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Volume 100, Issue 11
Monday, March 23, 1992
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- Student Body President-elect John
Moody appointed his campaign man
ager and fraternity brother Charlie
Higgins as vice president.
While some students criticized his
choice. Moody defended his decision to
name Higgins to the position, adding
that Higgins was the best candidate for
"I don't view (our fraternity relation
ship) as an issue," Moody said. "The
fact is, the sum total of Charlie's quali
fications made him the applicant most
By Jennifer Talhelm
Members of a Faculty Council com
mittee urged Chancellor Paul Hardin
and faculty members Friday to "pro
vide resources for a real, complete and
excellent black cultural center."
David Eckerman, chairman of the
Chancellor's Committee on the Status
of Minorities and the Disadvantaged,
said the BCC issue had come before the
time for action on
that draws near,"
Copies of what
Hardin called his
tion" with students
members on the
steps of South
Building were distributed to faculty
members at the meeting.
A coalition of student groups have
demanded a free-standing Sonja H.
Stone Black Cultural Center, an en
dowed chair in Stone's name and con
cessions for University housekeepers.
Many faculty members voiced their
support for the BCC but said they were
concerned the name "black cultural cen
ter" had negative connotations.
Paul Farel, a physiology professor,
said he thought the name would be more
effective if it were changed to the Sonja
H. Stone Center for African-American
"Black cultural center sounds a little
like Black Panthers," he said. "My con
cern is that the chance for success de
pends to a large extent on how it is
perceived by the institution."
John Sessions, professor of medi
cine, seconded the motion.
"I believe the term 'black' has fallen
into disfavor in the African-American
community," Sessions said.
But Farel withdrew his resolution
after some discussion for fear it would
"muddy the waters" and make the issue
Other faculty members said they were
confused about whether the BCC could
be a multicultural center.
Eckerman pointed out that the BCC
doesn't benefit black students alone.
"We have in the current center a
strong advocate for many cultures," he
said. "The Carolina Indian Circle has
been able to use that center very effec
tively, as have other groups.
"I think what we have here is a prob
lem where we might take on a piece of
work that seems to be ours to do and, in
doing so, set a model that can draw
issues from beyond African-American
Hardin encouraged faculty members
to talk to coalition members and to take
an interest in their concerns.
"Some of you have the privilege of
teaching students at the forefront of this
movement and who are leaders identi
fied as such publicly," he said. "I think
for you to ask them questions about
their needs and wants and show atten
tion, not necessarily agreeing or dis
agreeing, but just snowing an interest
would be appreciated.
"They need to feel someone on cam
pus cares and that we want to know
what their opinions are," Hardin said.
Some faculty members may be able
to use their own experience to advise
students, Hardin said.
"I think they might welcome that
even though it may disagree with their
It was those ribs last
appoints campaign manager a VP
suited to the job.
The fact that we're
in a fraternity
should be of little
cants for the posi
tion were Scott
president of the
Resident Hall As
Black Student Movement vice-president;
and Jennifer Davis, former candi
date for RHA president.
Cy of relief
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Sunday's game versus Maryland at Boshamer Stadium. park home run by left fielder Chad Holbrook. See story, page 5.
Price admits to eight
State and National Editor
The growing House Bank scandal hit
close to home Friday when U.S. Rep.
David Price, D-Chapel Hill, admitted
that he had eight overdrafts totaling
more than $23,402, instead of the one
overdraft for $ 1 04 that he disclosed last
Price, the 4th District's three-term
incumbent, announced Friday night that
he had been misled into believing that
he had bounced only one check be
tween 1988 and 1991.
In October, when word of the House
Bank scandal first broke, Price said he
had bounced one check, resulting in a
But Rachel Perry, Price's press sec
retary, said Jack Russ, former House
Sergeant-at-Arms, incorrectly told the
congressman he had no other overdrafts.
As the bank scandal grew. Price be
came skeptical of Russ's reassurances
and decided to conduct his own investi
gation of his account records. Perry
Torn in 2: Sunday-morning segregation addressed by clergy
Editor's note: This is the first in a
five-part series dealing with black reli
By Yi-Hsin Chang
Assistant Features Editor
It's 1 0 o'clock on a Sunday morning.
At the University Baptist Church on
South Columbia Street, 400 Baptists
settle into the pews, ready to hear their
There, only four of the churchgoers
Farther west, down Franklin Street,
500 Baptists convene at the First Bap
tist Church on Roberson Street.
A few white faces dot the audience,
but the church is predominantly black.
In fact, it is the largest black church in
Although most blacks and whites
now segregate themselves and worship
in separate churches, that was not al
ways the case.
Donald Mathews, professor of his
tory, said before the Civil War, almost
all churches in the South were biracial.
"The whites wanted blacks there so
they'd know what (the blacks) were
doing," he said. "The blacks would sit
in the balcony. If the church didn't have
a balcony, they'd sit in the back."
Anthropology professor Glenn
night the second
Higgins worked as assistant student
attorney general while Moody was at
torney general. Higgins applied for the
job when Moody stepped down from
the post but was not chosen.
Higgins and Moody are active broth
ers of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Forte questioned Higgins' qualifica
tions for the job.
"If Charlie Higgins wasn't experi
enced enough to be chosen attorney
general, then how is he the best candi
date for student body vice president?
"In order to protect a friendship, John
Moody has greatly damaged the gov
ernment of this University," Forte con
"Over the course of the past week,
(Price) started to wonder about the va
lidity of that letter," Perry said. "He has
spent the last week going over (every
When Price went back over thechecks
he wrote during the 39-month period
reviewed by the House Ethics Commit
tee and the General Accounting Office,
he discovered seven other overdrafts.
Price is one of 355 current and former
House members who bounced checks
with the now-defunct House Bank.
Many House members, including Price,
have charged that the bank did not no
tify them of overdrafts.
Russ, who had been responsible for
overseeing the bank, resigned two weeks
ago, just before the House voted unani
mously to release the names of thecheck
bouncers. Three of Price's bounced checks,
including the $104 overdraft first dis
closed in October, were the result of
Price's own accounting errors, Perry
a lie umwiv'uiuiiiuiuiy
Hinson saidmembers of majorchurches
in the South were slaveholders. "In fact.
Southern Baptist and Southern Meth
odist churches broke away from North
ern Baptist and Northern Methodist
churches on the issue of slavery."
After the emancipation of slaves in
1865, blacks left the white-controlled
churches or were sometimes kickedout.
"Segregation sounds awful, but if
blacks segregate themselves, that's dif
ferent than if whites reject them,"
"A lot of black people wouldn't be
comfortable with white people in their
church. Religion is an extension of the
self, and churches are extensions of
"It's hard for Baptist churches not to
segregate because every local church is
the focal point of several families,"
Mathews said. "There are no strangers.
In that kind of environment, interracial
connections are almost impossible."
A majority of blacks are Baptist and
Methodist because Baptist and Meth
odist ministers made the most effort to
platter. CBS broadcaster, Verne Lundquist, commenting on play of Eric Montross
tinued. "The other applicants and I went
into this knowing that, if Charlie was
not chosen attorney general, none of us
had a fair shot."
But Davis and Peeler said they had
no complaints with Moody's choice.
"Certainly Charlie was extremely
qualified for the position, and I don't
think that his being named vice presi
dent comes as a surprise to many
people," Davis said. "His experience
with the attorney general's office speaks
highly of his leadership capacity.
"I don ' t think that his fraternity should
undermine his abilities at all," she said.
"What fraternity he is in is irrelevant to
bounced checks worth $23,402
The other five
curred when Price
tried to transfer
money from the
House Bank into
his Central Caro
lina Bank account
in Chapel Hill, she
"The only way
he used House
Bank checks was .
to pay his apart
ment rent, to pay his Washington, D.C.,
phone bill, to pay his House restaurant
tab and to put the balance into his CCB
account," she said.
Price already has mailed a check for
$ 140 dollars, $20 for each of the seven
additional overdrafts, to the U.S. Trea
sury Department, Perry said. In Octo
ber, Price sent the Treasury Department
$20, what he said CCB would have
charged him for bouncing a check.
Price made it a practice to transfer the
balance of his House paycheck to his
convert slaves to their faith, he said.
Laurie Maffly-Kipp, professor of re
ligion, said blacks and whites didn't
feel comfortable in each other's
churches because their styles of wor
ship were so different.
"African-American services tend to
be more energetic, enthusiastic and
spontaneous," Maffly-Kipp said.
Hinson said in black churches, music
was more integral to the act of worship.
"In African-American churches, music
is never presented to but participated in.
In white churches, there's more a sense
of presentation than participation."
Even though styles of worship are
culturally shaped, there's a lot of diver
sity even among black churches, Hinson
said. "In speaking of African-American
churches, we tend to speak of a unified
church, but there's a great deal of diver
sity. It's not just denominational, but
very different interpretations of faith
and different styles of worship."
Many predominantly white churches
have attracted blacks to their services.
Jim Abrahamson, pastorAeacher of the
Chapel Hill Bible Church, said about a
dozen black families attended his
church's services on a regular basis.
A few years ago, when Abrahamson
invited the church's black members to a
meeting to discuss ways of recruiting
who he is and what he stands for."
"I know Charlie quite well, and I
know that he has the integrity to tell
John his true feelings and to face him on
issues, regardless of the fraternity con
nection," Peeler said. "I think Charlie is
Higgins said he and Moody would be
successful in separating their commit
ments to student governments and to Pi
"My relationship with John as a fra
ternity brother is completely separate
from our working relationship in Suite
C," he said.
Students to join
officials in tours
to improve lights
By Deborah Greenwood
Student leaders and Physical Plant
officials hope walking tours of the Uni
versity will help pinpoint poorly lighted
areas of campus where student safety is
"We are planning a tour with some
representatives of the student govern
ment," said John Laetz, a Physical Plant
superintendent. "In a previous meeting,
it was decided that we would make a
joint effort to help the situation."
Many students have expressed con
cern that campus lighting is inadequate.
An increase in reported campus assaults
last semester added to the concern.
Gene Swecker, associate vice chan
cellor for facilities management, said
local account the day it was credited in
the House Bank, Perry said.
Unbeknownst to the congressman,
on some occasions, automatic deposits,
such as paychecks, were not immedi
ately credited to House members' ac
counts, leading to Price's overdrafts,
Immediate bank notification could
have prevented most of Price's over
drafts. Perry said.
"The bottom line is that it would've
taken one call," she said. "We've all had
problems with our checking accounts,
but you and I receive some notification
when something goes wrong. He never
got that call.
"Hopefully, the facts will speak for
themselves," Perry said. "That's why
we're releasing the full details."
Vicky Goudie, the GOP challenger
to Price's seat, said Sunday that Price
should be held partly accountable for
the bank scandal.
"Even though the number (of bounced
checks) aren't as high (for Price) as
we've seen with other congressmen, he
more black families, he said he was
surprised by their reaction.
"They were offended," Abrahamson
said. "They said, 'We come to this
church as people. We don't want to be
singled out as blacks.' As a result, we
don't want to make a point of racial
breakdown at our church except to en
courage ethnic diversity.
"Black people are certainly welcome
here as are white people and Asian
Bill Wells of the Chapel of the Cross
said his church has an exchange pro
gram with the St. Paul African Method
ist Episcopal church, a predominantly
black church, in which members of one
church visit the other.
The Chapel of the Cross is also work
ing with the Black Cultural Center to
establish a cross-cultural institute.
On campus. Christian groups are, for
the most part, also segregated.
David Taylor, who conducts Cam
pus Crusade meetings as the master of
ceremonies, said about two or three
blacks out of 100 to 120 students at
tended the group's weekly meetings.
But there have been racially mixed
turnouts for several programs that were
well-publicized, he said.
The Campus Crusade staff is looking
for ways to integrate the organization,
Matt Heyd, current -student body
president, said Moody's selection was
completely up to the new president.
"John can choose essentially who he
wants," Heyd said. "I'm sure it will go
Meridith Rentz, current student body
vice president, refused to comment on
Student reaction also revealed mixed
Corey Brown, a sophomore from
Willingboro, N.J., said he could under
stand Moody's reasons for selecting
See MOODY, page 7
University officials periodically con
ducted surveys of lighting. "Up until
now it has just been us, but we are
hoping to get student involvement."
Plans to improve lighting will in
volve increasing the number of lamps
and improving their structure, Swecker
said. "When we say improvement, we
mean not only putting up new lights, but
changing the fixtures as well."
Matt Heyd, student body president,
said an effort to involve students in the
process would target dormitory gov
"Right now, we are working on insti
tutionalizing a process by which stu
dents can also have some kind of input
in improving lighting on campus," Heyd
See LIGHTS, page 7
still bears a responsibility for allowing
this to happen," Goudie said. "He did
vote to put Russ in that position.
"In a sense, he's let a lot of people
Goudie said that although she would
not attack Price personally, she did in
tend to use the check-bouncing scandal
in her campaign.
"From the beginning of my cam
paign, I have said I would be hitting the
perks issue hard," she said. "It's strictly
issues; it's never personal with me."
Also on Friday, U.S. Rep. Martin
Lancaster, D-Goldsboro, became the
fifth N.C. congressman to become em
broiled in the check-writing scandal.
After claiming last week that he had
no bad checks, Lancaster issued a state
ment Friday admitting to seven over
drafts totalling $3,563.36. Lancaster
could not be reached for comment.
In addition to Price and Lancaster,
N.C. congressmen Tim Valentine, D
Nashville; Stephen Neal, D-Winston-Salem;
and Walter Jones, D-Farmville;
have acknowledged writing bad checks.
Taylor said. Campus Crusade already
works with Athletes in Action, a fel
lowship group that works with all ath
letes, black and white.
Campus Crusade also invited the
BSM gospel choir to perform at one of
its meetings. "We loved it. I have great
respect for the passion black people
have for their beliefs," Taylor said.
"I would love to know what I could
do to ease blacks' transition to what
we're doing and to ease our transition to
what they're doing."
Joel Collins, former ethnic minis
tries coordinator of InterVarsity Chris
tian Fellowship's South chapter, said
they had been working to reflect the
diversity on South Campus.
"It's easier to be with people we're
like, but we need to get out of our
comfort zones," Coll ins said. "Our goal
is to just love people."
Sherry Byrd, a junior from
Thomasville, has been going to IVCF
since her freshman year. Byrd, who is
black, said she was intimidated when
she first attended the meetings.
"Anytime you join any group where
you're in the minority, you're going to
be intimidated," Byrd said. "But the
small group makes it more like home.
Set CHURCH, page 7