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Monday, August 24. 1981Thc Daily Tar Hcel3B
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By EDWINA RALSTON
In 1971, when the Division of Student
Affairs sponsored the first special orien-"
tation for black freshmen, the first ques
tion asked by many students who did not
participate in the program was "why?"
Ten years later, although minority pres
ence at UNC has increased by 5.6 percent
in 1970 to 7.9 in 1980, the question re
mains a common one. Some people say
minority orientation is no longer needed,
and others say it furthers segregation.
Elson Floyd, assistant dean of student
life, said Pre-Orientation was needed to
supplement Orientation and address the
special needs of minority students. "If
you ask why Pre-O is needed, then you
must also ask why Y Camp is needed, why
an International Students Orientation is
needed, why athletes are here early.'
Floyd said in an interview last week that
a primary function of Pre-O was to make
black students feel that the University is
home. "A lot of people have been raised,
oriented to come to UNC since they were
knee-high. That's not really the case with
minority students. We want them to know
that, yes, this is a good place to go to
Floyd said emphasis placed on any type
of disadvantage a minority student might
face was done "to give them some incen
tive to study harder, to work up the ele
ment of competition.
"We make them aware that this is some
thing they are going to have to face. What
we try to do is give them some idea of
what is ahead of them."
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As every other UNC student finds out upon enter
ing Carolina he or she must pass a swim test
to graduate. Here Meg Moser a freshman, takes
the five-minute test. It involves jumping or diving
into the pool, swimming a lap and then treading
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Floyd, like most of the organizers
counselors and participants of Pre-O,
said he felt there were no adverse effects
from emphasizing the disadvantages mi
nority students might face rather than in
formation that would prepare students to
But some disagree. A senior who wished
to remain anonymous and who dropped
out of Pre-O after 20 minutes in 1978, said
the program had a negative effect on many
participants. "It instills a fear in black
students that they live with throughout .
their four years in college and probably
for the rest of their lives.
"They tell every black that this is a
white college and they're out to get you.
This is why a lot of blacks I knew that first
semester dropped out.
'" "They say the rest of the students, the
white students, might be able to accept a
C, but if you make a C, you're not making
it. They tell you that you represent your
family, your people, the entire black race.
Some people said, 'I'm not even going to
try.' These people are asking too much.
"They didn't know not to take it too
seriously," he said.
Still, Anthony Flanagan, a 1981 partici
pant from Raleigh, said he thought the
emphasis the program placed on being a
minority student had no adverse effects.
"They point out to you that being a mi
nority is no advantage, but they inspire
you to work harder."
He said the program had helped him
adjust to the University as early as the first
day he arrived. "They tell us what it's like.
They sort of uplift your morale. They tell
you your're here for a reason. They tell
water for a total of five minutes. For some stu
dents who aren't able to swim when they enter
UNC, they can take a swimming class and after
ward take the test. It is offered on an intermittent
basis throughout the year.
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Minority students mingle in the Pit during Pre-Orientation
... program is designed to ease adjustment to UNC
you that if you couldn't hack it, you
wouldn't be here."
1 Flanagan said he thought the most ben
eficial thing about Pre-O was the program
showed blacks how easy it was to get in
volved in the many different organizations
"Blacks make up such a small part of
the campus that it's easy to get squeezed
out. They need something to bring them
together, show them where to get help. If
no one tells them, it's hard to find out,"
Another 1981 participant, Phyllis Tur
ner of Garner, said the aspect of the pro
gram that-particularly appealed to her
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was the smallness of the group. About 350
minority freshmen and 75 counselors par
ticipated in Pre-O this year, as opposed to
about 3,300 freshmen and 800 counselors
Turner said she thought a program of
several smaller orientations spread out
over the summer might be another effec
tive way to familiarize freshmen with the
campus. But she said having a specific
program for minorities was important be
cause of the cultural difference black stu
dents face when they come to a predomi
nantly white living situation.
"I could do with it (minority orienta
tion) or without it," she said. "But a lot
of kids come from a school where there
Center helps UNC iDecoiiiie holme
By TED AVERY
DTH Staff Writer
With the aid of student and community
volunteers the University's International
Center helps foreign students coming to
America and UNG for the first time to ad
just to Chapel Hill life.
The International Center volunteers,
known as Campus Friends, take the
foreign students around, showing them
how to shop and how to deal with campus
living Fran Meadwell,' a center assistant,
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Last week these students were treated
to a breakfast meeting with the Campus
Friends and a dinner and movie presented
by the Baptist Student Union in Battle
House as part of a special orientation
program for international students.
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aren't any, whites or where there aren't ;
"My high school was predominantly
white, but still it (coming to UNC) is a
shock. The ratio is a lot different," she
"It inspires me, but I know I'm going t
to be here," Turner said.
Several parents of participants said they
had learned a lot about the University and
what to expect for their children through
Claudie Lewis Jr., whose daughter is
the first member of the family to attend
UNC, called the program "exceptionally
"I am glad the University has such a
program. It will help a lot of us parents to
know that the University is paying atten
tion." Robert Ashe, whose daughter also en
ters UNC as the first from her family, had
mixed feelings. Ashe said he was very im
pressed with Pre-O and that it had eased
his daughter's anxieties about coming to
college. But he said those anxieties were
normal nervousness about leaving home
and not caused by going to a predomi
nantly white school. '
He said he could not say whether there
was a continuing need for minority orien
tation. "In the future I think it would,
help to eliminate the minority program.
By the future I mean maybe 1982 or 1983,"
This year's program, similar to the first
one, began one day before regular Orien-.
tation. Students were given time to meet
International students attending the
breakfast meeting Tuesday found the
"I arrived on Sunday and don't have
much experience in the U.S. The Center's
been very helpful," Hans P. Hucke of West
"I can make friends with my host
family. I can communicate with other
Oriental countrymen. I can communicate
5 with "many ; many other countries through :
(this program)," said Han Dukyoung, of
"I've spent four years in Wisconsin. I
know the way of life more or less. It's
more helpful toother people than myself,"
Paul Undall, a native of Norway, said.
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and talk with their counselors and other
participants of the program after moving
in Saturday with help from their Pre-O
counselors. The two-day program included
a meeting for parents, a cultural program,
an academic majors mart and a social ga
thering in the Pit.
The participants met with faculty and
advisers and heard representatives of var
ious organizations speakv about opportu
nities for involvement and academic
achievement and black presence at the
Teresa Artis, key speaker at a general
meeting Saturday, spoke of the advantages
white students have over black students at
a predominantly white University. Artis,
a junior English and economics major,
said that white students have easier access (
to friends, faculty and study aids at UNC
because they are more likely to have fam
ily members and assocites who have at
tended the University.
"A predominantly white institution pre
sents obstacles for black students that, in
most cases, are higher than they are for
other students," she said.
"You should be conscious of what this
University has opted not to do to change
Artis, a dean's list student involved in
several extracurricular activities, challenged
freshmen to achieve greater goals than the
classes before them did. "This school does
carry serious credentials, so always be in
an academic position to have those cre
dentials passed on to you," she said.
Meadwell said the program needed
more student volunteers. "Anyone who
wants to be a Friend can still do it. The
only qualification is interest," she said.
A lot of people are afraid they can't af
ford the time, but it's not a full-time job."
Student volunteers would only have to
spend the bulk of their time the first week
the international students arrive, she said.
Chapel Hill residents can also help
foreign students by becoming host families.-
''It's another , ppntact : within the ,
community. They put people up and can
be there in times of crisis," Meadwell
Besides providing contacts within the
community, the center advises foreign
students about visas and offers informa
tion about the University.
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