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Governmental budgets often
mean little to each of us, except
that a slightly larger or smaller
chunk will be withheld from our
wages to pay income taxes.
But what if a governmental
budget meant that you would not
be able to get an appointment with
a doctor when you are 35 years old
and living' in Wilmington because
the doctor is overloaded with
work? j
Or that the case load for each
nurse, nurse's aide and social
worker in the state's mental
hospitals and mental health clinics
would be greatly increased?
Or that the pace of research and
thus implementation in the field of
environmental protection . and
prevention was slowed?
Or that health facilities across
the state are either grossly
inadequate or outrageously
over-expknded and excessively
expensive !in ten years because no
coordinated planning had been
available? j
These are but a few of the
results predicted if President
Nixon's budget cuts for the
Department of Health, Education
and Welfare are approved by
Congress. The consequences spring
from the dependence of many parts
of the University on federal money,
particularly in the form of research
The administration
and
its
Even though comparisons are at
best partially accurate and often
misleading, the , experiences of a
DTH reporter last week make the
UNC-CH administration resemble
the Nixon Administration regarding
obsessive secrecy.
DTH staffer Windy March spent
many hours investigating the effects
federal budget cuts may have on
the University. He received
excellent cooperation from
department heads and faculty, but
none from the administration in
preparation for the stories that
appeared in Friday's DTH. iThe
administration had a report
prepared by Thursday on the
possible effects of cuts and
presented it to the Chancellor
Friday morning.
But the administration refused
to release the report, citing
"possible errors" in the document.
Letters to the Editor
Bmrnai Liberation9 offered as
To the Editor:
The Carolina Symposium Interim
Committee is currently considering eleven
topics for the 1974 Symposium. One of
these, submitted by Linda Pannill,
concerns "Human Liberation," or the
future orientation of sex roles in our
society.
Such a topic would not only be
timely, but also of interest to all students.
In the past few years, the women's
movement has raised a number of
questions concerning relationships
between men and women, the education
and socialization of children, women's
place in society, and the definition of
acceptable work according to sex. The
Symposium could center around these
and other issues not to rehash the past,
but to explore possibilities for the future.
Certainly such a topic would offer a wide
variety of choices for speakers, films, and
discussions. j
The Executive Council of the
Association of Women Students, and the
Women's Forum'- have unanimously
Evans Witt. Editor
Monday, March 5, 1973
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grants and student aid money,
money that Nixon proposes
eliminating or slashing severely.
The most destructive cuts are in
the health sciences, in money to
train future faculty members to
cope with the growing enrollments
in medical, dental, nursing and
auxilary schools. White Nixon has
claimed that the cuts are only in
grants to those who are headed for
lucrative private practice and who
thus should support themselves, the
deans and other officials in the
Health Affairs Division here
consistently deny that allegation. It
is the research- and
teaching-oriented students who will
be hurt the most, they say.
And all these possible cuts in
North Carolina, where there is
undeniably a shortage of medical
professionals and paraprofessionals.
If all the talk about a medical
school at ECU would subside a bit,
maybe the state legislators would
see that it may be necessary to put
more state money into the med
school here to replace lost federal
funds before any new med school
can be fully funded.
Nixon and his henchmen have
promised the nation better health
care, but his budget proposal could
cripple health care and health care
education in North Carolina for the
next 20 years.
secrets
Perhaps the University did not
think of errors when it released a
statement two weeks ago claiming
that UNC would lose at least $3.5
million. Of course, the actual figure
will be at least $9 million, but that
little inaccuracy didn't bother the
administration then.
There are no laws requiring
government agencies in this state to
give the public access to all but
certain classes of documents but
there should be. In the University
community in particular, a free
flow of the information is essential.
(For example, what of the grad
students who may be losing their
grants? They can only make other
plans if they know of the
impending loss.)
This is not the first time the
Administration
information to
has not released
the community it
will, probably
not be the last.
and unfortunately,
endorsed this proposed topic. We hope
that the committee will seriously consider
this when it chooses a topic this evening.
However, if this topic is not chosen, we
ask that just consideration be given to
women speakers for the Symposium, as
the presence of women speakers in past
Symposiums has been severely lacking. .
; Amelia Bellows
AWS Chairperson
Pitt sincere in
ideas of reform
To the Students, in care of the Editor:
The election is over and you people
showed your support for continuing
Student Government. Given SG's record
in the past, and its promise for improved
change in the future from each
succeeding candidate, I seriously and
honestly doubt the new one will be any
better.
There were those who tried to link
by Lana Starnes
and
Dr. Takey Crist
Question: How many sperm cells are
necessary to make a man fertile? Can a
low sperm count be increased? Signed,
Wondering.
Dear Wondering: There should be
approximately 80 million sperm per cubic
centimeter to insure fertility. If the
fertility rate is under 60 million, the
chances of impregnation are lessened,
though even when the count is lower
impregnation has been known to occur.
In addition, if sperm do not move
vigorously or if more than 25 percent are
malformed there is usually sterility.
Robert N. Putnam
Downing of Arab
Surely the 106 lives lost in the
downing of the Libyan airliner over the
Sinai Peninsula last week will come to be
known as one of the most tragic incidents
in a generally tragic Arab-Israeli conflict.
But the disturbing thing is that the event
itself may be overshadowed by the blow
local reaction to it has struck against the
hope for the nations involved to find a
peaceful solution to their problems. I.
would like to suggest that the sooner the
incident is forgotten about, both in the
Middle East and here, the better off
everyone will be.
In retrospect, it is difficult for anyone
to say that the Israelis were correct to
shoot down an unarmed Arab passenger
aircraft that happened to stray from its
Cairo, Egypt, destination. But at the same
time the situation was developing, the
decision as to what action the Israeli Air
Force should take must have been so
difficult and so agonizing the worst they
should be accused of is a human error of
judgment.
Imagine, if you will, that it is 1962, at
the height of the Cuban missle crisis. The
Soviet Union has been moving offensive
military rockets into Cuba only 90 miles
across the Florida Strait from the United
States itself. John Kennedy has
announced a naval blockade of the island,
and ordered the UJS. Navy to stop, by
any means necessary, Soviet ships bound
for Cuba. The outbreak of war seems a
very real possibility.
And suddenly the North American Air
Defense Command gets an unidentified
Pitt's desire to abolish SG as a complete
shaft of the students. That was ridiculous,
and they know it. Pitt just wanted more
and basic programs and improvements
that students could get for their money.
Where's the shaft in wanting more
concerts, cutting the fees for things we
pay for and don't necessarily get (i.e.,
athletic tickets), what's wrong with
wanting the students to elect the
president of the Union? Why should we
continue to have friends appointing their
friends-that's when you get the shaft.
The new president is gung-ho on
consumerism and that's good. But what
else did we hear from him? The Chapel
Hill rip-off will not be everywhere, and
you only go through college once. I think
most all of you agreed with Pitt's ideas,
but not with the way he wanted and
chose to carry them out. Instead you
chose the old system. (Even Mr. Epps has
said he would help the new president.)
Can it really help? Has it helped in the
past? Did Epps help in the past?
When this next year is over, step back
A low count is usually associated with
illness, fatigue and poor health.
Therefore, a low count can be increased
by plenty of rest and relaxation, as well
as proper diet and exercise.
Question: I would like to know
exactly what the North Carolina laws
governing cohabitation are, and how
strictly these laws are enforced. Signed,
C.L.
Dear C.L.: The usual interpretation of
cohabitation, or living together, has
generally been held to open and
notorious adultery or fornication, not a
single, furtive act.
The law itself reads:
14-184. Fornication and adultery. If
any man and woman, not being married
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blip on one of its radar screens. Its speed
indicates it is a jet aircraft, and its course
is approximately towsrd Cape Canaveral.
The U.S. Air Force is alerted, and a
squadron of jet interceptors is scrambled.
When they rendezvous, with the
unidentified aircraft, they radio back that
it appears to be an airliner bearing the
markings of Aeroflot, the Soviet Union's
national airline. But it is still on a course
for Cape Canaveral. Aeroflot does
regularly fly to Cuba, and its normal
flight path is not so very many miles
away from its present position, but no
plane has ever before been off course on
its flight to Havanna. And the aircraft is
about to violate U.S. airspace. It does
appear to be an ordinary airliner, but
there is hardly an opportunity to inspect
the passengers' baggage -the plane might
have been modified to carry either
reconnaissance cameras or nuclear bombs
And it is still headed for Cape Canaveral.
The pilots of the U.S. interceptors
waggle their wings, the international
warning to change course and to land.
The "Aeroflot" plane ignores the
warnings and flies onward. It now violates
U.S. airspace and is over Florida itself. In
minutes it will be over Cape Canaveral.
The fighter squadron leader radios his Air
Force general for instructions. The
general thinks of the possible
consequences if the plane is on a hostile
mission, and of the consequences if it is
simply an ordinary airliner off course. He
radios back to his fighter pilots that they
must.
possible
and objectively observe the situation;
then ask youself if the students' lot is any
better. If you personally know Pitt, you
know that he was sincere in what he
wanted to accomplish. But, you the
students, didn't even give him the chance.
But you griped at SG, and you'll gripe
next year. The joke will again be on you.
But don't blame me or the rest of the
Blue Sky Party because we voted for
Pitt. At least I'm glad I had the chance to
drastically change things before I left
Carolina.
Tom Ozment
Blue Sky Party
Rt. 5, Chapel Hill
ERA to squelch
growth of truth
To the Editor:
The People should be able to see
through the Equal Rights Amendment for
to each other, shall lewdly and
lasciviously associate, bed and cohabit
together, they shall be guilty of a
misdemeanor. Provided that the
admissions or confessions of one shall net
be received in evidence against the other.
Any person violating any provision of this
section shall be punishable by a fine not
to exceed five hundred dollars,
imprisonment for not more than six
months, or both.
Nonenforcement is the general rule,
especially where both parties are of full
age and have freely consented. The
chance of anyone's going to jail for either
sexual offense is slim indeed. So, for that
matter, are the chances of even paying a
fine. Despite the fact that laws are on the
plane 'erroneous9
You get the point, I think. The
analogy is not perfect, but crisis
atmosphere in which Israel continually
exists, and the military importance of the
Sinai Desert areas which the Libyan plane
" overflew, do strike some parallels.
And in retrospect, the Israeli decision
to shoot the aircraft down was
erroneous the plane was quite
innocently off course. But the Israeli
mistake was an understandable one under
the circumstances.
Israel has expressed its regrets for the
tragedy, has offered to give financial
compensation to the victims of the crash,
and has asked that a "hot line" be set up
with Arab countries so that such a tragic
mistake cannot recur. The Arabs rejected
this last proposal, and instead called for
vengeance for "the ugliest crime in
history". The leader of Libya suggested
he might order his air force to shoot
down Israeli "EI Al" airliners wherever
they could be found. And, in short, such
an outcry has been raised that any
meaningful peace negotiations may have
been pushed much farther into the
future. Certainly therein lies the greatest
tragedy.
Tuesday a letter from a Mr. Jim
Blaimer appeared in the DTH. It referred
to my previous column, in which I
expressed the view that a student should
not be forced, through compulsory
student fee funding of the DTH, to
support moral or political views to which
topic
what it really is-a conspiracy of the
coalition of New Deal Rooseveltians and
Coolidgeites to squelch the growth of the
true way. But the choice will be made
clear support Socialism, stop the ERA.
Sid Faith
Providence, Rhode Island
Class of '70
Evans Witt, Editor
80 Years
of
Editorial Freedom
The Daily Tar Heel strives
opinions on its editorial page
Unsigned
while letters and columns represent
statute books, prosecuting attorneys are
simply not interested in this type of
prosecution.
Question: What are the chances of
successful pregnancy if one has
experienced one or more miscarriages?
Signed, Worried.
Dear Worried: After a single
miscarriage the chances of having a term
pregnancy are just about as good as if you
had never miscarried. With two
miscarriages in succession, chances of
successful pregnancy are still
good -considerably better than 50-50. If
one has had three miscarriages, one after
the other, chances of success even with
the best care are perhaps less than 50-50.
Question: What are the advantages and
disadvantages of using a cervical cap as a
means of contraception? How does it
compare to the diaphragm? What is its
effectiveness? -Signed, Coed.
Dear Coed: The cervical cap is a small
cap, or cup, made of metal or plastic,
which fits securely over the cervix, or
neck of the womb. If the cap fits snugly
and remains undisturbed during
intercourse, it acts as effectively as a
diaphragm in preventing sperm from
entering the womb.
A cap, like the diaphragm, must be
fitted by a physician. Unlike the
diaphragm, however, self-insertion and
placement are a difficult procedure for
some women because the cervix is located
so deep in the vagina.
Women who can master placement
technique find this is an ideal method of
birth control. This is particularly true
because the cap can be worn for days or
even weeks at a time without being
removed. Some physicians instruct their
patients to insert the cap after
menstruation and leave it in place for
almost the whole cycle, removing it only
a few days before the next period is due.
The effectiveness of the cap is
extremely high-as high as the diaphragm
or condom.
(Questions should be addressed to
Lana Starnes and Dr. Takey Crist, in care
of The Daily Tar Heel, Student Union,
Chapel Hill, N. C. 1 7514.)
COPYRIGHT (C) 1973 by Lana Starnes
and Dr. Takey Crist. All rights reserved.
he might be unalterably opposed. Mr.
Blaimer then stated that he was
unalterably opposed to Dean Smith's use
of the "four corners" offense in some of
our basketball games. He hadn't thought
of it before reading my column, but
Blaimer wonders why he should have to
pay his student fees "to perpetuate
(Smith's) ideology."
First, 1 could argue that one's
preference for some particular offense
not to be used in a basketball game is not
on the same level as being forced to
support some moral or political values
contrary to what one holds dear. I think
most would agree with me on this point.
But then this is, after all, Carolina, and I
can't discount the possibility that there
are some of us around to whom a winning
basketball tactic may be more important
than our political or moral beliefs. So to
the better answer:
Mr. Blaimer, I completely agree with
you you should have the right to decide
whether you want to financially support
(i.e., by buying tickets) the UNC
basketball team, with its infamous "four
corners" offense. I see no justification
whatever for requiring every single
student to "buy" a ticket" (that is, be
issued an athletic pass to go to all events
here in return for a fixed, compulsory
student fee). Those having absolutely no
interest in athletics are charged the same
amount as those who would never miss a
game in any sport. Those who hate the
sight of a Carolina uniform must payas
much as those who think Heaven itself
should be re-tinted Carolina Blue. And
this is unfair (not even to mention the
unfairness to those in the latter category
who faithfully wait in line hours for their
"paid for" tickets, and still can't get
them).
Those who want to support Carolina,
those who want to go to the games
should pay for their tickets directly
(perhaps at half price) -not through
compulsory student fees. Those who do
not want to support our athletic teams
should not be compelled to pay for doing
so. And how long do you think we'd stay
in "four corners", Mr. Blaimer, if
everybody hated it so much they
wouldn't even bother to pay for coming
to a game? '
David Woodall, Managing Editor
Mary Newsom, News Editor
Howie Carr, Associate Editor
Lynn Lloyd, Associate Editor
Winston Cav in, Sports Editor
Scott Stewart, Head Photographer
Dean Gerdes, Night Editor
Bruce Mann, Feature Editor
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