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Celebrity Lynda Carter and former senatorial candidate Harvey
Cantt lead Friday's rally in support of the Democratic Party
UNC linebacker Bernardo Harris makes a name for
himself Saturday, collecting nine tackles vs. Army
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Minnesota 7, California 5 i
Atlanta 1 6, Houston 1
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N.Y. Mets 1, Montreal 0
St. Louis 16, Chi. Cubs 4 ;
showers; high mid-80s
UNC Ballroom Dance Club
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and the West Coast Swing
100th Year of Editorial Freedom
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
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Volume 100, Issue 65
Monday, September 21, 1992
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By Jackie Hershkowitz
Assistant City Editor
Fire officials said they were not sure what caused a Sunday
night fire that destroyed The Intimate Bookshop, a long-time
Franklin Street landmark.
The bookstore, located at 1 19E.FranklinSt.,wasengulfed
in flames for about three hours before the fire was contained
at about 9:20 p.m.
Fire department officials were called to the scene at 6:49
p.m. and described the damage as "extensive."
It was the second devastating fire on East Franklin Street
since February 1991 , when a fire destroyed the building that
housed Hector's, a popular late-night eatery among students.
After Sunday night's blaze, officials said the entire build
ing appeared to be destroyed.
"It looks like it's pretty much a total loss," Assistant Fire
Marshal Larry Johnson said.
At about 8:10 p.m., the store's chimney exploded, setting
off the greatest of the fire's fury, according to fire department
Bookshop owner Wallace Kuralt was on his way to Nash
ville, Tenn., for a book conference when the fire at his store
began. Kuralt was notified about the fire and was on his way
back to Chapel Hill Sunday night.
The fire that consumed the Intimate was part of a string of
three fires Sunday night that caused serious damage to local
One Intimate Bookshop employee, Anna Mathews, specu
lated the cause of the Franklin Street fire to be arson.
Smoke billows out of the Intimate Bookshop located on East Franklin Street
See INTIMATE, page 7
Eastgate Food Lion
damaged by water
By Kelly Ryan
Assistant City Editor
Another blaze in a string of several Chapel Hill fires
erupted in Eastgate Shopping Center's Food Lion at about
7:22 p.m., ravaging the grocery store's storage room and
blowing out the back wall.
The fire was one of four that Chapel Hill firefighters dealt
with Sunday. The other major fire destroyed the Intimate
Bookshop on East Franklin Street.
The shopping center is located at 1720 E. Franklin St.
The storage room, located in the rear of the store, housed
paper products, including diapers and tissues, according to
Chapel Hill Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Larry
Food Lion manager Gary Smith said an employee noticed
the smoke and notified a manager, but Johnson said the fire
was burning about 1 0 to 1 5 minutes before it was discovered.
Smith said that the store was evacuated within about 10
minutes and that there were no reported injuries or any
apparent panic among employees or customers.
About 30 customers and eight employees were in the
grocery store when the fire started.
Jeffrey Revels, a Chapel Hill resident who was shopping
in the store when the fire started, said the evacuation of the
store was very orderly.
"We were in the back, and we saw smoke," Revels said.
"Someone told the manager, and they told us to move up
Smith said the fire was discovered about 1 0 minutes before
See FOOD LION, page 7
About 5,000 rally in support of free-standin
Editor's note: The following is a
sample of comments from audience
members who attended the Friday night
"I think maybe Spike can make some
headway. I expect a positive message
from Spike, but if we can all gain some
sort of understanding from both sides,
the outcome should be extremely posi
tive." Craig Ridley, N.C. A&T graduate
"I think they should have (a free
standing BCC), but I just want to hear
more about what they will do about
other cultures that want to be housed
Tabitha Batts, UNC junior from
"I am embarrassed to say I graduated
from Carolina when there is so much
prejudice going on."
Melissa Wade, UNC graduate
"What we saw here tonight is a uni
fying presence on this campus of Afri
can Americans and a sign of strength. I
strongly believe that after tonight, our
message will be heard and understood
and responded to."
Chris Henderson, UNC graduate stu
dent "I hope that the unity that was shown
here tonight carries onward and doesn't
wear out. It was disappointing to see
people leave after Spike spoke."
Jim Casey, N.C. State graduate stu
dent "It is a tragedy that ... for 1 4 years the
students have been trying to get a free
standing building. Having known Dr.
Sonja Hanes Stone, a precious friend,
and the work that she has done, it is just
impossible to believe that in 1992 we
still have to fight because of the racial
tone of the University and of the United
Mrs. A.E. Spears Jr., a Durham resi
dent who knew Stone for about Hyears
"They keep on asking the question,
'Does everybody want a black cultural
center? Do they have the support, be
cause if they don't have the support,
then, you know, they don't need abuild
ing.' So I think that this shows tonight
that they have the support to have this
Anthony Moore, UNC senior from
"I was very stung by the last speaker.
See CROWD, page 2
Spike Lee urges black athletes
to utilize their financial power
By Anna Griffin
About 5 ,000 people manyofthem
students and supporters of a free-standing
black cultural center gathered at
the Dean E. Smith Center Friday night
to express their support for a new BCC
and to hear filmmaker Spike Lee.
Lee, best known for films such as
"Jungle Fever" and "Do the Right
Thing," spoke for about 15 minutes on
the need for other black students, espe
cially other black athletes across the
country, to get involved in the BCC
movement and in the general fight for
"When you're talking about colleges
they start to politicize, then watch out,"
Lee said. "Because this building would
not be here if it weren't for Michael
Jordan and Phil Ford, Walter Davis,
James Worthy, Sam Perkins and Brad
Daugherty. ... Without black athletes,
there would be no schools."
Lee was drawn to Chapel Hill by an
article in The New York Times Sept.
1 1 , which cited the involvement of black
football players in the BCC movement.
This summer, four UNC players founded
the Black Awareness Council, the group
that has stepped to the forefront of the
During his speech, Lee told members
of the BAC that they would have to be
willing to take direct action, even if it
meant sitting out games and risking
"There's going to come a time when
you're going to have to make a move,"
he said. "When that date approaches
and no action is taken, you're going to
have to take some drastic action."
Lee, who fie w into town Friday night
and left Saturday morning, said Chan
cellor Paul Hardin had sent him faxes
almost every day asking to meet with
him, but that he had decided against it
after talking with students.
"I was advised it might not be the
right thing to do," Lee said.
Hardin, who acknowledged that he
had faxed and phoned his welcome to
Lee, said he had not heard about the
students asking Lee not to meet with
"He certainly didn't tell me that,"
Hardin said of his conversation with
Lee. "I talked to him and expressed
hope he would like to come by. I heard
later that he had come into town too
The Smith Center even lasted about
three hours. University Police Chief
Alana Ennis estimated the crowd at
about 5,000 people.
Event organizers had moved the rally
from the Pit and Carmichael Audito
rium because of the large number of
peopleexpected.The Smith Center seats
Margo Crawford, BCC director,
spoke to the crowd about Sonja Stone,
the late UNC professor for whom the
present center is named and for whom
students want to name a new center.
"Dr. Stone was a one-woman move
ment on this campus for 17 years,"
The Rev. James Bevel, a Washing
ton, D.C., minister who is running for
vice president with Lyndon LaRouche,
led the crowd in the civil-rights song,
"If you're going to kill the people, put
on your hood and robe," changing the
lyrics to "If you're not going to let us
build our building, put on your hood
Scott Wilkens, co-president of the
Campus Y, told the crowd that Hardin
valued white students more than blacks.
"Why should it take this many people
to make a change on this campus?" he
said. "If you were all white, we'd have
had this BCC a long time ago."
Jimmy Hitchcock, a co-founder of
the Black Awareness Council, urged
the crowd to stop making the Black
Power symbol a single fist held in the
air and to start crossing their arms as
a tribute to Malcolm X. "It looks like
we're hanging from chains," Hitchcock
said of the symbol. "We are the children
of Malcolm X, and we believe in his
Tim Smith, another BAC co-founder,
said blacks needed to stop the degrada
tion of their race by whites. "The white
man is killing us softly," Smith said.
"By getting rid of our black males,
they're keeping us from us from repro
ducing. By keeping us from reproduc
ing, they're killing our race."
Michelle Thomas, president of the
Black Student Movement, spoke out
against blacks who stood in the way of
the movement or who have spoken out
against the coalition's methods, includ
ing UNC journalism Professor Chuck
Stone, who has questioned the milita
rism of the movement.
"I'm tired of a black man standing up
on television and in the newspapers and
saying we don't need a free-standing
BCC," she said. "If you stand in the way
of our progress, we're going to have to
roll over you."
Minister Khalid Mohammed X, an
assistant to Louis Farrakhan and the
Nation of Islam, spoke out against in
terracial dating and told students that
they must "support what the enemy
opposes and oppose what the enemy
"The problem is not with the crack,"
he said. "The problem is with the
See LEE, page 2
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Filmmaker Spike Lee meets with members of BAC and coalition leaders Anthony Peay and Michelle Thomas, upper left
Coalition proposes compromise for committee
The student coalition for a free-standing
black cultural center has told Chan
cellor Paul Hardin it will participate in
his committee to discuss specific plans
for the BCC if the working group in
cludes members of the BCC Advisory
Board and the chancellor himself, coa
lition members said Sunday.
Black Student Movement Minister
of Information Charles McNair said the
coalition would participate in the talks,
which Hardin has said would lead to
some sort of concrete proposal, if the
chancellor and Provost Richard
McCormick, who is setting up the com
mittee, agree to the plan.
"We want (Hardin) to agree to have
that portion of the advisory board sit on
the committee and have Hardin sit di
rectly on the committee because we
want to deal directly with him," McNair
But Hardin said his understanding of
the proposal was different.
"It iscertainly likely that some mem
bers of the (BCC ) advisory board wou Id
be on the group," the chancellor said. "1
had the understanding that they wanted
the entire group to be made up of the
Hardin said he would not participate
in the group.
"It just doesn't make any sense for
me to take part," he said. "I will be the
one in charge of evaluating the group's
final recommendation. It makes no sense
for me to also be part of the initial
The committee, which Hardin pro
posed last week, would discuss all plans
for expanding the BCC including
proposals for a free-standing center
and would make a final recommenda
tion to the chancellor. Hardin would
then consider the plan and, in all likeli
hood, take it to potential donors and the
Board of Trustees.
Carmichael drying out after flood
By James Lewis
Residents of Carmichael Residence
Hall have been busy drying out this
weekend after a fourth-floor sprinkler
head was broken Thursday night, re
leasing 25 gallons of water per minute
into the dormitory for almost an hour.
A resident hit the sprinkler head with
a lacrosse stick around 10:30 Thursday
night, knocking the sprinkler head off
and leaving "just a wide-open pipe,"
said Daniel Watts, area director for
Frederick Merricks, Chapel Hill Fire
Department assistant chief, said fire
men were on the scene for about three
hours. "The system to the building had
to be shut do wn and then drained down,"
Watts said the student responsible
had turned himself in to University po
lice, and that the incident appeared to
have been an accident.
"The student who is responsible has
come forward to myself and to Univer
sity Police," Watts said. "No determi
nation of liability or accountability has
been made yet."
Water seeped from the fourth to the
ground floor causing an unknown
amount of water damage, Watts said.
"No estimates on the cost of the
cleanup have been given yet," he said.
"No one will ever know the full cost
because private rooms are not covered
under the liabilities of the University."
Residents were not allowed back into
Carmichael until about 1:30 Friday
morning. "We weren't going to let
people back into the building until we
were absolutely sure there was no elec
trical danger," Watts said.
No injuries were reported, but sev
eral residents complained about the long
Mary Dail, a junior from Hubert and
a' resident of Carmichael, said, "I think
what I hated most was being locked out
of my dorm for nearly 2 12 hours. It
was absolutely terrible."
Stacy McArthur, a sophomore from
Charlotte who lives on the fourth floor
of Carmichael, said that in addition to
having her room flooded with water,
during the incident someone took sev
eral pieces of jewelry from her desk.
"I don't feel that it was really well
handled," she said. "We were outside
for close to three hours, and they al-
See FLOOD, page 2
There's going to come a time when you're going to have to make a move. Spike Lee
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