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New Officers to Take Oath Today
Bv Jason Arthirs
Suite C was unusually quiet Monday
as outgoing student government officers
spent the day cleaning out their desks
and tying up loose ends in preparation
for today’s inauguration.
Next year’s student leaders will offi
cially take their posts after today’s cere
mony at 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of
the Student Union.
Student Body President-elect Brad
Matthews said that while he was excited
about stepping up. he had been preoc
cupied with the upcoming Cabinet
retreat and preparations for the inaugu
The retiring chief says he
now will have time to play
with his grandchildren and
volunteer around town.
Bv Jenny Rosser
Retired Chapel Hill Police Chief
Ralph Pendergraph now has a chance
to kick back and enjoy life outside of
After serving eight years as chief,
Pendergraph announced in lanuarv his
retirement, which took effect Friday.
A 27-year veteran of Chapel Hill
police, Pendergraph said that although
he would miss being a part of the com
munity from a law enforcement stand
point, he felt confident about his deci
sion to retire.
“It's time,” he said. “You want to do
it when at least one person says they
don’t want you to retire.”
Pendergraph, 55, joined the Chapel
Hill Police Department in 1973 as a
In his service with the department.
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Jim Wahlbrink, president of Wake County Homebuilders Association, discusses urban sprawl
at a public policy forum held at the School of Law on Monday.
Panel Discusses Sprawl Solutions
Bv Alex Kaplun
Public officials with opposing politi
cal leanings failed Monday to reach a
consensus on how to solve the problems
associated with rapid economic growth.
The debate centered on the legitima
cy of Smart Growth, a plan floated in
Triangle municipaltities as a way to pro
tect rural lands and the environment.
Democratic Sen. Ellie Kinnaird and
former conservative Raleigh mayor
“I just see a lot of potential,”
Matthews said. “Right now I’m very
focused on accomplishing a lot.”
Matthews will take the helm during
an administrative crossroads for UNC,
tackling such issues as the tuition
increase and the search for a chancellor.
Matthews said that after dinner with
his family tonight, he planned on chris
tening his term with friends. “Pm sure
we’ll make it uptown,” he said.
Matthews won’t be celebrating alone.
Outgoing Student Body President Nic
Heinke and Student Body Vice President
Monika Moore said they planned to join
Matthews after the inauguration lo kick
off his administration.
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Ralph Pendergraph retired Friday after serving 27 years as chief of the Chapel Hili Police Department. Maj. Gregg Jarvies will serve
as interim chief until a permanent police chief is chosen.
Tom Fetzer proposed solutions consis
tent with their respective ideologies dur
ing the at the School of Law.
Kinnaird pushed more government
regulations and public transportation as
the best means to curb sprawl, while
Fetzer said technological advancements
would ease traffic and pollution woes.
Fetzer and Kinnaird joined four other
panelists at the law school Public Policy
Symposium to answer the question
brought forth by law school Dean Gene
Nichole “How can one accommodate
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Brad,” Heinke said. He said he had
spent the last couple of days reflecting
on the last year, talking to friends and
thanking those who have helped him
throughout the year. He said he would
probably get emotional during his
speech at the inauguration.
“The hardest part (of today) is going
to be with the thank you’s,” he said. “I’ll
probably get choked up here and there.”
Moore said this week had been tough
because this year’s staff had become like
a family. “It’s been an incredibly emo
tional week for me,” Moore said. “We’ve
all become really, really close.”
Inauguration night won’t be all tears
and reflection for some officers, like
Carolina Athletic Association President
growth while protecting the quality of
Nichol said studies had shown that
North Carolina ranked highly in driving
time, air pollution and water contami
nation, which many people attributed to
ihe rapid urban growth of the slate.
But Fetzer said that while urban
sprawl had a negative connotation,
urban growth actually signified an
increase in the number of jobs in the
Sec POLICY, Page 6
Tee Pruitt, who will be inaugurated for
the second year in a row.
Pruitt said he was very excited about
next year but said it would be different
after working mostly with experienced
seniors. He said next year he would be
the person with the most experience.
“There are a lot of new faces,” he said.
“Now I'il be more like the point guard.”
The other officers to be inaugurated
include current Student Body Secretary
Lerissa Rentas as student body vice
president, Thad Woody as Graduate and
Professional Student Federation presi
dent,Jason Cowley as senior class pres
ident, Robin Yamakavva as Residence
Hall Association president and Taylor
Lea as student attorney general.
School Officials Fret
Removal of Officers
Bv Nishant Garg
A proposal that would eliminate
town funds for student resource officers
has many school officials making pleas
to keep the cops on campus.
This concern comes to the forefront
as the town of Chapel Hill gears up to
draft next year's preliminary budget.
The town’s decision about making reap
propriations in its 2000-01 budget
throws the future of most of the existing
SROs, policemen who patrol the
schools, in jeopardy.
Kim Hoke, spokeswoman for the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools sys
tem, said there were SROs in each mid
dle and high school. She said the school
board would attempt to influence the
town in their decision to keep SROs.
“We want to encourage the Town
Council to retain the appropriation, as
government entities are trying to con
serve dollars," she said. “SROs con
tribute a great deal in making the envi
ronment conducive to learning.”
Board member Maryannc Rosenman
said if the funds were revoked by the
Town Council, expenses might have to
be incurred from the school budget.
“That would be unfortunate as other
school programs might have to be cut,”
she said. “We don’t have an abundance
of money here."
Valerie Laws, assistant principal of
Grey Culbreth Middle School, where a
young girl shot herself in 1998, said the
Senior Class Vice President-elect
Sherilynn Black said she and Cowley
had already begun working on tackling
the major issues on their platform.
Although Black is sick and won’t be
able to celebrate as she had planned, she
will spend time with her parents, who are
visiting for the inauguration.
Despite his term coming to an end,
Heinke said he saw himself closely tied
with the University in the future.
“I want to stay involved in a periph
eral way with a University which I love,”
he said. “I feel confident handing things
over to (Matthews’ administration).”
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role of SROs was crucial in the devel
opment of a student's character.
“I am in favor of retaining student
resource officers because they have
served us well by talking to kids about
teasing and harassment, which may be
verbal or sexual in manner,” she said.
School board member Elizabeth
Carter reiterated the schools’ need for
SROs based on student safety. “At this
time, the town does not have funds to
provide money for student resource offi
cers,” she said. “If they don’t give schools
money, we will probably fund them.”
School board member Gloria Faley
said she was “shocked” to hear about
the reappropriation. “We are trying to
seek other alternatives,” she said. “The
SROs are the connection between the
schools and the community at large.”
The town and Chapel Hill-Carrboro
City Schools split the costs of the SROs.
But Chape! Hill Town Manager Cal
Horton said that while the officers’ ser
vices were valuable, the town might not
be able to afford it and the schools
would have to cover the expenses.
“(SROs) expense is estimated to be
$270,000 annually. We have decided to
continue with SROs only at the expense
of the school budget,” Horton said.
Work sessions have been scheduled
by the town to continue working on the
budget proposal for SROs. The final
proposal will be completed May 10.
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Ripe to Get
Former chancellors Paul
Hardin and the late Michael
Hooker were chosen after
nearly a year of searching.
Bv Elizabeth Breyer
Although the search for UNC’s next
chancellor could stretch into summer,
officials say it is normal for the
announcement of anew leader to come
at the end of the academic year.
The past two searches, which pro
duced former Chancellor Paul Hardin
and the late Chancellor Michael
Hooker, wrapped up in late spring.
“Usually searches follow the seasons
- they start in the fall and end in the
spring,” said John Isaacson, president of
the Boston search firm Isaacson, Miller.
Committee members have slated
meetings through May 25 - four days
after UNC-system President Molly
Broad’s Commencement deadline -but
have given no indication about the sta
tus of the search.
Paula Carabelli, senior vice president
of the Educational Management
Network division of the search firm
Witt/Kieffer in California, said there
were advantages to a spring
She said it was best that the chancel
lor be chosen as close to the time that he
or she would take office as possible.
“Our experience is that once a per
son is selected, it is ideal if there is not
a long wait, especially if he or she is cur
rently at another institution and is eager
and ready to go," she said.
The committee has been working for
eight months to find a successor to
Hooker after he died injune 1999 from
Several candidates have withdrawn
from the search after their names
became public, apparently impeding
But the actual search process has var
ied gready in length in the past.
In 1988, Hardin was selected in
fewer than nine months.
Hardin’s name was submitted to for-
See CHANCELLOR, Page 6
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Manning the Madness
The next Daily Tar Heel editor will be
selected Saturday but before the cam
paigning continues, here’s a chance to
meet the candidates. See Page 2.
Student parents can now consult the
Student Parent Interest Network’s
Web site, created under Graduate and
Professional Student Federation
President Lee Conner. See Page 3.
A federal judge ruled against Microsoft
Corp. on Tuesday, saying the software
giant violated antitrust laws. The
decision sent the company’s stock
and NASDAQ plummeting.
See Page 6.
Beginning of the End
The North Carolina baseball team
holds an 8-0 record
when relievers Ryan
Earey and Derrick
pitch in the same
contest. It happened
twice this weekend
as UNC won twice
in a three-game set
against No. I Clemson. See Page 9.
Chance of rain;