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Volume 96, Issue 97
By TAMMY BLACKARD
: Most college football and basket
ball players in ubig-timew programs
do "worse academically and feel less
capable of meeting academic
demands than do other student
athletes, according to a National
Collegiate Athletic Association study
released last week.
: But . UNC athletes in revenue
producing sports seem to be more
secure and do better academically
than the national average.
: The study found that student
athletes, especially football and
basketball players, have poorer
grades than students involved in other
extracurricular activities, even
though they have greater access to
tutors and study aids.
The study, sponsored by the
NCAA Presidents Commission at a
cost of $1.75 million, was based on
4,083 interviews with college athletes
and students who participated in
extracurricular activities such as
orchestra or the student newspaper.
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By ERIC GRIBBIN
Staff Writer -
The N.C. Board of Education
(BOE) will raise the minimum
requirements for admission to
schools of education, but probably
not as much as a task force recom
mended ' In 1986," stater educatioh
officials said Monday. .
Students who wish to be admitted
to one. of North Carolina's 43 edu
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"The results of the study weren't
that surprising," said Robert Rossi,
director of the study for American
Institutes for Research. "It confirmed
some stereotypes, but there were
"The presidents expressed some
concern about the time commitment
the athletes have to make to athletics.
The time they spend in their sport
when it's in season is more than their
studying and in-class time combined.
It's not that the athletes spend any
less time in class or studying, but they
spend so much more time in their
sports. That's disturbing when you
consider they are probably coming in
with less ability."
The athletes also said it was
difficult to get professors to take them
seriously, Rossi said. The football
and basketball players especially
found it hard to make academics their
top priority, even though they had
more resources available.
But student athletes at UNC per
form similarly to regular students in
academics, according to an annual
cation schools must take two stan
dardized tests, one on general know
ledge and one on communications
skills, at the end of their sophomore
year. The tests are part of the
National Teacher's Exam (NTE),
developed by the Educational Testing
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Each of the 30 states that use the
NTE decides upon a passing score on
each of the four parts of the exam,
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report released by the Faculty Com
mittee on Athletics Nov. 18. In fact,
female student athletes do better than
other female students who entered the
University at the same time.
"It wouldn't surprise me if the
academic averages of student athletes
were lower than those of other
students, but I would be surprised if
those GPAs were low to the point
of alarming,'' said Dick Baddour,
associate athletic director at UNC.
"In some ways, our program is a
model for other schools to follow."
The average grade point average
is 2.46 for basketball players, 2.61 for
football players and 2.79 for students
in other extracurricular programs on
a 4.0 scale, according to the NCAA
study. Many of the athletes in the
study did not feel they were getting
grades equal to their abilities.
Officials said UNC places more
emphasis on academics with their
athletes than other schools.
"A great deal of effort goes into
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said J. Arthur Taylor, director of the
division of certification of the N.C.
Department of Public Instruction.
North Carolina's passing grade for
the general knowledge exam is
equivalent to the second . percentile,
in which students need to score better
than 2 percent of those students
taking the exam to pass. The passing
score for the communications skills
exam is in the fourth percentile,
By MIKE BERARDINO
North Carolina's trapping
defense has forced many an oppos
ing backcourt to crumble through
the years, but rarely has a guard
combination as experienced as
Vanderbilt's looked so thoroughly
confused in the face of UNC's
The Commodores' top three
guards Barry Goheen, Barry
Booker and Derrick Wilcox
combined for 12 of Vanderbilt's
23 turnovers Wednesday night as
the eighth-ranked Tar Heels rolled
to an 89-77 victory in the Smith
Jeff Lebo and Kevin Madden
took care of the UNC offense,
hitting for 25 and 20 points,
respectively. Lebo, who has
already hit for a career-high 29
points earlier this season, hit four
three-pointers in the game's first
nine minutes and had 19 points
midway through the half.
"They were very confused (by
the press)," Lebo said. "I'm sure
they scouted us and worked
against it in practice, but we
executed to the point where we
kept forcing them into turnovers."
CM. Newton, Vanderbilt's
coach, accepted the blame for his
team's ballhandling difficulties.
"That's coaching; my team
wasn't prepared for what they saw
and we didn't do a good job of
looking at the press," said Newton,
in his 32nd season as a head coach
and his eighth with the Commo
dores. "We scouted them and
knew what to expect, but we just
With the win, UNC improved
to 7-1 and gained a measure of
revenge for last season's 78-76 loss
to the Commodores in Nashville.
Vanderbilt, which beat Louisville
two weeks ago, fell to 2-4 as it
tries to rebuild in the post-Will
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"These scores are so low as to be
virtually meaningless," he said. "We
have not felt it a defensible position ,
of the Board of Education to have
a policy that admits an individual into
a program who does hot Jiave a
" realistic chance of completing : that 1
program and getting certified."
The task force on the preparation
of teachers, appointed by the UNC
By JAMES BURROUGHS
The conductor of UNC's wind
symphony said Wednesday that his
support for including the marching
and pep bands in the Department of
Music may have influenced the
department's decision to deny him
James Arrowood, associate profes
sor of music, said he was informed
Nov. 23 in a letter from Ann Wood
ward, chairwoman of the music
department, that his contract would
not be renewed when it expires in
June 1990 because of a vote by
Woodward and the department's six
Arrowood thinks the decision was
made in part because he supports
incorporating UNC's athletic bands
into the music department.
Woodward . refused to comment
Arrowood was chairman of a 1985
committee that studied the possibility
of incorporating the marching band
into the music department. The
committee requested that the music
faculty show a "continued interest for
Vice president bill rely rimed:
to congress rales committee
By NANCY WYKLE
Student Congress voted Wednes
day to resubmit to the rules and
judiciary committee a bill that would
incorporate the office of vice presi
dent into the executive branch of
The bill was written under the
direction of Kevin Martin, student
body president. Martin said a vice
president is needed to help the
president fulfill his responsibilities,
especially the large number of meet
ings he must attend.
Presidential aides and executive
assistants are able to attend meetings
for the president now, Martin said.
But the extent to which an aide or
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Board of Governors, recommended
in 1986 that passing scores on the tests
be raised to at least the 35th
The BOE, which is responsible for
raising the scores, is conducting a
validation study to determine
whether the "passing scores will be
raised and to what level they could
be raised, Taylor said.
"The (Board of Education) is
the concept of reinstating the Uni
versity bands into the Department of
Music," Arrowood said.
"I feel . like the band program
should be a unified program," he said.
The athletic bands have been a part
of the Office of Student Affairs since
leaving the music department in 1969. ,
In September 1985, the committee
voted 18-6 in favor of incorporating
the band into the music department,
"My opinion is that (the reluctance
to accept the marching band) was the
deciding factor in the minds of some
people," he said.
Donald Boulton, vice chancellor
and dean of student affairs, said he
has been working for five years' to
have the athletic bands moved back
into the music department.
"My concern has been totally with
bringing the band to its rightful
home," he said. "It is going forward.
We are going to be doing it." 3 ?
Boulton said he is not involved
with the tenure decision of any faculty
member and is not familiar with
Woodward presented a letter to
assistant can represent the president
is restricted, he said.
Chancellor Paul Hardin has agreed
to allow the vice president to sit in
on closed sessions of meetings that
normally only the president is allowed
to attend, if the office is created,
Martin said. The vice president would
not be a voting member of the Board
of Trustees, however, because North
Carolina state law does not permit
it, Martin said.
The bill states the vice president
will not be elected but will be chosen
by a search committee consisting of
the chief justice of the Student
Supreme Court, the outgoing student
body president, a representative of
the student body president-elect and
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committed to raising the scores," he
said. "I don't think it will be as high
as the 35th percentile. I think that
the 35th percentile is higher than the
minimum level. If you looked at the
35th percentile, it would cut rather
drastically into the potential supply
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Gillian Cell, dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, listing two reasons
for , the decision not to grant him
tenure, Arrowood said.
He said he "takes exception to"
both reasons but declined to reveal
Arrowood said some members of
the music department may be slightly
biased against the wind symphony
and the athletic bands.
For instance, the athletic bands left
the music department and were
placed under the Office of Student
Affairs due to a tenure controversy
involving John Yesulaitis, the current
marching band director, Arrowood
said. ' . " -.
Also, he said, in the past 20 years
no conductor of the wind symphony,
a concert band, has gained tenure.
"It would seem to me that in 20
years' time there would be someone
in this position worthy enough to pass
vtenure review," he said. Only two
band directors have been granted
tenure since the founding of the
department, he said.
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two congress members.
Gene Davis (Dist. 18), co-author
of the bill, said the position should
be appointed to prevent political
slates from forming and to keep the
office from becoming a patron
Congress members debated
whether to put the amendment into
effect in 1989 or to wait until 1990
because of a possible conflict of
interest for those involved in the
writing of the bill. :
Harry Bleattler (Dist. 19) said, "If
we wait until 1990 we're basically
putting it off. If there's a need for
it, let's go ahead and put it into
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