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Volume 85, Issue No. 23
Wednesday, September 28, 1977, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Moss unhappy
about keeping
4-week drop
Likes commitee plan
to lengthen drop-add
Staff Writer
Student Body President Bill Moss said
Tuesday he was displeased with the
Educational Policy Committee's proposal to
retain the four-week drop policy, but said he
was happy with the committee's
recommendation to extend the drop-add
period from four days to the first full week of
"The four-week policy is pretty well
accepted by the faculty," Moss said. "I think
the faculty is being insensitive to what
students think is important in their
educational process and over-sensitive to
their (the faculty's) own needs."
Moss said he will attempt to persuade the
Faculty Council to consider a proposal other
than the one the committee submits at the
council's Oct. 21 meeting.
"I hope that before the Faculty Council
votes on it, the whole council will be willing
to listen to someone else's proposal besides
that of the committee," Moss said.
"1 don't think the Faculty Council wants
to be perceived as a rubber-stamping body of
what a committee proposes."
E. Maynard Adams, Faculty Council
chairperson, said the council would consider
any motion presented on the floor of the
"I don't think the individuals on the
council are going to rubber-stamp a
committee report," he said.
"I think that an elected faculty committee
has established a position on it (the drop
policy) and it will have weight. We'll look at
the case the committee has presented and the
reasons for it," Adams said.
Moss said he was disappointed that no
students appeared at the Education Policy
Committee's open hearing Monday to
express their views on the drop policy.
"I think an open hearing was a good idea,
but apparently it was poorly executed,"
Moss said. "The Tar Heel could have
encourage students who were interested."
Moss said he didn't attend the meeting
because he didn't think the committee was
interested in further recommendations from
Student Government. "I got the drift that
they were not interested in getting any more
input from my office," he said.
Moss and Tal Lassiter, secretary of
academic affairs, submitted a Student
Government proposal to extend the period
to eight weeks at the committee's Sept. 19
meeting. "They (the Educational Policy
Committee) asked us to submit a proposal,"
Moss said. "1 didn't even know we were able
to go (to the Sept. 19 meeting)."
Renwick appointed as
minority affairs adviser
Staff Writer
There's consolation in knowing that sometimes even the
chancellor must go see his adviser.
For Chancellor N. Ferebee Taylor, that would mean a visit
to Hayden B. Renwick, recently-appointed special assistant to
the chancellor, recently promoted associate dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences and an important figure in UNC
minority affairs.
As special assistant, Renwick advises Taylor on minority
student matters at UNC.
As associate dean, Renwick advises students on academics
and other matters. He considers advising students his primary
job and has been pleased to see more white students comingto
see him.
But the additional responsibilities brought on by Renwick s
promotions may change his role at UNC. He has turned over
the directorship of the minority student advising program,
which he started, to graduate student Barbara Hand.
UNC has committed itself to a policy of increasing black
enrollment, said Renwick, one of the University's minority-
student recruiters, must concern nimseii witn meeung mese
new enrollment objectives.
Recruiting has been part of Renwick's job since 1973. He
tries to inform blacks about the University and convince them
to come here, a job he still finds difficult.
"White students usually hear about Carolina from their
father or an uncle that went there," Renwick said. "But for
blacks, this is usually not so. When I finished high school, all 1
r.PnrH was Duke and State, and then only because of
basketball. I just did not hear about Chapel Hill."
Bur pi
ans cutback
in water sales to town
Staff Writer
The city of Durham initiated Tuesday
afternoon a cutback of approximately one
million gallons per day (mgd) in the water it
sells to the Orange Water and Sewer
Authority (OWASA). according to Terry
Rolan, assistant director of Durham's
Division of Water Resources.
The cutback is a precautionary measure
prompted by the decreasing level of
Durham's sole water supply, l ake Michie,
Rolan said. The lake's level. 14.6 feet below
capacity, is 1.74 feet lower than the level last
year at this time.
"We're getting to the level now that we're
beginning to worry about the rate it's
falling," Rolan said Tuesday. "We could be
in a problem area by November."
Last year. Lake Mitchie fell to its lowest
level in October, Rolan said.
"If we have a rain between now and
November, we could be all right. If we don't,
we could reach a level lower thin what we
reached last year."
The decision to cut back Durham's
supplement from approximately three mgd
to approximately two mgd followed a
discussion Tuesday morning between
Everett Billingsley. executive director of
OWASA. and Robert Peck, Durham's
director of transportation and utilities. Peck
made the original recommendation for the
cutback to the city council's public works
committee Monday afternoon.
Rolan emphasized that the cutback
resulted from a joint decision between
Billingsley and Peck.
Billingsley could not be reached for
comment Tuesday afternoon. However.
OWASA Assistant Director W. H.
Cleveland said he understands the reason for
the cutback.
"They're looking after their people first,
which is only proper," he said.
Roland said he believes the cutback will
benefit OWASA economically. OWASA
has spent more than $92,000 on water since it
began buying from Durham July 13,
"I think it's to their advantage not to have
to buy any more water than they have to
have, and to our advantage not to have to sell
it," Rolan said.
Despite concern over Durham's dwindling
water supply, Rolan said he does not expect
the supply to give out, basing his belief on
calculations of Lake Michie's safe-yield
He said the reservoir should be able to
provide 24 million gallons of water per day
on a year-round basis even in drought
conditions. Only recently has the lake been
tapped for 22 to 23 mgd.
"I don't think we're in any danger of
running out of water," Rolan said, "I just
wish we would get some rain so everybody
would quit worrying."
The cutback decision Tuesday is the
second such agreement between Durham
and OWASA. Durham initially cut back its
supplement to Chapel Hill three weeks ago
when officials noted that the level of Lake
Michie was dropping rapidly.
Rolan said Durham has imposed no
water-conservation restrictions on its
residents, but he said there may be a
proposal for voluntary conservation
measures if Durham receives no rain in the
next two weeks.
No petititions yet filed for CGC elections
Ron Nessen, former White House press secretary, came to UNC Tuesday for a full
day of activities including a speech last night in Memorial Hall. Nessen was also the
guest of honor at a dinner and reception. Staff photo by Fred Barbour.
No one had filed petitions to run lor three vacant Campus
Governing Council (CGC) seats as of Tuesday afternoon, said
Mike Harkin. Elections Board chairperson.
The election, to be held Oct. 5, will fill CGC vacancies for
districts I. 17 and 20. Petitions for candidates are due by 5
p.m. today.
Harkin expressed concern over the lack of candidates. "It's
a good opportunity that no one is taking advantage of,", he
District I is a graduate and professional student district
while districts 17 and 20 cover off-campus areas west of
Columbia Street.
Harkin said he believes there is a lack of awareness about
CGC elections among students in these districts. He said that
in the past many elections in these districts have been decided
by write-in votes.
Harkin said that if no petitions are received before the
deadline today, a write-in election will have to be held.
Any fees-paying student living in these districts may obtain
petitions in Suite C of the Carolina Union.
Nessen criticizes television news as oversimplified, often trivial
Staff Writer
Citing an oversimplification of complex
subjects and too much concentration on
trivia, former White House Press Secretary
Ronald H. Nessen in a lecture Tuesday night
criticized the news media, especially
television, for giving Americans a "false
image" of issues and public figures.
Speaking before a crowd of
approximately 400 persons in Memorial
Hall, Nessen gave numerous examples of
events from his days as former President
Gerald R. Ford's press spokesperson to
explain his views on the shortcomings of the
press. He said television news, due to severe
limitations on air time, was especially guilty
of creating false and oversimplified images
of news events.
Nessen said the 1976 presidential
campaign was especially indicative of the
"frightening power" of television. He said
President Carter was portrayed as a. "dirt
farmer" and "good ol' boy" by television,
while he is really a "very sophisticated man."
He added that Ford was portrayed as a
"stumbling, bumbling, not-very-bright
klutz" while he is actually well educated,
youthful and agile. He called the two
television images during the campaign
Nessen said Americans are far too
dependent on television as a source of
information. "We had better take a hard
look at TV to make sure we are getting
what we deserve and need," he said. He said
he would like to see news programs last for
an hour and be aired between 10 and 1 1 p.m.
to allow news reporters more time to gather
needed information. Nessen added that
present television news programs last only 22
minutes, not counting commercials, and said
that is not enough time to deal seriously with
complex issues.
Nessen also gave some insights into his
relationship with the Ford family. He said
that after learning Ford had lost the election
at 3 a.m., he didn't have the heart to inform
him because he was saying good night to his
family. Nessen said the Ford family's
reaction to the news was a "heartwarming
moment" because "they have a way of
literally clinging together and giving each
other strength."
Nessen said coverage of what he called
trivial news events, such as Amy Carter's first
day of school, deprived viewers of necessary
news. Nessen said newsman Bill Walker of
WSOC-TV in Charlotte provided one
example of the press' interest in trivia. He
said Walker was granted an interview with
the President and asked him, "Have you ever
seen an X-rated movie?" "That's trivia!"
The day was a whirlwind of activity for
Nessen, who is in the midst of getting a book
ready for publication. Following a 2 p.m.
press conference at Raleigh-Durham
Airport, Nessen was the guest of honor at a
reception held in the Philanthropic Society
Chambers in New East. A 6 p.m. dinner at
the Carolina Inn wrapped up the pre-speech
During the reception, Nessen rubbed
elbows with some 40 UNC students,
discussing off-the-cuff his days in the White
House and his views of the media.
Nessen seemed to enjoy the day, even to
the point of rejecting an attempt to cut off
the question and answer session following
his speech.
'Hairy buffaloes, whores and pimps'
give extra life to ordinary mixers
Hayden B. Renwick
orientation also gave black freshmen an opportunity to adj ust
to a major college atmosphere early.
"Some would say that a separate orientation wasn't
necessary," Renwick said, "because most blacks came up in a
mixed school. But, you see, blacks wake up in a black
environment, blacks eat in a black environment, blacks sleep
in a black environment. Then that changes. Unless handled
oroDerlv. the change can be damaging.
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student advisory
Renwick said he feels the minority
Another reason for recruiting difficulty is UNC's reputation program on campus has been very successful. "Of the black
inantlv white university
"There is a large segment of black students," Renwick said,
"that are still not convinced that you want them here."
Renwick's duties as special assistant to the chancellor
include recruiting, advising Taylor on ways to increase black
enrollment and help black students in the University. Renwick
said he believes that as more and more blacks do well at UNC,
other blacks will be encouraged to come to Chapel H ill.
Renwick has noted an academic improvement in minority
students on campus. He credits this to the advising program
and the preorientation program conducted by the Black
Student Movement (BSM). k ,
The black orientation program this fall was nothing but
successful " Renwick said. "It was 200 per cent better."
The orientation was necessary. Renwick said, because it
gave all black freshmen the opportunity to meet together. I he
freshmen in 1975." Renwick said, "fr .y-eight were ineligible
to return the next year. Of last year's freshmen, only 20 were
ineligible to return."
The head of the advisory program holds discussion sessions
with each student adviser each month. Recommendations
from advisers are acted upon, and often include meetings with
individual freshmen.
"There seems to be a revitalization of the concept of the
black student movement now," Renwick said. "I think it is all
due to the new administration of the BSM."
Renwick praised the BSM's serious attitude toward
academics evident during preorientation this fall.
"The Black Student M ovement has got to function as a vital
organization throughout the year." Renwick said. "I think it
will be a very viable organization."
Staff Writer
"Hairy Buffalo," "Bahama Mamma"
and "Susie Sorority" all have one thing
in common. They are some of the names
given to theme mixers held by
fraternities, sororities and dorms.
A theme mixer usually involves funny
.costumes, elaborate decorations or just
doing something different from your
regular of beer mixer.
"A theme can give a mixer some life,"
said Fred Venable, a member of Chi Phi
fraternity. "Costumes give you
something to talk about and a reason to
approach a person. 1 think people are
more themselves at a theme mixer than
at a regular mixer where they tend to put
up a false front."
One unusual mixer theme is the
"Whore and Pimp" mixer given by Chi
Phi fraternity. Some of the Chi Phis
changed roles and came dressed as
whores, much to the amusement of their
Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority has a
"Jungle" mixer where participants come
dressed in safari outfits, Tarzan and
Jane costumes and animal costumes.
"A theme mixer gives you a chartce to
be crazy without appearing to be a fool,"
said Walter Ricks of Beta Theta Pi
Kappa Alpha fraternity and Chi
Omega sorority recently decided to try
something new and have a "Tubing-down-the-Haw-River"
"It didn't quite turn out like we
planned, however," said KA brother
Keith Cowan. "It was expected that it
would take two and a half hours to
complete the tubing course, but the
w ater was low and it took four and a half
to six hours to finish.
"It had gotten dark in the meantime
and people were really getting scared.
The police were on a bridge with bull
horns to make sure nobody was lost or
R2D2, the Dynamic Duo and Shirley
Temple were among the stars at the Beta
Theta Pi "Come As Your Favorite
Movie Star" mixer.
Also along the movie-star line was the
Delta Upsilon "Drive-In Movie" mixer.
The DU's spread blankets on the front
lawn and passed popcorn as they
watched Dirty Harry on a screen set up
on their front porch.
Not all theme mixers are dress-up
mixers. Some are dress-down mixers
like the one at Granville Towers in
which participants wore their pajamas
and drank PJ, coincidentally.
Sigma Phi Epsilon has a "Lady and
the Tramp" mixer where the girls are
asked to come in semiformal attire. The
guys, however, appear in coat, tie and
boxer or gym shorts.
"Some of the girls get mad when they
find out what we have done," said Fred
McCoy, a Sigma Phi Fpsilon brother.
"Others ask us to change and some just
keep their eyes glued to your face, never
daring to look below the waist."
It is not the costumes but the decor
that makes some mixers different.
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, for
example, takes brown paper and lowers
all the ceilings in their house from eight
feet to about two and one-half feet.
Everyone has to crawl on his hands and
knees, thus making for some interesting
Phi Delta Theta fraternity has an
"International Mixer," in which the
brothers contribute money to send two
people to the Bahamas for the weekend.
The mixer starts about 5 p.m., and 10
names are eliminated from the race in a
drawing every half-hour. The last 10
people are taken to the airport, where
the final name is drawn. The winner and
a person of his choice are immediately
put on a plane headed for the Bahamas.
If it is not the decor or costume that
makes the mixer different, then it is the
drink. This is the case with the "Hairy
Buffalo" mixer. Everybody brings the
liquor of his choice and pours it in a
punch mix to get a mixture that is
Please turn to page 4.
'Help, murder, police'
Man attempts Union suicide
A man shouting "Help, murder,
police" threatened to jump off the
third floor inside the Carolina Union
Tuesday night, but was restrained by
students and police.
James Cannon, a Chapel Hill
resident, was attending a meeting of
the Meher Baba Prayer Bible group,
a campus organization, when he
suddenly became disruptive.
"He started to get violent," said
Frank Parker, a member of the
group. "He w as shouting at the top ol
his hums, and didn't make any
Students attending the meeting,
tried to restrain him until University
Police and Chapel Hill Police officers
The South Orange Rescue Squad
later arrived and, amid violent
protests from Cannon "They're
going to throw me over the
bannister. .. I'm going to kill
myself... Holy Moses... I'm sick,
I'm sick" - took him to N.C.
Memorial Hospital for treatment.

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