®hp latlu ®ar MM 9 News / J? BH9 106 years of editorial freedom Serving the students anil the University community since 1893 Technical Troubles Stall Election Results By John’ O'Hale and Elizabeth Breyer Staff Writers The anticipation that had built over a two-week campaign period fell flat early this morning, when candidates learned that election results would be signifi cantly delayed. At Sitterson Hall, elections head quarters, energy waned as candidates waited for word regarding the comput er problems, which prevented the Elections Board from determining a clear winner in any race. Numbers from the Berry hill Hall and School of Law voting sites were report ed early in the evening, but after the first announcement, no further numbers were available. Tentative numbers showed that Erica Smiley captured 182 out of the 360 reported votes for student body presi dent, with Brad Matthews second at 87 votes and write-in candidate Brian Bersticker bringing up third place with 35 votes. Presidential candidates expressed concern that the sites that were report ed are among the smallest on campus and do not represent a large number of undergraduate voters. “I don’t think those initial poll sites have any bearing,” Matthews said. “1 don’t think there is any value in making predictions until every vote is counted.” Matt Martin was the first presidential candidate to arrive and stayed until the 1 a.m. announcement from the Elections Board that prompted Student Television officials to shut down head quarters for the night. He said his main concern was also that the elections be reported as accu rately as possible, no matter when that might occur. “We’ve only had a couple of small Referendum Votes Remain Uncertain The referendum asking for an increase in student fees had received 107 votes in favor of it and 64 against. By Karey WITKOYVSKI Staff Writer Two referendums began a head start to approval while another two started off in a negative direction Tuesday night. The polling results from two sites, Berryhill Hall and the School of Law. gave an official glimpse into the fate of the four referendums on Tuesday’s ballot. Students who cast votes at the two polling sites voted 111-210 against a $1.50 per student per semester increase in student fees that would allow UNC to join the United States Student Association, a lobbying group for high er education. This referendum’s presence on the ballot was previously in limbo when members of the executive branch real ized the Student Congress vote to place it on the ballot did not meet the required two-thirds majority. Congress Speaker Mark Kleinschmidt then removed the referendum from the ballot after which a group of students sued Kleinschmidt, claiming a discrep ancy with the Student Constitution deemed the original vote valid. Kleinschmidt won the lawsuit but a successful petition drive brought the USSA referendum back onto the ballot. The student vote from the two sites showed approval for an increase in stu dent fees for the purpose of funding stu dent organizations by a 218-122 margin. The $3 per undergraduate student per semester increase would bump up the fee to sl3. Student activities fees, which were last increased in 1973, would help Student Congress fund the growing number of student organizations on campus. APPLES, Assisting People in Planning Learning Experiences, did not receive a positive response to its request for additional student fees from the two Student Body sf President gf Michael Scott Harris Votes: 25 Matthew (Matt) Grady Martin Votes: 15 Robert Bradley (Brad) Matthews Votes: 87 Joshua W. Ray (Jray) Votes: 6 Erica Kaye Smiley Votes: 182 Preston David Smith Votes: 10 polling sites,” he said. “I hope that they assure the accuracy of the poll sites and rule out suspicious activities.” However, most of the candidates’ focuses were upon their feelings after a long day of campaigning and a long night of waiting for results. “I’m not going to deny that this is a nuisance,” Smiley said. “I’m really tired.” But she did not completely fault the Elections Board. “I think that the Elections Board has done everything that it could, but I would still like a definitive answer.” Candidates Preston Smith and Referenda j/ Referendum #1 jvj Raise in Student Activity Fee YES 218 NO 122 a Referendum #2 m Double Minors on Transcripts YES 257 NO 62 Referendum#] S3 Amendment to Join USSA YES 111 NO 210 y Referendum #4 S3 Increase in Fees for APPLES YES 42 NO 48 polling sites. The vote was 42-48 against the measure. The service-learning program, which offers paid internships and service courses, asked for a $1.05 increase per semester per undergraduate student from the current $1.95 it receives per undergraduate student per semester. APPLES Director Mary Morrison said the group needed the money, espe cially because its three-year grant from the Carolina Center for Public Center runs out next year. “When the grant came through, it allowed us to expand,” Morrison said. “We’re still going to pur sue grant money, but we don’t want to depend on it.” Morrison said the increase in student fees would ensure stable funding for the program. Student votes from the sites indicat ed strong approval for the placement of double minors on diplomas. Previously, UNC did not formally recognize the completion of a major and two minors on transcripts. Through a referendum last year, stu dents voted to have double majors put on diplomas. The University Editor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Elections Board kills us every year. The DTH Elections Team Wednesday, February 16, 2000 Volume 107, Issue 154 Ski agOjvvr Jm | MjceSSSti ’’ * , tS ’"miwHHPF . - T[ j-faff--- ft** JgtjSf -. ; DTH'KATE MELLNIK Campaign supporters who arrived at Sitterson Hall on Tuesday night anticipating election night excitement grow tired of waiting for results and take naps on the floor. By 1 a.m, candidates and their supporters left the building not knowing any concrete outcomes. Joshua Ray indicated that the delay, although annoying, would not have an effect on the eventual outcome of the race and was thus not worth worrying Night Sees Fair Share of Tension By Geoff Wessel Staff Writer Following several hours of tense wait ing, student body elections candidates returned home in frustration early this morning after Elections Board members announced they faced a roadblock in tabulating elections results. Elections Board Vice Chairwoman Marissa Dow ns made a 1 a.m. annouce ment that the board was experiencing computer problems, which an Academic & Technology Networks rep resentative had not fixed at press time. Downs said the problem was caused by a flaw in the database software. “We don’t feel comfortable releasing information from the offices without making sure it’s accurate,” she said. According to the Student Code, the board has 96 hours to release the poll results, she said. Board members Pruitt Takes Early Lead in Race Carolina Athletic Association President Tee Pruitt had 96 votes after the first two poll site results were counted. By Jason Arthl rs Staff Writer Add frustration to the long list of emotions felt by Carolina Athletic Association candidates caught in this year’s election stalemate. The contest for CAA president became cloud ed with last minute contro versy Tuesday when incum bent and candi- Ethical Charges Fly Between CAA Candidates See Page 4 date Tee Pruitt was forced to write a retraction to an e-mail message he had sent to several campus listservs con cerning co-candidates Michael Songer and Adam Walters’ platform. The controversy, although it might not have a direct effect on election results, caused added tension among the about. “What’s done is done - let the chips fall where they may,” Smith said. Ray said, “It doesn’t really bother me. worked throughout the night counting ballots by hand, and board Chairwoman Catherine Yates said the official word would come down today. “We’re trying to count as accurately as possible in the shortest amount of time,” Downs said. The announcement followed a night plagued with several technical difficul ties that delayed results from the polls. Many students expressed frustration, but Downs advised against a suggestion to have at-large students help count bal lots. “Keeping this within the Elections Board is the most accurate and efficient way,” she said. “We’ll get the word out as best as we can through the proper channels.” Some expressed concern of delays for the student body president runoff race, which is scheduled for Tuesday. See TURNOUT, Page 2 candidates’ camps while they waited to hear from the elections board Tuesday night, Songer said. “Tension, that might be a bit of an understate ment,” said Songer as he and his supporters stood alongside Pruitt waiting for initial election results from two precincts. Tentative counts from the Elections Carolina Athletic Association sf President sf Corey Lee Bell Jr. Votes: 32 Tee Pruitt II Votes: 176 Michael Songer & Adam Walters Votes: 43 Board showed Pruitt with 176 votes, Songer and Walters with 27 and Corey Bell with 15. However, elections officials estimated that as many as 5,000 students voted Tuesday. Most of these votes have yet to be counted by elections officials. Songer and Walters passed the time between Elections Board announce ments by trying to relax and playing a What I think is important is that v/e had a great voter turnout.” Throughout the night, as the wait grew longer and longer, candidates wAm* j f |igg]g -. IHr Illfe! Jp DTH MEREDITH LEE Students line up at the polls Tuesday evening in Chase Hall. These students cast their votes just before the polls closed at 7 p.m. game of spades with friends. Songer said he hoped the e-mail mes sage sent early Tuesday morning would not affect students’ votes in a runoff because he felt he and his running mate’s platform had been misrepresented. “We’re tired and frustrated," Songer said. “We have a lot of concerns about the integrity of this election.” Pruitt, w'ho said he was both nervous and anxious to get the election over w ith, said he had a couple of drinks with friends before arriving at Sitterson Hall. He left early to have some ftin and get some sleep, he said. “It’s been a tough race,” Pruitt said. “It hasn’t been fun.” Songer and Walters said they were still optimistic about their chances. After they get some rest, they said they would examine contingency plans for a potential runoff situation. “We really hope that if there is a runoff, students will look into the issues themselves,” Songer said. “We encourage people to e mail or call us if they have any questions.” Pruitt ran for his second term with See CAA, Page 2 News/Features/Arts/Sports 962-0245 Business/Advertising 962-1163 Chapel Hill, North Carolina © 2000 DTH Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. began to show signs of strain and fatigue. See SBP, Page 2 Wednesday The Cows Go Home Local Food Lions have taken Maple View Farms dairy products off the shelf because of inventory problems. See Page 10. Under a Spell Students came offstage Monday night after being hypnotized during a show at Memorial Hall claiming that the mystical process has real effects. See Page 10. Still Waiting... Because of the Elections Board's computer troubles Tuesday night, the voting results in today’s paper are unofficial and will be corrected in upcoming issues later this week. Today’s Weather Sunny; High 60s. Thursday: Cloudy; High 50s.