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BY TODD DARLING
The recent controversy between a
small local bookstore and Student Stores
took on a larger dimension at the Chapel
Hill Town Council meeting Monday
At the meeting, representatives for the
Internationalist Bookstore, located at 405
W. Franklin St., asked the council for
intervention in settling a dispute between
the bookstore and the University.
Co-manager Dorrit Geshuri said the
main purpose of appealing to the council
was to inform the community of the
injustice she said was being done and to
attempt to get reparations for the loss of
“We need to nip this crisis in the bud,”
Geshuri said. “We want to get a promise
from Student Stores not to do this sort of
thing again and also some financial com
pensation. I don’t think that is too much
In a prepared statement read to the
council, co-manager Yonni Chapman
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Gantt’s prime time speech ignored by major networks
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO U.S. Senate candidate Harvey
Gantt stressed the traditional values of family and
responsibility Tuesday night in a prime time speech
that was seen by just a fraction of its potential
The speech to the Democratic National Conven
tion was delayed by the addition of former New
York Gov. Mario Cuomo and the decision to push
forward the speaking times for first lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton and Tipper Gore.
ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN then opted to air
commercials and analysis rather than sticking with
Gantt. The cable network C-SPAN aired the speech.
“I’m sure disappointed. I wanted my folks back
home to see it,” Gantt said following his address.
“We would have loved to have been seen over
national television but we’ll take it the way we got
Gantt opened by vowing that he would defeat
Republican incumbent Jesse Helms in November.
He then told delegates in the United Center about
growing up poor but hopeful in a Charleston, S.C.,
public housing complex.
“My parents didn’t have much money and pre
cious little formal education.
“But they were rich in the values and dreams of
America. They taught their five children that with
hard work and perseverance, faith in God, and
personal responsibility, anything was possible in
this country,” Gantt said.
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Internationalist Books Co-managers Yonni Chapman and Kelly Kress and freshman Trevor Presler of Lexington, Ky„ protest in the Pit on
Tuesday. Internationalist workers picketed and passed out literature asking students not to buy certain books from Student Stores.
The architect and former Charlotte mayor re
counted that he faced racial discrimination as a
youth, but prevailed with the help of a strong family
and hard work.
He said the promise of a better life can be renewed
if Americans “value strong families that struggle to
Gantt has spoken often about traditional values
during campaign speeches this year.
He was labeled a liberal by Helms in their 1990
race, which he lost narrowly to Helms after absorb
ing attack ads that accused him of backing racial
Helms repeated the claim during this year’s Demo
cratic Party primary when he ran an ad accusing
Gantt, who is black, of supporting “racial prefer
ences” in hiring.
Gantt has said he supports affirmative action
programs with reforms on how they are applied.
A spokesman for the North Carolina Republican
Party attacked Gantt’s decision to speak at the
convention despite President Clinton’s decision to
encourage the Food and Drug Administration to
regulate nicotine as a drug.
“Harvey Gantt showed North Carolina where he
really stands on tobacco by accepting a featured role
at Bill Clinton’s convention in Chicago," said spokes
man Robert Wilkie.
The Democratic National Committee gave Gantt
the most prestigious speaking spot of any other N .C.
delegate to the convention.
Aldermen delay affordable housing funding vote
BY AMY CAPPIELLO
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
A hailstorm of criticism was aimed
towards a 10-unit block of affordable
housing in the Merritt Mill Square area
within the past week.
The Board of Aldermen were sched
uled to vote on the matter of contributing
funds to EmPO WERment Inc. ’s Merritt
Mill Square project Tuesday night but
delayed because some issues had not
been finalized, Alderman Alex Zaffron
“There are some issues
EmPOWEßment needs to deal with af
ter they look at the building in its current
use and comply with the housing codes,”
Zaffron said. “That’s why we delayed
the vote so issues could be worked out.”
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Gantt spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on Tuesday night. He is
pictured campaigning for the spring primary, when he defeated Charles Sanders.
Myles Presler and Termain Kyles, is seek
ing grants of $30,000, $20,000 and
SIO,OOO from the Orange County Board
of Commissioners, Chapel Hill Town
Council and Carrboro Board of Aider
men. EmPOWEßment is trying to sal
vage the 10 units of affordable housing
for the area’s low-income workers.
The Commissioners and the council
have committed the funds, contingent on
the other boards agreeing to contribute.
Tax Watch, a community fiscal inter
est group, attacked EmPOWEßment in
an Aug. 19 letter to the Commissioners.
In the letter, Tax Watch Chairman
Tommy Gardner argued against using
tax money for private business ventures.
“This proposal by EmPOWEßment
Inc. asks you to sink tax money into its
private venture, Merritt Mill Square,”
Gardner stated in the letter. “This tax
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money is not being put into public hous
ing which is owned by the government. ”
Issues highlighted by Tax Watch did
not raise concerns with some aldermen
about the Merritt Mill Square project.
“I think Tax Watch and I have differ
ent philosophical ideas about the role of
government,” Alderman Jacquelyn Gist
said. “I think taking care of the health,
safety and care of our community is one
of our top priorities.”
Zaffron said Gardner’s letter angered
him because of its style, content and
tone. “Contained in the letter were per
sonal attacks on the staff of
EmPOWEßment,” Zaffr on said.
In his letter, Gardner stated few ques
tions were raised by the elected officials
as to Kyles’ and Presler’s backgrounds.
“One has been in and out of UNC as
a temporary employee on three different
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occasions over the past two-year period, ”
Gardner stated. “This is not to condemn
his sketchy work history but rather to
raise questions that no elected official
thought to ask.”
EmPOWEßment also made headlines
recently as the struggle for a $50,000
federal HOME grant continued. The
money, which is part of an entitlement
fund that comes to the county every year,
has already been promised to a single
family home project in the Scarlett Drive
and Legion Road area.
Executive Director of the Orange
Community Housing Corporation
Donna Dyer, who developed the 11-home
Scarlett Drive plan, said she would not be
opposed to the reallocation of funds.
“I do not oppose a reallocation of the
money,” Dyer said. “If the HOME pro
gram wants to do it, they can.”
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BY SHARIF DURHAMS
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Protesters of Student Stores’ “under
handed” method of obtaining professors’
book lists cannot be granted exclusive
license to sell books for certain classes,
University officials said Tuesday.
Workers at Internationalist Books, a
Franklin Street bookstore, held picket
signs and passed out literature asking
students not to buy books for certain
classes from Student Stores.
“We’re just calling for people who
could buy their books at International to
buy them at International,” Internation
alist Co-manager Kelly Kress said.
The protesters were angered when Stu
dent Stores employees entered their store
and copied titles of books that professors
ordered exclusively from the Internation
alist. Student Stores now carries those
“We would like them to refrain from
basically stomping on us,” Kress said.
Co-manager Yonni Chapman said
when he spoke with University officials,
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see unity in
■ The UNC system,
community colleges and
public schools team up.
BY ERICA BESHEARS
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
The UNC system, North Carolina
community colleges and North Carolina
public schools share one common goal:
educating North Carolina’s students.
The three men at the helms of those
education systems, who are longtime
friends, say they can reach that goal more
easily by working together.
“We no longer stand as three different
levels of education,” said Jay Robinson,
chairman of the state Board of Educa
UNC-system President C.D. Spangler
spoke of the systems in terms of a circle.
“If any part of that circle is weak it weak
ens all of us.”
About 85 percent of UNC-system stu
dents attended North Carolina public
schools. Most North Carolina public
school teachers attended UNC schools,
Spanglersaid. “We turn them into teach
ers, and they go back into community
colleges and public schools.
“It’s really a complete circle and it’s
Spangler said the University benefits
when public schools and community
colleges are as strong as possible. “We
strengthen our university very rapidly.
I’ve seen the student body and applica
tions get better and better.”
But Lloyd Hackley, president of the
North Carolina community college sys
tem, said the circle was still forming.
Transitions between high schools, com
munity colleges and universities remain
rough, he said. “While nobody would
think about eliminating (the three sys
tems), everyone recognizes that we need
to smooth out and eliminate the gaps,”
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