Volume 103, Issue 49
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Senate Proposes Tuition Hike
■ An additional
provision would allow
UNC to raise tuition
SSOO for in-state
students and $3,000
for out-of state
students with BOT
BY ROBYN TOMLIN HACKLEY
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
HILLSBOROUGH ln the latest episode in the ongoing
legal battle between Associate Professor James D. Williams and
his ex-wife Ashley, allegations of misconduct by the professor
were confirmed while attorneys lost a challenge to their continu
ing custody battle.
The deposition given by the professor during his divorce trial
last fall contains information that contradicts statements he made
in court and to UNC officials, and is now officially unsealed.
In a charged hearing in Hillsborough Wednesday, District
Judge Joe Buckner denied Ashley Williams’ motion asking the
judge to reconsider his decision in the couple’s bitter child custody
battle and to hear newly discovered evidence.
Ashley Williams is seeking to regain custody of the couple’s
seven-year-old son, Austin. Buckner awarded James Williams
primary custody in April.
In response to the court’s decision not to re-hear the case,
Ashley Williams interrupted the proceedings. "What are your
family values, Judge Buckner?” she said. Her attorney, Terry
Ham quickly escorted her from the courtroom.
Ashley Williams alleged in the motion that Buckner, who
heard her divorce case, had improperly communicated with her
ex-husband’s attorney, Lunsford Long. Ashley Williams’ attor
neys said Long was actively involved in Buckner’s campaign
when he ran for his seat on the bench, and said the two continued
to communicate outside the courtroom during the divorce trial.
“Mr. Long did not serve as campaign manager for my cam
paign,” Buckner said. “He was one of 50 lawyers who supported
my campaign. I am not Mr. Long’s social friend.”
Buckner went on to say Ashley Williams’ former attorney,
Tracy Lischer, attempted to make ex-parte communications with
him which he “did not respond to.”
Long said Monday he did not remember James Williams’
deposition being received by the court as an exhibit, but after
reviewing his court notes he reversed his stance on the matter in
In an interview following the hearing, Long said the allegations
made by Ashley Williams’ attorneys were completely unfounded
and that he thought Buckner was offended by the implications of
Ham has said that Buckner should not hear this case because
another student the professor admitted having had a relationship
with was represented by one of Buckner’s former law partners.
Ham said he believed this constituted a conflict of interest on the
judge’s part. Last week, Buckner chose not to recuse himself from
the case, and he did not readdress the issue in Wednesday’s
See WILLIAMS, Page 5
Massive Heat Wave Causes Deaths, Discomfort Across U.S.
BY DEAN HAIR
ARTS AND FEATURES EDITOR
While many students are working on
their tans and heading to the beach, elderly
citizens have been suffering the effects of
one of the nation’s worst heat waves since
a 1987 heat wave which caused at least 96
WEEKLY SUMMER EDITION
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BY SAM KIRBY
The N.C. Senate budget proposal which passed last
Thursday called for two separate tuition hikes for students
over the next two years.
The Senate plan clears the way for campus-based
tuition increases at UNC-CH, N.C. State and profes
sional, graduate and business schools at these and other
system universities by giving the schools the freedom to
further raise tuition without the approval of the legisla
This would increase tuition by as much as SSOO for
N.C. residents and S3OOO for out-of-state students.
The current high temperatures in Or
ange County and the Southwestern United
States are typical for most residents, but
people in the Midwest may not have been
prepared for the recent deadly combina
tion of humidity and heat.
Temperatures have been in the upper
80s and lower 90s the past week in Chapel
Hill, however the temperature has risen to
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Ashley Williams confers with her lawyer in Orange County Court House Wednesday morning.
Williams was in court for a ruling regarding the custody of her child with James D. Williams.
How to Fire a Tenured Professor
I. Intent to dismiss:
1. The chancellor notifies the professor of intention to fire him/her.
2. Within 10 days, the professor may ask for a written request for the specific reasons for
dismissal. If a request is not made, the professor may be fired without recourse.
3. Within 10 days of the request, the chancellor responds with a statement of the
specific reasons for dismissal. The professor then has 10 days to formally request a
hearing. If none is requested, the professor is fired.
4. The professor has at least 20 days to prepare for the hearing. The hearing committee
is composed of five tenured professors elected by voting members of the general faculty.
5. The hearing is closed unless both parties agree to open it The professor has the right
to an attorney and may present evidence, witnesses and testimony.
6. The chancellor or his representative may present evidence and cross-examine
7. Within 10 days of the conclusion of the hearing, the committee presents its written
recommendations to the chancellor.
8. The chancellor reaches a decision based on the transcript of the hearing and die
9. If the chancellor's decision is unfavorable, the professor may seek review of the
decision by the Board of Trustees.
SOURCE: TRUSTEE POLICIES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING ACADEMIC TENURE
over 100 in some Midwestern areas.
Forecasters are predicting cooler tem
peratures for Chapel Hill with potential
afternoon thunderstorms which will aid in
cooling off the area.
The mercury finally dipped into the 80s
and 90s across the Eastern United States
Monday. This brought much needed relief
from the week-long heat wave which caused
Burma’like a heat wave.
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Chapel Hill. North Caro Baa
In the past, universities have only
had the power to raise student fees
without the approval of the General
Hobbs said the revenue gener
ated under this provision would go
directly to the individual institutions
and not into the general fund. He
said 35 percent would go toward
need-based financial aid, and the
remainder of the money could be
used for faculty salary increases and
See TUITION, Page 2
more than 300 deaths in the East and
Midwest. The heat wave that has seared
much of the country is finally ending, how
ever, not before taking a deadly toll.
Temperatures of more than 100 degrees
have been some of the primary causes for
many deaths, ranging from heat stroke to
See HEAT, Page 5
Capital Budget Gives Funding
To Drama Center, Law School
After receiving nothing in the House
budget for capital projects, UNC-Chapel
Hill was granted over S3O million for capi
tal expansion in a Senate spending plan
passed last Thursday.
The Senate proposal would provide over
$lO million to fully fund the UNC School
of Law expansion necessary for
reaccreditation. The money would be allo
cated over the next two years.
The proposed budget also fully funds
the construction of anew $8.4 million
building to house the Center for Dramatic
Art in 1996-97. This would free up space
Defense Asks for 2
Juries in Murder Case
■ Attorneys for Wendell
Williamson expect a verdict
of not guilty by reason of
BY WENDY GOODMAN
Lawyers for double murder suspect
Wendell Williamson filed a motion asking
two juries to hear his October first-degree
murder trial in order to ensure a fair and
Defense attorneys contend that due to
“expert opinions and anticipated testimony
by lay witnesses, that there is a great likeli
hood the defendant will be found not guilty
by reason of insanity.”
Public defender James Williams con
tended in his motion that by allowing the
trial to take place in two phases—one jury
to decide innocence or guilt and the other
jury to decide on the sentence
Williamson would be guaranteed a fair
Members of the first jury could techni
cally oppose the death penalty and hear the
case only to decide on the verdict. The
Hooker-Buell Other Half
Of UNC’s Dynamic Duo
Michael Hooker, UNC’s new chancel
lor, is not the only powerhouse with a
record of legislative success to hit Chapel
Hill this summer.
Buell, who is mar
ried to Hooker,
“was one of the
women in the Mas
House,” said John
Bracey, secretary of
the Amherst faculty
senate. “And that’s
saying a lot.
“She was always
one of the people
that you could
count on as an ad
vocate of the Uni
said. “They (Hooker and Hooker-Buell)
make quite a couple.”
Hooker-Buell began her public service
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now used by the Department of Dramatic
Arts in Graham Memorial Hall for the
proposed Center for Undergraduate Ex
Student Body President Calvin
Cunningham said Tuesday he thought
these two programs were vital to UNC,
and that he was pushing for them to be
funded in the final budget.
“The Senate recognized two of
Carolina's top five capital projects for fund
ing,” Cunningham said. “We are advocat-
See BUILDINGS, Page 2
second jury would
then hear another
trial to decide on a
sentence of death or
attorney’s office de
clined to comment
on the current mo
iams stated that a
single, “death quali
fying jury is more
likely to convict insane defendants than
jurors representing the whole spectrum” in
the motion. He supported this statement
by citing past cases and studies showing
that when a jury is not only deciding the
verdict but also the impending sentence of
the defendant, there was a tendency to
support the position held by the prosecu
These studies and cases showed if one
jury is seated to deliberate on both issues,
the jury is less likely to grant an acquittal on
grounds of insanity.
See WILLIAMSON, Page 2
as a democratic representative from the
rural Greenfield district in 1985. She was
re-elected to six consecutive terms.
Asa legislator, Hooker-Buell was known
as a leader in health care reform, an advo
cate ofhigher education and gender equity
and a champion of the small town issues.
“She kept her district on the map,” said
Cathy Andrews, who served as Hooker-
Buell’s chief of staff for four and one- half
years. “She was very district oriented,’and
this move is very sad for her constituents. ”
Although her last term will technically
end in 1996, her resignation became effec
tive on July 7 in order for her to join her
husband in Chapel Hill.
When she married Michael Hooker in
1993, Carmen Buell kept her maiden name.
Her legal name is Carmen Hooker-Buell,
but for convenience she said she would go
by Carmen Hooker in Chapel Hill.
“I served almost 11 years in the legisla
ture,” she said. “I have no regrets.”
Hooker-Buell said she would not seek a
legislativepositioninNorth Carolina. “I’m
not considering running for the legislature.
See CARMEN, Page 5
BUEII focussed her
attention on health
care while serving in
WILLIAMSON will be
tried Oct. 23.
Lori Sluder, a
a junior from
relax and catch
the pool at
Sluder said that
going to the
pool after a day
of classes and