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Volume 103, Issue 67
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Looking for More Facts
■ Judge renders cryptic
decision in professor’s child
custody battle with ex-wife.
BY ROBYN TOMLIN HACKLEY
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
When Governor’s State University of
fered James Williams an administrative
position, school administrators say they
didn't know what they were bargaining
According to the public relations direc
tor for the Chicago-area school, new infor
mation that administrators have learned
about Williams since hiring him as the
director of the school’s Writing Across the
Curriculum program could affect his fu
ture at the school.
“So much new information has come
forward, that at this point, we don’t know
fact from fiction,” said GSU Public Rela
tions Director Connie Zonka.
“We’re looking into it. At this point we
are committed to staying with him. Our
principal concern is what this person can
bring to the plate in developing the Writing
Across the Curriculum Program.”
Roger Oden, dean of Arts and Sciences
for the 5,800 student commuter college,
confirmed Tuesday that Williams had been
hired to start Mondayinthe one-year posi
Zonka said Williams told members of
his position’s search committee that he
had been involved in a messy divorce battle,
and he had resigned from UNC after infor
mation about an affair that he had with
former UNC journalism major Ako
Shimada came to light. Shimada and Wil
liams were married June 24.
“We obviously didn’t get the full picture
during the search process,” Zonka said.
She said the new information coming to
light “would definitely enter into the con
sideration of his case.”
In another twist, Orange County Dis
trict Judge Lowry Betts denied a request by
Williams’ ex-wife, Ashley, to grant her an
emergency change in custody of the
couple’s 10-year-old son Austin.
Terry Ham, Ashley Williams attorney,
filed the motion after learning that Will
iams had left the state last week; at the time
Ham did not know where Williams had
Betts mled that there was an insufficient
basis to conclude that Williams had left the
country or was posing a significant threat
to the child.
“This entry shall not be construed to
School Board Candidates To Focus
On Improving Minority Test Scores
■ A forum held Wednesday
night allowed candidates
seeking seats on the school
board to air their views on
the issues of this campaign.
Candidates forthe Chapel Hill-Canboro
City School Board said the main concerns
of this fall's campaign would revolve
around below-average achievement of mi
nority at-risk children and the reform of
In the second of a series of forums spon
sored by Tax Watch, the candidates met
with members of the public at the Town
Hall on Wednesday night.
Louise Cole incorporated the idea of
new programs designed specifically to meet
the needs of at-risk students.
Cole is a member of Putting Children
First. Putting Children First is a local group
formed in 1993 to advocate parent con
‘“One size fits all’ does not work in
education; hence our minority achieve
ment is 40 points below that of our sister
county (Durham),” Cole said.
The candidates emphasized the need
for increased parent involvement in the
schools to gain community support for
Concerns about the ability of the stu
dents and the usefulness of these programs
followed the introduction of these ideas.
The idea that all children can team was
commonly accepted among the candidates,
and this idea reinforced the initiation of
“Struggling kids are no different," said
incumbent Ken Touw.
Candidates said reduced class size was
vital to the success of these new programs
“So much new information
has come forward, that at this
point, we don't know factfrom
fiction. ... We obviously didn't
get the fullpicture during the
search process. ”
GSU Public Relations Director
deprive the child the right to visit the mother
in Orange County, N.C.,” Betts said.
James Williams’ attorney for the case,
Lunsford Long, asked the judge to remove
the reference to Orange County in the
order, but Betts refused to do so, saying, “I
know of no other place where said visita
tion can be exercised.”
Lawyers in the case disagree about what
Betts’ emphasis on Orange County could
Ham said after the hearing, “If Dr.
Williams does not deliver the child to Mrs.
Williams for the scheduled visitation in
Orange County, N.C., I will request that
he be held in contempt of court.”
Williams was scheduled to deliver the
child to his ex-wife Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Long said he viewed the situation differ
ently. “I wasn’t real sure myself about
what the judge meant by visitation in Or
ange County,” he said. “Judge Betts added
that to the order.”
When asked if his client would comply
with the provision set down in Betts order,
Long said, “He's going to make the child
available up there (in Chicago) for her to
“Judge Betts said that there was no
reason to change physical custody today,”
Ham said. “He also said was that the
mother is entitled to visitation in Orange
County, N.C. We contend he went (to
Chicago) for the purpose of defeating her
Administrators at GSU said that they
were unaware that Williams’ custody case
was still in play. Zonka said Williams told
the provost at GSU that he had cleared
with the court his decision to move the
child before he left Chapel Hill.
Williams, who is staying in the Chicago
area, was unable to be reached by phone.
Ashley Williams has filed a motion ask
ing the court to reconsider its judgement in
the custody case. Betts said that the court
would hearthe pending custody motion in
Hillsborough, on Oct. 9.
Candidate Rebecca Coyne relates a story about her children being assaulted
in school to stress the need for school safety during Wednesday night's forum.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board
once they were in place. This would help
children get the attention they need in the
classroom, candidates said.
Rebecca Coyne was in favor of these
reductions in size, as it helped meet the
individual needs of children in the schools.
The concept ofsite-based management,
treating schools as private corporations
and not harnessing them under the control
of central administration, was discussed.
Touw had worked with establishing site
based management in schools before it had
statewide support and advocated it as a
means of giving schools more leeway in
Peter Morcombe said that the state
should “take the handcuffs off principals
/ have such poor vision I can date anybody.
Chapel Hill. North Caroliaa
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14,1995
Greene: God, Abstinence Fight AIDS
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LaGena Lookabill Greene, a UNC alumna who discovered she was HIV-positive
in 1987, speaks to reporters Tuesday evening at the General Alumni Building.
Minimum Room Rate Doubled at New Carolina Inn
After more than 10 months of renova
tion, the Carolina Inn is tentatively sched
uled to reopen next week. The hotel, how
ever, has recently come under fire For rais
ing its minimum room rate from $45 to
This rate increase puts the Inn’s accom
modations out of reach for many campus
groups looking for a convenient place to
house visiting lecturers and performers.
After using the Carolina Inn’s facilities
for sixteen years, ACTER, a teaching/
acting residency program, has been forced
All the candidates agreed that once
schools were freer, the community would
have more confidence and respect in the
Site-based management was ideal in
directly involving the community in the
Bill Estran stressed the idea that the
community was made up of customers of
students, taxpayers and parents that needed
to be satisfied.
Candidates thought that better local
planning of these schools would aid the
community in satisfying these goals.
As technology demands increased, em
phasis on preparing students for the work
place of the future faced the school board.
Cole said the intent of these goals were to
benefit the children in the town.
“The future depends on what we as a
community do today.”
to house visiting actors at the Holiday Inn.
ACTER is a theater group that coordinates
tours of British Shakespearean actors to
campuses throughout the United States.
The program is run out of the UNC En
glish department, having recently moved
from the University of California at Santa
Barbara. According to General Manager
Cynthia Dessen, the Carolina Inn is no
longer a viable option for the group as a
result of the recent rate increase. “I was
really surprised when the Inn told me their
minimum room rate,” Dessen said. “Usu
ally we encounter rates around S6O-65.”
Dessen pointed out the fact that many
campus organizations, including ACTER,
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Diversions, page 5
School Lunches: The Chapel Hill-
Carrboro City School System is
planning to privatize school
cafeterias. Marriott will take over
News, page 3
TODAY: Partly cloudy, high mid 80s.
FRIDAY: Partly cloudy, chance of
thunderstorms, high mid 80s
BY J.C. JOHNSON II
LaGena Lookabill Greene has AIDS.
After living with the disease for nine
years, her courage and her love for God
has driven her to speak out. Her message:
“That all (those) living with the disease
deserve unconditional love and compas
sion, regardless of how they got it.”
Greene graduated from UNC in May of
1983. She returned earlier this week to see
the campus and the students and, most
importantly, to spread her message.
At the beginning of her Wednesday
evening speech in Memorial Hall, Greene
recalled her early life as a student at UNC.
She was a cheerleader, involved in too
many clubs to name and graduated with
honors in psychology and dramatic arts.
According to Greene, she was infected
with HTV, the virus that causes AIDS, after
a one-time sexual encounter with her long
term boyfriend, race car driver Tim Rich
Richmond died of AIDS in 1989.
In January of this year Greene went
public with her condition, nine years after
she was diagnosed with AIDS. During her
speech, Greene recalled some of the “road
blocks” she encountered.
“Several reliable sources from UNC
calledmeandtoldme that the Chancellor’s
Task Force on AIDS wanted nothing to do
with this event, because I am a Christian,”
“I am disappointed that Chancellor
(Michael) Hooker chose not to attend my
presentation, but I am thrilled that all of
Greene’s husband, mother, father and
brother attended the event and answered
questions after she was finished. Greene
spoke of her brother’s presence at her wed
ding, the “happiest day of her life.” Her
are non-profit groups that cannot afford
such rates when bringing people in for
conferences. She also questioned whether
the Carolina Inn had the University’s best
interests at heart.
“I don’t think it results in very good will
(between campus groups and the Carolina
Inn). The Inn should consider lower rates
for University groups; otherwise, they will
be cutting themselves out of a lot of busi
ness,” Dessen said.
Currently, no special rates exist for
groups affiliated with the UNC campus.
However, general group rates are avail
“Group rates can be negotiated on the
None Hurt in Terrorist
Attack on U.S. Embassy
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MOSCOW—A masked attacker fired
a rocket-propelled grenade that pierced the
thick brick wall of the U.S. Embassy and
exploded in an empty office Wednesday.
No one was injured in the daring mid
afternoon attack that came at a time of
rising anti-American sentiment.
There was no claim of responsibility,
and officials said there was no clear link to
growing Russian criticism of NATO
airstrikes on Bosnian Serbs. Russian and
U.S. spokesmen insisted the attack was an
“It’s the act of a lone maniac,” a senior
Russian security official said at the scene,
Student Body President
Alleges Racism at NCSA
BY ANDREW PARK
The student body president of the N.C.
School of the Arts accused members of the
school’s faculty of racism in grading stu
Student Body President Cliffßobinson,
a 40-year-old third-
“A track record has to be looked at,”
Robinson said. “I have personally experi
enced this treatment.”
He described a subtle racism among
certain instructors. "You can’t dismiss it,”
Robinson complained to UNC-system
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“Several reliable sources from
UNC called me and told me
that the Chancellors Task
Force on AIDS wanted noth
ing to do with this event,
because lam a Christian. I
am disappointed that Chan
cellor (Michael) Hooker chose
not to attend my presentation,
but I am thrilled that all of
LAGENA LOOKABILL GREENE
1983 UNC Alumna
brother then told the crowd that he was
single. The crowd applauded when he as
sured his sister that she, too, would be
present at his wedding and they embraced.
Greene’s personal account went from a
life of “promise and dreams” to one of
“anger and despair” and finally to “repen
tance, grace and hope in Jesus Christ. ” She
hopes her story will open the eyes of all
who hear it.
Greene emphasized the fact that it only
takes one person, one time to get infected
“AIDS is completely preventable,” said
Greene. “I hope that others will heed my
warning and not have to go through what
I’m going through.”
Greene is a strong advocate of absti
nence, not safe sex or protected sex. She
believes it is the one and only way to be
protect yourself and be sure.
“I don’t want one more person in this
world to get AIDS,” Greene implored.
“Why take the chance? It’s not worth it.”
basis oftime and the number of members,”
said Margaret Skinner, director of sales
and marketing for the Carolina Inn. “We
do a tremendous amount of business for
groups the business school, medical
school, continuing education."
Skinner stated that the Inn was con
cerned with maintaining good relations
with UNC. “The Carolina Inn is owned by
the University and is here to serve it,”
The Carolina Inn lost almost $400,000
between 1988 and 1990. In 1993, the state
transferred management of the landmark
inn to Doubletree Hotel Corporation, based
speaking on condition of anonymity.
The grenade was fired at 4:25 p.m. from
the opposite side of the busy Garden Ring
Road, crossing 12 lanes of rush-hour traf
fic. It punched through the facade of the
mustard-and-white 10-story building on
the sixth floor, sending thick smoke swirl
ing. The blast broke two windows and
gouged out brick and plaster, leaving a
hole and scorching the wall.
There were no reports of arrests, but the
Interfax News Agency quoted security of
ficials as saying they had a composite sketch
of the attacker: a tall, young man in jeans.
See MOSCOW, Page 2
President C.D. Spangler on Friday at a
meeting of student body presidents held in
the General Administration building.
Spangler told Robinson to take his con
cemstoNCSA Chancellor Alex Ewing. “I
am unaware of any specific allegations of
racism,” Spangler said.
Ewing said Wednesday that he also was
unaware of the charges. “We don’t seem to
have any racial problems,” Ewing said.
“The student body is tremendously open
and tolerant. I’ve never heard of one alle
Dean of Student Affairs Cranford
Johnson disagreed. “I know that some
African-American students have some real
concerns about how responsive the school
is to their needs,” he said.
Brandon Williams, a member of the
film school’s Student Advisory Commit
tee, said that faculty prejudice results in
lower grades for black students. “That’s
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