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Character, Not Issues, May Decide SBP Race
BY SHARIF DURHAMS
Students voting today will decide how
student government will be run next year,
but they may make their decisions based
on a candidate’s character and dedication
rather than their plans for student govern
Unfortunately, since candidates’ plat
forms are similar, approaches to governing
the student body often decide the race, said
Mark Shelburne, campaign manager for
former Student Body President Jim
“Campaigns of the past have been ‘let’s
try to figure out what the various issues are
here and what pushes their buttons the
best,”’ Shelburne said.
Differences in the candidates’ charac
ters are the major voting issues in this
year’s election, said Jen Fiumara, one of
last year’s student body president candi
dates. “I think they’re choosing between
different personalities,” she said.
Student Body President Calvin
Cunningham said platforms seemed simi
lar because candidates received student
input throughout the race. “By the end of
the campaign, you can see all the candi
dates speaking off of the same basic plat
form in terms of ideas," he said.
Throughout his campaign, candidate
Michael Farmer has been seen as an out
sider with new ideas, said Student Con
gress Speaker Roy Granato.
“He gives a fresh perspective on student
government,” Granato said. “He is an
outsider, regardless of his involvement in
The perception of a candidate as an
outsider can help him or her look less
political and more like an advocate for
student ideas, Shelburne said.
The ideas candidate Sean Behr have
expressed in his platform and speeches
have made him seem accessible to stu
dents, Cunningham said.
“He has done a good job of portraying
himself as a man of the people,”
Granato said Behr’s image ofaccessibil-
See ANALYSIS, Page 4
Dole Wins lowa Vote;
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
DES MOINES, lowa—Bob Dole won
lowa’s Republican presidential caucuses
Monday night, but he shared the spotlight
with conservative commentator Pat
Buchanan who emerged from a nine-man
field and threatened to challenge Dole’s
standing as GOP front-runner.
Former Tennessee Gov. Lamar
Alexander ran third, hoping that would be
enough to give his long shot campaign a
fresh start in the upcoming stretch of pri
maries likely to settle the Republican nomi
As lowa handicapped the field, early
results suggested a disappointing night for
publishing heir Steve Foibes and a poten
tially fatal showing
for Texas Sen. Phil
records by spending
more than $4 mil
lion on television
advertising in lowa
and just two weeks
ago was threatening
Dole’s lead in the
But he was bogged
down in a race for
Gramm, with both
mired around 10
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Kansas, said the lowa
win would help him in
the New Hampshire
percent. Both Gramm and Foibes vowed
to press on in New Hampshire.
The lowa voting took place in 2,142
precinct caucuses and closed a nearly year
long campaign in the state.
New Hampshire’s primary next Tues
day, followed by a six-week march through
30 states, with 70 percent of the GOP
convention delegates to be chosen by the
time California holds its March 26 pri
New Hampshire is a Buchanan strong
hold, but Dole vowed not to stumble there
thistimeashedid after lowa got him off to
a winning start in 1988.
“I am deeply gratified with the strong
support of lowa voters,” Dole told The
Associated Press. “Now it is on to New
Hampshire on the road to conservative
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continues to grow at a rapid pace
in spite of attempted limits. Page 4
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change in the White House.”
President Clinton was unopposed in the
state’s Democratic caucuses.
With more than half the straw pollvotes
counted, Dole had 28 percent to 23 percent
for Buchanan who had strong support from
lowa’s large and influential bloc of conser
vative Christian activists.
News organizations projected Dole’s
victory as the caucuses began, based on
surveys of caucus participants as they ar
rived at their precincts.
For Buchanan, lowa was a sweet sur
Just a week ago he had modest goals
here, but used his upset of Gramm in last
week’s Louisiana caucuses to make the
case to social conservatives that he was a
stronger candidate than Gramm —against
both Dole and Clinton.
Alexander took quick aim at both men
ahead of him. He said Dole’s failure to
match his 1988 lowa showing of 37 per
cent was a sign of weakness among Repub
licans and that Dole in any event would be
no match for Clinton in a general election
And while congratulating Buchanan on
a strong showing, Alexander said
Buchanan’s protectionist trade views were
In advance, Dole rejected the notion
that he should be judged by his 1988 show
ing, noting the field was smaller then and
that for a month he has been the main
target of Foibes’ relentless attack ads.
Among caucus-goers, Buchanan was
the clear choice of those who described
themselves as very conservative or mem
bers of the religious right the same
constituency that propelled Buchanan to
his upset of Gramm in last week’s Louisi
In entrance surveys, a fifth of the cau
cus-goers said they settled on their choice
in the last three days; of those, Alexander
and Buchanan were the clear beneficiaries.
Buchanan had implored backers oflong
shot candidate Alan Keyes not to cost him
precious points—and would end the night
wishing he had had more success: Keyes
was running sixth with roughly 7 percent
of the vote.
It is almost as important to know what is not serious as to know what is.
John Kenneth Galbraith
ChdM Hill, North Carolina
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13,1996
Hooker Refuses to Acknowledge Open Meetings Law
After an eight-month debate over the
N.C. Open Meetings Law, Chancellor
Michael Hooker refused to voluntarily open
two chancellor’s advisory committees to
the public for a trial period, opening the
door for a possible lawsuit.
Hooker contends that the chancellor’s
advisory committees are not subject to the
North Carolina statute that forces both
elected and appointed public bodies to
meet in open session.
North Carolina Press Association attor
ney Amanda Martin said Monday that
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1996 Student Elections
Hooker’s decision has left the NCPA no
choice but to take legal action. Martin said
it has become obvious throughout the 16-
campus UNC system that the chancellors
were not going to cooperate with the open
If the two advisory committees were
opened to the public, Hooker argued that
open debate in the meetings would be
quashed because members might fear be
ing judged in the public eye.
“The purpose of these advisory com
mittees is to have candid discussion. If the
press were to have access to these meetings
Tar Heels Fall Again
Sophomore Tracy Reid s 26 points
were not enough to overcome
10th-ranked Virginia. Page 9
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Wart:, to make the Carolina Course Review
more dependent on student support
Will set up a network oi students to lobby
the General Assembly
■ Promises to work to eliminate tuit'on burden
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Will fight against future tuition increases.
Promises to expand use of UNC ONE card
Wants to bring vot.ng on-campus.
8 Wants to devote more resources to
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Will-fight unfair tuition increases.
! Plans to make the open-container law an
; Promises to implement a Student Pee Audit
Wants to establish a University Council.
Advocates more recyclables
it would have a chill
ing effect on the dia
The conflict over
tees extends outside
of Chapel Hill. The
& Record is also
fighting to open ad
visory boards estab
lished by UNC-
Graduate Students Eligible
For Grants for the First Time
Editor's Note: This is the second in a two part
series regarding changes in the financial aid
Graduate and professional students have
never been eligible for tuition grants from
the Office of Scholarships and Student
Aid. This spring, they can apply fora grant
to offset next semester’s S4OO tuition in
crease, the director of student aid said.
In die past, graduate and professional
students have only been eligible to receive
loans through UNC’s financial aid office.
“Graduate and professional studentscan
get the need-based grant, so it is to their
benefit to apply,” said Eleanor Morris,
director of the Office of Scholarships and
Morris said 45 percent of the revenue
from the tuition increase would create the
pool of money from which the grants will
be drawn. Graduate and professional stu
dents must fill out the Federal Application
for Student Aid to be eligible to receive the
need-based grant. The application is avail
able in the Office of Scholarships and Stu
dent Aid. The priority deadline is March 1.
“We recognize that some graduate stu
dents have trouble making ends meet,”
Student Body President Calvin
Cunningham said. “With those students in
mind, we increased the amount earmarked
for financial aid so those students can get
C 1996 DTH Publishing Coip. All rights reserved.
Student body president candidate
Lee Conner might have thought he
was getting some free publicity by
using platforms he clipped from The
Daily Tar Heel’s Feb. 5 issue, but
Elections Board chairwoman Annie
Shuart said Monday that Conner
would have to include the DTH clip
pings in his financial statement.
Conner said he and some of his
campaign staff members went to the
DTH drop boxes beginning at about
11:30p.m. Monday, picking up about
800 extra copies. They then cut out
Conner’s platform from the newspa
pers and placed them in law school
students’ mail files.
Shuart said Conner must include
his use of the DTH clippings in his
campaign finance statement. Conner
had called the platforms “an easy, free
way to get the word out.”
According to the Student Code, the
definition of “campaign materials,”
whose expense must be reported to
the Elections Board, is “all materials
purchased and/or utilized by the can
didate with the purpose of advocating
his/her candidacy, platform or voting
stance.” Shuart said the DTH clip
pings were campaign materials ac
cording to the code’s definition.
“He’ll (Conner) have to turn in his
financial statement Wednesday,”
Shuart said. “We know for a fact he
used this as campaign material. If his
statement does not include this dip
ping, we’ll call and ask about it. If he
says yes, then he’ll need to claim it. If
this puts him over $420, he’ll be dis
qualified from the race.”
See CONNER, Page 6
Greensboro Chancellor Patricia Sullivan.
Martin said the universities must under
stand that the N.C. Open Meetings Law
was not a press law. “These are the privi
leges and rights of the people of North
Carolina to get information,” she said.
The NCPA has notified newspapers
throughout the state, specifically those that
cover universities in the UN C system, about
the potential lawsuit and has asked them to
sign on to the lawsuit by Friday.
The press association is asking the news-
See OPEN MEETINGS, Page
HOOKER said the law
did not apply.
Cunningham said that although some
graduate students were against the hike,
many realized that their teaching stipends
would be increased and that new books
would be added to the libraries with the
revenue generated by the increase.
Professional students have raised con
cerns about the steep increases in the law,
pharmacy and business schools’ tuition.
For out-of-state students in those schools,
the total increase will be $3,000 over the
next three years, Cunningham said.
Cunningham said all the professional
students he had talked to supported the
increases because of the improvements the
revenue will bring to the schools.
“The increases will strengthen the busi
ness school and will allow the creation of a
new degree program in the pharmacy
school. I have heard no opposition from
the law students,” he said.
“All of the increases are very disturb
ing,” said Kim Miller, president of the
Graduate and Professional Students Fed
eration. “How can we plan for these in
creases? They could raise them again.”
Miller said her organization had been
trying to inform students about the in
creases and financial aid by answering
questions and distributing applications.
“A lot of people still don’t understand, ”
See STUDENT AID, Page 5
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