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Volume 93, Issue 107
Friday, January 18, 1935
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
istricting combines Old, New West, Granville
By DAVID SCHMIDT
Revising Campus Governing Council dis
tricts is like piecing together a complicated
jigsaw puzzle. So far the resulting pictures
haven't satisfied everyone,1 especially those with
an interest in Granville Towers representation.
The Campus Governing Council on Mon
day altered Elections Board Chairman Edwin
Fountain's temporary redistricting plan, which
rearranged districts on campus to meet
constitutional size requirements for next
month's elections. The CGC plan includes one
less double-member district by creating an
"I didn't have a great plan, and they came
up with a worse one," Fountain said. But, he
added, "The new districts are acceptable to
me. It doesn't matter too much because it's
Some council members said Fountain's plan
needed better geographic consolidation.
"There seems to be a lack of keeping residence
colleges together," Wyatt Closs (Dist. 10) said
during Monday's CGC meeting. He compared
Fountain's arrangement to having 10 candi
dates at large.
Jimmy Greene, a District 14 representative
from Granville Towers, said he opposed a
district that joined Granville with Old East and
Old West dormitories. The distance separating
the two areas would strain communication
between residents and a representative would
be forced to run back and forth, he said.
Granville is a problem, Fountain said,
because it's too big for one representative and
too small for two. He said pairing it with
Whitehead Hrnritrrv was most logical, but
the population size didn't conform to stand
ards. He chose Old West and Old East as the
next most sensible combination, he said.
In addition, Granville could be left without
a council member who lives there to represent
its interests, which may differ somewhat from
other residence halls. The same could be said
for Old East or Old West, but that was possible
even under the original district system.
Another CGC change in Fountain's plan
broke up an all-female district he made for
the Spencer-Triad area and Joyner and
Whitehead dorms. "People argued that that
doesn't make sense," Fountain said. "I don't
remember an issue where there's been an all
male or an all-female side. Political consid
erations were farthest from my mind when I
was making this up."
Carr dorm replaces-Whitehead in the CGC
arrangement, putting fewer than 50 men with
about 800 women in a district. "Now does that
make sense?" Fountain asked.
Fountain said he had expected disputes but '
added, "We're accepting some inconvenience
in this election to avoid the much greater
problem of unconstitutionality."
The redistricting bill instructs the CGC to
design permanent districts by the end of the
fall semester, taking into account the new
dorm, new off-campus residences and changes
in graduate programs.
The unconstitutionality of previous districts
has no effect on legislation passed by the 1984
85 CGC because representatives were certified,
Fountain said. "You have to challenge
certification within 72 hours," he said. "And
once they're certified, that's it."
Newly formed districts, under the
Campus Governing Council's plan:
Dist. 9: Granville, Old West, Old East
Dist. 10: SRC, Craige(1)
Dist. 11: Olde Campus (1)
Dist. 12: Morrison, Ehringhaus (2)
Dist. 13: SpencerTriad, Joyner, Carr
Dist. 14: James (1)
Dist. 15: HRC,Cobb (1)
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Brain damage possible
By LISA SWICEGOOD
Junior Varsity cheerleader Robin
Davidson remains in critical condition
with a fractured skull at North Carolina
Memorial Hospital, and although
doctors have ruled out neck injury, they
are concerned about possible brain
damage, according to a close friend of
Davidson, a sophomore from Rocky
Mount, was in fair condition Wednes
day morning after a fall from a cheer
leading stunt Tuesday night, but her
condition worsened later in the day. She
has since stabilized.
"Today's been her best day since she
first got worse," sophomore Jeff Wells
of Camden said yesterday. "Her con
dition hasnt changed much.
"She hasn't made a big change, but
the doctors say that's good."
Davidson was on top of a human
pyramid preparing to dismount when
she fell backward. The incident
occurred prior to the women's basket
ball game against N.C. State. Spotters
were located at the front of the pyramid
where Davidson was supposed to fall
but none were behind the pyramid.
One member of the cheerleading
squad called the accident a "freak thing"
that had never happened before.
Mary Sullivan, cheerleader adviser,
said the stunt was part of a routine and
they had been trained to do it.
Wells said Davidson had remained
unconscious due to medication she is
receiving to aid her breathing. Doctors
were unable to say how long Davidson
will be in the hospital, Wells said, but
it would probably "be a very long time."
"A lot of friends have been here in
the waiting room helping out," he said.
as state's GOP chair
Relaxing with book
Part-time student Bjom Sheridan kicks back
with a paperback in the shadows of Davis
library earlier this week, enjoying the
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sunshine of January that later changed to
snow and ice.
Inter culture housing project planned for fall
By MIKE ALLEN
Students will have the chance to share
their views on an interculture dormitory
project next fall if they fill out surveys
distributed across campus this week.
On Tuesday, 6,700 questionnaires
were distributed by the University
Relations Committee to 29 dorms on
campus. The project, called UNITAS
(Latin for united), will involve 100.
students who volunteer to live with
someone of another culture, country or
ethnic background, according to com
mittee co-chairperson Robert Tit
chener. Also, students who volunteer
will become part of an educational
program for credit as a supplement to
Titchener believes now is the time for
such a program. "It is important for
this type of university, with its tradition,
to have a program like this," he said.
The project has been under fire for
being a political maneuver by the
University to solve racial tensions and
ease its conscience, Titchener said, but
that view is completely wrong.
"The program," said Titchener, "is
solely for educational purposes, not
political purposes. Sherrod Banks
(Black Student Movement president),
Collin Rustin (Associate Director of
University Housing) and the University
Relations Committee have had an
impact in directing the focus of this
program away from the original intent
of the program, strictly black-white
integration, to the integration of a
broader spectrum of peoples. The
sentiment behind having a 50-50 black
white experimental dorm is sincere but
inappropriate at this time and on this
campus because of the small number
of blacks on campus and the possible
consequences of such action."
Such a program has been on the
minds of campus leaders for a long time,
Titchener said, but what keeps resur
facing is students' fear of randomized
"There is no reason to believe that
this University and this department will
ever make room assignments without
regard to the individual preferences of
students. This is not the direction our
department is going in," Rustin said.
Titchener said Rustin viewed the
program as improving the living expe
riences of students, becoming part of
the education process and improving
perceptions about other people.
"If we maintain student awareness
about the educational purpose of
UNITAS, it will be hard for anyone
to use this as a political tool," Titchener
Several similar programs have been
instituted on West Coast colleges and
universities, and UNC Housing Direc-
See SURVEY on page 4
United Press International
RALEIGH Gov. Jim Martin
named Charlotte lawyer Robert Brad
shaw Jr. yesterday as his top choice to
succeed David Flaherty as chairman of
the state Republican Party.
Martin told a news conference that
Flaherty would become chairman of the
Employment Security Commission
Feb. 1. The Republican Party's exec
' utive committee meets Jan. 26 to name
Martin said Bradshaw had accepted
his offer to be a nominee for the
"He has indicated he is willing to serve
if he is chosen by the executive com
mittee," Martin said. "He certainly
would have my support. I'm satisfied
that Bradshaw would be acceptable to
a wide segment of the party."
Martin also said he talked with Sen.
Jesse Helms, R-N.C, briefly about the
senator's campaign to grab control of
CBS, "but not in any detailed way."
Helms is mailing letters to a million
supporters, urging them to buy enough
stock in CBS and "become Dan Rath
The letter accuses CBS of biased news
reporting and Helms intends to explain
the mail campaign at a fund-raiser today
in Washington. Martin said he would
be "very interested" to hear what Helms
had to say.
"While many people say it has to do
with the freedom of the press, the
constitution says Congress shall make
no law restricting the freedom of the
press," Martin said. "It doesn't say
stockholders can't own a news
He said it was a stockholder's
decision whether he would try to
influence the news coverage of a
"That's a mighty big undertaking,"
Martin said of Helms' plans.
On another subject, Martin said
supporters have established a commit
tee to collect private donations to
finance any political trips he makes
while in office.
Equal RHA programs
key in Cobb's campaign
By LISA SWICEGOOD
Tim Cobb, a junior business major
from Durham, has announced his
candidacy for Residence Hall Assoca
If elected, Cobb said he would work
to ensure a more equitable distribution
of RHA programs across campus. "In
the past twelve months, RHA has spent
more than $2,000
on concerts and
both of those con
certs were on North
Campus," he said.
"That is not fair to
the residents of
Cobb said he felt
the issue of concerts
on campus lllus- V,
trated the necessity b
of having a presi-
dent who was concerned with the
variety of social programs available to
"RHA has a Governing BJbrd for
policy and a program for providing the
campus with programs," he said. "One
of the biggest weaknesses this past year
in RHA has been the lack of all-campus
The job of RHA President requires
a person who is a dedicated student
adminstrator able to articulate resi
dents' concerns to housing officials,
Cobb said. "I will be here, if elected,
for the next twelve months - summer
included - to make sure the students
interests are heard," he said.
Cobb is also concerned with the
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shuffling of dorm residents that is
currently taking place on campus. "I
guess you could say I am one of the
Everett refugees," he said. "Aside from
making Manly and Everett dorms
women's halls next year, renovations in
the Lower Quad area will require
moving the residents of Aycock, Lewis,
Graham and Stacy into the new dorm
temporarily (a plan which has been
discussed within the Department of
Housing). That's just too much uproot
ing. Just when people make their home, .
they're having to leave it."
Cobb said he believes people in the
university community should take the
proper perspective with regard to race
relations on this campus. "We have to
be careful when we say there are
problems that do indeed exist. If they
do, the person directly representing the
people involved - the Black Student
Movement and the RHA - should be
the groups dealing with the problems.
I'm not sure this is the way things have
been happening," he said.
Cobb transferred to UNC last year
from the University of Virginia. As a
freshman there he served on the First
Year Council, the UVa. legislative
council. This year Cobb has been
president of Everett Dorm and a
member of the RHA Governing Board.
He has also served as RHA's represen
tative to the University Relations
V drama work of
By FRANK BRUNI
And the Children Shall Lead, a one-hour television
drama that will air Sunday night as a segment of
the PBS series Wonderworks, is set in a Mississippi
town in the mid-'60s. It addresses the feelings of
children confronting the civil rights movement,
which, in the end, would mean more to them than
to its adult instigators.
Author Emma Pullen, whose situation as a child
in the South at the dawn of the civil rights movement
parallels that of her 12-year-old protagonist, is one
inheritor of the struggle against discrimination who
can pay homage to the important social upheaval
from a position of noteworthy achievement.
A 1975 UNC graduate, Pullen has traveled far
up the ladder of artistic success in a mere decade's
time. The airing of And the Children Shall Lead,
which marks Pullen's television debut as a screenw
riter, is testimony to her ascent.
Born and raised in Littleton, Pullen flowered as
a journalism major and student leader at UNC.
"While I was there, I was the editor of the Black
Ink, and I was Miss Black Student Movement for
the year 1974," she said in a telephone interview.
Pullen's efforts did not go unnoticed: She was
inducted into two honorary societies, the Order of
the Valkyries and the Order of the Old Well.
However, her flashiest distinction and, as it
turned out, her biggest break was her internship
with the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Los
Angeles Times in the summer of 1974, just before
Richard Nixon's resignation.
"Because everyone else was working on Watergate,
I got to do a lot of the other stories," Pullen said.
She had the chance to prove herself, and prove herself
she did. One year later, she was working full-time
in Washington for the Los Angeles Times.
It was then that Pullen began to feel a creative
itch not satisfied by what she called the technical
nature of reporting. "All the time I was a reporter,
I needed some other creative outlet," Pullen said.
She joined the American Film Society. She wrote
Both outlets proved worthy. Her poetry was
published in literary magazines and even garnered
a few prizes. Her interest in film precipitated an
original screen treatment dramatizing the effect a
group of freedom riders have on a rural Southern
community in the '60s. She submitted the script, titled
And the Children Shall Lead, to the American Film
Institute in Los Angeles, to which she was admitted
and from which she graduated in 1979.
Soon thereafter, she sold the 90-minute screenplay
to a television production company. When PBS
commenced its Wonderworks series, which deals with
serious matters on a level comprehensible to children,
the company sensed a market for Children. First,
however, Pullen had to make some changes.
"The focus of the story is still the same," Pullen
said, "but now instead of a broad audience it's aimed
at a children's audience." She didn't mind making
the changes. "Children were always the main
characters in the story," she said.
She also had to compress the screenplay to fit
an hour-long time slot.
Children is widely anticipated in many critical
circles, in large part because it represents one of the
rare instances in which popular entertainment has
attempted to deal with the civil rights struggle. The
respect PBS has for Pullen's project is reflected in
the production's cast, headed by Roots star LeVar
Burton and Places in the Heart star Danny Glover.
All of this attention bodes well for Emma Pullen's
already distinguished career. A resident of Los
Angeles since her move there in 1978, Pullen has
written several screenplays she hopes will be
produced, and she is currently working with PBS
on an entertainment special which traces the impact
of black history on America.
Her goals, she says with a self-effacing laugh,
include "an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy." She also
Denise Nicholas ("Room 222"), Glover,
parents of Rachel (background, Pam Potillo).
would ilike to direct. If she appears to have left her
UNC days far behind, she insists she has not. "My
journalism degree," she said, "gave me the discipline
to be a writer."
You don't have to think too hard when you talk to a teacher. J.D. Salinger