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ffthe Daily Tar HeelTuesday, April 24, 1990
Council votes to hold second hearing on historic district
By JESSICA YATES
The Chapel Hill Town Council halted
a debate on a proposed historic district
in town when it voted unanimously to
hold a public hearing May 21.
The area under consideration is west
of the University campus along
Cameron Avenue and McCauley Street
and includes Fraternity Court.
Mayor Jonathan Howes recom
mended the vote during a council
meeting after five residents asked to
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Editor's note: This is the first in a
three-part series on the Honor Court at
By RANDY BASINGER
Staff Writer '
It's exam time.
Sitting in class, you face an empty
blue book or a bubble sheet that screams
to be made into a "connect-the-dots."
You knew you should have studied
yesterday, but that hour-long nap
stretched into three. Besides, the
Simpsons were on television.
Your test brings the Sahara Desert to
mind. Sweat drenches your shirt and
your eyes begin to blur until they
come into focus on another student's
paper. Do you steal some answers?
Not at UNC; getting caught means
facing the Honor Court. And, most
likely, no "L.A. Law" happy ending
"I think there are a lot of students
who don't think, Wow, there's an
Honor Code here and they might catch
me,"' said Ruth Dowling, former chair
woman for the Honor Court. Dowling
now serves as one of 30 general mem
bers who hear cases each week dealing
-wth the Campus and Honor codes.
"I think more people just have a
sense of what is just and what's not.
Unfortunately, we have maybe 80 cases
a year for an undergraduate population
of 15,000," she said.
"I know there are a lot of students
who don't take the honor system seri
ously. It is clear there is a lot more
cheating going on than we're aware
In the 80 or so cases the court hears,
suspension is a common penalty for a
violation of the Honor Code.
"(Suspended students) leave school,
lose credit, get an F' in the course and
lose the money for the semester. That's
a lot. Whereas we know there is tons of
cheating going on that we can't get to,
meanwhile, people are getting these
So, if the student Honor Court doesn't
work like "L. A. Law," how does a case
run its course?
In a typical case, the professor cbn-
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speak about whether another public
hearing should be held. The hearing
would focus on the Historic District
Commission's (HDC) recommendation
to declare the area a historic district.
Howes refused to allow opponents
and advocates of the district to com
ment, saying he didn't want Monday's
discussion to turn into a public hearing.
People who wanted to address the
council talked to newspaper reporters
after the council's unanimous vote.
Clifford Sturdevant, owner of prop
of UNC's Honor Court
fronts the student and urges the student
to turn himself in, Stallings said. The
professor then speaks with the student
attorney general, who spends two or
three weeks gathering information
about the case.
The case then comes before the court,
which has no prior knowledge of the
case, Stallings said.
Normally, five people sit in on a
case. Four are drawn randomly from
the pool of court members, and one of
the four chairmen heads the case.
"An average case will take eight to
10 hours," Stallings said. The attorney
general's staff presents evidence to the
court, and a decision is drawn from a
majority vote. If the student is found
guilty, sanctions are given, he said.
"People get confused and think we're
playing lawyer or something," Dowl
ing said. "But it's not like that at all. It's
more like a presentation.
"Students put in a plea. Many stu
dents plead guilty, and we just decide
on a sanction. It's an option to plead
guilty, and a lot of people do it."
Another common misconception is
that the Honor Court handled the stu
dent body president elections.
It is not the same as the Student
Supreme Court, Dowling said.
'The Supreme Court deals with the
political yucky stuff, and the Under
graduate Court deals with lying, cheat
ing or stealing in the academic realm
and the Campus Code," he said. The
academic realm includes behavior out
side the classroom.
In addition to academic problems,
the court has recently added sexual
harassment, racial harassment and
sexual assault to the Campus Code.
"All are provided for in other parts of
the code," Dowling said. "We just
developed new language so we could
educate the community to the prob
lem." One of the biggest concerns about
, the new Campus Code is that the Honor
Court "will try those charged -with tfate
rape. It is estimated that one in four
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Boulton throw out the
erty at 309 E. Patterson Place, which is
included in the proposed district, said
he did not want a historic district desig
nation or more discussion on the issue.
"Nobody wants another public hear
ing," he said.
Sturdevant questioned the impact the
HDC would have on beautifying the
area. "I doubt if they (the HDC) have
the authority to make owners preserve
their property. What power would they
have to call and force the owners of that
home to repaint?"
college women is a victim of date rape.
"This is an outrageous number, and
we need to deal with that as a univer
sity," Dowling said. "I'm scared to
handle a case like that, to be honest.
We've been trained, but I still worry
'They have problems handling it in
criminal courts. However, it's kind of a
catch-22. You're worried about han
dling it, but you know you need to
Addressing the problem in the Cam
pus Code is a way to educate the public,
she said. "When we do freshmen pres
entations, we can say, vLook, we have
a provision right here. If you feel like
you're the victim of date rape, come to
the Honor Court and do something about
"If a woman goes to criminal court,
it is all over the press," Dowling said,
"whereas the Honor Court is a confi
dential system. We can't sanction them
like a criminal court, but we can get a
student off this campus.
"If a woman is raped on this campus,
she should be able to go to class without
having to see the student every day."
One of the arguments against this
system is its confidentiality. The press
argues First Amendment rights to in
formation, while the courts argue Sixth
Amendment rights to a fair trial.
"I don't know of a good argument
against confidentiality in the court
system," Dowling said. "I know the
DTH has some questions about want
ing to hear cases, but it's the defendant's
right to a fair hearing, a private hearing.
I don't see what the benefit would be to
knowing someone's name. It's kind of
cruel and unusual punishment in this
"Revealing the accusations is so
much more damaging in a university
setting. Students don't need to have all
their teachers know or classmates know
they've been accused of cheating. It is
a lot of added pressure. If that were the
case, a lot of people wouldn't come
back." .. .: -
w.With examscoming up, it is impor
tant to know that the Honor Court is a
force on this campus with the power to
alter student's lives.
"People see the judicial system as a
monster out to get students," said Jeff
Tracy, chairman of the court. "We are
out to provide a service."
"It is important that we do our own
work and graduate with a diploma that
means something," Dowling said. "It's
so destructive to the academic environ
ment to have lying, cheating and steal
ing going on."
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Historic district proponent Keith
Burridge of 6 Briarbridge Lane said a
historic district designation would
protect the area from destructive change.
"This area has a lot of atmosphere, but
it's very fragile." He said development
on Pittsboro Street was an example of
the destruction in the residential area.
John Jones, owner of property on
Colony Court, which is also in the
proposed historic district, argued that
the HDC's regulations added extra
expenses to home improvements, in
It's the ice cream man! Jerry
By LAURA WILLIAMS
What a long, strange dip it's been.
It's true! Jerry really exists. Not
Jerry from the old cat and mouse
cartoon, 'Tom and Jerry,'- but Jerry
Greenfield, co-founder of Ben &
Jerry's ice cream.
Last Friday, Jerry took time out
from his ice cream making to visit his
Chapel Hill store. He treated custom
ers to free Ben & Jerry's refrigerator
magnets and buttons, as well as a lot
of jokes and laughter,
"A guaranteed smile for customers
who come to Ben & Jerry's," Jerry
yelled from behind the canisters of
Rain Forest Crunch ice cream.
Jerry is not your typical business
man, and he is certainly not the type to
wear a three-piece suit. He stands
among the customers, many with ice
cream smeared all over their faces.
His unruly hair is balding on top
and his tie-dyed T-shirt sports his
company's name and a version of the ,
Grateful Dead's famous song.
"Have you heard about the fabu
lous Ben & Jerry's pin offer?" he
yells, handing out the free pins to
college students and grandparents.
"It's the hip, the vin' thing," said
Kathy Kennedy, co-owner of the
Chapel Hill store. "From seven to 70,
everybody loves the atmosphere."
Before Jerry arrived at the store at
8 p.m.; Chapel Hill was already gear
ing up for his appearance. Four UNC
students lined up along the sidewalk
waiting for Jerry, Kennedy said.
When Jerry arrived, the four guys
gave him the wave. "It was his first
By DAWN WILSON
Camp Esperance, unlike most sum
mer camps, requires those attending to
go through customs or at least a
simulated customs ...
Although the camp bffers the typical
summer activities for fourthhrough
12th-graders and college-age counsel
ors, it also offers a new twist every
word is spoken in French.
The N.C. camp was inspired by stu
dents involved in the International
Language Villages. These students
spent a summer in a simulated French
village near Morehead, Minn.
"The students had such a good time,
they were not ready to come home,"
said Camp Esperance Director Martha
Dobson, who was also involved in the
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cluding sending letters to neighbors
and paying a permit fee. "I can't afford
the architect fee that is required in order
to improve the property," Jones said.
Pat Saling, who is married to Bur
ridge and also lives at 6 Briarbridge
Lane, said architectural plans were not
necessary to petition the HDC for exte
rior design changes. "You can do it
yourself, like a hand sketch. You
shouldn't incur any added fee."
The council discussed a neighbor
hood conservation plan as another op
ever wave," Kennedy said, laughing.
Ben Cohen and Jerry decided to go
into business together because "we both
like to eat," Jerry said. They originally
planned to enter the bagel business, but
the equipment was too expensive.
So they decided on ice cream. They
enrolled in a correspondence course to
learn to make ice cream, and in 1978
they opened their first store in a reno
vated gas station in Burlington, Vt.
"We just wanted a little shop; we had
no great plans," Jerry said.
? But they soon found that they needed
creative ways to sell ice cream during
the harsh winters in Vermont. They
started selling their ice cream to local
restaurants. And from that the com
pany just grew, Jerry said.
mh Now the company makes more than
$58 million in sales in more than 80
franchises. The company won the 1988
Corporate Giving Award and the 1988
U.S. Small Business Persons of the
Kennedy attributes the success of
the company to Ben and Jerry's attitude i
about business. "They don't act like
big-wig business people," she said.
"They built a large, prosperous com
pany with ideals and values. That makes
'They really believe in what they do,
and they care about the community."
Jerry said, "It's a combination of real
good ice cream and company philoso
phy. Our social mission equals our
: Ben & Jerry's sponsors many social
programs, including the current Giraffe
Project. The Giraffe Project is a non
profit effort to recognize and encour
a European summer in N.C.
International Villages Program.
Dobson brought back the idea of
creating a similar French camp to North
Carolina. "Since most students can't
afford to go to Minnesota, we decided
to bring Minnesota here," Dobson said.
Camp Esperance opened in 1986
under the motto, "Building to Peace
From July 9-31, students from Chi
cago and Texas will journey to Camp
Esperance in King, near Winston-Salem.
Seventy-five percent of the camp
ers are in-state residents.
The camp will last seven days for
high school students, five days for junior
high students and four days for elemen
Dobson said the purpose of the camp
was two-fold: those who can't afford to
travel to Europe can experience a taste
of French culture, and students who
can afford to travel to Europe can prac
tice French to alleviate their fears of
speaking in a foreign country.
For Chris Mitchell, a junior at Chapel
Hill Senior High School, Camp Esper
ance sharpened his French speaking
ability, which he used when he visited
Les Sables d'Olonne in France.
"Listening at camp helped me under
stand French better. Instead of translat
ing the words into English, I just under
stood what the person was saying."
Mark Terry, a junior at Chapel Hill
Senior High School, has attended Camp
Esperance for the past four summers.
He said the camp helped him learn
about French culture. "By speaking to
the counselors from France, I found
that I had a lot of misconceptions about
the French people that I have now done
Students arriving at the camp go
through mock customs, where they
receive a new French name, exchange
their money for French francs, which
they must have in order to purchase
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tion to a historic district designation for
the area. Carrboro has a neighborhood
conservation plan that does not impose
as strict regulations as the HDC.lA
historic district designation requires
property owners to present plans, for
changes in exterior design to the HDC
for approval and pay a $30 fee. ;'
The HDC recommended the Caro
lina Inn and Whitehead Residence Hall
be included in the historic district zone.
The University's Power Plant property
is not included in the proposed district.
age people to stick their necks out in
selfless ways. Ben & Jerry's is now an
official Giraffe headquarters where
people can nominate local heroes, to
"People aren't quite sure what ttie"
Giraffe Project is all about when they
first stop into the store, but once they
read about the project they get all
fired up about it," Kennedy said. ; :
Ben & Jerry's and the Giraffe Proj
ectare sponsoring a cultural exchange,
this summer in which up to 30 student '
Giraffes selected from around the
country will go to the Soviet Union.,
The company began its social mis-;'
sions by giving 7 percent of its profits
to charity organizations They also
sell Peace Pops chocolate ice crearh
on a stick in a wrapper that promotes
peace through understanding.
"You can run a business that gives. '
back to the community andean still be '
successful," Jerry said. "Our goal isn't
to be the biggest but to stretch the
boundaries of what a company can be
Our financial success comes with
doing what's right." '
Annually, Jerry makes between 12
1 5 appearances at the company's fran
chises. This is his first stop at the
Chapel Hill store, which has been
open for about a year and a half. -
Ben & Jerry's has also become fa
mous for its cow motif. The walls are
covered with almost 1 ife-size cows
and the stuffed head of a cow hangs
on the wall.
"It's a natural tie-in. Cows are the
source of ice cream. And now there
are more cows than people in Ver:
mont," Jerry said. ' "
items from the camp store, and receive
a "hotel" assignment.
Counselors then test students on their
French speaking ability to place them
in conversation groups, which meet
, twice a day.
"We have students that may only
know how to say 'Bonjour' and some
' h igh school students that have had from
one year to five years of French,"
Dobson added. ' '
Camp counselors are required to
speak French fluently and preferably
have had some kind of overseas expe
rience. Half of the counselors ' are
American, while the others are from
France or other French-speaking coun
tries. Most are juniors or seniors in
college, and there is one counselor for
every four students.
"In order to participate in the activ
ites, you need French the camp makes
you want to try. In our different conver
sation groups, there is one person from
France who teaches us about the cul
ture," Mitchell said.
In the evening, students participate
in cultural activities from various
French-speaking countries. 1
One of Mitchell's favorite cultural
activities was a re-enactment of the
French Revolution, where students were
assigned the roles of aristocrats' and
"I think that students initial reaction
(to the camp) is that we only deal with
academic aspects of the French'lan
guage," Dobson said.
Most importantly, the learning "ex
perience will enhance students' under
standing of the world and build bridges
toward better international relations,
Dobson said. '.t'.
Anyone interested in being a coun
selor or participantt can write Martha
Dobson, Director, Route 4 Box 330;-A,
Statesville, NC 28677, or call C?04)
876-0656 evenings. I',
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