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Lawsuit Delays Study of UNC Minority Grants
BY JAMES LEWIS
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS EDITOR
A study that could have answered questions about
the effectiveness of the UNC system’s Minority Pres
ence Grants Program has been put on hold, a General
Administration official said Monday.
The Minority Presence Grants Program was a highly
visible piece of a 1981 pact between state and federal
officials to integrate the UNC system’s 16 schools.
The study was suggested by a subcommittee of the
UNC Board of Governors that surveyed minority
presence enrollment at the 16 campuses. Jean Brodie,
administrative secretary to the UNC-system vice presi
dent for student services, Nathan Simms, said the
study had been put on hold because of a lawsuit filed
last month by UNC-CH law student Jack Daly. “The
study was put on hold because of the lawsuit,” she
said. In his lawsuit, Daly questions the constitutional
ity of the minority presence grants, which are distrib
After all the education is said and done, UNC
students still engage in sexual behavior that
could expose them to HIV. Then they have to
find out whether they must pay the price ...
Ever been tested for HIV?
“Of course I was nervous. Tests of any sort
always make me nervous,” said one sophomore
who had been tested. “But really it was just like
going to the doctor.”
Three years ago, HIV testing was available at
Student Health Service for 10 hours a week. Some
times, a student would have to wait up to three
weeks for a test.
In October 1994, Christian Godwin arrived at
the Department of Health Education at UNC and
took up the full-time position of HIV coordinator/
counselor, helping between 15 and 20 people a
week. Despite this increase in testing resources, the
waiting period for tests, caused by a backlog of
testing requests, is still about three weeks.
Although the administration of the test itself
takes only five minutes, which involves only draw
ing a blood sample, the actual consultation re
quires between 45 minutes and an hour, with
North Carolina law requiring both pretest and
post-test counseling. Godwin carries out both.
Demographics of test applicants have remained
similar to the demographic composition of the
University, with slightly more women than men, a
concentration of 20- to 22-year-olds and a broad
Godwin noted an increase in couples in applica
Helms Enters Chapel Hill ‘Zoo’ to Talk Trade With Asia
■ The U.S. senator stressed
business between the state
and Southeast Asia.
U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., empha
sized the importance of improving trade
relations with the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations at a business conference
North Carolina needs to increase the
$467 million it currently exports to ASEAN
nations, Helms told the 175 business and
political leaders including the ambassa
dors of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet
nam gathered at the Kenan Center.
The future of North Carolina “will de
pend on how much we export,” Helms
said. “Increased growth will be fueled by
regions like ASEAN.”
The event highlighted how North Caro
lina business, government and political
leaders can plug into the growing South
east Asian market. The seven ASEAN
nations have a consumer market of 400
million people with a gross national prod
uct expected to reach $ 1 trillion by the year
The region makes up the third largest
overseas market for U.S. exports after Ja
pan and Europe.
“The ASEAN countries are clamoring
for just the kinds of goods and services
North Carolina produces,” Helms said.
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uted on the basis of merit, minority status and need.
Brodie said die study was delayed because it would
be useless if courts found the grants unconstitutional.
While the grants program was at one time an
essential tool for integrating the system’s schools,
leaders say today the program is more of a symbol of
the system’s overall commitment to integration than a
comprehensive solution to the problem.
“At the time, (those scholarships were) absolutely
necessary to get the federal government to agree,” said
former UNC-system President Bill Friday.
Friday’s tenure as system president was highlighted
by his efforts to integrate the 16 campuses. Friday said
the enrollment numbers were proof of the plan’s over
all success. “I think numerically you can see the
growth in minority presence has been substantial.”
UNC-system President C.D. Spangler, who has
presided over the UN C system for the past decade, said
he was pleased with the system’s progress toward
tions for testing: “A lot of couples, more new
couples, come who have just started having sex, or
who are not going to start having sex until they get
Many people hear about the service through
word of mouth rather than advertising, Godwin
“We try not to be real aggressive about public
ity, but there are events such as residence hall
programs, alcohol and substance abuse programs.”
To pick up the phone and dial the Health Edu
cation department at Student Health, is perhaps
the most arduous step. Such a step, Godwin insists,
commits no one to an actual test.
“Students can just come to talk about the test, or
talk on the phone. There is no commitment,” she
said. “People have a lot of anxiety, which you can
get rid off.”
Indeed, some students with no identifiable risk
come to see Godwin. Projecting their general anxi
eties onto the specter of HIV infection, they are
what Godwin calls the “worried well,” or hypo
The sophomore who was tested complained
that this aspect of the counseling was overempha
sized: “I felt that they wanted me to be either a
homosexual or sexually promiscuous in order to
be at risk.”
Before starting the testing, Godwin clarifies the
See HIV, Page 2
“They need agriculture and banking ser
Indonesian Ambassador Arifin Siregar
cited abolished trade tariffs, increased re
gional security and government deregula
tion as reasons for the region’s rapid growth.
“To cope with the expanding economy,
we must expand the infrastructure,” he
said. “Energy, telecommunications and
transportation must be improved.”
The rapid growth led to a booming and
prosperous middle class and generally in
creased the overall quality of life in the
ASEAN region, Siregar said.
Emest Bower, president of the U.S.-
ASEAN Council, confirmed Siregar’s ob
servations. U.S. exports to the area were
up 109 percent from 1989t0 1994, totalling
nearly S4O billion and accounting for more
than 500,000 U.S. jobs, he said.
“If the world was a stock market,” he
said, “ASEAN would be a growth stock.”
This rapid growth worries human rights
“Growth often comes at the expense of
human rights,” said Sidney Jones, execu
tive director of Human Rights Watch. “In
ternational companies should be wary of a
country’s human rights record.”
Responding to a question about human
rights violations against minority groups
in Vietnam, Helms said: “I have not heard
anything about that.” Indonesia’s involve
ment in the 1976 invasion and subsequent
fighting in East Timor, which has long
been a concern of human rights groups,
was not discussed.
Trade and human rights should go hand
in hand, Jones said.
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During Spangler ’ s watch, minority enrollment num
bers at all of the system’s 16 schools have steadily
increased, although records indicate that rate of progress
has leveled off in recent years.
But at the same time, a plague of lawsuits has
descended on state universities across the country
questioning the constitutionality of race-based schol
arships and admissions standards. Last month, a fed
eral court ruled race-based programs at the University
of Texas unconstitutional, and a similar ruling was
made regarding California’s universities last year.
“We’re quite comfortable with what we’ve been
able to do, and there’s no reason at this point not to be
careful," Spangler said.
Spangler said Monday that while he felt comfort
able with the system’s programs, he expected more
lawsuits. “We’re going to be facing many more law
suits in this area. A couple are pending now. We will
look at these laws to see how they apply in the future,
to make sure (we) meet the requirements of the law.”
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Christian Godwin has been HIV coordinator/counselor at UNC since October 1994.
In that time, she has noted an increase in the number of couples getting tested for HIV.
U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., speaks to a reporter Monday. Helms attended a
Chapel Hill conference on the state's role in a U.S.-ASEAN global economy.
“Companies complain about an inabil
ity to move freely within countries and to
but don’t equate these issues with human
rights,” she said. “Ifbusiness and industry
would take a proactive role in improving
humanrights, their companies would pros
If companies have an interest in long
term profits, they should have an interest
in human rights, said Geoffrey Mack of
Amnesty International’s Group 84.
“Countries with poor human rights tend
to be less stable,” Mack said. “For long
term profits, stability is essential.”
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Area musicians present
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The U.S. government also has a role to
play in establishing and enforcing a human
rights code, Mack said. The federal and
state governments should work with of
fending countries to improve conditions
for workers and eliminate obvious viola
tions, he said.
“There’s always a way for companies to
raise an issue with an offending govern
ment," Mack said. “Companies don’t have
to make public declarations. They can use
more discreet channels if that would be
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But UNC-CH admissions officials have said, partly
because of its small budget, that the grants program
was not a very effective minority recruitment tool.
The sl.l million program has not seen a funding
increase in more than a decade.
Spangler said the program was relatively insignifi
cant compared to the system’s overall efforts. “It’s not
a great amount of money that we’re dealing with.”
Anthony Strickland, UNC-CH associate director
of admissions, said the grants were part of a package
of recruitment tools. “You have to look at all of that
together—obviously the visits to campus, the physi
cal visits to high schools, the minority presence grants,
the scholarships you have to see it as a package.”
Friday said he wanted to see the state make a
greater commitment to help all needy students.
“Wholly apart from the question of minorities, I think
the state does not provide enough money for needy
students. I would hope that we could get more money
for schools to help needy people.”
Two Republican Groups
United Through Caucus
BY RICK CONNER
Conservative students are forming an
other campus Republican group to provide
a more responsible and effective outlet for
conservative issues, sophomore Chris Yates
Yates, a history major from Falls
Church, Va., is one of the founders of the
new conservative group, which is tenta
tively called the Conservative Caucus. The
Caucus will be an umbrella organization
for all conservatives on campus, including
the University Republicans and College
Republicans, Yates said.
“We want to unite the campus conser
vative movement, but it won’t be a fall
integration of the two groups,” he said.
“We also want any interested students
who aren't with either group to get in
volved as well.”
Members of the Caucus want to foster
better communication and discussion
among conservatives on campus, Yates
He said the Young Republicans had not
been involved with the organization so far,
and he did not believe them to be an active
However, Charlton Allen, a YR mem
ber and publisher of the Carolina Review,
and YR president Jonathan Jordan both
said that YR was active and questioned the
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■ The Board of Trustees
appointed Barbara DeLon as
the director of University
housekeeping on March 22.
Newly appointed Director of Univer
sity Housekeeping Barbara DeLon is gear
ing up to tackle her new position by meet
ing with housekeepers.
“I’ve been out at six o’clock in the morn
ing and talked with workers and supervi
sors,” DeLon said. “I’ve already started
reading reports, and done some hands-on
work. It’s a matter of making sure I under
stand what the foundation is first.
“There are people here just working
their bunnies off. It has always been a part
of the University’s mission to provide ser
vices to the students.”
DeLon was named housekeeping direc-
tor following the
Board of Trustees’
confirmation of her
22. She will assume
her new post as
tor May 1.
DeLon said she
wanted to familiar
ize herself with
“I, of course,
have heard, via the
concerns. Equipment, salaries, and there
are several of those types of things, ” DeLon
said. “I’m going to go in and see what we
can do to improve morale and accomplish
part of the University’s mission.”
She said she had not yet studied the
housekeepers’ $15.8 million restitution
proposal, which was rejected by Chancel
lor Michael Hooker on Jan. 3.
A1 McSurely, attorney for the house
keepers, said he was cautiously optimistic
about the impact DeLon could have upon
the houskeepers’ grievances.
“I think that she personally is a very
solid administrator, and with her long his
tory here at the University, she will hit the
ground running in terms of understanding
the housekeepers’ problems,” McSurely
DeLon’s 20 years of experience on cam
pus will be an asset, McSurley said. “Ms.
DeLonisvery familiar with ho w the house
keepers have been marginalized and made
into almost invisible human beings in the
social structure here,” he said.
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foundations of the Conservative Caucus.
“They will probably woik for little and
stand for even less,” Allen said.
Yates said Allen and Jordan had given
conservatives on campus a tarnished
image. “They have left a legacy of irrespon
sible action in the name of conservatism,
resulting in a reluctance of students to get
involved, ’’Yates said. “Students don’t want
their names associated with radicalism and
The Caucus also wants to create anew
publication to address conservative issues
on campus, Yates said. He said the Caro
lina Review no longer represented conser
vative issues and exhibited irresponsible
“It is run by a minority faction that
doesn’t embody the beliefs ofthe conserva
tive majority,” Yates said.
Allen said conservative groups across
the state had rushed to the defense of the
Carolina Review. He said Due conserva
tives must be active.“ Being a conservative
is more than a label you place on yourself
it’s a way of life,” Allen said.
Yates said the Conservative Caucus had
already met three times and wanted to gain
University recognition by their next meet
ing. The group will consist of two main
leaders from both the University Republi
cans and the College Republicans, one or
two faculty members and a few students
with no affiliation.
will assume her new
post as housekeeping
director on May 1.