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Opinions of The Daily Tar Heel are expressed on its editorial page. -.
All unsigned editorials are the opinions of the editor. Letters and
columns represent only the opinions of the individual contributors.
Harry Bryan, Editor
Wednesday. April 7, 1971
for better lebilee
' Every year when the schedule
for Jubilee is announced, a large
number of disgusted students walk
around campus, complaining about
the groups appearing and making
plans to go to the beach during
Jubilee weekend.
This year that . number seems
larger than ever before.
This year's schedule is good
overall with a wide variety of music
offered and good, solid groups.
But this year there is no "big
name" group, and many students
are displeased.
What students don't seem to
understand is that the really "big
name" groups just cost too much
money for a 45-minute to one-hour
appearance, and others refuse to
play concerts in the South.
- The cost of bringing Joe Cocker,
last year's biggest attraction, back
to Chapel Hill would probably have
wiped out the entire budget for
performers for this year's Jubilee,
not because there is less money
Campos Chest drive
a worthwhile cauise
Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and
Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority will
kick off the annual Campus Chest
drive tonight with an auction in the
Great Hall of the Carolina Union.
Other activities will include the
Ugly Man on Campus, Beauty and
the Beast and Campus Chest Queen
contests running April 12-22; the
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79 Years of Editorial Freedom
Harry Bryan, Editor
Mike Parnell Managing Ed.
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Rod Waldorf Associate Ed.
Glenn Brank Associate Ed.
Mark Whicker- Sports Editor
Ken Ripley . . Feature Editor
John Gellman Photo Editor
Terry Cheek Night Editor
Bob Wilson Business Mgr.
Janet Bernstein .... Adv. Mgr.
Glenn Brank
And Sieire comes Ae simi
When I woke, up yesterday, the radio
informed me that I could expect
temperatures in the 30's, with rain and
possibly a few snow flurries mixed in.
This iris't exactly odd weather for
Chapel Hili-except that Spring is more
than two whole weeks old.
Sprihg-you know. That time of the
year when Mother Nature decides t stop
dumping on us and and the flowers and
trees start blooming and the birds start
singing and you go barefoot.
Well, any dum-dum crazy enough to
being spent but because the costs
have risen so drastically in the past
year.
So this year instead of
scheduling the "big name" group,
the Carolina Union contracted a
solid schedule of performers who
might not have the notoriety of Joe
Cocker but who will put on an
enjoyable concert.
Still, students are displeased,
despite the fact that Jubilee is
absolutely free to all students and
their dates.
The answer to the problem may
lie in charging a dollar per ticket in
order to raise the money to put on
the type of Jubilee the student
body seems to want.
It is too late to charge for
Jubilee this year, but next spring it
should be considered.
A dollar ticket isn't going to
stop anyone from going to Jubilee
and would provide the extra money
for groups that would make almost
everyone happy.
Campus Chest Carnival April 22;
and other events sponsored by
individual fraternities and sororities
and other organizations.
The money from the drive will
go to such organizations as:
UNC Student Bar Foundation
Student Health Action
Committee
North Carolina Heart
Association
Fqreign Student Emergency
Fund V
Chapel Hill Halfway House
Victory Village Day Care
Center
Murdoch-O'Berry Center
Carolina Opportunity Fund
-YMCA-YWCAofUNC
Almost every student is affected,
either directly or indirectly, by at
least one of these organizations,
and because of this students should
contribute what they can to the
drive.
Last year the Campus Chest
drive netted around $15,000. And
there is no reason the drive
shouldn't be even more successful
this year with more activities
planned and more students on.
campus. ,
However, APO, Gamma Sigma
Sigma and the other groups
working with the drive can't do it
all by themselves.
For the drive - to prove
successful, the entire student body
must participate.
go barefoot this spring has promptly
gotten his big toes frozen off, because so
far, we have not had any spring. And it's
all the Daily Tar Heel's fault.
The Daily Tar Heel has received a lot
of grief for its editorials in the past, but I
fear this time we have outdone ourselves.
Every once in a while we run out of
crusades, causes, arguments and flaming
editorials and have to resort to what is
known as a "seasonal editorial"-meaning
something to the tune of
'hot-damn-winter-is-finally-over."
There have been 37 occasions in the
filteirsoe
To the editor:
I have read with interest your editorial
in the Daily Tar Heel, Wednesday, April
7, entitled, "Administration not doing its
share in student funding." After referring
to responsibility of the administration for
the orientation of new students, with
which I certainly do not disagree, you go
on to say, 'There are other organizations,
though, that should be getting funds from
the administration rather than
Legislature.
"Prime examples include the marching
band, the choir, the debate team and the
International Student Center exchange
program."
And you conclude by saying that
' . . . until the UNC administration
decides to do its part... these
organizations . . . will continue to suffer."
There is considerable misinformation
and misunderstanding on the campus as
to the funds available to the
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Lana Starnes
Co liege
A proposed liberalized abortion bill
was defeated Tuesday in the North
Carolina General Assembly by a vote of
25-21.
The bill, if if had passed, would have
made it possible for a woman, 1 8 years or
older, to obtain an abortion upon written
request. The decision to terminate an
unwanted pregnancy would have been
put in the hands of the woman herself
and her physician.
But the bill did not pass, and so what
are the alternatives? .
Well, college coeds can continue to
travel to New York for legal abortions
more likely continue to seek quick, 1
inexpensive, yet illegal abortions.
There is a problem with abortion and J
the college student. This fact can no
longer be ignored or denied. Sixty per
cent of illegitimate pregnancies in North"
Carolina were in women under 20 years'
of age in 1969. And a minimum of
25,000 North Carolina women a year
have been turning to illegal and criminal '
abortionists. This evidence was published"
last spring in a demography magazine and
was a scientifically sound study financed
by the National Institute of Health. -;-
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past couple of months when we have sou
written. And on the following day,-Ma 5
Nature has replied with rain, or sleet or
snow right before break.
But today was the last straw. Not
because it was cold and wet and miserable T
for people like me who don't ' have
umbrellas. Not because it should be warnr
and pleasant instead ...
... but because I was getting ready to
end this editorial by declaring 'chat Sprin
was called off on account of rain and the
sun just came out. (Q
adrninistration for discretionary use. At
the present time Legislative
appropriations do not give the Chancellor
funds which he is free to use in his
discretion to support worthwhile projects
on the campus. The State of North
Carolina budget system provides a
line-item budget and funds in the budget
may not be transferred to other projects.
Let me illustrate the problem for you. At
the present time the only discretionary
funds this office has to support
worthwhile projects on the campus come
from grants made each year by Alumni
Annual Giving andor other unrestricted
gifts made by alumni and other friends of
the University. Such funds available to
the worthwhile campus organizations that
you indicate range from a minimum of
$7,000 to generally about $10,000.
Of course in some years if we are
fortunate funds may go higher. Needless
to say, .1 have used all these funds for
worthwhile - University activities, the
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loans for abortion?
No one knows the exact number of
abortions whether legal or illegal ;
performed on any given college campus.
There are too many variables. Some coeds
go to the Clergy Consultation Service and
are referred out of state or to a
sympathetic physician in state. Other
coeds may make arrangements to fly to
New York to have a legal abortion. But
there are still others who may seek illegal
abortion. Unless there are complications
which would require hospitalization or
cause death, no one knows an illegal j
abortion was performed.
No matter what the exact number.iv" ?
whether it's one in a hundred or ten in a ;
hundred coeds, the problem is there. And
it is this college coed torced to seeK an
illegal abortion that I am concerned with.
The North Carolina law still in effect
concerning abortion requires first of all
that the woman be at least 21 years of
age. An abortion can be performed only
to preserve the health andor life of the
mother, when there is a chance of fetal
deformity or when the pregnancy is a
result of rape or incest.
To obtain an abortion, a consent form
must be filled out by three physicians,'
one of whom must be the physician who
is to perform the, operation. One of the
other physicians is usually a psychiatrist.
Provided a woman meets all the legal
requirements, what will this cost her in
North Carolina? First of all there is the
surgeon's fee and the psychiatrist's fee.
Then there is the. cost of the hospital bed,
operation room fee, recovery room fee,:
blood bank fee and general urinanalysis.'
The total cost-$300 to S500.
How many coeds could afford this?,
Not too many students could. This is
what distresses me.
The college coed who does not have
$300 to S500 to go to N.C. Memorial
Hospital (provided she qualifies legally), r j
who cannot get married or does notl
desire to, and who does not want a child 't
and therefore could not love it-what"
alternatives does she have?
Unfortunately, there are coeds who
try nw-?l ahnrtinnkfs. Thev can only
afford the S50 catheter or the SI 50 coat
major ones being such activities as you
referred to in your editorial. I think if
you will ask the organizations you
identify you will find that the
administration has made every effort
within its very limited finances to support
these organizations. In fact, I have given
major support within my financial limits
to the Carolina Choir, to the debate team,
the Symposium, the Fine Arts Festival,
and to many other worthwhile activities
including Carolina Talent Search, Project
Uplift, campus visits of National
Achievement scholars, the band, etc.
I think we should recognize that when
student fees were originally assessed
many years ago, by request of students
and by authorization of the Board of
Trustees, it was certainly intended that
many of the activities to which you refer
would be supported from such resources.
I wish I could be encouraging as to the
prospects of legislative appropriations for
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hanger in the back room of a service
station or motel. Many coeds are dying or
being mutilated needlessly because the
law has prohibited them from seeking a
safe abortion. An estimated one million
illegal abortions are performed annually
in the United States.
There is not much we, as students, can
currently do to change our abortion laws.
The legislators killed one great attempt to
liberalize our laws Tuesday. But there is
something else we could do.
Earlier this year the University of
Maine set aside S73 out of their $12
student activity fee to form a loan fund
. to aid coeds with unwanted pregnancies.
The Student Senate set up the fund to
help women students obtain legal
abortions.
Other universities across the country,
including the University of South
Carolina at Charleston, have recently
established similiar loan funds. Many of
the student bodies have decided to call
the loan fund the Population Control
Fund Committee.
There need not be any arguments over
the morality of abortion, whether one
personally feels it is morally right or
wrong. The truth of the matter is that
college women are seeking abortions. And
if they cannot obtain a legal abortion in
this state or if they cannot afford one,
then they will seek an illegal abortion.
Why not help the woman who cannot
get a safe legal abortion because of
present laws or finances? Provide her a
means of obtaining a safe legal abortion.
Keep her from going to the back room of
a service station or moteL Keep her from
risking her health and life at the hands of
an illegal abortionist with a catheter or
coat hanger.
I College coeds with unwanted
pregnancies need help. The North
Carolina General Assembly failed to help
them Tuesday. We could help. I propose
our student government consider setting
up a loan fund in next year's budget
similiar to those set up at other
universities across the nation to help
coeds with unwanted pregnancies.
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such worthwhile campus activities, but, as
we know, the trend, not only in North
Carolina but throughout the nation, in
recent years has been for state
appropriations to be confined to
exclusively academic support. A striking
illustration of this is the removal over the
past two decades of any financial support
for construction of ncnacadeirJc
facilities, including residence halls, and
such nonacademic functions as food
services. May I add that I have personally
made appeals on these matters for state
financial support over the years, I regret
to say, without success.
The fact is that if these worthwhile
campus activities are to be adequately
supported, the resources will have to
come largely from student funds. I will
continue to support these and all other
worthy campus activities within my
limited resources. '
Sincerely yours,
J. Cariyie Sitterson
Leaven wanted !
magazine job
To the editor:
In light of Mr. "Leaven's" reply to the
replies of Carolina Quarterly editors to
his "review" of the current issue of the
Quarterly the following should be
presented to the student body:
Mr. "Leaven" applied for the job of
editor of this year's Quarterly, and,
needless to say, he did not get the job. , .
We do not intend to imply that Mr.
"Leaven's" attacks on the Quarterly are
sour grapes, but only to let the public
know the full story. :1
Arnold Nolton
Durham
Auto shops run J
local conrspiracy
To the editor:
It has come to my attention that
students are being taken in the Chapel
Hill area on automobile repairs by
unscrupulous dealers, garages and service
stations. Butchers ruin cars and the
student pays mercilessly. A few examples
are appropriate. One unwary sWdent
recently took his car to the dealer for
what he was told would be warranty
transmission work only to be slapped
with an $80' repair bill. Huckster's
explanation: the transmission wis
covered under warranty but the bolts
which attach it weren't and since they
caused the difficulty, it wasn't covered.
Unbelievable? The student who took' his
car in to have the brakes adjusted was
told that not only did he need brake
adjustment but they also replaced the
master cylinder, brake shoes, drums, and
wheel grease seals, at the nominal cost of
$102. When the student asked to see the
worn parts he was told that they "had,
been thrown away. Could it happen td 1
you? Finally, the student who actually
needed a water pump took his car to the
garage to be fixed. The car was really
"fixed" as he got a new generator, voltage
regulator, tires rotated and balanced and
a valve job! Fantastic? ,L
Have your car looked at by at least
two independent mechanics. I haven't
determined yet if a coalition conspiracy
monopoly exists in the auto realm to
compare with the other corners on the
market we. face in this area. Get estimates -and
break-down by parts and labor in
advance. Don't sign any forms which have "
blank space on them. Ask to be called if
any additional work is to be done. If at
all possible, ask what time your car w2L
be worked on and be there to watch..
Unless your time is worth more than $20
an hour you may be able to familiarize
yourself with your car and at the same
time see that new parts are really put in
it. Remember that the huckster will
threaten you but he cannot legally keep
your car for a repair bill (although he will
say he will and charge you storage fee in
addition). Ask your friends or your old
man to write the DTH about unfair auto
repairs. It will pay you to learn now and
save you a great deal of money in the
long run to know something about your
car. Don't just ignore automobiles and
say you don't know anything about them?
unless you want to be one of the suckers
above. Indeed, reading an auto manual
will do you a hell-uv-alot more good in
this world than seventeenth century
poetry. '
Concerned citizen in
defense of consumers,
Arlan P. Garveyt
600 N. Greensboro Street
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