VOLUME 113, ISSUE 34
Police put campus on alert
AS COMMUNITY SPEAKS OUT,
ASSAILANT REMAINS AT LARGE
BY MARTA OSTROWSKI
Through poetry, music and art, 16
sexual assault survivors reached out to
the community Monday night to shout
out against sexual violence.
One by one, the women tearfully
recounted their experiences, hoping
to provide inspiration to victims who
are not able to speak out.
“Any time folks can see the power of
speaking out against sexual violence,
IF ip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari plays her instrument of choice in the
Great Hall in the Student Union on Monday night. Ben-Ari, who
is Israeli-born, wrote, produced, arranged and performed all the
string parts on Kanye West’s debut album, The College Dropout, and has
Schools aid fight
for math, science
foster new trend
BY VICTORIA WILSON
Universities must address the
nation’s shortage of math and sci
ence professionals, UNC-system
officials say, but state schools won’t
have as much of an influence on the
problem as other groups.
The decreasing number of
people choosing math and science
careers, along with the concern
that other countries will surpass
the United States in technology
development, has some looking to
Access to information
could become limited
BY STEPHEN MOORE
Lobbyists and legislators have
started to iron out a bill that
would decrease public access to
information after several media
organizations voiced their oppo
During the last few weeks,
members of both the N.C. House
and Senate proposed varying
LOOKING FOR CHANGE
Durham representative looks to stop discrimination
based on sexual orientation in the workplace PAGE 7
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we help to create a safer environment
for those who have experienced it to go
forward,” said Margaret Barrett, exec
utive director of the Orange County
Rape Crisis Center.
The event came soon after University
police sent a campuswide e-mail warn
ing of a sexual assault suspect who
attacked three women in the last six
weeks. The most recent attack occurred
at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Europa
Drive and Legion Road area in Chapel
the nation’s universities for help.
It’s a problem that hits close to
home. Carr Thompson, senior pro
gram and communications officer
for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund,
said earlier this week that North
Carolina needs 9,000 to 11,000
more teachers with a background
in math or science.
North Carolina boasts a pool
of talent in scientific and math
ematical fields, said Joe Freddoso,
director of Research Triangle Park
site operations at Cisco Systems.
Freddoso said Cisco has
had great success in recruiting
employees from all schools in
SEE MATH, PAGE 5
bills to limit the public’s abil
ity to obtain records, including
preliminary research findings by
In an attempt to inform the
public of these developments,
the N.C. Press Association sent a
press release to members outlin
ing several of these bills, portray-
SEE ACCESS, PAGE 5
Bias on campus is more prevalent
than many think, prof says PAGE 9
Hill. The woman fought back, and the
suspect let her go, the e-mail states.
Police described the suspect as a
black man, about 45 years old, with a
mustache. He is between 6 feet and 6-
feet-2 inches tall with a medium build.
The attacker’s car is a white, mid
-19905, American-made car with a gray
cloth interior and taillights that wrap
across the back, according to police.
According to the e-mail, Chapel Hill
police said the first reported attack
occurred March 11 at University Mall.
The victim told police she got into a
car shortly after midnight, and the
man sexually assaulted her at a nearby
toured with the Grammy Award-winning artist. She also has played with Jay-
Z and Wyclef Jean, among others. Her performance was part of the Carolina
Union Activities Board’s Carolina Live series. Ben-Ari performed Monday
night with soul vocalist Chinua Hawk. To read the full story, see page 6.
Parking to remain tight at UNC
BY KELLI BORBET
The lack of available on-campus
parking continues to be a top con
cern as students begin preregistra
tion to secure spaces for next year.
In the upcoming academic year,
2,699 parking spaces will be avail
able for both graduate and under
graduate students. The total student
population is almost 27,000.
“Students are really overlooked
in terms of parking on campus,”
said junior Tiffany Bond.
About 4,070 students applied
for permits for this school year,
and 2,386 were able to purchase
permits. The number does not
include permits for the medical,
law and business schools or for
married student housing.
This year, construction proj
ects eliminated access to both the
Hinton James and Ehringhaus
parking lots and a number of avail
able spaces in other campus lots.
But with the completion of the
parking deck at the Rams Head
Center, a few more students will
be able to purchase parking per
mits in the next school year, said
Randy Young, spokesman for the
Department of Public Safety.
Some student spaces will be lost
in the Morrison and Cobb lots, but
students still are gaining a few
parking spaces, Young said.
“Overall, there is a small net gain
in student spaces for next year,” he
said. “Students will not take as big
of a hit as in previous years.”
The Rams Head deck provides
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That same morning, another woman
was forced into the same car at a con
venience store on Fayetteville Road in
Durham at 2:40 a.m. and was assaulted
in north Chapel Hill, the e-mail states.
The perpetrator of the sexual assault
crime still has not been caught, and
officials are encouraging anyone with
information to come forward, said
Randy Young, spokesman for the
Department of Public Safety.
“This is definitely an issue, and we
appreciate any information people may
have about this suspect,” he said.
The e-mail listed tips and precau-
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320 parking spaces available for
students. The spaces offset the 240
lost with the closing of Ehringhaus
lot, which Young said will be turned
back into intramural fields.
The number of parking spaces
available for purchase decreases with
descending student classifications.
Returning graduate students are
allotted 629 spaces, while new grad
uate students have an additional 142
spaces on campus.
Senior and junior undergraduate
Parking allocations for students
As the University moves through another year of construction, the location of student parking spaces on campus will change. Seniors will receive the
largest number of spaces among undergraduates, as always, but it's likely that even they will be hard-pressed to find a parking spot on or near campus.
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Commentator Paul Begala talks to crowd
about strong politics, stronger faith PAGE 3
students to be
students are given 545 and 483 spac
es, respectively. Parking for junior
transfers is limited to 73 spaces.
Out of the rising sophomore
class, 540 spaces are available for
purchase. Most freshmen are not
eligible for parking permits.
Parking spaces are available for
purchase based on a lottery system.
Students are allowed to purchase
on-campus parking permits only if
they live two miles beyond campus
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TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2005
BY DON CAMPBELL
Even as the chants to “Save Vel”
fade from the forefront of campus,
the arrest of the Carolina Dining
Services employee remains a
source of controversy.
Members of the UNC community
nave come forward with concerns
regarding Aramark Corp., the com
pany that has served as UNC’s food
service provider since 2001.
Among other things, student
activists claim that Aramark had
Vel Dowdy arrested to discourage
workers from forming a union.
It’s one of the few major conflicts
between UNC and Aramark, said
Mike Freeman, director of auxiliary
services at UNC. Freeman pointed
to the current debate and the con
troversial firing of dining services
worker Lezlie Sumpter last year as
the main sources of debate.
Aramark provides services for
more than 400 schools across the
country, and the type of incidents
that occurred at UNC are rare else
where, said Kate Moran, Aramark
Representatives from other
schools using Aramark deferred
comments to Moran..
“Our policy is to follow all guide
lines, treat employees with dignity
and respect,” she said. “We’ve got a
great track record.”
About 34,700 of 178,000
Aramark employees are covered
by collective-bargaining agree
ments, Moran said. This propor
tion more than 19 percent is
above the 12.5 percent national
average recorded in 2004 by the
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But UNC is not the first uni
versity to confront unionization
problems with Aramark.'
In 1997, dining workers at The
Citadel united to create an exclu
sive collective-bargaining union.
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Preregistration for the lottery will
continue until 2 p.m. on May 19.
If students do not receive a permit
through the lottery system, they will
be wait-listed for their first choice.
Junior Alisha Brice said she got
a spot last year through the system,
but the space is in the park-and
ride lot on Estes Drive. She said she
hopes she will be luckier this year.
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