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10The Daily Tar Heel Friday, April 18, 1986
94th year of editorial freedom
LMMe and students deserve better
Student Congress' attitude when
denying Bruce Lillie a second year as
Elections Board chairman was insensi
tive, irresponsible and condescending.
The evidence to substantiate such harsh
claims is great.
In voting against Lillie, the congress
violated general elections laws and the
Student Constitution. The elections laws
say Lillie is not out until he resigns or
However, an impeachment process
was in effect carried out in the Wed
nesday meeting. Several representatives
viciously attacked Lillie unwarranted
on this or any other level of politics.
Brad Torgan said he was particularly
irked about the districts with high
graduate concentration. Lillie has
admitted his mistakes with these polling
sites and has contacted graduate student
leaders in hopes of avoiding such
problems again. Torgan, who Lillie says
never asked him about possible solu
tions, said of Lillie: "You don't reward
incompetence." Who died and left
Torgan king to pass such a pompous
A focal point of the debate concerned
the David Brady T-shirt affair and
Lillie's decision not to disqualify Brady
for exceeding spending limits in his
campaign. The Student Supreme Court
backed up Lillie's decision. However,
members of the congress re-tried the case
Wednesday night with Lillie as the
Letter of discontent
The propaganda has hit the fan, and
this time it's been flung all the way from
Moscow to Raleigh, with a side trip to
Washington. Recently, Vice President
George Bush received a letter from a
group of Soviet students that criticized
the United States (that's a shock) and
condemned nuclear weapons. Bush,
hoping to "start a dialogue between the
future leaders of our two nations,"
forwarded the letter to Raleigh's own
Enloe High School and asked teacher
David Cordts to select a group of
students to respond to the letter.
Among other things the Soviet stu
dents all members of Komsomol, the
Communist Party's youth organization
accuse Americans of hypocrisy. "The
U.S. mass media are always 'trumpeting'
about protection of human rights and
freedom in America," the letter reads in
part. "But those are only words. ... In
your country elementary human rights
are violated: the right to life, to work
and to education. . . .
"We are against the preparation of
nuclear war, which threatens all man
kind with destruction!" the letter
"Yes, yes, yes to the sunny world!
"No, no, no to nuclear weapons!"
Will someone please hose these young
Soviets down? Cordts has dispatched
about 25 Enloe students to draft a
response; let's hope it's not as poorly
written as the Komsomol letter.
With little allied sopport,
The United States bombed Libya Monday,
in what is being called retaliation for the
Beirut nightclub bombing, when one
American was killed. President Reagan said
Tripoli and Benghazi targets were the "nerve
center" of Col. Moammar Khadafy's involve
ment with international terrorism.
Although Secretary of Defense Caspar
Weinberger said the targets were chosen in order
to limit civilian causualties, perhaps as many as
100 civilians were killed. Khadafy's adopted 15-month-old
daughter was killed, and two of his
sons, both pre-schoolers, were injured. Khadafy
was suspected dead or injured until Wednesday,
when he appeared on Libyan television to rally
Tension and criticism of the bombing in Sudan
has led to an evacuation of 200 non-essential
U.S. diplomatic personnel. The evacuation stems
from the shooting of a U.S. embassy commun
ications officer there Tuesday. The blame for the
shooting is still undetermined, but many suspect
Libya, which had been conducting surveillance
of the embassy.
One Libyan military counterattack failed
Tuesday, when a Libyan ship fired two missiles
at a U.S. Coast Guard installation on the
Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. Both
missiles fell short.
Various demonstrations against the action
throughout Europe have shown that many there
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defendant. Dave Edquist said the T-shirt
controversy "basically dragged the
whole elections process through the
mud."" Lillie was dirtied as well, but
stood firmly by a very unpopular
Several representatives expressed
great concern over maintaining legiti
macy in the elections process. But Lillie
said only three Rob Friedman (a
plaintiff in the Brady case, Jody Beasley
and Neil Riemann approached him
to talk about the administration of the
elections. Any criticism of Lillie's job by
other representatives is hard to justify.
Campus elections are notoriously
ridden with problems. Perhaps some
thing working against Lillie was succeed
ing Edwin Fountain, who supervised
what was considered the smoothest-run
election in recent memory. But even
Fountain's term had a few problems.
Perhaps Lillie made more mistakes
than most chairmen. However, he has
concrete ideas on how to improve the
understaffed, underfunded elections
process. These ideas were not given merit
It is quite ironic that while the
congress refused to accept Lillie's errors,
it committed an error itself. We hope
Lillie remains as Elections Board
Chairman, and we urge the congress to
handle its business in a more responsible
How does one respond to such idiocy?
"With sarcasm!" Mark Twain would
say. That said, here's our tongue-in-cheek
two cents' worth:
Dear Young Communists,
Glad to hear from you. How are
things over in the Evil Empire? We're
doing fine, thanks.
With all due respect, we must dis
agree with your no-questions-asked
endorsement of a sunny world. The sun
is vastly overrated; in fact, it can be
rather inconvenient on a hot day. And
try looking directly at it sometime
youH be temporarily blinded. (Though
it probably wouldn't affect you, as
you're permanently blinded.)
As to your charge that Americans'
basic rights are regularly denied, we
must admit youVe got us beat there.
The Soviet right to work is especially
fulfilled in your labor camps. And your
country's benevolence should serve as a
model for the rest of the world, as Esto
nian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Hun
garian, Czechoslavakian, East German
and Afghan citizens would no doubt
attest even if your country didn't
threaten them with tanks.
In closing, let us say, No, no, no to
endless bickering about dead issues!
Yes, yes, yes to constructive dialogue!
Americans Against Diatribes
disapprove of the bombing. Several West
German demonstrations, particularly one in
Hamburgh clearly expressed anti-American
sentiments. In London, demonstrators censured
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for allowing
the attack to be launched from Britain.
U.S. may drop SALT II
President Reagan's top aides are urging him
to abandon SALT II, apparently in response to
alleged Soviet violations. The United States has
abided by the treaty since its completion in 1979,
even without a U.S. Senate ratification.
Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, CIA
Director William Casey and arms control
director Kenneth Adelman have have recom
mended a U.S. withdrawal from SALT II. Those
who support the agreement include Secretary of
State George Shultz and Paul Nitze, veteran arms
Reagan is expected to decide by this weekend
on whether to deploy a new Trident submarine,
complete with 24 ballistic nuclear missiles,
without dismantling some older launchers. In the
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Defend ff5niaimcisil aid Iof eeedly stadeinits
Editor's note: A student-faculty rally on
financial aid will be held in the Pit at noon today.
During the past half-century, Americans
have witnessed an unprecedented
increase in the availability of federal
funds for those seeking education beyond the
high school level. With the increasing importance
of education in our technological society, this
development must be seen as an advantageous
one for various individuals as well as our nation.
One can scarcely think of a society, especially
one supposedly as advanced as our own, where
education is not viewed as the very foundation
for a better future.
In this light, the rise of Ronald Reagan and
his particular brand of political conservativism
must be seen as an odd and even frightening
phenomenon. The analogy of a farmer planning
to eat his seed corn might be apt in describing
Ronald Reagan and the funding cuts proposed
in his administration's budget for fiscal 1987.
When considering the massive defense increases
in the budget (8.2 percent above inflation), the
21 percent cuts in education appear especially
staggering. Weigh that thought the next time you
hear a Reagan supporter critique the values and
priorities of our generation.
We in the education community do not ignore
the current massive federal budget deficit, but
we do contend that educational cuts do not strike
at the root of this problem. According to the
U.S. Student Association, the value of student
aid for college students has droppped by 20
percent since 1980, and it is obvious that many
other federal programs have faced similar cuts.
Be a neighbor
To the editor:
For more than a hundred years,
the United States has wavered
from a policy of good neighbor
liness toward Central and South
America. The U.S. role in the
assassinations of Arbenz in Gua
temala (1954) and of Allende in
Chile (1973) represent bald impe
rialism. Arbenz and Allende were
both popularly elected leaders.
The U.S. justifications for moving
against Arbenz and Allende
amount to a declaration of impe
rial privilege. Likewise, our efforts
to overthrow the Sandinistas in
Nicaragua are simply another
example of flexing imperial
No one in the Reagan admin
istration suggests that the Sandi
nistas have lost the support of the
Nicaraguan people. Rather, it
appears to be the Reagan strategy
to wear down the people through
Contra terror and economic block
ade so that the Nicaraguans will
rise up and cast out the Sandinistas
for the audacity of incurring
We Americans need to convince
our representatives to disabuse
Reagan from the notion that this
is his, or even our, hemisphere.
North and South America com
prise a dozen-plus nations and
about a half-million people speak
ing Spanish, French, English,
Portuguese and other tongues.
The time has come for the
United States to trust more in our
democratic ideals, to respect more
the privilege of our neighbors to
practice self-determination and to
become a good neighbor by lis
tening to what our neighbors are
In the meantime, the Reagan
administration gambles that
through economic isolation and
armed terror against Nicaragua,
we will provoke a change in its
leadership. Whether this strategy
is likely to backfire is arguable
enough, but that does not diminish
the fact that it is a bad policy, and
that the only good policy is to
become a good neighbor.
The figure of $100 million might
get lost in accounting at the
Pentagon, but for a nation of three
million people who average maybe
$300 a year and eat beans three
times a day, $ 1 00 million is a king's
ransom. If we in the United States
want to be a good neighbor, we
will find better things to do with
that $100 million.
U.S. bombs Libya's center
past, Reagan has ordered older launchers
dismantled in order to comply with the SALT
Laying the treaty aside is expected to severely
damage the chances of a future arms control
agreement with the Soviet Union, as well as
increasing the threat of a new arms race.
Defection and redefection
Svetlana Alliluyeva the daughter of one
of the century's most powerful figures, the late
Josef Stalin is moving. Again.
Alliluyeva, 59, was born in the Soviet Union,
but defected to the United States in 1967 and
renounced her Soviet citizenship. Two of her
children were left behind in the move. In 1984
she returned to the Soviet Union and renounced
her American citizenship. Now, apparently
unable to readjust to Soviet life (in Tbilisi, the
Georgian capital), she will return to the West.
Alliluyeva's third child, Olga, 14, left the Soviet
Union Tuesday for England, where she will
attend school. Her father is American architect
William Wesley Peters, whom Alliluyeva
divorced in 1973 after a brief marriage.
Alliluyeva's destination remains unclear. She
said she did not know if she would ever return
to the Soviet Union.
The fact that the defense budget has increased
almost 100 percent during the same period might
lead one to believe that our recent record-level
deficits are more than the result of "welfare
queens" or students who apply for federal loans
so that they can spend spring break in the
Bahamas. Even in granting that the Reagan
administration has made some spending changes
in accordance with sound judgment or the will
of the American people, current tax and fiscal
policies are in need of major revision.
When applied to Carolina, the gravity of this
resolution becomes particularly apparent.
Combined with cuts under the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings
Act, the president's budget proposals
could cost Carolina as much as $730,000 for the
upcoming school year. Pell Grants, which are
provided for extremely needy students, will be
eliminated for more than 500 students and will
be reduced for more than 700 additional students.
Also, the nearly 1,000 students who receive
college work-study funds will also have their aid
cut. The more than 3,200 students who borrow
through the Guaranteed Student Loan Program
will be forced to pay higher interest rates and
will have interest charged on their loans while
they are in school. Fortunately, the Office of
Student Aid remains committed to the goal that
any student, regardless of financial resources, will
If we have become pessimists,
and fear communism more than
we trust our ideals, then we are
the ones who betray a revolution!
Oops our snafu
To the editor:
I recently wrote a letter to The
Daily Tar Heel in which I
expressed my views on Vietnam,
South Africa and protest. In this
letter, I used the following words:
"But what were some of the results
of American disinvolvement?" By
some unfortunate error, the DTH
printed the following words: "But
what were some of the results of
the American involvement?" By
some strange coincidence, this
error reversed the meaning of what
The reason I'm saying all this
is because if someone wants to
write to the DTH to disagree with
my views, I want to make sure that
person knows what I said, not
what was printed in the DTH.
You guys at the DTH need to
tighten up your act.
Editors note: The error was an
unfortunate typesetting mistake,
and The Daily Tar Heel regrets
She's Number 1
To the editor:
Melissa Jarrell, captain of the
varsity softball team, certainly
deserves recognition for her out
standing performance as an ath
lete. She is a senior, and played
her last game at UNC Thursday.
Melissa has played in just about
every game since her freshman
year. I think she should be highly
commended for all the time she
has devoted to her sport, for all
the hard work and effort she has
put forth and for all she has
achieved here at UNC. Melissa has
never missed a practice and, as
long as I've known her (four
years), she has always demon
strated the true meaning of
Since becoming captain this
season, Melissa has led her team
to 29 victories. She has caught in
every single game from start to
finish! This past weekend, she
caught nine straight games and
made the All-Tournament Team.
I just want everyone at UNC to
be aware of her accomplishments.
She makes excellent grades, she
trains at least five hours every day
and still finds time to perform the
duties of a captain.
The Week in Quotes
"There was an article in the Atlanta paper
last Sunday that said I was done, washed up,
through. ... 1 read where it said that people
at 46 don't win the Masters."
veteran golfer Jack Nicklaus Sunday after
winning the Masters championship in Augusta,
Ga. He is the oldest player ever to win the
"He has the style of the guy next door, your
buddy at the country store, the man you meet
on the street corner and swap yarns with."
N.C. House Rep. Billy Watkins, D
Granville, describing Jay Robinson, the former
superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Schools. Robinson resigned his post last week
to become a vice president of the UNC system.
"We have trusted power to people who are
sick. ... If Western civilization were a person,
we should be directing him to the nearest War
Preparers Anonymous meeting."
novelist Kurt Vonnegut Jr., author of
"Slaughterhouse Five," "Cat's Cradle" and other
widely read works, during a Wednesday night
Memorial Hall speech.
"We are not going to let them get rid of
be able to attend UNC and reminds students
to continue to apply for aid. Yet for the 1986
87 school year, they report that they will "be
almost $2,000,000 short of being able to meet
the needs of eligible undergraduate students."
Perhaps it may be unwise to assume next year
that all the missing faces have been lost to
In the secluded domain of Chapel Hill, we
may be tempted to believe that American political
developments are mere rumblings from Washing
ton, Soweto or Tripoli. Yet it should be painfully
clear that Reagan's policies on education affect
the future of us as individuals and the future
of our society as well. These cuts affect not only
colleges and universities, but all other facets of
our educational system, including the elementary
and secondary schools. If we in the education
community do not care enough to act on this
issue, we can blame only ourselves when faced
with the possible disaster.
The members of Congress are in the process
of drawing up a budget for fiscal 1987, and one
can be sure that every group which receives
federal moneys will undertake vigorous lobbying
efforts. We must make sure that our congres
sional delegates realize the seriousness of our
concern about this issue. By accepting a chance
to learn at this University, we affirm our belief
in education as the foundation for a brighter
future. It is now our responsibility to ensure that
this foundation is a strong one.
Jerry Horner is a sophomore history major
The softball team has never
received much coverage in The
Daily Tar Heel, but all will be
forgiven if this one letter is printed.
This past weekend, the softball
team finished No. 1 in the tour
nament at George Mason Univer
sity. To date, their record is 29
10. They have only a few more
games to play before the season
ends, and I, for one, would like
to see the last few games covered
by The Daily Tar Heel. Melissa
Jarrell, you are the No. 1 athlete
in my mind.
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Jonathon Piper, one of over 100 Yale
students arrested this week in anti-apartheid
demonstrations at the New Haven, Conn.,
university. A group of students had erected a
shantytown to protest Yale's $400 million
investment in companies doing business with
"It basically dragged the whole elections
process in the mud."
Student Congress Rep. Dave Edquist on
the T-shirt controversy in this year's student body
president election. Bruce Lillie, former elections
board chairman, was not re-appointed to the
board by Student Congress in its Wednesday
night meeting, largely because of his handling
of the Trshirt affair.
"If you can't think of any reptiles that they
remind you of, you draw them as small children."
Jeff MacNelly, political cartoonist and
creator of the "Shoe" comic strip, on the art
of drawing politicians. MacNelly, who drew for
The Daily Tar Heel and The Chapel Hill Weekly
during his college days, spoke at Memorial Hall
Compiled by editorial writers Ed Brackett. a
senior journalism major from Hendersonville,
and Dewey Messer, a junior journalism major