B The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, August 31, 1977
Ben Cornelius, Managing Editor
Ed Rankin, Associate Editor
Lou Bilionis, Associate Editor
Laura Scism, University Editor
Elliott Potter. C'rv Editor
Chuck Alston, State and National Editor
Sara Bullard, Features Editor
Jeanne Newsom, Arts Editor
Gene Upchurch, Sports Editor
L.C. Barbour, Photography Editor
Bert Lance must pass test
of full disclosure or resign
The foundation of the Carter candidacy was integrity. Throughout his
campaign, Jimmy Carter demanded an open government headed by capable
officials selected only after a full disclosure of financial and relevant
personal affairs. The President honored his pledge personally, in good faith
to the public trust.
One of the President's closest personal and administrative associates,
though, does not seem to pass the test of full disclosure. Bert Lance, the .
President's choice to head up the powerful Office of Management and
Budget, passed the Senate Confirmation Committee's hearings with no
difficulty. Only after a full six months in office was it discovered that
disconcerting facts in Lance's past specifically, dubious banking activities
while serving as president of the National Bank of Georgia did exist.
Aside from these improprieties, which were nonchalantly cast aside as
insignificant by a Senate investigative committee, recent revelations point to
Lance's failure to fully disclose a partnership with his wife in which they've
borrowed $1.4 million and hold a great deal of securities.
President Carter stands by his longtime friend, and holds Lance's ability
and integrity in the highest esteem. For those of us who are less familiar with
the former banker from Georgia, however, many questions remain
unanswered. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee will attempt to
provide the explantions needed to ease an American public weary of shady
The past investigation of Lance's banking activities by the Comptroller of
the Currency uncovered no illegalities, but did highlight certain
"improprieties" which challenge Lance's integrity. The Senate inquiry last
month, on the other hand, was a fiasco. The committee was content to ask
soft questions and accept equally irrelevant replies.
It is time that the Senate face facts. Bert Lance has yet to honor President
Carter's pledge of full disclosure. The next investigation, unlike the first,
must be relentless and thorough.
Bert Lance will remain a stigma to the Carter until the issue is once and for
all resolved. If he remains unwilling to follow the leads of the rest of the
Carter administration and honestly supply all the information which an
entire nation demands, he should resign immediately. If he chooses to stay
on, he should be fully prepared to satisfy the queries which all America
shares and justify his position.
Plus-minus grading system
trial could prove worthless
As UNC's plus and minus grading system begins the second semester of its
two-year trail period, it seems the eventual verdict on the system may be
based on scant and unreliable evidence. So far, no one is keeping tabs on
which professors are using the more precise grading system and which ones
are not. This means that any data that might be gathered on the use of pluses
and minuses is meaningless.
"The evaluation is based on how many professors actually use the grading
syste," said assoc. prof. James Leutze, who first supported the use of pluses
and minuses here on campus.
The value of a trial period is in the evidence that can be presented. If a
close and careful scrutiny of the grading habits under this plan as opposed to
the grading habits under the old scheme is not made, then these two years
will have been wasted; we will know no more in 1979 than we did last spring
and well will be forced to make a decision on speculation.
The Wilmington 10
Andrew Young's foot continues to have a remarkable affinity for his
mouth. Our United Nations ambassador, never without an opinion on
anything, announced confidently to the world last week that the
Wilmington 10 were completely innocent and that their defense attorney
was unprepared to defend their case.
The Wilmington 10 were convicted in 1972 on charges of firebombing
stores during racial disturbances in Wilmington the previous year. Since
that time, hardly a day has passed that an effort has not been made to
attribute the convictions to racial prejudice, bribing of jury members,
perjury on the part of a key witness and the general corruption of the judicial
system. Massive campaigns have been mounted to portray the 10 as victims
of racist law enforcement officials and jury members.
It is, of course, possible that. there was some racial bias or prejudice
among the members of the jury. And there are, no doubt, other instances
where prejudice affected trial results. But it is also possible that fair and
honest men and women of both races returned a verdict based on the
evidence they were presented.
The point is that Andrew Young does not know whether the Wilmington
10 are innocent or guilty. Andy Young obviously was not privy to any
evidence the jurors missed and he as certainly not at the scene of the
alleged crime. But Andrew Young does know his opinion on the subject
and has no reservation about parading that opinion as fact.
Andrew Young should not put himself or his mouth above the law. If
error was committed during the trial, our system of justice is best equipped
to rectify it. Young's presumptuous and ill-informed judgment of the case is
85th year of editorial freedom
State of free-floating anxiety
The myopic prophet's summer isosceles affair
By JOEL CHERNOFF
It has been a short summer - my mind is
still anchored in the middle of July or so -and
the prospect of classes and reading
assignments hovers over me like a waiting
vulture. A little water would remedy the
situation, but Chapel Hill is most lacking in
that resource. So the vulture anticipates its
dinner gleefully while 1 cook.
Things wouldn't be so dismal if I could
foresee the future, but 1 suffer from a
clouded vision at present time. For a
prophet, as 1 still aspire to be. to be beset
with eye problems is a serious affair. 1
decided to become a prophet last year
because people constantly bothered me with
questions about my future, and 1 thought
that prophecy would provide the simplest
way out. I am no closer to my goal - indeed.
I am farther from it.
1 fell in love this summer.
Sue Hunter is the best damn thingthat has
ever happened to me. Woody Allen would
agree if he only knew me. Elvis would have
agreed if he had had the chance. Groucho
couldn't have cared less.
But returning to Chapel Hill has meant
having to say goodbye. Sue has gone home
to her folks in Georgia until she starts acting
school in New York this fall. She had been an
MFA candidate in drama here but dropped
out when she discovered that Andy Griffith
graduated from UNC
Our pressure-cooker romance has left me
steamed and tired. Once as strong as
broccoli. I now feel like canned asparagus.
But w hat is most perturbing is that 1 can't see
through the steam - for one thing, it fogs
my glasses. To be so lost when I finally
thought I was found takes me from m
ordered garden and throws me in with the
wild mushrooms. 1 feel like a crazy salad.
I don't know if vultures are vegetarian. 1
suspect not. In any event, whether digested
or left to rot. I have a great fear of becoming
This unkind separation has left me in a
wistful melancholia and has yielded much
tortured prose. I was bewailing my fate to my
friend Schmeider. who is now in his second
year in MBA school. Schmeider. the
bureaucrat's bureaucrat always tries to put
things in perspective.
"Joel, you've goto be realistic about the
situation." my friend said. "This separation
isn't forever. You only have one more year in
"But it's unfair! I finally fell in love, and
now we're separated by cirsumstance."
"I thought that you were in love with Buff
Rose last year."
"Schmeider. that wasn't love. It was a
transitory infatuation. Something to fill up a
few columns. This is different. This is a
"I don't think that you would tell Buff
letters to the editor
Fear and loathing in checkout at Student Stores
To the editor:
Freshman orientation into the hectic
and, for some, terrifying ins and outs of
first classes, book-buying, and just getting
around is exacerbated greatly by the rude
tactics of certain campus personnel and
Buying books at the Student Store
Monday was a case in point. Although
students are forbidden to carry their own
books into the second-floor textbook
section, the few coin lockers were taken, and
book-buyers were told to leave their books
on the floor or in open cubbyholes. Neither
place provided any protection from theft
a likely occurence with so many people
milling around. (Three cheers for cashier No.
2 at 1 2: 1 5 who kindly allowed me to stash an
expensive book under the counter.
To make certain the checkout process was
as nerve-wracking as possible for the now
exhausted and frustrated student cashiers in
at least one line kept up a running
commentary about the different prices of the
"Oh, Buff understands," I explained.
"Besides, she's not in Chapel H ill any more."
"Where is she?"
"She joined VISTA. Now she's out west
organizing a woman's collective on a Pueblo
"Are you sending her copies of your
"Fortunately. I don't have her address."
There are times when a bureaucrat's
precision efficiency can be a pain in the butt.
"Did you know that 1 was living in
"Once as strong as broccoli, I now feel like
canned asparagus... a crazy salad"
Greenwich Village this summer?" I asked
Schmeider. hoping that he would miss my
smooth transition of the subject.
"Really? How did you like it?"
"It was great. That's how Sue and I got
together. She stayed with me when she
checked out the acting studios."
"How long was she there?"
"Forty two glorious hours. We wined and
dined and went to theater and jazz. And then
she left for summer school in Chapel Hill
with a promise of a week's vacation together
"So you were apart for how lortg?"
"Well, it was supposed to be five weeks,
but Sue called a few days later and we
rendezvoused in Washington that weekend.
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titles (not bothering to suggest directly to the
student that he or she was buying the more
expensive model), made sarcastic remarks
about the students as they checked out, and
even amused themselves by hiding a
freshman's ID and laughing at her ensuing
Student Stores might profit by lessons in
good manners, tact, and even basic
organization. Providing adequate lockers
would be a starter.
1 certainly shouldn't blame anyone for
shopping for books elsewhere.
UNC no "ghetto
To the editor:
1 read with amusement the story about the
"psychological ghetto" that UNC students
WO M W I J
Imagine: two speeding cars converging upon
the nation's capital from equal and opposite
distances. An isosceles affair."
"And then it was a mere four weeks' wait
until 1 would see her again. I started at
countdown but the days went so slowly that
1 couldn't bear it any longer. After two
weeks. 1 packed my suitcase and my
tvpewriter and made a midnight drive down
"You left Greenwich Village to come to
Chapel Hill in the middle of the summer?"
"Yes," 1 replied. "Even a bird has more
sense than to go south in the summer. But it
was worth it. Two weeks of sweltering heat
here and then a couple of hot and humid
days in Washington followed by a climatic
two weeks' stay in New York. Music,
merriment, magic and lots of other m's. Did
you know we saw a parade for Sri Chinmoy
marching to Sousa music?"
"Anything goes in New York."
"Yeah. Chapel Hill has been a real
letdown so far this fall."
"And Sue is going to be in New York this
"Ah, yes. The bittersweet irony of it all."
"It's only 500 miles from here. And you'll
graduate in May."
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live in ("Carolina's campus-oriented
students living in psychological ghetto,"
I would like to observe that this "ghetto"
contains at least seven libraries which make
the public library look like a rack of Cliffs
notes, a newspaper, two radio stations, a TV
station (far superior to any other TV station
I've ever seen, free movies, (albeit no
popcorn), one of the best hospitals in the
state and a large computer center.
Yes, 1 have a limited knowledge of the
town of Chapel H ill. But it is because UNC is
the exact opposite of a ghetto. Whereas in a
ghetto the residents are culturally deprived
to the point of ignorance, we are culturally
Another thing some Chapel Hill bars
are among the finest in the world, and I can
lick any man in the house who says they
23 Valley Park Dr.
"You don't understand, Schmeider. It's
not just the distance and the time. True, time
and space are important, as any sci-fi fan
knows. It's the uncertainty that hurts. Will
we still care the same way in a year?" Have I
found Ms. Right? A blanketed future is in
front of us. And I'm trying to sneak in under
"Joel, that's an unreasonable demand. No
one can know the future like that."
"But then how can I become a prophet if I
can't tell the future? You see, this romance is
unsettling in more than one way. If the future
is so elusive to my eyes, I'll have to alter my
entire career goals. 1 may as well stab both
my eyes and sell pencils."
"Joel, I think that you tend to get
overdramatic at times. Perhaps you're not
nourishing your vision properly."
"I eat lots of carrots."
"All the same."
"Schmeider, you don't know what it's Jike.
I'm living in a state of free-floating anxiety."
Schmeider put his hand on my shoulder.
"One cannot expect answers to sprout
miraculously. They need time to take root
and grow. They need to be nurtured and
pampered, to be talked to, and, especially, to
be loved. Give it time, Joel. Give it time."
Talking to Schmeider made me feel a lot
better. I went home and sat on the south
' Joel Chernoff, a senior, is a history major
from Great Neck, N.Y.
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ARP's not RA's
To the editor:
The feature article on the new Academic
Resource Person (ARP) program ("New
advising program may hit snags," Aug. 25)
was most damaging to the ARP program.
The story's cartoon and headline gave
readers the initial message that we ARPs are
assuming some of the RA's duties and that
supposed duplication of effort will destroy
the program. The cartoon and headline were
flagrant examples of the DTH's biases: the
article should have been on the editorial
page, not a feature page.
ARPs were chosen to guide students in
making academic decisions and to serve as
go-betweens for students and their advisers.
We are not advisers, and 1 for one always tell
people to see their advisers when I cannot
answer their questions.
It is true that we are unpaid volunteers,
but that fact will not dampen our enthusiasm
for the program; we do not have to be "on
call" as RAs do, and our responsibilities
radically differ from those of RAs. The ARP
program was established as an alternate
source of academic information, but
students will still seek their RA's advice on
academic matters. The James ARPs refer
people to our RAs and other residents when
we can't supply specific information on the
departments and majors with which we are
unfamiliar, and, finally, we send them to
James RAs are working with us to
promote the ARP program to our residents.
James ARPs were orientation counselors, so
we have committed ourselves to help others,
whether we are paid or not.
Editor's note: The column on the ARP
program appeared in the editorial section
entitled "Perspective" of the orientation
issue. Material in such sections are
traditionally of an analytical, critical or
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