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VOLUME 116, ISSUE 152

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249 votes decide president runoff election with unprecedented turnout sports | page 9 IT’S ACC TIME Tar Heel swimmers will face an imposing foe in UVa. when the four-day competition begins Wednesday.

university | page 3 CONCERNED GRADS Some graduate students are confused by a policy revision that requires them to be remain enrolled even while doing research off campus and are questioning their ability to pay UNC tuition during that time.

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Jasmin Jones celebrates in Carroll Hall on Tuesday night just after being named student body president for the 2009-10 academic year. “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to the other candidates,” Jones said. Jones beat opponent Thomas Edwards by a margin of only 249 votes in a runoff election that saw 10,240 students log in to vote.

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By Blake Frieman and Elisabeth Gilbert, Staff Writers

asmin Jones knew it was close. The Board of Elections had just announced that only 249 votes separated the winner and loser in the student body president race. So when she found out she had come back from a huge deficit in last week’s election to win the presidency in a runoff, Jones and her campaign staff jumped up in an explosion of cheers. Jones received 51.3 percent of the record 9,513 votes cast — an unprecedented turnout.

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Her opponent Thomas Edwards earned 48.7 percent. Ryan Morgan, chairman of the Board of Elections, expressed the significance of such a large voter turnout for the next president’s upcoming work. “Whoever wins will have an incredible mandate to get done what the students want,” Morgan said before the results were announced. Jones’ victory comes a week after she received only about half as many votes as Edwards in the general election. He received 41 percent of the 8,736 total votes cast. Jones received 21 percent. Jones now must assemble her cabinet, which includes the vice president, treasurer and committee chairmen. They will take office April 7. Acknowledging last week that she would have to put

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in another long week of work, Jones also admitted that she was just happy to be in the runoff. “I think we were out there more, longer and later,” Jones said Tuesday when asked about her additional campaigning efforts throughout the last week. She said she felt it was her staff ’s attitude that was a major factor in her victory. “We stayed positive,” she said. “We just encouraged students to get out there and vote. It didn’t matter for who — just vote.” Over the past week, she was a staple in the Pit. She and her staff wore their trademark neon visors and spawned many an impromptu dance battle. While she said her campaign team put in a lot of

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“We encouraged students to get out there and vote. It didn’t matter for who — just vote.” Jasmin Jones, preisdent-elect

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Watch a video of candidate reactions to election results.

BOARD OF ALDERMEN Board discusses housing discrimination prevention.

BLOG: LIBRARY TOUR

Get a sneak peek behind the stacks at Wilson Library.

this day in history FEB. 18, 1968 … Interested squirrels, chipmunks or raccoons are asked to try out for a movie to be filmed on campus. The animals must be tame and are asked to eat out of an actress’s hand.

Today’s weather Rain H 52, L 45

Thursday’s weather Windy H 54, L 28

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Fee hike results held pending lawsuit By brecken branstrator Staff Writer

The Student Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction Tuesday that prevented the Board of Elections from releasing the results of the child care services fee referendum. The Court issued the injunction after Student Congress Speaker Tim Nichols filed a motion against Student Body President J.J. Raynor and Board of Elections Chairman

Ryan Morgan, claiming that Raynor biased the vote. “We always knew Tim would sue us over something, but we didn’t know what,” Raynor said. “This is the what.” The suit makes complaints against Raynor’s use of a campuswide informational listserv to send an e-mail to all students. The e-mail had a link on it directing readers to the student government Web site, which contained a

document written by an advocate of the referendum and included testimonials from students. The fee funds a scholarship that helps pay for child care for student parents. At its current level, the fund can only support about a quarter of the 44 students who applied for it this year. If passed, the referendum would have increased the $2.44 child care fee by $10.37. Student Congress initially voted against putting the fee on the bal-

lot, but Raynor collected more than 3,400 signatures — surpassing the required number of 2,800 — to bypass Congress and place it on the ballot anyway. Tuesday’s votes were still tallied, but the injunction, issued by Chief Justice Emma Hodson, keeps the results from being validated until the Court has time to come together and rule on Nichols’ suit. Nichols argues that the document on the student government Web site

only showed the positive side of the fee increase. He acknowledges the site was changed at about midnight Monday to include DTH letters to the editor that show both the pros and cons. But Nichols said Raynor’s actions were still in violation because the Student Code says it is illegal for her to support passage or failure of the referendum using the listserv.

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Administrators assess alerts Zeller’s return would Men’s basketball

Committee will discuss response

By Kellen Moore

Assistant University Editor

Administrators might make changes to Alert Carolina emergency protocols in response to criticism of how the University handled Sunday’s bomb threat to campus. “There were some things that went on Sunday night that we could be better at,” Chancellor Holden Thorp said Tuesday at a meeting of the chancellor’s advisory committee. Thorp said the emergency warning committee, a group of UNC administrators that advises him about emergency procedures, will meet in the next week to discuss the

University’s response on Sunday and possible improvements. The committee meets after any emergency, said Nancy Davis, associate vice chancellor for University relations. Orange County communications received a call between 8:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday from a man threatening to detonate an explosive device near the Pit. Although buildings near the Pit were evacuated, a message was not posted to the Alert Carolina Web site until about 11 p.m. Text messages to some people subscribed to the notification system were received at about 11:45 p.m. Some students and parents questioned why the text messages weren’t sent earlier and why they are typically issued in only three scenarios: an armed person on or near

campus, a major chemical spill or hazard, or a tornado sighting. When the University implemented the Alert Carolina program in March 2008, officials envisioned that text messages and sirens would be used together, but that might be reviewed, Thorp said. Under the current protocol, preset text messages are sent automatically whenever the sirens sound. “Anything beyond those three scenarios is not automated,” Davis said. “ We have to sit there and first find out from public safety what is the issue, we have to write the message — it has to be of a certain number of characters — and then it has to be distributed through the text message system.” UNC has sent non-test alert

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boost UNC’s depth By David Ely Senior Writer

By all accounts, the No. 3 North Carolina men’s basketball team is about to get a big boost. A 7-foot, 220-pound boost, to be precise. After spending more than 13 weeks sitting on the Tar Heel bench, Tyler Zeller is likely to play in tonight’s game against N.C. State at 8 p.m. in the Smith Center. “(Zeller) and I discussed it (Monday), and I told him that’s the decision we would go with unless he went home and slept on it and came back today and changed his mind,” coach Roy

Forward Tyler Zeller has sat out since he broke his wrist in November. He’s likely to return tonight. Williams said Tuesday. “If he hasn’t changed his mind, he probably will play.” If Zeller plays, then tonight will be his first court action since he broke his left wrist during Nov. 18’s game against Kentucky.

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he ever-elusive truffle, a staple on gourmet menus around the world, is at the center of a media feeding frenzy in Italy. A group of Italian businessmen dining in a Milan restaurant refused to pay their bill for more than $5,000 after discovering their mushroomfilled meal had ran up such a hefty price tag. The truffle is a rare and expensive mushroom famed for its taste. The Alba white truffle association, an organization devoted to the purity and regulation of the truffle, has begun legal proceedings to firmly mandate the weight and price of the exclusive foodstuff. In the midst of the severe global economic downturn, truffle lovers everywhere are concerned the dispute will damage the fungus’s reputation.

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Networking meeting: The Journalism Alumni and Friends Association will host a networking event today. Alumni will give advice on pursuing a career in journalism, and offer tips on the finer points of networking, resumes, and interviewing. Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: 33 Carroll Hall

Career panel: The Sales Career Panel will feature professionals in sales from a variety of areas, including financial services, consumer products, technology and real estate. The panel will be followed by mini-presentations where attendees can move from room to room to speak with representatives from various companies, including Cigna, Merrill Lynch, SunTrust, and Enterprise. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Hanes Hall, 4th floor Dead-Eye: Musical performer The Reverend Dead-Eye, who spent most of his youth mingling with Navajos, will play at the Cave tonight. Tickets are $5. Time: 10 p.m. Location: The Cave, 452 1/2 W. Franklin St.

more information, call 968-7955. Time: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Captain John’s Dockside, Cole Park Plaza, Chapel Hill Reading: The Hillsborough Literary Association hosts a presentation and reading by resident author Frances Mayes, author of “Under the Tuscan Sun.� Admission of $12 includes a reception. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Hillsborough Play: The Deep Dish Theater Company will perform “Uncle Vanya�, by Anton Chekhov, in Chapel Hill tomorrow evening. Tickets are $12 for students. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill

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tudents keep beat on traditional drums and makeshift household objects in the lower quad on Tuesday to raise awareness of volunteers collecting money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The nationwide 24-hour cancer research fundraiser starts on April 3.

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ing on West Franklin Street who was wanted as a fugitive out of Mississippi, according to Chapel Hill police reports. Jimmy Seth Perry, who is also known as James Lee Wallace, was picked up Saturday and was held for pickup on request from the Mississippi Department of Correction, reports state. Perry, 58 of 100 W. Rosemary St., was expected in court Monday, reports state. n  Someone found a handgun Monday in a town parking lot on West Rosemary Street, according to Chapel Hill police reports. n  Someone was ringing a doorbell and then running on Sweeten Creek Road, according to Chapel Hill police reports. n  Police responded last week

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Boulevard., according to Chapel Hill police reports. n  A man on Park Bluff Drive called police last week to report a neighbor trimming trees, according to Chapel Hill police reports. n  A man tried to pass a counterfeit $50 bill at a Kangaroo Express on Jones Ferry Road, according to Carrboro police reports. The man came into the store Monday, said he wanted $20 in gas and gave the clerk a bill, reports state. The clerk did not think the bill looked real, and marked it with a test pen, reports state. The clerk then told the man it was not real. The man said “I got to go,� before leaving the parking lot driving a silver Toyota Camry, reports state. n  Police responded to reports of indecent exposure on Jones Ferry Road, according to Carrboro police reports.

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New policy frustrates grads Death Changes could cause financial stress By Eliza kern Staff Writer

Graduate students are skeptical of a proposed revision to enrollment procedures publicized last week. UNC administrators have proposed a plan that would require graduate students to remain enrolled in the University and pay tuition while researching off campus. Such research is highly suggested or required for some degree programs. But some students are confused by the policy revision and are questioning their ability to pay University

tuition during that time. “You’re asking a population without a lot of money to begin with to finance their education for even longer,” said sixth-year Russian history doctoral candidate Marko Dumancic. He added that he doesn’t think students are necessarily opposed to changes, but are worried financially. The policy currently allows graduate students to unenroll from the University while conducting research away from campus or overseas. Graduate School Dean Steve Matson and other administrators

have proposed that graduate students apply for money from the existing graduate tuition incentive scholarship to help pay University tuition and fees. Matson said there are no immediate plans to enlarge that fund, but administrators won’t rule out the possibility of future expansion. “We would certainly make every effort to expand it if that became necessary,” he said. Dumancic said some students, who refer to the tuition incentive program as “the phantom fund,” wonder who will provide more money for the program’s expansion. A potential expansion could come from state money or private dona-

“I think they’re all for it. I think they’re just worried about how they’re going to pay for it.” STEVE MATSON,

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By Sarah Frier

Student Congress passed nine funding requests and three other bills Tuesday night, despite having trouble reaching quorum. The body could not officially pass any legislation until 19 members were present. Enough members did not arrive until just before 9 p.m. Congress unofficially started its meeting close to 8 p.m. and heard from the organizations requesting money. Once quorum was met, members passed the legislation quickly. Congress also passed three other bills: n   A bill that will explicitly define the makeup of the committee that chooses the recipient of the Eve Carson Memorial Junior-Year Merit Scholarship; n  A bill that requires the student body president to send out a tuition expense report to students; and n   Updates to election procedures.

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Armed robber takes cash, phone from resident Monday Someone robbed a resident at gunpoint Monday, according to police reports. The offender pointed a unspecified type of rifle at the victim and stole $15 in cash and a telephone worth $10, reports state. The robbery occurred at about 12:34 p.m. at Trinity Court in Chapel Hill, reports state. There were two armed robberies at the end of January in Chapel Hill. There were 77 robberies in Chapel Hill in 2008, said Lt. Kevin Gunter, Chapel Hill police department spokesman, with 33 involving some kind of weapon.

Commissioners sign regional water-planning agreement The Orange County Board of Commissioners moved Tuesday to sign a largely symbolic agreement with neighboring counties to cooperate on water resource planning. The agreement does not obligate the county to do anything, but opens the door for discussions about how best to manage the Jordan Lake Watershed, which spans the triangle region. “It’s the last major water supply investment in the foreseeable future,” said David Stancil, county Environment and Resource Conservation director. The agreement will create an inter-county management team that will provide overall guidance and advice but not make any policy decisions. Visit City News at www.dailytar heel.com for the full story. — From staff and wire reports.

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Tim West, curator of manuscripts and director of the Southern Historical Collection at Wilson Library, explains the archival storage of historical documents to participants on the “Secret Stacks” tour, which opened parts of the archives to the public via staff guided tours.

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Wilson Library tour showcases manuscripts By Chelsea Bailey Staff Writer

From music to love letters, Wilson Library’s oldest documents were on display Tuesday for the more than 100 visitors who came to journey through the musty stacks of the library’s archives. The tour allowed visitors to learn first-hand how library conservationists preserve, restore and archive the fragile vestiges of the past. “Our job is to promote use,” said manuscripts reference librarian Matt Turi. “They are idle documentation if they are in the stacks. Curiosity is a perfectly sufficient reason to come visit.” With its echoing walls and prestigious ambiance, Wilson seems like a museum at times, and the atmosphere at the event was one of awe. Both students and visitors wandered through the extensive archives, which are housed on the upper floors of the library. The tour included documents and music from the library’s Manuscripts Department,

which includes the Southern Historical Collection, Southern Folklife Collection and University Archives and Records Service. “We’re showing a letter from Richard Nixon to Sam Ervin, the chairman of the Watergate committee,” said Biff Hollingsworth, collecting and public programming archivist for the library’s Southern Historical Collection. Hollingsworth added that it’s his favorite document. The trip culminated in the “vault room,” where the most precious documents are housed. There, visitors received copies of correspondence from Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein and Langston Hughes. Rodger Harris said he thought it was cool to see Jefferson’s documents “just for kicks.” Harris was the head of UNC Libraries’ Catalog Department for 28 years before retiring. Wilson’s Manuscripts Department sees an average of 2,500 researchers a year. But trips through the stacks are rare. “This is your legacy,” said Tim West,

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tions, Matson said. Another issue for graduate students with the policy change has to do with tuition remissions granted by the state.

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Honor students will switch from honors faculty advisers to the advising system that the rest of the campus uses beginning July 1. “The new arrangement is going to improve advising,” said James Leloudis, the associate dean for honors. “There should be lots less shuffling around for students.” The new system, a response to honors students’ concerns, calls for entering honors first-years to start with regular academic advisers from the beginning of their college careers instead of honors faculty advisers during their first two years. Among honors students, opinions of the new program are mixed. Sophomore Christine Solitario said that the transition will improve major-related advising but also expressed concerns. “We’ll lose the individual attention and the ability to develop a relationship with our specific advisers, which is one of the biggest complaints of the current advising system,” she said.

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curator of manuscripts and director of the Southern Historical Collection, adding it has one of the largest collections of antebellum South documents. The Manuscripts Department preserves more than 30 million documents and runs primarily on donations. “We care about the people who created the materials,” said manuscripts processing librarian Jackie Dean. “We try to investigate and find out who the people were.” Students interested in researching or viewing a manuscript normally can ask for the item from department staff, who then bring the documents into the viewing room. “I’m hopeful that people will come away with a sense that the University has amazing resources,” said Hollingsworth. “We’re passionate about making the manuscripts available for research.” Contact the University Editor at udesk@unc.edu.

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If prosecutors announce today that they’ll seek the death penalty for the six men charged with killing Joshua Bailey, Bailey’s mother will support the move. “We’re just asking for justice for Josh and are willing to accept whatever justice is given,” said Julie Bailey, whose 20-year-old son was found buried near Jordan Lake on Sept. 12. “I certainly support the law of the land and believe in the death penalty if that’s what’s decided here.” Search warrants state that on July 29, six men kidnapped Bailey before Matt Johnson, 21, shot him in the head with a 9 mm pistol off Twisted Oak Drive in Chapel Hill. Johnson, Brandon Hamilton Greene, 26, Ryan Ladar Davis Lee, 21, Jack Johnson II, 20, Jacob Alexander Maxwell, 18, and Brian Gregory Minton, 18, will hear whether they will face a death penalty prosecution in the case. District Attorney Jim Woodall said he’s already talked to the family about his decision. The men charged with Bailey’s death knew him from school and through drug-related activity, friends said. Earlier in 2008, Matt Johnson allowed Bailey to live out of his truck as Bailey struggled with unemployment and bipolar episodes, and they attempted to recover from drug abuse together, friends have said. Aug. 17, almost three weeks after Bailey’s death, Johnson was kidnapped, interrogated and beaten by five people, including at least three of those charged in Bailey’s shooting death, search warrants state. Johnson and five others were not arrested until almost a month later, and it is unclear how the cases are related. Woodall is pursuing the death penalty for only one other Orange County case, against Demario James Atwater, who is charged with killing former Student Body President Eve Carson. An Orange County jury has not sentenced anyone to death since the death penalty was reinstated in North Carolina in 1977. Stephen Dear, executive director of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, said he doesn’t expect Orange County residents to be in favor of execution. “What happened to Josh Bailey was unbelievably horrible,” he said. “But to continue to call for more death in the face of the violence that’s been happening in our community is going in the wrong direction and leading our community backwards.” CJ Hoke, who knew Bailey and

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Artsy house draws acclaim WUNC manager to volunteer in Alaska

By Andrew Cummings Staff Writer

A couple of Chapel Hill art enthusiasts decided there was no better way to appreciate art than to build a studio in their home. E l l e n C a s s i l l y a n d Fra n k Konhaus, who married four years ago, said they wanted to build a house that would let them showcase art and have space where an artist could come live. “Since we don’t have any kids, we thought it would be neat to have an apartment where an artist could come and stay,” Konhaus said. “It could be a painter, a jewelry artist, a metal artist. Any kind of artist.” So Cassilly and Konhaus built a house that consists of two separate pods, connected by a bridge. The living area for the couple is in the left pod and the artist apartment is in the right. The bridge serves as an art gallery. The couple plans to hold art shows of a future live-in artist’s work. Their house is so unusual, it has been recognized by Triangle Modernist Houses, a nonprofit group that has recognized 592 modern buildings in the Triangle area. The group offers tours of the homes they sponsor, but all tickets have been sold for the Feb. 28 tour of Cassilly and Konhaus’ home, alter-

Weiss will work for dogsled race By Anika Anand Staff Writer

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Ellen Cassilly and Franks Konhaus’ “Trapezoid House” contains an apartment for a live-in artist and gallery space for hosting art shows. nately called “the Trapezoid House” or “the Tree House.” Some tickets might be available the day of. “I was able to see it six months ago and it was going to be fantastic so I selected it,” said George Smart, chairman of the board of directors of Triangle Modernist Houses. But the home is not just innovative in its design. It’s modern in environmental aspects as well. “Step lightly on the earth — that was what we tried to do,” Cassilly

said. “By having the house come down in two smaller footprints instead of one, it allows water to go around.” Shower water from the home is also collected in a cistern and redistributed for landscaping watering. Konhaus found the property overlooking New Hope Creek and 1,600 acres of Duke Forest on Mimosa Drive north of Chapel

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Sue Weiss remembers the first time she set foot in Anchorage, Alaska for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. “I called my husband and told him, ‘I am in heaven,’” she said. “‘I’m standing here in the middle of 1,200 barking dogs, and the scenery is so beautiful I cannot even describe it.’” For the past seven years, Weiss, the corporate support manager for WUNC 91.5 FM, has taken trips to Alaska to volunteer with the Iditarod. Thursday, she’ll fly there again. During the race, mushers and their team of dogs travel 11,050 miles from Anchorage to Nome. On average, the race takes nine to 10 days to complete, Weiss said. “It really takes a special person to be able to take the dogs that far,” she said. The self-proclaimed dog lover first took an interest in the races in 1973 when she read some news articles about the Iditarod. After a coworker with family in Alaska invited

“I am in heaven. I’m standing here in the middle of 1,200 barking dogs.” sue weiss, wunc manager Weiss to visit, she witnessed the race in person for the first time. “There’s just no comparison,” Weiss said. “Watching these amazing dogs that have run that distance is just incredible — they’re the best athletes in the world.” One of the most rewarding things for Weiss has been the ability to watch and get to know and admire many of the mushers, she said. Lance Mackey, a cancer survivor, has won the Iditarod for the past two years, and has won the shorter Yukon Quest for the past four years. Weiss remembers watching Mackey before he won his first Iditarod race two years ago. As he neared the finish line, Weiss said he knew he was about to win, so he stopped, got off his sled and hugged every single one of his dogs. “That just said something to me

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An effort to enact a Carrboro town charter amendment that facilitates environmentally friendly behavior drew strong criticism before it moved forward Tuesday. The amendment, initially coupled with one banning housing discrimination based on sexual orientation, was split into a separate vote after it received heavy opposition during the work session. Carrboro aldermen directed town staff to seek legislation from the state, which would enable them to pass both amendments. Some homeowners’ associations in Carrboro prevent individual homeowners from setting up household devices such as windmills and clotheslines. The environmental amendment would enable the board to erase barriers to certain devices and was met with dissent from the four residents who spoke at the meeting. The speakers delivered similar messages, explaining how although the cause of conserving energy was

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It would also mean that he no longer could apply for a medical redshirt to retain a year of eligibility. If he had changed his mind and decided to sit out for the remainder of the season, then he would be eligible for a possible fifth season on the court at the University. During the news conference, Williams maintained that the decision rested solely with Zeller, and told reporters that Zeller believes that he can help this year’s team as it prepares for the season’s stretch run. “He would really like to help this team. He would really like to play,” Williams said. “He thinks that it will really help him in the long term, and hopefully he can help this team this year.” The addition would be a welcome one for a UNC squad that has seen its bench shrink. Throughout this year’s ACC season, the Tar Heels primarily relied on an eightman rotation with Ed Davis as the only reserve to perform on a truly consistent basis. Tyler’s return would give North Carolina two things its bench has largely lacked thus far: size and scoring. Standing at 7 feet, Zeller can collect rebounds simply by standing in the paint and extending his arms. “He’s 7 feet tall so that’s already a big enough game-changer right there,” junior Deon Thompson said. “You can’t teach 7 feet.” And unlike a lot of big men on the court, Zeller has the ability to run the floor to fast-break baskets, or step out in the half court for a jump shot. Those abilities were clearly on display in his 18-point performance in the season-opening game against Penn. While there will likely be some early moments of rust as Zeller transitions back off the bench, point guard Ty Lawson doesn’t think there will be any major problems working him into the rotation. “He’s looking real good,” Lawson said. “He’s real ahead of the learning curve. He’s a good player and very smart and adapts to the game real well. He’s looking good in practice running up and down the court.” And once Zeller does check in for the first time since his injury, there’s no reason to believe that Williams will have a stopwatch by his side to keep track of Zeller’s minutes. He might play five minutes, he might play 15. Williams said it all depends on the flow of tonight’s game. “There’s no reason to put a cap on minutes before the game starts,” Williams said. “I normally would do that if it were an injury situation. “The wrist is — knock on wood — a non-factor right now.” Contact the Sports Editor at sports@unc.edu.

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noble, the amendments would unfairly strip homeowners of basic rights and protections. “What this language did is take away rights of the communities to govern themselves,” resident Robert Kirschner said. “What was presented demonizes homeowners’ associations who really work hard to represent communities.” As written, the proposed amendment would allow the board to declare null and unenforceable any restriction preventing the installation of measures such as solar collectors and clotheslines. Resident Richard Anstine suggested the board collaborate with homeowners’ associations to produce an amendment more respectful of their rules. “If one person brought this to be without any input from homeowners, there will be an outcry,” he said. As the board voted to go forward, Mayor Pro Tem John Herrera acknowledged the speakers’ frustrations and assured them their opinions would be taken into con-

sideration in further discussion. “We ask for your patience and open-mindedness, that you trust the system,” Herrera said. “There’s plenty of citizen input and power that you have to affect what gets written in the end.” The aldermen plan to clarify the amendment to exclude condominiums from the environmental language before sending it to the state. The other amendment allows the alderman to adopt ordinances to ensure fair housing without regard to sexual orientation, gender identification and gender expression. “I think it’s really interesting and neat that of these two amendments, the one that brought people out of the woodwork and was more controversial had to do with clotheslines and not (sexual) orientation,” Alderman Jacquie Gist said. “And that says something about how we’ve changed and evolved as a community over the past 20 years.” Contact the City Editor at citydesk@unc.edu.

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Ty Lawson has been on an absolute tear of late. He was the best player on the court against Duke and Miami, taking over each game in the second half. Expect him to dominate again tonight. Edge: UNC

Frontcourt

N.C. State has steadily improved in this area since Tyler Hansbrough put up 31 on Jan. 31. Ben McCauley and Brandon Costner will put up a good fight, but Hansbrough’s due for another big night. Edge: UNC

Bench

North Carolina’s thin bench should get a lift with the return of Tyler Zeller. Add in the improved play of Bobby Frasor and Ed Davis’ continued development, and UNC’s bench might become a weapon. Edge: UNC

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The Tar Heels are on a roll. Even when they don’t play well, they still find ways to eke out tough road wins. Now that they’re back at home against rival N.C. State, don’t think that the hot streak is about to end. Edge: UNC

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work, they certainly were not alone in their efforts. Jones garnered the unified support of all four of last week’s de feated candidates — Ron Bilbao, Michael Betts, Ashley Klein and Matt Wohlford — after they held a joint strategy meeting Saturday. “I feel like their support was a large portion of our success,” Jones said. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude.” In multiple e-mails sent out to all students who voted in last week’s election, the quartet encouraged their original followers to vote for Jones the second time around. They cited her openness to accept their platform points as an example of her ability to collaborate well with others, a trait they all agreed would be important for the next student body president to have. “Honest to God, I can’t believe that actually worked. I can’t believe we actually pulled it off,” Bilbao said. “She took down the machine. She took down the Terminator. It’s

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Nichols argues that the change to the site did not matter because it was likely that most people had seen the original site. “Most students check their e-mail pretty frequently,” he said. “If they saw the site, they probably saw it when the e-mail first came out.” Raynor said Student Congress asked her to send out the e-mail and that she didn’t think the information was biased. “They asked me to remind students and say, ‘If you need the information, here it is,’” she said. She said the document on the Web site had already been seen by Student Congress before the e-mail was sent out. The Board of Elections also was

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Thomas Edwards hugs a friend after losing to Jasmin Jones. He said the best thing he learned was “how ridiculously great my friends are.” the David versus Goliath.” Edwards was visibly shaken by the results but received a standing ovation from his campaign workers. “Go finish my physics lab for tomorrow,” Edwards answered after the announcement, when asked what he intended to do next.

He said the results did not change his feelings about his campaign. “I really think that we went into this thinking that we did everything that we could,” Edwards said.

“Both myself and J.J. are named in the suit, so … we have to respond to Tim’s allegations.”

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notified of the suit Monday night. If Tuesday’s votes are deemed invalid, the board might have to coordinate a second election to give students a chance to vote on the fee. “Both myself and J.J. are named in the suit, so together or separately we have to respond to Tim’s allegations,” Morgan said.

text messages twice since the program was created — Sunday night, and when a body was found near campus in March, later identified as former Student Body President Eve Carson. Neither fit one of the three scenarios. Thorp noted that Sunday’s threat followed the traditional pattern in which the media, not the University, inform the community of danger. “I think that we’re all adapting now to a new reality in which people expect much more instantaneous information, and we certainly want to look at people’s needs in meeting that,” Davis said.

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Health fees subsidize massage Available at Campus Health Services By MaryAnn Barone The relief of a massage may seem like a distant luxury to cashstrapped college students. But at Campus Health Services, a variety of therapeutic options awaits — even if students are unaware or hesitant. “There are so many massages now, it’s like Baskin-Robbins,” said Carlota Reyes, a licensed massage and body work therapist who works with Counseling and Wellness Services. Students fund the ser vice through their campus health fee. The massages are $40 for half an hour or $65 for an hour, and students don’t have to tip, Reyes said. According to the Campus Health Services Web site, massages can

help lower dangerous hormone levels, relax the nervous system, quiet the mind and lead to a better sense of well-being. “Massages release stress and bring peace of mind,” Reyes said. “People tend to feel balanced.” The program, provided through Counseling and Wellness Services, offers a wide variety of significantly reduced massages. Options include myofascial, trigger point, Swedish and deep-tissue massages. “Deep-tissue hurts at the time, but it’s good for your muscles,” first-year Christine Jackson said. Jackson, who said she wasn’t aware of the availability of such procedures on campus, has received massages elsewhere. The service picks up around the

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Most doctoral students are only allowed to receive state funding for their education for 10 semesters, Matson said. A typical doctoral program takes 16 semesters, he said. If the tuition incentive fund is boosted by state money under the new policy, students who use that money will have to count research time as part of their 10 semesters. “The whole thing is just really complicated, and no one’s sure how it will affect them,” said second-year history doctoral student Patrick Tobin. “They’re just creating problems for themselves to solve.” Chancellor Holden Thorp and Matson explained the proposed changes at an open house Thursday, which more than 50 graduate students attended. Despite some students’ concerns, Matson said continued enrollment will benefit students by allowing them to defer student loans longer, qualify for health insurance and use University services such as library resources. “I think they’re all for it,” he said. “I think they’re just worried about how they’re going to pay for it.” The proposal has been in the works for two years and has been approved by the Faculty Council’s education policy committee. Matson said he expects it will be approved by graduate school administrators in April. The proposal would then go to Provost Bernadette Gray-Little, and if approved, would take effect in 2010. “Whenever you ask someone to pay for something that they haven’t been paying for in the past, they’re going to ask questions,” he said. “But I really think they’ll see it’s in everyone’s best interests.” The exact proposal has not yet been published. It is expected to be posted online this week, at which point students will be able to better articulate their specific concerns. “Our actual concrete complaints are up in the air right now,” said second-year sociology doctoral student Emily Danforth. “At this point, we just don’t know what’s going on.”

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added. But Reyes is convinced that her therapy is important for college students. “Once they know how their body will react to a massage, they are more likely to come back,” she said. The benefits of a massage are immediate, regardless of whether someone is there for the first time or has gone to several sessions, Reyes said. “I’ve never had someone leave a session saying ‘I don’t feel a difference.’” Contact the Features Editor at features@unc.edu.

“We’re just asking for justice for Josh and are willing to accept whatever justice is given.” JULIE BAILEY, MOTHER WHOSE 20-YEAR-OLD SON WAS KILLED Courthouse. Each defendant will “We’re holding up. We’ve had come before a judge separately as good days and bad days.” Woodall announces his plans. Julie Bailey said she will attend Contact the City Editor the hearing today. at citydesk@unc.edu.

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It is unclear exactly what each student will be working on because the selection of the towns will not be finished until the end of March. “Since many towns need help, the students will not just work in one town. Each student will work full time in up to three towns so there should be up to 12 towns receiving help,” Lambe said. The towns involved in the program will profit from the hands-on work that the students will offer. “The most immediate benefit is a professionally trained, young, motivated graduate working for them, building a capacity for the community to do whatever they need to do,” he added. “Maybe creating jobs, creating a budget or just as simple as having new young perspective and energy.” The grant covers training expenses, two years of tuition and fees, and pays for full-time employment, Lambe said. “The focus is to help communities build capacity in leadership,” said John Gowan, a graduate student at UNC-CH who was chosen for the program. “This program really gives me an opportunity to experience things that I wouldn’t otherwise,” he said. For Gowan, the experience of working in rural towns is an opportunity that he said he knew would be a great fit. “It’s a different world when you get outside of big cities. I noticed the discrepancy between areas that have resources and areas that don’t. I felt a calling to change that.” Contact the State & National Editor at stntdesk@unc.edu.

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UNC to challenge Cavs at ACCs by Kevin Minogue Staff Writer

As the 2009 ACC Championship meet approaches for the North Carolina women’s swimming and diving team, it appears the Tar Heels will be hard-pressed to deny defending champion Virginia its 7th title. Though the Tar Heel women have been impressive this season, posting a 6-3 record with just one conference loss, they will face an imposing foe in Virginia when the four-day competition begins on Wednesday. The Cavaliers went undefeated

in conference meets and boast at least one of the top five seeded swimmers in each of the meet’s individual events, including the favorite in four of the five relay events. The Cavaliers will present a menacing challenge, but North Carolina coach Rich DeSelm believes his team will be prepared for the test. “We’re going to race and be our best and compete against everybody that’s there,” DeSelm said. “Everybody’s going to bring their A-game and they’re going to be focused on trying to get what we

want.” Though all eyes will be fixed on the scoreboard throughout the week, DeSelm said he will also be focused on the stopwatch, as the ACC Championships provide one of the last opportunities for swimmers to qualify for the NCAA Championships in March. “I’m looking for some of the top swimmers in our program to break through and get NCAA qualifying times,” DeSelm said. “It’s quite a challenge to get through to NCAAs these days.” UNC has three women who have already qualified for the

National and World News California forced into budget fight

Obama signs $787 billion stimulus package; another bank bailout soon

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (MCT) — The California Senate opened its floor session Tuesday morning prepared for lockdown mode, barring a last-minute vote to solve the $40 billion budget gap. Under the lockdown, ordered by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, senators would be prevented from leaving the Capitol building until a single Republican senator votes to raise $14 billion in taxes. California has lost access to credit markets and the state’s bond rating was recently downgraded to the lowest in the nation.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — President Barack Obama signed the largest government economic rescue plan in the nation’s history into law Tuesday. The $787 billion package of spending, tax cuts and tax credits is meant to help pull the nation out of what’s becoming the worst downturn since the Great Depression. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes everything from money to refurbish public housing to incentives for energy conservation. The

US report shows wetlands decline

GM, Chrysler race Sen. Stevens gets to meet deadline new prosecution

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — A new U.S. government report on Tuesday shows a decline in wetlands along the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico at a time when wetlands across the nation have been increasing. T he repor t by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the most recent data available shows a loss of 59,000 acres each year from 1998 to 2004. It finds that population pressure and development is a main reason for wetlands loss, especially along the Gulf of Mexico.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — It may take at least six weeks to know whether the detailed survival plans that General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC will submit Tuesday to the Obama administration represent a new beginning or a last gasp. GM and Chrysler are expecting to keep talking to the UAW and creditors for both companies before submitting the plans required under their combined $17.4 billion in federal loans. Their plans are expected to detail job cuts, plant closings and other measures aimed at surviving the worst market in decades.

1,000-page plan aims to create and preserve jobs, and also to accelerate the transformation of key economic sectors. While the plan provides some benefits directly to individuals, the main way it’s intended to help Americans is to promote economic activity nationwide. The stimulus is only one part of a multi-front attack by the government on the recession. It also includes a mortgagerelief program that Obama will announce on Wednesday and the next phase of the bank bailout, which will be announced soon.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (MCT) — The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it has removed the legal team that prosecuted former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens from further post-trial proceedings that concern allegations of government misconduct. The latest turn of events in the increasingly bitter and messy aftermath of Stevens’ conviction in October follows the contempt ruling against three Justice Department attorneys last week by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of the District of Columbia.

season-ending competition, but several more are just on the cusp of meeting the challenging time standards. And while the Tar Heels will look for big contributions from their core of veterans, including senior Whitney Sprague and junior Megan Steeves, the freshmen could steal the show. The rookie squad is led by Layne Brodie and Laura Moriarty, the favorites in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, respectively. “Hopefully our youth will shine,” said DeSelm. “Long-term, I think we’re going to be well-served. That youth will turn into seasoned experience in a year or two.” Contact the Sports Editor at sports@unc.edu.

Carroll updates move inside Costs planned for before budget cuts By Alice Miller Staff Writer

Construction around Carroll Hall has been a common sight for two years, but now some renovation work is moving inside the building. Ten classrooms in Carroll Hall are receiving electronic upgrades, causing some class location changes. “This is the first time we have renovated them since these classrooms’ systems were initially installed in 1999,” said Terry Hill, television engineer for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The completed classrooms will have new projectors, control systems and surround-sound systems. Projector displays will now be shown in high definition and compatible with Blu-ray Discs. The renovations mark the second major capital expenditure on Carroll Hall since 2006. Construction on Carroll Hall’s roof and cupola finished in 2008 after two years of work — costing an estimated $413,520.

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The classroom upgrades will cost about $15,000 to $20,000 per classroom. Hill said the costs have already been factored into this year’s budget. “We wanted to get it done while we had the money for it this year,” Hill said. Three of the rooms are already completed, with one scheduled for renovation each week until Spring Break. All of the computer labs will be renovated during the break. All of the classrooms are expected to be completed by the end of Spring Break. “We are going to do those over break so it doesn’t adversely impact the classes,” Hill said. Although most of the rooms being renovated are large classrooms, professors and students said they are not upset with the temporary changes with classroom assignments. Signs were posted on the closed classrooms, directing students to where their classes were meeting. E-mails were also sent out informing students of changes. Katie Reich, a senior, said the

changes have not affected her very much. She was able to find her class’s temporary location — the Freedom Forum on the third floor — and still be on time. “This is the first day we have been in a different room, but it is a really nice room to meet in,” Reich said. Instructors are also enduring the temporary confusion in hopes of having access to better technological resources while teaching in Carroll Hall. A ssis tant professor Dana McMahan said she thought the classrooms definitely needed the upgrades. “In Room 143, it was hard to see the projection,” McMahan said. “I am glad to see the school making an effort to upgrade resources.” She has already moved back into one of the newly upgraded classrooms and said the changes made a big difference. “The projection had been very green, but when I turned it on, it was now perfectly white and everyone started cheering,” McMahan said.

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Zeller plans to stay Forward Tyler Zeller is likely to forgo a medical redshirt and suit up against State. See pg. 1 for story.

Death penalty hearing Six men accused of killing Joshua Bailey will be in court today. See pg. 3 for story.

NOTICE OF A COMBINED PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS TO SR 1919 (SMITH LEVEL ROAD) FROM SOUTH OF ROCK HAVEN ROAD TO BRIDGE NO. 88 OVER MORGAN CREEK IN CARRBORO TIP Project No. U-2803

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will hold a Pre-Hearing Open House and Combined Public Hearing on March 9, 2009 at Carrboro Elementary School, located at 400 Shelton Street, Carrboro, 27510.

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NCDOT representatives will be available at a pre-hearing open house in the auditorium lobby between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to answer questions and receive comments relative to the location and design of the proposed project. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the above mentioned hours. Handouts and comment sheets will be distributed. The formal public hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. The hearing will be open to those present for statements, questions and comments. The presentation and comments will be recorded and a written transcript will be prepared. NCDOT proposes transportation improvements to SR 1919 (Smith Level Road) which include: widening Smith Level Road to three lanes (between Rock Haven Road and Culbreth Road), transition between three to four lanes (between Culbreth Road and BPW Club Road), and widen to a four-lane, median divided roadway between BPW Club Road and Morgan Creek. A roundabout intersection is proposed at the intersection of Smith Level Road and Rock Haven Road. Sidewalks and bicycle accommodations are proposed throughout the project. A map displaying the location and design of the project and a copy of the environmental document – State Environmental Assessment / Finding of No Significant Impact - are available for public review at the Town of Carrboro, 301 W. Main Street, Carrboro, 27510. The map is also available online at: www.ncdot.org/doh/preconstruct/highway/roadway/hearingmaps_by_county. Anyone desiring additional information may contact Ed Lewis, Human Environment Unit, at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1598, by phone (919) 431-6585, by fax (919) 431-2001 or by email at elewis@ncdot.gov. NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this hearing. Anyone requiring special services should contact Mr. Lewis as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.


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The Daily Tar Heel QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We always knew Tim (Nichols) would sue us over something, but we didn’t know what. This is the what.” J.J. Raynor, student body president, on the child care fee increase referendum

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U.S. tends to mask cultural differences

— on “bomb threat clears pit”

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UNO, PERU — If I had an itinerary, it would’ve listed this town as just a short stop on my way to Bolivia. But I unintentionally, yet fortunately, landed there on Feb. 2 — the main day of the Festividad en honor a la Virgen de la Candelaria — the biggest festival in Peru and one of the three travel COLUMNIST biggest in South America. Having expected a small town in which to pass a few hours between buses, I watched in awe as all types of rhythms and costumes pulsed by me. Finally I found someone who could explain the significance of the parade. “See those masks they’re wearing? They’re made out of their own hair that they’ve collected their entire lives.” The group behind them wore clothes woven entirely out of alpaca fiber. They were llama herders, she explained. About 2,400 dancers celebrated one of the more than 80 regions of Peru. Each group performed in the stadium then danced down streets where locals, tourists and ice cream vendors gathered to watch. After the sun set, the celebration still echoed through the streets and one thought stood out in my head as I was trying to silence the drums and welcome sleep: The thousands of people below weren’t just celebrating being Quechua or Aymara — they were all celebrating being Peruvian. Their faces, energy and dedication showed their pride. Trying to imagine what such a festival would look like in the U.S., I couldn’t get past an image of a Coca Cola-sponsored parade showcasing the latest “Real World” and “Laguna Beach” stars, some overpaid athletes and McDonald’s stands providing the plump crowd with plenty of Big Macs. Maybe they’d even throw in some pilgrims for a splash of history. It’s a cynical view, maybe, but I don’t think it’s that far off. When I asked a Swedish friend of mine to characterize the U.S., he thought for a minute and responded, “Big — big everything, world police, guns and sports, lots of sports.” I’ve found McDonald’s and Coca Cola even in some of the smallest, most rural corners of the world. People from across the globe use words they’ve picked up from MTV — foshizzle and crunk juice, for example —with ease. These are the things that have come to define modern American culture. Yet I think it’s safe to assume few Americans would describe this fat, fast-paced, consumptive image of our culture when asked what culture they identify with, even if they identify as American. We are a country of immigrants — a melting pot. But in the process of melting, we have broadcast an identity that neglects the origins of our country that make it beautiful. When many Americans celebrate the cultures we identify with, it’s often apart from being American. It’s an Indian celebration, an Irish dance or a Native American festival. If we are the melting pot we claim to be, those celebrations are all American. They have made the U.S. what it is, and so can be celebrated together under the umbrella of American pride, rather than becoming catalysts for self-segregation. So, I say we take a lesson from the dancers in Puno. We should all put down the Big Macs, turn off MTV, put together the most festive, symbolic costumes we can think of, dance through the streets and celebrate being the cultural hodgepodge that is the real United States of America.

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Alert Carolina failed Text messages and Web site updates were too late during bomb scare; University must alter procedures

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tudents should be notified immediately of any credible threat on campus. On Sunday, police armed with shotguns were in the Pit and students were forced to evacuate buildings in the heart of campus, yet the emergency warning committee waited almost two hours to explain the threat. The committee was established to inform the campus community through sirens or text messages of an “imminent threat” — an armed person on or near campus, a major chemical spill or hazard, or a tornado. A notice put on the Alert Carolina Web site Monday said the bomb threat did not call for activation of the sirens. Fair enough. But it should have called for immediate notification through text messages and updating the Alert Carolina Web site. Nancy Davis, committee member and associate vice chancellor for University relations, said securing the area is

the first step and campus communication is the next. It’s not clear why plans aren’t in place for the two to happen simultaneously. It’s certainly not difficult to imagine a host of circumstances in which having knowledge of a threat would help students keep themselves out of harm’s way. Alerting students is tantamount to securing campus — that’s why we have the alert system in the first place. In the absence of official information Sunday, rumors ran rampant across campus and the Internet. Some students said they heard gunshots. Others thought dorms were evacuated. This confusion could have been avoided had a text message or e-mail been sent to students immediately. Instead, students relied on media sources. The Daily Tar Heel published a bomb threat breaking news story to the Web about an hour and a half before

the Alert Carolina Web site. Buildings were evacuated and the Pit was closed — the University clearly was not operating under normal conditions, as the Web site claimed until 11 p.m. The failure of Alert Carolina has encouraged other schools to test their own systems to ensure students would be quickly informed. University of Illinois administrators conducted a test for the IlliniAlert text service yesterday in response to UNC’s problem. If the University was unable to relay security information to students in an effective manner during a bomb threat case — in which no bomb materialized — how can we trust the administration to lead us through a major public safety crisis? Clearly, we can’t. If the University wants to earn back our trust, it needs to explain explicitly what went wrong and how the problem will be corrected in the future.

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Jasmin Jones should draw ideas from her competitors’ platforms. Here’s how.

ith a six-person race for student body president, this year’s campaign season was particularly tough. And though we have only one winner, the other five brought good ideas to the table. S o , c o n g rat u l at i o n s t o Jasmin Jones on Tuesday’s win. Get some sleep. But when you begin to put plans in motion, consider these ideas from your former competitors: n  TarTREC: First runnerup Thomas Edwards wanted to create and promote a bicycle sharing program on campus. This program would reduce the need for polluting vehicles and increase bicycle use.

n  Student complaint line: Edwards wanted to create an e-mail address through which students could air their grievances. His administration would respond with information and take note of common complaints, working to find solutions to these issues. This would be an easy way to reach out to the executive branch. n   L obbying trip: Matt Wohlford wanted to organize a trip by the student body president and students to directly lobby the General Assembly. Erskine Bowles already lobbies on our behalf, but a barrage of students in Raleigh could send an important statement about stu-

dents’ needs. n  Free U-locks: Ron Bilbao wanted to provide free locks when bicycles were registered with the Department of Public Safety. Registering bicycles will make them easier to find if stolen. n   Self-de fense course: Ashley Klein and Bilbao advocated for self-defense instruction offered as a lifetime fitness course. Safety is a major theme this year and self-defense is an essential skill to protect yourself. n  Green guide: Michael Betts wanted to create a guide for holding events sustainably that could bring groups’ attention to being green.

Free graduate students They need more leeway to pursue research than the new continuous enrollment policy grants

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raduate students at the University should be given ample time to complete their degrees, even if their programs require a significant amount of off-campus research or fieldwork. The University should allow graduate students to work toward their degree with as little red tape as possible. The proposed Continuous Enrollment Policy should not be implemented in its current form. Under this new policy, doctoral candidates would be required to complete their dissertations in eight years and master’s in five.

The University certainly has a vested interest in ensuring that these graduate students complete their degrees in a timely fashion. No one is advocating graduates take several years off. But the policy would place an additional financial burden on already cash-strapped graduate students. Under the proposed policy, graduate students would be required to stay enrolled continuously, even if the student were studying abroad. While the University would pay tuition for students given an outside research grant, these grants are not easily obtained.

The University should also seek more graduate student input as it moves forward. The policy has been in the works for 18 months, yet even Chancellor Holden Thorp has acknowledged that communication between the University and graduates has been poor during this process. Before the University finalizes the plan, it must allow for more graduate student input. And during an economic recession, the University should seriously consider if this is the best time to implement this potentially burdensome policy on graduate students.

Alert Carolina failed to alert campus during threat

Policy must include more support for grad students

TO THE EDITOR: Sunday night’s safety issue in the heart of campus was nothing short of unnerving and alarming. Perhaps equally as alarming, however, was the use of the Alert Carolina program, designed to inform students of a life-threatening situation. According to reports, the incident that unfolded Sunday night certainly falls into this category. The Department of Public Safety should have activated the alert system much sooner than it did. Many students did not receive notification of the potential safety issue until hours after it occurred. Given the prime location and nature of the threat, students had a right to be notified of the issue much sooner. The Department of Public Safety owes the campus community an explanation regarding why they neglected to “alert Carolina” in a more timely fashion.

TO THE EDITOR: Since last summer I have ser ved as a Graduate and Professional Student Federation representative to the Continuous Enrollment Policy Task Force. Graduate students are right that there has not been transparency in the process — we were asked not to share drafts or deliberations and students were not brought on board until a decision had already been made that a continuous enrollment policy was needed. My fundamental concern is the motivation for the policy and whether building knowledge and retaining the best faculty and graduate students are as high on the administration’s list of priorities as they should be. Why do graduate students take a long time to finish dissertations? Usually the reason is financial — we are adults with families and households to support, and if we are lucky we get four or five years of departmental support. Few students at UNC or elsewhere who have to conduct field research finish in that time. After that we have to find ways to support ourselves, which often means not being able to dedicate ourselves full-time to finishing a dissertation. UNC has some of the lowest levels of pay for graduate teaching assistants and resident advisors in the country, and departments already struggle to attract the best students when we are offered more livable stipends elsewhere. A continuous enrollment policy that helps graduate students dedicate themselves to their research would require better financial support, more grants and a lower teaching burden. Such a policy would be welcome, but the current proposal is not such a policy. At a time of financial crisis when departments are being asked to slash spending, making top graduate students more expensive is bad planning.

Tyler Surratt Junior Biology

E-mail about emergency covers up faulty response TO THE EDITOR: After Sunday’s Alert Carolina debacle, I think we deserve more than the e-mail from UNC’s emergency warning committee. This justification is weak attempt to cover up Alert Carolina’s failure to preform its intended function. The e-mail states that the reasons the siren or messaging systems are activated are “an armed person on or near campus, a major chemical spill or a tornado.” If Sunday night’s situation didn’t constitute the threat of an armed person on or near campus, I’m not sure what will. Since we in some way are funding this program to make us all feel safer, why not make sure it works? Otherwise, at least make it mandatory that ever yone on campus has a Facebook because I found out there hours before the text went out. Benjamin Brumley Sophomore Psychology

Pit campaigners shouldn’t disturb students in library

Sandra Chapman Graduate student Political science

Cartoon inaccurate in its portrayal of bipartisanship

TO THE EDITOR: I’m thankful to see such enthusiasm for the democratic process in the Pit on Monday. It is truly heartwarming to see such young motivated students politically active for the elections. If only they knew the large building besides them functions as a library. I’m not so sure I would vote for a candidate whose supporters don’t have enough common sense not to yell at the top of their lungs toward said library — disturbing, annoying and frustrating everyone inside. I’ll just take a shot in the dark and suppose they didn’t know about the other two or three sides of the Pit they could target.

TO THE EDITOR: The editorial cartoon from Feb. 16 by Alex Herrington is wrong to imply that President Obama and Congressional Democrats did not seek Republican input on the stimulus bill. Republican input was sought out, but it was ultimately rejected because it was irrational and self-contradictory. Republicans claimed to oppose the bill because it would increase the national debt, yet wanted the infrastructure investments replaced with supply-side tax cuts, which would increase the national debt by at least the same amount. When bipartisanship and logical consistency at odds with each other, logical consistency should be chosen every time.

Thomas Jones Senior Information Science

Noah Savage Senior Linguistics

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The Daily Tar Heel for February 18, 2009