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Volume XVII, Number 2 December 2, 1986
□ Keep the Faith
□ Black Life on North Campus
□ Soul Man Review
Students Petition for Recognition
As a part of the October Black
Awareness Week, some 1,000 students
signed a petition “letting University of
ficials know that black students support
and want recogniton of the Martin Luther
King, Jr., national holiday,” according to
Tammy Gillian, a senior pharmacy ma
jor from Winston-Salem and chairperson
of Black Awareness Week.
She said, “The Martin Luther King,
Jr. national holiday should be recognized
by not just black students and faculty, but
the University as a whole."
BSM President Camille Roddy
delivered the petition and a letter stating
that her constituency is concerned that the
administration had not put forth an effort
to reccognized the King holiday.
“Last year, several organizations
celebrated the holiday in a disjoint man
ner. In lieu of the administration’s lack of
support for the BCC and commitment to
minority recruitment, both students and
faculty, the implementation of University-
sponsored activities would indicate a will
ingness to adhere to the University’s creed
to provide a diverse environment of lear
ning,’’, she said.
In a similar effort. Student Congress
has passed 14-4 a resolution co-authored
by congress speaker Jaye Sitton and 16th
District representative and Rules and
Judiciary committee chairman Robert
Friedman calling for class cancellation on
January 19, 1987, to commemorate the
birthday and to pledge Student Congress’
support for any University-sponsored ac
tivities to observe the national holiday.
Friedman said in a telephone inter
view, “This would be an easy way for the
administration to show it is concerned
about minority issues.”
“It [The Civil Rights Movement]
represents an important time in our
history. The University is likely to ap
prove the resolution by cancelling classes
from 10-1 as it did for the Spangler in
auguration,” he said. “North Carolina is
one of three states not honoring his birth
day. UNC should take the initiative...a lot
of people are for it,” he added.
Richard J. White, III
Assistant to the Editors
Group Holds Rally
Reception Honors 94 Academic Achievers
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Dean Hayden Renwick
presented 94 black undergraduates with
achievement certificates for possessing
Grade Point Averages of 3.0 or better,
Friday night, Nov. 21, in Hamilton Hall.
“A Celebration of Excellence,”
sponsored by the Office for Student
Counseling and College of Arts and
Sciences, honored the students as well as
recognized minority advisors and
Morehead, Pogue, and Johnston Scholars.
Renwick said that he thought
academic achievement should be
recognized more often because it was “the
number one priority of any academic
One of the three keynote speakers,
Dr, Paula Renee Newsome, reminded the
students that parents, who act as role
models and provide strength and en
couragement, play a major role in their
“It is difficult to build a house if you
don’t have a firm foundation,” she said.
Newsome also said the students
should keep a positive mental attitude.
“Do not let people deter you from
your career paths,” she advised.
She encouraged the students to be the
master of their own fate by writing out
their future goals.
According to Newsome, 90 percent
of the 20 percent of people who write out
their future career goals achieve them.
Newsome graduated from UNC in
1977 and is presently in private practice
as an optometrist in Charlotte, N.C.
A second keynote speaker, Evelyn
Dove, said that excellence should be
celebrated because “it is difficult to be an
eagle among the birds.”
Dove also said that success is
measured by how many others we help to
“You've shown that you have a
positive attitude,” she told the students.
Keep it, she said.”
Dove graduated from UNC-CH’s
School of Law in 1978. She now practices
as an Assistant City Attorney in Charlotte.
Dr. Thomas T. Hunter, the third
keynote speaker, told the students that
they were a “truly select group of in
dividuals who had beat the odds just by
Hunter also said that he would like
to see more blacks go into the fields of
science, engineering and industry.
Hunter received a degree from the
UNC School of Medicine in 1983. He is
now a physician at the Halifax Memorial
Hospital in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. and the
Chowan Hospital in Edenton, N.C.
The program recognized 21
Morehead Scholars, 23 Pogue Scholars,
Recent refusal by the UNC Endow
ment Board to completely divest from
companies doing business in South Africa
launched several protests on the UNC
No students were arrested Thursday,
November 21 for disorderly conduct after
they chained themselves to office fur
niture and water pipes in South Building.
The endowment board did divest
■ from four companies that did do business
in South Africa, but did not discuss total
divestment in its meeting Thursday,
The four companies included Dresser
Industries, Nalco Chemicals, Goodyear
Tire and Rubber Company and Minnesota
Mining and Manufacturers.
Sheila Simmons, Co-Editor
31 Johnston Scholars and 50 Minority
Dean Renwick was also recognized
for his efforts with a standing ovation by
the approximately 225-member audience
of scholars, students, faculty and parents.
The BSM Gospel Choir, under the
direction of Webster Eugene Lytle, per
formed two gospel selections at the
Kenny Smith, a senior Comparative
Literature/Pre-Law major from Charlotte,
N.C. was master of ceremonies.
Senior Teresa Morrison, from
Pinehurst, N.C. gave welcoming remarks
and Reginald Davis, of Henderson, N.C.
provided the invocation.
Eric “Wacko” Walker called for col
lege students to take the responsibility to
become mformed and to take a stand
against apartheid, as he spoke at an anti
apartheid rally in the Pit, Tuesday, Nov.
About 15 members of the University
of North Carolina Anti-Apartheid Group
held the rally during Human Rights Week
held Nov. 9-Nov. 12.
“We are trying to make people on
this campus recognize that the U.S. is ac
tually practicing oppression and exploita
tion in their dealings with South Africa,
Nicaruagua and Chile,” Walker said.
Walker read from several works writ
ten by recently killed Mozambique Presi
dent, Somora Macheal, who died in a
plane crash last month.
According to Machael, the perils of
colonial oppression and exploitation are
worldwide. Walker said.
Walker said that the goal of the group
is to get people to act against such racist
regimes as the one in South Africa.
“People must realize that until peo
ple speak out, the oppression and exploita
tion is going to continue,” he said.
Shelia Simmons, Co-Editor
BSM Vice President Eric Walker and Cassandra Butts discuss frustrations about En
dowment Board's refusal to decide to totally divest from companies doing business in
South Africa, (photo by David Minton/Yackety Yack © 1986)