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WEDNESDAY, APRIL lb. ‘2OOB
Oldest dorms to be renovated
BY MEGHAN PRICHARD
Both Old East and Old West are
Using up to the age implied in their
names. And with age comes decay.
The buildings are scheduled for
renovations during the 2008-09
school year and so will be closed to
students, taking the oldest campus
Paul Kupp. campus historic pres
ervation manager, helped design
the construction plan, ensuring
that the buildings'historical integ
rity is preserved.
“The changes are much
more mechanical." said Rick
Bradley, assistant director of
the Department of Housing and
Residential Education. “It's going
to look exactly the same."
Kapp said these renovations
include waterproofing the bath
nxims, installing a system to control
humidity, replacing the roofs and
changing the exterior masonry.
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But this most recent construc
tion project is only one of many
that Old East and Old West have
undergone in the two centuries
since their establishments.
The oldest state university build
ing in America, Old East was com
pleted in 1795 and had two levels.
There were 14 rooms total,
which either served as classrooms
or bedrooms. And by March 1793
there were 41 students living in the
Construction costs totaled
Old East also was the only build
ing on campus for the first two
years of the Univ ersity 's existence.
Because of the close quarters,
many students erected huts in the
forest and in the incomplete struc
ture of South Building, where stu
dents later lived.
By the time Old West was built
in 1823 at a cost of $26,588. the
University had about 300 students.
“There were definitely cramped
quarters." Kapp said. “I would say
there were at least four students
Old East and Old West now can
house 67 and 69 students respec
tively. generally with two students
Freshman Molly Wanless. who
lives in Old West, said its small
population gives the dorm charm.
“We're pretty close-knit.... Our
doors are always open." she said.
Before 2001, however, Wanless
would not have been allowed to live
in Old West, even for a year.
The 2001-02 school year was the
first time that female students lived
in the historically all-male dorms.
Opponents at the time argued
that this change further decreased
the number of all-male residence
halls, while many all-female halls
Asa result, some male students
couldn't recontract their rooms.
And for next year, no residents can
recontract their rooms.
Wanless and other residents of
Old East and Old West officially
learned that they would be unable
to recontract earlier this year, after
months of rumors.
Bradley said these students were
given first choice of an alternative
dorm and can return after renova
tions are complete.
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John Branch, editorial cartoonist for the San Antonio Express-News
and a UNC and Daily Tar Heel alumnus, will speak about his career
during the fifth Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture.
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-962-4207
Branch’s talk accompanies the exhibition H- 0,1
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University of North Carolina at Ghapel Hill
5 p.m. - Reception and exhibition viewing in the
North Carolina Collection Gallery
5:45 p.m. - Program in the Pleasants Family
Free and open to the pupHc .
► 1793: Building of Old East
► 1822: Third story added to
Old East; building of Old West
•1842: Old East Old West
covered with fireproof material,
► 1848: Old East Old West
lengthened by a third
► 1907: Old West's dissecting
room destroyed by a fire, then
► 1922: Old East condemned
► 1923-24: Old East and Old
West receive hot water, have
their structures reinforced
► 1966: Old East is named a
national historic landmark
► 1991: Old East, Old West
Freshman Tucker Mills said he
initially was disappointed because
he planned to live in Old East all
“1 got really spoiled freshman year,
1 think." he said. “It’s definitely been
good to live here at least once."
Contact the University Editor
at udesk@ unc.edu.
Say public records
law was violated
BY BECCA DENISON
The (Raleigh) News & Observer
Publishing Company and 10 other
N.C. news organizations filed a suit
against Gov. Mike Easley on Monday
for actions that they claim violate the
state's public records law.
The plaintiffs argue that the
Easley administration's deletion of
government e-mails violates the law
because most government electronic
communication is considered public
record and must be available to the
public and the media upon request.
The legal action comes despite
efforts by a review panel formed last
month by Easley to address policies
for retention of electronic records.
Rick Thames, editor of plaintiff
The Charlotte Observer, said it is
problematic that under state law
government employees are autho
rized to delete e-mails at their own
“Our primary concern is that
every day public records are being
destroyed as people are individually
deciding what e-mail is public record
and what is not," said Thames, who
is also vice president of the Board
of Directors of the plaintiff the N.C.
“To wait even another day is to
allow something to continue that we
think is bad for the entire state."
As the policy now stands, state
employees can delete e-mails when
they think the documents have lost
Hugh Stevens, a Raleigh law
yer and secretary of the N.C. Press
Foundation, will represent the news
organizations. Stevens said the
plaintiffs want to see if the suit will
facilitate a resolution. “They had not
gotten the kind of responses from
Gov. Easley that they’d hoped for,’
he said. “It was decided that maybe
it was time to go ahead."
Some plaintiffs said that they don’t
intend to interfere with the review
panel but that it is unclear when the
panel will make a decision.
“As far as I can tell, we’re pro-
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ceeding methodically,’ said Director
of the UNC Program on Public Life
and panel member Ferrel Guillory,
referring to the panel’s progress.
“I still think the governor wants
us to give him some advice on how
electronic communications should
be handled," he said.
Guillory said the suit does not
put the panel under a time crunch
because Easley wants a report of its
findings by May 20. long before the
suit is likely to be settled.
“1 think the lawsuit will proceed
at judicial pace," Guillory said. “But
we've got to report to the governor
The plaintiffs are seeking to
require compliance with public
records law and reimbursement
for any legal fees they incur.
John Hood, president of the
John Locke Foundation, another
plaintiff, said if the Easley admin
istration believed that the laws
were outdated, they should have
requested that the legislature
address them. The foundation,
a conservative policy think tank,
publishes the Carolina Journal.
“The Easley administration
should have never come up with
an e-mail archiving policy that did
not comport with the letter of the
public records law," Hood said.
The plaintiffs also want to require
government employees to try to
retrieve any public records which
were either deleted or not retained
in accordance with the current law.
“This could be important to
restoring the public's confidence
that the business of the state is
accurately reflected by the public
record,' Thames said.
Contact the State & National
Editor at atntdesk(a unc.edu.