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UNC meets UVa tonight at 9
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Copyright The Daily Tar Heel 1983
Volume 3, Issue 123
Thursday, February 10, 1983
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
political careers end
as votes confirmed
By JIM WRINN
State and National Editor
The budding political careers of write-in
candidates Mr. Potatohead, Richard Nix
on, Susie Sorority and Ken Mingis were
ended early Wednesday morning.
Those , candidates, and universally
famous movie star E.T., acid rock singer
Ozzie Osborne and cartoon character
Mickey Mouse lost in Tuesday's campus
elections, despite often valiant write-in
Mr. Potatohead, promoted by a campus
political action group Spuds for a Free
Society raked in 70 votes for Residence
Hall Association President, according to
Elections Board Chairman Stan Evans.
Mr. Potatohead, who finished fourth in
the RHA race, also stuffed away votes in
almost every other campus race.
UNC sophomore Cabot Dixon, spokes
man for SFFS, said his candidate was
speechless as a result of the election
returns. He said Mr. Potatohead would
leave politics for a career in the Pine Room
in the near future.
MI think the idea of Mr. Potatohead is
half-baked," said 1982-83 RHA President
Scott Templeton. "He'd be all right in
RHA just as long as (University) housing
didn't try to butter him up."
A more successful write-in campaign for
Daily Tar Heel editor was staged by DTH
Associate Editor Ken Mingis. He dropped
off the staff for two days to run on an
His posters, plastered across the campus
in a last-minute attempt, boasted that
Mingis" had been to Pittsburgh and the
"I really didn't want to win," Mingis
said, when election results showed him
third behind certified candidates1 Kerry
DeRochi and John Altschuler. "But it was
Several DTH staff members received
one or two write-in votes as did punk
rocker David Bowie and William F. Buck
ley Jr., well-known conservative and
editor of The National Review.
Unsuccessful 4th Congressional District
candidate Bin Cobey of Chapel Hill got
one, write-in vote for DTH editor, an ef
fort several campus political observers
linked to the paper's endorsement of the
candidate during last fall's election.
Donald Duck and University of North
Carolina basketball team members Cecil
Exum, Warren Martin and Sam Perkins
gained single votes in several races. Donald
Boulton, UNC vice chancellor for student
affairs, currently on suspension from the
University, also received several votes for
Adolph Hitler, the infamous German
chancellor, got one write-in vote for senior
class president. Unlike other senior class
president candidates, however, Hitler did
not run on a ticket with a vice presidential
, candidate. He was unavailable for com-
f.!r. Potstohssd, a v;rite-in candidate, after tha elections
he:was an' unsuccessful RHA presidential contender
By CHARLES ELLMAKER
The UNC Elections Board ordered early
Wednesday morning that a new election be
held for student body president after
presidential candidate Jon Reckford filed
a complaint that poll tender errors had
caused irregularities at the Morrison poll.
But Wednesday afternoon, Reckford
announced that he would drop out of the
race and throw his support to Kevin
Monroe, the front-runner in Tuesday's
campus presidential election.
"I'm withdrawing not because I feel any
different about Student Government, but
because I want to throw all my support to
Kevin Monroe," Reckford said. "For Stu
dent Government as a whole, I feel it's
much more important to speed up the elec
tion and let people get to work in Student
Government. Student Government is more
important than the election."
Elections Board Chairperson Stan
Evans said Wednesday that only the Presi
dent's race and the District 15 Campus
Governing Council race could have been
affected enough by irregularities at the poll
to cause changes in race winner and run
With all votes counted early Wednesday
morning, Reckford was 101 votes behind
second-running Hugh Reckshun, but of
the 5 10 ballots from the Morrison box, on
ly 173 had accompanying names on the
poll tender sheet. That discrepancy could
have an effect on the final outcome of the
returns and could have placed Reckford in
the run-off position with Monroe, Evans
said.' ; , '
Although ' the Elections Board had
decided to run a new election for CGC
District 15, the board reversed its decision
when all six candidates submitted a state
ment allowing the Morrison returns to
stand as counted Tuesday.
Reckford told Evans Wednesday that he
would maintain his complaint concerning
the Morrison poll but would drop out of
the new election.
Next Tuesday's presidential election will
therefore be a new election with only two
candidates instead of a run-off, Evans
said. Because it will be a re-vote, write-in
ballots will be counted, although they are
expected to have little effect on the out
come, he said.
There were three write-in votes for stu
dent body president on Tuesday, Evans
All other campus elections and referen
dums except for write-in Campus Govern
ing Council districts were certified by the
Elections Board Wednesday, Evans said.
Monroe said he was satisfied with
"I'm confident that Jon thought things
through pretty much," he said. "I'm glad
that it's not going to drag out, but it's
definitely going to be a strain on our (Stu
dent Government) staff."
Hugh Reckshun's campaign manager,
Randy Walker, said Reckford probably
made the right decision to drop out of the
race because "it looked pretty obvious that
Kevin was going to win (Tuesday night)."
"We were upset with the Elections
Board decision (Tuesday) night, but since
Reckford dropped out, I guess it doesn't
matter," Walker said.
Both Monroe and Reckford said they
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-UNC pffixAals discuss budget ,
inflation, cuts create problems
By PAUL COCKE
UNC officials wrestling with state budget woes are now in the
process of determining where cuts can be made in the University's
"The austerity program is still in effect," University Provost
Charles Morrow said last week. "A general review was made at
the end of the year and by mid-January it was clear we would
have to hold back on expenses," he said, adding that the state
government has instructed UNC's Academic Affairs to cut 6 per
cent from its 1982-83 budget of approximately $75 million.
Each college and professional school in the University is now
undergoing a review to see where they can make cuts, Morrow
said. TTiey should be reporting back to the UNC Office of
Business and Finance by next week, he said.
Department officials are examining various ways" to cut
expenditures, including reducing the number of student
employees, research assistants, as well as cutting back on supplies.
Faculty has also been hurt by the budget constraints, University
officials say, because salaries here are not as competitive as other
schools'. And departments already understaffed because of the
state salary freeze are hurting even more now, officials say.
"In effect, the state cut our budget," said Wayne Jones,
associate vice chancellor for University finance. Because state
receipts are running behind estimated expenditures, all state agen
cies are looking for ways to save money to offset this anticipated
deficit, he said.
"This is not an across-the-board cut of 6 percent," Jones said.
Some schools may be able to cut more, others less."
David Taylor, librarian at the Undergraduate Library, said
library officials "were contemplating drastically cutting hours and
letting student employees go." But library officials avoided this
by carrying over book purchases until next year.
And the Graduate School has been told it must give back some
money, said Terry Maddox, assistant office director at the
Maddox said he did not foresee any reductions in personnel or
student services at the Graduate School,, which he said has been
able to offset high mailing costs by the $15 application fee re
quired of each student there.
"That made the difference between us sinking and swimming,"
Because of the tight budget, the Graduate School has had to
cut back on the number of undergraduate student employees
from three or four to one, Maddox said.
Kenneth Broun, dean of the UNC School of Law, said budget
constraints had forced the law school to dip into private endow
ment funds "just to pay the phone bill."
"We may have to cut back on research assistants," Broun said,
adding that tapping the Law Foundation Fund for operating ex
penses would reduce money available for research and expanded
programs at the law school.
Another budget-related problem at the law school is the con
tinuing freeze on faculty salaries, Broun said.
"Unless salaries keep up with the cost of living, some faculty
may go into private practice where they can make more money,"
Both visiting and regular faculty have been affected by budget
cuts, also. "Some faculty have accepted offers at other univer
sities that we couldn't match," said Gordon Whitaker, assistant
dean of academic affairs. Whitaker said the School of Arts and
Sciences has, had to curtail outside faculty and visiting speakers
because of the tight budget.
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Southern Bell proposes increases
in charges for all telephone services
By KELLY SIMMONS
Southern Bell Telephone Co. asked for
a 57 percent increase in rates Tuesday. If
approved, it could go into effect as earty
as September, Gene Clemmons, spokes
man for the North Carolina Utilities
Commission, said Wednesday. .
The rate increase, filed with the com
mission Tuesday, would increase the base
rate for local service from $10.40 to
$16.20 per month.
George Mullen, manager of Southern
Bell's Chapel Hill office, said the request
was filed because the company was losing
money on local calls.
If approved, the new rates would in
crease telephone company revenues by
$145 million, with $135 million coming
from local service and the rest from
operator-assisted long-distance calls.
Southern Bell had been able to sub
sidize local rates with revenue from long
distance calls, Mullen said. Following the
Justice Department's breakup of
American Telephone and Telegraph Co.,
there are now four long-distance tele
Customers "would no longer be billed a
flat rate under the new plan, Mullen said.
Instead, the charge would depend on the
length of time the job took.
The cost to install service lines averages
$23 per month, and the increase still
would not cover the cost, he said.
Clemmons said the company asked to
put the rates into effect March 10, but
hearings are not scheduled until late June
or early July.
He said the commission would investi
gate and file recommendations for the in
crease, then decide which parts would be
approved. Also, the public hearings
would get public input, he said.
A task force of engineers, accountants,
economists and lawyers would begin in
vestigating Bell's proposal next week,
Clemmons said. No decision would be
made until September at the earliest.
Mullen said he did not expect the in
crease in rates to have a drastic effect on
telephone usage in the Chapel Hill area.
"It's still the best buy in town," he said.
The commission held a hearing recently
on a measured service proposal under
which callers would be charged a base
rate for a certain number of calls plus ex
tra for additional phone service.
' Mullen said that proposal would benefit
about 50 percent of Chapel Hill phone
subscribers who do not make large num
bers of calls.
The commission is expected to rule on
the measured service proposal soon.