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Volume 99, Issue 132
Monday, January 13, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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UNC-CH tops system in
By Ashley Fogle
Assistant University Editor
More students are graduating from
UNC-CH in four years than from any
other school in the UNC system, an
official told the UNC Board of Gover
Ray Dawson, UNC-system vice
president for academic affairs, said 6 1 .3
percent of freshmen who entered UNC
CH in 1987 graduated in 1991,thehigh
est four-year rate in the system.
Elizabeth City State University had
the second-highest rate with 33.4 per
cent of students graduating in fouryears.
Fayetteville State University had the
lowest rate of 8.3 percent. The system
average was 27.8 percent.
"The graduation rates of our state
schools has been a subject of general
interest to the (N.C.) General Assem
bly," Dawson said. "There is a belief
that students are taking longer to gradu
ate because of increasing costs and other
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Maynard execution canceled
as Martin commutes sentence
N.C. Gov. JamesMartin commuted
the death sentence of convicted killer
Anson Maynard on Friday, one week
before the Coharie Indian's scheduled
Martin commuted Maynard's sen
tence to life in prison with no chance
for parole. The governor said there
was stil I doubt as to whether Maynard,
who prosecutors portrayed as the ruth
less leader of a theft gang, had fired
the gun which killed Stephen Henry in
Defense lawyers had claimed a
former associate of Maynard's, Gary
A lecture is
UNC-CH's graduation rate was
higher than other state schools, such as
the University of Virginia, the Univer
sity of Michigan and the University of
Illinois, Dawson said. The national four
year average is about 40 percent, he
The statistics, released at the BOG
meeting, showed the percentage of fresh
men who had graduated from each in
stitution after four, five, six and seven
years since 1977.
The percentage of students graduat
ing in four years decreased between
1977 and 1987 at 12 of the 16 UNC
system schools. Overall, the system's
four-year rate dropped from 32.8 per
cent in 1977 to 27.8 percent in 1987.
"This certainly indicates that the pic
ture of the student who enters the uni
versity and goes straight through eight
semesters and graduates has always been
questionable and certainly is not typical
today," Dawson said.
to a 72-56 upset over
Bullard, had shot Henry over a failed
drug deal. Bullard received full im
munity in exchange for his testimony
Henry's body was found floating
in the Cape Fear River shortly before
he was to testify against Maynard in a
larceny case. The body had been
beaten, shot and weighed down with
In a statement to the press Friday,
Martin said the prosecution had not
convincingly established whether
Maynard or Bullard, who died in a
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an occasion when you numb one end to benefit the other.
UNC-system President CD.
Spangler agreed, adding that many stu
dents don't value the degree as much as
"In some ways, we tend to romanti
cize what we perceive to be an earlier
golden year when everyone came to the
university and graduated in four years,
and that never was the case," Spangler
said. "Some people believe education is
a valuable experience whether they get
a degree or not."
Dawson gave several explanations
for the lower graduation rates.
Some disciplines, such as pharmacy
and agriculture, are five-year degree
programs, he said. Demanding require
ments in such fields as engineering also
may be difficult to complete in four
Also, transfer students are not ac
counted for in the figures, Dawson said.
"We can only track in a single institu
tion. If a student transfers and graduates
from another institution, they will not
15th-ranked Clemson on Sunday in
The Tar Heels are 1 1 -1 , 2-1 in the ACC.
By Amber Nimocks
Martin Luther King was a drum ma
jor for peace, justice and righteousness,
but the honor paid to him lasted for only
a season, journalism Professor Chuck
Stone told an audience Sunday at the
Chapel Hill Community Church.
Addressing members of the audi
ence as "brothers and sisters," Stone
included himself among those "shame
fully guilty" of being too cowardly to
continue King's work.
"We bring our faith in a memory ...
of Martin Luther King," Stone said.
"Does our faith in God enable us to
translate that faith into works?"
Stone, a colleague and friend of the
slain civil rights leader, talked about
appear in the figures."
System schools admitted 8,900 trans
fer students in the fall of 1 99 1 , Dawson
The number of part-time students
attending system schools also affects
the graduation rate. Sixteen percent of
the system 's undergraduate students are
enrolled in fewer than 1 2 hours, Dawson
"The large proportion of non-traditional
students cannot be expected to
complete a so-called normal four-year
sequence," he said. "As we get more of
these students we will see graduation
rates, if measured by four-year yard
sticks, getting longer and longer."
Spangler said graduation rates should
not be the "end-all" goal of the system
schools. But Dawson told BOG mem
bers there were several things that ought
to be done to improve the system's
"We need to keep student costs down
to the extent that we can, improve aca-
UNC-system's chief academic
officer steps down from post
By Ashley Fogle
Assistant University Editor
Ray Dawson, UNC-system chief aca
demic officer, told the Board of Gover
nors Friday that he would leave his post
March 31 to return to the classroom.
Dawson, 64, announced his resigna
tion after 20 years as vice president for
academic affairs and senior vice presi
dent for the 1 6 system schools. He will
Wilmington next fall.
"All along I promised myself I would
go back to teaching for purely selfish
reasons," Dawson said. "I've been here
a long time. I've been telling the presi
dent that I deserve tenure.
"But everything needs to end," he
said. "I guess if I'm going to get back to
teaching, I better get at it."
Dawson earned his doctorate in po
litical science at UNC-CH and joined
the faculty in 1 958. He served as dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences and the
General College in 1968 before taking
his current post in 1972 under former
President William Friday.
UNC-system President CD.
By Jennifer Talhelm
Reading Day is scheduled to fall on a
Saturday again this spring, but Student
Body President Matt Heyd said he was
working to move it to a weekday.
"People have told me Reading Day
ought to be moved to a weekday to
allow more time to study for exams," he
said. "I want to try to, one, get Reading
Day moved to a weekday this semester,
and two, make sure it's never on a
But members of the University cal
endar committee did not think Reading
Day would be moved.
David Lanier, University registrar
and chairman of the calendar commit
tee, said he didn't think students had a
"The purpose of Reading Day was to
make sure there was a break between
the last day of class and the first exam,"
Lanier said. "There's already two days'
King's 1967 request that Stone move
from Washington, D.C., and become
executive director of the Southern Chris
tian Leadership Conference in Atlanta.
King founded the SCLC as a center
for civil rights activity in the South.
Fearing the possibility of conflict in
Atlanta, a city rife with racial tension
during the late '60s, Stone confided to
King that he never would go south.
'"Martin, I just don't have the cour
age to be non-violent,"'he recalled tell
ing King. Stone said he told King that he
feared his reaction if his wife were to
fall victim to a racially motivated vio
As Stone looked around the audito
rium filled with black and white faces,
many of whom he had called by name
Fayetteville State Univ. 8.3
Winston-Salem State Univ. 1 0.9
N.C. Central Univ.
East Carolina Univ.
Pembroke State Univ.
SOURCE: UNCystem Board of Governors
demic achievement in high schools,
improve the academic advising of stu-
dents on campus, make sure degree
Spangler praised Dawson, who has
served longer than any chief academic
officer in the nation, for his service to
the university system.
"Since he arrived here 20 years ago.
Dr. Dawson ... has been intimately fa
miliar with the missions of all 16 cam
puses and has worked diligently to help
them meet their goals," he said.
"He is a prodigious worker with a
collection of talents rarely seen in one
human being. He Is a gift of immeasur
able value to all North Carolinians."
Spangler also announced that Wil
liam Little, UNC-CH acting provost
and vice chancellor for academic af
fairs, would act as Dawson's interim
Little said he was looking forward to
the new post. He said he did not expect
to serve in both interim positions at the
same time since a new provost should
be named by March.
Spangler told BOG members that
Dawson would be remembered not only
as an administrator, but also as a great
"He taught graduates, undergradu
ates and university presidents,"Spangler
to move Reading Day
The day could be moved if Heyd
requested it, but Lanier said he would
have to hold another committee meet
ing and then send the request through
several steps for approval.
"It's rare that we go back to change a
calendar that's already approved."
Heyd said there had been a number of
changes to the calendar already this
year and he thought Reading Day could
be moved. He said he was in the process
of writing a letter to Lanier asking for a
"It seems this could be something we
could do," Heyd said. "Obviously there
are a number of logistical problems, but
hopefully we can work around them."
Lanier said the academic calendar is
planned several years in advance by a
committee of students and faculty. Read
ing Day dates are scheduled through the
second summer session in 1 994 in order
to plan for the Bicentennial, he said.
Lanier said committee members ar
gued that students abused Reading Day
when it fell on a Friday.
earlier in his speech, he laughed and
said, "Look where I am 24 years later."
Stone spokeof King's legacy of'faith
filled with too much love to hate" but
said he could not determine when
America deviated from the vision that
originated with this legacy.
Those once inspired by King'sdream
have not successfully executed his vi
sion, Stone said, citing increasing racial
tension in America as a sign of this
failure. He said he thought America had
turned away from King's dream.
"Today in so many parts of the na
tion, Martin's dream of great expecta
tion has turned into a nightmare of re
crimination, not only between black
and white but equally deadly between
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to '4-year' colleges?
Percentage of UNC-system students
graduating after four years
N.C. State Univ. ."
Western Carolina Univ.
Appalachian State Univ.
Elizabeth City State Univ.
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requirements are reasonable and make
sure full-time students are full-time, i.e.
carrying a full load of IS hours."
said. "As one of his recent students, I
can say I have cherished' the hours I
have spent in his 'classroom.'"
UNC-Wilmington Chancellor James
Leutze said Dawson would be a great
addition to UNCW's political science
department. "Dr. Dawson is one of the
leading academic figures in the state of
North Carolina,"Leutze said. "Not only
is he a skilled and knowledgeable ad
ministrator, he is a top-flight academi
cian. "His book on lend-lease aid to the
Soviet Union is aclassic in the field, and
he is still remembered as one of the
most effective classroom teachers at
At UNC-CH, Dawson received the
Tanner Award for Excellence in Under
graduate Teaching and the Danforth
Foundation's E. Harris Harbison Prize
for Distinguished Teaching.
Dawson said he would miss working
with BOG members and being involved
in running the university system.
"I've enjoyed being a part of this," he
said. "It's a great understatement to say
I am going to miss being here, miss the
work you're doing."
"It was the students on the committee
who didn't want the three-day break,"
he said. "The students on the committee
said they thought the three-day week
end was counter-productive."
Donald Boulton, vice chancellor for
student affairs and a calendar commit
tee member, agreed that many students
abused Reading Day when it was on a
Committee members had to sched
ule Reading Day on Saturday in order to
allow time for Fall Break, he said.
"I feel good about the decision and I
think students prefer to protect Fall
Break," Boulton said. "Anyway, look
ing at the habits of students on Reading
Day, I am always amazed at how many
left and had a long weekend."
Comm ittee members had to conserve
time from all areas including exam time,
he said. "We all agreed, including the
students on the committee, to not do
away with Fall Break and compress
exam times and put Reading Day on a
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