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Students to Protest Hooker's Stance on Sweatshops
By Jim Harris
Students will raise their voices and
banners today to demand full public dis
closure of all locations of factories that
produce UNC apparel.
The students will hold a demonstra
tion in front of South Building starting at
Raids Persist; Serbs
Call Refugees Home
Yugoslavia urged refugees to return
home Thursday, declaring “peace has
prevailed in Kosovo” and saying its 14-
month war against ethnic Albanian sep
aratists was over.
But Western officials feared the
refugees would be used as human
shields against NATO attacks.
NATO jets unleashed fierce attacks
late Thursday and early today against
Yugoslavia, even though a former
Cypriot president arrived in Belgrade to
try to win freedom for three captured
U.S. soldiers. A hard-line Serbian vice
premier, however, ruled out any release
as long as the NATO bombardment
On the 16th night day of the U.S.-led
air assault, hopes for the prisoners’
release were mixed with concern over
thousands of ethnic Albanian refugees
whose fate was unknown a day after
Yugoslavia sealed off its borders and
stopped their flight out of Kosovo.
members may join student
activists next week at South
Building in protest.
By Melissa Williams
Emotions were unleashed and voices
raised when UNO’s Housekeepers
Association met Thursday to discuss
their concerns about overbearing work
loads and extending University initia
tives designed to improve housekeeping
Barbara Prear, president of
Housekeepers Association, said one of
the group’s main concerns had been job
vacancies. The lack of a constant labor
force at UNC has caused many house
keepers to take on two or three extra
jobs around the University, Prear said.
“All the University cares about is that
the work gets done,” she said.
Prear said the solution to fill job
vacancies at UNC had been to pull
workers from the streets daily and offer
them $5.25 an hour to work, but this
was only temporary service. “Anything
this University wants to do, they make
legal,” she said. “People are walking
from shelters to work at Lenoir.”
Chapel Hill civil rights lawyer A1
McSurely, who has represented UNC’s
Housekeeping Association for eight
years, said the association members
were also concerned because the 1996
Revised Initiative, designed to improve
housekeeping conditions at UNC, only
guaranteed the improvements until at
least Dec. 31.
The Housekeepers Association
members said they believed they had
won a victory when Chancellor Michael
Hooker signed this initiative.
The Revised Initiative was a result of
a 1991 grievance filed by McSurely for
discrimination against housekeepers at
See HOUSEKEEPERS, Page 7
1:15 p.m. with banners and posters
demanding that administrators require
apparel companies that work with UNC
to reveal factory locations.
In preparation for today’s demon
stration, members of Students for
Economic Justice, Student
Environmental Action Coalition and
Students United for a Responsible
The Yugoslav government, which
says it has been observing a unilateral
cease-fire in Kosovo since Tuesday for
Orthodox Easter, claimed the refugees
were voluntarily heading back to their
homes in the province.
Shortly after 10 p.m., air-raid sirens
sounded in Belgrade, as well as Novi
Sad, Nis, Kragujevac and Cacak, herald
ing yet another night of attacks.
The state-run Tanjug news agency
said at least seven missiles struck the
center of Kragujevac, 55 miles southeast
of Belgrade, including the Zastava auto
factory. Tanjug also said NATO jets
struck an oil storage depot early Friday
in Smederevo, about 18 miles east of
Belgrade, setting it ablaze.
In addition, Studio B television said
NATO planes were “active" on
Orthodox Good Friday over the
Belgrade area and around two towns,
Uzice and Pozega, about 60 miles to the
Earlier in the evening, thousands
See KOSOVO, Page 7
Town Manager Says Time's Up for Pine Knolls
The Pines Community
Center Inc. owes the town
$181,500 from a loan it was
granted three years ago.
By Kim Dronzek
They really mean it this time.
The Town of Chapel Hill has tired of
extensions, and if Pines Community
Center Inc. does not turn over the deeds
to four Pine Knolls homes today, town
officials say they will foreclose - no
“We have unquestionably given
District Court Rakes in Money for State Coffers
Most of the money paid on
a speeding ticket goes to
court costs, which generally
ends up in state coffers.
By Rudy Kleystli ber
Early on Tuesday mornings, they line
up outside the Chapel Hill Courthouse
on Franklin Street to fork over their cash
and settle up with the state.
Anyone who has braved the long
traffic court line knows that the fines
waiting at the end are not small, and
according to Orange County Court doc
uments, most of the money goes into
Traffic court can lower a fine or
reduce the points on a driver’s violation
record, but clemency doesn’t come
Court fees on top of the sls ticket
cost can often be more expensive than a
ticket - SB6 for a standard district court
Court officials say the high cost is the
result of a rapid growth of district court
employees and recent technology
upgrades to help the court process cases
According to documents provided by
Friday, April 9, 1999
Volume 107, Issue 28
Global Environment held a Pit sit-in
Students and professors signed a ban
ner during the sit-in requesting that
Chancellor Michael Hooker discontinue
UNC’s relationship with apparel com
panies that do not tell human rights
workers the locations of their foreign
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Ethnic Albanian refugees reach out to receive bread from a truck Thursday in a temporary camp set up in a factory near Kukes. More than 20,000
people per day are leaving Kukes, although the flow of refugees has stopped from Kosovo since Serb authorities closed the borders Wednesday.
them enough time, no doubt about it,"
Town Manager Cal Horton said.
The community center is facing fore
closure because it failed to repay
$ 181,500 in loans that the town granted
three years ago. The town had expected
repayment in January, but gave the
group a 60-day extension when Pines
officials said they didn’t have the money.
The loans came out of community
development block grants that were sup
posed to be used to renovate low
income housing. Pines Community offi
cials say the homes were renovated, but
that they couldn’t find buyers in time.
“The town has spoken, Pine Knolls
has spoken," said Wayne Weathers, a
Pine Knolls resident. “I don’t really want
the Fiscal Research Division of the N.C.
General Assembly, the legislature has
added 314 clerk positions, 125 assistant
district attorneys and 25 district court
judges statewide in the last four years.
Officials say the employees are need
ed to help cases move through the court
But moving faster means paying
The basic district court fee has risen
more than 70 percent in the past 10
years, and s6l of that fee never even
goes to the court.
It goes directly to North Carolina’s
general fund, which is administrated
through the state treasurer’s office to pay
for many projects across the state
including roads and schools.
“The courts are funded by the state,
and all that (general fund) money goes
to the state,” said Allison Fieri, a state
judicial branch communications officer.
“It all goes into one big pot. It does
n’t necessarily fund the courts. It funds
everything, including UNC," Fieri said.
In fiscal year 1997-98, the Orange
County court system kept around
$93,000 of court fees to pay for local
However, it paid approximately
$874,000 to the N.C. general fund, said
Joan Terry, Orange County clerk of
A hard man is good to find.
Coordinator for SURGE Dennis
Markatos said Hooker signed a petition
promising to uphold a code of conduct
but had not taken appropriate steps to
leave a company that had not practiced
what the code required.
“He signed a petition that the chan
cellor should not agree with any code of
conduct that does not uphold full pub
to contribute to
the hostility of the
of the Pines
Center, said the
group was consult
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over the deed
on the advice of
our lawyer and I
said the town
manager wrote a
letter asking for the
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Fieri said each individual county was
responsible for providing its own court
“The county pays for the courthouse,
furniture and utilities, but none of the
people,” she said.
“Those are funded through the uni
fied judicial branch of government,
which is funded by the state legislature.”
Of the remaining $25 in district court
lie disclosure, pay workers living wages
and allow students involvement in the
whole process,” Marcatos said.
“Now Hooker is not acting on his
word.” Hooker could not be reached for
comment on Thursday.
In February, students protested
Hooker’s backing of labor code pushed
by the Collegiate Licensing Cos. The
Horton said he did not expect the
matter to be extended any further.
“One way or the other, we are going
to get the money,” he said.
The whole loan totaled $280,000
and was allocated by the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban
Development To date, only $98,500 has
been repaid by Pine Knolls.
The loan allowed the group to buy
and renovate seven homes in the Pine
Knolls community and sell them to low
Joe Capowski, Chapel Hill Town
Council member, said that the town
manager had written a letter concerning
the deeds of the houses to the head of
Pine Knolls. “He asked in the letter that
fees, sl2 goes to pay directly for court
facilities. The remaining portion goes to
local law enforcement and a retired
police officers’ benefit fund, according
to state judicial branch documents.
“All court money in the state is fed
into Raleigh, so the state treasurer doles
it back out,” Terry said.
See COURTS, Page 7
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code, which could bind all colleges that
license their apparel through CLC, does
not call for full public disclosure of fac
SEAC member Durba Chattaraj said
Hooker had passed the buck to a task
force, ignoring a pledge to discourage
See DISCLOSURE, Page 7
they voluntarily transfer the deeds for
the four houses to the town,” he said.
Horton said if the deeds were not
handed over by the deadline then the
foreclosure process would continue.
“I don’t like to speculate,” he said. “If
the company declines outright then the
council has decided to continue with the
Capowksi said the people that cur
rently live in the homes would not be
evicted if the houses are foreclosed.
“The leases will still stand, the people
will not be kicked out during lease time
and after that I don’t know.”
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1998 with a knee injury. See Page 4.
Starting in the fall, UNC will offer
applicants an early decision option
that will bind them to attending the
University. See Page S.
Chance of Rain;
Weekend: Partly sunny,
The Water’s Fine
Calling all seniors. Today is your last
opportunity to take the swim test. Dive
on in between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the
Indoor Pool in Woolen Gym.
Remember, no test means no diploma.
So bring your best trunks and a friend.