(Him Satlu (Ear Uni 9 News/l J? HBB 107 years of editorial freedom Serving the students anti the University community since 1893 Fire Levels 8 Apartments, Leaves Residents Stranded By Ginny Sciabbarram Assistant City Editor A late-night blaze swept through a local apartment complex, leaving many residents pointing to faulty wiring as the culprit. Chapel Hill Fire Department crews received a report at 10:37 p.m. of an electrical fire at Foxcroft Apartments, located on U.S. 15-501. Michael Ayres, who lives at 523 Ashley Court where the fire originated, said he thought the cause was a short in a recessed light fixture. Aut/t e£zy - ' J- f> ? g * #-^-jj^|^j^B|wßKa^wj , .* •CTfr.v ’tf ■ ! ?*^WjJß|si| '’s§! i ,~ i... JHHHH * pjj ’t.'^H : " ■' a \l J ~,_, skST HKb, ” ’■/l^ Local Man Gives Franklin Street Fashion Flair the 'Wright' Way By Jermaine Caldwell Staff Writer He’s like clockwork. Six days a week, Frank Taylor Wright departs from a Triangle Transit Authority bus in the morning to begin his daily strut along Franklin Street adorned in matching outfits in colors from shocking purple to simple white. But this day, a child would only need two crayons - brown and cream - to complete a color-by-number picture of the Wright’s attire. Both colors dominate every article of his clothing, trickling from the brim of his hat down to the tip of his shoes. His long, cream suit coat drops to his knees. Morrison Residents Might Pick Up Vandalism Tab By C.B. Mabeus Staff Writer Some South Campus residents could be forced to dish out a few extra dollars to pay for two recent acts of vandalism in Morrison Residence Hall. University Police are still investigat ing a F'riday morning incident during which a stove and couch were thrown Over opposite balconies from the build- “As soon as it started, we pulled the glass off the fixture,” he said. “(It spread) in the time it took to get a fire extin guisher and realizing it wouldn’t work to looking out the window and seeing the roof on fire. I didn’t even get my shoes.” Dave Viscan, Ayres’ roommate, received minor burns on his foot, the only injury in the fire. However, eight apartments were gutted by the flames, and Ayres’ three cats died. “My cats are gone, my clothes are gone, all the furniture - I was planning to move in six days. I guess I’ll just move sooner.” Three of its four buttons are buttoned to reveal the top part of a black, brown and cream tie, the same scattered pattern and color of the handkerchief in his breast pocket. Cream pants with a dangerously sharp crease lurk under the long coat. The color combination is topped off with his hat, its back brim tipped up to reveal his slicked-back hair. And the umbrella that he leans on so gener ously, of course, matches the brown and white saddle oxfords he struts in. Known to some as “the best dressed man in Chapel Hill," Franklin Street is his red carpet lined runway -and his alone. And it ain’t easy. ing’s seventh floor. The investigation also continues in an April 2 act of vio lence that left six of 10 water fountains lying on the floor after being ripped from the wall. Administrators now say they might have to pass the cost of damages onto stu dents if no one steps forward. As it stands, Morrison residents already face a possi ble charge of $6 to $8 to their student accounts to cover the cost of damages. Ayres said the fire had spread to other apartments within five minutes. “We ran out and banged on other people’s doors to get them out,” he said. “The whole building is a total loss.” Maureen Quinn, a UNC student who lives at 422 Melanie Court, said as soon as she heard about the fire, she rushed out to offer help. “My heart went out to him because of what happened to my apartment at Brookstone -1 lost my dog in a fire last summer.” See FIRE, Page 9 Residents will also have to pay an undetermined cost for damages to the stove and couch if the vandals remain unknown, said Lynn Ellison, Morrison Area Director. Provisions for recovering the cost of repairs are outlined in UNC’s resident handbook, which states that when those responsible for damages cannot be determined, residents of “a floor, suite, wing or entire hall are collectively Fashion fades style is eternal Yves Saint Laurent Tuesday, April 25, 2000 Volume 108, Issue 39 DTH/KATHERINE EAKER Jane Fonda speaks on women's empowerment Monday. She emphasized that "hope is the best contraceptive" for girls. See story Page 3. And Wright - matching suit, umbrella, hat and all - can surely be seen walking up and down Franklin Street talking to old friends. His appearance has gained him celebrity status, allowing him to make new acquaintances and become a downtown icon. And the people who see him on the street might agree that well-dressed is an understate ment. Wright’s day begins around 10 a.m. and doesn’t end until late in the afternoon when he heads back to Durham County, where he lives with his grandson. Wright said he started daily visits to Franklin Street about 45 years ago and considered Chapel Hill his home. “I live up here more than anywhere else,” he said. Wright, who said he was in his 80s, has seen Franklin Street grow from the time he ran the streets as a child to when he began using it as his catwalk. Michael Jordan’s restaurant, 23, meant noth responsible for repair costs.” Authorities estimate that Friday’s inci dents occurred around 3:30 a.m. Ellison said that while students later remem bered hearing the crashes, resident assis tants on call were not alerted and were asleep at the time. The recent events, added to last November’s fires in the residence hall, have increased frustrations among resi dents and authorities. YOU GO, GIRL ij < i tin M iIHB f h ffi yi, Frank Taylor Wright, known to some as "the best-dressed man in Chapel Hill" visits Julian's on Franklin Street (left). There are 39 photographs of Wright by Artie Dixon on display in Julian's and its sister store Julian's Home. Wright pauses to look through a rack of suits in the store, most of which lack the usual flamboyance of his attire (above). DTH/JEFF POULAND ing to Wright when he talked of Chapel Hill. Wright recalled his teenage days when he boxed in the street where the restaurant now stands. Momentarily, Wright paused, got rid of his two umbrellas, pointed to imaginary boys ready to fight and stood poised exposing his boxing stance. “I got some hands you don’t see every day,” he said. But even though W’right lives a life of leisure nowadays, he recalled being employed at many restaurants, offices and homes during his life. He doesn’t see Granville Towers as a place for off-campus housing but as a cluster of two story houses and a school house where he built the fires for school teachers in the morning. Wright also cooked UNC cafeteria food when he was younger. And, even then, fashion infiltrated his daily life. He said he arrived to work dressed to the See WRIGHT, Page 9 Freshman Tamar del Valle, a 10th floor resident, called the acts immature and ignorant. “I’m very irritated because I know that someone knows who did it. 1 don’t think it’s fair that almost 1,000 people have to pay for something that one or a few people did,” she said. Dean Bresciani, interim director of housing and residential education, said See FOUNTAINS, Page 9 News/Features/Arts/Sports 962-0245 Business/Advertising 962-1163 Chapel Hill, North Carolina © 2000 DTH Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. Student Proposal Approved Some students might spend next semester creating their own lesson plans for spring classes they will teach. By Aisha K. Thomas Staff Writer Two University undergraduates now have administrative support in creating a pilot program that would put students in professors’ shoes. Senior Kristen Miller and sopho more Marie-Lucienne Lambert said they received an undisclosed amount of funding from Provost Dick Richardson to design two pilot courses to be reviewed in fall 2000. Miller said she and Lambert were now looking for rising seniors interested in teaching courses to submit their ideas. The proposal, known as Carolina Students Taking Academic Responsibility Through Teaching (C --START), was reviewed by Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Bernadette Gray-Little and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Curriculum Thomas Tweed on April 20, Lambert said. “They really liked it,” she said. “We are going ahead, having gotten funding from the provost.” If the pilot courses are approved, the student instructors would research and participate in teacher training work shops during the fall. In the spring, the students would actu ally begin teaching the courses. The stu dent instructors would also receive three academic credits for both semesters. Lambert said the proposal far the pilots would be evaluated by the College of Arts and Sciences adminis trative board in September. If approved, the program would begin training stu dent instructors to teach during spring 2001. If the pilot succeeds, it means more students can propose course ideas and C-START can get more funding, Lambert said. “We have gotten a lot of interest, but we have not had any applicants,” she said. “We are happy to get students with creative ideas to just talk to us. We can work with people too and help them come up with ideas.” Miller said she was not looking for formal proposals from students for the pilot courses. Students to pioneer the program would be selected through interviews rather than proposals, Lambert said. “We are looking for motivated stu dents,” Lambert said. “It is a challenge to be able to develop a curriculum in a subject you are passionate about and then be able to teach it to others.” The C-START program would allow students who take the courses to earn one hour of academic credit per class and to be graded on a pass/fail scale. Seniors who teach the course would be paired with a faculty adviser to provide guidance and supervision. See PROPOSAL, Page 9 Wednesday Calling All Pied Pipers Following neighborhood construction, some Hillsborough residents are searching for a way to rid their homes of large, diseased rats. See Page 7. Summer Lovin’ Anyone interested in working for The (Weekly) DTH this summer should e mail Summer Editor Brian Frederick at email@example.com for more informa tion. There will be an interest meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Union. 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