Editoy's Note: This is the first of a series i f stories
011 the Ulork if students who go beyond the academic
and social Carolina to take on the causes that make
communities, and nations, better. In succeeding
issues, the Review will tell the story if the young
woman who drove the anti-sweatshop campaign
that brought the University national attention, and
the saga ofa '70s campus radical who walked the
walk in the real world by building a business
around environmental sensitivity.
Gov. James Hunt ' 64 (LLBJD) and others
that Green's execution was not the product
of a fuir judicial system.
Woods' flushed cheeks and glassy-eyed
stare that night are features of a £1ITuliar
face at UNC. Tired but pensive, his was
the face of student activism.
"It's not fun standing out there knowing
someone is going to be murdered," Woods
said. "But it's motivating that people care
enough to do more than pay lip service,
that they care enough to actually try to
bring about a change. It's a sad occasion,
but it's enriching."
A few hours before the execution, the
members of Campaign to End the Death
Penalty vowed to recruit at least five more
students to join them in another vigil
before the next scheduled execution. Even
if this was the first official delegation to
represent the University at an execution
vigil, 26-year-old Greg Pettis was dismayed
at the low student turnout.
"It's disappointing that from a school
of 25,000 students, only about 10 of us
show up," said Pettis, a graduate student
in political science.
And yet, ironically, it is this sort of
driving self-criticism that has established
UNC as one of the most socially conscious
schools in the country. Activism- the
passion for causes not embraced by the
masses and the determination to nuke a
difference-is a tradition that marks
Carolina. It has precedent everywhere-
in the crusades of Cornelia Phillips Spencer
to reopen the University after the Civil
War, in the encouragement of the legion
of Southern sociologists trained here begin-
ning early in 20th century, and in a long
line of tolerant administrators who regularly
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The area around the Pit often is a student activism bazaar; in this corner, the death penalty. Previous pages: Students protest U.S. economic sanctions against
Iraq last February.
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