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Short Takes - House Fire at UNC Chapel Hill Kills Five

By Dan McGuire
Associate News Editor

A fire swept through the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill early Sunday morning, killing five occupants of the house.

Investigators, in a preliminary report, said that the fire was caused by a cigarette coming in contact with a pile of lumber, paper, and housewares being stored in the house's basement. The fire spread quickly due to extremely flammable wall paneling. The house had smoke alarms but no sprinklers.

The fire occurred the day that graduation exercises were set to begin.

"It's hard to think of something positive like graduation when there's something so tragic and sad happening at the same time," said Mallory Reeves, a graduating senior.

[The Chapel Hill News and Observer, May 13]

BU experiences lack of housing

Boston University students will again face a housing problem as limited dormitory space forces the university to put many sophomores into crowded triples in order to provide adequate housing for the incoming freshmen.

This year, the university ran out of space for 300 freshmen and was forced to place them in a university-owned Howard Johnson hotel in Kendall Square.

[The Daily Free Press, April 26]

Yale saves tradition despite strike

After consultation with graduate and undergraduate leaders, Yale University administrators decided to hold graduation ceremonies at the traditional place in the old campus.

Union members, who are currently on strike as part of a long-running labor dispute, have promised to disrupt the ceremony. The AFL-CIO has said that it plans to use the event to kick off a "union summer" training program.

"It's time to get in the employer's face," said AFL-CIO Assistant Director for Field Services Vinny O'Brien, "There aren't any sacred cows, such as graduation."

[Yale Daily News, May 8]

Student sues Amherst over error

Julia Melissa Enrile, a senior at Suffield Academy in Connecticut is threatening to sue Amherst College over a letter for admission issued by mistake and later rescinded.

The letter, apparently issued due to a clerical error, stated that Enrile's admission would be revoked only if her "current level of academic performance" declined.

The filed suit alleges that the college breached its contract with Enrile. The Enriles allege that Amherst's Dean of Admission, Jane Reynolds, indicated that despite the error, Enrile would be allowed to attend. Reynolds denied this, calling Enrile "ill-prepared" for the school.

[The Amherst Student, April 24]