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Volume 92, Issue si 4
Thursday, September 27, 1984 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Class of '85 chooses plaques
to go on university buildings
By GUY LUCAS
Senior class officers and marshals
chose plaques Tuesday for 142 Univer
sity buildings as this year's senior class
gift to UNC.
The plaques were chosen from a
group of four gift ideas that included
new bells for the Bell Tower, a sculpture
and an archives museum.
Arlene Fere bee, who presented the
pros and cons of the plaques at the
meeting, said the plaques will be placed
on 142 University buildings that don't
have them now, including dorms and
the Student Activity Center. Buildings
that have plaques include South Build
ing, Old East, Old West, Gerrard and
Plans for putting plaques on all
University buildings were made as early
as 1954. On file in the office of Vice
Chance llor for University Relations
Rollie Tillman are many letters discuss
ing the project and suggesting inscrip
tions for each building. Among the
letters is a 1 954 note from then Secretary
of the Faculty A.C. Howell proposing
for the Old Chapel an inscription
approved by the Board of Trustees in
"There have been times in the past
when people devoted a great deal of
attention to the project," said William
Massey of the Carolina Student Fund.
Ferebee said the plaques would be
made of brass and would carry a brief
history of each building, though the
exact contents pf each inscription would
be the University's decision.
The total cost of the plaques will be
about $150,000, Ferebee said. Each
plaque will cost $1,200 including
$700 for the plaque itself and $500 for
The gift will be funded by pledges
from the class of according to senior
class officers. The class of 84 also used
pledges to fund their gift, a visitor center
that will open in 1989, but the seniors
have set their goal higher this year. The
CGC votes to withdraw student fees from TFO
By DAVID SCH
The Campus Governing Council last
night fulfilled a student body mandate
of a year and a half ago by passing two
bills authorizing the withdrawal of
student fees from the UNC Trust Funds
Office to invest in a "socially respon
The bills allow the CGC to take
nearly $13,000 out of the TFO's tem
porary investment pool and invest it in
the Self Help Credit Union of Durham,
an organization that says it helps low
income laborers create and save jobs
by financing worker-owned
Concern about having student fees
controlled by the Board pf Trustees,
which invests in companies operating
in racially segregated and discrimina
tory South Africa, resulted in the
student body passing a divestment
referendum by a two-to-one majority
in Februrary 1983.
"We don't actually have money in the
Do campaign celebrities influence the voters?
By JIM TOWNSEND
Celebrity endorsements have long
been a part of the political process in
America. Frank Sinatra has crooned at
benefit concerts for friend Ronald
Reagan while the Mondale campaign
has Paul Newman.
The U.S. Senate campaign here
between Republican Sen. Jesse Helms
and Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt has
been no exception to the glitter politics
of look-what-star-IVe-got campaign
ing, with musician James Taylor and
actress Bonnie Franklin appearing for
Hunt and singer Pat Boone and actor
Charlton Heston for Helms.
Do voters look to out-of-state stars
for political reason when it comes time
to fill out the ballot? What effect does
a James Taylor concert for Hunt, or
a Charlton Heston commercial for
"When a voter reacts to a celebrity's
endorsement of a candidate, it's just one
influence among many, Professor
Chester Insko said. "The average voter's
environment is filled with stimuli that
can act to influence his decision."
Those stimuli include family, social
and work environment and exposure to
As for the specific effect a celebrity's
plug for a candidate has, Insko said
The Republican Party either corrupts its liberals or it expels them Harry
plaques will cost about $35,000 more
than the total amount of money pledged
by the class of '84.
Thomas Kepley, chairman of the gift
committee, told marshals that it should
not be too hard to raise the needed
pledges. He said a phone campaign to
get pledges would run from Feb. 3-12,
1985, while last year's telephone cam
paign lasted only four days.
He also stressed the importance of
the gift in promoting class unity. "This
gift is a project we all work on and it
brings these 3,500 people together," he
said. He added that since the pledges
will be collected over five years it
maintains the class identity longer.
"People who lose contact in the first
five years tend not to come back to the
university," he said.
Another advantage of a five year
pledge, according to Kepley, is that it
increases the size, type and quality of
gift a class can make. He said people
were better able to pay a pledge when
it's spread over five years while people
are working and earning money.
Massey said last year's gift has been
a motivator for this year's seniors.
"They just want to top last year's," he
If the class of 5 tops last year's
pledge, which was the largest five year
pledge gift from a graduating class at
any public or private university in the
country, their gift will take over that
title. Last year's pledges totalled
Of the other gift choices, the bells
were the most expensive. A 1981
estimate put the total cost at more than
$1.2 million, according to Lee Harris,
who made the presentation for the bells.
She said the bulk of the cost, $1 million,
would have been needed for an endow
ment to ensure the future salaries of
people with the skills to operate and
repair the bells.
The price of the sculpture would have
See GIFT on page 3
Endowment Fund," Student Body
President Paul Parker said. But
although the BOT independently turned
the fees into U.S. bonds that cannot
be invested in South Africa, the
apartheid-supporting BOT still controls
them, he said.
And "they can take it (the $12,000)
back any time they want, whether it's
in Durham or Kalamazoo," Student
Body Treasurer Allen Robertson said.
The bill was co-sponsored by the
Executive Branch of Student Govern
ment and the Black Student Movement,
the first such partnership in a while,
Parker said. BSM President Sherrod
Banks addressed the council, comparing
the apartheid of South Africa to the
policies of the Old South.
"We have recognized that these
policies are wrong, but we support this
student government," he said.
The CGC could either invest the
interest earned from the fully insured
investment in a "socially responsible
manner" or reinvest back it into the
existing psychological theories tend to
disclaim the notion that celebrities can
have a dramatic impact on a race's
"There's a theory called congruity,
which is based on the idea that human
beings seek to maintain a certain degree
of uniformity and agreement with
respect to their ideas," Insko explained.
"When that balance is upset, they tend
to adjust their feelings about something
as a means of restoring that balance.
"According to the theory, if a celeb
rity that you admire comes out in
support of a politician you dislike, you
are compelled to shift your judgments
about one or the other, or both. Most
studies have concluded that the voter
is more likely to change his opinions
about the celebrity toward the negative
than he is likely to change his position
on that candidate enough to make him
vote a different way."
Larry Crum and Mary Lou Schott,
graduate students in the psychology
department, are somewhat more recep
tive than Insko of the degree of influence
celebrity appearances for candidates
have. "Many times the voter identifies
with the celebrity, wants to be like him,"
Schott said. "It's possible that he would
like to vote like him too."
"This sort of thing plays on people's
emotions especially in the Hunt-Helms
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SHCU, according to the bill.
"I think it's possibly the most impor
tant piece of legislation we will have
this session," said Bill Barlow (Dist. 4)
The CGC also authorized a consti
tutional referendum for the spring
elections that would make the student
body president a non-voting member of
the council because he possesses veto
power. "What I'm keeping from creat
ing is a loophole in which the student
body president has dual voting power,"
said Wyatt Closs (Dist. 10), an author
of the bill.
The bill also increases the simple
majority needed to override a veto to
a two-thirds majority. In addition, the
student body president must exercise his
veto power within five school days
instead of 10.
Appropriations totalling more than
$5,000 were awarded to four organiza
tions. The Fine Arts Festival will receive
$3,500 in addition to the $500 the CGC
granted it last semester. Student Legal
Services received $1,000 for a copy of
race, which is highly emotional to begin
with. It's also possible that this method
of campaigning has greater success with
the less sophisticated, less informed part
of the population. But like this whole
question, it's very difficult to tell how
people are affected."
Crum explains the star factor, in
terms of dissonance theory and gives
the example of a James Taylor fan who
dislikes Hunt. Since Taylor supports
Hunt, the theory goes, the Taylor fan
senses an inconsistency in his beliefs or
a dissonance among his thought.
The dissonance will motiviate the
Taylor fan to remove the inconsistency,
Crum said. Perhaps, the Taylor fan
might realize he really doesn't know all
that much about Hunt anyway.
While the parade of stars for can
didates across the nation and in North
Carolina continues, and a victory at the
polls suggests that a little Hollywood
glitter can't be all that bad, star
campaigning will continue to grow.
When country singer Lee Greenwood
picked up the phone, it was a Reagan
compaign official asking to use his song
for Reagan's video presentation at the
Republican National Convention in
Dallas and television commercials.
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an entusiastic crowd at Duke's Page
as part of The Little America Tour.
and supplements to North Carolina's
General Statutes. The Carolina Course
Description received $300. And the
Judicial Branch of Student Government
received $244 to inform junior transfers
about the Honor Code.
In other action:
A voter registration drive offering
$300 to the residence college registering
the highest percentage of its residents
early next month was approved.
The CGC declared representative
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districts 5, 8 and 20 vacant. An election
to fill the positions will be held Oct.
Nominees to the Elections Board
were approved. They were Karen
Humphries, Lisa O'Malley, Randy
Giddens, Liz Frankenberg, James
Wellons, Ben Chisholm, Jim Greenhill
and Bruce Lillie. The bill containing
Supreme Court nominees, including
Scott Norberg for Chief Justice, was
sent back to the Rules and Judiciary
Committee for informal discussion.
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from a Carrboro yard early Tuesday.
By MARJORIE MORRIS
A programming blackout of eight
ACC basketball games last year by
Alert Cable of North Carolina promp
ted a Carrboro resident to file a class
action lawsuit against the company.
Orange County Superior Court
Judge Gordon Battle dismissed the case
Monday because he felt the financial
damages that resident Sam Maffei
suffered were minimal. Maffei has 30
days to decide whether he will take the
case to the state Court of Appeals.
The Season Ticket sold by Entertain
ment and Sports Programming Net
work cost each subscriber $75 in
addition to the monthly fee charged for
Judge Battle ruled in agreement with
Alert Cable's lawyers that the missed
programming was worth "pennies" but
according to Maffei and Bernholz,
subscribers paid $75 for programming
that they said was worth so little.
Bernholz said Alert Cable thought
subscribers were only entitled to dam
ages equal to the difference between
what they contracted for and what they
received. He said the blackout cost
subscribers 12 hours out of their 24
. Maffei said Alert Cable admitted that
they breached his contract, but they
dont agree that they owe $75 to each
of 30,000 customers who did not buy
the season ticket package.
"They did not even offer alternate
programming for the ACC games like
Village Cable did in Chapel Hill,"
ivf affei filed his original injunction in
January and got permission from Judge
Battle to file his class action lawsuit two
In a class action lawsuit, a petitioner,
like Maffei, asks permission from the
courts to include others who were
affected in the same way as the peti
tioner, Bernholz said.
Maffei's lawsuit and other lawsuits
filed throughout the state paused the
sports network to cancel Season Ticket
The remainder of the games in the
package were not televised and Season
Ticket subscribers received a refund for
the extra charge by the cable systems.
By LISA BRANTLEY
Three UNC students were arrested
Tuesday in connection with the theft
of a 6-foot fiberglass rhinoceros from
a yard in Carrboro around 2 a.m.
Thomas William Hansen, 20, of D
6 Old Well Apartments, Edward W.
Toth, 19, of G-l Old Well Apartments
and Martin Williamson Borden, 19, of
234 Ridgewood Dr. in Goldsboro, N.C.
were each charged with larceny and
released on $300 unsecured bond. The
three, who refused to comment on the
incident, are scheduled to appear in
district court on October 18.
The rhinoceros, one of two taken that
night from the yard of Cameron Hill,
of 606 W. Cameron Avenue, was
recovered by Chapel Hill police officer
E. Smith. Smith observed three males
carrying the statue up the sidewalk on
West Cameron while he was on patrol
early Tuesday morning. The three ran
when they saw the patrol car and were
later located after a search of the area.
A second rhinoceros disappeared the
same night and was recovered from the
Kappa Alpha fraternity house at 110
W. Cameron Avenue. No charges have
been pressed in connection with its
disappearance, according to police.
A friend of the rhinoceri's owner who
declined to be identified said, "We just
have them (the rhinoceri) as pieces of
art and I think other people enjoy them
The same friend identified the creator
of the rhinoceri as Bob Gaston, a local
artist who also does sculpture and
collage. Although Gaston does not
usually sell the large animals he makes,
she said, he has occasionally made
smaller items and advertised them for
sale in The Spectator.
Hill removed a similar statue of a pig
from his yard because he thought it was
too portable, according to the friend
who said the statue was very light and
described the pig as similar to the one
atop Crook's Corner Restaurant in
Carrboro. She said she suspects Hill
"will probably be taking measures" to
better secure the animals in the future.