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Volume 97, Issue 90
Tuesday, November 14, 1989
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By TOM PARKS
The Chapel Hill Town Council did
not change the noise ordinance Mon
day, but the members voted unani
mously to reconstitute the Noise Ordi
nance Monitoring Committee to report
to the council on the matter.
The council refused to take action
despite requests by town residents that
the council eliminate noise permits and
lower the allowable decibels (dBs). But
the council may still change the ordi
nance after the committee has met.
"What we currently have on the
Saluting the past
John D. Kennedy (left), a member
Post 9100 in Chapel Hill, salutes
Leaders call for further steps to raise
By BRYAN TYSON
Recent increases in black enrollment
in the UNC system and at UNC-Chapel
Hill are a significant accomplishment,
but more needs to be done to increase
enrollment and retention, University
officials and black student leaders said
The Board of Governors released
University may pioneer
limits on hardwood use
By WILL SPEARS
Assistant University Editor
UNC may become the first Univer
sity in the nation to adopt a policy
minimizing its use of tropical hard
woods, resulting from the efforts of
UNC's Rainforest Action Group.
"If we're sincere in wanting tropical
deforestation to stop, we have to curtail
our own use," said Jeff Merron, co
chairman of the group, a division of the
Campus Y's Student Environmental
Action Coalition (SEAC). "This is the
first step in taking our hands off the
Finis Dunaway, chairman of SEAC's
committee to ban tropical hardwoods,
met with Gene Swecker, associate vice
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books would not be touched," said
council member James Wallace about
the council's Monday resolution.
The council first called the commit
tee together in 1987 after amending the
noise ordinance to reduce the permitted
noise level by 1 0 decibels to the current
The committee met for about a year
and delivered two preliminary reports
to the council. The committee met for
the last time on May 6, 1988, and then
was not called together again.
"I find it unfortunate that we don't
have their final recommendation,"
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of the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
the flag and sings the National
figures Friday indicating that total black
enrollment in the UNC system increased
3.3 percent between fall 1988 and fall
1989, while UNC-CH raised its black
enrollment form 7.83 percent 1,838
students to 8.14 percent or 1,907
Donald Boulton, vice chancellor and
dean of student affairs, said that the
increase was encouraging but that ef
chancellor for facilities management,
and Ben Tuchi, vice chancellor for
business and finance, to discuss the
possibility of adopting such a policy.
Both were receptive to the idea, Dun
away said. .
"We're very sympathetic with their
objective," Swecker said.
Swecker said he would discuss the
issue with Chancellor Paul Hardin, who
would probably make an official state
ment of University policy.
While the University will make an
effort to moderate its use of tropical
hardwoods, there may be circumstances
in which it cannot be avoided, Swecker
The possibility that a type of tropical
hardwood would have to be matched in
future construction would prohibit the
University from adopting an all out
ban, Swecker said.
"It's very difficult to make a blanket
statement like that. I think we'll try to
minimize the use (of tropical hard
woods), but there .are conceivable
circumstances where we may have to
use some." . v
Asking the University to institute
such a policy is reasonable, Dunaway
said. "It's not drastic or radical. It's the
right thing to do."
Because UNC is a highly respected
University, it should adopt such a pol
icy, Merron said. "UNC should set an
example as a leader for social justice."
UNC now uses only one type of
tropical hardwood, and it is more ex
pensive than its domestic alternative,
Dunaway said. "Many domestic woods
are comparable in price and appear
ance. There's no reason to continue
See WOOD, page 7
Hate the sin and love the sinner. Mohandas Gandhi
council member Nancy Preston said.
Monday's vote was prompted by a
group of residents from the Pritchard
Avenue and Short Street area who pe
titioned the council last month to stop
issuing noise permits or to lower the
highest permitted noise from 75 dBs to
50 dBs. Fifty dBs is-about equal to the
background noise on a busy street,
according to a former member of the
Town Manager David Taylor rec
ommended that the council now lower
the level to 70 dBs and write up guide
lines for police to use in administering
Anthem Monday afternoon as part
ceremony in Polk Place.
forts to recruit black students must
continue. "I'm pleased to see the in
crease and that black students are choos
ing to come here in increased numbers,
but this is a long-term commitment. I
think it's a step in the right direction,
but not a major step."
The University has no specific
numbers goals, but it abides by compli
ance rules, Boulton said. "The figures
Gandhi urges building human
By JEFF D. HILL
The grandson of Mohandas
Gandhi told an audience of about
250 people to "build bridges, not
barriers, between people," during the
Human Rights Week keynote ad
dress Monday night at Memorial Hall.
Arun Gandhi's lecture was spon
sored by the Campus Y Human
Rights Committee and the Carolina
Union Forum Committee.
"We tend to look at human rights
only in terms of the right to vote and
legal rights, but there is more."
Gandhi said that improving human
relations was the key to improving
human rights but that doing so takes
"We can't bring about changes for
a whole campus, whole city or whole
country by waving a magic wand."
Gandhi emphasized the need to
continue to help those who have been
technically given human rights but
are treated unequally.
He said there was a need to build
cooperation between different
groups. He and group of six others
started such a program with one vil
lage of "Untouchables," the lowest
caste in the Indian social system, in
the early 1960s.
His group helped educate the vil
lage and integrate it into the rest of
Indian society. Gandhi's group
helped the village prove to higher
castes that they should be treated as
humans. He said such programs were
designed to help fulfill his
grandfather's dreams. Today,
Gandhi's efforts have helped nearly
TO million "Untouchables."
"We want to achieve a world where
there is no strife, no oppression and
applications for noise permits. Taylor
said a compromise would best serve
both sides even if everyone were not
happy with the results.
Council members asked that the
committee come back as soon as pos
sible with a recommendation.
Preston asked that the committee
consider guidelines for police similar
to Taylor's suggestions, specifically
requiring any group that receives a noise
permit to notify their neighbors.
Assistant Town Manager Cal Hor
ton said the town staff has also consid
ered not allowing permits to people
of the University's Veteran's Day
aren't important. We're trying to reach
our own goals."
Gillian Cell, dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, agreed with Boul
ton. "We're moving towards accom
plishing our goals. I'm pleased that
we're doing so well."
Black recruitment is a very serious
concern among University officials,
Cell said. "We have had a serious re
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we can live as civilized human beings." American society. "Charity does not
Gandhi urged UNC students help help; it only cripples people."
the outcasts, such as the homeless, in Gandhi is now working with the
who have violated the noise ordinance.
Although Taylor said that he and
Police Chief Arnold Gold supported
the idea of guidelines, he did not make '
suggestions. "I can't be real specific."
The first noise ordinance committee
that met included about five students,
said Bill Hildebolt, student liaison to
Student Body President Brien Lewis
said he would like to see the committee
hold a preliminary meeting before
Christmas. "I'd hate to see this thing
drag on and on."
The council should ask student gov
By SARAH CAGLE
Assistant University Editor
For almost an hour Monday after
noon, clocks in classrooms across
campus read 2:45 p.m. But it was too
dark to see them anyway.
About two-thirds of the University
had no electrical power from about
2:45 p.m. to 3:43 p.m. because one of
two transformers that supplies power
to the campus shut down.
A crew of Duke Power investigators
is working today to determine why the
Cameron Avenue transformer shut
down. "I don't remember this ever
happening," said Sam Blankenship,
district engineer for Duke Power. "It's
an unusual occurrence."
Buildings on campus from the North
Carolina Memorial Hospital (NCMH)
to Morehead Planetarium were without
power, and bank machines and com
puters were temporarily useless. South
Campus residence halls were not af
fected by the power outage, because a
transformer on Mason Farm Road
supplies that area, Blankenship said.
"It's like a breaker in your home. If
a breaker senses a problem, it will open
up to keep from overloading. That's
cruiting effort in place for some years,
and I think it's paying off."
Cell said that although there were no
specific goals in place now, efforts to
increase black enrollment at UNC
would continue to be a priority. 'The
ultimate goal is to have a minority
percentage of students on campus that
reflects the minority percentage of resi
dents in the state."
ernment for suggestions on what stu
dents should serve on the committee,
Lewis said. "Hopefully, they'll come
to us and ask."
The council made the right decision
by allowing all the groups involved to
make their voices heard through repre
sentatives on the committee, he said.
Before the council recreated the
committee, Hildebolt presented a peti
tion asking that the council not change
the ordinance but reconstitute the re
view committee to receive it's final
recommendation. He said about 1 ,000
town residents signed the petition.
basically what happened here."
Back-up generators supplied power
for patient care at NCMH. "There are
no problems for patients and nothing is
slowing down," Jon Ross, a spokesman
for NCMH, said Monday.
The Student Stores and Lenoir Din
ing Hall closed during the power out
age. Both had backup power for one
cash register to check out remaining
customers. Union Station remained
open with the use of calculators.
"We tried to get everyone out as
quickly as possible, because of the
danger of people tripping over things
and the security question," said Rut
ledge Tufts, Student Stores general
Computer labs were also affected,
but they did not close. "Most people
just left," said Anne Menkens, a lab
assistant at Greenlaw.
"Luckily most students were saving
what they were doing at fhe time. Some
people were happy to have an excuse
not to turn in a paper."
Many 3 p.m. classes were canceled,
although some classes were moved
See POWER, page 7
Black students also said they find the
Junior Ann Ards, corresponding
secretary for the National Collegiate
Black Caucus, said the figures were
significant because they showed in
creased enrollment in predominantly
black schools. "The statistics are very
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