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Copyright 1986 The Daily Tar Heel
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today in campus elections.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 93, Issue 132
Tuesday, February 4, 193S
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Dan Dunnagan picking out a tune in the solitude of an empty Forest
Theatre Sunday afternoon. The freshman English majorfrom Greens
boro has been playing for three or four years. Sporadic rain showers
didn't dampen his spirits to get outside.
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By KAREN YOUNG0LO0D
Last year, the mandatory meal plan
got plenty of attention in the student
body president race and in the media.
But the hype died down, and the plan
stayed. This year, the meal plan has
again become a campaign issue, with
the different candidates proposing
David Brady said he did not think
students Would want to see ARA return.
"I would get another food service on
campus," he said. "I spent last month
going around campus asking students
about it, and 95 percent do not enjoy
ARA at all. There is a possibility that
ARA will return, and I'd like to fight
Brady said one way to prevent ARA
from renewing its contract was to
inform students, parents and alumni
about the mandatory meal plan to get
support from outside the campus.
In the meantime, a meal plan co-op
can be created to help students who do
not want to eat at Lenoir, Brady said.
"If students can't afford to pay their
money, there's plenty of students who
want to pay more," he said. "We would
link those names up."
Brady said he would send letters to
incoming freshmen to encourage them
to buy their meal plans from other
students rather than ARA.
"I would get the names through . . .
(the Residence Hall Association), send
the information to Student Govern
ment, and we'd send a letter out before
the semester ended," he said.
Bryan Hassel said the best way to
deal with the meal plan issue was to
let students know about the contract
"I will make the contract process as
public as possible, as I plan to keep
the students informed," he said. "I will
work with the members on the Food
Service Advisory Committee to make
sure they have the students interests in
Hassel said he thought ARA should
not be allowed to renew its contract.
"My implication is that ARA needs
to go," he said. "They have no confi
dence among the students, and they
have ignored student input. They're
supposed to have a bi-annual survey,
and they havent done that. A food
service that's responsive to the FSAC,
especially students, and is open to
student participation in the manage
ment that's a good way to improve
Hassel said he was not sure a meal
plan co-op would work, since he
thought ARA could stop meal plan
transfers if it wanted.
Billy Warden said he proposed
putting a Fountain of Youth in the Pit
for the students who ate at Lenoir.
"I'm going to get a stomach pump
in the Pit so you can eat as much as
you want and then go pump your
stomach," he said. "We'd disguise it as
the Fountain of Youth, and everyone
would play in it."
Warden said he thought ARA
workers needed to take more pride in
"We can get the ARA guys to dress
up like Liberace because Liberace is a
See MEAL PLAN page 2
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By KIM WEAVER
Stan Writer . ,
Of nine graduate districts, only one graduate candidate
is running for representative to the Campus Governing
Council. - "" ' ' "" :
But according to Brad Torgan, president of the Graduate
and Professional Student Federation, this is not an unusual
The vast majority of graduate students see very little
use for the CGC," Torgan said. "Unless there's a real big
burning issue that the CGC will affect, there will be little
Torgan said the issue concerning ARA and the
mandatory meal plan, for example, was not a burning issue
for graduate students.
Other issues, such as housing, which are dominant in
undergraduate campaigns, don't concern graduate students.
Only 400 of 7,000 graduate students live on campus, he
Torgan said graduate students were very busy academ
ically, and many have familial responsibilties or commute
to campus. Their priorities are very different from those
of undergraduate students, he said.
"(Graduate students) don't have the interest," he said.
"They don't see what the CGC and the student body
president do as making a great impact on their daily lives,
and for the most part, graduate students aren't out to pad
Graduate student districts were redrawn this year from
10 to nine districts to allow for better representation, said
Jimmy Greene, CGC acting speaker. So, the quota of
graduate students per representative has been reduced from
800 to 740, he said.
Bruce Lillie, chairman of the elections board, said he
did not feel the redistricting would greatly affect voter
turnout or the CGC representation.
Although the redistricting "streamlined" the election
process, Lillie said, traditionally very few graduate
candidates vie for positions on the council.
"They are here pushing a higher education or degree,"
he said. "I just don't think they have as much time."
Lillie said he felt graduate students' apathy was not due
to lack of publicity on the part of the CGC, because publicity
for all the campaigns has been increased this year.
"We are stepping up our publicity . . . , (but) we cant
feasibly aim at just graduate students," he said.
Torgan said voter turnout was relatively high last year
largely because of the attempt of SBP candidate Doug
Berger, then av graduate student, to encourage . greater
graduate student participation. . w .-v.;, -
This year,, only one SBP candidate, David Brady, has
spoken before the GPSF senate, he said. This must indicate
how the other candidates feel about graduate students, he
"I would be surprised (this year) if there is greater than
a five to seven percent turnout to the polls period, for
any race," he said.
In addition to the CGC race, graduate students
apparently show little interest in running for GPSF
president. Co-candidates Jeff Smiley and Linda Wastila
are running unopposed this year. Torgan said he didn't
remember a year where there was more than one candidate
vying for the position.
Torgan said he was surprised that Steve Griffin, the
graduate CGC candidate for District 5, was running this
year. Griffin was removed from the CGC last fall because
of failure to attend CGC meetings.
If a representative misses two consecutive meetings,
Greene said, he must go in front of the ethics committee
to explain his absences.
Griffin, who was elected in March 1985, said that he
attended all the meetings until May but that he had not
attended a meeting since September. Griffin was removed
from the CGC Nov. 6.
Griffin said he was told that he would be contacted in
the fall and informed about when the meetings began again,
but he was never contacted.
"I didn't even know I had been removed (from the
council)," he said.
He said that he was supposed to have been contacted
informally, then formally, of his removal from the council
but that he was never contacted by a CGC representative.
Griffin said, however, that although he was aware of
the attendance law, he did not try to contact the CGC
about when the meetings began.
"It's not the kind of thing as a graduate student that's
foremost on your mind," he said. "We're in school all year
long, so it doesn't always occur to us that things will be
If re-elected, Griffin said he would try to make his
attendance as regular as it was during the first half of his
, ' term. "
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By JEAN LUTES
As the polls open today for this year's general elections,
many students say they are. unenthused .and uninformed
about the candidates and issues.
About 5,000 students are expected to vote today, said
Elections Board Chairman Bruce Lillie. Turnout has
remained about the same for the past three years, with
about 5,400 students voting. .
"I think student interest is about the same this year,"
Many students said they thought most people didn't take
elections seriously. They said they didnt know much about
the candidates or how student government affected them.
"They (students) don't know the candidates well enough
or what the positions entail," said Kevin Rourke, a senior
from Cary. "Students don't see themselves getting anything
out of . . . (Student Government)."
Paul Gulyn, a sophomore from Salisbury, said: "Students
don't care that much about Student Government. They
don't have time to look at all the issues."
Gulyn said he didn't intend to vote because he didn't
have time and because Student Government didn't "do
things I care about."
Hearing about specific actions taken by Student
Government throughout the year would make students
more aware of what Student Government stands for,
"You never hear about Student Government unless
there's a crisis or during elections," he said.
Lillie agreed, saying if students had more information
about how Student Government worked, they would
become more involved in elections.
"We need a coordinated effort on campus about elections,
a real drive by all organizations to give elections the
importance they deserve," he said.
Forums are an important source of information for
students who bothered to attend, Lillie said, though "they
can get tedious at times."
Student Body President Patricia Wallace agreed. "I'm
a strong believer in forums," she said. "Those that attend
are usually the most interested students, and they guide
others in their voting.
"A lot of decisions are based on word of mouth," she
said. "A few people inform the rest of the students."
Lillie said getting dorm and area governments more
involved in forums would make them more effective. "Now
they just see forums as something they have to do," he
said. ; - -v;
."Thc ,mor? dorm andarea governments, explain Student
Government to students, the better things will be," he said.
liana Lewin, a freshman from Atlanta, agreed. "I thought
all the candidates were the same until I went to the forums,"
"If people would go, they would know the differences
between candidates," she said. "Some of them have very
Wallace said students who did vote were informed about
Student Government and what it did. "The majority of
those who vote have generally kept up with the issues and
policies," she said.
About 3,000 of those who vote each year live on campus,
Lillie said. "On-campus students feel more affected by
Student Government, and polling places are much nearer
to where they live.
"Off-campus students find it harder to vote," he said.
Students living off campus have to make more of an effort
to find out about the campaigns," he said.
But Mary Colbert, a sophomore from Morehead City
who lives off campus, said she didn't feel left out of elections.
"Any campus function that goes on I can attend if I want
to," she said.
People working in Student Government need to get more
involved with students, Colbert said. There's no outreach.
. . . There's so much going on in their offices that they
cant pay attention to the students."
Several students cited Billy Warden's candidacy for SBP
as an example of not taking elections seriously.
"It's hard to take an election with Billy Warden seriously,"
Yet Warden's message of "fun" seems to appeal to some.
"I want to vote for Billy Warden," said Sean Kurdys, a
freshman from Raleigh. "I want a plaid campus. Everybody
else is too boring."
Lillie said the Elections Board should have a bigger
budget for publicity to inform students more effectively.
"Students who take the time and stand in line to vote
are expressing the desire to make a difference in Student
Government," he said. "In the future, we need to give them
more information to give more students the feeling that
they can make a difference and that they can affect Student
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By RANDY FARMER
Expanded state and national news
and dealings with the University admin
istration have surfaced as issues in the
Daily Tar Heel editor's race.
Jim Zook said his paper would not
succomb to any group outside the DTH
in dealing with the administration. The
decision to run a story will come strictly
within the paper," he said.
"If I feel that the administration is
not acting in the best interest of the
students, then well let them know about
it," he said.
Jim Greenhill, a co-editor candidate
with Cathy Cowan, said that he was
skeptical of the administration but that
he believed stories about the adminis
tration should be balanced. "Students
and the DTH should develop construc
tive criticism of the administration,"
Greenhill said. "The DTH should be
fair to all parties involved admin
istrators and students alike."
Guy Lucas said he distrusted the
UNC administration. If the administra
tion asked the paper not to print a story
that a student group wanted published,
he probably would side with the student
group, Lucas said.
"I would rather air on the side of
disclosure, keeping in mind libel," Lucas
said. "The administrator would prob
ably be trying to protect his job."
The three candidates all said in their
platforms that they would expand state
and national news if elected but that ,
the focus of the paper would remain
on the University. The DTH installed
an Associated Press wire machine last
week, giving it more access to state and
Cowan said: "The DTH is a Univer
sity paper, so it will remain that way.
But state and national news needs to
be more of a priority than it has been."
The paper would contain a balance
of campus, local, state, national and
international news, she said. Greenhill
said expanding state and national news
meant giving it more exposure but not
necessarily more space. Moving state
and national briefs from the second to
front page is one way of doing that,
Lucas said he would expand state and
national coverage because students
needed more than the briefs on page
two. ". . . (The University desk) is relied
on way too much," he said.
He said that he would keep the
paper's University focus but that he
would replace some of the space-filling
University stories with more state and
Zook said that the focus of the paper
would remain on the University and
that he would make page two of the
paper the focus of . state and national
"The DTH would not try to be the
students' only source for news because
of space limitations," Zook said. "But
because students' schedules are so busy,
I think the DTH has the responsibility
to keep the students informed on the
top stories of the day outside of Chapel
Each candidate also has specific
changes they would like to make in the
Lucas said he would revitalize the
front page quote. But he said he did
not see any problems in the basic format
of the 77.
"I'm not calling for wholesale change
because I dont think they're needed,"
Lucas said. He said that he would like
to "fine tune" the paper and that he
was open to any suggestions for
Zook said he wanted to hold monthly
brainstorming sessions between the
DTH desk editors and some of the
Journalism School faculty to get
professional insight into the paper.
Zook said the dean of the School of
Journalism was favorable to the idea
and that such sessions had been used
Zook said he also would have a
weekly arts and entertainment section,
which would be in tabloid form and
inserted in Thursday's paper.
The tabloid could be financed several
ways, he said. Money could be solicited
from faculty or alumni. Also, each page
could have a sponsor to pay for the
See DTH page 4
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Craige 1-8, 12
Law School 1
Medical School 5,6,7
Rosenau ' . 5,6,7
Whitehead " 10
Ruffin 1 1
Cobb 1 1
Everett , - 11
Hinton James ; 15
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