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Wednesday, January 15, 1992
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plan to replace
Top of the EUQ
By Dana Pope
Assistant City Editor
The southeast comer of Franklin and
Columbia streets will serve as home
within three years to a three-story office
and retail complex that Chapel Hill
Town Council members hope will bring
new life to downtown.
Council members unanimously ap
proved a special-use permit at Tuesday
night's meeting for the proposed devel
opment of the Top of the Hill site.
Mayor Ken Broun said he was pleased
with the development plans.
"This is a terrific project," Broun
said. "I'm looking forward to it being an
anchor for downtown Chapel Hill revi
talization." Jack Tomkovick, the only resident
who spoke at the public hearing held
before the council vote, said the build
ing would be a "welcome addition" to
downtown but warned the council that
they needed to remember the economic
"We have to face the economic reali
ties of 1992," he said. "Franklin Street
has been treated like a second-class
Tomkovick, who owns the Gold
Connection, said that his East Franklin
Street business had declined during the
last five years and that he didn't know
how much longer he would operate his
jewelry store at its present location.
"I don't know if I might opt to go to
the famous . . . Raleigh Flea Market," he
Tomkovick said recent closings of
Franklin Street businesses Huggins
Hardware and Baskin Robbins signaled
the economic difficulties downtown
businesses had been facing but added
BOG allocation, congress action aim
By Birch DeVault
Assistant Vnhvratty Editor
Handicapped students will benefit
both from a $300,000 UNC Board of
Governors allocation to the University
for facilities improvement and from re
cent legislation passed by Student Con
gress. The N.C. General Assembly appro
priated $2 million to the BOG for the
elimination of architectural barriers that
limit or prohibit the involvement of
handicapped students in UNC-system
programs or activities, according to a
King celebration dedicated to improving society
By Jennifer Talhelm
Martin Luther King dedicated his
life to effecting social change, and
working togethertochange society for
the better is the theme of this year's
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Cel
ebration. The celebration for the University
and the surrounding communities be
gins Jan. 1 9 and lasts until Jan. 25. The
week will feature special programs
each day commemorating King and
his message, including several impor
tant speakers, a banquet and a perfor
mance by apopular gospel vocal group.
"King was committed to making a
social change," said Arnie Epps, Black
Student Movement president. "The
community needs to make a change
together. We can't be satisfied until
we're whole or complete as a Univer
sity family. That means accepting ev
eryone and appreciating everyone."
Patricia Russell-McCloud, an At
lanta lawyer and a speaker renowned
throughout the country, will give a
lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Hanes
Art Center auditorium.
"She is exhilarating, phenomenal,"
Epps said, describing an earlier
McCloud speech. "She talks about real
situations that affect real people. Her
theme this year is 'One Size Doesn't
Fit All.' She's talking about celebrat
ing differences as appreciating each
that the proposed building would revi
talize the district.
"If you build it, they will come," he
said, quoting the movie "Field of
Dreams." "Let's build this one."
Council member Julie Andresen re
quested that the developer design an
enclosure for newspaper racks but added
that she was impressed by the project.
"I think that (the Franklin and Co
lumbia street) comer's going to be an
important comer," Andresen said. "If
(the building) is as beautiful as the pic
ture, it's going to be a very nice project."
But council member Mark Chilton
said Top of the Hill would be missed.
"I might be the only one in Chapel
Hill, but I'm going to miss Top of the
Hill," Chilton said. "It's a great little
store in an ugly building."
Thecouncil'sresolution requires that
construction on the site begin by Jan.
14, 1994, and be completed by Jan. 14,
Mark Zack, an architect for Hakan,
Corley and Associates, which is design
ing the building, said meeting the
council's deadline shouldn't be a prob
lem. "Realistically, it will be eight weeks
before the drawings are done," Zack
The council will then have to ap
prove the drawings before any con
. sanction can begin, he said.
Riddle Commercial Properties, a
Fayetteville-based real estate firm, will
build the 33,000-square-foot, three
story, multipurpose building.
David Defravio, whose company is
leasing the property to Riddle, said a
convenience store would be located in
See COUNCIL, page 2
memo from Betty McCain, chairwoman
of the BOG Budget and Finance Com
mittee. The funds were divided among UNC
system schools, but the legislation re
quires each school to submit a compre
hensive facilities survey before alloca
tion, the memo states.
Laura Thorn as, Handicapped Student
Services coordinator, said she had re
ceived many complaints about insuffi
cient UNC-CH accommodations for the
"The weight of the doors, the lack of
a necessary elevator in some buildings
other for who they are."
Before McCloud's lecture, there will
be a candle vigil at 6:30 p.m. in the Pit
and a procession to Hanes Art Center
for the speech.
Wi 1 1 i am Gray , president of the Un ited
Negro College Fund and former U.S.
House of Representatives majority whip,
will speak at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 in Memorial
His lecture, "Historically Black Col
leges and Universities: How They Ful
fill the King Dream of Equality," is
sponsored by the Carolina Union Fo
rum Committee and the Chancellor's
Committee for the Martin Luther King
Jr. Birthday Celebration.
"He's giving students a perspective
they normally wouldn't get about uni
versities with different population inte
gration levels being sought at different
schools," said Kimberly Williams,
chairman of the Union Forum Commit
tee. The presentation of the Martin Luther
King Scholarship also will take place
The week will kick off with a University-Community
Banquet at 7 p.m. Sun
day. The banquet will be held at the Caro
lina Inn and will be sponsored by the
Office of University Affairs and the
South Orange Black Caucus. Carl Smith,
assistant to the University provost, will
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Jeff Hodakowski, a sophomore from Raleigh, uses his arm morning. Hoclakowski had a high tibial osteotomy on Dec. 18
strength to climb the stairs outside Murphey Hall Tuesday and will be using his crutches for another month.
and the need for accessible entryways
for persons in wheelchairs or otherwise
handicapped are common complaints,"
Each university must conduct the
survey according to standards set by the
U.S. Department of Education, and find
ings must be approved by the Office of
Capital improvements must com
mence as soon as money is allocated, or
the funds will be withdrawn within a
Gordon R utherford, UNC director of
facilities planning and design, said the
Remembering Dr. King
Monday; January 20
Tuesday, January 21
Wednesday, January 22
Thursday, January 23
Friday, January 24
go, but enemies accumulate.
time period given for improvements
"If we get the money in July 1 992, we
have to use it up by the next July,"
Rutherford said. "But we have a great
need here, and the money will be used
The $300,000 helps, but the Univer
sity has a list of improvement require
ments in excess of $6 million, he said.
"It's kind of hard to complete a
$400,000 project with $300,000, so an
evaluation of needs is necessary,"
The Department of Facilities Plan
Community memorial service, 3 p.m., First
t Baptist Church, Chapel Hill
MLK discussionforum, 12 noon,
Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center
Candlelight vigil sponsored by
Kappa Alpha Sorority, 6:30 p.m., the Pit
"Celebrate the differences (One Size
Fit All " by Patricia Russell-McCloud,
7 p.m., Hanes Art Center Auditorium
A Show of Hands for unity and peace,
sponsored by Campus Y. Call 962-2333
Residence hall programs on Dr. King's
contributions, 7 p.m. Sponsored by RHA
MLK discussionforum, 12 noon,
Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center
Lecture: 'Historically Black Colleges arid Universities:
How They Fulfill the King Dream of Equality by William
N H. Gray III, 8 p.m., Memorial Hail
1 MLK discussionforum, 12 noon,
Sona Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center
, Too, Sing America, presented by the Black
Greek Council, 7:30 p.m., Great Hall
I Concert: The Winans, 8 p.m., Memorial
Hall. Tickets available from Carolina Union
- w, Box Office, call 962-1449
to aid handicapped
ning and Design's officials wrote a let
ter to the BOG a few months ago listing
improvement needs and requesting the
funds required to meet them, he said.
"We have an awful big need to sat
isfy here, but we are driven by the
availability of funds alone," he said.
Thomas said some campus buildings
were difficult or impossible to enter for
some handicapped students.
"Swain, Hanes, and Old Carroll are
trouble areas, and Caldwell Hall iscom
pletely inaccessible to a person in a
wheelchair," she said.
Student government has addressed
to be discussed today
By Soyla Ellison
Administrators will take another look
today at a proposal requiring under
graduate students to take one course
that would fulfill a cultural diversity
Darryl Gless, associate dean of gen
eral education, said that after the ad
ministrative boards of the College of
Arts and Sciences and General College
reviewed the revised proposal again
ihey would send it to the College of Arts
and Sciences Faculty Council meeting
It probably then will go back to the
administrative boards for final review
before facing the full faculty council for
approval, Gless said.
Simon Blackburn, chairman of the
Committee forCultural Diversity in the
General Education Curriculum, said the
proposal called for a faculty-student
committee to review courses and iden
tify those that could be considered
"Some courses would get a
multicultural sticker," Blackburn said.
Thomas Jones, USC
2 residents forced
from their homes
By Jennifer Brett
A Monday morning fire at
Woodbridge Apartments left Carrboro
fire officials searching for the cause of
the blaze and two tenants searching for
Daniel Bownan. of B-8, and Thomas
Donegan, of B-12 Woodbridge Apart
ments, have been staying with friends
since their one-bedroom flats sustained
extensive damage from flames, smoke
and heat, said apartment manager Spen
Neither Bownan nor Donegan could
be reached for comment.
Carrboro fire Chief Robert Swiger
said Tuesday that officials still were
investigating the cause of the blaze.
"We now believe the fire began on
one of the decks," Swiger said. "We
haven't arrived at a damage estimate,
but the monetary loss was kept at a
minimum by the quick action of our fire
Nineteen firefighters, including full
time, part-time and volunteer workers
from Carrboro, Chapel Hill and the
Orange Grove Fire District responded
within 20 minutes to a call placed by
Diane Frank, a Duke Power representa
tive who was working near the apart
ments when she noticed the fire.
No one was injured during the blaze,
which charred the exterior of the three
. story building, Swiger said.
"I always look at a fire situation in
terms of injuries and lives lost," he said.
"The evacuation efforts by the Chapel
Hill Police Department helped alleviate
the danger of injury."
Vick said area residents responded to
the disaster by offering temporary ha-
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the problem of accessibility for handi
capped students by passing an act re
quiring that all poll sites be accessible to
Student Congress Speaker Tim
Moore said the act was passed and went
into effect after a Monflay evening con
"We want to make student govern
ment more accessible to the hand icapped
students of the University community,"
Thomas said she hadn't received any
complaints about the poll sites. Campus
election day is Feb. 1 1 .
"And the requirement would be that at
some point in your career you take a
course with a sticker."
The proposal also suggests that the
administration coordinate and publicize
incentives and opportunities for the de
velopment of courses that meet the cul
tural diversity requirement.
According to the proposal, commit
tee members believe the curriculum will
"reflect the increasing ethnic diversity
of this society, and is so designed that
students from all backgrounds have an
opportunity to understand cultural di
versity as it will affect their own lives."
The increasing number of minority
students is part of the reason for the
requirement. The proposal states that
while minority students made up only
1 1 percent of the student population in
1 989-90, they made up 1 9 percent of the
1990 freshman class.
Racial minorities will make up more
than 30 percent of the United States by
the early 2 1 st century, according to the
The University is one of many across
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