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Volume 98, Issue 42
Thursday, June 7, 1990
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Liberian rebels seize
MONROVIA, Liberia Rebel
forces have seized the headquarters of
the world's largest rubber plantation,
Liberia's biggest employer, and are now
believed to control every major indus
trial concern in the country.
On Tuesday, the insurgents gathered
outside the gates of Liberia's interna
tional airport 25 miles from the capital
of Monrovia after seizing the head
quarters of the adjoining rubber planta
tion. Their presence closed the airport.
The rebels took the headquarters of
the 120,000-acre Bridgestone-Fjrestone
Inc. plantation Tuesday after attacking
government troops with mortars and
Meanwhile, off Monrovia, four U.S.
warships carrying 2,000 Marines re
mained ready to evacuate Americans
and other foreigners, including the 1 0 to
1 5 Soviet diplomats in Liberia, officials
China frees 97 protesters
from last year's protest
BEIJING China announced today
it had freed 97 more participants in last
year's massive democracy movement
after the anniversary of the movement's
bloody demise passed with only a few
The releases bring to 88 1 the number
freed in the past six months, out of
thousands arrested. However, new ar
rests have been reported as recently as
For the first time, two top student
leaders were among those freed. Xiong
Wei and Zhou Fengsuo, both students
at Qinghua University, were on the
government's list of 21 most-wanted
students and were arrested last June.
Rumors that a release was imminent
circulated in Beijing last week. The
government waited until after the an
niversary Sunday and Monday of last
year's army attack on student-led pro
testers in Beijing, in which hundreds
and possibly thousands of people died.
Scientists two years away
from test for Alzheimer's
CHICAGO A lab test to diagnose
Alzheimer's disease in the living could
be developed within two years using a
new technique that has been highly
accurate on brain tissue from cadavers,
Currently, there is no precise way of
diagnosing the memory-robbing disease
in the living. Doctors make a diagnosis
based on the patient's symptoms. After
death, an autopsy can help confirm the
diagnosis, but the technique now in use
The new testtechnique measures a
protein believed to be associated with
Alzheimer's and has not been detected
in the brains of normal people and those
with other neurological disorders, said
neurobiochemist Hossein A. Ghanbari,
lead author of the study in today's Jour
nal of the American Medical Associa
tion. An estimated 4 million U.S. adults,
mostly over age 65, have Alzheimer's a
degenerative brain and nerve disorder.
Death usually comes in five to 10 years
after complications from bed sores,
feeding problems and pneumonia.
from Associated Press reports
UNC Chinese students hold memo
rial for last year's protest .....3
Plan meets roadblock
Public hearing gives downtown
merchants voice in road plan 4
And the winner is...
UNC track members return from
successful NCAA tourney 7
Nation and world 2
By ERIC WAGN0N
UNC's Department of Housing hired
one black area director (AD) and three
black assistant area directors (A ADs) in
May, after several resident assistants
voiced concern over the lack of mi
norities in administrative positions
earlier this spring.
Darryl Jones was hired for the AD
position in Hinton James Residence Hall
and starts work July 2. He will be the
only black area director at the Univer
sity. L.D. Newman, assistant director of
Field of wishes
Summer school students Bobby Jones and Aundrea
Creech take advantage of the cool temperatures to relax
University police go from 8-
By THOMAS HEALY
The UNC Police Department will
begin operating on 12-hour rotating
shifts effective July 1 after outside
consultants concluded that not rotating
shifts contributes to personnel mistrust
and miscommunication of information.
With the new schedule, officers will
alternate on a.m. and p.m. shifts and
will work no more than four days in a
row. The present schedule splits the day
into three eight-hour shifts, with offic
ers working the same shift for 1 0 days in
The rotating schedule was recom
UNC officials question
focus of class guide
By STEVEN DeCILLIS
Special to the DTH
University officials expressed both
optimism and concern about student
government's plans to publish a new
manual highlighting numerous aca
demic departments on campus.
The Indispensable Guide to Classes,
which student government hopes to
distribute fall semester, will profile 25
departments along with student evalu
ations of the classes and courses within
the academic unit.
Kathleen Benzaquin, associate dean
of students, said she supports the project.
"Any sort of aid that students can get
that can help them figure out the right
mix for them is good," she said.
"I don't want to see it replace the
advisory system," she added. "It (the
guide) would be in addition and they
could work together. It gives tliem
(students) the best of both worlds."
Don Jicha, associate dean of the
General College, said he was unaware
of the specific content of the new pub
student and staff development in the
housing department, said recruiting
blacks for AD positions is particularly
difficult because some black profes
sionals are reluctant to come to UNC.
"More often than not, the person
needs to be interested in North Carolina
first," Newman said. "Unless they are
from here, there are still some historical
stigmas associated with the South. It's
tough to get somebody from the
Northeast to think seriously about
moving down here for a job."
Three out of nine vacant AAD posi
tions were filled by black graduate
mended by consultants Asa Boyington
and Ron Zuniga and was suggested in a
status report filed in February by interim
Public Safety Director John DeVitto to
Associate Vice Chancellor Charles
The report said, "people either want
to rotate or are dead set against it.
However, further discussions indicate
that the decision to rotate is a manage
ment decision which needs to be ex
ecuted." One of the advantages of the new
schedule is it will keep six officers on
duty at once, as opposed to the four that
serve on each shift under the current
lication and still had questions about it.
"Who does the evaluation? Are they
students that were enrolled in the class?
If that is the case they would have had to
contact these students who had the in
structor," he said.
"I don't know what their data col
lection procedure will be," Jicha said.
"It's all very nebulous. What is their
procedure for collecting data? Who are
they soliciting for information?"
Grant Vinik, student body vice
president, said student government
distributed evaluations to students dur
ing the last month of class and sent more
than 1 ,000 forms to dormitory residents.
Vinik said about 250 forms were
completed and returned.
"The information in the Guide is the
opinion of students, it's not a scientific
evaluation and we're not treating it as
such," Vinik said. "We are providing an
informal, candid, opinionated publica
tion for the students."
See GUIDE, page 9
give that girl the
students. They will begin work August
6 in Scott, Olde Campus and STOW
residence colleges. Housing declined to
release their names because they are
students at the university and are not
filling professional positions.
Six of the nine AADs hired this year,
including the three black employees,
just completed their undergraduate work
at the University and are entering UNC
Richard Bradley, director of Morrison
Residence Hall, said he thought the
distribution of blacks in the housing
department's upper staff for next year
between innings of a softball game played on Ehringhaus
Field Tuesday night.
plan, according to DeVitto.
The new schedule will also make it
easier for officers to adjust to different
shifts, he added.
DeVitto said the current schedule
limits the assets of the department be
cause each shift has its own identity,
and it is difficult for the officers to
assume the responsibilities of a differ
The report filed by Boyington and
Zuniga supported this concept. Inter
views conducted by the consultants with
department personnel indicated that
"officers' job skills and knowledge of
job functions were limited" because
Grad school works to
By MARISSA MILLS
The dean of the University's
Graduate School, Henry Dearman, is
launching a campaign to increase the
number of blacks and Native Ameri
cans in its graduate study program
and ultimately in college and univer
Statistics show that although the
number of blacks and hispanics in the
college-age population is increasing,
the number of minority individuals
with qualifications to become faculty
members is dropping, especially for
blacks. Dearman said he believes
Chapel Hill has the potential to make
a difference in this area.
Approximately 22 percent of North
Carolina's population consists of
blacks and Native Americans. Simi
larly, North Carolina ranks second in
the nation in the number of bacca
laureate degrees awarded to members
Heisman Johnny Quest
reflected the general population of the
"They try to hire the best people,"
Bradley said. "Luckily, this time, there
were qualified black candidates. Three
of the best people also happen to be
black, which is good news."
Al Calarco, associate director of
University housing, said recruiting
graduating UNC seniors is easier than
recruiting incoming graduate students
from other schools.
"We can certainly go after talent
among (UNC) undergraduates, who will
be pursuing an additional year, two, or
By GRANT HALVERS0N
Some students at the University have
a hard time getting their homework
It's not because they have a difficult
time learning; it's because they have a
difficult time reaching the materials.
Tanner Seref, president of the student
group Carolina Handicappers for Equal
Access, wrote to Vice Chancellor Harold
Wallace last week asking the University
to install electric door openers in Davis
Handicapped students with a mobil
ity impairment have a difficult time
opening the doors to enter the library,
"We have certainly been concerned
with the complaints about the doors,"
said Larry Alford, assistant University
librarian. "We were assured during
construction of the library that elec
tronic door openers were not necessary.
However, after the building opened, it
became apparent that the electronic
openers were necessary."
According to University Architect
Tom Shumate, the door-openers would
cost at least $20,000, including instal
lation. In an interview with the Chapel Hill
Newspaper, Wallace said the
University's budget does not include
money this year for making buildings
accessible to handicapped students.
"I don't see how we can ask the
students to use the library and then not
provide access," said Matt Mlekush,
to 12-hour shiffite
they did not rotate shifts.
The interviews also revealed that the
lack of communication between shifts
caused "personnel assigned to the sec
ond and third shifts to feel frustrated
and not part of the department."
According to DeVitto's report, dis
advantages to the new schedule are a
change in seniority status, a possible
change in the lifestyles of the officers,
and a possible disruption of their family
DeVitto said he used the chain of
command to determine the officers'
opinions on the proposal.
"We asked the supervisors to discuss
of these minority groups, nearly 4000 in
Currently, over 33,000 blacks and
Native Americans are enrolled in col
leges and universities in North Carolina;
24,000 of them are in the University of
North Carolina System, Dearman re
ported. Dearman plans to center his campaign
' around three key issues: recruitment,
financial aid and retention.
The Graduate School can increase
recruitment by encouraging campus
visitations, participating in Council of
Graduate Schools Forums on Graduate
Education and by becoming active in
national educational networks, he said.
The financial aid aspect of the cam
paign consists of efforts to increase the
funds allotted the Graduate School,
which can be targeted toward minority
In 1989-90, the Graduate School
Office gave 52 minority graduate stu
three years, and encourage them to ap
ply," Calarco said.
"That's the only control we have," he
said. "I don't want to give the impres
sion that we can invite people to the
University, give them graduate assis
tantships, and then they will be auto
matically accepted to the University
because that's not true."
Calarco said 34 candidates applied
for the nine vacancies, and he knew at
least five of those 34 were black. He
said the application does not ask for
See AD, page 9
associate director of buildings and
In an attempt to increase the quality
of life for handicapped students on
campus, Mlekush has written a position
paper asking for $35,000 per year for
minor projects such as curb-ci. ing and
installing electronic door-openers where
they are necessary.
If approved for next fiscal year, the
money would come from interest earned
on University investments and overhead
receipts, rather than from the N.C.
Laura Thomas, coordinator of
handicapped services, said she feels
making all academic buildings available
to handicapped students is also a priority.
"Only 70 to 75 percent of the aca
demic buildings are accessible right
now. I am concerned about students not
having access to specific academic de
partments or services."
Changes that are necessary to make
academic buildings accessible include
the addition of new ramps and elevators,
the replacement of old elevators and the
addition of bathroom facilities, Thomas
Residence halls are a third area on
campus where handicapped students are
at a disadvantage.
"We want to make as many residence
halls as possible available to all stu
dents," said Allan J. Calarco, associate
director of the housing department.
As residence halls are renovated,
See HANDICAP, page 3
it with their people, and the supervisors
indicated there were people who didn't
want to rotate," he said, noting others
wanted to rotate, and because the move
made good sense, the department went
ahead with it.
DeVitto said some officers might be
against the rotating shifts because the
department has been doing it the same
way for years.
The police official said the majority
of officers interviewed preferred the
DeVitto said he didn't think the long
See POLICE, page 9
dents a total of $492,222, including
federal funds for teaching assistants,
according to Dearman.
To increase retention, Dearman
emphasizes the need for departments
to be sensitive to the special needs of
their minority graduate students.
Support networks such as the Alliance
for Black Graduate and Professional
Students, are already working in this
area, he said.
The Graduate School is also
working on two grant proposals wh ich
would focus on students at the junior
high, high school or collegiate
freshman level to provide them with
emotional support and academic
mentoring necessary to continue to
post-baccalaureate study, he said.
The grants being sought would
provide scholarships to cover tuition,
fees and books for four years and
See MINORITY, page 9