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Vol. 78, No. 81
y, January 12, 1971
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It's often been said that businessmen find it easy to get ahead in Chapel Hill, but
this gentleman seems to be having his problems. As the old saying goes, if at first
you don't succeed, don't lose your head about it. (Staff photo by Cliff Kolovson)
Fuel change needed
by Tom Gooding
One student was charged with
disorderly conduct and resisting arrest,
and another student had a camera,
confiscated following a non-productive:
narcotics raid by four Chapel Hill Police
officers on the ninth floor of James
Dormitory late Friday afternoon.
No one was arrested on narcotics
charges. Neither the student arrested for
disorderly conduct nor the student whose
camera was confiscated were involved in
the drug raid.
Steve Gothard, a junior from Cary, :
was charged with "engaging in the act of
disorderly conduct by using vile and
profane language in a loud and boisterous
manner while at a public place-to :
wit-809 James Dorm."
According to Gothard and four other
students, the statement that provoked the
arrest occurred when Detective Tom
Scott walked in front of Gothard and
said, "Do you want to say something to
me?" Gothard reportedly said, "Yea, this
is a bunch of crap."
The police detective then placed :
Gothard under arrest. Gothard described
the incident as follows: "He jerked my
arm behind my back. I skh'what's w Ing ;
lOKe stacKs in moiaaon
by Karen Jurgensen
Looming over the west end of
Cameron Avenue are two smoke stacks
belonging to the University's Central
Daily, those stacks emit smoke which
is in violation of federal air regulations.
The regulation states smoke may be no
darker than number two (a light shade of
grey) on the Ringlemann Scale (number
one being white and number two being
black). . .
At certain times of the day, the smoke
fc4 virtually black. According to W.E.
Knight, state supervisor of air resources,
Jjie University installation is "in
The condition can be remedied, said
Knight, by changing the fuel. Knight
explained the general statewide program
has been conversion from coal to gas with
oil as a standby.
Knight said there are plans to convert
all state-owned installations.
However, according to Grey Culbreth,
UNC director of utilities, conversion is
"strictly in the planning stage and
contingent upon the availability of
money." The money must come from the
N.C. General Assembly. . .
k Culbreth hopes new., boilers,. whichr
using oil principally "may not burn coal
at all," will be installed within the next
"As the economy and availability
permit we're going to use oil and gas or a
Legislaftimire to vote
pe resolution toelgM
A resolution calling for a tax reform
making college tuition tax-exempt will be
Introduced tonight at a meeting of the
Student Legislature, Student Body
President Tom Bello said Monday.
' The resolution, Bello said, would be
forwarded to North Carolina congressmen
to demonstrate student support. Cathy
Roth (WD-VII), a member of the finance
committee, will introduce the resolution.
Although passage by Legislature in
itself would mean little, Bello explained
passage would demonstrate to
government officials that students
support the issue. If the resolution is
passed, Carolina will join several other
universities around the country in
supporting the change.
In explaining student sentiment, Bello
pointed out the fact that businessmen
receive deductions for travel and . other
expenses. Students should also be allowed
deductions for the high cost of education.
The deduction would especially be
helpful to disadvantaged students.
Other issues to be discussed tonight
will include reapportionment, the change
of off-campus districts from 17 seats to
21 seats, judicial reform and election
A capacity crowd heard John Froines, a member of the Chicago Seven, speak to
Political Science 95A in Memorial Hall Monday afternoon. Froines elaborated on
the plan to flood the nation's capital with cars in May proposed by Rennie Davis at
Chapel Hill this fall. (Staff photo by Tom Cox)
combination of the two," Culbreth said.
Scott Gardner, owner of nearby Bay
City Gas Company, Complaining about
what he considers a potentially bad
situation said,"It's ironic that the
University which is an educational center
is allowed to get away with this.
'Here we have a tax-supported
institution first and foremost with the
Residents in the Cameron Ave. and
Jones Ferry Rd. neighborhood offer
varying reactions to the eyesdre and its
A long-time resident of the area said
two things bothered him. Flirst, he said,
the noise of a release valve particularly
bothered him in the summertime. He said
the noise lasts up to half an hour at times.
His second complaint is that especially
in mid-winter the soot from the stacks is
Another woman in the area said she
was new in the neighborhood and had not
really paid much attention to the plant.
She did say, however, if she leaves clothes
on the line overnight the whites "tend to
be pretty sooty."
On Jones Ferry Rd., a woman whose
once yellow awnings are now black with
soot said, This is the way of life. Most
Negro (the area is a predominantly Negro
neighborhood) neighborhoods have used
coal heat, this is the way life was a long
time ago. If the clothes get sooty, I wash
them again. Why complain about
something I've lived with all my life?"
Freshman students will return to the
polls today for the second time in an
effort to select a freshman class president.
The regular class officer elections were
held on Nov. 17. However, the freshman
vote for president was declared void by
the Student Supreme Court after a
candidate's name was discovered missing
from the ballot.
Polling places will be open from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. with ballot boxes situated in
each dormitory housing freshman
students. Off-campus residents may vote
at the Carolina Union, according to
Elections Board member Margo Fletcher.
In the last election, Foster Ockerman,
Ford Coley, Jack Knight and Jeff Wood
submitted petitions for candidacy to the
Elections Board. Wood's name, however,
was mistakenly left off the ballot.
The case was automatically forwarded
to the Student Supreme Court, which
ruled a second election was to be held.
Ockerman won the last election by
accumulating 395 votes. Coley placed
second with 335 votes and Knight
finished third getting 290 votes.
Ockerman, Coley and Wood
campaigned in November on "action"
platforms hoping to create enthusiasm
within the freshman ranks. Knight chose
to run on a "do-nothing" slate theorizing
class officers are incapable of
accomplishing anything through their
Ballot counting will be carried out
from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight in room
7 1 7 of the Union.
on? Let me go and 111 walk with you'. . .1
was trying to bring my arm down when a
second officer grabbed my arm. . .They
threw me face first into a wall. . .They
jerked both of my arms behind my back
and lifted me off the ground. . .
"Officer Don Tripp had his arm
around my throat. . .Steve Bell told me
'Don't struggle' I said, 'I won't if these
god damn sons of bitches will let go of
my throat' Tripp moved his arm and
put his hand around my throat. . .The
reason I was struggling was because I was
off the ground and I couldn't breathe."
Chapel Hill Police Chief William D.
Blake said, "Briefly what happened was
the officers went over to James
Dormitory for a search for narcotic drugs.
They executed the search warrant and
started to leave the room. A group of
about 15 to 17 boys and girls had
gathered when they came out and were
vocally abusive in their remarks to the
This boy (Gothard) who was charged
with disorderly conduct used a great deal
of profanity. When he was being placed
under arrest the boy (Bell) with the
camera came to the crowd and tried to
'The officers have talked to this boy
(Bell) and his attitude was good and he
will not be charged with any offense.
Both of the students involved were
released in the custody of the Dean of
Carol Spruill, former student body
secretary, witnessed the event and
verified Gothard's account.
She also said, "One agent tells him
(Steve Gothard) to put his hands on the
wall at the same time the other one has
his arm wrenched behind his back. Steve
says something profane. One agent is
holding Steve by the throat. Two more
agents now come up to handcuff his arms
behind his back, and he's in a very
uncomfortable position being pushed and
shoved. Oh yes, the agent who took hold
of his throat also jacked him in the legs
with his knee."
Steve Bell, a junior from Tuxedo, had
gone to get a camera when the incident
first started. His camera was confiscated,
and he was told he was under arrest.
However, he was permitted to leave town
for the weekend and upon return was
told no charges would be pressed.
Bell said the conflict over his camera
began when he snapped a picture of the
officers leaving the room being searched.
Bell said, "Officer (Lindy) Pendergrass
was threatening to 'smash' my camera. I
said, 'On what grounds?' He said, 'Shut
up and quit taking pictures. I asked if
there was any law against taking pictures.
He mumbled that he would 'smash' my
camera. I asked him to quote a specific
law against taking pictures, and he just
flared up and pushed me aside and
Bell then went into the elevator lobby
until he saw the officers grab Gothard. "I
ran back out and met them right at the
door," Bell said.
'They slammed into me and pushed
me into the wall," he added. "I reached
for my camera and at that Lt. Pendergrass
grabbed me and slammed me against the
wall and someone grabbed my camera.
Pendergrass dragged me toward the
elevator saying, 'You're under arrest. I
told you that you shouldn't take those
"I was in a daze. Nothing like this has
ever happened to me. I said, "Let go of
me. What are you trying to do?' He said,
"Shut up, you're under arrest.' I said.
'For what? He said for obstructing
One of the officers had his hands
around Steve's neck, lie was hurting. I
yelled for them to leave him alone and
was slammed into a corner."
Bell said when he was carried to the
police car Lt. Pendergrass said, "I told
you not to take those pictures. You're
probably the reason the whole thing
started up there."
Bell said Pendergrass then asked him
"Where's your camera?"
"I said someone had grabbed it from
me," Bell said. "Pendergrass said, 'You
better go get it, I don't want you to
blame us for it. "
"A little bit later I found out that
Dean of Men Fred Schroeder had picked
up the camera from the police station."
Bob Hamer, a junior and a resident of
the ninth floor of James Dorm, witnessed
the incident and gave a similar account to
The Daily Tar Heel. Hamer said after the
students had been taken to the police
station he "ran into Hoke Pollack's room
and called Dean Schroeder. I told
Schroeder w hat I had seen and he said he
would check into it and call us back. He
did call us back, and we told him some
more we had learned in the meantime and
he said he'd go down to police
headquarters and see what was going on."
When contacted about the incident,
Schroeder said, "I would hesitate to
comment on it. I was not present at
James during the incident and I have no
first-hand knowledge of what happened.
Yes, I did go to the police station to see if
I could be of some assistance. You will
have to talk to the people involved to see
what might come out of it as far as legal
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(Editor's note: The foiowing is the statement of Steve
Gothard, a junior from Can who lives in 809 Hinton James
dormitory, concerning his involvement -in tlie incident at
James Friday night. )
I happened to call a friend on the ninth floor of James and
found out there was a bust going on in the next suite. I came
upstairs and a group of people were standing by the stairs. The
first time I saw the police was when I looked in the door of
the suite. They were standing in the hall.
A couple of people went to get cameras. When the police
emerged, Steve Bell took one picture, A policeman walked Up
and told Bell, "I'll bust that camera if you take one more
picture." Bell then asked, "Under what authority?" Dick .
Bradshaw asked, "Yea, under what authority?" I said,
'There's no law against taking pictures."
An officer said, "I'll arrest you for obstructing justice."
Then officer Tripp walked by and slammed me with his
shoulder and sneered, "Get out of the way."
I turned around to him and said, "I have got more right to
be here than you because I live here." Most of the officers had
walked into the lobby area where they couldn't see the group
on the balcony.
The last officer was walking in the lobby when someone
shouted an obscenity. Scott and Allison were talking in the
lobby after which Scott came walking out again and stood
right in front of me. He asked me, "Do you want to say
something to me." I said, "Yea, this is a bunch of crap." He
said something like "you're coming with me" and jerked my
arm behind my back. I said "What's going on? Let me go and
I'll walk with you, just let me know what's going on."
I was trying to bring my arm down when a second officer
grabbed my arm. They slammed me into a third officer causing
him to drop the things he was holding. Then they kept jerking
me toward the elevator. When we got to the elevator they
threw me face first into a wall. Then they let me go for a
couple of seconds after which they decided they were going to
They started manhandling me again. They decided they
were going to put handcuffs on. Steve Bell told me "Don't
struggle." I said "I won't if these goddamn sons of bitches will
let go of my throat."
At that time Tripp moved his arm and put his hand around
my throat. They finally got the handcuffs on completely and
let me down. The reason I was struggling was because I was off
- the -ground -and 1 couldn't breathe. About that time the
elevator came and they threw me on it. They wouldn't let
anybody on the elevator except those they told to get on
(Steve Bell, Skip . Blount, a friend of Skip's and Officers
Pendergrass, Tripp and Scott.)
We went down to the first floor, came back up to the ninth
floor when Allison and Kenny Patrick got on the elevator.
Elevator went up to the 10th floor, came back down to the
ninth floor and the door opened. At that time Dick Bradshaw
was picking up something in front of the elevator and asked
them if they were having any trouble.
Pendergrass said, "You wait here, we're going to be back up
in a minute." When we got to the first floor the officers took
us through the lobby to the street.
The car pulled up and we got in it (Steve Gothard, Skip
Blount, Skip's friend, Kenny Patrick, Officers Allison and
Tripp.) We rode to the station. When we got there they took
the handcuffs off and had us wait in a little office.
That was the first time I found out what I was being
charged with. They asked me "What made you do it" and
other general questions. They never informed me of my rights
at any time. Tripp took a picture. Bail was set at $300.
I, couldn't pay that and they said for me to try to call
somebody. Then they told me Dean Schroeder wanted to see
me. I made a call and went back into the office where
Schroeder was. Everyone had left the room except Tripp, who
left when he was asked.
Schroeder told me that Bob Hamer and Hoke Pollack had
called him and told him what had happened and asked me
what happened. He was trying to let me know the situation.
He said he would do anything he could to help. He said he
wanted to talk to the police.
I left the room and they kept trying to take me back to the
jail cell, and I told them that Schroeder wanted to talk to me
again but he was talking to Officer Tripp. A short while later
Tripp came out and said he wanted to see me and at that time
they told me I could sign my own bail.
I signed the note. Dean Schroeder asked if that was all and
they said yes. Then we left and Dean Schroeder drove me back
to the dorm about 2 p.m.
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The girls of Kappa Alph3 Theta demonstrate how it's
done in the kite flying contest Monday afternoon. The
pledges of Pi Kappa Alpha placed first and the pledges of
Tau Epsilon Phi finished a strong second. (Staff photo by