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Carrboro police search for
men in armed robbery case
Carrboro police are searching
for suspects in connection with an
armed robbery that took place late
Sunday night on Lorraine Street.
According to reports, two people
were walking down Lorraine Street
about 10:30 p.m. when a tan-col
ored vehicle pulled up from behind
them with its lights off.
Two men got out of the car and
approached them, reports state.
One of the men held a black and
silver pistol, which he kept at his
side. One suspect asked the vic
tims, “What do you have?” and then
one victim gave the man his wallet
and S4O in cash, reports state. The
other victim told the men she had
nothing, according to reports. The
suspects then got back into the car
and drove away.
The incident was reported when
one victim called 911 after return
ing home, reports state.
Shortly after 11 p.m., a Carrboro
police officer noticed three men in
a grey Chevy Malibu that seemed
to match the descriptions given by
According to reports, police fol
lowed the vehicle to Ridgewood
Apartments. The vehicle then
pulled away at a high rate of speed.
Police executed a high-risk stop on
the vehicle on Jones Ferry Road
near N.C. 54, reports state.
“A high-risk stop is executed
when there is thought to be a
potentially dangerous situation,”
said Lt. Jim Phillips of Carrboro
After the stop, the vehicle’s occu
pants were placed in detention
and questioned. No weapons or
evidence of a robbery were found,
so police released the men, reports
The case is under further inves
The victim said the suspects had
red bandannas covering their faces
and were also wearing black hats or
do-rags, reports state.
Anyone with information may
call Carrboro police at 918-7397.
Chapel Hill police continue
search for hit-and-run driver
The Chapel Hill Police
Department is still looking for the
driver of a hit and run incident that
occurred at 1:20 a.m. Saturday on
Merritt Mill Road.
Police met the victim, Jeffery
Peter Milliar, 19, at UNC Hospitals.
A spokeswoman for UNC Hospitals
said Milliar is no longer at the hos
Milliar was unable to give a
description of the vehicle, reports
There were no witnesses to the
Student's laptop stolen
from room in Ehringhaus
A student’s laptop computer was
stolen from her residence hall room
Saturday, according to University
Ashley Gordon, a sophomore
biology major, said her laptop
was stolen from her room in
Ehringhaus Residence Hall after
she left campus for the weekend,
Reports state that Gordon,
who left campus Friday, received
a phone call from her roommate
about midnight Saturday inform
ing her of the theft.
CD player stolen from car
in park-and-ride lot Friday
Police responded to multiple
calls reporting larceny of a car CD
player Friday morning at the Friday
Center parking lot, located off N.C.
54, according to University police
Police arrived about 11:30 a.m.
and found a 1994 Acura with a
broken passenger side window.
Reports state that a CD player val
ued at S3OO was stolen from the
The incident marked the second
incident breaking and entering and
larceny in one week at the parking
lot. There are no suspects in the
Thursday Vote Carolina, a
nonpartisan student group dedi
cated to registering, educating and
mobilizing UNC students for the
upcoming elections, will hold its
first volunteer meeting at 7 p.m. in
209 Manning Hall.
Oct. 2 The Arthritis
Foundation is holding its first
arthritis walk in Chapel Hill’s
The walk will take place from
9 a.m. to noon, with registra
tion beginning at 8 a.m. Arthritis
affects more than 2 million North
Carolinians. Money raised by the
event will go to arthritis treatment
From staff'and wire reports.
Groups celebrate new Latino minor
New program to focus on diversity
BY LAUREN HARRIS
An accomplished speaker, a
student salsa performance and
hot Latin music marked the inau
guration of the College of Arts
& Sciences’ new Latina-Latino
Studies minor Monday night.
The event, which took place
in the Toy Lounge of Dey Hall,
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N.C. first lady Mary Easley answers reporters' questions Monday evening after speaking to teacher interns and their mentors at
Meredith College in Raleigh. Easley's husband, Gov. Mike Easley, is taking on former N.C. Sen. Patrick Ballantine in his re-election bid.
Easley chats up educators
State’s first lady offers advice and praises her husband’s school policy
BY ERIC JOHNSON
RALEIGH N.C. first lady Mary Easley
offered a wealth of support and advice
Monday night to a crowd of teacher interns
and their mentors at Meredith College.
Easley, a law professor at N.C. Central
University and a former county prosecutor,
spoke of the similarities between the class
room and the courtroom.
“TVial lawyers and teachers share a lot of
the same goals,” she said. “The whole time,
we are before our audience. Whether in a
room full of 18 third-graders or 12 citizens in
a jury box, we want to persuade them, inform
them, and most of all, motivate them.”
She told the crowd of current and future
educators that passion is perhaps the most
important thing they can bring into the
“Enthusiasm is an absolutely essential
part of being able to achieve your objectives
with those children every year,” she said.
“You have got to be careful. You’re going
to be rolling off great enthusiasm, but you
can’t maintain that level forever. This isn’t a
sprint, this is a cross-country race.”
Those in attendance, all participants in
Road renaming panel
searches for facilitator
BY JAKE POTTER
The citizen advisory committee
created by the Chapel Hill Town
Council to consider renaming
Airport Road will delay its first
meeting indefinitely, Chapel Hill
Mayor Kevin Foy said Monday.
The committee was scheduled
to start Thursday, but Foy said the
process of finding a facilitator for
the meetings will cause the com
mittee to delay its first meeting.
At its Sept. 13 meeting, the
council appointed members to the
special committee and voted to
explore options for the hiring of a
Foy said the meetings likely will
begin in early October.
Town Clerk Joyce Smith sent let
ters to appointed committee mem
bers last Tuesday that informed
them of their selection but did not
specify a starting date.
Foy said the committee would
be responsible for setting the dates
and times of its meetings.
In his Sept. 13 proposal to the
council, Foy said employing a
facilitator would help organize the
But some council members had
expressed concerns about Foy’s
featured appearances by the
UNC Music Department’s new
est ensemble, Charanga Carolina,
along with Que Rico and the
Ricardo Granillo Group.
Frances Aparicio, professor and
director of the Latin American
and Latino Studies program at
the University of Illinois-Chicago,
commenced the event with a pre-
Meredith College’s Teaching Fellows pro
gram, seemed to take the message to heart.
“It was very moving,” said Melanie Allen,
a intern from Raleigh. “She’s a remarkable
Susan Shearin, a mentor at Carver
Elementary School in Wendell, said, “She
gives really good advice about balancing
your teaching and your personal life. I was
glad to hear her talk about that.”
The challenge of recruiting and keeping
qualified teachers has been a key initiative
for Easley and a growing concern for North
Nationally, retaining new teachers is diffi
cult. More than one quarter of all new educa
tors leave the field after less than three years.
Some N.C. counties, particularly those in
low-income regions, lose more than 20 per
cent of their teachers every year.
“The problem that we have in North
Carolina is that we produce 3,100 teachers
a year, yet we need to hire approximately
10,000 per year,” said Mike McLaughlin,
editor of Ihe journal of the N.C. Center for
Public Policy Research. “It’s not a problem
that has developed overnight, but it’s past
time that we began to address it.”
proposal because it only provided
the option of one facilitator. Foy
projected the cost of hiring some
one for the position to be between
$15,000 and $25,000.
Town Manager Cal Horton said
the council instructed the mayor to
work with him to seek recommen
dations for the facilitator.
“The committee has received
information from a number (of
possible facilitators) at this point,”
Horton, who will oversee the
hiring of the facilitator, will make
a report to the council on Monday,
said council member Sally Greene,
who is also on the committee.
Greene also said she has talked
with a few prospective facilitators.
“I expect there will be a few
others in the next few days,” Foy
The local chapter of the National
Association for the Advancement
of Colored People first brought the
issue of possibly renaming Airport
Road to honor Martin Luther
King Jr. to the council last year.
The council held a series of pub
lic forums, which set off a wave of
SEE FACILITATOR, PAGE 5
sentation on HBO’s hit series, “Six
The series explores the relation
ships between a white family who
owns and operates a Los Angeles
funeral home and its Hispanic cli
ents, friend and employee.
After playing a segment of the
show to the 50 people in atten
dance, Aparicio discussed common
misconceptions about Latino cul
ture in America
She emphasized the diversity
In her speech, Easley praised her hus
band, Gov. Mike Easley, for continuing to
support teachers’ pay raises in the midst of
an economic downturn.
She also applauded his efforts to reduce
class size by setting a cap of 18 students per
classroom in first, second and third grades.
JB Buxton, senior education adviser to the
governor, commented about the first lady’s
consistent support for programs such as
Teaching Fellows and her involvement with
teacher recruiting Web site Teach4NC.org.
“The great thing about the first lady is
that she is a teacher herself,” Buxton said.
“She is a public school parent, a teacher at
North Carolina Central, and so she has a
great understanding of the issues.”
Toni Parker, director of the Teaching
Fellows program at Meredith College and
the host of Monday’s event, echoed that
“I always like it when our first family’s
children are in public schools,” she said. “It
sends a clear message that they support pub
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Higher ed shaky on voter test
BY JENNY RUBY
When it comes to voter registra
tion, most universities across the
country aren’t making the grade.
According to a survey conducted
by the Harvard University Institute
of Politics and The Chronicle of
Higher Education, 51 percent of col
leges and universities surveyed gave
themselves a grade of B when assess
ing their “effectiveness at registering
voters.” More than 37 percent gave
themselves a grade of C or lower.
“It was what we were expect
ing based on conversations with
university administrators and
students around the country,” said
David King, associate director of
Harvard’s Institute of Politics, who
conducted the study.
Official survey responses from
individual schools are not available
to the public, King said, but many
UNC administrators said they would
give the University at least a B.
“I’m a pretty tough grader, but I
think we’re at an A-,” said Provost
Robert Shelton. “My sense is there
are huge numbers of opportuni
ties for students to register here
Between Aug. 6 and Aug. 25, a
link to the Web-based 23-question
survey was sent to 815 top university
SEE VOTING, PAGE 5
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2004
of Spanish-speaking groups in
the United States and the fact that
many Americans tend to think of
them as one group.
But Aparicio said there is a
lot of diversity among different
nationalities, and the HBO series
explores the cultural divides and
heterogeneity among Latinos in
Maria Deguzman, the pro
gram’s director, said she hopes the
minor will educate students on the
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Sophomore Jason Baker registers voters Monday afternoon in the Pit. A
recent survey gave higher education low marks for voter registration.
diversity and prepare them for the
workforce, in which knowledge of
Latino issues will prove valuable.
“The health and human ser
vice industries are not adequately
prepared (to care for Latinos),”
Aparicio’s presentation was
immediately followed by a salsa
performance from Que Rico and
SEE LATINO STUDIES, PAGE 5
Offer 2 solutions
to same problems
BY AMY THOMSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
In the race for the presidency,
the environment is a priority,
hydrogen is the fuel of the future
and oil is power.
Republicans and Democrats are
largely united in their stances on oil
and energy issues. But some oil and
energy experts have expressed con
cern that neither party is address
ing the issues or has come up with
a realistic plan of
agree that the
ance on Middle
Eastern oil is
a major vul
A ten-part series on
major issues that
could divide the
imports about 10 million barrels
of oil per day, 23 percent of which
comes from the Persian Gulf.
Poe Leggette, a partner in the
Fulbright & Jaworski law firm who
regularly counsels oil, gas and min
ing companies, said that even if the
reforms posed by the two parties
were put into place, the nation would
still need to import oil.
“Realistically, we are going to be
dependent on imported oil for a
long time,” Leggette said.
But the Republican Party wants
to find domestic oil in the controver
sial Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
on the coastal plain of Alaska.
The Republican national plat
form claims that the area holds
enough oil to replace imports from
Saudi Arabia for 20 years.
The Democratic Party, on the
• other hand, would look to other
nations like Russia, Canada and
areas in the Gulf of Mexico and
Africa to replace imports from
the Organization of Petroleum
Exporting Countries, an 11-mem
ber conglomerate featuring many
countries from the Middle East.
Democrats say the reliance on
oil from OPEC is one of the reasons
gas prices have risen recently.
“The more oil you have in the
market, the lower the gas pric
es are going to go,” said Ashley
Turton, spokeswoman for the
Kerry-Edwards campaign in North
SEE ENERGY ISSUES, PAGE 5
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