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Copyright 1986 The Daily Tar Heel
Volume 94, Issue 81
Tuesday, October 14, 1986
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
News Sports Arts 962-0245
Frank Porter Graham remembered, respected
By RANDY FARMER
The year was 1909 when the 22-year-old
student collected the leaves
of paper that contained his speech
and headed toward his Class Day
events at UNC.
There would be a gathering of his
senior classmates, and as class
president, he was to give an address.
Nothing could have been more
appropriate for the pint-sized
dynamo Frank Porter Graham.
Throughout his years at UNC
(1905 to 1909), he ti'relessly offered
his abilities to campus organizations
and was a leader in all facets of
student life. The Yackety Yack.
UNC's yearbook, crammed his
senior-year biography with such
accomplishments as: secretary of Phi
Beta Kappa, president of the
YMCA, editor-in-chief of The Tar
Heel, chief cheerleader, member of
the Order of the Golden Fleece and
Order of Gimghoul, and editor of
the Yackety Yack. The Yack
heralded him as. "A man to all the
Indeed, in those youthful days he
set a standard for himself as "a little
fella w ith a bundle of energy," as one
for future summits
From Associated Press reports
WASHINGTON - President
Reagan told the American people
Monday the United States and
the Soviet Union "are closer than
ever before" to eliminating bal
listic missiles and said he remains
ready to "pick up where he left
off" in an attempt to break the
impasse over the future of Star
In a speech broadcast
nationally from the Oval Office,
Reagan reviewed the collapse of
his summit talks on Sunday with
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
in Reykjavik, Iceland.
"I cannot promise, nor can any
president promise, that the talks
in Iceland or any future discus
sions with Mr. Gorbachev will
lead inevitably to great break
throughs or momentous treaty
signings," Reagan said.
And he insisted, "We prefer no
agreement than to bring home a
bad agreement to the United
Reagan acknowledged that
Gorbachev gave no indication
"when or whether" he would
come to the United States for the
summit the leaders went to pre
pare for in Iceland.
"Our invitation stands," the
president said. "We continue to
believe additional meetings would
be useful. But that's a decision the
close friend recalled an apt
description that would follow
throughout his lifetime. From this
vigorous collegiate career, Graham
went on to become a UNC history
professor, the University's 11th
president, a U.S. Senator and a
negotiator representing the United
Nations in Pakistan.
Frank Porter Graham would have
turned 100 years old today.
"Very rarely do you hear people
talk about others in the terms of
Frank Porter Graham," said Thad
Beyle, professor of political science
and an expert on N.C. politics.
"(Graham) suggested things and put
them in a certain direction. We don't
have many academics who have that
kind of ability."
"He was on top of all subjects,"
said Arnold King, a former vice
president of the UNC system who
knew Graham in 1919 when King
was a student. "He was always ahead
of his associates when it came to
solutions ... He must be in the
category of great leaders whose life
touched others and lived on," King
Current students know of Graham
perhaps through history classes or
Campus reactions 2
Soviets must make."
After refusing to compromise
with Gorbachev on the testing of
his hypothetical strategic defense
system, known formally as the
Strategic Defense Initiative, Rea
gan said, "We are dealing now
from a position of strength, and
for that reason we have it within
our grasp to move speedily with
the Soviets toward even more
Reagan had worked on his
speech up to the last hour. A U.S.
official said that speechwriters
reworked drafts that had been
prepared in advance, and the
president himself made some last
minute changes in the text.
Reagan's national security
adviser. Vice Adm. John Poin
dexter, told reporters Monday
that U.S. arms negotiators in
Geneva will try to salvage ele
ments of the accord that won
tentative approval at the summit.
Meanwhile, an official travel
ing with Secretary of State
George Shultz en route home
from Brussels, Belgium said that
Shultz will attend a national
human rights conference in
Vienna in early November, and
may at that time meet with Soviet
Foreign Minister Eduard
speaks to a capacity crowd in Memorial Hall Monday night
Without freedom there can he no
recognizing his name adorning
campus institutions, such as the
Frank Porter Graham Student
Union. But his peers and students
most certainly knew and revered
Graham. Some of his energy and
vision aroused listeners to his Class
Day speech 77 years ago on "The
State and the University."
"The University is the state's own
creature, the people's University, the
head of their public school system,"
Graham said in his eastern North
Carolina drawl. "With the realiza
tion of this great fact of relationship,
with the removal of all prejudice and
unfounded antagonism will come a
new era for the University of North
Twenty-one years later, Graham
would have his chance to lead the
University into that era. On June 9,
1930, Graham succeeded then
President Harry Chase, who left for
the same seat at the University of
Illinois. Graham would later say of
his presidency, "I enjoyed my 19
years as president as long as 1 live;
I did the best I could "
Graham's imprint on higher edu
cation can still be felt today. As the
first president of the consolidated
By SHARON KEBSCHULL
Former Gov. Terry Sanford spoke
to about 400 supporters in the Pit
Monday to help UNC Students for
Sanford kick off a " 1 0,000 for Terry"
signature campaign before the Nov.
The group's goal is to get 10,000
signatures of support in the next ten
days for Sanford, who will be going
to schools around the state to give
his campaign a final push.
Sanford, the Democratic nominee
for the U.S. Senate, is running
against Republican Sen. Jim
"There's enthusiasm and optimism
By JO FLEISCHER
Assistant University Editor
Classes will be suspended Friday
between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. so
students will be free to participate
in UNC-system President CD.
Spangler's inauguration. He follows
William Friday's 30 years as, UNC
UNC faculty and students are
encouraged to participate in the
event, which will be held on the steps
of South Building. An academic
procession of faculty members from
all 16 UNC campuses will march
from Memorial Hall to South Build
ing for the inauguration. The cerem
ony will include traditional greetings
from such luminaries as Gov. Jim
Martin and Charles Kuralt.
According to a letter sent to
UNC-system, he lobbied persua
sively with legislators not to cut the
University's budget; which was
threatened by the financial straits of
the Great Depression.
"Anything he touched came alive,"
King said. Then the system con
tained only UNC, N.C. College of
Agriculture and Engineering in
Raleigh and Woman's College in
Graham's influence with the legis
lature is also exemplified in the
development and improvement of
some of UNC's graduate schools,
King said. Graham managed to have
funds appropriated for the construc
tion of such campus buildings as
Murphey, Saunders and Manning,
and he was influential in the devel
opment of the statistics and religion
departments, King recalls.
"His heart was in building up
UNC," King said.
Equally important and admirable
in Graham's administrative abilities
was his courage and strength in times
of crises, as noted in his biography,
"Frank Porter Graham: A Southern
Liberal," by Warren Ashby. For
See GRAHAM page 4
m college touur. ml Put
in the air, and we're headed for a
great Democratic victory November
4," said David Price, the 4th District
Democratic candidate for Congress.
"We're united from the top to the
bottom of the ticket, and after we're
elected we're going to work
Price, who received a standing
ovation, spoke after entertainment
by the UNC Clef Hangers singing
group. He said the momentum is
building daily for the campaigns and
Democrats intend to bring "positive
representation" back to North
Sanford, who also received a
standing ovation, joked that he knew
be inaugurated Friday
faculty by George A. Kennedy,
faculty chairman, "with the music,
excitement, crowds and public
address system in use, it will not . . .
be feasible to conduct classes on the
central campus at that time."
After the 10:30 a.m. ceremony,
there will be a public reception with
a box lunch at McCorkle Place, the
quadrangle between the Old Well
and Franklin Street. Exhibits repres
enting the 16 campuses will be on
display in and around McCorkle
The art was chosen by the inaug
uration committee from over 400
submissions from UNC-system stu
dents. A symphony concert by the
North Carolina School of the Arts
orchestra, with Ranson Wilson
conducting, will be held at 8 p.m.
George Plimpton practices art
of 'participatory jouiriialism'
By JEAN LUTES
Assistant University Editor
Author George Plimpton doesn't
have much left to do but sing with
the Metropolitan Opera and manage
a pro wrestler named Grecian Urn.
He's done just about everything
else, and "everything else" is what
he talked abut Monday night in a
packed Memorial Hall.
Plimpton, whose speech in
Memorial Hall was sponsored by the
Carolina Union Activities Board
Forum Committee and the Carolina
Athletic Association, has played
hockey with the Boston Bruins,
football with the Detroit Lions,
basketball with the Boston Celtics
and the triangle with the New York
Philharmonic, among others.
His adventures have come from
his pursuit of "participatory journal
ism," which he said he first disco
vered while trying to get on the staff
of the Harvard Lampoon.
"The editors insisted that I run in
the Boston Marathon," he said.
"They did not specify, however, that
I had to enter the race from the
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Chapel Hill would be a better place
than Duke University to start his
college campaign because students at
UNC would understand his tiredness
after debating Broyhill Sunday
Sanford criticized Broyhill for his
stand on nuclear power and sanc
tions against South Africa. Broyhill
voted to uphold President Reagan's
veto of a sanctions bill, but the veto
"Does he not remember that the
human spirit is not easily satisfied?"
Sanford asked. "Liberty is more
important than life (to blacks under
in Hill Hall. -
If it rains, the events will be held
in Carmichael Auditorium at the
Spangler's inauguration will not
involve state funds, said Katherine
McAdams, assistant to the vice
chancellor of communications. It
will be paid for with a combination
of overhead receipts earned by the
University and private donations,
Deliverers of the traditional greet
ings will be: Martin, representing the
people of North Carolina; Gary
"Mauney, president of the UNC
Association of Student Govern
ments; Betty Jo Welch, chair of the
Faculty Assembly of North Carolina
on behalf of the faculty; Charles
Kuralt, a renowned journalist.
So he joined the runners about a
block and a half from the end of
the race, catching the unsuspecting
lead runner. "He looked over his
shoulder and there 1 was, fresh as
a daisy I'd only run about 15 feet,"
The runner, a Korean who didn't
speak English, burst into a sprint.
"When he (understood after the race)
that he'd been made to sprint after
26 miles, he tried to pop me,"
"It was then, running down Com
monwealth Avenue in a little track
suit with the number one-half on my
back, which the editors had put there
that I got some sense of it, that put
the concept of 'participatory journal
ism' into my mind," he said.
Plimpton said the spontaneous
actions of people make his type of
journalism work. One example of
such a spontaneous person was
Florence Foster Jacobs, he said. She
was a woman with "the voice of a
crow" who rented New York's
Carnegie Hall because she had
always dreamed of giving a great
Photo courtesy of UNC Photo Lab
with a young William Friday
Sanford also spoke briefly on
relations with the Soviet Union.
"The ordinary people of the Soviet
Union need to see America as a
beacon of dignity," he said. ". . .
With the events of the weekend
(summit between Reagan and Mik
hail Gorbachev), I hope it has not
come to the point where we are afraid
to be true leaders."
Sanford stressed his desire to help
those on welfare get a fresh start.
He spoke of the need to give people
who have not seen the "American
Dream" more opportunities.
See SANFORD page 2
See SPANGLER page 5
One night in early 1940 she gave
her concert, he said. The place was
packed by people expecting to hear
a great new artist. Plimpton said the
pianist played the introduction to the
piece, and Jacobs began to sing in
her normal voice like a crow. I
"There was only one reaction th$
audience could come up with," h
said. "They proceeded to laugh for
an hour and a half. But Florence
Foster Jacobs had a good time."
She gave six more concerts, and
each one of them was sold out;
Plimpton said. t
. Plimpton said he is working orl
a novel about Sidd Finch, the
fictional fastball pitcher he wrote
Sports Illustrated article about foC
April Fool's Day last year. :
"I was put to this because I had
been utterly fooled the previous yeaf
by the London Observer piece," he!
said. The article described the
mysterious disappearance of a deter
mined Japanese runner in the Lon
don Marathon who thought he had
to run for 26 davs, not 26 miles.