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UNO’s Gold to Head Up Police Force
■ Interim University Police
Chief Donald Gold brings 13
years of law enforcement
experience to the office.
Maj. Donald Gold, a long-time Univer
sity Police official who has acted as interim
director of public safety since late June,
was appointed permanent director Wednes
Associate Vice Chancellor for Business
Carolyn Elfland told campus public safety
personnel of the appointment, which will
Serbs, Muslims Agree
To Co-Govem Bosnia
NEW YORK —Bosnia’s factions have
agreed on a formula for sharing power
once the war ends, but major hurdles re
main —there’s still no cease-fire, and they
disagree on the role of the central govern
“There is no guarantee of success, but
today’s agreement moves us closer to the
ultimate goal of a genuine peace,” Presi
dent Clinton said in announcing the results
of Tuesday’s meeting in New York.
The accord by
the foreign ministers
of Bosnia, Croatia
builds on a break
through achieved in
Geneva on Sept. 8.
kept Bosnia’s exter
nal borders intact
while dividing the
state internally be
tween the Muslim-
and the Bosnian
on the plan to form a
ing formula is enormously complex. Presi
dential decisions would be taken by major
ity vote, but if one-third of the group dis
agrees and declares it to be “destructive of
a vital interest” it would be referred to that
entity’s parliament. If two-thirds of the
members of that entity’s parliament voted
against the action, it would not take effect.
Battlefields in Bosnia were generally
quiet today, and the media was optimistic.
“Bosnia Closer to Peace,” trumpeted
the front-page headline of the Oslobodjenje
daily in Sarajevo.
The theme was echoed by the govern
ment-controlled media in Belgrade, Yugo
slavia, where Seibian President Milosevic
has switched to supporting peace from war
as he seeks the end of punishing U.N.
sanctions. “Agreement to End the War"
said the main headline in Vecemje Novosti,
Serbia’s largest daily.
See related brief, page 4.
U.S. Government In Need
Of Operating Budget
WASHINGTON The Clinton ad
ministration and congressional leaders
agreed Wednesday to a deal that would
temporarily keep the government func
tioning despite ongoing disputes over
spending, top lawmakers said.
With neither party ready to risk being
blamed for a federal shutdown, the two
sides shook hands on a pact that would let
agencies operate for six weeks beyond Sun
day, the first day of fiscal 1996.
Congress is likely to have completed no
more than four of the 13 annual spending
bills by then— some of which President
Clinton may veto —and without a stopgap
measure, many federal workers would have
to be sent home.
Reflecting on a difficult week of closed
door bargaining that included last-minute
problems this afternoon, House Appro
priations Committee Chair Bob Livingston,
R-La., cautiously saidhe believed an agree
ment had been concluded that Clinton
would sign. The House was expected to
vote on the measure today, followed some
time later by the Senate.
The two sides had agreed days ago that
during the stopgap bill’s duration
through Nov. 13—overall spendingwould
be held below 1995 levels. But they had
disagreed over how individual programs
would be treated—a key dispute consider
ing the dozens of programs congressional
Republicans want to eliminate and the
administration wants to protect.
TODAY: Mostly sunny; high 70s.
FRIDAY: Partly cloudy; high 70s.
take effect on Monday. Gold became in
terim director when former chief Alana
Ennis resigned to take'a position at Duke
“I’m glad the hard part is behind me,”
Gold said. “I’m very thankful I’ve been
given this opportunity here.”
The search attracted 55 applicants from
all over the United States, and a detailed
selection process narrowed the prospects.
Each candidate wrote a special events
plan, and the five semifinalists were inter
viewed by 15 police chiefs and other pro
fessionals. They rated the candidates dur
ing the two-day assessment on qualities
such as work and experience.
The search was narrowed down to Gold
and William Gilsdorf, Dorothea Dix Hos
Answer Public Concerns
BY JENNIFER ZAHREN
Carrboro Board of Aldermen and may
oral candidates were questioned Wednes
day night at Town Hall on some major
issues facing the town in the upcoming
The Orange/Chatham Siena Club, the
Orange County Greens and the Chapel
Hill-Carrboro NAACP hosted the issues
forum, which focused on issues of social
justice, ecology and quality of life.
The Orange County Greens asked the
first questions, which concerned improve
ments in the area of solid waste manage
“Asa home owner, I have made many
trips to the landfill and, against regulation,
carted away truckloads of items not be
longing there. I would like to see an expan
sion of pick-up programs for items that are
too good to be thrown away,” 12-year
board veteran Hilliard Caldwell said.
Board of Alderman candidate David
Collins saidspecificactionshouldbe taken
in the near future to ensure that latex paint
products and other forms of liquid waste
do not seep into the town’s water supply.
“lam wholeheartedly in support of our
recycling system,” he said. “We need to
keep it easy to use and focus on expanding
our services, as well as making significant
increases in community education on re
Candidates were asked by the NAACP
where they stood on affirmative action.
“I thoroughly support affirmative ac
tion. I always have, and I always will, at
least until we reach a point in our culture
where we can surpass our prejudices,”
mayoral candidate Michael Nelson said.
Politics and the Press: Panel Addresses Capital Coverage
■ Legislators and journalists
debate the role of Hie capital
press corps coverage.
BY ANDREW PARK
The power of the media.took center
stage Wednesday in a panel discussion of
the capital press corps, the reporters who
cover the N.C. General Assembly.
Legislators and journalists participated
in the event in Gerrard Hall as part of the
ongoing Johnston Scholars Issues Forum
on “Media & the Mind.” Their topic was
the relationship between the General As
sembly and the press.
Depending on whom you believe, the
capital corps operates as either a pack of
wolves, dwelling on conflict and contro
versy, or as an educator, serving the public
with high standards and purpose.
One legislator agreed with the latter. “I
think that the newspapers do a good job of
printingnewsworthy news,”saidN.C. Rep.
Willis Brown, D-Hamett.
As it turns out, the reporters themselves
are most willing to criticize their coverage
of the General Assembly. “There is noth
ing so incestuous as covering the legisla
ture,” said Jack Betts, from The Charlotte
Observer’s Raleigh bureau. With a few
exceptions, the journalists are white males
who have been in Raleigh for years, he
Betts was joined on the panel by Rob
Christensen, capital correspondent for the
The News & Observer, and N.C. Sen.
Beverly Perdue, D-Craven. Several of
Perdue’s colleagues from the General As
sembly attended the discussion. Jane
Brown, professor of journalism and mass
communication and chairwoman of the
UNC Faculty Council, moderated the
Christensen compared covering the leg
islature to watching great movies. “The
When a subject becomes totally obselete, we make it a required course.
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“I'm glad the hardpart is
behind me. I'm very thankful
I've been given this opportu
nity here. ”
Interim University Police Chief
pital police chief, before Elfland made the
“Don was the top choice of virtually all
of the campus interview groups,” Elfland
said. “After the written special events part
ofthe application process, Don emerged as
Carrboro Board of Aldermen
“It has had a highly positive impact on
With the exception of mayoral candi
date Charles Riggsbee, all municipal office
candidates present agreed that affirmative
action was a good and necessary compo
nent of the community. Riggsbee said af
firmative action can be carried too far, and
“in some cases it is not necessarily the best,
most American thing to do.”
“Our country was founded in some ways
on principles against the concept of affir
mative action,” Riggsbee said. “I’m not
going to say I’m for or against it. I really
don’t think in our local government that it
is an issue.”
The Sierra Club turned the candidates’
focus to the issue of federal fiscal cuts to
mass transit and future changes incurred
due to the loss of the subsidy.
“We are going to have to renew our
commitment to mass transit and maybe
accept additional financial commitments
to keep it if funds are cut back,” said Alex
Zaffron, Board of Alderman candidate.
“The town must work more heavily with
the state, as well as cooperating with other
cities faced with the same dilemma We
must speak out with one voice and make it
loud and clear. We cannot backslide.”
Riggsbee said the to wn would have only
two options in the face of increased federal
cutbacks, either to increase fares or make
the current system more efficient.
Candidates were questioned on various
other issues during the night and allowed
to answer audience questions.
Professor Chuck Stone, moderator at Wednesday night's forum, jokes with
the director of the Johnston awards program, Eleanor Morris.
General Assembly is a big show, a spec
tacular," he said. “The press loves issues
which have ‘HighNoon’ conflict, ‘sex, lies
and videotape’ scandal, and Marx brothers
stupidity," he said. These issues get the
most attention and other topics often suf
fer, Christensen said.
To make matters worse, coverage is
biased in favor of the powerful, the elo
quent and the lawyers, he said. “Only 20
members of the General Assembly get
quoted on a regular basis,” he said. “The
the leading candidate and consistently
stayed on top until the end.”
Gold has spent 12 years on the Univer
sity police force. Since August 1992, he has
served as operations manager, where he
was responsible for the general manage
ment and oversight of all employees as
signed to the operations division.
Gold also coordinated special event
coverage for the U niversity and joint events
with the town of Chapel Hill. This ability
to collaborate with his staff and accom
plish goals was a quality that helped make
his job as interim director successful,
“Don’s staff has been developing its
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DTH/ SIMONE LUECK
Chris Cockerham, a member of the Marching Tar Heels' drumline,
practices Wednesday in McCorkle Place for Saturday's football game.
powerless have a hard time getting the
The result is that importantpublicpolicy
issues are often ignored by the press, Per
due said. She is sorry not to have seen
statewide coverage of legislation that re
formed health care and child support laws
this year. “The things that make this state
better should be told,” she said.
Betts agreed that some topics had been
See JOHNSTON, Page 2
DONALD GOLD will officially
take over next Monday.
Stone and Snow Question:
Sound Bites or Substance?
A nationally-syndicated columnist
and a UNC professor debated political
campaign coverage at Wednesday
night’s Johnston Scholars Issues Forum
titled, “Sound Bites Over Substance:
Selling Political Policy During A Cam
David Price, a former U.S. represen
tative and a professor at Duke Univer
sity, moderated the debate between Tony
Snow, a columnist forTheDetroitNews
and USA Today, and Chuck Stone, the
Walter Spearman professor of journal
ism and mass communication.
Snow amused the audience of 100
people by mixing jokes with his views on
the media’s coverage of the president
and members of Congress. He defended
the media’s coverage of Washington
politics, noting that longer sound bites
“There is a common notion that me
dia coverage stinks because we don’t
have meaty, 45 second sound bites,”
Snow said. “The reason we don’t is
because they are boring and don’t say
Snow went on to say that the media
does not control what the public sees;
rather politicians choose what is broad
cast. “A sitting president has enormous
power over what the press will and will
not cover,” Snow said. “The president
can drive the nightly news.”
Stone admitted the press has faults,
but said the true blame for the sound
bites that dominate the nightly news
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BY DAVID SIMONEAUX
Chapel Hill High School students came
to Wednesday night’s Town Council meet
ing with their hats turned backwards and
skateboards in hand to voice their opinion
on a possible skateboard park to be built
within the Chapel HHI school system.
And as soon as they came, they were
About 15 high school students showed
up for Wednesday night’s meeting to talk
about a possible agreement for a skate
A pack of disgruntled parents came
with them. Both parties waited in anticipa
tion of a decision concerning the park, but
they were out of luck.
An agreement wouldhave to be reached
with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school sys
tem for an actual site for the skateboard
park, before any council decision could be
Mayor Ken Broun said it was his under
standing that the school board was not
going to recommend a skating site, so the
topic was dropped.
“At this point, there is nothing to vote
on,” Broun said.
Only after further investigation with the
town staff, the Chapel Hill School Board,
and the Parks and Recreations Committee
Board, would continued discussion on the
topic be allowed.
The wooded area at Culbreth Middle
School was rumored as an actual site, but
this was not brought up by the council.
Chapel Hill High school freshman Pat
McKinley said afterwards: “If they aren’t
going to do it at all, it should be legal to
skateboard anywhere. Besides, there are so
many football fields and basketball courts. ”
Many teens head to the University cam
pus to skate illegally because of the brick
pavement and sidewalks.
“I really thought they would give defi
nite plans on this,” Chapel Hill High se
nior Zac Barker said.
“I thought it (the meeting) was pretty
“It really would be nice if we had a place
to skate,” said Joe Deueaugh-Geiss, a
Chapel Hill High school sophomore.
In a separate discussion, the council
decided unanimously to refer a change in
the definition of the word “family” in the
development ordinance, to Town Man
ager Cal Horton.
The change in the ordinance would
include domestic partners under the defi
nition of "family.”
USA Today columnist TONY SNOW
falls on the shoulders of the electorate.
“We are not perfect,” Stone said.
“We are responsible to our people. And
if the electorate were more responsible
or responsive, sound bites would not
carry the day.”
In the question-and-answer session,
Stone said if the sound bite trend of
journalism is going to change, there must
be apolitical revolution by the public.
“People need to cleanse the system,"
Stone said. “People have to rise up and
say that we are tired of this now, and it
needs to change. What I’m really railing
for is an electoral revolt of the people."