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SPECIAL TO THE DTH/ CHARLES ATHERTON
Clemson forward Greg Buckner (21) slams home the game-winning shot against UNC in the quarterfinals of the ACC
tournament Friday night. The win was Clemson's first ever over UNC in an ACC tournament game.
UNC Student of
BY NANCY FONTI
An Orange County jury took fewer than 45 minutes Tuesday
to acquit a University student of second-degree rape in a case that
may affect which sexual assault cases the district attorney’s office
will prosecute in the future.
“I was probably most skeptical ofall of us because I had to brace
myself that 1 might have to go to jail, ” said the defendant, 22-year
old Seul Ki “Dennis” Choi, after Superior Court Judge Jamie
Allen announced the verdict. —|
Assistant District Attorney Nancy
Vecchia said that because ot Choi's quick fejg£g|jKN& *
acquittal, the district attorney's office now
would take a more objective approach in \w
deciding which sexual assault cases to pros- Jp** £
ecute, she said. . X
For several years, the district attorney’s ggw _ jf
office has prosecuted most rape cases if the
victim wanted to prosecute, she said. Hh *
The office would put more emphasis on I
the merits of individual cases and the pos- A : on Tuesday
sibilities of a successful prosecution, j oun[j D^^|S
Vecchia added. not guilty of second-
We wtll consider the prosecuting degr eerape.
witness s mput, but it will not be the defin
ing factor on whether the case is pled out or tried," Vecchia said.
After the trial, Choi described the sexual encounter, which
occurred in his room in Carmichael Residence Hall in December
1994, as a “severe misunderstanding.”
“I believe (the victim) when she says she believes she was
raped,” said Choi, who admitted having sex with the woman. “I
am sorry for any feeling of wrongdoing, and I was ready to take
responsibility for my actions.”
Choi and his parents, who flew from Germany to attend the
trial, wept after the decision was announced. About 20 of Choi’s
friends were also in the courtroom as witnesses and for support.
“I felt the same way now as I did when I came here,” said
Master Sargent Moon Choi, Dennis Choi’s father. “I trusted that
he wasn’t guilty.”
The alleged victim, who left the courtroom in tears after the
decision was announced, said in an interview Wednesday after-
See VERDICT, Page 2
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Occur on Campus
University Police responded
to a kidnapping and an
assault last night. Page 3
No one needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one.
After eight months, the jury is still out ,
on Chancellor Michael Hooker's administration.
Just over eight months ago, cozy
scenes of a fox hunt adorned the
walls of the chancellor’s office in
South Building. A large, old-fash
ioned desk stood in the center of the room,
and the most modem —and personal
object in sight was the personalized station
ary on the desk.
Today, photographs of the UNC volley
ball and field hockey teams and images of
Chapel Hill landmarks have replaced the
generic fox hunting
prints. And just above
the computer that now ,
sits on the chancellor’s '
desk hangs a blown-up Analysis
Michael Hooker’s student identification
card from his days as a UNC undergradu
The physical changes are unmistakable
signs of the new, more active presence
Hooker, UNC’s eighth chancellor, has
brought to his administration since he came
to Chapel Hill on July 1. While his energy
and quick decision making have discon
certed some members of the campus com
munity, his presence has had noticeable
“It’s exciting moments in our history
here,” said Jane Brown, chairwoman of the
Faculty Council. “He has a vision for what
we could be in the future. He energizes me;
But the new chancellor, who brought
with him from the University ofMassachu
setts a distinctive, high energy leadership
BYTHANASSIS CAMBANIS AND JEANNE FUGATE
Senate Majority Leader
Bob Dole took a solid lead
during last week's
primaries. Page 2
GREENSBORO Clemson’s NCAA
Tournament hopes had dwindled to a final
20 minutes. A loss would virtually ensure
an NIT bid, but a win could send Clemson
to the Big Dance.
With his team trailing 46-37 at halftime
Clemson coach Rick Barnes walked to the
board in the dressing room and drew two
OveT one line it read ‘NCAA; ’ the other,
He asked his players to sign where they
intended to go.
player signed the
board, the Tigers
came out of the
break and held
UNC scoreless over the last six minutes,
defeating the Tar Heels 75-73 in front of a
crowd of 23,556 at Greensboro Coliseum.
The win ensured an NCAA bid.
“We knew that those last 20 minutes
could be the deciding factor whether we
went to the NCAAs, ” Clemson point guard
Terrell Mclntyre said. “We knew that with
a win, it could put us in position to make
And when Harold Jamison found Greg
Buckner wide open under the glass for the
game-winning slam with six-tenths of a
second remaining, redemption surged over
the Greensboro Coliseum floor.
For Bames, i t was his first victory against
North Carolina in five arduous attempts.
For Clemson, it was the first win over a
UNC team in the ACC Tournament in
style, might also discourage negative feed
back with his take-the-bull-by-the-homs
“People are afraid to criticize him be
cause they have to live with him,” said one
faculty member who spoke on condition of
A 'Corporate Raider' Strategy
Since his arrival last July, Hooker has
handled a number of public relations crises
and has joined the campus debate about
educational policy and intellectual climate.
His tendency to react quickly to crises
and policy questions during his more than
eight months on the job has drawn praise
and anger in equal measure.
Last summer, he moved to fire a contro
versial English professor who had slept
with a student, winning plaudits in the state
legislature. In the fall, he canceled
“Outercourse,” a brochure proposed by
Student Health Service that would have
described alternatives to sexual intercourse,
after Republican leaders criticized the pam
Hooker has pledged to focus on the qual
ity of the undergraduate experience at UNC,
vowing to improve technology and priori
tize teaching. And thechancellorhas backed
up his rhetoric with policy, most recently by
deciding that four new Kenan professor
ships will be used to lure superstar profes
sors from other universities to Chapel Hill.
The chancellor said he was surprised by
the strong reaction from faculty members
who said they felt disrespected by the impli-
Bum, Baby, Bum
Residents praise anew
method of reducing trash
in the landfill through
incineration. Page 3
“This was a great, great win for Clemson
basketball, and I’m obviously very happy
for our players,” Bames said.
“Coming in we talked about this was
more than an ACC Tournament game.
We felt that if we could get a win over
North Carolina that it would put us in the
And it did, as the Tigers netted the ninth
seed in the West Region.
Clemson improved to 18-9, with victo
ries over every ACC team, while UNC fell
to 20-10, its third loss in four games.
With earlier losses by Duke and N.C.
State, it marked the first time in tourna
ment history that neither UNC, State or
Duke reached the ACC semifinals.
But for most of the game, the Tigers
didn’t look like the nation’s ninth-ranked
The Tar Heels torched Clemson with 59
percent shooting in the first half, including
5 of 9 from behind the 3-point arc, to take
a nine-point lead.
“I was really impressed with our team
in the first half, and then the way we started
out the second half,” UNC coach Dean
UNC guard Jeff Mclnnis led the first
half attack with 17 points, having his way
with any defender Bames assigned to him.
He drove past Mclntyre and Bill Harder
almost at will, earning five trips to the line.
He nailed all five attempts, drilled two
treys and added four boards.
Even when Mclnnis missed, Antawn
Jamison was on the glass, crashing the
boards for 12 points of his own.
“Our No. 1 key coming into this game
was that we needed to control the
backboards,” Bames said. “In the first half
North Carolina controlled the backboards
they scored 10 points off the offensive
See MEN’S BASKETBALL, Page 9
UNC Scoreless in
Last Six Minutes
See Page 12
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PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY IIM WEBB
cation that there weren’t already effective
teachers on campus.
“I am still a little nonplussed by the
reaction to the Kenan professors,” Hooker
said in a Feb. 28 interview. “We had seri
ously deviated from our agreement with
the Kenan trustees .Ifafoundationis giving
you sl7 million, you would probably be
smart to keep your agreements with the
But some outspoken faculty members
said the pre-emptive announcement re
flected Hooker’s shoot-from-the-hip, glossy
“His is an academic version of a corpo
rate raider’s strategy, placing glitz above
substance and public relations above edu
cation,” wrote faculty members Madeline
Levine and Steven Levine in a letter to the
editor published in The Daily Tar Heel.
The professors went on to write that
Hooker’s “Lone Ranger” style of leader
ship was detrimental to the University and
that his “determination to exclude present
Partly sunny, high 40s.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, high
UNC Nets No. 6
Seed in East; Will
Tic Price will be coming home this
week. Price,.the second-year coach at
New Orleans, garnered a homecom
ing invitation to the NCAA Men’s
Basketball Tournament on Sunday
when the Privateers (21-8) netted the
11th seed in the East Region.
They will play sixth-seed UNC (20-
10,) Friday at Richmond Coliseum.
“Being able to play in Richmond is
the ultimate for me, andagainstNorth
Carolina, which is not far from my
hometown (Danville, Va.), ” Price said.
The Tar Heels, however, won’t be
laying out the welcome mat.
After being upset by Clemson on
Friday in the first round of the ACC
tournament, UNC is looking for re
“Now that everyone starts the tour
nament 0-0, anew season begins,”
UNC coach Dean Smith said. “We
know it will be a tremendous chal
lenge to go against the University of
New Orleans, based on their winning
14 out of the last 16 games.”
The Privateers start four seniors and
a junior and are bolstered by 6-foot
guard Tyrone Garris, who averages
just over 15 points per game.
New Orleans earned its bid via the
Sun Belt conference title.
Price said: “We’re going to Rich
mond with a purpose, and we hope to
come away with a victory.”
faculty from consideration for these chairs
reveals a remarkable contempt for those
who currently teach here.”
The faculty chairwoman said Hooker
patched up the “miscommunication” by
bringing up the Kenan issue at a Faculty
Council meeting. “It could have been pre
sented in a very different way, and it was
important to acknowledge that we have
extraordinary faculty on campus,” Brown
'By Nature Impatient'
Journalism Professor Jim Shumaker said
Hooker had alienated many people by his
action with the Kenan professorships and
by his tacit approval of the S4OO tuition
increase passed by the Board of Trustees
Shumaker has watched UNC’s leaders
since he was an undergraduate in the 1940s
and Frank Porter Graham was president.
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