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Volume 103, Issue 94
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Opening Statements Begin
Today in Williamson Trial
BY WENDY GOODMAN
AND LAURA GODWIN
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
HILLSBOROUGH - Attorneys in
double-murder suspect Wendell
Williamson’s trial will issue opening state
ments beginning at 2 p.m. in the Orange
County Superior Court House today.
A submission hearing for evidence in
the case will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the six
jurors and two alternates selected Tuesday
will join the six chosen Monday in return
ing to the courtroom in the afternoon for
As the day progressed, with attorneys
planning opposing strategies for selecting
the jury, Williamson who was seated
next to his attorney stared blankly to
wards the jury box.
Defense attorneys James Williams and
Kirk Osborn continued along the same line
of questioning they had begun Monday in
the selection of the first group of jurors.
The defense questioned potential jurors
regarding their ability to understand the
difference between the prosecution’s bur
den of proof and the burden ofproofforthe
“Our burden of proof under the law is a
lower standard,” Osborn told the jury.
Limited parking spaces and impending cuts
in federal funding for public transportation
mean area residents may have a harder time
Transportation Important to UHC
Heel survey respondents rated how I
■ important public transportation and parking should I
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DTH/LARURIE PERKIS AND HEAD IERIJ-WIS
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Sophomores Leslie Matthews and Sara Armstrong get off the P-bus Tuesday in the PR lot off Estes Drive. Chapel Hill
Transit buses run in and between Chapel Hill and Carrboro, helping to alleviate the need for parking in the area.
U.N. Still Important After 50 Years
■ Although the U.N. is too
big and in debt, it does a job
no other organization could
do, local experts say.
ASSISTANT STATE 6 NATIONAL EDITOR
Local United Nations experts defended
the U.N. against accusations ofinefficiency
and incompetence, saying that the organi
zation, now celebrating its 50th anniver
sary, needed reform but that it performed
The U.N. has faced accusations of be
ing bloated and disorganized. Julia
Henderson, a Chapel Hill resident who
was a member of the committee that orga
nized the United Nations, and who was at
one point the highest-ranking woman in
the U.N. Secretariat, said the excess was a
result of growth over the last 50 years.
“Every bureaucracy grows,” she said.
“It started with 51 nations; now there are
Osborn said he was concerned that the jury
might have the idea that the defense had to
prove beyond a reasonable doubt that
Williamson was insane.
Williams also told the potential jurors
during questioning that it was not die re
sponsibility of the defense to prove beyond
a reasonable doubt that the defendant was
insane. Williams told the jury that while
the defense conceded that Williamson had
shot and killed two men, the defense con
tended it was a “result of severe mental
“ It will be our burden to prove simply to
your satisfaction that Mr. Williamson was
insane at the time of these actions,” Will
iams told prospective jurors.
The defense continued to question po
tential jurors as to whether or not they
would be able to put aside preconceived
notions of the insanity defense. “The law
does not require that Mr. Williamson be
insane in all aspects of his life,” Williams
The defense hinted to the potential ju
rors during questioning that their client
would not take the stand to defend himself
Both members of the defense team asked
the potential jurors if their impartiality
would be affected should Williamson
See WILLIAMSON, Page 5
Eric Mlyn, assistant professor of politi
cal science, said he agreed. “Every large
institution needs reform, and the U.N.
probably needs reform,” he said. “The
member states should do that.
“It’s incredibly inefficient. There’s of
fices in Geneva, and the people in Geneva
don’t know what the people in New York
are doing. Let’s fix those inefficiencies.”
The United Nations is working on re
form. Helaine Plaut, a Fearrington Village
resident who worked with United Nations
Children’s Fund, said the U.N. had hired
an inspector general, who would work to
cut out inefficiencies. “No question, the
U.N. needs to be reformed, needs to be
made leaner, restructured,” Plaut said.
Henderson suggested that smaller coun
tries and other nations that had gained
power since the United Nations was cre
ated should have more representation.
“Changes need to be made,” she said.
“More representation is needed in the Se
curity Council. Japan and Germany need
to be there and more African countries.”
Henderson said the United Nations did
not always run smoothly because it was an
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25,1995
Hooker to Help H ousekeepers
Marsha Tinnen, a UNC housekeeper, expresses her opinion on newly-announced initiatives to improve conditionTfor* 1
housekeepers as Chancellor Michael Hooker listens, at a press conference held in South Building Tuesday.
Getting Around Town
The Daily Tar Heel polled
members of the University
community to find out
what they considered the
five most important issues
facing Chapel Hill and
Carrboro. The DTH is
running a series of articles
examining these topics
and the proposals for
suggested by candidates
running in the Nov. 7 town
elections. Today we
examine the No. 2 and No.
3 issues: parking and
organization of sovereign nations that
would ultimately do what they wanted.
Critics have charged that a main ineffi
ciency within the United Nations is an
overlap in the services performed by vari
ous commissions and agencies of the alli
Henderson agreed that there was over
lap in many of the commissions created by
individual countries. “There are a lot of
commissions that could be consolidated,”
she said. Henderson explained that mem
ber nations wanted to have something they
had created, comparing it to congressmen
who wanted to pass bills they had intro
Henderson denied there was overlap
between agencies like the World Health
Organization and UNICEF, while assert
ing that there was a team effort. She said
she worked closely with these agencies
when she was director of the Bureau for
“You have a great family of agencies
doing specific tasks —1 don’t think there’s
Status quo. Latin for the mess we’re in.
An increasing lack of space in the Chapel Hill and
Carrboro downtown areas and transit system finding woes
have the many community members who commute to
work and school concerned about the future of parking and
Eighty-nine percent of Daily Tar Heel survey respon
dents said parking should be a somewhat or very important
issue for die next mayors, Town Council and Board of
Aldermen. Eighty-eight percent said public transportation
was an important issue.
Chapel Hill Town Council
member and candidate Jim
Protzman said there was a strong
connection between the two is
sues. “The best way to improve
parking is to improve mass tran
sit . We need to make public trans
portation convenient as an alter-
native to the convenience of cars.”
But the future of mass transit in Chapel Hill and Carrboro
as an alternative to endless asphalt construction is up in the
air. With a Republican Congress slashing funding and
reducing federal investment in a variety of programs, cuts
loom in federal operating assistance that could affect the
daily lives of Chapel Hill and Canboro residents.
David King, deputy secretary for Transit, Rail and
Aviation for the North Carolina Department of Transpor
tation, said the expected cuts from Congress will have a
strong impact on the local system. “Congress is yet to act.
The Senate and House differ on h ow much they want to
cut.lt’s going to be somewhere on the order of 25 to 30
percent, and it will be felt in the Chapel Hill/Canboro
transit system this fiscal year.”
Federal operating assistance currently makes up ap
proximately 30 percent of the transportation budget.
With the approaching Nov. 7 town elections, candi
dates for office in both towns are considering their positions
on the issues of public transportation and parking in Chapel
Hill and Carrboro.
Despite great potential impact on the area transit sys
tem, fhe district’s congressional representative stands be-
See TRANSPORTATION, Page 2
CAA Funds Frozen by Treasurer Because
Of Unexplained Money in SAFO Accounts
assistant university editor
The student body treasurer Tuesday,
acting on a recommendation from the Stu
dent Congress Finance Committee, froze
fhe Carolina Athletic Association’s funds
pending an explanation for more than
$27,000 in the group's account.
On Monday, Finance Committee Chair
woman Julie Gasperini and Student Body
Treasurer Nathan Darling requested the
CAA’s financial records from the Student
Activities Fund Office because members
of the committee had questioned the CAA’s
In October, CAA President Anthony
Reid told congress and the finance com
mittee that unless congress allocated $4,000
to the CAA, there would be no Homecom
ing or ticket distribution.
SAFO’s financial reports stated that
throughout September and October, CAA’s.
balance of generated funds fluctuated be-
The Chapel. Hill Town Council voted 6-3 in favor of the
Controversial Meadowmont development Monday night. Coun
cil members Joyce Brown, Mark Chiltcm and Xoe-Capowski voted
against the plan, citing the lack of guarantees that the plan would
be beneficial to the town of Chapel Hill.
“My main concerns surrounding the feet that there were not
sufficient guarantees in the master land-use plan, that what was
built would look like, what Roger (Perry, the developer of
MeadOwmont) had presented to us,” Chilton said. “Everything
can look good on paper, but what is actually put on the ground
could be remarkably different than the ‘substantially similar’ that
Roger presented to us.”
Joyce Brown was more concerned that the Meadowmont
project did not fit in the town’s original plans.
“I think that the Town Council passed goals this past spring
regarding the east entranceway, ” she said. “We had language that
the developed neighborhood should have a variety of housing
types, and I didn’t feel that this plan followed what die town had
decided was fit for the town’s Comprehensive Plan.”
Chilton was not so upset with what was in the plan, but with
what was left out.
“It is possible that something Well designed could be built in
this area, there just weren’t any guarantees,” he said.
Brown was also upset with the type of development that was
planned for the area.
“To have large-scale office and retail development comparable
with the size of South Square Mall, it’s not in keeping to having
office and retail development with that kind of neighborhood,”
she said. “We had spiecified not to have large separate zones of
housing types, but over half of the acreage in the development is
for upper-class housing. The commercial and retail development
should be developed to serve the neighborhood.”
The plan was presented with a revision concerning the number
of acres allotted to the town for the construction of anew school.
Perry, ofEast West Partners, had planned to donate lOacresatthe
last council meeting. However, council member Rosemary Waldorf
added a stipulation calling for the donation of 18 acres for the
school development. Perry returned with an offer of 16 acres when
the plan passed Monday'. The revision had no influence on
See MEADOWMONT, Page 2
tween $27,000 and $28,000.
“The members of tire finance commit
tee had real problems with this because
they felt they were misguided with the
information presented by the CAA in Oc
tober,” Gasperini said. “They said they
had no money, and Homecoming would
not happen if they did not get these funds.”
Reid, CAA Treasurer lan Walsh and
CAA Vice President Brian Whitley could
notbe reached forcommentMondaynight.
The finance committee will meet at 7:30
p.m. Monday to discuss the financial re
port with Reid and other CAA officers.
Gasperini said she did not know where the
committee would meet. The freeze is in
effect until Monday evening, meaning that
the CAA will be unable to spend any funds
in SAFO until after the meeting,
Congress requested in the bill allocating
$4,000 for Homecoming activities that the
money be channeled through the execu
tive branch of student government because
the CAA had handled the $19,000 alio
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Chancellor Michael Hook®- announced
Tuesday at a press conference in South
Building initiatives to improve working
conditions, training opportunities and
management for University housekeepers
within six months.
Although Hooker said UNC could do
nothing to increase housekeepers’ salaries
because they are employees of the state,
leaders in the housekeepers movement said
they were pleased with the Hooker’s plans.
The initiatives come from focus group*
that Hooker and Chiefof StaffElson Floyd
conducted for the past three months. The
groups, made up of housekeepers and ad
ministrators, targeted the three main con
cerns of University housekeepers: train
ing, management and working conditions.
“We’re not dealing with short term ho
rizons here,” Hooker said. “We are com
mitted to making it work. It will be a
process of fine tuning the initiatives we’ve
undertaken'and adding new ones as we go
"We’re going to keep coming back to
the front-line workers in housekeeping to
make sure management is getting better,”
Hooker said. “We’re going to see signifi
cant results in six months.”
See HOUSEKEEPERS, Page 2
cated by congress last spiring irresponsibly.
At the time the bill passed, the CAA had
other funds in their account, such as $2,000
allocated to speakers’ fees and SSOO allo
cated to computer supplies, according to
the CAA’s budget of student fees alloca
tions presented to congress. Congress allo
cated more money to the CAA, rather than
transferring money in the budget.
Additionally, no member of congress
requested that the CAA’s SAFO financial
report be checked before congress passed
the bill channeling $4,000 to the CAA
through the executive branch, Darling said.
“This does point to a problem, and we
will try to be more care fill in the future,”
Darling said. “There are ways for things to
fell through the cracks.”
TODAY: Partly sunny; high 70.
THURSDAY: Partly cloudy; high 70.