The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, September 26, 19893
. City and Campus
By STEPHEN BRYAN
Surrounded by friends and the con
veniences of dorm and apartment life,
many students may find it easy to forget
about the homeless.
' The Student Homeless Outreach
Coalition (SHOC), a committee of the
Campus Y, is trying to change that fact.
SHOC Monday will sponsor a "Slee
pout For Homelessness," an event to
increase students' awareness of the local
and national homelessness problem.
Participants will gather at 7 p.m. at the
Campus Y and hold a rally, either in the
Pit or on the quad in front of South
That evening the students will simu
late the plight of the homeless by spend
ing the night outside on campus, said
Trey Loughran, co-chairman of SHOC.
To further illustrate the hardships en
dured by the homeless, Loughran said
the group will sleep on cardboard boxes.
"What we're trying to do is simulate
homelessness and raise awareness about
the problem," he said. "Many people
on this campus don't even consider
homelessness because it isn't staring
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them straight in the face."
Angela Davis, a freshman from
Taylorsville, said she agreed. "A lot of
college students don't think about it
(homelessness), especially here at
Carolina, because many of the students
have money and haven't totally done
But some students are aware of the
problem. "Driving around, you notice
it, and it is sad that not much is being
done," said Heather Isles, a junior music
Ashley McGahey, a sophomore who
has volunteered at a Chapel Hill com
munity kitchen, added, "After they (the
people who eat at the kitchen) leave, I
wonder where they go."
The reasons for the homeless prob
lem are varied, said Chris Moran, con
sultant to the community services of
Inter-Faith Council, a local non-profit
organization sponsored by local con
gregations. Causes of homelessness
include unemployment, family prob
lems and evictions, he said.
A popular misconception is that the
homeless have a history of mental ill
ness or are alcoholics, Moran said. Only
pastor retires after
11 years at church
18 percent of those who have stayed at
the Inter-Faith Council's shelter in the
first half of 1989 have had a history of
mental illness, while only 15 percent
have had alcohol-related problems, he
"Sleepout for Homelessness" is
SHOC's prelude to a Oct. 7 national
march to Washington, D.C., in which
groups from across the nation will meet
and descend on the steps of the Capitol.
As many as 500,000 people are ex
pected to attend the lobbying rally,
The rally is an effort to encourage
Congress to pass housing legislation to
prevent homelessness. According to
Michael Sprang, Southern Regional
Field Organizer for HOUSING NOW!,
the group organizing the rally, the
demands of the group are simple:
to end homelessness
to fund the creation of affordable
to restore funds for the federal
Groups from 220 cities in 47 states
will meet in Washington, Sprong said.
Loughran said he plans to take several
busloads of students to the rally.
The public needs to become aware
of the necessity for shelters, especially
By JULIE CAMPBELL
After 1 1 years of service to the Uni
versity Baptist Church, Senior Minis
ter Thomas Downing retired Sunday.
After the Sunday morning worship
service, the congregation went outside
to the garden beside the church, Nancy
Lee, assistant minister, said. Church
members made speeches expressing
gratitude to Downing for his help over
the past 11 years, and a check was
presented to the minister and his wife,
Sue. A brunch was held in the church
fellowship hall, said Lee.
University students and alumni
church members dedicated a wall hold
ing a plaque engraved with the church's
name to Downing.
Amanda Squires, a 23-year-old life
time member of University Baptist
Church, represented the students and
alumni and announced the dedication
of the wall.
When Downing announced his re
tirement last spring, UNC student and
alumni church members began to col
lect money for the wall.
On the front of the wall, facing Fran
klin Street, there is a plaque with "The
University Baptist Church" engraved
On the back of the wall, facing the
church garden, a plaque reads: "Dedi
cated to Thomas Downing, senior
minister, 1978-1989. Where at this
crucial crossroad his sublime preach-
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ing of Christ profoundly reached thou
sands." "There had never been a sign or a
wall with the name of the church on it,"
Squires said. "Rev. Downing was sur
prised by the presentation. He didn't
know anything about it."
Downing will stay in Chapel Hill
and continue attending the University
Baptist Church, he said.
Downing said he was "flabbergasted,
moved and honored" when the church
made the dedication.
Food, crafts and more
available at Festifall
By JEFF MOYER
. Staff Writer
Homecoming isn 't the only big event
in Chapel Hill this weekend. The Chapel
Hill Parks and Recreation Department
will sponsor the 18th annual Festifall
Street Fair from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sun-
The fair will be on Franklin Street
between Spanky's and the first drive
way of the planetarium.
One hundred sixty booths ranging
from vendors of crafts and other artistic
creations to people offering public in
formation on organizations such as the
League of Women Voters and UNC's
. Campus Y will constitute the fair, said
Bonnie Dreher, organizer for the fair.
"It's really great to see all the talent
that comes from Orange County,"
Dreher said. "All but 10 of the booths
have been reserved by county resi
dents." One of the requirements for fair
participants is that all items for sale
must be handmade, Dreher said. Pot
tery, stained glass, woodworks, quilts
and jewelry are some of the items that
will be sold at the fair.
Food at the fair is prepared by local
groups and area residents, she said. A
wide variety of dishes from barbeque to
egg rolls will be offered and a chili
cook-off sponsored by WCHL will be
Debi Devigili, entertainment organ
izer for the fair, said there will also be
several performances at the festival.
From two stages, one located on the
comer of Franklin and Columbia streets
and the other at the intersection of
Franklin and Henderson, local mus
cians and area dance groups will per
form for the crowd, she said.
Local bands such as Mickey Mills
and The Black Jacks and classical per
formers such as the Chapel Hill Brass
Ensemble and Chapel Hill Ballet
Company will perform.
The entertainers are participating for
the Chapel Hill community and not for
money, Devigili said. "All the enter
tainers are volunteering their time."
There has been a tremendous inter
est this year, she said. The booths were
reserved within the first two hours of
"Festifall has been a success in years
past, usually drawing between 15,000
and 18,000 people," Dreher said.
"Festifall is a community event. It's a
great time to see people come out and
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during the winter, Loughran said.
He said he tried to approach UNC
administration about opening a build
ing on campus, but because of the lia
bility involved, the request was denied.
Loughran is now turning his attempts
to local churches.
In 1988, 281 people stayed at the
Chapel Hill shelters. During the first
six months of this year, 216 people
have sought relief there.
Determining the number of home
less people in the community is diffi
cult, Moran said, because the demand
for shelter varies with the time of the
year. Not everyone who is homeless
stays in the shelters, he said. Some
sleep in abandoned cars, behind
dumpsters or on the campus.
Loughran said his committee is
encouraging UNC community partici
pation in the sleepout and at the na
"Changes are going to need to be
made as to how we view homelessness
and affordable housing in this coun
try," he said. "Both of these acts are an
opportunity to get involved in these
changes at a grass roots level and to
make an impact on the thinking of
The driver's side of a car parked
in the Bell Tower parking lot was
reported damaged Thursday at 1 1 :08
a.m. The valve stems were stolen from
A car parked behind Burnett
Womack was reported damaged on
the passenger side at 11:36 a.m.
Thursday, with damage estimated at
An unlocked room in Craige
Residence Hall was entered and a
wallet containing $27 was reported
stolen Thursday around 3 p.m.
A woman's wallet was reported
stolen from a backpack left on a couch
in the Student Union office Thursday
at 9:50 p.m. The wallet contained
While a man was delivering for a
food service company at Spencer
Residence Hall around 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, a man unlawfully en
tered the locked truck, broke into a
safe in the truck and stole cash and
coins in the amount of $3,000.
A woman reported around 7 p.m.
Wednesday that a man in Davis Li
brary had exposed himself to her.
A construction worker at the
Education Foundation was acciden
tally pinned to a wall with an electric
transformer at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Damage to a window of a car
parked near Ehringhaus Residence
Hall was discovered around 9 a.m.
Tuesday. An apparent attempt to
enter the car had been made.
A marble-top ashtray was re
ported stolen from the Kenan Center
aroudn noon Tuesday. The ashtray is
valued at $50.
The rear glass and windshield of
a car parked near Ehringhaus was
reported damaged around noon
A suspicious person was reported
in the Undergraduate and Davis li
braries at 2:34 p.m. Tuesday. A
middle-aged man, white, with gray
curly hair, was reported to have fol
lowed women around. The man did
not speak to anyone, and police could
not locate him.
compiled by Jenny Cloninger
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