WILLIAMSON'S PSYCHIATRIST FOUND NEGLIGENT
The UNC psychiatrist who treated former UNC law student Wendell Williamson ' 90 eight months prior
to his deadly shooting spree in January
1995 has been ordered to pay his former
Jurors in the medical malpractice suit
said Dr. Myron Liptzin was negligent in
providing care for Williamson, who suffers
The wellness bar in the newly renovated Lenoir Dining Hall is popular with students.
Lenoir Dining Hall Reopens;
Pit, Polk Place Back to Normal
Lenoir Dining Hall has reopened to serve students after a IS-month, $13 million overhaul that expanded it to three floors from two and boosted seating to
1,280 from 900.
The top floor, which has an all-you-can-eat cafeteria, was ready when students
returned in mid-August, and the ground level, featuring a variety of a la carte and
fast-food items, opened Aug. 26. Ram Cafe, offering baked goods and coffee until
I a.m. on weeknights, opened in the basement in early October.
The state-of-the-art facility, featuring automatic tray return and escalators,
impressed students who made do without a central dining facility last year. "When
I looked at colleges two years ago, there were no cafeterias like this," said Alison
Greene, a sophomore from Spruce Pine.
The prices for the all-you-can-eat facility-$4.50 for breakfast, $6.50 for lunch
and $7.25 for dinner-are an issue for some students, especially those without
"I know some people who aren't happy they have to pay $6.50 to get in upstairs,"
said Jackie Tyson, a junior from Greenville. "Even if you want to go and just sit with
your friends during lunch, you can't unless you pay. I haven't been yet because it is
Completion of the renovation marked the end of county fair-style dining in Polk
Place, as food vendors who had served students left by the end of September.
Lenoir Pavilion, the plywood structure used for temporary seating that took up
part of the Pit, was demolished during fall break in October.
Information about the Lenoir project is available at the Carolina Dining Service's
Web site ( http://www.dining.unc.edu/).
from paranoid schizophrenia, by failing to
ensure the continuity of his patient's care
after Liptzin's retirement and by failing to
adequately discuss with Williamson the
nature ofhis illness and need for treatment.
The jury also said the shootings, which
killed Kevin Reichardt, 20, a UNC student,
and Ralph Walker Jr., 42, a restaurant
worker, might have been prevented if
Willian1Son had received different treatment.
Liptzin and his attorney, Bruce Berger
of Raleigh, argued that Williamson's
rampage could not have been foreseen
and was caused by Williamson's failure to
follow the doctor's recommendation that
he seek further treatment and continue
taking the anti-psychotic drug that helped
control his disorder.
Berger has filed a motion seeking to
overturn the verdict, contending that the
jury misinterpreted the law.
Liptzin treated Williamson at Student
Health Services six times from March
through May 1994 after an outburst in a
law class in which Williamson claimed he
had telepathic powers. Liptzin retired after
their last meeting, eight months before the
Henderson Street shootings. Williamson,
who graduated from UNC with honors
in English, was a third-year law student
at UNC at the time of the shootings.
In November 1995, Orange County
jurors found Williamson not guilty by
reason ofinsanity in the shootings.
Williamson was committed to Broughton
State Hospital in Morganton, where he
will remain until he can prove himself to
be no longer mentally ill.
UNIVERSITY ENFORCING POLICY
PROHIBITING PuBLIC CONSUMPTION
Planning on attending UNC's next home football gam.e? Leave all the alcohol at home- even the beer.
University officials recently modified
the school's alcohol policy, making beer
and unfortified wine consumption or
possession a violation of University policy.
This move came after talks with Chapel
Hill District Attorney Carl Fox ' 75, when
it was decided the town ordinance banning
public alcohol consumption could not be
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