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Volume 97, Issue 48
Wednesday, September 13, 1989
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By CHARLES BRITTAIN
A Chapel Hill woman was attacked
and sexually assualted Monday night
by an unknown assailant who broke
into her home, Chapel Hill police Capt.
Ralph Pendergraph said Tuesday.
The assault occurred in the area of
East Rosemary Street between 9 p.m.
and 10 p.m. Police have no suspect at
From staff reports
A handicapped student was assaulted
by about five people In the parking lot
of Big Fraternity Court on South Co
lumbia Street around 1 a.m. Monday.
The student, who spoke on the con
dition that he not be identified, said he
was walking through the parking lot
when the group approached him.
He was harassed, slapped and shoved,
and someone took his crutches away,
he told police. "I can't identify any
body because it was dark," he said. "I
wasn't badly hurt."
Chapel Hill police said Tuesday they
did not know if the assailants were
members of the fraternities located in
the court. The Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma
Chi and Sigma Nu houses surround the
Although the student reported the
assault to University police, the case
was turned over to Chapel Hill police
because the incident occurred off cam
pus. The case is still under investigation.
H not aDooe
By SARAH CAGLE
The Daily Tar Heel was among 29
college newspapers that chose to insert
a Playboy magazine advertisement
Friday, but six university publications
refused to run it, and several have poli
cies prohibiting suggestive or poten
tially sexist advertisements.
The Playboy ad in the DTH prompted
several letters of protest, and the
Women's Forum, a Campus Y com
mittee, is gathering signatures on a
petition requesting that the newspaper
donate revenue from the ad to a
women's organization. Another group
of students has written a similar peti
tion. Thirty-five major universities were
targeted by The American Passage
Media Corp., an advertisement agency
contracted by Playboy, to distribute a
special subscription offer in their Sept.
The agency sent copies of the insert
for the campus advertisement manag
ers to look at before making a decision.
"I did not think that the ad was espe
cially inflammatory in nature," said
Lydia Hatch, newspaper operations
supervisor for the agency.
Drilling for oil
Cape Hatteras could get a
new offshore neighbor 2
Dollars and sense
U.S. money rises in relation to
foreign currency 3
Across the campuses
Fraternity rush at Texas takes
a different approach 3
Focus on abortion
A personal approach to a
personal decision 5
Too modern to stand
WUNC's proposed building
gets thumbs down 6
Watch where you walk
Danger rides a moped on
campus sidewalks 6
Dissent takes off
Residents voice opposition to
local airport 6
City and state news 4
University news 3, 6
this time, Pendergraph said.
Pendergraph said he did not believe
the woman was a University student.
Police believe the assailant entered
the woman's home between 7 p.m. and
9 p.m. and hid until he attacked the
The assailant used an unidentified
weapon to break the woman's nose,
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Richard Applebaum, a senior from Long Island,
N.Y., spends a moment on a warm afternoon to
' The ad was also inserted Friday in
The Cavalier Daily at the University of
Virginia (UVa) and The Technician at
N.C. State University.
"We didn't think it was obscene in
any way," said Tom Connally, execu
tive editor of The Cavalier Daily. "We
can't be turning away legitimate adver
tising." Student reactions at UVa have been
surprising, Connally said. 'We've re
ceived 20 phone calls and at least that
many letters to the editor."
But women's groups on campus have
not made any formal or organized
complaint to the newspaper, Connally
Reaction to the Playboy ad at NCSU
has been directed mostly at the Ameri
can Passage Media Corp. rather than
The Technician, said Technician editor
"It was a relatively clean ad," June
said. "Even if I hadn't seen it before
hand, I would have run it."
Cathy Packer, an assistant professor
of journalism at UNC specializing in
mass media law, said the Playboy ad
vertisement was not legally considered
obscene. "The question is more one of
taste or ethics."
chareed with theft
By AMY WAJDA
Assistant University Editor
An investigation of missing Univer
sity property took a new turn Monday
evening when University police and
the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI)
charged Officer Elliott W. Edwards,
28, of 4510 Bumpers Road, with two
counts of breaking and entering and
According to an arrest warrant filed
with the Orange County Clerk's Of
fice, the break-ins occurred Sept. 3 and
Sept. 4 at the UNC Physical Plant's
Electric Distribution Center, at the inter
section of Airport Drive and Estes Road.
Two answering machines and two
telephones, together valued at $535.69,
were stolen Sept. 3. One answering
machine, valued at $ 1 84.80, was stolen
Edwards was released under $2,000
University police had removed
Edwards and two other employees from
active duty Sept. 6 in connection with
the investigation of about $4,000 worth
of missing property.
One of the employees, Michael P.
Curtis, a police dispatcher, and his wife
For every credibility gap there is a
The injury to the woman's face
knocked her unconscious, and police
believe the sexual assault occurred
while the woman was unconscious, but
they have not determined if the woman
The woman walked to a friend's
house on North Street for help, and the
wrestle with his
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Dim mio ootid rug ad
The management at Duke
University's newspaper, The Chron
icle, and Clemson's campus newspa
per, The Tiger, decided the advertise
ment was in poor taste and declined to
"We felt it was not appropriate to
accept the ad, especially in light of
concerns for social issues in the com
munity here," said Barry Ericson, gen
eral manager of The Chronicle.
Ericson said a Miller Lite advertise
ment inserted in the spring caused some
controversy at Duke, and as a result, the
newspaper has revised its ad policies.
The Miller Lite advertisement, also
created by the American Passage Media
Corp., showed a man holding a woman
over his shoulder against her will. "We
became much more sensitive to com
munity feelings and to our proper role
after the Miller insert," Ericson said.
"We felt we had let down our readers."
The Miller Lite advertisement was
also inserted in the DTH, and the vol
ume of letters sent to Miller Brewing
Co. prompted an apology from the
company, which the DTH printed.
Ericson said the decision not to ac
cept the Playboy ad was difficult. "We
really promote freedom of expression
Nancy were found dead the evening of
Sept. 6 in what police believe to have
been a double suicide.
The couple was discovered in a
wooded area behind their mobile home
in the Crawford Trailor Park on N.C.
Highway 54. Two shotguns were found
at the scene, and the couple's last will
and testament was found on a table in
According to Ron Hawley, SBI dis
trict supervisor, the University police
request for SBI assistance came on
Sept. 5. The SBI assigned one agent to
the case to do investigative field work.
Robert Sherman, UNC director of
public safety, said University police
had begun investigating the case about
two weeks before the SBI was notified.
SBI involvement in this type of case is
not unusual, he said.
"There is a state law in the books that
says when we receive a report of miss
ing University property, SBI has to be
notified. That's just standard."
The investigation is continuing, and
Sherman said Tuesday that he was not
sure when it would be completed. "It
could be by the end of the week, but it
might take a little longer."
friend contacted police about 1 0: 1 5 p.m.
Pendergraph said police officers found
the woman incoherent when they ar
rived. When police questioned her, the
woman said she did not remember
anything about the assault, and she could
not identify her attacker, Pendergraph
Police are still investigating, but
dog Caesar in front of Greenlaw
as much as possible."
Andrew Cauthin, editor in chief of
The Tiger, said the Playboy ad was
rejected to avoid controversy at
Clemson. "We felt some people would
be offended because we're in the Bible
belt buckle here."
Cauthin said there were not any
women's rights groups at Clemson that
he would have expected to object to the
ad. "We don't have any strong women's
organizations on campus except for
Establishing policies on potentially
objectionable advertisments has be
come a trend at several universities.
The campus newspaper at Pennsylva
nia State University, The Daily Colle
gian, instituted such a policy two years
ago because of a controversial adver
tisement for Penthouse magazine.
The Daily Texan at the University of
Texas (UT) also has a policy prohibit
ing advertisements of a sexist nature.
The policy, which also prohibits ra
cially discriminatory ads, was imple
mented about 15 years ago in response
to the civil rights movement, said Jim
Barger, advertising director of student
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By JASON KELLY
Ehringhaus residents have been
without power for two consecutive
nights this week and they faced
another dark night Tuesday as work
ers tried to determine the cause of the
periodic power outages
The power was on and off Sunday
and Monday nights and all day
Monday as University workers tried
to find a solution to the problem.
Electricians continued work Tues
day, and the power went off again
around II p.m.
"We don't exactly know what the
problem is,"KarisTurcogeorge, area
director of Ehringhaus, said Tues
day. "We think the new air condi
tioning units installed over the sum
mer are the cause."
Steve Stoddard, housing mainte
nance superintendent, said the prob
lem was an overload of the main
circuits. This year there's a bigger
demand for power than previously I
don't know- what students brought
back with them this year, but the load
(on the circuits) is way up. Normally
we don't see a difference from year
"It could be the air conditioners,
though," Stoddard continued, "There
are about 90 units in this building, '
Pendergraph said the assailant's method
of operation in this case was different
from recent reports of other burglaries
and assaults in the Chapel Hill area.
Over the past four to five months,
police have received reports of about
1 1 incidents, including burglaries and
break-in rapes, Pendergraph said.
Police investigators are looking into
By MYRON B. PITTS
Controversy surrounds two bills that
will come before Student Congress
tonight. One calls for a revote on fund
ing for the Student Recreation Center
(SRC) and another proposes funding
for a desktop publications system for
small campus publications.
Representative Jeffrey Beall, author
of the bill calling for a second referen
dum on SRC funding, will present his
case to the congress. The Rules and
Judiciary Committee recommended the
bill unfavorably to the full congress in
a committee meeting last week.
Beall said he thought last February's
student vote to increase student activi
ties fees to fund the center should be
reconsidered because of the tuition
New factors have added to his oppo
sition of the SRC, Beall said.- "The
physical education faculty has unani
mously voted against the chosen site
(adjacent to Fetzer Gym)."
Monday Beall said the Carolina
Athletic Association (CAA) was using
student funds and exerting pressure on
congress members in an effort to defeat
"We are not pressuring Student
Congress to kill Mr. Beall's bill," said
CAA President Lisa Frye. "I have
enough respect for the intelligence of
congressmen to know they will not be
intimidated by what I say.
"Our (the CAA's) job is to represent
student interest and opinions in all
Another factor Beall has mentioned
is that many graduate students oppose
the center's construction. But Graduate
and Professional Student Federation
(GPSF) President Rick Cody said
Tuesday that many graduate students
want the center and oppose a revote.
In a GPSF Senate meeting Tuesday,
with more than half the senators pres
ent, the organization voted 26-6 in favor
of funding the SRC, Cody said. The
senators voted unanimously against a
second vote on the February referen
dum. Cody said Beall asked him for GPSF
support of the bill. Beall felt graduate
students would oppose the center, Cody
said. "I told him, 'To be honest, in the
"For the first 30 minutes it was excit
ing, but after two days, it got old
quick. " Cherry Crawford, RA
and a lot of the small, old AC units have
been replaced by new and bigger units.
This could have been enough to put us
over the top. The switchgear is also 30
years old, and with age it trips quicker,
especially with the great amount of
heat in Che mechanical room."
Turcogeorge said that after the power
went off Sunday night, maintenance
crews turned off the power and tried to
fix the problem Monday during the
day. "On Monday, the crew did a pre
ventive maintenance overhaul of the
main circuit. For all intents and pur
poses, the crew thought they had solved
the problem. But the power went out
again at about a quarter to nine."
Monday, Marriott employees had to
remove all the refrigerated food in the
Country Store on the first floor of
Ehringhaus, said Amy Setzer, an
Students had varying reactions to
the problem. Drew Kimball, a sopho
more Ehringhaus resident, said he didn't
mind the power failure, "Most people
five rape reports from women who told
police they were assaulted by men
breaking into their homes, Pendergraph
Before Monday night's attack, the
reports had been concentrated in the
east side of Chapel Hill in the Bri
arcliffe and Colony Woods areas, he
informal surveys I've taken, I've found
graduate students want the recreation
center. I could not in good faith support
"This (the senate vote) was the only
way to get a clear, legitimate voice
from a cross section of graduate stu
dents." Each graduate school and depart
ment is represented by a senator, Cody
said. He said he planned to notify each
congress representative in a graduate
district of the senate vote.
Representatives Jurgen Buchenau,
Tom Elliot and Matt Heyd will present
the bill requesting funding for a desk
top system for the Phoenix, Cellar Door
and other student publications. The bill
asks the congress to allocate funds for
the purchase of parts of an $11,000
The desktop publishing system will,
if approved, be available to the Phoe
nix, Cellar Door, Black Ink and other
But the proposal has come under fire
from The Catalyst and the Carolina
Critic, two independent magazines.
Members of those publications say the
system, which features Apple hardware,
is expensive and unnecessary.
"I think something that no one in
congress has really asked is 'why are
we giving them (the Phoenix) so much
money? " Carolina Critic senior staff
member Anthony Woodlief said. "A
lot of what they're asking for, the aver
age student wouldn't even use."
But Phoenix editor Ed Davis and
Cellar Door co-editor Aarre Laakso
said the system would be available to
all organizations and individual stu
dents. Laakso said Carolina Critic and
Catalyst criticism has resulted from a
"A certain part of their resistance
results from jealousy," Laakso said.
'They're afraid they will not be able to
use the system."
Laakso and Davis said they couldn't
see why anyone would oppose the
system, which they said would improve
the quality of theirs and other publica
tions and would pay for itself in six
years, saving $31,000 in student fees
over a 10-year period.
were hating when the power went off,
but I had no problem with the black
out. It gave me a great excuse to stay
over at my girlfriend's room. I hope
the power goes off again tonight.
Dave Davidson, a sophomore
Ehringhaus resident, said the power
failure was frustrating because of little
things. "Every time the power goes
out, I have to reset my clock, and I've
had to reset it about a million times."
The failures made studying diffi
cult, said Mike Sullivan, former
governor of Ehringhaus. "One of the
only times I ever tried to study in
E'haus, and the power went off And
I don't have any candles. My beer got
Cherry Crawford, a resident assis
tant, said, "For the first 30 minutes it
was exciting, but after two days, it got
Setzer said, "I can't believe that I
have to take the elevator at my own
risk, and I'm out studying in the stairwell."