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Surprise Snowstorm Shakes Up Campus
Students Slip and Slide
As UNC Lets Classes Ride
By John O'Hale
and Matthew Smith
Students lobbed snowballs, built
snowmen and nursed bruised derrieres
Tuesday in the season’s first snowstorm.
about 3 inches
of snow in the
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UNC students not accustomed to such
wintry weather and disappointed others
who anticipated cancelled classes.
A few professors chose to dismiss class
es early, while some oIT-campus students
braved treacherous roads at their own risk.
For Ed Shanks, a sophomore from
Charlotte, getting to school was an
adventure. “I rode my bike on a sheet of
ice,” he said. “My wheels were sliding
UNC remained open despite the
closings of several other public and pri
vate universities. UNC-Wilmington
gave students a day off; East Carolina
University dismissed students at 2 p.m;
and Duke University classes were
delayed until noon.
Upon arriving at school, sophomore
David Worth of Greensboro discovered
his only “assignment” in physical edu
cation was snowman construction.
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A crowd of people wait at the Kingswood Apartments bus stop on the N.C. 54 Bypass early Tuesday morning.
Due to the snowy weather, the city buses were unable to pick up passengers until later in the day.
Young Girl Rescued From Cold
Rescuers are optimistic that
the 4-year-old who went
missing Monday night will
recover from hypothermia.
By Ginny Sciabbarrasi
Assistant City Editor
A 4-year-old Chatham County girl
who disappeared for nearly 17 hours
starting late Monday was still listed in
critical condition at UNC Hospitals on
Hailey Bogue, who was found by
Orange County rescuers at about 10:45
a.m. Tuesday, was being treated by doc
tors for extreme hypothermia.
Nick Waters, director of Orange
County Emergency Services, said
despite Bogue’s health status, he thought
she was making progress.
“From what we’ve heard, slowly
“I managed to get to classes only by
hitching a ride with someone in a four
wheel drive vehicle,” he said. “1 really
would have liked it if school were closed.”
The decision to remain open came
from the chancellor and the Executive
Committee, said University Counsel
Susan Ehringhaus. “We base our deci
sion on information provided by the
UNC police and the physical plant.”
Early Tuesday morning, UNC oper
ated on Condition I of its adverse weath
er policy. According to the policy, “Staff
can still safely navigate the campus and
local areas. Only when there has been
catastrophic weather will the time lost
... not need to be accounted for.”
Ehringhaus said that under the
adverse weather policy, each student
and faculty member had to personally
decide whether it was possible to travel
safely to campus.
Safe travel on campus was a concern
for Grounds Director Kirk Pelland. His
department made the walkways as tra
versable as possible, he said. “We
cleared walking paths through the snow
on the sidewalks,” Pelland said. “We’ve
been trying to scrape, salt and sand as
much as we can. Workers started com
ing in at 4:30 Tuesday morning.”
Slippery patches of ice amused stu
dents who gathered outside the
Undergraduate Library to gawk at the
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there’s some improvement that’s been
noticed,” he said.
“Fortunately, she was found while she
was still alive.”
Tara Christie, Bogue’s mother,
reported the small child missing at 5:50
p.m. Monday while the two visited with
family friends on Clearwater lake Road
near the border of Chatham and
When the dogs Bogue was playing
with outside returned to the home
around 7 p.m., she was not with them.
Rescuers scoured a two-mile radius
searching for her but were forced to stop
at 3 a.m. due to darkness and inclement
The search resumed at 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday morning, led by the Orange
County Sheriff’s Department, Waters
“She was found by a team put in (the
area) this morning following clues found
during the night,” he said. “The more
I used to be snow white, but I drifted.
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Sonya Dewhaluk pelts Katherine Tse with a fistful of snow during a snowball fight in front of Connor Residence Hall on Tuesday. Students all over
campus took full advantage of the 3 inches that covered the ground. Snowballs filled the air and snowmen were scattered throughout UNC.
area you eliminate, the better the
Waters said the search party had
found a footprint that could possibly
have been Bogue’s, giving the sheriff’s
department an indication of where to
“They have some good people doing
some good work there,” he said.
Waters said that even as conditions
worsened during the evening, the crew
kept their spirits high.
“You never lose hope,” he said.
More than 100 people joined in the
search, ranging from sherifTs deputies to
Waters said he could not comment on
whether foul play had occurred in this
case, but that it was still a possibility.
“Suspicion is always an element
when a child is missing.”
The City Editor can be reached
Tuesday's snowfall created
slippery driving conditions
and forced local schools
to cancel classes today.
By Robert Albright
Although the snow might have
tapered off early Tuesday, the daily
grind around town still slowed down
following the biggest snow fall in four
T h e
ed that Chapel
A UNC Snow
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an estimated three inches of snow- early
Tuesday morning, beginning at 3 a.m.
and finally ending about 8:30 a.m.
Suspected Rapist Faces
Multiple Assault Charges
A Chapel Hill woman called
police after the man who
had repeatedly raped her
fell asleep at her residence.
By Jenny Rosser
Police have made an arrest in con
nection with Monday’s repeated rape,
sexual assault and kidnapping of a local
woman after the assailant broke into her
bedroom and attacked her.
Efrem Zimbalist Brittian, 33, of 101
Dickerson Court in Chapel Hill was
arrested around 4:30 a.m. Monday and
charged with three counts of second
degree rape, eight counts of sexual
offense, two counts of first-degree kid
napping, one count of common law rob
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Sophomore Chris Rodermond and freshman Courtney Barger take a
break to work on the foundation for a snowman in the Pit on Tuesday.
The snow slowed down bus service
and forced school and office cancella
tions across Orange County, while
UNC kept its doors open for students.
Susan Yeaman of the NWS in
Raleigh said the possibility of subfreez
ing temperatures through mid-morning
today would allow' for potential ice for
mation on roads and sidewalks.
“When there aren’t temperatures
above 32 degrees, anything slushy will
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bery and one count of first-degree bur
Chapel Hill police spokeswoman
Jane Cousins said the victim called
police at about 4:05 a.m. after she was
able to escape from the assailant, who
had fallen asleep after repeatedly raping
and assaulting her.
“ The victim was awake in her bed
room when the man entered the room,"
Cousins said. “He sexually assaulted her
numerous times and demanded
Cousins said the victim left her resi
dence after the man fell asleep and
called police on her cellular phone.
Police responded and arrested the
According to police reports, Brittian
is being held at the Orange County jail
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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