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Volume 97, Issue 100
Friday, December 1, 1989
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By SARAH CAGLE
Assistant University Editor
A complaint filed by a UNC junior
Thursday, claiming that a Residence
Hall Association-sponsored Christmas
party in Joyner Residence Hall violated
the RHA constitution, has been denied
hearing by Student Supreme Court
Chief Justice Asa Bell.
Sam Bagenstos, a Student Congress
member from District 14, also asked
for a temporary restraining order that
would postpone the annual party from
Thursday until the court decides on the
case, but Bell also rejected this.
"I don't think it's at all appropriate
for money I'm funding to pay for reli
gious celebrations," Bagenstos said. "It
sets a really dangerous precedent."
Bagenstos, who is Jewish, said he
objected not only to the party's being
specifically called a Christmas party,
but also to the use of RHA funds to
purchase a Christmas tree and refresh
ments. "There was no indication but that
this was a celebration of Christmas.
While Christmas may be what some
consider popular culture, it is a reli
gious holiday for a particular group of
Bagenstos said an amendment to the
RHA constitution passed Nov. 16 that
prohibits the use of RHA funds for
religious or politically partisan activi
ties supports his claim.
Bagenstos also protested the pur
chase of a Christmas tree by Morrison
Residence Hall government one year
But Bell said after reviewing
Bagenstos's complaint that the Christ
mas party did not meet the court's prece
dent for a religious event according to
a 1983 student court case ruling, so he
would not hear the case. "The burden of
proof is on the plaintiff, and his com
plaint does not meet the test." .
As defined by the 1983 precedent, a
religious event must have the primary
purpose of promoting a religion or
persuading a person to convert through
prayer or scripture reading, Bell said.
See PARTY, page 9
ytt a disease
Graduate student details life
By NANCY WYKLE
On a spring night a year-and-a-half
ago, Brad's entire life changed in a
matter of seconds. During a one-time
sexual encounter, the UNC graduate
student contracted the AIDS virus.
Brad who asked that his real name
not be used did not discover he was
infected with Human Immune Defi
ciency Virus (HIV) until this past Feb
ruary. When he discovered he was in
fected, Brad was in the middle of ex
ams and papers in his graduate studies
"When I heard the news, I felt like a
knife had been stuck in my gut. I thought,
'Why not just go ahead and kill myself
Commission aims to 'enhance' downtown
Editor's note: This is the last in a
five-part series on issues concerning
the new Chapel Hill Town Council.
By SHEILA LONG
Assistant City Editor
The revitalization of Franklin Street
has become a hot topic among Chapel
Hill Town Council members, and the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Downtown
Commission is working to bring more
businesses to the downtown area.
Margie Haber, co-director of the
commission, said the commission pre
ferred not to use the word "revitaliza
tion" to describe its plans for down
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Freshman Craig Harkins challenges sophomore
Saber Ghiassi during fencing practice Thursday
Committee proposed for
By JASON KELLY
Communication between the student
body, especially minorities, and UNC's
administration is at an unacceptable
level according to rumors and press
clips, Dana Lumsden, student
government's minister of minority af
fairs, said Thursday.
Lumsden met with Gillian Cell, dean
of the College of Arts and Sciences, on
Thursday to discuss the formation of a
committee to bridge the gap between
students and the administration.
The meeting was the first between
the two, and no formal agreement was
made, Cell said. "We met to discuss the
World AIDS Day
A lot of young people think they are
immortal, Brad said, and that idea could
get them killed. "They have a notion
that they are not vulnerable to diseases.
That type of attitude could get you in
Brad, a tall, white man in his mid
20s, is very pleasant. A reserved per
son, he is a little nervous when he talks
about the encounter from which he
became infected. "A lot of people blame
the victim," Brad said, explaining that
he was afraid of discrimination against
Issues in the '90s
"We like to use enhancement in
stead, because both the town and the
downtown area are both very vibrant
neither area is dead. One of the
reasons we were created was to en
hance the downtown. When most people
think of revitalization, all they think of
is filling up empty storefronts, and there
just aren't that many empty ones now."
Revitalization does mean different
things to different people, but to two
newly elected town council members it
means life and people downtown.
"The word vitality to me means
By DAVE GLENN
Tuscaloosa, Ala. After watching
his 12th-ranked Tar Heels drop a 101
93 decision to Alabama, North Caro
lina head coach Dean Smith was apolo
getic. But Smith wasn't apologetic because
the Tar Heels gave up 100 points for
only the third time in the 80's. And it
wasn't because his squad dropped to 2
2 for only the third time in his career.
"We have two losses and it isn't even
December yet," Smith said. "That's not
weekend for a
proposition of a student advisory com
mittee. We will meet next week to
figure out who would serve on the
committee and what the committee's
agenda should be."
Lumsden said he felt positive about
the chances for the committee. "It's
still only a proposal, and things could
change, but Dean Cell seemed very
warm toward the idea."
The committee would comprise
members of the representative bodies
on campus, including the Carolina
Indian Circle, the Black Student Move
ment (BSM), Student Congress, the
Executive Branch, Campus Y and the
Student Union. The arts and sciences
after testing positive for AIDS
homosexuals, particularly those with
Brad had known the sexual partner
who infected him about a month. He
called the incident a "casual encoun
ter," but he does not consider himself
His partner, a bisexual who is not a
student at UNC, was not aware that he
was a carrier of the AIDS virus. His
relationship prior to Brad was with a
female. Women on college campuses
should consider this when entering a
sexual relationship, Brad said.
"The guy could have very well had a
relationship with another guy."
Three weeks after the encounter,
Brad began experiencing mild symp
lively, busy and full of life," said Joyce
Brown, town council member-elect.
"When I go downtown now, it seems to
be lively compared to other cities."
Alan Rimer, also town council
member-elect, said he saw it as chang
ing the look of the area.
"Revitalization is the refurbishing of
facades and changing the mix of busi
ness over time. It's trying to attract a
diverse population downtown. There's
got to be a reason for business to be
downtown, and in order to attract it, we
need better transportation to the area."
The trolleys were introduced for that
purpose. They serve as an alternate
form of transportation to and from the
downtown area without the worry of
good, but I think a lot of teams can lose
to Missouri and at Alabama." The Crim
son Tide, 4-0 on the year, ran its home
winning streak to 18 games.
Instead, Smith said he was sorry that
the game lengthened by ESPN's TV
timeouts and UNC's foul flurry in the
final minutes didn't end sooner.
"Sorry we kept the game going so
long, but we have class in the morn
ing," he said. "I guess we shouldn't
have fouled so much at the end."
In retrospect, maybe that's not such
a bad idea.
team will travel to Chicago this
dean would choose two additional at
large members from the student body.
Lumsden said the membership of
the committee would depend on the
political environment on campus. "If a
new group comes to the forefront of
campus affairs, for example a women's
group, then they will be invited to par
ticipate. "Each group will be invited to elect
a member to the committee. I would
like it if the leaders of those student
organizations involved the presi
dent of the BSM, the speaker of Student
Congress were the representatives
See COMMITTEE, page 5
toms low-grade fever, diarrhea and
general fatigue. He decided to be tested
because, as a homosexual, he is in a
high-risk group for contracting AIDS.
The first time Brad was tested, the
results were negative. He was tested at
UNC through the anonymous testing at
Student Health Service.
Brad was hospitalized for five days,
but no antibodies appeared in his blood.
After he was released, the symptoms
The hospital recommended that he
be tested again in five or six months.
Brad ignored their advice and waited
until February 1989.
See AIDS, page 2
having to find a parking space.
Haber said the trolleys had had a
significant impact on downtown since
their implementation. She added that in
two months there had been 1 0,000 trol
Debbie Dibbert, who works oppo
site Haber as co-director of the com
mission, said an emphasis was being
placed on getting more people into the
downtown area. This effort involves
attracting more stores, more restaurants
and more businesses to downtown.
"Our biggest concern is to get more
people downtown and to get them
spending more money here," Dibbert
See DOWNTOWN, page 2
Trailing 79-70, the Tar Heels started
a foul fest that led to 20 Alabama free
throws in the final three minutes of
play. The Crimson Tide, led by for
wards Bryant Lancaster (6-of-6) and
Melvin Cheatum (5-of-6), made 18 of
them. In the second half, Alabama made
22-of-25 from the charity stripe for a
sizzling 88 percent.
UNC sophomore guard Hubert Davis
kept the Tar Heels close by hitting all
five of his second-half treys. Davis
finished with a career-high 19 points in
only 19 minutes of play. But the Tide,
By MARCIE BAILEY
The four-year search for a perma
nent chairman for the curriculum in
African-American studies has ended
with the recommendation of Trudier
Harris, J. Carlyle Sitterson professor of
English, for the position.
Harris has accepted the position, as
recommended by Gillian Cell, dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences. Cell
has recently been recommended for a
five-year reappointment as dean.
Cell said she would have preferred
to make the appointment earlier, but at
the time Harris wasn't able to accept
the position. Harris is now on leave at
Stanford University and will be back
July 1 to accept the post as permanent
"She is superbly well quah'fied,"Cell
said. "She specializes in African
American folklore, is a distinguished
scholar and an excellent teacher. Dr.
Harris is a person of great intelligence
and energy. There is strong support
from the faculty and curriculum, as
well as my confidence and strong sup
port." Dennis O'Connor, provost and vice
chancellor for academic affairs, strongly
agreed with Cell's choice of recom
mending Harris as chairwoman of the
"It is an absolutely superb appoint
ment. She (Harris) is a marvelous
scholar and person," O'Connor said.
Cell has also recommended that Lee
Greene, associate professor of English,
serve as acting chairman during the
spring semester until Harris assumes
the permanent position. Greene will
succeed Thadious Davis and Robert
Gallman, who are now the acting chair
men. "Dr. Greene's field is Afro-American
literature, and he has been previ
ously involved with the curriculum,"
"He has the confidence and support
of both the faculty and myself. I am
grateful that he is able to serve as acting
Cell said various committees re
viewed and approved the recommen-
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Phillips Hall Thursday afternoon.
in Alabama, 101-93
led by 4-of-5 sharpshooting from sen
ior guard Keith Askins, matched Davis
by hitting 83.3 percent from 3-point
range in the second stanza.
"It seems like they were hitting
everything at the end," said UNC point
guard King Rice. "But we shouldn't
have put ourselves in that situation."
UNC forward Rick Fox, who led the
Tar Heels with 20 points and six assists,
also said UNC had a lot to do with its
"They created some turnovers, but
we created a lot of our own," he said.
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dations she made for positions. The
recommendations of Harris and Greene
have already been approved by one
sub-committee and have yet to be re
viewed by the Chancellor's Advisory
Committee and the Board of Trustees.
O'Connor has shown strong support
for his recommendation of Cell for.
reappointment to another term. She has
been very important in developing new
programs and has been aggressive in
support of the UNITAS program and
minority affairs, O'Connor said.
"Her reappointment is an absolutely
correct appointment for this institution
at this time. Her wisdom is pointed out
in the appointments of Harris and
Greene and her concerns for students
are so obvious, for minority students in
Kim McLean, president of the Black
Student Movement (BSM), has dis
agreed with the reappointment of Cell.
"She is a very insensitive person,
highly inaccessible, and her attempts to
help minority students have been weak,
if not nonexistent."
Cell's timing in appointing Harris as
permanent chairman is "incredible and
See HARRIS, page 4
"In a place like this (Alabama's Cole
man Coliseum), you have to get good
shots; you can't give them away to the
The recipient of many of the afore
mentioned handouts was Alabama's
Cheatum, who almost singlehandedly
turned a 61-61 tie into an 83-73 Tide
lead. The 6-8 junior, who scored a
team-high 23 points on the evening,
poured in 1 8 of them in Alabama's 22
1 2 run midway through the second half.
See ALABAMA, page 5
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