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Take acronym of SOTA
Older students form organization
By MELINDA STOVALL
A group of 30 UNC students got together
a few weeks ago and officially adopted the
acronym SOTA to describe their
organization's members Students Older
The students represent a fraction of the
660 students over age 35 who registered at
UNC this fall. Between 60 and 100 of the
students are active SOTA members,
according to Lynda Stone, a major force
behind efforts to organize older UNC
The 660 older students include both
evening college and part-time students.
About half the students attend evening
college, and the majority of the other half are
Of the older students working on
doctorates, who are classified as full-time
students, and the students aged 25 to 35 were
added to the 660 older students, the entire
group would make up more than 20 percent
of the student body, Stone estimates.
"Since we comprise a substantial segment
of the student body, we need to be unified,"
Stone says. "But we don't want to present the ,
image that our needs aren't being met or that
we aren't interested, but that our needs are
different from younger adults.
"We aren't interested in becoming a
moaning group. We just need a way or
channel to use our student fees, which aren't
taken advantage of as a rule. For example,
many older students would be interested in
having two dinners a year rather than, say,
free passes to football games.
Some of the needs recognized by older
More classes offered through evening
Academic and vocational counseling,
including review sessions in algebra,
notetaking and leadership skills.
Elimination of the physical education
Establishment of a resource center on
campus that would recognize the special
needs of the older student.
Elimination of the $10,000 borrowing
limit on loans through the government,
especially for older students with families.
Representation in student governing
bodies such as the Campus Governing
Opportunity to provide service to the
University by making use of the older
student's real-world experience at a pay scale
commensurate with his ability and
Stone suggests a service on campus
designed specifically for the older student
which would handle, for example, the
standard forms sent to students. "1 know of
one student." Stone says, "whose grades
were sent to her 81-year-old father in
California." She also recommends an
orientation for older students like the one
held for young adult freshmen.
"We do not want to be identified with the
'middle-age homemaker syndrome' because
many of the older students were extremely
active in professional or volunteer work
before returning to school," Stone says.
"They were successful in their occupations
and weren't dissatisfied at all.
"We really are a great bunch of people
who are trying to enhance our education.
However, while it is invigorating to be with
youth, we, the older students, need a social
identity, a chance to reaffirm our
In addition, bag luncheons are held.
Approximately 100 older students attended
the last luncheon. The next one is scheduled
for noon to 2 p.m. Monday in Rooms 202
204 of the Carolina Union.
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A group of 30 students has formed the organization Students Older Than Average.
One of the organizers, Lynda Stone, says, "Since we comprise a substantial segment
of the student body, we need to be unitiea.
Progression of integration recalled
Continued from page 1.
applications from blacks who were interested in
Black Student Movement leaders gave
Chancellor Sitterson a list of demands for black
students in the fall of 1968, a year after the
organization was formed. The 23 demands were
designed to "promote the needed constructive
changes." They included the hiring of a dean of
black students, the addition of Afro-American
studies and the offering of more scholarships and
grants to black students. The BSM also wanted
increased recruitment of black students and
changes in admission standards to emphasize high
school performance rather than standardized test
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"1 replied to the demands item by item, rejecting
most because I thought they were not practicable."
Sitterson said. He said admission practices must
have some standardization and the University did
not wish to create a special office that catered to a
single segment of the student body.
The University did not increase its recruitment
of black students. Sitterson appointed Hayden
(Bennie) Renwick, a black graduate of UNC, as
assistant director of admissions in l9.
Black enrollment increased rapidly during the
late '60s and early '70s. and by 1973 almost 1.000
black students attended UNC. Sitterson said the
increase resulted from visits by Renwick and
members of the BSM to predominately black high
"At that time, high schools were still considered
either white or black high schools, and UNC had
not been known to visit the black high schools."
Sitterson said. "Black students went out to these
high schools and recruited other blacks to come to
In the 27 years since the first black students
entered UNC's law school, the number of black
students has grown to approximately 1,300. But
during the same period, the total enrollment has
grown from 6.000 to 20.000. so blacks still
represent less than 7 percent of the total student
Tomorrow: Black students and administrators
comment on black student life at UNC.
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Gov. Jim Hunt has appointed Chapel Hill
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Battle, 45, a partner in the law firm Battle
& Bayliss, is former president of the Orange
County Bar Association and the 15th
Judicial District Bar Association.
The appointee has a B.A. degree in
business administration and a law degree
from UNC. While in law school, he was
associate editor of The Imw Review. He has
been a practicing attorney since 1958.
As Superior Court judge. Battle will sit on
the bench in Hillsborough and Pittsboro for
Orange and Chatham counties.
Hunt chose Battle over Hillsborough
attorneys Lucius Cheshire and Dalton
l.oltin. "All the nominees were highly
qualified." the governor said in a prepared
" These were tough decisions to make,"
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Israel accepts Sadat's peace talk bid
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Israel formally accented F. Ryot's invitation
to a Cairo conference on Middle Fast peace
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Israel and the United States might be the
only ones there.
The Egyptian invitation and Israel's
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accept. In Washington, administration
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In Damascus. Syrian President Hale
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Egyptian President Anwar Sadat but then,
in another surprise move ordered air trallic
to Cairo halted until further notice.
Assad told reporters that while Egypt and
Syria were in disagreement, they were not
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Natural gas impasse
WASHINGTON Sen. Henry Jackson,
chairperson of the Senate energy committee,
warned Monday if the natural gas industry
maintains its demand for price deregulation.
Congress w ill not pass any reform measure
for use of the fuel this year.
Jackson, D -Wash., put new pressure on
the industry to accept a compromise that
would raise the price ceiling on natural gas
more than 25 percent. If no bill emerges,
prices will stay at their current level of $1.46
per thousand cubic feet.
Rhodesia attacks guerillas
SALISBURY. Rhodesia - Rhodesian
troops drove 136 miles inside Mozambique
last week and killed more than' 1,200 black
nationalist guerrillas in air and ground
attacks that destroyed two guerilla base
camps, the military command said Monday.
The attacks, unprecedented in scope and
ferocity, began last Wednesday at the same
time Prime M inister lan Smith was unveiling
a plan to bring peace to Rhodesia through a
one-man, one-vote majority rule settlement
with Rhodesia-based nationalist leaders.
Nationalist leaders outside Rhodesia
rejected the plan and vowed to continue their
five-year guerrilla war.
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