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The dream continues
Sophomore Susana Dancy adjusts balloons placed on campus in
commemoration of Martin Luther King's birthday.
iOffficials coetiirae investigation
of 'KKK' carving incident
By MARK FOLK
' Although a student has accused
University officials of not doing
enough to resolve a December inci
dent in which "KKK" was carved into
two black students' door, officials
said the incident has not been
"The investigation is definitely still
going on," said Lt. Walter Dunn of
campus police. "But we havent been
able to come up with any leads yet."
Robin Cox, a senior from Hines
ville, Ga., found the letters "KKK"
carved into the door of her room on
Dec. 3. She said she feels the Uni
versity hasn't done enough to find the
; "Before the break, I felt that the
investigation was moving really
smooth," Cox said. "But now, I think
it's being slid under the carpet."
Clare Aselin, assistant area director
for the CobbJoyner area, said the
investigation was delayed because of
"Yes, the investigation is going at
a much slower pace," said Aselin.
"The break has prevented us from
pursuing the incident as rapidly as
we would have liked."
Cox said she is disappointed with
the investigation process because she
thinks she knows who carved the
"I'm almost 99 percent sure that
some girls on the hall did it," Cox
said. "If you can solve a murder, rape
or break-in, I'm sure that this can be
Cox said she suspects some of her
hallmates because of conflicts over
noise on the hall. She said she
continually had to ask a few of them
to be quiet last semester.
"It shouldn't be my job to ask them
to quiet down all the time," Cox said.
"A lot of tension has been caused
because of this."
The hallmates whom Cox named
said Wednesday they feel they have
been accused unfairly. One of them,
wh? asked not to be identified, said
they were blamed because of the noise
"It's not fair that they can sit there
and accuse us when all they have
against us is the noise problem," she
said. "I just hope that the police can
shall always consider the best
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Thursday, January 21, 1988
By HELEN JONES
UNC is placing too much emphasis
on "big-time" athletics over academic
areas, faculty members told the
Chancellor's Advisory Committee
during a closed meeting Wednesday.
Townsend Ludington, committee
chairman, said that faculty members
see the controversy surrounding
former UNC football coach Dick
Crum's resignation as the culmina
tion of a generally increasing presence
of athletics in University life.
"It's a time to take a look at
ourselves," Ludington said. "The
faculty doesn't want this to just slip
Four UNC professors spoke at the
Student Congress rejects anti-discrimination bill
By JUSTIN McGUIRE
After heated debate, Student Con
gress voted down a bill Wednesday
that some members felt would have
eliminated their opportunity to
debate the funding of the Carolina
Gay and Lesbian Association
The bill would have prohibited the
congress from considering the race,
creed, sex, sexual preference, national
origin or handicap of members of a
group as criteria when deciding
whether to allocate student fees to
Groups applying to the congress
for funding are required to turn in
a written statement that guarantees
By JENNY CLON1NGER
Movie theaters, hospitals, schools,
barber shops, restaurants, bus sta
tions, churches. Black people don't
have to think twice about entering
them today. Twenty years ago, things
Nell Painter, UNC professor of
history, said that the racial struggle
of the 1960s seems far removed from
Most students see it as the "blurry
past of 'before me,' so it seems in the
unthinkable past," Painter said.
"Obviously, things are better now."
But she pointed out that racism and
prejudice are not extinct. "The ideal
of progress is just that an ideal.
You don't always go forward. We've
find out who did this so that we can
get the apology we deserve."
Another student, who also asked
not to be identified, said that while
there may be a slight noise problem,
there are no racial problems.
"The reason they complain so
much about the noise level on the hall
is because they want it completely
quiet," she said. "I really feel that they
are trying to turn a noise problem
into a racial one."
Collin Rustin, associate director of
university housing, said he is aware
of the noise problems on the hall. A
hall meeting is planned for Thursday
night to address the problem.
"We're trying our best to control
the noise level on that floor," Rustin
said. "A residence hall should be a
place where one can rest and study
without being disturbed."
Anyone found guilty in the case
could be required to perform com
munity service or relocate to another
residence hall. Officials could also
place the culprit's housing contracts
on probation or terminate their
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
meeting, voicing the concerns of other
faculty members. Several resolutions
were passed at a December faculty
council meeting that expressed dis
satisfaction with the role the athletic
department was playing at the
The resolutions focused on "a lack
of openness" in the athletic depart
ment, especially in its financial
dealings and its relationship with the
Educational Foundation (also known
as the Rams Club.)
Ludington is scheduled to meet
with Chancellor Christopher Ford
ham on Friday to convey the faculty's
concerns. Fordham will then decide
what action to take.
that the group does not practice
discrimination based on these criteria.
James Mock (Dist. 6), co-author
of the bill, said he wanted to make
the Student Code, the set of rules that
governs the congress, consistent with
But several congress members said
the words "sexual preference" should
not be included. David McNeill (Dist.
19) proposed an amendment to the
bill that would have eliminated the
words, but the motion failed.
Traditionally, the decision to grant
funding to the CGLA has stirred
controversy and debate. McNeill has
circulated a petition that would place
the question of CGLA funding on the
reflect on desegregation
"The ideal of progress is just that an ideal. You
don't always go forward. We've been going
backward for quite a while. You can't take
progress for granted. " Nell Painter
been going backward for quite a
while. You can't take progress for
Painter's remarks were part of
"Then & Now: Segregation in the
United States," a panel discussion
that included UNC faculty, alumni
and representatives from the Chapel
The discussion was sponsored by
the Campus Y's Students for the
candidacy for SBP
By JUSTIN McGUIRE
Sandy Rierson, a junior political
science and history major from
Summerfield, has announced her
candidacy for student body
Rierson said she will focus her
campaign on making student
government more efficient and
more effective in getting results.
"If I become president, I'd like
for people to say at the end,
'Student government did these
things, and made my four years
here better,' " she said.
within the executive branch is an
important objective, Rierson said.
She said she wants to have the
president, executive assistants and
committee heads meet regularly to
discuss events and issues within the
Fighting cuts in student aid and
helping students find financial aid
sources are also significant issues,
"We need to stay really visible
and keep the issue in the press,"
guesser the best
The advisory committee will per
form a general study and write a
report, but plans are not yet concrete.
The committee members will prob
ably be decided in February, Luding
Time is necessary to develop the
plans because the report should be
constructive, not "back-biting and
attacking," Ludington said.
"However the Crum situation was
handled, the events are behind us,"
The advisory committee will prob
ably consist of a senior group of
faculty, Ludington said.
The possibilities for the format of
the investigation include open discus
ballot during the February elections.
Gene Davis (Dist. 18) said if the
bill passed it would be impossible for
those who oppose funding the CGLA
to debate the issue at congress budget
"You're prohibiting the debate," he
said. "The principle of democracy is
that everyone has a voice. Please
don't take away the voice of the
Student Body President Brian
Bailey agreed that it would be
dangerous to limit the debate. "For
us to sit around and say, 'We can't
talk about this,' won't allow us to let
our hair down and really look into
these groups," he said.
Advancement of Race Relations as
part of the University's seventh
annual Martin Luther King birthday
Painter offered suggestions for
changing the racism and prejudice
that still exist today.
"We should become anarchists,"
she said. "One of the things that
makes it possible for bad things to
happen is for people not to protest
she said. "But we need to take other
action as well."
Rierson said she wants to
expand a program that helps
students find part-time employ
ment to finance their educations.
Students should be allowed to
work as academic advisers within
a certain major to help more
inexperienced students, Rierson
said. "The advisory program at
UNC is lacking a lot," she said.
Another academic issue is
between professors and students to
make more perspective courses
available, Rierson said. She said
the University should increase the
number of available spaces in
existing courses, or offer more
Rierson said she would like to
continue to improve relations
between the University and the
town of Chapel Hill. Having a
student liaison on the town council
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sion between groups like the admin
istration, the athletic department, the
Rams Club and the UNC Board of
He said that faculty members wish
that the Crum controversy had never
occurred, but the circumstances of the
resignation rather than the event itself
are the present focus of concern.
The resignation's effect on UNC's
academic reputation is fading as it
moves out of the headlines, and the
committee is more concerned about
its effect on academics.
"I suspect the farther you go from
Chapel Hill, the less it damages
credibility," he said. "That's not what
we're trying to respond to."
Curtis Small (Dist. 5) said the bill
would not affect debate on legitimate
topics. He said it would only elim
inate arguments that are irrelevent to
the funding question.
"Nobody is trying to constrain
anybody's reasonable objection to
something," he said. "This is merely
a way of improving the budget
process. It doesn't constrain your
right to debate it constrains your
right to harass."
Bobby Ferris (Dist. 14) said the bill
should be defeated because members
could not reach a consensus.
"If there's this much discussion on
a bill, it should be failed for that
reason," Ferris said.
not to resist. People in general tend
to want" to go along.
"It's easy not to go against things,
especially in the South. When citizens
see things going wrong, they should
keep their eyes open and change the
things that are wrong."
Daniel Pollitt, Kenan professor of
law at UNC, opened the discussion
with an overview of the history of
segregation, emphasizing the
sequence of events that led to deseg
regation in the Chapel Hill area.
He said marches, sit-ins and meet
ings were held in Chapel Hill, with
eventual victories. Some violence
occurred, he said, but it was not as
widespread and intense as in places
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and creating a campus-wide voting
district for state, federal and local
offices could help accomplish this,
Rierson is president of the UNC
Young Democrats and is a member
of the Carolina Contact steering
committee. She has worked with
the North Carolina Student Legis
lature and was an executive assist
ant to former Student Body Pres
ident Bryan Hassel.