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Students Meet With Campus Officials to Discuss Racism at UNC
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Provost Robert Shelton is presented with a list of demands by protesters
last Monday. He and other officials met with protest leaders Friday.
Congress will approve the
Cabinet for the first time,
in accordance with a bill
it passed last week.
By Ben Davidson
In an effort to overcome the discord
that hampered the previous administra
tion’s Cabinet, new Carolina Athletic
Association President Reid Chaney
stressed teamwork and dedication in the
appointment of his staff last week.
Among 20 Cabinet members,
Chaney appointed Vice President-select
Jon Kanipe, Treasurer-select Chase
Choplin and Secretary-elect Vicki
Wade, who must go before Student
Congress on Tuesday for approval.
officers are the
first to be subject
approval in accor
dance with a bill
passed by the
82nd session last
power to oversee
“I have great
faith in Reid,” said
Congress. “I don’t
approval will make
the CAA more
have any reserva
tions and expect the appointees to do
Townsend said the process for con
firming CAA Cabinet members will be
the same as for officers appointed by the
student body president.
Each appointee will go before the
Student Affairs Committee of Congress
on Tuesday to answer questions about
their qualifications and experience. If
the committee views the candidate
favorably, the process is repeated before
the full Congress.
“Student Congress’ oversight of the
CAA is going to help in the long run,”
said Kanipe, Chaney’s campaign man
ager. “I think it will remove suspicion
and help students regain respect for the
Former CAA President Tee Pruitt’s
administration was the subject of criti
cism for two years, as personnel prob
lems divided the Cabinet and bled into
February’s race for CAA presidency
between Chaney and Michael Songer.
Further personnel issues and conflicts
of interest resulted in the firing of three
Cabinet members and another’s resig-
See CAA CABINET, Page 5
Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense and understanding.
By Jennifer Hagin
Sean Ryan’s father is agnostic, but Ryan
attended Catholic Mass every Sunday with his
mother until he was 12 years old.
But it was not until hv freshman year at N.C.
State University that Ryan began to explore his
Ryan went to his first Self-Knowledge
Symposium, a group of individuals who gather
to discuss spiritual topics.
focused on the process
of searching for
answers than dogmatic
things,” he said.
Many campus lead
ers and observers say
American college cam
puses is on the rise.
And it’s not just the
Christian, Islamic or
that are experiencing
groups also are carving
their niche on campus.
A five-part series
examining the influence
of religion today.
Tuesday: Chapel Hill
Wednesday: Arts &
Jimmy Long, regional director of Inter Varsity
Christian Fellowship, attributes the increased
interest in spirituality to the transition from a
modem to postmodern world.
Long said people realize they alone can’t
change things and are open to more outside
“There’s more openness to spirituality, tran
scendency, to God,” he said. “I think that’s good
that people are beginning to see there’s more
than just matter; they’re searching for meaning
But students aren’t always clinging to the reli-
See RELIGION, Page 5
Patrons Hope to Resurrect Artist's Escape Next Door
By Matt Viser
The couches were gone. The jukebox
was gone. But the people were not.
Even though Saturday marked the last
day the Artist’s Escape Cafe, Bar and Arts
Gallery was open for business, regulars
hope to carry its essence next door.
The Artist’s Escape, located at 137 E.
Franklin St., had a liquidation sale
Saturday morning, selling most of the fur
niture and leaving much of the cafe bare.
“Everyone has a feeling of sadness,”
said Rafael Tosado, a friend of the for
mer owners, who was helping serve
drinks for the night.
But in May, regulars hope to open a
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By Kim Minugh
and Daniel Thigpen
Students concerned about institution
al racism at UNC are one step closer to
having their problems addressed by
Five members of the On the Wake of
Emancipation Campaign met Friday with
Provost Robert Shelton, Vice Chancellor
for Student Affairs Sue Kitchen and
Director of Minority Affairs Archie Ervin
to discuss their 14 demands for making
UNC a safer place for students of color.
Members of OWEC presented
Shelton with a list of their demands on the
steps of South Building on April 2, asking
Shelton to schedule a meeting with them.
“For an initial meeting, it went really
well,” said Kristi Booker, a junior member
of OWEC. “Hopefully, if we continue on
this road, we’ll get things done.”
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cafe that also will cater to the gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender community,
and its friends. The new cafe will be locat
ed in a space next door, which has been
vacant since Rock Art closed its doors.
Meredith Weiss, one of the former
owners, said rent for the Artist’s Escape is
$3,000, and the space next door would
rent for around $ 1,500. Conveniently, the
patrons already had raised around SI,7(X).
Fund-raiser Lee Davis said the new
place will have a different name but that
not much else will change. It will serve
only desserts but will maintain the tra
ditional coffee shop atmosphere and will
serve beer and wine.
“It will be inspired by the ideal creat
ed at the Artist’s Escape,” Davis said.
The group addressed each demand
individually, although members are hes
itant to disclose specifics about solutions
discussed. “We’ve gotten started on
some specific strategies for addressing
our demands,” said Jasmine McGhee, a
sophomore member of OWEC.
“Everyone (at the meeting) seemed real
ly committed to addressing issues
brought forth by the campaign.”
OWEC members are asking that
University officials work to guarantee a
safe campus environment for UNC’s
Among other things, they hope to
establish mandatory sensitivity training
for faculty, staff and University police;
increase the recruitment and retention
of black faculty and students; and pro
vide more funding for the Office of
Kitchen said the issues discussed were
broad but attainable. “I think (the stu
The Artist’s Escape showcased local life,
art, live music, coffee, food and a lounge Caldarone said he plans to go back
with couches and a jukebox. home to New York, while Weiss is not
Weiss compared the closing night to sure of her plans yet
the last day of high school. “People were When they announced that the cafe
exchanging numbers and e-mails,” she would be closing, many were upset. Some
said. “It was the last time we will all be were even led to tears, Caldarone said,
meeting here.” The announcement prompted about
Weiss said she had mixed emotions 30 regular patrons to begin searching for
but looks forward to moving on. “It was donations to raise the required $4,500
kind of sad,” she said. “But it w r as great." due to the landlord by Sunday.
Weiss opened the Artist’s Escape in Donations ranged from $1 to $4OO
June 1999 with her childhood friend, Joe and came from a wide variety of people.
Caldarone. Both owners said they are By Saturday afternoon, only around
proud of the diverse atmosphere they $1,700 was raised, and patrons cited a
fostered and that they are glad it meant few obstacles to their goal,
so much to so many people. But both “The problem is time," Davis said,
said they are ready to try new things in “We’ve had a lot of people say if we have
dents) identified important and large
concerns ... These are really ongoing
efforts,” she said. “The areas that were
identified are areas the University is
committed to, so we’re going to contin
ue to make progress.”
The 14 demands closely resemble the
22 demands drawn up by the Black
Student Movement in 1968 and then
revised in 1997. “These are basically the
same things,” Booker said. “We need
action to be taken on them, and they’re
all equally important”
Administrators interacted cordially
with representatives, said Tyra Moore, a
senior member of OWEC and Black
Student Movement president. “They
were very responsive and very open to
suggestions,” she said. “They were all on
the same page.”
Moore regretted the little time stu
dents and administrators had to discuss
issues but felt there was a strong com
Of Alcohol Policy
Two students received alcohol citations
from officers at a party where alcohol was
present but claim they were not drinking.
By Jennifer Coughlan
Two UNC students are questioning the clarity and fairness
of the University’s alcohol policy after receiving citations April
2 that they claim are unjust.
Freshmen Jacki Fritz and Michael Dorfman were in a
Hinton James Residence Hall room with open alcoholic bev
erages when four University police officers issued citations to
both of them.
But the students said they were not drinking.
Dorfman said the citation will force him to take a class in
responsible alcohol use, complete community service and pay
a $25 fine. But he claims court fees, combined with the costs
of taking the class and completing community service, will
total about $3OO.
Fritz said the incident began when she met six friends for
another friend’s surprise birthday party in the room. She said
that although the celebration involved alcohol and there were
underage drinkers in the room, she did not drink.
Fritz said a resident assistant encountered the celebration
and asked to see two of the girls’ identifications before call
ing University police.
Dorfman said he was in the room visiting one of the party’s
hosts and had only been there for five minutes when the police
arrived. He claimed he was aware there would be a party in the
room before going but didn’t know there would be alcohol.
When the police arrived, they asked to see the identifications
of all the people in the room and proceeded to issue citations to
everyone. But Dorfman said the police didn’t make any attempt
to determine whether he had any alcohol in his possession.
Don Appairius, assistant dean of students, said he could not
talk about the specific incident that occurred April 2. But he
said that in instances when an officer might not be able to dif
ferentiate between students who have not been drinking and
those that have, citations can be given to everyone in the room
in the presence of open alcoholic beverages.
Fritz said she asked one of the officers, Lt. C.E. Swain, to
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mitment to progress by everyone in the
room. “At this point, I feel very confi
dent that the University is willing to put
forth the effort ... to obtaining our
demands,” she said.
Shelton, Kitchen and Ervin are slated
to attend an open forum Tuesday night
to hear the University community’s
ideas about institutional racism at UNC.
The forum will be held at 6 p.m. in the
McGhee praised the administrators for
their attention to the students’ concerns,
but said this issue will not soon be
resolved. “I think progress is being made,
but it’s important to realize this is an ongo
ing process that won’t be finished in a day
or even a week,” she said. “The University
needs to be aware of the concerns and
issues of students of color on this campus.”
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a few more days, we could help out”
Although the new space will not have
as many features, such as a kitchen or a
patio, as the Artist's Escape did, regulars
say they are ready to tackle the job. “It
will be exciting to undertake something
new,” said Troy Wood, a sophomore
biology major from Lexington.
Davis said he plans to meet with the
landlord today to see if they can rent the
Woods pointed out that what makes
the Artist’s Escape so appealing is not
the space, but the people. “What really
creates the atmosphere is us.”
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