Advocates of non-violent solutions were silent but made themselves very visible at a conservative-oriented Young Republicans patriotism rally at South Building.
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Times such as these remind one of the Speaker Ban Law, the Viet- nam War protests, a TV editorial-
ist-turned-senator who implored the Leg-
islature to stop pouring money into "that
rat-infested hole in Chapel Hill."
Barely 24 hours after the Sept. 11
attacks, possibly the largest crowd ever in
Polk Place paid rapt and reverent attention to moving remarks by the chancellor,
the student body president and several
others. Students collected relief donations
and poured their thoughts and feelings
into poems, and they prayed.
But that was small news from Chapel
Hill - those things happened all over the
country as well. No, we know what
turned heads in North Carolina and across
the nation in this direction: "Teach-in."
The e-mail started flowing in to the
chancellor's office upon the mere
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HILL ONCE AGAIN
announcement of the fir t forum, titled
"Understanding the Attack on America:
An Alternative View."Two days before it
was held on Sept. 17, one alumnus put the
University in league with the Taliban and
said Carolina had chosen the side of evil.
To be sure, most of the teach-in partici-
pants were decidedly anti-war and not big
fans of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle
East. Washington Journalist Willianl Blum,
a guest at the forum, came in for the
harshest criticism, and he was widely mistaken for a UNC faculty member.
The charges of weak-kneed peace-
mongering, even treason, kept flowing
long after the initial shock over the
attacks. Two weeks out, Chancellor James
Moeser had received 600 e-mails in reaction to the first teach-in, most of them
critical of the University for the views
expressed at it. Although virtually ignored
by Chapel Hill-area media, some of the
comments made it into national news
reports. Some alumni who wrote said
they would stop or re-think financial contributions to the University.
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