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Volume 104, Issue 5
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Opening Arguments Heard in Date Rape Trial
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
AND ANDREW PARK
HILLSBOROUGH Opening state
ments were delivered Wednesday in the
second-degree rape trial of a former UNC
student, after Orange County Superior
Court Judge J.B. Allen ruled that a taped
confession would be admitted as evidence
in the case.
With potential jurors out of the court
room, Allen ruled that Suel Ki “Dennis”
Choi, 22, of Chapel Hill, was not coerced
into answering questions from a Univer
sity police officer on Dec. 4, 1994. Choi
was told he was not under arrest and should
have known he was free to refuse to answer
questions or to leave at any time, Allen
The interview occurred the night after
Choi allegedly committed date rape against
■ Town and county officials
are upset that the aldermen
tabled the landfill vote.
Local government members responded
with frustration Wednesday to the Carrboro
Board of Aldermen’s decision to table dis
cussion about the placement of anew
county landfill in controversial site OC-17.
Extension of the current landfill into
site 17, which is bordered by Eubanks and
Rogers roads, has drawn protest cries from
local residents, who
say they were prom
ised another landfill
would not be built
in their community.
a resident of
Eubanks Road, said
she was very pleased
with the actions of
dealing with them
for a long time,"
Nunn said. “I’m
glad to know they
kept their promise.
At least someone is
Council member JOE
CAPOWSKI said he
disagreed with the
assessment of the
Chapel Hill Town Council member Joe
Capowski said the decision by the aider
men to delay discussion did not surprise
him. He said he strongly disagreed with
Carrboro Mayor Mike Nelson’s remarks
about the process of selecting site OC-17.
“I take strong exception to Mike
Nelson’s characterization of the process as
a sham and a con game, ” he said. “A large
number of people put many hours of hard
work into a difficult problem by working as
honestly and compassionately as possible.
I think he owes them an apology. ”
Although Capowski said he had been
sure the aldermen would not vote to accept
OC-17, he also said he had no idea what
the next step in the process was.
“I’m not quite sure where it goes,”
Capowski said. “I don’t know right now
what the town of Chapel Hill or Orange
County’s options are.”
Town council member Joyce Brown
said she believed communication between
the groups was crucial for success.
“I hope all the governing bodies of Or
ange County can resolve this, ” Brown said.
Orange County Commissioner Don
Willhoit said the county did have options
if the aldermen decided to reject site 17 for
the new landfill. “We could ship the waste
out of the county, but their representatives
or* the board are opposed to that, ” he said.
“If they don’t want OC-17, they need to
find an alternative. However, I believe we
have exhausted our possibilities of an addi
Duke University also has entered the
debate about the OC-17 site because part of
Duke Forest is included in the area. David
Roberson, the director of university rela
tions for Duke, said the university was
quite pleased by the aldermen’s decision.
“We have said consistently that it is not
a good site. I’m glad that others are raising
their own voice in opposition.”
Fat Free French Fries?
Health concerns might keep the
new fat substitute olestra out of
your kitchen. Page 3
a female UNC student. The pair, who had
known each other for several months, at
tended a semi-formal party together Dec.
3, where they consumed large amounts of
alcohol and some marijuana.
During the questioning with University
police Lt. Henry “Clay” Williams, Choi
admitted to having sex with the alleged
victim while she was intoxicated and passed
She had not given verbal consent at any
time, Choi said. Choi’s attorneys asked the
court Tuesday to suppress a tape of the
interview, because he had not been read
his Miranda rights by University police.
But the judge said Choi was in familiar
surroundings when he was interviewed by
Williams and his residence hall area direc
tor, Robert Mercer. “The defendant freely
and voluntarily agreed to meet with the
officer,” Allen said. “Asa matter of law,
the officer was not required to read the
defendant his Miranda rights with regard
to this investigatory matter.”
Ed Morgan’s friendly face and low prices are the reasons many Franklin Street patrons have lunch with
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Ed 'Squeaky' Morgan slathers fixin's on a hot dog at his Franklin Street stand.
Morgan cooks the chili for his hot dogs at The Rathskeller.
Students Flock to Tanning Beds as Spring Break Quickly Approaches
■ While the beds provide a
quick tan, some question the
safety of the procedure.
BY JENNIFER ZAHREN
With temperatures rising and many stu
dents looking forward to spending Spring
Break in sunny spots, area tanning salons
are thriving on what might be a harmful
“Business has been popping in the last
weeks,” said Robbie Miller, owner of
Daytona Rays Tanning Salon in Carrboro.
“Right now is the most booming time of
the year for tanning salons because people
are preparing for Spring Break or vaca
tions. Our business comes mostly from
According to a recent study conducted
by the American Academy of Dermatol
ogy, cases of malignant melanoma —a
sometimes deadly form of skin cancer
continue to increase dramatically. The
ADD estimates that more than 80,000 new
cases are seen annually, but fatalities are
decreasing because of an increase in early
Shake and shake the catsup bottle, none will come, and then a lot’ll.
Chapel NHL North CaroHaa
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29,1996
On the Road Again
Republican presidential hopefuls
look to South Carolina after
Tuesday's primaries. Page 9
After a jury of eight women and four
men was selected about 4:30 p.m., brief
arguments were given by Assistant District
Attorney Nancy Vecchia and defense at
torney Barry Winston.
Vecchia paced in front of the jury box
while explaining the events of the night of
Dec. 3, 1994. After partaking of alcohol
and marijuana at the party, Choi and the
alleged victim were driven by a friend to
Carmichael Residence Hall between 2 and
3 a.m., the alleged victim said. Sometime
during the ride, she vomited and blacked
out, Vecchia said.
After undressing in Choi’s room the
two students had non-consensual sex,
“Throwing up in the car is the last thing
she remembers until waking up the next
morning in a dorm room next to Dennis
Choi,” she said. “She will also testify that
her pants were on backwards and that she
See COURT, Page 9
detection and treatment.
But tanning bed operators say artificial
tanning is safer than taking a chance in the
sun. “Tanning beds are safe because they
are controlled by someone, ” said Tan Your
Hide manager Lydia Warren.
Although the number of men using tan
ning beds is rising, women continue to be
the greatest part of tanning salons’ clien
Women are willing to risk the dangers
of ultraviolet radiation in order to have a
tan for a number of reasons, said Women’s
Studies and History professor Tara Hunter.
“Having a tan is associated with leisure
and social status,” she said. “It is really
unfortunate that women want to have a
certain look so badly that they take mani
“Society puts pressure on women to
achieve certain standards of beauty, and
we are willing to buy into it."
Women’s Studies and History profes
sor Sylvia Hoffert said education was the
key to stopping women from endangering
their lives to conform to society’s ideals of
“This is a dangerous mentality, and
women must realize that their self-worth
does not depend on whether or not they
Is it Second-Degree Rape if
Both People Are Intoxicated?
North Carolina law is clear that hav
ing sex with a person who is too drunk to
say “no” is illegal. But what if both
parties are drunk?
Legal observers say that in general it’s
still second-degree rape.
“Asa general proposition, American
jurisdictions don’t recognize a
defendant’s intoxication as a defense to
rape, and North Carolina shares that
view, ” said Louis Bilionis, associate pro
fessor at the UNC School of Law.
“In practice it’s much more compli
the Hot Dog Man
BY KEVIN DEGON
Ed “Squeaky” Morgan is on his
way to establishing himself along
side Sutton’s Dmg Store, Ye Olde
Waffle Shop and the Rathskeller on
the list of permanent Franklin Street
Morgan owns and operates a
popular hot dog stand inside
Nationsßank Plaza at 137 E.
Franklin St. He has been in the hot
dog business since June 1993, when
he began selling links on the side
Morgan, a Chapel Hill native,
was a waiter at the Rathskeller for at
least 12 years before striking out on
his own, Rathskeller manager Reed
“Squeaky’s a great guy, ” Raynor
said. “He comes by every day to
check on us.” Raynor said that
Morgan used the Rathskeller kitchen
to cook the chili for his hot dogs.
Moigan said his clientele con
sisted mostly of regular customers,
many of whom bought his hot dogs
five days a week. From 11a.m. until
3 p.m., Monday through Friday,
Moigan can be found preparing hot
dogs and chatting with customers,
accompanied by soft jazz from his
have a tanned body.”
Not burning is only one of the many
reasons tanning salons are more popular
than ever, Warren said. “Whenyou have a
tan you don’t have to wear as much
makeup, and you feel better because you
Like the sun, tanning bed bulbs emit
ultraviolet radiation in the forms of UVA,
UVB and UVC rays. These rays penetrate
the skin’s surface and excite melanocytes
to produce the black pigment melanin, the
substance responsible for color variations
in human skin.
“Since the ozone layer is depleting and
stronger, more harmful ultraviolet rays are
being emitted, tanning beds are a safer
alternative to exposure to the sun,” said
Kristen Fanarakis, a UNC sophomore and
certified tanning bed operator. Tanning
beds don’t expose users to the more harm
ful rays the sun emits, she said.
Tanning beds are also safer because the
amount of time a tanner can spend in them
is strictly controlled, Warren said.
“Whereas you can fry yourself for 10 to
12 hours outside in the sun, your exposure
is limited in the tanning beds,” Warren
said. “Someone is there to say, ‘Hey, it’s
time to get out,’ after your time is up.”
Under 17 Not Admitted
Students respond to the ongoing
debate about pornography and
censorship. Page 2
cated,” he said. “Jurors will hear evi
dence of a defendant’s intoxication and
it may move them to have doubts as to
whether he should be labeled a rapist.”
Jurors might consider the heavy penalty
for rape in making their decision, he
Furthermore, Bilionis said it might
be possible to present an argument that
would make intoxication a legally sig
Under North Carolina law, second
degree rape is “vaginal intercourse with
another person who is mentally defec-
See LAW, Page 9
Patrons of Squeaky’s Hot Dogs
get more than a hot dog for their
$1.50. The tall, personable,
mustachioed Morgan offers his cus
tomers some midday conversation
with their lunch.
Most passers-by speak to Mor
gan even if they don’t buy anything
from him. “It seems like I make their
day, especially everybody in this
building,” he said.
Hungry pedestrians stopping at
Squeaky’s Hot Dogs will not find
any of the Beefmaster hot dogs
Woody Durham mentions so often.
“I’ve never tried them,” Morgan
said. “I like to stick with chicken.”
He said he preferred chicken
based hot dogs because they were
less expensive than their beef coun
terparts. “I want to leave prices just
the way they are,” he said. “Youcan
get a hot dog and a soda (here) for
$2. Some folks only have $2 in their
Moigan also recognizes the strong
contingent of health-conscious eat
ers in Chapel Hill. To appeal to
customers who want to keep their
cholesterol counts down, he serves
all-vegetable hot dogs in addition to
See SQUEAKY, Page 2
Sam Guo of The Tannery prepares a tanning bed for customer Gina Camisa.
Many students have begun tanning in anticipation of Spring Break.
But although tanning beds might ap
pear to be safe alternatives to the sun, both
can be equally dangerous, said Dr. Hojin
Kim, a UNC Hospitals resident derma
“We don’t recommend tanning beds,
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■ The plan would create
monetary rewards for faculty
to teach undergraduates.
BY SHARIF DURHAMS
University officials criticized a system
wide proposal for improving undergradu
ate education, saying provisions such as
requiring weekend classes were inappro
priate at UNC.
Under the direction of a bill passed last
year by the N.C. General Assembly, the
General Administration identified six goals
for improving the accountability of the 16
schools in the UNC system. The General
Administration spent the past year devis
ing ways to implement the goals. Several of
the methods for reaching the goals, such as
requiring professors to teach more fresh
man and sophomore classes, have mon
etary incentives tied to them.
Administrators at the 16 universities
have until the April 12 Board of Governors
meetingto give theBOG feedback before it
votes on the proposal. The bill required the
BOG to make its recommendations to the
General Assembly by April 15.
Officials from the 16universitiesdidnot
receive copies of the draft proposal until
Feb. 22, UNC-CH Interim Provost Rich
ard Richardson said. The Faculty Council
sent a letter to the General Assembly on
Feb. 21 requesting the board delay voting
on the proposal until the University faculty
had time to study the plan.
“I hope we have enough time to take a
thorough look at it,” said Faculty Chair
woman Jane Brown.
The draft proposal provides incentives
for meeting a broad range of goals from
increasing the number of students who
graduate in five years to increasing faculty
See ACCOUNTABILITY, Page 9
Goals Proposed for
■ Improve North Carolina's economic
competitiveness and quality of life for
■ Expand access to UNC institutions
by eligible, North Carolina high school
graduates, community college
transfers, non-traditional students and
underrepresented minority students
■ Improve efficiency in the use of
■ Improve student learning and
■ Expand the base of knowledge
through scholarship, research and
■ Expand public and community
services to North Carolina citizens,
schools and agencies
because like any form of sunlight they are
bad,” Kim said. “The UVA rays that are
given off are the most harmful, and UVB
rays are only a little less harmful. Through
exposure you are risking premature aging,
as well as different kinds of skin cancer.”