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Volume 97, Issue 93
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By SARAH CAGLE
Assistant University Editor
Chancellor Paul Hardin said Thurs
day he would recommend the reap
pointment of Gillian Cell as dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences despite
complaints against her from minority
The dissatisfaction stems from ques
tions about Cell's accessibility to mi
nority students, her commitment to
hiring and retaining black faculty, and
her commitment to the African and
Afro-American Studies curriculum.
UNC's branch of the National Col
legiate Black Caucus (NCBC), along
with groups such as the Black Student
Movement, the Black Greek Council,
the Alliance of Black Graduate and
Professional Students and the Ebony
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pro posed tax oiro
By AMY WAJDA
Assistant University Editor
A proposed "entertainment tax" on
tickets to UNC football games and
Smith Center events would only hurt
the University and the community, UNC
administrators said Thursday.
"I don't see any reason to do that,"
said Ben Tuchi, UNC vice chancellor
for business and finance. "We're not
users of county services."
The proposal, which came before
the Orange County Commissioners
budget hearing Wednesday, called for
a $1 tax on tickets as an alternative to
By MYRON B. PITTS
The Student Union has taken addi
tional security measures due to prop
erty damage probably done after Union
hours, said Archie Copeland, director
of the Student Union.
On the second floor there is a dark
ened spot caused by a burn near one
exit sign, and several other exit signs
have been stolen, Copeland said. He
added that someone had also been tee
ing off golf balls in the building.
'There's been a lot of damage."
Harassment incidents at N.C.
By KYLE YORK SPENCER
Racial incidents at N.C. State Uni
versity have caused fear and anger
among its black community and alarm
among the administration.
The disturbing incidents were publi
cized last week at an NCSU faculty
senate meeting when Student Body
President Brian Nixon, who is black,
announced that he had been harassed
with several phone calls and anony
mous notes containing racial slurs and
insults. Some of the harassment in
cluded death threats.
Sonja Stone (center) leads a
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Readers, presented a petition to Pro
vost Dennis O'Connor listing these
complaints, but O'Connor recom
mended Cell's reappointment to Har
din earlier this month.
"I'm sorry to hear such vocal oppo
sition, even if it's just a handful of
students," Hardin said. "I have worked
with her for several hours (since the
petition started) specifically about these
Hardin has "tremendous confidence"
in Cell, and complaints against Cell
were the result of misunderstandings
that could be worked out, he said. "She
can't possibly see students on an indi
vidual basis, but I'm sure she will be
more than willing to meet with groups."
The chancellor will recommend
Cell's reappointment to the Board of
higher property taxes.
Roland Giduz of 325 Tenney Circle,
the resident who sponsored the pro
posal, cited three reasons for the tax:
payment would be voluntary, re
stricted to only those who choose to
the tax would be on an optional
luxury, not on a necessity of life; and
the tax would be paid mostly by
non-residents who "in most cases would
scarcely realize they were paying a tax,
nor care about it if they did realize it."
Commissioner Stephen Halkiotis
spoke in support of the tax and urged
The Union's fire doors, which had
been left unlocked all day, are now
locked, and a door giving access to the
Union annex has a combination lock
that is in effect after Union hours.
The fire doors were locked so people
would not have 24-hour access to the
building, Copeland said.
A door on the Fetzer Gymnasium
side of the Union, which allows em
ployees of the campus radio station
WXYC and Student Television (STV)
access to their respective offices, has a
five-digit combination lock.
Nixon said he had begun receiving
phone calls after his election as student
body president last spring. The calls
stopped over the summer but picked up
again when student phone directories
were distributed, he said.
The calls coincided with an an
nouncement he made involving Vir
ginia Beach, Va., riots early in the
semester. A riot erupted there when
police confronted and arrested several
black college students in town for the
"I had said I was concerned, and
wanted to go there to negotiate," Nixon
discussion on racism in the Black
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Trustees and the Board of Governors.
"I feel certain it will go through."
Cell was out of town Thursday and
could not be reached for comment.
UNC junior Ann Ards, correspond
ing secretary for NCBC, said groups
would continue to protest despite the
chancellor's decision. "We will make it
difficult for him and the administration
to feel comfortable about this deci
sion." Ards said the protests are represen
tative of black concerns. "I feel quite
validated in hearing the responses we've
gotten about this. We have garnered the
support of other members of the com
munity who have similar concerns."
Hardin said he and Cell were corn
See HARDIN, page 2
other commissioners to consider it. The
tax could generate more than $700,000,
On Thursday, Giduz would not
comment further than his written pro
posal. Halkiotis could not be reached
Tuchi said UNC would only raise
ticket prices to pay for services bought
or increased performance costs.
The tax would not make economic
sense, he said. "People bringing in
money from the outside are generating
See TICKETS, page 4
Posted on both sides of this door are
signs that encourage WXYC and STV
staff members to avoid propping the
door open when the lock is in use. The
sign states that WXYC or STV person
nel who wish to gain entrance to the
building should call their co-workers
already inside and have them open the
door for them.
However, the combination to the lock
is now being circulated among em
ployees of the two stations.
Both members of WXYC and STV
said the new system had presented a
At last Wednesday's meeting Nixon
also reported two other incidents of
harassment involving black students,
which were examples that "the situ
ation on campus was at best tense,
particularly for members of the Afro
Nixon did not report the events to
officials until the meeting and never
informed NCSU campus police, said
campus police Lt. Teresa Crocker.
"(The campus police) contacted
Nixon because of a Wednesday article
in The News and Observer to further
strategy for ending
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Study in silhouette
Streaks of sunlight peek through the stacks on
the fourth floor of Davis Library Thursday after-
Union to tighten
"Because we are in the media wing,
the door has generally been propped
open to the XYC," said Tena William
son, STV station manager.
The locking of the outside door was
at first a problem for STV personnel,
because some of them who did not have
the combination could not get in, she
"That's because I didn't get the
combination out to everyone who
The new measure did prevent "just
State target minority students
investigate," Crocker said.
Another unreported incident in
volved a young black woman who
supposedly was chased by a group of
white males as she walked at dusk from
Dabney Hall toward NCSU's Stewart
Theatre for a play rehearsal. The white
males yelled sexual innuendos and
racial slurs at the woman, according to
The only reported incident occurred
on Nov. 1 . Pledges from Phi Beta Sigma,
a black fraternity, reported that a group
of white males had thrown stones at
them and screamed racial obscenities
By DIONNE LOY
Black members of the University
community must plunge into a "new
era" in the battle against racism in order
to erase the problem, participants in a
program in the Black Cultural Center
said Thursday night.
The program, titled "Racism: Does
the Bigotry Continue?" was sponsored
by Delta Sigma Theta sorority as part of
Human Rights Week '89. The sorority
sponsored a discussion on the role of
black males earlier this week.
Sonja Stone, associate professor of
Afro-American Studies at UNC, led
the program, which began with a video
called "Black by Popular Demand."
The video included interviews with
several students and faculty members
at Iowa State University. Students in
the video defined "Black by Popular
Demand" as a statement of the pride of
black heritage. They said racism was
alive, and they related several examples
of its presence on their collegecampus.
The students listed unwilling aca
demic advisers, an academically de
pressive environment, the limited pres
ence of blacks in leadership positions
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anyone" from walking in, although the
only rooms an unauthorized person
would have access to would be empty
rooms 224 and 226 and the restrooms,
WXYC disc jockey Bill Williams
said it could be a hassle for radio dee
jays to go down and open the door for
fellow workers. The problem is worse
for the late night and early morning
shifts, he added.
"Basically, the door stays locked 24
hours a day. When I did the 2 (a.m.) to
6 (a.m.) shift it was really a pain. When
as they walked along the railroad tracks
"At first they thought that stuff was
falling from the trees, and then they
realized that people were throwing
stones at them," Nixon said.
The incident, according to Crocker,
was anti-Greek rather than racial. She
saw the harassment as a response to the
ritualistic marches and uniforms that
characterize the pledges of many black
"They march and chant everywhere
they go, and they get teased for it."
The general feeling is that the inci
on campus and the absence of a particu
lar program for minorities as examples
of racism on college campuses.
In the discussion following the video,
many UNC students voiced concerns
similar to those of the Iowa State stu
dents. Stone opened with the question,
"If there's a new movement, what can
we do to stop racism now?"
Many students expressed the need to
channel energy and awareness into
action. They focused on the importance
of strong leaders and the necessity of
making sure that the excitement and
pride of being black is not just a trend,
but a lasting movement.
Stone said that through a retrospec
tive view, students could "envision a
new future." She related testimonies of
black students from various decades.
The testimonies of the first students
admitted to the University in the 1950s
were ones of "pain, isolation, aliena
tion and confrontation."
noon as a solitary student strolls off into the
you work with the station, you've got
five things going on at one time."
Sometimes when he is on duty,
another WXYC employee will call from
home to tell him to either prop the door
or wait-there for the person, Williams
Dana Lumsden, minority affairs
director for student government, whose
offices are on the second floor of the
Union, said, "It's a tragedy at best.
Carolina's losing access to a very
See UNION, page 2
dent was racially motivated, said Travis
Rouse, president of Phi Beta Sigma. '
Rouse said the pledge process in
volved a tremendous amount of unity
and interdependence but was misun
derstood by much of the campus. Fur
thermore, he said, "It does not merit
Rouse expressed anger and dismay
at the incidents, saying the black com
munity could not walk around campus
in constant fear of being assaulted.
Nixon expressed similar concerns,
See NCSU, page 2
Stone continued with a story about
Richard Epps, the first black student
body president, who almost left school
his first day on campus. She finished
See RACISM, page 4
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Sweating it out
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