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Officials See Smooth Road for Night Permits
By Meredith Nicholson
Officials said Wednesday that they
expect the implementation of a system
requiring night parking permits will go
off without a hitch.
But administrators will monitor the
program to ensure that it runs smoothly.
Cheryl Stout, assistant director of
parking services, said Wednesday
evening that more specific details of a
comprehensive night parking plan that
top administrators approved Tuesday
morning now have been developed.
Officials hope to put the plan into
effect at the start of the 2002-03 acade
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N.C. Community College Attendance on the Rise
By Jamie McGee
Carl Hovey wanted to go to UNC-Chapel Hill, but his
grades were not good enough. Burned-out from high school,
he wasn’t ready for the full university experience, but he did
want to continue his education.
For Hovey, community college was the clear choice.
“I was really dissatisfied with school after high school,” he
said. “Community college was the step between. It got me
interested in school again.”
Hovey, a sophomore, plans to
transfer to UNC-CH and major in
English after his two years at
Alamance Community College.
Under the 1997 Comprehensive
Articulation Agreement between the
N.C. Community College system and
the UNC system, Hovey is able to
transfer his credits and start as a junior
at a UNC-system school.
Hovey said he has had a good expe
rience at Alamance Community
College, largely because of the teach
ers and small classes.
“It improved my chances of suc
ceeding,” he said. “I might have flunked out if I had gone
straight to the University.”
Many students like Hovey are flocking to North
Carolina’s community colleges, accounting for the increase
in younger students at community colleges across the state.
A trend that began during the past decade, increased enroll
ment has impacted community colleges throughout the state.
In 1995, students ages 16 to 23 represented 35 percent of
the total number of students in curriculum programs at
North Carolina’s 59 community colleges. By 2000, that num
ber increased to 41 percent.
Martin Lancaster, president of the N.C. Community
College system, said more and more students are coming
straight from high school, attributing the influx partly to ris
ing tuition at universities.
He predicted that the increase in younger students will
“If university costs continue to rise, my guess is that you
will see a continued growth from high school students,”
He emphasized the benefits of community colleges as rea
sons for increased attendance.
“Students are beginning to see that community colleges
are of good value educationally and financially,” Lancaster
said. “The classes are small - 15 to 20 students -and the
instructors are focused on teaching. They don’t have
research requirements. It is a much more nurturing envi
Students Unite to Take Back the Night
By Daniel Thigpen
Assistant University Editor
In the front line, leading a group of
about 150 people down Raleigh Road,
freshman Cassidy Pratt yelled at the top
of her lungs.
“I feel really amazing,” she said, as stu
dents and community members aimed to
fight sexual assault Wednesday night.
An annual event sponsored by
Advocates for Sexual Assault Prevention,
“Take Back the Night!" gathered a mul
titude of students and community mem
bers for what many called an empower
ing evening promoting nonviolence.
Organizers said this year’s event took
place with help from the Orange
County Rape Crisis Center and the
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to be approved by the UNC Board of
Trustees, students, faculty and staff who
do not own a daytime permit will be
required to purchase a night parking
permit in order to park on campus after
The permits would cost $ 122 per aca
demic year for students and $166 per
calendar year for faculty and staff.
But night parking would give permit
holders access to parking spots on a first
come, first-serve basis, instead of an
assigned lot as with day parking, Stout
Day permit holders, who are restrict
ed to certain lots from 7:30 a.m. to 5
p.m., also will be able to park in any lot
after 5 p.m.
“I think we have plenty of capacity
in North Carolina.
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Carolina Women’s Center, kicking off
this month’s Women’s Week events.
After one sexual assault victim lent her
perspective to the slowly growing crowd
in the Pit, activists took to the street.
Battling a persistent rain, marchers
were encouraged to make uproarious
noise as they held candles and walked
from the Pit to Franklin Street
Many alternated between blowing
whistles and chanting messages, while
others cheered -one man even chose to
play his flute. At one point, the group
stopped in front of Starbucks Coffee on
Franklin Street and blew their whistles
for 17 seconds to convey the statistic that
every 17 seconds a woman is raped.
Onlookers gazed at the activists as they
marched; some even joined in the chants.
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on campus,” she said. “You might not be
able to park in the exact spot that you
want, but you will be able to find some
Stout said the system would give per
mit holders the freedom to park in dif
ferent spaces each night rather than lim
iting them to a single lot.
“This allows people to move around
based on their needs,” she said.
Some gated lots, however, would not
be accessible to night permit holders.
Caldwell, Steele, Swain and Morehead
lots would be reserved for visitors and
faculty parking, Stout said.
Students and employees who do not
purchase night permits or do not have
day permits would be able to access free
night parking in the Bell Tower lot and
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Trevor Gledhill, (left) a recent high school graduate, sits beside Coleen Murphy and Enrico Mitchell, returning students
with computer programming degrees, during a computer science class at Alamance Community College.
Ken Whitehurst, director of student development services in the
community college system, attributed growth in younger students to
the 1997 Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. With an associ
ate degree of arts, fine arts, or science from a community college,
students can begin as a junior in the university system.
“There is a real explosive growth in these younger students choos
ing community colleges because of the college transfer agreement,”
Passing cars honked to show their support
But all of those participating said they
were drawing attention not to themselves
but to the need to end sexual violence. “It
really brings it to the surface for u 5.... We
have a right to feel safe at night and for
women to get together and take a stand,”
Pratt said, as she held a sign that read
“Women Unite - Take Back the Night”
The demonstration transcended gen
der, however, with a rich mix of men and
women taking part. Sophomore David
Bennett said the male turnout was encour
aging. “For any man that’s out there com
mitting these crimes, there should be
about 10 men trying to stop it,” he said.
Kindi Shinn, a junior and ASAP co
chairwoman, said that as a spectator her
freshman year she was so inspired by
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the S-11 lot on South Campus.
Stout said she is not worried about a
potential night parking shortage that
could result from day permit holders
remaining on campus in the evenings.
The number of students and faculty
who have day permits and park on cam
pus at night has been taken into account,
But because next year would be the
first year of the program, Carolyn
Elfland, associate vice chancellor for
campus services, said they would moni
tor the program and make changes if
Stout said officials would not sell
more permits than there are available
spaces and will not base their predic
tions on the idea that permit holders
Whitehurst said. “A student who finishes our (associate of fine art)
degree will meet junior status without having to pay money for
dorms and a higher tuition. They can do this at a community college
for a cheaper rate.”
Lancaster said that although the influx of younger students has
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the event that it drove her to become
involved. Shinn helped organize the
gathering Wednesday and said before
the march that she was impressed by the
immense group of students that came
out to support the same cause.
“I definitely think the turnout has got
ten larger every year,” Shinn said.
The group paused in front of a blue
emergency light in Polk Place before fin
ishing the last -and decidedly loudest -
leg of their march back to the Pit.
Junior Laurie Randolph said she was
proud of what the group accomplished. “I
think this is so symbolic of women saying,
‘l’m not going to take it anymore.’"
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would likely not come to campus every
“I think that would be a faulty
assumption,” she said. “Lots of people
who come occasionally will go to short
Only students, faculty and staff who
come to campus on a regular basis like
ly would buy a permit, she said.
Stout said night parking permits
would be distributed through the same
process as day permits, which is admin
istered by the Department of Public
Preregistration for both day and night
parking permits would begin in April.
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Freshman Li Li marches with other supporters in the
Take Back the Night event in the Pit on Wednesday evening.
Thursday, March 21, 2002
A UNC student reported a mis
demeanor assault to University
police at 7:17 p.m. Wednesday.
According to police, the 21-year
old student, who was not injured in
the incident, was approached by a
man as she was working in the
Morehead Planetarium parking lot
Police stated in a press release
Wednesday night that the man
briefly talked to the student in
Spanish, then touched the student
on her chest and pelvic area.
The man then fled toward
Franklin Street. He is described as a
Hispanic man, about 5 feet 5 inch
es tall, about 30 years old, of medi
um build and clean shaven. The vic
tim further described the man as
having medium-length hair, a dark
complexion, a slight mustache and
poor teeth, police said.
University police are investigat
ing the incident and warning stu
dents to be careful walking on cam
pus at night.
UNC Hospitals wants to add
lanes to South Columbia
Street, but residents say it
would cause more problems.
By Jenny Huang
More than 35 residents sat in the
School of Public Health’s auditorium
Wednesday night trying to make it clear
that they will not accept lip service from
UNC officials about widening South
UNC Hospitals officials started the
meeting by presenting the residents
with information on the University’s
reasons for widening the road. Officials
are considering the prospect of expand
ing South Columbia Street into a boule
vard-style four-lane road in an effort to
improve access to hospital facilities.
The meeting started at 6:30 p.m. and
within 20 minutes, residents chimed in
with questions and arguments against
In a letter dated March 1, UNC
Chancellorjames Moeser asked Mayor
Kevin Foy to request a feasibility study
on the roadway from the N.C.
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