VOLUME 112, ISSUE 143
DTH FILE PHOTO/LAURA MORTON
On Friday, former vice presidential candidate John Edwards announced that
he will return to UNC to start a center on poverty, work and opportunity.
to garner support
BY DANIEL WILKES
After a weekend of relatively
little campaigning, student body
president hopefuls are set for one
last push to get platform and vot
ing information to students.
Candidates will saturate the cam
pus to make their views known and
to boost voter turnout before polls
close Tuesday night.
“We’re going to be fanned out
across the campus, having a good
time and talking to students,” said
candidate Seth Dearmin.
Candidate Seke Ballard said
he will swipe UNC ONE Cards at
Chase Hall tonight and that a dance
performance also is in the works.
Candidate Leigha Blackwell
intends to spend today and
Tuesday explaining her platform
and reminding students to vote.
“We’re going to start really strong
Monday morning for the people
who have early classes,” she said.
She said they will focus on high
traffic areas such as the route from
South to North Campus.
Candidate Tom Jensen said
operations will proceed as usual
today, but that supporters will be
spread across campus Tuesday and
target dining halls to “corral peo
ple” to vote in the online polls.
While Jensen said he will try to
connect with students who were
not home during previous dorm
storming efforts, he stressed the
importance of not taking up too
much of the students’ time.
“We are going to hand people
dollar bills, spend five seconds
talking about the campaign, then
leave them alone,” he said. “We
want to inconvenience them for
as little time as possible.”
SEE LAST PUSH, PAGE 4
Shooting leaves man injured
Durham man arrested, charged in incident
BY RYAN C. TUCK
A man shot twice on Rosemary Street
on Sunday morning is in stable condition
at UNC Hospitals.
Almatin Javis Parker, 28, was shot
twice at 2:13 a.m. Sunday outside the
Bank of America parking deck across
from Carolina Blue Bar, at 136 E.
Rosemary St. •
Chapel Hill police arrested Laperry
Lashawn Snipes, 28, of 910 Linwood Ave.
in Durham, on one count of assault with a
deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflict
ing serious injury, and one count of pos
session of a stolen firearm. Both charges
were in connection with the shooting.
Lt. Chris Blue said police also served
Snipes with an outstanding warrant for
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assault on a female.
“Fortunately, we had enough to be able
to charge someone, but there’s not a lot of
information available about the circum
stances,” Blue said, adding that there is
no evidence to suggest that the two men
were acquaintances or that the incident
Blue said the only information on the
incident is that there was a disturbance
in the parking deck across from Carolina
Blue Bar that resulted in the shooting.
Witness and N.C. State University
student John Tart said he saw a group of
people huddled inside the parking deck
as he walked by just before the shoot
“There was a group of people in the
corner of the 10t... and by the time I was
UNC overcomes sluggish start to
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Edwards to work at UNC
WILL ESTABLISH NONPARTISAN
POVERTY CENTER ON CAMPUS
BY EMILY STEEL
John Edwards announced Friday
his intentions to return home and
establish a Center on Poverty, Work
and Opportunity at UNC, closing
months of discussions between UNC
officials and the former U.S. Senator
and vice presidential candidate.
“UNC has a long and deep history
in being involved in very important
causes, starting with people like
Frank Porter Graham half a cen
SERVICE WITH A SMILE
N.C. A&T stays true to legacy
BY AMY EAGLEBURGER
GREENSBORO - James Renick
began his day Dec. 1 at a 6 a.m. swim
practice for N.C. Agricultural & Technical
State University’s Division I swim team.
But Renick won’t be winning any
titles for his backstroke any time soon.
Instead, he will be cheering from the
sidelines, exuding Aggie pride as the
“It’s a family. There are strong relation
ships. People respect each other,” said
Renick of the N.C. A&T community.
That family is a dynamic one, constant
ly striving to balance its historical ties to
the civil rights movement with its firture
aspirations, including increasing the size
of the campus and the student body.
The student population is more than
at (Airport Road), I heard the shots,” Tart
Blue said Parker was shot once in the
arm and once near the abdomen.
He was transported to UNC Hospitals
within minutes of the shooting.
Witnesses and police at the scene were
able to provide little information on the
suspect, with most only recalling having
heard the shots.
“I heard two shots ... and then there
was a guy in the middle of the street,” said
witness Paul Murtagh.
Police investigators, who remained on
the scene until after 5 a.m., also found
little physical evidence on the incident.
Officers found both bullet casings and
a trail of blood leading away from where
Parker had fallen in the street but found
little to indicate who the perpetrator had
SEE SHOOTING, PAGE 4
tury ago,” Edwards said Sunday. “I
thought it would be a terrific place to
launch an effort to combat poverty.”
The center is a nonpartisan initia
tive, linking efforts of faculty mem
bers and public policy experts to
ultimately break the poverty cycle.
Edwards, a 1977 graduate of
UNC’s School of Law, also will serve
as a guest lecturer in his part-time,
two-year faculty position, funded
through private donations. He will
earn $40,000 annually.
Kids a Smile day. This is the third year of Give Kids a Smile,
a state-recognized program in which more 25 private den
tists and UNC dental students participate. Rep. Verla Insko,
D-Orange, read “Your Smile Counts” to the children at the
preschool as part of the event. For the lull story, see page 6.
“From one generation to the next, we continue
the African-American leadership structure in
this country ” james renick, CHANCELLOR, N.C. AS.T
10,400 strong, and there are more than
a few notable names on the family tree.
“(Students) come here not looking for
only a quality academic experience but
to experience the A&T historical legacy,”
said Andrew Perkins Jr., assistant vice
chancellor for facilities and engineering.
That legacy is closely tied to the civil
rights movement of the 19605.
Every Feb. 1, the university celebrates
its fellow Aggies Joseph McNeil,
Franklin McCain, David Richmond,
and Ezell Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan)
who began the sit-in movement.
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Chapel Hill police investigate the scene of a shooting early Sunday morning on Rosemary
Street. Almatin Javis Parker, 28, is in stable condition after being shot twice at 2:13 a.m.
KINDNESS IN THEIR HEARTS
Friends gather at memorial ceremony to
remember victim, call for justice PAGE 5
“My sense is really this is where
he wanted to be,” Chancellor James
Moeser said. “It would have been
unfortunate if a great Tar Heel had
been snagged by a competing insti
Edwards said he hopes to engage
students and North Carolinians in
the battle against poverty.
“It is an exciting opportunity for
us to do some real good on an issue
that most Americans care about
but has not gotten the attention it
deserves,” he said. “We are going
to be looking at the whole range
of ideas for impacting poverty and
the cycle of poverty and trying to
find creative models that work.”
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During last year’s presidential
campaign, as well as during his
six-year term in the U.S. Senate,
Edwards advocated for poverty
reducing initiatives such as rais
ing minimum wage and providing
incentives for teachers to work in
“I think questions of economic
justice and poverty and oppor
tunity are close to the core of the
mission of the University of North
Carolina,” said Gene Nichol, dean
of the law school, where the center
will be based. “I think it is a great
coalescence of interests.”
SEE EDWARDS, PAGE 4
13 hike proposals
to get BOGs eyes
BY EMMA BURGIN
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
The UNC system’s governing
body will travel to Wilmington this
week to take a good, hard look at
tuition increase proposals from 13
But the Board of Governors has
all but voted down the proposals
for in-state tuition increases.
Board members say tuition has
reached unmanageable heights
for residents of North Carolina.
And since the state constitution
charges them with making higher
education accessible, they say the
increases have to stop for now.
Increases in nonresident tuition
still are open for discussion, though
students from across the system
have voiced their opposition.
The Association of Student
Governments has spoken out
SEE BOG, PAGE 4
In 1960, the four men took a stand
against segregation when they were fresh
men at N.C. A&T by sitting at a whites
only Woolworth’s lunch counter and refus
ing to leave until they were served.
The history of the university and of
the United States was forever changed.
“February One is an important tradi
tion for us,” Renick said. “I give a medal
... a human rights medal... to commem
orate the sit-ins.”
A memorial statue, titled “February
SEE A&T, PAGE 4