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Orange County lawyer Diane Curran explains the county's opposition
to CP&L's proposed expansion at a hearing in Raleigh on Thursday.
Police say students should
take extra precautions to
make their rooms look
occupied over the holidays.
By Ben Gatling
Michael Troutman will be facing this
holiday break with last year’s theft on
his mind, motivating him to take extra
precaution in locking up his home.
Over Winter Break last year, a thief
broke into Troutman’s room in his fra
ternity house and stole his stereo and
Troutman, a junior management and
society major, said he thinks that because
thieves know when students are on break,
they can easily steal students’ belongings
from their homes. He also said fraternities
seemed to be an easy target.
“It’s real easy for someone to break
in," he said “All they have to do is break
in the door and go up the stairs."
But Troutman said he did not know
what could be done to stop burglaries
during the holiday season.
“Even during the day people are
always trying to get in,” he said. “So,
what can you do when nobody’s there?”
Local officials and apartment man
agers say the answer lies in simple pre
Chapel Hill interim Police Chief
See BREAK-INS, Page 6
Bond to Breathe New Life Into Historic UNC Buildings
By Stephanie Horvath
Chain-link fencing and orange cones
Will become as common as low stone
walls and tall shade trees at UNC during
the next six years.
T That’s because, starting this summer,
seme of the oldest buildings at the old
est public university in the nation will
undergo comprehensive renovations.
• ? These range from historic classroom
buildings with tired facilities that need
updating to libraries and laboratories that
are accommodating the latest technology.
“I think they are all significant in
terms of the benefit the University is
going to realize from the renovation,”
said Anna Wu, project leader for the
Capital Improvements Project.
Wu said a study completed in 1998
helped UNC determine what buildings
needed to be renovated.
University officials then made sure
the changes wouldn’t sacrifice the cam
pus’ unique ambience. “For historic pur
poses, you’re not going to tear down
Gerrard (Hall) just because of the cost,”
Wu said. “Clearly the historic value of
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Members of Modern Extension perform “Wildflowers" to the music of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones as part
of Night of the Divas, a benefit for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, on Thursday night.
Divas Perform to Celebrate Women
By Stacey Geyer
Song, dance and the spoken word resonated
from the stage of the Great Hall in an effort to
break the silence about sexual assault and cel
ebrate women Thursday night.
Women from the campus and community
shared their talents for the first-ever “Night of
the Divas,” sponsored by Advocates for Sexual
the campus is worth more than the cost.”
Patrick Obregon, who teaches a
Spanish class and linguistics recitation in
Murphey Hall three days a week, said
the lack of air conditioning makes warm
days unbearable for his students.
“There are a lot of days of the year
to be in there.
It’s just very
hot,” he said.
“It’s hard to
there’s one lit
tle fan in the
A four-part series
UNC’s share of the
After 76 years of heavy use as a class
room building, Murphey Hall is one of
the campus’ historic buildings slated for
renovation. With construction projected
to begin in June 2001, problems such as
a lack of air conditioning and technology
in classrooms will be addressed with $6.7
The CAA distribution numbers
range from 39,726 to 44,766.
Line up by 6 a.m. Saturday.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
CP&L, Orange Cos. Face Off in Court
Carolina Power & Light Cos.
defended in court its plan
to increase nuclear waste
storage at Shearon Harris.
By Stephanie Gunter
RALEIGH - Lawyers, nuclear
experts, local officials and concerned
residents gathered Thursday for what
could be the climax of the conflict
between Carolina Power & Light Cos.
and Orange County.
The Atomic Safety and Licensing
Board, a federal commission, heard
arguments from lawyers representing
A packed audience of 450 people helped the
event raise $1,450 for the Orange County Rape
Crisis Center. This figure far exceeded ASAP’s
steering committee’s hopes earlier in the week
for a sum closer to S3OO. “We wanted women
to get together to support other women, and no
other event on campus is just for women,” said
Kathryn Kooistra, co-chairwoman of ASAP.
The audience whooped and hollered for
such diverse acts as the women of Kamikazi,
who danced to modern songs like Destiny’s
million in bond money. During con
struction, which will take about a year
and a half, all Murphey’s classes and
offices will be moved to Howell Hall.
Installing anew heating ventilation
and air conditioning system is only one
of the changes Murphey will see, said
Diane Gillis, the facility architect over
seeing Murphey Hall. Vinyl tile will be
removed to reveal original hardwood
floors. Classrooms will receive updated
technology including motorized projec
tion screens, DVD systems and Ethernet
But Gillis said the planners recognize
the historic value of the building and are
emphasizing preservation as well as
change. “It was built in the 19205, and not
a lot has been done to it,” Gillis said. “We
have an opportunity to have a clean slate.
We’re trying to preserve the character
while bringing it up to modem standards.”
Memorial Hall is scheduled for a
$12.9 million renovation that will
improve everything from the audience
seats to the toilet seats.
The stage house will be tom down and
Orange County, CP&L and the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission at the Jane S.
McKimmon Center in Raleigh.
The board will decide in two to five
months if a statement will be necessary to
determine the environmental impact of
increased nuclear waste storage at CP&L’s
Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant
Orange County officials had previously
requested an Environmental Impact
Statement from the NRC, but their
motion was denied. The arguments were
oral versions of written statements the
parties submitted to the board Nov. 20.
A group of about 10 protesters attend
ed and requested a chance to voice con
cerns about the Shearon Harris proposal.
Members of the N.C. Waste Awareness
and Reduction Network stood up before
Child “Independent Women,” and Carolina
Style Ballet gliding across the stage to the
Nutcracker’s “Dance of the Reed Flutes.”
The event presented more than 20 acts and
lasted well past two hours. On the back of the
program, a statistic that women in the United
States 18 years and older are raped at a rate of
1.3 per minute served as a reminder of the
event’s purpose throughout the night.
See DIVAS, Page 6
replaced by a larger stage with more wing
space, more dressing rooms and updated
lighting and stage equipment. “The
increased size of the stage house will allow
for bigger and better performances, so
(Memorial) is more attractive to the per
former,” said Carolina Union Activities
Board President Tony Arcese.
In addition, the number of bathrooms
will be increased, anew heating ventila
tion and air conditioning system installed,
the seats replaced and the building made
entirely handicapped accessible.
Memorial Hall hosts numerous perfor
mances each year ranging from UNC
groups such as the Clef Hangers to presti
gious performers like the violinist Yo-Yo
Ma, who visited UNC on Oct. 16.
“It’s a place where the community
comes together to view the best, bright
est and most creative new ideas,
whether it’s in the form of a lecture or a
performance,” said Don Luse, director
of the Carolina Union.
Renovations are projected to begin in
July and last almost two years. Luse said
Union activities planners are looking at
See BOND, Page 6
the hearing adjourned for lunch and
asked to speak at the hearing, but were
ignored by presiding judge Paul Bollwerk.
When activists stood to read prepared
statements, Bollwerk adjourned the hear
ing, and the board and most of the
lawyers left the room. Members of the
press and public remained to listen to the
protesters, but were asked to leave by
N.C. State University campus security.
N.C. WARN member Jim Senter sat
through the hearing and protested by
placing a piece of duct tape with the
words ‘NRC Gag’ over his mouth.
“Why don’t they want to debate these
issues? If it’s so safe, why not?” he said.
Orange County Commissioner
Margaret Brown was present and said the
county wanted the chance to hold an open
Time Is Short'
As the case for a recount bounces between
courts, Democrats and Republicans alike are
predicting an imminent George W. Bush win.
The Associated Press
Desperately short on time, A1 Gore’s lawyer pleaded with
the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday to order vote
recounts and revive his client's faltering presidentiaTquest.
Republican attorneys called George W. Bush the certified,
rightful victor and said “not a single shred of evidence” sug
gests anybody was denied their vote.
Even as the seven justices mulled the
vice president’s fate, fellow Democrats *
said they were running low on patience.
“This is coming to an end,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-81. He
said a Bush presidency “looks more and more” likely.
One month after a maddeningly inconclusive Election Day,
the question of who will serve as America’s 43rd president still
echoes through the nation’s legislative and judicial chambers.
On Thursday alone, two state judges and one federal court
considered complaints about absentee ballots, while GOP law
makers in Florida braced for a special session Friday to give
Bush the state’s 25 electoral votes - in case the courts won’t.
All this takes place amid the pressure of a Tuesday deadline
set out in the U.S. Constitution for states to appoint electors.
If Florida’s legislative and judicial branches can’t agree on a
presidential slate by the Electoral College meeting Dec. 18, a
divided Congress could inherit the morass.
“Time is getting very short,” Gore lawyer David Boies told
Florida’s high court The seven justices, all with Democratic ties,
quizzed both sides but seemed skeptical about intervening.
The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week set aside a
Florida high court ruling allowing some late hand recounts of
ballots, sending the case back for clarification. Chastened jus
tices wondered out loud whether the U.S. Constitution gives
the Florida Legislature power to settle the presidential dispute.
About $6.7 million of bond money has been earmarked for renovations in Murphey Hall, slated
to begin in June 2000 as an attempt to modernize the building after 76 tired years of use.
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meeting later to discuss safety concerns.
Orange County was represented by
Diane Curran, a lawyer from
Washington, D.C. CP&L was represent
ed by John O’Neill and Douglas
Rosinski of Shaw Pittman, a
Washington, D.C.-based law firm. The
NRC was represented by attorneys
Susan Ettal and Jennifer Euchner.
The three-judge panel, composed of
Thomas Murphy, Peter Lam and
Bollwerk, questioned the lawyers on
behalf of the ASLB.
The hearing primarily debated the
need for an Environmental Impact
Statement Earlier, the NRC said a state
ment was not needed in this case based on
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