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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 97, Issue 83
Friday, November 3, 1989
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
By SARAH CAGLE
Assistant University Editor
UNC-system President CD. Span
gler admitted Thursday that he made
mistakes in his handling of the Board
of Governors' (BOG) investigation
of the N.C. State University (NCSU)
"I know when things have gone
well and when things have gone
poorly," Spangler said in a telephone
interview Thursday. "In this situation,
things didn't go as well as they should
Spangler said he agreed that the
Poole Commission's seven-month
investigation proceeded too slowly
and that his communication with BOG
members curing the investigation was
Spangler and Samuel Poole, BOG
vice chairman, have been criticized
by several BOG members for keep
ing the results of the Poole Commis
sion report from the public and from
BOG members. Spangler instead gave
the board a general oral summary of
the commission report along with his
recommendations for reform of the
NCSU basketball program Aug. 25.
Poole did not release the original
report to the public until Oct. 21.
"I wish that the whole matter had
proceeded more rapidly," Spangler
By DIONNE LOY
Recommendations in a recently re
leased report for improving the cur
riculum at UNC are a step -in the right
direction, students said.
Students were interviewed Thurs
day about the Report on the Status of
General Education at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The reports were released earlier this
Student Congress rejects Davos' calS for
By JASON KELLY
Student Congress members tabled a
motion to have a vote of confidence in
Speaker Gene Davis in a Wednesday
Davis initiated the motion to have a
vote of confidence in his competence
as speaker after the Student Supreme
Court found him guilty Tuesday of
violating the Student Code. Davis used
campus mail instead of U.S. mail as
specified by the code to send notices
of a special meeting of Student Con
gress. The congress postponed the vote
Slogging to lunch
Four-year-old Christine Richards of Carrboro
braves the rain Thursday afternoon as she visits
said. "The fact that it was drawn out
was not beneficial to anyone."
Spangler said the findings should
have been more available to the en
tire board. "I need to communicate
the good things and the areas where
we're weak. They (BOG members)
deserve that, and I'm going to try to
make sure I do that."
Spangler said he viewed criticism
of his performance as constructive,
and he sought suggestions from BOG
members as to how to improve.
"I expect to talk to individual board
members as I already have. Should
the Board of Governors wish to dis
cuss the matter with me in an open
meeting, I would.
"It's easier to look at something
with 20-20 hindsight than when in
the heat of the activity," Spangler
continued. "You would hope you
learn from your experiences, and I
think that I do."
The BOG has a regular meeting
Nov. 10. No specific plans to discuss
the issue are on the agenda, he said.
Spangler said he was confident
that he still had the trust of BOG
members. "We need to understand
each other. I'm willing to listen to
what they have to say, and theyre
See SPANGLER, page 7
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Many students are extremely encour
aged because the report is oriented
toward them, said Ruffin Hall, director
of academic affairs for student govern
ment. - " ' '. .' :"
"Student input was especially vital
in the report. I am encouraged by most
of the recommendations, because they
were based on the opinion of the stu
dents." Hall said Student Congress supported
indefinitely, but it can be brought back
for debate at any time.
Davis said he would have resigned
the post of speaker if the vote had gone
against him. Although he had hoped for
a vote of confidence, Davis said he
would remain as speaker because the
congress did not express a lack of con
fidence in his leadership. Davis said he
had received personal communications
encouraging him not to relinquish his
Jeffrey Beall (Dist. 7), the congress
representative who brought the case to
the supreme court, said congress did
not want Davis to step down. "The fact
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By AMY WAJDA
Assistant University Editor
The administrative grievance hear
ing of University police Officer Keith
Edwards began four hours late Thurs
day after negotiations for an out-of-court
hearing broke down.
The hearing, presided over by Judge
Delores Nesnow, began at 1 p.m. with
the presentation of prima facie evi
dence, meant only to prove that there
might have been discrimination.
Later in the day Nesnow, Edwards'
attorney Alan McSurely, and Lars
Nance, associate N.C. attorney general
and the University's representative,
agreed to have Edwards' entire case
presented before the University's case
The witnesses called were Edwards,
the only black female officer in the
University police, and Collin Rustin,
associate director of housing and a
member of the Chancellor's Commit
tee that heard Edwards' Step 3 hearing.
Attempts at an out-of-court settle
ment go back to Oct. 27, when Nance
called McSurely to ask for a settlement
proposal, Edwards said. McSurely said
during a recess Thursday that Edwards
asked the University for $75,000.
Edwards said the University then
countered with a oral offer of $25,000
and a non-paying University position
in which she would help the University
improve the UNC workplace. In return,
Edwards would drop the case and would
not be able to sue the University for
anything that occurred between 1987
Edwards said she refused the offer
Wednesday night. Nance came to the
hearing Thursday morning with a oral
offer of $50,000, she said. McSurely
three of the proposals in particular:
classes in a student's major fulfilling
perspectives, one less required perspec
tive for bachelor of arts degrees, and an
These three points will relieve sev
eral of the problems surrounding the
perspective program, Hall said. "Drop
ping a perspective will help especially
with regard to philosophy. By requir
ing fewer perspectives, many students
that we didn't vote does not count
against Gene Davis at all. Congress is
simply stating that there is no need for
a vote of confidence. This is not the
British government. We will not set a
precedent in this situation."
Rep. Jiirgen Buchenau (Dist. 3) said
the vote of confidence was unneces
sary because most members of con
gress did not question Davis' leader
ship. "What Gene and the other defen
dants were found guilty of was not their
fault, but the whole Student Congress'
fault. The whole Student Congress got
slammed, not just Gene."
Buchenau added that Student Con-
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Officer Keith Edwards (center) with her attorney Alan McSurely (left) and Lars Nance
and Nance met with UNC administra-
tors at South Building for about an hour
and then returned to the hearing and
met with Nesnow, and Edwards then
will probably omit the philosophy. This
will be a big relief."
The academic minor will increase
broadening of studies, Hall said. "The
minor will relieve some 'smattering'
and put the student on a broad yet direct
Another attractive point is the en
couragement for instructors to provide
comments on student writing, said Mark
Bibbs (Dist. 12), Rules and Judiciary
gress should carry the responsibility
for the supreme court verdict. "We must
think about the way we do our business.
We must be consistent and abide by our
own bylaws. Congress cannot violate
the constitution. If we don't like it,
we'll have to change it. The supreme
court couldn't help ruling the way it did
on this unnecessary case."
Davis said he felt that being found
guilty by the Student Supreme Court
brought into question his competence
as speaker, and he had to bring the
question before congress. "Because of
the supreme court ruling I felt I had to
ask the body (of Student Congress) if
they had confidence in my leadership.
"This was not a political maneuver.
Part of my job is abiding by the code,
and because I failed in this measure and
was found guilty by the court, I thought
I had to ask the body if they still wished
me to continue as speaker."
By MYRON B. PITTS
Four members of The Daily Tar Heel
Board of Directors expressed delight at
being reinstated to the board as a result
of a Student Supreme Court ruling
earlier this week.
Because of the ruling, the DTH board
has added positions for the Student
Congress speaker's appointee, a gradu
ate student representative, a Student
Congress Finance Committee appointee
and the student body treasurer.
The positions were dropped in early
October to avoid possible conflict that
might hinder the DTH incorporation
process, which calls for student fees to
be repaid beginning in the spring. The
board's bylaws must be submitted to
the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in
order for the newspaper to incorporate.
Though the Student Constitution
indicates the board should have five
members, the board's bylaws allow for
five additional members who were
approved in an Oct. 10 student body
Congress Rep. Jeffrey Beall (Dist.
7) called the legality of the referendum
into question because he said the con
gress was not properly notified of an
Oct. 8 meeting where members voted
the referendum onto the ballot.
In the resulting Student Supreme
refused the second offer. "They had
nothing concrete to show me, nothing
in writing," Edwards said.
"I feel I was discriminated against,
Committee chairman in Student Con
gress. "One good thing is for professors to
actually critique to actually care."
Students expressed a desire to con
centrate on their majors, and many
thought lessening the perspectives
"You should be able to concentrate
on your major," said Jennifer Berces, a
freshman from Durham. "It seems like
vote of confidence
Buchenau added that the vote of
confidence was not only unnecessary,
but it set a bad precedent for the future.
"This is an extremely dangerous idea
despite our confidence in Gene. A vote
of confidence is a destabilizing factor
with no positive consequences. Votes
of no confidence in European countries
have positive elements, because at the
same time they call an officer into
question, they offer a new candidate at
the same time.
"It's nothing more than an opinion
pole, but it can be used to implement or
hinder a candidates' success," Buch
enau continued. "The vote of confi
dence is a dangerous political tool which
could bring down a Student Congress
leader through repeated votes of dis
trust. We elected Gene, and votes of
confidence are redundant.
See DAVIS, page 7
members return to posts
Court hearing, the referendum was
judged invalid, but four new positions
were added because of a 1983 referen
dum that was omitted from the Student
Congress Rep. Mark Bibbs (Dist.
12), the defense counselor, found the
old referendum while researching in
"The night before the trial there was
some digging done in the archives at
Wilson Library," said DTH board
member and general manager Kevin
"It was a good thing we found it (the
referendum). One of the things the
plaintiff said is we were operating ille
gally and secretly."
Despite the supreme court decision,
the board still lacks two members pres
ent before the issue of referendum va
lidity came into play. The now 12
member board is without an editor's
appointee and an outside professional
According to Schwartz, these mem
bers would likely be reinstated after
incorporation by amending board by
laws. Self-appointed Student Congress
speaker representative Gene Davis said
he would introduce another referen
dum after incorporation that would have
an editor's appointee and outside busi
and I feel I would be selling out against
See HEARING, page 2
you've already gotten your broad out
look in your General College perspec
tives. People who want to take those
classes could take them anyway."
Implementation of an academic
minor would help indecisive students,
said Scott Suddreth, a freshman from
"I came here wanting to be a busi-
See CHANGES, page 7
ness appointee on the ballot. ; ; ;
'There will have to be another refer
endum before the student body to de
cide the necessity of these positions,'-;
The student body voted overwhelm-;
ingly for the five appointees in the Oct'.'
See DTH, page 5
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safe food containers 3 ;
Who they are, how they;
Information on the Carrboro;
election candidates 4.'
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The K-Tel hits you knew and
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City and campus 3
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