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The Daily Tar HeelMonday, February 10, 19923
Town parking amnesty
to begin Saturday
Chapel Hill's parking ticket amnesty
program will begin Saturday.
The program will give residents a
chance to pay outstanding parking vio
lations with 50 percent off any late fees
that have compounded.
Individuals must Till out an amnesty
request card to receive information on
the status of their parking violations
Violators must send the cards to the
town of Chapel Hill by March 1.
The town then will send violators
instructions on how to pay thedebt.
Violators must pay outstanding fines
by March 1 5. The town then will inten
sify its collection efforts and will file
civil claims or refer cases to a collec
tions and processing agency.
To be eligible for the program, an
individual must have received a park
ing citation from the town of Chapel
Hill prior to Jan. 1, 1992.
Individuals may not receive amnesty
for moving violations, warrants of ar
rest, bench warrants or other non-park
Amnesty request cards may be picked
up at Chapel Hill Town Hall, police
headquarters, the transportation depart
ment. Chapel Hill parking services of
fices, the Piirks and Recreation Depart
ment, the Hargraves Center or the Com
Violators also can call the town at
(919) 932-2912 and request that cards
be mailed to them.
Foradditional informationabout the
program, contact Eric Luther at Chapel
Hill Parking Services at (9 1 9) 968-2835.
Chronicle Holocaust ad
focus of local debate
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro chapter of
the N.C. Civil Liberties Union will hold
a moderated panel debate titled "The
Campus Press, Free Speech and the
Damnable Lie: The (Duke) Chronicle
and the Ad Denying the Holocaust" on
Tuesday, Feb. 1 1.
. The debate will be held at 7:30 p.m.
at The Community Church of Chapel
Hill, located at 106 Purefoy Road.
The panel will address such ques
tions as: Does the first amendment pro
tect ads promoting inflammatory and
degrading interpretations of history?
Who is to decide what is historically
truthful? How do these issues relate to
other issues of campus free speech?
Members of the panel will include
moderator Ferrel Guillory, a columnist
for The News and Obsewer; Margo
Crawford, director of the University
black cultural center; Rabbi Frank
Fischer of the Hillel Foundation; Ann
Heimberger, editor of The Chronicle;
Professor David Lange of Duke Law
School; Professor Chuck Stone, Walter
Spearman professor of journalism and
mass communication at the University;
Kim Thornton, editor of The Echo at
N.C. Central University; and Jennifer
Wing, editor of The Daily Tar Heel.
Individuals seeking more informa
tion may call Walter Bennett at the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chapter of the
Civil Liberties Union at 962-4107.
Dance to aid speech
and hearing projects
The Meridian Sertoma Club will
sponsor a Valentine's Day Benefit
Dance at the Omni Europa Hotel Fri
day. .The Embers will play live music for
The dance will be held from 8 p.m.
until midnight, and proceeds will be
donated to area speech and hearing
Tickets for the dance are $16 and
may be bought at Vaughn Independent
Pharmacy on Weaver Street in Carrboro
or by calling 1-800-487-3767.
Federation to discuss
: The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Fed
eration and Community Council will
present a series of workshops discuss
ing interfaith relationships.
The six workshops, titled "One
Couple Two Faiths" will be held at
Hillel House, 210 W. Cameron Ave.
The workshops will begin February
27 and will meet from 8 p.m. until 9:30
Couples interested in the workshops
should contact Brenda Ginsberg at the
Jewish Community Service at 929-67 17.
Council might ask feds
to alter cable laws
. The Chapel Hill Town Council may
pass a resolution tonight asking the U.S.
Congress to give local governments
more control of cable service in their
Council members will vote onareso
lution that would urge Congress to
change the Cable Communications
Policy Act of 1984.
; According to a memo from Town
Manager Cal Horton, the act allowed
the cable industry to become monopo
lized and cable operators to increase
rates and reduce services nationwide.
; The National League of Cities has
adopted policies that support restoring
regulatory authority to local govern
ments and increasing competition
among cable companies, the memo
Congress denies STV referendum spot
By Shannon Crownover
Student Congress voted down a bill
Wednesday that would have created a
referendum to increase student activi
ties fees by 85 cents for Student Televi
sion. Geoff Newman, STV business man
ager, said STV needed the money to
buy new equipment.
"The majority of the equipment we
use is old and is always breaking down,"
Newman said. "The shows are not get
ting out on time."
But congress members said they had
tried to be conservative and had not
approved any referendu lis for the stu
dent ballot that request ;d an activities
Playing in the dark
Bassist David Connell of the Connells performs Friday night at
Memorial Hall as the band's logo shines behind him. Adoring
Area schools emphasize multiculturaUsm all year
By Christy Hardee
February has been designated African-American
History Month in Chapel
Hill-Carrboro schools, but local educa
tors are striving to emphasize the im
portance of multicultural education
throughout the year.
"We have been tackling the problem
of integrating multicultural programs
into the yearlong curriculum for the
past three years," Chapel Hill High
School teacher Burmandeane George
George said several teachers spent
the summer developing a multicultural
curriculum for system schools.
Programs with a multicultural em
phasis have been designed for all grade
levels, George said.
Chapel Hill High School's English
department has integrated more works
by black authors into its curriculum,
and black history is being taught in the
school for the first time this year, she
"We are trying, but there are still
more things we can do," George said.
GPSF hopeful Harrell
targets grad concerns
about fees, insurance
By J. Michael
T r a c e y
date for Gradu
ate and Profes
dent, wants to
work for wider GPSF recognition and
increased graduate student involve
ment. "I really want to make (the federa
tion) a strong graduate student organi
zation," Harrell said.
Harrell, a second-year law student
from Tarboro, said she would work to
make GPSFmore recognized "among
administrators, students and the pub
lic." GPSF is a graduate student-run or
ganization designed to address con
cerns and ensure fair treatment of
Harrell said another goal was to
make sure that a higher percentage of
student fees would come back to gradu
ate students. Only 15 percent of gradu
ate student fees now come back to
Rep. Kelly Karras, Dist. 14, said:
"Nobody had anything against STV. It
wasjustamessage that congress doesn't
want any fee increases."
Rep. Scott Maxwell, Dist. 15, said
students often were uninformed about
referendums and could not make a wise
choice. More than one-third of students
do not have the option of receiving
STV, because they do not have cable
television, he said.
"Congress needs to protect the unin
formed," he said. "Something like this
can't be explained in two or three sen
tences on the ballot."
Maxwell also said STV had not ful
filled their promise to student govern
ment to raise $8,000 this year. He said
they had raised $300.
"(STV) shouldn't come to the stu
"We are not going to just bury our heads
in the sand."
Carrboro Elementary School princi
pal Randy Marshall said
multiculturaUsm had become a
system wide theme. "We have integrated
a lot of black history and
multiculturalism into the regular cur
riculum." Carrboro Elementary staff members
will participate in a workshop this month
called "Valuing Diversity Within the
Classroom," he said. The program is
designed to help the staff understand
cultural boundaries students bring to
Kindergarten students will study
Kwanzaa, the Chinese New Year, In
dian celebrations and Native American
celebrat ions, Marshall said, adding that
teachers presented this unit for the past
couple of years.
Charley Stewart, principal of Grey
Culbreth Middle School, said each
middle-school grade focused on a dif
ferent aspect of multiculturalism. The
seventh-grade curriculum focuses on
issues such as stereotyping and preju
graduate departments, she said.
She also wants to increase involve
ment in the federation. She hopes to
make graduate students more active
in Student Congress by gaining more
graduate congress seats, she said.
The federation should concentrate
more on graduate student activities,
Harrell said she believed concen
tration on pertinent graduate student
issues would increase GPSF involve
ment. These include insurance poli
cies for medical students, Odum
Village's fate and fees, Harrell said.
Service as a GPSF senator repre
senting the law school motivated
Harrell to run for president, she said.
Each graduate department is repre
sented by a GPSF senator.
"I saw an opportunity to work for
all graduate students, as opposed to as
a senator, you mainly look out for the
interests in your department," Harrell
dents looking for a handout," Maxwell
But Darryl Grissom, congress mem
ber and sponsor of the ST V bi 1 1 , said the
conservative trend in congress was tak
ing power away from students.
Students should be able to decide
what to do about their activities fees, he
Bryan Tucker, assistant producer of
STV's "Off the Cuff," said he was dis
appointed by congress's decision but
could understand members' reasons. He
said STV provided a greater benefit
than congress believed, because it gave
students experience in producing tele
"We haven't heard the student voice,"
Tucker said. "If congress would have
allowed it to be on the referendum,
fans of the Raleigh-based group danced to a mix of old favorites
and new songs and coaxed two encores from the group.
Carrboro Elementary assistant prin
cipal Settle Womble said: "We try to get
away from putting our focus on the
month of February. That was important
for a while to make people aware of the
African-American culture and contri
butions, but now there is enough infor
mation that we try to incorporate it
throughout the year."
Seventh-grade teacher Susan
Armstrong said rather than having one
big program for African-American His
tory Month this year, Grey Culbreth
teachers teamed up to conduct programs
for each grade.
"The seventh grade team is going to
read African-American literature, po
Carrboro company searching for cable pirates
By Wendy Perrell
Cablevision Industries (CVI) will
launch an investigation this month to
crack down on Carrboro cable pirates,
but violators have a three-month am
nesty period to turn themselves in.
Kim Elderkin, a site manager for
CVI, said the company would give un
authorized cable users a chance to come
forward and pay for the service they
have been using.
"Right now we're just notifying cus
tomers about the audit and giving people
a chance to come forward," she said.
CVI also will begin an educational
campaign this month to inform cable
users and abusers about the upcoming
investigation of illegal cable use.
Elderkin said cable stealing includes
illegally tapping into cable boxes and
fiscal conservatism. "Most congress
members have a good opinion of what
their constituents feel or stand on
In past years congress members paid
more attention to special-interest groups
than to their constituents, Moore said.
"I think students have a strong voice
Clark agreed congress was more con
servative this year. "We've really
worked with each other, and that's
helped to create a conservative per
sona," he said.
Many groups are aware that congress
is more conservative this year, and these
groups expect to have their budgets cut,
Some congress members said they
didn't want to elim inate funding for any
of the more than 30 groups requesting
fees. But they plan to streamline bud
gets if the groups can't prove that they
need all requested money.
Moore said it was important during
budget hearings that congress not dis
tribute all the money allotted for student
groups because many organizations
students could have told us what they
The timing of STV's request also
contributed to its failure, some congress
Rep. Ron Swift, Dist. 7, said. "Sev
eral members of congress felt that if
(STV) really needed this money, they
should have come earlier."
Rep. Kevin Hunter, Dist. 14, said
most referendums were taken care of
before Winter Break. Congress did not
have time to debate comprehensively
the bill and place it on the ballot in time
for the Feb. 1 1 election, he said.
"It was brought up at a very poor
time," Hunter said. "The meeting was
rushed and everybody wanted to go to
the bars and go to the (Duke-Carolina)
wellness floor site
By Valerie Holbert
After being notified last week that
the second floor of Ehringhaus Resi
dence Hall would be reserved for a
"Living Well" program next year, resi
dents have circulated a petition hoping
to find a way to keep their second-floor
The goal of the petition is not to
eliminate the wellness program, but to
have it implemented over a two- to
three-year period, said Tom Sander,
second-floor president. Residents who
want to stay would remain and live with
wellness program participants, he said.
But Kris Brockmann, Ehringhaus
area director, said such an alternative
would not work, because the wellness
program must be a community. "It is
total immersion," she said.
Brockmann said she understood that
students were upset. But it is hard to talk
with students about the program, when
they don't really know what wellness
is, she said.
"It's not just jogging every day," she
said. "It's balance and being whole."
etry and short stories," Armstrong said.
Students also will learn about his
torically significant black people.
School board vice chairwoman Ruth
Roystersaid African-American History
Month was not new to the school sys
tem. "We do this every year," Royster
said. "It keeps fresh in our minds that
this is an issue in our schools."
George said Chapel Hill High
School's theme for African-American
History Month was "Celebrate the
"This means we will celebrate the
spirit of unity, brotherhood and peace
that unites all humankind," George said.
using service that was supposed to be
disconnected but was not.
If a person moves into a new resi
dence and uses cable that was con
nected by the previous tenant, that per
son is a cable thief, she said.
"There's no such thing as free cable,"
Elderkin said. "They're (illegal users)
not paying for it, but our subscribers are
having to pick up the costs."
As many as four CVI inspectors will
visit cable users to determine whether
they are receiving the services they are
supposed to have, Elderkin said.
Violators turning themselves in will
not be prosecuted during February,
March or April, she said.
Under N.C. law, illegal cable users
can be fined $500 or sentenced to 30
days in jail, Elderkin said. Violators
will be prosecuted if caught after the
three-month amnesty period, she said.
would ask congress for funds during the
A group of representatives set up the
Student Fees Task Force this year in an
attempt to scrutinize the way groups
spend fees. Members made reports about
the groups and presented them to con
gress so representatives would be better
informed about the groups requesting
The task force's chairman, Scott
Maxwell, agreed that congress was fis
cally conservative this year.
"Congress is financially conserva
tive in the sense that we are watching
the money that is being handed out
more carefully," Maxwell said.
Past congresses funded groups with
out looking into their budgets to make
sure the money was spent responsibly,
"This year congress is checking to
see how student groups used the amount
of money appropriated last year before
giving out any more," Maxwell said.
Rep. Andrew Cohen, a finance com
mittee member, said some groups in the
past had asked for much more money
Newman said although STV would'
not receive money from activities fees. '
they would be able to maintain the four'
to five shows on their schedule.
But the quality of STV programs will
not be as professional as they could be. '
"With betterequipment.you can have "
better shows," Newman said. "And bet-'
ter shows lead to bigger audiences."
Newman said STV was organizing a '
fund-raising campaign that would be
gin next semester. '
STV crew members will be willing'
to f i Im campus or town events for a fee. '
"We are going to .try to generate'
some of our own money, so we can try
for the referendum again next year," '
The program would provide a struc
tured setting offering residents an envi
ronment that would promote and ex
tend opportunities for better health and
well-being, Brockmann said.
Sander said most residents did not
oppose the program itself, but they were
angry that their community was being
"We're not against the program," he
said. "They want to keep the wellness
community together, and we want to
keep our community together."
Many residents said they believed
officials should have given them more
notice, since the program would have
such an effect on their community.
Belinda Whitaker, a second-floor
resident, said: "We had no say whatso
ever. It would have been better if we had
been able to vote on this and talked
about it more."
Shajuana McMillan, also a second
floor resident, said moving to another
floor or dorm would mean having to
leave behind a place in which she had
lived for two years. "I feel I ike this is my
See WELLNESS, page 7
Several assemblies are planned
throughout the month at Chapel Hill
WTVD's Miriam Thomas will speak
about "Keeping the Dream Alive" Feb.
1 8. A group from Raleigh's Enloe High
School will perform the play "Dark
Testament" Feb. 2 1 , and Beverly Jones,
head of the history department at N.C.
Central University, will conduct an edu
cational forum examining reasons for
observing black history month Feb. 24.
Carrboro Elementary will display an
art exhibit by Charles Lilly in its media
center Feb. 10-14. Lilly's art depicts
black Americans who have made out
standing contributions to society.
Elderkin estimated that cable thefts
cost the company thousands of dollars a
The CVI investigations will give the
company a more accurate idea of how
many people are stealing cable locally,
More service is stolen at apartment
complexes, because it is easier to access
boxes on the sides of buildings without
being noticed, Elderkin said.
Candy Poole, assistant manager of
Pinegate Apartments in Carrboro, said
the complex had not had any problems
with their tenants illegally using cable.
"It's hard to access here, because we
have wall cable, and it's not as easy to
hook up," she said.
At least half of the residents in the
complex's 289 units have cable, Poole
See THIEVES, page 7
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than congress could give them because
they had anticipated cuts in their re
quests. The task force was set up to prevent
overly large requests, he said.
Other groups, aware that congress
will scrutinize their requests carefully,
come with a detailed budget, he said.
"CGLA (Carolina Gay and Lesbian
Association) has been virtually impec
cable," Cohen said. "There is no fat, and
so nothing was taken away."
Rep. Michael Kolb, Dist. I, said he
agreed that CGLA had been careful not
to ask for too much in past years, but I.
listed it among the controversial groups
that raised debate during previous hear
ings. The Black Student Movement, Phoe
nix and Yackety Yack are other groups
that have raised debate, he said.
BSM asked for a large amount of
money last year but received only a
fraction of its request. The group got
more funds than many other groups but
still complained, Kolb said."Many con
gress members took that to be a slap in