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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, Religious auueouioim to r uemmoraUDomi ' To mm BySTACICOX . 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 ters expected. "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 always start writing with Coming this parentis -page VI r iffy V' V. yy-yy . : ... .... : : yv.v. 11 , - ' S 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 against it. 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 streets. 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 cootiroveirsy draws y 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. fall: yooo Serving the students and the' University community since J 893 Tuesday, September 13, 1988 1 OTHDavid Minton cSeadlliinie piroposa from "any and all obligations to close," and would terminate the agreement between the town and the developers if the new deadline is not met. 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 through. 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 Observer. "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 than that." 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 a clean piece of y W k 1 t'::-:-.-: :: ivdeoscai issues lacce ceircer stage -page s: : Chapel Hi'l, North Carolina By CEDRIC RICKS Staff Writer 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 detachment. 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. tooJouDomiall Ibiosomie straggle 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. Spiraling Rent "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 exorbitant rent. " "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, 7 - 7 ft ' ; - ; Lying in wait Brook Davis, a sophomore RTVMP major from in line Monday Murphy, catches some rays while patiently waiting parking permit paper and a dirty mind. Patrick Dennis H 1)1 meow HOT "A lot of people opted out, even though we tried to encourage them to stay through the semester," Stow said. ' "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 remain open. Although the program has expe rienced a decline in enrollment, the to uay Downtown: A G hanging S cene 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 store.. 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. Parking Woes Limited parking has also put a damper on downtown business. According to Fisher, many Chapel Hill residents no longer shop down-' - . -v. - t, ..it: 11 " ATi Campus Y membership drive starts today 11-2 in the Pit News Sports Arts 962-0245 BusinessAdvertising 962-1163 top 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 said. "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 spring semester." 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 o n to won town because of the limited parking available. "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 1 1 1-1 it- T T " sity's expansion over the last several years. Kuralt supported their theory by noting that during the summer months when the majority of the students leave there is no parking problem. "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- u: i "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 t - DTH David Minton for a chance to purchase a leftover (see story, page 4). ( si "TV ""!