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Volume 97, Issue 66
Monday, October 9, 1989
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By MIKE SUTTON
After more than two years of post
ponements and legal wrangling, the
grievance hearing of the University's
only black female police officer, who
accused the department of racist hiring
and promotion practices, hit another
snag last week when UNC's lawyer
filed motions to dismiss the grievance
and delay the hearing.
Alan McSurely, lawyer for Officer
Keith Edwards, said Saturday that N.C.
Assistant Attorney General Lars Nance,
representing the University, filed the
motion to dismiss the Step 4 grievance
Sept. 29 and the motion to postpone the
hearing Oct. 5, four days before it was
scheduled to begin.
Masaznoe iraim'ks UNC
By JASON KELLY
UNC was ranked 1 8th overall and
fourth among public universities in
the U.S. News & World Report's
annual survey of universities across
Last year, UNC ranked 23rd over
all, but third among public universi
ties. The University of California at
Berkeley, UCLA and the University
of Michigan are ranked higher among
public schools in this year's issue,
which goes on sale today.
The University of Virginia, which
had been rated above UNC last year
dropped out of the top 20 national
"This is an opinion survey, and it
Councils work to gain advisers
By LYNETTE BLAIR
Fearing possible breakdowns within
their organizations, the Panhellenic
Council and the Inter-Fraternity Coun
cil (IFC) are working with the Univer-.
sity to fill a vacant adviser position.
The council, made up of two repre
sentatives from each of the 12 tradi
tionally white sororities, sets the rules
for the sororities, handles controver
sies within the Greek system and serves
as a liaison between the system and the
University. It also organizes and con
The IFC, made up of at least one
member from each of the 23 tradition
ally white fraternities, serves as a
communication outlet between the fra
ternities and an official link between
the fraternities and the University.
In late September, Lee Marks re
signed from her job as adviser for the
council and IFC. The Student Affairs
Division is now advising both organi
zations. Dean of Students Frederic Schroe
der said student affairs was working on
filling the position as soon as possible.
"I certainly hope that we can work in
that time frame (by January)."
He also said that certain aspects of
the hiring process would cause the
process to take some time. "One, we
need to find the best person for the
Devil in Blue Heaven
Brian Sentowski, a Duke University soccer recruit
from Long Island, N.Y., shells peanuts as he
If two people love each other there can be
A Step 4 grievance hearing, held
before an administrative trial judge, is
the highest level of appeal for a state
employee. Eight University police of
ficers, including Edwards, filed com
plaints that discrimination played a role
in a decision to promote 13 white offi
cers in June 1987. Only Edwards con
tinued to appeal the grievance beyond
the Step 2 level.
McSurely said that after a confer
ence call Friday with Nance and the
judge who will preside over the hear
ing, the judge decided to postpone it
and hold a pre-hearing conference
Tuesday at 9 a.m.
At that point, the judge can dismiss
the case, ask Edwards to further clarify
her charges against the University, or
shows how well UNC is regarded
around the country," Chancellor Paul
Hardin said Sunday. "I am very grate
ful for the high regard shown by the
The importance of the survey lies in
that UNC is recognized as one of the
strongest schools in the country, Har
"The survey is highly subjective.
I'm not deprecating the survey, but I
am not impressed with the actual
number (of the ranking) because the
survey cannot be scientific, even though
U.S. News added some empirical data
to make the results sounder."
U.S. News & WorldReport's method
of rating universities has been in effect
since last year. The ratings are based
position and two, applicants must be
reviewed by the personnel office. Both
of these things put a time crimp on it."
Senior Eileen Dordek, who is in
charge of sororityfraternity relations
for the Panhellenic Council and is a
liaison to the Black Greek Council,
said her council badly needed an ad
viser because of the enormous amount
of work involved.
"It's a big job. There are a lot of legal
issues, University issues that come into
play. We have to get grades. We have a
ranking of all the sororities so they
know who is eligible for voting. We
need someone to get those grades."
Conducting rush is a major task for
the council as well, Dordek said. "Rush
is a very complicated business. During
rush, mothers throughout the country
call asking questions. Other universi
Dordek said that normally the ad
viser would handle all the calls and
questions. However, because the posi
tion is vacant and student affairs does
not have the time needed to devote to
the job, a lot of the work is left to the
council's president, Becky Mustard.
"Our president is overloaded with a
job she has never had to do," Dordek
Mustard agreed that her job differed
now because of added responsibilities
but said that her concern was whether
reschedule the hearing.
The motion to delay the hearing came
after McSurely asked to subpoena 34
witnesses on Edwards' behalf.
"The essence of his motion was that
he (Nance) didn't know who a lot of the
witnesses were, and he was worried
that (calling) a lot of police department
witnesses would short-staff the depart
ment," McSurely said. He added that
he had no intention of calling all the
police witnesses simultaneously.
The motion to dismiss was based on
the claim that after the June 1987 reor
ganization that sparked the grievance,
the University police department re
worked the promotions and Edwards
did not reapply, McSurely said, "and
therefore, she's lost any of her right to
upon a survey of college and univer
sity presidents, but also include
evaluations of academic deans,
admissions officers and other objec
Objective rankings gathered
from the College Board's Annual
Survey of American Colleges are
considerations such as resources
available for educational program
resources, the quality of the student
body as determined by admissions
selectivity, quality of faculty, and
retention and graduation rates.
UNC Provost Dennis O'Connor
said that he hadn't seen the rankings
yet, but that UNC's upward move
See U.S. NEWS, page 4
the council could maintain consistency
in running its affairs if it goes without
an adviser too long.
During rush, for example, an adviser
who has worked with the council for a
number of years could explain to in
coming members such things as rules
and things that need to be done.
The need for an adviser even affects
the council on a national level, Mustard
said. "He (Schroeder) is very willing to
help us, but the national officers would
rather speak to someone who is a Greek
adviser. The adviser will know more
about what is going on."
She also stressed the fact that an
adviser could give the council guid
ance it would not normally have. "An
adviser can find out trends as to what
works on this campus. I worked with
the adviser we had for four years and it
was good for me to bounce my ideas off
While the council is anxious for the
University to fill the adviser position as
soon as possible, the IFC said that right
now it didn's have an urgent need.
"We're not going downhill because
we don't have an adviser," said IFC
president Sterling Gilreath. "Things get
hectic during fraternity structured rush,
but right now we're going through a
lull. Nothing extensive."
See ADVISERS, page 2
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afternoon. For complete coverage, see page 1 0.
complain about that."
McSurely said he would argue that
Edwards felt she had been passed over
for the promotions in favor of less
qualified white males, and that reap
plying wouldn't have changed the situ
ation. I don't think I'm going to be able to
stand more delays on the University
side, stalling tactics they're using,"
Edwards said. "Why waitlmtil the week
before the hearing?
"I felt so close. (Despite) all the
stress and hardships that I had endured
since 1987, it seemed like I was begin
ning to see the light at the end of the
tunnel. I'm hoping and praying that it's
resolved this year before Christmas.
Surely I don't want to go into another
Homeless, rally oncludes
roup from Chapel Hi
By STEPHANIE JOHNSTON
About 110 UNC students and 10
Chapel Hill community members took
part in "Housing Now," a national rally
held in Washington, D.C., over the
weekend to draw attention to the prob
lem of homelessness in the United
"It was the most amazing experience
I have ever had," said Lori Marks, a
junior from Tunkhannock, Pa. "I got
the best feeling because there were
hundreds of thousands of people all
marching for the same reason. It was
such a high."
Before the rally at the Capitol, some
of the 250,000 to 300,000 participants
marched from the Washington Monu
ment to the Capitol. During the five
hour rally the protesters sang, chanted
and listened to speeches. Among the
speakers were Jesse Jackson and Ben
jamin Hooks, president of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People. Performers and actors
such as Tracy t Chapman, Jefferson
Airplane, Stevie Wonder, Christopher
Reeves, Martin Sheen and Oprah
Winfrey also participated in the rally.
Gene Davis, speaker of Student
Congress, said one of the most power
ful events of the rally was when the
group of "a couple of hundred thousand
sang 'We Shall Overcome.' "
He said, "I had read so much about
marches in Washington, but until you're
a part of it you don't understand."
Tony Deifell, co-chairman of the
Campus Y, said that although there
were a lot of homeless people who
participated in the rally, it was ironic to
have celebrities talking about the issue
"The rally didn't focus enough on
the people themselves but on the issue.
One time when the celebrities were
speaking, the crowd starting chanting
"The homeless don't have TVs.' "
The Student Homelessness Outreach
Coalition (SHOC), a committee of the
Campus Y, organized and made the
preparations for the Chapel Hill group
that attended the rally.
"We want to raise awareness about
homelessness," said Trey Loughran,
co-chairman of SHOC. "There is a lack
of emphasis on low-income housing.
Something needs to be done now in the
nation and in the community.'
Marks said she participated in the
rally because she felt that there was too
much money spent on things other than
"I slept out in the Pit (with other
See SHOC, page 2
Hoooir court to hear
anfi-Q A protesters
By AMY WAJDA
Assistant University Editor
The student court cases of CIA Ac
tion Committee (CIAAC) members
Jerry Jones and Dale Mckinley will
resume Oct. 16, more than one and a
half years after the activists were ar
rested in anti-CIA protests.
Ruth Dowling, Undergraduate Court
chairwoman, said Jones' case would be
heard at an open hearing at 6 p.m. in
209 Manning Hall.
McKinley said he requested an open
hearing in a meeting last Friday with
Graduate Student Attorney General
Todd Harrell. "I'm waiting for a reply
on that," McKinley said Sunday. "I
expect there would be no problem with
"I'm not willing to participate in a
Harrell said he could not comment
no happy end to it. Ernest Hemingway
year with this same grievance."
Department morale has plunged since
the grievances were filed, Edwards said.
"The camaraderie between the officers
on the line, it was one of the atmosphere
of a large family. (Now) you've got
blacks against blacks, blacks against
whites, whites against whites; all these
problems we didn't have before the
McSurely said he felt that Edwards
had a very strong case. "We clearly
want a finding that there has been racial
and gender discrimination and retali
ation against Officer Edwards for pro
testing discriminatory practices at the
department over the years.
"We want people to know that she's
not making this thing up," he contin
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Morgan Pleasant, 5, attends the Washington rally
on specific cases.
Police arrested Jones, McKinley and
six other committee members April 1 5,
1988, during a protest of CIA recruit
ment at University Career Planning and
Placement Services (UCPPS), on the
second floor of Hanes Hall.
The students lay on the floor of the
UCPPS work area for about 30 min
utes. They held hands, sang protest
hymns, and read and answered ques
tions about the CIA. Police arrested the
protesters and carried them out of the
building after the students refused
UCPPS officials' orders to leave.
One of the eight students graduated
in May 1988. The Undergraduate Court
convicted five others Sept. 29, 1988, of
obstructing the normal operation of the
University. The activists were acquit-
See COURT, page 2
ued. "It's for real. We want to legiti
mize what Officer Edwards says for
someone to pay attention to what's
going on over there (at the police de
partment)." Sherman said that race "should not"
be a factor in hiring police personnel,'
and declined to comment on what the
department's defense strategy would
be at the hearing.
"The hiring process is what it's
always been," he said, adding that the
department would hire the most quali
fied personnel, regardless of race.
The case has not cast a shadow over
department morale, Sherman said. "I
believe the department has followed
the normal procedure."
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Welcoming a 'Foreigner'
Lab Theatre opens season
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Volleyball team conquers
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Career Fair '89
Advice and information for job
City, campus and state 3
Sports Monday... 10