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Protesters Bare All
In UNC Labor Fight
By Alexandra Molaire
Assistant University Editor
Scantily clad students protested
UNC’s affiliation with what they called
an ineffective labor monitoring group
by taking over the steps of South
es and games.
What Do the
FLA and WRC
Really Work For?
See Page 3
Justice led an
upbeat protest Friday against UNC’s ties
with the Fair Labor Association, a non
profit organization comprised of appar
el and footw ear companies, labor rights
groups and universities.
Students wearing cloth signs reading
“FLA kiss my ass” demanded that inter
im Chancellor Bill McCoy come out
and join them, but McCoy was out of
the building at a meeting.
“We didn't really expect him to be
there,” said SEJ member Todd Pugatch,
Fire-related tragedies at
Seton Hall University and
UNC led to the plan to place
sprinklers in residence halls.
By Gavin Off
After several costly and fatal fires on
college campuses, federal officials are
demanding stronger fire safety mea
sures in student quarters across the
Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., and Sen.
Frank Lautenburg, D-N.J., proposed
legislation Thursday to help install
sprinklers in student residence halls and
fraternity and sorority houses.
The proposal would authorize the
Education Department to grant SIOO
million each year for the next five years
to public and private colleges and uni
versities to put sprinkler systems in stu
dent residence halls.
The bill comes on the heels of the
deadly lire Jan. 19 at Seton Hall
University in New Jersey.
The fire broke out in a six-story resi
dence hall, killing three freshmen and
injuring 54 other students.
Similarly, on Commencement day in
1996, a fatal fire broke out at UNC-
Chapel Hill in the Phi Gamma Delta
fraternity house. Five juniors were killed
in the blaze. Neither the Seton Hall res
idence hall nor the Phi Gamma Delta
house had sprinklers.
1 he issue was once again brought to
the forefront after five fires in Morrison
Residence Hall in recent months.
Michael Briggs, F.d ward’s
spokesman, said these fires prompted
the proposal. “The senator feels that it’s
important to provide an atmosphere
that is as safe as possible (in residence
halls),’’ Briggs said. “There have been
steps since (the UNC-CH fire) to
improve the situation, ... but this is an
opportunity to push the process along.”
He also said many UNC-system
school residence halls did not have
sprinkler systems. He said only six of
the 29 residence halls at UNC-CH had
sprinklers while seven of the 19 resi
dence halls at N.C. State University
were equipped with such a system.
Briggs said these numbers were most
likely similar to the national average.
“Nationally, we really don’t have a
good handle on (a percentage) because
there is no central repository for that fig
ure,” he said. “But most places still don’t
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Meridel Le Sueur
who is a student representative of the
Licensing Labor Code Advisory
Committee. “It was more symbolic call
ing on him to be accountable and take
action on these issues.”
Last April, SEJ led a three-day stu
dent sit-in at South Building in which
McCoy agreed to their demands.
Students covered their bodies with
pieces of cloth in celebration of the
“sweatshop” party’s theme, “I’d rather
go naked than wear clothes from a
. SEJ members want the University to
withdraw from the FLA and join the
Worker Rights Consortium, a group cre
ated with input from workers, students
and labor advocates.
SEJ asked that the advisory commit
tee provide McCoy with a recommen
dation concerning the WRC by March
10 and that McCoy make a decision by
April 3. The deadlines would give UNC
a voice in the consortium’s April 7
founding conference in New York City.
Pugatch, who was wearing a diaper
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Blacks Make Way
Into Pop Culture
By Russ Lane
The Harlem Renaissance’s legacy continues as
blacks continue to shape mainstream pop culture.
More than just an artistic movement, the
Renaissance sparked a political and philosophical
explosion among African Americans which influ
enced the tone and tenor of the 19205.
And in the last 10 years, much like the Harlem
Renaissance’s influence on its era, black culture has
taken a more
consistent role in
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nence of blacks
today has garnered a level of attention unseen since
the days of the Cotton Club, he said.
“The trend is cyclical,” Amana said. “Black culture
emerged in the ’2os, mid ’6os to mid ’7os, and the
’9os ... now we’re at a critical mass where African
Americans are in the mainstream culture where there
will be an ebb and flow but will not disappear.”
Whether it’s the widespread popularity of per
sonalties such as Oprah Winfrey, the superstar status
of actors such as Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes
and Angela Bassett or the penetration of hip hop and
rap into today’s musical landscape, black culture
seems to have reached an impressive apogee.
In the tradition of Langston Hughes and Ralph
Ellison, blacks have gained an increased prestige in
literary circles. Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize for
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like cloth and sandwich board reading
“Naked Devotion to Worker’s Rights,"
said SEJ would pay for McCoy’s airfare
to the founding conference.
Advisory Committee Co-chairman
Rut Tufts said the committee had sched
uled three meetings - Feb. 29, March 2
and March 6 - to discuss membership
status with the FLA and WRC.
Tufts outlined three options the com
mittee would tackle: stay in the FLA,
withdraw and join the WRC or deter
mine a combination of membership in
But a problem arises with the last
option - ONC would have to pay mem
bership costs for both organizations. For
FLA membership, UNC currently pays
1 percent of its annual gross royalties
from UNCTicensed products which
equates roughly to $30,000, Tufts said.
The cost for the WRC is identical.
“We’ve been working on these issues
for two years now. There is a lot of vest
ed interest from all sides,” he said. “I’m
really glad we have a plan that includes
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Literature for “Beloved” became the first book by a
black author to win such an honor.
The formal recognition of black literature legit
imized and declared a freedom of expression in
black authors’ subject matter.
“Toni Morrison would have never won the Nobel
Prize in the ’2os ... now we’re at a different spare.
You can now talk about (racism and slavery) in ways
that would’ve been considered ‘bitter’ in the ”205.”
said English Professor Trudier Harris, author of
“Exorcising Blackness: Historical and Literary
Lynching and Burning Rituals.”
Although black authors like Morrison or Alice
Walker can address controversial issues with more
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While passing students listen to his message, Students for Economic Justice member Todd Pugatch struts
around in a sandwich board and underwear in protest of the University's involvement with the FLA.
members from across the University.”
Pugatch said the protest drew a lot of
attention. “We intend to be visible,” he
said. “We hope this turns into some
awareness on the issues.”
The protest grabbed the attention of
Marathon Rakes in $70,000
By Allison Ford
Nearly 100 students pulled all
nighters Friday night, but not for any
It was a test of will.
Tired and weary, UNC students
danced their hearts out at Friday and
Saturday’s UNC Dance Marathon, sac
rificing a night of sleep in honor of suf
The money will go to support the
N.C. Children’s Hospital, the only pub
lic hospital for children in the state.
“It exceeded everybody’s expecta-
freedom, Harris said black subject matter was not
confined to a commentary of discrimination or
“Some of the self-censoring is gone today ... there
is not the issue of addressing racism as much. Now
black writers can write about anything. There’s a
much broader base of representation,” she said.
This freedom of expression is evident in black cin
ema in highly successful films such as “Malcolm X,”
“Friday” and “Waiting to Exhale.”
Amana said, however, that black film did not
completely abolish mainstream America’s idea of
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some students who were not aware of
the sweatshop movement including
junior Meredith Kasper, an English and
Spanish double major from Clemmons.
“I’m interested in learning more, def
initely. I was going to check out the
tions,” said Publicity Coordinator Leslie
In the final homestretch, after being
on her feet for more than 24 hours,
Cooley said, “Everything’s going so great
and everyone's staying so pumped up.”
Freshman Mark Hosemann said he
had never experienced an event like the
Dance Marathon. “It was unreal,” he said.
Hosemann said the Marathon com
mittee did a great job keeping the
Battling fatigue and distraction, more
than 95 percent of the dancers complet
ed the full 24 hours. “The people that
stayed were totally here for the right rea
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little unclear about the University’s
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son,” said Coordinator Mike Bucy.
Friends and supporters of the dancers
made appearances throughout the night
and the following day to bolster spirit and
inject fresh energy into the atmosphere.
“Volunteers aie coming out of
now here,” said Volunteer Coordinator
Ashley Hux. “They made the
Participants who began the night
dreading the long stretch ahead of them
found the hours passing by unnoticed. A
variety of events were offered to keep
students invigorated, including karaoke.
See MARATHON, Page 6
A joint legislative committee will meet
today in Raleigh to begin analyzing
ways to repair and renovate campus
facilities on all 16 UNC campuses. A
tight state budget could make this task
a tricky one. See Page 3.
The Envelope, Please
Murray Award for community service.
See Page 4.
Although the dreaded Y2K bug had
very little recognizable bite, university
officials say the fears actually prompted
better computer systems on campuses
across the country. See Page 7.
The Carolina Technology Expo 2000
will take over the Great Hall Tuesday
and Wednesday for UNC students,
faculty and staff to learn more about
information technology. The event is a
hodgepodge of vendors, presentations
and giveaways. See Page S.
The Daily Tar Heel is beginning the
process of selecting its next editor and
choosing at-large students to sit on the
committee that will pick the person for
the job. For more information, contact
current Editor Rob Nelson at
email@example.com or see page 2.