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10The Oaily Tar HeelMonday. April 7. 19R6
94i year of editorial freedom
Riding out the
Outright denial of one's wishes is an
easier pill to swallow than evasive and
sneaky tactics. A credible decision made,
however disliked, is at least respected
as a decision. But a wishy-washy
approach produces only bad feelings.
The University Endowment Board's
decision Friday to delay consideration
of divestment proposals until a later
meeting indicates the deplorably low
level of regard that board members give
By declining to act Friday in response
to UNCs largest student protest in
recent years, the board effectively
ignored the students proper sense of
urgency in dealing with an atrocious
system. By not reaching a decision,
board members showed their disdain for
Last fall, the Board of Trustees
recommended divestment from corpo
rations giving "direct and extensive"
support to the government of South
Africa. Months later, the endowment
board claims it needs time to study a
report that will help them define what
constitutes "direct and extensive"
Naturally, hasty decisions should not
be made when dealing with a $100
million endowment. But if the board
lacked the proper information to make
a decision about its investment policy,
why did it agree to meet at all?
Board members did not meet to learn
more about possible approaches to
dealing with apartheid. Although the
board allowed members of the Anti-
The Democrat Shuffle, all the rage
over in Raleigh, is not the most impres
sive of dances, but it merits watching.
It shows that political maneuvering is
alive and well in North Carolina, albeit
on the heels of a clumsily executed soft
shoe. Just before the close of last year's
legislative session, Democrat House
leaders pushed through a measure to
move state and county elections to odd
numbered years, offset from presidential
election years. Now it's up to Tar Heel
voters to decide, in a May 6 referendum,
if they want the plan implemented.
If the public recognizes a lemon when
it sees one, the measure doesn't stand
a chance especially if Gov. James
Martin's campaign against it, begun last
week, attracts enough attention.
At its worst, the plan represents a
contemptible partisanship. It passed the
Democrat-controlled General Assembly
conspicuously after the 1984 elections,
when numerous Republicans in North
Carolina and other states rode easily into
public office on the impressive coattails
of Ronald Reagan. The correlation is
obvious: No state and local elections in
a presidential election year, no coattail
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Apartheid Support Group and the UNC
College Republicans to present argu
ments about divestment, the statements
offered by board members made it clear
that the students' arguments had no
impact on the opinions of board
members who have discussed the issue
in detail for years.
The board agreed to hold an emer
gency meeting to placate student pro
testers on both sides who had progres
sively increased the intensity of their
activities. Faced with the possibility of
student rebellions like those -which hit
the University of California at Berkeley
last week, the board urged students to
The date of the board's next meeting,
April 24, reiterates this disregard for
student opinion. On the last day of
classes, students will be distracted by the
pressures of upcoming finals, and no
campus publications will be able to
report the board's decision for a month.
Between last Friday's meeting and April
24, three weeks will pass weeks that
the board hopes will be enough time to
let student fervor wane. Fortunately,
student beliefs are not just whimsical
notions. Regardless of their stance,
students have substantiated arguments
that should not be summarily ignored.
Great amounts of student energy, time
and devotion have been committed on
both sides of this issue. We are appalled
by the endowment board's refusal to
recognize the sincerity of these student
protests. Students deserve better than
this condescending treatment.
effect. And that usually means fewer
Republicans in office.
But no, say the plan's supporters,
they're not exercising self-serving bias,
just improving the elections process by
not bombarding the voter with too many
candidates at once. Even if that's true,
the plan's implicit prospect of about one
election a year a presidential face
off one year, a state-local match the next,
a U.S. Senate horserace the year after
that, a state-local contest after that, and
so on, with an intermission only every
12 years promises a kind of hell no
human being deserves.
Besides, spreading elections out in
such a way may very well dilute voter
interest instead of crystallizing it.
Political directions are best charted
when federal, state and, sometimes, local
elections are held at the same time.
Voters are better able to place candidates
into a more inclusive context and vote
If a politician rides another's coattails,
so be it; that's a justified, healthy feature
of the electoral game. Just because
Democrats don't have their own Ronald
Reagan 4. is no reason to circumvent
common political sense.
!R&pe .. awairemess vital to womeiic menu
What I admire most about the Union
Human Relations Committee's pro
gram, "Confronting Rape: A Week of
Awareness," is the way it promotes a thorough
and constructive form of education. The program
confronts the general problems of rape and
speaks to the specific needs of women on this
In general, education about rape can be
positive in ways that even educators may not
suspect. Not only does the program provide
information on how to avoid rape and how to
gain the physical strength to combat rape through
self-defense, but it gives women the courage to
speak out against the oppression of this particular
crime and to band together in such movements
ol solidarity as "Take Back the Night."
It is a shame that some women, often the
strongest, ignore education. They feel that
awareness only imposes fear on women, den
igrates their confidence in themselves and the
society around them and completely subjugates
their lives to oppressive forces that remain
unseen, unfelt and therefore unreal. Awareness
seems, in effect, to be as psychologically and
physically imposing as rape itself, because it locks
women inside, away from the rest of the world.
Still, what is the alternative? If women deny
awareness and endeavor to live "freely," they
make themselves vulnerable to the most person
ally affrontive form of oppression that they might
ever face. In the choice between awareness and
actual rape, women can only choose one option.
Lesson no, 1
To the editor:
It's springtime . . . time for the
annual outbreak of bad grammar.
You hear it everywhere: "Do you
want to lay out in the sun?" or,
worse yet. "Yesterday 1 laid out
in the sun."
Okay. In the first place, laying
in the sun, or in any public place,
is illegal (not to mention immoral).
When you sunbathe, you lie in the
sun. The past tense of lie is lay;
therefore, if you sunbathed yester
day, then yesterday you lay in the
Yes, I'm an English major and
I can't take it anymore.
And while we're at it: when did
"a lot," as in "I like you a lot,"
become one word? It isn't. If this
trend continues, pretty soon well
see sentences like "I had agood
time" and "I want aloaf of bread."
"It's" is a contraction of "it is,"
just like "you're" is a contraction
of "you are" and "who's" is a
contraction of "who is." We do not
say "The French Club held it's (it
is) meeting at two o'clock." We do
not say "1 hope you're (you are)
classes are interesting." We do not
say "Who's (who is) suntan lotion
What's (what is) really bad
about this? NO ONE CARES.
The people who bothered to read
this letter are going to toss it aside
and say, "Let's go lay out in the
sun." It is too late to stop this
scourge of the English language.
But I feel better now, anyway.
To the editor:
One of our university's greatest
attributes is its beautiful campus.
At no time of the year is Carolina
, more beautiful than in the spring.
Everyone loves the blooming trees
and green grass. We all enjoy
.relaxing on the the lawn between
classes. How truly sad it is that
at this time of year the University
is covered with trash. . .
Littering this beautiful campus
is inexcusable! How difficult is it
to carry your paper cup or candy
bar wrapper to the nearest trash
can? 1 am aware that this campus
does not have enough trash recep
tacles, but that is no excuse. We
can all take the time to properly
dispose of litter.
Every student would agree that
Carolina is one of the most
A little reasoning amid tlie madness
"urnhv. of Murohv's Law fame, probably
relished the late-night atmosphere in a
-newsroom. In the past five weeks, the
94th editorial staff of The Daily Tar Heel has
discovered that when the deadline crunch strikes,
many minor catastrophes follow. Expect com
puters to go down or creativity to dry up when
you need to write a headline fast.
But we're having a blast. 1 think we must be
a bunch of masochists. Anyway, the staff has
weathered the transition and is now nearing some
degree of normalcy in publishing UNCs student
newspaper. Today's column offers a kind of
status report on some of the policies, changes,
happenings and results in organizing this
Late distribution Contrary to popular
belief, the DTH staff does not want to publish
an afternoon newspaper. This has been the most
talked-about problem IVe heard since becoming
editor. We've instituted some changes in our late
night production work that still need refinement.
An extra proofreader has eliminated many of
the typos that would otherwise slip into the paper,
it has also introduced another time-consuming
step in the chain of production. The later the
paper goes to press, the later it gets in your hands
The active avoidance of education is so
common and so dangerous. Such fundamentals
as statistics of rape reports, which are easily
ignored because of their impersonality, are
relevant to our lives because we walk the same
streets as those nameless numbers did when they
were raped. Women sidestep such information,
choosing to rely on their own strength and luck,
unaware that real strength can only come from
a confrontation with rape.
On Monday and Wednesday of Rape Aware
ness Week, The Tin Drum Theatre Group will
respond to this problem by chanting rape
statistics over and over until they reach a
frightening crescendo. That manner of confron
tation imposes those statistics onto our senses
in such a way that we cannot depersonalize them.
The rest of the program for this week devoted
to rape awareness is equally constructive. In
addition to discussions, presentations and movies
focusing on the general issues of sexual assault
and a workshop on self-defense for women,
several events are dedicated to a form of rape
that is rarely spoken of. but occurs in nearly
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beautiful campuses in the country.
Therefore, every student should
take pride in maintaining that
When will the University acknow
lege that it is time for ARA to
Open your eyes
To the editor:
Why are University officials so
vigorously defending ARA in the
face of widespread student oppo
sition? What led Associate Vice
Chancellor of Student Affairs
James Cansler to the conclusion
that most students are satisfied
with ARA ("ARA officials say
students like present food service
. . .," March 26) just one week
after Student Congress joined a
coalition of other student groups
to oppose the renewal of ARA's
contract? The other groups were
the Executive Branch of Student
Government, the Residence Hall
Association, the . Black Student
Movement and the Labor Support
Does the administration think
it can continue to ignore student
opinion like it did during the
George Gamble affair or during
the meal plan conspiracy? Does
James Cansler think students are
lying when they say they have been
served rotten meat by ARA, or
that employees are lying about
horrible working conditions?
Perhaps administrators are
trying to defend the indefensible.
Students have made their stand.
Going to the dogs
To the editor:
We. the undersigned, feel that
we represent the overwhelming
majority of the student body
regarding the feature of March 1 8,
"Fraternity pets loyal to house."
We are certain that everyone gives
a flaming flea collar about Nugget .
and Reuben. In fact, students
across the University were con
cerned with Reuben "messing" on
the Sigma Nu house.
Let's face it the majority of
people at this university have
never, nor will, come in contact
with a pet sometime in their lives.
We are certainly glad that there
were so many astute observations
made throughout the story. A
prime example was the extraordi
nary insight by Mike Nichols: "It's
great, everybody loves the dogs.
I have a couple at home, so I like
having these around here." Simply
Then, of course, we have Peter
Carr enlightening the readers with
his pure genius. Pete actually has
the next morning. This problem simply needs
time to be resolved.
Promotion Randy Farmer, who has been
serving as production editor since mid-February,
has been named managing editor of the DTH.
Randy's primary duties, overseeing the design
and layout of the paper, will be expanded to
include some of the administrative and manage
rial duties of running the paper. He's been doing
a bang-up job and is committed to bringing you
an outstanding newspaper.
Summer Tar Heel Editor A weekly
tabloid replaces The Daily Tar Heel for the two
summer sessions. Ill be taking applications this
week to select the summer editor. Anyone who
will be enrolled this summer and thinks they want
to get involved in this madness is eligible.
The Bottom Line Every Tuesday and
Thursday, this column is designed to bring you
humorous, perhaps even insightful comments on
half the cases of reported rape: date rape.
Those concerned with rape awareness and rape
rehabilitation stress the fact that countless
numbers of date rapes go unreported. Educators
feel that the fact that date and acquaintance rapes
go unreported indicates the uncertainty sur
rounding the issue. The fact is, no one can quite
define it. Expectations between college-aged men
and women are nebulous, causing confused
attitudes that accept forced intercourse as a social
norm. Men regard sex as their right, and women
don't know better than to acquiesce.
To challenge this degeneration of male-female
relations, the Human Relations Committee is
presenting a mock trial on Tuesday night in Great
Hall to present a particular case in which a
woman asserts that she was forced to have
intercourse with her date, while the man states
that no force took place at all. The situation
is as nebulous as the notion of date rape itself,
but by the end of the trial, perhaps date rape
may at last be defined.
What ought to emerge from the trial, and
indeed from the rest of the week, is respect for
women. The law defends women against rape.
Out of understanding of the law, men ought to
respect women's rights, and women ought to
respect themselves. Only through that respect will
women ever be free of oppression.
Sally Pont is a senior English major from
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enough intelligence to realize that
it takes a lot more than petting
and playing with a dog to make
it a worthwhile pet. Gee, Pete,
thanks for the advice.
The photo that went with the
story was quite remarkable. It
certainly is an honor to see some
one playing "get the stick" with
that amazing canine Reuben. The
poor photographer sent to record
those newsbreaking photos was
probably extremely excited about
those live-action shots of Pete and
his miracle fraternity dog. Cer
tainly, we were truly amazed by
such a wonderful glimmer of
fraternity life by learning the
Sigma Nu house dog is usually
named "Dammit" truly mind
boggling information for all.
Maybe we should call the six
Carr's story is especially intrig
uing to those of us who have never
seen a dog chase a stick. Certainly
there are not any in this area who
can perform such a remarkable
feat of canine coordination.
Thank you for sharing such
knowledge with the masses.
some event. The more bizarre or off-the-wall the
topic, the more bizarre or off-the-wall our
column develops. The column is written by one
of the five editorial desk writers Stuart
Tonkinson, Ed Brackett, Tom Camp, Dewey
Messer or myself. We will now end these columns
with our initials so you will know where to place
the credit, or the. blame.
Editorials While The Bottom Line
appears in the editorial column, it is not the same
as an editorial. The editorials represent the
position of a majority of the editorial desk; The
Bottom Line is an individual's work.
Editorial Page Cartoonists Three campus
editorial cartoonists alternately appear on the
DTH editorial page: Adam Cohen on Mondays,
Bill Cokas on Wednesdays, and Trip Park on
Fridays. Each cartoonist has total freedom to
express any opinions he chooses to depict.
Newspaper folks, us included, are a curious
lot they gripe a lot and are never satisfied,
but that's because most of them strive to assist
their readers, and you're a pretty fickle bunch,
too. So, feel free to give us your comments,
advice, beefs, even praise if the mood strikes.
Jim look is a junior journalism and political
science major from Little Rock, Ark,