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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Student organizers seeking the removal of a Confederate soldier statue at North Carolina’s flagship public university have embarked on a monthlong boycott of commercial goods on campus.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the boycott launched Monday at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a social media push follows marches, sit-ins, noise demonstrations and a lawyer’s letter last week pressing the school to remove the statue nicknamed “Silent Sam.”

The boycott encompasses the Student Stores, the main dining hall, cafes, a snack stand, a bagel shop, Wendy’s, Starbucks and parking garages, and will end Oct. 18.

Student leaders say they don’t know how many people are participating. Organizers have offered students low-cost alternatives and suggestions for downtown restaurants providing discounts. Chancellor Carol Folt has said the university doesn’t have the legal authority to remove the statue.

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  • 58thStreetSurfer

    Students need to scout the college campus thoroughly before committing to that college. They need to make sure there is nothing offensive on campus.

  • Christopher Meyers

    I’m sure the lack of all of that money will strangle the university and FORCE them to take action to appease these whiney-butt students that have nothing better to do or anything REAL to protest and waste their time on.
    We have wars going on, We still have foreign nations that continue brutal slavery to this very day. We have other nations that threaten to wipe the U.S. off the face of the earth. We have world hunger. We have veterans that are homeless and not getting the care they need. We have elderly people that don’t receive the care they need. These are but a few…
    If you’re going to spend your energy, your valuable time and want your voice to be heard, do it with purpose, do it with a cause and for God’s sake, do it with the intention and passion of actually making a difference and helping someone else besides the menial satisfaction your own driveling selfish desires!

  • guest45

    good riddance, i doubt seriously yaw a mount to anything but a legend in your own mind.

    • Tim

      YAW – intransitive verb. 1 a of a ship :to deviate erratically from a course (as when struck by a heavy sea); especially :to move from side to side. b of an airplane, spacecraft, or projectile :to turn by angular motion about the vertical axis.

      • guest45

        among other meanings

      • Tim

        Ya’ll -is a contraction of you and all (sometimes combined as you-all). It is used as a (usually plural) second-person pronoun. The exclusive usage of y’all as a plural pronoun is a subject of perennial discussion. Y’all is strongly associated with Southern American English,[3] and appears in other English varieties, including African American Vernacular English and South African Indian English.

  • Jeff

    Oh Goody! This should save some money the parents earned to pay for their kids’ education.

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