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Students won’t bear the brunt of
Kenan Stadium’s growth
Students' new view of the action
The shaded area indicates student seating for home football games at Kenan
Stadium for 1996. Fourteen thousand seats will be available for students.
Backpacker goals: see lots, spend little
■ Students traipsed through Europe in a
whirlwind summer tour while surviving on
a tight budget of trains and youth hostels.
BY DAVID SILVERSTEIN
With the onset of school, we’re stuffing our backpacks with
texts, notepads and pencils, but some might have fonder memo
ries of their packs. Like stuffing them with lightweight clothing,
a passport and a plane ticket to Europe.
Many UNC students traded in the smaller-model bookbags
for one that accommodates two months of summer travel.
But those backpacks didn’t luxuriate in posh hotels and
motor coaches. They made their way through youth hostels,
cheap lodgings and public transportation.
Students said Europe on this kind of budget is low in frills,
but high in fun. “It’s a lifestyle,” Lisa Cederbaum said. “You
have to learn to carry as little as possible, spend as little as
possible, but see as much as possible,” Cederbaum, a junior
from Holden, Mass., studied last semester in Paris and then
traveled around Europe for five weeks.
But some students said Americans did not approach this
lifestyle in quite the same manner as Europeans.
Bryant Paris, a senior from Raleigh, said Americans tend to
backpack strictly as a vacation, while Europeans usually travel
for a few months, settle down to work somewhere for a while,
then start traveling again. “IthinkpeopleintheU.S. doitasan
adventure,” Paris said.
In order to see as many places as possible, Cederbaum said
the extensive European rail system is generally a good means
Of planes, trains and automobiles—all of which he used
Paris said the trains were the best way to get around. He, like
many backpackers, invested in a Eurail pass. “People will
swear by (the trains), and I do too,” Paris said. “It is by far the
best thing to do.”
Kristin Curran, a senior from Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., said the
quality of the trains and the ride depended on the country. To
save money, she took night trains and slept in her seat.
Another seating option is to pay for a bunk in a couchette
which sleeps five other people in a cabin, said Ashley Poole, a
senior from Raleigh. Despite rumors of seedy night trains,
Poole said, “I felt really safe on all of the night trains."
Other backpackers said they used common sense to feel safe
in all situations. “You need to be a very suspecting person,”
The Daily Tar Heel is accepting applications for all positions,
including writers, designers, photographers and many other key roles
in putting out a daily student newspaper.
We will be holding two interest meetings for students. The first
meeting will be Sunday, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Union 224. The
second meeting will be Monday, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Union 205.
Come and hear more about how you can get involved.
The DTH will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until Aug.
30, so do not delay. If you have any questions, stop by the DTH office
in Suite 104 of the Student Union.
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BY ALEC MORRISON
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
This year’s Kenan Stadium eyesore will likely be
the University’s architectural wonder in 1997.
Junior Lisa Cederbaum is shown with her trusty backpack
in the middle of Frankfurt, Germany.
Paris said. “You can’t trust everybody. Use a great deal of
A large portion of the backpacker’s limited budget is usually
spent on accommodations. With relatively cheap prices of $lO
to sls a night, hostels attract students from all over the world.
They often become more than a place to sleep, functioning as
the social nexus of backpackers.
Curran said, “You meet a lot of people backpacking.” She
said she would meet people at hostels and then travel with
Besides lodging, food expenses can eat away at a backpacker’s
funds. Both Cederbaum and Curran said they cut down the
food budget by avoidingpricey restaurants that cater to tourists.
“I ate a lot of bread and drank a lot of water,” Curran said.
Money is not the only concern ofbackpackers. The language
barrier can sometimes be a problem, though Poole said it need
not be. “Most people speak English, or some English... except
in small towns,” Poole said.
Despite the concerns, students keep on packing their bags.
Paris said his trip was a jumping-off point for future voyages. “It
whets your appetite for future trips.”
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John Swofford, UNC director
of athletics, said Tuesday that the
renovation of Kenan Stadium is
progressing smoothly, and he ex
pects all B,ooowest end zone seats
to be in place in time for the 1997
At the moment, however, a
bulldozed tract of land and con
struction equipment stands be
hind Kenan’s west end zone
of bringing an aging stadium up
to date with comfort and technol
“The challenge we have is to
take a beautiful old stadium and
modernize it without losing its
traditions or its beauty in a way
that truly services the fans that
comes to games here,” Swofford
said during a media tour of the
The removal 0f4,500 west end
zone seats decreases this season’s
stadium capacity from 52,000 to
47,500. The same number of stu
dent seats as in previous seasons—
-14,000 will be reserved,
although some will be in other
parts of the stadium. The athletic
department decreased the avail
ability of season tickets and tick
ets for visiting teams in order to
See STADIUM, Page 8
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Kenan Stadium will undergo S3B million in renovations before the west end
zone addition is complete. Private donations will account for S2B million.
Passes distributed at new site
Students eager to cheer on the Tar
Heels this fall have several ways to get
into Kenan Stadium.
Athletic passes essential for attendance
at home football games will be distrib
uted to students during the week of Aug.
26-30 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. in the
Cabaret, located downstairs in the Stu
Students wishing to attend UNC
games this fall should come to the distri
bution area with their UNC ONE Cards.
On the day of each home game, stu
dents should arrive at Gate Five ofKenan
Stadium with their ONE Cards and ath
letic passes. Student section seats will be
available on a first come, first serve basis
and will be offered up to two hours before
Fraternities nationwide learn
from Phi Gamma Delta tragedy
This is one in a weekly series highlighting
news from campuses around the country.
BY JENNIFER M. WILSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
The smoke from the fire at the Phi
Gamma Delta fraternity house has
cleared, but concerns about fire safety
continue to linger as fall rush kicks off at
UNC and across the nation.
In order to prevent other tragedies of
this nature, fraternities nationwide have
put time and money into ensuring that
their houses comply with fire safety stan
Fraternities that do not pass inspec
tion are experiencing the consequences.
Asa result of not complying with
Louisiana State University’s strict fire
code regulations, one fraternity house
will not be open for fall rush and two
fraternity houses will have limited occu
pancy, said Thomas Risch, vice chancel
lor for student affairs at LSU.
The occupancy restrictions came in
the wake of a massive crackdown on fire
code violations at the university’s frater
nity and sorority houses that began two
and a half years ago in an effort to in-
Memorial to honor deceased students, staff
BY JAMIE GRISWOLD
The Campus Ministries Association
is working with other members of the
University community to plan a service
to remember faculty, staff and students
who have died over the past year.
The service will be held Sept. 18 at 4
p.m. in Memorial Hall.
“The University’s Chaplain’s Asso
ciation and others are taking the lead in
organizing an ecumenical Memorial
Convocation to celebrate the lives of the
several students, faculty and staff who
have died during (the past year),” Dean
of Students Fred Schroeder stated in a
letter to University administrators and
Nine University employees and 10
students died during the 1995-96 aca
demic year, including five students who
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Guest tickets for the season will go
on sale at the Smith Center Ticket
Office on Wednesdays prior to home
games. Students can use their ONE
Cards to purchase up to two guest
tickets each at the cost of $22 each.
Students may also purchase two
season guest passes the week of Aug.
26-30 at the Smith Center Ticket Of
fice for a cost of $56.50 each.
Requests for block seats may be
submitted to the Smith Center Ticket
Office between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. the
Monday before each home game.
Groups of 20 to 100 students should
send a representative to the office to
turn in the group’s set of athletic
passes. The blocks will be drawn at
random and results will be posted at
the ticket office at 3 p.m.
crease the houses’ safety.
“The fire at UNC’s chapter of Phi
Gamma Delta last May also raised con
cern about fire safety,” Risch said.
LSU’s fraternities and sororities had
the options either to renovate their houses
to pass inspection or to close down.
Alpha Tau Omega fraternity’s house
was closed, and Tau Kappa Epsilon fra
ternity and Delta Kappa Epsilon frater
nity were restricted to an occupancy of
five people because they did not have
enough money to improve their houses.
“The fraternities will be allowed to
participate in fall rush because their sta
tus with the university was not affected,"
were killed in aMay fire at the Phi Gamma
Delta fraternity house and a recent gradu
ate who died in a car accident in June.
Ollie Wagner, convener of the Cam
pus Ministries Association, said
September’s memorial service would be
more formal than the community re
membrance held after the Phi Gamma
Delta fire this summer. Unlike that ser
vice, which had an open microphone,
individual eulogies will not be offered.
“The emphasis is not only on the loss
but on how we as a community can move
through this and become a better place
because of it,” Wagner said.
The Campus Ministries Association
was asked by the Office of the Dean of
Students to coordinate the memorial. The
Association has invited representatives
from the Greek system, student govern
ment, the Employee Forum and the Fac
ulty Council to serve on the planning
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■ UNC Housekeepers had
requested reparations for
past racial discrimination.
BY JAMIE GRISWOLD
The UNC Housekeepers Association
is withdrawing an earlier request for repa
rations to the heirs of black University
employees, according to a letter sent to
Chancellor Michael Hooker on Wednes
Under the withdrawn proposal, the
Housekeepers asked the University for a
one-time payment of SI,OOO to a desig
nated heir of all black employees at UNC
between 1793 and 1960.
Hooker rejected the settlement offer in
January, calling it “excessive in the ex
The letter, signed by Housekeepers
chairwoman Barbara Prear, stated that
the Housekeepers would find their own
way to honor their ancestors.
“We plan to invite the annual Martin
Luther King, Jr. University-Community
Banquet to work with us to honor the
descendents of the African-American
slaves and ‘freed’ people who built and
maintained the University through 1960,”
the letter stated.
The Housekeepers have been em
broiled in a legal battle with the Univer-
See HOUSEKEEPERS, Page 7
Rischsaid. “But they will not be allowed
to use their houses due to the lack of a
functioning alarm or sprinkler system,
improper exits or lack of compliance with
One sorority that failed to pass fire
inspection hired a “fire watcher," or a
security system employee trained to keep
an eye out for possible fires, to watch the
house for 30 days, he said. The sorority
was able to keep its house open for rush.
Risch said he thought the aggressive
policies have helped force the fraternities
to improve the safety of their houses.
“Last fall there was a small fire in one
of the fraternity houses,” he said. “Be
cause the alarm system worked, there
were limited damages and lives were
Fraternity houses at the University of
Georgia-Athens have also undergone a
strict series of inspections which closed
six houses over the summer following
the UNC fire and a fire at the UGA
Sigma Nu fraternity house.
Ken Goyen, manager of UGA family
housing, said the Sigma Nu fire occurred
near the attic area and was the result of an
See NATIONAL FRATERNITY, Page 8
Wagner said the service would in
volve some religious aspects, but would
be sensitive to the fact that there are
many religions represented at UNC.
He said the service would also recog
nize that students who have been here
throughout the summer might have
reached some sort of closure, while those
who have just returned to campus may
only now be beginning to grieve.
“It’s important to realize that it’s all
right to be in different places,” he said.
Student Body Treasurer Julie
Gasperini, who is a member of the me
morial convocation planning commit
tee, said the service should honor all
those who have died, not just the victims
of the Phi Gamma Delta fire.
“It’s hard not to just focus on Phi Gam
because (the loss) was so great, but losing
people is a universal thing.”