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Referendum Dispute Spurs Lawsuit
By Katie Abel
: The fate of a controversial voter ref
erendum will be decided in Student
Supreme Court this week after several
students filed a lawsuit to get it placed
back on the Feb. 8 ballot.
Congress Speaker Mark
Kleinschmidt ordered Friday the
removal of a referendum from the elec
tions ballot that would ask students to
decide whether to pay about $3 more
annually in student fees to join the
United States Student Association, a
higher education lobbying group.
In December, Congress voted 12-10
to add the referendum to the ballot.
But the resolution was passed without
the necessary' two-thirds vote required
Naming Who Could Be Next
While the search for UNC's next chancellor continues to progress quietly and without
a definite end in sight, The Daily Tar Heel profiles six possible contenders for the post.
Turn to pages 8, 9 and 10 as the paper begins to take stock and name names.
By Kaitlin Gurney
Now five months into its hunt,
UNC’s Chancellor Search Committee
has failed to find a finalist, but has
learned that history does indeed
Much like the process that selected
the late Michael Hooker in 1995, this
search has con
and flimsy dead
tee created a
able as the
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for its next chancellor |
And now, Richard Stevens, chair
man of the committee, says meetings
will likely continue until late February.
The committee is quick to remind
the public, particularly the media, that
they have until May to pick the next
chancellor, the original deadline set
by UNC-system President Molly
This has led some to suggest that
the committee is scrounging for can
didates, since notable contenders have
either withdrawn or expressed disin
terest in the post.
As the search meanders and inten
sifies, speculation about UNC’s next
leader will continue to mount.
And the University community will
Girl Released to Social Services
The Orange County Sheriff's
Department is investigating
whether Hailey Bogue's
mother was negligent.
By Kevin Krasnoyv
The Orange County Sheriff’s
Department is close to finishing its
investigation into whether Hailey
Bogue’s 17-hour disappearance into the
snow last week was a product of her
Four-year-old Bogue, who was
released from UNC Hospitals at 3 p.m.
Friday after what doctors described as a
“miraculous recovery,” is in the custody
of the Chatham County Department of
Social Welfare. Authorities kept Bogue
away from her mother, Tara Christie,
by the Student Code, and on Friday
Kleinschmidt decided to remove it.
“The nature of my office requires me
to follow the Code requirements for the
amendment process,” he said.
Four UNC students, freshmen
Sandra Chapman and David Seymour
and seniors Christine Williams and
Corye Barbour, filed a complaint Friday
afternoon against Kleinschmidt, calling
his actions unconstitutional by his con
formance with Title 11, Article IV,
Section 166 of the Student Code.
Under the provision, “No resolution
calling for a referendum to amend the
Constitution of the Student Body shall
be passed at any time without a two
thirds vote of Congress.”
But plaintiffs contend the 12-10 vote,
which was passed by a simple majority, is
continue to wait.
In 1995, the University' found itself
scouring the ranks of academia for a
new leader, fighting media leaks,
much as it is today.
But in just four years, the set of fig
ureheads presiding over the world of
higher education has changed dra
matically, as the UNC chancellor
search committee is discovering.
Most of the University’s top choic
es from the 1995 search have since
assumed lofty university posts else
where, so they aren’t as likely to be
swayed this time by a low-paying, if
idyllic, offer to go to Chapel Hill.
Attracting money to universities in
all shapes and forms has increasingly
become one, if not the, top duty for
university leaders. Corporate and
foundation heads divest of academic
experience are regularly joining the
ranks of college presidents.
Even UNC’s search committee has
declared that a candidate’s fund-rais
ing ability will be weighed equally with
the more traditional qualifications of
administrative experience and acade
And this year, UNC isn’t alone in
its search for the best. Two other top
-25 universities, Stanford University
and Vanderbilt University are also
seeking new presidents, heightening
the competition for renowned leaders
by drawing from a similar candidate
pool. The University of Chicago also
just chose anew president.
National searches such as these,
almost invariably led by executive
search firms, are covered with a tight
vejl of secrecy, for the bright caps and
pending an inves
tigation of negli
Sheriff 1 .indy
was tying up some
loose ends and
planned to con
clude the investi
before going pub
lic with any infor
tion should be
was released from
the hospital Friday
completed by Monday morning,”
Pendergrass said. “At that time, the
investigator (Gerald Castle) will speak
with Chatham County Social Services."
Maj. Don Truelove said the sheriff’s
department had narrowed the parame-
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valid under the Constitution, the supreme
law of student government.
Title 1, Article VI, Section 1 of the
Constitution states that “amendments to
this Constitution shall become valid
when passed by a simple majority, pro
vided that at least 2.5 percent of the stu
dent body votes on the amendment, of
those voting in campus elections con
ducted by the Elections Board at the
direction of Student Congress.”
According to the lawsuit, “nowhere in
the Constitution is there support for the
notion that the direction of Student
Congress” requires a supermajority of
Congress or a two-thirds vote.
The lawsuit also cites several constitu
tional examples where supermajorities are
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The late Chancellor Michael Hooker is inaugurated as UNC's eighth chancellor on Oct. 12,1995. Much
speculation still surrounds the search for the next leader who must fill Hooker's shoes.
gowns of academia regalia mask one
of the most cutthroat job markets in
The Path to President
In the days before search firms’
headhunters, professors wedded
themselves to institutions and patient
ly waited to be promoted within the
But slowly, the custom changed,
and ambitious professors didn’t wait
for their own institution to discover
ters of the original investigation.
“We have ruled out foul play and, at
this time, are determining w'hether the
mother was negligent in her daughter’s
disappearance,” said Truelove on
Friday. “We just need to finish some
Bogue’s father, who lives in Roanoke
Rapids, is trying to regain custody of his
child, he announced at a Sunday news
conference. When later phoned by
Daily Tar Heel reporters, Oscar Bogue
refused to comment and relayed infor
mation through a woman who chose to
“We are keeping our mouths shut,”
she said. “We are not saying anything
until the investigation is complete.”
But the w'oman did confirm that
Hailey was being taken care ol by the
Chatham County Department of Social
Sec BOGUE, Page 4
Reading the Fine Print
Differing opinions regarding a resolution passed by a 12-10 Student Congress vote last semester
have led student leaders to further examine the Student Constitution and Student Code.
The Constitution, in Title 1, Article VI, Section 1, details the procedure for making constitu
tional amendments and is the the supreme law on that procedure. In relevant part, this sec
tion states that “[ajmendments to this Constitution shall become valid when passed by a sim
ple majority, provided that at least 2.5 percent of the Student Body votes on the amendment,
of those voting in campus elections conducted by the Elections Board at the direction of the
Student Congress." Nowhere in the constitution is there support for the notion that "the
direction of Student Congress" requires a supermajority of the Student Congress.
Title II, Article IV, Section 166 of the code states that, "No resolutions
calling a referendum to amend the Constitution of the Student Body shall be passed at any
time without a two-thirds vote of Congress."
SOURCE: STUDENT CONSTITUTION AND THE STUDENT CODE
their talents. Traveling from smaller to
increasingly larger universities sped
up the process.
Today, promoting faculty to the
very top administrative roles is rare,
said Nancy Whitcomb, a consultant
with the Educational Management
Network, a national search firm based
in Nantucket, Mass.
“If you hire a president from
inside, it might make everyone com
fortabie, but it also might indicate an
individual who won’t be willing to
Junior psychology major Gznee Jones hands out "Beat Florida
State" buttons at The Shrunken Head Boutique
before Saturday's basketball game.
make changes,” WTiitcomb said.
Nevertheless, hiring from the inside
is an easy way to satisfy the search
committee’s preference for a chancel
lor with North Carolina ties.
Jeffrey Houpt, dean of the UNC
School of Medicine, was one of the
few inside candidates reportedly
being considered for chancellor, but
he withdrew his name from the search
after The News & Observer
See CHANCELLOR, Page 8
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The funeral for UNC lacrosse
player Matt Kull will be held
at 10:30 a.m. at the Mormon
Church in Yorktown, N.Y.
By Bret Strelow
Assistant Sports Editor
Matt Kull, a redshirt sophomore on
the North Carolina men’s lacrosse team,
lost his battle with cancer Friday.
Visitation was held Sunday at the
Beecher Funeral Home in Pleasantville,
N.Y. Kull’s funeral
will be held at
10:30 a.m. today
at the Mormon
Kull, a native of
N.Y., was a stu
dent at UNC dur
ing the fall semes
ter and regularly
“When he was
down here, he
was at practice
about every day
UNC lacrosse player
was being treated
at the Memorial
interacting,” UNC attacker Chase
Martin said. “He wasn’t participating,
but he was interested in what we were
But just before final exams started,
Martin said Kull went to the Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New
York, N.Y., to receive treatment.
“We knew that he was sick, that
things weren’t going very' well when he
had to go home.” Martin said. “We
never really thought this would hap
Martin said about 30 people would
travel to New York for the funeral.
UNC coach Dave Klarmann, who
left Saturday for New York and could
not be reached for comment, told the
team at practice Friday that Kull had
Matt Crofton, a senior attacker on
the lacrosse team, said he learned on
New Year’s Day that Kull was struggling
in his fight to beat cancer.
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