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UNC Election Frenzy Officially Kicks Off
By Elizabeth Breyer
Election season officially kicked off
Monday night as all the candidates gath
ered for a mandatory meeting and sev-
eral new con
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By Jason Arthurs
and Brooke Rosfman
The excitement generated by
the seating arrangement at
Thursday’s men’s basketball victo
ry has prompted some students to
question the allocation of lower
level tickets in the Smith Center.
However, due to the way the
center was funded, officials feel it
will be difficult to get more stu
dents in those seats.
Carolina Athletic Association
President Tee Pruitt said that
despite barriers he hoped to get
students out of the rafters and clos
er to the floor for future games.
“What we need to do is put stu
dents on three sides of the court,”
he said. “Right now, we’re trying to
talk to all the parties involved;
we’re trying to get support of the
Carolina basketball family."
After receiving almost 300 u
mail messages from students and
UNC alumni since Thursday’s vic
tory against Maryland, Pruitt said
he decided to try to rally support
But Director of Athletics Dick
Baddour said that because the
University made a contract
promising tickets to people who
paid for the Smith Center, it would
be impossible to add students to
the lower level.
“As far as I’m concerned that
was a commitment that the
University made, and I think it’s
important that we maintain our
word,” he said.
Baddour said that of the 6,000
tickets offered for students, 2,000
were in the lower level. He also
said the proportions of students on
the floor was similar to other
schools in the ACC.
Baddour said he was very
pleased with the environment at
last Thursday’s game, but he
expected the same enthusiasm
from fans when UNC hosts Duke
this week. “1 think this Thursday
night won’t be a lot different from
last Thursday night,” he said.
Moyer Smith, president of the
Educational Foundation, the pri
mary fund raiser for UNC athlet
ics, said the number of seats avail
able in the lower level was limited
because of thy method by which
the $35-million Smith Center was
funded in the early 1980s.
A donation of $5,000 reserved
the right to two upper level seats,
SIO,OOO retained four seats (mostly
upper level), $25,000 retained four
lower-level seats, $50,000 retained
Ceremony to Remember Sit-In
By Alex Kaplun
Forty years ago today, four black stu
dents from N.C. Agricultural &
Technical University were denied ser
vice at a Woolworth’s in Greensboro
because of the color of their skin.
A 40th anniversary celebration today
in Greensboro will commemorate the
intent to run for
four of the major
the total number
of candidates in all
the races to 24.
The main focus
of the meeting was
which officially started at 10 p.m.
Monday. Elections Board Chairwoman
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eight lower-level seats, and
SIOO,OOO retained up to 12 seats.
In addition to the initial costs,
donors must maintain an annual
donation level and pay for actual
tickets, which cost up to S3OO
apiece. Smith said that because of
a lack of major gifts, many of the
seats in the lower deck were
secured by $50,000 donations.
The right to buy tickets can also
be passed down a generation, as
long as the new’ holder continues to
donate at the necessary level.
“If we were doing it today, we’d
do it differently. What people have
to realize is that we had to pay for
the entire thing ourselves. If the
building was going to be built, we
had to raise the money,” Smith said.
Smith said the committee in
charge of the fund raising request
ed that students be given a chance
to fund part of the arena with an
increase in student fees. But the
proposal was defeated.
He said that with a waiting list
lor tickets, the Foundation was in
no position to help the students left
in the upper deck.
“We can’t offer anything to any
one,” Smith said. “We could raise a
couple million extra for scholar
ships, so the lack of seats hurts us
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resulting sit-in -a pivotal event of the
civil rights movement.
Officials hope the event will garner
support for changing the lunch counter
into a civil rights museum.
Among the participants in the events
will be descendants of tw’o famous civil
rights activists - Arun Gandhi,
Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, and
Martin Luther King 111.
In nature, nothing can be given, all things are sold.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tuesday, February' 1, 2000
Volume 107, Issue 143
Catherine Yates stressed the rules for
posting campaign literature and for
proper use of e-mail before the election.
Junior Preston Smith was one of the
new candidates as he began his cam
paign for student body president.
“While in Brazil (last semester), I real
ized this University had potential for a
lot of great things, empowerment
through the students and great things
achieved on this campus. I have the
vision to lead us to these great things.”
Juniors Melodie Potts and Robin
On that morning in 1960, the four
N.C. A&T freshmen, Franklin McCain,
Jibreel Khazan, Joseph McNeal and
David Richmond, asked for soda and
doughnuts at a whites-only counter, but
the workers would not serve them.
The students refused to move from
the counter until the store closed, spark
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Yamakawa became part of the race for
Residence Hall Association president.
Yamakawa has worked with RHA for
the past two years.
“I feel like my experience could help
me do a good job - I want to give back
to Carolina,” she said.
Potts also boasts experience with the
RHA and as a resident assistant. “I
served on the executive board last year,
so I have seen some of the positive
things RHA has been able to accom
plish but also seen some of the short
UNC Students Say They Want
Better Seats, But Officials Must
Keep Their Eyes on the Cash
40 Years Later
The anniversary of the lunch-counter sit-ins.
of the 1960s will be celebrated today.
■ 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast at N.C. A&T
University, Williams Cafeteria.
■ 9:30 a.m. - Tribute to the David
Richmond grave site: Carolina Biblical
Gardens. Richmond, who died in 1990,
was one of the original protesters.
■ 11a.m. - MCET National Telecast
from the Woolworth Counter.
comings and areas it can improve its
Three new teams joined the race for
senior class president and vice president
Juniors Jason Cowley and Sherilynn
Black said they could represent a diverse
population on campus.
Cowley has been involved with
Student Congress and the Honor Court,
while Black is active with Masala, the
Black Student Movement and Delta
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liven up the
to sit in the
lower levels of
the arena, a
for days by the
storm, the crowd
reveled in the
chance to cheer
on the Tar Heels
from a better
calling for the
Athletics to open
the seating for
What It Costs to Sit
In the Smith Center...
In order to raise money for the construction
of the Smith Center, alumni-donated money
in exchange for extended rights to seats for
■ Original donations to fund the Smith Center:
$5,000 - two seats (upper level)
SIO,OOO - four seats (majority upper level)
$25,000 - four seats (lower level)
$50,000 - eight seats (lower level)
more than SIOO,OOO- 12 seats,
although most of those who donated more
than 100,000 took eight seats.
■ To retain the seats:
If an Educational foundation donor donated
$25,000, he or she is still required to give
$1,500 annually, plus pay for the tickets, which
cost $1,200-1,300 for four.
If a donor gave less than $25,000, he or she
must pay $750 annually, plus buy the tickets.
m Lower Level
|[|[| Upper Level
m Student Section
■ 12:30 p.m.-Luncheon at Greensboro
■ 3 p.m. - A history marker will be
dedicated at an underground rail
■ 4:15. p.m.-The streets of anew
development will be dedicated to sit-in
■ 7:30 p.m. - Civil Rights Forum, Bennett
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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The Census Bureau is
encouraging students to not
only complete the census
form but help count as well.
By Kevin Krasnow
When the national census is taken in
March, UNC students will play a cru
cial role in shaping the political and eco
nomic landscape of Orange County.
All Chapel Hill students, regardless
of their permanent residence, are count
ed in the town’s census population, said
Wade Chestnut, manager of the
Durham census office. The Durham
office is responsible for an eight-county
district, including Orange County.
“There is a blitz done of the dormi
tories,” Chestnut said. “We distribute
the questionnaire to students living on
campus with the help of a coordinator.
Off-campus students will receive the
census through the mail.”
UNC Registrar David Lanier said he
worked with the Census Bureau to
ensure all students received the ques
tionnaire. “The bureau contacts the
campus and talks with the housing
office,” he said. “We then give a roster
of all the students in campus housing.”
Orange County Planning Director
Craig Benedict said the University
would benefit from a majority of stu
dents filling out the census.
“Part of UNC’s appropriations come
from the state,” he said. “If there was a
tuition issue, the school could tell the
state they should receive more money
as indicated by the census population.”
The national census is conducted
every 10 years. It will be mailed out
March 13 and should be mailed back no
later than April 1. All forms are read
only by the National Census Bureau.
In 1990, Orange County was excep
tionally underrepresented in the nation
al census, said Daniel Newman, a UNC
graduate student who interns with the
Orange County Commissioner’s Office.
Newman said that 126,000 county
residents were not counted in the 1990
census and the county lost an estimated
$560,000 in federal aid because of low
To avoid this, county officials created
the Census 2000 Complete Count
Committee in August. Mark Dorosin,
committee co-chairman, said Chapel
Hill’s political and fiscal future would be
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