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Senior Katie Reid and sophomore Jerry Parker get some exercise in the Pit Wednesday. The two were participating
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By MARK STTNNEFORD
No one will ever know how students
voted in Wednesday's referendum on a
proposal to raise the Student Activity Fee
by $1.25 per semester.
Only 1,843 students, about 9 percent of
the student body, voted in the referendum.
For the fee increase referendum to be
valid, at least 20 percent of the student
body approximately 4,100 students
needed to cast votes Wednesday, accord
ing to the Student Government Code.
And so the ballots were never counted,
said Elections Board Chairman : Stan
' Evans. :;:-f- ;'' '' :
Even if the required number of students
showed up at the polls Wednesday, the fee
increase would have had to receive a two
thirds majority vote to be enacted, accord
ing to the Code. ; "
Wednesday marked the second time in a
little over a month that votes were not
counted in a fee increase referendum. ;
" Students -voted on an identical fee inK
crease proposal on Feb. 8, but the Student
. Supreme Court threw out the vote, ruling
that the Campus Governing Council had
not allowed enough time between approv
ing the referendum and presenting it to the
According to the Student Constitution,
no referendum can be held less than a
week after approval by the CGC. The first
fee referendum bill was passed on Feb. 2,
only six days before it was presented to the
On March 2, the CGC voted unani
mously to present the students with a se
cond fee increase referendum. .
The Elections Board manned 19 polling
places for seven hours in Wednesday's
referendum, Evans said.
"It's frustrating,'' he said. "A lot of
ur time went right out the window. I'd
anticipated the low turnout. But with all
the publicity the issue had received over
the past week, I'd become a little more op
timistic." ' The polls at Ehringhaus Residence Hall
opened one hour late, but the voting was
otherwise free of irregularities, Evans said.
Daily Tar Heel editor Kerry DeRochi,
; whose organization receives 16 percent of,
: t' Student Activity Fees, said she was disap-
See FEE on page 8
PROPAC starts plans
to oppose Helms in '84
Suggests fund raising
CGC refuses team's request
By CINDI ROSS
Although he has not yet announced his
candidacy, the opposition has already
organized to defeat Sen. Jesse Helms in his
1984 bid for re-election.
; ' The Progressive Political: Action Com- u
mission, a Washington-based organiza
tion, launched a $100,000 advertising cam
paign to discredit Helms. The campaign
consists of newspaper ads criticizing
Helms' "reactionary methods."
Mary Jakoby, PROPAC spokesperson,
said that the program is aimed at getting
the issues before the public.
"Jesse Helms has a great deal of money
available to him," she said. "We feel the
combination of that much money and his
views is very dangerous to a free-thinking
"For someone against big government,
he wants government involved in our per
sonal lives more than we feel necessary,"
Jakoby said that ads were being run
throughout the country because people
outside of the state have an interest in the
national influence of Helms.
"We just want him out of the scene,"
she said. "We want the ERA, freedom of
choice. We believe even his Republican
friends are fed up with him, and the people
of North Carolina are embarrassed."
But Helms' supporters do not feel
threatened by PROPAC. Tom Fetzer,
chief executive officer of the Congres
sional Club, said that the ads looked more
like cartoons than political propaganda.
"The ads discuss non-issue related
topics," Fetzer said. "Ours (Congressional
Club ads used in previous campaigns) are
hard-hitting with the central point on the
"I don't think PROPAC will do any
good here. They are a heavily labor union
influenced organization. That kind of
group does not have a big constituency
here in the state," he said.
In fact, PROPAC is seen as more of a
threat by Helms' opponents than by his
Richardson Preyer, chairman of the
North Carolina Campaign Fund and a
political science professor at UNC, said
that his organization was trying to
discourage PROPAC from coming to
North Carolina. He said that the ads might
do more harm than good, v
'The-North .Carolina , Campaign Fund,
Preyer said, is "a multi-candidate indepen
dent political action committee organized
to support all of those candidates who
have been under attack by the Congres
"The media has personalized it to be a
group devoted to defeating Helms," said
Preyer. "But we contributed to the Demo
cratic congressional candidates in the last
race and will continue to support
"We could support whomever is against
Helms in 1984 and East in 1986," he said.
Preyer said that the Campaign Fund
had no plans to run advertisements unless
an important issue needed to be brought to
the public's attention.
Although the North Carolina Campaign
Fund does not have a candidate to support
in the Senate race, its leaders hope they
will be endorsing Gov. Jim Hunt.
"Hunt supports and encourages us, but
he has to remain separate," Preyer said.
Brent Hackney, Hunt's press spokes
man, said that the North Carolina Cam
paign Fund was formed by people close to
Hunt but that he had no control over it.
"He is not a candidate now for anything,"
"We had no prior knowledge of PRO
PAC, and we prefer that they not (run the
ads) right now maybe not ever," Hack
ney said. "People are tired of campaign
Jakoby said that no one had contacted
PROPAC to tell them that they did not
want the organization involved in the race.
While Helms' opponents attack PRO
PAC, his supporters are attacking the
North Carolina Campaign Fund.
Fetzer criticized the campaign! fund's
out-of-state fund raising. :
See JESSE on page 6
William "Doc" Droze
... CCG Finance Committee Chairperson
By LIZ LUCAS
Assistant University Editor
The Campus Governing Council denied a $4,000 subse
quent appropriations bill to the UNC Forensics Union
Tuesday night. The bill, brought before the council twice,
was to be used to fund the group's trip to a debate tourna-1
The council approved the nominations of the 1983-84
student body treasurer and director of the Student Part
TtaetlEffiplpyme .several: other ;
subsequent appropriation bills. ,
In its on-goirig bout with subsequent appropriations to
campus organizations, the CGC voted to deny the addi
tional $4,000 request from the UNC Forensics Union to
help pay for members traveling to Colorado Springs,
Colo., for the final round of a national individual events
debate tournament. The organization had previously re
quested and been granted $2,200 to fund a debate team
trip to Ogden, Utah, for a national tournament.
Several alternatives to the originally requested $4,000
were discussed by the council, including lowering the ap
propriation to $2,000 and later, when the bill was recon
sidered, to $3,000.
The team needs the entire $4,000 to be able to go to the
tournament, said Margie Brown, president of the Foren
"It's like our basketball team working all year to get to
the NCAA finals we've made it to the finals and now
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Criticism of thoroughfare
has council reconsidering
By PETE AUSTIN
It could be more than a month before
the Chapel Hill Planning Department is
ready to recommend a thoroughfare plan
to the Town Council, Planning Depart
ment Director Mike Jennings said
The department would like to continue
discussion of the southern loop portion of
the thoroughfare plan because of criticism
received at the public hearing Monday
night, Jennings said.
The southern loop includes the exten
sions of Parker Road, Bayberry Drive and
possibly others, he said. Jennings did not
specify what these possibilities might be.
The Parker Roarl plan, which could cut
through the Mason rami tract, has since
been dropped from consideration by the
The University and many residents have
opposed the cAicuMon through the tract
because of the environmental importance
of the area for biological research.
"(Town Manager) David Taylor and I
are going to hold off our final recommen
dation until we have considered all the
possibilities," Jennings said. I
The Town Council will probably call
another public hearing to guage public
reaction to the planning department's pro
posal, he said.
Donald Francisco, resident of Bayberry
Drive and a former planning board mem
ber, said Monday night that citizens of the
area, the University and Chapel Hill of
ficials can and should work together for a
workable alternative that will please every
The planning department and Taylor
stick by their recommendations regarding
other facets of the thoroughfare, he said.
The Bayberry Drive proposal is not ac
tually a loop, he said,, but instead would
serve to relieve pressure on existing roads.
we won't be able to go,"Brown said.
The Forensics Union was allotted $4,400 for the year
by the CGC, and received an additional $2,200 subse
quent appropriation, Finance Committee Chairperson
Doc Droze (District 22) said. The group also has raised
$2,600 from the Tar Heel Debate Tournament, said
Robin Pullman, an adviser to the group. These funds
have all been used for travel expenses to the qualifying
rounds of debate tournaments, Pullman said.
v j In the past th&fbxtisjcs..LJnipri has always come to the
CGC for subsequent appropriations to fund its major
trips to national tournaments, Pullman said, adding that
the students involved with the organization were too busy
competing in debates or. preparing for debates to actively
attempt to raise funds.
But CGC representatives questioned the Forensics
Union's yearly- reliance on CGC subsequent appropria
tions for travel expenses to national competitions.
"I just can't see allocating 4 percent of the total budget
to 10 people to travel to a tournament on," said CGC
member Rebel Cole (District 4). "We must be
Though the bill was not passed initially, Randall Parker
(District 14) later brought the bill up for reconsideration.
Forensics Union members, present for the initial debate,
left the meeting before the reconsideration.
See CGC on page 8
By HEIDI OWEN
Attention all non-conformists: there may be & group
for you at UNC. The Order of the Gingko, a "semi
secret society of floral fellowship," is as unique as its
The 60-member Order of the Gingko is University
recognized as an official organization having official
bylaws, an official adviser and members with official
titles. But this group adds a new touch to officialdom.
The Order of the Gingko has only one or two
meetings a year, no restrictions on membership and a
sole purpose to spread the word of a tree. The group is
named after the gingko tree, considered to be the
oldest living fossil.
"The Order of the Gingko is a satire on the
honorary societies," said Greg Butler, superior ex
treme grandest high mulch of the Order of the
Gingko. "Our organization is poking fun at the -membership
qualifications of honoraries, because all
you have to do to join our group is show up at bur
parties and go through a totally ridiculous initiation." ;
The organization was founded in 1977 by a group of
men who "wanted an excuse to party and socialize on
pretty days," Butler said.
Although the founders of the Order of the Gingko
were members of the APO service fraternity and 50
percent to 60 percent of the gingko members are APO
members today, the Order of the Gingko is a com
pletely separate and officially recognized group, said
Lewis Collier, APO president and Order of the '
Gingko extreme grand mulch in charge of directing
ladybugs to the gingkos.
The Order of the Gingko also has its own page in
the honorary section of the Yackety Yack. But it took
an unusual circumstance for the group to get there.
s In 1978 the Order of the Gingko was refused a page
in the Yack, and gingko members responded by hang
ing the Yack editor in effigy. The next year, the Yack
not only gave the Order of the Gingko its own page,
but also included a picture of the former editor's fate.
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OmCharlM W. Ledford
Greg Butler (left) and Lewis Collier prepare a gingko tree for planting
.. both are members of the Order of the Gingko, a group of nonconformists
The Order of the Gingko gives its members a variety
of unusual titles. Jerry Beamer is the omniscient om
nipotent grandest supreme mulch for the Order of the
"As my title implies, I must be everywhere and use
my power to preserve the almighty Gingko," Beamer
said. "But above all, I cannot, wear alligators on my
Other unusual titles of the Order of the Gingko are
grand imperial chainsaw interceptor, whose duties in
volve "attempting to abolish the Homelite Chainsaw
Company," and grand imperial canine excretion in
terceptor, who "renders due punishment to any canine
attempting to go void directly onto tne gmgKo tree.".
The Order of the Gingko also has its semi-serious
side. A gingko tree sponsored by the organization was
planted near N.C. Memorial Hospital by the organiza
tion Tuesday in a rights-of-procreation ceremony.
The planting of the tree has been a tradition since
1981, Butler said.
"The grounds crew does the actual work and sup
plies the tree, and we have an elaborate ceremony,"
Butler said. "The event is funny simply because we
take ourselves so seriously."
The Order of the Gingko also sponsored a Blood
mobile in Great Hall Monday.