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fiThe Daily Tar Heel Monday. O' Jim Hi mmii. I , hi." . Susan Maundy. Mkui rJn. Jonathan Rich. .Ivi.VMft" '.if. JOHN DRKStJIKk. .I.m.11.- Mil. El WIN A RALSTON. mvnhf iftwr John Roystkr. c.u i:j,m O I AR.LKS HF.RNIX N. Nr.ir .. .S.ui.iuil lulihf BUTII BURRF.IL. .Viih ilifiw Clifton Barnks. Nvw ii,T Tl)MMlX)KE..1n.iii.f. Keith Kjnc;. iv.nnt iuUm Scott Sharpe. vhhr,,rhy njiw Ann Peters. s,:,i,.:m i .i,,., . Chuck James. omAJUmm it mm Miiim, (BF stnMers criticised! risme ditirted By DAVID GILTINAN 89th year ofeJitoruilJwJom Poor politicking 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 Warren's position.4 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. The Daily Tar Heel Assistant Managing Editors: Mark Ancona, Cindy Cranford, Rachel Perry Editorial Writers: Kerry Derochi, Geoffrey Mock, Beverly Shepard Assistant News Editor David Jarrett News Desk: Melodi Adams, Cheryl Anderson, Paul Boyce, Stacia Clawson, Keith Cooke, Lisa Evans, Martie Hayworth, Reniece Henry, Ivy Hilliard, David McHugh, Melissa Moore, Sharon Moylan, Lynn Peithman, Michele Pelkey, Laura Pfeiffer, Yvette Ruffin, Laura Seifert, Jan Sharpe, Kelly Simmons, Louise Spieler, Steven Stock, Darryl Williams and Chip Wilson. News: Ted Avery, Greg Batten, Scott Bolejack, Sherri Boles, Laurie Bradsher, Alan Chappie,' Michelle Christenbury, John Conway, David Curran, Nancy Davi s, Tamara Davis, Pam Dun can, Lynn Earley, Richard Flynn, Tracy Ford, Jane Foy, Deborah Goodson, Steve Griffin, Louise Gunter, Karen Haywood, J.B. 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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 Lcvine, 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 Cashwell, Jesse Farrell, 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, photographers. Business: Rcjeanne V. Caron, business manager; Linda A. Cooper, secretary receptionist; Brooks Wicker, bookkeeper; Dawn Welch, circulation 'distribution manager; Julie Jones, and Angie Wolfe, classified.' Advertising: Paula Brewer, advertising manager; Mike Tabor, advertising coordinator; left Glance, Julie Granberry, Julia Kim, Keith Lee, Robin Matthews, Jeff McF.lhaney, Karen Newell and Betsy Swaribaugh, representatives, Composition: Frank I'oricr Graham C omposition Division, UNC-C'll Printing Department. Printing: Hinion Press, Inc., of Mebane. 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 them. , 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 true." 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 Cork, Ireland. 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 lowing..1 " 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 Islam. 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 him). v 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? Mamdouh Rezeika President Muslim Student Association Apathetic lawyers 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 Douglas Easterling Department of Psychology Rather unsettling 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. Pick 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 '3SL E tC '9 r- I 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 Efrefn.Zimbalist Jr. 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.