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Holocaust Survivor Chronicles Life
During World War 11, Faye
Schulman photographed
Nazi actions and fought
with a Soviet rebel group.
By Tori Kiser
Staff Writer
A Holocaust survivor enraptured a
near-capacity crowd in Hamilton Hall
on Tuesday night as she spoke about her
experiences as a member of a Soviet
anti-Nazi partisan organization.
Speaker Faye Schulman narrated a
slide show that contained photos from her
life with the group and the tragedies that
State Will Get Ist
Female Lt. Gov.
On Election Day
A UNC professor says gender is not a real
issue in the lieutenant governor race
because all three candidates are women.
By Alicia Gaddy
Staff Writer
After Nov. 7, North Carolina will have a female lieutenant
governor for the first time in its history - no matter who wins.
The three people vying for the post - Reform candidate
Catherine Carter, Republican candidate Betsy Cochrane and
Democratic candidate Beverly Perdue -
are all female. The only question is
which will go down in the history books.
UNC political science Professor
Pamela Conover said electing a woman to this office would be
a step forward for the state. “Anytime we get women into
office, I think it’s important and it begins to change things.”
But Conover said gender would not be a real issue in the race
because all the candidates are female. “When you have (more
than one) woman running, it neutralizes the impact of gender.”
Cochrane and Perdue, the race’s two front-runners, have
both served several terms in the state House and Senate.
Cochrane has served as a state representative for four terms
and a senator for six. She was the first and only woman to serve
as Senate minority leader, having also served as House minori
ty leader and Senate minority whip.
Purdue has served two terms in the state House and five
terms in the Senate. As Senate Appropriations Committee
chairwoman, she has been a chief architect in balancing the
state’s budget since 1993, she said.
In addition to their past government experience, both are for
mer schoolteachers. Cochrane is an Advance resident and grad
uate of Meredith College, an all-female school in Raleigh. Perdue,
a New Bern resident, is also a Meredith College graduate.
Carter, a Blowing Rock resident, has studied environmen
tal topics at various colleges and ran for California State
Assembly in 1996, receiving 10 percent of the vote.
With the candidates’ similar backgrounds, experts say the race
will come down to their plans for education and the economy.
UNC journalism Professor Ferrel Guillory, who is an expert
in Southern politics, said a major discrepancy between the can
didates is that Perdue advocates a more powerful government
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Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange, passes the microphone to student Henri Congleton for a question.
Lee visited Mary Scroggs Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon to help students learn about politics.
she suffered during World War 11.
The talk was co-sponsored by the
Center for European Studies, the cur
riculum in peace, war and defense, the
University Center for International
Studies, the Center for Slavic Eastern
European and Eurasian Studies, and the
Department of History.
Schulman began by describing her
life before the war began. “Life in my
town was exacdy the same as life today.”
As the war continued, the Nazis invad
ed Lenin, a town in the Soviet Union
where' the teenage Schulman and her
family lived. “The Nazis loved to have
fun,” Schulman told the crowd. She went
on to describe their “sense of humor,”
including incidents in v hich the soldiers
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National Disparity Manifest in CCl's
Plan to Equip Students With Laptops
By Christopher Owens
Staff Writer
Joy Diggs knows firsthand how not
owning a computer can be a bump in
the road when navigating the informa
tion superhighway.
During her high school days in
Houston, Diggs depended on others to
use their computers or take her to the
library where the Internet was accessible.
Diggs, a UNC freshman, received
her first computer through the Carolina
Computing Initiative. “I didn’t own a
computer while growing up because of
monetary problems,” she said. “So com
ing to UNC helped me to learn the
computer. I didn’t know the Internet or
even how to e-mail before 1 came here.”
Her story is indicative of the nation-
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would tear a child apart limb by limb.
Schulman said she occupied herself
during these horrific times by taking
photographs of the scenes around her. “I
was a photographer since I was a child -
it was always in me.”
Soon afterward, the town of Lenin
was destroyed and all its residents mur
dered. The non-Jews were burned to
death, and the Jews were murdered and
buried in three trenches.
Schulman escaped to the woods,
where she was accepted by a group of
anti-Nazi partisans. “They thought I
knew how to be a doctor, and so they let
me stay with them,” she said.
The anti-Nazis attacked Nazi groups,
blew up trains containing Nazis and
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burned homes the Nazis occupied.
Schulman even burned down her own
home to save it from the Nazis after her par
ents were killed. “I did not want the Nazis
to live there,” she said.
After three years, Schulman was lib
erated and moved to Russia. But she
and her husband felt so guilty for living
comfortably compared to other
Russians that they eventually moved to
Canada, where they now reside.
“I still practice Judaism in respect for
my parents and my heritage,” Schulman
said. “There is no reason to be ashamed
of being Jewish - the Holocaust and the
war only proved what kind of people we
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al gap between the computer haves and
the have-nots, causing the country to
recognize technological disparities in
socioeconomic classes.
And Diggs’ transition from novice to
computer literate is an example of how
CCI is working to overcome these dis
With online resources, networked
classrooms and e-mail assignments
becoming popular, the Internet is an
ever-growing tool for students.
The term “digital divide” was coined
by President Clinton to refer to the lack
of Internet access available to students
in inner city and rural areas, taking into
account economic and racial factors.
Clinton has endorsed federal pro
grams to wire schools and libraries to the
Internet. Since 1994, he and Vice
Scroggs Students Interrogate Lee
By Stephanie Gunter
Staff Writer
Students at Mary Scroggs Elementary
School fired a barrage of questions at a
local senator Tuesday, on topics ranging
from education and gun control to the
environment and drug abuse.
Fourth- and fifth-graders at Scroggs
attended a mock town meeting with Sen.
Howard Lee, D-Orange, held as a chance
to learn more about government.
“I hope they will gain a better under
standing of the democratic process and
how government officials speak for
them,” said fifth-grade teacher Beverly
The students, who also are participat
ing in an online mock election, said they
were excited about the event and had
prepared a variety of questions for Lee.
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Faye Schulman served as a nurse, soldier and photographer for a
Russian resistance group during WWII after escaping from the Nazis.
President Al Gore have joined volunteers
in wiring schools around the country.
The federal Commerce Department
issued a report in 1997 tided, “Falling
Through the Net,” in which statistics
show that the gap between families
with and without computers has
widened since 1994.
The report further explained how a
family’s economic factors can affect its
likelihood of having a home computer.
According to the study, 42 percent
of American households owned a com
puter in 1998. The percentage has risen
51.9 percent since 1994.
Moreover, the study shows that 19.3
percent of black and Hispanic families
have a household computer, compared
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“I wanted to ask him a question about
education because he said that parents
would have to take responsibility for
their kids if they misbehave in school,”
fifth-grader Hope Maxwell said. “So
that’s what I wanted to ask him about.”
Some students said they wanted to
learn more from Lee’s expertise.
“I’ve been to Washington, so I want
to know what a senator is like and stuff,”
said Andrew Bonds, a student in
Schieman’s fifth-grade class.
Fourth-grader Cory Trainor focused
his question on teacher pay.
“How do you ensure that schools get
the best teachers who are not just there
for the money?” he asked.
Lee responded by saying he does not
believe teachers can be paid enough to
compete with private industry. But he
said he feels they should be compensat
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State Commission
Aims to Bring Net
To Rural Areas
By Faith Ray
Staff Writer
The state of North Carolina has established a spe
cial commission to bridge the technological gap sep
arating rural and urban communities across die state.
The N.C. Rural Internet Access Commission
was established to combat the problem of slow
economic development and a lack of Internet
access in rural North Carolina.
The 21-member commission will advise and make
recommendations to the General Assembly, the gov
ernor and the N.C. Rural Redevelopment Authority.
Gov. Jim Hunt appointed UNC-Wilmington
Chancellor James Leutze as commission chairman
Oct 18.
Leutze said UNC-system schools would play a
key role in linking rural and urban communities
and helping find answers to technical problems.
“We’re a regional university and have a lot of rural
counties around UNC-W,” he said. “We’ve been
working with communities to get (Internet) access."
Leutze said all N.C. universities have a respon
sibility to reach out and help people statewide.
He said he talked with other university chan
cellors Tuesday about providing the same assis
tance in other regions across the state.
“Universities (in rural areas) are ideally posi
tioned because they are surrounded by poor com
munities,” Leutze said. “It is perfectly legitimate
that universities provide help in this regard.”
The goal to bridge the digital divide between rural
and urban North Carolina will impact the state’s
economy and education opportunities, he said.
“We hope to train students in rural schools to
level the playing field,” Leutze said. “We realize
there ate two North Carolinas - poor, rural North
Carolina and prosperous North Carolina.
“I would contend North Carolina can’t exist for
long as a society that’s half poor, half rich,” he said.
Melinda Pierson, spokeswoman for the
Department of Commerce, said Leutze was select
ed due to his interest in the technological advance
ment of the state and 28 years of experience in
higher education.
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ed enough so they do not feel they are
taken advantage of.
Fifth-grader Abigail Owens asked
about violence in the schools. “How do
you plan to keep guns out of schools?"
she asked.
Lee answered by encouraging stu
dents to speak up if they know of a fel
low student carrying a gun to school.
Students also used the town meeting
to form and express their own opinions
on Lee.
“I hope to learn more about the sen
ator," said Devon Glenn, a fifth-grader.
When asked if he would vote for Lee
if he could, he said he was still not sure.
“I’m not sure because I have to listen
to other senators,” he said.
But fifth-grader Jonathan Wright had
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