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Council Rejects Fuilher Delay on Meadowmont
Developer Roger Perry explains the improvements East West Partners has made to the
Meadowmont proposal. Despite pleas from residents, the council decided to vote on the plan.
Million Man March
BYROBYN TOMLIN HACKLEY
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
“If you are BLACK, you should not be reading this sign on
This is the edict of two of UNC’s largest black-run organiza
tions, and now they are putting force behind their words.
The Black Student Movement and the UNC chapter of the
NAACP have announced that they are officially endorsing the
Million Man March, which will be held in
Washington, D.C. in six days.
The march is being organized by Minis
ter Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam
and Ben Chavis, the ousted leader of the
national NAACP. As part of the event,
black men are being asked to participate in
Black men’s and women’s organizations
have come out in support of the event,
which is not expected to draw the full one
million. The Rev. Jesse Jackson; poet Maya
Angelou; civil-rights activists Rosa Parks;
Betty Shabazz; Coretta Scott King' Wash
ington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry; and
The Congressional Black Caucus have all
endorsed the march.
Black women and men who are not able to attend the event are
being asked to participate in an economic boycott by staying home
from work or school and by spending money only in black-owned
businesses. The march itself is being described by organizers as a
Holy Day of Atonement and Reconciliation for, and by, black
Ellis Carson, president of the campus chapter of the NAACP,
said: “The UNC chapter of the NAACP endorses the Million
Man March and the goals of the march. This includes the unifica
tion and development of the African-American community, affir-
See MARCH, Page 2
Hooker to Draw on Legacy of Dr. Frank
When Michael Kenneth Hooker is in
stalled as UNC’s eighth chancellor on
Thursday, he will quote one of the
University’s most prominent leaders and
will harken back to what many have called
UNC’s golden age.
Hooker will echo a passage from Frank
Porter Graham’s installation speech, which
occurred over 60
years ago in Kenan
who served as
president of the
and president of
the consolidated 16-institution UNC sys
tem until 1949, is credited with leading the
University through the Great Depression.
“When I was a student, his name was
magic,” Hooker said. “He was a moral
exemplar with impeccable integrity. He
put the well-being of the University above
all else, stood up to giants and understood
how important it was for a then-agrarian
and culturally backwards state to vault into
the future through education."
Graham’s ability to overcome obstacles
and his dedication to academic excellence
T T Admitted, But
UNC NMP President
ELUS CARSON said
the march will forge
unity in the African-
characterized his era of leadership.
His association with the University
spanned almost seven decades. In addition
to being president, he served the Univer
sity in the capacities of dean of student
affairs and professor of history. As an un
dergraduate student, Graham was presi
dent of the Campus YMCA.
“Dr. Graham devoted his entire life to
the University, both as a student and a
professional,” former UNC-system Presi
dent William Friday said. “He brought
enormous energy, a sense of spirit, a moral
commitment and personal service to the
Graham, who was an adamant propo
nent of improving race relations and eco
nomic conditions in both the state ofNorth
Carolina and the United States as a whole,
balanced his duties as both an administra
tor and a politician.
Graham’s outstanding leadership quali
ties caught the eye ofPresident Franklin D.
Roosevelt. Roosevelt appointed Graham
to the Consumers Advisory Board, the
Advisory Council on Economic Security,
the Advisory Committee on Education,
the National Defense Mediation Board
and the War Labor Board.
Although Graham was frequently tied
up in Washington, D.C., his allegiance to
both the state and the University remained
The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.
UNC faces the task of filling in gaps left by
high school education.
Statistics show that many freshmen enter the
University ill-prepared for placement tests,
64% of students who took 54% of students who took
French in high school place Spanish in high school place
into level 1 or 2X. into level 1 or 2X.
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30% of freshmen place into 5% of freshmen place into
Math 10. English 10.
SOURCE: UNC DEPARTMENTS AND DTH/ALANA SMITH AND HEATHER IEWIS
ADMINISTRATIVE DAK PROCESSING
FRANK PORTER GRAHAM is famous
for leading UNC through the Great
“He was one ofNorth Carolina’s great
est citizens of all time,” Friday said. “His
great loyalties and senses... inspired people
See FPG, Page 4
Chapel N9I, North Carotiaa
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10,1995
Although local residents urged the Chapel Hill
Town Council on Monday night to wait another year
before voting on the proposed Meadowmont develop
ment, council members voted not to delay any longer
and were still debating the proposal at press time.
“I’m opposed to the moratorium,” Mayor Ken
Broun said. “I think we ought to go ahead with this
project. It does the kind of thing we are looking for in
the Comprehensive Plan.”
Three council members, including Joyce Brown,
who proposed the moratorium, said the delay was
“I think we should delay, because we have signifi
cant questions,” council member Mark Chilton said.
Nearly all the residents who spoke at the hearings
told council members there was too much uncertainty
around the development to vote in favor of such a
major change within Chapel Hill and that a decision
should not be made without adequate information.
“What is the rush? We are still seeing changes in the
proposal,” mayoral candidate Kevin Foy said. “I urge
you to declare a moratorium, to think this through and
get the best we can get out of Chapel Hill.”
Residents said there were too many questions that
still remained unanswered, although changes had
been made by East West Partners, the developers of
“We have changed the proposal very much for
town betterment, but it is still not a perfect plan. There
is no perfect plan,” developer Roger Perry said. “The
town will suffer terribly if it misses the opportunity to
do such good.”
Perry presented changes in the plan that included
donating 10 acres of land to the school system for a
BY KATHRYN TAYLOR
Despite UNC’s reputation for academic excellence,
some students are not prepared to do college level work
when they arrive at the University.
Every year, many freshmen are placed into courses
considered basic or even remedial so they can rise to
Departments across campus, including math and
romance languages, have had to create courses to help
students relearn information they did not leam well
enough in high school.
Donald Jicha, associate dean of the General Col
lege, said these courses comprise a necessary solution
to a significant problem.
“There’s a lot of students that don’t come in as well
prepared as they should be,” he said. "It’s important to
try to bridge the gap between what they have not
accomplished in high school and what they need to
leam for University work.”
A disparity between the quality of education offered
by different school systems is part of the problem, Jicha
said. “Some high schools prepare students less well
than other schools.”
Mathematics Professor Joseph Plante said UNC
should not have to teach skills high schools are sup
posed to cover.
“It’s like running a high school on the side,” he said.
“There’s no reason taxpayers should have to pay twice
for the same thing.”
More than half of the current freshmen who took
French or Spanish in high school placed into level 1 or
level 2X courses, both of which are at the basic level.
Hannelore Jarausch, director of the French Lan
Earthquake in Mexico
Kills 29, Destroys Coast
MEXICO CITY—A powerful earth
quake shook Mexico’s Pacific Coast on
Monday morning, toppling a seven-story
hotel in a southern resort, cracking homes
and bridges, andkillingatleast29people,
More than 90 people were hurt by the
7.6 magnitude quake, which was felt as
far north as Dallas and Oklahoma City,
according to seismologists. The quake
struck at 9:37 a.m.
The tremor lasted about two minutes,
followed by two small aftershocks.
Rescuers using bulldozers and cranes
pulled 12 bodies and 10 injured people.
No Electricity in Sarajevo
Delays Bosnian Cease-Fire
Already dimmed by shelling that killed
16 people over two days, the newest
hopes for a break in Bosnia’s bloody
cycle of war were mired Monday in a
jumble of tangled wires and cables.
The cease-fire scheduled to take effect
today at one minute after midnight (7:01
p.m. EDT Monday) was delayed be
cause the government and Bosnian Serbs
future school site in exchange for being exempted from
building the second phase of Meadowmont Lane, the
They also moved fields from the school farther up a
hill to prevent them from flooding, as well as making
improvements to the planned parks. Perry said that
throughout the process East West managed to produce
a decent amount of affordable and diverse housing and
complied with the town’s Comprehensive Plan.
“This has been a long five-year process that we have
all been through; we are now at the end, and we are all
ready and deserving for a decision tonight,” he said.
Perry’s belief that it was time for a final decision on
the development was echoed by one resident, Stick
Williams, during the public hearings.
“Vote yea or nay, but vote,” Williams said. “You
have had a long time with this.”
Residents pleaded with the council to vote for a
moratorium because they said questions were still
being answered to this date. They pointed out that a
better transportation study needed to be conducted, as
well as, a cost benefit analysis.
“You should postpone this until you understand
the impacts of the proposal before you,” said Julie
Andresen, council candidate and former council mem
ber. “A moratorium would grant time for you to meet
your vision so you can find a way to implement and
Residents also said they feared the council still had
questions that had not been answered and that a vote
conducted on the development would be done in
“This is the biggest development the town has ever
seen,” said Bill Davis, president of the Alliance of
Neighborhoods. “Do not vote on this matter until each
of you are certain all questions in your own mind have
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could not finish restoring electricity and
natural gas service to Sarajevo, said Hasan
Muratovic, the Bosnian government’s min
ister in charge of relations with the United
Electric service was only partially re
stored, and there was still no natural gas
Muratovic blamed much of the gas prob
lem on Russia, where the supplies origi
nate, for failing to order the valves on the
pipeline running through Hungary to
Bosnia to be opened.
Both sides pledged to honor the truce
when it does take effect, but fighting con
tinued in Bosnia’s northwestern and south
Amtrak Train Plunges
30 Feet Into Riverbed
HYDER, Ariz. Bartender Roberto
Concepcion bid good night to a fellow
crewman in the lounge of the Amtrak Sun-
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■ The cost of the cleanup in
wake of the August flood has
BY JOHN PATTERSON
Interior repair of the Student Recre
ation Center should be complete by the last
week of October, allowing the SRC to
reopen by Nov. 1, SRC director Lauren
Mangili said Monday.
Repairs to the SRC, damaged by flood
waters on Aug. 27, have taken longer than
expected because the amount of money
needed for repairs was so great that state
approval was needed, Mangili said.
“The total cost of repairs was close to
$100,000,” Mangili said. “The money
needed to be in a particular account before
any contractors couldbe approached. Since
it was such a high dollar amount, it did
have to go through Raleigh. ”
Steve Copeland, the Physical Plant’s
project manager in charge of SRC repair,
said repair work was on schedule and
should be completed by the end of this
See SRC, Page 2
guage Program, said no student who has completed the
minimum admissions requirement of two years of a
foreign language in high school should place into level
1 of that language at the University.
But this year 17 percent of students taking French
and 10 percent of students enrolled in Spanish did just
“There is something seriously wrong with the prepa
ration of students who have placed into level 1 of their
high school language,” Jarausch said. “Something is
not happening within those programs to create such a
large number of students that have not even mastered
Another 47 percent of students in French and 44
percent of students taking Spanish placed into level 2X,
Glynis Cowell, director of the Spanish Language
Program, said 2X courses were created by the Depart
ment of Romance Languages for students who were
not true beginners but were still not ready for the
intermediate level of their high school foreign lan-
See REMEDIATION, Page 5
set Limited and climbed into bed.
He was just Ming asleep when the
train began shaking violently from side
to side, throwing him to the floor.
“Itwas very quiet, and then we heard
wailing cries from the children,”
“I just prayed, my God, my God, my
God” he said.
The roar of the 12-car train derailing
sliced through the stillness of the desert
night and the sleep of many of the 268
passengers and crew members aboard
“I heard babies screaming, and their
mother was hollering each one of their
names, one after the other,” said Betty
Addington, 60, of Dallas, who was on
her way to Los Angeles with her 80-
year-old mother, Veleta Clark.
Eight of the train’scars derailed, four
plunging 30 feet off a bridge into a dry
The passengers and crew shouted to
one another as they walked, crawled
and climbed along the toppled train.
FROM WIRE REPORTS
TODAY: Chance of rain; high mid
WEDNESDAY: Cloudy; high mid