By Maggie Conner
Rufus Edmisten is a UNC alumnus who served as deputychief counsel to the SenateWatergate Committee, which waschaired by then-Sen. Sam Ervin, D-N.C., in 1973-74. Edmisten will visit Wilson Library today to present his papers from the Watergate scan-dal to the Southern Historical Collection.The documents will includethe original subpoena that Edmisten served to President Richard Nixon for the Watergatetapes, as well as Edmisten’s per-sonal archives.
Daiy Tar Hee:
What role did youhave in the Watergate hearings?
I was working with Sam Ervin, and I was his per-sonal driver and confidante. He hadseen me do work on the Separationof Powers Committee. We werestudying a lot of the abuses thatoccurred in the executive branch of government, like the army spyingon civilians.It was a time where it was hardfor people to believe we were talk-ing about a president doing all sortsof crazy things like ordering break-ins and asking how much it wouldcost to pay people off who workedin the Watergate building … whichseems pretty unbelievable today but back in those days they were doingatrocious things.The Senate Watergate Committeekind of brought it to life.
So you served the subpoena to President Nixon. Is that correct?
I certainly did.
Can you describe what that was like?
Oh my goodness, I willnever forget it — it is the day I willremember the most.
By Eric Garcia
As student political groups seek to boost turnout and membership before this fall’s elections, the UNCCollege Republicans wield a signifi-cant cash advantage.For today’s debate between FoxBusiness Network host John Stosseland former Vermont governorand 2004 presidential candidateHoward Dean, the group is aided by the Young America’s Foundation.The foundation, which is partially funding the debate, is a right-lean-ing group dedicated to promotingconservatism on college campuses.It began working with UNC CollegeRepublicans in 1996.The groups have collaborated before to bring prominent speakers tocampus, such as former Republicanpresidential candidate Herman Cainearlier this year and former George W.Bush adviser Karl Rove in 2010.“The Young America’s Foundationhas been a fantastic partner forthe College Republicans over the years, and they continue to be,” saidGarrett Jacobs, chairman of theUniversity’s College Republicans.“(They’ve) been a huge asset forhelping us get speakers, and also anadditional source of funding.” According to its website, the Young America’s Foundation, which was started in 1969, was foundedat Vanderbilt University to providestudents with conservative ideaslacking from their education.Since then, the foundation has worked largely to help bring conser- vative leaders to speak on campuses.Other events organized by the foundation include formerRepublican presidential candidateSteve Forbes’ talk at Yale University today and an event with conserva-tive columnist Star Parker at UNCMonday, in conjunction with theCarolina Liberty Foundation.Patrick Coyle, vice president of YAF, said the University benefitsfrom more speaking events sincestudents are exposed to new ideas.Today’s debate costs more than$40,000 and is partially funded by $12,500 from the UNC CollegeRepublicans, which came fromspeaker fees allocated by StudentCongress. The foundation is coveringthe remaining cost of the event.The UNC Young Democrats hadalso initially planned to cosponsorthe event. But Austin Gilmore, presi-dent of the group, said it was unableto provide the necessary $10,000.Gilmore said the YoungDemocrats rely primarily on fund-ing from Student Congress, addingthat the group doesn’t have as largeof an alumni funding base as itsRepublican counterpart.“The Young Democrats doesn’thave the same kind of PAC-fundedsupport that assists the CollegeRepublicans in linking up and solic-iting donations from rich alumni,”he said. As the presidential campaigncomes down to the wire in NorthCarolina, Gilmore said he hopes thatmore representatives from the Obama campaign will come to campus — buthe added that the speakers wouldneed to be funded by the campaign.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
Student officers on DTHboard of directors selected
The student officers for the 2012-13 DTH Media Corporation board of directors were elected Tuesday.Meredith Clark, a third-yearPh.D. student in journalism andmass communication, was electedpresident.The DTH board governs the busi-ness operations of The Daily TarHeel and dailytarheel.com.The board is responsible forfinancial decisions and administer-ing the annual editor selection pro-cess — but not daily content deci-sions, which fall to the editors.
— From staff and wire reports
By Lynsay Williams
UNC Pop-Tarts have been hittingthe toasters as fast as they’ve beenhitting the shelves.The Pop-Tarts debuted in UNCStudent Stores on the morning of Aug. 31 and have been selling non-stop since, leading to an unexpect-ed shortage of the tasty treats.The initial order of 1,440 boxesof the Tar Heel Berry-flavoredpastries were put on the shelvesof the Student Stores and Pit Stopthe Friday before the first footballgame.By the end of the weekend, theshelves were empty, said JohnGorsuch, director of UNC StudentStores.“It’s pretty amazing how this hascaught the UNC students’ and TarHeel fans’ imaginations,” Gorsuchsaid.Gorsuch estimated that an aver-age of 100 t0 200 boxes of Pop-Tarts are flying off the University’sshelves every day.To the surprise of Student Storesmanagement, they were able to geta second and larger shipment of almost 6,000 more boxes.More than 700 of those boxeshave already been sold since Friday, when they were put out, said Ron Wood, the snack unit manager forStudent Stores.Gorsuch predicted that the store will run out within two weeks, andit doesn’t look like anymore will beavailable in the future — at leastnot this school year.“We’re not sure if (Kellogg’s) isgoing to do it next year,” Wood said.“With the tremendous response we’re getting, if I could get more,I’m sure I could sell more pallets,”he said. Wood said that some peopleare already buying the pastries forChristmas presents.UNC Pop-Tarts are also availableat local Walmart stores. A repre-sentative from the Hillsborough Walmart reported that the Pop-Tarts have been selling well, andcustomers have been excited.UNC is one of only five uni- versities in the country to have
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First lady Michelle Obama speaks at N.C. Central University in Durham on Wednesday about re-electing President Barack Obama for the 2012 election.
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By Vinayak Balasubramanian
DURHAM — Thousands of enthusias-tic students and local residents gathered Wednesday at N.C. Central University to hearMichelle Obama make the case for her hus- band’s re-election.Despite the politicalundertones in her speech,the first lady sought toportray President Barack Obama from a personalangle — echoing a themefrom her Sept. 4 speech at the DemocraticNational Convention in Charlotte. As many as 3,100 people gathered in theMcDougald-McLendon Gymnasium at NCCU,filling it to capacity.The event — which was sponsored by Obama for America — was one of twospeeches that the first lady gave to studentson Wednesday. Obama later spoke at EastCarolina University.Obama told attendees of the personal strug-gles and moral lessons she and the presidentfaced growing up, what motivated them andhow this has influenced the president’s world view.“Like so many families in this country,our families weren’t asking for much. They didn’t begrudge anyone else’s success,” shesaid.“They simply believed in that fundamen-tal American promise that even if you don’tstart out with much, if you work hard and do what you’re supposed to do, then you should be able to build a decent life for yourself andan even better life for your kids,” Obama said.The first lady also reminded audience mem- bers of the struggles she and the presidentfaced in paying for college.“When it comes to student debt, believeme, Barack and I, we’ve been there,” she said.“He never could have attended college withoutfinancial aid.”Speaking before Obama, U.S. Rep. DavidPrice, D-N.C., mentioned to students that thepresident’s higher education policies helpedpay for about 16,000 N.C. veterans and250,000 N.C. students to attend college.The speech received a positive reaction fromthe audience, many of whom said they weremoved.Jacqueline Futrell, an adult basic educa-tion teacher at Durham Technical Community College, personally accompanied one of herdeaf students to the event.“I told her that since she was able to get a ticket, that I would personally bring her withme, to make sure that the interpreters werehere and everything, so that she could alsoenjoy hearing Mrs. Obama as well,” she said.Tania Irwin, a sophomore education majorat NCCU, said she nearly cried when she got toshake the first lady’s hand.“She is my idol, and I was just so inspired by her words.”
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Junior Jordan Barham buys UNC Pop-Tarts from Student Stores for her aunt.
school-themed Pop-Tarts — TheUniversity of Arkansas, University of Florida, University of Georgia and University of Michigan werealso approached by Kellogg’s.Senior Jordan Barcus said thateven though she hasn’t purchasedany, she thinks the Pop-Tarts withthe UNC logo are cute.“It’s convenient and a good way to show your support,” she said.In the almost four weeks thatthe Pop-Tarts have been available,Student Stores has sold more than2,000 boxes between the two ship-ments.“I think it was the right productat the right time, with the rightsymbol on it,” Gorsuch said.“Pop-Tarts are a staple for collegestudents, so with the UNC symbolprinted on the side, they taste bet-ter.”
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It was a very electrifying day.The whole country was riveted on Watergate because there was nosuch thing as Internet or cable TV — the three main networks werethe only TV channels, and they car-ried the Watergate hearings every day, not the soap operas.That was the first time a commit-tee of the Congress had subpoenaedthe president — you just didn’t dothat.So obviously I made the requestof the Senate to serve the subpoena.Human nature leads us to do somethings some times that we know will be historic.So I remember I was escorteddown there. There are a lot of pic-tures. It looks like they were takingme to jail. And when I finally got there, it was at the old executive buildingright beside the White House. Wehad called ahead to let them know we were coming and to receive us was the president’s counsel.So I served the subpoena andthey went and made copies … I brought the copies back, and it wasthe strangest thing — about five years ago my wife was rummagingthrough some boxes in the attic thatsaid “Watergate” and found thatsubpoena — well, it was the original.From that time on, I knew thatthe subpoena was going to go tothe University of North Carolina atChapel Hill’s Southern (Historical)Collection. That’s where it belonged.Do you think I would give it toDuke (University)? That’s whereNixon went to law school.
Do you have anything else you would like to add?
I am just very happy aboutCarolina, and this is something thatI can do that leaves a lasting impact.
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