VOLUME 116, ISSUE 14
Violent crime not new to UNC
BY ANDREW DUNN
The off-campus shooting death
of Student Body President Eve
Carson again throws into focus
the impact of violent crime against
Nationally, college students are
less likely to be involved in violent
crime than the general popula
tion. But crime still has frequent
and indelible effects at universities
across the country.
From 2004 through 2006, 80
violent crimes homicide, forcible
sexual assault robbers and aggra
vated assault were reported to
UNC’s on-campus institutions and
to local law enforcement.
‘UNTIL THE WAR GOES AWAY’
BY REBECCA PUTTERMAN
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
For those 200 students who came
to the Pit on Wednesday to call for
immediate troop withdrawal from
Iraq, solidarity meant hope that
their dream could become reality .
After quoting John Lennon's
“Imagine," Abby Crownshaw, a
Young Democrat representative
to the UNC Coalition Against the
War, said she doesn’t want this
generation of activists to be mere
“Every other generation that
has had a major war has done
something about it, and we re the
generation that has been letting it
slide by," she said.
“But if you get enough people
protesting in the media, and get
ting people to realize how bad it is,
it can change something."
Participants commented that
the size of the protest didn't reflect
the number of students on campus
who oppose the war.
“When you have a war that has
been going on half your life, it's
background noise,’ said sopho
more Andrew Waszkowski.
“There are protests every year
and each year comes and passes
and it’s the same situation. You
have to extend yourself outside
of yourself and sympathize to be
affected by this conflict."
Haley Koch, president of
Solidarity with Palestine through
Education and Action at Carolina,
spoke first at the pre-march rally
in the Pit, expressing her anger at
the continued need for protest.
“Why are we here fire years later?"
she asked a crowd standing amidst
rallying drums and theatrical pup
pets covering their papier-mache
faces with blood-stained hands.
“Our protests have been ignored
again and again. But I’ll say what
I said four years ago: We still care,
and we will be here until the war
After the speeches, many hesi
tated to join the march, which went
from McCorkle Place up Franklin
Street accompanied by police cars
Rashanda’s kicks: written on the sole
BY MIKE EHRLICH
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
They say that to truly know a person, you have
to walk in her shoes. Butin the case of Rashanda
McCants. all you have to do is read them.
And to understand the No. 1 seeded North
Carolina women’s basketball team as it pre
pares for Sunday's NCAA Tournament opener,
you need to know Rashanda McCants.
The junior guard from Asheville sits in the
third row of the Carmichael Auditorium bleach
ers before her post-practice shoot-around. Her
shirt sleeves are rolled up, revealing cut biceps.
And below her long basketball shorts lies a pair
of Nike Elite basketball shoes.
When the oversized kicks left the factory, they
were likely clean and white. But that was before
Rashanda and her Sharpie got a hold of them.
Now, every surface area flat enough to write on
is covered by quick reminders, motivational
quips and the names of those dear to her.
“These are my inspirations.’ Rashanda says,
lifting the pair of Nikes off the floor.
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UNC’s Department of Public
Safety does not separate crimes
against students from crimes against
faculty, staff or visitors.
The one homicide was a 2004
shooting of a Pittsboro resident by
her husband at the Friday Center.
But the number of University
related violent crimes pales in com
parison to the number in Chapel
Hill during the same time period,
there were 697 violent crimes.
S. Daniel Carter, vice president of
the national nonprofit Security On
Campus Inc., said the relatively low
victimization rate of college students
is because of programs put in place
bv campus police departments.
“There’s starting to be a lot more
a- 5 " '
A group of about 200 students, including Andrew Waszkowski (center), protests the Iraq War, calling for the removal of U.S. troops as they gather in front
of South Building on Wednesday. The protesters marched through campus, stopping traffic at the intersection of South Columbia and Franklin streets.
and community members.
One student said she was a neutral
observer; another said she wanted to
go to Hunger Lunch instead.
However, one student joined in
on the spur of the moment, declar
ing, “Its been five years now, prob
ably about long enough."
When the marchers, stretch
ing from Murphey Hall to Wilson
Library, began chanting, “No jus
tice. no peace, U.S. out of die Middle
East!" passersby took out their cell
phones to snap quick pictures.
As the crowd neared Franklin
Street, a small contingent of locals
held signs of support while shop
pers, initially caught off guard by
the flood of color and noise, found
themselves responding to the protes
“On one shoe is my family's names, like my
mom and my dad, my sister, my niece, a few of
The Tar Heels' second-team All-ACC and
first-team All-ACC Tournament selection then
switches the focus to the other shoe.
“And then these are basketball reminders
to rebound, to drive, attack and to stay focused.
So I can play 40 minutes and play hard."
A closer look into those sayings and slogans
will reveal the depth of not only one of UNC’s
most prominent athletes, but also a personality
that is more complex than meets the eye.
'Mom and Dad'
Scrawled prominently on the side of her left
shoe, her parents' nicknames mark the most
obvious symbol of her relationship with her fam
ily. And the bond is a dose one, her father, James
“We’re very family-oriented people. We
always have been close, and we’ve always been
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education of students," Carter said.
“Prior to 20 years ago, the myth
was that it didn’t happen."
Still, crime at UNC and within
Chapel Hill are inextricably linked.
Although University police do
not patrol the near-campus loca
tions in which many students live,
including the neighborhood where
Carson was shot, law enforcement
agendes do work together.
The Chapel Hill Police
Department sends DPS a daily crime
report and threats to Franklin Street
are relayed to the student body, DPS
spokesman Randy Young said.
DPS also gives presentations on
ways to stay safe around campus.
“What keeps you safe on campus
Dirk Spruyt, who witnessed the
Chapel Hill protests of the late 19605,
looked on with nostalgic pride.
One woman got into a politi
cal debate with her friends as they
watched the protestors stop traf
fic at the intersection of South
Columbia and Franklin streets.
“Oh, let’s go kill more people
than he killed!" she said sarcastical
ly, referring to Saddam Hussein.
After disrupting a class change
on Cameron Street and appealing
to others to join their ranks, the
group ended with a rally at South
Building to ask for a change closer
to home: the University cutting
academic ties with the Pentagon.
But the final speeches got even
more personal as students spoke of
the trends of violence and hatred
Rashanda McCants will play a vital role
toward any success North Carolina has during
the NCAA Tournament as UNC’s leading scorer.
with each other," he says.
The array of names doesn’t stop after those
of her parents. A long list of extended family
SEE MCCANTS. PAGE 10
should keep you safe off campus,"
College students also are safer
from violent crime than people the
same age who are not in school.
In a 2005 analysis, the U.S.
Department of Justice determined
that annual crime rates for robbery
and aggravated assault were lower
for students than for nonstudents.
The rates of sexual assaults for
students and nonstudents did not
Because the data was gathered
through interviews of victims, kill
ings were not tracked. About 1.2
million interviews were conducted.
The study also found that:
■ About 93 percent of violent
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protesters marking the fifth
anniversary of the Iraq War.
that plague their generation, a trend
that speakers said cannot be isolated
to a single war or a single protest
Anthony Maglione of Feminist
Students United called on students
to recognize the small, everyday
changes they can make to alter the
culture of violence.
“Tomorrow, let us continue our
resistance by holding ourselves
accountable. Let us point our fin
gers towards ourselves. Let us not
demand peace, but create peace."
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The Black Student Movement
had a forum Wednesday for
executive officer hopefuls. Three
positions are uncontested and
one has no candidates.
Violent crime 2004-06
UNC Chapel Hill
Murder 1 5
assault 33 49
Robbery 14 210
assault 33 433
Total 81 697
crimes occur off campus, and 72
percent are committed at night.
■ Male students are nearly twice
as likely to be violent crime victims.
SEE CRIME, PAGE 10
Senior Linda Gomaa riles up
students protesting the Iraq war
as they marched through campus.
Hold ’Em for Hunger
canceled for legal issue
BY BRIAN AUSTIN
Nourish International has can
celed its annual Hold ’Em For
Hunger 2008 Tournament in the
face of concerns about the legality
of the contest.
A person who administra
tors describe as “an expert in
the industry" sent a letter to the
chancellor's office informing them
of the University’s potential for
“The University’s policy is cer
tainly clear,* said Winston Crisp,
assistant vice chancellor for stu
dent affairs. “If they’re sponsored
or recognized by the University,
then they have to follow all federal
and state statutes."
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Due to a lack of places to go in
town, the student body president
says UNC should allow male
students to bring dates in dorm
social rooms for certain hours
THURSDAY. MARCH 20, 2008
BY KRISTEN CRESANTE
Students at Duke University
might feel a further strain on
their relationship with the city of
Durham because of recent crimes
“Historically, Duke has always
been a university that has had
somewhat of a tension between
itself and the Durham communi
ty." said Crystal Brown, president
of the graduate and professional
student council at Duke.
“It’s almost presented as a
world within itself."
The January murder of gradu
ate student Abhijit Mahato, along
with a series of robberies near cam
pus, has led to feelings of unease.
The March 5 death of UNC
Student Body President Eve
Carson whose alleged killer
also was charged last week with
Mahato’s murder has only
added to that fear.
“Since the first of the year it’s
just been a string of violent crime."
Brown said. “It has definitely
taken a toll on the students.
“1 think we re all a lot more con
scious about what we do now."
With evidence from Carson's
murder, police also were able
to link one of the men charged
in her death, Lawrence Alvin
Lovette Jr.. 17, to Mahato's death.
Stephen Oates, 19. was arrested
for Mahato's murder in January.
A Durham County grand jury
indicted Lov ette on Monday for
the graduate student's murder.
The high-profile crimes have
made many students wary. But
Duke freshman Connor Bevans.
said he feels safe as long as he is
“There's so much going on in the
Durham area that there's only so
much the police can patrol. Safety
is not guaranteed whatsoever."
Brown said the recent wave
of crime has brought the Duke
and Durham police departments
closer together, which is benefi
cial, she said.
The two departments exchange
information on a daily basis,
Durham Police Department
spokeswoman Kammie Michael
said in an e-mail.
“One thing that is being done is
making sure the students are folly
informed about what the risks are,"
said Philip Cook, a professor of
public policy at Duke who special
izes in crime and criminal justice.
Following a string of more
SEE DUKE, PAGE 10
Gambling of any kind is listed
as a Class 2 misdemeanor by the
N.C. General Assembly .
With only six weeks until the
April 20 event, organizers are
scrambling for other ways to raise
funds for Nourish, which relies on
the event for about 70 percent of
its annual budget.
“Because of the time period
with which this happened, there
is no way we can... do a big event,’
said Graham Boone, the tourna
He said the group is deter
mined to raise money for Nourish
projects through a variety of other
smaller events, including auction-
SEE NOURISH, PAGE 10
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