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Copyright 1987 The Daily Tar Heel
Volume 95, Issue 10
'OroD-ount rate for Macks rises
By ERIC BRADLEY
Fewer black students are entering
UNC. and those who do enter are
more likely to drop out than those
who enrolled four years ago, accord
ing to statistics from UNC's Office
of Institutional Research.
And the number of black students
at UNC probably won't increase
soon, despite the University's aggres
sive minority recruitment policy,
University officials said.
"I think it might get worse before
it gets better," said Harold G.
Wallace, vice chancellor for Univer
sity affairs. "You're looking at a
number of years before you can turn
Black enrollment at UNC declined
By JAMES SUROWIECKI
If there is such a thing as a moral
victory, the Duke Blue Devils earned
one Thursday. After trailing by as
many as 26 early in the second half,
the Blue Devils put together a
stunning rally before falling just
short to the UNC Tar Heels, 77-71.
Duke played an abysmal first half
while the Tar Heels were making
reality of all their press clippings.
U NC shot 56.3 percent from the field
in the first 20 minutes while the Blue
Devils found the basket their most
difficult opponent as they hit just
38.5 percent from the floor.
"We came out a little bit nervous,
a little bit timid," Danny Ferry said.
"They came out like men. we came
out like boys."
It was the men who were frolicking
in the first half, though, as the boys
staidly looked on. Kenny Smith was
devastating, hitting six of seven
shots, including 3-of-4 from three
point range, and Jeff Lebo had nine
points on 4-of-5 shooting. The Blue
Devils, meanwhile, turned the ball
over 12 times and didn't get their
first points until a John Smith basket
3:54 into the game.
Things weren't v ery different in the
first two minutes after intermission.
After a quick baseline jumper by
Alaa Abdelnaby. who had 10
second-half points, opened the
scoring, the Tar Heels reeled off ten
straight points, capped by a Kenny
Smith three-point bomb. That made
the score 53-27. Blowout was in the
The Blue Devils apparently wer
en't breathing that ether, though, as
they rebounded with a 28-8 fun that
sliced the UNC lead to 61-55 after
Kevin Strickland hit a three-pointer
from the right corner. Ferry, who
struggled from the field but still
finished with 17 points and five
assists, had seven points in that run
and one marvelous dish to Robert
Brickey for a reverse layup.
The key to the spurt, though, was
Duke's work off the defensive
boards, as the Blue Devils outre
bounded UNC 19-14 in the second
half. "They limited us to one shot.
See DUKE page 7
Old East, West
RH A condemns task force dissolution
By LAURA PEARLMAN
In response to the abolishment of
a student-faculty task force to
recommend uses for Old East and
Old West residence halls, the Res
idence Hall Association voted
Thursday to condemn the action and
urge that the task force be allowed
to complete its duties.
The services of the task force,
which was formed last year, will no
longer be needed, Wayne Kuncl, the
director of University Housing, told
two Residence Hall Association
In response to K unci's abolish
GieHig Girls, to roc
trom 10 percent to 8.5 percent from
1983 to 1986. according to a report
prepared by UNC's Affirmative
Action Office in November 1986.
Statistics from UNC's Office of
Institutional Research indicate that
black students are less likely to
graduate than white students. While
one out of five white students drop
out by their fourth year of study,
half of all blacks drop out by their
fourth year at UNC.
And for blacks, the drop-out trend
is becoming stronger: The propor
tion of blacks who drop out by their
fourth year at UNC has increased
by 9 percent over the last four years.
The high drop-out rate for blacks
at UNC explains why fewer of them
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UNC's Jeff Lebo and Duke's Quin Snyder engage in a little shoving
ment of the task force, RH A repre
sentatives approved a resolution
stating their opposition to the move,
and encouraging administrators to
allow the task force to continue.
The task force was formed because
of student concern about a Univer
sity Housing proposal to convert the
dormitories to office space.
Last semester, Kuncl told the task
force that there was no need to meet
again until spring, after architects
had looked over the plans for Old
Fast and Old West, Jones said.
"Then I was informed Wednesday
by Kuncl that the task force would
not meet any more," Jones said.
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Renvvick, associate dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences.
"The (black) students who do
enroll here and don't experience
success are the main reason we have
low enrollment they're going back
into the community, and they're not
painting a good picture of Carolina,"
Many black students at UNC are
the first members of their families
ever to go to college, he said. When
they arrive here, they feel strange,
"They've never been in a place like
this before," Renwick said. "They
don't feel comfortable. So thev do
Donald Boulton. vice chancellor
and dean of Student Affairs, agreed.
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"Last fall, we asked lor and were
given the assurance that this group
would be called together again."
Kuncl now wants to turn the issue
over to an as yet non-existent
Housing Advisory Council, Jones
said. Kuncl could not be reached for
comment Thursday night.
Now, instead of converting Old
Fast and Old. West into offices, the
University Housing proposes to use
them as living areas for outstanding
seniors, Jones said.
"I would suggest that the old
committee is being pushed aside
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"People go where they're comforta
ble," he said. "There's a cultural
"Think of all the things you had
to go through to come here, and the
adjustment." But the problem of
getting used to UNC is the same for
whites as well as blacks. Boulton
"It's not a racial problem," he said.
"People try to make it a racial
problem. It's a human problem.
Black students are no different from
Renwick said administrators
should pay more attention to ensur
ing that black students complete
their education after entering UNC.
"The best way to enhance enrol
lment is to increase the retention level
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match in UNC's 77-71 victory
By TOM CAMP
Protesting against apartheid
should be a priority for students
at UNC. a professor of history
told students who gathered
around the Pit Thursday to listen
to speakers at a rally sponsored
by the UNC Anti-Apartheid
The rally was held to raise
support to persuade the Board of
Trustees to vote in favor of
divestment at their meeting today.
II the board votes in favor of
divestment at its 10:30 a.m.
meeting Friday, it can recom
mend to the Endowment Board
that the University divest totally
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Student Retention Rates at UNC
Retention rates are for students
Source: UNC Office of Institutional
of students." he said. "Then they go
back into the community and say,
'Hey. I've graduated.' "
Nevertheless. UNC has one of the
highest retention rates of black
students in the nation, according to
Herbert L. Davis, assistant director
of the Undergraduate Admissions
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From Associated Press reports
WASHINGTON. DC. Pres
ident Reagan "did not seem to be
aware" of the full consequences of
hisarms-t o-l ran policy or of the
.unprofessional way it was imple
mented by the National Security
Council staff, the Tower Commis
sion said Thursday. Its report faulted
both the president and his closest
The president's handpicked inves
tigators bluntly challenged Reagan's
often stated explanation for his
policy, saying that almost from the
outset the Iran initiative became "a
series of arms-for-hostages deals."
As such, "they could not help but
create an incentive for further
hostage taking." threaten to upset the
military balance of the Iran-Iraq war
and "reward a regime that clearly
supported terrorism and hostage
An hour after receiving the report
for the first time, the president
introduced the panel to a news
conference and announced he would
make a nationally televised speech
"I will do whatever is necessary
to enact the proper reforms and to
meet the challenges ahead." Reagan
The president refused to answer
reporters' questions about the future
of embattled White House Chief of
Staff Donald Regan before leaving
the room. But he did repeat that he
has worked to make sure the facts
of the Iran-Contra controversy
become known to the public, and in
that the Tower Commission agreed.
Former Sen. John Tower, the
commission chairman, told a news
conference. "The president made
mistakes." But, he said the president
was "poorly advised and poorly
served" by many of his aides.
The panel concluded that, "if but
one of the major mistakes we
examined had been avoided, the
from companies doing business in
"The world's greatest freedom
struggle is happening right now
in South Africa," Leon Fink,
professor of history, said to a
crowd of about 75 people in the
Pit. "Those who resist divestment
are only bringing on further
Opposition to the South Afri
can w hite regime in the 1980s can
be compared to the civil rights
movement of the 1960s. Fink
said. "In the 60s, protesters used
boycotts to cut off the ties of
businesses that continued to
segregate." he said. "Divestment
is the boycott of the anti-
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four years after entering UNC.
"I'd be willing to compare our
retention rate with any one around,"
Davis said. "We're not worried as
much about the numbers as the
ability of the individual student to
See MINORITIES page 8
nation's history would bear one less
scar, one less embarrassment, one
less opportunity for opponents to
reverse the principles this nation
seeks to preserve and advance in the
The panel said Reagan was appar
ently motivated, according to notes
and diary entries, by a strong and
compassionate desire to see the
American hostages released from
captivity in Lebanon.
Fven so. the report said, "This sad
history is powerful evidence of why
the United States should never have
become involved in the arms
The commission spread the blame
around to the president and many
of the most senior officials in his
a Reagan was portrayed as being
unaware of the way in which his ;
policv was carried out. and "at no
See REPORT page 8
The only way to change the
University's stance on divestment
is to apply consistent pressure, he
"The issue of divestment isn't
just up to the Trustees," Fink said.
"It's up to us to speak up for the
millions of black Africans whose
voices have been silenced."
The anti-apartheid protesters
have a vision for UNC, said group
member Cindy Hahamovitch. "It
is a vision of a UNC in which
the workers who keep this Uni
versity running are not treated as
the servants and maids of a big
See RALLY page 8