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Copyright 1987 The Daily Tar Heel
Voluma 95, Issue 80
Thursday, October 22, 1987
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Town cora&dl candidates field questions from -residents
By LINDSAY HAYES
The nine candidates for the Chapel
Hill Town Council were on the firing
line Wednesday as citizens had the
opportunity to aim questions at them
during a candidates forum.
Citizens voiced concerns about
issues such as University-town rela
tions, an entertainment ticket tax on
events in the Smith Center and town
The town and the University could
enjoy a better relationship if a student
is elected to the council, said candi
date Charles Balan, a UNC junior.
He said he wants to contribute to
town government as both a student
and a resident.
"Students can be responsible and
productive members of the commun
ity," he said.
Cooperation between the town and
the University is already at a high
level, according to candidate Robert
A concern shared by the town and
University is the possibility of an
entertainment tax levied on events
held at the Smith Center and football
games at Kenan Stadium.
Incumbent candidate Nancy Pres
ton said she favors this tax as an
effective way to raise money for the
town to hire extra policemen and
transportation during these events.
Candidate Cassandra Sloop said
she also supports the tax because it
would provide money for the clean
up of the trash left behind after the
But Balan opposes the tax because
the University pays for the majority
of the extra police and downtown
merchants benefit from the crowds.
Most of the candidates rated the
protection of neighborhoods and
planned growth as high priorities in
Candidate James Wallace, cur
rently mayor, said he was opposed
to the 1981 development ordinance,
which has failed to reduce urban
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Eric Luther of the Chapel Hill Parking Services
empties parking meters on the north side of
Franklin Street Wednesday afternoon. The
meters are emptied every five to nine days.
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By MARK FOLK
Although many South Campus
residents complain about frequent
elevator breakdowns, University
officials maintain that most of the
problems are caused by vandalism.
"It appears that students are taking
their frustrations out on the eleva
tors," said Sgt. Ned Comar of
University police. "I feel that most
of the breakdowns would never occur
if it weren't for vandalism."
Comar said the most common type
of elevator vandalism occurs when
students punch the stop button too
hard. Other vandalism includes
opening the doors while the elevators
are in motion and turning off the
power switch in the mechanical room.
"Vandalism is a very cowardly act,"
Comar said. "Those dorms were
designed for elevators, and now we
"Those dorms were de
signed for elevators, and
now we have people who
are supposed to be in
college tearing them up. "
Sgt. Ned Comar
have people who are supposed to be
in college tearing them up."
Sophomore Matt Pamental, a
Hinton James desk attendant, said
the elevators in Hinton James break
down about twice a week. The
elevators are as old as the residence
hall, which was completed about 20
years ago. When an elevator breaks
down, the first thing he does is call
campus police, he said.
"Yeah, it's definitely a big prob
lem," Pamental said. "But the police
are usually pretty good about getting
a repairman over here right away to
Senior Hardin Watkins, governor
of Morrison Residence Hall, said
elevator breakdowns are a major
problem at Morrison. He cited
overloading and vandalism as main
"A lot of the breakdowns over here
occur after big events when people
pack the elevators," Watkins said.
"But we're also having a big problem
with people punching out the stop
Watkins said replacing the parts
inside stop buttons in Morrison's
elevators' has already cost $4,000.
Officials have discussed charging
residents for the damages or cutting
off the elevators for a weekend to
Adding to the students' perspective
was candidate Rob Friedman, a UNC
senior who said the public facilities
ordinance must be reviewed to
preserve the character of the town.
This ordinance would limit develop
ment to the capacity of existing
facilities to support it.
Balan said he wants to see the town
grow but retain its identity as a
Traffic is another important cam
paign concern for the candidates.
"Traffic destroys neighborhoods,"
Wallace said. "Roads define them."
Candidate Joe Herzenberg said the
volume of traffic traveling town roads
is not the only problem. People drive
through neighborhoods too fast and
throw trash out of their windows, he
Candidate Roosevelt Wilkerson
said he supports park and ride lots,
which would be located on the fringes
of the town and serviced by buses.
The lots would decrease intown
traffic, provide more use of mass
transit and decrease carbon monox
ide pollution, he said.
The candidates were also asked
about their views on affordable
Wallace said the town can provide
more affordable housing if it gives
the builders more leeway to develop.
Friedman said the town needs
more moderate income housing.
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Southern part of) heaven because the
price is too high," he said.
All the candidates questioned
agreed that recycling is an effective
way to deal with the upcoming
shortage of landfill space.
"Landfilling is becoming more
expensive," Preston said. "Alterna-
tives are more expensive, but they:
don't take up land," she added.
Landfills are outdated, and the
town should consider alternatives for '
incineration, Herzenberg said. A joint
incineration plan with other munic- '
ipalities would solve the problem, :
said candidate Roosevelt Wilkerson.
By JUSTIN McGUIRE
A new organization that will give
student groups access to a Student
received about $4,000 in transferred
funds from Student Congress Wed
The congress also approved the by
laws of the new group, the Data and
Information Student Cooperative
DISC recently received official
groups who wish to use the computer
will have to submit written applica
tions to the DISC board of directors,
according to the newly approved by
laws. Brian Bailey, student body presi
dent, spoke in support of the group
at Wednesday's congress meeting.
"The computer age is upon us," he
said. "Everybody needs access to a
Gene Davis (Dist. 18) also sup
ported the group. "This is a good way
to set up computer areas, so groups
needing computers don't have to
come to us for funding," he said.
"This is a very wise move."
To fund DISC, the congress
approved the transfer of almost
$4,000 from the now-defunct Student
Consumer Action Union (SCAU).
Previously, DISC was a project of
the SCAU. The consumer group lost
University recognition as of Sept. 30.
The money that was allocated to
SCAU last spring for the computer
project will now be transferred to
DISC, which will use it for the same
Although Student Body Treasurer
Jody Beasley said he supported
DISC, he argued against the transfer
"Nowhere (in the Student Code) is
congress given the power to take
money from one organization and
give it to another," Beasley said. "This
was not necessary, and I don't think
Beasley said the proper action for
congress to take when an organiza-
tion loses University recognition is to
have the congress's Rules and Judi
ciary Committee inform the treas
urer. Then, the treasurer will freeze
the group's funds.
But Neil Riemann, Finance Com
mittee chairman, said the congress
does have the power to grant exemp-
tions to Student Government's treas
"This congress has the power to
grant exemptions by a simple major
ity voie, ne saia. l nis is a legitimate
Riemann said it would be useless
to freeze SCAU's funds, as DISC
could use the money constructively.
In other business, the congress
approved four executive appoint
ments to the Audit Board.
Steve Connell, Tom McCuiston,
Beth McRainey and Emily Thomp
son will join the board, which works
with the Student Activities Funds
Office to disburse student fees.
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By BRIAN LONG
Assistant Business Editor
Computers indirectly contributed
to Monday's record stock market
plunge, an industry professional said
Program trading, a computerized
system that automatically issues buy-and-sell
orders based on market
levels, is partially responsible for the
more than 600 million shares traded
Monday, said Ed Tiryakian, vice
president and assistant manager of
E.F. Hutton and Company Inc. in
"Any time you see that type of
volume, you know it's not Joe Blow
buying 10 shares," Tiryakian said.
"It's not an analyst saying 'buy and
sell.' It's a computer."
Different brokerage houses use
different programs, which have built
in levels at which the computer buys
or sells stock. Computers are able to
issue large numbers of orders quickly
to the brokerage houses on the N.Y.
Stock Exchange floor, Tiryakian
He added that had the NYSE been
able to process all of the sell orders
during the day, the trading volume
would have been even greater.
But Richard McEnally, Meade H.
Willis Sr. professor of investment
banking at UNC, said he thought
computers were not the principal
reason the market dropped more than
"I'm skeptical that computers by
themselves had anything to do with
it," McEnally said.
Portfolio insurance, which guaran
tees an investor a certain return
during market upswings and guards
against massive losses on downsw
ings, is more directly to blame, he
"(Portfolio insurance) accounted
for the substantial market downswing
we saw and the substantial market
upswing we're seeing," McEnally
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By BRENOA CAMPBELL
The view across from the Stu
dent Union's bowling alley may
Instead of dust and construction
equipment in the Union's base
ment, students will see the Union
Cabaret, a new facility with a
night-club atmosphere that offi
cials hope to open this spring.
The Union area where the
billiards and video games used to
be is being changed into the
theater. When the building was
constructed, an area for expansion
next to the bowling alley was
included in the plans. The video
games have been moved to that
area, leaving a large space that's
now being converted into a stu
dent night club, said Tom Shum
ate, consulting architect of the
facilities planning department.
The construction, started in
early September, is expected to be
finished this spring.
The club will have raised plat
forms for tables on both sides of
the room and seating for about
200. The floor in the middle will
be flat, to be used for recitals or
The only flat-floor facility for
student use now is the Union's
Great Hall. That facility is booked
far into the future, according to
Student Union Director Archie
Copeland, and space for small
performances is limited.
The cabaret will be versatile, he
said, equipped with a good sound
system and theatrical lights. The
room will also be carpeted, and
its walls will be painted black to
contribute to the theatrical affect. .
"Since they changed the drink
ing age, students don't go down
and hang around on Franklin
Street as much," Copeland said.
This has led to a greater demand
for on-campus entertainment, he
Students will enter the cabaret
through an entrance near the
Union's bowling alley, walking
through a lobby before entering
the actual theater. Another door
is being built near the back of the
cabaret to lead directly outside.
Once the room is finished, the
Union's Board of Directors will
decide on a policy for reserving
the room. The Union Activities
Board will be heavily involved in
setting the policy, Copeland said.
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