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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 97, Issue 9
Thursday, March 9, 1989
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
News Sports Arts 962-0245
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Slip slidin' away
Melissa Asbill, a senior advertising major from
Asheboro, battles the sleet and freezing drizzle
By JEFF ECKARD
To show appreciation for the
contributions Albert Coates made to
the University community and to
student government, Student Con
gress adopted a bill Wednesday
supporting a memorial celebration in
Coates, who founded the Institute
of Government at UNC in 1931 and
served as its head for more than 30
years, died Jan. 28.
In addition to the Institute of
Government, Coates and his wife
Gladys had a great interest in student
government. In 1986, they wrote "The
Story of Student Government in the
University of North Carolina at
Gene Davis (Dist. 16), who intro
duced the bill, said the program in
honor of Coates will be held March
29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the
slow to respond
to recent reforms
By STACI COX
Assistant Managing Editor
Soviet President Mikhail Gor
bachev has changed the lives of
Soviet citizens, but experts are
debating the importance and
future of his reforms.
"This process of economic
reform is slow and painful," said
Boris Malakhov, spokesman for
the Soviet embassy in
Gorbachev's glasnost policy has
tremendously increased open:
expression in the Soviet Union,
but the economic reform policy of
perestroika has been more difficult
to implement, said Robert Rupen,
UNC professor of political science.
"(Economic reform) isn't hap
pening fast enough at all," Rupen
said. "And that could get Gorba
chev in trouble."
But Gorbachev's opponents
have no specific plan of action for
the nation, and the society as a
whole has changed too much to
go back to the old government for
very long, said Donald Raleigh,
UNC professor of history.
"There is certainly opposition
for his reforms. It's very real; it's
very formidable. But there is equal
support," Raleigh said.
Part of the economic problem
is resistance to reform within the
bureaucracy, especially in the
ministries where Gorbachev has
instigated a 40 percent to 50
percent cut in personnel, Malak
"We have no joblessness," he
said. "But to make business and
government more effective, we
Wednesday afternoon as she crosses McCorkle
Student Union Auditorium and
The celebration will cost $6,000.
Student government will provide
$3,000, and the planning committee
will ask the administration for $3,000.
A number of speakers, including
Chancellor Paul Hardin, former
chancellor William Aycock and Bill
Cockrane, senior adviser for the U.S.
Senate Rules Committee, will
emphasize Coates' and his wife's
belief in student government and its
continuing importance, Davis said.
"Through their book, the Coateses
present the history of student govern
ment at this University and encourage
students to continue their struggle for
mutual respect," Davis said. "Not
only did they influence, student
government at UNC, but they also
influenced student government across
Connie Zaytoun, a member of the
A New USSR
must fulfill the same job with fewer
could last from five to six months
as people change occupations, but
there are tremendous shortages in
the service sector, Malakhov said.
Everyone will be able to find a job
More important than bureau
cratic resistance is passive resist
ance among the people, Rupen
said. Soviets have had job security
all their lives and are not used to
working hard to maintain
"People are being told, 'work
harder and youH get your reward
in five years,' " Rupen said.
While economic conditions in
the Soviet Union have stalled, free
expression is being eagerly
embraced by citizens and the press.
"If you just look at the Soviet
media, there are no longer any
taboo subjects," Raleigh said.
When the U.S. media began
reporting stories of the AIDS
virus, the Soviet press denounced
it as CIA disinformation, Raleigh
But one of the major stories in
the Soviet Union today is about
a hospital nursery where 27 babies
have contracted AIDS, he said.
The babies were infected with the
AIDS virus when a hospital nurse
reused an unsterilized needle to
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"Not only did (Albert and Gladys Coates) influence
student government at UNC, but they also influenced
student government across the nation." Gene Davis
executive branch's Special Interest
Committee, which proposed the
celebration, said she thought at first
the program would" be a small gath
ering of people but that because of
the interest expressed by people asked
to speak about Coates it had snow
balled into a major event.
"Despite Coates' leaving the Insti
tute of Government 26 years ago, it
is still continuing his vitality and
theme and proceeding as Albert
Coates would have wanted," she said.
Coates' influence was so wide
reaching that many of the scheduled
speakers said they would drop other
plans to take part in the program,
M hosts foiruinni, plans to appeal
Black Student Movement (BSM)
presidential candidate Kim McLean
and write-in hopeful Jimmy Tanner
held an impromptu candidates' forum
during a BSM general body meeting
.The general body of the BSM also
decided to appeal to the Student
Court members question amendment
By JENNIFER WING
Some members of the Undergrad
uate Student Court said Tuesday that
they have concerns about making
date rape a campus code offense
under the Instrument of Student
Judicial Governance, although the
amendment's creators said they feel
the court can deal with the issue.
The amendment to add date rape
offenses to the Instrument has been
Strike affects students' plans
By KARI BARLOW
The machinists strike at Eastern
Airlines has spoiled the spring break
travel plans of several UNC students.
About 9,300 Eastern machinists
represented by the International
Association of Machinists and Aero
space Workers went on strike Sat
urday,' paralyzing almost all of
Eastern was forced to cancel all
flights Monday except shuttle flights
between Boston, Washington and
New York and three Latin-American
flights out of Miami, said Virginia
Sanchez, spokeswoman for Eastern.
Brian Hendrix, a junior English
political science major from High
Point, was planning to fly to Nassau
for spring break on Eastern. Hendrix
By TRACY LAWSON
The third winter storm in less than
a month hit central North Carolina
Wednesday, and icy roads caused
more than 200 accidents and closed
the public transit systems and public
schools in Chapel Hill and Durham.
Both the Chapel Hill Public Works
Department and the Chapel Hill
Police Department said they were
well prepared for the storm.
"Last night (Tuesday night) we
loaded the sand trucks and helped the
police department put chains on their
vehicles," said Bruce Heflin, director
of Chapel Hill Public Works. "We
then watched the weather. So when
the roads began to get bad at 7 o'clock
this morning, we were ready."
The Chapel Hill Police Depart
ment had placed chains on their cars
before 4 p.m. Tuesday.
"All our vehicles were equipped
with chains," said police Capt. Ralph
Pendergraph. "This is the best we can
do to get around in this stuff. We
had cars sitting ready all last night."
The roads began getting hazardous
around 7 a.m. Wednesday and then
began to clear during the day. The
roads were expected to refreeze
during the night.
. "When (school) buses began run
ning (Wednesday) morning, there was
Davis said the program would be
called a memorial celebration because
it centers on recognizing the contri
butions Coates made to the Univer
sity, community, state and nation, not
on the faxt that Coates is now dead. '
Gov. James Martin and members
of the N.C. legislature will also likely
attend, Davis said.
In addition to the program, Davis
said the Student Government offices
would be named after Coates.
After graduating from UNC in
1918 and finishing his studies at
Harvard Law School, Coates began
teaching at UNC in 1923. He retired
from teaching in 1968 and was named
a professor emeritus in 1969.
Supreme Court a Student Congress
decision not to let the group partic
ipate in the annual budget process.
The BSM will hold its annual
elections today, after a one-day delay
caused by confusion over Tanner's
status as a candidate.
McLean is the only presidential
candidate whose name will appear on
today's ballot. Tanner can win only
passed by Student Congress and the
Faculty Council and must now be
approved by Chancellor Paul Hardin.
, But some Undergraduate Court
members have expressed concern
about the amendment.
Ruth Dowling, chairwoman of the
Undergraduate Court, said she is
unsure if the court is capable of
dealing with such a sensitive issue as
"My initial reaction was one of
said he and his friends could book
a flight with another airline if they
were notified by Eastern soon
"It's really frustrating," Hendrix
said. "We are going. It's just a matter
of how and when."
Suzi Saldi, a junior political
science-Spanish major from Philadel
phia, Pa., also had difficulties with
her flight to the Dominican Republic.
"I kind of knew it would be
canceled," Saldi said. "American is
going to take my ticket, but it's going
to cost $50 more."
Many passengers are looking' to
other airlines to honor their Eastern
tickets, said Jackie Pate, manager of
public relations for Delta Airlines.
"We're making a decision on a day-by-day
basis," Pate said. Delta is
you have the time. Steven Wright
no problem," said Henrietta Huf
fines, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City
School administrative officer. "How
ever, when the roads began getting
icy around 7:30, the buses were
already on the road and some chil
dren were at school.
"The decision was then made to
keep the schools open and keep the
children who had already arrived (at
school). Late in the morning school
officials drove the bus routes and
consulted with the police to determine
the best time to get the children home.
The schools began closing at 12:45
Orange County and Durham
County schools also began closing at
12:30 p.m. The Durham City School
System was closed for the day.
Many of the area public transit
systems were also hampered by the
The Chapel Hill transit system
started operating on a normal sched
ule this morning but had to stop
running about 8:15 a.m.
"This morning we decided to stop
running the buses because of icy
conditions," Chapel Hill Transit
Administrative Director Scott
McClellan said."However, most of
the routes had started operation at
1 o'clock this afternoon. Service was
resumed on all routes except A
The Institute of Government is the
largest and most diversified state
funded, university-based governmen
tal and training and research insti
tution in the country.
In other business, congress con
firmed the appointment of junior
Virginia Mewborne as the new
undergraduate student attorney
general. Mewborne, who previously
served as assistant attorney general,
said she looked forward to the
"We need to increase awareness of
the honor system and make it more
preventive instead of reactive," she
Congress also unfroze the funds of
three groups who requested student
government funding but did not
appear at Saturday's budget hearings.
The Lab Theatre, the African Stu
dents' Association and Sangam all
were allocated student funding.
by write-in vote, because he did not
file for candidacy on time. .
The organization decided to make
an appeal to the Student Supreme
Court because Student Congress
denied the BSM the opportunity to
apply for student fees funding last
month when the group's budget
request was said to have been sub
mitted after the deadline.
concern," she said. "I definitely have
concerns on whether or not we can
deal with it."
Dowling said the court is preparing
to train its members on date rape
offenses with legal experts this
But the amendment may provide
a different avenue for victims if they
feel uncomfortable taking the case to
civil court, Dowling said. "If it's going
to allow people a place to go to solve
exchanging full-fare first-class and
full-fare coach tickets if the tickets
are confirmed, Pate said.
"WeVe accommodated a lot of
Eastern passengers. We have accom
modated them with our existing
flights," Pate said.
Most airlines have interline agree
ments, and students should be flexible
and keep trying if they are faced with
a problem, Pate said.
American Airlines is exchanging
Eastern first-class and coach tickets
and discount tickets endorsed by
Eastern, said Mary O'Neill, spokes
woman for American Airlines.
"At this point we have a proposal
to Eastern to accept discount tickets
without endorsements," O'Neill said.
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Route, the blue line and the detours
on some of the routes."
The public transit system in Dur
ham discontinued operation Wednes
day afternoon and night.
Because of the hazardous condi
tions of the roads, many accidents
were reported in the area.
"One of our buses went into a ditch
on Estes Drive, and some drivers
reported sliding," McClellan said.
"This morning things were happening
so quickly, and so many accidents
"However, most of the accidents
involved other people, and our
drivers were simply reporting them,"
McClellan said. "I believe that some
of our buses were rear-ended, but no
serious damage was done to any of
our buses, and there were no injuries."
According to reports from the
North Carolina Highway Patrol, 285
weather-related accidents had
occurred in the 1 1 counties in the
central part of the state by 5 p.m.
"In Raleigh, 96 accidents have been
reported since midnight Tuesday,"
N.C. Highway Patrol Shift Manager
Greg Whitehouse said. "However, no
fatalities and no major injuries were
In Chapel Hill, several weather
related accidents were reported,
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"She. (BSM Treasurer Chanda
Douglas) said she was there five
minutes before five," said BSM
President Kenneth Perry, referring to
the budget requests deadline at 5 p.m.
on Feb. 10. "There are a whole lot
of time discrepancies. The whole
process seemed kind of fishy."
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this thing, then we want to work with
this. But I'm not too sure if people
will come to the court with it."
The members of the court are
primarily concerned with having the
responsibility of judging the guilt or
innocence of the defendant, in addi
tion to sanctioning the parties found
But Dowling said, "If we can't deal
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Fencing team wins ACC
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