While the Pit buzzed outside at lunchtime Wednesday, more than 15 students gathered in the Sonja H. Stone Black Cultural Center to discuss minorities' concerns and the upcoming presidential election.
The UNC chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People invited members of the Young Democrats as well as the College Republicans to voice each candidate's goals.
But representatives from the College Republicans did not attend the event.
"The purpose of the discussion is basically to address the concerns that people have about this year's election and to see where candidates stand (on specific issues)," said junior Stacie J. Graves, co-chairwoman of protection of civil rights for UNC's NAACP chapter.
The open forum discussed such issues as affirmative action, racial profiling, monetary reparations for minorities, health care and the death penalty.
Organizers also provided the NAACP's top 10 list of election issues and the top 10 reasons to vote.
Some students voiced their disenchantment with the presidential campaigns. But Erica Smiley, a junior from Jamestown, responded to this concern by saying students should vote even if they are unhappy, but they should still find ways to express their displeasure.
"You should be disenchanted, and you should be mad because the system is messed up," she said. "It is a choice between the lesser of two evils - who can accomplish the things we want to accomplish in the next four to eight years?"