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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Copyright 1987 The Daily Tar Heel
Volume 95, Issue 59
Tuesday, September 22, 1987
Chapel H::i, North Carolina
By JUSTIN McGUIRE
In an effort to educate students
about UNC's honor system, the
Student Judicial System is presenting
Student Honor Awareness Week.
Sophie Sartain, chairwoman of the
Undergraduate Honor Court, said
many students have misconceptions
of the honor system.
"Student perception (of the system)
can always be improved, and this is
our effort to improve it," she said.
The week will include presentations
for new students, lectures by faculty
members and a table in the Pit to
answer students questions.
Throughout the week, honor court
members and members of the Student
Attorney General's staff are giving
half-hour presentations that are
mandatory for freshmen and transfer
The presentations will explain the
honor system and how it works. Each
new student was assigned one of the
Before this year, the honor court
presentations were made in freshman
Rodney Hood, co-chairman of the
Honor System Awareness Commit
tee, said the change was made because
the presentations were not reaching
"So many people place out of
freshman English, and we couldn't get
to junior transfers," he said. This will
help us be more visible."
Attendance will be taken at the
presentations, Sartain said, and those
who don't attend will be contacted
and given a chance to attend make
up sessions in October. Attendance
is considered mandatory, she said.
Also, three UNC professors will
give lectures on ethics and morality
as part of the week's events:
D Philip Meyer, professor of jour
nalism, will present "Ethics in Jour
nalism," tonight at 8 p.m. in 104
B Ellen Peirce, professor in the
See HONOR CODE page 5
Indian dancer blends
By BETH RHEA
She has a lithe
body, a gentle,
unassuming manner and a quiet
strength. But more than this, Ishvani
Hamilton is a dancer, and her dancing
is inspired by a spiritual and cmo-
tional energy that makes her capti-
vating to watch.
Hamilton was born in Bombay,
India, the daughter of Indian parents,
She began her formal dance training
at the age of 10 by studying classical
Hindu dance. Her particular style of
dance is called "bharata nytyam," but
she has also been influenced by yogic
Hamilton has performed exten
sively in the United States on both
coasts, particularly in San Francisco,
where she lived for 15 years. There
she founded the Ishvani Dance
Theater, an Indian modern dance
troupe, and became its artistic direc
tor. The company's style is based on
bharata nytyam, but it is constantly
evolving and being influenced by
Hamilton, who is also a choreo
grapher, commonly incorporates
Indian fables into the dancing. In
reference to the growing diversity of
the company's repertoire, she said,
"IVe branched out like a tree with
lots of beautiful branches that you
can go out on and explore."
Hamilton moved from San Fran
cisco to Durham because her hus
band was ill, and she hoped the
medical facilities at Duke University
could improve his failing health.
Unfortunately, he could not be saved,
so now she is relatively alone in
unfamiliar territory. She is starting
her life over, though, and has made
plans to teach Ind'an dance at the
ArtsCenter in Cr toro starting in
October. She ho "A to start a new
company with interested students
from her classes.
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Shawn Webb, a freshman RTVMP major from Raleigh, works out
on the leg-press machine in the Woollen gym weightroom.
and through it she feels she can reach
other people. "I'd like them to be
inspired by . another culture, by
different sounds, and rhythms," she
said. Dance gives them curiosity and
knowledge. Communication that's
really what dance and theater are all
about." J " .
For Hamilton dancing is a way
to immerse herself and escape from
reality. "I feel very liberated; I'm in
another world," se said. "I'm taken
out of myself wheft I create dances."
Hamilton has aldeep-rooted sense
of optimism that I is sustained and
strengthened by her art. It allows her
to focus her attention on the beauty
in the world. "I suppose people in
the arts forget the bad things in the
world, the mundane trivialities," she
said. "This world is a strange and
Indian dance grew out of the Hindu
religion, which is 'why Hamilton
considers dancing to be a spiritual
experience. "Dance is really the
religion of India," she said. "It is the
expression, the essence, of it."
Bharata nytyam utilizes mime and
symbolic hand gestures. Early Indian
artists watched dancers in Hindu
temples and were inspired to try to
capture the spirit of; the dance in
"There's no weakness in this kind
of dance," Hamilton said.. "It has very
straight, strong lines and good form."
Traditional Indian dance is very
different from Western styles of ,
dance, according to Hamilton, in that
the smallest, subtlest movements can
be as powerful to watch 5,and perform
as great sweeping motions that
require much physical strength. "This
dance is excellent for being aware of
the body," she said. "Onecan achieve
a great deal with very littld movement.
There's a lot of internal, beauty, as
well as external. It's up iq the artist
to bring that out, to give it to the
people so they can feel it.
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By MARK FOLK
A UNC faculty member has ques
tioned whether the director of UNC's
Institute of Government should also
be chairman of the joint town
University committee appointed to
study the University's land-use plan.
But despite his comments at last
Friday's Faculty Council meeting,
Fred Wright, professor of mathemat
ics, said Monday he didn't intend to
make a personal attack against John
Sanders, chairman of the land-use
"Mr. Sanders is a very fine and able
man," Wright said. "But he is really
in a bad situation since he is also
iBlack ; citiizeps tuurge town
to Mire mieoFlty Mffegpards
By ANDREA SHAW
More than a month after a black
child drowned at the A.D. Clark
Swimming Pool while two white
lifeguards were on duty, a group of
black residents is still waiting for a
response from ChapeLHill officials.
The group, Concerned Black Citi
zens, wrote a letter to the town, dated
Aug. 13, citing negligence by white
lifeguards in the Aug. 8 death of 5-year-old
David Williams of Hillsbo
rough. The letter calls for recruitment
of black lifeguards at the Hargraves
community pool to meet the needs
of black children who swim there.
At the request of the Chapel Hill
Town Council, officials are investi
teach Indian dance at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro this fall
director of the Institute of
Wright, also a member of the
Laurel Hill Road Neighborhood
Association, said Sanders has a
conflict of interest becajuse "the
Institute of Government plans to be
a major benefactor of any expansion
in the Laurel Hill neighborhood."
The Institute could be a "major
benefactor" because the land-use plan
calls for expansion into the Laurel
Hill community, Wright said.
He said Provost Samuel William
son was very explicit at a recent public
meeting about the expanding needs
of both the law school and the
Institute of Government.
gating the incident and are expected
to make a report at the council's next
meeting. The drowning was the
town's first in almost eight years.
Concerned Citizens representative
Esphur Williams said that other
residents in the predominantly black
neighborhood have reported swim
ming accidents involving black
"The lifeguards haven't been atten
tive to black children," Williams said.
"Black children feel that they dont
Charlotte Horton of 509-B Craig
St. said she was angry when she heard
about David Williams' death. One
month prior to the drowning, she said
her 11-year-old daughter, Tashauna
"The land-use plan calls for the
building of two new buildings and a
road in place of IS houses in our
community," Wright said. "My
suspicion is that these two buildings
are for the law school, and that the
Institute of Government will take
over the present law building."
Sanders said that although it's true
the law school and Institute of
Government need more space, the
University hasn't decided how the two
buildings Wright referred to will be
used, if the land-use plan is approved.
"Sure, just like the other depart
ments on the campus, we could
See CHAIRMAN page 3
O'Bryant, almost drowned.
"The lifeguards were looking at us
and neither one moved," Horton said.
"I was calling out to them that my
daughter was in trouble. No one
responded until we had gotten her out
of the pool."
Horton said negligent' lifeguards
were to blame for the incident
"I went , back to the pool after
David's drowning and I told (the
lifeguards) they needed to change the
way the pool was run," she said.
Assistant Town Manager Ron
Secrist said the town does make
efforts to recruit minorities for the
See LIFEGUARDS page 5
By CHARLA PRICE
Student Congress needs graduate
students to fill vacant seats in the
Elections to fill the five vacant
graduate seats will be held on Oct.
. 6. So far, only one graduate student
has registered to run in the election.
According to Julie Miller, chair
woman of the Elections Board, the
open seats could be filled by write
in candidates on election day.
That could result in less competi
tion for the remaining seats, she said,
1 and many writ6-in candidates could
be unaware of the time commitment
involved in holding a congress seat
"Without graduate students on
Student Congress, grads lose input
in many of the campus issues that
concern them," Miller said.
Jeff Smiley, president of the Grad
uate and Professional Students Fed
eration, said he also thinks that
graduate input is important.
"Issues that affect all students affect
graduate students as well, and they
need to voice their needs and con
cerns," Smiley said.
Smiley said many graduate stu
dents cannot make the time commit
ment necessary to fulfill a Student
The time commitment outweighs
the personal satisfaction of participat
ing in campus activities for many
graduate students who are involved
in intense graduate programs, Smiley
And for graduate students with an
interest in campus politics but not
enough time to fill a congress seat,
the Elections Board is looking for
graduate members, too.
The appointed positions are to
provide a graduate point of view on
election procedures and policies.
See ELECTIONS page 4