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By DAVID GILTINAN
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The race for the Campus Governing Council District l seat between
law students Ray Warren and Anderson Harkov produced unexpectedly
high voter turnout last Tuesday. While it would be a healthy sign for
future campus elections to produce such voter participation, it would not
be wise for future candidates to follow the campaign tactics used in the
District 1 race. .
Harkov, a write-in candidate, saw the primary issue as Warren's belief
that campus organizations that receive student funding should not be per
mitted to take political stands. Harkov disagreed with Warren on that
issue. Since the CGC allocates student funds, the question appeared to be
the major issue in the campaign.
But in his campaign flier, Warren ignored the issue by not mentioning
it. Because he was the only candidate, it appeared Warren would be
elected, even though many students probably would have disagreed with
him on the issue of campus groups taking political stands if they knew
On the Friday before the election, Harkov entered the picture when he
decided to run. He was supported by the Coalition for Better. Campus
Government. The situation was ripe for active discussion of the issue
the primary purpose of any political campaign. But instead of challenging
Warren and producing healthy political debate, Harkov failed to
publicize the issue until the morning of the election, when he distributed
fliers stating both his and Warren's opinion on the issue of campus orga
nizations taking political stands. Harkov succeeded in getting law
students to the polls and won in a landslide.
In a letter to The Daily Tar Heel Friday, Warren said he did not
understand why the Coalition for Better Student Government did not
allow him time to respond to the questions involved in the issue. While
Warren has a legitimate complaint, he has only himself to blame for never
stating his views on the most important issue of the election when he had .
ample opportunity to do so. Both Warren and Harkov failed to provide
the discussion of an issue that voters are entitled to hear.
It was encouraging to see the political activism of Warren, Harkov and
the Coaltion for Better Campus Government, and also the interest shown
by law students in the election. But in the future campus elections, candi
dates should discard the tactics used by Warren and Harkov and concen
trate on active discussion of the issues.
One more chance
After much discussion and analysis of statistics, the UNC Board of
Governors voted Friday to extend the deadline foe three predominantly
black schools to improve their nursing programs. The vote, which came
despite an earlier directive for the schools to increase their graduates'
passing rate on the state's licensing exam or be closed, gives the schools
one more chance to upgrade their programs.
In 1977 the board told North Carolina Central University, Winston
Salem State University and North Carolina A&T State University to
achieve a two-thirds passing rate on the exam by 1981 or close. While
NCCU and Winston-Salem State came within a reasonable percentage of
meeting the mandate (54 percent and 64 percent respectively) A&T could
muster only a miserable 28 percent passing rate.
But the board, acting on a recommendation from the Committee on
Education Planning, Policies and Programs, decided several changes
could improve that percentage this year. After the exam results were an
nounced last month, The Daily Tar Heel recommended that NCCU and
Winston-Salem State be given another chance, but that the program at
A&T be closed.
The DTH still holds that position, but now that the board has made its
decision, officials at A&T should be given the chance to show what they
can do to help gain respectability for their program. UNC officials say
the appointment of a new chancellor, dean of nursing and dean of aca-,
demic affairs should be the deciding factor in improving the curriculum
and ultimately the school's passing rate.
UNC Board Chairman John Jordan is correct, however, in his assess
ment that it will be a hard, uphill battle for A&T to improve its passing
rate by more than 30 percentage points in one year. Jordan and the
board should hold to their word that this will be the last chance. The
board showed that it was flexible enough to recognize extenuating cir
cumstances and adjust accordingly. It is now up to each school to prove
itself and meet the required standards in the year ahead.
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The recent death by starvation of 10 Irish Republican
Army prisoners in Northern Ireland's Maze prison cap
tured the attention of the world. What drove these men
to such an extreme form of protest? What issues were at
stake, and who was right Thatcher or the IRA? Un
fortunately, Mark Murrell's analysis of the hunger strike
("Ireland's hunger strike ends, but not in vain," DTH,
Oct. 8), does more to obscure matters than to clarify
1 must take issue with a number of statements made
by MurreH. - '
1) "The IRA are undeniably terrorists, bu they are
nevertheless politically motivated by understandable
grievances. Their claim that they are political prisoners is
What sort of logic is this? Is it being suggested here
that the end justifies the means, however abhorrent? To
me, somebody who blows up innocent shoppers in a
Belfast store is a killer. I fail to see how an alleged "poli
tical" motive diminishes the atrocity in any way. In this
instance I must, for once, concur with British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher. Murder is murder is mur
der. To imply that barbarity is somehow justifiable if
committed in the name of a political cause is morally in
defensible, and blurs dangerously what is essentially a
very clear distinction between right and wrong. -
Members of the IRA are not heroes, but thugs, m the
emotionally charged atmosphere surrounding the hunger
strike, they would have us think of the protesters as
martyrs, conveniently ignoring the barbarities
committed by these men against the civilized community
in Northern Ireland. Again, Thatcher put things in the
proper, perspective when she remarked that the hunger
strikers always had the option of avoiding death, an
option they had denied their victims. MurreH may
choose to interpret Thatcher's inflexibility as "ignoring
one of her country's oldest problems." Perhaps a more
accurate appraisal would be that she was unwilling to be
blackmailed into condoning savagery. In effect, the
granting of special status to "political" murderers oyer
other kinds of murderers would be doing just that. ,
2) Murrell's comparison of the recent protest with
previous hunger strikes in Irish history is misleading. He
fails to make one important distinction. When the then
Lord Mayor of Cork (whose name, by the way, was
Terence McSwiney, not Thomas) starved to death in
Brixton in 1920, it was because he specifically chose this
as a non-violent form of protest. The same can hardly be
said of present-day IRA men, most of whom were im
prisoned for crimes such as murder, manslaughter,
bombing or the illegal possession of weapons. Unable to
continue the campaign of violence, they sought to do as
much damage as possible from within the prison walls.
Sadly, they succeeded in the six months since the
hunger strikes began this year, over four times as much
money was donated to the IRA from this country than jn
the corresponding period last year. This money goes to
buy guns, and these guns are used to kill people. The
IRA has certainly come a long way from the non-violent
protest of Terence McSwiney. I only wish it were pro-
gress.; '' '-.. -
3) MurreH also mentions that some of the hunger
strikers were elected members of British Parliament.
This is true - Bobby Sands was indeed a member for
the Fermanagh-South Tyrone constituency. The impli
cation, however, that the IRA is therefore a legitimate
political group, enjoying the support of the Catholic
population, is false. The circumstances surrounding the
election of Bobby Sands were suspicious, to say the least.
The only other Catholic candidate withdrew just before
the deadline for declaration of candidacy, and all evi
dence points toward massive intimidation by the IRA
throughout the campaign. Sands' election should be
viewed more as testimony to the IRA's bullying power
than to its popularity.
In truth, the number of active IRA members in
Northern Ireland is small, probably somewhere between
300 and 500 (British army estimates). The tragedy is that
so few can inflict such damage on a community that
basically wants peace. I cannot agree with Murrell's
positive assessment of the recent hunger strikes. The
IRA has simply continued to do what it does best to
sow the seeds of bitterness and division and reap the
grim harvest of destruction.
David Giltinan is a graduate student in statistics from
Letters to the editor
Muslims adhere to distinct religious laws
To the editor:
'; In regard to Professor Edward Azar's
exotic and bizarre opinion about Islam
("Mixed reactions prompted by leader's
assassination," DTH, Oct. 7), specifically
to what he considers as being a paradigm
of Muslim natural behavior and I
quote: "When they (Muslims) can't deal
with the laws, they go out and kill peo
ple ..." let me kindly say the fol
As a concerned Muslim student, it
seems to me that such a hasty and impul
sive statement is, the least I can say, re
grettable and far away from any profound
or "serious" academic comprehension of
Islam. Moreover, it is. far stretched out
beyond any Islamic beliefs, trends and
norms or even pure logic itself. Such a
statement not only represents a biased
and unscientific opinion about Islam, but
more important, is advocating a fan
tasized ignorance and superficial under
standing. Maybe it is useful to emphasize
that. Azar is not a Muslim and his field of
specialization is political science and not
Allow me then as a Muslim, if I can, to
help clarify briefly such misconceptions
regarding the scope of law in our Muslim
life. First of all, the fundamental meaning
of the word "Islam" is submission and
obedience to God, which means that the
notion of "obedience" is inseparable
from all our Islamic beliefs. That is sim
ply because Islam is not a set of spiritual
beliefs only but rather a total way of life.
Accordingly, Islam as a doctrine includes
both the spiritual and practical sides of
life. That is why there is no separation
between church and state. In an ideal
Islamic state, Muslims should conform
only to the Shari'ah (the Islamic law),
which is derived from the glorious Koran
(the Muslim Holy Scripture) and the
Hadith (the collection of teachings, in
structions, conduct and behavior of pro
phet Mohammed, may peace be upon
Yet the conflict for all Muslims in to
day's secular world often becomes which
' laws should we conform to: the Koran as
our sole constitution with the Shari'ah as
the normal set of laws acceptable to our
beliefs, or the western secular laws that
are usually contradictory to our faith and
are often forced upon us. To make my
point clear, maybe I should ask, would
you as Americans gladly agree to drop
your constitution and laws and live your
lives in your own country according to a
new set of law imported from Russia or
China or even Nazi Germany? if you
don't agree, how can you expect us as
. Muslims to simply forget ours?
Muslim Student Association
To the editor: j
It is indeed heartening to read that not
all law students are interested in such dis
tasteful issues as nuclear arms and the
FBI, but rather devote their energies to
learning law and striving for jobs
("Maverick lawyers" DTH, Oct.' 8). We
can all certainly find relief in the trend for
lawyers to not question the wisdom of
laws and institutions, but instead to make
careers through the interpretation and
manipulation of what is already written.
One would hate to see something as tri
vial as a conscience detract a law student
from the pursuit of legal truth and jus
tice. Indeed, only by denying our respon
sibility to the general welfare of this coun
try can we overcome that subversive
1960s-type consciousness-raising and
begin to realize our most fundamental
reason for living to make more money.
In dissociating politics from our lives,
such ambigious questions as our "na
tional security" can safely be ignored,
and we can each worry about acquiring
wealth and maintaining order within hat
hole in the sand in which our own head is
buried. Yes, I for one will sleep easier
tonight knowing that the Legal 11 has
committed itself to accepting the world'
just as it is. ' . - j
Department of Psychology
To the editor:
It is Tom Moore's reviewing talent, not
From Mao to Mozart, that is "rather
chaotic" and "quite unsettling." Once
again I find myself at odds with Moore's
- assessment of an area film, and his Oct, 7
look at the year's best documentary pro
voked this long overdue plea for respon
sible and accurate DTH reviews.
An unscrupulous reader would be led
to expect tediously overdone scenes of a
complaining Isaac Stern, followed by in
explicable rounds of the Chinese country
side as mainstays of this sensitive film. To
the contrary, Stern, the world's premier
violinist, gently nurtures and encourages
charming and amusing scenes. The pana
romic views of the country's beautiful
landscapes are regrettably brief glimpses
of China's simple majesty.
I would challenge Moore's lazy as
sumption that the film's primary goal was
the exposition of China's cultural revolu
tion. Although it touches upon the revo- .
lution's brutal sabotage of artistic creati
vity, this particular film, like the joyful
musical celebration of Isaac Stern's good
will tour, was not designed to "drive
home the horrors" of that shameful
period of time.
The film skillfully and successfully ac
complishes its purposes. Unearthing the
tip of an iceberg, it rekindles a passion for
th ofniiic nf MfYzart anH stirs one's in-x
terest in the ever-provocative Chinese cul
ture. Heather Ott
421 Hillsborough St.
o ui the satires v from the real TV shows
By TOM MOORE
It has become a cliche to complain about how bad
television shows are. Nevertheless, it does seem that they
are getting worse each year. I have a theory for this; it's
that TV writers and producers are really the greatest
satirists in American and that the stuff they come up
with is so stupid and inane that it's really quite funny. To
show how clever these folks are, I've given synopses of
several of this seasons' new shows niixed in with some
fictional programs. It's up to you to see which are funnier
the real ones or the parodies. . ,
Strike Force, a drama about an elite police force that
goes after the biggest criminals that is billed as the '
bloodiest show in television history. In the opening epi
sode, a pair of restaurant robbers are gunned down in
loving slow motion. With Robert Stack as the. head of
the Strike Force. . r . .
Eager Beaver, an updated version of the' old sit-com
Leave It To Beaver. Today the adult Beaver Cleaver is a
struggling insurance agent with a zany wife and two ram
bunctious kids of his own. In the premiere episode,
Beaver comes home to Pnd his wife in bed with house
guest Eddie Haskell. With Jerry Mathers as the Beaver.
Lewis and Clark, a comedy about a New Yorker who
moves to Texas to run a country music club with the help
of a local yokel. With Gabe Kaplan and Guich Kooch.
The Ma'!, a slice-of-life drama from the creators of
The Waltons and The Love Boat about everyday oc
currences at a typical suburban shopping mall. In the
opening episode, an old woman gets caught shoplifting,
the Peanut World closes because business is bad and lots
of teen-age kids hang out and smoke marijuana and
drink beer. Special guest stars Tommy Smothers as the
owner of Peanut World, Jane Russell as the shoplifter,
Slim Pickens as the security guard and Linda Blair and
Meckenzie Phillips as two juvenile delinquents. '
Love Sidney, the controversial comedy-drama series
about a confirmed bachelor who plays father to an
unwed mother and her 6-year-old child. In the opening
episode, Sidney goes to talk, with NBC executives to see
whether they have decided what his sexual preference is.
With Tony Randall as Sidney.
'Out to Lunch
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Action Newsroom!!!, a drama about a busy television
newsroom in a big-market metropolitan area. In the pre
miere, a crisis hits the newsroom when Action Anchor
man Dave Crackem's electric hairdryer blows a fuse five
minutes before air time. With John Davidson as Dave
Crackem, Lola Falana as Beth Ziner, the action co
anchor, and Jonathan Winters as the action weatherman.
Today's FBI, an updated version of the old hit series.
Once again the scripts are culled from the actual files of
the FBI, The premiere about racketeering on the dock
side, however, is taken directly from the script of On
The Waterfront. With Mike "Mannix" Connors as
Top Heavy, a hilarious new comedy f rom the creators
of Three's Company about two amply-endowed room
mates who work as go-go dancers. In the opening epi
sode, the two ladies shop for lingerie. With Carol Doda
and Candy Loving. Special guest appearance by Buddy
Hackett as a pervert. .
The Powers of Matthew Star, a comedy about a
strange prince from" another planet who comes to earth
so he can go to high school in California. And he has the
powers of claivoyance, telekinesis and telepathy, which
help him on pop quizzes and dates.
Death Wish, a television adaptation of the popular
Charles Bronson film about a vigilante killer. In the
premiere episode, Paul gets mad one night when the ser
vice in his favorite restaurant is a little slow, and he pulls
out his .45 and lets everyone in the place have it. With
Jack Palance as Paul.
Mr. Merlin, a comedy series about the current adven
tures of Merlin the wizard, who once was the backbone
of King Arthur's court. Nowadays, Merlin runs a garage
in San Francisco.
Father Murphy, a comedy-drama about a gold pros
pector in the Dakota territory in the 1870s. In the
opening episode, the prospector pretends he's a priest in
order to round up some kiddies so he can run an orpha
nage. With Merlin Olseri as Father Murphy.
Mr. East Goes To Washington, a comedy-drama
about a lovable, but absent-minded, conservative pro
- fessor who sees his surprising election to the Senate as a
mandate for reform. In the premiere. Sen. East, while
conducting hearings on whether flouridation of water is
a Communist plot, realizes that he brushes with flouri
dated toothpaste and begins to wonder if he too might
be a communist. With Raymond Burr as Sen. East.
Tom Moore, a senior history major from Greensboro,
aspires to be the next Ed McMahon.