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Tar Heel guard Marion Jones returned to the Carmichael court Tuesday
night after redshirting her junior year. She scored 14 points (including 4 of
6 foul shots) in UNC's opening exhibition. See story. Page 9.
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■ Student leaders think a
committee will improve
relations with the trustees.
BY JON WILLIAMS
Student government has drawn up a
proposal to get students more involved
with the University’s trustees by forming
a Student Advisory Committee to the
Board of Trustees.
Student Body President Aaron Nelson
said the proposal had only circulated
through the execu-
Armfield, the ad- W™.
ministration and KjfflMykof
oihri members of
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“This would al- President
low students a AARON NELSON
greater opportunity said the board would
to get to know the increase student-
BOT,” Nelson trustee discourse,
said. “I was frustrated that students didn’t
know who members of the board were.”
The proposal, which is still in its draft
stage, states the purpose of the commit
tee is to build a relationship between
students and trustees, Student Body Vice
President Lindsay-Rae Mclntyre said.
“(The advisory committee) would let
them build a rapport with one another,”
she said. “Ideally, it will serve as a formal
setting that will allow a relationship to
build between the board and (students). ”
Besides helping to strengthen the bond
between students and trustees, the com
mittee would have several other benefits,
See STUDENT ADVISORY, Page 5
Past miscues have left the
Graduate and Professional
Student Federation short
on funds. Page 2
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In a state where agriculture ranks as
big business, farmers are answering
concerns of politicians more than ever.
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Tobacco sold at a record price this fall, but grower Larry Rogers had two
"sheets" left over that now sit in a barn on his Orange County farm.
Local artists reveal their
private workspaces to the
public eye in this weekend's
open studio tour. Page 5
Greeks will not foot sprinkler bills
BY JULIA WOOD
Although the Chapel Hill Town Coun
cil passed an ordinance Monday man
dating that all fraternity and sorority
houses install sprinkler systems within
five years, Greek members will not bear
the brunt of the cost.
Director of Greek Affairs Ron Binder
said the responsibility for the funding
would rest with corporations that own
the houses, not with the undergraduates.
“This is a house corporation and alumni
issue, not an undergraduate issue,” he
Binder said the four fraternities that
had already installed the systems had
reported costs of between $30,000 and
$40,000. He said the costs would be taken
Board could ban smoking in residence halls
■ Currently, students are
allowed to smoke only in
their residence hall rooms.
BY KERRY OSSI
The Housing Advisory Board will dis
cuss Thursday the possibility of banning
smoking in residence hall rooms and
apartments, the only indoor campus ar
eas exempt from UNC’s smoking ban.
Latoya Porterfield, president of the
Residence Hall Association, said the as
sociation would present its findings from
a series of forums held to get residents’
feedback on the possible ban at the board’s
Porterfield said the final three forums
were scheduled for this week, so she had
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Director of Greek
Affairs RON BINDER
said loans and
donations would pay
for sprinkler systems.
care of largely by
loans and dona
vice president of
Sigma Phi Epsilon
fraternity, said his
need help with the
will be tough, and
we will need help
from alumni,” he
“There’s no way the undergraduate
brothers could handle something of that
magnitude,” he said. “I’m sure it’s inevi
table to have a small increase in dues."
no official results of residents’ opinions
on a ban.
“But I would say it’s leaning toward
not having smoking in the rooms be
cause the majority of people who smoke
don’t do it in their rooms,” Porterfield
The fomm discussions raised several
questions, such as whether balconies on
South Campus residence halls would be
included in the ban, what to do about
smokers who might congregate at resi
dence hall entrances or porches and
whether the ban would affect the number
of students wanting to live on campus.
Wayne Kuncl, director of housing,
said the board might also consider
whether Odum Village Family Student
Housing would be included in the ban.
“We may have to have a differential
policy for the apartments,” he said.
If a ban sends more students outside to
This is the first of a three-part series.
BY ANDREW PARK
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS EDITOR
When Whitley Stephenson was
a boy, all he needed to feed his
father’s pigs was a couple of 50-
gallon buckets. As another boy ran
into the field using one empty
bucket as a decoy, he doled out the
grain from the other while the swine
Times certainly have changed.
Today, Stephenson uses a high
tech automated system that me
chanically funnels feed to the thou
sands of hogs who live in crowded
bams on his Johnston County farm.
Stephenson represents the many
contradictions facing North Caro
lina as it struggles to deal with the
problems of modem farming.
He is young, smart and ambi
tious, a model citizen in the agri
cultural community who leads a
booming industry that has brought
jobs and growth to rural areas.
This year, North Carolina farm
ers, now second only to lowa in
pork production, took 13 million
hogs to market and earned about
$1.5 billion. One industry group
says hog fanners paid S6O million
in taxes in 1995.
But at the same time, the fast
growing industry Stephenson rep
resents is a top concern of politi
cians who want to quell fears that
hog farms are polluting the air and
water of eastern North Carolina.
His neighbors who grow tobacco
are even less popular. According to
some critics, they are farmers of a
dangerous and addictive drug. But
tobacco remains the most lucrative
crop a North Carolina farmer can
grow. At this year’s markets, the
golden leaf fetched higher prices
One week after the 1996 elec
tions, these conflicting trends spell
uncertainty for farmers. They con-
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Thursday: Sunny: mid 40s.
Kelly Walton, president ofDelta Delta
Delta sorority, said the installation of
sprinklers would be particularly difficult
for her sorority.
“Our house is very old, and it will be a
real challenge for our housing corpora
tion, but I think they can do it,” she said.
“Right now it rests more on their shoul
ders than on ours.”
Several organizations said they had
already begun plans for fire safety im
provements before the ordinance was
Anthony Barwick, a member ofKappa
Alpha fraternity, said his fraternity had
already begun raising funds for a sprin
“Currently we’re doing a capital fund
raising campaign for complete renova
tions, and sprinklers would be included
“Your dorm room is your
private area, so you should be
able to do what you want.
Besides, it s too cold to have to
always go outside and
smoke, the University might have to deal
with increased litter around the residence
halls, Porterfield said.
“We’d probably have to provide ash
trays outside the dorms for cigarette
butts, "she said. “But we’ll brainstorm on
ways to deal with these things at the
North Carolina farmers sold 13 million hogs valued at $1.5 billion this year,
making the state second only to lowa in pork production nationwide.
tinue to wonder what the future
holds for their beleaguered indus
tries, which have been been under
fire recently from some powerful
In August, Presidentßill Clinton
asked the Food and Drug Ad-
ministration to regulate
tobacco as an addic
tive drug and place
harsh restric- <<r
tions on ciga- /
rette advertising /
and marketing. /
Included in the I
proposals were j
bans on color- |
fill cigarette ads
in magazines Anft
read by teenagers
and sponsorship of sporting events
by tobacco companies.
Clinton tailored his actions as
part of a broader attack on teen
smoking, but many North Caro
lina politicians, Democrats and
Republicans alike, saw them as as
saults on tobacco growers. Gov.
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in that,” he said.
Despite the costs of installation, many
said the sprinkler requirement was a posi
tive step in preventing future fires.
Binder said he was delighted the coun
cil had passed a requirement. “We think
it will result in some of the safest frater
nity and sorority houses in the nation,"
Not everyone, however, was pleased
with the ordinance. A fraternity member
who did not want to be identified said he
thought the requirement was a very reac
“I think it’s just a political move by the
Town Council in the wake of the Phi
Gamma Delta tragedy," he said.
“Where were they a year ago on the
issue of fire safety? They saw a political
opportunity and jumped on it.”
Kuncl said the board might give a
recommendation on the ban at
Thursday’s meeting, but a final decision
would not be made.
Junior Tim Kelsey from Cary said he
disagreed with a smoking ban. “Your
dorm room is your private area, so you
should be able to do what you want,” he
said. “Besides, it’s too cold to have to
always go outside and smoke.”
Ned Johnson, asophomore from Char
lotte, said the residence halls should have
designated smoking floors or lounges to
accommodate smokers without bother
Columbia, S.C., said smokers should
have to go outside, so they do not bother
“The smoke doesn’t stay in the room, ”
shesaid. “Every time I go in the suite V m
Jim Hunt vowed to oppose the re
strictions and take the FDA to court.
“The publicity and trying to give
tobacco farmers a bad name and
make smokers second-class citizens
doesn’t sit too well with those of us
involved in the industry,” said
Larry Rogers, who
v. grows tobacco on 105
acres in northern
\ But the issue
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‘ electoral votes but
won the presidency.
“The tobacco question spun
positively in other states but not in
North Carolina,” said Thad Beyle,
UNC professor of political science.
“Although I’m not sure Clinton
See POLITICS, page 4