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Judge Sets May Trial for Request to Open Honor Court
BY LILLIE CRATON
HILLSBOROUGH A superior court judge
refused to extend a temporary injunction Thursday
halting Honor Court hearings in the Carolina Re
view theft case, but set a court date to hear a request
to open UNC’s Honor Court proceedings.
Superior Court Judge Jack Thompson said in his
ruling that Honor Court hearings in the theft case
could continue despite a request for the hearing to be
open. “The issue of whether or not these records are
public records and whether or not the meeting is a
public meeting can be resolved at a later time,”
The Daily Tar Heel’s request for an injunction to
open all Honor Court proceedings will go to trial in
Orange County Superior Court on May 6. The DTH
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Dominique Hill, a freshman from Bayboro, performs with the group Harmonyx on Thursday night in Carroll Hall.
The group performed as part of Concert 4 Unity, which was sponsored by a variety of campus groups.
Large Turnout, Diverse Crowd
Make Concert 4 Unity Big Success
About 300 students gathered in Carroll
Hall on Thursday night to watch seven
campus groups from a wide variety of
ethnic backgrounds sing and dance at the
first ever Concert 4 Unity.
Concert co-coordinators David Moricca
and Eric Farmer said they thought of the
concert as a way to bring together several
groups on campus and to put on a show
that captured UNC’s diversity. “The idea
was to pull different audiences and open
people's minds,” said Moricca, a sopho
more from Cherry Hill, N.J.
Moricca and Farmer both said they were
extremely pleased with the turnout at the
“It was a phenomenal experience. It
was great to look out in the audience and
see a mixture of faces from Asian to His
panic to Caucasian,” Moricca said.
Council Debates Merit Pay for Town Employees
BY MARY-KATHRYN CRAFT
Chapel Hill Town Council members on
Wednesday debated the possibility of a
pay increase system that would reward
town employees for a job well done.
Town Personnel Director Pat Thomas
presented a proposal for a market and
merit pay increase. She said the increase
would reflect the current economy, and the
amount of increase would depend on the
performance level of the individual em
ployee. The average employee would get
almost a 4 percent increase for meeting or
Town Manager Cal Horton said the
majority of town employees did a suffi
cient job. “Most employees do OK,” he
said. “They get the work done. About 80
percent of our people are clearly 4 in that
Council member Richard Franck criti
cized the merit pay plan. “The basic prob-
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had requested that Honor Court proceedings in the
theft case be postponed until the court could decide
whether all Honor Court cases must be open to the
public under the North Carolina Constitution and
Open Meetings Law.
The Honor Court is now free to resume proceed
ings. University legal representatives told the court
that records of the Review theft case would be
preserved until the DTH’s case was resolved.
More than 1,500 copies of the Carolina Review,
a conservative magazine published by UNC stu
dents, were stolen the night before student elections
in February. Junior Reza Ardalan and senior Rich
Fremont have been charged with impeding the free
speech of the Review’s publishers.
The Review theft case was expected to last two
days. The Honor Court held proceedings in the case
on Tuesday, but Judge Thompson ordered the court
At one point, during a reggae song sung
by Steve Aleong of CHispA, audience
members got up and danced along to the
music. “The audience was enthusiastic the
whole night and was full of energy,”
The concert featured musical perfor
mances by the Clef Hangers, Opeyo! Danc
ers, SANGAM Performers, CHispA,
Loreleis, Harmonyx and the Vietnamese
The concert also featured speakers Cindy
Wolf Johnson, director of the North Caro
lina Fellows Program and Leadership De
velopment Office, and Journalism and
Mass Communication Professor Chuck
In her opening speech, Johnson empha
sized the importance of music in bringing
“Music has always transcended cultural
barriers and borders,” she said.
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lem I have with
merit pay as it’s laid
out here is that it
gives the same per
centage increase to
all employees (re
gardless of their
said. The Black Pu
blic Workers Asso
ciation has asked
the council to in
crease salaries for
criticized the proposed
merit pay plan.
there was too much of a difference between
the highest-paid and lowest-paid employ
ees. “I think we can at least entertain the
thought of a tax increase to address some
of the inequities,” he said.
Council member Julie Andresen said
she was opposed to a tax increase but
would like to see salaries adjusted to the
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to postpone hearings on Wednesday.
The DTH asked for the temporary restraining
order Wednesday after Judicial Programs Officer
Margaret Barrett refused to postpone the Review
theft hearing or open it to the public.
DTH attorney Amanda Martin said Thursday’s
decision could give momentum to the case to open
Honor Court proceedings. “I think, among offer
things, it will perhaps turn up the heat in respect to
how fast the case is prosecuted,” she said.
UN C attorneys argued that since records are kept
of Honor Court hearings the DTH could use records
of the case if the court later ruled in the DTH’s favor.
“Even if the court were to assume that the open
meetings law applies to this case, it would be inap
propriate for the court to issue a temporary restrain
ing order,” said Tom Ziko, head of the education
division in the N.C. Attorney General’s Office.
a standing ovation, called for social and
racial unity. “All cultures and religions are
equal under the eyes of God,” he said.
Performers from different groups on
campus volunteered their time and talent
to put together the show. Members of Stu
dents for the Advancement of Race Rela
tions and Heels to Heaven helped put the
Moricca and Farmer said their goal was
to make the concert an annual event and
donate the proceeds to cultural groups that
The proceeds from last night’s concent
went to the Sonja H. Stone Black Cultural
Farmer, a sophomore from Raleigh,
said the concert was a wonderful experi
ence because it was rare that all of the
different groups came together.
“It was a beautiful turnout. There was
definitely a common spirit in the audi
cost of living. Instead of a merit pay in
crease, Andresen said, the bulk of the pay
increase should go to a cost-of-living in
crease. “I’d like to see a little less emphasis
on giving raises (based) on the decision of
one administrator,” Andresen said.
Franck agreed salaries should be ad
justed to the cost of living in Chapel Hill.
He said very few town workers lived in
Chapel Hill because the cost of living was
Mayor Rosemary Waldorf suggested
giving a cash bonus to outstanding work
ers instead of a percentage raise, which the
merit pay would provide. Waldorf said the
bonus would be a fixed amount that was
not included in the base pay, and it would
be awarded at the end of the year to em
ployees who had done an extraordinary
“It speaks to one year’s performance,”
Waldorf said. She also stressed that the
council had made no specific conclusions
about pay raises yet.
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Martin said the judge’s decision would not dam
age the case to open Honor Court proceedings. “I
think the only reason the judge didn’t issue the
restraining order is that he believed that after-the
fact access (to the Carolina Review case records)
was sufficient,” she said.
The DTH is asking that future Honor Court
hearings and records of past Honor Court cases be
made open to the public. The DTH is also asking to
be reimbursed for legal fees.
University attorneys argue that the federal Fam
ily Education Rights and Privacy Act, more com
monly known as the Buckley Amendment, prohibit
open Honor Court proceedings. Currently, only
defendants in Honor Court cases can request that
proceedings be open to the public.
According to the complaint filed Thursday, the
Honor Court is “an appointed body of the Univer
Southern Authors to Fete
literature in Readings
BY HILARY SPARROW
Eighteen nationally acclaimed South
ern authors will convene in an unprec
edented celebration of Southern literature
Saturday afternoon in Pittsboro.
Rick Bass, author of “The Lost Griz
zlies,” will be flying in from Montana; Bob
Shacochis, author of “Easy in the Islands, ”
will come from Florida; Mark Richard,
author of “Fishboy,” will arrive from Cali
fornia; and Lee Smith, author of “Saving
Grace,” will drive from Chapel Hill. Their
destination is a large bam in Fearrington
“It’s sort of a certification of this area of
North Carolina as the literary center of the
South,” said English Professor Fred
Hobson, who specializes in Southern lit
The gathering, hosted by Mclntyre’s
Fine Books and Bookends, is a 10th anni
versary celebration of Algonquin Books’
annual series “New Stories from the South”
and its newest anthology, “Best of the
South.” There will be three sessions of
readings beginning at 1 p.m. and conclud
ing at 5 p.m. Bill Buford, fiction editor of
The New Yorker Magazine, will be the
host. In the past 10 years, Algonquin Books
editorial director Shannon Ravenel has
read more than 10,000 short stories for
“New Stories from the South. ” In celebra
tion of the publication, novelist Anne Tyler
has selected the top 20 stories, which are
published in “Best of the South.” The 18
authors reading Saturday each have a story
in the collection.
“The book is a strong cornerstone of
Southern literature,” said Craig Popelars,
assistant sales manager of Algonquin Books
in Carrboro. “You can really get a strong
sample of what Southern literature is all
about by reading the stories in it.”
Keebe Fitch, manager of Mclntyre’s
Books, said the strength of the book and its
portrayal of Southern literature was rooted
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will host a day-long reading in the
Fearrington Bam, Sat., April 20th.
Authors that will be present
1 p.m 2 p.m.
Rick Bass Frank Manley
Padgett Powell Mark Richard
Lee Smith Marly Swick
2:15 p.m.— 3:15 p.m.
Tony Earley Barry Hannah
Mary Hood Edward P. Jones
Patricia Lear Bob Shacochis
3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Madison Smartt Bell Richard Bausch
Reginal McKnight Nanci Kincaid
Lewis Nordan Melanie Sumner
in the diversity of its stories and authors.
“This line-up runs the gamut, and it
crosses across all cultural lines,” Fitch said.
“This is a dream-team line-up.”
Erica Eisdorfer, who manages the Bull’s
Head Bookshop, said open readings such
as this weekend’s increased Chapel Hill’s
popularity for Southern writers.
“Within a 20-mile radius we have 10 of
the 2Q best novelists in the country,”
Eisdorfer said. “It happens that Chapel
Hill has off and on been the center of
Southern literature, and it’s on now.”
Hobson said Chapel Hill’s literary suc
cess was largely due to the presence of
Algonquin Books, which was founded in
1983 by Ravenel and retired English Pro
fessor Louis Rubin.
“The importance of Algonquin Books
has to be stressed,” Hobson said. “The
incredible success it has had in the last
decade of publication has allowed very
talented but unknown writers to gain na
tional recognition very quickly.”
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sity of North Carolina” that exercises “quasi-judi
cial and administrative functions," and therefore
falls under the Open Meetings Law.
Chief Deputy N.C. Attorney General Andrew
Vanore Jr., who also represents UNC, said the
Honor Court was not a public body under the law
because it was appointed by the chancellor rather
than the Board of Trustees or Board of Governors.
“(UNC) student Honor Courts have been continu
ously closed since 1955, so it’s not something that’s
new,” Vanore said.
Martin said closing Honor Court proceedings on
the grounds that the court did not qualify as a public
body belittles the role of the Honor Court. “Ifl came
before a court... and was told simultaneously that
this was not a body of the University of North
Carolina but that it could kick me out of school, I
would object strenuously,” she said.
BY DEANNA WITTMER
Chancellor Michael Hooker said Thurs
day that he supported Great Hall parties,
but not if student safety was in jeopardy.
“An important part of the collegiate
experience is parties,” Hooker said. “And
I think we should make every effort to
enable our students to have parties.”
But Hooker said the University had a
responsibility to not put students at risk.
A committee of eight administrators
that did not include Hooker decided
Sunday to cancel two remaining parties
scheduled for this semester in the Great
Hall by black Greek organizations. The
move followed an early Sunday morning
shooting outside Fetzer Gymnasium soon
after the Greek Freak step show and after
party ended in Carmichael Auditorium.
Hooker said he thought the decision
was made because University Police could
not guarantee the safety of students. “You
have to be guided by what the police advise
you in matters like this,” he said.
Police have said they had as many offic
ers as necessary on the streets following the
1:30 a.m. Sunday conclusion of the party,
and that nearby officers saw or heard the
shooting occur and reacted quickly but
could not have done more to prevent it.
University Police Chief Don Gold said
putting more officers on the street after the
party probably would not have prevented
the shooting. “When people are hell bent
to commit a crime or they are intoxicated
and get the right stimulant, putting more
people out there won’t necessarily solve
There were seven to nine officers along
South Road at the time of the shooting,
said Major Greg Graves of the University
After the shooting, one officer tried to
chase the car from which shots were fired,
Graves said, hoping the traffic would slow
the car down so he could catch it. The
driver managed to dodge people in his way
and sideswiped another car, Graves said.
Another officer got the car’s license plate
Deana Davis, vice president of the Black
Student Movement, said she heard a loud
verbal confrontation take place in front of
Fetzer Gymnasium. She said the exchange
stood out above thenoiseofthe crowd that
had just come from Carmichael Audito
rium. The police hadn’t taken any previ
ous notice of the car before the shooting,
Graves, Gold and Davis all said they
were comfortable with the security level at
Greek Freak. There were no incidents in
side Carmichael Auditorium during the
party, Graves said.
Often police presence would deter crimi
nal activity, Graves said, but “apparently
an officer in view had no bearing on the
young man’s intentions.” Graves said he
was sure that the shooter could see several
officers in the area.
Gold said there was a limit to the num
ber of officers he could assign to events like
Saturday's. “We can’t just throw more
resources at it because we have no more to
throw at it.”
Hooker said he hoped Great Hall par
ties would be resumed, but only if police
could guarantee people’s safety.
Black fraternities and sororities were
disappointed with the administrators’ de
cision to cancel all Great Hall parties for
the rest of the semester, said Jonnie Artis,
outgoing president of Kappa Alpha Psi,
Inc. Artis said the cancellation was hurting
the fraternity's ability to raise funds.