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Shoppers stand patiently in line outside the Wild Bird Center at Eastgate Shopping Center's sidewalk sale
on Saturday morning. The event celebrated the reopening of several stores damaged by summer flooding.
Housekeepers argue that
warrant increased wages
instead of temporary staff.
By Elizabeth Breyer
Assistant University Editor
Vacancies in the Housekeeping
Services Department have reignited
concerns among students and workers,
prompting criticism of staffing policies.
Housekeepers and students said recent
hiring practices at UNC, which often split
full-time jobs into part-time posts staffed
with temporary workers, are motivated
by purely economic concerns.
“Breaking full-time jobs into part
time jobs means workers can’t qualify
for benefits, have to have several jobs,
have less job security and have less
opportunity for advancement,” said
sophomore Sandi Chapman, a member
of Students for Economic Justice.
But Michael O’Brien, director of
housekeeping, said the number of
housekeepers hired - full-time and
part-time - was set to be competi
tive with private companies.
Chapman said University house
keeping traditionally is understaffed.
Tempers flared last week in Ehringhaus
Residence Hall when housekeepers’
schedules were changed, forcing them to
spread their energies over multiple floors.
fn April 1999, workers staged a rally to
protest the number of vacancies in the
housekeeping department. O’Brien said
then that die vacancy rate was lower in his
department than in any other at UNC.
O’Brien recendy said the number of
filled positions still complies with
University standards, partially due to the
use of part-time staff. “We by to main
tain full staff in every building,” he said.
“We attempt to fill all our positions, even
if it means using temporary workers.”
~ But students and housekeepers say
the University has been relying more
On temporary workers.
Senior Kea Parker said, “(Management
is) going to temporary workers, who are
getting paid minimum wage on an hourly
basis with no rights, no benefits and no
way to have their voices heard.”
A UNC housekeeper who asked to
See HOUSEKEEPERS, Page 5
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David Lanier (above) plays his five-string banjo. Jedaiah, Emily, and
Ethan Schilling (right) learn about Civil War garb from Stan Morton.
Residents Make 'Sweep' of Area Creeks, Rivers
By Kellif Dixon
Assistant City Editor
Orange County residents armed with
gloves, trash bags and checklists ven
tured to neighborhood streams for the
N.C. Big Sweep Cleanup early Saturday
About 85 Chapel Hill volunteers col
lected five to seven tons of trash from
area creeks during the annual event held
by Big Sweep, a statewide organization
that works year-round to educate resi
dents about litter-free waterways.
The streams tackled by Orange
County residents included various loca
tions on Bolin Creek and the Eno River.
“We have two groups (on Bolin
Creek), one in Umstead and one (near
the community center),” said Orange
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public hearing tonight to solicit
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
County Coordinator Jay Wilson.
“There is a total of 2 1/2 miles of
Bolin Creek that we’ll be scouring
He said the organization picked
streams that were easiest for the public
Lucy Savitz, a professor in the School
of Public Health, said her son Samuel
dragged her out to participate. Samuel
said he is concerned with keeping the
“I just think it’s awful how people
throw their trash away, not caring where
it goes,” Samuel said.
“It’s amazing how dirty and filthy
everything is. I just want to make every
Fred Royal, Chapel Hill stormwater
management engineer, said the town is
Eastgate Shops Reopen
With Weekend Festival
By Leah Cole
and Charles Daly
Beautiful weather, a host of enter
tainers and bargains galore attracted a
crowd of people to the third annual
Eastgate Shopping Center Fall Festival
and Sidewalk Sale.
The fall festival showcased the wares
of the stores to encourage business after
a devastating flood this summer.
Many stores sustained significant
water damage during a July storm but
were able to reopen for die sale.
Marty Cassady, the manager of Hold
Your Own, an organizational supply and
container store, said he hoped the event
would attract attention to Eastgate.
“The sale was a chance to get every
one back down here and say, ‘Yeah,
Eastgate is still alive,’” he said.
But Cassady said the size of the
crowd was even bigger than he had pre
dicted. “I did not anticipate that it would
be so busy.”
While some stores opened soon after
the flooding, others were not so fortu-
Music Mark Event
By Jennifer Samuels
RALEIGH - Asa group of Confederate soldiers stood
with their fingers poised over the triggers of their rifles,
bystanders covered their ears in anticipation.
The commander screamed the order to fire, and the
resulting crack echoed across Capitol Square and nearby
streets in downtown Raleigh.
Many observers jumped. As the smoke from the rifles
wafted into the air, motorists at a nearby stoplight turned to
stare at the spectacle.
Under the shadow of a bronze statue memorializing the
first Confederate soldier to die in battle, dozens of people
gathered Saturday for the third annual State Capitol Civil
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sponsoring the event out of tradition.
“We’ve done it in the past and we’re
continuing the status quo,” he said.
“(Wilson) has done all the administrative
work. He took care of stuff like getting
free disposal of trash at landfills.”
Wilson said the Orange County
Department of Public Works waived the
fee associated with disposal.
Wilson also said this was his first year
participating, and he hoped this year
would yield better results than last year.
“Some of last year’s events were can
celed because of Hurricane Floyd,” he
said. “The rain dampened people’s
Isa Finch, a UNC graduate, said she
has lived on Bolin Creek for five years.
“I’m sure somehow I’ve contributed
to this, and I just want to make it a bet
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nate. The owners of Domicile, an
upscale furniture store, made reopening
for the sidewalk sale a goal after then
store sustained extensive flood damage.
Adrian Brown, one of the owners of
Domicile, said many people volunteered
their assistance after the flood, and oth
ers sent cards and letters of support.
“Wonderful community support has
made it a lot easier to cope with all of
this,” Brown said.
Hold Your Own was able to reopen
soon after the flood and used the sale as
an opportunity to sell clearance items
and the tail end of its flood-damaged
The festival was not just about the
merchandise - it included a celebrato
ry atmosphere as well. Giant windsocks
in the shape of elongated stick-men
beckoned people to the shopping center.
Within the shopping center, mimes,
jugglers and clowns entertained the cus
tomers. “Wickeye” Jeffreys, one of the
performers, juggled and shared the
secrets of juggling scarves with strolling
Balloons brought color to the festival
UNC to Block
UNC and Duke University officials say they
do not plan on blocking access to the site,
despite lawyers' requests sent last week.
By Jason Arthurs
As Napster’s legal batde continues on a national scale,
lawyers for artists Dr. Dre and Metallica are taking steps to
stop the use of file-sharing services on major college cam
puses - including UNC.
Attorney Howard King, of King, Purtich, Holmes,
Patemo, and Berliner, LLP in Los Angeles, sent a letter
early last week to Chancellor James Moeser and Duke
University President Nan Keohane asking that the schools
“prompdy ban access by (their communities) to Napster*
Napster is a file-sharing service, available as a free down
load over the Internet. It allows a user to access a directo
ry of millions of MP3 files, many of which are copyrighted.
But Marian Moore, vice chancellor for information tech
nology, said UNC will permit student access to Napster until
it becomes illegal to do so.“ Being popular means we’re going
to be a part of this controversy,” die said. “At this point in time
we feel we are abiding by the letter of the copyright laws.”
King, although unavailable for comment, stated in his let
ter that the University had a “moral, ethical and legal oblig
ation to take appropriate steps to assure that it is not a willing
participant in and an enabler of the theft of intellectual prop
erty through Napster."
But Moore said students can use Napster legally, and that
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ter place,” she said.
Elise Giordano, a UNC senior com
munications major who was assisting
Finch, said getting up early motivated
her to volunteer.
“What better else to do than get up
on a Saturday morning?” she paid.
“We’ve found stuff to make a tent with.
We’ve got the mother lode.”
Wilson said he appreciated Tony
Holmes, operator at the University Mall
Chick-fil-A, for donating free sandwich
coupons as incentive to participants in
this weekend’s event.
Wilson said students from Chapel
Hill High School found a three-gallon
can of gasoline with gas still in it.
Participants also found three pink
Barbie bicycles, transmissions from cars,
a lawn mower, a toilet seat and lots of
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Tuesday: Rainy, 79
Wednesday: Sunny, 84
Monday, September 18, 2000
and also caught the attention of passers
by, drawing them into the festival.
Rebecca Lewis and her sons Blake
and J.C. stopped at Subway for lunch
but noticed die balloons outside.
“They (both) wanted a balloon, and
we decided to come and look for bal
loons," Lewis said.
Jennifer Tom came to get a jump on
her Christmas shopping. She said she
has many relatives out of state and
“almost every one of them has received
A Southern Season gift”
Diane Taylor, a regular Eastgate cus
tomer, enjoyed shopping for herself but
also acted as a traffic director for bargain
shoppers. Standing outside of A
Southern Season, a gourmet food and
gift store, she received thanks for her
directions to the great buys.
Taylor enjoyed the sidewalk sale but
said she hopes next year it will be cele
brated under different circumstances.
“This is a great event, and I hope next
time there will be no more flooding."
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Wilson said despite this year’s suc
cess, he would do things differendy if he
coordinated the program again.
“I would try to focus our efforts on
recruiting high school kids because they
were really enthusiastic about coming
He also said coordinating the pro
gram a second time could be a possibil
ity if he was still interning with
the Chapel Hill Department of
“I think it would be more productive
- once you do it once it gets easier after
that. Next time I could get three times
the results with half of the work.”
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