VOLUME 112, ISSUE 22
in wake of scandals
BY DANIEL BLANK
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Colorado football coach Gary
Barnett tried to write off the
recruiting sex scandal that rocked
his university, but few others
around the nation are regarding
the issue so lightly.
Despite Barnett’s dismissal of
the controversy as a “bump in the
road,” the NCAA has announced it
will form a committee to investi
gate collegiate recruiting practices
ACC officials said they will form
a similar task force, chaired by
University of Maryland Athletic
Director Debbie Yow, that eventu
ally will report its findings to the
A series of meetings headed by
UNC Director of Athletics Dick
Baddour also will begin this week
to review recruiting policies at the
Baddour said he and Chancellor
James Moeser had several discus
sions prior to the formation of the
committee, which will include fac
ulty, staff, coaches and potentially
Baddour said the Department
of Athletics constantly reviews its
practices. But he said recruiting
was not going to be a major topic
of discussion at this year’s meet
ings until the Colorado scandal
The unseemly aspects of college
recruiting were exposed when
three female CU students filed
suits alleging that Colorado foot
ball players and recruits raped
them at a party in 2001.
The school also has faced
numerous other allegations of rape
and use of sex and alcohol to entice
Lee Fowler, director of athletics
at N.C. State University, said that
even though ACC officials do not
believe they have a problem, it is
important to have a policy review
to ensure that nothing like what
happened at Colorado will happen
in the conference.
“Any time something like this
happens, you take a good hard
look at what’s going on,” he said.
“We don’t want to legislate moral
ity, but we also want to make sure
coaches know what’s going on.”
UNC football coach John
Bunting said he and his staff con
duct an annual review to ensure
their policies are up to standard.
Bunting said he believes most
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Bresciani a finalist
for A&M position
BY JOSEPH R. SCHWARTZ
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
The four finalists for UNC vice
chancellor for student affairs are
set to be announced this week, but
the man who currently serves as
interim vice chancellor for student
affairs is vying for a similar posi
tion at another school.
The Battalion, the student
newspaper at Texas A&M
University, reported Thursday that
Dean Bresciani is one of four final
ists for vice president for student
affairs at the university.
According to the report,
Bresciani will visit the school on
April 5 to introduce himself to the
campus community at an open
Bresciani was out of town and
could not be reached for comment
for this story.
He has served in the interim
since July 2002 when then-Vice
Chancellor Sue Kitchen stepped
A search committee was
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Firefighters work Monday morning to contain a fire at Brighton Square Apartments in Carrboro. Three local fire departments responded to put
out the fire, which took over an hour. The fire completely destroyed two apartments, but the other four might be salvaged. The cause is unknown.
Cause of Brighton Square hlaze still unknown
BY EMMA BURGIN
After more than an hour of fighting flames,
men and women from three local fire depart
ments extinguished a raging fire in Carrboro
on Monday that destroyed a building at
Brighton Square Apartments.
Carrboro Fire Marshal Stan Foushee said
that he did not have any leads on a possible
cause of the fire, and that the investigation
could take several days.
Firefighters responded to the fire shortly
after 10:30 a.m. Foushee said the department
initially had a hard time communicating with
the woman of the apartment where the fire
originated because she spoke Spanish.
“Until we can find out what started it, we
don’t know if something could have been
done,” he said, adding that he started talking
to residents and taking pictures of damage.
Foushee said at least one-third of the build
ing likely will be tom down because two of the
six apartments were gutted by flames. The
remaining four apartments might be saved.
The fire department’s response was delayed
because of radio transmission problems,
Foushee said, but there was nothing they
could have done about it.
About 40 minutes after members of the
Carrboro, Chapel Hill and New Hope fire
departments arrived, residents cleared the
parking lot as clouds of smoke swallowed the
building and flames spread across the top floor.
Firefighters used chain saws to cut limbs
away from the woods in the back of the build
ing to prevent them from catching on fire.
More than an hour after they arrived, the
is a finalist for
a position at
formed, but was dissolved in
September when the group could
not reach a consensus decision on
any of the three candidates.
Anew search committee was
formed in November, but
Bresciani, who moved up from
associate vice chancellor for stu
dent services, said in December
that he did not expect to inhabit
the position for so long and that he
would not seek to remove his inter
He also said at the time that he
would consider returning to his
former position, which was then
SEE BRESCIANI, PAGE 4
blaze was reduced to spot fires and smoke,
allowing some firefighters to rest on the grass
and gulp down water.
Foushee said fires of this magnitude are
rare, and while he hesitated to estimate how
often they occurred, he said he sees an aver
age of one or two each year.
The apartment building’s inhabitants have
been told to relocate, said Frances Ferris, UNC
student body secretary, who lived in 33
Brighton Square with her fiance, Sean Crocker.
Crocker was the only one home when sev
eral firefighters entered his apartment and
yelled at him to get out since he lived direct
ly beside the apartment that caught fire.
“It’s all going down,” he said, glancing at the
flames as he walked anxiously around the
parking lot. “I didn’t grab anything my cell
phone, my computer.”
Crocker, a graphic designer, said his port
folio was on his computer. Ferris later said
they retrieved the computer tower and will try
to transfer Crocker’s portfolio to a safe place.
But while Crocker and Ferris had renter’s
insurance to cover damages, Bill Young, who
lived directly above the apartment that caught
fire, did not. “I have no idea what I’m going to
do,” he said.
Young said he looked through his bedroom
window and could see flames. He tried to call
911, but the phone lines weren’t working.
Young grabbed his daughter’s computer, some
of his sons’ clothes and the family hamster
before escaping out the balcony window.
“It’s mostly just stuff. But there’s my daugh
ter’s journals and poetry, pictures, videos and
my baby book from when I was little,” he said,
Obler, 62, instructor, mentor
BY EMILY STEEL
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Jeffrey Obler, a professor of politi
cal science who spent more than 25
years of his life serving the University,
died of pneumonia Saturday afternoon
after battling a two-month-long ill
ness. He was 62.
The dedicated instructor of inter
national politics and political philos
ophy was admired and respected by
both students and colleagues for his
love of teaching, debate and learning.
“He had such an awareness about
the world, how it worked and how to
make it better, and teaching was just
his passion,” said Rebecca Williford, a
senior political science major who took
two classes with Obler and completed
her honors thesis under his guidance.
Obler was, without question, the
best classroom instructor in the
Department of Political Science, said
Lars Schoultz, a long-time friend and
Kenan professor in the department.
Schoultz said Obler had an extraor
dinary ability to explain the complexi
ties of politics in a sophisticated man
ner that never left any students behind.
“He looked at teaching as a voyage, a
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trailing off. “That’s stuff I’m going to miss.”
Ferris said she and her neighbors are
organizing an effort to raise money for Young
and the woman who lived in the apartment
where the fire originated, who also did not
“I saw them just sitting on the curb,” she
said. “They have nothing.”
To donate money or children’s items to the
families, contact Ferris at (919) 956-9545 or
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trip that he and the students were tak
ing together. Everybody who was in his
class had known within a week that
they had really, really lucked out.”
The minute Obler walked into a
classroom with his can of Diet Coke or
bottle of Dasani water, he captured the
attention of his students as he paced in
front of the classroom, lecturing with
out notes in hand, students said.
“It was like going in and having a
really good conversation with a really
intelligent person,” said Carisa
Showden, a graduate student who
worked as a teaching assistant for
Obler’s introduction to political theo
ry course. “He was just a really good
person and a wonderful teacher.”
Students frequently visited Obler in
his office on the second floor of
Hamilton Hall to discuss current
events, said Schoultz, whose own office
was just two doors away.
Williford said an extended illness
forced her to take an incomplete in
one of Obler’s classes, but that she
learned some of the most valuable les
sons when she visited his office.
“He is just one of those people that
you are glad you had as much time with
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TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2004
Moeser notes need
for UNC dialogue
BY JENNY RUBY
Chancellor James Moeser on
Monday sanctioned dialogue about
an award named in honor of a
white supremacist who had an inte
gral role in the University’s history.
The move marked the first time
name of a white
from a campus
“This is a
Moeser said. “If
we value knowl
edge and under
be willing to
look at documentary evidence of
our past, whether we think it may
be painful or not’
Moeser announced his support
for research and dialogue about the
name of the Cornelia Phillips
Spencer Bell Award during
Monday’s Bell Award ceremony.
The push for debate on chang
ing the award’s name is led by a
group of organizations that for
years have advocated such action.
The groups also have pushed to
change the names of Saunders Hall
and die Caldwell Monument, both
named after white supremacists.
“If you look into this, there are
some people on campus who have
been trying to raise issues with
white supremacy on campus for
the last seven or eight years,” said
Yonni Chapman, a doctoral candi
date in the history department
who is leading the recent effort.
But Chapman said this is the
first time such action has reached
open dialogue endorsed by the
Moeser said an effort to investi
gate the issues raised in Chapman's
research will be organized by Harry
Watson, director of the Center for
the Study of the American South,
and Bill Ferris, the center’s senior
During Monday’s ceremony,
Moeser invited the campus to
weigh in on the debate. He also
requested suggestions for ways the
University can honor exceptional
women in the UNC community.
SEE AWARD, PAGE 4
him as you did,” she said. “Your life is a
little different because you knew him.”
Obler received many awards during
his career, including two Tanner
Teaching Awards and a Students’
Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Members of the department had
such respect for Obler’s teaching abil
ities that he was selected to instruct a
course about teaching for graduate
students in the department.
In addition to teaching, Obler
served as the department’s director of
undergraduate studies and director of
internships and awards.
Obler, who did his undergraduate
work at New York University and
earned his doctoral degree from the
University of Wisconsin in 1970,
focused his research on moral theory
and public policy.
He most recently published work
about the alternative moral justifica
tions for welfare policies. He also has
published articles in numerous jour
nals, including Political Theory,
Comparative Politics and The British
Journal of Political Science.
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