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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
. Copyright 1983 The Daily Tar Heel. All rights reserved.
Volume 91, Issue 66
Tuesday, October 4, 1983
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
By SALLY SMITH
During the first weekend under North
Carolina's new Safe Roads Act, Chapel
Hill police had ah unusually low number
of driving-while-impaired arrests.
Five people were charged with DWI
during the weekend, said Chief Herman
Stone of the Chapel Hill Police Depart
ment. One 18-year-old was charged on
West Rosemary Street with underage
possession of alcohol, and several warn
ings were issued downtown.
The department usually averages
around 12 to 15 drunken driving charges
on weekends, Stone said. "The weekend
went very well."
No DWI arrests were made by Carr
boro or University police during the
"I hope this is a good sign," Stone
There were several reasons for the low
number of DWI charges, including the
toughness of the new law, which does not
allow plea bargaining, Stone said.
"Hopefully the publicity and the
toughness of the Safe Roads Act will keep
off the roads," Stone said.
Cooperation with local bars helped a
lot in keeping the number of underage
drinking arrests low, Stone said. "We
contacted all the bars, and all were check
Special stamps were used in some bars
early in the evening for 18-year-olds, and
several establishments stopped admitting
them hours before the midnight deadline.
"Many bars were carding everyone after
midnight," Stone said.
Although the first weekend went well,
Stone said the department would be on
the lookout for underaged drinking this
weekend because of UNC's home foot
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DTHLori L. Thomas
Nimrod Workman, 88, sings a ballad in Great Hall Monday night as onepf the seven
"performers In the Southern Grassroots Music TouK He is part of the 18th annual tour
and a coalminer of 60 years.
University plans to close dorms for break
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court, in a ma
jor victory for advocates of tighter gun controls, re
fused on Monday to disturb rulings that there is no
constitutional right to own a pistol.
The justices turned back challenges to a Morton
Grove, 111., ordinance that outlaws the possession,
even in the home, of virtually all handguns. The court
thus cleared the way for other communities to copy
The ban imposed by the small Chicago suburb in
1981, and the enormous controversy it generated, has
become a focal point in the emotion-packed confron
tation between "gun control" and "right to bear
A federal trial judge, later supported by the 7th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled that the Morton
Grove ban on "any handgun less the same has been
rendered permanently inoperative" does not violate
Those rulings sparked similar gun-control proposals
across the nation in cities such as San Francisco,
Chicago and Miami and in state legislatures such as
those of Massachusetts and Maryland.
The Constitution's Second Amendment states: "A
well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of
a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear
arms shall not be infringed."
Eight Morton Grove residents, described as "law
abiding citizens" who own handguns for self-defense,
carried the fight to the Supreme Court chiefly rely
ing on their interpretation of the Second Amendment.
Morton Grove, as of June 8, 1981, prohibits the
possession of various kinds of firearms, including
handguns, within the 25,000-resident village's borders.
Exceptions are provided for peace officers, prison
and security guards, licensed gun collectors and certain
others. All other residents were to surrender their guns
to local authorities.
The ordinance quickly was challenged, but U.S.
District Judge Bernard Decker upheld it.
A three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit court agreed
last Dec. 6, concluding that "the right to keep and
bear handguns is not guaranteed by the Second
The panel, which splk 2-1 on the issue, relied heavily
on a 4 932 JSupreme -Court- decision-it interpreted as -meaning
that the constitutional right extends only to
those weapons a militia might need.
The appeals court said it did not even have to reach
that conclusion, however, because the Second Amend
ment is not a limitation on the powers of state or local
governments only Congress.
Beginning its 1983-84 term by acting on some 900
cases, the court also faced its first-ever "wrongful
birth" dispute and refused to let parents of a child
born in Illinois, after an unsuccessful sterilization
operation, to recover child-rearing costs.
In other matters, the justices:
Left intact a ruling that allows the National
Security Agency to intercept an individual's overseas
communications and give die information to the FBI
without obtaining a court warrant.
American Civil Liberties Union spokesman John
Shattuck in Washington called that high court action
in the case of a Detroit lawyer active in Arab causes "a
devastating blow to the privacy rights of millions of
Agreed to take their first look into government
control of cable television content and decide whether
Oklahoma may ban wine commercials from cable TV.
Spiked the hopes of two Arizona schoolboys who
wanted to join girls-only volleyball teams, and who ar
gued unsuccessfully that they were victims of unlawful
Agreed to decide whether the Constitution's
freedom-of-expression protections require the govern
ment to let demonstrators stage sleep-ins near the
Said they intend to decide, in a case from San An
tonio, Texas, whether publicly owned and operated
transit systems must pay their workers the federal
minimum wage and overtime pay.
Left intact the murder conviction and life prison
sentence of avowed racist Joseph Paul Franklin for the
1980 sniper killings of two black joggers in Salt Lake
Heard arguments on the legality of using home
video recorders to tape copyrighted television shows
and televised movies. The court must decide whether
millions of Americans are breaking the law and, if so,
i whether the machines' manufacturers must pay for
such armchair piracy.
In the "wrongful birth" case, the justices turned
away the appeal of a couple who filed an Illinois
negligence lawsuit seeking enough money to bring up
Hie IBmoS Supreme Court threw out the claim for,
rearing costs, but said the couple is entitled to be paid
medical expenses and other childbirth and pregnancy
expenses if there was negligence.
By HEIDI OWEN
If you were planning to spend Fall Break in Chapel Hill in
your residence hall room catching up on schoolwork, you may
be in for a surprise.
Plans are for residence halls to be closed during the four-day
University housing Director Wayne Kuncl would not com
ment Monday on the hours or dates dormitories would be clos
ed. He said more information would be available after an of
ficial memo is sent to resident advisors.
Craige Residence Hall will remain open, he said.
Kuncl did say that dormitories would be closed during Fall
Break "because it is an official University holiday." Fall Break
begins Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. and classes resume Oct. 24 at 8 a.m.
"Residence halls didn't close last year because of a football
game during Fall Break," Kuncl said. "It was determined that
enough people would be around to constitute the dorms being
In past years, dormitories have remained open because foot
ball players stay on campus when there is a game during break.
Dormitories were left open for all other students so that the
policy would be consistent across campus Kuncl said.
Last year, UNC played Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on the
Saturday of Fall Break.
Out-of-state students who can't go home will not-be left in the
cold, said Residence Hall Association President Mark Dalton.
"Those students can rent a lounge or actually sleep on a couch
in Craige," he said.
One resident advisor said she felt that leaving the dormitories
open was an expense to the University, since there were not
many students who stayed on campus during break.
"I'm really glad that they're being closed," said Amy
Daniels, a second floor RA in Kenan. "Last year, it was neither
safe or necessary to keep the dorms open, because in many areas
I know, especially on North Campus, there were only about 10
people, including the RAs, who were staying in the dorms."
The decision to close the halls had at least one student angry.
"It's unfair as hell," said David Knieriem, a senior interna
tional studies major. "There are probably about 3,000 out-of-state
students, and there is not going to be enough room in
Craige for all those who have no other alternative than to stay in
"If they had given us warning, maybe even when we signed
our housing contracts, I personally wouldn't be so aggravated,"
Knieriem said. "But those of us who don't want to stay in
Craige are just going to be stuck."
King's birthday may be holiday
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON A White House
spokesman said Monday that President
Reagan is prepared to sign legislation
making Martin Luther King's birthday a
national holiday, but Sen. Jesse Helms,
R-N.C, launched a last-ditch fight
against Senate passage.
Helms, expected to face a tough re
election battle with Democratic Gov. Jim
Hunt next year, said there has been
"pressure, intimidation, even threats that
if senators do not vote for this, all sorts of
unhappy things will happen next year.
Well I'm not going to knuckle under."
Helms said he opposed a 10th national
holiday because, "We need more produc
tivity, not more leisure time."
But he also accused King of having a
Marxist philosophy and associating with
"Others may argue that Dr. King's
thought may have been merely Marxist in
its orientation," Helms said. "But the
trouble with that is that Marxism
Leninism, the official philosophy of com
munism, is an action-oriented revolu
"And Dr. King's action-oriented
Marxism about which he was cautioned
by the leaders of this country ... is not
compatible with the concepts of this
White House spokesman Anson
Franklin told a reporter in a telephone in
terview: "If the Martin Luther King bill
comes to the president's desk, he will sign
A spokesman for Senate Majority
Leader Howard Baker Jr., R-Tenn., who
asked not to be identified by name, con
firmed that Reagan's chief lobbyist, Ken
neth Duberstein, called the senator to
confirm Reagan would sign the bill.
Baker had planned to have a vote
Monday, but was stymied when Helms
objected that the measure had not been
approved for floor action by the Senate
Baker, Minority Leader Robert Byrd,
D-W.Va., and 15 other senators im
mediately filed a cloture petition to limit
debate on Helms' effort to block floor
The cloture motion, to limit debate to
one hour for each senator, needs 60 votes
to pass and could be voted on Wednesday
under Senate rules.
Wednesday's cloture vote, however,
would stop debate only on Helms' move
to delay consideration of the bill.
Another cloture motion would be needed
if he filibusters when actual debate
A determined Baker told reporters
before Helms spoke, "I'm going to pur
sue this until we pass it."
Baker said the King bill was not a par
tisan issue, adding, "There are some
senators with a flawless civil rights record
who are probably not going to support
this resolution the birthday legislation"
while others who opposed past civil rights
legislation would support it.
If signed into law this year, the bill
would begin observance of the holiday in
1986. King's birthday is Jan. 15. The holi
day would be observed on the third Mon
day of January. It would be only the se
- cond national holiday to honor an
American. The other honors George
- The House passage last August by a
338-90 vote marked the first time the
measure had made it through either
chamber, though it has been introduced
each year since King's assassination on
April 4, 1968.'
Helms also is preparing legislation to
block Internal Revenue Service action
against private and church schools that
discriminate against blacks.
Helms' budget amendment to elimi
nate funding for the new IRS enforce
ment efforts comes in the wake of court
decisions that may force such schools to
recruit black students and faculty.
The amendment would block court
orders putting private schools' tax ex
emptions at risk unless they can prove
they don't disaiminate.
A Mississippi court order affects
private and church schools that were
established or expanded while public
schools were being desegregated. Under
the threat of losing their tax-exempt
status, the schools must demonstrate to
the IRS they don't discriminate.
The case could affect similar schools
elsewhere because of a companion case
before the U.S. Supreme Court. In that
case, the court will decide the right of
black parents with children in public
schools to sue the IRS to force revocation
of the tax-exempt status of allegedly dis
criminatory schools in other states.
Civil rights groups plan to fight Helms'
attempt, similar to one defeated last
December by a 61-29 vote.
"We will oppose it," said Althea T.L.
Simmons, Washington lobbyist for the
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Greg Hawkins, a senior from Shelby and RA in Graham, has Kathy Ficklin, a senior from Laurinburg and RA
in Aycock, at gunpoint, but it's all just part of the game 'Assassin' now going on between the two dorms.
'Dying' to meet someone?
Meet people through assassination
By. AMY BRANEN
Got someone you're dying to meet? Why not plot their
That's how the men from Graham Residence Hall are
meeting the women next door. They're playing a game with
Aycock residents called "Assassin," where the object is to get
your victim before your victim gets you.
Players were given tombstone-shaped pieces of paper with
the name of a person who is to be their victim. Since then,
they've been hiding, spying, plotting and following their vic
tims until they get a chance to shoot them with plastic bullets
from toy guns. Bathrooms, residents' rooms and classrooms
are off-limits and the game is confined to campus.
After victims are "killed," they must turn over the name of
their victim to their assassin. The game continues until two
people remain to fight it out to the end.
The game was organized by Graham resident adviser Stuart
Long, who played the game when he was a student at the
University of Illinois.
"You get really imaginative," Long said. "When we
played, I sent my victim roses. It was really just an empty box,
and when a girl came down to get them I shot her.
"It turned out to be her roommate. I never did get (my vic
tim) though; I got shot in the back in the library."
Participation has been good, Long said, with 66 men from
Graham and about 30 women from Aycock playing.
The game officially started at 6 p.m. Thursday. "People
were watching the clock," said Graham resident and junior
Greg Holder. VThe shooting began at 6:01."
Holder said he was "killed" Thursday night. "A guy came
in and said there was a pizza delivery man downstairs who
wanted to talk to me," he said. "He warned me that there was
a girl down the hall waiting to shoot me. When I walked out
there, I saw the girl. But before I could draw my gun, I got
shot from behind by some other guy."
Several Graham participants said they were having fun play
ing the game.
"I think it's a great way to relieve tension," said Junior
Scott Wierrrian. "It's a great way to meet people and it adds a
"It makes you cautious," he added. "I'm already a little
afraid to go out."
The game is expected to last about a week and a half.