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Past anti l-utiirc Issiios AlTcctiny L'NC's Black Community
•Halloween will never be the same. The BlackGreek Council and
the Carolina Athletic Association will co-sponsor their annual Greek
step show on October 31,8 p.m. in Carmichael Auditorium.
The show will involve the usual: upbeat rhythms, fancy foot ma
neuvers, and superior coordination. Admission is $5.
Although a show appears to look fun to audiences, step routines
require hours of sweat and preparation, fraternity and sorority mem
‘The step show gives the Black Greek Organizations some
healthy competition,” said BGC PresidentWilliam Hawkins, a member
of Kappa Alpha Psi fratemity.“But more so, it gives them the oppor
tunity to promote their fraternities and sworities, and celebrate with
other chapters in the area.”
Past step shows were free and held in the Student Union Great
Hall. The BGC and the CAA seven years ago decided to make the
show a part of Homecoming festivities and include an admission
charge to benefit the charity chosen by the BGC.
This year’s step show funds will go to the Sonja Haynes Stone
•The Collegiate Black Caucus, UNC’s black political voice, is
sponsoring a L^ership Workshop for minority freshman interested
in becoming joining Student Government Oct 22.
The facilitator will be Mark Bibbs, Chief Justice of the Student
Supreme Court and the first student elected to the UNC Board of Gov
•The Sonja Stone Task force is making its presence known.
During the OcL 11 kick-off of the University’s Bicentennial celebra
tion, 30 task force members assembled in front of the South building
to silently press for their demands.
At 10 a.m. the next morning, 10 task force members turned out for
the University Day observance in Memorial Hall where alumni and
administrators were assembled.
Friday, task force members assembled at the meeting of the UNC
Board of Trustees at the Carolina Inn. In a near unanimous vote,the
board approved renaming the Black Cultural Center after Stone, one
of the task force’s n»ain goals.
•Carolina’s “tarbabies”(Minority freshmen) officially have BSM
representation in the form of the Freshman Committee.
“The purpose of the committee is to provide leadership and expo
sure for the entering class via fund-raisers and service activities that
may also involve co-sponsOTS,” said Stymie Forte, BSM vice presi
dent and freshman committee advisor.
“Our primary goal for the year is to get mwe freshmen involved
in activities within the BSM and on the campus as a whole.”
Recendy, the freshman committee met to discuss upcoming
events for the remainder of the semester and school year.
•Robert Cannon,-head of the campus affirmative action office,
spoke to a group of 15 students Oct. (DATE?) about affirmative
action on the 5th floor of Carmichael Residence Hall, home of the
He also discussed the affirmative action office on campus, which
primarily deals with University employees.
"Rarely do we deal with students unless there is a federal diffi
culty, like discrimination in being selected to University programs,"
Compiled by Lee Richardson
Noted Researcher, Educator
Heads School of Education
Editor's Note: Last week Black Ink
printed a story about the new
chaired professor of journalism.
Chuck Stone.This issue, the Ink
begins a series of profiles focusing
on African-American professors at
the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. The black instructors
holding chairs will be coveredfirst,
followed by other professors drawn
more or less randomly.
By Natarsha Witherspoon
Ink Stajf Writer
From his teenage years as a civil
rights activist in Montgomery,
Alabama, to becoming the first
African-American Dean of the
School of Education, Frank Brown
has always been a tfailblazer.
“I grew up in an era where people
were motivated to prepare for to
morrow without knowing what
tomorrow would bring,” Brown
Brown, 56, was named Cary C.
Boshamer Professor of Educational
Leadership in 1990, a distinction
given to a UNC professor with an
exceptional research and academic
Speaking on differences be
tween his generation and the
younger generation. Brown, who
was very motivated as a youngster,
questioned today’s student activ-
“In the sixties, we wanted to
clean the world free of racism, clas-
sism and sexism,” he said. “We
didn’t communicate to young people
what we were doing in the fifties
“The things we fought for in the
fifties, sixties, and seventies are
rights that young blacks think are
guaranteed for life.
Among these rights which blacks
take for granted, is the right to vote.
Brown said. He referred to the Civil
Rights Act of 1990 and the 1965
Voting Rights Act, which must be
renewed by Congress every five
“We’re fighting a battle all over
again in some ways.”
In addition to blacks taking cer
tain rights for granted. Brown has
become greatly concerned with the
much talked-about plight of the
American black male, who is be
sieged by violence, drugs and so
cietal scorn. Society must help in
saving the black man, he thinks.
“I think it’s a multidimensional
problem that society can solve,” he
said. “Most black males live in a
poor environment with poor schools
and few jobs.
“If you live in a good environ
ment, jobs are plentiful, schools are
good, and (you can obtain) all the
things money can buy.”
The United States should direct
more funding toward educating
instead of imprisoning, Brown said.
“Society spends more money on
incarceration than on education,”
he noted. “Is it cheaper to pay for
education than for jail time? I’d like
to do everything for black males to
save them educationally.”
An Alabama native. Brown
spent most of his adulthood in Cali
fornia and New York. He did his
undergraduate work at Alabama
State University and received his
master’s degree in Chemistry at
Oregon State University. He then
obtained a doctoral degree in policy
planning and administration fiT>m
the University of California at
He taught physics and chemis
try in California, then moved to
See BROWN, Page 9
> courtesy of UWC News Scrviccs
Frank Brown, dean of the School of Education, has always blazed new trails.