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Volume 97, Issue 61
Monday, October 2, 1989
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By JASON KELLY
The Residence Hall Association
(RHA) has presented a resolution to
Carolina Dining Services requesting
an end to the use of Styrofoam and
advocating the use of biodegradable
packaging, such as paper products.
"We believe that most students are
concerned with the environment, and
we have student backing on this issue,"
said Liz Jackson, RHA president.
The anti-Styrofoam resolution
passed unanimously by the RHA Thurs
day said Styrofoam and plastics
were hazardous to the environment
because they were not biodegradable
and therefore should not be used by
Carolina Dining Services.
Styrofoam and other plastics make
up a large part of Carolina Dining Serv
ices' packaging and serving plates,
Jackson said. Take-out meals, salads,
yogurt and hot beverages are all served
in Styrofoam containers.
Carolina Dining Services is run by
the Marriott Corporation, which uses
By AMY WAJDA
Assistant University Editor
The third University police officer
to be placed on leave during an investi
gation of stolen University property
was told to return to active duty Thurs
day night, The Chapel Hill Herald re
Capt. Paul Caldwell, who is the third
shift supervisor, was probably taken
off duty to facilitate the investigation,
said Kenneth Bagwell, Caldwell's at
By NANCY WYKLE
Although the Sept. 7 fire at the Zeta
Psi fraternity house left the building
gutted and members homeless, the fra
ternity is getting back on its feet with no
The fraternity, located in Little Fra
ternity Court, is uninhabitable, said rush
Blanks chosen from 8 Qyeen finalists,
crowned during Homecoming halftime
By LYNETTE BLAIR
Clutching the arm of her father,
Oscar Blanks, after she came off the
football field, a teary-eyed Tonya
Blanks was somewhat oblivious to
the light rain that fell during halftime
at Saturday's Homecoming game.
Instead, she focused on a whirl
wind of flowers, hugs, kisses and
congratulations. "Oh my gosh,"
Blanks said, just after being crowned
Carolina's 1989-90 Homecoming
Queen. "Oh my god."
Blanks, a senior English educa
tion major from Clarkton, was the
student body's choice for Homecom
ing Queen out of eight finalists.
"I didn't realize that so many
people had supported me," Blanks
said after the excitement died down.
"I'm honored that my peers had that
much faith in me to elect me as their
Homecoming Queen. I want to tell
the supporters 'thank you, thank you,
thank you.' "
Blanks road to the crown began
when she submitted an application
to the Carolina Athletic Association
(CAA) along with 22 other appli
cants. Basing selections on academ
ics, scholarship, character and serv
ice, the CAA narrowed the field down
A panel of judges then chose eight
of the 16 as finalists to make up the
Homecoming Court. As a final step,
the student body voted last Thurs
day, deciding who would wear the
Bronwen Griffith, vice president
of the CAA and chairwoman for the
Homecoming Queen selection,
helped to tally the votes and said that
while she didn't have exact figures,
Styrofoam packaging nationwide.
Jackson said the resolution was not
meant to be antagonistic, but to express
concern about the environment and to
do something about it.
Chris Derby, manager of the Caro
lina Dining Services division of Marri
ott, said Marriott had realized the prob
lem of non-biodegradable waste and
has been working on it nationwide.
"Marriott as a whole is moving
toward biodegradable products," he
said. "Over the summer we replaced all
of the Styrofoam cold (beverage) cups
with paper ones. It's a question of sav
ing forests or reducing landfills."
Marriott is now searching for a bio
degradable cup that could be used to
serve hot beverages in. "There is not an
effective hot cup on the market, not one
that satisfies our safety requirements,"
Derby said. "We need a cup that you
could hold walking from Lenoir to class
and not get burned."
Erica Kurz, a chairwoman of the
Campus Y's Student Environmental
Action Committee (SEAC), said the
"He was never suspended," Bagwell
said. "Paul has been paid all along, he's
just been told to stay away from the job.
"It was probably because the offi
cers who were charged were on that
shift, but we were never given any
specific allegations on Paul's part."
Caldwell still does not know why he
was taken off duty, said Officer Keith
Edwards. "It's been a trying time for
him. But he's glad to be back, and
fraternity works toward normality
chairman Jim White. Members will
probably not be able to live in the house
for the rest of the academic year, he
"Most everything was ruined," said
Cam Walker, Zeta Psi vice president.
"With all the water damage on the
clothing and stereo equipment, nothing
"My teddy bear is
sitting here with
the crown on.
Maybe if I keep
looking at him, the
idea will settle
more than 1,000 students voted.
"She (Blanks) was chosen by the
students as their representative as to
what the queen should exemplify,"
Blanks' duties as queen are few,
Griffith said. "It's more of an honor
rather than duties." At this point, Blanks'
only duty will be to help with next
year's Homecoming activities if pos
sible and crown the next queen.
Members of one of Blanks' spon
sors, the Black Student Movement
(BSM), were ecstatic over her win.
"We worked very hard to get her to be
Homecoming Queen," said Kim
McLean, BSM president. "We talked
to everyone we knew. I'm just glad that
the people we spoke to went to vote."
As for Blanks, the idea of being
queen hasn't really hit her yet, she said.
"It's going to take some time. My teddy
bear is sitting here with the crown on.
Maybe if I keep looking at him, the idea
will settle in."
Ain't nobody never told you
group stood behind the RHA resolu
tion. "The proposal is a good first step,
but the problem is not so simple. With
paper products, there is the problem of
deforestation. Also, paper cups cov
ered with wax (like the ones used by
Marriott) cannot be recycled. Dispos
able products as a whole cause prob
lems." Jackson said she thought Marriott
might save money by using paper prod
ucts, but Derby said paper products
were more expensive.
Derby said there would not be an
increase in food prices as Marriott
switched to biodegradable containers.
"We will absorb the cost of the change
over. Food prices will not go up. We
must be in tune to the environment, and
this is the cost."
Marriott is also looking at biode
gradable plastics, Derby said. These
plastics are combined with organic
molecules to allow microorganisms in
the environment to break the plastics
See STYROFOAM., page 2
to duty after
we're glad to have him back."
Robert Sherman, UNC public safety
director, said Sunday he could not
comment on the investigation or the
employees involved. "I'm not at liberty
to discuss it. It's an employee-employer
University police said Thursday that
they and the State Bureau of Investiga
tion had completed the investigation,
that no further charges were expected
to be filed, and that no other action
Fifty percent of the building was
charred, and the third floor was de
stroyed, Walker said.
The fraternity has finished the pa
perwork for the insurance claim, but
has not gotten the check. Members are
expecting about $150,000 from the
The national chapter of Zeta Psi gave
Former BSM President Kenneth
u j 4 fj t .
Cheerleaders Shea Roberts and Brad Armstrong
join the crowd in rooting for the football team
would be taken in connection with the
University police removed Caldwell,
dispatcher Michael Curtis, and officer
Elliott Edwards from active duty Sept.
6 in connection with the investigation
of break-ins at the UNC Physical Plant's
Later that day, Curtis and his wife
Nancy committed suicide outside their,
home off N.C. Highway 54 west of
members living in the house several
thousand dollars to cover immediate
expenses such as books, Walker said.
This money will not fully cover the
cost of repairs, so alumni from around
the state are organizing a fundraising
effort this week for the fraternity, he
The full cost of repairs will be about
Perry escorts Tonya Blanks
to quit. William Faulkner
Elliott Edwards, 28, of 4510 Bump
ers Road, Chapel Hill, was charged
Sept. 1 1 by University police and the
SBI with two counts of breaking and
entering and larceny in connection with
break-ins Sept. 3 and Sept. 4 at the
center, which is at the intersection of
Airport Road and Estes Drive. Three
answering machines and two tele
phones, together valued at about $720,
Elliott Edwards was released under
$800,000, Walker said.
The nine members living in the house
lost all their possessions. They will all
be compensated under their parents'
homeowners insurance, he said.
The Red Cross helped James Har
grave, the fraternity's custodian, Walker
said. The fire started in Hargrave's
Participants march on
as parade weathers rain
By JASON KELLY
Cool weather and gray skies couldn't
rain on UNC's Homecoming parade
Saturday afternoon, as about 400 people
gathered to watch the annual event,
which this year featured 71 marching
Alison Nipp, the Carolina Athletic
Association officer in charge of the
parade, said the parade was unaffected
by the rain. "For the most part, a parade
Liz Jackson, Residence Hall Asso
ciation president and a judge for the
float contest, said the rain did not deter
any of the participants. "The parade
was a big sucess, and the rain did not
dampen our spirits."
Twenty-seven golf carts and 1 1 floats
participated in the parade. Bands from
the Naval Academy and area high
schools joined the Marching Tar Heels
in the parade.
Stephanie Ahlschwede, leader of the
student government Kazoo band
which included Student Body Presi
dent Brien Lewis said the rain caused
some difficulties, but did not hamper
the parade. "I was pleased at how well
the Kazoo band did. Our float stayed
together, unlike some others, and the
band was good. We had some minor
technical difficulties because of the rain,
though kazoos don't play when
they're wet. So we had to play upside
down the whole way. But the parade
was really fantastic."
Gene Davis, Student Congress
speaker, rode in the parade in his Carolina-blue
convertible Volkswagen bug.
Davis rode in the back throwing candy
to the crowd. An unidentified heckler
was seen throwing a water balloon at
Davis, but it missed and hit the car.
The parade began in the Ramsgate
parking lot at 1 1:30 a.m., and progressed
during Homecoming festivities at the Franklin
Street Extravaganza Friday night.
$2,000 bond and has been fired by
Todd Lyght, 24, of 710 Gomains
Ave., Chapel Hill, was charged Sept.
1 1 with two counts of receiving stolen
property. Lyght is not a University
Keith Edwards said the treatment of
Elliott Edwards and Caldwell, who are
black, during the investigation showed
a discrepancy in discipline of black and
white University police officers.
The members who were living in the
house have found apartments or houses
to stay in, Walker said.
The fraternity has been able to func
tion without the house, Walker said.
Members have been mixing with
members of other fraternities, and all
the Zeta Psi members are still paying
house bills for meals and expenses.
to Franklin Street. Between 900 and
1 ,000 people participated in the parade,
Nipp said. The award ceremony pre
sented prizes to Carmichael Residence
Hall's golf cart and the Catholic New
man Center's float.
The winning golf cart from
Carmichael Residence Hall was de
signed to look like a ship with a manne
quin dressed in sailor's clothes walking
the plank. The cart was emblazoned
with "Make Navy walk the plank."
Morrison had the runner-up cart,
which had the logo "Burial at UNSea."
Other golf carts were mostly from resi
Only six of the floats were consid
ered in the judging, because the rules
specified no factory-made floats would
be judged. This year's winner was the
Catholic Newman Center, whose float
was a sinking ship with a football pro
truding from it.
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