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DTH team, RHA hopeful miss petition deadline
By Steve Politi
The names of Wendy Bounds and
Dacia Toll, candidates for Daily Tar
Heel editor; and Jennifer Davis, candi
date for Residence Hall Association
president, will not appear on the Feb. 1 1
campus election ballot because they
missed the petition submission dead
line. "Because they did not submit them in
Taxes could prevent benefits
for housekeepers, Tuchi says
The University might not be able to
provide housekeepers with benefits to
compensate for their subpoverty wages
if the federal government can tax these
benefits, an administrator warned.
Chancellor Paul Hardin earlier this
week acknowledged the housekeepers'
Step 3 grievance against the University
and said that a program for improving
benefits would be considered.
But Ben Tuchi, vice chancellor for
business and finance, said Thursday
benefits offered by the University to
only one category of employee could be
taxed by the federal government. This
could make it expensive for the Univer
sity to offer housekeepers short-term
compensation for low pay scales.
"It would be a horrible state of affairs
Past and future of dorms meet
Old East, Old West will remain all-male residence halls
By Kathleen Keener
Old East and Old West will remain
all male residence halls when they re
open after renovations are completed,
said Wayne Kuncl, director of Univer
Housing officials had considered
opening Old East or Old West to women
in order to give all students the opportu
nity to live in the conveniently located,
historically significant residence halls,
Anthropologists searching for original
cornerstone from Old East dormitory
By Kathleen Keener
Each year, members of the Univer
sity community celebrate the laying of
the Old East cornerstone on Oct. 1 2, the
symbolic birthday of the University.
But the actual cornerstone, set in
place in 1793, is missing.
Vincas Steponaitis, anthropology
research lab director, hopes the corner
stone will be uncovered during the
building's restoration. Construction
workers plan to complete Old East and
Old West renovations for the 1993 Bi
Born: August 27, 1943 in
Lincoln, Nebraska, third of seven
children. Education: Bachelor's
Degree, University of Nebraska.
Career: U.S. Navy SEAL, served
in Vietnam War, 1966-69,
received Congressional Medal of
Honor; Family restauranthealth
club business, 1972-present;
Governor of Nebraska, 1982
1986; U.S. Senator, 1989-present
Family: Married to Beverly
Defnall, 1974; divorced, 1978.
Two children: Benjamin, 18
and Lindsey, 15.
on time, their petitions are invalid," said
Chris Bracey, Elections Board chair
man, Thursday night.
All three candidates said they con
fused the deadline, which was 5 p.m.
Thursday, with the time of a mandatory
candidates meeting at 7:30 p.m. They
said they would appeal Bracey's deci
sion. "We think we have the grounds for
appeal," Bounds said.
Davis agreed. "I could have turned it
if we were able to offer some benefits
and then find they are taxable," Tuchi
said. "We have to be careful of the IRS
while exploring different ideas."
Marsha Tinnen, spokeswoman for
the housekeepers named in the griev
ance, said this was an excuse to avoid
helping the housekeepers.
"That's bullshit," she said. "We've
been underpaid for years. We don't
even want to hear that anymore. All
they're doing is an excuse, and we don't
want to hear their excuses anymore."
Laurie Charest, associate vice chan
cellor for human resources, said admin
istrators still were exploring its options
and no specifics had been considered.
"There are lots of legal issues associ
ated with benefits," Charest said. "If
you provide benefits to part of the popu
lation and not others, you run the risk of
them being taxable."
The decision not to convert one of the
all-male halls was based largely on op
position from women in Kenan, Alder
man and Mclver residence halls, he
said. Petitions to keep Old East and Old
West dormitories for men circulated in
the Triad dorms.
Harold Hinson, University housing
facilities planner, said the female-to-male
ratio on North Campus was 2-to-1.
If either Old East or Old West had
become all-female, it would have been
necessary to convert a female dorm for
male use in order to maintain a balance.
"To my knowledge, no one has ever
seen the cornerstone," Steponaitis said.
Steponaitis said he believed there
were two possible fates of the corner
stone. In the 1 840s, a third story and an
extension were added to the building.
The cornerstone might have been cov
ered by the extension, or it might have
been stolen during the construction,
"We are monitoring as they tear out
walls, and they'll call us when they find
something," he said. "Renovations
haven't revealed anything yet, a few
See STONE, page 4
"I am running for president
because the future I fear for my
cm'Idren is already a reality for
far too many Americans. It is
time for leadership focused on
the next century instead of the
Sen. Bob Kerrey
Although Bob Kerrey is still
running third in the New Hamp
shire polls, his military record and
his moderate platform could help
him in the South and Midwest.
in two days ago," she said. "I'm cer
tainly going to appeal Mr. Bracey's
Bracey said he expected the candi
dates to appeal. An appeal, which must
be filed within 48 hours of Bracey's
decision, would be heard by the Elec
tions Board. The Elections Board's rul
ing could be appealed to the Student
Bounds said she and Toll planned to
continue campaigning regardless of the
Hardin told the Board of Trustees
health insurance benefits were one pos
sible form of compensation.
The housekeepers are not the only
University employees in pay grade 50,
which offers the lowest salaries in the
state system. Eight job categories, in
cluding one housekeeping position, fall
into the University's lowest salary grade.
Tuchi said all groups falling within
that range should be considered for ben
efits. "It would be really discriminatory
to pull out a job classification and con
sider only that group (for benefits)."
There are 29 1 University housekeep
ers in grade 50, in which the starting
salary is $1 1,881. The federal poverty
level is $13,359 for a family of four.
Fifty employees working as food ser
vice assistants, laboratory helpers, la
borers, porters, sales clerks and waiters
also fall within the 50 pay grade.
Tracy Savell, a Kenan resident, said
she was pleased Old East and Old West
would remain men's halls.
"I do not want guys to move into
Mclver," she said. "I choose to be in an
all-girls dorm surrounded by other all
When the Old East and Old West
renovations are complete, dormitory
facilities will not be gender-specific,
Kuncl said. If females need to be moved
into the residence halls at a later time,
See OLD EAST, page 4
Kerrey faces tough battle to attract votes in
Editor's note: This is the fourth ar
ticle in a continuing series profiling the
By Gillam Hall
U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey has spent the
last several months try ing to woo voters
with his military and political records,
but recent New Hampshire polls reveal
the former Nebraska governor has a
long road ahead in his attempt to win the
Democratic presidential nomination.
"He keeps talking about himself and
not enough about what he is going to
do," said William Leuchtenberg, UNC
professor of history.
Kerrey had hoped to appeal to voters
with his military record and his success
ful efforts to revitalize Nebraska's
economy. While serving as a Navy
SEAL during the Vietnam War, Kerrey
was shot in the right leg. The leg even
tually had to be amputated.
During his one term as Nebraska
governor, Kerrey turned a $24 million
state deficit into a $49 million surplus
by emphasizing improved job training,
fail, words come in very handy. Goethe
decision. "Even if we are not granted an
appeal, we are still going to run a strong
Davis also said she would continue
to campaign. "I think my candidacy for
(RHA president) is the strongest one
regardless if my name is on the ballot."
She added that a notice the Elections
Board sent to all candidates was "vague
if more than one candidate misinter
preted it." A candidate for a Student
Congress position also missed the dead
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Athletic Association's dunk contest Wednesday night in Carmichael Auditorium.
welfare reform and expanded educa
But Kerrey's presidential platform,
which is based on the same policies as
his state efforts, has failed to attract
supporters in New Hampshire, the site
of the nation's first primary Feb. 18.
In recent polls, Kerrey has placed
third behind ArkansasGov. Bill Clinton
and former U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas.
Kerrey advocates a comprehensive
national health care plan financed by
the federal government, said Dave
Anderson, a Kerrey press adviser.
"Kerrey has introduced a plan in the
U.S. Senate that will fundamentally
change the way our nation finances
health care," he said. "Kerrey's plan
called 'Health U.S.A.' will achieve the
goals most of America seeks in health
Bracey said the 5 p.m. deadline fol
lows Title VI, Article IV, Section 2.b of
the Student Government Code, which
states "all petitions for Regular or Spe
cial elections shall be due five (5) p.m.
on the last eligible day."
Bracey said,"It 's pretty cut and dry."
Toll said she and Bounds had enough
support to run a successful write-in cam
paign for DTH editorship. "We expect
to reach a run-off regardless of this
The plan, now under debate in the
Senate, would save Americans $150
billion in five years, Anderson said.
Leuchtenberg said the American pub
lic would support such a universal health
care plan but would question how the
proposal could be implemented with
out raising taxes. Kerrey's success or
failure in the campaign could ride on his
health care plan, Leuchtenberg said.
'The national polls indicate that in
the country there is a great deal of
support for (a national healthcare pack
age)," he said. "If he begins to rise in the
polls, if he becomes a serious candidate,
he is going to find himself under attack
on that and other issues."
Thad Beyle, UNC professor of po
litical science, said many voters had
become committed to the idea of acom
prehensive health care plan.
'The American public is very con
cerned about the cost of health care ...
and the cost of insurance to cover health
care," Beyle said. "It's an issue that is
important. Whether (Kerrey) is able to
get it phrased right and get peoples'
Run-offs occur when no candidate or
candidates receive 50 percent of the
vote. Bracey said he did not know if
Bounds' and Toll's names would ap
pear on a run-off ballot if the situation
arose but said he would investigate past
run-offs for a precedent.
"Technically speaking, it's a write
in campaign until the election is over."
See ELECTION, page 5
By Kelly Ryan
Chapel Hill police cited a Charlotte
man with a traffic violation for his in
volvement in a Wednesday afternoon
accident that caused momentary power
losses and downtown traffic jams.
James Theron Gamett was accused
of fleeing the accident scene after his
truck split a power pole when he tried to
turn onto Rosemary Street from Co
Gamett was charged with a safe
movement violation Thursday, accord
ing to police reports.
Chapel Hill Police Lt. Joe Jackson
said that Gamett technically could have
been cited with leaving the scene of the
crime, but the charge would have been
difficult to prove.
"We would have to be able to prove
that he intended to leave the scene of the
crime without reporting it," he said.
Police located Garnett on Franklin
Street near Estes Drive after the acci
dent. Garnett was driving a transfer
truck owned by the Carretta Trucking
Co., based in Paramus, N.J.
Police spokeswoman Jane Cousins
said the police report estimated damage
to the pole at $7,500 and damage to the
truck at $300.
Harvey Bynum, a senior engineering
associate at Duke Power, said a mo
mentary loss of local power immedi
ately followed the collision.
The power pole was replaced about
midnight, he added.
The only local businesses affected
by lengthy losses of power were
Spanky's Restaurant and the Hardback
Cafe & Bookstore.
The power outage made it impos
sible for the businesses to remain open,
restaurant managers said.
Spanky's kitchen manager Terry
Pickard said Duke Power officials pre
dicted that the power line repairs would
take five hours, so Spanky's was forced
to close for the night.
"We closed up because we were told
the power wouldn't be on until about
10," Pickard said.
Hardback Cafe manager Jamie
McPhail said she also had been forced
to close for the night. She said she
hoped the trucking company's insur
ance would cover the restaurant's losses.
"Their insurance company will have
to reimburse us," McPhail said.
A safety and recruiting official from
a Forest City branch of Carretta Truck
ing said a safety review board would
decide by Monday whether Garnett
would be fired.
attention with it is another question."
Critics of Kerrey's health care pack
age have pointed out that several hun
dred of his employees in a Nebraska
restaurant chain are not covered by any
type of company insurance policy.
Despite Kerrey's poor showing be
fore the Feb. 18 New Hampshire pri
mary, many in the Democratic Party
still believe the Nebraskan can rebound
in later primaries.
"Kerrey, just like all the other Demo
cratic candidates, is very well qualified
more qualified than Bush, we think,
to run this country," said Steve Glenn,
press director for the N.C. Democratic
Kerrey's switch on abortion also has
raised questions about the senator's
political motives. During his 1982 cam
paign for governor, Kerrey had said that
he did not believe in abortion, contend
ing that a fetus was human life.
Now, as he makes his run for presi
dency in 1992, Kerrey has relaxed his
stance. "A woman should be able to
See KERREY, page 4