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BSM Kicks Off Black History Month With Jamboree
By Elizabeth Parrott
An array of entertainers in subgroups
of the Black Student Movement
expressed black culture through song,
dance and drama at the organization’s
first jamboree Friday.
The event, which took place in the
Great Hall of the Student Union, kicked
off Black History Month festivities to be
sponsored by the BSM.
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UNC fans gather around a 1997 Honda Accord that was vandalized and eventually flipped over on Franklin Street after UNC defeated Duke on Thursday night (above).
Police estimate that more than 10,000 Tar Heel supporters crowded the downtown area after the game to celebrate.
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actions of revelers have
some local officials re
examining the future of
Franklin Street celebra
tions in hopes of pre
venting the vandalism
that marred the other
wise festive occasion.
Students flocked to
Franklin Street on
Thursday night to savor
North Carolina’s 85-83
victory over Duke, fight
ing bonfires, rolling trees
and singing fight songs.
But once the party turned
destructive, leaving two damaged cars in its wake, officials said
they felt the postgame festivities got out of hand. “People need
to have a good time and party but not leave things damaged and
put people’s lives in danger,” said Chapel Hill Fire Chief Dan
Jones. “The crowd was more intent on doing damage. What’s
changed in Carolina fans that makes them need to do that?”
Mindy Guadagnino, 26, of Chapel Hill dealt firsthand with the
damage. She found her 1997 Honda Accord was vandalized after
several people rolled it over. She will find out today the cost of
the damage. Guadagnino was watching the game at Top of the Hill
UNC Dance Marathon to Feature Special Guests
By Brad Chiasson
While the UNC Dance Marathon has
drawn large crowds in its first two years, this
year’s marathon has nabbed some of the most
prominent figures and entertainers on campus.
The Clef Hangers, Chapel Hill Players
comedy troupe and UNC football coachjohn
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around culture and our subgroups are a
very good representative of black cul
ture,” said BSM President Tyra Moore.
Performances included music from
the BSM Gospel Choir, dancing by the
Opeyo! Dancers and a mix of tradition
al music and R&B sung by the group
Dr. Valerie Kaalund, professor in the
African and Afro-American studies
department, encouraged the audience to
celebrate black history and get involved
in activities during the upcoming month.
vandals in time.
The chaos Thursday night left many officials wondering what to
do differendy for future celebrations. “We’ll review plans like we do
all others and then make a decision as to any changes,”Jarvies said.
Jones said the Franklin Street tradition might be at risk. “We
don’t want it to get to the point that the University and commu
nity have to put an end to this longstanding tradition,” he said.
“At some point, student government should get involved and
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Bunting are among those expected to raise the
spirits of the 320 already-committed dancers
during their 24-hour fund-raising stretch.
The marathon, which is scheduled to begin
the night of Feb. 23, is the largest student
fund-raiser at UNC and raises money for
UNC Children’s Hospital.
The money will aid parents in paying hos
pital bills that their insurance will not cover,
Sorry to those who came Friday
to meet the Duke Chronicle.
They showed up early.
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“Think during this kickoff of what you
can do to educate yourself and others
about the importance of blacks in
America, and then take it a step further,”
Kaalund said. “How are we connected to
other groups and other people, because
our history is not one of singularity.”
BSM Vice President Jokena Smith
and BSM Central Committee for Fund
Raising member Lattice Deaver orga
nized the jamboree and helped create
the theme “Celebrating History
and said she didn’t think
anything about parking
“It’s a public road,”
she said. “You shouldn’t
have to think about
where you park your car.
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n’t know Carolina fans
got that obnoxious. You’d
think they’d want to take
pride in their team and
not destroy anything they
could get their hands on.”
Chapel Hill Police
Chief Gregg Jarvies said
there were two or three
police near the scene, but
the crowd prevented offi
cials from getting to the
as well as covering the cost of housing and
clothing during the children’s hospital stays.
Patients will be present at the Dance
Marathon, and students will get a chance, to
meet the children for whom they are dancing.
“I think the reason why everyone gets
involved is because it’s an incredible cause,”
said Cristy Irvin, the coordinator of the Dance
Marathon. “I want to take that cause and take
Smith said singing, dancing and poetry
are modes of communication and expres
sion that are important to black culture.
“The main purpose was to display our
culture through performance,” she said.
Smith said the idea of holding a jam
boree to start Black History Month off
with a bang arose earlier this semester.
Sophomore Latrina Wilson, who
attended the event and performed with
the BSM Gospel Choir, said the festivi
ties were important to her heritage.
“I feel like since February is the only
Fun for Students
By Brook Corwin
In the aftermath of a Franklin Street celebration that
bordered on anarchy, students are looking back at the
night of UNC’s monumental win over its archrival with
either fond memories or recollections of frustration.
The concentration of elated students who crowded
the street spawned bonfires, debauchery and vandalism
as students were engulfed by the collective energy -
and, as some say, acted beyond the bounds of reason.
“We were all catalysts for each other’s excitement,”
said Chris Dalton, a freshman from Asheville who
rushed Franklin Street immediately after the game. “We
just had to fan it outward.”
With two years passed since UNC’s last basketball
victory over Duke, many students said they didn’t know
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it to the entire campus.”
Irvin said the marathon will feature three
times as many dancers as last year. “We’ve had
to beg and plead our friends to come out in the
past,” she said. “Now everyone is excited.”
The Dance Marathon raised more than
$70,000 last year, bringing the total amount
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month we have to celebrate black histo
ry, it would be good to come to the kick
off,” she said. “It is anew beginning.”
Many events will follow this month in
celebration of Black History Month.
Every Friday, the BSM will be fea
turing campus tours focusing on the con
tributions of blacks to the University
community, Smith said.
She also said members of the BSM
will be visiting local middle schools and
high schools to educate students about
names, concepts and ideas important to
On Parking Woes
Candidates' ideas range from above- and
below-ground parking decks to improving
the availability of buses to students.
By Paige Ammons
The scramble to find parking spaces on UNC’s campus
might become even more of a challenge in the coming years
as the Master Plan calls for increased enrollment.
And while some student body president candidates say the
position offers limited influence over the situation, others sug
gest alternatives such as underground parking and fare-free
busing that could begin to alleviate the problem next year.
“Everyone knows that parking is tight on campus,” said
Derek Poarch, director of the Department of Public Safety.
“Not all who want to park on campus can park, and this will
continue to be the case next year.”
The Master Plan, a blueprint for campus development for
the next 50 years, allows for an increase in enrollment of
about 10,000 new undergraduate students. If current parking
conditions remain the same,
then the situation could worsen.
As the Feb. 13 student body
elections approach, students are
raising their parking concerns to
the student body president candi
dates, who, they hope, will
improve the situation.
The student body president can
appoint a member to the
Transportation and Parking
Advisory Committee and is a vot
ing member of the Board of
Trustees, which must approve all
UNC policy changes.
And although most concede
that the student body president
has limited influence on the issue, most candidates have ideas
about how to address parking-related concerns.
■ Student body president candidate Warren Watts said he
plans to push for decreasing the cost of parking tickets, and he
supports new parking decks and recruiting of Franklin Street ven
dors to provide student parking. “The student body president
does not have much influence on the parking issue but is respon
sible for giving the voice of the students to the Board of Trustees.”
■ Eric Johnson also said he plans to put the hardship park
ing applications online, start an incentive program in which
some of the faculty would give up their spaces, and educate
students about transit alternatives. “As student body president,
it would be difficult to make new spaces, but it would be easy
to make students aware of their options,” he said.
■ Although Matthew Wilhite also recognized the office’s lim
ited influence in terms of parking, he said he still thinks the stu
dent body president has an important role in advocating for stu
dent issues. Wilhite said that instead of spending money on more
parking decks, the money would be better spent on mass transit
■ Candidate Annie Peirce said there is simply no space for
parking on campus and suggests underground options. “No
one wants a parking deck on the quad," she said.
“Subterranean parking lots are a realistic goal, and if I work
for it, they will be successful.”
■ While recognizing that it is unrealistic to promise more park
ing, Justin Young said he would turn to the possibility of fare-free
busing. “There are practical plans like the new parking deck, but
I would like to explore other options like fare-free busing and
encouraging carpooling,” he said. Fare-free busing will be a ref
erendum on the Feb. 13 ballot that would increase student fees
to pay for free mass transportation in Chapel Hill.
■ Candidate Dustyn Baker supports the referendum but said
the new student body president would have to work hard to
ensure its completion. “If every student can’t have a parking
space, then the next best thing is for students to be able to get to
campus for free through fare-free busing.”
■ Candidate Correy Campbell’s biggest parking concern is
ticketing because “people are forced to park in ticketing areas -
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Kaalund urged others to view the jam
boree as a catalyst for year-round cele
bration of African heritage both in the
University community and worldwide.
“I want you to think of Black History
Month as an opportunity to improve
and educate yourself and pass it on to
others,” she said. “Think of it as an
opportunity to remember.”
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