VOLUME 111, ISSUE 143
Officials pinpoint mystery virus
FLULIKE NOROVIRUS BEHIND VOMITING, DIARRHEA, NAUSEA
BY MICHELLE JARBOE
A norovirus, a flulike bug caus
ing gastrointestinal symptoms,
spurred the influx of between 170
and 180 students to Student
Health Service since Jan. 20, offi
cials said Thursday.
Stool samples taken from stu
dents Jan. 21 tested positive for the
virus, according to results returned
to the Orange County Health
red light study
BY SARAH RABIL
Chapel Hill’s red light camera
system will be removed within the
next several weeks, halting data
collection for a research study on
the cameras’ effectiveness.
The Chapel Hill Town Council
voted 5-4 Wednesday night to ter
minate the town’s contract with
Affiliated Computer Services, the
program’s operator, in response to
council member Mark
Kleinschmidt’s petition against the
The town officially notified ACS
Thursday. According to the town’s
contract, the cameras must be
removed within 30 days. The con
tract stipulates that it will not cost
the town to remove the cameras.
Violators must pay any citations
incurred during that time.
Roughly 1,400 violations were
captured by the cameras between
Sep. 9 and Dec. 31 last year. Less
than 40 percent of those resulted
in citations. Town traffic engineer
Kumar Neppalli plans to meet
with ACS officials soon and
request that the cameras be
“We cannot stop the program
legally (before the end of the 30
days) if ACS says ‘No,’” Neppalli
said. “My goal is to stop them
within the next few weeks.”
A side effect of the town’s deci
sion will be the premature end of a
traffic camera study conducted by
the Institute for Transportation
Research and Education at N.C.
State University and the N.C.
Governor’s Highway Safety
The study, which has been col
lecting data since the cameras’
installation in September, has not
collected enough in four months to
decide their effectiveness.
Joe Hummer, professor of civil
engineering at N.C. State and head
of the study, said he would need at
least a year of data for his study.
“We had a tremendous oppor
tunity to advance the knowledge of
the nation and the world... and it’s
gone,” he said. “Nowhere else will
be as good.”
Hummer said he still expects to
receive funding and hopes to find
another location to evaluate.
Council member Jim Ward, who
voted against the measure
Wednesday, said he was unhappy
with what he called a hasty deci
sion to terminate the program and,
inevitably, Hummer’s safety study.
“I didn’t think it was appropriate
to consider scrapping the program
until we got the results from the
study,” Ward said. “I was hoping
that (the study) would provide
some unbiased statistics that would
support the efficacy of the pro
Though it cancelled its camera
contract, the council also request
ed that alternative intersection
safety measures be pursued.
SEE RED LIGHT, PAGE 7
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Hip-hop group Little Brother of Durham will headline
the second annual Beat Dook Concert PAGE 2
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
®hr Brnlu (Tar Reel
Department late Wednesday.
Noroviruses, a group of viruses
that typically cause vomiting, diar
rhea and nausea, are extremely
contagious and can spread from
person to person for as long as two
weeks after a victim’s symptoms
Orange County Health Director
Rosemary Summers said the virus
can be present in many different
forms, including in foods and liq
DTH PHOTOS/BRIAN CASSELLA
Jim Edwards (center) walks out of Immanuel Baptist Church in Kinston with the assistance of his father, Red, on Thursday after thememorial
service for the one-year anniversary of the explosion at West Pharmaceutical plant (below). Edwards was the last victim released after the blast.
BY CLEVE R. WOOTSON JR.
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
KINSTON The pain was as difficult to
remember as it was to forget.
In a service that marked the first anniver
sary of this city’s biggest catastrophe, more
than 200 people packed the Immanuel
Baptist Church as six candles burned in honor
of those lost in the West Pharmaceutical plant
The service was held less than a mile away
from the disfigured ruins of the plant in the
church where emergency workers brought
the wounded and family members came to
find out if their loved ones were hurt or
Bookended by two prayers and filled with
speeches and solemn music, the half-hour
event marked Kinston residents’ growing urge
to put the event behind them.
The pews were packed with people passing
tissues and clutching loved ones’ hands.
head of West Pharmaceutical Services and
the newly installed plant manager talked to
the gathered people about rebuilding lives
and replacing the pharmaceutical instrument
plant that brought hundreds of jobs to the
West snags GLBT-SA endorsement for SBP
BY RAND ROBINS
Student Body President candi
date Lily West picked up her second
endorsement last night, adding the
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
TVansgender-Straight Alliance to her
ment from the
Black Student Movement on
Wednesday night, West was select
ed from the seven candidates who
attended from the pool of eight.
“We were very impressed by her
genuine concern about GLBT-SA
issues and making change on cam
pus,” said GLBT-SA co-chair-
| www.dailytarheel.com |
uids, on countertops and shared
utensils and through direct contact
with an infected person.
“There are many different ways
to actually get the virus,” Summers
said. “We’re still investigating the
mode of transmission.”
No antiviral medication or vac
cine exists to fight or prevent the
infection. Anti-nausea medication
and intravenous fluid treatment,
which Student Health provided to
southeastern North Carolina town.
Bruce Murrell, a plant employee, prayed
that the people who call Kinston home would
be able to move past their pain.
“Weeping may come in the night, but joy
come in the morning,” he prayed, his hands
grasping the sides of a lectern that stood
behind six memorial candles.
“God, we didn’t see no way, you made a way.
I ask you that here again. That here we won’t
take things for granted.”
After the service, Anthony Murrell, who
lost his father Milton, went home to the pain
and loss he’s been coping with for a year.
woman Desiree Smith.
West said the second endorse
ment is significant to her campaign,
but she does not want to get overex
cited. “The endorsement is proof
that our campaign is doing its job of
getting out to the UNC communi
ty,” West said.
West’s speech focused on the “A”
in GLBT-SA, drawing upon her
experience in a committee later
identified by GLBT-SA members as
the Carolina Women’s Committee
that she left when members of
the GLBT-SA community also
“Being an ally meant actually
standing for something and
defending the interests of LGBTQ
several students, are two of the few
combatants against the illness.
SHS Associate Director Mary
Covington said that about 16 stu
dents visited Student Health on
Thursday to receive treatment for
gastrointestinal problems. The ill
ness’ duration continues to be
short, and only a few of the sick
students reporting each day to SHS
The health department contin-
Anthony Murrell is in the military and
was in California this time last year. He
found out something bad happened to his
father in a shaky voice mail message from a
He got on his phone and started calling
family members, trying to put the pieces
By the time he did, it was too late to say
“That’s a terrible way to find out about it,”
he said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think
about it. It’s hard for me.”
As the day waned on, some trickled to the
site of the blast, where wires from what used
to be floors and walls dangled between man
gled metal beams.
An impromptu memorial stood in remem
brance next to signs that told trespassers to
keep out of the rubble of the unstable struc
ture for their own safely.
Investigations into the cause of the blast are
still under way, but most in this town can
recite the facts that brought national media
attention to Kinston.
SEE KINSTON, PAGE 7
students,” she said.
The seven candidates presented
a two-minute introduction in
alphabetical order and then
answered questions from GLBT-SA
The 19 members present asked
questions ranging from the candi
dates’ views on a possible sexual
studies minor to what is unique
about each candidate’s platform.
Some candidates used their two
minutes to outline specifically what
they would do for the gay and les
bian community, while others
stressed their general platform as
beneficial to both minorities and
SEE FORUM, PAGE 7
The Tar Heels look to avenge three consecutive road
losses to Clemson in their game Saturday PAGE 4
ues to search for the source of the
norovirus, and more than 100 stu
dents, both healthy and sick, have
been surveyed about common
gatherings, sick roommates or
friends and shared meals,
Random food samples sent to
the state lab from Carolina Dining
Services last week returned no pos
itive bacterial or viral samples.
After tabulating questionnaire
results, the health department
might order additional tests on
those samples as part of the
Lily West on Thursday won the endorsement of the Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual, Transgender-Straight Alliance for student body president.
TODAY Scattered flurries, H 49, L 22 ***<&
SATURDAY Sunny, H 42, L 22
SUNDAY Mostly cloudy, H 41, L 24
FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2004
attempt to pinpoint the norovirus’
origin, Summers said.
“The virus is very short-lived, so
we may never actually know for
sure what the mode of transmis
sion is,” Summers said.
A similar outbreak on the Duke
University campus in 1966 ended
with no identification of the illness’
source, said SHS Director Robert
Wirag. “I think it’s fair to say that
what happened here is not unique
to the UNC campus,” he said.
SEE ILLNESS, PAGE 7
BY GABRIELLE DEROSA
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
In 1999, CBS signed an 11-year
contract with the NCAA for the
rights to its men’s basketball tour
nament at a price of $6 billion.
In 2000, ABC and the Bowl
Championship Series signed a
four-year contract extension worth
signed an 11-
ment in 2001
for more than
BILL OF RIGHTS
A three-part series
examining how California
legislation might threaten
the future of the NCAA
Today: Impact on UNC
of its championships.
During the past decade, an
entire industry has developed
based on profiting off the per
formance of college football and
basketball players who receive, at
most, a free education in return.
In presenting Senate Bill 193,
one California legislator attempt
ed to rectify what he saw as the
exploitation of thousands of col
Calif. Sen. Kevin Murray
authored the Student Athletes’ Bill
of Rights, which would alter ath
lete transfer rules and allow ath
letes to consult agents. The bill also
would entitle athletes to money to
cover the actual cost of attendance,
not just tuition, room and board.
The difference would come in
the form of a stipend worth more
than $2,000 a year, said Ramogi
Huma, chairman of the Collegiate
Athletes Coalition, a lobbying
group backing the legislation.
Opponents of the bill argue that
stipends are a backdoor method of
Lorenzo Gallo, UNC’s senior
associate athletic director, said he is
concerned for the innocence of col
lege sports, even high-profile sports
such as football and basketball.
“I’m deeply entrenched in the
philosophy that it’s still amateur
athletics,” he said. “Athletes should
not be paid while they are com-
SEE NCAA, PAGE 7