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FOUR FIRES IN M ORRISON;
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN ONE
Fire broke out in Morrison dorm four times in five days in November, and on Nov. 22 University police
arrested a junior political science major and
charged him with arson in connection
with the fourth incident. No one was
injured in the fires, all of which led to
evacuations in the early morning hours.
Daniel Timothy Sarrell, a 19-year-old
Morrison resident from Arden, was charged
with one count offirst-degree arson and
was being held under $250,000 bond in
the Orange County Jail. University Police
Chief Derek Poarch said Sarrell was con-
sidered a suspect in the other fires.
A fire in a trash can in the seventh-
floor lGtchen of the 10-floor building at
about 1: 30 a.m. on Nov. 18 was followed
two hours later by another fire in the
fourth-floor lounge. Mter the third fire
in a sixth-floor study lounge at about
2: 30 a.m. the next day, officials from the
State Bureau of Investigation were called
in to help investigate.
The fourth fire consumed a sofa in the
sixth-floor lounge early on Nov. 22.
"Weare continuing to look at the other
fires and evaluate the evidence," Poarch
said, "and whether or not [Sarrell] will
be charged we don't know at this point."
PRIVATE BANK SERVICES
J UST A P IT S TOP AWAY
No more trudging to Franklin Street to visit the bank- not if you choose Wachovia.
The University has contracted with the
bank to build a service center near the
Pit between the Student Stores and the
Student Union, and soon students and staff
who have the UNC ONE all-purpose
identification card will be able to transfer
Rathskeller's Future Hangs in the Balance
What dedicated Carolina fan hasn't stood in line in dim Amber Alley after a winning football game, trying to crowd into the Rathskeller? Who hasn't
added their initials to the hundreds that are carved in the wooden booths? UNC
students and alumni have flocked to the Rathskeller for almost 50 years to get
heaping helpings of nostalgia, as well as their famous "bowl of cheese" lasagna.
But that all may be just memories. Ann Justice, the executor of the estate of
Mary Alice "Bibi" Danziger, the founder of the "Rat," says it's time to close the
estate. "An estate can only remain open for a certain amount of time, and since
the Rathskeller is part of the estate, we have to sell it or close," Justice said. "I
needed to sell the business or close it, and whichever comes first is what I will do."
The restaurant ended weekday daytime service on Dec. 12 but was to remain
open evenings and weekends until Christmas, when it was scheduled to close for
If the Rat stays open, in addition to the prospect of different owners, some faces
may change. Often when alumni walk into the Rat, they're greeted by familiar faces
of veteran waiters and cooks from their college days. But manager Reed Raynor
told all employees that they could not be guaranteed a job after the renovations
because new owners may do their own hiring.
Justice said that the Rathskeller was first listed for sale in December 1998 and
that the employees have known about the change for a while. "They had been
told that the estate had to close. It has been over a year that they have known
there was a possibility that a sale could take place at any time."
It is unknown at this point whether the new owners would keep the legendary
cave-like walls and famed menu, she said. "There are so many things that we
won't know until the restaurant is purchased and the owners make plans."
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