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Crumbling Classrooms Need $1.7 Million Facelift
BY SHARIF DURHAMS
University officials are hoping proposed
renovations to Murphey Hall can be a first
step in upgrading classrooms for the 21st
The University, guided by the request of
Chancellor Michael Hooker, has requested
$1.7 million from the General Assembly
for classroom improvements, which were
planned to begin in the 1997-98 school
year, said Kathleen McGaughey, assistant
provost for finance.
“The chancellor’s number one priority
is classroom improvement for this bud
get,” she said.
The proposal requested $1 million an
nually for renovations after the 1997-98
school year. Renovations to classrooms in
■ Questions about affirmative action scholarship
and admissions programs might be resolved if the
Supreme Court decides to hear a Texas case this fall.
BY JAMES LEWIS
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS EDTOR
UNC-system President C.D. Spangler said Tuesday that he was not
worried about anew crop of high-profile court cases around the nation that
threaten to dismantle the affirmative action programs that have shaped
university admission policies since the 19605.
“It is my belief that the Supreme Court will determine university and
college presidents and their boards of trustees are well equipped to determine
which students should be admitted to their campuses,” Spangler said.
Lingering questions about the future of race-based admissions and schol
arships policies at universities across the nation might soon be resolved if the
U.S. Supreme Court hears a Texas case later this year.
In March, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court struck down a race-based admis
sions policy at the University of Texas law school, ruling that four white
students who were denied admission to the school had been discriminated
Universities across Texas then scrambled to eliminate race as a factor in
admission and scholarship policies but, last Friday, the U.S. Fifth Circuit
Court of Appeals blocked the order until the Supreme Court decides whether
to hear the Texas system’s appeal.
If the court decides to hear the case, it could resolve a slew of similar
situations across the nation, including two cases involving UNC. Last week,
Georgia’s state attorney general asked that race-based policies be discarded
in the state’s university system. And last year, policy decisions in Maryland
and California forced universities to eliminate most race-based policies.
Earlier this spring, UNC law student Jack Daly filed a lawsuit contending
that the UNC-system’s $1.2 million minority presence grants discriminated
See LAWSUIT, Page 9
This article was based on a telephone interview and coverage of
a Union County campaign event. Because of an error on the part
of The Daily Tar Heel, the reporter was unable to spend time on
the road with the Hayes campaign.
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
Robin Hayes has traveled to every county in North
Carolina on a “listening tour, ” and he says he blows what
the state’s people want —a conservative governor.
Hayes, a Republican gubernatorial candidate and N.C.
House Majority Whip, said people from the mountains to
the coast wanted lower taxes, better schools and Christian
principles in government.
Hayes, along with former Charlotte Mayor Richard
Vinroot, undercover narcotics agent Art Manning and
environmental activist Ken Rogers, wants to unseat long
time North Carolina politician and current Gov. Jim Hunt.
At a Republican Party “Stomp” in Union County on
April 13, Hayes told a crowd of about 100 that the real
enemy was Jim Hunt, not the other candidates running for
record,” he said, calling for the governor’s defeat. “No 4
percent tax on food and no fourth term for Governor
Fellow candidates Vinroot and Rogers attended the
Union County Stomp. Hayes called that type of event,
where he visits with local Republicans and their families,
routine campaign work.
In a Monday telephone interview, he declined to de
scribe an “average” day on the campaign trail, saying there
See HAYES, Page 10
Good Bye Until May
The Daily Tar Heel wishes
everybody luck on final
exams. We will resume
publication May 16.
Carroll Hall, Venable Hall and Phillips
Hall have also been proposed,
The General Assembly should con
sider theproposal during thesummershort
session, which begins in May. The fund
ing could be approved at that time, but
University officials did not expect the
money to be approved before the two-year
1997-99 budget cycle, McGaughey said.
“It would be nice if it were funded in
the short session,” she said. “But we’re
not counting on that. It really takes a year
Faculty Council Chairwoman Jane
Brown cited problems in Murphey Hall,
where she taught a class last semester, as
“There aren’t decent air conditioners, ”
she said. “There was no overhead projec-
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Life on the campaign Trail
Hayes Wants to listen to Voters
And if you find her poor, Ithaca won’t have fooled you.
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bolted to the floor,
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many rooms were
also too small to ac
number of students
in classes, and
that classrooms also
needed upgrades in
in the Institute of
Government and chairman of the provost’s
Classroom Advisory Committee, said class
rooms in Murphey Hall needed to be over-
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The concert, part of the band's college campus tour, attracted more than 600 people. See story, page 8.
Robin Hayes talks to Earl Rountree at the
Union County Republican "Stomp."
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hauled. “Murphey is to be pretty much
gutted and redone.”
Heightened awareness of the need for
classroom repairs stems from the self-study
written in 1995 to reaccredit the Univer
sity. The report said the beautiful land
scaping of some campus buildings disguised
“badly peeling paint, leaking roofs, water
damaged plaster, antiquated classroom
facilities, unsightly window air condition
ing units and badly deteriorated furnish
In the fall, Provost Richard Richardson
charged the Classroom Advisory Commit
tee with determining what types of class
rooms the University needed and how to
provide those facilities.
Associate Vice Chancellor Lawrence
Gilbert said the University had also con
sidered adding new buildings to resolve
Vinroot Meets, Eats With Citizens
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
Richard Vinroot says he wants to cut the pork out of North
Carolina government, and then he wants to eat it.
“I love barbecue,” said the Republican gubernatorial candi
date, who is running on a platform dedicated to making
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are held at restaurants, where Vinroot addresses the concerns of local party members.
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current classroom problems.
Last year, one of the provost’s commit
tees considered replacing Dey Hall with a
science library and lecture room building.
“That’s what we really need —a whole
building dedicated to lecture classrooms.”
Although the renovations are necessary,
Brown said the proposed renovation
projects could cause problems scheduling
“It’s going to put a lot of classes in other
places until that gets done,” she said. “It’s
going to be difficult.”
Gilbert said the committee could con
sider holding classes later at night or using
trailers to hold classes during the construc
Money to pay for temporary classroom
space, such as in trailers, would have to
come from the University, Gilbert said.
Vinroot explained that if he is elected governor he wants to
invite cooks from the best barbecue restaurants that he’s found
on the campaign trail to have monthly barbecues at the
Governor’s Mansion. Then, he said, he would determine the
best barbecue in the state. Vinroot said he would call it, “the
reverse pork administration.”
See VINROOT, Page 10
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■ Chancellor Michael
Hooker said students should
respect the marijuana law.
BY MARVA HINTON
University police are not only searching
more residence hall rooms for drugs than
in the past they are also issuing more
citations for marijuana, police and honor
court records show.
Citations for drug possession on cam
pus increased from 17 to 34 between the
1994 and 1995 calendar years, police
records show. Police have issued nine cita
tions so far this year.
Honor Court records, which are kept by
school year, also show an increase in the
number of students charged. Twelve stu
dents were charged in the University judi
cial system since August with possession
of marijuana, whereas nine were charged
during the 1994-95 academic year.
University Police Chief Don Gold said
Monday that the increase in the number of
citations could be traced to an increase in
the number of complaints made to poKce
against students who live in residence halls .
Some students whose rooms were
searched have complained that police en
couraged students to sign consent forms—
which allow police to search rooms with
out a warrant without letting them know
they did not have to consent. Student Le
gal Services has advised students not to
consent to searches if police don’t have a
Chancellor Michael Hooker said stu
dents should not possess drugs but could
exercise their right not to sign a consent
form. “Students often don’t raHy appreci
ate that society has decided that drugs art
illegal and the possession of them is a
serious crime,” he said. “Any time you
violate a criminal statute, you put yourself
Hooker, who graduated in 1969, said
alcohol was the drug of choice when he
was an undergraduate at the University. “I
was a senior before I became aware that
anyone was smoking marijuana at UNC, ”
Hooker said. “What we did was we got
drunk.” Hooker, who said he supported
legalizing marijuana for medicinal pur
poses, said he had talked to students all
year about alcohol and drugs and had not
reached any final conclusions on what
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