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Greek houses have 5 years
to install sprinkler systems
buildings are also required
to install sprinkler systems.
BY KATE HARRISON
The Chapel Hill Town Council voted
unanimously Monday to adopt an ordi
nance requiring all existing fraternity and
sorority houses to install automatic sprin
kler systems within five years and all new
Greek houses to be built with the sprin
“We want to prevent another May 12
incident and protect future residents who
may not remember the lessons of the Phi
Gamma Delta incident," said Chapel
Hill Fire Chief Dan Jones, who recom
mended the passage of Ordinance A along
with Town Manager Cal Horton.
Although Ordinance A was passed
unanimously, council members Joyce
Brown, Richard Franck and Mark
Chilton originally supported a different
ordinance, Ordinance B.
This option would have given Greek
houses as many as seven years to install
the systems, provided the houses met
certain safety requirements such as em
ploying alarm systems and fire escapes in
“While I respect the opinions of the
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■ But overall enrollment
dropped slightly last year, a
UNC-system study showed.
When UNC Senior Class President
Ladell Robbins looked at colleges as a
high school student, minority outreach
programs tipped the scale in favor of
“The minority recruitment commit
tee really reached out to me, and when
you have a student that personally reaches
out to you, that makes a real impact,” he
Robbins is not the only minority stu
dent influenced by recruitment efforts at
all 16 UNC-system schools. Minority
students throughout the UNC system
have been enrolling at a greater rate than
other students during the past 10 years,
according to a report given at Friday’s
Board of Governors meeting.
“I think that’s a trend that will con
tinue,” saidC. Cliff Cameron, BOGchair
man. “The board has pushed it, and the
chancellors have pushed it.”
Cameron said he thought that black
students now felt more comfortable at
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■ The council passed ordinances that
will require all fraternity and sorority
houses as well as multifamily houses
to have an operational sprinkler
system in five years' time.
manager and fire chief, I think in fairness
to the students we should enact Ordi
nance B,” Brown said.
“It would offer students more flexibil
ity and more protection because it gives
more protection other than just sprin
Student Body President Aaron Nelson
and Brett Perry, Chapel Hill Town Coun
cil liaison for student government, also
spoke in support of Ordinance B, citing
financial difficulties with the five-year
window as well as the benefits of having
some fire safety devices installed in the
next two years.
Council member Edith Wiggins, how
ever, said she supported Ordinance A
after learning about the funding avail
able to Greek organizations.
“Our students will not have the finan
cial burden because the national organi
zations and alumni will make contribu
tions,’’ she said.
"When we have a nationally recog
tending historically white institutions.
The report released Friday shows that
black enrollment at historically white
institutions is at an all-time high of 9.45
credited campus outreach programs at
all 16 universities with helping to in
crease minority enrollment.
RobbinsagreedwithSpangler. “I think
the reason you see minority enrollment
rising is because minority students on
campus are taking an active role in out
reach, ’’said Robbins, who attended three
events sponsored by the Office of Minor
ity Affairs as a high school student.
“I think the black students here are
relating to students in their hometowns
how important it is to have a college
education, and how attending a univer
sity like UNC can be helpful later on,” he
While minority enrollment has been
increasing, total enrollment dropped
slightly this year, for the first time since
Spangler said recent tuition increases
may have contributed to the drop in en
rollment, which was particularly notice
able among out-of-state students, stu
dents over 22 and returning students
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“We want to prevent another
May 12 incident andprotect
future residents who may not
remember the lessons of the
Phi Gamma Delta incident. ”
Chapel Hill Fire Chief
nized fire chief, it’s hard to go against his
The council also agreed detached struc
tures on the property of Greek organiza
tions with no more than 1,000 square feet
and no sleeping facilities would be ex
empted from the requirements.
Houses with any occupancy will still
be required to install sprinkler systems
despite a motion to limit the ordinance’s
Along with requiring Greek houses to
install sprinkler systems, the council also
passed ordinances mandating that
multiresidential homes and nonresiden
tial buildings safeguard against fires.
Ordinance C forces all new
multiresidential homes with three or more
attached units and 6,000 square feet of
floor space to have the sprinkler systems.
Ordinance F requires all new nonresi
dential buildings of more than 6,000
square feet to be built with the systems.
Town deadlocks on home business definition
■ The Town Council also
discussed a public access
tax on cable customers.
BY STACEY TURNAGE
Defining home occupations and fund
ing public access television were con
cerns addressed at the Chapel Hill Town
Council meeting Monday.
After lengthy discussion, the council
sent proposed changes in the home occu
pation ordinance back to Town Manager
Cal Horton for further review. The
changes would regulate in-home busi
nesses by requiring the owner to register
with the town through parking and ad
■ A Marine Corps general
said veterans were society’s
BY ASHLEY STEPHENSON
Students walking past Polk Place on
Monday left their daily stress and rou
tines for a moment to drop their back
packs and clasp their hands in honor of
Veterans and students alike said they
were moved by the Veterans Day Cer
emony held to commemorate those who
had served in the armed forces in U.S.
wars. The UNC divisions of the Navy,
Army and Air Force sponsored the cer
The address of guest speaker Briga
dier General George Wails Jr., of the
United States Marine Corps, attracted
many passing students and was met with
respectful silence from the audience.
Walls’ address recounted the numer
ous wars the Unite' l States has faced and
thanked all who Lad served in them.
“Let us look into their eyes and say
that we are a grateful nation, "Walls said.
“We can never say enough that we are
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changes in the home
The major con
cern with the pro
posed changes was
its lack of distinc
tion about at what
point a personal
hobby becomes a
business and is re
quired to register
with the town.
“There is no
clear line where a
hobby turns into an
cil member Mark
Council member Joe Capowski said
he thought the distinction between a
hobby and an occupation would be un
“I think this is a soft, squishy issue,”
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The ceremony was held Monday to honor those who have served in the U.S. Military.
the children of your sacrifice, and we
Walls said the veterans of all Ameri
can wars were ordinary citizens who
wanted to serve their country and that
they were society’s unsung heroes.
“We must remember the selfless sacri
fice of our veterans. Their mission is
complete and ours must continue.”
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Capowski said. “The more legislation
we throw at it, we will eventually make a
bigger mess than we already have.”
Council member Lee Pavao said he
thought all the needs of home occupa
tions were addressed because a majority
of the committee members who devel
oped the new wording for the ordinance
run home businesses.
Pavao said the purpose of the ordi
nance changes was not to stifle the growth
ofhome occupations. “We are concerned
with the integrity of area neighborhoods. ”
In another matter, council members
passed a resolution that would tax cable
users in order to fund public access tele
Horton said under the resolution, Time
Warner Cable Cos. could bill cable cus
tomers 65 cents per month to upgrade the
existing space and equipment for non
A rifle salute honoring veterans with
UNC ties followed General Walls’ ad
dress, and the “Lowering of the Colors,”
accompanied by “Taps," marked the end
of the ceremony.
The audience rose in respect as the
flag was lowered.
Tears sprang into the eyes of many
veterans as postures stiffened and hands
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■ A police officer said the
smell of alcohol wafted from
student seating Saturday.
BY RICK CONNER
Three students were issued citations
at the UNC-Louisville football game at
Kenan Stadium on Saturday during what
one University Police official called “one
of the worst games I have ever worked. ”
Lieutenant Angela Carmon, crime
prevention officer for UNC Police, said
she could smell the odor of alcohol float
ing down from the student section to
where she was stationed on the field.
“It was quite apparent that people
were not in control of their drinking,"
John Robinson, 22, a senior from New
Bern, was cited for trespassing, being
intoxicated and disruptive behavior in
public, according to police reports.
Carmon said police officers first no
ticed Robinson when he became involved
in a shoving match with another man.
Police reports state that Robinson was
warned on three different occasions by a
security officer about his conduct toward
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profit organizations filming programs for
public access television.
Thetax is useless because the opportu
nity already exists for nonprofit organi
zations to produce TV programs, council
member Pat Evans said.’Tt may not be
the Cadillac of space or Ted Turner’s
studio, but it still offers adequate space
and equipment,” she said.
Capowski said he thought the tax was
worthwhile if it could fund programs that
normally wouldn ’ t exist because of fund
ing shortages. “We have a town of over
achievers and creative people,” he said.
Capowski also said he bought if the
tax was not levied, the quality of pro
grams would be at risk.“lf Time Warner
continues to run public access television,
it will limp along the way it is, ” he said.
“I think it’s a worthwhile shot if it will
generate quality television programs."
rose in respectful salutes.
"I’m a big believer in remembering
our vets and their families,” said U.S.
Navy Lt. Commander Harvey E. Ranard
Jr., CHC, a veteran of the Gulf War who
spoke at the ceremony. “We need to not
only recognize the sacrifices made by the
veterans, but also the sacrifices of the