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Volume 97, Issue 102
Wednesday, December 6, 1989
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Minority issue concerns
By DIONNE LOY
Students protested the proposed
reappointment of Gillian Cell as dean
of the College of Arts and Sciences
Tuesday in front of the Morehead
Building, where the Board of Trus
tees (BOT) was meeting.
The trustees approved Cell's reap
pointment later in the morning. The
reappointment now goes to the UNC
system Board of Governors.
During the protest, students carried
signs with such slogans as: "Justice
too long delayed is Justice denied,"
"Our Cries can no longer be ignored"
and "Just a 'handful' of students will
make a difference."
The UNC chapter of the National
Collegiate Black Caucus (NCBC), the
Black Student Movement, the Black
Greek Council, the Alliance of Black
Graduate and Professional Students
and several other campus groups have
expressed dissatisfaction with Cell's
performance, saying she has been
inaccessible to minority students.
The groups have raised concerns
about Cell's administrative judg
ments, neglect of the Office of Stu
dent Counseling, neglect of Curricu
lum of AfricanAfro-American Stud
ies and minimal efforts in recruitment
and retention of minority faculty.
UNC junior Ann Ards, national
corresponding secretary of NCBC,
addressed the marchers as they as
sembled in front of the Morehead
Building. "We feel something is terri
bly wrong if we can spend a whole
semester without being addressed
Faculty have economic and aca
demic pressures which might hamper
them from actively opposing Cell's
appointment, Ards said. "But the good
thing about students is that we have
nothing to lose by protesting. We have
no obligations (toward the Univer
sity), so we can come out."
She acknowledged the mixed group
and commended the efforts of the
minority students so far. "I see stu
dent faces, black and white, who
haven't been together on an issue in a
"We aren't afraid. We've made
people uncomfortable. We know what
the issues are, and we have been vic
torious." Lorenzo Lynch, minister of White
Rock Baptist Church, called the Uni
versity back to its roots. He also de
clared the black presence on campus
an act of justice, and said blacks do
have a contribution to make. "We're
not talking about side issues, we're
talking about the issues. We have to
deal with justice on campus."
By MARCIE BAILEY
A Student Advisory Committee to
advise Gillian Cell, dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences, was approved
Tuesday by Cell during a meeting with
Dana Lumsden, director of minority
and women's affairs for student gov
ernment. Lumsden and one of his assistants,
Joe Holt, presented the proposal to Cell
Tuesday. The original proposal called
for five permanent seats to be held by
Cell and a representative each from the
Executive Branch of student govern
ment, Student Congress, the Black
Student Movement (BSM) and the
Carolina Indian Circle. There would
also be two seats held by students at
large and two "flexible" seats that would
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State and national
The Rev. Lorenzo Lynch speaks
Student Congress Speaker Gene
Davis spoke about what he called the
"renaissance of student activism."
"There is something happening in
Chapel Hill and something happening
in the world."
Marchers said they had many rea
sons to participate in the demonstration.
be open to other groups interested in the
Lumsden said Cell liked the idea of
the committee but wanted at least eight
"She's very receptive to the idea of
the committee and wants it to move
ahead. The Campus Y, AIS (Associa
tion of International Students), CGLA
(Carolina Gay and Lesbian Associa
tion) and possibly the Student Union
will be added as permanent seats. Cell
doesn't want the committee to get too
large, but she wants everyone to be
included who wants to be without the
committee getting out of hand."
The committee will begin next se
mester and will be accessible to all
minority groups. Before this semester
ends, letters will be sent to groups that
Fire in Ruffin damages room,
teeps. students out
By KAREN DUNN
State and National Editor
A fire that apparently started within
a stereo system caused extensive dam
age to a room in Ruffin Residence Hall
The Chapel Hill Fire Department
received the call at 9:18 p.m., accord
ing to Chief Everette Lloyd, and fire
fighters extinguished the blaze in 106
Ruffin within 20 minutes, he said. The
room is uninhabitable, he said.
Suzanne Richard, a freshman from
Rockville, Md., said she was awakened
by smoke and saw flames coming from
the stereo. She went into the hall and
pulled the fire alarm, then alerted her
hallmates to get out.
Flames were confined to Room 106.
Originality is the
spur opposition to Cell
Tuesday morning in front of the
"I'm here both personally and for all
black students," said junior Nicole
Majette of Ahoskie.
"If black people as a whole would
stick together, more would be accom
plished," said Daniel Melvin, a fresh
man from Fayetteville. "Instead of just
saying things, we need to do some
thing. Just because we aren't a big
have permanent committee seats and
other interested groups.
Brien Lewis, student body president,
said either he or Academic Affairs
Director Ruffin Hall would represent
the executive branch of student gov
ernment on the advisory committee.
"I think it's (the committee) going to
be very productive," Lewis said. "It
will help raise awareness of topics and
discussion from different view-points."
Cedric Woods, president of the
Carolina Indian Circle, said he liked
the idea of the committee.
"I think it's definitely a positive
move. There is a lack of education, and
people are not aware of the issues and
concerns of minorities on campus. The
idea should have been done 10 years
Self-closing doors helped contain the
fire and prevent extensive smoke dam
age to upper floors, said Maj. Robert
Porreca of University police.
Richard's roommate, Karen Th
ompson, a freshman from Wendell, said
she had not been into the room yet, but
"through the window it looked very
Firefighters placed fans on all four
floors to remove smoke, which had
drifted through the building. Second
and third-floor residents were allowed
back into the building around 10:45
p.m. First-floor residents were allowed
back in later, but smoke and water
damage was heavy at one end of the
Residents were evacuated to lounges
art of concealing your source
Morehead Building Tuesday
number, we shouldn't be looked over at
Junior Cheryl Grant of Fayetteville
agreed. "I do not appreciate how we are
being ignored. University administra
tors are turning their backs on black
students and the black faculty enroll-
See PROTEST, page 2
Student Congress Speaker Gene
Davis said the speaker would serve as
representative from Student Congress.
"I am very excited about the poten
tial benefits that can be derived by this
committee in its advisory capacity. The
committee affords students to voice
their concerns and desires to Dean Cell.
"Dean Cell seems extremely excited
about working with students in this
capacity, and I believe the students
share in her excitement because they
want to have their voices heard. It is
often difficult at a large university for
administrators, especially those in upper
level positions such as Dean Cell's, to
understand the needs of students."
BSM president Kim McLean said
See COMMITTEE, page 5
in Mangum, Manly and Grimes resi
dence halls, said Wayne Kuncl, hous
ing director. Announcements were
made in Davis and Undergraduate li
braries for people who live in Ruffin to
go to Mangum when they headed home.
No injuries were reported, and
damage estimates were not yet avail
able. The University does not insure pri
vate property of dormitory residents,
Kuncl said. Most personal property is
covered by parents' homeowners' poli
cies, he said. The University only in
sures the building, he said.
Ruffin, which houses 94 women,
was reopened in the fall of 1989 after
being closed for renovations during the
1988-89 academic year.
Arts and Sciences dean
By ROBERT BROWN
Assistant University Editor
The UNC Board of Trustees (BOT)
approved the reappointment of Gillian
Cell as dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences Tuesday despite a plea from
minority students to postpone the deci
sion. "What I hope to do now is try to get
into some conversations with some of
the students to make sure I understand
their concerns," Cell said Monday
evening. "I hope we can put some of
these regrettable disagreements behind
Students who had been protesting
outside the Morehead Building before
the meeting stood at the back of the
meeting room from about five minutes
after the beginning of the meeting to the
end of the open session.
Before the closed executive session,
UNC junior Ann Ards, National Colle
giate Black Caucus (NCBC) national
recording secretary, briefly addressed
the board and asked BOT Chairman
Earl "Phil" Phillips and William Dar
ity, chairman of the board's academic
and student affairs committee, for a
public statement responding to the stu
NCBC representatives asked the
board to postpone any action concern
ing Cell's reappointment until student
leaders had a chance to express their
concerns about the reappointment with
the academic and student affairs com
mittee. Student Body President Brien
Lewis, an ex officio member of the
BOT, read this proposal during the
academic and student affairs commit
tee meeting before the full board ses
sion. Lewis said after the meeting that he
thought the board might postpone the
reappointment. The committee did not
discuss specific points of the NCBC
letter but did understand the students'
message, Lewis said. "I think they really
sensed the frustration, while not want
ing the issue to overwhelm the individ
ual." In the closed session where the reap
pointment was approved, "there was
more discussion of issues than indi
viduals," Lewis said. "It's something
everybody's got to be much more at
The proposal raised questions about
the lack of responsiveness to the con
cerns of minority students. This in
cluded neglect of the Curriculum of
AfricanAfro-American Studies and the
Office of Student Counseling, neglect
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in retaining and recruiting black
faculty, and a lack of accessibility to
But Cell saTd that she thought she
was accessible to all students and
that she was puzzled by the com
plaints. She also said the African
Afro-American Studies curriculum
is being worked on and is improving.
A permanent chairwoman for the
curriculum was appointed last month.
Chancellor Paul Hardin said in his
report to the board, "Dr. Cell, I think
all of you know, is one of our most
persistent and effective spokesper
sons for undergraduate teaching."
The board unanimously approved
her reappointment because the prob
lems raised by the proposal cannot
be blamed on Cell, Phillips said.
"I find no major problems with
her (Cell's) reappointment. I think
she's qualified, and has done a good
job." Problems do exist and they
need to be dealt with, but Cell should
not be held responsible for all of
these problems, he said.
"I think there are some problems
and let us address those problems,
but let's divorce her (Cell) from this.
I think (minority students) used her
as a lightning rod."
Darity said the students did net
provide sufficient evidence for the
board to delay their decision. "(The
proposal) was considered seriously,
but we learned about it at the last
minute. I don't think they brought
forth enough evidence."
The University will work to im-
See BOT, page 4