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ELECTION DAY 2000
Intensifies SBP Race
By John Maberry
While some UNC students spent
Monday with their valentines, candi
dates for student body president had a
date with their campaign staffs to make
a final feverish
push for votes.
tion will deter
hard work will
See Pages 4,5
be rewarded, or whether they should
have spent their time on a romantic can
“I’m just really tired,” said candidate
Preston Smith. “I’m kicking back now
and just talking with people in the Pit.
It’s all up to the students now.”
Despite the impending deadline for
campaign activity, candidate Michael
Harris has not attempted to alter his
“We’re just going to continue doing
Column Ignites Campaign for Bersticker
By Brian Murphy
Brian Bersticker hasn’t played in a
North Carolina basketball game since
December because of a foot injury.
He hasn’t been in trouble with the
law. He hasn’t even decided whether to
redshirt this season.
But that hasn’t stopped the 6-foot-11
junior from being a popular topic of
conversation on campus this week.
After Brian Frederick’s Friday's col-
Students to Vote on Four Referenda
In addition to electing new student officers, today's ballot will include four referenda that
require the approval of the student body before going into effect.
■ Referenda 1 - For as3 increase in Student Activity money
for the growing number of student groups at
■ Referenda 2 - Fouhe UNC-Chapel Hill double minors on transcripts
■ Referenda 3-
student to service group
■ Referenda 4 - Foraßßrna $1.50 fee per student per semester for membership in the
United States a national higher education lobbying group
Elections Staff Prepares
For Tiring, Tedious Day
By Alexandra Molaire
Assistant University Editor
Elections Board members will rise
out of their beds early this morning to
gear up for a long day of manning poll
sites and counting ballots.
While the first poll sites open at 9
a.m., the members are meeting at 7:30
a.m. to transport materials around cam
pus. “We’re getting computers from
Hinton James (Residence Hall),” said
Elections Board Chairwoman Catherine
Yates. “Then we have to go to the
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2000
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what we’ve been doing throughout the
campaign, but it will all intensify here at
the end,” Harris said.
“We’re trying to get all our people
out, hit South Campus pretty hard. We’ll
be out in force (today).”
Today should prove to be a hectic but
exciting day for the candidates as stu
dents visit the polls.
“I plan on getting very little sleep,”
candidate Brad Matthews said. “We’ll be
up as early as possible.”
Several candidates stressed that per
sonal attention to voters was the one
variable that would separate them from
the rest in the final campaign days.
“My opponents have 40, 50 people
out there. I work by myself. Direct
access. No sliding fliers under doors,”
Joshua Ray said.
Harris echoed his opponent’s senti
ments. “A lot of people are big on send
ing out advisers or staff, but you’ve got
to get out there yourself,” he said.
See CAMPAIGNING, Page 4
umn in The Daily
Tar Heel urged
students to write
in Bersticker for
student body pres
ident in Tuesday’s
election, a cam
paign to elect
(Student) Union and pick up ballot
boxes and materials.”
The majority of poll tenders are
Elections Board members, Yates said.
“Most people are going to be there all
day,” Yates said. “Some people are miss
ing classes, and others are going in
Elections Board member Marie
Hartwell, a senior from Old Fort, said
students would need a UNC ONE Card
See ELECTIONS BOARD, Page 4
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■ Student Union: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
■ Chase Hall: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
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Fliers smothered bulletin boards across campus for the past two weeks as candidates launched
into UNC's election season. The political dust will soon settle as students hit the polls today.
brother of former UNC basketball play
er Brad Frederick, has hit a chord with
some in the student body.
“I’d consider voting for him because he
might be something different than what’s
typical,” freshman Shannon Harrington
said. “But I don’t know about having the
basketball team as his Cabinet.”
Signs at Saturday’s basketball game
and on campus Monday encouraged the
write-in campaign. “BB 4 SBP,” read
one. “Tall. White. Sassy,” read another.
“He can dunk,” read yet one more.
Former SBPs Recall
Student Body President Nic
Heinke says even those who
don't win tonight can still
contribute to the University.
By C. B. Mabeus
Many former student body presi
dents remembered running on little
sleep and high nerves as campaign staffs
prepared to make a final push for the
vote on election eve.
On the night before election day,
weeks of hard work and stress culmi
nated, and many candidates pulled cam
paign staff members together to review
last-minute schedules and tactics.
“The first thing I tried to do was to
get the people on the core staff excited,”
said current Student Body President Nic
“There’s something about energy
that’s incredibly important,” he said.
Former student body presidents used
a variety of campaign techniques, such
as going door-to-door in residence halls
and campaigning in key campus loca
tions such as the Pit and Chase Hall.
Former Student Body President
Aaron Nelson surveyed about 2,000 stu
dents on a variety of issues to help build
■ Granville Towers: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
■ Hanes Art Center: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
■ Law School: 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
For Bersticker, all the attention has
been a surprise.
“I knew something was coming up.
He (Brian Frederick) e-mailed me at the
beginning of the week and said he was
going to drop my name in an editorial
about elections,” Bersticker said.
“But I had no clue that he was going
to start this campaign that everyone
seems to be doing.”
The campaign seems to be gaining
speed with the proliferation of signs
around the campus.
“I think one of the keys is to build a
good, broad-based coalition,” said
Nelson, who held office during the
1996-97 school year. “It has to do with
time and getting your message out.
“After that, it is pretty much said and
done by Monday night," he said.
Reyna Walters, last year’s student
body president, said she increased her
visibility through color coordination.
Her campaign staff wore burgundy and
white clothing while on the campaign
“Anything that you can do to remind
people to vote definitely helps,” Walters
said. “We tried to get people to vote who
normally wouldn’t vote.”
Still, weeks of excitement, lack of
sleep, and being on the go lead to a mix
of emotions that build up the night
before election day.
“The most difficult part of campaign
ing is campaigning. It was extremely
stressful and time-consuming,” Walters
said. “I was very sick.”
But Nelson said his stress was further
complicated when The Carolina Review
published an issue featuring him on the
cover with horns on the eve of elections.
“I was sick. A campaign will take a lot
out of you. 1 had a fever, I was deliri
ous,” Nelson said. “You can’t work 20
hours a day for two weeks and have
See NIGHT, Page 4
■ Business School: 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
■ Berryhill Hall: 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
■ Hamilton Hall: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Other presidential candidates have
even addressed the situation. Matt Martin
suggested that the Tar Heel power for
ward could pull in triple digit votes.
At least one candidate, though, was
n’t pleased with Bersticker’s arrival in
the race. “You got to show the students
you’re serious,” Preston Smith said. “Not
a joke like Brian Bersticker.”
The seriousness of Bersticker’s cam
paign is an issue with students as well.
See BERSTICKER, Page 4
Dancing for a Cure
After raising more than $40,000 last
year for the UNC Children’s Hospital,
the UNC Dance Marathon kicked off
again this weekend, with students and
parents participating. See Page 6.
A Child Shall Lead Them
North Carolina freshman Joseph Forte
has raised eyebrows among teammates
and opponents for his savvy play. Forte
was named ACC Rookie of the Week
on Monday and averages 16.0 points
per game to lead UNC. See Page 7.
The response time for Orange County
Emergency Medical Services has
increased an average of 39 seconds
during the past few years because of
decreasing volunteer personnel.
See Page 9.
Check out the DTH Online at
www.unc.edu/dth for extended hourly
coverage of 2000 student elections,
including updated poll returns from
each campus voting precinct and pic
tures of your favorite candidates.