(Ehr Satltt aar Brel News Jp SB 107 years of editorial freedom Sening the students and the University community since 1893 Provost Search Set To Resume The search committee is looking for a candidate in line with the ideals laid out by the chancellor-elect. By Katy Nelson Staff Writer Administrative wheels have been turning to revitalize the search for UNC’s next provost, a task that tops Chancellor-elect James Moeser’s agenda. Provost Search Committee Chairman Jeffrey Houpt said the com mittee would reconvene in early May after an almost yearlong hiatus. The late Chancellor Michael Hooker created the com mittee last April after current Provost Dick Richardson announced plans to step down this June. The committee will discuss the search’s new time line and whether C H of the A It GUARD previously considered candidates fit Moeser’s vision for a provost. Houpt said an Atlanta search firm was in the process of informing past candidates of the resumed search and identifying candidates who were still interested in the position. The search has been on hold since last summer, after the committee decid ed that a permanent chancellor’s input in the provost selection process was cru cial. “We knew that an incoming chancel lor would want to name his own team,” said committee member Jane Stine. Moeser will have many opportunities to restructure his administration with input into other top appointments, such as vice chancellor for finance. Moeser told the DTH last week he relished the opportunity to build his own team by having input in the provost selection process. He said he wanted a scientist at the academic top of his administration to balance his knowledge of the arts. “All things being equal, I would prefer someone who is a scientist since I am an artist. I don’t want to rule out a human ist, but I want someone who comple ments my perspective,” Moeser said. He said the interview process could resume in early June. If a replacement for Richardson is not found byjune 30, an interim provost will be named. Richardson has served as provost since April 1996, after having worked as interim provost since June 21,1995. See PROVOST, Page 13 TORBUSH VERSUS VIOLENCE s i ";• BRc* J& ! *\-\ l^l I)TH/MKRF.DtTH LEE Carl Torbush, UNC's football coach, spoke in the Pit on Wednesday in support of the White Ribbon Campaign. The weeklong campaign calls for the prevention of violence against women. Torbush also talked of the dangers of alcohol abuse acting as a cause for physical abuse against women. See story Page 9. UNC Discrimination Case Pending By Harmony Johnson Staff Writer A judge will decide in either May or June whether a discrimination lawsuit against UNC Hospitals will go to trial, attorneys involved in the lawsuit said Wednesday. The sixth and final day of a hearing included closing statements by both attorneys in the case of hospital employ ee Robin Smith, who filed suit against UNC Hospitals in October 1999 claim ing race, sex and age discrimination. Smith, a 44-year-old black woman, was denied a promotion last June when anew supervisory position as a Level 3 medical lab technologist opened in the LI VI N<j with FEAß Generation Y Grows Up With Gunshots and Gore As Society Buckles Down in the Face of Violence By Kaitlin Gurney Senior Writer When most college students were beginning their elementary school days in the 1980s, violence was a far-off concept revolving around inner-city crack cocaine battles and downtown Los Angeles gang wars between the Crips and the Bloods. Today, though, violence is the routine subject of video games, rap music, movies, television and nightly news shows that highlight high-profile shootings in small towns from Jonesboro, Ark., to Littleton, Colo. Violence has seeped into today’s culture slowly yet dra matically, triggering national attention on an American public many say has become immune to the bloodshed. And looking for someone or something to blame, Americans are voting for strengthened gun control laws and speaking out against a perceived emphasis on violence in the media. But belying the gore-laden culture, the streets are actually becoming safer. In 1999, the Justice Department’s National Crime Victimization Survey found the low est crime rates since the survey began in 1973. After a fourfold jump in violent crimes like rape, robbery and assault in the 1970 sand 1980s, the crime rate stabilized and has fall en in the late 19905. Since 1993, the year Durham had the dubious distinction of being the murder capital of North Carolina, the murder rate has dropped 34 percent nationally, rape has decreased 17 percent and robbery has declined 35 percent. But the drops in numbers haven’t eradicated a widespread American fear and a national desire to protect against the worst. Seven out of 10 Americans think a school shooting could happen in their communities, the Justice Policy Institute reported last week. Keep violence in the mind where it belongs. Brian Aldiss histology laboratory where she worked, a lab which deals with the study of tissue samples. Smith has served as a hospital employee for more than 23 years. She continues to hold her current position as a Level 2 medical lab technologist. Civil rights attorney Alan McSurely, who represents Smith in the case, accused Administrative Director of Surgical Pathology Howard Parker of discriminating against her when he gave the job to Alberto Basabe, a 39-year-old man ofjapanese and Central American descent. McSurely claimed the friendship between Basabe and Parker, both Apex residents, was also a factor in the pro Part seven of a 10-part series examining the issues that will face our generation in the coming millennium. Thursday, April 20, 2000 Volume 108, Issue 37 motion decision. But hospital attorney Kathryn Thomas claimed Basabe was promoted over Smith only because he was more qualified for the position. “There was a legitimate, nondiscrim inatory basis for (UNC Hospitals’) deci sion,” she said in her closing statement. According to Basabe’s application for the position, he had more than 10 years histology experience prior to seeking the job. He has worked at UNC Hospitals since 1996. Sandra Ratliff, a hospital administra tive director who interviewed applicants for the position, also testified that Smith’s race was not a factor in the pro motion decision. President Clinton held a summit on youth violence after the Columbine High School shootings, despite the 56 percent drop in the youth homicide rate. The rare but well-publicized massacres at school and at work have increased the perception of violence, causing people to ignore the drop in day-to-day crime statistics, said Jack Richman, a professor in the School of Social Work and co editor of an upcoming book titled “The Context of Violence: Resilience, Risk and Protection” with fellow social work Professor Mark Fraser. “Columbine and Jonesboro have shown us that violence isn’t an inner-city problem of the Crips fighting the Bloods,” Richman said. “The violence is in our own backyards, in our suburbs and rural neighborhoods. The context of violence has changed, and we don’t feel safe anymore outside of our own cul-de-sac communities. “Even though there’s a lower violent crime rate, there’s a greater fear level.” But if kids and parents don’t feel safe, regardless of low crime rates, the gov ernment needs to address the prob lem, said Joanne McDaniel, asso- - ciate director of the Center for the Prevention of School Violence, based in Raleigh. Schools are addressing the cli mate of fear through physical measures like more metal detectors and an increased police presence, she said, but also through social measures like encouraging parental involvement in students’ lives. Much of the greater perception of violence stems from the cul ture of violence created by the media, McDaniel said. “Rap, video games and movies create a vast matrix of violence variables that most people aren’t affected by, but for others is the making of a deadly combination,” she said. “Our lifestyles have changed in the past few' decades, and the magnitude of violent mate- Greek Houses Earn Perfect Fire Scores By Jamila Vernon Staff Writer UNC fraternities and sororities set a new record when 11 houses received perfect inspections by the Chapel Hill Fire Department this spring. The fire marshal inspected 33 houses for violations of town fire codes before Spring Break. “It’s very difficult -most businesses don’t even get a perfect score,” said Ron Binder, director of Greek affairs. Chapel Hill Fire Marshal Caprice Melon said that for a house to attain a perfect score, there cannot be any vio lations of the fire code. “Some (exam ples of code violations) would be exit lights that are burned out, smoke detec tors with no batteries and trash blocking access to exits,” Melon said. Binder said the average for each house was three violations, an improve- But Smith and another rebuttal wit ness both claimed their race and sex affected the decision. Mary Parker, a 62-year-old black woman who also works in the histology lab, said she had considered applying for the position but was told by Howard Parker that she could not. Mary Parker said she did not question what Howard Parker told her. “I did not want to push the issue too much because I didn’t want to be con sidered a troublemaker," she said. Smith and Mary Parker both testified that they had heard Howard Parker did not want a woman supervising the lab. In her closing statement, Thomas argued that Basabe was simply more and uore \ \) , , Violence //, l nit on youth violence after the ' \ ] gs, despite the 56 percent drop in j | 11 j nassacres at school and at work j \ jf; crime statistics, said Jack / fcyfe. . \\R \ iool of Social Work and co- t ’■ | ® i” with fellow social work £ '\ ILLUSTRATIONBV JAMESPHARI ment from the prior average of 10. Melon said inspections were tvpical ly completed twice a year, one each semester. But in the meantime, each house selects its ow'n in-house fire mar shal, who makes sure the building meets fire code standards. Sophomore Jeremy Hill is the in house marshal for Tau Epsilon Phi, one fraternity to receive a perfect score. “I have to make sure we’re ready for inspections and are fire safety compli ant,” Hill said. “I don’t have to do every thing but I make sure everybody else knows what’s going on. I also organize drills and (self) inspections." But while 22 houses did not meet town fire codes, Binder said they were not far off the mark. “Most of them were pretty good -most had two violations," he said. “We’re trying to get everybody See FIRE SAFETY, Page 13 qualified for the position. But Smith disagreed. “In general, the hospital has put on a lot of lies - lying about the case and how (the hiring) was done. They know it, and I know it.” To provide ample time for review of court transcripts, both attorneys must submit written arguments to the judge by May 22. According to N.C. law, the judge has 45 days after closing argu ments are presented to review the evi dence and make a decision. Jason Arthurs and Geoff Wessel contributed to this article. The University Editor can be reached at udesk@.unc.edu. rial available is enormous. Kids can immerse themselves in bomb making materials on the Internet 24 hours a day if they want to.” Violence sells music, video games, movies and TV advertising. Not only is the content of some rap music full of boasts and See VIOLENCE, Page 13 Thursday Let's Go to the Movies Locals will soon have another option for weekend entertainment with the opening of anew theater. See Page 4. Sangam's Next Wave The South Asian cultural awareness group selected five students to lead it beginning in fall 2000. See Page 9. Take Over, Reach Out Do you want to take the helm of The (Weekly) DTH this summer? How about serving as a liaison between the paper and the community? If you said yes to either, then contact Editor-select Matt Dees at email@example.com for more information on the summer editor and ombudsman positions. Today’s Weather News/Features/Arts/Sports 962-0245 Business/ Advertising 962-1163 Chapel Hill, North Carolina €> 2000 DTH Publishing Corp. , All rights reserved. ILLUSTRATION BY JAMES PHARR Sunn y: High 81, Low S9. Friday: Thunderstorms: High 80, Low 47. vL?