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IN THE NEWS
Top stories from the state, nation and world
6.2 Magnitude Quake Hits
Colombia, at Least 11 Dead
BOGOTA, Colombia A powerful
earthquake with a preliminary magnitude
ofatleast6.2 rocked Colombiaon Wednes
day, toppling buildings and killing at least
11 people, according to radio reports.
The city hit worst, according to initial
reports, was Pereira, where at least six
people were killed and 80 injured when
buildings and walls collapsed, RCN radio
reported. Five other deaths and 20 injuries
were reported in other towns in western
To avoid fires from possible gas leaks or
downed power lines, Pereira officials sev
ered electrical power in the city 0f700,000
and suggested that residents buy flashlights
and candles. Pereira is 100 miles west of
Senators Reject Demand
For List of Spending Cuts
WASHINGTON, D.C. Skirmish
ing on a proposed balanced-budget amend
ment to the Constitution, the Republican
controlled Senate on Wednesday brushed
aside Democratic demands for a detailed
list of spending cuts needed to erase federal
The 56-44 vote, largely alongparty lines,
cleared the way for Democrats to press
their case to have Social Security, the most
politically sensitive of all federal programs,
sheltered from the budget knife.
The maneuvering came on the eighth
day of debate on the measure, which both
sides say could pass or fall by a margin of
one vote. With virtually all Republicans in
favor, the pivotal votes are held by moder
ate Democrats who have voted for bal
anced-budget amendments before.
Arafat Orders Arrest Raids
For Palestinian Militants
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Yasser
Arafat, under pressure from Israel to crack
down on militants, ordered the arrest of
another 90 Palestinians in raids through
out the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
Arafat, who will meet Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin today in an effort
to bolster faltering peace talks, also estab
lished a special court to try Palestinians
charged with security crimes, including
attacks on Israelis.
Last week, Rabin complained to Arafat
that even though Palestinian militants had
been detained previously, none had ever
been charged with attacking Israelis.
The moves aimed to satisfy Israeli con
cerns over Arafat’s readiness to rein in
Palestinian militants who have caused de
lays in extending Palestinian autonomy.
Neighboring Areas Fear
Spread of Chechen Crisis
GAZI-YURT, Russia Wary of Rus
sian troops in their midst and mindful of
the Caucasus region’s turbulent history,
residents of areas bordering Chechnya are
bracing for the spread of the war.
Ominous signs exist that the nearly two
month conflict might explode outside
Chechnya—in neighboring Dagestan and
particularly Ingushetia, which Russia in
creasingly accuses of harboring Chechen
Russian forces have bombarded the
Ingush border village of Arshty, calling it a
stronghold of Chechen fighters. Ingush
officials said Wednesday that the villages
of Datykh and Alkul also had been
Polish President Endorses
WARSAW, Poland—President Lech
Walesa, a fierce anti-Communist, on
Wednesday accepted a former Commu
nist as Poland’s next prime minister in an
effort to break the country’s deadlocked
The move came after Walesa forced the
resignation of Prime Minister Waldemar
Pawlak by threatening to dissolve Parlia
ment. Pawlak, 35, resigned Tuesday night.
Walesa “does not oppose” the candi
dacy of Jozef Oleksy, the speaker of Parlia
ment, Walesa’s spokesman said. Walesa
telephoned Oleksy to discuss the possibil
ity of his forming anew Cabinet. The two
men are expected to meet today.
Oleksy, 48, is a leading member of the
Democratic Left Alliance, the reconsti
tuted Communist party.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TODAY: Mostly sunny; high near 40.
FRIDAY: Cloudy, 40 percent chance
of snow; high near 40.
Fhmiara, Gamer to Run Alone for SBP
BY ADAM GUSMAN
AND NANCY FONTI
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Kelly Jo Gamer and Jen Fiumara are
running alone for student body president
Elections Board Chairwoman Erin
Lewis decided Wednesday to allow Gar
ner and Fiumara to simply drop their run
ning mates from the petitions they col
lected before Jan. 31.
“This is the most equitable solution for
all the candidates,” Lewis said. “Doing
anything else would hurt somebody.”
The Student Supreme Court’s decision
Tuesday not to allow dual candidates for
Nod From BSM
The Black Student Movement endorsed candidate Stacey Brandenburg
for student body president Wednesday night at the BSM forum.
Brandenburg told the audience members that she would work to
improve life on campus. “I bring a vision of a University united, ” she said.
CarolynnMcDonald, co-vice president ofthe BSM, said the BSM was
looking for sincerity and experience in a candidate.
“We were looking for sincerity, and she came
across as a person we thought we could trust,”
She said experience was important because the
BSM looked to the executive branch for support.
“As sincere as the outsiders were, we thought
we needed someone who knows politics that go
Brandenburg said she wanted to improve the
Point-to-Point service. “I want to increase the
number of phone lines and dispatchers,” she said.
Another goal on Brandenburg’s agenda is to implement a dorm watch.
“The purpose is to raise awareness,” she said.
The amount of recruitment and student aid should be increased,
Brandenburg said. She said she wanted to avoid incidents like “the fiasco
funding for the Minority Recruitment bill.”
“We’re facing anew year of challenges,” she said. “What you need is
Brandenburg said that she hoped to follow Student Body President
George Battle’s tradition of accessibility by holding monthly Pit forums.
“Accessibility is very important,” she said.
SBP candidate Calvin Cunningham told the forum that he had a vision
of student groups working together.
“I am a candidate with a record of accomplishment,” he said.
Cunningham said he wanted the BCC to get an architect. He also said
BY NANCY FONTI
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Student body president candidate Rob
ert Simes received a warning from the
Elections Board for not having held an
election law briefing with the board. Stu
dent body president candidate’s staffs were
required to have had elections law brief
ings by Tuesday.
“Mr. Simes thought he could do it him
self,” said Elections Board Chairwoman
Erin Lewis. “He didn’t realize the briefing
had to be conducted by the Elections
Simes said he did
not realize that
members of the
were required to be
at the briefings.
Lewis said the
warning would be
the only action
taken against Simes.
“I’m not going to
go any further with
this,” she said.
“It’s not a big
deal at all,” Lewis
said. “The student
body president can-
Lite ail student body
ROBERT SIMES was
required to hold an
elections law briefing
didates and their campaign staffs have to
briefed by a member of the Elections Board
within a certain amount oftime, and (Tues
day) was the deadline.”
Lewis said all the candidates should
have been informed that the briefing was
required. “It is the responsibility of the
Elections Board that the candidates know
they must schedule the briefing, but it is the
candidates’ job to actually do the schedul
ing, ” Lewis said. “It was in the packet (that
candidates for all offices received); it was
posted on the bulletin board; I mentioned
it at the (mandatory candidates’) meeting;
and it was clearly stated in the code.”
Chapl Hill, Horth Carolioa
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9,1995
the office of student body president forced
the two pairs of candidates to decide which
one of them would seek the executive
branch’s top position.
“It is possible that I won’t actively cam
paign as much, but I’m still running be
cause I think people deserve a choice,”
“I actually expected it in a way, and I
was disappointed,” shesaid. “Itseemsodd
that three people can make a decision for
the whole student body.”
Fiumara and her former running mate,
Jeff Berkaw, decided after the court’s deci
sion that she would ran alone. “We de
cided on Jen because Jeff only had 21
percent name recognition... just kidding,
kind of,” Berkaw said.
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SBP candidate Stacey Brandenburg speaks at the BSM forum Wednesday. Brandenburg won the BSM's endorsement with 20 votes.
he wanted to expand the Point-to-Point services.
“I think that the money is there for the P2P to hit near off-campus
locations,” he said.
Jeanne Fugate spoke for SBP candidate Andrew France, who was
unable to attend the forum.
“I bring a message of disillusionment and a message of hope, ” Fugate
Fugate said that she and France wanted to involve the student body in
executive decisions. “People don’t think they have a part in student
Gingrich, Dole Against Clinton’s Baseball Bill
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON Congress had a
message Wednesday for baseball players
and owners: Leave us alone.
President Clinton’s special legislation
to settle the strike with a three-member
panel of independent arbitrators seemed
doomed even before it arrived on Capitol
House SpeakerNewt Gingrich and Sen
ate Majority Leader Bob Dole said they
had no intention of moving quickly to
force an end to the six-month strike.
“I’m not sure that Congress has the
wisdom, or should have the ability to inter
vene in a single industry that’s not a matter
of national safety,” Gingrich said.
The Republican leaders, who have the
power to bottle up any bill, met with me
diator W.J. Usery for about 40 minutes in
Congress Grants BSM’s Pared-Down Funding Request
BY WILL SAFER
The Student Congress approved the
Black Student Movement’s request for
funding Wednesday night, voting to give
the group just over $7,000. It approved the
bill after a two-week delay that was the
result of a timing error in the process for
submitting bills to congress.
The bill originally asked for more than
$20,000 but was pared down to its final
amount after going through the Student
Congress Finance Committee.
Chimi Boyd, president of the BSM, said
the original request was based on the as
sumption that congress had more than
$40,000 to disperse to student groups.
During a meeting with the finance com
mittee, she learned that congress had only
$27,000 left in its account.
The initial cut from the finance commit
tee resulted in a request of about SII,OOO.
Rep. Tom Lyon, finance committee
chairman, made a motion to amend the bill
to cut all funding for travel and lodging.
This amendment was passed by a vote of
War is not nice.
“If it’s got to be
one person, she’s
got afl the qualities
said Berkaw, who
is now Fiumara’s
“If anyone was
going to ran, Jen
was going to ran, but we’ve dragged alot of
people into this,” he said.
“We wanted feedback from them and
just from students on campus in general,”
Gamer’s former running mate is
“I didn’t want to do it without Kelly
BILL CLINTON wants
Congress to help settle
the six-month long
Dole’s Senate of
fice. Usery met
union head Donald
ing in the Roosevelt
Room, where talks
were held the night
before, said he has
no regrets about try
ing to end the strike.
“I’ll send the leg
islation up. They’ll
hear from the
and they’ll make their own decision,” he
said. “If we had a baseball commissioner,
maybe none of us would have been in
“Its ridiculous how each time
the BSMgoes before the full
congress the viability of the
organization is challenged. ”
seven to six with one abstention.
Rep. Steve Oljeski, Dist. 4, said the
BSM shouldn’t receive the total amount
requested because it already was given too
Boyd said she disagreed with Oljeski.
“They argue that we ask for more and
more money every year,” she said. “We
ask for less each year because we’ve learned
to raise some of our own funds.
“It’s ridiculous how each time the BSM
goes before the full congress the viability of
the organization is challenged.”
Oljeski also made a motion to cut the
fees that would go to bring speakers to
campus. He said he objected to the BSM’s
Jo,” said Williams, who is now Gamer’s
Gamer said she might consider Will
iams for the position of student body vice
president if she were elected.
“It’s unfortunate that the Student (Gov
ernment) Code couldn’t be flexible enough
to allow two students to take office,” Gar
Fiumara and Gamer said their plat
forms would remain unchanged.
Student Supreme Court Chief Justice
Wendy Sarrattsaidthecourt’swritten opin
ion would be issued at 5:15 p.m. today on
the steps of South Building.
Sarratt said she could not comment as
to whether the written opinion would ad
dress the validity of the candidates’ peti
government,” she said.
Candidate Robert Simes said he came to the SBP race as a political
“I am a dreamer,” Simes said.
He said he was an idealist. “I have an ideal view of society,” he said.
“We should be proud of our cultures.”
Simes said that he wanted to see more interaction in the student body.
See FORUM, Page 2
Dole said his office received about 1,400
telephone calls about the strike by
midaftemoon and that they ran 5-to-l
Other Republicans criticized Clinton
for attempting to personally mediate the
“I’m afraid the president has ratcheted
up the issue in an almost incredible fash
ion,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, said: “I
think it’s a dumb idea. We have much
more important fish to fry. For a president
who claims to champion the middle class,
he certainly spends a lot of time trying to
settle disputes between millionaires.”
Even some Democrats disagreed with
“I think we have a lot more important
things to do than baseball," said Sen. Jo
intention to bring Angela Davis to campus
because he opposed herpolitics. Boyd said
that Davis had not yet been signed to come
to speak on campus.
Lyon said that Davis had been a former
Black Panther and a gun-runner for that
organization. “I read her autobiography.
We don’t need that kind ofhate speech and
incitement to violence on campus.”
Boyd said that Davis would only come
to campus to talk about women’s issues.
“We would be bringing her here not to talk
about politics or to incite people,” Boyd
said. “She would speak at the Women’s
Issues Conference about spirituality.
“I feel that if the speaker was coming to
speak on some type of radical issue that
could possibly promote violence or sepa
ratism, I could understand their objection,
but if she’s coming to speak on women’s
issues, then that should be acceptable.”
Rep. Adam Bernard, Dist. 20, made a
motion that the BSM was a political orga
nization, and therefore, according to the
Student Government Code, could not be
funded by congress. Congress Speaker
Monica Cloud argued that the BSM was a
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Lewis said she did not expect the Stu
dent Supreme Court to address that issue,
but she said that if the court’s opinion was
to not accept the dual petitions for the
individual candidates she would abide by
Law student Elliott Zenick, one of the
students who brought the Student Supreme
Court suit against the Elections Board,
said he thought the court’s oral decision
left the door open for Lewis to allow the
“The candidates have had a hard enough
time... if that’s acceptable to all the parties
involved, I’m not going to press the issue, ”
Zenick said. “If they ran, I wish them the
best of luck.”
seph Biden, D-Del. “I’d like to organize a
group that if baseball comes back, we’d
boycott baseball. And I’m a baseball fan.”
But Rep. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.,
backed the president during a news confer
ence with three other congressman and
Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla. Schumer called
Dole and Gingrich “the Sultans of Not.”
Clinton’s bill, sponsored by Sen. Ed
ward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rep Pat
Williams, D-Mont., would give the p..
dent authority to appoint a three-person
“national baseball dispute resolution
panel.” It would accept proposals and ar
guments from both sides and formulate a
settlement. Neither side could go to court
to overturn any decision.
“If we want a 1995 baseball season, this
See BASEBALL, Page 2
nonpartisan organization. After a lengthy
debate, Bernard’s motion was defeated.
Rep. Roy Granato said he did not think
the BSM was political or partisan and that
endorsing student body president candi
dates didn’t count as a political statement.
Boyd said, “I do believe that some of the
congress representatives do not vote in the
interests ofthe entire campus, but fortheir
own personal agenda.”
The DTH will accept letters of endorse
ment for candidates running for student of
fice. Candidates for student body president,
senior class president/vice president CAA
president and RHA president may each have
one letter submitted in their support.
Letters cannot be written or signed by the
candidates and can have only one signature.
Endorsement letters are due at the DTH office
in Union Suite 104 by 2 p.m. Friday and are
limited to 420 words.
Direct any questions to Thanassis
Cambanis or Kelly Ryan at 962-0245.