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Sunny High around 70 Friday: Sunny High in 70s mm Threshold registration forms Available in the Pit O S3 Serving the students and the University community since 1893 Volume 97, Issue 77 Thursday, October 26, 1989 Chapel Hill, North Carolina NewsSportsArts Business Advertising 962-0245 962-1163 affect hi 0 tLQ S D TQ HP TTh h n rv ft . Renovations By WILL SPEARS Assistant University Editor Housing department officials are looking at ways to conserve campus energy use, and they may be forced to delay the scheduled 1990-91 renova tion of Graham Residence Hall up to four years because of increases in the cost of University utilities. The construction of a new power plant caused the increase in University utilities rates, and further increases are expected, said Wayne Kuncl, housing director. Electric rates for UNC have increased 18 percent, steam rates 19 percent, and water and sewage about 6 percent, Kuncl said. The housing department is absorb ing the cost increases for this year, but may have to postpone the renovation of Graham as a result, he said. "If we feel we are financially unable to do Gra ham, we may delay it for one year." The housing department will decide by the semester's end whether to post pone Graham's scheduled renovation. NDoe oral do a Dice oyestnoinied By BILL TAGGART Staff Writer Students voiced concern Wednes day over a possible reduction in noise levels permitted under Chapel Hill's noise ordinance. "My position on any change at all is that it is absolutely unnecessary," said Bill Hildebolt, the student liaison to the Chapel Hill Town Council and external affairs director of student government. The only change to the noise ordi nance that the council is considering would reduce the noise tolerance level to 70 decibels (dB), said council mem ber Art Werner. Town Manager David Taylor and his staff suggested the change, which will be considered by the council over the next few weeks. The council removed the issue from Monday's agenda because students were out of town for Fall Break. A possible reduction to 50 dB is only a suggestion presented to the council McCCimiley starts appeal process for hoooir coo By MIKE SUTTON Staff Writer Student activist Dale McKinley will go before the University Hearings Board early next week to appeal a Graduate Student Court verdict that may prevent him from continuing to teach at the University. McKinley was found guilty on Oct. 1 8 of trespassing and willfully obstruct Departments deciding whether to include academic minors By KENNY MONTEITH Staff Writer Many academic departments and school leaders at UNC have met with their faculty members to discuss the possibility of having an academic minor and have made specific decisions on the proposal. 3V h' Doggone it ..-.-.V.W.. V A - H ': - :- X t i I- i i X ' 1 h - " - -V J - -4 - A i l . .-w A I : .xJ 4 - - O l Sir ivj Seniors Caroline Payne (left) of Reidsville and Suzanne Nelson of Wilmington take Dillon and may be delayed; saving energy urged "It's a pretty difficult decision we're dealing with," Kuncl said. If Graham's renovation is postponed, it may be postponed for as much as four years, Kuncl said. Next in line for reno vation, after Graham, are Old West, Old East and Aycock residence halls, he said. The University would like the reno vation of Old East to be completed by UNC's 200th anniversary, and a post ponement of Graham's renovation would probably put it after Aycock in the renovation sequence, Kuncl said. "If we delay Graham for one year, we may have to skip Graham for a number of years." The decision will be made before room registrations, so Graham residents will know where they stand when they apply for housing, Kuncl said. "We need to give them some consideration." Residence Hall Association Presi dent Liz Jackson said she would sup port the postponement of Graham's renovation if it is necessary. "I would by the Pritchard and Church Street Residents Group, Werner said. At the Oct. 9 council meeting, the group re-introduced the idea of amend ing the noise ordinance. Its recommen dation called for a noise tolerance level of 50 dB, a ban on all noise permits and a stopping time of 9 p.m. for bands. Werner said the residents' proposal was unnecessarily extreme, but he thought the council would adopt some change. Fraternity presidents disagreed with the need for a change in the ordinance. "Any reduction would be too much," said Mark Smith, president of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. "Right now it's at a level that's reasonable. I think it rep resents a compromise between the town and the students." . . Town residents should recognize the special adjustments they have to make because they live in Chapel Hill, Smith said. ing the operations of the University during an April 1988 anti-CIA protest in Hanes Hall. He was put on definite probation, which prohibits him from officially representing the University or from participating in any extracur ricular activities. Jeffrey Cannon, assistant dean of students and judicial programs officer, said teaching a class fell under the Gillian Cell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, sent a letter this month to the various academic depart ments asking them to discuss the feasi bility of an academic minor, which the academic affairs committee introduced and proposed to the Faculty Council in the fall of 1988. Wi I4, And in today already walks tomorrow. Samuel rather see them postpone Graham for one year than get in over their head financially." To help combat the rising utility costs, Kuncl has appointed three stu dents and four housing officials to a task force exploring options for energy conservation in campus buildings. Larry Hicks, associate director of housing for business affairs and a member of the committee, said there are several areas in which students, faculty and administrators can conserve energy. The use of double-paned glass and chilled water lines instead of win dow air conditioning could help de crease utility costs, he said. The most obvious way for students to conserve energy is to watch their use of electricity, Kuncl said. "There's not a lot students can do about steam. But students do have control over electric ity. They can turn off lights when they're not in the room, turn off the television if they're not watching it and not run the air conditioner when they're not in 'They need to realize they're living in a college town. There need to be compromises. Students should be aware of the community, and the community should be aware of the students." Chi Psi fraternity notifies nearby residents before parties and asks them to call the fraternity with complaints before they call the police, said presi dent David Samuels. A reduction in the tolerance level to 50 dB would be too drastic, he said. Creating "noise zones" within the town might be a better solution, he said. Council member Julie Andresen suggested noise zones at the Oct. 19 town council candidates forum. Hildebolt said that he thought the council would pass the 70 dB level but that the 50 dB change was. meaning less. Some members of the council real ize the change is useless, and some think a change should be made, Hilde terms of the probation. McKinley, a doctoral student, teaches Political Sci ence 59, a course on contemporary Africa. McKinley said he would be-allowed to teach the class during the appeals process. "According to the rules that they follow, after the honor court trial as long as the appeal goes on it (the Gerhard Weinberg, acting chairman of the history department, said his department had many reservations on the academic minor. "One is do we have the resources to provide for any additional enrollments that might come that way? I think there is concern, and that concern is reinforced by the possi DTHSchuyler Brown Polka Dot for a walk across campus. Senior Tess Fernandez of Charlotte owns Dillon. the room." The committee will concentrate on reducing electricity and water use, but even that will be difficult, Hicks said. "It's kind of like a flea on the back of a dog how much control can you get?" Hicks said it would be important for the committee to act. "To me, a com mittee has to be something other than a recommendation committee. The committee has to react as well." Last year's utility costs exceeded $2 million, and could be as much as $3 million in the next few years, Hicks said. Utility costs are about 20 percent of the housing department's budget, he said. "A 20 percent increase on a $2 mil lion budget is pretty steep." It is difficult to determine the effect energy conservation will have on the University's utilities bill, Hicks said. "It's hard to say. There are things we can do that 1 know will curb it how much, I can't say." bolt said. There is a problem with students trampling on the rights of "non-residents," Hildebolt said, and the students have to come to grips with that fact. But to this point, residents have not discussed the problems with the stu dents themselves, Hildebolt said. They have called the police or sent com plaints to the town council. "Unless residents are willing to talk directly to students, nothing's going to get done. If there's not going to be mutual respect, we're not going to get anywhere. "It's not that we need to make a tougher noise ordinance or tougher laws," Hildebolt continued. "We have to figure out what the problem is." A better way to address the problem would be face-to-face meetings between residents who file complaints and the students who caused the complaint, he said. sentence) doesn't take effect." However, McKinley said if the case moved beyond University jurisdiction into civil court, he was unsure if the sentence of the Graduate Student Court would take effect, and he could be barred from teaching. If the hearings board, a five-member panel of faculty and students, rejects McKinley's appeal when it hears the bility that some other larger depart ments, by student size, may decide and some have already announced that they will not offer any minor." The School of Journalism is one school that will probably not offer an academic minor, said Richard Cole, dean of the school. "I just don't think it Housing survey report released By JEFF D. HILL Staff Writer Satisfaction with the noise level in UNC residence halls has increased in the past year, but about one-quarter of campus residents are still dissatisfied with the noise level in their halls, and more than one-fifth rated their resi dence halls to be in fair to poor physical condition, according to a housing de partment report. "In the general case, the data suggest that the department continues to pro vide a safe, healthy living environment for students who live in University owned residence halls," the introduc tion of the report said. The report, based on the results of a random survey of residents, gives the department generally high marks. Sylvester Taylor, assistant director of housing, prepared the survey and re port. Significant improvements have been made in the quality of academic envi ronment, such as noise levels, the re port said. The survey, conducted in spring 1989, found 28.7 percent of those sur veyed were dissatisfied. In contrast, a spring 1988 survey showed 39.5 per cent were dissatisfied. Wayne Kuncl, housing director, said a number of factors had helped sensi LVT Tt iiiiii, nil i. 4: I,, . Bi'iTininmmmiai Oh pleeeease : r T-IwLv.vv.sv.-.'.-.-.v v I Jsttrr$ ? - i KJ f j j f iLis ,f" , w -i jr i i t.v.-x: , ?; ; Sf . f ? ' J v Travis Tygart begs for his wallet from friends Chad Fleming (left) and Matt Becker on the third floor of Old West. case Oct. 30 or 31, the next level is a Chancellor's Committee, and finally, the Board of Trustees. McKinley said he had reservations about the Board of Trustees' ability to render an objective decision. "Given the fact that the Board of Trustees' statement started this whole thing they called us (the protesters) 'terror ists' and everything it (the appeals would be appropriate. The journalism enrollment has grown over the past few years and is now the fourth biggest in the number of students' majors. "We've raised our (minimum) grade point average to 2.2 for this semester, and it will be 2.4 in the spring. If we had a minor, the students who couldn't get tize students to the noise problem. He credits the decrease in dissatisfaction with noise to stepped-up efforts by resident assistants and area directors, signs posted in residence halls, clearer language in housing contract books and programs by Al Calarco, associate housing director. Residence halls were rated to be in fair or poor physical condition by 20.8 percent of the respondents. This is a slight increase from last year's 18.3 percent. But the percentage of students who had unreported repair needs dropped from 49.8 percent to 11.1 percent. "We've added a number of new employees to both our maintenance and housekeeping staffs and so our ability to respond in terms of timeliness to housekeeping and maintenance concerns has increased," Kuncl said. The survey showed that residents did not see opportunities to express opinions on housing issues. Of those surveyed, 42.8 percent said they were dissatisfied. Only 20.2 percent of the 1988 respondents were dissatisfied. "The Residence Hall Association and housing have been charged by the Housing Advisory Board to take at look at (opportunities for input) and determine why there is an increase there (in dissatisfied students)," Taylor said. Taylor Coleridge r V DTHCatherine Pinckert rt veirdidt process) is condemning me before a body that has made known its posi tion." His appeal will contend that the honor court's decision violated his right to due process, he said. McKinley said that by excluding testimony from his witnesses about CIA See McKINLEY, page 6 into the school would try to minor in journalism." Cole also cited increasing enroll ment for journalism majors and limited space as two reasons for deciding against instituting a journalism minor. See MINORS, page 6 According to the report, students generally feel safe in University hous ing, but may take unnecessary risks. See SURVEY, page 3 Getting your kicks Theta Chi fraternity warms up for Soccer Shootout 3 Earth-shaking news Geologists say N.C. safe from killer quakes 4 All Bull this time Michael Jordan comes home to Smith Center fans 7 City and campus 3 State and national 4 Business 5 Arts and features .....is Sports 7 Classifieds 8 Comics 9 Omnibus insert I Bnside ft

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