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Up-Tempo UNC Runs
Rice Out of Tourney
The North Carolina women's
basketball team used a 24-3
run in a span of 11:40 to
take a 47-22 halftime lead.
Bv T. Nolan Hayes
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Few
opponents try to run with the North
Carolina women’s basketball team.
Rice now knows why.
The Owls tried to run and gun with
the lar Heels
shot out of the
nament. No. 5 seed UNC converted 50.9
percent of its field goal attempts en route
to an 83-50 victory against the 13th-seed
ed Ow ls at the Thunderdome in the sec
ond round of the West Regional.
“For us to go out and blow them out,
that’s a big confidence thing for us,” said
UNC center Jackie Higgins, who tallied
10 points and eight rebounds. “We know
now for a fact that we’re a good team.
We’re pumped big time.”
The Tar Heels (20 12) will play No. 1
seed Georgia, which defeated Stanford
83-64, on Saturday in Portland, Ore., in
the Sweet 16. UNC will be playing in
Culture of Campus Rllttcs
By Kaie Macek
With student government officials, activists and the
Young Republicans and Democrats taking center stage, the
political involvement of UNC’s cultural groups is rarely in
But depending on the size of the
organization, how long it has existed
and how strong its political aspira
tions are, cultural student organiza
tions still find their own niches in the
University’s political arena.
Because cultural similarity is often
the main force in uniting groups,
political involvement is a sometimes
a secondaiy concern.
Umbrella groups that represent
various cultures, such as Masala,
sometimes remain politically unin
volved, instead serving as a forum for
discussion about the various views of its members.
Smaller organizations and those breaking into the polit
ical world choose to adopt a stance on issues as they arise.
Student leaders of Carolina Hispanic Association say
they are waiting until the organization has a larger base of
Hispanic students before it pursues its political goals, said
Executive Council member Neera Makwana.
Other groups already boast established roots in the
University community and a strong influence over
University politics, having recruited a large membership.
One such group, the Black Student Movement, is one of
UNC’s largest and most visible cultural organizations and
has proved able to carry heavy political weight.
The coveted candidate endorsements it issues each year
during student elections have predicted the presidential
winner four years in a row prior to this election year. The
group has also helped garner support for the new free
standing Sonja H. Stone Black Cultural Center.
Now the group is turning its attention to its new flagship
issue - affirmative action.
“The BSM wants to remind people what the actual def
inition of affirmative action is and always has been,” said
Matthew Shaw, co-public relations coordinator for the
BSM. “It doesn’t mean that the University issues quotas. It
the Sweet 16 for
the seventh time in
The Owls (22-
10) had no such
ence. Rice was
playing in its first
ever NCAA tour
nament and could
not keep up for long when UNC began
the game on a roll.
UNC led 14-12 early as the two teams
traded baskets in the up-tempo game
that both coaches had promised Sunday.
Then, with 14 minutes remaining in the
first half, the Tar Heels shifted into a
higher gear that the Owls lacked.
UNC went on a 24-3 run during a
span of 11:40 to put the game out of
reach before halftime. The Owls were
1-for-13 from the field and committed
eight turnovers during that span.
“They got off to such a great start,
and we kind of got big-eyed," Rice
coach Cristy McKinney said. “We kind
of got back on our heels a little bit and
The Tar Heels, who barely escaped
the slow-down tactics of Maine in
Saturday’s first round, took full advan
tage of their chance to play in the open
floor by posting 47 first-half points on
their way to a 25-point lead.
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has always meant freedom of opportunity .”
The BSM plans to work with the Office of Minority
Student Recruitment and the Office of Minority Student
Affairs to ensure the continuation of affirmative action.
Shaw said the BSM had been able to mobilize and affect
change because all members came into the group knowing
the group has political intentions. When the group formed
in 1967, the mission statement declared that the group was
to be both cultural and political in nature.
Other campus cultural groups are just beginning to
expand their attention to political activism.
Sangam, which formed a political committee last year,
now is trying to break back into campus politics. The com
mittee works to educate members about political issues and
works with other groups to sponsor speakers and events.
In the past, Sangam has been involved with political
issues, including participating in a march for affirmative
action in 1996. But as recently as a few years ago, there was
still division among Sangam members as to whether the
See POLITICAL, Page 5
let's get out of these wet clothes and into a dry martini.
By T. Nolan Hayes
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Jackie
Higgins has discovered much in the past
few days about her food preferences.
Already knowing that she often
breaks out in a rash when she eats
shrimp, she decided to try crab legs for
dinner Sunday night at a Santa Barbara
The good news: Higgins loved her
dinner. The bad news: She broke out
into a rash, caught a fever and had trou
ble breathing once North Carolina
returned to its hotel.
Worse news: The UNC coaching
staff was out eating at another restau
rant, meaning Higgins’ teammates were
in charge of getting her help.
She ended up in the emergency
See HIGGINS, Page 8
Freshman Daniel Chun plays the jang gu, a traditional Korean drum, at the eighth annual Korean Night sponsored by the
Korean American Student Association. KASA is one of several campus groups that work to present cultural events.
Wednesday, March 22, 2000
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North Carolina forward LaQuanda Barksdale, shown here in UNC's
first-round matchup with Maine, scored 27 points in a win against Rice.
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The Black Student Movement hosts a student body candidate forum
in February as part of its political role on campus.
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Coalition for Educational
Access members are setting
their sights on the UNC
system's other 15 campuses.
By John O'Hale
The Coalition for Educational Access
began as a grassroots campaign against
a proposed UNC tuition increase.
But after the Board of Governors
approved hefty tuition increases at five
system schools last month, the group
has decided to expand its outreach and
become more independent of student
“We have con
tacts at every
school,” said coali
“We’re still build
ing the move
beginning to think
that education is a
right instead of a
bers were largely
drawing 400 stu-
said the coalition had
student contacts at
each of UNC's 16
dents to a large-scale protest against the
tuition increase an October Board of
Once the fight expanded beyond just
UNC, coalition members realized that
their organization could benefit univer
sity students beyond the campus in
Chapel Hill. “After the (February)
Board of Governors meeting, we decid
ed that our campaign could affect poli
cy on a statewide level,” said coalition
member Michal Osterweil.
The tuition increase proposal, which
calls for a S6OO boost over two years,
now must gain approval from the N.C.
See COALITION, Page 8
Ozone War Zone
North Carolina power companies
are petitioning a request to the EPA
claiming that 12 southern and
mideastern states are contributing to
their northern neighbors’ air pollution.
See Page 7.
On the Road Again
UNC alumnus Ralph Grizzle has
written anew book about celebrated
journalist and former Daily Tar Heel
editor Charles Kuralt. He will have a
book-signing on campus next month at
Bull’s Head Bookshop. See Page 10.
Tigers Topple Tar Heels
The North* Carolina baseball team
dropped a 9-8 game to Towson on
Tuesday, its fourth loss in a row. It
marked UNC’s first nonconference
home loss in 53 contests. See Page 13.
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