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Town Agrees to Lift Cap, Work Out Plan Details
By Robert Cummings
Chapel Hill officials informed
University leaders at a meeting
Wednesday that they are willing to help
UNC meet its needs for the Master Plan
by lifting its square footage cap.
Originally, the University had asked
that the town remove the cap of about
14 million square feet to make more
room for UNC’s Master Plan, a blue
print for long-term campus growth.
The new cap will be set at 110 percent
N.C. Sen. Rand
Student BOG Vote
Senate Rules Committee Chairman Rand
has blocked discussion possibly leading to
the ASG president's securing of a BOG vote.
By Monica Chen
After breezing through the House by an 83-26 vote
Monday, a bill that calls for a student vote on the Board of
Governors might be bottled up in the Senate Rules Committee.
President of the UNC Association of Student Governments
Andrew Payne wanted the bill to move into the Senate
But that window of opportunity might have closed on
Tuesday when the bill was referred to the Senate Committee
on Rules and Operations.
A similar bill, proposed in the Senate by Sen. Ellie
Kinnaird, D-Orange, was referred to the Rules Committee on
Feb. 20, and has been there ever since.
In 1999, a similar bill died in the Rules Committee.
Chairman of the Rules Committee Sen. Tony Rand, D-
Cumberland, said he is opposed to allowing a student vote on
the Board of Governors and, as of right now, has no plans to
put the House bill on the Senate calendar.
“It takes a significant amount of knowledge to serve on the
BOG,” Rand said. “Students don’t have that.”
As chairman of the committee, Rand determines when bills
are called for discussion on the Senate floor, and he has the
power to simply not schedule a bill for discussion. In such a
case, a bill could be stuck in a committee indefinitely.
Despite the fact that the House bill was approved over
whelmingly and the Senate version of the bill has 18 co-sponsors,
Rand said he feels no pressure in giving the bill a chance to be
heard. “I intend to talk to other members and see what their feel
ings are, but I have not put it on the calendar yet for discussion.”
Payne said there might be something more to Rand’s
staunch opposition to the bill. “Senator Rand fears students
might bring a positive influence to the BOG, which obvious
ly he does not want,” Payne said. “Also, a student member
wouldn’t have to answer to the General Assembly. He does
n’t want to give that power away."
But pressing on with lobbying for the bill, Payne said then
strategy will not be a mass lobbying of all members of the
Senate but will target the leaders of the Senate, in particular
Senate President Pro Tern Marc Basnight, D-Beaufort.
Kinnaird said that is the correct action to take. But although
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North Carolina senior women's tennis player Courtney Zalinski
and the Tar Heels will play Virginia on Friday at 3 p.m.
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of what the University submitted as its
capital needs for the next 10 years.
Officials estimate the Master Plan will
add 5 million more square feet to
UNC’s existing 13.7 million.
Jonathan Howes, director of the
Master Plan, said the new cap comes
with strings attached for the University.
“I think it’s a genuine effort of the
town to meet the University’s needs,” he
said. “On the other hand, it’s imposing a
new level of control.”
The new regulations call for the
University to devise a development plan
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By James Miller
Kenneth Wade Sigmon, 30, of Carrboro
approached the bench from his seat in the
third row of the courtroom.
He waited forjudge Patricia DeVine to
dispose the single charge against him -a mis
demeanor count of resisting a public officer.
Like several other defendants in the
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that it will have to submit to the Town
Council for approval.
Once UNC submits its development
plan and it is approved by the town,
UNC will not have to seek special per
mits for new construction.
Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary Waldorf
presented the town’s policy for establish
ing anew zoning district for areas of UNC
at Wednesday’s meeting. “We believe it is
a framework on how the town and
University can work together,” she said.
Chancellor James Moeser expressed
concern that the policy will constitute
Data based on individuals convicted in Orange County since
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March 1,2000, and Feb. 28,2001.
They're Going to Disney World for ACCs
By James Giza
Assistant Sports Editor
Sal Gigante might stand 6-foot-2 and
weigh 235 pounds.
He might have broken his own North
Carolina record in the hammer throw
Saturday with a
heave of 202-11.
have a name
that can strike
fear into the
heart of a mor-
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tal man and that fits his stature and
event so perfectly it’s uncanny.
But Gigante knows there is one man
he could never hope in his wildest
dreams of outthrowing: Hercules.
The renowned hero of Greek mythol
ogy, whose legend was revived and put
to music in a cartoon Disney movie in
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more regulations for the University. But
he said UNC understands Chapel Hill’s
desire to impose restrictions. “We rec
ognize the town’s concerns over those
issues,” he said.
Moeser then presented to the com
mittee 12 points that he considered mat
ters of mutual interest between the town
The points included the University’s
plans to dispose of off-campus proper
ties and place them back on the county’s
list of taxable land. Moeser stressed the
importance of University plans to
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Delays Can Hinder Justice
By Jennifer Bailey
The speed of case disposition in Orange County -
the time it takes to go to trial after arrest not only
affects the lives of suspects and victims, but it often
affects the quality of the trial as well.
Orange County cases go to trial in a respectable amount
of time, District Attorney Carl Fox said.
“We rank about seventh position out
of 39 in the entire state in terms of case
disposition,” Fox said.
Robert Farb, professor of law and
government at the UNC Institute of
Government, where court personnel are
trained, said the lack of a speedy trial
would be the most detrimental in mur
der cases, when the suspect could be in
jail for two or three years awaiting trial.
“Sometimes, if someone is in jail
awaiting trial, they’re awaiting their lib
erty,” he said.
The set date for a disposition varies
by case and is scheduled by the court,
the district attorney and the defense
based on a number of factors: availabil
ity of witnesses, preparation of the
courtroom the afternoon of March 14,
Sigmon was not prosecuted.
In exchange, DeVine and Assistant
District Attorney Jackie Perez wanted him
to show that he had been attending coun
seling through the Orange-Person-Chatham
Foundation for Mental Health and get
assurance that he would continue to do so.
“I understand that you have quite a tem
per. I want you to learn to deal with your
1997, was strong enough to kill the
Hydra, so he probably could have
thrown the discus at least 240 miles
(Hercules’ great-grandfather, Perseus,
threw a discus so hard once that he
killed his father; Hercules, therefore,
most certainly had the thrower’s gene.).
Gigante’s discus toss Saturday: 49.28
meters - or three-hundreths of a mile.
“I definitely think he could beat me,”
Indeed. Fortunately for Gigante and
the rest of North Carolina’s athletes,
they’ll be competing against other athletes
from the conference in this weekend’s
ACC championships in Orlando, Fla.
No cartoons allowed.
Dubbed Spring Fest 2001, eight sports
featuring 1,200 athletes and coaches will
be on display at Disney’s Wide World of
Sports Complex today until Sunday.
Men’s and women’s competition will be
increase on-campus housing.
“It’s in our interests to keep students on
campus,” he said, explaining that on-cam
pus residents tend to stay more involved in
the academic life of the University.
Moeser said he was concerned the
town would reject UNC’s entire plan
because of one minor difference.
Waldorf assured UNC officials that
the town would work out any minor
problems as opposed to sending back
the whole plan to be reviewed.
The town and University agreed to
allow Chapel Hill Town Manager Cal
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temper and not get so angry,” DeVine said
to Sigmon from the bench. “We want to be
sure you are continuing to work with your
counselor. In the meantime, if you do
everything you’re supposed to do, this case
is going to get dismissed.”
Sigmon’s case was one of the last on the
docket for the March session of communi
ty resource court in Chapel Hill.
Community resource court is a special
held in golf, lacrosse, tennis and track and
field on the complex’s 200 acres of land.
“I’ve seen it driving by,” said
Gigante, a junior, who will be making
his fourth trip to Disney World after vis
iting during spring break. “Their facili
ties are amazing. It really does look like
an Olympic village.”
Free time will probably come at a
premium for the Tar Heels this week
end, but most of them wouldn’t have it
any other way.
“I think on Sunday there’d be time for
us to go around the park, but we really
don’t want to be in that position,” UNC
No. 1 singles player Marlene Mejia said.
“We want to be playing in the finals.
That’d be a lot more satisfying for us.
Blither way it’ll be a memorable trip."
Of course it will. Because even if
none of UNC’s teams leave the
Sunshine State with an ACC title, the
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Thursday, April 19, 2001
Horton, UNC Vice Chancellor Nancy
Suttenfield and their staffs to meet to
work out the details of the development
plan and present their conclusions back
to the Town Council and UNC leaders.
The Town Council will be asked to
approve this measure at its next meeting.
Moeser urged cooperation between
the town and University, emphasizing
the importance of working out the fine
print. “The devil is in the details.”
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defense, whether the suspect pleads insanity, evidence
and its analyses, and the types of charges, Fox said.
Charges such as murder, rape and sexual offense take
much more time because they involve evidence that
requires more analysis, Fox said.
A majority of Orange County cases go to trial in what
Fox calls an “excellent” time frame: rape and sexual
offense within 131 days, robbery within 70 days, larceny
within 67 days, arson within 27 days and
forgery within 77 days, according to an Orange
County Superior Court Criminal Aging
Analysis report from July through December.
Only one murder case was analyzed in this
report, and its length was 269 days, which
Fox does not consider to be excellent But this
case is by no means the most lengthy.
Robert Warren Pratt, 24, of Mebane is cur
rently in Orange County Jail awaiting trial.
Pratt was arrested Feb. 1, 1999 for three
counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count
of first-degree rape and two counts of first
degree sexual offense in a crime that occurred
Sept. 13, 1995, in Duke Forest on Whitfield
Road, officials said.
Delays in the trial for this case started, Fox
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Orange County court devised to address
the needs of repeat misdemeanant offend
ers who suffer from mental illness or sub
stance addiction problems. Its goal is reha
bilitation, not retribution.
“What we call it is community resource
court. What it is, is mental health court,”
said Marie Lamoureaux, project coordina-
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thrill of being a part of Disney’s magic
and getting to see Mickey, Minnie,
Tigger and the rest of the lovable cast of
characters surely will more than make
up for the pain and heartache of losing.
Let’s look at a few favorites.
Gigante said he likes Beauty and the
Beast (“the music and the story”), but his
favorite character is Donald Duck.
“I think I like Donald because he’s
kind of like me - he’s got a bad temper,"
Mejia, meanwhile, said Dumbo ranks
as her top choice.
“I have this thing for elephants,"
Mejia said. “I think they’re the cutest
animals. And I like all the princesses,
like Cinderella. I like to live out the fan
tasy of meeting Prince Charming.”
The Disney character that would make
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