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SUSAN MAUNEY. Af.WA., lUim
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CHARLES HERNDON. Stuic and Nathnul Editor
BETH BURRELL. News Editor
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Tom Moore, ire e.w
Keith King. Rumm Editor
SCOTT SHARPS, Photography Editor
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Chuck James, Ombudsman
All universities admit that sexual harassment of students by professors
exists, but few do anything about it. Sexual harassment can range from a
professor's minor sexist remarks to the most serious cases, when a student
is threatened with poor grades if he or she does not perform sexual favors.
Like most other colleges, The University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill has not lived up to its responsibility to provide students with a work
ing grievance procedure to combat the problem. Since the Student Grie
vance Commission was formed in 1974 to investigate and resolve student
grievances, the committee has not heard one case of sexual harassment;
The University, however finally appears to have recognized that sexual
harassment is a problem that needs special attention. Officials are working
to establish a formal statement of policy and procedure, and hope to have
each adopted within a month.
Complaints of harassment will be handled by the grievance committee,
as they would have been previously. The University now has the difficult
task of developing an effective procedure that protects both victims and
the accused. In a 1980 study on sexual harassment of students, the National
Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs mentioned a num
ber of factors that UNC, as well as other universities, should consider
when developing its procedure. Most important are:
Confidentiality of students should be maintained as far into the in
vestigation as possible. A complaintant's identity eventually must be re
vealed for testimony, but confidentiality during initial proceedings is a
strong inducement to use the system. The identity of the accused also
should be protected, although this becomes difficult when collecting evi
The grievance procedure should be flexible enough to accommodate
the wide range of incidents that can be considered sexual harassment. The
opportunity must exist to resolve less serious complaints informally, with
out pitting student against teacher before the grievance committee.
The grievance procedure should be centralized and visible. Currently,
few students realize that they can go to the grievance committee with their
complaints. The University must make a better effort to inform students
that the grievance committee exists for their use.
The University will soon take its first true step toward fighting sexual
harassment when it announces its grievance policy. Once implemented,
the procedure must be checked to see if it is working properly. Reducing
sexual harassment requires not only an active role by the University and
students, but also the establishment of an effective grievance procedure.
A royal bore
" Princess Diana is losing weight.
The public first heard about it before the royal wedding, but now the
British press says that the weight loss has continued because Diana is
"bored with her role" as Princess of Wales.
That means unless someone is exaggerating, the princess probably
weighs less than 100 pounds now.
Although recent reports in Rupert Murdoch's The Sun are more than
likely just a sensational fabrication, it is easy to see how Diana could be
disenchanted about the Cinderella story she stepped into a few months ago.
The strain of the tedious role began to show when she burst into tears
the day Charles fell off yet another horse the week of the wedding. Since
then, it's been a pretty tough adjustment for the woman.
Now unidentified sources say Diana has a hard time treating servants
like servants. Diana seems to be the type that would probably insist on
drawing her own bath water and would want to ask her charges how their
families are doing. All of which as any good royal knows are no no's.
Before it is too harsh on her, the royal family should realize that Diana
was pretty much normal before the prince swept her away.
Perhaps she did not realize the implications of the entire arrangement
before now. No more kindergarten. No more cozy apartment. No more
cute economy car. No more Carnaby Street. No more friends.
Now she is expected to address her lover as "sir,' ' not speak out of turn,
wear hats in public over that nifty hairdo, live in drafty old castles and
start making immediate plans to have a baby preferably male, of course.
All of these points considered, Charles does not seem like the fun-loving
bachelor we all believed he was. The royals should be patient.
If this royal life is as boring as it's beginning to sound, it's little wonder
that Charles' horses throw him now and then just to break the monotony.
The Daily Tar Heel
Assistant Managing Editors: Mark Ancona, Cindy Cranford, Rachel Perry
Editorial Writers: John Drescher, Beverly Shepard
Assistant News Editor: David Jarrett
News Desk: Melody Adams, Cheryl Anderson, Jane Calloway, Keith Cooke, Sharon Moylan,
Lynn Peithman, Michele Pelkey, Laura Pfeiffer, Leisha Phillips, Laura Seifert, Kelly Simmons,
Louise Spieler and Darryl Williams .
News: Ted Avery, Greg Batten, Scott Bolejack, Sherri Boles, Laurie Bradsher, Alan Chappie,
Michelle Christenbury, John Conway, David Curran, Nancy Davis, Tamara Davis, Kerry
DeRochi, Pam Duncan, Lynn Earley, Richard Flynn, Tracy Ford, Jane Foy, Deborah
Goodson, Steve Griffin, Louise Gunter, Karen Haywood, J.B. Howard, Lou Ann Jones, Peter
Judge, Frank Kennedy, Dave Krinsky, Katherine Long, Dean Lowman, Elizabeth Lucas, Diane
Lupton, Kyle Marshall, Elaine McClatchey, David McHugh, Alexandra McMillan, Ken
Mingis, Robert Montgomery, Ann Murphy, Eddie Nickens; Jamee Osborn, Lynn Peithman,
Leisha Phillips, Scott Phillips, Jeannie Reynolds, Suzette Roach, Nancy Rucker, Mark Schoen,
Laura Seifert, Ken Siman, Kelly Simmons, Jonathan Smylie, Bill Studenc, Jonathan Tafcott,
Anna Tate, Lynne Thomson, Arcane Vendetta, Lynn Worth, Tammy Wright, Jim Wrinn and
Kevin Kirk, wire editor.
Sports: Geoffrey Mock, assistant sports editor; Kim Adams, Tom Berry, Jackie Blackburn,
R.L. Bynum, Stephanie Graham, Morris Haywood, Adam Kandell, Sharon Kester, Draggan
Mihailovich, Linda Robertson, Scott Price, Lee Sullivan, David Thompson and Tracy Young.
Features: Jill Anderson, Ramona Brown, Shelley Block, Jane Calloway, Teresa Curry, Lorrie
Douglas, Valeria Du Sold, Amy Edwards, Cindy Haga, Susan Hudson, Chip Karnes, Lisbeth
Levine, Lucy McCauley, Mary McKenna, Steve Moore, Mitzi Morris, David Rome, Sandy
Steacy, Vince Steele, Lawrence Turner, Rosemary Wagner, Randy Walker, Cathy Warren and
Chip Wilson, assistant Spotlight editor.
Arts: Marc Routh and Leah Talley, assistant arts editors; Peter Cash well, Jesse Farreli, Den
nis Goss, Vick Griffin, Julian Karchmer, Ed Leitch, Christine Manuel, Dawn McDonald, Tim
Mooney, David Nelson, Nissen Ritter; Karen Rosen, Bob Royalty, Cathy Schulze, Guha
Shankar and Charles Upchurch.
Graphic Arts: Matt Cooper, Danny Harrell, Dane Huffman, Janice Murphy and Tom Westarp,
artists; Suzanne Conversano, Matt Cooper, Jay Hyman, Faith Quintavell and Al Steele,
Business: Rejeanne V. Caron, business manager; Linda A. Cooper, secretaryreceptionist;
Brooks Wicker, bookkeeper; Dawn Welch, circulationdistribution manager; Julie Jones,
and Angie Wolfe, classifieds. ,
Advertising: Paula Brewer, advertising manager; Mike Tabor, advertising coordinator; Jeff
Glance, Julie Granberry, Julia Kim, Keith Lee, Robin Matthews, Jeff McElhaney, Karen
Newell and Betsy Swartzbaugh, ad representatives. .' .
Composition: Frank Porter Graham Composition Division, UNC Printing Department.
Printing: Hinton Press, Inc., of Mebane.
89th year of editorial freedom
By BEVERLY SHEPARD
"The memories of my father s
wh isper in my ears
As the images of days before
Unfold in stories told
by my grandmother
... on the back porch
in the evening sun
When I was small."
Stone?. Told and retold by my grand
mother. Stories about the good times that
made me laugh. Stories about the hard,,
times the Depression that nearly
brought tears to my eyes.
But more than any, the stories I en
joyed most were about the winter
mornings she spent in a wooden school
house. "The first one who got (to school) had
to make the fire," Gran said. "We'd go
into the woods, and everybody toted
back as much as they could tote." And,
as always, she would add with a nod of
her head, "We've come a long ways."
My grandmother quit school after the
sixth grade to stay at home with her ail
ing mother. But she has since become
very proud of having been the class
spelling-bee champion at the all-black
Georgetown wooden schoolhouse.
For more than 40 years, Georgetown
High School educated blacks in the seg
regated Onslow County school system.
Black students from as far away as 20
miles bypassed the white schools, where
they weren't allowed, to attend classes
at Georgetown. Founded in 1902 on 3
acres of land, the school educated blacks
who later became lawyers, teachers and
professionals. Now it is a reminder of
more difficult times.
"You had to walk to Georgetown,"
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Former Georgetown students
Letters to the editor
St fore i u
To the editor:
As frequent customers of People's Pro
duce, we know for a fact that the store is
not on "shaky ground" as reported in
"Health food: People's Produce on shaky
ground" (DTH, Sept. 15).
It's doing great. The owners are not
trying to gain maximum profits from their
produce their primary goal is to pro
vide quality food to the local community
at reasonable prices.
' It seems that the DTH reporter should
have been more alert when interviewing
part-owner Simcha Weinstein. Then, in
stead of being bent on telling about the
store's supposedly "shaky" economic
standing, he could have provided DTH
readers with more valuable information
concerning its positive attributes and de
sire to serve the community. Most im
portantly, he should have at least given
the store's local address 411 W. Rose
Estes Park Apartments
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Gran said. "You only had one bus. The
first ones that got on, got to ride. When
it filled up, the rest walked. Most of the
time, we just didn't wait. We'd go ahead
and walk anyway."
By the time my mother attended
Georgetown in the 1940s, a brick build
ing had replaced the wooden one. But
compared to neighboring white schools,
Georgetown was still a step behind.
"(Georgetown) still didn't have all the
opportunities," my mother said. We had
three sewing machines and two or three
typewriters. At the (white) high school,
they had a whole roomful."
Despite the lack of facilities, George
town gave to its students a sense of be
longing. "It belonged to us (the blacks),"
my mother said. "Even though most
black schools were secondary to white
ones, everything belonged to us. We had
identity." .( '.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, when
my sister, Brenda, went to Georgetown,
the feeling of closeness remained, she
said. But this was destined to change.
In 1966, when county schools were
ordered to desegregate, my sister, like
many others, was bussed to a white high
"I was apprehensive," my mother said
of her reaction to the desegregation or
der. "I didn't really want her to go, be
cause I thought they would start rioting
like they did everywhere else."
But before the school year ended, an
other change occurred one that would
have drastic effects on the town's black
It was about 9 Sunday morning. There
was a mysterious explosion. Then George-
town burned to the ground. The flames
transformed the town's black legacy into
an ugly, smoldering, heap of bricks and
The graduating class of 1966 had been
scheduled to march into Georgetown's
auditorium that afternoon. Ceremonies
were held at the white high school in-
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in the courtyard after school
To the editor:
Last Wednesday, -1 conducted an "in
formal survey" of 14 campus leaders se
lected from 11 student organizations. Of
these, 13 were women, and 10 of them
were from North Carolina. The only male
on the list is Mark Carpenter, Student At
torney General, who is also from North
Carolina. None of those investigated have
red hair. Therefore, I can conclude that a
student leader is likely to be a blond or
brunette female from North Carolina.
Ridiculous, you say. But in "Surprising
results come from survey" (DTH, Sept.
16), the DTH concluded that a leader is
likely to be a white male from a state other
than North Carolina. I agree that my re
sults are as ludicrous as those featured on
the front page. Your reporter states that
there is "no exact way of measuring who
is a leader," yet she fails to specify what
criteria were used in compiling her list.
Of 215 student organizations, she chose
to survey select members of only seven.
After finding that five of the 14 on her list
were white males not from North Carolina,
she concluded that a leader is "very likely"
A Georgotown High School
stead. Even though I was only six at the
time, I can still remember watching the
flames and hearing the sirens, the shout
ing of directions and the angry, fright
ened voices which drowned out distant
and occasional sobs. -
"I was so angry I could have gone out
and fought," Gran said. "It was wrong."
My sister said, "I felt it was done on
purpose. I never felt it was an accident."
That year, she arrived at a white school,
where, like many other black students,
she was unwanted. At Jacksonville Sen
ior High School, a school of about 1,200,
my sister was one of 15 blacks.
"There was outright fighting and
name calling," she said. "They let us
know they didn't want us there.
"We were always outnumbered ... it
was the kind of thing you never forget."
With the familiarity of Georgetown
replaced by the alienation of Jacksonville
Senior High, my sister chose to go to
Johnson C. Smith University in Char
lotte, a small, private, black college.
"I was seeking the same feeling of
oneness, a common bond, a friction-free -atmosphere
like that of Georgetown,"
she said. "It's hard enough studying
without having to put up with tension
all the time."
Although Georgetown no longer ex
ists, its influence and teaching will linger
on. With a sixth-grade education and 25
years of manual labor, my grandmother's
worn knees and calloused hands tell her
that education is the key to opportunity
for those who take advantage of it.
"(My grandchildren) got somewhere I
couldn't get to," she said. "I don't want
them to suffer like I did having only two
dresses to wear to schooLThe more ed
ucation they get, makes me that much
My sister, however, is able to compare
years of closeness and familiarity with
years of contempt and alienation.
"You miss out pn different things no
matter which school (black or white) you
go to," she said. "You miss out on the
to .be a white male from outside North
Women are in positions of leadership in
these organizations, which the reporter
failed to mention. And let's not overlook
the other 208 groups.
Campus "leaders" abound. They come
in all sizes, shapes, races and sexes. It is ir
responsible and inaccurate to single out a
few at random and from these results make
sweeping generalizations to others. If you
choose to feature student leaders, then
concentrate on reporting what they do as
leaders, then concentrate on reporting what
they do as leaders and how they function in
these positions, not with whom and where
they choose to live. We really couldn't care
Orientation Commission Chairperson
To the editor:
I found the editorial on the N.C. Debu
tante Ball, "Coming out" (DTH, Sept. 16),
both enjoyable and thought-provoking.
The strong reactions it caused (both posi-
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graduating class in the 1950s
newest equipment versus the closeness
and sense of tradition."
In looking back, my mother regards
the events of the present as an unexpect
ed contrast to the past. .
"It never dawned on me (you'd) go to
a white school, but in my day, I never
thought it would be possible to visit a
white university, nevertheless go to one,"
During Labor Day weekend, blacks
from all over the United States returned
to Georgetown's first reunion. My mo
ther came home beaming with pride. It
made me wonder if not attending a pre
dominantly black university had jeopar
dized a more precious gift that sense
of closeness and pride that Georgetown
High School had given to them. Most
people here will never understand that
sense of loneliness and frustration that
comes with being black at a predomi
nantly white university.
But it wasn't at big, white, university
libraries that I found my answer. It
didn't come from a professor with a
Ph.D. either. It came from folks who
studied spelling in a little wooden school
house and who instilled the pride of a
school, a tradition and a people into the
generations that followed generations
that were able to tell me what George
town taught them never to forget.
"Don't ever lose your pride or feel
bad about being black," my mother
said. "Sometimes you have to live in a
white man's society, but you still have
to have your black pride and dignity,
and that's something nobody should be
able to take away from you."
Someday, I thought, I'll tell that to
my daughter and my granddaughter,
and again, the legacies of Georgetown
High will become the stories that are
told and told again.
Beverly Shepard, a senior, journalism
major from Jacksonville, is an editorial
writer for The Daily Tar Heel.
tive and negative) prove that it is an item
suitable for editorial comment in the DTH.
Regardless of the attitudes of those in
volved in debutante activities in North
Carolina, the whole round of parties should
be viewed for what it is just an expensive
good time for those involved. Many parti
cipants look back on it fondly as a great
The deb weekend has a solid reputation
in the state as one of the great party week
ends every year, regardless of the "social
significance" one attaches to it. It cannot
be denied that it is a "social institution" in
North Carolina, just as football weekends
in Chapel Hill are.
But being a deb, or being in any way in
volved in the activities, does not affect
one's life any more than football weekends
at Carolina do maybe even less. For ex
ample, would any businessman respect a
colleague who hired people because they
went to a big party in college?
No party cart have significant effect on a
state's society as it is properly defined, and
those who believe it does are deluded. Most
debutantes, parents and friends view that
party just as a good time. Anyone with sim
ilar motivation and money can have an
equally festive good time if so inclined. I
applaud the DTH for keeping the Debu
tante Ball in its proper perspective.
, Tony Lathrop
114 S.Columbia St.
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