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Part of Forest Named Historic; Landfill Site in Question
■ The remains of a pre-Civil
War plantation located in
Duke Forest prompted the
historic site designation.
Twelve acres of Duke Forest destined to
become part of the next Orange County
landfill have been designated a national
The National Registry ofHistoric Places
decided last week that the land was of
significant historical importance and listed
it on the registry, said Judson Edebum, the
Duke Forest resource manager.
The site contains the remains of the pre-
Civil War Alexander Hogan plantation.
Alderman’s Fate in Hands of Carrboro Voters
Election mania hits the road again as
Carrboro Alderman Alex Zaffron faces a
recall election today. The recall is a result
of a petition organized by Carrboro resi
dent Sheryl Baker.
Baker circulated the recall petition after
Zafffon was stopped Nov. 27 for driving
while intoxicated. On Jan. 23, the Orange
County Board of
that Baker had 931
She needed 871 to
order a recall.
“They put sig
nificant time and
effort to bring this
said. “I respect their
election marks the
first of its kind, said
Board of Elections
A : At
ZAFFRON said the
residents should judge
his record on the
board when voting.
Director Bobbie Strickland. Strickland said
she had no idea how many people were
expected to vote in the election.
“I can’t predict that,” Strickland said.
“Normally in Carrboro municipal elec
tions, we get about 19 to 25 percent. But, I
don’t know whether that will happen. We
really have nothing to compare it to be
cause this is the first recall election.”
Polling sites will be set up in five places:
Homestead Community Center, CaiTboro
Hooker Puts DeLon at
Head of Housekeepers
BY MARISA FERGUSON
Members of the Board of Trustees ap
proved Friday the appointment of Barbara
DeLon, who has worked at UNC for 20
years, as director of University housekeep
DeLon has served UNC since 1976,
working at the medical school, the Family
Practice Center and Davis Library. She
has also served on several University com
mittees, including the University Staff
Employee Grievance Committee, the Task
Force on Women and the Campus Cam
DeLon has been an advocate of better
pay, safer working conditions and equality
for faculty, staff and employees of the
Chancellor Michael Hooker said he
thought DeLon’s past experience with the
housekeepers in human resources, as well
as her work with the Task Force on Women,
gave her significant insight into issues af
“She has been in a number of positions
where she has shown sensitivity to such
issues,” he said. “Everything about her
shows she will do a good job.”
Joe Hewitt, director of the Academic
Affairs Library, said he thought she had
the resources necessary to improve Uni
versity housekeeping. DeLon currently
works as a library personnel officer in Davis.
“She is very knowledgeable about how
things work at the University, and she has
a lot of contacts,” Hewitt said. “We hate to
lose her, but we’re losing her to a good
DeLon's appointment came in hopes of
alleviating housekeeping grievances over
working conditions and salaries, Hooker
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“There are remains of the main house and
outbuildings,” Edebum said. “Also, there
is a cemetery where the black and white
members of the same family are buried.”
Edebum said that since the land has
been a part of Duke Forest for yean, it is
Edebum said the risk of the land becom
ing part of the landfill motivated Duke
Forest to work on getting the plantation
recognized. “Certainly the fact that the
landfill was targeting the site was part of
our feeling that we needed to get this docu
mented before anyone attempted to dis
turb it,” he said.
Though the area has been listed on the
national registry, Edebum said the listing
does not legally block the landfill from
expanding onto the land. “With the right
kinds of permits, the area could still be
disturbed,” he said. “But the listing does
put a burden on whoever wants it.”
Campaign posters in support of keeping Alex Zaffron on the Carrboro Board of Aldermen are posted in many yards
around Carrboro. Zaffron faces a recall election today after residents circulated a petition in November.
Town Hall, Carrboro Lion’s Club, Orange
Water and Sewer Authority Filter Plant
and Grey Culbreth Junior High School.
Zaffron said he planned on visiting the
polling sites before the Carrboro Board of
Alderman meeting at 7:30 p.m.
BARBARA DELON has worked at
UNC for 20 years.
said at the Friday meeting.
A February 1991 lawsuit filed against
UNC by a group of housekeepers claimed
that they were racially discriminated against
by the University.
Last fall, the housekeepers proposed
that the heirs of every African-American
worker at UNC from 1793 to 1960 should
receive SI,OOO. The proposal also called
for a $4,000 increase in housekeeper and
Hooker rej ected the $ 15.8 million settle
ment Jan. 3, calling it "excessive to the
extreme.” However, he did indicate an
interest in creating a better working envi
ronment for the housekeepers.
DeLon will assume her duties as house
keeping director May 1.
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Orange County Commissioner and
Chairman of the Landfill Owners Group
Don Wilhoit questioned Duke Forest’s
motives in registering only the Hogan plan
tation. “Orange County Historic District
Commission indicated there were 12 to 14
similar sites on different Duke Forest prop
erties,” Wilhoit said. “Why did they single
out this one?”
Wilhoit added that the landfill will try
to avoid the historic site and other research
facilities on Duke Forest land. “All along I
have been saying that we want to work
with Duke to locate the landfill in a way
that will not disturb research projects or
historic sites," he said. “We do not intend
to just go in and acquire this land and put
a landfill on historic and research sites.”
Wilhoit said the current landfill will last
eight more years. With more waste reduc
tion and recycling, the landfill could lastup
to 12 years. At that time, however, an
“I’ll be visiting the people who are help
ing out with the effort,” Zaffron said. “I’ll
be giving them my support and thanks for
what they’re doing.”
Zaffron said while he had done no for
mal campaigning for the election, his sup
Board of Trustees Decides to Level Scuttlebutt Snack Bar
BY RICK CONNER
Students and faculty looking for a cup of coffee or an afternoon
snack can no longer look forward to a reopening of a popular
campus snack shop.
The Board of Trustees voted Friday to demolish the Scuttle
butt, a small snack shop on the comer of South Columbia Street
and Cameron Avenue.
The Scuttlebutt is considered by
many to be a Chapel Hill tradition.
Calvin Cunningham, student body
president and BOT ex-officio member,
said the decision to level the structure
was based on a number of factors, including hazardous conditions
in the building and the high costs of renovation.
“Everybody loves the Scuttlebutt, ’’ Cunningham said. “I don't
want to see it go, but it’s unsafe."
He said Chancellor Michael Hooker used to frequent the snack
shop as an undergraduate student.
The Scuttlebutt has been closed since it was declared structur
ally unsafe in April 1995.
Cunningham said he thought the BOT wanted to rebuild the
facility, but the University would have been forced to move it or
tear it down in five to 10 years because of a tentative plan to
develop that comer of campus.
Cunningham said he thought there were possible plans in the
See SCUTTLEBUTT, Page 2
Public Roundtable to Address Hate Speech, Episodes on UNC Campus
■ The Daily Tar Heel is
inviting concerned members
of the University community
to discuss solutions.
How to heal a divided campus?
Local students and leaders have been
posing this question recently in response to
events on campus that have raised the
specter of hate crimes and hate speech.
From the defamation of black women
in law at the law school to a Carolina
Review cover considered anti-Semitic, from
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alternative site will be needed.
The Chapel Hill Town Council voted in
February to approve Duke Forest, while
the Carrboro Board of Aldermen refused
to approve the site.
Council member Joe Capowski said
before the council reacts to the land’s reg
istry as a national historic site, the legal
implications need to be made clear. “We
need to know what a national historic site
really means. ” Capowski said Duke Forest
has used different means to avoid a landfill
before, including claiming the land con
tained endangered species, a claim that he
said turned out to be false. The national
historic site was “just another piece of the
jigsaw puzzle,” he said.
“Waste reduction and recycling pro
grams won’t do enough for the problem,
and it is unlikely that new technology in
the next few years will make landfills obso
lete. We have to site a landfill.”
port group “Friends of Alex Zaffron” had
campaigned on his behalf.
“I haven’t done any real campaigning
per se,” Zaffron said. “As I look at it, if
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The Board of Trustees has voted to demolish the Scuttlebutt at the corner of Columbia Street and
Cameron Avenue. The snack bar closed last spring because it was declared structurally unsound.
a racist e-mail sent from a University ad
dress to swastikas on UNC library books,
the campus has seen visible manifestations
of hate speech and actions.
As some see an atmosphere where free
speech is used to defend intolerance, oth
ers believe that free speech allows for the
free and open exchange of ideas.
But when does this open exchange cross
the line into destructive hate speech?
The Daily Tar Heel wants to help the
University find answers to this nagging
debate. Asa community we must look
ahead and find ways to bring people to
gether in response to recent events.
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Candidates Prepare for
Third Round of Elections
BY REINO MAKKONEN
Today’s Senior Class presidential run
off between Ladell Robbins and Katie
McNemey may not generate the excite
ment of, say, Ali vs. Frazier IH, but the
election will definitely settle a score.
“We’re ready to reach a closure,”
Robbins said. “So that everyone can get
moving and doing the job that should have
started two weeks ago.”
McNemey said she and running mate
Minesh Mistry were ready to deal with
whatever outcome arose. “We’ve worked
hard to give the Senior Class the chance to
choose their president,” she said. “We’re
looking forward to the final results tomor
row and having this whole thing over with. ”
Angie Dicks, the Elections Board mem
ber who will supervise today’s voting, said
she wasexpectinglowvotertumout. “(Stu
dents) have already voted for (Senior Class
president) twice before, and there’s no CAA
presidential run-off this time,” she said.
However, today's election will also fill
student congressional seats in Districts 2,
3,5,8,9 and 18, Dicks said.
Persuading students to vote is a priority
of both Senior Class candidates. “Both
sides have worked really hard for the past
five months, so I would hope that seniors
would at least take the five minutes neces
sary to decide who will be their president, ”
IJ ree ly
The DTH will sponsor a public
roundtable Friday at 4:30 p.m. to bring
together people with different viewpoints.
Gerald Home, director of the Sonja H.
Stone Black Cultural Center, will moder
ate. We want the roundtable to be a fomm
for a reasoned discussion of the problems
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Robbins’ running mate Amelia Bruce
said that seniors would only benefit from a
high voter turnout. “People need to get out
and vote and let their voices be heard.”
Polls at the Health Sciences Library and
Carroll Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m., while the Student Union, Chase Hall
and Granville Towers poll sites will take
votes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Votes over the
World Wide Web will not be accepted.
On Feb. 20, the Elections Board de
clared McNemey and Mistry victorious
over Robbins and Brace by two votes, 367
to 365. When the votes were recounted a
day later, however, the board determined
that Robbins and Bruce had actually won
367 to 366. The Student Supreme Court
ruled March 18 that today’s run-off would
be necessary to decide who will lead next
facing the community.
If you want to participate or just watch,
please stop by the DTH office, Suite 104 of
the Student Union, to pick up an informa
tion packet and sign up for the roundtable.
We want to see a variety of opinions
represented Friday, so if you want to talk
about the issues of free speech and hate
that have gripped the community, and
about how to face such issues in the future,
please sign up to attend. Only by airing and
debating the underlying questions instead
of committing arts of vandalism and slan
der, can we move forward as a community.