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Monday at a drive co-sponsored by the Black Student Movement.
Chapel Hill High School will
resume a football game
today that was cut short by
reported gunfire Friday night.
By Susan Hai l
The Chapel Hill High School
Homecoming football game will
resume this afternoon after reported
gunfire caused the stadium to be evac
Police have no suspects after a 12-
year-old girl was hit in the arm by an
unidentified projectile and a 42-year-old
man was severely beaten Friday night at
the CHHS football game. Both were
treated and released from UNC
Hospitals that night.
School officials have heightened
security procedures by limiting game
access to students, staff and families of
participants who show proper identifi
cation. School officials also said CHHS
might use metal detectors at the
entrance of the game.
“We regret that we need to take these
additional precautions and cause addi
tional time and energy to be expended on
these efforts,” CHHS Principal Mary Ann
Hardebeck said. “However, the safety of
our students is our foremost concern.
“We believe that these additional
security measures are justified in light of
the anxiety created by the incident
Friday night," she continued. “We want
to do everything possible for players
and spectators to feel safe at the game.”
Game play against rivaljordan High
School will continue at the Tigers’ sta
dium at 4 p.m. from the point when the
game was suspended, nearly 30 minutes
CHHS teachers also have been forced
to react to Friday’s incident They are pre
pared for students’ return from fall break
Wednesday with packets including a
briefing of facts about the reported gun
fire, strategies for coping with the situa
tion and letters from Hardebeck and
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Superintendent Neil Pedersen.
C The packets will be distributed to stu
cfents in an extended homeroom peri
od, where they will also be able to freely
discuss their feelings with teachers and
> “It is important that we try to
empower the students on how to make
this place better,” said CHHS counselor
School counselors also have been
available to console students, parents
and other community members.
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Jewish students David Chapman and Michelle Meier break their 24-hour Yom Kippur fasts at Top of the Hill
on Monday night. Fasting is a key component in observing the Day of Atonement for many Jews.
Officials: Rules Permit Observance
By Penelope Deese
Even though the traditional Jewish day of
atonement was a regular class day for most
UNC-system students Monday, administra
tors say students should find it easy to miss
class for religious
Yom Kippur, the
holiest day in the
Jewish religious cal
endar, passed offi-
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cially unobserved at most UNC campuses.
N.C. State University did not hold classes
today, but the university was closed for
Columbus Day, not for Yom Kippur, said
Joni Worthington, UNC-system vice presi
dent for communications.
UNC-Chapel Hill Registrar Davis Lanier
said days off from class were determined by
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By Sam Atkins
and Jessica Joye
UNC minority groups attracted
potential voters to the Pit on Monday as
part of a campuswide effort to boost reg
istration among students.
Minority student groups are working
with other campus groups to get students
registered to vote on Nov. 7 and educate
them on the bond referendum, which
would distribute $3.1 billion to all 16 UNC
system universities and the state’s commu
nity colleges for capital improvements.
Chris McClure, chairman of the
Students for University and Community
College Bonds Coalition, said Monday’s
effort was a sampling of the collaboration
of student groups working to increase
voter registration. “This week marks the
last push in our effort for registration,”
McClure said. “All the groups are going to
state holidays and not religious holidays.
“The state of North Carolina determines
what holidays we take off,” he said. “We get
our instructions from human resources.”
Lanier said each public institution in North
Carolina must take a certain number of state
holidays. Yom Kippur is not a required holi
day for the state.
But UNC-CH sophomore Tovah Bayer of
New York, who is Jewish, said the University
should not hold classes on Yom Kippur. “I do
think that we shouldn’t have classes, in a way,
because it’s our holiest day,” she said. “We
aren’t supposed to work, but I have an exam
in math soon and couldn’t miss class.”
Lanier said he encourages professors to be
understanding to students who need to miss
a day of class for a religious holiday.
“That’s between the instructor and the stu
dent, but when faculty call the office, we tell
them to be tolerant,” Lanier said.
The Black Student Movement, Kappa
Alpha Psi fraternity Inc., the campus
branch of the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People,
Cross First and Alpha Phi Alpha frater
nity Inc., which were all represented
Monday, are working together in the
“Get Hype, Get Registered” campaign to
mobilize minority voter.
Deidre Green, chairwoman of the
political action committee for the BSM,
said the organizations have been work
ing on the campaign since Sept. 18.
“We’ve been all over campus for the
past few weeks spreading the word and
getting people interested,” she said.
“This election is a great opportunity.
We’re going all out this year.”
Green said the groups planned “Dorm
Storm” for Tuesday night, when they will
visit residence halls to offer registration
options. “It’s our last push to make sure
Most UNC-system schools, including East
Carolina and Appalachian State universities,
also held classes Monday, but school adminis
trators said most professors were willing to work
with students wanting to observe Yom Kippur.
Appalachian State Assistant Vice
Chancellor for Public Affairs Bob Shaffer said
Yom Kippur observations were not a major
issue on campus.
“Our professors are encouraged to support
student observances of religious holidays,” he
said. “I’ve been here three years, and it’s
come up once.”
ECU Assistant Vice Chancellor for
Student Life Lathan Turner also said he had
few problems with students requesting to be
dismissed from classes on Yom Kippur, even
though ECU held classes. “Our office hasn’t
received a lot of complaints from students to
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people are registered in time,” she said.
The organizations are offering regis
tration opportunities in the Pit until
Thursday, the last day registration is
open for the Nov. 7 election.
After registering in the Pit, students fill
out a survey indicating the three issues
most important to them. The surveys will
be addressed during a Nov. 2 election
forum focusing on issues facing minorities.
Archie Ervin, director of minority
affairs, said students should take advan
tage of their right to vote.
“It is important that all students get
involved, especially because the passing
of the bond issue will make our institution
that much better in the future,” he said.
Students around campus are
acknowledging the importance of the
Steve Ellis, a black freshman, said it is
common for students to complain about
political actions without even voting.
UNC Jews Face
By Loren Clemens and Brook Corwin
Participants in JMonday morning’s Yom Kippur ser
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hammers as they raised their voices in song.
But it was not the distracting construction sounds
that pulled sophomore biology major Toby Osofsky
away from the ceremonies held in the Student Union -
it was her 11 a.m. class.
Osofsky was one of the many Jewish students who
spent Monday balancing academics with her faith’s tra
dition of fasting and praying on Yom Kippur, the
Jewish Day of Atonement
“This is the first place I’ve been where they didn’t
cancel classes,” said Osofsky, who went to high school
in New Jersey and Florida.
Canceled classes were also the high school norm for
sophomore David Chapman and senior David Willner.
The two said they were frustrated that the University
did not make better accommodations for the holiday.
“I think it’s absurd that students should have to
choose between a 3,000-year-old heritage and their
class responsibilities," said Chapman, an international
studies and drama major from Chicago.
He said some students chose to remain with their
families for the holiday, a choice that sophomore
Michelle Meier made last year. Meier said observing
the holiday was more difficult this year because she had
to stay on campus to study for upcoming exams.
Freshman Elizabeth Manekin said being away from
home and making her own choices about worship
intensified her holiday experience.
“I feel like I’m thinking about it more," said
Manekin, a Baltimore, Md., native. “I wasn’t even
going to go (to services) last night, and then decided to
at the last minute. If I was with my family, (not going)
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“More (minority) voting isn’t going to
cause immediate changes, but if candi
dates see we are trying to be heard,
things will be better.”
McClure said all campus groups are
working together to ensure an increase
in voter registration and education.
“All groups are doing similar things -
Pit sits and going door to door,” he said.
“It’s a mass effort.”
The next goal of the coalition is to edu
cate students about the bond, McClure
said. “We’re going to show students how
the bond money is going to benefit them
- that’s their incentive.”
He said the effort of all groups is
important because it encompasses all
types of student interests. “We’ve seen a
lot of success. Students understand their
American rights - they want to vote.”
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