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Mostly cloudy High in lower 60s Thursday: Cloudy High in 60s Y Horizons 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Pit Ser ving the students and the University community since J 893 Volume 97, Issue 113 Wednesday, January 24, 1990 Chapel Hill, North Carolina NewsSporlsArts Business Advertising 962-0245 962-1163 iDoiice set mixed review o o SOW f ft M u . -. : , r m ni - .1111.1111.,1.1-11 - - - ' DTHSchuyier Brown Ron Zuniga presents report Tuesday morning n O n D(Q sto University refuses requestto open incidentinvestigation reports By STEPHANIE JOHNSTON Staff Writer 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 academic record. 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 said. 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 bt on 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 FERPA. 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 being released. "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 Jonathan Martin A M P U advocating the Student Health Serv ices. We need to show the General Assembly that we don't want these programs cut." Martin has served as a Student Congress representative (Dist. 8), and was the first to hold the position of administrative liaison for the congress. "As a congressman, I've made great efforts to reach out to students." f , . - Y By MYRON B. PITTS Staff Writer 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 side consultants. 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 poioce 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 their parents. "(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 tudemrits By ROBERT BROWN Staff Writer 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 approve of. "There has been over- and under funding (by Student Congress)," Co hen said. 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 tive department. At the press conference, Zuniga said, "We can not identify the reason why the service delivery continues to be a quality product." "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 program. 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 aid" solutions; 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; records 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 UNC. "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 ate method." 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 said. "I still believe very strongly in repre sentative government," Lewis said. He said he encouraged students to vote for representatives who would represent their interests. 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 employee advancement; 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 on. 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 Staff Writer Lisa Frye, a junior history major from Conover, has announced her candidacy for re-election as presi dent of the Carolina Athletic Asso ciation (CAA). 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 sports. "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 said. 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 man said. 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 money." 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 dent Federation. 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 interview. "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." ; 4, r Lisa Frye M P U S J C A y - v - 4'' , ;-s : J band and become a new tradition." Frye said she decided to run for re See FRYE, page 2 directly 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 the GPSF. nside Pledge of sobriety Fraternities embark today on formal 'dry rush' 3 Lemon aid Begging for relief from sour used car deals 4 Labs under fire Focus on animal experimen tation 5 On the ball Rick Fox honing his perform ance impressively 6 Congrats on the mats Wrestlers squeeze by a tough NCSUteam 6 Campus and city 3 Sports 6 Classifieds 8 Comics 9 Opinion 10 1-:-- " " y I f

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