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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Copyright 1988 The Daily Tar Heel
Volume 95, Issue 132
Tuesday, February 16, 1988
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
News Sports Arts 962-0245
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By JENNY CLONINGER
Students will be asked to vote on
six issues that have been put to
referendum votes at poll sites on
Referendums on the ballot are two
proposed increases in student activ
ities fees, three proposed consitu
tional amendments and a referendum
to gauge student opinion on the
Carolina Gay and Lesbian Associa
tion funding issue.
The referendum concerning fund
ing of the CGLA is not binding, and
is essentially an opinion poll to
determine whether or not students
want to see the group funded, said
Mark Donahue, editor of the CGLA
'no' vote on
By LYNNE McCLINTOCK
A statement addressed to UNC law
students appealed for votes against
the Carolina Gay and Lesbian Asso
ciation referendum because the ref
erendum conveys "a startling message
of intolerance for the rights of
minority groups on campus."
The statement, distributed Mon
day, was written by the National
Lawyers Guild and was endorsed by
the Student Bar Association Govern
ing Board, Mere Dictum, Women in
Law and Student Funded
Lisa Rice, president of the Student
Bar Association, said, "We encourage
members of the Student Bar Asso
ciation to discourage discriminatory
behavior against other students."
The statement is not a judgment
of whether the CGLA should get
funds but an assertion that no group
should be discriminated against, she
Student Congress representatives
David McNeill and H.F. Watts
circulated a petition last semester to
place a referendum that would gauge
student opinion about CGLA fund
ing on today's ballot. McNeill and
Watts had to collect signatures from
10 percent of the student body to
place the referendum on the ballot.
The congress allocates funds to the
CGLA from student activities fees.
The referendum will determine stu
dent sentiment about funding the
organization, but congress has the
final vote on the issue.
Lightning Brown, a member of the
National Lawyers Guild, said the
referendum "undercuts basic First
Although voter turnout from the
law school voting district is usually
low, Brown said he hopes students
will vote on this issue because it is
closely related to the law and to
Americans' constitutional rights.
"We were concerned about a group
of undergraduates not having a sense
of basic fairness and an awareness of
different groups on campus," Brown
The polling site at the law school
will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kridler to take over
By JACKIE DOUGLAS
Chris Kridler, a junior journalism
and English major from Landenberg,
Pa., was chosen as the new editor for
the Phoenix, UNC's student
Kridler was chosen by the UNC
Media Board to take the place of
outgoing Phoenix editor Paris Good
night. The board includes represen
tatives from campus publications and
two at large members.
"I think Kridler will do a fine job
as the new editor," Goodnight said.
"She has a lot of experience and
knows what has to be done. She was
definitely the logical choice."
Kridler began working on the
Phoenix during her freshman year,
and has worked as an assistant editor
and managing editor. In addition,
Kridler has worked at two small
Donahue said the poll is "not a
reasonable estimate of whether or not
students want to pay activity fees,
because it singles out one group."
If the referendum passes, its effects
will be determined by whether the
Student Congress acknowledges it,
Donahue said. Budget hearings will
be held this spring.
Another referendum asks for an
increase of $1.25 per semester in
student activities fees. Stuart Hath
away, chairman of the Student
Congress Rules and Judiciary Com
newspapers in Pennsylvania.
Kridler said she has extensive plans
for improving the Phoenix.
"We need to expand and improve
our coverage on investigative and
controversial stories," she said. "The
Phoenix needs to explore more issues
on campus and take a different tack
with their content.
"As a magazine, we can appeal to
what people want to read. We can
cover stories that the DTH might not
have time to cover."
Kridler said she wants to expand
the paper's advertising staff.
"I am concerned about improving
our advertising staff because it is very
small and never up to what it should
be," Kridler said.
Kridler said she wants to continue
running humor pieces and regular
features and will also try to get more
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mittee, said the revenue generated by
the increase would not be used to fund
a specific group, but would provide
extra money for the general fund.
A referendum requesting a one
time $1 increase in student activities
fees for the fall and spring semesters
next year is also on the ballot. The
rise will provide funds for Student
Television (STV) to purchase new
"It's unbelievable how old and
deteriorated our equipment is," said
Don Harris, STV station manager.
If the referendum passes, STV will
receive about $39,000 next year,
Harris said. If it fails, Student
Congress may allocate some extra
money to the group both this semester
"I think students look for the
regular columns we run and this leads
them to read other articles in the
Phoenix," she said.
Kridler also said she will work to
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Monday; Tuesday's just as bad.
and next year, Harris said.
Another referendum asks students
whether the inauguration dates of
campus officers elected in February,
except that of the DTH editor, should
be moved to the first Tuesday in
April. As the constitution stands now,
inaugurations must occur within 15
days of the election.
"A longer transition period would
benefit the office," Hathaway said.
Another issue on the ballot is the
move to delete specific organization
names from the Student Constitu
tion. If passed, the referendum will
remove seven sections of an amend
ment article and re-number the
The sections to be removed list
Computer network to relay
By JAMES BENTON
A campus-wide computer network
that will provide information about
campus activities and organizations
should be in operation by next fall,
said Stephanie Ahlschwede, chair of
Student Congress' Student Affairs
The project is sponsored by Stu
dent Congress and the Academic
The system will contain informa
tion about student, faculty and staff
activities, with information classified
by topics, group reference and spe
cific group names, Ahlschwede said.
- Students and faculty members will
be able to access the system at several
on-campus locations, including the
Student Union, libraries and compu
specific organizations as bodies of
student government: the Residence
Hall Association, the Association for
Women Students, the Interfraternity
Council, the Panhellenic council, the
Graduate Professional Student Fed
eration and the Craige Graduate
The referendum would replace the
deleted sections with a section that
reads, "The constitution, charters and
bylaws of all organizations receiving
funds from the Student Congress
shall be subject to review and appro
val by the Student Congress each
The last issue facing voters is a new
definition of the role of student body
treasurer. A vote for the referendum
By KIMBERLY EDENS
Controversy marked the day
before the election over an anti
Carolina Gay and Lesbian Associa
tion (CGLA) flier circulated by
student body president candidate
CGLA officials and other candi
dates said Poston misrepresented
their positions on election issues.
The flier, dated Feb. 13 and
distributed to students both on and
off campus, advises students to vote
for Poston because he opposes using
student activities fees . to fund the
"The election is only three days
away, and the homosexuals and their
supporters are mobilized and ready
to turn out on Tuesday to make sure
that I'm not elected student body
president," it reads. "They are also
ready to defeat the referendum that
is on the ballot concerning their
group's funding. We CANT let that
Also included in the flier was a
photocopied section of a pamphlet
distributed by the Lesbian and Gay
Health Project, a Durham organiza
tion, titled "Guidelines for AIDS
Risk Reduction." At the top of the
page was written "Your student fees
promote this!"The pamphlet includes
explicit sexual language.
Mark Donahue, editor of Lambda,
the CGLA newsletter, said Monday
the organization will appeal the
student body president election
results, regardless of the outcome,
based on what it claims are violations
of the election bylaws and the Code
of Student Conduct.
"Unfair campaign tactics should
not be allowed, period," he said. "I
think this is something the University
doesn't allow, the bylaws don't allow,
and the Student Code doesn't allow.
Ahlschwede said the congress
hopes eventually to place information
like class listings, undergraduate
bulletins, sports schedules, newslet
ters and the telephone directory in
The system will also reduce a need
for printed material such as the UNC
phone book, the Carolina Week-by-Week
calendar, sports schedules and
pamphlets published by other campus
organizations, Ahlschwede said.
The congress will form a student
group that will eventually control the
input of student information into the
system, Ahlschwede said.
The group will be autonomous,
and Donald Boulton, vice chancellor
and dean of student affairs, will serve
as its adviser.
Ahlschwede said a computerized
information system would help cut
would limit the student body trea
surer to advising the Student Con
gress on financial matters.
If students vote down this refer
endum, the student body treasurer
would retain full non-voting powers
in the Student Congress.
If approved, the referendum would
"adjust the role to fit the authority
granted," Hathaway said.
Referendums that could change
student fees require a 10 percent
student turnout and majority vote to
pass, Hathaway said. If the referen
dum concerns an amendment to the
constitution, the success of the
referendum only requires a simple
We need to make Keith Poston abide
by the laws."
Poston said Monday he focused his
flier on CGLA funding because it is
an important issue that distinguishes
him from the other candidates.
"I wanted to show the students of
this University what the CGLA was
doing and what they're calling AIDS
education," he said.
Donahue said the CGLA does not
distribute the pamphlet. The group
has one copy available in its office
for people who seek information on
AIDS, he said.
"Student fees do not go to produce
or promote (the pamphlet) in any
way, shape or form," he said. "Pos
ton's flier doesn't attribute the
pamphlet to the Lesbian and Gay
Health Project. That's misrepresen
tation, not to mention that he has
no documentation that the CGLA
has distributed it."
Poston said he was not concerned
about the possibility of an appeal.
"I think whoever would rule on
that would rule in my favor," he said.
Poston's flier also says that he is
the only candidate "who is opposed
to CGLA funding and will veto any
budget coming out of Student Con
gress that gives them one dime of
David Maynard, also a candidate
for student body president, said he
also is opposed to CGLA funding.
The sentence is misleading because
it makes Poston appear to be the only
candidate who is opposed to CGLA
funding, he said.
"I am against funding the CGLA,"
Maynard said. "But I am against
vetoing the funding bill because it
would stall 26 other organizations,
and that would be stupid and
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down on the amount of information
that is lost or scattered because it is
published in so many different
Computer center officials studied
a similar computer data system at
N.C. State University for ideas and
formed a steering committee to
oversee the development of the
system. A member of the steering
committee helped to develop a similar
system at Syracuse University,
Ahlschwede said the congress plans
to send out letters to campus organ
izations to get their ideas on the
Congress members will hold a
meeting on Feb. 23 to explain the
system to students, faculty and staff
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