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UNC Employee Possibly Linked to 3 Assaults
Bv Kellie Dixon
Assistant City Editor
Police are suggesting there might be a
connection between a Chapel Hill rape
of a UNC student and two sexual
assaults that occurred in Carrboro in late
Dwayne Russell Edwards, 33, of 100
Rock Haven Road, M-304, has been
charged with a rape early Tuesday morn
ing in Chapel Hill, as well as with other
charges stemming from the assault.
Carrboro police Capt. Joel Booker
said the two departments are treating the
sexual assaults that occurred in
December as separate incidents from
Tuesday’s arrest but cautions that there
could be a connection.
“What we’re looking at now is if he’s
involved in either or both of the sexual
assaults in Carrboro and if so, what evi
dence leads us to believe that,” he said.
“If we get probable cause then we’ll
In light of the Boy Scouts'
discrimination policy, their
meeting at local schools
will be debated tonight.
By Geoff Wessel
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
might soon become the next in a grow
ing number of school systems nation
wide to withdraw support from the Boy
Scouts of America.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of
Education is scheduled to vote tonight
on whether the Boy Scouts can contin
ue to meet at school facilities.
The discussion stems from an
October 1999 Supreme Court decision
allowing the Boy Scouts to exclude
homosexuals as members and volun
teers. Some local school board mem
bers feel the decision violates the
board’s nondiscrimination policy.
Two system schools, McDougle
Elementary and Frank Porter Graham
Elementary, hold charters for Cub Scout
packs. The Boy Scouts are one of only
two organizations privileged to use sys
tem schools as meeting places at no cost.
The other group is the Girl Scouts, which
does not have a policy of discriminating
on the basis of sexual orientation.
School board member Elizabeth
Carter said the board should ensure that
its discrimination policy is upheld. “We
have a policy in place, and we should not
be in violation of that policy,” she said.
Carter said she did not expect the
board to change its policy. But school
board attorney John McCormick said
there is still another option for local Boy
Scout troops. “The local Boy Scouts
have indicated that they do not dis
criminate, and one option is to have
them certify that they do not and will
not discriminate on the basis of sexual
orientation,” McCormick said. “There
did seem to be, as a result of the discus
sion at the last board meeting, at least a
few members who were indicating sup
port for (that option).”
Cubmaster Ron Gallagher, who leads
the McDougle Elementary pack, said it
would not conflict with Boy Scout regu
lations for the local unit to have a differ
ent discrimination policy than the
national organization. “I personally don’t
agree with the Scouts’ position,” he said.
Gallagher said the Occoneechee
Council, the 12-county local group of
scout tr oops, generally agreed with him
on the issue. If the board does not
accept a nondiscrimination policy from
the local Boy Scout troops, McCormick
See SCOUT, Page 2
Edwards, who is employed as a clerk
at UNC’s Davis Library, is being held at
Orange Countyjail in lieu of a $2 million
bond. He was assigned a public defender
during his first trial Wednesday at the
Orange County District Court in
Hillsborough. The name of Edwards’
attorney had not been released
His next court date is set for Jan. 25 at
2 p.m. at the Orange County District
Chapel Hill police spokeswomanjane
Cousins said Edwards was arrested by
Carrboro police, who identified him as a
suspect in the Chapel Hill rape after he
was pulled over during a traffic stop. A
search of his vehicle yielded a gun and
money, linking him to Tuesday’s rape in
a Hillsborough Street apartment.
“After we received a call about the
incident, we sent out information and
Carrboro located the suspect,” she said.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF COREY LOWENSTEIVTHE NEWS & OBSERVER
Brendan Haywood (left) and Maryland's Steve Blake go for a loose ball under Maryland's
basket in the first half of Wednesday night's game. Haywood finished with eight points.
University's Joint Affiliation With FLA, WRC to Spark Debate
By Joanna Housiadas
The major players in UNC’s labor issue have
been quiet on campus as of late, but major deci
sions and discussions on the issue in upcoming
months are sure to rekindle the debate.
The University recendy has paid its annual dues
to both the Fair Labor Association and the Worker
Rights Consortium, two labor watchdog groups,
and will debate continued affiliation with the
groups later on this month or in early February.
The FLA carries out monitoring through inter
nal auditors that focus less on individual factory
disclosure while the WRC conducts monitoring via
independent auditors and, proponents claim, more
fully discloses its reports.
In April 1999, Students for Economic Justice
conducted a sit-in, pushing then interim Chancellor
Bill McCoy to require licensees to fully disclose the
locations of their overseas factories. The agreement
reached included nongovernmental agencies con
ducting a study releasing conditions of the factories.
The release of the Pilot Project for Licensing
Labor Code Implementation in early October of last
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Booker said their officers had reason
able suspicion to make the stop based on
the information about a rape in Chapel
Hill plus the two assaults in Carrboro.
After stopping Edwards’ vehicle, the
Carrboro police charged Edwards for
carrying a concealed weapon, expired
vehicle registration and no operator’s
license, reports state. Each charge was a
Cousins said when Edwards was
turned over to Chapel Hill police
Tuesday morning, he was served with
warrants from Chapel Hill police.
He has been charged by Chapel Hill
police with first-degree rape, first-degree
burglary, two counts of first-degree sex
offense, one count of first-degree sex
offense, first-degree kidnapping and sec
ond-degree kidnapping, reports state.
Booker also said Carrboro police
searched Edwards’ apartment and a
business at 705-A W. Rosemary St, with
search warrants Tuesday.
year revealed violations occurring in overseas sweat
shops that produce official UNC sportswear. “We
suspected this would be the situation,” said Rut Tufts,
UNC’s Labor Advisory Committee co-chairman.
Tufts said follow-up inspections will not be con
ducted at the sweatshop sites for at least another
year because the licensees need time to implement
and conform to UNC’s code of labor.
Since the study’s release, UNC’s Labor
Advisory Committee gained Chancellor James
Moeser’s approval to have the Collegiate licensing
Company implement UNC’s labor code. The CLC
acts as a liaison between universities and licensees.
UNC also recendy paid its membership dues for
the current school year to both the FLA and the
WRC. Membership costs $32,000 a year per
group. Tufts said sustaining membership to both
groups raises serious questions, but the dues repre
sent only 2 percent of the licensee’s expenditures.
The question of whether to retain membership
with both groups next year will be debated by the
advisory council in latejanuarv or early February.
SEJ President Todd Pugatch said the group will
See LABOR, Page 2
University officials also are looking
into the possibility that Edwards could
be linked to two separate incidents of
indecent exposure that happened last
September at UNC libraries. In each
case, a female student filed a complaint
to UNC police after seeing a man
exposing himself. One incident was
reported in Davis Library, and the other
occurred in the Undergraduate Library.
Maj. Jeff McCracken, UNC deputy
director of public safety, said the depart
ment is still treating the cases as an open
investigation and has not ruled out the
possibility of the library incidents being
related to the rapes.
“I don’t know if there’s any connec
tion, but that’s definitely something we
would look at.”
Assistant University Editor Karey
Wutkowski contributed to this article.
The City Editor can be reached
Helps Tar Heels
UNC sophomore guard Joseph Forte scored
20 of his 26 points in the second half to
help the Tar Heels take and maintain the
lead in Wednesday's win against Maryland.
By T. Nolan Hayes
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The game was something
straight out of a fairy tale: The Tortoise and the Hare.
The only difference was the hare
in this case was actually a group of
The Maryland Terrapins fell
behind by 19 points in the second
half to North Carolina and were
unable to complete the comeback Wednesday night at Cole
Field House. The Tar Heels held on for an 86-83 victory, giv
ing them a 3-0 start in ACC play and snapping Maryland’s
10-game winning streak.
“It feels good,” UNC sophomore
guard Joseph Forte said. “It’s a turn
around from last year, and hrueful
ly we can build on it.”
The Tar Heels (12-2) almost let the
game slip away. Ahead 71-52 with 8
minutes, 15 seconds remaining, they watched as Maryland
embarked on a 25-9 run to pull within three points in the last
But Forte, from Greenbelt, Md., made the most of his
homecoming by scoring 11 of UNC’s final 13 points and con
verting four key free throw attempts to seal the victory.
“At the end of the basketball game, I pride myself on doing
See MEN'S BASKETBALL, Page 2
DTH FILE PHOTO
Students protest against the Fair Labor Association last February.
University officials will soon renew the debate over UNC's membership in the association.
Dwayne Russell Edwards, 33, could
face three sexual assault charges.
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The UNC-system Board of
Governors and boards of
trustees might be forced to
reveal conflicts of interest.
Staff and Wire Reports
Members of the UNC system’s top
boards and the system’s top officers
would have to disclose business inter
ests under a policy being considered
today that aims to prevent potential
conflicts of interest.
The UNC-system Board of
Governors Committee on University
Governance is scheduled to consider
the proposal this afternoon at a meeting
The board isn’t expected to act on
the proposal at its monthly meeting
Friday morning to allow the draft to be
reviewed by each UNC-system board
of trustees, said UNC-system associate
vice president Joni Worthington.
Worthington said the committee
could recommend to the full board clar
ification of the system’s conflict of inter
est policy as it applies to all BOG mem
bers and board of trustees members at
all 16 UNC-system universities.
Proposed rules also would require
top university officials, including the
Board of Governors, members of cam
pus trustee boards and top administra
tors, to fill out annual financial disclo
sure statements that would reveal busi
ness and similar financial connections
that immediate family members have to
the UNC-system and any of its member
institutions, Worthington said.
Current BOG policy only discour
ages financial conflicts of interest from
BOG members but does not forbid it
If adopted by the full board, the poli
cy would prevent campuses from con
tracting with a business in which univer
sity leaders or their immediate families
have a substantial interest. Exceptions
would be contracts awarded through
competitive bidding or projects judged to
be in the university’s best interest
The policy defines a substantial inter
est as ownership by the official, a spouse
or child of more than 10 percent of a
business or annual income of more than
SIO,OOO from a business.
Under the proposal, a business rela
tionship like that of BOG member Frank
Grainger would be disclosed. Grainger’s
wife owns a travel agency that began han
dling air travel for the N.C. State
University’s athletics department soon
after Grainger was appointed to the BOG.
Since 1997, Judi Grainger’s agency
handled more than $930,000 worth of
N.C. State travel without bidding
See FINANCE, Page 2