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The Tar Heels dominated their
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Federal indictment in killing
BY SARAH FRIER
A federal grand jury indicted
Monday one of the two suspects
in the killing of former Student
Body President Eve Carson.
Charges on the federal level
might increase the likelihood of
a death sentence for Demario
James Atwater, 22, if he is con
victed. He now faces separate fed
eral and state prosecutions, and
Orange County District Attorney
Jim Woodall already has said he
will pursue the death penalty on
the state level.
Prosecutors say Atwater and
Lawrence Alvin Lovette, 17,
drove Carson in her car to with
draw money before shooting
her several times in a wealthy
neighborhood off East Franklin
A SHOW OF FAITH
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Members of Alpha lota Omega Christian fraternity perform a skit in the Pit as part of "Tricked to Death or Treated to Life?," an event held to
present new members of Christian fraternities and sororities. The skit conveyed the message that through God, a person can overcome sin.
Christian Greeks perform skits in Pit
BY ABBY FARSON
Skeletons danced in the Pit
on Monday, not in celebration of
Halloween but in a public declara
tion of their personal faith to doz
ens of onlookers.
In a dramatized presenta
tion, “Tricked to Death or TVeated
to Life?,” Alpha Epsilon Omega
Christian sorority and Alpha lota
Omega Christian fraternity revealed
their new members to the public.
The five new fraternity members
and four new sorority members
addressed the crowd with an eclectic
mix of speeches, poems, songs and
dances that were unlike the tradi
tional evangelical fare in the Pit
“The purpose of this event is to
let them publicly declare their love
for God and their dedication to his
ministry as a service to the cam
pus,” said Sarah Gerald, president
of Alpha Epsilon Omega.
The new sorority sisters, in
matching purple sweaters and sil-
Bus hits woman on South Columbia
Identity of victim
is still unknown
BY MAX ROSE
Authorities did not name Monday
evening a pedestrian who a town
bus struck as she crossed South
Columbia Street earlier that day.
The injuries appeared to be
serious and the woman was
taken to N.C. Memorial Hospital,
Chapel Hill police Sgt. Donnie
The Chapel Hill Transit bus
was going southbound when it
hit the woman just after 4 p.m.
at the intersection with Mason
Chapel Hill police at the scene
SEE BUS, PAGE 4
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
the state and
Prosecutors have argued that
this is a federal case because
Atwater is accused of violating
federal laws, including caijacking
resulting in death.
But federal involvement in a
case that the state is actively pros
ecuting is unusual, especially for
street crime, said Rich Rosen, a
UNC law professor who serves on
the board of the Center for Death
ver masks, began the presentation
by step dancing and chanting the
name of their sorority and their
mission: “We are stepping for the
The women spoke about their
personal faith in Jesus using songs
Junior Carmen Stackhouse told
the crowd she struggled with depres
sion, once coming close to suicide.
“All of the therapy sessions I had
did not save my life; God saved my
life,” she said.
Another sorority member
described her journey of faith after
having an abortion.
After the women’s presentations,
five masked men went to the center
of the Pit in skeleton sweatshirts and
danced together in a theatrical inter
pretation of the Gospel.
Following the dance, the men
also spoke, each repeating the
refrain, “Don’t be tricked to death,
but let Christ be your lifeline so
that you may be treated to life.”
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Chapel Hill firefighters use bleach to clean off the road after a female
pedestrian was struck by a Chapel Hill Transitbus Monday afternoon.
A timeline of events since Eve Carson's death
March Si a woman is found shot
to death in a neighborhood off
East Franklin Street
March 6: The body is identified
as then-Student Body President
Eve Carson, and her car is found.
March 12: Demario James
Atwater, 21 at the time, is
March 13: Lawrence Alvin
“I don’t understand why the
federal district attorneys would
choose this case to prosecute,”
Rosen said. “Homicide is tradi
tionally a state crime, punishable
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Members of Alpha Epsilon Omega Christian sorority perform in
Monday's event. Their performance included singing and storytelling.
At the end of the 30-minute
production, about 100 onlookers
held hands to pray, circling the
outer perimeter of the Pit.
Some of the new members said
they wanted to be careful to dis
Lovette, 17, is arrested.
March 11: Atwater and Lovette
are indicted by a grand jury for
AU0.11: District Attorney Jim
Woodall announces plans to
pursue the death penalty against
Monday: Federal grand jury
by the state.”
But because Atwater violated
federal law, his federal indictments
are to be expected, said Lynne
SEE ATWATER, PAGE 4
tinguish themselves from other
Junior Yvette Hairston, one of
the new sorority members, said
SEE SKITS, PAGE 4
‘Cool Kids’ pick UNC for
a hip-hop performance
BY JAMIE WILLIAMS
As much as the Carolina
Union Activities Board wanted
to bring Chicago hip-hop duo
The Cool Kids to UNC, the per
formers wanted to come just as
“Duke and (N.C.) State both
put in offers for them at the same
time we did, but they expressed
a preference to come here if they
came to the area,” said Kristin
Hill, CUAB music and media
Hill, who was instrumental
in bringing the group to cam
pus, said that after seeing The
Cool Kids perform this summer
in Durham, the group quickly
jumped to the top of her wish
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008
Her ideas meeting
BY OLIVIA BOWLER
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
Despite limited involvement in
a statewide student leader organi
zation, UNC-Chapel Hill Student
Body President J.J. Raynor plans
to implement reforms.
However, others in the associa
tion are reluctant to embrace rec
ommendations from a school they
don’t think has made a full com
mitment to the organization.
UNC-CH’s participation in
the UNC-system Association of
Student Governments, made up
of student delegations from every
UNC-system school, has been spo
radic and Raynor has appointed a
permanent delegate in her place.
The reforms are needed to
address prevalent underperfor
mance in the association, she said.
“If we’re going to be a part of
ASG, we might as well make it work.
And if it’s not going to work, well,
it’s back to the drawing board.”
Raynor and her permanent
delegate, Logan Liles, have been
working on their reform agenda
since Liles’ appointment at the
beginning of the school year.
ASG President Greg Doucette
has backed off of his initial prom
ises of reform, Raynor said, and
she hopes to get them rolling with
support from other student body
presidents. Unilateral efforts have
failed in the past, she said.
“It has only been really after the
last couple of meetings that we
realized we would have to push
that ourselves,” she said.
Doucette said that Raynor hasn’t
presented her ideas to him and that
there is other work to be done.
“There are certain pressing
issues like tuition, which the
(Board of Governors) has asked
us to address,” he said.
“I’m not going to shove the impor
tant policy issues of the day in order
to address the whim of someone who
doesn’t even attend my meetings.”
Tim Ernst, UNC-Charlotte stu
dent body president, said neither
Liles nor Raynor have approached
him with their plans.
“I’d be interested to see what
kind of reforms she would want
to impose,” he said. “I haven’t seen
her at any of the meetings.”
If ASG doesn’t make changes,
UNC-CH might withdraw, Raynor
said, adding that some association
members have made it difficult for
UNC-CH to participate effectively.
“We’re hopeful that once ASG
gets over the fact that we’re send
ing an official delegate, we can get
back to conversations about how to
make it more effective,” she said.
“It has been really hard for
Chapel Hill to take part in the
meetings with the atmosphere
what it is right now.”
ASG might find UNC-CH’s with
drawal a relief, Ernst said.
“I think it would be good rid
dance,” he said. “Given UNC-CH’s
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ATTEND THE SHOW
Time: 8 p.m. today
Location: Student Union Great Hall
But there was concern about
whether or not bringing the
group would be feasible after it
spent the summer touring exten
sively and stopping at prominent
“After I saw them in Durham,
I just thought they were going to
blow up, and we wouldn’t be able
to afford to bripg them here,” she
“I was just like, these kids are
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