Anti-Helms interest groups dominate Senate campaign
■ Several PACs work to
keep the senior senator
from winning a fifth term.
BY CRISTINA SMITH
“Little white lies.”
So stated the anti-Helms posters plas
tered around campus and the state last
week. Remnants ofthe peeled-off posters
featureaportraitofU.S. Sen. Jesse Helms,
R-N.C., surrounded by a sea ofblack and
white photos including one of a Ku Klux
Klan member in front of the Capitol.
Quotes from Helms about the Civil
Rights Act, the environment and AIDS
are sandwiched between editorial com
ments about the senator’s positions on
the three issues.
Although no one has claimed respon
sibility for the posters or for their at
tempted removal, plenty of groups openly
claim anti-Helms politics and are work
ing to ensure that North Carolina’s se
nior senator does not get re-elected for
his fifth consecutive term in the upcom
ing U.S. Senate election against Harvey
“We want Helms out of there,” said
Mandy Carter, coordinator for North
Carolina Mobilization 1996, a state-wide
group based in Durham. The multi-ra
cial, multi-issues network of voters and
election to defeat Jesse Helms, she said.
Although Carter said she did not usu
ally agree with anti-candidate campaign
tactics, she said Jesse Helms was an ex
“Helms is so unique,” she said. “He is
such a thorn in the side of so many
different kinds of people in North Caro
Carter said in this case, anti-Helms,
rather than pro-Gantt campaigning was
more effective in getting people stirred
up about the election.
Because N.C. Mobilization is a non
connected political action committee,
they can oppose Helms but still have
relations with the Gantt campaign, Carter
See ANTI-HELMS, Page 5
■ University and town
members are still mulling
sprinkler installation plans.
AND ASHLEY STEPHENSON
In a process that began one day after
the May 12 Phi Gamma Delta fraternity
house fire that killed five people, the
Chapel Hill Town Council continued the
discussion of mandatory sprinkler sys
During Monday’s public hearing, the
council heard comments from students,
University and town officials concerning
the possiblity of requiring fraternities,
sororities and other multi-family dwell
ings to install automatic fire safety sprin
Ordinance A would require all frater
nity and sorority houses as well as multi
family houses to have operational sprin
kler systems in five years. Ordinance B
would allow seven years for installing
sprinklers, as long as they meet several
other requirements including having
smoke detectors and fire exits in each
house within two years.
“My general reaction is that it is a
good idea to install sprinklers, but I don’t
know yet if I will support Ordinance A or
Ordinance B,” council member Joe
Capowski added that he would have
to discuss the issue with other people and
see more specific numbers before he made
Chancellor Michael Hooker said he
and news records
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Angie White, a sophomore from Greensboro, passes an anti-Helms poster outside of Carroll Hall on Tuesday. The posters have appeared all
across campus during the last week, but no one has admitted putting them up or to tearing them down.
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was pleased steps were being taken to
implement an ordinance.
“I’m glad the issue has reached the
point of how many and when,” he said,
adding that he favored the seven-year
Council member Joyce Brown said
she thought Ordinance B was a better
choice and would most likely support it
at the Nov. 11 meeting.
“At the moment, Ordinance B seems
I’ve given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.
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more attractive to me because it would
guarantee that something would be done
fairly soon,” she said.
Brown added that she thought the
student speakers, Student Body Presi
dent Aaron Nelson, Cary junior Mo
Nathan and Brett Perry, a student liaison
to the council, did a good job conveying
the students’ side of the sprinkler debate.
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■ Support of Edith Wiggins
by a political group might
have aided in her selection.
BY JIM MARTIN
The Chapel Hill Town Council unani
mously appointed anew member Mon
day night in a move that some have
attributed to local political manuevering.
The council selected former UNC Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs Edith
Wiggins over Louise Stone, director of
publications at the N.C. Department of
Labor. The seat was vacated this summer
after the July death of council member
Barbara Booth-Powell, a long-standing
minority advocate. Both Wiggins and
Stone applied for the position at a Sept.
24 public hearing.
In a prepared statement, Stone said
she was not affiliated with any local po
Stone related a story about a person
seeking a job.
Local restaurant employees held at gunpoint
■ Lee’s Chinese Take-Out
and Delivery was robbed
late Monday night.
BY AMY CAPPIELLO
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Police are still looking for two armed
robbers who heldup Lee’s Chinese Take-
Out and Delivery, located at 516 W.
Franklin St., on Monday night. An ac
complice has already been apprehended.
No one was hurt in the incident, al
though 15 checks and an undisclosed
amount of cash were taken, Chapel Hill
Police reports state.
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Newly elected council
supported by the
South Orange Black
“When a person
went to a precinct
office looking for a
job, he was asked
stated. “He replied
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said ‘We don’t talk
to nobody who no
me,” she stated. “I
was not hand
Stone would not
comment on who
had handpicked Wiggins, but some cited
the South Orange Black Caucus’ support
of Wiggins as a factor that some council
members said influenced their votes.
“It did, it weighed in my opinion,”
council member Lee Pavao said.
Pavao said it was important to him
that Wiggins could voice the Caucus’
opinions. “That doesn’t mean she will
blindly vote for an issue that the Caucus
fully supports,” he said.
According to reports, three people
entered the establishment at 10:55 p.m.
There was one black man and one black
woman, each of whom was armed with a
handgun, and one other black female,
police spokeswoman Jane Cousins said.
Cousins said the two armed assailants
demanded money and then left.
Christine Hall, the night manager for
Lee’s Chinese, said while no one was
hurt, two employees were threatened.
“Guns were held up to two employ
ees’ heads,” Hall said.
The unarmed female, who has been
identified as a 15-year-old local resident,
was restrained by employees until mem
bers of the Chapel Hill Police Depart
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Students walking to class last week
might have noticed an unusual face peer
ing back at them from the walls of cam
pus buildings, as posters of Sen. Jesse
Helms, R-N.C., began appearing across
The posters, placed around the Tri
angle by an as-yet-unidentified group,
were permanently affixed to the walls of
buildings like Wilson Library, Manning
Hall and Lenoir Dining Hall. They
showedalarger-than life picture ofHelms
superimposed over images of a child
reaching for a gun and a member of the
Ku Klux Klan standing in front of the
Capitol building, among other things.
Just as mysteriously, someone tore
down the posters on the UNC campus
earlier this week, leaving tom pieces of
paper stuck to many campus buildings.
Physical Plant Director Herbert Paul
said he did not know much about the
posters, nor could he say whether Physi
cal Plant workers were responsible for
But Paul did say the posters should not
have been placed on University build
“You don’t put them on buildings,
deface property or that sort of thing,”
Officials of Musicians Organized for
Voter Education, a group that has been
outspoken in its opposition to Helms’ re
election campaign, said they were not
involved in putting up the posters and
had not heard any information regarding
who was responsible.
The campaign ofHelms’ Democratic
opponent, Harvey Gantt, has also dis
tanced itself from the posters.
Council member Joyce Brown said
the Caucus, along with others, played a
role in her decision as well.
Many different community groups,
including the Caucus, contacted her, die
said. “I think that it was good to hear
from various segments of the commu
nity," Brown said.
Orange County Commissioner and
Caucus Chairman Moses Carey said al
though both candidates were black,
Wiggins had the Caucus’ complete back
ing. “Of course she did," he said. “We
supported Edith Wiggins. The entire
black community supported Edith
The Caucus contacted as many of the
council members as possible to plug
Wiggins for the vacant seat, Carey said.
“It’s just part of the political process,"
Carey said Wiggins’ appointment
would “diversify” the council and make
“I think the Town Council recognized
a good leader when they saw one,” he
See WIGGINS, Page 6
“She was brought to the station and
released into the custody of her parents,”
Cousins said. “A juvenile petition will be
Cousins said she did not know when
the petition would be filed with the juve
While police have no leads on the
other two suspects, they are still investi
gating the matter, Cousins said. She said
the male was described by employees as
being approximately 17 years old, al
though there was no additional informa
tion about the other female.
Hall said it was impossible to tell how
much money had been taken because the
day’s revenue had not been counted be
fore the robbery occurred.