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Hooker To Control Rams Chib
■ Anew agreement requires
the Educational Foundation
to formally report to Athletic
Director John Swofford.
The Educational Foundation, also
known as the Rams Club, has finalized an
agreement transferring control of the pri
vate organization’s $58.4 million in assets
to Chancellor Michael Hooker, founda
tion director Moyer Smith said Thursday.
“We submitted the document to the
chancellor’s office, and they’ve accepted,”
The fine tuning of the Rams Club’s
bylaws stemmed from the May visit of the
Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools reaccreditation committee, which
raised questions regarding control of the
private organization’s assets and stipulated
thatthe University gain control ofthe Rams
Club’s finances for reaccreditation.
Hooker said he was “delighted to have
BCC Fund-Raising Effort
$5 M Short 2 Years Later
■ Almost a year after
Nationsßank pledged $1
million, more big donations
have yet to come in.
BY JAMES LEWIS
More than two years after the UNC
Board of Trustees approved plans for a
free-standing Sonja H. Stone Black Cul
tural Center, funding for construction of
the $7 million building is still only a quarter
ofthe wayto the goal according to figures
from the development office.
Marjorie Crowell, director of special
campaigns, said $l.B million of the needed
$7 million has been raised since the contro
versial structure was initially approved in
“We’ve had big gifts and lots of smaller
gifts from the grassroots level,” she said.
Billy Armfield, chairman of the Board
of Trustees, said funding for the project
was a major goal for the board members.
Some members of the University com
munity have said that the name of the
center might be contributing to the low
level of donations for the project, but
Armfield said the public’s image of the
center’s function was behind the slow start.
“I think certainly ‘black cultural center’
is somewhat antiquated in today’s nomen
clature," he said. “But at this juncture I
don’t think we could blame that on our
success rate to date.”
Once more people understood that the
center was a place for the study of African-
American culture the fund-raising cam
paign would be more successful, Armfield
“We started off with a misconception
about the student center that it was more of
a social center than an educational cen
ter,” he said.
Of the $l.B million raised so far, almost
$1 million has already been spent on archi
Club 9+9, Hector’s: Booming Success
BY DEAN HAIR
Anew club and a returning restaurant
have converged at 201 E. Franklin St.,
bringing great food and anew atmosphere
to downtown Chapel Hill. Club 9+9, a
dance club for those 18 and older, and
Hector’s, a locally-owned eatery, recently
opened to the return of thousands of stu
George and Valerie latridis, owners of
Club 9+9, began renovations this summer
on the former Nick’s Arcade site, which is
located beneath Caffe Trio.
Valerie latridis said that the club’s open
ing, which was last weekend, went well.
“We had a good crowd. The dance
floor was packed with people who came
straight in and went to the dance floor,”
latridis said. "We had about 200 people in
the club on opening night (Friday).”
The club was filled to the walls with
customers Friday night, though most stu
dents still had not returned to town, she
latridis expects the number of custom
ers to grow as students become more
settled. “We might be expanding hours on
Wednesdays and Thursdays, because the
demand is there,” latridis said.
HOOKER took action
to comply with SACS
a system that estab
lishes control of ex
“I am now ulti
sible,” Hooker said.
“It is me on the
griddle, and if there
are any inappropri
ate expenditures, I
will be the one they
Hooker will have
the final say in all
expenditures by the
Rams Club, and the
foundation’s director will report directly to
University athletic director John Swofford.
The chancellor will also receive a copy
of the foundation’s yearly budget and au
Swofford said: “It is excellent we have a
formal agreement that serves to clarify the
relationship between the University and
the Educational Foundation. However, I
think there is a misperception that this will
be a tremendous change.
Ultimately, the University and the chan-
tectural planning for the center.
Last September, UNC alumnus Hugh
McColl, chairman and chief executive of
ficer for Charlotte-based Nationsßank
Corp., the fourth largest bank in the na
tion, announced a gift of $500,000 toward
the cost of the building. He promised an
other ssoo,ooodonation if other state banks
matched Nationsßank’s gift.
Crowell said the development office had
been successful in securing contributions
from some other banks to meet
Nationsßank’s contribution. “We’re not
all the way to the $500,000 mark, but we’ve
got the (requests) out there. One bank has
responded positively, there are some who
have declined, and others are still in the
process of considering.”
The $l.B million figure for total funds
raised includes the total $1 million
Nationsbank pledged in 1994. Crowell
declined to give the other banks’ names or
the amount each bank has given to the
fund. Supporters ofthe center have quietly
expressed hope that Charlotte-based First
Union National Bank, the nation’s ninth
largest bank, would match Nationsßank’s
donation, but First Union has yet to pub
licly announce a gift to the BCC.
Many of the students and faculty mem
bers who pushed for the center’s approval
two years ago now declined to comment
on the flagging fund-raising effort, saying
they were “out of the loop” or didn’t have
the latest figures.
Crowell said the Development Office
was still formulating a plan to approach
other banks in the state about making con
Crowell also said the office of develop
ment was launching a regional-based cam
paign to increase funds at the grassroots
level. The first regional campaign in At
lanta, which is run by volunteers, has net
ted over $59,000 in cash and pledges, she
Crowell said other regional campaigns
are planned for the Triangle area, the Triad,
Charlotte and Washington, D.C.
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Elia Nicholas demonstrates his cooking skills at Hector's Thursday. Hector's
and Club 9+9 both opened for business over the summer.
According to latridis, Club 9+9 has the
best club scene in Chapel Hill for the stu
dents. “We have a great dance floor, the
best sound and light in Chapel Hill, and we
have a great disc jockey with a huge collec
Humor is just another defense against the universe.
Chapal Hill, North Ciroliai
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25,1995
cellor have always had complete control of
Swofford, Smith and Hooker all said
they agreed that the document should bring
the University into compliance with the
The committee will be re-evaluating
UNC’s compliance with its recommenda
tions in October.
“There is no way that the Rams Club
should stand in the way of the University’s
reaccreditation,” Smith said.
Darryl Gless, who headed up the self
study report which highlighted areas need
ing improvement, said the agreement was
molded after one North Carolina State
University drew up last year which satis
fied the SACS review committee.
“The document tightened up the legal
language,” Gless said. “It’s my conviction
that it will meet the SACS guidelines com
pletely and close a possible loophole for
Hooker said the head of the SACS re
view team, former University of Virginia
President Robert O’Neil, said it sounded
as though the agreement would “work out
The first in a series
of weekly features
figures who are
making an impact
on the community
Eleanor Kinnaird has been in politics
since 1963, and has served as the mayor of
Carrboro for the last eight years, but don’t
condemn her just yet. As bad a reputation as
politicians have earned in recent times,
Kinnaird seems to be as genuine a public
servant as one could find.
The last decade has been a busy one for her town.
With RTP-related development creeping into the town,
and with controversial issues of gun control and domes
tic partners stealing the spotlight in local politics, the
town has seen a flurry of big-time issues.
Yet Kinnaird has remained relatively unruffled. Stay
ing true to a theory of individual-focused government,
she prepares to leave office with a clear picture of what
she has done, what she plans to do and where the
community is going.
Kinnaird started her political career in 1963 by work
ing for the League of Women Voters, then became
involved in Democratic precinct work and with various
citizens’ advisory committees, and finally became mayor
tion of music,” she said. “We play less top
forty music and more European, techno
and urban-style music.”
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Gless added that he had received a
“glowing” report on the way the Educa
tional Foundation handled the situation.
“This agreement was more geared for
the future,” he said. “The Educational
Foundation is well controlled by good
people, but in the future we might not be as
The 12,000 member, privately-run
booster club, which raises funds for the
University’s athletic department, previ
ously allowed its finances to be controlled
by its Board of Directors, which caused
concern among the visiting SACS commit
Though it was not defined in their by
laws, Smith said the Rams Club “has al
ways received the University’s approval
before taking any action.”
“The control has always been there,”
Smith said. “Now it is clarified on paper.”
Half of the foundation’s $6.5 million
budget for 1994-95 was spent on scholar
ships for athletes.
The Rams Club has financed past
projects, such as the $33.8 million Smith
Center and the recent renovation ofKenan
Carborro Mayor Eleanor Kinnaird performs volunteer work at the Carborro Commurdty Center.” 17
of Carrboro when elected during a time of debate about
Her ideas of government have seemingly helped her
remain a real article in a profession notorious for duplic
ity. “It’s about helping individual constituents when
they need help from their government,” she said. “And
certainly the second most important thing is to have a
vision and a goal for your community.”
Kinnaird stressed the difference between big-time
politics and local-level government. “We’re very close to
people,” she said. “I do things for individuals all the
“You’re also not talking about budget or power on the
level of the state and federal government, so nobody’s
giving me money for my campaign and hoping I’ll vote
BMW Smashed, Smith OK
In 15-501 Fender Bender
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
UNC basketball coach Dean Smith ex
ited his car unscathed after a four-axle
dump truck struck his car from behind
around 10 a.m.
stopped at a red light
onU.S. 15-501, pre
paring to take a left
Drive, when the
truck, driven by Ri
Cherry, 19, of
rammed the back of
BMW. Smith’s car
slid 38 feet after im-
UNC basketball coach
DEAN SMITH avoided
injury in a collision
with a truck Thursday.
Cherry was found at fault but no charges
were filed, said Jane Cousins, Chapel Hill
There was approximately SB,OOO dam
age to Smith’s car and about S2OO damage
2 Assailants Charged
In Attack on Athletes
BY WENDY GOODMAN
Two men were arrested and charged at
Orange County Jail Thursday with the
Aug. 15 assault on two UNC track team
members which occurred on Church Street
near Lindsay Street, according to police
Chapel Hill police arrested William
Lamont Crisp, 24, and John Kemver
DonyellMay, 18, both ofFarmville, North
Carolina. The men were detained when
they were taken to the jail for an unrelated
offense. Police are also in the process of
apprehending another man suspected in
“We are real glad to have gotten these
guys,” Police Chief Ralph Pendergraph
said. “Apparently they have been going
around doing random things and that is
The third suspect’s name will be re
leased after he has been charged,
on behind the scenes in Washington. Kinnaird has tried
to stay focused on the “little man” in the political scene,
“We’re real concerned with students, and have been
for 20 years,” she said. She said her efforts to get Cat’s
Cradle relocated to Carrboro (which she considers one
of her biggest accomplishments) and her support of
businesses like Spring Garden, Armadillo Grill and
Sticks and Stones showed her support of the student
community, as did the town’s work with bussing.
“We have the highest bus ridership in the state, ” she
said. “And that’s because we have really provided
extensive bus coverage for our students. We have really
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Coach's Car Crunched
In Morning Collision
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to the truck, according to police reports.
Cherry said he slammed on his brakes,
but had no chance of stopping in time.
“I put my brakes on as I was coming
down the hill, but when I saw that I couldn’t
stop, I simply went into the lane with the
least amount of cars,” Cherry said.
Smith is in his 34th year as basketball
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The two men were charged with as
saulting UNC junior Chris Bennett and
sophomore John Cline, both members of
the UNC varsity track team.
Crisp was charged with one count of
assault with intent to harm, one count of
common law robbery and one count of
possession of stolen goods. May was also
charged with, the reports stated.
The two students had been getting some
thing to eat and were walking back to their
apartment when the attack occurred.
The beating occurred during a robbery
attempt. The assailants used their hands,
fists and feet, and bit the UNC students,
injuring bothofthem.Themenstole Cline’s
credit card and then got into a 1995 bur
gundy Hyundai which had been reported
stolen in Connecticut.
The two assailants were placed under
$3,000 bond at Orange County Jail, and
their first court appearance is expected
today, Pendergraph said. The assailants
may also have other charges brought against
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a certain way.”
She did point out, though, that pressure
like that wasn’t completely disassociated
from even her level of government. “One
time a developer approached me with money
and I said, ‘No way,”’ she said. “I wouldn’t
Indeed, her politics is far-removed from
the bigwig wheeling-and-dealing that goes
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