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UNC System May Face Open Meetings Suit
■ The Greensboro News &
Record wants chancellor’s
committee meetings open.
BY SUZANNE JACOVEC
A lawsuit to be filed against UNC-
Greensboro by the Greensboro News &
Record could evolve into a suit against all
16 UNC campuses alleging that they vio
late the N.C. Open Meetings Law.
Pat Yack, editor of the News & Record,
said he met with UNC-Greensboro Chan
cellor Patricia Sullivan last week and that
the paper would file a lawsuit against UNC-
Greensboro within two weeks.
Yack said he was taking action to try to
open chancellor’s committee meetings
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Student Elections Poll
About This Series
The Daily Tar Heel conducted an intercept
poll of 406 students on campus during the
week of Jan. 29 - Feb. 2 to determine how
important they thought the following 10
issues should be to the next student body
president The survey has a sampling error
of plus or minus 4.9 percent.
Top 10 Student Issues
Q Conveying students' concerns to
Q Conducting an ethical administration
0 Stopping increases in tuition and
(4) Changing things that affect students
daily, such as dining and housing
0 Working with Student Congress to
allocate student activity fees
o Improving safety on campus
Q Addressing the concerns of women
Q Making cable and internet more easily
accessible to students
Q Serving as a liaison to state officials
© Creating an executive branch diverse
in race and gender
■ The Tar Heels rallied from
a 17-point deficit but lost
their second straight game.
It was as if the air had just popped out of
a big, bloated helium balloon.
With 33.6 ticks remaining on the Smith
lina had an-
other chance to notch another comeback
win in front of a crowd of 21,572.
After UNCbattledbackfroma 17-point
second-half deficit to knot the score at 78
with 33.6 seconds remaining, Tar Heel
guard Shammond Williams fouled Mary
land guard Terrell Stokes in the backcourt
to force him to the charity stripe.
“We were going to let them go ahead
and go for the
last shot, and we
knew that Stokes
was a great com
petitor, but he
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hadn’t been shooting well,” UNC coach
Dean Smith said.
But well enough to hit both of his free
throws with 20 seconds left.
Still, UNC had a chance until Teip
guard Johnny Rhodes stripped Williams
just outside the 3-point arc at the other end
to force another foul and an eventual 84-78
See MEN’S BASKETBALL, Page 5
Crime Rate Falls
Chapel Hill's crime rate, following
a national trend, decreased 2
percent in 1995. Page 3
which are currently closed to the public
under the law.
The News & Record will pursue the
issue through legal channels with support
from the North Carolina Press Associa
the chancellor’s planning committee should
be open, and meetings by similar commit
tees at UNC-Chapel Hill should also be
open,” Yack said.
Yack met with Sullivan to discuss open
ing the chancellor’s planning council meet
ings to the public. “We reviewed our re
spective positions and I told her that I
hoped she would open up the meetings,”
Yack said. “It was apparent to me upon
leaving the meeting that she was not in the
position to do so.”
The other 15 schools in the University
system could become involved in the law
suit against UNC-Greensboro because the
Editor's Note: The Daily Tar Heel is running a series on the top 5 issues and the
SBP candidates' proposals for addresssing them. Today, we examine the No. 4 issue:
changing things that affect students daily, such as dining and housing.
With campus elections come time-honored traditions of
lofty platforms with all their glitter and promises. Pro
spective voters often look past these and just want to
know how their elected officials will affect them on a
A candidate’s answer to a simple “What have you done for me?” is
often the yardstick used to measure the success of a student body
In a survey conducted by The Daily Tar Heel last
week, respondents said changing issues that affect stu
dents daily, such as dining and housing, ranked fourth
trotofthetopten issues students thought should be most
important to the next student body president.
Top issues affecting students on a day-to-day basis
this past year have included the recent renovation plans unveiled for
Lenoir Dining Hall, continuation of funding for the fare-free U-bus and
safety for students on and off campus.
“Now, more than ever, students are concerned about where their
money is going,” said student body president candidate Sean Behr.
“Whatever we want to do, we’re going to have to pay for it.”
He said he thought these issues were important to students due to
their reliance on student fees for funding.
“These issues are something that affect the lives of students,” said
student body president hopeful Michael Farmer. “(The day-to-day
issues) are what we can put into action.”
See DAY-TO-DAY, Page 2
UNC point guard Jeff Mclnnis (5) is swarmed on a drive through the lane by a trio of Maryland defenders. Mclnnis
scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the Tar Heels' 84-78 loss to the Terrapins on Tuesday night.
He shines and stinks, like rotten mackerel by moonlight.
Chapel Hill, North Caroliaa
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7,1996
Two Republicans have filed for the
N.C. House in the traditionally
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Open Meetings Law was the same for all
the universities, said Amanda Martin, as
sociate counsel to the NCPA.
Susan Ehringhaus, UNC-CH legal coun
sel, declined to comment Tuesday on the
effect of this action on the University.
The structure of the North Carolina
court system mandated that the case
reached the appellate court level in order to
be binding on all other universities, Martin
“I am almost definite that the NCPA
would join in any legal action in this is
sue,” Martin said. “The question being
considerednow, to which there is no present
answer, is whether all the universities (in
the UNC system) will be named in the
The NCPA would support the lawsuit
to open chancellor committee meetings by
encouraging campus and area papers to
join in the effort, Martin said.
No definite decisions have been made
concerning NCPA participation in a law
“The Press Association’s role depends
on what happens,” Martin said. “If one
school pursues the lawsuit, that will mean
lending NCPA name credibility to support
the action, but if more universities join in,
we will step up involvement by drafting
information, prosecuting and seeing it
“The NCPA will certainly support any
newspaper or group of papers who make
the decision to sue on this issue because it
is a matter of great concern to us,” Martin
Sullivan established the planning com
mittee as an advisory board to the chancel
lor, Yack said. The committee was made
up of University employees, students and
'' ' ’ DIB FH£ PHOTO
Students will vote on a referendum Tuesday that would support plans to
expand Chase Hall as part of an effort to improve campus dining.
Gilbert Back in Court
The administrator defended a
memo explaining the dismissal of
a former UNC employee. Page 3
community representatives, he said.
Sullivan said the planning committee
was following guidelines established by
UNC-systemPresidentC.D. Spangler. The
committee wanted to keep the meetings
private to encourage free-ranging discus
sion, she said.
“I want open, honest and creative dia
logue, which would be stifled if people
were concerned about outside interpreta
tion,” Sullivan said.
“We’re doing lots of thinking and brain
storming at this point—throwing out lots
of ideas for later testing —and people
would be inhibited to think creatively if
what they said may appear in the newspa
per the next day."
The planning council was created to
encourage an open forum for ideas, said
Richard L. Moore, vice chairman for uni
versity advancement at UN C-Greensboro.
Candidates’ Ideas For
Technology Not So New
■ Some candidates are
promising changes that are
already being implemented.
BY KATIE TYSON
Student body president candidates are
making information technology a key plank
of their platforms, but many of the sug
gested changes are already under way,
according to information provided by Uni
Sean Behr, a candidate for student body
president, did not mention information
technology in his platform.
“Information technology is not specifi
in my platform
wanted to avoid
A Close Look at
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lists,” Behr said. “I really wanted to avoid
promising everybody everything.”
Behr said he would tackle the growing
demand for information technology by
getting student input. He said his adminis
tration would evaluate exactly what stu
dents wanted by conducting focus groups
and then using the feedback to pinpoint
specific areas of technology.
“I don’t think students really know what
they want,” Behr said. “The only thing
people agree on is that we need more.”
Lee Conner, another candidate for stu
dent body president, has already put infor
mation technology to use by establishing
his own web page. “Information technol
ogy to me is a real key to getting back to
being one of the top 25 universities.”
In his platform, Conner proposes to
“install connections to access Netscape
from off-campus at no additional cost to
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■ Chapel Hill residents may
begin paying the town a fee to
Bundled up in scarves and sweaters, the
Chapel Hill Town Council discussed ways
to reduce the town’s solid waste for the
majority of their regular Monday night
meeting at Town Hall.
At issue was a “pay as you throw”
option to trash collection. With this sys-
would pay the town
a fee to collect their
trash, based on the
amount of trash the
This increases the
town’s revenue and
may reduce prop
erty taxes. The
council also hopes
the plan will encour
age residents to re
the payasyou throw
Council member JOE
CAPOWSKI said the
key to enforcing the
system was a monetary incentive to re
cycle more, thereby reducing the amount
of solid waste deposited in landfills. If
residents have to pay for the amount of
trash that is picked up, they will try to
throw out less and recycle more.
The basic idea behind pay as you throw
is treating trash pickup as just another
utility service for which residents receive a
bill. Council member Mark Chilton said,
“It ought to be like a sewer system. You
don't get to flush as much as you want, you
flush as much as you’re willing to pay for. ”
The specifics behind pay as you throw
are currently only in the planning stage,
and most of the council demonstrated their
interest but also their concerns about the
Council member Barbara Booth-Powell
also stressed educating people about recy
cling options so they will not have to pay as
See COUNCIL, Page 2
Bill Graves, associate provost for infor
mation technology, said 160 modem lines
are now in use for off-campus access. He
said 1,000 additional modems would have
to be purchased to provide the level of
service for the size of the University.
The addition of 1,000 modems would
be too costly considering the other de
mands imposed on the Office of Informa
tion Technology, Graves said.
UN C would join with Duke University
and N.C. State University to purchase a
high-speed service from Bell South, Graves
said. He said Bell South would provide a
direct connection for users who purchased
Conner also proposed to designate cer
tain computers or existing computer labs
for e-mail use only. He said e-mail users
would not be in the way of people wanting
to use the computers for academic reasons.
Conner said the increase in e-mail accounts
demanded some type of action.
“If we really have this much demand,
then you have to answer the demand with
some supply,” Conner said.
Linwood Futrelle, director of OIT ser
vices, said the shortage of computer labs
on campus and the cost of building and
maintaining new labs would hamper the
feasibility of having e-mail only labs. He
said academic needs should take priority
over recreational e-mail use. “It is kind of
hard to tell people they can only do e-mail
when people need to write papers it is a
little shortsighted,” Futrelle said.
Michael Farmer, another student body
president candidate, said he planned to
create a web page to communicate with
students and said his administration would
address information technology in resi
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