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Volume 103, Issue 157
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Recount Leaves Senior Class Race Undecided
BY BRONWEN CLARK
What should have been a routine re
count turned into a three-hour ballot fiasco
Wednesday night as the Elections Board
came up with three different tallies and no
resolution for Tuesday night’s Senior Class
Senior Class president candidate Ladell
Robbins asked for a re-count Wednesday
after Katie McNemey and running mate
Minesh Mistry edged out Robbins and
Nelson Supporters at Scene of Theft
BY KATIE TYSON
Three members of Student Body Presi
dent-Elect Aaron Nelson’s fraternity con
firmed late Wednesday night that they
were present in a classroom from which
issues of the controversial Carolina Re
view were taken just hours before poll sites
opened for the student election Feb. 13.
Between 1,500 and 2,000 copies of the
Review issue were taken from distribution
points and deposited in the student attor
ney general’s office, but members of
Nelson ’ s fraternity denied any involvement
in the theft of the magazine.
A reconstruction of the night’s events
revealed the following:
Charlton Allen, publisher of the Re
view, Editor Ashley Gamer and a few
other Review staff members began distrib
uting the issue last Monday night. Allen
said he and Gamer went to Carroll Hall to
distribute issues. Allen said they saw three
men in the lobby. After Allen and Gamer
began putting copies of the Review on the
desks of 106 Carroll Hall, one of the three
men from the lobby entered and began
collecting copies, Allen said.
Gamer said she identified the man as
sophomore Todd Doobrow, who is a mem
ber of Nelson’s fraternity, Tau Epsilon
Phi. Gamer said she recognized Doobrow
because she went to high school with him
Doobrow confirmed he was in the room
but had no further comment Tuesday night.
Allen said the man then left the room
and came back with the two individuals
from the lobby. The three individuals then
exited the room and came back with six to
seven more people, Allen said. Allen said
that most of the people remained in the
Johnny Knight, a senior from Greensboro, juggles during practice
for the UNC Juggling Club. The club meets two times a week.
New Act Has Major First Amendment Implications
BY CRISTINA SMITH
You’re traveling down the highway at a
comfortable cruising speed of 65 mph, but
suddenly you notice up ahead a roadblock
and some detour signs. Annoyed, you slow
to a crawl, continu
ing your highway
journey with hesi
tation, unsure about
what lies ahead.
along the information superhighway is lit
tered with roadblocks and detours of its
own. On Feb. 8, President Bill Clinton
signed the Telecommunications Bill of
1996, putting into effect provisions that
would change the way phone companies,
on-line services and cable companies do
business. Ultimately, the 100-page docu-
The University will press charges
against the man alleged to have
destroyed rare books. Page 3
Amelia Bruce by two votes. The vote from
Tuesday night’s election showed
McNemey and Mistry with 367 votes to
Robbins’ and Bruce’s 365.
However, after three re-counts on
Wednesday, the tally showed Robbins and •
Bruce with 368 and McNemey and Mistry
with 365. Members of the Elections Board
counted the votes three times before arriv
ing at the final tally. Each tally showed
Robbins and Bruce as they victors. The
Elections Board will decide today at 2 p.m.
in Suite C whether to certify this tally.
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room and that a few said they would col
lect the copies once Allen and Gamer left.
Student Body President Calvin
Cunningham, Student Congress Speaker
Roy Granato and Student Body Treasurer
Nathan Darling then entered the room at
around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.
ment would change life as we know it in
the world of communication technology.
At the bill signing, Clinton said the
purpose of the bill was “to stimulate invest
ment, promote competition, provide open
access for all citizens to the Information
But certain provisions in the act might
put the brakes on free expression on the
Internet. Minutes after Clinton signed the
bill, the American Civil Liberties Union
and other groups filed a lawsuit claiming
the act violated First Amendment free
speech rights. The suit petitions the gov
ernment to repeal the Communications
Decency Act, a provision of the Telecom
munications Act that focuses on use of the
The ACLU temporarily won part of
See TELECOMMUNICATIONS, Page 2
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22,1996
Presidential candidate Steve
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McNemey and Mistry said they did not
understand why Wednesday ’ sre-count was
more valid than Tuesday’s original count,
which showed them in the lead.
"You got the same numbers last three
times,” she said. “Now you get four differ
ent numbers several different times.’’
The total number ofvotes counted Tues
day was inconsistent with the number on
Wednesday, with 732 votes counted Tues
day night and 733 counted Wednesday.
The single web vote cast for the Senior
Class race was counted on both days.
Cunningham confirmed that he,
Granato and Darling entered 106 Carroll
Hall to distribute handbills supporting the
food services referendum in Business
School student mailboxes on the first floor
See REVIEW, Page 2
UNC Upholds Religious Groups’ Right to Funds
■ Student Congress will still
make decisions on allocating
student activities fees.
BY JOHN SWEENEY
The official University position on fund
ing religious groups was clarified at the
Wednesday night meeting of the Student
Congress Rules and Judiciary Committee,
opening up the door for several groups
which congress had previously denied fund
According to a report by R&J Chair
man Terry Miler, Dist. 1, the Inter Varsity
Christian Fellowship and Overcomers In
ternational, two campus Christian groups,
must be allowed to participate in the stu
dent government funding process.
While membership in both groups is
UNC Student Web Pages Defy New
BY J. WILLIAM PATTERSON
It’s not hard to find the “seven dirty
words” in “Stay Free,” student radio
station WXYC’s Internet page, which
freely uses the f-word.
Nor is it hard to find information
about abortion on student-created World
Wide Web pages. Even student
government’s technology adviser
Michael Williams has a home page that
openly discusses abortion.
Elections Board Chairwoman Annie
Shuart said the re-count results were the
results she and the board would look at
when deciding whether to certify the elec
tion. According to the Student Code, the
board could refuse to certify the election
results only if it discovered a violation
which could have affected the outcome of
the race. However, Shuart said no viola
tions had been reported.
the security of the ballots overnight.
“I don’t understand three consecu
Jewish Faculty '
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ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
A group of Jewish professors joined
the fight against the latest issue of the
Carolina Review on Wednesday with
a memo sent to Chancellor Michael
Pat Fischer, associate professor of
Health Policy and Administration,
coordinated the writing of the letter,
which was signed by 22 professors.
The memo accuses the magazine,
which touts itself as “UNC’s conser
vative voice,” of anti-Semitic attacks
of Student Body President-Elect Aaron
Nelson, who is Jewish, is depicted
on the cover of the issue with horns
and a pitchfork. An enclosed article
entitled “The Case Against Aaron
Nelson” charges him with letting his
religion interfere with Student Con
“Such diverse hate literature should
not be disseminated under the
University’s auspices,” the memo
Fischer said she presented a draft
letter to faculty members last week
through the campus e-mail system.
She said several professors refiised to
See PROFESSORS, Page 15
open to everyone, becoming part of the
leadership of the groups requires a pledge
of faith in Christian doctrine.
In denying funding for the groups last
semester, members of congress argued that
non-Christian students were denied full
membership privileges, violating the Uni
versity non-discrimination policy.
But University Attorneys Susan
Ehringhaus and Mary Sechreist, who met
with several members of student govern
ment Monday and Tuesday, said such a
decision on funding violates the First
Amendment’s freedom of association, ac
cording to Milner’s report.
The report states that a third group, the
Arnold Air Society, was exempted from
the non-discrimination policy. The Soci
ety applied for funding in the fall but con
gress denied it because, as an arm of the Air
Force ROTC program, openly gay and
lesbian individuals could not join.
According to the report, Ehringhaus
Normally no one at the University
would blink an eye over a few obscene
words or a controversial discussion.
But under recently passed federal leg
islation, material of this nature —found
on a number of student-created home
pages at UNC —is illegal on the Internet.
Although a federal judge last week tem
porarily restricted the government from
enforcing a portion of the law, the part
ofthe law that bans “patently offensive”
See INTERNET, Page 12
Best-selling author Joseph Chilton
Pearce reveals the truth about your
internal anatomy. Page 3
five times yesterday you got the exact same
numbers,” she said. “Today, how many
hours was the ballot box not locked? I have
confidence that these ballots here were not
the ballots last night.”
If the board chooses to certify the elec
tion, the candidates’ only recourse would
be through the Student Supreme Court,
which could call for another election.
“I’m disappointed. I feel like the burden
of responsibility has shifted back on us for
something we didn’t do,” Robbins said.
“Who wants to go into elected office if
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“ We all need to decide if we
believe student fees ought to go
to religious groups!"
Student Body President-Elect
reasoned that since other students groups
can restrict membership to students in the
same academic program, ROTC students
should also be permitted such restrictions.
Milner said the University’s ruling also
meant student activity fees could be used
for religious ceremonies held by groups
and other expenditures, such as purchas
ing Bibles, would be allowed.
Rep. Dan Thompson, Dist. 12, who
was also present at the meeting with
Ehringhaus and Sechreist, said his under
standing was that groups could prohibit
r 1996 Telecommunications Act
■ Obscenity and indecency banned from the Internet:
Violators subject to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
■ Television manufacturers required to install in new sets a
computer chip (V-chip) that allows viewers to screen out
■ Limits lifted on the number of radio stations a company
can own nationally. Companies can own television stations
reaching 35 percent of the nation's households.
■ Cable company price caps deregulated.
■ Phone companies can offer cable, long distance, local and
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you’re forced to sue your way into it. We
did what we ’re supposed to do. We ran and
that is it.”
McNemey said she was prepared for
another election, but by the same token
said she was disappointed in the manner in
which the vote tally was handled.
“We’ve gone this far, I’m not afraid to
go further,” she said. “This is exactly why
this University needs people who are will
ing to work for a change. This is a govern
ment of the students and students need
membership by people who would under
mine the purpose of the group. Thompson
cited the Loreleis, a female campus vocal
group, as one such organization. The
Loreleis do not allow male membets.
Several members of the committee ex
pressed reservations about the ruling.
“You’re free to associate with who you
want, but other people have the right to
associate with you,” said Student Body
President-Elect Aaron Nelson.
Milner pointed out that congress mem
bers did not necessarily have to vote for
funding religious groups and that mem
bers are not required to disclose their rea
sons for failing to approve such alloca
“We all need to decide if we believe
student fees oughtto go to religious groups,”
Milner, a law school student, said he
would continue to look into the issue on his