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Some classes canceled for campus cleanup
■ Wednesday afternoon
and evening classes have
been called off.
BY MARVA HINTON
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Students anxious to see the campus
cleaned up will get their chance to help
Chancellor Michael Hooker an
nounced Monday that classes would be
suspended Wednesday at noon to allow
students, faculty and staff to help in a
campuswide cleanup effort.
Student Body President Aaron Nelson,
who proposed the idea to Hooker, said
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“I have a lot of faith in our students,”
Trammel said. “I believe the students
will do it. We can clean the campus in
one day. I’m confident of that.”
But not all University officials are
happy about students missing class to
help with the cleanup.
Jane Brown, joumalism professor and
chairwoman of the Faculty Council, said
she did not think classes should be can
celed Wednesday after being canceled
last Friday due to Hurricane Fran.
Insko replaces Barnes on N.C. House ballot
■ The committee took three
votes and a recess before
BY ERICA BESHEARS
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
An executive committee of four Demo
crats selected Verla Insko to replace Rep.
Anne Barnes, D-Orange, on the ballot
for 24th District House after three votes
and a recess.
Insko triumphed over four others:
Orange County Commissioner Moses
Carey, Orange Democratic Party Chair
woman Jan Allen, Chapel Hill Town
Council member Mark Chilton and po
litical newcomer and businessman Aus
“I will win in November,” Insko said
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Austin Jackson (left), Mark Chilton, Moses Carey, Verla Insko and Jan Allen competed Monday for the chance to
replace Rep. Anne Barnes, D-Orange. Barnes was vying for the state seats with Rep. Joe Hackney, D-Orange.
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“I’m sure the chancellor and Aaron
mean well,” Brown said. “I wish some
faculty had been consulted. When you
don’t teach in the classroom day in and
day out you may not appreciate how
disruptive a surprise cancellation can be. ”
However, Fred Schroeder, dean of
students, said Hurricane Fran provided
the University with a chance to work
“This is an opportunity for service and
an opportunity for the community to
come together,” Schroeder said.
Volunteers should report to Chase
Hall, Wilson Library lot or the Old Well
between noon and 7 p.m. Grounds Divi
sion staff will direct volunteers to work
that needs to be done. Volunteers should
wearsturdy shoes andlongpants. Gloves
and water will be provided.
Groundskeeping staff cut the larger
fallen trees Monday so volunteers could
carry the debris to selected collection
sites and rake up leaves Wednesday. Tim
ber will be used as fire wood and other
debris will be recycled.
“We’re ready to go full speed,” Tram
All we want is for students to drag it out. ”
Space has been allocated in several
parking lots on campus to store the debris
until it can be loaded onto trucks and
removed. Only a small number of spaces
will be allocated for debris in each lot.
Trammel said volunteer help would
speed the cleanup process enormously.
“By Monday morning you won’t be
lieve how the campus will look,” Tram
mel said. “We called Coca-Cola and got
10,000 cups. I’m going to be very disap
pointed if we don’t get 10,000 volun
Melissa Rutale, a freshman from
Chapel Hill, also helped to clear
McCorkle Place on Monday. Rutale said
she did not like the current state of the
campus. “I really like the way our cam
pus normally looks,” Rutale said. “I just
want to help clean up so the campus can
look the way it used to.”
after her name was
in the community VERLA INSKO plans
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With only eight weeks to mount and
execute a two-county campaign, name
recognition and campaign experience
became a key issue, especially in Chatham
Insko, who launched an unsuccessful
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BY ASHLEY STEPHENSON
In an attempt to remedy the devasta
tion left by Hurricane Fran, several fra
ternities and sororities joined in to tackle
the extensive damage on campus.
Members of Tau Epsilon Phi frater
nity and its pledge class cleared the area
around Davis Library of trees and
branches Saturday morning. Fraternity
members also cleared some of the larger
trees from the pathways near Davie and
Saunders halls and collected much of the
debris from Polk Place and Wilson Li
“The community is in pretty bad
shape,” said Andrew Scanga, a senior
from Chapel Hill and a member of Tau
Epsilon Phi. “The more people that help
out, the quicker we can get out of this
Chi Psi fraternity also participated in
the cleanup. Armed with axes and
chainsaws, fraternity members assisted
McCauley Street homeowners by clear
ing yards and trees.
“It felt good to give a helping hand to
someone who needed it,” said Amar
Aaphwal, a junior from West Caldwell,
N.J., who was one of many leading the
Chi Psi work crew.
Chi Psi, whose electricity was not re
stored until 4:30 p.m. Monday, also
cleared the Kappa Kappa Gamma soror
ity house of most of its debris. Saturday
was devoted mostly to clearing a large
tree that had blocked a neighbor’s drive-
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primary campaign for state Senator in
1986, was the sole candidate who had
campaigned outside of Orange County.
“We looked at people who had the
name recognition. I think there was a
table full of good candidates slightly
tipped in Verla’s favor,” said Audrey
Poe, who represented Chatham County
on the executive committee.
Insko won two terms as a member of
the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Edu
cation and one for Orange County com
Billie Cox, 4th Congressional District
Democratic Party chairwoman, con
vened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. She gave
each of the potential candidates five min
utes to present their cases; then the com
mittee posed questions to each candidate
for 10 minutes.
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A After the rain
Hbell Businesses in Eastgate
Shopping Center are still
■otEH trying to dry out after
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Chancellor Michael Hooker gave UNC students and employees Wednesday
afternoon off so they could clean up campus areas like McCorkle Place.
Fifteen years ago, Anneßamesgained
a spot on the ballot for the 24th District of
the N.C. House by coming before an
executive committee after the incumbent
withdrew from the race.
Monday night, Verla Insko stood in
Barnes’ footsteps, an Orange County
woman ready to take on the state Legis
Insko’s voice shook as she addressed
the four-person committee. She compared
Barnes’ withdrawal to Hurricane Fran.
“The hurricane put things in perspec
tive,” she said. “It reminded me of this
process. We were going along and all of
a sudden the storm hit.”
She acknowledged the difficulty of
competing with fellow party members
and stressed party loyalty above all. “To
morrow, we’ll all be Democrats again.”
But Monday night, Insko asked that
the party differentiate among five Demo
crats on the basis of three factors: posi
tions on issues, electability and the po
tential to be effective in the Legislature.
Insko’s pet issue is welfare reform and
making sure local governments get con
trol over reforming the system. “My repu
tation is for building bridges.”
She shared her childhood with the
committee to explain why she's a cham
pion of the underdogs. Insko was bom in
Arkansas, the daughter of a migrant
worker. She said she spent her whole
childhood in different two-room houses
from Arkansas to California.
The committee decided Insko would
best keep Barnes’ seat, who bowed out of
the race last week for undisclosed per
“I am fully ready to ran a vigorous,
issues-oriented campaign that supports
the full Democratic Party slate,” Insko
stated in her letter of application.
Unlike the other candidates, Insko has
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Partly sunny, chance
of rain; high 80s.
Wednesday: Sunny; high 80s.
Graduate students face
stress, financial difficulties
BY JENNIFER WILSON
In the pursuit of higher education,
graduate students across the nation and
at UNC face a tough road of financial
burdens and rigorous academics, but
many say the rewards are worth the ef
Katherine Kraft, president of the
Graduate and Professional Student Fed
eration, said graduate students have to
deal with financial stress as well as man
aging the amount of time that was ex
pected to be devoted to class work.
“We all know we’re under an incred
ible amount of stress,” Kraft said. “The
philosophy of higher education is that it
At San Diego State University, a dis
gruntled graduate student mentally broke
from the stress of presenting his master’s
thesis and killed three professors in a wild
shooting spree in August.
“It’s sad that a tragic event would have
to occur to get the attention of individu
als who would be ardent supporters, at
least sympathizers (of graduate stu
dents),” Kraft said.
Chandra Gwinn, a UNC graduate stu
dent in sociology, said the amount of
stress involved in higher education should
be considered before deciding to attend
“It’s well worth the effort to spend
time doing serious research and person
ally reflecting before making the decision
to go to graduate school,” Gwinn said.
“(Graduate school) is a life experience
for me. I’ve tried to have balance and
learn a lot about myself, living my life
beyond the classroom and making class
relevant to my life."
Will Jones, a graduate student in the
Department of History, said he chose to
attend graduate school for more than
intellectual reasons. “A large factor had
to do with who was here and how much
money they were willing to give me,”
Graduate students also consider pos
More than a decade after it was first
suggested, health insurance will soon be
offered to graduate students at UNC.
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■ Officials say residents
no longer need to boil
BY KATE HARRISON
Though 10,000 Chapel Hill residents
were still without power Monday after
noon, residents could at least drink water
without worries of contamination.
The Orange County Water and Sewer
Authority lifted its advisory warning
people to boil water before drinking it at
1:50 p.m. Monday because lab tests
showed no contamination, OWASA of
ficial Ted Kerwin said in a press confer
ence Monday. However, he asked that
residents continue to conserve water.
OWASA never had definite reason to
think the water was contaminated, said
Vic Simpson, OWASA communications
assistant. “The advisory is a precaution
we have to take whenever we shut down
service or lose pressure,” he said.
After the system loses pressure, it is
possible for negative pressure, or
backflow, to come from something like a
swimming pool pipe, Simpson said.
Backflow from a pool could then be
sucked into the water system.
Despite the good news of safe water,
10,000 Chapel Hill residents were still
facing the problem of power outages
Monday afternoon, according to a state
ment released by Duke Power. The re
port estimated power in Chapel Hill
would be restored by the middle or the
end of the week.
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State of the University in America
This addition will hopefully attract more
top students to the University graduate
programs, said Paul Decki, assistant dean
of academic and student affairs.
Decki said UNC competes with other
high-ranking schools for graduate stu
dents. “Graduate students shop around,”
he said. “The fact that we get high rank
ing students is a result of our excellent
programs, but we are not able to offer as
much money as other schools.”
In an effort to improve the plight of
graduate student teaching assistants at
UNC, TAs started to look into the pros
pect of forming a union last fall.
They responded in part to a national
trend for TAs to form unions so they can
collectively bargain with universities for
higher wages, to address grievances and
to improve benefits, Jones said.
North Carolina law allows state em
ployees to form unions, but they are not
allowed to sign contracts. So unions can
not collectively bargain with their em
ployers or strike, he said.
Jones declined to say whether or not
UNC TAs would form a union in the
future. “It’s an option, but it is restricted
by the inability to sign a contract,” he
The University of Wisconsin-Madi
son has the oldest recognized union in
the United States. It has been able to
collectively bargain since the 1970 sand
has had an official contract since 1985.
Jon Curtiss, a union organizer at UW,
said the university has benefited tremen
dously by being recognized as a union.
“We have the highest pay rates in the
country, the same medical benefits as the
faculty and a union contract with griev-
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