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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Copyright 1988 The Daily Tar Heel
Volume 95, Issue 115
Friday, Janauary 22, 1988
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
By BRIAN McCOLLUM
Architectural plans for the new
alumni center on Stadium Drive
should be finalized within a few
weeks. General Alumni Association
(GAA) officials said Thursday.
Douelas Dibbert, GAA president,
said he expects to have the plans by
spring break, which begins March 4.
Construction should begin sometime
this summer, Dibbert said.
The George Watts Hill Alumni
Center will contain GAA offices, as
falls short to
By MIKE BERARDINO
Thursday night's North Carolina
Duke game had all the trappings of
another classic Tar Heel comeback
The usual scenario goes something
like this: UNC, playing about as poor
as poor can be, falls far behind early
to a sky-high opponent. Gradually,
the Tar Heels climb back into the
game, taking advantage of their
opponent's mistakes to pull even in
the latter stages of the contest.
Finally, according to the mythical
UNC comeback handbook, the home
team is supposed to pull ahead in the
final minute, perhaps on the game's
final shot, sending the crowd into a
frenzy and the upstart visitors home
Thursday's game with the ninth
ranked Blue Devils should have
ended like that. But unfortunately for
North Carolina's No. 2 national
ranking and its 18-game Smith Center
winning streak, it didn't.
Trailing 70-69, the Tar Heels fired
four potential game-winning shots in
the final 32 seconds. None of the four
went in, however, and the score stood.
North Carolina, which saw its nine
game winning streak snapped, fell to
13-2 overall and 2-1 in the ACC.
Duke, which was coming off a close
loss at home to Maryland last
Saturday, improved to 11-2 and 2
1. UNC's last gasp came with two
ticks left, when Jeff Lebo tried a
desperation 17-foot jump shot from
the left corner. The ball had barely
left Lebo's hand before Duke forward
Robert Brickey deflected it straight
up into the air. By the time it came
back down, the buzzer had sounded
and the Blue Devils were already
beginning an impromptu victory
The last and only other
opponent to dance in the Dean Dome
See DUKE page 7
Proposed constitutional amendments
to be placed on spring election ballot
By JUSTIN McGUIRE
Two proposed amendments to the
Student Constitution will be placed
on the February election ballot as
referendums, Student Congress
members voted Wednesday night.
One amendment would change the
inauguration date of elected student
leaders and the other will try to
redefine the role of the student body
treasurer on the congress.
The inauguration referendum, if
passed, will move the inauguration
date of all elected officers, except the
editor of The Daily Tar Heel, from
within 15 days of election to the first
Tuesday in April, about four weeks
Stuart Hathaway, chairman of the
congress Rules and Judiciary Com
mittee, said the change was being
proposed in order to allow elected
students more time to become famil
iar with their office.
"Right now, the student body
president comes in right after he or
she is elected and has only sketchy
Cento arcMflectaal plans nearly
well as a dining room, lounge, library
and alumni hall.
Plans for the center have been in
the works for close to two years,
project chairman Ralph Strayhorn
said. The building will stand on a site
between Kenan Stadium and the
Ramshead parking lot.
Original plans called for a location
near the Smith Center, but the GAA
Board of Directors approved the
Stadium Drive site in September after
Chancellor Christopher Fordham
Jeff Lebo strips the ball
ideas of what he or she wants to do,"
Transition between the presidential
administrations would be much easier
because the president-elect would
have a month to confer with the
outgoing president, Hathaway said.
"The new administration will be able
to hit the ground running," he said.
The later inauguration date would
also allow members of Student
Congress to have a year in office
before they have to participate in the
lengthy budget process, he said.
The other referendum would make
the student body treasurer a financial
adviser to the congress, rather than
a non-voting member. But the trea
surer would be allowed a non-voting
role on the congress Finance
Hathaway said the new role will
be a compromise between the the role
held now and the one held prior to
Before 1986, the treasurer could
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offered them the land.
Hundreds of Scott Residence
College residents signed petitions
against the site last fall, citing the loss
of parking spaces, destruction of the
wooded area and disruptions of
student life due to construction as
Petition organizer Carol Huffman
said she has conceded the fight to the
"The students were interested, but
the administration wasn't," she said.
from Duke's Kevin Strickland during
only advise the congress on financial
matters, Hathaway said. The trea
surer was made a non-voting member
by a referendum that year.
Hathaway said the referendums are
part of a lengthy project by the Rules
and Judiciary Committee to change
the Student Constitution.
Six other bills making constitu
tional changes were passed by the
congress Wednesday. Several more
will come before congress at its next
In order for the referendums to be
passed, a majority of students,
encompassing at least 10 percent of
the student body, must vote in favor
"I don't worry that they won't be
passed," Hathaway said. "I worry
that people won't vote."
There will now be a total of four
constitutional referendums in the
spring election. The congress pre
viously approved bills to place two
others on the ballot.
learn to waste
"We aren't happy about the construc
tion, but it's going to happen."
Students should realize that con
struction disturbances will be min
imal, Dibbert said. "It will be unlikely
that any disruption will be greater
than Carmichael dorm," he said.
Construction on Carmichael Res
idence Hall was completed in 1986.
Strayhorn said decreasing the
number of existing parking spaces
will not be a problem, because the
center will have its own parking area.
Thursday night's game
Postoe joins lineup
of SBP candidates
By MARK FOLK
Keith Poston, a junior political
science major from Fayetteville,
has announced his candidacy for
student body president.
Bringing accountability to the
budget process, creating a co-op
program between the University
and local school systems and
expanding the student part-time
employment service are the major
issues Poston said he plans to
address in his campaign.
Poston said he would propose
reducing student fees and allocat
ing funds to student groups more
efficiently to improve the spring
"I think Student Congress has
been reckless in allocating student
fees," Poston said. "They're allo
cating our fees to groups they
haven't examined close enough."
The Carolina Gay and Lesbian
Association (CGLA) should be
examined more closely during the
budget process, Poston said. He
said he would do everything pos
sible to make sure the group is not
granted student fees.
time conscientiously. Zen saying
"I don't think anyone will be
affected," Strayhorn said. "We hope
to be a very good neighbor."
Fund-raising efforts for the build
ing have been underway since mid
1987 and have netted over $7 million,
said Karen Arwe, associate campaign
director. A test phone marketing
campaign conducted in November
and December raised $283,000, and
a large-scale telemarketing campaign
aimed at out-of-state alumni will
begin Sunday, she said.
Arwe said original estimates placed
By JUSTIN McGUIRE
and BRIAN McCOLLUM
A hazardous chemical spill in
Beard Hall forced the evacuation of
more than 300 students and faculty
Stock clerk Leroy Clark was
treated for eye and respiratory
irritation at North Carolina Memor
ial Hospital and released Thursday,
hospital officials said. University
police officer Marcus Perry and
fireman Sam Price were also treated
Emergency units were called to the
scene about 1:30 p.m. after Clark
dropped a 500-milliliter bottle of
thionyl chloride in the stockroom of
the pharmacy school building.
Officials said Clark immediately
tried to neutralize the chemical by
pouring bicarbonate of soda on the
spill but was overcome by fumes
Bill Homovec, hazardous waste
manager for the University's Health
and Safety Office, said Clark man
aged to walk down the hall and find
another lab worker, who contacted
the Orange County Rescue squad.
Thionyl chloride is a common lab
chemical used in acidic experimen
tation, Homovec said. If mixed with
water, hydrogen chloride vapors are
released, causing potential skin burns
and mucous membrane damage.
Clifton Stone, pharmacy school
supply supervisor, said the pharmacy
school, which uses the chemical for
organic chemistry, never keeps more
than 500 milliliters at the Beard Hall
"I promise that I'd veto anything
that would give a dime to CGLA,"
Poston said. "I view my election
as whether or not students want
to see CGLA on this campus."
A co-op program between the
University and a local school
system would give students the
opportunity to go into a school and
work with younger students, Pos
"This program would give stu
dents experience and improve the
image of the University," Poston
said. "Plus, it would help produce
college-minded students in the local
Poston said he feels the student
part-time employment service is
too limited. Increasing its money
supply would expand it throughout
the Chapel HillCarrboro area, he
"By expanding the employment
service, we would create more jobs
for students," Poston said.
construction costs at $8.5 million, but
that figure has probably risen due to
changes and delays.
Construction is expected to take
18-24 months, and the building
should be completed in time for the
University's bicentennial celebration,
"We're making really good pro
gress and getting good response from
all quarters now," Dibbert said. "A
lot of people are curious why we
waited 200 years to do this."
Chapel Hill Fire Marshal Joe
Robertson said the building was
evacuated by emergency officials
before the Orange County hazardous
materials team went inside to prevent
the fumes from spreading throughout
Fire officials were alerted to bring
breathing apparatus for those who
might have ingested the fumes and
to clean up the spill, Robertson said.
Blood pressure and respiration
checks were given to some of the
evacuees, he said.
Linwood Futrelle, chief of the
hazardous materials team, said there
were no major problems containing
the spill. Workers used soda ash,
made up of sodium bicarbonate, to
neutralize the acid.
Robertson said the contained spill
and the broken thionyl chloride bottle
were put into sealed plastic bags and
would be disposed of according to
The entire building was then
ventilated, Robertson said.
Activities in Beard Hall were
expected to resume as usual today,
according to reports Thursday after
noon. Efforts to reach pharmacy
school officials Thursday evening
Futrelle said he was pleased with
the cooperation exhibited by the
various emergency units which
responded to the spill.
"We came from all over the county,
and we came fairly quickly," he said.
"We did what the Chapel Hill Fire
Department asked us to do."
Although Poston has never held
a position in the executive branch
of student government, he said he
doesn't see this fact as a
"I've always been active in
campus politics," Poston said. "Not
being in Suite C (Student Govern
ment offices) -means that I don't
owe any favors."
Poston is a former president of
the UNC chapter of Students for
America, a national organization.
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