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IN MB NEWS
Tp stories from the state, nation and world
Six Dead, Thousands Sick
After Poisoning in Japan
TOKYO—Poisonous nerve gas spread
through Tokyo’s crowded subway system
at the peak ofMonday morning rush hour,
killing at least six people and sickening
thousands. Officials called it a deliberate
Main streets in central Tokyo were cha-
otic with emer
wailing and he
Japanese React to
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Hospitals were overwhelmed with people
complaining of nausea, headaches and
coughing. At least 1,200 were admitted for
treatment or observation.
Defense officials said the agent was sarin,
a nerve gas developed in Germany by Nazis
and used experimentally in death camps in
More Than 100 Cars Crash
On Foggy Alabama Bridge
MOBILE, Ala. People scrambled
from their mangled cars and frantically
tried to flag down approaching drivers as
more than 100 cars and trucks crashed in a
series of wrecks Monday on a foggy bridge
over Mobile Bay.
One person was killed, six were criti
cally injured and at least 74 were taken to
Some three miles of the seven-mile
bridge were strewn with blackened heaps
of wreckage, some of them consisting of
dozens of cars. Cars looked like “some
body had crushed a beer can,” said one
witness, Ned Morris.
Fog is a frequent hazard on the bridge,
which is a main commuter route and is
often busy with vacation travelers.
O.J. Simpson Displays His
Swollen Knuckle to Jurors
LOS ANGELES—O. J. Simpson, sur
rounded by attorneys and armed guards,
gave jurors a close-up look at his trembling
left middle finger Monday in an attempt to
deflect prosecution claims it was wounded
in the murders ofhis ex-wife and her friend.
Simpson glanced toward the ceiling,
rolled his eyes, shook his head and grinned
when lawyer Robert Shapiro asked per
mission for Simpson to approach the jury.
Shapiro, questioning Detective Philip
Vannatter in his first major cross-examina
tion of the trial, suggested the knuckle was
always “swollen due to a medical condi
tion and not any laceration.”
The bailiffs escorted Simpson to the
jury box, where panelists leaned forward
to better examine his hand.
Serb Forces Attack Tuzla
After Government Shelling
Bosnia got a foretaste of a bitter, bloody
spring Monday when heavy fighting
erupted on two fronts in the worst breach
of a four-month truce.
At least 19 people were reported killed
and dozens wounded when Serbs shelled
Tuzla, the largest government-held strong
hold outside Sarajevo, apparently to retali
ate for a government offensive on a strate
gic mountain nearby. One shell hit a gov
ernment army barracks.
Bosnian soldiers and police blocked all
entrances to hospitals in the town, making
an independent casualty count impossible.
By afternoon, Tuzla streets were empty,
with the dull thud of fighting audible in the
distance, residents said by telephone.
Turkey Sends Troops Into
Iraq to Chase Off Kurds
ANKARA, Turkey—Turkey sent tens
of thousands of troops into the mountains
of northern Iraq on Monday to chase sepa
ratist Turkish Kurdish rebels from their
Some 35,000 soldiers, warplanes and
armored vehicles were on the move against
bases that are the rebels’ staging sites for
hit-and-run attacks against Turkey. A mili
tary spokesman said 76 bombs had been
dropped on a single camp alone.
There were no immediate reports of
casualties. The Turks went on the offen
sive after Kurdish rebels killed 15 Turkish
soldiers in an ambush near the Iraqi border
Saturday. The operation apparently was
timed to ward off violence on the Kurdish
new year Tuesday.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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SBP-Elect Names Executive Officers
BY ADAM GUSMAN
The Student Congress Rules and Judi
ciary Committee approved Student Body
President-elect Calvin Cunningham’s
nominations for executive branch officers
and two Student Supreme Court justices
Amy Swan, a women’s studies major
from Waynesboro, Pa., who currently
serves as co-chairwoman of the Women’s
Issues Network, was approved for the po
sition of student body vice president.
“We were very impressed with her ap
plication,” Cunningham told rules and ju
diciary committee members. “Ithinkshe’ll
do a solid job as student body vice presi-
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Do UNC students have too much fun? Mashonda Jackson and Jim Hammond enjoy the
Astrobounce Moonwalk in the Lower Quad on Monday afternoon.
In a faculty survey, professors said too
many students were 'passive' and 'hate
to challenge and be challenged." The
undergraduate programs task force placed
part of the blame on a social climate that
"reinforces the students' anti-intellectual
frame of mind."
Although the task force reported that
the social climate at UNC had positive
aspects, it criticized the prominence of
"big-time" sports, the 'party atmosphere'
and aspects of the Greek system.
Cunningham Team Ready to
Select New Cabinet Members
BY ADAM GUSMAN
It’s springtime, and the campus election
season is over. Time to kickback, relax and
enjoy the N.C. sunshine, right?
Not for Student Body President-elect
Calvin Cunningham and his transition
team, who are scrambling to make ap
pointments for next fall’s executive branch
positions as soon as possible.
“We are hoping to have all Cabinet
positions filled by the inauguration (April
4), ” Cunningham said Monday during the
transition team’s first meeting. “But that’s
a little ambitious. As far as I know, it’s
never been done before.”
and the transition team are speeding along
the application and interview process as
much as possible.
Applications are now available for Cabi
net positions. They can be picked up at the
Chapel Hill, North CaroEaa
TUESDAY, MARCH 21,1995
approved by the rules
Rules and judi
Cummins, Dist. 22,
said, “It’s good to
see that the nomi
nee for vice presi
dent has a lot of
but is not necessar
ily an insider in stu
We shouldbe happy
Swan said she
had been ap
"The Greek system is identified as the primary
culprit in perpetuating this party atmosphere,
primarily through its emphasis on all-weekend
partying and drinking, which - even by the
most permissive of standards must be
■ Postpone rush until sophomore year
■ Enforce alcohol regulations tightly in houses
■ Encourage Greeks to reward academic
■ Continue to fund the director of Greek affairs
Union information desk, Union Suite C,
the Black Cultural Center or the Campus Y
and are due back in Suite C by 5 p.m.
“I want to make sure we get hundreds
and hundreds of applications,”
Cunningham said. “The more applicants
we receive, the better."
Interviews will take place from 2 p.m. to
9 p.m. March 30, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
March3l and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April
1, with final decisions being made April 2.
Applicants should sign up for a 15-minute
interview slot when they drop off their
The applications are really more like
interest forms on which the applicants will
designate the areas of the executive branch
with which they are interested in working
and will list some of their qualifications for
the job, Cunningham said.
See TRANSITION, Page 5
Cunningham and others about applying
forstudentbody vicepresident. “I wasvery
flattered, and the more I thought about it,
I realized this was a position I could bring
a lot to.”
As co-chairwoman of the Women’s Is
sues Network, Swan helped organize the
student body president candidate forum
on women’s issues.
“It’s important to bring her knowledge
and expertise about women’s issues into
the administration,” Cunningham said.
“She’ll be a very effective advocate for the
whole student body and also a great advo
cate for women on this campus.”
Nathan Darling, a business major from
Wilmington who is currently the editor of
the Yackety Yack, was approved for the
The second in an occasional series about UNC's self-study
BY MARISSA JONES
Blue Cups, basketball and big-time partying
are traditions that UNC students proudly
uphold, but a critical self-study decries their
influence on the campus intellectual environment.
A taskforce report compiled for the purpose of
reaccrediting the University calls UNC’s climate
disparages the emphasis
placed on Greek organi
zations, partying and
One faculty member
quoted in the study said,
“UNC is not a school, it’s
a party,” while another
exclaimed that “there are
just too many damn ball
And in a 1994 survey
of faculty, more than a
third said they were
“somewhat” or “very” dissatisfied with the intel
lectual climate at UNC.
The taskforce report on undergraduate programs
pointed to students skipping class to camp out for
game tickets and to athletes missing classes to play
in games away from campus as problems. It also
criticized half-time programs for recognizing ath
letic, but not academic, stars.
“All the attention focused on sports distracts
students from the purpose of higher education and
leads to the subtle de-valuing of intellectual life,”
the report states.
“Too often, it seems that sports drives academ
ics,” said Pamela Conover, who led the study of
undergraduate programs. “In other words, the
tail’s wagging the dog.”
See STUDY, Page 2
Says UNC should de-emphasize college
sports because, 'All the attention focused
on sports distracts students from the
purpose of higher education and leads to a
subtle de-valuing of intellectual life.'
'The general public, alumni and students
must be made to recognize that education,
not big-time sports, is the defining feature
of a university."
■ Found ‘students frequently skip classes
in order to wait in long lines for tickets '
More Highlights on Page 2
Town Candidate Field Forming for Fall
.Although Chapel Hill elections are not
until Nov. 7, several local officials and
activists are consideringrunningformayor
or Town Council, though most people
have not made their decisions official yet.
Current Chapel Hill Mayor Ken Broun,
whose second term expires in December,
said he had not decided whether he would
seek re-election. Several Town Council
members, however, have said it was likely
that Broun would not seek a third term as
Broun’s decision is a determining factor
in whether Chapel Hill Town Council
member Joe Capowski decides to run again
for council or to run for mayor.
“My assumption is that he (Broun) will
not run, but if he does, I will not run,”
A number of reasons are involved in
Capowski’s considerations. “The primary
factor is that there are certain proposals I
think would be good for Chapel Hill that I
AMY SWAN, who
was approved as vice
president now serves
as the cochairwoman
of the Women's Issues
position of student
“I’m very happy
that Calvin has cho
sen me to serve in
this capacity,” Dar
ward to working
with the Student
Activities Fund Of
fice and all student
groups next year to
make it a produc
tion, Swan and Dar
ling will not be in
volved with the
Could Have Say
In Search Vote
Chancellor search committee Chairman Johnny Harris said
Monday that Student Body President-elect Calvin Cunningham
would be invited to join the search committee as a full voting
“Certainly we would want the acting Student Body President to
be part of the search committee," Harris said.
Harris also said that outgoing Student Body President George
Battle would also be asked to retain his position on the committee
as a voting member.
“George has been an important part of the process, and he will
be able to vote on the committee until the committee is through,”
Battle could not be reached for comment
Monday afternoon or evening, but he had
previously indicated that he might not want
to retain his voting membership on the
chancellor search committee once he gradu
ates in May.
The committee has had meetings since
fall 1994, and Harris said it could be diffi
cult for Cunningham to understand all the
workings of committee.
“He won’t have the depth, but we look
forward to that,” he said. “Maybe a fresh
view would be helpful. I don’t think he’ll
have any problems catching up.”
Harris has said the committee should be
able to recommend a replacement for Chan
cellor Paul Hardin by the time he steps
down at the end of June.
Harris added that the chancellor search committee would wait
for the best candidate for the job even ifit meant naming an interim
Cunningham said early Monday that he hoped to serve on the
search committee if Harris and the other committee members
allowed him to participate.
“I am fully willing and eager to do it,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham will become an ex-officio member of the Board of
Trustees in May, which means he would have been invited to
attend any chancellor search meeting.
Cunningham attended the last search committee meeting, where
he met Harris for the first time.
During the meeting, when an executive session was called to
discuss personnel matters, Cunningham said he left the room
along with members of the press and the public.
Since then, Cunningham said he has not spoken to Harris about
serving on the committee.
Cunningham said he did not know what kind of role he would
play as a member of the committee since he had not been in touch
“Harris may ask George to stay on because they want to
maintain consistency within the committee, especially since they
are so close to the final decision,” Cunningham said.
If he is selected to serve on the committee, Cunningham would
have to catch up on many missed meetings.
“I certainly would talk to all of the members on the committee
and look at the literature produced from the meetings,”
“It would be a lot of work, but it is very important.”
Speculating rhai Mavw KEN BROUN mighi not tun lor third tern
Town Council members JOE CAPOWSKI and ROSEMARY WALDORF
might throw their hats into the ring.
would better be able
to advocate from the
position of mayor,”
term does not expire
until 1997, has also
expressed interest in
the mayoralty. Al
though still uncertain
about running this
year, Waldorf was a
candidate for mayor
“I came pretty close then, and I think I
could provide good leadership on a lot of
important issues as mayor,” she said.
Julie Andresen, Orange Water and
Sewer Authority board member and now
possible mayoral candidate said her main
concern with running was the large amount
of time the position required.
“It’s a significant time commitment and
involves being available to the public in a
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Women’slssuesN etwork and the Yackety
Yack, respectively, Cunningham said “I’ve
asked both nominees to make a clean and
decisive break with the groups from which
they are coming.”
The two nominees will go before the full
Student Congress on Wednesday for con
Cunningham also handed down his
nominations for student body co-secretary
Christina Reynolds, a sophomore jour
nalism and political science major from
Jacksonville, and Mo Nathan, a freshman
political science major from Cary, will
share the post if confirmed by the next
See OFFICERS, Page 4
has said he might not
be interested in
continuing his work
with the search
committee after May.
special way—returning 20 calls a day, for
example,” she said.
Andresen, who will make an official
statement on her candidacy in a few
months, said her involvement with
OWASA had helped prepare her for the
position of mayor.
Besides Capowski, the terms of three
other council members are set to expire in
See CANDIDATES, Page 5