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candidate Al Gore will take
part in an MTV discussion
on election issues today.
By Allison Mitchener
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feehouse on Franklin Street, chatting
with Democratic presidential nominee
Al Gore over a hot cappuccino.
Although Gore has yet to schedule a
stop on Franklin Street on his itinerary,
he has been talking with students across
the nation over coffee during his “Youth
at the Table” talks.
Students can share their opinions on
-political, environmental and economic
issues with Gore, the Democratic vice
presidential candidate Joe Lieberman or
with members of their families in the
While Republican presidential can
didate George W. Bush also has target
ed college-age voters through programs
like Students for Bush-Cheney, the
Gore campaign is specifically reaching
out to young voters through efforts like
the coffeehouse talks.
“‘Youth at the Table’ is not a fake
group of people who have already
decided to vote for Gore,” said Alison
Friedman, the National Students for
“If elected, Gore has planned to con
tinue the table talks.”
About 10 New York college students
met Gore at the Manhattan coffeehouse
Cafe Lalo on Sept. 14 for the first
“Youth at the Table” talks.
Gore also will take part in an MTV
town hall-style meeting today to publi
cally talk about the concerns of young
Friedman also organized a confer
ence call for student journalists to ques
tion Gore campaign officials directly.
The conference calls started Monday
and will be held every Monday until
the end of the 2000 presidential cam
Rebecca Lieberman, Lieberman’s
daughter; Michael Matthews, political
director for the Gore-Lieberman cam
paign; and Friedman all took part in
Monday’s conference call.
Lieberman, calling from a West
Virginia airport, said she found college
students are interested in all issues, not
“Students were impressed with Al
Gore’s commitment to the environ
ment,” she said.
Matthews said Gore plans to make
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Friedman said many issues important
to college students are pivotal to the
Nov. 7 election.
“There is a lot at stake for what real-
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Adam Robinson, a continuing studies student, participates
in the Campus Y discussion on same-sex unions Monday night.
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Police Arrest Suspect in Early Morning Rape
By Wendy Phillips
Chapel Hill police arrested and
charged a man with rape Monday morn
ing just hours after he allegedly sexual
ly assaulted a woman on North
Edward Lemont Feaster, 30, of
Charlotte is being held at Orange
Duo's U.S. Tour Goes Digital
By Russ Lane
Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor
Turn off the Play Station console, couch
potatoes - extreme sports enthusiasts Brant
Pedersen and Aryn Kelly are on a mission to
promote better living through activity.
Their cross-country sojourn of the United
States, dubbed The Extreme Road Trip, is a
collaboration with the Carrboro-based global
media company, Zoom Culture. The pair’s
live footage will be featured on Zoom
Culture’s Web site and will supplement
Pedersen’s Web site.
The Extreme Road Trip’s mix of travel,
extreme sports and the Internet might sound
like a Jack Kerouac poem gone awry. But
Kelly said she and Pedersen are on a definite
mission - to reclaim young people’s attention
and need for adventure from the firm grasp of
“With the attention spans of youth today, I
think that when we get the video up, people
will (get interested in sports)... It’s just cool to
get that vehicle going,” she said. “You can
develop anew interest rather that just play
The duo tours the continental United
States in a small RV, with a trailer full of
sporting gear in tow - an eclectic mixture of
motorcycles, kites and bodyboards.
Pedersen said they are not only equipped
for “conventional” extreme sports such as
surfing, snowboarding, scuba diving and
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
County Jail in Hillsborough on one
count of first-degree rape.
Jane Cousins, Chapel Hill police
spokeswoman, said the victim met the
suspect for the first time Sunday night
around 10 p.m. in the downtown area.
Reports state that around 4 a.m., the
two were walking on North Roberson
Street after having spent the evening
together, Cousins said.
mountain climbing but also received training
for kiteboarding, a parachute-surfing hybrid
made popular in Hawaii.
With a digital camera, Pedersen and Kelly
film the majority of the Zoom Culture footage
themselves. To maintain his own Web site and
provide Zoom Culture with material, Pedersen
said he and Kelly receive e-mail messages and
upload films to Zoom Culture through a spo
radically troublesome cell phone.
Despite the occasional technical difficulty,
the pair has toured 28 states since its March 1
start without major problems, usually stop
ping in one town for several days to find
opportunities to film, and uploading film clips
to Zoom Culture regularly.
Both said the footage will prove that
opportunities for extreme sports are readily
available for the bored youngster.
“I guarantee you that people living in these
towns have these cool resources they think
aren’t there. There’s paradise no matter
where you live,” Kelly said.
Pedersen said the trip’s digital footage is
meant to encourage participation and expand
awareness of opportunities for adventure. A
two-time U.S. windsurfing and 1992 inline
speed skating national champion, Pedersen
said his hometown of Fresno, Calif., was bor
ing - even hellish - prompting him to seek
activities to occupy his time.
“My best friend and I were hellbent and
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Same-Sex Unions Spark Dinner Debate
By Rachel Clarke
Religious and social views clashed -
politely -as members of several campus
groups met to discuss same-sex unions
over dinner Monday night.
Members of Queer Network for
Change and Carolina Alternative
Meetings for Professional and Graduate
Students, as well as the Campus
Crusade for Christ and Inter Varsity
Christian Fellowship, were invited to the
Campus Y’s first dinner discussion.
Cianti Stewart-Reid, an organizer of
the dinner, said the event’s purpose was
to discuss the legal, social and political
implications of same-sex unions.
“I hope it pulls more people on cam
“He told (the victim) he was going to
rape her,” Cousins said. “There was a
struggle, and he hit her in the face and
tore her pants off.”
Cousins said that after the suspect
raped the victim on the street, he disap
peared on foot. Reports state the victim
dragged herself to the nearest pay phone
and reported the incident only moments
after the rape occurred.
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The Extreme Road Trip crew drive
its RV across the country. Brant
Pedersen (bottom left) basks
in the sun on a snowy slope.
pus into the issue, and that it also pulls
more people into volunteer and activism
groups,” she said.
Political science Professor Pam
Conover started the evening with a
speech about recent legal developments
concerning same-sex unions.
“I do research and I teach gay and
lesbian issues,” Conover said. “I hope to
provoke people to think about aspects of
same-sex marriage that they haven’t
thought of before.”
Although Campus Y members dom
inated the discussion, a wide variety of
opinions were voiced.
Don Arnold, a 1969 UNC graduate
and a first-year graduate student in the
School of Social Work, argued for equal
ity for himself and his partner.
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She gave a good physical description
of the suspect, and Chapel Hill police
apprehended Feaster in front of
Granville Towers at 5:31 a.m.
The victim was able to positively
identify the suspect in a police lineup,
The victim was taken to UNC
Hospitals and treated for minor facial
swelling and other minor injuries.
Town, UNC Cut
Plan to Connect
Local and University leaders say a corridor
connecting UNC with the Horace Williams
tract would burden neighborhoods.
By Ben Gatling
Residents near the University-owned Horace Williams tract
can breathe a sigh of relief after plans for a proposed trans
portation corridor were rejected Monday.
Rosemary Waldorf, mayor of Chapel Hill, and Jack Evans,
UNC vice chancellor for finance and administration,
announced Monday that all references to a fixed-guideway
corridor would be deleted from the University’s Master Plan
in response to residents’ opposition. Corridor plans called for
a railway or a busway to connect the Horace Williams tract
to the town of Chapel Hill.
The UNC Master Plan is a blueprint for campus growth
that has many Chapel Hill residents concerned that the cam
pus’ expanding boundaries will push into town limits.
Waldorf said the decision was based on consideration for
the Westside and Westwood neighborhoods, which are locat
ed near the tract that houses several town departments and the
Horace Williams Airport
“(The corridor) would tear up a neighborhood,” she said.
Waldorf said residents had been effective in expressing
strong objections to the corridor and its detrimental effects.
“The town of Chapel Hill does not want a fixed-rail corri
dor,” she said. “It is a dumb idea.”
Evans said both the University and the town think a fixed
guideway transportation system would damage the quality of
life in Chapel Hill neighborhoods.
University officials originally included the corridor in the
Master Plan after a recommendation by the U.S. 15-501 Policy
Oversight Committee, a transportation committee studying
possible improvements for the highway.
Monday’s announcement came in response to Friday’s
request by Waldorf and Carolyn Elfland, associate vice chan
cellor for auxiliary services, to remove the Horace Williams
property from the committee’s transportation study.
The committee voted unanimously to approve Waldorf and
Elfland’s recommendation after hearing objections from the
town and University.
Waldorf said the committee is limiting its study to bus rider
ship data rather than considering a fixed guideway. But she said
the decision does not change the focus of the committee’s study.
“Nothing else is being looked at,” she said. “I don’t think
it does very much to the plan.”
Evans said the University is still seeking solutions to trans
portation issues throughout campus and the Horace Williams
tract. “The University will continue to plan for transportation
from the west end of campus.”
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“Everything is exactly the same,”
Arnold said. “We’ve raised eight dogs,
we’ve cried when we’ve buried them,
we stood by each other when our par
ents passed away.”
Tony Quirk, a continuing studies stu
dent and Durham resident, said dis
crimination against same-sex unions is
unfair. “If I’m paying taxes just the same
as you, then I should be able to benefit
just the same as you.”
But several students said being gay or
lesbian is a choice and that marriage is
not necessarily a right.
Current opinion polls indicate that
about 60 percent of the population is
against same-sex unions being recog
nized, Conover said. “There is no state
in the Union where same-sex marriage
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A bond hearing was held at Orange
County District Court in Hillsborough,
where Judge Patricia Devine set
Feaster’s bond at SIOO,OOO for his first
court appearance on Monday. His next
hearing is scheduled for Oct. 2 at the
county courthouse in Hillsborough.
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While several students named reli
gious reasons as the basis for discrimi
nation, sophomore Emily Williams from
Spokane, Wash., said students should
not be punished for their religious views.
“You can’t just judge people on then
religion,” Williams said. “If that is your
religion, then you really, really believe
that to your core.”
Ann Collier, a sophomore from
Chestertown, Md., said views toward
same-sex unions have changed in the
last few years. “This increasing aware
ness is really going to change the atti
tudes toward gay marriage.”
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