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100th Year of Editorial Freedom
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
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Volume 100, Issue 24
Thursday, April 9, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
By Marty Mlnchln
Assistant University Editor
Jennifer Lloyd will lead the 74th
session of Student Congress as speaker
by virtue of a 22-1 5 win over Carl Clark
Lloyd, who will replace Tim Moore
in one of student government's most
influential positions, said she was
thrilled members elected her to the po
sition. "For the first time in my life, I was
speechless," she said. "After four
months of working toward this goal, it
is a tremendous relief to be able to work
now for the students and the congress
instead of just for the election."
Her main focus as speaker will be to
regain students' confidence in their
elected leaders, Lloyd said.
"My number one goal is to restore
faith and credibility in the student gov
ernment," she said.
"I feel certain that congress will work
together well, and I'm extremely pleased
with all the speeches that were given
tonight for all the offices," she said.
"These are not just words for us."
eyd protests riders by not signing budget
By Deborah Greenwood
Despite former Student Body Presi
dent Matt Heyd's refusal to sign next
year's controversial budget, the docu
ment became law after Student Con
gress authorization Tuesday.
Heyd said he had decided to with
hold his signature because he disagreed
with restrictions placed on the Carolina
Gay and Lesbian Association and the
Graduate Students United budgets.
"It was the most that I could do," he
said. "I am disturbed by the riders placed
on the GSU and CGLA budgets."
The riders force the groups to submit
copies of their publications to a Student
Congress committee for approval to
make sure they do not advocate partisan
Town seeks further suggestions
for assisting disabled residents
By Amber N knocks
Town employees compiling a plan
to make municipal buildings more
accessible to disabled residents said
they would like to receive more input.
"We're looking at everything we
can think of to look at," town em
ployee Joyce Smith told a group of
residents that met to discuss changes
Wednesday night. "You know more
than we do."
Twelve residents attended a public
hearing to share specific concerns with
members of the town committee study
ing compliance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Smith, who works in the town
clerk's office, is collaborating with
Greg Feller of the town manager's
office and Chapel Hill firefighter B illy
Breeden to compile a plan for amend
ing town buildings to fit the act's
Restroom facilities, building
entranceways and parking lots are
among the items addressed by the
Barbara Johnson, a retired Chapel
Hill resident who uses a wheelchair,
By Dana Pope
Assistant City Editor
and Carol Davis
Robert Schenkkan Jr., who won the
1 992 Pul itzer Prize for drama this week
for his play "Kentucky Cycle," began
the first cycle of his life in Chapel Hill.
Schenkkan, who was born in Chapel
Hill, said Wednesday in a telephone
interview from his Van Nuys, Calif.,
home that he was very happy when he
learned he had won the prize.
"I was thrilled and surprised," he
Love does not consist
Clark said he
was happy for
Lloyd, adding that
he thought she
would lead con
gress with the
same ideals he
would have exer
cised. "Through all of
this, we have re
Clark said. "There
is no animosity between either of us.
The beauty of this election is that there
were so few differences (between us)."
Moore said he would remain active
in congress until he graduated and went
on to law school this spring. He was
chosen as a member of the rules and
"Jennifer is a fine person," Moore
said. "I think both Clark and Lloyd were
excellent candidates. Congress is going
to be in good hands."
Congress members elected Rep.
Michael Kolb, a second-year law school
student, to the position of speaker pro
tempore. Kolb, who is entering his third
politics, which is prohibited under the
Student Government Code for fee-receiving
Tim Moore, Student Congress
speaker, said the president could follow
three courses of action when a budget
"Once congress sends him a bill, he
can veto it, sign it or refuse to sign it, in
which case it becomes law after ten
days anyways," Moore said.
Heyd said he chose not to challenge
the bill because his veto would have
forced congress and campus organiza
tions to create a completely new bud
get. "Ididn't think it was fair, even though
I had the power according to the Student
(Government) Code," he said. "If I re
ject the budget, it must go through the
told the committee that mirrors and
towel dispensers in public restrooms
often were too high for people in wheel-:
chairs to reach them.
"I have had to get a nice lady to reach
(towel dispensers for me)," Johnson
said. "I get so frustrated doing that."
Other Chapel Hill residents expressed
concern for blind residents crossing busy
intersections. Vehicle drivers may not
realize that pedestrians crossing the
streets are blind.
Smith said the town had considered
installing audible signals at crosswalks,
such as the one that emits high-pitched
beeps when pedestrian crossing is safe
in front of NationsBank Plaza on
Franklin Street. But lack of funds may
prevent the installation of sound sig
nals, she said.
"It's not a good year for the ADA to
be Implemented, budgetwise," Smith
Parks and recreation facilities, town
hall, the police department, the four fire
stations, community centers and the li
brary are among town structures that
will be examined for changes, Smith
The act requires buildings to comply
with an architectural barriers checklist
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native wins Pulitzer Prize for drama
said. "I gave my wife a hug and had a
The competition for this year's prize
was intense, and Schenkkan said he was
surprised to win.
"There was a large field this year,
almost 20 entries," Schenkkan said. "It
was a very strong crowd, and I wouldn 't
allow myself to believe (I won.)"
Schenkkan said he was inspired to
write "Kentucky Cycle" when he vis
ited East Kentucky.
On his visit, he said he saw "some of
the most beautiful mountains in the
world and some of the stripped mines
in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. Antoine de Saint Exupery
year as a representative, won with a
vote of 20-14 over Ruffin Poole.
"I'm very honored and somewhat
surprised," Kolb said. "I have a lot of
hope for congress."
The position of finance committee
chairman went to Charlton Allen. Al
though Allen was the only nominee for
the position,24congressmembers voted
to elect Allen while 10 abstained.
Rep. Phillip Charles-Pierre won the
position of student affairs committee
chairman. He ran against Darren Allen
and won by a vote of 20-14.
"I feel I have a larger burden now to
try and help the students," Charles-Pierre
"I know that my committee and my
self are the closest link they have to
congress and the administration."
Returning congress member Shane
Stutts will fill the position of ethics
committee chairman. Stutts defeated
Kevin Hunter by a vote of 24-13.
Rep. Bob Gams, a member of the
Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association,
was elected to the finance committee.
Congress attempted todefund the CGLA
at its February budget hearings.
entire process again, and that would be
subjecting numerous campus organiza
tions and the new Student Congress to
an incredible amount of work."
Although contested, a majority of
congress voted to pass the budget, Moore
"It was approved by voice vote," he
said. "There was an overwhelming af
firmative vote on the budget an over
whelming number of 'ayes.'"
The CGLA's budget was passed with
an 11-10 vote in the original hearing.
Right now, the CGLA and the GSU
are still waiting to take their complaints
to UNC's Student Supreme Court, said
Chief Justice Malcolm Turner.
"They filed complaints when the
budget was approved," Turner said. "But
I told them then that we couldn't do
: : Building owners must formulate a
plan describing necessary amendments
by July 6, Smith said. The town must
meet the same deadline for outlining
its changes, she said.
According to the ADA, building
owners have until January 1995 to
complete the changes, Smith said.
The town cannot force the new regu
lations upon private businesses, Smith
But the federal government will rely
on complaints from residents to help
enforce the ADA, she said.
Breeden explained that ADA re
qu irements automatically will become
part of the town's building code, but
he added that building inspectors only
inspect when complaints are made.
"The government is depending on
the disabled population to file com
plaints so (building inspectors) can
inspect," he said.
Complaints can be made by phone
to the Department of Justice in Wash
Smith encouraged anyone with sug
gestions concerning the town's imple
mentation of the ADA to contact her
by phone at the town clerk's office,
which left (Kentucky) devastated."
The play follows the tradition of
myth-making in America and traces the
history of two familiesduring 200 years,
Although Schenkkan lived in Chapel
Hill for only about three years, he said
he kept in contact with friends and rela
tives in the area, including his godpar
ents, Earl and Rhoda Wynn, and their
children, Stacy and Sherry.
"I think of Stacy, Sherry, and their
mother and father as sort of adopted
relatives," Schenkkan said.
Rhoda Wynn said Wednesday she
... and a little to the right
Photographer Simon Griffiths linesupthe
team before taking a group picture. The
anything until the bill became law."
The CGLA has had difficulty reach
ing the court, which has yet to set court
dates for the two suits, said Hugh
Singerline, CGLA member and editor
"Right now there is no court date at
all," Singerline said. "We have at
tempted to contact the student court but
have received no response since we
filed the complaint."
GSU Co-chairwoman Robin Lorsch
said that although she had been in con
tact with Turner, the case was moving
"Nothing has happened since we filed
the suit against the legislative branch,
saying the rider was unconstitutional,"
"Malcolm Turner has contacted me
way to fight genetic
By Jon Whlsenant
Researchers around the world have
been racing to find better ways of com
bating genetic illnesses by replacing
defective genes with healthy ones.
But Tuesday, it was scientists at the
UNC School of Medicine who tri
umphed and filed three patents protect
ing their radical new method of deliver
ing healthy genes into cells.
If this method works as well in hu
mans and animals as it has in lab tests,
it could be a major improvement in
using genes to treat human illnesses,
said David Curiel, assistant professor of
medicine and a member of UNC's Cys
tic Fibrosis Center.
"This technique can possibly be used
to not only treat inherited illnesses, but
can treat a number of acquired diseases
as well," Curiel said.
The new treatment is safer for the
patient than those used in the past, said
Curiel, who is also a member of the
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Cen
ter. "We can now deliver bigger DNA,
more DNA and DNA of any functional
called Schenkkan about two weeks ago,
after learning of his nomination.
Wynn said that she was "ecstatic"
and"delighted"because Schenkkan won
the Pulitzer, but added that she had not
called him since he received the prize.
"('Kentucky Cycle') has a very un
usual production and script," she said.
"It has been referred to as America's
Wynn said that because of the suc
cess of "Kentucky Cycle," Schenkkan
had been commissioned for two films
and a television adaptation of his play.
The Wynn family met the Schenkkan
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Bulls, who will play in Media Day Wednesday at Durham Athletic Park.
about it, but only to say that they were
going 'to have to wait until the budget
Moore said he was confident that the
Student Supreme Court would rule in
favor of congress.
"One thing to remember about the
court is that it has only as much power
as the congress allows it," he said. "If
the court overturns it, many questions
will be raised because the bill is purely
financial in nature."
Lorsch said she hoped the cases were
dealt with swiftly so the organizations
could begin planning for next year's
"The riders are clearly illegal, and I
think that the issue needs to be dealt
with immediately because it seems to
be taking an inordinate amount of time."
design into cells," he said. "And be
cause of the strategy we are employing,
we have the potential to accomplish this
in a much safer manner than with other
systems. We are very excited."
DNA is deoxyribonucleic acid, the
chief carrier of genetic information.
Genes are segments of DNA that con
trol cell functioning.
The technique involves the use of the
outer shell, orthecapsid.of adenoviruses
that have been rendered harmless by
Student will not be charged
No charges will be filed against a
University student in connection with
the death of a Chapel Hill High School
student, an official at the Orange
Chatham district attorney's office said
Assistant District Attorney Jim
Woodall said a decision was made late
Wednesday not to file charges against
Abigail Rierson, a UNC senior from
Greensboro, who hit Terrance "T J."
Robinson, 18, with her car last week.
Robinson died April 2 at UNC Hos
with 'Kentucky Circle'
family while Robert Schenkkan Sr. was
a Radio, Television and Motion Pic
tures professor at the University. Earl
Wynn was head of the RTVMP depart
ment at the time.
"(Our families) were very close
friends," Rhoda Wynn said.
Robert Schenkkan Sr. and his wife
were godparents to the Wynn children,
Rhoda Wynn said.
The play was nominated for the
Pul itzer by the theaters that produced it,
the Intiman Theatre in Seattle and Mount
Tabor Forum in Los Angeles.
Schenkkan grewup in Austin.Texas,
irradiation or other processes, Curiel '
said. Adenovirusescause colds and other'
The capsid has the capability of en
tering cell nuclei where defective genes
The therapeutic gene is then linked to
the capsid like a trailer to a truck. V
Before the new discovery, the only
way known to move the genes into ceHsf
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pitals from injuries received when
Rierson's vehicle collided with him
and another pedestrian, Robinson's
funeral was held Tuesday afternoon.
The accident occurred at 7:08 p.m.
March 3 1 on North Greensboro Street
just past Old Pittsboro Road, accord
ing to police reports.
Carrboro Police Capt. Ben Callahan
said last week that trees in the median
could have blocked the views of
Rierson, Robinson and Ronnie Lee
Jones, who was walking with
and received his undergraduate degree .
from the University of Texas. He re !
ceivedhisgraduatedegree from Cornell :
University. : ;
After graduation, he lived in Ne :
York for 10 years and moved to Loj:
Angeles six years ago. :
Schenkkan has been married to his :
wife, Mary Ann, for eight years. They :
have one daughter, Sarah, who is three .'
years old, and a newborn son named !
Schenkkan has written three other !
plays titled "Final Passages," "Tachi ;
Noki" and "Heaven on Earth." : ;