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Student Protests Guts on Capitol HiQ
BY ALIA SMITH
WASHINGTON, D.C. Senior Dan
Kois testified before a group of congress
men and senators Thursday that federal
student aid had enabled him to attend
UNC and that proposed cuts could elimi
nate opportunities for students like him.
“UNC has provided me with opportu
nities I would not otherwise have had if not
for federal student loans,” Kois said.
Thursday’s House-Senate Democratic
Caucus hearing was one of a series orga
nized by the Democratic Policy Commit
tee to discuss Republican budget propos
als. Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Ed
ward Kennedy, D-Mass.; and James Exon,
D-Neb.; and Reps. David Skaggs, D-Colo.,
and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., attended the
conference, which was covered by the na
Kois’ testimony stressed the importance
of student loans for thousands of students
from middle- and low-income families.
A drama major from Milwaukee, Kois
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Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship
Director Rich Henderson has spent
nine years teaching UNC students
about Christianity and bringing them
closer to God.
Rich Henderson serves as both a leader and a friend to those students
involved in Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. He graduated from Stanford
University in 1979 with degrees in psychology and economics.
Carrboro Police Seize Small Amount of Crack in Raid
Two Carrboro residents were arrested
and drugs and paraphernalia were seized
Tuesday night after police raided a sus
pected crack house on Alabama Avenue.
“The location has been under surveil
lance for several months,” said Canboro
police Capt. John Butler. Police served a
search warrant Tuesday on the residence
and completed the operation without inci
dent or injuiy, Butler said.
Police seized a “small portion” of crack
cocaine andnumerous paraphernalia items,
Butler said. No monetary assets were con
fiscated in the bust.
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said a combination of Stafford Loans, Pell
grants, Perkins Loans and federal work
study had enabled him to attend his first
choice university. He added that both his
mother and brother had recently gradu
ated from college thanks to federal loans.
“I’ve had the opportunity to act in shows,
to direct shows, to write shows and to crew
shows that I wouldn’t have had at another
university,” he said.
Kois said he chose UNC over the less
expensive University ofWisconsin because
of the superior drama program.
Half of all college students receive fi
nancial aid, and 75 percent of it comes
from the federal government, according to
But Kois said his plans to attend gradu
ate school could be affected if the $4.5
billion cut proposed by Republicans passed.
At stake is the issue of direct vs. indirect
loans. Forty percent of U.S. universities—
but not UNC participate in direct lend
ing programs. That means the federal gov-
See WASHINGTON, Page 5
The house had been a continuing prob
lem for the area and there had been several
complaints, Butlersaid. The crack house is
in an area made up mostly of residential
Butler said the house had been attract
ing drugbuyers from Orange and Chatham
Valerie Atwater, 40, of 203 Alabama
Ave., and Gwendolyn Richardson, 20, of
1-2 Old Well Apartments, were arrested
during the raid on Atwater’s home.
Richardson was charged with posses
sion with intent to sell and deliver crack
cocaine. She was released on $3,000 bond,
Atwater was charged with maintaining
Chipti Hill, North Cvoßu
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19,1996
Senior Dan Kois tells a House-Senate Democratic Caucus Committee that
federal student aid enabled him to attend UNC's superior drama program.
Rich Henderson discusses plans for Inter Varsity roles
with Amy Nelson and Matt Osman.
BY JENNIFER BURLESON
Who are you?
Have you ever stared into the mirror and asked yourself that question?
Have you ever awakened in the morning and found yourself trapped in a
nightmare of confusion?
For nine years, students in this situation have been able to look for
guidance in Rich Henderson, director of the Inter Varsity Christian Fellow
ship at UNC and a man known to some as “spirit leader.”
Henderson shuffled his hands as he spoke about himself. “In Inter Varsity,
I want to be available to students who are already Christians to help them
grow in their faith,” he said. “I also want to be available to students who
aren’t already Christians and are curious about spiritual things.”
In Henderson’s nine years with IVCF at the University he has met
individually with students and was a leader of the Granville Towers small
Henderson was reluctant to talk about himself, but he said he believed
he influenced people mostly by being a Christian leader.
“In the context of a Christian group, I feel like I help people grow closer
to Jesus,” Henderson said. “I try to develop leadership skills in people, to
help them shape or reshape their value systems, to give them a person in
their life with whom it is safe for them to be real, honest and open.”
Henderson explained how he strived to live a Christian life.
“Jesus calls us to be generous or take risks, be vulnerable,” he said. “I
feel like I model that for students in how I live my life.”
One of the students who has been influenced by Henderson is senior
Rush Chewning from Richmond, Va., who has met individually with
Henderson for the past four years. During those meetings, Chewning
See HENDERSON, Page 5
a dwelling for the sale of a controlled
substance and was released on $2,000
bond, Butler said.
Atwater and Richardson have not yet
appeared at a probable cause hearing or
before an Orange County grand jury.
“This was entirely a Carrboro opera
tion,” Butler said. He also said that the
Carrboro police also had some assistance
provided by a Chapel Hill police officer
with expertise in such operations.
“We often work closely with Chapel
Hill,” he said.
Butler said Canboro police had re
ceived several complaints about the Ala
bama Avenue residence and had also
been given information by contacts in the
community about possible drug activity.
“All of our facts came together (Tuesday),
and we acted,” he said.
“We always have our areas under sur
veillance,” Butler said, adding that future
action in the area is possible.
“We may raid tomorrow, or we may
raid three months from now. We’re always
The operation Tuesday was not con
nected to a September bust of a Eugene
Street crack house.
The earlier bust, in which four people
were arrested, was aided by the- Federal
Drug Enforcement Administration. That
drug bust was a first for Carrboro law
Proposal Could Level
Lenoir, Increase Fees
BY MARVA HINTON
A bill proposed by Student Body Presi
dent Calvin Cunningham to totally revamp
UNC’s dining services came under fire at
Wednesday night’s Student Congress meet
ing because it could require substantial
increases in student fees.
As an alternative to current dining op
tions, the bill proposed the demolition and
Dining Hall, the ex
pansion of Chase
Dining Hall and
renovations to the
Student Union that
would provide food
services in the exist
ing lounge area and
Changes to food
services needed to
be made now,
“We’re at a point
now where we have
to make decisions,”
he needed student
input on the plan.
he said. “We have got to get this on the
It is important that students make deci
sions concerning spending, especially be
cause the Board of Trustees is considering
a s3l increase in the education and tech
nology fee, Cunningham said.
Cunningham said he feared dining ser
vices would be inadequate when the Uni
versity hosts the 1999 Special Olympics.
“We have a small window open now,
and if we miss this opportunity to make
changes we will not be able to make any
changes until after 1999,” he said.
Speaker Roy Granato said he was
troubled by the idea of funding the changes
with a mandatory freshman meal plan.
“Just last year, the Student Congress and
the student body president asked the BOT
to eliminate the mandatory meal plan,”
The BOT eliminated the mandatory
See FOOD SERVICE, Pages
Medical Examiner Rules
TA’s Death Was Suicide
The November death of a 29-year old
University graduate student and philoso
phy teaching assistant has been ruled a
suicide, according to an autopsy report
issued by the Chapel Hill medical
examiner’s office Jan. 11.
Robert Harris Michels died sometime
between Nov. 13 and 15 from an overdose
of the prescription drug propoxyphene,
reports state. Michels was found dead in
his apartment at 129 Windsor Circle on
Pathologist Thomas Clark m said the
overdose of propoxyphene, more com
monly known by the brand name Darvon,
hadresulted in “respiratory depressionand
Clark said hedidnot know why Michels
was in possession of the drug. He also said
alcohol found in Michels’ body by the
medical examiner was irrelevant to the
cause of death.
Michels was wearing a bracelet giving
instructions to be carried out in the event of
the his death, reports state.
Chapel Hill police found Michels ’ body
after receiving a phone call from his ex
wife. Elizabeth Lee Michels, who lives in
Irvine, Calif., told police she had not heard
from her ex-husband since Nov. 13, when
he was last known to be alive, police re-
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Upped to ‘A’
BY JAMIE GRISWOLD
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Following a reinspection by the
Orange County Health Department
Tuesday, Carolina Court regained an
“A” sanitation rating, General Man
ager of Carolina Dining Services Scott
Myers said Thursday.
The dining hall received a “B” at its
initial inspection on Dec. 7.
“When we got the ‘B’ back in De
cember, by that afternoon we had cor
rected enough points to regain an ‘A, ’
but you have to wait for a
reinspection,” Myers said.
The reinspection was delayed be
cause of the University’s closure over
Winter Break and the recent snow
storm, Myers said.
The health department found Caro
lina Court deficient in 11 areas during
the December inspection. Problems
included improper cleaning and
degreasing of oil containers and inad
equate sneeze guards in self-service
areas. Following the inspection, Caro
lina Court management violated N. C.
state law by failing to display the din
ing hall’s sanitation grade
Myers said the worker who failed
to display the grade was undergoing
disciplinary procedures, including
counseling and training.
“He is being held accountable for
his actions,” Myers said.
Student Body President Calvin
Cunningham, who introduced a bill
that would totally revamp University
food services at Wednesday night’s
Student Congress meeting, said he
was nnaLW&re of the updated grade.
Gerald Postema, chairman of the phi
losophy department, said Michels, who
taught bioethics, had a unique rapport with
his students and “went the extra mile” for
“He was very strong andhadgood evalu
ations from his students,” Postema said.
“The suicide doesn’t fit his profile at all.”
After recovering from a bum sustained
in a March 1992 fire at Woodbridge Apart
ments, Michels volunteered at the N.C.
Jaycee Bum Center at UNC Hospitals.
H.D. Peterson, director of the bum cen
ter, described Michels as “very quiet and
bright” and said he was “dedicated and
concerned” when it came to the patients
with whom he worked on a daily basis.
“He really cared," he said. “He would
help us in the OR (operating room) and did
independent reading on the care of sick
The discovery of Michels’ body “was a
real shock to the family, ” Peterson said. He
said he had seen no indications of depres
sion or strange behavior prior to Michels’
suicide. “While he was here, he never be
haved any different than he had before,”
Michels was the director of the UNC
undergraduateprogram inphilosophy and
had been nominated for a teaching award.
Michels was buried in his native California
on Nov. 21.