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UNC junior charged with
larceny, resisting arrest
A UNC junior was arrested
Monday in Connor Residence Hall
and charged with failing to appear
in court on two warrants from
Durham County police, according
to a police report.
After a two-month search,
Durham police charged Troy
Council, 22, of 312 Mangum
Residence Hall with misdemeanor
larceny, resisting arrest and sec
ond-degree trespassing, reports
Council is being held at Orange
County Jail on a secured bond of
Avery family documents
exhibited at Wilson Library
The Southern Historical
Collection has announced anew
exhibit featuring materials from its
Avery Family Papers. The exhibit,
which is located in the
Manuscripts Department on the
fourth floor of Wilson Library, will
run through March.
The Avery family has been
prominent in western North
Carolina, particularly Burke
County, since the late 18th centu
ry. Members of the family were
active in politics at the state and
The exhibit includes a range of
items that document the various
activities of the Avery family. A
selection of correspondence con
cerns the Civil War, slavery, poli
tics and family affairs.
The Avery Family Papers are
representative of many family col
lections available for research at
the Southern Historical Collection.
Carrboro resident charged
in January vehicle theft
A Chapel Hill resident was
arrested in connection with a car
theft that occurred last month.
Chapel Hill police arrested
Nicholas Nickerson, 19, at 10 p.m.
Monday at his Weaver Dairy Road
home reports state.
Carrboro police spotted
Nickerson on Jan. 13 in possession
of a stolen Nissan Quest minivan.
The warrant for his arrest was
issued 10 days later.
Nickerson was charged with
felony larceny of a motor vehicle.
He was taken to the magistrate,
where he was released on a written
promise to appear Tuesday at
Orange County District Court in
N.C. farmer who drove on
National Mall in court today
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
North Carolina tobacco farmer
who drove his tractor onto the
National Mall and claimed to have
explosives returns to court today.
After several postponements,
the U.S. Attorney's Office for the
District of Columbia said Tiesday
a pre-sentencing hearing will be
held for Dwight Ware Watson.
On March 17, Watson drove his
tractor into a Constitution
Gardens pond and held police at
bay for 47 hours. Commuters suf
fered through traffic nightmares
over four consecutive rush hours,
as several major roads were closed,
causing cars to stack up in down
town Washington and northern
Watson, 51, of Whitakers, N.C.,
was convicted Sept. 26. Jurors
took less than one hour to find him
guilty of making a false threat to
detonate explosives, and destruc
tion of federal property.
Watson initially planned to rep
resent himself, but agreed to a
public defender before the trial
began. He testified that he was
engaged in “civil disobedience,”
and that he told police he had an
“organophosphate bomb” in a box.
Watson contended he wanted to
alert people to what he said are the
dangers of organophosphates. He
also admitted that his opposition
to the multistate tobacco settle
ment, and state and federal regu
lations preventing farmers from
growing low nicotine tobacco,
were also among his reasons for
coming to Washington.
5:30 p.m. The UNC
Vegetarian Club will host a free veg
etarian meal for body, mind and
spirit in the Frank Porter Graham
Lounge of the Student Union.
6:30 p.m. Student Action
with Workers is having a teach-in
in 301 Bingham Hall about
Smithfield Foods’ efforts to prevent
the formation of a union at one of
its plants in North Carolina, what
unions can do and how they can be
improved. There will be free food.
From staff and wire reports.
Speaker examines society’s hatred
Recounts sister's death in 1963 attack
BY NORA WARREN
In a speech given Tiesday night
in Murphy Hall, Shirley Wesley
King asked the audience to analyze
the social conditions that inspired
three Ku Klux Klan members to
plant a bomb that killed her sister
King’s sister, Cynthia Wesley,
was one of four girls killed when a
bomb exploded in the basement of
the Sixteenth Street Baptist
Church in Birmingham, Ala.
Wesley was 14-years-old.
“It was not until our church was
bombed that I really started to
understand the depths of hatred,”
King, who has a doctoral degree
in social work, said society is par
tially to blame for breeding the
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Dancers lean on each other to give their legs some rest during the 2003 UNC Dance Marathon last February. In its sixth year, the UNC
marathon is one of dozens of dance marathons across the country at schools including Penn State University and Rutgers University.
UNC DANCES IN
Dance marathons at colleges nationwide raise funds for children
BY KELLY OCHS
Now in its sixth year, UNC’s Dance
Marathon is not alone in its mission.
Dozens of schools across the nation have
dance marathons, and although the money
from each school goes to different hospitals,
it all helps sick children and their families.
Michael Bucy, who started UNC’s Dance
Marathon in 1998, said the marathon not
only raises money for sick children, but also
involves people with families being helped.
In starting the UNC marathon, Bucy
looked to Penn State University’s dance
marathon, THON, for inspiration.
Started in the early 19705, THON is the
oldest and largest dance marathon in the
nation. The organization raised $3.6 mil
lion last year alone, and has raised more
than $23 million for children with cancer
since its inception.
Adam Duff, THON’s overall chairman,
said the school receives 30 to 50 calls per
year from other schools looking to start a
marathon. “Everybody kind of looks at Penn
State’s marathon as what they aspire to
Talk features military issues
'Tuesdays’presents Ret. Gen. Shelton
BY TRISTAN SHOOK
Near the end of retired Gen.
Henry Hugh Shelton’s discussion
with a crowd of about 50 people
Tuesday, a man stood up from the
audience, swallowed his tears and
thanked the general for serving his
country and inspiring his son, who
is now an Apache helicopter pilot
in the United States Army.
The man then sat back down,
punctuating Shelton’s discussion of
military politics with a moment of
Shelton, who served as chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under
Presidents Clinton and George W.
Bush, spoke in Graham Memorial
Hall as part of “Tuesdays with
Friday” series, led by UNC-system
President Emeritus William Friday.
Examining major issues in mili
tary and international politics
without the pressure of holding
hatred and evil that encourage
people to kill.
“What do you think it takes for
an individual to reach the point
where they want to destroy some
body else’s life?” King asked.
“These men were a reflection of
King and her husband, who live
in Dallas own Southwest
Behavioral Systems Inc., a compa
ny that provides individual, fami
ly and group substance-abuse
King stressed education as part
of the answer to addressing socie
“You have the pleasure and lux
ury of getting a good education at
someone else’s expense,” she told
students in the audience.
Erika Barrera, co-chairwoman
become,” said senior Laura Kiernan, cam
pus fund raising chairwoman for UNC’s
This year’s THON, a 48-hour marathon,
will be held Friday through Sunday, and
extra support and to ensure that the 700
dancers stay healthy. There also is a massage
area, which provides foot and back massages.
Despite the length of the marathon, pick
ing the dancers is a selective process, Duff
said. Most of the dancers are juniors and
seniors who have raised money for the
marathon since their freshman year.
Duff said the success of the marathon
high political office, Shelton strad
dled ideological lines in his speech,
eliciting varied questions from
those in attendance.
His major themes included con
cern about the state of today’s
armed forces, the timeline for
rebuilding Iraq and the image of
the United States in the interna
Shelton said the United States
has high-quality troops but that it
is a relatively small force, only the
ninth-largest in the world.
Therefore, he said, the challenge
for all branches of the military will
be to retain top soldiers and boost
volunteerism without resorting to
forced enrollments would hate to
see us go back to the draft.”
A limited fighting force could be
a problem sooner rather than later,
he added, as political concerns have
troops scattered across the globe.“lf
you’re not over there, you’re getting
of the Minority Affairs Committee
of the executive branch of student
government, said King was chosen
to speak because of her experiences
during the Civil Rights movement.
“I hope people realize thit Dr.
King’s message isn’t race-bftsed,
gender-based, or religious-based,”
Barrera said. “It’s a message that’s
meant to reach all people.”
In her speech, King recounted
her experiences as a black female
during the Civil Rights movement.
She told about being in jail with
Martin Luther King Jr., about not
being able to sit with whites in a
movie theater and not being able to
use fitting rooms in clothing stores.
These conditions created a soci
ety where white people felt they
had a superior status they needed
to fight to keep, she said.
But King also stressed that
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rests in creating relationships between the
organizations that raise money and the fam
ilies who benefit. The school not only is rais
ing money, but also is getting involved in a
cause," taking stress away from families with
sick children, he said.
Dan Perkins, executive director of Rutgers
University’s dance marathon, said going the
lull 48 hours seemed too much. Now in its
sixth year, the Rutgers dance marathon is a
32-hour event and will be held from 10 a.m.
March 27 until 6 p.m. March 28.
Perkins said organizers hope to get 500
dancers involved in the marathon, which
attracted 400 dancers and raised more than
$140,000 last year. But 32 hours of standing
is not too much to ask college students who
pull all-nighters at times anyway, he said.
The children they are helping don’t get to
take a break from their illnesses, Perkins
said. “Their problems don’t go away.”
Justin Ballheim, executive co-chairman
for Northwestern University’s dance
marathon, said their event focuses more on
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dancers are not allowed to
sit. During the 48 hours,
two “red zones,” when the
marathon seems the
longest to the dancers,
occur early Saturday and
Sunday mornings when
most visitors have left.
Duff said emergency
medical workers are pres
ent for the entire 48 hours
to tape dancers’ ankles for
led the Joint
Chiefs of Staff
ready to go over there.”
Shelton also pointed to military
and federal intelligence as a target
for reform, saying barriers among
agencies such as the FBI and CIA
need to be broken down. “It needs
a lot of work. It needs an overhaul.”
With allusions to former
President Eisenhower and his oft
cited “military-industrial complex,”
Shelton also said that competition
should be promoted in the defense
industry. Right now, a small num
ber of companies receive all
defense contracts, he said.
Shelton also gave his assessment
of the war in Iraq and the rebuilding
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2004
Dr. Shirley Wesley King (left) speaks with Chloe Russell, a freshman
journalism major, after King's lecture Tuesday in Murphey Hall. King,
who is the sister of one of the four girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist
Church bombing in 1963, spoke about the forces that led to the attack.
Chuck D to discuss
Rap legend to speak in Great Hall
BY JACKIE RANDELL
Expect unapologetic rhetoric,
disregard for what’s considered
politically correct and a whole lot
In honor of Black History
Month, Chuck D, founder of the
rap group Public Enemy, will
speak Thursday in the Great Hall
of the Student Union.
In the 1980s, he revolutionized
rap, packing it with political punch,
thereby legitimizing it in a way
unexpected by the populace, and
the response was overwhelming.
Public Enemy remains one of
the most influential rap groups in
the genre’s history, rivaled only by
Publicly, Chuck D’s ideas and
unabashed opinions helped propel
the group to the forefront of a
Kerry wins, hut
Edwards is close
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MADISON, Wis. - Sen. John
Kerry of Massachusetts squeezed
out a victory in Wisconsin on
Tiesday, barely holding off hard
charging rival Sen. John Edwards,
who established himself as the
front-runner’s sole rival as the
Democratic presidential race
thunders toward a 10-state show
down March 2.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard
Dean trailed far behind, winless in
17 contests, his candidacy doomed
less than a month after he stood
atop the Democratic field. The fall
en front-runner retreated to
Vermont, where he will consider
several options, including endors
ing one of his rivals, advisers said.
Close race or not, Kerry said, “A
win is a win.”
Edwards, his dream of a head
to-head matchup now a reality,
declared, “We’ll go full throttle to
the next group of states.”
He pledged to campaign in each
of the 10 states holding primaries
or caucuses March 2, including
California, New York and Ohio,
and awarding 1,151 delegates,
more than half the total needed to
claim the nomination.
The North Carolina lawmaker’s
breakout was fueled by the highest
Republican turnout of the primary
season and voters who made their
decision in the last week. His
deepest support was in the GOP
suburbs of Milwaukee.
“That’s been happening in other
primaries, too,” Edwards told The
Associated Press in an interview.
“Republicans who would consider
voting Democratic and independ
ents are the people we have to win
over to win the general election.
That’s why I’m the best candidate
to take on George Bush.”
Kerry held a wide lead in pre
election polls, but the surveys did
not fully reflect voter sentiments
after a statewide debate Sunday,
Edwards’ criticism of Kerry’s free-
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IF YOU GO
Date: Thursday, Feb. 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Great Hall
And his vested interest in the
political realm is easy to trace.
Politics run in the family, and
the apple doesn’t fall far from the
tree: Both of Chuck D’s parents
were political activists.
On Thursday, he will bring his
particular brand of politics to
UNC, not with rhymes but with
The Carolina Union Activities
Board is sponsoring the event.
CUAB President Chris Lamb said
SEE CHUCK D, PAGE 4