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(Copyright 1985 The Daily Tar Hi el
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 93, Issue 9
Thursday, February 28, 1985
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By GUY LUCAS
After heated debate, the Campus
Governing Council voted 14-5 Wednes
day night to give the Black Student
Movement $1,745 so it could meet
expenses for the rest of the semester.
The CGC Finance Committee orig
inally had proposed to allocate the BSM
$1,545, but representative Jay Goldring
(Dist. 7) proposed the allocation be
raised by $200 so two more issues of
The Black Ink could be published this
semester instead of one.
Goldring defended his proposal,
saying, "We should reward groups that
have stability." The extra money will
allow the BSM to finish the year on
a good financial basis, he said.
Council members opposing the bill
to allocate funds to the BSM were
Charles Bryan (Dist. 15), Anna Critz
(Dist. 12), David Fazio (Dist. 19), Bill
Peaslee (Dist. 9) and Lori Spainhour
Fazio said, "We just got done looking
at a group (the Fine Arts Festival) that
fund-raised $39,000. I think if we
withhold this $200 it will motivate (the
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Acadenmcs vs., aitMeitncss
By LORRY WILLIAMS
Academics and athletics. Is compe
tence in one area being sacrificed for
performance in the other?
For several years the National Col
legiate Athletic Association has tried to
address the problem of academics and
athletics and the roles of the two. It's
a nationwide concern that many col
leges and universities have.
The issue was brought closer to home
when it was disclosed in court docu
ments that N.C. State basketball player
But A ssembly 's 700 -S A T
By LORRY WILLIAMS
Since the Chris Washburn trial, a lot of attention has
focused on college admissions policies for athletes.
A matter of graver importance, however, could be two
bills introduced to the General Assembly that would require
a minimum score of 700 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test
for any student entering a college in the I6-campus UNC
N.C. Reps. Frank E. Rhodes, R-Forsythe, and Howard
B. Chapin, D-Beaufort, said they filed the bills because they
felt too many athletes were being admitted to state colleges
without meeting the academic requirements.
The bills have brought cries of disapproval from many
If legislation requiring a 700 minimum SAT passes,
hundreds of young people will not be able to attend
universities, said UNC President William C. Friday.
Average scores for freshmen at UNC system schools in
1983 showed that five of the universities had average scores
The five predominantly black schools that had averages
below 700 were: Elizabeth City State University (590),
Fayetteville State University (598), Winston-Salem State
University (611), N.C. Central University (636) and N.C.
A&T University (678).
"It's pretty obvious from the SAT scores that those five
universities would be affected tremendously," Friday said.
Raymond Dawson, UNC-CH vice president for academic
By ANDY TRINCIA
Assistant State and National Editor
There's no doubt about it.
The Republicans had great success
last November at the high levels. Ronald
Reagan destroyed Walter Mondale in
the presidential race. Closer to home,
Jesse Helms won his re-election bid for
the Senate, and Jim Martin convinc
ingly won the gubernatorial race.
With three major victories under its
belt, the North Carolina GOP may be
traveling at a comfortable speed to
increase political power in the state. But
the party has switched high gear by
undertaking a new project.
Dubbed "Operation Switch," the
plan is to lure conservative North
Carolina Democrats to the Republican
party. The mission: to persuade these
"closet Republicans," as they're labeled,
to switch their party registration.
Is it Mission Impossible? Probably
not. But political observers on both
sides agree that the GOP has a bumpy
road ahead. There's one major obstacle:
North Carolina has long been a pre
dominantly Democratic state.
The state has nearly 2.3 million
registered Democrats and about
839,000 registered Republicans, said
Lucille Suiter, administrative secretary
at the N.C. Elections Board in Raleigh.
This approximate 3-1 ratio is one of
the situations Operation Switch hopes
Chris Washburn had scored 470 on the
Scholastic Aptitude Test, only 70 points
above the possible minimum score.
Since then the UNC Board of Gov
ernors, the president of the UNC system
and the Board of Trustees have made
proposals calling for a review of athletic
When the BOG meets March 8,
Chairman Philip G. Carson said he
would ask its members to establish a
committee that would examine the role
of intercollegiate athletics in the univer
facing party Switch
The operation is the political brain
child of Helms and Martin and is still
in the organizational stages, said an aide
"There hasnt been a whole lot of time
spent working on it yet," said David
Wake Democratic chair:
GOP acted 'improperly'
By ANDY TRINCIA
Assistant State and National Editor
"Operation Switch," the movement
by the North Carolina GOP to persuade
Democrats to switch parties, faced
Democratic opposition Wednesday as
Wake County Democratic Party Chair
man Charles Poole filed a complaint
with the Wake County Elections Board
citing "improper" GOP registration
Poole filed the two-page complaint
after observing voter registration proce
dures at Cary's South Hills Mall Feb.
"I filed the complaint after observing
for 15 minutes the improper methods
Richard Harsch, a sophomore from Atlanta, reclines on a South
Building column while studying for a math exam.
"The time has come for our institu
tions and the Board of Governors to
review our policies in this area," Carson
said in a statement.
In a telephone interview Monday
from Asheville, Carson said the purpose
of the proposed committee would be
to determine whether the Boards in the
UNC systems were doing a proper job
in overseeing athletic admissions.
UNC President William C. Friday,
who helped Carson prepare the prop
osal, said he thought it was a good idea:
The proposed committee would ask
affairs, agreed that a minimum SAT score would have a
devasting effect on a lot of campuses.
In fact, the legislation could affect the whole UNC system's
attempt to speed desegregation. According to a 1981 consent
decree signed in federal court, the UNC system agreed to
a goal of 10.6 percent minority enrollment at its II
predominantly white schools by fall 1986. This fall, minority
enrollment was projected to be 9 percent but was actually
"An imposition of any kind of arbitrary cutoff whether
it's the SAT or some other test is unwise," Dawson said.
"It's unwise to legislate admission standards."
For students who apply at UNC-CH, academic consid
erations are considered foremost, said Tony Strickland,
assistant director of undergraduate admissions. He said the
high school attended; academic courses with a good, solid
college prepatory background; and extracurricular activities
were considered in the admissions process.
The SAT is not everything people think it is, Strickland
said. "You can't isolate the SAT from other things."
A 700 minimum score could mean that a person with
a 690 SAT and a B average could not be considered for
admittance, but a person with a 700 SAT and a C average
could be he said.
"All the SAT is, is an indicator," Strickland said. "It has
to be considered with other qualities."
Strickland said it wasn't unusual to turn down someone
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G. Balmer, Martin's deputy press
secretary. "Operation Switch is still in
the organizational stages."
Balmer said Martin had joined Helms
in the organization of the project.
"The governor has joined Senator
Helms to try and get conservative
Democrats who vote Republican to
switch parties," Balmer said. "Most of
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of voter registration at the table," said
Poole. "Some people said the registrar
was actually soliciting voters."
Poole said he also observed a partisan
sign at the registration table.
"1 saw a sign on the table which said
Operation Switch and a sign saying the
registration was being sponsored by the
Wake County Republican Party," he
said. "This is a violation of the voter
Poole said the complaint was directed
at a Wake County registration commis
sioner but refused to name him.
"I asked them (the Elections Board)
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the chancellors and trustees of the
institutions to work with the athletic
directors and other faculty committees
to study "the academic missions of the
institutions," Carson said.
The special committee will review the
findings of the institutions and will
make regular reports to the BOG.
But Carson said the main problems
with intercollegiate athletics were on a
national rather than a local level.
At a 1984 convention, the NCAA
enacted Proposition 48. Scheduled to
go into effect with tht freshman class
of 1986, the proposition lays down
national requirements to determine
whether freshmen athletes are eligible
Proposition 48 requires that a student
athlete produce a 2.0 grade point
average in 1 1 core-curriculum, or
college prepatory, courses while in high
school. The student athlete must also
have scored a minimum of 700 on the
Scholarships could be awarded to
students who did not meet the minimum
requirements, but they would not be
eligible to compete or to practice during
their freshman year.
John Swofford, athletic director at
UNC, said he had supported setting
requirements for freshmen eligibility on
a national level for several years.
"I feel we do need national standards
(regarding athletic admissions)," Swof
ford said. "But I'm not sure what these
standards should be." '
The 700 minimum SAT score that
Proposition 48 now calls for is very
controversial, Swofford said. "It may
be altered before then (August 1986),
because some think the test is culturally
If Proposition 48 does go into effect
as is, it would have some impact at UNC
but not as much as it would at other
schools, Swofford said.
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"At this University, athletics admis
sions have operated on ah appropriate
plane for a number of years," he said.
"We have an athletic program that
works well and doesnt compromise (the
academic) standards of the University."
For those reasons Swofford said he
felt it was approporiate for University
officials to set up committees to review
athletic policies. That way officials can
see that athletic programs of the
universities are run properly, he said.
- "I think-he Board of Trustees
committee is good," Swofford said.
"They get to see the program and see
how it's run. It's a wise and prudent
Harold Wallace, vice chancellor for
University affairs, also said he felt the
committees were a good idea.
"I feel an investigation will reveal that
institutions have used admission poli
cies in a fair and reasonable way,"
But Swofford said a problem existed
in balancing athletics and academics at
some institutions where athletic pro
grams have gone astray and athletic
performance is placed above academics.
"I think you can have a successful
athletic program and still maintain an
academic balance," he said. "The
University of Michigan, Notre Dame
and North Carolina are examples that
this is possible."
Although University officials said
they agreed with setting up committees
to look into athletic policies, they said
legislating the admissions policy would
be the right way to cut down on the
number of athletes admitted to school
solely for their athletic ability.
Last week two bills were introduced
in the General Assembly that would
require a minimum score of 700 on the
SAT before a student could be admitted
to a college in the UNC system.
If approved, the 700-point cutoff
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By KURT ROSENBERG
ATLANTA North Carolina and Georgia Tech are as
evenly matched as any teams in the ACC, and when you
consider the schools basketball histories, that's quite a
A perennially mediocre team, the Yellow Jackets won 13
of 43 ACC games the last four years. But suddenly they
have burst upon the national scene, and Wednesday night
they proved that they just might be the best team in the
Tech's 67-62 win over North Carolina was just the fourth
time they've beaten the Tar Heels in 28. tries. And half of
their wins against UNC have been this season.
In a contest that was strikingly similar to the first meeting
between the teams this year, the Yellow Jackets held on
to their poise, as well as the ballgame, as they refused to
let UNC come up with one of its traditional rallies.
The win, coupled with N.C. State's 71-70 loss to Maryland,
gave the Yellow Jackets sole possession of first place in the
conference with a 9-5 record and clinched at least a tie for
the ACC title. UNC, State and Duke (a 90-73 winner over
Clemson Wednesday) are all tied for second place with 8
5 records. The Tar Heels (21-7) possibly can finish in second
place if they beat Duke on Saturday. N.C. State is at home
against Wake Forest Saturday.
Tech won the first meeting in Chapel Hill, 66-62. In that
game, they had led at halftime, 34-28. The first half ended
with the exact same score Wednesday night.
And after the first game. North Carolina coach Dean Smith
had said the key was rebounding specifically. Tech's ability
to control the offensive boards. Wednesday night, it sounded
like an instant replay.
"Defense wasn't our problem," Smith said. "Rebounding
was. Defensive rebounding is part of defense, and we just
didn't do the job there."
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would go into effect in the 1986-87
Reps. Frank E. Rhodes, R-Forsythe,
and Howard B. Chapin, D-Beaufort,
said they filed the bills because they felt
athletes were being admitted to state
colleges without meeting the academic
Friday called the legislation mis
placed because in 1971 authority was
delegated to the BOT to oversee
admissions, "The Boards and faculties
with whom they work are qualified to
deal with admissions to universities."
The 700 SAT score set forth in
Proposition 48 had to do with eligibility
to play sports, not with admittance.
"That's been lost somewhere along the
way," Friday said. "Eligibility to play
athletics and admittance to universities
shouldn't be confused."
At UNC, the Faculty Admissions
Committee and the admissions office
handle athlete admissions, Swofford
said, adding that this process generally
had worked well in the past.
Student athletes are admitted in the
same way others are admitted in that
they fill out applications, turn them in,
and the applications go through under
graduate admissions, Wallace said.
If there are any questions about a
prospective student's eligibility, the
application is referred to an undegrad
uate admissions committee, he said.
Cases are handled individually, and
many things are taken into account,
"In choosing the student we look at
SAT . . . classes taken, course load,
class standing and grades in school,"
If a minimum 700 SAT score were
enforced, there would be trouble in the
athletic department and trouble with
recruiting, Wallace said.
"But," she added, "there would be
trouble with everyone else, too."