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IN THE NEWS
Top stories from the state, nation and world
Clinton Acts on Mexican
Plan After Congress Balks
WASHINGTON, D.C. Facing un
yielding opposition in Congress, President
Clinton scrapped a S4O billion rescue plan
for Mexico on Tuesday and hurriedly as
sembled a substitute package combining
U.S. money with international aid.
Racing against what the administration
said was the imminent threat of financial
default by Mexico, Clinton invoked presi
dential authority to commit S2O billion for
loans and loan guarantees to the govern
ment of President Ernesto Zedillo.
Mexican financial markets and the peso
rallied Tuesday after the announcement.
International lenders increased their aid
pledges by sls billion, to a total of $27.8
billion. Canada and a group ofLatin Ameri
can countries pledged $1 billion apiece.
Peru Agrees to Cease-Fire
To End Border Conflicts
QUITO, Ecuador Ecuador an
nounced a cease-fire Tuesday to end bor
der clashes with Peru over a remote jungle
region, but Peru kept sending in troops and
refused to confirm that any agreement had
No fighting was reported Tuesday.
Ecuador’s armed forces said several skir
mishes erupted Monday, wounding one
More Peruvian troops —including crack
counterinsurgency forces traveled to
ward the border by riverboat and trucks,
even as diplomats gave mixed signals about
whether Peru would accept the cease-fire,
which Ecuador said took effect at noon.
In Lima, Rosa Jiminez, a Foreign Min
istry press official, said Peru had not yet
accepted the truce.
European Floods Move to
Holland; Thousands Flee
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands —Doz
ens of Dutch hamlets became ghost towns
Tuesday as tens of thousands fled surging
rivers that threatened to breach dikes and
flood farmlands. At least one person
Flood waters that killed at least 27 people
in northwestern Europe earlier this week
began to recede. But the flooding wasn’t
expected to peak until today in the Nether
lands, where most land is below sea level.
On Monday, about 15,000 people left
low-lying farmlands of their own volition.
On Tuesday, the evacuations were manda
tory: Dutch authorities declared a state of
emergency and ordered 70,000 people out
of “polders,” farmland reclaimed over the
centuries from marsh and river basins.
Russians Extend War Into
Rural Chechen Villages
GRO2INY, Russia —Taking the war to
every comer of Chechnya, Russian troops
attacked one town with armored vehicles
Tuesday and blasted at least two others
Word also emerged of savage bombing
raids on mountain villages in the South of
the secessionist republic. A British photog
rapher who returned from one remote site
told of an attack on a farm in which Rus
sian fighter j ets killed a woman and decapi
tated four of her children.
As the war approached the two-month
mark, Moscow’s troops lobbed more artil
lery shells into central Grozny despite a
thick fog and continued to battle out
manned Chechen fighters for full control
of the mined capital.
Helms Appears Unlikely
To Fight Nuclear Treaty
WASHINGTON, D.C. Prospects
for quick Senate approval of a treaty reduc
ing U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals got
a boost Tuesday when Sen. Jesse Helms
indicated no strong objections to the pact.
As chairman of the Senate Foreign Re
lations Committee, the N.C. Republican
—who has consistently opposed arms con
trol treaties could have been a major
roadblock to ratification of the START II
But when Secretary of State Warren
Christopherpresented die administration’s
case for ratification, Helms signaled that
he wasn’t inclined to fight this one.
Helms said he was concerned about
reducing the U.S. arsenal to the point that
“a future leader of Russia or any other
nuclear power may decide foolishly that it
is safe to risk war with the United States.”
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Man Killed in Carrboro Business Fire
A Carrboro man died Tuesday morning
from smoke inhalation he suffered in a
late-night fire Monday. The fire was at
Simply Super Car Wash & Auto Detail
Service at 414 E. Main St. in Carrboro.
Thomas A. Alston, 43, had been living
in a portion of the store where he worked.
Carrboro fire Chief Rodney Murray said
firefighters had found Alston lying uncon
scious just inside the front door of the
business. He was transported by ambu
lance to UNC Hospitals, where he was
treated for bums covering more than 80
percent of his body, Murray said.
Alston was pronounced dead at 5:45
Chapel Hill and Carrboro fire depart
See FIRE, Page 4
Suit to GhaDenge Co-SBP Candidates
BY STEPHEN LEE
Graduate student Ruffin Hall will file a
Student Supreme Court case today in an
attempt to prevent candidates from run
ning as co-student body presidents.
“Allowing co-student body presidents
blatantly violates the student constitution, ”
he said. “In any reading of a constitution,
just because something isn’t explicitly stated
doesn't mean you can do it. It’s unconsti
tutional, and it’s ill-conceived student gov
According to Hall, the Student Govern
ment Code interprets the office of student
body president to be run by one person.
“If you can allow two student body
presidents, why not four?” he said. “Who
signs legislation? Who vetoes a bill? Do
you impeach one or both co-SBPs? Any of
these decisions requires student referen
dum because it’s part of the constitution.”
Hall said he found out about students
running for co-SBP last week.
“I started responding to it as soon as I
Profit Desire May Slow
AIDS Research Progress
BY WENDY GOODMAN
AIDS has claimed the lives of 243,423
Americans during the past decade.
Although various treatments are avail
able for the victims of AIDS and HTV, the
virus that causes AIDS, many people ques
tion whether pharmaceutical companies
are actively searching for a future cure or
are focusing entirely on treatment plans.
According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention in Atlanta, ap
proximately 1 million people are infected
with HIV in the United States. Another
401,000 Americans reportedly have full
Of those infected, many rely on treat
ment drugs such as AZT to help them slow
the disease’s progress. A patient taking the
average dosage of AZT spends approxi
mately $3,500 each year.
According to Kathy Bartlett, the media
coordinator for Burroughs-Wellcome Cos.,
the company that produces AZT, statistics
have shown that $382 million is spent on
AZT each year worldwide.
With this amount of money coming in
to the companies yearly, many AIDS ac
tivists have questioned the legitimacy of
pharmaceutical companies and their search
for treatment drugs vs. their search for a
Spencer Cox, a media coordinator for
the Treatment Action Group, said he be
lieved that the search for a cure was not
under way because of the uncertainty that
doctors had concerning the disease.
“Basically, most pharmaceutical com
panies are looking for treatment agents
because we don’t have the vaguest idea
what a cure would look like,” Cox said.
Bartlett said the focus right now might
not be a cure but the treatment of such a
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Firefighters brought the fire at Simply Super Car Wash fully under control within an hour and a half late Monday night. Thomas A. Alston, an employee of the
car wash, was killed in the blaze. . -*
found out about it,”
he said. “I had no
intention of dra
ing the election.”
Hall said he was
not making any per
sonal gains by fil
ing the case.
“I don’t know
any of the candidates or members of the
Elections Board personally, ” he said. “This
is about a legal interpretation of the Stu
dent (Government) Code. I stand to gain
nothing personally by this. I’m not doing
this for anybody but me and the welfare of
Law student Elliott Zenick is also in
volved with filing the case.
Ross McKamey, Elections Board vice
chairman, said that Hall had come to talk
to the Elections Board on Monday night to
try to stop students from running together
for student body president and that the
board had denied his request.
“We had already been through the
“I think that what we are focusing on is
something that will make this a manage
able disease,” she said.
“I think you’ll find people who believe
a cure isn’t what we should be looking for
but something to make this manageable.”
The Second National Conference on
Human Retroviruses and Related Infec
tion is meeting this week in Washington,
D.C., where the treatment of AIDS and
the future of medicine and the disease will
be the topic of discussion.
Ramona Jones, spokeswoman for
Glaxo, a pharmaceutical company at Re
search Triangle Park, said a UNC profes
sor would be presenting information at the
“Joseph Eron, an associate professor at
UNC, will present this data at the confer
ence in Washington,” Jones said.
Pharmaceutical companies and people
in the medical profession maintain that
treatments are only one aspect of the re
search. They say research also focuses on
the possibility of cures in the future.
Dr. Charles Van Der Horst, an associ
ate professor of medicine at UNC, said he
believed that pharmaceutical companies
were working on an eventual cure.
“I think they are actively focusing on a
cure,” Van Der Horst said. “Greed pushes
the pharmaceutical companies.
“There will be a lot of mediocre drugs
that they push when they don’t have any
thing better to sell to make up some of the
money they spent in research.”
Jones said AIDS research was focusing
on combined treatments. “Treatment for
AIDS is moving toward a combination of
Research on the combination of various
See AIDS, Page 4
code,” McKamey said. “It doesn’t say any
where that there can’t be co-candidacies.
We determined since it didn't say explic
itly you can’t have two, his request was not
“A lot of his arguments are based on the
wording of the code on being a student
body president, ” he said. “The same word
ing was used for co-CAA presidents.”
“Just because there’ve been joint offic
ers in the past doesn’t make it right,” Hall
The candidates running together will
stay on the ballot until a ruling against co
candidacies is announced, McKamey said.
“If he wants to bring the case, then he
can bring the case,” he said. “It’s a ques
tion that needs to be answered. Hopefully
this election will go through and a decision
will be made.”
Jen Fiumara and Jeff Berkaw, co-stu
dent body president candidates, said they
both questioned Hall’s timing on the mat
“It seems a little odd that we were noti
fied the day before the petitions were due,”
Black History Month Begins
Today; Events in the Works
BY ADAM GUSMAN
Black History Month begins today,
and plans are being made by University
faculty members and students to offer
several programs in commemoration of
the month’s importance.
The Black History Month Committee
of the Black Student Movement met Tues
day to plan activities for the coming
Members of the University commu
nity have expressed
about what the spe
month of February
means to them.
the shortest month
of the year, I think
it’s a genuine effort
to recognize the contributions and even
the existence of Americans of African
descent,” said Lee Richardson, president
of the campus chapter of the National
Association for the Advancement of Col
“Our hope is that people would take
more time to learn about not only African
Americans but minorities of all kinds in
our society,” Richardson said.
Tera Hunter, assistant professor of his
tory, said she thought Black History
Month was an effort “to acknowledge the
importance of contributions of African
Americans to American history.”
“Black History Month is a time to give
to the traditionally voiceless, dispossessed
and disinherited to tell those stories,”
said Tomeiko Ashford, a first-year gradu
ate student in English from Columbia,
“It’s a time also to redefine history, to
Petitions for all candidates were due by
5 p.m. Tuesday.
Fiumara said the Carolina Athletic As
sociation and the Residence Hall Associa
tion both had co-presidents who served
“It’s never been challenged before, and
you wonder what the motives are,”
Berkaw said the code was open to differ
“It’s all a matter of interpretation,” he
said. “It says 'a president,’ and I think he
means one. We think it’s an issue for the
students to decide whether ‘co-’ is a good
thing. We believe the Student (Govern
ment) Code can be interpreted to mean co
Michael Williams and Kelly Jo Gamer,
who are also co-candidates for student
body president, said they would like to
help change the code, should the ruling
See ELECTIONS, Page 5
create new history, and to challenge our
selves to go on and achieve new and better
Audreye Johnson, associate professor
at the UNC School of Social Work, will
speak in Raleigh’s City Hall Council
Chamber at noon Friday to kick off Black
History Month in Raleigh.
Johnson’s speech will be titled “The
Legacy of African-American Social
Work.” She will focus on the problems of
women and young middle-class blacks
who are caretakers of the elderly.
Johnson will give the speech as part of
the Carolina Speakers, a group compris
ing 70 UNC faculty members who share
theirideas, insights and research through
out the state.
Johnson’s remarks will be free and
open to the public.
Richardson said a Black Greek Aware
ness Week was being planned, and more
activities will be announced in coming
weeks. Black History Month was first
only celebrated for a week. It was inaugu
rated in 1915 and has grown to become a
national celebration, featuring lectures,
seminars, presentations and discussions
in schools, colleges and communities
across the country.
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BY STEVE ROBBLEE
Unlike last season, it’s not No. 1 vs. No.
North Carolina and Duke won’t play
for the conference title or a No. 1 seed in
the NCAA Tournament Thursday night.
When the Tar Heels and Blue Devils
renew their rivalry for the 193rd time in
Cameron Indoor Stadium, the best rivalry
in college basketball will simply be for
The dislike—or even downright hatred
between North Carolina and Duke ex
tends beyond basketball arenas. Though
the schools sit just eight miles apart, their
attitudes exist worlds apart.
“Go to hell, Carolina,” is a familiar
phrase in Durham. In Chapel Hill, Tar
Heel fans say, “Duke sucks.”
To North Carolina fans, “Dookies” are
spoiled rich kids from the Northeast who
drive BMWs and have their parents write
a check for $20,000 on the first day of
When Duke students picture Chapel
Hill, they see country bumpkins clad jn
Carolina blue and worshipping Dean
Every time they meet, it’s a civil war,
and a war between the rich and the middle
class. Their battles take place two or three
times a year on the basketball court.
Nicknames for the event haven’t quite
This paper tried “Tobacco Road
Rumble” last year.
“Battle of the Blues” doesn’t work. Nei
ther does “15-501 Feud.”
ESPN2, which will televise the game
across the nation, doesn’t even try to find£
slogan in its commercials for the gamertTi
It’s not a war. It’s not a feud. ~ Z -2
It's just a friendly rivalry that transcends4s
Some games mean everything.
In particular, this game may mean
erything for the Blue Devils after atC 6-2-
start in the ACC. With virtually no chanct
to make the NCAA Tournament, list
Dookies can only salvage the season
a win over No. 3 North Carolina JS
Dozens of tents have already been •©
up outside the arena, probably another lip;
or so will be set up tonight, said Tom
D’Armi, Duke's director of games openS
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