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Copyright The Daily Tar Heel 1983
Volume Ccfc Issue lyfty
Tuesday, February 8, 1933
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By SCOTT BOLEJACK
"Vote. It's free." That's the message of a poster
stapled , to many bulletin boards across campus, a
message that most students if current trends con
tinue will choose to ignore.
Over the past five decades, student turnout in
UNC campus elections has steadily declined.
In the spring of 1938, approximately two-thirds
of the student body voted, while a little more than
25 percent of the student body cast votes in 1979.
There are a couple of reasons why more students
voted in 1938 than in 1979, said Professor James
Protho, chairman of the UNC political science
"One reason, I think, is that the student body
was much smaller in 1938," Protho said. "There
was a greater chance that each candidate would get
to know a larger proportion of the student body.
"A second reason is that 1938 was a period
coming out of the Depression when there was a
considerable amount of optimism and faith in
politics as a way to deal with humanvproblems.
"I think that in the more recent period since
Watergate there has been a feeling of hopeless
ness in politics. I think there has been an increase in
cynicism since Watergate," Protho said.
Student voting trends do reflect the mood of a .
nation as a whole, he said. "Public opinion and
political participation reflect the realities of the
world we live in and students are a part of that real
In 1949 -11 years after two-thirds of the student
body turned out to vote less than 60 percent of
the students went to the polls. In 1,959, the figure
was less than 50 percent. And a decade later, only 26
percent of the student body cast votes.
Voter turnout at the University has hovered
around 25 percent since then.
The past two years have shown a slight increase,
however. In 1981, 28 percent of the student body
went to the polls and last year a third of the student
.body cast votes.
Professor Lewis Lipsitz of the political science
department said that students' political apathy, was
reflected in his classes. "Students in my classes now
certainly seem less interested in politics than did say
students in the '60s," he said.
Lipsitz expressed surprise that student voter turn
out was higher in the 1970s than it was in the
generally complacent '50s. "I would have certainly
thought it would have been less."
The disappearance of political parties in the late
1960s may have contributed to low voter turnout,
Lipsitz said. "The absence of clear, distinguishable
parties make the campaign more of a personality
race. The result of that has usually been a low turn
out," he said.
"The majority of students don't feel the impact
of Student Government on their immediate lives,"
Elections Board Chairman Stan Evans said about
the recent low turnouts. Atl think that's the trend in
the national government as well."
Even the more controversial issues such as a
spring concert and the recent change in the cooking
policy don't seem to matter to students, Evans said.
See VOTER on page 3
tudent Supreme Court
blocks fee increase tally
By CHARLES ELLMAKER
The Student Supreme Court Monday night
placed a restraining order on the student fee increase
referendum votes compiled in today's campus elec
The court's action does not affect the referendum
vote, but the ballots will not be counted until the
court rules on a recently-filed complaint about the
The restraining order will not affect any other
issues or candidates on the ballot, said Student
Supreme Court Chief Justice J.B. Kelly. ,
Phil Painter, Campus Governing Council Rules
and Judiciary Committee chairperson, filed a com-
plaint with the Student Supreme Court Saturday.
He charged that the CGC illegally passed the stu
dent fee referendum at the Feb. 2 CGC meeting
because CGC Speaker Bobby Vogler was not a
member of the council.
Under the CGC By-Laws, members must live in
the districts in which they were elected during their
term of office. But Vogler moved out of Granville
Towers (District i4) at the beginning of this
semester. Vogler now resides at the Chi Psi Lodge,
which is in District 23.
Without Vogler, quorum was not met at the CGC
meeting, Painter charged. Fourteen CGC members
including Vogler were present, just enough to
See REFERENDUM on page 2
Comedian relates rough life,
hard times and big career
By D.F. WILSON
.Though Garrett Morris started out his show last
night attired in top hat and tails, by the conclusion he
.was down to a red athletic shirt and boxer shorts
adorned with hearts. But his body was not all that
Morris bared for the near-capacity crowd in Memorial
His performance, subtitled "A Funny Thing Hap
pened on the Way to the Theater," referred to all of '
history, most of it personal. '
"Don't you just hate it," Morris said onstage,
"when a comedian comes out and talks about his own
life as if it were something funny or important? Well,
that's exactly what's going to happen here tonight."
The life experiences Morris related to the audience
included such episodes as first grade, first love, his first
trip to New York and some of his escapades in college.
"I didn't have a choice about going to college," he
said. "My parents said, 'You are going to col
lege . . . 'cause we ain't gonna feed you no more.' "
Chapel Hill was the second stop on a month-long
tour that will take Morris on to Rutgers, USC and 10
to 12 other campuses. After the tour, Morris will
return to Los Angeles to continue writing his fourth
play, which he says is a drama with music about his
original home, New Orleans.
In an interview before the performance, Morris
talked about the play and other projects as well as his
past show busines experiences that span a 15-year
period before his joining the cast of Saturday Night
"I began as a writer before producer Lome
Michaels asked me to join the repertory," Morris said.
"I helped create it and spent fiv years with it before it
got to be too much and I left. Five years is a long time
to stay in one place anyway."
Morris was reluctant to comment on his. former co
worker, the late John Belushi, saying only that when
he heard of the death he was sad and that he had loved
Belushi dearly. .
Morris said he doesn't watch the show anymore
though, opting instead for his long-time favorite detec
"I watch The Rockford Files, Columbo, and they ,
just started running Harry-O again," he said. As for
comedy, all of the shows Morris admitted to liking (
were in the re-run state, such as Soap and Barney
Miller . . " -
There had been some confusion as to the topic Mor
ris would address in his speech. In the promotional
material arid press releases distributed by the Carolina
Union, Morris' topic was announced as the misrepre
sentation of blacks in the media. However, when it
was raised during the interview, it was the first Morris
had heard of it.
"Misrepresentation of blacks in the media?" he
said.- "Whoever wrote that is doing a lot of it."
Forum Committee Chairperson Suzanne Rowe said
that the confusion arose because of misinformation
supplied to them by the agent they had worked with.
Morris did have something to say about the subject,
"I have a lot to say about the way blacks and a
whole lot of other people are treated by the media," he
said. "There's a whole lot to be done. There are less
blacks on television, but there are less of a lot of other
things. There are less actors and more football and
basketball players, there are more sons and daughters
of actors and actresses on television, and there are a lot
of plays on television that aren't written by writers but
i by conglomerates. There are a lot of things that are
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Student Body President
Residence Hall Associatio n President:'
Mark Dalton 1
: ' Henry Miles
Carolina Athletic Association President:
Padraic Baxter '
Daily Tar Heel Editor:
Candidates for Campus; Governing
Council and Senior Class President and
Vice President will also be on the ballot,
as well as four referendums.
N ifi.in-n,. i...ninini
In Monday's Campus Governing
Council candidate box, Th;e Daily Tar
Heel accidentally omitted the following
candidates: District 9, Fred Baker;
District 10, Amy Doyle; District 11, Jim
Chandler; District 15, Brian Dalton and
Michael Loomis. Also, there are two
seats in District 11. The DTH regrets the
The following polling sites will be open to all
students, regardless of voting district, from 10
a.m. to 7 p.m. today: ;
Dormitories: Granville West
Hinton James General Campus:
Ehringhaus Student Union
Craige Campus Y-Court '
Parker Hamilton Hall
Everett , Wilson Library
Connor UNC Lav? School Library
Cobb Rosenau Hall
Spencer UNC School of Medicine
New exam schedule
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Garrett Morris stripped down during show
...comedian's early valentine for Chapel Hill
By LISA PULLEN
Christmas break will come later than
usual this year, and some students may
face three exams in one day before they
begin their vacation.
According to the fall '83 calendar, the
exam period will end on Wednesday, Dec.
21. Two days Dec. 13 and Dec. 19
are tentatively scheduled for three exams,
rather than the usual two.
Because the calendar moves forward a
day each year, the first Monday of classes .
each fall semester occurs earlier and earlier
in successive years, said Raymond Strong,
director of the UNC Office of Records
In an effort to counteract that, the first
day of classes was delayed a week for fall
1983, causing the late exam period. Classes
are scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug.
With the usual two-a-day exam period,
that schedule would have kept students
here until Dec. 22, Strong said.
To get students home a day earlier, the
UNC Calendar Committee proposed sche
duling three exams on two days of the
exam period. "
This past fall, the last day of exams fell
on Dec. 16. The first day of fall classes was
Monday, Aug. 23 the earliest that
classes have ever started, Strong said.
"That allowed us to finish the semester
early," Strong said.
The Calendar Committee, a
chancellor's committee composed of stu
dents, faculty and administrators, looked
at several options last spring to end the
semester earlier before agreeing on the
three-on-two-days exam schedule. Alter
natives discussed included holding classes
on Labor Day, eliminating a day of Fall
Break or the Thanksgi ving holiday or do
ing away with Reading Day.
"The students were not willing to give
on any of those," Strong said. "That gave
us only one option to cut a day off
Shortening the Orientation period was
also discussed, but a week-long fall
Orientation is needed for freshmen to
register, for upperclassmen to attend
dropadd, and allow for late arrivals,
Moving the calendar back a week to
start classes on Aug. 22 for the fall '83
semester was also out, Strong said. That
would have forced the Orientation period
to begin on Sunday, Aug. 14, and that was
"just too early," he said.
The delayed schedule will put UNCs
calendar more in lint; with N.C. State's
calendar, Strong said.
Calendar Commiti.ee member Lucia
Halpern, a Student Gavernment represen
tative, said she and Student Government
committee member Frank Hirsch became
frustrated in last spring's calendar negotia
tions. See EXAMS on page 2