VOLUME 112, ISSUE 122
Employees fight to bargain
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of his co-workers never muster
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and explained in Spanish the vari
ous inequities including strug
gles with wage rates and working
conditions that he faces at UNC
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Holden Selkirk, 8, of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCATar Foot Nation Y-Guides, waits for the annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade to start its journey Saturday morning.
2,oooparticipants celebrate the season by processing from Morehead Planetarium to Carrboro
BY BLAIR RAYNOR
Sleigh bells jingled, marching
bands played and locals received
a dose of Christmas spirit at
Saturday’s annual Chapel Hill-
Carrboro Holiday Parade.
The Chapel Hill Downtown
Corilmission hosted the event,
which began at 9 a.m. at Morehead
Planetarium and ended at the
Carrboro Century Center.
Carol Richards, coordinator of
the parade, said a crowd of about
10,000 came to watch the tradi
Council will likely
BY ADAM W. RHEW
Though racial tensions in
Chapel Hill might not see resolu
tion in the near future, the fate of
an issue deeply tied to race rela
tions will be decided tonight.
After 11 months of debate, at
least six Chapel Hill leaders plan
to vote tonight in favor of renam
ing Airport Road.
Chapel Hill Town Council mem
bers Mark Kleinschmidt, Sally
Greene, Jim Ward and Cam Hill
said they will support changing the
name of Airport Road to Martin
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An interpreter translated his
words as he spoke in front of an
audience of about 60 people com
posed of the Chapel Hill Workers’
Rights Board and several advocacy
groups, including UE Local 150,
the North Carolina Public Service
“We need to be compensated for
the work that we do,” he said.
The International Worker
tional holiday festivity.
At least 2,000 people, primar
ily children, participated in the
parade, which included a variety of
groups from the local cub scouts to
the Animal Protection Society.
“To have so many kids partici
pate is the best part of it,” she said.
Members of die women’s varsity
tennis team from East Chapel HiU
High School were grand marshals
for the event.
This year’s event started an hour
earlier than it has in the past, but
several local business owners said
Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
“I don’t see any reason at this
point to do anything other than
support this,” Kleinschmidt said.
Mayor Kevin Foy and Mayor Pro
Tern Edith Wiggins also said they
will vote in favor of the renaming.
But council members Ed Harrison
and Dorothy Verkerk said they will
wait to decide until they hear the
presentation on the 10 recommen
dations of the Special Committee to
Consider Renaming Airport Road.
Council member Bill Strom could
SEE RENAME, PAGE 4
Justice Campaign and UE Local
150 sponsored the third hearing
of a statewide campaign to shed
light on what members consider
injustices faced by public-sector
workers in North Carolina.
The campaign’s goal is to prove
that these problems could be
avoided by the legalization of col
Public-sector workers in North
Carolina are able to join unions, but
the unions cannot hold a contract
with employers. Workers and event
organizers said this keeps wages
low and working conditions poor.
The International Labor
the time change didn’t have much
of an impact on turnout.
Charles House, owner of
University Florist on Franklin
Street and former chairman of the
Downtown Commission, helped
organize the event and said the
turnout was similar to last year’s.
“I think it kicks the season off.”
Chapel Hill resident Phil
Susann participated in the parade
with members of Pack 820 of the
Orange District Cub Scouts, who
wore gift packages on their heads.
The cub scouts sported the pack
Students weigh music programs
BY CARLY SALVADORE
Songs by The Beatles, Sublime and
Snoop Dogg resonated in the Great Hall
of the Student Union on Friday as four
digital music service providers show
cased and advertised their systems.
Next semester, students living on
campus will have the opportunity to
try one of four online music programs
as part of the UNC system’s pilot for
downloading legal music.
Representatives from Cdigix, Napster,
Rhapsody and Ruckus Network set up
speakers, screens and computers for stu
dents to test out each music provider.
The pilot will serve as a test run for dif
ferent downloading options that could be
implemented at the University next fall.
Organization —a United Nations
agency that promotes social jus
tice and internationally recognized
human and labor rights grants
all public-sector workers the right
to collectively bargain, but N.C.
General Statute 95-98 makes the
practice illegal for state employees.
Virginia has the only other state
law that makes collective bargaining
illegal for its employees, said N.C.
State University Professor David
Zonderman, who opened the hear
ing and presented statistics con
cerning state employees. “At least
over a half of state employees make
less than $30,000 a year,” he said.
ages because “kids’ minds are gifts
to us all,” Susann said.
Wearing his “Parade Czar” jack
et, Robert Humphreys, the former
executive director of the Downtown
Commission, helped organize the
lineup at Morehead Planetarium.
Humphreys, who has worked
with Carol Richards for 15 years on
the parade, also assisted with the
distribution of groups, or units,
throughout the procession.
Jared Resnick, owner of West
End Wine Bar on Franklin Street,
put a couch on the sidewalk for his
Freshman Matt Hendren said he
thinks it is a good idea for the University
to initiate music downloading programs.
Before approaching each stand, he said
he thought each system seemed similar.
“I feel like, how different can they
really be?” Hendren said.
But each music provider sought to
distinguish its system from the others
and to appeal to students.
Ajay Kori, a representative for Cdigix,
said the major difference between
Cdigix and the other programs is the
number of files.
Cdigix will have 1.5 million files at
the end of the month, he said. Kori chal
lenged students to pick obscure music
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Fourteen workers testified dur
ing the hearing and said wages and
working conditions could improve if
the statute were repealed.
Tarshia Stephens-Hayes has
been working in health care for the
last nine years and began work
ing as a nursing assistant at UNC
Hospitals in 1999.
She said she earned more money
at her previous job in Fayetteville
but has been unable to reach a pay
agreement at UNC Hospitals.
Stephens-Hayes said her
department is understaffed, while
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family to sit on during the parade.
He said the switch to an earlier
kickoff for the event gave onlookers
more time to see the town.
“This way people stay around,
can get a cup of coffee and enjoy
downtown,” he said. “We’re getting
people from all over, not just from
And local residents said their
families were pleased with the fes
Trudy Lonegan, who lives in
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Representative Jonathan Zepp showcases Napster's
downloading services in the Student Union's Great Hall.
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Alcohol use dravp&
BY JACKI SPIES
College students’ unfaltering
ability to “party hard,” coupled
with widespread use of alcohol,
recently has taken a top spot in
In-depth media reports on col
lege drinking abounded after a
sophomore was found dead in a
fraternity house at Colorado State
University in September. He had
consumed about 40 drinks.
A freshman at the University of
Colorado-Boulder made headlines
when he died from alcohol poison
ing after he and other Chi Psi fra
ternity pledges were hauled to the
mountains and forced to stay until
they had downed multiple bottles
And a student at the University of
Oklahoma was recently found dead
at a university fraternity house his
blood alcohol content level sur
passed the legal limit by five times.
Estimates attribute 1,400
deaths per year to alcohol-related
incidents, and the tragic deaths of
college students have university
officials across the country raising
questions about what they can do
to control the epidemic.
University of Oklahoma
President David Boren announced
Wednesday anew set of policies
that will govern the social scene at
the University of Oklahoma.
These new rules ban drinking
at fraternities and in residence
halls at the university next semes
ter, increase alcohol education and
establish a hot line through which
students can report violations.
As universities nationwide take a
critical look at programs to prevent
further tragedies, UNC’s efforts to
combat student drinking are far
less visible than in the past.
The funds for the “2 out of 3”
campaign which aimed to eval
uate the role of drinking in under
graduates’ lives on the weekends
ran out, and the program no
longer exists on campus.
In 1997,1999 and 2002 officials
from the UNC Highway Safety
Research Center performed the
comprehensive study, in which ran
dom students were given breath
alcohol tests on weekend nights
and statistics were culled to dem
onstrate that students didn’t drink
as much as one might suppose.
Instead of preaching about the
dangers associated with excessive
drinking, the “2 out of 3” campaign
attempted to shed light on what it
considered a common misconcep
tion about alcohol intake: that the
majority of college students drink
frequently and to excess.
Officials said they hoped the
findings on Thursday, Friday or
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