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Carlie Sigel, a sophomore from Raleigh, was forced to leave her room in Joyner Residence Hall
early Tuesday morning due to smoke damage.
Firm to propose final
Williams land-use plan
AND ARUNIMA PANDE
After two years of negotiations be
tween UNC and the town of Chapel Hill,
final plans for the Horace Williams and
Mason Farm properties will be presented
today at a University planning meeting.
Johnson, Johnson, and Roy Inc., the
Michigan-based development firm hired
by UNC, will present its third and final
package of proposals for construction on
the land tracts.
The University’s final plans include
housing for faculty, employees and stu
dents on the 970-acre Horace Williams
tract located between Estes Drive and
Airport Road. On the 1,135-acre Mason
Farm property, located near Finley Golf
Course, plans include athletic fields, ad
ministrative buildings and a parking deck.
Chapel Hill Town Council member
Joe Capowski said the University plan
ning panel was pleased with the previous
two drafts and expected to be satisfied
with JJR’s final proposal. “I think it’s fair
to say, by and large, we’ve been ex
tremely happy with the results,”
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SOURCE: UNC-CH GUIDE TO PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
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Capowski said. "I expect a few changes
from the previous (presentations), but I
don’t expect any sweeping changes.”
Connie Diamond, a representative of
JJR, said she expected the panel to accept
the firm’s proposals. “Chapel Hill seems
to be very pleased with the final plan,”
she said. “They feel that the draft plan
was very responsive to the concerns and
priorities they had articulated on Chapel
The panel represented the interests of
both city and University communities.
Bruce Runberg, associate vice chancel
lor for facilities management, said there
had been a great deal of open discussion
regarding the development of both plots
“Our hope is that the product we have
been working on for two years will be
well received and accepted,” Runberg
Diamond said today’s meeting would
not result in an official decision. “Chapel
Hill has assured the community there
will be no new development on the
Horace Williams land until land-use plan-
See DEVELOPMENT, Page 4
The Ann Arbor,
consulting firm of
Johnson, Johnson &
Roy is finalizing
for the University's
Mason Farm and
It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly since it has no ears.
Break-ins force town to upgrade parking lot safety
■ Officials plan to install
security cameras in the
town’s Park & Ride lots.
BY JIM MARTIN
In the past month and one-half, there
have been about six automobile break
ins at Chapel Hill Transit’s Park & Ride
lots. In order to curb this crime problem,
Chapel Hill Transit, the Chapel Hill Town
Council and the Chapel Hill Police De
partment are working together to find a
The life of the mind
Intellectual climate is
alive and well at UNC—
for those who show up.
BY JESSICA BANOV
Dan Kois didn’t need a Chancellor’s
Task Force on the Intellectual Cli
mate to make the most of his aca-
ence. When he
came to UNC in
1992, Kois thrust
himself into cam
some not. But by
the end ofhis four years, Kois realized
that the issue of the intellectual cli
mate was not really an issue.
“The dark secret is that there is an
intellectual climate here, ” said Kois, a
1996 graduate and one of the founders
of the Youth Angst Society. “The cli
mate is what you make of it here.”
But while arguments center around
who is to blame for creating a lacklus
ter intellectual the de-
SEE CLIMATE, Page 6
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brings students and faculty
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BY LEAH HANEY
A quick evacuation helped prevent
any injuries in a fire that started in Joyner
Residence Hall early Wednesday.
The fire began near a third-floor corri
dor window on the north side of the hall
shortly after 1 a.m. and was under con
trol within 13 minutes of the initial report
from a campuswide alarm system, said
Assistant Fire Chief Robert Bosworth.
The fire did not spread from the corri
dor, but four rooms received about $5,000
in heat and smoke damage.
Kortney Hensley, a sophomore from
Raleigh whose room was next to the
flaming window, was sleeping when the
fire alarm went off. After evacuating, she
watched the fire with the rest of the resi
dents from the parking lot.
“I was so panicked,” Hensley said.
“We were sitting there watching the
flames come out of the window, and we
didn’t know if it was in our room or not.”
The fire started when a resident placed
a bed pillow which had been over
heated by a study lamp and was smolder
ing deep inside near the third-floor
windowsill, according to a Chapel Hill
Fire Department news release. Fresh air
caused the pillow to ignite and set the
window frame on fire.
Carlie Sigel, a sophomore from Ra
leigh who lives in a room next to the
window, tried with her resident assistant
to put out the flames. “I ran out the door
and thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s real’ and
then thought, ‘lt’s right there,”’ she said.
A taxi driver passing by the hall re
ported seeing flames to Orange County
emergency officials. The third-floor RA
also called the police.
Joyner’s fire alarms went off around
1:20 am., and all 169 female residents
were evacuated before firefighters arrived.
Jayne Tomlinson, Cobb-Joyner area
director, applauded the quick and coop
Jane Cousins, police spokeswoman,
said Park & Ride lots have always had
problems controlling break-ins. “It’s ba
sically a recurring problem,” she said.
Chapel Hill Transit has been working
on possible solutions to the rash of auto
mobile break-ins at the lots. Annika Goff,
Chapel Hill Transit secretary, said Chapel
Hill Transit was looking forbids in order
to buy surveillance cameras.
“We are working on anew surveil
lance system right now,” Goff said. “It’s
probably going to be cameras that are
Goff said these cameras would help
the police know when someone was at
the lots at odd hours since the lots are not
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Workers begin to install a temporary
window on the third floor of Joyner
Residence Hall on Tuesday.
“We were fortunate it occurred in a
hallway and not a student’s room,” she
said. “Everyone evacuated in a quick
manner. I’m happy no one was hurt, and
I’m proud of the staff and students.”
Residents were not allowed back in
the building until approximately 3:15
a.m. The eight students whose rooms
sustained damage were not allowed in
their rooms until later in the morning.
Wayne Kuncl, director of University
housing, said University insurance would
cover the cost of structural damage, but
students were responsible for their per
Kuncl said that Joyner was one of 26
residence halls equipped with automatic
smoke alarms, and that the University
has plans to install sprinkler systems in
any residence hall that undergoes major
renovations in the future.
open 24 hours a day. Currently Chapel
Hill police cars periodically drive by the
lots but do not patrol the actual lots.
“When (the cameras) are triggered,
the police will be alerted that someone is
at the lots,” Goff said.
Cousins said that all parking lots in
Chapel Hill were susceptible to break-ins
and vandalism, but that Park & Ride was
even more vulnerable.
“Large parking lots such as condos,
townhouses and the Park & Ride are
more vulnerable because not many people
are out at night," Cousins said. “Park &
Ride is especially vulnerable because they
are on the outskirts of town and are easy
to get in and out of.”
Thursday. Rair: high 50s.
■ The chancellor hopes to
raise the cap on out-of-state
students to 25 percent.
BY JON WILLIAMS
Chancellor Michael Hooker’s com
ments on the out-of-state student cap,
made Monday during a speech to the Los
Angeles Carolina Club, have raised some
eyebrows regarding the chancellor’s long-
term plans for
ber of the UNC
class of 1990, said
he was curious
ment that one ofhis
future goals for
UNC was to raise
the out-of-state stu
dent cap from 18
percent to 25 per
“He said that he was looking to raise
the cap to a minimum of 25 percent and
higher if he could,” Hathaway said.
Hooker said Tuesday that a 25 percent
cap would be more reasonable and help
“A lot of out-of-state students tend to
stay in the state so that it makes a contri
bution to the economy,” Hookersaid. “I
strongly believe that, in the long run, it
will be healthier for the state”
See HOOKER, Page 2
Besides the occasional police car driv
ing by, the only other defense the Park &
Ride has is lighting. Goff said police cars
would not normally have a problem see
ing an occurrence in the lots because of
“The lots are all significantly well-lit, ’’
she said. “The lighting isn’t a problem for
the passing police cars.
Mark Turner, a freshman from Char
lotte, parks his car at one of the Park &
Ride lots. He said he hadn’t worried
about the safety ofhis car in the lots.
“(Park & Ride) has very big lots, and
there are usually a lot of cars around most
See LOTS, Page 7
to climate issue
BY JESSICA BANOV
All the talk about intellectual
climate might seem awfully,
well, intellectual. But in order to
meet its goals, the University is
seeking solid, realistic answers
that go beyond the rhetoric.
In particular, the Out of the
Classroom Subcommittee con
tinues to grapple with a spec
trum of issues in preparation for
next semester’s report and has
already brainstormed ideas to
tackle the problem.
Possible solutions can be as
simple as announcing intellec
tual events in classes, or they
See TASK FORCE, Page 2
The Daily Tar Heel is holding a
forum on the intellectual climate
from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday in
Union 226. Call John Sweeney at
962-0246 for more information.
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