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9t year of editorial freedom
Student Body President Scott Norberg's announcement that the Chapel
Thrill Committee has already begun planning for next April's Kenan Sta
dium concert is welcome news to students who were disappointed by the
cancellation of last year's project.
Poor planning, hassles with the Campus Governing Council and a last
minute cancellation by James Taylor all contributed to Norberg's decision
in March to call off the concert.
This year, however, Norberg and Chapel Thrill Committee Chairman
Wes Wright have vowed not to let last year's problems plague them. In-
stead, they hope an early start and thorough planning will ensure a suc
cessful concert. Their concern is a good sign and signals a commitment to
providing UNC with a weekend event that will affect a large portion of
the student body. :
In the past a committee chairman has not been appointed until Decem
ber. Wright has been working since the first session of summer school,
analyzing last year's costs and formulating a tentative budget for the
CGC Finance Committee.
The chairman also has been in contact with several promoters who
handle big-name bands, so they can include Chapel Hill on concert sched
ules that will be set months in advance. One of the key reasons for last .
year's cancellation was a shortage of quality groups available to play in
Finally, Wright and Norberg have been talking with various officials
involved with the large-scale project, from administrators to police and
Since Chapel Thrill began three years ago, some people have questioned
whether Student Government should be in the concert business at all.
Their concern is a valid one, given the $120,000 of student money needed
to finance the event. But with proper planning, the risks of losing money
should decrease significantly.
For these reasons students, administrators and faculty should work to
gether to support the project. Student Government has a responsibility to
serve the 20,000 students who invest in Student Fees every semester and
expect services in return.
Chapel Thrill is one way Student Oovernment can reach a large portion
of the student body and provide a much-needed relief before exams. The
committee's early start should ensure that students receive a sound return
on their investment.
Three months ago, after considerable uncertainty and debate, the
Chapel Hill Town Council finally agreed on a final draft of the controver
sial noise ordinance. At the time, most students were preoccupied with
wild post-exam beach parties and few noticed the passing of a rowdier,
noisier era. This is not the place to lament this loss, but to suggest the Uni
versity community accept and familiarize itself with the new restrictions.
Despite rumblings from law-student, activists over a constitutional
breach of freedom of speech noise simply being loud speech the
ordinance does represent a reasonable compromise between the adminis
tration Student Government and town officials. Although certain stipu
lations regarding time required to obtain a noise permit and the extent of
noise violation punishments are severe, the current noise ordinance is far
more moderate than the original proposal.
Before the University becomes completely engrossed in untold and
sundry social activities, several points should be remembered. '
The new noise ordinance allows no noise permits to be issued except for
Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. From Sunday to Wednesday no
one can exceed the normal noise level of 60 decibels during the day and 50
decibels at night. The noise level will be measured from the property!s
boundary line instead of from 75 feet away, as the old ordinance stipulated.
Another major change with far-reaching implications is the penalty
upon violation of the noise ordinance, which says violators will have their
noise rierrrtits suspended for sbc months. Such restrictions could undermine
the very soul of fraternity existence, while causing widespread migrations
from delinquent dorms.
In order to prevent such catastrophes, Student Government has pur
chased four sound meters which groups can now obtain from the Univer
sity Police. Campus organizations inclined toward boisterous parties would
be well advised to appoint a sober individual to monitor their noise levels.
The University is an integral part of the Chapel Hill community, and
each is dependent on the other. UNC students should learn to live cooper
atively with their town neighbors, respecting local residents rights to pri
vacy as much as their own to noise.
The Bottom Line
Have you had your daily caffeine
It seems as though more and more
students are depending on the stuff
to get them through those grueling
morning lectures some of which
start at that cruel and ungodly hour
of 8 a.m.
For those of us who really don't
like to go the pill route and use such
products as No-Doz, Vivarin, Sta
Alert and Hay-Wired, the Fast Break
in the Union has a novel idea.
That seems like an old ploy to bat
tle nodding off until you find yourself
holding the new jumbo size coffee cup
they've introduced. It's 16 ounces.
That's even four more ounces than a
canned drink. Coffee is served in to
wering Styrofoam cups that can be
carried easily to large lecture halls,
and each serving is guaranteed to last
almost the entire hour.
In fact, they're even offering free
refills. For all you caffeine fiends,
that translates to a quart of coffee
for a mere 47 cents.
Anyone for heavy addiction?
When Jeffrey Goldstein's traveler's
checks were stolen and American Ex
press wouldn't refund the money,
Goldstein, a University of Alabama
business administration major, filed
a $1 million lawsuit against the com
pany written rather poetically by
The four-page suit opens: .
"Jeffrey Goldstein, a pathetic soul,
Had lost his cheques, had no
where to go.
And when he went to American
Their response created great dis
The suit says Goldstein's passport
and $720 in traveler's checks were
stolen, and American Express reneged
, on its promise to replace the checks.
Instead of prompt replacement, the
suit says the firm waited six days be
fore giving Goldstein his money.
A spokeswoman for American Ex
press said that on the average the
firm provided replacement approval
within 1 2 minutes. There "must have
been some mitigating circumstances"
in Goldstein's case, she said.
For American Express to claim in
nocence Is just fine,
Bui we'll wail for the judge
To .'ic ihc bottom line.
Ckffldreini : o 1 Belfast
Summer solace in Greensboro sparked friends
By KERRY DeROCHI
On the streets of Belfast late this spring,
hate groups burned rusty cars and empty
houses. Protestants and Catholics clash
ed across the barbed wire fences that
separated their neighborhoods, explo
sions ripping through the otherwise cool
From the window of his room, kieran
McVarnock, 10, saw fires burning in the
distance. On a clear night he saw protes
ters throwing rocks and bottles and
heard their shouts.
But Kieran's summer was different.
While his brothers continued to fight in
the streets at night, he escaped from the
He and 50 other Irish children left
"the trouble," as they call it, to spend a
quiet summer with families in Greens
boro. As part of the second annual Irish
Children's Summer Program, some Ca
tholics and Protestants met for the, first
time. The program, which operates na
tionwide, allows Irish children to exper
ience a summer away from violence.
Although their five weeks in America1
passed quickly Kieran and the others
were thankful for the good food,
rides in brightly colored cars and new
shoes sandy from the beach. More than
that, they appreciated the chance to live
on streets clear of spent bullets and in
neighborhoods free from barbed wire.
Here they enjoyed country club swim
ming pools and tennis courts, although
they were soon to return to a country
where unemployment is at 60 percent.
The large houses were exchanged for
crowded flats; the steaks and pizza, for
meals scraped together oh leaner budgets.
The children have returned to the vio
lence. For five weeks they were part of
Greensboro families. They walked down
grocery store aisles and washed family
cars. Here, Protestants and Catholics
ate together, played together and even
worshipped together. Once home, they
would re-enter the battle zones. -. " -
In Greensboro on a humid Sunday in
June, the children stumbled from the
plane "clutching each other for support.
They wore long-sleeved flannel shirts and
fur-lined jackets, carrying worn suitcases
at their sides.
They came to Greensboro ready to
defend themselves. Unable to leave the
hatred of their homes behind, at first
they remained in exclusive cliques. Ad
justing to their new families Was difficult;
as the parents tried hard at first to deci
pher what the children were saying. That
stage passed quickly.
Seven days later. Catholic and Protes
tant boys played together in their first
soccer game against the children of the
host families. During the game, Irish
tempers flared. One boy was removed
from the game after starting a fight.
In Belfast, too, tempers were explod
ing. Rioting began again as hunger
striker Joe McDonnell died in prison.
Kieran, with his host family Fred and
Helen Joseph and their two boys, was
far away, at the beach in South Carolina.
One hot day, the group trudged through
the sand to purchase a newspaper. On
the front page was a picture of Kieran's
sister. She was marching in commemo
ration of McDonnell's death.
Kieran was not surprised. At home he
had often stayed behind while his bro
thers and sisters left for marches and
riots. When his family greeted him again
in Belfast, his older brother was' not
among-them. Bobby had been arrested
a week earlier for throwing bombs at
security forces; it was not the first time.
"My brother, he goes out in the trou
ble a lot," Kieran said. "He's gotten hit
in the head." He and the other children
speak of the violence in the same tone as
they describe the pizza that they had for
"My mom gets scared, but she doesn't
see him go out." He paused. "I get
scared; too, when my brothers get hurt."
For the children, not all of the vio
lence is related to the Catholic-Protestant
clash. It is a part of everyday life. One
day when he was playing in Belfast,
Keiran hit another boy he accused of
cheating. The boy ran to tell his mother,
who ran into the street and began argu
ing with Mrs. McVarnock.
That evening Kieran's father went to .
the front door and was hit with a ham
mer by the other boy's father. Kieran
and his mother retaliated by throwing
milk bottles at the man. "My mom; she
has a good aim; she hit him in the back,"
Kieran said, laughing.
McVarnock required 153 stitches in his
As the program drew to an end, friend
ships, tenuous at first, strengthened be
tween the children. As they joined hands
July 14 to go ice skating, Protestants .
and Catholics clashed in Belfast at the
funeral for Martin Hurson, another
dead hunger striker.
"I now have friends who are Protes
tant, like David Harris," Kieran aid.
"But when we get back, I don't want to
see him. If I go over there, the other
Protestants will beat me up."
Protestant Andrew Bingham, 12,
knew he would no longer be able to see
his new friend Thomas O'Neill. Thomas
is a Catholic. He lives on the other side
of the barbed-wire fence.
"We can write each other," Andrew
said. "Thomas, he is coming back next
year, and if I am invited back, then I can
come to see him again."
Through their new friendships, the
children changed. Four Irish boys at
tended Guilford College's soccer camp.
Coach Ray Alley, director of the camp,
said the children learned friendship from
. each other.
One day, Thomas O'Neill reacted to
another boy's jeers by head-butting him.
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10-year-old Irish child spent five weeks in Greensboro '
The boy slapped him back and a fight
began. The coaches could not separate
the boys for several minutes. Thomas,
upset, would not talk to anyone.
"It wasn't until later we found out
that Tommy had gone up to the other
boy later on his own," Alley said. "He
apologized, stuck out his hand and said,
.'I want to.be friends'." .
Playing with Americans sparked new -dreams
among the . Irish children that
someday they could return to the United
States to play soccer.
The all-star soccer shirt that Alley pre
sented to the players at the camp fit Bill
Gilliland like an extra-large night gown.
"When you can fill out that shirt,
send me your application for school
here," Alley said.
Bill's smile stretched as wide as the
jersey."- ' . ,.!.. .
The final day came all too quickly. In
the haze of the midafternoon sun, fam
ilies watched closely to catch glimpses of
the 51 pairs of Irish eyes peering from
the windows of their jetliner.
The children would return to Ireland
to find Kieran Doherty entering his 70th
day of fasting. Renewed rioting the day
before had ripped through the Catholic
New Dodge district in Belfast.
Although anxious to see their families
again, the children did not want to leave
"I want to stay more, just to be here,"
Kieran said. "When I see, the. children
playing in the street, I know I would be
happy if I lived here." He glanced at his
hands. "I think Greensboro is the warm
est place in the world."
"It's hard to tell them goodbye,"
Helen Joseph said. Her family hosted a
different Irish child last year.
"For a few days there is this void,"
she said. "You go -into the room where
he's been and you really wonder what
he is doing, what is going to happen to
him.". ..... . , ;
"You can't talk for a while," said. their
16-year-old son, Tommy. "You just sit
there and watch the airplane go."
Michael Joseph added, "It's just hard
to believe they are going back to what
they just escaped from."
Kerry DeRochi, a junior journalism and
English major from Greensboro, is a staff
writer for The Daily Tar Heel.
Letters to the editor
Mom appreciates smiles willing hands
To the editor:
As a mother of a freshman student ar
riving on campus on Aug. 16, I wish to
thank all the students and organizations
for making it much easier. .
The smiling faces and most welcome
willing hands carrying things up the stairs
did make a world of difference.
Many thanks to a very nice and helpful
group of young people.
To the editor:
The Fellowship for Reconciliation,
. Jewish Peace Fellowship, New Call to
Peace Making, Pax Christi, Sojourner's
Fellowship and World Peace Makers have
joined in an international drive to collect
signatures for a world peace pledge which
reads as follows: "In light of my faith, I
am willing to live without nuclear weapons
in my country."
These signatures are to be presented to
officials at the United Nations Special Ses
sion on Disarmament in May 1982. This is
for the purpose of impressing upon these,
officials that there are people in the world
who would rather trust their fellow human
beings and their God than weapons of de
struction for their security.
If you are interested in supporting this1
pledge, copies can be obtained from me,
or simply copy the pledge onto a piece of
paper, sign it (include your address) and
mail to: Fellowship for Reconciliation,
Box 271, Nyack, N.Y. 1096Q.
Gary C. Farlow
To the editor:
I recently attended the orientation for
new graduate students and was unplea
santly surprised by a statement made by
one of our student leaders. While discus
sing the UNC honor code, Student Attor
ney General Mark Carpenter mentioned a
case of someone violating the honor code.
In describing the incident he, for some
reason, felt it necessary to say: "This stu
dent was not from Carolina. He was not
even from the United States. He was from
Are we to infer from his statement that
citizens of the United States have a corner
on virtue? If not that, then what? Why
does it matter if the person was from
North Carolina, North Dakota or North
In an attempt to broaden Carpenter's
world view, I would like to remind him
that all countries have honor codes and
that people of all nationalities are expected
to uphold them. -
I found his remark to be offensive and
unworthy of a person in a leadership po
sition. Vicki Wood
Public Health Nutrition
.Reader ddub'ts. any .Soviet-Israeli alliance
By MICHAEL E. K1MERLING
Bill Bloomer's letter to the editor, "Arms sales ques
tioned" DTH, Aug. 25), . presents numerous points of
misinformation concerning the delicate political and mil
itary balance in the Middle East and Israel in particular.
A further concern is his apparent vehemence against "the
Jews." His approach is unfortunately simplistic and does
not fit within a logical context. .
Point one: Bloomer quotes from an obscure letter that
"Most of the Zionists and rulers of Israel are Ashkena
zim." In fact, the Sephardic Jews (those from the Medi
terranean and Arabian Peninsula areas) represent approx
imately 60 percent of the Jewish population in Israel
today. While the founders of Zionism and the original
holders of power in Israel were Ashkenazim (Eastern
European Jews), this is no longer accurate. Moreover,
the idea of resettling in the Jewish homeland of ancient
Israel actually started in the East, when Jews were exiled
to Babylonia in 586 B.C. Therefore, the issue is much
more historic than Bloomer makes it out to be.
Point two: Bloomer again quotes from the letter which
claims that these founders and rulers of Israel "are secret
allies of the rulers of the Soviet Union." For those of us
whose grandparents tied the pogroms of Russia, his state
ment is very disturbing. Furthermore, how can he explain
the mass emigration of hundreds of thousands of Soviet
Jews since the early I970s? Four thousand Jews presently
leave the Soviet Union each month. Upon application
lor a visa, these people immediately lose their jobs, are
ridiculed by their peers and are forced to depend on se
cret assistance in order to survive the long waiting period.
If Bloomer would only read a recent edition of Pravda,
he would certainly be able to ascertain that "mother"
Russia has no great love for her lost children of Israel.
Point three: The Soviets have no "secret allies" in the
Middle East. Their allies are the Palestine Liberation Or
ganization,' Iraq, Syria and Libya, among others. The
records of each are well known. Iraq is at war with Iran;
Libya has invaded Chad; Syria has been threatening Jor
dan, and the PLO proudly maintains in their organiza
tional charter their intention to destroy the State of Israel.
Furthermore, the Soviet Union is supplying these coun
. tries with some of their most advanced conventional
Point four: Bloomer's claim that "the Jews" forment
wars with their neighbors so they may kill them and steal
their land is ludicrous.. Not only was Israel attacked by
its neighbors on the day it announced its independence in
May 1948, but it was also attacked in 1973 on Yom Kip
pur, the holiest day in the Jewish year. As for the Six-Day
War in 1967, Israel was forced to attack first in order to
cut the noose from around her neck. In regard to Mr.
Bloomer's poor analogy between American Indians and
Palestinians, he should note that the Jews have been in
Israel for 3,500 years, not always in the majority, but
there nonetheless. The Jews certainly have a right to set
tle in the area of their religion's birth just as the Muslims
have. It is important to remember that there are more
than half' a million Arab-Israelis living in Israel. All
Arabs, Palestinian or not, nave free access to their holy
sites in Jerusalem. The Jews were denied this basic right
prior to 1967, when Jordan occupied the area. Not only
were Jewish synagogues destroyed, but their graveyards
Point five: The Reagan administration has just pro
posed to sell Saudi Arabia more than $8.5 billion in arms,
including five AWACS radar planes which contain some
of America's most sophisticated technology. This sale, if
approved by Congress, would be the single largest sale of
U.S. military hardware ever made in the history of arms
contracts. Therefore, Mr. Bloomer, ask not only what
the "Jews" use our weapons for, but also what the Saudis
plan to do with them, especially since their -own armies
are incapable of absorbing such massive amounts of ad
I do not wish to provoke an argument with Bloomer.
Rather, 1 seek a recognition of the complicated issues and
problems involved. Every side has its justified and unjus
tified fears. Trust among all neighbors will have to be de
veloped as well as an acceptance of each side's right to
coexist in peace. Military force and sharp rhetoric will
lead nowhere; it only provides negative publicity. A di
plomatic structure must be seriously pursued and built in
which positive results can follow. Ultimately, the only
hope lies in cooperation and friendship, not in a sea of
Michael t. Kimcrling is a senior anthropology major
from Birmingham, Ala.