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The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, February 25, 19885
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By ERIC GRIBBIN
N.C. Attorney General Lacy
Thornburg charged that delay, waste
and management errors caused the
Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant to cost
$856 million extra in testimony filed
with the N.C. Utilities Commission
on Monday, said Assistant Attorney
General Karen Long.
But Wayne Ennis, spokesman for
Carolina Power & Light (CP&L),
which owns the $3.9 billion nuclear
plant, said the charges were not true.
"Absolutely not. We believe the
attorney general's office has adopted
an extremely simplistic and adver
sarial position," he said. "His consul
tant has misused available informa
tion to make calculations and
comparisons which are in error, and
his conclusions are based on 2020
Thornburg's conclusions are based
upon the work of a hired consultant,
David Schlissel, of Schlissel Engi
neering Associates of Belmont,
Maine, Long said.
There were three reasons for the
$856 million figure, she said!. The
largest factor was CP&L's decision
in 1971 to build a unique four-cluster
design, which led to $560 million in
extra costs, Long said.
Ennis said the plant was originally
designed for four units, but "condi
tions changed. Several things, like the
OPEC oil embargo, changed custo
mer usage patterns. Inflation had an
effect on usage patterns and the
ultimate cost. The costs are higher
than we would like, but we feel they
are justified," he said.
The second factor was a series of
design and construction errors. The
reworking of eqiiment cost $146
million extra, Lonf said.
Also, the million figure
stemmed more firm CP&L's seven
month delay in it. study of ways to
meet the Nuclear Regulatory Com
mission's (NRp new fire-safety
regulations, created in 1975 after a
fire at the Brownsville Nuclear Power
Plant. There w a delay because
CP&L challenge! the NRC regula
tions in federal Curt, Long said.
"CP&L had jlie right to challenge
(the regulations, but not to delay.
One million dollars in planning could
have saved the $150 million in extra
costs that resulted from the delay,"
she said. '
"We believe that they misrepre
sented the facts," Ennis said of the
attorney general's allegations of afire
safety planning delay. "We were just
trying to determine what these
regulations were. We. feel that this
legal action was prudent."
Long said that Thornburg reached
the final figure of $856 million
through comparisons with the costs
of 13 other nuclear plants, including
Duke Power's Catawba facility,
started at approximately the same
time as the Harris plant.
But those comparisons are unfair,
Ennis said, because the Catawba
plant was begun about three years
before the Harris plant arid was
subject to different NRC regulations.
The CP&L decision to build one unit
instead of four led to the additional
costs, he said.
CP&L plans no immediate changes
in policy because of Thornburg's
Hearings begin April 14.
chool of Business
will hire PR firm
for better promotion
By TOM McCUISTON
If it works for soft drink com
panies and presidential candi
dates, then it can work for business
The School of Business Admin
istration will be hiring a public
relations firm Feb. 25 to help
promote UNC's program, said
Gail Gilbert, director of develop
ment and external affairs at the
Graduate School of Business.
"Dean (Paul) Rizzo (of the
business school) felt like we had
an excellent school but that we
weren't promoting it," she said.
Hiring a public relations firm
has become more and more com
mon for business schools, Gilbert
said. She said she hopes the firm
will help the school get more
exposure in news articles and
convey the quality of the research,
speakers, faculty and Dean Rizzo.
"We want to get news out about
the great research and to achieve
better communications with cor
porations, alumni and potential
donors," Gilbert said.
Duke University's achievements
using a public relations firm at the
Fuqua School of Business is
another reason for UNC to take
"Duke has been very successful
in promoting themselves, and it's
high time we promoted ourselves,"
Allison Adams, Fuqua's direc
tor of public relations, said the
school's achievements using the
firm of Makovsky & Co. since
1984 have made more business
schools consider hiring a public
"The mission (of the business
school) is to help us get coverage
in the national business press,"
Adams said. "When there are
business school roundups or par
ticular questions we want to
approach, we use the firm to reach
the national press."
Adams said the firm has
increased the national publicity of
the school by getting Fuqua
mentioned in national publica
tions, including a feature article on
the school in The Wall Street
Adams suggests that schools
hiring a public relations firm set
a time for the firm and the school
to get to know each other. Com
munication must be kept open
both ways, and the school must
determine what message to con
vey, Adams said.
"(Makovsky) was looking for
any coverage at first," Adams said.
"We were looking for specific
Faculty and administrators at
UNC's business school seem to
agree that hiring a public relations
firm is a good idea.
Looking at the top 10 business
schools, people will see they are
consistently using public relations
firms, said Gayle Saldinger, under
graduate program director at the
UNC Graduate School of
"If you read The New York
Times business section, you should
see a lot of quotes from the UNC
business school, and right now
that's not happening," Saldinger
The rules of the game have
changed drastically over the last
10 years, said Jay Klompmaker,
a professor at UNC's business
"When faculty members don't
see our name in the paper, they
begin questioning whether or not
we're a major player," Klomp
Gilbert said, "It's time we
practice what we're preaching
By KAREN ZIMMER
Convicted murderer Nathaniel
Mark Upshur received two concur
rent life sentences Tuesday in Dur
ham County Superior Court for the
first-degree rape and murder of nurse
Upshur was also sentenced to 10
additional years in prison for the
assault of Wilson's daughter Karen,
then 7. -
Wilson had been stabbed 79 times
and her daughter 10 times.
A jury found Upshur guilty of first-
d killer gets two Me terms
degree rape aw assault with a deadly
weapon on Fib. 19, but the jurors
were deadlocked 7-5 on the first
Upshur hi! pleaded not guilty to
first-degree fiurder by - reason of
insanity. "W found it difficult to
decide whejer the defendant was
insane at thtflme of the slaying," said
juror Patrick Collins.
A psychologist called by the
defense cotnsel testified during the
trial that pshur was insane at the
time of ttiV crime, said William J.
Cotter, Ujshur's defense attorney.
Psychiatrist Bob Rollins, called by
the state, told the jury that Upshur
had a mental disorder, but not one
that would make him legally insane.
Jury foreman Sara Radtke told the
judge Friday that she thought the jury
would probably not agree on the
murder verdict and there was no use
for further deliberations. Judge
Thomas Lee declared a mistrial on
the charge of first-degree murder
because the jury could not agree.
Cotter . said Upshur pleaded no
contest Tuesday to the murder charge
because District Attorney Michael
Nifong might have sought another
trial. Another trial might have
resulted in Upshur having to serve
two consecutive life sentences instead
of concurrent sentences. "This could
have added 20 years to Upshur's
sentence," Cotter said. ': '
Cotter said Nifong offered him the
possibility of a plea bargain Monday.
According to the "plea bargain,
Upshur would plead no contest to the
first-degree murder charge. In
exchange, Upshur would serve his
two life sentences at the same time.
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"We have done what they've told
us to do, both in spirit and to the
letter, and we are baffled by the view
that somehow the faculty has not
done its job so far."
Faculty members said they had no
idea what happened to their proposal
when it went through the Adminis
"We voted almost unanimously on
the changes we proposed and they
disappeared in the Administrative
Board ."Spiegel said. "Now we're told
we have not made an effort."
Administrative Board member
Hunter Ballew said the board realized
that if it had looked at what the
faculty said, they would have had to
"throw the Richardson report out the
Ballew said the board reached its
decisions without a vote, but with a
consensus that the faculty recommen
dations went against the report.
"We developed our programs, and
the Administrative Board waffled
them," said Jim Morrison, School of
Educatiohprofessor. "There was no
feedback! from the Administrative
Board. Tfe faculty responded and
nothing happened. It is very frustrat
ing. All We have to do is begin to
implement our responses to the
report. T)e faculty is very cohesive
on this isiie."-
Brovyr; disagreed. He said the
Adminisfative Board was acting on
the pjriposals in a different
"Had jthey known the provost's
positioiio allow for programs to be
redefine!, they would have endorsed
all of tfi; faculty's proposals," he said.
Duaip Brown, School of Educa
tion pbfessor, said, "I have worked
at three;universities. Never have 1 felt
a facu'ry has been so demeaned by
an administration. I'd like some
respec j That is all I ask.
"Wc have worked extraordinarily
hard respond to the document. If
we dch't r.iean anything, simply tell
us. Nlake your decisions and let us
Williamson said the school should
work with the Richardson report.
"There are obviously some com
munication problems and issues that
have yet to be discussed," he said.
"But we think we ought to stick with
the Richardson report. If the (faculty)
recommendations can be proven to
benefit the school, well go with it.
One meeting does not close the door."
A prepared statement presented by
School of Education professor Rune
Simeonsson, and supported by many
faculty members, stated a lack of
support for Dean Brown.
"It is with regret that I say that
the dean no longer has my confidence
to lead the school," Simeonsson read.
The statement recalled an incident
on Feb. 1 when Frank Brown was
asked what his position and plans
were relative to the task force effort.
"He responded that he could not
make a statement prior to meeting
with the provost," Simeonsson read.
"It is difficult to envision any circum
stance in which a dean could effec
tively advocate for the school with
contingencies attached to his actions.
"The independence of the dean is
essential if he is to advocate and
compete for priorities and resources
in the University," Simeonsson read.
Williamson appointed Charles
Bishop, special assistant to the
provost, as a liaison, to help Frank
Brown in the reorganization of the
"I am here to break the logjams
and get on with the programs,"
Faculty members said they are not
clear about Bishop's role in the
school. They said they do not .want
more confusion or another dean.
It brings out
in all of ufL1-
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seven years to take one or two
semesters off from teaching with
pay to do special projects like
research, Amana said.
Philip Stadter, classics professor,
said full health care coverage, includ
ing dental benefits, is necessary.
Salary levels are generally good,
but the policy of not including an
employee's dependents in health
coverage is very unattractive to new
professors, Stadter said.
It can be difficult to alter the system
because UNC is a state-supported
institution and the N.C. State Legis
lature must vote on any changes.
However, Turnier said a change
that could be made without the
legislature's approval would be to
allow professors who take a leave of
absence to stop paying for UNC
coverage until they return, without I
Professors could also be allowed
to change policies once during a
lifetime, Turnier said.
1. Quality. !;
Other problems that will cost the )
University money must be con- i
fronted, but the legislature would '
probably be responsive if people
would simply ask for changes, he said.
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