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Copyright 1987 The Oay far Heel
Volume 95, Issue 54
Tuesday, September 15 , 1987
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By NICKI WEISENSEE
While nine out of 10 condemned
UNC fraternities are due for follow
up house inspections this week, three
fraternities are still awaiting their
Chapel Hill Building Inspector
Darrell Wall said he has not yet
inspected the Delta Upsilon, Alpha
Tau Omega and Pi Kappa Phi houses
because he has not had time.
"WeVe called the inspector several
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Committee, members say
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By JUDY WILSON
Although only one of the 14
members of the chancellor search
committee is a student, several
committee members said they believe
students are adequately represented.
The committee is charged with
finding a successor for UNC Chan
cellor Christopher Fordham, who
recently announced that he will resign
at the end of this academic year.
The group will meet Wednesday
morning in the Morehead Building
to begin its search.
Brian Bailey, student body presi
dent and the only student on the
committee, said he thinks the com
mittee's composition will work.
"I support the decisions that were
made," he said. "Robert Eubanks
(Board of Trustees chairman who
chose the committee) is very suppor
tive of getting all constituencies
involved and listens to students'
The committee that chose Ford-
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By RACHEL ORR
Assistant University Editor
The conflict of "substance vs. style"
dominated UNC journalism instruc
tor Frank Biocca's analysis of the
1988 presidential candidates.
Using a survey of 40 students,
Biocca took advantage of the UNC
system-sponsored forum Friday to
research the impact of the personal
appearance of the candidates in
attendance on voter perception.
"Most of the students entered with
very little knowledge or opinion of
the candidates," Biocca said. "At the
end of the debate, there was a very
radical shift in their opinions."
Biocca measured opinion changes
of 20 UNC students who attended the
forum at the Smith Center and 20
who viewed it on television in Howell
Hall. Ongoing shifts in opinion were
A cynic is a person searching for an honest man, with a stolen
times to get him to come inspect our
house because we don't think well
have any problems," said Mark
Prakke, Delta Upsilon president.
"But he hasn't come out yet."
The town is not targeting houses
in Big Fraternity Court or Little
Fraternity Court by inspecting and
condemning them first, said John
Davis, director of the Chapel Hill
Department of Building Inspections.
"I don't have enough people to go
around and inspect like I want,"
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ham in 1980 also had only one student
"There will be student forums and
public hearings, and students will be
able to write letters and voice opin
ions," Bailey said. "It will take a little
effort, but it will be worth it."
Eubanks, who is also chairman of
the search committee, said he tried
to represent all constituencies in the
committee. Those constituencies
include faculty, trustees, students and
"We wanted to choose faculty
members who are highly respected at
the University and nationally,"
Eubanks said, who solicited help
from trustee Elizabeth "Pepper"
Dowd and BOT Vice Chairman Earl
Phillips in making hischoices.
"We wanted trustees with national
perspective, and someone from the
newest class of trustees. We also
wanted someone who would bring in
the academic side of things, the
secretary of the Board of Trustees,
measured and simultaneously trans
ferred onto a graph and stored on
Women survey participants out
numbered men by a 60 to 40 ratio,
Biocca said, and most of the students
classified themselves as independent,
rather than Democrat or Republican.
From preliminary analysis of data
collected Friday, Biocca said students
who watched the forum on television
seemed to have greater opinion shifts
than those who saw it in person.
The results seem to indicate a
triumph of style over substance, he
Biocca refused to say which can
didate appeared as a frontrunner at
the forum's conclusion because the
study's purpose was not to make
political predictions. Also, he said the
sample group was not representative
Davis said. "I don't have a vendetta
against the fraternities, I'm just doing
Stuart Friou, president of Pi
Kappa Alpha, said he does not think
the town has a vendetta against the
big and little court fraternities.
"I think they started with us
because our houses are older and are
more likely to be in a little worse
shape," Friou said.
Chi Psi, Delta Kappa Epsilon,
Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Pi
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closing at the end of the month; receptionists at the IM-REC office
said the exact date depends on weather conditions.
and, of course, the student body
"We just can't have the committee
too large," he said, referring to the
one student on the committee. But
there is "no question" that students
will be adequately represented, he
But the committee is interested in
opinions from everyone, Eubanks
said, including students, faculty and
"This certainly won't be a heavy
handed search," he said.
Other committee members said
that traditionally, trustees, faculty
members, one alumnus and one
student have comprised the search
Bailey said he is excited about
working with the committee. "I
already know some of the trustees,
faculty and the alumnus," he said,
"and it's important that a student
comes in who has a good working
relationship with the committee."
of the N.C. population.
However, Biocca said, "Two really
moved up, and one really bit the dust.
The one sounded like Nixon, and that
may have been why."
Biocca said voters didn't necessar
ily associate the candidate with
former President Richard Nixon
consciously, but rather with his
In other analyses of the preliminary
results, Biocca said:
B Excessive references to former
accomplishments produced negative
a Use of negative phrases, such as
"no" or "I don't agree," produced
negative opinions, regardless of what
was actually said. Positive phrasing
produced positive opinions.
D Strong gestures received positive
Kappa Alpha, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu,
St. Anthony Hall, Tau Epsilon Pi and
Zeta Psi were all condemned by
Chapel Hill in July and August. They
were given 30 days to clean up their
houses, and the deadline runs out this
week for all except Tau Epsilon Pi.
"We may have to evict some people
this time," Wall said. "I hate for
somebody to become an example, but
it is possible. Some fraternities have
been granted two inspections, and
this might make other fraternities
Students with parking permits will benefit
from new ticket policy, traffic officials say
By MARK FOLK
Despite student complaints
about UNC's new parking policy
that extends the ticketing time in
student lots from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
traffic officials say the policy is
Mary Fox, parking control
coordinator, said the new policy
was instituted this year because of
the "incredible number" of com
plaints the Traffic and Parking
Office received last year from
students who returned to lots after
5 p.m., only to find them filled.
"Students would leave their
assigned lots, and then come back
after five and not be able to find
a parking place," Fox said. "Then,
they would park illegally and get
The policy was recommended by
the Transportation and Parking
Advisory Committee and unani
References to former President
John F. Kennedy produced positive
Biocca will also analyze the per
ceptions of the journalists at the
forum and the impact of various
camera angles and shots.
The survey system Biocca used was
developed by a UNC biomedical
engineer, and is manufactured by
Opinion Survey Systems, a Chapel
Using dials connected to a com
puter, the system measures opinion
changes with ratings from one, highly
unfavorable, to seven, highly favor
able. As the. dials are moved, the
changes are plotted on a graph
alongside demographic information
relevant to the shifts.
During the forum, Biocca viewed
the data graph superimposed over the
automatically expect extensions, but
extensions will not automatically be
Sigma Nu was given an extension
a couple of weeks ago because they
were waiting for window screens and
a carpenter to replace a water
damaged wall, Wall said. :
Burt Smith, president of Sigma Nu,
said he's not worried about passing
"We just got all the windows put
in last week, and we've gotten all the
By MICHAEL JACKSON
An advisory council to the UNC
Election Board will be formed this
fall to study the University's student
body election procedures, Larissa
Jones, chairwoman of the council,
The Election Advisory Council, as
the group will be called, will work
closely with the Election Board to
achieve two main goals, Jones said:
to develop better methods for holding
campus elections, and to construct a
long-term guide for coordination of
student body elections.
The. council will also research and
make recommendations on several
issues now facing the board: finding
alternative methods of voting and
tabulation, increasing student partic
ipation, using effective publicity
strategies and organizing polling site
In recent years, the Election Board
mously passed by the UNC Board
of Trustees on July 1.
The 12-member advisory com
mittee is comprised of both stu
dents and University officials.
Committee members decided to
recommend the new policy to the
trustees after hearing a number of
other proposals last spring.
"The committee recognized the
problems students with parking
permits had last year, and decided
to do something about it," Fox
said. "This policy allows students
with permits to park in their lots
whenever they want."
Although the policy may have
eliminated some of the complaints
the traffic department received last
year, it has also created some
Sophomore Brian Foley of
Charlotte said he is opposed to the
"This is definitely an overkill,"
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lantern. Edgar A. Shoaff
little things done, too, like replacing
missing handrails," he said.
Zeta Psi was also given an exten
sion. Wall said.
Beta Theta Pi and Delta Sigma Pi
passed inspection last month after
agreeing to make minor repairs.
"They needed to clean up closets,
fix a few holes in the walls and replace
light fixtures," Wall said.
He said he would not return to
conduct follow-up inspections for at
least another month.
has received complaints about
unmanned polling sites, and last
spring the results of a Student
Congress race were tabulated incor
rectly on election night. The turnout
rates for campus elections have
remained steady, at about 20 percent
of the student body.
"Each year there is a high turnover
rate on the Election Board, due to
the way University elections are
handled," said Jones, who is a former
member of the board. "It is a stressful
job to tend approximately 22 polls
which must be manned from 10 a.m.
to 7 p.m."
The board has been small in the
past, Jones said. Eight students were
on last year's staff, although as many
as 20 people can serve on the board,
The high turnover rate causes
problems for the board, Jones said.
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said Foley, who has a permit to
park on campus. "The traffic
department was making enough
money before all of this."
The traffic office had no dollar
amounts for money collected from
parking tickets. About 400 cit
ations are issued each day, accord
ing to parking officials.
Alicia Holder, a sophomore
from Pittsboro, said she thinks the
policy is an inconvenience.
"I don't like it because it inhibits
people who want to visit," Holder
said. "This policy really blocks out
access to other dorms."
Several students also com
plained because they weren't
informed of the new ticketing times
until they received citations.
Fox said the traffic department
tried its best to warn students about
the new policy.
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