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Students Skeptical of Tar Heel Parking Services
By Elizabeth Breyer
Assistant University Editor
Students are willing to pay almost any price
for parking due to UNC’s notorious shortage of
spaces.
But some students are lamenting more than
the cost as they expressed disappointment, frus
tration and anger with the spaces they bought
from a private company.
Several students filed complaints with
Chapel Hill and University police after they
saw the facilities provided by Tar Heel Parking,
which advertised on campus that they had
spaces to lease.
“The lot is nothing but tom-down buildings,”
said freshman Daniel Cook. “I wouldn’t dare
leave my car there.”
Cook and others said the lot was filled with
rubble, and that the lot had no security present
and no lighting.
But Tar Heel Parking owner Gus Mueller
said the condition of the facility is not his fault.
“There was a building on the front of the lot
condemned in January and tom down last week
They piled the rubble in the front of the lot, but
we can’t control what the state does,” he said.
Cops Nab 4
For Crack,
Marijuana
In a joint effort, area police
arrested suspects in what
is said to be a high drug
trafficking area in Carrboro.
By Kellie Dixon
Assistant City Editor
Four people now are awaiting their
second court dates after being arrested
for a total of 15 drug-related charges.
Twenty-two dosage units, equaling
6.7 grams of crack cocaine and 7.8
grams of marijuana, were seized by the
Carrboro Police Department and the
Chapel Hill Police Department on
Friday. The officers served multiple
warrants and took the suspects to
Orange County Jail.
Canboro Narcotics Investigator A.C.
Ligo said the suspects made their first
appearance in court Monday to deter
mine bond.
Ishmael David Hamilton, held in lieu
of a $10,600 secured bond, and Recardo
Dashund Burnette, held in lieu of a
$lO,OOO bond, are still in jail. Katana
Yamell Warren and Michael Lanrius
Hooker were both released in lieu of a
$1,600 secured bond each, Ligo said.
Hooker, 21, of 213 N. Graham St.,
was arrested for possession of drug
paraphernalia, possession of marijuana,
growing and maintaining marijuana
plants and resisting arrest.
Hamilton, 17, of 501-A Edwards
Drive, was arrested on two counts of
possession with intent to sell and deliv
er cocaine, possession of marijuana and
resisting arrest.
Burnette, 23, of 2074 Lystra Church
Road, was arrested on two counts of pos-
See ARRESTS, Page 4
Residents Demand Say in Master Plan
By Kathryn McLamb
Assistant City Editor
Eight-year-old Graeme Durovich sat qui
etly at Monday’s Chapel Hill Town Council
meeting holding a homemade sign reading on
one side “Leave Wellow Hill School enuf
alone” and on the other “They paved neigh
borhoods and put up a parking lot.”
About 50 residents, including Graeme,
attended the meeting to voice their concerns
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Students also complained about how the
sales were handled.
Fliers advertising the company were slipped
under doors in residence halls, which prompt
ed a University investigation into potential vio
lations of UNC solicitation rules.
“Any kind of solicitation must be approved
by the University - this obviously was not,”
said University police Maj. Jeff McCracken.
“We’ve made (the owner) aware of the
University policy and told him it’s not to hap
pen again.”
Cook said the flier made him think the com
pany was valid.
“I thought my (resident assistant) had put it
under my door, so I thought it was legitimate,”
he said.
Once students contacted the company, rep
resentatives were sent to campus to finalize the
sale.
Both Cook and freshman Deone Powell said
a man in a blue BMW came to their residence
hall and accepted a cash payment of S3OO for
a year’s lease, a transaction that Cook said con
cerned him enough to make him take down the
BMW’s license plate number.
Powell said the agent who handled the sale
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This is a sketch of the residential college for first-year students that will be built on South Campus, a key part of the Master Plan
Students are expected to move in fall 2002. The buildings were designed by Hanbury Evans Newill Vlattas.
South Campus Gears Up for Growth
By Kim Minugh
University Editor
Students living in South Campus might think
they’re isolated now.
But UNC officials say students living there in
the future will be right in the middle of campus
culture.
As UNC’s Master Plan gets into gear, students
will witness a complete transformation of South
Campus, a living experience that has served as a
rite of passage for many UNC students.
The plan, the late Chancellor Michael
Hooker’s dream for extensive University
growth, will first materialize in the shape of four
new residence halls adjacent to the four existing
high rises. Students are expected to move into
the new halls in fall 2002.
“Besides constructing some of the most con
temporary dorms in the country, this will be the
cornerstone of changing the way people think
of South Campus,” said Dean Bresciani, associ
ate vice chancellor for student services.
regarding UNC’s Master Plan and its effects on
adjacent communities. Residents presented the
council with a petition of about 200 names,
calling for a public hearing on the matter.
“At least some of the drafted plans call for
the literal taking over of neighborhood land,”
said Ken Broun, who spoke on behalf of the
concerned residents. “We see a problem in the
possible purchase and demolition of homes.
“This isn’t a ‘not-in-my-backvard’ concern.
If these plans were to go forward, it would be
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
also passed along false information about the
parking facility.
“They told me where I could park and said
it was only a mile away, but it is actually 2 1/2
miles,” he said. “It’s just a piece of grass with
some demolished building on it.”
Students also complained about the lack of
security at the site. The fliers advertise “24-hour
security personnel,” which Mueller said would
be put in place soon.
“There will be lighting and security people
throughout the lot at night as soon as Duke
Power puts back our electricity,” he said. “The
Orange County Sheriff’s Department also
patrols the area, and we are near a major inter
section.”
Mueller added that he had been in the park
ing business in Chapel Hill for four years and
has never had a security problem.
But Cook said Chapel Hill police officers
told him that was not the case. “(The police)
said there was a parking facility there last year
and cars got broken into all the time - it’s a
ripoff.”
Mueller said dissatisfied students would not
See PARKING, Page 4
“This is part of a long-range plan for making
South Campus reflect the beauty of North
Campus and become the hub of student activity.”
Gone will be the days of brick and cement
monsters, 10 flights of stairs and hot, humid
rooms. In their place will be air-conditioned
residence halls three to four stories high, hous
ing 200 to 250 students per building.
Study lounges and conference rooms, to be
used as classrooms, also have been incorporat
ed into the blueprints.
Bresciani said construction should begin by
early October, depending on the length of the
bidding process by construction companies,
which begins today.
The buildings were designed and drawn by
Hanbury Evans Newill Vlattas Associates, an
architecture firm from Virginia.
Bresciani said much attention was given to
beautification of the buildings, which will boast
Neo-Georgian architecture similar to that of
North Campus structures.
He said outdoor patio areas will also improve
our front yards and living rooms, too.”
Community concern stems from the pro
posed Master Plan, which residents fear could
expand University property into areas already
claimed by residential neighborhoods.
Karen Durovich, Graeme’s mother and a
resident of Westside neighborhood, said her
children are concerned about the threat to
their elementary school, Willow Hill.
“They want other little ones to be able to
continue going to school there," she said. “If
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Several UNC students have recently filed complaints with the Chapel Hill Police Department
concerning parking facilities at this lot owned by Tar Heel Parking.
the quality of living for South Campus residents.
Bresciani said the purpose behind South
Campus’ facelift is a desire for an increased
community feeling among residents.
“We are changing the feel of South Campus
by creating a smaller, more intimate atmos
phere as well as the opportunity to take classes
on South Campus,” he said. “It will be more
convenient than any other place on campus.”
Bresciani denied that providing classroom
facilities on South Campus will perpetrate feel
ings of isolation, especially for freshmen.
“By having more students on South Campus
it will increase the level of vibrancy and allow
us to develop other things to make it a more
exciting place on campus.”
A complete renovation of the Ramshead
parking lot is also slated to boost the morale -
and the economy -of the area.
Carolyn Elfland, associate vice chancellor for
auxiliary services, said a multitiered parking lot
See MASTER PLAN, Page 4
they take aw'ay neighborhood, they take away
some of the charm of Chapel Hill.”
Broun explained w'hy community mem
bers wanted a public hearing. “The commu
nity has heard the overall plan,” he said. “What
we would like them to do is answer specific
questions but also have the opportunity for
members of our community to follow up on
these questions.”
See TOWN COUNCIL, Page 4
Stormy
Today: Thunder, 82
Wednesday: Rain, 82
Thursday: Lightning, 87
Copytron Delays
Stall Schedules,
Frustrate Faculty
The Franklin Street business has apologized
to professors and students for problems
allegedly caused by changes in ownership.
By Jason Arthurs
Staff Writer
Many students making the trek to Copytron’s West Franklin
Street store to buy course packs are returning frustrated -and
empty-handed.
But students aren’t the only ones who say they’re being
inconvenienced by Copytron’s recent merger with Booktech,
a Boston-based company.
Professors and faculty in several departments say they have
been forced to adjust their classes due to late-arriving course
packs, syllabuses, study guides and lecture notes. The
Copytron-Booktech merger took several weeks longer than
expected, causing the delays.
While Booktech officials said they were aware of the prob
lems and have done their best to correct them, some profes
sors are still dissatisfied with Copytron’s services.
Mary Lynn, an associate professor in the School of Nursing,
said sending course packs from Chapel Hill to Boston to be
printed has caused the delays.
“(Copytron) didn’t do it the way we asked them to,” she
said. “They are just wasting a lot of money. They could have
saved a lot of money if they did it here so they could check
with us and make sure they were doing it right.”
Lynn said Copytron had printed the wrong number of
problem sets she needed for her class. She added that they
printed them double-sided, not leaving room for students to
answer the questions.
Stephen Encamacao, the chief marketing officer for
Booktech, said Booktech lost roughly $20,000 per week in
shipping costs because of delays caused bv the stalled merger.
“It is our fault, and we apologize profusely,” Encamacao
said. “It cost us a fortune because we had to overnight (mail)
everything.”
Booktech acquired Copytron on Aug. 3 in an effort to
extend its company across the South. Copytron has locations
at 50 colleges and universities, mosdy in the South.
The merger also cost many Copytron employees their jobs,
with the majority of workers being laid off and not replaced,
said Copytron employee Eric Morin.
Morin said he is one of the few employees wbo got to tem
porarily keep their jobs because he is the only person who
knows how to mn the specialized machinery.
“The store has been really unorganized, and they can’t keep
management in here,” Morin said. “Ever since they sold the
store, they laid off everyone but the core people.”
• Morin said because all the production is now done in
Boston, any problems are out of the store’s control.
History Professor Michael Hunt said his students had trou
ble getting some lecture notes and study guide questions,
though he was able to put notes in the library and on the Web.
But for other departments, the delays and errors have caused
more serious problems. “It’s really been a disaster for us,” said
School of Nursing secretary Mandy Hollowell. “The students
went up to Copytron to buy syllabi, and there weren’t any.”
Hollowell said she has had extensive dealings with both
Copytron and the Booktech office in Boston after crucial class
materials arrived late or were incorrecdy delivered from
See COPYTRON, Page 4
Tuesday, August 29, 2000
    

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