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Heineman Defends Position on Student Issues
■ The U.S. representative speaks
with a mixed audience on student aid
cuts, the environment and the deficit.
Fourth District U.S. Rep. FredHeineman, R-N.C.,
addressed a politically diverse crowd of about 70 UNC
students Monday, defending his position on issues
ranging from the environment to student aid cuts.
Heineman stood behind his vote to cut $12.4 billion
from the Stafford Loan program at the representative’s
second forum, which was sponsored by UNC’s Young
Heineman, whose district includes eight colleges
and universities, said the same amount of money is
going to be available through the Stafford Loan pro
gram if the cuts are passed, the only difference being
that students are going to have to start paying interest
on their loans. He said the interest payments would
amount to about $45 dollars a month.
“When I went to the University of Bridgeport I
worked nights slinging Coca-Cola boxes to pay my
way through,” Heineman said.
Heineman admitted to voting against Pell Grant
cuts and emphasized that it was a vote which did not
make him very popular within his own party. “I felt
compelled to represent the district in that regard,” he
said. “I thought they cut too much out of the college
loans. ” Heineman said the Senate may cut even more
from the Pell Grant program than the amount ap
proved by the House.
After a short presentation by the congressman, the
floor was opened for questions. Student Body Presi
dent Calvin Cunningham was the first to take advan
tage of the opportunity, and he asked Heineman what
students could do to fight student aid cuts.
“In Washington right now, Congress has proposed
the deepest cuts to student aid in this country’s his
tory,” Cunningham said. “I know this issue is not
entirely in Heineman’s hands; that’s why I have asked
him what we can do. One problem I have with
Heineman’s priorities is that deficit cutting does not
produce returns for the people of this district like an
Student Fees May Be
Used to Fund U-Bus
■ The Housing Department
will not provide money for
the free route after this year.
BY LILLIE CRATON
While the popularity of the fare-free Ü
bus is undeniable, the source of funds to
continue the program next year is still
Based on data compiled from Aug. 15 to
Sept. 15 by the Department of Transporta
tion and Parking and Chapel Hill Transit,
use of the U-bus has risen dramatically
since last year.
The average weekday ridership for the
U-route last year was 1,228. The weekday
average for the first month of this semester
was 2,618 —an increase of 113 percent.
The U-bus is currently funded by the
University’s Department of Housing, but
the department does not intend to con
tinue paying for the $60,000 program, As
sociate Director of Housing Anne Presnell
“We are funding it this year with the
plan that there will be a different source of
funds for next year,” she said.
The Department of Housing had only
agreed to fund the project in its first year,
said Randy Young, the DTP’S marketing
Loans Targeted: Senate Republi
cans are bouncing around proposals
to cut $lO billion in student aid.
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investment in higher education would.”
When student activist John Dervin presented
Heineman with a resolution written by the UNC
system Student Government Association, which asked
that he and otherN.C. representatives oppose any and
all student aid cuts, Heineman said he could not make
any promises. Heineman held up the proposal and
stated, “This will not be a reality.”
Heineman voted to abolish the Department of
Education. But he said he thought the House leader
ship was planning to merge it with the Department of
Labor. He said the states could do a better job of
managing education. “I think we need to bring educa
tion back home,” Heineman said. “I’m not against
education. The cuts are really to work for your kids
Heineman defended his voting record on the envi
ronment. He said he did not deserve the poor environ
mental reputation that he has. Heineman voted to
increase logging and the construction of roads in
national forests. “The National Park Service misuses
millions of dollars,” Heineman said. “I co-sponsored
a bill to stop off-shore drilling and voted to relocate
low-level waste in Wake County.
Heineman said voting to cut the Environmental
Protection Agency funding was very painful to him,
particularly because 2,200 EPA employees and voters
are in his district. “Sure, I’m for clean air and water,”
he said. “I want anew EPA building. I want to know
we have the best facility for clean air in the world. I
voted to get the EPA building funded, and I hope to
get it funded.”
Heineman said he is determined to help pass a
balanced budget resolution and work on the national
debt. “We have resolved to run a balanced budget
between now and 2036,” he said. “We’re paying
every year over $225 billion just on debt service. We
want to stop that.”
Heineman said he was in favor of cuts in a federal
program that pays former drug addicts and alcoholics
to stay off drugs. In addition, Heineman supported
reform to the federally-funded legal services programs.
He said he was worried that the programs are fre
“Certainlyifyou’re disadvantaged you shouldhave
the money,” He said. “Legal services has a history of
trying to generate lawsuits against businesses.”
U-Bbs Ridership Soars
The popularity of the shuttle has sky
rocketed since feres were eliminated.
IN THOUSANDS OF RIDERS
10 ’ 000 ’93 i ’95
1 August 1
SOURCE CHAPEL MU. TRANSTT AUTHORTTY DTH/ALANA SMITH
“It was proposed that this would be
funded as a one-year pilot project by (Uni
versity housing),” Young said. “They
wanted to see what the students’ response
This year’s free U-bus project was in
tended as a short-term test to measure
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Up Close and Personal: In-depth
profiles of Chapel Hill Town Council
candidates and the issues they
intend to focus on in the November
City News, Page 2
Hill North CaroKoa
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26,1995
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U.S. Rep. Fred Heineman speaks to the Young Republicans on Monday evening in the Student
Union. Heineman focused on policies he supported in the past and those he will back in the future.
Town Looking to Prevent Future Flooding Problems
BY MARY-KATHRYN CRAFT
After determining estimated costs and
damages caused by the August flash flood,
Chapel Hill town officials are working to
be better prepared for even the slightest
possibility of future floods.
Town engineering director George
Small said officials were looking into de
tention/ retention facilities that would re
duce peak flows, impervious surface limi
tations and localized flood proofing mea
He said localized flood proofing would
include raising and moving buildings, and
wateiproofing on an individual basis.
“A report will be submitted to the Town
Council on Wednesday outlining these
measures,” Small said. “If they have no
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Lee Brinson, Nicole Bridges and Hoppy Sell take time out to see if they can color within the lines. According to Sell,
coloring helps him reminisce about old times, when coloring books, cartoons and Kool-Aid were an everyday thing.
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problem, we will begin an investigation
working with engineers on these options.
We will wait and see what the council
Town Manager Cal Horton said the
town spent an estimated $42,600 in mu
nicipal cleanup and repairs. Horton said
this figure included wages for work crews,
damages to greenways and cleanup at apart
“We don’t have any estimates of dam
age donetoprivateproperty,” Hortonsaid.
Plans are being made to work with the
council to find ways to reduce the potential
ofsuch extensive damage happening again,
“I don’t know that this particular prob
lem can be prevented,” he said. “There is
always a chance that a rainstorm of that
intensity and duration could flood those
particular areas (again).”
The Aug. 27 flood caused extensive
damage to much of the town. Most of the
damage was concentrated along the Bolin
Creek drainage area. There was also dam
age in Umstead Park along the Bolin Creek
trail and around University Mall.
Asa result of the intense rain, sections
of the Bolin Creek trail were closed to the
public for cleanup as well as pavement
repairs. Those sections were reopened last
The Orange County Red Cross played a
key role in helping flood victims. The Red
Cross reported that it offered shelter for 13
victims after the flood.
The Red Cross has replaced beds, sup
plied food, washedlaundry, provided cloth
ing, and assisted with rent and relocation
for flood victims.
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With fund raising for a free-standing
Sonja H. Stone Black Cultural Center at a
virtual standstill, various student groups
on campus are preparing to continue ef
forts initiated last semester to join together
and help bridge the nearly $5 million gap in
The BCC Student Fund-Raising Com
mittee, composed of representatives from
a number of campus groups, met last spring
to consider the progress of the University
development office’s fund-raising cam
paign. The committee proposed various
student-run fund-raisers, from phone-a
thons to multicultural shows, Campus Y
Special Projects Coordinator Katie Rossini
“We discussed the feasibility of various
fund-raising projects and considered how
we could pool our resources,” Rossini said.
She said the committee, which currently
lacks a chairperson, would meet again soon
to decide on more definitive action.
Since the Board of Trustees approved
the BCC fund-raising plan more than two
years ago, the campaign has secured only
about $2 million of the $7 million needed
for the project.
Ladell Robbins, president of the Black
Student Movement, said he was optimistic
that the possible student fund-raisers would
attract other donors.
“We want to show that students are
Chapel Hill s estimated
costs for cleanup and
Red Cross spent an
additional SIB,OOO in
assistance to victims and
anticipates spending an
. additional $20,000.
Whether they are
coloring or playing
with toys, some
students just refuse
to act their age.
For some students, childhood can
mean a lot more than just hazy memo
ries of kindergarten because, in high
stress college life, being a kid again
can often be a welcome break from
the day’s hustle and bustle.
Whether for the sake of creativity
or nostalgia, many students make that
proverbial pilgrimage to their youths
with coloring books, cartoons and
other vestiges of childhood.
Sophomore Meghan Mac Lain
from Whitesboro, N.Y. has been col
oring in coloring books since she was
4. She said she considered herself a
a big Disney fan. I usually send them
to my boyfriend so the letter isn’t so
boring. His whole wall was decorated
with my artwork.”
Mac Lain said color caught her eye.
She said she would notice a television
ad more if it were animated than if it
“Hike anything colorful, ” she said.
“I guess it’s the kid in me.”
Mac Lain is not the only Disney
fan on campus. After seeing Disney’s
“The Lion King, ” Kai Monast, a ffesh-
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