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By MATT BIVENS
An infusion of intelligent, active
members into Congress on both sides
of the political fence will supply
much of the country's leadership in
the years to come. Fourth District
Rep. David Price, D-N.C, told
about 50 people in a forum on the
substance and direction of U.S.
foreign policy Monday in the Stu
"With so many of our policies in
disarray, we are aware of the need
for congressional leadership,-"" he
Price, accompanied by U.S. Reps.
Dave McCurdy. D-Okla., and John
By DAN MORRISON
NASA has its space shuttles,
IBM has its business programs,
but now UNC has something to
offer both these technological
Via satellite Monday, the UNC
computer science department
demonstrated its new Pixel Plane
graphics system to businesses and
professors at Stantord University.
It was the fourth experiment
with the Pixel Plane system but
the first transmitted across the
The system was the brainchild
of UNC computer science profes
sors Henry Fuchs and John
Poulton in' 1980 and will be in
the developmental stage until
The only program of its kind
in the world. Pixel Plane is a
graphics program allowing 3
"Short of flight simulators, it's
the world's fastest graphics pro
cessor," UNC computer science
staff member John Thomas said
Research associate Terry Geer
said Pixel Plane was the hit of
a Dallas graphics conference in
August and has cost several
million dollars to develop.
The system is now about the
sie of a small refrigerator, and
it's a full-scale working prototype
of the finished product.
Next year's model will be 20
times faster than the 19H6 model,
and it will be much smaller, Geer
Pixel Plane may sound like just
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Speaker urges students
to support divestment
By KIMBERLY EDENS
Randall Robinson, director of
Trans-Africa, a Black American
lobbying group for Africa and the
Caribbean, made a direct appeal to
UNC students Monday to continue
their struggle to force the Board of
Trustees to divest from companies
doing business in South Africa.
"Students ended the Vietnam
War, and students are giving us the
impetus to end apartheid," Robinson
said. "Students have kept the issue
alive in this country. Students are
the American conscience.
"You must give us the momentum
to make America accountable to
ourselves and the rest of the world.
When students are apathetic, we go
to sleep, and our policy founders.
I encourage you to continue your
struggle with the trustees, to set the
example that this school has always
: Robinson, who delivered the
annual Martin Luther King Jr.
Memorial Lecture, spoke to about
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Spratt, D-S.C, spoke as part of the
Forum for the Future program, a
nationwide effort to bring demo
cratic leaders to America's college
campuses. The program is chaired
In an earlier press conference, the
congressmen spoke on domestic
issues including the withholding of
federal funds from states that refused
to raise their legal drinking age to
The drinking age amendment was
not announced beforehand in Con
gress, but was accepted from the
floor, which caught opponents by
surprise, Spratt said. The represen
tatives present approved the amend
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200 people in Memorial Hall.
He encouraged UNC students to
carry their struggle to end South
African apartheid beyond the Uni
versity. "Let no one rest," he said.
"Show people how deeply you are
concerned with this issue, for the fate
of South Africa may rest in the hands
of this country. It is on your heads,
mine and yours. If we do not act
soon, the responsibility for the
enormous bloodshed that will result
will not only be (President Ronald)
Reagan's, it will not only be (British
Prime Minister Margaret)
Thatcher's or (West German Chan
cellor Helmut) Kohl's, but ours as
The issue of apartheid goes
beyond race, Robinson said. "It is
not an issue of black and white really,
it is not an issue of left or right, or
east or west," he said. "It is an issue
of the survival of a society."
America cannot wait for South
Africa to begin negotiations on their
own to end apartheid. "It would be
foolish, absolutely reckless and
Merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
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Tuesday, March 24, 1987
ment by a voice vote, he said.
During the forum. Price said that
an effective foreign policy and strong
executive leadership are especially
important because of the threat of
Discussing Nicaragua, McCurdy
said the Reagan administration
asked Congress to authorize aid to
the contras, rebel groups fighting
against the Sandinista government in
Nicaragua, under the pretext of
providing leverage in negotiations.
But the administration never really
intended to negotiate, he said.
The communist threat in Nicara-
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dangerous, to continue in our naive
expectation that white South Afri
cans, out of the goodness of their
hearts, will decide to negotiate away
power voluntarily," he said. "It is not
going to happen.
"Negotiations in South Africa
cannot start before the release of
Nelson Mandela," he said. The
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Officials react to criticism
By ERIC BRADLEY
Although UNC's Board of Trus
tees has only one full-time educator
among its 13 members, it doesn't
need more members or more diver
sity, some UNC officials said
"I don't see that it makes a whole
lot of difference," said Robert C.
Eubanks Jr., vice chairman of the
BOT, which is responsible for
advising the UNC-System Board of
Governors on what direction educa
tional and administrative matters at
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BOG member Louis T. Randolph
agreed. "Some of the greatest people
in our University system, like (Wil
liam) Friday and (CD.) Spangler,
don't have academic backgrounds,"
Randolph said. "I'm on the BOG,
and 1 run a funeral home."
Eight of the 13 trustees are
appointed by BOG members.
When BOG members decide
whom to appoint to the BOT,
Randolph said that an interest in
education is more important than the
person's background. (
"I think it's important they under
stand the role education plays in
McCurdy, D-Okla, and John Spratt, D
By REBECCA NESBIT
The Chapel Hill Town Council
voted unanimously Monday night to
approve the annual Springiest cele-
bration organized by Henderson
Residence College and the Springfest
These two University student
organizations asked the council for
a noise permit and permission to
close part of Raleigh Street for the
April 1 1 event, which attracted more
than 5,000 people last year. Spring
fest will be held between 1 1 a.m. and
5:30 p.m. this year.
"The council has been accused by
many students of being unrespon
sive," said council member Jonathan
Howes. "This particular event held
in this particular place at this
particular time is what the council
likes to see."
Council member R.D. Smith said,
"It's in the right place at the right
time under the right conditions."
The concert hours will be noon
to 4:30 p.m., but the council granted
a request by HRC and the Springfest
7 Committee for an extra hour
before and after the event to set up
equipment and clean the area.
Chapel Hill police will barricade
Raleigh Street at the South Road
intersection and at mid-block in
front of Joyner Residence Hall. This
closed portion of Raleigh Street
must be cleared of litter by 5:30 p.m.
' The Chapel Hill noise ordinance
allows outdoor amplified music with
a permit between 10 a.m. and
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North Carolina, and the importance,
of it to the state," he said. ,
At a Faculty Council meeting on
Friday, George Kennedy, chairman
of the Faculty Council, said the BOT
should be more diverse and include
"1 think they have enough
(members) to accomplish what they
have to accomplish," Randolph said.
"If you get too many people, you
get too many conflicting opinions."
The only full-time educator on the
BOT is William A. Darity, dean of
the School of Health Sciences at the
University of Massachusetts at
Also the only black member of the
BOT, Darity said Monday that he
agreed with Kennedy that the BOT
needed more diversity. In February
Darity threatened to resign from the
board because of disagreements with
other members over UNC's invest
ment policy in South Africa.
"We do need the diversity," he
said. "When I'm talking about
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By JUSTIN McGUIRE
Representatives from Student
Government and several fraterni
ties met with Chapel Hill Mayor
James Wallace Monday to dis
cuss the possibility of amending
the town's new noise ordinance.
At the meeting, the students
also voiced concern about the
Town Council's recent decision
not to grant a noise permit for
Burnout, the annual Pi Kappa
Phi-sponsored all-campus party.
The students at the meeting
were Student Body President
Brian Bailey, Student Congress
Speaker Rob Friedman, Inter
fraternity Council President John
Parham, Executive Assistant
Kevin Martin and four fraternity
Wallace said Monday that the
meeting went well. "We had a
very frank exchange of views and
clarified some points on both
sides." he said. "1 encouraged
them to approach problems and
see if we can work out solutions."
But Bailey said he was hesitant
to say the meeting went well. "We
had a meeting, which is a good
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diversity, I'm talking abot getting
more blacks on the board."
Since 1972 there has been one
black trustee. Walter S. Tucker
served from 1972 until 1985, when
he was replaced by Darity, according .
to Maria A. Young, secretary of the
Trustee Eubanks said another
problem is that the BOT has less and
less to do as timeoes by.
"What little responsibility we have
left, they (BOG members) seem to :
be taking it back," he said. "1 think
it's a mistake."
When the trustees have little to do,
they lose interest in participating in
the board's meetings, he said.
"If they take admissions away
from us. we'll have nothing left but
parking," Eubanks said. "It's pretty
difficult to get busy people to come'
ov er to Chapel Hill to deliberate ov er
But Edward Crowe, assistant
secretary of the University, said the
BOT's role is still important to the
"1 think the BOG clearly welcomes :
input from the Board of Trustees,"
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