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10The Daily Tar HeelThursday, September 29, 1983
ERS TO THE EDITOR
Students needed for blackwhite dialogue
91st year of editorial freedom
I Kerry DeRochi, Editor
ALISON DAVIS. Managing Editor JEFF HlDAY, Associate Editor
Lisa Pullen. umvmity Editor John Conway, aty Editor
Christine Manuel, state and National Editor Karen Fisher. Features Editor
MlKEDESlSn.SxwfcEitor, JEFF GROVEM Editor
JJlLL RlEDY, News Editor CHARLES W. LEDFORD, Photography Editor
To the editor:
Much debate has appeared recently in
The Daily Tar Heel concerning integration
on the UNC campus. Indisputable is the
fact that our campus today, for whatever
reason, is far from integrated.
It is lamentable that one rarely sees
groups of black students and white stu
dents together on campus in numbers
larger than two or three. If you look
around the Union for instance, you are
most likely to see black students sitting in
one area and white students in another.
Equally lamentable is the fact that many
white students graduate from Carolina
without ever truly getting to know any
black students (the opposite is usually not
true due to sheer numbers).
My purpose for writing is to inform the
members of the student body of a relative
ly simply way that they can make an im
pact on this problem. Three years ago a
Black White Mouei uroup was loimcu m
an effort to deal with segregation on cam
pus. The purpose of the group is merely
what the name implies: black and white
students gathering together in a high
visibility area of campus or town to act as
a model. The group's goals are twofold
first, to raise the consciousness of the stu
dent body by demonstrating that blacks
and whites can and should interact on a
normal, daily basis; and second, to pro
vide an informal opportunity for students
to make friendships they might not other
. The group involves 20 people willing to
spend one hour a week together discussing
whatever they desire (Carolina football,
the weather, etc.). Any student who would
like to participate can call 933-5872 during
In the dark
It's the traditional American way to forgive a politician his public gaf
fes. After all, Gerald Ford fell off planes, and Jimmy Carter lusted in his
heart. Interior Secretary James Watt, however, deserves no such treat
ment, his insensitive and discriminatory remarks showing his inability to
nofd public office. "Watt pursues controversy as a zealot does religious
truths, leaving a trail of offended groups clamoring behind.
Last week the esteemed secretary began the newest and perhaps largest
controversy. At a meeting of 200 Washington lobbyists he described a
department commission as a group with "every kind of mix you can
have. I have a black, I have a woman, two Jews and a cripple." When
questioned about the remark he answered, "If you can't joke about
things, you shouldn't be in Washington."
The only thing Watt proved through his comment is that if anyone
shouldn't be in Washington it is he. His history of politically impetuous
remarks now included a one-liner that was discriminatory and offensive.
It was the mark of irrational thinking, something one would hope to find
in a bar, not a federal meeting. Watt didn't think of decorum or public
decency just as he didn't think of the Jewish panel member whose arm
was paralyzed with polio.
Of course Watt will argue that he did not purposefully mean those
awful things and he's written an apology to President Reagan just as
he did with his other remarks. According to his past statements,
American Indian reservations show the failure of socialism and the Beach
Boys attract the wrong element to their concerts. Democrats and
Republicans are categorized as "Liberals and Americans" in the
secretary's small, small mind.
Watt needs to learn that saying you're sorry, while enough in third
grade fights, cannot undo the damage of such public remarks. It is one
thing for a high government official to have storig opinions, quite another
for him to label others as inferior. Although Reagan has said he has
forgiven Watt, congressional leaders should not be so easily soothed.
There is no room in the federal government for such blatant insensitivity
as displayed by Watt. In the past his remarks have earned him disap
proval, let them now earn him a pink slip.
The Daily Tar Heel
Editorial Writers: Frank Bruni, Charles Ellmaker and Kelly Simmons
Assistant Managing Editors: Joel Broadway, Tracy Hilton and Michael Toole
Assistant News Editor Melissa Moore
News: Tracy Adams, Dick Anderson, Joseph Berryhill, Angela Booze, J. Bonasia, Keith
Bradsher, Amy Brannen, Lisa Brantley, Hope Buffington, Tom Conlon, Kathie Collins, Kate
Cooper, Teresa Cox, Lynn Davis, Dennis Dowdy, Chris Edwards, Suzanne Evans, Kathy
Farley, Steve Ferguson, Genie French, Kim Gilley, Marymelda Hall, Andy Hodges, Sue Kuhn,
Liz Lucas, Thad Ogburn, Beth O'Kelley, Janet Olson, Rosemary Osborne, Heidi Owen, Beth
Ownley, Cindy Parker, Donna Pazdan, Ben Perkowski, Frank Proctor, Linda Queen, Sarah
Raper, Mary Alice Resch, Cindi Ross, Katherine Schultz, Sharon Sheridan, Deborah Simp
kins, Jodi Smith, Sally Smith, Lisa Stewart, Mark Stinneford, Carrie Szymeczek, Liz Saylor,
Mike Sobeiro, Amy Tanner, Doug Tate, Wayne Thompson, Vance Trefethen, Chuck Wall
ington, Scott Wharton, Lynda Wolf, Rebekah Wright, Jim Zook, Kyle Marshall, assistant
state and national editor, and Stuart Tonkinson, assistant university editor.
Sports: Frank Kennedy and Kurt Rosenberg, assistant sports editors. Glenna Burress, Kimball
Crossley, Pete Fields, John Hackney, Lonnie McCullough, Robyn Norwood, Michael Pers
inger, Julie Peters, Glen Peterson, Lee Roberts, Mike Schoor, Scott Smith, Mike Waters,
David Wells, Eddie Wooten and Bob Young.
Features: Dawn Brazell, Clarice Bickford, Tom Camacho, Toni Carter, Margaret Claiborne,
Karen Cotten, Cindy Dunlevy, Charles Gibbs, Tom Grey, Kathy Hopper, Dana Jackson,
Charles Karnes, Joel Katzenstein, Dianna Massie, Kathy Norcross, Jane Osment, Clinton
Weaver and Mike Truell, assistant features editor.
Arts: Steve Carr, Ivy Hilliard, Jo Ellen Meekins, Gigi Sonner, Sheryl Thomas and David
Schmidt, assistant arts editor.
Graphic Arts: Jamie Francis, Lori Heeman, Ryke Longest, Jeff Neuville, Zane Saunders and
Lori Thomas, photographers.
Business: Anne Fulcher, business manager; Tammy Martin, accounts receivable clerk; Dawn
Welch, circulationdistribution manager; William Austin, assistant circulationdistribution
manager; Patti Pittman, classified advertising manager; Julie Jones, assistant classified adver
tising manager; Debbie McCurdy, secretaryreceptionist.
Advertising: Paula Brewer, advertising manager; Mike Tabor, advertising coordinator; Laura
Austin, Melanie Eubanks, Kevin Freidheim, Patricia Gorry, Terry Lee, Doug Robinson and
Anneli Zeck ad representatives.
Composition: UNC-CH Printing Department
Printing: Hinton Press, Inc. of Mebane.
Wanted: black JV cheerleaders
To the editor:
Attention! Attention! All girls wishing
to be junior varsity Carolina
cheerleaders. Wanted: Female 5'0 to 5'4,
85-100 lbs., long blond or brown hair,
blue eyes and most importantly CA UCA
SIAN. This want ad should be put on every
flyer that publicizes JV cheerleader
tryouts. Why? Because for four years
running there have been no black
cheerleaders. Actually, during the past
four years there has been one black
cheerleader. She fit all the criteria stated
in the above want ad except for the fact
that she was black.
I would very much like to know why
there have been no black girls on the JV
squad in the past four years. I am deeply
concerned because I am sick and tired of
seeing talented black girls leave tryouts
every year hurt and dejected. I have been
at every varsity tryout and three JV
tryouts in my four years at Carolina.
Granted, my knowledge of the things the
judges are looking for is limited, but no
one can tell me that for four years there
has not been one black girl good enough
to make junior varsity. Anyone who
believes that is crazy, stupid or both.
Something is wrong, very wrong. .
We all know why there are black girls
on the varsity. It is simply because if there
were not any the blacks on campus would
scream bloody murder and cause tons of
bad publicity for the University. If the
blacks on campus did not care if there
were any blacks on the varsity squad,
there would be none. That's a fact. If you
do not believe me, check out the JV
squad. They are not highly visible. They
cheer at JV football games (which no one
sees), JV basketball games (which no one
sees) and women's varsity basketball games
(which no one sees). No one sees them.
No one cares who's on the squad. So con
sequently, without anyone pressuring the
judges to select talented black girls, they
select talented white girls.
One final point. Black beauty has still
not become accepted as "genuine" beau
ty. Therefore, there are no black JV
cheerleaders. Females, that is. The other
side of the story is that there are four
black males on the squad. Why? Because
it is acceptable to have black men in
highly physical, athletic positions.
Whoever you judges are, you are not
fooling anyone. You think because you
selected four black males for the squad,
blacks would be satisfied. You are wrong.
I want to know why there have not been
any black female JV cheerleaders, and I'm"
sure other blacks would also like to know.
The DTH would be an excellent place to
Paul M. Swann
ARA: high-priced and bad
Flight 007 atrocious, not tragic
To the editor:
The day after KAL Flight 007 was
shot down by the Soviet Union, a con
servative journalist predicted that
liberals would soon be referring to the
incident as a "tragedy." DTH assistant
University editor Stuart Tonkinson is
one of the many apologists who have
proved that George Will was correct
("United (?) Nations On the de
fense," DTH, Sept, 26, 1983).
A child dying of leukemia is a
A man gunning down his wife is
A government shooting 269 innocent
people out of the sky for trespassing is
To the editor:
As a regular reader of the DTH, it truly
surprises me to observe that, day after day,
you never seem to comment on something
that affects a large portion of UNC stu
dents. Specifically, why have we not seen
any scathing editorials concerning the
ARA food services? Face it the food is
bad, the prices are horrendously high and
the employees' manners certainly do not
brighten my day.
First, let's discuss the food itself. It's
bad. The primary entree is carbohydrates
spaghetti, lasagna, etc. The primary
vegetables are rice and mashed potatoes.
Carbohydrates are good for the ARA be
cause they are cheaper to serve than other
foods. They have little nutritional value
for the students, however.
Also, it is disgraceful that the Pine
Room and the Fast Break both have "B"
sanitation ratings yet continue to charge
outrageously high prices for their food.
Let's compare some prices from Hardee's
and the Fast Break. Bpth are supposed to
be fast food types of eating establish
ments: a sausage biscuit at Hardee's 75
cents, Fast Break 95 cents; a hot dog
with chili at Hardee's 65 cents, Fast
Break 85 cents; a double cheeseburger
at Hardee's $1.18, an equivalent
quarter-pounder at Fast Break $1.35.
Surely ingredients can't be that much more
expensive for the ARA than for Hardee's.
Finally, some of the employees' man
ners are not up to par. Admittedly, my
complaint only refers to a few employees,
but they seem to be the same ones who are
rude day after day. They snap "May I help
you?" in a very irritated voice and then
glare impatiently while you make up your
mind. Contrary to popular belief, they are
not doing us a favor by waiting on us. We
not only pay for the food, but we also pay
for their salaries. Courtesy would be nice.
A fuzzy line
To the editor:
As a Baptist my personal relationship
with Christ is decidedly an individual mat
ter. I do not consider myself as part of any
voting bloc; neither does the Baptist State
Convention supersede the autonomy of
the individual church or persons within
that church. Baptists such as Roger
Williams have fought for this autonomy
and have advocated the separation of
church and state in the U.S.
I agree with your contention ("Pulpit
politics," DTH, Sept. 27) that "(conven
tion) advice should be issues-related." The '
role of the Christian is to augment hisher
personal religious experience with a posi
tive influence on society. For some this
may involve political activism. As indivi
duals, Christians in American can speak
for the political welfare of others; it is im
portant to note that nobody in the Baptist
"hierarchy" has a binding hold on fellow
believers. On an individual level, though,
personality factors will be weighed along
with examination of the issues. It's not too
difficult to see how Gov. Jim Hunt and
Sen. Jesse Helms have close friends who
happen to be highly involved in the ad
rninistrative offices of their particular
Furthermore, in many cases it is difficult
to distinguish between personality and is
sues in politics. Maverick, ornery Baptists
in colonial Virginia were one of the pri
mary political reasons why George Mason
so strongly advocated the passage of a bill
of rights. As a minority group in Mason's
district these early Baptist leaders played a
major role in formulating one of the cor
nerstones of political liberty, yet in their
pressure politics they perceived a fuzzy line
between personality and issues.
Long live the queen ?
To the editor:
Personally, I've had it with the Doctor, i.e.
Doc Droze. In response to his Sept. 27 letter to
the editor, "Next time the joke may be on
students," it just brings back terrible memories
of his anti-student, anti-fun tirades of last year.
He was one of the few against the Carolina
Concert for Children. He's also the one who
seems to think that he is the "big politico" on
campus because he decides all the "weighty
issues" of Carolina student life. Come on, Doc,
the joke is really on you.
Can't Doc understand that the Homecoming
queen has lost all significance? Some people
think it is a sexist (not this year!), outdated
frivolity. How many people voted for a Home
coming queen this year? Not many.
Doc, people think the Student Government
you so fervently represent is a joke, if they even
think of it at all. Hugh G. Reckshun, when he
ran for student body president last year, proved
that point. And before you get on your political
high horse about making it "difficult for anyone
to mount a joke candidacy" (real important issue
here), just remember no one really cares.
And Doc's letter was actually funny. There is a
sharp contrast to the tune now playing ("The
Times They Are A-Changin' ") and Doc in his
letter sounding like a 27-year-old reactionary try
ing to get in good with the John Birch Society.
He refers to Carolina Athletic Association Presi
dent Padraic Baxter as "an able administrator."
Baxter is a student who gets great seats to all the
games, and gets paid for it! "An able ad
ministrator" come on! i
This and other issues that Doc has continually
brought up aren't really all that important like
keeping all the old traditions, most Student
Government stuff, etc If the DTH would quit
paying attention to Doc's antics, maybe he would
just go away.
Really, I'm sure Doc is a smarChard-working
guy. He should just try to be' a little more hum
ble. Student Government, despite other claims
I'll read about, is most of the time unimportant;
it is certainly not what "student activism" is all
If Doc wants to get fired up, why not about
something that deals with the real world like
nuclear disarmament, Lebanon or the legaliza
tion of marijuana (uh oh)?
Doc, here is just a word to the wise if you
don't calm down a little you may be on the
receiving end of what would be a really funny
joke: You may not get re-elected. Ha. Ha.
Doc, seriously, take a bong hit.
Smith Level Road
To the editor:
We are writing this letter to express our dis
satisfaction with The Daily Tar HeeV coverage
of last week's Homecoming activities.
The DTH editorial staff has shown a dis
couraging lack of class, tact and thoughtfulness
throughout the entire matter.
The "open letter" Sept. 26 to Padraic Baxter
in Monday's paper was not only inappropriate, it
also made little sense. Was the DTH humiliating
Baxter? If so, it should surely give an elected stu
dent official and his office more respect.
Obviously the DTH supports Teague in its ir
responsible actions, having given extensive
coverage to their candidate both before and after
the Homecoming election. By giving unwarrant
ed attention to Teague, the DTH is merely en
couraging such juvenile behavior. Maybe next
year we can expect joke officers in the Campus
Governing Council, the Carolina Athletic
Association, and yes, even the DTH.
The "cute" headline on the front page of
Tuesday's paper (" '83 Homecoming issue 'drags
on' ") exemplifies the DTHs patronizing at
titude toward this matter. Any time a paper
stoops to placing quotation marks in a headline
for comedic effect, some of that paper's sense of
journalistic integrity is lost.
With all the pictures of "Yure Nmomma" in
the DTH (three in two days), there were no pic
tures of the wirining banner, the winning float or
parade Grand Marshal Woody Durham. Perhaps
if "the Voice of the Tar Heels" had worn a dress,
he would have merited coverage in your news
paper. The only people who could be truly happy
with the DTHs coverage of last week's Home
coming are those who live or sleep in
" Doug Kinne
To the editor:
As a journalism major, I'm sure Doc Droze
realizes that consistency is a hallmark of good
rhetorical deliberation. Still, it is difficult to un
derstand how our "last bastion of tradition," the
Homecoming queen election, I presume, has
fallen when his next paragraph begins by inform
ing us that "Here at Carolina, tradition
abounds" ("Next time the joke may be on
students," DTH, Sept. 27).
And hark, ye pitiful student body! Despite
your life-long academic records, despite the best
efforts of our esteemed admissions office, Jim
Swofford has seen fit to pass down his judgement
("Everything is 'one big joke,' " DTH, Sept.
27). Know that he has deemed you "One big
Considering the popular awareness of the dan
gers in taking satire seriously, I find it disturbing
that many people never realized some of the elec
tion outcome's most basic lessons. Tradition is
fine as long as it doesn't impede progress. But
who traditionally wins such elections? The
representatives of the largest organization? The
prettiest girl? Both great reasons, I'm sure, but
can't Homecoming mean more than a mere
beauty or popularity contest? Can it be that this
apathetic student body has reacted against such
an outmoded, elitist tradition?
I would like to congratulate Steve Latham on
his win, although I would be naive to suggest that
everyone who voted for him had such high-minded
motives. I would also like to apologize to all
the other Homecoming queen contestants-. You
all looked beautiful, and your participation only
reflects the affection and high regard your peers
hold for you. Better Latham had been the only
East Rosemary Street
To the editor:
After reading the letters to the editor on Tues
day, Sept. 27, by Jim Swofford ("Everything is
'one big joke' ") and Doc Droze ("Next time the
joke may be on students"), I have to sympathize
with both writers' points The girls of the
Homecoming court should, and rightfully so, be
disappointed by the election of Yure Nmomma.
Gone is the honor, excitement and memories of
being elected Homecoming queen.
Yet the election of Yure Nmomma does make
a statement about the enthusiasm of the average
UNC student toward Homecoming. In fact, it
seems as if few people on this campus get excited
about being a part of the University of North
Carolina when football games roll around. It's
true that it is hard to get psyched for a Home
coming game in the middle of September against
William and Mary. But can't we try? Other
schools make football games an event, filling the
stands with thousands of cheering fans who
won't leave at halftime because they are bored.
So let's look to the future Homecomings at
UNC. Carolina Athletic Association President
Padraic Baxter: Work on a major renovation of
Homecoming activities. Douglas Dibbert, direc
tor of Alumni Affairs: Pick a more appropriate
time and opponent for the game. And finally,
students: At games, let's show that we're excited
about attending the best university in the nation.
Let's all do this, so that Yure Daddy won't be
queen in '84.
To the editor:
Yure Nmomma was elected Homecoming
queen, and most students, fans and alumni got a
bigger kick out of Homecoming than they ever
would have had we merely elected another pretty
face. But a small minority was bothered by it.
Doc Droze felt sorry for the girls who lost the
election ("Next time the joke may be on stu
dents," DTH, Sept. 27). If these girls place such
a high value on being recognized as "the pret
tiest," then I pity them for that reason, not
because they lost the election.
Jim Swofford was bothered because the "big
joke" atmosphere put across the student body as
apathetic and unscholarly ("Everything is 'one
big joke,' " DTH, Sept. 27). Then I must ask
Swofford, "Are beauty contests more in line with
your image of an enlightened, knowledge-seeking
I see nothing wrong with electing a lovely lady
for Homecoming queen if that is what students
want. But if students would rather have some fun
and elect a lovely guy, they should be able to do
that too, without complaint from the small con
tingent of students who haven't yet mentally
graduated from high school.
Matthew M. Brown