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Committee Sets Schedule for Labor Proposal
Bv Aisha K. Thomas
A committee dealing with fair labor
conditions mapped out a schedule
Monday to ensure that recommenda
tions concerning membership in labor
rights organizations would reach the
chancellor by the end of the week.
As the deadline approaches, mem
bers of the Licensing Labor Code
Advisory Committee said they would
vote Wednesday to determine if they
want the University to end a partnership
More than Sweet Tea and Grits: Northerners Learn Southern Style
By Jermaine L. Caldwell
It’s the line that separates Andy
Griffith and Jerry Seinfeld, sweet tea
and hot tea, soda and pop.
Although it’s invisible, the Mason-
Dixon Line is the arbitrary border
between two distinct American cultures, y
The regional differences often leave
students who cross the Mason-Dixon for
school at a loss to comprehend a culture
they only know from stereotypes.
So when “Yankee” high school seniors
decide to pack up their belongings and trek
south to the land of grits and “y’all,” they have
more to get accustomed to than the weather.
But despite the hurdles Northern students
face in making the transition to Southern life,
every year about 10,000 out-of-state high school
students apply to UNC.
And as many as 18 percent of the freshman
class members end up making a journey to the
Southern part of heaven.
Magnolias and Manners
Freshman Gabrielle Waligora fell in love with
Chapel Hill long before the Connecticut resi
dent filled out her college application.
Ller sister Nicole first blazed a southern trail
to UNC. During one of the Waligora family’s
visits, Gabrielle, then 11, encountered some
thing that would make a lasting impression.
The family dined at K&W Cafeteria in
Rep. Calls Tours 'lneffective'
Bv Jonathan Moseley
A legislator on the state committee
examining UNC-system capital needs
says campus tours to showcase vitally
needed improvements might ignore the
real problem of how to fund them.
In place of normal weekly meetings,
the Joint Select Committee on Higher
Education Facilities Needs has been on
the road for two Friday meetings,
observing rundown facilities in nearly
every university in the UNC-system.
Accompanied by UNC-system lead
ers, the committee, which visited the
UNC-Chapel Hill campus Friday, still
has three more trips scheduled - to
UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Asheville and
But Rep. Martin Nesbitt, D-
Buncombe, said time spent touring cam-
Funding Delay Could Hurt Farmers
By Kristina Casto
Six months after Hurricane Floyd, a
spending controversy in Congress has
log-jammed desperately needed relief
funds for N.C. farmers.
The U.S. House Appropriations
Committee passed an sß.(i billion emer
gency spending bill March 9 that would
provide the state with S3OO million in
But the bill has yet to come up for a
vote in the full House or Senate.
The bill includes $Bl million in loan
forgiveness for farmers and authorizes
the U.S. Department of Agriculture to
release additional funds to aid farmers in
the rebuilding process.
The remaining money would be
divided among housing construction,
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
with the Fair
and join the
partner with both.
The FLA is a
of apparel and
nies, labor rights
groups and uni
Sweet Tea and Style
seniors ed to see on a New York City street comer. Some students said “y’all” X, \
sand trek University Mall and was sold on the South. And they credit this difference to the thought was one of the first Southern A, 1
II,” they have “The lady at the front counter said, ‘May 1 that city-dwellers live every minute as if they words that struck a sour chord in
te weather. help you,’ to everv customer,” Waligora said. always have some place to be- quickly. their ears. Others included “Fixin’ to”
University Mall and was sold on the South.
“The lady at the front counter said, ‘May 1
help you,’ to every customer,” Waligora said.
“My dad began to call it the ‘May I help you,’
restaurant,” she said.
It was then that Waligora received her first
dose of Southern hospitality, which swayed her
to exit the North and come to UNC.
Other Northerners-turned-UNC freshmen
experienced similar educations in politeness.
“There’s a much bigger emphasis on behav
ior (in the South),” said freshman Doug Neal,
who attended high school in Kenilworth, 111.
Waligora said she noticed random acts of
politeness were not commonplace in the North.
“People down here are so friendly,” Waligora
said. “That’s what North Carolina is known for
- it’s just instinct. When somebody walks by,
you wave; you smile.”
Northern students said the waving and smil-
puses could be
better spent hash
ing out fiscal solu
tions. “1 certainly
knew the condi
tion of the schools
said. “What we’ve
got to do is sort
out what’s got to
be done and fig
ure out how to
pay for it.”
said any expendi
bonds, would be
said the committee's
had been productive.
unwise without a clear repayment plan.
The idea for the university tours
came about when last year’s multibillion
dollar bond proposal, intended to pro
vide for the UNC-system’s capital
road and other infrastructure repair in
eastern North Carolina ripped apart by
the September storm’s floodwaters.
The bill also funds items of pressing
international concern such as American
troops in Kosovo and fighting the drug
war in Colombia. The House planned to
vote on the bill this week.
But Senate Majority Leader Trent
Lott, R.-Miss., and other Republicans
said the bill was full of pork-barrel items
and warned that they would oppose it.
Kimberly Nielson, spokeswoman for
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., said some
conservative Republicans were con
cerned that the bill would increase
spending for the Kosovo and Colombia
operations. She said she was not sure
when the issue would be resolved.
“We’ll just have to keep our fingers
crossed," she said.
Tuesday, March 21, 2000
Volume 107, Issue 173
The WRC is a group recently creat
ed with input from workers, students
and labor advocates.
While committee members weigh the
pros and cons of joining the WRC, stu
dent activists will meet with interim
Chancellor Bill McCoy today to persu
dae him to cut UNC’s ties with the Fair
Members of Students for Economic
Justice said the recommendations from
the advisory committee would not be
tailored to their demands.
“We are hoping that this will give us a
ing to strangers was not something one expect
ed to see on a New York City street comer.
And they credit this difference to the thought
that city-dwellers live every minute as if they
always have some place to be- quickly.
“People walk fast because there’s always
something to do, always somewhere to go,” said
Davette Zachary, a freshman from Long Island,
Neal said a Southerner’s mentality was the
complete opposite. “People are much more
easygoing down here. You walk to class, and
everyone is strolling and chatting with each
Drawls and Vails
While Northerners might easily find them
selves in conversations with Southerners, under
standing what they are saying might prove to be
a more difficult task.
“(When I first came here,) I couldn't under
stand what people were saying because of the
needs, failed in the N.C. General
Assembly. The legislature decided the
tours would be a way to prioritize fund
ing for much needed improvements.
The committee is slated to present
the legislature with a recommendation
of how to handle the capital improve
ments problem when the General
Assembly reconvenes in May.
Despite Nesbitt’s concerns, most
committee members said their experi
ences had been effective in exploring
state universities and had provided them
with valuable information.
“When you see firsthand what’s
going on and talk to the students who
have to work in those surroundings, it
brings the situation direct to you,” said
Rep. George Miller, D-Durham, co
chairman of the committee.
See TOURS, Page 4
N.C. farmer Brenda Jones said the
bill’s delay or defeat would hurt farmers
recovering from last summer’s drought
and last fall’s flooding.
Jones and her husband run a peanut
and cotton farm in Nash County. She
said the flood destroyed more than half
of their cotton and peanut crops.
She said she and her husband
received no federal aid, forcing them to
extend last year’s loans and take out
additional loans for this growing season.
“They keep talking about all this aid,
and the general public thinks that farm
ers are getting all this aid, and we’re not
getting it," Jones said. “We just need
some help of some sort.”
In the aftermath of Floyd, the state
spent sß3fi million on flood relief, send
See FUNDING, Page 4
>.chance to get our main points across,”
SEJ member Courtney Sproule said.
Members of SEJ support a union with
the WRC and demand that UNC’s affil
iation with the FLA be severed.
Last April, SEJ led a three-day student
sit-in at South Building in which McCoy
agreed to require full disclosure of com
panies that manufacture UNC products.
Members asked the advisory com
mittee to provide McCoy with a recom
mendation concerning the WRC by
March 10, but the committee extended
the deadline to Friday.
Junior Susannah Kirby, gets her fill of pita bread and hummus at the
Great American Meatout on Monday. The vegetarian feast was put
on by campus groups to raise awareness of animal cruelty.
SEJ members want McCoy to make
the final decision by April 3 to ensure
that a UNC representative could attend
the WRC founding conference April 7.
Task force members discussed the
monitoring processes and standards of
the FLA and WRC at the Monday
They also debated the merits of join
ing both groups.
Committee Co-chairman Pete
Andrews said much was still unknown
See LICENSING, Page 4
words that struck a sour chord in
their ears. Others included “Fixin’ to”
and “Fittin’ to.”
And vice versa, the Northern tongue also has
a uniqueness to it that can rub Southerners the
When Zachary opened her mouth to speak in
Chapel Hill, she soon found that her words
were followed by a “Where are you from?” or
“Oh, you’re from up North somewhere.”
Neal said most Southerners thought their
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quickly and a lot.”
But just eight months in the South can cause
Southern slang to soak into those thick
Northern accents like gravy on a buttermilk
See CULTURES, Page 4
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Although the fee increase
will benefit students, some
want increased student
involvement in the process.
By Jason Arthurs
Students returned from Spring Break
to find an unusually high increase in stu
dent fees to add to their already inflated
tuition bill next fall.
While student government officials
maintain the fees are justified and will
directly benefit students, other students
say the process of raising student fees
needs to be more open.
The Board of Governors voted unan
imously Thursday to raise UNC’s fees
by 9 percent to $850.82. In the past, the
board had restricted fee increases to 5
percent per year.
Student Body President-elect Brad
Matthews said the fee increases should
not cause concern for students because
they would directly benefit from
Student Union renovations and
improved Point-2-Point services.
Students voted in a 1998 elections
referendum to raise student fees for the
$3 million Student Union expansion.
“(Thursday’s vote) was just the final
step in a process,” Matthews said. “The
difference between the (previous)
tuition increase and this is that students
were involved in the process.”
But junior Michal Osterweil, co-chair
woman of the Alliance for Creating
Campus Equity and Seeking Social
Justice, said that while student govern
ment claimed the increase was what the
students wanted, she Left students were.
not well-informed of the fee increases.
“Students aren’t there just to protest;
we can also be strong advocates, too.”
Osterweil said she questioned the tim
ing of the BOG vote. “The fact that this
meeting was set over Spring Break
makes me a little uneasy,” she said. “I
just wish the BOG and student govern
ment were more informative and invited
more people to be a part of the process.”
Graduate and Professional Student
Federation President Lee Conner
stressed that the high fee increases
should not be looked at collectively, but
individually. “Certainly a large portion
of that is for the (Student) Union (reno
vations),” he said. “This is a special
thing this year.”
But Osterweil said she was con
cerned that students were being asked
too often to provide money that the
See FEES, Page 4
After an alleged assault on a 14-year-old
Chapel Hill High School student by a
temporary worker, school officials say
they will examine the process for
screening workers. See Page S.
An insert that recently ran in Wake
Forest University’s campus newspaper
claiming that the Holocaust has been
historically distorted and overblown
has sparked outrage from minority
groups on the campus. See Page S.
UNC, Rice Tip Off
2000 NCAA. '
team took on 13th
seed Rice at
midnight, too late
to make it into
on time. See
Wednesday's paper for the full story.