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Volume 100, Issue 66
Tuesday, September 22, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By Paul Breddennan
Officials of the Chapel Hill Fire De
partment said Monday that arson is sus
pected in three separate fires that dam
aged local businesses, according to a
The fires, which destroyed The Inti
mate Bookshop and damaged the
Eastgate Food Lion and Cameron ' s Craft
Gallery, occurred during a three-hour
period Sunday night.
Authorities also are searching for
two men who were seen inside The
Intimate Bookshop before the fire at
that store, according to Associated Press
An employee at the bookshop said
Sunday night that she saw a suspicious
person in the employees-only bathroom
located upstairs. The suspicious person
was wearing a khaki jacket, she said.
The fire department will be assisted
in its investigation by the State Bureau
of Investigation and the Federal Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Wallace Kuralt, owner of The Inti
mate Bookshop, stated in a press re
lease Monday that damage to his store
resulting from Sunday's fire could ex
ceed $1 million.
Kuralt estimated the damage to the
building, located at 1 19 E. Franklin St.,
to be more than $500,000 dollars. About
another $500,000 in books was lost,
along with $150,000 to $200,000 in
equipment and supplies, he added.
Chapel Hill Fire Chief Dan Jones
said that Monday's investigation was
the beginning of a slow, tedious process
for local, state and federal officials.
"(This is) a lot of work for (the Chapel
Hill Fire Department) with only two
investigators," he said. "It can't be done
(alone) with a fire of this magnitude."
Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms resident-in-charge Tho
mas Ferguson said Monday that his
bureau was not specifically called in by
the Chapel Hill Fire Department.
"Whenever we hear of a fire that
involves interstate commerce, we get
involved,'' Ferguson said. "If they are
By James Lewis
Members of Bisexuals, Gay Men,
Lesbians and Allies for Diversity voted
almost unanimously Monday night to
join the coalition for a free-standing
black cultural center.
Except for two abstentions, the group
was entirely in favor of joining the
Collegiate Black Caucus, the Black Stu
dent Movement, the Sonja Haynes Stone
Task Force, the Black Awareness Coun
cil, the Student Environmental Action
Committee, the Society for the Advance
ment of Race Relations and the Campus
Y in actively supporting a new, free
Doug Ferguson, co-chairman of the
B-GLAD organization, first addressed
the group, which numbered about 35
"I am a strong supporter of our groups
joining the coalition for a free-standing
BCC," Ferguson said.
Cleanup continues in Carmiehael
By Kristen Huffman
Almost a week after a broken
fourth-floor sprinkler head triggered
an hourlong flood in Carnuchael Dor
mitory, residents still are dealing with
the effects of the flooding.
While University Police try to de
termine the exact cost of damages
from the incident, and housing offi
cials decide whether to press charges
against the student responsible for
breaking the sprinkler, dorm residents
struggle to overcome heavy water
damages and the odor of wet carpet.
Stacy Franklin, a Carmiehael resi
dent, said that despite the damage she
was one of the luckier ones during the
flooding Thursday night.
"I heard the click of the sprinkler
breaking and the sound of the fire
alarm going off," said Franklin, a
freshman from Newland. "When we
returned, we didn't have any power.
"The water was standing about two
inches on top of the carpet. My room
mate and 1 borrowed somebody's
flashlight so we could pack and spend
the night with a friend."
It really is good to hear people
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Investigators and onlookers observe
businesses, almost always they involve
Investigating officials will look for
the specific origins and causes of the
fires, Ferguson said.
Jones said: "They are all being inves
tigated separately. We don't want one
investigation to slant one of the others."
The investigation probably will be
completed within 90 days, Ferguson
said. "(Investigations) last anywhere
from one day to five years," he said.
The fire at Cameron's Craft Gallery
in the University Mall, reported at 5
p.m. Sunday, was contained to a storage
room by a sprinkler system.
votes to join coalition for free standing BCC
Charles McNair, BSM minister of
information, and Ruby Sinreich, SEAC
co-chairwoman, represented the coali
tion, presenting arguments for B
GLAD's participation in the fight for a
The session was informal with dia
logue and discussion between McNair,
Sinreich, Ferguson and the group.
Much of the early debate focused on
the concerns of some group members
that the BCC would promote separation
of white and black students and disunity
among students, while a multicultural
center would tend to increase racial
"It's not a separatist kind of thing,"
Sinreich said. "It has a lot of culture and
history to give to the entire University."
The main focus of the evening was
on comments made by Minister Khalid
Mohammed X, an assistant to Louis
Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, at
the BCC rally Friday night.
Khalid X made several remarks that
The events of the evening also dis
rupted students' schoolwork,
"I had an exam that next day, but the
area director signeda note allowing me
to make the test up later," Franklin said.
"I had studied for the test, but I couldn't
"I didn't know how much damage
there was to my room. 1 found out later
that 1 lost three pairs of shoes and five or
Third-floor resident assistant Doug
Oberdorfer, a junior from Jacksonville,
Fla., was surprised by the amount of
standing water left on the floor.
'1 was one of the first RAs up there to
escort maintenance people while they
began cleaning in one of the suites,"
Oberdorfer said. "There was an incred
ible amount of water. It was about as
high as my ankle in some areas. In one
suite alone, maintenance workers emp
tied their vacuum cleaners seven times
and each one holds 50 gallons."
Residents who were not directly af
fected by the water damage still were
inconvenienced by the accident.
"We were sitting outside for a good
three hours," said Kate Stephenson, a
freshman from Southern Pines. "A lot
Mpect arson in
the damage to The Intimate Bookshop, which
"This fire was an excellent example
of the value of fire sprinklers," Jones
stated in his release.
Cameron's owner Danny Cameron
said he estimated damages at his store to
be between $5,000 and $10,000, in
cluding clean-up expenses.
The second of the night's fires was
reported at 6:49 p.m. at The Intimate
Bookshop, located at 119 E. Franklin
Street. Firefighters arrived within three
minutes to find heavy flames and smoke
that were not brought under control
until 10:30 p.m.
A fire in a rear stockroom of the
Eastgate Food Lion grocery store was
some crowd members interpreted as
homophobic and racist, including the
comment "Aristotle, Pythagoras and all
those other faggots."
Many B-GLAD members voiced
concerns that the coalition might hold
the same attitude and that their group
would not be welcome.
But Charles McNair reassured the
group that while Khalid X did have
some worthwhile things to say, he was
not the voice of the coalition, especially
on the matters of homosexual rights.
"Khalid Mohammed X does not
speak for the coalition," McNair said.
"Only members of the coalition speak
for the coalition."
Susan Harris, a UNC graduate stu
dent, said it wasn't actually Khalid X's
speech that bothered her.
"The remark did not offend me so
much as the fact that there was applause
from the audience," she said.
"There needs to be some kind of
of people had work to do but couldn 't
The odor of wet carpet also has
presented a problem for residents.
"The whole dorm still smells,"
. Stephenson said. "It smells like mil
dew because everything was so dam
aged by the water. Overall, it is a very
Paul Dickerson, a senior from
Warrentou, agreed that the smell was
a definite annoyance. "Right now there
is a very unpleasant odor due to the
mildewing," he said. "The aroma the
other day was so strong, I couldn't
walk through that end of the build
ing." Ron Crosby, a junior from
Fayetteville, said he felt that officials
handled the situation as well as could
be expected, despite the panic felt by
Crosby also sympathizes with stu
dents whose rooms were damaged. "I
know of people whose computers were
waterlogged," he said. "They could
lift up their computers and pourwater
out of them. I let some people sleep in
my room that night because they had
no power in their room."
say that something this council did
was destroyed in a Sunday night fire
said to have been burning for several
minutes when firefighters arrived at7:25
p.m., Jones said. The fire was under
control by 9:30 p.m.
One firefighter was injured when the
stockroom collapsed, Jones stated in a
press release. The firefighter, a volun
teer from the New Hope Fire Depart
ment, was taken to UNC Hospitals where
he was treated and released, Jones stated.
Twenty-one other fire departments
from Alamance, Chatham, Durham and
Orange counties assisted Chapel Hill in
fighting the fires.
Food Lion officials could not be
reached for comment Monday.
Student groups react with concern to
By Anna Griffin
Controversial remarks by Nation of
Islam Minister Khalid Mohammed X at
a BCC rally Friday night have drawn
the ire of some students and student
leaders who attended.
Khalid X represented the Nation of
Islam, the fundamentalist Muslim sect
run by Louis Farrakhan.
At one point in his remarks, Khalid X
referred to "Aristotle, Pythagoras and
all those faggots," to make a point about
the influence of black culture on the
He also referred to whites as "ho
mogenized, pasteurized," "pink skins"
"I'm here to speak to my people," he
said to the whites in the audience. "You
just happen to be here.
The remarks upset many in the audi
ence, including Scott Wilkens, co-presi-
Moody, BAG member Smith
debate BCC issue on radio
By Jennifer Talhelm
Assistant University Editor
During a radio call-in show featuring
arguments from the UNC student body
president and vice president and Black
Awareness Council member TimSmith,
University and community residents had
the chance to hear arguments and con
tribute their opinions for and against a
free-standing black cultural center.
The radio show, hosted by Bob
Ellison on WPTF Radio 680 of Raleigh,
marked the first time Student Body
President John Moody and his vice presi
dent, Charlie Higgins, publicly dis
cussed the BCC issue with Black Aware
ness Council members. Smith and
Moody both said that although they had
talked informally before, they had not
formally discussed the issue.
Moody said that his first meeting
with the coalition leaders was not suc
cessful and that he did not plan to meet
Kuralt plans to
By Andrea Bruce
Wallace and Brenda Kuralt, owners
of the Intimate Bookshop, said they
were planning to rebuild their store on
Franklin Street as quickly as possible.
The Intimate Bookshop was de
stroyed Sunday night in a fire, one of
three that burned in Chapel Hill.
In a press release Monday, Kuralt
called the fire a "shocking and terrible
loss, but not a tragedy."
"We're well insured and, unless
something extra-ordinary comes up, we
expect to replace the building, fixtures,
equipment and books and get back to
business on Franklin Street as quickly
as possible," he said.
At Monday night' s Chapel Hill Town
Council meeting, council members
praised firefighters for their work.
Council member Art Werner said: "I
was very impressed with the profes
sionalism of both our firefighters and
firefighters from other communities."
Chapel Hill Fire Chief Dan Jones
said at the council meeting that he was
"extremely nervous" during the first
couple hours of the fires.
The Kuralts questioned rumors of
arson because they "don't want to be
lieve anyone would be so criminally
stupid as to set a fire in a building filled
with customers and staff members and
put all those lives in jeopardy."
Jeff Mousmoules, owner of Jeffs
Campus Confectionery, said Sunday
night that the fire reminded him of the
fire that ravaged his store in 1967.
But arson is hard to prove, he added.
"It's not like the movies, where gaso
line is poured all over the place," he
said. "Instead, someone just lights a
match. They can't prove that."
Huddleston Travel, Creative
Metalsmiths, the Varsity Theater and
Shady's, all located near the Intimate,
all suffered some fire or water damage,
business owners and employees said.
Huddleston Travel, which is located
dent of the Campus Y.
"I was a bit disturbed by some of the
things (Khalid X) had to say," Wilkens
said Monday. "Some people did come
to me today to express their concern."
But Wilkens, who also spoke at the
rally, stressed that Khalid X's remarks
did not reflect the sentiments of the
"In terms of a lot of his comments,
especially the anti-homosexual and anti
Semitic comments, he did not speak for
the coalition," Wilkens said. "He is a
very respected member of the African
American community, but he has no
control over the BCC and no control
over the coalition at all."
Student Body President John Moody
said Khalid X's remarks didn't seem
very constructive for a rally that was
designed to promote unity among the
"It seemed like the rally had degener-
atedby (the time Khalid X spoke)," said
with them again.
"I can't force them to sit down with
me," Moody said. "Nor would I like to
do that if I could. But I am still willing
to meet with them if they would like to
The radio discussion focused on the
feasibility of a free-standing center and
whether it would adequately educate all
UNC students. Many community mem
bers called in to express their opinions
about the BCC issue.
Many callers said they were con
cerned that a free-standing building
would separate students instead of edu
cating them. One community member
said he thought the movement and the
demand on Hardin "smacked of extor
tion." Smith, one of the founders of BAC, a
group made up of black athletes that has
been very active in the coalition for a
free-standing BCC, said the focus of the
movement was to get a free-standing
is working. Joe
two doors down from the bookshop,
suffered more than a few hundred dol
lars in damages, said Dollye Nordgren,
director of N.C. operations for the busi
ness. "Our carpet and ceiling tiles need to
be replaced from water and smoke dam
age, and (firefighters) broke down our
back door," she said.
As of noon Monday, they still had
received no power, she said. "I have no
idea when we will be able to reopen,"
Jim Steele, manager of the Varsity
Theater, said only a small amount of
water was found in the theater.
"We are grateful to the fire depart
ment," said Steele. "They were already
in action when I arrived."
Steele said the theater fortunately
received the evacuation notice 15 min
utes before its next showing.
Drew Maultsby, owner of Light
Years, a jewelry store next door to The
Intimate Bookshop, said he did not think
the burning of the store would hurt the
spirit of Franklin Street.
"Although we will miss it, we will
always have Franklin Street as long as
there are students," he said.
Light Years sustained no damage in '
the fire, due to an alleyway that sepa
rated the store from the bookshop.
Brenda Kuralt said Monday that The
Intimate Bookshop opened in 1 93 1 , and
that Wallace Kuralt started working at
the store as a UNC student in 1958.
Wallace Kuralt purchased the busi
ness in 1965, and the Kuralts now own
eight shops around North Carolina.
'T ve spent just about all of my book
selling life in the Franklin Street store,"
Wallace Kuralt staled in the release.
Signed posters and autographed
books, pictures and memorabilia of little
monetary value were lost in the fire.
"The memories do tend to flood back
and make it a little tough to talk about it
all," Wallace Kuralt said.
Scott Henry and Katy Wurth contrib
uted to this story.
Khalid X remarks
Moody, who has spoken out against a
free-standing BCC. "Spike Lee and all
the other student leaders that I had come
to see had already spoken.
"(Khalid) was talking a lot of gener
alities, and those generalities didn' t seem
to be very productive."
Doug Ferguson, co-chairman of Bi
sexuals, Gay Men, Lesbians and Allies
for Diversity, echoed Moody's ap
praisal, but also said he saw some merit
in Khalid X's speech.
"His speech was divisive, but it did
help illustrate the anger that's being
brought into the movement," said
Ferguson, who said he had not directly
heard the controversial remarks. "I dis
agree with his tirade against gays and
his tirade against whites."
Ferguson said he still supported B
GLAD joining the coalition for a free
standing black cultural center.
Monday night, B-GLAD members
voted to join the movement.
building for black students and the cam
pus community as a whole.
Smith said that although many ad
ministrators thought a free-standing
BCC would separate blacks and whites,
the building would be for all students.
If a free-standing black cultural cen
ter promoted segregation, then schools
such as N.C. State, Vanderbilt, Harvard,
Purdue and Rutgers wouldn't have one,
Smith said administrators incorrectly
tended to think the free-standing BCC
would be a place of entertainment. The
building primarily would be a place of
learning for all students, he said.
"The black cultural center is not a
place of entertainment; it is an educa
tion center," he said, adding that the
building would include a library and
Moody agreed that opponents of the
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