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Tonight in the Union
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 97, Issue 54
Thursday, September 21, 1989
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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SBP Brien Lewis, left, addresses the crowd gathered for a Tuition Defense Initiative rally
By SIMONE PAM
Plans to construct an access ramp in
the Pit to aid students in wheelchairs
are still being discussed by University
officials, but the ramp will definitely be
built, said Claude Swecker, associate
vice chancellor for Facilities Manage
ment. "I did the design for a ramp eight
years ago," said Thomas Shumate,
consulting architect for the UNC Fa
cilities Plants. "We felt there has been
a need for a ramp for many years. But
when it came down to making a deci
sion then, we opted to prioritize, and
provide accessibility to classrooms
Rutledge Tufts, general manager of
the Student Stores, said the construc
tion of the ramp originally was going to
be included in the renovations of the
Student Stores. But the budget ran too
high, and the ramp was eliminated to
cut costs, he said.
The Student Stores had originally
agreed to help pay for the ramp, Tufts
said, and still plans to contribute $5,000
Shumate said the total cost of build
ing the ramp was estimated at $ 1 0,000.
The total is not overly expensive for a
ramp, he said. "The cheapest ramp ever
built on campus was $7,000."
Swecker is still trying to find a source
for the rest of the money, he said, but
thinks he will be able to come up with
; He agreed that $10,000 was not
unreasonable because the costs of labor
and material were so high. "It's the cost
of doing business."
; Once construction begins, the ramp
should take three to four weeks to build,
Shumate said. The date to begin con
struction has not yet been established.
; According to the design, the ramp
will replace the steps on the west end of
the Pit, near the Undergraduate Library,
Shumate said. The ramp will be straight
and include guard rails.
Stuart Hathaway, co-coordinator of
the Students for Educational Access
committee, said he was pleased that a
public commitment had been made to
build the ramp. "It was very frustrating
that the ramp couldn't be done during
Student Stores renovations. But it is
great the University has remained
committed to the idea."
Hathaway said a ramp would pro
vide three benefits:
N It would provide direct access for
students in wheelchairs to get into the
N Handicapped students' presence
in the Pit, which serves as a focal point
on campus, would be more recogniz
N The students who do not use
wheelchairs would be directly exposed
to the difficulties handicapped students
face every day.
"It will expose the non-handicapped
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By BILL TAGGART
The Student Recreation Center
(SRC) has problems with its site and
design that the student body has not
been made aware of, two opponents
of the proposed SRC said Wednes
day in a press conference.
"Students need the assurance that
the site and design of the $4.5 million
building they are paying for will be
designed and located according to
their suggestions and best interests,"
said Student Congress representa
tive Jeffrey Beall (Dist. 7).
Beall was the author of a bill be
fore the Sept. 13 congress that called
for another referendum on the SRC.
The bill was defeated 17-9 with one
abstention. The SRC was passed
originally on a spring referendum by
56 percent of the student body.
Petitions asking the Building and
Grounds Committee to "systemati
cally consider sites other than the
proposed Fetzer Courtyard" and to
"systematically reconsider the exist
ing design" of the SRC are being
circulated on campus.
John Silva, associate professor of
physical education, said the purpose
of the petitions was to expose cam
pus administrators to the conflicts
that exist with the SRC.
"I think when they become aware
of these irregularites, they will be
The petitions will be presented to
Chancellor Paul Hardin, the Build
ings and Grounds Committee, the
Carolina Athletic Association (CAA)
and the SRC Board of Directors,
Silva said. More than 370 signatures
have been collected in less than a
New 'students Seaming the ropes of honor system
By KATHERINE HOUSTON
Staff Writer f" " -
Freshmen and other new students
are being introduced to the honor sys
tem this week in small sessions con
ducted by the Undergraduate Court and
the Undergraduate Student Attorney
The mandatory sessions are made up
of about 30 students and are held by
floor in residence halls. The groups
discuss the Honor Code, which deals
primarily with academics, and the
Campus Code, which concerns the
social aspects of the University com
munity. Another focus of the sessions is the
three new amendments to the Instru
ment of Student Judicial Governance
By KYLE YORK SPENCER
N.C. coastal residents are preparing
for the possible danger of Hurricane
Hugo, which is predicted to reach
Charleston, S.C., Friday between mid
night and 6 a.m.
Landfall could result in flooding, a
possible tornado and severe thunder
storms for the N.C. coastal region, said
Mike Caplan, meteorologist for
Try everything once except incest and
week, he said.
Lisa Frye, CAA president, said the
site for the SRC was examined thor
oughly before the Fetzer Courtyard
location was suggested.
"Other sites have been researched in
a very appropriate manner. Facilities
Planning decided Fetzer Courtyard was
the most advantageous site. We (CAA)
do not decide where it goes."
Silva said problems with the site
included loss of "greenspace" in Fetzer
Courtyard, the possible use of student
funds to build a new courtyard and the
way new sites have been researched.
'To date, no systematic assessment
of any alternate site has been provided.
The handling of this matter creates the
impression that an attempt has been
made to railroad the Fetzer Courtyard
The design of the building has been
questioned because it does not include
restrooms, showers or locker rooms,
Beall said. Students would have to use
the facilities in Fetzer Gym.
"Because the gym is controlled by
the P.E. Department, the Student Rec
reation Center could only be open when
Fetzer Gym is open," Beall said. "Thus,
one of the biggest benefits of student
control setting our own hours will
be denied students, at least if the cur
rent design is implemented.
"The way the building is currently
designed, the students are funding a
$4.5 million extension of the P.E.
Other conflicts of the SRC issue
mentioned by Silva and Beall include
the vote of the physical education fac
ulty on the proposed site, the actions of
the CAA and coverage of the issue in
The Daily Tar Heel (DTH).
that outline specific student responsib
lities. The amendments, called "the date
rape amendments," deal with racial
harassment, sexual harassment, sexual
assault and rape.
These issues are being covered in the
sessions because of "the amount of
incorrect generalities that have been
generated throughout campus," said Jeff
Tracy, assistant chairman for the Under
"We want to stress that if you walk to
class and you're heckled, you do not
have to take it; you can avoid that. And
these amendments allow victims of rape
to seek retribution in a closed and con
fidential hearing of the Undergraduate
The groups are also discussing the
WTVD-11 News in Durham.
The hurricane, moving 20 mph, was
300 miles northeast of Nassau Wednes
day at 6 p.m, he said. Its coordinates
were 27.5 degrees north latitude and 73
degrees west longitude. Hurricane Hugo
has accelerated 8 mph since Tuesday,
Despite the threat of the storm, coastal
residents enjoyed sunny weather
Wednesday. But the good weather has
By WILL SPEARS
Assistant University Editor
Carrying signs saying "TDI means
give us ample warning" and "Hey! The
students are out of town raise tui
tion," members of student government
rallied in the Pit Wednesday to involve
students in their fight against future
About 30 students attended the rally,
which was a means of gaining student
support for a series of proposals known
as the Tuition Defense Initiative (TDI).
Student Body President Brien Lewis
drew up the proposals in response to
this past summer's tuition increase.
The increase was 20 percent, or $ 1 00,
for in-state residents and 15 percent, or
$669, for out-of-state students.
The Association of Student Govern
ments (ASG), a coalition of student
governments from the 16 UNC-system
schools, unanimously adopted Lewis'
six-point plan at its meeting Sept. 16.
"We're not out here being radical,"
Lewis said at the rally. "All we're say
ing is that we want a say; we want to be
a part of the process."
One of the points in the TDI calls for
the ASG president to be allowed to
report student concerns at each UNC
Board of Governors (BOG) meeting.
"Our past experience tells us that
students are getting screwed over," said
Gene Davis, Student Congress speaker
and newly-elected ASG president. "The
Beall and Silva said the faculty vote
would be appealed to the dean of the
School of Arts and Sciences and the
chairman of the physical education
department because of irregularities in
the way it was handled.
The vote of tenure-track faculty was
5-4 with two abstentions, Silva said.
One member who is publicly opposed
to the SRC site was absent from the
meeting, but was not allowed a vote in
abstentia, he said.
The vote was reported as 7-4 with
two abstentions by Frye at the Sept. 13
Student Congress meeting, but she said
she mentioned that the vote total in
cluded tenure and non-tenure track
physical education faculty at the meet
ing. "I've reported the vote accurately,
and the vote was reported accurately in
the DTH," Frye said. "I clearly deline
ated between tenure and non-tenure
Beall said the "vote irregularities"
may have influenced the vote of the
Congress, but Frye said she respected
"I don't feel Student Congress was
misled," she said.
Beall said the CAA has not made all
important information on the SRC
available to the students.
"Since the SRC was first presented
to the students, the Carolina Athletic
Association has limited and controlled
information on the Center, emphasiz
ing only the obvious benefits to stu
dents," Beall said.
"The CAA has done a disservice to
students by prematurely placing before
them for vote a concept that was poorly
See SRC, page 3
University's judicial system, which is
divided into two branches the Attor
ney General's Staff and the Under
The Attorney General's Staff gath
ers evidence regarding possible viola
tions of the Code of Student Conduct
and presents evidence to the Under
graduate Court. The Court hears the
evidence and determines innocence or
guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and, if
necessary, applies a fair sanction.
Jeff Cannon, a judicial officer, said,
"The sessions are an effort to bring
students together in a smaller group
and to talk in detail about their respon
sibilities. People do not fully under
stand that out-of-class conduct on is
sues are equally important and that
for CaroSinas coast
not kept them from worrying.
"It's sunny, nice and calm," said
James Grisdale, a lieutenant with the
Carolina Beach Police Department.
"But you know what they say about the
lull before the storm."
Residents of Carolina Beach began
preparations Tuesday, and the police
department has been handling many
phone calls, Grisdale said.
In Buxton, which is on the Outer
General Assembly doesn't listen to
them. We need a voice in the General
Assembly and the Board of Gover
nors." Lewis said the precedent for the
adoption of this point had been set.
"We already have the student body
president sitting on the Board of Trus
tees at each school in the state univer
sity system. We're asking that they
Another of TDI's points is that fu
ture tuition increases take effect the
year following the decision to raise the
rates. "A two-week notice is not
enough," Lewis said. "We need time
for the financial aid office to respond."
Student government members could
not combat the increase this summer
because they were "operating on a
skeleton staff," and most students were
out of town, Lewis said. "We were not
able to write 150 letters a day to the
legislature or go see congressmen in
their offices every day, but we tried."
James Henderson, a freshman from
Denver, N.C., said he supported the
proposals. "I agree. I worked the whole
summer and I needed all the financial
aid I could get. The financial aid checks
came before the bill for the tuition
The proposal also calls for student
leaders to appear before House and
Senate committees and subcommittees
to provide a student voice when in
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offenses against other people fall under
the Student Code."
Tracy said: "The Undergraduate
Court staff wants to instill pride in the
honor system. The system is unique
because it is completely student-run."
Applications for the Undergraduate
Court and the Attorney General's staff
will be available in the spring.
Students were given a copy of The
Instrument of Student Judicial Govern
ance as well as a reference card with
information on how to report violations
of the honor code.
Freshman Amy Garrett of Hickory
attended the program Tuesday night.
"They told us how to get involved in the
Honor Court," she said. "Also, they
told us to check with teachers about
Banks, the Dare Building Supply Store
has been unusually busy with custom
ers buying plywood, trailer anchors and
rope, said sales clerk Laura Smithson.
"People are worried. I'm worried."
On Hatteras Island the Coast Guard
is taking precautionary measures by
tying down and checking equipment,
said Lt. Fred Call. These are standard
See HUGO, page 4
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"We've got 1 50,000 students (on the
16 UNC-system campuses) whose
voices are not being heard," Davis said.
"That's what TDI is all about."
The proposal requests that a percent
age of any tuition increase be reserved
for financial aid grants and that any and
all funds for private colleges from the
General Assembly be directed to need
In order to help students deal with
tuition increases and help prevent fu
ture ones, Lewis also proposed that all
UNC-system student body presidents
establish a financial aid task force to
examine aid policies.
Davis said he thought the rally was a
success in helping drum up student
support. "I'm excited about the people
who did come out. The most important
thing is announcing this proposal to the
student body; this proposal cannot be
accomplished overnight, but will re
quire the support of students across the
Lewis said he had hoped that more
students would attend. "But, I guess,
unless we had people hanging off the
roofs we would want a bigger turnout."
The response Lewis has gotten to his
proposal has been nothing but positive,
he said. "A lot of people have come up
to me and said, Yeah, I think my par
See TDI, page 2
conference in Fetzer courtyard
Anna Fox, a freshman from Winston-Salem,
said the meeting gave her
a better understanding of what the sys
tem is about and how it is run.
Businessman urges action on
dirty downtown sidewalks ..3
Arts in action
Union lines up impressive
performing arts series 4
Kicking it to Duke
Women's soccer team rallies
to win 6
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