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Volume 96, Issue 116
By DEIRDRE FALLON
Students who still need to be
immunized for measles have one
more chance today at the clinic in
Woollen Gym from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About 2,500 students were immun
ized Wednesday. Of the 9,956 stu
dents who needed measles vaccina
tions when UNC's mandatory
immunization program began Mon
day, fewer than 2,000 still need to be
"The pace has been slow. We didn't
get the numbers we expected," Daniel
Reimer, director of the Orange
County Health Department, said
SW hopefuls discuss EECC
By NANCY WYKLE
Candidates for student body pres
ident discussed construction and
funding of a permanent Black Cul
tural Center at a forum sponsored by
the Black Student Movement in
Upendo Lounge Wednesday night.
. Brien Lewis, Trey Loughran and
Kevin Sisson were the candidates for
student body president appearing at
Lewis said he supports the con
struction of a permanent Black
Cultural Center. The proposed BCC
needs to be an individual building on
campus and not a part of another
building, such as the Student Union,
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From staff reports
Candidates for Carolina Athletic
Association (CAA) president, Resi
dence Hall Association (RHA) pres
ident and editor of The Daily Tar
Heel (DTH) fielded questions at a
forum sponsored by the Black Stu
dent Movement in the Upendo
Lounge Wednesday night.
CAA president candidates Bob
D'Arruda, Lisa Frye and Suzie Saldi
discussed their platforms and
addressed questions about minority
involvement with the CAA.
D'Arruda came under fire during
the forum for his lack of experience
Student Congress voices support foir lacy Ity pay
By JEFF ECKARD
Student Congress unanimously
passed a resolution Tuesday night to
support student efforts to increase
faculty pay, such as an effort to lobby
the N.C. General Assembly.
. "The resolution will show that
students realize there is a problem
with faculty salaries here and are
trying to fix it," said Rep. Nick
Kenan law professor Daniel Pollitt
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students face removal from UNC
Wednesday afternoon. "We hope
there will be a rush tonight before
we close because if not, there are a
lot of students who won't be in class
Officials processed information
about which students have been
immunized after the Woollen Gym
clinic closed Wednesday night, said
Elaine Thomas, Orange County
This morning, professors were
given class rolls with the names of
students who cannot be admitted to
class because they have not been
inoculated, said David Lanier, Uni
The BCC should be constitution
ally funded, he said, so all students
would feel they were a part of it by
indirectly contributing to it.
"Students will already have a stake
in it," he said. "Everyone will have
put something into it."
Loughran said he supports build
ing the BCC in a central part of
campus. Building an extension to the
Student Union and housing the BCC
there is a possibility, he said.
If the BCC becomes part of the
Union, money for the BCC could
come from the Union's allotment of
with the CAA.
Senior Denny Worley, who has
worked with the CAA for five years
and ran for CAA president two years
ago, said D'Arruda lacks experience
and his ideas are not feasible.
D'Arruda responded by saying
most of his ideas are workable and
that he will research the others
D'Arruda said he wanted to be
known as the "student's choice," and
Kontogeorgopoulos (Dist. 16), who
introduced the resolution.
The resolution was introduced by
the request of student government's
Special Interest Committee. Commit
tee members will present N.C. leg
islators with proposals for solving the
problem, along with a petition signed
by 3,000 UNC students, to make
legislators the target of media atten
tion, said Bill Hildebolt, committee
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"Any student who goes to their 8
o'clock class and gets a notice that
they have to leave class can go straight
to Woollen Gym, because the clinic
will be open tomorrow," L,anier said.
Students who have been immun
ized, but whose names show up on
the list of students who have not been
immunized, may show their white
immunization card to stay in class,
"This is not a situation in which
a student will have to withdraw from
school," said Lanier. "But we may be
forced to withdraw students if they
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student fees. If the BCC wanted to
be more independent, its leaders
could obtain funding directly through
the Student Activities Fund, he said.
This would require constitutional
funding, he said.
Another possibility for funding
would be getting money from private
endowments or from the N.C.
General Assembly, he said.
Sisson said he does not support the
construction of the BCC, but does
support building a multicultural
center. Building a BCC would pro
mote segregation on campus, he said.
A multicultural center would house
programs for different races, religions
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said his ideas' include fewer ticket
distribution days, a non-revenue
sports hotline and a "Carolina
Legends" game at halftime in the
Smith Center during basketball
games. The athletic department
should also investigate the idea of
night football games at UNC, he said.
If elected, he would appoint a BSM
member to attend all CAA and
Carolina Fever committee meetings
to maintain good relations between
the two groups, he said.
Frye said because she is a sopho-
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The student effort will be separate
from projects involving UNC admin
istrators and faculty, Hildebolt said.
It will show that students are con
cerned about their educations, he
"Teachers are commodities, like
anything else, and there is a market
price for commodities," Hildebolt
said. "And this University does not
of man jailed for threatening
By JEFF ECKARD
A man convicted of writing letters
threatening to kill former President
Ronald Reagan has continued to
write letters. But this time he's asking
for help a request that has been
answered by a UNC professor.
Last week, Kenan professor of law
Daniel Pollitt appealed to a federal
court in Tallahassee, Fla., that Lewis
C. Thornton Jr., 63, convicted of
threatening to assassinate the presi
dent, be given a new trial.
Pollitt said he took the case after
Thornton wrote a letter to the N.C.
Civil Liberties Union asking for help.
Thornton is serving a 25-year
sentence in the mental health division
of the Federal Correction Institute at
Butner for letters he wrote to Reagan,
the FBI and the Secret Service.
A native of Kershaw, S.C., and a
teacher's assistant in Fort Lauder
dale, Fla., Thornton initially wrote
a series of letters in 1980 because of
family problems, Pollitt said.
"He started to hear voices, and he
was suffering from depression
brought on by his wife being hospi
talized with Alzheimer's disease, and
he figured Reagan was to blame,"
A recent story in The News &
Observer of Raleigh said one of
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pay the market price for its teachers."
One revenue source proposed by
the Special Interests Committee
would involve admitting more out-of-state
students without increasing
the total number of students at UNC.
The higher tuition paid by out-of-state
students would provide more
funds for faculty pay.
A second suggestion proposes that
area companies who benefit from the
"The time has come, says the Walrus
to the Bear, to speak of many things.
Of all those who soon must go, Ronald
Reagan is one, for sure, we know"
Lewis C. Thornton Jr.
Thornton's earliest letters was a
parody of a poem in "Alice's Adven
tures in Wonderland," by Lewis
Carroll. It read: "The time has come,
says the Walrus to the Bear, to speak
of many things. Of all those who soon
must go, Ronald Reagan is one, for
sure, we know."
Thornton received an excessive
sentence for his crime and was not
provided with adequate legal advice,
Pollitt said. There have been 53
similar cases since World War II, and
Thornton's sentence is more severe
than any other sentence issued, he
said. "Two, three or maybe four years
is enough, but 25 is way out of sight,"
Previously, the longest sentence to
be served for this offense was 10 years.
A five-year sentence was reversed for
being excessive, Pollitt said.
After the first letters, the FBI
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work of UNC researchers donate
money to a private endowment fund
set up for faculty members.
Raising tuition is one area Hilde
bolt said would not be considered as
a possibile funding source.
Of the United States' top 20
universities, UNC ranks 19th in
faculty pay, said Rep. Gene Davis
(Dist. 18). This has led to UNOfalling
in overall ranking in recent years,
visited Thornton, decided he was
mentally ill and took him to an
emergency psychiatric ward in a
Florida hospital. He was considered
well enough to spend Christmas with
his sister in Columbia, S.C., but again
had delusions and wrote more letters.
The FBI and Secret Service went to
Columbia and sent Thornton to a
Pensacola, Fla., mental hospital,
After he wrote more letters from
the hospital, the FBI indicted Thorn
ton and he was assigned an attorney.
Thornton was put into a single cell
and met with his lawyer only once
for about an hour, Pollitt said.
The Pensacola district attorney
moved Thornton to a federal mental
health facility in Missouri for 60 days
of observation. Thornton saw the
examining physician only when he
was admitted and discharged at the
Elections forum for
SBP and DTH
Today at 5 p.m.
in Union 208
DTH David Surowiecki
"Ultimately, it affects all students,
because when students are trying to
get jobs, employers look at their
school's ranking," he said.
In other . business, the congress
passed a resolution in memory of
Albert Coates, founder of the UNC
Institute of Government and a UNC
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facility, yet he was found competent;
to stand trial with the aid of med-;
ication, Pollitt said. ;
On the day of the trial, Thornton;
believed that he and his attorney were ;
only in court to pick jurors. But when ;
the attorney told him instead to plead ;
guilty because the judge would . be ;
easy, Thornton offered this as his only ;
defense: "I'm sick, and I need help,";
Pollitt said. ;
Thornton's attorney did not speak j
in his defense, Pollitt said.
The case will be appealed in the;
11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals;
in Atlanta, but Pollitt said he has no '
idea how long the appeal will take, j
He added that Thornton does not;
think he has a chance of winning an j
appeal because he is a threatened
assassin. But the Atlanta Parole!
Board is scheduling Thornton for
parole in 1991, Pollitt said. .'
Thornton, who has received med-
ical and psychotherapy treatment1
during his seven years in prison, is ;
still mentally disturbed, Pollitt said. :
"He writes letters to cancel appeals ;
we have made after he writes letters ;
asking for appeals. He writes a lot;
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