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Volume 97, Issue 64
Thursday, October 5, 1989
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ftilitfes rate hike to affect dom irmitt
Higher utility rates for the Univer
sity and a new power plant will cause
rent increases next year for students
who live in residence halls, perhaps by
as much as 18 percent.
. "Because of added costs for utilities,
we'll have to have larger than normal
rent increases for next year," said Wayne
Kuncl, director of University housing.
Utility rates across the campus, not
just for the residence halls, were raised
by 18 percent for electricity and 19
percent for steam, Kuncl said. The
increases are part of the funding for the
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Dance bar calls off dress code
after claims of discrimination
By TOM PARKS
On the Hill, a downtown dance bar,
is no longer enforcing a dress code
some of the bar's regulars and a former
employee called discriminatory.
Michael Fischer, a former bouncer
at On the Hill, said Tuesday that the
purpose of the dress code, which was
instituted only last week, was to ex
clude homosexuals and people wear
ing "alternative" styles of clothing. '
Sheila Brown, On the Hill's man
ager, said Tuesday the intent of the
code was to keep out people who were
hurting the bar's business, and the code
was not meant to keep homosexuals out
of On the Hill.
. - On Sept. 26, Brown said she told the
bar's bouncers that the bar had a new
dress code. She said that she did not
recall the exact words she used to ex
plain the code, but that the intent of the
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new power plant at the UNC Physical
The housing department annually
puts together its budget and rate struc
ture in January, after making cost pro
jections based on the previous six
months, Kuncl said. After the budget
and rates are approved, they apply for
the whole fiscal year, July 1 to June 30.
This year, University housing raised
room rates about 5 percent, he said. The
department then found out about the
"We found out later, after rates were
already established, that the utilities
were going to go up. It was too late to go
code was to keep out people who, by
their dress would offend the bar's tar
get crowd, typical students.
Brown said she told On the Hill's
bouncers, "Oh, by the way, we want
more of a college crowd." The boun
cers collect the cover charge from pa
trons and check identification at the
Tuesday night the dress code was
not in effect. Brown said another such
dress code may go into effect in the
future, but only after she has put the
policy in writing. "As of right now, I
don't have the dress code in writing.
The door people and floor people
(bouncers) are on hold."
Fischer of 605 Jones Ferry Road
worked as a bouncer at On the Hill until
last Tuesday night. He quit because of
difficulties he had with the bar's new
Fischer said Brown told him and one
other bouncer last Monday that they
should turn away people who violated
the bar's new dress code. Fischer said
the code forbid men who wore more
than one earring or "too much black."
"What she meant was not earrings in
just one ear but in both ears," he said.
Fischer said he decided to quit be
fore coming to work the next day be
cause he had many friends who would
be excluded from the bar because of the
way they dressed.
"I walked into the bar with a scowl
on my face and just sat there and got
angrier and angrier." Fischer said he
worked the door that night and did not
enforce the code, because he felt it
would be hypocritical.
Although Tuesday night of this week
was a "ladies' night" and women were
to be admitted free of charge, Wendy
Russ of N.C. Highway 54 Bypass said
she was charged $3 to get in. She was
wearing a black dress and scarf.
Brown said she did not give the
bouncers at the door specific instruc
back to the students and make another
The room rents next year will have to
make up for the higher utility rates
because they were not counted on,
"We'll have to go into catch-up mode.
We're likely to have larger than normal
increases because of the catch-up and
the normal (utility) rate increase asso
ciated with the power plant."
Kuncl predicted a 1 2 percent increase
in room rent for next year, with 8 per
cent for the utilities alone. Larger-than-normal
increases could continue for the
following two years as well, he said.
Perspectives may be separated
By WILL SPEARS
Assistant University Editor
An administrative committee is
considering ways to separate the Gen
eral College math and foreign language
requirements, administrators said
Students are now required to take
either one math class and a foreign
language through the fourth level or
two math classes and a foreign lan
guage through the third level.
Low founds cause
By BETH MECKLEY
The University libraries have had to
cancel $60,000 worth of serial sub
scriptions in the past year because of a
minimal increase in state funding.
The libraries only received a 1.2
percent increase in state funding for
this fiscal year, according to a report
prepared by James Govan, University
librarian. These allocations fal 1 far short
of the increased costs of needed mate
rials, Govan said. Costs of books have
increased by 6 percent, standing orders
have increased by 6 percent, and serials
have increased by 9 percent.
'This is the fourth year we've gone
without a significant increase (in state
funding)," Govan said.
The outlook for future funding is
grim, he added. "Higher education just
doesn't seem to be a very big priority
on the General Assembly's list."
John Shipman, University bibliog
rapher, also said he didn't expect the
situation to change in the near future.
"We're hoping that next year the legis
lature will address these issues."
Because of the lack of sufficient
funding, next semester's students may
tions to turn any customers away on
account of their dress or to charge dif
ferent covers based on a customer's
But some of the bar's customers did
come to Brown and say they had been
overcharged for no apparent reason,
she said. The bar does have different
cover rates for those over and under 2 1 ,
and for the past two weeks women have
been admitted free. The complaints
could have arisen over confusion about
the rates, Brown said.
"I wasn't at the door. I'm sure I don't
know the damage that was done."
Brown said that since last Tuesday
many people had come to her to com
plain about the bar's new policy. They
told her they would protest to the Chapel
Hill Town Council and local newspa
pers and post fliers on campus, she said.
Fliers reading "Boycott On the Hill"
have appeared in campus buildings.
Town council member Joe Herzen
berg said Monday he had heard rumors
about the bar's dress code, but could
not comment further until he knew more
about the situation.
Brown said she did not mean for the
dress code to be taken as it has been.
"I do apologize for people having
been offended. I never meant for that to
"I knew people were offended, but
we can't be tagged as a wierdo bar. One
person can run away a lot of people
even though that person is trying to
When the bar opened this summer,
the management wanted the bar to have
a progressive format, like Barry's H in
Raleigh, and gave the disc jockeys free
dom to play whatever music they
wished, Brown said.
She said the decision to change the
bar's musical format and institute a
dress code was implemented, in part,
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Rent increases, usually geared to
match the general inflation rate, have
been between 3 percent and 5 percent
the last few years, but increases have
been has large as 18 percent since he
has been at the University, Kuncl said.
Kuncl has been at UNC since 1983.
University housing has started work
ing with the Residence Hall Associa
tion (RHA) on energy-saving meas
ures, he said.
'The goal is to put in some sort of
conservation measures and find a way
to reduce energy consumption.
"I've put a challenge out to RHA,
and I'd like to see what we can do about
"It's possible that we may separate
these requirements," said Gillian Cell,
dean of the College of Arts and Sci
ences. The committee, composed of Dean
of General Education Darryl Gless,
Associate Dean of General College
Donald Jicha and four representatives
from the Department of Romance
Languages, will draft a proposal and
present it to the Administrative Boards
of the College of Arts and Sciences and
find that some of the materials they
want from the libraries will not be there,
Shipman said. 'The quality of the
publications for students is diminish
mg. Despite the financial setbacks, the
library is going to try to at least main
tain the same number of books and
serial titles that it had last year, Ship
man said. "The goal of the library is to
provide the resources and materials that
students need, and we're doing every
thing we can to ensure that this is done."
The Friends of the Library group is
trying to ease the library system's fi
nancial strains. The organization is a
support group that tries to raise aware
ness of the needs of the library, said
Michele Fletcher, a member of Friends
of the Library and a director of the
development center for the library.
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reducing electrical use by 10 percent."
If University housing can reduce
usage by 10 percent, it can break even
for the year, said Liz Jackson, RHA
Regardless of any decrease in en
ergy use, room rent will probably still
go up 10 to 12 percent next year, she
said. But cutting down on consumption
could avoid any increase over that.
"We really encourage everyone to
do all they can to decrease their energy
usage," Jackson said. "Because in the
long run it cost us less money."
Kuncl attended an RHA board meet
ing where he asked area governors to
the General College, Gless said. He
said the Faculty Council would make a
"We will engage in discussions of
revised math and foreign language
requirements. We will discuss a way of
separating the requirements. Many
administrators feel the linkage is artifi
cial." Gless said he didn't know if changes
would also occur in the number of math
and foreign language classes students
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encourage conservation in their areas,
Michael Schmier, Olde Campus area
governor, said the area government was
working with the area director's office
on the conservation program.
Schmier said he told residence hall
governments in his area that unless
energy usage was decreased dramati
cally, room rent would go up 1 8 percent
next year. The governments were in
structed to notify residents of the situ
ation. "My job is to get word to all students
as fast as I can and back it up with more
specifics later," Schmier said.
are required to take. "It's possible, but
our aim is not to intensify or reduce any
requirements. The effort started and
remains to improve mathematics."
Hannelore Jarausch, a lecturer in the
Department of Romance Languages,
said she was taking an informal poll in
fourth level foreign language classes to
determine how many of the students
are taking level four to avoid taking a
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