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Friday, February 21, 1992
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Intruders, rumors of rape scare
By Jennifer Mueller
If you see a sorority member on cam
pus during the next few weeks, don't be
surprised if she isn't wearing her letters
or if she's walking among a large
Recent incidents at UNC sorority
houses, along with unverified reports of
gang rapists, have some members tak
ing extra safety precautions.
At least one sorority has looked into
hiring private security agents after mem
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Kenan lab fire spurs investigation of chemicals
By Marida Move prevent similar incidents. The chemistry department has not bythePhysicalPlanttorepairthebuilc
By Marida Moye
University health and safety officials
will recommend tougher regulations for
chemical experiments in response to
last month's laboratory fire, but chem
istry department faculty members say
this solution is not entirely acceptable.
Officials have not pinned down the
cause of the fire, which resulted in about
$30,000 damage to a sixth-floor Kenan
Laboratories room. Cindy Schauer, as
sistant professor of chemistry, said she
believed it started when methanol es
caped from a cooling system.
Donald Willhoit, UNC health and
safety director, said after investigations
had been completed he would recom
mend that lab students use safer materi
als when conducting experiments to
Electrical short ignites
small fire at Rathskeller
By Kelly Ryan
; A fire in The Rathskeller's storage
room early Thursday morning caused
minimal damage to the renowned
Franklin Street eatery.
The fire started when an electrical
wire short-circuited, according to a
Chapel Hill Fire Department state
ment. Rat manager Charles Smith said the
fire spread when the electrical wire
melted and ignited the wood ceiling.
"There was no negligence," Smith
said. "(The wire) runs along the ceil
ing and caught fire to the wood."
When Chapel Hill police responded
to the restaurant's smoke alarm, they
discovered smoke coming from the
Chapel Hill firefighters responded
to a 5: 1 3 a.m. call with four trucks and
tS firefighters, according to the state
ment. Firefighters broke in the back door
of Sutton's Drug Store, 1 59E. Franklin
St., to check for flames. Sutton's is
located above the Rat's storage room.
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bers stumbled upon an intruder in oneof
the house bedrooms last weekend.
But Ralph Pendergraph, interim
Chapel Hill police chief, said rumors
and storiescirculating among sororities
were completely non-factual. "There's
a lot of real scared people out there
without a real reason."
Rumors have been running amok
across campus after reported break-ins
and attempted break-ins at three soror
ity houses in the past week.
Most of these rumors involve gang
initiation rites some even say the
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Our recommendation will be that
they (chemistry department) use a non
flammable coolant material in experi
menting," Willhoit said.
But Schauer, who was in the building
during the fire, said it would not be
feasible to use non-flammable coolants
to conduct experiments all the time,
especially when dealing with chemi
cals at low temperatures.
"That's a nice suggestion to make,
but that needs to be followed by an
actual material available," she said.
"There's no real safe alternative.
"I took the initiative and did some
investigations on that myself. Every
thing that is appropriate for that mass
that can operate at low temperatures is
to some degree flammable and we
were using the standard thing to use."
Since firefighters extinguished the
fire in a few minutes, most of the
damage was cleaned up by early after
noon, Smith said.
"We've already cleaned up and just
have to do some painting," he said.
He estimated the total damage costs
to be low.
"We're only talking about $400 or
$500 damage, tops," Smith said.
"We're covered by fire insurance. It
all depends on our deductible."
Smith also was responsible for re
pairing damage done to Sutton's.
Firefighters used fans to remove
smoke from the drug store.
Sutton's manager John Woodard
said the. store did not have much smoke
The only other damage was the back
door firefighters had broken down, he
Woodard said The Rat had com
pleted repairs to the door by lunch
time. "We have a good working relation
ship (with The Rat,)" he said. "We're
all like one big family downtown. We
look out for each other."
notorious Crips and Bloods of Los An
geles gang-war fame in which want-to-be
members must rape a sorority
woman and take her letters.
But Pendergraph said he had heard
the story about the gangs at only one
sorority house and had found nothing to
Panhellenic adviser Judi Barter said
she spoke with Chapel Hill police Capt.
Gregg Jarvies Thursday about the ru
mors. Jarvies told her that he had con
tacted the State Bureau of Investigation
but had found no supporting evidence.
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made any sweeping policy changes to
conduct experiments but has taken more
precautions, such as use of non-flammable
materials as coolants when pos
sible to ensure that such an incident
never occurs again, Schauer said.
"People don't get afraid and don't do
chemistry because of that (the fire),"
she said. "However, the experience is
positive in the sense that it makes us
"We're going to do everything we
can to protect against this freak accident
resulting again. But it's not clear, given
different circumstances, the sameevents
Judy Lewis, insurance manager for
the University property office, said dam
age in the lab would cost about $30,000.
"The estimates that I have been given
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DTH editor candidate goals unrealistic, former editors say
By Marty Mlnchin
The innovations and changes pro
posed by Daily Tar Heel editor run-off
candidates would make an ideal DTH,
but several of their platform planks are
not entirely realistic, several former
DTH editors said.
Voters will choose between Matthew
everyone is wrong about other
Corean Hamlin, Panhellenic Coun
cil president, said, "In terms of security,
we're not doing anything radically dif
ferent." But one of her sorority sisters said,
"We have been told to be very, very
careful this weekend."
An officer at another sorority said,
"They've been telling girls to be really
careful not to prop the doors, walk in
pairs, stuff like that."
A UNC sorority chapter president
added, "We always encourage the sis
ters here to take care of themselves and
by the Physical Plant to repair the build
ing and bring it up to building code
standards is $ 1 9,700," she said. "There
is also an additional $10,000 for con
tent, which goes into replacing equip
ment damaged by the smoke of the
Schauer said the escaped methanol
had contributed to the fire.
"The freak incident happened per
haps when a vessel containing a cooling
solution (methanol) came into contact
with a hot lamp and ignited," she said.
Schauer said the fire started after she
left the experiment unattended to go to
She said it was not unusual to leave
an experiment unattended. "It was com
pletely standard procedure. We don't
sit there and watch our reactions react
that's just not how we do things."
Eisley and Peter Wallsten in a run-off
The former staffers agreed that both
candidates stressed many goals in their
platforms that would make for a perfect
DTH. But based on past experiences,
they said the ideas probably would not
turn out exactly as the candidates
Jean Lutes, 1988-89 DTH editor in
each other, just like any other women
on this campus would do."
Gerry Rogers, former Panhellenic
vice president in charge of rush at Duke
University, said she had heard no such
rumors. "That's sort of bizarre."
Crime rates, particularly those in
volving sexual offenses, have increased
on the UNC campus this year. The num
ber of reported campus sexual assaults
has risen more than 50 percent this year
from recent years. These numbers in
clude a woman who claimed to be raped
on the steps of Lenoir Dining Hall and
Athletes to learn
rape awareness as
part of seminars
Officials say recent charge not related
By Michael Workman
Each University student-athlete will
attend a rape awareness seminar start
ing Monday, just nine days after the
arrest of a men's soccer player on rape
But the seminar is not a response to
the arrest, said Rick Brewer, associate
athletic director for sports information.
Planning fortheprogram began in spring
1991, Brewer said.
Athletic Director John Swofford said,
"We thought it was appropriate in terms
of the social context in which we all live
The seminar will complete a four
part series of seminars for student-athletes,
Swofford said, "It fit in very appro
priately with the other issues in the
The seminars address behavioral is
sues including "everything from eating
disorders to drugs and alcohol," he said.
Although the seminars are only for
student-athletes, sexual assault is a prob
lem for all of society, Swofford said. "I
think people are generally bright enough
to understand that (sexual assault) is a
problem for everyone."
UNC swimmer Kevin Antshel said
he did not think athletes were more
likely than average people to commit
"I don't think you can single out a
certain group," Antshel said. "I don't
think athletes are more prone."
Antshel said he thought the percent
age of UNC athletes arrested for rape
compared favorably with the percent
age of average people arrested on the
same charge. "I think (the percentage of
athletes arrested) is a very small per
centage." But Jean Templeton, a Chapel Hill
psychologist, said she thought athletes
were more prone to commit sexual of
chief, said she supported Wallsten's
idea for more aggressive reporting and
a more aggressive beat system but said
she could see problems with imple
menting the system.
"Peter has great campaign promises
all are ideal but will be difficult to
implement," Lutes said. "Reporters
probably won't have enough time to
write two days a week and also spend
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two women who claimed to have been
raped by student athletes.
The incidents at sorority houses might
be only an extension of the increased
campus crime rate. Pendergraph said
the police were taking the rumor "as
seriously as any rumor of this nature."
Sororities frequently are victimized
by pranks and minor crimes,
But the president of one sorority said
she was unable to remember another
incident of an intruder in her house
during her time in Chapel Hill.
"Our culture glorifies athletes,"
Templeton said. "The culture creates
elaborate hero-worshipping ceremonies
for athletes. The culture gives the mes
sage of privilege and entitlement to
Polly Guthrie, Orange County Rape
Crisis Center community education and
outreach coordinator, disagreed. "I don't
think athletes are more likely to commit
sexual offenses," she said.
Many peoplefalsely believe that high
profile athletes have a hard time con
trolling their aggressions, Guthrie said.
"People are willing to believe that an
athlete who is exercising aggression on
the field will carry that aggression over
to his personal life."
The average person participates in
aggressive sports, too, she said.
"A lot more of us are athletes than
those who are on scholarship at the
University," Guthrie said. "Everyone
deals with issues of power and aggres
sion in their lives."
Templeton said each athlete was not
necessarily more likely tocommit sexual
violence than the average person.
"How an individual incorporates that
trend into his own life depends on that
individual," she said.
The danger in reporting arrests of
athletes and famous people is that oth
ers will believe that sexual assault is a
crime which happens only to those who
associate with these high-profile groups,
Reporting crimes of only sports and
entertainment stars "diminishes the vic
timization of thousands of others," she
said. "People tend to think that people
who commit sexual assaults are special
Antshel said the attention athletes
received for arrests was unfair, but he
admitted that an athlete should have
known the burdens of being a UNC
athlete when he joined the team.
time with their beats."
Cameron Tew, 1990-91 DTH city
desk editor, said he thought Wallsten's
aggressive reporting policy would ben
efit the paper greatly and would work if
reporters were serious about their jobs.
"That's a very noble thing to strive
for in reporting,"Tew said. "If you want
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