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Law school students react to professor’s suspension
BY KAITLIN GURNEY
UNC law students looked up from
studying law cases Wednesday to dis
cover they were in the midst of one.
Tenured Professor Barry Nakell has been
suspended without pay and discharge
procedures have begun following his ar
rest for shoplifting Oct. 1.
Chapel Hill police reports statedNakell
was arrested for concealing a S3O Tri
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■ A television ad claimed
Harvey Gantt reversed his
stance on gay rights.
BY JONATHAN COX
Already one of the most closely
watched races of the 1996 election year,
North Carolina’s race for the U.S. Senate
is quickly becoming a replay of the 1990
The personal attacks that character
ized the Senate race six years ago have
reappeared in the Gantt-Helms battle with
a television ad sponsored by Sen. Jesse
Helms, R-N.C. The ad said that Gantt
supported same-sex marriages and that
he was “too liberal for North Carolina."
This ad ignited a firestorm of criticism
from Gantt’s campaign headquarters and
an effort to defend his record.
“Harvey Gantt doesnot support same
sex marriages,” said Lisa Mortman,
spokesperson for the Harvey Gantt cam
paign. “Holy matrimony will always be
between a man and a woman.”
Gantt made his stance clear when he
endorsed The Defense of Marriage Act,
Gantt admitted in a 1991 article in
The Washington Blade that the gay
community’s support was very impor-
Festival organizer enriches, brings together community
BY BRENNA PEARSON
Those who venture out to Chapel Hill’s annual
Festifall street fair on Sunday
will probably be too wrapped up
in toying with fine arts and crafts,
sampling international foods and
jamming to the tunes of local
bands to take the time to thank
the woman behind it all.
Carol Walbom, the fair’s coordinator, will most
likely not be the fair’s most celebrated feature, but
not because she isn’t worthy of the title.
Walbom, the mastermindbehindboththeFestifall
Carol Walborn, Festifall and Apple Chill coordinator, has planned the Chapel Hill street fairs for the
past seven years. Sunday's fair will highlight local artists, craftsmen and musicians.
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angle Dining Guide and $6 worth of deli
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Southern Season, located in the Eastgate
Nakell, a celebrated civil rights attor
ney, taught criminal procedure and a
seminar for third-year students in the
School of Law.
Students’ reactions ranged from shock
to anger, and many were vocal about
their support for Nakell.
“My feelings about Professor Nakell
HELMS, R-N.C., are up to old tricks.
tant in his campaign. He denies allega
tions that he was turning his back on his
supporters, Mortman said.
“Harvey Gantt has never and will
never turn his back on a citizen of North
Carolina,” Mortman said. “When it
comes to kitchen table issues, he is the
only candidate who has addressed the
issues that matter.”
Gantt’s campaign team insisted that
this ad was a ploy by the Helms camp to
turn the focus away from his own fail
“We have a U.S. senator who does not
know how to tell the truth,” Mortman
said. “He is a senator with a failed record
and no agenda for the 21st century.”
Members of Helms’ campaign com
mittee defended their tactics. They said
See GANTT/HELMS, Page 4
and the Apple Chill festivals, has worked for the
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department for
seven years and will open her 14th fair Sunday.
Walbom’s main goal in coordinating the fairs is
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fact that it brings people together of all ethnic back
grounds and cultures.”
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are positive. He is a good professor and a
good man, and I hope he knows there are
students who support him,” third-year
law student Lisa Schneider said.
Miguel Hull, a second-year law stu
dent, said he enjoyed Nakell’s criminal
procedure class. “He’s a great guy. I
think it’s a shame that people who don’t
know him will judge the situation with
out the full story,” Hull said. “I know the
(criminal procedures) class all thought
highly of him and still do.”
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supporters marched from the Pit to South Building to protest poor working conditions. See story, page 3.
to meet the needs of and
strengthen the community.
“The street fair is a town
celebration,” she said. “It has
to reflect the wants of the com
munity. I think one of the most
successful aspects of it is the
Students said they heard rumors
throughout the law school that Tuesday’s
arrest was not an isolated event. Third
year student Richard Hollar said he had
heard about a past incident, when Nakell
pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny
for stealing a book from a Carrboro used
book store in 1991. But Hollar said it
didn’t affect his impression of Nakell.
“I’m concerned about Professor
Nakell, and I like him. I hope the stu
dents, University and legal community
Town officials prepare
to kick off fall with fest
BY GIBSON PATE
Arts and crafts, international food, dancing, games and a
variety of musical entertainment will take over downtown
Chapel Hill on Sunday at the 24th annual Festifall Street Fair.
The fair, sponsored by the Chapel Hill Recreation and Parks
Department, should attract between 25,000 and 30,000 people
who come to enjoy the craft booths, children’s activities and
musical groups, coordinator Carol
Of the 130 booths, most will feature
local arts and crafts, but out-of-state crafts
men will also be displaying their wares.
The fair does not cater just to crafts
men. Spicey food connoisseurs are in-
vited to WCHL radio’s annual chili cook-off.
Music is also a draw as two stages will feature blues, gospel,
world music, jazz and several types of rock ’n’ roll. Walbom
specifically highlighted Chapel Hill High School’s band,
Plutopia reggae band and Nomadic Angel, a Middle Eastern
dancing group, as examples of the cultural talent available at
Each of the 14 groups scheduled to perform were chosen
from a field of 30 applicants, which were decided upon by an
entertainment committee, Walbom said. “Typically, we go for
groups that have never been a part of the fair, ” she said. “Since
most of the groups performing are from the area, it is a great way
to showcase local entertainment.”
Chapel Hill police Lt. Gerri Cole said the department will
have four full-time officers from the new Dedicated Traffic Unit
on duty. Festifall does not bring in as much traffic as spring’s
Apple Chill Festival, but the police will be ready, Cole said.
“Lt. (Tim) Presley has established a working plan which
includes traffic patterns and barricades with officers at each
station,” Cole said. “Since the festival is only from one to six
and is planned, we do have an end in sight.”
Walbom said the comprehensive advanced planning should
make Festifall a fun afternoon for all.
“Every year we have a different group of entertainers and
kind of people that come out to enjoy the festival.”
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month with various events.
give him an opportunity in this case like
he has given others. I wish him the best. ”
Second-year law student John Jaye
said from what he had heard, “(Nakell)
clearly has a problem and needs help. It’s
a hard situation, because you want to
protect the integrity of the school. We
can’t have a law professor who steals
even if it is deli meat.”
Since it is a law school affair, some
students analyzed the case from a legal
point of view. Jaye mentioned that a lot
Daily Tar Heels disappearing
from racks at suspicious rate
BY JOHN SWEENEY
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
For the second time in three weeks,
copies ofThe Daily Tar Heel disappeared
Thursday from newspaper boxes unusu
Students across campus reported diffi
culty finding copies including Marc
McCollum, executive branch chief of
staff, who said newspapers from Davie
and Howell halls had disappeared by
about 9:30 a.m.
The box outside the Smith Center had
no papers by9a.m., and boxes in front of
the Student Union and the Undergradu
ate Library were out by early afternoon.
The same situation occurred Sept. 19.
DTH General Manager Kevin
Schwartz said he could not think of any
reason why the newspapers would have
been taken from boxes so quickly.
Schwartz, who has overseen DTH distri
bution for nine years, said that, on an
average day, about 500 copies of the
DTH were left in boxes.
Following the Sept. 19 disappearance,
Schwartz said there were no copies left.
As of press time, no estimates had been
made onhow many copies ofThursday's
paper were in the boxes.
Schwartz said there had been occa
sions before Sept. 19 when there were no
copies left at the end of the day.
Student Body President Aaron Nelson
said he heard there were no copies of the
DTH left on campus at about 1 p.m,
including distribution sites near the Tar
Heal Cafe and the Health Sciences
Library. The disappearances have been
reported to University Police.
Student Attorney General David
Huneycutt said stealing newspapers is
“most definitely" a violation of the stu
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of students felt law school Dean Judith
Wegner’s recommendation to Chancel
lor Michael Hooker for the termination
of Nakell’s employment was a swift and
overly harsh one.
Hollar said students questioned
whether the “innocent until proven
guilty” principle was being applied.
Other students,like third-year lawstu
dent Danielle Carman, supported
See LAW SCHOOL, Page 5
“If it turns out that the papers were
stolen by students, we could prosecute
for theft and/or deprivation of free
speech,” he said. “But right now we have
to determine if they were stolen and, if so,
who did it.”
Margaret Banett, judicial programs
officer at the University, said stealing
papers was a serious offense and that
students should report any suspicious
activity to Huneycutt.
Chapel Hill District Attorney Carl Fox
said that his office could not prosecute if,
in fact, the newspapers were stolen.
“When you have something like that
that’s being given away, it doesn’t have a
value,” Fox said. “I don’t think there’s
anything that can be done.”
But attorney Mark Goodman of the
Student Press Law Center said the paper’s
printing and advertising costs constituted
value and that charges should be brought
against anyone who takes copies with the
wrong intentions. “Someone who takes
a great quantity of copies for the purpose
of destroying them or depriving others of
the right to them is clearly going beyond
the invitation to take the newspaper pro
vided,” he said. “It’s clear enough to
provide criminal intent for a theft charge. ”
In other areas, thefts of free publica
tions have resulted in charges. In 1995, a
Texas man was charged with theft for
taking about 5,800 copies of the Univer
sity of Texas paper, The Daily Texan. In
1989, two Florida students faced misde
meanor charges for taking several hun
dred copies of a campus paper.
Goodman said, “These lands of thefts
continue to happen because prosecutors,
police and school officials refuse to do
anything about it.”
Graham Brink and Amy Cappiello contributed
to the story.