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Jonathan Kozol, renowned author and teacher, spoke critically of the
U.S. public school system Wednesday night in the Morehead Building.
Boast Tight
Two UNC-system libraries
have security measures
more stringent than existing
UNC-Chapel Hill standards.
By Kelly Phillips
Staff Writer
Librarians working in the UNC sys
tem say UNC-Chapel Hill libraries
have some of the most lenient security
procedures of the state’s public univer
Several recent incidents involving
indecent exposure and robberies have
occurred at UNC-CH libraries, raising
some concern in the University com
munity about the security of the cam
pus’ libraries.
There are no security guards at Davis
Library and no policy of checking
patrons’ IDs as they enter.
A security guard patrols the
Undergraduate Library during its late
night hours, and staff members check
students’ IDs after midnight.
Jinnie Davis, N.C. State University
spokeswoman, said two uniformed
security guards patrol their library 24
hours a day.
In addition to the security officers,
N.C. State libraries have other mea
sures, including panic buttons located
throughout the library, that allow staff
members to quickly contact campus
security, Davis said.
She added that library employees
check student IDs late at night before
allowing people to enter.
“We also have a safety committee
composed of not only library staff, but
also other members on campus that dis
cusses areas of safety in the library,”
Davis said.
Other UNC-system schools also
have more elaborate library security
measures than UNC-CH and have
fewer library crimes reported.
Gordon Barber, East Carolina
University buildings operations manag
er, said ECU has several security guards
patrolling at all times, even though the
library does not remain open all night.
“We really wanted to push security,”
Barber said. “We had started a program
in July of 1996 and since, we have had
very few security problems."
.' He said the rejuvenated ECU secu
rity program included renovating and
adding on to their previous library in
1996 and placing stacks in less remote
“I cannot think of any crimes since
moving into the new building," Barber
But some UNC-CH officials claim
libraries here are as safe as possible.
Diane Strauss, UNC-CH associate
librarian for public services, said the
libraries’ roles extend beyond the
University community.
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If I saw myself in clothes like that, I'd have to kick my own ass.
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Sophomore Emily Lorance tears apart ads that she feels degrade women. Advocates for the Empowerment of Women of All
Color celebrated National Love Your Body Day on Wednesday in the Pit by destroying ads that portrayed women unrealistically.
UNC Activists Let Soles Do Talking
Sophomores Emily Williams and
LeElaine Comer say women feel
social pressures that keep them
from being healthy and happy.
By Loren Clemens
Staff Writer
If you walked across the Pit on Wednesday,
chances are you stepped on a supermodel.
Members of Advocates for the
Empowerment of Women of All Color, a
Campus Y volunteer and advocacy organiza-
NCCU Student Government
Sponsors Awareness Rally
By Aimee Brown
Staff Writer
DURHAM - N.C. Central University students
and political candidates gathered in the Shepherd
Library Bowl on Wednesday to recruit voters and
spark interest in the upcoming UNC-system bond
Hundreds of students and several state educa
tion advocates attended the event, organized to
gather support for the $3.1 billion higher education
bond referendum and to encourage voter registra
tion. State political candidates and their delegates
also participated in the rally, using the bond as a
stumping point to push their campaigns and to
make students aware of top election issues.
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Speaker Discusses Education, Faith
By Sam Atkins
Staff Writer
An experienced teacher and civil rights
advocate working in extremely poor areas
of New York presented a lecture
Wednesday night to hundreds of eager
students, parents and administrators.
Jonathan Kozol, author of “Amazing
Grace: The Lives of Children and the
Conscience of a Nation,” and several
other books, spoke about living and
working among children who he said
only dream of living a life without dis
ease, loneliness and insecurities.
Kozol has compiled his interactions
with mostly black and Hispanic children
into books that have sold millions of
tion, began plastering the brick walkway with
fashion advertisements Tuesday night in prepa
ration for Wednesday’s Ad-Stomp protest.
Sophomore Emily Williams, AEWC co
chairwoman, who conceived the idea for the
event, said the group’s goal is to force the UNC
community to question the modem ideal of
beauty. “If it’s imbedded in your culture, how
can you know where it comes from?” she said.
“Personally, we feel the pressure to look like
this,” said Williams, gesturing to the pho
tographs of models taped to the ground.
Interested participants went door to door at
UNC residence halls gathering advertisements
featuring extremely thin models, and students
The rally, orchestrated by the N.C. Central
Student Government Association, included musi
cal performances as well as speeches from student
leaders and bond supporters encouraging activism
among young people.
As the candidates took their seats on stage, the
N.C. Central Eagle cheerleaders hyped up the
crowd chanting, “Let’s go Eagles! Let’s vote!”
Board of Governors Chairman Ben Ruffin drew
applause from the crowd when he denounced the
stereotype that young people are politically apa
thetic, expressing confidence that students will turn
out to vote for the bond Nov. 7.
“I think you will vote because you understand
See RALLY, Page 4
copies. His latest book addresses the
interplay between education and spiri
tuality for children in a particularly poor
neighborhood in South Bronx, N.Y.
“The love and sweetness of these chil
dren are the bread and wine (of com
munion),” Kozol said, as he explained
the profound impact working with chil
dren has had in his fife.
Professor Ruel Tyson, director of the
Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and
School of Education Dean Madeleine
Grumet introduced Kozol before he spoke.
“Kozol has risked everything to serve his
society,” Grumet said. “He of all people has
fought the sacrifices of children.”
Kozol began his lecture by conveying
his respect for school teachers, calling
contributed other ads throughout the day.
The action reached its peak at 4:30 p.m.
when a group gathered to stomp on all the ads
as a crowd looked on from the Pit’s steps.
The National Organization for Women des
ignated Sept. 20 as Love Your Body Day, and
AEWC scheduled Ad-Stomp to coincide with
this date. The group will send the destroyed
advertisements to ad agencies, accompanying a
petition sponsored by NOW.
Members of AEWC who sat at the Ad-Stomp
table felt this issue was critical. LeElaine Comer,
a sophomore who is also a co-chairwoman, said,
See AD STOMP, Page 4
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them his heroes.
Before going to the South Bronx in
1993, Kozol taught reading in Boston
public schools.
He said he firmly believes that more
funding is needed for areas like the
South Bronx for improvements in
schools and medical attention.
“One-fourth of the children go to
school with an asthma pump,” he said.
“Most kids have lost a relative to AIDS
or some other horrible disease.”
Kozol then turned his attention to
inequality in education funding, an issue
he said he felt particularly strongly about
“New York spends an average of
SB,OOO per kid in the South Bronx area
as opposed to $20,000 per public school
ID Controversy
Leaves Officials
Defending Policy
Recent changes in the consequences of using
fake IDs spark debate when a local lawyer
claims the changes unfairly target students.
By Charles Daly
Staff Writer
Changes in policies regarding the use of fake IDs have
raised the ire qf a local attorney, enforcement officials
are defending the changes as a positive way to curb underage
With help from the Alcohol Law Enforcement, a policy
threatening to charge minors possessing fake IDs with stiffer
penalties has hit Orange County streets.
But attorney Orrin Robbins, whose private firm is located
on Henderson Street, said the possession of a fake ID does not
necessarily constitute a crime in itself.
Only when the holder attempts to purchase alcohol with
the ID does he or she commit a crime, he said.
Robbins said the policy unfairly targets students.
“They are adults under the eyes of the law,” he said. “They
can vote, smoke, have families and work. This treatment is
inconsistent with their age.”
But Chapel Hill police Capt. Tony Oakley said the real
intent of the policy is to encourage safety and not to target any
one in particular. Oakley explained that alcohol-related acci
dents were a source of concern and that he hoped the policy
would promote responsible drinking.
“People felt there were no teeth to the rule,” he said. “Now
that the rule has teeth, perhaps there is greater consciousness.”
The Orange County policy, adopted two years ago, raises
the status of a fake ID violation from an infraction to a mis
demeanor. Misdemeanor charges blight the permanent record
of the offender, while infraction charges are punished by fines
or community service without long-term consequences.
But the policy might not be carrying the impact officials
had hoped. Some area merchants admit to letting students
who attempt to purchase alcohol with a fake ID walk away
without contacting the police.
Jim Earnhardt, owner of 23 Steps, located at 173 1/2
Franklin St., said his employees turn away fake IDs but do not
necessarily report the incidents. “Sometimes we confiscate
them, and they are picked up by the (ALE),” he said. “But we
never call the authorities unless the customer is belligerent."
See FAKE IDS, Page 4
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kid in the white, suburban area close
by,” he said. “This is unacceptable in a
good democracy. The entire system of
school funding needs to be changed.”
Students filled the doorway and cov
ered the floor to hear Kozol. “He
brought up issues that I never consid
ered,” said Michael Maguire, a senior
business major. “He is a wonderful
speaker and changed the way I think
about education in America’s society.”
Kozol ended his lecture by saying, “I
go to the South Bronx to find blessings,
not provide them. Life goes fast - use it
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