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Thursday, June 9, 1988
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Construction workers install new windows as they strive to
complete the renovations on Grimes Residence Hall.
By SUSAN HOLD SCLAV
Chancellor Christopher Fordham
sees a bright future for UNC as he
prepares to step down after eight
years of leading the University.
Although he is trying to finish up
some projects before he leaves on
June 30, he took a few moments out
of his day recently to reflect on his
years at Carolina.
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Fordham has seen a lot of changes
since he assumed the chancellor's
position, but he looks forward to
"happy things," he said. Time has
brought a growth in UNC's popular
ity as an educational institution,
increased private fund-raising and
research capabilities, and improve
ments in the quality of education and
the achievements of UNC's faculty,
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By JEFFREY ECKARD
Admissions officers at UNC and
other state institutions are reporting
an increase in minority applications
for 1988-89, reversing a downward
trend in minority admissions that
affected the schools in the early 1980s.
UNC received approximately 1,200
minority applications in 1988, a 20
percent increase, while the total
number of applications increased by
14 percent, said Anthony Strickland,
associate director of undergraduate
UNC received 994 applications
from black students in 1987, but only
332 of those students enrolled.
Admissions officers are optimistic
that the University could enroll 400
blacks this fall.
"The bottom line is the enrollment
in August and then graduation four
years from now," Strickland said.
The rise in minority applications
can be attributed in part to increased
efforts by the University to recruit
black students, said Herbert Davis,
associate director of undergraduate
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for plea bargain om assault
By LD. CURLE
UNC rising junior Frederick Wil
liams Harrison pleaded no contest
Monday to a charge of assault on
a female, which was plea-bargained
down from second-degree rape.
Harrison was sentenced to two years
in prison suspended under supervised
probation for two years, a fine of $200
and 25 hours of community service
in Orange County Superior Court.
Once he completes the service and
pays the fine, Harrison's probation
may be unsupervised.
Barry Winston, Harrison's lawyer,
would not comment except to say the
matter may go to civil court.
A UNC junior pressed charges
against Harrison and Bradley Doug
las Bowers, another student, after an
When asked what he would like
to be remembered most for his years
at UNC, Fordham replied that the
faculty deserved all the credit. While
he was chancellor, the faculty
initiated a "renaissance in its relation
with the public schools," he said. He
was excited by the teacher training
and fellowship programs the faculty
had established with the public
Davis, who heads Project Uplift,
a program aimed at recruiting minor
ity students through campus orien
tation, said such programs play an
important part in recruiting black
"Project Uplift gives 600 or more
black high school students an oppor
tunity to be Carolina students for a
few days. The students gain exposure
to our academic environment and
also see the opportunities available
to them here," Davis said.
Minority recruitment efforts seek
students who exhibit leadership,
academic ability and are highly
recommended, Davis said. "We don't
pick a certain number for the SAT
or grades or level of achievement. We
look at the total picture created by
the individual and accept all students
on that basis," he said.
Universities across the state have
reported similar gains.
Duke University had 675 black
applicants, the second largest number
in the university's history. While they
incident in the early morning hours
of Aug. 20, 1987. The woman, who
was admittedly drunk at the time, said
she was walking home by the Sigma
Phi Epsilon fraternity house. She
went inside with the men, where she
said Harrison had sexual intercourse
with her twice and Bowers once.
A probable cause hearing in
November decided there was enough
evidence to bring Harrison to trial
but not Bowers.
District Attorney Carl Fox said
Tuesday that after discussions with
the woman, he had no choice but to
resolve the case without going to trial,
and the woman agreed to the plea
The maximum sentence for assault
on a female is two years in prison.
The maximum sentence for second-
But his days in the chancellor's
office have not always been so rosy.
The most difficult conflict he had to
face was divestment, he said.
"It was difficult to be placed
between the trustees 'and the stu
dents," he said. "The trustees worked
it out, I think, fairly satisfactorily."
One of Fordham's primary con
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dipped from 1987's record high of 691
applications, John Branion, head of
minority admissions, said the quality
of those accepted is extremely high.
"We couldn't be more pleased. We
have worked hard in the past few
years to recruit quality black students,
and we have succeeded without
jeopardizing standards," Branion
Like Duke, Wake Forest Univer
sity's minority applications declined
slightly in 1988. Blacks make up only
3 percent of the student body, but
Ernest Wade, director of minority
affairs, said Wake Forest could enroll
nearly twice the number of blacks as
last year. This would increase the
number of black students from 25 to
N.C. State University received
1,033 applications from blacks in
1988, of which 660 were accepted.
Admissions officers said that reflected
a 4.2 percent increase over 1987's
figures and projected that 470 to 500
new black students would enroll in
degree rape is a prison term of 40
Harrison had no comment Mon
day night on his sentencing.
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