Waiting for rain
Today and Wednesday will
have highs about 80 and
lows around 60. There is a 20
per cent chance of rain
through Wednesday night.
Ron Nessen, press secretary
to Gerald Ford and a former
NBC correspondent, speaks
tonight in Memorial Hall.
See page 4.
Serving the .students and the ( niversity community since IM3
Volume 85, Issue No. 22
Tuesday, September 27, 1977, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Please call us: 933-0245
may not lose
Debate on transfers
may lead to change
By AMY McRARY
The UNC School of Medicine may not
have to risk losing annual federal subsidies
totalling about $800,000 as well as federal
loans if a bill requiring the school to accept
transfer students from foreign medical
colleges is amended by Congress.
A hearing has been set for Thursday in the
House of Representatives to amend the 1976
Health Professions Educational Assistance
Act. The law now states that U.S. medical
schools must reserve "an equitable number"
of spaces for the transfers if the school is to
receive federal subsidies.
The UNC School of Medicine had
previously questioned the act, saying the
school would turn down federal aid if forced
to accept more than 10 transfer students. The
Khoot cited limited faculty and supplies as
The medical school receives a federal
grant of $1,400 for each student enrolled in
the school, or about $800,000.
While it was not definite that the medical
school would be asked to accept more than
10 of the foreign transfers, the amendment to
the bill, if passed, would eliminate the
possibility of that occurring. The
amendment would set the foreign college
transfers quota at 6 per cent of the entering
The entering freshman class for 1979 is
160, setting the quota for the UNC medical
school at 10, the number the school has said
The amendment also would limit the
Department of Health, Education and
Welfare (HEW) program to two years and
give medical school faculties the right to
decide class placement of the transfers.
If the law is amended, 10 students from
foreign medical colleges would be accepted
at UNC each year until 198 1 . After that year,
the program would no longer exist.
But until the amendment is voted on by
Congress and the exact number of foreign
transfers is known, the UNC School of
Medicine cannot make a definite decision
concerning the law, Dr. Christopher C.
Fordham III, dean of the school, said at a
medical advisory committee Monday.
Under the present law, any transfer
student from a foreign medical college is
eligible for admission into a U.S. medical
school if he is a U.S. citizen with twoyears of
foreign medical education and if he 'passes
the first part of the National Medical Board
At the present time, 875 to 900 students
from the foreign schools have met these
requirements, Fordham told the advisory
By JACI HUGHES
The Educational Policy Committee voted
unanimously Monday to recommend
retention of the current four-week drop
policy to the Faculty Council at the council's
Oct. 21 meeting.
The committee will also recommend
extending the drop-add period from four
days to the first full week of classes.
During the drop-add period, a student
may drop a course without having a "W"
(withdrawal while passing) recorded on his
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Larry Anderson's hands moved swiftly and smoothly over a mass of clay as his
potter's wheel spun to the banjo music of Scott Ainslie. Students circled the two
artists as they worked and played in front of the Union Monday noon. By the time
Ainslie's light banjo tune was done, the mass of wet grey clay was shaping up as a
large vase. Larry and his wife Sue have a pottery display in the Union. Ainslie, a
musician new to the area, will be playing at the Station on Sunday and at Deep Jonah
on Thursday, October 6. Staff photo by Allen Jernigan.
The UNC School of Medicine, as well as
other medical schools complying with the
law, would be limited in setting their own
academic standards for the transfers,
Fordham said. The act states that no medical
school can refuse admission to a transfer if
he passes the first part of the medical board.
UNC is one of 14 medical schools which
questioned the law. Nine medical schools
said earlier they would not comply with the
HEW program and therefore would not
receive federal subsidies.
Fordham toldthe committee that limiting
transfers quotaat six per cent of the entering
freshman class would give the UNC School
of Medicine "protection if a lot of schools
definitely drop out of the program."
He also said that although complying with
the law would continue to give the school
federal subsidies, it would "definitely spread
the staff thinner."
The UNC School of Medicine is not
accredited at this time to accept more than
160 new students a year, Fordham told the
committee. If the school does comply with
the law, it would have to be reaccredited, he
to be extended
transcript. During the four-week drop
period, a student receives a "W."
"The majority of the faculty members we
talked to favored the four-week policy or a
shorter one," said Vaida Thompson,
"I don't agree at all with the view of the
student body president (to extend the period
to eight weeks)," said Assistant Prof. Mark
D. Sobsey, a member of the committee, "but
I do agree with the recommendations in
Dean Williamson's report."
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Mountain this past
East Carolina bus system
By NANCY HART1S
GREENVILLE Chapel Hill's present
bus system with nine routes and a $900,000
budget is a far cry from the system operated
in the town a few years ago.
The first bus system in Chapel Hill,
operated by UNC's Student Government,
had only two routes and a one-way bus fare
of 10 cents.
In the late '60s and early '70s however, a
growth explosion in Chapel Hill created a
massive parking problem, and the need for
an expanded transit system became evident.
Thus, the town established a bus system,
operated by Chapel Hill but subsidized by
An interesting parallel to the history of
transportation in Chapel Hill is the present
state of mass transit at a smaller, but
growing. North Carolina university East
Carolina University in Greenville.
ECU, with a student population of 1 1 ,97 1 ,
is expected to experience substantial growth
over the next few years, as construction of its
new medical school nears completion. Its
general enrollment is increasing yearly, and
the town of Greenville is expanding to
accommodate the student population
Mass transit in Greenville takes the form
of two separate bus sytems. One is a town
owned bus sytem begun in 1976; the other is
a student-operated system similar to the one
that operated in Chapel Hill.
Unlike Chapel Hill, the town of Greenville
weekend. Photo by Jim Morton.
ADoeals court clean
Cane Creek survey!
By CHIP PEARSALL
The Orange Water and Sewer Authority
(OWASA) hurdled an obstacle to the Cane
Creek reservoir's development Monday
when the N.C. Court of Appeals upheld an
injunction forbidding landowners in the
proposed reservoir area from banning
OWASA and the Cane Creek
Conservation Authority (CCCA) have been
at odds over the Cane Creek reservoir since
April, when some CCCA members refused
to allow surveyors on their land to determine
where the actual reservoir would be located.
The planned reservoir is OWASA's
answer to water problems in the Chapel H ill
Carrboro area. The $9-million project could
provide 10 million gallons of untreated water
per day to University Lake via a temporary
pipeline. OWASA officials said this summer
that the project could be completed about
four years after surveying was completed.
But since April, surveyors have not been
allowed1 on some land around the proposed
reservoir. Some CCCA members, intent on
preserving the dairy-farm economy of the
area, forbade the surveyors from entering
OWASA sued 44 landowners, and
Superior Court Judge Hamilton Hobgood
issued an injunction which prohibited them
from banning the OWASA surveyors. But
the landowners told Hobgood they intended
to appeal his decision, and they later asked
for a stay of the injunction pending a ruling
by the N.C. Court of Appeals.
The court ruling Monday upholds
East Carolina University and the city
separate bus systems. The ECU Student
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four buses, featuring FM radios, which carry 10,000 students
per week. The city's four buses carry 600 passengers per day.
is not centered around the college campus.
Interaction between the townsfolk and the
University in Chapel Hill is more prevalent
than in Greenville.
The eastern North Carolina town was a
relatively placid and well-established rural
town prior to ECU's growth into one of the
state's largest universities. Chapel Hill, on
the other hand, grew around UNC.
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Hang gliding soars at Grandfather
By ZAP BRUECKNER
77ie raven flew with outstretched
wings on a smooth current of air
blowing high above the earth. He tilted
his black, shiny body to one side and
slipped off the smooth wind current,
searching for a warm column of air
rising from below.
After flying over the foggy mountain
ranges, he finally found a column of
strong, spiraling air. The raven entered
the swirling winds and soared higher on
wings that rarely moved as he left the
mountains thousands of feet below.
A man on one of these mountains
watched the raven climb until it was no
more than a tiny speck in the sky. And
still the man wanted to follow the raven.
The flyer turns his head to the left and
watches as the wind-sock blows back
toward the mountain ridge where he
stands. A slight smile creeps across his
lips. He is one of the best hang gliders in
the country, and he knows the winds will
be good today on Grandfather
Mountain. With a good wind and a lot
Hobgood's injunction and dissolves the stay
At the appeal hearing Thursday, OWASA
attorney Claude V. Jones argued that
surveying was necessary. Maps prepared
with survey information will be required
when OWASA applies to the N.C.
Environmental Management Commission
for a permit to build the reservoir, Jones
Jones also applied for a writ that would
supersede Hobgood's stay order while the
court considered the case. If the court
required a lengthy deliberation, Jones
argued, the writ would allow surveyors to
enter the disputed lands.
The writ was denied Monday.
Attorneys Wayne Abernathy and George
Hunt, representing the landowners, said at
the hearing that the surveyors had no right to
come onto private land until OWASA
received a certificate authorizing "eminent
That certificate is the N .C. Environmental
In his opinion, N.C. Court of Appeals
Judge Earl W. Vaughn wrote that OWASA
had the authority to survey land without the
commission certificate because surveying is
necessary before the certificate can be
Judge Vaughn wrote, "... it appears that
the statutory right of entry should be
exercised before petitioning for the
certificate authorizing the acquisition (of the
Vaughn and concurring Judges Edward B.
Clark and R. A. lledtick ruled that OWASA
separate from township's
of Greenville operate The Chapel Hill system handles approximately 11,000 riders
Government operates daily. Photo courtesy of ECU student newspaper, The
Economically, Greenville does not depend
on students as much as Chapel Hill;
agriculture is still its primary revenue source.
Considering Greenville's bipolar
population of townspeople and students, the
presence of two separate transit systems
In addition, Greenville's population is not
as concentrated as Chapel Hill's. Thus, the
of skill, the Masters of Hang Gliding
Championship could be his.
His eyes scan the underside of the
delta-shaped wings of the 37-foot-wide
glider. The taut, dacron sails are spread
over a light aluminum frame, and a
triangular tube frame which controls the
craft hangs from the center keel. The
pilot holds the sides of the triangle while
suspended in a harness hooked to the
center of the keel.
He attaches the harness to the flying
machine and gives the straps a good tug.
Secure. A small array of aviation
instruments protrude from the
triangular control bar. He lifts the glider
off its nose and walks to the short gray
launching platform, standing on the
edge of the rocky outcropping of the
ridge. Another man checks the glider
and then steps off the platform.
The pilot stands crouched beneath his
huge pair of wings and looks out at the
smoky Blue Ridge mountains under the
rising sun. He takes a few quick steps
and glides silently from the mountain
hanging on the wind.
The pilot kicks his feet into stirrups
has the power under state statutes to "enter
lands for the purpose of making surveys
prior to the institution of eminent domain
The decision was rendered about 10 a.m.
Monday. Clark said Monday afternoon that
attorneys and requested a quick decision by
the courl when arguments were heard
Clark' said N.C. Court of Appeals
decisions usually are rendered between 45
and 60 days after hearings.
OWASA attorney Claude V. Hunt was
unavailable for- comment Monday
afternoon. PauF Morris, OWASA board
chairperson, was out of town.
OWASA Executive Director Everett
Billingslcy said he had not heard about the
decision before being contacted by the Daily
Tar Heel, but commented that he was glad to
hear of the decision.
Attorney Wayne Abernathy said Monday
afternoon he had not received a copy of the
decision. Abernathy said he has not talked
with his clients about the possibility of
appealing the decision to the N.C. Supreme
Clark said the landowners have no
automatic appeal to the state's highest court
in this case. All three judges ruling on the
appeal concurred, and if an appeal is desired,
a petition must be made to the court within
1 5 days.
The landowners and the CCCA will have
another chance to object to the construction
of the Cane Creek reservoir when OWASA
applies to the N.C. Environmental
Commission for project approval.
transportation needs of the two towns also
The two bus systems operating in
Greenville have distinct target riderships.
The city's four Mercedes-Benz buses operate
in shopping and business districts, while
university buses equipped with FM radios
Please turn to page 3.
and stretches out flat as he soars, leaving
the mountain behind him. He points the
glider skyward, banks left and sideslips
down the edge of the wind, coming
parallel to the cliffs in a silent, swooping
The 1977 Masters of Hang Gliding
Championship was held at Grandfather
Mountain last week for the second
consecutive year, with 32 of the best
hang-glider pilots in the world
The flyers consider the Masters one of
the most prestigious competitions of the
sport. This tournament is sanctioned by
the United States Hang Gliding
The pilots performed several tasks
while in flight in order to gain points.
One is minimum flight time from the top
of the mountain to the landing area far
below. Another event is a flight known
as maximum duration, where the flyer
attempts to stay aloft for 15 minutes. A
slalom run to show the skills of the pilots
is also held.
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