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Volume 97, Issue 11
Monday, March 20, 1989
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By RHETA LOGAN
I An award-winning lecturer in
history is leaving UNC after depart
ment officials did not appoint him
to a permanent professorship, and
hundreds of his students are protest
ing his departure.
; Gary Freeze was one of 30 appli
cants up for the position, said
professor John Nelson, chairman of
the search committee. The new
professor will fill the teaching posi
tion vacated by retired N.C. history
professor William Powell.
; A petition is circulating among
Freeze's former and present students
n an effort to build support for the
lecturer, said Gene Davis, one of the
Davis, who has assembled a list of
750 supporters, said the students' goal
was to make the history department
aware of their desire to keep Freeze
on the teaching staff.
Freeze said he was "extraordinarily
flattered" by the student support and
added he hoped "the University will
pay more attention in the future to
student needs and what student
concerns are. I hope it realizes that
good teaching needs to be'paid more"
Because Freeze has signed a con
tract with Erskine College and the
search committee has already recom
mended an applicant for the profes
sorship, Davis said it would now be
unrealistic to try to get Freeze a
permanent position in the depart
ment. But the petition may influence
department officials to offer Freeze
a permanent position in the future
if one becomes available, Davis said.
Nelson said he was unaware of the
petition circulating in support of
When asked about the search for
a new professor history department
chairman Colin Palmer said, "We had
an orderly search process. The
recommendation (from the commit
tee) is one that some people don't like,
but it is also one that many people
do like." .
A second petition will begin cir
culating among the student body this
week, Davis said. This petition targets
students who may. not have had
Freeze as a teacher, but who are
supportive of any student effort to
retain a lecturer of the students'
choosing, Davis said.
Davis said he planned to send the
petitions to the history department;
Gillian Cell, dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences; Chancellor Paul
Hardin; and UNC-system president
CD. Spangler by the first week in
When Freeze came to UNC in the
fall of 1987, he taught History 162,
the only N.C. history class offered.
At that time, eight students were pre
registered for the course and 27 ended
up taking it. Enrollment increased,
with 77 students in the class the next
semester and 100 students in it last
fall. This semester, 151 students are
taking History 162.
"Dr. Freeze is an inspiring profes
sor. He makes history come to life,"
Davis said. "His departure would be
a disservice to students."
Freeze is the recipient of this year's
Henry Horace Williams Award,
which honors excellence in under
graduate teaching. The award is given
every year by the members of Dia
lectic and Philanthropic Societies
who nominate certain professors to
receive the honor.
A teacher must get the vote of two
thirds of the members to win the
award, said Kevin Cherry, president
of the societies. "It's an award we give
to our members', favorite teacher," he
Freeze is the first visiting teacher
to win the honor, Cherry said.
Freeze has also been nominated by
students to receive a Tanner Award,
the highest teaching honor given by
the University every year. At least 50
students have nominated Freeze so
far, Davis said.
But Freeze has been told he is
ineligible for the award because only
professors on a tenure track are
qualified for the honor. Freeze, a
visiting lecturer, has a fixed-term
appointment, Palmer said.
Powell said he believed Freeze
should be eligible for the award. "The
status of a person ought not to be
considered if he has fulfilled the
criteria of good teaching to receive
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UNC's three seniors, Steve Bucknall, Jeff Lebo
and David May, hold the ACC championship
plaque aloft du ring the celebration that followed
UNC's 77-74 victory over Duke University in
Atlanta March 12. For ACC and NCAA tournament
coverage, see page 12.
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By AMY WAJDA
Assistant University Editor
A computer virus hit UNC com
puter systems March 8, affecting
software in campus labs run by the
Microcomputing Support Center
(MSC), but officials said Sunday the
virus has been eliminated from MSC
The virus has also been found in
some software belonging to students,
and MSC officials are checking for
the virus before students are allowed
to use lab computers.
The virus permanently damaged
Macintosh software in the labs so that
the affected software programs had
to be erased and replaced.
This virus only infects Macintosh
software and cannot infect IBM
software, said Alan Gardner, MSC
user service consultant.
The virus was found in software
in every MSC lab on campus, said
Linwood Futrelle, MSC lab director.
"This is the worst one weVe been hit
with so far.
"It put us completely out of
business for a couple hours on
Wednesday (March 8) afternoon,"
Futrelle said. "We had to shut down
all the Macintosh computers."
A computer virus is a program
stored in. a computer diskette that
reproduces itself in a computer's disk
operating system, said Stephen
Weiss, acting head of the computer
science department. "It can spread in
the same way a biological virus
The virus goes to the computer's
internal memory, Gardner said.
When the computer needs to copy
information from memory back to a
diskette, either the original one or one
without a virus, the virus file is
transmitted with that information.
But not all viruses are harmful,
Weiss said. "It may or may not do
something bad to you." Some viruses
may just leave messages for users,
while more destructive viruses may
erase files or subtly alter data stored
Gardner said the virus that hit
UNC is relatively harmless. "It's not
a very destructive virus. Of all the
viruses around it's probably one of
the better ones it doesnt corrupt
The virus probably originally
spread from a student's diskette to
a MSC system diskette, said Jennifer
Langfahl, manager of the Davis
Macintosh lab. "When they open it
(an infected disk) under our systems
disk, the systems disk gets the virus."
Between 50 and 60 affected
diskettes belonging to both the MSC
and students have been identified so
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By JENNIFER JOHNSTON
The UNC senior class of 1989 set
new national records in raising funds
for its class gift, but other Atlantic
Coast Conference senior classes are
also exceeding their goals.
The money UNC seniors have
raised will be used to pay for a new
professorship, but schools like Duke
University are raising money for
projects that are more community
based. Duke seniors have created the
Durham-Duke Initiative this year,
said Sandra Mikush, associate direc
tor of annual giving.
"The seniors this year are very
community-oriented," she said. "This
program will create a fund out of
which stipends can be paid to Duke
students who stay and work in the
Durham community over the
The fund raising at Duke has just
started, but the seniors have already
surpassed their goal of $30,000.
Unlike UNC, Duke does not spread
out pledges over time, Mikush said.
The seniors will collect all of the funds
in one year. '
N.C. State seniors are raising
money to furnish two lounges and a
reading room in the new library
addition, said Bryant Allen, assistant
director of alumni relations.
NCSU seniors will spread out their
pledges over four years, he said.
"We wanted to get $100,000, and
we are over that goal by $27,000
and the money is still coming in,"
"This program gives a good feeling
about the school. Students should be
involved with their school for the rest
of their life, and the senior year is
a good time to start," he said.
Seniors at the University of Vir
ginia start their class project later than
"We're hoping to raise about
$150,000 this year," said Wayne
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Honduran violence increases
Campus Y to sponsor 2nd
Hunger Clean-Up 4
Senior marshals applications
Downtown Commission to
release survey results 4
InterVarsity group plans visit
to Soviet Union 6
Freshman actor featured in
'Dream a Little Dream' 7
UNC wrestler places 2nd in
Lacrosse team defeats
Student Congress schedules
special election, clarifies laws
By SARAH CAGLE
Student Congress scheduled a
special election for March 28 to fill
the three remaining congressional
seats in graduate districts and passed
two acts to amend and clarify the
election laws at their March 8
The Elections Board disqualified
, Bill Brown (Dist. 2), Jim Taylor (Dist.
5) and Sonia Abecassis (Dist. 7)
because the candidates did not turn
in their financial forms by 5 p.m. the
day after the Feb. 21 election, said
Neil Riemann, speaker of the
Jurgen Buchenau, speaker pro tern,
said the congress called for new
elections in these districts because
vacant congress seats should be filled
within 30 days, according to the
Student Government Code.
"All vacancies since the spring
elections are in direct violation of our
highest law," Buchenau said.'
Riemann said filling the graduate
seats may not be as difficult as in the
past because graduate students are
interested in the positions this year.
"Obviously graduate students have
difficulty making the time commit-
ment to congress, and some may not
feel that it works for them," Riemann
i Buchenau said because graduate
students were not well-represented in
other branches of student govern
ment, it was especially important that
they were represented in congress.
"Graduate students have a different
set of concerns that need to be
addressed because they're paying
tuition just like undergraduates,"
Petitions for candidacy are due
' Congress also amended the elec
tion laws in instances where sections
of the laws contradict each other and
where the elections laws conflict with
the Student Government Code,
One of the amendments would
make the spring election the only
regular election of campuswide offi
ces and Student Congress seats. The
fall elections, formerly regular elec
tions, will now be special elections,
said Gene Davis (Dist. 16).
"The fall elections will be emer
gency elections," Davis said. "In some
cases the Elections Board may not
have to hold any fall elections."
John Lomax (Dist. 13) said both
the decision to have the March 28
election and the amendment to have
regular elections only in the fall
reflected an interest in a more
effective system for replacing con
Davis said the congress also voted
to rectify a discrepancy in the election
According to one section of the
Student Government Code, appeals
must be filed with the Elections Board
within 72 hours of a decision. In
another section, the code said appeals
must be filed within 48 hours of a
decision, Davis said.
Congress decided to set the time
at 72 hours throughout the code. This
would allow students the weekend to
appeal decisions made on a Friday,
Riemann said the discrepancy
came to the attention of the congress
when the code was reviewed because
this year's senior class race was
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Eighth graders Jacob VanHorn and Cine Hayes take advantage of
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