VOLUME 112, ISSUE 52
After more than a decade of debate, the University’s freestanding black cultural center opens
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Sernor Michelle Greene, a four-ye|r Communiversity member who worked for the old Black Cultural Center, helps lead a procession to the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History on Friday.
BY ARMAN TOLENTINO STAFF WRITER
Overcast skies and light rain
didn’t stop the grand opening
ceremony Saturday morning for
the freestanding Sonja Haynes
Stone Center for Black Culture and History
Em event that marked the culmination of
more than a decade of controversy, advo
cacy, planning and fund raising.
Chancellor James Moeser, with Chapel
Hill Mayor Kevin Foy, UNC-system
President Molly Broad and other top offi
cials on hand, officially dedicated the build
ing in front of more than 500 guests who
gathered under a tent outside the facility.
The morning ceremony was the sec
ond part of a four-day grand opening cel
ebration. On Friday night, members of
the University community participated in
a candlelight vigil /and processional from
the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery to the new
Moeser said the center’s opening marked
SEE OPENING, PAGE 7
Campus comes under fire
Fraternity conflict prompts review
BY EMILY STEEL
After two consecutive years of
heated summer reading debates,
many UNC officials thought they
had escaped controversy this year.
But the University is in the nation
al spotlight again after declining to
recognize an all-male Christian fra
ternity because it refused to sign a
nondiscrimination policy last fall.
What began as a simple review
of a student organization has
spurred a federal investigation. It’s
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also mushroomed into a constitu
tional debate —one involving a
national civil rights foundation and
members of Congress that many
say is likely to end up in court.
Segun Olagunju, a graduate of
the class of 2004 who now works
with a ministry in Orlando, joined
the Alpha lota Omega his sopho
more year. By the time Olagunju
was a senior, he was president of
LEADER OF THE PACK
The search for anew arts director
on campus continues PAGE 5
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Chancellor James Moeser speaks with Precious Stone, daughter of Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone, and Kweku
Erskine after the center named after Precious' mother had its grand opening ceremony Saturday morning.
the then seven-member fraternity.
That fall, Olagunju met with
Jonathan Curtis, assistant director
for student activities and organiza
tions, to discuss his group’s appli
cation for official recognition. The
agreement provides student organi
zations with access to UNC facilities
and funding through student fees.
But Olagunju said he and other
members of his fraternity didn’t
agree with the nondiscrimination
portion of the contract, which states
membership must be open without
regard to age, race, color, national
origin, religion, disability, veteran
status or sexual orientation.
AIO, Olagunju and other mem
bers of his fraternity said, should
be restricted to Christian men.
Olagunju said he met with Curtis
and Dean Bresciani, then interim
vice chancellor for student affairs,
and proposed adding a provision to
the application. It requested that
the fraternity use religious affilia
tion as a basis for membership.
“We believed that the standards
we were seeking to set required
that we had that level of selectiv
ity,” Olagunju said. “In essence, we
believed that it would be dishonest
SEE FRATERNITY, PAGE 5
NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE
The football team looks to rebound from
two consecutive poor seasons PAGE 16
STONE CENTER TIMELINE
UNC's Black Cultural Center is estab
lished in a suite in the Student Union.
Professor Sonja Haynes Stone dies of a
stroke. Officials rename the BCC in her
honor. Students push for a freestanding
center on campus.
Former Chancellor Paul Hardin says a
new black cultural center should be a
"forum, and not a fortress."
The Rev. Jesse Jackson visits UNC, touring
the campus and examining potential sites
for a freestanding center.
UNC receives a $29 million gift from
a UNC alumnus. Michael Hooker uses
part of the gift to finish off the center's
Groundbreaking ceremony for Stone
Grand opening ceremony for Stone
UNC makes switch
to Pepsi from Coke
BY JOSEPH R. SCHWARTZ
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
With a multimillion dollar offer
already cemented and a $1.5 million
donation to the Carolina Covenant
in place, UNC administrators are
experiencing the joy of cola.
After striking an agreement
with UNC to become the preferred
vendor for soft drink services on
campus, the Raleigh-based Pepsi
Bottling Ventures, LLC, now has
exclusive rights to supplying foun
tain drinks in all dining halls and
vending machines. The company
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also will stock 60 percent of the
shelf space in campus retail areas.
Pepsi’s deal also marks the
largest donation in the history of
the Carolina Covenant, a project
established last year to provide
funding for a University educa
tion to low-income students.
Classic Food Services, which
supplies Coca-Cola products, previ
ously monopolized the University’s
soft drink contract, most recently
under a five-year contract.
SEE PEPSI, PAGE 7