VOLUME 113, ISSUE 65
HOW TO HELP
LOOKING FOR DIRECTION
EVACUEES SAY SHELTER
MEANS MORE THAN A ROOF
8Y ERIC JOHNSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
BATON ROUGE, La.- After
11 days with thousands of room
mates, Ashley Smith was fed up.
“I can’t be here. I just can’t,” she
said Friday, standing outside the
River Center in downtown Baton
Rouge. “I’m just trying to get out
But with nowhere else to go,
Smith actually was trying to get
back in. The massive Red Cross
shelter has been home or the
closest thing to it since Smith and
her family evacuated New Orleans
just ahead of Hurricane Katrina.
After using one of the makeshift
showers set up on the street out
side, Smith was waiting in line to
get back into the convention cen
ter. Because of security concerns,
anyone who ventures outside
during the day, even for a quick
shower, has to reenter through a
“You get yourself a show
er?” asked a smiling National
Guardsman, stationed near the
“Yeah,” Smith sighed, lifting her
hand to her forehead.
'Lost for directions'
Inside the convention center,
toward the end of row E, is where
Smith’s family has made camp.
“This is how we living in here,”
With a neat collection of cots
arrayed to form a kind of minia
ture floor plan, she has been wait
ing here along with her mother,
daughter, husband, grandfather,
great-grandmother, her aunt and
a family friend to find out what
comes next. It’s a question no one
seems prepared to answer.
“This is something no one ever
imagined to experience,” said
Rhonda Smith, Ashley’s mother.
“This ain’t a home for nobody.”
But finding more permanent
homes for the family —and tens
of thousands like them is an
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Small flags line the grass at Polk Place, spelling “Never Forget." Senior
Andrew Hogan walks around Sunday, fixing flags overturned by the wind.
Students cap off reopening
BY JOHN COGGIN
On the final day of Memorial
Hall’s gala opening weekend, stu
dents and the University commu
nity poured into a renovated venue
for a free day of entertainment
called “Carolina Performs.”
The daylong event showcased
an array of University students
performing everything from ball
room dancing to hip hop.
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unparalleled challenge in modem
Most who left New Orleans
couldn’t have known they were fac
ing indefinite exile from the city.
“We just had maybe a couple of
changes of clothes, and that was
about it,” Rhonda said.
Officials still have no idea how
long it will be before anyone can
return to New Orleans, or what
the city will look like when the
recovery effort is complete.
With no firm answers, Ashley and
her family have been left in a kind of
strange limbo, unsure of where they
should be looking to start anew.
“We (are) like them,” Rhonda
said, speaking about state and fed
eral agencies dealing with the cri
sis. “Lost for directions. We don’t
have a clue.”
For now, there is no compre
hensive plan for the thousands at
the River Center. Announcements
occasionally blare through the loud
speaker for buses going to Texas or
to Shreveport, La., where other
groups of evacuees are gathered.
“I ain’t heard nothing about
people that want to go to Hawaii,”
joked Darrell Santa Cruz, Rhonda’s
But as the Red Cross and other
agencies continue to grapple with
the sheer scale of the evacuee pop
ulation in Baton Rouge, resettle
ment isn’t yet a priority.
“Right now, the main way people
are getting out is through churches,
volunteers and family members,”
said Jeff Walker, a spokesman for
the Red Cross in Baton Rouge.
“Food and shelter is what we do.”
Rhonda’s sister, Debra, said there
were rumors that evacuees were
receiving more monetary assistance
in Texas. But she wasn’t planning to
board one of the buses.
“I don’t think it’s true,” she said.
“Anyhow, what you gonna do to
survive if you don’t have no job?”
In the meantime, the family is
trying mightily to adjust to a life
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er and UNC
to ensure that
all the acts
made it backstage for curtain
call, Memorial Hall’s marketing
manager, Jennifer Smith, greeted
patrons in the lobby.
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The River Center in Baton Rouge, La., served as a Red Cross shelter with 3,000 evacuees on-site Friday. An addi
tional 1,500 more are expected this week. The shelter only has one entrance, equipped with a metal detector.
BY JENNY RUBY
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Four years have passed.
Four classes of seniors have
graduated and said their good
byes to the campus that was
rocked on Sept. 11.
But four years later, the students
at UNC who were in high school
when the U.S. was attacked by ter
rorists continue to operate in the
spirit of unity started by the stu
dents who have come and gone.
“That night on college campuses,
millions and millions of students
and faculty across the country
came together in solidarity,” said
Margaret Jablonski, vice chancellor
for student affairs, during a memo
rial event held Sunday.
“Memorial Hall has a long
standing tradition of student per
formers,” Smith said, pointing out
that TV legend and UNC alumnus
Andy Griffith, who spoke at the
opening events, got his start on the
Memorial Hall stage.
“We wanted the community
to know that students are just as
important to the arts community
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FIESTA OF FUN
Raleigh hosts more than
60,000 people as part of
the weekend's La Fiesta del
Pueblo, the largest Latino
festival in the Carolinas.
About 100 students came
together Sunday night on Polk
Place for the memorial service,
sponsored by Committee for a
Better Carolina and the Foundation
for the Defense of Democracies.
Those attending the service sat
in front of thousands of American
flags, representing the almost
3,000 that died in the attacks.
“Just by having the representa
tion of flags shows (students) still
care about the individual lives
that were lost,” Jablonski said. “It
does still touch us.”
Many University community
members chose to remember the
day by gathering in Memorial Hall
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Candidates eye name recognition
BY BRIANNA BISHOP
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Before long, the streets of Chapel
Hill and Carrboro will be lined with
signs, and mailboxes will contain
brochures about candidates’ quali
fications for town government.
But those signs don’t spring
from the ground, and the bro
chures don’t write themselves.
Behind each one is a face
someone hoping to be a leader in
the town’s future.
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
UNC alumnus Jonathan
Reckford is named CEO of
Habitat for Humanity. The
Daily Tar Heel conducted a Q
& A with the new leader.
rhe Center for Public Service has full listings of
ways to help online at: www.unc.edu/cps
for best brews
BY LINDA SHEN
The mute black backdrop of
Kenan Theatre struck a bright
contrast with the gleaming metal
of three La Marzocco espresso
machines. They purred smugly
over the soft, ceramic sound of
clinking china, stemmed glasses
and antique flatware.
The third annual Southeast
Regional Barista Competition,
held at the Center for Dramatic Art
Sept. 9-11, had a sense of spectacle
that lived up to its host location.
“(The baristas) are creating a
five-star dining experience,” says
As the fall
of Aldermen and Chapel Hill-
Carrboro Board of Education are
preparing to campaign.
The candidates might choose
different ways to get their names
out, but they all are working
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U.S. Sen. Richard Burr an
nounced Friday that N.C.
schools would receive
$237,966 to help improve
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2005
$6,850 was raised by
the Carolina Katrina
relief committees as of
10 p.m. Sunday
Dollar.! for Disaster
Student groups will be
canvassing classes to
Pit sits, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Tips for relief
Spanky s Restaurant &
Bar will donate all pro
ceeds to relief efforts
101 E. Franklin, all day
Zorbas restaurant will
donate all proceeds to
the Red Cross
105 S. Elliott Road,
The Red Cross and the
Student Union board
will host a blood drive
Hooker Center atrium,
Efland Cheeks stu
dents will collect school
supplies for Houston
Hillsborough, all month
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Change at the top
recalled and replaced
Michelle Campbell, barista pro
grams manager for the Specialty
Coffee Association of America.
“But we still want their own per
sonality to come through.”
The 22 contestants were trans
mitting loud and clear, turning
out their spice racks, dishware
and whimsy for the event.
In a world of coffee to go, the
ceramic clink of cups and saucers is
a strange departure from the metal
clicks and shouts of a coffee shop
during an early morning rush.
Lemuel Butler, who works at
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toward the same goal.
“Whatever method you choose,
the voters can tell when put your
heart in it,” said Alderman Mark
Chilton, a candidate for Carrboro
mayor. For Chilton, going door
to door worked for him when he
snagged one of four open seats on
the Chapel Hill Town Council as an
undergraduate student in 1991.
“I got out there, and I worked
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