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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 91, issue 149
Friday, March 16, 1984
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By HEATHER HAY
A proposal to integrate one floor of a
North Campus dormitory for one year on
a voluntary basis will be considered at a
meeting of the Faculty Council today.
The proposal, forwarded by the
Chancellor's Committee on the Status of
Minorities and the Disadvantaged, is be
ing suggested as one method of improv
ing blackwhite relations at UNC, accor
ding to William Small, Committee
"Both sides have a lot to gain from an
experiment of this type," said Small.
"Most students come from very
homogeneous backgrounds, and I think
many have preconceived notions about
students of other races."
According to Student Body President
Paul Parker, also on the committee for
warding the proposal, the experiment is
"a step in the right direction."
"The basis of prejudice is ignorance,"
Parker said. "What we hope this will do
is increase awareness. If you're aware,
and you can see from different cultures
and backgrounds, you can see how
ridiculous prejudice actually is."
If the Faculty Council, an advisory
board to the chancellor, approves the
proposal, it will go before the chancellor.
Small said the proposal included a
recommendation from the committee to
continue the current University Housing
policy of allowing freshmen to choose
room assignments. The committee is also
recommending roommate questionnaires
be revised to include questions which
could encourage integration.
"There are students who want to live in
integrated housing, and there are students
who would just like to try it out," Small
said. "It would provide a more integrated
environment of North Campus."
Recommending the integration of an
entire dormitory would not have been
feasible, Small said. "Only 8 or 9 percent
of the students here are black, and involv
ing enough black students to integrate an
entire dormitory would have greatly af
fected the remaining black population.
"A key consideration is that this hous
ing arrangement is experimental," he
said. "As a start towards more equitable
distribution of blacks and whites on cam
pus, it's worthy of experimentation."
Faculty member Barnett
continues to act and direct
By MIKE TRUELL
This is the fifth in a series of articles
about UNC faculty.
She speaks of Shakespearean dramas
with a smile across her face and a sparkle
in ther eyes. Slowly, the dark-haired
woman leans back in her chair and begins
to reminisce about her earlier days when
she and 13 others performed plays
throughout the country. She laughs and
recounts her job as a Chicago script girl
and her work with the Writers' Guild..
These are what Patricia Barnett calls
her "young and foolish days."
Although she never won a Tony for ac
ting, an Emmy for writing or an Oscar
for directing, the UNC associate pro
fessor of drama says she has led a rich life
doing the things she enjoys.
"It's the kind of thing you wouldn't
take a million dollars for now, but you
wouldn't give a plugged nickel to do
again," she says.
Barnett says her involvement with the
performing arts came about almost by ac
cident. "I became a theater major in col
lege by default," she says. Barnett ex
plains that after graduating from St.
Catherine's College at St. Paul, Minn.,
with a bachelor of arts in Spanish, she
was waiting to receive a graduate scholar
ship from a college in Peru.
"But something happened; The
scholarship was delayed. But luckily
another one was waiting for me at
Catholic University of America's theater
department. So I went there."
After graduating from Catholic
University of America in . 1952, Barnett
made one of her first serious attempts at
making a career of acting.
"When I got out of school, I became
involved in a small company that
toured," she says. "We took our own
costumes and lights and music and make
up and all piled into a big red truck and
traveled around the country. We played
one-night stands all over. It was a
"Of course I'd never have the stamina
to do it again."
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Death-penalty protestors held Thursday night a vigil and a march in Raleigh, protesting the execution by
lethal injection of convicted murderer.James W. Hutchins.
Smith disagrees with momentum theory,
says UNC is ready for NCAA tourney
By MICHAEL DeSISTI
; The regular season has been history for
two weeks now, with the ACC Tourna
ment heding on one. North Carolina's
third season begins on Saturday, and a
few of the experts on basketball fate and
fortune have said it might be short.
... Dean Smith wasn't one of them.
'Tdon't biiy that momentum theory,"
the North Carolina coach said. "Some
one said that Carolina hasn't done well in
the (NCAA) tournament if 'we didn't win
the (ACQ Tournament. There are a lot
of cases where you end up on a bad note
in the ACC Tournament and come on
and do well. So I'm not buying that at
What most are willing to buy is that the
Tar Heel team that dropped a two-point
decision to Duke in the ACC Tournament
semifinals last Saturday was not the same
team that won 21 straight games and all
14 regular-season conference contests.
The difference? Two hands, for the
Barnett turns to her right and points at
two pictures of the company hanging on
the wall of her office.
"That's us," she says. "We were in
volved in an experiment a pilot pro
gram where the Department of
Defense sent the Shakespeare and
Moliere that we were playing to the com
bat zone in Korea. And we also went to
The "experiment" worked so well that
the group was asked to return to Korea
the following year. Eventually, the
government program that sends young
college entertainers overseas grew out of
this "experiment." .
"But now they don't go to the combat
After her Korea war days, Barnett
worked as a script girl for a Chicago NBC
station that originated network broad
casts. She says that she also met quite a
few celebrities during her job there.
"We saw a lot of famous people com
ing through," she says. "And Eddie Ar
nold used to come in and sit on my desk
and sing once in a while," she adds with a
slight trace of a chuckle."
"I didn't think of them as names. I
thought of how good they were to work
with or what fun they were backstage,"
Barnett's job as a script girl consisted
of gathering information for the weather
and news reports, making sure the props
were ready, checking the timing of the
shows, and just making sure everything
was in order.
She left her job in Chicago after a year,
and in 1957 went to New York to try to be
a script girl there. She was, however, un
successful. "One of the reasons why 1 couldn't get
a job like that when I went to New York
was because it was assumed that it was
the next step to becoming a director," she
says. "And whereas we had women direc
tors in Chicago, they did not have them
on the east coast. Now they wouldn't
dare do such a thing."
See BARNETT on page 3
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North Carolina plays its first game of
the 1984 NCAA Tournament in Charlotte
Saturday against Temple, a 65-63 winner
Thursday night against St. John's. And
the Tar Heels will match each of their two
losses in 29 games with an injured starter.
Point guard Kenny Smith started his
first two games last weekend since frac
turing his left wrist Jan. 29. Center Brad
PaughCTty, wha strajned a ndon in his
ngnt nana m practice Marcn 7, sat out
UNC's first-round win over Clemson and
fouled out against Duke with only 19
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"I don't lik6 looking out there and see
ing two guys with bandages on their
hands," Smith said.
"As far as injuries go, if you know
ahead of time you can plan accordingly. .
But I think we'll be healthy on
Dean Smith said North Carolina will
g with seven starters, so to speak, in ".the :t.
NCAAsl Steve Hale, who wowed people'
See PREVIEW on page 6
during the ACC tournament. The
The Associated Press
RALEIGH Gov. Jim Hunt refused
Thursday to halt the scheduled 2 a.m.
Friday execution of James W. Hutchins, .
who was sentenced to death for the slay
ings of three law officers almost five years
ago'. . '.- , ' ,
Hutchins' execution would be the 15th
since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated
capital punishment in 1976. It would be
the third execution in the nation by lethal
injection. The last occurred Wednesday
when James David Atitry was executed in
.Texas.'. . ' ; :
While Hunt prepared Thursday to an
nounce his decision to let the execution
proceed, Hutchins visited with his wife,
Geneva, at Central Prison in Raleigh. His
wife left the prison around 4:30 p.m.
Prison spokeswoman Patty McQuillan
Thursday night said Hutchins would be
allowed a private "contact" meeting with
his wife from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in a
small room at the prison.
She said two or three guards would
view the private meeting through a win
McQuillan said Hutchins would strip
to his undershirts and socks before being
taken to a preparation room about 1 a.m.
She said intravenous needles would be in
serted into his arms and a saline solution
would drip into his veins from about 1:30
a.m. until 2 a.m., when he would be
taken to the death chamber on a gurney.
When the execution occurs, three tech
nicians standing behind a curtain press
plungers, none knowing who will ad
minister the lethaj drug, she said..
Marchers protest death penalty
By WAYNE THOMPSON
' Staff Writer
RALEIGH Capital punishment op
ponents gathered here Thursday night to
demonstrate against what one protester
called an "ineffective strategy" for deal
ing with violent crime today's 2 a.m.
execution of convicted killer James W.
After protesters held a silent vigil at the
Church of the Good Shepherd on
McDowell Street, about 65 of them
started the 45-minute march to Central
Prison. Two protesters held a sign
reading "We walk for life."
Tony Clarke-Sayer, head of North
Carolinians Against the Death Penalty,
said the purpose of the march was to bear
witness to the group's conviction that the
death penalty was wrong.
"It's wrong, unjust and ineffective
strategy for dealing with violent crime,"
he said. "It's our belief that through
Edmisten, N.C.'s 'top cop, '
aims for state's highest office
By WAYNE THOMPSON
Sixth in a series on candidates for
RALEIGH North Carolina At
torney General : Ruf us Edmisten's head
was bowed low, his voice soft as he
sought to reassure a woman whose elderly
husband had not returned for several
hours from a fishing trip.
"Mrs. Stilley, I'll say a little prayer for
you myself," he said. "I'm going to hope
for the best." Hanging up the phone, he
turned and said "there's probably not
much hope," and continued with the in
terview. "He probably fell out of the
boat in the rough seas and drowned. He
called a sheriff he knew on the coast and
asked him to help search for the man.
Such a call is typical of the day-to-day
chores of the position Edmisten has held
since 1974, he said. "I get calls sometimes
from 10, 20 people a day, just ordinary
people, asking for help. That's what
makes the job challenging." ,
But Edmisten's biggest challenge of his
political career may be just ahead the
May 8 Democratic primary. According to
the latest Carolina Poll taken by the UNC
School of Journalism, Edmisten and
former Charlotte Mayor Eddie Knox are
in a dead heat in the government race. Of
the 587 North Carolina Democrats who
said they planned to vote in the May
primary, 20 percent favored Edmisten,
and 20 percent favored Knox. The two
are seven percentage points above the
nearest Democratic challengers, D.M.
"Lauch" Faircloth and Jimmy Green.
"Not one of those is better able to han
dle the job than I am," Edmisten. "As
the state's top cop for 10 years, I've
worked in all branches of state govern
ment, from the governor's office to the
"In my humble opinion, that .qualifies
me as the best candidate for' governor,"
he said as he picked up his pipe, lit it and
She said Hutchins was reading a news
paper about 8 p.m. and had received 14
letters Thursday, including one from his
She said Hutchins continued to refuse
food through the evening and had not ac
cepted an offer from warden Nathan Rice
for paper or a tape recorder to make a
Two witnesses and an alternate arrived
at the prison shortly after 7 p.m. Capt.
Ray Dixon and Chief Jailer Luke Rober
son of the Rutherford County Sheriffs
Department were to witness the execu
tion. Sgt. Herbert Scruggs of the sheriff's
department is an alternate. -'
Scruggs, on his way into the prison,
said he thought the lethal injection
method chosen by Hutchins was "the
"He should die the way our men did,"
Scruggs said. , '
The last execution in the state was Oct.
27, 1961, when Theodore Boykin died in
the gas chamber for the rape and murder
of a Duplin County housewife.
Hutchins selected as his execution
method a lethal injection of drugs
sodium thiopental to induce a deep sleep
and the paralytic drug procuronium
bromide to cause death;
Hutchins was sentenced to die in
September 1979 for the shooting deaths
of Rutherford County Sheriffs Deputy
Owen Messersmith and state Highway
Patrol trooper Robert L. "Pete" Peter
son. He was also sentenced to life in
, prison for the death of Deputy Roy
. witnessing with this march tonight we can
raise the public consciousness on this
About 11 p.m.r Hutchins' attorney,
Joseph Cheshire V, said he was despon
dent over his client's fate. "He's a very
strong man," Cheshire said. "He's at
peace with his God. And he's probably
stronger than most of the rest of us.."
Cheshire also said he felt Gov. Jim
Hunt's refusal Thursday to commute
Hutchins' sentence was not done because
of any political reasons.
During the march to Central. Prison,
Patrick O'Neill of Greensville carried a
sign that read, "Jim Hunt is not God."
"I find it hard to believe that Jim Hunt
was uncognizant of the political issue in
volved with the death penalty," he said.
Recent public opinion polls show that a
majority of North Carolinians favor the
See PROTESTS on page 2
Ruf us Edmisten
leaned back in his chair.
"I think the most important problem
facing the state in the next decade is the
lack of a basic education for North
Carolina," he said. "Almost one-sixth of
the adult population are functional il
literates. "To begin bringing back dignity to our
schools and reaping the talent and poten
tial of our students, 1 have called for rais
ing starting teacher salaries to $20,000,"
he said. Money to fund the raises, he add
ed, could come from the state budget
surplus and improvements in the state's
tax collection ability.
While paternalistic on education, a
query about his stand on crime causes
Edmisten to lean forward in his chair.
"I'm somewhat of a fanatic about
drug pushers," he said of his creation of
the state's first drug squad within the
State Bureau of Investigation.
See EDMISTEN on page 3