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Copyright 1986 The Day Tar Hee
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 94, Issue 29
Monday, April 7, 1986
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
News Sports Arts 962-0245
By JO FLEISCHER
The UNC Anti-Apartheid Support Group staged a heated
protest in the Pit Friday in front of about 150 people. The
rally was held while the UNC Endowment Board met in
closed session on divestment following presentations by the
the support group and the College Republicans.
The protest was one of several held around the country
Friday in commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the
death of Martin Luther King Jr. The New York-based
American Committee on Africa billed Friday as "National
Divestment Protest Day," to urge colleges and universities
to sell their holdings in companies doing business in South
Chancellor Christopher C. Fordham III, an endowment
board member, said the board decided to delay their decision
until their next regular meeting April 24. They need time
to reveiw the information presented by students, additional
materials from the endowment board's managers and a report
on divestment from Wellesley College, he said. !
Demonstrations were held Friday at Johns Hopkins
University, The University of Rochester, Cornell University,
Wellesley College and The University of Florida, according
to The Associated Press.
Purdue University police Saturday dismantled protest
shanties and arrested 22 people who refused to end their
demonstration. At Yale University, a Saturday noon deadline
for the removal of shanties built Friday passed without
officials taking any action, according to the AP.
Friday's rally at UNC was a condemnation of the
University's $8.8 million dollars in investments in businesses,
banks and corporations with holdings in South Africa, said
Herman Bennett, a support group member.
The protest was also in memorial to Martin Luther King
and 60 black South Africans who were "shot in the back"
at a protest in Sharpville, South Africa, on the same day
in 1960, Bennett said.
"We're proclaiming our solidarity with those (University
of California) Berkeley students, 21 who were injured, and
over 100 who were arrested last Thursday," Bennett said.
"On Monday at 7 a.m. (the deadline for removing the
shanties) how many here will be arrested?" he asked. "How
many of us will wind up in Memorial Hospital?"
. James Ellis, a graduate student from Jpejfown South
Africa, said that the group opposed immorality and injustice
in all countnes. But South Africa was unique because it
had a sophisticated governmental system of racism.
"I admire . . . (the UNC protesters), and I commend you
all on behalf of the people of South Africa," Ellis said.
Fountain Odom, a Democratic senate candidate, was
scheduled to speak Friday at noon. But the Support Group
had already reserved the Pit for that time. After discussion,
Odom was allowed to give a five-minute presentation.
Bennett told the crowd he had been informed that the
endowment board was eating and had not discussed the
presentations on divestment. "They're eating tea and
croissants," he said. "They are so far removed from the
situation they can't even begin to understand."
Karl Tamelar told the crowd that the board had decided
to delay their decision until April 24. "We cant fudge on
this issue any longer, this decision it's crap, it's nothing,"
Bennett said he was "damned disillusioned" by the decision.
"April 24 is the last day of classes," he said.
Bennett asked people walking by if their refusal to listen
was an indication that they supported South Africa.
"No, it means IVe got a class to go to," a student walking
"Well, during the civil rights era of the '60s, if your parents
or whoever was here went to class, a lot of us wouldn't
be here right now," Bennett said.
Fordham said he had asked the students to take the shanties
down over the weekend, and no other decision would be
made until the students complied. "They had a serious
message to present to the students, the community and the
trustees," he said. "I'm proud of their purpose, but I think
they have made their point."
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BERLIN (AP) Police investigating a nightclub
bombing that killed a U.S. Army sergeant and a
Turkish woman and wounded 191 other people are
focusing on Arab extremists who may have entered
West Berlin from Communist East Germany, news
reports said Sunday.
U.S. diplomats said Libyan leader Moammar
Khadafy was suspected of complicity in Saturday's
bomb blast that destroyed the La Belle discotheque,
which was popular with American soldiers stationed
Of the 191 injured, 63 were Americans.
U.S. military and West Berlin authorities
identified the two people killed as Sgt. Kenneth,
Terrance Ford, 21, of Detroit, and Nermin Haney,
28, a Turk.
"The Libyan angle is being explored very
vigorously. Khadafy is a very active suspect," said
a U.S. diplomatic source, who spoke on condition
Manfred Ganschow, director of West Berlin
security police, said Sunday that three separate
claims of responsibility telephoned the day of the
explosion to news agencies in London and Berlin
could not be considered authenic.
The Berliner Morgenpost daily newspaper said
investigators were focusing on anti-Western Arab
militants in West Berlin.
It quoted West Berlin security officials as saying
the Libyan Embassy in East Berlin, the capital of
East Germany, could have served as headquarters
for the bombers.
The Morgenpost quoted Ganschow as saying
intelligence reports indicated "fanatical Arabs
operating independently of one another" had slipped
into West Berlin recently.
Ganschow told a news conference that investi
gators continued to zero in on leftist and foreign
terrorist groups, but no concrete clues surfaced to
identify the bombers.
By JILL GERBER
State and National Editor
The University Endowment Board
voted unanimously Friday to postpone
voting on divestment of UNC's stock
in companies that do business with
South Africa until the board meets
Endowment board and Board of
Trustee Chairman J. Clint Newton Jr.
said the decision was made to give the
board more time to consider new
investment reports and to receive
additional information from Wayne R.
Jones, associate vice chancellor of
"We were presented with a stack of
information . . . this morning," Newton
said. "We feel we haven't had time to
digest it properly."
Chancellor Christopher C. Fordham
III said the board would also examine
the prospect of establishing scholarhips
with University funding for South
The board met earlier than scheduled
at the request of the UNC Anti
Apartheid Support Group, which
constructed shanties on the quad two
weeks ago to simulate conditions facing
blacks under the apartheid system and
to protest the University's indirect link
to South Africa.
Board members received presenta
tions from members cf the support
group and two conservative student
groups, UNC College Republicans and
Students for America. Both sides had
20 minutes each to present their views.
Dale McKinley and Herman Bennett
of the support group spoke alternately,
referring to the group's report to the
board calling for complete divestiture
"We're not here proposing divest
ment right away," McKinley said. "We
would ask that UNC would sell any
stock not warranting market loss."
McKinley said the argument that
UNC stock would be bought by some
one else if sold was irrelevant because
divestment was not an economic ques
tion, but a moral one.
"We feel there are times . . . (when)
the moral issue does prevail," Bennett
said. "1 would hope that the students
of this university would not be leaders
in investment but leaders in
Bennett said the group would con
tinue to rally for divestment even after
some of its members graduated.
Allen Taylor, former vice chairman
of the College Republicans, said div
estment would not benefit black South
"I'm not in favor of divestment from
the board from South Africa, the Soviet
Union, or any other nation," he said.
"If you truly care about the blacks in
South Africa, you would understand
that companies in South Africa are the
shining light of democracy. If American
companies leave, what would follow?"
Taylor said reforms for the nation's
blacks would take time. "The situation
in South Africa is bad but it's not to
say that it won't get worse," he said.
Chairman J. Clint Newton Jr.
"If you really care about apartheid, you
have no other alternative but to be
Newton began the meeting by explain
ing the board's past divestment policy.
On April 23, 1983, the board agreed
to divest from companies not following
the Sullivan Principles, a voluntary
code of racial equality for companies
doing business in South Africa.
"To my knowledge, there's no endow
ment board member remotely endors
ing apartheid," he said. "This board did
divest to any companies not adhering
to the Sullivan Principles."
On Nov. 14, the board rejected an
appeal by Student Government asking
the University to divest completely by
1989. In February, the board approved
a recommendation by the UNC Faculty
Council that the University liquidate its
assets in companies doing "direct and
' substantial" business with South Africa.
"This board, to a degree, is already
committed to some divestment," New
Newton and Fordham said they
supported divestment, but the other
four board members present questioned
the economic feasibility of the move.
Board member W. Travis Porter said
he had reviewed the divestment issue
several times and was concerned about
how it would affect students.
"I don't owe any duty to South
Africa," Porter said. "I owe duty to
other human beings as a human being.
If I were persuaded that divestiture
would not harm the students, then I
would have no problems divesting."
Board member Robert C. Eubanks
Jr. said he sympathized with the
students' concern but believed the
United States would lose its influence
in South Africa if all American com
Members of the three student groups,
other students and faculty members
filled the Carolina Room at the Carol
ina Inn, with several people sitting on
the floor in front of the board members'
table. Some group members held signs
reading "Divest Now" and "UNC Will
Not Acknowledge the Unjust Reality
of South Africa."
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By MATTHEW FURY
Americans are hindered by an exces
sive outpouring of information that
makes it difficult to assess contempor
ary technology with wisdom, Dr. David
Suzuki told an audience of about 100
people at Carroll Hall Sunday during
his speech, "Toward the 21st Century:
Are Science and Technology the
Suzuki, a professor of zoololgy at the
University of British Columbia, spoke
as part of the Carolina Symposium
1986, "Technology, Society and. the
He began by asking his listeners to
pretend they were anthropologists
assigned to study American culture. He
said that after examining the media, the
anthroplogists would conclude that
Americans were concerned with issues
political, economic, athletic and
glamorous. - .
"None of these issues is in anything
like the same league as science," he said.
"The most powerful issue shaping our
lives today is science."
Most people have little understand-
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ing and interest in science because it
has been presented as something only
accessible to those with sharp mathem
atical abilities, he said. "Math, then, has
become the reason why science is not
Suzuki's concern about the unfavor
able impression children get of science
at an early age has prompted him to
write science books for children.
The public displays its lack of respect
for science by electing about 90 percent
of government officials from the fields
of business and law, he said.
, "They (elected officials) are going to
have to decide on issues like: What do
we do when oil and gas run out? Do
we stick with fission reactors or go with
fusion? What do we do about research
in space?" he said. "This is a people
totally out of control of its own destiny."
In 1962 Suzuki hoped to influence
the public to be able to evaluate
proposed technologies by measuring
their cost benefiti -
He earned fame for his television
program, "The Nature of Things."
Dismissing his early ideas as unrealistic,
he said the television public was
bombarded with fragmented informa
tion from so many sources that an
educational show was unlikely to make
a significant impression.
He said his current goal was to
awaken people to the fact that with so
many indistinguishable sources of
information in the media, one cannot
rely on suppposed experts, he said.
Suzuki emphasized that scientists, as
a group, cannot be the leaders in
providing the expertise on dealing with
new research. He said the nature of
science was to study small bits of nature
"The problem is then trying to take
that isolated pictue of nature and
extrapolate it into a broader context,
and we cannot," he said.
The developments of the atomic age
have also made scientists unsuitable as
leaders in policy because over half of
them are involved in military research.
AM A. stale over past-dune
By JEAN LUTES
The expiration dates on several
boxes of Hostess products in two
South Campus snack bars were
marked through, and an official at the
Hostess bakery in Durham said
Hostess was responsible.
Authorities from ARA food servi
ces and the Hostess company that
supplies ARA said Friday that they
were unaware the boxes of Hostess
doughnuts, Twinkies, and cupcakes
with past expiration dates were sold
in Morrison and Hinton James snack
bars Wednesday, Thursday and
The original dates and prices on the
boxes were written over with black
magic markers, and another price was
written on the boxes. The written
prices were identical to the original
prices, which had been covered up
along with the expiration dates.
Al Davis, Durham area sales man
ager for Wonder Bread and Hostess
Cakes, said the Hostess company was
responsible for taking products with
past expiration dates from the shelves.
Davis said changing or covering up
expiration dates was "strictly a no-no"
and grounds for immediate dismissal
of an employee.
Davis said he would send a delivery
man to the snack bars to take the
products off the shelves immediately.
Delivery men come daily to restock
and company regulations require
them to remove products with past
"The delivery person wouldn't have
done that because it would cost them
their job," he said. "It doesn't make
' Davis said Hostess products were
good for 10 days but were marked
expired after six days so delivery men
could take them off the shelves and
sell them at reduced prices in thrift
"The delivery man gets full credit,"
he said. "It doesn't cost him a penny
to take expired products off the
The boxes were sold in the South
Campus snack bars up to eight days
after their expiration dates had past.
Robert Gordon, director of the
Food and Drug Protection Division
of the Department of Agriculture in
Raleigh, said there were no regulations
about expiration dates on food, and
most companies used dates voluntarily
for quality control.
Connie Branch, director of ARA
campus sales, said he was not aware
that food with expired dates was being
sold on campus. The Hostess com
pany was entirely responsible for
delivery and replacement of the
products, he said.
"We will not sell any stale or
unwholesome products that we have
knowledge of," he said. "I'm going to
call the company supervisor and tell
him that the man who wrote prices
over the expiration dates can no longer
work for us."
Branch said later Friday that he had
called the Hostess company and made
sure that the delivery man who had
covered up the expiration dates would
never work for ARA on this campus
Seeing is deceiving. It's eating that's believing. James Thurber