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Volume 97, Issue 57
Tuesday, September 26, 1989
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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University officials are considering
plans to make all fraternity rush func
tions alcohol-free, but fraternity lead
ers question whether the policy is real
istic. Chancellor Paul Hardin last week
sent a letter to Donald Boulton, vice
chancellor and dean of student affairs,
addressing the issue of "dry" rush.
Boulton said Hardin became interested
in the issue after becoming aware of a
similarpolicy at the University of Texas
"I've had several conversations with
Dean Boulton about my concern over
the excessive use of alcohol on college
campuses, and particularly, I'm sorry
to say, with respect to fraternity rush,"
Hardin said Friday.
By WILL SPEARS
Assistant University Editor
UNC-system President CD. Span
gler will meet with chancellors from
the 1 6 system schools in the near future
to discuss the initiation of a mandatory
drug testing policy for system athletes.
But UNC-CH Faculty Council Chair
man Harry Gooder said Friday he
opposed mandatory testing of any group
in the UNC community.
The Board of Governors (BOG) last
month passed Spangler's recommen
dation requiring athletes to submit to
mandatory drug testing. "I am calling
upon the chancellors ... to develop
policies that will establish a mandatory
drug testing policy program for student
athletes," Spangler wrote in his recom
mendation. "I want us to have these
policies in effect by the fall of 1990."
The current system policy does not
Ethics bill goes to
By STEPHANIE JOHNSTON
The Student Congress Ethics Com
mittee voted unanimously Monday to
recommend to the full congress a bill
designed to clarify and expand the
present ethics laws.
The resolution will be read before
the full Student Congress Wednesday
The bill, written by Ethics Commit
tee Chairman Jurgen Buchenau, estab
lishes a code "ensuring fairness, deco
rum and impartiality" in congressional
procedures and expands membership
in the committee to help junior mem
bers gain experience.
, The resolution calls for a representa
tive to abstain from voting whenever a
'conflict of interest stems from his
membership in a campus group and the
consideration of financial affairs of that
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"I think date rape, automobile acci
dents, poor academic performance and
lots of other problems we have begin
with excessive drinking."
Boulton said Monday there were
inherent dangers in drinking at rush
functions. "I've had a deep concern for
a long time about the mixture of alcohol
and rush and the problems that come
The dry rush policy at UT-Austin
started this fall and has been a great
success, said Cliff Vrielink in a tele
phone interview. Vrielink is president
of the university's Interfraternity Coun
"It worked out real well. We had
only two violations out of 29 fraterni
ties." Two rush advisers from each frater
nity enforced the policy. They checked
require athletes be tested for drug use,
but does gives them the option, said
UNC-CH Assistant Athletic Director
Richard Baddour. If an athlete tests
positive, the results are reported to his
head coach and team physician. If the
athlete is younger than 18, his parents
will be notified.
First offenders are required to enter
into a counseling program. Any pun
ishment would be handled by the
Baddour said he was satisfied with
the current testing program. "I think
it's a very good policy."
Gooder said a mandatory testing
program would be a violation of civil
liberties. "I think it's realistic to say
some faculty members would speak
out against mandatory testing."
But a mandatory testing policy would
help protect young athletes from the
Last week, Scott Wilkens, a fresh
man from St. Louis, and Jimmy Burns,
a junior from Asheville, circulated a
petition calling for a recall election of
representative Mark Bibbs (Dist. 12)
on the grounds that he violated the
ethics code by voting on budgets for
two groups he belonged to.
Wilkins and Burns withdrew their
petition when they learned that Bibbs
had been a member of the Black Stu
dent Movement and the N.C. Student
Legislature last year, but he is not now
a member of either group.
Buchenau said this portion of the bill
was created to ensure that a member of
the congress could not use his office for
"(This section) prevents groups from
stacking congress with their members,"
Buchenau said. "The Ethics Commit
tee would investigate when circum
stances warrant. It's a judgment call. I
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rush functions at random times and
reported any violations to a judicial
board. The board has the power to levy
fines, community service or social
probation, Vrielink said.
As at UNC, fraternities at UT-Austin
are independent of university control.
The dry rush policy was proposed,
implemented and enforced by the IFC.
"It worked out wonderfully because
fraternities themselves are enforcing
it," Vrielink said.
Boulton said that he was in the proc
ess of working with his staff on a plan
for dry rush and that he would schedule
meetings with fraternity leaders very
The University has no direct author
ity over fraternities, but they are not
"Fraternities do not exist in a vac
dangers of drug use, Spangler said. "It
would be tragic for an athlete to be hurt
by drugs. We want to prevent that. It
would be very sad to have a 17- or 18-year-old
student under the pressure of
performance to be approached by (a
drug dealer). We're trying to set up a
road block to keep it from happening."
Gooder said it was wrong to single
out a group for testing. "I think it was an
unwise decision (on the part of the
BOG) unless they have access to some
evidence the rest of us don't. If so, I
think they should share that evidence
with the rest of us."
UNC-CH Dean of Students Frederic
Schroeder said this was a situation in
which "there aren't any nice, clear
answers. I know that it is being handled
very sensitively. It's hard to steer be
tween the rights of personal freedom
and the very real dangers of drug use."
favor flexibility in the ethics code. The
ethics chairman could grant leniency if
he deems the conflict of interest is a
conflict of representation."
Under the new rules, Student Con
gress members could be accused of a
conflict of representation if they were
also serving in their residence hall
government, for example, said Ethics
Committee member Ken Costner (Dist.
8). In the case of a vote concerning the
granting of funds to the residence hall,
members would have a responsibility
to their constituents, but could be ac
cused of being biased by voting in favor
of the residence hall.
The code provides a clause stating
that the resolution does not discourage
members from voting on legislation
concerning a group that they have not
belonged to for at least six months.
See ETHICS, page 2
from the wind, rain and cold that
uum," Boulton said. "They are part of
the University community.
"I would hope fraternities would want
to enter voluntarily into (dry rush). It's
not a matter of ordering it done."
UNC Interfraternity Council Presi
dent Sterling Gilreath said the IFC
supported the idea of dry rush. The IFC
would have to follow any University
policy because the organization falls
under University regulations, he said.
"Enforcement (of the policy) would
have to come through IFC." The effec
tiveness of enforcement would depend
on the willingness of the fraternities to
comply, Gilreath said.
Fraternity presidents supported a dry
rush policy but questioned how it could
"Dry rush has some merits because
you don't want rush to turn into one
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Joey Gates and his father take advantage of
Sunday's appropriately fall-like weather to play
By GABRIELE JONES
Many fraternities and sororities in
the Cameron-McCauley area would be
able to guarantee tax deductible contri
butions for alumni if the N.C. Depart
ment of Cultural Resources in the Divi
sion of Archives and History approve
the area as a historical district.
The Chapel Hill Town Council
unanimously approved Monday night
to submit the Cameron-McCauley His
toric Significance Report for approval
from the state so the district may be es-
hit Chapel Hill in the wake of
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huge drunken experience," said David
Samuels, president of Chi Psi frater
nity. "But it won't turn into reality
because it would be very difficult to
Travis Darnell, president of Sigma
Nu fraternity, said: "I'm in favor of dry
rush if it could be worked out that all
fraternities would follow it. Unless it
was followed across the board, it
wouldn't be very effective."
Darnell said the national organiza
tions and house ownership corpora
tions should be part of the process. "It's
good to involve alumni, chapters, ac
tive brothers and the University even
the town if possible."
Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity has
had successful dry rush in the past and
supports a new rush policy, said presi
dent Mark Smith.
with a ball in
become historical site
The council also agreed to move up
the original public hearing date for the
consideration of the Cameron-McCauley
Neighborhood as a local his
toric district from February 1990 to
Henry Clark, an alumnus of Sigma
Nu fraternity, proposed the council try
to speed up the process because it would
increase the fraternity's alumni sup
port if contributions could be tax de
ductible. The Sigma Nu house, along with 15
other fraternities and sororities in the
area would benefit from the passing of
the Cameron-McCauley Neighborhood
as a historic district because contribu
tions could be tax exempt, said Clark.
Sigma Nu endorses the historic re
port, and fraternity alumni would be
more likely to pledge large sums if they
were tax deductible, Clark said. Sigma
Nu is trying to raise $750,000 to reno
vate the house, and only $250,000 has
"The town will do its best to speed
the process up," council member Julie
Andresen said, "but it is unlikely to go
before the state before December."
In other matters, the council unani
mously passed a resolution to partici
pate in a study for a corridor of open
space stretching between the Eno River
State Park and Jordan Lake.
The plan for a New Hope Corridor
Greenway would include 18 miles of
open space through 1,800 acres that
would connect Durham and Chapel Hill.
The study would be funded by contri
butions from Orange and Durham
counties and from the cities of Chapel
Hill and Durham.
The main purpose is to develop a
master plan for the Greenway and to
study open space between the Eno River
and other areas within Durham and
Orange counties, said Chris Berndt,
long range planner of the project. The
commission wants to look at possible
areas to be preserved, cost estimates
and a phasing plan.
Berndt said the Greenway Commis
sion hoped to acquire enough land to
have a path for walking and jogging all
the way from the lake to the park.
The opportunity to connect Green-
"If it was a University-wide thing, it
would be beneficial." But there is re
ally no way to enforce the policy, Smith
"I wish there was a better way to
enforce it. The University is no longer
responsible for fraternities, so they have
given up the ability to have an effect."
All three presidents said their frater
nities already have dry formal rush,
although alcohol is served at informal
Boulton said changes in the rush
system might be possible as soon as
next spring's rush period. "We want to
get through it as fast as we can."
Frederic Schroeder, dean of students,
has also been involved in discussions
about dry rush.
See RUSH, page 2
Polk Place before the rains came
ways includes the cooperation of dif
ferent jurisdictions, Berndt said. The
plan is to organize a residents' commit
tee that would participate in a regional
study of the Greenways.
The roll of the committee would be
to work with a consultant on a master
plan for the area. The committee would
consist of 16 people, and three of those
would represent Chapel Hill.
The areas are mostly around Duke
Forest properties, but one area of Chapel
Hill that could be included is Dry Branch
Creek, Berndt said.
The cost of the study is $20,000, and
Chapel Hill's $5,000 contribution
would come from the town's planning
budget, Berndt said. The money would
be used for observing possible land
areas for the Greenway, which are
Before approving the Greenway
study, council member Arthur Werner
said he wanted to make it clear that
approval of the study did not imply that
the town was intending to spend money
to buy land.
Student group raises aware
ness of homeless problem 3
Community groups take ac
tion against drug abuse 4
In the storm's wake
Law won't allow some S.C.
residents to rebuild 4
Bits and pieces
Photo essay reveals Hurricane
Hugo's destruction 5
City news.... 3
State and national news ....4
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