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Community members join hands to commemorate Martin Luther King during the "Show of Hands" celebration in front
Housekeepers unite to file grievance
By Deborah Aon Greenwood
As a celebration encouraged by
standers to hold hands to show unity,
a erouo of 34 housekeeoers demon
strated their unity by joining together
and filing a formal complaint against
The housekeepers announced in the
midst of the "Show of Hands" celebra
tion that they planned to pursue a Step
A communitvwide effort was
launched last semester to encourage
administrators to increase trainine
opportunities, improve the overall su
pervision process ana cnange tneir
hirine and Davment nractices that snme
believe trap housekeepers in low-level
"The erievance is not onlv about
wages, it's about administration's at
titude toward housekeeoers." saidAlan
McSurely, the housekeepers' attorney.
it s patronizing ana oppressive.
The grievance charges that the
No. 25 women's hoops sacks Pack in
An already sweet season for the 25th
ranked UNC women's basketball team
turned even sweeter Wednesday night
with an 82-77 overtime upset of archrival
N.C. State at Carmichael Auditorium.
A generously estimated crowd of
5,2 1 0 watched the Tar Heels climb back
Police apprehend burglary suspect
possibly linked to downtown break-ins
By Amber Nimocks
! Chapel Hill police arrested a suspect
early Wednesday morning who may be
responsible forthe recent string of down
town vandalism and break-ins, police
spokeswoman Jane Cousins said.
; According to police reports, Alex
Percy Lee, of 505 Merritt Mill Road,
was arrested about 1 a.m. and charged
with breaking and entering and larceny.
"We don't know if this is the guy, but
we are certainly investigating the possi
bility," Cousins said. "He committed a
crime similar to the series of crimes
we've been investigating."
In the past week, more than 15 in
stances of breaking and entering and
larceny of downtown businesses have
been reported to police. Most of the
crimes involved the shattering of shop
windows and the removal of cash from
Police officers, responding to a
witness's phone call and the sounding
of the burglar alarm at the Trail Shop,
apprehended the suspect about a block
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University's hiring and payment prac
tices are both racist and sexist, McSurely
The grievance also states that the
University fails to offer "catapult train
ing" for housekeepers to improve their
skills and seek betterjobs at UNC. Also,
fair supervision is prevented by poor
promotion practices and a lack of team
work. "For example, the UNC personnel
department and business school offer
programs for minority businessmen,"
The housekeepers decided to skip a
Step 2 grievance because they would be
dealing with the same people as with
their Step 1 grievance, he said.
"At that level (Step 1), they didn't
seem to grasp the fundamentals of the
grievance," he said. "It wasn't about
some supervisor putting his hands down
a housekeeper's dress. Things like that
are just symptoms of the real problem."
At Steps 1 and 2, the grievance is
heard by departmental supervisors. At
Step 3, the grievance is heard by a panel
from an 11 -point second-half deficit
and hang on for their first win over the
Wolfpack since a 75-74 double over
time victory in 1988.
North Carolina, which joined the
national rankings this week for the first
time since 1986, improved to 14-2 and
4-2 in the ACC. The 20th-ranked
Wolfpack dropped to 9-7, 2-5 in the
away from the West Franklin Street
store, reports stated.
Lee gained entrance to the store after
shattering a window in the store's rear,
She said Lee then opened the cash
register and removed an undetermined
amount of money. While he was in the
store, the Trail Shop's burglar alarm
Lee fled through the broken window,
cutting himself, Cousins said.
"Officers found him and he was drip
ping with blood," she said.
Cousins said three people leaving
Ham's Restaurant on West Franklin
Street witnessed a black man running
from the Trail Shop, which is next door
to the restaurant.
After arresting Lee, police took him
to where the witnesses were waiting,
police reports state. Witnesses then iden
tified Lee as the man they saw running
away from the Trail Shop.
Cousins said Lee was carrying a bar
probably used to open the cash register
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of administrators from outside the de
partment. Marsha Tinnen, the spokeswoman
for the UNC housekeepers, said the
housekeepers' real goal was not only
better pay, but also self-improvement.
"We are working on getting better
wages, on educating ourselves, so that
we can get out of these dead-end jobs,"
The housekeepers attempted to hand
deliver the grievance to Laurie Charest,
associate vice chancellor for human re
sources, but she was not in her office
when the housekeepers arrived.
"I saw her standing on the steps dur
ing the speaking, but when it was over
she just disappeared," Tinnen said.
Charest said late Wednesday after
noon that she had received the
housekeeper's grievance, but could not
Tinnen told participants of the "Show
of Hands" celebration that she credited
a lot of the success of the housekeepers'
vigil to supportive supervisors like her
own, Michael Rogers.
"This is the first time I've beaten
them in four years," said senior forward
Le Ann Kennedy, who scored 1 7 points.
"We beat Duke and Clemson and came
close to Virginia and Maryland, but it's
so nice to win over an in-state rival,
especially N.C. State. They've got such
a good tradition, and everybody be
lieves they're really good, which they
Street signs seen as memorial
Editor's note: Thix ix the final ar
ticle in a three-part series.
By Steve Polltl
: Traffic lights aren't monuments,
intersections aren't museums and
pavement can't tell a story.
: One street is just like any other
street unless it is set apart from the
others by its neighborhood, its pot
holes or its name. And in some U.S.
cities, a street name can be of great
debate and importance.
Atlanta resident Ed Robinson re
membered when city officials con
nected several small streets in his
neighborhood and named them Mar
tin Luther King Drive.
"I think about it, but now it's just
regular protocol," Robinson said. He
has lived on or near the street now
called Martin Luther King Drive all
his life. .
When the name changed, Robinson
said each of his neighbors reacted
: "Some people really liked it, and
some people didn't think it was a big
of friendship than a mutual enemy. Frankfort Moore
of South Building Wednesday
"My supervisor, Michael Rogers,
stood up for me at all times," she said.
"I should have been history, I should
have been fired a long time ago (for
my activism)," she said.
Many students have been very in
volved, but so far, the administration
has been reserved in its support,
"You (administrators) get up in the
morning, leave your house a mess,
your bed unmade, and then you want
to come here and raise some hell," she
said. "Well, I'm tired of that."
Many complaints were made about
Tinnen's visits to the Campus Y dur
ing the dispute, even though she had
her supervisor's permission, Tinnen
"I wasn't doing anything wrong, I
was just trying to help the situation,"
she said. "Supervisors would com
plain to my supervisor that I was at the
Campus Y. But I had permission to be
where I was."
See HANDS, page 7
overtime Carmichael thriller, 82-77
The win snapped UNC's seven-game
losing streak against State. In each of
those games, State won by 10 points or
"I don't believe it's a turning point
because we turned the corner when we
started out strong in the ACC," Kennedy
said. "But personally for me, Emily
(Johnson) and Dawn (Bradley) espe
cially, it's so hard to put into words
deal," he said. "I
think the name's
of black neighbor
hoods across the
nation agree that a street name was an
important part of acity's history. Hence,
almost every U.S. city has a street named
for Martin Luther King.
"The man is a national hero," said
Carl Smith, assistant to the provost at
the University. "Having a park or a
street or a building or a whatever named
in his honor is a way to rem ind people of
who the man is and what he did."
The trend spans from the West in
Seattle, where Empire Way South be
came Martin Luther King Way South;
to the Midwest in St. Louis, where
Easton Avenue became Martin Luther
King Drive; to the Northeast in New
ark, NJ., where High Street became
Martin Luther King Boulevard.
"I think the name change was a wel
come and an appropriate chapter in the
city's history," said Charles Cummings,
a city historian at the Newark Public
from 18 to 6
By Maria Sweeney
Students who plan to vote in campus
elections Feb. 1 1 will only have six poll
sites where they can cast their ballots.
Members of Student Congress voted
to eliminate 12 former poll sites at a
meeting Wednesday night. Only the
Student Union, Chase Hall, the law
school, the Health Sciences Library,
Carmichael Residence Hall and
Granville Towers will be poll sites in
elections this year.
Chris Bracey , Elections Board chair
man, said reducing the number of poll
sites would give officials greater con
trol over the elections.
"By reducing the number of poll sites,
the Elections Board can compensate for
its lack of man power that would be
needed to cover 18 sites, and it will
allow the Elections Board to have more
control and decrease irregularities that
have occurred in past elections," he
Bibbs provides own
suggestion to pool
of BOT nominations
By Chandra McLean
Another student leader has decided
to take a role in the future of the Univer
sity by nominating a Raleigh attorney to
the Board of Trustees.
Mark Bibbs, an ex-officio member
of the UNC Board of Governors, said
Wednesday that he had nominated
Cressie Thigpen to the UNC-CH Board
Bibbs said he had been working to
find a replacement for William Darity,
who had resigned from the BOT in
"I nominated Thigpen because he is
a middle-aged, mature individual who,
unlike Dr. Darity, is in-state," Bibbs
said. "It is important for our BOT to
what this win means just because of the
circumstances that we've been under
the last three years and the circum
stances that we worked through tonight."
UNC appeared to have the game
wrapped up in regulation. Charlotte
Sm ith hit the front end of a one-and-one
to give the Tar Heels a 69-67 lead. She
missed the second free throw, and State
rebounded and called time out with 2.3
in many black
High Street, a road that was almost as
old as the 325-year-old city, had its
name changed about a decade ago when
a group of citizens petitioned the city
The street runs through the heart of
Newark, through the center of the black
community and through a chapter of
"As Newark changed, many of the
institutions changed," Cummings ex
plained. Decades before the name of the
street changed, Newark's first black
female millionaire moved into a man
sion there and a local church was reno
vated. The church now is occupied by
the city's largest all-black congrega
tion. "The city has changed from a white
city to a black city completely in that
neighborhood," Cumming said. "About
60 to 70 percent of Newark is black. I
think the (street's name) change was
met very favorably."
But in Charlotte, an attempt tocbange
the name of a historical street was not
Todd Noell, transportation planner
for Charlotte, was in charge of getting a
Many members were not enthusias
tic about the recommendation to elimi
nate poll sites. Elliot Zenick, Dist. 17,
said reducing voting sites would de
crease voter turnout.
"In Morrison alone last year, 150
students voted just because they casu
ally walked by the voting booth,"Zenick
said. "These casual voters will probably
not make the effort to vote at these
Bracey said the reduced number of
poll sites would not affect the number of
"In the 1991 run-off election, the
Student Congress and the Elections
Board established only five poll sites,"
he said. "There was not a significant
decrease in voter turnout from the gen
eral election to the run-off election."
But other congress members agreed
that lowering the polling sites would
also lower students' participation in the
election. Representatives argued that
See CONGRESS, page 7
have members who are local and in
state, so we will be more informed about
Board of Trustees and University issues
and easily accessible."
Thigpen, who is black, would repre
sent the interests of all students, Bibbs
said. He would be a strong advocate for
minority students for the construction
of a black cultural center and an asset in
the plight of the UNC-CH housekeep
ers because of his legal background, he
"Thigpen is familiar with the role of
the University as it relates to the citizens
of North Carolina," he said. "He is a
man of integrity, is extremely well
rounded and has the intellect and forti
tude that will make him an outstanding
See NOMINEE, page 2
Wolfpack point guard Danyel Parker,
who scoted 22 points, took the inbounds
pass and connected on what appeared to
referee Simi Lavender said Parker's
foot was on the line, much to the sur
prise of Parker and the rest of the
See STATE, page 5
petition together to rename Beatties
Ford Road in the slain civil rights
"Beatties Ford Road is a very his
torical street in the black community
of Charlotte already," he said. "A lot
of people in the black community
liked the idea of changing a street to
honor Martin Luther King but not
Arnie Epps, Black Student Move
ment president and a Charlotte native,
agreed that changing the road's name
would be breaking a big tradition
but he hoped residents would con
tinue their efforts to name a street for
'To me, Dr. Martin Luther King
roads don't necessarily have to go
through a black community," he said.
Noell said there had been no new
proposals from citizens, but many
people had looked to other creative
ways of memorializing King in their
communities, including scholarships
and local parks.
Other N.C. cities have followed the
See STREETS, page 7