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Volume 98. Issue 93
Gulf war would cause
oil prices to triple
WASHINGTON The price of oil
couldeasily"explode"to$100 per barrel
if war broke out in the Persian Gulf, a
panel of experts told a Senate commit
"There's no limit," said John
Lichtblau of the Petroleum Industry
Research Foundation. "It depends on
how much panic there is."
"The day the war starts prices will
explode," said Lichtblau, one of several
experts on the oil industry to appear
before a Senate Governmental Affairs
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn.,
presiding over the hearing, echoed
growing concern in Congress about what
will happen at the pump if war breaks
Oil prices hovering in the $33 per
barrel range could easily triple, said
Professor Fariborz Ghadar of George
Washington University's business
school. "I would not be surprised if oil
prices reached $ 1 00 per barrel," Ghadar
The response of prices at the pump to
rising crude oil prices varies, but some
industry experts use a ratio of 12 cents
more per gallon for every $5 increase in
the price of crude.
At $ 1 00 per barrel, under that formula,
gasoline could rise to nearly $3 per
Egyptian leader says
crisis may 'explode'
Egyptian President Heosni Mubarak
and a British military commander on
Wednesday warned that war against
Iraq might be imminent, and President
Bush said he was fed up with Saddam
Hussein's harsh treatment of American
But Iraq's ambassador to the United
States, Mohammed al-Mashat, said he
sought to avoid bloodshed and repeated
Tmn's offer to neeotiate if other
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Mubarak warned that the Persian Gulf
crisis has become so dangerous it "could
explode at any time." And he urged
"our brothers in Iraq" to realize the
danger their Aug. 2 invasion of oil-rich
Kuwait has caused.
Bush focuses on Gulf
while elections near
escalation of threats against Iraq may be
aimed at Saddam Hussein, but the
message also is bound to play well to
With iust a week to go to midterm
elections, growing talk of war in the
Persian Gulf is providing a diversion
for the White House after weeks of
Doundine on taxes and the budget.
"I think Americans should be focused
on what's going on in the gulf, and in
many ways it's too bad we had that dip
in attention during those two or tnree
weeks," said White House spokesman
Marlin Fitzwater, only partly in jest.
Bush asserted today that he was
keeping his Persian Gulf policy totally
separate from the political process.
"I don't think even the most cynical
would ever sueeest that a president
would play politics with the lives of
American kids hallway arouna tne
world," Bush said.
From Associated Press reports
Bikes block access to entranceways
for handicapped 3
Just say YES
Youth for Elderly Service throws bash
at convalescent center 5
Outstanding in the field
4 UNC players place in AII-ACC field
hockey team 6
State and National 4
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Classics professor Kenneth Reckford dresses as a (handsome) devil to
'demonstrate Dante's Inferno in Murphey Hall Wednesday afternoon.
By JENNIFER PILLA
Assistant University Editor
Set. Marcus Perry was renamed crime
prevention officer in the University
police department Wednesday, but the
controversy that has surrounded the
appointment may continue it Oriicer
Keith Edwards files a grievance.
By JENNIFER DUNLAP
A 45 percent decrease in business at
the Carolina Court, located on the bot
tom floor of Lenoir Dining Hall, is
resulting in a loss of profits and has lead
to a reduction in operating hours, saia
Chris Derby, senior Food Service di
Carolina Dining Service is now
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Children from the Head Start program, decked out in
standard Halloween garb, play a game in the Black
Living with a saint
An outside panel, appointed by the
University, unanimously recommended
Perry for the job after interviewing him
and Edwards Oct. 25.
Edwards, who applied for the position
when it was reopened, said she would
file a grievance with the department
next week. She is filing because she
closing the food court at 2:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday. The new op
erational hours became effective Oct.
When the court was open from 2:30
p.m. to 7:30 p.m., it only served an
average of 35 people per hour, Derby
said. "Just 35 people an hour is not
enough people to support Carol ina Court
being open (during those hours)."
is more grueling than being one.
ays JHoiisiiiig employee
By THOMAS HEALY
Charges of sexual harassment and
discrimination in the Housing Support
Department have resulted in one man
being fired, but the woman who filed
the charges says she is not satisfied and
will pursue further action through the
University grievance process.
Anne Powers, the only female me
chanic in housing support, said
Wednesday she thought the University
acted appropriately when it fired Den
nis Curtis, the maintenance mechanic
who allegedly harassed her. The Uni
versity fired Curtis Tuesday.
But the University should not stop
there, she said.
"I think they focused in on him, and
are not focusing on the whole problem,"
she said. 'The whole problem is not
Dennis Curtis. He was a part of it."
The housing support department still
has not responded to the charges of
discrimination and retaliation she lev
eled against her supervisors and co
workers, Powers said. Firing Curtis
could have been an attempt to appease
her so she would drop her grievance,
"They thought I would just leave it
alone, but I have no intentions of
dropping it (the grievance)," Powers
Curtis agreed that his termination
was an attempt by the department to
placate the situation.
"Don't you think it's obvious," he
asked. "They fire me, she's got no case.
believed an unfair selection process led
to Perry being chosen over her for the
position, and because she was more
qualified, she said.
The news media received notification
about the appointment before John
DeVitto, interim director of the public
safety department, told Edwards that
James Cansler, chairman of the Food
Service Advisory Committee, said food
services at UNC traditionally lost
money. "The food service has not made
money here since probably 1965."
According to the Carolina Dining
Services' financial overview operating
statement, the court suffered a $ 1 7 1 ,3 1 2
decrease in sales from 1 988-89 to 1 989
90. However, total sales increased by
Cultural Center Wednesday. The party was sponsored
by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. See story, page 5.
"I think they're trying to protect
themselves. Everybody in the Univer
sity is running scared, so I just happened
to be an easy vent, an easy way to get out
Herb Paul, director of the Physical
Plant, could not comment on the spe
cifics of the department's actions be
cause it was a personnel matter con
cerning an employee's grievance. But
the department has taken some action
and is continuing to take some action,
Powers originally filed her grievance
Sept. 19. In it, she claimed that Curtis
had touched her after being told not to,
and that other workers had broken wind
in her face.
Since filing her grievance. Powers
claims her immediate supervisor has
retaliated against her by assigning her
to extremely difficult jobs and by de
claring one of her working areas a no
smoking zone, even though he knew
In an Oct. 17 meeting with top offi
cials in the Physical Plant, Powers and
her attorney, Alan McSurely, outlined
these complaints and asked the admin
istrators to take the appropriate action.
Powers said she had not been told by
the department's officials that Curtis
Curtis said Steve Stoddard, housing
support superintendent, telephoned him
Tuesday and told him he was fired.
Curtis is waiting for formal notification
in the mail and then will file a grievance
with the University asking that his
to ffle grievance
she was not picked, Edwards said.
"I got my notification in the mail,"
she said. ."DeYittQ had no righttanotify
the media before he notified me."
Edwards did not expect to be selected
for the position because DeVitto made
the final decision about who got the job,
she said. The outside panel was not
$690,925 during the same time.
"Overall, I think Marriott is not where
they would like to be, but they're in a
tolerable position as far as the gain-loss
column," Cansler said.
Derby said renovations to the main
floor of Lenoir could be a contributing
factor to the drop in customers. The new
availability of pizza, yogurt and ham
burgers in the main dining room may
Gantt favors gay rights,
organization's fliers say
By LAURA WILLIAMS
As the N.C. Senatorial race heats up,
campaign material is becoming more
prominent on campus, including fliers
that claim Harvey Gantt has a "secret
campaign" for gay rights, and receives
support from "militant homosexuals."
An organization that says it wants to
inform voters about Harvey Gantt's
involvement with certain groups has
begun posting fliers on campus.
North Carolina Students for Truth, a
network of students supported by the
Mid-American Conservative Political
Action Committee, posted fliers show
ing an advertisement for a Dump Helms
dance. The advertisement was found in
The Washington Blade, a publication
By BURKE K00NCE
Students who are considering filing
lawsuits against Sturdi-Boy Products,
Inc., whose metal lofts failed to meet
University housing standards, may be
wasting their time and money, UNC
Student Legal Services attorney David
Crescenzo said Wednesday.
Crescenzo said the Dekalb, 111.,
company had not filed for bankruptcy
but was having difficulty making pay
ments to UNC students who had asked
for loft refunds.
Filing a lawsuit may expedite pay
ment by giving certain students priority
over others, but a bankrupt company is
obligated first to reimburse its secured
creditors, such as suppliers and gov
ernment agencies, Crescenzo said.
"They (the company) still may be
able to scramble and pay kids, but Uncle
punishment be reduced.
"I think termination was a little
strong," he said. "There should have
been more mediation and talking and
education concerning sexual harass
ment, because I don't feel like that's
what I did."
Powers disagreed, saying that the
University has to take a tough stand to
keep things like this from occurring in
"Now is the time UNC could really
make a stand and really do something,''
she said. "If they took a firm stand on all
this, they could set a tone for other
campuses to follow.
"Maybe this will make more people
stand up and say, 'yes, this has happened
to me,' instead of not saying anything,"
Powers and McSurely met with rep
resentatives of two local women's
support groups Tuesday to discuss set
ting up a support group for University
employees who have been harassed.
The Human Resources Counseling
Service is the University organization
that advises employees who have com
plaints about anything related to their
jobs. Powers said she and others did not
feel comfortable going to this counsel
ing service with their complaints be
cause it was connected with the Univer
sity. "Support groups need to be set up
that have no connections with the dif
ferent departments and that would not
be biased," she said.
qualified to select because they did not
know the history of the department, she
said. , . .
"DeVitto has the last say in who gets
the job," she said. "It's unfair for an
outside panel to come in to interview a
See PERRY, page 9
keep more customers from eating at
Carolina Court, he said.
The main floor always has been more
popular, he said. "I think it's because
traditionally, customers have preferred
to eat upstairs."
The advisory committee will discuss
options to redirect more business
See COURT, page 9
that targets a homosexual readership in
the Nation's capital. The dance was a
fund raiser for the Gantt Senatorial
The flier states the magazine is the
same one U.S. Congressman Barney
Frank, D-N.J., used to meet Steve Gobie,
a male prostitute.
Patrick Rothwell, co-chairman of
Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association,
said anti-gay fliers on campus were not
Two years ago, the UNC College
Republicans placed posters on campus
stating "God created Adam and Eve,
not Adam and Steve. Defund the
CGLA," Rothwell said. In 1988, Keith
See FLIERS, page 9
may be futile
Sam will always get his first," he said.
In an Oct. 5 letter sent to students
who ordered lofts, Sturdi-Boy President
David Clanton said the company was
"fighting to stay out of bankruptcy" and
was unable to refund any money at that
Since receiving the letter, several
students have contacted Student Legal
Services for advice, Crescenzo said.
Although no one has filed a lawsuit
against Sturdi-Boy, Student Legal Ser
vices has contacted the company several
times to warn the firm of possible legal
action by students, he said.
Wayne Kuncl, housing director, said
students had ordered the lofts in response
to a Sturdi-Boy advertisement in a 1 990
summer edition of The Daily Tar Heel
that was mailed to members of the in-
See REFUNDS, page 9