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Volume 103, Issue 48
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Hooker Moves to Fire Wiffiams; Legislators Pleased
BY ROBYN TOMLIN HACKLEY
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
On the eve ofhis first meeting with state
legislators, Chancellor Michael Hooker
announced that he was initiating discharge
proceedings against a UNC English pro
fessor who has been embroiled in contro
versy since last fall.
Hooker said his decision was based on
evidence that Associate Professor James
Williams was involved in financial impro
priety and misconduct. He added that he
based his decision on information that was
unavailable to former Chancellor Hardin
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The BTI building, across from North Hills Mall in Raleigh, was evacuated Monday after an exploding device injured two
people and damaged a wall on the fifth floor. BTI, Inc. is a national telecommunications corporation. Investigators have
said the bombing was an isolated incident and had no connection to the Unabomber, who has bombed universities
and high-tech companies since 1978 and has recently threatened to strike again.
Student Referendum to Decide Funding Changes
In a reversal of direction, Student Con
gress passed a resolution Monday night
saying that the clause in the Student Con
stitution which prohibits funding of reli
gious or politically partisan organizations
on campus was unconstitutional and would
no longer be enforced.
This resolution, sponsored by Student
Body President Calvin Cunningham,
Speaker Roy Granato and Rules and Judi
ciary Committee ChairTeny Milner, stems
from the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling
in Rosenberger v. the University of Vir
ginia case. The court ruled that denying
student activity fees to religious publica
tions was a violation of the Freedom of
Speech clause in the First Amendment.
Chancellor Paul Hardin, in a letter to
Charlton Allen regarding his appeal in
volving denial of funding to The Carolina
Review, stated, “The provisions in the Stu
WEEKLY SUMMER EDITION
when he decided not to seek Williams’
Hooker’s decision, which was an
nounced the day before he began a three
day series of meetings with state legisla
tors, was welcomed by elected officials in
Raleigh who had attacked Hardin's treat
ment of Williams as too lenient.
Williams denied the reports of miscon
duct and labeled them “absurd.” He said
he would request a hearing with the five
member faculty appeals committee.
After a lengthy investigation by UNC’s
internal auditor, Hardin placed a letter of
reprimand in the professor’s personnel file,
Explosion Close to Home
dent Government Code and Student Con
stitution that prohibit appropriation of stu
dent activity fees to programs, services, or
events of religious or politically partisan
nature can no longer stand.”
The dilemma will be considered at the
first fall meeting. The only way to change
the language of the Student Code is by a
“What we’re faced with is the fact that
the University of Virginia’s code is sub
stantially the same as ours, using practi
cally the same rationale and language,”
Milner said. “There is a fine line left to be
drawn, due to the fact that basically all the
Supreme Court has done has made a
shambles of the student activity fees sys
Cunningham and Granato had origi
nally said they would propose a resolution
at the meeting asking Cunningham to go
before the Board of Trustees and request
that they strike the controversial clause
from the Student Constitution.
I’ve never been one to blow my own trumpet.
Hugh Grant, on The Tonight Show"
Chapd Hill, North Carolina
THURSDAY, JULY 13,1995
but since the profes
sor was not violat
ing official Univer
sity policy, he chose
not to pursue further
Johnston, a vocal
critic of Hardin’s
actions, said he
thought the new
sion made it easier
HOOKER said he had
come across new
Instead, after consulting with attorneys,
Cunningham said they had determined
that the BOT could not change the Student
Constitution. But, because the clause in
question had clearly been ruled unconsti
tutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, it was
The only way the clause can be re
moved from the Student Constitution is if
it is voted out in a student referendum
where 2.5 percent of the student body votes
for removal. If less than 2.5 percent of
student population votes, the referendum
must pass with a two-thirds majority,
“We acknowledge that the New Gen
eration Campus Ministries, The Carolina
Review and The Catalyst may now be
considered for funding as amendments to
the 1995-96 budget,” said Cunningham.
“These groups will not necessarily be
funded,” he emphasized. “But, they will
In another major coup for the congress,
for legislators to consider the University a
“It was awfully frustrating to have an
open dialogue with the University with
this was hanging in the air. Hardin’s deci
sion came down at the most sensitive time
possible. It made it more difficult to keep
the dialogue going to ensure that Chapel
Hill would continue to be the flagship
University of our university system.”
Legislators blasted University officials
forgoingeasyonW illiams after the profes
sor admitted have sex with students in his
campus office and paying his then-girl
friend, UNC senior Ako Shimada from a
Mayoral Candidates Enter Races
BY WENDY GOODMAN
A Chapel Hill Town Council member
and a Carrboro Alderman both threw them
selves into the ring for their towns’ may
oral races this week as the filing period for
local elections began.
The current mayors of both towns, Ken
Broun and Eleanor Kinnaird, announced
this past spring they would not seek re
election, raising questions of who would
follow in their footsteps.
Council member Rosemary Waldorf
held a press conference Tuesday afternoon
to make her long-awaited announcement
for mayor. If elected in the fall, she will be
Chapel Hill’s first female mayor.
“This was a serious and exciting deci
sion for me,” Waldorf said to a room full of
family, friends, and supporters.
Waldorf said she would continue to
work for the goals she pursued as a council
member, including community safety, capi
tal projects and recreation, “smart govern
ment,” and good planning about growth
Waldorf said she expected many issues
and upcoming decisions to focus on town
gown issues, the Development Review
Process and the budget.
“Ihad lunch with Chancellor (Michael)
Hooker, and he seemed like a normal hu
man being,” she said. “I talked to him a lot
about town planning with the University
and he seems really interested and a coop
In trying to make the review process
more efficient she said the key would be
getting more public input earlier in the
“If we don’t open our minds to new
information and changing circumstances,
then we are hampered from the outset,”
she said. “We will all make a better future
if we work together.”
A nine-year veteran of the Board of
Aldermen, Randy Marshall, filed for
Carrboro mayor Friday. Marshall said he
thought the new mayor should be some-
New Store to Provide Textbook Alternative
Students purchasing textbooks this fall
may not have to face the even longer lines
they anticipated following the closing of
Tar Heel Textbooks. Ram Book and Sup
ply will open its doors to customers August
1 on West Franklin Street in the former
location of TGIF.
The store will be one of many around
the country owned and operated by Patrick
Keenan and his family. Keenan said then
objective would be to improve service to
UNC students by giving them an alterna
tive to Student Stores.
Following the closing of Tar Heel Text
criteria for allocating hardship parking
permits to students, an idea they had previ
ously abandoned, has finally been set.
An abbreviated congress voted Mon
day night to adopt the process created by
Cunningham and Parking Committee
Chair Katherine Kraft.
The process, which is designed to help
students with family commitments, work
obligations and or significant extracurricu
lar involvement, will become effective im
mediately . Although congress must recon
sider the process in the fall, all 326 of the
hardship permits will be allocated by Sep
All applicants will be reviewed by a
three-member panel and rated on a scale of
zero to five, with five being the highest
level of recommendation.
The full committee, which now includes
Student Attorney General George Oliver
and Summer Ethics Committee Chair
See CONGRESS, Page 4
corporate trust fund he administered.
Allegations of impropriety originally
surfaced against Williams during his ongo
ing divorce and custody battle with ex-wife
DonFollmer, spokesman for the House
leadership, said Hooker’s action was sig
nificant, especially during budget debate.
“It was a brilliant stoke and much needed.
I didn't think that anything would ever
happen. He had an easy out saying it didn’t
happen on his watch.”
Hooker said that legislators’ opinions
on the case were unsubstantiated.
“Nobody’s in a position to know if it’s a
Sr JHBg ''
Rosemary Waldorf is congratulated by a group of children and supporters
Tuesday after announcing her intentions of running for Chapel Hill mayor.
SOURCE: ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
one who had worked with the current
“I felt like the town would be well served
by having someoneintheofficewhoknows
how things are going and working within
the town,” Marshall said.
He said the experience he would bring
to the mayor’s office would allow him to
approach town government with new ideas.
Marshall said a focus of his would be
working with the University, Chapel Hill
books last March, the only choice students
had for purchasing textbooks was Student
Stores. Tar Heel Textbooks had a high
volume of sales since its opening in 1988
but closed due to an inadequate amount.
Keenan’s business will give students
another place to buy textbooks and might
be able to pick up some former customers
of Tar Heel Textbooks.
“An alternative bookstore such as this
can really come in and help the students,”
he said. “We keep our ears open to hear
complaints and strive to better meet stu
The new store plans to avoid problems
often associated with buying textbook, like
long lines, slow service and high prices.
Tobacco Institute Kicks Off
BY WILL SAFER
UNC’s controversial Tobacco Control
Summer Institute opened Monday, and
institute directors gave the public and press
a view of their side of what some critical
state legislators have said was a program
designed to “bite the hand that feeds it.”
Dr. Alan Cross, director of the UNC
Center for Health Promotion and Disease
Prevention, said the institute’s goal was
not to attack the tobacco industry.
“The principal purpose of this seminar
... is to deal with reducing the health ef
fects of tobacco and not to try and solve all
the other problems that are part of it,” he
Cross said the sensitivity of the issue
and the response by critics had come as
somewhat of a surprise.
“Obviously it came at a time when our
budget was being considered and some
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good or a bad decision,” Hooker said.
“They haven’t seen the new information
I’ve seen on the case.”
James Williams said Monday that Dean
ofthe College of Arts and Sciences Stephen
Birdsall had contacted him Friday and
informed him of Hooker’s decision.
“All I can say is that the charge of
financial impropriety is based on a clerical
error on a travel voucher from a 1993 trip
amounting to about $150,” Williams said.
“In 1993, my secretary made copies of
some receipts from a trip that I took,”
See WILLIAMS, Page 4
“I do want to forge new relationships
with towns and the University which I
think I could be helpful in doing,” he said.
Other than these new plans, Marshall
said residents in Carrboro were pleased
with the board, and he saw no reason to
make sweeping changes if elected to office.
“There doesn’t appear to be a lot of
dissatisfaction in Carrboro, so I don’t in
tend to come in and make a lot of changes, ”
he said. “Politics in Carrboro is a relatively
“Because we are located off-campus
we can focus on two things service you
like and friendly, lower prices,” he said.
Most students recognize that high text
book prices. His bookstore will focus on
affordable, used textbooks, Keenan said.
“We saw the need and opportunity to
provide an alternative bookstore in Chapel
Hill for students, and we said ‘let’s go for
it’,” Keenan said.
The Keenan family owns bookstores of
this kind at the University of Texas at
Dallas, UNC-Wilmington, and will open
one at N.C. State University this fall.
Keenan said he is looking forward to pro
viding the improved service to UNC stu
dents this fall.
DR. ADAM GOLDSTEIN is project
leader for UNO’s Tobacco Institute.