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VALENTINE'S DAY '92: Personal love throbs on campus.....................lNSERT
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Volume 99, Issue 155
Friday, February 14, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
TODAY: Cloudy; high lower 60s
SATURDAY: Rain; high near 60
By Kelly Ryan
' A proposal to locate a low-level ra
dioactive waste site on the Chatham
Wake county border, 18-20 miles from
Chapel Hill, has county and state offi
cials debating the possibility of nega
tive effects on surrounding communi
ties. The N.C. Radioactive Waste Man
agement Authority decided that the
waste will be located in either Chatham
or Richmond counties.
Chatham County CommissionerGus
Murchison said county commissioners
unanimously opposed the site because
they feared contamination of the local
"We had a geologist study it,"
Murchison said. "We're concerned
about the location and the conditions of
Geologist George Bain was hired by
the commissioners and, in a lengthy
report, declared the site unsafe.
Murchison said he supported Bain's
findings. "George is reliable and gave a
report that needs to be considered."
Murchison said Wake, Chatham and
Richmond counties opposed the site
Orange County Commissioner Al ice
Gordon said that she opposed the site
proposal but added that Orange County
had not been involved in the selection
"The Orange County Commission
ers, as a body, haven 't gotten involved,"
Gordon said. "Personally, I don't ap
prove." She said the site could be detrimental
to Orange County because the hazard
ous materials would be transported on
"Potentially, there would be low-level
waste all over Orange County roads,"
Roger Hannah, community relations
manager for Chem-Nuclear Systems
Inc., defined low-level waste as any
contaminated material requiring a se
cure storage space.
The state agency hired Chem-Nuclear
to research and build the site if it is
approved. It would be a storage site for
low-level waste from eight contiguous
The Southeast Compact Commis
sion, composed of two representatives
from each of the eight states, named
North Carolina as the next state to hold
An additional site for low-level ra
dioactive waste is needed because the
present South Carolina site is scheduled
toclose at the end of 1993, Hannah said.
Hannah acknowledged other studies
that debate the site's feasibility but said
Chem-Nuclear's research would not be
complete for one year.
"To this point, we've never made a
decision that's been proven incorrect,"
he said. "It's too early to say it's not a
good site. We need more information."
If the site is determined to be safe, the
chance of an accident would be mini
mal and probably wouldn't cause sig
nificant damage, Hannah said.
See WASTE, page 7
Bush weathering aftermath of Desert
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Bornt June 12, 1924 in Milton,
Mass. Education: Bachelor's
degree, Yale University, 1948.
Careers Naval pilot, World War
II; U.S. House of Representatives,
1966-1970; U.S. Ambassador to
the United Nations, 1971-1973;
U.S. Liaison to China, 1974-1975;
director, Central Intelligence
Agency, 1976-1977; Vice Presi
dent, 1981-1989; President, 1989
present. Family: Married to
Barbara Bush, six children.
To be in love is merely to
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And the game plays on
Brian Britt, a senior speech major from
Midnight Wanderers in the Union Underground Thursday accompanied most
Hector's reopening a mystery one year after fire
By Dana Pope
Assistant City Editor
University students might remember
a place in which they could find double
cheeseburgers on pita and Greek gyros
anytime, day or night.
But the Franklin Street building that
housed Hector's Restaurant, a popular
24-hour eatery , was gutted by fire a year
ago this weekend, and legal complica
tions have prevented the restaurant's
A lawsuit is still pending between the
property's owners and the owner of the
restaurant, said Thomas Stark, attorney
for Hector's owner. Little Bob's Inc.
The property is owned by Paliouras
Although renovations have started at
the property on the cornerof Henderson
and Franklin streets, Lee Coram, law
cf E3 CniUrd States
"History will call this the
American century because we
fought the bade of freedom
and we won. History will tell of
a second American century
when we led the world to new
heights of liberty."
Despite the nation's continuing
economic woes, Bush is the
favorite to win the 1992 election.
Goldsboro, plays morning. Britt
yer for Paliouras Enterprises, said he
did not know when the building would
be ready for occupation.
The lawsuit, filed by Little Bob's
Inc., contended that renovations had
not been completed quickly. The suit
has been pending since August.
Stark said Thursday that work was
being done inside the Hector's building
but added that work was moving too
"They're not moving very fast," Stark
said. "I don't think that they've gotten
out of the basement yet. (Little Bob's) is
disappointed that they haven't made
But Corum said earlier this year that
Pal iouras Enterprises was try ing to com
plete renovations quickly.
"(Little Bob's) is arguing that we're '
not building the building fast enough,
but we're try ing to finish the building as
By Anna Griffin
Assistant State and National Editor
With American troops engaged in
Iraq and the economic recession in a
state of remission last February, politi
cal experts predicted that President
Bush's 1992 re-election campaign
would be a Cakewalk.
begun to crumble.
"President Bush isn't reeling, but he
is feeling some voter unrest," said
Patrick Flaherty, president of the Con
servative Campaign Fund and supporter
of Republican candidate Patrick
Buchanan. "People are upset about the
state of the economy. The president has
certainly lost some popularity since last
Since last spring, when Bush's popu
larity rivaled that of former President
Reagan during the economic boom of
the mid-1980s, the president has seen
his approval rating drop dramatically.
The recession, coupled with the am
biguous situation in Iraq, has lowered
Bush's popularity rating to about SO
be in a state of
escaped the cold, drizzling rain that
of the morning and early afternoon.
quickly as possible," he said.
Corum could not be reached for com
Little Bob's and Paliouras Enterprises
are negotiating a resolution to the law
suit, Corum said.
The fire started in the basement of the
Continental Cafe and spread to adjacent
Sadlack's Heroes and Deli, now
Linda's Upstairs, also sustained fire
damage last year.
Larry Eldridge, whose wife owns
both Linda's Bar and Grill and Linda's
Upstairs, said business in the building
had declined since last year's fire.
Eldridge added that potential cus
tomers were turned away by the burned
"It looks like there's nothing down
here," he said. "It's been a real bummer
for everyone on this end of the street."
Storm, recession in bid for re-election
"The president has suffered some
setbacks recently," said B ush press sec
retary Torie Clark. "But George Bush is
still the candidate to beat."
Bush's re-election campaign faces a
challenge from within the GOP in
Buchanan, a conservative columnist and
former aide to presidents Reagan and
Nixon. Buchanan's surprisingly strong
showing in recent New Hampshire polls
has dissolved the president's previous
image as an unbeatable candidate.
Although experts expect Bush to win
at least 60 percent of the Feb. 18 New
Hampshire vote, a strong showing by
Buchanan in the nation's first primary
could signal trouble to come, said Tho
mas Kingsley, senior fellow at the
Brookings Institute.aconservative think
tank in Washington, D.C.
"You keep hearing about how the
perpetual anesthesia. H.L.
By Marty Mlnchin
Elections officials have postponed
all run-off elections one week to give
student body president candidates equal
time to prepare for the elections and to
ensure proper procedures, said Chris
Bracey, Elections Board chairman.
A recent complaint filed against can
didate Rashmi Airan, whichalleged that
a supporter who had campaigned for
her also had handled ballots on election
day, was dropped Thursday.
But the time spent addressing the
complaints detracted from time that
Airan could have spent campaigning,
Postponing the elections from Tues
day until Feb. 25 will allow SBP candi
dates equal time to campaign after two
days of confusion, he said. "One reason
was to allow Rashmi enough time to
recuperate and establish her campaign
before the run-off."
But both Airan and her opponent,
John Moody, agreed that they did not
want the board to postpone the election.
"I wish they would be on the 18th,"
Airan said. "I think it's going to affect
every candidate in the same exact way."
Moody said that although he thought
election postponement was fair, another
week of campaigning would be diffi
cult. "I'm kind of disappointed in a way
because the election usually takes so
want dry prerush
By Valerie Holbert
Dry rush just got a little drier.
University administrators plan to
enforce a national policy that prohibits
prospective rushees from attending any
function with alcohol present, even
"The only way you can have parties
with alcohol is to make sure no rushees
attend," said Tom Dierdorff, a consult
ant with Kappa Sigma fraternity. "It
sends a bad message if we can't run a
dry rush right off the bat."
Judi Barter, assistant dean of stu
dents and adviser to the Inter-Fraternity
Council, said fraternities must under
stand that any non-fraternity member
could be considered a potential recruit.
"Any gentleman not on your roster is a
But Lee Hark, IPC president, said he
was not sure how strictly fraternities
would adhere to dry rush guidelines
during the week before rush. Rush starts
again Sept. 1.
"People are wary of overstepping
boundaries," Hark said. "But I'm a little
Democrats don't have a candidate who
can beat Bush," Kingsley said. "How
does it look when Bush only gets six out
of every 10 votes against Buchanan?"
If Bush thinks he has lost a great deal
of support within conservative sects of
the GOP, he may alter his platform to
reflect more right-wing sentiments.
Moving to the right could only hurt the
president, Kingsley said.
"The president could feel a need to
conform to the Reagan Republicans,"
he said. "On paper, that looks great, but
in practice if he does that he could really
alienate the Reagan Democrats in
other words, the votes he needs."
But Clark said the president already
had responded to the Buchanan chal
lenge in a manner that would gain him
support from both sides of the political
"The president's response has been
almost apolitical," Clark said. "Most of
the Buchanan supporters aren't saying,
'We like Pat Buchanan,' but rather,
'We want to send a message to the
president.' He's gotten that message,
and he's responding with a massive
economic reform plan."
long," he said. "Most people, including
myself, are ready for it to be over."
Bracey said more time for the SBP
candidates wasn't the only consider
ation. The board also postponed the
run-off to prevent further problems, he
"The Elections Board felt that in or
der to increase efficiency and maintain
the level of fairness which was estab
lished in the first election, it would be in
the best interest ... to use this time to
recruit more poll sitters and review vot
ing procedures with all individuals in
volved in the balloting process," he
Run-off candidates for Dai Iy Tar Heel
editor and senior class offices also will
have to wait a week before voters choose
Peter Wallsten, DTH editor candi
date, said he was thankful for the extra
"At this point I'm a definite under
dog," Wallsten said. "I'm looking for
ward to a clean, hard-fought campaign.
It gives me an extra week to get the
message across that I'm the best candi
date with the best ideas and the most
experience. I'm thankful for that."
But Matthew Eisley, the other DTH
editor run-off candidate, said the post
ponement would just add stress for any
candidates not running for student body
See ELECTION, page 2
skeptical that people will stick to it."
Hark said IFC was developing effec
tive means to enforce the dry rules.
"We're headed in the right direction,"
he said. "We're just going a little too
slow for the administration and the (na
Many members were concerned that
the policy would mean an inability to
drink until rush had been completed. "1
can't go where I live and just relax and
drink a beer because it's rush," said one
IFC member at a recent meeting.
Dierdorff said the policy would be
violated only if alcohol were present at
rush functions or in the presence of
"You can drink your beer as long as
a rushee is not there," Dierdorff said.
"We want to show people we don ' t need
alcohol to attract new members."
But making sure that doesn't happen
might be easier said than done. Robbie
Little, president of BetaTheta Pi frater
nity, said people probably would find
ways to get around situations such as
asking a rushee to leave if a member
See RUSH, page 2
In his State of the Union address.
Bush challenged Congress to pass his
economic reform package by March 20.
But congressional Democrats and some
moderate Republicans have criticized
the president's plans, calling them too
focused on the upper class and too po
litical. "Does it strike you as odd that he
wants the economic package passed
right after the Super Tuesday prima
ries?" Flaherty asked. "The president is
using this asa political ploy. He's trying
to show he's doing something."
Despite the nation 's recent economic
woes. Bush remains the front-runner in
both the GOP primary and the general
election. Historical precedent is with
the president, Kingsley said.
"The last time an incumbent got
knocked off, it was in 1980," Kingsley
said. "I'll tell you one thing George
Bush is no Jimmy Carter, and Bill
Clinton is certainly no Ronald Reagan."
Bush's re-election campaign will
focus on the issues that have kept the
president in good standing with the con
See BUSH, page 2