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Copyright 1988 The Daily Tar Heel
Volume 95, Issue 129
Thursday, February 11, 1988
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By AMY WINSLOW
Although taking hostages may not
be the answer, many UNC students
from Robeson County agree that
racial injustices permeate the society
in their home county and say some
thing needs to change.
wl don't agree with taking hostages
or any form of terrorism," said
Endoria Dial, a junior from Pem
broke. "But there are injustices in all
aspects of life in Robeson County."
Eddie Hatcher and Timothy Jac
obs, members of the Tuscaroran
faction of Lumbee Indians, vented
their frustrations with racial problems
by marching into a Lumberton
newspaper office Feb. 1 with sawed-
By MARK FOLK
Student body president candidates
addressed minority recruitment and
other racial issues at a forum Wed
nesday night sponsored by the Black
Kevin Martin, David Maynard,
Keith Poston, Sandy Rierson, Bill
Yelverton, Jody Beasley and Brien
Lewis appeared at the forum, held
in the Chase Hall's Upendo Lounge.
Martin said the different groups
working on minority recruitment
need to communicate more
Also, Student Government's
Minority Concerns Committee,
which deals with minority recruit
ment, ought to be supervised by the
administration to ensure its survival,
"With the changeover in Student
Government, there's a danger that
this committee may not get put as
high on the agenda as it was this
year," Martin said.
Maynard said UNC needs to
improve the environment for minor
ity students if it wants to increase its
Maynard said he would improve
the environment by conducting a
survey of the problems faced by
minority students, and by working
more with the different minority
groups on campus.
"If we don't have people here
happy, then I don't see how we can
make outsiders come in and be
happy," Maynard said. "We need to
clean up shop at home first."
Poston said a co-op program in
which UNC students would go into
area schools and work with younger
students would help increase minority
Besides increasing the amount of
minority students, Poston said he
would also like to see more minority
"I'm a third-year student here, and
IVe yet to have one minority teacher,"
Poston said. "You should be able to
go into any department at this
University and be able to find a black
Rierson said the University needs
to do a better job of keeping minority
students at UNC if it wants to
"The real problem is that as long
as youVe got half of the minority
students that come to Carolina either
going somewhere else or dropping out
before they graduate, minority
recruitment is always going to be a
problem," Rierson said.
Yelverton said that although he
likes the current program in which
UNC minority students recruit
minorities at different high schools,
there's a problem finding enough
money for it.
To expand the program, its fund
ing should come from the University
instead of from student funds, Yel
"I'd like to see the admissions
office, the College of Arts and
Sciences or the administration in
general pay for it," Yelverton said.
"This (minority recruitment) is some
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tage and demanding to speak with
N.C Gov. Jim Martin.
Hatcher, 30, and Jacobs, 19,
released the hostages 10 hours later
with a promise from the governor's
staff to set up a task force to
investigate the alleged racism and
corruption in the county.
"It was a desperate situation," said
John Jacobs (no relation), a junior
from Prospect, a small town in
Robeson County. "It was the only
way they could get their voice heard,
but they paid a high cost."
Hatcher and Jacobs are being held
in a federal prison in Butner without
bond on hostage-taking and weapons
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Wednesday to play catch with a friend in front of South Building.
RHA members meet with officials to suggest
By JENNY CLONINGER
Housing officials and Residence
Hall Association (RHA) members
met Wednesday to discuss whether
it is legal to assess groups of residents
for damage to residence halls and to
suggest alternatives to the assess
A clause in the "Hallways and
Highrises" contract booklet allows
the University to charge collective
groups of residents for damage to
RHA members decided to suggest
improvements to existing procedures
before challenging the clause's legal
ity, said Wayne Kuncl, director of
. University housing.
RHA members recommended that
housing officials consult students
before making final damage assess
ments, said Kuncl.
Housing officials should provide
students with more clearly defined
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"I think they thought they had
exhausted all their resources," Dial
said. "You get a lot of promises in
Robeson County, but nothing ever
comes of it."
Racial tensions in the county have
mounted in recent years, partly
because the population is almost
evenly divided between whites, blacks
and Indians, but minorities claim that
they are treated unfairly in such areas
as the courts, law enforcement and
"Everything in the county is based
on race politics, economics and
education," said Hampton Oxendine,
a senior from Pembroke and the
president of Carolina Indian Circle
at UNC. "Race is taken into consid
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legal avenues for appealing charges,
said Kelly Clark, RHA president. "A
more thorough appeals process needs
to be involved," he said.
Both the housing office and the
RHA were receptive to the new ideas,
but the clause will still be interpreted
and reviewed to assure that it is in
compliance with the law, said. Kuncl.
Last semester, housing officials
charged residents of the fourth floor
of Winston Residence Hall for
damage to common areas. The $145
charge was divided among all the
residents thought to be in the resi
dence hall the weekend the hall was
damaged. The $5.50 per person paid
for damage to doors, light fixtures
and bathroom walls.
Alan Laughter, a resident of the
floor, said some residents who were
not present were unfairly charged.
"We couldn't pre-register until the
charge cleared, so everybody went
ahead and paid without appealing,"
eration for everything."
A number of recent unsolved
murders in the county may have
increased frustrations that led to the
hostage-taking, students said.
In 1985, a woman was found
stabbed to death two miles from her
home after being abducted earlier
that morning. Despite testimony that
linked a man to the killing and
testimony from the woman's daugh
ter that her abductor was a white
man, no one has ever been charged.
Heavy criticism has also been
aimed at Robeson County's sheriffs
department for a November 1986
shooting death by a policeman of an
unarmed Lumbee Indian suspected of
a drug violation. A coroner's jury
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By LAURA PEAY
and JACKIE DOUGLAS
The Student Congress Finance
Committee passed a bill Wednesday
night that will refer a Student
Television request for $33,747 to
If the bill is passed in Student
Congress next week, STV will receive
the money now from existing student
Students may approve a referen
dum on the Feb. 16 ballot that would
raise student activities fees $1 to give
STV money for new equipment,- but
the congress may defeat the bill when
it meets the next day because it will
STV would not receive the funds
until next January if the referendum
The bill would allow STV to get
the money sooner so they would stop
spending so much money on repairs,
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By BRENDA CAMPBELL
Black Student Movement leaders
announced the candidates the group
will endorse for campus offices
following a three-hour forum
The BSM endorses Bill Yelverton
for student body president, Jean
Lutes for Daily Tar Heel editor, Barry
Cobb for Residence Hall Association
president and Carol Geer for Caro
lina Athletic Association president,
said Kenneth Perry, BSM president.
BSM officers voted on the endorse
ments after the forum sponsored by
the group Wednesday night.
Out of the seven candidates run
According to Laughter, hall resi
dents did much of the clean-up
themselves, but were charged for the
job anyway. The graffiti is still on
the wall, and light fixtures are still
broken, he said.
Laughter said he thinks he and his
hallmates "got the short end of the
deal. We're not here to be vigilantes."
Kelly Clark said the RHA is "not
opposed to asking people to be
responsible for not only their rooms,
but for halls and lounges."
Kuncl said hall residents should be
responsible for common areas as well
as their own rooms.
"We have lots of good residence
communities at UNC, and good
communities are concerned about
their living environment," he said.
Students are always charged for
damage to common areas, said
Kuncl, but the problem is deciding
which students to charge.
later cleared the officer, who was the
"(Indians) don't feel they are
getting a fair share by white police,"
John Jacobs said.
One student said she can recount
an example of criminal injustice in
a rape case in which an Indian was
sentenced to life imprisonment.
"I honestly believe that if it
would've been a white man, he
wouldn't have gotten life," said
Kimberly McCartney, a junior from
Prior to the hostage-taking,
Hatcher met with members of the
Christie Institute South in Carrboro,
a non-profit legal organization deal
ing with political and human rights
said Laura Morrison (Dist. 10).
"This is important because it could
potentially save students $45,000,"
Neil Riemann, finance committee
chairman, said the committee has
$64,000 to appropriate through May
Riemann said although he has
always supported STV, he is not in
favor of the allocation.
"It is true that we are in a good
position as far as money is con
cerned," Riemann said, "but that
position is rapidly eroding because
everyone knows we have money."
Riemann also said that if the
money is allocated, the 70th Congress
would be left with very little money
to work with.
"I don't believe we're in such a
generous position," he said.
Anna Baird (Dist. 11) said she
thinks the allocation to STV is a
ning for student body president, the
BSM will endorse Yelverton because
he exemplifies many qualities group
members think the student body
president should have, Perry said.
"We feel he is a very sincere
person," he said. "He tried to get our
input on issues that affect us. He
made an effort to come to us to see
what we were concerned with.
"He is the type of person who has
an open ear and is willing to listen,"
Perry said. "And then he would let
you help him decide how to address
these problems instead of just telling
us what he believed was wrong."
Perry said group members also felt
Yelverton would support constitu
alternatives to assessment policy
"The charge can either be absorbed
by all students in a rent increase, or
the small community who probably
knew about the damage can be held
responsible," he said.
Kuncl said incidents where housing
officials collectively charge a group
In Wednesday's article "Future
issues," the DTH incorrectly attri
buted statements to Barry Cobb
and Jimmy Randolph, candidates
for Residence Hall Association
president. The article should have
read as follows:
Cobb said RHA programming
is too repetitive and unoriginal.
Including the social and academic
lieutenant governors from each
Hatcher was seeking advice on
racial problems he was facing in
Robeson County, said Ashaki Binta,
development director and organizer
at Christie Institute South, who was
present at the meeting with Hatcher.
"We did have discussion for blacks
and Indians to become more organ
ized and find a more effective way
to raise concerns in Robeson
County," Binta said. "But we gave
him no advice whatsoever on what
The members of the governor's
task force Phil Kirk, Martin's chief
of staff; Jim Trotter, general counsel;
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"The large money in surplus should
be used to cover any organization that
may come to us in need of money,"
Baird said, "and I believe this allo
cation is a worthwhile cause."
Morrison said that if STV is given
the money, the finance committee
would be left with approximately
$29,000 for the rest of this school
Bobby Ferris (Dist. 14) said, "I am
not in favor of the allocation, but it
will serve as a safety net in case the
referendum isn't passed."
Don Harris, STV station manager,
said STV is operating on a Student
Congress-approved budget of
approximately $16,000 this year.
Congress provided $13,000 of this
amount and the rest was raised by
members of STV, he said. "This
is the bare bones of operating Student
Television," he said.
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tional funding for the BSM
BSM members are endorsing Lutes
for Daily Tar Heel editor because she
has done a great deal over the last
year to increase coverage of minority
issues in the newspaper, said Wilton
Hyman, BSM vice president.
"She quoted the number of stories
on minority students before she
became university editor and how
many there were over the last year,"
"She was willing to say there
weren't as many stories as there could
have been," Perry said. "But she did
See BSM page 2
of residents for damage to public
areas are rare, but area directors are
responsible for assessing those
charges when they do occur.
Area directors could abuse that
power in extreme situations, but
Kuncl said it doesn't happen often.
residence college would be an
effective way to input new ideas,
Randolph also recommended
reestablishing the Council of
Dorm Presidents. The council
could examine programs that have
been successful in the past and
relate them to residence colleges
with poor social programming.
The DTH regrets the error.