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Copyright 1987 The Daily Tar Heel
Volume 95, Issue 8
Wednesday, February 25, 1987
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Members of the Carolina
By MEG CRADDOCK
Chilly temperatures and cloudy
skies didn't keep members of the
Carolina Committee on Central
America from holding an hour
long vigil at noon Tuesday as
more than 30 people stood in a
line that stretched the length of
The silent vigil marked the
beginning of a 24-hour fast
scheduled to end at noon today
with a rally in the Pit.
By TOM CAMP
Walter Spearman, author, per
former and professor emeritus of
journalism at UNC, died Tuesday in
N.C. Memorial Hospital of compli
cations from cancer. He was 79.
"He reached out and touched
thousands literally thousands
of lives as a teacher, writer, friend,
confidant and adviser," Richard
Cole, dean of the School of Jour
nalism, said Tuesday.
Spearman's success in teaching
was his greatest achievement. Cole
His understanding of what college
students go through and his sincere
commitment to excellence in educa
tion contributed to Spearman's
popularity and success throughout
his 43-year career at the University,
"He could put himself in students'
shoes." Cole said. "He could see
things through their eyes. He knew
what made them want to read and
write well. He was truly an inspi
rational teacher. He was an
; Spearman taught courses in edi
torial writing and literary and
dramatic criticism to more than
5,000 UNC students. He served as
a faculty adviser for many campus
organizations, and he performed in
85 Playmakers Theatre productions,
as well as two movies. He retired
from full-time teaching in 1978.
While a student at UNC, Spear
man became editor of the Daily Tar
Heel, receiving an award for being,
the best college editor in North
He was also associate editor of the
Yackety Yack, president of the N.C.
Collegiate Press, president of Phi
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The participants held signs that
read. "Let Peace Prevail." "U.S.
out of Central America" and "It's
1987 Do You Know Where
Your Army Is?" Other signs
quoted statistics of the number of
people killed in many Central
Some of the people at the vigil
were not members of the organ
ization but were interested in the
cause, said Ashley Osmont, a
member of the committee.
"We feel that there is a certain
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After graduating from UNC in'
1929, Spearman worked as a repor
ter, columnist and book editor for
The Charlotte News. He became a
UNC faculty member in 1935 and
earned his master's degree in 1937.
Spearman was "the lodge's local
grandfather figure," said Todd Hart,
UNC Chi Psi president. "He would
come over and speak to the pledges
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the Pit to protest Reagan's 'brutal'
consciousness toward Reagan's
brutal policy in Central Amer
ica." Osmont said. "This con
sciousness is clear by the numbers
we have today."
Two staff members from the
Institute for Research in Social
Science also participated in the
Diana McDuffee. director of
the social science data library at
the institute and chairwoman of
the Carolina Interfaith Task
Force on Central America, said
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she felt the two groups should
support each other.
"The work the Carolina Com
mittee on Central America does
is really important," McDuffee
said. "When they can turn out a
crowd like this, they demonstrate
that there are students concerned
with social justice."
Groups on 40 campuses across
the country are participating in
fasts lasting anywhere from one
See VIGIL page 7
WXYC -nominated for award
By MARK FOLK
UNC's student-run radio station
WXYC was recently nominated for
alternative station of the year by
Gavin Report, a national radio and
"WXYC was nominated as one of
the top radio stations for both its
outstanding service to the commun
ity and to the University," Peter
Standish, editor of alternative sta
tions for Gavin Report, said
WXYC was one of only three
college radio stations nominated for
the award. The other three stations
nominated were commercial sta
tions. Although 91 X in San Diego
By LAURA PEARLMAN
After Monday's residence hall
lottery, fewer students were left
wondering where to pitch tents for
next semester, thanks to the lower
number of housing applications this
Fewer students tried to get back
into their residence halls this year
than in past years. University hous
ing officials said.
On South Campus, almost all
students were successful in their
residence hall lotteries, area directors
"Many more people were shut out
last , year," said Roger Nelson, area
director for Morrison Residence
Hall. "We had 3 1 3 women apply and
32 were shut out. Of the 180 men
who went through the lottery, none
were shut out of Morrison."
"1 think the alcohol policy might
be the reason that not as many men
wanted to move back into the dorm,
because there was no policy last
year." Nelson said.
In Hinton James Residence Hall,
so many people moved cut during
the year that no students were closed
out, according to Vernon Wall,
Hinton James area director. The
walk to campus is always a major
factor in the decision to move off
South Campus, Wall said.
Of the three residence halls in
Henderson Residence College, stu
dents who applied to live in Alex
ander Residence Hall were by far the
most successful. Of the 28 women
who applied, 2 were closed out, and
of the 28 men, 5 were closed out.
But in the lottery for Connor
Residence Hall, 28 of the 68 female
applicants were not successful, and
1 6 of the 50 male applicants were
won the category, Standish said the
students at WXYC should feel
honored just for being nominated.
"Being nominated really says a
lot," Standish said. "Though they
didn't win, they should feel very
proud since their main opponents
were commercial stations."
The Gavin Report's nomination
process began when about 2,500
ballots were sent to radio stations,
programmers and record companies
across the country, Standish said.
Music selection, market impact
and professionalism were the most
important qualifications for stations
to be nominated, he said.
"WXYC was nominated mainly
because of their consistency, diverse
Underground, where you can find much more than pool cues, is open until 1 0:30
p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 1 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
"The coed situation, HRC's loca
tion, the government activities,
Springfest and the area's small size
all attribute to its popularity," said
Ann Stevens, HRC area director.
Despite the large number of
students closed out of Connor,
Stevens said she was pleased with
this year's lottery. "This lottery is the
fairest I've ever worked with, and
everything seemed to go smoothly,"
Applications to return to residence
halls in the Spencer, Triad and Old
Well area dropped this year, said
Sharon McMillen, STOW area
director, and compared to last year,
more people were assigned to pre
Kenan and Cobb residence halls
were exceptions to this year's trend
of decreasing applications. At Cobb.
235 women applied for III spaces,
so 124 of them were closed out.
Cobb-Joyner Area Director Anne
Presnell attributed Cobb's popular
ity to its convenient location, large
size and air conditioning.
At Kenan, out of 83 applicants,
35 were unsuccessful in the lottery.
McMillen said she didn't know why
Kenan's drawing was so competitive.
"The more popular dorms vary from
year to year," she said.
Fewer students were closed out of
residence halls this year because
more on-campus space was availa
ble, Collin Rustin, associate director
of University Housing, said Mon
day. The extra space came mostly
from the addition of Carmichael
Residence Hall, he said.
Also, the extra spaces allowed
more students to get into the res
See LOTTERY page 7
music styles and their creative and
open-minded production," Standish
Steve Balcom, music director at
WXYC. said he and the rest of the
staff were pleased about the
"We're very honored to have been
nominated as one of the top radio
stations in the country," Balcom
said. "Gavin Report is probably the
best music magazine around."
Since Chapel Hill is much smaller
than other places on the nomination
list which included San Diego,
Toronto and Atlanta Balcom said
the Gavin Report nominating corn
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