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Copyright 1988 The Daily Tar Heel
Volume 96, Issue 31
Wednesday, April 20, 1988
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
News Sports Arts 962-0245
By BETHANY LITTON
Controversy over the interpreta
tion of Student Congress by-laws
arose Sunday when congress
members debated two groups' polit
ical partisanship as a reason for
refusing to fund them.
The congress denied funding to
Students for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (SETA) because of its
political orientation, and voted to
fund the Carolina Gay and Lesbian
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Center of attention
Jay Mahoney (left) and Jim Mackey present a $6,000 check to
Hugh Patterson of the N.C. Memorial Hospital Burn Center
By BRIAN McCOLLUM
Owners of Johnny T-Shirt said
Tuesday they will sell part of their
business to devote more time to their
lawsuit with UNC.
The company will sell its silk
screening equipment and lease the
space so the owners can intensify
efforts to lobby the N.C. General
The University filed the lawsuit
against Johnny T-Shirt in July,
claiming the company is infringing on
the UNC trademark by printing and
Board of Trustees to review
plans for ADomni Center
By JACKIE DOUGLAS
The plans for the Alumni Center
are ready and will go before the Board
of Trustees for approval on Friday,
according to alumni officials, but a
student representative said Tuesday
that he is concerned with how the
center will affect student life.
Doug Dibbert, General Alumni
Association director, said he is very
optimistic that the board will approve
the plans. The Faculty Committee on
Buildings and Grounds has already
approved the building, he said.
The Alumni Center, which will be
constructed near the Ramshead
parking lot, will complement the site,
"The Alumni Center will be nestled
in the woods close to the Ramshead
parking lot," he said. "It will blend
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Association (CGLA) after debate on
the same issue.
The congress by-laws state "The
Student Congress shall approve no
student fees to programs, services or
events of a religious or politically
Bobby Ferris (Dist. 14), Finance
Committee chairman, said the com
mittee voted against funding SETA
because the group's stated purpose is
"to promote animal rights," implying
the application of political pressure
part of bosomiess to
selling shirts with various Tar Heel
A U.S. Middle Court judge ruled
against a preliminary injunction
requested by the University in July
that would have prevented Johnny T
Shirt from selling those items while
David Bennett, an attorney for
Johnny T-Shirt, said lawyers for both
parties have finished researching their
cases, and that a pre-trial hearing has
been scheduled for mid-July.
Bennett would not say which
motions Johnny T-Shirt may file
in excellently with the location and
will also preserve the brick walkway
and the trees."
Brian Sipe, Scott Residence Col
lege (SRC) governor, said he was
concerned with how the construction
of the center will affect student life,
whether the architecture of the
building will complement dormitories
in the area and if commuter and
resident student parking will be
SRC officials and residents plan to
see that their concerns are met by the
Alumni Association, Sipe said.
Alumni Center parking will be in
the Ramshead parking lot, Dibbert
said, but he does not anticipate that
this will conflict with student parking
because most Alumni Association
functions will take place at night.
Construction of the Alumni Center
and lobbying. The organization's
program also says SETA "would
train and educate members to become
more effective activists."
Marian Workman, a co-founder of
SETA, said the group does take a
stand on a political issue, but does
not advocate radical activism.
"We are espousing political action
in that we believe animals have rights
and should be treated ethically,"
Workman said. "But that's the extent
of our being political."
Tuesday morning. Mahoney and Mackey were co-chairmen of
Pi Kappa Phi Burnout, which raised the money for the center.
against the University at that time.
He did say the company's lawyers
don't have the resources to call in as
many experts to research the situation
as they would like.
"We haven't done the things we'd
like to have done in this case," he
said. "We're going to have to rely on
the force of argument."
The University's licensing policy is
in violation of North Carolina's
Umstead Act, Bennett said, which
prevents departments and agencies of
the state from being involved in the
exchange or sale of goods.
will begin in a few months, he said,
and should be complete within 20 to
A budget for the cost of the Alumni
Center has not been worked out.
However, it will be paid for by a
challenge gift and several matching
gifts from alumni, Dibbert said.
George Watts Hill, treasurer of the
Alumni Association for 35 years and
a 1922 UNC graduate, gave a chal
lenge gift of $3.5 million to help build
the center. Since then, his gift has
been matched by other Alumni
Association members, Dibbert said.
The Alumni Center will provide the
Alumni Association with the space
it needs to carry out many events,
"The center will give us the ade
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you and the world, back the world. Franz
Because the congress applied this
guideline to SETA, said congress
member David McNeill (Dist. 19), it
should also have refused funds to the
Carolina Gay and Lesbian Associa
tion, because the CGLA is equally
as political as SETA.
"I can't begin to understand why
they (the congress) funded the CGLA
and yet denied funds to SETA,"
McNeill said. "I'm clueless. I'm
Congress debated the question of
intensify iawu it against UNC
Susan Ehringhaus, an assistant to
the chancellor, refused to comment
on the case Tuesday afternoon.
Michael Helpingstine, co-owner of
Johnny T-Shirt, said the lawsuit has
resulted in a lot of extra work for
the company. "It's a real bear," he
said. "We need time to be able to work
The silk-screening department is
actually a division of JTS Promo
tions, a corporation within Johnny
T-Shirt, and is located underneath the
Johnny T-Shirt retail store on Frank
lin Street. Helpingstine said the
Students debate deployment
of 'Star Wars' defense system
By STACI COX
The U.S. Strategic Defense
Initiative (SDI) space shield should
be deployed, two students said in
a debate of the Carolina Debate
Team Tuesday night in Bingham
But the opposing two students
said deployment would make a
nuclear war likely because super
power tensions would increase.
"SDI will encourage a spiraling
arms race," said Channing Rouse,
a sophomore psychology and
international studies major from
The team argued under the
assumptions that deployment of
SDI is possible, that the act of
deployment would not provoke a
the CGLA's political orientation, but
decided to fund the group.
The CGLA should be considered
a political organization because of the
political opinions expressed in
Lambda, the CGLA's newsletter, and
because the group has links with the
National Gay and Lesbian Task
Force (NGLTF), a nationally recog
nized lobbying group, McNeill said.
"If it was just one incident or a
few overtones, that would be one
thing," McNeill said. "But the CGLA
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By JUSTIN McGUIRE
Assistant University Editor
The Carolina Union will ask the
UNC Board of Trustees to raise
student activities fees by $11.50 per
semester to allow the Frank Porter
Graham Student Union to keep up
with escalating operating costs,
officals said Tuesday.
The Union Board of Directors will
also ask the BOT to increase student
fees 5 to 7 percent annually to keep
up with cost-of-living increases.
The Union currently receives
$ 1 8.50 per student each semester from
activities fees for operational
Fee increases in the past have not
kept pace with inflation, said Patrick
Conway, associate professor of eco
nomics, so the increase is necessary.
"The costs of doing business in the
1980s have gone up considerably,"
Conway said. "The fees have not
come up with this.
"If the fees do not change, the
Carolina Union will continue to
operate at a bigger and bigger loss."
Ellen Barnard, co-president of the
Union Activities Board, said the
current Union fees are not adequate
for several aspects of the Union's
For instance, she said, utilities costs
company silk-screens around 750
shirts a year, mostly special orders
from outside companies and
The silk-screening division brings
in close to $100,000 a year. But
Helpingstine said money played no
role in the decision to sell.
"There's a major time element
involved," he said, referring to the
silk-screening process. "It's a large
part of our business that's time
demanding. We have to win this
The extra time spent on the case
war, and that the Soviet Union will
deploy its own space defense
Rouse said possession of an SDI
system by both the United States
and the Soviet Union would make
a first strike the only choice in a
tense situation, destroying the
enemy's space shield before they
"SDI only precipitates a nuclear
war," Rouse said.
And an SDI system promotes
the myth that a nuclear war is
winnable, Rouse said. More cost
effective ways to avoid early detec
tion systems could be researched
without creating the tension of an
SDI system, she said.
But Bryan Wells, a freshman
international studies major from
is clearly organized to motivate gay
activism on campus."
In answer to McNeill's claims,
CGLA Chairman Don Suggs said a
disclaimer on page two of Lambda
clearly states the opinions of the
writers are not the opinions of the
The only link the CGLA has with
the NGLTF is communication to
obtain information, and the organ
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have increased 74 percent since 1984,
and are expected to continue to rise.
Also, current fees do not provide
enough funds for major repairs in the
building, she said. Wall coverings,
carpets, furniture and plumbing
fixtures need to be repaired or
replaced, she said.
"The roof will probably have to be
repaired, and there's been no plan
ning for that kind of expense," she
The Union has also not been able
to expand its staff because of limited
financial resources, Barnard said.
Archie Copeland, Union director,
said the increase is needed strictly to
meet operational costs. "This is
totally for the operation of the
building," he said.
Copeland said he hopes students
will see the need for the increase.
Students on the Union Board of
Directors actually wanted to see more
of an increase, he said.
Barnard said the Union provides
so much for students that students
should favor the increase.
"What would all these organiza
tions (that have Union offices) do if
the building wasn't here?" she said.
"When you look at it like that, the
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should pay off in the end, Helping
"It's going to be worth it in the
long run," he said. "If we don't win,
itH be an injustice."
Helpingstine said the decision to
drop the silk-screening division was
made after considering its role in the
"We felt silk-screening would have
the least negative effect," he said.
"Retail is really our bread and
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Lexington, Ky., said mutual
deployment of a "Star Wars"
defense system would serve as a
deterrent to any strike, making it
suicidal to fire offensive weapons.
"The United States is a nice
country," Wells said. "It is incred
ibly unlikely that the United States
would initiate a first strike ....
The only world worse than the
current world of thousands of
Soviet missiles is a world with
thousands of Soviet missiles and a
Soviet defense system."
SDI could shift the world envi
ronment from offensive to defen
sive and lead to a reduction in land
based arms, said Geoff Burgess, a
sophomore math major from
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