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Volume 97, Issue 55
Friday, September 22, 1989
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Outside officer to take grievance case
By JASON KELLY
The University will employ an out
side police officer to investigate al
leged discrimination and mismanage
ment in the University police depart
ment. Ben Tuchi, the vice chancellor for
business and finance, indicated to the
the UNC Affirmative Action Office
that he would use the services of an
officer unrelated to the University to
make recommendations concerning the
operations of the University police.
Complaints of discrimination have
been periodically filed with the Uni
versity police, but all except one have
: Officer Keith Edwards, the only
black female officer on the University
police force for the past 15 years, has
Stolen property probe nearing end
By AMY WAJDA
Assistant University Editor
; University police officials are hop
ing to wrap up a more than four-week
investigation of stolen University prop
erty by the middle of next week, Robert
Sherman, UNCdirector of public safety,
"The detectives and the SBI (State
Bureau of Investigation) are still inter
viewing folks. As of yesterday they
told me they hoped to be able to con
clude their report and investigation by
the middle of next week."
The investigation is running about
one and a half weeks behind Sherman's
prediction from last week. Earlier he
had said he thought the investigation
would be completed by the end of last
week, or possibly a little later.
The delay was caused by the un
availability of interview subjects, Sher
By BETH MECKLEY
Satiric posters denouncing the CIA
Action Committee (CIAAC) were re
cently posted on campus by the N.C.
Federation of College Republicans.
The top portion of the posters re
sembled the actual fliers that the CIAAC
distributed. Underneath this were claims
that the CIAAC's actions include pre
NoCo battenine dowim the hatches for HuGTicane
By GABRIELE JONES
As Hurricane Hugo roars toward the
North Carolina coast, local residents
and businesses are waiting and plan
ning for the worst.
,The hurricane could hit Chapel Hill
Friday morning or afternoon according
to the National Weather Service. The
NWS predicted Thursday that Hugo's
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Mclver residents applaud as an unidentified Lewis resident streaks
across the front porch of Mclver. The tradition continued Wednes-
taken her complaint to the step 4 level,
which is as far as it can be taken inside
the University system. At the step 4
level, an administrative law judge will
rule on the complaint. The Edwards
grievance will be heard Oct. 9.
Edwards is the last of eight Univer
sity police officers who charged that
the decision to promote 13 white offi
cers in June 1987 was discriminatory.
The other officers dropped their com
plaints after losing in step 1 of the
grievance process, petitioning the
employees' immediate superior.
In her letter to the Affirmative Ac
tion Office, Edwards charged that 15
black female candidates had applied
for 15 vacant positions, but only two
were interviewed and none were hired.
The positions were filled by eight white
males, four white females and three
man said. "Some of the people they
may have wanted to interview were not
Two University police employees
and one SBI investigator are working
on the case, Sherman said.
University police had begun investi
gating the case about two weeks before
requesting SBI assistance on Sept. 5.
The SBI is usually notified in cases of
missing University property.
University police officials had re
moved three employees from active
duty Sept. 6 in connection with the
investigation of about $4,000 of miss
One of the employees, Michael P.
Curtis, a police dispatcher, and his wife
Nancy were found dead the evening of
Sept. 6 near their mobile home in the
Crawford Trailor Park on N.C. High
way 54 in a double suicide.
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venting students from hearing the truth
about the CIA, stopping student job
interviews with CIA recruiters and
vandalizing private property.
The federation is a statewide organi
zation, said Sharon Sentelle, president
of the UNC College Republicans. The
UNC group is a member of the federa
tion. Bill Peasley, federation chairman,
was unavailable for comment Thurs
More storm news
eye would pass over the Triangle caus
ing heavy rain and possible flooding.
A flash flood watch has been in ef
fect for all of North Carolina since
Thursday night and the threat of torna
does is also a concern, especially for
areas near Fayetteville.
University officials from the Physi
Art is anything you can get away with. Marshall McLuKan
black males. Since she was hired in
1 974, Edwards claims 1 5 white females
have been hired by the University po
lice. "They (black female applicants) have
no chance," Edwards said. "I've been
here for 15 years, and they can't even
get an interview. Certified police offi
cers are being turned down in favor of
a one year clerk in the traffic office."
Edwards said she was hired as a
"When I was hired in 1974, the
University was under a consent decree.
They had to achieve some racial mix
ture. But I'm nothing more than a token
I'm used (by the University police)
to let people see me, but I'm never
allowed to participate in any decision
See POLICE, page 2 .
Another of the employees, Officer
Elliot W. Edwards, was charged Sept.
11 by University police and the SBI
with two counts of breaking and enter
ing and larceny.
The break-ins occurred Sept. 3 and
Sept. 4 at the UNC Physical Plant's
Electric Distribution Center, at the inter
section of Airport Road and Estes Drive.
Three answering machines and two
telephones, together valued at about
$720, were stolen.
Edwards was released under $2,000
Sherman said the third officer was
still off active duty, and Sherman would
not release his name.
The investigation has not affected
morale in the police department, Sher
man said. "I think the officers are pro
fessionals in the field! They are being
as cooperative as they can be."
But most of these claims are lies,
said Dale McKinley, a member of the
CIAAC, and he said he felt the reason
the College Republicans did this was
because "that's the only way they know
how to respond to something they don't
"It's indicative of the closed-minded-ness
of the College Republicans in
cal Plant, the Health and Safety Depart
ment, Health Affairs Department and
the News Bureau met Thursday to dis
cuss emergency procedures. Univer
sity police Chief Charles Mauer said
the group decided to relay emergency
information through local radio station
WCHL 1360 AM.
Larry Stone of WCHL said the sta
tion had received numerous calls con
day night, although the University
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Christina Bidmon, 1 6 months enjoys one of the
last days of summer and the last day before
general. First of all I think it's juvenile,
and it's a misrepresentation of what the
CIAAC has done in the past."
Although the CIAAC does demon
strate that it thinks it is wrong for CIA
agents to interview students, it has "not
once prevented someone from inter
viewing," McKinley said.
"The College Republicans' depic
tion of the CIAAC may prove to be a
cerning the hurricane.
"People are worried and getting a
little bit nervous. They have asked
everything from where Hugo will hit to
if the State-Carolina game wiH be af
fected." Schools in Orange and Durham
counties will open two hours late to
day, Stone said.
WCHL is preparing to handle traffic
had threatened to end it. See
violation of the Campus Code, said
Gene Davis, speaker of Student Con
gress. If the CIAAC were to press
charges, it could have a case either
because of slander or because of the
unauthorized use of the name of an
organization in the University commu
nity, he said.
McKinley offered an open invitation
to the College Republicans to publicly
reports and plans to keep an eye on the
station's generator in case of power
failure, he said. "We will still be on the
air if anything goes wrong."
Duke Power is also getting prepared
for Hugo. Engineer Superintendent
Larry Touchstone said the company
was getting ready for a widespread
power outage should the hurricane come
The forecasted 40 to 50 mph winds
could cause extensive damage that
would take three to four days to recover
from, Touchstone said. The power
outage could last from several hours to
days depending on how many lines
Southern Bell spokesman David
Lane said that their backup generators
were ready to go and that teams had
been formed to tackle any damage
caused by Hugo. Crews can be brought
in from around the state to fix lines that
Lane said there shouldn't be any
major outages because most of the main
wires are underground. But just in case,
trailers equipped with public pay phones
are ready for emergency service.
If lines do come down, they will be
fixed as soon as it is safe for employees
to go out and work, Lane said. Lines
downed by fallen trees will be fixed
The Chapel Hill Public Works De
partment has provided a sandpile for
area residents who want to bag sand to
prevent flooding, but spokesman
Tommy Tapp said the department's
main objective was to keep streets open.
Trucks and other equipment are ready
in case of flooding or fallen trees, Tapp
said. "We're expecting and setting up
for the worst."
Capt. Ralph Pendergraph of the
Chapel Hill Police Department said the
Red Cross had set up shelters for those
coming from the coast seeking safety.
Shelters are also available at the local
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discuss their conflicts with the CIAAC.
"I'm sure there are several members (of
the CIAAC) that would be more than
willing to engage in a public debate or
Speaking for the organization,
McKinley said, "I issue a challenge to
the College Republicans to tell me what
the truth about the CIA is, in a public
community center, Orange High
School, Chapel Hill Senior High School
and at the Inter-Faith Council Center.
The police department is suggesting
that people park their cars in high areas
and avoid parts of town that have al
ready had flooding problems, Pender
graph said. People should expect the
worst and prepare for Hugo before it
Mike Ferlotti, manager of the Harris
Teeter in Carrboro, said people had
been stocking up on groceries since
Staple items have been going fast, he
"We've made sure to order and stock
enough of theseitems and we will try
our darnedest to stay open."
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