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6 The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, October
Bin Cornelius. Maiuixinu Editor
En Rankin. Associate Editor
Lou Bii.ioms. Associate Editor
Laura Scism, University Editor
El I ton Poiikr, City Editor
Cui't K Aiston, State and National Editor
Sara Ri'i i rd, Features Editor
( 'mi' t n ssi in. Arts Editor
Gl NF. l lW III i'f H Vywirf Editor
Ai 1 1 s i hnu.as Photography Editor
UNC ranking drops
Library declines disturbing
l our years ago a friend of ours interested in attending UNC approached
cw York Times associate editor and columnist Tom Wicker, an alumnus
of the University, and asked him his opinion of Carolina. Wicker praised
Carolina as a fine university but said he believed it often rested too much on
A decline in the national and regional rankings of UNC libraries over the
past 1 3 years, unfortunately, tends to substantiate Wicker's contention. An
article in yesterday's Daily Tar Heel reported that UNC's national ranking
in library acquisitions dropped from 20th in 1964 to 28th in 1976. UNC's
standing in total library expenditures dropped from 25th in 1964 to 30th in
1976. Moreover, though Carolina was third in regional expenditures for
books in 1964, it now ranks seventh.
The decline is disturbing, not only because we have dropped behind other
universities, but also because it could mean a decrease in the amount of
federal research grants the University receives. Performance in research is
dependent on adequate library resources. Without significant improvement
in our holdings and expenditures, the University could face a sharp cutback
in research grants.
University libraries are a major research instrument not only for our
faculty, but also for the state and region. Carolina's library is regarded as the
largest and best in the state and is one of the most impressive research
libraries in the United States.
But it's evident that UNC steadily has lost ground to other universities.
We're glad the problem has been brought out and that UNC officials are
showing obvious concern. We still wonder, however, why the obvious trend
of expenditures and holdings was allowed to continue.
Inflation is one of the culprits, clearly, but other universities face the same
spiraling prices. Perhaps our state legislature has been too frugal in alloting
funds to one of the major libraries in the southeast,- believing UNC's
academic reputation to be in no danger of slipping.
But our standing has declined and federal grants for research are in
jeopardy. Specific goals to increase library collections must be set and met if
Carolina is to continue to remain the leading state university in the
southeast and among the top in the nation.
With firmly pinched nose
Serving a dead fish
lie King has been dead for some time now. He left abruptly, and the nation is still
in shock. We have soothed ourselves with hfs albums and his films. But the man who
recorded an incredible 45 gold records will not make another.
In order to fill that seemingly unthinkable void in our lives Elvis has been
crooning for two decades manufacturers have inundated us with memorabilia: T
shirts. posters, and book after book. It seems that everyone who has ever had any
serious contact with the late idol is cashing in on his death. One of those passed
through Chapel H ill Monday. As is standard operating procedure, the publishers of
My Life With Elvis have sent co-author Becky Yancey, formerly Elvis' personal
secretary, on a tour to promote her book.
I he hook is in one sense a sham. Yancey did not write the book. U was ghost
written for her and for her publisher. This is a common and lucrative ploy in the
publishing industry. She is an author in the same sense that John Dean is an author.
She merely profits from a famous man's death rather than a famous crime.
Yancey may in fact be quite an innocent, well-meaning individual. But the entire
process that turns the demise of a star into a business is a bit nauseating. A great deal
of money was made off of Elvis while he lived, and so it is now that he is dead.
But at the same time that Yancey'sdoingsare somewhat disgusting, she gives us a
li x of what we want. We have been hooked on the man Elvis Presley and now we will
take any snatches of him that we can get. We are being used and we enjoy it.
This unfortunate commercialization of information people want can leave the
press in a quandary. The individual may decide for himself if he wants to take part in
the post-mortem supermarket extravaganza. For the press, the problem is more
difficult. 1 here will be many readers who want information on Elvis no matter the
situation. And others will be offended by the brazen commercialism of the
purveyors of this information or of the press itself. Anything about Elvis is
undoubtedly news because people are interested in the late King of Rock 'n' Roll.
But members of the press, like most individuals, don't like to be used.
1 he answer, an imperfect compromise, is to try to play up the valuable, human
interest information and minimize the publicity. Another answer is to make
painfully obvious, where it is possible, how a company or an individual is reaping
profits from the death ot the stai. That is part of the story as well.
It is a rather sordid story, and the press must pass it on with a certain loathing,
much as a waiter might pinch his nose as he serves a dead fish.
News: I ony (Hinn. assislanl editor: Mark Andrews. Mike Coyne. Meredith Crews. Shelley
I roeseber. Bruce l.llis. Betsy Hagler. (Irani Hamill. Lou Harned. Stephen Harris. Kathy Hart.
Nancy llartis. Chip Higbsmilh. Keith Hollar. Steve Hucttel. Jaei Hughes. Jay Jennings. George
Jeter. Ramona Jones. Will Jones. Julie Knight. Lddie Marks. Amy McKary. Lliabelh Messiek.
Beverly Mills. Beth Parsons. Chip I'earsall, Bernie Ranshottom. Evelyn Sahr. George Shadroui.
Vanessa Siddle. Barry Smilh, David Stacks. Mclinda Stovall, Robert I homason. Howard
1 rosier. Mike Wade. Martha Waggoner, David Walters and I'd Williams.
News Desk: Reid Tuvim. assistant managing editor. Copy chief: Keith Hollar. Copy editors:
Richard Barron, Amy Colgan. Kathy Curry. Dinita James. Carol Lee, Michele Mecke. Lisa
Nicnian. Dan Nobles. Melanic Sill. Melinda Stovall. Melanie l opp and Larry l upler.
Sports: lee I'acc. assistant editor; f van Appel. Dedc Biles. Bill Fields. Skip I oreman. tod
Hughes. Dinita James. Dave McNeill. I'cte Mitchell. David Poole, Ken Roberts. Rick Scoppe,
I rank Snvder. Will Wilson and Isabel W orthy.
Feature Pain Holding. Jeff Brady. Zap Brucckner, Amy Colgan. Dav id Craft. Peter Hapke, Ella
l.ee. Nell Lee. Kinihcrly McGuirc. Debbie Moose. Dan Nobles. Stuart Phillips. Ken Roberts.
Jim Smilh and Lynn Wilhloid.
Arts and Entertainment: Melanie Modlin. assistant editor; Hank Baker, Becky Burcham. Pat
Green. Marianne Hansen, 1 ibby Lewis. Ann Smallwood and Valerie Van Arsdale.
Graphic Arts: Artists: Dan Bradv, Allen I dwards. Cliff Marley. Jocelyn Pettibone. Lee Poole
and John I omliiison. Photographers. I red Bat hour. Sam I ulwood, Michael Sneed and Joseph
Business: Vcrna I aylor. business manager. Cljne liaglev. assistant business manager. Michele
Mitchell. Secretary-Receptionist. Li Huskey. Mike Neville. Kim Painter. David Squires and
Howard I rosier Circulation manager: Bill B.iglcv.
Advertising: Dan Collins, manager; Carol Dedsnle, assistant sales manager; Steve Crowell.
classilieds manager: Julie fusion. Seal Kimball. Cynthia Lesley. nne Sherril and Melanie
Slokes. Ad layout: Evelyn Sahr
Composition Editors: F rank Moore and Nancy Olivei.
Composition and Makeup: I'Nf Printing Dept. Roben J.isinkiewic. supervisor; Robert
Stieeter. Geanie McMillan. Rusty B.ualh. Judy Dunn, Catolvn Kuhn, David Patker. Joni
Pelcis. Steve Quakenhush and Duke Sullivan
85fh year of editorial freedom
Justice for the few, jail for the common man
By ZAP BRUECKER
Yukon Jack and Dusty Perkins sat in
the jail block watching the evening news
with 50 other inmates for their nightly
recreation. The two were in for armed
robbery (with pellet guns) on 10-year
sentences, with parole a long way off.
The TV announcer reported that
Mitchell, Ehrlichman and Haldeman
had their prison sentences reduced.
These once powerful political figures
had admitted to the judge that they were
sorry for committing any wrongdoing in
the Watergate incident.
Yukon looked at Dusty when the
program was over with wide-open eyes.
"Hey Dusty, you thinkin' what I am?"
"Gotcha Yukon, let's write old judge
M cBride a letter. We'll tell him when we
robbed that gas station we was just a
little bit drunk an' lost our heads. Tell
'im that we was wrong."
"Lemme get a scrape a paper, Dusty,"
Yukon said and began to write with an
old chewed up pencil:
"Dear Hon. Judge McBride:
"Sir, we the undersigned convicts
would like to tell you that we have had a
change of heart. Once we thought that
robbing that gas station was a good
idea. We just had been laid off from the
mill that day and were kinda mad and
worried about our families (that we love
dearly). Yukon has got a mother that
lives alone. And he's the only one ever to
split wood for her in the winter. Dusty,
here has got a wife and six kids
struggling on welfare in a tar paper
letters to the editor
New perspective on intense athletic rivalries needed
To the editor:
1 could not agree more with Lee Pace's
article ("Is this what Carolina-State rivalry is
really all about?" Oct. 18) on the Carolina
State rivalry. At the Wake Forest game I was
startled and dismayed to read the Wake
Forest sign "This is Carolina Blue See It,
Hate It, Destroy It." How does "hate" get
wrapped up in athletics? I understand the
strong feelings that traditional athletic
rivalries generate but "hate" is no more
appropriate than the ancient custom of
beheading a member of the losing "team."
M y real concern pertains to the transfer of
Mhletic rivalries into general antipathies for.
each other's schools. Sports is not the reason
for the existence of Carolina and State, and
their value as educational institutions is
totally unrelated to their athletic
effectiveness. I hough I teach at UNC, and
my two children have been students here, I
would have felt no distress had my son, for
example, decided to pursue an engineering
career at State. It is my impression that State
is well-regarded in its own spheres of
educational specialization, and 1 would have
felt that he would have gotten a good
To allow our athletic rivalries to reach
such intensities as to likely affect our ability
to recognize the worth of our sister
educational institutions is to jeopardize the
educational process for all of our state's
colleges and universities. It is time that vye
got a perspective on this and try to keep our
feelings in the arena in which they belong.
George S. Baroff
To the editor:
Most persons supporting gubernatorial
succession, including Dean Hobbs
("Succession in Focus," Letters, Oct. 12)
seek to portray succession opponents as
dangerous reactionaries interested only in
perpetuating weak state government and as
being "unable to see beyond the possible re
election of Jim Hunt in 1980."
Jim Hunt's political hirings and firings in
state government "career" positions and his
massive political machine which was
developed during his four year term as
lieutenant governor hardly make me
confident that Jim Hunt's motives in
pushing the succession bill through the
legislature were wholly altruistic.
And if the Democratic Party, the
legislature and Jim Hunt are truly interested
in improving state government rather than
extending the incumbent governor's term of
office, w hy did not the party, the legislature
and the governor this year support a
succession bill of the tvpe introduced (and
defeated) in 1973 and 1975, a bill that
prohibited the incumbent governor from
seeking a second term? (Coincidentally, the
governor in 1973 and 1975 was Republican
No, no, Mr. Hobbs it's not Republicans
who are "playing politics" with the
succession issue, and it is not succession
opponents w ho allegedly cannot "see beyond
the possible re-election of Jim Hunt in 1980"
who bother me. Rather, 1 am annoyed by
hypocritical Democratic Party stalwarts
w ho blindly support their party's machine
and who place fairness and the interests of
North Carolina behind the re-election of Jim
Hunt in 1980.
2418 Granville South
To the editor:
Dean Hobbs' letter misses the point of the
anti succession campaign. This referendum
is more than just a vote on allowing a
governor to serve two consecutive terms.
The succession referendum is a referendum
on political ambition and fairness.
Changes in the rules should not be made in
"What we wouldn't give for some
"We've been sitting in the pen now for
six months and considered our crime. It
was a wrongful act honest sir. For
instance, we nearly scared that old man
to death with those little pellet guns of
ours: M any a t ime in chapel, we go every
Sunday, both of us pray real hard for
that old man's heart.
"Then we thought about the stealing.
That was downright evil. Just because
we were out of a job and money didn't
mean we had to put another man in the
the middle of the game. Suppose the General
Assembly voted to make the governor's term
only two years. And suppose it made the
change apply to the incumbent governor.
Jim H unt would be furious, and he would be
the first to call "foul play."
North Carolina's voters deserve fair play.
Succession should be defeated.
Thanks for 'compassion'
To the editor:
1 would like to commend Jon East for
adding an element of compassion to the
question of reverse discrimination ("Allen
Bakke too young to know Linda Brown,"
Oct. 12). This is an emotionally-charged
issue which cannot be dealt with on a totally
intellectual issue. Our understanding may be
increased through awareness of incidents of
persecution such as those related by M r. East
in his article.
The issue is a complex one and especially
difficult in this time of tightening job
markets. The matter concerns me: coming
from a thoroughly WASP background, I am
a potential "victim" of a policy which would
grant a black person greater opportunity to
secure some goal (graduate school, job) for
which I am also striving. Am I willing to
sacrifice to atone for the sins of my
grandfathers, for which I am not
It is often hard for us to see, in our time,
the incredible hardships which have been
inflicted upon minority groups in the past.
Today we take it for granted that we ride
buses and sit in restaurants with blacks. Only
15 years ago, this was not the case in most
states in the South. Though legislation has
been passed in recent years to help correct
the situation, discrimination prevails. Often
through no fault of their own, many blacks
are still forced to live in poverty, and or to
receive educations which do not prepare
them to "qualify" for entrance into
institutions whose criteria for excellence are
determined by w hite, middle class standards.
Many standardized exams (even I.Q. tests)
are culturally geared to people with
backgrounds similar to mine. A white
student's grade-point average of 4.0 cannot
be compared to a black student's 3.5,
because the black student has surmounted
obstacles which I cannot begin to
comprehend throughout his or her life to
attain that average. However, I am not in
"These two convicted criminals
writing you would like a fresh start. We
made a mistake and we're sorry from the'
bottoms of our wretched souls. So we
were wondering if you'd take pity on us
like old Judge Sirica took on them
Watergate boys. ' We accept your
judgments here in the prison camp but
we wanted you to know that we have
repented and would like to get our
sentences reduced. Our families is
needing us, and we can tell the difference
in right and wrong.
favor of quotas; the quota system is another
form of quantitative analysis which does not
seem applicable to human conditions. The
question remains, for which I have no
answer: how to insure that admissions
officials and employers will give blacks
individual and fair consideration?
A key problem in the case of Allan Bakke
.is the American cultural concept of
individual freedom. Conditioned to think in
terms of individual "free will" and
opportunity, we often lose sight of social
forces which are larger than we are. It is a
fact that Allan Bakke, the individual, will
probably not starve to death in a ghetto if he
is denied entrance into medical school. It is
also likely that our society as a whole will not
survive as long as large segments of its
population are not allowed to participate in
and contribute to it. Cooperation between
all groups is essential if we are to forestall the
increasingly imminent self-destruction of
our system, within which we, as individuals,
work, live and learn.
Alden Anne Clark
102 Birnum Wood Dr.
To the editor:
As the fraternity involved in the "male
rodent" incident, we feel it is our duty to
present the facts as they actually occurred.
Ms. Phaedra Solon did indeed walk down
the alley leading to Granville Towers as we
were conducting our "Beat State Beauty
Contest." However, bince Ms. Solon was not
of competitive caliber, the judges declined
her offer to participate. At this, she became
enraged and demanded that she be included
in the contest. Reluctantly, the judges rated
Ms. Solon's attributes, such as they were,
and held up their honest evaluation. The
scores were LOW.
Ms. Solon then became violent and
screamed at the judges the most vile
collection of obscenities heard since the
advent of human speech. We were appalled.
Faced with such shocking behavior, we were
forced to postpone the event until such time
as people such as Ms. Solon can learn to
The Brothers of Gamma Nu Pi
234 Fraternity Row
P.S. Where does one buy knee-crotch-length
" ' ' 1 - " -
t W in'. J
Sincerely and honorably yours,
Yukon and Dusty never received a
reply from the judge, but they did
overhear the guards saying that the
warden thought the two were a little
touched in the head. In fact, the judge
was said not even to consider paroling
the two when their time came.
Zap Brueckner, a senior journalism
major from Durham, N.C., is a staff
writer for the Daily Tar Heel.
'The Missing Black Botjsledder'
To the editor:
Black athletes now occupy positions of
prominence in most major
sports. . .basketball, baseball, football. But
in some sports the black participant is rare.
There is, of course, no reason to think that
blacks are inherently or genetically
incapable of swimming a 100-yard freestyle
in 55 seconds, or skiing with the speed and
grace of a Jean-Claude K illy. Rather
discrimination is a prime suspect in The Case
of the Missing Black Bobsledder. There are
(I hope) no laws against blacks swimming,
skiing or playing golf. But it is clear that the
relative lack of economic freedom which has
unfortunately accompanied American
negritude and is at least partially a product
of centuries of racial repression has reduced,
and continues to reduce, the black child's
opportunity to avail him or herself of these
traditionally white middle- and upper-class
This is a tragedy. Success in a sport has
been in this century, at least an
important pathway out of poverty for black
youths. Clearly, however, the path to success
in some sports is blocked off to the black
What is the solution? Reverse
discrimination, of course. The 1980(and '84,
'88, "92 and '96) United States Olympic
skiing, swimming, figure skating,
bobsledding and archery teams should be
required to choose as American
representatives a certain specific number of
minority members. It is hoped that they will
be the fastest, the most skilled, the most
graceful minority skaters and archers, but it
is clear that many of them will be slower and
less talented than their white contemporaries
whose places they will be taking. The U.S.
teams will suffer; a few medals will be out of
reach. No matter; it is not whether you win
or lose but how you play the game. And this
noble and egalitarian gesture will show the
world that America plays a fair, if losing,
0-13 The Villages
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