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Players Call on Doherty to Alter Approach
Bv lan Gordon
Days before Adam Boone became the
third North Carolina men’s basketball
player in four months to transfer, Jawad
Williams and teammate Melvin Scott met
several times with the UNC coaching
staff to discuss the future of the program.
The players’ message was simple:
Things need to change.
“I think we got a lot of positive feed
back,” Williams said. “I think everybody
put everything out on the table about
each other. Some of the things 1 wanted
to change were basically the way situa
tions were handled.
“It was everyone not feeling they had
the place to talk with the coaching staff.
They felt like they didn’t have a say.
Everybody has to be able to say some
Williams met individually with UNC
coach Matt Doherty on Wednesday to
further discuss the players’ relationship
By Will Arey
The opening of four new South Campus resi
dence halls and the closing of three North Campus
halls have combined to keep a number of students
in South Campus housing for another year.
As this year’s new recontracting process draws
to a close Friday, Rick Bradley, assistant director of
the Department of Housing and Residential
Education, said next year’s renovations in Connor,
Winston and Alexander residence halls mean a loss
of 445 beds on North Campus. But the opening of
four new South Campus residence halls will com
pensate by adding 950 beds.
Overall, that keeps more students in South
Campus housing - including some rising juniors -but
housing officials say they’ve tried to make this year’s
housing recontracting process as fair as possible.
Bradley said that during recontracting, students liv
ing on South Campus during the construction of the
past two years have received priority for the new res
idence halls. All other considerations for recontract
ing on campus relied solely on class standing, he said.
Housing director Christopher Payne said an
increasingly high demand for campus housing in
recent years also has made it more difficult for
South Campus residents to recontract for North or
Mid Campus rooms.
Payne said this trend has forced the housing
department to retool the recontracting process.
Local Film Fest Welcomes
By Michelle Jarboe
The Hi Mom! Film Festival, an annual local
event showcasing independent films, kicks off
today with a keynote address from the award-win
ning director of “Gimme Shelter.”
Opening the slew of Hi Mom! events will be an
8:30 p.m screening today at the Student Union
Film Auditorium, presented by documentary film
maker Albert Maysles.
Maysles is best known for his work on 1970’s
“Gimme Shelter,” a controversial documentary of
a knifing at a Rolling Stones concert. He will be
showing two of his early short films, “Meet Marlon
Brando” and “With Love, From Truman.”
Now a major influence on documentary film for
years, Maysles altered the world of the documen
tarian with his groundbreaking work in cinema
verite in the late 19505.
“He was a pioneer in a style which advocates
telling the story in the most true and uncensored
form and not imposing any kind of filmmaker’s
views into the piece,” said Cady Bean-Smith, the
festival’s organizer. “It’s been really influential in so
many documentary filmmakers.”
Maysles influence has continued throughout his
career, and his prestige has only grown. At the
2002 Academy Awards, Maysles received the
Oscar for best documentary film for his most recent
with the coaching
staff, Doherty said.
The coach, who
said he also met
weeks ago, was
pleased with the
which came on
the heels of Adam
to transfer from
“This is good
said of the conver-
decided to return to
the basketball team.
sations. “This is how we’re going to
Following the Tar Heels’ 8-20 season,
rumors spread about the transfers of sev
eral players, including Williams and fel
low freshmanjackie Manuel.
On Wednesday, Williams said he had
considered transferring near the time
This year the recontracting process was done on
a first-come, first-serve basis.
The first phase, which allowed students to
request their current room for next year, occurred
March 26 and 27. A second phase of recontracting
- April 4 and 5 - allowed students to move to dif
ferent rooms in their campus community.
After the second phase, Payne said Wednesday,
most rooms in the North and Mid campus commu
nities had been assigned, with few rooms remaining
in some South Campus residence halls as well.
The third phase of recontracting, which is cur
rendy ongoing, allows students to choose from any
open rooms on campus. This process was opened
to graduate students, seniors and juniors on
Tuesday; current sophomores on Wednesday; and
freshmen at 7 a.m. today.
This phase will remain open until 7 p.m. Friday,
enabling students to coordinate room assignments
and make any final decisions regarding roommates
Though officials say the process has been effective,
it also has experienced a few glitches. Payne said that
last week, during phase two of the recontracting
process, a few students were able to sign up for rooms
in campus communities other than their own.
Payne said that about 30 students were involved
and that each was contacted and removed from the
housing assignments they had wrongly made.
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work, “LaLee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton.”
“When you’re talking Oscars, it’s on a bigger
scale than anything else that’s shown, but he fits in
stylistically and artistically with the tone of the rest
of the festival,” Bean-Smith said.
Since its conception in 1997, the festival has
showcased international, independent film shorts at
locations in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Hi Mom! will be showing films at the Student
Union Film Auditorium, on the Rosemary Street
Parking Deck, at the Varsity Theatre and at the Cat’s
Cradle at various times through Saturday. Forty
eight films culled from more than 400 international
and local entries will be shown. “This is one week
end for the moviegoer to see something different
than what’s at the multiplexes,” Bean-Smith said.
Since the birth of Hi Mom!, the festival has been
dedicated to sharing the films that fall outside of the
boundaries of a specific genre. This formula has been
a recipe for success, judging by the festival’s expan
sion from its original one-night showing at Local 506
to its chock-fitll-of-films, three-day run.
Bean-Smith said the festival is meant for the
encouragement and enjoyment of filmmakers and
filmgoers alike. “We have films that any member of an
audience could watch and enjoy,” she said. “(The film
makers) have little bank accounts but big ideas.”
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that teammate Neil Fingleton departed
“The expectations on myself were so
high, and I didn’t feel I was getting the
chance to do some of the things I did at
the end of the year,” said Williams, who
averaged 9.8 points and 4.2 rebounds
per game in the 2001-02 season.
But Williams dispelled rumors claim
ing he would transfer, saying he would
not be leaving Chapel Hill anytime
soon. He also spoke for Manuel.
“Jackie’s not going anywhere,”
Williams said. “He’s just like me. He had
his growing pains, just like any freshman.”
But, he added, “If things don’t
change, I’ll be forced to leave. I will take
it upon myself to leave.”
Williams’ comments came despite his
mother’s claim that the players, includ
ing her son, had not been happy for
much of the season.
Gail Hillman-Williams said in a tele
phone interview Wednesday that her son,
a freshman forward, was becoming frus
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Committee to Study Textbook Alternatives
By Meredith Nicholson
Student Congress members passed resolu
tions Tuesday creating a committee to study
textbook pricing and commending the UNC
Board of Trustees on its rejection of a night
parking permit plan.
The five members of Congress appointed to
serve on the textbook committee will determine
whether textbook prices actually have
increased and investigate the possibilities of a
textbook rental program, said freshman
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trated with his teammates’ departures.
She said that while she had not
encouraged her son to transfer, she did
not want him to continue to be unhappy.
“All his friends are leaving,” Hillman-
Williams said. “The people who encour
aged him to come and work together as
a group ... they’re all gone.”
She said her son had an increasingly
difficult year. When asked whether she
had to, at some point during the year,
convince her son to return to Chapel
Hill, Hillman-Williams said, “Yeah.”
“I’ve never seen a group of guys so
unhappy,” she said. “I think they’ve all
thought about leaving at some point.”
But Doherty said that the players’ feel
ings were natural, especially following a
season as disappointing as the Tar Heels’.
“I would be surprised if you found
guys who were happy,” he said. “Who
would be happy with 8-20?”
Doherty said that both he and the
players felt better after talking through
some of the frustrations from the season.
Members of the class of 2002 make the traditional climb up through the Bell Tower
on Wednesday afternoon. Graduating seniors take advantage of the opportunity
to get a bird's-eye view of campus.
He said the team was still adjusting to
him and his coaching staff,' who were
hired in July 2000.
Doherty also said he tries periodical
ly to get the “pulse of the team.”
“I have to, as a coach, listen and not
get defensive,” he said.
Those are some of the qualities that
Williams indicated the players are seek
ing in UNC’s coaches. But he didn’t say
why Boone, Fingleton and Brian
Morrison decided to transfer, instead
explaining that different people left for
different reasons. Joseph Forte, Ronald
Curry and Julius Peppers did not return
from the 2000-01 team.
Doherty, who said he was surprised by
Boone’s departure, added that die meet
ing will help his coaching in the future.
“As (coaches), we need to improve on
everything - communication, Xs and
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Jennifer Orr, the committee chairwoman.
Orr said the committee also will look into
the possibility of publishing textbooks’
International Standard Book Numbers, desig
nations that provide standard numbers to each
edition of every book published worldwide.
Compiling textbooks’ ISBNs would make it
easier for students to buy books from alternate
vendors, Speaker Pro Tern Matt O'Brien said.
Orr said the committee’s goal is to institute a
policy that would help reduce textbook costs for
students. “We have heard a lot of appeal from
students for some sort of forum on this,” she said.
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Sophomore point guard
Adam Boone became the
third men's basketball player
to transfer in four months.
By Mike Ogle
Floating above the coffee table in the
North Carolina men’s basketball office
lobby is a large, blue balloon with the
names of each current player and coach
written on it.
Sophomore point guard Adam
Boone’s name can now be crossed out.
University made it
except to state that
he intends to
remain at UNC
through the first
“I’m sorry to
see Adam go,” UNC coach Matt
Doherty stated in a press release. “He
made a great deal of improvement last
year. I was looking forward to seeing
him help re-establish our program over
the next two years.”
Boone joins the other two players in
his recruiting class, former coach Bill
Guthridge’s last, as transfers. Guard
Brian Morrison announced his decision
March 18. Center Neil Fingleton left
during Winter Break.
Seniors Will Johnson and Jonathan
Holmes will be the only players with
more than one year of collegiate expe
rience on next season’s team, which will
include nine scholarship players.
Boone began and ended the season
as the Tar Heels’ starting point guard
with some ups and downs in between.
He shot 43 percent from 3-point
range and averaged 3.2 assists in 2001-02
- both team highs. He also had 7.2 points
and 2.2 rebounds per game and showed
more aggressiveness late in the year.
But with point guard Raymond
Felton, the national high school player
of the year, arriving in the fall, Boone’s
role was likely to diminish significantly.
Doherty said Boone was unhappy
because of scrutiny he received.
“I think Adam unfairly received a
tremendous amount of criticism from
the media, people on the Internet and
others,” Doherty said. “He feels a fresh
start would be best for him at this time.”
Doherty has had grievances with the
“That’s the crap that I’m talking
about that wastes my time and energy,”
Doherty said when asked about rumors
regarding more possible transfers after
Morrison’s announcement. “There’s a
lot of irresponsible jerks on the Internet
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Orr said the committee will investigate pro
grams at peer institutions - like Appalachian
State University - that already have textbook
rental programs in place. “If they can make it
work, we’re hoping we can find a way to make
it work,” she said.
O’Brien said he is confident that the commit
tee will create some form of rental program,
which could be implemented as early as fall 2003.
But he said the program might not be equal
ly effective for all majors or classes. Literature
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led the Tar Heels
in 3-point percentage