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Volume 97, Issue 44
By JOEY HILL
The Finance Committee of Student
Congress recommended Wednesday
that the Black Student Movement
(BSM) receive $22,380 in funding from
Congress reduced the BSM's origi
nal request for $28,280 after correcting
mathematical errors in the budget and
after some cuts were made to the pro
posal, said Tom Elliott, a committee
member. The only substantial change
was made in the transportation cate
gory, which was reduced from $4,400
to $4,000, he said.
: The entire congress will vote on the
amended funding requests Wednesday,
"Probably someone will make an
effort to cut it again," Elliott said. The
BSM budget is one of the largest re
quested each year, and it is likely to
receive cuts, he said.
"Some members of congress will be
worried that we're spending too much
too soon. Funds have to hold out until
next May 15."
No one from the BSM was available
for comment Thursday.
The BSM and other groups made
their requests for funding after missing
one of two deadlines during the spring
semester of last year, Elliott said. Last
year the BSM missed the Feb. 10 dead
line to file for consideration in the budget
"They appealed under extenuating
circumstances, but their appeal was
denied," he said. "They have every
right to apply for a budget. The only
penalty is the delay. Technically, they
didn't have any funding from May 15
The North Carolina Student Legisla
ture (NCSL) also requested funding,
Elliott said. The finance committee's
recommendation was for $1,953
$1,000 less than the organization re
quested. "The cuts to NCSL's budget were
not as much based upon merit as upon
financial reality," said Student Con
gress Speaker Gene Davis. "Each of
the groups that comes before us is
meritorious of funding, but the level of
funds must be comparable to the level
of funds which Student Congress has to
"NCSL will certainly have another
chance to plead its case. The chances
are not good because of the financial
situation we are in, and that is unfortu
nate." The Carolina Quarterly asked for
$3,000, and its budget was reported
favorably to the full congress by the
financial committee for the full amount
The committee will also recommend
that Safe Escort receive $650, the en
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Friday, September 8, 1989
By EMILIE VAN POUCKE
A fire at the Zeta Psi fraternity
house early Thursday morning de
stroyed one-third to one-half of the
house and injured four firefighters.
James Hargrave, the fraternity's
custodian, woke when flames broke
out in his corner room on the west
rear side around 5:45 a.m. A faulty
extension cord apparently caused the
Hargrave, who is legally' blind,
could see the flames and hear the
smoke alarm and alerted the other
residents. No fraternity members
Pat Pressley, master officer and
public safety officer, and J.R. Dale,
fire driver, fell through damaged
flooring. One of the men was able to
catch himself on a joist, and the other
slid to the bottom floor on a fire hose.
Fire Captain James Hollowell
suffered a sprained ankle and groin.
Jeff Snyder, public safety officer,
was inside pulling down walls to
clear space when a piece of ceiling
fell on his shoulder and bruised him.
All four men were hospitalized
for examination and treatment.
Snyder, the last to be released, was
released by 12:15 p.m.
Smoke damaged about half the
house, and water damaged most of it.
Fraternity members lost all of their
"Everything has been cleared from
the scene and the house has been
turned over to the fraternity broth
ers," said Fire Captain William
Before fire crews arrived, Spence
Whitman, Zeta Psi president, said he
tried to evacuate remaining residents.
Whitman pounded on fellow mem
ber James Alford's bedroom door
until he could no longer withstand
the smoke. Alford was escorted from
the building soon after firefighters
Whitman told Chapel Hill Fire
Marshal Joe Robertson that he tried
to put out the fire with an extin
guisher before leaving the building,
but could not remain inside for long
because the hot metal of the fire
escape was burning his feet.
UNC urges, sty die
By JASON KELLY
UNC is encouraging student groups
to seek limited incorporation for pro
tection from taxation, University offi
cials said Thursday.
Donald Boulton, vice chancellor and
dean of student affairs, said the 1986
federal tax reform made it necessary to
investigate ways to protect student
groups from the Internal Revenue Serv
ice. "It has everything to do with taxes,
absolutely," he said. "Since the tax
reform of 1986, the IRS has started to
look at colleges as pools of money that
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
. After most of the members were out,
one of them telephoned from an adja
cent house to report the fire.
Dave Hill, Chapel Hill police master
officer, arrived at the scene first. By the
time the fire was out, .43 emergency
personnel officers were involved.
"All four pumpers (fire trucks) were
called to the scene," Robertson said.
"The Carrboro Fire Department sent
one truck to the Chapel Hill station to
handle any other calls."
Witnesses saw flames devouring the
right side of the house from the first
floor to the roof around 6: 15 a.m.
Around 6:35 a.m., fire crews backed
the truck into the Granville Towers
parking lot for a better position to fight
the flames. Crews worked from the
outside with water, while inside crews
tried to expose hidden flames.
While crews were inside, water
pumped from the outside was stopped.
At 6:55 a.m., fire workers wearing
masks and oxygen tanks prepared to re
enter the building. For every group
inside the house, there was a crew on
Investigators had cleaned out half of
Hargrave's room by noon. Once the
room had been cleaned, investigators
studied what is called the lowest point
The char marks form an upward, v
shaped path along walls. The origin of
a fire is usually on the side of a room
where char marks are deeper.
UNC and local Red Cross officials
offered assistance to fraternity mem
bers. Housing director Wayne Kuncl
said, "I left my name and number with
them (fraternity members) and indi
cated that if they needed housing we
would work with them."
Several members said they planned
to stay with friends.
Bob Ziegler, executive director of
the Orange County Chapter of the Red
Cross, said their job is to offer food,
clothing and shelter. "If one of the frat
brothers decides that, yes, they are in
need of our services, they can still
During the emergency, the Red Cross
provided food for the emergency work
ers. they can get ahold of, but this is not the
case. Our lawyers have advised us to
pursue limited incorporation to pre
serve student organizations without
having to worry about being taxed."
Dorothy Bernholz, director of Stu
dent Legal Services, said that the Uni
versity was a tax-exempt organization,
but that groups not directly part of the
University didn't share the same status.
"There are in excess of 200 student
groups, and most are not taking advan
tage of the tax-free status of the Univer
sity." Bernholz said incorporation would
give student groups other advantages
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besides tax-exempt status. "Advantages
include, for example, when an unincor
porated student group has a contract
with a band, the signer of the contract is
personally liable, and can be sued. But
in a corporation only the body is sued.
The corporation can also indemnify
(reimburse) its members if they are
Student groups would get other legal
benefits from incorporation, she said.
"Incorporation is a beneficial state
because of other privileges like bulk
mailing and no sales tax. Non-profit
groups would have no tax on income,
Student Congress Speaker Gene
Davis said student groups would be
interested in incorporation for finan
cial reasons. "People will not give nearly
as much to student organizations if the
By CRYSTAL BERNSTEIN
President Bush's new drug eradica
tion plan has met with positive reviews
from N.C. legislators and drug reha
bilitation officials, who consider the
plan a good start in the battle against
The plan, which was announced
Tuesday, provides almost $8 billion to
expand the criminal justice system, hold
drug users accountable for their ac
tions, expand drug treatment, target
services and block drug trafficking.
If Congress approves the plan, it is
still unclear whether the program will
greatly affect North Carolina.
Crack use and drug problems in
public housing developments need to
be addressed, said Bill Cannell, public
information officer with the N.C. De
partment of Crime Control and Public
"Public housing has a disproportion
ate amount of the drug problem," said
Lillian Alston, assistant director of
housing management operations for the
Raleigh Housing Authority. People who
live in public housing often have little
or no income, so they readily accept
invitations by dealers to sell drugs for
money, she said. r
Drug kingpins need to be identified
and dealt with, and public housing offi
cials need to deal with violators to
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roof of the Zeta Psi fraternity house Thursday morning
donation is not tax-deductible. As it is
now, it is not tax-deductible 'to donate
money straight to a student organiza
tion. "It is, however, deductible if the
donation goes through the University,"
Davis said. "But money that comes
from the University can be held up, and
it can only be used for capital expendi
tures. That limitation can be taken care
of by student incorporation."
Boulton said incorporation would
not affect student control of student
groups, but Davis said incorporation
would give students more control and
Bernholz said incorporation had few
disadvantages. "The only disadvantage
would be the very close scrutiny by the
Internal Revenue Service. Student
groups would need self-discipline.
lessen the problem, Alston said. The
housing developments will need more
money for counseling as well, she said.
Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner has worked
with officials in Raleigh, Asheville,
Washington and Greensboro to reduce
the drug problem in public housing,
said Tina Wilson, director of commu
nications for Gardner. Gardner hopes
the problem can be lessened by joint
action between local and federal gov
ernment, she said.
Arrests for drug sales and posses
sion were up 25 percent to 23,645 in
1988, said Charles Dunn, deputy direc
tor of the State Bureau of Investigation.
A total of 2,609 people were arrested
for opium and cocaine sales, a 72 per
cent increase from 1987. Marijuana
sales were down 10 percent in 1988;
sales of synthetic narcotics were up 25
percent; and sales of other drugs in
creased 1 1 percent.
Overall drug sales increased 23.6
percent, while possession was up 25
percent, Dunn said. Crack cases have
increased 285 percent from last year.
Though the new drug plan has drawn
attention to the national drug abuse
problem, it's not enough to eradicate
drug use, Dunn said. People need to get
involved on a local basis to make a real
difference, he said.
But Bush's program is a good first
step, said Susan Yates, executive direc-
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"The groups would have to be very
careful that no money went to the bene
fit of the members. They would have to
keep careful minutes and records of all
proceedings because corporations are
under both state and federal regula
tion." The Daily Tar Heel does not fall
under the University's tax-exempt
umbrella, said Kevin Schwartz, DTH
general manager. "It is assumed that
students fall under the umbrella. We
need to resolve this problem before we
can do any long-term planning."
The DTH is the first student organi
zation to seek limited incorporation.
Davis said University attorneys have
encouraged student groups to become
incorporated. "We're following the
precedent being set by The Daily Tar
tor of Chaps Koala treatment center in
Research Triangle Park. "It gives atten
tion to some needed areas."
Some local officials and experts say
the plan gives too much attention to
punishment and not enough to drug
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