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UNC settles with press, opens some meetings
■ The settlement will open
certain committee meetings
at UNC-system schools.
BY JAMIE GRISWOLD
After banging for more than a year,
the doors finally swung open.
The University agreed in late July to
open committee meetings to the public,
ending a long-running dispute with The
Daily Tar Heel and other members of the
N.C. Press Association over the applica
tion of the N.C. Open Meetings Law to
committees within the UNC-system.
“We were able to arrive at an agree
ment that we could both live with with
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Sophomores lan Reynolds and Jeremy Kimmel look over their new
schedules while walking on the steps of South Building. Anew
school year has many students anticipating their classes.
Two bars condemned;
owners to reopen soon
BY LAURA GODWIN
Owners of two popular Chapel Hill
bars are working hard to reopen their
businesses and assure patrons their build
ing is safe after being condemned by the
Cheap Shots and Bub O’Malley’s have
been closed for two weeks since the town
building inspector found their building
was not up to code. The building, located
at 157 Rosemary St., was condemned
after town building inspectors noticed a
hole in a nonsupporting foundation wall
outside of Cheap Shots. The wall eventu
ally collapsed. Town inspectors gave the
bar owners a list of repairs relating to the
It's back to school
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class. We will be printing our papers every day,
Monday through Friday, and invite you to keep
up on what's going on in this community.
We're also accepting applications for all
staff positions, including writers, designers,
photographers and the many other key roles in
putting out a daily student newspaper.
We will be holding two interest meetings
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out going through the expense and dis
traction of a lawstiit, ” said Hugh Stevens,
an N.C. Press Association attorney.
The revised open meetings guidelines
will open Faculty Council committee
meetings, institutional grievance com
mittee meetings and meetings of all
chancellor’s advisory committees estab
lished “to make collective findings or
recommendations for action.’’
Meetings of the chancellor’s adminis
trative cabinet, which consists solely of
his administrative colleagues, and meet
ings of school or departmental commit
tees will remain closed under the new
Jane Brown, Faculty Council chair
woman, said having the media present at
meetings might inhibit some committee
members, but as a journalism professor
damaged wall that must be completed
before the bars reopen.
Building owner Jimmy Paliouras said
the problem began with a tree growing
on die property of the Phi Mu sorority
house located next to his building.
Paliouras said Phi Mu had tried for years
to remove the tree but never received
pennission from the city. The roots of the
tree eventually grew under the walls and
began to damage the collapsed wall,
which was located five feet behind the
“The building needed some work,
mosdy cosmetic,” said Roger Reed of
Bub O’Malley’s. Reed, who is in the
See BARS, Page 4A
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she understood the reason for the law.
“Pm willing to work with it in the
interest of our being a public university
and being as open as possible,” she said.
The issue of opening faculty meetings
came to a head in the summer of 1995
when the DTH asked Chancellor Michael
Hooker to open many of the University’s
faculty committee meetings to the pub
lic. The request focused on the
University’s legal interpretation of revi
sions made to the N.C. Open Meetings
Law in 1993.
The amended Open Meetings Law
states that “each official meeting of a
public body shall be open to the public,
and any person is entitled to attend such
Stevens said members ofthe N.C. Press
Association advised the University of
Professor: more input needed
to choose Spangler’s successor
BY ERICA BESHEARS
STATES NATIONAL EDITOR
Finding anew president for the 16
UNC-system schools by June shouldn’t
be a mission impossible. However, some
leaders are upset about how exclusive the
search process could be.
One student, three professors, four
chancellors, eight citizens and 29 mem
bers of the Board of Governors will be
directly involved in determining who will
replace C.D. . .
Spangler Spangler to step
Peter down in June
PetscKauer of See Page 4
State University, chairman of the faculty
assembly, said he understood how the
process was set up but thought students
and faculty needed more representation.
“One student is definitely not suffi
cient under those circumstances,”
Petschauer said. “The same is true of
Four committees will work together
to select the president according to state
guidelines, said BOG Chairman C.C.
The nominating committee com
prised of Cameron, Vice Chairman Ben
jamin Ruffin, Secretary John Cecil,
former Chairman Sam Neill and BOG
member Lois Britt has already begun
to meet. It will suggest members for the
other three committees at next month’s
BOG meeting for the board’s approval.
“The nominating committee will go
out of business immediately,” Cameron
said. “We are only selecting the partici
pants for each of those committees."
New high school opens despite ongoing construction
Amidst stacks of steel beams and roars
of construction machinery, the new East
Chapel Hill High School opened its doors
Tuesday and welcomed students for the
new school year—and to anew campus.
Although much construction remains
to be completed, administrators said they
felt the opening went well and are opti
mistic for the upcoming year.
“Things are going very smoothly, but
it’s a day-to-day thing,” Assistant Princi
pal Barbara Stroud said. She said stu
dents and faculty must be patient during
the building process.
“Nothing is going to come easily,”
Principal Dave Thaden said things
went well despite the school’s unfinished
state. He said he anticipated the major
construction work would be completed
“The entrance roads and the fence
should be finished in two weeks, but the
entire campus won’t be finished for some
time,” Thaden said.
Students also thought the opening day
at the school went well. Junior Conor
Flannery said the first day went without
“Everything went pretty smooth,” he
Due to the overcrowding of Chapel
Hill High School, the majority of the
student body is comprised of transfer
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their intention to file a lawsuit if a resolu
tion could not be reached.
He said the Board of Governors ini
tially was not interested in discussing the
issue, but a negotiating committee was
“After a couple of meetings, we came
fairly quickly to a broad outline of an
agreement that we thought might resolve
it,” he said.
Stevens said committee members ex
changed several drafts of the resolution
but were slowed over the summer months
as negotiators on both sides went on
vacation. A mutual agreement was fi
nally reached in late July. UNC-system
President C.D. Spangler issued an ad
ministrative memo outlining the new
amended law on Aug. 9.
Stevens said the revised open meet
The search committee, or the “parent
committee,” as Cameron called it, will
consist of 13 BOG members. They will
interview the applicants. The screening
committee, consisting of five to seven
BOG members, will screen applications.
The leadership committee will deter
mine what kind of person the state wants
in a president. Members will hold five
statewide public meetings. Four BOG
members, four chancellors, three profes
sors, one student and eight at-large citi
zens will serve on the committee.
At the Aug. 9 BOG meeting, board
members and chancellors received forms
asking them which committees, if any,
they were interested in. To fill out the
three faculty positions on the leadership
committee, Cameron has asked
Petschauer to give him six names.
'Petschauer and two of the six names will
serve on the leadership committee.
Cameron said UNC senior John
Dervin, president of the Association of
Student Governments and a non-voting
BOG member, would be the student on
the leadership committee.
Dervin said he still hoped to serve on
the search committee. The association of
trustees and the alumni association are
providing the committee with names for
the at-large positions.
Petschauer said he wished more pro
fessors and students could be involved.
He also said he thought they should be on
the screening and search committees,
which have more say in who is selected.
“I fully understand why the board
does these things, ” he said. “Asa faculty
member, and if I were a student, I have to
say, ‘Wow, why are we not in there?”’
Students and workman share ground at East Chapel Hill High School on Tuesday afternoon. The new school has
already opened even though it is not yet completed to ease the strain on the current high school.
students from CHHS. ECHHS will only
house grades nine through 11 this year to
avoid senior transfers. Approximately 40
percent of the school’s current student
body was transferred to ECHHS.
But overcrowding is already looming
over the new school. Although a 500-
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ings guidelines would increase the ac
countability of faculty committees.
“I think they should, and hope they
will, result in a significant change in the
general atmosphere in regard to some of
the most important committees at the
University," Stevens said. “I expect the
people who have become accustomed to
closed meetings will be reluctant and
may try to resist (the changes). I hope
they can overcome that and realize that
these new guidelines help with their ac
DTH Editor Jeanne Fugate said the
newspaper was planning to cover the
committee meetings now that they have
“We are very excited about the oppor-
See OPEN MEETINGS, Page 10A
Even on the leadership committee,
more BOG members and citizens will
serve thanwill professors and students.
“The weight is given, even on the leader
ship committee, to people other than
those who work day to day in the Univer
sity. ”He stressed that he thought BOG
members would select a good
candidate.“ Fully understanding, still I
would prefer if students and faculty were
on those two final committees."
Cameron said he hoped at least one
representative from each school would
serve on the leadership committee.
“We’re going to try to have somebody
from each of the institutions,” he said,
admitting that it would be a stretch. “I
think we can do that.”
The nominating committee will agree
on candidates for the other committees,
then submit them to the BOG for final
approval, Cameron said.
“We’re doing a lot of communicat
ing,” Cameron said. “When we get to
gether, it’s going to be an easy process.”
He said he thought the whole search
process could be completed in six to eight
months. The BOG is still debating
whether they will hire any placement
professionals to help them organize the
search, Cameron said. “I can see the
consultant helping us in the process and
coming up with five or six prospects who
would not otherwise apply,” he said.
The first application has already ar
rived on Cameron’s desk in Charlotte
all the way from China. He said that was
only a glimpse at what was to come.
“It’s one of the best jobs in the coun
try,” Cameron said. “We won’t have any
trouble getting top candidates.”
student addition will be built, Thaden
said the future building is estimated to
become overcrowded by the year 2000
due to town growth.
“ There are a number of potential hous
ing developments with families moving
in and they bring children,” he said.
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■ Two fraternity members
will plead not guilty to a
weekend couch fire.
BY DAVE SNELL
Two Kappa Alpha fraternity brothers
accused of setting a couch on fire in front
of the burned-out Phi Gamma Delta fra
ternity house early Saturday morning
willpleadnot guilty to the charges brought
Colin Campbell Clode, 21, and Charles
Allen Davis m, 21, are charged with
willful or malicious burning of property
using an incendiary device, a Class G
felony, and misdemeanor larceny, police
Davis’ lawyer, Mark Bibbs, said the
larceny charge was invalid because the
couch was the personal property of one
of the defendants and not of Kappa Al
“You cannot be convicted of larceny
for taking your own property,” he said.
The fire was not a felony, Bibbs said,
because the law states the fire must be
started using an incendiary device, such
as an explosive or torch. TTie defendants
used newspaper and matches, which are
not incendiary devices, to set the fire, he
“North Carolina state law does not
provide for the prosecution of a person
for burning their own personal property,"
Since the fire occurred off-campus prior
to the beginning of the fall semester.
Bibbs said he did not foresee any charges
being brought against Clode and Davis
by the University.
“Any type of charges would be more
or less a reaction in an emotionally
charged atmosphere,” Bibbs said. “Uni
versity officials want to discourage this
type of behavior in the future and I agree
... (but) I don’t think this incident should
prevent my client from being able to
graduate or to attend class."
The couch was set ablaze at about 3:40
a.m. in the middle of West Cameron
Avenue near the intersection with
Pittsboro Street, a few feet down from the
Phi Gamma Delta property. A police
officer watched Clode and Davis as they
set the sofa on fire, police reports stated.
Clode and Davis were under the influ
ence of alcohol or drugs at the time of
their arrest, reports stated.
An earlier fire at the same location
See COUCH, Page 7A
To the students, however, overcrowd
ing was not the main concern on the
opening day of school. They said they
just wanted things back to normal.
“The school will look better when
See NEW SCHOOL, Page 13A