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Volume 98, Issue 98
Thursday, November 8, 1990
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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$200 million bond
for prisons approved
RALEIGH The General Assem
bly, when convening in January, will be
asked to issue $200 million for prison
construction as soon as possible after
voters approved the funds in a tight
referendum, officials said Wednesday.
"We've got plans ready to give to
them," North Carolina Correction Sec
retary Aaron Johnson said after learn
ing the referendum had been approved
by about 8,000 votes of nearly 1.4
million cast. "Each session we've got
ten on the agenda at the very beginning."
Johnson, who worked for the state
with Gov. Jim Martin on behalf of the
referendum, said he was not surprised
about the close vote.
"The number one reason was the
economic situation in the state and the
problem we're having with the state
budget," he said.
"People were fearful of tax increases.
'Then the other thing is that there's
so much confusion about what we need
to do to fix our criminal justice system.
... Who should go to prison? That's one
of the issues that is not clear."
Supporters of the bonds, which will
be used to build 5,646 new prison beds,
also had to fight a lack of funds and a
history of failure for similar bonds,
"We just had to rely on word-of-mouth
and what efforts we could put
forth individually," he said.
Iran gets aid after
earthquake lolls 22
NICOSIA, Cyprus Search teams
and relief aid were dispatched to remote
sections of southern Iran on Wednesday
following a powerful earthquake that
killed at least 22 villagers and left more
than 12,000 homeless, Tehran radio
The report, monitored in Nicosia,
said most of the victims were children
less than 12 years old who were sleep
ing when the quake struck Tuesday
evening. The radio said 1 00 people were
The crisis further strains Iran's relief
agencies, still reeling from a major quake
in northern Iran in June which killed an
estimated 50,000 people.
The temblor shook 1 8 villages around
the city of Darab, located about 600
miles southeast of Tehran, the official
Islamic Republic News Agency said.
Tokyo may take steps
to ease crowding
TOKYO Legislators adopted a
resolution Wednesday recommending
that Parliament and other government
offices move out of Tokyo to help ease
overcrowding and spiraling land prices
in the capital.
The concentration of political, eco
nomic and cultural activities in Tokyo
has drawn millions from the fading
countryside, putting a strain on its envi
ronment and driving land prices to un
precedented levels, the resolution said.
In case of a major disaster under such
crowded conditions, city functions
would be paralyzed, it added. The reso
lution was adopted by both houses of
the Diet, Japan's parliament. .
"As a basic measure to rectify this
distortion, we should avoid concentra
tion, and to establish suitable functions
of politics and administration for the
21st century, proceed to relocate the
Diet and the government, it said..
From Associated Press reports
Frosh out of luck
Universities seek gender-neutral term
for 'freshman' 3
Have a trippin' break
Start planning Spring Break now and
avoid the rush 4
Not for the slight of hand
UNC's team handball club gears up
for third season of play 5
Campus and city 3
Opinion : 8
1990 DTH Publishing Corp. All rights' reserved.
By MATT CAMPBELL
Students' dissatisfaction with "The
Student Body" sculpture continues, as
members of the Committee Against
Offensive Statues (CAOS) begin a"lone
Members of the organization plan to
organize a one-person protest daily, until
the sculpture is removed from the front
of Davis Library.
One protester will sit by the statue
every day from 1 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. holding
a poster that states students must remain
aware of the racial infractions occurring
By LAURA WILLIAMS
Dennis Curtis, a former University
maintenance mechanic who was fired
last week, said he would file a grievance
against the University Thursday to get
his job back.
Curtis was fired Oct. 30 after another
mechanic filed a grievance alleging he
had sexually harassed her.
Curtis said he believed the woman
accused him of sexual harassment to get
his job. Anne Powers filed the grievance
only after she was turned down for a
merit raise, he said. She wanted him to
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Donna Wood, a sophomore art and computer graphics
major from Southern Pines, puts finishing touches on
Congress tables bill easing residency rules
By JENNIFER DUNLAP
A bill that would change residency
requirements for students running for
Student Congress was tabled at a
Wednesday night meeting because of
technical problems with the Student
Code and the Student Constitution.
If passed, the bill would have allowed
students to run for a congress seat in a
district in which they did not live. Elected
members would be required to move
into their districts before being sworn
Another provision in the bill called
for a referendum on this spring's ballot
to allow congress members to delay
living in their distric until the fall se
on campus, said Deepthiman Gowda, a
The purpose of the protest is to re
mind students of the statues' racist and
"The University is playing the delay
tactic in hopes the controversy will die
away," he said.
Grandella McGregor, a freshman
from Raeford, agreed with Gow da about
University administrators dodging the
"I think the University is letting the
controversy die down, hoping they
lose his job so she could be promoted,
Powers said she did not file the
grievance in an effort to be promoted. "I
do not hope to gain a promotion or
anything else out of this," she said.
Ben Tuchi, vice chancellor for busi
ness and finance, is responsible for per
sonnel in his division. He said the
University was working to educate
people and change harassment prob
lems. "Awareness of (sexual harassment)
is something we're working at," he said.
mester of their term.
The bill was sent back to the Student
Congress Rules and Judiciary Com
mittee because congress can change
only the Student Code and not the
Changes in residency requirements
for students running for congress could
not be implemented until the student
body passed a referendum that changed
the constitution, which overrides the
"All Title I (constitution) changes
have to be put in a referendum before
the student body, and this bill involves
both constitutional and non-constitutional
changes," said Matt Heyd, con
gress speaker. "The two have to be
is to be honest with oneself. Joseph Goebbels
won't have to make a decision,"
The Class of '85 donated the sculp
ture to the University as its class gift.
S ince the statues were erected, students
have argued about racist and sexist
implications of the sculpture and if it
Gowda said the statues should be
removed and the attitude of the entire
University community needed to be
"The statues are a symptom of the
resurgence of racist and sexist opinions
"If there is a problem, it needs to be
Curtis said he touched Powers' leg,
but the incident was not sexually moti
vated. He was driving a crew of me
chanics back from a job and he touched
Powers' leg during conversation. The
touch was inadvertent, he said.
Powers said Curtis rubbed her leg
from the calf to the knee and repeated
the action after she told him to stop.
Curtis said, "If any woman gets mad
at someone, she can file a grievance for
sexual harassment just to get rid of
a nonrealistic self-portrait in her art class in Hanes Art
The rules and judiciary committee
will modify the bill and resubmit it at a
later date to the entire congress.
Mark Shelbume, Di st. 8 and chairman
of the committee, said in a meeting
Monday that he wrote the bill so more
students would have the chance to run
Congress also voted to table two
resolutions about a proposed smoking
ban in campus buildings.
The first resolution opposed the
smoking ban. The second, a substitute
resolution written in response to the
first, deferred a congress decision on
See CONGRESS, page 7
across the nation, Gowda said.
"The responsibility is not all upon
the University but also must be a con
certed effort by the University adminis
tration and the student body to end
racism," he said. "Another step to end
ing racism is not concentrating so much
on a Euro-centric curriculum but recog
nizing that Asian and Black cultures are
Laura Guy, a freshman from
Greenville, said she felt the sculpture
should be open to interpretation. She
did not see any racial overtones and did
not believe any were intended, Guy
ance to r
them. I'm not against women working
around men if they are qualified for the
job. But don't use the fact that you are a
woman to get rid of people in your
Powers said Curtis had harassed her
for the last two years and the incident in
the van was not isolated.
"I just want to be able to work and not
be harassed," she said. "I don't think
anyone on that campus should have to
work under those conditions."
She was the first female mechanic in
the Physical Plant, and the men in the
lardin will not ac
By ASHLEY F0GLE
Despite warnings that fraternities
might be monitored more closely in the
future, Chancellor Paul Hardin said
Wednesday he would not take any ac
tion as a result of a University student's
falling from the roof of Sigma Phi Ep
At the Oct. 26 Board of Trustees
meeting, Hardin said fraternities would
be policed by the University if they
couldn't handle matters themselves.
Hardin said Wednesday it was not
his place to intervene in the matter at
"I am not the dean of students," he
said. "If any violation of the Instrument
of Student Conduct took place, the ju
dicial system will take care of it. There
is no grounds for the chancellor to in
tervene." A female student fell several feet
from the roof of the Sigma Phi Epsilon
fraternity house Sunday night into a
garden area below. Holly Hancock, a
junior from Reidsville.was hospitalized
after the fall.
Hardin said he did not know the
details surrounding the accident, so he
did not want to prejudge.
"It's alarming and bizarre, and it
makes you wonder if it's due to exces
sive partying," he added.
hired by medical school
By BURKE K00NCE
A consultant has been hired to im
prove poor relations between employ
ees and management in the UNC Phy
sicians and Associates department, and
it will cost the School of Medicine more
Helen Iverson, an administrative as
sistant, said the decision to hire a con
sultant was made by Stuart Bondurant,
dean of the medical school, after
meetings last summer between em
ployees and management failed to re
lieve tension in the department.
Problems among personnel in the
department have been constant for the
last six or seven years, she said.
Wilton Murphy, a psychologist and
senior consultant with the Human Re
sources Management Consulting Ser
vices of William M. Mercer Inc., will
present his findings and recommenda
tions to Bondurant Dec. 1. His one
month of work is expected to cost the
University $31,740, plus travel and
Murphy has created a plan to inter
view most of the employees in small
groups and the management personnel
individually. About 10 percent of the
employees will be interviewed indi
vidually "to assure obtaining the fullest
and most candid appraisal of the cir
cumstances," the plan states.
Bondurant described the consultant's
four-part work plan in a letter to em
ployees last week.
Murphy will develop a project
"Art is what a person sees in it. I'm
not sure, with the artist's thoughts in
mind, that the sculptures are intention
ally a form of racism," she said.
Frederic Schroeder, dean of students,
said the University would act on the
statues after student leaders officially
lodge a complaint.
"I understand that the University is
waiting on an official recommendation
from the student body before any action
is taken. I don't believe the University
is delaying anything," he said.
department did not know how to work
with a woman, Powers said.
"I think a lot of them have very
chauvinistic attitudes," she said.
The University should do something
positive about sexual harassment be
cause it is widespread on campus, she
Curtis said he had been treated un
fairly. He said that he was a good me
chanic and that losing his job would
make life difficult.
"I've got nothing to lose,'
said. "I've lost it all."
He was concerned about last
Sunday's incident, Hardin said.
"My first reaction was concern that
she might be seriously injured," he said.
"My second reaction is to be battled as
to how it may have happened."
Frederic Schroeder, dean of. students,
said Tuesday that he thought evidence
indicated the fall was an accident. The
University will not investigate what led
to the accident because it occurred on
private property, he said.
The University's relationship with
the Greek system should not be affected,
Robert Cooper, a Chapel Hill lawyer,
said I lancock might or might not have a
legal case against the fraternity. The
fraternity's liability would depend on
the circumstances of the case, he said.
"If you and I decided it would be fun
to play around on the roof and I fell,
chances are you would not be liable," he
"It depends on the fault or damage of
the property owner and what caused the
fall and what the fraternity did or didn't
do that had anything to do with it.
"If it was a case of a two-year-old
child and there was a window opening
onto a steep drop, that would be different,
just like if you had an open swimming
pool and a two-year-old fell in you
could be held liable."
statement that will identify concerns,
, goals and actions that Bondurant will
receive by Dec. 1 .
He will review the University staff
personnel administration guide and in
terview members of the human resources
office to increase his understanding of
campus employment policies.
Murphy will then conduct individual
interviews with the associate director,
the adm inistrat i ve services coordinator,
five managers and seven supervisors.
Bondurant, Murphy and David Ontjes,
chairman of the Physicians and Asso
ciates executive committee, will discuss
the findings. I le then wil 1 present a final
written report to the dean.
Departmental problems in Physicians
and Associates reached the courts last
summer when Judge Dolores Nesnow
found Lacy Parrel I, a department su
pervisor, guilty of racial discrimination.
Farrell was found guilty of dis
criminating against Iverson, who is
black, when he promoted a less-qualified
white woman to a supervisory position.
The case will go before the state Per
sonnel Commission for a final ruling in
Iverson, who has worked in the de
partment for almost 17 years, said the
problems were more widespread than
many administrators had realized.
Workers with good records who signed
petitions last summer for better work
ing conditions have been denied merit
increases for excellent work, she said.
"We've seen signs of retaliation,"
she said. "We' II just have to be patient."