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Volume 96, Issue 107
Vaccination recommended only
for students meeting risk criteria
By JENNIFER WING
A series of measles outbreaks
around the state has caused a rush
of UNC students to Student Health
Service (SHS) who have questions
about their immunization records.
But unless UNC has an outbreak
of measles, SHS has been advised by
the state health department to revac
cinate only those students who are
from counties where cases of measles
have been reported and who were
vaccinated before they were 15
months old, said Dr. Judith Cowan,
director of SHS.
Students from the affected counties
who were vaccinated after the age of
15 months do not need re
immunization, she said.
Nearly 200 cases have been
recorded around the state, Cowan
said. The Charlotte area is the most
heavily infected right now, she said.
East Carolina University and N.C.
State University have been vaccinat-
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By JESSICA LANNING
People who parked on the north
end of Boundary Street last week got
an unpleasant surprise when they
returned to pick up their cars.
David Crescenzo of Student Legal
Services said he has spoken to five
students who have had their cars
towed from Boundary Street.
Gerry Barrett, owner of the Little
Creek Company, extended Boundary
Street to develop it and authorized
towing the cars because he felt the
land was private property, Crescenzo
The land was inspected by the town
last November and accepted for
maintenance, which might allow only
the town to do any towing, Crescenzo
said. "Unless he (Barrett) has signs
up, he's not authorized to tow."
Crescenzo said he has written a
letter to Barrett stating the students
were clearly damaged for the cost of
the towing and asking Barrett to
reimburse the students.
Barrett should receive the letter
Sissoo eoteirs race
for SBP position
By JENNY CLONINGER
Assistant University Editor '
Kevin Sisson, a junior business
administration major from Deer
Park, N.Y., has announced his
candidacy for student body
Sisson said he wants to improve
communication among students,
student leaders and administra
tors. "I feel that my views represent
the views of the majority of
students on campus," he said.
"Unfortunately, those views aren't
always heard by student
Spending at least two nights
each week talking with students
would keep him abreast of student
opinion, Sisson said. "The key is
not to wait for students to come
to you the key is to get out
to students," he said.
Sisson opposes Student Con
gress funding of the Carolina Gay
and Lesbian Association (CGLA)
because of last spring's referen
dum, in which the majority of
students voting voted against
funding the group, he said.
"A large majority of students
didn't want the CGLA funded,"
Homosexuality is illegal in
North Carolina, Sisson said. "The
CGLA promotes acts that are
iflcgal under N.C. state law."
Another reason the CGLA
should be defunded is its policy
of maintaining a private member
ship list, Sisson said. "I don't think
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Residents of these
counties who were
vaccinated before the
age of 15 mos. can be
re-vaccinated at SHS:
ing large numbers of students, she
If an outbreak does occur at UNC,
only students who received immun
ization shots after 15 months of age
and students who were born before
1957 will not be revaccinated, Cowan
today and Crescenzo said he expects
to hear from Barrett soon.
If Barrett does not reimburse the
students, Crescenzo said he will take
the case to small claims court and
will sue Barrett for the out-of-pocket
loss but nothing else.
Sarah Robertson, a sophomore
from Raleigh, was one of the students
whose car was towed.
Robertson said she had parked her
car along this street periodically since
her freshman year and had never had
a problem. "I had no idea it was
privately owned property," she said.
Robertson parked her car on the
street last Wednesday night with five
or six other cars, and she went to
get it on Saturday night.
"I was like many other students,"
Robertson said. "I went to get my
car and it wasn't there."
Neither the Chapel Hill Police
Department nor University police
had a record of towing her car, so
Robertson filed a stolen car report
with Chapel Hill police.
"At the time my car was towed,
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we should be funding a secret
group," he said.
Constitutional funding of the
Black Cultural Center is another
issue that Sisson said he opposes.
"I feel that having all students pay
for a Black Cultural Center will
increase segregation," he said.
"The black students will all con
gregate in an area away from the
Instead, Sisson proposed a
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SHS is preparing for a measles
outbreak, Cowan said.
"If we do began to have cases, there
will be large-scale inoculations, and
students will be required to receive
immunizations if they do not meet
the (above) criteria," she said.
If this happens, students who have
not been revaccinated will not be
allowed to attend classes, Cowan
We are currently going through
all of our student records and finding
the immunization status," Cowan
said. "If we do have a significant
amount of -measles (cases), students
will receive information to be
But, "We have not reported any
cases of measles (at UNC) to the
health department," she said.
People who had been vaccinated
after 15 months have 95 percent
immunity, while those vaccinated
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no one knew where it was," she said.
Robertson said she found out
where her car was when she spoke
to a resident who lived on the corner
of Boundary and Campbell streets.
The resident had seen trucks from
McFarling's Exxon towing cars from
She went to McFarling's Exxon on
West Franklin Street to claim her car,
only to find that the station had no
record of towing the car. After
Robertson gave an employee her
license plate number, the employee
was able to find the car and take
Robertson to where it was.
Robertson picked her car up in a
field she said was outside Carrboro,
NoCo paper plant may be hyt down
By SANDY WALL
Canton's Champion paper plant,
western North Carolina's largest
employer, may have to shut down
because the waste water the plant
discharges into the Pigeon River does
not meet nearby Tennessee's water
Around 1,800 Champion
employees would lose their jobs if the
The discoloration, a brownish
color that is a combination of tannin
and lignin from WQod, is caused by
bleaching and tanning processes in
the plant. It is non-toxic.
The controversy, which revolves
around Tennessee's water color
standards and its refusal to grant a
variance to its 50 color units limit,
Refereodums involve fees, constitution
By DANA CLINTON LUMSDEN
' Students will vote on six referen
dums, including two that would raise
student fees, during campus elections
on Feb. 21.
The first three referendums involve
changes in the Student Constitution,
and the others propose increases and
changes in the allocation of student
fees: All require a campuswide vote.
The first proposal, an act to amend
the Student Constitution to include
the office of student body vice
president, was proposed by Student
, Body President Kevin Martin and
Gene Davis, chairman of Student
Congress' Rules and Judiciary
The student body president could
be more effective if there were a vice
president to help perform some of the
president's duties, Davis said.
"The reason I support it is that I
see a need for it," he said. "I see the
amount of invitations that Kevin
(Martin) receives from various
"I think it would be an added
advantage if there were another
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In addition to the usual permanent eating
establishments on Franklin Street, a roving
cars fowecl from sltireelt
10 or 15 minutes away from the gas
station. She said she paid for the
towing like many others who have
been towed from that street.
Those who had their cars towed
had to pay a towing fee of $30 to
$45, which did not include a storage
fee. " '
, Robertson said no signs or warn
ings prohibiting parking were posted
along the street. .
"I would think any reasonable
person would assume that it was a
public street," she said. "Most people
were doing what seemed perfectly
"It's one of the few residential
has disappointed the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), which
mediated .a settlement of the problem
"We thought we had an arrange
ment worked out," said Hagan
Thompson, a spokesman for the EPA
in Atlanta. "But then Tennessee
decided not to grant the variance."
The EPA arrangement, finalized in
February 1988, called for both North
Carolina and Tennessee to grant
variances in their water standards to
provide for 85 color units and for
Champion to re-engineer the plant to
meet the 85-unit limit.
Officials from North Carolina,
Tennessee and Champion worked on
the agreement, and public forums
were held in Asheville and Knoxville,
officer, a vice president, who would
represent the executive branch at
these functions as well as aid the
president in his other duties."
The referendum states that the vice
president should be chosen from a
pool of nominees recommended by
a search committee along with the
student body secretary and treasurer.
The committee would be composed
of the outgoing student body pres
ident, the student body president
elect, the chief justice of the Student
Supreme Court, and two members of
congress (chosen by the speaker).
The president-elect would be able
to choose from the names that the
committee recommends. The final
choice would then have to be
approved by a two-thirds vote of the
The vice president would perform
the duties of the president when the
president is absent and would succeed
the office of president if the office
Currently the office of student
body president would be filled by the
The second referendum proposes
streets where you can park legally
without a permit. That's why it's so
"It is in his (Barrett's) legal right
to tow if he owns the property, and
I can understand him not wanting to
have people park on the street," she
said. "But it's at least a" moral
obligation or just a common courtesy
to post signs."
Posting signs would' have saved
police, students, McFarling's Exxon
and others a lot of time, money and
manpower, Robertson said.
"I just want my money back," she
said. "I also hope he puts up a sign
to save other people (the hassle)."
If all parties had agreed, the EPA
would have granted a five-year waste
water discharge permit for the plant.
But J.W. Luna, the Tennessee
commissioner of health and environ
ment, in agreement with Tennessee
Gov. Ned McWherter, refused to
grant the variance.
"He's very comfortable with the
decision (not to grant the variance),"
said Melissa Massey, deputy director
of communications for McWherter.
"The governor said his only goal was
to clean up the Pigeon River."
McWherter visited the river on a
raft trip Sept. 21 to see the color,
Massey said. "It's just like coffee
colored," she said.
Massey said McWherter regrets the
possible loss of jobs, but added that
he was responding to the people of
a new appointment date for the
student attorney general. The bill was
introduced by Martin and Neil
Riemann, speaker of the congress.
The bill would allow the student
body president to appoint the student
attorney general for the following
year prior to spring elections, which
would give the attorney general extra
time to appoint a staff and function
effectively during the latter part of
"Presently the attorney general
doesn't have enough time to put out
his application and select his staff
since the elections have been moved,
and this bill will make it easier for
this to happen," Martin said.
The third referendum would allow
the congress to set the time of the
annual budget process, because the
earlier inauguration date set last year
cuts short the time Student Congress
can spend on the budget.
Along with the changes in the
Student Constitution, students will
vote on the allocation of student fees.
The fourth referendum proposes a
fee increase to fund the proposed
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weather to set up shop earlier this week.
Capt. Gregg Jarvies of Chapel Hill
police said he has received complaints
from 10 or 11 different people, and
a total of 10 to 20 cars have been
The police had no direct involve
ment in the towing, he said. "The
situation has to be solved between the
developer and those that have been
Jarvies said he has referred people
who have complained about their cars
being towed to the towing company
and Student Legal Services.
"It's a question of who has the right
to control parking," he said. "We
don't know what the final answer is."
"The people of Cocke County
(Tenn.) would like the river to be
cleaned up. This has been going on
for years," she said.
But N.C. officials dont agree with
the decision not to allow the variance.
"The governor's point is that
Tennessee's being unreasonable," said
Tim Pittman, communications direc
tor for. N.C. Gov. Jim Martin.
Economic impact from the Cham
pion closing could reach $45 million,
Pittman said, leaving more than a
quarter of Canton's 6,000 residents
The state will step in to help
displaced workers find jobs if the
plant is closed, he said. "The opti-
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center will provide weight training,
aerobics and counseling facilities and
will require that fees be raised $13
per semester and $4.35 per summer
Carol Geer, president of the Caro
lina Athletic Association (CAA) and
a proponent of the referendum, said
the building would take three years
to open and students would be
required to pay before the completion
If the referendum is passed by the
student body and the Board of
Trustees, the fees will be allocated by
a Student Recreation Center Board
of Directors and the CAA president,
who will serve as chairman of the
The fifth referendum involves the
allocation of summer student fees.
"We want to give 20 percent of the
student activities fees to the Union
so that the summer students can see
their money work for them," Davis
said. "We felt that since the Union
already had a professional staff in
charge of programming, they would
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