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Sculpture Draws Fire
From Town Residents
BY ANGELA MOORE
Twenty-seven Chapel Hill residents
voiced their opinions Tuesday night in a
public hearing on the proposed Buy Back
the Hill sculpture project,slated to beplaced
on Franklin Street.
The sculpture, titled “621 yards/.69 sec
onds,” was designed by University gradu
ate Thomas Sayre, and incorporates the
barrels of the guns collected in the gun
buyback. The project is a series of five
benches, varying in height, that serve as a
physical representation of what happens
when a gun is fired down Franklin Street.
Of the 27 residents who spoke, 19 said
they did not think the sculpture was a good
idea. Of the eight people who said they
supported the project, three were members
of the Buy Back the Hill Committee, two
were on the Chapel Hill Public Arts Com
mission (who commissioned Sayre), one
was a University art professor and one was
Town Council member Jim Protzman.
Many residents feel the project is not
appropriate for the downtown area, and
have objected to what they feel was the
lack of public inclusion in the process of
deciding on the sculpture.
Tuesday night’s hearing was a chance
for those residents to voice their concerns
and for residents who support the project
to defend it. Council members Joe
Capowski, Joyce Brown, Protzman and
Mayor-elect Rosemary Waldorf attended
The hearing began with short speeches
by representatives ofboth viewpoints. Kate
Dobbs Ariail, a visual art critic for the
Independent, said the artwork was a “sym
bol of Chapel Hill’s desire for a peaceful
community.” Ariail showed slides pictur
ing actual size mock-ups of the sculpture in
the places which they would be found on
“Sayre makes you think about how the
violence explicit in a fired bullet collapses
time and space,” she said.
Dick Spruyt, a retired physician, said
the town did not understand what the sculp
ture was all about until seeing the model.
Campus Events Planned to Heighten AIDS Awareness
BY RUTH BORLAND
A breakthrough in AIDS drug therapy
research at UNC which was announced
Nov. 20 coincides with AIDS Awareness
week, a week of events to increase the
University community’s awareness of the
epidemic and its victims.
On Nov. 20 the University announced
that the U.S. Food and Drug Administra
tion had approved anew treatment for
HIV patients that was tested by a UNC
Dr. Joseph J. Eron, associate professor
at the UNC School of Medicine, directed
the clinical trial that led to the FDA ap
proval of a drug called 3TC, also known as
lamivudine or Epivir, in combination with
the drug zidovudine, formerly called AZT,
for treatingpatients infected with the AIDS
When used together, the two drugs
caused a 90 percent reduction in the level
of the virus. The effect lasts for more than
Eron could not be reached for comment
The University will celebrate break
throughs like Eron’s and promote AIDS
and HIV awareness throughout this week,
culminating in World AIDS Day on Fri-
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“ The idea of sitting on a
sculpture with bullet holes
behind me is most
Chapel Hill Resident
“The idea of sitting on the sculpture with
bullet holes behind me is most uncomfort
able,” he said.
Spruyt asked the audience for a show of
hands of who was against the sculpture.
Most audience members were against the
sculpture, numbers that would later be
reflected by the opinions of residents who
One resident presented an anti-sculp
ture petition with 1,055 names. Most resi
dents who stood up against the project
worried that it would be seen as a monu
ment to violence. Vincent Kopp, a former
classmate of Sayre, said he did not support
the project because it paralyzed a tragic
event in time. Others, like Ralph Young,
said they worried that the project was a
“celebration of gun violence.”
Some, like Franklin Bowden and Ruby
Smreich, lamented what Sinreich called
the council’s “over-eager approval of the
sculpture” without receiving full public
opinion. “Their minds were made up sev
eral months ago,” Bowden said. “They
have said to us ‘We’ve approved it, you’ve
got to accept it.’”
Franklin Street business owner Kathleen
Lord said the sculpture would destroy the
village atmosphere of Chapel Hill
Members of the Buy Back the Hill Com
mittee and the Public Arts Commission
defended the aesthetic and educational
qualities of the project. “This is a tremen
dous opportunity for our children to learn
about die effects of violence,” said Public
Arts Commission member Carolyn Leith.
Protzman said guns were a problem the
town must deal with. “It is a problem, and
if somebody’s going to take a stand, it’s
going to be Chapel Hill.”
Schedule of Events for AIDS Awareness Wejh 1995
■ PR Sit—Today through Friday. Volunteers will staff a | 11
booth in the Pit to provide free information about HIV/ W
I HIV at UNC: let's Talk About ft Tonight from 7 flHf
p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Union Auditorium. UNC law student I$F JHH
Doug Ferguson will lead a discusson about AIDS on f .fp|
0 AIDS Benefit Dance Wednesday evening at
Gotham nightclub on Rosemary Street Proceeds benefit
the AIDS Community Residence Association,
a Candlelight Vigß end Noo-Denominational Memorial
Service for those who have rfiad of AlDS—Thursday A
at 6 pm. at Win T. Binkley Baptist Church. fas
a Moment of SHence—Friday at 12:30 p.m. The
world wide event is to remember those who have
been affected by HIV/AIDS and to celebrate life,
a Boys on the Side Friday from 2 p.m. to 5
p.m. A 45-minute discussion will foßow the
presentation of this film.
The World AIDS Day Planning Com
mittee, composed of representatives from
Bisexuals, Gay men, Lesbians and Allies
for Diversity, tee Residence Hall Associa
tion, tee School of Public Health and sev
Employees Forming Gay, Lesbian Group
Encouraged by tee Faculty Council’s
decision to grant domestic partners sec
ondary benefits, several employees have
formed tee UNC Lesbian, Bisexual and
Gay Employee Organization.
The group wants to provide an open
atmosphere where University employees
can discuss job issues relating to homo
“We hope to be a place where we can
support other employees having trouble
on the job with their sexual orientation,”
said Robert Brigham, computer support
technician for tee department of physiol
Brigham said that lesbians, bisexuals
and gays often encountered tee same type
of discrimination blacks, women and other
minorities faced in tee workplace.
The foolish and the dead never change their opinions.
James Russell Lowell
Chapel Hill, North Caroliaa
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29,1995
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eral local businesses, has scheduled many
activities throughout tee week to increase
“AIDS day is a world wide event to
promote HIV and AIDS awareness, but
Carolina has a whole week,” said Dale
“It can range from lack of promotion to
out-and-out being fired,” Brigham said.
Brigham and Wayne Thompson, assis
tant director of special programs for Uni
versity housing, recently formed tee em
Brigham said teat companies such as
Apple Computers, which has an organiza
tion for lesbian, bisexual and gay employ
ees, also inspired him to form tee group at
“It occurred to me that the organization
would put weight behind what is in my
mind generally a positive atmosphere (for
lesbians, bisexuals and gays),” Brigham
Currenly, tee group is meeting to deter
mine tee focus of their newly-formed orga
“I think tee group needs to decide as a
whole what our purpose will be— either a
support group or an advocacy organiza
Kawamura, co-chairman of B-GLAD.
The week’s finale is planned for Friday,
World AIDS Day.
“In tee Pit on Friday we will read names
of people who have HIV or have family
members who are afflicted by it,”
“There will also be a campus-wide mo
ment of silence.”
Other programs in conjunction with
AIDS week include a benefit dance tonight
at Gotham nightclub on Rosemary Street.
Admission is $6, and $5 from each ticket
sold will go to the AIDS Community Resi
dence Association in Durham, Kawamura
There will also be a forum featuring
keynote speaker Doug Ferguson tonight
from 7-9 in tee Union Auditorium.
Ferguson, a UNC law student who has
tested positive for HIV, has been a commu
nity advocate for AIDS awareness.
Ferguson will discuss tee impact of tee
disease on tee UNC campus.
Organizers also have planned a candle
light vigil on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Olin T.
Binkley Memorial Baptist Church.
The vigil will honor those who have
been affected by AIDS/HTV.
Volunteers will be in tee Pit all week to
distribute information about HIV and
tion striving to make tee work environ
ment better for gays, bisexuals and lesbi
ans,” Thompson said. “My guess is teat it
will be a combination ofboth.”
Brigham said tee group would strive to
keep meetings confidential so employees
would express their concerns.
“Most of tee employees teat are in
volved are already out; however, we want
to maintain an atmosphere where people
feel comfortable,” Brigham said.
Brigham said there were about 20 people
on the mailing list for tee group.
The newly-formed group will hold its
third meeting today at noon in Dey Hall’s
Faculty, staff and graduate students
drawing paychecks from tee Univeristy
are invited to attend.
Interested employees may call Brigham
at 966-5241 or liiompson at 962-5406 for
Set to Unveil Options
■ Community members will
get a peek at the University’s
future development plans at
a hearing Thursday.
BY NATALIE NEIMAN
The University’s land-use consultants
will unveil possible options for using UNC ’ s
last tracts of undeveloped land at a special
public meeting Thursday night.
The Michigan-based consulting firm of
Johnson, Johnson and Roy, will present
several possibilities for tee development of
tee Mason Farm property and tee Horace
Williams tract. The meeting will be held
from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at tee Friday
Continuing Education Center.
The firm will present three alternatives
for tee Horace Williams tract and one
proposal for tee Mason Farm property for
discussion from members of tee Univer
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in a traditional dance in Great Hall to celebrate Indian Heritage Month.
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ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Carrboro Alderman-elect Alex Zaffron,
who was charged with driving while under
tee influence of alcohol Monday morning,
will have to wait until December to learn
what tee new board will do in response to
tee DWI charge, said Mike Nelson, tee
newly elected mayor of Carrboro.
“Any discussions we have will not take
place until Dec. 5 (when tee new board is
what tee possibilities are (at this point).”
ZAFFRON was also
cited for driving with a
Zaffron, 33, was
stopped at la.m. on
Street atNorth Gra
ham Street for driv
ing with an expired
on his car, said Jane
woman for the
Chapel Hill Police
was stopped for an
said. “Whenhe was
stopped, tee officer smelled alcohol on
After agreeing to take a sobriety test,
Zaffron registered a blood-alcohol level of
0.11, Cousins said. The legal limit in North
Carolina is 0.08.
Zaffion was cited for DWI, driving with
a suspended license and driving with an
expired inspection sticker, Cousins said.
His license hadbeen indefinitely suspended
Nov. 6 tee day before he won his first
term on tee board after he failed to
appear in court. Cousins said she did not
know what tee original charges facing
Zaffion had been.
In a letter written Tuesday, Zaffion said
he was sorry for tee troubled he had caused.
“I wish to apologize in tee strongest terms
to all for any pain or embarrassment I have
See ZAFFRON, Page 2
Although it does not have specific plans
or approved funds for tee development of
tee land, tee University wants to deter
mine how to use tee land, said Wayne
Jones, vice chancellor for business and
“We wanted to identify where different
types of activity takes place so when tee
time comes for development, we won’t be
doing it on an ad-hoc basis,” Jones said.
“We’re a long way from turning over any
Ted Hoskins, an architect in facilities
and design, said Chancellor Michael
HookeT had appointed six advisory com
mittees to gather information for tee con
sultants concerning what areas needed
The Mason Farm tract was much more
attractive for development because travel
ing to that area did not involve going across
town, said Thomas Clegg, chairman of tee
faculty advisory committee and chairman
of tee physics and astronomy department.