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position is seen
as an encouraging sign. "The chancellor's move
is a step in the right direction," says Smith. "An
example needs to be set in the upper positions."
"I feel we're on the threshold of important
improvements based on the developments in
progress under the leadership of Chancellor
Fordham," says Daye.
Although gains in enrollment and
employment of blacks have been made , a change
in attitude must take place to' enhance and
increase these gains in the '80s, agree some black
faculty and administrators.
"Attitudes have changed," says Greene, "But
not necessarily for the better. As the number of
black students and faculty increases, this appears
as a threat. When there's just 20 or 30 blacks on
campus, people don't mind, but when you talk
about hundreds, the resistance comes to the fore."
Handling this resistance is one thing Greene
feels needs to be done in the coming decade. "The
University will have to look at how to deal with
the built-in resistance to affirmative action," he
Hayden Renwick alsa sees the resistance as a
problem. "Ninety percent of the people know
how to get around affTrmative action and 100
percent of those 90 percent do it," he says.
Although the Brown v. Board of Education
case banning segration in public schools took
place over 26 years ago, those working to improve
the conditions of blacks at this University still see
much more work to be done.
"The only way we can succeed is by ignoring
the prejudices and biases of the alumni and state
constituents who are against the progress of
blacks at this University, and get on' with the
issues at hand to provide adequate resources
and personnel for the job to be done," says
Renwick. "It has been well documented what it
takes to be successful in providing adequate
education for blacks now we need to follow
"There is a lot that can and hopefully will be
done," says Smith. "It's a job that everyone has to
pitch in on and do their darnedest to bring about,
but conditions are favorable."
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An air of confrontation, though faded, is still remembered
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By John Royster
UNC Chancellor Christopher C. Fordham III has
outlined the responsibilities that will be embodied in the
newly-created positions of vice chancellor for University
Affairs and full-time affirmative action officer.
The affirmative action officer will have duties similar to
those of the present part-time officer, Fordham said. That
means overseeing the University's policy of equal
opportunity in hiring; promoting and admitting.
Fordham said the new vice chancellor's work will be in
two main areassupervision of the offices of the registrar,
student financial aid, records and registration,
institutional research and undergraduate admissions; and
"asssisting the chancellor in working at the environmental
issue of enhancing the presence and experience of
Committees to assist Fordham in filling the two
positions have already begun meeting. Reports have said
the positions will be filled sometime in the spring.
. The creation of the two positions was part of a series of
administrative changes made in the chancellor's office this
summer. Fordham said he did not forsee any other major
changes in the near future.
"I think for the moment these are the major
administrative changes," he said. "These are the changes I
"There will be some overlapping (in the duties of
affirmative action officer and vice chancellor for
University Affairs)," Fordham said. "But the duties were
such that two positions seemed justified."
Fordham said the vice chancellorship will include
responsibilities in a broader range of areas than the
affirmative action officer.
The reports of both the Long and Daye committees,
which examined the situation facing minorities at UNC,
were aids in creating the positions, Fordham said.
"There was much about the two committees that was
concordant," he said. "I wouldn't want to analyze their
differences. Both were very helpful reports.
"The new position (University Affairs) is substantially
responsive to that But I want to add that these things were
done on my own convictions. The same efforts would have
been made without the reports."
Leaders of UNC's minority community have reacted
favorably to the changes.
"We look toward it as a favorable step," said Quentin
Eaton, summer chairman of the Black Student Movement.
"My initial reaction is that he's (Fordham) thought the
thing through and is doing what he can to meet the needs
that exist on campus," said Hayden Renwick, an associate
dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and a well-known
advocate for minority rights at UNC.
"I'm hopeful that a staff would proceed from the
appointment (of the vice chancellor for University
affairs)," Renwick said.
Fordham said that will be the case. "He (the vice
chancellor) will have an adequate staff," but as to just what
that will include, "we will have to find out what the
individual will require."
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or creed. To do so would be a step
Since the initial itj-xtion of these
demands, the University h is taken concrete
steps to meet some of thcra. A University
Committee on the Status of Minorities and
the Disadvantaged was created in Z"0. A
Curriculum in Afro-American Studies was
established that same' :y ear. :Tvo l.!.xk
assistant directors were appointed. A
special admissions prcrr--i fcr
disadvantaged students !
while a Mirsorit Gov.;,
created in' 1975.
While action cn t;.'
am tint itol-
black t --pus food facility -. .1 rrs
twice i compK.ini'-; cf ! y.,
and a I A of unionL-atl ri. L
Hall d'. room clo ed cn ! !L:ch
opened cn March 6 with 3 r.ct-tq-
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creation of a tlep n " r.t i -
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Student Govtrr.nii..t f . i.-
minority representation ca the student
On Jan. 21, 1DC9, Sittmcn rejected the
BSM demands, stating, "tlie University
cannot, in policy or practice, provide
unique treatment for any single race, color,
aeiayed somewhat, th
was immediate. On I .
students and faculty marc. rtc
BSM's demands, with rr-;a ' !; V
protesters occupying; Sou;., a
Within Student . Govarra;ani, the
Student Legislature began appropriating
funds to the BSM in 1CC0, and black
representation on the student courts and
legislature -was ensured by reforms which
culminated in 1974.
On the campus itself, n
LLak dents have become
force in campus polities; what,
so-called "black issues" inert,
become issues of concern tovh
leaders as well. In 1973, Rid rd I
becarae da a first black pre:"' at c
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assessment of the University's efforts to
enhance die welfare rf minority faculty,
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