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8The Daily Tar HeelThursday, February 9, 1984
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91st year of editorial freedom
Kerry DeRochi, Editor
Eddie Woo ten, Managing Editor
CHARLES ElLMAKER, Associate Editor
KELLY SIMMONS, University Editor
KYLE MARSHALL, State and National Editor
MICHAEL DESlSTI , Sports Editor
Melissa Moore, News Editor
FRANK BRUNI, Associate Editor
Michael Toole, City Editor
KAREN FlSHER, Features Editor
Jeff Grove, Arts Editor
CHARLES W. LeDFORD, Photography Editor
For president, Parker
This year's student is fortunate. From the headstrong candor of
Susan Gaddy to the heady rhetoric of James Exum, there exists a host
of candidates for student body president who are both experienced and
earnest, innovative and idealistic. All citing the ineffectiveness of the
Kevin Monroe administration and untapped potential for student in
volvement in university affairs, each candidate promises to inject into
student government not only new ideas but also a much-needed vitality.
The challenge faced by voters in next week's elections is choosing from
this impressive field of candidates the one person most likely to follow
through on that promise. We believe that candidate is Paul Parker.
Of the seven candidates running for the position, not one is without
virtue. Gaddy boasts extensive past experience in student government
and a willingness to confront difficult issues. Her campaign's focus on
what she perceives as the problems faced by women at UNC, however,
ignores other issues important to all students.
Past experience in student government also distinguishes James Exum
and Greg Hecht. Exum's ideas for the restructuring of the 11 commit
tees in student government into three areas governmental relations,
student affairs and faculty and administration reflect his recognition
of student government's present inertia, but do not guarantee a solution
to that problem. Likewise, Hecht's concentration on the broader pro
blems confronting students, such as phone systems and food contracts,
fails to recognize that these matters are ultimately in the hands of the
administration and that student government might be more effective in
working with issues upon which it could exert a greater influence.
Hecht's research skills and impressive understanding of university af
fairs, however, would make him an invaluable asset to any administra
tion. Chip Medlin and Mark Dalton both offer student government
refreshing chances for change, Medlin in his proposals for increased stu
dent involvement, Dalton in the unique perspective his experience as
Residence Hall Association president this past year has provided him.
Both, however, offer few specific proposals. The ubiquitous Frank
Winstead also stresses increased student involvement in campus govern
ment but has little conception of how to encourage the student par
ticipation he advocates.
Unlike most of his opponents, Paul Parker has incorporated into his
campaign practicality, specific proposals, and an emphasis upon issues
important to each and every student at UNC.
Parker realizes the need for both an increase in the student fee and
the allocation of student funds for student television productions. His
proposals for restructuring student government highlight the emergence
of project-specific task forces to replace what he aptly terms "paper
Parker's past accomplishments demonstrate both his effectiveness as .
a leader and his concern for students. Perhaps most striking is his work
as founder and director of the Student Part-Time Employment Service,
an organization which in its first year located more than 1 ,500 jobs for
students. Parker's experience also includes work as the National Vice
President for the American Association of University Students and as
an executive assistant to Monroe.
Parker is not the only qualified candidate for student body president,
but under close scrutiny he emerges as the most qualified candidate.
Although others could do the job well, Parker's detailed proposals and
deep understanding of student government give promise that he is the
candidate most likely to win back the respect for student government
UNC students once felt.
For editor, Hiday
Each year, the most difficult endorsement for The Daily Tar Heel to
make is that in the race for editor. It's a decision that involves weighing
the good and bad points of friends who have worked with us for the good
part of a year. John Conway, Jeff Hiday and Christine Manuel each have
shown a dedication to the DTH; they've spent late nights editing stories
and early mornings delivering Saturday Sports editions to Kenan
Stadium. They were fine staff members and they would make fine
What distinguishes Jeff Hiday from the other two three if you in
clude the ubiquitous Frank Winstead is his complete understanding of
how the newspaper operates. Hiday has served as associate editor and
summer editor of the weekly Tar Heel, two positions that have enabled
him to work closely with the editorial policy and finances of the paper.
This experience, combined with years of work at several North Carolina
newspapers, has given him the ability to propose ideas that will change
and improve the DTH, not just win student votes. If elected, he will be
able to lead the paper forward, making it a better student newspaper.
That is not to say that as a candidate Hiday has the monopoly on abili
ty or willingness to work. While city editor, Conway worked hard to im
prove the coverage of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, earning the paper a
reputation among town officials of being able to gauge and explore town
concerns. As state and national editor, Manuel handled a staff of writers
and pushed them to excel in covering North Carolina.
To most students, these lists of experience make the candidates look
and sound alike; however, it is in the particulars of the platforms that we
make the distinction. Conway's idea for reducing the paper's printing
costs ignores both the binding obligations of the current contract and the
price reductions won by the DTH this year. Manuel's assertion that an
ombudsman and the DTH Board of Directors would decide editorial
policy reflects a lack of understanding of what the board's role is and
should be, that of working with finances, not news judgment.
It is Hiday who has proposed realistic changes to the paper, changes
that students will be able to see. He has advocated bringing the
"character" back to the DTH, something often lost in the routine work.
While Manuel and Conway both have spoken of special coverage for the
1984 national elections, Hiday has promised a desk of writers able to
develop expertise in the different races. Furthermore, Hiday has designed
a new business desk for the paper geared to bringing students pertinent
economic and career news. :
Proposing new ideas for the paper when you've been a close part of it
isn't easy. But Hiday has demonstrated an ability to discern the paper's
weaknesses and then proposing how to strengthen them. Hiday has made
no guarantees of space, because he knows that with today's financial
limitations, no such guarantees can exist. He rejects the idea of an in
termediary to work with students, because he, as an elected official,
should be responsible to the entire campus. And though either Conway
or Manuel would be able to adequately fulfill the duties of editor, it is Hi
day who possesses the talent and insight to allow the DTH to grow as a
professional and perceptive newspaper.
Candidates discuss their views
Editor's note: The Daily Tar Heel
asked student body president candidates
Mark Dalton James Exum, Susan
Gaddy, Greg Hecht, Chip Medlin, Paul
Parker and Frank Winstead to respond
to four questions relevant to their can
didacies. The questions and answers
Mark Dalton is a write-in candidate.
What is student government?
Dalton: According to many students
on this campus, Student Government is
absolutely nothing. Even most of the
candidates are saying that Student
Government is inactive. Does it not
seem strange that the people who have
served in Suite C this year are saying to
you, "Student government does not
work," but in the next breath they tell
you how valuable they were to you
while they were in Student Govern
ment? Students need to ask the ques
tion: why weren't some of your ideas
fulfilled this year?
In order to define Student Govern
ment, one needs something to start
with. Even though I cannot tell you
what Student Government is, I can ex-
' plain what it could be. Student Govern
ment Should oe taiten less seriously
when candidates are promising you
many things that are beyond their own
individual power. Student Government
should deal with the issues as they come
to the forefront: telephone service,
minority problems, town relations and
alcohol legislation. On the other hand,
Student Government should provide
FUN campus wide events.
Exum: SGA consists of the executive,
judicial and legislative branches. It is
he official channel through which
students can 1) play a major role in the
formulation of University policy, 2)
provide student self-governance over
the Honor Code and 3) oversee the allo
cation of the Student Activities Fees.
Gaddy: By definition, SG is an insti
tution which consists of the executive,
judicial and legislative branches. For
me, SG has always been people. People
who work together and sometimes
individuals working against each other
to help make the UNC community a
better place to live for all of us.
Hecht: Student Government is a
group of individuals that can bind to
gether to accomplish certain tasks con
cerning our phone service, food service,
academic policies, etc. when they have
realistic means. Tasks must be project
specific . and realistic. Our Student
Government can even get the ad
ministration to work for students with
proper research and resolution.
Medlin: Right now ineffective.
What it can be is a voice, a very power
ful voice of the students, expressing and
promoting our concerns and desires
throughout the University community.
Parker: This is a complicated ques
tion because what Student Government
is and what it should actually be are
Frankly, Student Government is an
organization which has bogged itself
down and lost student confidence with
broad, paper-shuffling committees that
have no direction and have not attacked
the issues which really make a dif
ference to us. This system supports in
activity and only serves to pad resumes.
What Student Government can and
should be is the mechanism to solve our
problems rather than just complain
about them. The student body president
must serve as the central voice to ad
vocate those concerns and initiate their
Winstead: At present, a resume ser
vice. What is the biggest problem facing
Dalton: The biggest problem facing
Student Government is that students
don't give a damn. This problem has
been perpetuated year after year
because candidates promise too much,
deliver too little, and disappoint too
Exum: Biggest problem? The biggest
problem is that the executive branch has
a potential that is as of yet unrealized.
The student body president has an
"open door" to key faculty members
and administrators. Our student body
president is a voting member of the in
fluential Board of Trustees. The prob
lem lies not in a lack of power but rather
it stems from the inability andor
hesitancy of Student Government
leaders to effectively use the resources
available to have an impact on aspects
of student life. We , can no longer
tolerate a government that is re-active to
finalized administrative decisions.
Gaddy: I would compare the execu
tive branch to a large department store
that has forgotten who its customers
are: The students at UNC. To extend
this free-enterprise analogy, right now
we are having an annual winter
clearance sale to make room for the new
spring 1984 style merchandise.
Hecht: There are several. High phone
installation rates and much confusion
about possible systems exist. As the tele
communications chairman, Housing,
and Southern Bell told me, leasing a
Centrex system will cost students the
same installation rate each year plus a
monthly service charge of $15 to $27 in
stead of $10 now. Owning this system
would cost millions of dollars. The food
service needs some lower prices, though
ARA has made some major improve
ments. Several students took classes like
Math 30 where TA's did not keep up
with standarized test materials. In addi
tion, students often withdraw from
school for medical illness or traumatic
experience (reasons beyond their con
trol). Finally, we heed to inform stu
dents about student fees and govern
ment through a newsletter, hot line,
DTH letters, etc.
Medlin: Students perceive their
government and its leaders as an entity
that promise the same thing year in and
year out.. They just say it differently at
campaign time. Confidence needs to be
restored in Student Government; until
such time, it will remain ineffective.
Parker:' After years of empty pro
mises and disappointments, convincing
students that there is a reason to look
closely at candidates is a major problem
facing Student Government now.
If we don't choose carefully then we
will be unable to solve the biggest prob
lem that of turning Student Govern
ment into a dynamic body which pro
vides tangible results. Instead, we will
have another year where the issues will
be forgotten and left untouched.
There is a difference between the can
didates. While some only speak in
broad generalities, J know what the
issues are and how to put solutions with
these problems. What I have ac
complished these past three years
demonstrates what I can do as presi
dent, not just promise as a candidate. I
founded and directed the Student Part
Time Employment Service. SPTES
found over 3,000 jobs for students in
the past two years and is the largest,
student-run employment service in the
nation. Because of its success, it has
been listed in the New York Times
Selective Guide to Colleges as an attrac
tion to UNC. As national vice president
for the American Association of
University Students, I have been able to
get over $2,000 worth of computer ser
vice for campus organizations and am
running the national Intercollegiate
Conference, which will be held here in
March. It will bring over 200 students
from all over the United States, national
speakers, and presentations we can all
Winstead: The biggest problem is a
student body which either docs not feel
it is a part of Student Government or
just does not need Student Govern
ment. I feel the students think of their
government as being like any other
campus organization. If it does not of
fer something you want, you do not
have a reason to get involved.
How would you solve that problem?
Dalton: The solution to this problem
is to make Student Government visible.
Student Government does not need the
, type of visibility that constantly shows
reactive responses. Instead, it needs to
initiate programs and provide research
ed, viable options to forthcoming prob
lems. In order to make Student Govern
ment visible, students need to see tangi
ble results: a traditional Homecoming,
more "social events" cable TV in resi
dence halls, protected alcohol privileges
and lower textbook and food prices.
The major goal of my administration
would be to make Student Government
visible and therefore more effective us
ing these ideas and lots of student input.
Exum: Student Government commit
tees must have specific objectives and
form a working relationship with
related administration departments.
The student body president must not
hesitate to use the powers and influence
of the presidency to push down book
prices via publishing the name of in
structors who submit late book re
quests, enhance student input in teacher
evaluation via expansion and improve
ment of the Carolina Course Review
and to deal straight with the student
body in recognizing that a new phone
system is impractical, improbable and
Cosmetic changes of the current Stu
dent Government structure is not suf
ficient. We can only have effective
government through strong leadership.
I have helped to turn around the legis
lative branch. I'm ready to take on the
Gaddy: The way I would contribute
to the executive branch were I student
body president, would be to keep in
mind why I am in business; as student
body president I would need to
remember who my customers are, who
pays my scholarshipsalary and who
bought my "merchandise," i.e., my
ideas, etc., to put me into the office.
Specifically, Student Government needs
to perform basic functions: that of stu
dent advocate and voice and that of
central service organization for students
as well as other campus groups.
Hecht: Food services can be improv
ed through cooperation, competition or
replacement. We've asked some other
competitors like Morrison's chain to bid
on the contract when it expires to break
up a monopoly-type attitude. If ARA
wants to keep its contract it will have to
continue to improve, as it has done cur
rently by adding a dietician, lowering
some prices and increasing some quali
ty. We can' cooperate with ARA as in
the past. For phones, we need to gain
legislative limits on installation rates,
the only way to decrease monopoly
rates, and examine temporary discon
nect and systems such as dormitory
communication service. For academics,
a student-faculty grievance committee
could enable faculty to check other
faculty and deter Math 30-type abuse.
The date needs to be extended for tui
tion compensation deadlines.
Medlin: Through communication.
We need a visible president, one who is
approachable and willing to go where
students are and listen to them. We need
an individual who can communicate ef
fectively with students and not just the
crowd at Suite C.
Parker: My focus is change, not
maintenance, because it is change that is
needed. With a transient student body
and a transient Student Government
you have to look at what can actually be
done in a year. I will replace the current
system with a project-specific ad
ministration, which will eliminate the
broad, paper-shuffling committees and
concentrate on finding and implemen
ting solutions to real problems. Well
defined plans and ideas from the start
will keep Student Government from
slipping back into inefficiency. In this
way we can affect student employment,
campus prices, the phone system, our
academics, and any issues that come up.
Once Student Government has proven it
can take the ball and not fumble it on
these issues, then it will regain
legitimacy and student confidence.
Winstead: I hope I will be able to in
spire more people to become involved
through my program of allowing every
student who wishes to be involved in
Student Government to be allowed to
try. If this does not work, I would seek
a referendum to be put before the stu
dent body. This referendum would ask
the students if they preferred that the
Student Government remain as it is or if
they preferred it to be dissolved and their
student fees returned.
What is your biggest weakness?
Dalton: My biggest weakness is that I
am an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.
Seriously, though, I need to force
myself to allow other people to do their
own work. I rarely assign tasks that I
would not, and often do, help with. As
a result, I become overextended.
Exum: Stubbornness. I believe that
any situation can be improved if you
have faith. This innate stubbornness
will not allow me to rest until the task
has been completed. No matter how
hopeless that task may appear.
Gaddy: My biggest weakness is also
my best strength as a candidate for stu
dent body president. I am extremely
obstinate when I believe in what I am
doing and also when I feel I am right.
Most recently, my decision to run for
this office has tested my stubbornness.
No one could successfully talk me out
of running for president. My only regret
is that no one could talk some of my op
ponents out of running also so that I
could have an even better chance of
Hecht: My biggest weakness is fear. I
have the fear that my ideals may be too
high. I've worked for over 40 hours on
researching the projects I'm suggesting.
My fear is that they will not become a
reality. Some projects might tak6 two
years to accomplish. I'll work as hard as
I can to try to make these projects a
reality. I feel that the means I suggest
are concrete. I hope they are because I
want Student Government to ac
complish a lot for students.
Medlin: This is a tough question: I try
to have fun with my personal in
volvements, yet sometimes people get
the impression I'm not serious enough
and that's not the case.
Parker: I would be a better student
body president than I am a student
body president candidate. I never learn
ed to play political games, and from
what I've seen I don't think I want to
start now; I decided my goal is to be stu
dent body president, but I don't want to
win at any cost. Unfortunately, that
doesn't always win elections.
Winstead: My biggest weakness is my
faith in the ability of those with leader
ship capabilities to stand out in the
massive crowds I seek to bring into my