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Tuesday, January 9, 2001
Club Looks to Turn Competition Green
Chapel Hill's newest
nightclub, NV, will be the
largest in town, with four
levels of membership.
By Geoff Wessel
Staff Writer
Chapel Hill will soon gain an addi
tion to its nightlife -a club named for
one of the seven deadly sins.
The new nightclub, NV, is scheduled
to open in late February or early March
in the space formerly occupied by the
Ram Triple movie theater on Rosemary
Street. The theater’s owner, Camlike
Cinemas, closed it last fall.
NV owner and UNC alumnus Brent
Lee said the club will be unlike anything
else in Chapel Hill.
“Our equipment manufacturers have
said we wjll have the top-notch club
between D.C. and Atlanta,” he said.
ASG to Hold Legislative Lobbying Day in Raleigh
UNC Association of Student
Governments members will
push for a student vote on
the Board of Governors.
By Faith Ray
Assistant State & National Editor
Members of the UNC Association of
Student Governments are making plans
for a statewide university student gath
ering Feb. 20 at the N.C. Legislative
Building in downtown Raleigh.
“Students Day at the Legislature” will
include ASG members and students
from across the state who will meet with
state senators and representatives to dis
cuss three issues that affect the UNC
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“We’ll have a different style of program
ming every night.”
Lee said the club will also be the
largest in Chapel Hill. The sunken
dance floor will be more than 10,000
square feet in area, together with a bar
area nearly as big.
NV will be members-only with four
levels of membership, Lee said. A sec
ond part of the club, accessible only to
higher-level members, will feature live
music. “Approximately a week before
we open, we’ll begin selling (annual)
memberships,” he said. “There will a
special rate for the first month.”
He said the club will normally be for
members 21 and older, but that on cer
tain nights and from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m.
each night, it will admit members over
18. “We’re marketing more toward the
northern relocation people - people that
work at IBM and such, the 25- to 30-
year-old crowd,” Lee said.
But he said students would be wel
come as well.
system -a student vote on the UNC
system Board of Governors, faculty
salary increases and more funding for
need-based financial aid.
ASG President Andrew Payne said
the purpose of the rally is also to support
BOG recommendations that will be pre
sented to the General Assembly during
the upcoming legislative session.
But Charles Lawley 111, N.C. State
University ASG delegate and the
event’s organizer, said the issue of the
BOG student vote will be pushed the
hardest. “It gives one student the chance
to represent all students at a higher
level,” Lawley said.
Under current state law, the president
of the ASG has a seat on the BOG but is
not allowed to vote.
ASG Vice President Liz Gardner said
“We realize that by creating a top
notch club with a higher-class atmos
phere, students will realize this is where
they want to be,” he said.
“While I was a student here, I was
incredibly frustrated with the entertain
ment venue.”
He said fraterni
ties at Duke
University have
already expressed
interest in renting
out the club for
special events.
“The word has
already gotten
out,” he said. “We
want to encourage
“While I was a student
here, I was incredibly
frustrated with the
entertainment venue. ”
Brent Lee
NV Owner and UNC Alumnus
fraternities or sororities if they’re inter
ested in booking the place. The sooner
you get your name in the hat the soon
er we can plan for it.”
Employees of other Chapel Hill
nightclubs said they are not concerned
about losing business to NV.
that a student vote
on the BOG
would help add
legitimacy to stu
dent governments.
Lawley said the
N.C. State Board
of Trustees already
has passed a reso
lution that will
support the stu
dent vote. He
added that mem
bers of boards of
trustees on other
campuses are dis
cussing similar
ASG President
Andrew Payne
says he hopes
legislators will fund
student requests,
such as financial aid.
resolutions. In April 1999, an effort to
gain a student vote on the BOG died in
a Senate committee.
And finding support for the two other
initiatives might prove difficult because
of the state’s almost SSOO million deficit
Payne said that now is a good time
for these initiatives to be proposed
because of the strong support of the $3.1
billion higher education bond that
passed with 74 percent of the vote in last
year’s election.
“In order to recruit and retain the
best faculty, universities need more
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“We don’t really have a position (on
NV),” said Richard Stilwell, a bartender
at Hell, a popular Rosemary Street club.
“I don’t think it will affect our business,
maybe it would even help us draw more
people toward this side of town.”
Lee said he
thought NV would
be an important
addition to down
town Chapel Hill.
“We wanted the
name of the club to
be something peo
ple could relate to.
We started think
ing of the seven
deadly sins,” Lee
“We really do believe that this place
will be the envy of a lot of people
around here.”
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money,” Gardner said.
She also said the deficit will have
some effect over the initiatives but
added that the best way to jump-start
the economy is through education.
“Universities are one of, if not the
most, important economic tools this
state has,” she said.
Lawley said it will be hard to predict
the outcome but was optimistic that the
event will set the stage for years to come
because of student support.
Lawley said students will converge at
N.C. State and then proceed downtown
where they will listen to several speak
ers and then meet with members of the
state legislature.
He added that at a meeting Saturday
ASG members will discuss some of the
logistics of the event and ways to pro
mote the day.
Gardner said she is excited about the
event, which will give students a unique
experience to meet with legislators.
“This is the first year this has been
done,” Gardner said. “It’s a great oppor
tunity for the legislature to see student
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Officials: Bidding
Changes Needed
UNC-system officials want
a construction manager
who would have ultimate
responsibility for a project.
By April Bethea
Staff Writer
UNC-system leaders are asking N.C.
officials to change a decades-old method
for handling contractor bids to expedite
the onslaught of new campus construc
tion projects thanks to the passage of the
$3.l billion higher education bond.
But they face opposition from mem
bers of the N.C. State Buildings
Commission, who argue the current
plan is the fairest for contractors and is
cost effective for taxpayers. The SBC
would have to approve any change in
the bidding process.
Jeff Davies, UNC-system vice presi
dent of finance, said university leaders are
proposing that construction projects oper
ate under the Cost-Management At Risk
Program, which requires a manager to
monitor all construction projects.
Davies said UNC-system leaders will
meet with the
Board of
Governors on
Friday to further
discuss the issue.
The system will
formally present
its proposal to the
SBC onjan. 23.
Davies said the
proposed change
is necessary
“We have a magnitude
of construction ahead
of us that is
unprecedented. ”
Jeff Davies
UNC-System Vice President for Finance
because of the increased amount of pro
jects funded by the higher education
bond that was passed in November. “We
have a magnitude of construction ahead
of us that is unprecedented,” he said.
Under the current multi-prime sys
tem, state-fttfided projects require four
separate bids for general, electrical and
mechanical maintenance and for
plumbing, with each winner acting as a
general contractor.
Davies said the new proposal would
continue to allow for multiple bids but
also would require a construction man
ager to monitor the progress of con
Ulbr oatly Sar HM
struction projects. “We believe con
struction managers will help us to mofi
itor and manage construction projects
more effectively,” Davies said.
BOG Member Jim Phillips also said
he believes a construction manager will
help ensure projects are completed as
efficiently as possible.
Phillips said he believes many state
construction projects have run at a slow
pace under the current system because
of the multiple contractors involved.
“There is no central authority in the
current system,” Phillips said.
Bruce Runberg, UNC associate vice
chancellor for facility services, said some
campus construction projects have been
delayed due to problems with contractors.
Runberg said campus officials were
forced to cancel a contract for work on the
School of Law building after a contractor
failed to show up. He said the presence of
a construction manager will result in fewer
problems because the one person would
be held accountable for the entire project
“It is better because we’re dealing with
one contractor instead of four,” he said.
But SBC member Ronald Hinson
said he opposes the proposed change in
the bidding process.
was proven, and
still is proving, to
be the best bidding
program for North
Carolina,” he said.
Hinson, a
licensed electrical
contractor, said the
current system
provides a better
opportunity for
many contractors to compete for bids
and is more cost-effective for taxpayers,
according to a survey by the SBC.
“Generally, there is a 5 to 6 percent sav
ings under the multi-prime system,” he
Davies said UNC-system leaders are
hopeful that the SBC will approve the
proposal so projects can be completed at
a faster pace. “We believe it’s an effective
means of expediting the amount of con
struction we have as a result of the bond.”
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The University and Towns
In Brief
UNC Professor Elected
To National Position
Dr. George F. Sheldon, Zack D.
Owens distinguished professor of
surgery at UNC’s School of Medicine,
has been elected chairman of the
Association of American Medical
Sheldon accepted the position
recently at the association’s annual
meeting in Chicago.
He said his leadership will focus on
and emphasize strengthening clinical
research fields.
Federal Grant to Aid
Minority Health Care
Following studies revealing that
minority practitioners are more likely to
care for disadvantaged patients, the
Health Careers Opportunity Program
of the U.S. Bureau of Health Pr ofessions
awarded UNC a five-year, $2.36 mil
lion grant to increase the number of
minority students entering health pro
UNC’s Health Careers
Opportunities Program will help recruit
and adequately prepare minority or dis
advantaged students interested in health
Basketball Drop-In
Scheduled for Sundays
The Carrboro Recreation and Parks
Department is sponsoring a basketball
It will be held on Sunday afternoons
from l p.m. to 4 p.m. at Grey Culbreth
Middle School.
The drop-in cost is $l per partici
Pre-registration is not necessary.
Contact the Carrboro Recreation
and Parks Department at 918-7364 for
more information.
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Tuesday, January 9,2001
Volume 108. Issue 134 1
RO. Box 3257. Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Matt Dees, Editor, 962-4086
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