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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 97, Issue 91
Wednesday, November 15, 1989
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
By SARAH CAGLE
Assistant University Editor
An interim director for the Univer
sity police has been appointed after the
reassignment of former director Robert
Sherman, who was reprimanded by
Chancellor Paul Hardin for violating
University personnel practices at the
John DeVitto, director of parking
and transportation services, will assume
By KENNY MONTEITH
A malfunction in the relay equip
ment between circuits caused Monday's
power outage on campus, said Sam
Blankenship, district engineer for Duke
Almost two-thirds of the University
had no electrical power from about
2:45 p.m. to 3:43 p.m. Monday because
of the malfunction. Many buildings on
campus, from the Morehead Building
to the School of Dentistry, experienced
the temporary power failure.
Activist calls for studeot action to save environment
Richard Grossman discusses environmental issues Tuesday
By JANNETTE PIPPIN
Amos Gvirtz, a Palestinian pacifist,
and Nafez Assailey, an Israeli pacifist,
have come to the United States as a
team to show support for the Palestin-
SEAC project to promote
environmental efforts 3
Law officials arrest 48 resi
dents on drug charges 4
Backing your beliefs
7 he background and reasons
for activism at UNC 5
University news 3
City and state 4
Arts and features .....6
Sherman's position until a permanent
director is found.
Sherman asked to be reassigned from
his position with the police at the end of
a weeklong outside study of the depart
ment, which was in response to five
separate employee grievances with
hiring and promotion practices.
Sherman is now assisting Charles
Antle, associate vice chancellor for
The malfunction caused a breaker at
the Cameron Avenue substation to
loosen and de-energize the line, Blank
enship said. "The relay is a piece of
equipment which sends signals to the
breaker to open up, and this (signal)
Blankenship said this kind of power
failure with relay equipment doesn't
happen very often.
"I'm not aware of this specific inci
dent ever happening at the Cameron
Avenue substation. It's very rare that it
will happen again."
ian cause of non-violent resistance to
Gvirtz, with the Fellowship of Rec
onciliation, and Assailey, acting direc
tor of the Palestinian Center for the
Study of Non-Violence in East Jerusa
lem, spoke of the Palestinian uprising
the Intifadah in the West Bank
and the Gaza Strip from a couch inside
Chapel Hill's internationalist Books.
The message they gave was simple: In
order to give the Palestinian people the
basic human right to determine their
own destiny, Israeli occupation must
"Israel is declared as a democratic
country and tries to live by democratic
principles, but ... there are people living
under non-democratic principles,"
Gvirtz said. "They live in a moral double
standard. There is completely different
justice for Palestinians."
A free Palestine state in the occupied
territories is what Assailey sees as the
goal of the Intifadah.
"We would like Israel to leave us,
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business, with supervision of renova
tions to the Carolina Inn. He will also
continue work he began at the police
department to develop a new emer
gency disaster plan for the University,
"He (Sherman) just felt burned out
with all the problems at the University
police, and he felt it was in the best
interest of the police department and
the University," Antle said.
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The transmission lines enter the trans
mitter with 100,000 volts, he said. "At
the substation, it is stepped down
through the transformer to 1 2,470 volts,
and distributed to the University's utili
ties for their own use."
The University buys its power from
Duke Power, said James Mergner, as
sociate director of utilities operations
at the UNC Physical Plant.
"So when the lines were fixed by
Duke Power, we were able to re-energize
the University's lines."
None of the South Campus or Mid-
night in Hanes Art Center
with their dignity intact, but leave us,"
Gvirtz said, "We (Israel) occupy
them, oppress them and demand them
to finance us."
This oppression is why the uprising
continues. In December 1987, an Is
raeli driver killed four Palestinians in
the Gaza Strip, and the event sparked
violent demonstrations against Israeli
troops, but Assailey and Gvirtz said
they favored non-violent resistance.
"I prefer non-violence," Gvirtz said.
"I wonder if my government cares about
our security when they do not act against
people who use violence but punish the
According to Assailey, two of the
largest strategies of non-violent resis
tance during the uprising have been a
boycott of local products, such as food,
and a decision not to pay the taxes
demanded by the Israelis.
Residents of the city of Beit Sahour
are now refusing to pay taxes. In re
sponse, Israeli authorities have confis
cated property owned by the residents
during several raids, Assailey said.
"If they want to occupy us, let them
pay instead of us paying them."
See ISRAEL, page 2
Freedom is not enough.
Sherman was ill Tuesday and could
not be reached for comment.
DeVitto, a retired military officer,
will have full responsibility at the po
lice office and will continue to a lesser
degree as director of transportation and
"He (DeVitto) has lots of experience
running large and small organizations,"
Antle said. "He is extremely people-
Campus residence halls was affected
by the power failure.
Lisa Thomas, a junior from Bryson
City who lives in Carmichael Resi
dence Hall, said she found out about the
power-outage Monday evening while
she was cooking dinner.
"My roommate Amanda (McAdams)
came in yelling that she had to stay until
6 o'clock in her chemistry lab."
Most of her classmates had to stay
late to finish their labs, said McAdams,
a junior from Mebane.
"People in Chem 41 had to come
By ROBERT BROWN
Students must work together to force
a change in the status quo, which cur
rently allows the government and pri
vate corporations to destroy the envi
ronment, grassroots activist Richard
Grossman told an audience of about
100 people Tuesday night.
Grossman, the former head of Green
peace, spoke on "Human Rights, Cor
porateGovernment Wrongs, and
Earthly Obligations" as part of Human
Rights Week. The Campus Y's Student
Environmental Action Coalition spon
sored the talk.
The government and private corpo
rations are ruining the environment,
and the public has no way to prevent
what is taking place, Grossman said.
Corporations do not consult the
public before making changes that harm
the environment, he said. Instead, cor
porations hide behind their right to
manage companies the way they want
Fraternity waiting for chapter report
By MYRON B. PITTS
The national organization of Phi
Delta Theta fraternity is awaiting a
report from the UNC chapter president
before deciding whether to take action
concerning an Oct. 30 streaking inci
dent. The incident involved three Phi Delta
Theta pledges and left one pledge in
jured. Some witnesses to the incident,
which took place near the Morehead
Building, thought it may have been
related to fraternity hazing.
But Gibson Smith, Phi Delta Theta
chapter president, has denied the accu
sations. The interviewed pledges also
denied any hazing procedures.
Smith could not be reached for
Robert Biggs, the president of the
national Phi Delta Theta organization
based in Oxford, Ohio, said in a tele
phone interview that he was awaiting a
full report about the streaking incident
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Amos Gvirtz (left) and Nafez
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oriented and very positive. It will be a
big challenge for him."
DeVitto said he was not concerned
about employee grievances with the
department. "The grievances as far as
I'm concerned are past. We're starting
out with a clean slate here. I can't
comment on the grievances because I
wasn't a part of them."
Police officers were informed at 7:30
a.m. Tuesday that DeVitto would step
back at 8:30 this morning (Tuesday) to
finish their labs," McAdams said.
Cynthia Adams, assistant head of
the humanities department in Davis
Library, said the staff mainly tried to
keep people out of the elevators.
"The people in the administrative
office handled most of it, but there was
enough light coming through the win
dows in this section (humanities) to
allow students to study.
"If the power had stayed off any
longer, we would have probably had to
close at 5 o'clock," Adams said.
and produce the products they want.
At the same time, the government is
not fulfilling its obligation to protect
citizens. "We ask the government to
watch out for our interests. Instead, our
government is a major poison and de
stroyer in our cosmos."
The government is not representing
the interest of the people, and it is
important for people to realize what is
taking place and demand changes, he
Grossman drew a parallel to Thomas
Paine's "Common Sense," in which
Paine advocated changing the status
quo in an attempt to fix what is wrong
in America. Environmentalists must
change what the government considers
legitimate, just as Paine did, he said.
from Smith. His decisions on what
action to take would be drawn from the
report and a University investigation of
The student attorney general's of
fice is investigating the case because it
was reported to University police.
Biggs said he could not comment on
the Chapel Hill situation because there
may be no connection between Phi
Delta Theta and the streaking incident
"I'm not really sure of the nature of
the incident because we really are in the
preliminary stages (of investigation)."
Finding out who was involved and if
Phi Delta Theta members were linked
are the primary goals of the national
organization, Biggs said.
Emphasizing that he was not com
menting on the UNC chapter of the
fraternity, whose guilt or innocence has
not been proven, Biggs said there were
measures taken by the national organi
zation against chapters convicted of
Assailey address non-violence in
DeVitto said he was upfront with
officers when he addressed them Tues
day morning. "I think I told them what
I expected. Basically we talked about
leadership, confidence, courage and
A national search for a permanent
director for the police will begin soon,
and the outside study of the department
is continuing, Antle said.
One woman got stuck in an elevator,
said Chris McDonough, a student ref
erence assistant in Davis Library. He
said the woman was in the elevator
when the lights flickered on and off.
"She said she started pushing but
tons and suddenly" the doors opened,
and she was stuck between floors. She
started pushing buttons again and shot
straight to the top."
After her ascent to the eighth floor,
McDonough said she began pushing
buttons again and then shot down the
first floor. "She was very frightened."
One such change would prohibit cor
porations from harming the environ
ment. Environmental groups are raising
awareness of the problems that exist,
and it is causing people to take notice,
Grossman said. "Today, because of
what we have learned about the earth ...
people have tried to see what the prob
lems are and what the source of those
People need to recognize that the
poor treatment of the environment
violates human rights, he said.
"Implicit in human rights is a chal
lenge to existing authorities, a chal
lenge to the institutions and the prac
tices which combine to make condi
tions what they are.
"We need to change how people
look at what's happening. It makes
Sense. It follows the logic of the enor
mity of the destruction to not be intimi-
See GROSSMAN, page 2
"We could certainly exercise disci
John Watters, N.C. assistant attor
ney general, said hazing was defined in
N.C. General Statute 14-35. The stat
ute, established in 1 9 1 3, defines hazing
as an attempt by any student to annoy
another student by playing abusive or
degrading tricks upon himher.
This definition is rather broad, Wat
Hazing is a misdemeanor punish
able by a fine not exceeding $500 and a
jail sentence of not more than six
months, Watters said.
In the October incident, three naked
Phi Delta Theta pledges were running
in the Morehead Building and Franklin
Street area. One of the pledges, who
had an alcohol level of 0.27 percent,
tripped and fell, injuring his head and
prompting the South Orange Rescue
See REPORT, page 6
Israel at Internationalist Books