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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
C 1992 DTH Publishing Corp.
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Volume 100, Issue 105
Wednesday, November 18, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Professor dies at
served 50 years
By Michael Workman
Assistant University Editor
Edward Alexander Cameron, pro
fessor emeritus of mathematics at the
University, died Tuesday at his Chapel
Hill home. He was 85.
Although the official cause of death
has not yet been determined, Cameron
probably died of a heart attack, his
daughter, Molly Cameron, said Tues
day. Edward Cameron, a member of the
University community for almost 50
years, was a former recipient of the
Tanner Award for Excellence in Under
graduate Teaching and a former mem
ber of the Faculty Council.
Long-time friend and former Uni
versity Chancellor Carlyle Sitterson
knew Edward Cameron for more than
"His friendships were warm with his
colleagues and friends," Sitterson said.
"He was a fine teacher."
Edward Cameron's brother, Crowson
Cameron of Raleigh, said Edward
Cameron had been dedicated to his stud
ies at the University since his days as an
Edward Cameron made all "A's"
during his first three years at UNC and
finished with only one "B" during his
undergraduate career, his brother said.
Edward Cameron also was president of
Phi Beta Kappa.
As chairman of the Uni versity ' s Com-
Local leaders express support
for proposed rape law changes
Members of the community and the
University expressed support Tuesday
' for the memorandum issued by Orange
Chatham District Attorney Carl Fox
concerning acquaintance rape.
Fox issued a memorandum Monday
to replace the guidelines he issued last
May for cases dealing with acquain
tance rapes. Fox made it cleir that the
memo carried no legal weight and would
not determine whether he would pros
ecute a case.
The memo will be distributed to law
enforcement officials to be used as ref
Fox's memo stated that victims of
rape should not be expected to fight
their assailants or say no unequivocally.
The memorandum also stated that
victims can communicate a lack of con
sent by saying no or "any other unam
biguous word or phrase which would
caused reasonable person to believe the
Carolina Indian Circle repeats
call for Native-American faculty
By Brad Short
' Anyone who has been looking
around campus trying to find a Native-American
professor is fighting a
losing battle, at least for the time be
ing. Carolina Indian Circle members say
they will continue their efforts to ac
quire a full-time Native-American
professor. The group collected 2,500
signatures during the 1989-90 school
year in support of their cause.
Carolina Indian Circle members
plan to launch another petition drive
Kenric Maynor, a junior from
Lumberton and president of the Caro
lina Indian Circle, said he had been
told that Chancellor Paul Hardin had
lost the original petition.
"We do have a copy of the petition,
which contained 2,500 signatures and
a list of 315 American Indians with
Ph.D.'s," Maynor said.
: Maynor said he didn't remember
the exact wording of the petition but
knew that the main emphasis was to
encourage the administration to hire
at least one tenure-track Native-American
faculty member. "From there,
maybe we can get a Native-American
curriculum," Maynor said.
Edward Alexander Cameron
mittee on Provisions for Superior Stu
dents, Edward Cameron helped to pio
neer a program that later developed into
the Honors Program.
"He had a great deal of interest in
young people who had intellectually
stimulated minds," Sitterson said.
Cameron was treasurer of the Math
ematical Association of America from
1 968 to 1 972 and also was a member of
Sigma Xi Scientific Society and the
American Men of Science.
The Moore County native's areas of
victim does not want to voluntarily par
ticipate in vaginal intercourse."
Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, assis
tant dean of student affairs, said she
thought people who worked with rape
victims might interpret the memo as
"I can't help but believe that some
thing that is written and inscribed is
going to have a lot more power and
influence," Anderson-Thompkins said.
"Just by having something in writing,
people are going to use them as guide
lines." Anderson-Thompkins added that al
though Fox insisted the revisions were
not guidelines, she believed they would
have a significant impact.
Melinda Manning, co-chairwoman
of the Rape Action Project, said she
approved of Fox's decision not to call
his memorandum a set of guidelines.
"I don't think you should set guide
lines because each case is unique,"
Manning said. "The guidelines which
(Fox) put out this summer were rather
Brenda Kirby, administrative assis
tant to Hardin, said the original petition
; had been deferred to the office of the
s "The provost has changed since the
time of die petition, and we couldn't
inquired about it earlier this year)," she
Kirby said a petition had to be up
dated every six to eight months to be
considered valid, "That petition was
circulated tliree years ago, and I'm not
sure how the provost used it," Kirby
Richard McCormick, the current pro
: vost, said he had no idea what happened
to the original petition, since he had
nothing to do with it and wasn't at UNC
at the time, McCormick came to the
University this summer from Rutgers :
University in New Jersey.
While dean of the faculty of arts and
sciences at Rutgers, McCormick led a
drive to recruit minority faculty mem
bers, "That was a major part of what we
were trying to do at Rutgers," he said,
adding that most of his success was in
the recruitment of African-American ;
and Hispanic faculty members.
"We are working on minority faculty
recruitment at UNC," he said "We have
not focused on Native American's in
particular." McCormick said minority
about trivialities is
specialization were modem algebra and
Cameron received his bachelor's
degree from UNC in 1928, earned his
master's degree in 1929 and served as
an instructor from 1929 to 1946. He
also earned his doctorate from UNC in
1 936 and served as a full professor from
1946 until his retirement in 1972.
He served in the Navy from 1943 to
During his career as a UNC faculty
member, Cameron was chairman of the
Committee on Examinations and In
struction. He was a member of the administra
tive board of the College of Arts and
Sciences and committees on University
government and teaching.
He also was curriculum director for
several National Science Foundation
institutes and held faculty fellowships
with the Ford Foundation from 1951 to
1 952 and the National Science Founda
tion from 1965 to 1966. Cameron was
the author of "Brief Trigonometry,"
"Algebra and Trigonometry" and "Col
lege Algebra," written with R.T.
Browne, as well as several articles.
In addition to his brother and daugh
ter, Cameron is survived by three sis
ters, Louise Boney of Newport News,
Va., Margaret Turner of El Paso, Texas,
and Lois Hall of Laurinburg.
A memorial service will be held at 2
p.m. Friday at the Chapel of the Cross
Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill.
harsh. These new (proposals) are more
Manning added that in this society,
people very seldom say, "Yes, I want to
have sex with you." She said she was
pleased with the fact that victims of rape
could say something concrete other than
"no" such as, "Please, get off of me."
Manning said she supported Fox's
memo and proposed legal changes.
"I am also impressed by the fact that
he is planning on using these memos to
change (existing) rape laws," Manning
Manning said this could be the be
ginning of an important movement to
fight for fair laws dealing with rape.
Margaret Henderson, director of the
Orange County Rape Crisis Center, said
she also supported the district attorney.
"I do agree with him and wholeheart
edly support him in that the North Caro
lina statutes do need to be revised,"
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recruitment was discussed at each
meeting he held with department
McCormick said one of the biggest
problems in recruiting Native-American
faculty members was that the
available pool of Native-American
instructors was small.
' He said UNC and other schools
nationwide had to make a greater ef
: fort to train Native Americans in
graduate school, which would increase
die available pool of Native-American
"There just are not enough avail
able out there," McCormick said.
But Maynor said the number of
qualified Native Americans was not a
"It's not a matter of not being able
to find Native Americans with the
necessary education," Maynor said.
"They have to seek out those indi
viduals." He said UNC came closest to hir
ing a Native-American professor last
: "Chancellor Hardin got a Native
American named Adolf Dial to come
in and teach a Native-American his
tory class," he said. But some students
who took the class thought the tcach-
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Paul Ferguson, whose tenure appeal will be considered within the next week, meets with senior Julie Nizleck
Committee to heair
By Anna Griffin
For Paul Ferguson, the fight contin
ues. Ferguson, an assistant professor of
speech communication whose battle
to retain his job has generated more
than 3,000 student signatures in the
past week, was notified Wednesday
that the Committee on Faculty Hear
ings will hear his appeal for tenure.
According to the University tenure
policy, the hearing must take place by
Monday, Ferguson said.
Ferguson said in an interview Mon
day that he remained confident the
appeals system would recognize the
value of his research much of which
has been unorthodox "creative" re
"I'm delighted that the appeal has
been granted," he said
I have faith in the appeals pro
Ferguson, along with assistant ge
ology professors Michael Folio and
Kevin Stewart, has in recent weeks
become a symbol of what critics say is
wrong with the UNC tenure policy
that it overemphasizes research and
devalues classioom teaching.
Proposed center would provide
international education in N.C.
By Kathleen Keener
If North Carolinians expect to com
pete in a world market, they need to be
able to learn about the world, N.C. Gov.
Jim Martin told the UNC Board of Gov
ernors last week.
To help the state gain a foothold in
international trade, Martin presented
plans Friday for a special cultural edu
cation center that would offer a broad
range of study topics for residents of the
Tar Heel state.
Martin's proposed center, the N.C.
Center for World Cultures and Lan
guages, would not give degrees but
would offer intensive instruction in se
lected languages and cultures, Martin
"I'm here to ask you for your help in
further improving North Carolina' s eco
nomic health and quality of life," Mar
tin told the members of the BOG.
North Carolina's involvement in in
ternational trade has caused a demand
for North Carolinians who are fluent in
foreign languages, he said.
"Doing business halfway across the
globe means talking on their terms in
their language," Martin said.
More than 1,500 companies and
435 ,000 workers in North Carolina cur
rently are in vol ved in international trade,
Folio, who was denied tenure last
year after-winning a 1991 Undergradu
ate Teaching Award, will be leaving the
University next spring when his con
Stewart who wona 1992Undergradu
ate Teaching Award. He is appealing
the decision not to grant him tenure.
Ferguson won a 1992 Undergradu
ate Teaching Award and the 1989 and
1992 Senior Class Favorite Teacher
Ferguson's case was argued four
times before the Speech Communica
tion Advisory Committee.
Committee members rejected
Ferguson's request the first time. The
second and third times, members rec
ommended he receive tenure without
In each of the first three cases, Stephen
Birdsall, dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences, rejected the recommendation.
The fourth time the case was heard, a
divided committee voted to recommend
Ferguson be denied tenure.
Student supporters many of them
former pupils of the popular instructor
have collected more than 3,000 sig
natures on behalf of Ferguson.
The students will present the peti
tions to Chancellor Paul Hardin this
Martin said, add
ing that N.C. ex
ports were just be
low $1 billion in
has been highly
successful in for
eign trade and
should work to
maintain that suc
cess by educating
its workers, Mar
The state can't afford to succumb to
the United States' "island mentality,"
The Japanese government recently
opened the Japanese Municipal Acad
emy to train Japanese citizens for for
eign trade, he said.
"We may be ahead of the course in
many ways, but we're behind in refer
ence to that," Martin said. "Japan is
giving us a wake-up call."
The proposed center would be run
from the UNC system's General Ad
ministration Building on South Road
and would be part of general
The center's programs would be of
fered at designated locations through
out the state.
The final report on the center will be
that matter. Max
morning and will meet with Birdsall
to discuss the tenure policy and
"Right now, we are anticipating a
timely, positive response to Dr.
Ferguson's request for tenure," said
Valerie Halman, the senior speech
communication major from Montreal
who has led the student movement for
"We've always maintained our faith
that the committee will grant Dr.
Ferguson tenure. We're going to wait
now and see."
Ferguson said that while the stu
dent protests probably had not affected
the faculty committee's decision to
hear the case, the movement had shown
him what kind of effect he had had on
"I think the committee makes deci
sion based only on written documen
tation," Ferguson said.
"I think what the student actions in
the past week have made me under
stand is that I'm not just one person
fighting. (I've been) surprised. Sur
prised and delighted."
The faculty committee appeal is the
last step in the tenure process. If
Ferguson is not granted tenure, his
contract will expire next year.
ready by Thanksgiving, Martin said.
Martin said the center would help
create jobs and economic opportunities
for N.C. residents.
"It would give us the edge in leading
the nation in creating new jobs," he
Martin said business was not the only
arena that required knowledge of other
languages and awareness of other cul
tures. By improving North Carolinians'
multicultural understanding, the center
also would help improve the quality of
life for all N.C. residents, he said.
Teachers, police officers, senior citi
zens, tourists and college students all
could benefit from the center's pro
grams, he said.
UNC-system President CD.
Spangler voiced his approval of the
proposed center during the meeting.
"It obviously is a good idea for us to
be able to communicate effectively with
foreigners," Spangler said.
BOG member Charles Flack said
Martin's Friday presentation was the
first time he had heard of plans for a
multicultural center and added that he
wanted to know more.
"I am all for anything that will en
hance the use of second languages,"
Flack said. "In principle, there is no
doubt that it is a good thing." :