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Police Searching More Residence Hall Rooms for Drugs
■ The director of Student
Legal Services said students
shouldn’t consent to searches.
BY NOELLE TAYLOR
University Police have searched more
residence hall rooms for drugs and alcohol
this semester than in the past because of an
increase in the number of complaints
against students, University Police Chief
Don Gold said.
“The complaints coming out of resi
dence halls complaints of controlled
substances have increased,” Gold said.
“Officers have been responding to these
Rather than obtaining search warrants
from the magistrate to investigate tips,
police typically visit residents reported for
drug possession and ask them to sign a
consent form that enables police to search
the room, Gold said.
Student Legal Services Director Dor
othy Bemholz said she had advised several
students who were cited in residence hall
rooms this semester.
“Based on the descriptions I see from
students, the police are being much more
aggressive in searching rooms,” Bemholz
said. “Officers are knocking on doors and
asking the students to sign consent forms.”
Students do not have to agree to a police
request to enter their rooms unless the
police have a search warrant, she said.
“My legal advice would be not to con
If a student will not consent to a room
search, the officers must obtain a search
warrant from the magistrate’s office, a pro
cedure that usually takes 10 minutes, said
Officer Angela Carmon.
Two of three students contacted for this
story whose residence hall rooms were
searched by police all of whom asked
not to be identified said police had not
Acquittal in Review Case
Could Lead to Lawsuit
■ The Carolina Review
might file charges against
Reza Ardalan and Rich
Fremont in a state court.
BY JAMES LEWIS
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS EDITOR
Two students who admitted taking more
than 1,500 copies of The Carolina Review
were found not guilty in the UNC Honor
Court Sunday night of impeding the free
speech rights of the magazine’s publishers.
Review staff members said Monday they
were looking into taking the two students,
senior Rich Fremont and junior Reza
Ardalan, to a North Carolina criminal or
“We are discussing the possibility of
going to a real court,” said Carolina Re
view Editor Ashley Gamer. “Unfortu
nately, it may be the best way to handle the
situation in light of the Honor Court ac
Review Publisher Charlton Allen said
he was not sure what specific legal action
Review staff members would take against
Ardalan and Fremont outside the Univer
sity. “It’s still too early,” he said. “I know
that everything is on the table, and we will
be making some decisions shortly on this. ”
Ardalan said he was confident that he
and Fremont had done nothing wrong. “I
don’t know what they havp planned,”
Ardalan said. “But I feel we did nothing
Fremont said the Honor Court’s verdict
confirmed his belief that taking the 1,500
copies was justified. “Reza and I, from the
very beginning, believed that we did not
violate any aspect of the Honor Code,” he
said. “The fact that we were exonerated
through the Honor Court proves that by
taking the Review we were doing the right
thing something that we have always
Ardalan said he was pleased with the
verdict and felt the case should never have
gone to the Honor Court.
“I’m glad that the Honor Court found
us not guilty,” he said. “I’m still a little
upset that we were charged in the first
“I am glad that the proper authorities
came to that decision as well that we
didn’t do anything wrong.”
Allen said he disagreed with the not
guilty verdict for Ardalan and Fremont
because he felt the Honor Court was not
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University Police Chief Don Gold said police had conducted more room
searches because of more complaints about drug use in residence halls.
informed them they did not have to sign
the consent form.
“They just said, ‘We need you to sign
this so we can search your room,”’ said a
student cited for marijuana possession.
The third student contacted said police
officers covered the peephole on his door
while knocking and did not immediately
identify themselves. The student said he
had initially refused to open his door, but
“they were like, ‘You have to open the
door, it’s Campus Police.’” When the stu
dent opened the door, he said he told police
he would not voluntarily consent to a
search, but an officer said he could search
the room because he could smell mari
juana. The student was cited for posses
sion of marijuana.
Another student also said police had
covered the peephole when they knocked.
An increase in the number of room
searches should not be linked to more
aggressive tactics on the part of the police,
Gold said, but resulted instead from a rise
“Before we were concerned with these
two individuals coming forward and con
fessing their part in this crime and be ex
posed for doing that," he said. “It’s sick
now that they have confessed and they
have been allowed to weasel out of it by a
system that’s willing to look the other way
because of political and personal preju
One of the five Honor Court justices
who heard the case served on the Nelson
transition team with Fremont.
Ardalan said the case had been handled
fairly by both the Honor Court and the
student attorney general’s office, which
investigates all Honor Court cases. “I feel
that the members of the court, and every
body involved, were impartial,” Ardalan
did a good job of that.”
Ardalan and Fremont took copies of the
Review’s election issue, which had been
distributed in campus classrooms hours
before the Feb. 13 student elections.
The cover of the issue featured then-
Student Body President candidate Aaron
Nelson, who is Jewish and a member of
Ardalan’s and Fremont’s fraternity, with
horns and a pitchfoik.
Ardalan and Fremont have said they
took the issues because they viewed the
cover as anti-Semitic and also because they
felt that distributing the publication on the
eve of campus elections amounted to elec
tioneering —a violation of student elec
In a column appearing in The Daily Tar
Heel today, Fremont said that then-Stu
dent Attorney General George Oliver ap
proved the removal of the Reviews.
Ardalan and Fremont put the stolen
issues outside Oliver’s office after student
elections returns were announced.
The Review theft trial started April 16
and was set to continue the next evening,
but a state superior court judge’s tempo
rary restraining order blocked the hear
The order, requested by the DTH, was
lifted Thursday, and the court concluded
proceedings Sunday evening.
The DTH filed the request to block the
closed hearings until a judge could decide
whether the Honor Court’s closed pro
ceedings violated the N.C. Open Meetings
Law or the N.C. Constitution.
The DTH’s complaint against the Uni
versity is set for a May 6 trial in Orange
County Superior Court, and the Univer
sity must preserve all records of Ardalan’s
and Fremont’s trial until the case is re
The Student Advisory
Committee will give input to
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in complaints about students over the past
“These type of searches are initiated by
a call from an anonymous caller or a resi
dent assistant who suspects that a con
trolled substancemay bepresent in a room,”
Bemholz said students needed to recog
nize their rights when faced with police
“Officers are trained to encourage you
to consent or confess,” she said.
“Usually students think that if they are
very forthcoming, the police won’t pros
ecute,” she said. “But police have a duty to
make an arrest if they see contraband.”
Gold said University Police did not con
done the Appalachian State University
policy of administrative room searches
residence hall room searches conducted by
campus police without warrants. Because
information obtained in them can only be
used by the university, and not in court.
Longtime Community Volunteer to Carry Olympic Torch
■ Frances Hargraves, who
turns 82 today, still
volunteers 25 hours a week.
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
When asked her reaction to the news
that her good friend and fellow volunteer
Frances Hargraves would be running the
summer Olympics torch through the area
on its way to Atlanta, Chapel Hill Histori
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The large crowds at the 24th annual Apple Chill resulted in traffic congestion
on Chapel Hill streets hours after the festival was over.
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Campus Reports of Robbery, Sexual Offenses Decrease
BY KATIE TYSON
Reported incidents of crimes at UNC
follow some of the national trends at
other universities, according to a survey
released Sunday by The Chronicle of
Between 1993 and 1994, UNC saw a
decrease in aggravated assault, burglary,
liquor-law violations, drug-law violations
and weapon-law violations. However,
forcible sex offenses, robbery and motor
vehicle theft all increased.
The Chronicle, a national weekly
newspaper that covers all aspects of aca
deme, conducts annual surveys of crimes
on college campuses. The survey was
composed of data from 831 colleges,
each with more than 5,000 students,
which submitted copies of their crime
The reports submitted detailed infor
mation that colleges are required by law
to disclose. The Student Right-to-Know
and Campus Security Act of 1990 re
quires colleges to publish statistics in
nine categories: incidents of murder, rape,
robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and
motor-vehicle thefts; and arrests for li
quor-law violations, drug-law violations
and weapons-law violations.
The survey compared figures from
1993 and 1994. The results found overall
increases in drug arrests, alcohol-related
offenses, murder, non-forcible sex of
fenses, forcible sex offenses, weapon vio
lations and robbery. Overall, decreases
were found in aggravated assaults, bur
glaries and motor-vehicle theft.
Duke and N.C. State also followed
trends set at schools nationwide. Bur
glary ranked high among crimes reported
atboth schools. However, thetwoschools
she is getting along in years."
Eighty-two years to be exact. Hargraves
has dedicated much of her life to serving
others in the community, which made her
a prime candidate to represent the area
during this summer’s Olympic torch-run.
Hargraves said her enthusiasm for vol
unteer work came from watching her
mother helping others. She said in her life,
volunteer work was “a part of the family
tradition.” When Hargraves was growing
up, she said her mother would go from
house to house in the community to care
for the sick.
“I saw her doing so many things,” she
said. “I think it just came naturally.”
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Wednesday: Sunny; high 60s.
Crime on the Decline
With a few exceptions, crime at UNC went down from 1993 to 1994.
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showed remarkable differences in num
bers ofliquor-law violations. Duke reported
no incidents in both 1993 and 1994. N.C.
State reported 480 violations in 1993 and
417 violations in 1994.
These similarities and differences are
representative of how it is impossible to
use the numbers as the basis for compari
son among schools.
University Police Chief Donald Gold
said increased emphasis on several areas
could have contributed to the change in
crime figures. He said increases in bike
patrols, residence hall security seminars
and C-TOPS information had all worked
to make improvements.
Gold said crime patterns at UNC re
Among the many organizations where
Hargraves volunteers her time are the
Friends of the Senior Center, Girl Scouts,
The Community School for People Under
Six, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill
Public Library, Orange County Library
and the Chapel Hill Historical Society.
Hargraves said almost every moment of
her free time was spent volunteering. “I’m
Traffic Problems linger
Long After Apple Chill Ends
■ Chapel Hill Police
arrested 14 people at the
24th animal festival.
BY ANGELA MOORE
Official Apple Chill festivities lasted only
until 6 p.m. Sunday, but the heavy traffic
on Chapel Hill’s streets resulting from the
Franklin Street festival did not abate until
nearly five hours later.
Chapel Hill police spokesperson Jane
Cousins said that although the delays were
frustrating, they are just a part of Apple
“Traditionally, there have been large
crowds and traffic after Apple Chill, ’’Cous
ins said. “Cruising is not unusual after
Cousins said some of Sunday's traffic
difficulties were worsened when police had
to close off more of Franklin Street than
had already been closed off for the festival.
“At about 3:30 p.m., the number of
pedestrians on West Franklin began to
grow, and traffic got so heavy that it was at
a standstill,” Cousins said. “So at 4 p.m.,
we rerouted traffic off Franklin to keep it
Cars were directed to Cameron Avenue
instead of Franklin Street, where they en
countered long lines. Cousins said West
Franklin Street remained closed until 9:30
At 8 p.m. it took about 30 minutes to
travel from the Harris Teeter supermarket
in Carrboro to Townhouse Apartments on
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fleeted trends within society.
“The University community is just a
microcosm of the greater community
that it makes up,” Gold said. “You will
see these same trends in many communi
ties across the country.”
Crime Prevention Safety Officer An
gela Carmon said larceny was the big
gest crime problem at UNC.
Despite its prevalence on many col
lege campuses, larceny is one category
that colleges are not required to track or
report. Carmon said UNC fared well in
comparison to other schools their size.
“I feel that this is a relatively safe
campus.” Cannon said. “However, we
are by no means 100 percent crime free. ”
doing some type of volunteer work just
about every day, ” she said. “I would say (I
volunteer) around 25 hours a week. Any
time they know they can call on me to get
the job done, and I will do it to the best of
Allen said Hargraves was enthusiastic
and dedicated in whatever venture she
tried. “No one is a stranger," Allen said.
“She is very supportive of the organiza
tions. She works hard.”
Hargraves, who celebrates her 82nd
birthday today, said she had not let her age
stop her from trying anew activity. “I think
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“ Traditionally ; there have
been large crowds and traffic
after Apple Chill. ”
Chapel Hill Police Spokeswoman
minutes to travel one block along
Hillsborough Street on campus.
By 9:30 p.m., the pedestrians were
mostly gone, but town traffic was still
clogged, Cousins said.
“Traffic was still heavy until 10:30 or 11
p.m.,” she said.
Chapel Hill police arrested 14 people at
the festival. Four people were arrested for
carrying concealed handguns without a
permit. One person was arrested for pos
session of a stolen handgun, Cousins said.
Three years ago, Apple Chill was the
scene of a shooting in which two people
Cousins said the number of officers as
signed to the festival had not necessarily
increased since the incident, because the
incident was not one more officets on pa
trol could have prevented.
The police also arrested four people for
drug possession and issued two open-con
tainer citations Sunday.
Fifty-seven traffic violations were is
sued near the festival for “anything from
not wearing a seat belt to reckless driving, ’’
Compared to previous years, this Apple
Chill was relatively calm for police. All in
all, Cousins said the heavy traffic and ar
rests made “weren’t very unusual” for an
Apple Chill day.