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Copyright 1 986 The Daily Tar Heel
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 94, Issue 17
Wednesday, March 19, 13SS
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
News Sports Arts 962-C245
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By RACHEL STIFFLER
The UNC Anti-Apartheid Support Group obtained
approval to erect a shanty in front of the South Building
Tuesday morning after hours of discussion with Chancellor
Christopher C. Fordham III and University Police.
The group received permission minutes before a rally in
support of University divestment from South Africa was to
begin in the Pit. Later in the afternoon, group members
set up two more shanties.
The controversy began about 5 a.m. when the group began
setting up the shanties to express sympathy for the black
South Africans who live in similar structures. Group members
were approached by campus policemen who wanted to know
if they had obtained permission to build the structures,
according to member Paul Pickhardt, a junior from
About an hour later, the police returned to the site and
said the shanties would have to be taken down, said
HermanBennett, a group member and one of the rally's
"They said this was defacing state property and demanded
that we call the groundskeeper," said Bennett, a senior from
Chapel Hill. UI said I'd rather call someone from Student
Affairs. ... I eventually called Chancellor Fordham. He was
upset that we had called him at 6:30 (a.m.).
"He thought it was very inconsiderate. He said he wasn't
sure he'd give us permission."
Bennett said Major Charles E. Mauer of the security office
arrived on the scene about two minutes later, saying that
Fordham had called him and that the police would take
the structures down if the group members did not remove
Under the supervision of police, physical plant workers
dismantled the shanties shortly before 8 a.m. Group members
protested, saying the fate of the shanties paralleled the plight
of black South Africans banished from their homes by the
nation's white government officials.
Mauer said he decided to have the shanties taken down
because the organization had not asked for permission to
"Any time someone puts up something like that without
having permission to do it, I have the authority to take
it down," he said.
Fordham said he did not order Mauer to remove the
shanties He called campus security after talking to Bennett,
he said, because he wanted to know if the students had
obtained approval from campus police.
He said that when he learned from campus police that
they had not granted permission to construct anything, he
told Mauer that the police did not "have to leave the structures
standing. He added that he did not tell the police they had
to remove the buildings.
"I told them I would not interfere," Fordham said. "No
one had given me a clear request . . . (to put up the shanties).
I had no basis on which to make a decision at 6:30 in the
morning. I told him (Bennett) to submit a proposal to me
later in the morning and I would consider it then."
As he watched the workers removing the shanties, Student
Body President Bryan Hassel said he would submit a request
to Fordham to allow the group to reconstruct the shanties
before the rally scheduled for 12:15. o ' V
"I think it was a hasty move to take them down before
anybody had a chance to talk about it," he said.
The answer to H asset's request came shortly before noon.
Fordham agreed to make an exception in the Facilities Use
Policy to allow for the shanties as long as certain restrictions
were followed, Hassel said.
In a letter to Hassel and group member Dale McKinley,
Fordham specified that the structures were not to extend
more than 10 feet south of the "patio area" in front of the
building. Other restrictions prohibited disturbance of normal
classroom activities and called for the structures to be
removed and the area completely cleaned by noon on March
UI determined that I would make an exception because
the proposal was very responsibly framed," Fordham said.
"It was clearly the wish of a significant number of students
to express a concern over an issue."
After quickly reassembling one of the shanties, group
members went to the Pit and began their rally.
Reading from a press statement, group member Cassandra
Butts told the crowd that the UNC Endowment Board
invested almost $6 million in 33 corporations operating in
the Republic of South Africa.
"Through these investments, UNC in effect lends support
to and profits from institutional racism," she said, adding
that the group is demanding "immediate and full divestiture
of all of the University's funds from South Africa."
She said that even though the student body voted
overwhelmingly in favor of amendments calling for
divestment in the 1983 and 1986 campus elections, the
Endowment Board had responded by emphasizing that its
purpose is to maximize profits.
"Therefore, we, the members of the UNC Anti-Apartheid
Support Group, find no other alternative but to express our
outrage by building this shantytown and engaging in peaceful
protest," Butts said. "We pledge to continue until our
demands for divestiture are met."
The group is demanding a boycott of the securities of
all banks and corporations doing business with South Africa,
Butts said. They are also calling for an emergency meeting
between a delegation of group members and the Endowment
Board to discuss the group's divestiture proposal.
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By VICKI DAUGHTRY '
Americans must learn to think for
a living if the United States is to
continue to compete in a world econ
omy filled with cheap labor, former
N.C. Governor Jim Hunt said Tuesday
night in a speech to the UNC College
Democrats in the Student Union.
Hunt was the final speaker in a series
of lectures sponsored by the College
Democrats. Elected in 1980, he served
as governor until 1984, when he lost
to incumbent Republican Jesse Helms
for a Senate seat.
Hunt said that the United States
cannot, and should not, compete with
the abundance of cheap labor in the
Another potential area of competi
tion in the world economy is the amount
of capital gained by investment, he said.
However, Hunt said the most capital
intensive steel plant v in the world is
located in Korea.
"In this world environment in which
we're forced to live and compete, there's
only one way for us to survive and have
the kinds of opportunities we want for
ourselves and our children," he said.
"We have to become the center of new
ideas and innovation, a place where new
things are constantly bubbling up."
Hunt also predicted for a new
approach for the Democratic Party in
"The chances are excellent that the
Democratic Party will nominate the
man or woman who will be president
in 1988," Hunt said. "For this reason,
we ought to be thinking very hard about
what we're going to do with the
presidency in terms of leading the nation
and even the world."
Hunt said the United States can again
assert the clear leadership that it once
enjoyed in the post-World War II days
by focusing on superb education.
Education will provide for the emer
gence of the thinking generation which
will lead the nation in the world
economy, he said.
"That superb education should pro
duce the brightest and most imaginative
young people in the world," Hunt said.
"We Ye got to develop people who can
think and reason, people whose brains,
imagination, and hearts have become
sensitive to the needs of the nation."
Hunt said he felt that the Reagan
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administration has probably been the
greatest failure in providing leadership
"We ought to have the goal of making
America's schools the best in the world,
where every child can develop them
selves to the fullest," Hunt said.
He said that in the next seven years,
one-half of all America's teachers will
retire. The political landscape of the
post-Reagan years will be different,
providing Democrats with more of art
advantage in improving education, he
"We can either make our schools far
better than they are now or, if we don't
get the right kinds of people, we can
make them worse," he said. .
Hunt said that education is critically
important, thus emphasizing that we
must realize that teachers are, as a
result, some of the most important
people in the nation.
By GUY LUCAS
Students need more writing in their courses, according
to a report from a Faculty Council committee.
The Ad Hoc Committee on Writing Across the Curriculum
was established at the Faculty Council meeting Sept. 20,
1985, at the suggestion of council Chairman George A.
Committee Chairman George W. Houston said both
faculty and students needed a greater understanding of the.
importance of writing.
"What we ultimately decided was there are good programs
on campus to help students develop what we call the basic
skills of writing," he said. "What seems to be lacking is a
more general understanding ... of the link between one's
analytical and thinking abilities and one's writing ability."
The report recommends that all freshmen who place out
of English 1 and 2 be required to take one composition
course during their first year. This requirement could be
met by any of the 30-level English courses or the English
29 honors course, the report says.
Only 5 or 6 percent of all freshmen place out of English
1 and 2, and some of those students register for English
29 or one of the 30-level courses, the report states, so there
shouldn't be too much impact on course enrollment if this
recommendation is adopted.
The report also recommends eventually requiring all
sophomores, juniors and seniors to register each semester
for at least one course with a major writing element. These
courses would be designated by the letter "W" with their
Houston said developing new courses for the requirement
wouldn't be necessary. The writing elements of many existing
courses could be strengthened, he said.
The report says the requirement could be met by any course
with a "W" designation. "W" courses taken to fulfill other
requirements could be used to fulfill this requirement.
Houston said the requirement would cut down on the
amount of choice students have in the courses they could
"I think it will probably cut down somewhat," he said.
"I'd like to avoid putting students in any kind of a bottle
The report also recommends:
Expanding the Writing Center's staff, facilities and
responsibilities, and giving the center access to computer
Appointing a "writing advocate" for each department
who would serve as liaison between the department and the
Writing Center. The advocate also would make faculty aware
of resources available to help develop writing components
in their courses and special writing programs in each
department or school.
Strong administration support for the English
department's current, program to work with secondary
schools to improve writing instruction in those schools.
Through its surveys of faculty and students, the committee
found that 65 percent of the students said their teachers
rarely, if ever, wrote useful comments on their writing
assignments, while 85 percent of the faculty said they provided
Houston said he wasn't sure why students and faculty
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Editor's note: This is the first in a series of profiles
on UNC students that will appear on Wednesdays.
By MARTHA WALLACE
When asked to describe her, three adjectives came to
mind without hesitation compassionate, cooperative
Joanne Gilbert, coach of the Carolina Forensics Team,
added, "You know, all those adjectives you use to describe
the ones you love," as she spoke of Vicki Barrett.
And what's not to love? Barrett, a senior speech
communication major from Springfield, Va,, has come
a long way since she joined the Carolina Forensics Team
three years ago.
As a freshman, still getting used to the idea of college,
Barrett was able to not only keep up in her classes, but
participate in Individual Events competition with the
team. This involved travelling to other universities to
compete in public speaking and interpretation of literature
at the local, regional and national level.
"UNC competes in regional tournaments," explained
Bill Balthrop, director of the team, "we donl have enough
money to compete nationally."
UNC may not compete in the national tournament,
but Barrett has qualified nationally for the past three years.
"It's a privilege just to qualify," Gilbert said. "Vicki
has done several events each year. Currently, she's
qualified in one event, and almost qualified in four other
The Carolina Forensics Team is ranked in the top three
schools at almost every inter-collegiate tournament, and,
Balthrop said, Barrett has been very instrumental in the
success of the team, earning close to 70 awards. '
Her contribution to the forensics team doesn't end with
Last year, as a junior, Barrett was voted team captain,
where her duties included administrative and clerical work
for the team. This year, she was selected by her teammate
as president of the Forensics Union, a co-curricular group.
"This is a testimony of the high regard she is held in
by her peers," Balthrop sad.
Her new position involves organizing the team for
various events, helping the captain and giving a lot of
moral support. This seems to come easy to Barrett, who.
in addition to competing with, and captaining the team,
often helps out the coach with the dirty work.
"Even as it isn't her designated position, that doesn't
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