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Volume 96, Issue 89
Campus activist Dale McKinley
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By HELLE NIELSEN
Staff Writer
;GE brings good things to life, its
commercials say, but a consumer
group has launched a boycott of GE
products "to bring GE to light."
As a leading military contractor
and nuclear weapons producer,
General Electric Co. has helped shape
U.S. military policies that produced
unnecessary nuclear weapons ' and
threaten the health and survival of
all people, said campaign field coor
dinator Ruth Shy of the consumer
group IN FACT.
. "Most of the American people
believe we have enough or too many
nuclear weapons already," Shy said.
"If we don't move corporate influence
out of the decision making, we are
not going to have a nuclear weapons
reduction.
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By JAMES COBLIN
Staff Writer
;! Students with accounts in the
Carolina Student Credit Union
(CSCU) can now directly transfer
hinds from their credit union
accounts to their University accounts
tt pay tuition and fees.
;The credit union is offering the
service to students to alleviate the
long lines and hassle that results when
students have to pay their bills in
person at the University Cashier's
Office in Bynum Hall, CSCU Vice
President Coco Dawson said.
;:-Students who want to directly
transfer funds to pay their bills can
fill out a request form at the credit
ghjon, Dawson said.
;-CSCU representatives will then
tke a list of requests to the cashier's
office and transfer the money. Stu
dents must pick up their receipts after
the transactions have taken place.
;:jhe plan is already in effect for use
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"The purpose of the boycott is to
move one major corporation out of
production and promotion of nuclear
weapons, which will have an impact
on the whole industry."
GE is "the hub" of the nuclear
weapons industry, involved in more
major weapons systems than any
other corporation, Shy said.
The U.S. government accounted
for about one-fourth of GE's $39.3
billion total sales in 1987, GE spoke
sman George Jamison said. "We
don't break (our figures) out, but a
large majority is to the Defense
Department."
In addition to military products,
GE sells everything from medical
equipment to electrical appliances to
financial services.
Jamison declined to comment on
specific IN FACT criticisms of the
by students, but response has been
sparse so far, Dawson said. The rush
to pay tuition for the spring semester
is expected to increase demand for
the offer, she said.
The CSCU will send the office a
list of students transferring funds and
one check that covers the sum of all
the transactions, said Barron Math
erly of the University Cashier's Office.
The list will be used to credit the
student's accounts and the single
check will add up to the entire amount
of all the transfer transactions,
Matherly said.
Dawson said the transfer system
would be a welcome relief and would
ease pressure on cashiers by lighten
ing the work load and shortening
lines. The system will also take some
of the burden off students, so that
lines and confusion will be decreased,
she said.
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company.
GE and INFACT share the goal
of peace but disagree on how to
achieve jt, he said.
"We feel there is a need for a strong
defense," Jamison said. "We support
the government in meeting our
defense needs."
But GE is far from a passive
receiver of government contracts, Shy
said.
With GE officials on government
advisory boards, such as the civilian
committee that considers whether to
continue research on the Strategic
Defense Initiative (SDI), GE can help
create a demand for weapons, Shy
said. "GE is filling contracts because
their own corporate people are in
there making decisions."
The corporation is one of the
largest contractors on the SDI
CSCU opened last January with
15 members, and now serves about
170 students. Services include a basic
savings plan with a 6 percent interest
rate, share certificates and the Carol
ina MasterCard. The CSCU also
offers loans to students, including
travel loans for seniors traveling to
job interviews, at lower interest rates.
In the future, the CSCU may offer
traveler's checks, automatic payment
of bills, and computer-assisted tran
sactions, Dawson said.
To open a CSCU account, students
should come by the Credit Union
offices, located in the Student Union,
between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday
through Friday. There is a one-time
$10 service fee, but there are no other
service charges. Students must main
tain a $10 minimum balance. Mem
bership is for a lifetime, and any
student may join, including graduate
and part-time students.
are either immoral, illegal or fattening. Alexander Woollcott
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By JUSTIN McGUIRE
Assistant University Editor
The Graduate Student Court ruled
Tuesday night to postpone campus
activist Dale McKinley's hearing so
a new prosecutor could be appointed
to the case.
The court said McKinleys rights
had been violated because William
Price, the prosecutor in the case, is
a member of the N.C. Bar Associ
ation, giving him an unfair
advantage.
The court had ruled Monday night
that they had no right to remove a
prosecuter because the position is
appointed by the student attorney
general.
McKinley, a graduate student in
political science, faced the court in
a continuation of an Oct. 20 hearing
on four charges related to two CIA
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By DANIEL CONOVER
Staff Writer
Inter-Faith Council (IFC) Presi
dent Richard Edens will express
opposition to the preliminary recom
mendation of a task force studying
alternative locations for the IFC
Homeless Shelter at the Chapel Hill
Town Council meeting Monday
night.
Town council members Julie
Andresen and Nancy Preston will
present a status report on the work
of the Task Force for the Homeless
Monday night. The status report will
recommend that the homeless shelter,
projects, she said.
GE has government contracts to
estimate the Soviet Union's military
expenditures that have enabled the
corporation to influence the public's
perception of weapons needs, said
Lynn Martin, INFACT spokeswo
man. "They have fanned public fears
of Soviet strength to help influence
Congress appropriations."
GE and other defense contractors
keep an army of Washington lobby
ists to persuade government officials
of the need for specific weapons
systems, said William Withrow, a
retired US. Navy commander.
"So much of our military hardware
and systems are not necessary to meet
any military requests, but primarily
due to some salesman doing his job,"
Withrow said.
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By DANA PRIMM
Staff Writer
' Student government will con
duct a survey to find out how
students feel about campus dining
services and to get suggestions on
how to improve them.
"We are trying to find out what,
if any, changes should be made
and then tell Marriott that we will
help them broaden their revenue
base if they can make these
changes," Trey Loughran, student
presidential aide, said Monday.
Student government's Commit
tee on Food Services approved the
survey Wednesday, and it will be
given this week to the represen
tative committee, said Kate
Wright, committee chairwoman.
The results should be in about the
second week of December, she
said.
Questions on the survey ask
how often students use the meal
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protests he participated in last year.
McKinley walked out on the original
hearing when the court refused to
allow him to discuss CIA activities
as part of his defense.
At Tuesday night's hearing,
McKinley listed seven ways he
thought his rights had been violated
by the court, including Price's status
as a member of the N.C. Bar
Association.
After more than two hours of
deliberation, the five-person court
board ruled that McKinley's rights
had been violated because Price is a
N.C. Bar Association member, but
that his rights had not been violated
in the other six ways.
Price, a graduate student in radio,
television and motion pictures,
attended law school and passed the
N.C. Bar examination but is not a
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now located in the old Municipal
Building at the corner of Rosemary
and Columbia streets, be moved to
an undeveloped site on the 800 block
of Airport Road.
"The (proposed) site as a program
site is not as strong as the Municipal
Building," Edens said.-j -
Task force chairwoman Sally
Jessee said the status report recom
mendation is not necessarily the final
conclusion of the task force. The
report will give the task force a chance
to gather feedback on the proposal,
she said.
"We don't want to go off on a
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and revolving doors the inter
change of government officials and
corporation officials also open
congressional doors for GE and other
military corporations, Martin said.
In the 1988 Senate races, she said,
GE contributed money to every
incumbent senator on a defense
related committee and to 30 of 33
representatives on similar House
committees.
To pressure GE to stop its weapons
production, INFACT advocates a
boycott of all products with GE,
Hotpoint or RCA labels. To affect
GE economically, Martin said, the
boycott must reach 5 percent to 10
percent of the U.S. population.
Based on an independent poll in
July 1987 that indicated about 2
million people were boycotting GE
and the boycott pledges INFACT has
suirvey to gauge
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service, how many purchases
students put on their meal cards
and how likely students are to use
their meal cards for other services,
committee member Brien Lewis
said.
"We are trying to see from a
student's point of view how the
meal cards are used and how the
food service on campus is used in
general," he said.
The survey will also be used to
find out if consolidating all the
food services on campus is a good
option, he said:
"We are also trying to get a
picture of where students' food
money is going and whether we
should support the idea of con
solidation," he said.
Only 30 percent of the money
spent on food at campus dining
services goes to Marriott, Lewis
said. The Carolina Inn, the Train
ing Table, the dining rooms at
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practicing lawyer.
According to the Instrument of
Student Judicial Governance, which
outlines the rules that govern the
judicial branch, in cases involving
graduate or professional students, "it
is preferred, but not required, that the
prosecutor and defense counsel be
graduate or professional students
under the same trial court jurisdiction
as the defendant."
McKinley said Price's status as a
member of the N.C. Bar Association
violates the spirit of that rule. "This
particularly violates the separation of
the courts," he said.
But Price said he was a graduate
student, like McKinley, so McKin
ley's rights had not been violated.
Court board chairman Jay
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said. .
The proposed Airport Road site is
a compromise, Jessee said.
"That's the one location we've
seemed to come up with that doesn't
have overwhelming opposition," she
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But Edens said the new site would
not allow the IFC to meet the needs
of the homeless as well , as the
downtown location the shelter now
occupies.
"Part of who we are is that we look
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received since the poll, the organiza
tion estimates that at least 3 million
people now participate in the boycott.
"We are in this for the long haul,"
Martin said.
As a result of the boycott cam
paign, schools and hospitals have
stopped buying GE's medical equip
ment, and architects and building
constructors switched from GE to
other companies' appliances, Shy
said.
Campuses across the nation are
also getting involved, she said. At
students' request, a board at the
University of California at Los
Angeles recently called GE an uneth
ical corporation, and all GE products
were pulled from student stores, Shy
said.
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services
North Carolina Memorial Hospi
tal, and concessions at sporting
events are all examples of other
food services on campus run by
other companies, he said.
Consolidating campus food
services was a part of Student
Body President Kevin Martin's
campaign platform during last
February's campus elections,
Lewis said. Student government is
sponsoring the survey.
"One of the major duties of a
university is to provide a food
service, but we have tried all of
the major companies that do
university food services and it has
not been successful for any of
them," Loughran said. "We want
to make sure" that Marriott has
reason to stay."
Marriott, which runs dining
services in Lenoir Hall and Chase
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