Volume 103, Issue 64
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After coming under fire throughout the week for endorsing a
tuition hike, Student Body President Calvin Cunningham offered
an modified version of the proposed S4OO increase
Speaking at a Faculty Council meeting Friday, Cunningham
said that after hearing the concerns of graduate and professional
students, he thought it would be best to exempt these students from
the additional tuition charge.
“I am the lone student to stand up right now and say the faculty
needs are critical, the library needs are
critical,” he said. “We need to take what is
truly a shoddy piece of legislation and turn
it into a good plan. I do not think this
legislation should be applicable to graduate
and professional students at all.”
Out-of-state professional students in law,
medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veteri
nary medicine, and masters students in
business administration would face a S3OOO
tuition increase under the proposal, with all
other graduate students facing the same
S4OO increase as undergraduates.
John Dervin, a student representatives
who spoke at the Board ofTrustees meeting
Thursday, said he thought Cunningham
had a long way to go with his proposal. “I
think he’s gone one-third of the way,”he said. “The next step is to
exempt all students.”
Although Cunningham said he was responding to concerns he
had heard voiced at various speakouts and forums, Kim Miller,
president of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation,
said she did not endorse Cunningham’s proposal. “In my opinion,
doing something like that divides the student body," Miller said.
“I could not support that proposal.”
Miller said she would rather follow UNC-system President
C.D. Spangler’s plan to lobby the legislature as a united force.
Dervin said he thought Cunningham had ignored the financial
problems faced by undergraduates. “Ifhe did (propose his alterna
tive plan) for the plight of graduate students, I think he needs to
recognize how divisive it would be, and as an undergrad, he needs
to understand the plight of undergrads as well,” Dervin said.
Exempting graduate students from paying the additional S4OO
would not help graduate students with problems with health
insurance and low stipends, Miller said.
To say we don’t have to pay doesn’t address the problems we
face,” she said. “This is a Band-Aid on a Band-Aid.”
Cunningham also called for an increase in the percentage of
revenue earmarked for financial aid. At Thursday’s BOT meeting,
much of the debate centered on the need to provide for students
who would be new to. the financial aid system. “The
says we must earmark 35 percent for financial aid. Thisdoesn’tdo
anything to address new need,” he said. “We don’t need 35
percent, we need 40 percent to accommodate new need.”
Aaron Nelson, another student representative who addressed
the BOT, said he thought Cunningham’s suggestion to augment
the percentage allocated for financial aid was appropriate in light
of the uncertainty regarding financial aid recipients. “I think it
ought to be raised to 40 percent to cover those new on aid, ” he said.
Cunningham said that while he recognized that this would cut
into the money allocated to faculty salaries and the libraries, he
thought the change in the funding of financial aid was necessary.
“Obviously this is chipping away at faculty salaries,” he said.
“But student pocketbooks have got to be the first concern.”
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Human-rights activist Harry Wu speaks at Duke's Page Auditorium on Friday.
Wu was released Aug. 24 from a 66-day imprisonment in China.
Rights Activist Wu: No Regrets
After Time in Chinese Prison
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
After testifying in congressional hear
ings about Chinese-American relations on
Friday, human rights activist Harry Wu
told an audience at Duke University’s Page
Auditorium that change in China has to
start with the Chinese people.
“Healthy change will come primarily
from the citizens,” Wu said. “In China,
there are countless men and women, young
and old, who value freedom as much as
you and I do.”
Wu, an American citizen, spent 66 days
in a Chinese jail this summer, charged with
stealing state secrets and spying. On Aug.
24, he was convicted of those charges,
sentenced to 15 years and expelled from
“I’m very happy to be here,” Wu said.
“Just 15 days ago, I was standing in a
courtroom in China, facing a judge who
could send me to death. Today, I am stand
ing here a free man.”
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Wu spent 19 years in 12 different Chi
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tortured and starved. Since coming to the
United States in 1985, Wu has worked to
expose the conditions of the labor camps to
the Western world.
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around the world.
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People Draw Together for Latin Culture at...
The Fiesta del Pueblo was held
on Saturday and Sunday at the
Lincoln Center. Tomas Filsinger
(top), originally from Mexico
City and now from Chapel Hill,
dances with his children,
Gabriel and Maria, on Saturday.
Some of the highlights of the
festival were the performing
gruops and the food. The
Marinera Peruana group (right)
performs on Sunday.
PHOTOS BY ERIK PEREL
If soccer matches didn’t catch your eye, there were
dozens of vendors selling everything from jewelry to T
shirts. And if your stomach was screaming for attention,
there were ample food stands selling a variety of tacos,
tamales, plantanos and alcohol-free daiquiris.
There were general interest booths of all sorts as well,
ranging from the Sierra Club to the farm workers’ cause;
and the mariachi bands, opera singer and other musical
guests made for a melodic environment as authentic as the
It all took place at the second-ever Fiesta del Pueblo, a
celebration of Latin culture in the immediate area and the
state at large. The festival tookplace at the Lincoln Center.
The Fiesta, founded by John Herrera, enjoyed an even
larger crowd than last year’s 3,500 visitors. Andrea Bazan
Manson, one of the organizers of the Fiesta, said police
counted the crowd for Saturday to be about 4,000 and that
Sunday’s crowd was substantially larger.
Sunday’s events included the conclusion of the soccer
tournament, a variety of musical acts taking the stage and
presentations by organizers ofthe Fiesta and others. Chapel
Hill Mayor Ken Broun read a welcome letter in Spanish to
the crowd as well.
See FIESTA, Page 2
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■ The Carrboro Harris
Teeter was evacuated
Sunday after people
complained of burning in
their eyes and throats.
BY WENDY GOODMAN
CARRBORO Police are continuing
to investigate the cause of a chemical leak
that closed a local grocery store for eight
hours on Sunday, said a Carrboro Police
The Harris Teeter on North Greens
boro Street, a 24-hour store frequented by
UNC students, was evacuated at approxi
mately 8:30 a.m. Sunday and reopened at
5 p.m. following a thorough cleaning ofthe
store, said Neal Leonhardt, the regional
operations manager for Harris Teeter.
“Three people were complaining of irri
tation to their eyes and to their throats,”
said Capt. John Butler of the Carrboro
Police Department. “They were taken to
the hospital, treated and released.”
An unknown chemical, which might
have been a white powder found on the
wine shelves, caused the irritation, Butler
said. A wine vendor, a customer and an
employee were affected by the chemical,
“It (the white powder) may have been
left there accidentally or maybe intention
ally,” Butler said. “We’ll investigate that."
Harris Teeter’s regional operations man
ager said the store was now safe. “We
know now it was a hazardous substance,
and we did have the area cleaned,”
Leonhardt said. “We wanted to make sure
we took every precaution to the benefit of
the customers and the employees.”
Butler said the grocery store was closed
shortly after 9 a m. after officers arrived on
the scene. He said police were called to the
scene after three people in the area of the
chemical leak complained of burning and
The Carrboro Police Department con
tacted the Orange County Hazardous
Waste Materials Team to help identify the
chemical that caused the evacuation. Call
ing a Haz-Mat team is standard procedure,
said Emerald Estock, captain ofthe team.
“Things are undercontrolnow,” Estock
See EVACUATION, Page 2