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Serving the students and the University community
Tuesday, February 15, 1977, Chapel Hill, North
Volume No. 84. Issue No. 97
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Skydiver's first jump is
and most return to try
by Mike Wade
"What are you thinking about?" said
the man behind me, his tone strained a bit
to be audible over the din of the plane's
engine and the wind rushing in from a
hole in the door.
I was transfixed by the scene below
the ground was tinted orange by the
setting sun, and pine trees formed bluish
patterns on the patchwork surface. The
sudden question from my jumpmaster
startled me. 1 stammered something
about this being my first plane ride and
how small everything looked. His
grimace wasn't encouraging.
"No, no what did we tell you in class
you should be thinking about now?"
"Oh, yeah. Arch and count, arch and
count," I said, embarrassed.
"That's what I thought you said."
"Arch and count" was what I was
supposed to do when I jumped away from
the plane arch my back to form a stable
position in the air, and count the seconds
until the parachute opened. It was then it
occurred to me that I actually was going
to jump from an airplane. The feeling that
took over then wasn't fear, but more of a
nervous excitement. Adrenaline was
flowing so fast that I was sure I could feel
it in my blood that was just one of many
crazy thoughts running through my
The plane banked sharply and turned
against the wind. Its passengers two
other student jumpers and the
jumpmaster, a veteran of hundreds of
parachute jumps all slid to one side of
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Charles Kuralt, in Chapel Hill to do an 'On the Road' piece for CBS's 'Who's Who '
television series, takes some time to relax in front of the Carolina Inn. Kuralt is a
graduate of UNC and a former editor of the Daily Tar Heel.
by Merton Vance
A student honor court defense counsel
was fired earlier this month after a number of
improprieties cropped up in a trial in which
his client was convicted of plagiarism.
Lee Chavis, a sophomore, was fired by
Student Atty. Gen. Chuck Lovelace after the
trial. Lovelace said the firing stemmed in
part from mishandling the case and from
disagreements between Lovelace and Chavis
which Lovelace said interfered with the
duties of the attorney general's office.
"Mr. Chavis's conduct during the case
demonstrated a lack of objectivity and
professionalism that I expect from all staff
members. 1 dismissed him from the staff
because I am no longer willing to accept
responsibility for his actions," Lovelace said
in a recent interview.
Chavis denies the charges arid has
appealed the firing to the student supreme
court, which is scheduled to hear the case
Student honor court proceedings are held
in closed sessions to protect the identity of
the defendants. Although the details of the
case are not made public, the Daily Tar Heel
has learned from confidential sources that a
number of incidents occurred during the trial
which may have affected the outcome of the
trial arid violated normal procedures for
The defendant is planning to appeal the
Lovelace said he did not yet know about
the defendant's plans for an appeal, but
Lovelace said there appeared to be enough
questions about the trial to-warrant a new
trial. Lovelace said he will grant a new trial
regardless of whether the defendant appeals.
The case began near the end of the final
examination session during the fall semester
the narrow interior. The craft was
designed for skydiving, not comfort, and
only the pilot had a seat. The other
passengers kneeled on the floor of the
fuselage. Since 1 was the first jumper (a
decision I had made loudly on the ground
to impress the spectators, who could care
less, and one which 1 was beginning to
have strong second thoughts about), I
knelt beside the pilot, in front of the door.
;My ears popped violently, and the engine
noise was suddenly much louder.
"Door's coming open!" shouted the
man behind me, and suddenly my
jumpsuit, at least three sizes too large,
was whipped byVa blast of frigid air. The
jumpmaster leaned out into the wind and
began shouting directions to the pilot so
the plane would be heading in a line
bisecting the target on the ground and the
location where a weighted streamer had
fallen earlier in the day.
"Right. . .right. . ." Each time the plane
banked sharply to the right I could feel
myself slide toward the open door.
"Get ready!" shouted the jumpmaster.
1 crawled back into the door, placing one
hand on each side. Suddenly 1 felt
detached from the scene, as if 1 was sitting
in the back of the plane watching some
fool sitting in the open door. There was
no longer any nervousness.
"Okay. . . get out!" came the command
from behind me. My hands reached out
into space and grasped the white strut
under the wing of the plane. I looked
down, and saw my foot which seemed
to cover about four acres of the miniature
land below swinging all around the
wheel, of the plane, the jumpsuit leg
this year. The defendant was given a choice
between having an administrative hearing
before he left for the holidays or facing an
undergraduate court trial after returning
The defendant chose to have an
administrative hearing but, because of
examination schedules, was unable to have
one before the semester ended.
When the defendant returned to school in
January, the option to an administrative
hearing was denied and the case was ordered
Lovelace said that the administrative
. hearing was set up as a convenience in
certain cases when there is not time to call the
undergraduate court into session. This was
the case in this incident because the court did
not meet during the examination schedule.
If a defendant chooses the administrative
hearing, the case goes before the dean of
Student Affairs rather than to the honor
Lovelace sard that this procedure was
granted only when there is a time constraint
and when the defendant pleads guilty.
He said that an administrative hearing is
not granted if there is time to convene a
student court. Since there was time to call
court into session after the holiday period,
Lovelace said that the defendant's option for
an administrative hearing was no longer in
effect and the defendant would have to face
Apparently the defendant misunderstood
this procedure and thought that an
administrative hearing could be held after
the spring semester began.
During the pretrial investigation, the
defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.
" Later, on advice from Chavis, the defendant
changed his plea to innocent.
During the trial the prosecutor said in
court that the defendant had changed his
plea. This, Chavis said, was a violation of
fired for mishandling
fluttering crazily back and forth. I saw the
foot waver around for what seemed an
eternity, but it finally touched the wheel. I
pulled outward with my arms, and swung
out into the wind, wobbling awkwardly
until my left foot finally found the wheel.
I hung my right foot out into the wind
behind me. I was perched on the wheel
with my body parallel to the earth. I never
even thought about looking down. My
muscles tensed as I waited for one last
I felt a slap at my thigh, and at the same
moment the voice screamed. "Go!"
I sprang outward, pushing away from
the plane with my arms and left leg. My
jaws clenched together like a steel trap,
and my stomach flipped violently. I felt
like I was riding a tremendously fast
roller coaster down a hill, facing
backwards, while lying on my stomach. 1
forced my eyes to stay open, but I saw
nothing until there was a sudden jerk
around my legs and shoulders as the
chute opened. As my vision returned I
saw my feet swing up in front of my eyes,
then fall back down. I hadn't even
thought about arching and counting.
The beautiful red and black canopy
was stretched out over my head against a
deep blue sky. Looking down. 1 saw
patterns of tiny white lights on my right
and on my left. One of them was
Franklinton, and one was l.ouisburg. but
I had no idea which was which. 1 finally
spotted the drop zone and target. '
The silence and sense of total solitude
were incredible. 1 swung from side to side
in the harness, and pulled down one of the
steering toggles hanging above my
by Mary Anne Rhyne
Student Transportation Director Paul
Arne is beginning negotiations this week for
maintenance of a bus system in Chapel Hill.
As a representative of University students,
hc.7w ilL meet , .with., the ; Chapel H ill
Transportation Board' arid ""the Board of
Aldermen Wednesday. The tw o boards will
discuss what level of service the city can
finance next year.
Arne plans to go before the Faculty
Kuralt 'on the road' in Chapel Hill
by Merton Vance
.. Staff Writer
CBS News Correspondent Charles Kuralt
sat down on the low stone wall which forms
the curb of the parking lot beside the Chapel
of the Cross and lit a cigarette by the light of
a lamp post a few feet away.
He looked out through the early Sunday
evening, darkness to the white motor home
with the words "On the Road" and the CBS
News eyeball printed in black along its sides.
It is the bus in which Kuralt and a four
member crew travel the backroads of
America producing the folksy feature stories
familiar to millions of television viewers.
Kuralt was in town to do a story for the
new CBS feature program "Who's Who."
normal court procedure and probably
caused court members to be biased in the
Also, during the course of the trial, the
prosecutor and defense counsel (Chavis) met
in a separate room outside the courtoon to
discuss procedural matters. At that time the
chairperson of the undergraduate court
walked into the room and overheard the
conversation, which was supposed to be
private. There is concern by both sides in the
case that this incident may have caused the
chairperson to be prejudiced in the case.
Details of what was discussed in that
conversation are not available.
Chavis said last week that he disagrees
with the procedure used to handle cases
which go before the honor court, contending
that they violate the defendant's
constitutional right to a fair trial.
Before a case goes to trial, the defense
counsel must meet with prosecutors and
members of the attorney general's staff to
discuss how the case will be handled.
"He must tell the prosecutor and the
attorney general beforehand how he plans to
handle the case. If he does not. he stands a
chance of being fired," Chavis said.
Lovelace disagrees. "Refusal to discuss the
case is not necessarily grounds for being fired
from the staff," Lovelace said. He said that
during he pretrial conferences the issues are
simplified and the evidence is reviewed so
that both the prosecutor and the defense
counsel have a better idea of what to expect
during the trial.
Chavis also contends that the prosecutor
has access to the defendant's files in the
attorney geral's office. He said this prevents
the defendant from getting a fair trial.
But Lovelace said that the prosecutor
must have access to evidence in the files to
prepare the case.
"If he (the prosecutor) doesn't have access
to the files he obviously could not prepare his
Sky diving can be an "incredible high," as staff writer Mike
Wade recently found out when he took his first jump. But that
shoulder to spin slowly around so that I
was "holding" against the wind.
After what seemed to be days. I saw the
ground coming up at me. and my feet
thudded onto the grass field about 75
yards from the sawdust target pit. I
spilled onto the ground, and looked up to
see people walking toward me from the
Council Friday to ask that group's support
in maintaining a bus system geared to the
needs of University students and employees.
"I have found the University is definitely
interested in and involved in finding an
adequate bus system." Arne said.
He said the level of University funding is
t he ; biggesl jjueAt iotuo present Tiegot tat ions .
Arne stressed the interrelation of the price,
of parking, the amount of parking, the level
of bus serv ice and the cost of bus serv ice.
He said he feels the parking situation has
"Most people aren't watching 'Who's
Who." They're watching Laverne and Shirley
and the Fonz." he said. But. the people at
CBS decided that there was a heed for a more
substantial program during weeknight prime
time and started "Who's Who." which
features interviews and personality profiles.
The program is hosted bv Dan Rather.
Barbara Howar and Kuralt.
Kuralt said now that the crew must
produce a story each week it puts more
pressure on him and the production crew.
"There is a certain restlessness now that we
have to do a substantial story each week," he
said. He hopes to build up a backlog of
stories so he can do more wandering and do
stories he comes across in his travels.
For the first nine vears. "On the Road"
case against the defendant." Lovelace said.
Lovelace said that the firing of Chavis has
not denied Chav is's opportunity to represent
students in honor court cases. An accused
student has the right to choose anyone he
wants to represent him in court.
"A student's right to counsel is not being
denied by my firing Chavis." Lovelace said.
Chavis has appealed the firing to the
student supreme court, asking that the court
order Lovelace to reinstate him on the
attorney general's staff. '
Students to go to Raleigh
Support sought for beer proposal
by Mark Lazenby
ment ( SG ) proponents
of legalized beer and
wine sales on campus
will go to Raleigh this
week to determine the
amount of opposition
the proposal will meet
and to continue their
search for a legislator
to introduce the bill.
After talks with local representative Trish
Hunt, D-Orange, Tom Worth, SG state
affairs chairperson, said the proposal will
probably be opposed by the same groups
that successfully' have defeated it for the last
two years The Christian Action League,
The North Carolina Restaurant Association
and advocates of university tuition increases.
This opposition is strong and that's why
we're trying to include all 16 campuses,"
Worth said, adding that five other campuses
trailers at the drop zone. I didn't want to
talk to them just yet; somehow, ordinary
earthbound people didn't seem very
interesting at the moment.
Less than five minutes had elapsed
since the jumpmaster had asked what 1
was thinking about.
Twentv UNC students recently had
future bus servic
worsened, indicating a need for improved
bus serv icer
Director of Traffic and Parking William
D. Locke said that all students ana
employees that applied for a parking permit
this year got one. but not necessarily in the
lot they requested.
. There are 9.000 parking spaces on
campus. The parking and trafic office sold
9.900 permits. The office oversold all lots by
1 10 per cent and some lots by as much as 120
"Until this year we stuck pretty close to
was part of the regular CBS evening news
program. Usually the stories on the evening
news lasted three to four minutes. Now the
crew is producing seven-to 12-minute stories
for "Who's Who."
'"On the Road' began in October 1967. It
was to be a three-month project, but the
three-month project has stretched into a 10
year one w ith no end in sight," Kuralt said.
During his 10 years on the road. Kuralt
estimates that he has traveled approximately
50.000 miles each year and has visited every
state in the nation.
"We started out with the conceit that we
could travel around the country and just
stumble across stories." He said he still
stumbles across many stories but now gets
200 to 300 letters each week suggesting story
"I usually get back to New York once a
month to check the mail." he said.
A letter to New York brought his attention
to the fact that the Rev. Pauli Murray, the
first black woman ordained as an
Episcopalian priest, would deliver her first
sermon at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel
H ill, the same church in which her ancestor,
a slave, was baptized.
(A feature story on the Rev. Murray will
appear in the Daily Tar Heel later this week.)
So the "On the Road" crew came to
Chapel Hill in the white bus.
"What's in the bus is mostly lights and
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in the 16-campus University system already
have responded positively to SG's proposal.
"They are all very interested in what we are
doing, and the SG responses of all campuses
have been very favorable," Worth said.
Worth. Student Body President Billy
Richardson and state affairs committee
members Chris Miller. Jan Hodges and Bill
Gillikin will approach 15 legislators from
metropolitan areas around the state who
they believe would listen to their arguments
and present the proposal to the General
As they argued in the two previous
attempts. SG will stress that profits from the
sales w ill go to the financial aid offices of the
Studies conducted by the University of
Rhode Island proving the success of on
campus beer and wine sales, in addition to
the success of Duke University's program,
also will be used to fuel SG's arguments.
New strategies for the attempt this year are
the circulation of a petition on all 16--cam
puses to show the widespread student
support of the proposal and the inclusion of
Staff photo by 8111 Rum
first look at the g round from the heights of a plane can be a bit
of a surprise.
similar experiences after going through
four nights of lessons plus three or four
more hours of practical training with the
UNC Parachute Club.
The club was started in 1969 by Kay
Bovd. It has introduced 800 students to
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1.10 per cent, but to meet demands if we can
go beyond, we do," Locke said.
Next year Locke says the department will
continue to sell 120 per cent of the spaces
One alternative to the overcrowded
parking situation is the parking deck. Arne
said the hospital parking deck cost $3,300
per space. He said he feels there is no way to
pay for a parking deck and no where on
campus to put one.
Lee Corum, former head of the Chapel
Hill. Carrboro and UNC Transportation
Board, suggested in a 1971 report that the
traffic department raise the price of parking
permits to decrease the demand for them.
A parking sticker costs $6 a month making
the yearly pass $72 and an academic-year
permit. $54. The cost averages $ 1 .50 a week,
which Locke said he feels is a bargain to
While the University has had an
abundance of requests for parking permits, it
has not been able to get rid of half of the
$366,200 worth of bus permits it purchased
from the town of Chapel Hill.
During the first two years of the bus
system's existence, bus passes were given to
students and employees buying a parking
permit. Passes were sold for half price to
other students. Locke said that he sometimes
had to buy $10,000 to $20,000 more passes.
Passes are now sold to permit holders for
half price and to others for the regular price.
"The purpose of purchasing passes is to
simply support the bus service and pay the
town of Chapel Hill for that service," Locke
He said a system in which the town of
Chapel Hill would sell all passes and the
University would directly donate money to
support the bus system has been suggested
by the Board of Aldermen.
"1 think the students want a better bus
system and they've shown that they are
willing to pay for it," Locke said.
A bus survey conducted for the Chapel
Hill Transportation Board supported that
statement by showing that 8 1 .9 per cent of all
bus trips were made by riders owning passes.
Of those passes. 94 per cent were sold by
a clause which would leave the final decision
to each university's board of trustees, if the
The petition is now circulating at UNC,
and in two days almost 400 signatures have
been gathered. More petitions will be
circulated on campus and interested students
can sign them at the Union desk or contact
Bill Gillikin in Suite C of the Carolina
Worth said SG would like to gather 20,000
signatures to show the proposal's broad
"After we go to Raleigh this week to assess
the potential amount of opposition and
gather support, we'll come back and take a
long, hard look at where wc stand," Worth
The attempt last year was aborted when,
legislators were debating tuition increase.
SG feared that a beer-on-campus proposal
would help advocates of tuition increases.
Two years ago SG stuck with the
proposal, but it was closely defeated by the
efforts of the Christian Action League and
the North Carolina Restaurant Association.