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Students Fight Hate
With Candles, Songs
By Arman Anvari
Candles and songs illuminated the Pit
on Tuesday evening as more than 150
students huddled together in a candle
light vigil to combat hate.
• “These days, people don’t treat each
other with respect,” said senior Zach
Fay, chairman of the executive branch’s
Human Relations Committee.
. “We don’t take into consideration the
inherent dignity that every human has.
stereotype on the basis of religion,
race, sexual orientation, gender -and
that's all wrong.”
The Licensing Labor Code
Advisory Committee talked
of the possibility of UNC
joining a monitoring group.
By Karev Witkovvski
The UNC labor struggle continued
Tuesday morning as an advisory com
mittee discussed which labor monitor
ing group was most compatible with
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Stage Rallies for
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debated the merits of UNC member
ship in the Worker Rights Consortium,
a monitoring group recently created by
students, workers and labor advocates.
UNC is currently affiliated with the
Fair Labor Association, a nonprofit labor
monitoring group composed of apparel
and footwear companies, labor rights
groups and universities.
Students for Economic Justice mem
bers replaced their clothing with signs last
Friday to highlight the FLA’s inadequate
monitoring methods and encourage
UNC to join WRC. “We need to open up
discussion further about belonging to an
individual organization, both or neither,”
said Pete Andrews, committee co-chair
man and Faculty Council chairman.
The meeting was the first of three to
discuss membership possibilities with the
FLA and WRC. The next meetings are
scheduled for Thursday and Monday.
Committee Co-chairman Rut Tufts
said the group would aim to reach a
decision at Thursday’s meeting and
have a recommendation by Monday.
See LABOR, Page 6
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Protesters in Washington, D.C., link arms to block traffic in front of the Supreme Court
building. The Monday protest pushed for anew trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal.
The vigil was not focused on one sin
gle target of hate crimes. Speakers
addressed issues of gender, sexuality,
race and religion.
Singing began and ended the
evening. The Black Student
Movement’s Gospel Choir started the
vigil by serenading the crowd with songs
including “Amazing Grace.”
Throughout the evening, passers-by
- mostly students on their way in and
out of Lenoir Dining Hall - stopped to
view the proceedings.
After the Gospel Choir sang, the
vigil’s attendees split into small groups,
each of which embarked on facilitated
Learning Real World Skills
Proves Students' Next Test
By Kim Dronzek
After the diploma is in hand, most graduates
feel they are ready to take on the world -then
they find out they lack the basic skills their
degree didn’t provide.
Sarah Delgross, a master’s student in
accounting, was luckier than most jumping into
the adult world because
she knew already how to
handle her money.
“1 was a business
major so I knew all about
401 K plans, investing and
banking,” Delgross said.
“In college, the emphasis
is all on academics, and I
wish that I would have
learned more on life strat
egy and interactions than
But for those without a
business degree, finance
and managing money can be difficult and con
Katy Wilder, a junior psychology major
from Burlington, said she wanted to know
more about investing for the future before she
“I wish that I knew more about stocks, sav
ings and investing,” Wilder said. “Money is
going to be tighter after graduation, so I need
to know how to invest it wisely.
“The checkbook needs to be balanced, the
loans payed off and the idea of investing for the
Once out of college, graduates often face
paying taxes, buying a house or a car and buy
ing life insurance.
A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
discussions on how to combat hate.
“We tried to imagine what the world
would be like hate-free,” said freshman
facilitator Asha Rangaraj. “Then we dis
cussed hate crimes in the world today
and how we possibly could stop them.”
After the groups merged back into
one, Smita Varia of the Dean of
Students’ Office spoke on gender issues
and graduate student Glenn Grossman,
co-chairman of Carolina Alternative
Meetings of Professional and Graduate
Students, discussed sexual orientation.
Varia began by telling the disturbing
story of a woman named Lisa who had
allegedly been raped while working as
Hunt Fitzgerald, a junior communications
major from Roxboro, said he knew' a little
about what to expect from life after graduation.
“I took a semester off and worked, so I have
a pretty good idea about the real world, but I
wish.l knew more about how to get by money
wise without depending on vour parents,” he
These concerns are slated to be addressed
during Student Body President-Elect Brad
Matthews’ administration through a number of
“life skills” seminars.
This projected series of seminars, which
Matthews proposed in his campaign platform,
w ill feature professionals speaking to students
about topics such as life insurance, 401 K plans
and purchasing a home.
“These seminars will address the basic
things that are often overlooked in the class
room but are important in life,” Matthews said.
Cara Faulkner, a graduate student in the
School of Education’s Master’s of Arts in
Teaching program, said it was the little things
that could catch you off guard in the real world.
“Waking up early in the morning each day
for work, cooking, dealing with your car and
budgeting for things like groceries are the lit
tle things that you don’t think about until you
are completely on your own,” she said.
For Faulkner and other recent graduates, the
transition into adulthood did not end in col
lege, and in fact, life became a little harder once
the safety net of classes and parents’ support
Faulkner said, "The key is learning how not
to be taken advantage of because you are
young in the real world.”
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Students Join D.C. Battle
For New Abu-Jamal Trial
By Rachel Leonard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Protesters chanting
“no justice, no peace, no racist police” in front of
the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday were fighting
for more than anew trial for Mumia Abu Jamal.
Demonstrators, including about a dozen UNC
students, also called for an end to the death penal
ty and the release of all U.S. political prisoners.
More than 180 protesters w ere arrested Monday
for blocking traffic and jumping over police barri
cades to climb the steps of the Supreme Court
building. And in San Francisco, more than 160
people were arrested in a similar protest.
Protesters in cities in Europe and South America
also rallied Monday for Abujamal’s release.
Abu Jamal, a political activist and journalist, was
Wednesday, March 1, 2000
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Students held candles in the Pit on Tuesday night as part of a vigil
to combat hate. The vigil was sponsored by student government.
an exotic dancer at a fraternity house at
the University of Florida-Gainesville.
Although Lisa was admitted to a hos
pital in a neck brace and a fraternity
member taped the alleged rape with
commentary such as “this is what you
See VIGIL, Page 6
sentenced to death in 1081 for the murder of a
Philadelphia police officer. The case has been
assigned to anew judge, who will decide w ithin the
next few months whether to allow new evidence to
be presented by the defense.
Many of the Washington protesters said Abu-
Jamal’s trial was unfair. Alleging racism and police
corruption, they claimed that police suppressed
evidence and threatened witnesses.
While some ralliers supported Abu Jamal's con
viction and the death penalty, insisting that justice
was served in his case, the main focus of the protest
was anew trial for Abu Jamal.
Chapel Hill resident John Wexler said, “First
and foremost. I’m here to free Mumia Abu Jamal.”
Protesters aimed to keep the rally nonviolent.
See ABU-JAMAL, Page 6
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A UNC postdoctoral degree
student was attacked by
four men Monday night,
according to police reports.
By Lauren Beal
Assistant University Editor
University Police are continuing to
investigate an armed assault and rob
bery that landed one UNC student in
the hospital Monday night.
A UNC postdoctoral degree student
told police four black men wearing
baggy black clothing attacked him at
about 9:30 p.m. Monday night, on
Pittsboro Street near McGavran-
One man held a gun on the victim
while another hit him on the head with
a stick five or six limes, according to
Monday’s incident marks the first
reported assault to hit campus since two
female students were the victims of
attempted sexual assault in August
University Police Maj. Jeff
McCracken said robbery seemed to be
the sole motive in the attack.
The victim reported a Walkman and
translator stolen along with his passport
and an ID.
McCracken said the victim, who suf
fered broken bones and severe lacera
tions, was treated at UNC Hospitals and
Two UNC employees aided the vic
tim before police arrived on the scene,
“Apparently after the assault
occurred, the victim went back into the
building to get help,” McCracken said.
McCracken said that to his knowl
edge, there had never been previous
safety problems in the area where the
“It’s not an area that we have gotten
any lighting complaints about,”
Police are asking students to remain
cautious and not to walk alone at night.
Officers encourage anyone with
information about the assault to call
either the police or Carrboro-Chapel
Hill Crime Stoppers at 942-7515.
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A Call for Action
Student government began recruiting
Tuesday for volunteers for the upcom
ing campuswide service day. Project
UNC is slated to take place April 15
and incorporate as many student
organizations as possible. See Page 3.
Out in the Cold
The Virginia Senate denied the
governor's request to freeze tuition at
the state’s public universities. Senators
said it was unwise to eliminate tuition
as a funding option. See Page 4.
Some residents of the Pine Knolls
community and volunteers at the Pine
Knolls Community Center have found
locked doors lately when they tried to
utilize the facility, which provides family
support programs. See Page 8.
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