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Volume S5, Issue 47
Thursday, September 3, 1987
Chapel Hiil, North Carolina
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By HELEN JONES
Staff Writer ,
Despite a deficit of about $120,000
for the Smith Center first year of
operation, director Steve Camp said
he's optimistic about the arena's
"It was a much greater deficit than
I had hoped for," Camp said Tuesday,
"but we're not here to make money."
Since profits from basketball ticket
sales go to the University's athletic
department, concerts are the primary
source of income for the Smith
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Winston-Salem, relaxes between classes with a magazine and a
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By BARBARA UUU
Failure in an underground, high
voltage electrical cable near Chase
Hall caused a two-hour power outage
late Tuesday night in the south and
mid-campus areas, x
Jim Mergner, associate director of
UNC's physical plant, said everything
electric was affected,, except emer
gency lights in stairwells and
The blackout affected Avery,
Parker, Teague and Carmichael
Residence Halls, the Law School,
Woollen and Fetzer Gymnasiums,
the four high-rise residence halls and
Wade Davis, superintendent of
electrical distribution, said the lights
were out from 11:30 p.m. Tuesday
to 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Although high-voltage cables are
GoEHScieece off the
By KRISTEN GARDNER
Every Tuesday, a group of UNC
students goes to prison.
Another group builds houses for
the homeless, and another tutors
children in area schools.
The committees of UNC's Campus
Y sponsor activities like these year
round, on campus and throughout
Representatives from 27 Campus
Y committees set up tables in the Pit
Wednesday afternoon to recruit
volunteers for the' 1987-88 school
Campus Y Horizons gave students
a chance to learn about and to get
Last year, planners didn't have time
to attract enough events to break
even, Camp said, and the staff was
uncertain of the new building's
Also, much of the concert season
was lost last year because officials
were not confident that the Smith
Center's air conditioning would
"We were more concerned about
doing things in a first-class manner
than in making a lot of money," he
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expected to last 25-30 years, the failed
cable was 22 years old, Davis said.
The University replaces all cables that
are more than 25 years old, he said.
Physical plant workers repaired a
splice in the old cable, he said. A
splice is a part of the cable where wires
MWe didnt have any major prob
lems (during the blackout)," said
Gary Johnson, area director at
Ehringhaus Residence Hall. "The
biggest problems were people who
were trying to study had to go out
onto the balconies under the emer
gency lights, and people had to stay
up to fix their alarm clocks."
Freshman Melissa Wooten, who
lives in Carmichael Residence Hall,
said, "At first it was really scary, and
it kept everybody up all night.
"Some people were stuck in the
elevator so other people kept holler
involved in the service organizations
sponsored by the Campus Y.
A department of the Division of
Student Affairs, the Campus Y is a
student-led service organization that
sponsors 1 1 volunteer programs.
The Campus Y is concerned prim
arily with social issues, Director
Zenobia Hatcher-Wilson said, and its
programs are both local and global
in scope. -
"The Y has historically been called
the conscience of the campus, because
of its emphasis on social change and
social justice for everyone," Hatcher
One of the Campus Y's local efforts
is its tutoring program. Committee
Virtue is insufficient temptation. George
Camp is optimistic about this year's .
schedule, which will include at least
eight non-athletic events each semes
ter. Officials will probably choose to
hold concerts, because they provide
the most revenue.
But raising the $600,000 to
$800,000 needed each year for the
Smith Center to break even is a
difficult task, Camp said.
All of the money from basketball
ticket sales goes to the athletic
department, mostly to support the
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soda in the Arboretum. A sprinkler in the background cools a
jogger early Tuesday afternoon.
ing to them, so they'd know we hadn't
forgotten them," she said.
But no students were caught in the
elevators of Ehringhaus and Hinton
James residence halls. Johnson said
students at Ehringhaus mistakenly
thought people were trapped, after
hearing students on other floors
banging on the elevator doors.
Don McGowan, a sophomore
living in Teague Residence Hall, was
returning from Davis Library when
the blackout occurred.
The path from Davis to his dorm
itory was completely dark, McGowan
said, and he had a hard time finding
the way to his room.
"Most people who were out of the
dorm when the lights went out just
stayed outside until someone with a
flashlight helped them find their way
back," he said.
campnas 9 broadens
members provide academic assistance
to students in elementary, junior high
and high schools, said committee co
chairwoman Fifi Kashani-Sabet.
"Tutoring is a great way to give
a part of yourself to a younger
student," Kashani-Sabet said. "It's a
way to give back some of what youVe
learned, not just in school, but as a
person as well."
Student tutors volunteer for two
hours a week, she said, and can tutor
in any subject they choose. Students
can also volunteer to drive other
tutors to area schools or to serve as
an administrative assistant to the
The Campus Y's Women's Forum
basketball program and the 24 non
revenue varsity sports.
According to Beth Miller, assistant
athletic director for non-revenue
sports, a little more than $100,000 in
profits is made from each regular
season conference game.
The money from the games has
been used to avoid drastic cutbacks
in the non-revenue sports program,
Miller said. Without the funds, she
said the program would have suffered
from inflation and the decrease in
radio and television sponsorship that
DTH Charlotte Cannon
Association may approve
new site ff of almiraii center
By MICHAEL JACKSON
An alternative site, near Kenan
Stadium, for the UNC Alumni
Center is expected to receive final
approval from the General Alumni
Association this Saturday.
The proposal, approved by
UNC's Board of Trustees last week,
will be voted on Saturday by the
GAA's Board of Directors.
The site, on the eastern side of
Kenan Stadium between Stadium
Drive, Ridge Road and the Ram
shead Parking Lot, was not dis
cussed when the concept of a new
alumni center was originated four
years ago, said Douglas Dibbert,
executive director of the GAA.
"This is a much better site,"
Dibbert said. "It's a preferable site
because of its proximity to campus,
easy access and the adjacency of
parking (in the Ramshead lot)."
Dibbert said the original concept
called for the new alumni center,
is interested in women's issues on
local, state, national and interna
tional levels, said Jaye Sitton, one of
the committee's chairwomen.
Housing and security issues, as well
as services for women at Student
Health Services, are concerns of the
group, Sitton said.
The forum also wants to ensure
that women have an equal opportun
ity to be involved in every aspect of
campus life, she said.
"Women have historically been
disadvantaged, and through groups
like Women's Forum, we can work
to ensure equal opportunity for both
sexes," Sitton said.
Members of the Campus Y's Yoke
began several years ago.
So the Smith Center must rely on
the somewhat risky entertainment
business to make its money.
Despite big draws such as last
year's three Genesis concerts, which
generated a total of nearly $200,000
in profits, Camp said making money
for the center is not easy.
Profits are usually close to $50,000
per concert, and often much less.
That's why 14 to 20 shows each year
are needed to break even.
One possibility is holding conven
By MARK FOLK
The Student Congress Finance
Committee decided Wednesday night
to recommend that the Black Student
Movement's budget request be cut
from $22,240 to $17,640.
The full congress will vote on the
request at its meeting next
"I thought they (the committee
members) could have been a little
more generous," BSM President
Kenneth Perry said after the meeting.
."But overall"; Vm satisfied."
If the congress approves the com
mittee's recommendation, the BSM
will receive $3,400 more than last
year, when the congress allocated
$14,240 to the group.
Also at the meeting, the committee
recommended that a referendum to
raise student activity fees by $5 be
put on the ballot during campus
elections Oct. 6.
The permanent fee increase, which
would take effect in the fall of 1988,
the Kenan Institute for the Study
of Private Enterprise and a new
conference center all to be located
near the Smith Center.
The site change will delay com
pletion of the center which was
expected to be finished in late fall
of 1989 but only for a few
months, Dibbert said.
"You design a building to accom
modate a site, and where the center
will be located now will provide
opportunities to do things not
considered at other locations," he
Dibbert also said he thought
alumni would be pleased with the
center's new location.
"Alumni are concerned about
proximity to the main campus, and
will be delighted with the activities
held in their building before and
after football games, commence
ment, etc.," he said.
The UNC Alumni Center Cam
paign is funding the center, which
fellows committee visit the inmates
at a minimum security prison in.
"The prisoners are from all walks
of life," group member Ritu Gupta
said. "They Ire in prison for everything
from DWI (driving while impaired)
The visits provide an opportunity
to learn about the prison system and
about a different aspect of life, Gupta
"Prisoners are people' too," sne
The Y-Outreach committee spon
sors several community service pro
jects, such as Habitats for Humanity
and the Child Abuse Awareness
tions in the spring or summer, Camp
said, avoiding the competition of
He said he would also like to work
on a draping system to cover the
upper section, making the arena more
versatile for smaller attractions.
However, Camp remained cau
tious about future plans.
Camp said he would be satisfied
if Smith Center can pull its own
weight financially, without burdening
the athletic department.
would help finance a $460,000 tele
phone registration and drop-add
If the referendum is approved by
congress, students will vote on the
issue in October.
University Registrar David Lanier,
who presented the drop-add prop
osal, said he wasn't surprised that it
sparked a heated debate among
"Students have every reason to
question an increase in fees to pay
for this system," Lanier said. "But
since the University won't pay for it,
we've got to get our funds from
The hike in student fees was
proposed after attempts to gain
funding for the new system from the
N.C. General Assembly and the UNC
system failed. Chancellor Chris
topher Fordham has agreed to loan
the University enough money from
his overhead fund to purchase the
See FUNDING page 5
is being built because the GAA
needs room to expand, said Karen
Arwe, associate director for the
The campaign's goal is $8.5
million, and $5.5 million in gifts
and pledges has already been
Much of the $5.5 million came
from special solicitations of
members and past presidents of
GAA and UNC trustees.
v Designed by O'Brien and Atkins
of Durham, the center will be
named in honor of George Watts
Hill, who made a challenge gift of
$3.5 million to the campaign. Hill
was treasurer of GAA for 35 years.
The center will be a three-story,
43,000-square-foot building, and
will house rooms such as the
alumni banquet hall and lounge,
to be used for special events and
functions, including reunion activ
ities and private parties.
Group member Sandy Sanford
said Habitats for Humanity is a
program designed to help people in
low-income housing get a house of
their own. Students help to build
"The people who will receive the
house are working along with us,"
Sanford said. "They help on other
houses as well. They pay through
The Child Abuse Awareness Pro
gram works through existing organ
izations, such as the Rape Crisis
Center, Sanford said, to educate both
children and the community about