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Student Assaulted Near Coker Arboretum
By Geoff Wessel
An assault earlier this week prompted UNC offi
cials to remind the University community of the
importance of taking safety precautions on campus.
According to police reports, an unidentified
assailant a grabbed female UNC student on
Raleigh Street near Coker Arboretum early
Tuesday morning and carried her across the road
before she escaped with minor injuries.
Maj. Jeff McCraken of UNC department of pub
lic safety said the suspect then fled, but an investi
gation is underway. The assailant is described as a
Hispanic man of heavy build and medium height
with black hair and no facial hair, and is believed
to be in his mid or late 20s.
According to police reports, the victim was walk
ing home down Franklin Street early Tuesday
morning when the suspect pulled up in a small
four-door gray or tan car, blew the horn and
knocked on the passenger window.
Subsequently, the victim was accosted by the
same man near her destination, Alderman
Residence Hall. The suspect came up to the victim
on foot, grabbed her and dragged her toward
Coker Arboretum, where he tried to lift her over
A UNC Board of Governors
committee has approved
Tony Waldrop as the new
vice chancellor for research.
By Geoff Wessel
Former Morehead Scholar and UNC
track star Tony Waldrop has been
tapped as UNC’s new vice chancellor
for research, university officials
announced June 28.
“I am very excited about coming
back to UNC,” Waldrop said. “First of
all, it is a great institution. And second
ly, it’s a place I have a lot of great mem-
holds three UNC
degrees, is now
vice chancellor for
research at the
Illinois at Urbana-
He said his
serve him well at
UNC. “I’ve dealt
with some of the
same issues, look
ing at technology
says he is excited
about becoming the
research park activities and new research
into genomics and protonomics.”
Provost Robert Shelton said he is
pleased by Board of Governors
Personnel and Tenure Committee’s
approval last week of Waldrop’s appoint
ment, which will begin in mid-August.
“We had a number of excellent final
ists for the position, and (Waldrop) was
an overwhelming first choice,” Shelton
said. “We’re just thrilled that we can
bring him here. I think he’ll be terrific.”
Shelton said UNC will have a wide
variety of research opportunities in the
years ahead, with studies of the human
genome among the most highly visible
“There are just so many things going
on on the campus,” he said. “The new
positions associated with the genomics
initiative are a good example. They’re
not only in the biological sciences: there
are positions in the physical sciences,
computer science, the law school and
the business school. What that initiative
shows is that we need to draw on all of
See WALDROP) Page 2
The student bumped her head and injured her
arm in the assault. She was treated and released
from UNC Hospitals this morning.
McCraken said the University is taking steps to
educate the community and heighten awareness of
safety issues in response to this week’s assault.
He said the UNC campus is generally relative
“I wouldn’t say (UNC is unsafe),” McCraken
said. “This is the first such attack we’ve had in a
long time, certainly the first this calendar year.”
But McCraken said it is still important to
remember to be safe.
“People should always be careful,” he said. “Use
good judgment, trust your instincts and make use of
the things that are provided by the University for
safety, such as public transportation and lighting.
Most importantly, don’t walk alone at night”
Meanwhile, University officials are committed to
keeping the campus as safe as possible.
“(This assault) is appalling,” said Provost Robert
Shelton. “We have to do everything we can to assure
that we have the highest level of security on campus.”
Geoff Wessel can be reached
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House ; Senate to Compromise on Budget
Legislators must reconcile
differences in revenue and
tax proposals in order to
pass the N.C. state budget.
By Matt Viser
City, State & National Editor
Legislators continue to chip away at a
budget that pits the N.C. House of
Representatives against the N.C. Senate,
a battle that shows stark differences in
The House passed its version June 28
by a 91-27 margin. But senators have
spoken harshly against the House-pro
posed budget and pointed out many
areas of strong contention.
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Although UNC remains relatively safe, Tuesday morning's assault near Coker Arboretum has police reminding stu
dents and faculty to be aware of their surroundings, and not to work or walk alone at night.
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The UNC Department of Public Safety' released
this composite sketch of the attacker. Anyone
with information should call 911 or 962-8100.
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A negotiating committee of represen
tatives from both legislative bodies will
begin meeting this week to begin ham
mering out a compromise between the
A major issue is how much money the
state should generate. “The first item will
be to define what level of revenue we’ll
be dealing with,” said Sen. Howard Lee,
D-Orange, a co-chair of the committee.
The Senate budget calls for $l9O mil
lion in tax-loophole closings, or areas of
special interest where tax revenues can be
increased. But House budget writers
refrained from including any tax-revenue
increases in their plan, instead relying on
techniques like accelerating the payments
of employee income-tax withholdings.
“We’re concerned with the revenue,”
said Sen. Tony Rand, D-Fayetteville. “We
don’t see how we can do these things with
the revenue picture they have.”
But after the revenue issue is settled,
legislators still must to determine how to
appropriate the money, with cuts to
Education and Health and Human
Services likely see the most debate.
Last week, the House passed an
amendment that would change a 9 per
cent tuition increase for UNC-system
students. Under the House plan, the
increase would only apply only to out
of-state students. But senators are con
cerned about what this might say about
North Carolina’s priorities.
“I think that’s a mistake,” Rand said.
“We don’t want other states to pick on
our students, so we shouldn’t pick on
our out-of-state students.”
The House budget also calls for a $2
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million cut to UNC Hospitals. “This hos
pital, in my opinion, should not receive
the cuts the House has proposed,” Lee
said. “I plan to fight hard against this.”
Another major area of debate involves
closing the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric
Hospital. The Senate plan would close
the hospital by January 2003, while the
House budget keeps it open.
“The Senate took a bad rap on that,”
Lee said. “It was never our plan to just
throw people out into the streets.”
Rand said the hospital might still close,
but not without providing an alternative.
“I don’t think it was anyone’s intent to
close Dorothea Dix until the adequate
facilities are available,” he said. “We have
to make sure these people are cared for.”
See BUDGET CUTS, Page 2
Thursday, July 5, 2001
The Town Council approved
UNC's rezoning proposal
after the University dropped
five tracts from its reuqest.
By Matt Viser
City, State & National Editor
The Town Council approved a
University rezoning proposal Monday,
placing UNC one step closer to the
implementation of its Master Plan.
In an 8-1 vote, the council adopted a
new Office/Institutional-4 zoning dis
trict. In a separate 8-1 vote, the council
moved to rezone UNC, placing it in the
newly created district. Councilwoman
Joyce Brown cast the lone dissenting
vote in both measures.
“The new ordinance has the poten
tial to be much better,” she said. “I think
there are some gaps.”
The 01-4 zoning frees the University
from the 14 million-square-foot floor
area limit that restricts UNC in its pre
sent 01-3 zoning. The University already
occupies 13.6 million square feet, but
seeks to add an additional 5.8 million
under its Master Plan.
Most of the growth is planned for a
large housing expansion to accommo
date a projected increase in enrollment
The expansion focuses on the southern
part of campus, where the University
plans to build additional undergraduate
and student family housing.
These units will eventually replace
the Odum Village apartments and
enable for more undergraduate housing
to be built
University officials made several
compromises from their original pro
posal by eliminating some of the tracts
they had initially submitted for rezoning.
Originally, the University requested
all of the property on the main campus
be rezoned. The town then divided the
area into nine separate tracts.
After several town-gown meetings
and a heated public hearing, the
University’s nine-tract proposal was
scaled back to four.
“The University has tried very hard to
be responsive to community concerns,”
said Nancy Suttenfield, vice chancellor
for finance and administration. “We
urgendy need to move ahead with the
next step of our partnership.”
The next step comes with the sub
mission of the University’s develop
ment plan. The plan was supposed to be
submitted Tuesday, but due to problems
with the electronic map files, the half
inch-thick document is now expected to
be filed today.
The development plan addresses
issues such as the general location and
size of planned development and allows
the town to examine issues they haven’t
been able to look at in the past
“We have a greater opportunity than
we’ve ever had before to look into a
broader plan and look into these various
elements," said council member Jim
The development plan must include
anticipated effects on traffic and a noise,
lighting and stormwater runoff analysis.
This will offer the town an opportunity to
further monitor the University’s growth
and its impact on the community.
“The development plan is a signifi
cant opportunity for the council to - on
a finer scale - address the concerns
brought up by town citizens,” Ward said.
Although the rezoning passed over
whelmingly with an 8-1 vote, several
council members expressed sorrow as
they cast their affirmative votes.
“My vote comes without any joy and
without any enthusiasm," said Flicka
Bateman as she cast her vote in favor of
Ward said he had similar sentiments.
“I sympathize with the people who five
along Mason Farm Road,” he said
See REZONING, Page 2