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6 Th Dally Tar Heal Friday, October 21, 1977
GREO PORTE
Editor
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
Cum Ewjsun, Arts Editor
Gene Ukhukch. Sports Editor
Allen Jernigan, Photography Editor
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85tf) year of editorial freedom
Students suffer while CGC
plays game of filibuster
The Campus Governing Council (CGC), it seems, has contracted a
disease most persons believe is generally confined to the U.S. Congress
the filibuster. But, unlike their counterparts in big-time politics, CGC
members have no provisions to stop silly, detrimental wastes of time. They,
and UNC students, are stuck.
Council member Darius Moss decided Wednesday night to use his own
brand of dilatory tactics to prevent a vote on Student Body President Bill
Moss' veto of the recently approved WXYC budget. Darius Moss and other
council members realized that they did not have enough votes to override
the Moss veto, which was aimed specifically at a $2,800 appropriation for a
newswire for the radio station. But because the president does not have item
veto power, Moss was forced to veto the entire WXYC budget.
Pro-override forces portray Moss as a power-hungry president who is
after item veto power. They scream that since he rejected the original
WXYC budget because of a single provision, the veto is actually an item
veto. The fact that Moss submitted a new budget without the vetoed
appropriation further angers Darius Moss and his cronies.
Bill Moss, however, clearly has the right to do exactly what he did. H e was .
pleased with all of the WXYC budget except the newswire, which he
considered an expenditure the students could not afford. So he simply drew
up a new budget without the newswire provision.
Pro-override forces are right to worry about any president getting item
veto power. An entire budget can be taken apart by item veto, thereby
loosening the council's control over the whole student budget. But Bill
Moss' move was not a power grab. He simply saw the newswire as
superfluous and thus vetoed the entire budget to get rid of it.
If Darius Moss and his cohorts could not muster enough votes to override
the veto, they should not have originated a disruptive filibuster which
monopolizes the floor. It's a sad comment that council member Moss could
not find even a simple majority needed to override the veto when he knew
the veto was on the agenda that night.
All Darius Moss has succeeded in doing is tying up the floor and
preventing the CGC from acting on other issues of much greater
importance. While Moss is waiting forjiis cavalry to ride in to rescue him,
other matters have been forced aside. WXYC will receive none of its
appropriation because the veto is still in effect. Appointments to the student
Supreme Court have been postponed. The CGC was scheduled to vote on a
bill that would set a definite amount for the proposed student activity-fee
increase. Now that must be delayed.
Though we are happy that our campus representatives are gaining
experience in the intricacies of filibusters, it's too bad that that experience
comes at the expense of the students. And it's sad also that, though the CGC
members can begin a filibuster, they can do absolutely nothing to stop one.
They must wait until Darius Moss gets tired of playing his games with them
and the rest of the student body.
Maybe the spirit will move Moss next Tuesday to stop the filibuster, or
perhaps he'll continue to bide his time. The filibuster disease is impossible to
predict.
The Daily Tar Heel
publishes Monday through Friday during the academic year. Offices are at the Student
Union Building. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514. Telephone
numbers: 933-0245, 0246.
Jet hijacking
letters to the editor
UNC hospitality leaves impression of pure class
Editor's Note: This letter was sent to Hill
Cubey, UNC's athletic director, with the
request that it be forwarded to the Daily Tar
Heel.
Dear Mr. Cobey:
J list a word from the Saddle Tramps here
at Texas Tech expressing our thanks for all
the help UNC gave us. and to let you know
how impressed our staff of coaches and
players were with the sportsmanship
displayed by your team and especially your
fans.
Never have the Tramps who.traveled toan
out-of-town game come back to Lubbock
with so much to say about a school the way
they did about UNC. We haven't come
across a school yet who would play our fight
song after we scored against them. That was
pure class! And, too, we haven't come across
a group of fans as friendly as yours was
either. It's always a pleasure to be able to
travel across the country and meet new
triends. We'd like to consider UNC our
triends and if you ever play in Lubbock, we
hope we can be as hospitable to you as you
were to us. 1
Mark Scioli
Secretary. Texas Tech Saddle Tramps
Succession a Hunt bill
To the editor:
Contrary to what Edward Adams would
have you believe in his recent letter
("Gubernatorial succession proposed
amendment 'larger' than Gov. Hunt," Oct.
18), the proposed succession amendment is
indeed1 Hunt bill. Jim Hunt directed the bill
through the legislature and now his team is
leading the campaign, at public expense, to
allow himself to seek reelection.
Republicans don't oppose Jim Hunt's
succession amendment merely because Jim
Hunt is a Democrat. Republicans, along
with an increasing number of Deomcrats
and Independents, oppose this amendment
because it is a clear display of power politics.
Jim Hunt is demonstrating a clear disregard
for fairness and decency.
Past succession bills have always applied
to the future governor, never the incumbent.
First Jim Hunt had the bill changed to apply
to himself. Then he set out to change the
minds of the legislators on this bill. Usingall
sorts of incentives and arm-twisting, he got
huge numbers of the General Assembly to
back the succession bill. In fact, at least 24
house members voted against succession of
any sort in 1975 but supported the Jim Hunt
succession bill this year. If Jim Hunt has this
sort of influence, it seems odd that ERA,
which he also claimed to support, failed.
Next. Hunt had the referendum scheduled
for 1977. an off-year when voter turnout
could be expected to be low. This increases
the impact which his campaign organization
can have. Then, he saw to it that the
amendment was buried on the ballot among
a number of popular "good government"
issues. Since most persons vote for or against
all the items on a ballot, he increased the
chances that the voters would not carefully
study the succession issue.
1 trust the voters of North Carolina will
not be misled by such shenanigans. The
succession amendment is like a poisoned
apple: while the outside appearance may be
pleasing, the ins ides are just as distasteful as
the motives of those who offer it to us.
Doug Markham
1212 Granville West
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Close the gap
To the editor:
Although one may appreciate the logic
and concern expressed in Greg Huskey's
letter ("Stop the resentment." Oct. 20), it
should be noted that attitudes such as these
serve to perpetuate the systematic exclusion
of blacks and other disadvantaged groups
from full participation in our society
Affirmative action programs which seek to
close the gap between black and white
opportunities do not constitute invidious
discrimination (no more than programs tor
the physically handicapped discriminate
against healthy persons). It is easy to say that
simply by trying a little harder, blacks will
enjoy the opportunities and priviliges of
whites. The fact is it takes tremendous effort
to rise above the poverty, turmoil and
helplessness of the ghetto just to achieve the
economic and cultural level of opportunity
with which many whites begin life.
Racism is a fact of life in the United States
and is in no way comparable to the
"prejudice" Mr. Huskey may have suffered
as a white Marine. True, things are getting
better; progress has been made since the dark
days of the 1950s, but this has been the result
of determined and continued struggle.
Without this effort, the inherent forces in our
economy would widen the gap between the
powerful and the powerless. Therefore, it is
the responsibility of academic institutions,
community groups and government agencies
to extend economic opportunities to those to
wl.vm they have traditionally been denied.
Paul-Henri Gurian
108 Pinegate No. 5
Rational stance?
To the editor:
Mr. Lancaster has reiterated his support
for reverse discrimination without really
adding anything new to his initial statement
("Affirmative action is not reverse
discrimination," Letters. Oct. 14), except for
his personal assurance that he is not guilty of
dilettantism. However, throughout his
letter, Mr. Lancaster demonstrates shallow
thought and ignorance on many aspects of
the issue, all of which lead to doubts about
his "rational" stance.
Despite his "hours of reflection and study"
on the subject. Mr. Lancaster has not yet
realized that affirmative action involves
discrimination. Clearly, the very act of
setting up racial quotas is an active
distinction between races. This becomes
more obvious when, in striving to fill a
minority quota, administrators or employers
consider only minority applicants and
summarily reject white applicants. The
reality in such cases is that whites need not
apply. Apparently, Mr. Lancaster would
have us take comfort in the fact that we are
fulfilling his pitiful notion of social good.
My accusation that Mr. Lancaster would
violate the 1964 Civil Rights Act by
employing "affirmative action" is dismissed
as "absurd." As a self proclaimed member of
the illuminati, Mr. Lancaster should bother
to learn the basics of the subject. The act of
'64 states that "no person in the United
States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or
national origin, be excluded from
participation in, denied the benefits of, or be
subjected to discrimination under the
program or activity receiving Federal
financial assistance." (Tit le VI. Section 60 1 ).
Reading the.text of the act might prove to be
enlightening.
The contention that the use of racial
quotas is to be a temporary measure is
equally incredible. Who will decide when we
. have had enough? The President? Congress?
The courts? Or perhaps omniscient sages
such as Mr. Lancaster? There is no
agreement between people now about
ut ilizing reverse discrimination; how can one
reasonably expect consensus on itscessatiop
in the future?
In the past, members of minorities were
judged by their color, rather than their
qualities. To do the same today, ostensibily
for the attainment of racial equality does not
in any way decrease injustice. Mr. Lancaster,
I would challenge your assertion that we will
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have racial equality only through
preferential treatment of minorities. They
are more intelligent and able than you seem
to give them credit for. If there is ever to be
racial equality, it will occur only when
people are treated and tested in accordance
with an equally applied set of criteria.
Rick Kania
425 Avery
Prejudicial feelings
To the editor:
Before coming to this University, I had
few if any prejudicial feelings. I'm sorry to
say that this no longer is the case. It appears
to me that the black students at this
University are a segregative group. Granted
the Black Student Movement has its
purposes, but are not many of their functions
segregative in nature and purpose? Why
must black students lower University
functions such as "University Day?" Why
must black students portray slogans such as
"$10,495 or else?" And why must a Upendo
Lounge exist when a South Campus Student
U nion would suffice the needs of both blacks
and whites? Are black students at this
University so discriminated against that
carrying on these types of actions is just? ;
My high school was 40 percent black and
60 percent white. If you made the grades,
black or white, you were accepted at
universities. 1 competed equally in high
school to attend this University. I feel I ought
to be able to compete on the same grounds to
get into graduate school. 1 ask the question,
"Do blacks want equal rights or more rights
than whites?"
Jeffrey Butscher
Townhouse Apartments
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Letters chosen for publication are
subject to editing.
Commandos put an end to five-day, 7,000-mile
ordeal; hostages saved, three terrorists dead
It began Thursday a week ago with the
hijacking of a Lufthansa jet en route between
Palma de Majorca and Frankfurt, West
Germany with 87 passengers and crew members
aboard as hostages.
It ended Monday night with an announcement
by the West German government that an anti
terrorist commando team of border guards had
freed the 86 remaining hostages, leaving three of
the four terrorists dead.
And in between, five days and 7,000 miles of
terror left the world aghast, the jet's pilot dead
and 86 hostages with little hope of survival.
The West German and Turkish governments
remained firm throughout the ordeal, refusing to
comply with demands for the release of 13 jailed
terrorists and $15.5 million in ransom for the
release of the hostages.
The terrorists, affiliated with a German urban
guerilla group sometimes known as the Baader
Meinhof gang, took the plane across three
continents while repeatedly extending the
deadline on the hostages' death.
In the aftermath, praise for West Germany's
handling of the situation came rolling in from
leaders around the world including President
Carter while talk of an international
agreement on terrorism was renewed.
On Wednesday French police found the dead
body of West German industrialist Hans Martin
Schleyer in the trunk of a car with his throat cut.
Schleyer's body was discovered one day after the
West German government announced that three
members of the Baader-Meinhof group,
including Baader, had committed suicide in jail
upon learning of the hijackers' failure to win
their release.
Meanwhile, the International Federation of
Airline Pilots Association announced that
beginning next Tuesday at noon, a 48-hour strike
will be held to pressure the United Nations into
action against hijackings.
A House-Senate conference committee began
work Tuesday on a compromise energy bill.
under warnings from President Carter that
public opinion of Congress' accomplishments
this year would center around the final energy
legislation.
The panel is charged with putting the energy
legislation together from the House bill, which
contains most of what Carter wanted, and the
Senate bill, which bears little resemblance to the
Carter proposals.
Work began on conservation measures,
leaving plans for industrial conversion to coal,
utilities' rate reforms, natural gas pricing and
energy taxes until later.
The first compromise came Wednesday, when
a measure allowing consumers to pay off
insulation loans through their monthly utility
bills was adopted.
In New Orleans, the nation's second largest
port, dock workers went back to work Monday,
abandoning their 16-day general strike. The
members of the International Longshoreman's
Association local had voted to strike against the
wishes of the national union.
THE WEEK
By CHUCK ALSTON AND REID TUV1M
The strike, estimated to have cost $2 million
per day, ended under pressure from the national
union and threats of federal intervention by
implementation of the Taft-Hartley Act.
The New York Yankees, powered in the sixth
and final game by three home runs from Reggie
Jackson, took home the 1977 World Series
championship Tuesday night with an 8-4 victory
over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jackson, who was named the most valuable
player in the series, slugged five home runs
during the series and tied numerous records w ith
his efforts.
The World Series victory, 4 games to 2, capped
a season of Yankee controversy involving
players, manager Billy Martin and owner George
Steinbrenner.
The South African government, in a series
of moves to cut off vocal opposition, shut down
three newspapers, banned others from
publishing and arrested over 70 black leaders
early this week.
Armed riot police continued the crackdown
Wednesday, arresting over 100 white university
students protesting the moves.
The arrests and bans brought worldwide
criticism for the all-white government, which
said the crackdown came because the black
leaders and newspapers were "calculated to
endanger maintenance of public order."
A 19-month-long battle of court suits and
public protests ended Wednesday when the
Anglo-French Concorde supersonic jetliner
landed for the first time at New York's Kennedy
Airport, only the second U.S. airport to allow
the Concorde to land.
Protestors were conspicuously absent.
The landing marked the beginning of a series
of month-long test flights to determine if the
Concorde is too noisy to be permitted to service
Kennedy. The first flight, however, made little
more noise than most of the subsonic jets landing
at Kennedy.
The plane is not out of trouble yet, though.
Anti-Concorde groups, while accepting the test
flights, plan to file suit within the week to prevent
the federal government from allowing the
Concorde to land at other U.S. airports.
And the big news this week from 1600
Pennsylvania Ave. was Amy Carter's 10th
birthday. (Everyone on the down
beat. . . Happy Birthday to you. . .)
Little Amy woke up Wednesday, saying "this
is a special day." Before the day was over, she had
a new 54-inch sled from her parents and books,
money and a bicycle pump from other persons.
The highlight of the day was a Halloween-style
party in the afternoon after school. Amy and 14
friends carved pumpkins, saw horror movies
(including the original "Frankenstein") and
dined on punch and sour cream and onion-
flavored potato chips.
Amy's birthday cake was in the shape of a
pumpkin and had chocolate icing.
Chuck Alston, a junior political science major
from Greensboro, N.C, is state and national
editor for the Daily Tar Heel. Reid Tuvin, a
sophomore journalism major from Atlanta, Gk.
is assistant managing editor for the Daily Tar
Heel.
    

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