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Volume 110, Issue 80
Votes to
2 Tracts
Town to acquire
365 acres of land
By Jamie Dougher
And John Russell
Staff Writers
The Carrboro Board of Alderman
approved Tuesday the voluntary annex
ation of parts of the Horace Williams
tract and its satellite.
The board voted 6-0 in favor of the
annexation despite opposition voiced
by many residents at last Tuesday’s
board meeting. Aldermanjohn Herrera
abstained from the vote.
Mayor Mike Nelson said he supports
the annexation of the 365 acres of
UNC-owned land because it acts in the
best interests of the residents he was
elected to represent. “While my heart is
with them, my head leads me to a dif-
ferent conclu
sion,” he said.
Nelson read a
June memo from
Orange County
attorney Geoffrey
Gledhill about
Gledhill wrote,
“Chapel Hill and
Carrboro have the
power to annex
into the transition
area without the
approval of
Orange County.”
Nelson asked
his fellow board
“I ask you
to do a
the needs of
our citizens
popularity. ”
Mike Nelson
Carrboro Mayor
members to think of what is best for the
community and not what is popular.
“I ask you to choose between what’s
easy and what’s hard,” Nelson said. “I
ask you to do a difficult thing - put the
needs of our citizens above popularity.”
Nelson stressed the importance of
annexation to combat development by
the University and Winmore planners,
which he said will occur whether or not
Carrboro annexes the land.
“The University’s bigger than we are,
they’re stronger than we are, and they
have more powerful friends than we
do,” he said. “We have to make sure our
citizens are in a strong position.”
Nelson said Carrboro will have to
assert its power in deciding what occurs
in the area, especially the preservation
of Bolin Creek Trail.
Aldermanjacquelyn Gist, formerly an
opponent of annexation, said she voted in
favor of it because she trusts the work the
community has done for the last 15 years.
“I think that we can prolong the
process of what’s going to happen to
this land or we can get to it,” she said.
“So I will shock my colleagues and vote
for annexation.”
Carrboro resident Donald
McDonald said he is opposed to the
annexation because it will harm the
quality of life in Carrboro. “An affirma
tive vote tonight sets in motion the
destruction of everything I love about
this environment,” he said.
McDuffee said residents should not
fear development in the land in ques
tion after annexation because Carrboro
will be involved in whatever progress is
made. “We have a reputation for being
hard on developers.”
Alderman Joal Broun said a vote
against annexation would have repudi
ated the hard work of the last 10 years
leading up to the potential development
of the area. “In 20 years, people will
look at Carrboro as the beacon, and
they will follow us.”
The City Editor can be reached
UNC defensive end Isaac Mooring could miss
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Playmakers Theatre, completed in 1851, was added to the National Register of Historic Places for its
architectural significance. Three buildings on UNC's campus are recognized on the list.
Honoring History
Residence hall, theater, inn on register of historic places
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The Carolina Inn was added to the
register for its architectural and
social significance.
Congress Fills Most Seats
With Special Election
By Dave Szwedo
Staff Writer
A special election held online Tuesday produced winners for seven of the
nine empty seats in Student Congress.
Two students tied for the eighth seat, and neither has expressed interest
in taking the position. A candidate who received votes for the ninth vacan
cy will be unable to fill the seat because she does not live in that district.
At press time, it was unclear if those elected officially accepted their seats.
The vacancies, resulting from recent congressional resignations and expul
sions, extended across seven off-campus districts. The online election was called
by Student Body President Jen Daum as mandated by the Student Code, which
requires student elections to be held until all seats in Congress are filled.
The official ballot featured only two candidates - graduate students
Michael Spinks and John Surface, who both ran for District 5. The remain
ing seats were made available to write-in candidates.
To obtain a seat in Congress, candidates need only receive more votes than
their opponents. No minimum percentage of the votes is required.
District s’s three seats are designated for graduate students, and the lone
vacancies in Districts 2 and 3 also must be filled by graduate students.
See ELECTION, Page 7
Only a life lived for others is the life worth while.
Albert Einstein
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Wednesday, September 25, 2002
By Kelly Ochs
Staff Writer
As the oldest public university in the United States, UNC is home to
several historically significant buildings.
Three buildings on campus are listed in the National Register of
Historic Places - Old East Residence Hall, The Carolina Inn and
Playmakers Theatre.
Being listed in the register is the highest honor that can be placed on a
historic building.
Paul Kapp, UNC campus historic preservation manager, said the architec
ture and conditions of buildings are visible reminders of the campus’s history.
“You’re in a certain time when you walk through campus,” Kapp said.
The Carolina Inn, completed in 1924, was added to the register in 1999
because of its architectural and social significance to the history of the
University. “Back in 1924, there was no other hotel,” said Margaret
Skinner, marketing director for The Carolina Inn. “(The Carolina Inn) was
where many of the important meetings took place.”
Significant for its age and architecture, Old East was completed in 1795,
during the first stage of building on campus.
Playmakers Theatre is also on the register for architecture. The building,
completed in 1851, is used primarily for theater and other performances.
Other buildings and areas on UNC’s campus might soon join the fist of
historic places.
The Future Naval Officers Association is trying to get a nomination for
See HISTORIC, Page 7
Going Strong
Sept. 11 has tittle impact
on study abroad program.
See Page 3
Election Results
Below are the unofficial results from the online
election Tuesday to fill Student Congress seats. All
candidates besides Michael Spinks and John Surface
were write-in candidates. No winners had officially
accepted their nominations as of late Tuesday night.
District 2
Stephanie Hunter 24 votes
District 3
Megan Shepherd 12 votes
Michael Spinks 9 votes
John Surface 8 votes
John Holmes/Marc Nelson 3 votes each
District 14
Doug lecompte 52 votes
District 17
Piper Monk 12 votes
District 20
Amy Brooks 1 vote
District 21
Rob Godfrey 1 vote
Today: Cloudy; H 72, L 61
Thursday: P.M. Showers; H 76, L 62
Friday: T-storms; H 80, L 63
Officials Link
Avery Crimes
Description, video of suspects are similar
By Rob Leichner
Staff Writer
Chapel Hill Police Department offi
cials say they are working with
University police to investigate a possi
ble connection between the Thursday
night robbery at Avery Residence Hall
and a breaking and entering and larceny
at Granville Towers East the same night.
Photographs of the suspects from
Granville security videotapes match the
description given by the victim of the
Avery crime, officials said. Originally, a
second man was thought to be a wit
ness, but now he is listed as a suspect on
the Department of Public Safety Web
site because of the possible link to the
Granville crime.
At 6:10 p.m. Thursday, a suspect
knocked on the Granville victim’s door
and said he was in the wrong room, said
Jane Cousins, spokeswoman for the
Chapel Hill Police Department.
The resident said that he left his
room without locking the door at 6:30
p.m. and that when he came back at
6:45 p.m., his laptop computer and cel
lular phone were gone, Cousins said.
At 6:51 p.m. Thursday, an Avery resi
dent reported that he was robbed at gun
point of his laptop computer, cell phone,
gold chain and $4 while in his room. The
burglar knocked on the door and asked
where another resident’s room was,
closed the door and re-entered the room
without knocking, police reports state.
University police Maj. Jeff
McCracken would not connect the two
crimes but said police are investigating
a link between the Avery robbery and
another crime.
The physical descriptions of the sus
pect given by the Avery and Granville
victims prompted police to link the two
crimes, Cousins said. “The (Granville)
victim said that the man who poked his
head in matched the description of the
Avery suspect.”
Pictures from Granville security video
tapes have been forwarded to University
police because of a possible connection
between the crimes, Cousins said.
“We received a videotape from
Granville Towers which showed the two
suspects entering the hall where the vic
tim’s room is located," Cousins said.
McCracken said the connection could
See ROBBERY, Page 7
Legislature Approves
1/2-Cent Tax Increase
By Stephanie Poole
Staff Writer
The N.C. House approved a measure
Tuesday that allows counties to raise
sales taxes by a half cent.
The legislation also received prelim
inary approval from the N.C. Senate
Tuesday and will go before the chamber
today for a
final vote.
The addi
tional revenue
will be used to
repay state
Orange County
Officials Plan to
Enact Sales Tax
See Page 7
municipalities some of the $333 million
that Gov. Mike Easley withheld in local
funding last spring, said Rep. Joe
Hackney, D-Orange.
Under a previous bill, local munici
palities would receive a larger percent-
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Police are searching for the two
suspects shown in surveillance
photos above in connection to
two Thursday robberies.
age of sales tax revenue starting in July
But the bill approved Tuesday gives
counties the option to collect addition
al revenue from consumers starting Dec.
1 and continuing until June 30,2003.
Legislators say the state’s budget
deficit will push most local governments
to adopt the increase so they can meet
individual budget needs.
Local officials marched around the
legislative building Monday when the
House first took up the legislation and
came back Tuesday to encourage sena
tors to enact it.
Hackney said counties would need
additional forms of revenue to survive
the fiscal year without having to cut
important programs.
See SALES TAX, Page 7

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