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8 The Daily Tar Heel Monday. February 3, 1986
93 r d year of editorial freedom '
Arni: Rk :ki;rt and
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Stall- and National Editor
Ryke Longest for SBP
Two candidates for student body
president have distinguished themselves
as being most qualified: Ryke Longest
and Bryan Hassel. But because of his
broad and remarkable experience on
behalf of students, Longest is one to
channel the recent surge of student
activism into tangible results.
Both candidates have the heart and
drive to advocate student concerns
before the administration, but after
huffing and puffing at a Steele house
during rallies, somebody has got to go
inside and stay until solid answers have
been given. Though Hassel like
Longest is distinguished from the
other candidates by his insight and
energy, and though he has maturely
articulated the dire need . for student
empowerment, his lack of inside knowl
edge could keep him from getting off
to an all-important fast start. Longest
has the skills needed to ask the right
questions and to know what the answer
means. It's called savvy.
Longest doesn't need to hear student
voices crying out before he leaps to
action. While on the CGC, he was that
rare type of representative the kind
who proposes legislation instead of just
reacting to it. And Longest checked into
the status of Old West and Old East
dorms when practically the only voices
being raised about their future were
those of administrators.
Wide-open discussion on matters
important to students is vital because
the longer students are aware, the greater
The DTH endorsement committee was composed of co
editors Arne Rkkert and Dave Schmidt; desk and page
editors Tom Camp, Jill Gerber, Loretta Grantham, Anjetta
McQueen, Janet Olson, Lee Roberts and Lorry Williams;
Ray Jones for RHA president
The endorsement committee of The
Daily Tar Heel has voted unanimously
to endorse Ray Jones for the presidency
of the Residence Hall Association.
Jones, president of Avery dorm, has
manifested a fresh and sincere interest
in having RHA become more accessible
to the more than 8,000 on-campus
residents. Throughout his campaign, he
has emphasized that student input and
support are RH A's best tools for gaining
leverage to oppose unpopular decisions
decisions concerning the meal plan,
student parking and rising dorm rents.
Jones is willing to fight University
housing decisions down the line as
are his opponents but he has emphas
ized that fighting decisions without
knowing in advance of their existence
is an untenable approach to the office.
He is concerned with anticipating
problems, rather than simply reacting to
Though they each sat on the RHA
Governing Board this year, Jones'
opponents John Fanney and H.F. .
Watts have repeatedly stated that they
were left in the dark about important
housing decisions. While this indicates
that the new RHA president must
communicate better with governing
board members, it does not prove that
either Fanney or Watts would have
achieved much to offset such decisions
had they known about them earlier.
Jones recognizes that an RHA that
is out of contact with campus residents
-To the dth degree-
Some people obviously have read
something that was unintended into , a
signed editorial I wrote last week. I felt
that it was important to raise awareness
of . a campaign tactic I deplore the
planted question, conspicuously used by
Jim Zook at the Black Student Movement
But it's also important that the editorial
was NOT SEEN AS AN ENDORSE
MENT OF ANY KIND.
Actually, it's very simple to distinguish
between the editorial and any preference
that staff members might have for a
First, the editorial wholly dealt with a
campaign tactic, not a candidacy or
platforms. Just as Jim Zook rebutted Jim
Greenhill's figures merely out of a desire
to inform, so too did I write the editorial,
and without personal bias. If I had
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their potential for input: But often
students and administrators alike
request silence until they're certain of
their positions, and student body
presidents agree, severely weakenening
the effect of debate. Longest has strongly
avowed his commitment to openness
; and frankness as soon as an issue
- becomes more than a thought in some
' In that spirit, Longest has not relied
on past achievements to gain support
during the campaign, preferring to lay
out what's happening now and what's
ahead. He also welcomes opposition to
his ideas and considers it with sincerity.
When he jumped the gun by saying
Mayor Jim Wallace supported a restric
tive town housing policy that could
affect students, he admitted his mistake
and wrote the mayor a letter of apology.
But at least he jumped.
Finally, because he is so accustomed
to them, Longest is well-equipped to
attend to the necessary details of official
business such as appointing student
officers, assigning Union office space
without letting them distract him from
more sweeping concerns. '
Ryke Longest is a familiar face, both
in student affairs and to Student Affairs,
but his mind always remains fresh,
working on new ideas, new ways to apply
proven tactics. In addition to his ability
to raise a voice on behalf of student
interests, he best knows how to make
and editorial writers Louis Corrigan and Sally Pont.
Editorial writer Edwin Fountain was present for interviews
of the candidates but did not vote.
can be pushed around by University
housing too easily; that a broad-based,
open organization will not suffer from
communication problems as badly as an
organization that seeks to take too much
work (or credit) upon itself. In his role
as an advocate for campus residents,
a Jones is eager to work with Student
" .Government to eliminate the mandatory
meal plan. But, failing such an effort,
he possesses the creativity to direct an
organization around existing obstacles.
As president of Avery, he successfully
instituted a version of the meal plan co
op now being bounced around in the
race for student body president.
A second issue on which RHA and
Student Government will need to show
a solid front is the parking dilemma.
Roughly 700 student spaces have been
lost in the past decade primarily to
construction but the crunch shows
no signs of slacking off in the near future.
With this in mind, Jones intends to
advocate the needs of anxious on
campus residents who are being eye
balled by University officials as future
losers in the game of parking roulette.
Jones believes that R.A.s should
become more active in day-to-day dorm
' life; that being availabile at odd hours
is. more important than putting in time
at. meetings to design programs that do
y not appeal to many residents. We believe
that Jones own receptivity will be a
major plus in the office of president of
the RHA. : H
.witnessed any Other candidate in any race
using the same tactic so blatantly against
a competitor, I would have called him on
it just as fiercely.
Second, " it was a signed editorial.
Endorsements reflect the majority vote of
a board of editors, not a single opinion.
I spoke for myself.
Third, it was addressed to all candidates
and to all students who attend forums,
because it affects them all. When a matter
arises that I feel is of specific relevance
to a candidate, I speak to him in private
and leave it at that.
I fully stand behind what I wrote. Sure,
everybody plants questions, but I still feel
- very strongly that it's wrong. If
anybody thought I showed a preference
in the editor's race, then they're wrong, too.
Zook just pointing out
To the editors:
In campaign forums last week,
Daily Tar Heel co-editor candidate
Jim Greenhill claimed that, under
his editorship, the 1985 summer Tar
Heel made $14,000 in profits.
Actually, under Greenhill, the
paper lost $36,000.
Now, given that the editor has
little control over the DTffs finan
ces, this should never have become
a campaign issue.
But it did become a campaign
issue when, in forum after forum,
Greenhill boasted (erroneously) that
he had produced a profitable
summer Tar Heel. It was an honest
mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.
Greenhill, a member of the DTH
PLATFORMS: 'DAILY TAR HEEL' EDITORSHIP
Gone arc the days when The Daily Tar Heel was an
elitist haven for journalism majors. Under the present
co-editorship, the paper has moved much closer to what
it was originally designed to be the student and
University community newspaper. Catherine Cowan and
Jim Greenhill want to take it further that way. They sec
it as a paper open to all students a balanced source
of campus, local, state, national and international news,
entertainment and information and, by reason of its 22,500
daily circulation, the most effective forum for campus
Cowan and Greenhill see the DTH as a paper for the
students, by the students. With this in mind, the emphasis
of their administration will be on opening the paper up
The main isssue in this election is which candidate has
the knowledge of how The Daily Tar Heel works and
the experience to make constructive changes in the paper
and keep the staffs confidence. I feel I have that knowledge
and experience. I also know the DTH"s limitations, so
I haven't proposed any changes I couldn't complete.
One of the more noticeable changes I would like to
make involves the editorials. This year, they often have
been more like essays for English class than editorials.
They haven't addressed many issues. I would limit the
number of non-issue editorials to give the back page more
I would like to keep the editorials signed, except for
the board opinion, because I feel it gives the opinions
greater credibility. In the past, some students have
expressed a feeling that editorial 'writers were hiding
behind their anonymity. A lot of students feel more
comfortable knowing that a person is willing to stand
The next editor of The Daily Tar Heel will lead our
campus newspaper into its 94th year of publication, a
year that already promises to have several major news
stories student dissatisfaction with the University
administration, a U.S. Senate race ... a national
basketball championship. You will need an editor who
knows more than how to write welL Your editor will
need to know how to organize and lead a staff of more
than 100 people to keep you informed on these important
matters. Jim Zook is the candidate willing and most able
to accomplish this task. '
PLATFORMS: RESIDENCE HALL ASSOCIATION
It's time for RHA to represent the students it was
intended to represent. In 1986, RHA should concentrate
on it's main goal of enhancing residence hall life and
become a more active voice for residence hall students.
There are four ways RHA can be doing this:
Better programming at the campuswide level and
in residence halls. RHAs prop-amming board can be
working with groups like the Union, CAA, BSM, the
Y and other campus organizations to develop large,
attractive programs to go on during the whole year, not
just one or two programs a year. At the residence hall
level, the programming board should be working with
individual halls to develop programs that students want
to see. In this manner, RHA can effectively remove the
attraction of alcohol in programs, which is a must in
1986 because about 90 percent or more of dorm students
What is RHA about? Why is it there, and why are
you giving $20,000 year?
RHA has two major purposes enhancing resident
life and representing our needs to Housing and the
Let me tell you what I think about enhancing resident
life: you have a cookout. You have mixers. You have
movie nights. You sponsor an assassin game. You set
up a volleyball net out back. It's getting people together,
and youll be amazed at how well that works. That's how
you enhance resident life, and it's a way that works. It's
not workshops on personal skills that only five people
come to or facilitator motivator goal-oriented task
oriented project specific gobbledy-gook. It's enjoying
where, you live. That's one part of RHA. But it's also
standing up for residents when Housing tries to turn their
dorm into office space, or raises their rent till they cant
afford it anymore or tries to steal money they ought to
be able to use for enhancement.
That's where representation comes in. RHA hasn't been
Newspaper coverage this election year has exclusively
followed the student body president race. Candidates are
speaking on issues that affect those of us who live in
dorms. Issues such as the meal plan co-op, rent increases,
parking, security on campus, and Old West and Old East
changes involve the RHA president. People have forgotten
this because they dont pay much attention to what goes
on in RHA. As Scott Residence College governor, IVe
worked with Housing issues for tlie past year on the RHA
Governing Board. I havent forgotten. I feel the RHA
president has a responsibility to voice students' concern
on housing issues. That is why if I am elected, I promise
to be here fighting for you for the next 12 months
summer included to make sure you know what is going
on. Someone needs to be here meeting weekly with the
housing director so that proper student input and
representation occur. In years past when this didnt
happen, such plans as the loft policy, restricting cooking
appliances, taking away trash cans from the rooms and
parking problems were implemented. These are important
issues. To effectively deal with these problems, it takes
time, dedication and hard work.
My fellow candidates have all tossed out ideas as to
the improvements needed in RHA to make it work for
you. One wants to make RHA independent of Housing
and give it a backbone, and another wants to better
Board of Directors, should have had
his facts straight.
Jim Zook, another candidate for
the editorship, presented the true
facts at a forum Wednesday night,
and after a story or two in the DTH,
the matter was cleared up. Greenhill
acknowledged his mistake; the
candidates agreed that finances
should not be an issue in the race.
And so the matter would be
closed except for Dave Schmidt's
viciously misdirected editorial,
"Stem the urge," in Friday's DTH.
Schmidt's editorial paints Zook
a villain, accusing him of "righteous
grandstanding." For what? Pointing
out the facts? Apparently. To
Schmidt, telling the truth consti
tutes "miserable tactics." It was not
Zook who repeatedly stood up at
forums and claimed to have made
Schmidt says, "the episode mostly
served to embarrass Greenhill."
Well, of course Greenhill was
embarrassed who wouldn't have
been after making such an error?
Schmidt says the goal of straight
forward campaigns "is to inform the
voters," yet he doesn't approve of
Zook's having brought farts to light.
He says, "If any candidate believes
an opponent's statements are inac
curate or misleading, he should
confront his colleague directly
whether in forums or in private
without ploys or gimmicks." This
to more students and on improving the breadth and quality
of its coverage.
Their ideas range from immediate changes, such as
moving the crossword to the back page and the news
briefs to the front, to longer-term goals, such as making
the computer and typesetting facilities available to other
campus organizations (The Black Ink, The Phoenix, etc.)
and increasing the size of the paper.
In the course of their term of office, Cowan and
Greenhill will introduce two-section papers, initially on
Thursdays, and, with the success of their revenue
increasing ideas, more regularly than that. They will create
a science desk to expand the paper's coverage to include
the extensive research taking place on campus, the vast
bulk of which goes unseen by the student population.
Have you ever been inspired to write a letter to the
paper, but been unable to find where to put it? Cowan
and Greenhill will place letter boxes in the South Campus
Union and at the Student Union information desk.
Other ideas in the spirit of serving the students: They
will work with Student Government and the Carolina
behind his opinion and sign his name to it. And because
of the kind of community we have at this University,
I believe the opinions of individuals carry more weight
than the opinions of an institution such as the DTH.
I also would like to expand coverage of state, national
and international news. Currently, the news briefs are
all the DTH has in this area. But many students don't
have time to pick up another paper, so the DTH is their
only source of news from outside the University. News
from within the University would remain the paper's focus,
The front-page quote needs to be made significant again.
It used to be the first thing students looked at, but this
year it has become hard to understand. Its purpose is
to promote thought, but students should not have to work
too hard to understand it. I would like to make the quote
something students would like because of its humor,
insight or relevance to current events.
I also would add intramural playoff and championship
scores in the scoreboard, along with scores from major
college games from across the country. There also needs
to be more attention given to non-revenue sports.
What I think is vital to a student newspaper such as
the DTH is an openness to all segments of the student
The emphasis of my campaign is to offer a newspaper
you will look forward to reading each and every day.
In organizing my platform, IVe talked with students from
across campus to get your thoughts and comments on
the DTH. The following ideas combine what you want
from the paper with what I know the paper can do:
Increased state and national news.
Weekly arts and entertainment section.
A revitalized editorial page with pro-con debates on
current issues, a regularly scheduled campus editorial
cartoonist and Week In Review, a summary of the week's
major news stories.
A sports page with more intramural coverage and
more overnight game scores.
Brainstorming sessions with DTH desk editors and
the School of Journalism faculty to bring improvements
will not be able to drink legally.
Campus security By working with campus police
and the administration to take strides in the area of
security. Campus police have several good programming
ideas that need some student input that RHA can
parovide. These programs are an important step in
security. Crime is like a common cold the best cure
is prevention. RHA needs to use its influence to apply
pressure to the administration so that they will take
measures in the area of security. This is something they
have expressed deep concern about it's time they did
something about it.
Increasing cultural relationships By working with
groups like the BSM, Carolina Indian Circle and the
International Center in the Union RHA again needs
to develop programs in this area so that students are
more aware of the cultural diversity that is here at Carolina
and then have an opportunity to experience it This
attempt will take a great deal of effort by all involved,
but it can be succesful.
there when we've needed it to be. The horrendous rent
increase and taking trashcans out of our rooms should
never have been allowed, but what about losing more
student parking or the mandatory meal plan being raised?
Will RHA be there for you?
It's not just a matter of ideas. It's being able to take
care of problems and get things done. It's making RHA
stand on its own. feet and not letting Housing run it,
and having the backbone to keep it that way. RHA needs
new leadership, not the same people from this past year's
unproductive RHA. It needs someone who has led
successful dorm government and who has stood up to
administrators before, and who will do it again.
I plan a Governing Board that will deal with policy
and direction on problems facing the residence halls. Our
Programming Board will first organize a huge all-campus
party of obscene proportions to see the drinking age out.
Then it will work with the residence halls and areas on
filling the void a 21-year-old drinking age leaves in their
social budgets. At the same time, the Programming Board
will be working to bring back Chapel Thrill with big
name performers. And because the dorms have been
getting left out and ignored in the past, I want to see
a committee of dorm presidents, because the dorms are
where your people are. RHA needs to keep in touch if
enhance residence hall life. IVe lived in the dorm for four
years, and IVe worked in dorm and area government
for four years. I know what experience is. I know how
to get a job done. The problem in RHA is not that it
needs a backbone and is independent of Housing. It
already is. RHA is structured to perform just what is
expected to enhance residence hall life, which all of us
want. The problem in RHA begins and ends with the
RHA president. When we elect a president who '
understands the concerns of the students, who knows how
to stand up to Housing and who knows that student input
is one of the struggles through the years that weVe had
on this campus, then RHA will work like it is supposed
to work toward bettering on-campus life. We, however,
dont need a president who wont stand up for the students
rights and is under the pressure of Housing and will refuse
to stand up for us. The students should also not want
a president who will have to spend the first two months
trying to find out how RHA workks through the governing
board or how to carry through on a job. I feel that you
know what problems there are in the dorms, and I know
how to take care of them.
One example of this is the current enhancement policy.
In past years, we have had no say on how our money
was spent to enhance our dorms. Our area directors and
other Housing officials have made these decisions for us.
That is why you see orange curtains in North Campus
dorms and hardly anything eke in other dorms on South
Campus and Mid-Campus. Our funds are frozen, and
is precisely what Zook did. A
question identical to ones tha
had come up in previous forums
was asked about Greenhill's
summer finances, and Zook "con
front(ed) his colleague directly."
One can't help but think that The
Daily Tar Heel which unwisely
chooses not . to endorse a DTH
candidate this year has indeed
made its preference known.
Zook did nothing but correct an(
opponent who didnt have his factsj
straight. That he would be crucified
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Jeff L. Hiday
Union to sponsor lectures and other events, they will!
replace "space-filler ads for large national chanues with
ads for campus and community organizations such as
RAPE Escort and Helpline. In addition, they will offer
two free advertisements per semester to University-
recognized student organizations.
Cowan and Greenhill combine innovation with
experience. They both have had wide exposure to campus
media, for instance. Cowan has been a staff writer fori
The Phoenix since her freshman year. She has also been;
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summer, Cowan worked with him as managing editor.!
Both also have had wide experience in other campus'
organizations, Cowan on the Executive Committee of the!
Food Service Advisory Committee.
For experience in the media and outside, for change
with a bias toward practicality, for a continuing tradition
of excellence, and for the students and outlying
community: Vote Cowan and Greenhill on Feb. 4.
body. I would be open to discussion and change. I have
always believed in change when it results in improvement,!
and I know I don't have all the right answers. I
Part of this openness to students would be reflected!
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as it is because it leaves greater room for individuality'
and is a better gauge of news-gathering skills than past
tests. This test has succeeded in bringing more non
journalism majors to the paper, and it is important to
continue this if the paper is to be kept from becoming
a clique of the Journalism School, as it was perceived
to have been in the past.
I have been involved in journalism since my freshman
year of high school. I have worked for the DTH since
my freshman year at Carolina, first as a staff writer and
this year as assistant University editor. For the last year,
I also have covered the Campus Governing Councd. I
have worked for The Phoenix Gazette in Phoenix, Ariz.,
a metropolitan area of more than one million people,
and I have an internship this summer with the Gazette.
This experience can inspire the kind of confidence in the
staff that's needed for them to work to their potential,
and that is probably the most important role an editor
has to fill.
I know these ideas will work. Five years of experience
in school and professional journalism have given me the
chance to see first-hand how to organize a newspaper.
Those experiences include writing for the DTH since my
freshman year, reporting for the Arkansas Gazette
(Arkansas' equivalent of The Charlotte Observer), serving
two years as UNC s campus correspondent for Newsweek
On Campus, writing for the University News Bureau since
my freshman year and winning three national writing
awards while editor .of my high school newspaper.
Practical ideas and extensive experience are necessary
tools to be editor of a campus newspaper. Producing a
quality campus newspaper takes a whole lot more. Jim
Zook offers a whole lot more. Vote for Jim Zook for
Student representation RHAs president needs to
take upon himself the initiative to actively involve himself
and RHA m issues that concern students. Things like
rent increases, enhancement and renovation, the
conversion of North Campus halls to office space, the
meal plan and others. RHA represents every student that
the above issues concern it should be acting in the
interest of those students. Finally, RHA needs to
cooperate with Suite C and the 'DTH' to create a better
impact on the administration concerning students needs
and wishes. By cooperating, we can make a stronger voice.
My experience in RHA as a floor representative and
governor of Morrison tells me that all of the above ideas
can be realized in 1986. Futhermore, my experience in
dealing with the administration qualifies me to say that
they are willing to work with students but the student
leaders must be firm and not become a puppet of those
he works with. He must stand up for the interests of
those he represents not the interests of the administration
or his own personal interests.
it expects to know the needs.
M ore specifically, RHA needs to work with UNC police
to make security a hot issue with results such as police
foot patrols. RHA should provide easy access to
equipment such as VCRs for hall social events. RHA
should pressure Housing to stop this temporary triple
madness each Fall. For dorms that want it, RHA should
help set up the Meal Plan Co-op used this year in Avery,
where residents not wanting a meal plan can sell their
$100 to another resident. Enhancement fund moneys must
be returned to the students, with an Enhancement
Committee in RHA that wont let it foul up again. RHA
should provide money for dorm orientation books or for
letters from the dorm to incoming freshmen. RHA should
be able to suggest floor activity ideas that really do getj
people together. I
When the office is open, 111 be there. When the workload,
goes late into the night, I wont quit to go to Troll's.)
When it's time to take a stand, 111 take it.. RHA wilf
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affect how you live.
I urge you to join me in making a new RHA. The
we can begin making dorm governments that work, am
you will finally see a return on the $20,000 you invest
it's just not fair because it is our money, supposedly in
our control. Without funds in our control, we are subject
to only the scraps the administration decides to let us
have. Normal dorm maintenance and upkeep is the sole
responsibility of Housing, yet they are using our money
to do these things at a very unproductive pace. It's;
time we fight for our money and at the same time make
sure Housing is doing its job, such as cleaning up the
mold in Old West bathrooms. That is why Tim Cobb
and I authored a referendum that will be on the ballot
to return our money to the control of the students living1
My proposals for RHA are very specific:
Establish two South Campus concerts, a Prohibition!
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Yure Nmomma Party during Homecoming.
Reinstate Rockin Autumn on North Campus and"
continue with Springfest to increase more all-campus
programming by RHA.
Make large-scale Granville social functions eligible,
for RHA money by providing RHA funding for an all
campus concert as well as provide easy access to the inter
area mixer funds by allowing Granville to use this money
Granville residents fund 20 percent of the RHA budget
yet never see a return for their money. J
None of the candidates are superhuman, because wtj
can promise everything. But if I am elected, I can promisr
that while all the other politicians are sitting back getting
nothing done, youll find me m Housing fighting for you