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The Daily Tar Heel Monday, April 10, 19893
ovesftigatioims continue foir NoC. State basketba
By JANNETTE PIPPIN
; Despite pressure from N.C. State
University officials to end the inves
tigations of the university's basketball
program, two panels continue to
examine allegations about cash
payments to players and academic
; NCSU officials would not com
ment on the exact allegations made,
but The News and Observer in
Raleigh reported April 6 the allega
tions being investigated included
reports that players received cash
payments and cars from athletic
boosters and sold complimentary
game tickets and athletic shoes.
When these allegations began
appearing in The News and Observer
three months ago, head basketball
coach Jim Valvano and NCSU
Chancellor Bruce Poulton asked the
NCAA to investigate the university
UNC-system President CD.
Spangler also appointed a four
member panel, headed by Board of
Governor member Samuel Poole, to
conduct an investigation.
"It is the hope of North Carolina
State University that both these
investigations will be terminated as
soon as possible," said Al Lanier, vice
chancellor of NCSU's public relations
"Because of continuing allegations
about NCSU's sports program that
have appeared in The News and
Observer and other .news media, the
athletic director and the chancellor
have invited the NCAA and the
University of North Carolina BOG
to come in and conduct thorough
investigations," he said Friday.
"Both the Poole Commission and
the NCAA are still on campus and
still investigating." But until the
investigations are complete, the
allegations are considered unsubstan
tiated, Lanier said.
"As long as an ongoing investiga
tion is in place, it is inappropriate for
(N.C. State) to comment on any
aspect of the investigations." Lanier
said the investigations were necessary,
and he said he did not think the
investigations were a form of harass
ment for N.C. State.
The Poole Commission was estab
lished in response to a book titled
"Personal Fouls" that accused
NCSU's basketball program of wides
pread corruption. The book's prim
ary source was John Simonds, a team
manager for the 1986-87 season. The
book was withdrawn from Simon &
Schuster Publishing in late February
because it didn't meet company
"We have been conducting our
investigation very quietly," Samuel
Poole said. "The Poole Commission
has not had any comment and will
not until the investigation is
Though Poole said there was no
timetable as to when the investigation
would be completed, NCSU's Board
of Trustees Chairman Edward Wei-
Few students' ears perk up to long distance plans
siger said he felt the commission has"
had ample time to investigate, and
he was anxious for some results.
The commission has met once or
twice a month since February to study
findings from the investigation.
The NCAA is uncertain when it
will finish its investigation.
NCAA spokesman David Berst
would not comment on what is being
investigated, but said he would like
to see the results of the UNC system's
investigation before the NCAA
releases its findings. The twp com
missions are conducting completely
separate investigations, he said.
By RHETA LOGAN
Two weeks have passed since
Southern Bell made a long distance
billing option plan available to its
customers, but many UNC students
say the plan was offered too late in
the semester for them to take advan
tage of it.
As of M arch 3 1 , 430 customers had
signed up for the plan, which offers
several billing options for residents
calling Durham, Raleigh, Cary and
Hillsborough. Southern Bell spokes
man Mark Collins said he did not
know how many of those customers
; Customers can choose from three
options available through the plan,
Or they can decide to keep their billing
plan as it is now, Collins said.
Two options, the Metro Discount
and Message Rate services, are
available to Chapel Hill residents and
businesses, Collins said.
Through the Metro Discount
option, customers are charged $3 a
month and are given a 50 percent
discount on long distance calls made
to Durham, Raleigh, Cary and
The Message Rate option carries
a $4.50 monthly fee in exchange for
a 25-cent charge on long distance calls
made to the four cities.
A third option, the Metro Plus
service, lets customers call the four
cities toll free for a monthly fee of
$20. Customers can also call only
Durham toll free for a monthly
charge of $14, or Hillsborough toll
free for a monthly fee of $10. This
option is not available to businesses.
But some students said Friday that
they would wait until next year to
sign up for one of the options because
the semester is almost over.
"I heard of the program but didn't
sign up because it's so close to the
end of the school year," said sopho
more Monica Long. "I'm going to
wait until next year and sign up then."
Junior Sandra Leonard said she
signed up for one of the plan's options
because she planned to stay in Chapel
Hill for both sessions of summer
school. "My boyfriend goes to N.C.
State, so it will make my phone bills
a lot cheaper."
A marketing firm did the research
through focus group discussions with
Chapel Hill residents, Collins said.
Mudents were part ot that market.
Their views were taken into account."
But some students who had heard
of the plan said they did not call the
four cities enough to invest in the
"My roommate and I are from out-of-state
and we don't call Durham
or Raleigh that often," said freshman
Carrie Kelso. "It's not worth it for
us to pay more (for the options)."
Southern Bell's plan is one of three
billing option plans which will be
evaluated by the N.C. Utilities Com
mission at the end of an 18-month
trial basis. The other two plans were
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