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Graduate Student Arrested in Wife’s Death
■ Cary police arrested an
MBA student in connection
with his wife’s Jan. 1 death.
BY JAMIE GRISWOLD
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
A UNC master’s student was charged
Tuesday with first-degree murder in the
Dec. 31 death of his pregnant wife, Cary
William J. Boychuk, 33, a second-year
Food Task Force Wants
BY SUZANNE JACOVEC
The Food Services Advisory Task Force
agreed Tuesday to propose sl4 million in
campus-wide renovations of Campus Din
ing Services facilities.
The task force, which is made up of
students, professors and staff met twice on
Tuesday, once to draft recommendations
and once to present them to student lead
The task force recommended a renova
tion and expansion of Lenoir Dining Hall,
Chase Dining Hall and the Student Union
that would increase seating by 30 percent.
Ideas for Lenoir include anew entrance
and a revamped interior with two equally
sized and well-lit floors to replace the base
ment setting of Carolina Court, said
Claudia Scotty, principal ofThomas Ricca
Associates, food facilities planning and
Zaffron to Face Recall Election in Fewer Than 70 Days
Petition Reaches Mark
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Petition drive organizers
collected 931 verified signatures
To force a recall election for
Carrboro Alderman Alex Zaffron.
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George Tague and Frank Ryan (top) hang a fake sign on the Varsity
Theater on Tuesday evening for the filming of a BB&T commercial.
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MBA student at the University, was ar
rested at his Cary home and held without
bond in the Wake County Jail for the
murder of his 31-year-old wife Karen
Boychuk, the Associated Press reported.
He will make his first court appearance
Dean of Students Frederic Schroeder
said a committee suspended Boychuk from
classes at the University on Tuesday after
Boychuk had attended classes since the
incident, said Bensonßosen, associate dean
for academic affairs at Kenan-Flagler Busi
Renovations would be slated to begin in
the spring of 1997 and would be completed
before the Special Olympics hits the Tri
angle in 1999. Students would eat in tem
porary dining facilities during the interim,
although renovation would take place in
one facility at a time.
“The current configuration is extremely
inefficient,” Scotty said. “There is more
than enough raw square footage but it is
just not used correctly.”
It devised seven other recommenda
tions to improve almost every area of cam
“For 25 years, food service on campus
has been marginal at best,” said Carolyn
Elfland, associate vice chancellor for busi
ness and ex-official member of the task
force. “The University is not happy be
cause there is not enough money to main
tain the facilities and the students are not
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Carrboro Alderman Alex Zaffron will
face a recall election after the Orange
County Board of Elections announced
Tuesday that leaders of a petition drive had
gathered the additional 104 signatures
needed to hold the election.
According to state law, the election must
be held no fewer than 50 and no more than
70 days after the final approval of recall
petitions. Zaffron said Tuesday night that
he had not decided how to respond to the
recall election, now that it was official.
“I’m going to think about it veiy care
fully, ” he said. “I’m going to wait to talk to
others in the community.”
Carrboro resident Sheiyl Baker led the
recall petition as a response to Zaffron’s
driving while intoxicated charge Nov. 27.
The petition was verified as complete by
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Karen Boychuk’s final autopsy results
had not been released as of Tuesday after
noon, said Cary police Lt. Steve Gillikin.
Boychuk told police that he and his wife
were walking across the Cary Parkway
bridge at about 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve
when they were struck from behind.
Boychuk said the collision knocked him
unconscious, police reports state.
When Boychuk regained consciousness,
he found his wife lying below the bridge
without a pulse.
Boychuk tried unsuccessfully to alert
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Calvin Cunningham and Mo Nathan listen as Claudia Scotty, a consultant for Thomas Ricca Associates, presents the
firm's recommendations for the future of Carolina Dining Services at Lenoir Dining Hall on Tuesday night.
the Orange County Board of Elections
Director Bobbie Strickland.
“Yes, they have all the necessary signa
tures verified,” Strickland said. “Now the
Board of Elections will meet to set a date
for the election.” The board should meet
sometime this week.
Strickland said the recall election would
be held in Carrboro, just like any other
municipal election. Zaffron needs 50 per
cent plus one vote in order to remain on the
Alderman Jay Bryan said that Zaffron
had been a valuable addition to the board
since his election in November. “He has
contributed a lot to the discussions and to
the board as a whole,” he said.
Bryan, however, refused to discuss
Zaffron’s recallbattle. “I think I’m going to
reserve comment until I can discuss it with
the other aldermen,” he said.
Baker submitted a petition on Jan. 6 to
Will Local Nuclear Site Contaminate?
BY ERIN MASSENGILL
A study released today could cast a light
of uncertainty on the proposed nuclear
waste disposal site scheduled to be erected
near Jordan Lake.
The North Carolina Low-Level Radio
active Waste Management Authority, also
called the Authority, is meeting on the
campus of N.C. State University today to
release the findings of a year-long report to
determine where the state stands in the
construction of the site.
Since its establishment in the late 1980s,
the proposed site has been a source of
controversy throughout the state. Ques
tions concerning the proposed site of the
plant, the role of public participation and
possible contamination to the groundwa
ter supply have angered many and left
others in a state of confusion.
The proposed site is located close to
both Jordan and Harris Lakes, close to the
groundwater supply for this area and as far
south as Wilmington and other areas on
the Cape Fear River.
Critics of the proposed location cite
both geological and hydrological problems
associated with the site. Mary McDowell,
Chatham County research coordinator for
the site, points to questions still left unan
swered by the Authority.
“The site is so complex, and they’ve
studied it for four years and there are more
questions now than when they started,”
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passing cars before returning to his nearby
apartment complex for help, police reports
A manager at the apartment complex
reported the accident two hours after it
occurred, and police found Boychuk stum
bling through the parking lot, police re
The pathologist who performed the pre
liminary autopsy on Karen Boychuk told
investigators that she died from blunt
trauma to the head, a condition likely
caused by being struck repeatedly.
In an affidavit, Cary police Detectives
recall Zaffron with 925 signatures. The
minimum needed to enforce a recall was
In the November election Zaffron re
ceived 1,490 votes, 22 percent of the voting
population in Carrboro.
After conducting verification checks,
however, the Board ofElections found that
only 767 of the signatures belonged to
registered Carrboro voters. Baker then had
10 days to obtain the 104 signatures needed
for a recall election.
On Jan. 19,BakersuppliedtheBoardof
Elections with 167 additional signatures.
On Tuesday morning, 164 of those were
confirmed as belonging to registered
Canboro voters, raising the total number
of verified signatures to 931.
Baker said she was very pleased about
the Board of Elections’ announcement.
“There are 931 voters out there who are
happy to have the opportunity to be able to
Chatham County residents wiß ‘l ””
voice their concerns today about the
proposed nuclear waste site near Jordan
SOURCE MARY McDOWBLL DTH/CHRISKIRKMAN
sible to choose where the cracks run.”
These cracks, probably caused by an
cient earthquake faults, are not the only
geographical problem with the site.
McDowell also points to poor drainage
and wetlands as possibly having negative
Kempin responded by saying, “Thisisa
dry, solid waste. We will only get the
license if we can prove it is safe at the
boundary. It can only move through the
groundwater which moves downstream.
Jordan Lake moves upstream.” This also
applies to the Cape Fear River.
Gail Rosenberg, director of community
relations and communications for
Chem Nuclear System, the company re
sponsible for the design, building and regu
lation of the site, points out that no other
sites under Chem Nuclear have faced is
sues of contamination.
“It is Chem Nuclear System’s judgment
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George Daniels and W. J. Goodfellow said
that Karen Boychuk also had fractures that
could have been caused by the fall.
Police reports also state that Karen
Boychuk was clutching hair that could
have been tom from her husband’s head
before the fall.
The Associated Press reported that
Boychuk’s lawyer, Brian Coffins, told re
porters that his client would plead inno
cent to the charge.
Cary police Lt. Don Coit said Tuesday
night that police were continuing to inves
tigate the case.
make an informed decision,” Baker said.
Baker also said that she had no plans to
spend time at the polls on the day of the
recall election. She said that her main goal
with the petition was to give the voters
information they did not have at the time
of the original election, not to influence
“Every voter is entitled to their own
opinion,” Baker said. “We encourage it,
especially in a situation like this.”
Baker commented on rumors that the
recall petition was part of a vendetta cam
paign aimed at Zaffron because of his sup
port of the Cates Farm-Wexford connector
road while he was on the Canboro Trans
portation Advisory Board.
“This is a completely separate issue,”
she said. “There are not 931 voters in any
one neighborhood. It wouldn’t matter to
people which official was involved with
the connector road.”
based on more than six years of research
that the Wake/Chatham county site is
suitable for a waste disposal site and can be
licensed,” Rosenberg said.
“How groundwater behaves at the site
is still a controversy, and the study will
continue for a few years. We believe we
can predict how groundwater reacts so the
health of the general public would not be
affected in any way,” she said.
The North Carolina Division of Radia
tion Protection remains confident that they
will not approve the site until all of their
questions are adequately answered.
Kim Brooks, assistant press secretary to
Gov. Jim Hunt, said, “The Governor has
gone on record as saying that nothing will
be licensed unless it protects the well-being
of the citizens of North Carolina as well as
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Thursday; Cloudy, windy, high
President BILL CLINTON criticized the
GOP agenda during his speech.
■ Clinton wants Congress to
fund scholarships for top
high school graduates.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON, D.C.—ln a State of
the Union address to a skeptical Republi
can Congress, President Clinton traced the
themes of his upcoming re-election cam
paign Tuesday night and confronted the
GOP on the budget, demanding they “never
—ever” shutdown the government again.
Democrats rose with loud cheers but
Republicans sat in stony silence at Clinton’s
challenge. GOP lawmakers—particularly
the rebellious House freshmen—had been
coached by party elders to be on good
behavior and not boo Clinton, as some did
The speech was brief by Clinton stan
dards, ran 61 minutes, far less than last
year’s record 81-minute marathon.
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole
front-runner for the GOP presidential nomi
nation made the Republican response,
outlining GOP differences with Clinton
and assailing the president as “the chief
obstacle to a balanced budget” and “the
rearguard of the welfare state.”
Dole said Clinton was “careening dan
gerously off course” in welfare, education,
Medicare and taxes, and vowed, “We will
challenge President Clinton again and again
to walk the talk he talks so well.”
Clinton proposed several new initia
tives, among them SI,OOO college scholar
ships for the top five percent of graduates
from every high school, and turning the
FBI loose on youth gangs.
The House chamber overflowed with
Senate and House members, Clinton’s
Cabinet, the Supreme Court justices in
their black robes and ambassadors from
around the world. House Speaker Newt
Gingrich, Clinton’s yearlong nemesis, sat
ing politely on some occasions, and sitting
in stem silence when the president criti
And criticize he did.
“I challenge all of you in this chamber, ”
Clinton said, “never ever” shutdown
the government again. He said it was time
to “finish the job” and pass a balanced
budget plan that he could sign.
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, lis
tening along with her GOP Whitewater
critics, was applauded as she entered with
her 15-year-old daughter, Chelsea, making
her first State of the Union appearance.
The president introduced the beleaguered
Mrs. Clinton as a “wonderful wife, a mag
nificent mother and a great first lady, ” and
Chelsea led a standing ovation of Demo
crats and Republicans alike.
Clinton began his remarks expressing
pride in U.S. peacekeepers in Bosnia.
Clinton said the state of the union was
“strong" and cited economic and falling
crime rates to make the case.
Clinton’s speech provided a clear coun
terpoint to theßepublicanagenda. He chal
lenged their stands on welfare reform, tax
cuts, the minimum wage, health insur
ance, Medicare and Medicaid, environ
mental cleanup, crime-fighting and for
eign policy. Many Congressional Republi
cans especially among the 73 House
freshmen are furious with Clinton for
frustrating passage of the GOP Contract
For America. Yet, advised to be civil by
party leaders, the Republican lawmakers
were on their best behavior, even when
Clinton was most critical of their agenda.