10The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, April 15, 1987
95 th year of editorial freedom
Rebuild from the foundations
,The edifice of
tion has, to a pro
found extent, been
constructed on the foundation of this
university. UNCs new-found national
prestige has played a crucial role in
altering the image of North Carolina
as an educational backwater.
And yet, while this institution has
been attracting students and building
new facilities of a caliber commensu
rate with its status, it has neglected
a key ingredient in the success of any
educational endeavor. The instructors
at UNC are woefully underpaid, their
salaries neither competitive nor just.
It would seem pointless to burden
the argument with mountains of
numbers, but there are certain statistics
that serve to illuminate the point. It
is true that when compared to univer
sities across the nation, UNCs salary
structure ranks fairly high. But such
a comparison is ultimately deceiving.
To compare the salaries of UNC to
those of the University of Hartford is
akin to measuring the GNP of the
United States against that of Hungary.
A far more valid comparison is that
of UNC and the nation's other major
public research universities. In terms
of cash compensation alone, UNC
does rank in the top quarter of such
schools. But when total compensation
is figured; including such benefits as
health insurance, the school drops into
the bottom half.
Even more revealing is a vision of
this university in the context of its peer
institutions, that is, in the context of
those schools with which UNC is often
compared academically. An M.l.T.
survey of 20 such institutions
including Harvard, Yale and Stanford
ranked UNC as one of the four
The obvious objection raised at this
stage of the argument is that those
schools are private institutions, and
that as a public university UNC cannot
be expected to compete with them
Here to help, not hassle
Two police officers cruising the
fringes of Chapel Hill at 5 a.m.
Monday noticed the back door of the
lone house on North Graham Street
swinging open. Knocking on the front
door, they were met by three sleepy
UNCstudents. The officers explained
that they had spotted the suspicious
back door and had just wanted to
make sure that everything was all right
and that no prowler had broken in.
The students let the officers make a
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financially. The point, though, is that
UNC must compete with them, must
do as its peers do, if it is to retain
its lofty academic standing.
In a perfect world, professors would
not be subject to the pressures of a
rising cost of living and family respon
sibilities. Search committees with open
check books would have no authority.
But this is not a Utopia, and
professors are not exempt from the
temptations promised by a higher
salary. To be sure, the high caliber of
students and research capabilities at
the University warrants it. And there
are professors who have decided to
remain at UNC despite the prospect
of substantial raises at other schools.
But it should come as no surprise when
faculty members decide to pack their
bags and depart for greener financial
The implications of a deficient
salary structure should be clear. It is
true that a school is no better than
its students. But it is also true that
a school is no better than its professors.
And UNC finds itself irreparably
handicapped in its pursuit of most
distinguished professors, simply
because it refuses to pay them what
they are worth.
This state of affairs will not improve.
Search committees will continue to sit
by helplessly as they are outbid, outbid
to such an extent that they can make
no counter-proposal, professors at this
school will continue to leave when
other universities offer more. And as
they do, the quality of education will
inevitably be harmed.
It will be, that is, unless the state
legislators resolve to act and correct
the most glaring flaw in the makeup
of North Carolina's most prominent
institution. As a public university,
UNC depends on state funds. There
can be no more profitable use of those
funds than an increase in salaries for
UNCs faculty. And until such an
increase occurs, the University will
continue to stand by, unable to act
as other schools forge ahead.
check of the house. No prowlers were
found. Nothing had been stolen.
The officers wished the students a
good night (what was left of it) and
Perhaps these officers were just
doing their job, but with all the. flak
Chapel Hill police take for enforcing
drinking laws and parking regulations,
this reassuring incident is something
to think about. B.McC.
CGLA feeding is stedent tyranny
I he recent vote to increase fundinc for
the Carolina Gay and Lesbian Asso-
-LL ciation is an unfortunate sten back
ward for freedom and tolerance.
While it is conceded that the University
is somewhat different from the real world,
if we are to serve, as many supporters of
groups like the CGLA advocate, as a
microcosm of the world around us, then we
must reject the student government's forcing
the opinions of one group of individuals over
Student funds are instruments of coer
cion. In effect, when the Student Congress
decides to fund a certain organization, it is
forcing students to support views they may
or may not agree with.
Don't let , anyone simply revel in the
triumph of majority rule. Surely advocates
of liberty understand the danger a majority
can pose to a minority, and the necessity
for a constitutional safeguard of liberty.
And . don't let anyone assert that the
CGLA funding issue is one of homophobia,
or intolerance or cruelty. It is primarily one
of human freedom.
By using student funds to support the
CGLA, student government is saying,
"students, no matter what their parents,
churches, psychologists or anyone else says,
must think what we tell them to."
This is not simply a response to homo
phobia. It is a negation of freedom of
thought and freedom of choice.
Surely those Christians and other reli
gious groups whose teachings label homo
sexuality a sin have just as much a right
to their opinions as the members of the
CGLA. Yet in requiring them to support
the CGLA, these students' freedom is
see both sides
.To the editor:
This letter is in response to
the "Southern Man" letter by
Rick Spargo on April 13.
Although he raises some very
interesting points, he fails to tell
the whole story.
Carolina is a very good place
to become apolitical, as much
because of the politically
oriented groups on all ends
of the political spectrum as
for any other reason. It seems
that anyone interested in cur
rent events at UNC has two
doctrinal choices, either the
diehard liberals or the diehard
conservatives. To fail to toe
your chosen party's line
unquestionably is to invite
ostracism. On one side,
members of Students for Amer
ica have been kicked out of that
organization for failing to see
a certain issue properly. On the
other. Action Against Apar
theid has split off from the
Group due to a disagreement
in tactics, proving that adher
ence to doctrine is not enough.
What both ends of the spec
trum fail to realize is that, in
any normal curve, the largest
concentration of the popula
tion will appear near the center.
Spargo is correct in assuming
that most people are not liberal;
he is incorrect in assuming they
are conservative. Most people
are really somewhere in the
Political debate is a wond
erful and necessary thing in any
society. The problem arises
when individuals or groups
.assume that they have the only
answer and anyone who dares
to disagree with them can only
do so out of evil motives be
they "secular humanist" or
"racist." This problem of peo
ple believing they can read the
minds of others and ascribe
motives to them simply from
the views they hold appears not
only at Carolina, but in society
in general. Too many people
on both ends of the political
To the editor:
For months now, the community has had
to endure the conservative mouthings of
Keith Poston. His most recent piece brings
his word to new heights ("Bigot-hunt
becomes all-consuming," March 30). I'm not
writing this to blast him, but to take up
his challenge of open-mindedness. So far,
others have responded to his skewed view
of the McCarthy era. I wish to question the
opinions expressed in the main body of his
column, namely, whether people should be
so sensitive about racism.
Poston, I agree that minorities sometimes
have a tendency to be over-sensitive, and
every so often to a ridiculous extent.
However, 111 be darned if I let a white male
member of America's white male-dominated
society trivialize these peoples' concerns, as
if the Civil Rights Amendment made
Poston, let me try to elighten you. 1 don't
know how many blacks you associate with
or call friends (1 suspect none), so let me
explain the things you don't have to worry
about. When 1 walk into a room, my
blackness is obvious, my race unmistakable.
America's history and society have made my
race a brand with potentially very real
emotional effects on the white majority.
When 1 encounter whites, how will they
respond? What are they thinking? Will I be
given a chance to be accepted for what I
stripped and their opinions treated as
Please realize that my own views bear no
relationship to the Christian perspective. But
1 recognize, as should student leaders, that
practitioners of mysticism have just as much
right to their opinion of homosexuality as
Of course, there are students who disagree
with the claims of homosexuals on other
grounds. Even those who think homosex
uality should be a legal form of behavior
disagree, as 1 do, with other demands of
the gay liberation movement. Are these
students merely uneducated or intolerant?
Even if the answer to that question is yes,
it does not justify forcing students to
contribute to the CGLA against their will.
It is amazing to me that the supposedly
intellectual community here at Carolina
condones such a rejection of freedom.
If there was an anti-CGLA at UNC
committed to wiping out homosexual
conduct on campus and petitioning for
student funds, then I suspect the homosex
ual's argument would look quite different.
They would describe the group as a hate
filled tyranny engaged in revoking the
freedom of homosexuals.
And they would be right! But that is
exactly the situation how, as well. Rather
than simply affirming the right of all students
to have their own beliefs, our current student
tyranny has chosen to impose their views
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spectrum believe that they
have the only answer and if that
is accepted, everything would
be wonderful. These people fail
to see that reasonable people
may disagree with them.
Some people may place dif
ferent emphasis on different
goals. They may honestly and
reasonably believe that a dif
ferent strategy may be the best
way to reach a certain goal.
Perhaps they see a harmful side
effect of a proposed solution
that the solution's propnents
either fail to see or believe is
less important than achieving
Wake up and join the real
world, politicos. One of the
main marks of a successful
political strategy is how much
of your goals you can accomp
lish. And all you'll ever
accomplish with a strategy
based on name-calling is to
antagonize the great mass of
people who may agree with
your ultimate goals but do not
believe your plan is the only
way to reach that goal.
To the editor:
Rick Spargo's letter of April
13 castigating persons who feel
alienated from the "New Con
servative Right" is a prime
example of the hypocrisy of a
person calling himself a South
ern man, or anyone else who
professes to Christian princi
ples. No one should spread
hatred against any member of
the human race, even if that
person is a gay, dark-skinned
Marxist sitting on the steps of
Lenoir Hall tripping on LSD.
All humans are emanations
from God. Thus we are all
brothers and sisters.
Once we have dealt with the
majesty of human existence, we
might also notice that persons
who are called "conservative"
can hold liberal ideas on
account of discontent with
some aspect of the status quo.
Further examination might
allow us to see that some
persons who are called "liberal"
can hold conservative ideas,
perhaps because they like
something about our political
structure as it stands today. If
this were not true, then all white
are far from 'okey-diokey '
am? You, Poston, can live your entire life
without dealing with a black person in any
significant way. Blacks, On the other hand
That realtor showing me a house . . . is
heshe a bigot? Am I being steered away
from certain properties? Realtors have been
proven to do that. Is this one of them? That
personnel director interviewing me? The
banker processing my loan application?
That auto dealer? My supervisor? My co
worker? That nice girl I'd like to ask out?
How far will these people go to treat a black
equally, so that color or race makes no
difference? A black person has to live with
this question in the back of his mind with
every new encounter whites.
Now Keith, it's true, 1 dont know that
you're a bigot. I also don't know that you're
not. Racism has not disappeared; it has
become more subtle. I have yet to be called
a racially derogatory name to my face. But
1 have encountered some bigoted individ
uals. Tell me, how easily could you live in
a society constantly aware of the fact that
the next person you deal with might wish
you were back picking cotton? Our society
is rife with bigots! Racism does exist. We
just can't be sure when, where and how it
will strike or what face it will be wearing.
Try living in a society where you have to
work twice as hard to get half as far as a
white guy. Now try to strike a balance in
over the whole campus.
How can we as a university pretend to
stand for a free society when such a mentality
is accepted as enlightened? Why is it that
the same students who rightly find sympathy
for so many victims of state repression
around the world regard as a triumph the
repression of student views here?
Coercing acceptance of a particular view
only reinforces the idea that force is a
legitimate means of spreading ideas and of
dealing with each other. Those who are now
being deprived of their liberty will wish for
the day when they are in control and can
deprive their enemies of the same liberties.
The reign of terror will continue unabated.
It is at this point in our maturity as an
enlightened student body that we can take
a stand for freedom. Groups like the CGLA
should certainly be allowed to exist, just like
any other political or religious group. But
they should advance their cause the way
other such groups do, through voluntary
contribution, persuasion and example.
These are the only means consistent with
the principles of a free society. And as such,
they should be reflected at any university
committed to educating students and
advancing the cause of freedom in our
violent and war-torn world.
But until this mentality comes about, do
not allow the advocates of CGLA funding
to claim the moral and "enlightened" high
ground. They are the ideological children
of Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse-tung, and
should be treated as such.
John Hood is a junior journalism major
Southern men would continue
to advocate slavery. Although
I am a white Southern man, I
doubt I will burn in hell for
holding the idea that racism has
no place here in the South or
1 am sorry that Spargo is
leaving UNC with such a pes
simistic expression of disillu
sionment in the process that is
the essence of this university:
intellectual debate. Construc
tive debate is only one form of
an activity that is the essence
of Southern life as I see it: the
In the letter "'Fun'
themes need scrutiny"
Tuesday, the last sentence
should have read that the
theme was inappropriate,
not appropriate. The Daily
Tar Heel regrets the error.
that society. It's harder than anything you've
ever done, so dont trivialize the concerns
of minorities as if there is nothing to worry
I mentioned earlier your challenge of
open-mindedness. Here is a counter
challenge to you, Keith Poston. You claim
that bigot-hunters are unwilling to listen,
closed-minded. Well, I don't know many
conservatives, but I've always wanted to
know what motivates them. So I invite you
to meet with me, at your convenience, for
an extended discussion of ideas. 1 am willing
to share my ideas on divestment, race
relations, Nicaragua, religion, abortion, or
any other subject you wish to discuss, frankly
and intelligently. I am willing to listen to
your views in detail. To this proposal, 1
attach a small wager: that if 1 convince you
of my point of view, you will state so
publicly. Likewise, if 1 find your views
convincing, I will do the same. 1 challenge
you as a conservative to show your open
mindedness. The meeting, Keith, can be wherever and
whenever you like, over lunch or in an office.
The choice is yours.
SOLOMON GIBSON 111
Division of Animal Medicine