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UNC Students "Punt" When Protest Goes Awry

Posted November 14, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Students had to make a major detour Friday night for a well-planned protest at the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. Protesting students had hoped to block Ram Road -- a new stretch of road leading directly to prime parking at the Dean Dome -- but Ram Road was not open.

This is not a major thoroughfare, just a connector from one parking lot to another. The quarrel students have with it is that it was paid for by tax payers, but only big UNC boosters will be allowed to drive on it.

Protesters had an entire evening of events planned as they hoped to get their message across to the NC Department of Transportation.

Liz Ball of Transportation Reformers says the group is concerned that DOT doesn't care about taxpayers.

Demonstrators like Andrew Pearson say that, instead of using tax dollars for a road that very few people will use, the state could have used the money to pay for other needed projects that would benefit many.

The DOT has apparently not completed its inspection of the new road. That's why it was not opened as expected Friday night.