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Student Stores' Pricing Policy Draws Scrutiny
By Blake Rosser
While flipping through the statistics text
book that he bought from Student Stores
last week, senior Marcus Carden noticed
that the new text had scribbles in it
After being offered a refund of the
difference between the new and used
prices, Carden declined, wanting instead
an explanation of why an apparendy
used book was being sold at anew price.
Student Stores Directorjohnjones and
Carolyn Elfland, associate vice chancellor
for auxiliary services, have offered a few
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Activists march down Franklin Street on Monday in a parade commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
Before the march a rally was held in front of the post office and featured speakers from the NAACP.
Professor Shares Inside View of MLK
By Paige Ammons
While most portrayals of Martin Luther
Kingjr. usually offer distanced accounts of
his accomplishments, a UNC professor is
able to share a depiction of a man he called
To commemorate the life and legacy of
King, UNC journalism Professor Chuck
Stone presented the lecture “Remembering
Martin... A Dear Friend” to members of the
Chapel Hill Historical Society on Monday.
He offered a personal account of his expe
riences with King by sharing stories and
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possible reasons for such a fluke.
“It is possible that there could have
been a mix-up at the publisher’s facto
ry,” Elfland said. “Or it could have been
that someone bought the book and
returned it as anew book.”
One more explanation is that Student
Stores simply does not have the man
power to guarantee accurate pricing of
every one of its books, Jones said.
“We have tens of thousands of
books,” he said. “It would take one per
son 10 or 15 minutes to go through each
book, and, when you add it up, it would
just take a huge number of people.”
relating King’s vision to today’s society.
Asa journalist for various black news
papers and a White House correspondent
during the civil rights movement, Stone
often had interaction with King.
Asa friend, Stone was impressed with
King’s genuine determination to help oth
ers. Stone said King’s thoughts about how
he wanted to be eulogized were indicative
of King’s virtues.
“‘l’d like somebody to mention that day
that Martin Luther Kingjr. tried to give his
life serving others,’” Stone quoted King. “‘l’d
like somebody to say that day that Martin
Luther Kingjr. tried to love somebody.’”
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Jones said the matter was being blown
out of proportion. He said such mix-ups
are rare and that Student Stores already
has a policy in place to deal with them.
But Carden believes the scenario is
more common than Student Stores offi
cials are letting on. “(When I discovered
the error) I wanted an explanation,” he
said. “(Jones) made it seem to me like it
was a one-time thing, but I found anoth
er book exacdy like the first one with the
Carden claimed that he is not push
ing the issue solely for personal reasons.
“I’m more concerned for the rest of the
In his fourth year of presenting the pro
gram, Stone emphasized four themes in his
speech - to remember King, to honor his
accomplishments, to rejoice in his legacy
and to overcome his absence.
Stone attempted to dispel King’s idealist
reputation, which he felt was most evident
in the “I Have a Dream” speech. “The
media inundates us with Martin’s dream
sequence because dreams are harmless,
but Martin was a man of action," he said.
After the speech, an audience member
asked Stone to discuss the topic of current
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New Vision Gives Student New Perspective
By Lauren Ritter
After undergoing state-of-the-art
surgery to restore his sight in November,
a Chapel Hill High School sophomore is
now seeing well and reading his own
Six years ago, Francisco was living in
Mexico with his family when he picked
up a botde floating by in the river. He
opened the botde, which exploded in
his face because it was full of sulfuric
add. The near-fatal explosion severely
damaged his corneas, blinding him.
Francisco remained blind until he
met Dr. Ming Wang, one of the few peo-
student population," he said. “There are
students out there who are trying to be
self-sufficient, and this is money they
could be using for food.”
Carden is meeting with Elfland today
and said he hopes to attain not only a
refund but also an apology and a promise
to try to rectify the situation in the future.
None of the students interviewed on
campus Monday had experienced prob
lems with their new textbooks appearing
to be used. But several expressed con
cern when informed of the matter.
Ben Silverberg, a sophomore from
New London, Conn., understands some
Rally Takes Aim
At Minority Issues
By Susan Hall
A cloth-and-wire white dove hovered over a crowd of nearly 100
people as it made its way down Franklin Street on Monday, with
participants chanting and singing “We Shall Overcome” as part of
a rally and march honoring the Rev. Martin Luther Kingjr.
The dove, funded by the Orange County Peace Action Coalition,
a civil rights activist group, was designed as a symbol of peace to the
marchers who gathered to commemorate King’s birthday.
The festivities, sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro chap
ter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People, the Southern Orange County Black Caucus and the
Martin Luther Kingjr. Coalition, started with a rally at 10 a.m.
in front of the Franklin Street post office, followed by a march to
the First Baptist Church at 106 N. Roberson St. for a fellowship
gathering at 1 p.m.
The day’s events also included an NAACP membership drive
and voter registration at the First Baptist Church.
The rally began with the harmonies of the Faith Tabernacle
Youth Choir, after which storytellers, poets, NAACP members,
Million Mom March members and Peace Action Coalition mem
bers, holding megaphones, stood on the post office steps and
addressed issues facing minorities.
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UNC Professor Chuck Stone reflects on the life of Martin
Luther King Jr. at the Chapel Hill Historical Society.
pie in the United States able to perform
the surgery that would enable Francisco
to see again.
Francisco, his mother and his teacher,
Carole Klein, traveled to Vanderbilt
University Medical Center in Nashville,
Tenn., where Wang worlds, and where
Wang completed a series of eight surgeries
to repair one of Francisco’s damaged eyes.
Today, Francisco, whose last name is
withheld for privacy reasons, has his
vision back in his right eye. His distance
vision is 20/40. “Francisco is doing won
derfully well," Wang said. “After all
these surgeries, he’s finally seeing 20/25
and his eye is crystal clear.”
Francisco, who can read a computer
possible sources of the problem but
thinks it is unjust nonetheless.
“Anyone who goes in there knows
that they’re always moving merchandise
(which could damage the new books),
but even so, it’s not fair to us,” he said.
Jones said he is regretful that the
problem occurs but acknowledges that
the problem is out of Student Stores’
hands. He said, “All we can do is offer to
refund their money when they realize
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now without having to put his face up
against the screen, also is happy with his
surgery. “Now I can see better and see
how (people) look,” he said. “I feel
happy because I can see better.”
The surgery should allow Francisco
to see permanently. “The stem cells (that
guard the cornea from scar tissue) are
alive and well and will maintain his
vision for the rest of his life,” Wang said.
But the road to vision was not without
its hurdles. Francisco and his family
were not able to pay for the last surgery
after the funding source for the other
operations had to pull out. The opera
tion cost SII,OOO, even after Wang
waived his fees. That is when the stu
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Tuesday, January 16, 2001
Michael Woods had hoped
to reach out to students
who were cynical toward
UNC's student government.
By Karey Wutkowski
Assistant University Editor
While no one has officially declared
their candidacy for student body presi
dent, former Student Body Secretary
Michael Woods already has pulled out
of the race, citing personal reasons unre
lated to student government
“It was outside factors that have
nothing do with Chapel Hill,” said
Woods, who is a sophomore. “From
April to April, I can’t say that I’ll be
from his post as
student body sec
intentions of run
ning for student
body president He
said he decided to
run in an attempt
to make student
responsive to a stu
dent body that
often views the
Former Student Body
November to prepare
his SBP campaign.
process started at the point when it
became clear what the field was looking
like this year,” Woods said. “I was look
ing for who was going to address the
issues that I think need to be addressed.”
In the last few months, Woods has
been laying the groundwork for his
campaign by building a team of advis
ers. “I had really experienced a lot more
support and a lot more enthusiasm than
what we thought,” he said.
But while Woods was encouraged by
the positive feedback, he said he didn’t
want to show disrespect to the people
working on his campaign by not dedi
cating his full efforts to the presidency.
“The competitor in me would like to
take this show on the road,” Woods said.
“I think we would definitely have sur
prised a lot of people. But the worst thing
would have been to have won and not
do all that I’m capable of.”
Woods also said his resignation does
not represent a disillusionment with stu
dent government. “I do not have a
diminished interest or belief in student
government,” he said.
But he said he will remain an observer
for the rest of the election race. “As for me,
I’m going to vote,” Woods said. “But that
might be the only definite thing to expect”
Woods’ campaign manager, sopho
more Fred Hashagen, will continue his
involvement with the race by moving
his support to another candidate, junior
Eric Johnson. “(Johnson) is the type of
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dents and teachers at CHHS got togeth
er and helped raise the money Francisco
needed, starting Funds for Francisco.
The CHHS students raised money
by sending letters to family and friends
and organizing fund-raising clubs.
Others also got involved, including
some UNC students who donated more
than S3OO to help Francisco, and the
Knights of Columbus, which donated
$2,500. “I read the story in the paper
and wanted to help,” said UNC sopho
more Catherine Jones.
The students and donors went above
and beyond the $ 11,000 needed, raising
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