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The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, April 6, 19893
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City Police Roundup
Michigan students celebrate NCAA championship win
By CHUCK WILLIAMS
Just as many merchants on Frank
lin Street will long remember the
chaotic celebration following the Tar
Heels' 1982 NCAA Championship
victory, merchants and law enforce
ment officials in Ann Arbor, Mich.,
will never forget their hometown
team's 1989 NCAA championship
Jubilant Michigan fans took to the
streets of Ann Arbor and wreaked
havoc on downtown businesses.
The University of Michigan Wol
verines defeated the Seton Hall
Pirates 80-79 in an overtime battle
Monday night. The victory was the
first national championship for the
Wolverines. The Indiana Hoosiers
defeated the team in the 1976 cham
University officials only expected
about 2,000 fans to celebrate because
of a heavy rain Monday night, but
about 7,000 people showed up after
the Michigan victory. In 1982, 35,000
people celebrated the Tar Heel
victory in Chapel Hill.
The Michigan crowd overturned a
car, uprooted street signs and
smashed windows in a business
Appearance commission approves to
By JESSICA LANNING
Assistant City Editor
Adding to a long series of actions
to improve the condition of news
paper boxes, a committee of the
Chapel Hill Appearance Commission
established formal guidelines for
newspaper vendors and made future
plans for the boxes at its meeting
The committee, made up of
appearance commission members
and newspaper vendors, set guide
lines for newspaper racks, Chapel Hill
Newspaper Circulation Manager
Marty Durrence said. Members of
the committee will inspect the boxes
and notify vendors not conforming
to the guidelines.
Chapel Hill was divided into four
regions with a member assigned to
. patrol a region, Durrence said.
The project originally began with
complaints from members of the
commission that many vendors were
not keeping their boxes orderly,
which caused health hazards for
pedestrians and an eyesore for the
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district of Ann Arbor located about
two blocks from the campus.
"There are windows broken all
over the place," said Sgt. Sherry Vail
of the Ann Arbor police department.
"All we can tell you is that (damage)
Lt. Craig Roderick of the Ann
Arbor Police Department said his
force was not used to handling such
"We're definitely not accustomed
to dealing with this type of situation,"
he said. The department made eight
arrests for charges ranging from
disorderly conduct to felonious
assault. None of the charges were
against university students.
"As you know, a college town is
a magnet. This (incident) is not the
kind of image we want portrayed,"
said Pete Pellerito, a university
spokesman. "There's an element of
people who always want to create
their own scene."
Police finally dispersed the boister
ous crowd at about 2:30 a.m.
University and city officials were
less than pleased with the revelry. "I
think it's totally irresponsible and
criminal behavior on the part of some
people," said Police Chief William
of The Village Advocate; Kevin
Schwartz, general manager of The
Daily Tar Heel; and Margie Haber,
co-director of the Downtown Com
mission, will each patrol a different
area and report to the appearance
Vendors not complying with the
guidelines will be notified in writing
and with a phone call with 30 days
to comply, Durrence said.
If the vendors do not cooperate
within the 30-day grace period, Public
Works employees will pick up the
boxes upon notification, he said. The
vendors will pay a $5 fine to retrieve
their box and after 30 days an
additional $5 is charged.
Vendors will receive a copy of the
guidelines and a letter informing them
of the program, committee chairwo
man Cassandra Sloop said.
The four monitors and the possi
bilty of public works picking up boxes
will help enforce the guidelines,
Durrence said. "An unsafe or
unsightly box can't just be moved (to
another side of town), or they will
A past opponent of the appearance
Corbitt. "The last time I saw this kind
of behavior was during the 1967 civil
disturbances." Corbitt was referring
to the racial riots that rocked the
Detroit area in the late 1960s.
"WeVe had student demonstra
tions over the years but never any
thing destructive like this," Pellerito
said. "WeVe been in this town 152
years, and we're just as sorry as
anyone. It is very regrettable."
An 18-year-old woman was hos
pitalized at the University of Mich
igan Medical Center after a car hit
her as she crossed the street during
the celebration. The woman whose
name was not released, was in fair
condition Wednesday, said a spokes
woman at the medical center's public
relations department. No other
serious injuries were reported.
Pellerito said he met with unhappy
city merchants on Tuesday to discuss
the problem. Michigan officials will
meet with the merchants again on
Friday to discuss the vandalism.
Damage has been estimated at
$75,000 although the figure has not
yet been confirmed, he said. Chapel
Hill partygoers in 1982 caused $6,000
worth of property damage.
Pellerito said the damage occurred
commission's proposals, Durrence
said he believes the program is
"The whole box situation should
improve," he said. "We now have a
way of correcting the situation."
Durrence said he felt the program
will keep all of the boxes organized
and encourage vendors to keep their
boxes presentable. "Before, it made
no difference if I cleaned up my
The newspaper vendors will still
enforce the uniformity law among
themselves, keeping the coin
operated boxes separate from the free
publication boxes, he said.
In February, the committee
designed a prototype of a rack that
would hold several newspaper boxes
and attempt to establish some organi
zation for the boxes. The prototype
was placed on a trial basis outside
Taco Bell on Franklin Street.
To enhance the appearance of the
prototype, the committee decided to
work with the Chapel Hill Public.
Works Department and plant shrubs
to conceal the newspaper boxes from
the street side, Durrence said.
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Although such crowd celebrations
are not uncommon in Chapel Hill
after big basketball wins, the near
riot was a novelty to those in Ann
Arbor. "The closest thing IVe seen
to this was the scene with the Detroit
Tigers in the 1984 World Series."
Several Chapel Hill merchants
compared the Michigan celebration
to the Tar Heel victory celebration
in 1982. Franklin Street was closed
off to accommodate the 35,000 people
who celebrated the victory.
"You couldn't move," said Kevin
Cook, an employee of Spanky's
Restaurant on Franklin Street. "You
were just kind of shuffled along with
all the other people. Fowler's grocery
was completely trashed, and one or
two cars were busted up, but other
than that there wasn't much damage."
Charles Smith, manager of the
Ramshead Rathskeller Restaurant,
said he recalled Franklin Street being
closed off from the Morehead Plan
etarium to University Square. "I
remember a group of students jump
ing up and down on a university
"The whole idea is that we only
want the people on the sidewalks to
see those boxes, not those people on
the street side," he said. Many
merchants had complained that
Franklin Street looked unpresentable
because of the many newspaper
The boxes at the post office were
moved to the alley to put them out
of view from the street because of the
complaints, he said. Once shrubs are
planted in front of Taco Bell, only
the boxes in front of Logos will be
seen from the street.
Haber is raising funds for tfoe
bushes, and the vendors have been
asked to contribute, Sloop said. The
public works department has agreed
to plant the shrubs.
The committee also decided to deal
with boxes placed on private property
even though some vendors do not
believe the committee has the author
ity, Durrence said.
"It doesn't matter whether the
boxes are on public or private
property," he said. "We still want
maintained, neat and orderly boxes
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South Lakeshore Drive.
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that a female followed her from
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D Three Chapel Hill men were
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fortified wine on the. sidewalk of
Franklin Street in front of the
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D An employee of McFarling's
Exxon on Franklin Street was
accidently stuck by a used hypo
dermic needle when he was clean
ing the restroom of the station. He
did not see the needle lying there.
He was transported to North
Carolina Memorial Hospital.
B Over the weekend, vandals
for newspaper racks
The committee is asking the public
works department to see what can be
done about the boxes in front of
Kroger Plaza that are not placed on
concrete, Durrence said. When it
rains, the soft ground turns to mud,
and the boxes fall over.
Taco Bell manager Keith Taylor
said he thought the prototype of the
newspaper box rack improved the
appearance outside the restaurant.
"It was a big help and straightened
most of them (the boxes) out," he
said. "It looks a lot better than it did.
"I feel that it is also helping store
business because it does not look
junky out there now."
Planting bushes outside along the
boxes and the prototype are good
ideas, but they are not new ones,
"We used to not have any flower
beds at all," he said. "Then my
manager planted some, but the
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defaced the Wilson Park Shed and
a telephone booth. It was discov
ered Monday that someone had
used a red crayon to write graffiti,
including the initials "N.T.K." and
"S.M.A.," all over the bathroom
walls and the exterior doors.
Someone had tampered with a
soap dispenser, and whole rolls of
toilet paper were thrown into the
n Mailboxes near the United
States Post Office on Greensboro
Street were hit twice in a 24-hour
period Monday and Tuesday.
A man's Jeep Wagoneer appar
ently jumped out of gear and
rolled down the parking lot Mon
day. The jeep hit two mailboxes
on the west side of the street. A
witness told police she and a friend
helped the man put the boxes back
but did not know who he was.
Someone moved and damaged
the same boxes Tuesday morning.
The bolts that anchored the mail
boxes to slabs of concrete had
been pulled out or removed.
Scratches on the concrete revealed
the boxes had been dragged about
3 feet. It is not clear whether any
mail was removed.
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joggers would run through the flow
ers, and they would die."
Taylor said he thought bushes
would work because they would be
too big to be trampled and could be
seen from the street.
"I think people coming into town
would think it was nice," he said. "It
is a public facility and should be neat
More racks should be used in other
places to organize other newspaper
box facilities, Taylor said.
"Appearance is a lot," he said. "It
(the racks) was a good idea, and
whoever had it needs to be
The committee will continue . to
meet once a month until its members
decide it is unnecessary, Sloop said.
"The committee wants to continue to
get cooperation from the vendors so
the racks will be kept in orderly
condition and in good repair."