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Runaway charged in
youth home assault
■ Orange County Sheriff’s
deputies are still searching
for another suspect.
BY ROB NELSON
Four adolescents ran away from two
Orange County group homes early Mon
day, resulting in the violent assault of one
of the home’s staff members.
Three of the four runaways were back
in custody as of Wednesday, while the
fourth remained at large.
One of the runaways, a 15-year-old
male, has been charged with breaking
and entering and assault with a deadly
weapon after Monday morning’s escape.
About 1 a.m. Monday, two males,
ages 12 and 15, left through the window
of a branch of Yes I Can, Inc. group
home off N.C. 49 in Mebane.
They then traveled to the company’s
girls’ home about five miles away on
Jamaca Road, David Whitted, president
of Yes I Can, said.
There the 15-year-old, who had no
prior history of violent behavior, broke in
the front door and assaulted a staffworker
after she refused to give him her keys.
According to the sheriffs report filed
on Monday, the victim was beaten in the
face and head with a two-by-four and hit
with a brick. The victim was also sprayed
with a fire extinguisher, according to
The staff member was treated at
Durham Regional Hospital and released.
The boys left the scene with two girls,
ages Band 15, both residents at the girls’
Food service stirs up controversy at UNC campuses
BY JENNIFER WILSON *
The struggle for good food service is
For the five historically black state
universities in North Carolina, finding
acceptable food service has stirred up
Shaw Food Services hasprovided food
service forN.C. CentralUniversity,N.C.
Agricultural and Technical State Uni
versity, Elizabeth City State University,
Winston-Salem State University and
Fayetteville State University for almost a
decade until last year.
When NCCU’s and N.C. A&T’s con
tracts expired, they re-evaluated food
services and contracted with different
At a recent meeting, several student
body presidents from the five institutions
claimed that Shaw Food Services was
■ The legislative branch is
trying to attract the interest
of graduate students.
BY JESSICA GALAZKA
Every other Wednesday night, eight
seats sit empty in the basement ofPeabody
where current members of Student Con
gress meet, awaiting the election of new
legislators into their
chamber. r t y
Five of the eight F rmm ' f
vacant seats are 'llf ftmmf
open to graduate W
students. But many part two of threfr^ senes
of the graduate students don’t even know
that seats in Student Congress exist for
them, said Kathryn Sherer, chief of legis
' “It is hard enough to get them to vote,
much less run for office," Sherer said.
Student Congress dipped
into its emergency funds
Tuesday to help student
organizations. Page 2
home, and were driven to High Point, the
older girl’s hometown. The two younger
runaways then asked the driver to take
them back to Orange County, Whitted
Whittead said he was concerned with
the violent nature of this incident.
“This is definitely the most extreme
case I have dealt with,” he said. This is
the first case of assault involving the
program in its four-year history, Whitted
He said he believed the two younger
adolescents were coerced into running
away by the older two, who were ac
quaintances before joining the home.
As of Wednesday, only the 15-year
old female remains at large.
Security measures at the homes in
clude an alarm system and 24-hour su
pervision, Whitted said.
The two boys were able to disarm the
alarm system and leave through the win
The on-duty supervisor was in an
other room completing paperwork when
the incident occurred, he said.
Whitted said while he believed this is
an isolated incident, he is going to work
on developing programs specifically de
veloped to handle youth who run away.
The boys’ home has been temporarily
shut down so repairs could be made on
However, Whitted said he expected
the home to reopen sometime this week.
When the runaways return to the pro
gram, they will face some consequences,
“I am going to do everything in my
power to prevent something like this from
not handling the
Rash e e and
body president of
N.C. A&T, said
Shaw had not been
responsive to the
students’ needs at
N.C. A&T and the students were un
happy with the food quality and variety.
Questions also arose because the presi
dent and chief executive officer of Shaw
Food Services, N.C. Rep. Larry Shaw,
D-Cumberland, has been in public office
for one term. The representative’s com
pany still contracts with three of the state
J. Arthur Leaston, North Carolina
purchasing officer, said the North Caro
lina attorney general had determined that
no conflict of interest was present.
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Student Congress meets in Peabody 08 so that its meetings can be televised over the public access channel.
The legislative arm of student government is holding elections Oct. 1 to fill eight open seats.
Four of the seats allotted for graduate
students went unfilled after the spring
election. The fifth vacant seat was held
by a graduate student who was not pre
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The North Carolina Women’s Club Rugby team played Saturday at Ehringhaus field.
The club team vies with other club teams across the region and practices every Tuesday and Thursday.
Evelyn Shaw, president of Shaw Food
Services, said she agreed with the ruling.
“There is no state law prohibiting state
legislators from contracting with the state.
The attorney general ruled on it,” she
said. “If there was such a law, about 65
percent (of state legislators) would have
to give up their seats. ”
Evelyn Shaw said the conflict sur
rounding food service was a socioeco
nomic issue, not a political issue.
Students at historically black universi
ties want the same kinds of programs
available at other schools, but they pay
considerably lower rates, she said.
For example, students at N.C. A&T
pay $4.10 per day, or about $1.30 per
“Students at historically black univer
sities want the same kinds of programs,
but the contract has to prove equitably,”
Evelyn Shaw said. “You cannot go into
a store and buy a steak for the price of a
pared for the political bickering that oc
curred during meetings and resigned.
“Student Congress didn’t prove to be
whatheexpected,” saidßep. Jason Jolley,
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She said the real question was why
minority companies were no longer be
ing contracted by historically black uni
“The UNC system is initiating the
idea (that) our 16 universities in the sys
tem should be contracted with major
companies rather than minority suppli
ers,” she said.
Last yearNCCU’s five-year extended
contract with Shaw Food Service ran
out. The university evaluated prospec
tive companies’ meal plans and food se
lection to determine which company
would get the new contract, said Joyce
Page, director of purchasing at NCCU.
Marriott Corp. was selected, and they
have been operating on the campus since
the beginning of this school year, said
David Witherspoon, director of the
See CAMPUS CONNECTIONS, Page 2
District 16, chairman of the Finance
See STUDENT GOVERNMENT, Page 4
Mostly sunny; high *
Friday: Sunny: high 70s.
THE ROAD TO TALLAHASSEE
DTH/ ELYSE ALLEY AND PHILLIP MOLARO
Distance keeps students away
from big game in Tallahassee
BY ASHLEY STEPHENSON
Although the UNC-Florida State foot
ball game is one of the biggest of the year,
distance will keep many students away
from the action.
The ticket sales division of UNC’s
Sports Information Department reported
the 1,600 tickets available to UNC for
Saturday’s game in Tallahassee, Fla.,
sold out early last week.
But the 10-hour drive to Florida kept
the number of tickets purchased by stu
dents at a minimum. The majority of
tickets were purchased by alumni and
Educational Foundation members.
Football Coach Mack Brown said he
felt student support was a integral part of
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■ A committee to negotiate
zoning of the Horace Williams
property will meet tonight.
BY ALEX POD LOG AR
The Horace Williams Negotiating
Committee, a collaborative effort of law
makers, town planners andresidents, will
hold its first meeting tonight to begin
discussion on the long-range develop
ment of the Horace Williams tract.
“The committee was designed to work
collaboratively with the University to
develop a zoning ordinance that the
University would volunteer to apply the
Horace Williams property,” said Chapel
Hill Town Council member Richard
Franck, a member of the committee.
TheUniversityplans to extend its cam
pus to the 1,000-acre Horace Williams
tract off N.C. 54. The University must
get the town’s permission before erecting
each building, pursuant to an earlier coun
The committee will faciliate commu
nication between the town and UNC-
Chapel Hill regarding this future devel
Tonight’s meeting will determine the
committee’s future role and plan a sched
ule of meetings, said council and com-
See ZONING, Page 2
“Sometimes it’s difficult to let stu
dents know that we need the support,”
Brown said. “We need the crowd noise.”
Brown said he was excited that some
students and the marching band would
make the trek to Tallahassee.
“The more people in the crowd wear
ing Carolina blue, the better,” he said.
The UNC marching band is one of the
few student organizations that will be
attending the game. Acting Director of
Bands Jeff Fuchs said the lack of student
support expected for the game was ex
actly the reason why the band was travel
ing to Tallahassee.
“We’re going to try and provide some
student support,” Fuchs said. “We want
to help the team bring back their fourth
See FOOTBALL, Page 2