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Jesus Alvarez Ramos, the
man accused of two campus
assaults, faces five years of
By Jamila Vernon
After eight months in jail, the man
accused of attacking two women on
UNC’s campus in August pleaded
guilty despite his continued denial of
having committed the crimes.
Jesus Alvarez Ramos entered a guilty
plea Tuesday based on an agreement
that stipulated he
would he released
to time already
pleaded guilty to
two counts each
of attempted sec
assault on a
could be deported
to Mexico within
the next two days.
“He was given the option of getting
out of jail yesterday or waiting for a
trial,” said Amos Tyndall, assistant pub
lic defender for Alvarez Ramos.
“Who knows when this case would
have gone to trial. He would risk being
Instead of having to serve the sen
tenced lfi months to !20 months in
prison, Orange County Superiorjudge
Wade Barber suspended it to five years
of supervised probation, Tyndall said.
Alvarez Ramos still denies having
attacked the two women.
“It wasn’t him,” Tyndall said.
The first attack took place Aug. 15
when a UNC sophomore and two of
her friends were walking near Cameron
I he three split up as the victim began
The victim testified that the assailant
threw her on the ground between
Caldwell Hall and Grimes Residence
Hall and attempted to sexually assault
Two days later on Aug. 17, a woman
was assaulted between the Carolina
Coffee Shop and the Hanes Art Center.
The man threatened her with a knife
and attempted to jump on top of her.
Both victims recalled details of the
See PLEA, Page 2
UNC Employee Sues Hospital
Bv Harmony Johnson
and Geoff Wessel
UNC Hospitals could be held
responsible for alleged prejudiced hir
ing practices after hearings for a dis
crimination lawsuit conclude next week.
In the second day of preliminary
hearings, five hospital employees testi
fied Wednesday for a discrimination
lawsuit filed in October by employee
Smith is suing UNC Hospitals for
race, sex and age discrimination after
being denied a promotion last June.
Smith, a 44-year-old black woman, was
employed at the hospital as a level II
medical laboratory technologist in the
Smith still holds her position within
the histopathology department, which
deals with the study of tissue samples.
A hospital employee for more than
23 years, Smith applied for a level 111
med-tech position in June.
Despite being the senior applicant,
she was turned down in favor of Bert
Basabe, a 39-year-old white man who
See TRIAL, Page 2
If I smashed the traditions it was because I knew no traditions.
Sorensen Takes Name Off Chancellor List
By Alexandra Molaire
Assistant University Editor
University of Alabama President
Andrew Sorensen, a strong contender to
become UNC’s ninth chancellor,
yanked his name off the list Wednesday.
In a press release, Sorensen stated
that mounting inquiries about his status
in the search prompted him to make an
He stated, “While I consider it a great
honor to have been nominated for the
post, 1 have asked that my name be
withdrawn from consideration.”
Sorensen, the third candidate to pub-
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Robin Smith, who is suing UNC Hospitals for discrimination.
licly drop out of the search since
December, was not speaking to
reporters Wednesday. Committee
Chairman Richard Stevens could also
not be reached for comment.
Sorensen’s exit marks another snag in
the seven-month search, which is sup
posed to conclude by Commencement.
Committee members have remained
tight-lipped during the closed search,
even with media leaks that forced other
candidates out of the running.
Jeffrey Houpt, dean of the UNC
School of Medicine, and Linda Christ,
executive vice chancellor and provost at
the University of California-Berkeley
The road to college life and the job market has become
fiercely competitive, forcing students to run the rat race.
ILLUSTRATION BY JAMES PHARR
Thursday, March 9, 2000
Volume 107, Issue 170
both dropped out
of the running in
their names were
leaked to local
drawal was possi
bly spurred by a
of heart to no
Bv Anne Fawcett
Fifty years ago, high school seniors had a
variety of options after graduation. Some
young men enlisted to fight in Korea.
Others knew they could make a good liv-
ing by joining the family business, while
a few decided to try their luck in
Thirty years ago, a young man’s
Vietnam draft number determined his
future more immediately
than his education.
Today, the United
States is enjoying its
longest period of peace
time prosperity since
World War 11. But with
the economic boom has
come an increased
demand for a col-
Over the last
tion for higher
become intense as
numbers of high
apply for the same quantity
of college admissions slots.
Record numbers of high
school students registered for the
Scholastic Assessment Test in 1999 as
part of the college admissions process.
Driven by growth in minority test
takers, tbe number of students tak
ing the exam has increased by
nearly 200,000 in 10 years.
This swell of new applicants
has forced admissions coun
selors to raise their standards
Congress Kills Proposal
To Amend Drug Policy
By Katy Nelson
Student Congress asserted its inde
pendence from the Board of Trustees by
shooting down BOT-initiated clarifica
tions of UNC drug policy by a 5-14 vote.
The Committee on Student
Conduct’s proposed drug policy revi
sions for the Instrument of Student
Judicial Governance would have
expanded the scope of drug possession
violations. But opponents said the
changes were redundant with the cur
rent drug code and were only proposed
to pacify the BOT’s concerns.
The committee’s plan would have
made “possession of any object contain
ing any remnants or residue of illegal
drugs” a chargeable offense.
The committee also proposed to
update the policy by clarifying the defi
nition of possession. It stated that the
“possession shall mean the actual phys
ical possession of any illegal substance,
or the ability to exercise control or
dominion over any illegal substance.”
longer consider him for the post.
An editor at the UA campus newspa
per, the Crimson White, said Sorensen
backed out to protect his reputation.
“The feeling here is that it’s a face
saving measure,” said Matt Yoakum,
administrative affairs editor for the
paper. “This was kind of a way for him
to bow out gracefully.”
He said UA administrators respected
his decision to take interest in the posi
tion but wanted him to remain at the
university. “But they didn’t want him to
go, partly because he’s been a good
president and partly because changing
chancellors is a very difficult thing to go
his name from the
list of candidates.
from years past. Students have responded by
grooming themselves to be attractive from
“(Applicants) are members of every club
and go to every conference to make them
selves desirable,” said Martha Roseman,
associate dean of academic advising at Johns
Hopkins University. “Schools look for lead
ers, so students show leadership. Being a
good student academically just isn’t
But with this intense competition comes
Part three of a 10-part series
examining the issues that
will face our generation
in the coming millennium.
origin in the mid-1980s. She attributed their
stress to the college admissions process.
“Students are applying to more colleges
than ever before, and they’re faced with
increased competition to get into the best
schools,” Sax said. “They spread themselves
so thin by doing so many activities that
they’re getting overwhelmed.”
Their competitive spirit carried over to
post-college plans in 1999, as record num
bers of freshmen placed their educational
goals higher than a bachelor of science
degree or a bachelor of arts degree.
Changes to the code were proposed
after the BOT acted on UNC-Chapel
Hill’s relatively low numbers of drug
violations compared to other UNC-sys
tem schools. Last year, UNC-system
schools had the following drug violation
totals: UNC-CH, 16; Appalachian State
University, 116; East Carolina
University, 58; and N.C. State
Administrators were concerned that
UNC-CH’s drug policy failed to address
all behavior involved with drug use,
including use of paraphernalia.
Speaker Mark Kleinschmidt, who
voted against the bill Tuesday, limited
debate time to 30 minutes for each side
by certifying the debate as a contested
issue, a rarity in Student Congress.
Congresswoman Alexandra Bell said
that because possession was already ille
gal, the bill’s clarifications were not nec
essary except to satisfy the BOT’s initial
concerns. “This bill didn’t change any
thing. It’s an ineffectual bill to show tbe
See POLICY, Page 2
In 1985,31.6 percent of college freshmen
planned for a master’s degree to be their
highest level of education. The same year,
9.2 percent hoped to complete their doctor
ate. This year’s survey showed 40.1 percent
of freshmen are working toward a master’s
degree and 14.2 percent are aiming for doc
Sax said the increases reflected practical
matters rather than interest in education.
“Students feel they need to have at least
a master’s (degree) to get a job in a certain
field,” Sax said. “It’s not a desire to learn
more, but to be marketable.”
This focus on students selling themselves
marks a generational gap for many families.
UNC senior Danae Ringelmann said her
father felt sorry for today’s students.
“He sees it as a fast track,” Ringelmann
said. “There’s pressure to get as many letters
after your name as possible to be successful.”
But many students find they can take
detours along the way.
Ringelmann has chosen a more gradual
career course. She has majored in American
studies at UNC while taking premedical
requirements on the side. Eventually she
would like to mesh her interests, perhaps in
the business world.
Her job after graduation will send her off
to gain practical knowledge. Come
September, she’ll enter the work force at the
investment banking firmJ.P. Morgan & Cos.
“I’m going to give myself two years to see
what I’ve got lined up, then I’ll go from
there,” she said.
Despite the increased pressure felt by
incoming freshmen, Ringelmann is part of a
growing number of graduating seniors eval
uating the job market and putting the degree
race on hold.
These students opt to forgo graduate and
See COMPETITION, Page 2
intense stress, said
Linda Sax, coordi
nator of the
a survey distributed
each fall to fresh
Sax said the
freshmen were the
of any students
since the program’s
An Irish Spring
With the advent of Riverdance, Celtic
music entered mainstream America,
but artists still hold a unique identity
tied to tradition. Bands have surfaced
in Chapel Hill as well. See Page 5.
To raise pedestrian safety, a committee
wants to add neon-yellow and green
pedestrian walking signs as well as
more police officers on the streets
to ticket people that don't stop
at crosswalks. See Page 2.
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through,” Yoakum said.
UA Director of Media Relations
Cathy Andreen said the fact that
Sorensen was a possible candidate for
UNC chancellor raised concerns among
the UA community.
“Some of the faculty and students
here were going to wonder if he was
going to stay or not.”
Sorensen came to UA from the
University of Florida, where he served
from 1990 as provost and vice president
for academic affairs.
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