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Serving the students ami the University .community sime lW.
Vc'umo C3, Issue No.
Wednesday, November 1, 1978, Chapel Hill North Carolina
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By CAROL HANNER
University officials began an investigation Tuesday of
a political endorsement of Republican state Senate
candidate Richard Smyth that was sent to UNC faculty
and staff through Campus Mail. .
Vice Chancellor John Temple said the mailings by the
UNC chapter of the North Carolina Federation of
College Republicans are a clear violation of regulations
prohibiting use of state facilities for political purposes.
"Campus Mail is only for official University mail,"
Temple said. "It is clearly not legal to put it to personal
or political use."
"We will find out who authorized the mailings,
examine what can be done and report to the proper state
authorities," Temple said. He'said he does'not know the
penalty mandated by a conviction of misuse of state
Jody Boyce, chairperson of the UNC College
Republicans, said the group wrote the letters in support
of Smyth's campaign after the candidate asked that the
mailings be sent to U niversity personnel.
Smyth, as associate professor in the UNC Department
of ; Philosophy, is treasurer of the Orange County
Republican Party. He is a member of the Educational
Policy Committee of the Faculty Council.
The letters contained information about Smyth, the
voting record of Democratic Sen. Charles Vickery of
Chapel Hill and a memo from Boyce endorsing Smyth.
"We feel that Richard Smyth will give us outstanding
representation in Raleigh" the memo from Boyce said.
"We also feel that our current representation has not
been adequate. Take a minute to look at the enclosures
and judge for yourself."
Boyce said Campus Mail has allowed the College
Republicans to use the University postal system in the
"(Campus Mail) has never said anything about it to
us," Boyce said. "We did not know it was illegal."
"We had no intention whatsoever, either on the part of
the College Republicans or Dr. Smyth's campaign, to do
, anything that wasn't kosher," Boyce said.
But the group has never used the Campus Mail system
for endorsing a specific candidate's campaign, she said.
Smyth, on the campaign trail Tuesday, could not be
reached for comment. But his wife said she took the box
of hand-addressed letters to the Campus Mail Center
When she returnecLto the mail centet Tuesday with a
second boxful!, the clerk told Luan Smyth that the
letters could not be mailed, the candidate's wife said. Not
until Tuesday did the mail center employees question the
legality of sending the letters through the Campus Mail
system, Luan Smyth said.
N one of the letters were mailed anywhere except at the
Campus Mail Center, she said.
Grace Haig, Smyth's public affairs manager, said she
was unaware of the letters until after they had been
mailed. Haig said no letters were put in mail slots, that
all the letters were brought to the center in a box.
Temple said the letters came to his attention Tuesday
when one was delivered to his office. He said he ordered
Campus Mail not to deliver the remaining letters.
Orange County Democratic Party Treasurer Cloe
Anne Canada, head of the accounting department at
Wilson Library, said she received several complaints
from library staff members about the letters.
"1 resent the use of Campus Mail for political
purposes," Canada said. "If everybody flooded the
Campus Mail with this kind of stuff it would be pretty
Roy Cooper, president of the UNC Young Democrats
Club, said his group uses the Campus Mail to send its
newsletter to. club members and other interested
"We have never used Campus Mail for political or
campaign material," Cooper said.
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ie building faces
By MIKE COYNE
-The proposed UNC Press buijdingwas
again the center of debate Monday night
as the Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen
held a public hearing on a proposed
amendment to the town zoning map.
The proposed change would make it
impossible for the U niversity to build the
controversial office building on the
proposed site in the Battle Park
The proposed change in the site's
zoning is one of three changes in zoning
designations being requested by the
town's Historic District Commission.
The other proposed zoning changes are in
the 400 block of East Franklin Street and
the land located at 205 ana 2U8T
Each of the changes requested by the
commission calls for switching the
current designation of the land to R-10
designationThe R-J0 zone allows only
low-dens it Residential use.
Historic District Commission
spokesperson Myrick Howard said the
proposed changes in the town's zoning
laws are not being requested solely
because of the UNC Press building.
"We would, like to point out
strenuously that this is not a knee-jerk
reaction by the commission," Howard
Howard said the Historic District
Commission first considered requesting
the zoning changes before plans for the
building were announced. He said the
commission then asked the University
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UNC high utility rates
Odum residents say the University overcharges for utilities
Principal predicts goo d test scores
By PAM KELLEY
Most Chapel Hill High School students will pass the
state competency test given today and Thursday, CHHS
Principal Robert Monson said recently.
But Wekasa Madzimoyo, a member of the Chapel
Hill-Carrboro Coalition for Quality Education, said the
test is racially biased. He predicts enough CHHS
students will boycott it to show the state that many
people are opposed to it.
The competency test is described as a basic skills test
in reading and math. Beginning this year, all North
Carolina students must take and pass it in order to
receive a high school diploma. Those who fail will
receive a certificate of attendance instead of a diploma.
1 hope the students won't boycott the test," Monson
said. "It's to their benefit to take it the law is not going
to change." CHHS juniors were given a trial exam last
spring. Although some students failed, Monson said it
could tbe because they weren't serious about it.
"The items on the test given last spring that were
missed 70 percent of the time were missed by 79.3
percent of the black students and 28.8 percent of the
white students," Madzimoyo said. "I don't believe that
big of a difference exists between white and black
students at Chapel Hill High." Even though he has not
been permitted to see the test, Madzimoyo said these
statistics lead him to believe the test must be racially
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Coalition for Quality
Education, which is made up primarily of teachers,
parents and students, is in favor of boycotting the test.
"We are appealing to students' parents to keep them
out," Madzimoyo said.
"Low income and black children are going to suffer
because of the test." he said. "It will cause the number of
diploma-holding black students to decrease, and it's
going to make the black enrollment of colleges go down. ,
The highschool drop-out rate will' increase, and
industries' will be able to pay lower wages to people
The N.C. Board of Education has the authority to
deny diplomas to any student in public or private
schools who does not take and pass the competency test:
But Don Wells, president of the private Carolina
Friends School in Chapel Hill, said his school is not
going to administer the test.
"The state has gone beyond its bounds," he said. "We
don't get money from the state, so we don't think this is
in the state's jurisdiction. We also have deep concerns
about the whole competency test mentality. I don't think
we can measure competency in two hours."
The Chapel Hill High School Parent Teacher Student
Association has not taken a stand on the competency
test issue, its president, Linda Barnard, said. "Since the
state mandated it, there is a feeling that we should go
ahead and do the best we can with what we have," she
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By ANNETTE FULLER
A committee has been formed by
residents in Odum Village Married
Student Housing to investigate possible
overcharging for utilities.
In an Odum Village Board of
Aldermen meeting recently, resident
Philip Williams presented a 10-minute
analysis of utility charges, in which he
concluded that the University has been
overcharging Odum Village by as much
as 125 percent for heat.
Concern was voiced when the
University increased rent, for" Village -residents
by 10 percent this year. There
has been a 33 percent total increase in rent
for the residents during the last four
"We believe that the cost of living here
should be based in how much it actually
costs to run the place," Williams said.
Preliminary studies have shown that
residents are possibly being overcharged
as much as S 1 7.82 each month in utilities.
That figure is based on a comparison
between what private utility companies in
town said they could heat the Village for
and what the University is charging the
Odum Village apartments are heated
by steam, which is cheaper than electric.
However, a Duke Power public
representative, when asked to compare
prices, said the University is charging 20
percent more than what Duke Power
would charge for retail electric heat.
Also, Williams contends there should be
an even lower utitility bill because the
University is non-profit and tax-free, and
also because the physical plant was
constructed with tax-free money.
"We got the fair market price of
utilities and then compared them to the
University's prices. By all comparisons
we are paying too much," Williams said.
Robert Peake. director of UNC
Utilities division, said the formula used to
bill Odum Village residents is based on ,
the amount of heat directed to the
"We bill according to whatever it costs
the physical plant to produce the steam,"
Peake said. "The cost to the utilities
division to provide steam, hot water and
electricity is divided up among the users.
"We don't have any way to apportion
these costs to actual usage. We work with
the total amount that it costs to operate
the power plant that gives out the steam
Odum Village needs and not directly
what each individual apartment uses."
; A.J Altemueller of the University's
finance dermrtiiijvt said theformulaused
to bill the Village Js an engineering
formula based on heat consumption of a
facility according to the facility's size and
nature, such as its insulation.
"It would be impossible, or rather very
costly, to meter the steam going into each
apartment," Altemueller said. "Heat has
been distributed by the same formula for
many years. However, if the formula is
wrong or is out-dated, it needs to be
James Condie, Director of University
Housing, said that he is pleased the
reviews are being made by residents, and
he believes they sould be made
"The formula was set back in 1966-68,
and it may need to be updated," Condie
said. "If an adjustment is made, any
reductions will be passed on to the
A two-bedroom apartment in Odum
Village now costs $149 a month, plus
telephone and electric bill, which includes
hot water and lights.
"We are suggesting that the cost
allocation formula be re-examined,"
The newly-elected Board of Aldermen
for the Village moved to establish a
committee to study the entire current
budget with a report at the end of this
9 departments defend high QPAs
By GEORGE JETER
and DIANE NORMAN ;
Some people at this University think
that the average should be 2.0. I don't
know why. I guess to prove that you
spent four years here and nothing
changes. I happen to disagree with that.
Enrique Baloyra, associate professor
of political science.
A rough sampling of students and
faculty in the nine departments recently
cited by the dean of the College of Arts
and Science for grade inflation indicates
that most believe their current grades
"By and large, the majority of high
grades (in the speech department) can
be expfained by some legitimate
reasons," said Julia T. Wood, assistant
professor of speech.
The American studies, comparative
literature, dramatic arts, music,
physical education,. RTVMP,
sociology, speech and Spanish
departments were directed by Samuel
R. Williamson, dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, to examine their
Wood said that teachers in the speech
department have "incredibly generous
office hours" which enhance student
motivation. She added that a study by
the department shows that 85 percent of
the students are juniors and-seniors,
while most of the courses are designed
for freshmen and sophomores.
The speech department does not
intend to change grading policies for
any arbitrary reasons. Wood said. But
faculty members have been asked to
remember the definition of grade? and
award them appropriately. . .
"I think that if we have a whole class
that performs at a superior level, we
should give them all As," Wood said. "If
we can motivate all the students in a
class to get As (do superior work), then
we're doing our job well."
Students sampled with majors in the
departments now under examination
defended their grades. by saying that
grade inflation mainly takes place in the
"I think it (grade inflation) is mainly
for non-majors," said Jay Davis, a
junior music major. "Like in the course
I'm taking, you work on a project for
nine hours and get a C. I don't think
that's grade inflation."
RTVMP students interviewed1 said
there is no real way to reduce grades in
that department. They maintain that
the material is basically factual either
a student learns how to run. the
equipment and design programs or he
doesn't. RTVMP majors call the course
curriculum cut and dried.
"Things are about the same year after
year," one RTVMP major said. "Either
you learn it or you don't most do."
"If someone never misses class, does
everything and tries to be creative, then
do you give them a token CT another
RTVMP major said.
I n Drama 1 S, an introductory course
traditionally considered a slide, grading
procedures have been tightened, much
to the chagrin of some students.
"1 don't need more low grades," said
student Gail Guthrie. Her complaint
echoes those of other students in Drama
T. Anthony Jones, sociology
instructor, blamed visiting professors
for the grade inflation in that
The average grade in sociology
during spring 1978 was 2.68, a C plus,
"They (visiting professors) are not
aware of the criteria that we use here,
Jones said. "They're often so impressed
with Carolina students that they grade
them easier than they would otherwise."
Jones said the grade average handed
out by the sociology department's
regular staff ranged from 2.4 to 2.5,
which is a C. v
Williamson said that the sociology
department received an advisory
concerning its grade average because 7 1
.percent of the grades in that department
were As and Bs.
"It remains a fact that the average
(sociology) grade-point average is one
of the highest in the college,"
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statue donned a witch's costume. Though It saems likely that he had a little
help with the costume, one has to admire hl3 stamina and muscle control.