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Volume 100, Issue 58
Thursday, September 10, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Mill Creek security increased;
By Suzanne Wuelfing
Some residents of Mill Creek Con
dominiums said Wednesday that they
were not satisfied with increased secu
rity efforts after four break-ins and at
tempted assaults that occurred there
during the summer.
Dawn Owen, a resident of the com
plex, said the steps Magnolia Proper
ties, which manages some Mill Creek
Condominiums, had taken to increase
security had eased her previous con
cerns. "It seems like they're trying," she
said. "I feel like they're doing all they
can do, but some people aren't satis
fied." ' "It was terrifying to me to find out
that kind of crime was at Mill Creek,"
said Catherine Stelpflug, the manager
of Magnolia Properties. "It's always
been so safe, people were feeling a little
Magnolia Properties, which manages
more than half of the local privately
owned condominiums, took several
steps to improve security after this
summer's crimes, including:
requesting increased police drive
through at Mill Creek,
fixing faulty outdoor lighting,
distributing a list of safety tips
urging residents to use their deadbolt,
installing locks on some attic doors.
The management also held three
safety meetings, attended by about 40
tenants, during which police urged resi
dents to use their deadbolts, lock then
windows, call police if they see some
one suspicious and walk with others at
UNC libraries hurt
by budget concerns,
By Chris Lindsey
A stagnant budget along with in
creasing inflation and a decreasing dol
lar value ha ve begun to cripple the UNC
library system's ability to purchase
materials at its previous volume.
"The most significant problem is the
lack of an increasing budget coupled
with serious inflation and devaluing of
the dollar," said Larry Alford, associate
university librarian for administrative
According to Alford, the main prob
lem with library funding isn't state bud
get cuts but rather the lack of increased
state funding to meet the increased prices
Rising inflation and devaluation of
the dollar in foreign markets have pushed
up the prices of books and academic
periodicals. Colleges and universities
are finding it difficult to raise the extra
funds needed tocover these rising costs.
Provost Richard McCormick said
some of the rising costs could be attrib
uted to profit-minded publishers. "Part
of the rising cost could be blamed on
sheer opportunism by publishers," he
In the 1984-85 school year, UNC
academic affairs libraries bought 8 1 ,489
books. Last year, library officials pur
chased 45,695 books, almost a 50 per
State levies $43,000 fine
By Dana Pope
and Jackie Hershkowltz
Assistant City Editor
A group of residents living near the
University's power plant will discuss
tonight the implications of emissions
standards violations levied this week by
the N.C. Division of Environmental
The violations apparently occurred
at the plant during the last three months
State officials assessed the Univer
sity nearly $43,000 in civil penalties for
remains top coocem
' This fall, Magnolia Properties plans
to start a community watch and a buddy
system at the condominiums, Stelpflug
said. She said the buddy system would
provide a way for residents of each
building to look out for one another.
"We want people to feel like an old
time community where they take care
of each other," she said. "We want
residents to feel that it's not a sappy
thing to look out for your neighbor.
Stelpflug said she proposed extra
outdoor lighting, barriers and other
safety measures suggested by tenants to
the Mill Creek owners' board.
The owners' board is made up of
private owners of individual condomini
ums. Magnolia Properties cannot take
action on such projects without the
board's approval, Stelpflug said.
Several residents said they wished
Magnolia Properties would do more.
Every resident interviewed said more
outdoor lighting was necessary to make
Mill Creek safe.
Owen said the parking lots needed
more lighting. "The trip from the car to
the apartment building is scary," she
said. "There are lots of bushes around
the parking lot and buildings where
people can hide."
Audrie Adams, another Mill Creek
resident, said people often had to walk
a long way from their cars to their
buildings because of the lack of parking
"They need more lighting because
the parking is ridiculous," she said. "I
don't feel safe at night at all."
Laura Clark, who lives in Building B
at the complex, said she would like to
see more outdoor lighting and possibly
See SECURITY, page 7
The 1990-91 purchases were aided
by a $500,000 grant from Walter Davis,
for whom the Davis Library is named,
Alford said. Davis' grant allowed li
brary officials to purchase about 1 0,000
During the past year, University li
brarians have been forced to cut 1 8,000
serial subscriptions, Alford said. "Cuts
are done on costs and relative value for
classroom teaching and research value,"
he said, adding that library officials
work with faculty members in deter
mining what research materials to cut.
In addition to affecting the number of
books that can be bought each year, the
lack of money affects the operating
hours of the libraries.
The reference desk at Davis Library
is open 1 3 hours less per week than last
year, while the reference desk at the
Undergraduate Library operates 4-5
hours less per week.
In 1985-86, the Association of Re
search Libraries ranked UNC's library
system 15th in the nation out of 107 in
terms of size. In 1990-91, the
University's ranking slid to 22nd. In
terms of the number of books purchased,
the UNC system's ranking fell from
10th down to 48th last year.
"Chapel Hill is lucky to have a re-
See LIBRARIES, page 7
the violations at the University-owned
power plant, but a University official
said Wednesday that he would not be
surprised if more penalties were as
sessed against the University for viola
tions in the first two quarters of 1992.
"There are circumstances that could
result in violations and civil penalty
assessments," said James Mergner, as
sociate director of utilities for the Physi
cal Plant, which operates the Cameron
Avenue power plant.
Power Plant Neighbors, made up of
residents living near the plant, will dis
cuss the violations at its meeting at 7:30
p.m. today, said Pierre Morell, a spokes
All the really good ideas
Police continue investigations
into 2 recent campus assaults
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After a week of investigation, Uni
versity Police still have not identified
suspects in last week' s two assault cases,
which caused a severe tightening of
Lt. Angela Cannon, UNC police in
vestigator, Tuesday said that no new
leads had been discovered in either case.
The two assaults, which occurred Aug.
31 and Sept. 1, both took place on
pathways by Kenan Stadium.
"We're basically still trying to go
over the two areas thoroughly," Carmon
said. "We've been questioning people
who may have been in the area, specifi
cally the workers on the construction
Carmon said no new incidents had
The first assault occurred Aug. 3 1 on
the wooded path between Kenan Sta
dium and Ramshead parking lot. The
suspect attacked a female UNC student
who was walking from Dey Hall to
Hinton James Residence Hall. Police
have no specific information on the
The second attack took place Sept. 1
on the pathway behind Morrison Resi
dence Hall. Police have described the
suspect in the incident as a black man,
approximately 20 years old and six feet
tall. He was wearing dark shorts and a
white T-shirt at the time of the crime,
police reports stated.
A police composite sketch of the
suspect has been posted in all campus
Cannon said the investigation would
continue. "This will keep going on until
an arrest has been made or until we've
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Keith Gaines (left), the JV cheerleading coach, spots Marc Taylor, a junior from
Greensboro, as he does a back handspring at try-outs Wednesday in Fetzer Gym.
man for the group.
Morell said PPN had asked for strict
monitoring of the plant earlier this year.
"We were promised several months ago
that (monitoring) would be implemented
immediately, but it wasn't," he said.
Morell added that very little had been
done about noise and pollution at the
"(The University's) concerned," he
said. "Nobody wishes us to be unhappy,
but the thing is such a mess."
Morell said it was impossible that
University officials did not know about
the violations. "Of course they knew,"
he said. "How could they not know?"
I ever had came
exhausted all possible leads."
The two assaults marked the second
and third incidents of violent crime on
campus in the last two weeks.
The rape of a Granville Towers resi
dent in her dorm room was the first in
the string of assaults. Hildred Manuel
Lyles, 22, of 8 1 1 Sunset St., Reidsville,
was arrested Aug. 30, two days after he
broke out of a High Point jail. He was
charged with rape, breaking and enter
ing, larceny and sexual offense.
Melvyn Rinfret, Granville Towers
general manager, said the incident had
led to increased security measures at the
"We have uniformed patrolmen more
readily available for student need and
have instigated a lock-up policy," he
said. "Right now, we're locking the
doors at four in the afternoon and open
ing them at 8 a.m."
Rinfret said tougher lockup at
Granville would be in place during holi
days and in accordance with major cam
pus events such as football weekends
and basketball games.
"We've notified residents of this se
curity measure and have told them that
the building will be locked for these
types of events," he said. "All residents
have been told to carry their keys at all
John Moody, student body president,
said his plan to heighten student safety
by adding additional lighting around
campus should be enacted in the next
few months. '
"I've been in contact with the Physi
cal Plant over the summer about the
lighting proposal," he said. "It is one of
my highest priorities for this fall.
"It's going well and should be com
pleted by mid-fall."
While University officials would like
to help solve the problems at the plant,
enough money would not be available,
"Good will isn't enough," he said.
"Lots of money is needed."
The University was fined $42,992.54,
which included $3,192 in investigating
costs for the violations.
Neighbors of the plant have com
plained in the past about noise and air
pollution caused by the plant.
A notice of violation was issued to
the University in early April that cited
to me while I was
return of money
to Phoenix fund
By Marty Mlnchjfl
Assistant University Editor
Afterthe resignation of committee
chairman Charlton Allen Wednes
day night, members of the Student
Congress Finance Committee voted
to recommend several bills to the full
congress at its next meeting.
Allen, who retains his seat on Stu
dent Congress, told committee mem
bers he was resigning from the post
because he did not have enough time
to give to the job.
Rep. Kevin Hunter, Dist. 14, pre
sided over the meeting in Allen's
Finance committee members voted
favorably on a bill that would restore
$2,130.29 to the Phoenix to replace
money taken from the magazine's
budget this summer,
: In July, student government offi
cials transferred money from the
Phoenix budget to make a payment
on the Scapegoat computer system,
which the Phoenix, the Black Ink and
other student groups use. The system
is owned by Student Congress, and
the congress is responsible for fi
nancing it, said Jennifer Lloyd, Stu:
dent Congress speaker.
"It simply was our mistake," she
said. "If we don't (refund the money
to the Phoenix) it would be a terrible
embarrassment and lack of responsi
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By Kelly Ryan
Assistant City Editor
If you have gas money budgeted into
your spending money, you should ask
your parents for a few extra dollars per
month starting in November.
Beginning Nov. 1, Orange County
will become one of 11 N.C. counties
participating in a clean air program
mandated by the Environmental Pro
tection Agency. For four months, ser
vice stations only will sell oxygenated
gasoline, or gasohol, which emits less
carbon monoxide than regular gas.
The program is designed to combat
air pollution in the state's largest coun
ties during the winter months, when
carbon monoxide lingers longer in the
Motorists will be forced to pay 3 to 5
cents more per gallon for the environ
mentally safer fluid.
McFarling's Exxon Manager Eddie
Durham said that if gasohol improved
air quality, the program would be worth
the added cost, but he was concerned
about vehicular damage.
"Gasohol in the past has done dam
age to fuel-injectors, and that worries
us," Durham said. "But 3 to 5 cents is
worth saving our air."
Ken Christian, vice president of Don
Christian Co. Inc., a local gasoline dis
tributor to trucking companies and farm
ers, said he hoped the program would
not hurt the consumer more than it would
help the environment.
"If it's only for four months, and it
makes an appreciable difference, that's
one thing," he said. "But if it's just an
arbitrary experiment, I think it defi
nitely will hurt consumers."
The program probably will be re
peated for the next several years unless
gasoline can be perfected to emit less
carbon monoxide, said David Smith,
director of the standards division of the
N.C. Department of Agriculture.
"I think we will see some changes in
gasoline," Smith said. 'This is part of a
continual process of making gas envi
Gasohol complies with gasoline stan
dards automobile makers set for their
engines, which should be outlined in
the vehicle'sowner manual. Smith said.
But Carrboro Mini Mart cashier
Steven Young said the alcohol in gaso
hol could corrode the rubber seals on
milking a cow.
Finance committee members also
voted to add an amendment to the bill,
creating a board of directors to over
see the management, maintenance and
finance of the Scapegoat system.
"(The board) would be like a stu-.
dent government organization like
a branch of government," Hunter said. :
"It would be legal because we'd be
making it an institute of government."
Rape Action Project
Rep. Wendy Sarrat, Dist, 13,
brought a bill before the committee
requestingthat the budget forthe UNC :
Rape Action Project be reinstated -
The RAP budget was rejected last '
year because members of the group
were not present at the congress bud
During the debate over the bill,
Rep. Andrew Cohen, Dist 6, argued
against giving the RAP money for an
office telephone because he thought a
phone was unnecessary. "I'm not en
tirely convinced the group is in need
of a telephone," he said.
; But Lloyd said she had received at
least six calls in her office from stu-.
dents trying to contact members of
"1 think it's highly inappropriate'
for us to expect a woman who has
been raped or assaulted to call
someone's dorm room," she said. "In
something as sensitive as rape, a tele-"
phone may be the most important
Young said he thought service sta
tions in neighboring counties not re
quired to sell gasohol would hurt his
"I imagine it'll hurt our business be
cause Chatham County doesn't have to
sell it, so(consumers)can jumpoverthe
line and go over there to buy gas,"
Orange County was required to take
part in the program because neighbor
ing Raleigh-Durham has an unsafe car
bon monoxide level, he said.
Raleigh-Durham and Greensboro are
the only two areas in the state with
carbon monoxide levels above what is
considered to be safe for human life,
Nine or fewer parts of carbon mon
oxide per million in air is considered
safe, he said. Raleigh-Durham's level is
1 1 parts of carbon monoxide per mil
lion of air, Smith said.
But Robert Wooten, an environmen
tal engineer of the N.C. Department of
Environmental Health and Natural Re
sources, said the level should not be
cause for concern. ;
"The problem may have cleared up
without (gasohol), but it'll help,
Wooten said. "This will be a quicker
The number of automobiles and the
population density of an area affect its
carbon monoxide level, Smith said. ;
He said it would be difficult to pre
dict whether gas prices would increase
3 to 5 cents because all of the factors
that normally affect gasoline prices af
fect gasohol as well.
Such factors included the situation in
the Middle East, hurricanes in the Gulf
of Mexico and pipeline accidents, he
Smith, who also is coordinator of the
program, said gasohol contains 10 per
cent ethyl alcohol and 90 percent gaso
line. A similar product without an offi
cial name combines 15 percent methyl
tertiary butyl ether and 85 percent gaso
line, he said.
Both ethanol and MTBE are called
oxygenates, which are additives used to
lower carbon monoxide emissions.
Smith said. ;
Gasohol has been piloted in other
parts of the country, such as Phoenix,
Denver and Albuquerque, N.M., and
has been received favorably. Smith saitj.