WEEKLY SUMMER EDITION
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Volume 103, Issue 50
102 years of editorial freedom
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
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BY WENDY GOODMAN
A popular UNC trio of the past and
another Carolina football star are making
headlines once again, but this time the
news doesn’t revolve around their tackles,
hard hits or rushing yards on the gridiron.
This time the news involves the beginning
stages of a business venture in Carrboro.
Former football teammates John Brad
ley, Tim Smith, Jimmy Hitchcock and
Natrone Means have announced plans to
open anew club geared mainly at the 21
and older crowd, tentatively named Dia
Diamonds will be located on East Main
Street in the former home of the Ventana
Press across from Spring Garden, and the
four hope to have the club opened by early
November. Bradley said they had talked
about opening a club for some time and
now they were starting to act on it.
“We’ve been kicking the idea around
since we were students, probably for a
good three years,” he said. “We wanted to
do this for the town because we were stu
dents here and it’s important.”
Bradley, Hitchcock and Smith made
waves off the football field in 1992 when
they founded the Black Awareness Coun
cil, one of the leading student organiza
tions in the push for a free-standing black
Carrboro Mayor Eleanor Kinnaird said
she had been working with Bradley and the
idea of the club for about a year. “I hope we
aren’t premature in announcing this since
it is only in negotiation. This would be a
wonderful mix with the Cat’s Cradle and a
Williams Resigns Before
■ Financial records confirm
allegations that the English
professor overcharged UNC.
BYROBYN TOMLIN HACKLEY
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Chancellor Michael Hooker announced
last Thursday that he had accepted UNC
English Professor James D. Williams’ res
ignation effective Nov. 30, stating that he
regretted “the embarrassment to the State
and the University caused by this matter.”
“The discharge proceedings that 1 initi
ated against Professor Williams likely
would have lasted well into the fall semes
ter,” Hooker stated in a press release an
nouncing Williams’ resignation.
Hooker said that tenure regulations re
quired the University to continue paying a
faculty member until a final decision on
their dismissal case has been reached.
“Obviously, I’m pleased to put the mat
ter behind us, ” Hooker said in a telephone
Helping Future Generations
Gov. Jim Hunt and his wife Carolyn are presented with an award named in their honor July 21 at the Omni Europa.
The award recognizes significant achievement in the field of early childhood development.
Former UNC teammates NATRONE
MEANS and JIMMY HITCHCOCK will
also coown the club.
great new edition to the downtown.”
Diamonds will be a bar and dance club
that will provide people an alternative to
the drinking scene of Franklin Street.
“There is not a place to just go out and
dance, there are just bars,” he said. “We
wanted a place to hang out and drink with
a dance floor and entertainment.”
Bradley said he thought his idea was a
good one because, although there is a large
population who want to drink, there are
also those who do not want to drink but do
want to go out.
Not only would the club specifically
cater to the over 21 college crowd and the
general 20-something public, Bradley said
the club would also give students another
option when going out.
“On certain nights, we’ll close down the
bar and have a night just for college stu
dents even if they are not 21,” he said.
“This will give them an avenue to have a
safe time, not have to drive to Raleigh to go
dance and not have to worry about not
interview Tuesday. “It reflected unfavor
ably and unfairly on the campus. We are
all well served by his decision.”
David Whichard, who served as chair
man of the Board of Trustees during the
investigation of Williams, said Monday
that the professor’s resignation saved the
University the price of a long legal fight.
When asked whether the University
offered Williams a financial settlement to
secure his resignation, the chancellor said,
“No, absolutely not. I would not have
settled. That would not have been in the
University’s best interest.”
Williams’ resignation may end the wran
gling over his official status at the Univer
sity, but new information about his finan
cial improprieties has continued to sur
Recently released financial records con
firmed that the chancellor could have built
a strong case against Williams in dismissal
proceedings. The University released new
information that the professor charged the
UNC for travel expenses already covered
by sponsors of a Charleston, S.C., confer
Chapel Hill, North Caroliaa
THURSDAY, JULY 27,1995
DTH/ DAVID WALKER
John Bradley and Tim Smith stand outside the proposed sight for their new
dance club. They are planning for an opening date in early November.
Chancellor Can Fire Him
“Obviously; I’m pleased to put
the matter behind us. It
reflected unfavorably and
unfairly on the campus. We
are all well served by his
After Hooker announced his intent to
dismiss Williams, the professor responded
by saying the chancellor’s decision was
based on an error in a $l5O travel voucher.
Williams said the error was simply the
result of a photocopying mistake made by
either himself or his secretary.
The new figures present financial ir
regularities that are significantly higher
than Williams ever admitted to. A review
of the financial records pertaining to a
If it’s not one thing it’s your mother.
Robin Williams in 'Nine Months'
February 1993 writing conference showed
Williams was reimbursed $544 by the
University for the trip’s expenses.
The conference was sponsored by the
College of Charleston. Williams was a
guest speaker at the conference. The col
lege paid $127.44 for two nights lodging
and waived the $55 conference registration
Williams attended the conference with
UNC student and then-girlfriend Ako
Shimada. He charged UNC for the cost of
airfare, food, lodging for the two days of
the conference, for two additional days in
Charleston and for the conference’s regis
tration fee, which he claimed was $35.
Charges of impropriety against Will
iams first surfaced during the divorce and
custody trial between the professor and his
ex-wife Ashley Williams. James Williams
was awarded custody of the couple’s 7-
In January, the Orange County District
Court ordered Shimada to pay Ashley
See WILLIAMS, Page 2
Third Textbook Store Joins Competition
Students will face much shorter lines
this year than in the past when purchasing
books for the fall semester due to the open
ing of two new textbook stores on East
Franklin Street. Anew Tar Heel Text
books and Ram Book and Supply will both
open in August in time for the fall
The new Tar Heel Textbooks will be in
the same familiar home of the store which
closed in March last spring. The new book
store will have the same name and phone
number, but is owned and operated by
Kochan said that the new Tar Heel
Textbooks would offer special services that
UNC to Maintain Affirmative Action Policies
The questions raised by the University
of California’s Board of Regents will not
affect hiring and admissions policies at
UNC, according to system and campus
“I don’t anticipate any change,” Chan
cellor Michael Hooker said.
In a controversial July 20 decision, UC’s
Board of Regents ruled that neither race
nor gender could be used as criteria in
hiring and admissions decisions.
“One has to keep in mind that this
decision is not applicable outside of the
University of California system," said
James Walters, director of undergraduate
Oppose Extra Hike
■ After N.C. senators
propose a SSOO tuition hike,
UNC administrators attack
the increase as unfair.
BY WILL SAFER
A N.C. Senate proposal that would al
low UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State
University to raise tuition in order to in
crease faculty salaries and financial aid
will hurt the very North Carolina families
the University is supposed to serve, ac
cording to UNC-system President C.D.
The proposal would allow the boards of
trustees at both universities to tack an extra
SSOO onto the tuition of all students. For
some professional and graduate schools,
the proposal would further allow for an
increaseofuptos3,ooo. Out-of-state gradu
ate-level students in law, medicine, den
tistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and
business administration could face the
higher tuition increase.
At least 35 percent of the revenue gained
from undergraduates would go to need
based financial aid. The additional funds
generated by the professional school tu
ition increase would stay in each school.
But the extra tuition, Spangler said,
would put too great a burden on low
“That’s not where the money should
come from it should come from the
Professor Williams' Time at UNC
After eight years in the English department, James Williams
will leave his tenured post, effective Nov. 30.
1987 Williams takes position in English department at UNC.
1991 Williams gives UNC student/ex-girlfriend phone number of friend in
California who 'periodically paid for sex *
1991 Williams gets $30,000 technical writing grant from IBM.
A0pt1992 Williams becomes involved with then-UNC freshman Ako Shimada.
1991-1994 Williams pays six student assistants with IBM grant money. Shimada
recieves $2,484 for photocopying and clerical work.
1994 Williams and his wife of nine years, Ashley, separate and begin divorce and
child custody proceedings, which sparks UNC and SB! to investigate Williams for
misconduct James Williams wins custody of the couple's son.
Jaauary 1995 Shimada is ordered by court to pay Ashley Williams $ 10,000 for
breaking up her marriage.
Jam 1995 Investigations are completed and former Chancellor Paul Hardin
announces that Williams will redeve a reprimand in his file for paying Shimada
when they were involved. In a press release. Williams apologizes to University
officials. Williams marries Shimada.
July 9 Chancellor Michael Hooker announces that he is initiating dismissal
proceedings against Williams over travel voucher discrepancy.
July 21 Hooker accepts Williams' resignation effective November 30.
“I welcome the new Tar Heel
Textbooks. Now the students
will have three choices. We
will listen to the students and
give them what they want. ”
Ram Book and Supply Owner
students would appreciate.
“We will offer all required textbooks
with price breaks,” he said. “Price breaks
in that when we buy back more than sls
worth of books, we will give cash and buy
back bucks that may be used on the next
admissions. “And it only applies to nine
C.D. Spangler, president of the UNC
system, said that although this decision
would not directly impact the system, it did
raise questions which could. “I think this
sort of thing does get noticed. We will
follow court cases and pay attention to
what pertains to our University.”
Richard Robinson, legal counsel for the
UNC system, said the decision did not
come as a surprise to him.
“The California Board of Regents said,
‘We don’t choose to do that anymore,
we’re not going to consider race anymore’, ”
Robinson said. “They are still doing what
the law permits them to.”
Robinson said that the University of
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General Assembly,” the system president
A study cited in the Wall Street Journal
indicated that for every SIOO increase in
tuition there is a 2.2 percent decrease in
enrollment of students whose family in
come is less than $30,000.
The N.C. House still has not considered
the proposal, which would affect the UNC
system’s two research institutions. Advo
cates for the proposal, including UNC-CH
Student Body President Calvin
Cunningham, are lobbying for the pro
posal. On the opposite side of the fence,
Spangler and the UNC system lobbyists
are working hard in Raleigh to convince
legislators to kill the proposal.
Chancellor Michael Hooker said he still
hadn’t made up his mind on the proposal,
but that he saw arguments both for and
“We are a very low tuition state,” he
said. “(But) you don’t want to accept the
idea that the burden for quality falls on the
back of the students. It’s a dangerous pre
cedent to set.”
Hooker said a “great university” de
pends on public funding. “It is premature
now to concede that principle.”
Eleanor Morris, director ofthe Office of
Scholarships and Financial Aid, said these
school-specific increases could limit op
tions for some students.
“I think it will impact access, the assur
ance that students can come here regard
less of their finances,” she said. “Those
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purchase of used books.”
His bookstore will benefit students by
offering competitive prices and benefits in
comparison to those at Student Stores and
the other new bookstore opening in town,
Across the street in the former home of
TGIF, the Ram Book and Supply store will
also provide all required textbooks, said
owner Patrick Keenan.
“We primarily are a used textbook en
tity,” Keenan said. “Ninety percent of our
stock is used books. We are designed for
students on budgets, and we buy back
books every day.”
Keenan plans to rely on word of mouth
of satisfied customers. “Once we get the
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California, like many universities nation
wide, including UNC, had previously used
race as one factor in admissions decisions.
“The BOG has an important set of stan
dards. No one is considered for admission
without completing a list of core classes,”
See AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, Page 2
This issue marks the dose of our weekly
summer edition. Aug. 21 our registration
issue will hit the newstands, and will provide
a recap of summer news. The Daily Tar Heel
resumes regular daily publication on the first
day of classes, Aug. 23. Good luck with
exams and we'll see you fall semester.