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The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, October 22, 1987, Page 1, Image 1

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MW.Cdmigdoinni; i..4 iri common? Colli are falling Sunny. High 58. o Dance troupe Momix tonight at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall Si A S.I A Serving the students and the University community since 1893 Copyright 1987 The Daily Tar Heel Voluma 95, Issue 80 Thursday, October 22, 1987 Chapel Hill, North Carolina News Sports Arts 962-0245 Business Advertising 962-1163 Co haves and V Mm nn Town cora&dl candidates field questions from -residents By LINDSAY HAYES Staff Writer 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 growth. 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 Varley. 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 events. 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 their campaigns. Candidate James Wallace, cur rently mayor, said he was opposed to the 1981 development ordinance, which has failed to reduce urban sprawl. J .,' l ll mm. I V 4 f f . .-TV r . - y is 7 V -: V Jackpot DTH David Minton 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. ElevatoF Tbirealidowinis eauised j vaeda!iisinni9 offFnoals say By MARK FOLK Staff Writer 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 fix them." Senior Hardin Watkins, governor of Morrison Residence Hall, said elevator breakdowns are a major problem at Morrison. He cited overloading and vandalism as main causes. "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 buttons." : 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 discourage vandalism. 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 village. 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 said. 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 housing. 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. MTl 1 - .1 t . . rf s . rcopic musi noi oe Kepi out oi tne 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. Corampiuite gffoutip eiie ffuninidls By JUSTIN McGUIRE Staff Writer A new organization that will give student groups access to a Student Government-owned computer received about $4,000 in transferred funds from Student Congress Wed nesday night. The congress also approved the by laws of the new group, the Data and Information Student Cooperative (DISC). DISC recently received official University recognition. University-recognized student 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 computer." 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 purpose. Although Student Body Treasurer Jody Beasley said he supported DISC, he argued against the transfer of funds. "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 it's proper." TS O 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 ury laws. "This congress has the power to grant exemptions by a simple major ity voie, ne saia. l nis is a legitimate exemption." 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. fixeeffu diice camie 11 off fock market cralh By BRIAN LONG Assistant Business Editor Computers indirectly contributed to Monday's record stock market plunge, an industry professional said Wednesday. 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 Durham. "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 said. 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 500 points. "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 said. "(Portfolio insurance) accounted for the substantial market downswing we saw and the substantial market upswing we're seeing," McEnally said. See STOCK page 7 tuideet Ueioini basement to ffeatmre mew "Cabaret9 By BRENOA CAMPBELL Staff Writer The view across from the Stu dent Union's bowling alley may soon improve. 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 theatrical productions. 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 said. 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. The happiest life is to know nothing. Latin proverb

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