The Daily Tar Heel from Chapel Hill, North Carolina on November 7, 1989 · Page 10
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Tuesday, November 7, 1989
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10The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, November 7, 1989 97th year of editorial freedom Sharon Kebschull, Editor If AWKMRP PHOTO OP MARY Jo DuNNINGTON, Editorial Page Editor JUSTIN McGuiRE, University Editor KAREN DUNN, State and National Editor TOM PARKS, Business Editor DAVE GLENN, Sports Editor MELANIE BLACK, Design Editor TAMMY BLACKARD, Editorial Page Editor WILLIAM TAGGART, University Editor Jessica Lanning, City Editor CARA BONNETT, Arts and Features Editor Kelly Thompson, Omnibus Editor DAVID SurOWIECKI, Photography Editor JULIA COON, News Editor &)4rlHTOAH T- T ) I I Positive action Sherman's reassignment long overdue The voluntary re- " assignment Friday of UNC Public Safety Director Robert Sher- - board opinion man marks the first firm action taken to clear up the allegations of discrimination plaguing the University police force a step that should have taken place several years ago. Although the lawsuit brought by a group of 15 officers charging discrimination after the 1987 reorganization of the department is still pending with the case of Officer Keith Edwards,' Sherman's reassignment removed a symbolic burden which has resulted in an uplift of morale within the department. Sherman's removal from the department has also provoked Chancellor Paul Hardin to appropriately step into the situation and condemn the behavior of the department's leaders. As director of the University police, Sherman had been criticized by his employees for allowing discrimination in promotion practices. When first hired by the department in 1980, a group of officers asked to review the applicants for director unanimously decided to not recommend Sherman for the position, but he was still chosen. In 1987, the force went through a reorganization which resulted in a complete restructuring of the department. With that came 13 newly-defined positions and a review of existing positions and salaries. Every upgraded position basically promotions went to white employees. A group of 15 employees filed a grievance of discrimination charging that they were not informed of the restructuring of job titles. The grievance has passed to the fourth step of the grievance process with Keith Edwards as the sole plaintiff. During these initial procedures, Edwards and Ollie Bowler, another officer, were asked to testify at the hearing for Lonnie Sexton, an officer also involved in a discrimination grievance. But neither of the Tipping the balance 'Bottom line' cannot take precedence In yet another show of short-sightedness from the N.C. Department of Transportation, officials said last week that they intend to follow relaxed environmental standards as they begin the state's $9 billion highway fund. In their desire to save time and money, state officials are trying to use shortcuts that are unacceptable. The state usually follows the relatively-strict federal guidelines because it gets federal money, but in this project, the state will use only its own money. DOT Secretary James Harrington has proposed creating an interdepartmental review team for the highway construction, but that is no substitute for the more stringent federal guidelines. As some environmentalists have pointed out, the fed- ti of r,fp?c eral regulations have A 11C aiaic 3 cials discover histori- easing tratllC cal areas before start ing construction and m0re roads, and damn the chances of finding 7 them with more re- nnnconiionnnp laxed rules are greatly ine COnSeqUenCeS reduced. Federal law ! requires that the state avoid construction around historical sites, while state law only says that the DOT must receive a recommendation from the Historical Commission but not necessarily follow it. Harrington also wants to set "minimum criteria" that would exempt some rural, two-lane highways from review. Unlike federal law, state law does not require proof that the state has tried to find alternative sites before building roads in certain areas. Clearly, Harrington is determined to circumvent whatever regulations he can, but for no valid reason. While he says this would save money, Harrington has failed to point out how much money it could take in the future to repair the damage created by these relaxed standards. The fear remains that Harrington's plan would tip the balance of the green such as parks and The Daily Business and advertising: Kevin Schwartz, director; Bob Bates, advertising director; Leslie Humphrey, classified ad manager. , Business staff:Sabrina Goodson, manager; Allison Ashworth, assistant manager; Dana Cooper and Kimberly Moretz, receptionists; Monica Paris, news clerk; Laura Richards, typist. Classified advertising: Kirsten Burkart, assistant manager; Janet Gordon and Angela Spivey, assistants. 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Instead of trying to quickly and quietly clear up the questions the officers posed, Sherman deliberately tried to cover up the problems suggesting that the department's leaders think the best way out is to ignore their difficulties. Sherman's inadequate handling of the grievance situation brought strong criticism from the chancellor. Hardin reprimanded Sherman for violating the Staff Personnal Administrative Guide by discouraging these employees from pursuing the discrimination grievances when he did not allow Edwards and Bowler to attend the hearing. Hardin further called the situation a "serious" concern within the department. This surprisingly bold criticism from the University 's highest official seems to prove that something is indeed out of control within the University police department. The Public Safety Department has said it's relieved to know the University is taking a tangible step to put the police force back "on sound ground." After years of turmoil, conditions in the department seem to be improving. According to Edwards and Bowler, Sherman's reassignment has already improved morale within the department. As Edwards is in the middle of the fourth step of the grievance process, it is most crucial to have the support of her fellow officers. Officers within the department are finally feeling that their complaints are being addressed. Sherman's reassignment moves the department one step closer to clearing up the allegations of discrimination. More decisive moves can only lead to further action to restore the University police's job to protect and to'serve the campus. wildlife areas and the gray asphalt and overpasses in favor of the gray. The state has continued throughout its debates over transportation to show that its only conception of how to relieve traffic problems is to build more roads, and damn the consequences. The addition to Interstate 40 between Durham and Raleigh is a prime example of the state's lack of concern for long-term solutions rather than seriously considering a light rail or trolley system, the state simply decided to add another lane. Likewise, Raleigh's Beltline will now. get an Outer Loop a "solution" similar to that of other big cities such as Los Angeles that only encouraged urban sprawl and did little to relieve traffic. State officials argue mAthnrl nf that a HSht rail svstem "icuiuu ui could not pay for itself IS 10 bUlld expecting the additions to the Beltline or 1-40 to pay for themselves. By refusing to acknowledge the future need for mass transport, state officials only perpetu ate our problems. And in the process, the state harms what few natural resources it has left. The extra lanes on 1-40 meant taking out much of the green median (although, happily, the state has managed to continue its commitment to the flowers planted along the sides of the interstate). Likewise, an Outer Loop will require removing some of the grassy median. The citizens of this state, along with environmentalists, have a responsibility to demand that the DOT protect their natural and historical resources, the beauty of the state that is rapidly deteriorating. And they have a duty to demand that their leaders look for better solutions that will mean fewer individual construction projects and more overarching, long-term answers. Unless the DOT is pushed to do the right thing, it will turn this state down an irreversible path to ugliness and destruction. Sharon Kebschull Tar Heel The times will be a chan&in' 000 As the new decade and millennia approach this weary generation, many wonder what's in store for the great state of North Carolina. Will this university still be at the forefront of teaching and research? Will the $5 billion recently appropriated to the highway fund really put major highways within 10 miles of every North Carolina resident? Will Mack Brown reach the double figure mark for career wins at UNC? All these questions beg answers, but the most pressing question facing Chapel Hill students asks "what will all these people I read about be doing in the next 10 to 20 years?" Here are some possible scenarios: Jeff Beall, the voice of the voiceless, has made it into the big arena he represents the 4th District of North Carolina in the U.S: House of Representatives. He lost some credibility in 1999 when he called for the impeachment of President Bill Bennett because millions of young Americans turned 1 8 between 1996 and 1999 and are being represented by a president they didn't elect. Jesse Helmsthe National Rifle Association champ and National Endowment for the Arts chump, is fighting off the biggest political scandal of his life, spurred by his appearance in the controversial retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York entitled "The Lost Mapplethorpe Photos: Fat Men of the South." Greek systems could gain a lot by merging To the editor: It is clear that students on this campus are concerned with issues of discrimination and want to see positive social change. Student Congress' proposed boycott of the nightclub On The Hill is an example of a direct action students are taking as a result of these concerns. However, while a small local business has proved an easy target, other problems at UNC still remain huge stumbling blocks in the path of social progress. One I would like to address specifically is our Greek system. The Greek Forum's address ("Forum addresses Greek roles," Nov. 2) of racial discrimination is encouraging, but it is only the beginning. In this century we have witnessed immense progress in public integration. Why don't we set the process of private integration in motion before the next decade is out? The challenge may seem insurmountable, but change has to start somewhere. We can create a more positive reflection of society at the collegiate level, and our Greek system is one of the most obvious starting points. This catalyst for change must arise from within the leadership of a Greek organization that is willing to take a progressive stance on campus. Wednesday night's forum promised more interracial mixers and charity benefits, but drew the line at merging the two systems. Inter-Fraternity Council president Sterling Gilreath claims Read Emotional attack' on media unfounded To the editor: This letter is written in response to Jimmy Bishara's column printed Nov. 2 ("U.S. media present double standard"). In his column, Mr. Bishara compared the way the Greensboro News and Record reported the death of a Palestinian-American youth with that of Leon Klinghoffer to make a statement about the position of the entire U.S. media on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Mr. Bishara's argument is ludicrous because of three significant errors he makes in his "research." First, the incidents that Bishara describes, although both deplorable, are not comparable, and should not be used in this fashion to make any conclusions. In addition, these events occurred four years apart in different political climates. Even if-these incidents were similar, it is an error to suggest that the manner in which the media treats these isolated incidents typifies their treatment of all Palestinian-Israeli incidents. Finally, The Greensboro News and Record is Chris Landgraff Staff Columnist i s War- At first Helms denied he posed for Mapplethorpe, but later fessed up claiming doggedly "It is not at all associated with the Republican Party I did it on a whim." Jim Valvano, the Italian stallion, breathed a sigh of relief when he got the nod for the head coach job for the improving Charlotte Hornets. Now he can pay his players legally. Gene Davis, the moderate voice of Student Congress, had a life-changing experience after ingesting a tainted glass of Kool Aid at an election-day party in Raleigh in November 1995. He has covered his formerly Carolina blue Volkswagen Bug with day-glo flowers and is following the Grateful Dead. When asked about his political ambitions at his f ilafel stand the parking lot outside Charlotte Coliseum, Davis said, "all I want to do is see the fat man sing, dude." ' Dale McKinley, civil disobedience champion and hair stylist extraordinaire, was shamed into oblivion in 2006 when reports surfaced ers9 For em that "our traditions are so different that we would both lose a lot." Imagine what there is to be gained. Black Greek Council president Russell Dula states, "I don't think it would work." No one has tried. It is clear that there are many in the system with the desire to create a Greek society that does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, origin, handicap, economic advantage or possibly even sex. But who will be the first to step forward and take action? ERICKA KURZ Junior Economicspolitical science Animal research facts available To the editor: I am writing in regard to the Nov. 1 article "SETA members propose document 'clearing house'," which dealt with the issue of public access to animal research protocols at UNC. The article reported that SETA (Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has filed a lawsuit against the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee requesting the disclosure of lab animal research protocols. The article also quoted a SETA member as wanting to talk to research students to discuss technical aspects of research. Given the amount and caliber of research and coursework available to students at UNC, it is surprising that the only means for SETA members to learn about the use of animals in research is through suing the University. Any worthwhile curriculum in biology, biochemistry or physiology should provide a solid base of knowledge on the applications of. animals in biomedical research. If one is particularly interested in a certain field of research, most textbooks will contain references to primary research articles where experimental protocols involving animals are discussed in detail. If one's goal is to learn about biomedical research at UNC, the task is even easier just ask your professor for a copy of his CV (curriculum vitae) and read his publications. If his research is published in a respected journal, the publications will contain a materials and methods section which explains the protocol for each experiment and how the animals were used. Such research is published daily and is available to the public. Yet, if one finds it difficult to sift through complex papers in an effort to understand the applications of animals to biomedical research, there is still an easier way. The hallways of every research building on campus contain poster presentations of ongoing research in the laboratories. Just walking through the halls of Taylor, MacNider or FLOB can be an education in itself. At a fine institution like UNC, information on biomedical research is abundant; there is no excuse for ignorance. Yet in spite of the availability of animal research information, many students lack the time or background to understand such hardly the flagship of the U.S. media and cannot be used to typify "any mainstream journal in the country" as Bishara suggests. Anjad Jibril Tawil was a 14-year-old Palestinian-American who was taken into custody by the Israeli military after he fled a stone-throwing incident, by Bishara's report. The evidence seems to indicate that Israeli soldiers tortured and killed Tawil, although Israeli army command denies involvement. Contrast this with the death of Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly Jewish-American who was killed by Palestinian terrorists on the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. Klinghoffer was confined to a wheelchair. He was attempting to take one last vacation with his wife who was dying from cancer. While Tawil may have been contributing to an already inflamed situation, Klinghoffer was on a cruise. Tawil's murder was not witnessed; the specific individuals responsible for his death are unknown. Klinghoffer's murder was witnessed; the individuals who hijacked the linking his styling mousse modeling career to the undivested fortune of mousse magnate CD. Spangler. John Pope, esteemed member of the BOT who has called for such pressing changes for the University as the need for more white males, has donated his fortunes to the fund for the White Boy Cultural Center (WBCC), so the history of rich white people will never be forgotten. UNC Students, purchasers of the most T-shirts per capita in the United States, have started to shed that image by the year 2000. A major boycott of fraternity T-shirts with catchy slogans like "Party 'til you can't see" and'T got wasted as hell at the Tappa Keg weekly beer fest" was initiated by concerned students after a certain fraternity's pledges appeared in the Playgirl 'Turn of the Millennia Pectoral featuring Guys of the ACC." It is not clear if the pledges posed on their own accord. Honorable Mention contestants include Jim Martin, who still hasn't done much, and Mack Brown, who won the hearts, minds and money of UNC alumni by pulling off a 3-8 season (including a sweet homecoming victory over Columbia.) Clearly, only time will tell, but remember you heard it hear first. Chris Landgraff is a junior political science major from Atlanta, Ga. biomedical research. Recently, the Coalition for Animals and Animal Research (CFAAR) was formed at UNC with the purpose of educating the public on the benefits of biomedical research with animals. Hopefully this organization will eliminate the need for students to sue the University in order to learn about animal research. MARK PENNYBACKER Graduate Cell biology and anatomy Evangelical students harass non-believers To the editor: I'm fed up. Why is it that certain close-minded individuals always quote the scriptures as if they are valid or legal justification for the harassment of non-believers such as myself. Do they really think they can alter 21 years of logical thinking? During the past three years since I have been a student here, I have been accosted, insulted and unjustly accused of "sinning" by people who do not know me and apparently do not respect me. If you need a patriarchal and archaic religion to justify your existence, then that's fine. Think what you will, damn me to hell if you want, but stay out of my life. I don't think I speak only for myself when I say, "leave us alone." JENNIFER SADOFF Senior Psychology Achille Lauro and killed him were easily identified, traced and apprehended by the U.S. government. I urge Mr. Bishara and friends to do some sound research before they try to convince us that an "erroneous, immoral and dangerous double standard is being applied by the media and government." One needs to use several similar incidents for comparison. Moreover, one needs to randomly sample the nation's newspapers to examine how they treat these incidents. The larger the number of incidents being compared and the more newspapers examined, the less likely it is that statistical error will occur in your study. Mr. Bishara's emotional attack on the media and government based on his biased study does nothing to help resolve a volatile issue. DANIEL LANDES Graduate student Medicine

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