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Tuesday, January 28, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Soviet Jews flee homeland
for Chapel Hill hospitality
By Jackie Hershkowitz
It's an old, old joke.
A Russian Jew receives a letter from his brother who has
left the country. The brother writes that he has become blind.
The brother in Russia takes the letter to the authorities for
permission to leave the country to help his blind brother. The
Soviet official tells him, "You should invite your brother
here. We have the best medicine in the world, it is free for
everybody." The man replies, "My brother may be blind, but
he is not crazy."
Twenty-nine-year-old Simon Stompel broke into a soft
chuckle at the punchline. Although occasional mispronun
ciations sprinkled his speech, Stompel told the joke with
confidence and ease. He is a Russian immigrant who began
a new life three years ago when he left his native Moscow.
Stompel is one of 34 Soviet Jews who have settled in
Chapel Hill since August of 1989.
Where can they turn for help when they arrive, sometimes
with little other than a suitcase and $100? One source of
assistance is the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation. The
federation is a nationwide organization that helps resettle
Soviet Jews. The local chapter has provided newly arrived
Soviets with such basic necessities as transportation and
furniture. The chapter also has assisted in finding jobs,
locating housing and arranging counseling.
Joel Schwartz, Soviet politics professor, and his wife
Myrna are co-chairmen of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish
Federation Committee for the Resettlement of Soviet Jewish
"They have been like a godfamily," Stompel said, refer
ring to the Schwartzes. The federation has provided food,
clothing and even donated a car to Stompel's family. "They
have done anything and everything they could to help."
Iosef Vaisman and his wife Shura, Ukrainian Jews, said
the federation welcomed them to the community by provid
ing free synagogue membership and a full scholarship for
their 8-year-old daughter Ester to attend Hebrew school.
"The Jewish Federation has given us much more help than we
expected," Iosef Vaisman said. "We didn't expect to receive
any help at all."
The response of the local Jewish community to the Soviet
Jews has been excellent, Joel Schwartz said.
"We are oarticipatine in a historical moment in Jewish
history," he said. "The massive watershed emigration of
Soviet Jews will certainly rank with the Holocaust and the
establishment of the state of Israel as one of the great events
of the 20th centurv."
A graduate student in chemistry, Stompel spoke with
incredulity about the system he left behind.
"In the Soviet Union, it was crazy. If you wanted to
See SOVIET, page 2
Court drops Bibbs
By Heather Harreld
A lawsuit alleging that Mark Bibbs must resign as Student
Supreme Court chief justice to run for student body president
and that Student Congress must take action against Bibbs was
dismissed Monday at a pre-trial hearing.
But plaintiff Brad Torgan and associate justice Jaye Sitton
said they were disappointed with procedures used by Student
Supreme Court members.
A report issued by the court explains the case was dis
missed because the court did not have the jurisdiction to hear
it. Justices cannot hear cases that do not concern an issue of
executive or legislative acts, according to Title IH, Part I, Act
I, section 25-A of the code.
The panel of three justices agreed that the UNC Student
Government Code was contradictory to the points Torgan
raised, but said they were barred from rendering any opinions
in the case, according to the report.
Torgan, a third-year law student, said he was very disap
pointed with the "unprofessional manner" of the court and
added that there were several irregularities in the court
proceedings that violated the student code.
He maintained that Title III, Part I, Act I, section 68-A of
the code required a defendant to serve the plaintiff with his
answer to the complaint before the court proceedings. Torgan
received a copy of Bibbs' answer during the hearing.
"At the very least, I should have had time to look at it
before the pre-trial conference," Torgan said.
Torgan said acting Chief Justice Eleanor Stokes promised
to notify all of the just ices and have them attend the hearing,
but broke the promise by not informing Sitton.
"She should have postponed the hearing, if she couldn't
get all the justices there," Torgan said.
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Tracy Miller, a senior speech communication major from Charlotte, cashes
three checks at the First Union Bank at University Mall late last week for
money to spend over the weekend. Miller probably spent some of her money
on hot chocolate because of the cold weather.
Sitton confirmed that she was not notified of the hearing.
"I deeply regret not being told of the hearing," she said.
"It's important that the court conduct itself as professionally
But Stokes said the court was not required to have all the
justices at a pre-trial hearing. "In a pre-trial hearing, it's only
necessary for the chief justice to be present," she said.
Sometimes it is difficult to get all the associate justices
together, she explained. Stokes chose to have the court's
other two justices who had expressed interest in the case
attend the hearing, she said. Associate Justices Scott Lewis
and Malcolm Turner also signed the dismissal document.
Torgan said he planned to appeal the decision of the court,
but he did not know where to file the appeal. The court will
not be able to provide him with past cases of a similar nature
See HEARING, page 7
By Shannon Crownover
Staff Writer -
Students soon may pay more to apply
for admission to the University.
The UNC Board of Trustees Friday
approved a plan to raise the under
graduate and medicine and dentistry
school application fees from $35 to
$45. Graduate school application fees
would increase from $35 to $40 and
master's in accounting and master's in
business administration application fees
would rise from $35 to $75.
The increase now must be approved
by the UNC Board of Governors and
UNC-system President CD. Spangler.
Jim Walters, director of Undergradu
ate Admissions, said application fees
needed to be increased because the ad
missions office' s budget had been inad
equate. "The current fee of $35 doesn't come
close to the actual cost of processing
applications, which is about $66," he
An increase in the volume of appli
cants and insufficient state funds also
justify the need for application fee in
creases, a BOT draft report states.
Money from the increase would help
cover the cost of interviews, postage
See FEES, page 7
Faulty tubing cause of Kenan laboratory chemical fire
By John Broadfoot
A chemical fire on the sixth floor of
Kenan Laboratories Sunday night was
caused by faulty tubing in lab equip
ment. Donald Willhoit, University health
and safety director, said a hose in the
methanol cooling system sprang a leak.
He estimated the fire caused $20,000 in
The methanol was the coolant in ap
paratus used to radiate a sample with
ultraviolet light. The heat from this light
caused the methanol to ignite, he said.
"The fuel ignited, the tubing ignited
and the methanol ran across the floor to
a cabinet," Willhoit said.
The fire was contained primarily to
the cabinet and did not spread to other
laboratory rooms, he said.
Cindy Schauer, the professor con
ducting the experiment, said the cabinet
contained miscellaneous equipment.
Work in the lab will soon be back to
normal, she said.
"We cleaned up today and showed a
lot of people around," she said.
"We will be hard at work again to
morrow." Approximately five gallonsof metha
nol was involved, but several gallons
did not burn, Schauer said.
Joseph Templeton, chemistry depart
ment chairman, said work in other areas
of Kenan Lab was not disrupted Mon
"The fire was localized and did not
affect activities in Kenan Lab today,"
Schauer and agraduate assistant were
taken to the hospital, but no injuries
Three Chapel Hill Fire Department
vehicles responded to the 9:02 p.m. call
Sunday and fire suppressive crews ex
tinguished the blaze using dry chemical
The New Hope Fire Department as
sisted in putting out the fire and in
blocking off part of South Road. The
fire was extinguished at 9:46 p.m.
Willhoit said the efforts of chemistry
professor Cindy Schauer and a graduate
student helped contain the fire to the
"They did a good job," he said. "The
action of closing the doors and pulling
the fire alarms helped to confine the
The chemistry department will study
alternative methods of cooling the
methanol, he said.
"An evaluation will be released prior
to the continuation of this experiment,"
Judy Lewis, insurance manager for
the UNC property office, said an inves
tigation was under way, but a damage
estimate for insurance purposes had not
been made yet.
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DTH editor candidates voice ideas for improving campus paper
Bounds, Toll say working as a team will get the job done
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Wendy Bounds and Dacia Toll say
working as co-editors would give them
an added advantage when things get
hectic in the newsroom.
"The Daily Tar Heel needs two edi
tors," Toll said. "A single editor can
often get trapped in the newsroom by
daily production tasks and become iso
lated from what should be their fore
most concern the readers."
Toll, a soDhomore political science
and economics double major from
has worked as a
editor and desk
state and national
news at the DTH.
She also was acol
umnist for the
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Toll's profes- uu,,us"u"
sional journalism experience includes
working as a researcher for Newsweek
and Fortune magazine during the sum
mer and as an editorial assistant to a
Washineton Post columnist.
Bounds, a junior journalism and
Spanish double major from Raleigh,
also has worked as a writer, assistant
editor and desk editor covering state
and national news, and has served on
the DTH Editorial Board. She has
worked as both editor and associate
editor of the UNC Journalist.
Bounds' experience includes work
at the Miami Herald, the Cary News, the
Chapel Hill Herald, the Chicago Sun
Times and Spectator Magazine.
See BOUNDSTOLL, page 5
University knowledge Johnston's key to better coverage
Stephanie Johnston says working as
University news editor has helped her
learn how to cooperate with DTH read
ers. Johnston has served as a University
news reporter, assistant editor and edi
tor during the past two and a half years.
"In my view a lot of what the editor
does is deal with readers," she said.
"Probably more so than any other desk
except the editorial page, University
desk gets the most feedback, mainly
because the people we quote in stories
are here on campus.
"I've already had to deal with read
ers, and I have
learned how to ex
plain things pa
ior journalism and
ies double major
S.C., said as edi-
tor she would be able to deal with the
stressful environment of the DTH of
"I know you have to make it fun," she
said. "It can become such a tense place
and sn stressful, vou iust have to keep it
in perspective. There are some good
days and some bad days."
Running a world briefs column ev
ery day on the front page would help
institute a policy of increased state, na
tional and world news coverage,
"This is a way of broadening state,
national and international news without
increasing the size of the paper."
Implementing "brights," interesting
Eisley counts on professional experience to improve DTH
MatthewEislevbelieveshispastpro- porter, assistant r- -a "I'm the best choice this year be.
Matthew Eisley believeshispastpro
fessional journalism experience made
him the most qualified candidate for
Daily Tar Heel editor.
"I've had just about all the responsi
bilities you can have around hereexcept
the head office," he said.
"I feel it's a very natural progression
for me to move in there and use my
background and experience, including
my professional experience, ... to help
bring the students and the other readers
a better paper."
Eisley, a senior journalism major
from Albany, Ga., has served as a re
editor and editor
sity news, as well
as special assign
ments editor of the
DTH and associ
ate editor of the
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He also has worked for The Albany
Herald, where he won a first-place As
sociated Press award for deadline news
cause of the diversity of my journalism
experience and breadth of experience,"
If elected, Eisley said he planned to
place a heavy emphasis on better writ
ing. "Writing should be tighter, cleaner
and more brief," he said. "It should be
more accurate, and it should give a
flavor of what happens around here."
He would conduct frequent work
shops for reporters and editors in which
See EISLEY, page 5
Wallsten plans to give football fans a Saturday newspaper
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Peter Wallsten wants to brine back a
Saturday edition of The Daily Tar Heel
on home football game days.
"A Saturday paper would provide a
space in the paper for more sports and
game previews, and it would give people
something to take into the stadium with
them," Wallsten said. "It will also bring
in new advertisers and would make
He said he would appoint a weekend
editor to run production of the Saturday
The paper would be finished before
the Friday night deadline, so the staff
would not have to
stay late Friday, he
gious studies ma
jor from Chapel
Hill, has covered
city news as a re
editor and desk
He also has worked for the Chapel
Hill Newspaper, the Durham Herald
Sun, and the Chapel Hill Herald.
Wallsten free-lances for the New York
Growing up in Chapel Hill gave him
a deep understanding of how the town
and the University worked, he said.
"I'm the only (candidate) who really
understands the town," Wallsten said.
"I've been associated with the Univer
sity for about 20 years. I've had experi
ence both covering it and being a part of
Establishing a more aggressive beat
system to cover city and University
See WALLSTEN, page 7
A teacher never says anything once. Howard Nemerov