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BY DANIEL PATE
For the first time in its eight-year
history, the Robertson Scholars
Program will have a place to call
its own on UNC's campus.
Officials expect anew building,
set to be constructed by 2010, to help
give the program a greater identity.
Unofficial floor plans have been
drawn to begin construction on a
building that will house offices for
the Robertson Scholars Program
and allow room for scholars to
‘Our next job is to have the pro
gram developed in a way that utilizes
the building for the benefit of the
scholars - education and the good of
the University community, - ’ said Tony
Brown, president of the Robertson
Scholars Program. “How its used Ls
what will make it great"
The building will be the central
location of the Robertson Scholars
Program, which provides full
tuition scholarships for students
to take classes jointly at UNC and
The program searched both
campuses as well as neutral areas
for an ideal central location. Plans
shifted to a location on U.S. 15-501
but were abandoned after UNC
offered an appealing location close
to the Ackland Art Museum.
“We're not trying to say that
UNC is better than Duke by any
means," Brown said. “The distinc
tive building on the UNC campus
made the most sense for the pro
gram and the University."
The current Robertson offices
at UNC are located at the bottom
of Graham Memorial. Duke has its
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“Its just letting them know how
hard it is not to pick up the phone
and call her."
Koon said she is careful not to
judge any of the offenders.
“1 think you have to get them in
the right spot and get them to lis
ten," she said. “If you come across
condemning people, it's just going
to put them on the defensive."
Brown said the stories Koon
and others can tell help offenders
understand the possible conse
quences of driving drunk.
“You all have been given a sec
ond chance." Brown said.
“You could have killed yourself,
you could have killed someone else,
someone could have lost limbs.
“Prepare yourself before it hap
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A Facebook group was created
before the elections to urge stu
dents to fight “corruption" by vot
ing against the ticket comprised of
Brockett administration officials.
“It's going to be pushed under
another rug. and 1 think it's going to
keep going in the corrupt way it has
been." said Jon Massachi, former
speaker of the ECU student con
gress. “The East Carolinian (student
newspaper) didn't print their paper
during any of this they haven’t
written a single story on it’
Ashley Fish, chairwoman of the
elections committee, said this issue
seems to be of little concern to the
students at large.
“I haven’t heard anything," she
said. “1 had one student approach
me in two weeks.”
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Mickey said he hopes officials
will be able to reach a compro
mise so that students reap the
“Students are almost left out
of the appointment process even
though there’s some good oversight
with Congress and elected officials,"
He said he was initially dis
heartened at the lack of agreement
between the two branches and afraid
of continuing their strained relation
ship of years past The relationships
between past sessions of Congress
and executive branch administra
tions have seen tensions such as
multiple executive vetoes.
But Mickey said he still has high
expectations for collaboration this
“1 didn't want student government
to go down that road because I had a
lot of faith in the people making up
the government this year. And I still
have hope," he said.
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The new- building probably will
include an auditorium, library and a
living area, all of which can be used
bv any UNC student.
Brown said the process is not
close to breaking ground just yet,
as floor plans have not been final
ized and completion of the build
ing is not projected until about late
This will be the second major
scholarship program that has its
own building on campus.
The Morehead-Cain Scholars
Program has owned the Morehead
Planetarium and Science Center
since the program was established
And like the Morehead-Cain
program, the Robertson program
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classmates in a workshop setting.
Most students agree the class
requires extreme dedication and a
love for the craft.
“It seems so long ago that I was
staring at a blank computer screen
watching the cursor blink at me,"
And while many students said
they wanted to pursue writing as a
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aims to grow.
Brown said the program will fin
ish reorganizing its alignment with
the University soon, so that the
program is able to develop more
“We’re not separating ourselves
from the University in terms of
becoming different, yet we need a
governance structure that allows us
to be creative," Brown said.
And it is this creativity that offi
cials hope to capture with the new
building, which also will further
the University's goal of becoming
more environmentally friendly.
“We are looking at maximizing
water reuse and trying to be as
energy-efficient as possible." said
Paul Kapp, the campus historic
could answer the calling.
“I’ve never really considered
'writer' for a career," said senior
Mika Chance. “I don’t think 1 have
the stamina or the discipline to
write fiction for a living. It’s really,
really tough work."
But Chance said the work
inv olv ed in writing the thesis makes
the readings just as special as gradu
ation for some of those involved.
“We are recognizing and celebrat
ing a y ear’s worth of serious work,
and we will be individually recog
He added that aspects of the
building will follow the U. S. Green
Building Council's Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design
guidelines. LF)F)D is a voluntary
program that provides standards
for sustainable buildings.
Despite the distant opening
of the Robertson building, some
students such as Alexis Dennis,
co-president of the student pro
gramming and advisory commit
tee for the program— already are
“I'm really excited because it’s
going to be an awesome space and
it’s going to do our campus some
good," she said.
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nized," Chance said. “For most of us,
this class was probably a really defin
ing part of our time at UNC, and this
reading will be a culmination."
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Wednesday, April 9,2008
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(School of Social Work)
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Book Signing to Follow Lecture!
Sends letters to
BY ELIZABETH JENSEN
A poster board reading, “We
have books that make you think,’
hangs in the door. To the left just
past the entrance, an array of bum
per stickers line the wall, reading,
“F the President" and “Send our
kids to college, not Iraq.’
At Internationalist Books on
West Franklin Street, strong politi
cal statements are the norm.
The bookstore revels as a cen
ter for activism, political discus
sion and discovery, and it lives
up to that reputation through a
monthly activity in which people
write to political prisoners. Store
manager Mike Ketch said these
are people who are in jail for
actions related to their political
Ketch said some are imprisoned
for releasing minks from farms,
freeing laboratory animals and
being charged with conspiracy for
interstate stalking after protesting
in front of CEOs' houses.
Some people who participate in
the monthly activity write to indi
viduals whom they’ve heard about
in the media. Others are friends
with prisoners they 've met at past
“Some want to talk about local
bands,” Ketch said. “They want
to know what's going on in my
Ketch said he recently wrote to
a friend with whom he attended
demonstrations. The friend was
arrested with other members of
SH AC 7. a group currently appeal
ing charges related to their activ
ism for animal liberation.
He added that some w-riters
send letters to prisoners overseas,
including to followers of the Green
Anarchist movement in Italy who
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“Going to jail
is a form of
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are in prison for various conspiracy
In addition to writing letters,
the group sends solstice and other
Political activist Bob Sheldon
founded The Internationalist in
1981 to be a place where people
could learn about revolutionary
movements around the world and
discuss world politics.
The nonprofit store has liberal,
anarchist and socialist literature
for interested readers.
Additionally, the store provides
specific literature for gays and les
bians. individuals of various ethnic
backgrounds and those interested
in a world perspective.
Participants in the letter wcit
ing are not allowed to wTite about
the charges or cases unless the
recipients already have been
proven guilty and have no plans
Ketch said he believes the letters
are beneficial and encouraging for
the political prisoners.
“Going to jail is a form of emo
tional and mental torture," he
He said anyone is welcome to
come WTite letters to political pris
oners at the bookstore at 405 W.
For more information regard
ing when the next letter writing
session will be, visit the store’s
Web site at vvwvv.internationalist
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