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VOLUME 116, ISSUE 151

tuesday, february 17, 2009

www.dailytarheel.com BOMB THREAT INVESTIGATION

Students want immediate alerts By Andrew Dunn University Editor

features | page 3 PUBLISH ME, TEACH A UNC alumnus founded his own publishing company to get his high school students’ work published.

university | page 3 IN NEED OF MONEY Groups hoping for money from Student Congress presented their requests this weekend. There’s about $400,000 to fund a total of $800,000 in requests.

Students are dissatisfied with the lack of information from University administrators after a Sunday bomb threat to the Pit area, though the threat proved to be unfounded. Between 8:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday, Orange County 911 received a call from a man claiming to have an explosive device and threatening detonation near the Pit. Evacuation of the Student Union, Davis Library and Undergraduate Library began about 9:15 p.m. by armed Department of Public Safety officers. But no official message was post-

ed until just before 11 p.m. In the absence of official information, rumors flew by word of mouth and on the Internet. One of the most prevalent was that a gunman was on North Campus, which frightened some students evacuating buildings. Junior Allen Mask was dropped off at Davis Library at about 9:45 p.m. He said his car was approached by an armed officer, who told him and his mother to leave the area immediately. “My mom just hit it, dude,” Mask said. “When there’s dudes rolling up with shotguns, I’d like to know as soon as possible.”

Nobody from DPS was designated to speak about the incident Monday. Spokesman Randy Young and Chief Jeff McCracken were not in the office. But Deputy Director George Hare said DPS will continue its investigation alone. The Orange County Sheriff ’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation were called in early Monday. Nancy Davis, associate vice chancellor for University relations, said the delay came because UNC communications and Information Technology Services officials, who send the alerts, were waiting to talk to police.

“We have to let them do their job, first and foremost. The first step is securing the area. Communication with the campus is the next step,” she said. But she said UNC administrators would discuss ways to communicate more quickly. “People expect to be communicated with fairly immediately,” Davis said. “That’s just something we’re going to have to figure out how to deal with.” The Alert Carolina sirens and immediate text messages were not used because there was not a gunman, gas leak or tornado. A text message from Alert

Carolina was sent out about 11:45 p.m., which said DPS was investigating a bomb threat near the Pit. But not everyone who had signed up for alerts got the message. Student Body President J.J. Raynor, who led a push to get students registered for the updates, said she never got the text. But she said administrators have promised changes in response to breakdowns Sunday. “Having a test situation for us to run through these things was almost fortunate,” she said. Contact the University Editor at udesk@unc.edu.

EDWARDS VS. JONES MONTHS OF WORK COME DOWN TO TODAY’S VOTE THOMAS EDWARDS

Jasmin Jones

Major: Biology

Major: Journalism, international relations

Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Goals for office:

Goals for office:

1. Create an open, honest and inclusive culture in student government.

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1) Inform students about resources that contribute to a successful academic career.

2. Accomplish our platform while still remaining flexible enough to tackle other issues.

BLOG: HOW WE DID IT The DTH editor-in-chief explains how the newspaper staff was able to report on the bomb threat despite being evacuated from the newsroom for most of the night.

2) Enhance the student life experience to help students connect to Carolina.

3. Improve public safety so students are never forced to choose between involvement and safety.

3) Facilitate more student group collaboration. 4) Create a shared dialogue about safety for all students.

4. Foster collaboration amongst student organizations.

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5) Connect off-campus students to one another and to the University.

5. Increase direct interaction between student government and the student body.

WATER WOES Rogers Road residents want to be hooked up to public water and sewer services without paying connection fees. Officials aren’t sure that’ll happen.

Percent of the initial vote: 21 percent

Percent of the initial vote: 41 percent

Endorsements won: Dialectic and Philanthropic Society, Out of State Student Association, Black Student Movement

Endorsements won: The Daily Tar Heel, Sangam, Transfer Students, Young Democrats, GBLT-SA, Technology Forum

online | dailytarheel.com BLOG: ALERT SCARE

Students share experiences during the bomb threat scare.

ELECTIONS PAGE

For elections info, check under “Special Sections.”

TRANSIT PLANS

Both SBP candidates want to add transportation options.

this day in history FEB. 17, 1987 … A fire starts in Alderman Residence Hall when a curling iron ignites a mattress. No one is injured, but the fire causes about $1,500 in damage.

Today’s weather Mostly sunny H 53, L 38

Wednesday’s weather Rain H 55, L 48

index police log ...................... 2 calendar ....................... 2 crossword ................... 7 nation/world .............. 7 opinion ....................... 8

HOW TO VOTE: WHEN: Today between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. WHERE: Online at Student Central HOW: To vote online, log in at studentcentral.unc.edu with your Onyen and password. Click on the “Vote in student elections” button that will appear on the left side of the page.

ELECTIONS COVERAGE: See how different SBP candidates structured their campaigns. Also information on the child care fee referendum and graduate student runoff. PG. 7

Some in ASG oppose vote process County’s road projects not By Olivia Bowler Senior Writer

Several members of a statewide student government organization say that the way a controversial bill passed last month stifled debate. Some members of the UNCsystem Association of Student Governments, an organization consisting of student leaders from each of the system schools, have expressed concern that rapid meeting procedure confused some people and stifled debate on Resolution 19. Resolution 19 encourages the N.C. Community College System to allow undocumented students to attend school while the system continues discussions about the issue. To address the matter, Marcus Bass, student body president of N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University and chairman of the Council of Student Body Presidents, hosted an “emergency” conference call last week. “It was a very contentious piece of legislation,” Bass said. “I feel like something of that nature should have had a lot more discussion and debate.”

Some were suspicious of the overwhelming success of the resolution, passed with no negative debate and no dissenting votes despite being soundly voted down previously in the committee. Bass said he called the meeting to clarify the concerns of those who

felt their viewpoints were not represented during debate. But during the meeting, the merits of the resolution itself were called into question more than the procedure that passed it.

See asg, Page 7

The discussion on Resolution 19 so far May 2008: N.C. community colleges, which has historically had an open door policy for undocumented students, re-examines its process. The system barred undocumented students from attending while it further examines the legalities of the issue.

discharge it from committee to the general assembly also failed.

January: The ASG brought the

resolution up again, and this time it passed in both the committee and general assembly with no negative debate and no dissenting votes.

Last week: Council of Student Body Presidents chairman Marcus brought up a resolution in Bass hosts an “emergency” committee encouraging the N.C. conference call with some of the Community College System to system student body presidents. open its doors to undocumented He did so in order to address students while it deliberates on its concerns that the resolution long-term policy. The committee passed because of confusion over voted it down, and an attempt to parliamentary procedure. November 2008: The ASG

part of 1st stimulus funds

By Lisa Andrukonis Staff Writer

Orange County transportation projects did not receive money in the first round of state stimulus funding. T h e N.C . D e p a r t m e n t o f Transportation released on Jan. 27 the first list of projects to be funded by a federal plan. Orange County officials fear that the county’s wealth played a role in the department’s decision. The economic stimulus, valued at roughly $787 billion, was passed Friday night and is expected to be signed into law today. The plan includes federal funding to individual state-sponsored projects. North Carolina will receive more than $800 million in federal money to fund transportation projects. Half will be identified for specific projects in the next 120 days. Projects submitted from the local governments include sidewalk construction in Carrboro, road repair on I-40 and Chapel Hill Transit service expansion.

Statewide, approved projects include paving and maintenance for highways in counties like Alamance, Stanly and Forsyth. The Department will release a list of projects to receive federal funds each month until all of the money is allocated, said Steve Abbott, Department of Transportation communications officer. Abbott said projects in Orange County would be considered for funding along with all other submissions in the coming months. Carrboro Alderman Randee Haven-O’Donnell said prosperity indicators like employment rates could keep Orange County from receiving money. As of December, Orange County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at just under 5 percent, compared to 8.5 percent statewide. “There are areas of need, and blanketing the county because the overall numbers are good does not help those in need,” Haven-

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ith the negative affects of the stalled economy sweeping across a wide variety of businesses, one particular business is doing just fine: online dating services. Popular dating sites like Match.com and plentyoffish.com have reported a huge boost in usage in the past few months. The pain and uncertainty of a recession leads singles to look for a consoling partner. NOTED. As the court case against infamous investor Bernard Madoff drags on, the hundreds of investors harmed by Madoff ’s Ponzi scheme now have some recourse: the “Smash-Me Bernie” doll. The doll, which looks just like the shamed investor, runs $99.95 and includes a toy hammer allowing disgruntled owners to destroy it.

QUOTED. “Though I don’t promote smoking or drinking for both sexes, we definitely don’t need hooligans telling us what to do and what not.” — Indian web-user Iftehar Ahsan, commenting on a campaign to send cartons of pink panties to the radical Hindu group Sri Ram Sena on Valentine’s Day as a sign of support for outgoing women.

Police log n  Someone left a small amount

of marijuana in an envelope on the counter of a Jones Ferry Road drug store, according to Carrboro police reports. The responding officer destroyed it, reports state. n   Police arrested a man in Carrboro for carrying a concealed weapon and driving without a

license Sunday, according to police reports. Danny Robert Hulon, 48, had a .44 magnum revolver under the driver’s seat of his red tow truck when police stopped him at Abbey Court Apartments, reports state. Hulon’s truck did not have a license plate on the back and the plate had expired in July 2008, reports state. FR

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UNC Alumnus to appear on ‘American Idol’ broadcast Former Clef Hanger and 2008 graduate Anoop Desai will appear on Fox’s “America Idol” tonight. After a long audition process, Desai was selected as one of 36 finalists. Of those, 12 will compete in tonight’s broadcast, and depending on audience votes, three of those will move on to the next round. The Clef Hangers will host a viewing party at Players on Franklin Street from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. “It needs to look like Chapel Hill is rallying behind Anoop,” Clef Hanger Hogan Medlin said. Fa n s c a n v o t e f o r D e s a i between 10 p.m. and midnight by following the show’s instructions, Medlin said. American Idol will reveal on the show Wednesday whether Desai received enough votes to move on.

Juniors must prove they are not eligible for Duke tickets Many juniors will have to prove to the UNC Ticket Office that they are not graduating this year if they don’t want to be considered seniors when they register for basketball tickets to the UNC-Duke game. Traditionally, seniors and graduate students finishing in the spring are given priority in the ticket lottery for the Duke game. Once a student has gotten senior priority, he or she cannot get it again. An e-mail sent out Monday by the Carolina Athletic Association said students mistakenly given senior status will have to make a personal appearance at the Dean Smith Center Ticket Office to ensure they do not receive priority for tickets to the UNC-Duke game March 8. The ticket office is located in the Ernie Williamson Athletic Center and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Congress cuts group funds Grad Requests double available funds By Blake Frieman

tStudent Congress once again had to make significant cuts to the amount of money requested during its annual budgeting process. This past weekend, student groups hoping for allocations from Congress presented their requests to the finance committee. Because the total requests were more than double Congress’ budget for each of the last three years, the body was forced to cut requests. The body had to make the more than $800,000 in requests fit into its budget of about $400,000. In two weeks, the full Congress will evaluate the requests and make final decisions on the finance committee’s recommendations. Last year, more than 130 groups asked for a combined total of $809,714.71 for this academic year. Only $349,729.11 was awarded. The year before that, Congress’ budget reflected a comparable 61 percent reduction between original

requests and final funding. Student Congress gets its money to distribute to student groups from the $39 student government activity fee each year. Congress receives about 40 percent of that revenue, which usually amounts to about $400,000. According to the Student Code, Congress funds should be used primarily for events and projects that benefit the student body at large. Congress Speaker Pro Tem Bryan Weynand said Congress generally first cuts out the portions of requests that are not permissible to fund according to the Code, such as food for events. If Congress is still over budget after that process, a widespread cut is uniformly applied to all requests. He said the extent of impact on the student body an event might have is the main criterion for the amount of money it will likely receive. But not all popular events are in line to be granted money this year.

Christine Andrews, co-chairwoman of Project Dinah, said the finance committee recommended to not fund an “I Love Female Orgasm” sexual education event next semester. She said the committee was concerned about the amount of interest the event would generate, despite the hundreds of people that were turned away at a January event. And to complicate matters, Congress must decide whether the requests they receive are legitimate. Some groups admit to overstating their requests because they know Congress will cut them. Sangam president Neil Patel said his organization beefs up the itemized budget they present to Congress knowing that cuts are inevitable. “We ask for more than we know we’re going to get,” he said. He said the organization first budgets for events it expects to receive money for, but requests money for other events too. Weynand said he believes some

See congress, Page 5

The story so far: Student Congress’ ethics committee investigated the group Concept of Colors, a modeling group, last semester after it reportedly overstated numbers in a money request to Student Congress. Michael Betts, a member of Student Congress’ finance committee, introduced a bill in Congress last October in response to the controversy. The bill would have required any student groups asking for money to provide multiple quotes for budget items and submit postevent reports. A separate oversight group, called the Legislative Audit Budget Board, also would have been created to ensure that groups spend their money according to their original proposals. The bill was passed in Congress’ rules and judiciary committee but failed in full Congress.

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Whooping cough cases keep student home from school Nine students missed school Monday because they were not immunized against pertussis, known as whooping cough. Carrboro Elementary School sent letters to 220 students who might have been exposed to the disease. The letters informed students that they could not come to school for 21 days, beginning Monday, if they were not immunized. The nine students were in the process of scheduling doctors appointments. This is the second string of whooping cough cases this school year. Estes Hills Elementary had eight reported cases in late November and early December.

Carrboro Board of Aldermen discuss charter amendment The Carrboro Board of Aldermen will meet tonight to discuss an amendment to the town charter that would prohibit housing providers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. The board will also discuss: n  Permitting a new town monument to be constructed. n  Regulating the amount of fertilizer use permitted on land plots larger than 2 acres.

SPORTS BRIEFS

Zeller expected to decide this week whether to play The question of whether Tyler Zeller will make a return to the North Carolina rotation will finally be resolved this week, said men’s basketball coach Roy Williams. Williams said that the decision will be made based on what is best for Zeller — who broke his left wrist Nov. 18 against Kentucky — and not on UNC’s national championship aspirations. As it stands now, Zeller will retain a year of eligibility if he doesn’t come back. But if the freshman does, he would not have the option of requesting a medical redshirt. Williams said he discussed the matter with Zeller and his parents Saturday in a conference call. Zeller’s parents said that they’ll support whatever decision is made.

Two football assistants to leave UNC for programs Tommy Thigpen, North Carolina linebackers coach of the last four years, will join the new coaching staff under Gene Chizik at Auburn. Also leaving is tight ends coach Steve Hagen, who will take a position with the Cleveland Browns after two years at UNC. “I wish them well in their new positions. As I’ve said before, our assistant coaches will become increasingly more attractive to other programs as we continue to have success,” UNC head coach Butch Davis said in a statement. — From staff and wire reports.

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irst-year Jakelin Bonilla speaks in front of a packed house at the Chatham County Board of Commissioners meeting in Pittsboro on Monday. Bonilla, a Chatham county resident and the daughter of El Salvadorian immigrants, expressed her approval of the commissioners’ decision to reject legislation that gives local law enforcement officers the authority to enforce federal immigration law. Eight N.C. counties are signed on to the program already, including Durham and Alamance. Several UNC students attended the meeting to support the commissioners’ decision.

Press gives students a voice By Caroline Phillips Staff Writer

Tra Farrington is 18 years old. He’s a senior at Durham’s Jordan High School, a linebacker on the football team — and a published author. Farrington is a student in Stuart Albright’s creative writing class, where students publish their own work in professionally bound novels and class anthologies. Farrington says the class is almost like a family, where students laugh, joke with and interrupt each other. “When we write, it’s amazing how personal it gets sometimes,” he said. “Kids will tell their life stories and their most intimate secrets.” Albright, who graduated from UNC’s creative writing program in 2001, founded his own publishing company, called McKinnon Press, in 2005 to publish his students’ work. Students write the copies and design the books’ covers, and they are printed through Raleigh-based book distributor Lulu.com. The idea for McKinnon Press

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came from his own experience selfpublishing a memoir about his work teaching at an inner-city school in Boston. He found the process surprisingly easy and cost-effective. So he created a press of his own. In its first year, McKinnon Press published “Unlocking Room 413,”

an anthology of stories, poems, memoirs and plays. “I was absolutely blown away by the response (the students) had to having this book done,” Albright said. “You could just see a sense of

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Budget cuts may lower admittance By Trip Smith staff writer

Fiscal woes at UNC might leave fewer graduate school applicants celebrating acceptance letters this April than in years past. In anticipation of significant budget cuts for the next fiscal year, University officials expect many academic departments to admit fewer graduate students. This year the University has 10,500 graduate students enrolled. Steve Matson, dean of the Graduate School, could not say how that number might change. Although no official decrease has been specified, departments have made preliminary estimates on how they would be affected by budget cuts based on information from the Graduate School. Matson said UNC wants to be able to meet the same educational standards for new students. If departments admitted the same number of students, the money allotted for each student would be spread thin. “When you admit a student, you make a long-term commitment to that student,” Matson said. “You need to be able to honor that commitment down the road.” The admissions process for graduate students follows a similar timeline as undergraduate admissions, but the processes differ. The Graduate School facilitates admissions, but each department reviews applications and decides on acceptance independently. Matson said it has become clear that the economic recession will force UNC to make budget cuts and that, as a result, departments will have to be more selective. Just how selective each department will be will vary. Laurie McNeil, chairwoman of the department of physics and astronomy, which accepts about 15 graduate students annually, said her department would have to make significant cuts. “We’re being very judicious in our selection process, and we’re accepting smaller numbers,” she said. “We won’t be taking any more than 10 students.” But Michael Crimmins, chairman of the department of chemistry, said his department would not suffer seriously. “If this affects us, it will be minimal,” Crimmins said. “We might be cutting 5 to 10 percent, but the number fluctuates from year to year, so you can’t exactly put a number on it.” The chemistry department admits between 45 and 60 graduate students each year. Both Crimmins and McNeil said grant money and other sources of funding would also decline with UNC’s instructional budget, which will only add to financial shortcomings. The new budget will go into effect July 1, but Matson said the magnitude of reductions will be seen sooner than that. “We’ll have a much better handle on everything in late April,” Matson said. “Until then we don’t know what this is going to look like.” Contact the University Editor at udesk@unc.edu.

Council defers decision on dog-tethering rules By andrew hartnett

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Residents at a public hearing Monday passionately debated an ordinance that would restrict chaining up dogs in Chapel Hill. The Chapel Hill Town Council postponed a decision until March 23 and is likely to choose from four options. “This is an issue that has people on both sides who are emotionally involved and are certain that their views are correct,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jim Ward. “This is not going to be an easy decision.” At the meeting, town staff presented the council with the options for ordinance on tying up dogs, called tethering: n   No ordinance against dog tethering, which would continue the current policy. n  An all-out ban on tethering.

n  Adopt rules similar to Orange County; commissioners voted in November 2008 to restrict tethering to three hours per day unless the dog is within sight of a responsible owner. n   Adopt rules similar to Durham County, which passed an amendment in September 2008 prohibiting tethering unless the dog is accompanied by an owner or is engaged in activities such as hunting, herding or training. Eight people spoke for about 30 minutes for and against restricting tethering. Amanda Stipe, a former animal control officer and dog trainer, spoke against restrictions, saying that tethering itself is not cruel. “Would you want to remove a tool that responsible pet owners can use to adequately restrain

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Residents want System looking at electronic textbooks help connecting By Mazare rogers Staff writer

Rogers Road residents are at a roadblock in seeking access to public water and sewer services. Questions have arisen about how the project, which could cost thousands for each house, will be funded. Officials suggest exploring some avenues paved by the government. Some said grants from the national government could be used to develop the low income area. Another option for residents would be to approach elected bodies in Orange County and ask if money is available from government tax revenues, officials said. Last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development dismissed a discrimination complaint from residents in the Rogers Road community, home to the Orange County Landfill since 1972. In the complaint residents said they were denied access to Orange County’s public water and sewer systems because they are black. Community members, who mostly use well water and private septic tanks, submitted a petition to Chapel Hill and Carrboro requesting that they be connected to Orange County’s water and sewer systems. Officials said all the neighborhood has to do to gain access to public water is pay. “OWASA is ready to connect them as soon as the connection fees are paid,” said Robert Epting, general counsel to the Orange Water and Sewer Authority, adding that people could be connected in 12 to

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groups overstate their requests, but does not think it helps them because of the thoroughness of the review. Last year Sangam’s funding request of $35,744 was cut by nearly three-fourths. But other groups say they do not employ such methods.

18 months. “I regret that most of the efforts so far have been spent accusing one another of discrimination instead of calculating the costs of the project.” The fees to cover project costs depend on a variety of factors and have not been finalized. Costs include a fee for connecting to OWASA’s water and sewer systems and a fee for plumbing services, both of which depend on the location of a house, said Epting. The connection fee for OWASA also depends on the size and square footage of a house, said Greg Feller, spokesman at OWASA. For example, if a house is between 2,401 and 3,100 square feet, the connection fee would be $3,826, he said. Carrboro Alderman Joal Hall Broun said the current state of the economy creates a difficult situation for Rogers Road residents seeking connection. “Not everyone who lives out there will have the wherewithal to pay for all of it,” she said. She proposed that the homeowners in the community apply for a second mortgage with zero percent interest. Local governments should feel that their No. 1 goal is to connect the community to needed systems, Broun said. And if residents wait any longer, the cost will grow. “Save money now instead of later,” she said. “The neighborhood has waited long enough.” Contact the City Editor at citydesk@unc.edu. Benjamin Sines, treasurer of UNC Young Democrats, said his organization does not overstate money requests. “There is no inflation of the amount we request based off of the idea it will be cut,” he said. “We only request what we need.”

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An alternative to the classic hardbound version, electronic textbooks could bring lower prices and more user-friendly features to students across the state. Because the UNC-system Board of Governors was unhappy with the high price for students’ textbooks, it encouraged schools to pursue alternative textbook forms, including electronic books. Not everyone is convinced that the current generation of students is ready to switch over to electronic textbooks en masse, but university and industry leaders are researching the feasibility of making the change in the future. “When they first came out, often times they were just a PDF of the printed copy; now they are more interactive,” said Ginger Burks, associate vice president for finance at the UNC-system General Administration.

ogy, there was still widespread hesitation about the utility of electronic books. “What we found is, if both are available, people will usually buy print versions,” said Burks, citing numerous pilot programs throughout the state and nation that have found mixed reviews for electronic textbooks. CourseSmart, a consolidation of some of the largest U.S. publishers, is selling its eTextbook at a nationwide average of what it says is 51 percent of the price of an equivalent printed copy. “This may be the future, but it’s still up in the air,” said Kelly Hanner, textbook department manager at UNC Student Stores. Amazon.com’s Kindle is also being tested as another digital option. A Kindle is a stand-alone machine with a white screen that

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museum. He predicts that it will be around 150 pages long. “(Albright) encourages us to write outside of what we know,” Barron said. Students said that sharing their intimate life stories through writing broke down barriers in their class. “There were a lot of people in the class I wouldn’t have come in contact with normally,” said senior Shawn Morgenlander, 17, who is writing a full-length play for publication. But working with the press has given her a glimpse into the lives of her classmates, Morgenlander said. “It made me have so much respect for them,” she said. “It made me realize that you need to have that kind of respect for everyone, because everyone has a story to tell.”

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pride in their work.” For Farrington, who is in his second semester of Albright’s creative writing class, writing is an escape. Farrington is writing his first novel, a memoir called “Art’s Reflection.” He is also recording a hip-hop and spoken word album as a companion to the book. The book is meant to express what he has experienced and learned throughout his life, Farrington said. “I’m 18 years old, but I’ve been through more things in my life than most older people have been through,” he said. “I’ve lost a few close friends, so I mention that.” Farrington’s classmate Scott Barron, 17, is in the process of writing a novel called “Acts of Thievery,” about two teenagers who rob a

GINGER BURKS, ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE FOR UNC SYSTEM enables readers to load books electronically, the same way songs are loaded on an iPod. But a tool that enhances the life of a casual reader doesn’t necessarily translate into a competent teaching device, said Keith Newlin, chairman of the English department at UNC-Wilmington. Newlin’s class of 15 students has taken part in a pilot program with the Kindle reader to test the efficacy of the product in the classroom and to see whether it can become a replacement for the printed book. While he praised the Kindle’s virtues as a leisurely comfort, he says he won’t continue to use it for teaching. Despite the economic incentives the Kindle offers students, it fell short as a study tool, but Newlin

said the technology is on the way. “The key is a device that allows you to annotate,” he said. Newlin said the Kindle and other electronic texts might find their way into the market in a specialized way as certain disciplines are more apt for a less malleable text. Newlin said he thought print books lent themselves better to English courses, which required more annotation, but thought history or other classes might be more appropriate for an electronic book format. Burks said the electronic book would not be perfect for everyone. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all model.”

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ization,” Roy said. “Counties that have enacted these bans have repeatedly reported decreases in animal cruelty complaints.” Brian Fee, a Chapel Hill resident, requested that the council seriously weigh dog tethering against alternatives like keeping a dog in a crate or pen. “We give our dog food, water, toys, shade, shelter and room to run,” Fee said. “This is not inhumane.” Others in favor of limitations on tethering said restrained dogs do not get the exercise and attention they need. Council members asked town staff to prepare a comparison of the options for the March 23 meeting.

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their dogs?” Stipe asked council members. “I think I can make a better decision on the safety of my pet than a large nonprofit organization or government body can make.” Suzanne Roy, a member of the Orange County tethering committee, said the town should restrict tethering dogs because it is inhumane and would help control pet populations. Roy said chained dogs are often not sterilized and their barking is disruptive to the community. Supporters of restrictions also said chained dogs are more aggressive. Tethered dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite, Roy said. Contact the Features Editor “Dogs are social and active creaat features@unc.edu. tures that need exercise and social-

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Appalachian State University Student Body President David Mofford said he was taken off guard by the conversation. “Ultimately you take responsibility for that vote,” he said. “You don’t go back and try to change it two or three weeks afterwards. “It seemed like maybe they disagreed with the bill and were looking for any loophole they could.” Mofford also said it would be a blow to the legitimacy of the organization to recall legislation that had already been passed. “It could just undermine the entire organization,” he said. Some ASG executive leaders and

members of the council, including ASG president Greg Doucette, did not receive information regarding the conference call — something Bass said was unintentional. Bass said he was unable to relay the information to some people because he did not have access to everyone’s contact information from his location. One of the main factors that prevented debate was a general lack of knowledge about the legislation, a result of often inexperienced delegates, Bass said. He said that meeting procedure confused some new delegates and prevented adequate discussion. Doucette, however, said he felt the debate was limited because the few opponents who were present

either felt outnumbered or were not actively engaged in discussion. Brad Teasley, a delegate from East Carolina University who opposed the legislation when it was originally voted on, said the proceedings were confusing enough to stop him from commenting. “I’m still trying to get familiar with the procedures myself,” he said, adding that the January meeting was only his second. Doucette said that it will be difficult to bring the resolution back to the drawing board, but Bass said the council plans to discuss the matter further at the ASG meeting at the end of the month. Contact the State & National Editor at stntdesk@unc.edu.

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CARACAS, Venezuela (MCT) — President Hugo Chavez reigns supreme as the undisputed political king of Venezuela after winning a national referendum Sunday that could allow him to serve as the elected president for life of this oil-rich nation. Before he can focus on winning re-election in 2012 and perhaps beyond, however, he faces a crisis that could imperil his vaunted 21st-century socialist revolution. In 2009, the global economic crisis is expected to halve oil income, the country’s economic lifeblood.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — More than $80 billion of the spending and tax cuts in the stimulus package that will be signed into law Tuesday will be spent on renewable domestic energy, a better grid to transmit electricity, energy research and programs to reduce the use of fossil fuels, such as weatherizing homes and federal buildings. It’s difficult to put precise numbers on the new green jobs to expect. Government economists use a formula to figure how fiscal stimulus translates into jobs,

Burris defends his Rove testimony time extended Ill. Senate seat CHICAGO (MCT) — Before meeting with a group of pastors Monday at a church on Chicago’s South Side, U.S. Sen. Roland Burris again defended himself against accusations that he changed his testimony on former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Burris said he filed an affidavit further detailing his contacts with Blagojevich administration insiders after realizing his earlier testimony before a House panel was incomplete. And he denied reports that he had done so because federal authorities had told him he had been secretly recorded. “Positively not true,” he said.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — The Obama administration is asking for two more weeks to weigh in on whether former Bush White House officials must testify before Congress about the firing of nine U.S. attorneys. The request comes after former Bush political adviser Karl Rove’s attorney asked the White House to referee his clash with the House of Representatives. Rove has to appear next Monday to testify about the firings and other allegations that the Bush White House let politics interfere with the operations of the Justice Department.

but uncertainties remain. Some of the results for jobs will depend on decisions the Department of Energy and the states make on how to spend the money. The White House’s economists have said that the overall stimulus plan would create or save more than 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010. The government estimates that nearly 500,000 jobs will be created by the end of 2010 from investments in the energy transmission system, advanced battery technology and energy efficiency.

Japan and Russia argue over islands TOKYO (MCT) — With his summit meeting Wednesday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Taro Aso will be the first Japanese premier to visit Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in Sakhalin, part of which was once Japanese territory, since the end of World War II. In its diplomacy toward Russia, Japan has made the dispute over the “northern territories” a priority. The islands in dispute are located off the coast of Hikkaido. Many think that deepening Japanese-Russian relations will help the Japanese cause.

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O’Donnell said. Brad Broadwell, director of Orange County Economic Development Commission, said a county’s wealth might play a small role. “No doubt this may have some impact when picking and choosing projects,” he said in an e-mail. But Abbott said a county’s wealth has nothing to do with whether it will receive federal funding. Abbott said the department considers the need for the individual projects submitted and the cost of completing them. Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton said he doesn’t think the county’s wealth would inhibit its ability to receive federal funds. Job creation would not be limited to individual counties because contractors typically travel to complete road construction, Chilton said. “As far as the economic stimulus, the jobs created are really going to be all over North Carolina regardless of where the project is,” he said. Contact the City Editor at citydesk@unc.edu.

By now students know all too well the student body president candidates, whose names have been splashed across A-frames and yelled in the Pit for weeks. But what they didn’t see were the hundreds of students who worked behind the scenes. Both Thomas Edwards and Jasmin Jones have built extensive campaign staffs who have spent much more than the past few weeks working to get their candidate elected. Edwards, who will face Jones in today’s runoff election, said his roughly 150 campaign workers made a big difference. Campaign manager Erin Marubashi said that while students are aware of staff waving paper plates and doing choreographed dances in the Pit, most of the hard work isn’t quite so visible. “They don’t see the behind-thescenes legwork that we did all last semester,” she said. “They haven’t seen the time, effort and dedication that’s gone into making this possible.” Marubashi said Edwards first approached her in the spring of his sophomore year to ask for help with his campaign, and they have been working hard ever since. But while size may matter, it isn’t everything. Michael Betts and Ron Bilbao had the two largest campaign teams of the six candidates, with about 200 students working on each campaign. But neither candidate made the runoff. And even though Jones’ staff was less than half the size of Edwards’, she said her 60 workers were influential because they reached across multiple social circles to encompass a diverse

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MATT WOHLFORD, losing candidate group of people. “It’s a really wide range of us,” Jones said. “You’d be shocked.” Jones said her campaign staff ’s positive attitude and willingness to sacrifice a little dignity by campaigning in the Pit wearing neon foam visors also made a big difference. Similarly, Marubashi said Edwards’ campaign staff is successful mostly because its members are responsible, reliable, energetic and fun. “We have that team mindset, that team atmosphere,” she said. “We’ve spent so much time together that we’re really like a family.” Matt Wohlford, who finished last in the race, said he originally thought a good campaign team meant having the most committed workers possible. But in retrospect, he sees the impact a large staff can have. “It’s now my view that it’s important to get the largest number possible,” he said. “I think Thomas did a really good job with that.” Edwards said he relied on a core group of friends to help write his 65-page platform, then reached out to people who were involved on campus to build his team of campaign workers. “Having a big campaign staff, you have a lot of people coming from different backgrounds and different experiences on campus,” Edwards said. “It’s a lot easier to write a platform that affects the entirety of campus.” Contact the University Editor at udesk@unc.edu.

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IT’S GAME TIME

It’s been a long campaign. Now it’s up to you to choose your next student body president. Vote today on Student Central.

Thomas Edwards

Jasmin Jones

Junior biology major from Baton Rouge, La.

Junior journalism and international relations major from Atlanta, Ga.

Stop your rocking; this is our time, UNC

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ational Lampoon has been credited with several wonders of the silver screen, including Christmas Vacation and European Vacation. A recent addition to this series, Van Wilder, is outwardly a story of college life filled with debauchery and hilarity. However, it closes with a piece of advice that we all need to learn candidate at some point, ‘Worrying is like for sbp a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere’.” This was the opening paragraph of one of the essays I submitted to Carolina’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. They must have been feeling particularly generous the day my application was read and, by some miracle, they admitted me to this University. Three years later, chairs all over campus have started rocking. For the past few months, we have seen progressively more ominous quotes from administrators: “(shocking percentage) of state funding will be cut!” “(astounding number) of classes will have to be canceled!” “(absurd figure) projected for faculty and staff cuts!” I do not want to trivialize or downplay the difficulties we face. Truthfully, we will encounter each of these challenges during the next year or so. At this point, we simply do not know to what extent. This great University has existed for more than 200 years. Through wars and depressions, it has thrived and will continue to do so. Therefore, we must prepare for the future; as Van Wilder philosophized, worrying without action is pointless. We also cannot allow coming challenges to scare us into broad and unfocused solutions. Instead, we must be precise in what is cut, innovative in what is combined, and transparent in all of our work. Above all, these major changes must minimize the impact on the entire student experience. By contracting with the management consulting firm Bain & Company, the University has taken the first step to ensure we make informed and intelligent decisions. But we students are a great source of information when it comes to the vital services and elements that make Carolina so incredible. Our voices must be heard in these conversations. If elected, I plan to attack this problem, and many others, in two steps. The first is connecting with students to hear as many opinions as possible. From discussing upcoming decisions in the dining hall to holding office hours in the Pit, my administration would focus on working closely with the student body. The second step, built from this connection to the student body, would be passionate representation of student interests to the administration. Student government has often solely focused on dealing with administrators. This leaves students disconnected from the process and wondering if they are being represented. In the difficult times ahead, this cannot be the case. Student government must act as an effective intermediary between the administration and the student body. If elected student body president, I will work my hardest to act as this liaison. I will work to get the University out of that rocking chair and find the solutions that best serve all Tar Heels.

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Thomas Edwards vs. Jasmin Jones

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HEAD-TO-HEAD: Last week the editorial board endorsed Thomas Edwards for student body president in a race of six. This week, the endorsement holds. See a breakdown of why the board still picks Edwards in a runoff with Jasmin Jones. Edwards is the clear winner. Many students and even some candidates have a defeatist attitude about the president’s ability to affect tuition policies. But nothing can be done without a familiarity with the tuition process. Jones’ only plank on tuition is to publicize to students information already available. Edwards, showing depth of understanding, vows to advocate for numerous positions without promising the moon. Edge: Edwards

Tuition

Edwards devotes several planks to academics, pushing for better undergraduate research promotion and an exam “buffer zone” for students with multiple exams on the same day. He has a firm understanding of how UNC’s shift to PeopleSoft will change the way students register, are advised and plan their academic careers. Jones touches on academics very little, and most of that relates to peer advising initiatives. Edge: Edwards

Academics

Jones and Edwards both have a lot of ideas about how to improve safety — but they are mostly the same and involve continuation of current initiatives. Both want better lighting on and off campus. Both want to better publicize safety initiatives. Jones wants a reverse P2P, Edwards wants self-defense training. Safety is a major theme this year, and they both get it. Edge: NONE

Safety

Experience

Edwards and Jones both bring student government perspective. Jones has been focused on diversity affairs, which situates her to accomplish her campaign slogan of “linking Carolina together.” Edwards led the Technology and Web Services Committee under two administrations. Bottom line, his detailed platform and his responses to a vast spectrum of questions prove his experience through actions and knowledge. Edge: Edwards

Charisma

It’s been Bench said on this page before — we’re convinced Jasmin Jones can charm anyone. And it’s not feigned. She’s energetic, genuine, eager to learn and full of enthusiasm. Edwards isn’t as bad a public speaker as he thinks he is. He has enough presence to hold his own. But Jones owns the room and the heart of everyone in it wherever she goes. Surely a useful bargaining chip in politics. Edge: Jones

Campus life

Jones’ vision for a vibrant campus involves hosting more events. Lots of them. From parties in the Pit to new student organization membership drives, she’s passionate about working on any project that will join students or student groups together. Edwards focuses on smaller initiatives like creating a large-events listserv and opening the Union earlier after breaks. But Jones sees the big picture. Edge: Jones

Transit

Edwards and Jones both have transportation ideas that might not be possible to achieve in this economy. Edwards wants to introduce a subsidized taxi service for students, and Jones wants to expand the P2P’s areas of service — a potentially expensive endeavor. But Edwards has a few ideas that would cost little: promoting Zipcar, bike-sharing and staff carpooling, for example. Edge: Edwards

Technology

Edwards’ promise of wireless Internet in residence halls — probably not happening. But he has other, stronger planks that evidence sound research: advocating for a more Mac-friendly campus, for keeping students informed of coming changes related to Enterprise Resource Planning (a program Jones wasn’t even aware of) and for better listserv management. Jones admits tech is her weakest area, and her platform reflects that. Edge: Edwards

Outreach

Jones says she wants to make sure student government is as transparent as possible so the student body will know what its government is up to. She plans to create a public relations committee responsible for widely publicizing events and a regularly updated listserv. Jones’ pep and extroversion help her rally people to student government, whereas Edwards is more low-key and his planks are nothing new. Edge: Jones

Campaigns

Edwards ran an impressive campaign. He quickly got almost two-and-a-half times the number of signatures required to get on the ballot. That shows he’s organized and has student support, which he’ll need to push his administration’s agenda. But Jones picked up steam after her second-place finish, winning endorsements from all four defeated candidates — almost unheard of. It’s a close fight to the finish. Edge: NONE

Intangibles

The two have a significantly different approach to the position. Jones is focused on student life and wants to use her dynamic personality to join groups. Edwards is calmer, more collected, more reserved, but ultimately demonstrates a great deal of knowledge about many facets of UNC. In uncertain times, students need an advocate who’s done his homework, knows the issues and speaks with authority. Edge: Edwards

The Bottom Line — The editorial board endorses Thomas Edwards

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t seems strange to be on this end of reporting. Over the past few weeks, I’ve become far more used to reading about myself in the paper than writing. I have to admit, though, I think I like it over here, and something tells me this reporter might give me a good review. Being charged with the task of explaining candidate to people precisely why it is for sbp I want to serve them is in no way an easy one to complete within the confines of a newspaper column. I have so much to say and so much hope for what I can bring to this University, and if I want to leave you with anything, it’s the confidence that I can and will do what is best for the students at Carolina. I can say that with complete confidence because through the time that I’ve spent here, Carolina has become more than my school — it’s my home; this place is part of me. I feel connected in some way to every student on this campus, and I want to be your advocate. I plan to bring the student body together and to act as a voice for the concerns of every community represented on campus. Your plight will become my plight. I will work to increase the transparency of tuition. I will bring light to the concerns of continuous enrollment policy for graduate students. I will aim to provide more resources for students living offcampus. I want you to feel safe here. I will make it a priority to build a safer community for all Carolina students. I want everyone to become engaged in this issue, and I plan to help you do it. By promoting our Male Allies for Safety program, supporting and promoting safe-zone trainings and encouraging students to use already existing resources like Rave Guardian and Alert Carolina, I am confident we can make our home safer. I also never want to lose sight of the fact that ties us all together — we are first and foremost students at this University. I will address the academic needs of all students in order to ensure their academic and overall success at Carolina. With programs like the FirstYear Experience, the Second Start Program for sophomores, the Junior/Senior Year Online Planning Calendar and my hopes to encourage professors to engage students more actively in their current research, I know we can become more excited and confident about our academic success. More than anything, this experience has shown me exactly why it is that I love this University and the people with whom I share it. I have witnessed true friendship and utter selflessness and been blown away by the faith that my peers (and former competitors turned great friends) have put in me. I sincerely hope that you vote for me today, but more than that, I hope you know how truly thankful I am to find myself among such phenomenal spirits. Thank you.


The Daily Tar Heel for February 17, 2009