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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
0 1992 OTH Publishing Corp. All rights reserved.
Volume 99, Issue 140
Friday, January 24, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Bibbs slapped with lawsuit for chief justice role
By Marty Minchin
A University law student has Tiled a
lawsuit against student body president
candidate Mark Bibbs and Student Con
gress, alleging that Bibbs must quit his
post as Student Supreme Court chief
justice to run for elected office.
Brad Torgan, who filed the suit, said
he thought it a serious conflict of inter
est to be a Supreme Court member and
student body president candidate.
"It brings disrepute to the system to
engage in this conflict of interest,"
Torgan based his suit on two sections
of the Student Government Code, he
said. According to Title III, Section 18
of the code, Student Supreme Court
members should refrain from "Cam
paigning for, or publicly endorsing or
supporting any campus political candi
date, political party, or issue to be voted
on by the Student Body."
Bibbs said he could not comment
about the case.
"The ethical requirements of the of
SEAC accuses Union
of unfair treatment
By Megan Brown
Members of a campus group are ac
cusing Carolina Union officials of insti
tutional discrimination after being de
nied use of the Student Union's meeting
Chris Baumann, co-chairman of the
Student Environmental Action Coali
tion, said he received a letter stating that
SEAC had violated the Honor Code by
allowing non-students to participate in a
cookout for University housekeepers.
SEAC was charged with violating
the chancellor's facility use policy,
Baumann said. The policy states that
only members of student groups may
participate in sales or promotional ac
tivities conducted in University facili
ties and that profits must go either to the
group itself or to a recognized charitable
SEAC's rights to use the Union have
been reinstated, but Ruby Sinreich,
SEAC co-chairwoman, said officials
were trying to suppress efforts to help
"Now that we're helping black
women, we're perceived as much more
dangerous than happy white liberals,"
Sinreich said. "I think they feel threat
ened because we're questioning the
Anne Varley, Union reservationist,
saidSEACdidnot fulfill the chancellor's
Right-wig challenger emerging as force to be
Editor's note: This is the second
article in a continuing series profiling
the presidential candidates.
By Anna Griffin
Assistant State and National Editor
After just a few months on the cam
paign trial, conservative columnist-tumed-presidential
Buchanan has forced the Republican
Party and President Bush to take him
"I don't think anybody doubts that
Bush will win the nomination," said
William Leuchtenburg, UNC profes
sorof history. "But Bush and hispeople
in the White House do seem to be
worried about New Hampshire."
Buchanan, a commentator on
CNN's "Crossfire" and PBS' "The
McLaughlin Group," alienated many
Republicans with his abrasive style
and reactionary politics while serving
as an aide to Richard Nixon and direc
tor of communications in the Reagan
Despite the absence of party back
ing, Buchanan has created an unex
pectedly large support base through
grassroots campaigning. He has done
better than predicted in New Hamp
shire polls and is expected to win a
significant percentage of votes in the
state's Feb. 18 primary.
To the Bush campaign team's sur
prise, much of Buchanan's support is
coming from the working class, not
just from more affluent, right-wing
Many of Buchanan's new support
ers are turning to the former White
fice I hold of chief
justice of the Stu
Court require me
to make no com
ment until the case
is heard," he said.
will be presented
at the pretrial hear
ing so that ethical
standards will not
Torgan also sued Student Congress
because the code requirescongressional
action to remove the Supreme Court
the student legislature to take action in
the case, he said.
But Rep. Jennifer Lloyd, Dist. 12,
said Title VI, Section 3 allowed Bibbs
to hold his office and run for student
Lloyd said that to her understanding
the code permitted members of the judi
cial branch to run for office if they
remained neutral during the election
and resigned before election certifica
guidelines. SEAC, along with Students
for the Advancement of Race Rela
tions, held two November cookouts,
and housekeepers helped sell the food.
"I'm not against the housekeepers,
but we have certain rules and regula
tions we're trying to follow," she said.
She added that the housekeepers did
not qualify as a charitable organization.
Sinreich said that prior to the second
cookout, all University housekeepers
were made members of SEAC to avoid
further policy violation.
"We didn't know they were mem
bers of a student organization," said Jon
Curtis, assistant director of Union op
erations. "We're used to students being
members of student organizations."
But Sinreich said officials should
have known because all the housekeep
ers were given SEAC name tags for the
second cookout. Union administrators
did not contact SEAC leaders after the
cookout, she said.
"We didn't even hear that they were
mad at us. We just heard, 'You've made
an Honor Code violation, '"she said.
But according to Curtis, Union ad
ministrators simply followed the
chancellor's policy. "Normally we're
not as strict as this, but since we're
enforcing the chancellor's policy we
need to be strict on it."
Baumann said Campus Y police did
See SEAC, page 5
House aide to challenge Bush's reces
sion policies, Leuchtenburg said.
'They can cast a protest by vot i ng for
Buchanan, even if they don't support
him," Leuchtenburg said.
But Patrick Flaherty.chairman of the
Washington, D.C.-based Conservative
Campaign Fund, said Buchanan's popu
larity among the working class should
not have come as a great surprise.
Flaherty, who spent Christmas Eve
campaigning with Buchanan in New
Hampshire, said the candidate's stories
of growing up in a Roman Catholic
family with nine children went over
well with voters.
"I've known Pat for a long time," he
said. "He's aguy with a firm handshake
who looks you in the eye when he talks
to you. He's a very likable guy a very
gentle, caring person."
Whatever the reasons, Buchanan's
emphasis on restoring U.S. financial
superiority seems to have struck a chord
w it h voters concerned about the nat ion 's
"This nation faces a serious threat
from several growing economic pow
ers," said Buchanan assistant press sec
retary Vaughn Ververs. "Pat Buchanan
believes it is time our rich and prosper
ous allies, like Germany and Japan,
start paying the bills for their own de-
"This case simply does not need to
happen," she said. "If Mark had heard a
case and used his influence, that would
have been different."
Tim Moore, Student Congress
speaker, said, "The way I interpret it to
read is that indeed Bibbs can run, but if
he wins he has to resign as chief jus
tice." Lloyd said B ibbs had not heard a case
for five months.
Bibbs said he pledged at the begin
ning of his candidacy not to hear any
cases, including those that concerned
Eleanor Stokes, a senior member of
the court, was acting as Supreme Court
chief justice, Bibbs said.
Torgan said he filed the suit because
he wanted to uphold the system's integ
rity. "The issue is not Mark," he said. "I
would take action against anyone in this
"He needs to step down from his
office," Torgan said, "if he decides to
step down then this is moot."
5 ' - Air mmm x TTS.
Heavy rain turned the University campus into an obstacle course composed of running
water and standing puddles Thursday. Students were forced to lace up their driest pairs
Born: Nov. 2, 1938 in Washing
ton, D.C. One of nine children.
Education: Bachelor's degree from
Georgetown University, 1961;
Master's degree from Columbia
University School of Journalism,
1962. Career: Editorial writer, St.
Louis Globe-Democrat, 1962
1965; White House special
assistant, 1969-1972; Political
Director of White House Commu
nications, 1985-1987. Family:
Married to Shelley Ann Scarney
Buchanan, no children.
The need to open foreign markets to
more U.S. goods will be another impor
tant issue in Buchanan's campaign,
"We believe in fair and free trade,"
he said. "It seems as if our so-called
allies have stopped accepting that principle."
all things is not permitted.
SBP candidates accused of unethical practices
By Marty Minchin
Staff Writer v
Student body president candidates
have violated ethical codes already
despite efforts to keep the elections
fair, several student government offi
"These elections are probably the
dirtiest things we've seen in quite a
while," said Tim Moore, Student Con
An SBPcandidate might have been
involved in the suit filed against Mark
Bibbs Thursday, Moore speculated.
"(The lawsuit) is political, and I think
another candidate had something to do
Rep. Jennifer Lloyd, Dist. 12, also
said she believed more than one stu
dent decided to file the suit. "It appears
to me that there are members of con
gress and students at the University
who are trying to defeat Mark Bibbs
"Today we coil far a new
patriotism, where Americans
begin to put the needs of
Americans first, for a new
nfitionalism where in every
negotiation ... the American
side seeks advantage and
victory for the United States."
; . - Patrick Buchanan
Buchanan mutes "America First"
sentiments with middle-class work
ethic - a combination that has Bush
concerned about New Hampshire.
Since beginning his campaign ef
forts in New Hampshire, Buchanan
has attacked Bush's stance on the state
of the economy consistently.
"Right now in New Hampshire,
there's 7 percent unemployment,"
Ververs said. "All over the country.
See BUCHANAN, page 5
before there is an election."
Law student Brad Torgan filed suit
: against B ibbs, alleging that B ibbs should
not serve as Student Supreme Court
chief justice while running for elected
"If they ask for Mark's resignation,
they should ask for John Moody's res
ignation simultaneously," Lloyd said.
John Moody, also an SBP candidate,
serves on the Honor Court.
Rep. Elliott Zenick, Dist. 17, said the
lawsuit's timing could upset the entire
"The timing of the suit is unfortunate
for the entire process," Zenick said.
'There are ethical charges being flung
all over the place. It just added fuel to
At Wednesday's congress meeting,
presidential candidates and some of their
campaign workers took part in congres
sional debate about poll site locations.
Rep. Eric Pratt, Dist. 22, said it was
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of shoes and cover themselves in the best rain gear to wade through sloppy walking
paths as they made their way to early-morning classes.
More recycling services
sought by Greek groups
By Jackie Hershkowitz
Fraternities and sororities should be
provided with expanded recycling ser
vices despite the town's need to cut
back spending, Greek system represen
tatives told Chapel Hill Town Council
The recommendation was given at a
public hearing on Chapel Hill's budget
during which several concerned resi
dents and community groups talked
about town expenditures.
Faced with a shortfall between
$300,000 and $350,000. the town is
likely to reduce spending for the up
"The upcoming budget should be
focused on the most basic services and
operations, with someservicecutbacks,"
Town Manager Cal Horton stated in a
Josh Busby, Chi Psi fraternity's con
servation chairman, said the town would
benefit from expanded recycling ser
vices for fraternity and sorority houses.
"Expanding recycling shouldn't cost
the town much," Busby said."We're an
easy package for them to buy."
Busby, who spoke on behalf of an ad
hoc group representing more than 20
Greek organizations, said fraternities
and sororities had been surprisingly re
sponsive to recycling.
Both conservation and recycling have
increased since the Inter-Fraternity and
Panhellenic councils adopted a resolu
not ethical for anyone involved in the
campaign to take part in poll site se
lection. "I think it's unethical for any
student body president candidate or
anyoneclosely aligned with theircam
paign to have a direct role in setting
poll sites, especially when one spe
cific poll site benefits them tremen
dously." Zenick stood up at the meeting and
denounced Bibbs for taking a role in
limiting the number of poll sites,
claiming Bibbs was trying to increase
the impact of minority voting by de
creasing the total number of votes.
Mark Shelbume, congress speaker
pro tempore and SBPcandidate, voted
on the poll site bill, as did his cam
paign manager. Rep. Jim Copland,
Zenick said: "As for the ethics of
Mark Shelbume voting on the poii
See CONFUCT, page 5
tion to encourage recycling in spring
1991, he said.
Christian Updike.aChi Psi fraternity
member, said the town should take ad
vantage of the Greek system's enthusi
asm about recycling.
"The town should be receptive to
us," he said. "We can help them reach
their goal of 25 percent recycling."
Busby proposed the town provide
fraternity and sorority houses with more
permanent drop-off sites, including bins
for cardboard, plastic and aluminum.
"Because of the volume of food we
consume, a lot of cardboard is left out
side that could be recycled," he said.
"We'd like for fraternities and sorori
ties to have house-by-house pickup."
Marion Carter, a Pi Beta Phi sorority
member, said students would increase
recycling if the town allocated more
funds for services.
"My sorority feeds 1 50 people a day,"
she said. "You can imagine the amount
of recycling goods we accumulate." '
Busby said fraternities and sororities
would assist the town in finding loca
tions for new drop-off sites.
But Carter said she realized it was
unlikely that all of the group's demands
would be met.considering Chapel Hill's
recession-plagued economy. I
"Honestly, I know these days are not
the time to be asking for more money,"
she said. "While Chapel Hill is renowned
for itsenvironmentai consciousness, we
can't really expect the council to give us