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The seahawk. online resource ([Wilmington, N.C.]) 1948-current, April 05, 2000, Image 1

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vniume LI. Number 27 SfiA Poll locations Today and tomorrow University Unidn ID A.M. TD 2 P.M. WARWICK Center 1 a A.M. TD 2 P.M. Wagoner Haul ID A.M. TD 2 P.M. 4 P.M. TD 7:30 P.M. Randall library ID A.M. TD 2 P.M. 4 P.M. TD 7:30 P.M. Inside This Issue... CMSR open for business $17.5 million facility finally becomes reality / 9 UNCW Big Band’’’ Well-known saxophonist Vincent Her ring joins the UNCW Big Band for an evening/ 21 INDEX Campus News......... 3 University ..8 12 Classifieds 13 A & E............... .15 The Scene .16 Sports........ 23 Excellence Throu^ Truth and Dedication lj\( u April 5.2000 SGA elections this week, Gunn drops out of race by THOMAS M. RUYLE Editor-In-Chief Three students are vying for the student body presidency in campus-wide elections being held today and tomorrow. Voting gets underway this morning at 10 a.m. at the Univer sity Union, Randall Library, the Warwick Center and Wag oner Hall. Two of the candidates, SGA Secretary of Media Katie Russell and Laura Southerland, gave campaign speeches and answered questions at a public forum last Wednesday. They were joined by the lone vice-presidential candidate. Sena tor Erica Pittlekow, who is billed as Russell’s running mate. SGA Senator Lee Keenen, the third presidential candidate, was unable to participate due to scheduling conflicts. Keenen was interviewed on campus radio station WLOZ later that evening. President Patrick Gunn, who had previously announced his intention to win a second term, dropped out of the race last Wednesday, citing financial and personal reasons. Gunn did not attend the forum. Gunn said he was glad to have served as president. “I'm pleased with the results we’ve had, but it didn’t work the way I had hoped,” he said. He expressed dissatisfaction with the university administration. “Many administrators don't care about the students, just job security and the way they look. I’m a little fed up with it." he said. About 25 students, mostly SGA members, were on hand to hear the candidates’ views on various campus issues such as parking, the safe ride program, apathy and tuition and fees. Elections Board Chairman Yancey Gulley, who hosted the forum, said, “I was pleased. The turnout could have been better.” He noted this is only the second year that the forum was held, and he would like to make it a more visible event in the future. Despite the low turnout. Gulley was satisfied with the dialogue between students and candidates. “I’m impressed with the questions and the professional See SGA,page 5 SGA vice-presidential candidate Erica Pittelkow, left, and presidential candidates Katie Russell and Laura Southerland listen to a question at last Wednesday’s forum. Campaign violations alleged by THOMAS M. RUYLE Editor-In-Chief SGA presidential candidate Lee Keenen said last weekend that he was planning to file a complaint to the SGA elections board, alleging that candidates Katie Russell and Erica Pittelkow have committed violations of campaign regulations. Keenen took issue with a large campaign banner in the Univer sity Union, saying it exceeded the SGA’s maximum size for cam paign posters. While bcdshcet-sized banners can be displayed at the main stairway in the Union, the SGA limits campaign materi als to 20 inches by 30 inches. Russell and Pittelkow’s poster was roughly four feet by six feet. “It’s a technicality, but it is a violation; a campaign poster that’s bigger than 20 by 30,” Keenen said. He said he talked to election chairman Yancey Gulley by tele phone on Saturday, and planned to submit a formal complaint this See RULES, page 5 Azalea Festival 2000 Opens Tommorrow by RACHEL S. CRUZ Staff Writer The 53rd annual Azalea Festival will offi cially open tomorrow and run through Sunday. April 9. From historical tours and reenactments to pageants, gospel music and local bands, Aza lea Fest 2000 promises a variety of entertain ment, each day of the festival. The majority of the events are free and located downtown. “Over 200 thousand people are expected this year,” said Emily Longley, festival president. _ The Azalea Festival begins with the arrival and crowning of Queen Azalea LIII. Nina Repeta tomorrow. Repeta, who plays Bessie _ _ _ Potter on “Dawson’s Creek,” will be crowned at the Riverfront Park at 10 a.m. ,/j| Kool and the Gang, KC and the Sunshine ' Band, and comedian Sinbad will be featured in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday. Friday’s activities include the ribbon cutting and Queen Azalea’s garden party, which begins the 47th annual Azalea Garden Tour. This event, which is sponsored by Cape Fear Garden Club, officially opens 12 gardens of local Wilming- ^ _ ton residents for display, and offers attendees a "X ' chance to meet some of the festival celebrities. “The garden tour is for the people in the com- ' — munity to see what some people can do while getting dirty in the garden.” said fifth-time gar den tour participant Julian McKeithen. Like the • i other tour participants, McKeithen and his wife prepared their garden on a volunteer basis for display. In the McKeithen’s garden, tourists will see blooming azaleas, dogwood trees and many types of flowers. Eleven gardens will be on display from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Four gardens, including the McKeithen’s, will be lit up and open until nine p.m. on Friday and Saturday. i The garden tour is an annual fundraiser which benefits Wilmington ii^i^^)ni^)niom^ihui^ See AZALEA, page 11

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