Vol. 82, No. 9
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Thursday, July 24, 1975
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by Carolin Bakewell
The Campus Governing Council (CGC) froze
funds of two campus organizations for alleged
violations of treasury laws when it went into
executive session Tuesday night.
Funds for the UNC Football Club and the
Graduate History Society are being withheld
until, the first fall meeting of CGC, when its
Finance Committee will begin investigations.
A bill introduced by CGC Speaker Dan Besse
stated that "the Student Body Treasurer has
uncovered suspected financial dealings of certain
Student Government-funded organizations
which are alleged to be in violation of Student
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Government Treasury law..."
CGC Finance Committee Chairman Bill
Strickland said the violations occurred when
certain organizations transacted business
outside the Student Affairs Funding Office.
CGC officials declined to comment on the
specific nature of the alleged offenses.
S hould a student organization be found guilty
of budget law violations, funds could be
permanently cut off and the group dropped from
future CGC budgets.
Gerald L. Featherstone, advisor to the Sports
Club Council, was shaken by charges made
against the Football Club. "There were some
allegations that our club mishandled funds," he
said. "Out of five years. 1 don't think one dime
has gone the wrong way."
"Over 80 student organizations are funded by
Student Government," Student Body Treasurer
Mike O'Neal said Tuesday afternoon. "Perhaps
they haven't been supervised as well as they
should have been in the past."
Besse opposed the calling by O'Neal of a CGC
executive session to discuss the alleged budget
"The action was illegal and any members
voting for the executive session were voting for
an illegal motion," he said.
"This action doesn't qualify as an exception to
the state meeting law." CGC is subject to
regulation by the law. since it is a governmental
Under state open meeting laws, official
meetings of governmental bodies are required to
be open to the public, unless specifically
exempted. Exemptions are legal if acquisition of
property, matters dealing with medical staffs or
privileged relationships (such as lawyer-client)
are to be discussed.
In proposing that the meeting be closed to
non-members, O'Neal argued that possible
defendants' rights to a fair trial could be
jeopardized by open discussion. He pointed out
the possibility of media reports influencing
prospective jurors and subjecting defendants to
'trial by press.
Strickland argued the budget discussions
qualified as an exception to the open meeting law
under the category of employer-employee
Dean John B. Adams of the UNC School of
Journalism, an expert on open meeting law, said
CGC "was stretching the definition a bit." He
said one interpretation might allow executive
sessions to be called in the case of discussions of
possible disciplinary actions against students.
"That would be opening up a pretty w ide door,"
Adams added, however.
The judicial branch of Student Government,
under the leadership of Attorney General
Andromeda Monroe, is also investigating the
alleged violations. The judicial branch is
interested in determining if a breach of the
student honor code occurred, Monroe said.
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CGC in session Tuesday night
Staff photo by Wamock-Lobraleo
and sponsoring isn't easy
eing a refugee is hard
by Lynn Medford
Sponsoring a Vietnamese, refugee is
almost as hard as being one, yet Chapel
Hillians have become sponsors for two
Vietnamese families and are anticipating the
arrival of more.
According to UNC history professor
Thomas Q. Reefe, who, along with his wife,
will sponsor a Vietnamese family, five
Chapel Hillians have already volunteered to
Reel'e. who has been making preparations
for the arrival of a Vietnamese family for
months, described the rigors of sponsorship.
The Vietnamese arrive literally with just
their clothes on their backs," he said. In
leav ing refugee camps, Vietnamese are given
$100, a Social Security card, and a work
permit. Each sponsor, cleared by refugee
camp officials, must raise money for the
Vietnamese on his own, Reefe said.
Eighty per cent of persons who apply to
become sponsors are rejected by camp
administrators, Reefe said. He said many
applicants were either too idealistic or
wanted to engage in exploitation of the
refugees. . .
"About 90 per cent of the soldiers (in
Vietnam) didn't go into combat but were at
army camps with Vietnamese women. So
now they think it's a way of keeping the
sexual fantasy of the war going on they
advertise to sponsor single women."
. Reefe also said many religious groups
applied to sponsor Vietnamese (who are
predominantly Buddhist and Catholic) with
intentions of converting them to
Sponsors must help, the Vietnamese to
become acclimated to the American culture,
which is' made difficult by American
misconceptions. "The press presents the
Vietnamese as helpless objects of pity who
will take anything they can get," he
criticized. "This is not true. Like Americans,
they want the best deal they can get."
Many Americans are antagonized by
refugees they feel are cutting into the already
tight job market. "They're not taking jobs
from the Americans," Reefe objected.
"These people are qualified and fill job gaps
that Americans leave unfilled. They
(Vietnamese) produce generalists, while we
tend to put out unemployable specialists."
In preparation for the arrival of Reefe's
refugees, approximately $1,500 worth of
pledges have been raised by four churches
and various individual donations.
Free medical care has been arranged with
local doctors, and tutors have volunteered to
conduct English classes, Reefe said. A
furnishings and clothing committee has been
created to pick up donations twice a week.
"While serving in Vietnam (1970-71), I
saw the personal dilemmas and , suffering
that the Vietnamese experienced as they
were swept up in the war," Reefe said,
explaining his decision to be a sponsor. "My
wife is Japanese-American and spent four
years as a child in Japanese-American
internment camps on the West Coast during
World War 1 1 . Neither one of us wishes to see
the suffering and dislocations of the
Indochina War continued."
SG begins challenge of 1971
ruling against hiring attorney
by Carolin Bakewell
UNC Student Government (SG) is
continuing plans to select a Student
G overnment Attorney, despite doubts of the
legality of such an appointment.
Chancellor N. Ferebee Taylor indicated
July 18 in a letter to Student Body President
Bill Bates that without permission from
Governor James E. Holshouser Jr.,
employment of an attorney by CGC would
violate N.C. General Statutes.
Taylor cited a letter that former Attorney
General Robert Morgan wrote to then-Di-Phi
Societies President George T. Blackburn
II in 1971. Morgan ruled that the state
attorney general is the official legal counsel
for the state and all its component parts.
" I n view of the above," M organ said in the
letter, "it appears that the student
government of the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill would not be
authorized to employ private counsel on its
own initiative to represent the student
"There are questions of legality," CGC
Speaker Dan Besse said Tuesday night. "But
these are old opinions . . . attorney generals
have changed since then ..."
Besse explained that the decision rests
largely upon the definition of the UNC
S IO direc to r qu its
by John Hopkins
Jack E. Williams, UNC sports
information director for the past nine years,
has submitted his resignation, effective July
31, to enter private business, the Sports
Information Office reported yesterday.
Williams declined to specify what new
business he was entering, but said it "will
Despite rumors that Williams was
pressured to resign, Williams said yesterday
in a telephone interview that he resigned
"There was no pressure on him to resign,"
UNC Director of Athletics Homer Rice also
said yesterday. "It was his own decision. He
had talked about it for the last few months."
- Williams disclosed that he plans to write a
book on Dean Smith, the Tar Heels' colorful
Rice said Rick Brewer, an assistant in the
SI office the past seven years, has been
Y asking funds
A YMCA-sponsored drive to raise money
for a Vietnamese refugee family will be held
Friday on campus. Donations will be
collected on a nickel and dime basis in the Pit
and YMCA court from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Vietnamese family, which will be
sponsored by UNC history professor
Thomas Reefe, has not yet been selected
from U.S. refugee camps, but preparations
for their arrival have begun.
The goal ot the drive is $500, which Reefe
estimates will be required by two adult
Vietnamese each month.
Volunteers to help refugees should call
INFO (942-8749) during the day, and Reefe
(929-8301) at night.
cieoftists baSfiie against
by Jim Brozo
Responding to months of pressure from
two U NC geologists and one Duke geologist,
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
recently ordered the Carolina Power & Light
Co. to install earthquake monitoring devices
at its Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant near
The three geologists -David M. Stewart
and David E. Dunn of UNC's geology
department and Duncan Heron of Duke
have jointly compiled data on the seismic
risks of the Southport location since last fall.
Stewart began independant research in
Reacting to the NRC's order, Dunn said
Tuesday, "I'm quite pleased, because I hope
that seismic risk analysis will become a
routine part of the safety analysis for all
Though pleased with the order, Stewart
was not surprised by it. "We were on sound
scientific ground," he said Tuesday.
Stewart knew the locations of North
Carolina's nuclear plants and became
concerned last year when he examined data
on land elevations and found an "area of
rapid uplift" at the Brunswick plant site.
The land at the site is rising at a rate of
about one-fourth of an inch per year, a sign
that has preceeded earthquakes in other
parts of the world.
Stewart first warned CP&L that its
Brunswick location was possibly
earthquake-prone last October, but said he
received no response.
Joined in his efforts by Dunn and Heron
last fall, the trio filed a petition for a show
cause order with NRC in January, asking
that CP&L be required to install seismic
A series of meetings was held in
Washington, D.C., between the geologists
and representatives from CP&L and the
NRC, culminating in the order from NRC
CP&L has maintained that the
monitoring devices were not necessary. This
assertion was based largely on results of its
own safety analysis of the Brunswick site.
Dunn noted that when the Atomic Energy
Commission (AEC) first accepted CP&L's
safety analysis, there was not a field in
"Ninety-five per cent of what we know
about earthquakes is information five years
old or less," Dunn said. "It's a field that's
literally exploding with information."
But misconceptions surrounding
earthquakes persist, Dunn and Stewart
contented. For example, Dunn call "preposterous"
concerns that an underground nuclear test
could trigger an earthquake. He likened such
an occurrence to using a firecracker to
detonate a nuclear warhead.
Another misconception is in the area of
casualties. "The hazards of an earthquake to
life have been greatly exaggerated," Stewart
said. "The greatest hazards today are not the
earthquakes, but the failures of man-made
structures resulting from the earthquake."
Damage to structures such as dams and
nuclear plants highly escalate both human
and monetary losses, he said.
Both geologists expressed concern over
possible earthquake damage to the
Brunswick plant, with the populous
Wilmington area about 20 miles north of'
Southport. "Depending on which way the
wind is blowing, it could have devastating
results," Dunn said, referring to resultant
emissions of radioactivity.
"There's a real dearth of seismic stations
on the East Coast," he said, noting that
earthquakes in this area, though infrequent,
When asked if any action can be taken to
diffuse earthquakes, Dunn answered, "My
own experiments are directly designed to
approach that question."
Dunn termed the trio's effort to get the
seismic devices installed at Southport
"strictly a one-issue" endeavor. "I feel as
though I'm capable to talk about site
hazards," he said. He stressed that the group
did not delve into other possible dangers of
Although the Conservation Council of
North Carolina paid the trio's air fare for one
of the Washington meetings, the geologists
have met all expenses incurred in their
project entirely from their own private
To undertake such a project, Stewart said,
"It takes a person willing to spend a lot of his
own money... and time."
named Sports Information director on an
A native of Winston-Salem, Brewer
attended Greensboro Grimsley High and is a
1971 graduate of UNC with an A.B. degree
in journalism. He is 26 years old.
In making the announcement, Rice told
U NC Sports News, "We wish Jack Williams
great success in his future endeavors. He is
extremely talented and made many
outstanding contributions to our
department in his time here."
Williams was named Sports Information
director in August, 1966, succeeding Bob
Quincy, He is the third man to have held the
position. The late Jake Wade held the
position from 1946 until his death in 1962.
A native of Durham, Williams served as
sports editor of three North Carolina
newspapers The Raleigh Times, the
Durham Morning Herald and 77ie Chapel
Hill Weekly and was assistant sports editor
of The Atlanta Constitution for six years.
He is a graduate of Durham High School
Student Government as a component of the
"1 think this is meant to be a test case," he
said. "One of the first cases the attorney,
hears may be to determine if he can legally
collect his salary.
"I don't know if Ferebee Taylor can
- unilaterally stop the money from going out
of the student affairs office," Besse said.
The proposal to create the Student
Government attorney position was
approved in April after more than three
years of study. The office was approved
April 21 on a one-year experimental basis
and is funded by a 512,000 CGC allocation.
It will be one of two such positions in the
state, N.C. State University creating the first
several years ago.
The General Counsel will serve as attorney
of record for Student Government and other
student organizations. He will also counsel
"Individual students during his spare time at
"nib charge. '
N.C. State University's similar legal
counseling system was started several years
ago by the Student Senate. The Legal
Defense Corporation, now funded by the
interest from original appropriations, has an
attorney on retainer to handle cases in behalf
of the entire student body.
The idea to appoint a General Counsel for
UNC originated in the administrations of
former Student Body Presidents Joe
Stallings and Richard Epps. Although the
1973 Student Legislature voted to create the
position of General Counsel, lack of funds
shelved the idea during the Runge
Interest was revived last spring when
former Student Body President Marcus
Williams recommended the establishment of
the counsel position.
One U NC student and two UNC School of
Law professors were appointed to the
selection committee Tuesday night. Student
Attorney General Andromeda Monroe, Dr.
Thomas Andrews and Dr. Jon Eddy were
chosen to serve with Bates on the committee.
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Dr. David Stewart En his offlco
Staff photo by Gary Lebrafeo