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The Daily Tar Heel from Chapel Hill, North Carolina • Page 2

The Daily Tar Heel from Chapel Hill, North Carolina • Page 2

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Page Two the daily tar heel Tuesday. April 7. 1970 if dlo i om IT TO Opinions of The Daily Tar Heel are expressed on its editorial page. All unsigned editorials are the opinions of the editor and the staff. Letters and columns represent only the opinions of the individual contributors- I I -TV I i I 1 i libit lUi! V- I i II LMlLlLC) 1 til I Jj Tom Gooding, Editor Use Higli-fuse Married. December 4. Whether these students are guilty or not is not as important as the fact that the matter was never in students har.ds. These students will be brought before i Committee unsanctioned by students. having the power of expulsion. Fortunately, the three students zl hist lawyers. This one case threatens the whole student judicial process and raises severe doubt in my mind as to the function of University administration. As I mentioned earlier, student government should function to insure the protection of student rights. To this end. let me indicate my willingness to begin raising a student civil liberties defense fund for this case and for future cases involving students and the administration, my willingness to use my discretionary fund to provide legal advise on matters like this involving questions of procedural and constitutional legality, and my support of an appeal of this particular case to a higher court should this Hearing Committee decide against the students. We must stand together and we must be willing to work outside of the normal administrative channels if we ever hope to assure the protection of student rights. Government. That David Blevinswas found guilty of disruption by this Committee for failure to meet one class speaks for the precedent this Committee hopes to follow. Ferhaps feeling upstaged by the recent Chicago 7 trials, the University administration last week decided to make the most of a situation marked by relative calm and by a transition in student leadership. With the disruptions policy coming up for review in May, three UNC black students received letters on Wednesday, April 1. Accusing them of disruptions violations committed last December 4, these letters from the administration informed the -blacks that their trial would be in one week. One week to prepare for a case the University has been secretly investigating since December is hardly adequate. Nor is this all. Supposedly, a fourth student has been accused, but who he is the administration will not reveal. Indeed, the administration is remaining mum on the whole situation. Need I add that the three students singled out from a situation involving many more just happen to be well-respected black leaders, one of whom (Alex Willingham) was not even on campus the night of University life, -1 specifically mean working for improvement of the physical quality of campus housing, for academic reforms like the recent Merzbacher revisions, and for convincing the administration of the value of a self-determined visitation policy. Visitation will be an important priority this spring. The RCF, MRC, AWS, IFC, and Student Legislature have all passed resolutions supporting a self-determined policy. Every residence college governor I have talked to supports such a policy. Susan Peck, a CURL Committee member who has done research in the area, says that the vast majority of floor presidents and fraternity presidents also want such a policy. In fact, there has not been such wide-spread student support for one issue since I have been at Carolina. It will be interesting to see how this support manifests itself in order to guarantee a self-determined policy. Of even more immediate concern is the recent announcement of charges against three UNC black students for violations of the Board of Trustees disruption policy. The one -year history of the disruptions policy is one that flaunts the value of a student judicial process. Having the power of expulsion over students who violate a policy not written by students, the Disruptions Hearing Committee operates totally outside the normal student judicial procedures. The entire Committee is hand-picked by Chancellor Sitterson; even the student members were personally tapped by him. They were neither elected by students nor appointed by anyone in Student (Ed. Sole: The following is the first of a regular feature of this pzgea column written by Ike President of The Student Body. Tom Be Uo's column will appear on this page every Tuesday, end it will deal with events on campus, giving Bella's personal stand on the issues. Today's column concerns, in the main, visitation and the charges against four students for violations of the Trustees' disruption policy. The column was written Saturday night) In this first article, I want briefly to elaborate my general philosophy regarding student government and then proceed into two matters of immediate concern: visitation and the recent disruptions accusations. As the past indicates, students do not have, the ultimate power to govern themselves. Only at the approval of the administration, do governance and jurisdictionals control lie in students' hands. Right or wrong, students do not have the final say in decision-making or decision-enforcing. To this extent, the term "student government" is a misnomer. I am not saying that Student Government has no power, since that great American maxim, "money equals power," is valid for a student legislature that controls $250,000. Nevertheless, I fail to see out role as one of governance. Rather, I see student government doing more to protect students from the encroachments of the administration, to insure students equal rights under the Fourteenth Amendment, and to make students' stay at Carolina a little more tolerable. Regarding the "tolerability" of We hope that the current controversy over the eviction of 12 married student families from houses in Victory Village will bring about some improvements in the housing problems encountered by married students. The University claims it needs to tear down the nouses in order to provide parking space for construction crews that will be brought in to construct three new buildings in the medical complex. The whole situation seems to be a comedy of errors. A comedy, that is, unless you happened to be involved in it. The eviction notices came three weeks after the University had made extensive renovations on the houses. They were painted, the occupants were given grass seed for the lawns and new showers cupboards and sinks were installed. Then not only does the University decide to tear down these houses but it does so while eight similar units are being used for storage. One student being being evicted had just recently moved in and had not even finished unpacking. Another was to finish graduate school about a month following the June 7 deadline listed on the eviction notice. The University has promised to help relocate the students and their families but cannot guarantee them housing. Most important, there is no assurance the rent will remain the same and many students cannot afford to pay higher rents. For example, housing rates in Victory Village range from $30 to S50 a month. The least expensive units in the new Odum Village are priced at $82 a month. Many of the married students involved are attending the University on grants, scholarships, and fellowships. The more expensive housing will mean that some families will either be Former General Says Johnson And Nixon Guilty Of Vietnam War Atrocities M' ey Rick Gray tM run forced to temporarily separate or to leave school. The University has failed in recent years to provide married students with low cost housing. Most of the housing built has been in a ccst bracket that is prohibitive for many married students. The University should, we feel, find another place to locate the temporary parking lot. Preferably in the parking lots behind the hospital or in the Bell Tower parking lot. However, the current problem won't be solved by merely relocating this temporary lot. The University must begin to provide the married students on this campus with sufficient low-cost housing. One suggestion which we needs to be thoroughly investigated is the conversion of a high-rise dormitory into apartment units for married students. Mr. J.S. Bennet, retired director of physical operations, said "it is possible to convert one of the high-rise dormitories into apartments. According to him, the largest problem would be rewiring the structures for appliances. The University recently changed their undergraduate housing regulations to force, all sophomore students to live on One reason for the change was financial students were moving out of dorms and into apartments. If the University needs rent money, why not convert the high-rise dorms which undergraduate students abhor into much needed married student housing. From all indications the married students would be happy to live in low-rent apartments in the high-rise dorms. Of course the University will have to become a little more flexible with its visitation policy. 7Th it convertible, displaying his ugliness for all to see. Take a little time and a little money and give. The APO will be doing all it can to make the drive a success. They can't do anything without help from the students. It's a chance to do something for somebody. Doit. 78 Years of Editorial Freedom Tom Gooding, Editor Rod Waldorf Managing Ed. Harry Bryan Editor Rick Gray Associate Ed. Laura White Associate Ed. Chris Cobbs Sports Editor MaryBurch Editor Mike McGowan Photo Editor Bob Wilson Business Mgr. Frank Stewart Adv. Mgr. Ken Smith Edit or Students Give To Campus Chest, Peace Gets Redemption (Ed. Note: The writer, a retired Brigadier General, graduated from UNC in 1916, and will be speaking at Duke University i April 13 on U.S. Foreign Policy and in Chapel Hill this weekend.) To The Editor: The cardinal criminals of the U.S. war of aggression against the Vietnamese people are not those GI's or junior officers charged with committing atrocities at My Lai and My Khe. They are the minor criminals, even assuming the charges are true. Isn't it time to stop looking for little scapegoats? Even the plan to the Pentagon to try a few flag officers for failure to report these alleged atrocities has, it seems to me, a ring of insincerity. Is this a calculated cover-up, an attempt at the top to divert the attention of the American people from the real atrocity the war itself and the master criminals the Americans who plotted, planned and promoted this war in the first place and those who continue it now? Isn't former President Johnson responsible for all those killed, maimed and wounded ours and theirs during his more than five years as president? Isn't President Nixon similarly responsible since becoming President? The answer to both these questions is, it seems to me, a loud affirmative YES. "We should never forget two facts. First, no South Vietnamese government ever invited the U.S. government to intervene in their country. Secretary of State Rogers made this crystal clear in a recent report to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Second, the late President Eisenhower, at the time of the Geneva Agreement, gave a pledge that the U.S. government would not interfere with the implementation of these agreements which provided, among other things, for free elections by secret ballot, under international supervision, for the selection of the rulers of all Vietnam, July, 1956. The Geneva Agreements also provided for the independence and neutrality of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The late John Foster Dulles, Eisenhower's Secretary of State, repudiated the President's pledge by sending U.S. "advisors" and military equipment into South Vietnam, early in 1955 inviolation of the Geneva Agreements. Former President Johnson received the largest election majority ever in November, 1964, primarily because he promised "not to send American boys 9,000 to 10,000 miles away to do what Asian boys eiters 4 The Daily Tar Heel accepts all letters to the editor, provided they are typed and limited to a jij maximum of 300 words. All letters must be signed and the address and phone number of the writer must be included. The paper reserves the right to edit all letters for libelous statements and good taste. Address letters to Associate Editor, The Daily Tar Heel, in care of the Student Union. should do for themselves," and President Nixon promised in February, 1968, to end the war if elected. Mr. Johnson violated his promise, and Nixon has not yet honored his. These failyres at the summit of powers are certain to haunt Americans for generations unless the "sovereign" people can "persuade" President Nixon to honor his campaign pledges to end the war and abolish military conscription. Furthermore, many more and worse U.S. atrocities will occur, and I greatly fear World War III will also occur, and with it very probably Journey's End for Man will follow. Hugh B. Hester Brig. Gen. U.S. Army (Ret.) The N.C. Moratorium offices are complete chaos now, and have been for the past two weeks. Someone wandering into the offices from the street would probably turn and run as soon as he opened the door. There's paper all over the floor and the desks. Cigarettes fill every ash tray and fall off onto the desks. No one seems to know what anyone else is doing. The phone rings. Someone grabs at it and hollers to someone else across the office. Somehow the message is conveyed, and the right person answers the "phone. Five o'clock comes and goes. No one makes a move to leave the office. About seven, someone runs out of cigarettes. "I'm going for cigarettes," he shouts to the others. "Anybody want something." Suddenly everybody remembers that it's time for supper. The orders flow, and somehow they ail get written down. The carrier leaves, and the din of the ditto machine starts again. The group is running out of paper now. They're printing new handbills on the un-used backs of others. Someone might not know which side to read, but it doesn't really matter. The message is the same: "Peace. Now." The big concern of the N.C. Moratorium Committee this week is the big anti-war festival this weekend. Phil Ochs is corning. So is Tom Paxton. Rennie Davis will be in from Chicago. Tim Hardin is coming too. Not to mention Brigadier General Hugh Hester (see letter this page), Arthur Waskow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Sam Brown of the national committee. Plus eight rock bands. What the local committee is trying to do with the festival is revive the peace movement in the state. For all practical purposes, the movement has been in critical condition since Dec. 1, 1969 when a hand reached mmmmmmmmmmiimmm Aml EJT. I7L When you go back to your room tonight, empty your pockets and put all your loose change in a pile on your dresser. Leave it there, and when someone knocks on your door and asks for a contribution to the Campus Chest, in the form of penny votes for your dorm or fraternity's candidate for Ugly Man on Campus, give it to him. The girls can do the same thing in the beauty contest. The candidate with the most money collected per person in his (or her) dorm or fraternity sorority house is the winner. If you don't happen to have any loose change, give whatever you have. If the canvassers catch you without any money, don't get upset. You'll have another chance. Thursday there'll be an auction in Memorial Hall. In the past, the auction has been one of the most entertaining events of the spring. There will be autographed basketballs, dates with campus beauties, knick-knacks, junk, good things, free meals-all to be sold to the highest bidder. If you have a quiz Friday and can't make the auction, you'll still have another chance. April 23 brings the Campus Chest Carnival, rivaled for its sheer festival air only by Jubilee and Sigma Chi Derby. There'll even be a parade, with the Ugly Man riding an open serves the people. The "leaders" of South Vietnam comprise such a government. If they actually served the people of that country, they would end the war. Since they refuse to end the war themselves, and since they ask, not only for American money but also for American lives, and since the Nixon Administration thinks that the people of this nation want to support continued war, the people who do not believe in war must make their feelings known. The war must be ended, and it can be ended if the youth who oppose war will be at the festival this weekend. All it takes is a slight commitment. Just show up at the festival. Think about what others are giving their lives in a useless war, parts of their bodies. And think of the people in those offices downtown. They are averaging two hours of sleep per night. They care about you. Many of them have already filled their military obligations or have been rejected by the Army, but they still care about America. The want the war over. And if there are enough people at the festival this weekend, it will be over. The Daily Tar Heel is published by the University of North Carolina Student Publications Board, daily except Monday, examination periods, vacations, and summer periods. Offices are at the Student Union Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514. Telephone Numbers: News, Sports933-1011; Business, Advertisir.g-933-1163. Subscrip tion rates: $10 per year; $5 per semester. Second class postage paid at U.S. Fost Office in Chapel N.C. 8 into a big fish tank and pulled out a capsule with a slip of paper inside reading, "Sept. 14." With that move, the draft lottery was created, and President Nixon effectively undercut what he and his administration term "radical dissent." Since the peace movement began years ago, much of the impetus it has had has come from the sense of urgency, a sense of life or death, that the members have felt. With the lottery, much of that sense of personal urgency was removed, and the momentum gained by the October and November Moratoriums was negated. The movement began to languish, and the three-day moratorium scheduled for December fizzled. The administration had turned the attention of the public from the war in Asia to the war man has waged against nature since he became "civilized." The importance of the new interest in ecology cannot be under-emphasized, but all gains made by ecology groups will be useless if the war in Southeast Asia is allowed to continue. In recent weeks, things have happened in Southeast Asia which warn of an increased war there, not a reduced commitment, as Nixon promised the American people during his campaign. All signs point to increased involvement in Laos, in Thailand and in Cambodia. And that is not mentioning the escalation in Vietnam. This weekend's festival here will give the peace movement another chance. If this festival succeeds, if the people in this state turn out to show that they still oppose the war, then maybe a spring offensive against America's role as Policeman of the World can be launched. Maybe, just maybe, Nixon will realize that the youth of this country cannot, and will net, continue to be merely cannon fodder, bodies to be fed to a war machine which has as its sole purpose the continuation of government which exists to serve itself, not a gvrnment which

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