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Matthews, Smiley Head to Runoff
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Brad Matthews (left) and campaign manager Alex Mehfar react to poll results Wednesday.
Matthews, who received 32 percent of the vote, will face Erica Smiley in a runoff Tuesday.
Candidate Brad Matthews
led the competition with
1,134 votes, raking in
32 percent of the total.
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Two weeks of plowing through UNC’s
political grind paid off for Brad Matthews
and Erica Smiley as they rose above five
other student body president candidates
to advance to next week’s runoff.
Tension was heightened this elections
Students Vote to Up
Fees; USSA Falls Hat
By Shahrzad Rezvani
Students stamped their approval on
three voter referendums but rejected a
holly debated proposal that sparked
almost a month of campus debate.
Students voted 1,255 to 1,883 against
an annual $3 increase in student fees
that would allow UNC to join the
United States Student Association, a
lobbying group for higher education.
Graduate and Professional
Federation President Lee Conner said
students made the right decision not to
join the organization, “I think it’s a won
derful thing that students came out and
voted to protect our wallets against the
carpetbaggers that wanted to take all
our money," Conner said.
Controversy arose when executive
branch members learned a Student
Congress vote to place the referendum
on the ballot did not meet the required
The referendum was then removed
from the ballot by Congress speaker
Mark Kleinschmidt. A student group
sued Kleinschmidt on the grounds that
the vote was valid due to inconsistencies
in the Student Constitution.
Although Kleinschmidt won the law
suit, students returned the USSA refer
endum to the ballot through a petition
drive that netted about 2,800 signatures.
Although UNC will not become an
USSA member, students will be doling
out more money in fees next year to bol
ster funds available for student groups.
Voters approved a $3 per under
graduate student per semester increase
m student activities fees that will help
fund the growing number of campus
organizations. There has not been an
increase in the fees since 1973.
Student Body President Nic Heinke
said he was ecstatic when students voted
2,009 to 1,389 in favor of the proposal.
“More and more groups are coming
before Congress with innovative plans,
but their funding has been cut,” he said.
Members of APPLES, a group which
offers paid internships and service pro
grams, had their funding woes eased,
however, as students approved a $1.05
As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?
William Marcy Tweed
season as the announcement of poll
results was delayed by Elections Board
computer malfunctions, but results were
finally reported at 5 p.m. Wednesday in
Hanes Art Center.
Matthews pulled in 1,134 votes for 32
percent of the total, and Smiley’s 1,062
votes made up 30 percent. Write-in can
didate Brian Bersticker was a distant
third with 16 percent of the vote, snag
ging 585 votes in total.
This year’s elections drew 3,763 vot
ers, almost identical to last year’s turnout.
“We’re disappointed at a few areas,
like Chase,” Smiley said. “A lot of things
happened, and Brian Bersticker proba
increase in student fees per semester
earmarked for the organization.
The group will now receive a total of
$3 in student fees per semester per
undergraduate. Supporters of APPLES,
Assisting People in Planning Learning
Experiences in Service, were in sus
pense until the numbers from the Union
polling site signaled the referendum had
passed by only 36 votes.
APPLES Director Mary Morrison
said her goal now was to increase the
program’s visibility on campus.
She said the grant money would allow
for an increased number of internships
and an alternative Spring Break program.
Morrison said the money was need
ed in case the group’s three-year grant
from the Carolina Public Services was
not renewed in 2001.
Student activities fees pay for a social
entrepreneurship program where stu
dents design their own public service
program, she said.
Students also approved the recognition
of double minors on graduation tran
scripts. Voters approved a referendum last
year to place double majors on diplomas.
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Referendum No. 1
Raise in Student Activities Fee
YES 2,009 N01,389
Referendum No. 2
Double Minors on Transcripts
YES 2,907 NO 249
L “ J Referendum No. 3
Amendment to Join USSA
N01,883 YES 1,255
fyj Referendum No. 4
YES 1,523 N01,487
Thursday, February 17, 2000
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bly affected (the numbers), but we’re
going to give it another week.”
T he energy in the room shifted dra
matically as Elections Board members
revealed the final results. The lead see
sawed between Smiley and Matthews at
each poll site, with their respective cam
paign staffs reacting loudly from the
back and front of the room.
Since no candidate captured a majority
of the votes, a runoff will take place
Tuesday between the two front-runners.
Both candidates indicated they would
spend the next week maintaining the
intense campaigns they had built during
the last few weeks.
Pruitt Pounces CAA Contenders
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Carolina Athletic Association President Tee Pruitt
is congratulated by supporters on his return to office.
Board Overcomes Technical Glitch
Catherine Yates, Elections
Board chairwoman, first
noticed computer problems
at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
By Katy Nelson
Student elections were held up by
“operator error” once again this year, as
the Elections Board scrambled to count
votes and compensate for time lost due
to technical difficulties.
One inadvertent error made during a
last-minute change in vote-tabulating soft
ware forced the board to hand count
almost 4,000 votes in Tuesday’s election.
Board members finally announced
the election results at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Doug Mclntyre, an Academic
Technology & Networks applications
programmer, said he accidentally caused
his own vote-tabulating program to oper
ate on last year’s ballot settings when he
fixed a last-minute error in the software.
Mclntyre said he made the error on
election day while changing the pro-
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Student body president candidate Erica Smiley (left) totals votes as campaign
supporters Brandon Sessoms (center) and Narges Farahi wait for the elections results.
“We’re going to step it up. We are
going to keep doing what we have been
doing -a good, solid, enthusiastic cam
paign,” Matthews said as he gathered
staffers around him to plan for a strate
gy session and celebration. “I’m going to
keep going out and asking for people’s
votes because I want to work for them.”
Smiley said she would continue the
strategies that had brought her to this
point. “We are going to keep it grass
roots, focus on the people who we have
always been concerned with,” she said.
Many candidates expressed surprise
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gram to ensure that graduate student
votes would not be counted in
Referendum Four, the proposed
increase in student fees for the under
graduate APPLES program.
The Elections Board announced at 1
a.m. Wednesday that the votes would not
be released due to technical problems that
seemed to have no immediate solution.
A weary group of candidates and sup
porters returned home, still wondering
the fate of their campaigns.
Elections Board Chairwoman
Catherine Yates said she first noticed a
problem around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday
when the results were printed out
Although Yates said the Scantron bal
lots scanned correctly, the votes for senior
class president and vice president were not
visible - these results had been pushed
down into the referendum numbers.
Yates said the delay in printing results
and recognizing the computer problem
was due to a shortage of printer toner.
Mclntyre worked from 11 p.m. until
2 a.m. on the recognized glitch, rather
than exploring the real problem of inac
curate settings, which lurked undetected
inside the program.
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Brian Bersticker —16%
Ml Matt Martin —12%
91 Preston Smith —5% /
Hi Michael Harris —4% /
Joshua Ray —l% x
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By Lauren Beal
Assistant University Editor
For the first time in recent years, a
seasoned veteran will serve consecutive
terms as Carolina Athletic Association
Junior Tee Pruitt was re-elected CAA
president Wednesday night with a com
manding 1,676 votes.
Co-candidates Michael Songer and
Adam Walters received 716 votes, fol
lowed by candidate Corey Bell with 707
“I’m so glad it’s over,” Pruitt said, a
dazed look of relief on his face as he was
swamped by friends and supporters.
“It’s been a really tough race.”
Last-minute controversy surrounded
the race when Pruitt, Walters and
Songer were forced to print retractions
for campaign actions.
Tuesday night, Songer and Walters
Resuming work at 9:30 a.m. on
Wednesday, Mclntyre said sleep helped
him view the problem with fresh eyes. “1
knew the mistake was so simple that I
just wasn’t seeing it,” he said. “If I’d
stayed up all night, the problem still
wouldn’t be fixed.”
The Elections Board counted votes
until 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Yates said
members double-checked all results.
The Elections Board resumed opera
tions Wednesday morning after
Mclntyre fixed the programming prob
lem. Yates said all data was correctly
processed the second time around.
But she decided to use the hand-count
ed votes for the final totals for all races
except Congress. “(There were) not too
many discrepancies, but sometimes the
computer kicks out a Scantron.”
Board members stood by their policy
of correct results before punctuality.
“The elections staff was united,” said
board member Marie Hartwell. “We all
made the decision to take the necessary
time to get accurate results out.”
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Minutes after the final totals were
announced, student body president can
didate Brad Matthews - who will compete
in a runoff next week - rushed up to tack-
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