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Most University Greek orga
nizations say they will meet
a fall of 2001 deadline for
sprinkler system installation
At a council meeting last week, the
Town of Chapel Hill failed to extend a
fall of 2001 deadline mandating that all
University fraternites and sororities
have sprinkler systems installed at chap
But Ron Binder, director of Greek
affairs, said none of the University’s
Greek organizations sought out a dead
“No one (from the fraternities or the
sororities) would have asked for more
time,” Binder said.
In 1996, the Town of Chapel Hill
passed the resolution requiring all
Greek houses to be outfitted with sprin
kler systems by 2001 following a Phi
Gamma Delta house fire that killed five
At present, 17 houses have finished
installing the systems. The number is
expected to rise to 23 by the end of this
All but two of the University’s Greek
organizations will have complied with
the deadline, Binder said.
Delta Upsilon and St. Anthony’s fra
ternities will not meet the deadline
because both will be undergoing exten
sive updates to existing facilities.
“These two' fiaferhity houses will be
under major renovations in the fall (of
2001) and will be closed,” said Binder.
All of the renovations are paid for by
private money raised by alumni, par
ents and friends, said Binder.
Mike Klein, president of Tau Epsilon
Phi, said that the fraternity had raised
“In 1996, when the town passed the
ordinance, we started a capital fund rais
ing campaign with our 900 alumni
where we sought donations for our
house,” said Klein.
All greek houses need extensive ren
ovations about every 30 years. Binder
said that $lO million in renovations
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Linda Woods, Director of Basketball Operations, sits
among trophies in the Dean E. Smith Center office.
Housing Director to Be Named This Week
The second round of searching for
the University’s new director of housing
and residential education is expected to
draw to a close this week, following sev
eral weeks of on-campus interviews with
The search began in September, fol
lowing the departure of the former
director, Wayne Kuncl, who held the
office for 16 years. Associate Vice
Chancellor for Student Services Dean
Construction Finally Begins
This week, following weeks of spec
ulation, it finally began.
Incoming students will experience
first-hand a familiar sight around the
University as more of the campus will
fall under the wrecking ball. For the next
23 months, major renovations to the
Frank Porter Graham Student Union
will be under way.
The Union, where hundreds of UNC
students visit daily, is home to numerous
clubs and provides students with a con
venient place to go bowling, take in a
flick or just hangout with friends.
Renovations were originally slated to
begin June 1, but a legal technicality
forced administrators to push the start
date back to June 15.
The renovations and additions, which
will total sl3 million, consist of three
phases, with the first phase scheduled
for completion in the spring of 2001,
said Don Luse, director of the Union.
Students vot£d iri February 1998 for the
increase in student fees that are funding
Additional construction phases will
take place in the summer of 2001 and
the spring if 2002. During Phase 11, the
top and bottom floors of the Union will
be renovated, while Phase 111 consists of
construction on the main level.
The Union will not be closed at any
time during the renovations, Luse said.
“Services won’t be stopped or inter
rupted, and we won’t ever shut the
doors,” Luse said.
The University has had a place for
student groups and clubs to meet since
1932 when Graham Memorial Student
Union opened. As the University con
tinued to grow, students called for a big
' Professional Mother' of Carolina B-Ball
Linda Woods has been called the “nucleus”
of the Carolina Basketball office.
As Woods leads you around the office, she
reminds you of a point guard. She’s short, but
always aware of what’s going on around her.
Dean Smith, in his
Coach’s Life," compares
her to one of Carolina’s
greatest point guards.
“Giving Linda an
assignment was sort of like
putting the ball in Phil
Ford’s hands and going to
Four Corners,” he writes.
“Nothing but good things
were going to happen.”
Her formal title is Director of Basketball
Operations, but she could be called the “pro
fessional mother” of the Carolina Basketball
Woods, the professional, takes care of dis
tributing the tickets to friends and family. She is
most often seen at games, where she sits at a
table just inside the doors of the arena, whether
it’s the Dean Dome or an arena the Tar Heels
are visiting. On special occasions, such as ACC
and NCAA tournament games, she offers Oreo
cookies that have Carolina blue cream inside.
This past season, Woods sat inside the RCA
Dome in Indianapolis for the Heels’ 15th trip to
the Final Four. “It was totally unexpected,” says
Woods. “But the coaches and the players never
ever gave up.”
Every season the Carolina Basketball fami-
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Bresciani is cur
rently serving as
“I thought it
was time to call it
quits,” Kuncl said.
department is one
of the largest
campus. The new
director will be in
charge of over
Wayne Kunde left
as housing director
ger facility. In 1969 Frank Porter
Graham Memorial Student Union
replaced Graham Memorial.
Students come to the Union for a
number of reasons ranging from recre
ational activities to meetings. The base
ment of the Union features a bowling
alley and a number of pool tables. The
Union Cabaret, also located on the bot
tom floor, features student performances
Many students also take refuge in the
Union during breaks between classes to
grab a snack at Union Station. Still oth
ers choose to pull up a seat on one of the
lobby’s many couches and catch up with
the outside world with CNN, which
constantly plays on the lobby’s big
The Union’s main floor is home to
organizations such as The Daily Tar
Heel and the Yacketv Yack, UNC’s
yearbook. The floor also contains a the
ater that shows films for about $2.
Luse said the Union is a place where
many students come to relax.
“We want to provide space for stu
dent interaction because we certainly
believe that all learning does not take
place in the classroom,” he said.
The renovations will help to provide
students with that space for interaction.
Students will benefit with an increase of
35,278 square feet of space. Not only
will the building gain a twenty-four hour
computer and copy center, Internet and
laptop connections will be added
Student organizations also will bene
fit, as ninety office spaces will eventu
ally be available for organizations, up
from 37 current spaces.
Senior Aisha McGriff, a student
worker at the Union desk, said she
thought the renovations made sense and
ly grows larger. Since Woods joined the basket
ball office in 1978, she’s known more than 130
players and managers.
Carolina has won two national champi
onships, nine regular-season ACC champi
onships and eight ACC tournament champi
onships. Players like James Worthy, Michael
Jordan, Jerry Stackhouse and Vince Garter have
worn Carolina blue on their way to the NBA.
Young men arrive in Chapel Hill from places
like Bulgaria, Puerto Rico and New York. Their
mothers can rest easy, though. Woods will take
care of their boys.
“When you came through there as a player,
you were really one of her babies,” says Scott
Williams, a former player and son of Roy
Williams, head coach at the University of
Kansas and former assistant at UNC.
“I’m with them a lot," she says of the players.
“I’ll sew on a button if it comes off their coat or
make sure they have enough to eat and drink.”
Woods, the mother, says her responsibilities
include “whatever we have to do.”
Of course, asking Woods if she has a favorite
player is like asking a mother if she has a
She loves them all. But she has grown clos
er to some. And she feels especially close to Pat
Sullivan, a former player who is now an assis
tant coach for the Tar Heels.
“Pat’s my child,” she says quietly and it
seems she’s thinking about him at that moment.
“He’s my son. I worry about him as if he were
It is clear Sullivan has thought of Woods as
a second mother since he arrived from Bogota,
New Jersey in 1991. Asa player, Sullivan
remembers that Woods would always “make
The imagination is a
William Carlos Williams
square feet of space that comrises a S2O
million annual operation, Bresciani said.
News of the post’s availability was cir
culated in trade magazines and list
serves, which drew in over 50 applicants
from around the country.
Former Residence Hall Association
President Murray Coleman said results
from the first search failed to turn up a
candidate who meshed with the
“The candidates were highly quali
fied, but they didn’t have the leadership
and charisma that the position needed,”
that space was definitely an issue plagu
ing the Union.
“Currently we have up to three orga
nizations sharing one very small office,”
McGriff said. “We have outgrown our
The enhancements, however, will not
come without inconveniences for some
students. Students walking to and from
Mid and South Campus will have to
revamp their route to the Union and Pit,
as construction fences will be placed
along the corner of Raleigh and and
Other changes include the closing of
the stairwell connecting South Road to
the Pit and the relocation of the bus stop
to the area behind the undergraduate
The stairwell, which receives heavy
foot traffic every day, will not reopen
until the completion of Phase I next
June, said Bob Beke, the University’s
Karen Whichard, a junior from
Charlotte said she expected the con
struction to cause some problems.
“I think the renovations are a good
idea, but it will be a mess around here,”
Luse said communication would be a
key factor in placating complaims dur
ing the construction periods.
“We want to make sure people are
not surprised about the renovations and
that they bear with us, understanding it
will be worth it in the future,” Luse said.
“We have tried to get the word out
through mailings to faculty and staff,
and by having models of what the
Union will look like after the renova
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The first official candidate review
began in March, following the two
rounds of searching. Bresciani identified
three candidates that passed the initial
screening: Philip James, director of
housing services at Tulane University;
Christopher Payne, director of housing
operations at the University of Denver
and Meaghan Brune, director of housing
and residential services at Catholic
Bresciani said the search committee
was looking for a candidate that could
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Student Union Tuesday as the building's renovations begin.
you feel real special.”
For instance, “When it’s your birthday, they
make a sign for you,” he says. “I don’t know
how, but she finds out what your favorite cake
is and then, boom, you got your favorite cake.”
The cakes, hugs and love provide the extra
boost the players need as the season progresses.
“The coaches are breaking you down and then
Ms. Woods and the other secretaries are pump
ing you up,” Sullivan says.
Woods says the other secretaries in the office
are just as valuable as she is, which, if true, may
help explain the success of the program.
Woods cares for the players’ families, as well.
This brother of a former player receives the
royal treatment from Woods. She has a hug and
kiss and a warm smile. (Most basketball players
have to bend down far to hug her, but all are
happy to do it.) With just a slight nod to the
question, “Are you hungry?,” Woods is in the
kitchen of the basketball office, packing me a
bag full of homemade lasagna and enough
peanut butter cookies for an entire season.
She even offers to entertain me. “We should
take you down to the special sites of Carolina,”
And Woods would certainly know where to
go. A Durham native, Woods has spent only
one summer outside of the state.
“I’m really a southern redneck who enjoys
the finer things in life,” she jokes. She pulls out
a picture of Elvis and raves about a local Elvis
impersonator she enjoys seeing perform.
Woods cares for the players’ friends, too.
“She really has more of an extended family
than you would think,” Williams says. “She got
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balance an “unusual” combination of
skills. The new director will have an aca
demic background, as well a knowledge
of business and management.
“It’s a very big business that we feel
happens to be a big component of stu
dent experiences here at Carolina,"
Unlike the searches for the
University’s new chancellor and
provost, which allowed student repre
sentation from only the student body
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Life in the 'Burbs
Village is a
within walking distance, stepping into
the neighborhood is like entering
Pleasantville. And many residents like it
that way. See Page 148.
Year in Review
UNC athletics has had many ups and
vvn — *
r* ■ t a
downs this past school
year. One hightlight was
the women soccer
team winning its 15th
For a complete
roundup of last year's
check out Sports. See Page 118.
'Shut Yo' Mouth'
Samuel L. Jackson plays John Shaft in
the remake of the 70’s
cult classic. Jackson
stars as the nephew of
the famous namesake
of the first film. The film
also stars Vanessa
Williams and Christian
Bale. Check out Arts & Entertainment
for a full review. See Page 6A.