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Town Council Finalizes Master Plan Response
By Amanda Wilson
Chapel Hill Town Council members
unanimously approved a response
Monday to UNC Chancellor James
Moeser’s March 7 request that
University growth be exempted from
town zoning regulations.
The statement, deferred since March
26 to allow for revisions based on resi
dent comments, outlines the town’s legal
requirement to uphold regulation of any
new development. New UNC growth
Slated to Start
Eighteen months of construction will begin
this summer to repair the heating and hot
water systems for North Campus residents.
By Eric Meehan
South Campus residents have been complaining all year
about construction, but North Campus residents soon will face
construction problems of their own.
An $8 million renovation project is set to begin this sum
mer on the steamline loop that provides both heating and hot
water to North Campus residence halls.
The loop is about 50 to 70 years old and is in need of replace
ment, said Larry Hicks, associate director of housing. “Not only
has the system degraded, we literally had people waiting up to
an hour for hot water,” he said.
The project, which will take about 18 months to complete,
will be funded by state money the University receives for
repairs and replacements to campus facilities.
The project is already in its elementary stages as contrac
tors prepare to begin construction at the beginning of the sum
mer. Workers have begun digging a hole adjacent to Joyner
Residence Hall, building ramps to the tennis courts, remov
ing some trees around the courts and constructing a manhole
by Mangum Residence Hall.
Director of Housing and Residential Education
Christopher Payne said notice to proceed with the construc
tion was given about a week ago. The construction -and the
obstacles it will bring - raises concern for present and future
North Campus residents. But Payne said officials are trying to
get the most difficult portions of the project completed during
times when there are fewer students on campus.
Residence Hall Association President David Cooper said he
plans to address any problems that arise. “I’m meeting with Dr.
Payne and a few others on Wednesday,” he said. “I have no prob
lem putting out my e-mail address so students can e-mail me.”
Rebecca Casey, the housing department’s assistant direc
tor for marketing, said she shares Cooper’s zeal for keeping
students informed. Casey said the housing department will
post a fact sheet in residence halls before the end of the week
that aims to help North Campus residents understand the pos
sible effects of the renovation.
She said the housing department will approach North
Campus construction in a similar fashion to the way South
Campus construction has been handled this year. “The (resi
dent assistants) have worked with us helping to bring forums
together,” Casey said. “I’m sure we’ll follow the same model.”
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has become increasingly debated with
the UNC Board of Trustees’ recent
approval of the Master Plan, a 50-year
blueprint for campus growth.
“We don’t even have the authority to
say we don’t have the authority,” said
Town Council member Flicka Bateman.
Bateman said UNC couldn’t be
released from regulation because, under
the law, the town is required to oversee
anything that could affect residents.
Resident Elaine Barney, whose house
lies in the path of potential Master Plan
development and whose concerns were
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included in the
statement, said she
thought UNC has
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ceeding with the
from residents and
Chapel Hill Mayor
David Guy, right, and Carla Antonaccio practice zazen, "sittingmeditation," at the Chapel Hill Zen Center
on Monday morning. Guy has been practicing Zen Buddhism for 10 years.
By Carolyn Pearce
It’s 8:45 a.m. Sunday, and the members of this con
gregation are beginning to gather.
As they shuffle into their place of worship, they greet
each other, catch up on news of the week and begin
their service. But inside no prayers can be heard, no
pews can be found, no songs are sung. The place that
they are meeting is not a church.
Here, at the Chapel Hill Zen Center, the scene inside
the “zendo” is different. Members silently meditate, sit
ting cross-legged atop round cushions on the floor, and
end the service with “sutra” chanting.
Although Christianity reigns as the most common reli
gious worship in the area, the Japanese practice of Zen
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also fails to provide a positive role model
for its current and future generations of
students and civic leaders," she said.
In addition to echoing resident con
cerns, council members requested more
specific information about short-term
building projects that could affect the
environment or transportation.
The statement- recognizes the
University’s need for growth but requests
that UNC assume more fiscal responsi
bility for costs now assumed by the town,
such as contributing to future clean-up
efforts after basketball games.
The statement also requests University
reimbursement for “all out-of-pocket costs
of such basketball victory celebrations."
In additional to fiscal responsibility for
event cleanup, Town Council members
are requesting help with costs of trans
portation provided primarily for
University students, as well as research
and engineering to achieve effective stoim
water management for new development.
“Bottom line - the town understands
that the University must proceed with
See TOWN PLAN, Page 4
Buddhism, based on sitting meditation called zazen, is
gaining popularity' in Western cultures and in Chapel Hill.
“I think that people are curious,” said group member
and zazen instructor David Guy. “They want to leam
how to meditate. Zazen is the practice of being present
in your experience, the experience of body and mind."
Teacher Pat Phelan said the Zen group hasn’t had a
problem finding its place in the area’s diverse religious
scene. “We have seen a lot of growth,” Phelan said.
“When I came in 1991, there were eight members. Now
we have over 45 full members and give instruction to
about 150 people a year.”
The Zen Center is just one example of many religious
opportunities in the Chapel Hill area. Buddhists and
See RELIGION, Page 4
County's Approval of Quarry
Expansion Riles Residents
By Ben Gillett
The Orange County Board of Commissioners
has cleared the way for expansion of an existing
rock quarry that will become a reservoir by 2030 in
an attempt to meet a projected growth in demand
for water in the county.
But the plan to expand American Stone Co.’s
existing quarry still faces final state approval and
opposition from concerned neighbors of the site,
despite the board’s vote to rezone the area and
approve a special-use permit
Orange County’s water needs are handled
through the Orange Water and Sewer Authority, an
independent agency that sought the rezoning to
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Protesters have cited the
treatment of University
housekeepers as an example
institutional racism at UNC
By Ann Hal
Recent protests claiming that institu
tional racism still exists on UNC’s cam
pus have brought attention to another
case of allegedly unfair conditions - the
treatment of University housekeepers.
Last Monday, protesters from the On
the Wake of Emancipation Campaign
raised concerns about the treatment of
campus housekeepers, calling it one form
many at UNC.
has long been a
controversial issue, especially since the
1999 protest held by the housekeeper’s
union, UE-150, that led to the resigna
tion of Director of Housekeeping
Services Michael O’Brien.
And junior Kristi Booker, who par
ticipated in Monday’s OWEC protest,
said the University’s latest efforts to
boost housekeepers’ salaries and pro
vide career training just aren’t enough.
She said the treatment of housekeep
ers is an example of institutional racism
because workers continue to be over
worked and underpaid, and she claims
some housekeepers even are direct
descendants of slaves owned by UNC.
“Housekeepers need better pay to
support their families and their com
mute to Chapel Hill," Booker said.
Barbara Prear, leader of UE-150,
agreed that housekeepers meet racism
here at UNC -and probably at all
UNC-system schools. “Look at where
the largest number of African
Americans are working on campus,”
Prear said, referring to grounds, house
keeping and dining services. “Look at
where the blacks are employed.”
John Heuer, chairman of the com
mittee to hire anew director of house
keeping services, acknowledged alleged
unfair treatment of UNC’s housekeep
ers. “The University has had a legacy of
lack of respect and concern for house
But Heuer said the University’s
recent efforts have dealt with the issue
He said the Cheek Clark Building is
the University’s advanced housekeep
ing administration facility that provides
training and addresses career develop
“The University is going the extra
mile to help improve (the situation) ...
It has taken measures to rectify the past
lack of concern and respect,” Heuer
See HOUSEKEEPERS, Page 4
expand its existing reservoir. OWASA spokesman
Greg Feller said the new reservoir would aid the
Cane Creek and University Lake reservoirs in
meeting the growing demands of Orange County.
“It could meet water supply needs for 50 years,”
But some area residents and activists oppose the
Retired UNC statistics Professor Elliot Cramer,
who was asked by residents to examine the pro
posal, called the expansion “detrimental to the
community." Cramer said the county’s population
growth will level off and water needs could be met
by existing resources.
See QUARRY, Page 4
Tuesday, April 10, 2001
Search Under Way
For New Director
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