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BY GINGER MASSEY
Student leaders said Friday that Great
Hall parties should not be cancelled be
cause they are a major social outlet for
some minority groups.
The comments were made at a two hour
meeting to discuss ways to prevent vio
lence outside parties thrown by black Greek
organizations. The meeting was the sec
ond of three planned following an April 14
shooting outside Fetzer Gymnasium after
the Greek Freak step show. Citing safety
concerns, last week University administra
tors canceled the two remaining late night
Great Hall parties of the semester.
About 10 people attended the Friday
meeting, including several students, Stu
dent Union employees and a representa
tive from the University Police.
Pam Alston, senior member of Delta
Sigma Theta, Inc. sorority, said although
the incident was unfortunate, it shouldn’t
put an end to the Great Hall parties, which
were the main source of fundraising for
black Greeks, as well as a social outlet.
Jon Curtis, assistant director of student
activities at the Union, said the Great Hall
parties were a major attraction for African-
American students. He said there were few
social outlets available to black students at
UNC other than these parties.
Alston said bars were frequented by
white Greeks, but black Greeks wanted
more parties and dancing. Without that
option on campus, she said black Greeks
looked to other area schools.
Student Body Vice President Lindsay-
Rae Mclntyre said UNC needed a place for
black Greek organizations to hold social
events. “It is crazy to see students leave our
college community to have fun,” she said.
No one at UNC should have to look else
where for a good time or face the dangers
of being on the road late at night, she said.
Dean of Students Fred Schroeder said
the decision to end the parties for the rest of
the semester was not solely the result of the
shooting itself. Instead, he said it came
from an escalation that led to the shooting
and a “true fear of what would continue.’’
“This is not the kind of problem that can
be solved by additional police or minor
adjustments,” Schroeder said Sunday.
Don Luse, director of the Union, said,
“I also understand that music, dance and
socializing is a key importance.”
Alston reminded the group that any
solution should not impede the financial
success of the parties. Social needs are
important, but ftmdraising was especially
needed, Alston said. She said the parties
generally netted close to $2,000 profit.
Greg Graves, major of operations with
University Police, said “one thing we (po
lice) cannot support is the continuance of
large crowd parties because they are
Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor’s noisy party than being there.
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Residents Enjoy Food, Crafts at 24th Annual Apple Chill
Whether to cool off with a “strawberry
splash” drink or to listen to the alternative
jams ofMazzy Jive, approximately 25,000
festival-goers crowded Franldin Street on
Sunday to attend the 24th annual Apple
The festival offered three stages hosting
a variety of entertainment from the Chapel
Hill Cloggers to the smooth jazz rhythms
of Janice Price and Priceless.
In addition to the entertainment, the
festival boasted about 100 craft booths
where artisans could display and sell then
Festival-goers shopped for crafts such
as handmade necklaces and painted na
ture scenes. All proceeds made from the
sales went directly back to the craft maker,
said Apple Chill organizer Carol
“There’s a good turnout today,” said
Sharon Gayle of Unique Batik Clothing.
“We were a little worried at first about
whether it was going to rain or not.”
Gayle said she spent a lot of time mak
ing her own brightly colored clothing to
sell at the festival.
“The hardest part is finding cool fab
rics,” Gayle said.
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UNC's Brendan Carey (9) battles a Duke defender in the ACC men's lacrosse
semifinals. The Tar Heels reclaimed the title Sunday. See story, page 12.
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Drama, comic strips and the
Red Clay Ramblers converge
in 'Kudzu.' Page 2
The Daily Tar Heel's lawsuit seeking to open student
courts - the third of its kind in the nation - raises nagging
questions about federal law and educational records.
BY JAMES LEWIS
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS EDITOR
When a superior court judge decides May
6 whether to open UNC’s Honor Court, the
case will become one of only a handful
dealing with opening student disciplinary
hearings on America’s college campuses.
Today, only student disciplinary hear
ings in Georgia’s university system are rou
tinely open to the public.
Mark Goodman, executive director of
the Student Press Law Center in Washing
ton, D.C., said The Daily Tar Heel’s com
plaint against UNC was only the third case
ever heard in the nation dealing with trying
to open student disciplinary hearings.
The first was in 1991, when the Univer
sity of Georgia’s student newspaper, The
Red & Black, filed a complaint charging
that the UGa. student judiciary was violat
ing the state’s open meeting laws.
The Red & Black won and two years
later, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld a
“We’ve had a few sales so far,” said
Risa Sappenfield of Greensboro as she
displayed her hand-painted figurines.
Nearly 20 booths served to feed hungry
festival goers with a wide selection of inter
national and domestic foods ranging from
gyros to cotton candy.
The festival also served as an opportu
nity for activist and political groups to
campaign and set up information booths.
Groups such as the Orange County Lit
eracy Council, Orange County Partner
ship for Young Children and the Sierra
Club were all on hand to inform festival
goers of their cause.
The Chapel Hill High School Orchestra
found the festival a perfect opportunity to
hold a fund raiser for their trip to Austria.
The group gave performances on the steps
of the courthouse while selling homemade
“The people keep coming, and that’s
really encouraging,” said Doris Stam, or
ganizer of the orchestra’s booth. “We’ll
probably raise about a hundred dollars
Walboume , organizer of the festival,
said she was pleased with the amount of
arts and crafts displayed at the fair.
“This year there has been more enter-
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lower court’s ruling that UGa. disciplinary
hearings should be open.
The second case was in Louisiana, where
the local chapter of the Society of Profes
sional Journalists sued to open the Louisi
ana State University at Shreveport’s student
disciplinary hearings in 1993.
The SPJ lost and the judge in the case
cited privacy provisions in the state's laws
prohibiting such hearings from being open
to the public.
The DTH filed an official complaint last
week asking for an injunction that would
permanently open all UNC Honor Court
proceedings. The case will be tried in Or
ange County Superior Court.
Other college newspapers across the
See HONOR COURT, Page 11
■ Should student honor courts
be open to the public?
Opinions, page 11
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Chapel Hill residents and visitors celebrate the 24th annual Apple Chill Festival on Franklin Street
on Sunday afternoon. The many vendors, musical bands and dancers drew a large crowd.
Florida School Moves Up Exams After Threat
■ Exams will be held a week
earlier after a newspaper
received a bomb threat.
BY CRISTINA SMITH
April 29 looms around the comer for
the University of South Florida. A week
from today, security forces at the Tampa
campus will guard entrances and search
buildings and people in response to a bomb
threat received at the university’s student
newspaper last month.
“Access to the university on the 29th
will be extremely difficult,” said Troy
Dunmire, budget director of student gov
ernmental theuniversity. More than3o,ooo
students and faculty would be required to
have identification cards with them at all
times, he said. Bags will be checked and
buildings searched. Dunmire said profes
sionals would do a bomb search on cam
pus on the 29th.
A letter, which was received at The
Oracle on March 25, stated that “an ad
ministration building" would be blown up
on April 29, prompting school officials to
reschedule final exams for a week earlier.
The president of the university released
a statement last Monday, declaring finals
would begin on April 19, instead of on
April 26, as originally scheduled.
“It’s a big inconvenience on everyone’s
part, ” Dunmire said. “It adds a lot of stress. ”
Officials decided to move up the week
of finals after careful consideration and
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Letter Asks Seniors
To Stay Sober May 12
■ 1995-96 Senior Class
President Thad Woody wrote
the letter asking students to
not drink before graduation.
BY JOHN SWEENEY
Graduation. A time to reflect on years
of academic achievement, to stand in front
of friends and family and be recognized as
one of many who have successfully navi
gated the educational waters of UNC.
solemn act of
donning the cap
and gown is cel-
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ebration enough, but many seniors prefer a
more festive atmosphere, arriving at gradu
ation already inebriated.
In response to that trend, 1995-96 Se
nior Class President Thad Woody sent out
letters to graduating seniors last week, re
questing that they “leave the champagne
bottles at home” and celebrate commence
ment sober. The letterpoints out that “large
numbers of students, as well as parents and
other guests, have expressed concern over
the lack of respect demonstrated by partici
pating graduates and others.”
Brent Inscoe, the senior class executive
chief of staff, said Woody wanted seniors
discussion by a task force made up of
faculty members and administrators, said
Harry Battson, vice president of public
affairs at the university.
“Our first priority had to be to protect
the safety of the students, faculty and staff, ’’
Battson said. “We’ve asked faculty mem
bets to adjust accordingly and to give stu
dents every consideration in terms of spe
cial needs they might have.”
Battson said the first he heard of the
bomb threat was when he read a story
about the letter in the campus paper. The
Oracle’s editor, Deborah O’Neil, said the
letter writer demanded that the letter be
printed in its entirety or the bombing would
be carried out. O’Neil said she and an
adviser decided not to meet the demand.
“We talked for several hours and we
decided we didn’t want the newspaper
being used for propagandist platform, ’’she
said. O’Neil said the type of inflammatory
writing contained in the letter would have
created unnecessary panic.
The letter, which has been turned over
to FBI officials, outlined a three-part plan,
Battson said. In addition to bombing an
administration building on campus, the
letter states that the writers would kill “a
white female professor” in a public place.
Also, a fake detonator would be placed in
a student dining hall to scare students,
Battson said. The letter was signed: “The
One, the Leader of the War Purgers.”
The writer, who claimed to represent a
“diverse group of extremist individuals,”
also demanded the paper issue a public
apology to Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, a
former professor of Middle Eastern poli-
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to respect the occasion’s importance to the
many seniors who didn’t drink. “He sees
graduation as something we put a lot into
and we should get a lot out of, and you
can’t do that if there are a bunch of people
running around who don’t take it seri
Woody could not be reached for com
The problem of drinking at graduation
has grown bad enough in recent years that
faculty and administrators have made their
displeasure public. In its final report, a
committee that reviewed undergraduate
education for the University's 1995 self
study compared the graduation ceremony
to a sporting event where "drunken stu
dents run wild across the field as if it were,
indeed, one more fraternity party.”
But Woody’s letter has apparently not
made much of an impression on some
seniors, who say its pleas for an alcohol
free commencement ceremony will prob
ably be ineffectual. “Quite frankly, he urn
ask, but I don’t know how much it’s going
to affect anything,” senior David Tucker
said. “I don’t think it would influence
whether I drink one way or another.”
Senior Joseph Canady said, “I didn’t
plan on drinking anyway, but it had noth
ing to do with the letter."
Still, Canady said he agreed with
Woody’s assertion that seniors should stay
sober for their graduation.
tics who left the university last year to
become leader of Islamic Jihad, a Palestin
ian terrorist group. The letter claimed
Shallah received unfair treatment by the
media in stories covering his affiliation
with the group.
O’Neil said the letter called April a
“historic month,” citing the April 19,1995
Oklahoma City bombing and the Waco
compound incident. The letter also claimed
connection to Palestinian terrorist groups.
“It had a lot of strange references,”
O’Neil said, adding that the letter was
FBI officials are investigating the threat.
“They (FBI) have advised us to take the
letter seriously, ” Battson said. The univer
sity has offered a SIO,OOO reward for any
information leading to the arrest and con
viction of the perpetrators, Battson said.
“To date, there have been a couple of
leads, but nothing substantial.”
Although students will be under pres
sure to do last minute cramming, Dunmire
said moving final exams up was necessary.
“It’s what needed to be done to ensure if it’s
a reality, that we’re not going to be here.”
Dunmire said students firing in resi
dence halls on campus were concerned
they would have to move out early. But
officials have arranged for students to move
to a secured area on April 29.
Because ofO’Neil’s decision not to print
the letter in the paper, she said people had
asked her if she would feel responsible if
something happens. “Yeah, I’m worried,”
she said. “I hope the whole thing is a hoax.
I hope nothing happens. But if it does, I
don’t think I’m responsible.”