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Faculty frustrated by cancellation of second class day
BY LEAH HANEY
Chancellor Michael Hooker’s deci
sion to cancel afternoon classes today to
hold a campuswide cleanup upset many
faculty members who already lost a class
day to Hurricane Fran’s destruction.
Hooker announced Monday that
classes would be canceled from noon
until 7p.m. today so students could help
clear the debris left by the hurricane.
“While we would impose a hardship
on the Wednesday afternoon teachers,
we felt that the extraordinary circum
stances warranted it,” Hooker said. “It
I Hurricane debris will be
accepted by the Orange
County Landfill for no fee.
BY KELLY GILBERT
Power is returning in the aftermath of
Hurricane Fran, but area residents have
another problem to tackle.
The Chapel Hill Town Council,
Carrboro Board of
Aldermen and the
Board of Commis
sioners have taken
steps to aid resi
dents in the re
moval of excess
The Orange Re-
4 p.m. to 6 pun.
Noon to 4 p.m.
10 am to 4 p.m.
gional Landfill on Eubanks Road will
receive yard waste at no charge until
further notice in hopes of encouraging
residents to haul their own debris, said a
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Insko’s selection raises
questions about recess
BY EMILY HOWELL
The audience grumbled Monday night
when Democratic executive committee
members pushed their chairs together to
discuss who they would pick to replace
state Rep. Anne Barnes, D-Orange, on
the 24th Congressional District ballot.
Billie Cox, 4th Congressional District
Democratic Party chairwoman, called a
recess when committee members voted
twice without reaching a majority deci
sion concerning which prospective can
didate would best represent the party.
Barnes stepped out of the race last
Tuesday for undisclosed personal rea
sons. Five local Democrats applied to
take her place and campaign with Rep.
Joe Hackney, D-Orange, for the two dis
Orange County Commissioner Moses
Carey led the other potential candidates
but did not have a majority. After the 10-
minute break, the committee voted Verla
Insko onto the ballot.
The recess surprised many in the audi
ence who asked about the legitamacy of
calling such a break during an open meet
ing. However, people involved in the
selection process were unsure about the
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was an opportunity to rebuild commu
nity, which is important in a time of
Many faculty members applauded
Hooker’s intention, but said the timing
Janeßrown, a professor in the School
of Journalism and Mass Communica
tion and chairwoman of the Faculty
Council, said class time was too valu
able for unexpected days off.
“Our first mission is for teaching and
learning,” Brown said. “That’s a prior
ity, even in these conditions.”
The University has already lost one
day of classes to Hurricane Fran, when
Although city officials promise to remove all storm debris, residents can dump
their hurricane remnants at the county landfill - for free.
legality of discussion during recess.
“I was told that the recess was legal
both under the Democratic party plans
and N.C. statutes for public meetings,”
committee member S. A.M. Brooks said.
Gail Nardi, N.C. Democratic Party
communications director, said the party
plan stated who was responsible for es
tablishing a selection committee, but
Nardi was unsure of other issues in the
plan, including the legality of specifically
calling recesses for discussion.
Insko said she would not classify the
break as an illegal recess and said she
thought there was nothing wrong with it.
“(The committee was) simply talking in
conversational tones, ” she said. “I’m sure
if someone had gone up there to hear
what they were saying, they would have
had no problem with what was said.”
According to state Rep. Joe Hackney,
D-Orange, there has not been a similar
meeting since 1982, when Bames was
selected to run in the 24th District House
seat race. He said he was also unsure
about the issue of calling a recess.
“I don’t know about that,” he said. “I
thought the meeting was about as open
as you could get."
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roads were off-limits, and the area was
in a state of emergency.
Friday’s cancellation put many
classes behind schedule, prompting fac
ulty to question Hooker’s decision to
further delay them.
“(The cancellation) was a wise deci
sion for the wrong day,” said George
Rabinowitz, a professor in the Depart
ment of Political Science.
“After Friday’s loss, it is really quite
disruptive to the classroom.”
Brown said in a letter to the editor that
missing classes has upset her peers in the
“Last year when we extended the class
Mayor: Chapel Hill no longer in state of emergency
I Chapel Hill’s state of
emergency was lifted after
four and one-half days.
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After four and one-half days, Chapel
Hill Mayor Rosemary Waldorf partially
lifted the town’s state of emergency at 11
Part two of a five-part series
BY KATE HARRISON
Anne Mason never thought she would
own a home in Chapel Hill. But next
May, with the help of Habitat for Hu
manity, she and her 6-year-old son will
move out of their mouse-infested trailer
and into a three-bedroom home.
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Educators said turbulent
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cancellation period by one hour to allow
for lunch after the Chancellor’s inaugu
ration ceremony, faculty called me to
explain that even that one-hour change,
announced a month in advance, disrupted
their whole semester’s lab and recitation
sessions,” she stated.
“Because our classrooms are so
heavily used, it was not possible to re
schedule sessions that students needed to
successfully complete those courses.”
Classes that meet only on Wednes
day will have lost one-fourteenth of their
time together, Brown said.
Stanley Chojnacki, a professor in the
Department of History, said faculty
More and more college students
‘just say yes’ to drugs, alcohol
BY CHARLES HELLWIG
Beer cans fall out of overstuffed trash
cans outside fraternity houses, the un
mistakable smell of pot flows out of resi
dence hall rooms late at night, 19-year
olds high on “X” dance the night away at
These scenes are happening more and
more every weekend at colleges and uni
versities all across America.
After a 10-year decline in the 'Bos,
illicit drug use has sprung back up. Col
lege students are no exception. A
Chronicle of Higher Education survey
reported that campus drug violations
surged 34 percent in 1993.
“Alcohol is the number one problem
drug on campus, both here at UNC and
nationwide," said Matthew Sullivan,
coordinator of substance abuse programs
at UNC Student Health Service.
“ Between 42 percent and 44 percent of
college students are binge drinkers,”
Sullivan said, “which puts the students in
imminent danger and compromises aca
Binge drinking is defined as five or
more alcoholic drinks per outing for men
and four or more for women, he said.
Alcohol has long been fashionable on
college campuses, and the image of
drunken students is familiar to moviego
ers. Sullivan attributed much of the prob-
Waldorf declared the state of emer
gency Friday due to damage, power out
ages and the threat of water contamina
tion after Hurricane Fran whipped
through Chapel Hill, leaving a wake of
destruction in its path.
A press release from the town offices
stated that the state of emergency is still
in effect in certain areas and conditions:
■ At all times of day in areas where
emergency crews are working to restore
power, telephone or other utility service
or are working to remove trees.
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Habitat plans to build nine houses in the Chapel Hill area this year.
Mostly cloudy, rain;
Thursday: Cloudy: low 80s.
members should have had input in the
“It bothers me that faculty, the front
line soldiers, were not consulted,” he
Willis Brooks, professor of Russian
history, suggested the cleanup could
take place Saturday, when there were
no classes and no football game.
Hooker said the urgency of the situa
tion did not allow time to get faculty
Some faculty members applauded the
decision. Patricia Pukkila, a professor
in the Department of Biology, said she
thought the circumstances gave merit to
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lem to that perception.
“Everybody feels that there must be
alcohol at every social event, when the
reality is that many students would pre
fer to go to alcohol-free events, but there
aren’t many,” Sullivan said. “Changing
that perception would help to solve the
problem, and that’s one of the things
we’re focusing on."
Student Body President Aaron Nelson
agreed this -was an important part of
decreasing student alcohol use. “The
main thing we can do is to offer more
social activities that do not include alco
hol,” Nelson said.
Nelson said he believed freshmen es
pecially faced this problem. “The pattern
of bringing freshmen in and indoctrinat
ing them with alcohol must be changed.
“Enforcement of the UNC Alcohol
Policy is critical if we want to reduce the
alcohol problem,” he added.
Alcohol laws have been toughened
considerably, both nationally and locally,
with positive results, said David Rebr,
vice president of government affairs for
■ At all times of day in areas where
streets are fully or partially blocked by
Men trees, damaged utility lines orpoles.
■ From dusk until dawn in areas where
electricity is not restored.
A state of emergency' means that resi
dents should only leave their homes for
food or medical care and eliminate all
unnecessary travel. Town officials also
advise residents to listen to police officers
or firefighters working in their area.
As of Tuesday afternoon all but six
intersections in Chapel Hill had working
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calling off classes.
“The decision showed a concern for
the big picture,” she said.
Still other faculty were ambivalent or
uninformed about the decision.
Hooker said he designated Wednes
day as the cleanup day so everyone
could be adequately informed, but some
still failed to hear the news.
Hurricane Fran swept through the
campus late Thursday night and early
Friday morning, uprooting trees and
downing power lines. UNCgroundstaff
worked during the weekend to clean the
campus, but they hope to get the job
finished sooner with student help.
the National Beer Wholesalers of
“Illegal underage drinking is down,
and the trends show our campaigns to
educate and enforce the laws have been
succeeding,” Rehr said.
But alcohol isn’t the only drug on
campus. UNC Police Chief Donald Gold
said reported drug and alcohol violations
were up and that his office was respond
ing accordingly. “We have had an in
crease in the number of complaints, espe
cially in the residence halls,” Gold said.
“I don’t know if use is growing or if the
lack of tolerance by nonusers is increas
ing,” Gold said. “It is the people who
don’t participate in illegal acts that are
affected negatively and are reporting these
acts,” Gold said. “The tips are coming
from members of these student commu
Officials at other schools agree.
“(There) is a growing gap separating the
attitudes of those who use drugs and
those who don’t,” said Dwight Douglas,
vice president for student affairs at the
University of Georgia.
Opinions vary as to why drug use
declined during the ’Bos, but signs point
to strong negative public reaction to the
deaths of celebrities like Len Bias, John
Belushi and River Phoenix. These drug
induced fatalities coincided with govem-
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traffic lights. “Drivers approaching an
intersection without signs or working
traffic signals are requested to stop and
proceed with caution as if the intersec
tion had a 4-way stop requirement,” the
town’s press release stated.
The Building Inspection Department
reported four homes near Airport Road,
Homestead Road and Culbreth Road
were destroyed by hurricane damage,
391 homes in Chapel Hill had major
damage and 222 homes had minor dam