Protester keeps her scholarship

From Staff ReportsMay 23, 2009 

— Haley Koch, a UNC-Chapel Hill student arrested last month during a campus protest, will keep her prestigious Morehead-Cain scholarship, she said Friday.

Koch met with Morehead-Cain Foundation executive director Chuck Lovelace this month after she was charged with disturbing the peace for her role in a protest against former Congressman Tom Tancredo on April 14. Koch and another young woman held a 12-foot banner that read "No Dialogue with Hate" in front of Tancredo, who was invited by the conservative Youth for Western Civilization to speak against illegal immigration. Tancredo left when a protester broke a window.

Lovelace has declined to comment on Koch's arrest, but Morehead-Cain trustee chairman Lucy Hanes Chatham has said her board wanted more information about Koch's involvement before taking any action.

Koch, a senior communication studies major, is scheduled to appear in Orange County District Court in Chapel Hill on June 1.

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