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Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies to
hold an SBP candidate forum, 7:30 p.m.
in Dialectic Chambers of New West.
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 99, Issue 141
Monday, January 27, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Trustees consider benefits for housekeepers
By Deborah Ann Greenwood
University housekeepers are not
likely to receive a pay raise, but admin
istrators hope to compensate in other
ways, the UNC Board of Trustees re
The trustees discussed at their
monthly meeting Friday the housekeep
ers' Step 3 grievance filed this week
against the University.
"We see grievances as a normal
means for bringing problems to our
attention," Chancellor Paul Hardin said
at the meeting. "I see this as a call for
help. I myself regard the situation with
a great deal of personal sentiment."
Trustee John Pope said it would be
difficult to get the N.C. General Assem
bly to agree to the wage increases re
quested in the grievance because of the
state budget crunch.
"The problem is that the marginal
wages of employees at Chapel Hill are
higher than the marginal wages of the
private sector, and I think we will have
an extremely difficult time in getting
them raised," Pope said.
Trustee Angela Bryant agreed that
the trustees were not optimistic about
raising the pay scale, but suggested that
the University may be able improve the
situation in other ways.
"Although it may not be possible to
improve salary levels, there are other
benefits that the University has the au
thority to provide in the short term,"
Hardin said although no specific pro
gram for improving benefits had been
planned, such an option was being con
"Right now, housekeepers must pay
health insurance for their dependents,
and I'm hoping that we can find a way
for the state to pay some of that," he
said. "We at the University may have to
do it ourselves."
A recent $70 per month increase in
health insurance costs served to worsen
the housekeepers' financial burdens, he
Hardin said increasing productivity
while keeping the work force constant
was one possible budgeting solution.
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Chris Sasser, left, a senior industrial relations major from Raleigh, and Bill Robinson, a Saturday night outside the Smith Center. The two were trying to find a suitable pastime
senior speech communication major from Belmont, contemplate their chess strategies while camping out for Duke basketball tickets with about 2,000 other students.
"What we need to do is to increase
productivity fromexisting staff, because
from my walks around campus 1 can see
that the reduced number we have now is
working reasonably well," Hardin said.
Matt Heyd, an ex officio BOT mem
ber and student body president, said he
was grateful ftfr Hardin's concern for
the plight of the housekeepers, and he
said he hoped the situation could be
"We appreciate the efforts of the
chancellor to secure better wages for
the housekeepers," he said. "It is in
comprehensible that this poverty exists
on our campus."
BOT member William Woltz said
low wages were paid to some UNC
employees because the U.S. economy
was competing with countries where
working conditions and wages were
"It is difficult to compete with the
Caribbean where workers could be made
to work 24 hours a day, seven days a
week for twenty dollars," he said.
See HOUSEKEEPER, page 7
blamed for fire at
By Steve Politl
and Jennifer Brett
Three local fire departments re
sponded Sunday night toachemical fire
in a Kenan laboratory after a chemistry
experiment went awry.
Chapel Hill fire officials received a
call at 9:02 p.m. and responded two
minutes later to room 607 of Kenan
Laboratories. The fire was under con
trol within four minutes and small spot
fires throughout the room were extin
guished by 9:46 p.m.
Donald Willhoit, University health
and safety director, said the fire was
confined to the laboratory and damage
was not extensive. The fire was extin
guished with dry chemical canisters.
Joe Robertson, Chapel Hill Fire De
partment public information officer, said
fire officials believed that 12 to 15 gal
lons of methanol, a highly combustible
chemical, started the fire.
"An experiment involving methanol
had gone awry in some way and there
was fire involved in the room,"
The fire began when chemistry Pro
fessor Cindy Schauer left an experi
ment involving a circulating methanol
bath unattended. When a graduate stu
dent in a nearby lab heard a popping
noise, she notified Schauer and both
returned to find flames.
They activated the fire alarm, closed
the doors to adjoining rooms and evacu
ated the building, Willhoit said.
"The fire alarm was pulled and ev
eryone left," said the graduate student
who discovered the fire. "They're re
sponding to it in ultra force because
when chemicals are involved, you never
Schauer and the student, who didn't
want to be identified, were taken to an
ambulance for routine examinations.
Physical Plant investigators will ex
amine and evaluate the extent of dam
age today, Willhoit said. He did not
know if lab classes would be held in the
Three engines were on the scene from
Chapel Hill and several emergency units
from New Hope were called in to help
control the fire. The Carrboro fire de
partment was asked to stand by at the
Chapel Hill station.
Robertson could not remember the
fire department ever responding to a
fire in Kenan Lab Building before, but
he said about 18 months ago a similar
fire broke out in a chemical storage
room in the basement of Venable Hall.
Candidates for school's top executive office announce platforms
Students to cast their ballots in Feb. 11 campus elections
All candidate profiles by Soyla Ellison
Students have several decisions to
make Feb. 1 1.
All students registered to vote in cam
pus elections have the opportunity to
vote for student body president, The
Daily Tar Heel editor, Carolina Athletic
Association president and Residence
Hall Association president.
Juniors can vote to elect their class
president and vice president and gradu
ate and professional students can choose
their student leader.
Voters also will pick Student Con
gress members and on-campus residents
can choose their dormitory governors.
Student Body President
The student body president does a
little bit of everything, this year's Stu
dent Body President Matt Heyd said.
The student body president is the
head of the executive branch of student
government with veto power over Stu
dent Congress legislation. He or she is
an ex -officio member of the UNC Board
of Trustees and makes appointments to
student boards and committees.
The Daily Tar Heel editor is respon
sible for UNC's campus newspaper.
The editor decides how the paper
should look and what goes in it. The
See OFFICES, page 4
Bibbs will put campus, state political experience to work
Mark Bibbs says next year's student
body president will face tough issues
and the worst budget situation ever, and
he or she must ha ve experience in deal
ing with administrators and legislators
before taking office.
Bibbs, a senior political science ma
jor from Kings Mountain, said his expe
rience in campus and state pol itics made
him most qualified for the job.
He serves as president of the Asso
ciation of Student Governments, as the
Board of Governors' student represen
tative and as Student Supreme Court
His three top
working to create
a free standing
black cultural cen
ter, putting an em
phasis on teaching
at UNC and im
proving lighting in
and around the
"For far too long, student govern
ment has been quiet on the issue (of the
BCC) and not forceful enough," he said.
"If need be, we'll seek state funding,
provided that the African-American
curriculum moves into that building."
Teaching needs to become more im
portant than research, because if you
lose students as undergraduates, they'll
never go on to graduate school, he said.
Teaching workshops and seminars need
to be scheduled.
"We need to focus on getting profes
sors back in the classroom," he said.
See BIBBS, page 4
Peeler to stress fiscal responsibility as 'watchdog of fees'
Scott Peeler says he has designated
himself "the watchdog of student fees."
Student funding should only be used
to fund very important programs and
projects that can't be funded through
othermeans, the junior political science
major from Toledo, Ohio, said. "I think
there's got to be a serious, serious effort
to make sure student fees don't go up."
However, he would like to see the
moratorium lifted on funding of the
a.p.p.I.e.s. community service learning
program and wants to look for other
ways to fund it.
Peeler said ad-
m i n i st rators
raising the ticket
prices of revenue
that money for the
He also said he
with graduate stu- Scott Peeler
dents. Providing graduate students with
health insurance is a priority in his plat-
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He plans to continue present Student
Body President Matt Heyd's plan to
earmark SO percent of graduate student
funds specifically for graduate student
"I think the grad students deserve a
little more attention when it comes to
Peeler says his campaign slogan is
"Impact Beyond Words," because talk
See PEELER, page 4
Airan to strengthen diversification of student government
Rashmi Airan says her leadership
experience with the Campus Y, resi
dence hall government and the student
government executive branch will al
low her to represent a more diverse
segment of the student population.
Airan, a junior speech communica
tion major from Miami, would be only
the second female student body presi
dent in University history. But she said
she was not runni ng to make a statement
"I'm running because I think I'm the
most qualified for the position."
Airan said her
plishment at the
serving on the stu
committee and ne
gotiating with the
faculty to keep the
She also is working on a peer advis
ing program that would train upper-
classmen to counsel younger students
about classes and schedules.
Three of Airan's top priorities are
funding the a.p.p.I.e.s. community ser
vice learning program, finding new
sources of funding for the University
and being willing to listen and under
stand students' problems.
"First of all, we need to find tangible
solutions toward raising money and find
ing money," she said.
Part of her solution includes having
See AIRAN, page 4
Moody will aim for nuts-and-bolts changes for University
John Moody says he is concerned
with accomplishing the little things
rather than tackling the overwhelming
"We're attempting to focus on the
smaller things," he said.
His goals include better lighting on
campus, more bike racks, shortening
cashier's lines, keeping Union Station
open until the library closes, not having
reading day on Saturday and creating a
better-planned exam schedule.
He also wants extended hours for
Caroline, the target-grade option with
PassDF, the end
of required meal
plans for on-campus
funding for the
"It seems like a
great program, and
ctii-ffntc xr 'into1
it," he said. "I John Moody
don't see much room for debate about
Moody, a junior chemistry major
from Greensboro, serves on the student
attorney general staff and at the Cam
He envisions no sweeping changes
for student government's structure. "I
think it's the people in student govern
ment and getting a broader base of people
How people perceive student politi
cians relates to the level of student apa
thy, he said. "I think the main thing you
See MOODY, page 4
Shelburne will strive for greater student academic input
Mark Shelburne says students should
unite and have a greater voice in aca
He wants to form majors' unions, in
which students in every department
could join, elect officers and express
academic concerns to their departments
in one voice.
Shelburne, a junior public policy
analysis major from Durham, said as
student body president he could serve
as the catalyst to start the unions.
The unions would also alleviate stu
dent apathy and increase involvement
"I think creat
ing these majors'
help, because stu
dents are not apa
thetic about their
majors," he said.
He also wants
to increase student
involvement in the
designation of stu-
dent fees and in the University budget
Student-faculty committees should
be formed to determine and pass along
budget priorities, he said. This would
give students a chance to voice their
opinions on issues like the South Loop
expansion, which Shelburne said he
thought was ridiculous, especially when
the University must cut class sections
Shelburne wants to form a student
administrator committee to decide on
new student fees and fee increases.
See SHELBURNE, page 4
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