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Volume 100, Issue 44
Thursday, July 9, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Deliberations begin in Edwards case
Follow the yellow Pitt road: DeVitto
is 3rd official bound for Pittsburgh
John DeVitto, the much-maligned
former acting policechief anddirector
i of parking and transportation, will be
; leaving UNC later this month to be the
t University of Pittsburgh's second
i highest ranking business official.
DeVitto, one of the three remaining
defendants in the discrimination suit
. filed by UNC Police Officer Keith
Edwards, will be assuming the posi
? tion of associate vice chancellor for
: business, a job that will make him the
; direct supervisor to the University of
Pittsburgh police force,
s Ben Tuchi, former vice chancellor
i for business and finance at UNC who :
: now holds that position at Pittsburgh,
will be DeVitto's direct supervisor.
During testimony last week in the
i Edwards trial, Tuchi said he had helped
convince DeVitto to move to Pitts- .
, burgh, where he will receive a consid
erable pay increase.
The move marks the third exit of a
i major UNC official in almost a year.
. Last summer, Provost Dennis
O' Conner left to take a similar post at
Pittsburgh and Tuchi left UNC last
Chancellor Paul Hardin said that
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Don Luse, who took over this month as Student Union director, chats with Carolina Union President Angela Crisp
Luse: 'I think college unions are
the greatest thing in the world'
New director Don Luse
By Gerri Bacr
New Student Uniondirector Donald
Luse has been up close and personal
with Dennis Miller and John Cougar
Mellencamp. Adorning his barely
unpacked office are an autographed
black-and-white glossy of Miller and
a tour pass, "even better than a back
stage pass," from a Mellencamp con
"I've spent a lot of time working
with concerts, and some of my former
students are in the concert industry
now," Luse said.
Although UNC students probably
shouldn't expect Mellencamp to per
form this fall in the Great Hall, Luse
said he had devoted his life to making
campus life more enjoyable. "I think
college unions are the greatest thing in
the world," he added.
Luse, who officially became the
Carolina Union director July 1, said
his job was unlike any other. "I con
sider myself a college union profes
sional," he said. "There is something
unique about this profession and the
institution of college unions.
Luse came to the University after a
17-year career in the student union at
Indiana University. He earned a
master's degree in college student
personnel administration at the Uni
versity of South Carolina and worked
at Bowling Green State University for
four and a half years.
He has experience working with a
student program board at Indiana,
where he was assistant union director.
Luse cites working with students as
although he had not received official
notification of DeVitto's departure,
he was certain DeVitto was leaving.
"There's no need to be subtle about
it," Hardin said this week. "John's
. Hardin said the University would
miss DeVitto, afonner lieutenant colo
nel in the Army, who had served as the
commanding officer of Duke's Army
ROTC before coming to UNC.
"John is leaving that's a real bad
piece of news," Hardin said. "He's
done a fine job for us in several ca
pacities." DeVitto served as acting
director of public safety from 1 989-;
Following court procedures Tues
day, DeVitto said he would not com
ment on the trial or on his move to
Pittsburgh. He refused to confirm
Tuchi's statement and would not a
knowledge questions from reporters
as he left the courtroom.
A secretary in Tuchi's office said
DeVitto's new position involved over
seeing food service, housing, parking,
transportation and recycling and the
public safety department.
arrives after 17 years at
one of the greatest rewards of his career.
"The best part of the job is the students
you work with," he said. "This is the fun
Luse described students he met in
Chapel Hill during his visit last spring
and in the past week as "bright, chal
lenging and creative."
Angela Crisp, president of the Caro
lina Union, said she looked forward to
working with Luse. She said she felt
especially at ease last week when the
president of the Indiana student union
stopped by to help Luse unpack. "It
made me confident he was easy to work
with, because someone he had worked
with in the past thought so highly of
him," Crisp said.
Although Luse said he knew he had
"a lot to learn" about the University, he
also thought student life at Chapel Hill
resembled student life at Indiana. "The
kinds of programs done here are similar
to ones done at Indiana, and issues stu
dents face here are similar to issues I
have worked with in the past," he said.
"The transition will be relatively easy, I
Luse's strategy for troubleshooting
in the Carolina Union begins with real
izing that many of the same problems
occur in college unions across the na
tion. "It is important to make it clear that
there are similar problems at every cam
pus across the country," he said.
One of the problems Luse referred to
was the present ban on parties in the
Union's Great Hall. The ban was a
result of a March 21 brawl between
several UNC and North Carolina Cen
tral University football players. J )
Luse said he would like to "try to
J don't know about you, but I feel
By Anna Griffin
HLLSB OROUGH As the case of
UNC Police Officer Keith Edwards
against three present and former Uni
versity administrators went to the jury
Wednesday, Edwards' attorney called
for an end to what he said was continu
ing racial and gender discrimination by
"You've now got to take what is
probably the highest responsibility citi
zens have in this society," said
McSurely, who delivered his closing
arguments in choked tones and, at one
point, was close to tears. "You go down
in that room and you work hard, and
when you come back, I hope you let the
word go out from this old court room
that we're not going to let them treat
people like the University treats Keith
In his closing arguments, University
attorney Lars Nance said the problem
was not that Edwards was discrimi
nated against, but rather that there were
very few certified black female officers
in North Carolina. Nance said Edwards
had not proven the defendants were
guilty of discrimination.
"There's been a lot of gunfire," he
said. "But the question is not how many
rounds have been shot off, but have
those individual targets, (former police
chief) Charlie Mauer, (former public
make things better" and reincorporate
parties in Great Hall if possible. He
will draw on resources from the Asso
ciation of College Unions Interna
tional to ease the tension and look for
While Luse was at Indiana, the
student union's hours of operation
changed from closing at 1 1 p.m. five
days a week to closing at 2 a.m., seven
days a week. "One of the biggest
concerns is safety," he said. "We must
make sure bus service is available and
students have safe travel back and
forth. We don't want to put anyone in
Luse said he hoped to learn more
about the possibility of expanding
facilities for the Sonja H. Stone Black
Cultural Center in the Union. 'This is
a very complex issue with a long
history, and I want to see the situation
from as many sides as I can," he said.
Student desires are important to
Luse, who said he wanted to build
more effective communication be
tween the student body and Union
"I hope to get involved in market
research to find out from the students
whether or not we are meeting their
needs," Luse said. He said he planned
to use surveys and focus groups to
look into students' needs at the Uni
versity. Crisp said she expected Luse would
let students play a large role in pro
gramming. "I hope he trusts us and
believes in us enough to allow us to
make our own decisions," she said. "I
hope he will help us learn from experience."
Bob Sherman and
and parking) John
DeVitto, been shot
through the heart
by the allegations
of the plaintiff."
The jury may
render a decision
today. The trial's
changed somewhat Tuesday when Su
perior Court Judge Gordon Battle
dropped the charges against four of the
seven defendants, including Chancel
lor Paul Hardin.
As he has throughout the trial, Nance
rebuked Edwards' claims of discrimi
nation. He said that Edwards had not
taken advantage of the promotional
opportunities that had been made avail
able to her.
"Ms. Edwards never gets in the race,
never steps up to the starting line, never
runs," Nance said.
Nance and the defendants repeatedly
have said that while the UNC police
force is rampant with favoritism in
volving high-ranking white male offic
ers, favoritism is not racism.
But McSurely told the jury that even
if the intent to discriminate against
See EDWARDS, page 5
DA Carl Fox studies date rape laws,
proposes creating additional charge
Public forum could convince state legislators to act on complaints
By Gerri Baer
Orange-Chatham District Attorney
Carl Fox plans to research other states'
acquaintance rape laws and to hold a
public forum to discuss the possibility
of creating a third-degree rape charge.
The new classification would allow
prosecutors in date rape cases to simply
prove that the victims did not agree to
"I hope to have one of our law stu
dents do the research and see which
states have laws which deal with this
specific issue," Fox said Tuesday. "I
want to see if there is some consistent
element in those laws.
"After the plan is drawn up, we will
hold a public forum," Fox said. "If the
consensus of the public is that it is a
good idea, I will ask for it to be spon
sored in the legislature.
"I don't think it would have any
Activists critical of ROTC
Editor's note: This is the second in a
two-part series on gays in the military.
By Anna Griffin
The UNC Code of Student Conduct,
first adopted in 1974, prohibits discrimi
nation based on sexual orientation.
The chancellor's own code, signed
last year, also forbids discrimination
against gays and lesbians.
But in the heart of campus, less than
a five minute walk from both South
Building and the Student Union, the
Naval ROTC program bars homosexu
als from service. And just a few blocks
up Ridge Road, the Air Force ROTC
program adheres to the same Depart
ment of Defense rule that keeps gays
and lesbians from serving in the aimed
To many homosexual activists and
civil rights advocates, the prospect of a
major national institution, the nation's
oldest pubic university, condoning such
discrimination is, in a word, reprehen
sible. "There is no excuse for allowing the
military, a bastion of institutionalized
discrimination, to practice its unconsti
tutional prejudice against homosexuals
on campuses of higher learning," said
Jim Holobraugh, a spokesman for the
American Civil Liberties Union's gay
and lesbian project.
"Colleges are supposed to be places
of tolerance. The military policy toward
gays and lesbians is one of the worst
forms of intolerance."
In recent months, the ACLU has been
waging its own war against ROTC pro
grams and the Department of Defense.
While their primary target is the
Pentagon's policy prohibiting gays and
lesbians from serving in the four armed
forces, their present goal is the removal
of ROTC programs from college and
"What we want is simple,"
Holobraugh said. "We want the De
fense Department to change their policy
so much yummier.
may be forced to
leave the country
By Peter Wallsten
A disabled foreign exchange stu
dent with a variety of grievances pend
ing against University officials may
be forced to leave the country before
his matters are settled.
In a June 24 letter, UNC Interna
tional Center Director Robert Locke
informed Taner Seref, a Turkish Cyp
riot who has been studying at the
University since 1986, that he no
longer could legally study at UNC. .t
"This is the step before deporta
tion," Seref said recently.
The letter stated that Seref, classi-:
fied as a J-l exchange student, or a
student with sponsorship, would be
placed on an inactive list at the Immi
gration and Naturalization Service
because he "refused to provide any
documentation to demonstrate (his)
academic efforts, any current medical
reasons for a lack of progress, and
evidence of continued funding."
Seref suffers from a potentially fa
Group issues cards with guidelines..
chance of passing in the legislature if
there was a division of opinion on the
issue in Orange County."
Fox's action follows protests from
UNC students, faculty members and
Chapel Hill residents against Fox's
guidelines about whether an acquain
tance rape case is legitimate.
According to the guidelines, one can
prosecute a date rape case only if clear
evidence of force against the victim,
resistance by the victim and verbal lack
of consent by the victim can be proven.
Fox sent copies of his guidelines to
Orange County law enforcement offi
cials and the Orange County Rape Cri
sis Center in May following the acquit
tal of Carmen Edward Catullo, a UNC
wrestler accused of acquaintance rape.
Students and members of the com
munity picketed Fox's office June 19,
calling themselves the Committee For
or get the hell off campus.
"This is the first step in changing the
entire way the military looks at gays and
lesbians. The question is not whether
homosexuals can fight it's whether
the old farts at the Pentagon want to
enter the 20th Century."
The ACLU recently sent out about
100 letters to college and university
presidents, asking them to pledge indi
vidual or institutional objection to the
Department of Defense policy. About
70 petitions were returned signed.
ACLU officials plan to use the letters
to send a strong message to the federal
government, Holobraugh said.
"The (letters) will hopefully convince
(Secretary of Defense) Dick Cheney
and members of Congress that the first
step toward ending this institutional
ized discrimination is allowing homo
sexuals to serve in ROTC," Holobraugh
said. "Maybe if they see that educators
many of whom also have a great deal
of political say are against this, then
things will change."
ROTC programs, which train stu
.dents in military strategy and provide
them with the chance to earn college
scholarships and commissions upon
graduation, are offered at most of the
nation's major institutions.
But the ACLU and homosexual
rights activists argue that by denying
them entrance, ROTC programs also
are denying homosexual men and
women the right to an education.
"Many of these kids count on ROTC
scholarships to enter college," said Jo
seph Steffan, a former Naval Academy
standout who was forced to resign his
commission in 1987 after admitting he
was gay. "Some men and women enter
college and win ROTC scholarships,
then realize further down the line that
they are gay.
"They ' re forced to give up their schol
arship money. Many are forced to leave
school because they have no other way
to finance their education."
At Alfred University, a female stu
tal condition called Beta Thalassemia,
orCooIey's Anemia, which makes his
body incapable of creating an adequate
amount of hemoglobin in the red blood
cells. The disease requires regular
treatments and blood transfusions, al
though Seref says he has not received
adequate treatment while at UNC.
Physical and emotional problems
associated with his condition have kept
him from continuing course work,
But Locke's letter states that be
cause Seref has not completed a course
since Summer 1 99 1 , he doesn 't qualify
for status as a student at UNC.
"With such a lack of progress and
no official excuse to explain this situ
ation, I have had to consider you in
non-compliance with the INS require
ments for full-time study," the letter
: "I regret that you have made this
necessary, for I believe you are ca
pable of applying yourself to your
See STUDENT, page 5
the Prosecution of Acquaintance Rape.
Group members said they hoped to con
vince Fox to more readily prosecute
date rape cases.
Kathleen Hopwood, a self-defense
educator with SafeSkills Associates of
Durham, said she supported Fox's quest
to take a third-degree rape category to
"If the outcome of Fox's efforts is a
third-degree rape law, that's great," she
said. "That might be a place where
women get more power."
David Crezcenzo, a UNC Student
Legal Services attorney, said he under
stood Fox's rules and thought protest
ers should focus their energy on per
suading the legislature.
"I agree with Carl," Crezcenzo said.
"Unless you can demonstrate force was
used, it is extraordinarily difficult to
gain a conviction. Protesters should go
straight to the legislature, not picket
units at UNC
dent was forced to leave school for a
year after she lost her ROTC scholar
ship because she realized she was a
The student, who spoke on the condi
tion of anonymity, quit the program
before disenrollment procedures could
be carried out against her.
"I was a freshman when I realized I
was a lesbian," she said in a recent
interview. "My family has a history of
military service, and that's what I wanted
to do with the rest of my life. ;
"Both my father and my grandfather
served in the armed forces. I just wanted
the same opportunity to serve my coun
try," she said. "I understand the rules,
that's why I quit. But it seems like a
kind of silly reason to keep me out.":
At UNC, the Defense Department
policy also goes against an anti-discrimination
policy signed last year by
Chancellor Paul Hardin. Although he
signed the ACLU letter, Hardin said he
did not think kicking the ROTC pro
grams off campus was the answer.
"I just can't see telling the federal
government to get off campus," Hardin
said several weeks ago. "The military
does not have to abide by our student
code or even by a policy I support. This
is our government we're talking about."
Doug Ferguson, co-chairman of the
Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association,
said he hoped Hardin would ask the
UNC Board of Trustees to approve in
stitutional opposition to the Defense
"The military policy goes against
everything this University should rep
resent," Ferguson said. 'To have the
University condone such discrimina
tion is reprehensible."
Several major universities, includ
ing Alfred, have kicked ROTC off cam
pus in recent years. At Alfred, ROTC
courses are no longer good for aca
The chancellors of several major
See MILITARY, page 6