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Chris DiGiano, Bill Madden and Bryan "Ron" Hassel discuss Reagan's proposed aid cuts with Chuck "Donahue" Brown Thursday in the Pit
Committee continues effort to raise
scholarship feeds for Sooth
By KIMBERLY EDENS
Efforts of the South African
scholarship fund committee to raise
$100,000 to grant scholarships for
non-white South African students
have passed the halfway point,
committee members said
Wednesday. . , . , . - -
The scholarship fund, initiated a
year ago, is part of a unique effort
to improve conditions for South
African blacks, said committee co
chairwoman Chesca Varcoe.
"I think that this fund is unique,
and no other university has tried this
tactic," she said.
The scholarships will be awarded
to black, Indian and colored South
African students who have been
accepted by South African univer
Formim participants explore realities of race relations
By LAURA PEARLMAN
The difficulty of dealing with
black-white stereotypes on UNC"
campus was one of the racial ques
tions explored in an open forum of
black and white students Thursday
Clifford Charles, staff psycholo
gist and coordinator of minority
affairs at Nash Hall, led the 20
student group in a discussion geared
toward identifying and dealing with
the reality of racism and prejudice
The students, who asked not to
Stadeet volunteers work to improve quality off life on campias
By TOM CAMP
Pleasing 650 people at once is a
tall order to fill, :.en for politicians.
But as governor of Ehringhaus, Neal
Keene seems to be doing a high-rise
Keene is just one of the many
students on campus who volunteer
to help fellow students through
dormitory governments, Student
Government and other programs.
While every Ehringhaus resident
may not know Keene by name, his
efforts to make resident life more
enjoyable have not gone unnoticed.
This year, Ehringhaus residents have
enjoyed a wide-screen television and
a videocassette recording machine,
thanks in part to the work of Keene
and other dormitory government
Freshman Paul Warzocha of
Plainville, Conn., said residents
enjoy gathering around the wide
"On the second floor, where I live,
we don't have a TV, but we can go
down to the first floor and watch
basketball, 'Miami Vice' or 'Moon
lighting,' " he said. "The furniture is
new, and it's a place that you could
take a date."
Students involved in the Ehringh
aus government offer many extra-
sities. To receive the scholarships,
students must demonstrate academic
qualifications and financial need.
UNCs Board of Trustees prom
ised in April 1986 to match any
amount the committee raised, up to
$50,000, "to show that they opposed
apartheid," Varcoe said.
The committee, comprised of
about 20 UNC students, recently
received a $20,000 anonymous dona
tion to raise its independent fund
raising total to $27,000, according to
committee member Richard Hoile.
Proceeds lrom a benefit concert
to be held April 16 at He's Not Here
will go directly to the scholarship
fund, he said.
Varcoe and Hoile said they
thought of the fund-raising idea after
be identified, said they attended the
meeting for a variety of reasons.
Most were interested in how other
students perceive race relations on
But some students from the North
said they came to the discussion
because they had noticed a distinct
separation between blacks and
whites in the South, and they w anted
to understand why.
One student said she attended the
meeting because she has read about
racial problems in The Daily Tar
Heel, and she wanted to see if they
really exist at UNC.
Tuesday: Working with Children
D Wednesday: Helping the Elderly
Thursday: Working in Hospitals
Friday: Helping fellow students
curricular activities to encourage
residents to get to know each other.
"A lot of my suitemates go down
and play intramural baseball or
basketball," Warzocha said. "They
get a lot of people out there. I would
say there's a lot of camaraderie."
Residence Hall Association Pres
ident Kelly Clark said dormitory
government breaks up in several
different ways across campus,
including 10 area governors and the
president of Mangum Residence
Hall, an independent hall.
At least 300 students volunteer
time to plan dormitory activities,
Clark said, including dormitory
presidents, vice presidents, social
chairmen, special committee
members and hall representatives.
"Dorm governments are in charge
of just about everything relating to
people in dorms," he said. "They're
When great questions end, little
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Friday, April 10, 1987
they spent their Morehead summer
enrichment programs in Johannes
burg, South Africa, working for the
Institute of Race Relations.
"While 1 was there I just asked
anybody that 1 bumped into, 'How
can we help? What can we do to
change things?" The answer that I
most frequently got back was edu
cation," Varcoe said.
"It's something that we can chan
nel money and energy into, and be
sure that we can affect the lives of
black South Africans and really
make a difference," she said. "I can
actually imagine that the work I am
doing is really going to change
The interest from the $ 100,000 will
be used to grant full scholarships to
four non-white South African stu
Charles began the meeting by
asking the students for their opinions
on two statements: "Most whites are
racist," and "Most blacks are hyper
sensitive to those perceived slights
they experience at the hands of white
When confronted with the ques
tion of black hypersensitivity, one
black woman brought up what she
called "the hair question." She said
the question she is asked most often
by white girls is, "What do you do
with your hair?"
"1 don't really think this is a racial
question," she said, "but after you
in charge of disbursing more than
$50,000 in student fees each year."
Student representatives work with
resident assistants and area directors
to plan events, solve problems and
help residents like where they live,
"A lot of people don't realize how
much dorm government does," he
said. "It's much more than planning
parties once a month."
As governor, Keene is responsible
for presiding over Ehringhaus Col
lege Council (ECC) meetings, which
include 12 floor presidents and 12
vice presidents. The government
plans social and academic functions,
and discusses ways to improve
Keene's activities vary from writ
ing letters to campus officials to
coordinating social functions.
"1 spend about 10 to 20 hours a
week actually doing work in the
dorm," Keene said. "Most of my time
is spent on special projects like
working to get a crosswalk built
across from Avery, getting more
personal computers downstairs, or
working on a freshman orientation
manual that we are putting out."
Keene said that although he is
learning management skills from his
work, he didn't become involved
with government just because it
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
dents each year, Varcoe said. The
scholarship will continue for as long
as conditions in the country warrant
granting them, she said.
"If by some miracle the situation
in South Africa changes and there
is no need for us to help educate
South African blacks, then the
money will go to helping minorities
in this country attend UNC," she
The money is being kept in a trust
fund until the final total is reached.
Once the $100,000 mark is reached,
UNCs Endowment Board will invest
the money in an endowment fund,
so the scholarships will renew them
selves every year. The board will not
invest the money in companies doing
business in South Africa, Varcoe
get it every time you talk to a white
person, you start to become a little
Many black students said they
were frustrated because white people
seem to want them to give up their
blackness to become accepted by a
society built by whites. Whites
establish the norms, and they are not
asked to give up their identities to
be accepted by society, the black
"We're expected to be white
people with dark skin, or else we're
not supposed to be straight-A
students, or we're supposed to listen
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"There's a real feeling of accom
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By SHEILA SIMMONS
About 80 students tuned in to a
mock Phil Donahue show Thursday
afternoon in the Pit. Members of
Students for Educational Access
(SEA) staged the show to protest
President Ronald Reagan's pro
posed budget cuts in student finan
The 25-minute "Donahoo" show
featured UNC students imitating
Donahue, Reagan, Secretary of
Education William Bennett and a
A powder-haired Donahue,
played by junior Chuck Brown,
waved his microphone as he
addressed "Reagan," "Bennett" and
the UNC student, who sat at a table
set up in the center of the Pit.
"The federal deficit is very large,"
said junior Bryan Hassel, wearing a
plastic Reagan mask and a blue suit.
"We need to cut the deficit, and
education is the place to start."
"Reagan" told the students there
are alternative ways to get funds for
education. "When I was in school
1 had a job in the university cafeteria,
where I flipped burgers and served
them to the students."
"Donahue" said the proposal
threatens to cut financial aid by 45
percent. This would include a
decrease in Pell Grants and the total
elimination of work-study programs
and student incentive grants, Brown
"Allan Fredrickson," a typical
UNC student played by freshman
Chris DiGiano, told "Reagan" that
students would not be able to hold
part-time jobs and continue to
concentrate on academics.
to a certain kind of music," a black
student said. Another student added,
"I feel sometimes people think of me
as black before they think of me for
who I am."
Charles asked the students what
myths or misconceptions they would
like to dispel about themselves.
One woman said she would dispel
the myth that just because she is
Jewish she is supposed to have black
hair and a big nose.
And a white woman who attends
BSM meetings said she wishes
people would realize that she goes
into one big whole is satisfying. If
I'm doing my best and people see
that, then they are more likely to get
"No way am 1 going to be able
to get the most out of education if
I spend all my time working on other
things," he said.
"Reagan" suggested that students
ask private organizations such as the
Kiwanis Club to help pay their
Students do not use financial aid
for necessities, but for thousand
dollar stereos and trips to the beach,
according to "Bennett," who was
played by freshman Bill Madden.
The cuts will allow less people in
school, therefore school tuition will
decrease, he said. "Even if financial
aid is cut, still people who can afford
to go to school will," "Bennett" said.
"The schools will still be full," he
"Donahue" called the statement
an elitist idea. "That would make
education impossible for students
coming from low-income
And many minority students
would be denied the opportunity to
obtain a college education, he said.
Although the parody brought
bursts of laughter from the audience,,
for many students Reagan's proposal
is nothing to laugh at, according to
junior C. Ron Allen, a journalism
major who was watching the show.
An estimated 3,050 UNC students
could lose benefits totaling $5.5
million from the proposed cuts.
The goal of SEA is to guarantee
that all qualified students have the
opportunity for higher education.
The group is trying to assist students
who are dependent on financial aid
by protesting tuition hikes and
decreases in government funding.
to the meetings for personal growth,
not to ease a guilty conscience about
Another woman said she would
dispel the myth that just because she
is in a sorority she's superficial, rich
and racist. A fraternity member
agreed, saying when people hear that
he's in a fraternity, they think he uses
cocaine and has racist attitudes.
A black woman who grew up in
a predominantly white neighbor
hood said she hates it when people
assume she is a certain kind of black
person because of her personal
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"In a lot of ways IVe given myself,"
he said. "In a lot of ways IVe learned
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