8 The Daily Tar Heel Tuesday, October 18, 1977
'UNC Goes To London'
Ben Cornelius, Managing Editor
Ed Rankin, Associate Editor
Lou Biuonis, Associate Editor
Laura Scism, University Editor
Elliott Potter, City Editor
Chuck Alston, State and National Editor
Sara Bullard, Features Editor
Chip Ensslin, Arts Editor
Gene Upchurch, Sports Editor
AllEN Jernigan, Photography Editor
First-class travel a waste
For big-time executives, the three-martini lunch is a luxurious habit. For
government bureaucrats, it's first-class passage on the world's airlines that is
becoming a habit-forming luxury.
Last spring, the General Accounting Office, which serves as the auditor of
the federal bureaucracy, studied the travel practices of five governmental
agencies and departments and discovered that 1 5 percent of all travel was
unnecessary. And the House Government Operations Committee
determined that approximately $375 million of the total expenditure for
travel was going to waste.
But the government ha a history of doing little or nothing to curb its
excesses. A proposal passed the Congress in 1975 to cut travel spending by
10 percent, but it was repealed just a few months later after various
departments and agencies complained that a mandatory cutback would
make their jobs difficult.
It seems ironic that these same agencies, rather than seeking to streamline
their travel budgets on their own, have in fact increased spending on plush
air passage since then. It is predicted that the federal government will spend
nearly $2.7 billion on travel during this fiscal year which represents an
increase of almost $1 billion since 1973.
A four-week investigation by United Press International (U PI) highlights
where a lot of this $2.7 billion is going. As an example, UP1 recounts a
dourney to Geneva and Bonn last Dune by Secretary of Labor F. Ray
Marshall and two assistants. They flew first-class and rang up a bill of
$1,484 each. If they had followed federal guidelines, which require that
officials fly economy class except in rare cases, they w ould have saved more
than $400 each.
Marshall has flown first-class in nearly all of his 37 trips this year. And
other cabinet members prove to be just as inconsiderate of the taxpayers'
money. According to spokespersons, Atty. Gen. Griffin Bell, Treasury
Secretary Michael Blumenthal and Agriculture Secretary Robert S.
Bergland usually fly first-class, as does Secretary of Commerce Duanita
Other examples abound, and only would serve to substantiate further
what already is apparent the federal government is wasting our money in
its own version of the three martini lunch.
Strict legislation is in order here. Like martinis, first-class passage can
become a habit in fact, it looks like our government is on the verge of
getting hooked. Swift action by the Congress can shake the departments and
agencies before it is too late.
Businessmen pay for their own martinis. But the public picks up the
tab for luxurious bureaucrats.
Who watches TV news?
Ever since Marshall McLuhan, the electronic prophet, brought us the
"global community," "the medium is the message" and his other cosmic
canons of the modern media, the omnipotence of television in society has
been axiomatic. For instance, in the sixties researchers rushed off gleefully
to prove that television violence is the cause of the tremendous amount of
real-life violence, but in most cases they came home empty-handed. In this
and other cases, it began to look as if television had unduly assumed mythic
proportions in the global village.
Two UNC researchers have done considerably more to strip away that
myth. Assistant Prof. Robert Stevenson and journalism graduate student
Kathy White set out to deflate Burns Roper's claim that the majority of
Americans depend on television for news. Stevenson and White dug
through a large body of work on the subject and established that one-third
of the population is a more realistic estimate of the number of persons who
get their news from TV.
The Roper report was based on the total time television sets were turned
on during news shows. Citing studies which used live cameras to monitor
actual watching time, the researchers note, "Not surprisingly, the set was
playing to an empty living room a good deal of the time."
The UNC report echoes the conclusions of Edwin Diamond in his 1975
book, The Tin Kazoo. "It just may be," Diamond wrote in a campaign post
mortem, "that television is no longer as potent a political tool as the
textbook wisdom holds."
Television is not George Orwell's "Big Brother." The hot medium is
leaving people cold. Or is the cold medium not so hot anymore? Oh well,
McLuhan never made much sense anyway.
To the editor:
Contrary to what Chairman Broadfoot
would have you believe in her recent letter
("Succession a 'Hunt' bili," Oct. 17), the
proposed succession amendment is not a
Hunt bill. The consequences are far larger
than Gov. Jim Hunt and the above partisan
interpretation. That the amendment would
apply to Jim Hunt is irrelevant to the merits
If a governor knew that he would face the
people after four years he could not afford
the luxury of ignoring the people's needs. He
would have increased leverage with the
legislature as he would not be a lame duck
upon taking the oath of office. He would be
able to gain national recognition as well. But
the most important benefit of succession is
that the people of North Carolina could vote
to retain a governor if they feel he is doing a
The proposed succession amendment is
not a referendum on Jim Hunt. It is a means
of enabling the people to re-elect or reject a
governor. The amendment's passage does
not guarantee Gov. Hunt's re-election by any
means, It circumvents neither the
Democratic primary nor the general election
of 1980. But perhaps Chairman Broadfoot
would feel differently if Jim Holshouser
(who supports the succession amendment)
were still governor.
Edward D. Adams
1707 Granville West
85th year of editorial freedom
To the editor:
Ms. Broadfoot 's letter serves to prove one
of the major points of my previous letter.
While outlining some of the major
arguments for succession, 1 noted that N.C.
Republicans opposed the amendment solely
on the basis of the inclusion of Gov. Jim
Ms. Broadfoot provides us with the
resolution of the N.C. Republican party
which reasons that because no previous
succession bill has applied to present
governors, this one should not either. The
problem is that no previous succession bill,
while excluding present officeholders, has
reached the voters. Therefore, it appears
necessary that the present governor includes
himself to at least get the issue to the voters.
Ms. Broadfoot completely ignored the
policy arguments made in the I) 77 article
and my previous letter. The purpose of both
of these writings was to point out the
arguments for and against succession and
urge that the fate of the amendment not be
determined on one man's popularity. I hope
North Carolina voters will be able to do just
that on Nov. 8.
UNC Law School
'We forget so easily'
To the editor:
Many thanks to Jon East tor his article,
"Allen Bakke too young to know Linda
Summer school abroad
By TOD HUGHES AND
BONNIE WA TKINS
London: to rock-music lovers, it is where groups
such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stoi.-s got their
starts. To theatre-goers it is the drema cepital of the
world. To students who participate in the "UNC Goes
to London" program, it is an idyllic summer school
setting, a chance to earn six hours of course credit and
the material from which memories are made.
As the cultural heart of tradition-steeped England,
London graciously accepts her responsibility to share
her historical riches w ith tourists. The Beefeaters at the
Tower of London entertain hundreds daily with their
tales about everything from executions in the Bloody
Tower to the legend of the ravens. The British Museum
opens its doors to all at no cost, with absorbing
exhibits ranging from ancient clocks to Egyptian
mummies. In the same way, the National Gallery
invites everyone to enjoy the magnificent paintings of
Raphael Reynolds, Van Gogh and countless others.
Visitors enjoy reasonable prices at the theater,
compliments of the British taxpayer. Big Ben steadily
and braenly chimes the hour while the Post Office
Tower watches over the whole city. London's most
priceless treasures are offered time and again to eager
tourists, often with her compliments.
For the past three years, an entourage of about 50
UNC students has reaped the benefits of a summer
abroad. Among these benefits are the opportunities
afforded by living in a culture different from your own
for four weeks, and six hours of credit under the
guidance of two of the University's most outstanding
and entertaining professors. The courses, English 46
(Studies in Drama) taught by Christopher Armitage
and Gerald Unk's Education 41, are so much more
Revelation on the
By RICHARD McMANUS
An angel of the Lord appeared on the 13th
floor of The Northampton Apartments and
identified itself to a resident of that floor who
was on his balcony buffing a pair of shoes
with English saddle soap. Addison
Mandamit was seated facing northwest in a
plastic piece of contortionate patio
furniture, working in slow, lathery circles
over the shoes he expected to wear that
evening to a discussion of the latest works of
Basco Eszeki, the Hungarian short story
writer. It was a mild October afternoon, and
Addison's wife would have said it was perfect
tennis weather, but she was off visiting a
pregnant relation. Addison was happy to be
performing a simple task which both
- proposed amendment 'larger' than Gov. Hunt
Brown," (Oct. 13). He has reminded us how
discrimination was and must never be again,
We can never fully compensate for the
fear, the brutality or the stupidity of
discrimination against blacks and other
minorities in this country, but we can accept
the adult responsibility of attempting to
redress some of the earlier assaults on human
dignity and life.
That this present generation of white
people would have to suffer for some of the
sins of our fathers and mothers is not a new
idea. We forget so easily.
The Community Church
Thanks for support
To the editor:
We would like to express a deep and
heartfelt thanks to the fans w ho attended the
Carolina-State game in Raleigh this past
Saturday. Your tremendous spirit and
enthusiasm made our job a great deal easier
and prosed w ithout a doubt that, in addition
to the football team's first-place ranking, the
Carolina tans are No. 1 in the ACC.
than just another six hours logged, lor they utilize the
fantastic facilities London provides. Eight plays are
included in the price of the trip, and Armitage is careful
to choose a wide variety of plays to suit a wide variety
of interests, from the Royal Shakespeare Company to
contemporary experimental fare. Many students make
play-going a regular habit, taking in performances
other than those viewed for the course. Education 41
compares the familiar American school system with
the unique British system. Unks arranges field trips to a
variety of schools, allowing program participants to
see the English system in operation.
Group trips to the English countryside also enhance
the program. In years past, students have visited
Oxford, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Coventry, Blenheim
Palace, Birmingham and Stratford-on-Avon. Yet
these organized excursions are not so frequent as to
become stifling; ample free time allows for exploration
of London as well as places of interest outside the city.
Afternoons are good for city sightseeing or short trips
to such places as Dover, Canterbury, Cambridge,
Brighton and Bath. Free Fridays make longer journeys
feasible: Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Paris have been
favorite weekend destinations in the past.
The summer in London is an exceptional learning
experience. The city along the Thames has so much to
offer; one month cannot begin to do justice to all there
is to see and do. One of the most intriguing aspects of
the program is discovering that the country to whom
we owe our heritage is so different from our own.
George Bernard Shaw once said, "The British and
Americans are two people divided by the barrier of a
common language." Make that discovery yourself this
summer. We're glad we did.
Tod Hughes and Bonnie Watkins were participants
in the 1977 "UNC Goes to London" program.
occupied his hands and freed his mind. On
this particular afternoon he was thinking of
fun. he was thinking of sun.
The sun was behaving as warmly as could
be expected, considering that the earth was
turning her disinterested cheek away from it.
In this weather bees were going crazy. The
sun, though warm, and as dominant a
feature of the daytime sky as ever, was not
making it hot enough for the insides of bee
bodies to function adequately. Bees under
these circumstances behave erratically. And
one of these insects made it to the 13th floor
of the Northampton Apartments.
Addison, as I've said, could be absorbed
by the most menial task into a state of
blissful abstraction. As a youth he relished
newspaper delivery and lawn mowing. On
this afternoon he was fondling his shoes and
Involvement of the student body is a key
aspect of any successful university, and the
support and caring shown for the Tar Heels
this year makes us, as a squad, willing to
work much harder for you.
We hope those lucky enough to attend
Carolina's victory over State noticed that the
male cheerleaders brought a little "Carolina
class" to Carter Stadium by wearing
Carolina-blue tuxedos. Much appreciation
goes to Sharpe's Formal Wear of U niversity
Square and its manager Mr. Sandy Rasnake
for the donated use of the "tails." With
support like this from area merchants, the
Heels w ill always possess that extra touch of
Once again, thank you for caring and for
setting an example of school spirit that every
other university should follow. We love you!
The 1977-78 Varsity Cheerleaders
To the editor:
As 1 walked down the alley towards
Granville the other day. a strange sight
caught my attention: there was. incredibly, a
group of male rodents (1 believe of the Erat
failed to notice a yellow jacket playing
around the lip of his Coke soda. The bee
aligted on the top of the can, swooned in the
sugar and tumbled into the carbonation,
which caused him to retch and void. The bee
made special sounds to attract the attention
of his mates and would have implored
heaven for aid had it been in his power to do
so. But the rest of the bees were pursuing
their own ritual demises, and God was far off
w.here even the news of a sparrow's death
would have been three days in the mail.
Addison reached for the drink, without
looking, and drank. He had seen what Coke
did to nails when they were left overnight in
the can. Had God not wanted us to drink
Coke he'd have given us iron stomachs, he
mused. By this time the bee was almost
killed. Cokish waters had clotted up all of the
las knides rKS fHcSit-
Rat species) sitting on benches and holding
up numbered cards. All had the general rat
like facial features, but someone had dressed
them up in knee-crotch-length khakis (I
assume to accommodate their tails),
wrinkled white shirts and topsiders. They
were trained to hold up numbers as the girls
passed evidently the Frat Rat trainers
spend many hours preparing these
experiments but the experiment failed,
because, as I was told later, the rats
eventually abandoned their game and
returned to their natural habitat - the
900 Granville East
'Save our students'
To the editor:
Disturbed about the turbulent political
situation in West Germany, we feel it our
duty to express our concern for the safety of
our overseas students, especially Tom
Evans, the controversial exchange student
from Wisconsin. Herr Evans is currently
residing with the Thiele family in Bonn.
Many Carolina students have been made
aware of Tom's plight through their studies
here in the German department. The
continuing saga of Tom intrigues us daily.
The unfortunate young man, who once
enjoyed carefree outings to the Drachenfels,
the romantic Rhine, the concert halls and
liSl 1 M I
ventricles, mandibles and eye pods, the lyric
antennae were limp and his hairs were
corroded clean off of the body. Death was in
the can now.
When Addison looked out toward the
highway his eyes perceived such things as
bowling alley signs, television transmitter
towers, banks and gas stations. He thought
of the devil. But he really was looking past an
angel that sat upon his balcony railing. This
angel, the angel Margo of the 16th Freon,
was a member of that legion that could come
into physical-intellectual contact with
humans after supervising a combination of
175,000 true heartbeats and 34 honest
excuses. They had a lot of free time. Thus
Margo was bee watching when she appeared
on the balcony, shortly after Mandamit had
roiled in trivial blasphemy.
"Do not be afraid," said the angel.
"Be it done unto thee according to thy
will," said Addison who had undergone p-est
training in order to react with inappropriate
glibness in social situations demanding
complete self-control. 'Strangers,' taught
p-est ideologue Heinrich Buckmaster, 'are
likely to be as miserable and timid as you are,
so there is no reason to treat them with
undue respect. Unless of course they are
wealthier than you, or centered, in which
case they will either ignore you or cause you
to move to the edge.' " The angel turned a
retributive gaze on the folly of man.
"You killed a bee."
"You're pretty close to death yourself."
"I am an angel."
"I am scared."
"Shall we dance?"
Later, over drinks: "How much longer do
"Ten minutes. . .call it an eternity."
"Well, could you bring the poor thing
back to life, then?"
The angel disappeared, the bee stung
Addison in the ass, and Addison took
Valium, cursing God and man.
Richard McManus, a senior, is an English
and American Studies major from Little
wine rooms that characterize West German
culture, lives now in constant fear. Fear of
riots, violent protest and general civil unrest
have stifled his creative and intellectual
efforts. Is education under such conditions
education at all? And more importantly, is
Tom Evans alone in his dire straits?
Certainly not! The American Embassy has
received and made public two pamphlets on
the subject. These two informative
pamphlets, "Nach dem Ausflug" and
"Bundeshauptstadt," lead us to believe that
the outlook for all American students in
West Germany, while not immediately
dangerous, will inevitably worsen.
Clearly, this is a situation to be reckoned
with. If concerned, please send your
suggestions to: S.O.S. (Save Our Students),
co 100 Whitehead Dorm. All comments
will be appreciated greatly. Also, watch the
personal ads in the DTHiox announcement
of an action meeting.
Signed by 14 students of German
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