North Carolina Newspapers

Section A
Friday, Sept 9,1977
Five Sectrons 32 Pages
The Avery Incident
BSM Plans To Press Charges
Allen Johnson
Associate Editor
BSM Chairperson, Byron Horton,
with unanimous support from the
BSM Central Committee, has indi
cated that the organization will
seek to prosecute several white Av
ery dorm residents who bombarded
three groups of BSM members with
water bags and racial obscenities
last April 19.
“We want to prevent such inci
dents from occurring in the future
by showing the University commu
nity that we will not tolerate these
assaults,” said Horton.
The incident occurred at approx
imately midnight following a
Campus Governing Council meet
ing which over two hundred BSM
members had attended in demand
of increased student government
Although an investigation con
ducted by the Campus police con
cluded that there ‘exists circum
stantial evidence that would tend to
indicate that the incident was sim
ply coincidental,” many BSM
members feel that the incident had
discernible racial motivation.
In a written statement to Investi
gating Officer Sergeant David Wil
liams, BSM Vice-Chairperson and
eyewitness to the incident, Phyllis
Pickett, noted, “I do not and will
not ever believe that the students of
the dorm (Avery) just decided on
the spur of the moment to fill eight
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Upendo, Folks, Is Still
Where It Always Was
BernaDine Ward
Features Editor
If you were down on South
campus this summer, you may have
noticed something peculiar about
Chase Cafeteria — it looks just as it
did at the close of spring semester.
This is peculiar because recon
struction of the cafeteria and conse
quently Upendo Lounge was to
have been begun this summer. How
ever, work has been postponed
until the spring and summer of ‘78.
According to Associate Dean of
Student Affairs, James Cansler, re
construction did not begin as sche
duled because “Bids came in well
over the budget.” He added that
the strict deadline to be ready by
the time freshmen entered in the
fall inflated construction bids.
Upendo Lounge is located in
Chase Cafeteria and is generally
used for Black Student Movement
and that Upendo would possibly be
eliminated sparked protest on
South Building last spring.
After much debate and negotia
tion, space for the lounge was gua
ranteed on second floor. In addi
tion to room for the BSM, offices
for several other programs and a
South campus lounge will be lo
cated on the same floor.
Meals for South campus resi
dents were served on second
floor, but another kitchen was lo
cated downstairs behind Upendo.
This arrangement, according to
some, made food preparation inade
quate, and was one reason for the
decision to reconstruct the build
“The basic concern to get all
food service on one floor,” said
Dean Cansler, “hasn’t been
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Intriguing Message - Among the fads we noticed this past summer were tee-shirts
sfKjrting some rather provocative messages, such as this familiar slogan modeled by
Upward Bounder Beverly Thompson.
Ink Celebrates Decade Of Service
Ten years ago, in 1967, the fledg
ling Black Student Movement
issued the first edition of its official
newsletter. Black Ink.
That mimeographed newsletter
grew, shrunk, triumphed, failed,
and ultimately metamorphosed into
this commemorative, 32-page anni
versary issue.
The issue was produced instead
of a Pre-Orientation edition to con
note the Ink’s first decade of ser
vice to the Black campus communi
“We not only want to celebrate
our tenth anniversary with this spe
cial issue, which is the largest Black
Ink issue ever produced,” says Co-
Editor Kathy Gabriel, “but we
want to plan a number of other ac
tivities as well. We may very soon
have a Black Ink anniversary picnic
open to all interested students.”
“We’re proud of what last year’s
staff did and what this year’s staff
has done so far this year,” adds
Associate Editor Allen Johnson,
“but the truth of the matter is, we
never would have gotten this far
vdthout the efforts of such past edi
tors as Cureton Johnson, Emma
Pullen, Tonya Widemon, Allen
Mask, Mae Israel, and Valerie
Especially instrumental, notes
Johnson, was 1972 editor Valerie
Batts who pioneered the publica
tion of the Ink on a regular basis
and who founded its sister publica
tion, the Weekly Ink.
“Valerie gave the Ink legitima
cy,” says Johnson. “She laid the
foundation for everything which
Other activities which may be
held in celebration of Black Ink’s
tenth anniversary include seminars,
speakers, and a possible reunion of
former editors.
This year, in addition, will mark
the greatest number of issues ever
produced by the Ink staff, with at
least twenty editions slated for pub
DefiMtely EWF ? ”
The assurance by BSM Special
Projects Chairperson Brooksie Har
rington that performing group
Earth, Wind and Fire will be “defi
nitely” coming to Chapel Hill is a
mystery to other BSM officers at
press time.
BSM Chairperson Byron Horton
says that although he is working to
bring a major concert to campus, he
knows nothing of the EWF trans
action. “I would, however, love to
see us get Earth, Wind and Fire
here,” he says.
Harrington could not be reached
for comment.

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