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Candidate Frames Vision for Greeks
Bv Stacey Geyer
More than 20 people ranging from
sorority members to University police
officers listened intently and questioned
one candidate for the director of Greek
affairs position Monday afternoon.
The process of selecting a finalist
drew nearer as an open forum for the
community was held in the Student
Union for Jay Anhom, one of the two
remaining candidates for the position.
The position became vacant in
October after former Director of Greek
Affairs Ron Binder retired. Associate
Vice Chancellor Cindy Wolf Johnson,
who leads the search committee, said
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The $7.75 million Eddie Smith Field House at Fetzer Field will include locker room facilities for the
indoor men's and women's track teams and can convert to an indoor 80,-yard football practice field in less than an hour.
Facility to Further Athletic Commitment
On any university campus, a tin
can lying here or there isn’t a
But when the tin can in question
is a major athletic facility, “tin can"
takes on a different meaning.
Although the aged indoor track
facility was affectionately known as
the “tin can,” it was as much an eye-
sore as an empty can of
Come April, the land at
the end of Fetzer F'ield that
once supported the tin can will dis
play the state-of-the-art Eddie Smith
Field House at Fetzer Field.
“This indoor facility is going to
be another stamp of commitment
(to excellent facilities),” Moyer
Lawmakers Prepare Proposals Addressing Growth Issues
Sen. Virginia Foxx disputed
the need for more involved
regulation governing land
By Lucas Fenskf
Assistant State & National Editor
The N.C. General Assembly’s Smart
Growth Committee, which met Friday,
is almost ready to present a slate of rec
ommendations aimed at helping com
munity leaders deal with development
problems such as overcrowding.
The committee members will present
several proposals, including creating
regional committees to oversee devel
opment, giving local school boards veto
she hopes to have the post filled by Feb.
1, although she thinks that goal might be
Monday’s 50-minute session allowed
Anhom, currendy the assistant director
of student activities at Coastal Carolina
University, to explain his views and
overall vision for Greek life at UNC. He
said it could be whitded down to “learn
it, live it, love it.”
Anhom then went into further detail
on this philosophy. The first component
entails focusing more on academics,
both in being more selective of mem
bers and demanding more responsibili
ty from the current members.
He said he is impressed with UNC’s
emphasis on academics and cited the sta
Smith, president of the Educational
The field house, a $7.75 million
project funded entirely by private
donations, will be accepted from
Hodess Building Company on
April 15 and should be
ready for use by May,
said Jeff Elliott, senior
associate athletic direc-
By Joe Disney
Construction originally was set to
be finished at the end of the fall
semester, but the construction site
itself revealed unforeseen problems.
Smith said a large expanse of solid
power over new developments and pre
serving the state’s undeveloped land.
But some Republican legislators are
arguing that the committee’s proposals
will only increase government bureau
cracy and make it harder for families to
But before the General Assembly,
which reconvenes Wednesday, can
review the proposals, committee co
chairmen, Sen. Howard Lee and Rep.
Joe Hackney, both Democrats from
Orange County, must meet and priori
tize the committee’s goals. “There’s an
awful lot of information,” Lee said.
He also said there were several diffi
culties to wrangle with, including turn
ing the proposals into legislative bills
and incorporating proposals into
already-existing ideas. Lee pointed out
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tistic that UNC’s Greek students have
higher grade point averages than other stu
“Live it” covers a broader spectrum
of factors involving Greek life - from
being healthier in terms of alcohol and
drug use to advocating greater diversity.
Other members of the audience
wanted to know about the crises Anhom
had experienced and how he tried to
resolve these issues.
He cited late-night trips to the hospi
tal for students who had consumed alco
hol or incidents of hazing. Anhom said
he likes to field opinions from various
officials to help work toward a solid
solution in such crises.
Greek students in the audience said
rock delayed the construction and
added about $600,000 to the original
Frigid winter weather also
delayed several cement pours, which
translated to lengthening the con
that most committee members would
like to see sortie undeveloped farmland
preserved. “The question is: How does
this tie into Gov. Hunt’s million acres
proposal?” he said.
Only weeks before his term ended,
former Gov. Jim Hunt proposed that a
million acres in the .state be preserved
But Hunt’s proposal was not funded
last year and the committee’s recom
mendation might ran into problems due
to the state’s $486 million budget deficit.
And the move to give school boards
veto power, which the Orange County
and Chapel Hill-Carrboro boards of
education approved recently, also might
mn into trouble this legislative session.
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they were pleased with what Anhom
said. “(The forum) was very informative,”
said Christina Campbell, a member of
Zeta Phi Beta sorority Inc. and UNC’s
National Pan Hellenic Council secretary.
“He had a lot of good ideas and he seems
like an innovator who seems open-mind
ed regarding policy issues."
A fomm for Greek students to meet
the second candidate, Steve Veldkamp,
will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
today at the Alpha Chi Omega sorority
house. A forum for all students to meet
Veldkamp will be held from 1:30 p.m. to
2:15 p.m. Wednesday in Union 224.
The University Editor can be reached
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“Our facilities would be in the top
10 (in the nation) without the indoor
facility,” said Rick Steinbacher, assis-
See INDOOR TRACK, Page 7
Officials: School Board's Power to Slow
Growth May Stall Affordable Housing
By Isaac Groves
Some local officials say they are hes
itant to give area school boards the
power to halt developments, instead
hoping the N.C. General Assembly pro
vides a possible alternative.
The Orange County and Chapel Hill-
Carrboro school boards OK’d the
Schools’ Adequate Public Facilities
Ordinance, which would give local school
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Jay Anhorn, candidate for the position of director of Greek affairs,
discusses the Greek system with students and UNC leaders Monday.
New Defense Option
Draws Some Heat
By Brook Corwin
Students being tried before the UNC
Honor Court now have an independent
student service organization to defend
their legal interests.
But Student Attorney General Taylor
Lea questions whether the organization
possesses the legal training to represent
its clients with the same degree of effec
tiveness as members of her office.
The Independent Defense Council, a
student organization composed of UNC
pre-law undergraduates, conducted its
first meetingjan. 16 with the goal of giv
ing students an alternative to legal rep
resentation by members of the student
attorney general’s office.
Students accused of Honor Code vio
lations are tried by members of the stu
dent-run Honor Court and get repre
sentation by the student attorney gener
al’s office, which also is run by students.
“Students here are not offered any
choice,” said IDC founder William
Hashemi, a junior economics major.
“Most of them don’t know anybody
they can ask to defend them.”
Hashemi said the idea for the defense
council came after he spoke with sever
al students convicted in the Computer
Science 120 cheating case earlier this
year, one of whom he is currendy
defending in an appeals trial.
“From the details that I got from her
and her classmates, their defense was
insufficient, to put it mildly,” he said.
Last October, Professorjames Coggins
accused 24 students of cheating because of
group work he said they did in his
Computer Science 120 class. Two of these
students were convicted of the charges in
an open hearing that raised questions
about student-run court procedures.
Hashemi, a pre-law student who has
worked with lawyers in the past, said his
primary concern with the Computer
Science 120 case was that some mem-
boards the power to force developers to
wait for the county to build new schools
before receiving permits for construction.
The problem, as some local officials
see it, is the potential effect on afford
able housing in Orange County if school
boards hold development permits for
months or years. “My worry is what is
going to happen to the stock of afford
able housing during that time,” said
Carrboro Alderman Mark Dorosin.
And if the legislature approves the
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bers of the student attorney general’s
office served as the prosecution in some
of the cases and then provided defense
counsel in other students’ hearings.
“They’re allies and not opponents. That
damages the drive that the defense
should have for their clients,” he said.
Hashemi also said he is concerned that
the organization will not be recognized as
a viable defense alternative by Lea “We
just ask that she mentions our names to
those being tried,” he said.
Although Lea said she would inform
accused students about IDC, she said she
would not recommend their council
because they lack the legal training of
Honor Court members. These members
must train for a semester before they are
allowed to serve as defense counsel.
“I just would be terrified that students
would choose one of those individuals
to represent them and then end up with
the short end of the stick,” she said.
Lea also expressed concern that IDC
members were motivated by personal
rather than student interests. “I fear that
they’re just interested in having power
over the Honor Court,” she said. “The
accused student is going to lose because
their interests are being represented by
someone who just wants to be Matlock.”
But Hashemi said IDC would make
up for lost training time by consulting
UNC law professors for legal advice.
Hashemi also said the competition of
an independent council would have given
students a more fair trial in the Computer
Science 120 cases. “We would have given
(Professor Coggins) a bigger challenge to
his policies and duties as a professor.”
Hashemi said that with the permanent
academic record of students at stake,
such competition is needed to ensure jus
tice. “We want to make this process as fair
as possible because the consequences of
a guilty verdict are real.”
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Smart Growth Committee recommenda
tion that municipalities and counties be
given the right to levy taxes without hav
ing to seek permission from the state,
Dorosin said the ordinance might become
an even less appealing alternative. “One
of the reasons that the school ordinance
was developed is because we don’t have
the power (to tax),” Dorosin said.
But most local officials, including
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