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Volume 97, Issue 113
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Ron Zuniga presents report Tuesday morning
University refuses requestto open incidentinvestigation reports
By STEPHANIE JOHNSTON
The University has denied The Daily
Tar Heel's request for access to the
incidentinvestigation reports filed by
campus public safety officers.
In a letter to Chancellor Paul Hardin
dated Nov. 27, 1 989, Sharon Kebschull,
DTH editor, and Kevin Schwartz, gen
eral manager, requested that Univer
sity police make the incidentinvesti
gation reports public to comply with
the N.C. Open Records Law, N.C.G.S.
132, Sections 1-9. The DTH now re
ceives daily summaries of departmen
tal activities edited by department per
sonnel. The University's denial is based on
the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as
the Buckley Amendment, which pro
hibits the disclosure of a student's
Hardin could not be reached for
comment Monday or Tuesday.
Susan Ehringhaus, assistant to the
chancellor and senior University coun
sel, said that because the Public Safety
Department makes the reports avail
able to other University departments,
the reports are part of students' educa
tional records and are therefore pro
Martin declares plans
to run for president
By WILL SPEARS
Assistant University Editor
Jonathan Martin, a sophomore
economics major from Greensboro,
has announced his candidacy for stu
dent body president.
Martin's campaign, "Ideas in
Motion," focuses on several issues
affecting the University and the
community. His seven-point plan will
attempt to tackle problems students
face in areas such as security, minor
ity issues, health and education, he
Martin said he was already famil
iar with these issues. "A large per
centage of things in the platform are
not just ideas; I've been working on
them for quite a while."
Martin would like to see a formal
ized system of evaluating UNC teach
ing assistants. In cases in which the
assistant teaches with a professor, the
assistant is not evaluated even though
he may be responsible for grading
exams and essays, he said.
Martin said he hopes to extend the
shuttle service. The shuttle should
run at midnight in place of the J-bus,
which shuts down at that time, he
said. The shuttle could run from
midnight until two a.m. for those
students who want to stay at the li
brary or on Franklin St. after mid
night. Student government should also
back efforts by the Student Health
Service to prevent program cuts by
the N.C. legislature, Martin said.
"Student government, along with the
; student body, needs to play a role in
This is what entertainment
tected by the FERPA.
"This is not the same as being in a
setting other than educational," she said.
"Students records are shared with law
enforcement people, and they share
records (with the University). The act
speaks specifically to this."
Wayne Kuncl, director of housing,
said his department does receive a copy
of the investigations report. "They
routinely inform us with a copy of what
the officer fills out."
After receiving the DTH's request,
Ehringhaus wrote Andrew Vanore, N.C.
chief deputy attorney general, to re
quest his advice on the matter.
Vanore refused to comment on his
report, but Ehringhaus said he agreed
that the reports were protected by the
Kebschull said that the newspaper
was not accusing University police of
hiding crimes but that the DTH was
concerned about the details that are not
"We are disappointed, but not sur
prised, at Mr. Vanore's refusal to let the
University open the records," she said.
"Few issues on campus are as impor
tant as this or affect as many students.
"Students, faculty and staff should
all be concerned with what the Univer
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advocating the Student Health Serv
ices. We need to show the General
Assembly that we don't want these
Martin has served as a Student
Congress representative (Dist. 8),
and was the first to hold the position
of administrative liaison for the
"As a congressman, I've made
great efforts to reach out to students."
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By MYRON B. PITTS
Despite personnel problems and
questionable promotion practices, the
University police department still serves
the UNC community well, according to
a report released Tuesday by two out
Ron Zuniga, associate director of the
Arizona department of corrections and
Asa Boynton, chief of police at the
University of Georgia at Athens, were
hired in November to investigate em
ployee relations in the department.
Zuniga said at a press conference
Tuesday that they had found favoritism
in the department concerning manage
ment decisions and that discrimination
in the department was not based on race
but on "long-standing" friendships.
There are also signs that officers
distrust the areas in the department that
determine promotions, Zuniga said.
In the report, Boynton and Zuniga
also recognized outside influences that
adversely affect operations and place
special emphasis on the personnel unit
of the department, which they claim
has become too involved with the gen
eral business of the police force.
Despite some personnel problems
and the refusal of some in management
positions to take responsibility for
decisions, the report praised the Uni
versity police for being a good, produc
sity won't show us. ... We want to see
complete reports, not just abbreviated
versions. We're not going to run ram
pant with rape victims' names."
Mark Goodman, executive director
of the Student Press Law Center in
Washington, D.C., said university po
lice departments are bound by the same
laws as law enforcement agencies in
the public sector.
"Public access laws require public
schools to give incidentinvestigations
report. There is a good possibility the
federal law will change."
The Crime Awareness and Campus
Security Act has been presented to the
U.S. House of Representatives by Rep.
William Gooding, D-Pa.This bill would
require all colleges and universities that
participate in federal student assistance
programs to submit campus crime sta
tistics to the FBI, state police, students,
employees, prospective applicants and
"(The bill) is not intended to provide
incident statistical information so it's
not the total solution," Goodman said.
"Last Wednesday the student newspa
per at Southwest Missouri State Uni
versity filed a lawsuit against the uni
versity for the incident reports. A lot of
campuses around the country are fight
By ROBERT BROWN
UNC students may have the chance
to become some of the first in the nation
with direct control over how their stu
dent activities fees are spent if a pro
posed referendum is included and
passed on the upcoming spring ballot.
Student Congress will decide tonight
whether to include the proposed refer
endum on the Feb. 20 election ballot.
The referendum would call for the
creation of the Student Choice Funding
Process and would allow each student
to distribute a portion of his student
fees to the organizations of his choice,
said Student Congress Rep. Andrew
Cohen (Dist. 7), co-sponsor of the bill.
Cohen said the plan would guaran
tee that the money distributed to cam
pus organizations was the direct will of
the student body. He said he felt that
Student Congress was not funding
groups in a fashion that students would
"There has been over- and under
funding (by Student Congress)," Co
Student Congress Rep. Mindy Fried
man (Dist. 12), co-sponsor of the bill,
said she felt it was a fair way to decide
where student fees were spent.
The idea is unique among national
universities. Only a few schools let
students have any direct voice in how
their money is spent. "I'm not sure that
it's been tried before," Cohen said.
"We're starting from scratch."
Stanford University has a similar
program allowing students the oppor
tunity to approve or deny money to an
organization, said Ed Sasaki, Student
Senate chairman. Students enjoy hav
is all about idiots, explosives
At the press conference, Zuniga said,
"We can not identify the reason why
the service delivery continues to be a
"We know they (the department) are
providing the service that is expected.
One of the things I was impressed with
was the quality of personnel."
University police officers could
operate in virtually any setting, even a
metropolitan one, he said.
The report commended the depart
ment for mostly using officers who
have recruit school education and sug
gested that UNC set up its own training
The report made several suggestions
for departmental reform, including:
B re-examining all those who have
been promoted since 1987 because of a
series of management decisions that
caused a lack of confidence in manage
ment; O rotating shifts;
fl acknowledging that the department
needs more than short-term, or "band
B identifying and correcting some
existing salary discrepancies;
a creating an advisory council com
posed of students, faculty members and
administration that would help the
department by giving feedback on cer
tain University matters;
ing the battle for this issue."
Kebschull said one of the things that
prompted her request was the realiza
tion that the problem of undisclosed
records is nationwide and not just at
"It's been a problem for years and
was something I was concerned about
when I came in as editor," she said.
"We waited until things calmed down
at the police department before we took
any action. Reports about how serious
this is nationwide spurred me to action.
It's a bigger problem than I thought."
In December, UNC-system lawyers,
lawyers from other universities, sys
tem public safety directors and police
chiefs met and discussed methods of
distributing crime information, accord
ing to John DeVitto, UNC-CH acting
public safety director.
Sgt. Ned Comar, the officer respon
sible for summarizing University po
lice reports, said, "To my understand
ing, each school presented how they
release information, and the consensus
was we had the best and most appropri
Billy Dawson, UNC-Wilmington
public safety director, said his depart
ment had followed the same method as
UNC-CH for three to four years.
may control fees
ing a say in where their money goes, but
the Student Senate still has the control
over how much money an organization
receives, he said.
Under the Stanford system, the
Appropriations Committee meets with
the organizations requesting funds, and
the committee determines the amount
of money each group should receive.
The budget of each group is then placed
on the spring ballot, and the students
vote to grant or deny the organization
of that money.
Those organizations receiving more
than 50 percent approval receive the
money allocated by the Student Senate.
Those who receive less than 50 percent
approval get no money. About 90 per
cent of the groups requesting money
receive it, Sasaki said.
The process has run smoothly ex
cept for one hitch, he said. If a student
wishes to deny money to a group that
receives approval, that student can
request that a portion of their student
fees be returned.
"That leads to a lot of problems,"
Sasaki said. Many students deny groups
money in order to get it back for them
selves, he said. A plan may be devised
to keep the money from getting back in
the student's pockets.
Student Body President Brien Lewis
said Tuesday he opposed the bill. "I
understand the intent behind the bill,
but I disagree with it to an extent," he
"I still believe very strongly in repre
sentative government," Lewis said. He
said he encouraged students to vote for
representatives who would represent
Lewis said he thought students would
0 redefining the mission of the de
partment; D re-establishing the personnel unit
in a strictly advisory capacity;
stating specific requirements for
promotion and using a time frame for
B reorganizing the current rank hier
archy; B and issuing to all officers a copy of
the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.
Zuniga said that they had not called
for specific personnel changes because
that would have been "beyond the
scope" of their study. Improvements
for the department would have to be
enacted by the University, he said.
Zuniga said he felt that department
employees had had many of their suspi
cions confirmed by the report. "They
have a sense of a validation of some
information they felt has been going
Sgt. Ned Comar, University police
spokesman, who said he was speaking
for himself and at least one other offi
cer, said, "We thought that it was a
good report, an accurate reflection. It
dealt with the relative things."
The examination was comprehen
sive and addressed issues that needed
to be considered, Comar said. He also
said he hoped the department would
follow the suggestions.
The 16-page report was based on
Frye mounts bid
for 2nd CAA term
By STEPHANIE JOHNSTON
Lisa Frye, a junior history major
from Conover, has announced her
candidacy for re-election as presi
dent of the Carolina Athletic Asso
Frye said if re-elected her focuses
for next year would be a responsive,
well-known ticket policy, the expan
sion of Homecoming and the further
expansion of support for non-revenue
"It is a tradition with the CAA of
polling students to get an idea if stu
dents are pleased (with ticket distri
bution)," she said. "We want to set
the policy in the spring and focus
education in the fall on freshmen if
the policy hasn't changed much, or
on the entire student body if it has."
Frye said she would like to use the
Franklin Street Extravaganza during
Homecoming next year to raise
money for a worthy cause within the
University or for a local charity.
Frye said she was proud of the
members of Carolina Fever and hoped
to see the group grow next year.
"They made a real impact in non
revenue sports. Next year I'd like to
see Fever become a staple like the
have difficulty in making an informed
"decision about how to allocate student
fees. Student Congess members have a
hard enough time allocating money, he
Cohen and Friedman said they had
received mixed reactions about the
proposal. However, they said, most of
the students they spoke with outside of
Student Congress were excited about
the possibility of having a say in how
their money is spent. Many Student
Congress members, on the other hand,
were apprehensive of the idea, Fried
Most of the students interviewed
Tuesday were against the idea.
"It just doesn't sound like a good
idea," said Jeff Samz, a sophomore
from Asheville. Students would not be
as informed as the people who would
be making the decisions, he said.
"Certain groups would get all the
Chris Barrett, a senior from Sea
board, agreed. "If students can choose
what they want only the most visible
will get the money they need," she said.
Student Congress has allocated money
in the past and knows where it needs to
go, she said.
Other students supported the pro
posal. "I think it would definitely be
better," said Kim Cameron, a junior
from Pinehurst. "There's a lot of or
ganizations on campus that (students)
may not support."
In other referendum developments.
Student Congress Rep. Jeffrey Beall
(Dist.7) has decided to drop a bill that
called for a referendum ending funding
for the Graduate and Professional Stu
and falling anvils. Calvin
interviews with police employees, UNC
students, faculty and staff members, as
well as observations of daily office
operations and departmental relations
with the University community.
Most of the information for the
consultants' report was gained through
interviews with department members
who were either chosen or requested to
"We felt that they were very honest,"
Zuniga said of the interviewees.
Ben Tuchi, vice chancellor for busi
ness and finance, who played a major
role in hiring the consultants, said he
was pleased with the results. He has
already made a 10-point memorandum
on department improvement based on a
preliminary report by the two.
The memorandum was not as com-,
prehensive as the final report, but many
of the points in the two are similar,
Tuchi said. His plan has been distrib
uted to the top 10 department officials.
Zuniga and Boynton used their time
and freedom well, Tuchi said. Their
study showed sensitivity to the depart
ment and avoided compromising the
department's individualism, he said.
"One of the things it (the report)
demonstrated was Zuniga's and
Boynton's experience," he said. "It had
specific things for improvement."
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Frye said she decided to run for re
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Beall, a graduate student, had charged
that the GPSF is a little-known organi
zation that spends graduate fees with
out checks on social activities.
The bill called for a student referen
dum ending constitutional funding of
Pledge of sobriety
Fraternities embark today on
formal 'dry rush' 3
Begging for relief from sour
used car deals 4
Labs under fire
Focus on animal experimen
On the ball
Rick Fox honing his perform
ance impressively 6
Congrats on the mats
Wrestlers squeeze by a tough
Campus and city 3
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