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Residents Lend Support
To Weekend Fire Victims
Local residents now must
recover from an early Friday
morning blaze that totaled
nearly $450,000 in damage.
Bv Theresa Chen
For those affected by a fire that raged
through a local apartment building over
the weekend, the pain has been made
bearable by an outpouring of support
from Chapel Hill residents.
The Chapel Hill Fire Department
responded to a report of a fire at
Timberlyne Apartments, 200
Westminster Drive, at about 6:53 a.m.
There were no serious injuries in the
blaze, as firefighters rescued two resi
dents and 11 others evacuated safely.
Authorities estimated damage at
Six apartments in the L Building of
the complex were heavily damaged by
fire, water and smoke, and at least six
residents were forced to move to other
Even as Ruth Lucus, 20, of 139 L
Area officials are preparing
for an increase in UNC
enrollment by examining
town housing ordinances.
By Lisa Crist
The town of Chapel Hill is bracing
itself for a heightened demand on local
resources as the UNC student popula
tion continues to grow.
Like East Carolina University, UNC
plans to open its doors to more students
than ever before, which means signifi
cant impacts not only on the campus
but on the surrounding areas as well.
Roger Walden, planning director for
the town, said the increase in student
enrollment could have a variety of,
impacts on the area.
“Housing has been discussed exten
sively,” he said. “The University wants
a ‘bed for every head.’”
Walden said this policy was to help
account for the increased off-campus
housing demands in the residential
areas surrounding the campus.
“We’ve had lots of concerns and reg
ular complaints about students compet
ing in the off-campus housing market,”
he said. “Students can collectively pay
more rent than a single family, raising
Walden also said many residents
complained about automobile and
parking problems that resulted from stu
dents sharing houses in neighborhoods.
“Students have more cars associated
with each house,” he said.
Students’ housing concerns were the
driving force behind a plan presented to
the Chapel Hill Town Council in early
February by Lee Conner, former presi
dent of the Graduate and Professional
The plan called for stricter housing
ordinances, possibly limiting the num
ber of unrelated individuals that could
occupy the same residence.
Conner said the council had created
a work group composed of council
members, students and landlords to
evaluate the proposals, which he hoped
would be put into effect in August when
students return to the University.
“The plan is near its final stages,” he
Kevin Foy, a council member,
echoed Conner’s feelings about the
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building, and her roommate, Sharon
Roth, 19, a sociology major, were mov
ing belongings out of their apartment
Sunday afternoon, neighbors and co
workers were on hand sacrificing their
Easter Sunday to help.
Lucus said she was overwhelmed by
people at her work and in the complex
who had offered to help out.
“This girl, Jill Shatterly, let us use her
apartment while she was out of town,”
“She just handed us the keys, and I
don’t even know her that well. She
offered to take us out shopping and said
we could put it on her credit card. She’s
been like our saint.”
Lucus said the support of the com
munity made the ordeal easier.
“That’s what helped us get through
mentally,” she said. “Everyone around
here’s just been wonderful. Even at my
work, they put a bucket on the side to
raise money for me.”
Lucus and Roth’s apartment suffered
water and smoke damage, but went
largely unscathed by the fire. Even so,
they, along with the other tenants in the
apartment, had to be relocated to other
apartments within the complex.
Timberlyne Apartments Property
ECU Expansion Irks Greenville Residents
By Alex Kaplun
The projected expansion of East
Carolina University threatens to oust
some nearby residents from their
homes, prompting some to speak out
against the move.
And the situation could be repeated
across the state, including in Chapel
Hill, as the UNC system braces for a
50,000-student deluge over the next
ECU enrollment is expected to grow
by 9,000 students by 2010. To create
space for the influx, ECU is hoping to
annex 100 acres of land from the sur
rounding town of Greenville.
But residents of one Greenville neigh
borhood adjacent to the school are fight
Sweating Toward a Solution
After Year of Progress, Push
For Change Far From Over
By Alexandra Molaire
Assistant University Editor
One year ago, a group of students
armed with protest signs, sleeping bags
and pillows, planted themselves on the
floor of the South Building lobby.
They had sown their anti-sweatshop
seeds into the administration’s con
Hanging banners from the build
ing’s windows, students passed out
fliers and chanted songs about sweat
After three long days, students proved
successful in making interim Chancellor
Bill McCoy require UNC licensees to
disclose their factory locations.
And now, as UNC’s anti-sweatshop
batde continues to evolve and anew
chancellor makes his way to South
Building, the students show no signs of
Since last April, students have con
tinued to push the envelope protesting
the Fair Labor Association and press
ing for membership in the Worker
The sit-in tapped into the strength
and power of the protesters, said trans
fer student and junior Emily Waszak.
“It’s shown that we don’t have to play
by (the administration’s) rules,”
Waszak said. “We don’t have to wait
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Manager Gwen Passavant cleaned the
apartments so victims could move in.
“Our priority is our people,” she said.
“Everybody’s kept the main focus, and
that’s the people.”
Timberlyne resident Charles A.
Evans, 42, said he also put the welfare of
his neighbors before his own.
“What I’m trying to do now is help
the victims, even though I’m also a vic
tim,” he said. “Even though I’m in a bad
situation, there are people in a worse sit
Evans’ first-floor apartment also suf
fered heavily from smoke damage.
“From the look of the naked eye, I’m
unscathed, but the adjuster took one
whiff and knew it was totalled,” he said.
Lucus said Evans aided authorities in
accounting for who was still in the build
ing and even helped save the life of an
elderly woman, whom firefighters res
cued from a first-level apartment.
“I’m the one who assisted the firemen
on accounting on who was here and
who wasn’t,” Evans said. “The woman
in 135 -1 said ‘Go get her, I know she’s
Evans said he was able to help
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ing ECU’s efforts to incorporate their
land, arguing that the neighborhood
adds aesthetic value to the campus.
Robert Thompson, ECU director of
planning and institutional research, said
university officials were trying to locate
academic buildings in that neighbor
Thompson said the majority of oppo
sition to ECU’s expansion plans was
localized in one area.
“The opposition we have encoun
tered has basically come from one 16-
acre neighborhood,” he said.
While plans for expansion were only
recently unveiled, Thompson said
neighborhood residents had been told
for years that the university would even
tually need their land.
“We’ve been consistent over the years
for them to appoint us to a board - we
can take action.”
For three days the students lived in
South Building eating, sleeping and
broadcasting their actions over the
Internet while the Licensing Labor
Code Advisory Committee drafted a
proposal about disclosure requirements.
On Friday, April 23, 1999, McCoy
agreed to accept the committee’s pro
The students let out a sigh of relief.
“I cried,” sophomore Alana Glaser
said. “I was so tired and overwhelmed
by the events of the week.”
Marion Traub-Wemer, a 1999 UNC
graduate, said the sit-in proved to her
the power of protest. “I was ecstatic
when McCoy accepted the recommen
dations not only because the University
was finally taking a progressive stand
on the issue of sweatshops, but also
because I experienced how direct and
thoughtful action could be effective."
McCoy agreed to make UNC
licensees adhere to the Collegiate
Licensing Co.’s Code of Conduct,
which included stipulations on full dis
closure and child labor.
Despite the students’ success at the
sit-in, they continued to poke the
administration in the side.
For the bulk of the past year, stu
dents and committee members have
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Part of a building located at Timberlyne Apartments was gutted
by a Friday morning fire that took about an hour to extinguish.
in saying that that area will be needed
for expansion,” Thompson said.
But Hap Maxwell, a 17-year resident
of the neighborhood, said ECU should
look elsewhere for land.
“Everybody is in agreement that they
don’t want this neighborhood to be
destroyed by ECU expansion,”
He said the community was one of
the nicer areas of Greenville and con
tributed to the general atmosphere of
the campus and the city.
“This neighborhood is a real asset to
the community,” Maxwell said.
He also said many subdivision resi
dents either had connections to ECU or
had lived in their houses for years.
“(University expansion) didn’t fit into
the residents’ long-range plans when
DTH FILE PHOTO
One year ago in South Building, activists and University officials cheer
at interim Chancellor Bill McCoy's acceptance of activists' demands.
poured their energy into answering
one question - which labor monitoring
group should UNC belong to, the FLA
or the WRC?
In what some deem a controversial
move, UNC joined the FLA in May
1999 without approval from all com
mittee members. “That was really dis
appointing because McCoy had
pledged to the students that he wasn’t
going to do that according to demands
agreed to at the sit-in,” Glaser said.
After the FLA altered its structure to
allow universities the option of adding
on more restrictions, the committee
reconsidered FLA membership.
Some committee members advocat
ed FLA membership while others
opposed it. So to satisfy the dissidents,
the group also started a pilot project.
they bought the house a long time ago,”
He also said part of the battle over
university expansion centered on the
somewhat strained relationship between
the university and the surrounding
“(Expansion) is about the bigger issue
of planning with the university and the
city,” Maxwell said.
He said he was not opposed to uni
versity expansion but did have a prob
lem with the way the university had his
torically dealt with Greenville and its
“Throughout the years we’ve had
problems with ECU about community
issues,” Maxwell said.
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The committee, along with Boston
College, Duke University, Georgetown
University and the University of
Wisconsin-Madison developed a pro
gram to bring licensees into compliance.
“The pilot is an attempt to discover
the best way to implement the code in
factories,” said, advisory committee
Co-chairman Rut Tufts. “We’ll say (to
our 585 licensees) it’s doable, now you
all do it”
During the fall, the committee grap
pled with determining a deadline for
The chancellor originally chose a
March 31 target date, but after prod
ding from SEJ members, the date was
set in stone. McCoy ultimately agreed
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Sharon Roth watched her
building burn as local
firefighters rescued her two
birds, two cats and five fish.
By Jacob McConnico
As students stress over exams, final
papers and summer plans, one UNC
junior says she is thankful to still be
Sharon Roth, 19, was sleeping Friday
morning when a fire began winding its
way through her apartment building at
Timberlyne Apartments, located at 200
Roth, who is originally from
Charlotte, said everything she owned
was in the apartment when the blaze
broke out. “Everything was here,” she
said. “Everything smells like smoke.
The furniture will probably be lost.
Hopefully, I can salvage the clothes.”
With exams rapidly approaching and
major term papers coming due, Roth
said the blaze could not have come at a
“I have about three papers due next
week that are not going to be done,” she
said. “I still have to talk to professors,
but I haven’t had time to yet”
The fire began sometime after 6 a.m.
Friday and Roth said she was startled by
the sound of someone screaming for
help. She said she thought it was chil
dren playing until her roommate
checked and informed her of the blaze.
“I opened the door, and there were
flames and debris was falling,” she said.
Despite significant damage to most of
the apartment’s contents, Roth’s room
mate, Ruth Lucus, 20, said firefighters
saved their two cats, two birds and five
fish, which they had to leave behind,
“It was the most frustrating thing to
leave all my animals,” Lucus said. “I
had to watch the building bum with all
my animals in it.”
Roth said that following the fire, her
veterinarian had seen her cat “Dinkie”
for free and the pet store at Timberlyne
Shopping Center had given them free
In addition to receiving help from
the community, Roth said the local Red
Cross had already contacted the dean of
students at UNC- and that she would
personally talk to University officials
She added that she and her room
mate were fortunate because the fire
department had been so responsive.
“It’s hard to feel too devastated,” she
said. “I feel incredibly lucky.
(Firefighters) said 10 more minutes and
the whole thing would have gone
Theresa Chen contributed
to this article.
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