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Glorce SuAnroui, Editor
Dinita Jamls, Managing Editor
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Thomas Jlssiman, ljsiYur j;or
Karen Rowley, Nm EJfror
Pam Kxlley, University Editor
Martha Wacconer,- City Editor
Jim Hummil, State and National Editor
B'll Fields, Spor& foor
Mark Murreli, Features Editor
Laura Elliott, Arts Editor
Scott Sharpe, Photography Editor
Melanie Sill, Weekender Editor
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The survey of more than 3,000 UNC students taken during
registration by Student Government turned up a couple of interesting
findings about campus issues. The opinions voiced by the survey are a
fairly representative sample of the student body and should give both
Student Government and the administration some direction as they
wrangle over University issues.
For instance, the survey gauged student attitudes about a. rental
system for textbooks. It indicated that a significant portion of the
student body would continue to buy some textbooks even if a rental
system were implemented, which should be of some comfort to those
Student Stores managers who pictured themselves stuck with
thousands of worn-out textbooks at the end of the semester. The
practicality of rental textbooks, at least for multiple-section General
College courses, ought to be considered, as the survey suggests.
The idea of a mandatory meal plan for freshmen should be laid to
rest at last. Around 75 percent of the upperclassmen and 66 percent of
the freshmen surveyed said they would oppose such a plan. If it were
imposed, ARA might gain subscribers, but the University would surely
lose those applicants who are wary of a university that tries to force
feed them anything particularly institutional food.
The survey also brings into question ARA's policy of refusing to
give refunds to meal-plan students who join fraternities or sororities
and begin eating at their houses. In being so inflexible, the food service
is making financial life idifficult for the large percentage of its
customers who end up paying for more meals than they eat.
One remarkable survey result concerned student opinion on the
Thornton Report, the .proposed curriculum changes first released in
1979. Despite forums crthe report sponsored by the Campus Y and
heavy coverage on the news and editorial pages of The Daily Tar Heel,
30 percent of the undergraduate and 50 percent of the graduate
students surveyed had never heard of it. Only 6 percent said they were
"well-acquainted" with the report.
The fact that so many students are so profoundly disinterested in
academic issues casts a shadow over the entire University community.
More distressing are the results for graduate students. They will
assume a large share of the increased teaching load mandated under
the Thornton Report, and many may eventually become faculty
members at other institutions. Their lack of concern with the
undergraduate curriculum here is appalling.
Student Government attributes this ignorance to the speed of the
curriculum changes, but they have been discussed for more than a year
and a half. It seems more likely that the students are uninformed
about the report because they simply don't care and that may be the
most disturbing finding of all.
When Robert Morgan ran for the U.S. Senate in
1974, he was elected largely on the grass-roots support
he had built since taking the position of Harnett
County clerk of court in 1950.
The Lillington native had worked his way up North
Carolina's political ladder, serving in the General
Assembly and as attorney general, before deciding to
seek the office vacated by Sen. Sarn Ervin Jr.
A lot has happened since 1974 though, and this fall
Morgan finds himself fighting not only a conservative
challenger from the senator's own stumping ground of
Eastern North Carolina, but also a political machine
that is seeking to upset the incumbent's re-election bid.
"Politics has really come a long way from going out
and nailing posters of yourself on trees," said Morgan,
who is facing Republican John East, a political science
professor at East Carolina University. "Things have
become so sophisticated, you have to put on a good
media campaign to even have a chance."
Morgan is planning to spend close to $500,000 before
election day, but his expenditures will still fall short of
East's who has set a goal of $1.25 million to be raised
by Nov. 4. The challenger has the backing of the
Congressional Club, a private organization that is
channeling money into the campaigns of conservative
candidates across the country.
"My opponent boasts that he has raised two to three
times the amount I have," Morgan said. "We started
(raising money) about a year ago in an effort to keep
off primary competition and thought that ($250,000)
was about all we would need." But Morgan will have to
come pretty close to his revised goal of $500,000 if he
hopes to keep pace with East's high-priced television
Last week Morgan purchased five commercials
stressing the positive side of his record at a cost of
$85,000. "Six years ago the costs of those commercials
latters to the editor
Sen. Robert r.tcrgsn, D -N.C.
...campaigning for re-election
would have been about $25,000. No politician can say
anything in 30 seconds. When (the Senate adjourns)
I'm going to spend every day in this state campagning
and raising money. It really concerns me when I think
about what politics is coming to."
As North Carolina's junior senator, Morgan has not
captured the spotlight of his-counterpart Jesse Helms;
rather, he has chosen a low-key approach, expressing
moderate views in the years he has served on the Sente
Armed Services and Banking, Housing and Urban
"As a moderate I don't have the emotional
attachment of a George McGovern or Jesse Helms
where the money flows in. There are a good many
conservative people in this state who .consider
themselves Republicans but have corr.e to respect my
This fall East has come out on the attack, trying to
label Morgan an ultrallberal, linking him with
McGovern and Sen. Edward Kennedy. Morgan points
to his voting record in Congress as a defense against the
"I don't know where this label of liberal came from.
The ADA (Americans for Democratic Action) has
rated me as the most conservative senator in the entire
Senate. Even the American Conservative Union (of
which Helms is a member) rated me the most
Despite his record, Morgan will have to get out on
the campaign trail in the next six weeks if he hopes to
stave off East's challenge. He admits that a prolonged
media campaign picturing him as a liberal senator is
bound to have some impact, regardless of his voting
Although Morgan is considered the favorite, the
Congressional Club is betting its money on East, who
officials think has the best chance of the candidates
running under the organization's umbrella in North
Carolina. As a result East has access to direct-mail
solicitation lists that Helms has assembled over the
"The computerized mailing lists also scare me,"
Morgan said. "They have proven effective in the past
and could raise a lot of money and support for my
"This really is a different kind of campaign. In my
30 years of running for office, I've never had an
opponent that I have not remained friends with after
the election. But when there is no communication and
the only contact you have is through the media, you
tend to draw conclusions about your opponent. I'm
going to have to go out and run on my record and trust
that that .will get me elected."
Jim Hummel, a junior journalism and political science
major from Grafton, Mass., is state and national editor
for The Daily Tar Heel.
cieuce 'Brogrtmm chmnme not m
Last week the U.S. Senate approved plans to build a factory in
which nerve gas weapons could be produced. This disturbing action
reflects a shift in attitudes and military philosophy that must be
greeted with disdain. -
The production of nerve gas in this country is banned by law
without the approval of President Jimmy Carter, who could revive the
manufacture .of .chemical weapons in the instance of national
emergency. Yet, this; factory, which will have cost $30 million when
completed, is an obvious Attempt by the Senate to pressure Carter into
reconsidering this, country's 10-year moratorium on nerve gas
production. What good js;a factory for producing nerve gas weapons
after all, if no nerve gas can be produced?
Proponents of the measure argue that rather than undermining
current negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union
on limiting gas' warfare, this measure and the building of nerve gas
bombs would allow the United States to deal from a position of
strength. They claim this would act as an incentive for the Soviet
Union to curb its own proliferation of the stuff.
The validity of this argument is questionable. If control, is the
ultimate aim, then how does gearing up production serve that
purpose? Nerve gas is an accessory to conventional warfare and could
be combated by defensive measures, such as modernized gas masks
and suits. The Soviet Union's use of nerve gas in Afghanistan is being
investigated and should be condemned by the United Nations. The
United States only legitimizes such tactics by reversing its position.
Much as it may seem a paradox, international laws governing war
arc necessary. In the spirit of arms control and sanity, the Carter
administration should resist incipient pressures that would justify the
manufacture of this horrendous weapon in the name of peace.
To the editor:
Melodee Alves' article ("Class
'changes upset computer students,"
DTH, Sept. 22) highlighted well the
proposed changes in the degree
requirements for a B.S. in mathematical
sciences with a concentration in
computer science. She neglected,
however, to emphasize two crucial
, The first is the fact that these revisions
are not yet final. They've been approved
by the Advisory Committee' for the
, Curriculum in Mathematical Sciences,
chaired by Dr. Robert Mann, and have
recently been forwarded to the
Curriculum Committee in the College of
Arts and Sciences, under the auspices of
Dean Samuel R. Williamson. The
proposal now awaits the action of that
Of greater concern, though, has been
the total lack of and indeed the denial
of student input into the revision
process. Not only are there no students
on Mann's committee, but following
numerous inquiries during the summer,
I was denied access to a report on the
committee's proceedings! Moreover, the
entire matter would have gone unnoticed
if students had not voiced their concern
to Student Government.
. Perhaps the changes proposed do
represent the best allocation of available
resources, but we cannot assume that
without studying the facts and figures.
Student Government is willing to work
with administrators on this and other
issues, but it doesn't foster a sense of
cooperation when we have to leap on a
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Chancellor's Committees Coordinator
To the editor:
We are currently revising The
Southern Part of Heaven?, SCAU's
guide to off-campus housing. If you
know of an apartment complex that was
not included in last year's SPOll?,
please contact co-editors Susan
McGlamery or Gina Wiseman at
967-6755, or call or pome by the SCAU
office in Suite B of the Union. We would
like to have this information as soon as
possible in order to complete our
To the editor:
I'm living in an apartment and have
been riding the bus between my
apartment and campus since the
beginning of school. Since the first day I
rode the bus I noticed that every type of
vehicle imaginable passes buses stopped
to pick up riders. The drivers of these
vehicles passed the buses, ignoring the
double yellow lines running down the
middle of the road.
I wonder if they realized that crossing
double yellow lines constitutes wrecklcss
driving probably not. However, at
least some of these drivers, including the
Chapel Hill policeman driving a squad
car and the driver of a school bus should
have avoided the ili
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