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'Copyright 1988 The Daily Tar Heel
Volume 96, Issue 40
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converse with students during the second round
Towo council extends
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By WILL LINGO
The Chapel Hill Town Council
extended the life of the Rosemary
Square project again Monday, but
guaranteed that the latest closing date
extension will be the last one the
By a 5-4 vote, the council moved
the closing date for the project to
Sept. 30, 1989, the developers' fifth
;extension. The previous deadline for
the closing had been Nov. 30 of this
year, and the original deadline was
Dec. 31, 1985.
Council members Julie Andresen,
David Godschalk, Jonathan Howes,
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. Assistant State and National Editor
- Although the controversy has
; begun to diminish, Universal Studio's
"The Last Temptation of Christ"
remains at the center of a national
debate that has given the film more
: publicity than many original protes
"It's getting more attention than it
deserves," said Father Joseph Vetter,
.'director of communications for the
: Catholic Diocese of Raleigh.
The Roman Catholic Church has
: a movie review service that gave "The
Xast Temptation of Christ" an
: objectionable rating, but the film is
;one of hundreds to receive such a
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of formal rush Monday. Rushees will receive
bids on Saturday.
Nancy Preston and Roosevelt Wil
kerson voted for the extension, while
Joe Herzenberg, David Pasquini, Jim
Wallace and Art Werner voted
Rosemary Square is a controver
sial hotel-condominium development
proposed for the area behind the
Franklin Street Post Office at the
corner of Rosemary and Henderson
To ensure that this is the last time
the council will have to deal with the
question of whether or not to extend
the project, they included a termina
tion clause in their resolution.
The clause would release the town
rating from the service, Vetter said.
"Our position in the diocese has
been we don't like the movie and
encourage people not to see it," he
said. "We think the film is bad
theology and bad art."
Vetter stressed that while the
diocese objects to the film, "We are
not trying to deny people's right to
see it. We think freedom of expression .
must be respected."
. If the film was intended to be
blasphemous, a public stand would
be warranted, Vetter said. But "The
Last Temptation of Christ" is meant
to portray director Martin Scorcese's
view of Christ, and is unintentionally
offensive to many Christians, he said.
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from "any and all obligations to
close," and would terminate the
agreement between the town and the
developers if the new deadline is not
The clause also guarantees that the
project will receive no more exten
sions, and includes a "covenant not
to sue," which protects the town from
any possible legal action by the
developer if the development falls
During approximately two hours
of discussion on the issue, council
members expressed a great deal of
See COUNCIL page 5
The movie is not based on the New
Testament, but on a novel, which is
made "very clear" at the beginning
of the film, said Bill DuPre, movie
reviewer for The (Raleigh) News and
"I would say the thing that sur
prised me was how literal much of
it was," DuPre said. "I was expecting
it to be on the whole more daring
Larry Hartsell, campus pastor at
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in
Chapel Hill, said the film is an
excellent starting point for discussion
of the New Testament.
See FILM page 3
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Chapel Hi'l, North Carolina
By CEDRIC RICKS
Enrollment in UNC's Air Force
Reserve Officer Training Corps
(ROTC) program has dropped about
50 percent, according to Colonel J.
Harry Stow, commander of the
The enrollment decline is a result
of last semester's announcement that
37 detachments, including UNC's,
would close or be consolidated in
1989. The program was reinstated
after the secretary of the Air Force
placed a two-year delay on the
detachment closings, but many stu
dents had already left the program.
Following the initial announce
ment, freshmen .and sophomores
were given the option of transferring
to another school offering ROTC, or
dropping from the scholarship pro
gram without any obligation to serve
in the Air Force.
By JEANNA BAXTER
Staff Writer '
The traditional small, individually
owned Franklin Street businesses are
: beginning to disappear and give way
to larger, national franchises.
Downtown, merchants attribute
these changes to spiraling rent, lack
of parking and increased competition
from UNC Student Stores.
"East Franklin Street has tradition
ally been considered the 'golden
block' and there has been a precon
ception that all Franklin Street
merchants are millionaires," said
Mark Fisher, secretary of the Down
. town Chapel Hill Association and
owner of Small World Travel.
"This notion has caused a great
demand for this space," Fisher said.
"When national franchises started
moving in, landlords began charging
" "Now there is a rent war to see
who can get the most rent. Lots of
smaller businesses are moving or
folding because they can't afford to
pay their overhead." ,
Mickey Ewell, president of the
Downtown Chapel Hill Association
and owner of Spanky's, said it is
easier for a national firm to move in,
because they have staying power,
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"A lot of people opted out, even
though we tried to encourage them
to stay through the semester," Stow
"Because of his (the secretary's)
strong interest in keeping programs
open, he decided to delay his decision
and review it again in two years, using
the same criteria," he said.
The program will continue until at
least 1990, when the Air Force will
decide whether to close the UNC
program or keep it in operation.
Stow estimated that about 40
percent of sophomores enrolled in the
program last year have not returned.
About 40 percent of freshmen orig
inally chose not to return, but about
10 percent of those who were going
to leave changed their minds after
they learned the detachment would
Although the program has expe
rienced a decline in enrollment, the
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unlike a "mom-and-pop" operation
that does a certain amount of
business. . -
. Fisher, whose rent has tripled since
1973, said that unless a cap is put
on the rent, ' Franklin Street will
eventually be comprised of fast food
restaurants and national chains such
as Rite Aid, which have the means
to meet their overhead costs.
Wallace Kuralt, owner of Intimate
Bookshops, said rapidly increasing
rent played a role in his decision to
buy the building his store occupies.
He said if he had not had th,e
resources to buy the building, he
probably would have had to close his
Kuralt said that 10 or 15 years ago,
most of the merchants on Franklin
1 Street had been there for 20 years.
Now, he only knows of a few who
were there 10 years ago.
Limited parking has also put a
damper on downtown business.
According to Fisher, many Chapel
Hill residents no longer shop down-'
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number of first-time cadets has
increased slightly. Since the beginning
of. the semester, the number of
sophomore first-time cadets
increased by about 10 percent, Stow
"Enrollment is on the upswing," he
said. "We are looking foward to
having a good number of sophomores
and freshmen by the beginning of the
Stow said he did not think , the
decline in the number of cadets would
hurt the future of UNC's program.
"The group we have right now is
very enthusiastic, and I think once
students become aware that the
program is remaining, they will
continue to join the program and our
enrollment will increase," he said.
The program will be reviewed in
two years. If it is scheduled to close,
See ROTC page 5
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town because of the limited parking
"I lose customers daily because
. they dont feel they will be-able to
park," he said.
Ewell said student related busi
nesses can do well downtown, but
businesses relying on Chapel Hill
residents are not doing as well
because of the parking situation.
Fisher and Ewell both attributed
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sity's expansion over the last several
Kuralt supported their theory by
noting that during the summer
months when the majority of the
students leave there is no parking
"The University has not put in
adequate parking as it has grown,"
Fisher said. "In the early 70s when
I was a student, the Undergraduate
Library and business school exten-
"The University has built buildings
on its parking lots without replacing
the lost parking."
Ewell said the University has let
the town down .by not building
parking. He said he believes the
University owes the town a parking
deck or some other solution to the
See BUSINESSES page 4
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