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Copyright 1986 The Daily Tar Heel
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 94, Issue 42
Thursday, April 24, 1986
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By SCOTT FOWLER
Forty-four men and women
swimmers have signed a petition request
ing the resignation of head coach Frank
Comfort, The Daily Tar Heel has
The petition, which was examined by
the DTH, states that swimmers have
. "a thorough lack of confidence" and a
"sense that there will be no improve
ment without a coaching change."
Twelve swimmers did not sign the
petition, and two names had been
scratched out. Several of the swimmers
not signing the petition, including
women's co-captain Susan O'Brien, said
they did not perceive any problems with
Three senior swimmers co-captain
Randy Hyre, Dirk Marshall and Dan
Hamilton expressed the 44 team
members' grievances to UNC athletic
director John Swofford earlier this
week, Marshall said. "When we went
to the athletic department, we felt we
were stonewalled," he said.
"He didn't set up any more meetings
with us, or say he would do anything
real specific," Hyre said.
Swofford. contacted Wednesday in
Greensboro, said he had planned a
meeting Monday with Comfort, who
recently completed his ninth year
coaching at UNC. Comfort is out of
town at an NCAA swimming conven
tion in Ponte Vedra, Fla. He was
reached after repeated attempts at 12:40
a.m. today, but did not wish to com
ment on the situation.
"I consider (the situation) very
important for two reasons," Swofford
said. "One, it concerns one of our teams
and the individual student-athletes on
that team, and two, it concerns the
career and livelihood of one of our
coaches. Coach Comfort has done an
excellent job for a number of years."
Comfort coached the men's team to
a second-place ACC finish this season,
behind Clemson, and the women's team
to its sixth straight conference cham
pionship. He has been conference
women's Coach of the Year three times
in 1982, 1984 and 1985.
However, the petitioners said, the
records are misleading. "About 10
percent of the swimmers have improved
their times in maybe one of three events,
and that's terrible," Hyre said.
"I personally feel like 1 have gone
backwards," said one of the petitioners.
Like seven other underclassmen
swimmers who signed the petition and
were interviewed, he asked not to be
identified for fear of losing his scho
larship. "The raw talent on this team
is incredible, and it literally goes to
waste. There is no leadership."
Hyre agreed. "Every year we have
been here no one has really been happy
with the swim team," Hyre said.
"Everybody kind of knows Frank is not
a good coach, but they lived with it."
Until this year. Several of the fresh
men on the team approached Hyre and
Marshall earlier this month, Hyre said.
"(They wanted) to see if we could do
anything, since we didn't have anything
to lose," according to Hyre, who along
with Marshall and Hamilton had used
up all their eligibility.
"Too many people were angry, and
not doing anything about it," according
to one diver, who wished to remain
anonymous. "This was a very serious
matter, and we wanted to be taken
Marshall and Hyre then drew up a
petition and called a team meeting,
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Hyre said. "We told them if they would
like to go about doing this, we had a
petition written up," he said. Thirty-five
of the 37 swimmers at the meeting
signed then, according to Hyre, and
nine more signed later.
O'Brien, a sophomore, did not sign
the petition. "Personally, Frank has not
done anything to me to hurt my
swimming," she said. "He's bent over
backwards for me. He does for
Another swimmer, who wished to
remain anonymous, did not sign the
petition, but said he did feel pressure
See SWIMMING page 8A
By RACHEL ORR
Student input will be a factor in the
Endowment Board's vote today on
divestiture, board members said
"Of course we're considering student
input," said board member W. Travis
Porter. "If there hadn't been much
student input, I wouldn't have even
considered the issue," he said.
If the University divests, Porter said,
$.75 million would be lost from the
present investment holdings. He said
every financial analyst he had talked to
said UNC would lose money if p
holdings in South Africa were com
The money in these investments went
for scholarships and grants for students
and faculty members, he said.
"I'm very concerned about those
students who wouldn't be able to attend
without those scholarships," he said.
Board member Robert C. Eubanks
Jr. said that although he considered
student input on the issue, he felt his
primary job on the Endowment Board
was to protect the University's assets.
"I look more at what divestiture will
do to the returns," Eubanks said.
Earl N. Phillips Jr., also a board
member, said, "They've (students) made
a very good, strong point on the issue
of total divestment."
However, he said, divestment's oppo
nents also have presented a strong case.
"It's not a black and white issue,"
He said no one on the Endowment
Board favored apartheid, the South
African system of government where a
white minority rules the black majority.
The real debate, he said, was whether
it was more effective to influence South
Africa through divestment or through
Eubanks said the United States
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way to do that was through funding
American corporations doing business
in South Africa.
"I think (divestment) is exactly the
wrong direction," he said.
Chancellor Christopher C. Fordham
III said he thought vocal student
concern on the issue was healthy for
the University and the United States.
"I'm pleased that our students are
concerned about oppression in a foreign
land," he said.
Personally, Fordham said, he main
tained a pro-divestment stand. But
See BOARD page 8A
unpport gFoep set
to rally, msurdhi
before board meets
By JO FLEISCHER ,
The Anti-Apartheid Support Group
plans to march from Morehead Planet
arium to the Carolina Inn this morning
to demand that the Endowment Board
divest of all its funds in businesses
operating in South Africa.
The board is meeting today to
consider divestment following their
special meeting on the issue on April
4, when they voted unanimously to
postpone the decision. Board members
said they needed to study information
that would be made available before the
regular meeting April 24.
The support group plans to meet for
a short rally at the planetarium before
marching, said Robert Reid-Pharr, a
"It's an open meeting, and we plan
to go to the Board of Trustees meeting
and wait out their decision," he said.
Support group member Paul Pick
hardt said he hoped a lot of supporters
would participate in the march and go
to the meeting to show the board that
the support group was more than just
the "lunatic fringe."
"We want to show the board that we
have broad support," Pickhardt said.
"If it doesn't have any effect at this
particular meeting it will give them
something to remember in the future."
Support group members and their
supporters agree that there is little
chance that the Endowment Board will
'It doesn't look like they
will (divest). In looking at
their past votes, there seems
to be a split on the board,
with two members in favor
of divestment and four against
it. ' Bryan Hassel
vote to divest. They say they are
planning to continue the anti-apartheid
movement in the event that divestment
does not occur.
"It doesn't look like they will (div
est)," said Student Body President
Bryan Hassel. "In looking at their past
votes there seems to be a split on the
board, with two members in favor of
divestment and four against it.
"We're looking toward the long
term," Hassel said. "Over the summer
well be doing research to try to refute
their arguments and have something
concrete to back up our position."
Eric "Wacko" Walker, a support
group member, agreed: "They will
probably not vote for total divestment,
but it's a good possibility they may
approve some sort of scholarship aid
for black South Africans. This will be
good, but it will fall short of our goals
so well start the protests anew in the
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UNC's Jim Stone dives for home plate while N.C. State catcher Jim
McNamara lunges to make the tag. Stone was safe, but the Tar Heels
lost the game, 7-4, after a Wolfpack rally in the ninth inning. See story
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By MATTHEW FURY
As Tommy Warlick lazily sauntered up to his audience
in Carmichael Auditorium on Wednesday night, he hardly
seemed to be the kind of guy who would have anything
to do with a mikeman competition. His shoulders drooped
and he looked rather bored in his two-piece suit.
But then the junior from Gastonia kicked off his shoes
and woke up the crowd with a mock striptease. Throwing
his trousers over his shoulder, Warlick displayed a big
blue letter T" on his shorts. He ripped off four more
layers of lettered shorts that finally spelled out T-A-R-H-E-E-L-S."
The crowd of about 250 was his.
' They responded wildly as he broke his silence with his
first cheer. He screamed out "C-A-R-O-L-l-N-A" until
he was red in the face.
Twenty-seven randomly selected student judges chose
Warlick over four other contestants as 1987 mikeman.
The only criterion for being a judge was to have attended
at least four Carolina football games.
While the primary quality a mikeman needed was
enthusiasm, the contestants were also judged on their
ability to handle difficult crowd situations. UNC
Gymnastics Team Coach Derek Galvin, who hosted the
competition, asked each contestant to show how he would
handle the following situation in football game: "It's fourth
and two on the two-yard line. (The opposition is) driving
to vsin the game with 10 seconds left on the clock. The
score is 14-10 in our favor."
"WeVe been in that situation a lot this year," Warlick
responded. "But we're winning. We're actually winning!"
The first contestant to take the stage was sophomore
Gary Davis from Fuquay-Varina. "They call me rock
because . . . (Davis smashes a beer can on his head), and
they call me roll because ... (He lifts his shirt and sticks
out his stomach)." He then dropped his blue-flowered
apron to show "rock and roll" written on the seat of
"I used to live in Fuquay-Varina, but now I go to
college," he said, as he took off his Fuquay-Varina
sweatshirt to show one underneath, reading "College."
Davis then left the stage as he entered it, spreading
his arms out and pretending to fly like an airplane.
Kenn Troum, the only freshman in the contest, wore
an oversized black suit and a long polka-dotted tie. He
led the crowd in what he said has been a longtime unofficial
cheer at Carolina football games: "Please, don't throw
Troum, who is from Greensboro, overcame a rough
moment in which he forgot a cheer in his routine. When
an audience member called out "Go Big Blue Machine,"
Troum identified that as his forgotton cheer.
Junior Eric Walker from New Bern asked the crowd
to make enough noise to wake up his ventriloquist's doll
See MIKEMAN page 8A
'86 commencement will ffeatmnre
traditional speech by new governor
By SMITHSON MILLS
Commencement exercises for the class of 1986 will begin
Sunday, May 11 at 10 a.m. in Kenan Stadium or in the
Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center in case of rain,
a report from the UNC News Bureau announced.
Governor James G. Martin, UNC President CD.
Spangler, and Senior Class President John Kennedy will
speak, the report said.
Kennedy said he will emphasize to graduates that UNC
will still need their support after they have left Chapel Hill.
The senior class has a lot to be proud of in respect to its
commitments and contributions to its members and the entire
University, he said.
Kennedy said the class of 1986 should retain its unity
even after graduation. "We need to keep our cohesiveness
and class identity. If anything, I feel our class identity will
increase after we graduate."
Governor Martin's appearance at commencement will be
part of a long running tradition at UNC, he said. "It's a
tradition that the Governor speak at commencement at UNC
his first full year in office," he said.
After the commencement excercises, Chancellor Chris
topher C. Fordham III will host a reception for parents,
graduates, and visitors on the Polk Place lawn near South
Building, the report said.
The report said that during the weekend of May 9-11
a whole host of alumni, graduation, and awards ceremonies
will be held around campus.
Alumni reunion activities will begin with the Friday Frolic
all-class social and supper May 9 on Fetzer Field at 5:30
p.m., and run through Sunday, finishing with the Old
Students Club luncheon at 12:30 at the Carolina Inn. The
annual alumni luncheon will be at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at
the Carolina Inn.
Commissioning ceremonies will be held Saturday at 2 p.m.
for the Navy ROTC in Hill Hall and for the Air Force
ROTC at 2 p.m. in the Hanes Art Center Auditorium.
Several schools and departments will hold ceremonies on
Sunday. They are as follows:
At I p.m.: The MBA Class of 1986 in Carroll Hall; the
Department of Chemistry in Kenan Laboratories; the School
of Journalism in Hill Hall; the School of Business
Administration in the Great Hall of the Carolina Union;
the Department of Classics in 212 Murphey Hall; and the
Department of Mathematics in the Fetzer Courtyard.
At 1:30 p.m.: The Department of Physics and Astronomy
in 215 Phillips Hall.
At 2 p.m.: The School of Library Science in 209 Manning
Hall; the School of Social Work in 100 Hamilton Hall; and
the School of Nursing in the Smith Student Activities Center.
At 3 p.m.: The School of Dentistry in Memorial Hall;
the School of Pharmacy in Hill Hall; and the School of
Public Health in Carroll' Hall.
The School of Law will have a special ceremony at 5
p.m. in Memorial Hall.
The years teach much which the days never know. Ralph Waldo Emerson