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8 The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday. February
David Stacks, Editor
Michel e Mecke, Managing Editor
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For RHA, Leight
Of the decisions voters will make on Feb. 13, one of the most
important for the more than 7,000 students who live on campus will be
choosing the president of the Residence Hall Association. It is no secret
that many of the perplexing issues the University will face in coming
years are directly related to housing and on-campus students. RHA
leadership, therefore, will be a critical factor in the way the University
reacts to a wide variety of problems.
The new RHA president will face complex, seemingly insoluble
questions affecting student life not only in dormitories but across
campus. Visitation, energy conservation, telephone-rate increases,
communication with Student Government and The Daily Tar Heel
these are only some of the issues RHA leadership must come to grips
We believe that Peggy Leight is qualified to lead RHA as it attempts
to deal with these issues. Her experience as governor of Henderson
Resident College provides an unquestionably sound foundation. Her
ideas promise to be fresh, perceptive and innovative. And she has
demonstrated that she can remain calm, clear-thinking and devoted
under pressure a requisite for a student officer who has to deal not
only with peers but also with University administrators.
Leight's opponent, Janis Francis, also has impressive credentials. Her
platform and general theory of what RHA is all about are very similar to
Leight's. Francis, who was lieutenant governor of Henderson last year,
accurately recognizes that student awareness is perhaps the most
pressing issue for RHA, and that improved communication with other
student organizations is an essential first step in promoting awareness.
And Francis' experience with the RHA programming committee, the
academic committee for Morehead Confederation and the national
conference of residence hall associations leaves her well-prepared to
assume the RHA presidency.
Leight and Francis are remarkably similar. But for reasons of
experience, demonstrated leadership ability and the enthusiasm that
surround a superbly qualified candidate, we endorse Leight for RHA
A vital distinction
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' North'GarolinaV primary election is still three months away, but
politics surrounding the gubernatorial race already are in full swing,
with candidates slugging it out in the press almost daily.
The latest controversy, which surfaced last week, involves agents in
the administration of Gov. Jim Hunt. Mather H. Slaughter, a state
employee in the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, wrote
confidential memorandums last year addressed to the governor
concerning the political loyalty of sheriffs and other important officials
across North Carolina. Slaughter apparently gathered the information
while performing his duties as a state employee.
Hunt, responding to the furor aroused by Slaughter's actions, quickly
labeled them improper and promised apologies to the sheriffs, although
the governor maintains that he never saw the memos. Adding to Hunt's
embarrassment was Slaughter's terrible grammar, coupled with
derogatory comments about sheriffs who did not "fit in with the
The issue raises several questions about Hunt's administration, his
campaign efforts and how they relate to each other. Hunt has been
criticized in the past for running a political machine, and incidents like
these don't help to dispel that image. It is evident that Slaughter, as a
minor state official, did not act on his own and that pressure was coming
from somewhere up the line. Given the campaign atmosphere of an
election year, he might have been caught up in the -excitement and
become confused as to whether he was working for Hunt the governor
or Hunt the candidate. The distinction is an important one.
As the race becomes more intense in coming months, it is essential
that state employees be free to decide their political stance. Three of the
officials mentioned in the memos either lost their jobs or were
transferred. Whether Slaughter's comments had a direct bearing on the
job shakeups is open to question, but the incident is not comforting to
those state officials who do not support the governor. If Hunt hopes to
maintain credibility with the voters, he will have to make certain that his
official actions, and those of his administration, stay detached from his
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letters to the editor
To the editor:
I must express my awe and disbelief at
the lack of support for women's athletics
at UNC, as manifested in the lack of
promotion of the women's basketball
games. Since November, I have made
multiple attempts to obtain basic
information when are the home games?
I went to Carmichael Auditorium in
November to pick up a schedule, only to
discover (from the ticket office) that none
were available. There was neither a
schedule nor any information about
women's basketball posted anywhere in
the gym. Since then, I have telephoned
several times and visited Carmichael in
search of information about the women's
games, but to no avail. " y
Last Sunday, Jan. 27, WXYC;Uhe
campus radio station, announced that the
women would play Old Dominion "either
tonight or tomorrow night." Old
Dominion is the No. 1 women's team
in the nation, and that is the promotion it
gets! 1 finally called the director of
women's athletics at her home Sunday
afternoon to find out when this game
would be played. She gave me the correct
information that the game would be at
neither of those times, but on Wednesday
night, 1 am not faulting WXYC. 1 suspect
they may have had as much difficulty
getting information about the women's
schedule as I have.
This lack of information (it can't even
be labeled "promotion"), coupled with
the recent refusal of the athletic
department to send the women's team to
London (until the women "begged" two
thirds of the money needed) are blatant
statements of the University's current
policy on women's athletics. Yet, the
University claims to comply with Title
IX, which mandates equality of
educational opportunity for men and
women, including, and specifically,
In closing, 1 am proud to say that the
Carmichael . ticket office gave me a
schedule of the women's games when 1
requested it on Jan. 29, just in time to
catch the last three home games of the
season. Next year, I expect to see such
schedules printed and distributed at
practically every shop, service station,
and restaurant in the area at the
beginning of the season, as are the
schedules for the men's games. (Why not
print the women's schedule on the back of
863 Shadylawn Road
Women less capable
To the editor:
In reference to the letter to the editor
on women's basketball ("Women players
don't have what it takes," DTH, Jan. 24)
we would like to make the following
Fan support for women's sports has
increased in the past and will continue to
do so along with the recruiting of better
talent. Women's basketball has just
begun to get into the flow of the men's
As for being boring, the State vs.
Carolina women's game has one of the
noisiest and most enthusiastic crowds we
have seen for a bunch of supposedly
In that letter, it was written as though
the women players are statues and do not
mix up the plays. Well, either someone
hasn't been to many women's games,
hasn't paid attention when they did go or
simply doesn't understand the game.
State has filled Reynolds Coliseum
more than once for their women's
basketball games. When Old Dominion
played the Soviet women's squad in
Virginia this season, that event attracted
an overwhelmingly sized crowd. Need we
keep citing examples?
What fans need to realize is that
women's and men's basketball are played
MM A needs
to be active,
By J A NIS FRA NCIS
The Residence Hall Association is a
unifying force for the. more than 7,000 on
campus students at UNC. It should be
used to bring the whole campus together,
through programming, policy decisions
and follow-up programming. We all need
to be informed on decisions made
concerning us as students. We need to
know about housing lotteries, fee
increases, visitation policies and the
Southern Bell Telephone Co. rate
increase not just that they are
happening, but why they are happening.
For RHA to be effective, it must be
able to work well with other campus
organizations, like The Daily Tar Heel,
Student Government, the Carolina
Athletic Association and the Graduate
and Professional Student Federation.
These organizations are all powerful and
respected on campus and should be able
to work in conjunction not in
competition with each other.
A close link between the Department
of Housing and RHA should be
maintained. Both should continue being
able to use each other as
resource reference guides for ideas and
information. Area governors and
presidents should be able to be used as
liaisons between the housing department,
RHA and their areas and also used to
keep residents informed about the
housing situation, lottery procedures.
athletics need better publicity
from two different perspectives. Because
of a woman's lower center of gravity and
lessened jumping capabilities, the
women's game is played below the rim
while the men's game is played above it.
It's a good thing that not everyone feels
this way about women's physical
capabilities in sports as compared to the
To the editor:
Contrary to your coverage of our Jan.
24 meeting, the Orange County Women's
Center is alive and well. We wish to
correct the inaccurate information and
impressions conveyed by "Plans for
center suffer," (DTH. Jan. 28).
This meeting was only the second
organizational meeting of the Women's
Center. Earlier that evening, the current
seven-member board of directors, acting
upon the recommendations of the
membership and board committees
(which were composed of women present
at the first public meeting in late
N ove.V be voted ; to cfeate-v a voting
membership and enlarge the board of
directors to 21 members. These two
actions were instituted minutes later at
the general meeting.
Attendance at this meeting was as high
as at the November meeting; more than
35 women came to share their thoughts,
concerns and ideas about the center.
Their interest, energy and commitment
have given impetus to an idea that soon
will be a reality. The article's failure to
report on this spirit of cooperati6n and
interest in a common goal is regrettable.
The Orange County Women's Center
will house not only the Women's Health
Counseling Service, the Rape Crisis
Center and the Coalition for Battered
Women, but also will be a focal point for
meetings, programs and workshops for
women living or working in Orange
The Women's Center needs support,
through participation as well as
donations which are tax-deductible. We
want all women to feel they belong to the
women's center. They can do this by
registering at A Woman's Place, 110
and what to do if closed out. As the
situation stands now, most residents
know about tripling and getting closed
out, but do they all understand?
I see visitation as a major concern for
RHA in the coming year. I believe people
in each individual building or area should
be able to vote on what type visitation
policies their area should have.
I believe the RHA should be active, not
reactive. We as campus residents need to
work for the betterment of our living
areas and residence-hall life as a whole.
RHA is presently working for this
through its involvement in the National
Association of College and University
Residence Halls by hosting the 1980
NACURH Conference here in Chapel
Hill. Through this I hope to share ideas
with people from other RH As across the
United States and possibly implement
some of these ideas at Carolina.
Janis Francis, a junior psychology and
recreation major from Rutherfordton. is
a candidate for president of the Residence
Hall Association in student body
ebrtiorvr next rek. '
Henderson St., the Commission for
Women office in Hillsborough, 131
Court St., or by sending their name,
address and phone number to The
Orange County Women's Center, Box
871, Chapel Hill.
We also are encouraging women to
consider nominating themselves or other
qualified women to serve on the board of
directors. There are 12 openings
available. To date, we have more than 1 5
nominees, but we wish to have more. J ust
send the above information plus a brief
description about why you want to be on
the board to the same address.
Both voter registration and
nominations will close on Feb. 15. Each
voting member will receive a newsletter
listing the nominees and inviting her to
come to A Woman's Place, Feb. 26 for a
pot luck dinner and a chance to talk with
the nominees and cast her vote.
Orange County Women's Center
To the editor:
I would like to express my gratitude to
the person who wrote in support of the
Olympic boycott and then signed it in myj
name ("Support the boycott," DTH, Feb.
4). Whoever it was, came close to
expressing my exact thoughts: "I am
proud to attend a school where athletes
are so respectful and supportive of our
nation's leaders." However, I am not
outraged by Ken Ireland's comment, nor
do I call it "atrocious" because I feel
everyone has the right to express his view
when striving to make a point.
As for being a former swimmer in the
Carolina athletic program, I was
privileged enough to begin the first three
weeks of training with our world-class
swimmers. Under the expertise of coach
Frank Comfort and his staff, I received a
taste of rigorous training that our athletes
go through. With all their conditioning
and work toward achieving the Olympic
goal, I know most, if not all, would be
greatly disappointed in not going to
Moscow this summer. Therefore, I truly
"commend the views expressed by most
of the Carolina athletes and coaches in
your article ("Olympic hopes dim for
local athletes." DTH, Jan. 31)."
As the author of "my" letter lacks the
guts to even sign his own written opinion.
By PEGGY LEIGHT
My name is Peggy Leight. and I am a
candidate for Residence Hall Association
president. I have decided to marshal my
resources and seek this office in order to
address several important issues.
My first concern is to increase student
awareness of RHA and its functions.
RHA consists of more than 7,000
students that's everyone livingcampus.
Area representatives and governors affect
policy for those residents, seeing to their
interests, and students need to be aware
of how RHA can serve their needs in
Among the issues taken up by RHA in
the interest of the students have been the
proposed rate increases made by
Southern Bell Telephone Co. For the past
two years. Southern Bell has attempted to
raise telephone installation fees to $73 per
. year. RHA and Student Government
' actively and successfully have fought this
move. As a member of the governing
board. I worked hard on this project and
will continue to do so as president.
Students simply cannot alford this
increase, because it would have to be
repaid each year, while other tovn
residents pay just once.
Another issue relevant to our resident
is the visitation policy. I plan to publicize
the proposed options and solicit
residents opinions on the subject.
Student input on tht top; essential.
he will most certainly lack the courage to
apologize to Ken and others for any
misunderstanding the letter may have
caused. Therefore, 1 do so for him.
To the "author," 1 have nothing to say
except that his joke is in extremely poor
Frank E. Covington
1308 Granville West
To the editor.
Lee Greene and the cast and crew of
last Saturday's performance of Down
Home deserve much recognition from the
black and white community on campus.
Even if short of the standards of
professional theater, the play brought a
great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment
both to the audience and to those
involved in the production.
The purpose of Down Home was not to
create a spotless product. Rather, it was
to allow all those who wanted to
participate a chance to express
themselves on stage. Its goal was to
render enjoyment to those who put it
together and to let them learn something
about themselves in the process. If the
audience enjoyed it, too, which it
o'bvteusiy1 'did,1 so much the better. v'
Greene deserves many thanks for
making available the opportunity to
share and to learn in a way all too
uncommon on this campus. His work and
energy extend outside the classroom,
helping students learn in the most
important of ways.
404 Hillsborough Road
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and 1 will push for an opportunity foi
students to vote for their own choice.
In these days of dwindling natural
resources, energy conservation it an
essential step at all levels of life even
here at UNC. RHA is sponsoring Energy
Consciousness Month to change
students' attitudes about conserving.
Students can help save water and
electricity especially. It is my hope that
RHA can help change attitudes year
round and not for just one month.
Input and communication are vital to
any organization. I will stress open lines
for the exchange of ideas and information
between all student organizations.
Because the RHA Governing Board is
a representative assembly, it i evvental
that students take their area elections
seriously and use the representative and
governor to make their oe heard.
fegg I right, a junior zoologr major
from Walker to n. u a candidate for
president of the Re idem Hall
Ai.iotJtitt ui student bod) tkitiont