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Ladell Robbins and Ameila Bruce celebrate their victory as
Senior Class president and vice president Tuesday night in Carroll Hall.
The pair won the run-off election by 53 votes.
Robbins, Bruce Win
Final Senior Class Race
BY MARVA HINTON
Ladell Robbins and Amelia Biuce de
feated Katie McNemey and Minesh Mistry
for Senior Class president and vice presi
dent by a vote of 485 to 432 in the final
round of elections Tuesday.
“We’ll get started immediately on se
nior class activities,” Robbins said.
McNemey and Mistry would not com
ment on the results.
Tuesday’s elections marked th. third
time students voted for president and vice
president of the Senior Class.
McNemey and Mistry won the first
election on Feb. 13, but did not receive a
majority of the votes.
Inlhe run-off election Feb. 20, the Elec
tions Board reported that McNemey and
Mistry had won by two votes. However,
Bruce and Robbins called for a recount,
which showed Robbins and Bruce the win
ners by a vote of 367 to 366.
McNemey and Mistry filed a suit in the
Student Supreme Court against the Elec
tions Board and Robbins and Brace. The
court ruled March 18 in favor ofMcNemey
and Mistry, and scheduled a re-election.
Brace said she thought the closeness of
the first run-off election caused more stu
dents to vote.
“When everyone saw how close that
(the last election) was they realized that
every votecounts,” Bracesaid. “Wecalled
a lot more people, too.”
Voter turnout Tuesday was higher than
expected, with 917 students voting. In the
Feb. 13 race, 995 rising seniors cast votes;
in the Feb. 20 run-off, 713 votes were
The Elections Board handcounted the
votes Tuesday night in 106 Carroll in front
of both sets of candidates and their sup
porters. The board made three changes to
the ballot to make the vote totals more
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Healing a Divided Campus
Local students and leaders over the last
week have been asking how to unite UNC
after a series of events that have raised the
specter of hate crimes and hate speech.
Asa community, we must look ahead
and find ways to bring people together in
response to recent events.
The Daily Tar Heel will sponsor a pub
lic roundtable discussion Friday at 4:30
p.m. to bring together people with different
viewpoints and ideas. Gerald Home, di
rector of the Sonja H. Stone Black Cultural
Center, will moderate the conversation.
If you think you might be interested in
participating or just in watching, please
stop by the DTH office in Suite 104 of the
Student Union to pick up an information
packet and sign up for the roundtable.
We would like to see a variety of opin
ions represented Friday, so if you have
something to say about the issues of free
speech and hate, and if you have some
ideas about how to face such issues in the
future, please come by and sign up.
The Daily Tar Heel profiles
the second two applicants
for editor. Page 2
Senior Class President
fr Amalia Bruce
a Minesh Mistry
secure. The board added a place for the
poll tender to name the pollsite and initial
the ballot and took a sequential count of
the number of ballots they delivered.
The board also kept a count of how
many ballots were given out. This number
was checked against the pollsite log-in.
Annie Shuart, chairwoman of the Elec
tions Board, said the changes were enacted
to make candidates feel more secure.
“Initialing the ballots was a good pre
caution of keeping ballots from being sto
len,” Shuart said. “The Elections Board
was not concerned that errors were occur
ring. The precautions we took solved the
concerns of others involved. The counting
Interim Vice Chairman of the Elections
Board Scott Barnett said the changes gave
the board added confidence in their count
ing. “It made us feel more secure in our
final count,” Barnett said.
The election results are not final until
they are certified by the board today.
Women Match Men in Writing Senior Honors Theses
BY GINGER MASSEY
Early this week stark posters appeared
in women's bathrooms around campus
decrying the low number of minority
women faculty members on campus. The
statistics the posters presented highlighted
a problem attracting and keeping women
scholars that University leaders agree ex
ists and are trying to address.
But at the same time, there are indica
tions that women are making significant
progress toward being equally represented
in the top echelons of University life. Ac
cording to a study by the Honors Office,
about the same proportion of undergradu
ate women are writing honors theses as
their male colleagues.
Associate Dean ofHonors Robert Allen
said in 1995 some members of his depart
ment were concerned that women were
not receiving as much encouragement from
the faculty as men, and therefore did not
write as many honors theses. Allen said the
department did research in 1995 to see if
this was the case.
The department looked at the 1994 cal
endar year, which included graduation
dates inMay, August and December. Allen
If I had to live my life over, I’d live over a delicatessen.
The Face of Rape
Author Christine Carter
read from her book on
rape victims and rapists
Tuesday. Page 5
Zaffron Survives; Recall Attempt Fails
■ Alex Zaffron will remain on the Carrboro
Board of Aldermen after an attempt to oust
him was quashed in a landslide election.
BY TODD DARLING
In a landslide election Tuesday night, an attempt to recall
Carrboro Alderman Alex Zaffron failed by a vote of 1,008 to 395.
It took the five voting precincts approximately an hour to tally
their votes by hand.
“I felt pretty good when I first heard the results, ” Zaffron said.
“I’m glad it’s over and we can move on.”
Supporters of Zaffron waited anxiously at as the individual
precinct tallies were called in.
We won! ’’ Allen Spalt, member of the Friends of Alex Zaffron
Committee, screamed as he received the final vote tally by phone
from the Hillsborough Board of Elections.
“I couldn’t believe it was so overwhelming,” said Shirley
Marshall, chairperson of the Friends of Alex Zaffron Committee.
“I’m pleased that Carrboro made such as resounding statement.”
The recall election was held due to a petition initiated by
Carrboro resident Sheryl Baker after Zaffron was charged with
driving while intoxicated on Nov. 27. On Jan. 23 the Orange
County Board of Elections confirmed the required 931 signatures
needed to hold the election.
“The people have a right to make an informed decision, ” Baker
said in an earlier interview.
Spalt said that a charge of a DWI, while a serious mistake, was
not enough to justify a recall election.
“The DWI charge is an inappropriate use of a recall. It didn’t
make him unfit to serve as an alderman.” Spalt said.
The election turnout of approximately 1,403 voters was good
for a single issue election, Zaffron said.
“It showed that a majority of the community felt that way,”
Zaffron said. “I was really surprised by that large of a majority.”
Spalt said he thought the election turnout was higher than
expected. He said while it was difficult to get people interested in
an “off” election he thought the turnout was excellent.
Election volunteers at poll sites reported a fairly constant level
of voters. Despite a fire drill at Culbreth Middle School causing
two voters to vote outside of the polling site, election procedures
“It was a good turnout, ” Marshall said. “We obviously caught
Zaffron supporters felt the vote from the North Carrboro
precinct, the largest voting precinct including the Cates Farm and
Wexford neighborhoods, was especially crucial due to the level of
opposition on the connecting road which Zaffron supported as
Transportation Advisory Board chairman.
Zaffron supporters were amazed when he won in North
Carrboro by a vote of 476-203.
“This is great!” exclaimed Carrboro resident and Zaffron
supporter Carrie Monette.
Marshall said she felt the campaigning her and her group did
the weeks prior to the election helped bolster support in this area
Gun Sculpture Project Faces Changes
BY LESLIE KENDRICK
Chapel Hill Town Council members
made changes Monday night in recom
mendations for the controversial down
town “Gun Sculpture” project by the
Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission.
The original sculpture proposal was
called “621 yards/.69 seconds,” a refer
from the Post Office on Franklin Street to
McDonald’s, both of which were sites of
deadly incidents involving guns. Five pieces
of sculpture made of melted gun parts were
to be positioned along Franklin Street.
After public hearings in November
where Chapel Hill residents voiced their
opposition to theproject, the council asked
the Arts Commission and artist Thomas
Sayre for a revised proposal.
Women Who Write Honors Theses
An Honors Office analysis of students who completed honors theses in May, August and December 1994 showed that
proportionally women completed as many theses as men, but that there were variations among some individual departments.
Z~~7 Female Honors Theses /~7 Male Honors Theses
Biology Psychology Political Science English Chemistry Pharmacy Math Economics
SOURCE ROBERT AUEN, ASSOCIATE DEAN OF HONORS
said they were pleased with the outcome.
“It did not bear out the hypothesis that
more males write honor theses than fe
males at all,” Allen said.
According to research conducted about
the 52 departments in which students can
write honors theses, about 60 percent of
those who graduated with honors in 1994
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Brian Taylor, 34, of Carrboro spent Tuesday campaigning for Alderman Alex Zaffron.
Zaffron was recalled by concerned residents after he was charged with drunk driving.
“It was good information that we got out. North Carrboro is
such an enormous precinct,” Marshall said.
As he heard the results after the meeting, Zaffron thanked
Marshall and her workers for their effort and support. About 125
people offered support for the Friends of Alex Zaffron.
“It was such a spontaneous and immediate outpouring of
support from the community,” Monetter said.
“I was incredibly gratified by all this,” Zaffron said.
With the winning results of the election and his job secure,
Zaffron said he would continue working on issues affecting the
town such as affordable housing and area zoning.
“I’m just going to keep on working on the same issues. I’ll
manage to keep busy.”
accepted the Arts
the proposed public
ing Chapel Hill and
street violence be
rethought so that it
would no longer be
referred to as the
and would instead
reflect positive com
Council member JOE
CAPOWSKI said the
should be altered.
However, council members asked for
several amendments to the Arts
Commission’s seven recommendations
before approving them.
Mayor pro-tempore Joyce Brown and
were female. Women made up about 60
percent of the undergraduate population
The biggest surprises for the 1994 data
were in the biology department and phar
macy school, Allen said.
In 1994,29 undergraduates in the biol
ogy department wrote honors theses. Of
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in low 50s.
Thursday: Cloudy, high 50s.
Results from Alex
ZaffroiTs Recall Election
Zaffron should not
remain in office:
reman in office:
council member Joe Capowski asked that
the sculpture reflect “community values”
rather than “community concerns regard
ing violence on our streets,” as the Arts
Commission’s report states.
“I think people in Chapel Hill have
spoken about this issue,” Capowski said.
“If the statue is still about violence, people
will have the same problems with it as they
would have about a statue about guns.”
Letters from citizens presented at
Monday’s meeting expressed continued
concern about gearing the project toward
the issue of street violence.
Chapel Hill resident Linda Mews said
she was pleased with the town council’s
“I was concerned by the Arts
Commission’s recommendations because
See GUNS, Page 2
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this number, 21, or 72.4 percent, were
Of the undergraduates in the pharmacy
school who turned in a thesis, seven, or
77.8 percent, were female.
However, not all departments followed
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Carrboro residents voted with ballots
like this one in Tuesday's recall
election of Alex Zaffron.
BCC Close to
$3 Million in
■ BCC Director Gerald
Horne said Tuesday that he
would announce a large
donation to the BCC soon.
BY LILLIE CRATON
In the wake of BCC Awareness Week,
the Sonja H. Stone Black Cultural Center
is well on its way to reaching the $7.5
million needed to build a freestanding cen
ter, BCC director Gerald Home said Tues
“Soon we will be close to $3 million in
donations,” Home said.
Home said the BCC had received a
large donation that they would be announc
“We’re expecting to announce any day
now an anonymous donation that will
knock your socks off,” he said.
Home said he thought the BCC Aware
ness Week activities and the numerous
student fund-raising efforts helped to pub
licize the fund-raising campaign.
“There are all sorts of grassroots fund
raising projects going on,” he said. “Even
if they don’t amount to very much towards
the overall goal, they are very good for
“They show the alumni that the stu
dents here really value this project, ” Home
Dawnielle Gladden, BCC student fund
raising intern, said many student organiza
tions had become involved in the fund
“Delta Delta Delta sold 13 BCC T
shirts,” she said. “Unitas has also rallied
around the BCC.”
Gladden said the Unitas program had
sponsored a dance and was planning to
donate some of the proceeds to the BCC
Several campus singing groups, includ-