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2The Daily Tar HeelMonday, November 3, 1986
Gfomp plays dead
to MEidOTSCore meed
for "Staff Wars9 plan
By DONNA LEINVVAND
Assistant State A National Editor
About 12 members of UNC Stu
dents for America "died" in a mock
nuclear explosion Friday afternoon
in the Pit in front of an audience
of about 40 students.
SFA staged the explosion to
demonstrate the need for the Rea
gan's Strategic Defense Initiative
plan, according to Keith Poston,
The group had asked 4th District
Rep. Bill Cobey to attend the
demonstration, but he was cam
paigning in Wake County to keep
his congressional seat, Poston said.
Cobey said in a prepared state
ment that he supported Reagan and
his position on SD1.
"SDI is too valuable to bargain
away to the Soviets," he said. "I
disagree with my opponent David
Price's criticism of our great pres
ident. 1 strongly support develop
. ment and deployment of the strategic
defense initiative because it is vital
to our nation's future security."
Poston said students should be
proud of President Reagan, who
"had the courage to walk away (from
negotiations in Iceland with Soviet
leader Mikhail Gorbachev) with no
deal instead of giving in to a bad
Poston detonated a theatrical
flash pot stationed behind a skeleton.
The skeleton represented the "hor
rible danger of nuclear war," Poston
said. The flash pot sent a cloud of
black smoke into the sky and
demostrators fell to the ground. The
demonstrators wore costumes and
bandages covered with fake blood.
After the students "died" another
participant gave out signs that called
SD1 the "Peace Shield." Another
said, "You could die without SDI."
Participants also received umbrellas
and shields labeled with SDI
Group members gave out SDI
stickers and literature to people in
Several members of the crowd
began arguing with Poston about the
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SFA members play dead after a mock nuclear explosion in the Pit
viability of SDI. One girl said she
would tear up the literature.
"It's basically unfeasible," said
Dale McKinley, a graduate student
from Gweru, Zimbabwe, who
watched the demonstration. "The
cost of SDI is so astronomical. It
will take away from other programs
and escalate the nuclear arms race.
No one ever said it would be totally
effective, either. It's a destablizing
McKinley said he had continually
opposed Keith Poston and SFA. He
said SDI and the positions espoused
by the group had little support on
campus, but commended them for
taking the initiative on an issue.
"Most people don't believe in
SDI," he said. "It's pork barrel
John Davison, former SFA
national field program coordinator,
said that he was pleased with the
turn-out and that he felt most UNC
students supported "Star Wars,"
calling it a great deterrent.
Poston said he was disappointed
at the amount of attention given to
the hecklers. He said he was also
disappointed that people would rip
up the literature.
Winston-Salem paper gives
endorsement to Broyhill
From Associated Press reports
Sen. Jim Broyhill, R-N.C,
received the editorial endorse
ment of the Winston-Salem Jour
nal, which reported in. its Sunday
editions that Democratic chal
lenger Terry Sanford had edged
ahead of Broyhill in its latest poll.
The newspaper said both Broy
hill and Sanford are "men of
personal integrity, political acu
men and proven leadership. The
caliber of candidates is an indi
cation of vitality in the political
The Journal said Broyhill was
the man for the job "because of
his long experience in Congress,
his close acquaintance with eco
nomic issues of concern to the
state and his affinity with conser
vative views and values shared by
most North Carolinians regard
less of party."
Baptists call for fairness
RALEIGH Moderates in
the Southern Baptist Convention
have called on conservatives to
adopt a set of proposals the
moderates say would diminish
political activity in the
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At the heart of the seven-point
statement is a request for fairness
in appointing trustees to denom
inational boards and agencies.
The proposal asks that the com
mittee that determines trustee
selection be made up of the
presidents of state conventions
and the presidents of state Wom
en's Missionary Unions instead of
a slate nominated by the conven
tion's conservative president, the
Rev. Adrian P. Rogers.
Missile cuts favor Soviets
ing all nuclear weapons without
building up NATO forces would
give the Soviet Union an over
whelming edge in Europe and the
ability to conquer that continent
quickly, say congressional, Pen
tagon and West European
"We will need a massive build
up in conventional weapons, if we
have no nuclear deterrent," said
the author of a congressional
study on the impact of arms
Candidates for chief juistice seat try to keep a lid on controversy
By NICKI WEISENSEE
The race between Republican Rhoda
Billings and Democrat James Exum for the
N.C. Supreme Court chief justice seat has
been quieter than the state's other political
races, thanks to the N.C. Judicial Code of
The code prevents the candidates from
attacking each other and the issues. The
judicial code also states that a candidate
"should not allow any other person to do
for him what he is prohibited from doing
under his canon."
Gov. Jim Martin appointed Billings chief
justice in September when Joseph Branch
retired. Exum, a former senior associate
justice, resigned his post to run for the chief
justice seat after Martin appointed Billings.
Traditionally, the governor appoints the
senior associate justice to fill in for a retiring
chief justice. But Martin to the surprise
of political observers appointed the
associate justice who had spent the least
amount of time on the Court.
Tim Pittman, Martin's press secretary,
said Martin appointed Billings for her
experience in the field of law and her refusal
to talk about the issues. The governor also
felt Exum had "painted him into a corner"
by constantly pressuring him to appoint him
as chief justice while he was trying to make
his decision, Pittman said.
"Governor Martin believes that the job
should seek the person, not the other way
around," Pittman said.
Exum said, "1 find it difficult to under
stand that feeling on the part of the
governor. All 1 did was seek my party's
nomination, which I had to do. Other than
that, I just advised him as to my position
on the court as the most senior associate
justice and of the century-old tradition (of
appointing the most senior associate
A group formed in September called
Citizens for a Conservative Court provided
the only controversy in the race. In apparent
violation of the judicial code, it consistently
attacked Exum, accusing him in a statement
of having "injected a sense of personal greed
for power and partisanship into the
Billings has fervently denied any asso
ciation with the group and said in a
telephone interview Friday morning that
she has tried to shut it down. "The
assumption that IVe done nothing (to stop
them) is inexcusable," she said. "IVe written
to (former Gov.) Jim Holshouser and asked
them to stop and asked Governor Martin
to stop them, but they won't."
CCC spokesman Keith Clark said the
group was "absolutely independent" of the
candidate. "Justice Billings has said we're
independent and has spoken out when she's
disagreed with us," he said. "Our position
is that we have the right to organize and
present our views."
Exum, in a telephone interview Friday,
said the CCC was "a very unfortunate
aspect of this campaign. They have even
embarrassed the candidate for whom they
say they speak. This type of campaign is
inappropriate for a judicial race."
He said an unfortunate long-term effect
of the CCC's tactics is that judges may start
deciding cases to satisfy public opinion,
rather than according to the law.
He also feels that the CCC's goal to make
the court conservative is wrong. "Judges
shouldn't take office to say they'll be of
one mind or another . . . they need to be
impartial. They shouldn't have predisposed
notions about how a case should come out,"
Members of the press and political
observers have brought up the issue of how
each of the candidates has voted in death
penalty cases, but neither candidate feels
that it is pertinent when considering who
would make a better chief justice.
Exum said, "I don't think the death
penalty should be an issue at all ... I have
voted to sustain more death sentences than
any other current member of the court. I
have voted to carry out my duty as a justice,
notwithstanding my personal views."
Billings agreed and said the media and
the public have missed the point when they
look only at the number of times an
associate justice has voted to uphold or
overturn a case ruling.
Both candidates have years of experience
in the field of law. ,
Billings graduated from the Wake Forest
University School of Law in 1966, and then
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practiced law with her husband, Donald
Billings, for two years. In 1968, she became
a district court judge in the 21st judicial
district and served until 1972.
From 1973 to 1984, she taught at Wake
Forest in the School of Law. She practiced
law at the firm of Billings and Burns until
Sept. 4, 1985, when Gov. Martin appointed
her to the court as an associate justice.
Exum was a Morehead Scholar at UNC.
He graduated in 1951, then attended law
school at New York University.
After graduation, he served as a law clerk
to the late N.C. Chief Justice Emery B.
Denny, then practiced law in Greensboro
for six years. The late Dan K. Moore,
former Democratic governor, appointed
Exum to the Guilford County Superior
Court bench in 1967, and Exum was elected
to an eight-year term in 1968.
From 1975 until September, Exum
served as an associate justice on the court.
He is the senior associate justice; most of
the other associate justices were elected in
1982. Exum has also been a visiting
professor in the UNC School of Law.
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Street Halloween experience.It's
really imaginative. It's wild and
wonderful and people are having a
Even several of the townies came
out to watch the spectacle which
lasted well into the morning.
Was anyone embarrassed about
this scene? Not really. As one girl
put id'm still in college. 1 can get
away with it."
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