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4The Tar HeelThursday, August 19, 1985
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By Congressman James T. Braynin
Our budget deficit problem demands
immediate action. Many painful cuts in federal
spending will be necessary if we are to bring
our budget closer to balance.
For that reason, for the past -several years
I have worked to eliminate the unwise and
wasteful commitment of taxpayer monies to
the Synthetic Fuels Corporation.
I voted against the creation of the Sunfuels
Corporation in 1980. I did not believe then,
and I do not believe now, that it makes sense
to spend massive amounts of taxpayer dollars
to develop commercial scale plants to dem
onstrate technologies that are not even
Fortunately, last week I learned that we have
a majority of Members in the House of
Representatives who feel as I do that
something must be done to correct this
' disastrous synfuels mistake and save the
American public from further unwarranted
outlays. The action taken by the House was
a significant victory for the American public.
Let me explain. The rule which allowed for
consideration of H.R. 3011, the Department
of Interior and Related Agecies Appropria
tions for FY 1986, did not allow the offering
of an amendment which would rescind all but
$500 million of the $7.9 billion currently
appropriated for spending by the Sunthetic
Fuels Corporation. Therefore, a majority of
the House of Representatives joined me in
defeating the rule so that we may have an
opportunity to vote on a rescission of synfuels
I sincerely believe that we cannot continue
to allow the Sunthetic Fuels Corporation
a monument to corporate welfare and bureau
cratic waste to continue untouched while
we are reducing farm supports and funding
for medicare and transportation programs.
Unlike many of these programs, which have
contributed to the well-being of a significant
number of Americans, the Synthetic Fuels
Corporation has contributed only to the well
being of its officers and employees. The
development of synfuels technology that is
taking place and real progress is being made
is happening in spite of the Synthetic Fuels
Corporation, not because of it.
This action by the House was necessary to
prevent immediately further commitments of
funds by the Corporation for synthetic fuels
technologies which are not economically
feasible. Just last week, the Synthetic Fuels
corporation announced an agreement in
principle for a $720 million price guarantee
and loan restructuring arrangement for one
project to convert coal to natural gas. This
money is in addition' to. the $1.5 billion in
Federal monies this , project has already ,
received from the Federal government. The
Corporation has been pouring billions of
dollars down a rathole.
' Momentum for a change in our synfuels -policy
is building, and it is only a matter of
time before corrective legislation is approved
by the House of Representatives.
In a related measure, the House Energy and
Commerce Committee, on which I serve as
the Senior Republican, recently reported to the
House legislation, H.R. 935, which would
abolish the Synthetic Fuels Corporation and
authorizze greatly reduced spending for small
sub-commercial scale projects under a program
to be run by the Department of Energy. The
legislation is now pending before the Com
mittee on Banking, Finance, and Urban
Involvements to Pres. Patricia Wallace
For Student Body President Patri
cia Wallace, involvement is the
philosophy for success. -
At the University of North Carol
ina at Chapel Hill, she is most known
for her involvement in campus
politics, where she became the
University's first woman student
body president last February.
"I've been involved in something
since third or fourth grade," she said.
"I feel a student can gain much more
out of a school by getting involved
one learns more and enjoys school
Wallace, 21, is a native of Virginia
Beach, Va., and a senior English
major. A daughter of a radiologist, .
she attended Norfolk Academy for
12 years before coming to UNC-:
Chapel Hill. ' -. '
Although she looked at other
schools, she selected UNC-Chapel
Hill because it was a change from
home, and a 4-year Morehead Scho
larship was a nice incentive. She also
said she looked for diversity.
"UNC offered the opportunity to
move into a new culture and group
of people from whom I had spent
my life with," she said. "1 only knew
two people by name and face when
1 came here in the fall of 1982."
"UNC is a very easy place to
become involved at and be a part of,"
she said. "It's not so huge that you're
just a number and lost in a crowd
everything here can be your own
if you just make it your own."
Within a couple weeks at the
Universtiy, Wallace became a
member of the Delta Delta Delta
sorority and president of the Model
United Nations Club. During, her
first semester, Wallace became famil
iar with and interested in student
government. ' .' .
"During orientation week,
(Former CGC Speaker) James Exum
was my orientation counselor," she
said. "He and others showed us the
Student Government offices." .
In February 1983, Wallace ran for
the University's 16th district Campus
Governing Council seat represent
ing much of the East Franklin Street
district and apartment complexes
below the Hillsborough Street hill.
In February 1984, she was re
elected to her CGC seat and became
chairman of the Rules and Judiciary
Committee. During that time, she
played a key role in getting the CGC
to obey treasury laws and was aided
with changes in the CGC Bylaws.
"(Former Student Body President)
Paul Parker- started bringing the
Student Code together amending
and Updating by-laws of the CGC
so we could do our work," she said.
"When constitutional funding, for
campus organizations came up 'last
fall, I felt it was taking away a lot
from the budget process by giving
organizations automatic funding
each year without the flexibility to
review it each year. I did research
on the issue."
During that time, Wallace said she
became interested in seeking the
office of Student Body President.
"Student Activities Fees were
something I was very proud of," she
said." "With my goals and values, I
felt I could be a president who could
fight to preserve the independence
and - integrity of Student Govern
ment. A lot of that is abiding by rules
of the CGC business manual on how
to maintain and control equipment
plus employing people." -
Being a female candidate for
student body president did not cross
her mind, she said.y"In my mind, if
you're competent enough to do a job,
you should be equitably able to win
Wallace was not the first woman
student body presidential candidate
(Susan Gaddy ran in 1984), but was
the first to win. Getting there was
not easy as nine candidates ran for
the office where issues such as the
mandatory meal plan, constitutional
funding for the Black Student Move
ment, and involvement in non
campus issues were at the forefront.
In the Feb. 4 primary, Wallace
came in a close second to Doug
Berger and subsequently defeated
Berger in a lopsided runoff. -
Since her election, Wallace has
actively lobbied in Raleigh against
university tuition hikes and nego
tiated with the UNC Board of
Trustees on the new mandatory meal
.'- plan, and as Student Body President,
Wallace holds an ex-officio seat on
the UNC Board of Trustees.
Wallace describes herself politi
cally as "a moderate" but says she
really is independent on all issues.
"I'm conservative in the way I look
at the practicality of issues," she said.
" "I'm liberal in that I'm going to fight
from here to leternity for more
education, less poverty, and for
people to treat people as people.
"The major problem I see at UNC
-is that we're not recognizing someone
equally because they are black, gay
or female," she said. "It's the same
stuff under the skin blood and
water they are human beings. We
have been getting caught up in hard
line liberal-conservative ideologies
and not looking at the personal
interpersonal implication of what
we're doing." A
Wallace enjoys cooking, reading
and biking in her free time. Jamey
Jones, a 1985 graduate and former
roommate and sorority sister of
Wallace, said they spent a lot of time
together talking and sharing school
experiences before" she became stu-
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dent body president.
"She even gave her bicycle a name
Rover ?uid we'd joke about it,"
Jones said. "She's a very dilligent
worker and will probably be success
ful in whatever she decides to do."
Madelyn Morreale, an executive
assistant to Wallace, was very
involved in her SBP campaign and
met her as a freshman at Breadman's
restaurant talking about space
"Patricia's an upbeat, happy per
son with so many ideas," Morreale
said. "She enjoys sharing ideas and
applying ideas to life. The SBP
campaign brought out many of her
"A lot of people were making big
sweeping generalizations about the
candidates," she said. "I think she
sometimes came off as stoic. She let
her guard down only with close
friends. At a few moments you could
see it in her eyes."
" Even as Student Body President,
Wallace stays involved in other areas
of campus life.
"I haven't been able to figure out
how active she's been," Closs said.
"She's been on the Lacross Club
team, secretary of the WXYC Radio
board of directors and still does a
lot for student government. There's
a lot to be said for her energy."
Wallace feels such involvement is
"I don't think students realize how
much freedom we have until we get
out of school," she said. "We have
an obligation to get involved in state,
nation and community. The state
pays for 85 percent of our education."
Involvement has been Wallace's
success, and her success came
tadleinits for America peslhes coiiiseiry ative ideology
By Tom Conlon ?
Staff Writer . ,"'
- While many college campuses were
the thriving homes of liberal student .
activism during the 1960s and 1970s,
a conservative student activist group
which calls itself "The Student
Movement of the Eighties" is grow
ing in membership since its inception
in March 1984. - - V ,
Students for America, formed at
a Powhatton, Va. conference by 60
concerned conservative activists, now
. has 7,000 members on 108 campuses
in 37 states with the goal of increasing
its membership by 10,000 students
within the upcoming year. :
. "The conservative " movement no
longer just 'responds to the left on
campus," Ralph Reed, Executive
Director for Students For America,
said recently. "It sets the. campus
agenda." '-. ' -.
The UNC-CH chapter began in the
. Spring of 1984 under David Fazio,
a 1 984 graduate who last January was
elected the organization's national
chairman. Fazio will head the entire
organization, headquartered in
Raleigh, when Reed leaves for
graduate school at Emorv University.
The organization, funded in full
from contributions, plans to open
regional offices next yer in Atlanta
and Berkeley, , followed by future
openings in Boston and Blooming
ton, Ind. This fall, the organization
will employ four full-time field
directors to -target new campuses
. throughout the nation.
"We're after a movement conser
vative," Reed said. "We want people
who believe in conservatism in terms
of ideology, not a lifestyle."
The four target groups, Reed said,
are Reagan-Bush voters,' conserva-
tives, daily bible-reading Christians
and practicing Jews; and members
of the Republican party although
the organization is non-partisan and
does not require anyone to belong
to a particular party as long as they
support conservative principles.
"For $3 a year members receive
a free, book, poster, legislative
updates, can attend the annual
national convention in Washington
and get on the mailing list," Reed
The two posters, printed in movie
format, are titled "The Return of
Walter Mondale" and "The Gipper."
The latter, a pro-Reagan poster,
along with the anti-Mondale posters,
have become fundraising items along
with buttons such as "Kennedy For .
Lifeguard," "Kemp For President"
and "Abortion Is Murder."
. Although growth of the conserva
tive student movement is a major
goal, Reed said the organization was
founded to provide leadership oppor-
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