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Henry Huggins, a young Chapel Hill resident, swings at the Episcopalean Church playground on Thursday
afternoon. The warmer weather brought people of all ages out to play.
Their Role in Learning
■ Some professors prefer to
place more emphasis on
BY JAMES LEWIS
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS EDITOR
Every year when the University goes
through the budget process in Raleigh,
state legislators demand UNC faculty and
administrators place more emphasis on
teaching in the classrooms.
But a preliminary examination of classes
at the University showed that at least two
professors reject traditional ideas about
holding lectures or formal class discus
Instead the professors prefer to see their
job as one of encouraging students to take
responsibility for their own education. In
practice, some students said they saw the
classes as unique learning experiences.
Others simply called them “laid back.”
Associate Sociology Professor James
Wiggins, whose Sociology 12 class on hu
man societies is scheduled to meet every
Tuesday and Thursday, doesn’t lecture
students. The class of 80 students is di
vided in half and students come to class
once a week. For the first few weeks of
■ Linnea Smith will debate the censorship of
pornography with ACLU President
Nadine Strossen on WUNC this Saturday.
BY JAMESL PALMER
Days after American Civil Liberties Union President Nadine
Strossen spoke on campus about her book, “Defending Pornogra
phy,” a prominent Chapel Hill psychiatrist has expressed her
opposition to Strossen’s views and called for UNC to bring an
anti-pornography activist to speak.
Linnea Smith wrote that Strossen distorted and misrepresented
the position of anti-pornography proponents, in a Feb. 16 letter to
Sheridan Singleton, Carolina Union Activities Board Critical
Issues Committee chairman.
CUAB has since sent a letter to Smith inviting her to speak
about the anti-pornography viewpoint.
“(Strossen) reads works out of context, with a touch of ridi
cule,” Smith said. Strossen misrepresented and ignored research
that showed pornography was detrimental to a person’s well
being, she said.
Smith will debate the issue Saturday with Strossen and Stanley
Fish, chairman ofDuke University’s English Department. WUNC
Radio will air the debate at 4 p.m. Smith said she had attended
Strossen’s speech Monday in Memorial Hall, and would respond
to her statements in the debate, which has already been taped.
Smith, wife ofUNCbasketball coach Dean Smith, said Strossen
See SMITH, Page 4
ASA to Circulate Petition
The Asian Students Association
wants the University to create an
Asian Studies curriculum. Page 2
class, students concentrate on a paper on a
major issue facing society. After the paper
is turned in, students are placed into groups
and give presentations about the issues.
Monnie McCracken, a senior from
Greensboro who is enrolled in the class
this semester, said she benefited from
“It’s more laid back,” she said. “He
doesn’t just give lectures. I had him for
another class and and got so much out of
In addition to the papers and the presen
tations, students also must write a personal
reflection on some aspect of the reading
assigned and are quizzed on the reading.
“I am trying to get students to take on
more responsibility fortheir learning rather
than students coming to class with the
‘feed me’ idea,” Wiggins said. “I try to get
them to be more responsible and involved
in their learning.”
“I sort of create and structure obvi
ously I set the the rules—but I probably do
more responding to what they did,” he
said. “I just sit there to watch the interac
tion,” he said. “It isn’t as though I am
clueless. I am very much involved.”
Wiggins said even though the class was
an introductory course, most of the stu-
See TEACHING, Page 4
Scott Gold, who now works for the Sun Sentinel in
Florida, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
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Robbins, Bruce Official Winners, Board Says
■ Minesh Minstry and Katie
McNemey plan to appeal to
the Student Supreme Court.
BY RICK CONNER
After hearing arguments from both sets
of candidates and taking three recounts,
the Elections Board on Thursday unani
mously certified Ladell Robbins and
Amelia Bruce as the winners in the race for
Senior Class president and vice president.
In the final count, only one vote sepa
rated the candidates, with a total tally of
367 to 366 in favor of Robbins and Brace.
The final certification contradicted the
initial results reported Tuesday, which
showed Katie McNemey and Minesh
Mistry winning by 367 to 365.
Upon hearing the decision and the final
tally, McNemey and Mistry were visibly
upset, pointing out the discrepancies in the
The pair plans to appeal the decision to
the Student Supreme Court, which could
call for another election.
“We will do what it takes to make sure
that what has gone wrong is made right,
because the students deserve to have lead
ers that were elected fairly,” McNemey
“The blatant violations and negligence
of the Elections Board necessitates our
DTH Turns 103
The DTH has changed forms over
the years, but continues to be the
students' voice. Page 3
Nelson Supporters Claim
No Part in Magazine Theft
■ Tau Epsilon Phi members
said they did not take copies
of the Carolina Review.
BY DAVE SNELL
Members of Student Body President-
Elect Aaron Nelson’s fraternity continue
to deny any involvement in the theft of an
issue of The Carolina Review that criti
cized Nelson for his political beliefs.
Nelson criticized the removal of more
than 1,500 copies of the Review from dis
The copies of the Review, taken from
classrooms on campus, were found in the
student attorney general’s office the morn
ing of Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Tau Epsilon Phi members Todd
Doobrow, Richard Fremont and Reza
Ardalan were present in a room where
Allen and the Review’s editor were distrib
uting their magazine the night before the
Feb. 13 student elections, but said they
knew nothing about the theft of the free
Other TEP members who saw the Re
view issue before the election said they
The Elections Board declared Ladell Robbins and Amelia Bruce (left) winners
by one vote in the Senior Class race over Katie McNerey and Minesh Mistry.
Robbins and Bruce said they were
pleased with the decision and believed that
the ballot counting was conducted fairly by
“We’re just happy to be at this point for
now,” Robbins said.
At the meeting, McNemey and Mistry
raised concerns of possible tampering with
the ballots during the time interval be
tween the elections and Thursday’s meet
“We do not personally accuse Ladell or
Amelia of anything,” McNemey said.
“But the security of those ballots were
Elections Board Chairwoman Annie
Shuart said the ballots were paper clipped
together by each pollsite, placed in an un
Witk a Pulitzer Prize nomination for
stories on hog waste spills in N.C., former
DTH writer and UNC alumnus Scott Gold is
BY JOHN MARTIN
This year’s Pulitzer Prize could be all hog waste that is, if
UNC graduate and former Daily Tar Heel writer Scott Gold and
his cohorts at the (Wilmington) Morning Star win the prize for
which they have been nominated.
The Morning Star newspaper received a Pulitzer Prize nomi
nation in journalism foraseries of articles on the hog waste spills
caused by North Carolina’s hog farms, the state's second largest
industry. Gold, who worked for the Morning Star from Decem
ber 1992 until September 1995, contributed a great deal to the
“I knew it was an enormous issue, but I didn’t think this
would come out of it,” he said.
Gold explained the problems with North Carolina’s hog
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Despite an upcoming recall
election, many residents support
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AARON NELSON said
he supported the
Review's right to
were offended by
the coverage of
Nelson but did not
steal copies of the
“I have no idea
what happened to
(the copies) that
night,” said TEP
Mesmer. “I know
none of the indi
viduals who had
anything to do with
Nelson said he
received a copy of
the Review from lan
Walsh, candidate for CAApresidentMon
“I want to encourage support for free
speech and have all voices be heard,”
Nelson said. “I’m glad (the copies) were
returned... and I hope they are still distrib
Review publisher Charlton Allen said
Thursday that he had not decided whether
to pursue Honor Court charges against
“We have a couple of people that we
highly suspect, ’’Allen said. “No final deci-
sealed box and left in her locked office
Shuart also said the ballots were in her
view or locked in her office Wednesday
and Thursday, and she felt comfortable
saying that the ballots had not been tam
The board debated the possibility of
ballot tampering then ruled out tampering
as having changed the results of the elec
“ If we felt there was tampering (with the
ballots), we would not hesitate to ask for a
second election, ’’ said board member Scott
Shuart said that during the recount
Wednesday, results were inconsistent with
those determined Tuesday night, so the
board counted the ballots again several
farming industry to unknowing readers. Large bowl-shaped
lagoons collected the waste of about 10,000 hog heads at each
large corporate hog farm. After a while the lagoons gave way
and collapsed, spilling hog waste into nearby rivets and fields
and destroying marine wildlife and crops.
“There were these huge tobacco and soybean fields that were
completely coated with pig waste,” Gold said. He noticed this
happening at alarming regularity as he tramped through the
mucky fields of processed pig feces that ruined crops all over
southeastern North Carolina. The waste proved to be a major
setback for agricultural and fishing industries and for other
industries that rely on North Carolina’s waterways.
“I thought that would be the end of it, but it all sort of blew
up from there,” Gold continued. The pollution from the waste
See GOLD, Page 2
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sion has been made however.”
Members of TEP saw Allen and Ashley
Gamer, the Review’s editor, in 106 Carroll
Hall after midnight Tuesday, where they
argued about the Review’s content and
Mesmer said he and other TEP mem
bers heard about the contents and cover of
The Carolina Review “in the wee hours of
the morning around midnight” Monday at
the TEP house.
“We don’t really want to say who told
us because we don’t want to pull anybody
in to the situation who is not already in
volved,” Mesmer said.
Ardalan said he and other TEP mem
bers went to Carroll Hall as soon as they
heard that anew issue of the Review was
being distributed. The group chose to enter
Carroll Hall because it was the first build
ing in the Quad they came to after leaving
the TEP house, Ardalan said.
Doobrow and Justin Cates went to
Carroll Hall because of its proximity,
Doobrow said. Cates could not be reached
forcomment Thursday. “Whenlgotthere,
I was with one other guy and we entered
the room and saw the picture (on the Re
view),” Doobrow said.
See REVIEW, Page 2
During theprocess, a ballot for Robbins
and Brace was found in a McNemey and
Wednesday’s recount showed Robbins
and Bruce winning each time, once by a
count of 367 to 366, and twice bjLccount
of 368 to 365. “
The board attributed the discrepancies
to miscounting the ballots.
“It’s not unreasonable to assume a cer
tain amount of human error,” said board
member Brian Ferrell.
“That’s unfortunate, but I think we did
have a valid election.”
Trent Jemigan, campaign manager for
Robbins and Bruce, said that human error
in counting should not cause the board to
disregard the results of the entire election.
“Human error happens; that’s just the
way it is. But the numbers speak for them
selves,” he said.
Former student body president candi
date Sean Behr and Nick Johnston, cam
paign adviser to McNemey and Mistry,
both called for another election.
“The elections were close enough that
even a small discrepancy warrants a reelec
tion,” Johnston said.
Mistry also cited a lack of organization
and various distractions during the count
ing process that may have affected the
Shuart said that there were always pos
sible distractions, but the counting of the
ballots was done consistently.
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