VOLUME 113, ISSUE 8
Judge: AIO can sidestep rules
Trevor Hamm, Carlon Myrick and Jonathan Park,
the members of Alpha lota Omega Christian fraternity,
have been in a court battle with the University since
Aug. 25, when the Alliance Defense Fund filed suit over
the denial of AlO's status as an official campus group.
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Sophomore Tameka Attaway stands outside the Varsity Theater on East Franklin Street Thursday evening. Franklin Street has been the site of two
high-profile crimes in the last week, both of which occurred before 3 a.m. on well-lit, heavily trafficked stretches of the town's main thoroughfare.
Police aim to bolster patrols
BY JON BURNS
Contrary to what some might think, many
late-night crimes in downtown Chapel Hill
occur in well-lit, well-traveled areas.
But after two high-profile incidents on
Franklin Street in the last week the Friday
morning assault on a University junior classi
fied as a hate crime and a Wednesday morning
rape police say shortages in the department
prevent them from upping their downtown
Police Chief Gregg Jarvies said the two offi
cers who are downtown every night on foot
patrol, as well as the two off-duty officers who
stay in the area on weekend nights, will have to
make do for now.
to nix jobs
will be reassigned
BY SHARI FELD
When he took over as the UNC
Health Care chief executive offi
cer, William Roper was expected
to improve the unit’s financial
Now, one year later, UNC Health
Care will eliminate 200 positions
l6O of which are vacant by
June 30 in a cost-cutting effort
aimed at improving facilities and
expanding the system’s ability to
help the people of the state.
“We have undertaken a begin
ning-to-end review of everything
we do,” Roper said. “We are looking
for ways to improve. At the same
time, we are looking to do our vari-
SEE HEALTH CUTS, PAGE 4
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UNC TO RECOGNIZE FRATERNITY
WHILE COURT BATTLE PROCEEDS
BY EMILY STEEL
With the backing of a federal judge,
members of the Christian fraternity
Alpha lota Omega once again are part of
an official UNC organization;
But their status is not secure.
U.S. District Court Judge Frank
Bullock Jr. granted a preliminary injunc
FRANKLIN NIGHT LIGHTS
The 10 vacant slots in the police department
need to be filled before he can get more officers
on the streets, he said, adding that he will work
with Town Manager Cal Horton and the Town
Council to try to increase salaries and offer ben
efits in an attempt to fill the slots.
Making matters worse, he said, many eye
witnesses don’t contact the police because they
don’t believe that what they’ve seen will help.
“One item may help solve a crime, from
a facial description, an accent, an article of
clothing or a tattoo,” Jarvies said, encouraging
anyone to contact the department at 968-2760
with any information related to a crime.
Witnesses to a crime should call 911 imme
diately, but they also should stay at the scene to
provide police with information, Jarvies said.
Tm really proud of him, proud that he’s grounded ....
He’s never lostfocus of what he set out to do.” jackie hooker, mother
Senior bolsters team spirit
BY MARY DUBY
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
With a pensive look on his face,
he leaned forward in his chair to
gain a better view of the situation.
He thoughtfully studied his
players, debating what the next
move should be, all the while antic
ipating what repercussions his
decision might have on the action
of his foe.
Aft e r a
ted his subjects
to a play.
queen slid up
gears up for
alongside her reverent bishop,
jointly staring down the enemy.
The opposing king, barricaded on
either side by his own pawn and
bishop, located no escape route.
North Carolina basketball walk
on C. J. Hooker had dissected his
opponent swiftly and claimed vic
tory by serving as the king ruling
over his court.
It marked a slight change of
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tion Wednesday, reinstating AlO’s offi
cial status until the case comes to a
conclusion. The ruling allows the fra
ternity to limit its membership on First
The decision marks the first time
a federal court has ordered any state
university to modify its nondiscrimi
nation policy to protect students’
Witnesses’ concerns about getting involved
with the police often leave investigators with
few active leads.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, police had only one
eyewitness report in relation to the Friday
assault and had not been able to interview the
According to police, six to seven men
attacked junior Thomas Stockwell at 2:04 a.m.
near 100 E. Franklin St. after making deroga
tory remarks about his sexual orientation.
Jarvies said the only information police
have received about the victim has come from
numerous media reports. “We’ve made several
attempts but have not been able to contact
SEE SAFETY, PAGE 4
pace for the senior, who usually
plays on the lower ranks of the
hierarchy for the No. 2 Tar Heels.
But as UNC faces sixth-ranked
Duke on Sunday during its final
appearance at the Smith Center this
season, Hooker will have the chance
to step into the lording role.
Although he has totaled just 43
minutes and averages less than
one point per game, the first Tar
Heel basketball player to hail from
Alaska will start die last home game
of his career, keeping with the tra
dition of the basketball program.
“I’ve thought about (starting) a
couple times, but I’m trying not to
because then I’ll get nervous,” the
6-2 guard said.
Those nerves were there the
first time he played in front of a
packed arena in 2002, taking on
then-Coach Matt Doherty during
“Midnight with the Tar Heels” an
honor he earned by winning a cam
pus 3-on-3 tournament.
“Before the game started, I
was scared to shoot a jump shot
because I was afraid I might air
ball it, so I was just doing layups,”
First Amendment rights, said Jordan
Lorence, an attorney with Alliance
Defense Fund, a religious rights orga
nization that is representing AIO.
“I mean, we are satisfied,” AIO
Vice President Jonathan Park said
after a chapter meeting Thursday. “We
won’t really be happy until the issue is
The judge’s decision marks a legal vic
tory in the Christian fraternity’s fight to
receive official UNC recognition, which
was revoked in December 2003 when
members refused to sign the University’s
Although the team hasn’t talked
about it yet, the anticipation is that
Hooker and fellow walk-on Charlie
Everett will join Jawad Williams,
Jackie Manuel and Melvin Scott
on Sunday in the senior-led start
ing lineup against the Blue Devils.
That starting spot wearing
the powder-blue North Carolina
emblem in front of a sold-out
crowd is a long away from his
4,533 population hometown
of Palmer, Alaska, and a shade
lighter than the royal-blue jersey
Hooker wore as the most valuable
player at Palmer High School.
It’s even farther from the mid
dle school chess club that piqued
Hooker’s interest after his father
taught him how to order his piec
es about the board. Hooker, who
came to UNC on a partial academic
scholarship, found chess challeng
ing, and the duo used to play when
he first mastered the game.
“Once I could beat him, he
wouldn’t play me anymore,”
Hooker said of his father, Connie.
Named Connie Ttevorice Hooker
SEE HOOKER, PAGE 4
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Keg policy, tax
lead town s list
Meeting will take up local agenda
BY ADAM W. RHEW
Local leaders will have a lot to
talk about today when they meet
with state legislators.
Members of the Chapel Hill
Town Council and delegates from
the N.C. General Assembly will
discuss legislative initiatives
some new, some procedural and
some familiar that the town
would like to see considered in
the assembly’s current session.
One of the new discussion top
ics at the breakfast meeting will
be a proposal to register beer
At the council’s Feb. 14 meet
ing, council member Jim Ward
asked that keg registration
which would require merchants
to tag every keg they sell with
the buyer’s name, phone number
and driver’s license number —be
added to the list of legislative
But keeping Ward’s proposal
on the list has not been easy.
“The way (keg registration
has) been rationalized is if we
don’t support keg registration,
then we support teenage alcohol
ism,” said council member Mark
Kleinschmidt, one of three who
did not want the proposal even
included on the discussion list.
Keg registration is not the only
potentially controversial item on
the town’s legislative agenda.
Members also want to discuss
adding a $1 luxury tax to each
ticket for a major event such
as a UNC men’s basketball game
that is valued at more than
Mayor Kevin Foy said the tax,
which has been lobbied for before,
Senior guard CJ. Hooker, a mathematics major from Alaska who will start
with his fellow classmen Sunday against Duke, slides a pawn into place.
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Bullock was forced to issue an order
in the case after lawyers were unable to
reach an agreement Monday, the dead
line to submit a consent decree that
would clarify the policy.
“The University will comply with the
order as the case moves forward,” UNC
stated Thursday in a release. “That
means the University is prepared to
recognize AIO if it agrees to meet all
University requirements and policies
SEE AIO, PAGE 4
would benefit area transit.
“We all know that Chapel Hill
Transit is immensely successful,”
he said. “As it grows, it needs to be
able to serve customers.”
Although some legislative
proposals are designed to spark
debate, at least one is aimed at
Town Attorney Ralph Karpinos
said the council wants lawmakers
to remove the
from a statute
rizes about 20
cities to use
ists who drive
tious topic in
sought a motion
to require future
bers voted 5-4 in favor of not
renewing the town’s contract with
Affiliated Computer Services, the
company that operated the cam
Karpinos said removing the
town’s name from the statute is
necessary to officially eliminate
the program in Chapel Hill.
Council member Dorothy
Verkerk expressed concern about
including the revision in the legis
lative requests, saying there were
too many topics to discuss.
Despite her concern, other
items to discuss include:
■ Repealing a state statute
SEE REQUESTS, PAGE 4