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BY JENNIFER BURLESON
The Student Recreation Center will re
main closed indefinitely during clean up
and repairs after weekend flooding, SRC
officials said Tuesday.
Because of the heavy rain on Sunday
that poured into the building, many of the
weight machines and other exercise equip
ment needs to be either cleaned, repaired
or replaced, officials said.
In addition, many of the cardiovascular
machines with electric motors will have to
be thoroughly dried out before they can be
More than 12 inches of rain accumu
lated in the weight room area. Most of the
water has been removed, but all carpet in
this area may need to be replaced.
Lauren Mangili, director of the SRC,
said she had spoken to an architect about
the possibility of making renovations to
prevent future flooding. She said she was
unsure if further action would be taken.
Mangili said she understood that many
people were upset and that the SRC staff
was working to reopen the facility as soon
“I know a lot of people are frustrated
and angry,” Mangili said. “Nobody obvi
ously had any control of the situation.”
Rob Burnish, manager of Spa Health
Club in the Village Plaza, has offered stu
dents the use of that facility Monday
through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Students are invited to take advantage
of any classes or equipment in the club
except the treadmills, he said.
“We have a sign up sheet for the tread
mills, so I’m going to give current members
DA Files Motion to Get —
Williamson’s UNC Records
■ Carl Fox has requested
that the law school and UNC
Hospitals turn over medical
and school records of
Wendell Williamson, who will
mount an insanity defense.
BY WENDY GOODMAN
Orange-Chatham District Attorney Carl
Fox filed motions in Orange County Supe
rior Court Monday requesting student and
medical records of the UNC law student
accused of killing
two Chapel Hill
residents in a Jan.
26 shooting spree.
Fox asked for
records to shed light
on the defense’s
Williamson was in
an unstable mental
state at the time of
In the first mo
tion, Fox asked that
his office be allowed
to inspect UNC’s
District Attorney CARL
FOX has asked that
the dean of the UNC
Law School be ordered
to turn over transcripts
records of the suspect’s history of psychiat
ric treatment. Williamson’s lawyers plan
to mount an insanity defense when the trial
begins in late October.
The records contain Williamson’s his
tory of counseling sessions at UNC Stu
dent Health Services and UNC Hospitals.
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• 60, 895 users logged on, an average of 362
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• At peak times, upwards of 3,000 log-ins per
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I • Number of users at UNC who publish World
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Exercise machines in the SRC bear water marks from the flood Sunday night.
The SRC's indefinite closure has upset many patrons .
preference," Burnish said. “I want to keep
my current members happy.”
Burnish said students and faculty wish
ing to use the club would need to show
their UNC ONE Card or Gym and Pool
privilege card at their first visit. Then, they
would be given a temporary membership
card. The membership would be good un
til the SRC reopens, he said.
“I just want to offer it to extend a little
Fox described an incident in the law school
parking lot two years ago where Williamson
“was reportedly seen slapping himself in
the face.” That event was witnessed by
several law students, and a police report
was filed, he said.
In another incident outside a law class
in 1994, Williamson reportedly said he
could read other people's thoughts.
Fox also asked that the dean of the law
school turn over the history of counseling
sessions, outbreaks during classes at the
law school and grade transcripts, which
will help determine the validity of the
defense's use of the insanity plea.
Dean Judith Wegner said she could not
comment on the motion or the incident
which Fox cited.
She also said she could not comment at
this point on whether the law school would
turn over the records.
She said such requests were routine in
trials of this nature.
“That is the way the statute allows them
to get information under the privacy act,”
she said. “It is a routine motion to file.”
Williamson is charged with two counts
offirst-degree murder in the shooting deaths
of UNC student and lacrosse player Kevin
Reichardt and Chapel Hill resident Ralph
Walker. He is also charged with 13 counts
of assault with a deadly weapon with in
tent to kill.
A psychiatrist at Dorothea Dix Mental
Hospital had previously testified after ex
tensive examination ofWilliamson that he
was “actively psychotic” at the time of the
The psychiatrist testified that
Williamson “was laboring under such a
defect of reason that he was incapable of
distinguishing between right and wrong.”
Students Can Make Own World Wide Web Homepage
BYJ.C. JOHNSON II
The superhighway of information, known as
the World Wide Web, through the University, is
being placed in the hands of students and faculty
alike, Office of Information Technology staff said.
Isis, the system by which UNC accesses the
Web, recorded 60,895 users logged on during the
week ofAugust 20-27 alone. According the Jeanne
Smythe, associate director of OIT Systems Inte
gration, access to all kinds of information can be
obtained through the Web.
“There will be an increased demand (for Web
access) as time goes on,” Smythe said. “You can
access other’s information and publish your own. ”
Smythe said a growing number of students had
created their own homepage on the Web, a rela
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hand of help,” Burnish said.
SRC users also are encouraged to use
the equipment in Woollen Gym during
Steve Flippen, a sophomore from Char
lotte, said he was disappointed with the
situation. “What happened to the SRC is a
disaster,” Flippensaid. “It’snicethatthere
are other alternatives, but nothing is quite
like the SRC.”
Smoking on South Campus Balconies a No-No
BY MELISSA MILIOS
Smokers on South Campus who retreat
to the balcony to light up may actually be
violating University policy, according to
the campus-wide smoking ban in Univer
Director of Housing Wayne Kuncl said
the residence halls on South Campus may
be enforcing different policies according to
each hall government’s interpretation of
the smoking ban set forth by former Chan
cellor Paul Hardin two years ago.
Hardin announced in October 1993 that
the University would comply with the Or
ange County Board of Health’s Smoking
Control Rules, thereby prohibiting smok
inginUniversity facilities, except residence
The ban specifically addresses smoking
inside University buildings, but rules about
smoking on balconies are unclear.
Kuncl said he had recommended that
the residence hall area directors address
the balcony smoking policy at their weekly
“I think that some people will have
strong feelings (about allowing smoking
on the balconies), either one way or the
other,” he said.
Kuncl said he hoped the area directors
would come up with a policy consistent for
all South Campus residence halls.
Each residence hall’s government is re
sponsible for determining its own policy
on smoking on the balconies, Kuncl said.
He said they may choose to ban smok
ing on the balconies because of the mess
made when students throw their cigarette
butts off the balcony.
“(The butts) create an eyesore on the
base of the building which the housekeep
ers then have to deal with when they clean
up the grounds,” Kuncl said. “(Not smok
ing) is a courtesy issue that affects employ-
tively new technological capability.
As of Sunday, the number of campus users who
had set themselves up to publish WWW home
pages was 451. Approximately 27 percent of that
number has successfully created an actual page.
“We assume a certain amount of computer
literacy," Smythe said. “You (can) start with Isis
and follow the instructions on-line.”
Another way of setting up shop on the Web is
through a universal resource library. The address,
http://www.unc.edu/about/provider/, gives us
ers a prompt: Creating WWW pages at UNC-CH.
Once users have accessed the prompt, the direc
tions are self-explanatory.
“Every faculty, staff and student is designated
up to five megabytes of space for their own per
sonal use in Web publishing,” said Linwood
Futrelle, director of OIT services. “It's free to you,
N.C. Laws May Contribute
To Falling Abortion Rates
ASSISTANT STATE AND NATIONAL EDITOR
The number of women in North Carolina who had abortions
in 1994 fell for the fifth straight year, and this trend is expected to
continue as legislative funding cuts and the state’s new parental
consent law take effect this year.
Doctors performed 31,875 abortions in North Carolina during
1994, the lowest figure since 1982. The abortion rate, or the
number of abortions per 1,000 women, was 19.5 in North Caro
lina. The Orange County rate fell from 22.5 in 1993 to 21 8 in
Janet Colm, executive director for Planned Parenthood of
Orange and Durham counties, said the lower numbers were good
news, but warned against comparing data.
“It can be misleading to compare year to year,” Colm said.
Colm said the falling abortion rates meant that communities
have identified prevention education as a priority.
“In Orange County, (the statistic) means the community is
doing a good job of helping women prevent unintended pregnan
cies,” Colm said. “Our numbers have been lower. The commu
nity sees unintended pregnancies as an issue we need to be
Colm said Planned Parenthood’s main goal was to get infor
mation about birth control and pregnancy prevention to those
who need it, but she said some people were more likely to educate
themselves than others.
“Women who have higher self-esteem, education and career
goals are more likely to get information,” she said.
Barbara Holt, president of North Carolina Right to Life,
offerred different reasons for the lower abortion numbers.
“Of course, there are a variety of reasons,” Holt said. “One,
more than ever before, there are pictures of unborn children on
Holt said the exposure that abortion procedures have received
on news magazine television shows had helped to inform the
public about what it really means to have an abortion.
“We know that when a woman sees her humanity, then that
woman thinks twice about having an abortion,” she said. “She
knows that it is human life.”
Whatever the exact reasons for the steady decline in both total
abortions and abortion rates, those numbers can be expected to
fail further in the future because of recent legislation.
The North Carolina General Assembly passed two key pieces
of legislation during the summer session that affect abortion. One
bophomores Brian Cohn, left, and Tim Kelsey take a smoke break Tuesday afternoon outside their suite in Morrison.
Although smoking is illegal on the balconies of all South Campus dorms, many smokers choose to ignore the rules.
ees as well as the students who live in the
Residence Hall Association President
Jessica Godwin said she was not aware of
the University’s policy on smoking on the
balconies, but had not yet needed to ques
Abortions in North Carolina
The number of abortions across the state has
decreased steadily over the past five years.
Total abortions *94 per 1,000 women
North Carolina 31,875 19.5
Wake County 3,286 24.9
Durham County 1,671 32.7
Orange County 706 21.8
Tyrrell County 5 6.2
SOURCE STATE CE.YTER FOR HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL STATISTICS DTH/ALANA SMITH
is the Parental Consent law, which requires women under age 18
to have written consent from one parent, grandparent or a judge
in order to have an abortion.
Rep. Robin Hayes, R-Cabanus, who is campaigning for the
1996 gubernatorial race, said the legislation let parents participate
in their daughters’ decision-making processes.
“I voted for that, and am very much in favor of it,” Hayes said.
“Parents have to be involved in their children’s fives.”
However, Hayes said he understood the plight of teen-agers
who come from unsupportive or abusive families and cannot talk
to their parents about abortions.
Holt said she agreed with the legislation, and said the law
should have been passed long ago.
“The Parental Consent law is common-sense legislation, ’’ Holt
said. “Parents were shocked to find out their children could have
an abortion without their knowing about it.”
Holt said she expected the teen-age pregnancy rate to go down
as a result of the law because rates have fallen in other states after
they passed similar laws.
“It’s good legislation; it’s been proven,” she said. “It makes
teen-agers re-think sex.”
Colm said she saw the legislation differently. She said teen
agers who cannot talk to their parents might try to get an abortion
in another way, leading to possible illegal abortions or abortions
performed in other states.
“The parental consent measure has the potential to be very
dangerous,” Colm said. “Most people who have abortions talk to
their parents. The ones who don’t have a good reason.”
brought any problems to my view so my
understanding is there haven’t been any
problems with that,” Godwin said.
Andy Sloan, a sophomore from
Mooresville who fives in Hinton James,
but we (UNC) are paying a lot of money for it.”
The Web is one of the most efficient ways of
distributing information to the public, Futrelle
There are no guidelines to follow when putting
up information on the Web. “People can put up
anything they want to, ” Smythe said. “(They) may
put up interests or pointers; information about
themselves, pictures or cartoons.”
Futrelle said the Web could also be used to help
professors distribute information to their students.
“A few faculty are putting their syllabus on the
Web,” Futrelle said. "Course readings and written
assignments have also been posted by some of the
When users access the WebatUNC’shomepage,
See WEB, Page 2
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said he usually smoked on the balcony
with his roommate and suitemates. “I can
see how people might be offended if I went
into their room and fit up, but there should
be no problem if we just want to smoke
outside on the balcony."
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