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Wht lailij Sunny High 75-80 SARR March 12:15 p.m. in the Pit Friday: Sunny High 75-80 Serving the students and the University community since 1893 Thursday, November 1, 1990 Chapel Kill, North Carolina NewsSportsArts 962-0245 962-1163 BusinessAdvertising Dismissal not etfionigo. 9 mm js r r 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 tee Wednesday. "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 Committee hearing. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., presiding over the hearing, echoed growing concern in Congress about what will happen at the pump if war breaks out. 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 said. 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 gallon. 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 hostaees. 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 - - - Middle East conflicts were included on the agenda. The United States has re iected anv such linkaee. j - j w 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 WASHINGTON PresidentBush's escalation of threats against Iraq may be aimed at Saddam Hussein, but the message also is bound to play well to Republican audiences. 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 Access impedalment 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 Campus 3 State and National 4 Features 5 Sports......... 6 Classifieds ........................... 8 Opinion ...........10 1990 DTH Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. QMIJB lit . j j Devil's advocate Classics professor Kenneth Reckford dresses as a (handsome) devil to 'demonstrate Dante's Inferno in Murphey Hall Wednesday afternoon. Appointmeii' 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. e in By JENNIFER DUNLAP Staff Writer 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 rector. Carolina Dining Service is now Wee party Beclin 3Ti m. p S Li w " TV 000 R? - irM'fc)f ' J! fit $r Jfr -t J Children from the Head Start program, decked out in standard Halloween garb, play a game in the Black Living with a saint DTHKathy Michel 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 business closing the food court at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The new op erational hours became effective Oct. 29. 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 Senior Writer 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, she said. "They thought I would just leave it alone, but I have no intentions of dropping it (the grievance)," Powers said. 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. officer 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 DTHEd Moorhouse 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 of it." 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, he said. 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 she smoked. 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 was fired. 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 lin $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 Senior Writer 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 Loft lawsuits By BURKE K00NCE Staff Writer 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 Robert Neville 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 the future. "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," she said. 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 mtt hours 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 campaign. 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 new. 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 time. 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

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