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Making a point
David Rubright of Chapel Hill stays glued to the baseline as he
smashes a forehand return at the Cobb tennis courts Monday.
Students question moped bi
By SARAH CAGLE
If a bill under consideration by
the N.C. House of Representatives
passes, some University students will
not be able to drive their mopeds.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. George
Miller, Jr., (D-Durham), would pro
hibit mopeds on streets where the
speed limit exceeds 35 miles per hour.
It also prohibits people who have
lost their driver's licenses from oper
ating mopeds and requires that moped
riders wear helmets.
The bill makes a distinction be
tween mopeds and scooters. Mopeds
have pedals and currently do not re
quire a driver's license. Scooters go
faster and require a driver's license,
insurance and inspections.
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"Basically this bill would do away
with mopeds," said Mark White, a
senior from Florida. White rides a
moped to class from his house on
Finley Road, where the speed limit is
45 mph. "I wouldn't be able to take it
out of my driveway," he said.
Rep. Fred Bowman (D-AIamance)
said the bill was designed to target
drunk drivers, not students.
"I've had constituents complain
that people who have lost their li
cense for drunk driving have been
running mopeds up and down the
highway," Bowman said. "My con
cern is that I don't want people who
have lost their license on the street"
Sgt. Ned Comar of the University
police said that he supports the bill
for safety reasons.
By SARAH CAGLE
Five employee grievances are
pending against the University po
lice, and the attorney for the five po
lice officers involved said that both
the department's promotion process
and the grievance process are unfair
A letter sent to Chancellor Paul
Hardin and Robert Sherman, direc
tor of the University police, by attor
ney Alan McSurely calls two recent
promotions in the department "se
cretive, arbitrary and insensitive, to
say the least."
The department's promotion proc
ess, the letter alleges, was designed
By PAUL BREDDERMAN
It is uncertain whether Chinese
students will remain the largest con
tingent among foreign students at
UNC following the period of politi
cal unrest in China.
The number of Chinese coming to
UNC to study or do research in the
fall is sull unknown, but there ap
pears to be a slow-down in the issu
ance of passports and visas, said David
Austell, acting director of the Inter
The Chinese government is double
screening applicants who wish to leave
the country. The Chinese must ac
quire a new government-issued per
mit in addition to a passport and visa,
It is unsafe for moped riders to be
on roads where they will be traveling
more slowly than the flow of traffic,
If moped riders want to ride on
roads where cars will be going faster
than 35 mph, they should purchase
motorcycles, Comar said.
Mopeds usually can only travel at
speeds between 20 and 28 mph, ac
cording to John Rail of Motorcycle
Sales and Service of Chapel Hill.
"We sell one moped that can run
at 35 mph, but the police can cite you
for going more than 25 mph," Rail
Rail said that although the bill
would cut moped sales by 30 per
cent, he supports it.
Mopeds are an asset to students
or "unconciously developed in such
a way as to permit increased racial
antagonisms to develop between
African-American and white officers."
The most recent complaint alleges
that Sgt. A.J. Womblc was denied a
promotion March 18 in favor of Wil
lie Bell, Jr., a black officer who the
officers allege was given special
consideration because of a past griev
ance. "It is common knowledge that
officer Bell threatened to 'sue' the
University if he did not get this pro
motion," the letter said.
The grievance, filed by officers
Womble, Lonnic Sexton, Ollic Bowler
and James Lassitcr, is at step two in
said Jijie Liu, President of the Friend
ship Association of Chinese Students.
"They (those students and schol
ars trying to leave China) are not
even sure what the new permit looks
like," said one Chinese graduate stu
dent at UNC.
Chinese military intimidation at
the embassy in Beijing may also be a
contributing factor in the slow-down
of visa issuances, Austell said.
Austell said the Chinese govern
ment may also have complicated
matters for Chinese students who want
to study here by controlling which
type of passport they can apply for.
This probably occurred through
recent discrimination between "spon
sored" and "unsponsored" students,
because of the parking problem on
campus, Comar said.
Rail said he is concerned thai
moped riders who switch to scooters
will have more accidents because the
scooter has smaller wheels and is
harder to handle.
Bowman said he would be willing
to consider making exceptions to the
35 mph clause for students who use
mopeds to get to class.
"I'm not trying to restrict kids who
can't afford a car," Bowman said.
"I'm thinking more in terms of people
out in the country."
Comar said that student exceptions
to the rule would be unwise. "That is
wimping out," he said. 'There would
be no way to enforce the rule if that
the grievance process.
Officer Bell could not be reached
Officer Womblc filed a separate
grievance alleging that he was never
given a pay raise when he was pro
moted to sergeant in June, 1987. He
is requesting a raise and back pay.
Womblc's complaint has been
denied by Sherman and assistant per
sonnel director Dan Burleson, and
will be heard by a special chancel
lor's committee at step three in the
Officer Sexton also has a griev
ance hearing pending, alleging that
See POLICY, page 11
"Sponsored" students are those
funded by cither the Chinese govern
ment, by U.S. agencies, such as the
Institute of International Education,
which operates the Fulbright program,
or by established exchange programs,
like UNC's Beijing exchange, he said.
Chinese students who come to
American universities using personal
or family funds, or being funded
through research and teaching assis
tantships arc considered "unspon
sored" by the Chinese government,
Chinese government officials have
apparently declared that "unspon-
See CHINESE, page 2
executions of protesters ....2
Bush welcomes new
proposals for verification ...3
Town Council approves
rezoning for sorority 4
Chapel Hill ranked high in
cost of living 5
Yackety Yack beats
Literary conference held on
UNC campus 7
Murray, Aykroyd return for
'Ghostbusters II' 8
Group plans memorial for
Hiroshima anniversary 9
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