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ri Vcather n Last day for fall pre registration Approved forms to Hanes 01 by 4:30 p.m. Today: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. High 80. Low 50. Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High in the 80s. Low in the 50s. 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 BusinessAdvertising 962-1163 UNC torn IR art (May 1J Mnmwiillii JLL By JO FLEISCHER Staff Writer 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 Africa. 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," Tamelar said. 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 by said. "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." For the future r DTHDan Charlson Ace in the hole Melissa Poole, a sophomore psychology the new game room in the basement of the major from Chapel Hill, shoots some pool in Student Union. im In v stag Airate fakedl to fooramteii 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 in Berlin. 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 of anonymity. 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 April 24. 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 finance. "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 African students. 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 by 1989. "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 divestment." 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 African workers. "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. " .... M , , vvl 1 Chairman J. Clint Newton Jr. "If you really care about apartheid, you have no other alternative but to be patient." 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 ton said. 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 panies divested. 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." peaked sdeimee shapes Me By MATTHEW FURY Staff Writer 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 Hope?" Suzuki, a professor of zoololgy at the University of British Columbia, spoke as part of the Carolina Symposium 1986, "Technology, Society and. the Individual." 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- CAROLINA SYMPOSIUM 19 8 6 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 accessible." 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 in isolation. "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 XL. pastries e imtlhi CaMpnas By JEAN LUTES Staff Writer 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 Friday. 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 expiration dates. "The delivery person wouldn't have done that because it would cost them their job," he said. "It doesn't make sense." ' 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 shops. "The delivery man gets full credit," he said. "It doesn't cost him a penny to take expired products off the shelves." 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 again. Seeing is deceiving. It's eating that's believing. James Thurber

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