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SBP Campaigns Make
Last Calls for Support
By Allison Ford
As the elections frenzy came down to its final
night, student body president candidates Brad
Matthews and Erica Smiley scurried to push their
campaigns on and grab precious votes before
With only one day left to
campaign, both Matthews
and Smiley said they would
be reaching out to voters,
stressing their platforms and
emphasizing the need to vote.
Smiley made herself visi
ble to the public in the Pit
Monday afternoon, answer
ing questions and helping her
campaign workers paint smiley faces on the cheeks
She said her appearance was a chance for peo
ple who did not have time to attend forums or who
ASG Aims to Boost USSA Ties
By Eugene Wheeler
Student leaders from across the UNC
system have begun to examine ways of
strengthening the UNC Association of
Student Governments’ relationship with
been a dues
of USSA since
Plan to Maintain
See Page 5
But the ASG has not benefited much
from its membership due to a lack of
communication between the two orga
nizations, student leaders say.
ASG President Jeff Nieman said the
relationship between the two organiza
tions could be improved.
“Communication between ASG and
USSA has been weak the past couple of
As Race Draws to Final Vote,
Candidates Go Face to Face
By Kim Minugh
Assistant University Editor
Two candidates stripped of campaign materials and
armed only with quick wit and passion
if c for the presidency met face to face
Sag fMmmL Monday night in a last effort to sway
At a debate
hosted by The Daily
Tar Heel, candidates Brad Matthews
and Erica Smiley participated in one
last showdown before students cast
their final votes that will determine
‘ a large part of UNC’s future in the
H upcoming year.
B During the 90-minute forum,
■ candidates touched upon several
■ issues such as tuition, public service and UNC's hotly
K debated involvement with the United States Students
■ Association, a higher-education lobbying group.
jgi Smiley, clad in her familiar retro attire, began the
H debate with confidence, aggressively leaving the pro-
W tection of the podium and prodding the line between
PP candidates and audience with a subtle smile that has
I been the trademark of her campaign.
“I think it is ridiculous that students should feel
“Business as usual on the inside and
activism on the outside is possible.
It can happen together. ”
lived off campus to learn
about the issues. “It’s an
opportunity to hear and
see our platform and what
1 stand for.”
Margie Wakelin, one of
Smiley’s campaign managers, said activities such as
freestyle rapping would also attract students to the
Pit. “We don’t want to pester people with fliers and
handbills today - today, we want people to feel
comfortable talking about the issues,” she said.
Matthews said his team would be talking to as
many people as possible to get the word out on
elections. He planned to speak to sororities and go
door to door during the evening. “We’re gonna be
all over the place. We’ve got a pretty full plate.”
Matthews spent much of the afternoon cam
paigning at the graduate school as his staffers
manned the Pit.
“The last-minute crunch is a last-minute push,”
See CAMPAIGNING, Page 2
years,” he said. “I felt it should be more
of them coming to us, and they felt it
should be more of me coming to them.”
Nieman said he planned to begin
improving relations with the USSA
when he attended its legislative confer
ence in March. He said he would work
to strengthen future relations by taking
ASG presidential hopefuls with him.
“We’re going to go, and it’s more of
a learning process at this point,” he said.
“I look forward to reconnecting.”
Several ASG members voiced con
cern at a Feb. 11 meeting over the lack
of a formulated procedure through
which ASG's five USSA delegates were
Graduate and Professional Student
Federation President Lee Conner said
Monday that he planned to work with
Nieman to propose an amendment to
ASG’s constitution that would codify the
way in which delegates were picked.
The amendment would mandate that
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intimidated by student government,” she said with con
cerned emphasis. “I want to break down the barriers that
keep students and government separate.”
Matthews lingered behind the shield of the platform,
seemingly hesitant to invade the personal realm of the
audience. “The job of the student government is to make
sure you have tools to pursue your passions, recognize
your dreams and pursue your goals,” he said, timidly invit
ing students to share his vision.
But it wasn’t long before Matthews made an energetic
comeback, like a toy that needed to be wound up before
taking center stage on his own. He packed the punch
behind his words, talking about his door-to-door campaign
approach he so proudly boasts.
“It’s about making sure every person working with stu
dent government is out there to help you. I am commit
ted to serving your needs - I’ll be out there banging on
your doors,” he said.
Smiley continued to stress her pledge to keep student
government available to students while avoiding the con
descending role that could be traced in past student body
presidencies. “Accessibility exists up here,” she said, point
ing to her head. “It’s an attitude. I don’t want to talk down
to students. (I don’t want to be like presidents ) who for
got the idea of where they came from and who elected
Smiley called to mind the widespread image of her
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To a Close
See Page 5
Despite the threat of rain, Ole Holsti (left) joins fellow racewalkers in the first Racewalking
Marathon sponsored by the Carolina Godiva Track Club on Saturday. Although he has been
running for 20 years, Holsti has only been racewalking competitively for four years.
the president appoint ASG’s five voting
delegates to USSA, subject to the gen
eral body’s approval. In recent years,
most of ASG’s USSA delegates have
been UNC-Chapel Hill students.
Conner said the amendment, which
he plans on proposing at the next ASG
meeting on March 25, would help
ensure that candidates from a broader
range of UNC-system schools partici
pated in the association.
“We haven't had any ASG represen
tation - all we have had is Chapel Hill
representation,” he said. “I don’t think
the general body is going to approve a
set of candidates that are all from one
“It basically comes down to an
accountability issue - that the delegates
that vote are accountable to the full
ASG and not just one school."
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“It’s about making sure every person working in
student government is out there to help you.
lam committed to serving your needs.”
ECHHS Principal Says
Friday Fight 'Unusual'
By Robert Albright
As East Chapel Hill High School stu
dents and staff dealt with the aftermath
of a Friday fight that left one student crit
ically injured, the three teenagers arrest
ed in connection with the assault made
their first appearance in Orange County
District Court in Hillsborough on
Following the off-campus lunchtime
brawl, staff and students went back to
school facing discussions of safety and
speculation on the fight’s motivation.
The fight, which took place at Cedar
Falls Park parking lot across the street
from the school, left 17-year-old
ECHHS junior Rodney Carrier uncon
scious. He was taken to UNC Hospitals
and placed in intensive care.
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activist past shrouded in liberal radicalism, dismissing it J
with a laugh. “I could come into the office to save the A.
day and be a freedom fighter for the students, but if we
don’t re-evaluate the structure (of the executive branch) ■
future SBPs can come in and set it up so it isn’t acces
Matthews said his experience as senior adviser to ™
Student Body President Nic Heinke made him more qual
ified. “I have the ability to look at things and see where we
can make improvements,” he said. “I’ve seen the way
things work, and I can see where we can improve.”
Smiley said her terms in Congress had familiarized her
with the system and allowed her to recognize potential ,
for growth. “Not only am 1 the outside candidate look
ing in, but I’ve been on the inside,” she said. “Business
as usual on the inside and activism on the outside is pos- M
sible. It can happen together.”
Matthews and Smiley said they were pleased with fj§
the outcome of the night and were glad that the differ- §1
ences between the two could be better defined.
“It was a good opportunity to make some distinc- fig
tion between candidates to see where we’re both com- flj
ing from,” Matthews said. “It was good for the cam
paigns and for the elections process in general."
The University Editor can be reached at ■
ECHHS Principal David Thaden
said Carrier had been upgraded to good
condition as of Monday afternoon.
Over the weekend, police arrested
and charged Arthur Partlow, Michael
Cooper and Torrey Lassiter each with
one felony count of assault with a dead
ly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting
Thaden, who sent a letter to parents
Monday explaining the situation, said a
fight of this magnitude was rare for his
school. “This incident is something that
is very out of the ordinary for
(ECHHS),” he said. “I don’t look at (this
fight) as a normal occurrence.”
Thaden said Cooper, lti, and
Partlow, 16, were ECHHS students but
were on suspension at the time of the
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A Cultural Education
The theme of this year’s Masala Week
focuses on promoting cultural diversity
through activities such as “American
History X” tonight and a multicultural
date auction Thursday. See Page 4.
Movin' On Up
The UNC baseball
team jumped nine
spots in the rankings to
No. 4 after sweeping a
three-game set from
last weekend. Freshman
Sean Farrell (right)
went 5-for-l I with two homers and
nine RBI in the series. See Page 9.
It’s Almost Over
The Elections Board will announce
results of the student body president
race beginning at 9 p.m. in 08 Peabody
Hall. For up-to-date election results,
check out the DTH online at
Speak Up, Speak Out
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board which aims to facilitate dialogue
between the DTH and our surrounding
communities. The board will meet a few
times a semester. For more informa
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