Campus cable wiring
to begin in November
BY KERRY OSSI
Work on the campus cable wiring project will
begin on South Campus in late November, starting
with Morrison Residence Hall, Director of Univer
sity Housing Wayne Kuncl told the Housing Advi
sory Board on Thursday.
The wiring project will provide cable, campus
computer network access and improved telephone
service to all residence halls, but South Campus has
been given priority since half of all student residents
live in that region.
“In order to move on a timely basis, we’ll have to
work on it while students are occupying the build
ings,” he said. “We can’t work only when the halls
are empty unless we’re willing to wait another four
to five years to complete the project.”
Kuncl said in order to minimize the disruption of
students’ living space, the heavy work on the first
floor lobby areas ofthe four residence halls would be
completed while students were away during winter
break. Other work will be suspended on reading
days and during exam week.
He said the Department of University Housing
would put project bulletin boards in the lobbies of
the four halls to keep residents updated on which
floors were being worked on.
“We want to keep in contact with those students
who will be directly affected by the work,” Kuncl
said. “This will give them a time line to follow.”
Ifwork on South Campus goes as planned, Kuncl
said cable services could be initiated there by spring
Streak, bowl on line
as UNC faces Virginia
North Carolina’s football team doesn’t
like Charlottesville, Va., very much.
The Cavs’ Scott Stadium has become
a thick-lined bubble for the Tar Heels
during the past decade, a nearly impen
etrable cage where UNC hasn’t escaped
with a win since 1981.
But as the sixth-ranked Tar Heels (8-1,
5-1 in the ACC) enter their 3:30 p.m.
matchup with the No. 24 Cavaliers (6-3,
4-3) in Charlottesville on Saturday, Coach
Mack Brown is preaching focus. After
all, the Tar Heels broke a similar streak
against Clemson this year, he said. His
team is guaranteed a bowl bid, and this
UNC team is different than those in years
“If you look at tradition, normally the
Growers feel forgotten in fight to control tobacco
■ But there is still money to
be made for farmers of the
state’s tradition-rich crop.
This is the third of a three-part series.
BY ANDREW PARK
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS EDITOR
The battlegrounds in the current to
bacco war are interactive magazine ads,
interstate billboards and corporate spon
sorship of professional sports. But inde
pendent tobacco farmers like Larry
Rogers can only watch as federal regula
tors and huge companies fight about the
marketing of cigarettes.
Strategic moves by government and
industry seem far removed from Rogers’
dilapidated tobacco farm north of
“We as farmers are a pawn of the
tobacco companies and the politicians
anyway," he said.“ You end up living
with the rules and regulations and trying
to make a living."
Rogers farms the Orange County soil
on which he was bom and raised, a tract
of rusty bams and tired machinery. In the
winter, he raises 30 head of cattle, makes
repairs to his equipment and sells crop
insurance to other farmers.
Come summer, he will harvest to
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Kuncl also said the housing department’s renova
tion plans for Graham and Aycock residence halls
will go before the Board of Trustees for approval at
their Nov. 22 meeting.
The plans are complicated by anew University
regulation requiring the installation of an elevator
during major renovations of any residence halls with
three or more floors, he said.
Graham and Aycock each would lose 12 student
spaces if elevators were put in both halls, he said.
The housing department plans to solve this prob
lem by joining the two halls and putting an elevator
between them. The addition will have an open
walkway so students can still pass through the area.
Kuncl said student room space would not be lost
with this plan, and it would make room for a first
floor computer lab, office space for the area director
and lounges on the second and third floors.
If the BOT approves the plan, he said construc
tion would begin at the end of the spring semester
and could take as many as two years.
The residence halls would close during that pe
riod and take away almost 200 resident spaces, he
“When we go to reassign rooms next year, stu
dents in this area will have priority,” he said. “To do
that, we may have to have more upperclassmen
housing, so fewer spaces will be available for fresh
men in the northern region for at least a year.”
Kuncl said this area would also be wired for data
services and cable during the renovation.
In other business, the advisory board discussed
See CABLE, Page 2
team that won the
game was the best
“Most ofthe times
we’ve gone to
Virginia’s had the
But that’s not
necessarily true this
■ UNC’s sim
for. The Tar Heels
CHRIS KELDORF has
22 touchdown passes
guaranteed themselves a bowl berth with
their 28-10 win against Louisville, but
they could be in the running for an Alli
ance berth if they win out to complete the
bacco on 105 acres and try not to think
about the future.
A world shortage has pushed up the
price of tobacco recently, so farmers still
earn a good living. At eastern North
Carolina markets this year, the golden
leaf fetched it’s highest price ever.
But while business is still good for
Rogers, the psychological impact of anti
smoking efforts is driving people like him
away from tobacco farming.
“Those regulations are basically po
litical,” Rogers said. “Those regulations
affect us more emotionally rather than
“It has basically not affected the pro
duction on the farm, but it has had an
effect on investing for the future in to
He describes the effect as the constant
threat that the government will make
tobacco farming illegal.
In August, President Bill Clintonmade
curbing teen smoking a top priority, ask
ing the Food and Drug Administration
to declare nicotine an addictive drug and
restrict the ways tobacco companies
market cigarettes. Standing in a field of
tobacco, Gov. Jim Hunt vowed to op
pose the regulations. Since then, the state
attorney general has filed a brief in sup
port of a tobacco company lawsuit against
Tobacco companies call Clinton’s
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UNC at Virginia
Time: 3:30 pm
No. 6 North Carolina
8-1 (5-1 ACC)
Series rer .and: UNC leads 5442-4
Key players: UNC: QB Chris Keldorf, LB Greg Ellis; UVA: TB Tiki Barber
But that first means getting past the
Cavs. At their place.
■ Offense. It’s bumbled a bit of late,
but with the additions of offensive coor
dinator Greg Davis and QB Chris
Keldorf, UNC boasts the most potent
attack it’s had in years. Keldorf, a junior
transfer, ranks first among ACC quarter
backs and is 11th in the country with 22
TDs (a school record) and just three in
“They put a lot more pressure on you
throwing the football than they ever ha ve
in my memory,” UVa. coach George
And when Keldorf isn’t leading the
policies “political correctness” and remi
niscent of Prohibition.
To Rogers, the controversy is much
ado about nothing.
“My wife smokes, but she always tries
to obey the laws of common courtesy,”
he said. “If it’s going to offend some
body, she won’t do it.”
Smoking should be a matter of choice,
he said, pointing to the motto on his
baseball cap: “My pleasure, my choice.”
Anti-smoking activists say public opin
ion, not politics, is driving the restric
tions on tobacco.
“Citizens are questioning the prac
tices ofthe tobacco companies, ” said Jeff
Greene of the American Lung Associa
“The American public stands very
much against underage smoking. (To
No. 24 Virginia
6-3 (4-3 ACC)
league’s top passing offense, tailback
Leon Johnson is breaking open for yards,
both from the backfield and in the flat.
LJ, a senior, needs just three scores to tie
the league record.
■ Defense. UNC’sisgood. Realgood.
The Tar Heels are ranked No. 1 in the
country in scoring defense and turnover
margin, No. 2 in total yards allowed per
game and No. 3 in run defense.
Freshman comer Dre’ Bly is one pick
shy ofthe ACC single-season record, and
defensive end Greg Ellis is a half-sack
short of tying Marcus Jones’ school ca-
See FOOTBALL, Page 9
“We as farmers are a pawn of
the tobacco companies. ...
You end up living with the
rules and regulations and
trying to make a living. ”
bacco companies) just have not put forth
Representatives of R.J. Reynolds and
Philip Morris, two of the largest cigarette
manufacturers in the world, refused to
answer questions for this article.
While tobacco companies employ
powerful lobbyists to sway opinions in
Raleigh and Washington, farmers won
der who represents them in the debates.
Several years ago, Rogers appeared at
an Orange County hearing to oppose a
ban on smoking in public places. He left
frustrated by the negative response he
“Their minds were made up before we
got there,” he said.
“A lot of farmers want to sit out here
and do their jobs and not get involved in
See TOBACCO, Page 5
State wildlife officials
removed wild horses from
their natural habitat due to
overcrowding. Page 5
Bodybuilder pleads guilty
to UNC alumna’s murder
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
A Chapel Hill bodybuilder will have
to forgo die bright lights and sophisti
cated equipment of local gyms for the
stark reality of prison after receiving a life
sentence in Orange County Superior
Court on Wednesday.
Stacy Norwin Jones, 28, pleaded guilty
to the May 10 murder of 24-year-old
Heather Dawn Prather. Prather, a UNC
graduate and acquaintance of Jones, was
found beaten to death in her Carrboro
Jones had pled guilty to assaulting
another woman in April and was out on
a $15,000 bond when he killed Prather.
He was also suspected in an unsolved
murder case in the Washington, D.C.,
Cheryl Parker, an investigator with
the Orange-Chatham district attorney’s
office, said Jones had agreed to plead
guilty to murder and assault with a deadly
weapon with intent to kill.
“It was a plea agreement,” she said.
“It was the only acceptable resolution to
the case without going to trial.”
Police searching for gunman;
residents concerned for safety
Although Chapel Hill police have yet
to make an arrest following an incident
that occurred late Tuesday at The Village
Connection, a local bar, officials said
Wednesday they have some information
about possible suspects.
“We have an idea, but I don’t know
how close we are to making an arrest,”
police spokeswoman Jane Cousins said.
At about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, the po
lice department received a report that a
man with a gun was threatening patrons
of The Village Connection, located at
107 N. Graham St.
When police arrived, they saw a man
and woman get into an Acura Legend
and speed away.
The ensuing chase led to Royal Park
Apartments in Carrboro where the car
ran into a building and the suspects ran
from the car. After a search of the apart
ment complex, the police came away
Residents of Royal Park trying to re-
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However, the prosecution said it had
enough evidence if the case had gone to
trial. “There was substantial evidence
that pointed to Mr. Jones as the perpetra
tor of this crime,” she said.
Jones’ sentence offered justice to those
affected by the case, Parker said.
“I think that the victim’s family was
justified with the resolution,” she said.
Carrboro police Detective Joel Booker,
who investigated the Prather murder,
said he thought Jones’ sentence was fair.
“He pled guilty and got life in prison
without parole,” Booker said. “That’s
what the law called for.”
Although Jones pled guilty, he made
statements after his sentencing that he
was innocent and had been framed for
Booker said he thought Jones’ claims
of innocence were of little significance.
“I’m not concerned with the state
ments he made because he pled guilty to
the charges,” Booker said. “I think he
was wise enough to choose the route he
took so all of (the murder’s details) didn’t
have to come out.”
turn to the complex during the search
found themselves blocked out.
“There was a policeman blocking the
only entrance,” said Mike Henderson, a
resident of Royal Park. “We were only
out there for about 30 minutes. It didn’t
make me mad or anything.”
The search did not cause much distur
bance inside the complex, residents said.
“I was there at the time, and I didn’t
know about it until today,” said Amy
Massengill. a junior from Goldsboro a
resident of Royal Park.
Tuesday’s incident, in addition to the
shooting death of a man outside the bar
in September of this year, have some
residents of North Graham Street wor
“Yes, it worries me,” said a woman
that lives near the bar. “It’s terrible. It’s
making our homes unsafe. ”
The woman, who spoke on the condi
tion of anonymity, theorized that drugs
played a role in the troubles that have
occurred at the bar. She said, “Anytime
you have drugs, you are going to have