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Susan Dammann fields a student's complaint about the walls of photographs depicting aborted fetuses during different stages of pregnancy
(above). Christi Kurtz (below), a local volunteer, joined the Genocide Awareness Project on campus to help women understand abortion.
Display Sparks Controversy
By Noelle Hutchins
“Warning: Genocide Photos Ahead.”
Such signs will greet students on their
way to class again today, preparing them
for graphic images of medical abortion
procedures, black lynchings, mass
killings in Cambodia and the Holocaust.
But whether students look at the
explicit pictures or not, the Genocide
Awareness Project still vows to get their
attention, comparing aborted babies to
“I think it is an adequate comparison
because blacks were lynched, Jews were
tortured in concentration camps, and
this is the same as killing babies,” said
GAP representative Erica Rogers.
GAP facilitator Jane Bullington said
the program’s initial purpose is to educate those who don’t want to be educated
about abortion. And she said college students are the least educated because they
do not recognize the truth.
“‘Schindler’s List’ and civil rights movement pictures spoke the truth,” she said.
“These pictures speak the truth, and you can’t second guess what a picture means.”
GAP, which is a campaign of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, has three nation
al headquarter offices and travels nationwide to deliver a pro-life message on col
Faculty OK Trimming
Fat From UNC Calendar
The Faculty Council approved
a resolution that would
restore the school year to
140 days, a 10-day decrease.
By Michael Mc.Knk.ht
UNC-system students might soon
have 10 more days of vacation if the
UNC Faculty Council has its way.
The council approved Friday after
noon a resolution asking the Faculty
Assembly, which is composed of faculty
from all 16 sys
tem schools, to
return to a pre
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policy mandating 140-day academic
years. System students now must attend
classes for at least 150 days each year.
Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue
Estroff said the change would allow fac
ulty and students to have more time for
If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
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“Being in the classroom isn’t the only
way (students) leam,” Estroff said.
UNC-System Vice President for
Academic Affairs Gretchen Bataille said
the General Administration is not con
sidering adopting the resolution.
Bataille said that if the length of the
academic year was changed, it would
have to be done systemwide. “The
semester length is a Board of Governors
policy,” she said. “Right now I under
stand this is just a Chapel Hill thing.”
The 150-day year was implemented by
then-system president C.D. Spangler in
the 1997-98 school year in response to
concerns from legislators that the number
of days in an academic year was steadily
declining. The number of days had in fact
declined from 174 in the 1968-69 school
year to 142 in the 1996-97 school year, the
year before the current policy began.
Estroff said the day-increase imple
mented by Spangler was a mistake.
“There wasn't enough consultation and
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
campus,” said senior Eboni Staton. “I don’t think I should see a black man being
lynched or Jews in the Holocaust on my way to class because it trivializes the human
experience and people’s histories.”
Pro-choice protester Erica Smiley riled up students in the Pit on Monday with the
slogan, “We have to beat back the gender attack.” She encouraged students’ con-
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Panel Comments on Reparations Ad
By Faith Ray
Assistant State & National Editor
Hundreds gathered at the Terry
Sanford Institute of Public Policy at
Duke University on Monday to listen to
a panel discussion on an advertisement
that has embroiled the campus in con
troversy for the last week.
Last Monday, The Chronicle, Duke’s
student newspaper, ran an anti-repara
tions advertisement from conservative
David Horowitz. The ad stated 10 rea
sons why slavery reparations “are a bad
idea -and racist too.”
Since then, hundreds of students
have protested the newspaper’s decision
to run the ad and have imposed several
demands on The Chronicle and campus
The eight-person panel included stu
dents, a Washington Post columnist and
Panel members offered varying points
of view on matters concerning the ad
and the role of blacks both at the uni
versity and in the community at large.
“Horowitz is deliberately incendi
ary,” William Raspberry, syndicated
columnist for the Washington Post and a
lege campuses. Members of GAP range
from full-time working adults to dedi
cated high school and college students.
And although it advocates pro-life to
students, many find that its delivery is
highly offensive and ineffective.
“I feel it’s exploiting lynchings, the
Holocaust and Cambodian killing
fields,” said junior Ndidi Okeke. “They
can tell me what abortion is doing, but
they don’t have to show me with disre
Student organizations including the
Young Democrats, Feminist Students
United!, Feminist Action Initiative and
Choice USA have come together to
protest GAP’s display.
“We are naming ourselves the
‘Hatefighters’ because this is about
inhibiting students’ rights to feel safe on
Duke professor, said in reference to the
author of the ad. “I don’t want to talk
about him. I want to talk about us.”
Despite Raspberry’s 40 years of jour
nalistic experience and his coverage of
controversial issues, he said he does not
think one man should be allowed “to
upset the campus for an unconceivable
“I do embrace First Amendment
rights with The Chronicle,” Kelly Black,
a senior and president of Duke’s chapter
of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, said.
“But this wasn’t a First Amendment
issue. The paper has been irresponsible
to the community.”
And Houston Baker, professor of
English, repeatedly asked “Why did this
happen?” Baker called the ad a “horrific,
ill-informed, unscholarly, racist material.”
He added that the panel was perhaps the
first step in answering this question.
But disagreement among panelist and
audience members characterized the
event. William Van Alstyne, a law pro
fessor, said he is in support of the paper’s
editorial freedom and added, “It is better
to err in favor of trusting an audience to
read and know propaganda.”
Congress to Vote
On CAA Tonight
Student Congress could
censure the CAA leadership
and give itself the power
to oversee the organization
By Kim Minugh
The votes of 39 students could
change the face of the Carolina Athletic
Association as UNC knows it
Student Congress will meet tonight to
vote on a bill that would give Congress
oversight powers for CAA and two reso
lutions that would censure the organiza
tion’s leadership and President Tee Pruitt.
One week ago, Congress’ Rules and
Judiciary Committee passed a bill pre
sented by Chairwoman Sarah Marks
that would amend the CAA’s
Constitution and make the group
responsible to Congress.
At the same time, the Student Affairs
Committee passed two resolutions by
representative Tony Larson calling for
the censure of the group’s top dogs.
The censures would draw attention to
concerns raised in recent weeks and
could prompt further investigation but
would have no effect on involved stu
dents’ personal records.
Board of Elections Vice Chairman
Fred Hill told Congress last Tuesday he
Officials Set to Start
Fare-Free Busing Talks
By Amanda Wilson
Chapel Hill and Carrboro town staffs
will begin working with UNC officials
today to formaulate a proposal on fare
free busing to present to each town’s
UNC’s Transit and Parking Advisory
Committee has helped to bring fare-free
busing to the top of transportation dis
cussions in the community this year.
In February, 70 percent of student
voters supported a yearly tuition
increase of $16.98 to subsidize the imple
mentation of fare-free busing, which
would cover 40 percent of the bill.
But the Chapel Hill Town Council,
Duke sophomore Richard McCray II voices concern about the publication
of an anti-slave reparations ad last week in Duke's campus newspaper.
Some audience members suggested
the paper should have given an advance
notice to the black community before
running the ad.
But The Chronicle Editor Greg
Pessin was firm in his support for the
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can prove that
have been rigged
and that Pruitt
handles a ticket
“slush fund" to dis
tribute to his dis
cretion. But offi
cials from the
Ticket Office have
said such a fund is
illogical based on
forth the legisla-
said Monday was
the first time he was
given a chance to
tion, saying recent questions about pos
sible improprieties by the CAA made
the group ripe for scrutiny.
But as the vote draws near, Pruitt said
he is disappointed with the way
Congress has handled the situation.
He said Monday was the first time he
was privy to the written legislation in
question and was given a chance to
respond to allegations of the group’s mis
conduct “I still unfortunately think that
all of this is because of perpetuation of the
rumor mill,” Pruitt said. “I think that for
one reason or another a lot of people are
holding inaccurate accusations as truths.”
He expressed frustration that the leg-
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whose budget is set to be voted on in June,
might not vote to approve the remaining
60 percent of expenditures. “I would be
very supportive of it if we can afford it,”
said Town Council member Edith
Wiggins. “But in another sense, there will
be competing needs.”
Wiggins said a property tax value re
evaluation that occurred this year will
raise taxes for almost all residents, and
fare-free busing might raise the cost of liv
ing even more. She also said she felt
there was a lot of support for fare-free
busing on the council because if more
people were motivated to ride the bus,
fewer would drive cars. “It’s good for air
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promotion of free exchange. “All views
should be discussed. Diversity means a
whole range of diversity.”
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