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Two hundred and seven years of
tradition, community and broth
erhood were destroyed this
week. Chicks moved into Old East
and Old West residence halls. Jesus.
If I had my way, I’d help them start
packing their Laura Ashley bedspreads
and stuffed animals today. And I’d tell
the administration of our equality-mind
ed University to leave the dudes alone.
I spent some quality time in Old West
this week to see if I was on point, to see
if the male residents of this historic hall
were pissed off, to see if they gave a
damn about tradition or brotherhood.
Last year, chicks on campus started
putting the pressure on the higher-ups.
Their contention: Women at UNC
were being denied the opportunity to
be a part of history. And die all-male
all-the-time vibe at Old East and Old
West was a smack in the face to
UNC’s mission of equality for all.
My contention: Baloney (I’m censor
ing myself). These ladies didn’t want to
be a part of history - they wanted a rad
location on campus with excellent
proximity to campus and Franklin
Street They wanted hardwood floors,
nicer rooms without the usual chipped
paint and lovely desks and wardrobes.
(They really are lovely.)
So I went and talked to some chicks
on the third floor of Old West. When I
walked out of the elevator onto those
great hardwood floors, there was a
bathroom door staring me right in the
face. The sign read “Women.” I almost
lojt it right there. I wanted to scratch
off the “wo” part just for kicks.
Back to the lecture at hand. I met
sqphomores Bethany Skeen and
Rebecca Teer. We chilled in their
room, and I marveled at those stoopid
fresh wardrobes. They are really nice.
Skeen and Teer are both transfer stu
dents, from Perm State and the
University of Georgia, respectively.
Their third roommate transferred from
N.C. State University. Teer was puz
zled by her placement- she checked
off South Campus when she applied
“I can’t believe we got this loca
tion,” Skeen said.
Neither can I.
The party line from UNC officials
regarding the chick influx was, “Don’t
deny anyone a piece of this heritage.”
I’d like the administration to explain
to me how three transfer students who
set foot on this campus seven days ago
can appreciate UNC heritage. Those
three girls in the Old West triple sure
as hell can’t explain it. So I realized
these girls weren’t the ones to blame.
They were victims caught in an ugly
trade-up: Noble cause for 207 years.
Not all the guys in the hall felt as
stiongly as I did. Senior Lee Bidgood
has lived on the second floor for 2 1/2
years. Bidgood’s feeling was “ain’t no
thing." He’s just glad not to be one of
thfe men displaced from the third floor.
: But on the first floor it got ugly.
Senior David Sutton is president of
Old West. And he doesn’t pull punch
es. He likened the old-school Old West
crew to a non-Greek fraternity.
“This was the last bastion of tradi
tion, of everybody being close,” Sutton
said. “The University just wants to
look good. The cost wasn’t worth it.”
II remember the days when down
stairs Lenoir was uglier and served bet
tef food. Now there’s an escalator and
gijib n’ go meals. I remember when
Carolina Coffee Shop was a great place
to;catch a smoke and chill to classical
music. Now there are televisions and
jazz. I remember when tradition used
to>count for something, when it was
woVen into the essence of Chapel Hill.
When it was responsible for the quality
that makes this place unforgettable.
(This year is lost. Let the chicks stay
fol now. Let the Old East/Old West
bdys keep lying about how this doesn’t
bother them. Let the administration
kijep heralding their historic decision.
; And then they should make it right.
Pqt the girls back in the spacious, sink-
Sed rooms in halls like Cobb,
( exander, Mclver and Alderman.
•I’m issuing a call to arms for the
dudes in Old East and Old West: Get
hyiped. Don’t stand for it. Scratch the
“wo” from the bathroom doors.
•And get me one of those “These
bricks weren’t made for chicks” T-shirts.
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Cabinet Makes 2000-01 Plans
Student Body President
Brad Matthews and his
Cabinet met Sunday to talk
about campaign strategies.
By Robert Albright
Student Body President Brad
Matthews and his staff got down to busi
ness Sunday night at the year’s first
After sharing a few quick laughs at
the meeting’s onset, Matthews and his
Cabinet, comprised of student body offi
cers and a handful of committee chair
men, discussed key issues facing the
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Chapel Hill resident Samantha Bissett looks for the perfect pair of Diesel jeans at Uniquities. The Franklin Street retail store
encouraged customers to try on the jeans and take part in "Diesel fits everywhere," a nationwide model search.
Cash, Prizes Fuel Diesel Search
Bret Jennings, head chef at Elaine's, poses
for the camera at Uniquities on Saturday.
Unsuspecting Parkers Towed
By Geoff Wessel
Students possessing N7 parking per
mits might think they’re parked in the
right lot. But if they don’t watch for
signs, they could get towed.
The Carolina Inn has been towing
cars without proper permits parked in its
employee parking lot.
The lot, located on Franklin and
Columbia streets, is close to the
University’s N7 parking lots. While the
two lots are distinguished by posted
signs, some say it’s easy to get confused.
Tom Shumate, director of operations
at the Inn, said it was the Inn’s policy to
tow students who park in the Inn’s
“We’ve had some violators over there
that have been taking up spaces,” he
“That means our employees, who
pay for the spots, are being kind of
Talbert’s Automotive, the company
the Inn uses for towing, has moved sev
eral cars from the lot in the past few
University this year.
Matthews, who spent most of the
summer in Chapel Hill working with
other student leaders, said registering
people to vote Nov. 7 for the $3.1 billion
capital bond referendum was of utmost
“The bond referendum is crucial to
UNC’s future,” Matthews said. “It will
put (the University) through the next 50
years of buildings.”
If the bond passes in the general elec
tion, UNC-Chapel Hill stands to receive
more than $499 million for major con-'
struction and renovation projects.
Matthews said he has already orga
nized some campaigning efforts.
“We made a lot of tangible achieve
ments over the summer (with the bond
Locals Battle for Modeling Job
By Theresa Chen
Thirty-nine would-be models
garbed in flares, fringe and
leather squeezed themselves into
an array of Diesel Jeans on
Saturday, hoping to become one
of the line’s new representatives
- or at least to score some cash.
Uniquities, located at 452 W.
Franklin St., is a top distributor of
Diesel Jeans and was one of the
few East Coast locations to host
the “Diesel Fits Everywhere”
“We’ve been distributing
Diesel for quite a while,” said
assistant manager Sullivan
Anlyan. “Some of the girls heard
about (the contest) and went to
New York for the Diesel Show,
and Diesel started sending the
store some stuff.”
Contestants came in during
the store’s hours from 10 a.m. to
7:30 p.m. to be photographed
weeks, as many as three cars in a day,
said Steve Talbert, the company’s
“Different people have different feel
ings,” Talbert said.
“Some people give you a few words
and some people just pay (the bill)
because they know they’re in the
Journalism Professor Paul
O’Connor parked in the lot last week.
He said he had to pay SBB after his car
“It’s a pretty lousy policy, if you ask
me,” O’Connor said.
He said the Newman Center issues
warnings to people who park in its
reserved lots, and the Inn should follow
“(The Newman Center leaves) notes
on your car warning you that they tow,”
“Had the Inn done that, I’d have
stayed out of those spaces and thanked
them for the warning.
“Instead, they caused me consider
able inconvenience, a little bit of money,
and they lost my business.”
issue),” Matthews said.
“But there are a lot things we have to
get the ball rolling on.”
To boost student turnout on voting
day, Chief of Staff Chris McClure said
student government is collaborating
with other campus organizations to reg
ister people to vote for the bond.
Part of the voting drive will include
pit-sits and door-to-door campaigns to
“It’s going to be an active campaign,”
“We hope to bring all groups togeth
er on this (voting drive).”
In hopes of encouraging student vot
ing in the general election, UNC-CH
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wearing a pair of Diesel’s jeans
provided by the store.
“We’re trying to get people to
try on new styles," Anlyan said.
“We just wanted people to be
able to see our new washes.”
Those competing were pho
tographed in front of a backdrop.
The polaroids will be sent to
Diesel, where judges will choose
a winner Sept. 6.
Although the grand prize was
a potential modeling shoot with
the jean company, some contes
tants were lured to the store by
the $250 gift certificate first prize
or the free pair of jeans that came
with the second and third prize
for each store.
“(I’m here) because I want a
pair of jeans and my mom won’t
let me spend $l2O on them," said
13-year-old Samantha Hayes,
sporting a pair of straight-legged
Fankers-style cuffed above the
ankles. “I tried on a pair once and
they fit perfectly and looked real
Shumate said the Inn’s policy was
under review and would likely be
changed to ticketing in the near future.
“We’ve only (towed cars) a few times
in the past, but we probably will discon
tinue that and opt for ticketing."
Shumate said unauthorized parking
could be intentional on the part of stu
dents but more likely resulted from con
“I just don’t think people are reading
the signs,” he said.
O’Connor said the signs were not
very visible. “Because of the way the
signs are positioned, someone coming
from (a diffemt) direction does not see
the signs saying that those spots are
reserved for the Inn.”
He said he parked in the lot acciden
tally, and he said he thinks others make
the same mistake. “I parked in the
wrong spot, and they had every right in
the world to tow me. I do not deny
that," he said. “There are signs, but it’s
possible to get confused.”
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Student Body President Brad Matthews speaks to Cabinet members
Sunday night at their first meeting of the year.
Becky Calhoon, 19, Jay Evans,
27, and Casey Cordon, a 20-year
old UNC junior, heard about the
search from a friend who worked
with them at Pepper’s Pizza at
127 E. Franklin Sl
“My friend told me to come
down and do it,”Cordon said.
“He knows one of the girls who
Cordon said she is hoping to
win the cash prize.
“I’d rather win the $250 gift cer
tificate, and I’d buy these jeans
right here,” she said, patting the
pair of fringed Daze-style jeans she
was wearing. “But if I was the
model, that would be nice.”
Hayes’ friend Sara Rubin, also
13 years old, also was more inter
ested in the gift certificate than a
modeling bid. “If I win, then Til be
really happy, and I’ll come buy a
pair of pants,” she said. “And
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Smart Growth Planners
Discuss Curbing Sprawl
N.C. legislators met Friday
to discuss improving state
communities by cutting
down on urban expansion.
By Cheri Melfi
Assistant State & National Editor
RALEIGH - Four specialized groups
of an N.C. legislative commission met
Friday in Raleigh and brainstormed
plans to curb urban sprawl within the
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a• n and
Development Issues reconvened
Thursday after spending the summer
divided into groups focusing on trans
portation, the impact of city construc-
Monday, August 28, 2000
The center will host a talk
this week with Chancellor
Moeser and will show a film
about the group's history.
By Mark Thomas
Assistant University Editor
The Sonja H. Stone Black Cultural
Center kicks off its annual BCC
Awareness Week today.
The group will sponsor a variety of
activities throughout the week, includ
ing an open house and several seminars
All activities are part of an effort to
inform students about the BCC and get
them involved, said Lorie Clark, die
publicist and program coordinator for
“The goal is to welcome new patrons
and supporters and to let them know
what the upcoming programs are,” she
The BCC functions will begin at 11
a.m. today with a screening of “Don’t
Believe the Hype,” a documentary
about the struggle to establish the cen
The fight fot a cultural center dates
back to December 1968, when a group
of black students gathered on the steps
of South Building seeking an improved
atmosphere for blacks on campus.
That group would go on to become
the Black Student Movement, and one
of its top demands in the past three
decades has been the creation of a free
The struggle between University
administrators and the BSM came to a
head in April 1993 when hundreds of
students participated in another South
Building sit-in and 17 students were
arrested. But not in vain. UNC officials
eventually approved the project
And after six years of fund-raising,
the BCC received necessary money in
September 1999 when the organization
was given $6 million of a $28.6 million
bequest from a deceased alumnus.
The BCC is preparing to break
ground on the center in spring of 2001.
The BCC has occupied its current
900-square-foot space inside the Student
Union since July 1988. The proposed
center will be a 36,000-square-foot
building including a 400-seat auditori
um, library and art gallery.
Until the project is under way, BCC
officials are looking to gain new sup
porters and encourage increased stu
dent participation. “We want to engage
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tion on surrounding towns, downtown
vitality and open-space preservation.
The groups presented their goals to
the full commission at Friday’s meeting,
with mixed responses from its members.
David Godschalk, a UNC professor
and a member of the transportation
committee, said one objective is to cut
down on road construction and improve
existing transportation systems.
But some members of the communi
ty were concerned that cutting down on
road construction will hinder growth
and improvement in rural communities.
Charles Hayes, a commission mem
ber, said rural areas needed growth to
maintain economic stability.
Godschalk said the transportation
group had discussed rural development
issues. “We realize this is not a one-size
fits-all situation, and we’re going to
require that every community have a
plan to base transportation plans on.”
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