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BSM Endorses SBP Candidate Baker
By Greg Steffensen
Student body president candidate
Dustyn Baker picked up a key endorse
ment Wednesday night as the Black
Student Movement lent its support to
her after a ques
ing racial ten-
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sions at UNC and the need for
increased minority representation.
Baker, an active member of the BSM,
said, “The most important thing I can do
for everyone in this room is to be your
When asked what the most pressing
minority concerns are, she said “admis-
Opens Fire on
Accountant Robert Pickett,
who had a history of mental
illness, was shot in the leg
by Secret Service agents.
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A middle-aged
accountant with a history of mental ill
ness fired several shots outside the
White House on Wednesday and then
was shot by the Secret Service as he
waved his handgun menacingly, author
ities said. The tense, noontime standoff
sent tourists running for cover.
The midday drama unfolded just out
side the fence at the edge of the South
Lawn, 200 yards from the building
where President Bush was inside exer
The man, wounded in the knee and
hospitalized under guard, was identified
by law enforcement sources as Robert
W. Pickett, 47, from Evansville, Ind. He
had been fired by the Internal Revenue
Service in the mid-1980s, and neighbors
said he kept to himself, resented the
IRS and was obsessed with West Point,
where he had dropped out after a
semester in 1972. Pickett had acknowl
edged in court records suffering from
mental illness and trying to commit sui
Bush, working out in the White
House residence, was alerted by Secret
Service agents “but understood that he
was not in any danger,” spokesman Ari
Fleischer said. First lady Laura Bush
was in Texas. Vice President Dick
Cheney was working in his White
The shooting was the latest in a string
of security scares that have brought
tighter protection for U.S. presidents. In
1995, then-President Clinton ordered
Pennsylvania Avenue closed in front of
the White House following the
Oklahoma City bombing. Earlier that
year, a man was shot on the White
House lawn after scaling a fence with an
The latest incident, shortly before
noon on a sunny, springlike day, trig
gered a tight security clampdown.
Tourists were evacuated from White
House rooms, and police in riot gear
took up positions around the executive
mansion and beyond its gates.
Dan Halpert, a tourist from Queens,
N.Y., was on the National Mall nearby,
when officers told him to get down and
“We were all running away. It was
scary,” said Halpert, 24.
The confrontation occurred on E
Street where tourists gather along the
White House fence to snap photos of
the executive mansion and hope for a
glimpse of Bush jogging on the track
encircling the South Lawn.
There is an unobstructed view from
the fence to the mansion.
See GUNMAN, Page 4
The destiny of the colored American ...is the destiny of America.
sion, retention, recognition.”
Candidate Caleb Ritter offered to use
his more limited experience with minor
ity groups as a strength.
“When I face these minority issues, I
will be looking toward the BSM for
input,” he said. “The BSM will be rep
resented on my Cabinet.”
Candidate Eric Johnson emphasized
his founding role in the Student
Ambassadors program, which sends stu
dents to rural N.C. counties that are
underrepresented in UNC’s student
“I know how to take a great idea and
turn it into tangible reality,” he said.
Candidate Annie Peirce promised to
aggressively seek minority group input
when making policy decisions and to
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PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTH CAROLINA COLLECTION, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
Franklin Street, circa 1971, shows how much the famous strip has changed in the last 30 years. Only two establishments
seen in this photo, Sutton's Drug Store and The Shrunken Head Boutique, can still be founa downtown.
No Gap in Residents'Loyalty to Local Stores
When many graduates return to
Chapel Hill, they find the face of
Franklin Street dramatically different
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he is optimistic about downtown, he is not always
pleased to see his neighbors move on.
“If they can’t make it up here then they’ve got to
get someone who can," he said. “But it’s a shame to
lose the flavor of local business.”
Sutton’s has been a part of Franklin Street since
1923, and Woodard has owned the store since 1977.
Large Deficit May Force Easley to Divert State Allocations
By April Bethea
With projections of the N.C. budget
deficit nearing an estimated $740.8 mil
lion - $240 million more than previous
ly estimated - Gov. Mike Easley might
decide to invoke emergency privileges
to curb the state’s growing fiscal woes.
The emergency privilege, if used,
would grant Easley the authority to
enact necessary actions to cut the deficit.
The last time a N.C. governor
invoked emergency privilege was in
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
increase minority representation in stu
“We’re not drawing the number of
minorities that we need in key decision
making departments,” she said.
Candidate Warren Watts offered to
host a statewide race relations confer
ence on campus.
“It is one of my goals as student body
president to get everyone’s voice heard
and everyone’s needs met,” he said.
Candidate Justin Young discussed his
prior experience in encouraging healthy
campus diversity in Freshman Camp
“I don’t have to talk about bridging
our diversity, I’ve lived it,” he said.
Candidate Correy Campbell did not
By Isaac Groves
■ than when they left.
. But some stores
| are doing what they
J can to stick around
I despite the influx of
| chain stores.
j the pharmacist and
I owner of Sutton’s
I Drug Store said he
I has seen many
1 changes in the last
24 years, and while
1991 when Jim Hunt used state highway
and retirement funds to reduce a $1.2
A spokeswoman for Easley said no
decision would be made Wednesday
and that there is no exact timetable for
when a decision will be made.
But Easley announced Tuesday in a
memo to N.C. government department
heads and chief fiscal officers that the
increased deficit might possibly force
him to issue the emergency declaration.
“Up to now, I have been optimistic
that the deficit could be managed with-
Get the Scoop...
on the SBP candidates at a debate
hosted by the Blue & White and
the DTH at 8 p.m. in Carroll 111.
Every candidate lamented the self
segregation on campus and offered
plans to address the problem.
The mostly cordial atmosphere was
briefly shattered by an audience mem
ber’s bitter attack of Johnson’s portray
al of his Student Ambassadors pro
Alleging that the program didn’t seek
to attract minorities to the extent to
which Johnson claimed, she said,
“You’re feeding us a pack of lies.”
In response, Johnson said the pro
gram is expanding this year and will
include counties with more minority
Addressing why the group hosted the
See FORUM, Page 2
“We try to provide the services that
most chains don’t,” he said. “You
can’t be here forever if all you want to
do is make a ton of money.”
But while some Franklin Street merchants say
they are not bitter about the arrival of chain stores
like the Gap or Starbucks Coffee, some residents
said they do not like the outside businesses.
“National stores suck, and they’re killing Chapel
Hill,” said Debbie
Southern Village. “I
was a freshman in
’BS, and it was a dif
ferent place then. I
like the Gap ... but
I don’t know if its
place is right on
See GLOBALIZATION, Page 2
in spending con
“However, it is
that further mea
sures must be
taken, some of
which may require
the issuance of an
ration in order to meet the balanced
budget requirement prescribed in ... the
Student elections candidates gather outside 111 Murphy Hall
as BSM representative Matthew Shaw (right) checks attendance.
North Carolina Constitution."
The governor placed a freeze on new
state hires, cut the budgets of some state
departments and also ordered govern
ment-related travel be reduced, but the
increased deficit will require further
measures, Easley said.
State legislators say Easley is respon
sible for taking the necessary actions to
handle the budget crisis and that they
will support whatever decision he makes.
Sen. Kenneth Moore, R-Alexander,
said he believes using emergency power
is the only option Easley has left to deal
Gov. Mike Easley
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Friday: Sunny 69
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Thursday, February 8, 2001
SBP to Play Key
Role in Revising
Student body president candidates suggest
updating course requirements and upping
student representation on the review board.
By Joanna Housiadas
The Undergraduate Curriculum Review Board’s responsi
bility to update UNC students’ undergraduate education by
2003 is a task that will enlist the efforts of both students and fac
With student elections right around the comer, student body
president candidates say they plan to take an active interest in
the board’s work.
“We are trying to make the process as open and as consul
tative as possible," said Lauren McNeil, head of the board’s 14-
member steering committee. The board plans to solicit the
broadest range of student and fac
ulty opinions possible.
Three discussion forums, held
in various campus locations last
semester, were used to gauge stu
dent opinion on the issue. Tom
Tweed, associate dean of under
graduate curriculum,said a survey
will be conducted sometime this
semester to continue the dialogue.
Two students hold positions on
the review board, but McNeil
said the student body president
can play an essential role in influ
encing the committee’s work.
“The most effective role for
student body president to take is
to encourage students to participate in the process.”
Tweed said he feels the student body president’s role is two
fold. He said they must work “to provoke and organize stu
dents’ reflections on outcoming proposals” and “coordinate the
voicing of student opinion.”
■ Candidate Caleb Ritter said he is satisfied with the cur
rent General College system. “I think overall that it’s really
general - it forces you to take a variety of classes and gets you
thinking about what you might possibly go into.”
Concerning the physical education requirement, he said,
“It’s a credit that doesn’t seem that essential -a lot of people
take it as a joke. However, at least one should be required."
Ritter said he wants to be a voice for the student body, lis
tening to “find out what classes as a whole are considered
good, and what classes are out-of-date.”
■ Candidate Dustyn Baker, who currently serves as an
See CURRICULUM, Page 2
with the budget crisis.
Moore said that while he expected a
budget surplus, he is surprised by the
extent of the latest figures. “I am surprised
at the magnitude (of the deficit), but we
knew when we passed the budget last
year that there were some risks involved.”
He also said that he was upset that the
deficit problem surfaced so quickly after
the fall elections, which included the
successful passage of the higher educa
tion bond. “I’m a litde disappointed that
See SHORTFALL, Page 2
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