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Student Elections Poll
About This Series
The Daily Tar Heel conducted an intercept
poll of 406 students on campus during the
week of Jan. 29 - Feb. 2 to determine how.
important they thought the following 10
issues should be to the next student body
president The survey has a sampling error
of plus or minus 4.9 percent
Top 10 Student Issues
■ Conveying students' concerns to
0 Conducting an ethical administration
0 Stopping increases in tuition and
0 Changing things that affect students daily,
such as dining and housing
0 Working with Student Congress to
allocate student activity fees
S Improving safety on campus
Addressing the concerns of women
0 Making cable and Internet more easily
accessible to students
0 Serving as a liaison to state officials
0 Creating an executive branch diverse
in race and gender
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San Francisco 49ers tackle Harris Barton stands in the conference room of the School oTsociaT
Work on Friday. The room will be named for his late father, Paul C Barton, who died in 1994.
Football Player Hands SIOO,OOO
To UNC’s School of Social Work
Former Carolina graduate and Tar Heel lineman
Harris Barton, now a San Francisco 49er tackle,
donated SIOO,OOO Friday to the University, which is
the largest gift a professional athlete has ever given to
The gift will go to the UNC School of Social Work,
which will create the Harris Barton Endowment Fund
for Strengthening Families. Barton’s gift was made in
memory ofhis father, Paul C Barton. Paul Barton died
of brain cancer in 1994.
“My father was a lover of families. If we can
awaken anything, we can awaken families and get
things going for people, and if we can help maybe one
or two families a year, then this all wil be worth
while,” Barton said.
Barton, who graduated in 1987, saidhe had wanted
to give back to the University for a long time. He said
as a former athlete at Carolina, he could have given
the money to the Educational Foundation and let
them control the gift. However, he said he wanted to
be able to decide how the money would be used.
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The new plan could help save
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Editor's Note: The Daily Tar Heel is running a series on the top five issues and the
student body president candidates' proposals for addressing them. Today, we examine
the No. 1 issue: conveying students' concerns to administrators.
BY ELLEN FLASPOEHLER
The Board of Trustees, the chancellor, the UNC-system presi
dent, school deans. All of the above are participants in
making decisions that ultimately have a profound effect on
the lives of students.
Students look to the student body president to address the issues that
face them and act as an advocate for their best interests through
interaction with school officials.
Ninety-two percent of respondents to The Daily Tar Heel elections
poll said the issue of conveying students’ concerns to
administrators ranked first out of the top 10 issues stu
dents believed should be most important to the next
student body president.
“The student body president should be the kind of
person who protects students rights and what is best for
students,” said C.D. Spangler, UNC-system president.
“The student body president should not be taken in by
other organizations (that don’t advocate student inter-
ests). Students should insist that the student body president represent
Spangler said he heard about student concerns almost every day,
whether through letters or phone calls or from students who approach
him during his weekly trip to Lenoir for lunch.
He- said he also met several times a year with the 16 UNC-system
student body presidents. “The only people at the table are the 16 of
them and me, and we talk openly about their concerns and what can
be done about them,” Spangler said.
Spangler said the relationship between the administrators and the
student body president was healthy, but if there were any shortcomings
in the relationship, it would be in the administrators’ lack of time.
“Frankly, we do have enough time, but we don’t always take it in the
proper way,” he said. “I would hope that all of the 16 chancellors (in
Barton said at a press conference Friday morning
that he had asked Carolina men’s basketball head
coach Dean Smith for advice.
Smith and his wife Psychiatrist Linnea Smith, are
longtime supporters of children and family programs,
so Dean Smith pointed Barton to Richard Edwards,
dean of the School of Social Work.
After meeting with Edwards, Barton decided that
donating money to the school would be the perfect
way to honor his father because his father loved fami
Edwards said Barton’s gift would be one of the first
to support the families at the School of Social Work.
“Barton’s strong commitment to family is one that we
share here at the School of Social Work,” he said.
Barton was an All-American his senior year at
Carolina in 1987, and he was also one of 11 scholar
athletes nationwide to be honored for academic and
athletic excellence by the National Football Founda
tion and Hall of Fame.
Chancellor Hooker said Barton’s gift would be
used to touch many needy families. “The gift will be
used in our program to strengthen families,” he said.
“We expect great things to come from it in the future.”
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last April to protest a round of cuts to UNO's budget being considered in the state Legislature.
Internet Indecency Could Cost UNC
BY AMY COOK
UNC might be subject to criminal penalties for
any “obscene” material students, faculty or staff
put on the Internet under the new Telecommuni
cations Reform Act, an Office of Information
Technology official said.
When President Bill Clinton signed the bill into
law Thursday, he ignited a fire of controversy at
UNC and around the country over regulating
speech on the Internet.
Courtenay Morris, a spokeswoman for the
American Civil Liberties Union, said free speech
in cyberspace became threatened immediately after
Clinton signed the bill.
The act sets “indecency” provisions for the
Internet, banning pictures, text or sound record
ings available to children that describe sexual
activities or organs. The indecency provisions
affect users as well as carrier services, such as
UNC’scomputernetwork, said Jim Gogan, direc
tor of systems at Office of Information Technol
Gogan said he didn’t know yet the extent of the
act’s power over carrier networks. “The worn
case scenario is that the OIT, which provides a
carrier capability for faculty, staff and students,
could be held criminally liable for ‘indecent’ ma
terial that faculty, staff and students might cre
ate,” Gogan said.
Gogan said he thought the provisions would
See TELECOMMUNICATIONS, Page 4
Nelson Wins Endorsement from Campus NAACP
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
The UNC chapter of the National Association
for the Advancement ofColoredPeopleannounced
its candidate endorsements for campus elections
After deliberation, a 16-member executive com
mittee endorsed Aaron Nelson for student body
president, lan Walsh for Carolina Athletic Asso
ciation president, Matthew Leggett for Residence
Hall Association president, and Ladell Robbins
and Amelia Bruce for Senior Class president and
Malcolm Logan, president ofUNC’s NAACP
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12,1996
On the Campaign Trail
Fred Heineman defended his
voting record to a local crowd
Saturday. Page 4
the UNC system) would have as their foremost concern what our students
are experiencing both academically and as quality of life on campus. I
think the reason we are here is to make sure students get a good educa
Chancellor Michael Hooker said his contact with the student body
president was frequent because the student body president was a member
of the Board of Trustees. “In terms of his access to me, I think he (the
student body president) would say that there is no issue he is not able to
talk to me about,” Hooker said.
The Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor, of which the
student body president is a member, is the best vehicle for getting student
concerns before the chancellor, Hooker said. The committee meets regu
larly and is made up of a diverse group of student representatives, he said.
“I’m not aware of any problems in relaying concerns, but I would
See ADVOCATES, Pages
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Students share their concerns with Chancellor Michael Hooker and his
wife, Carmen, in the Pit on University Day 1995.
Food for Love
La Residence restaurant is
featuring a special menu for the
week of Valentine's Day. Page 2
An Unraveled Web?
The Telecommunications Reform Act bans offensive descriptions of sexual
activities or organs on the Internet. The act’s opponents say some educa
tional Internet sites will be banned. Here are sites that will be affected:
ACLU: a web site and America Online forum containing ACLU court briefs in cases
involving obscenity, arts censorship and discrimination against gays and lesbians
and information on how women can obtain abortions or abortifacient drugs.
Biblio Bytes: produces electronic books for sale via credit card over the World
Wide Web, some of which contain sexually explicit or vulgar language.
Critical Path AIDS Project, a web site providing AIDS prevention and treatment
Human Rights Watch: a gopher site with resources including a July 1995 report
on slavery in Pakistan detailing tortures such as beating of the genitals and rape
used to intimidate bonded laborers.
Institute for Global Communications: a web site serving 400 nonprofit groups,
including SIECUS (the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States),
numerous women's rights groups, as well as approximately 500-600 schools.
Journalism Education Association: The largest national organization of high
school journalism teachers and publication advisors of high school journalism, JEA
members assist students in conducting online research.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America: a web site providing information
on abortions, abortifacient drugs and safer sex practices.
Wildcat Press an independent publishing company specializing in classic gay and
chapter, called a meeting of the executive commit
tee to make a final decision concerning endorse
ments. The NAACP’s candidate forum was held
Tuesday night, but not enough members were
present to make endorsements, Logan said.
Specific issues such as the housekeepers ’ move
ment, the move against privatization, the push for
a free-standing Sonja H. Stone Black Cultural
Center and increased minority representation in
student government were considered by the
NAACP in its endorsement process, Logan said.
“We were looking for candidates who were
addressing issues we were concerned with,” he
Although there was not a strong front-runner in
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Partly sunny and windy,
Tuesday: Mostly Sunny, high 40s.
■ The recall election for the
Carrboro Alderman will take
place March 26.
BY LAURA GODWIN
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Alderman Alex Zaffron ended three
weeks of speculation that he would resign
his positionby announcing he would stand
for the March 26 recall election forced by a
Carrboro resident petition drive.
“I announce that I will not resign from
the seat in which I currently serve on the
Canboro Board of
Zaffron stated in a
press release Satur
day. “Rather, I will
continue to strive to
provide effective, re
dent Sheryl Baker
began the petition
drive that led to the
Baker began the
drive after Zaffron
was arrested and
the petition that led to
charged with driving while intoxicated on
Zaffron pleaded guilty to the charge in
Chapel Hill district court and is currently
serving one year of unsupervised proba
tion. Zaffron also relinquished his driving
privileges for one year.
Earlier, Baker said the petition drive she
and about 20 other residents circulated
was motivated by Zaffron’s charge and
information of his driving record. Baker
said residents were not able to use the
information as a factor in making their
“Some people may feel it’s important,
some may cast it aside, but whoever occt-
See ZAFFRON, Page 5
the student body president race, Logan said the
group chose to endorse Nelson because he had
attended NAACP meetings and had taken a spe
cific interest in the organization. “The goals of
(Nelson’s) platform parallel the goals of the
NAACP,” he said.
Nelson said the NAACP and his campaign both
promoted open forms of communication on cam
pus. “Our goals of being open and active in the
community are consistent with the NAACP,” he
Logan said Leggett addressed issues of racial
diversity and housekeeping, in which the RHA
See NAACP, Page 4