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Volume 97, Issue 52
Tuesday, September 19, 1989
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
; Graduate Students United (GSU)
members and supporters rallied in the
Pit Monday, calling for a "living wage"
and better benefits for teaching and
: In a press conference before the rally,
Scott Philyaw, a member of the GSU
research committee, compared the level
of salaries at UNC to similar universi
ties, including UCLA, Stanford, Cor
nell, Penn State and the University of
Virginia. UNC ranked above only Vir
gina in the social sciences and humani
ties salaries, and was last in the sci
"UNC typically ranks near the bot
tom when it comes to salaries, yet the
cost of living (in Chapel Hill) is much
higher than the average in the state and
nation," Philyaw said.
He said GSU would like a baseline
stipend for all graduate assistants.
"$4,000 per semester, as a minimum,
we feel would be a living wage" Phi
minimum salary, child care for all
members of the University commu
nity, a reduction in tuition to the in
state level for all assistants and a health
; - Between 20 and 25 percent of gradu
ate assistants cannot afford health in
surance, Philyaw said.
; "GSU is circulating petitions listing
the four goals of the organization within
may be possible
So dorm rooms
By CATHY APGAR
Campus residents may have the
option to have cable television in their
rooms next fall, depending on the cost
of installation, said Norman Vogel,
communications director for the Uni
versity. The decision will ultimately rest with
students, after approval from the Hous
ing Advisory Board and student affairs,
said Donald Boulton, vice chancellor
and dean of student affairs. The offi
cials are waiting for an estimate of
installation costs from Carolina Cable.
The estimate is expected by Oct. 1,
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Melinda Farrington wrestles with a vacuum cleaner outside Ruffin
Residence Hall Monday afternoon.
departments and among graduate and
A joint graduate student-administration
committee was suggested by Joel
Sipress, a third-year graduate student
in history. The purpose of the commit
tee would be to set up a plan and time
table for implementing GSU objectives.
The graduate students would be
chosen by GSU and the Graduate and
Professional Student Federation, while
Chancellor Paul Hardin would choose
According to Cindy Hahamovitch,
GSU chairwoman, Provost Dennis
O'Connor agreed after the rally to the
formation of the committee suggested
by Sipress. He will meet with GSU
leaders during the second week of
October either to form the committee
or "get down to business," Haham
O'Connor has expressed optimism
that some progress can be made by the
next academic year, especially in the
area of health insurance, Hahamovitch
said. The provost already arranged this
fall for $200 raises for graduate assis
tants in the history department as a
result of meetings with GSU represen
tatives. The main source of added funds for
graduate assistants will have to be the
state, Hahamovitch said. "We'll just
have to work out with them what we
think is fair."
The legislature will "have to recog
nize (the assistants) as a group that has
If the University decides that install
ing cable is feasible, installation would
begin during the summer of 1 990, when
residence halls are empty, said Liz
Jackson, Residence Hall Association
When the University decided to have
data cables installed for computer in
formation systems, installing video
cables simultaneously became a possi
bility, Vogel said.
If routing cable to each residence
hall room is too expensive, cable may
See CABLE, page 2
No one can
needs," O'Connor said. '
O'Connor, who has listed raising
assistant stipends as one of his top
priorities, stressed the important role
graduate students serve at UNC.
"I support GSU because graduate
students are a critical, indeed essential,
part of the twin missions of instruction
and research at this university."
For UNC to continue to attract the
best and brightest graduate students,
the school must create an attractive
environment, including the financial
package offered to students, O'Conner
"$6,000 a year for a TA is insuffi
ciently attractive," O'Connor said.
Hahamovitch opened the rally by
describing the difficulties graduate
"As research and teaching assistants,
we labor under conditions that prevent
us from doing our best," Hahamovitch
Many graduate students must take
second and even third jobs to supple
ment their stipends. GSU is concerned
about how the quality of education at
UNC will be affected, she said.
"We must juggle our studies, stu
dents, research and part-time jobs.
Every hour we spend at a second job is
an hour lost to our students and our
preparations," Hahamovitch said.
Harry Gooder, chairman of the Fac
ulty Council, pledged faculty support
See GSU, page 2
By WILL SPEARS
Assistant University Editor
Two students have scrapped plans
to circulate a petition for a recall
election of Student Congress mem
ber Mark Bibbs (Dist. 12) because
they did not thoroughly research their
claim that he voted on the budgets of
two groups they thought he belonged
The two students, freshman Scott
Wilkens of St. Louis and junior Jimmy
Burns of Asheville, claimed in their
petition that Bibbs committed "ethi
cal violations at the (Sept. 13) con
gress meeting," by voting on the
budgets of the Black Student Move
ment (BSM) and the N.C. Student
Legislature (NCSL) and that his
constituents were dissatisfied with
But The Daily Tar Heel confirmed
By SIMONE PAM
University faculty and students are
working together to increase Native
American student enrollment at UNC
and attract Native American faculty to
the University, according to Carolina
Indian Circle officials.
Last semester Native American en
rollment for undergraduates and gradu
ates was 137, Indian Circle President
Cedric Woods said. "There is a real
lack of Native American students here."
Woods said the administration had
been very supportive of the Indian
Circle's efforts to increase its Native
Tree protection plan debated
By CHARLES BRITTAIN
Developers and builders squared off
against environmentalists before the
Chapel Hill Town Council and a stand
ing room only crowd Monday at a public
hearing over a proposed tree protection
Chapel Hill residents ar d represen
tatives from the Chapel Hill-Durham
Homebuilders Association and from
the Sierra Club presented their opin
ions on a draft ordinance created by the
town's Tree Protection Task Force to
preserve trees and other vegetation.
The ordinance regulates tree man
agement and development through tree
work permits and encouraging tree
growth education. It also grants special
protection to rare trees and requires
inspections of construction sites to
enforce the ordinance.
Bill Kalchof, president of the Chapel
Hill-Durham Homebuilders Associa
tion, said the manditory guidelines of
the task force proposal were unneces
sary because land developers and home
builders did a good job protecting trees
on work sites.
The manditory ordinance should be
abandoned for a voluntary program that
would allow developers to decide
whether to participate in tree protec
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Students applaud during a Graduate Students United
Monday evening that, although Bibbs
was a member of both groups last year,
he is no longer a member of either.
BSM Membership Chairwoman
Ediedra Coble said that Bibbs was not
a member of the BSM this year and that
he has not paid his dues. And Gale
- Moore, chairwoman of the NCSL, said
Bibbs has not paid dues for the group
and has not indicated that he wants to
be a member this year.
The petitioners were also mistaken
in their claim that it was a violation of
congress' ethics code for a member to
vote on a group of which he is a mem
ber. Ethics Committee Chairman Jur
gen Buchenau (Dist. 3) said it was not
a violation of the code.
"We right now do not have a statute
that I, as Ethics chair, could refer to.
The problem is one of principle."
Burns said he was sorry he had be
American student enrollment. "We've
had several meetings with them to dis
cuss the brochure. And the brochure
will help, but a sign the administration
is behind us is when a faculty member
"We'd like to see faculty teach
courses in religion, contemporary his
tory and Native American culture,"
Woods continued. "As far as faculty
goes, nothing has been done. Things
are looking positive, though. I am
hoping something will be done this
Woods said he would also like to see
a Native American studies program
tion, Kalchof said.
Most developers and builders would
participate in a voluntary program
because "it's good business to protect
trees," he said.
The ordinance cost to developers
and builders would also threaten the
availability of affordable housing in
Chapel Hill, Kalchof said.
Training a supervisor to inspect the
developer's plans and the work site to
ensure tree protection would result in
additional building costs that would be
passed on to the home buyer, he said.
Kalchof said the cost to the devel
oper could increase from $10,000 to
$20,000, depending on the value placed
on a tree damaged during development.
The need for additional town staff to
enforce the ordinance would also mean
an increased cost to the town, he said.
Peter Thorn, a former president of
the Chapel Hill-Durham Homebuilders
Association, said he wanted to present
"the views of builders trying to build
affordable housing in Chapel Hill."
The cost of the tree protection ordi
nance to developers and builders would
place an affordable home out of reach
for many people, Thorn said. "New
homeowners can barely afford a house
in Chapel Hill now."
The new ordinace would increase
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gun the petition. "If it is not an ethical
breach, I have deep regrets. This sounds
like a really tragic mistake. It's a dead
issue;! have no grounds to stand on."
Before Burns and Wilkens aban
doned their petition drive Monday
evening, they had gathered more than
200 signatures, Burns said.
Even before the petitioners decided
to withdraw their petition, Bibbs said in
an official statement that he was not a
member of the groups. "At this time I
am not a member of either organiza
tion," he said. "The insinuation that I
am a member of the BSM simply be
cause I am black is one of the most
racist and narrow-minded statements
that I have heard."
Burns was surprised Bibbs consid
ered the allegations racist. "I am terri
fied to respond to that," he said. "If I
had known he wasn't a member of the
established at UNC.
Donald Boulton, vice chancellor and
dean of student affairs, said that he had
met with the Indian Circle members,
and that the University was trying to
address a number of the group's con
cerns. "We, ourselves, are not in any posi
tion to hire or fire any faculty. That is
done through the departments. But we
do share the copcerns they have and
feel we need to recruit a diverse fac
ulty." The Carolina Indian Circle, a sup
port group for Native American stu
the cost of the average home by 1
percent, he said.
The town should consider a "con
structive penalty" to replace the
ordinance's penalty of 1.5 times the
estimated value of any tree that dies on
a development site, Thorn said.
A constructive penalty would allow
developers a chance to correct any
mistakes made during construction by
replacing damaged trees, he said.
Claire Cooperstein, a member of the
task force and a Sierra Club representa
tive, said the cost to home owners, if the
ordinance is not passed, could be greater
than the cost to developers and build
ers. Trees damaged during construction
could take two years to die, and then the
cost of removal arid replacement falls
on the home owner, Cooperstein said.
"It is the homeowner whose prop
erty is devalued by every large tree that
Recommendations from the Chapel
Hill Planning Board, the Appearance
Commission and other town groups
said a provision in the ordinace that
would exempt University property from
the ordinace should be removed. ,
Town Manager David Taylor rec
ommended the draft ordinance be re
ferred to the town staff for further study.
rally Monday in the Pit
BSM I wouldn't have gone out and
done that. There was no racism in
volved." Wilkens' and Burns' allegations
are "totally unfounded and untrue,"
Bibbs said before the petition was
withdrawn. Bibbs said he believed
Wilkens and Burns conspired with
other members of congress to remove
"It has come to my attention that
several members of the congress are
involved in this plan, mainly for per
sonal gain and for future campus
political aspirations," Bibbs said. "It
has come to my attention that my
district mate Mindy Friedman is in
volved. It is my belief that certain
people see me as a threat to their
future campus political aspirations
See PETITION, PAGE 5
dents at UNC, attempts to lessen the
transition from tribal communities to
the University while creating a sense of
identity for UNC Native Americans,
This year the University published a
brochure, designed by Indian Circle,
targeted at Native American high school
seniors, he said.
The brochure includes pictures and
information about the University. It
will be distributed later this semester at
certain high schools in North Carolina
that have a majority of Native Ameri
Carolina Symposium now
planning program 3
Student Government to cre
ate liaison position 4
Help for housing
Local Habitat for Humanity
groups join forces 5
Everglades in a quagmire
Pollution imperils Florida na
tional park..... ...6
Notes on the game
Insights on Carolina's loss to
University news 3
City news....l .....4
State and national news ....6
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