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Locals Recount Arrests, Abuse at IMF Protest
* At a Tuesday press conference in the Great Hall, Greg Pettis, Kate
Lovelady and Lucie Laurain (L-R) discuss the IMF protests.
A Transfer Chancellor
UNC, UNL Differ
In Approaches
To Academic Life
By Vicky Eckenrode
Managing Editor
“I proudly accept the chancellorship to the University of Nebraska
- that’s the last time I say that.”
This small blunder at the end of James Moeser’s remarks to the
Board of Governors after his official election Friday showed there
were still some kinks that needed to be worked
out before Moeser fully transitions to his new
In 1789, UNC became the first state universi
ty in the country. And almost a hundred years
later, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
received its charter from the state legislature in
The two schools took varied paths with aca
demic focuses but now share a common thread.
After spending four years at UNL as the school’s
head figure, Moeser now takes his experiences
there to UNC.
“In many ways they are very different insti-
tutions,” Moeser said last Friday after the Board of Governors officially
announced his appointment.
But he was quick to promote his ability to make the transition from
a land-grant university that academically appears more like N.C. State
University than the liberal arts foundation of UNC.
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Although Nebraska is ranked in the second tier of national univer
sities, according to U.S. News & World Report, the school is a mem
ber of the Association of American Universities, an organizational
group of 50 institutions heavily focused on graduate and research pro
grams, and is a Research I institution.
UNC, ranked 25 overall among national universities, is also a
Research I school.
Tuition differences between the two schools could prove to be a
sticking point in Moeser’s transition as in-state students at UNC pay
less for their education than their counterparts at UNL. The in-state
tuition is $2,262 a year at UNC and $3,152 at UNL. The discrepan
cy between out-of-state payments is even greater. Out-of-staters at
UNC pay about $4,000 less than those at UNL.
Drug Abuse Suspected With Body Found on Highway
By Theresa Chen
Staff Writer
Officials are citing drug overdose as
the most plausible cause of death for the
woman found dead near the 260-mile
marker on Interstate 40 earlier this
Although the Alamance County
Sheriffs Office is still waiting for toxi
cology results from the medical exam
iner’s office, speculation has targeted the
death of Rhonda Eason, 31, as drug
related, Lt. Paul Fine said.
“I wish (the medical examiner) would
hurry (the toxicology report) up so we
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could decide whether it was a homicide
or an overdose," he said. “If it comes
back that there were enough drugs in
her system, then we’d be leaning toward
the overdose idea.”
Fine said the sheriff’s office knew
Eason was a heavy drug user, and the
fingerprints that helped identify her
body were obtained from drug-related
criminal charges.
“I don’t want to get into that, but she
got into a fight one night,” Fine said. “It
was drug-related, and she ended up get
ting arrested.”
Fine said the overdose idea was
favored over homicide because there
Every scholar is surrounded by wiser men than he.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Students and locals held a
press conference on campus
to publicize their experience
at a protest in Washington.
By Joseph Pardington
Staff Writer
Returning from a massive protest in
Washington, D.C., over the weekend,
students and local residents described
Tuesday their harsh treatment by police
and jail officials during the 25,000-
strong demonstration.
At a press conference in the Student
Union, members of seven campus orga
nizations recounted their involvement in
the protest against the International
Monetary Fund, the World Bank and
the national prison system.
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Lack of N.C. Ties Sets Moeser Apart
By Cate Doty
Managing Editor
Chancellor-elect James Moeser is a son
of Texas who found his calling at the key
board of an organ.
The late Michael Hooker, a Virginia
native, found his in the ancient tomes of
Their predecessors include a scientist,
a lawyer and revered academics. Those
names, which once figured at the head of
the University, now pepper campus build
So what is a 61-year-old organist doing
at the helm of UNC, a Research I institu
tion of higher learning with aspirations of
were no signs of physical trauma to the
body. Although the N.C. Department of
Transportation worker who discovered
the body said it looked like Eason’s head
was bloody when he found her, Fine
said this was not the case.
“The head was not bloody,” he said.
“We saw absolutely no signs of blood on
the outside of the body."
Even if the results of the toxicology
report do point to drug overdose as the
cause of death, Fine said the investiga
tion was not over.
Eason was last seen on March 25 at
the Outback Saloon in Mebane. A
report from the sheriff’s office stated that
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Members said they were illegally
arrested, brutalized by police and mis
treated while incarcerated.
Greg Pettis, a graduate student in
political science from Sacramento,
Calif., said he was roughed up and
denied adequate food in Washington,
D.C. jails.
“I was held 27 hours in jail,” he said.
“While I was there I was only given four
pieces of bread to eat and one carton of
fruit juice.”
The Anti-Corporate Dominance
Coalition - the umbrella name for the
participating groups - led the event.
The member organizations are
Students United for a Responsible
Global Environment teamed with
Student Environmental Action
Coalition, the Globe Committee of the
Campus Y, Internationalist Books,
Students for Economic Justice, the
a rich intellectual climate?
Apparently, he’s filling some pretty big
administrative shoes with a storied past
and a hopeful
Moeser is the
latest in a diverse
cast of chancel
lors, some veter-
Moeser Takes
Parting Shot at
UNL Coach's Pay
See Page 6
an administrators and some renowned
And beyond the family characteristics
and the academic backgrounds, he is the
outcast in a group of men who all had ties
to North Carolina before their chancel
lorship, tenuous though those ties might
have been.
earlier that evening she told her hus
band she was “going partying” but never
Fine said the sheriff s office wanted to
know who was with Eason to determine
whether anyone could be charged with
concealing a death.
“It’s unusual to find a nude body on
the side of the highway,” he said. “She
may have been in bed with someone
when she died of overdose and scared
him. He could have loaded up her body
and dumped her without putting her
clothes back on."
Until the toxicology results are in,
however, all the sheriff’s office can do is
International Socialist Organization and
the Campaign to End the Death Penalty.
SURGE member Dermis Markatos
said the protest was an eye-opening trip.
“We had amazing experiences that
really could change our lives that show
a lot about our government and show
the state-corporate nexus,” he said.
1997 UNC graduate and
International Socialist Organization
member John Wexler said the purpose
of the press conference was to educate
the public about the protests.
“(We wanted) to let people know that
UNC students went and about the jail
ings and the police brutality in general,"
he said.
Protesters at the press conference said
they found themselves running from the
police instead of focusing on the issues
“Ties to the state gave the candidate
authentication,” said Board of Governors
member John Sanders, who served on the
search committee that enlisted Hooker in
“Alumni gave those ties more merit
than they possibly deserved. But they do
give the candidate an advantage.”
Former UNC-system President Bill
Friday made it a point during his career to
appoint candidates who came from North
Carolina or from within the system.
UNC alumnus Christopher Fordham,
chancellor from 1980 to 1988, began his
teaching career at the School of Medicine
guess about Eason’s case, Fine admitted.
“Without enough information, we’re
just speculating," he said. “We didn’t
want to do much speculation around her
Fine said the department was trying
to contact a possible witness in the case.
“There’s an individual that we could
talk to that may be able to shed some
light on this,” he said. “Not that he’s
involved or anything - just he may have
seen something. He’s not personally
related to her at all.”
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Officials said the patient
attempted to jump from the
top of the 35-foot water
chiller near the Bell Tower.
By Brooke Roseman
Staff Writer
A Hillsborough woman who threat
ened suicide on campus is still under
treatment at UNC Hospitals.
Trudy Brewer threatened to jump
from a 35-foot water chiller plant in the
Bell Tower parking lot at 5:30 p.m.
Monday afternoon, police reports stat
Archie Daniel, a representative
from the UNC Department of Public
Safety, said Brewer had originally
been admitted to the hospital for an
anxiety attack or a potential heart
Hospital spokeswoman Karen
Stinneford said Brewer fled from the
medical ward while in the process of
being discharged from the hospital
Monday afternoon.
Daniel was present when Brewer
attempted to jump.
“We negotiated with her until she
reached a point where she felt like she
could come down and deal with her
life,” he said.
Maj. Jeff McCracken said Brewer
was convinced by public safety officials
and hospital personnel to leave her pre
carious position on top of the water
DPS Director Derek Poarch said
there was a public safety department
negotiator on tV\e scene and a number
of officers securing the area around the
Bell Tower lot.
The DPS released Brewer to hospi
tal officials who took her into custody
and transported her to the UNC
Hospitals emergency room, reports
McCracken said he could not com
ment on whether Brewer was consid
ered a high-risk patient after she
attempted to commit suicide or how
long she would continue to be hospital
Stinneford said the hospital could not
release any information about Brewer’s
current condition.
The University Editor can be reached
Campers Sent Packing
N.C. State officials held a forum
Wednesday to discuss alternatives to
the camp-out method of basketball
ticket distribution, despite students
who like the tradition. See Page 8.
'Hay Fever' Gets Laughs
David Hammond leads Haymakers’
Repertory Company’s latest show with
talent that can turn a stack of dishes
into a good joke. The play opened this
weekend. See Page 9.
Brown Out
Nike threatened to sever ties with
Brown University. Officials claim this is
in response to a letter asking Nike to
reform labor practices. Nike says it is
just a negotiating ploy. See Page 11.
Take Over, Reach Out
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