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Copyright 1987 The Daily Tar Heel
Volume 95, Issue 13
By KIMBERLY EOENS
The only black member of UNC's
Board of Trustees said Tuesday that
he may resign from the board
because of its "racist" refusal to
recommend University divestment
from companies doing business in
Trustee William Darity, dean of
the School of Health Sciences at the
University of Massachusetts in
Amherst, said he may resign because
of his exasperation with the board's
stand against divestment.
"There is racism (on the board)
in general against blacks," Darity
said. "The board has no idea how
racist is the stand that they're
At a board meeting Friday, the
trustees defeated 5 to 3 a Darity
sponsored resolution that would
have restricted "wherever possible"
Univ ersity purchases of goods made
by companies doing business in
Darity said he has no hope that
the board will ever recommend
divestment. "1 here are eight or nine
people (on the board) who are
staunchly convinced that anything
leaned toward black South Africans
is wrong," he said.
"1 need to sort this out and see
if I'm wasting my time (as a trustee),"
Darity said. T find it very difficult
to identify myself with a board that
takes this stance. I'm still pondering
what would be best for me to do."
The board members' arguments
against divestment are similar to
arguments used to oppose the inte
gration of UNC 30 years ago, Darity
said. "The thing that really got me
was to hear one of the board
members quote something that I
heard as a child growing up in North
Carolina," he said.
"He said that blacks (in South
Africa) are happier like they are now
By TOM CAMP
In Memorial Hall Tuesday night.
Coach Dean Smith was supposed to
answer a list of previously submitted
student questions. But he committed
a small technical foul. He forgot the
On the rebound. Smith responded
to questions from students in the
audience. "I don't like to prepare
talks, anyway." Smith told the group
of about 400 people who gathered
to hear the question-and-answer
session sponsored by the Carolina
Union Forum Committee.
"This time of the year I should
be watching Maryland tapes," he
Asked how he felt about coaching
the far Heels in a building named
after himself (The Dean E. Smith
Center), Smith said it was nice, but
all the "hi-tech" installations in the
building can be frustrating.
"I can't open the door to my office
there's no knob,' he said. "I wish
they would just put on a doorknob
that I know how to use. I never said
1 wanted a bigger place for us to play.
It's certainly a nice honor, but I don't
think in those terms, or of the
number of victories.
"I just take one day at a time and
care about those I coach," Smith
said. "I enjoy going to work and
"Whatever you do, you need
help," he said. "I'm not better than
you. and you're not better than me.
We all stand equal before (iod.
When someone comes up to me and
asks me lor my autograph, I want
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than they would be (if we divested),"
Darity said. "1 don't see any differ
ence between what he said and what
they said then it's only South
African blacks now, instead of
"It bothers me that the Board of
Trustees is so narrow-minded and
ultra-conservative," he said.
Board of Trustees Chairman S.
Bobo Tanner said Tuesday that he
is not a racist and that he does not
"I am surprised that he (Darity)
feels that way," Tanner said. "1 just
have a difference of opinion. Div
estment is a symbol of anti
apartheid, but that doesn't mean that
ev en one who is against divestment
is for apartheid. I think that is rather
Darity's purchasing resolution
was not deteated because of racism.
Tanner said. "It (the proposal) is an
impractical action and it's not
logistically feasible." he said.
"Apparently his one purpose is
divestment." Tanner said. "It seems
like he feels like the board is opposed
to him personally."
Darity said his position on the
divestment issue is unique because
he is the only black board member.
"I feel isolated on the issue that I'm
dealing with because it deals with
Chancellor Christopher Fordham
said Tuesday that he hopes Darity
will not resign. "I think we need
Dean Darity's mind and spirit on the
board," he said. "I have a lot of
respect for him."
Fordham said he understands that
Darity is frustrated by the disagree
ment about the divestment issue on
the board. "It's making a lot of other
people uncomfortable, too," Ford
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Dean Smith talks to students
to say, 'Can I have yours? You got
mine. I should get yours.' "
But Smith also talked about more
serious subjects, such as corruption
in college sports. The practice of
illegal recruiting is "a sad commen
tary" on athletics, universities and
the people in society, he said.
"T here's more illegal recruiting in
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By MARIA HAREN
Junior John Nathaniel Partridge
III of Raleigh is still missing, more
than a month after leaving his home
at 4805 Rampart St.. and police have
found no ev idence of w here he might
"We've had nothing concrete,"
said Sgt. Albert Watson of the
Raleigh police. "Believe me, I wish
we did. Several people have called,
after his picture was in the paper,
thinking they had spotted him, but
it never panned out."
Robert Paynter, a junior from
Raleigh and Partridge's roommate
of three years, said Partidge's parents
are offering a $2,500 reward to the
person who leads to the missing
student's return. The reward
announcement will also appear on
new posters with Partridge's picture.
Watson said posters alerting the
community of the student's disap
Tuesday night in Memorial Hall
basketball than football," he said.
"Our society fires coaches who lose."
It is not enough for teams to play
well and by the rules. Smith said.
Coaches face pressure to win from
college presidents, zealous alumni,
professors and fans, he said. ,
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pearance went up three weeks ago
with Partridge's picture on them.
Foul play is not suspected, Wat
son said, and the police do not think
that . Partridge is dead or in any,
"We've had no evidence leading
us to suspect he could be dead," he
said. "Anything is possible. We also
have a tremendous amount of street
people (in Raleigh). And as much
as I hate to say it, people get used
to seeing them around.
"He could still be in Raleigh,
although I doubt it, with as much
as we've looked."
On Sunday, Feb. 2, before he
disappeared. Partridge told his
parents that he had been hallucinat
ing and hearing voices over the
television and radio.
According to his friends at UNC,
Partridge had been recovering from
a year-long depression he had lost
Gomppter fees questioned.
By MARK FOLK
Using computers on campus costs
some UNC students more than
others. The $20 course fee students
in computer courses must pay is
spent on all computers used in
academic departments, labs and
residence halls across campus,
according to University
"We're paying for the right of the
student body to use computers on
this campus," said one Computer 1 2 1
student, who asked .not to be
The course fee was established to
help the University pay for supplies,
replacements and upkeep of compu
ters, Stephen Birdsall, associate dean
for the College of Arts and Sciences,
"We started charging students
taking computer classes about four
years ago, since they use them
(computers) so much," he said. "It
wouldn't be too fair to charge
students who don't use computers."
But students enrolled this semester
in a Computer 120 course said they
are paying the $20 fee, even though
they don't use computers in the class.
"We're being charged with this fee, ,
and we aren even using computers,w
said one Computer 120 student, who
asked not to be identified. "We
haven't written and we won't w rite
a computer program this
Kye Hedlund, the assistant pro
fessor in the computer science
department who teaches Computer
120, said he was not aware that his
students had to pay the $20 fee.
"It's a computer architecture
course," Hedlund said. "We don't
use computers because of a lack of
Charleston, S.C., takes a break between classes to catch up on the
weight and improved his grades and
But Partridge still had guilty
feelings about past experiences that
he thought he hadn't handled well,
his friends said. He had also been
hav ing trouble sleeping.
Linda W. Craighead, assistant
professor of psychology at UNC,
said that based on a description of
his actions before he disappeared,
Partridge had symptoms of severe
Partridge could be suffering from
depression with psychosis, which
occurs after depression and includes
guilt feelings and sleeping problems,
If Partridge had such a condition,
stress could worsen depression
symptoms and cause a relapse, she
said. Someone with such a depres
sion could be suicidal, Craighead
said, and the symptoms are not
Birdsall said the funds from
computer course fees totaled about
$50,000 last year. The funds are
tunneled through his office in the
College of Arts and Sciences, and
he distributes them by request to the
academic departments that use
Although most of the course fees
are distributed to academic depart
ments. Birdsall said that last year
about $10,000 of the fees went to
the Academic Computing Center.
The computing center consists of
all computers on campus that are not
department-owned, including com
puters in labs and residence halls.
The center receives most of its
funding through the N.C. General
Assembly, which allocates a certain
amount of money each year for the
University to spend on computers.
"Just about all of the departments
use computers! and therefore request
money from me." Birdsall said. "The
reason I gave the money to the
Academic Computing Center is
because they needed it."
' John Harrison, associate provost,
said money from the University
wasn't enough to maintain campus
computer labs this year.
"With the increasing demand for
computers in dorms and labs
throughout campus, it's getting
pretty expensive," Harrison said.
"We requested the money from
Birdsall to keep up with these
A professor in the computer
science department, who asked not
to be identified, said that University
funding for campus computers is
inadequate. That's why the Univer
sity started charging students
enrolled in computer classes, he said.
"This is a tuition increase that
didn't go through any of the chan
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Partridge could also be suffering
from a ty pe of schizophrenia that can
last from two weeks to six months,
Craighead said. Such a condition can
be treated by medication, she said,
and patients can recover to lead
normal lives. .
If Partridge is suffering from this
type of schizophrenia, Craighead
said the people around Partridge
should notice his actions at some
point, wherever he is. The disorder
causes a usually noticeable change
in how indiv iduals function, she said.
But Partridge's friends said he had
seemed to be improving physically,
mentally and emotionally before his
disappearance, except for his
Watson said Partridge's return
was really in his own hands. "It is
now a matter of waiting until he
comes home, or until someone spots
nels." he said. "The University is just
trying to make up for the lack of
money it gives to the Academic
Computing Center by charging
students in computer classes."
The University should include a
computer fee to students' tuition,
said a student in a Computer 14
course who asked not to be iden
tified. Also, UNC should stop,
charging fees for computer courses
because most students on campus
use computers, he said.
"There's a need for more compu
ters not only in classrooms, but also
in the labs and dorms," he said. "I
don't think it's fair to charge students
in computer classes for computers
that they don't use."
Student tuition now includes no
charge for computer use, said Sam
Barnard, University cashier. "The
computer fee is just like the foreign
language fee," he said. "Since not all
students take a foreign language,
there is no charge in one's tuition."
The Computer 121 student also
complained that mosf of the labs on
campus are used primarily by stu
dents who are not in computer
"There are no labs on this campus
that students in computer classes
have sole access to," he said. "It's
really frustrating going into a lab to
do a program, and not being able
to find a vacant terminal because
everyone's doing their English
Lab assistants agreed that most of
the students who use computer labs
are not in computer courses.
"I would say that Venable is used
primarily by students from English
classes, history classes or any other
classes that require papers," said Eric
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