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8AThe Daily Tar Heel Thursday, September 6, 1984
Jeff Hiday, Editor
JOKI. BROADWAY, Manaix Editor
Michael T(xle, Associate Editor
MARK STINNEFORD, Associate Editor
KELLY SIMMONS, University Editor
WAYNE THOMPSON, State and National Editor
MELANIE WELLS, City Editor
VANCE TREFETHEN, Business Editor
STUART TONKINSON, News Editor
FRANK KENNEDY, Sports Editor
Jeff Grove, Arts Editor
CINDY DUNLEVY, Features Editor
JEFF NEUVILLE, Photography Editor
A new kind of
UNC prides itself on being an all
around university one with a healthy
mix of academics and social activities.
Too often, of course, the social side
manages to command greater attention.
While this may make for a more exciting
stay at the University, academics suffer.
That's why recent changes in sorority
rush, while sure to be considered as
insignificant by many, come as such a
welcome addition to the University
For the first time, sorority rush this
year has been held only on weekends.
Whereas in the past rush events took
place during school days and drastically
cut into the studying of both the rushees
and the sisters, the new procedure allows
more time during the week for studies.
This frees up the weekend for its best
purpose anyway social activities.
Considering that the majority of
rushees are freshmen, the elimination of
rush activities during the week is
especially welcome. As the newcomers
are just learning about studies at the
collegiate level, these first few weeks
deserve to be as academically oriented
More than just
The theft of the Carolina Gay Asso
ciation's banner from the Pit Tuesday
night comes as disturbing news for a
couple of reasons. First, the action,
whether made in jest or as a serious
statement about the organization, shows
little respect for the rights of individuals,
be they gay or straight. The banner cost
little in monetary terms, but it was a
valuable tool used by the CGA to
publicize its organization.
Perhaps that was too abhorrent for
the person or persons who stole the
banner. As CGA outreach coordinator
Jerry Salak put it, "They see us adver
tising something big and blatant, and
it's just infuriates them and scares them."
That may explain the motives, but
that doesn't excuse the violation of the
CGA's right to freedom of expression.
Just because gays choose to pursue a
lifestyle that is not in accordance with
most people's, that does not mean they
forfeit those rights afforded others.
Second, and perhaps more important,
the theft of the CGA's banner is
The Bottom Line
Surprise, surprise. The UNC Student
Activities Center is sold out. Not just for
the first basketball game Nov. 30, 1985,
but for every game from then on out. Unless
you're a UNC student or a Rams Club
contributor, chances are very good youll
never see the Tar Heels live at UNC ever
Pretty dramatic stuff if you happen to
be John Q. Public with a fetish for rooting
on our beloved basketball team. The Rams
Club contributors were allocated a total
of 9,452 seats (students got the rest), and
the largest contributors have the right to
will their seats upon their death.
That last little bit spells utter despair for
just about anybody (aside from the 'elite
donors) hoping to see the Heels in action
at the SAC anytime soon. But, this will
business isn't exactly sitting well with
Joseph Ferrel, a professor at the Institute
of Government, called the practice
"absolutely repugnant." He argues that
since the SAC is a state facility the public
should have a reasonable access.
He's probably right sounds like a
compromise is in order here but ticket
hungry fans shouldn't hold their breath.
Considering the Rams Club came up with
$38.57 million in private contributions itH
be pretty hard for anyone to say "Thanks
for all the trouble, now get lost."
Libido for learning
Lust for knowledge is apparently
burning at Stanford University.
Researchers there have been inundated by
men who want to probe the frontiers of
About 300 men volunteered to
participate in the testing of a drug that has
proven to be a powerful aphrodisiac in
laboratory animals. About 40 of the
applicants were selected to participate in
the test on the drug, yohimbine
hydrochloride, which is produced by a
92nd year of editorial freedom
Credit for the new plan, devised last
spring, goes to the UNC administration
and the Panhellenic Council for recog
nizing and attacking the problem. Their
changes have made for a more sensible
sorority rush, one which strikes a finer
balance between the two disparate sides
of college life.
Besides allowing for additional study
time, the new format appears to allow
women a more relaxed atmosphere for
getting acquainted. As Panhellenic Rush
Chairman Margie Benbow put it, "The
stress is on getting to know the girls,
rather than spending as much time on
skits, decorations and songs." Also,
given that they no longer must choose
between rushing and studying, the
format allows more women to explore
UNC's Greek system.
Sounds like a good deal all around.
The sororities are happy, the adminis
tration is happy and the rushees are
happy. So as rush comes to an end
Sunday night, we hope its positive
example of balancing academics and
social life will make its mark on the rest
of the University community.
unsettling because it appears to be a
manifestation of an attitude that is
incongruous with that which should
exist on a college campus.
College is more than classes, sporting
events and parties. It's supposed to be
a liberalizing experience a place where
students learn of new ideas and philos
ophies, a time in which people gain
greater awareness of lifestyles and views
different from their own.
Apparently some people haven't
learned the lesson.
While no one is asking everyone , to
tolerate gays completely, we should
expect more rational behavior. If
someone wants to challenge the CGA,
there are legitimate channels for doing
so. Each year, the CGA must go before
the Campus Governing Council for
funds, and each year there are those who
attend to let their objections be known.
If those people who tore down the
banner feel the need to protest, they
should voice their opposition in a
fashion more constructive than imma
turely destroying property.
variety of tree that grows in the West
African nation of Cameroon.
During four years of experiments, the
drug has been shown to produce intense
sexual arousal and performance in rats.
Rats involved in the test sought sexual
encounters twice as often as rats not
receiving the drug.
Dr. Julian M. Davidson, a professor of
physiology at Stanford Medical School,
said the research could lead to the
development of a drug to treat sexual
Davidson said the results with the male
rats were important because rats are a good
model for certain biological aspects of
human sexual behavior, including sex
Humans participating in the experiment
have been advised not to stay up too late
Ah, the sacrifices we make for the sake
And that's the bottom line.
By STUART TONKINSON
Thank God for vegetable soup.
For less than two quarters, you can just zip
it under the electric can opener, pour it in one
of Mom's old pots, heat the baby until the
bubbles burst from under the alphabet letters
and head for your congested nose, swirl in a
bowl, add crackers and presto! Instant health
1 paid my homage to the soup deity this past
weekend. While some lucky souls got to go to
the beach and forget all about school, I was,
like many others, stuck in Chapel Hill. Sick.
Friends consoled me by saying that sicknesses
spread quickly when groups of people from one
area, like the coast, introduce their live-in germs
to those from another area, like the mountains.
While the kids party it up during Orientation
week, the germs are having even more fun in
all those sinal passages. And drop add! And
freshmen convocation! Whew! By the time the
first class rolls around, the little critters are
exhausted. But they're multiplying like, well, like
germs, I guess.
That type of consolation did me little good.
I sat in my bed trying to think of who gave
me the unwanted guests. Was it that girl at
Purdy's who sneezed in my Coke? Was it that
chick at Linda's who I walked back to the sorority
house with? Or was it Charlie, now as sick as
me? He would do something like this.
It's hard to be around friends when you're
sick. If you came down with the cold first, you
feel guilty about spreading germs, and you're mad
as hell if he's sick around you. There's something
akin to paranoia if you're the only student in
a 150-odd class that doesn't have to cough or
reach for a tattered Kleenix every five minutes.
It's kind of like the feeling in Invasion of the
Body Snatchers, only this time it's just a plain
Invasion of the Body. This is a country where
individual rights are respected, eh? So we all have
the right not to be surrounded by a bunch of
wheezing sickos, dont we?
Well, now I'm one of those sickos, and the
healthies make those inevitable helpful sugges
tions, the ones that make you cringe. There she
is, perfectly healthy and tan, without a care in
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
New rules make the game fairer
To the editor:
I don't know who wrote the
editorial "Taking their ball home"
(DTHy Sept. 4), but I seriously
doubt he was at the Campus
Governing Council meeting Aug.
29. If the writer had been there,
I am sure the editorial would not
have been written. Sure, we
thought about how close the last
referendum for a fee increase came
to passing, but the vote was not
the issue. The issue was how to
make the passing of any type of
referendum a fairer decision.
We did not harp on the past and
how the new rule would have
changed the referendum's
outcome. Instead, our goal was to
provide the students the fairest
Racism: A ghost of elections past
By JOHN HINTON
History does repeat itself in North Carolina
Racism and mudslinging were injected into
the legendary race between Sen. Frank Porter
Graham and Raleigh attorney Willis Smith
during a special election in 1950.
Now, racism and gutter politics are evident
in the Senate contest between Gov. Jim Hunt
and incumbent Sen. Jesse Helms.
Smith's campaign workers, one of whom was
Helms, wrote and distributed racist campaign
literature on the eve of the June Democratic
runoff primary. In his book, "Frank Porter
Graham, a Southern Liberal," Warren Ashby
described the attack on Graham, a former UNC
"White people, wake up before it is too late.
You may not have another chance. Do you want
Negroes working beside you, your wife and your
daughters in your mills' and factories? Negroes
sleeping in the same hotels and rooming houses?
Negroes using your toilet facilities? Frank
Graham favors mingling of the races.?"
That was the message the Smith campaign
cried after the first primary when Graham
defeated Smith and former Senator Robert
Reynolds. Graham prevailed despite charges
that he belonged to the Communist Party
because he was a member of the Civil Rights
Committee in the Senate.
Graham received 303,605 votes, but was
11,269 short of a clear majority. Smith had
received 250,222 votes and Reynolds, 58,752.
Gov. Kerr Scott had appointed Graham to the
Senate after the death of J. Melville Broughton
died in 1949.
Smith decided to call a runoff primary, and
his forces stepped up their character
assassination of Graham calling him a
"Communist" and a "nigger-lover."
Ashby wrote that the Smith's "Know the
Truth Committee," had reprinted 100,000
copies of the the front page of the Carolina
Times, a black newspaper in Durham, showing
a picture of Graham with the headline, "Negro
Press Endorses Graham," and a claim that more
than 100,000 blacks had registered to vote.
The material was mailed to whites with this
information, "Notice, too, that the Negro
newspaper carried editorials, reproduced on the
back pape of the enclosures, advocating
intermarriage of the races and the admisssipn
of Negroes to the state's white institutions of
learning. Do you want these things to come
the world, telling you how to take care of
yourself. It's more of a dare, really, a dare to
the germs that brought you down so easily to
try their stuff on hardier flesh. Come on, infect
me. Go ahead, make my day.
There are things, survival aids, you remember
when you get sick. Things like:
The closest object on campus to tissues is
the toilet paper in Davis Library and the napkins
in the Pine Room. Never, not in a million years,
use the paper towels in the Carolina Union, no
matter how much your nose burns that stuff
has scarred people for life.
Even though it's full of vitamin C, drinking
orange juice right before or after brushing your
teeth is one of the most unpleasant feelings youll
Any germ with an ounce of energy has
doubtless worked up a perfect immunity to all
those Sudafed capsules I OD'd on the first time
I noticed the warning signs.
And the only salvation lies in vegetable soup,
chance to express their views in a
campus referendum. If the writer
had been at the meeting, he might
have heard several members
discuss how this new ruling could
make it easier for the passing of
a student activity fee decrease!
I must admit that I am for
deletion of the 20 percent
requirement. As "The right way to
fee" (DTH, Apr'.' 12, ) stated,
"While a 20 percent requirement
would ensure that a fee increase
would be representative of the
student body, the requirement can
also be used as a negative incentive
toward voting. A person who is
against the fee increase has dual
avenues of protest: the ability to
abstain from voting and guarantee
the requirement not be met and the
ability to register a negative note."
The removal of this requirement is
the fairest possible compromise I
can see, but this is not my decision -alone.
I have two recommendations.
First, the writer of the editorial,
should come to the next CGC
meeting before criticizing our
work, and not get all his
information from a DTH article or
co-worker. Please concentrate on
the real issue of how to make the
passing of any referendum the
fairest possible for all - students.
Second, students should determine
how they want the requirements to
be set. Students should call their
CGC representatives and let them
know where they stand. It is the
representative's responsibility to let
Jesse Helms: Up to old tricks?
That and similar dirty tactics worked and
Smith defeated Graham in a close election.
Smith had 281,1 14 votes to Graham's 261,789.
After serving three years, Smith died in 1953.
President Harry Truman appointed Graham to
the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and later to
United Nations as an ambassador. Graham died
in 1972 in Chapel Hill.
What was Helms' role in Smith campaign?
"The Senator was only a volunteer in the Smith
campaign," said Claude Allen, Helms' black
campaign press secretary. "He has also said that
he never wrote any of the campaign material."
Some blacks in Raleigh tell a different tale.
This summer when I was working with The
Carolinian, a. black weekly newspaper, I talked
to people about the Graham-Smith contest and
Helms' role in the campaign.
"Jesse was the architect behind the whole
campaign," said John Winters Sr., a Raleigh
developer and former state senator. "He might
have not wrote that racist stuff, but he
masterminded the whole thing."
Former Raleigh Mayor Clarence Lightner
agreed with Winters. "I have been in politics
for 30 years," he said in July. "We were fighting
Jesse Helms even then."
Following the bitter campaign, Smith
appointed Helms as a administrative assistant
to his Washington staff.
Thirty-four years have passed since the
Smith-Graham race, Helms has since switched
parties. But similar racist tactics are still being
for that is rest and peace to those who worship
it. To sip it is our end.
In elementary school, (junior high? senior
high? last semester?) we thought to ourselves,
if only I could get sick, nothing major, just bad
enough so I won't have to finish that paper
tonight or take that test tomorrow or go out
with Scaley Sally Saturday.
But there I was on Labor Day, with the sun
shining and no classes to miss, and I didn't even
have to write anything for The Daily Tar Heel.
Nothing on television except some movie about
mutant roaches, and WQDR was playing Bonnie
Raitt and Mike Cross. I was ready to transfer
to any university south of here maybe one
on a small Caribbean island.
And the germs just laughed.
Stuart Tonkinson, a junior English and
History major from St. Louis, Mo., is news editor
of the DTK.
the student, but it is equally
responsibilty to let your CGC
representative know how you feel
about the issues. Call Student
Government (962-5201) of you do
not know how to reach your
representative. The decisions the
CGC makes affect us all.
CGC District 9
Editor's note: The Campus
Governing Council voted to amend
legislation regarding passage of an
increase in the Student Activities
Fee. The bill did not address
procedures for amending the
Student Constitution or approving
other referendums. Thus, the
action did not make it easier to pass
In early August, David Flaherty, chairman
of the state Republican Party, mailed 45,000
envelopes with bumper stickers plugging the
candidacy of President Reagan, Vice President
Bush, Helms and gubernatorial candidate Jim
Martin in an effort to raise funds.
Flaherty warned his fellow Republicans that
increased black registration in North Carolina
may spell defeat for the Republican ticket in
the state. "Your vote may be canceled because
radical Jesse Jackson has already registered
enough liberal Democrat voters in North
Carolina to cancel your vote for President
Reagan and our Republican candidates," he
In 1980, Reagan won North Carolina by only
39,383 votes, Flaherty wrote, adding that
Jackson's Democratic presidential candidancy
inspired 77,020 blacks to register.
"That's almost twice as many new anti
Reagan voters as the Democrats need to wipe
out the Reagan victory margin in North
Carolina," he said.
Figures compiled by the state Board of
Elections in April showed there were more than
565,000 registered black voters in the state.
"Jesse Jackson is registering millions of new
minority voters in a new and frightening racist
campaing against President Reagan," Flaherty
said. "And North Carolina is Jackson's number
one target. Here in our state he and his liberal
allies hope to beat President Reagan and at
the same time win back control of the U.S.
Senate by defeating Sen. Jesse Helms."
Responding to the letter, the Democrats said
that the Republicans had written off the black
vote. Martin, who is courting the black vote
in the gubernatorial race against Attorney
General Rufus Edmisten, repudiated the letter.
Blacks across the state were screaming,
charging that Flaherty was using racist tactics
to ensure victory for the Republican ticket.
Controversy over the letter has spurred
comparisons between the 1950 and 1984 races.
Even though it was the Republicans caught
this time and not the Democrats, these sleazy
racist tactics demostrate that many state
politicians will do or say anything to maintain
These are examples of hardball politics in
North Carolina. I hope the people of the state
have woken up and will not allow these good
ol' boys to return North Carolina to a state
of backwardness where politicians can still use
racism to be elected.
The November elections will give voters the
chance to turn back this new tide of racial
prejudice. The ball is your court, Tar Heels,
don't fumble it.
John Hinton is a first-year graduate student
in the Sc hool of Journalism.