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Volume 3, Issue
Wednesday, November 18, 1931
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Reagan moves a
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The Associated Press
WASHINGTON After one retreat,
the Reagan administration is forging
ahead with the proposed sale of commu
nications satellite gear to an Arab consor
tium that includes Libya and the Palestine
Sources told The Associated Press that
the proposal, which could stir another
fight with Congress on the heels of the
$8.5-biIlion sale to Saudi Arabia, was
being revived even though some senators
object to delivering the sophisticated
equipment to a group whose membership
involves hostile elements.
Informal discussions were set at a
secret session with key Senate staff aides,
to be attended also by representatives of
the Ford Motor Co., whose Palo Alto,
Calif., subsidiary would produce key
components of the communications sys
tem. The gear would be assembled by a
French government-owned company,
with the necessary satellites launched into
orbit by the U.S. space agency.
The administration's move could trig
ger the kind of controversy that accom
panied the sale of Airborne Warning and
Control System radar planes and other
modern weaponry to Saudi Arabia last
month. President Reagan narrowly won
that battle in the Senate, after a 3-1 re
jection in the House.
The U.S. share of the satellite and com
munications gear would total about $79
million of the overall French contract for
about $150 million. It would provide two
working satellites launched by the
National Aeronautics and Space Admini
stration in the mid 1980s, with a spare
held back. . ' .
The subcontract deal for the Ford
Aerospace and Communications Corp.
was sidetracked two weeks ago when the
State Department conceded it was not
prepared to answer congressional con-'
cerns about potential military applica
tion. One of the arguments in the Saudi
AWACS fight was that the sophisticated
planes, the world's most advanced, and
other high technology might fall into un
friendly hands. Congressional sources
said the same questions were likely to be
raised in trying to block the satellite sale
to 21 Arab countries and the PLO.
Law to try
By ALAN CHAPPLE
DTH StafT Writer
A recent surge in violent activities by so
called subversive and dangerous groups in
North Carolina has caused state law en
forcement officials to try to increase ef
forts to deter the groups' actions, state law
enforcement officials said.
"Groups like the Communist Workers
Party, the Nazis (American Socialist Par- -ty),
the (Ku Klux) Klan and motorcycle
gangs have gotten to be a problem," said
Brent Hackney, deputy press secretary for
Gov. Jim Hunt.
Officials say incidents such as an Octo
ber shooting of a Hell's Angels motorcycle
gang member in Charlotte and slayings of
five CWP members by Nazi and Ku Klux
Klan groups in 1979 indicate the violent
tendencies of these groups.
"Obviously, these groups profess a belief
in violence," said Burley Mitchell St., state
secretary of Crime Control and Public
Safety. "These are small violent groups,
but they wreak a lot of havoc."
Law enforcement officials admit there
has been an increase in the groups' activity.
"We've had a lot of activity in North
Carolina," said John Westra, special agent
in charge of the Charlotte district for the
Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Fire
arms. "In the southeast, North Carolina
has the most significant problem."
To combat the groups, Hunt has urged
law officers to infiltrate and to monitor
"When you have groups far left and far
right that will resort to violence you'd
damn well better know what they're
doing," Hackney said.
In a recent press conference, Hunt said
he would recommend that the state begin a
law enforcement grant program, similar to
the defunct federal Law Enforcement As
sistance Administration grants, to aid law'
One of its tasks, the governor said,
would be to provide money to oversee the
actions of extremist groups.
Mitchell said law enforcement officials
. needed some sort of assistance in monitor
ing the more radical groups.
" We're having to rely on our own resour
ces," he said. "There's not enough man
power in the state and there are too many
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There is also concern that the Libyan
government of Col. Moammar Khadafy
and the PLO might make military use of
Arabsat, as the system is called, and there
are questions about Libya's share of the
financing, said to be about 17 percent.
State Department officials said the
satellite system would simply supplement
the existing international telephone sys
tem, to which Libya and all but two of
the 22 Arab clients have access. The ex
ceptions are South Yemen and the PLO.
Administration sources who spoke of
the proposed sale asked not to be named.
But one said "As for the PLO, it's a
member of a number of organizations,
usually related to the United Nations. We
are members of many of these same
groups and even contribute financially to
some'of them. This has never constituted
Notice of the sale was filed Oct. 30
under the Arms Export Control Act, but
Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger
told the Foreign Relations Committee on
Nov. 3 that he was unaware of it. The
next day, Secretary of State Alexander
M. Haig Jr. said "we are withdrawing the
proposal until we can study the issue fur
ther and. consult with the committee."
Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, informed
Haig that he was astonished that
"coming on the heels of AWACS," the
administration would propose licensing .
of defense-related equipment to a group
of nations that included Libya, Syria and
the PLO without first consulting Con
gress. Glenn opposed the AWACS deal on
grounds that U.S. control over the radar
planes' technology was not tight enough.
He said the handling of the satellite pro
posal "almost defies credibility."
Another critic, Sen. Joseph R. Biden
Jr., D-Del., called the proposed sale "a
transfer of high technology to people who
are our declared opposition."
., v Under terms of the proposed sale, Ford
'"Aerospace would design, test and deliver
satellite components to Aerospatiale de
France a corporation owned by the
French government for use in the Arab
regional satellite communications system.
Cobb residents were among many to crowd around the TV Tuesday at 3 p.m.
... they watched the wedding of Luke and Laura, hero and heroine of 'General Hospital'
'General Hospital 9
Luke and Laura vows pull fans together
By KEN SIMAN
DTH Staff Writer
"OK. That's Luke and Laura getting married. Doesn't
she look beautiful? It's hard to believe they're getting
married after he raped her and all. But gosh, they're
such a great couple. Not only are they in love, but they
saved humanity from that icky killer diamond dust. Why
is Scotty trying to ruin the wedding? Just because Laura
ditched him isn't reason for being so ugly. Besides,
Scotty 's cute and everything but he just doesn't have
avid fan of ABC-TV's "General Hospital."
Almost 1 00 UNC students crammed into the basement
of the Union Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. to watch
"General Hospital," the highest-rated daytime show in
television history. The audience hushed each other after
every commercial break and exploded with applause
when Luke Spencer and Laura Baldwin, the two main
characters of the show, completed their vows in the
most-watched wedding since Prince Charles' and Lady
Diana Spencer's royal nuptials last July.
"General Hospital" has taken the country by storm.
Luke and Laura have graced the cover of Newsweek, and
"General Hospital" paraphernalia has become some of
the hottest-selling merchandise in America.
The show's popularity has been evident on the UNC
campus, especially during Tuesday's vows.
According to a survey taken last spring on the UNC
campus, 50 percent of all UNC students watched soap
operas, and 63 percent considered "General Hospital"
to be their favorite soap.
Why the popularity? '
"At UNC, many students watch 'General Hospital
for social reasons. They watch it with groups of people,"
said Robert Allen, an assistant professor in the RTVMP
department. "It's an easy way to talk to somebody a
nice way to meet people. It's better than meeting some
one on a street and saying 'What's your sign?' "
Allen said the show had attracted a following among
younger people because of its sensational plot lines,
charismatic characters and mildly erotic (compared to
most soap operas) sex scenes.
"I've been watching 'General Hospital' since the fifth
grade," said Lisa Noblett, a sophomore who was
skipping her 2 p.m. class to watch the show. "It's dif
ferent from the rest of the soaps; it's not just routine
stuff," she said.
"I just like to have a study break," said sophomore
Steve Patrick, whose girl friend got him hooked on the
show last year. " 'General Hospital' is very catchy,
something yoircan keep up with."
Despite the show's current success, Allen doubts the
popularity will be long lived. "The plot lines are so im
plausible that making them more sensational won't
work," he said.
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CGC to review new ballot system
Mark Jacobson '
By JONATHAN SMYLIE
DTH Staff Writer
Assuming the Elections Board can work out final de
tails, it plans to go before the Campus Governing Coun
cil on Nov. 30 for approval of a computerized ballotting
system to be used in the February campus elections.
The computerized system is designed to eliminate
many of the frustrations students have experienced
during elections in the past. -
"I think we have really done our homework on the
whole issue and we are well-prepared to do a good job in
the February elections," said Mark Jacobson, chairman
of the Elections Board.
Jacobson said the board would first propose a $15,500
computerized ballotting system in a joint meeting of the
Rules and Judiciary and the Finance committees of the
If the allocation is approved, Jacobson said he would
then propose a change in the Elections Laws that would
reduce the number of polling sites from 23 to 15.
The bill would then have to be approved by the full
countil at the Nov. 30 meeting before the system could
"I think this system is the best possible system and
with it we can run a smooth, fair election in February,"
For voters, a major visible change on election day
would be that they could vote at a convenient polling
site. In the past, voters were required to vote at the bal
lotting site closest to their residence halls or at the Caro
lina Union. '.
A second change would be the ballot. Instead of pen
ciling in squares on several ballots as done in past elec
tions, the voter would use a punch card system. All can
didates and elections would appear on one card which
would be inserted into the voting machine.
Jacobson said the system, if approved, would be in
stalled by the time students come back from Christmas
vacation, giving the Elections Board time to become
familiar with it before the election.
Evidence of the progress of the entire procedure could
be seen Tuesday as the Rules and Judiciary Committee
made changes in the Elections Laws. Changes were made
to correct some of the poorly written sections and to put
in writing some of the procedures use last year, said
Ellen Goldberg, of District 10.
One major change is that all University recognized or
ganizations may endorse a candidate but such endorse
ments may only be published in previously established
newsletters or publications. The law also states that cir
culation may not be increased on the day of the endorsement.
Housekeeper talks of chain
Mary Atwater is a housekeeper at Alderman Residence Hall
... she says dorm life was different in past years
By STEVE MOORE
DTH Staff Writer
Mary Croker Atwater, substituting for a friend, took
a housekeeping job for one month in 1944 at Alderman
residence hall. She never thought she would devote the
next 37 years of her life to the same job.-
"During World War II, my friend went away to visit
her husband who was in the service," Atwater said.
"When she came back, she took a job at the Chi Omega
house and I stayed on here."
Born a coal miner's daughter in West Virginia,
Atwater said that she soon moved to Chapel Hill and has
been here since her childhood. Now 61, the mother of
two and grandmother of three, she enjoys talking about
the changes in the residence hall and her work. '
"We would come back at night to help serve when
they had mixers and dances," Atwater said.
"The parties were on Fridays instead of Thursdays
then. The boys would push a button in the office andthe
girls would come down, but they couldn't go upstairs to
get their dates. The parties ended before 11."
Atwater, who hopes to retire this March, said that no
alcohol was allowed at the parties and there were many
other rules in the residence halls then that no longer
"The girls could not wear curlers in the parlor and
they couldn't yell out the windows at boys or they would
be campused," she said. -
Atwater said that up until the mid-1960s, house
mothers instead of resident assistants stayed in the resi
dence hall year-round.
"The housemother was like a mother away from
home. They were all very interested in the girls and
talked to them if they had problems," she said.
"If one of the boys came in and laid down on a couch
in the lounge, the housemother would come in and say
real sarcastically, 'Young man, are you ill? Because if
you are I'll take you to, the infirmary,' " she said,
v Atwater said that she always maintained good rela
tions with all the girls and housemothers
"We used to clean the girls' rooms," she said. "If they
weren't busy we would talk some and if they were study
ing then I would not bother them," she said;
She said she never had any bad words with any of the
"We used to have bed checks at 10 a.m. and all beds
were supposed to be made up by then," she said. "For
some reason if a girl hadn't had time because she needed
to study or overslept, we would slip in and make it
Atwater said that because she no longer cleans the
girls rooms, she doesn't get to know all the girls names,
but she still knows all of their faces.
"I can say that the girls have always been lovely she
She had. thought about quitting her job and going to
work at the hospital, but she said that the housemothers
did not want her to go.
"I wanted to be a nurse's assistant, but there were no
openings at the time," she said. "I think I would have
enjoyed taking care of the sick." .
Alderman resident assistant Annette Capretta said,
"Mary is always real pleasant and neat to have around.
She is interested in the students and asks, 'how are you
doing? and 'how are exams going?' "
. Linda Howey, a four-year resident of Alderman, said
that Atwater became an honorary member of the Society
of Janus last year because "of all the special things she
. does for the girls which are above and beyond her job.
She is so friendly and helpful and she will even say nice
little things like 'you have on a nice dress today.' "