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Copyright 1987 The Daily Tar Heel
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 95, Issue 44
Monday, August 31, 1987
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
News Sports Arts 962-0245
RDU Iralb Iboasts oeteteedimiff safety statistics
By MICHAEL JORDAN
Despite national frenzy over airline
safety and crowded air space, the
skies over Raleigh-Durham (RDU)
airport have been free from incidents,
airport officials said.
Since the opening of the new
American Airlines hub last June,
traffic at RDU has increased but the
hazards of flying have not, said Hugh
Sawyer,, Federal Aviation Adminis
tration (FAA) control tower chief at
Sawyer said RDU now averages
By JEAN LUTES
Chancellor Christopher Fordham,
60, told UNC's Board of Trustees at
a meeting Friday that he will resign
his position at the end of this
After announcing his intention to
step down June 30, UNC's sixth
chancellor said he felt the time had
come for a new era in University
"When I leave, 111 have been in
office between eight and nine years,
and we are coming up to a major
new juncture at the University,"
Fordham, a Greensboro native, said
"We're getting ready to embark on
a major celebration and capital
campaign," he said, speaking of the
University's upcoming Bicentennial
celebration and fund-raising cam
paign. "It's something that somebody
ought to start and stick with all the
way, and I felt that the six years
needed to complete the campaign
would be too much for me."
Fordham, who was appointed
chancellor in 1980, described his
today in tine Student Union
By KIMBERLY EDENS
John Linder, whose brother was
killed by Nicaraguan contras earlier
this year, will speak on U.S. policy
in Nicaragua at 3 p.m. today in the
Student Union's Great Hall.
Linder's brother, Benjamin, an
engineer from Portland, Ore., was
building a hydroelectric plant in
Nicaragua when he was shot in the
head point blank on April 28.
Two other Nicaraguan engineers
were also killed during the incident.
Linder's mother, father and
brother are now touring the country
trying to raise $200,000 to finish
Benjamin's hydroelectric project.
They are also trying to find out why
Volunteer escort program strives to improve
By KRISTEN GARDNER
RAPE Escort, UNC's volunteer
escort program, has changed its
name and expanded its services.
The service has been renamed
SAFE Escort, for Students Avert
ing Frightening Encounters,
according to the program's director,
senior Frances Turner.
The service's old name, Rape and
Assault Prevention Escort, fostered
a negative image for the program,
Turner said. The new name is one
of several changes Turner said she
hopes will broaden the service's
scope and give it a more positive,
In the past, the escort service has
not been used to capacity and has
not been publicized enough, Turner
said. Part of the problem was that
the name "RAPE Escort" emphas
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between 800 and 1,000 flights each
day, an increase of about 130 flights
per day since June. To cover the extra
flights, RDU has hired six additional
air traffic controllers, Sawyer said.
The last fatal accident at RDU
involved an experimental aircraft and
occurred a little over a year ago,
Sawyer said. In the last six months,
RDU has had only two minor acci
dents. One resulted in injuries, he
While near mid-air collisions have
nearly doubled in the United States
over the past few years, RDU has
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decision as very recent, but said he
felt "very comfortable" with it. His
health was not a factor in his decision
the contras are murdering civilians,
according to Bruce Key, a member
of the Committee on Central
Key said Linder's death was a
murder, but it has not yet been
prosecuted. "The U.S. government
and its effecters the contras are
guilty of this crime," he said. "It's the
essence of U.S. policy."
Linder's speeches will educate
many people on the war in Nicaragua,
Key said. "His speech will serve an
important function: to personalize a
war that has been deliberately de
personalized by the Reagan
Carlos Serezo, also a member of
the Committee on Central America,
ized the women's vulnerability, she
"Prevention in the name implies
protection," Turner said. More than
escort services will be offered by the
organization, she said.
"All students aren't going to use
the escort program," Turner said.
"We want to increase personal
security. If you're going to walk
alone, we want you to know what
-The group plans to offer educa
tional programs to raise awareness
of safety issues and to teach students
how to deal with potentially dan
"My goal is to increase the feeling
of security around campus," Turner
said. "I want all students to feel
Planned programs include a
lecture by a female police officer on
reported a consistent average of fewer
than one per year for the last five
years, said Jo Anne Sloane, an FAA
Sawyer said he credits reliable
equipment and capable controllers
for RDU's good safety record.
"This is about as up-to-date an
airport youH find in the southeast,"
RDU has spent about $8 million
over the past few years for its new
tower and computer equipment, said
Tom Davenport, an RDU controller.
. In an effort to imprdve safety
to resign, he said.
"There comes a time when fresh
leadership is needed," he said. "I had
the instinctual feeling and judgment
that the time had come."
Fordham asked the trustees to
begin to prepare the way for his
successor, conducting a search pro
cess and making an orderly transition
Newly elected board chairman
Robert Eubanks said the board
members respected Fordham's deci
sion, but were saddened by it. He said
he would establish a committee to
begin the search for a new chancellor.
Fordham, the first medical doctor
to serve jas UNC's chancellor, began
working for the University as ah
instructor in the School of Medicine
From that time, he served in
various administrative positions at
the University, including dean of
UNC's School of Medicine and vice
chancellor for health affairs.
For two months in 1977, Fordham
served as acting surgeon general of
See FORDHAM page 6
said the group is trying to focus
attention on the 15,000 civilians killed
since the guerrilla war began five
-"Linder's death serves to highlight
what's been going on in Nicaragua
for the last four or five years," Serezo
said. "A lot of other people have been
murdered in much the same way, and
they haven't been publicized.
Our role isn!t to defend the San
dinista government, but to highlight
what is happening to civilians," he
Benjamin Linder was employed as
an engineer by the Nicaraguan
Institute of Energy until October
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how women can appear less vulner
able to attacks, and another lecture
to teach new students about the
high-risk areas on campus, Turner
The group will also work with
University Police to offer a program
on how to deal with an encounter
with a potential attacker, she said.
' Members of the program will be
available to speak in residence halls.
Changes will also be made in the
escort program, Turner said. She
said she wants to make using the
service easier for students, and to
increase its visibility on campus.
"Too many females are walking
alone," she said. "We want the
service to be used at an optimal
Turner said she wants to imple
ment a four-stage training program
for escort volunteers.
technology, RDU will receive test
radar as an FAA experiment. The
new radar, part of the administra
tion's $16 billion modernization
programs, will help air traffic con
trollers guide pilots during bad
weather, said John Layden, an FAA
Initially, only two airports, RDU
and an airport in Memphis, Tenn.,
will receive the new radar, Layden
said. The FAA wanted to try it at
airports which have parallel runways
closer together than the 4,500 feet
required by regulations for simultane-
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dence Hall, serves an ace during a Sunday
Escorts will be instructed in the
history of the program and in the
correct attitude escorts should have,
she said. The training program will
also inform escorts about dangerous
areas of campus, she said, and a
program offered with the campus
police will teach them how to deal
Tom Boydell, the program's
assistant director, said that while the
escorts in the past have all been
male, the service will also use female
escorts working in pairs.
"We hope to get as much par
ticipation as possible, from as broad
a base as possible," Boydell said.
"It's the only true way to build
support for the service and effec
tively promote the service."
SAFE Escort will also introduce
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ous take-offs and landings, he said.
RDU's runways are 3,500 feet
apart at the center line, Layden said.
Despite the new radar system and
the modernization program, the FAA
has drawn criticism for not keeping
up with technology.
Greg Lafet, spokesman for the
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associ
ation, said the FAA lags about five
years behind current technology.
"They have not gone on and
developed a new generation of tech
nology," he. said.
Lafet criticized the FAA for not
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Budget woes worry
Board of Governors
By JUSTIN McGUIRE
The increasing tendency of N.C.
legislators to appropriate money to
the UNC system for projects the
Board of Governors has not
requested is threatening to undermine
the board's work, a board member
William Johnson said that
although he believes the legislators
were allocating funds in good faith,
such action is a problem that must
be dealt with.
"It's something we (the BOG) need
to look at seriously," Johnson said
during Friday's board meeting.
The Board of Governors was
created in 1972 to avoid arguments
about legislative funding among the
16 individual campuses in the UNC
system. Such arguing tended to favor
traditionally white universities.
Generally, the N.C. General
Assembly has followed the board's
spending $6 million in the Aviation
Trust Fund, which comes from an
8 percent tax on airline tickets.
The FAA was supposed to use the
money to advance technology, build
new control towers and construct new
airports, Lafet said. Instead the
administration has tried to use the
money for its own purposes, he said.
But Layden said the money has
been tied up by debate and
Lafet also said the FAA has not
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lead in setting the system's budget.
Johnson's concern comes from recent
actions of some N.C. legislatures,
putting unrequested projects into the
The assembly has approved several
projects this year which were intro
duced by lawmakers, rather than by
board members. Among these was a
$7.2 million family physicians center
Johnson said the board has to work
with legislators to avoid the problem
of unrequested funding in the future.
Board Chairman Philip Carson
said Sunday that Johnson's com
ments were worth exploring.
"We should work with the General
Assembly, so that they can have their
input, but so that it will be in the
BOG's package," he said.
But Carson said he didn't think it
was necessary to have a specific policy
See BOG page 6