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Volume 97, Issue 118
Wednesday, January 31, 1990
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Robin Kaiser, a sophomore from Okinawa, Japan, paints a sign for
Cellar Door outside Union Station Tuesday.
Town residents miss
national fly outbreak
By KRIS DONAHUE
Despite the ongoing nationwide in
fluenza epidemic and a surge of re
ported cases on the University campus,
the residents of Chapel Hill seem to
have escaped serious problems.
Eileen Kugler, director of Personal
Health Services for the Orange County
Health Department, said this differ
ence may be due in part to the lack of
statistics for the number of people who
have the flu in Chapel Hill. The flu is
not a reportable communicable disease,
so it is very difficult to know how many
people have it at one particular time.
Kugler said that until last week, when
the stories of the flu epidemic were
discussed in the media, she had re
ceived very few phone calls from con
The problem of determining exactly
who has the flu has been especially
relevent for the public schools in the
area. Most representatives from the
schools said they could not determine
why their students were absent.
However, despite the difficulty of
being unable to determine how many
cases have cropped up in Chapel Hill,
In the spotlight
CAA offers slam dunkers
prizes and prestige 3
Short on bucks
Out-of-state music TAs may
see tuition breaks end 3
So, what's your major?
Focus on the inevitable prob
lem of selecting majors 5
SHS subcommittee to ad
dress student concerns ....6
Takin' it to the Deacs
Women's basketball gears up
to confront Wake Forest ...7
Campus and city...
State and national
Arts and features ..
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the majority of schools in the area re
ported no huge differences in their
student and teacher attendance rates
during the past few weeks.
A representative for the
superintendent's office for the Chapel
Hill-Carrboro City Schools also said
they had received no reports of concern
over the epidemic.
Other areas of public service have
remained similarly unaffected. Spokes
men for the Chapel Hill police and fire
departments agreed the flu epidemic
had not hindered their services to the
public. Neither department has had
significant numbers of employees ab
sent from work recently.
However, these outward signs of
calm do not mean that no one in Chapel
Hill is experiencing flu symptoms. The
drug stores in the area have noticed an
increase in the past few weeks of the
amount of cold remedies they have
sold. A spokeswoman for one drug
store said this increase was normal for
this time of year.
Most people do not think of protect
ing themselves from the flu until it is
See FLU, page 4
By AKINWOLE N'GAI WRIGHT
A Student Congress decision last
Wednesday not to put a student choice
funding referendum on the spring bal
lot has prompted some students to
question whether congress has the stu
dents' interests in mind.
Congress member Andrew Cohen
(Dist. 7), co-sponsor of the resolution,
said the resolution was rejected be
cause of what he called the "militant
ignorance" of congress members.
"A few influential and vocal con
gress members influenced the unde
cided members into voting against the
bill," Cohen said. "Many congress
members are looking to destroy and not
to understand the bills which are pass
ing before them. If this attitude of igno
rance remains, it will kill many future
worthwhile referendums and resolu
tions." The resolution would have put a
referendum on the ballot that, if passed,
would have allowed students to vote
directly to allocate student fees to
Cohen said congress members held
certain misconceptions about the reso
lution. For example, if student organi
zations were underfunded through this
process, they could still ask congress
for additional funds, he said.
"Every penny of student fees can't
be spent," he said. The money of in
coming freshmen and the money of
To err is human. To
Congress budget requests may hit record number
By MYRON B. PITTS
A record number of student organi
zations are expected to apply for funds
from Student Congress this year.
Although exact figures were not
available Tuesday, many new groups
have submitted applications for fund
ing, probably because of increased
publicity of the budget process, said
Donnie Esposito, chairman of congress'
The process was publicized more
this year because of complaints that it
had been kept quiet, he said.
' Groups are com ing out of the wood
work. Based on the number of requests,
we are looking for a record number (of
groups receiving funds)," Esposito said.
A substantial increase in the number
of groups eligible to receive funding
By STACEY KAPLAN
UNC's first official "dry rush" for
fraternities ended Tuesday at 7 p.m.
with a few reported violations of the
policy to be investigated this week,
said Rob Beatty, president of the Inter
Fraternity Council (IFC).
The policy of dry rush, which banned
all alcohol from rush functions starting
Wednesday, Jan. 24, was unanimously
passed by the IFC in December.
Beatty said there were not as many
violations reported as he had expected.
He added that fraternities may have
used a number of loopholes and that
some confusion had clouded the exact
terms of the policy.
For example, it may not have been
clear to everyone in the fraternities
whether the policy applied to functions
outside of fraternity property and
whether alcohol was allowed for frater
nities not holding rush, he said.
By MARGE BAILEY
Two meetings between the SRC
Board of Directors and head architect
Norma Burns last week concerning
ideas for the design of the Student
Recreation Center (SRC) resulted in an
array of interesting ideas that could be
integrated into the center's design,
Burns said Tuesday.
Burns, of Burnstudio in Raleigh, said
that at Friday's meeting the board
reached a consensus on information
gathered at that meeting and a previous
meeting. They then assembled those
ideas into six categories and discussed
a problem-solving approach.
The six categories are the building's
general appearance, its potential offer
ings, its connection to Fetzer, the rela
tionship between the two buildings,
and the aerobic dance and weight-lifting
areas of the center.
Burns said many different students
attended the meeting, which gave her
the opportunity to get some new re
students that decide not to participate
falls under the control of Student Con
gress." He said the descriptive guide that
would have explained the functions of
all funded campus groups for voters
was not completely discussed at the
congress meeting. 'The guide would
be inexpensive about 10 cents. This
price for the pamphlet could be de
ferred through advertisements. The
pamphlet would be about 48 pages
Cohen said he was also disturbed by
a consensus among congress members
that the average student on campus
could not vote wisely on issues of this
"Many advocates against the refer
endum spoke about the students on
campus in a patronizing and conde
scending manner," he said. "I think
many student congress members feel
that giving the students the power to
decide is a threat to their power of
allocating money their main pur
pose. Cohen said he had not decided
whether to bring the bill before con
gress again. "I will have to wait and see
about further actions on this matter," he
"This bill is virtually foolproof, and
aside from a few small bugs, it would
have been an important tool for the
students on this campus. I don't see
what Student Congress is afraid of."
blame it on someone else is politics. Herbert Hoover
would not necessarily cause groups that
have previously drawn funds to receive
less, Esposito said.
But the groups' requests and reasons
for their budget proposal would be ex
amined more closely, he said.
"We're going to have to look at every
organization's budget a lot more closely
than last year. There will be a lot more
Because The Daily Tar Heel has
recently incorporated and will be re
turning student fees over the next three
years, a $20,000 windfall toward the
overall budget is possible for the up
coming fiscal year if a referendum on
the spring ballot is approved by the
But the finance committee is not
counting on those funds, Esposito said.
Carol Hooks, student body treas
Also, he said, it was the responsibil
ity of the fraternities to keep rushees
out of mixers held with sororities, which
brings into question the definition of
The reported violations will be ex
amined this week by Beatty and the
Panhellenic Council president. The
charges may then be brought before a
panel consisting of the two presidents,
the Panhellenic Council vice president
and rush chairwoman and the IFC rush
chairman, who will levy sanctions as
necessary, Beatty said.
The first time a fraternity violates
the policy, it will receive a warning. For
the second violation, it will be placed
on social probation and not be allowed
to mix with a UNC sorority for one
month. A third violation will result in
two months of social probation.
Beatty said he hoped to form a sub
committee with a representative from
sponses to what the previous group had
"The group did well. They got down
to work and spent many hours working
on a lot of ideas," Burns said.
Gene Davis, SRC board member and
Student Congress speaker, said Burns
gave each participant a chance to voice
ideas, concerns and desires about the
"I was reconfirmed in her sense to
work with students and her desire to
design a building that expresses the
philosophy and attitude of the student
body," Davis said.
Some of the aesthetic suggestions
the board recommended included a
cheerful, brightly colored atmosphere;
an open, airy design; and a graphics and
large-scale artwork design that would
"inspire positive movement," Burns
Major design features suggested
included a lobby that would contain
more that just a staircase and be the hub
of the center, movable partitions in
Some students said they would have
liked the opportunity to vote on the
David Hemphill, a freshman politi
cal science major from Hudson, said
congress should have allowed the ref
erendum on the spring ballot. "This
decision by Student Congress is yet
another blatant disregard of student
concerns," he said.
"It angers me that they continue to
underestimate the intelligence and the
compassion of a student if he were to
allocate his own funds," Hemphill said.
Other students said they felt con
gress was correct to vote against the
Trish Merchant, a sophomore from
Fayetteville majoring in speech and
peace, war and defense, said she thought
the resolution would have created prob
lems. "If the resolution had passed, a dis
proportionate number of certain organi
zations such as the Carolina Athletic
Association would receive the larger
amounts of the pot while leaving virtu
ally nothing for others," she said.
Cohen said that he understood the
differences of opinion among the stu
dent body but that students should have
the right to decide. "If the bill was put
on the spring ballot, I am almost posi
tive that it would pass. It is unfortunate
that students will not even have the
right to vote on this issue."
urer, said the rise in the number of
applications from last year may also be
attributed to a change in last year's
deadline for application.
"Last year was the first year the
process was held in February instead of
March," she said. This change caused
many groups to miss the deadlines for
turning in their recognition or budget
request forms to student government
Missing this year's Jan. 26 deadline
for filing recognition forms or the Feb.
2 deadline for filing budget request
forms would force groups to submit
their requests in the fall, she said. These
requests would be met by remaining
Esposito said the increase in appli
cations would mean hard work for fi
nance committee members. The com
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each fraternity. "We need to redesign
and redefine dry rush so there aren't so
many loopholes and questions," he said.
Frederic Schroeder, dean of students,
said he was pleased with dry rush and
felt a sense of support from the admini
stration. "I'm delighted to see the IFC
and the fraternities take this direction.
It makes sense both practically and
The type of feedback Schroeder has
received from fraternity members is
twofold, he said. Some considered it a
good idea, while others showed con
cern that if certain houses violate dry
rush policies, the other houses will have
to follow suit, he said.
Many fraternities regarded dry rush
as a success.
Sigma Chi held semi-formal meet
ings between the brothers and rushees,
had a catered dinner with an alumnus
from Greensboro who talked to the
RC design ideas
exercise rooms for privacy, a visible
but confidential Wellness Center and a
music system controlled by an individ
ual room. Burns said.
Burns said one participant compared
the SRC to a singles' bar in that it would
be a good place to meet people but
would be a more healthy, recreational
The board agreed that Fetzer should
be a backdrop for the center but also be
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Jack Watklns and William Howard work on a project to create an
access door to the pipes outside Grimes Residence Hall Tuesday.
mittee will review the budget request of
each group and make its recommenda
tion to the congress for approval.
The congress decides how much each
organization is allotted for the ensuing
fiscal year, and money is distributed in
Representatives from eligible stu
dent groups will meet with the finance
committee at hearings to be held Feb.
8-11. The groups will present their
funding requests along with the finance
committee's recommendation, which
is generally lower, to the full congress
The finance committee usually re
duces the figure because an organiza
tion can request any amount of money
it deems necessary, but the finance
committee has to balance the budget,
rushees and watched the Super Bowl,
said Matt Hamilton, rush chairman.
In addition, he said, Sigma Chi held
a dry casino night that was different and
not quite as exciting as in the past, but
was still fun.
"Dry rush is a good idea because it
lets people get to know each other with
out alcohol as the basis of conversa
tion," Hamilton said. He also liked the
idea of having dry rush last only a
Fred Monroe, rush chairman for Chi
Psi, said dry rush went well and in
cluded playing basketball and watch
ing the Super Bowl. "We've been good
boys," he said.
Monroe said that he did not agree
with the idea of having dry rush and
that fraternities had been forced into
the policy. "It's an infringement on the
personal rights of organizations ott
campus," he said.
compatible to it, said Burns. It should
improve the look of Fetzer.
Another main concern involving the
center's connection to Fetzer is the
locker and bathroom availability in
compliance to Fetzer's security.
All the data from previous meetings
will be compiled into a booklet that will
be available at an open meeting on Feb.
8, along with a very preliminary design
for the center.
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