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By BILL YARDLEY
Seniors planning to walk across the
.Kenan Stadium field in cap and gown
this May for graduation ceremonies
should apply for their degrees by Feb.
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uate school offices. Students should
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immediately, said Richard Cramer,
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plete to graduate.
By TOM PARKS
The Town of Chapel Hill cannot
build and operate a skateboard ramp
'unless it can find affordable liability
insurance, according to a parks and
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'general hall drawing on Feb. 22.
' ' Students who live off campus can
only apply for on-campus housing
'through the waiting list lottery,
'although they can be assured a room
4f they request a high-rise residence
' hall, Rustin said. The deadline for off
campus students is 5 p.m. on Feb.
On Feb. 24, the submission cards
of all students unsuccessful in the
lottery and all off-campus students
will be drawn to determine the
placement of names on the central
waiting list. The housing office will
post the numbered lists on Feb. 27.
As spaces become available before
nex semester, the housing depart
ment will take names from the top
of the list and issue a room to those
students, he said.
On March 9t area directors will
submit hall rosters to the housing
department and notify students of
their room assignments for next
-semester, Rustin said.
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Common problems seniors face
include a shortage of hours, not
enough hours with a grade of C or
above in courses required for the
major, and confusion about which
courses count toward certain perspec
"There have been horror stories
about students who thought they
were going to graduate but found out
too late in the semester they had taken
the wrong historical perspective and
still needed three hours to graduate,"
Students who plan to substitute
one course for another or have a
requirement waived should have
written permission from their
schools, he said. "We are not recep
tive to the argument, 'I talked to
someone who said it was OK.' "
To clear up any vague areas and
avoid a midsemester shock, students
should see their advisers this week,
Cramer said. "We will try to work
in students without appointments,
costs hinder plans for Chapel Hill skateboard ramo
recreation staff report released last
The Chapel Hill Town Council
passed an amendment to the town's
development ordinance last week that
limits the size of outdoor skateboard
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but they should make an appoint
ment if possible."
With special permission of the
instructor, seniors may still be able
to pick up courses to fulfill perspec
tives so they can graduate in May.
He said students who find they are
missing perspectives required for
graduation have three options: appeal
to their school deans to substitute an
elective taken for a necessary require
ment, enroll in a session of summer
school or take a correspondence
course by mail.
"Students can appeal (to substitute
an elective for a perspective) if they
were misadvised or if there was some
ambiguity concerning what a course
will fulfill," Cramer said. "But the
appeals committee is not very recep
tive to students who have no record
of seeing their advisers."
Students may still march in the
May graduation ceremonies if they
graduate through summer school or
ramps to between 4 and 10 feet high
and 12 and 30 feet long.
Ramps larger than 10 by 30 feet
are now banned in Chapel Hill, while
ramps smaller than 4 by 12 feet are
But the parks and recreation staff
report said a town-operated skate
board ramp facility should be
included in the master planning
process for the town's new southern
community park if the town can find
affordable liability insurance in the
"Because the insurance market
changes frequently, we believe we
should continue to . . . investigate
options for liability insurance,"
according to a memo from town
manager David Taylor.
But affordable liability coverage is
not available now. Only one source
of liability insurance was found that
would insure the town for up to $1
By BLAKE DICKINSON
Chapel Hill town planners and
newspaper representatives will meet
Thursday to consider guidelines for
the placement, number and appear
ance of newspaper vending racks in
downtown Chapel Hill.
"We're trying to get some coordi
nation and guidelines for the news
paper vending machines, which are
primarily on Franklin Street," said
Cassandra Sloop, chairman of the
Chapel Hill Appearance Commis
sion. "The point of the meeting is to
get the groups together and consider
Downtown merchants are con
cerned with the litter around news
paper vending racks and pedestrian
traffic problems caused by the vend
ing racks, she said.
The appearance commission met
with newspaper representatives Oct.
22 and formed a committee to address
"WeVe heard from several of the
newspaper vending companies, and
they are eager to meet with us and
cooperate," Sloop said.
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feasible, may not be profitable
By AMY WAJDA
Combining the food service
contracts of Marriott Corp. and
Ogden Food Services is feasible
but might not produce enough
profits to make up the difference
if the $100 mandatory meal plan
is eliminated, Tom Higley, Ogden
general manager for UNC, said
A student government ad hoc
committee submitted a proposal
Wednesday to Chancellor Paul
Hardin suggesting that one com
pany handle on-campus dining
services and concessions sales as
a way to eliminate the $100
mandatory meal plan for on
Now, Marriott handles dining
services for UNC, while Ogden
operates University concession
Higley said he was not sure if
the combination would be prof
million, the report said.
"With only one company willing
to take the risk, that leaves us with
a cornered market," town risk man
ager Jim Connolly said Friday.
Demand now exists for a town
operated ramp, according to a survey
of seventh- through 12th-grade stu
dents in Chapel Hill and Carrboro
schools conducted by the parks and
Scott McLean, of 45 Rogerson
Drive, said: "There would be a huge
turnout (if a town-operated ramp
were built). Kids love it." McLean
owns the ramp that triggered the
controversy about skate ramps.
The ramp was larger than 10 by
30 feet, but it has not been used since
August and is now being dismantled,
Some area skateboarders said they
were worried about where they are
discuss newspaper racks
But Pat Walston, director of
circulation for Spectator magazine, is
not so sure.
"In a nutshell, it seems like they
just want us to get off the street,"
Walston said. "I'm almost to the point
that I don't want to get involved at
all because I'm so damn mad."
Danny Fox, a member of the
Downtown Association, said the
committee is not trying to eliminate
vending racks on Franklin Street.
"We are not trying to say who can
put machines where or how many,
but to regulate the appearance."
Fox said he did not understand
why four Charlotte Observer, four
News and Observer and four Daily
Tar Heel vending racks had to occupy
the same street.
Kevin Schwartz, general manager
of The Daily Tar Heel, said he
understands the town's concerns.
"What it comes down to is the town
leaders of Chapel Hill are very image
conscious," Schwartz said. "Certainly
newspaper vending areas could look
better. I don't like to look at them
Schwartz said he hopes to see a
on Franklin Street above Sadlack's
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itable for Ogden. "I dont think
you could combine the contracts
to generate enough revenue to
offset (the loss of) the meal plan,"
he said. "I really don't think it
would be more profitable," he
According to the proposal,
Marriott receives about $700,000
in yearly revenue by requiring a
$100 minimum meal plan from
about 7,000 on-campus residents.
Ogden's concession stand
revenues last year were about $1
million, the proposal said.
According to the student
government proposal, the food
service company would still be
guaranteed $300,000 in revenue if
the contracts were combined and
the meal plan eliminated.
The goal of the combination
would be to "provide a food
service company holding the
contract with a larger revenue base
on which to operate," according
going to skate now.
"There is nowhere you can just
skate and not get kicked out," said
15-year-old Wells Tower, a student
at Chapel Hill Senior High School.
"Even on campus we get kicked out."
Tower and Harrison Haynes, also
15 and a high school student, were
skating behind the Union Sunday.
Haynes said he doubted the town
would build a skateboard ramp.
Herman Lloyd, who lives at 68
Oakwood Drive and is a neighbor of
McLean's, said the town could spend
its money in better ways than building
a skateboard ramp.
But, Lloyd said, "If an individual
has five acres and wants to put it in
the middle, that is fine with me."
The amendment passed by the
council permits the construction of
ramps in residential zoning districts
if the ramps are on lots of at least
written agreement produced at the
committee's meeting, but he said at
least one of the town's concerns, litterj
cannot be blamed on newspaper
"People litter, newspaper boxes
don't," Schwartz said.
Town officials may also run into
legal problems if they try to regulate
newspaper vending machines.
The U.S. Supreme Court
addressed the First Amendment
issues involved in news rack regula
tions for the first time last year. In
a 4-3 vote, the court ruled a Lake
wood, Ohio, ordinance violated First
Amendment rights by giving the
mayor "unfettered discretion" in
issuing permits to allow newspapers
to place vending racks on the street.
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to the proposal.
Higley confirmed the figures for
Ogden's concession income. He
said the company aims for a 10
percent profit each year.
This figure means that after
paying a percentage of its revenue
to UNC, salaries, depreciation,
equipment rental and other
expenses, Ogden has a profit of
Ogden is a national company
that operates cafeterias in other
places in the country, Higley said.
Ogden would be able to take over
the whole food service, he said.
But he was not sure if Ogden
would want to. "I dont know if
it would be worth our time to run
both," he said.
"Combining both contracts
could be done, but it would take
a lot more thought," Higley said.
"We would be willing to work with
five acres and are set back at least
100 feet from all residential property
Ramps must be set back 30 feet
from all non-residential property
Council member Nancy Preston
said the noise made by skaters on
ramps was a major reason for the
council's actions. Preston said she
hopes the town can build and operate
a ramp if it can find affordable
The parks and recreation staff
report said the town should build two
skateboard ramps of different sizes
if the town decides to build the
facility. Two half-pipes approxi
mately 10 and 5 feet high would
accommodate skaters of different
skill levels, the report said.
Building such a facility would cost
about $30,000, and yearly mainte
nance costs would be about $10,000,
the report said. The town could
collect user fees to offset maintenance
The new southern community
park, located near the Dogwood acres
subdivision south of Chapel Hill
along U.S. 15-501, was chosen
because no other existing town
owned property met the space
requirements for a ramp facility, the
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