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2 Students Robbed at Gunpoint Near UNC
The thief stole cash from one of
two victims near the corner of
East Rosemary and Hillsborough
streets, within a block of campus.
By Kellie Dixon
Two UNC students were held at gunpoint
early Tuesday morning while sitting on a wall
located at the comer of East Rosemary and
The incident was reported at 4:16 a.m.,
almost two hours after the robbery took place,
reports state. No arrests have been made, and
neither victim was injured during the robbery.
Jane Cousins, spokeswoman for the Chapel
Hill Police Department, said the robber walked
past the victims and then turned around.
One of the victims, a female UNC senior,
said the man didn’t seem suspicious.
“He seemed very nice,” she said. “He walked
about 30 feet past us, and then he turned
around. I don’t even know if I noticed him turn
around and start walking toward us again.”
But the victim said that when the man
approached her, she felt uneasy because he had
his hand in his pocket. He sat down next to the
victims and pulled out a gun.
Ist Lobbying Class
Offers Basic Data
On N.C. Legislature
The class drew about 30 students, both
those who are interested in lobbying and
those who just need an hour of credit.
By Joy Buchanan
More than 30 students attended the first of six sessions of a
new political science course Tuesday aimed at teaching students
how to effectively lobby the N.C. General
Assembly regarding budget issues.
Student Body President Jen Daum,
who proposed the course last month,
said the class will help students under
stand how the state legislature’s actions
affect the University and its budget.
Professor Thad Beyle, the course
instructor, spent most of the first class
going over the basics of state legislation
and answering questions. He said he was
impressed by the turnout. “I think it went
OK,” he said. “There are some interest
ing questions. I just wanted to give them
background on what legislatures do.”
Students who attended the first class
said they hoped to gain insight into the
legislative process and understand how
students can speak up about issues that press them. But others
came for the possible one-hour credit.
Hilary Lundquist, a freshman member of the Young
Democrats, said she came to the class because she thinks stu-
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64 Students Snag Awards at Chancellor's Ceremony
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Andrew Jason Brauer, a senior in the Kenan-Flagler Business School,
accepts the Hampton Shuping Prize from Chancellor James Moeser.
“He wasn’t smiling this time, and he had this
blank stare,” she said. “He placed the gun down
by the ledge to where someone driving by would
n’t be able to see it He said, ‘This is serious.’”
The other victim involved in the incident, a
male UNC senior, said that at that point the man
demanded money. “All I had was my ID and a
check card,” he said. “I put those things down
and let him know that I didn’t have any money.”
The female victim said her friend told the
man that neither person had money as she tried
to push her purse behind the ledge.
“At that point the guy had gotten up, and he
started walking away when he heard my purse
fall,” she said. “He told me to get down and get
it. So I picked it up, opened it and gave him all
The male victim said the suspect then took
the money and ordered the two to keep their
hands up. “He wasn’t holding the gun at us, but
he told us to keep our hands up,” he said.
Cousins said the suspect walked about 50
yards down East Rosemary Street.
“Then he turned around and told them they
could put their hands down,” Cousins said.
Cousins said the female victim described the
suspect as a 6-foot-1-inch black male, weighing
about 150 pounds with a slim build. The victim
also said the man appeared to be in his mid- to
late 20s with braided, shoulder-length hair. The
suspect was wearing a dark toboggan, a dark
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wind-resistant jacket and blue jeans, and he had
a silver semiautomatic handgun. Chapel Hill
police are still investigating the case.
The female victim said she initially waited to
report the incident because she wasn’t thinking
“We thought we’d be making a big ordeal out
of nothing, but when we got home I got really
upset about it and realized the situation could
have been so much more severe,” she said.
She said the incident made her think twice
about safety, both on and near to the UNC
campus. The incident took place less than a
block from campus.
“I feel like a lot of girls, including myself, feel
like if you’re with a male then you’re safe, and
I was with a guy and this happened still,” the
female victim said.
“You hear these stories all the time,” she
added. “On Saturday night, I walked home by
myself, and I didn’t think twice about it. I just
feel that unless you have a personal experience
with it, you just ignore it.”
The male victim said he was surprised the
incident happened, given the fact that the loca
tion was well-lit and public. “It’s not in one of the
areas that people do know can be a little dan
gerous,” he said. “I guess it’s just a wake-up call.”
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EVERYBODY WAS RUNG FU FIGHTING
By Joelle Ruben
Sixty-four UNC students swapped
their spring clothes for suits and dresses
before receiving top honors in the 2002
Chancellor’s Awards ceremony, held in
the Great Hall on Tuesday afternoon.
Three faculty members and four grad
uate teaching assistants also received
awards at the event, which recognized
University members for their academic,
leadership and teaching achievements.
Chancellor James Moeser, who gave
the ceremony’s welcoming remarks, said
the awards acknowledge students for their
“learning and discovery.”
“The goal of this University is to turn
ordinary people into exceptional ones,”
he said. “That is perhaps our strongest
attribute toward the future. These recip
ients are our difference-makers.”
The introduction was followed by the
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presentation of 31 academic awards in
various fields, such as mathematics and
nursing, as well as 29 awards in leader
ship and service. The seven undergrad
uate teaching awards were presented last
Senior Jennifer Gray, one of three
student members of the Chancellor’s
Awards Committee, helped determine
which awards would be handed out at
the event. Gray said the committee,
which organized the presentation and
the following reception, is composed of
students, staff and faculty members.
Celia Quinn, who won the McNally
Awdrd for Excellence in Geography,
said she first developed her passion for
geography in a first-year seminar taught
by Department of Geography Chairman
Leo Zonn. She later conducted an inde
pendent study project on the representa
tion of a Pennsylvania city in the movie
“Groundhog Day." Quinn, who is in her
third year at UNC, said she is expecting
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to write an honors thesis next year.
Senior Sterling Edwards received the
Rob Park Memorial Award for his
involvement in the pre law chapter of
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity,
As treasurer, Edwards saw the frater
nity’s membership increase by 300 per
cent. He also participated in “Goldilocks
on Trial,” a community service project
that taught elementary school students
the basics of court proceedings.
Edwards also said he met the sister of
Rob Park, the deceased student for
whom the award was named, at the cer
emony’s reception. He said the special
opportunity put the magnitude of the
award into perspective. “This award isn’t
just to honor my achievements,” he said.
“It’s intended to keep his memory alive."
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Students caught on campus
driving under the influence
of drugs or alcohol could
be charged in Honor Court.
By Erin Ganley
Students caught driving under the
influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
could face Honor Court charges in addi
tion to criminal charges if a recent pro
posal is approved.
Aaron Hiller, student body vice presi
dent, has drafted an amendment to the
Instrument of Student Judicial
Governance that would add “driving
while under the influence of alcohol or
illegal drugs on University premises” as a
violation of the Code of Student Conduct
Because the Student Code does not
address driving under the influence, no
Honor Court violations can be brought
against students who are caught.
The bill was approved both by the
Committee on Student Conduct and by
Student Congress’ Rules and Judiciary
Committee on Tuesday evening.
An amendment to the instrument
must also be approved by full Student
Congress, the Faculty Council and
Chancellor James Moeser to go into
effect, said Blair Sweeney, chairman of
the Rules and Judiciary Committee.
“Honestly, DUIs are on the rise,”
said Melinda Manning, judicial pro
grams officer for the graduate student
attorney general, at the Committee on
Student Conduct meeting.
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Is Not an Issue
James Haltom was charged
with felony inciting to riot
last year and misdemeanor
larceny three years ago.
By Elyse Ashburn
Assistant State & National Editor
UNC-Chapel Hill Student Body
President Jen Daum will meet later this
week with UNC-system Association of
Student Governments presidential can
didate James Haltom to discuss if he will
receive the support of the four-member
UNC-CH delegation to the ASG in his
bid for the association’s top position.
Daum said she has questions about
whether the delegation should back the
UNC-CH junior because of his criminal
record. “If you have a felony or larceny
on your record, then you need to think
about your actions,” she said. “And (the
UNC-CH delegation) needs to think
about what kind of representation we
want in ASG next year.”
In February 2001, Haltom was
charged with felony inciting to riot for
participation in an incident involving the
flipping of a car on Franklin Street after
the North Carolina-Duke basketball
game. Haltom, who turned himself in to
police, was fined $3,000 and instructed
to perform 125 hours of community ser
vice to have the felony charge dropped.
Haltom also was charged with mis
demeanor larceny in 1999 as the result
of an incident he termed a high school
prank. The charge later was dropped.
Fellow ASG president nominee Greg
Drumwright has nine minor traffic vio
lations, while nominee Jonathan Ducote
has no offenses on his record.
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