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Volume 98, Issue 87
Wednesday, October 24, 1990
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BURLINGTON The U.S. De
partment of Agriculture and the
Alamance district attorney are investi
gating animal cruelty allegations in
volving a biological supply firm, offi
cials said Tuesday.
ABC "World News Tonight" re
ported Monday that Carolina Biologi
cal Supply Co. has been killing nearly
200 cats a week with poison gas. The
report said customers were told that all
of the cats were killed at animal shelters.
The investigations were prompted
by complaints from People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals and be
gan prior to the ABC report, officials
Cats have been killed at the
company's gas chamber, but not by
Carolina Biological, company spokes
man Ron Field said Tuesday.
Field said licensed animal dealers
were allowed to use Carolina
Biological's chamber to kill animals in
the past, but that practice was recently
"For a number of years the company
has openly permitted federally licensed
animal collectors to use the company's
euthanasia chamber understanding that
the practice was approved by the USDA.
Animals were put to sleep by collectors
and purchased by the company only
after the animals were sacrificed."
WASHINGTON Saudi Arabia's
ambassador sought Tuesday to puncture
reports that the Persian Gulf crisis is
easing or that his government proposes
to allow Iraq to hold on to some Kuwaiti
territory in exchange for an end to Iraq's
"There is nothing that is encouraging
for me," Prince Bandar said after re
viewing the situation for 85 minutes
with Secretary of State James Baker.
"We have not heard from anyone that
Saddam Hussein is willing to withdraw
from Kuwait," the envoy said, referring
to the Iraqi president's Aug. 2 invasion
of the oil-rich emirate that prompted
President Bush to send more than
200,000 U.S. troops to defend Saudi
Some of the speculation about a
peaceful resol ution was based on reports
in The New York Times and elsewhere
that Prince Sultan, the Saudi defense
minister who is Bandar's father, had
raised the possibility of allowing Iraq to
retain some Kuwaiti territory as an outlet
to the gulf.
Bush civil rights veto
may affect elections
WASHINGTON Blacks were a
key element in Democratic election
victories in the two midterm elections
of Ronald Reagan's presidency.
Now President Bush has vetoed a
civil rights bill and raised the possibility
of another outpouring of black votes
"There are places where if the black
turnout is extraordinary, as it was against
Reagan in '82, it could make a differ
ence," said William Schneider, a politi
cal analyst at Boston College.
With Election Day only two weeks
away, the political question is whether
the Bush veto will arouse large numbers
of people to go to the polls Nov. 6.
From Associated Press reports
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By MATTHEW EISLEY
The University would have to give
students and applicants detailed infor
mation about graduation rates and
campus crime statistics if a bill nearing
final consideration in the U.S. Congress
UNC students could lose at least $22.5
million annually in federal financial aid
if the University did not provide the
statistics. But officials said the Uni
versity will have no trouble complying.
About 30 percent of UNC students
more than 7,200 receive some
mixture of federal, state and private
funding, said Eleanor Morris, director
new statues evoke
By NATALIE A. GODWIN
A sculpture donated by the UNC
Class of '85 stirred controversy Tues
day because some students and faculty
thought it was racist and sexist.
'The Student Body," which was
placed in front of Davis Library Tues
day, consists of seven bronze statues
depicting students in different aspects
of campus life, with each figure holding
The controversy mainly centered
around one of the statues, which repre
sents an Afro-American student holding
a basketball above his head and carry
ing a book. Many students who saw the
sculpture said they felt it was a stereo
typical image of the Afro-American
male. . '
John Ascher, a clinical instructor in
psychiatry, said the basketball player
was the first statue he noticed.
"I think the athlete placed in the
center is a contrast to the library," he
Bankruptcy of loft company may prevent refiinds
By JEFFREY HILL
Students may feel the final bite from
Sturdi-Boy Products, Inc., whose metal
lofts failed to meet University standards,
because the company may be facing
In an Oct. 5 letter sent to students
who ordered the lofts, the Sturdi-Boy
president said the company "cannot
refund any monies at this point in time,
due to customers having canceled their
orders for bed lofts and accessories."
The letter stated that the DeKalb, 111.,
company is "fighting to stay out of
Students said they could lose about
$200 if Sturdi-Boy did not pay up.
The letter stated that the company
All that jazz
Fred Holmes of Soul Expression plays his saxaphone in the Pit Tuesday
afternoon for the Union Performing Arts Committee.
of the Office of Scholarships and Stu
dent Aid. Most of them receive grants
or government-backed student loans,
"There are a lot of students who
would not be here without it," she said.
Morris' office administered about
$22.5 million in federal financial aid
during the 1989-1990 school year, she
said. Additional financial support came
from government research grants.
Don Boulton, vice chancellor of
student affairs, said many colleges, in
cluding UNC, already report graduation
and crime statistics. Passage of the bill
would only add more paperwork to
federal funding programs overwhelmed
Julia Balk, the sculptor, said she
wanted to add an athlete to balance the
academic sculptures, and she chose an
Afro-American athlete because it would
portray a more "truthful and effective
"In my mind I wanted to represent a
prominent alumni," she said. "In this
case it's Michael Jordan, and I wanted
to portray him in a non-specific way."
Bryan Ellerson, a junior biology
major, said he saw only positive images
in the figure.
"I don't see a negative image because
he has a book as well as a basketball," he
said. "I see the black student-athlete
who can have it all."
Balk said that sculptures dealing with
people as subject matter usually drew
controversy, regard of their themes.
"My work draws controversy because
that's a part of society," she said.
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would work with customers to arrive at
a "mutually beneficial solution." No
complaints about Sturdi-Boy have been
filed with the Illinois Attorney General 's
Division of Consumer Protection, a
spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Dorothy Bernholz, Student Legal
Services director, said, "They (students
who purchased lofts) need to move
quickly if they (Sturdi-Boy) are talking
about bankruptcy." Students could end
up receiving only a portion of their
money back if the company goes
bankrupt, she said.
She had not received any requests for
legal assistance against Sturdi-Boy,
David Clanton, Sturdi-Boy president,
did not return telephone calls for com
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by red tape, he said.
"It seems so wasteful," Boulton said.
"It's just more forms for us to process.
'The institutions can handle that
(reporting)," he said. "I don't think
Congress had to get involved with it."
Proponents said the proposed law,
which was approved by a U.S. House
Senate conference, would inform pro
spective students by providing the sta
tistics. Rep. Pat Williams, D-Mont., ac
knowledged that the law would place
burdens on colleges, but said in the Oct.
13 issue of Congressional Quarterly,
"Parents and students have the right to
know (about graduation and crime sta
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Students who purchased the lofts said
they were the victims of false advertis
ing. Sturdi-Boy ran an advertisement in
a summer edition of The Daily Tar Heel
that was mailed to freshmen. The ad
vertisement stated that the metal lofts
were approved by the University. The
University Department of Housing,
however, had not approved the lofts.
Susan Oates, a sophomore from
Mooresville, said, "It (the advertise
ment) said it (the loft) was University
approved, and since it was in our paper,
we did assume it meant our University.
"We didn't get it out of the USA
Today or The New York Times. We got
it out of The Daily Tar Heel, so we
assumed it would be our University."
UNC braces for possible problems
new telephonic system may cause
By MATT CAMPBELL
The new telephonic registration
system, Caroline, begins Saturday, and
adm inistrators are preparing for possible
problems that may occur because of the
large number of calls to be made in a
short amount of time.
UNC researched N.C. State
University's telephonic registration,
which began two years ago, to anticipate
problems it may face. Southern Bell
also handled NCSU's registration.
David Lanier, University registrar,
SEAC prohibited from dorm canvassing
By MICHELLE RABIL
The housing department prohibited
members of the Student Environmental
Action Coalition from canvassing resi
The group was trying to encourage
students to write letters to the N.C.
General Assembly. Chris Baumann, co
chairman of the SEAC canvassing
committee, said SEAC wants the Gen
eral Assembly to move funds from the
State Highway Trust Fund to general
funds as a way of encouraging people to
find other methods of transportation
After receiving permission from
University police to canvass the dor
mitories, SEAC went door-to-door,
encouraging students to write letters to
Williams is the chairman of the House
Subcommittee on Postsecondary Edu
cation. This will provide students and their
parents with consumer information
when choosing a college," Williams
said in the article.
The bill, which originally was spon
sored by Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., a
former Ail-American basketball player
at Princeton University, requires uni
versities and colleges to disclose an
nually by 1993 the graduation rates of
scholarship athletes who play football,
basketball, baseball, cross-country, track
and all other sports combined.
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Statues by Julia Balk stand outside Davis
Wayne Kuncl, University Housing
director, mailed a letter to students after
the advertisement ran in the DTH,
warning them that the lofts were not
approved by the University.
The housing department told Clanton
the lofts would be given consideration
after they had a chance to inspect a
model, but eventually officials refused
to approve the lofts because they were
metal and too small for the bedsprings
in University residence halls.
But Oates said the department par
tially was to blame because the depart
ment took so long to make a decision on
the loft. "When they finally didn't ap
prove it (the loft), they hung the students
out to dry," she said. "Our money was
already in the hands of Sturdi-Boy when
said Caroline would start on a Saturday
because less personal and business calls
would be made on that day. He felt
fairly confident that the system would
be able to handle the number of calls.
Don Patty, NCSU registrar, predicted
that the most likely problem for UNC
would be students trying to call and
register on an earlier date than they are
scheduled, which would interfere with
the registration of students who are
scheduled to call.
Lanier said, "Students tend to call in
ahead of time and try to get a head start.
the Chapel Hill Town Council support
ing this proposal, Baumann said.
After two weeks of going door-to-door,
Wayne Kuncl, University Hous
ing director, ordered SEAC to stop be
cause canvassing was against University
Kuncl told him that canvassing is a
violation of student privacy and a threat
to safety, especially in all-female dor
mitories, Baumann said.
Kuncl said there is a general Uni
versity policy which docs not allow
door-to-door solicitation, including the
collection of signatures, on campus.
Students running for office may go door-to-door
but cannot knock if residents
have a "do not disturb" sign posted,
Student groups are encouraged to
The rates must be broken down by
race and gender.
It also requires schools to disclose
the percentage of full-time students who
earn their degrees within six years.
Finally, it requires universities and
colleges to provide students and appli
cants with adetailed annual crime report.
The report must include a listing of
all violent crimes committed against
students in the past year and information
about crime prevention, local police
monitoring of off-campus housing,
campus security practices and law en
forcement. See BILL, page 9
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the University finally decided not to
approve the lofts."
Kuncl, who had not heard Tuesday
about Sturdi-Boy's letter, said the de
partment did not receive a loft to test
until the middle of September and only
a week lapsed between receiving the
loft and denying approval for con
struction of the lofts in dormitories.
Students should seek assistance from
the company or Student Legal Services,
but the housing department cannot of
fer any help in the matter, Kuncl said.
Amy Heckert, a freshman from
Fayetteville, said Sturdi-Boy officials
had been polite but failed to react to
complaints from her and her roommate.
"I'm paying for my college; I could use
the money," she said.
However, the computer will not allow
them through, just give them a simple
message and hang up."
Patty said NCSU made numerous
presentations in residence halls, frater
nities, sororities and campus meetings
to inform students they could not regis
ter until their scheduled times. Students
followed the instructions and avoided
overloading the system on the first day,
Lanier said Southern Bell can handle
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find alternative ways to interact with
their peers, he said.
"We tell them to set up tables, find a
common location and have people come
to them," he said.
Finis Dunaway, co-chairman of the
SEAC canvassing committee, said
SEAC members feel the policy is a
violation of their civil liberties. SEAC
is researching the specifics of a Supreme
Court case decided by Justice Hugo
Black, which supported door-to-door
canvassing, he said.
Saying that canvassing is an invasion
of privacy is "ludicrous" because stu
dents do not have to answer the door,
"We feel it's a wrong policy," he
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