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By Robert Albright
and Sam Atkins
With only humming fluorescent lights, turning
pages and the occasional passing footsteps breaking
the silence, UNC’s libraries seem benign venues for
But reports of stolen wallets and indecent expo
sure at late-night study spots have prompted UNC
students, police and library officials to examine
ways of promoting a safer learning environment.
While officials have considered better lighting
and increased patrolling of study areas, Pat Mullin,
associate University librarian for access services and
systems, said he understands why some students
choose not to study at places like Davis Library. “If
it was me, I’d leave if I was all alone on one of those
floors (of Davis),” he said. “Since (Davis) is a pub
lic building, there’s a wide variety of people in there.
We don’t have the staff to patrol the whole area.”
If students are in a threatening situation, Mullin
said, they should contact the library’s circulation
desk. The incident is then reported to University
police, who attempt to identify the perpetrator.
Within the past week, two female students have
reported separate incidents of indecent exposure.
In each case, a female student filed a complaint
to University police after seeing a man exposing
himself. One incident was reported in Davis, and
the other occurred in the Undergraduate Library.
Neither suspect was apprehended.
One of the female students, who wished to remain
anonymous, said she was studying at night on the
seventh floor of Davis when she saw a man mastur
bating in a faculty study carrel next to her.
The student reported the incident to the first-floor
circulation desk, where librarians told her that Davis
had a few “regulars” like the man she was describ-
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Police officer Matt Ferguson pulls over a speeder off of Raleigh Road near the UNC campus Monday
afternoon. Ferguson, a 1996 UNC graduate, has been patrolling for the University Department of
Public Safety for almost three years.
School Program Gets Latino Parents Involved
By Aldesha Gore
and Kim Perry
School officials at Frank Porter
Graham Elementary attempted to break
the communication barrier that exists
between the school and its Spanish
speaking community Monday night.
The school held its first Latino Night of
the year for non-English-speaking stu
dents and their families. About 35 parents
filled the cafeteria and listened to infor
mation on vaccination policies, hearing
and vision screenings and upcoming PTA
events - all presented in Spanish.
School faculty and PTA members
said they hope the Latino Nights will
give non-English-speaking parents a
chance to voice their concerns and ask
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Soo Yeon Kwon, a second-year graduate student, studies alone on the eighth floor of Davis Library on Monday night.
She says she often feels unsafe in the library at night and that the University should make an effort to increase security.
questions in a Spanish-speaking envi
“I have found that our Hispanic fam
ilies want to be involved,” said PTA
President Mary Glenn Benton. “But
they are having trouble communicating.
“The goal is to communicate infor
mation about our schools to our
Hispanic parents,” she said. “The nights
also serve as a networking opportunity
for parents themselves to get to know
other families in the community.”
School officials created the program
last year to accommodate needs for non-
English-speaking Hispanic students and
their families. Frank Porter Graham has
77 non-English-speaking students
“Latino Night started with a total of
two events with the goal of bettering the
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
future of the (Spanish-speaking) com
munity,” said Mary Patten, one of the
school’s English as a Second Language
Claudia Ladino, parent of two stu
dents at the school, who spoke through
a translator, said the program was
important to the Hispanic community.
“This is a good, strong first step for
non-English speaking Hispanics to feel
more comfortable, to get close to the
school and express what we think, what
we feel and what we need,” she said.
Ladino also said the nights give the
parents a chance to get involved with
their children’s education.
“Children spend so much of their
time at school and they see their parents
interested in their education and that is
very important,” she said through a
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Fresh Crop of Officers
To Boost Police Presence
By Tyler Maland
More campus police officers will be
seen on bikes and walkways in response
to the University community’s demands
for an increased police presence.
The Department of Public Safety
hired seven officers Aug. 28, but three
positions are still open, DPS Director
Derek Poarch said.
“We have sufficient officers for the
job right now, but we know we would
like to increase police visibility, and we
realize it is an issue with the University
community,” DPS Deputy Director Jeff
Five of the new officers will not patrol
campus until January.
McCracken said these officers are
undergoing an 18-week course of Basic
Law Enforcement Training.
They will then participate in a 12-
week field-training program through
DPS during which they will be assigned
to a certified field-training officer on
In addition to Latino Nights, which
the school plans on having once a
month, the PTA also plans to create sev
eral programs to help Hispanic parents.
It has established a Spanish hodine to
answer school-related questions and
hope to offer additional English classes
Benton said she hopes Latino Night
will help demonstrate that more should
be done to meet the needs of its non-
English speaking families.
“We need to make sure we are doing
the best we can to communicate with
these families to ensure their children’s
success in school."
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The other two officers began the 12-
week training session last week.
“New officers must go through the
UNC training procedure to leam spe
cific policies, procedures and the layout
of campus,” McCracken said.
Efforts to boost police patrols on cam
pus coincide with recent concerns about
nighttime safety in UNC libraries, a
topic discussed by Poarch’s Campus
Security Committee last week.
Several police reports have been
filed in past weeks by female students
complaining of sexual harassment in
Davis Library and the Undergraduate
Tracy Krajcovic, a sophomore from
St. Louis, Mo., said she hopes the
increased staff will help maintain a visi
ble police force around campus during
potentially dangerous hours at night.
“I would much rather have more
police patrolling and riding around dur-
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Mary Glenn Benton, PTA president at Frank Porter Graham Elementary,
speaks in Spanish to Latino families during Latino Night on Monday.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2000
Professor Chuck Stone
says the University's faculty
shows a lack of interest in
the committee's search.
By Kim Minugh
The University awaits the end of an
intensive search as Chancellor James
Moeser deliberates the final three can
didates for UNC’s provost position.
But Journalism Professor Chuck
Stone said he senses little interest on
behalf of the University community.
Stone said UNC’s faculty has exhib
ited little concern for the search for
UNC’s chief academic officer.
“You haven’t seen an outpouring of
he said. “Faculty
at any university,
by and large, are
attended all four
open forums fea
turing each candi
date, said the lack
of faculty presence
And he said
Bill Roper, dean
of UNC’s School
of Public Health,
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said Paul Courant
is the best candidate
for the position
primarily his own supporters.
While Stone said Roper can’t be dis
counted, he said Roper was overshad
owed by candidate Paul Courant of
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
“There’s no question he would be the
best one," Stone said. “After a while, you
get a feel for the one you really want
“I know a lot of people who would
be happy with (Courant).”
The Provost Search Committee gath
ered Friday for last-minute discussions
before passing three finalists’ names to
Moeser later that afternoon.
“We gave the chancellor our report,”
said committee Chairman Jeffrey
Houpt. “We have to be confidential
about this because we don’t want to hurt
the rest of the process.”
The two remaining candidates are
Karen Lawrence of the University of
Califomia-Irvine and Robert Shelton of
the University of Califomia-Davis.
Houpt said the committee based its
decisions on careful review of each can
didate’s resume. He said it looked at
their administrative capabilities as well
as their credentials.
Moeser faces no deadline as he con
siders the three finalists and carrie. on
Although Stone said the opportunity
was squandered, Houpt lauded the
chance for faculty involvement he says
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