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Three charged in carjacking, fourth at large
■ Police dogs found the
Durham men after they fled
into the woods.
BY ANGELA MOORE
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
After a chase down U.S. 15-501 and
through the woods around Mason Farm
Road on Sunday night, Chapel Hill po
lice arrested three Durham men who
they say caijacked a Jeep from 151 E.
Police arrested Robert Leroyal
Chapel Hill-based group helps to
register, educate Hispanic voters
“Sir, are you registered to vote?"
Volunteers have been asking Hispan
ics around North Carolina that question
for El Pueblo, a nonprofit, nonpartisan
volunteer group working to register His
panic and Hispanic friendly voters for
the upcoming elections.
“Our goal is to empower and promote
the Latino culture and community, "said
Andrea Bazan Manson, vice president of
As well as registering voters, the orga
nizers want to educate noncitizens about
the naturalization process and about par
ticipating in government.
“We want to educate people in the
process of democracy to be able to look
out for themselves and their communi
ties,” said Katie Pomerans, a Hispanic
ombudsman in the N.C. Department of
Human Resources and a member of the
El Pueblo board of directors.
“We want to bring it to people’s atten
tion that we vote.”
El Pueblo hopes to register 250 new
voters per week during the drive, which
officially started July 20.
Pomerans said she was pleased to find
many eligible Hispanics were already
registered to vote.
“We did not know what we would
encounter when we started,” she said.
Manson said organizers for El Pueblo
realized the need for the drive while con
tacting local Hispanics during a fund
raiser for La Fiesta del Pueblo, an annual
Hispanic festival held in Chapel Hill.
With advice and funding from Project
Vote, a Washington, D.C.-based organi
zation that works to register minority
voters, El Pueblo volunteers began at
tending festivals, churches, flea markets
and Latin dance clubs to register and
Triangle’s cost of living may give professors’ salaries more value
■ But lower prices won’t
attract better faculty,
University economists say.
BY ANDREW PARK
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS EDITOR
As the N.C. General Assembly heard
repeatedly over thesummer, faculty sala
ries might be too low to keep top profes
sors at the University. But the playing
fieldlevelsafterfactoringin the Triangle’s
low cost of living.
Last year’s average salary across all
faculty ranks was $61,500, 14th in the
nation among the top public research
universities, accordingto Academe maga
zine. UNC rated below prestigious state
1995-96 average faculty salaries at UNC and five other public research
universities, adjusted for cost of living:
School Actual Salary Adjusted Salary
UNC-Chapel Hill $61,500 $62,300
University of Texas-Austin 60.300 61,000
Rutgers University (N.J.) 71,900 56,300
University of Coloradoßoulder 57,900 51,500
University of Washington-Seattle 58,000 48,200
University of California-San Francisco 58,600 33,900
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Peterson, 19, 0f2601 Kirky St., Durham,
and Brian Wayne Williams, 19, of 1311
Bacon St., Durham, after they were found
by a Durham Police Department dog in
the woods near the Mason Farm Biologi
cal Reserve around 11:30 p.m. The two
were charged with armed robbery and
conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
They arebeing held in the Orange County
Jail under $20,000 bond.
A third man involved in the carjacking
also hid in the woods near the reserve,
but was not found by police.
A fourth man, Willie Clyde Hawkins
Jr., 19, of 1904 Collier Road, Durham,
was arrested at his home later that
“We want to educate people in
the process of democracy to be
able to look out for themselves
and their communities. ”
El Pueblo Board of Directors
inform eligible voters.
Increasingincidents of discrimination,
misunderstanding and stereotyping are
an important reason to get more people
voting, Manson said.
“There’s a misunderstanding that His
panics come here and get on welfare and
that’s not the reality here in North Caro
lina,” she said.
People in the community have been
very receptive to the voter drive,
“There’s a lot of Americans whose
great-grandparents were immigrants,”
“There’s a lot of people who know in
their hearts that there was once that first
person in their family who faced the
Pomerans said the student commu
nity also was very warm and supportive
of the groups efforts.
Andres Echevarria, president of the
Carolina Hispanic Association, worked
on Franklin Street on Saturday to regis
“At first I was kind of scared. I felt like
I was bothering people, especially on a
Saturday morning,” Echevarria said.
“There are people who just blow you
off and tell you they don’t care, but most
people are kind of receptive once they
understand whatyou’re interrupting their
day for. I was very proud to be a part of
schools such as the University of Califor
nia-Berkeley, the University ofMichigan
and the University of Virginia.
When UNC faculty salaries are ad
justed for the relatively low cost of living
in the Raleigh-Durham area, they be
come more competitive, second only to
the Georgia Institute of Technology in
“It’s almost a little faulty to compare
salaries without considering how expen
sive the area you live in is," said Jon
Sanders, a research fellow at the John
Locke Foundation, a conservative think
tank in Raleigh. Sanders adjusted sala
ries based on figures for the first quarter
of 1996 and found similar results.
While UNC salaries improve when
adjusted for cost of living, faculty pay at
/aHw Sixty-six children died due
to homicides or suicides in
North Carolina in 1994.
evening. Police say he drove the three
men to Chapel Hill in order for them to
steal the 1996 Jeep Cherokee. Hawkins
was charged with aiding and abetting
armed robbery and conspiracy to com
mit armed robbery. He is also being held
in the Orange County Jail under $20,000
Capt. Tony Oakley of the Chapel Hill
Police Department said the owner of the
Jeep walked back to his vehicle parked in
Chapel Hill Realty lot at around 10:30
p.m. Sunday. He was approached by
three young men. One pointed a hand
gun at the victim and demanded his keys.
The victim complied, and the three men
a shock for
Adjusting to life in anew country
means more than learning anew lan
Heribieto Hernandez moved to
Durham from Orlando, Fla., with his
wife Lucy and daughter Michelle two
years ago. In Florida, the Hernandez
family could draw on the Hispanic cul
ture around them. That isn’t always the
“When we tried to find a doctor, a
Spanish(-speaking) doctor, we couldn’t
comfortable talking with a doctor in Span
ish than in English.”
Hispanic advocacy groups across the
state have joined forces with El Pueblo, a
Chapel Hill group, to register more Span
ish-speaking voters. Andrea Bazan
Manson, vice president of El Pueblo,
said the drive’s purpose is to give Hispan
ics more voice.
The Hernandezes said Hispanic cul
ture was lacking in the Triangle. “We
can’t buy the same kind of food here that
we’re used to; there’s no Spanish grocery
here,” Heribieto Hernandez said.
The Hernandez family moved to
Florida from Puerto Rico after they re
tired. Heribieto was vice president of a
furniture company in Puerto Rico and
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Francisco's Faculty Council
$33 900 BROWN says cost of
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ments are based on faculty,
figures provided by
local chambers ofcommerce to the Ameri
can Chamber of Commerce Researchers
Association, a nonprofit group that pub
lishes the data quarterly. Chambers sub
mit costs of goods, services, housing and
health care in each city. In comparing
universities, costs from comparable cit
ies were substituted for those that did not
report to the ACCRA.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber
of Commerce has not submitted prices
since 1994, chamber President Joel
Harper said. For some involved in the
faculty salary debate, that fact leaves room
“The prevailing wisdom is that cost of
living is high here,” said Jane Brown,
chairwoman of the Faculty Council.
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took his vehicle, Oakley said.
Oakley said police were given a de
scription of the Jeep and soon spotted it
near Estes Drive on U.S. 15-501.
“The officers got in behind it and re
ported back that they were behind the
vehicle,” Oakley said. After backup ar
rived, thesuspectsspedup and turned off
on Mason Farm Road near Finley Golf
“The suspects went down a dead-end
road and ran into a bar that ran across the
road,” Oakley said. “The bar smashed
the hood and busted out the windshield. ”
Reports estimated the damage to the Jeep
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Why did sorority pledges run amok from the Great Hall last evening?
Monday marked the sororities' annual Bid Night, when the women
finally learn into what houses they were accepted.
Brown cited the difficulty incoming fac
ulty members face when they try to find
inexpensive housing in Chapel Hill.
Harper quoted local housing and
health care prices significantly higher than
those reported by the researchers asso
ciation for Raleigh-Durham. An average
1,800-square-foot house costs $183,000
in Chapel Hill and $136,079 in Raleigh-
Durham. An average apartment rents for
about $750 per month, versus $573 per
month in Raleigh-Durham. Local costs
for visiting the dentist and hospital stays
are also more expensive, Harper said.
Whatever the numbers, economists
don’t put much stock in cost of living
comparisons because of the cost and dif
ficulty of compiling accurate data.
“It’s a piece of data that people don’t
have a whole lot of confidence in,” said
James Murphy, UNC professor of eco
nomics. “I wouldn’t be impressed with it
one way or another.”
Murphy said differences in prices be
tween job markets only matter if they are
big, such as the gap between Chapel Hill
and San Francisco. Huge differentials
between adjusted salaries do not exist.
Among the adjusted average salaries at
public research universities lastyear, only
$3,500 in salary separate the first- and
In most cases, job hunters compare
salary, fringe benefits and the people they
will be working with before considering
Chance of rain, mid
Wednesday: Partly sunny.
After crashing into the bar, the sus
pects jumped out of the Jeep and ran into
the woods, Oakley said.
“We set up a perimeter around the
area all the way over to Barbee Chapel
Road,” Oakley said. Both Durham city
and county officers joined in the hunt,
and all departments deployed K-9 units
in the area.
A police dog tracked down Williams
and Peterson in the woods. The third
man in the Jeep was not found. Chapel
Hill and Durham police are still looking
for this suspect.
Oakley said the victim was not physi
the cost of living, Murphy said.
And while cost of living comparisons
may explain different salaries in different
job markets, they might not influence
prospective employees at all, said James
Wilde, UNC professor of economics.
“My guess is most of them are not
familiar enough with those figures to
factor them in,” he said.
If not, prospective faculty may be ig
noring the relatively low prices in the
Triangle when they are choosing between
the University and other suitors.
And if those competitors are private
universities, able to raise tuition or tap
endowments to inflate salaries, the Uni
versity cannot compete, said Tim
Sanford, director of institutional research.
Many private research uni versifies pay
faculty more than the University. Aver
age pay at Duke University last year was
$75,200, and $85,400 at Harvard Univer
sity, according to Academe.
“The fact that our financial structure
and our governing structure are different
from Harvard and Duke doesn’t make a
difference when we’re recruiting faculty,”
The University should not compare
itself just to public institutions, he said,
because competition for faculty comes
from all universities.
“When you’re recruiting a faculty
member,” he said, “cost of living only
gets you so far.”
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■ A change to the transfer
meal system dictates what
students may purchase.
BY DAVE SNELL
“More Options” has lead to less value
for meal equivalencies according to some
students upset with changes made by
Carolina Dining Services this summer.
“Our meals are dictated to us in the
form of acceptable combinations,” said
Kevin Hanna, a sophomore from
Malvern, Pa. “At a time when Lenoir is
purportedly offering more selection and
possibilities for Carolina students, this
paradox begs the question: Does CDS
subscribe to a ‘less is more’ theory?"
Last year’s policy allowed students to
exchange one of their meals for a food
purchase amounting to less than $4.50
from any vendor in the Grand Market
place in Lenoir Dining Hall.
Now, under a joint decision by CDS
and Auxiliary Services, students with
meal plans are limited in what they may
purchase under the new “transfer meal"
program, which has replaced meal
equivalencies in Lenoir.
Students must choose an entree, a side
item and a drink to be able to use a meal
on their UNC ONE Card. Certain limita
tions, such as no shrimp entrees from Stir
Crazy and no Pizza Hut breadsticks, are
also in effect.
“There has been concern from die
students that there is a lot less flexibility
now,” Student Services Committee Co
chairman Scott Hammack said.
Brochures sent out during the summer
advertising the CDS meal plans did not
fully explain the change, Hammack said.
He said students should have had a
voice in changing the meal equivalency
policy since, ultimately, students would
have to repay any loss incurred through
lower sales in Lenoir according to
Marriott’s new contract with CDS.
Another change is a limit on how
many meals may be used if a student has
a traditional meal plan, CDS Director
Scott Myers said. Only one meal per
student can be used for lunch and one for
dinner. Formerly, students were allowed
two meals on the upper floor of Lenoir if
they had a traditional meal plan.
Before Monday, students could not
buy bottled beverages for their drink op
tion and had to purchase their entire
meal at one venue. Myers said students
can now mix and match entrees, side
items and drinks from any vendor in the
Grand Marketplace and can purchase
Hanna said he felt the addition of
bottled beverages was an improvement.
“It’s a step forward in the right direc-
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