He could be aiming for
dental school and be taking Physical
Geography, but he has to have that "A."
Meanwhile, I, who only care about meeting
the requirement, trudge along with a "B" or
"C," and if the faculty council has its way,
that could any day now become a "C or
Professors aren't grading any easier; it's
just that everyone has his future success in
life tied tightly to that glorious Ph.D. But
we'll see who has the last laugh.
Assuming that a person receives good
enough grades to think that he has an above
average chance to get into grad school, he
applies. He sweats over acceptance. The
study is obscure Southern writers who never
obtain success. It's a great area of study to
undertake at this University, especially since
so many of them are in my department.
Q: Is there a professional justification for
Dr. Dee. Indeed! It's not a crowded field at
all, so it's a lot easier to become the
prominent expert in the field. That should
help my professional standing. If only I
could get my articles published...
Q: What courses do you teach?
Dr. Dee: English 1 and 2, and a special
seminar entitled "Special Studies in
American Literature: From Tabakaleif
Hammershed to the Twentieth Century
South." And I hope to begin a graduate
course in the rhetorical dimensions of comic
Q: What are your immediate academic
Dr. Dee: To get out of this basement office.
Then I am going to work for a key to the
Greenlaw elevator. Then I'll begin my big
Q: To get tenure?
Dr. Dee: No, to get that graduate research
Carlotta du Val is the pseudonym of a
graduate and professional student from
attentions while recruiting.
After reading the article we found it odd
that there are no North Carolina wrestlers
mentioned. Equally odd is the fact that not a
single wrestler from the overwhelming state
champion, Southern Alamance High
School, was offered a scholarship at UNC. It
would seem that Coach Lam thinks that
North Carolina high school wrestlers are of
inferior quality compared to those of
Virginia, Michigan, or Pennsylvania.
Two of the wrestlers responsible for
Southern Alamance's state title were Bennie
Brooks and Eddie Foster, who were MVPs
in the state tournament this year and last
year respectively. Both were approached by
UNC, but neither was offered any sort of
Brooks, who went undefeated this year,
and Foster, who has won the state title in his
weight class for two years, both had
expressed their interest in coming to
Carolina, but were never offered even a
partial scholarship. They are now freshmen
at Appalachian State, where they were given
We are not challenging Lam to explain his'
actions; we are merely questioning his
actions. In times like these, it would be far
more economical to give a scholarship to in
story can end right here, but let's further
assume that he gets into the school of his
choice. Let's damn caution, let the devil take
the hindmost and assume that he earns a
Master's. Just what in the hell is he going to
do with that? If a B.A. wasn't good enough, a
Master's certainly won't be. Dreams of
grandeur, go for that Ph.D.
Back to school, back to the books, only to
end up writing a doctoral dissertation on the
mating habits of the left-handed Estonians
with grandmothers who were mixed
Tibetan-Liberians. And, 1 repeat, just what
in the hell is he going to do with that?
Meanwhile, I, looking for a career in
railroads, am working my way up from
dining car waiter on the New York-Miami
Silver Meteor to New York Station Serv ices
Supervisor to Northeast Region Manager
for Amtrak. I won't be making a bundle of
money, but anything I earn will be better
than my Ph.D. friend w ho's cooling his heels
in an unemployment line, collecting a
pittance from my taxes.
But I don't mind helping support him;
after all, 1 did disturb him while he was
taking a Geology 1 1 test.
Ben Cornelius is a sophomore journalism
major from Winston-Salem.
Why should we require pass-fail grading
for certain elective courses? Well, wouldn't it
be great if undergraduates and their teachers
were truly set free to explore life and w hat it's
all about? In theory we are, because in our
university we are part of a deliberately;
established and maintained College of Arts:
and Sciences, a "liberal arts" college'
dedicated to facilitating the liberation of the
human mind and spirit through the natural
sciences, social sciences, humanities, and
1 have two suggestions for improv ing our
system. One of the mechanisms we have for;
implementing the idea of learning for
personal and social liberation is the college
elective requirement in General College and
the non-divisional elective requirement in
the College of Arts and Sciences. In order for
students to have creative explorations in
their liberal arts education, I think grades
should be abandoned for college electives
and non-divisional electives; i.e., the grade
on the permanent record for courses
designated as college or non-divisional
electives would be "PS" (pass). It is neither
possible nor desirable to grade a creative
experience, and 1 feel that we should allow
for maximal creative expressions in the free
I think most of the professors who
consider their teaching to be their major
occupation already do or certainly would
favor this idea. They know well that their
teaching is not predicated on having students
who are grubbing for grades. Indeed, such
students get in the way of a creative,
intellectual learning experience. On the
other hand and unfortunately, many
students would object to the idea of credit
without quality points for their elective
courses because they use these courses in an
attempt to pull up their QP averages.
(Quality education does not award quality
points, a wag once said.)
I don't think we should allow law schools,
medical schools, dental schools, etc. to wag
us, their tails, by forcing our undergraduate
students to misuse our elective-type courses,'
those designated for non-majors.
The second suggestion is that we designate
certain courses as pass-fail courses. In these
courses, which the student either passes or
fails and nothing more, students lose the
potential for improving quality point
averages and professors lose the power to
threaten and intimidate students with
grades. Such courses would be used by the
student only for elective credit and, indeed,
would be designed specially for this area of
our curriculum, as a number of courses in
our university now are.
Willie Koch is a professor in the botany
state residents than to out-of-state residents
when they are probably of equal athletic
We hope that Lam has a successful season,
but we also hope that perhaps he will look
around North Carolina for quality wrestlers,
too. There are as many here as anywhere
else, if one is willing to look for them. ;
1231 Granville West
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