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Trustee Committee Recommends Tuition Hike
BY JAMES LEWIS
The proposed S4OO tuition increase
moved a major step closer to final approval
as the UNC Board of Trustees’ business
and finance committee recommended ap
proving the increase during a special tele
conference meeting Friday.
Committee members approved the rec
ommendation by a 5 to 1 vote, with Cressie
Thigpen of Raleigh casting the only dis
Under the approved motion, all stu
dents would face an additional tuition
charge of s2ooper semester beginning next
fall. The motion also recommended the
full $3,000 increase allowed for graduate
students in certain professional programs.
If the full board approves the proposal,
45 percent of the revenue would go toward
faculty salaries and 10 percent would go
toward library funding. The remaining 45
percent would go to supplement financial
aid, 10 percent above the minimum 35
percent mandated by the original original
Local Man Shoots
■ A man with a long criminal
record killed his ex-girlfriend
and himself at her parents'
home Thursday night.
BY SUZANNE WOOD
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
An Orange County man with a record
of assaulting women shot and killed his ex
girlfriend on her parents’ front lawn two
miles outside of Carrboro, then turned the
gun on himself Thursday night.
Jennifer Lee Noell, 34, a Chapel Hill
Transit bus driver, was killed when her ex
boyfriend, Joseph Malcolm McLeod, 34,
shot her in the head in the front yard of her
house in Calavander.
Orange County sheriffs deputies ar
rived at the apparent murder-suicide at
8510 Union Grove Church Road shortly
before 11 p.m. to find the two bodies lying
in the front yard.
McLeod, a Carrboro landscaper, had
been visiting Noell at her parents’ house
Thursday night. When he walked out of
the house to leave, Noell followed him
Family members came outside at the
sound of gunshots to find McLeod shoot
ing Noell in the head.
After shooting Noell, McLeod walked
to his car and fatally shot himself in the
head with a .22 caliber revolver.
The murder followed an incident earlier
Thursday afternoon when McLeod
boarded the bus Noell was driving and
harassed her, said Chapel Hill Police De
partment spokeswoman Jane Cousins.
McLeod got on the bus at about 5 p.m.
and sat near Noell, Cousins said. After
McLeod rode the bus for awhile, Noell
radioed for help.
A Chapel Hill police officer boarded
the bus on Columbia Street and asked
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Annette Wood, chairwomanofthecom
mittee, said the committee thought its con
cerns about the added financial burden for
students, which had been a hot topic for
discussion at a BOT hearing Sept. 7, had
been adequately addressed.
“We feel that those presently on aid,
those applying for financial aid, as well as
those that would need aid after the increase
would be covered under the plan,” she
Wood joined trustees William Jordan,
David Pardue, Richard Stevens and Stu
dent Body President Calvin Cunningham
in voting to recommend the increase to the
She said she thought improving faculty
salaries was a key to improving the
University’s standing among peer institu
tions and that trustees felt this plan would
would do just that.
“I think in general we all realize the
need to improve faculty salaries,” she said.
“We know we can’t be a first class institu
tion without competitive faculty salaries.”
McLeod to get off.
“We received a call from the bus dis
patcher who received a call from the bus
driver (Noell)," Cousins said. “The officer
got on and asked him to leave. There was
The call Thursday afternoon for Chapel
Hill police assistance was the first call the
department had received concerning
McLeod and Noell, Cousins said.
The bus incident and the apparent mur
der-suicide were not McLeod’s first run
ins with the law, however.
He was sentenced in 1989 to six years in
prison for the attempted murder of his wife
at the time, according to court records.
McLeod slashed his wife several times
with a rusty butcher knife when she tried to
get a separation from him.
Court records also show McLeod was
facing two mandatory life sentences, plus
10 years for allegedly sexually assaulting
his 4-year-old daughter in 1993.
Since 1986, McLeod has also been im
prisoned for driving while impaired, resist
ing an officer, assault on a female and
driving with a revoked license, reports
McLeod and Noell had dated for more
than a year but had broken up several
They had spent some time together fol
lowing the break-up. The two also report
edly went out to dinner the night before the
McLeod had visited Noell ather family’s
house several times since the break-up.
Noell, a 1979 Chapel Hill High School
graduate, was a member of Hickory Grove
She had driven for Chapel Hill Transit
for more than seven years and had a clean
driving record, said Chapel Hill Transit
Director Bob Godding.
“She was a very dedicated employee, a
good driver,” Godding said. “We will
greatly miss her.”
Two Local Directors Hope the Crowds at “Immortal’s” Saturday Night Premiere Mean
BY THANASSIS CAMBANIS
On one of the biggest nights of
their lives, the co-directors of “Im
mortal” tried to make sure nothing
went wrong. After two years of
working on their independent film
production, the two Chapel Hillians
nervously planned their film’s pre
miere for over a month.
But something was bound to go
wrong. Fortunately for Walt Bost
and Steve White, the problem was
only in the pudding. Or in the cake,
to be precise.
Bost ordered a “basic white cake
with regular butter icing."
“It was kind of a shock when I
saw the cake was filled with lemon
icing,” he said at the premiere’s
after-party at the Omni Europa
But the lemon filling didn’t ruin
the party; it just meant that Bost’s
sister couldn’t eat any of the cake.
At least 100 supporters, cast,
crew, friends and viewers gathered
after the sold-out first public show
ing of the film to celebrate the
completion of Bost and White’s
project, the vampire film ““Immor
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Bost said.
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Wood said she thought the proposal
would be approved when the trustees voted
on the plan at their regular meeting this
Friday. “I think probably a majority would
be in favor of it,” she said.
Wood, who was also chairwoman of
the committee last year, said she could not
recall a recommendation from the com
mittee which failed to gain approval from
the full board.
BOT Chairman Billy Armfield said he
expected the board to vote on the issue at
the Friday meeting.
Armfield, who said he supported the
plan, said the merit-based faculty increases
would be a 5.6 percent increase over this
“I think our responsibility is to provide
excellent educationand affordable tuition,”
hesaid. “This puts more outstanding teach
ers at a rateable level.”
Chancellor Michael Hooker, who has
not taken a public stance on the issue, said
that while he had shared his thoughts on
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The Plaza Theaters at Village
Plaza hosted the premiere. Around
580 people paid $lO apiece to get
into the showing; about 100 others
were turned away.
In the parking lot outside the
Plaza before the premiere, a spot
light donated by Creative Visions
of Raleigh traced circles in the sky.
A half-opened coffin from Walker’s
Funeral Home greeted members of
the audience in the lobby, along
with a blood fountain from Home
Depot. Local artist Clyde Jones
from Bynum donated an “Immor
tal” statue complete with film cans.
“Immortal” begins a week-long
regularrun Friday at the Plaza. The
directors said they didn’t know what
to expect at Saturday’s debut. The
numbers erased some of their
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Hooker Leaning Toward S4OO Increase
BY BRONWEN CLARK
The tuition debate which has divided
the campus has also divided the top
At a Thursday night Rotary Club
meeting in Chapel Hill, Chancellor
Michael Hooker said if he had to decide
on the spot, he would endorse the hike.
However, on Sunday, Hooker clari
fied his position, saying he could still see
bothsidesoftheissue. “What I said then
was ifl had a gun to my head, I would go
with the increase,” Hooker said.
However, he said he also feared the
increase could impede UNCs accessi
off between accessibility and quality,”
hesaid. “The reason to raise tuition is all
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Hooker said he,
like many students,
worried about the
precedent such an
increase could set.
“If accessibility is
a worry for the long
term, it is a worry
because by raising
tuition because the
state could not or
would not step up
HOOKER said he
thought faculty salaries
needed to be
increased to maintain
quality at UNC.
to the plate, you create a dangerous prece
dent contrary to the whole history of Caro
lina," Hooker said.
■lmmortal' directors Steve White (left) and Walt Bost
(right) slice the celebration cake at their premiere
afterparty Saturday night (above). Before the party, 580
people attended the sold-out premiere at The Plaza
Theaters and saw, among other things. White pacing in
front of a sculpture by local artist Clyde Jones.
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However, Hooker said he feared that
without a sufficient increase in faculty
salaries, UNC’squality could be eroded.
“One musn’t lose sight of the fact that to
sustain and build quality we must keep
a competitive faculty salary structure.”
Hooker said the recent rankings by
the National Research Council, which
ranked only two UNC graduate depart
ments in the top 10, were indicative of a
decline in quality directly related to fac
ulty salaries. “Continued slippage in
quality is 100 percent a faculty salary
issue,” he said.
Student Body President Calvin
Cunningham and Interim Provost Rich
ard Richardson have come out in sup
port of the increase. However, UNC
System President C.D. Spangler opposes
the increase and has said the hike would
make UNC an “elitist” institution.
While most Chapel Hill residents were
still in bed sleeping off the previous night’s
beers, many hardcore Tar Heels spent their
weekend busily battling it out at Nike’s
Power Play Street Hockey Challenge.
Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, and con
tinuing through Sunday night, these stu
dents shook off their hangovers and
stumbled down to the Craige Parking Deck
for two full days of intense street hockey.
The Street Hockey Challenge is part of
Nike’s Participate in the Lives of America’s
Youth campaign, designed to generate in
terest in new sports and provide entertain
ment for the community.
In Co-Rec Division 1, the Trackies
topped We Own the Night to take the
crown; in Co-Rec Division 2, Dog Pound
beat out Blind Panic; in the Women’s Di
vision, Asphalt Kamikazees bested
Debra Williamson, one of the directors
of the tournament, said Nike made no
profit from the tournament and donated all
equipment used to the IM-Rec department.
The whole setup travels across the country
from school to school throughout the year.
After the gear was unloaded and the
two rinks were set up, it was time to get
down to business. The early hour pre
vented some teams from getting started,
though, and several teams had to forfeit
because they couldn’t get their players out
With grunge music pumping at maxi
mum volume out of a wall of speakers, a
light rain fell during the early part of the
day, prompting many players to seriously
question if the souvenir Nike T-shirt was
worth it. “I just want to go home and go to
See STREET HOCKEY, Page 5