TODAY: Variably cloudy; high
Mark Marcoplos, candidate for Orange County commissioner,
complains that straight-ticket voting hurts independent candidates
TRAYELLT FG3 OIL
COURTED: Walt Williams, the Sac
ramento Kings' No. 1 draft choice,
reached an agreement with the Kings
Thursday on a six-year contract report
edly worth $13.5 million.
Williams, a former star at the Univer
sity of Maryland, is expected suit up for
the Kings' final preseason game Friday.
Williams averaged 26.8 points per
game last season at Maryland, scoring
20 or more in 1 9 straight games the
longest such streak in the country.
SATURDAY: Chance of
showers; high mid-60s
Friends and acquaintances of Gov. Bill Clinton speak in
Durham in support of die presidential candidate
Mangum Dormitory will hold
its haunted house to benefit the
N.C. Jaycee Burn Center from
9:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
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Volume 100, Issue 92
Friday, October 30, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Political conflicts erupt in
shouting match near Davis
By Melissa Dewey
Political conflict erupted into a
shouting match Thursday in front of
Davis Library as environmentalists
and coffin-carrying abortion-rights
activists clashed with the group Stu
dents for America during simultaneous
The Green Team, organized by the
Student Environmental Action Com
mittee and Green Vote, an environ
mental political action committee, held
a rally in the Pit at 12:15 p.m. to
endorse environmental candidates for
political office. Among those receiv
ing endorsements were presidential
candidate Bill Clinton and his running
mate Al Gore.
At 12:45 p.m., the rally was inter
rupted by music from the Davis Li
brary area when a rally in support of
President Bush, sponsored by Stu
dents for America, began by playing a
rendition of the Lee Greenwood song
"God Bless the USA."
A representative from the Jim Hunt
gubernatorial campaign who was par
ticipating in the Green Team rally said
in response, "Yes, God has bletsed
the USA, but if we don't do something
worth it soon, there won't be anything
(left) to bless."
Further cheers and the sound of
bullhorns that interrupted the Green
Team rally prompted a representative
from the ClintonGore campaign to
criticize the other group.
"Can you believe the way this crowd
(Students for America) has tried to
trivialize the environment?" the rep
Cheers of "four more years" by the
Bush rally prompted counter-cheers
of "five more days" by the Green
The Students for America rally,
featuring Republican U.S. Congress
candidate Vicky Goudie, was planned
with only two days' notice, said Bar
bara Duffy, a sophomore from
With the short notice of Goudie's
availability, the event obviously was
planned without malicious intent
against the other rally, Duffy said.
"We're Bush supporters holding a
spontaneous rally," she said. "It was
not intended to refute anything (Green
Bush supporters rally in front of Davis Library Thursday
Team members) were going to say."
Brian Bartley, national chairman of
Students for America, said the rally was
part of a series of five events scheduled
for Thursday at college campuses across
The Bush rally was interrupted by
pro-choice demonstrators who silently
walked into the middle of the crowd
and held up a mock coffin. Painted on
See DISTURBANCE, page 9
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Ross Bluestein screams to try to overcome Republican ralliers at Davis Library
Green Team endorses candidates
By Melissa Dewey
The Green Team, a group that in
cludes members of the Student Envi
ronmental Action Coalition and
GreenVote, endorsed pro-environmental
candidates for the Tuesday election
at a rally Thursday.
GreenVote is the largest environ
mental political action committee in the
Voting records of incumbents and
endorsements from other environmen
tal groups such as the Sierra Club and
the League of Conservation Voters were
the criteria for the endorsements, said
Ruby Sinreich, co-chairwoman of
Darcee Killpack, co-chairwoman of
the Voter Education Committee, a sub
group of SEAC, said non-incumbent
candidates were evaluated on what their
platform said they planned to do if
Celeste Frye, co-chairwoman of the
Voter Education Committee, said the
environmental issue would be an im
portant part of the election.
The government controls air and
water pollution regulations, she said.
"The only way we can change is with a
new government that will work for (en
vironmental issues)," she said.
Josh Busby, co-chairman of SEAC,
said environmental candidates needed
to be elected on every level. "Even if we
See RALLY, page 9
UNC to vote Democratic;
many remain undecided
By Tara Duncan
Most UNC undergraduates will vote for Gov. Bill Clinton
in the presidential election Tuesday, but a large number are
undecided about whom they will vote for in the races for
governor, lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate, according to
a poll conducted for The Daily Tar Heel.
The random sample telephone poll, conducted for the DTH
by sociology graduate student Richard Miech, interviewed
303 students out of a target population of 400 from Sunday
through Wednesday for a total response rate of 76 percent.
Out of the 303 respondents, 264 said they planned to vote
in Tuesday's elections.
Clinton led the presidential race among undergraduates by
a 2-1 margin over President Bush, while U.S. Sen. Terry
Sanford, D-N.C, held a 22-point lead over Republican chal
lenger Lauch Faircloth. Meanwhile, former N.C. Gov. Jim
Hunt is leading Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner by 27 points in the race
for governor. Although 60 percent of the respondents said
they were undecided in the race for lieutenant governor, N.C.
Rep. Dennis Wicker, D-Lee, holds a 16-point lead on campus
over N.C. Rep. Art Pope, R-Wake.
Although many out-of-state students have registered to
vote in North Carolina in the past few weeks, only 44 of the
264 respondents were out-of-state residents.
In the sample of about 40 percent men and 60 percent
women, more than 30 percent of the respondents said they
were undecided about the races for governor, lieutenant
governor and U.S. Senate. The presidential poll showed an
undecided vote of only about 5 percent.
The fact that many people do not know who the candidates
for state office are is the main reason for the undecided votes,
said Thad Beyle, a UNC political science professor.
"The noise of the presidential election has really drowned
out the voice of the state races," he said. "North Carolina, with
14 electoral votes, is a swing state in the presidential election,
and we're getting a lot of attention with everyone coming into
Sanford ahead on campus
Despite the high rate of undecided voters, Sanford holds a
substantial lead on campus over Faircloth among under
graduates planning to vote.
Poll results showed about 45 percent voting for Sanford,
about 23 for Faircloth and 32 percent with no opinion. There
was a 5.1-percent margin of error.
"Although we're pleased with Sanford's lead, it just shows
us we have some work to do," said Anna Driver, press
secretary for Sanford. "His plan for economic recovery and
education needs to get out."
Hunt leading for governor
The gubernatorial race, which has more recognition in the
state, still had an undecided vote of about 33 percent. About
47 percent of those who said they would vote Tuesday
support Hunt and about 20 percent support Gardner.
The margin of error for the gubernatorial poll was 5.2
The Hunt campaign was surprised by the number of
undecided voters. "The undecided is more than twice the
number I would think, and it is so different from internal polls
and other public polls that have been taken," said Rachel
Perry, press secretary for the former N.C. governor.
"I'm surprised, but the bottom line is that Jim Gardner is
behind, and Hunt's positive plan for education is resonating,"
Gardner's campaign could not account for the undecided,
but his officials hope they will decide to vote for Gardner, said
Mike Sharsky, press secretary for the lieutenant governor.
"One would expect that your universe would be liberal and
support Jim Hunt, but we really don't place much stock in
polls," Sharsky said. "We see so many with so many different
spreads. You learn to ignore them."
Wicker leads lieutenant governor race
The lieutenant governor race has the largest percentage of
undecided voters. Of those surveyed who planned to vote,
about 29 percent are voting for Wicker, about 13 percent
support Pope, and about 60 percent still are undecided or have
THE DAILY TAR HEEL OBTAINED A random sample O
(target population-400) of undergraduates from the TiH-K I 1
University Registrar through Student Affairs. Calls J 1 2
were made from Sunday through Wednesday. In LJ J 7 fr
total. 303 students were interviewed for total J t -ffTH
response rate of 76 percent. Of the 24 percent non
response rate. 43 percent had no listed number. 25 percent refused to
participate, 29 percent could not be reached after numerous calls, and 3
percent are no longer in school. The results shown below are from 264
respondents who plan to vote in the election Tuesday.
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Poll organized by Richard Miech (graduate, sociology).
Assistance provided by the Department of Sociology, the
Department of Political Science and the Institute for
Research in Social Science.
There was a 5.1-percent margin of error in the lieutenant
See POLL, page 9
Faulty sockets blamed for fire at complex
By Jackie Hershkowitz
Assistant City Editor
and Rama Kayyali
A fire in a Chapel Hill public housing
project left 25 people temporarily home
less late Thursday night, as some resi
dents blamed the blaze on faulty electri
The fire at Ridgefield Apartments on
South Estes Drive was reported to the
Chapel Hill Fire Department at 9:16
p.m. It was one of a string of five fires at
the low-income housing project in the
past two years, residents said.
Three fire trucks arrived on the scene
within two minutes and firefighters con
tained the fire by 9:57 p.m., officials
Twenty firefighters were called to
the scene to extinguish the blaze that
ignited in the bedroom closet of apart
ment No. 372. All the neighboring units
The occupants of the apartment were
out of town when the fire broke out,
A crowd of about 60 people, includ
ing about 30 children, stood outside
watching firefighters extinguish the
See FIRE, page 6
Midnight tipoff kicks off season
Spirits won't be the only mythical
creatures to inhabit the night on All
Hallow' s Eve, as the UNC men' 8 bas
ketball team kicks off its season with a
midnight practice at the first-ever Tar
The doors of the Dean E. Smith
Center will open to students at 10:15
p.m. and to the general public at 10:45
p.m. Saturday. The show is expected
to start about 10:50p.m. and end about
'We're hoping to get at least 5,000
people" said Carolina Athletic Asso
ciation president Tracy Kirinckb.
"We're hying to get people involved
early in the season."
Daniel Thornton, co-director of the
event, said students were invited to wear
their Halloween costumes to the prac
tice. "It's moreof an untraditional thing,"
he said. "It's a fitting way to start the
The basketball team has been ex
tremely receptive to CAA members'
idea for the UNC "midnight madness"
program, Thornton said.
"They've been very open and very
organized," he said. "We brought them
the idea, and they took it from there,
I'm very excited about it"
A new NCAA policy requires teams
to delay the start of practice from Oct
15 to Nov. 1 this year, said former
assistant coach Dave Hanners, who is
now assistant to the athletic director
for basketball operations.
The open practice probably will not
become an annual event, because id
The first and great commandment is, don't let them scare you. Elmer Davis